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This issue has been generously underwritten by Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Many thanks for their kind support!


October/November 2005

Garden Club and BCA Co-Sponsor Blackridge Historian in a Special Program:

“The World-Class Battlefield Next Door”

Blackridge Road historian Bob Messner, recognized as a leading local expert on western Pennsylvania’s role in the French and Indian War, will bring the 250th anniversary of the battle of the Monongahela to life in an October 5 evening program co-sponsored by the Garden Club and the BCA. This marks the first joint sponsorship of an event by the two organizations.

Trained as a lawyer, Bob has made the study of Braddock’s role in the war that preceded the American Revolution his avocation. He is the author of “Reflections from Braddock’s Battlefield” and serves on the board of the Braddock’s Field Historical Society where he is chairman of the historical committee.

Garden Club president Karen Risher and BCA president Bill Miller hope Blackridge residents will turn out to hear Bob’s talk and will especially welcome junior and senior high school students. The title of the discussion, “The World-Class Battlefield Next Door,” just about sums up Bob Messner’s educated evaluation of the position Braddock’s Field holds in the chronicles of early American history. That it took place just a few miles away only adds interest for local historians.

Blackridge residents are welcomed to invite friends to share in this evening of insight into local history. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the BCA clubhouse on Wednesday, October 5th. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of Bob’s talk. No reservations are necessary and no admission will be charged.

At its November 1 meeting the Garden Club stays on the historical path with a program exploring the Lewis and Clark expedition’s contributions to botany. Chemist Cyndi Fink who holds a masters in plant ecology will give an overview of the journey by examining plants discovered by the explorers, comparing the plants’ use by the native people with their use today.

Like all Garden Club meetings non-member guests are welcome. The program will be held at the BCA from 11 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Because lunch will be served reservations are necessary. Contact may be through any Garden Club member or through membership chair Louise White (412 371 6950).

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