Polly Pitts Shaw

Profile Updated: July 4, 2017
Residing In: Portersville, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Bill Shaw
Homepage: Facebook: Polly Shaw
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Occupation: retired elementary teacher; currently, author
Children: My husband and I have five grandchildren, including twins. Our daughter, Melanie, has a son, Jonathan, More…who is seven. She is an R.N. Our son, Andy and his wife Sara, have a son, Elliott, who is 4 and twins Hannah and Quinn, who are 2. He is Director of Web Communications at York College. Our son, Dave and his wife, Andrea, have a son, Jonah, who is 1. He works in agricultural business at Binkley and Hurst in Lititz, PA.

After BHS, I earned my elementary education degree at Clarion State College and started working at Seneca Valley School District (then Southwest Butler). Two weeks after college, I married Bill Shaw, a Seneca Valley grad and Clarion classmate and have celebrated our 44th anniversary. We lived in Zelienople for a few years, and then bought a 100 year old house in Portersville which we proceeded to fill up with kids and pets. Still live there now. In 2011, I retired after 37 years as an elementary teacher.

Along the way I've had some fun as President of the Seneca Valley Teacher Association, and was in the thick of things during our 23 day strike in 2007, working on behalf of our 585 members. I have served eight years as a Director on the Slippery Rock Area School Board, including two years as School Board President. It really reveals the big picture when one has spent extensive time on both sides of the negotiating table.

On March 20, 2017, my first book, "Moraine State Park," was published by Arcadia Publishing for the Images of Modern America Series. It includes 160 photos telling the story of all aspects of the early history of the park and the park today. Our classmate, John Keck, contributed some photos for the book. He's a talented amateur photographer. I'm currently doing a lot of research concerning the geology of the Slippery Rock Creek, iron furnaces, lime kilns, and local history as I prepare the draft for my next book, "McConnells Mill State Park". I have had four book signings, including Barnes & Noble and Costco in Cranberry. I do programs for local clubs and organizations on about six topics that I pulled from the book. I'm meeting lots of interesting people!

School Story:

I have been active on a a couple local Facebook groups including You Know You're from Butler, when... as well as Memories of Butler's South Side. It's interesting to find people who I really don't know but share similar memories or Butler. Those old Butler Memories come to mind, these days. I'm only in contact with just a few friends from high school days. I mourn the loss of our classmates, those with whom I shared so many memories...Becky Gallagher, Dee Massart, and others especially from Center Avenue, and others who have moved so far away and are out of touch. I am so pleased for many who were good friends at BHS and still are in contact today.

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Jun 13, 2019 at 7:59 AM

Happy birthday, Debbie!

Jun 11, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Welcome to our class website. Glad you found us.

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Jul 20, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I'm just sitting here in shock and sadness.  Although we hadn't seen each other in years, we reconnected via Facebook, enjoying each other's postings and news.  Maureen and I met in fifth grade when her family moved to Center Avenue and were close friends into Junior High.  Still friends in high school but we had some different interests by then.  When kids, we played together a lot; I remember being at her house frequently.  Then they moved to the Mifflin Apartments and I was there a lot, too. Her mother had a mangle for ironing that always fascinated me.  I remember riding the city bus here and here with Maureen and swimming at the Butler pool.  She broke her arm once and insisted on wrapping it in plastic and just walking around the shallow end.  Remember how Miss Yokum would make us line up by height for gym class?  She and Becky Gallagher were among the tallest.  I was always maybe 4th or 5th from the shortest.  I was delighted to relialize that my youngest, David, and Maureen shared the same birthday, January 18.  I will have to go and dig out my Magnet.  I think that the last picture is one backlit of Maureen and her boyfriend walking down a high school hall toward the door.  Good-bye, Maureen.  Thank you for many happy childhood memories.  I am glad that you found a happy life and a successful, rewarding job.  My sympathies to your family. 

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Jul 04, 2018 at 12:33 PM

So very sorry.  Sympathies to her family. 

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Jun 05, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of Ann’s passing.  I happened to meet her brother a few months ago, who told me of his sister’s declining health.  We were friends in high school, particularly through Girl Scouts.  We had good times.  My sympathies to her family.  

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Sep 30, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Hey, Tory, Happy birthday!!! Glad you joined the class website.
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Aug 28, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Sympathies to his family.  Another sad loss for our class. RIP

Jul 18, 2017 at 7:47 AM

Welcome to our class site. Glad you found us! Looking forward to your update. Polly

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Jun 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM

So very sorry to hear of her passing.  My sympathies to her family.  Too many recent losses from our class.

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May 17, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Happy birthday, Bob!!!!!

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Mar 21, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Thanks for sharing the newspaper article about my new book, "Moraine State Park". Much appreciated!

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