Next Council Mtg. Aug. 9. 2012

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6:30pm on August 9, 2012.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.

West Mayfield Resident Preserving Veterans’ Stories for Future Generations

West Mayfield resident Kevin Farkas is the founder and managing partner of an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the first-hand accounts of military service by southwestern Pennsylvania residents.

The mission of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Transmedia Oral History Initiative in Partnership with Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is to preserve and share the voices, images, and experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans of all branches of service and eras, including peace and war-time service.  “Our aim is to move beyond the traditional oral history archive,” Mr. Farkas said.

We believe that a story not told is a story not heard, so our focus is on storytelling by using creative and interpretive techniques across different media, including audiographic, videographic, photographic, and literary genres. Each medium allows for new and creative ways to tell veterans’ stories and to make them more accessible to diverse audiences through a wide variety of opportunities, including social networking, blogging, podcasting, traditional radio and television broadcasting, and print.



In early 2011, Kevin Farkas (a Navy veteran who grew up in West Mayfield) began recording veterans’ stories as part of The Social Voice Project’s Veteran Voices Initiative.  Its goal was simply to help local veterans capture and preserve their stories for their families.  “As a way of saying thanks to our veterans,  I wanted to use my skills as an audiographer to help ordinary veterans preserve their personal histories, ” said Kevin Farkas.  “Most veterans are not war heroes, but they, too, once put their lives on the line to defend our nation.  Their stories of service matter.  Also, most people never get a chance to record and preserve their life stories professionally, so I wanted to use my skills to help create high quality historical legacies for veterans.”

In 2012, The Social Voice Project formed a new multimedia partnership that added videography, still photography, and narrative historiography to the ways in which veterans’ stories can be preserved–and told.  The new project, now called the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Transmedia Oral History Initiative–includes  Todd DePastino of The Veterans Breakfast Club,  Chris Rolinson of StartPoint Media, and Andy Marchese of Andy Marchese Photography as principle collaborative partners.   

With their talents, the project’s new focus is on sharing veterans’ stories.  “Every story matters,” says Todd DePastino (historian, author, and executive director of The Veterans Breakfast Club).  “It’s important that we move beyond mere preservation and the traditional oral history archive and bring these stories to life by presenting them across multiple media platforms.  With the right approach, veterans’ storytelling can be historically accurate and creative.”

Also in 2012, Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh formed a special partnership with Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.  Soldiers & Sailors is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and best known historical landmarks and the nation’s only military museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service.  For historical and scholarly purposes, every veteran’s story is carefully preserved and archived in its entirety with Soldiers & Sailors.

Borough resident Kip Richeal back in limelight

Longtime West Mayfield resident Kip Richeal is featured in a new article by Ramzy Nasrallah, columnist for the online college athletics-focused website, Eleven Warriors (http://www.elevenwarriors.com).

The Acidental Tourist

This is Kip Richeal from [West Mayfield], PA. He loves college football.

Obviously, he’s a Penn Stater. Class of 1987; Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in journalism. Kip was born with hip dysplasia, but he gets around just fine. He takes care of himself. He also takes care of others.

As a matter of fact he’s in his 31st year of coaching youth baseball. Just about the only time his condition has slowed him down was at Penn State, when he had to take a significant amount of time off from school to undergo and recover from hip replacement surgery.

And like all Penn Staters and so many others, Kip has closely followed the Jerry Sandusky tragedy with both great sadness and interest.

Perhaps with greater sadness and interest than even the average, rabidly-loyal Penn Stater. That’s because he co-wrote what’s now perhaps the most unfortunately-titled biography in history.

Kip is the author of Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo: Ramsey Nasrallah

We have a website!

The Borough of West Mayfield launched its new website on June 21, 2012.  Please bear with us as we develop the site over the next few weeks.

WANTED:

  • Old photographs and documents pertaining to the borough.
  • Written histories of West Mayfield.
  • Suggestions & comments to improve this site.
Please contact Jim Bostek or Janet Helbig for more information.