AHOY THERE, Asides readers! Pittsburgh is some 300 miles from the ocean but, unlikely as it may have seemed, Navy Week was celebrated here last week. Sailors visited from the city’s namesake, USS Pittsburgh, a Los Angeles-class submarine, and the USS Constitution; the Navy Band gave free concerts at several venues; the Navy Jazz Ensemble performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival; members of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal demonstrated bomb defusing and, most exciting of all, six F/A-18 Hornet fighters in the Blue Angels demonstration team roared over the city in close formation. Join the Navy and see the world is the usual idea, but last week it was join Pittsburgh and see the Navy.
THREE DAYS before the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, France’s consul general in Washington D.C., Olivier Serot Almeras, was in Pittsburgh to present nine Pittsburgh-area World War II veterans with the Legion of Honor for their part in his nation’s liberation from Nazi rule. The honorees were Armand Bruno and William Carr of Verona, Wilbert Cusano of McKees Rocks, Larry Kushner of Monroeville, Rudolph Marzio of Aliquippa, August Pace of Bethel Park, Ralph Russo of New Castle, Michael Vernillo of the North Side and Robert Dallas. Fellow vet Nevin Woodside of Penn Hills was too sick to attend the awards ceremony at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.
THE DOG DAYS of summer have not yet arrived, but that didn’t stop a rogue chihuahua from running loose in the Fort Pitt Tunnel on Monday and causing a traffic delay. A concerned motorist, Alexandra Sabina of Verona, finally corralled the dog with the help a road worker and took it to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side. Thanks to the publicity, the dog was reunited with owner Treble Dixon of McKees Rocks the next day. It turned out his name was Chico and he had been missing since mid-May. Even a salty dog from the Navy could not have had such an adventure.