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Heidelberg Police Officer Commended for Heroism The Spiritual Journey of Labyrinths Woodville Plantation Conducts 18th Century Cooking Classes

Hi, I’m Lee Hlavay owner and operator of Foxwood Landscaping, and a lifetime resident of Scott Township. I’m a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School and Youngstown State University and have been in the landscaping business for the past 12 years, operating in the South Hills area. Foxwood Landscaping specializes in landscape maintenance including lawn care, pruning and trimming shrubs, as well as mulching and Spring and Fall cleanups.

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Pamela Palongue [North] Mark Berton [South] OF F ICE MANAGER




Cassie Brkich Anna Buzzelli Sharon Cobb Susie Doak

Jan McEvoy Joe Milne Tamara Tylenda


John Barrera Jonathan Barnes Jennifer Brozak Matt Fascetti Tracey Fedkoe Mike Ference Jacob Flannick Britt Fresa Heather Holtschlage Aimee Nicolia

Nick Keppler Chelsea Kozera Leigh Lyons Dana Black McGrath JoAnne Nasser Melanie Paulick Gina Sallinger Judith Schardt


Mark Fainstein Ginni Hartle Brad Lauer

Len Pancoast Kathleen Rudolph Gary Yon

FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to the summer issue of IN Chartiers Valley magazine. I say “summer,” but this year, it seems summer started in early March. However, the warm days have given people a reason to get outside early and often. Bulbs are blooming earlier and joggers are out en force. So I hope you’ve had a chance to get out there and take advantage of the early summer, and while you’re at it, let us know what you’re up to. We try to feature as much local content as we can in each issue and hope that you enjoy that content. Now, we want to get even more local and ask you directly for your stories in each issue. These features don’t have to be about you or someone you know doing something extraordinary like climbing Mt. Everest or swimming the English Channel. We want to know what makes our readers tick. It could be that you’ve always wanted a classic Thunderbird and have been restoring one for the past few years. We’d like to see it, and I’m sure other would too. So let’s start off with that, since we’re coming into car cruise season: If you or someone you know has a pretty interesting restoration project going on in their garage, let us know! Email our editor, Mark Berton, at or call us at 724.942.0940. We’ll be happy to hear your story and may even send one of our photographers out to capture your work for the next issue. Keep in mind, the project doesn’t necessarily be current – if you’ve been cruising in your restoration project for some time now, that’s ok, too. But we’d like to know what you did at the nuts and bolts level to get your baby roadworthy. If you’re just not sure one way or the other if you think you have a good story, call Mark and he’ll be happy to help you out!   Looking forward to seeing some whitewalls and chrome in the fall issue!   Have a great summer!   Wayne Dollard Publisher


Derek Bayer Tom Poljak

Tamara Myers


Brian Daley Gina D’Alicandro Tina Dollard Karen Fadzen Julie Graf Jason Huffman Connie McDaniel Brian McKee Gabriel Negri

Aimee Nicolia Annette Petrone Vincent Sabatini Jennifer Schaefer Michael Silvert Karen Turkovich RJ Vighetti Nikki Capezio-Watson Sophia Alfaras

This magazine is carrier route mailed to all district households and businesses. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Copyright 2012. CORRESPONDENCE Direct all inquiries, comments and press releases to: IN Community Magazines Attn: Editorial 603 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Ph: 724.942.0940 Fax: 724.942.0968 www.

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IN Chartiers Valley is a non-partisan community publication dedicated to representing, encouraging and promoting the Chartiers Valley area and its comprising municipalities by focusing on the talents and gifts of the people who live and work here. Our goal is to provide readers with the most informative and professional regional publication in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Woodville Plantation Conducts 18th Century Cooking Classes... | 33 Battle of the Books ...................... | 40 Real Estate ...................................... | 42 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Hickory Heights Golf Club ........ | 15

The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society played a commemorative concert at Old St. Luke’s. See story on page 12.

Henry Wealth Management Our Dying Friend’s Wishes ...................... | 19 Bridgeville Animal Clinic ........... | 29 Fitness Fanatics ........................... | 39 Paragon Homes ............................ | 44 33





S&A Homes ........................................ | 43

Chartiers Valley School District ................................................. | 6

Paragon Homes ................................ | 43

Bridgeville News and Events ........................................................ | 10

Cover photo by Gary Yon

Scott Church Enjoys Period Music Performance ............... | 12 Heidelberg Borough News and Events .................................... | 16 Collier Township News and Events ........................................... | 20 UPMC Today | Health and Wellness News ..................................... | 21 FEATURES

Heidelberg Police Officer Commended for Heroism ....... | 18 The Spiritual Journey of Labyrinths .................................... | 30 WE WANT TO COVER YOU! Do you have an event coming up that you’d like to publicize? Do you have an event that you want us to cover? Let us know! Go to and fill out the form. Events will be announced in the upcoming issue. If our deadlines don’t match yours, we may decide to send our photographers to cover the event for an upcoming issue. We’re looking for fundraisers, charity drives, social functions, class reunions, church festivals, awards presentations and more! If you’re not sure you have an event worth featuring, give us a call at 724.942.0940 and we’ll help you out!

Chartiers Valley School District Chartiers Valley Middle School Students Compete at National Academic Games


Fourteen CV Middle School students had a great academic experience April 27-30 when they attended the National Academic Games competitions at Oglebay Park, West Virginia. Accompanied by Gifted Prorgram teacher Mike Scheinberg and two other adults, the students competed in six events — Mathematical Equations, Logic, Linguistics, Presidential History, World Events, and Propaganda Techniques. “They went up against academically talented kids from Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and other states,” Scheinberg said. “Our students gave 100 per cent effort, and the results reflected this.” Sixth grader Jonathan Uher finished 20th out of 268 students in Equations; Baladev Rice, from Grade 7, was 18th out of 168 in Linguistics; Ellen Murphy, an 8th grader was 27th out of 168 in Linguistics, 18th out of 136 in Logic, and 24th out of 214 in Propaganda.

The students also had a chance to enjoy the outdoor activities at Oglebay Park such as paddle boating, miniature golf, and the zoo. Each of the students received a trophy for participating in the fourday trip. Team members were Matthew Smith, Jonathan Uher, Alex Bailey, Jacob Kundra, Joel Fisher, Kevin Lau,Jennifer Waters, Michelle Waters, Dominic Piganelli, Baladev Rice, Jack Barlow, Sol LaBruna, Ellen Murphy and John Mucha.

Students perform in PMEA Honors Band Festival

American Legion Essay Awards Five students from Chartiers Valley Middle School won awards this year in the American Legion Essay Contest. Jill Grover, president of the American Legion auxiliary Unit #82, presented the awards April 13 to sixth graders Matthew Smith and Jennifer Waters; seventh graders Emily Smith and Olivia Fortune; and eighth grader Nick May. Jennifer and Olivia were first place winners, and Olivia’s essay was chosen to go on to the county level. Local prizes included medals, certificates, and cash awards. Grover applauded the students’ work on the topic “How Can I Show Patriotism In My Community?”

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Four Intermediate School and three Middle School band students participated in the PMEA Honors Band Festival held at Shaler Area Elementary School May 4th and 5th. The students performed at their highlest level and represented our schools very well! Honors Band musicians: Nina DiBacco Clarinet- IS, Sarah Katonka - Clarinet -IS, Anna Murphy - Percussion- IS, Abbie Trybus - Bass Clarinet - IS, Matthew Smith - Trumpet - MS, Toby Trotta - Clarinet - MS, Robbie Wanker Trombone -MS.

Chartiers Valley School District Published by the Chartiers Valley School District for the residents Bridgeville Borough, Collier Township, Heidelberg Borough and Scott Township.

Board of Directors

Beth McIntyre, President 412-429-9242 Pamela Poletti, Vice President 412-429-8717 Jeff Choura 412-221-7704 Wendy Huntoon 412-279-5048 Robert Kearney 412-279-0813 Bridget Kelly 412-319-7934 Debra Rice 412-722-8021 Jamie Stevenson 724-307-3008 Sandra Zeleznik 412-279-2227

Central Administration Brian White, Ed.D Superintendent Yvonne Hawkins, Ed.D Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum Scott Seltzer Asst. Superintendent for School Leadership

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Student Ambassador Conference at History Center Students then attended breakout sessions to complete the morning’s agenda. Following lunch the students participated in the Passport Challenge which included the exploration and identification of international elements in the Special Collections. WorldQuest challenges and questions were also part of the challenge. The Student Ambassador Program is designed to familiarize middle school students with global issues and cultures. The program introduces partnership-learning among the region’s middle schools through awareness, understanding, and appreciation of world cultures by connecting students to the local international community.

McTeachers donate time to raise money for PTG

CVIS teachers traded in their chalk for aprons May 10th to raise money for the school’s PTG. McDonald’s graciously donated 15% of their profits earned for that time period while teachers manned the counter and the drive through window at the restaurant on Washington Pike. The money will help the PTG in its mission to fund field trips and assemblies for IS students.

Robert Gold Director of Facilities Arthur Turner Asst. Director of Facilities Lynne Dunnick Director of Student Services Michael Mazzeo Director of Transportation Please direct news items or questions to the public relations office at 412.429.2234. Your input is greatly appreciated! Questions regarding taxes should be directed to your municipality: Bridgeville, 412.221.6055; Collier, 412.276.5277; Heidelberg, 412.276.5413; Scott, 412.276.5302. Delinquent tax questions should be directed to Maiello, Brungo and Maiello at 412.242.9615. The Board will hold Workshop and Regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the District Assembly Room at the Administrative Offices, 2030 Swallow Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The Board may take action or conduct business for any particular or general purpose at any of these meetings. Additional special or committee meetings will be called and advertised as needed. It is the policy of Chartiers Valley School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, marital or parental status, national origin, age, or handicap in its educational and vocational programs, activities or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI.


Twenty Middle School 6th graders joined 305 students from 22 other school districts at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Student Ambassador Conference at the Senator John Heinz History Center May 3. Competition to fill the school’s allotted 20 spots was again fierce as attendees were selected based on their performance on a written essay. Mr. Browne and Ms. Horne accompanied students to the day-long conference. Several CVMS students were active in the opening Plenary session, an African drum and dance performance. Nico Cerosimo kept beat on a drum during a dance exhibition, then he, Jimmy Boyle, Sonia Hindman and Brianna Zrelack participated in a group dance.

Nicholas D. Morelli Director of Finance and Support Operations/ Board Secretary

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Model United Nations Club represents India at Westminster College 8th Graders Host a “Day in the Life of an Airman”


The 8th grade Red Team hosted a round table discussion regarding a “Day in the Life of an Airman” March 29. The presentation was in conjunction with a project completed by students that involved writing postcards to the troops overseas. The 911th Air Reserve Station in Moon shipped 200 postcards overseas to troops at no cost. A contest was held for students to design postcard covers that depicted their most important freedom(s). Allie Ferri, Nick May, and Sravanthi Chintakunta won

the contest. A design by Martha Masanzi was also used. The five members of the U.S. Airforce played a slideshow featuring photos of their lives during deployment and spoke about what they do to keep a connection to home (decorations and Skyping and emailing with friends and family). They also stressed how important it is to them to receive postcards, even if they do not know the sender. They said every little bit of communication helps them maintain a connection to home and improves morale. The roundtable featured following community members: MSgt. Jerry Johnson, SMSgt. Steve Tornabene, MSgt. Frank Monacelli, MSgt. Jennifer Drewitz, TSgt. Melanie Mangan,and SrA. Jessica Morgan. Mrs. Jana Johnson, a volunteer at the 911th was also in attendance.

Safety Bug helps teach teens driver safety

Experience is a great teacher. However, when it comes to learning the dangers of drinking and driving, experience could be a killer. Students Against Destructive Decisions wanted to give CVHS students the experience of driving under the influence without the danger, so it brought in the Safety Bug May 4. The Safety Bug is a way teens can gain real-life exposure to the perils of impaired driving – without being put at risk – through an innovative program developed by Pennsylvania Driving Under The Influence Association. The PA DUI Safety Bug has been custom engineered to demonstrate the loss of control one would experience if operating a motor vehicle while in an impaired state. The key difference is that it’s the car – not the driver – who is “drunk.” A trained mentor in the front passenger seat controls settings which cause the vehicle’s steering to lose its finesse and prompt the braking mechanisms to become unpredictable. The result is an unsettling episode for the teen in the driver seat who gains a firsthand glimpse of what it feels like to drive under the influence. Students also donned a pair of goggles that impaired their vision and equilibrium, simulating impairment, and tried to pass a sobriety test.

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On April 23, eight members of the High School’s United Nations Club participate in the 4th Annual Westminster College Model United Nations Simulation. This was the first time the United Nations Club participated in this type of culminating simulation at Westminster College. Chartiers Valley was assigned to represent India. Westminster established these five committees for the simulation: General Assembly 1st Committee • Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament • Preventing Cyber-terrorism in the Information Age General Assembly 3rd Committee • Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance in Conflict and Post Conflict Zones • The Protection of Indigenous Rights Economic and Social Council • Implementing Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in Regards to Education • Discussion on a Global Minimum Wage and Fair Labor Practice Security Council • The Syrian Crisis • Political Stability and Peacebuilding in Somalia 1945 San Francisco Conference (Historical Simulation) • The Composition and Powers of the Security Council • The Incorporation of Human Rights in the United Nation’s Charter The Chartiers Valley delegation was divided amongst the various committees and had to represent India’s views during the sessions. The students prepared position papers on each of the topics and submitted them a week prior to the simulation as a primer.

coach sciarro shares stories of hope and inspiration On May 5th, Mr. Sciarro spoke to the entire student body of Chartiers Valley High School on four personal stories of inspiration and hope. Mr. Sciarro, otherwise known as “Coach Sciarro,” volunteered to speak to the student body as part of the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program. Coach’s stories included a story about a football player who went against the grain, a student who stood-up for another student who was being bullied, a former player’s life’s story, and a pair of brothers who few thought would ever make it to the NFL. In addition to his speech, members ofthe Physical Education Department and members of the Class of 2012 gave Coach Sciarro a special recognition after his talk. After a career spanning 35 years, 17 at Chartiers Valley High School, Coach Sciarro will retire this summer. Coach Sciarro brought many changes to the High School during his tenure here. First and foremost, Coach Sciarro introduced the student body to the game of pickleball. He also created the seasonal volleyball, pickleball, and badminton tournaments. Coach Sciarro also coached the Chartiers Valley High School Pickleball Team to a 2-1 record against Upper St. Clair High School. “From my first day at CV, Sciarro has been a mentor to me. I hope that the Physical Education Department can continue the traditions

that he has started here at CV.” – Diane Daeschner, Physical Education Teacher “He was always very conscientious of his kids. He was more concerned with the overall well-being of his students than whether or not they were any good at the sport. He really made gym enjoyable for everyone.” – Senior Greg Markiw “I am proud of the notion that I helped take Physical Education classes to a different level. The students want to take gym because they enjoy it, not because its just a requirement.” – Coach Sciarro In addition to teaching, Coach Sciarro served four years as Head Football Coach and in 1997 took the team to its first playoff game in 25 years. “I will miss the kids and the relationship with them.” – Coach Sciarro

Congratulations to 4th grader Sam Kagle for winning the Grand Prize in the statewide Pennsylvania American Water “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The contest was open to 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade students who live within PAWC’s service territory. Judges considered creative vision, artistic talent, an understanding of watershed protection and an ability to communicate that message. In addition to his illustration depicting the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s watersheds and water resources, Sam was also required to write a short description of how watershed protection impacts him personally. Sam wrote - “Watersheds are important because every living thing needs clean water

to live. It is essential that we keep our water healthy by removing any litter, pesticides, and animal feces from our lawns. When I was 8, I went to the Wonderful World of Water Day Camp and helped remove litter from Chartiers Creek Seeing the creek made

me feel two emotions at once — sad that the creek was so dirty, and fortunate that we have clean, healthy water. This experience made me realize how important it is for us to protect our watersheds — not only for our own health, but for the health of generations to come. In my artwork, I illustrated this point using a family of swans because they are creatures who depend on clean water as much as we do.” As the Grand Prize winner, Sam will receive a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, and his artwork will be printed on “Bloomers” cards — an “education medium” distributed by Pennsylvania American Water. “Bloomers” are seed-filled postcards that can be planted in the ground to produce a variety of wildflowers.


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Bridgeville News and Events


Day on theAvenue

Saturday, June 16, 2012 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Washington Ave Join neighbors for meeting, greeting and eating; music; prizes; kid events; classic car cruise; Fire Department Battle of the Barrel, fun, food and games for all.

Fire Department Needs Volunteers!

Full Tuition Scholarships to CCAC offered through FireVEST (Volunteer, Education, Service, Training) a program supported by CCAC and the Allegheny County Fire Academy to new volunteer firefighters in Bridgeville and all throughout Allegheny County. The FireVEST program is intended to help local volunteer fire departments meet the challenge of recruiting men and women to the fire service and to strengthen their capacity to protect the more than 850,000 residents in Allegheny County. Bridgeville Fire Department, with less than 15 active members, is no exception to the shortage of volunteer firefighters. This scholarship would allow new volunteer firefighters the opportunity to continue their education while protecting and serving their community and fellow citizens as well. This is a great opportunity for anyone eligible in the Bridgeville community wishing to attend CCAC on a full tuition scholarship. For more information on eligibility requirements, please contact Patrick Corrins, Assistant Chief, at

BRIDGEVILLE LIBRARY RARY NOW ON SUMMER HOUR HOURS As of May 2, the library will be open: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CLOSED Sunday and Monday

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Opening Day for Bridgeville Farmers Market is Tuesday, June 19th Every Tuesday 4:00-7:00 p.m.(rain or shine) 431 Washington Avenue (behind Northwest Bank) Want to be a vendor? Need more information? Please contact Liz Calabro at 412.319.7119 (home) or 412.720.5142 (cell)


U.S and Australian Students Share Blog

By Sister Barbara Anne Quinn “Living Apart: Learning Together” is the title of a blog/webpage that Holy Child Catholic School in Bridgeville will be sharing with St. Michael’s and Our Lady Help of Christian, two catholic schools south of Sydney Australia. Both schools are part of the Diocese of Wollongong and they participated in a video conference with the Sixth Year students at Holy Child in May. The three schools spent almost 90 minutes taking turns asking questions and getting answers. They were comparing how we celebrate Catholic Schools Week which we do at the end of January and they had just finished the week before the conference. It took the cooperation of “ people working on the bridge” in Philadelphia and another in England to see that the fiber optic cable signal, starting at HCC in Bridgeville and moving through Philadelphia, across the ocean to London, then on to Australia would connect all three classrooms. It was Monday at 7 p.m. in Bridgeville, 12 a.m. in London and 9 a.m. Tuesday morning in Australia when the kids said “Hello Australia!” and a lively conversation began. St. Michael’s asked if we liked the Steelers and the response from HCC was loud clapping and a round of “Here we go Steelers.” The Australian group was surprised to hear that the HCC kids came back to school in the evening to participate. The HCC kids were surprised to hear that the Australian school year begins in February and ends in December. Both groups liked the fact that Catholic Schools Week usually means you get a break from homework and wearing uniforms because so many activities are planned. St. Michael’s and OLHC were eager to do another in about five weeks but given the fact the American schools will be on their summer break have to wait until September. Mr. Timothy Devlin of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 coordinated all of the logistics to get students, teachers, video connections all to come together in the various time zones. This summer teachers from each of the schools will be planning via email to make it possible for students to add to the blog as well as plan for future video conferences. One fiber optic cable strung across the ocean makes it feel like the participants are in the same room! No interruptions except for the laughter and astonishment at how alike and different we really are!

Summer Food Program

Feeds Kids For Free In Bridgeville

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Holy Child Catholic School is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, and will be providing free lunches to children during the summer SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM LUNCHES WILL BE SERVED AT: n Holy Child Catholic School Cafeteria, 220 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA n Monday through Friday from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. n The program will start June 11 and will continue throughout the summer ending August 10, 2012. The site will be closed July 2 through 6th for a Fourth of July break. Bridgeville qualifies as an OPEN SITE for the Summer Food Program so there are no income requirements or registration.  Any child ages 1-18 may come and eat. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Anne Quinn, RSM at 412.221.4720 or Volunteer are needed to help with the program from 10:00 am until 1:00 PM. If you can volunteer for one or two days each week or perhaps one week in the summer, call Holy Child for information on where help is needed. Each year, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) partners with local organizations like Holy Child Parish/School to offer the Summer Food Program.” For more information about the National Summer Food Service Program, visit

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Photos by Gary Yon.

Period Music Performance


The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society played a commemorative concert at Old St. Luke’s in Scott Township. More than a dozen musicians in period dress played instruments and arrangements from the 18th century.

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Conductor: William Lockard | Viola Player and MC: Lawrence Weiss | Guitar: Tom Crytzer | Bagpipes: Jonathan Love

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FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION DATES: • Open now through August 4, 2012.

AGE: • Boys and Girls: Must be 5 to 18 Years of age by December 31, 2012.

SEASON DURATION: • August 18 through October 27 (No Labor Day Weekend activities)

PLAYER SKILL EVALUATION to create teams (Required 20-Mins.): • Saturday, July 28; 10am and 2pm • Or Saturday, August 4, 10am and 2pm PRACTICE SESSION (times to determined): • August 18 & 25 • September & October - Once a week Select Best Day: (1-Hr Limit) Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat After 2pm GAME SCHEDULE: • Saturdays-8:00am-9:00am; 9:15am-10:15am; 10:30am-11:30am; 11:45am-12:45pm (Games played on up to 4 fields same time to accommodate siblings in attempt to minimize travel time.). In-house league, no game travel required.

COST: • $55.00


• Go to, download and fill out a registration form and return it to the church at 538 Hickory Grade Road, Bridgeville, Pa 15017 with payment, Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Make checks payable to: Calvary Full Gospel Church. • Call 412.257.1707 or 412.327.3569 for more information. And feel free to invite a friend or two!

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INdustry Insight

Hickory Heights Golf Club

Looks to a New Season of Smiles From the opening of the front nine in 1991, Hickory Heights has been the golf course for those who want the country club experience at an affordable price. Sam Depe, III, the owner of the club, has more than 30 years of experience as a Class A PGA Professional, and more than 28 years experience as the head pro at South Hills Country Club, so he knows the game and he knows how to treat his patrons. He also knows how important it is to be an active member of the community. Hickory Heights is the meeting place for the Bridgeville/South Fayette Rotary Club, and is the home course for the South Fayette Varsity Golf Team. All South Fayette community golf clinics are offered at Hickory Heights, so it’s a well-known course with a well-known reputation for excellence. They have many packages for golf memberships, golf outings and fundraisers. “Whether you come to Hickory Heights to play golf or dine at Sammy’s Pin High Pub, we want you to leave with a positive experience,” Depe said. “We’d love for you to come back again and again.” And come back they do – with 18 holes of championship golf, four PGA Professionals available for lessons, complete golf outing planning and a delicious lunch and dinner menu at Sammy’s Pin High Pub, Hickory Heights isn’t a course you play and leave. It’s a destination. The full golf shop has everything the big-box sports stores have including offerings from Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Taylormade, Mizuno, Footjoy and Adidas. The banquet facilities on site can accommodate up to 120 people, and is perfect for rehearsal dinners, graduation parties or business meetings.  RJ Campolo, Hickory Heights’ new executive chef, will be bringing Italian delights to the club, and dining room that used to be for banquets only, has been renovated and

will be opening up for general seating. Campolo, who previously was the head chef at Scoligo’s at the Pointe at Robinson, said a lot of the food will be of the same caliber and variety as Scoligo’s, with some new dishes as well. “It will be a 15- to 18-item menu with specials,” Campolo said. “*We have added a new pizza oven. We make our dough fresh daily, we have eight specialty pizzas, along with traditional round pizzas. They are awesome!” The dining room will seat 80 to 90 and be open most nights. Designed by award-winning architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Hickory Heights was intended to be 18 beautiful holes of golf on 170 wooded acres with level landing areas, well manicured fairways and challenging greens with great views and water hazards. Scenic beauty abounds with creeks, ponds and waterfalls that provide a challenging round of golf for all skill levels. “We are completing the renovation of 14 greenside bunkers. This involves removing the old sand, rebuilding

the drains, and finally putting in the same quality-grade sand used by clubs like Oakmont, St. Clair and Nevillewood,” said Campolo. The facility has a staff of 45 employees and held 14 membership events in 2010. Depe prides himself on the fact that everyone at the club guarantees that members come first. “We manage the facility to provide courteous service,” he said. “We treat people the way they want to be treated.” That word of mouth has been paying off – Depe said golfers who haven’t played the course in years are coming back again and again, bringing their friends with them. “They’re telling their friends of the great golf experience they’re having at Hickory Heights,” Depe said. “You can’t buy advertising like that.” If you are looking to take a swing at Hickory Heights, the club is located at 116 Hickory Heights Drive, Bridgeville, PA 15017. You can call them at 412.257.0300 or check out their website at:

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Heidelberg Borough News and Events

The Heidelberg Recreation Committee requests you all to Mark Your Calendars! n June 15 – 6:00 p.m.-Dusk, Family Night in the Park, Live Music, Hot Dogs / Drinks, Games, Fun for all! n July 13 – 6:00 p.m.-Dusk, Family Night in the Park, DJ / Karaoke, Games, Fun for All! n July 15 - 2:00 p.m. – Dedication Ceremony for Heidelberg Raceway Historical Marker, Route 50 and Greentree Road n August 11 – Heidelberg Fishing Tournament in Chartiers Creek, Registration at Hbg. Park n August 17 – 6:00 p.m. – Dusk, Family Night in the Park, Live Music, Games, Fun for All! n September 8 – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Neighborhood Garage Sale Day n September 29 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oktoberfest at Heidelberg Park n December 1 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Night of Lights at Ellsworth Ave. Playground

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Heidelberg Borough Receives $24,199 Grant to Reconstruct Final Portion of Ellsworth Avenue The Heidelberg Borough Council and Mayor announced that the Borough was awarded a $24,199.00 Community Development Block Grant for the purposes of reconstructing the final phase of Ellsworth Avenue, from Second Street to First Street. According to Councilman Al Kosol, chair of the Borough’s Road Committee, “This $49,000 project will complete the fourth and final section of Ellsworth Avenue from Second Street to First Street, while also reconstructing the many artery roadway keyways that connect to this section of Ellsworth.” “Plans and specification are in the process of being developed by the Borough Engineer and the project is anticipated to be underway by the third-quarter of this year” stated Borough Manager, Joe Kauer.

Oktoberfest 2012 HEIDELBERG


Guten Tag! With a name like Heidelberg, an Oktoberfest is a must! The Heidelberg Borough Recreation Committee is requesting everyone in town to save the date and spread the word about Heidelberg’s second Oktoberfest scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Heidelberg Park corner of Jackson Street and Industry Way. Many festivities are scheduled throughout the day including: live music featuring many local bands including the Mansfield 5, Don Wojtila Polka Band, Helen Matlak, food, beer, crafters, children’s activities, hay rides and fun for all ages. Craft Vendors are wanted for the event. Registration fee is $25 per table. There will be no electric service provided and the fee provides you with one 8’ table and 2

Music Food Activities

chairs. For more information, please contact the Borough Manager at 412.276.0363. The form is also available at the link below. As part of the event, the Recreation Committee is seeking volunteers for the day and to help organize the event. If interested, please attend the monthly Recreation Committee Meetings that are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:15 PM at the Borough Building. The Borough is also accepting donations to help sponsor the bands and activities for Oktoberfest. If interested in contributing, call the Borough office at 412-276-0363.

We’ll see you September 29, 2012 – Bis Dann! 

PARKING Lot 1 – Heidelberg VFD – Zero Street, Free Hay Ride Shuttles to Oktoberfest Lot 2 – Petroleum Pipe Co, Industry Way Lot 3 – Collier Foundations, Industry Way Lot 4 – Handicapped Parking in front of Heidelberg Park


We would like to thank the event sponsors for making this Oktoberfest possible!

Take it Outside –

Dining on the Patio

By Amanda Fastuca he temperature is beginning to rise higher every week and we all want to enjoy the warm weather as much as possible before the summer comes to an end. Dining in a closed environment on a sunny day might not sound too tempting when you’ve already spent nine hours in the office. The history of patio dining is a very old Italian tradition, where eating alfresco is almost a daily event. Parisians also enjoy taking their coffee at outdoor cafes, where chairs are aligned facing the street for the best view of passersby. Once the sun sets, a romantic dinner outdoors is both appealing and attractive to most people. A charming, picture-perfect setting of a table nestled at the end of a quiet street, or a hidden courtyard with thousands of white lights adorning the trees, makes for a memorable evening. Now, we Americans have adopted the European version of patio dining which is much more sophisticated. Not only do we have outdoor patios with glass tables and cushioned chairs in our own backyards, but restaurants and cafés are expanding their seating to the outdoors as well. Alfresco dining at a restaurant can be as simple as setting up a few tables and umbrellas on a sidewalk, or as extensive as a gated area with outdoor music, a wet bar and televisions. No matter what the setup, eating outdoors still feels like a luxurious experience. Treating your significant other to a later outdoor dinner when the sun goes down can be a perfect romantic date for a special occasion. Some restaurants even make their patios look like an Italian villa to complete the romantic atmosphere.


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Heidelberg Police Officer Commended for Heroism

eidelberg mayor Ken LaSota issued a letter of commendation early April to borough patrolman Adam Nida for his efforts in assisting Carnegie police with the apprehension of two suspected perpetrators who shot three people, including an infant, at Carnegie Towers. Officer Nida reportedly responded promptly to a county dispatch call for a “shots fired” situation that left two men in their twenties and a one-month-old baby girl hospitalized and in critical condition. When he arrived on the crime scene, the police officer used his patrol car to prevent a vehicle containing two of the three shooting suspects from fleeing the area which led to their arrest. “I was the first on the scene and everything was chaos,” officer Nida said. “The on-site security guard informed me that some of the people involved were in a vehicle out front. When they tried to flee the scene, I was able to block the van and detain all of its occupants until back-up arrived.” After consulting with Heidelberg Chief of Police Vernon Barkley, Mayor LaSota issued

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the letter of commendation to officer Nida in a brief ceremony following an April, 7, council meeting. “Patrolman Nida showed remarkable courage and great intelligence in dealing with a very dangerous situation,” Mayor LaSota said. “It’s important to recognize such a service and show that the Borough of Heidelberg appreciates his heroics.” The Heidelberg patrolman’s actions on the scene affirmed Mayor LaSota’s belief that the borough “has some of the finest and most well-trained officers in the state.” Officer Nida said the recognition is an honor and one of the highlights of his young career. “It’s definitely a rewarding feeling,” he said of the commendation. “Any other officer in my position would have done the same thing but it’s nice to get some reassurance. It lets you know you’re not just working for a paycheck and the community appreciates what you do.” The 28-year-old patrolman had been serving the Heidelberg Police Department for about three months when he responded to the situation in Carnegie. After spending 18 months with the McKees Rocks Police

Department where he responded to several shootings, officer Nida joined the Heidelberg force in January this year to replace veteran police officer Adam Helf. Helf is also a letter of commendation recipient from Mayor LaSota. The policeman was honored in 2009 for his efforts in responding to an infamous murder-suicide shooting at Bridgeville’s L.A. Fitness Club which left four people dead. He was the second respondent on the scene and also received a medal of valor from Collier Township. The Heidelberg mayor said Helf’s and Nida’s actions are comparable because they both willingly entered active shooting scenes to secure dangerous situations. “We’re all happy that he’s safe and healthy,” he said of Nida. “Our police force is extremely dedicated and I know our citizens are very grateful to have men like Adam looking out for them.”

Our Dying Friend’s Wishes Mike’s two fold ending mission

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By Daniel L. Henry


ntil recently, Mike Weinzierl, 54, a long-time Henry Wealth Management friend and client, believed he was in great health. He exercised often and thought the stress he had was normal for a business owner. “Many others have acid reflux”, he thought. “Nothing that a handful of Tums won’t alleviate.” Yet, on July 19, 2010 on what should have been the memorable day that oldest son Joseph turned 21, the family received devastating news; Mike was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. An operation shortly thereafter would remove a tumor the size of a small tissue box and issue an even a greater blow; nine lymph nodes were found to be cancerous, a terminal indicator. After chemotherapy and radiation treatments, 14 mos. later in August of 2011, more disturbing news surfaced; the cancer metastasized in his frontal lobe. Two surgeries and more radiation later, Mike has become weaker, is losing sharpness in hearing and eyesight and becoming more forgetful. Mike has been told he has less than one year to live. Not long after graduating from Clarion University in 1979, Mike launched what would become Professional Graphic Communications, now home to 25 employees and numerous satisfied clients. Susan, 50, his beloved wife of 23 years and a consummate homemaker, has over the past few years became more involved with the business. They are the proud parents of Joseph, a Kent State senior, Andrea, a Point Park soph. and Melinda, an Avonworth HS soph. In a recent visit, Susan and Mike shared with us their difficulty in frankly discussing “what if’s” soon after the diagnosis; what if Mike dies soon, what if he lives but is disabled, what if employees grow nervous or customers believe we won’t survive, etc. It was too surreal in the early going and the focus was solely on fighting the illness. As they slowly accepted reality, they resolved to cling tightly to their mutual faith in God and their love for each other, while dealing with what could become inevitabilities. As they continued to vigorously fight for what might be changed, but accept as God’s will, what could not, Susan and Mike both will tell you that an unusual peace, one that per the scriptures, “surpasses understanding”, has since become a very real to them. Thus, the Weinzierl’s have embraced a two-fold mission:

Susan surprised Mike this past fall by as ten long-time business friends arrived at their home from afar for an afternoon of football watching and reminiscing. Mike has also recently mustered the energy to engage is “special days” with each of his children. The Weinzierl’s are loving, caring, God-fearing folks that any of us would want as neighbors and friends. They are grateful to have heeded financial and legal advice in advance, in order to now face an uncertain future with certain financial stability that only sound planning can afford. They simply now, nearer to the end, want to motivate others to do the same. What a special person Mike is. What a special marriage Susan and Mike have. What special children Joey, Andie and Mindy are. What a special message for all of us. Dan Henry, CLU, is the Vice President of Henry Wealth Management, LLC, an independent financial services firm located at 1370 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA. He offers Securities through, NFP Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. This article was co-authored with Phil Henry, ChFC, CFS, the firm’s President. Phil offers Securities and InvestmentAdvisory Services through, NFP Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. NFP Securities, Inc. is not affiliated with Henry Wealth Management, LLC. Dan may be reached at 412-838-0200 or through email at Dan@ The firm’s website is The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect those held by NFP Securities, Inc.

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1- To prepare Susan to take over Professional Graphic Communications and to understand the intricacies of their personal and business finances. This further involves Susan and Mike making as many decisions as possible now, together, in collaboration with their financial, tax, legal and banking advisors. 2- To warn whoever will listen to NOT PROCRASTINATE when it comes to ensuring the financial security of your family. Susan and Mike are both very thankful that long before any diagnosis, he secured a large life insurance policy (Susan once remarked, “do you really need that much?”), purchased as much disability income coverage as carriers would permit (now coming in very handy) and worked with their legal advisor to create a sound estate plan.

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Collier Township NEWS AND EVENTS

6th Annual Hall of Flame Golf Outing Within the past three years, over $100,000 has been raised for Collier Township’s three volunteer fire departments to purchase the equipment that they need to protect life and property.

The 6th Annual Hall of Flame Golf Outing will be held at The Club at Nevillewood Monday, July 2, 2012. Once again, proceeds will benefit Collier Township’s three volunteer fire departments. Sponsorships and donations are welcomed as we once again raise funds vital to fund operations and cover the equipment needs of our fire departments. Golf with a foursome as a business or social outing. Lunch, 18 holes of golf, All concerts are free and located at the Collier Community Park Pavilion dinner and auction come with at 5 Lobaugh Road, Oakdale, PA  15071. registration.  Numbers of foursome are limited so make your reservations early. June 24 - West Hills Symphonic August 12 - American Pie For more detailed information, contact Orchestra August 26 - RML Jazz Chris Harris at 412.770.9924. July 8 - Double Shot! 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


“Concerts in the Park” July 29 - The Jamie Bruno Band

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Health and Wellness News You Can Use | Summer 2012

Here Comes the Sun It’s definitely summer, and you’re ready to enjoy every minute of it. Before you grab your sunglasses and head outdoors, check out our skin protection tips on page 4.

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Bringing Mother and Child Together

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Exhausted and Sleepy? Pamper the Skin You’re In Goodbye Spider and Varicose Veins

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Your Health Care Goes Mobile Talent + Imagination + Learning = Events You Won’t Want to Miss When Wounds Won’t Heal

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Bringing Mother and Child Together UPMC Mercy’s newborn nursery programs foster bonding between mothers and their infants.

The bond between a mother and child is a wonder to behold. At UPMC Mercy, new mothers — and dads, too — can depend on a team of health care professionals to guide them through the process of bonding with and caring for their newborns.

The benefits of breastfeeding UPMC Mercy has three certified lactation specialists on staff, including a neonatal nurse practitioner, who provide in-hospital and outpatient support to mothers. “We see every woman who plans to nurse immediately after delivery, since breastfeeding begins within the first hour after birth,” explains UPMC Mercy lactation specialist Sarah Krivonik, RN. “Whether you’re a firsttime mother or have breastfed before, every baby is different. We help mothers identify the best solutions for their circumstances — whether it’s how to handle triplets or care for a pre-term baby who can’t breastfeed right away.” More and more women are discovering the health benefits of breastfeeding. Often described as “liquid gold,” a mother’s milk is filled with rich nutrients and vitamins. “Newborns who breastfeed have a greater resistance to infection and allergies, fewer ear infections, and are less likely to experience childhood obesity,” says UPMC Mercy’s Cheryl DiNardo, CRNP, a neonatal nurse practitioner and certified lactation specialist. “For mothers, breastfeeding promotes faster weight loss, less bleeding, and reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer.”

Promoting snuggling with a purpose “Every year, we welcome more than 1,700 babies into the world,” says Chris D’Amico, CRNP, UPMC Mercy’s obstetrics/ gynecology administrator. “A big part of our mission is to bring families together during those critical early days through one-on-one support.”

Practicing togetherness After giving birth, mothers can have their newborns at their bedside in one of UPMC Mercy’s private postpartum rooms. “With our in-room option, a mother can learn her baby’s responses and cues for feeding,” says Lora Mastracci, MSN, interim unit director for UPMC Mercy’s Family Maternity Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “This experience allows fathers to be involved from the beginning, from helping with baths and diaper changes, to comforting and holding the baby.” In-room care also gives nursing staff the opportunity to get to know mothers and their needs in greater detail, and connect them to important community resources on their return home.


“Physical contact is an essential part of the bonding process,” says Diane Bear, RN, a lactation consultant with UPMC Mercy’s Women’s Health Services. “We work closely with mothers and fathers to encourage early and ongoing skin-to-skin contact with their babies.” Using a technique called “kangaroo care,” babies are held in an upright position on their parent’s bare chest (much like a kangaroo carries its young). It is especially beneficial for premature babies, and it’s also believed to help stimulate milk production for mothers who are breastfeeding. To learn more about these and other programs offered by UPMC Mercy’s Family Maternity Services, visit

Exhausted and Sleepy? At UPMC’s Sleep Medicine Center, doctors can diagnose and treat sleep apnea, often with surprisingly fast results.

Overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, and an irregular heartbeat, Robert Guthrie underwent a sleep study at UPMC’s Sleep Medicine Center to evaluate his pulmonary function and suitability for gastric bypass surgery. He was shocked to discover he had sleep apnea so severe he actually stopped breathing 147 times per hour. Affecting 12 million Americans, sleep apnea doesn’t just disrupt sleep. Untreated, it can cause serious health problems and lead to deadly accidents due to exhaustion. “I was totally clueless. It was serendipity that took me to a sleep expert, and it probably saved my life,” says Robert, 65, who immediately began using a nighttime breathing apparatus known as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Within a week, he was sleeping soundly for the first time in six years. “It was life changing,” says the Hopwood, Pa., resident. “I feel 20 years younger.” Most people don’t know they have obstructive sleep apnea, usually caused when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly. With each interruption, the drop in oxygen levels prompts the brain to send a surge of adrenaline to kick-start breathing, which also leads to a spike in blood pressure. “This can happen 600 times a night. It’s a burden on the cardiovascular system and affects the quality of sleep,” says Patrick J. Strollo Jr., MD, medical director of the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center. According to Dr. Strollo, if you snore loudly, wake up exhausted despite a “good night’s sleep,” or feel tired or sleepy during the day, you should talk to your primary care physician. Since sleep apnea cannot be detected while you’re awake, your doctor may ask you to participate in an overnight sleep study.

At UPMC’s Sleep Medicine Center, patients stay in a private bedroom where a sleep technician applies sensors that measure breathing, heart rate, brain activity, and other body functions during sleep. A team of specialists diagnose sleep apnea by looking at the test results and reviewing medical history. Treatment options may include a CPAP machine like Robert uses, which blows air through a special mask worn over the nose. “I wasn’t wild about wearing the mask. But staying on it was a no-brainer — it’s worth it for a good night’s sleep,” says Robert. For information about the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center, visit and click Our Services for an alphabetical listing of departments and services.

Other health consequences of sleep apnea According to Ryan Soose, MD, an otolaryngologist and sleep medicine specialist at UPMC Mercy, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, weight gain, memory problems, and daytime sleepiness. “Loud snoring is a very common feature of sleep apnea and often the most bothersome symptom for patients and other family members,” notes Dr. Soose. “Successful treatment of snoring and sleep apnea can improve quality of life as well as reduce health risks. A variety of medical and surgical treatment options are available, and the treatment plan can be customized to each individual patient.” For more information about UPMC Mercy’s sleep services or to schedule a sleep study, call UPMC Mercy Sleep Center at 412-232-7409.



Pamper the Skin You’re In Your skin is a multitasking marvel. Soft, pliable, and strong, it protects your organs, regulates body temperature, detects and fights off infection, and even repairs itself.

Goodbye Spider and Varicose Veins

But most of us take our hard-working skin for granted. A little TLC will help keep it healthy and looking good from the inside out.

They’re more common — and easier to treat — than you think.

Keep it clean Daily cleansing can take a toll on your skin, so be gentle. Take shorter baths or showers using warm water, choose a mild cleanser, pat or blot skin dry, and apply a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type.

Eat, drink, and be healthy Feed your skin from the inside for a healthy glow on the outside. Experts recommend a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Drinking plenty of water keeps skin hydrated.

Get moving Regular exercise promotes circulation that energizes skin cells and carries away waste products. It also promotes the restful sleep that’s needed to rejuvenate skin.

Be sun smart Small amounts of daily sun exposure add up, so protect skin from the sun’s rays whenever you’re outdoors — even in wintertime. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and apply it liberally and often. Wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants provide even more protection.

Check it out Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers occur on parts of the body exposed to the sun, including the face, neck, and hands. Mohs micrographic surgery has proven to be an effective treatment for most skin cancers. This type of surgery removes as little normal tissue as possible and is often used to remove skin cancer on the face. Regularly checking your own skin can help find cancers early, when they are easier to treat. You’ll find the American Cancer Society’s skin self-examination guide and other sun safety tips at Sources: American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


They can be tiny or bulging, painless or throbbing. But nearly half of us can expect to get spider or varicose veins, especially after age 50. “The good news is that many techniques now make vein treatments more safe, comfortable, and effective,” says Ellen D. Dillavou, MD, a vascular surgeon at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

What new treatments are available? Among the newest is the injection of polidocanol for the treatment of spider veins. “It’s a cosmetic procedure that works much better than saline to collapse surface veins,” says Dr. Dillavou. “Spider veins do reoccur, though, so expect to do ‘touch ups’ periodically.” Injections also are used for larger veins and may replace older procedures like a “vein stripping.” For treating varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation (a minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency energy seals the vein closed) is a popular treatment among her patients, says Dr. Dillavou, “because it’s comfortable and effective.”

Are varicose veins dangerous? “Varicose and spider veins typically don’t pose a health risk, but they can point to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI),” says Gus Abu-Hamad, MD, a vascular surgeon at UPMC Mercy. “It’s a visual cue that blood may not be optimally flowing to and from the feet and legs to the heart, which can lead to more serious problems.” Other CVI symptoms include painful, tired, restless, achy, itchy, or swollen legs or ankles. In more advanced cases, skin changes and ulcers can develop. “The problem becomes more difficult to treat as it advances, so it’s important to always share your symptoms with your doctor,” says Dr. Abu-Hamad. To learn more about all the vascular services at UPMC Mercy, visit

Your Health Care Goes Mobile It’s now easy to manage your medical records or get automatic access to select test results — because HealthTrak has an app for that.

Need to keep track of your elderly parents’ appointments and test results? Want instant access to your children’s immunization records? Run out of medicine while traveling and need a refill? Have a follow-up question for your doctor after office hours? All are available with a click of your mouse — and most with a tap on your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ — via UPMC HealthTrak, an Internet-based service that allows patients, and approved family members, to receive and manage information about their health. Recent upgrades include a new mobile HealthTrak application that provides patients with secure access anytime and anywhere.

HealthTrak also provides patients with automatic access to certain test results, including x-rays, lab, and pathology tests, with links they can use to help interpret information. This makes it easier for patients to keep track of their cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar levels, and other important health numbers. UPMC hopes to add cardiology test results in the near future. Also on the horizon are plans to use photos to identify some skin conditions or diseases.

“We’re giving people what they want — even when they’re on the go. It’s a convenient, safe, and free way to manage their own health,” says G. Daniel Martich, MD, UPMC chief medical information officer.

Going mobile is fast and easy To access HealthTrak data using a mobile device, you must first secure a HealthTrak account through You should then download the free “MyChart app” from the App Store, iTunes Store, or Google Play (formerly Android Market). The mobile app provides access to everything except eVisits, or online doctor visits. According to Dr. Martich, more than 100,000 patients have signed up for HealthTrak — and nearly 6,000 are mobile app users. Online medical care is seen as the wave of the future. The number of HealthTrak users is expected to increase dramatically once word spreads about its overall convenience and newest features — including access for authorized family members.

More patient-centered solutions HealthTrak gives users immediate access to a wide range of personal medical information, which allows them to take a more active role in managing their health.

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Adults juggling the health care of their children and aging parents can use the “proxy access” feature to keep track of health records and appointments, refill prescriptions, communicate with doctors, and ask billing questions.

Easy, direct signup for HealthTrak is available online by going to and clicking “Sign up now” under New User. Follow the steps to complete an online application and answer personal questions designed to ensure that you, and not another person, are creating the account.

Parents will especially appreciate having instant access to a child’s immunization record when they need it. Approved caregivers find eVisit, the online doctor visit service, very useful for the diagnosis of common, non-urgent ailments in their elderly relatives.

If you have difficulties, email or call the UPMC HealthTrak Support Line at 1-866-884-8579.



Talent + Imagination + Learning =

Events You Won’t Want to Miss UPMC Senior Communities’ year-long calendar of entertainment, movies, and educational seminars aims to enrich the lives of seniors — and delight the public, too.

What do Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, a Meryl Streep movie, and acupuncture have in common? All are among UPMC Senior Communities’ upcoming 2012 Legacy Lineup. “We’re committed to providing residents at all our senior communities with activities that will capture their interests, generate conversation, and stimulate their minds,” says Nanci Case, vice president for sales, marketing, and activities for UPMC Senior Communities. “Through The Legacy Lineup and other programs, we’re bringing seniors — and people of all ages — together to relax, laugh, and learn together.” Open to the public, The Legacy Lineup programs are offered at UPMC Passavant Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Woods Village, UPMC Senior Communities’ independent living facility located on the UPMC Passavant campus. “You can attend a Legacy Lineup event every week of the month, with many events offered at no charge,” says Greta Ceranic, marketing director for Cumberland Woods Village. The Legacy Theatre is part of a state-of-the-art conference center and 247-seat amphitheatre funded through a generous $16.5 million grant by the Passavant Hospital Foundation. One of the Foundation’s primary goals is public education and outreach. UPMC physicians, nurses, and other medical staff members also use the facility for professional development training. “And funds raised through The Legacy Lineup support UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund,” adds Ms. Case, “providing financial assistance and other support services to residents in need at all 17 UPMC retirement communities.”


Productions showcase local and national talent “Each month, The Legacy Lineup features at least one major production featuring a band, soloist, or performance troupe,” says Ms. Ceranic. “Earlier this year, the Tamburitzans appeared to a sell-out crowd. Later this year, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand impersonators will perform with a full orchestra.” The 2012 lineup also includes the Jaggerz and the Fabulous Hubcaps, as well as a major holiday production in December. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended. Group discounts and ticket packages are available.

Spend Mondays at the movies From cinematic classics like Citizen Kane to recent blockbusters like Iron Lady with Meryl Streep, seniors can enjoy free matinee movies every Monday at 2 p.m. at the Legacy Theatre.

Explore your interests at learning seminars On alternating Tuesdays at 11 a.m., The Legacy Lineup offers educational programming that covers a wide range of subjects, from tips on aging, caregiver support, health and nutrition, history, and local topics of interest. The seminars are free and open to the public, but advance reservations are requested. For the full 2012 calendar of activities, or to make reservations, call 412-635-8080 or visit

To learn about the independent living, personal care, assisted living, and skilled nursing options offered by UPMC Senior Communities, call 1-800-324-5523 to schedule a tour. Locations include Allison Park, Cranberry, Fox Chapel, Greensburg, Lawrenceville, McCandless, Monroeville, Penn Hills, Scott Township, and Washington, Pa.

When Wounds Won’t Heal If you’re at risk, a simple cut or blister can quickly escalate into a major health problem.

Simple blisters, calluses, cuts, and scrapes usually heal quickly. But some wounds can take months to heal — posing a major health threat requiring special treatment to avoid serious infection, amputation, and even death. Dane Wukich, MD, an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, and medical director of UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC Mercy, says chronic wounds are often ignored. “We see 3,000 new cases each year of serious, non-healing wounds that can become life-threatening and possibly lead to amputations,” says Dr. Wukich. “Within 24 hours, a simple callous can turn deadly.”

“Individuals with neuropathy are at risk. They get a callous or blister and walk on it all day, not realizing they have a wound until they see blood on their sock,” says Dr. Wukich. “Once a wound occurs, their risk of infection goes up significantly. And once they have an infection, the risk of amputation increases astronomically.” Poor circulation due to diabetes or vascular disease also slows healing, he explains. Patients who are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair are at risk of developing pressure wounds from lying or sitting in one position too long.

Prevention and treatment Preventing wounds and complications is key, says Dr. Wukich. “Patients with non-healing wounds have a worse survival rate than patients with breast cancer, melanoma, and prostate cancer. That’s how serious it is,” he says bluntly. Lowering and controlling sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol can improve circulation and reduce complications. Checking daily for wounds and acting quickly to treat and heal ulcers can reduce the risk of severe infection and amputation. For a wound to heal properly, it must be kept clean. Dead tissue must be removed through a weekly cleaning to prevent the spread of infection. In addition, skin around a wound must be kept moist, and doctors may prescribe walking boots and casts to reduce direct weight on the wound.

Are you at risk? People with diabetes and vascular disease are especially vulnerable to slow healing and chronic wounds. Diabetic patients often have neuropathy, which causes them to lose sensation in their feet. Because they don’t feel pain, sores go unnoticed and can become ulcerated.

At UPMC Mercy, a multidisciplinary team of infectious disease physicians and orthopaedic, vascular, and plastic surgeons work together to treat wounds and help prevent amputations. Advanced wound therapy may include the use of regenerative skin products, vascular, plastic, or reconstructive foot surgery. Amputation is used as a last resort to save a life, says Dr. Wukich. For more information about UPMC Mercy’s Wound Healing Services, visit

Foot Care Tips If you have diabetes or vascular disease, inspect your feet daily for cuts, sores, redness, swelling, or foul odor. If you can’t bend over, use a plastic mirror to check the bottoms of your feet, or ask a family member to help. Make sure your doctor inspects your feet at every visit.



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The name you trust in women’s health is right here at Mercy. UPMC Mercy ob-gyn services are growing to provide comprehensive women’s services by bringing you the same experts who practice at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. In addition to community-based physicians and midwifery, these expanding services for women are consistent with Mercy’s rich tradition of care. UPMC’s complete range of specialty services for women covers obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, midlife health, women’s cancer, and much more. From checkups and preventive care to testing, diagnosis, and advanced treatments, the superb doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Mercy and Magee are with you every step of the way on the path to good health. We work closely with your primary care physician to provide seamless care. And every service is backed by UPMC’s world-class care, providing peace of mind when you need it most. To learn more about UPMC Mercy ob-gyn services or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762), or visit

PET FO OD : So many choices I

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Natural, organic, no-grain... What should I feed my pet?

f you watch television, walk into a pet store, or even your local grocery store, there seems to be a new dog or cat food every time you turn around. It’s so confusing, and you pet owners are not alone.  We as veterinarians have a lot of sorting out to do when we look at food options for our patients.  From a young healthy puppy, or kitten, adult dog or cat, to a senior pet without disease, or seniors with disease, the choices are dizzying and overwhelming.  I’m hoping that the information below will help ease the mystery behind pet food, labels, what the labels mean, and what your pet really needs.  Pet food quality and standards are regulated by AAFCO:  The Association of American Feed Control Officials.  Every bag or can of pet food is labeled with an AAFCO stamp, stating it meets the standards of this agency.  Pet food labels are confusing!  So I’m going to try to clear some of the confusion.  Please note that pet treats are not held to the same standards and are not AAFCO approved.  Ingredients are listed by weight before or after processing. For instance, chicken may be the first ingredient, but that is prior to processing into the extruded diet (the kibble, or canned food,) so at the end of processing, the first ingredient could be rice, or another product.  There are dry foods and canned foods.  Canned foods are typically about 78% moisture, or water, so a label may read 100% buffalo, but 78% of that is water, so it’s really 22% as the ingredients are listed by weight before or after processing.  Additionally, any food with more than 95% of a certain ingredient can be labeled 100%.  Therefore, and this really surprised me, 25-94% of the product can be on the qualifier following the product name.  Let’s look at some definitions. For weight management, please keep in mind that only foods labeled “lite” or “light” are between 3100-3200 kcal (dry food.)  Those labeled for weight management or weight control aren’t held to these reduced calorie counts.  Same goes for canned foods.  Let’s look at some other definitions:  “HOLISTIC”  has NO legal definition according to AAFCO.  “ORGANIC” follows the USDA rules and regulations (United States Department of Agriculture,) more than 95% organic, will have an “ORGANIC” seal.  “NATURAL” is AAFCO recognized and must have ingredients without chemical alterations.  If a product claims to be “made with organic” ingredients has to have 70-90% of those in the product.  If one of the ingredients in the list is called organic, the product is only required that there be 1-69% of that in the final pet food.  Unfortunately, it gets more complicated, organic farming can have soil with chemicals, like pyrethrins and still be considered organic (see the USDA website). “HUMAN GRADE” is not recognized by AAFCO and is false and misleading. Ok, so there’s the list of ingredients. Ingredients are the source of nutrients. Ingredients are listed in order of weight. Remember that quality

of ingredients is what’s going to give you good nutrients. For instance, the myth that corn is bad: corn is an essential fatty acid, high quality protein, digestible, with natural anti-oxidants, including vitamin E, lutein, and beta carotene. Meal is the ingredient minus the moisture, that is all! Byproduct is something made in the making of something else. For example, vitamin E, glucosamine, vegetable oils, these are all byproducts; so are pig ears, cow hooves, etc. Be aware of the products labeled for “all life stages.” These are essentially puppy and kitten foods and not appropriate for mature pets or even more importantly, for seniors. Food allergies are more common in our pets. The most common food allergies in the dog are wheat and beef. In the cat, it’s wheat, fish (yes, fish!) and dairy. This is why sometimes a grain-free product can be the ticket to an itch-free pet! Please consult your veterinarian for more information on pet foods and what’s best for your pet! Note: There is renewed concern about pet food recalls.  Please check the website for information on the latest recalls and to see if the food you’re feeding your pet(s) is included.

This INdustry INsight was written by Dr. Joanna Rubin, VMD. She is the President of the Bridgeville Animal Hospital. Dr. Rubin graduated in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The Bridgeville Animal Hospital is located at 420 Bower Hill Rd. Bridgeville, PA 15017. Call for appointments: 412.220.9400.

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By Heather Holtschlag It was her childhood friend’s death at age 15 that got Scott Township resident Dorit Brauer thinking about her own life. “I began searching for answers to questions like, ‘Where did she go?’ ‘What happens after we die?’ and ‘What is the purpose of life?’ Brauer said. “I began reading as many books on the subject as I could and was self-taught until I received my formal training in meditation and guided imagery while I studied in Tel Aviv, Israel. I kept studying with metaphysical teachers from around the world and now, as I am in my 40s, I have found answers to many of my questions.” But through the years, Brauer has found much more than answers. She has found peace, calmness and strength – all at the heart of a labyrinth. “I have traveled all over the country in search of labyrinths,” Brauer said. “Not only in the United States, but I have visited Germany, Holland, Aruba, and I have many more travels planned. During the summer, I take rides on my motorcycle, a 1250 Suzuki Bandit, every weekend and discover new labyrinths in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland.” According to Brauer, who travels as often as she can, a labyrinth is a oneway path that leads directly to the center, with no way to get lost. “You take one step after another and trust that the path will lead you to the center. It is very easy,” she explained. “And, unlike mazes, where you faced with choices and dead ends and ultimately, stress and confusion, labyrinths are designed to relax and help enable the user to find their inner peace.” 30 724.942.0940 to advertise

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Not only does Brauer go in search of labyrinths, however, but she also designs them. Although, the process is not as easy as one might think and goes beyond just the surface of the ground. “When creating a sacred space, it is important to know how the energy flows,” Brauer explained. “A labyrinth can be positioned in different areas, and the entrance can face different directions. However, if a labyrinth is not positioned correctly, it can interfere with the person’s positive spiritual experience of walking it.” Although a labyrinth can be created anywhere, Brauer works to ensure that the one she is designing is positioned correctly and that individuals using it will find the peace, calmness and serenity that a labyrinth offers. As such, Brauer’s expertise includes a form of Feng Shui that she incorporates for the landscape. “This also is important for indoor spaces, such as when I create events in corporate settings like the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s Healthy Women’s Expo,” Brauer said. She also has created

several other labyrinths in the area, including one at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, and another at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center in Washington, Pa. “The work I do is always new, and there is no routine,” she noted. “I create my own schedule, which is very flexible, and every person with whom I work or meet on my journeys enriches my life in a special way. It is a positive growth experience, not just for them, but for me, too. My goal is to inspire people to be healthy, balanced and happy, and to live their best life.” Brauer’s experience has helped her not only to be able to help others, but to enhance and expand upon her knowledge. She has been in private practice since her graduation from the Mahut School for Complementary Medicine and Holism in Tel Aviv, but has sub-contracted with larger companies as well. Prior to that, she worked a variety of jobs, including as a waitress, in a flower store, and for an advertising company. She even cleaned apartments for German-speaking senior citizens, many of whom were Holocaust survivors or who had escaped prior to World War II. “They told me a lot of heartbreaking stories that one day, I hope to write about. One of the most fascinating experiences I had was the 10 months that I did passenger profiling for an Israeli Security Company at the Dusseldorf Airport.” Today, she helps others to

achieve the same type of serene lifestyle that she works toward for herself by teaching them how to walk a labyrinth. “The labyrinth experience enriches lives, teaches us how to reflect, understand and gain new insights. I personally view the labyrinth as a spiritual transformation power tool,” Brauer said. “I am a Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator. My approach is very unique since I combine the labyrinth experience with the Guided Imagery that I have been teaching for more than 15 years.” Brauer also presented a workshop at the 2011 International Labyrinth Society Gathering in Taos, New Mexico, during which she demonstrated how to release all of the negative entanglements from the past and to let love flow. In addition to her work as a presenter

and labyrinth designer, Brauer recently released her first book, “Girls Don’t Ride Motorcycles – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth,” which chronicles a modern day pilgrimage consisting of a 7,430 mile solo motorcycle adventure across the United States to walk labyrinths. During her journey, Brauer recounts poetic life stories spanning her youth on a dairy farm in Germany, a 10-week solo backpacking trip in Brazil, and the turmoil she experienced while living in Tel Aviv, to her most recent experiences in the United States. As she travels cross-country from labyrinth to labyrinth, she sews these stories together to provide insights that allow the reader to reflect upon their own spiritual journey. As for the future, Brauer said she hopes to continue traveling, teaching and writing and has already begun work on a second book, which will be a follow-up to her first. For more about Brauer, her book or the classes she teaches, visit her website at

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BRINGS HOME THE BRONZE Amanda Trimble, 15, of Bridgeville, a student of 21st Century Cyber School in the CVHS school district, traveled to Greenbay, WI, in March to compete in the US Speedskating Nationals. She skated in the juvenile womens division, and brought home the Bronze Medal in the 777m. This currently ranks her as 5th in this division in the United States. She trains six days a week, sometimes up to five or more hours per day. In between training, she is a highschool student and loves math. She began her highschooling at CVHS, and although misses her friends and teachers dearly, Amanda continues her intense training because her dream is to compete in the Olympics. Amanda proves everyday that with dedication and perserverence, goals can be reached! She will be on the ice most of the summer in preparation for next season.

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hroughout 2012, Woodville Plantation will present a series of hands-on cooking classes titled “Cookery Made Plain and Easy.” Guests will have a unique opportunity to join historical interpreters in Woodville’s original kitchen to learn food preparation, cooking and presentation methods of the 18th century. Using Hannah Glasse’s 1796 cookbook and other period resources, students will learn how to prepare tasty 18th century recipes.  Classes began in April; with period correct ingredients and reproduction cooking equipment, students were taught how to cook an onion pie, English onion soup and forced onions.   Interested participants must pre-register by phone prior to the class. The cost for each class is $20.00.  Registration fees are non-refundable. Classes are limited to 6 students. Please call 412.221.0348 to pre-register, or if you have any questions.  Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century.  Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780 - 1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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 Bridgeville Kids Treated to Easter  t n e c g i t e m g E The Bridgeville Community Association in conjunction with the Bridgeville Fire Department held their annual Easter Egg Hunt March 31. Children of all ages participated in the outdoor egg hunt and posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny. In addition to the egg hunt, there was a coloring contest (organized by age), a jellybean counting contest, cookie decorating and a basket raffle. Parents and children enjoyed all of the seasonal activity that the fire department, Knights nights of Colombus of Holy Child Church and community members organized. The youth also delighted in climbing on and exploring the fire trucks that were parked outside the venue.

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By Kathy Rudolph ecadent desserts and a fashion show made for an enjoyable evening for approximately 200 guests and supporters at the Dessert Fashion Show hosted by the Friends of the Bridgeville Public Library. Held at The Chartiers Room at Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, the show’s proceeds benefited the library. Volunteers modeled the latest spring and summer fashions and accessories courtesy of Sweet Zoo, located in Bridgeville. Pauline Bongartz is president of Friends of the Bridgeville Public Library. The group has approximately 30 active members and a larger group of members who come to help with various events and fundraising. “It is great to work with the other women and have the common goal to help the library and the children who use it,” said Bongartz. “The proceeds from the show go to pay for the mortgage of the library building,” she continued. “We also raise money for children’s programs and operational costs. The library receives a check from us every month; it may be five dollars or 95 dollars, but it is what we can do.” In addition to what is donated monthly by the friends, a $7,000 check earned from the past year’s fundraising was presented to Nino Petrocelli, Sr., president of the Bridgeville Public Library Board of Trustees, at the fashion show. He has volunteered for over 55 years at the library, beginning just three months after relocating here from Italy. “We are looking for people to join us on the advisory and library boards with their ideas,” said Petrocelli. “It is difficult to get volunteers and we really need them. The library is not just for books, but is a community center with so many programs for young people. It is a great way to get them out and be social.” Community volunteers include Tana Ford whose shop, Sweet Zoo, provided fashions and accessories for the show. “This is my third year of being involved in the show,” said Ford. “I grew up in Bridgeville and have been in business here for seven years. It is great to be able to support and give back to the library.” To learn more about how you can volunteer or upcoming events, please visit the library’s website at www.

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How to Design an Effective Workout Routine By Lisa Troyer Designing the perfect workout routine to help you get the most out of your exercise time can be tricky and time-consuming. These are common reasons people invest in a personal trainer someone to do that leg work for them. Your workouts should be specific to help you reach your fitness goals and because everyone has different goals and time commitments, focusing on effectiveness and efficiency is crucial. As a fitness professional I can certainly offer recommendations, but there is only one person that can determine what is best for you: YOU. If I were to sit down with you, I would first want to know what you are doing now and if it is working. I would also want to know how much time you are devoting to your program. Are you seeing results? If you are, keep doing what you are doing. However, if you are just getting started or you are bored with your current routine – mix things up. Unless you have been an avid weight-lifter for years, I suggest doing full body routines two to three times per week. Stick to large muscle groups; quads, glutes, hamstrings and core for the lower body and chest, back, biceps, triceps and shoulders for your upper. Select one exercise for each of these muscle groups. Keep in mind that if you do the same routine over and over for weeks on end your muscles will get bored… and so will you. Also remember that your muscles do not get built in the gym, they build when you are at rest. Recover the muscles that you work for 48-72 hours. I am frequently asked how many sets and reps should I do? Three to five sets of 12 to 15 reps is a good starting point. If you can perform more than 15 repetitions without feeling much of a challenge you are not lifting a heavy enough weight. Some days you should lift heavy weights This INdustry INsight was written by Lisa Troyer. Lisa has been in the fitness industry for more than 17 years and is the owner of Fitness Fanatics in the Great Southern Shopping Center. She currently holds four nationally recognized fitness and personal training certifications and can be reached at 412.220.4190, ext. 3 or at Check out for more great fitness tips.

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and low reps and alternate days lift lighter weights and high reps. Keeping your muscles guessing by forcing them to adapt to different routines = RESULTS. Designing an efficient routine means that you shouldn’t need to spend two hours in the gym. You should be able to rock a killer workout in 45 to 60 minutes. Don’t worry if you only have 30 minutes – cut down the number of muscle groups that you work that day. The most effective way to burn fat while you are exercising is to circuit train. This requires that you do one set for every exercise, one after the other, without stopping and repeat

the succession. Keep track of everything. Documenting your routines will help you compare yourself against previous workouts. The internet is an unbelievable resource for exercise routines and if you aren’t sure of an exercise search for it on YouTube. I include great workouts in my monthly newsletters (page 4) and you can find them at www.fitnessfanaticsinc. com. Being prepared is a key factor to success in everything you do, including exercise. If you are prepared with your workouts you are well on your way to a stronger, more fit you. Life is a journey, not a destination – enjoy the ride!

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“Battle of the Books” Decends upon Chartiers Valley Students


n Tuesday, May 15, Chartiers Valley Intermediate School held their first annual Battle of the Books. This event, organized by Scott Township librarian Sherry Small and Bridgeville librarian Karen Verduci, proved to be a huge success. Not only did eight teams and their sponsors participate, but there was also a large crowd of family and friends of the competitors that filled the entire back portion of the room. Make no mistake about it – this event was for

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serious, devoted readers only. In January, a list of books from which the “battle” lines would be drawn was made available to 4th and 5th grade students. Interested students needed to read all of the books as well as form their own teams of four to five people. In addition, each team needed to find an adult sponsor. The room hummed and buzzed with anticipation as everyone waited for the battle to begin. The kids were genuinely excited to participate, and parents and grandparents were happy to watch them compete in such a unique event. Teams flaunted their spirit, cheering, yelling and good-naturedly teasing one another. After the rules of battle were reviewed and the teams formally announced, the games began! There were two rounds of ten questions. CVIS Principal Leslie Fields

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asked the questions, after which each team had 30 seconds to deliberate and answer in a “jeopardy” style. The room got quiet and a little tense after each question was asked. Teams huddled together to quickly come up with the correct answer. Thirty seconds later, the buzzer sounded, time was called, and the team sponsor brought each answer to the panel of judges, who reviewed them for accuracy and completeness. The winning team for this year’s Battle of the Books? Congrats to the Nerd Herd – Kelsey Humes, Sarah Verduci, Payton Farris and Tori Ferri. Each girl on the winning team received a trophy, and all of the evening’s participants received a certificate. At the closing of the event, Principal Fields emphasized how proud she was of everyone that participated. She remarked that she was “happy that so many kids came and even missed other activities to be a part of our Battle of the Books.” Way to go, students of Chartiers Valley Intermediate School! For summer reading inspiration and other ideas, visit www. and www.

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By Dana Black McGrath It used to be that a first-floor laundry or home office was among some of the hottest home construction trends. Now that those are a standard more than a luxury, new home trends are emerging that reflect our changing needs as our lifestyle, culture and economy change with the times. In February, jurors for the National Association of Home Builders’ annual “Best in American Living Awards” identified several home design trends that are expected to last throughout the rest of the decade. Through that competition, which honored more than 80 single-family homes, apartments and condominiums as well as remodeling projects and subdivisions, several themes emerged among the honorees. Themes noted by the competition judges include a trend toward classic yet contemporary designs that blend modern and traditional elements to create timeless, elegant spaces with interiors that are light and simple instead of ornate and heavy. Outdoor living spaces are another design essential for all regions, not just for single-family homes but also for multi-family properties. In our region, many have embraced this trend by enhancing their outdoor space with comfortable outdoor furnishings and even outdoor kitchens. Consideration of cost-effectiveness in building is another new trend. For instance, many new homes are rectangular because they are less expensive to build, innovative designs 42 724.942.0940 to advertise

are cost-effective and efficient, and the trend is moving away from multiple odd roof lines that create unnecessary interior volumes; these are examples of ways to reduce construction and system costs for homeowners, according to the judges. These principles can be seen in many of the new construction developments around the Pittsburgh region. Another trend seen during the competition is the elimination of the formal living room in favor of a flexible space or den that is adjacent to the kitchen and family room. Many who build new homes opt for only one “formal” room – instead of a formal living room and separate dining room, they choose one or the other, or choose to use that space as an office or toy room instead. “There are many factors to consider when building a home in a plan or on a private lot,” said Tim Downey, Jr. of Howard Hanna. “There are municipal requirements, along with physical limitations for the parcel to be developed.” Accommodations for multigenerational living have emerged as a result of a downturned economy and other cultural factors – a trend also noted by the judges. Young adults remain with their parents or older retirees choose to move in with their adult children; both scenarios are

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frequently seen in our region, especially with the high population of senior citizens. Examples of this trend include homes equipped with two master suites, often with one of the suites situated on the ground floor. Kitchens, long known to be the heart of the home and one of the most important design elements of any house, are also being impacted by new trends. The judges noted that many designers are coming up with creative storage solutions to allow windows above the countertops rather than cabinets, thus keeping the kitchens light and bright. Green design concepts also are finding their way into more and more new homes to save energy and reduce home operating costs.

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FTER A LONG WINTER WAIT, THE UTILITIES ARE INSTALLED AND the first lucky homeowners are seeing their homes come out of the ground. With homes in the $350,000 to $600,000 or more range, the neighborhood is comprised of just nine cul-de-sac lots, four of which have already been sold in this Paragon Homes community. Paragon’s marketing director Steve Fink, said Walker’s Ridge is perfect for homebuyers who are looking for something different, or those who just want to enjoy the quiet life a cul-de-sac offers. Additionally, Walkers Ridge will not have a homeowners association that residents need to pay into monthly or yearly. “Located at the intersection of Hilltop and Boyd’s Run roads, right across the street from Nevillewood, the plan calls for primarily brick home designs, with upgrades throughout and the unique, customer centric floor plans that we offer.” Paragon has been building in the South Hills of Pittsburgh since they were founded 25 years ago. They have built in the Nevillewood, Peters Township, Robinson, Upper St Clair and on customer’s lots.

“Paragon is different because we adhere to a higher standard,” Fink said. “We believe in details, vision, affordability, experience and professionalism. Most importantly, we believe that communication with our clients and taking care of their needs is paramount. We provide more care and support before, during, and especially after construction than any other builder in Pittsburgh.” Part of that commitment to quality includes Paragon’s focus on energy efficiency, but quality construction goes beyond that.

With their commitment to building homes with smart construction techniques and a focus on doing it better, Paragon builds a solid home that will hold up to everyday use and achieve energy savings of more than 30 percent over similarly built homes.


erhaps the most exciting thing about Walker’s Ridge, as with all of Paragon’s homes, is that residents can design their dream homes from the ground up. “You’re not going to come to us and see a street of homes that all look the same and be forced to choose from 20 floor plans, 5 types of counters, and 10 finishing options. You can have us do exactly what you want, or we can make suggestions to fit your needs from an unlimited number of floor plans from hundreds of architects. We design the interior functionality of the home and the exterior appearance exactly as you plan to use it.”

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Even financing with Paragon is customized, says Fink. “My opinion has always been that a good builder should let you pick from any area lender for your loan rather than twist your arm to use their mortgage company. Of course, we have some great banks that we recommend, but the one you choose should be about what is best for your wallet, not the builder’s. “Building with Paragon Homes is designed to be an easy and enjoyable experience. We put a lot of thought into creating a buyer-friendly process that provides a true custom home while still being simple and cost effective for our customers,” Fink said. “Our buyers also have the option of financing with an end loan or a standard construction loan. Each has advantages, and what is best for you depends on your needs.”

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Mixing these two styles also can create an interesting room. If choosing this option, be sure to separate the rare collectibles from the items that do not hold much worth in value, using separate pieces of furniture to display each type of item. Take time to consider the room that you will use as the library and where that room is located in the house. A room with lots of light and windows can be inviting, but also can wreak havoc on the books. The basement, on the other hand, may be at risk for flooding which could be problematic for storage. In addition, determine a classification system for the books so that you will be able to easily find what you are looking for. You may choose to alphabetize the books, or go by the Dewey Decimal System whereby each category of books is assigned a number. The furniture that will be housed in the library can range from freestanding bookshelves to built-in, or recessed, bookshelves that run from floor to ceiling, or glass cases. Depending on the height of the shelves and the growing number of books you plan to maintain, a wall ladder may serve a useful purpose as well. Coffee tables, framed pictures and desks might also go well in the library and will create opportunities to store other items. Large comfortable sofas and pillows can serve as the invitation to come and browse and sit with a book.

By Heather Holtschlag


hether your house is older and had a library already constructed when you moved in or you have plans to construct the library of your dreams in your new home, one thing is for sure: home libraries are no longer just a room of the past. When planning new construction of a library, it is important to plan ahead and determine what the purpose of the room will be and what items, beyond books, would be displayed. There are several different library styles to choose from, depending on the overall appeal of the room. A library that is to be used for simple display purposes only often contains unique, rare and first-edition books and artifacts to showcase. These are items that are primarily only for display purposes and not actually used for anything, as such items are irreplaceable. Because of the valuable possessions contained in this room, it should also include some type of security measures to protect the displays. And, because of the rarity of the books, this type of library may be best suited for people who already own the books, as it will be hard to find them to purchase. Liven up the room a bit with a touch of decoration. Adding uniquely handcrafted books and various other items, as well as some colorful paint, can make an otherwise dulllooking room look warm and inviting and encourage individuals to sit and relax with one of their books.

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Monetary Donations Mail a check payable to: Bridgeville Public Library 505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017


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IN West Mifflin

IN Murrysville

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