Hometown stories

Julia Floreak

Iron City- In 1861, Edward Frauenheim, a German immigrant, brought the Iron City Brewery to the city of Pittsburgh. Named after the era of its time, Iron City represents the industrial era in Pittsburgh as an iron-producing powerhouse. Iron City to me represents a brand much further than the average beer. The ever-lasting blend of sweet carbonation acts as a Pittsburgh staple at any sporting event. Tailgating in Pittsburgh without Iron City feels unorthodox. Iron City follows a hometown tradition that will continue to be produced, consumed and appreciated within the city lines.

Adrienne Savoldi

When you live the first 19 years of your life in a specific place, some things become familiar old chums, while others become bitter acquaintances that you would rather forget and ignore. But there was one place in my hometown of Beaver, Pa., that never made the transition to enemy, remaining a friend throughout my life. The Beaver Area Memorial Library wasn’t a huge building. It was a single story (no pun intended) and didn’t house a massive book collection. I still remember the library before it was remodeled. It was smaller than it is now and the children’s section was not nearly as put together, but I used to love playing with the puzzles. The most important purpose of the library to me was that I had an escape. Being around all those books was a blessing for which I am eternally grateful. It overlooked the Ohio River, and I would sit at a table by the window and read, write or just daydream. Much of my poetry and other ideas were sparked by looking over the river.

Rachel Hagenbaugh

I grew up in a small town where the popular hang out spot was Circle K. When I think about the greatest memories of my hometown, only one thing comes to mind. What I miss most cannot be found in a store or restaurant but right in my own backyard. My friends and I had a bonfire every weekend no matter what the weather was like. On Feb. 9, my friends made a bonfire for my 16th birthday. We all sat out by the fire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories even though it was the middle of winter. It was nothing fancy and the food was cheap, but those are the nights I will never forget.

Natalie Moses

One thing that I can’t get at Kent is Fiori’s Pizza. It is definitely a hole in the wall, but when your pizza is the best on the planet, no bling is required. A steaming slice of Fiori’s pizza is perfectly cheesy, wonderfully greasy with the sweetest sauce and has crust that simply can’t be topped. In Pittsburgh, our parents grew up on it. They gave us a love for it that parallels our love for the Steelers. Italian hospitality is reflected in Fiori’s slogan, which is, “We fix you up”. And that is exactly what they do. So next time you take a trip to the ’Burgh, do not leave without trying Fiori’s. After that, you may never leave at all.

Alison Ritchie

As the cost of movie tickets continues to climb past the $10 mark, North Canton has the solution for anyone looking to see a film on the big screen without putting a dent in their wallets — the dollar theater. When arriving at college, I was stunned to find that not all towns have one of these gems. The theater has ten screens and shows movies a month or two after their original release. Tickets cost $1.50 Sunday through Thursday and $2.25 on Friday and Saturday. In a city with limited options for what to do on a Saturday night, Cinemark Movies 10 always offers a cheap alternative.