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ranberry Township Community Chest (CTCC) once again is planning a spectacular Community Days celebration, set for Thursday through Saturday, July 7-9, at Cranberry Community Park. Although the celebration spans three days, Saturday really is the highlight of the event, says Bruce Mazzoni, chairperson for Community Days and treasurer of the CTCC. This year there are more than 200 booths, nearly two and a half times the size of the festival just three years ago. “Things really have taken off,”Mazzoni says. Free concerts are a big draw to the event. On Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Amphitheater, “Margaritaville” comes to Cranberry with The Buffettman. Country band Corbin Hanner, which holds the record for drawing the largest concert crowd in Cranberry, performs Friday at 7 p.m. The always crowdpleasing Johnny Angel and the Halos take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. New this year is a celebrity auction, which gives winning bidders the opportunity to have lunch with one of the 12 participating celebrities – except Johnny Angel. That bidder wins the chance to be the lead singer on one number during the band’s concert. Another new feature this year is the Cranberry Miniature Golf Classic. But make no mistake: this is a serious competition, Mazzoni explains, with the winner collecting 15 percent of the registration fees. Participants must qualify and the top 32 will move on to match play 18 holes until one winner remains. The Classic benefits the Cranberry Legacy Endowment to support future community projects of the year. Each Community Days event benefits a different non-profit organization, says Mazzoni. This includes the Rotary Club’s Chicken BBQ Lunch and Dinner which is set for Friday starting at 11 a.m. at the Municipal Center (complete with drive-thru service) and the Lions Pancake Breakfast, set for Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jaycee Shelter in Cranberry Community Park. The Lions Club is hoping to break its record by serving more than 1,000 meals in just five hours.


The Run for Your Library 5K, formerly the Chamber Chase, is set for Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Cranberry Lions Club, runners can designate the library to which their earnings should be donated. “It’s a really nice opportunity for the libraries,” Mazzoni says, and estimates that the potential revenue for the libraries could be anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. Once again, there will be a carnival and a non-profit midway with nine game booths that directly benefit each of the participating non-profit organizations. Other scheduled events include the Four Pillars of Cranberry Luncheon, Cruisin’ Cranberry car and motorcycle cruise, the Recycled Art Contest, Cranberry Township Athletic Association Softball Tournament, Bean Bag Toss Tournament, and many children’s activities including a petting zoo, Gymagic Bus, face painting and much more. Santa is even expected to leave his toy-making responsibilities behind to enjoy the fun at Community Days on Saturday. The grand finale of Community Days, a fireworks display, is set for Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from Community Days help the CTCC fund the “Community Project of the Year.” Last year’s project was the electronic community information sign situated at the intersection of routes 19 and 228. This year’s project is the Boy and Girl Scouts 100th anniversary monument/fishing lake. For a complete list of Community Days information and events, visit the CTCC website at

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Janann Turner, PT, CSCS, and Lyneil Mitchell, DPT, owners of Revolution Physical Therapy. Photo by Gary Yon


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Revolution Physical Therapy

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Takes Revolutionary Approach

hysical therapy is something many people think of only after sustaining an injury. But the experts at Revolution Physical Therapy think of it as a pathway to overall physical well-being for all ages. Partners Janann Turner, PT, CSCS, and Lyneil Mitchell, DPT, opened the Cranberry facility in February, offering a wide range of specialty physical therapy services. The clinic is large and open, so it is big enough for functional exercise. What many people may not know is that they are able to self-refer to receive physical therapy services. Even though a doctor’s prescription is not required to start physical therapy, the professionals at Revolution will work in tandem with your doctor to achieve your desired outcome. “It’s almost like going to the dentist,” Mitchell explains. “People go every six months to get their teeth checked, but they don’t get their body checked to make sure it is in balance.” Offering specialized physical therapy programs, Revolution fuses physical therapy, nutrition, fitness and sports performance to take a holistic, integrated approach. One of the specialties offered at Revolution Physical Therapy is the Sport Science Lab Neuromuscular Intensification Training system and youth conditioning. Mitchell, who is one of just 15 Sport Science Lab certified trainers in the country, studied under the system’s developer, Gavin MacMillan, who coaches Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The system is more of a lifestyle and philosophy that promotes reducing the chance of injury to deliver a better athletic performance. Focus is on wellness for the athlete and injury prevention, not just therapy for an injury that already has been sustained. That philosophy carries into the youth conditioning and ACL injury prevention programs offered at Revolution that focus on creating muscular balance, coordination, force absorption, flexibility, speed, balance and proprioception (sense of joint position). Cardinal principles of the program are: allowing the developing child to become the best athlete possible, avoiding preventable injuries, and avoiding the development of chronic disease problems from inactivity. Another service offered at Revolution, the prenatal program, helps pregnant women decrease their chance of incurring many of the conditions


that often come with pregnancy, including lower back pain, joint pain, fatigue, muscle cramping and edema, as well as other problems including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. “Many people don’t realize that exercise is safe during pregnancy,” Turner says. She even had a client who ran the Pittsburgh half-marathon at 17 weeks gestation. A postpartum program helps new mothers return to pre-baby condition or better, with activities designed to improve core strength, pelvic floor strength and overall levels of function. Revolution’s Metabolic Rx Therapy is offered exclusively in the region. After a consultation to determine needs and course of treatment, an evaluation including body fat composition, flexibility, upper and lower body strength and a submaximal endurance test to estimate aerobic capacity and optimal target heart rate zone is performed. A specifically tailored program is then created to guide exercises and teach proper nutrition while losing body fat and increasing lean muscle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 724.591.8005 or visit the website at

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                                                   

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Where one journey ends, another begins Dr. Tylinski retires after 36 years in education I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Seneca Valley School District Community for their support during my tenure at Seneca Valley. After 36 years in education, 15 of them with Seneca Valley, I have decided to move into the next phase of my life and spend more time with my family, which I’m blessed to say includes both of my parents. As Superintendent of this District, I am proud to say I spent time here as Principal of Connoquenessing Valley Elementary, Principal of the Seneca Valley Junior High School (now Seneca Valley Middle School) and, for the past seven years, as the Superintendent. I am pleased to know I leave the district as it stands firmly in the Top 16 of Western Pennsylvania Schools, and the recipient of countless honors and awards, including the most recent Schools to Watch Designation at Seneca Valley Middle School (see additional awards and achievements throughout this issue). I mention these because I genuinely believe it’s important to note that none of this could have been achieved without the committed partnership of our staff, students, parents, businesses, school board and the community as a whole. Our strides in meeting these goals – and future ones - would not happen without the cooperation and partnership of a committed public that includes all vested parties. As an educator and, more importantly, as a parent, I have been amazed at the dedication shown by our students. However, I am not surprised. I am not surprised because I have seen firsthand the character and dignity of the students who make up the population of this great public school system. When I began my journey as an educator years ago, it was because I was inspired by children. I was inspired by their innate interest in learning and their willingness for discovery. That inspiration took root and remains just as strong even today. Please know that I found it a privilege to serve and lead your children in their academic pursuits, and in the pursuits of those who have come before them. I ask you to continue supporting Seneca Valley, to dedicate yourselves to being a productive member of the community, never stop learning, and always be true to yourselves. Thank you again and best wishes in all your future endeavors. Dr. Donald Tylinski Seneca Valley School District Superintendent

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Ms. Kyra Bobak, in black, and Ms. Rozann Lamberto, to her left, accept the Olweus QAP Award at a recent Safe School Conference held in Hershey, Pa.

Haine Elementary School has been named one of only three schools in the nation to be named an Olweus Bullying Prevention Quality Assurance Program. Officials from the HALT! Bullying Prevention Program held a site visit and interview process earlier this year and recently notified school officials that they were awarded the designation of a quality assurance program, "demonstrating a high level of fidelity" to the Olweus Program. Olweus is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. It is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School

National Merit identifies 11 students as 2012 National Merit Qualifiers Eleven Seneca Valley Juniors have earned top marks in the 2010 preliminary SAT exams, earning them the status of 2012 National Merit Qualifier. Rachael Agnello, Michelle Botyrius, Laura Byko, John Kelleher, Josephine Krome, Cara Lucas, Kelsey Mislan, Mark Mosso, Ryan Nuzzo, Jesse Prisby, and Melanie Young, all members of the Class of 2012, will now move on to participate in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualified for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers will be notified if they have qualified as either a commended student or semifinalist, with the ultimate hopes of advancing to finalist and winner status where they will be eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarship funds and the elite status of National Merit Scholar. Good luck to all!

administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program with the purpose of improving peer relations and making the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop. Ms. Kyra Bobak, Principal, along with Rozann Lamberto, Counselor, participated in the process and were recognized earlier this month at the Safe Schools Conference for the outstanding efforts of the students and staff at Haine Elementary. According to the Assurance Program summary by HALT!, Ms. Bobak and Ms. Lamberto demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and understanding of Olweus, as well as a commitment to the sustainability and enhancement of the program. Haine Elementary, which is about to complete their second year of the program, has 750 students in grades K-4. Additionally, it is important to note that the Seneca Valley School District has implemented the Olweus model district-wide and, as such, provides release time for staff trainings and meetings, and designates class time for weekly student meetings. Seneca Valley IHS now joins 135 school districts nationwide and four in Pennsylvania who have been awarded this honor in the past. Congratulations to the teachers, administrators, staff, and students whose efforts made winning this award possible and who will benefit from it in the classroom!

SMART Technologies designates IHS as National 'Showcase' School Seneca Valley Intermediate High School has recently been named a SMART Showcase School by SMART Technologies "as a leader in the adoption and integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning." In order to be named a SMART Showcase School, the school had to complete an application and meet several criteria, including having a staff active in the use of SMART products and initiatives. The benefits to the school include: • Global recognition as a technology innovator • Providing SMART with input on best practices • Sharing best practices with nearby peers and colleagues • Exposure in SMART publications and marketing materials • Inner circle communication and opportunities • School profile posted to the SMART Showcase Schools web directory • Personalized Showcase certificate to display at the school Seneca Valley | Summer 2011 | 9

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SV Academic Games Team returns from tournament with national acclaim The Seneca Valley Academic Games Team competed in the National Academic Games Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., April 28 - May 2, returning home with three national champions and host of team and individual top ten finishes. Academic Games is an interscholastic national competition where students compete against each other in math, English, and history games. It is a marathon of intellectual thought where thousands of the brightest academic minds come together. Bringing home a top three Academic Game Trophy is the equivalent of earning All-American honors for an athletic team. “Overall, the Seneca Valley Team did a great job this year,” said Dale Wagner, who is joined by fellow teachers Jeremiah Friday, Ruth Johns, John Hickman and Lynne Ranayhossaini, to advise the team throughout the school year.

In back from left, Dr. Donald Tylinski, Superintendent, joins Steven Smith, Haine Middle School Principal, and Dr. Jeffrey Fuller, Assistant Superintendent, in congratulating Emily Scanlan, Emily Winterhalter and Daniel Popp, front row from left, for earning national championship status at the recent tournament in Florida. Photo courtesy of Cranberry Patch.

Here is a summary of the students with top 50 individual performances and top three team standings: Name




Emily Scanlan Emily Winterhalter Daniel Popp Lucy Geronime Sara Panetta Sam Casey Kyle Cindrich Lauren Vozel Emily Scanlan Sarah Panetta Michael Palaski Mark Livingstone Laura Byko Laura Byko Laura Byko Kelly Cotton Nick Cupelli Matt Graf Matt Graf Druv Kohli Druv Kohli Druv Kohli Druv Kohli Druv Kohli Nikko Paserba Amanda Rossetti Jonathan Selling

6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – ECMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 6th – HMS 8th 7th 11th 11th 11th 12th 12th 12th 12th 10th 10th 10th 10th 10th 10th 12th 10th

National Co-Champion National Co-Champion National Champion 3rd Place Individual 2nd Place Team 2nd Place Team 2nd Place Team 2nd Place Team 2nd Place Team 2nd Place Team 5th Place Team 5th Place Team 13th Place Individual 28th Place Individual 29th Place Individual 13th Place Individual 41st Place Individual 13th Place Individual 15th Place Individual 2nd Place Individual 3rd Place Team 3rd Place Team 20th Place Individual 25th Place Individual 43rd Place Individual 33rd World Events 39th Place Individual

LinguiSHTIKS (English cube game) LinguiSHTIKS Equations (Mathematics cube game) Propaganda (English reader game) World Events (Social studies reader game) World Events World Events World Events World Events World Events World Events World Events World Events Presidents Propaganda World Events World Events World Events NOTE: Presidents Six teams wer e World Events one spot away from World Events making the play offs Presidents in the cube ga mes, Presidents including Equations LinguiSHTIKS, World Events Equations, and World Events On-Sets. LinguiSHTIKS


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SV Students sweep ‘Chemist’ awards program

Andrew Lingenfelter, on left, and Dominic Panzino are pictured here with their awards after the state competition sweep.

Andrew Lingenfelter, an eighth grade student at Seneca Valley Middle School, is scheduled to compete on June 20, in Philadelphia for the national competition of ‘You Be The Chemist’ Challenge, an academic competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) and sponsored by BASF Chemical Corp. Andrew competed in the local challenge held in February in Cranberry Township, and he, along with Dominic Panzino, a sixth grade student from Evans City Middle School, qualified for the state competition held at Penn State University on May 7. Andrew and Dominic captured first and second places, respectively, at the state level. The challenge aims to engage students, grades 5-8, in science through a dynamic event that tests their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness. Additionally, challenge competitions work to partner members of the chemical industry and its affiliated organizations with schools in the communities in which they operate. Michael Levere, gifted support teacher at Evans City Middle School, has had students participate in the challenges over the past three years and believes in the program. “The “You Be The Chemist” Challenge helps expose science students to the world of chemistry, and how it applies to everyday life," he said. "Students gain a deeper understanding of how chemistry and chemicals shape the world around them.”

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Moot court kudos for SV students Seneca Valley students recently awarded several of the top spots at the second annual International Criminal Court (ICC) High School Moot Court Competition sponsored by Global Solutions Pittsburgh and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Zach Bredl and Colten Gill (pictured here) earned second place honors, Adam Dorko and Kim Kolor won third place, and Simon Brown and Jaelyn Arrington were named the fourth place team. Teams prepared written memorials and delivered oral arguments in favor of the defendant during the appellate sessions.

Adam also took home first place for Best Applicant Oral Arguments and Jaelyn was named first place for Best Respondent Oral Arguments. The competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how it addresses international human rights issues. "Moot court isn't generally offered as an opportunity for high school students, and for two sophomores to take second place in a field of primarily upperclassmen is amazing," said Debra McDermott, Seneca Valley gifted support teacher and one of the program advisors.

Fetterman named History Day Winner Seneca Valley Senior James Fetterman brought home a first place award during the National History Day competition that was held at Westminster College on March 31. James earned first place for his web page, “Calvin Coolidge: Voice for Liberty,” and advanced to the National History Day State competition held at Millersville University. James is the daughter of James and Lisa Fetterman of Cranberry Township.

Bayer Corp. recognizes SV senior as Scholar Seneca Valley Senior Allison Jansto was one of five students recently selected for the Bayer Scholar Program at Duquesne University. As a Bayer Scholar, she will receive a full tuition scholarship to Duquesne, and mentoring from both Duquesne faculty and Bayer professionals. She will also participate in two summers of paid research at Duquesne, and will be offered two summers of internships with Bayer Corporation. “I believe that her selection for this program speaks to the strength of the science curriculum at Seneca Valley,” said Beth Jantso, her mother. Allison is the daughter of Beth and Bill Jantso of Cranberry Township.

Service pays off for SVMS student Bailyn Bench, an eighth grader at Seneca Valley Middle School (pictured below), has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Bailyn was presented her award from Mr. Sean McCarty, principal, for her service efforts at school and in the community. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. "The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community." Bailyn is the daughter of Christine and William Bench of Cranberry Township.

Raising funds and awareness Seneca Valley Senior High School students recently held a Sadie Hawkins Dance to raise funds for the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. In addition to the ticket sales, students donated their proceeds from selling T-shirts and raised a total of $1,600 for the shelter. Organizers said the event helped to raise awareness about domestic violence and empowering young women. From top left: Minh Bright, Ryan Duran, Dan Willard, Anna Polite, Nick Cupelli, and Anthony DeLuca. From bottom left: Jordyn Smith, Kim Kolor, Becca Greenstein, Ryan Nuzzo, Shelby Resch, Meghan Wilson, Katie Willard and Jane Lemmo.

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Haine Elementary utilizes grant funds on courtyard project Haine Elementary School was recently gifted with a $3,500 Lowes’ Toolbox for Education Grant that they have decided to put toward building an outdoor learning space at the school. According to John Schmidt, teacher, the goal of this project is to turn the courtyard into several inviting areas to read and experience nature, and will include benches, walkways, flowers and a garden.

“It will provide grassy areas and shade trees where students can relax with a good book while expanding reading habits at school and providing an area to enhance our science curriculum,” Schmidt said. The courtyard reading garden will include pathways and as well as a rain barrel. Funding for the flowering shrubs and trees, some of which were planted just this month, will be offset from a donation through the Butler County United Way.

When I grow up… Haine and Evans City Middle School students took part in the Annual Career Exploratory Days that featured professions like FBI agent, journalist, plumber, Life Flight nurse and professor. Students selected which presentations they learn more about and spent the morning following their own individualized schedule. “It was a great way to learn more about what job options are out there for us to consider,” said Nic Andreassi, Haine Middle School student.

Students spruce up CVE Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Student Daniel Lowery volunteered to complete a project for Connoquenessing Valley Elementary as part of his high school science requirement. Daniel and a small group of volunteers rehabilitated the North lobby entrance of CVE. A landscape plan was developed for the space, plants were purchased courtesy of the CVE PTO, and Daniel directed the Daniel Lowery initiative as his family and friends worked throughout the day to beautify the space.

ECMS student earns LAW honor Alexys Smith, a sixth grader at Evans City Middle School, was chosen as one of just 24 students from across the nation to attend the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Leadership and Advocacy in (LAW) Washington D.C., April 8-12. This opportunity provided Alexys with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and allowed her to explore the inner workings of our country’s government, its history, and culture. In addition to learning about the history of the organized blindness civil rights movement, how resolutions are passed, and how blindness legislation is created, participants were empowered with valuable resources to enhance their transition to high school, including technology, blindness skills training, and information about scholarships.

STOMP out Cancer Evans City Elementary and Middle School students and staff recently held the Fourth Annual Saulle Teddy Bear Official Memorial Parade (STOMP) at the school with more than 1,200 students taking turns participating in the walk-a-thon around the school grounds. Participants raised more than $12,000 for the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.


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Additionally, this spring, Eagle Scout Candidate Aaron Schmelzer (Troop #457) planned and constructed three vegetable plots for the CVE garden. School faculty and landscaping committee members plan to use the space to teach and encourage students to grow and harvest tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, herbs and green peppers. The students will also learn how to grow lettuce in cold frames this fall and basic

principles regarding soil preparation, caring for garden beds, insect management and proper harvesting techniques will be covered. Many thanks to both students for their efforts, as well as the CVE/PTO for funding assistance.

        Congratulations to our talented musicians

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Instrumental Music Students:

Brad Snyder (All-State Jazz Band) Kenny Farinelli (All-State Jazz Band) Rachael Agnello (All-State Concert Band) Elisa Park (All-State Concert Band) Sarah Eppler (All-State Concert Band) Erin Sager (All-State Concert Band) Tori DeRiggi (All-State Concert Band) Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Regional Band Students: Kim Kolor Jackie Mortimer Brad Snyder Kenny Farinelli Tori DeRiggi Erin Sager Sarah Eppler Elisa Park Rachael Agnello Solo Awards for Jazz students at Slippery Rock University Adjudication: Kevin Farinelli Kenny Farinelli Caitlyn Fenello Anthony Deluca Brad Snyder The Jazz Band earned a Superior rating too!

Seneca Valley’s Prom, "Another Night, Another City," was held May 6 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, and featured four rooms with themes from cities including Honolulu, Tokyo, Pittburgh and Paris. Congratulations to Prom King Aaron Pynos and Prom Queen Lauren Koenig.

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The Seneca Valley Secondary Campus Choirs, grades 7-12, participated in Choral Adjudication this past March with each group scoring a rating of Superior, the highest designation that can be awarded at such an event. Students were judged on stage presence, tone quality, intonation, expression, and interpretation. They also had the opportunity to have a clinic with the judging panel where they gleaned new techniques and improved upon their performances. Chorus classes then reviewed the judges written evaluations and taped comments to critique their progress. This year's judges included Marvin Huls, director of Choral Music at Seton Hill University; John Goldsmith, director of the Heinz Chapel Choir, University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Scott Dorsey, former director of Choral Activities at Mount Union College.

Freshman band makes ‘Rising Winds from the Valley’ their very own By Vic Peffer The Seneca Valley Freshman Concert Band celebrated the premier performance of “Rising Winds from the Valley” on May 5, 2011. This original composition was commissioned by the Seneca Valley Band Foundation for the Freshman Concert Band’s final concert of 2011. Mr. Travis Weller, a published composer, along with input from Freshman Band Director Varden Armstrong and Director Robert Matchett, worked several months writing “Rising Winds from the Valley,” which derives its title from the young men and women for whom it was written. The “rising” wind players and percussionists are part of the lasting legacy of instrumental excellence in the Seneca Valley School District. Interpretation for the composition begins with opening fanfares in the brass, representing the initial excitement and boldness experienced by many young students as they begin their study in the realm on instrumental music. As the piece progresses, the musicians are presented with individual challenges (optional solos in trumpet, clarinet, and alto saxophone), as well as rich sonorous moments of musical expression for the entire ensemble. In addition to commissioning musical compositions, the Seneca Valley Band Foundation funds annual Creative Teaching Grants which are offered to the instrumental directors throughout the Seneca Valley School District. The Foundation also made funds available for the Seneca Valley Marching Band to attend the National Symphony Concert in Washington D.C., where they performed in the 2011 Cherry Blossom Parade. The Seneca Valley Instrumental Band Directors along with the Seneca Valley Band Foundation are looking forward to continuing and expanding our Instrumental Program of excellence. The Seneca Valley Band Foundation can be found on Facebook.

prom pageantry

Members of the 2011 Seneca Valley Prom Court included, back row from left: Alexander Batista, Dylan Bilka, Bret Borghi, Douglas Coyne, Joshua Deitch, Ryan Duran, Jacob Fallon, Donald Knorr, Aaron Pynos, Kevin Rohm and Isaiah Yohn. Front row from left: Madison Chwatek, Alyssa DiMaria, Haley Fox, Melissa Karasack, Lauren Koenig, Taylor Mayeda, Kara Moyer, Krista Schweikle, Jordyn Smith and Mi-Young Um.

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The 2011 All-School Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” featured a downand-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies was enjoyed by nearly sold out audiences over five shows during Seneca Valley’s run this past March. Congratulations to the cast and crew, especially Director Stephen Santa, Producer/Vocal Director Aaron Magill, Orchestra Director Bruce Smith, and Choreographer Nathan Hart.

Cast List Mr. Mushnik ......................... Seymour................................ Audrey .................................. Orin ....................................... Do-Wop Girl (High) ............... Do-Wop Girl (High) ............... Do-Wop Girl (Middle) ........... Do-Wop Girl (Middle) ........... Do-Wop Girl (Low)................ Do-Wop Girl (Low)................ The Plant (Audrey II) ............. Customer with child ............. Customer #2 with child ........ Chang.................................... The Dental Patient................ Mr. Martin ............................ Wino #1 ................................ Mr. Bernstein........................ Mrs. Luce.............................. Skip Snip...............................

Michael Traverso Conner Gillooly Kara Cavanaugh Chris Allen Beth Holl Kristin Carmella Emily Mancino Elicia Gibson Alexx Vaccarello Kylie Rapso Billy Dixon Aaron Pynos Courtney Hegeman Ben Paget Vinnie Iachini Ryan Nuzzo Anthony DeLuca Dan Willard Jamie Walters Nick Traverso

Understudies Mr. Mushnik ......................... Seymour................................ Audrey .................................. Orin ....................................... The Plant (Audrey II) .............


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Vinnie Iachini Ben Paget Kristin Carmella Ryan Nuzzo Nick Traverso

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World Famous Mazza Museum SPEAK! Collection Visits CVE By Dr. Kelly McCarron The Mazza Museum, in Findlay, Ohio, has the distinction of being the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in the original artwork from picture books. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit, and preserve original art from children’s books. In March, CVE was fortunate to host The University of Findlay’s traveling MAZZA Museum SPEAK! Collection. The Mazza Museum: International art from picture books, is a collection of original artworks by some of the most famous illustrators of children’s books in the world. This collection consists of 33 original framed pieces of art. The works of art were on display at the school during the entire month. The “SPEAK!” exhibit was open to CVE families during open house, and guided tours for the general public were arranged during the PTO’s community night. Many of the

students acted as liaisons introducing visitors to the various pieces and relaying interesting facts about the dogs and the illustrators. All mediums of art were used giving students an opportunity to see firsthand a variety of artistic methods used and introduced to them by CVE art teachers Clare Torso and Mary Mason. CVE is proud to have hosted such a prominent collection. Special thanks are extended to the CVE PTO and all staff, faculty, and volunteers who made this unique event possible.

 Allison Wolter, a fourth grader at Rowan Elementary, earned an award of Merit at the National Parent/Teacher Associations Reflections Awards Program. Allison advanced to the national level after winning the state competition in April. Allison received a silver-plated medal and will have her piece displayed in the PTA’s national gallery for the coming year. Allison is one of only six across the nation to receive such an award. Allison’s big brother Karl, a Haine Middle School sixth grader, has also garnered kudos for his artwork when he was honored by the SuperHero’s foundation in having his drawing chosen as the T-shirt design for the Annual SuperHero’s Race, an organization that helps to raise money for abused children. Both are seen here holding their respective designs.


‘I’mLikin’It’ Eric Kavanagh, a Rowan Elementary student, was recently recognized as a winner in the 2011 Very Special Arts Exhibit, McDonald’s of London Golden Arches Award Program. As part of the award, Eric’s artwork will now hang in the McDonald’s of London Restaurant in Grove City. The Very Special Art Exhibit is held annually by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.

Andy Warhol’s nephew visits Rowan James Warhola, an author and illustrator of children’s books, and the nephew of Andy Warhol, presented his art and memories of his uncle in several assemblies at Rowan Elementary School in March. In addition to signing books, Mr. Warhola demonstrated his sketching process and held a question and answer session for students. In honor of the event, students and staff participated in a school–wide soup drive for a local food shelter.

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The BIG Gallery, an art gallery found on the secondary campus in the intermediate high school, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary, and has been home to dozens of student, alumni, staff and visitor exhibits over the decade of its existence. The brainchild of Jason Shorr, senior high school art teacher, The BIG Gallery has brought to the district many opportunities for artists to share their talents, as well as a chance to allow students to see first-hand many artworks created locally, nationally and internationally. “We had an exhibit of art on loan from Boxheart gallery in Pittsburgh that included art from artists as far away as Russia,” said Shorr. Future plans include adding signage and opening up to outside professional exhibits as well as cross-curricular exhibits. Pictured here are several pieces of artwork that appeared during a recent BIG Gallery exhibit. Senior Paula Lockwood is also pictured here holding several of the pieces she displayed in an exhibit created for her senior project.



The Associated Artists of Butler County announced the winners of the Annual Butler County High School Art Exhibit to a standing room-only crowd at the exhibit opening on April 22, 2011. With a record 400 plus art entries by 218 student artists this year, judge Heather Hertel of Slippery Rock University commended the students for the quality and creativity of their work. Seneca Valley winners of the art exhibit include: DRAWING Honorable Mention: Megan Scott (teacher: Mr. Jason Shorr) "Pages of the Rainbow" PAINTING 3rd Place: Jackie Harris (teacher: Mr. Jason Shorr) "3 Stone Mask" Honorable Mention: Justin Smith (teacher: Mr. James Nagle) "Leaf Blown" 3D & SCULPTURE 1st Place: Emma McKee (teacher: Mr. Jason Shorr) “Dragon Helmet” (pictured right) 3rd Place: Breanna Zbiegien (teacher: Mrs. Megan Bonistalli) “Accidental Matisse”

PRINTMAKING 1st Place: Colleen Lunney (teacher: Mr. James Nagle) "Saturday Morning Cartoons" 2nd Place: Nicole Eaton (teacher: Mr. James Nagle) - "Mirror?" 3rd Place: Paula Lockwood (teacher: Mr. James Nagle) "Morgan" (pictured here) MIXED MEDIA & COLLAGE 1st Place: Sarah Holzer (teacher: Mr. Jason Shorr) "What Came First?" 3rd Place: Paula Lockwood (teacher: Mr. James Nagle) "Self Portrait" PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL ART: 3rd Place: Mark Davis (teacher Mr. James Nagle) "Shades of Fall”

Helping the arts

SVIHS students reach out to ‘The Strand’ Students in the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Service Learning group spent the school year helping out the Strand Theater Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing new life to the historic Strand Theater in downtown Zelienople. All told, the group was able to donate more than $500 to the Strand Theater Initiative and expose many more to this jewel within our school district. Student organizers include Amy Kolor, Rosemary Emmerling, Connor Kane, Sarah Chartier, Natalie Frund, Emily Clark, Daniella Ortiz, Megan Pudlo, Nina Rodriguez, Tyler Shelly, and Meagan Trotta.


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National Winner Brianna Sieminski, senior, was named a third place award winner in the 2011 National Dick Blick Linoleum Block Print Contest. This award is quite an honor as there are only five awards given in this competition throughout the country.

Behind The Scenes The Seneca Valley Senior High School Physics Photo Contest, sponsored by Westinghouse, produced 16 imaginative winners over several categories. Students submitted natural and contrived photos of physics in motion. Winners in the “Contrived” category include Jami Vinski, first place, Katherine Brittner, second place, and Connor Foley in third. In the “Natural category,” winners include David Glas, first place, Katie Maloney, second place, and Sierra Bux, third place. Student favorites (Brendan Thomas’ first place student favorite photo is shown here) and honorable mentions were also chosen. To view all the winners and photos, visit Matt Littell’s teacher web site on the senior high school page of the district Web site at

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SV students make impression at Visions and Voices Competition Hillary Reeb, Melissa Karasack, Jackie Wick and Emma McKee

Congratulations to Jackie Wick, a SV Senior High School student, for her hard work in creating this masterpiece, a first place winner in Ceramics.

Hillary Reeb poses with her artwork, “Rocco,” a Fine Art 2D third place winner.

Seneca Valley Senior High School students presented outstanding art work at the 2011 Visions and Voice Competition held at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Seneca Valley returned home with two first and two third place awards: Ceramics First place “Untitled” Jackie Wick, Seneca Valley HS

Fine Art 3D First place “Dragon Helmet” Emma McKee, Seneca Valley HS

Third place “Rising from the Ashes” Melissa Karasack, Seneca Valley HS

Fine Art 2D Third place “Rocco” Hillary Reeb, Seneca Valley HS

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alumni news

SV Graduate Named Fulbright Scholar n talking with Louis Butler, it becomes immediately apparent that he is deserving of one of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards. Butler has been chosen to receive the highly esteemed Fulbright scholarship. He will pursue an independent study project in philosophy in Germany during the upcoming academic year. The Cranberry resident graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 2007 and graduated from Duquesne University in May. He chose Duquesne, his mother’s alma mater, after visiting the university. “I fell in love with the campus,” he says. Butler didn’t start out as a philosophy major. Entering Duquesne as a freshman, he intended to study something that may be considered more practical and started off majoring in accounting and international business. “I wanted to travel and have the money to do so,” he explains. But one introductory philosophy core course with Dr. Patrick Lee Miller changed all that. Butler found himself being excited about his course work and picked it up quickly. He also was impressed by Miller’s passion for the subject. “I had never even known what philosophy was before that course, or what the actual study entailed,” he says. After that fateful introductory course, he decided to switch his major to philosophy and, to be practical, decided to double-major in economics. But, after taking a few courses in economics, he found that those courses were


taking too much time away from his first love, philosophy. In May, Butler graduated with a major in philosophy with minors in classics and German. His next academic pursuit, the independent study funded by his Fulbright award, will start in September at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and will continue through July 2012. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, Louis Butler advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in Fulbright program is elementary and secondary schools worldwide. the largest U.S. During his time in Germany, Butler’s work will focus on international exchange the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus and 19th century German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Georg program offering Hegel. opportunities for Not only is the Fulbright program one of the most students, scholars, and prestigious exchanges for students and young professionals to professionals, but Butler’s destination, Germany, is one of undertake international the most competitive awards to secure because it is one of graduate study, the most popular. “I am looking forward to living in a new city,” Butler advanced research, university teaching, and says, “and having a new home for an extended period of teaching in elementary time.” Outside of his work, he is looking forward to riding and secondary schools his bike along the Danube. He will spend the summer preparing for his move to worldwide. Germany and making arrangements for his accommodations there.

Rocco earns All American honors

Fusco drafted by Vikings

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Cranberry Township native Diana Rocco has made a splash, of sorts, at Gannon University by garnering five All American honors in diving. A 2008 Seneca Valley graduate and junior at Gannon, Diana captured her fourth and fifth All American awards on March 9 and 12 at the NCAA Division II National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The feat is unparalleled in Gannon history; no other Knights diver has surpassed two All-American marks. "This really puts us on the national stage," said Nathan Walters, Gannon men's and women's swimming and diving coach. As swimming and diving points are compiled, Rocco's showing in the NCAA championships single handedly catapulted the Gannon women's squad to a 32nd place national finish.

Brandon Fusco, a 2006 Seneca Valley graduate, and the winner of the Gene Upshaw Award as the best center in NCAA Division II last fall, was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings in May. Brandon is also a graduate of Slippery Rock University and is the highest draft pick in the history of SRU football.

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staff news Program (PEP) Committee has awarded the Seneca Valley Senior and Intermediate High School World Language Departments a 2011-12 Globe Award. The two buildings were collectively chosen for this award after a careful examination and review of evidence determined that the program demonstrated outstanding characteristics in foreign language instruction.

SVEA awards student scholarships The Seneca Valley Education Association (SVEA) has awarded $7,000 in scholarship money to the following Seneca Valley seniors. Teaching scholarships were given to Julie Elkin, Alexandra Fairbend, and Megan Peaco for $2,000 each. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who intend to major in education and become teachers. Family scholarships granted to graduating seniors whose parents are Seneca Valley teachers were awarded to John Fetchko and Kaitlyn Powell for $500 each. These scholarships are funded primarily through teacher contributions and memorial gifts.

Society bestows scholar distinction on senior high school teacher

State association honors language departments The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Exemplary

The National Society of High School Scholars presented Jim Lucot, senior high school social studies teacher, with its Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. The award recognizes teachers who act as role models for students by encouraging them to strive for excellence.

SV teachers prepare for national certification Kudos and best of luck to seven Seneca Valley teachers who are in the final process of achieving National Board Certification. They include Elizabeth Allen-Boyle - Rowan Elementary, Amy Broman - SV Middle School, Marissa Casciato - Haine Middle School, David Gerrich - SV Intermediate High School, Jenifer McMurray - SV Intermediate High School, Julie Smith - SV Middle School, and Cheryl Zorich – SV Intermediate High School. National Board Certification is a voluntary and extremely rigorous program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet the highest educational standards. Great job! Cheryl Zorich, Jen McMurray and Dave Gerrich, pictured here, are just three of seven Seneca Valley teachers who are in the final process of achieving National Board Certification!

Vince Burgess is pictured here with Tiffany and her Mom, Nicole, shortly after Barnes & Noble made the “Favorite Teacher” announcement.

 CVE Teacher recognized by Barnes & Noble Vincent Burgess, a fourth grade teacher at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School, recently won the "My Favorite Teacher" contest for the Barnes & Noble Store in Cranberry Township. Tiffany Eaton, a fourth grader at CVE, submitted the winning essay about Mr. Burgess, highlighting the compelling nature of Mr. Burgess' qualities as a teacher and her appreciation for his abilities. Mr. Burgess now advances to the Barnes & Noble Regional Competition.

From left, Bailey Royhab,Ty Laughlin,and Taylor Yost, take a moment to catch their breath after participating in the “Kids of Steel” event.

Staff, students hit the pavement Students and staff throughout the District participated in the Annual Pittsburgh Marathon, which featured more than 22,000 runners over the weekend of May 14-15. As part of that, Evans City Elementary, Evans City Middle and Rowan Elementary Schools all participated in an exciting new initiative of the marathon called “Kids of Steel.” For this program, students maintained a six-month jogging log with the goal of running a total of 25.2 miles during physical education class and while at home. They then ran their final mile in a special course set up by the Pittsburgh Marathon and finished as a medal-wearing recipient of the “Kids of Steel” Program. Seneca Valley | Summer 2011 | 19

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What's Online? K-12 Parent Reminder: Parents may have noticed a brochure in their student's report card that features a personalized Web site(s) and related password(s) created for your child(ren) so that you may enter important information for the 2011-12 school year. It only takes a few minutes to enter it, and having this contact, emergency and health information for your child(ren) is essential in reaching you regarding your child(ren)'s well being while at school. Be sure to have the brochure, your child(ren)'s medical information and emergency contact numbers before logging on to the site. The top fold of the brochure lists the Web site address(es) and password(s) needed to enter the site. PLEASE NOTE: Each Web address features the student's own name. So, if your child is John Doe, the Web site address will have John Doe as part of that address. Parents of kindergarten students, or those who have recently enrolled, should look for their personalized URL information and password(s) in July when a separate mailing is made at that time. If you have any questions, please direct them to Karen Schomaker, registration coordinator, at (724) 452-6040, ext. 1640. We thank you for your assistance in this effort.

SVTV: SVTV regularly broadcasts district events and activities, and provides information on important community happenings. Be sure to view them on Armstrong Cable Channel 50 (Digital channel 208, TV channel 407 for Consolidated Communications customers). They can also be found on the District’s Web site at There you will find lots of great information, including YouTube links of their latest videos.

Social Networking: Just a reminder to those who have their own social networking pages Seneca Valley is a registered user of Facebook and Twitter, and has pages dedicated to District news: Our Twitter Link:!/Seneca_Valley Our Facebook Link:!/pages/SenecaValley-School-District-Official-District-Site/133105866727178


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You can expect to find regular updates on school information, activities and student accomplishments like the ones highlighted on these pages. We also include photos, photos and more photos - join us.

2011-12 Calendar: Download and print the 2011-12 SV At-A-Glance calendar that highlights the important dates to remember. The print calendar will be distributed to K-6 students on the first day of school. Students in grades 7-12, who have no siblings in younger grades, will receive their calendar by mail shortly before the first day of school.

2011-12 Budget: You can view a copy of the budget at all district buildings or by going to our Web site at You’ll find a PDF of the budget on the Business/Finance page under “Departments.”

SV Cyber & Arts: Seneca Valley Cyber & Arts, The Academy of Choice, provides students with a world-class virtual and/or performing arts education, individualized instruction and support by certified and highly qualified members of the Seneca Valley teaching staff. Benefits include flexibility of scheduling, traveling and exploring career options! Call us at 724.452.6040, ext. 1015 or visit us online at

District Web site: Don’t miss out on the photo albums, headlines and announcements found at each of our District building homepages. Viewers can also become registered users and receive notices when updates are made in the areas of noted interest.

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SV Teams hit it Spring sports garner WPIAL titles, PIAA births and accolades Track & Field

• The track team produced 31 qualifiers for the WPIAL Individual Championship meet and nine will attend the state meet • Steve Swanson broke a 40-year-old school record in the discus this season with a throw of 156’ 10” (pictured immediately below) • Dylan Bilka set a new school record in the pole vault at 15’3” • Morgan Williams, Shelby Resch, Hunter Williams, Becky Paine, and Taryn Latsko (pictured below) won the co-ed championship for the second year in a row on March 30 at the Moon Mixed Relays • Hunter Williams was the WPIAL Champion in the Open 400 meter race • The boys 4 x 400 relay, including Hunter Williams, George DeAugustino, Oliver Philogene and Andrew Schroder won the WPIAL Gold medal and set a new record of 3 minutes, 20 seconds (pictured at right) • Sophomore Jamie Rutkowski threw the Javelin 139' and qualified for the PIAA Championships • Junior Shelby Rush qualified for the PIAA Championships in the 800 meter race

Hunter Williams, George DeAugustino, Oliver Philogene and Andrew Schroder

Boys’ Volleyball

• Finished the season with a record of 18-2 • Qualified for the WPIAL Playoffs and were seeded third in the tournament, ultimately earning a WPIAL Silver Medal • Finished the season ranked number two in the WPIAL and number four in the PA State Coaches Pole • Won the Dover High School Volleyball Tournament earlier in the season (pictured below) • They receive their first birth into the PIAA Tournament and were eliminated in the first round by State College

Steve Swanson

Boys’ Lacrosse

• The team finished ranked 5th in the WPIAL Lax Power Rankings with a record of 7-8 • They qualified for the playoffs by finishing second in their section • They were seeded 4th in the WPIAL championship tournament and will play Upper St. Clair in the first round game • Earned a birth in the Semifinal round by defeating Upper St. Clair Morgan Williams, Shelby Resch, Hunter Williams, Becky Paine, and Taryn Latsko


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out of the park! Softball

• The team posted a winning regular season with a 10-5 record • The team also qualified for the WPIAL Playoffs and earned the WPIAL Silver Medal as a 20th seed in the WPIAL Championship Tournament • Two seniors Erin Mullen and Lauren Davies will matriculate to Rollins College and Ryder College, respectively, to continue their softball careers (pictured below)

Brenna Gallagher, Taylor Mayeda, Lauren Moran, and Sam Struss

Girls’ Lacrosse

• The team earned the section championship, WPIAL Championship, and made it to the first round of the state playoffs • Four of the team’s seniors received scholarships to continue their academic and athletic career at the collegiate level. The young women (pictured above) include Brenna Gallagher, who will attend IUP; Taylor Mayeda, who will attend Lindenwood University; Lauren Moran, who will attend Gannon University; and Sam Struss, who will attend Liberty University • The team posted 10, double digit scoring victories during the regular season • Defeated Mount Lebanon to advance to the Semifinals


• The baseball team earned the WPIAL Championship Title and succeeded to the semifinal round of the PIAA State Championships Tournament (pictured below) • Finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins and three losses • The team produced outstanding offense with six games posting a double digit scoring performance

Erin Mullen and Lauren Davies

Boys’ Tennis

• Placed third in the WPIAL Doubles Tournament

Future Plans Pictured here are Stephanie Criaula and Makena Lynch of the Seneca Valley Lady Raiders Swim Team. Following four years of outstanding performances for the Raiders both of these ladies have been perennial performers at the WPIAL Championships during their respective careers. Stephanie has accepted a scholarship to St. Francis University where she will continue her swimming career. Mekena has forgone several swimming scholarship offers to pursue her dream of swimming for The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Stephanie Criaula and Makena Lynch

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arm weather means a great many wonderful things for both parents and children alike. We all enjoy the ability to get outdoors to enjoy a plethora of activities and sports. Unfortunately, the warmer weather also seems to bring about an increase in breaks, bruises, and scrapes for our youngsters. Trauma to the head and mouth regions are of particular concern, so with this in mind let’s review some of the basics when assessing, treating, and preventing accidents involving the mouths of our kids. It is important to remember that an apparent injury to the mouth should first be viewed as a head trauma. If your child happens to sustain such an event you would first want to ensure that the child did not lose consciousness and is fully aware of his surroundings. If your child is old enough to adequately communicate, ask whether he remembers the accident, can tell you what day it is, and where you are. This will give insight as to your child’s mental status and give significant clues as to the effect of the injury on the child’s brain. If you have any doubt that the injury might involve more than your child’s teeth or mouth please proceed to the nearest hospital emergency department at once. Many of the dental traumas that we witness at Dentistry For Kids occur in two phases of a child’s life. The first typically happen when the child is between 1 and two years of age. Remember that this is the time when our young patients are learning to walk and move about their surroundings. Although an injury can happen at any location in the household, the family room (coffee table) and bathroom (bathtub) seem to be the most common. Dental injuries at this point in a young one’s life involve solely the baby teeth. The extent of the trauma can vary greatly, so it is important to have the injury evaluated by a dental professional as soon as possible. Sometimes these events can elicit a lot of bleeding, which makes the evaluation more difficult for the parents. Firm pressure with a clean washcloth or paper towel to all oral lacerations can usually make the bleeding stop. After the oral region has been reasonably cleared, you can then begin to assess the amount of damage to the teeth and soft tissues. The first thing a parent would want to know is: are the teeth all present and accounted for? If not, please do your best to find the missing tooth or teeth. The dentist would want to know if the patient swallowed (into the stomach), aspirated (into the lungs), or intruded (into the adjacent gum tissue) the displaced tooth. Please be aware that any baby teeth that are knocked out of the socket are NOT to be replaced. Doing so can cause irreparable harm to the developing permanent teeth. If the baby tooth is present but fractured, your dentist can often fix the tooth using a composite tooth-colored material. The second phase of life most associated with dental trauma occurs during a child’s sporting activities. The age range varies greatly, as do the extent of the injuries themselves. They can involve baby and permanent teeth, hard tissue and soft tissue, crowns and pulps of the teeth themselves. Your dentist will do a thorough examination of the head and neck region and take the appropriate films to determine what the best course of action should be to ensure the optimum outcome. If your school-age child happens to knock one of the teeth out, after finding the tooth please put it into a container of milk for transport. You can use your child’s own saliva as a transport medium if milk is not readily available. Successful treatments for these types of injuries are time dependent, so you need to get to a dentist who will be able to replant the tooth as soon as possible. Other types of injuries to the permanent teeth involve fractures (to the crown or root) or displacements. Again, timely treatments of dental injuries can mean the difference between success and failure. With all of the possible traumas to the oral region, a mouthguard is still the best piece of prevention for all kids who are active in sports. Most the dental injuries that we see come from the sports where mouthguards are not required, even discouraged. Parents might be surprised to know that soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball represent the activities most



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associated with complicated oral trauma. Therefore, we encourage all children participating in these sports to wear a properly fitting mouthguard for all practices and games. We know that all accidents are not preventable. But with a minimal amount of awareness and knowledge parents can be excellent firstresponders in the care and treatment of oral and facial trauma. This Industry Insight was brought to you by Dr. Matt Price and the professionals of Dentistry For Kids, Inc. They provide exceptional dental care for children of all ages...from toddlers to college students. Pediatric Dentistry encompasses areas in orthodontics, oral surgery, growth and development, preventive dentistry, and emergency dental services.

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Summer Fun in Seneca Valley ZELIENOPLE-HARMONY

Cranberry Township Community Waterpa rk is open!

48th Annual Horse Trading Days July 14-16 Sponsored by the Zelienople-Harmony Business Association Music, games, food and fun. New this year is the Children's Activity Center with petting zoo, pony rides, bubble bounce and climbing wall. For more information, visit

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP Cranberry Public Library Allow books to take you places with “Novel Destinations,� the adult summer reading program that runs through July 22. There also are summer reading programs for young children and teens. For more information, visit the library's website at .

Farmers’ Market Fridays from 3:30-6 p.m. through Oct. 28 Municipal Center rear parking lot Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 29 Fire Station on Route 19 parking lot For more information, contact Aaron at 724.752.8920 or Cranberry Customer Service at 724.776.4806.

Thursday Concerts in the Park Cranberry Rotary Amphitheater in the Community Park 7 p.m. July 14 – East Winds Symphonic Band July 21 – Mahajibee Blues July 28 – Softwinds Aug. 4 – Allegheny Brass Band Aug. 11 – No Bad Ju Ju

Friday Lunchtime Concerts Gazebo, Municipal Center lawn Noon July 22 – Randy Shoup July 29 – Pittsburgh Banjo Club Aug. 5 – Sandy Lusco Aug. 12 – Butler Notables

BUTLER COUNTY Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Aug. 12-14 Jeep parade and cruise in downtown Butler on Friday; Festival at Butler County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Enthusiasts will gather at the birthplace of the Jeep to celebrate its history. For more information, visit Seneca Valley | Summer 2011 | 27

Bowl-A- Thon a Lucky Strike for Seneca Valley Junior Achievement Program owlers from organizations and businesses throughout the community headed to Freeway Lanes in Zelienople on March 26 to support Junior Achievement classes in the Seneca Valley School District. Dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, Junior Achievement (JA) provides in-school and after-school programs for students that focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. At Seneca Valley, students in kindergarten through sixth grade participate in JA programs. For the Bowl-A-Thon, JA organizers teamed up with high school students, many of whom had participated in the Junior Achievement program in their younger years, to handle the marketing for the event which included developing advertisements, Facebook pages, flyers, posters and commercials that were aired on SVTV. That effort was led by teacher Adele Marks. “We got the high school marketing class to help, which is a great way to include the high schoolers in the program we are developing,” says Megan Julius, district operations manager for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. “A lot of them remember the experience from when they were younger.”


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What makes this event unique, Julius explains, is that it is community oriented. Many businesses and corporations send teams to participate. Proceeds raised during the event support JA classes in the district. “Most of the participants have been bowling with us for years and many of them look forward to it every year,” she says. While Junior Achievement organizes many Bowl-AThons to raise funds to support the organization’s programs, the Seneca Valley event is one that is particularly successful, Julius says. A total of 19 teams from local businesses and community organizations worked to raise more than $9,800 for JA’s programs at Seneca Valley. High roller was Tracy Daw, who bowled on behalf of the Hungarian Club. She was the top fundraiser, bringing in more than $1,400. Event sponsors included Betty’s Dairy Queen, ESB Bank, North Park Lounge Deckhouse, Springfield Restaurant Group, NexTier Bank, StonePepper’s Grill, Fun Fore All, McGinnis Sisters, Fantastic Sams, Great Clips, Grease Monkey, Robinson Fans, Shop ’n Save, Maddalon Jewelers, Max & Erma’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Kountry Kitchen, Kaufman House, Designing Threads, Ida Yeager, T&M Hardware and Rental, General Rental Center, Masterpiece Kitchens, Karen Vidt, CPA and Fox’s Pizza.


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The Good News About Heart Disease Six Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Young Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Death What Parents Need to Know Exercise: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Harmful

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Welcoming New Physicians What’s Happening at UPMC Passavant

Magee at Passavant Bringing Magee-Womens Specialty Services closer to home for North Hills residents Carolyn Coffin’s mother died of ovarian cancer, so when she found herself feeling suspiciously bloated and uncomfortable, she immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. “I just knew something wasn’t right,” says Carolyn. She underwent a CT scan and ultrasound at UPMC Passavant and was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Carolyn was operated on by Robert P. Edwards, MD, director of the Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence and executive vice chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. In the past, her operation would have taken place at Magee, which is ranked sixth in the nation for gynecologic care by U.S. News & World Report. But Dr. Edwards is leading a new partnership between Passavant and Magee that now delivers that same high level of specialty gynecologic services to North Hills residents and beyond. Dr. Edwards credits the program’s success to the visionary efforts of administrators at both hospitals and to the goodwill extended by its physicians and staff. “So much has happened at Passavant in recent years to make the timing ideal for a program like this,” says Dr. Edwards. “The foundation of this effort actually began in 2007, but the hospital’s new pavilion and cancer center now provide the state-of-the-art facilities and staffing support to make this a first-class resource for women’s care.” “For generations, Magee has been synonymous with trusted and innovative care for women,” says James W. Boyle, MD, chief medical officer at UPMC Passavant. “This new partnership means improved access to the most advanced and innovative specialty care for our patients, who are drawn to Passavant not only from communities in the North Hills but the entire Interstate 79 corridor north of Pittsburgh. It’s another manifestation of our evolution as a major specialty care center. We couldn’t be prouder of the world-class physicians and surgeons participating in this program.” “I feel so fortunate to have had Dr. Edwards do my surgery,” adds Carolyn. “His incredible expertise — coupled with the care and follow-up support of the entire Passavant oncology staff — made this a life-changing experience for me.”

Magee-Womens Specialty Services at UPMC Passavant Magee’s program at Passavant offers the most advanced care for women, including:

Gynecologic Cancer Now patients at UPMC Passavant can benefit from the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva, and fallopian tubes. The Magee-Womens Gynecologic Cancer Program of UPMC Cancer Centers, part of the Women’s Cancer Program at Magee, is at the leading edge of the effort to help women maintain gynecologic health and, when necessary, to provide early cancer detection and individualized intervention.

Urogynecology A subspecialty within obstetrics and gynecology, urogynecology treats women of all ages experiencing bladder or pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs — the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. It can be weakened by a combination of factors, such as childbirth, heavy lifting, the effects of menopause and aging, and chronic medical and neurologic conditions.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Surgeons use the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat many of the gynecologic problems that women experience. At UPMC Passavant, these techniques include robotic-assisted surgery. After surgery, patients can usually return to work sooner, typically experience less pain after surgery, have less scar tissue formation, and have smaller skin incisions.

To learn more about the Magee at Passavant program, visit and click on Services and Specialties, or call 412-367-4700. To schedule an appointment with a UPMC-affiliated physician, visit, or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).


The Good News About Heart Disease Take charge of your heart through health screenings and heart-healthy lifestyle changes Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death for both men and women. Every 25 seconds, someone experiences a coronary event; every minute, it claims a life. The good news? You can take steps to reduce your risk of heart disease through routine screenings and lifestyle changes — even if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke. “Heart disease is a disease we can do something about. In most instances, it is preventable,” says Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of preventive cardiology at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Edmundowicz, who also is director of cardiovascular medicine at UPMC Passavant, recommends regular health screenings as a way of knowing your numbers and whether to take action. For example, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels, but you wouldn’t know you have these conditions without testing for them.

Risk factors that can’t be changed • Family history of heart disease, carotid artery disease, or peripheral artery disease • Age (65 and older) • Gender (men have a greater risk of heart attack)

Risk factors that can be changed • • • • •

Smoking High blood pressure High cholesterol levels Obesity Physical inactivity

“Screening absolutely saves lives. We can help people change the outcome once we know their risk factor levels,” Dr. Edmundowicz says. Doctors also can use tools such as EKGs, ultrasound, and CT scans to look for signs of atherosclerosis in the heart, neck, legs, and arms — especially if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. At the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, you can take advantage of the region’s only low radiation electron beam CT scan, which looks specifically for calcium in the coronary arteries as a marker of the cholesterol accumulation that can cause sudden heart attacks. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing heart disease. While you can’t control genetics, you can take steps to control many other risk factors by following a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Some changes — like quitting smoking — can have an immediate impact. “The bottom line is: If you know your numbers and know your risk, you can do something about it,” Dr. Edmundowicz says.

Six Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and other serious diseases. Follow these recommendations from Dr. Edmundowicz to take charge of this “silent killer”: • Increase physical activity. Aim for at least 30 minutes each day (most days) of brisk walking, bike riding, or other aerobic activity that you enjoy. • Monitor your sodium. Limit your sodium intake to less than two grams (2,000 mg) a day. Beware of “hidden” sodium in processed foods, including canned soup, lunch meats, frozen dinners, and crackers. • Eat healthy. Follow a lower-fat diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods. • Control your stress. Take 15 minutes each day to decompress and focus on yourself. Listen to music, read, pray, or meditate. • Don’t smoke! Nicotine has a direct effect on your blood vessels as well as your lungs. It causes your heart to beat faster, and raises your blood pressure. • Take your medicine. If medicine is needed to control your blood pressure, make sure you take it as prescribed by your doctor.

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Become heart smart

Aim for these vital numbers to keep your ticker in good working condition:

Take time to educate yourself about heart disease and the treatments available. The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute website is a one-stop source of information about cardiac conditions, as well as UPMC’s full spectrum of cardiovascular services from routine screenings to advanced cardiac care. Be sure to check it out at


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less than 200 mg/dL

Blood Pressure

below 120/80

BMI (body mass index) 18.5–24.9

Ask your doctor If you have questions or concerns about your heart health, call your physician to schedule an appointment.



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Young Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Death

What Parents Need to Know Is your child among the three to five million young people in the United States who play organized sports each year? If so, you know that a pre-participation physical examination can help identify young athletes who may be at risk for an injury or illness that could require additional medical evaluation. Recently, identifying young athletes who may be at risk of sudden cardiac death has become a hot topic among sports medicine professionals, focusing the attention of parents on the need for better cardiovascular screening of young athletes. “Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes is extremely rare,” says Vivekanand Allada, MD, clinical director of pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and professor of pediatrics. “In fact, it’s a one in a million risk.” According to Dr. Allada, sudden death in young athletes is most often due to heart problems, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an abnormal thickening of the heart). Other causes include congenital coronary anomalies, arrhythmia (which can be caused by a blow to the chest), and Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that can weaken the aorta and lead to a tear or rupture. “Unfortunately, there’s no perfect test to find a needle in a haystack,” says Dr. Allada. However, parents can take steps to uncover risk factors that may require more testing or a consultation with a pediatric cardiologist. The American Heart Association recommends that young athletes undergo a screening medical history to check specifically for: • Chest pain, palpitations, or fainting during exercise (red flags that require immediate attention) • A history of a heart murmur or hypertension • Family history of coronary disease, sudden death, or Marfan syndrome Children with any of these risk factors or an abnormal physical exam should see a pediatric cardiologist, who is specially trained to look for cardiac problems in children and teens, Dr. Allada says. Further testing might include an EKG, echocardiogram, and stress test. He offers these tips to parents: • Don’t let your child play through chest pain. Pain can be a warning sign. • Teach your child to avoid energy drinks that have high levels of caffeine. Such drinks can make the heart race and cause cardiac arrhythmias. They are particularly dangerous for athletes with undiagnosed cardiac problems. To learn more about caring for your child’s heart, visit, then click on Child Health A-Z. To schedule an appointment with a Children’s-affiliated physician, call 412-692-PEDS (7337).



Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Harmful Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy life. Many of us, however, still struggle to fit even a moderate amount of exercise into our schedules. But there are plenty of people who are getting too much exercise. If some exercise is good, they think more will be better. Not true. In fact, excessive exercise can lead to a host of physical issues, including injuries, the loss of lean muscle mass, a weakened immune system, sleep problems, irritability, and depression. A study in the American Journal of Cardiology suggests that too much vigorous exercise also can increase the risk of heart problems.

Are you exercising too much? Experts say that if your workouts suddenly seem more difficult than usual and you aren’t making progress, you may be overexercising. Other trouble signs include: • Insomnia • Aches or pain in muscles and/or joints • Fatigue • Feeling unmotivated and lacking energy • Increased susceptibility to colds, sore throats, and other illnesses If you’re experiencing any of these signs, see your doctor to find out if something else is causing the problem.

Just starting an exercise program? Congratulations on taking an important step to improve your health. Here are a few tips to help your body adjust to a new routine: • Create a reasonable exercise program based on attainable goals. • Exercise in moderation. • Begin slowly and build up gradually to avoid injuries. • Cut back the volume and intensity of your workouts at the first sign of injury. • Listen to your body. When it needs a rest, give it a rest. Sources: American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association

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The Downside of Falls Preventing tripping, falling can be key to maintaining independence Falls may be funny on comedy shows, but they can be traumatic for older adults. Simply tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor can change an older person’s life in an instant — posing serious threats to his or her health and independence. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three people over 65 experience at least one fall each year, and more than two-thirds of them are likely to fall again within six months. Falls also are the leading cause of accidental death in seniors. And, as many as 30 percent of those who fall end up with debilitating hip, pelvic, or spine fractures that make it harder to get around and adversely affect self-confidence. Even those who don’t suffer serious injury can become fearful. “The most obvious concern when an older adult falls or trips is injury,” says Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH, director of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the University of Pittsburgh and associate director of research at the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. “But the fear of falling can cause people to restrict their activity and sacrifice their independence. In some cases, it can lead to social isolation,” she says. Everyone is at risk for falls, but that risk increases with the changes that come with aging, plus other medical conditions such as arthritis, cataracts and glaucoma, and balance problems. “Fortunately, there’s a lot people can do to prevent most risk factors,” says Dr. Studenski. “Taking care of your overall health, staying active, socializing with friends, and taking a few common-sense precautions can help you avoid falls and broken bones.” To learn more about the Falls Clinic, located at UPMC Senior Care-Benedum Geriatric Center in Oakland, call 412-692-4200.

Three things you can do to prevent falls Exercise! Exercises such as tai chi or other relaxation exercises that improve balance and coordination can help lower your chances of falling and make you feel stronger. See your doctor regularly. Annual physical and eye examinations can uncover underlying medical problems that can lead to falls. See your doctor if you feel unstable or dizzy, possibly due to medications. Tell your doctor if you fall; a medical evaluation can help. Make your home safer. Seventy-five percent of all falls occur at home. To help make your home fall-proof: • Improve lighting. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Use night lights in your bedroom, hall, and bathroom. • Remove small throw rugs. Tack down all carpets and area rugs so they are firmly fastened to the floor. • Remove things you can trip over. Clear books, clothes, and shoes from stairs and places you walk. Keep cords and wires near walls. • Use handrails. Install grab bars near toilets, and both inside and outside your tub and shower. Always use the handrail when using the stairs. • Store items within easy reach. Don’t store things too high or too low. Avoid using stepladders or step stools. Most of all, think before you reach. • Wear shoes with non-skid, non-friction soles. Avoid going barefoot or wearing only socks or loose-fitting slippers.

Leading the Work in Falls Prevention Dr. Stephanie Studenski received the 2010 National Award for Falls Prevention Research and will be honored as the grand champion at the third annual Celebrating Senior Champions benefit dinner and auction Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. For more information about the event, sponsored by UPMC Senior Services, the Aging Institute, and the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh, call Peggy VanHorn, benevolent care advocate, at 412-622-9239.



Choosing the Right Doctor for You Taking the time to find “Dr. Right” is one of the most important investments you can make. We’ve all heard about the importance of the doctor/patient relationship, often described as the cornerstone of quality medical care. “In fact, the stronger that relationship, the better your chances of receiving the right care at the right time in the right way,” says Tami Minnier, vice president of UPMC’s Donald J. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation. “At UPMC, our goal is to help you develop a long-term partnership in which your doctor is your number one health care champion.” According to a 2010 survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, most of us are very satisfied with our physicians. It usually takes something major — like moving to a new area, changing medical insurance, or being diagnosed with a serious condition — to prompt us to look for a new doctor. “If you’re in the process of changing doctors, there are some exciting new options to consider,” says Ms. Minnier. “For example, UPMC’s Health Plan is working with a growing number of primary care physicians to implement patient-centered medical homes in their practices.” In this medical model, your family doctor becomes the hub for all your care by linking you to a collaborative team of medical professionals — from physician assistants to specialists. Medical homes are designed to ensure that you receive appropriate and comprehensive care over your entire lifetime, including preventive health care, treatment for acute or chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life care. Studies show that medical homes are resulting in improved care, access, and communication between patients and their “medical team” — as well as improved quality, safety, and cost of care.


When searching for “Dr. Right,” here are five helpful tips to locate the best match:

Determine what’s important to you “Finding the ‘right’ doctor often involves personal preferences apart from a physician’s skills or qualifications,” says Ms. Minnier. “For example, are you more comfortable with a doctor of your gender? Is a primary care physician right for you, or do you have a medical condition that requires treatment by a specialist? And if easy access is a concern, do you need a doctor located close to your home or workplace?”

Get the opinion of people you trust “Begin your search by asking your circle of family, friends, and co-workers about the positive experiences they’ve had,” she advises. “If you’re moving, or seeking a specialist, your current doctor also can be an excellent referral source.”

Do some homework “There are a number of credible online resources, including UPMC’s Find a Doctor (, with information on more than 5,000 physicians, that allow you to confirm a physician’s medical credentials, board certifications, and specialties,” says Ms. Minnier. You also can check with the state medical board at In general, avoid “doctor ranking” sites, which are unregulated and difficult to verify for accuracy.

At UPMC, a variety of tools are used to assess physician quality, including patient satisfaction surveys. “We literally review thousands of surveys monthly, which provide us with invaluable insights and feedback,” says Ms. Minnier.

Verify your doctor’s insurance plans and hospital affiliations “Most practices accept a variety of insurance plans, but be sure yours is among them,” advises Ms. Minnier. “And should you ever require hospitalization or special tests, it’s important that your doctor be affiliated with a hospital you know and trust.”

Call for an appointment “Bring a written set of questions covering your concerns and expectations. When your visit is over, evaluate the experience,” suggests Ms. Minnier. “Was it easy to get an appointment? Were you treated with respect by both the doctor and the staff? If your answers are positive, you’re on the right path to a doctor/patient relationship characterized by quality care, compassion, and open communication.” For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a UPMC-affiliated physician, visit, or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).

Welcoming New Physicians To schedule an appointment, or for more information about any of our physicians, visit or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Surbhi M. Agarwal, MD Family Practice

Nitin M. Kamat, MD Nephrology

Mary E. Peterson, MD Gynecologic Surgery

Edward A. Verdream, MD Infectious Disease

Gretchen M. Ahrendt, MD General Surgery

Jason J. Lamb, MD Thoracic Surgery

Edward E. Saar, DO Orthopaedics

Robert L. Volosky, MD Infectious Disease

Robert M. Denshaw, MD Nephrology

Christopher J. Passero, MD Nephrology

Andrew R. Watson, MD General Surgery

Laurence E. Friedman, MD Nephrology

Kevin Perez, MD Infectious Disease

Jamuna Sivakanthan, MD Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

David L. Weinbaum, MD Infectious Disease

What’s Happening at UPMC Passavant These free events are offered by the Passavant Hospital Foundation Bridge to Hope: Vigil of Hope Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre This sixth annual “Vigil of Hope” brings people together to call attention to the extent and nature of the drug and alcohol epidemic. It offers support for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to drugs or alcohol and for those who have a loved one currently struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse. Please call 412-367-6640 for more information. Spine As We Age . . . Prevention and Treatment Wednesday, June 15, 12:30 p.m. Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building Speaker: Matt El-Kadi, MD Learn about care for your spine, plus prevention and new treatment options. Please call 412-367-6640 to register. Youth Summer Camp: Childhood Wellness . . . Making Movement Fun Tuesdays and Thursdays; June 21-July 7, 9 a.m. to noon Pine Richland Youth Center Children will learn how to make positive changes in their health for a lifetime of wellness. Please call 724-443-3796 for more information.

Child Car Seat Safety Check Thursday, June 30, 10 a.m. McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority, Wexford Have a certified child passenger safety technician check your child car seat installation in your vehicle at no cost! Appointments required. Please call 412-881-9221.

How’s Your Hearing? Thursday, August 18, 12:30 p.m. Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building Speaker: Mariann McElwain, MD Learn when to have a hearing test and what to expect. Free hearing screenings will be available at this seminar. Please call 412-367-6640 to register.

Passavant Hospital Foundation Patriotic Tribute Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre As a special event in the Legacy Music Series, the Pine Creek Band will provide a patriotic tribute to our country’s history as we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July. Please call 412-367-6640 to register.

Diabetes Symposium Thursday, Sept. 29, 8:45 a.m. Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre, Cumberland Woods Village Free screenings, vendor displays, informational tables, and presentations throughout the day. Please call 412-367-6640 for more information.

Advances in Conservative and Surgical Knee Treatments Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m. Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building Speaker: Kelly Agnew, MD Advancements in surgical and conservative knee treatments, joint fluid therapy, arthroscopic knee surgery, and minimally invasive knee replacement will be discussed. Please call 412-367-6640 to register.

24th Annual Passavant Hospital Foundation Charity Golf Outing Monday, June 20, 8 a.m. Treesdale Golf & Country Club Join other local golfers for a day of sport and networking to help raise funds to support the Passavant Hospital Foundation. Mark your calendar today, and be sure to note this year’s new location. Please call 412-367-6640 to register.

Legacy Music Series UPMC Passavant, McCandless Campus The Passavant Hospital Foundation is seeking talented musicians who want to help lift people’s spirits and volunteer their time to give the gift of music. Inquiries are now being accepted for summer and fall 2011 dates. Please call 412-367-6640 for more information.

For more information about classes at UPMC Passavant and affiliated outpatient centers, call UPMC Physician Referral at 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).



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  am often approached by potential patients who have been unhappy with their noses for most of their life. One frequent question is “Am I too old or too young to consider this surgery?” As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I do recommend that patients wait until at least 14-15 years of age (maybe older for boys) before having this type of surgery. As for the older population, assuming you have good health, there is no upper age limit for nose reshaping surgery. First let us begin with what Rhinoplasty surgery can accomplish. This wonderfully liberating operation can change nose size, nose width, nose profile, size and shape of the nasal tip, nostril size, and can address nostril assemetry and deviation. Another pre-requisite for this surgery is that one must stop smoking. This will impede proper healing and could cause complications post surgery. It is also imperative to have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look, while at the same time, realizing that


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there are limitations to the procedure. Realistic expectations from the surgery is something that your Plastic Surgeon will evaluate when determining whether or not you are a good candidate for Rhinoplasty surgery. Your skin quality, along with the size and shape of your nose in relationship to your other facial features will also be studied. Sometimes, it may be recommended that nose reshaping surgery be combined with a facelift or chin implant surgery. This all will depend on your individual needs and facial proportions. There are two types of Rhinoplasty surgery---open and closed. Which one is used will be dependent on what will best accomplish your needs. In your consultation appointment, both will be discussed in relation to which would be a better choice for you. In a closed rhinoplasty, all of the

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incisions are placed inside the nose, where they will not be visible. In an open procedure, a very short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella. After healing, these incisions are very inconspicuous. You may now be wondering about what you can expect AFTER your surgery. After surgery, you may have a splint on the bridge of your nose to help hold tissues in place until they are stabilized---this will also protect your nose while sleeping. You will only wear this for 4 days to a week after your procedure. The first few days after your surgery, you should sleep with your head elevated, as it helps to reduce swelling, promoting quicker healing. Usually bruising around the eyes and cheeks is only obvious the first 3 days post surgery. Most discoloration disappears within a week. You may often return to work in a week to 10 days. Lifting, bending and straining should be avoided during the early postoperative period. Most normal activities including exercise, can usually be resumed within 3 weeks. It will be a few months before you can expose your newly reshaped nose to direct sunlight. You must be conscientious about using sunblock to protect your skin. Rhinoplasty surgery can truly be a life changing event, as it can give you more confidence and allow more possibilities to become realities. Although each patient’s desires and results are individualized, one thing is for certain-----your new nose will allow you to still look like yourself, just an improved, more self confident YOU.

Taste of Historic Zelienople and Harmony he Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Taste of Historic Zelienople and Harmony at the Kaufman House on Monday, March 28. Guests at this fun, casual event enjoyed delicious cuisine and beverage samples from local restaurants, catering companies and beverage purveyors. Dozens of area businesses and members of the community provided terrific prizes for the silent auction and 50/50 raffle. In 2010 the chamber grew by an impressive 29 percent. Meg Kessler, executive director of the organization, attributes the increase to “a reenergized membership!� To learn more about the chamber, visit their website at


Meg Kessler, Shawn Leopardi

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 Brings Olympic-Style Training Home ool & Spa Outlet is proud to introduce the innovative new line of Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas. Master Spas developed the line with input from the 14 time Olympic Gold Medal winner and his coach, Bob Bowman. Fred & Jan Cerminara, owners of Pool & Spa Outlet had the opportunity meet Phelps at a private event in Las Vegas and discuss his love of the sport and his desire to bring the benefits of swimming and aquatic exercise to everyone. With six different models of Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas available, it is now possible to enjoy the full-body benefits of aquatic exercise in the privacy of your own home. A commercial model has also been designed for use in physical therapy centers, schools and swim clubs. “Our swim spas can accommodate swimmers of all abilities, from beginners to elite competitive swimmers.” explains Jan Cerminara. She notes that the emergence of swim spas is a huge trend in the industry, because of the overall health benefits associated with swimming and aquatic exercise and the fact that a water exercise regimen puts less stress on muscles and joints, thereby making it the perfect work-out for people looking to increase stamina and endurance and strengthen muscles and joints. In addition to the smoothest, strongest and widest water current in the industry, the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas also come standard with the Aquatic Exercise System , which includes a rowing kit and resistance bands. Optional underwater treadmills and exercise bikes are available as well. These swim spas are completely portable and install in just one day, Cerminara explains. They are energy-efficient, can be used year-‘round, and do not require any additional plumbing or excavation. Prices range from approximately $18,000 to $40,000. The Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas are on display now at Pool & Spa Outlet’s Peters Township showroom. Their knowledgeable sales team is eager to educate you on the therapeutic benefits of owning a swim spa and they look forward to helping your family choose a model that best suits your needs and your budget. Pool & Spa Outlet has been Pittsburgh's premier pool and spa retailer since 1988 and is proud to be Western Pennsylvania's only Aqua 100 Hall of Fame inductee.


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Neck Pain


Definition Although neck pain can be caused by injury, such as ‘whiplash’ injuries, it is often caused by the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, reading in bed, poor work habits, stomach sleeping, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause misalignments in the spine and eventually pain. In fact, the most important factor producing neck pain appears to be spinal misalignments. Even for people who complain that “stress” is causing their pain, the great majority of those have significant spinal misalignments that are contributing to their condition. Uncorrected chronic spinal misalignments can eventually cause neck pain. As a spinal misalignment worsens, pressure can be put on delicate nerves, sending the surrounding neck muscles go into painful and movement limiting spasm, headache, even numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or hands.

Treatment We love to help patients who are suffering from NECK PAIN because we usually obtain EXCELLENT RESULTS without the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxors or pain killing drugs. If a friend or loved one is suffering from this condition, perhaps we can help!

This Industry Insight was written by Drs. Gina Agostino and Anthony Manes. Complete Chiropractic Health is located at 2625 Rochester Rd. in Cranberry Twp. The practice is owned by Dr. Gina Agostino and Dr. Anthony Manes. The doctors may be reached at 724.779.0001. For more information, visit

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Cranberry Twp. Lions Honor SEI and Peace Poster Contest Winners n Tuesday May 24, the Cranberry Twp. Area Lions Club held its biannual Service, Effort and Initiative (SEI) and Peace Poster contest awards ceremony. This awards ceremony recognizes Seneca Valley Middle School students who exemplify outstanding service, effort and initiative, both in and out of the classroom. The ceremony also recognizes some of the highest ranking Peace Posters entered in the local contest. Club president Andy Newell, along with club Peace Poster representative Bob Isler, led the ceremony. Seneca Valley Middle School guidance counselor Robert Magerko also participated in the awards ceremony. Isler presented Peace Poster winners Alexandra Miller and Caysie Moody each with a certificate of recognition and a $50.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Newell presented Seneca Valley seventh grade SEI recipients with a certificate of recognition, along with a $50.00 gift card to


Barnes and Noble. Magerko highlighted each student’s impressive accomplishments and achievements, both in and out of the classroom. Those receiving honors were Emily Mattys, Joshua Balog and Julia Scanlan. The three students earned “Student of the Month” recognition for the months of January, February and March. The students for both ceremonies were accompanied by their parents and siblings. The Cranberry Twp. Area Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month with the exception of July and August. Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. at the North Park Lounge Deckhouse on Rt. 19 in Cranberry Township. Dinner is also included. For more information on the club in general, or to inquire about membership please contact Secretary Tim Roscoe at 724.538.1008.

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Focusing on Read ing Read i ness for Child ren any parents look forward to announcing that their child can read, but the truth is children are reading long before they can interpret the pages of the book. As with most things in life, reading requires the proper building blocks before it can begin. Reading begins with language and how it relates to your child’s world. Creating a language-rich environment will help your child’s vocabulary grow. Language develops with every interaction you have with your child – infants begin by reading their parents’ facial expressions while older children develop their vocabulary by listening and eventually repeating what their parent say. Verbalize your child’s world and he or she will begin to repeat sounds and syllables – be sure to pause, speak and alter conversation style. A print-rich environment may also help prepare your child for reading by making the connection between your child’s world and the symbols we use to communicate, so make your home an active learning environment. Start labeling household items with pictures and words so your child will learn to associate everyday items with their symbols. Lead by example and let your child see you read often. Teach your child to respect books – while pages will rip and bindings will break; your child will learn that you value books and their content if you set a high expectation for their care. Remember, it takes many interactions with the alphabet and phonemic awareness for reading skills to develop. While it may be difficult to remain patient, be assured that reading will happen when your child is ready. The following are easy-to-follow steps for your child when it comes to reading:


• Play appropriate music; it leads to acute sound discrimination used later

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in letter sound discrimination. Read simple board books with one picture per page, contrasting colors or simple pictures, and point to the items on each page. While reading to your child, make faces – it’s fun and your child will notice subtle differences. Offer choices and name options. Watch your child’s eyes and hands for favorites. Allow your child to point and turn book pages. Describe everything; name colors, shapes and sizes. Verbalize and describe your child’s actions (e.g., “That’s the blue ball. Uhoh, it rolled away. I’ll roll it back to you. You caught it.”)

• Read longer stories to your child and allow him or her to interact with the

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book – pointing, turning pages or even turning the book upside-down. Name objects as your child points. Sing and give characters of books funny voices. Offer opportunities for discrimination. Talk about the stop light (e.g., red circles mean ‘stop,’ green circles mean ‘go’). Play with objects that are similar and point out the differences (e.g., cow versus horse, blankets with subtle pattern differences). Make noises! Imitate cars, animals and eating sounds during play. Speak to your child in a normal tone to demonstrate accurate sound recognition.

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Toddler & Get Set (18-36 months)

• Read everything – signs, labels, toys and your child’s name. • Take cues from your child – interested, not interested, read or just look at the pictures, read more or stop before the end of the story?

• Sing and give characters of books funny voices. • Find and point out shapes and symbols in your home or community. • Recite rhymes and alliterations; pause to allow your child to fill in the last word or phrase.

• Play games such as Candyland® where symbols lead to action (e.g., two orange squares on the card means to move two orange spaces).

Preschool (36 months +)

• Read words and point to each one as you read it, moving your finger from left to right, top to bottom.

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certain letter or find a particular cereal. Have these items on your grocery list for comparison. While in the park, ask your child to bring you nature items one at a time. Write the word for each item and then write a story with these words. Show your child speech in the written form. Ask your child what he or she would like to buy at the grocery store and add it to your grocery list together, write notes to Dad or make “to do” lists.

Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +)

• Read with your child. Take turns reading pages, modeling intonation and punctuation cues.

• Make up silly rhymes and alliterations. • Play “Going on a Hike.” Start by picking a letter and saying. “I’m going on

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upon them (e.g., “apple juice,” “Would you like more apple juice?”).

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• Enunciate words of interest like M-M-Mommy. • As syllables start to represent words, such as “juice” and “more,” expand

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a hike and in my back pack I have a …” Take turns repeating the sentence, naming the previously listed words and adding new word that starts with the chosen letter each time. Help your child cut large letters from old magazines. Talk about words that begin with each of these letters. Ask your child to get something in the pantry that he or she would not recognize by sight; provide the beginning letter sound of the item and ask him or her to search for it by reading the letters. While driving, ask your child to help you find a particular street sign. This Industry Insight was written by Dina & Matt Speranza. They are the owners of The Goddard School®, located at 8065 Rowan Road in Cranberry. Goddard offers both full- and part-time Infant/Preschool/K programs. For more information, visit or call 724-778-9999.


By Pamela Palongue

Downsizing Your Home

Retired persons are commonly advised to sell their home to avoid the cost of repairs and maintenance. Well-meaning friends and relatives often point out that they won’t be able to mow the lawn forever. Is selling your house always the best choice? According to Tom Ceponis, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh, it’s a decision that needs to be weighed carefully with knowledgeable people you can trust. “There are many reasons a home may not be practical to maintain in retirement years. Lifestyle or financial changes are two of the main reasons a person chooses to relocate,” Ceponis explains. For example, some older homes may not be well insulated and this can lead to high gas or electric bills. There are the major expenses of replacing a roof as well as the ongoing costs of lawn maintenance, snow removal and real estate taxes. Additionally, as the children grow up and move out, a large home will seem impractical to maintain. Some retired persons opt for condominium living which quells many of the anxieties of home ownership. Maintenance is usually taken care of in the association fees and will generally include lawn maintenance, roof repairs and replacement and siding. Some condos may include exterior painting as part of their upkeep agreement. The down side is that association fees can be raised over time. However, most associations manage their money wisely and the increases are usually infrequent. If you like the idea of condo living, do your homework. Attend the association meetings and see how the money is being spent and if they are managing it well. One other point to consider is that condo associations occasionally may assess their members a one-time fee to pay for a major

renovation or repair. This is not common and generally the tenants have months to years prior notice before such an assessment is made. Some Baby Boomers opt to move to another home that has better use of living space. With people maintaining a healthy lifestyle longer, a move to a more efficient home can have great returns. In addition to their active lifestyle, “Baby Boomers still want the flexibility to entertain and live in a home with plenty of privacy that a single family home offers,” says Ceponis. So you are ready to move, but can’t face the daunting task of getting your home ready to sell? “Most people have a trusted relative or friend to help walk them through the process”, says Ceponis. For those that don’t, most agencies today offer services to help guide you through the whole process. Just can’t fathom cleaning out that garage? “No problem, says Ceponis, the right agent, will coordinate a company to clean up your Pamela Palongue garage, recommend a painter to freshen up the frontbydoor, or just about anything else you need to help sell the house.” Choosing the right agent is extremely important when selling a home of a person who has lived there for 20-30 years. It is an emotional move, one that will take patience on the part of the agent and the family to get the whole project done in a manner that will leave everyone feeling ok with the sale. Ceponis says that if you are in doubt about the best agent to help sell your home (or your Mother’s home), call and speak to the manager of any reputable real estate agency. They can recommend a person who has experience in dealing with this type of sale as well as the patience and know how to get the job done. While every real estate transaction is different, selling your home can be an emotional decision. It’s best to make sure you have the right person representing you. The best agent is the one who will listen to your needs and guide you to make good decisions on the sale of your home.

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Providence Plantation

Invites Visitors to Experience the Colonial Period

r. Carl Robertson’s 19th century home actually looks to be much older. The early American history enthusiast and his wife, Jeanne, have turned their residence and the surrounding 40 acres of property in Evans City into the Providence Plantation Foundation, a center for historical education and living history presentations about the 18th century frontier. The establishment of the Providence Plantation Foundation was an evolution, Robertson explains. He and his wife enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Va., so much that they started thinking about relocating to the area, but soon realized that they couldn’t make the transition work. They had purchased a 135-year-old home in Evans City, but, as Robertson explains, the house appears to be even older because of the way they retrofitted the property, restoring it in a more Colonial style. Before establishing Providence Plantation Foundation, the Robertsons began hosting 18th century market fairs that were met with much success. By the fourth year, the event drew nearly 3,000 people. Sadly, they discontinued the event due to health concerns. Now, on the foundation property, there is an 18th century reproduction stable, modeled after one they had seen in Colonial Williamsburg. That endeavor took nearly three years to complete because Robertson (who had “never even built a birdhouse”) built it himself, keeping more in line with the Virginia architectural style because most of this region’s early settlers came from the Virginia frontier. Eventually, other outbuildings were added. The dairy has a 3-foot drop on the inside with a brick floor and louvers on the roof to let the heat out – something that was done to help keep temperatures cool inside. A dovecote sits on stilts and there also is a small smokehouse.


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In attending an event at Providence Plantation, the experience includes period music as well as a dinner based on period recipes. Agricultural lessons also are incorporated into the program. Robertson strives to instill a love of colonial/early American history in others through this effort. He is passionate about sparking and encouraging a love of history in general. “The Upper Ohio Valley is every bit as significant as locations such as Boston, Another outbuilding, the summer kitchen, is Philadelphia and Virginia,” he says. not quite finished but is being helped along as Robertson currently is working on a book part of an Eagle Scout project. Robertson hopes about young George Washington’s first mission. to secure a donation to finish the fireplace and “I want to make sure that history is not lost.” the chimney so that the facility may offer fireside Some of the other programs he is working to cooking demonstrations. develop at Providence Plantation Foundation Work on a log cabin was started and stalled, include a kind of Colonial Boys & Girls Club, but Robertson hopes the project will be where younger students can come together to completed this fall. learn what life was like for children in the 18th All of these efforts are steps toward reaching century. There also are a number of outreach the goal of the Providence Plantation programs including luncheon programs for Foundation: “to become the area’s premier senior centers and retirement communities. resource for historical education and living In the future, Robertson says he would like to history presentations of America’s first frontier.” build an Indian town in the woods on his To accomplish that goal, the foundation property, along with a settlers’ fort and a larger utilizes a variety of nontraditional educational cabin that reflects the need for larger quarters as techniques, first-person dramatic interpretations, women and families moved west. storytelling and more. “If you don’t bring history to life, people won’t have that bridge to cross,” he explains. “We want people to have a joyous experience in learning, and they will learn so much more.” He says that visiting the Providence Plantation Foundation is similar to visiting Williamsburg and that many visitors have commented that they did not realize they could have such an experience closer to home. In live reenactments, volunteers depict real people like Peggy the slave, portrayed by volunteer Diane Crews; Turtle the Indian, portrayed by Jack Laswell; and Francious, slave to free man, portrayed by James Lattaker. Visitors listen to their stories and tour the plantation. Robertson says that in developing programs at Providence Plantation Foundation, he strives to make certain that all voices of those in the Upper Ohio Valley frontier are represented. He and his team have committed to being strongly research-based in their approach, even through this dramatic and entertaining presentation of history. Robertson adds that the programs are designed in a way to allow visitors to feel like there are no barriers and that they are free to ask questions “We try to dovetail the past and the present so there is a bridge for people to cross.”

“People say they like to be here because it’s so nice to hear people having fun and enjoying themselves,” Robertson says. “It’s the way learning history should be.” Providence Plantation Foundation is open during special events only for now, but Robertson says he hopes to have open gate hours starting in the fall. Evening event presentations run about two hours and include a first-person interpretation, discussions about the period, music and a meal of period recipes prepared by Atria’s.

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by Pamela Palongue Once upon a time, young people bought a house and lived there happily ever after. End of story. Now an individual or couple may buy four or five different houses in a lifetime and even more if they are working in an industry where transfers happen frequently. In today’s real estate market, is it smart to buy and sell so many times? Or is it safer to buy a dream home and remain there for life? According to Kevin Mihm, a Pittsburgh native and real estate agent for 28 years, it all depends upon the individual and the situation. Decades ago, people stayed in the same job for their entire lives. Now people may switch companies or relocate across the country for job opportunities. Corporate executives may be transferred within their company 10 or more times in a 25-year period. People are also basing their housing choices on their immediate needs, rather than long-term requirements. People begin their home-buying adventure in a starter home, which may have only two bedrooms and one bath. Then when they start a family and are more stable in their careers, they will advance to a mid-range home to accommodate the growing number of children. Eventually they may upgrade

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to an even larger, more luxurious home if that you are not over-improving for your particular neighborhood if you hope to get a good return on income allows. your investment. Check comparable home prices in Are they making money by investing in a house, renovating and selling? The surprising your area before making remodeling choices. answer is “Yes!” Mihm explains that the Mihm also points out that Pittsburgh’s growing Pittsburgh housing market has been fairly stable elderly population has created a need for housing compared to other urban areas around the that is sensitive to the mobility problems of this age country. “We don’t have a housing shortage group. Retirees are empty-nesters that don’t need here created by the influx of as much space as a growing family. Starter Home new residents. It’s actually a They also don’t need stairs. A type Increase in Average Square Feet very stable market here.” of dwelling called a “flat” has There are a few key become popular. A typical flat has 2000 2,200 sq. ft. considerations to look at when no basement, and the kitchen, 1970 buying a home and upgrading it as bathroom and master bedroom are 1,500 sq. ft. an investment. Most importantly, all located on the ground floor. The 1950 1,000 sq. ft. when selecting a neighborhood in upstairs may include one or two which to live, take special notice bedrooms and a bath for their adult of the school district. Because children when they are visiting or parents want their children to be able to attend the residing in the home while taking care of their very best schools, the school district is key to the aging parents. Most older Pittsburgh homes do area retaining its value over the long haul. Choosing not fit this description. There were new flats being an area that is safe, low-crime and likely to remain built in recent years, until 2008 when the economic that way is also important. People tend to gravitate recession halted new construction. In the future, toward areas with shopping malls, groceries and with the greater numbers of elderly, this type of entertainment nearby as well. These elements housing could be in short supply. But Mihm is will help ensure that your home retains its value optimistic about the future of Pittsburgh real when you are ready to sell it in a few years. estate and says, “We are actually very blessed Another important consideration is to make sure to live in this market.”

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n Rehanna Lydo

11-year-old cancer survivor lends her support to community lemonade stand fundraiser Rehanna Lydon knows a thing or two about making lemonade from life’s lemons. The Evans City Middle School fifth grade student has been doing just that since she was first diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of muscular cancer, in 2008. On Saturday, June 25, at Fun Fore All Family Entertainment Center in Cranberry Township, Rehanna put a face on childhood cancer as she joined her friends Kate (11) and Harrison (8) Silvester as honorary host of what promised to be the biggest lemonade stand in Cranberry Township history. This is the third year Silvester siblings hosted the event to help support research efforts for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Originally planned as a neighborhood fundraiser in memory of another young friend who died of cancer, the stand has grown to include numerous community organizations and businesses as well as an ever-growing group of volunteers of all ages. Last year the kids and their friends raised over $6,100 at the lemonade stand. Their goal this year is $8,000.00. The money raised at the event helps support childhood cancer research projects by funding studies of new cures and treatments and encouraging and educating others, especially children. For Rehanna, who is currently undergoing treatment for a second diagnosis of the same type of cancer, participating in the lemonade stand is exciting. “When her friends asked her to help with the lemonade stand,” said Rehanna’s mother, Marcia Lydon, “she immediately jumped on board with the idea because she wanted to help other kids and families.” Ms. Lydon said. Seneca Valley | Summer 2011 | 49

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We feed our hair in many different ways. Taking care of our bodies is the best way to take care of our hair. That means eating well-balanced meals, taking supplements, exercising, getting plenty of rest, reducing stress and dealing with health issues with a medical professional. Sometimes, this is not enough and the hair growth process needs a boost. Our cool lasers “feed” your hair with the necessary blood and nutrients the follicles need in order to grow hair by penetrating the soft tissue of the scalp and increasing the action of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a molecule that is a major carrier of energy from one reaction site to another in all living cells. By stimulating your follicles with a precise frequency of laser light, we are able to promote a thicker, fuller looking head of hair whether it’s from genetic hair loss, stress, medical issues, medications or maybe you were just born with baby-fine hair like me. When the lasers are used on a regular basis, the hair roots are strengthened and regenerated. This slows or stops and in most cases, reverses hair loss as well as thin-fine hair. The process is safe, effective, non-invasive and completely painless. We offer treatments in our Cranberry Township office or if that is not convenient for you, we also sell, rent and lease-to-own affordable home laser units. Call 724-591-5670 today for your free consultation and hear the facts about these safe and effective treatments.



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he 11th Annual Diocesan Cheerleading Championship was recently hosted by St. Teresa of Avila at North Hills High School. Close to 20 Catholic schools, including St. Killian, competed. The students showed that cheerleading is a competitive sport as they excelled in tumbling, jumps, stunting, cheers and dance. Congratulations to the Celtics! , ASHLEY FLAHER TY, CAROLINE CH UNG, EMMA STUMM, GIANNA MASTROIANNI, KEELY AIKEN, LAUREN WESSE L, LEAH CASTEL NIVO, LEXIE VENEZIANO, ZO E BARKASKEY


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Is Barefoot Running Really For Everyone? Shopping Locally is the Best Way to Support YOUR Community! eing the owner of a Running Specialty store is a dream come true! I am so lucky that I can go to work every day and enjoy what I love ... running shoes, apparel, fitting people into the proper shoes and most importantly having an influence on their goals. I have been running for over twenty years and when I started I went to a Second Sole in Ohio to be fitted “properly”. As my running has evolved so have my shoes and not once over those twenty years have I ever purchased a pair of running shoes on line. For me, I liked the personal experience that the running store gave me. The feeling of community, the people in the shop motivating me to experience running to its fullest, new colors, textures and most importantly the store owner actually “caring” about me and not just my credit card number and address for UPS! When I opened my own shop here in Seven Fields, I wanted to bring my experience to our community. Every day I strive to make


Second Sole of Pittsburgh is changing our name to make it easier to know who we are and what we do! We are still in the same location with the same great staff...come and visit us soon!

everyone who walks into our door feel like this is their shop, providing them with amazing personal service, great products that are reflective of what is new and exciting in our channel, colors, textures, motivation and most importantly…a reason to come back! When shoppers purchase on line they are losing this experience and they are literally taking money right out of their communities. Our prices are reflective of the manufacturer’s suggested retail and we stand behind all of the products sold in our shop. This is true of all Local Independent Retailers! Think about this next time you are torn between shopping online and shopping local… By Shopping at Your Local Independent Retailer here is what you will do: 1. YOU KEEP DOLLARS IN THE COMMUNITY: For every $100 you spend at one of your local independent businesses, $68.00 will stay in your community. You are employing local people and thus keeping more dollars in your community. 2. YOU HELP THE ENVIRONMENT: Buying from a local independent business conserves energy and resources like less fuel and less materials for packaging. 3. YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERTISE: As friends and neighbors we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We are passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it? 4. YOU MAKE US A DESTINATION: The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone! 5. LOCAL BUSINESSES…GIVE BACK: Local Independent Businesses give back to their communities by supporting charitable causes….every day! As a small business owner it is so important to the vitality of our shop that our community supports us and by doing so you, the customer, will have the satisfaction of knowing that we are “YOUR” Running Shop. If you are already a part of our shop then “THANK YOU” for your continued support, if you haven’t been in then I must ask you…..What are you waiting for?! Stop in, check us out and make sure that you shop Local Independent Businesses whenever you can!

This Industry Insight was written by Jenn Wohlgamuth. Jenn Wohlgamuth is the owner and operator of Second Sole of Pittsburgh. She has been in the running and fitness industry for 20 years. Jenn is a mother of four, an avid runner and budding triathlete. Her favorite customer is the person with the most complicated foot. She loves the challenge and the results are always gratifying!

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                                         

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       In my childhood memory is a jar of light, Captured sparks from the quilt of night. On the bedstand they glow with green, Their captive spirits’ winking beam. Time was cut short by a summer pastime, Yet the years cannot dim their light of lime.

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                        

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Showcases High School Students’ Artistic talents or the ninth year in a row, Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) hosted Visions and Voices High School Student Show, an art, design and film festival. Opening with a reception on Saturday, March 12, the exhibit included artwork from 389 high school students. Students who participated in the show represent 79 schools in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Maryland and Virginia. The categories of artwork included: painting, CAD, web design, jewelry, sculpture, drawing, photography, video film, interactive media and ceramics. More than 700 works of art were submitted to Visions and Voices. PTI awarded honors to the following students for outstanding talent as judged by a panel of working artists and designers. Commenting on the submissions, Susan Rosa, PTI’s Visual Communications Coordinator, said, “The caliber of the students’ creativity improves every year. It’s incredible; I admire the talents of these young adults. Visions and Voices is an opportunity for us to showcase their work and recognize the teachers who have guided their artistic and design development. PTI congratulates them all.” Visions and Voices was on display at the PTI Gallery on the North Fayette Campus.


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Third place – “Rocco” linoleum block print by Hilary Reeb of Seneca Valley High School

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 chool is out for Summer. While we plan and prepare for the family vacation, what about the rest of the time off for the kids? In between sports, the pool, the park and Grandma’s, many families choose the time-honoured tradition of sending the kids off to a summer camp. The choices nowadays are diverse, with something for just about everyone. From religious day camps, to those focusing on a sport, to a 3 - 7 day Scouting adventure or even a 3 - 4 week adventure in International Politics or Quantum Physics on a faraway college campus, summer camp has become a big business and parents must be educated consumers. Factors to consider include cost, distance, prior camping experiences and time constraints. The camp must also provide a safe and healthy environment for your child, and those children with special medical needs can often find a camp designed specially for them. Even healthy kids sometimes require medical attention while away, so having a pre-camp health assessment is not only a good idea, but also a requirement by most reputable camping organizations. By disclosing any and all underlying health conditions or medications, a parent can help assure the camp staff is fully aware of any issue that may arise. This includes not only food and environmental allergies, but recent injuries or illnesses, immunizations, and even a history of bedwetting. Being honest about other potentially embarrassing disclosures such as behavioural and mental health concerns is always the best policy as the camp staff can only take the appropriate action if they are adequately informed. Informing your soon-to be camper about the expectations of the camp is also a good idea to ensure that a camper is appropriate for his/her new environment. Here is a checklist of additional ways to help prepare your camper: Honestly assess how the camp matches up with your child’s interests and abilities. Some camps offer program that require an increased level of fitness, exposure to remote environments, or new activities. While the parent may feel it is a worthwhile life-lesson to swim in a lake, white-water raft, or learn about Middle East politics, perhaps the child shares different goals for the summer adventure. Provide a detailed, written management plan that addresses any on-going medical or psychological issues uncovered during the precamp health assessment. Written orders for prescription medications, dietary restrictions or limitations of certain activities should be provided by a licensed health care provider. Elective interruption of medications (a so-called drug holiday) should be absolutely avoided, either for maintenance medications of chronic medical, or psychological conditions. Vaccinate! All campers should be in compliance with all routine recommended childhood immunizations. Some camps (states) may have additional recommendations, particularly for campers who travel internationally. Campers may be at higher risk for minor injuries (tetanus), intestinal infections (hepatitis A), or airborne viruses (whooping cough, measles, or chickenpox). Address homesickness openly. Involve the child in choosing the camp, be only positive about the upcoming experience and AVOID


expressing any personal doubts you may have. Allow for practice time away from home before camp starts, and frame the time to be spent at camp in comparison with previous (positive) experiences away from home. AVOID making “pickup” plans in the event of homesickness-this can undermine the child’s confidence in his/her own independence. Help make the camp experience have a positive and long-lasting effect on your child’s psychosocial development, independence, leadership, values and willingness to try new things. This Industry Insight was written by Dr. J.J. LaBella. Dr LaBella is part of CCP Bass Wolfson Pediatrics located at Suite 120, 3104 Unionville Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. You can contact him with any questions at 724.776.4433.

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Kathryn WilliamsFiloni, MD David H. Wolfson, MD Heidi Clouse, CRNP

Offering: Electronic health record with convenient e-prescribing On site behavioral therapist "Healthy Habits" Lifestyle program for kids Evening and weekend hours

Affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

CCP-Bass Wolfson Cranberry Business Park 3104 Unionville Road, Suite 120 Cranberry, PA 16066 Ph: 724-776-4433

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 More Confidence veryone knows that life for teens is difficult enough. As adults we often recall what it what it was like having highly visible orthodontic treatment during our formative years. Traditional orthodontic treatment can often cause young people to become self-conscious or introverted. Today, it is a whole different ball game! Let’s be honest, having some sort of orthodontic treatment while in middle or high school is about as common as homework. But, as common as it is, it can still be a serious source of stress for tweens and teens. No one wants a mouth full of brackets and wires that make you speak funny and are uncomfortable, especially when you are trying to discover who you are in the first place. Thanks to Invisalign Teen, traditional braces are not the only option for your young adult’s treatment. Invisalign Teen is a series of aligners that are comfortable, practically invisible, and completely removable. They work by moving the teeth a little at a time. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the patient moves on to the next aligner in their set. It’s that


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before In the photo above, you can see the contrast between traditional braces and the Invisalign technology. Left: A current King Orthodontics patient who underwent treatment with Invisalign Teen.

simple. And it’s effective. Invisalign is currently being used to correct everything from crowded teeth to over bites. It is also giving teens the opportunity to find themselves and not let their orthodontic treatment define who they are. When asked why he recommends Invisalign Teen, Dr. Bryan King of King Orthodontics said, “Invisalign Teen allows for the growth of teen's permanent teeth (second molars, plus first and second bicuspids). So, as a parent, you can be assured that new, growing teeth won't deter your teen's orthodontic treatment in any way.” Dr. Earle King added, “Treatment won’t interfere with a teen’s sports or social life. The aligners are custom made to fit over the teeth and can be removed for games or photo opportunities.” The aligners should be worn for approx 22 hours a day. They should be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Drs. Earle and Bryan King are the area’s leading providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. With over 1,500 Invisalign cases, both completed and currently in treatment, they are is also part of the Invisalign Century Club—an honor awarded to the nation’s top 100 providers. In fact, both doctors present on the topic of Invisalign at a national level. Dr. Earle King has participated as the expert in the “Ask the Expert” webinar, and Dr. Bryan King has presented at the Invisalign National Summit to over 1,000 of the country’s orthodontists and their staff. This unmatched experience allows the doctors at King Orthodontics to treat the most difficult cases, even those that were told Invisalign is not for them! Teens are thrilled about having the option. “No one knew I was wearing Invisalign Teen until I took them out to eat. They are so comfortable I almost forgot I was wearing them,” said Michael, a King Orthodontics patient. Sara, a trumpet player said, “it makes a huge difference that I can take them out to practice or for a concert.” The benefits of treatment with Invisalign Teen are countless. You can help your teen improve his or her overall dental health and appearance in a way that works for everyone. King Orthodontics has two locations in the Greater Pittsburgh area, 11200 Perry Highway, Wexford and 951 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. For more information about King Orthodontics or Invisalign, visit Call our office and set up a free consultation: Wexford: 724.935.5323 or Downtown: 412.246.0600


Car Cruise Benefits Injured Cranberry Township Police Officer O

n what was one of the most glorious days this spring, crowds of vintage car enthusiasts converged along Rt. 19 in Cranberry to show support for a township police officer who was injured in the line of duty. The Weber Insurance Agency hosted its Second Annual Car Cruise on May 21 and donated proceeds to benefit Cpl. Dan Hahn, who was injured while pursuing a suspect on Feb. 15. Hahn sustained serious injuries to his back and neck. This actually was the third year the agency has hosted a car cruise, explains Erin Weber. “The first year really was more like a family project,” she says. Last year, proceeds from the event benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Agency owner Jack Weber, Erin Weber’s father, has been a vintage car collector and enthusiast, she explains. He even brought his bright yellow 1932 Ford Coupe to the car cruise. In planning this year’s event, the Weber family wanted to make it more personal by helping a local hero, so they chose to donate the proceeds to Cpl. Hahn. In addition to the array of antique and vintage cars that were on display, the event included a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction, and food concessions. Joe McCombs of the Evans City Police Department, who was DJ for the day, kept the crowd’s toes tapping with his high-energy song selection.

Sue Snyder of the Weber Age ncy works the auction table.

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Robert Friedlander, MD, left, and Michael Horowitz, MD, discuss treatment options with a patient who has an unruptured aneurysm.


On the


By Mark Berton

Ashly Hunt

UPMC neurosurgery patient making strides after suffering a near fatal brain hemorrhage.

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When you think of someone who has suffered a stroke, common images arise: paralysis on one side of the body and difficulty with speech and coordination. While stroke can occur at any age, most people associate strokes with older people. So if you’re an athletic 24-year-old with no history of brain injury, on the beach at Ocean City, Maryland during the Fourth of July holiday with stroke-like symptoms, denial is a natural response. And for Ashly Hunt, she denied her symptoms until the moment she was loaded into a helicopter. “I remember thinking I wanted water. I am a huge runner. I ran before this and thought I was dehydrated,” she said. “It literally took the life-flight to believe that I wasn’t dehydrated. When it’s happening to you you’re not thinking the worst.” Within a matter of hours, what she thought was a simple headache evolved and robbed her of her sight and ability to speak. She also had trouble moving her arms and hands. Emergency responders decided to life-flight her to the nearest hospital in Baltimore, where she was diagnosed with a brain stem hemorrhage. Blood from the hemorrhage was pooling in an area that connects her brain to her spinal cord, causing her to lose movement on her right side, and creating a major dilemma for the neurosurgeons because they believed the site was too risky to treat with surgery. Soon after the diagnosis, Ashly entered a rehabilitation program in her hometown of Johnstown, Pa., to help her regain movement of the extremities that were affected by the hemorrhage. However, after several weeks in rehabilitation and slight improvements in her vision and speech, Ashly’s overall condition began to worsen. Ashly still maintained her hearing, but what she heard going on around her, she didn’t like. Until she met Robert Friedlander, MD, at UPMC.

“I’m pretty close to 100 percent now. My hand and foot are the last things I’m waiting for to come back. I’m writing again. It’s like a 3-year-old, but I am. I’m going to be 100 percent.” Ashly Hunt

From left to right, Brian Jankowitz, MD, Paul Gardner, MD, Daniel Wecht, MD, and L. Dade Lunsford, MD, discuss a complex neurovascular case.

Dr. Friedlander was called after Ashly’s family doctor consulted with a neurosurgeon at The Johns Hopkins University, who recommended that Dr. Friedlander manage this complex situation. Within four hours of the initial consultation, Ashly was in an ambulance headed for Pittsburgh where, she said, she met the doctor who made all the difference. “I couldn’t speak and had a hard time seeing, but my brain was processing everything. All of the other doctors were talking above me and not looking at me, not doing anything with me even though I understood them all,” she said. “Until I went to Dr. Friedlander and he worked with me through my condition to give him the answers he needed. He never came off as pompous. He’s the most caring person I’ve dealt with to this day.” Ashly’s hemorrhage was caused by an underlying condition called a cavernous malformation, which is an abnormal, berry-like patch of blood vessels located inside her brain stem. Because the brain stem is deeply situated within the base of the brain and controls important functions such as movement, sensation, breathing, and instructing the heart to beat, surgery to remove the malformation was extremely risky. However, if left untreated, the malformed vessels could again bleed and result in additional critical neurologic damage or even death. Dr. Friedlander and the neurosurgeons at UPMC faced the challenging task of removing the malformation without causing further complications. Using advanced brain imaging technology known as High Definition Fiber Tracking, pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Friedlander was able to view the detailed wiring of Ashly’s brain fibers to determine the best way to execute the surgery with as little damage to her brain as possible. In order to obtain appropriate access to the brain stem, Dr. Friedlander turned to Dr. Barry Hirsch, a skull base ENT surgeon at UPMC. Using a special microscope and image guidance device, Dr. Friedlander approached the brain stem and was able to completely remove the cavernous malformation.

After surgery, Ashly’s vision and speech began to improve. She also could move her right hand, which had been paralyzed. She improved daily, making strides with her balance, speech, movements, and other functions, and credits her improvement to her strict discipline in following her doctors’ recommendations and her physical therapy program. “If I could say one thing to inspire anyone going through this it’s that you can’t just sit there. It becomes your job,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of people who have had strokes. You can’t just sit down and think you’ll get better. You have to follow the therapy and give your body time.” While she’s been living with her parents in Johnstown during her recovery, Ashly is looking forward to getting back to her life in Baltimore. “I’m pretty close to 100 percent now. My hand and foot are the last things I’m waiting for to come back,” she said. “I’m writing again. It’s like a 3-year-old, but I am. I’m going to be 100 percent.” Her road to recovery has been long. Approaching the anniversary of her ordeal, she and her family are thankful to Dr. Friedlander and everyone on the UPMC staff who helped her through this challenging time. She maintains a blog at, where family and friends post updates on her condition. “I’ll never forget, Dr. Friedlander said to me, ‘We’re a team. I’ll do my part as long as you do yours,’” she said. “That’s big in my mind. That made an impact.” For more information, please call the UPMC Department of Neurological Surgery at 1-866-979-1336 or visit This patient’s treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

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approach in managing that plan. Finding an advisor to trust is the first step toward success. Consider the following questions: • Is my 401k or other employer savings plan invested the right way for me? • Should I decrease or put off retirement savings in favor of a college fund? • What are the options for rolling over that old company plan? • What taxes will I have to pay to do it? (The answer may be none!) • What other ways can I decrease or defer my annual taxes? An experienced, professional investment advisor can provide the answers to these and other important questions. Many advisors also have a network of their own trusted partners. They can offer warm introductions to tax, legal and healthcare professionals who may have solutions to a wide range of unexpected dilemmas. Building a solid relationship requires consistent communication. Beginning with the first ‘talk’, through the development of your strategy, to your plan’s execution, make a commitment to regular communication with your advisor. This process helps you avoid that “in the dark” feeling and is designed to keep you on track – through changes in the economy, in the markets, and in your life. Are you ready to get serious about planning your financial future? We’re ready to sit down over a cup of coffee and start the conversation. It’s time. Contact us to set up a time to meet…no obligation, just an initial conversation. Not quite ready to meet? We understand. Contact us and request a free copy of “Retirement Talk” a 5 minute video that starts the conversation about retirement planning. You can watch this video on your TV or computer and learn more about one of the options that could become part of your financial future. Need to have a different talk? About saving for college or helping care for the financial needs of aging parents? We’ll be glad to take time to have the specific talk you need. Call or email us today…It’s Time for the Talk! This Industry Insight was written by Karen M. Bostick, Vice President, Investment Advisor Representative Mars National Advisors 211 Scharberry Lane Mars, PA 16046 724.776.3898 (Office) Securities and advisory services offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, a registered broker/dealer and member SIPC. Financial Network is not an affiliate of Mars National Bank or Mars National Advisors. Mutual Funds, annuities and other investments available through Financial Network Investment Corporation are not insured by the FDIC, NCUSIF or any federal government agency, are not deposits, or obligations of nor guaranteed by Mars National Bank or Mars National Advisors, or any other affiliated entity. Investments are subject to investment risks including loss of principal invested.

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Approximately four children die each day in the U.S. as a result of abuse. “Child abuse obviously is not a happy topic, and it happens more often than what people think,” says Erica Burg, founder of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Superhero Foundation, an organization that raises funds and awareness for child abuse prevention. “We need to get people to notice.” The Superhero Foundation was founded nationally by her friend and colleague, Matt Curtin, in Austin, Texas. The organization’s motto tells much about its work, “Every child need a hero, but abused children need Superheroes.” Burg and Curtin had worked together at Ariba (formerly FreeMarkets). They had lost contact but found each other again through Facebook, Burg explains. Burg, who handles the charity budget at Ariba, noticed that her old friend had started a foundation and thought that the company could help through its philanthropic efforts. Around the same time, Burg had learned of an incident where one child was abusing another, something that often happens after a child has been abused. “I thought it was too much of a coincidence,” she says, so she decided to do something more. In 2008, she established the Pittsburgh chapter of the Superhero Foundation. “I wanted to do more than just give money,” she says, “and loved the idea of helping children.” Other former colleagues found out about it and helped to organize the first Superhero Run, which was held in 2009 in North Park. Now in its third year, Superhero Run participants may opt for the 1K or 5K run/walk and are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. The first year, the run drew 200 participants and last year, despite temperatures in the 30s, the event drew 264 participants.


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This year, on what was one of the most gorgeous days of the spring, the event flourished to 525 people. The run, which also included raffles and auctions, raised approximately $30,000 to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Allegheny County. CASA’s mission is “to ensure that every child has a safe, supportive and permanent home by providing volunteer advocacy for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the child welfare system.” Burg, who dressed as Superwoman for the event, says she thinks the weather helped to bring people out for the run. For the past three years she has enlisted the help of Melissa Evanson, her daughter’s teacher at Haine Elementary School in the Seneca Valley School District, to help with the event. School nurse Diane Householder pitches in at the first aid station. Noele Reynolds, who teaches art, got a group of students together to design images for the event poster and t-shirt. Student Karl Wolter produced the winning design. FedEx Ground was the title sponsor for the event. Mike the Balloon Guy, Ronald McDonald, Iceburgh, a juggler and others turned out to entertain the crowd. Eat’n Park even brought cookies to decorate. The Superhero Run is the organization’s main fundraising event for the year, although last year the foundation did conduct a backpack drive to benefit Light of Life mission. “As we grow, we hope to do another event, but right now that would be too much,” says Burg. By the end of August, it will be time to start planning next year’s Superhero Run. For more information on the Superhero Foundation or to make a donation, visit or email


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