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Saxonburg was part of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

December 6, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Hotel Saxonburg owner Judy Ferree shows off the painting of the hotel originally commissioned by Fred Rogers. The creator of "Mr. Roges' Neighborhood" was a frequent diner at the hotel.

SAXONBURG — Mister Rogers' Neighborhood apparently included Saxonburg.

With the recent release of the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, there has been a renewed interest in the gentle children's TV show host from Pittsburgh.

One of the facts coming to light is that the soft-spoken Fred Rogers made it a habit to stop at the Hotel Saxonburg during his show's heyday.

Former hotel owner Carolyn Gentile of Adams Township said, “He was a very good customer of ours. He and his wife came up for dinner all the time.”

This is an excerpt from a story that appears in Sunday's Butler Eagle.

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