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Older Adults in Shaler Area
Edward Jones Investing Lessons from the Vineyards
Frank R. Perman Funeral Home, Inc. Before and After ON THE COVER
Shaler Township celebrated its annual Holiday “Lite” Up Night on Nov. 19.
The Pittsburgh Lacrosse Stores
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Keeping Up With the Fastest Growing Sport in America
Health and Wellness News You Can Use
Tera L. DePaoli, DMD
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Selling Your Parents’ Home
Shaler Township “Lite” Up Night
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Welcome to the Winter issue of Shaler Area magazine. We all view winter differently – some see it as the holiday season, some see it as the gloomy period when we put away the swim trunks and patio furniture. Others see it as their opportunity to break out the skis and sleds and hit the slopes. No matter how you view it, winter is a time when we have to be the most diligent, despite our mood about snow, or our preoccupation with playing in it, for those who need us the most – our seniors. While it’s hard enough for many of them to get around in good weather, the winter months can be a trial of terror for the elderly. Who’s going to shovel the snow? How will I get groceries? Will I be home before it’s too dark for me to see the road well enough to drive? And for those who have transitioned to assisted living facilities, the questions might be of an altogether different, but equally unsettling nature. Will anyone visit me for Christmas? Hanukkah? New Year’s? These are our mothers, fathers, friends and neighbors, and they don’t like to ask anything of us. But they need us just the same. I know the economy is bad, and I’m not saying go out and spend money you can’t afford, but going caroling with a church group, or visiting someone who has no one is free to us all. Chances are, you’ll not only put a smile on their faces, you’ll be giving them something money can’t buy – the feeling that someone cares. Have a joyous holiday and a happy New Year!
Wayne Dollard MANAGING EDITOR
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Wayne Dollard Publisher
Gary Yon Kathleen Rudolph
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Hello and welcome to the winter issue of Shaler Area magazine. This year, the first snowfall of the season seemed to arrive early, a few days before Halloween. We should have been carving pumpkins, but instead my daughters were running through the living room, begging to put up and decorate the Christmas tree. I’ll admit, it was hard to refuse. It may have been just a little more than an inch, but that early snowfall was just what I needed to ignite my holiday fever. After bundling up to go outside to play, we came in and had the first hot cocoa of the season. I fought the urge to watch Christmas movies. Instead of running around town taking care of the usual weekend tasks and errands, we stayed in and watched the snow, which was all the entertainment we needed. I am enjoying the change of season now, but come March I am certain I will be completely disgusted by the sight of the last few flakes. Until then, especially through the holiday season, the snow is a welcome enhancement to the festive season before us – as long as it doesn’t prevent us from arriving safely to all of our holiday activities. And, this time of year, there are so many fun and festive things to do and see. Whatever you are celebrating this season, here’s hoping it is the best ever. Happy Holidays,
Derek Bayer Tom Poljak
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Aimee Nicolia Robert Ojeda Ralph Palaski Annette Petrone Vincent Sabatini Jennifer Schaefer Michael Silvert Karen Turkovich RJ Vighetti Nikki Capezio-Watson Sophia Williard
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safety-driven Peoples Natural Gas is embarking on an extensive program to modernize our infrastructure. More than $100 million will be invested to replace pipelines throughout our 16 county service territory. In 2011 and 2012, this means replacing 40 miles of old cast-iron pipes wherever they exist. This year and next, Peoples Natural Gas is hiring 60 new pipeline workers. And, weâ€™ll need to employ almost as many local contract workers. Last year, we brought back 200 jobs to the region. These are not temporary jobs, but family sustaining jobs â€“ the type of jobs that generations build on. Through the end of 2012, you will see Peoples Natural Gas employees hard at work on this project. They will be working in the snow and sun to improve the infrastructure for our communities. Our goal is to replace all the cast iron pipe in our entire system. This is an extensive project and we will need your patience and understanding as we work to complete it. In 2010, Peoples Natural Gas was purchased from an I out-of-state company. We are now a Western Pennsylvania managed company. All our management lives in the region. Our sole priority is serving our local communities. Our new company has refocused its total efforts right here. This pipeline replacement program is the first major construction initiative of Peoples Natural Gas and it has been made for your safety, and the need to modernize our infrastructure for the future.
Safety is the number one priority of Peoples Natural Gas. Every day, we strive to keep our customers, our employees and our communities safe. Here are 3 Sensible Words about Natural Gas to help keep you and your family safe. Natural gas leaks are rare. But they can happen. Your senses will alert you if a leak occurs. SIGHT Escaping gas affects the nutrients in soil, so discolored soil or dead vegetation near a pipeline may indicate a leak. Dirt or water blowing up from the group may indicate a natural gas leak. SOUND Natural gas leaks may make a hissing or a high-pitched whistling noise. Noises will vary based on the line pressure.
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TOWNSHIP OF SHALER HOSTS
by Kathy Rudolph
stunning display of holiday lights and fireworks by Pyrotecnico illuminating the sky appeared simultaneously to the delight of families and residents at The Annual Shaler Township Holiday “Lite” Up Night. Frosty, Rudolph, The Grinch and Max the Dog danced to holiday music on the stage in front of the library and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a vintage, yellow convertible to cheers. The seasonal fun continued inside the Shaler Area Middle School with caroling from The Shaler Area High School Chorus and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cookies, drinks and other donations from Ed and Mark's Shop-n-Save kept the crowd happy and holiday cookie decorating, courtesy of First Commonwealth Bank, crafts, face painting and an appearance from The Grotto Clowns were fun for the entire family. S.N.I.P., (*Shaler Neighborhood Improvement Program), a Township of Shaler Committee, organized the event.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Shaler Area Friends and Families:
This year at Shaler Area, our theme is “The Whole Child”. Through this initiative, we acknowledge that every child is like a unique puzzle with many pieces that need to be placed for the entire picture to show through. It is our responsibility, then, to be the puzzle builders: we set the pieces into place through every interaction. It is our goal to help each c hild be the best they can be and to help them reach their full potential as a student and community member. This can only be done with an attitude that we will accept nothing but the best from ourselves and our students. We take the responsibility of caring for our children very seriously and I’ve asked everyone who has a direct effect on children to do their job with an attitude toward excellence. T o help us stay focused on this goal, we are celebrating the many wonderful people who pour out their heart and soul to provide the best learning environment and instruction imaginable. At our district opening in-service, I introduced the “Excellence Award”. Six people were recognized for the excellent work that they do for the students of Shaler Area. After holding the award for a week, each honor ee passes the award along to a colleague who they feel deserves recognition. Each week our faculty and staff acknowledge six co-workers that have demonstrated excellence in their work. The awards have been shared by teachers, secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers, transportation providers, administrators and board members. This has been a wonderful way for our staff to hear of the many great t hings that are done to support children every day. Speaking of excellence, I hope you have had the opportunity to support our students that are involved in athletics and the arts. Our fall sports teams have had strong seasons with several teams making the WPIAL playoffs. Our band has represented the district well at festivals and parades and our young actors and vocalists are preparing for the fall play and winter concerts. I hope you have the opportunity to see our students display excellence this year! Dr. Shipley an Go Titans!
d Sharon Gasoro wski, one of the Exce llence Award re cipients.
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Shaler Area Community
Health and Fitness Center
id you know there’s a hidden treasure located in the Shaler Area High School? The Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in 1997 with combined funding from the Shaler Area School District and its surrounding communities, Etna, Millvale, Reserve and Shaler. The Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center has a complete line of StarTrack Cardio equipment including; treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and steppers. We also have a Circuit system by Body Masters as well as hundreds of pounds of free weights. Our newest additions to the schedule include Zumba and dance classes offered by certified instructors. The Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center offers a basic, affordable gym membership with flexible terms (no contract to sign). We offer many free services including: • Personal training by a professional certified personal trainer • Nutrition life styles and fitness programs based on fitness assessments performed by a certified personal trainer • Fitness and conditioning programs for Shaler Area sports teams • Specialized obesity programs for severely overweight children • Open for the Shaler Area students daily at 2:30 PM • Location allows for easy access for our senior citizens Edward DiPofi has been the Coordinator of the Fitness Center since 2007. Mr. DiPofi earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Mountain State University. He is also an
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer as well as a USA Boxing Coach. Ed was a heavy-weight boxing Champion in the United States Air Force, known in the ring as Eddie, the Man of Steel, DiPofi, and for the last 23 year has been an active member of the United States Air Force Air Guard. Along with Mr. DiPofi, the Fitness Center staff consists of two world-record power lifters, a body building champion, a former hockey player and a former football player. Involved in the initial investment for the site, Shaler Area School District continues to provide support for the Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center by maintaining the building facilities and collaborating with the staff on employment and advertising issues. Underwriting some of the cost, the School District also helps to obtain grants which allow for specialized programs such as a modified sports camp for the children of Shaler Area with special needs. The Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center is located at the back entrance of the High School (Auditorium side) and is open to the public as follows: • Monday – Thursday, 5:00 9:00 p.m. • Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We have increased hours of operations during the summer and on holidays and are open every day of the year except Christmas and Easter. For more information on the Shaler Area Community Health and Fitness Center including current membership rates, please see www.sasd.k12.pa.us or call 412-492-1200 ext. 1002.
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Shaler Area High School is the proud owner of a new Physical Education Class!
ast year, Mr. Adam Rosenwald, Health and Physical Education Teacher at Shaler Area High School, applied for The â€œHighmark Healthy High 5â€? grant. The high school received eight thousand dollars($8000) to use as a start up fund for the new mountain bike program. Shaler Area is one of only three schools in the area to have Mountain Biking in the curriculum. The awarded monies were used to purchase 28 bikes, helmets and other equipment. The class is designed to promote life-long individual fitness activities and will address bike safety, helmet safety and bike maintenance during the 9 week session. The Mountain Bike course is being piloted by the seniors to start. Over the course of the next two school years the program will be expanded to include more students and grade levels. Educators also wish to enlist the senior class to use their creativity (and if needed, fulfill senior project requirements) by helping to design new trails and options to increase the success of the program.
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hat started out as a seemingly impossible dream quickly developed into one of Shaler Area High School’s greatest ideas in recent memory. This idea: Fall for the Arts. All the credit for this fabulous idea goes to Shaler’s graduating class of 2009, for it was their brain child. After attending the Sovereign Bank 2nd Mile Leadership Institute in Penn State, a group of inspired students brought it upon th emselves to recognize one of the best but least known aspects of their school, the art program. They felt that the Shaler community was extremely sports oriented and the kids in the art program weren’t getting their proper recognition. Not only did they strive to recognize art in the sense of paintings and sculptures, but also they hoped to give student musicians a chance to shine. What resulted was a w eek-long celebration of the arts during the month of May with Shaler bands playing during lunch periods, student art being displayed in the school lobbies, and even a chalk drawing contest outside the school. This event was called Spring for the Arts. Once the class of 2009 was off to bigger and better things, that left room for kids from the classes of 2010-2012 to step up and they didn’t disappoint. T hese kids thought that one week of recognition wasn’t enough so they implemented a Fall for the Arts, which kicked off fall 2009 during late October and featured the same aspects of Spring for the Arts minus the chalk drawing contest. As a result of those students’ hard work and determination, current students of Shaler Area High School have something to look forward to during the fall and spring seaso ns. The school kicks off festivities bright and early on a Monday morning with vast works of art displayed throughout the lobbies all week. Art is contributed by current Shaler students enrolled in various art classes from ceramics 1 to AP studio art. Joe Wanovich, an AP studio art and ceramics 1 student said,”No matter what I do, I always want my art to be as spectacular as I can make it. But showcasing my art does inspire me to go a step further and try to make something that will amaze people. If someone falls in love or is ecstatic about my work, then I feel proud and accomplished.” For some of these students the recognition received in this showcase is equivalent to playing under the lights on a Friday night. “Fall for the arts greatly benefits students here because it helps build more art appreciation and exposure to the arts. It also shows off the wonderful artistic talent and builds student pride at the same time,” Mr. Boyles, an involved art teacher, noted about the program. Not only is the recognition there for the students, but at week’s end art is auctioned off to benefit projects in the community such as funding of the Millvale Library. In the same aspect that art is often overlooked, the music portion of art equally overlooked.
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the Arts In conjunction with art, music plays the role of simmering on the backburner. Even though Shaler offers music programs ranging from award winning choirs to something as basic as guitar lab 1, music is still often overlooked. Musicians use Fall for the Arts as their stage to show off their talents to peers. Throughout the week, Fall for the Arts provides students a chance to see their favorite Shaler bands play during their lunch period. Roman Benty, bassist for Disco Left Foot, tossed around in casual conversation, “Fall for the Arts provided us with a great opportunity to showcase our music to the school, and by indulging ourselves in it, we hoped that we reached out to the audience and brought them along for the ride with us.” Through the art auctions during Fall for the Arts, the money raised for the Millvale Library in turn benefits the bands because it provides them with a place to perform throughout the year which brings more proceeds that fund the library. Not only do the artists and bands get involved, but the students enjoy it equally as much as the performers, if not more! As soon as the art goes up and the music starts playing, the students really get into the spirit. The students are credited for turning this event into a tradition with their support and dedication. Ryan Huntermark, a current junior at Shaler, said of the event, “It gives us something to look forward to and puts everyone in a good mood and brings people together.” It truly is an event that students look forward to. Frank DiNardo, a cofounder of the event, hopes that the current student body continues on the tradition and hopefully the success will influence other schools and communities. His future plans for the event entail bringing back former performers and famous artists such as Pat Thetic, a Shaler graduate and current drummer of Anti-Flag, to give seminars and inspirational speeches. The founding group’s plans also consist of creating an artistic hall of fame much like the athletic hall of fame. This hall of fame would include various artists that graduated from Shaler Area that have done well in the art community. The Fall for the Arts seed that was planted 3 years ago at the leadership conference in Penn State has long since blossomed into what is now a renowned tradition. The original plan’s goal was to incorporate music, painting, and poetry into a week-long celebration for the Shaler Area School District and the community. Not only does the recognition given to the arts programs benefit the community, but it also opens up new opportunities for students that might not have been possible before. Months after last spring’s Spring for the Arts its effects can still be seen lingering around school.
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To Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2011: Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people n cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day." Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.” Locally, Shaler Area Elementary Art Department will participate for their second year in PARK(ing) Day. They will create an art installation about peace, inspired by Yoko Ono’s Peace tower. The “Wish Tree Project” is based on a memorial for John Lennon consisting of a tower of light surrounded by a wall engraved with the words in many languagesImagine Peace. We will have a donated birch tree from Bartsch Nursery, which will be part of the installation. Students will reflect on peace and the
installation will grow throughout the day. Shaler Area Elementary are 1 of 30 participants in the Pittsburgh Area. Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2009 included more than 700 “PARK” installations in more than 140 cities in 21 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe, including the first-ever PARK installation in Tehran, Iran. “Urban inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making the urban landscape,” says Rebar’s John Bela. “PARK(ing) Day demonstrates that even temporary or interim spatial reprogramming can improve the character of the city.” PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” invention built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at http://parkingdaypittsburgh.blogspot.com/ and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org.
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Exciting News for the Students and Staff at Shaler Area High School from the Nutrition Group n exciting new cafĂŠ concept has arrived at Shaler Area High School cafeteria. The district and their food service provider, The Nutrition Group, are pleased to offer secondary students Choose Two for a Healthy You, a customized lunch concept that debuted in October. With the concept, students can choose from an assortment of salads labeled with a green sticker and pair it with a specialty pita, wrap or sandwich labeled with an orange sticker. The choices are as healthy and represent different options for everyday eating. The items offered are designed to meet school lunch nutrition guidelines for a diet rich in leafy greens and colorful vegetables, balanced with grains and protein. Each Choose Two offering is individually packaged in clear containers, making it quick and easy to pick from a number of enticing options. To round out their meal, students also choose a serving of fruit and a milk.
Shaler Area School District Annual Notice to Parents ccording to state regulations and Shaler Area School Districtâ€™s school board policies, residents shall be made aware of child identification activities; available special education services and programs and how to request them; and procedures used to ensure confidentiality of student information. Please visit www.sasd.k12.pa.us for a complete copy of the Annual Notice to Parents. Written information can also be found in district handbooks and in the School Buildings. Notice includes information regarding potential signs of developmental delays and other risk factors that could indicate disabilities. For further information on rights and services available, please contact the Pupil Services Offices of Shaler Area School District at 412-492-1200 ext. 2815.
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haler Area School District held its 13th annual Celebration of Veterans on Nov. 9 in the Shaler Area Middle School. The event is one of the largest hosted by a school with nearly 400 service members in attendance each year. All veterans who live and work in the district or are graduates of the Shaler Area School District are invited to the celebration. Each year, the event focuses on an era and this y ear's was our current service men and women. The morning began with a breakfast in the middle school dining room and was followed by an official ceremony. After breakfast ,the veterans viewed a show written and performed by middle school students and staff. Invitations are mailed to those who have attended in the past. If you wish to attend and are not on the mailing list to receive an invitation, plea se contact Celebration of Veterans Coordinator Mrs. Vittorino at the main office at 412-492-1200 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexis Werner, Samuel Bartson and James Eichner Marti, Jim and Jimmy Schlieper
Dr. Shipley and Jim Giel Eloise Groegler and Lori Mish
from the Vineyards
s an investor, you can get plenty of advice from financial experts on the evening news or cable financial shows. But you may actually be able to learn some deeper truths about investing by observing other professionals — such as winemakers. At first glance, you might not see what these “guardians of the grape” can teach you about building an investment portfolio. After all, they’re shaping Sangiovese while you’re seeking stocks, they’re bottling Burgundy while you’re buying bonds, and they’re mastering Malbec while you’re monitoring mutual funds. Where’s the connection? Start by considering the life cycle of wine and the concept of “vintage.” For example, a particular wine is labeled a 2005 vintage if it is made from grapes that were predominantly grown and harvested in 2005. Yet given the requirements of wine production, this 2005 vintage may not actually hit the markets until 2008 — and some aficionados may think the wine won’t taste its best until 2018. If you translated this type of scenario to the financial world, you could say that the 2008 investment “vintage” was not promising, given that the value of almost
all investments — even the quality ones — fell that year. But if you were to hold these quality investments for the long term — as you should, because investing is a longterm activity — you might find that the 2008 vintage investments may eventually become productive vehicles that can help you achieve your financial goals. So, what lessons can you learn from winemakers? Here are a few suggestions: Be patient. Winemakers put a lot of time, effort and money into planting today’s grapes — for which they will not see one penny of profit for many years. Yet they have the discipline to wait patiently until the products of their labors come to fruition. Are all their wines successful? No — and all your investments may not be, either. But given enough time, quality investments can usually help you work toward your financial goals. Have faith in your strategy. Wine drinkers’ tastes can change from year to year. Yet winemakers don’t rip out their vineyards and replant them with today’s “hot” varietal. Instead, they cultivate the grapes they’ve planted, make the best wine they can and maintain their belief that their products
will find a market. As an investor, you can’t allow yourself to be swayed by today’s hot tips and trends. Instead, build a portfolio of quality investments that can stand the test of time. Adapt your goals to your situation. One of the most famous winemaking regions in the world, Napa Valley, contains a number of microclimates that vary by temperature, rainfall and soil. Napa Valley winemakers know which grapes will do best in which microclimate, and they concentrate their efforts accordingly. And you, as an individual investor, should make your investment decisions based on your own “microclimate” — your risk tolerance, family situation, time horizon and other factors. In other words, you should choose those investments that are best suited for you and that have the best chance to help you meet your goals. Investing, like winemaking, is filled with challenges. But by observing how winemakers work, you may learn some things that can eventually help you raise a glass to your own success. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
Matt Dudkowski, AAMS, Financial Advisor | 1007 Mt. Royal Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15223 412.487.3300 | email@example.com
Matt Dudkowski has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2002, serving individual investors in the Pittsburgh area from his Shaler Township office. Since joining Edward Jones, Dudkowski has obtained the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist or AAMS. Prior to Edward Jones, Dudkowski, a CPA, worked for the H.J. Heinz Company, and as a Senior Consultant and Auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for Community Health Challenge, a local non-profit. Dudkowski, a native of Butler County, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He resides in Gibsonia with his wife and two sons.
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and was not sure about the topic of this article with the holiday season coming up. Heather, my wife suggested that this be about thriving and surviving the holiday season after a death has occurred. On November 19, Perman Funeral Home sponsored the Hope of the Holidays memorial service to honor and remember those who died during 2011. It was our way of saying thank you to the families who called us to hel p them say goodbye. It was also an opportunity to try to help them with the new reality of their lives. Change after a death comes at you like a herd of buffalo. Handling the funeral, changing insurance policies, utilities, deeds of real estate, titles of vehicles and bank accounts all have to handled in a short period of time. Filing estate paperwork and tax returns come up quickly. Conversely, some c hanges quietly sneak up. Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, special
dates and now Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are reminders that the new reality and change are present and constant. Our survivor’s lives get separated into the “before” and the “after”. Dad is not here to serve the roast beef; Mom is not here to cook the family Christmas dinner. Uncle Stan is not asleep on the living room couch w atching football on Thanksgiving. Life takes on new meaning. What life we lead before the death is no more. The new life we have is our new reality. One thing that is for certain is that the new “after” reality will be forever changing. The ‘before’ traditions of holidays may no longer work. If you used to cook for the family Christmas Eve dinner, you just may not want to this year. Tell your family n ot to expect things to be the same. Do not let them talk you into things you do not want to do either. Let people know your feelings. If you need space or quiet tell your loved ones. When my Dad died in 2000, my mother wanted to be alone. My Mom watched “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. That movie was a Christmas gift from the past. I understood and still understand. You may find comf ort by reconnecting with old friends. Now may also be the time to join a community organization like Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts or church groups. They would all welcome and appreciate the help. Let yourself experience new experiences. Your life ‘after’ a death can still and should be fulfilling and whole. This is not to say we forget anyone. We are blessed to have had special people in our lives. Their lives changed us. Continue to tell their stories. We are lucky to have known them and had the opportunity to share moments. Those moments are now memories. “One of the greatest gifts God gave us is the ability of memory” – Rev. Terry Stoops. Each memory is another gift we received. At the memorial someone commented “I lost my mother this year, but I can still remember losing my husband e ight years ago.” Our memories are precious and very important no matter how old or how fresh. If you or someone is having difficulty with these changes, we have a wonderful booklet entitled, “Thoughts for the Holidays-Finding Permission to Grieve“, available. It was written by Doug Manning, a pioneer in grieving and healing. Ask for a copy. Pass it on. May you all know peace and love and remember and cr eate precious new memories this holiday season. This Industry Insight was provided by Frank R. Perman, Funeral Director and Owner of the Frank R. Perman Funeral Home, Inc. located at 923 Saxonburg Boulevard at Route 8 in Shaler Township. Mr. Perman can be reached at www.frankrpermanfuneralhome.com or 412.486.3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. © Copyright Frank R. Perman Funeral Home 2011
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BundleUp,Baby Remember how Mom made you bundle up before going outdoors in the winter so you wouldn’t get sick? She was right. So be sure you dress for the weather — and that means covering your head, ears, mouth, and hands. Turn to page 4 to learn why your ears, nose, and throat need extra care in winter.
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UPMC St. Margaret Opens Magee-Womens Imaging Center
When Your Body Talks ... Be Sure to Listen
Make a Date With Your Doctor Three Cheers for Your Ears, Nose, and Throat
Technology for 21st Century Hospitals
Taking on Tourette Controlling a life in motion at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Staying Active When The Weather Is Frightful What’s Happening at UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC St. Margaret Opens Magee-Womens Imaging Center New 3D mammography technology is among the advanced diagnostics and expanded services offered to area women Women in Pittsburgh’s northern and eastern communities now have convenient access to the very latest diagnostic technology — including breakthrough breast cancer imaging — with the opening of the new Magee-Womens Imaging Center at UPMC St. Margaret this fall. Located in the hospital’s new addition, the expanded Imaging Center offers a full range of services, including diagnostic and screening mammography, breast biopsies, ultrasound and imaging-guided procedures, as well as ob-gyn ultrasound and bone densitometry testing. It’s also among the first in the nation to offer tomosynthesis — an innovative breast imaging tool recently approved by the FDA. The new technology, which will be fully operational at UPMC St. Margaret by early 2012, provides a detailed, three-dimensional image that gives doctors an enhanced view of breast tissue, allowing them to better detect the location of possible abnormalities, especially in dense areas. “This is a state-of-the-art facility offering women the next generation in breast cancer detection,” says Jamie Y. Hartman, MD, director of mammography at Magee-Womens Imaging Center at UPMC St. Margaret. “It’s very exciting. Tomosynthesis is an emerging technology that provides exceptionally sharp images. It can detect whether a biopsy is necessary and can save lives by detecting cancer early when it is treatable.” Dr. Hartman says the new Imaging Center brings Magee’s quality of care “closer to home” for women north and east of Pittsburgh. It is easily accessible, offers valet parking, and features expanded weekend and evening hours. The 4,600-square-foot facility includes changing rooms and lockers, three different waiting areas for women in different stages of their appointment, a mammography room, two ultrasound rooms, a bone densitometry room, and a stereotactic biopsy room. “We offer the same technology and capabilities available at the bigger centers without the inconvenience of traveling into the city,” Dr. Hartman says.
To learn more about the services and programs of Magee-Womens Imaging at UPMC St. Margaret, call 1-800-649-4077 or visit UPMC.com/MageeSees.
What is tomosynthesis? Breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is a new type of mammogram approved by the FDA in February 2011. What does it do? It takes images from multiple angles and uses computer processing to build these “slices” into a 3D image. How is it different from a normal mammography? Routine mammograms take pictures of the breast from two angles — up and down, and left and right — while tomosynthesis takes multiple pictures from many angles. When is tomosynthesis used? It is used in conjunction with conventional mammography when a lump is found or the radiologist determines further evaluation is needed. What are the benefits? • Earlier detection: Tomosynthesis can detect potential tumors that might otherwise be hidden in dense tissue. • Fewer callbacks: A 3D view is more accurate and detailed; it can determine if something that looked suspicious in 2D is or isn’t a cause for concern.
When Your Body Talks…
Be Sure toListen Being attuned to changes in your body can help in the early detection and treatment of cancer and other serious medical problems Is your body trying to tell you something important? It can be an excellent communicator — if you pay careful attention to its symptoms. There are numerous warning symptoms for cancer, many of which also can point to other serious medical conditions. That’s why you should call your primary care physician (PCP) if you have any unusual or persistent symptoms lasting longer than two or three weeks, says Edward Chu, MD, chief of the Division of Hematology/ Oncology at UPMC and deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. “The vast majority of patients will get a clean bill of health from their doctor,” says Dr. Chu. “But when it comes to cancer, time is often of the essence. Early detection can help keep cancer from spreading, allow for faster treatment, and improve your chances for recovery.”
Symptoms that reveal Most of us know to be on the lookout for such important cancer warning signs as a sore that does not heal; a thickening or lump in the breast, or other parts of the body; blood in the stool or urine; or changes in the size or color of a mole.
Dr. Chu says it’s also important to be aware of more generalized body changes (also known as constitutional symptoms) that can compromise your physical performance and overall well-being. By getting to know what’s typical for your own body, you’ll be better able to recognize unfamiliar changes when they occur. They can include: • Extreme tiredness (fatigue) • Unexplained weight loss (typically 10 pounds or more) or loss of appetite • Changes in how food tastes • Fever and chills • Night sweats • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing “These symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have cancer,” he emphasizes. “But if they linger or worsen, it’s important for your doctor to rule out — or treat — possible problems.” If you are interested in locating a PCP or specialist in your area, visit UPMC.com/FindADoctor or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).
Did You Know? The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), based at the Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside, is the only National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. Learn more about UPCI and its partnership with UPMC Cancer Centers at UPCI.UPMC.edu.
Cancer Screenings: Are they right for you? Another important tool in the early detection of cancer is screenings. “When combined with regular checkups with your family doctor or specialist, screenings like mammograms, PSA tests, PAP smears, and colorectal exams have proven to be invaluable in the fight against cancer,” notes Ryan P. Smith, MD, a radiation oncologist with UPMC Cancer Center at UPMC St. Margaret. “Your personal and family medical history, risk factors, age, and other considerations will help your physician recommend the right tests — and frequency — for you.” To learn more about the program and services of UPMC Cancer Center at UPMC St. Margaret, visit UPMCStMargaret.com.
Health Tips from UPMC Health Plan
Three Cheers Make a Date With Your Doctor for Your Ears, Nose, and Throat
You take your car to the mechanic for an annual inspection to be sure it’s running properly. So why aren’t you giving your body the same kind of attention?
When you’re in good health, it’s easy to put off going to the doctor. But regular checkups can help you stay healthy, and avoid disease and disability. That’s why scheduling a physical is the one New Year’s resolution you should keep. “Your annual exam is the perfect time to talk with your doctor about illness prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, and any screenings,” says Christian S. B. Lima, MD, a physician with Drs. John, Chantz, Biedrzycki & Associates–UPMC and UPMC St. Margaret. “That information helps you and your doctor create a plan to maintain your health, or get you started on making changes to improve your health.” Building an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) also means peace of mind. “There’s real value to being seen by someone who knows you and your health history — someone you trust to guide you through an illness or emergency,” adds Dr. Lima.
Your exam checklist How can you make the most of your annual exam? Here are four things to do before you see the doctor:
1. Make a list of all medications you are taking Include all prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements that you currently take, how often you take them, and why.
2. Update your family history Your family history can provide important clues about your risk for certain diseases, including diabetes, some cancers, and heart disease.
And with good reason: our ears, nose, and throat all are connected and affect each other greatly. Otolaryngologists (also known as ear, nose, and throat doctors or ENTs) are physicians who specialize in caring for this complex, interrelated system. Test your ENT knowledge with this quick quiz:
Who gets earaches more often — children or adults? Nearly every child experiences at least one ear infection between infancy and the age of five — something weary parents know firsthand. Because children have shorter, straighter Eustachian tubes (which connect the nose to the ears), it’s easier for bacteria to migrate into their ears.
Why are you more likely to get a nosebleed in winter? The same heated indoor air that makes your home cozy in winter also can dehydrate the inside of your nose. It can become crusted or cracked, or can even bleed. A dry nose makes you more susceptible to germs, so exercise good nose care. Lightly coat the inside with petroleum jelly. Overthe-counter saline mists and sprays (not decongestants) also are helpful.
3. Ask about health screenings
Will antibiotics cure laryngitis?
Screenings can be important tools in preventing some illnesses and diseases. Get a list of recommended screenings and talk about them with your doctor.
Most cases of laryngitis are caused by viral infections that make the vocal cords swell — so antibiotics are ineffective. Your best course of action? Drink plenty of fluids, rest, and cut back on talking. Straining your voice when you have acute laryngitis can damage your vocal cords.
4. Make a list of questions or health concerns Asking questions and sharing your concerns about health issues helps your doctor improve your care. One final piece of advice: Be honest. “Never be afraid or embarrassed to tell your doctor something,” adds Dr. Lima. “What you don’t disclose could be important for your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis or prescribe the best treatment plan.”
Winter is the season for sniffles, scratchy throats, and earaches — often all at once!
Source: American Society of Otolaryngology
Technology for 21st Century Hospitals How technology is working to transform the quality of your care during hospitalization If you ever have to be hospitalized, you’ll certainly want to be cared for at a place that delivers quality health care using the latest technology available. That’s precisely what patients find when they are admitted to a UPMC hospital. “UPMC’s vision of quality is for every patient to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right way — every time,” says Tami Minnier, RN, and chief quality officer for UPMC. “Technology lets us serve patients more efficiently and accurately. Most of all, we’re able to give patients greater control of their health care.” Here are just two of the ways UPMC hospitals are delivering on that goal.
SmartRoom® technology brings it all to you Launched three years ago by UPMC in partnership with IBM, SmartRoom is an impressive technology. First used at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Montefiore, it is gradually being introduced in other UPMC hospitals. All patient rooms at the new UPMC East will be equipped with SmartRoom technology. SmartRoom brings all essential data related to your care to your bedside. Its computerized software programs give caregivers fingertip access to all the information essential to your care — from your electronic medical records to the tests you’ll need that day.
The SmartRoom concept simplifies workflow and makes documentation of your care faster and easier. Each room has two screens: one for your caregivers, and another for you to access email, entertainment, and a vast library of patient education videos and information.
The right meds at the right time “It is our goal to make the hospitalization and discharge experience as stress-free as possible for our patients and their families,” says Jacqueline Dailey, UPMC’s vice president for Solutions for Medical Science, Research, and Patient Centered Accountable Care. “Not surprisingly, by the time patients leave the hospital, they’re often confused and overwhelmed by changes in their medications and how to take them.” “We begin when you’re admitted with an electronic assessment of your current medications and how they’re being taken,” explains Ms. Dailey. “As medications are adjusted or eliminated during your stay, this information is instantly available to all your physicians — from your family doctor to the specialists caring for you. That’s especially important if you transition from one level of care to another, such as intensive to acute care.” An added layer of safety: both a pharmacist and the nurse administering the medications verify any new medication orders from your doctors. Throughout your stay, you’ll receive comprehensive instructions on your medications. “We know that people learn in different ways, so this information will be shared multiple times and in multiple ways,” notes Ms. Dailey. “We also urge patients to contact their doctors for help with any questions they may have on their return home.”
Taking on Tourette Controlling a life in motion at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC That’s especially difficult for adolescents who want to fit in. Tics, such as throat clearing, turning, or shaking, also can cause pain.
Seven Barnishin was just 11, playing with action figures alone in his Pitcairn home, when the tics began — involuntary arm flicks, head jerks, and sounds. “I freaked. It seemed like something else was controlling me,” he says.
At the Tourette Syndrome Clinic, patients have access to a trio of experts: two pediatric neurologists with training in neurodevelopmental disorders, and an adult neurologist trained in movement disorders who provides transitional care for older teens.
Tom and Amy Barnishin first thought their son’s behavior was linked to the start of the school year and peer pressure. When symptoms grew worse, and other tics emerged, their doctor sent Seven to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where he was officially diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS) in January 2009. “We were blindsided,” says Amy.
Be in the know about TS Treatment varies.While there’s no cure, medication sometimes helps control tics. Psychologists can teach habit reversal and relaxation techniques to help patients cope with stress and reduce symptoms. But the most important treatment is education, says Dr. Coffman. “That includes educating families, educators, and the general public about TS.”
Diagnosing Tourette syndrome TS is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting one in 100 people, says Keith Coffman, MD, a pediatric neurologist and co-director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic, part of the Brain Care Institute at Children’s Hospital. Most cases are diagnosed between ages 3 and 12; the majority are boys. The main symptoms are sudden, repetitive, uncontrollable movements and sounds called tics, including throatclearing, sniffing, blinking, gestures, and head jerking. For a true TS diagnosis, tics must start before age 18, include two or more motor tics and at least one vocal tic, and last at least one year. Tics peak at the onset of puberty. Approximately 60 percent of children outgrow the tics, or the tics become so subtle only that person knows when they occur.
Did You Know? An estimated 200,000 Americans have TS, but misconceptions still surround the disorder. For example, TS is not an emotional or behavioral condition. It is an inherited neurodevelopmental disorder that causes abnormalities in the brain.
Coping with Tourette “People with TS cannot control their tics. They experience a sensation that makes them feel like they have to move — like having to sneeze,” Dr. Coffman says. The earlier the diagnosis, the sooner children can benefit. Movements can interfere with school work. Children with TS often are bullied, teased, or viewed as being disruptive.
Other TS facts include: • TS patients have the same IQ range as the general population. • People in every walk of life, including professional musicians, athletes, authors, and scientists, have TS. • Less than 15 percent of TS patients swear or use inappropriate expressions.
“Knowledge is power. I’d be unnerved if I didn’t know what it was,” adds Seven, now age 14. Although he cycled through almost every tic, the movements and sounds have subsided with treatment. The Barnishins credit the team at Children’s for helping them understand TS, guiding them through treatment options, and providing support. “Children’s gave us answers and helped us gain control over an uncontrollable situation. Instead of being spectators, we were part of the process. That helped lower Seven’s anxiety, which helped ease the tics,” says Tom. To learn more about the Tourette Syndrome Clinic and the Movement Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital, visit chp.edu, choose Neurology as the service, then click the Clinics and Services button on the left.
Staying Active When the Weather Is Frightful Indoor winter workouts can be easier than you think Packing away your summer sneakers doesn’t have to mean packing on pounds this winter. Year-round physical activity helps to control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen bones and muscles. “Cold temperatures, howling winds, and crunching snow aren’t favorite workout companions for most of us,” says Menachem Brodie, an exercise physiologist with Pittsburgh Bariatrics at UPMC St. Margaret. “But there are plenty of ways to stay active indoors during the winter.”
Turn it on “Fitness programs on TV and online can help you improve strength and flexibility,” says Mr. Brodie. “Or try doing crunches, arm curls, or leg lifts while enjoying your favorite show.” Change up your routine with workout videos borrowed from the library or from friends.
Play it safe Walking is the easiest and least expensive way to stay active. If you can’t fit in a brisk walk outdoors or in the mall, Mr. Brodie offers these easy ways to add extra steps throughout your day: • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator • Park a healthy walk away from your office building or the grocery store • Use part of your lunch hour to walk through your building, including the stairs • Get out of your car instead of using the drive-through at the bank, pharmacy, or coffee shop
Shake it around Use household tasks such as vacuuming and dusting as opportunities to move vigorously. “Put on some upbeat music and put some muscle into mopping those floors,” encourages Mr. Brodie. By picking up the pace and maintaining intensity, you can clean your house and get a workout.
What are you waiting for? Although moderate physical activity is safe for most people, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
What’s Happening at UPMC St. Margaret Classes
COPD Education and Support 412-784-5764 Managing Your Diabetes 1-866-334-5227 Look Good ... Feel Better 1-800-227-2345
Alive & Well Presentations UPMC St. Margaret physicians and health professionals speak on a variety of healthrelated topics at community libraries. For upcoming dates, locations, and topics, visit UPMCStMargaret.com.
Smoking Cessation Program Eight-week program for those who are serious about quitting.
Bariatric Information Sessions Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 6 to 8 p.m. UPMC St. Margaret Conference Rooms A, B, & C
UPMC St. Margaret Blood Drive Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. UPMC St. Margaret Dining Rooms A & B
For more information, or to register, call 412-784-5900.
For more information, or to register, call 412-784-4077.
Insulin Pump Class 1-866-334-5227
Support Groups Alzheimer’s Support Group 412-784-5054 Bariatric Support Group 412-784-5900 Diabetes Support Group 412-784-4194
UPMC St. Margaret Conference Center
Volunteer Opportunities For information about volunteer opportunities at UPMC St. Margaret, call Volunteer Services at 412-784-4081.
For more information, or to register, call 412-784-5043.
For more information about any of these classes or support groups, call the number indicated, or call Community Relations at 412-784-5160, or go to UPMCStMargaret.com.
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The Pittsburgh Lacrosse Stores-Keeping Up with the Fastest Growing Sport in America The Beginning Four years ago, anyone playing the sport of lacrosse in Pittsburgh really had no good options for buying equipment and supplies. Then in 2007 The Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store opened the first full service Lacrosse Store in Pittsburgh at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon. “We wanted to have a full service lacrosse store, with equipment, supplies, a practice-shooting area to try out equipment, and experienced sales associates who coach or play high school and collegiate lacrosse,” says co-owner Bill Bedortha. “But we also wanted our store to act as a gathering spot for local players and coaches, a place to practice shooting, check out the newest gear and talk with lacrosse players.” With its 60 ft. by 30 ft. shooting area and radar gun with display, a “Coaches’ Room” for meetings and its custom stick stringing station, the original Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store has the feel of a lacrosse oriented club house. “It’s not unusual for us to have a couple 6th or 7th graders, a few high schoolers and a collegiate player or two practicing, discussing equipment, tactics, the latest college and high school rankings…just talking lacrosse,” Bedortha says. “The younger players look up to and try to learn from the older players and the older players, guys in high school and college, love to share their knowledge and experience with the younger guys. It’s really cool to see players from different generations hanging out and discussing the sport they love.” One year later, Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store opened its North Hills store in Wexford. “We heard from so many lacrosse players from the North Hills who loved our Castle Shannon store but not the drive, we decided to open our Store in Wexford 3 years ago,” Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store coowner Jay Bedortha says. “We were overwhelmed by the reception we received from the northern based lacrosse teams—they promised to support us if we opened a lacrosse store up north-and they did.” The Wexford Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store also has the feel of a lacrosse centered club, with friendly and experienced sales associates, a custom stick stringing service and a wide array of lacrosse equipment, supplies and accessories.
says Jay Bedortha. “The next logical step was to create Summer Travel Teams—exposing local middle school and high school players to the sport as it is played in lacrosse hot beds like Maryland, New Jersey and Upstate New York is absolutely a great way to help our players get better.” Coached by local College Coaches and High School Head coaches, the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Travel Teams compete in tournaments throughout the Midwest and Mid Atlantic including Princeton NJ, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Baltimore and Philadelphia. High School players receive the added benefit of not only learning about the collegiate recruiting process, but many are recruited by colleges based on their summer tournament play. “Many of our High School travel players are contacted by Division I, II and III coaches who have seen our players at the tournaments we attend. A high percentage of our high school players go on to play in college based on connections made during our Summer travel season,” says Jay Bedortha. “Our Summer Travel Coaches want to see every player improve and get the opportunity to play at the next level.” Pittsburgh Lacrosse also offers Summer Lacrosse Camps and Clinics presented by local college players as well as high school and college coaches. The common thread, not surprisingly, is to keep it fun for the players. “Lacrosse is just a great sport; it’s extremely fun to play. It teaches sportsmanship, team work and rewards dedication and hard work,” says Bill Bedortha, “but in the end, players play because it is fun.” Pittsburghlax.com
Full Service Lacrosse Stores-Leagues, Travel Teams, Camps, Clinics, Instruction According to Bill Bedortha: “We wanted our stores to be an asset for Western Pennsylvania lacrosse players, coaches and families; not only a source for equipment and uniforms, but a resource for all things lacrosse available to the community. The first step was to create off season lacrosse opportunities for local players.” Pittsburgh Lacrosse offered its first Fall Canadian Box Lacrosse Leagues at the Iceoplex at Southpointe to local middle school, high school and post graduate players in 2009. Since then, they have added a Youth Lacrosse School for younger players and also pre-season team leagues. “The best thing about Box Lacrosse is that it is so much fun, players don’t even realize they are improving their skills and getting better at lacrosse,” according to Bedortha. “There is a consistent desire among local lacrosse players to learn more about the sport and to get better at the fundamental skills required to be a successful player. Players not only want to play, but to get better,” Shaler | Winter 2011 | incommunitymagazines.com 25
What it is, What causes it, and What to do about it.
ore than 80 percent of adults are affected with periodontal disease and may or may not have any noticeable symptoms. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. The two major stages of periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease and only affects the gum tissue. If left untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which affects the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Our mouths are full of different types of bacteria. These bacteria form a sticky layer on our teeth called plaque. Plaque that is not removed will harden and form calculus, other wise known as tartar, on the teeth which can only be removed by a dental professional. When plaque and tartar are left on the teeth for a period of time, the bacteria will cause inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis can be reversed with brushing, flossing, and regular appointments with your dentist. Gingivitis may progress into periodontitis if not addressed. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The body’s natural response to infection starts to break down the bone and the tissues that hold the teeth in place. As the disease progresses with no treatment, the bone, gums, and the tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth will then become mobile and may eventually have to be removed. Periodontitis may progress painlessly and the symptoms are often subtle.
Some of the symptoms that may point to the disease are:
Gums that bleed easily Red, Swollen, or tender gums Bad breath Loose teeth Receding gums or longer appearing teeth. Formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums. Change in the fit of partial dentures
If diagnosed with periodontitis, scaling and root planning is the most effective way to be treated before it becomes severe. Scaling is done to remove tartar and bacterial toxins from the root surface. An ultrasonic instrument can be used to reach the bottom of the pocket. Planing is done to smooth the root surface making it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate on the root surface. This allows the gums to heal. A local anesthetic may be given to reduce any discomfort. If the dentist determines that the disease cannot be treated with non-surgical treatment then periodontal surgery may be recommended.
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Periodontitis does not just affect the mouth it can affect ones overall health. In a study done by the American Academy of Periodontology, the results indicate a link between cardiovascular disease and bacterial microorganisms released into the blood stream during daily oral functions. Patients with periodontitis are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as those without the condition. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are essential to help prevent periodontal disease from the becoming more serious. Dr. DePaoli is a D.M.D from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. She is a member of the PDA, ADA and Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Dear Shaler Township Resident, This publication of InShaler is the first joint collaboration between In Shaler, Shaler Township and the Shaler Area School District for a combined single source of information for Township residents. As announced in our earlier edition of The Shaler Newsletter, the Township will be coordinating efforts for a unified newsletter publication in conjunction with the Shaler Area School District. The Township plans to purchase several pages in each edition of In Shaler announcing important Township news. The primary benefit of this change will be to provide residents with notifications four times per year versus the former newsletter format that was only published twice a year.
Future edition dates will be April, June and August, 2012. Highlights included in these editions will be the following: Lite Up Night, holiday refuse collection schedule, Spring Clean Up, Electronics Recycling, Swimming Pool Information, Community Day/July 4th events, Shaler Area Homecoming, and current events from Shaler Area EMS and the Shaler Police Department. We hope that the new format will provide you with all the information that was previously available in our newsletter. We appreciate your feedback on the new format at email@example.com. Sincerely,
David W. Shutter Chairman, Board of Commissioners
Timothy J. Rogers Manager/Secretary
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TOWNSHIP OF SHALER A LEGACY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
Commissioner Joe Gally Township of Shaler, 1978 to 1993 and 1998 to 2009
oseph Gally invested every part of himself into the happiness and safety of others. Through his involvement with KOPS for Kids, the Salvation Army and other organizations, he taught his sons how to develop a sense of charity without ever speaking a word. “My father made his life about helping others, but he was never in it for the glory,” said Joseph Gally, Jr. of Shaler. “He realized life had blessed him, and in his own way he tried to give back and make other lives better.” Joseph J. Gally of Shaler died Sunday, August 28, 2011, of cancer in Vincentian Regency Nursing home in McCandless. He was 76. Mr. Gally was born in 1935 to a tight-knit, working class Millvale family. He attended Millvale High School until his junior year, when he dropped out to get a job and help his parents make ends meet. Whether it was making deliveries, or working as a security guard, he helped his parents raise his two younger brothers any way he could.
After seven years as a security guard, he became an investigator with the Gatz Cohen Koener and O’Brien law firm in 1968, where he worked for 22 years. Once the practice dissolved in 1990, he worked for the county as an investigator with the Law Department, before retiring in 1995. Away from work, he spent a lot of his time golfing with his sons and closest friends. One day on the course in 1985, he met the love of his life, BJ, whom he married in 1989 and with her he had 22 of the happiest years of his life, his son said. When he wasn’t working or spending time with his family, Mr. Gally gave countless hours back to his community. Thirty five years as a Shaler commissioner and 20 years as president of the law enforcement charity KOPS for Kids, raising more than $500,000 for local children’s charities. “His fingerprints were all over a wide spattering of charitable work over the years,” said his brother, Jeffrey Gally of Shaler. “Giving back is what made him tick because he loved doing it, and even as he got older, it never slowed him down.”
2011 INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT n 2011, Shaler Township spent $1.06 million dollars to repave 4.9 miles of Township-owned roads. This work included the milling of the road, installation of binder course and wearing course, and bituminous wedge curbs to control storm water runoff. Shaler Township’s Public Works completed the replacement of the storm sewers on these roads in the 2011 Road Paving Program. It is our standard practice to rehabilitate or replace deteriorated catch basins and replace corrugated metal pipe with corrugated high-density polyethylene pipe. We also spent an additional $175,000 to replace other sections of storm sewer throughout the Township. This was done by open cutting roads and yards in some cases, while in other situations trenchless technology known as cure-inplace piping was used. Shaler Township spent over $550,000 to televise our sanitary sewers (utilizing autonomous robots), complete
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chemical root control, and rehabilitate those sections of sewers in need of repair. Our primary method of repair was cure-in-place lining. The Township replaced our 30+ year old failing salt dome with a new wooden truss and shingle dome. This work cost around $430,000 to demolish the old dome, install the new dome, spray system, calcium chloride tank, and upgrade the site lighting. The Township’s Water Department completed a new mainline installation on Meier Lane off of Marzolf Road Extension. Meier Lane will be one of the roads scheduled to be paved in 2012. The full 2012 Road Paving list will be in the April InShaler Magazine.
TOWNSHIP OF SHALER
AUTOMATED WHEELED CART SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING IS COMING TO SHALER IN MARCH OF 2012! One Container. No Sorting....... No Kidding! The easiest way to recycle is here in Shaler offered by Allied Waste! Residents will be receiving their recycling cart around March 1, 2012 and service will begin on March 14, 2012. Once you receive your cart place all your recyclable materials in one container with no separating or sorting needed. We’ll do it for you! Just a few simple guidelines outlined below to avoid any service interruptions:
Glass bottles and jars Metal beverage and food cans Paper milk or Juice containers Aluminum cans Egg Cartons Plastic bottles (Types 1 through 7) Paper from news, magazines, junk mail, dry non-coated food paper • Boxboard – tissue, dryer sheets, tooth paste, cereal, spaghetti, cracker and other dry foods boxes • All cardboard must be broken down so that it is flat and no more than 3-feet in length or width and must be inside your cart.
• Garbage, food waste, diapers, paper plates, hangers, old plastic toys • Meat or Cheese plastic wrapping or paper packaging • Wax or plastic wrap or bags • Freezer food packaging • Plastic deli, product or take-out packaging or utensils • Plastic bags or wrapping film • Formed or pellet styrofoam packaging • Window glass, ceramics or dishware, mirrors, light bulbs
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Shaler Township Senior Citizens Shaler Township Senior Citizens receive a 20% discount rate from Allied Waste. Please sign up at the Shaler Township Municipal Building. Just bring a drivers license or photo identification with birthdate.
Township of Shaler Administration 300 Wetzel Road • Glenshaw, PA 15116-2288 • P: 412.486.9700 • F: 412.487.4107 Business Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Telephone Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Township Manager Timothy J. Rogers, Esquire 412.486.9700, x213
Public Works Director James Henderson 412.486.9700
Building Inspector Robert Vita 412.486.9700, x222
Chief of Police/Emergency Management Coordinator Jeffrey D. Gally 412.492.2222
Township Engineer Kevin Creagh, P.E. 412.486.9700, x230
Finance Officer Judith Kording 412.486.9700, x214
Township Solicitor Joseph E. Vogrin, III 412.486.9700
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The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
~ Attributed to Thomas Edison
What is Chiropractic Care?
How Does Stress Affect My Body?
Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning nerves, joints, and spine, your body is better able to heal itself. That's because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling and function throughout your body. Your chiropractor has at least eight years of professional training in the sciences and health care, leading to a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. He or she words to restore your health and guides you in a personalized approach to overall wellness.
Healthy Muscles contract and relax as you move. But when muscles tense in response to stress, they can't relax fully. When stress persists, the muscles become tight - like a knot in a rope. Tight muscles can pull joints out of alignment, irritating nerves and causing pain. If your spine is misaligned, the rest of your body becomes even more prone to stress and disease.
Can Chiropractic Care Help Me? Your doctor of chiropractic looks at your overall health - focusing not only on the symptoms but also on the causes of stress. This total approach to wellness helps determine the best treatment for your problem.
History To help find the cause of your pain, you and your chiropractor discuss your symptoms, any prior injuries, your health history, and your lifestyle, including sources of stress in your work and home life.
Physical, orthopedic (bone and muscle), and neurological (nerve) tests can help reveal effects of stress on your muscles and joints. Static and motion palpation tests check for pain, stiffness, and restricted range of motion. Your chiropractor may also check your gait (the way you walk) and the way you sit and stand.
X-Rays As "blueprints" of your bones, x-rays can reveal misaligned joints in your spine and legs. Other tests may be done, if needed.
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Based on the results of your exam and tests, your doctor of chiropractic will recommend a treatment program to reduce pain and relieve stress. If needed, your chiropractor also consults or refers you to other medical specialists.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Stress? Your doctor of chiropractic is trained to restore the health of your spine and joints. Adjustments and related treatments can help relieve tense muscles, realign joints, and reduce pain caused by stress.
Adjustments Your treatment depends on the cause of your pain. Your chiropractor may locate misaligned joints in your spine, neck, or shoulders and apply pressure to reposition the bones. These adjustments help restore proper alignment and relieve the irritation that's causing your pain. This Industry Insight was provided by Dr. Michael Clark. Clark Chiropractic is located at 633 Mt. Royal Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15223. For an appointment or more information, call 412.486.3355.
OLDER ADULT S IN SHALER AREA
By Pamela Palongue
n the popular 1990s TV series “The Golden Girls,” Dorothy always had a secret weapon she used to coerce her mother into cooperating with her. Dorothy would periodically threaten her with the ominous warning, “Shady Pines is getting your room ready as we speak…” But nowadays, only around 7% of people over age 75 live in nursing homes, according to census figures, and there are more choices than ever for different lifestyles and levels of care. There are as many as 20 different types of senior care facilities, and before looking at any new living arrangement, it’s important to have a basic idea of what the different levels are to avoid feeling overwhelmed with choices. One favorite for mature adults is the active adult community, sometimes referred to as a retirement community or independent living. These dwellings are usually homes or condos with individuals living independently and owning their own home, but in a grouping or housing plan with other seniors. Assisted living facilities usually allow individuals to have the privacy of their own apartment or home, while offering daily assistance with bathing and dressing. Another increasingly popular option for mature adults is home health care which allows individuals to remain in their homes while receiving professional assistance with bathing, dressing and meal preparation. Skilled nursing homes provide 24-hour care for individuals with serious illness, injury or mental decline. Whether you are a mature adult facing changes in your living arrangements or the child of an aging parent, the prospect of discussing this major life change can be a formidable one. Most experts agree that it is best to broach the subject earlier rather than later. By talking about the choices now, your loved one can weigh in on the decision and help you decide based on personal preferences. Enlist the help of one of your parent’s friends already in independent or assisted living as an advocate. Oftentimes parents may feel that their children are “ganging up” on them if they are confronted by several siblings telling them what they should do. For more information on finding a home for your loved one, you may want to consult www.aplaceformom.com, a free elder care referral service. For more tips about speaking with your parents or services available for your loved one, visit the Area Agency on Aging website at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/aaa.aspx.
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by Dana Black McGrath
“We want to address the hose who are spiritual needs of people who fighting the battle are in the midst of a physical against cancer challenge with cancer.” have a new spiritual Each session starts with weapon. Rev. Dr. John conversation and sharing, DeLancey, pastor at incorporating the chosen Stoneridge Church, has devotional message. “We want established a new everyone to be positive, upbeat communitywide and encouraged,” he says of his Christian cancer support goals for the group. DeLancey group called “New added that he hopes this new Journey” to help cancer ministry brings encouragement patients and their families. and support to those who are “In my dealing with Rev. Dr. John DeLancey challenged by cancer. people who have cancer, I “People need to be able to knew there were many talk about their emotions in the context of a support groups, but they lacked the Christian Christian atmosphere,” he says. And, he is orientation of offering support and striving to help members of the group encouragement,” says DeLancey. approach their challenges from a position of DeLancey has been the pastor at Stoneridge for nearly 13 years. Last month, the kindness – from waiting to hear about test results, to dealing with emotions of anger and congregation celebrated a landmark 125th bitterness, to questioning “why me?” anniversary, but the church has been situated Prayer support is also a main focus for the in its current Shaler location only since the organization. DeLancey says he plans to start a early 1970s. log of people to help keep support and He says the idea to start the group actually communication open between meetings, came from his mother, who started a similar whether it’s getting updates on their situation group in her own church in Bucks County. or offering prayers and other support. That group started with just four or five Meetings are held on the first Monday of members from within the church and now has grown to a roster of 160 members from around each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Stoneridge Church’s fellowship hall, 811 Dressel Road in the community. Allison Park. There is no charge to attend. “I thought it would be a great ministry for “We are helping people journey with God our church to do,” he says, “because everyone in the midst of cancer and the challenges it knows someone with cancer or has dealt with brings,” DeLancey says. an issue involving cancer.” For more information, call 412.486.7778 or The support group is designed as a ministry visit the church’s website at for people within the church, but also as an outreach program for the community. The first www.stoneridgecc.org. meeting was held in October, and about 12 people attended. “We want to offer support and prayer support to those with cancer,” DeLancey explains. Cancer patients along with their families are invited to attend the meetings. DeLancey will serve as facilitator for each session which includes a devotional message, prayer and support. He also plans to invite guest speakers from the medical community to talk to the group.
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Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. It would seem reasonable that with millions of sperm and only one egg that the majority of infertility problems would lie with the female. Not true, according to the National Library of Medicine which tracks national statistics kept by fertility clinics. Difficulties with fertility are evenly split, with the source of fertility problems being linked to the male one third of the time and the female also having difficulties one third of the time. The final third is a mixture of situations where both parties have infertility issues and those cases where the cause is indeterminate. The good news is that there is hope for males who wish to start a family. Director of Male Reproductive Medicine Surgery at UPMC, Thomas Jaffe, MD, an urologist, offers a hopeful perspective for males experiencing difficulties with reproductive issues. “Because of many technologies and treatments, many men who previously had no hope of fathering a child now have treatment options that can be [effective.]” One important advancement in reproductive research is a relatively new diagnostic test called the DAZ test. The DAZ test detects a genetic mutation in the Y chromosome for sperm production.
This test is ordered when sperm production is unusually low. Another important factor in analyzing the quality of the sperm is its motility or movement. Generally, sperm with greater motility are able to more easily fertilize an egg. One common problem among men with fertility issues is type 1 or juvenile onset diabetes. Individuals with diabetes may experience what’s called retrograde ejaculation. Simply put, this is when the bladder stays open with ejaculatory fluids washing back into the bladder rather than exiting the body as with normal functioning. “This problem can be treated with Sudafed which helps the bladder to stay closed during ejaculation,” explains Dr. Jaffe. Retrograde ejaculation can also be a problem with spinal cord injuries, nerve damage or certain medications that contain alpha blockers such as high blood pressure medications. Another problem Dr. Jaffe sees among his patients are men who have little to no sperm production. “Even with no sperm, we have found that these men still produce limited numbers of sperm within the tissues of the testicles.” This sperm can be extracted from the tissue and remains viable to fertilize an egg.
One of the most common problems associated with male infertility is when an enlargement of a vein in the scrotum forms. These veins are specially equipped with one-way valves which insure that blood flows upward. When these veins become compressed, they crush the gonadal vein and heat and toxins build up in the scrotum inhibiting healthy sperm production. The vein can be surgically repaired however to promote normal function with increased sperm production and better quality with sperm motility increased. Finally, male cancer patients may experience fertility problems due to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “Ideally ,we [harvest] sperm prior to treatment. We work with the Pittsburgh Cryobank to store the sperm until needed,” explains Dr. Jaffe. Although no treatment is an absolute guarantee, male infertility can often times be overcome with the right evaluation and treatment. For more information about Dr. Jaffe and treatment of male infertility, call 412.692.4100.
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by Kathy Rudolph
ver 1,500 Millvale Residents and Beer Lovers enjoyed sampling beer from over 30 Local and Craft Breweries for charity on a beautiful summer afternoon along the Allegheny River at Millvale Riverfront Park. The Millvale Brewfest featured local breweries like East End Brewing Company, Three Rivers Underground Brewers and The Duquesne Brewery, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Breweries from out of state also participated. Food was served by community volunteers, including Millvale Borough Manager Virginia Pucci and there was musical entertainment featuring Daniels and McClain. The proceeds from the Brewfest go to The Millvale Borough Development Corporation which is helping to renew Millvale’s neighborhoods. “Some of the proceeds from today go to our community gardens, $500 Millvale Storefront Grants and a Tree Project through our Tree Committee and Tree Pittsburgh,” said Richard Schmitz, Millvale Focus Group Board Member and Brewfest Volunteer. Most of the brewers were familiar with the devastation to Millvale by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and the revitalization plans. “We are so happy to be here today,” said Maria Dudash, Co-owner, with her Husband, Mark, of The Duquesne Brewery. “Anytime that we can use our gifts to help others in need, we will do it.” To learn more about upcoming events in Millvale, visit www.millvalepa.com.
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ccording to the Pew Research Center, starting in 2011 and for the next 19 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers in the U.S. will turn 65 years old – every day. With numbers like that, many Americans may be helping their parents sell their home in the near future. If you or family members are going to be dealing with your parents’ home sale in the near future, here are some considerations: Is the homeowner’s insurance policy up to date? This is an important question for all of the obvious reasons. A house shouldn’t be put on the market without an up-to-date policy. Make sure you continue to make payments on the policy even if the house is going to be vacant. Should we make any improvements before selling? Generally speaking, you shouldn’t make too many improvements to the home – you won’t get your money back on most improvements. This is a conversation to have with your real estate professional. The least expensive ideas to improve their home and get the best return on investment are painting, flooring and de-cluttering. Of course kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms to buyers so there may be some improvements in those areas that make sense. You should also discuss with your agent any possible repairs required for an FHA or VA backed loan, this can save you some time once you have received an offer. An experienced agent will know the current market, the profile of prospective buyers and your parents’ neighborhood so rely on them for guidance before spending money. What furniture should we leave if any? When it comes to getting the home ready, your Realtor is your greatest resource. Deciding what furniture to leave in the home and how to stage it can help maximize profit. A competent Realtor will know staging professionals and be able to assist you in deciding if hiring one would be money well spent. Can I sell their house even if I am out of state? Yes you can, and your agent can really prove their worth here. There are definitely logistical, legal and financial hurdles to overcome but an advocate working on your behalf can assist in overcoming all of them. Your agent can handle everything including preparing the home, to showings, marketing, reviewing offers with you -- even helping with maintenance issues. You should expect a good amount of communication during the process. What financial papers should I look for? It is important to find as many important financial documents as possible. The deed for the property, a survey, power of attorney and insurance papers are just a few examples of what you might want to look for. If you can’t find some paperwork, talk to your agent to find out if they are necessary or if you can get replacements. How long will all of this take? It can vary quite a bit but once the house is ready to be put on the market, it should sell within 60 days - if it is priced correctly in the current market. Once an offer is accepted, it typically takes
another 45 days to get to the closing table if the buyer is obtaining financing. If the buyer is paying cash you can close in 30 days or less. What should our list price be? A thorough market analysis of comparable properties prepared by your agent will help you arrive at the right price for your parents’ home. The analysis will contain comparable properties that have sold in the area in the past year. They should be in the same school district and as close as possible to your parents’ neighborhood. The analysis may contain some homes that are currently on the market or have just sold but should mostly include closed transactions. Another option is to get an appraisal done, this can typically cost $250-$350, but is more detailed than a market analysis. With proper planning and the help of an experienced Realtor, you can definitely maximize the return on your parents’ home.
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Best Holidays are Safe Holidays By Pamela Palongue No one wants their holiday spoiled by an accidents, fire or tragedy. The following tips will help keep your holiday bright and full of cheer. Never mount lights with nails or tacks which may damage the wire insulation inside. Thread the light strings through hooks or insulated staples. Before hanging lights outdoors, make sure they are certified for outdoor use. If you have small children or pets, it’s best to avoid breakable ornaments altogether. Make sure all ornaments are hung high enough on the tree to be free from the reach of small children. Check to make sure that your artificial Christmas tree is fireresistant. If you are buying a real tree, choose one that is fresh by checking the needles to make sure they are pliable and not brittle. Choose a place for the tree that is a safe distance from radiators, fireplaces and space heaters. Be sure to put plenty of water in the tree stand to keep the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Marc Rasschaert of Landmarc Products.com has invented a Smart Tree Keeper watering device which plays “Jingle Bells” when the tree becomes low on water. Rasschaert says, “A watered tree is the safest tree.” Never use electric lights on a metallic tree as the branches can become electrically charged if the lights are faulty. Avoid Christmas decorations that
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resemble candy or food, since small children may try to eat or swallow them. Remember that poinsettias are poisonous when ingested, so avoid decorating with them if pets or small children will be attending your celebration. Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. The wrapping paper burns intensely and can cause flash fires which have the potential to destroy a home. If you are using any ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction such as nuts or seafood, be sure to let your guests know before they eat the dressing with the oysters. Although it’s tempting to abandon the kitchen to hang out with your guests, unattended cooking accounts for a majority of home fires in the U.S. during the holidays. Keep an eye on the mulled cider. Finally, test your smoke detectors to make sure that they are all working properly. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday celebration!
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Shaler Area Homecoming
Celebrates 2011 With
“An Epic Adventure” by Kathy Rudolph
beautiful, fall day and a spirited celebration that combined students, alumni and residents was hosted by Shaler Area School District for their 2011 Homecoming. “An Epic Adventure,” this year’s theme, was reflected in the creative floats that proceeded down Mt. Royal Boulevard in the homecoming parade. Starting at the St. Bonaventure parking lot and continuing to Shaler Area Middle School, the parad e also featured the Lady Titans 2011 WPIAL basketball champions, Shaler Area cheerleaders, marching band, majorettes, members of the homecoming court and other community organizations. Following the parade, a picnic was provided on the middle school parking lot with kids activities, community and food booths. Finally, a football game was played by Shaler Area against Erie McDowell at Titan Stadium. To learn more about upcoming events, please visit Shaler Area School District’s website at sasd.k12.pa.us.
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First Annual Etna Halloween Gala
Rengers Mayor Thomas
Karen Tomasze wski, Councilwoman and Volunteer
Dan and Janene Duty
Martin R. Mur phy, Voluntee r, of Martin R. Pr oductions
by Kathy Rudolph
tna put some bite into the scary season by hosting its First Annual Halloween Gala at All Saints Church. The spooktacular party featured music, dancing, delicious food and libations and raffles and prizes from local businesses. The proceeds from the gala go to Etna Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), a nonprofit organization comprised mostly of volunteers whose mission is “to maintain a high integrity in the effort of identifying, organizing and implementing projects of civil and commercial importance for the revitalization of the Borough of Etna.” The organization is based on The National Trust For Historic Preservation’s Main Street Model, “a coast-to-coast network of more than 1,200 state, regional, and local programs, powerfully linked through a preservation-based strategy for rebuilding the places and enterprises that create sustainable, vibrant, and unique communities,” according to EEDC’s website. To achieve the goal of revitalization, the organization is managed by a board of directors and the Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring Committees that implement programs. “We are trying to attract new businesses, restaurants and residents to Etna,” said Karen Tomaszewski, Borough of Etna chairwoman. Mrs. Tomaszewski has been a resident for over 30 years and has raised three children in Etna. “It’s a great location and people in your neighborhood really care. Today, I checked to see if an older neighbor was okay because no one had seen her in awhile. Neighbors helped us when we moved in and had young children and now we try to do the same with younger families.” Nichole Kramer is the promotions committee chair for the EEDC. “Tonight’s event not only raises funds for Etna but brings the community together for unity and togetherness,” said Ms. Kramer. “We want to provide the community with fun that is affordable so that they enjoy living here.” Volunteers worked on the gala for over three months. “It’s great to get dressed up in costumes and come out for a fun, informal evening,” said Mary Macecevic, Halloween gala volunteer event chair. “My father was always involved in giving back to the community and passed that along to me and my brother, John. It’s just natural to want to volunteer and support Etna.” To learn more about upcoming events or how you can get involved, please visit the EEDC’s website at www.etnalive.org.
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