Celebrating 40 years!
The FIRST Township in Allegheny County
We will always be indebted to our first President, +Dr. Robert A. Jockers, who led us on our discovery journey, and before passing away, wrote FORGOTTEN PAST: A History of Moon Township, PA. +Dr. Jockers has been honored with the JOCKERS REPOSITORY room in the Moon Township Municipal Building. (See JOCKERS REPOSITORY link.)
Earl grew up on the family ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he received a Civil Engineering degree from the South Dakota College of Mines, where he also played football. He and his wife Mary Ellen have been married for more than 50 years, and have three children and 5 grandchildren. It was Mary Ellen's family that drew Earl to the Pittsburgh area in 1966. Earl worked for both Joy Manufacturing and its successor, Dravo.
Earl is somewhat of a "Renaissance Man." He built his own timber-frame summer vacation home, loves woodworking, reading, fishing, hunting (cross bow and muzzleloader), tennis, bridge, volunteering and canoeing. He even built his own canoe!
Besides serving as Moon Township Historical Society President, Earl is also the President of the Sewickley Men's Club. He has also partnered with MCA-TV to create many historical videos of our area.
Earl and Mary Ellen have volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service in the early years of their retirement.Their keen interest in archaeology led to volunteer jobs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History where the pair have studied arrowheads that are over 3,000 years old! Growing up out west in the Dakotas, many of Earl's neighbors and friends were of the Sioux-Lakota tribes, and he remembers unearthing native artifacts on his family farm. Earl has an exhibit of arrowheads and spearheads currently on display at the Moon Township Municipal Building.
Earl is also the creator of the Township of Moon historical signage project. It's just amazing the work Earl does for the community.
Our Treasurer, Don Maloney, was born and grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived until Uncle Sam needed him for WWII in 1944. He liked the Army so much at age 18,, he stayed for 26 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1970, in Moon, his last Army post. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Patricia, for over 50 years (2014) and they have three sons and five grandchildren.
Don graduated from Robert Morris University with a degree in Business Education, which he then used to teach Business Education to Moon Area High School students for 19 years.
Since moving to Moon Township in 1970, Don has been a member of the Robin Hill Associates Board, and joined the Moon Township Historical Association soon afterwards. He is proud of the fact that he was the FIRST MALE member of the Moon Township Garden Club. He also contributed many articles to Dr. Jocker's book and the Bicentennial book on Moon Township.
Our wonderful treasurer, Don Maloney, retired from service this month, March, 2017. Thank you so much, Don, for your tireless service to your community!
Amy Ottaviani serves as the Assistant Director of Moon Parks and Recreation where she is responsible for Community Relations, Sponsorships, Programming, Volunteer Management and General Management. She was vey instrumental in helping to bring the Old Boggs School under the stewardship of the Moon Township Historical Society. Amy is seen above in the black sweater. Thank you, Amy! And thank you to Debby Kennedy who served in this role for many years. Mim Bizic's information is found below as Webmaster.
John Kennedy served as Moon Township Road Supervisor for many, many years. He is a wealth of information since he has worked on almost all Moon Area projects and met so many people along the way. Debby Kennedy (no relation) says, "John's Knowledge of the history of Moon Township knows no bounds." We're grateful for this "Human Library!"
Mim Bizic is a retired teacher/cybrarian from the Quaker Valley School District, but certainly is NOT retired from learning! She's still teaching, but on a world-wide scale now, with her other three websites, Facebook presence and a legion of articles she's written on articles as diverse as the MOLAS of the Cuna Indians of Panama, LOVE TOKENS & HOBO NICKELS, VALENTINES, and SERBIAN history and Serbian American current events.
She has won numerous National awards over the years from Apple Computer Company that earned her a spot in the Apple Computer Clubs "HALL OF FAME," (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989) and has served as a consultant for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apple Computer, and Invent America! and the SMITHSONIAN'S Education Department, where she was 1990 National Education Honoree.
She was recognized in the first ever "THANKS TO TEACHERS" awards sponsored by the KDKA, University of Pittsburgh, and Westinghouse in 1990.
Mim holds awards from many national Serbian organizations as well: The Serbian Unity Congress, The Serb National Federation, and the Tesla Society.
Mim was married to the late +Gus Bizic, and together with their son, Nick, moved to Moon Township from Sewickley, in 1990.
One of her missions is to celebrate, share, and sustain the vitality of learners, regardless of age, in a "Wherever, Whatever, Whenever, with Whom-ever" environment, with Dreams, Determination and Discipline. This website is a way to meet & share with the world, including her family, though far away in The Netherlands now. <3 "I know my granddaughter, Jocelyn (age 8) will love the story of "The Rescue of Jenny Stoops!"
Mim's other websites:
www.mimbizic.com (Free educational story app)
www.babamim.com (American Serb history)
www.notretiredfromlearning.com (This 'n That)
Moon Township Historical Society Logo celebrating 225 years as a township: 1788-2013
Our latest Logo
Both Carl Griffith and Earl Edwards were recently acknowledged by the Moon Township's Board of Supervisors with Certificates of Achievement, in honor of their outstanding contributions to the Township.
Congratulations to all!