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Vol. 33 No. 4

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CRUISE FROM ROME TO SICILY, ATHENS, CRETE & EPHESUS!

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Time-limited offers enrich timeless wonders on Mediterranean cruise

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OME THINGS seem to last forever. And, when it comes to ancient history, that’s a good thing. But, besides visiting priceless centuries-old Roman, Greek & Ottoman sites of the Eastern Mediterranean, AAA’s Oct 20 sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas® features some valuable offers that definitely won’t be around as long! *Members booking & making a deposit on a balcony (or higher) stateroom on this 7-night voyage into antiquity by 4/30/31 receive these bonuses from AAA & RCI: • $100 in shipboard credit per stateroom (toward shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments or any other onboard fee-based items) • Up to $168 in prepaid gratuities (for up to 2 people per stateroom for stewards, servers, maîtres d’ and others) • 1 night of specialty-restaurant dining for 2 (value: up to $50)

For even more value, consider an optional 2-night precruise stay in the departure port — Rome. See up-close the “City of 7 Hills” that has figured so prominently in Western history for millennia. And, instead of boarding your ship immediately after your transatlantic flight, you’ll ease into your cruise experience better rested, acclimated to the time change and full of invaluable memories. A great way to start! This remarkable and relatively uncommon itinerary begins at Civitavecchia (Rome’s

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, TIME SEEMS TO STAND STILL...

nearest seaport). Sail to Messina, 3 miles off southern Italy’s “boot,” on the island of Sicily. This bustling town’s complex history is rooted in Greek mythology but, because of an earthquake in the early 1900s, it’s a relatively young city architecturally. Check out the world’s largest astronomical clock in the Piazza del Duomo. Set in a 197foot bell tower, it comes to life at noon; Ave Maria plays as bronze mechanical figures start to move. A lion roars, a bird flaps its wings and 2 historical heroines ring the bell, all before a statue of Jesus appears from a tomb. Make a wish in the Fontana di Orione in the piazza’s center. The fountain commemorates Messina’s aqueduct and symbolizes 4 rivers — Tiber, Nile, Ebore and Camaro. continued on page 6

EXCEPT FOR THESE MEMBER-ONLY OFFERS ON NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS® OCT 20-27 $100 ONBOARD CREDIT! PREPAID GRATUITIES OF UP TO $168 FOR UP TO 2 PEOPLE! SPECIALTY DINING FOR 2 — $50 VALUE! BOOK & DEPOSIT BY 4/30/13. EACH OFFER IS PER BALCONY STATEROOM.

Safeguarding your credit on the road

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SMART FEATURES FOR OLDER DRIVERS ON AAA.COM

Travel should be fun and exciting. You don’t want to waste valuable vacation time worrying about identity theft or resolving problems from credit card fraud. The Visa TravelMoney® card is a convenient way to protect your credit and enjoy easy access to your travel funds. This prepaid card isn’t connected to your bank or credit accounts, and is accepted at millions of merchants and ATMs around the world. It offers all of the perks of a debit or credit card, but none of the risks of using cash or your own credit or ATM cards. In the event of loss or theft, obtain an Emergency Card and Cash Replacement virtually anywhere in the world, generally within one business day. You’re also eligible for Lost Luggage Reimbursement, Travel & Emergency Assistance, and 90 day Purchase Security on qualifying items purchased entirely with your card. It’s safe, secure and reloadable. Visit your local AAA office, call 1.866.674.9622, or click on AAA.com/travelmoney, to purchase Visa TravelMoney® cards.

Feather Your Nest Egg with AAA IRA CDs Make your 2012 IRA tax contributions by April 15 and get AAA preferred member rates on 12-, 24- and 60-month Traditional and Roth IRA CDs. AAA partner Discover Bank IRA CDs offer: • Rates that have consistently beaten the national averages; • Easy account opening, no minimum deposit; • FDIC insured up to the maximum allowed by law; • Bankrate.com 5-star Safe & Sound® rating for financial strength and security. Build the retirement you want with AAA deposit products. Competitive rates are also available on Online Savings and Money Market Accounts, along with additional CD and IRA CD terms. Open an account now at AAA.com/Deposits or 1.888.204.8990.

AAA’s Automatic Renewal Option Automatic renewal is a great way to make sure you never get stuck without your AAA membership. Your membership renewal will be charged to your credit card each year, and we’ll even send you a reminder. Just call or visit your local AAA office, or call our 24-hour service center at 1.800.441.5008 (412.363.5100 in Pittsburgh). Sign up for automatic renewal at anytime, regardless of your membership expiration/renewal date. In fact, you can call us right now, to take advantage of this convenient, time-saving option. Then, rest easy knowing your AAA membership will continue providing uninterrupted service and benefits. Plus, you always have the option of canceling at any time. (Automatic renewal is valid for credit cards only; we cannot accept ATM or Debit cards.)

California New Year’s Getaway from AAA Travel Kick off the New Year in style with a California New Year’s Getaway from AAA Travel. It’s a 5-night fiesta of color and sound that includes a guided tour of Los Angeles with stops at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Warner Brothers Studios. Ring in the New Year’s aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach and with reserved seating at Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade. The December 29th to January 3rd, 2014 escape also includes visits to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, La Jolla and sunny San Diego, featuring Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. SEE PAGE 7


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survey by AAA has found that newer cars with built-in maintenance reminder systems help owners spend less time worrying about when to service their vehicles and more time enjoying them. According to the survey, 63 percent of motorists drive vehicles with a built-in maintenance reminder system that alerts them when it’s time to have service work performed. More than half (51 percent) rely solely on the reminder system and have maintenance done only when the system says it’s due. Unlike traditional maintenance schedules based on time and/or mileage, maintenance reminder systems use various sensors and a computer algorithm to monitor vehicle operation and determine engine oil life based on real world use. The factors considered vary by reminder system, but commonly monitored values include hours of operation, engine rpm, cold starts, outside air temperature, vehicle speed and more. This analysis of real-time vehicle operating conditions makes choosing an oil change interval based on traditional “normal” or “severe service” driving conditions obsolete. Motorists who follow their in-car reminder systems may also see a change in the frequency of recommended oil changes. Older vehicles require oil changes as often as every 3,000 miles, or four times a year based on typical mileage. With the new extended mile-

ELIMINATING THE GUESSWORK — Sophisticated maintenance reminders tell the driver when service is needed. age oils and monitoring systems, you may only need two oil changes, cutting your maintenance bill in half. You could save upwards of $1,000 over the lifetime of the vehicle and do something to help the environment at the same time. It is estimated that more than 100 million gallons of oil could be saved over the next five years, if these systems are used as intended. In order to be effective, owners must use the type of oil specified for their vehicle and the oil life monitor must be reset after each oil change. AAA found that nearly 75 percent of motorists with built-in maintenance reminder systems

understand that the accuracy of those systems depend on using engine oil that meets the manufacturer’s specifications. Many newer cars specify semi-synthetic oil (a blend of conventional and full-synthetic stocks) to maintain the warranty and ensure proper engine protection. Full-synthetic oils are required for many European imports, high-performance models and engines equipped with turbochargers or superchargers. Using a lower quality oil can compromise engine protection, and decrease the accuracy of the maintenance reminder system. AAA recommends that motorists always follow automakers’ maintenance recommendations as found in vehicle owners’ manuals, including the use of in-vehicle maintenance reminder systems (where equipped). General Motors for example, specifies that engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year, even if the indicator does not illuminate. Ignoring maintenance reminders can increase vehicle wear and tear and potentially cause long-term damage. It is also important to know what type oil your vehicle requires and ensure that your service facility uses an appropriate product. Using the wrong oil could potentially void your vehicle’s warranty, leaving you stuck with paying for any needed repair bills.

APPROVED AUTO REPAIR

Garages that participate in AAA’s Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program offer qualified technicians, a wide range of professional repair services and guaranteed quality. AAA members also are guaranteed a written estimate,

and are assured that the cost of work on their vehicle may not exceed the written estimate by more than 10 percent unless this increase is authorized in advance. Repairs, parts, labor, and components are guaranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles under normal operating conditions. Visit www.AAA.com to locate the AAA Approved Auto Repair facility nearest you.

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AAA BRANCH OFFICE LOCATIONS Altoona 1634 Valley View Blvd. ............................. 814-946-1277 Brookville 288 Main St. ................................................. 814-849-5381 Butler 138 Clearview Circle .................................... 724-287-2713 Cranberry The Village Shoppes, 20510 Rt. 19 .......... 724-772-1122 Erie 6660 Peach St. Unit #2 .............................. 814-866-0246 Franklin 102 Sugar Creek Town Center Rd. ........... 814-432-3960 Greensburg Eastgate Shopping Center 5142 Route 30, Suite 135 ......................... 724-834-8300 Grove City 24 Pine Grove Village Dr. .......................... 724-458-8930 Harborcreek 4430 Buffalo Rd. ........................................ 814-897-9508 Hermitage 1749 E. State St.......................................... 724-981-9141 Indiana 1169 Wayne Ave........................................ 724-349-4193 Jamestown (New York) 111 W. Fifth St., Jamestown, N.Y.. ........... 716-488-1981 Kittanning Franklin Village Mall. ............................... 724-543-1924 Lewisburg 530 1/2 North Derr Drive . ....................... 570-524-7455 Lower Burrell/New Kensington Area Crossroads Plaza 2503 Leechburg Rd.................................... 724-339-4440 McKean County (Bradford) 587 South Ave. .......................................... 814-368-3113 Meadville 18939 Park Avenue Plaza Unit #7 ............ 814-724-2247 New Castle 40 East St.................................................... 724-658-8551 Niagara-Orleans 7135 Rochester Rd, Lockport, NY. ............ 716-434-2865 Pittsburgh–Century III Area (Pleasant Hills) 9 Clairton Blvd. (RT 51). ........................... 412-655-6100 Pittsburgh–Downtown 538 Smithfield St. ...................................... 412-338-4300 Pittsburgh–East Liberty/Shadyside 5900 Baum Blvd. ........................................ 412-365-7196 Pittsburgh–Monroeville 2725 Mosside Blvd. .................................... 412-858-4640 Pittsburgh–North Hills Area (Ross Township) 4790 McKnight Rd. .................................... 412-367-7600 Pittsburgh–Robinson Township Robinson Town Centre 1760 Park Manor Blvd. ............................. 412-809-2800 Pittsburgh–South Hills Area (Bethel Park) 160 Ft. Couch Rd. ...................................... 412-833-5203 Rochester 300 Adams St. ............................................ 724-775-8000 St. Marys 1375 Bucktail Rd. ...................................... 814-834-7838 Somerset 110 N. Center Ave. .................................... 814-443-6526 Sunbury 1001 Market Street. .................................. 570-286-4507 Uniontown 111 W. Main St. ......................................... 724-438-8575 Warren 2285 Market St. ......................................... 814-723-6660 Washington 196 Murtland Ave. .................................... 724-222-3800 Waynesburg 184 Greene Plaza, US 21 & I-79 ................ 724-627-3434 White Oak/McKeesport Area Oak Park Mall, 2001 Lincoln Way ............ 412-675-3400

OFFICE HOURS CHANGING Beginning April 1st, operating hours will be changing at several AAA Branch locations. New office hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the following Pittsburgh Metro locations: Cranberry The Village Shoppes, 20510 Rt. 19 .......... 724-772-1122 Pittsburgh–Century III Area (Pleasant Hills) 9 Clairton Blvd. (RT 51). ........................... 412-655-6100 Pittsburgh–Monroeville 2725 Mosside Blvd. .................................... 412-858-4640 Pittsburgh–North Hills Area (Ross Township) 4790 McKnight Rd. .................................... 412-367-7600 Pittsburgh–Robinson Township Robinson Town Centre 1760 Park Manor Blvd. ............................. 412-809-2800 Pittsburgh–South Hills Area (Bethel Park) 160 Ft. Couch Rd. ...................................... 412-833-5203


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Most seniors driving cars that don’t fit their needs Smart Features for Older Drivers offers expert advice Blair Region Official publication of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 1634 Valley View Blvd, Altoona PA 16602-6041 USPS 535-650 ISSN 0000-0000 Periodicals Postage Paid at Altoona, PA Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Blair Region c/o AAA, 1634 Valley View Blvd Altoona PA 16602-6041 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year. Publisher ............................ James E. Lehman Managing Editor ....................... Doug O’Neil Editorial Office 5900 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 412-365-7017 e-mail: motorist@aaaec.com

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: .................................................. James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ........................................... Michael R. Pratt Secretary: ................................................Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS Glenn B. Bachman, James E. Broome, Jr., Steve D. Bullock**, Douglas W. Caldwell, Charles O. Casto, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, Jon E. Denney, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell**, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie, Terrence L. Walton** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Chairman, Neil D. Bassi, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Charles O. Casto, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, J. Terrence Farrell, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Mona N. Generett, Charles W. Groce , Richard S. Hamilton, Mark Henschen, Luke Howe, David W. Hunter**, Richard Kallenborn, Herbert G. Koenig, Mark S. Mansour, W. Duff McCrady, Martha Hartle Munsch, W. Lee Oswalt, III, Michael Parkes, John D. Petruso, Louis Pomerico, Leonard L. Scheinholtz**, James C. Stump, Jr., James F. Ward *ex officio **emeritus directors Blair Regional Board of Directors David E. Burchfied Sr., Ronald J. Glunt, Asbury Lee, W. Lee Oswalt III, Dennis Roland, James G. Williamson, Leon R. Zook

Blair Office: 1634 Valley View Blvd Altoona PA 16602-6041 (814) 946-1277

Copyright ©2013 by AAA East Central. Publication of an advertisement in the AAA Motorist does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service by the AAA Motorist or by AAA East Central, except in the case of products and services which are being offered by AAA East Central.

By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central n age wave has begun to wash over America’s roadways. Every day more than 10,000 Americans turn 65, a trend that’s set to continue for the next two decades. By 2020, the United States will have more than 40 million licensed drivers 65 and older, about one in four drivers on the road. Experts refer to this tidal wave of senior drivers as the “Silver Tsunami.” With nearly 90 percent of motorists 65 and older suffering from health concerns that can significantly impair driving safety, finding a vehicle that adapts to conditions such as lack of flexibility or muscle strength, can be a real challenge. Now AAA has updated its Smart Features for Older Drivers resource at SeniorDriving.AAA.com to address an expanded range of health issues. First launched in 2008 in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation, Smart Features for Older Drivers identifies vehicle technologies that optimize older driver safety and comfort, lists current vehicles with those features, and allows users to explore their individual needs through an interactive online tool. While our knowledge and experience expand with age, cognitive abilities, range of motion and vision tend to diminish over time, reducing our ability to execute the complex task of driving. These changes are often so gradual that we are not always aware of them and as a result, we often fail to compensate for these growing limitations.

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Richard Hamilton Smart Features addresses a wide variety of conditions commonly associated with aging, including changes in vision, height, hearing, and fine motor coordination. A variety of adaptive features will show you how to help compensate for these physical changes, or simply to make the vehicle fit you more comfortably. Data from a new AAA survey reveals that only one in 10 senior drivers with aging health issues are driving a vehicle with features like keyless entry and larger dashboard controls. Even minor adjustments like lower door thresholds and leather or vinyl seats can greatly ease vehicle egress and entry. New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found older drivers have the highest rates of death making

AAA East Central appoints president

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AA East Central is pleased to announce the appointment of James E. Lehman to the position of president of AAA East Central, effective April 1, 2013. Lehman’s AAA career spans 35 years and includes numerous management roles and administrative positions including executive vice-president, senior vice president, and vice president of travel operations, with responsibilities encompassing branch operations, information technology, human resources, marketing, finance and public affairs. A graduate of The Boyd School of Travel Management and the 1999 recipient of the school’s distinguished alumni award, Lehman has served on numerous community, professional and travel industry boards including the board of directors for the National Aviary, AAA travel advisory council for Walt Disney Attractions, and the travel industry advisory board for Robert Morris University. He has also hosted travel talk shows on public television and a weekly travel call-in program AAA Talking Travel, on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Jim and his family reside in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Lehman succeeds James McGrath

James Lehman who has relocated to Saint Louis, Missouri, to accept a promotional opportunity within the AAA association. McGrath was a 20-year veteran of AAA East Central and served as President since 2010. The sixth largest AAA affiliate club in the nation, AAA East Central is a 2.7 million-member organization headquartered in Pittsburgh and serving a five-state region that includes portions of Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

crashworthiness a particularly important consideration. The problem is not so much that seniors crash more. In fact, between 1995 and 2010 the largest decrease in crashes was found in drivers ages 75-79, down 40 percent. The problem is that seniors are much more likely to die from crash injuries. Crash fatality rates among seniors are 17 times higher than those of 25 to 64-year-olds. Not all age-related physiological limitations occur in all people at the same time, or to the same degree. AAA recommends older drivers look for vehicles that address their specific needs and medical conditions. Some of the recommendations included in Smart Features for Older Drivers include: Drivers with diminished vision or problems with high-low contrast should look for vehicles with auto-dimming mirrors, and larger controls and displays. Smart headlights can adjust the range and intensity of light based on the distance of traffic and to reduce glare and improve night vision. Reverse monitoring systems warn of objects to the rear of the vehicle to help drivers judge distances and back up safely, helping drivers with reduced flexibility and reducing pain associated with turning or twisting motions. Smart Features for Older Drivers helps seniors and their families minimize their driving discomforts, enhance their abilities and promote a lifetime of safe driving. For more information on which vehicles are the right fit for you and to access all of the free resources AAA offers to senior drivers, visit SeniorDriving.AAA.com.

Online mature driver course from AAA

Of course you’re a good driver. Careful. Skillful. Lawful. But what about those people you share the road with? The moves you mastered early in your driving career may no longer be enough to keep you safe. There are more cars, more drivers and there are new and increasing distractions. Traffic laws change. So do you, with age. AAA’s online Mature Driver Course is a self-paced 6-hour program divided into six, simpleto-do chapters that are effortless and rewarding. All you need is a web browser and a connection to the Internet. It’s also approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. If you are age 55 or older, complete this course to receive a mandatory discount on your auto insurance. AAA members who enroll in Pennsylvania’s online Mature Driver Program will receive an exclusive member benefit. Pay just $15.95 for the Initial Course, or $13.95 for the Refresher Course, a savings of $4.00 on each course. To enroll, or for more information, please visit AAA.com.


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Eastern Mediterranean Cruise For traditional Sicilian cuisine, taste capunata, a stew of tomatoes, eggplant, capers and olives. Try arancini di riso (rice balls) at sidewalk stands or savor cassata spongecake with ricotta frosting, maraschino liqueur, candied fruit & nuts. Athens’ port at Piraeus is Greece’s largest. Visit nearby Kastella (a hill offering majestic views) or the tavernas of Mikrolimano for ouzo and seafood mezedes. No Athens visit is complete without seeing the Acropolis; a temple to Athena, the Parthenon remains aweinducing. Explore the alleys, taverns and shops of the old Plaka neighborhood, browse Monastiraki’s traditional flea market, marvel at the Archaeological Museum’s antiquities or visit Agora, ancient Athens’ religious & political heart. Ephesus, via the port of Kusadasi, arose in the 11th century BC and was later expanded by Romans. One of the ancient world’s grandest reconstructed sites, this once powerful city hosted Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. Enter through Magnesia Gate and follow marble streets grooved by chariot

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wheels. Gaze upon temples, porticoes, fountains and frescoes. Discover the Library of Celsus, Hadrian’s Temple, Trajan’s Fountain and the Great Theater. Explore Turkish baths, Isa Bey Mosque and the Basilica of St John. Visit the Temple of Artemis, a Wonder of the Ancient World. Then sample shish kebab (skewer-grilled lamb), found at kebapçis everywhere. Desserts are sweet (often honey-soaked) and combine fruit, nuts and pastry. Next, anchor at the port of Souda to visit Chaniá, one of Crete’s most beautiful cities (its second largest) and the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Kydonia. Continuously inhabited for at least 5,000 years, Old Town bears the imprints of Venetian, Turkish and Greek architectural styles. In this region you’ll also find gorgeous sandy beaches, mountains, villages, seaside hamlets, Byzantine monasteries and abundant natural beauty...as well as a local treat called bougatsa, phyllo pastry with a creamy cheese filling. In addition to the history & culture, getting your fill of fun, sun & relaxation is what Navigator of the Seas is all

about. Getting to your vacation destination with Royal Caribbean is more than half the fun; enjoy onboard experiences and entertainment you won’t find on any other cruise line. Gear up for adventure onboard — with plenty of time for relaxing completely, dining finely and viewing seascapes too. For whatever type of vacation you desire, the possibilities are endless: DINING Complimentary: Main Dining Room (multicourse for breakfast, lunch, dinner), Windjammer Café, Jade (sushi, Asian-fusion), Café Promenade (coffee, pastries, snacks) Cover charge: Chops Grille (steakhouse), Portofino (Italian) Johnny Rockets (casual), Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (snacks) ACTION/ADVENTURE Rock-climbing • Table tennis Ice-skating • In-pool scuba • Mini-golf • Basketball Jogging • Inline skating • Shore excursions REST/RELAXATION VitalitySM Spa (100+ treatments, including acupunture) 4 pools, including adults-only Solarium • 6 whirlpools Fitness center • Yoga & tai chi ENTERTAINMENT/SHOPPING Broadway-style entertainment • Ice-skating shows Vegas-style Casino Royale® • 16 bars, clubs & lounges Duty-free shopping (jewelry, perfume, apparel, teens/kids) ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS/FAMILIES Adventure Ocean® youth program • Teen areas & disco Royal Babies® & Royal Tots® programs • Family-friendly activities (games, contests, enrichment classes, lectures)

There’s no time better than right now to take advantage of the extraordinary

limited-time values of this spectacular cruise to theses timeless destinations. Contact a AAA Travel Agent today!

Oct 20-27

AAA Member Rate: from $1,013

Balcony stateroom rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes & fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/travel for complete itinerary. Ask about available add-on airfare. ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL® RESERVES THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE A FUEL SUPPLEMENT OF UP TO $10.00 PER GUEST PER DAY ON ALL GUESTS IF THE PRICE OF WEST TEXAS INTERMEDIATE FUEL EXCEEDS $65.00 PER BARREL.

CONSIDER ADDING A BEFOREOR AFTER-CRUISE EXTENSION! Ask a AAA Travel Agent to arrange a custom on-land stay before in Rome and/or after your Eastern Mediterranean cruise. Pre- and/or postcruise extensions from AAA Travel partner Pleasant Holidays are an ideal way to get the most out of your European voyage — in experiences and value! In addition to hotels and transfers (pier/hotel/ airport), Pleasant Holidays offers a variety of optional sightseeing tours from which to choose.

CHANIÁ — Venetian, Turkish, traditional & modern architecture of Crete’s second city encircles its attractive Old Port, culminating in a Venetian-era lighthouse.


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Member Benefits • Exclusive Offers LONG BEACH

1-800-354-8761 • AAA.com/travel QUEEN MARY

REAGAN LIBARY & MUSEUM

CALIFORNIA New Yearʼs Getaway Courtesy of Destinations Magazine

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including reserved seats for the world-famous Tournament of Roses Parade! The Golden State’s allure is not a new phenomenon; for hundreds of years, dreamers (conquistadors, 49ers and actors among them) have been drawn to its coveted climate, natural beauty and promise of fame & fortune. And now it’s your turn! Start in LA, touring historic Farmers Market, glitzy Rodeo Drive and star-studded Hollywood. At the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre (née Grauman’s, then Mann’s), see celebrity signatures — and casts of other body parts! — immortalized in cement. Follow the parade of bronze medallions studding Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. At Hollywood & Highland, an impressive shopping & entertainment complex housing the Dolby Theatre (new home of Academy Awards extravaganzas), enjoy a great view of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign from the upper level. Continue to downtown LA if time permits, then relax and get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at at a bayfront restaurant in Long Beach. Day 2 takes you to Pasadena to see floats in their final stages of parade preparation; watch volunteers & professionals hand-apply flowers. Tour Burbank’s Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-thescenes look into making films and TV shows; be alert for star sightings! Return to your hotel to relax poolside or enjoy beachside paths for walking, jogging and biking. Dining on your own allows you to

explore Long Beach. On Day 3, drive to Simi Valley’s Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, the nation’s largest and most elaborate; see a full-scale Oval Office replica, Air Force One, a recreated White House state dinner and numerous videos & displays. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through exclusive Malibu to fun & funky Santa Monica; explore its variety of sights in your free time. Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Long Beach on the magnificent Queen Mary — a luxurious setting for sophisticated dining, dancing and bidding farewell to 2013 in grand style. Usher in 2014 with a Champagne toast from the best seat in Long Beach for a gigantic fireworks display off the ship’s stern! Day 4 finds you in Pasadena, with a souvenir program & seat cushion, watching the Roses Parade from a reserved grandstand seat. Sixty flower-covered floats, 22 marching bands from around the world and nearly 300 equestrians. Stop at Victory Park to view and photograph the floats up close. Enjoy a New Year’s Day lunch in see-&-be-seen West Hollywood at a popular restaurant, then drive to your all-suite hotel on San Diego’s waterfront. Enjoy time to explore this unique city, catch the hotel’s nightly cocktail reception; afterward, the night is yours to visit the restaurants and fashionable nightclubs. In the morning of Day 5, see the Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma, with com-

manding views of the Pacific, the harbor and the city skyline. Drive through Mission Bay, continue to Old Town (California’s birthplace) and La Jolla, a chic beachside hideaway where you’ll have time to explore. Established in 1868, Balboa Park is the country’s oldest and one of its largest city parks. Take a guided tour on a doubledecker bus at San Diego Zoo, then board the luxurious Lord Hornblower, designed to resemble the grand steamships that once plied the harbor; enjoy entertainment, dancing and a sit-down dinner while cruising past glittering harbor lights under radiant stars in the sky before debarking at the Embarcadero. Fly home on Day 6.

Dec 29–Jan 3

AAA Member Rate: $3,255

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh–Los Angeles, San Diego– Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 per person), 10 meals (including 2 dinner cruises), 2 cocktail parties, reserved parade seat, taxes/gratuities on included items, local tour manager and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met).

Los Angeles • Beverly Hills • Hollywood • Burbank • Malibu • Santa Monica • West Hollywood • Pasadena • Long Beach • San Diego • La Jolla


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SEPT 19 • AAA Member Rate: from $1,115

Avoid potential airport hassles and leave the driving to AAA! Park for free, then relax and ride our convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach right to the Baltimore waterfront to board your ship. Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale ST MAARTEN (pictured): The Dutch and French left their marks on this heavenly slice of tropical delight. Its beaches are some of the most breathtaking in the Caribbean region. ST KITTS: What’s a town square fashioned after London’s Piccadilly Circus doing in the middle of the Caribbean? It’s just one of many surprises St Kitts has in store. SAN JUAN: Step back in time when you stroll Old San Juan’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with brightly hued shops, houses, restaurants and nightspots. LABADEE: Surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage, Royal Caribbean’s private paradise offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and fun water activities...even an Aqua Park for kids. PLUS 3 FULL DAYS OF CRUISING AT SEA!

AAA Member Rates from $769

ALSO INCLUDES ONBOARD COCKTAIL PARTY $25 SHIPBOARD CREDIT PER STATEROOM Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas.

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AAA, The Preferred Travel Agency of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Bring the kids for more than just a game! FUN FOR ALL. ALL FOR FUN.

A unique tour featuring Carnival Fantasy!

Enjoy a 7-night EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE (3 full days at sea) and a 4-night MOTORCOACH TOUR! RICHMOND VA

(1 NIGHT): Experience the charm and character of one of the South’s most historic destinations on a unique canal cruise and dinner in the lively Shockoe Slip District.

CHARLESTON SC

(1 NIGHT): Grace, gentility and gorgeous residential architecture give this historic city a flavor all its own. Indulge in lowcountry cuisine and lovely accommodations.

THEN, BOARD CARNIVAL FANTASY IN CHARLESTON AND SAIL TO...

GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS

(1 DAY): Small but packed with scenic

punch and historic charm, this oasis of green is set in aquamarine seas ringed by a pristine coral reef.

HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS

(1 DAY): Fulfill tropical fantasies on this idyllic island where you can play in turquoise seas, ride horses on powdery sand and encounter silky stingrays.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

(1 DAY): Blessed by balmy breezes and jumping to a bouncy

calypso beat, Nassau sizzles with fine beaches, shopping, water sports and fun-filled attractions.

THEN, SAIL BACK TO CHARLESTON AND DISEMBARK...

CHARLESTON SC

(1 NIGHT): In Mt Pleasant, visit the grounds, gardens and buildings of antebellum Boone Hall established in 1681 and gloriously preserved as a working plantation

ASHEVILLE NC (1 NIGHT): Explore this charming Blue Ridge foothills town known for its literary heritage and picturesque location. Tour Biltmore Estate!

Aug 8-19 • AAA Member Rate: from $1,867 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, 4-night hotel accommodations, 5 on-land meals, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees, port charges and the services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met). Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

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• Pirates baseball cap • Autographed baseball • Game ticket — outfield box seating • Pre-game behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Park • Pre-game food & drink in the PNC Pirates Deck • Opportunity to watch batting practice if it takes place that day due ALL OF THIS FOR JUST $69 PER PERSON! atFulltimepayment of booking. Saturday June 1 @ 7:15pm vs Cincinnati Reds

FanJam featuring Kool & the Gang in concert • Scratch’n Win

Saturday June 29 @ 7:15pm vs Milwaukee Brewers Zambelli Fireworks Night • Scratch’n Win

Thursday July 4 @ 1:35pm vs Philadelphia Phillies Saturday July 13 @ 7:15pm vs New York Mets

Zambelli Fireworks Night presented by PPG Industries • Scratch’n Win

Saturday Aug 31 @ 7:05pm vs St Louis Cardinals

Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and Third Eye Blind in concert presented by Iron City Beer • Scratch’n Win

Saturday Sept 21 @ 7:05pm vs Cincinnati Reds

Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and Neon Trees in concert presented by Iron City Beer • Scratch’n Win • 2014 Magnetic Schedule

ART!

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includes 4 nights in a Tuscan villa! The romance of Italy comes to life on this tour. Explore the lakes region your way when you choose between a scenic boat ride on Lake Maggiore or a visit to a local farm for a cheese & wine tasting. Explore the rugged coast and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Spend 4 relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa. Discover the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. Visit a winery in the countryside and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Wander a Florentine food market. Spend 2 wonderful nights in Venice. Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures. Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Explore Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets. These are Italy’s treasures! Special inclusion: A serenaded gondola cruise — with Prosecco! — on Venice’s canals! Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides. Enjoy regional wines included with every dinner.

Aug 31–Sept 11 AAA Member Rate: $5,610 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Milan, Venice-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 17 meals, inItaly tour director, air & hotel taxes (subject to change) and vendor travel protection. Visit AAA.com/GoItaly for itinerary and more information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

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Cruising Hawaii is the best way to catch the

ALOHA SPIRIT

SEE MORE HAWAII BY CRUISING!

Pride of America

AAA’s 9-night Hawaiian vacation features a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Honolulu, a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial & a 7-night cruise of 4 islands (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii & Kauai). AAA Member Rates Oct 10-19: from $1,721 • Nov 7-16: from $1,774 Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to change/availability at time of booking and include hotel/pier transfers, 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor tour, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.

This year, the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique & great about Ireland. It’s called The Gathering. Communities, villages and towns are organizing gatherings, festivals and events to welcome visitors. With the focus on Ireland’s vibrant living culture, heritage and people, it’s a chance to experience Ireland like never before. • Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle • Cliffs of Moher

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Pittsburgh PA area Century III (Pleasant Hills) . . . . . . . . . Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Liberty/Shadyside . . . . . . . . . . . . Monroeville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Hills Area (Ross Twp) . . . . . . . . Robinson Township . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Hills (Bethel Park) . . . . . . . . . . White Oak/McKeesport . . . . . . . . . . . Rochester PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Marys PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uniontown PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waynesburg PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheeling WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weirton WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

• Flying Boat Museum 412-655-6105 412-338-4305 412-365-7272 412-858-4640 412-367-7625 412-809-2803 412-833-5060 412-675-3404 724-728-6230 814-781-3003 724-438-8575 814-723-6660 724-225-3600 724-627-3434 304-233-1810 304-748-1616

GENERAL TRAVEL DISCLAIMER: AAA Travel Agency makes every effort to provide accurate, up-to-date prices as of press time and cannot assume responsibility for typographic errors. Rates/offers are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated, and are subject to availability and airline/operator changes. International rates/ offers are subject to currency fluctuations and additional tax & security charges. Rates that include airfare include all taxes, government fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions may apply. Rates/offers are available at all AAA East Central travel agency locations. For tour details, contact AAA or visit AAA.com/travel. AAA FEATURED VACATIONS are specially priced, unique departures; therefore, tour operators, cruise lines and other travel providers often exclude them from additional discounts or specials they offer. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for more details or visit the air carrier’s website for baggage allowance and fee information.

• Killarney National Park, including Muckross House • Ring of Kerry drive, including the Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal tour • Russborough House mansion • Dinner & song at a real pub • Dublin: city tour & free time ...AND MUCH MORE!

Oct 13-20 • AAA Member Rate: $1,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

Edinburgh: welcome drink & dinner • Spean Bridge Woolen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Scottish Highland evening • Culloden Battlefield • Whisky tasting/tour at Blair Athol Distillery • Edinburgh Castle & city tour • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: city tour, Titanic Center • Dublin: city tour, Book of Kells, canal dinner cruise with live music • Rock of Cashel • Blarney: Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: national park “jaunting car” ride • Ring of Kerry • The Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MUCH MORE!

Nov 2-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,699 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 16 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

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BOSTON COMMON

Member Benefits Exclusive Offers

PORTLAND

POCONOS

Avoid potential airport hassles and leave the driving to AAA! Park for free, relax and ride our convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to NY’s Hudson Valley, Boston MA and the Poconos of eastern PA. And, in the middle of it all, enjoy a relaxing 7-night Canada/ New England cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas! 9/20 .........Travel to Lower Hudson Valley for overnight & dinner on grounds of a historic estate. 9/21 .........Tour a Hudson River Valley landmark. Head to Boston for a special dinner. 9/22 .........Tour Boston and enjoy some time on your own. Board Brilliance of the Seas. 9/22-29 ...Cruise to Halifax NS, St John NB and Bar Harbor & Portland ME. 9/29 .........Motorcoach from Boston to a Poconos resort for lunch, dinner & overnight. 9/30 .........Breakfast. Motorcoach to Pittsburgh.

Sept 20-30 • AAA Member Rate: from $1,948 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, 3-night hotel accommodations, 7 on-land meals, cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

400 AT THE BRICKYARD

JULY 27-29 INDIANAPOLIS Since the inaugural race in 1994, this annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has become one of NASCAR’s most-attended events and its second highest paying race in dollars (behind the Daytona 500). Don’t miss it!

Reserved paddock seating with views of turns 1 & 4, the pit road & the winner’s circle 2-night accommodations, daily breakfast & tax at Embassy Suites Indianapolis–North A $50.00 gas card $375 per person, double occupancy LIMITED AVAILABILITY! LIMITED AVAILABILITY! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!


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hot HOME GAMES WITH the PENGUINS!

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WATCH ALL of the ACTION from one of the PRIVATE canadian club party suites! • LEATHER seating • BUFFET • NONALCOHOLIC DRINKS • TV WITH LIVE GAME FEED • ACCESS TO CLUBS LEXUS, CAPTAIN MORGAN & FIRST niagara 1

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ATLANTIC ADVENTURE

Hug the rugged shores of — and never venture far from — the Atlantic Ocean on this exciting exploration of coastal Canada & New England. Witness the influence the sea has on life & land in Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. From big cities to tiny villages, experience cultural differences, visit fascinating attractions and taste unique regional cuisines. The combination of spectacular natural beauty, insightful guides and inevitable camaraderie that AAA motorcoach sightseeing tours are known for make this a journey you’ll not soon forget.

July 12-20: Roundtrip from Pittsburgh • AAA Member Rate: $2,439 Boston MA • Portland ME • NB: St John, Reversing Falls Rapids, Fundy National Park PEI: Green Gables, PEI National Park • NS: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Alexander Graham Bell site, Anne Murray Centre • NB: St Andrews by the Seas, Kingsbrae Gardens • AND MORE! Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (PittsburghBoston), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, super-deluxe motorcoach (wi-fi, leather seats, video screens, seatback trays, seatbelts), sightseeing/admissions, 17 meals, taxes/gratuities on included items, baggage handling (1 per person), services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/travel for complete itinerary details. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

Game 2 Playoff First Round*

aaa member rate: $299 per person per game *Game date to be determined when playoff schedule is announced.

• Fairbanks: University of Alaska Museum, free time, sternwheeler river cruise, salmon bake dinner at Pioneer Park • 4-hour flying adventure over Brooks Range and across Arctic Circle • Denali National Park: free time, “Welcome to the Subarctic” talk, full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour, overnight in the park • Anchorage: city tour, kennel/home of an Iditarod Sled Dog Race winner, Native Heritage Center • Portage Valley: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center • Scenic Seward Highway to Begich Boggs Visitor Center • Seward: free time • Cooper Landing: 2-hour scenic float on the Kenai River • Girdwood: free time, Alyeska Tram, farewell seafood buffet dinner

July 8-17 • AAA Member Rate: $4,979 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 9-night accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing, 16 meals, in-Alaska local guide, services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met), Arctic Circle air adventure (small aircraft; group will be staggered; departure is weather-dependent) & more. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/Alaska for itinerary details.

But hurry, this is a limited-time offer. So, book your Celebrity Cruises vacation now through April 15, 2013. Cruise must be booked between now and April 15, 2013, and must be a 3-night or longer cruise (excluding Celebrity Xpedition cruises) that departs between June 2013 and March 2014. Offer only available for ocean-view or higher staterooms. Cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion or price program. Other restrictions apply.


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Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Pittsburgh area, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and the services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.

DC & Marine Corps Parade: Aug 9-10

AAA Member Rate: $345

Girls’ Spa Getaway: Aug 16-18

AAA Member Rate: $475

“Noah!” in Lancaster: Aug 27-28

AAA Member Rate: $315

Chautauqua Wine & Dine: Aug 29-30

AAA Member Rate: $335

The USMC Evening Parade is a moving tradition. Watch precision drills and listen to patriotic tunes. Tour DC and visit the Smithsonian. 3 meals.

Head to Wilkes-Barre’s Woodlands Inn & Resort for this girls’ weekend. Onsite spa treatments (manicure, pedicure, 45-minute massage included), dining venues, hip cocktail lounges, exciting entertainment venues and more! 3 meals. Travel to PA Dutch country for a live performance of the biblical story of Noah; visit Kitchen Kettle Village, Central Market, an Amish farm & more. 2 meals. Discover the elegance & culture of NY’s Vintage Trail and Chautauqua Institution. Winery visits, mansion tour, lake cruise and more. 5 meals.

Deep Creek Wine & Art Festival: Sept 6-8

Member Rate: $555

Stay lakeside in a condo-hotel with private beach; enjoy a gourmet wine-paired dinner and the festival’s tastings, artisans, entertainment & more. 2 meals.

Michigan Lighthouses: Sept 9-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,095

Explore the best of Michigan’s coastline — picturesque small towns, Thunder Bay Resort, an elk preserve, boat cruises, 5 lighthouses and more. 9 meals.

Cape Cod Adventure: Sept 15-21

AAA Member Rate: $1,195

This seaside escape features waterfront lodging in Cape Cod and visits to Newport RI; Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard & Plymouth MA; and more. 9 meals.

1-DAY FUN-DAY TOURS!

Pittsburgh Sports Tour: June 14

AAA Member Rate: $89

Father’s Day in the City of Champions! Roberto Clemente and Western PA Sports museums. Strip District (lunch on your own). Heinz Field tour.

The Wright Kind of Summer: July 16

AAA Member Rate: $119

Enjoy a summer day exploring 4 Frank Lloyd Wright architectural gems (including Fallingwater) in PA’s scenic Laurel Highlands. 1 meal.

Easy Float on the Yough: Aug 24

AAA Member Rate: $105

Float safely on the Yough River as a Colonial-garbed guide points out sights on this “soft adventure.” Lunch & free time in Ohiopyle. 1 meal.

Lights & Sights along the Lake: Sept 30

Member Rate: $139

Explore Lake Erie’s picturesque shoreline, charming Dunkirk, 2 lighthouses, a waterfront luncheon, the Boardwalk Market and more. 1 meal.

Western Maryland Rail & More: Oct 17 AAA Member Rate: $159 Ride the Western MD Scenic Railroad from Cumberland to Frostburg. Visit the site of Fort Cumberland & an Underground Railroad “stop.” 2 meals.

A Haunting We Will Go: Oct 26

AAA Member Rate: $129

This “spooky” eastern Ohio excursion features a guided Lisbon Cemetery & Funeral Walk as well as a riding tour of Spruceville Ghost Town. 1 meal.

LAST-CHANCE TOURS!

Maine Seacoast: June 22-28

AAA Member Rate: $1,309

Finger Lakes Escape: July 8-11

AAA Member Rate: $805

Rugged coastline. Charming seaside towns. Portland. Boothbay Harbor. Bar Harbor. Freeport. Lighthouses. Whale watch cruise. Acadia National Park. LL Bean. Maine State Prison Store. 12 meals. Spectacular scenery. Quaint towns. Wineries. Elegant homes. Corning Glass Museum. Cornell University. Buttermilk Falls. Lake Seneca cruise. Steamboat dinner cruise on Canandaigua Lake. Lunch at Belhurst Castle. 7 meals.

Tall Ships Great Lakes: July 24-30

AAA Member Rate: $1,539

International Tall Ships on Lake Superior in Duluth MN. Ship tours. Festivities. Lake Superior Maritime Center. North Shore Railroad. Gooseberry Falls. Split Rock Lighthouse. Includes Chicago and the Wisconsin Dells. 11 meals.

Best of Montréal & Québec: Aug 4-10 AAA Member Rate: $1,885 French Canada’s 2 largest & most popular cities. Old City of Québec City. Traditional “sugar shack” (where maple syrup is produced) dinner. Montréal tour. Also visit Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls. 12 meals.

VISIT AAA.COM/USA FOR COMPLETE ITINERARY DETAILS. Niagara & Beyond: Sept 22-25

AAA Member Rate: $459

Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls, Canada, with guided touring of the falls area, Welland Canal, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Toronto and more! 6 meals.

Gettysburg & the Civil War Trail: Sept 24-27

Member Rate: $775

Visit Civil War sites with guided tours of Harper’s Ferry, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Manassas, Antietam and our most well-known battlefield, Gettysburg. 6 meals.

Discover the Hamptons: Sept 30–Oct 4

AAA Member Rate: $915

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon: Oct 3-4

AAA Member Rate: $375

New England Rails & Trails: Oct 6-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,805

Rail to Rail in West Virginia: Oct 9-11

AAA Member Rate: $509

Discover the beauty of Long Island NY; visit Southampton, Montauk Point, East Hampton & Sag Harbor and end in Pennsylvania’s Poconos. 9 meals.

Enjoy northwest PA’s fall foliage and natural landmarks from a motorcoach, the Tioga Central Railroad and even a horse-drawn covered wagon. 3 meals. Take in autumn splendor in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut from several trains, a schooner & your coach. 17 meals. Two scenic rail excursions are the highlight of this fall adventure that also features resort lodging, Blackwater Falls, Branson-style show & more. 6 meals.

Myrtle Beach: Oct 21-27

AAA Member Rate: $1,055

Enjoy the area’s nice weather and beaches without summer’s crowds! Plus oceanfront lodging, 4 live shows, Brookgreen Gardens and more. 9 meals.

Virginia Beach USO Show: Oct 22-25

AAA Member Rate: $769

The 1940s USO shows of Bob Hope and the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band come to life! Enjoy other entertainment & Virginia Beach attractions. 6 meals.

TN Music Express: Oct 27–Nov 3

AAA Member Rate: $1,505

From the Grand Ole Opry to Graceland, this tour celebrates country music and Tennessee’s past & present as well as its natural beauty. 15 meals.


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cheerio, STEELERS FANS! cross “the pond” and BE A PART OF HISTORY! SEE THE Steelers BATTLE THE Minnesota Vikings IN wembley stadium in London, England! travel with YOUR HOST Larry Richert, kdka radio personality, sept 26–oct 1. Enjoy 4 nights at the perfectly located 4-star deluxe Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, just steps from the original Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Aquarium, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and restaurants, shops and nightspots. Also included are... Roundtrip Pittsburgh-London flights • Accommodations Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers & hotel/stadium transfers English breakfast daily • 2-day London sightseeing pass Cocktail reception & dinner with Larry Richert Pre-game party (open bar & hors d’ouerves) with Larry Game ticket (Sept 29) • Hospitality staff on-site Taxes & gratuities AAA Member Rate: $3,399 per person (double occupancy) Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

BIG BEN X 2!

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CRUISETOURS by Celebrity Cruises ...and GIFT CARDS from AAA!

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Experience much more of Alaska on a Cruisetour from Celebrity Cruises.® Cruisetours combine a cruise with a multi-night escorted land journey, either before or after the cruise. Cruisetours explore enchanting regions not accessible by ship. Travel in signature Celebrity style, with every detail taken care of, from transportation to daily included activities, as well as centrally located accommodations. And the service & attention provided by a Celebrity Tour Director are unforgettable. Take your vacation to places few ever get to see. Celebrity Cruisetours offer the most scenic, relaxing way to some of Alaska’s most spectacular corners. Take your comfy seat in the glass-domed Wilderness Express® train, journey to the edge of a 6-milewide glacier, enjoy 360-degree views of 6-million-acre Denali National Park and hear

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tales of the land from guides who know this country better than anyone else. *One per balcony (or higher) stateroom on any new booking by 4/30/13 of an air-inclusive 2013 Celebrity Cruises Alaska cruisetour. Gift card will be mailed after receipt of full payment.

May–September departures available at AAA.com/cruises

10- & 11-night Essential Alaska Cruisetours

Perfect for a first visit or if you’re looking to pack the most into your experience in a few short days. You’ll be amazed what these 3 or 4 days can add to your lifetime of memories.

10-, 11- & 12-night Destination Denali Cruisetours

Created to focus your experience around Denali National Park — its abundance of wildlife, untamed wilderness and awe-inspiring scenery — up close and in depth.

12- & 13-night Grand Alaska Cruisetours

All about seeing more & doing more. Fantastic & flexible, each tour lets you explore Alaska’s interior at your own pace — from Kenai Fjords National Park to Denali National Park to the Northern Lights of Fairbanks. Gold in them thar hills! The gold standard in Alaska Cruisetours, Celebrity's itineraries provide golden opportunities to dip into the Frontier State’s culture, history & heritage.

12-night Alaska Family Adventure Cruisetours

Designed for all generations to see, do, expore, learn and have fun together. Awesome activities perfect for every family member.


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AAA Four & Five Diamond Award winners for 2013 New and repeat winners add jewels to their crowns

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our and Five Diamond Awards are the most coveted symbols of excellence for restaurants and lodging properties and AAA East Central’s Western Pennsylvania region is blessed with a variety of precious gems. “We are very proud to honor this year’s winners,” notes Jim Lehman, president, AAA East Central. “Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings. All but one, are multiple repeat winners and to achieve and maintain this level of service year over year is a great accomplishment.”

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Farmington, PA

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa is the only Pennsylvania resort able to garner four, AAA Diamond Awards in 2013: AAA Five Diamond Awards for Falling Rock and Lautrec, and AAA Four Diamond Awards for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Aqueous.

The AAA Five Diamond Award is the most coveted designation in the hospitality industry and they are a very select group. In 2013, just 0.3 percent of the 31,000 lodgings and 28,000 restaurants received this prestigious designation. A 42-room luxury, boutique hotel, Falling Rock is designed on the architectural principles and style of Frank Lloyd Wright. This is its 8th consecutive Five Diamond honor. Amenities include an infinity pool with private cabanas, and 24-hour butler service. Aqueous imparts the aspects that set Wright apart from his peers into a special dining experience, taking the upscale steakhouse concept to an entirely new dimension thanks to its unusual in-house dry aging and onsite cutting program. The menu features American cuisine with a strong focus on local ingredients and there are remarkable views of the mountains through the two glass walls. The word “experience” is used frequently to describe Lautrec. The menu is a prix-fixe format where guests can create their own five-course menu, or dine from the nine course Chef’s Tasting menu. Diners can compliment their meal with the Sommelier’s hand-picked wine pairings from Pennsylvania’s largest wine cellar. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort now boasts 11 consecutive Four Diamond Awards. The 124-room Chateau Lafayette

was inspired by the Ritz in Paris and remains a tribute to the grand hotels of Europe. The property also features the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, two championship golf courses — the Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. The Adventure Center located in the newly built Sundial Lodge, is the hub of outdoor activity, adventure and recreation. Experience the ride of your life on the 1,060-foot Fatbird Flyer Zip Line. Reach speeds of up to 60 mph while soaring 300 feet above the ground. The Wildlife Academy houses an animal nursery, petting zoo, and educational programs. Lions, leopards, zebra, and alligator are just some of over 100 species that call Nemacolin home.

Fairmont Pittsburgh

The Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel joins this select group with its 4th FourDiamond Award. Located at the heart of Pittsburgh’s business and cultural district, Fairmont Pittsburgh offers superb and distinctive guest experience in a luxury setting. With breathtaking views of PNC Park, and the Pittsburgh skyline, in room amenities include bathrobes, 42” LCD HDTV, and high speed Internet. An expansive 6,000-square-foot health club located on the third floor features cardio equipment, free weights, a fitness studio and spa services.

Fairmont Pittsburgh has also received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification at the Gold Level from the United States Green Building. Edie, the hotel’s Canine Ambassador will offer you a warm welcome and make you feel right at home.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

This iconic hotel is where stunning architectural meets modern amenities in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It is one of only three, AAA Four Diamond Award lodging properties in the city, adding a 12th AAA Four Diamond Award to its growing collection. Located at 107 Sixth Street, the opulent hotel is housed in the classic Fulton Building, conveniently positioned among five acclaimed theaters

and centrally located near Heinz Field, PNC Park, Consol Energy Arena and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Completed in 1906, the building’s signature a seven-story arched opening or “light well” provides guest rooms with the remarkable view of Pittsburgh’s bustling North Shore and its celebrated bridges. Meticulously restored to its original grandeur in 2001, marble, leaded glass and mosaic tile surround the lobby rotunda. Guestrooms feature a spacious work area, television with premium cable, and high-speed Internet.

all redwood Big House, constructed in 1929, or enjoy the privacy of one of the rustic cabins. Each one offers turndown service, complimentary bottled mineral water, tea, coffee and Glendorn’s signature cookie jars refilled daily. Glendorn features 41 wood burning fireplaces and each suite or cabin has at least one. Flyfishing is crucial to the experience and there are nearly three miles of privately managed trout stream. The Restaurant at Glendorn’s eclectic bill of fare is best described as neoglobal, mixing flavors from around the world. Daily menus are often as thought provoking as they are delicious.

Eleven — Pittsburgh

Eleven is where downtown meets the Strip. Located at 1150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, Eleven has collected the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation for the 9th consecutive year. The kitchen is the center of Eleven’s

Omni William Penn

Pittsburgh’s premier historic luxury hotel, has received the 2012 AAA Four Diamond Lodging rating for the first time in its distinguished history. Long considered the “Grande Dame” of Pittsburgh hotel properties, the Omni William Penn Hotel, has played host to presidents, heads of state, movie stars and captains of industry since 1916. The opulence, striking beauty and charming presence of this historic landmark have only been enhanced by a recent multi-million dollar renovation. Today, the Omni William Penn retains that heritage, while providing the latest in modern amenities and conveniences.

The 596-guestrooms and suites featuring lavish cherrywood furnishings, plush robes, flat screen TV, coffee maker, mini fridge and high-speed Internet access. A complimentary executive fitness center is open 24-hours a day. In true 1920s tradition, Pittsburgh’s only Speakeasy is tucked beneath the hotel lobby and has been restored to its former glory.

Glendorn — Bradford, PA

Nestled in a serene valley in the Allegheny foothills, Glendorn has added its 18th AAA Four Diamond Award. Located on a secluded 1,280acre estate in Bradford, PA, guests can relax in the spacious Dorn Suite in the

high-energy urban atmosphere, where indigenous and seasonal ingredients are combined to create a fresh and truly original menu that includes culinary mashups like Smoked Elysian Fields Farm lamb taco appetizers, and more traditional entrees like Beef Tenderloin or Grilled Swordfish. For a truly unique and palate-pleasing experience, groups of up to six can dine at the Chef’s Table, inches away from the culinary team in Eleven’s custom-designed kitchen. Four private dining rooms extend Eleven’s eclectic style into an exclusive setting for meetings, special occasions, and private parties. Just 3.9 percent of the 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated lodging facilities and restaurants were awarded AAA Four Diamond designation for the past twelve months.

EASY TO FIND

AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the downloadable eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on AAA.com, and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA offices. Travelers can access information about AAA inspections and Diamond Ratings at AAA.com/Diamonds.


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Introducing Club Rewards on AAA.com Prepare to be WOWED by deep discounts and savings

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ow more than ever, AAA members are looking for ways to save. And the savings are sensational at AAA Club Rewards. It’s an exciting new online discount program that significantly expands discounts and savings available to AAA members! This innovative new shopping experience on AAA.com, features deep discounts, limited offers and everyday savings on electronics, home improvement, apparel, entertainment, pet care and more, from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nationwide — including big time national retailers like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart and The Home Depot. Members can access these new discounts simply by visiting the discounts section of our website at AAA.com. The AAA Club Rewards shopping portal features an intuitive, easy to navigate interface to help you find exactly what you are looking for with just a few simple clicks. Check out the Hot List for local offers, or use the AAA Club Rewards Shopping Engine to select your favorite brands. AAA members can also customize their shopping experience to receive personalized recommendations based on their interests. In addition to discount offers, you’ll earn WOWPoints on most purchases, a unique online currency, that you can “burn off” at your favorite participating

the AAA Club Rewards page from www. AAA.com/discounts. Members will be able to browse through offers, however, they must first register at the time of transaction. Registration is completely free — a valid AAA membership and email address are all you need. Offers are available online, by phone, and sometimes in-store via a printed coupon and include limitedtime offers, deep discount offers and everyday offers. Members can even buy local restaurant gift certificates and earn WOWPoints at the same time. Why wait any longer? Register online at AAA.com/discounts. Then shop, save and earn on national and local brands, restaurants and retailers.

DOUBLE UP ON DISCOUNTS — Save serious cash and earn WOW PoInts at the same time when you shop at AAA Club Rewards. merchants. The majority of merchants will give at least one WOWPoint for each dollar spent, with many of them giving two, four, or more times the WOWPoints per dollar spent. One hundred WOWPoints equals $1 and members can start burning their points with as little as $2 or 200 WOWPoints. • WOWPoints are as flexible as cash; • 100 WOWPoints earned = $1.00; • No limit to the points you can earn;

• No blackout dates, no inflated redemption prices and no restrictions; • WOWPoints never expire. They remain valid as long as you are a AAA member; • Double Dip — WOWPoints can be earned on top of your points from your AAA Member Rewards Visa credit card. AAA East Central members can access

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about the AAA Discounts program including Show Your Card & Save and AAA Prescription Savings, or to sign up free for AAA Club Rewards visit AAA.com/Discounts.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow New attraction weighs anchor at Walt Disney World Resort

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he wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean film series has brought peg legs, parrots, eye patches, and plank-walking back into fashion. And what better place to embrace your inner swashbuckler than Walt Disney World Resort, offering a full slate of buccaneer-based attractions and activities. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow opened last December at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is your chance to become immersed in the action and adventure of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Pirates has dropped anchor at Soundstage 4, wedged between the Walt Disney tribute “One Man’s Dream” and Toy Story Midway Mania. Aspiring buccaneers journey deep into an eerie lost grotto, where a mysterious pirate skull puts them to the test. See if you have what it takes to set sail with Captain Jack’s crew. Along the way, you must face all the pirate perils, as your favorite moments from the films come to life. Captain Jack Sparrow appears via high-definition projection and engages in a battle with Davy Jones, before inviting the crew to sing “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”. State-of-the-art technology along with dancing skeletons, mermaids, and the Black Pearl bring the film to life, along with an epic ship-to-ship battle that culminates with the sinking of the Flying Dutchman.

Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas — will debut in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom this spring. Guests will use a pirate map and “magic” talisman to help them complete five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland. The goal is to help locate different Treasures of the Seven Seas and fight off pirate enemies like the Royal Navy and Captain Barbossa, among others. The most popular rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort have also been taken over by pirates. Nearly 400 rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort were renovated with pirate ship themed beds, buccaneer accessories and swashbuckling decor from stem to stern—all awash in the lore of the sea. The rooms have proven a hit with guests, especially among families with children.

AVAST MATEY — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow opened last December. Disney’s original Pirates of the Caribbean features a comical cast of rascals, scoundrels, and knaves, on a rollicking boat ride to a Caribbean seaport under siege. First opened at Disneyland in 1967, it was the last attraction personally overseen by Walt Disney. The ride, which has been a fixture at the Magic Kingdom since 1973, became the inspiration for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

Recent updates include audio-animatronic figures of Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa — voiced by the original actors — along with new special effects, improved lighting and audio. Davy Jones and Blackbeard also appear via a remarkable mist screen projection. Several times daily Captain Jack and mate Mack entertain Disney guests with a fun-filled pirate tutorial. A new interactive quest — A Pirate’s

SHIVER ME TIMBERS

The popular image of pirates began with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and countless films. But not everything you’ve heard is true. Few pirates ever made prisoners walk the plank, and Captain Kidd was the only pirate known to have buried a treasure. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Taking the measure of alternative fuels Few surpass the energy densities of gasoline and diesel

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nergy density and the cost, weight, and size of onboard energy storage are important characteristics of fuels for transportation. Fuels that require large, heavy, or expensive storage can reduce space, add weight, or make it too costly to operate, even after taking account of cheaper fuels. Compared to gasoline and diesel, other options may have more energy per unit weight, but none have more energy per unit volume. On an equivalent energy basis, gasoline (which contains up to 10% ethanol) is estimated to account for 99% of light-duty vehicle fuel consumption in 2012. Over half of the remaining 1% was from diesel, with all other fuels combining for less than half of 1%. The limited use of these fuels is largely explained by their energy density and problems of onboard storage. Beyond gasoline and diesel, fuels like compressed propane, ethanol, and methanol offer energy densities per unit volume that are less than gasoline and diesel. Natural gas, either in liquefied form (LNG) or compressed (CNG), is lighter than gasoline but has lower densities per unit volume. The same is true for hydrogen fuels, which contains only a third of the energy per volume that gasoline does, making it difficult to store enough fuel to go as far as a gasoline vehicle on a full tank. It must also be either cooled down to -253oC or compressed to 3,000

with fuel cells powered by hydrogen can double the fuel economy of a similarly sized gasoline vehicle, while battery-powered electric vehicles can quadruple mileage. Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit no greenhouse gases and the only by-products are water vapor and heat. Today, the cost of fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and batteries are still prohibitive to most consumers and the availability of refueling and charging facilities is extremely limited. In addition, the improvement in fuel economy of these vehicles does not compensate for the lower fuel densities of hydrogen and various battery types like lithium ion, lithium polymer, and nickel-metal hydride batteries that result in limited driving range relative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

HYDROGEN HIGHWAY — The hydrogen powered Honda FCX Clarity has very limited availability in the U.S. to 10,000 psi. Compressed fuels require heavy storage tanks, while cooled fuels require special equipment to maintain low temperatures. Other fuels such as E85 (a gasoline blend with up to 85% ethanol) used in flex-fuel vehicles, have an energy density about 27% lower than gasoline so a vehicle needs to burn more fuel per mile. On the plus side, ethanol offers increased vehicle power and performance.

Considering only energy density leaves out the relative fuel economies associated with vehicles capable of using other fuels. Natural gas vehicles produce lower emissions and increase energy security because reserves are abundant, and can be domestically produced. The typical fuel economy of an internal combustion engine in a light-duty vehicle is around 25 miles per gallon. On an equivalent basis, electric vehicles

ONE STEP CLOSER

Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan recently signed a unique three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology with a goal of launching the world’s first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit AAA.com for information on all things automotive including tips on buying, operating and maintaining a vehicle.

aroundtown SPRING TRILLIUM HIKE ON THE LOWER TRAIL — (April 13) Join Deb Tencer to see the repeat performance of thousands of red and yellow trilliums and Dutchman’s breeches that cover the hillside along a section of the Lower Trail. Meet at the Water Street flea market at 11:00 a.m. The hike is only 2 miles and is quite easy. Afterward, please join them and go for pizza. For more info contact Deb at naturehikergal@gmail.com. MUZZLE LOADING AND GUN BUILDERS SHOW — (April 13- 14) Check out muzzleloading firearms, parts, powder horns, knives, hunting bags and associated accoutrements. If the Old West calls to you, then Old Bedford Village is the place to be this weekend! The times are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Old Bedford Village, 220 Sawblade Road, Bedford. Contact 814.623.1156 or www.oldbedfordvillage.com. PSU FREE MOVIE NIGHT — ARGO (April 14) Ben Affleck stars and directs this suspenseful dramatization of the 1980 secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Winner of the 2012 Academy Award as Best Film! Rated R. Films are free

and open to the public. Free soda and popcorn will be served. The time is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the PSU Altoona Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 12th Avenue, Altoona. Contact: 814.949.5535. PENN STATE SPEAKER SERIES — TIM TEBOW — (April 16) The unorthodox NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is also known for his faith, integrity and character earning him legions of fans. Tebow lives a life that consistently reflects his values, and is dedicated to helping people and communities in need. The time is at 7:00 p.m. at the Blair County Convention Center, One Convention Drive, Altoona, PA. Tickets on sale at www.altoona.psu. edu/tickets or contact 814.949.5091. PHILLIP PHILLIPS — (April 26) Winner of season eleven of American Idol, Phillip Phillips will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Adler Athletic Complex, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona. The opening act will be Casey Weston, a finalist from season one of The Voice. For more information, call 814.949.5407. BUD SHUSTER RUN FOR YOUR LIFE RACE — (April 20) It’s the 5th year for this race, which is unique because participants run a portion of Route 36. The event will con-

sist of a 5K, run, 2 mile run and 2 mile walk. Please register early to guarantee yourself a T-shirt. Online registration closes at noon on April 19th at noon. The time is at 8:00 a.m. at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, 1111 Hewitt Street, Hollidaysburg. Visit them online at www.hollidaysburgareaymca.org. LOGAN VALLEY MALL’S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION — (April 21) Celebrate Earth Day at the Logan Valley Mall! There will be hands on learning stations involving stream macro invertebrates, an Earth Day tree, Vermaculture, composting, rain barrel/rain garden, acid mine drainage tie dye, invasive and native plants and more. Everyone’s favorite clown, Dennie Huber will be on hand for Balloon Art from 10 a.m. to noon and a Poster Contest ceremony takes place at noon. Event runs until 4:00 p.m. at the Logan Valley Mall, JC Penney Court, Route 220 & Goods Lane, Altoona. Contact: 814.944.6128, or www.shoploganvalleymall.com. WWII HISTORY WEEKEND — (April 26-28) Like living history? Well now’s your chance to see some in action. The Blair County Historical Society is hosting a WWII History Weekend. Come out and see it all

first hand, the way it was then. Allied and Axis living history camps in addition to a few displays/activity tents. Local veterans will be on hand to share their stories. The times are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Baker Mansion, 3419 Oak Lane, Altoona. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM — (May 2-5) Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, the musical tells the story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” is the promise made at the beginning and Broadway’s greatest musical farce is a fast paced, witty and irreverent romp. The curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m. at the Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Street, Altoona. Contact: 814.944.9434 or www.mishlertheatre.org. A SPRING CONCERT — (May 11) The Horseshoe Chorus, a male four-part barbershop harmony chorus performs songs that will put spring in the air. The show goes on at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Street, Altoona. Contact: 814.944.9434 or www.mishlertheatre.org.


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Holland America cruises the Continent New ports and itineraries highlight the 2013 season

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even is the magic number for Holland America Line this summer when the premium cruise line deploys seven ships to Europe. Seven ships will sail 107 departures with seven maiden ports of call that span the northern tip of Norway, to the Black Sea and across the Mediterranean. With itineraries ranging from seven to 64 days, travelers will have an opportunity to explore a variety of destinations, from iconic ports of call as well as smaller, less traveled and equally fascinating port cities. This year, Holland America’s focus is on destination diversity. Maiden port calls include Alanya, Turkey, the historic Seljuk Turkish seaport and resort town on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. A total of 20 overnight stays at some of Europe’s most iconic ports afford travelers with more time to explore the world’s most interesting destinations. Overnight calls include Amsterdam; Barcelona; Bordeaux; France; Copenhagen; Dublin; Venice; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Istanbul, Turkey. Legendary hub of the Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul straddles two continents. The last stop on the fabled Silk Road, Sultanahmet — the city’s ancient core — is a maze of alleyways culminating at the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of color and sound. Must see attractions include the

est city in the Roman Empire. Walking down the Arcadian Way, an ancient street paved with white marble, you can almost hear the footsteps of Anthony and Cleopatra, and St. Paul, who preached in the Great Theatre. Holland America Line’s long tradition of sophisticated mid-sized ships is evident in signature features such as the outside-view glass elevators and a pool enclosed by a retractable magradome. En route to Istanbul, you’ll pass through the Dardenelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. On one side is the rocky Gallipoli peninsula, scene of one of the Great War’s bloodiest battles. On the other, the windy Turkish plains where the ancient city of Troy once stood. Three millennia have passed since Odysseus began his 10-year voyage back to Ithaca through these very same straits.

A GRAND TOUR — Nieuw Amsterdam cruises into the harbor in Venice, Italy. Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the hauntingly lit Basilica Cistern. From the deck of your ship, soak in the passing panorama of the Bosphorus, where the Black Sea mingles with the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Also new for 2013 is an 11-day Ancient Mysteries voyage sailing between Piraeus and Istanbul aboard ms Noordam. Ports of call include Alexandria, Egypt founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great,

IF YOU GO and the mythical Greek islands of Mykonos, Crete and Rhodes. Mykonos may be the quintessential Greek island, filled with windmills and dazzling white houses set against a shimmering blue sea. Basket-laden donkeys make their way through a maze of ancient streets, designed to frustrate pirates. Kusadasi, a popular resort town on the Turkish coast, is the gateway to ancient ruins of Ephesus, once the larg-

Holland America Line appeals to discerning cruisers who prefer mid-sized ships, personalized service, five-star dining, and sophisticated ambiance throughout both public areas and staterooms. FOR MORE IN FORMATION

See your AAA Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/cruises for more information on Holland America cruise vacations.

AAA offers home protection tips for travelers Rest easier on vacation by discouraging burglars at home

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vacation is a great way “get away from it all.” Unfortunately, some travelers will return home to find “it all” is no longer there. Nationally, a burglary happens every 13 seconds and home burglaries are generally higher during peak travel months. Many break and enters could be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. AAA provides the following tips for any homeowner planning that welldeserved vacation: • Remember to close and lock all house and garage windows and doors. Slide locks are recommended for sliding glass doors. • If you own a second car, lock and park it halfway up the driveway to deter potential burglars from pulling a vehicle close to your house. Any vehicle parked outside for an extended period should also be protected with some type of auto theft or security device. • Leave blinds and curtains in their normal position so that your house doesn’t have a closed-down look. Move expensive electronic equipment such as televisions, stereos, computers, and other attractive items away from windows, where they are within easy reach.

• Engraved property is less attractive to burglars. Positive identification through engraving can also lead to a quicker recovery of stolen items. • Resist the urge to discuss your trip with acquaintances or on social media sites. Have a friend to pick-up your mail. If that is not an option, have the U.S. postal service hold your mail and temporarily cancel your newspaper subscription. • Ask a trusted friend to inspect your house regularly and tell them who to contact in case of an emergency. They should also be given a key to your car in case it needs to be moved during an emergency. Let them know about anyone who may be visiting your home such as landscapers. • Set an automatic timer so interior lights periodically turn on and off. A timer on a radio is also suggested. • If traveling for an extended period, arrange for lawn service. It’s important to keep shrubbery trimmed around doors and windows. Don’t give a thief an easy place to hide. • Never leave spare keys “hidden” under doormats, in flowerpots, or anywhere outside the house. • Make certain your homeowner insurance policy is paid.

Thieves sometimes look for potential targets in airports by reading the address information on luggage tags. If possible, use your business address or use tag covers to protect personal information. If you notice the door ajar or suspect a problem when you return home, call 911 before entering. AAA wants you, your home and your property to be safe while vacationing. Paying attention to these simple precautions will help ensure your return home is as enjoyable as your trip.

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Trust AAA to steer you right on all your current and future Auto, Home and Life insurance needs. Combining your coverage with one insurance company could make a significant difference in your premium. Call 800.207.7947, or visit AAA. com/ insurance for more information or to schedule a comprehensive Insurance review. AAA – your trusted insurance advisor.


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Where the sun sets...and the fun rises!

THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST! 1-800-354-8761 • AAA.COM

Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip airport/ hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing & admissions as indicated, services of a AAA Tour Manager and more. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details.

Yellowstone Experience America’s first national park’s first explorers were called liars when they described its otherworldly features and wildlife. From Salt Lake City, visit Antelope Island State Park. At Yellowstone, head straight for Old Faithful! Visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Taking a wildlife safari (with sunset picnic) with opportunities for wildlife sightings. Enjoy the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” the Grand Tetons, the cowboy town of Jackson, a Snake River float trip and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). 12 meals.

Grand Canyon Adventure Luxuriate in Red Rock Country at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Take a Pink Jeep backcountry tour. Ride first class on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to your national park lodging just a quarter-mile from the South Rim. Visit Glen Canyon Recreational Area and a night at Lake Powell Resort. A tour highlight is your guided half-day float trip on the Colorado River! Motorcoach to the Luxor Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. Flirt with Lady Luck, relax by the pool or take in a top-notch show on your free full day in Vegas. 9 meals.

Oct 4-10 • AAA Member Rate: $2,195

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Southwestern Canyonlands Eroded for eons by wind and water, the colorful canyons of Arizona, Utah and Nevada captivate all who visit. See the stunning Red Rocks of Sedona, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, the backcountry of Monument Valley, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park lodging, guided tour and IMAX Theater. Take an “adventure cruise” through Antelope/Navajo Canyon. Visit Lake Powell and spend 2 fun nights in Las Vegas. 11 meals.

June 12-20 • AAA Member Rate: $2,725

Aug 5-11 • AAA Member Rate: $1,835

American Majesty From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite landmarks in between. Visit Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone NP (Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs), Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mt Rushmore National Memorial (evening light ceremony), Ft Laramie National Historic Site and the Buffalo Bill Historic Center. Float down the Snake River and ride a Jeep safari through the Black Hills. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). See Crazy Horse Monument. 15 meals, including a chuck wagon dinner.

Napa Valley & San Francisco So many delights in one tour — from San Francisco’s endless charms to the natural splendor of the Muir Woods redwoods. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy 5 vineyards (participate in a “Blend Your Own Merlot” event) and 3 nights at Tuscan-style Vino Bella Resort in Napa. Savor an exquisite 4-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. With your hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf as your base, tour San Francisco’s famous landmarks, cruise by ferry across the bay and enjoy free time for shopping and exploring. 2 meals.

Oct 7-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,949

Aug 31–Sept 8 • AAA Member Rate: $2,735

Best of Northern California

New Mexico Balloon Fiesta

Explore San Francisco, the redwoods at Muir Woods, Mediterranean-style Sausalito and the wine country of the Sonoma and Napa valleys (and dine on the Napa Valley Wine Train). Ride Amtrak’s California Zephyr to the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe and cruise its crystal-blue waters aboard a paddlewheeler. Venture to Yosemite National Park, then take the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey, Carmelby-the-Sea, 17-Mile Drive, Big Sur, San Simeon (Hearst Castle), Salinas Valley and Silicon Valley. 14 meals.

Calling all train lovers! Join this multi-train Great American Rail Adventure in the Centennial State. Enjoy unforgettable rides on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Marvel at the awesome natural rock formations in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the spectacular landscapes at the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction and the dizzying height of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City. 15 meals.

Explore Albuquerque, the Land of Enchantment’s largest city. At the International Balloon Fiesta, witness the mass ascension of hundreds of balloons. Explore landmarks along Route 66, visit Old Town & its Plaza and tour the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Ride Sandia Peak’s Aerial Tramway and visit an artisanal winery. See the Balloon Fiesta’s evening “Glowdeo” & fireworks. Explore historic Chimayo village, artistic Taos and charming Santa Fe. Take a guided desert wilderness hike with llamas! 14 meals.

July 25–Aug 2 • AAA Member Rate: $2,859

Sept 14-21 • AAA Member Rate: $2,095

Oct 9-15 • AAA Member Rate: $2,309

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