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FAST Action Can Save Your Brain
Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans — young and old — suffer a stroke. When a stroke occurs, fast action is critical to protect the brain.
an individualized treatment plan is developed. “The window of opportunity for the most successful stroke treatment is just three hours after onset,” says Dr. Nicholas.
“People often ignore stroke symptoms, thinking they can sleep it off,” says Bobbi-Jo Skurko, BSN, stroke coordinator at UPMC St. Margaret. “The faster you get to a hospital that offers highly specialized stroke care, the better your chances for survival and a full recovery.”
What you can do
The UPMC St. Margaret Stroke Program has an acute care stroke team available 24 hours, seven days a week. The team includes physicians, nurses, and other staff who are experienced in diagnosing and treating strokes.
The center has received certification from The Joint Commission for its commitment to providing the highest level of care for its stroke patients.
“The window of opportunity for the most successful stroke treatment is just three hours after onset.” James Nicholas, MD A true medical emergency “Strokes can happen to anyone, at any time,” says James Nicholas, MD, medical director, Emergency Department (ED) at UPMC St. Margaret. When a stroke does occur, it’s urgent to seek emergency care immediately because every minute after the start of a stroke means greater risk of permanent damage or death. At UPMC St. Margaret, a protocol is followed as soon as a stroke patient arrives in the ED. Following a physical exam and diagnostic tests to learn the cause and the extent of the stroke,
“It’s far better to treat a stroke immediately than to deal with the consequences,” adds Dr. Nicholas. “That’s why it is so important for everyone to be aware of stroke symptoms and know that they can get critical expert care here in their community.” Use this simple acronym to help determine whether you’re witnessing a stroke:
Face: Can the person smile, or does one side of the face droop? Arms: Can the person raise both arms, or does one drift down? Speech: Can the person speak clearly or repeat a simple phrase? Time: Call 911 immediately if someone exhibits any of these signs! Act FAST Every minute of delay in treating a stroke is said to cost a patient 1.9 million brain cells. Strokes require immediate medical attention, so knowing the warning signs is crucial. Stroke symptoms can include sudden onset of: • Paralysis or weakness in the face or limbs, especially on one side of the body • Problems with balance or walking • Vision problems • Slurred speech • Sudden onset of confusion • Problems speaking or understanding others • Severe headache To learn more about the UPMC St. Margaret Stroke Program, visit UPMCStMargaret.com/Stroke, or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).
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21 O Christmas Tree Choosing a live evergreen in Penn Hills.
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24 Penn Hills Library The Penn Hills Library Café is a great place to settle in with a great book and a warm cup of coffee.
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Built in 1896, the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill serves as a testament to Verona’s immigrant and industry-rich history.
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It’s the most wonderful time to stay fit. Winter sports abound in western Pennsylvania, but if you prefer indoor workouts, we’ve provided several local fitness centers and classes in our Health & Wellness section so you can stay fit, motivated and warm this season.
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Inpatient Rehabilitation: One Step at a Time After months of illness, hospitalization, and extensive chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma, Mary Reese could barely move. She relied on nurses and aides to care for her daily needs. Terrified of falling, she agreed to start an inpatient rehabilitation program at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC St. Margaret. Her goal: to regain strength and function so she could return home to her teenage daughter. “I wanted my life back,” says Mary, 60, the mother of five. “I’ve made great progress thanks to the therapy I received at UPMC St. Margaret.”
Specialized treatment plans Leonard Cabacungan, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at UPMC St. Margaret, says the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute provides individualized treatment plans focused on restoring strength, function, and independence so patients can return home. The 26-bed facility at UPMC St. Margaret — one of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s seven locations — features private rooms and a wide variety of specialized therapy programs. “It’s crucial to get patients up and moving as quickly as possible,” says Dr. Cabacungan. “The longer they stay in bed, the weaker they get. Once they are medically stable, we do what needs to be done so they can successfully function at home.” Our multidisciplinary team works together to develop individual treatment plans for patients recovering from a variety of conditions caused by illness and injury. They include strokes, hip fractures, joint replacements, neurological disorders, cancer, and congestive heart failure. Physical therapists focus on mobility and strength, while occupational therapists work on everyday tasks, and speech therapists work on communication and swallowing.
Hard work pays off When Mary first began therapy, she couldn’t sit up in bed or get out of a chair without help. It took two people to get her up on her feet. “After being bedridden for so long, my muscles were gone,” says the Zelienople resident. For four hours a day, seven days a week, Mary’s treatment included exercises to improve strength, restore movement, and improve her daily self-care. Within days, she was able to bathe herself and go to the bathroom with help. She soon began going up and down steps and getting in and out of a car.
Consistently recognized for providing advanced rehabilitation for conditions that include stroke, brain, and spinal cord injury, the experts at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute combine extensive clinical experience with advanced technology and research to offer patients cutting-edge treatments.
“I’m getting stronger every day. I’m able to walk and stand for long periods of time. I’m even doing laundry,” Mary says. “Most importantly, I can now dress and clean myself.” Mary says she’s been motivated by the “can do” attitude of the doctors and staff at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC St. Margaret. She also has been inspired by the progress made by other patients. “It hasn’t been easy. They make you work hard,” she adds. “But, I’m so grateful for the therapy I received at UPMC St. Margaret. This place has done wonders for me.” For more information about the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC St. Margaret, visit UPMC.com/RehabInstitute, or call 1-877-AT-REHAB (28-73422).
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LOCAL FLORIST BRIGHTENS PATIENTS’ DAY Ken Milko, owner and designer of Flowers in the Attic, has been delivering flowers to patients in nursing homes for the past 15 years. The tradition started many years ago when Milko made a late Christmas Eve delivery to a local nursing home. As he walked past the rooms in the deserted hallway, each patient’s eyes lit up as they momentarily thought the flowers might be for them. As he walked past, he saw the disappointment on their faces as they realized the flowers were for someone else. “The disappointment in their eyes broke my heart,” says Milko. After checking with nursing home staff he learned that many of the residents have no visitors at Christmastime or throughout the year. He made a vow that everyone in the nursing home would have a flowering gift on Christmas Eve. The tradition has continued for 15 years now and and there are approximately 14 nursing homes to which flowers are delivered. The flowers are donated by customers, Milko and his employees, and are accompanied by a hand-written gift card from the giver. If you would like to brighten the Christmas of someone who has no friends
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LOCAL MEDICAL PRACTICE PRESENTED WITH HIGHLY COVETED AWARD All seven of Premier Medical Associates’ adult primary care practices, located in Plum, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills, Murrysville and Monroeville, have been awarded with the prestigious designation of Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. This is the highest level attainable for a medical care group. The committee was founded in 1990 in an effort to promote high standards of health care. “This certification is the result of two years of hard work, commitment and most of all dedication to our patients’ overall health,” explains Mark DeRubeis, CEO of Premier Medical Associates. “We are very proud of all of our providers and staff who made this possible.” Formed in 1993, Premier Medical Associates has a team of 100 physicians with specialties including asthma, allergy, behavioral health, cardiology, family medicine, general surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, optometry, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and sleep medicine.
EXEMPLARY COUNTY EMPLOYEE AWARD PRESENTED TO PENN HILLS RESIDENT Penn Hills resident Dan Robinson was surprised at his workplace when it was announced that he was a winner of the Exemplary Employee Award. He was presented with a joint county proclamation from the county executive and county council, and was also awarded an Allegheny County Parks ski pass for the 2013 skiing season. The Exemplary Employee Award is presented periodically throughout the year in recognition of exceptional achievements by a county employee or employee group. Robinson was nominated by a colleague, Karen Blumen, for his work as manager of the Director’s Action Line within the Department of Human Services. He assists residents in addressing questions about the human service system. “One of the most important things that we do in this county is serve our residents,” says County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Dan Robinson has embraced innovation and continues to improve the service provided through training and quality improvement review, leading by example. We are grateful for his dedication and work.” Last year alone, the DAL fielded almost 13,000 calls and investigated more than 1,600 concerns. ■
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FOR OUR VETERANS The Penn Hills NJROTC participated in a ceremony honoring our veterans at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville on Nov. 11. The cadets served as the honor guard at the ceremony which was marked with quiet solemnity. The cemetery is the final resting place for veterans from all branches of the service and is one of 131 national cemeteries maintained by the Veterans Administration. PHOTOS B Y PRIMETIME SHOTS
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ART BY THE SQUARE INCH
The art of quilting is thousands of years old and is unique in that, besides being beautiful, it is practical, usable art. Area residents were able to view several creations by the Quilt Company East (QCE) at its recent show Oct. 31 â€“ Nov. 2 held at Beulah Presbyterian Church on McCrady Road. The beautifully diverse quilts were available for purchase and the show served as a fundraising event for QCE. The group has approximately 150 members and includes quilters from the entire western Pennsylvania region who range in skill level from novice to expert. PHOTOS BY PRIMETIME SHOTS
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sharing the harvest If you’re a hunter but your freezer’s full, please consider donating your deer to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, a program that’s been helping to feed Pennsylvania’s hungry for more than 22 years.
The program is simple and rewarding – you go hunting, you arrange with your nearest participating processor to donate the deer (or elk, moose and caribou where applicable), and you make a tax-deductible $15 donation to help cover the cost of processing. All donations, whether monetary or deer meat, are recognized by a letter for your taxes and a window decal to let people know that your hunt helped feed the hungry. From the processing plant, your deer meat will be butchered and distributed to area food banks and charities throughout the state. Your average-sized deer can provide up to 200 meals to help those in need. As a hunter, you probably already know that deer meat is an extremely healthy food source that’s low in cholesterol and saturated fat. It has more protein and fewer calories than other processed meats, and is on par with other meats for nutritional content such as vitamins and minerals. For more information, call 866.474.2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
County: Allegheny Kip’s Deer Processing Padgelek, Paula 3 Saint John’s Drive Carnegie, PA 15106 412.279.6527
Romes Meat & Deli Rome Sr., Ronald 312 Bonniebrook Road Butler , PA 16002 724.285.1236
Scott’s Custom Deer Processing Mills, Scott 212 S. Main Street Albion, PA 16401 814.449.5335
TA Giger Deer Processing Giger, Tim 121 Kyle Road Valencia , PA 16059 724.898.2244
County: Butler Bims Boloney Slater, Bim 145 Morris Road Petrolia , PA 16050 724.894.2569
County: Erie McDonald Meats, Inc. McDonald, Neeli 10445 Ridge Road Girard, PA 16417 814.774.3507
County: Washington Bobeck’s Deer Processing Bobeck, Mary 139 Craig Road Monongahela , PA 15063 724.258.2298
McKruit’s Custom Meat Cutting McKruit, Tracy 1011 Bear Creek Road Cabot, PA 16023 724.352.2988
Pacileo’s Great Lakes Deer Processing Pacileo, John 8890 Wattsburg Road Erie , PA 16509 814.825.3759
The meat processors serving the region for 2013 are:
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County: Westmoreland Custom Deer Processing Monteparte, Samuel J. 131 Flowers Road New Alexandria, PA 15670 724.668.8950 Espey’s Meat Market Espey Jr., Joe 319 Espey Meat Market Lane Scottdale, PA 15683 724.887.3226
Lenik Deer Processing Lenik, Ron 204 Railroad Street Finleyville , PA 15332 724.348.7019
G. Karas Packing Karas, Sharon 606 Story Road Export , PA 15632 724.468.5811
Shuba’s Processing Shuba, Steve 1116 Allison Hollow Rd-Shop Washington, PA 15301 724.255.4861
Hoffer’s Ligonier Valley Packing Zimmerman, Denise 582 Darlington Road Ligonier , PA 15658 724.238.7112
Great Ways to Live a Healthier, Happier, Longer Life in Penn Hills
Penn Hills HEALTH & WELLNESS SECTION BY MICHELE THOMPSON
Though finding the fountain of youth (or miracle product) is unlikely, you can embrace the following ways to feel and look younger. Gleaned from age-defying experts this list is a must-keep for your desk or refrigerator.
So turn the page — hack into the havoc that aging can wreak on your body! ››
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HEALTH & FITNESS EXERCISE TO LIVE LONGER. Penn Hills has many walking and biking trails to help you stay fit. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), regular exercise helps control blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol levels, and reduces the risks of hardening of the arteries, heart attack and stroke. Not to mention you will look and feel better! WARM UP AND COOL DOWN. Regardless of the types of exercises you do, warming your muscles as well as cooling down with slow rhythmic stretches is key to avoiding injury, reducing soreness, and speeding up your recovery. COMMIT TO DAILY FITNESS. Getting out there and staying active translates into better health and well-being — both physically and mentally. FOCUS ON TOTAL FITNESS. ACE recommends aerobics and muscular conditioning along with exercises to stretch your body and promote good posture. YEAR-ROUND EXERCISE. Don’t ditch your fitness routine because of inclement weather. Try new activities, such as snowshoeing, swimming at an indoor pool, or fitness classes at your local fitness or senior housing facility. JOIN A HEALTH CLUB. Be social and get fit. This one’s worth its weight in sheer motivation points.
TAKE SUPPLEMENTS. Don’t mega-dose, just take a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. GET AEROBIC. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting moderate aerobic activity 30 minutes per day, five days per week or 20 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular activity, three days per week. BREAK IT UP. Instead of 20 or 30 minutes of exercise, break up your cardio into 10-minute segments throughout the day. MAKE WORKING OUT FUN. Getting out of the house and traveling to interesting places where you can walk around is one of the best ways to get exercise without even trying, and you get to enjoy the sightseeing, too. PUT A SET OF DUMBBELLS BY YOUR TELEVISION SET — and use them!
STOP SMOKING. Nuff said.
PUMP IT UP. Margaret Richardson, author of Body Electric, says one pound of fat burns three calories a day while one pound of muscle burns 30-plus.
GO GREEN. Eat organic, use eco-friendly products and practice green living to protect your health as well as the environment.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF. To counteract age-related muscle loss, do exercises with progressively challenging resistance.
“Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that originated in China and is sweeping our nation. Not only has it been proven via scientific study to increase flexibility, muscular strength, fitness and improve balance, it also has many other advantages. A new study has uncovered the most frequent cause of falls among older people is incorrect weight shifting, not slips.” Connie Ainsworth, Tai Chi instructor
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COGNITIVE BOOSTERS MUSIC THERAPY. Music can regulate mood, decrease aggression and depression, improve sleep, and, because old songs are stored in memory, even create new brain cells. BRAIN FOOD. Keep your mind sharp by eating salmon, nuts, olive oil, soy, meat, eggs, dairy, leafy greens, beans, oatmeal and dark skinned fruits.
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN Working a daily crossword, Sudoku puzzle or another brain teasing game can help improve your mental fitness.
ORAL HEALTH & HEARING BRUSH AND FLOSS YOUR TEETH. According to research, chronic inflammation caused by periodontal disease has been linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. TURN IT DOWN. According to the House Ear Institute, noiseinduced hearing loss is a leading cause of permanent hearing loss that can be prevented by turning down the volume on your TV, radio, or headsets to a level that you can comfortably hear.
P PRACTICE HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS. Not getting enough nightly rest puts you at risk for accidents, depression and other illnesses, and it decreases your quality of life.
POSTURE AVOID SITTING CROSS-LEGGED. Pain management specialists at New York Chiropractic warn that crossing your legs puts excessive stress on your knees, hips and lower back. SIT UP STRAIGHT. When you slouch or strain to look at the screen, these patterns stick and posture learns these positions. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. See a chiropractor, physical therapist or post-rehabilitation specialist for postural exercises to reduce pain and risk of injury. STRETCH. Stretching your neck and chest can prevent short and tightened muscles that can lead to injury. A simple stretch involves bending your head to your shoulder, holding it there and slowly bringing it back to the mid line and then switch sides. BELLY BUTTON TO SPINE. Not only will this exercise help you stand taller, it will take five pounds off your waistline! HEAD UP. Instead of scrunching your head to your shoulder to hold the phone, get a headset and avoid injury to your neck and shoulders.
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EAT HEALTHY EAT AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET. Holistic
EAT AND DRINK COCONUT. The type of saturated fat in
guru Dr. Andrew Weil recommends eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and minimal processed foods to reduce inflammation in your body.
coconuts does not contribute to heart disease and it is rich in lauric acid, which boosts your immune system.
EAT ALL NATURAL. Avoid high-calorie foods full of sugar, fat and artificial ingredients and concentrate on eating high-nutrient, high-flavor foods such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
EAT MANY SMALL MEALS. Eat something every three hours to keep your metabolism high and your blood sugar and insulin levels steady. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST. The easiest meal to skip but the most important. Eat something small, even if you aren’t hungry. READ LABELS. Opt for products with at least three grams of fiber, low sugars and no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
EAT LESS AND LIVE LONGER. Maoshing Ni, author of Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to be 100, suggests the “three-quarters rule,” essentially not eating any more after you feel three-quarters full.
DRINK TEA. Ni recommends daily tea because tea is a proven
AVOID BAD FATS. Bad fats include saturated fats, which are primarily derived from animal products, and trans fats, which are used in commercial fried foods, margarines, and baked goods like cookies and crackers. SPICE IT UP. Dr. Wendy Bazilian, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, recommends high-antioxidant spices and herbs such as cinnamon, ginger, curry, rosemary, thyme, oregano and red pepper.
DRINK UP. Drinking water throughout the day can decrease your urges for sweets, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, minimize pain associated with arthritis, migraines, and colitis, hydrate your skin, and help with your digestion. LIMIT YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE TO ONE OR TWO DRINKS PER DAY. According to the Centers for Disease Control, too much alcohol can increase your risk for developing various diseases and physiological and social problems.
preventive and treatment for hardening of the arteries and has potent antioxidant powers.
SIDELINE THE SODA. The phosphoric acid in carbonated beverages, particularly colas, can put you at risk for osteoporosis.
SLIM DOWN WITH SOUP. People who eat soup before a meal reduce the total number of calories they consume.
DRINK RED WINE. Red wine is
SINK YOUR TEETH INTO SUPERFOODS. Experts say superfoods can help ward off heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, bad moods, high blood pressure, and improve digestion, skin, hair, nails, bones and teeth. Superfoods recommended by WebMD.com are beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, green and black tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts and yogurt.
EAT MORE HEALTHY FATS. According to University of Michigan Integrative Medicine, healthy fats to include in your diet are monounsaturated fats, found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and some plant foods as well as polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3s found in fatty fish and omega-6s found in nuts.
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renowned for its many health benefits, primarily for the heart. However, new research from the Institute of Food suggests that wine may also protect you from potentially fatal food-borne pathogens, such as E. coli, salmonella, listeria, and H. pylori.
MARINATE YOUR MEAT. Research from the Food Safety Consortium recommends marinades with rosemary, thyme, peppers, allspice, oregano, basil, garlic and onion to cut down on carcinogens.
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STRESS CONTROL SMILE. Smiling lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol.
AROMATHERAPY. Essential oils improve your mood, reduce stress and even improve your memory. Try lavender, lemongrass, cinnamon or cedarwood. Being outdoors with green plants, fresh air and the sounds of nature is a proven stress buster.
YOGA. The Mayo Clinic recommends practicing yoga to reduce stress and anxiety.
GET KNEADED. Research from the Touch Research Institute indicates that regular massage lowers heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety levels, depression, hostility, and the stress hormone cortisol. SEE A THERAPIST. Mental health professionals can help you deal with stress.
BEGIN WITH BREATHING. The first thing you ever did for yourself was breathe. And consciously focusing on your breath remains the epitome of self-care throughout your entire life.
P HUMOR YOUR STRESS Laughing improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, releases tension, and improves your immune system.
Reprinted with the permission from SeniorsForLife.com
LET NATURE TAKE YOUR STRESS AWAY.
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Fighting Childhood Obesity
One Child at a Time By Heather Holtschlag
Imagine – for the first time in four generations, a child’s life expectancy may not match his/her parents. One in 10 American children is obese, and between 16 to 25 percent of children are overweight. Children average a weight of about nine pounds heavier today when compared to the 1960s, and the average teenager’s weight has increased by 12 to 16 pounds, according to government statistics. Beyond the issue of just being overweight is the risk factors associated with obesity, including heart disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Fit-Trix Fit Kidz, located in Bethel Park, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is devoted to the prevention of childhood obesity in the western Pennsylvania region. The purpose of Fit-Trix Fit Kidz is to educate children and parents on the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight by adopting increased physical activity and healthy eating. “We promote fitness, proper nutritional habits and self-esteem in a fun, positive and safe environment,” said Lynn Ross, owner of FitTrix Fit Kidz. “Our 45-minute program provides a full body workout regardless of fitness ability. We focus on cardio, hydraulic and resistance training with kid-friendly equipment, including BOSU balls, punching bags and agility ladders.” Fit-Trix Fit Kidz also encourages small lifestyle changes that may provide immediate health benefits for children, such as lower blood cholesterol levels, increased independence and productivity
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and reduced demands for health care services. And, staff members are committed to disseminating these healthy lifestyle messages to children of all ages, regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Ross said that the main purpose of Fit-Trix Fit Kidz is to teach kids that fitness can be fun, so that they can develop a healthy lifestyle to maintain throughout their entire lives. The staff members do this by providing a fun and safe environment where they teach healthy behaviors to children at young ages, hoping that by doing so, the children will carry their good habits well into adulthood. “At Fit-Trix Fit Kidz, we believe that exercise and proper nutrition are the pinnacles of preventing obesity in children and adolescents,” Ross explained. “We differ from other gyms in that we work by appointment, which helps make the children we see to remain accountable to their fitness goals and gives the staff the opportunity to work with and get to know each child on an individual basis.” According to Ross, there are a number of benefits that can have an impact on children as they begin an exercise program. These include an improved body mass index (BMI), an increase in self-esteem, a boost in athletic performance, increased flexibility and endurance, and an increase in lung capacity and fat burning through cardio exercise. “Strength conditioning also will increase a child’s bone density and improve tendon and ligament strength,” Ross noted. For more information about Fit-Trix Fit Kidz, call 412.831.1200, stop by the facility located at 4941 Library Road in Bethel Park, or visit the website at www.fittrix.org.
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Get in shape this winter by swimming laps. Olympic Swim and Health Club offers a heated, indoor, six-lane, 25-yard pool and more! Non-members are welcome to use the facilities for a $5 guest fee. Memberships include use of the indoor pool, gym, exercise loft, sauna and steam room.
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Get an ice skating workout at a public skating session while the kids are at school! Admission and skate rental for an adult is under $10 during the week.
“Tai Chi” and “Tai Chi for Energy featuring Qigong” with Connie Ainsworth at Penn Hills Library 1037 Stotler Rd., Penn Hills; 412.795.3507; pennhillslibrary.org To relieve pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia and also to gain balance, strength and flexibility, a Tai Chi class is offered Fridays at 10 a.m. A “Tai Chi for Energy” class is available at 11:15 a.m. Six classes are just $36 and a punch card is available, so that if you miss a class, you can make it up!
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Choosing a live evergreen tree in Penn Hills By Matthew J. Fascetti
t’s the most wonderful time of the year, and choosing a real Christmas tree is a season highlight for many families. Whether you make the trek to a tree farm to cut down your own, or head to your neighborhood tree lot, the smell of fresh pine in your home signals the beginning of the holiday season. Your tree selection is often the result of personal preference and budget, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Perhaps the most popular type of tree is the Fraser Fir. It has one-inch needles that are silvery-green and soft to the touch. Because there is space between the branches, the Fraser is easier to decorate and the firm branches hold heavier ornaments. Also very popular is the Noble Fir, with a deep green color, soft needles and well-shaped, sturdy branches. Other varieties include the Colorado Blue Spruce, known for its blue foliage and pyramidal shape with strong limbs that can hold heavy ornaments. The Grand Fir has glossy dark green foliage and is soft to the touch, however it may not hold heavier ornaments. The Balsam Fir is a wonderful dark-green color with airy, flexible branches and a pleasant fragrance. The branches are not as sturdy so it’s not the best choice for heavy decorating.
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The White Fir has a pleasing natural shape and aroma and good needle retention. The Eastern White Pine is known for making garlands, wreaths and centerpieces due to its long, feathery-soft needles. Though it’s a beautiful tree, the branches can be a bit too flexible to use as a Christmas tree. Finally, the Douglas Fir makes a visually appealing tree with soft, shiny green needles and wonderful aroma. If you purchase your tree at a lot, keep in mind some pre-cut Christmas trees may have been cut weeks earlier. Try to buy your tree early to extend its freshness. Check the tree for brown needles and perform a “drop test.” Raise the tree a few inches off the ground and then firmly place the tree trunk on the ground. If green needles drop, it could indicate the tree may have been cut for some time. Once you get your tree home, make a straight cut at the bottom of the trunk, removing about one inch. This will improve the tree’s ability to absorb water. Place the tree in a container that holds at least one gallon of water and add more as needed. The base of the trunk should always be in water which will help sustain the beauty of the tree for as long as possible. ■
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
12013 Frankstown Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235 Phone: 412.795.8741 Fax: 412.795.7993 www.pennhillschamber.org
The Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 62 years as a chamber. We are proud to have served our community and its residents for 62 years.
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Name
Denise Graham-Shealey Bruce T. Hall Dominique Ansani Chris Fedele Jay Hope Jo Luncher Bernadette Rose Teresa Gongaware Adam C. Vahanian Scott Yusavage Amber Pace Sara Werner Raymond Luncher
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Co-Director Co-Director
First Niagara Bank Bruce T. Hall, CPA Penn Hills School District Fedele Insurance Company Penn Hills YMCA Anywhere Travel Services Rapp Funeral Home Penn Hills Police Department Maiello, Brungo, Maiello Computer Fellows PNC Bank, Rodi Road Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce
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PENN HILLS COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Organizations • Churches • Businesses Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the YMCA
Sponsored by the Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce. Watch the newsletter for more information.
Monthly Women in Business Luncheon - Third Wednesday of each month Monthly Men in Business Luncheon - Second Monday of each month
Chamber Events January 2014 Men in Business Lunch January 13 Comfort Inn, at 12 Noon Women in Business Luncheon January 15 Comfort Inn, Rodi Road 11:30 a.m.
February 2014 Men in Business Lunch February 10 Comfort Inn, at 12 Noon Women in Business Luncheon February 19 Comfort Inn, Rodi Road 11:30 a.m.
March 2014 Men in Business Lunch March 10 Comfort Inn, at 12 Noon Women in Business Luncheon March 19 Green Oaks Country Club 11:30 a.m.
Check with the chamber office for more details at 412.795.8741.
Many other events to be announced
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A Protective Older Brother...
So much for sibling rivalry! These two “babies” get along like peas in a pod. Kaiko is a 3-year-old Labrador/Pit Bull mix with a gentle loving spirit. Since his little brother, Brian, Jr., came to live at the Dougherty household in August, Kaiko has been very protective of the newborn baby. He even snuggles with little Brian when he takes a nap. Mom Bridget says, “Kaiko cannot wait for little junior to get big enough to throw him a ball!”
Our thanks to Bridget and Brian Dougherty for sending us a photo of their two babies!
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W hat goes better with a good book than a delicious cu of hot coffee on a p chilly winter even in g? The cafe in th library has now be e en open for one year and serves up coffee, tea and co ld drinks along w ith muffins, brownies and candy. There are also gently us ed bo oks for sale and free magazines fo r perusing. All sa le s benefit the Friend of the Penn Hills s Librar y which he lps to support sp programs and m ecial aterials for the lib rary. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the ca fe is located on th upper level and is e open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – and weekends fro 2 p. m . m 1 – 7 p.m.
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LEHNER GRAIN and CIDER MILL
Built in 1896, the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill serves as a testament to Veronaâ€™s immigrant and industry-rich history. BY JENNIFER BROZAK 26 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE | Penn Hills
long the banks of the Allegheny River in Verona sits an historic 19th century mill that has been resurrected, thanks to the ingenuity and foresight of a local archeologist.
Built in 1896, the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill serves as a testament to Verona’s immigrant and industry-rich history. The building’s namesake, Charles Lehner, immigrated to Pittsburgh from Switzerland with his wife Mary Magdalene Huber, originally settling on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Records show Lehner then moved to Plum Township after he suffered heavy loss from the Butchers Run Flood of 1873, and then on to Verona with his family, where he built the grain and cider mill. The mill was in operation for nearly a quarter of a century when it closed in 1920. Following Lehner’s death in 1908, his son, Joseph, took over the business. However, Joseph died while still a young man, leaving behind three sisters and his mother, none of whom could continue the business. The mill, located at 560 Penn Street in Verona, serves as the headquarters of Christine Davis Consultants, a cultural research management firm which, appropriately, specializes in archeological studies and historic preservation. Davis, the firm’s president, discovered the building while exploring options to relocate her company, located at the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center (U-PARC) in Harmar Township. “I had always loved the riverfront,” says Davis, an Oakmont resident. “I was out driving around, looking at properties, and came down James Street. I saw the building, and thought it was beautiful, even though at the time it was surrounded by concrete and asphalt.” She envisioned the building’s potential and called the owner to see if he was interested in selling. He agreed, and in 1996, a century after it was built, Davis took ownership of the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill and set to work on its restoration. “It was a big, barn-like structure. There was no electricity, no heat and it had only stone walls. It was cold for a while,” she says. The Lehner Mill was built in an era which Davis refers to as a “significant junction in technology.” While many grain mills were operating with water wheels, the Lehner mill
Photos, top to bottom: The mill as it appeared in the 1950s. The sideyard of the mill when first purchased by Christine Davis Consultants. The area has since been replanted with a tree and flower garden. A view of the mill from the river.
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had cutting-edge steam engine technology. In fact, the Lehner mill was the only steam grain mill in operation on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. “We checked the records for the entire river in Pennsylvania and there was nothing like it,” Davis notes. “We wanted to respect and protect the integrity of the building.” During reconstruction, the building’s original craftsmanship and timber frame construction were preserved. Two of the original stone walls were kept and exposed. The building’s open floor plan was also maintained. The first floor houses the firm’s computer workstations, while a kitchen and bathrooms have been added to the second floor. Davis also kept the large wooden doors which at one time provided access for horse-drawn wagons to drive through the building. She also worked to restore the building’s natural setting along the riverfront, which had been paved over with asphalt. The company also kept the artifacts which they uncovered during the restoration, including the grain elevator and large brushes used by mill workers. Also still intact is Lehner’s original engraved nameplate on the outside of the building. To help protect its place as a historical resource, Davis pursued the arduous process of listing the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill on 28 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE | Penn Hills
During reconstruction, the building’s original craftsmanship and timber frame construction were preserved. the National Register of Historic Places. In order to qualify, a building must meet certain specific criteria and documents proving its age, integrity and significance must be submitted. It was during this yearlong process that Davis learned the surprising fact that the mill is the only historical property in Verona listed on the National Register. Remarkably, Davis says she recently received a letter from a member of the Lehner family in Switzerland, who was searching for information about her ancestors’ life in Verona. The letter found its way to Davis after being sent to the Verona mayor’s office. She said she looks forward to corresponding with the woman and sharing what she’s learned regarding the legacy of the man who once owned this unique, historic property. ■
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eulah Presbyterian Church and cemetery has sat quietly at the intersection of Old William Penn Highway and Beulah Road for over 200 years. As modern-day traffic whizzes all around it, it seems frozen in time, like a photograph from the past. Many people are familiar with the old church. It is a well-known landmark for Penn Hills residents. What may be more surprising is that its centuriesold cemetery holds the keys to Revolutionary War history that unfolded in this area. It’s the final resting place for 33 Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as a number of pioneer families who settled in the Pittsburgh area. The origin of the Beulah Church dates back to the 1700s, with the graveyard deeded to the church in 1769 by William McCrea, Jr., a trustee and son of one of the original donors of the property. McCrea also supervised the building of the first chapel, which was erected by parishioners on the property, first as a log cabin in the shape of a cross, and then as a brick structure in 1837. The original church, constructed with bricks baked on the site, still stands today, and was added to the records of the National Historical Committee in the 1960s. The church sits at the intersection of what is known as Old William Penn Highway (Route 22) and Beulah Road (Route 130). The church was named the Congregation of Beulah in 1804 by the Reverend James Graham, the church’s first full-time pastor. He remained with the congregation for 41 years. Prior to Graham, earlier records indicate that Captain Charles Beatty, who served with General Forbes’ army, conducted the first service under a “board tent” on the property in November of 1758. It was a Thanksgiving service for soldiers stationed near the present church. According to historical records and gravestone inscriptions, the first Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in the plot was Colonel William Stewart Samuel Taylor, who died in 1786 at the age of 50. Captain John McMasters, who served with the Washington County Rangers, was buried in the cemetery in 1805. Among the more prominent soldiers buried in the graveyard is Major Thomas Sampson, who according to historical birth records, owned a farm of over 300 acres that ran along what is present-day Greensburg Pike. Sampson served as a ranger with the Westmoreland County Militia, and it is likely that Sampson’s wife and nine children are also buried alongside him in the cemetery. Unfortunately, records are sketchy at best and exist for only three of his children. There are oftentimes no monuments or grave markers to indicate the final resting place of many of our earliest settlers. Some of the oldest graves of pioneers were marked only with a wooden board at the head and foot, while others are marked with ordinary fieldstones. After some time, the church ceased burials in the oldest part of the cemetery because, when excavating for new graves, they came across evidence of other bodies having been interred in the same plot. Also interred in the Beulah Presbyterian Church Cemetery is Dr. John McDowell, a Revolutionary War soldier who served as a captain with the 7th Continental Regiment in Carlisle. John Duff, a soldier with the York County Militia and a founding father of the church, was buried in the cemetery in 1823. In the same lot that contains McDowell’s grave are the wives of the Reverend John Hastings, who served as minister of Beulah’s congregation from 1846 to 1866. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery is sadly that of a child. James Bonner, the son of Revolutionary War Captain Charles Bonner, died in 1793 at the age of 8. Over the past 200 years, Beulah Presbyterian Church has survived wars, disease and times of economic trial. The church has since constructed a newer worship building next door to the 19th century structure. But the old church remains as a reminder of its unbreakable bond with the past. ■
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