Hello to all members of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children Alumni Association. President Al Pietrolungo has established a WPSBC Alumni Communications Team. The Team consists of: Ed Facemyer, Chair, and members: Tom Hesley, Ted Crum and Sue Etters. Our goal is to make sure everyone receives up to date information and news on … Continue reading Holiday Greetings from the New WPSBC Alumni Communications Team
Anybody Want to Throw Darts? The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in Pittsburgh served as the location for the 12th Harold Schlegal Memorial dart tournament. The host organization was Audio Darts of Pittsburgh, and 24 competitors threw darts from the evening of August 10 through Sunday morning, August 12. Nine of the competitors were … Continue reading 12th Harold Schlegal Memorial Dart Tournament
Friends, I’m sorry to report that we had to cancel the upcoming 2017 alumni convention in October. Various construction projects going on at the school have been delayed for various reasons, and so, were not finished in time for the convention. The school suggested that we cancel our weekend get-together, due to numerous blocked hallways … Continue reading Alumni Convention 2017 Cancelled! CANCELLED!
Hello Earlier this week, we submitted to the Advocate some information about our plans for the May 21st regional. Below is that article. Hope to see most of you at the regional. I promise it will be a beautiful spring day to come to Oakland. Al An invitation to Attend the Southwest Regional Meeting … Continue reading Upcoming Regional GTCB Meeting
For those of you looking for the complete list of graduates of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, you can view it at http://wpsbc-alumni.org/graduates-list/ . You can also find it by entering “graduates list” into the search box, which is located near the top right on most pages on this site. Contact me with any further questions.
THE DARK BEFORE THE DAWN By Ellie Goldfon Part 3 of 3 Ellie asks, “Why, me, Lord.” Why me? This is a question which intrudes in all of our thoughts every once in a while. You wouldn’t even count yourself amongst humankind if you couldn’t admit to asking it sometimes. Lying in my bed and … Continue reading The Dark Before The Dawn — Why Me Lord? (3 of 3)
THE DARK BEFORE THE DAWN By Ellie Goldfon Part 2 of 3 “Miss Goldfon, oh, Miss Goldfon, your breakfast is here,” the sweet accented voice of nurse Paulita stirred me from my deep sleep. Breakfast. I wanted to simply go right back to sleep. But the thought of Wednesday mornings breakfast interested me. Envisioning a nice … Continue reading The Dark Before The Dawn (2 of 3)
THE DARK BEFORE THE DAWN By Ellie Goldfon Part 1 of 3 “Good night, sweet Ethel,” my disembodied voice mechanically spoke from my nursing home bed. “Good night, my Ellen.” We were quite the rare pair, Ethel, having lost both her legs to devastating diabetes, and Ellen, a now virtually dependent and helpless blind woman … Continue reading The Dark Before The Dawn (1 of 3)
This morning, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children (WPSBC) received a bomb threat. Now I’ve never heard of the school being terrorized like this throughout my attendance there during the 1970s, or at any time before that or since, until today. But with the rash of bomb threats received by the nearby University of … Continue reading WPSBC Bomb Threat
In the Fall of 1922, the Western Pennsylvania Institution for the Blind underwent a name change to henceforth be known as the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind. Within its majestic walls and throughout its hallowed halls, the student body embraced the notion that merely to be a good student wasn’t good enough. Excellence was … Continue reading WPSBC School History Overview