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Women often think incontinence is a normal part of aging. But leakage should not be considered normal, says Lori Dulabon, DO, a urologist at UPMC Hamot. In most cases, it can be quickly resolved — especially early on. “Unfortunately, women wait up to 10 years before seeking help, ignoring it until it gets bad,” she says. That’s what happened to Elaine Rudy, 61, of Guys Mills, Pa. She first noticed problems when she laughed or sneezed. She made frequent trips to the bathroom and began having accidents at night. “I thought it would just go away,” she says.

For Elaine, who was diagnosed with both, Dr. Dulabon injected a bulking agent around the urethra to restore the seal, which stopped her stress incontinence. Her urge incontinence greatly improved after taking medication designed to relax bladder muscles and lessen sudden urges. Today, Elaine is no longer afraid to go out or to be alone with her grandchildren. “I feel so much better about myself. I’m free to do things I want to do. Life is good,” she says.

As her urine leakage worsened, Elaine’s world grew smaller. She began carrying a bag with supplies and clean clothes, drove separately to social events in case she needed to rush home, and insisted friends carry cell phones should she need to call for help. She stopped watching her grandchildren unless another adult was present, and she retired early from teaching. “It created a very messy life for me. It limited where I went and who I was with,” says Elaine. Finally, she turned to Dr. Dulabon for help.

Treatment that can be life-changing Dr. Dulabon says urine leakage has many possible causes. Weak muscles, often due to pregnancy and childbirth, can allow the bladder to sag and even stretch the opening of the urethra. Damaged nerves due to illness or trauma can send signals to the bladder at the wrong time, causing bladder spasms, or can fail to signal the brain when the bladder is full. Obesity, chronic coughs, and constipation, and major pelvic-area surgery also can lead to female incontinence. Dr. Dulabon says a variety of treatment options are available, depending on the type of incontinence, with surgery the last resort. Some women have stress incontinence (urine leakage with coughing, laughing, or exercise), urge incontinence (the “gotta go right now” feeling), or a combination of the two.

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hen it comes to education, too much is never enough. And in a world where job competition is fierce, parents believe the more educated their child is, the better their chances of getting that rewarding, high-salaried position that will allow them to grow as a professional, support a family and pad their 401(k). But ask any high school junior what they plan on majoring in, and you’re almost guaranteed to be met with a blank stare.

Traditional college is a smart choice, but for today's students, other options are available that do not require a degree. The job market indicates an increasing demand for skilled trades, non-degreed and service professionals which is quickly outpacing those who can deliver it. In this special section, we take a look at college preparation — from choosing the right preschool to prepping for SATs, as well as some alternatives to college that promise a bright future without the need for a four-year degree. West County | Fall 2013 | icmags.com 5


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ne thing is for sure; school is not what it used to be. No longer are college students expected to sit for long periods of time in one classroom, listening to one professor while feverishly taking notes. Today, students have a wide array of schooling options, study tools and reference materials that make it easier to get the grade. Among these latest trends are:

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Social Media: Social media has given students access to a whole new way of communicating and learning. In today’s classrooms, professors are blogging, maintaining Twitter and Facebook accounts and even communicating with students through these mediums. Students also have access to YouTube and may even be required to produce and post videos as a part of their learning curriculum. Students may find it helpful to use social media techniques to find employment since many sites, such as LinkedIn, give job seekers the venue to create resumes and profiles that are searchable by potential employers. Graduates can also begin networking with professionals in their desired field.

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Online Learning: No longer is traveling to a school building and sitting at a desk beside 25 other students part of school requirements. Students who want to pursue chosen fields of study can learn from home and study at their own pace laptop style. In fact, according to the Bacon Survey Research Group, the number of students enrolled in at least one online course increased for the ninth straight year. The study reports that the number of students taking online courses has surpassed six million and nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course. Some universities such as the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford, even offer free online

courses, a trend that is expected to continue in coming years.

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Massive Open Online Course: Massive open online course, or MOOC, is a relatively new way for students to learn. MOOC is a course that is offered exclusively online to provide large interactive participation and open access through the Internet. MOOCs offer all of the traditional types of course materials, but also provide interactive user forums that help build communities among students and teachers and teaching assistants. These free courses only require the use of a computer and an Internet connection. As an extra incentive, there is some discussion about awarding official college credits to students who take these


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courses, which continue to grow in popularity around the globe, as they are offered in nearly 200 countries in 44 different languages and have more than 4,500 testing centers.

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Better Job Market: Students graduating now may enter a better job market than students from previous years. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies expect to hire 9 percent more 2012 graduates than in 2011. And, students who have studied in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have even greater odds of landing a job.

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Game-Based Learning: While still a new concept for both students and teachers alike, game-based learning, or GBL, is a method of learning that is growing in popularity and has proven to be

an effective method of teaching. These games are designed exclusively to provide educational value to students in any type of educational environment. They are designed to teach students about certain subjects, reinforce growth and development, encourage the development of new skills, or understand an event that took place in history. GBL methods include boards, cards and video games and incorporate methods like learning simulations with both serious

games and video games into the classroom. In addition, this method offers both gameplay and subject matter so that students can easily remember what they have learned and get ready to apply it in the real world. Although this method is still in its infancy, it is expected to expand in growth in the coming years. The way we learn is changing and it is broadening our horizons, our skills and our possibilities.

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hile a college degree does garner some credibility and an advantage in finding a well-paying job, there has been an increase in demand for people who have the right skills, and not necessarily a degree, in certain industries. According to a recent story featured in Forbes magazine, jobs of the future are comparably “low-skilled,� meaning they still require a lot of all-around intelligence to succeed, but not a degree. For example, carpentry has experienced a 56 percent growth, and medical secretaries have seen an increase of 41 percent in recent years. Other top jobs include web developers, which has a median salary of more than $75,000 a year and has risen in popularity among those who are self-taught or who have only a minimal amount of college training. In fact, the demand for people in this field is so great that companies do not view it as a disadvantage if the

person does not have a college degree, particularly the smaller start-up companies. Plumbers can make more than $46,000, a profession that is expected to grow 26 percent in the next few years. Paralegal assistants, electricians and industrial machine repairers are also professions that can expect an annual salary of more than $46,000. Administrative executive assistants could see a salary of more than $34,000. Bookkeepers and pest control specialists can earn more than $30,000, while receptionists and skin care specialists may be paid more than $25,000. A possible reason for this recent upward trend in jobs that do not require a college degree, may be that there is a heavier demand for people who offer actual services and specific skill sets. Caring for an aging population is one of the reasons that jobs like home health aides and personal care aides are at the top of the fastest growing jobs list compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, as reported

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college education because a person could potentially learn more about them with onthe-job training as opposed to sitting in a college classroom. Many people who enter “non-degreed” professions are self-taught and begin freelancing with a few clients. Through word-of-mouth, they are able to grow enough to launch their own business. For the most part, the trend remains that college graduates still stand to earn more in their lifetimes than non-graduates, as companies will continue to look for the bachelor’s degree on a resume. However, there is a bright future for non-graduates with much potential if they have the desire and motivation to be successful.

by CareerCast.com. But right below these two occupations are biomedical engineers, which anticipates a 61 percent growth by 2020. Jobs such as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons and tile and marble setters, expect to grow at least 60 percent by 2020. Veterinary technicians and technologists are expected to grow in demand by 52 percent. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers will increase by nearly 47 percent, physical therapy assistants by 46 percent, pipelayers and steamfitters by 45 percent, meeting and event planners by 44 percent and diagnostic medical sonographers by 43 percent. These fields all rank near the top of the list in popularity and expected job growth. vvvvvvv According to Forbes, many of these types of jobs do not require a

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Occupations with the most job growth, 2010 projected 2020 (Numbers in thousands) Employment 2010 National Employment Matrix Title and Code

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143,068.2

163,537.1

20,468.9

14.3

$33,840

29-1111

Registered Nurses *

2,737.4

3,449.3

711.9

26.0

64,690

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

4,261.6

4,968.4

706.8

16.6

20,670

31-1011

Home Health Aides

1,017.7

1,723.9

706.3

69.4

20,560

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

861.0

1,468.0

607.0

70.5

19,640

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

2,950.7

3,440.2

489.5

16.6

26,610

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

2,682.1

3,080.1

398.0

14.8

17,950

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

2,187.3

2,525.6

338.4

15.5

30,460

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,604.8

1,934.9

330.1

20.6

37,770

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

2,068.2

2,387.3

319.1

15.4

23,460

25-1000

Postsecondary Teachers

1,756.0

2,061.7

305.7

17.4

45,690

31-1012

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

1,505.3

1,807.2

302.0

20.1

24,010

39-9011

Childcare Workers

1,282.3

1,544.3

262.0

20.4

19,300

43-3031

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1,898.3

2,157.4

259.0

13.6

34,030

41-2011

Cashiers

3,362.6

3,612.8

250.2

7.4

18,500

25-2021

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,476.5

1,725.3

248.8

16.8

51,660

43-4171

Receptionists and Information Clerks

1,048.5

1,297.0

248.5

23.7

25,240

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

2,310.4

2,556.8

246.4

10.7

22,210

37-3011

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

1,151.5

1,392.3

240.8

20.9

23,400

41-4012

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

1,430.0

1,653.4

223.4

15.6

52,440

47-2061

Construction Laborers

998.8

1,211.2

212.4

21.3

29,280

43-6013

Medical Secretaries

508.7

718.9

210.2

41.3

30,530

43-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

1,424.4

1,627.8

203.4

14.3

47,460

47-2031

Carpenters

1,001.7

1,197.6

196.0

19.6

39,530

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

2,260.3

2,456.2

195.9

8.7

18,330

33-9032

Security Guards

1,035.7

1,230.7

195.0

18.8

23,920

25-9041

Teacher Assistants

1,288.3

1,479.3

191.1

14.8

23,220

13-2011

Accountants and Auditors

1,216.9

1,407.6

190.7

15.7

61,690

29-2061

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

752.3

920.8

168.5

22.4

40,380

29-1060

Physicians and Surgeons

691.0

859.3

168.3

24.4

111,570

31-9092

Medical Assistants

527.6

690.4

162.9

30.9

28,860

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Choosing the Right College You made it. You got through grade school, succeeded in high school, and now the search begins… for the perfect college. You may already have your eye on a school, or you may be keeping your options open. Whatever your situation, there are some pointers to keep in mind when making your decision. To start, make a list of the colleges in which you are most interested. Divide the list into three categories: top choices, acceptable choices and sure-things. You also may want to add the reasons they interest you and the factors that make them unique. Seek out advice from those you trust – high school teachers, guidance counselors, friends and family members or school alumni – and ask why they favor a particular school. Also consider your educational goals and the field of study you would like to pursue. If one of your top choices does not offer that particular major, it may be safe to scratch it off your list. Another important component to consider is the social atmosphere and the type of housing accommodations the school has to offer. Do you want to attend a school where the students never sleep, or would you prefer to live in a quiet, non-party environment? Make sure the school that you choose will make you feel comfortable so you can succeed academically. Seek out printed information about the school. Directories, websites, maps and newsletters will help you navigate the campus and enable you to decide if this is where you want to spend the next four, or more, years. Lastly, talk to college representatives and staff on campus. Interview them about their likes and dislikes about the school, the academic and non-academic programs that the school offers and the types of financial aid that are available. Most importantly, make sure the school will meet your needs and help you to excel in whatever path you choose.

The SATs – Preparation is the Buzz Word You know there is no way around it. If you want to go to college, you must do well on the dreaded SAT test. This single event can lead to many sleepless nights and bouts of nervous anxiety. But if you head into the testing center armed with a few special tips, you may score well ahead of the game. For starters, begin preparing and studying for the test months in advance. Find practice tests or study guides online and upon completion of these practice exams, study the results. Find out why you scored wrong on a particular question and look at what you did right. Perhaps the best way to aid in preparation is to take challenging courses in high school. Take plenty of math and science courses and make sure that your reading comprehension and writing skills are in order. Develop a plan to study for the SATs for an allotted amount of time each day. Seek out the aid of a specialized tutoring service which may not only help you with your studying, but may increase your confidence and calm your nerves. If you decide to take the test twice, learn from your experience the first time. Research the questions you got wrong on the first test and learn why you got them wrong. As the day of test approaches, do something relaxing the night before, such as reading a book and getting a good night’s sleep. Wake up early enough to eat a nutritious breakfast and plan to arrive at the testing center early. Finally, be sure you are prepared with the right materials – a valid ID for access to the testing center and several number 2 pencils. With preparation, you will find that the test-taking anxiety you initially felt, will be replaced with confidence and satisfaction.

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Finding the Right Preschool Deciding on a preschool for your child is an important decision requiring a lot of thought and research. You want your child’s first experience in school to be a positive one filled with happy memories. There are several factors to keep in mind as you make your decision. Among the first, should be the location of the school. Do you want something that is close to home or close to work? How far are you willing to drive? Another consideration is the school’s reputation. Do you have any friends who send their children to the school or who know any of the staff? Talk to them while doing your research and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. The Child Care Aware hotline, 1/800.424.2246, can give you the number of a local childcare referral agency, which can provide you with the names of preschools in the area. Before calling the school, make a list of all of the

questions that are important to you, such as teacher to student ratio, the staff’s credentials, what types of activities the kids engage in and what is the level of progression from year to year. Also, be sure to ask if the school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a sign that the school is trustworthy and reliable. If you are allowed to visit the school, take a tour and perhaps observe the class where your child would be attending. During this visit, observe how the teachers interact with the kids, their demeanor toward each other and their overall personality. Finally, observe the children themselves. If they are happy in their surroundings and you feel comfortable, it just may be the perfect school for your child!

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Superintendent’s Message The success of the Fairview School District is a result of the collective efforts of our outstanding faculty and staff and our supportive parents and community. Our parent organizations and booster groups go above and beyond expectations to provide all of the extras to give our students additional learning opportunities that they otherwise would not receive. We are appreciative of the volunteers who generously give their time to provide our students so many wonderful experiences in and outside of the classroom. In recent years, however, our number of parent volunteers has sharply declined. Some organizations, including our Athletic and Music Booster groups, are managed by just a handful of dedicated individuals who spend countless hours to keep the groups afloat. This decline in participation has also affected our FHS Parents, Administrators, Teachers, and Students (PATS) organization, which for the first time in several years was forced to cancel the annual Prom to Dawn event partly due to a lack of participation. The need for additional support and volunteerism across the board has inspired our theme for the 2013-14 school year. Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Jack Johnson, visited Erie last year and shared his personal philosophy, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” Fairview Schools will borrow that motto this year, encouraging our students, employees, parents, and community members to take time out of their busy lives to try to improve the lives of others. I trust that our students have had an enjoyable and relaxing break. Our teachers and administrators have been busy planning for the upcoming year, and our summer employees have worked diligently preparing the buildings for your return. Enjoy the remaining summer days. We are looking forward to another terrific school year. Erik Kincade, Ph.D

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District Plans Security Upgrades Safety and security has always been a primary concern in the Fairview Schools, but recent acts of school violence has prompted several structural and procedural changes in all three district buildings. In early March, the administration and Board of School Directors toured our buildings assessing areas where security could be improved. Additionally, the Pennsylvania State Police offered recommendations and guidance as the district made plans for these needed changes. Following is a list of major modifications that will be made early in 2013-14: • • • • • •

Exterior doors with electronic door locks Interior and exterior cameras with surveillance monitors Two-way radio communication with office staff Internal gates Visitor registration systems Hardened exterior glass

Procedural changes will include new drop-off and pickup measures and a new visitor sign-in process. Additionally, all exterior doors will remain locked before, during and after school unless school or security personnel are on duty. Monies set aside from a refund from the Intermediate Unit will be used to fund these security enhancements. “I am very pleased with the response of our Board of School Directors to support these necessary improvements to our buildings. They are not only school directors; they are parents and members of our community, and, like me, they consider the safety of our students, faculty, and staff their highest priority,” stated Dr. Kincade, Superintendent.

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Maria Jean Ace.....................................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Eli Jacob Adams...........................................................Community College of Beaver County Frank Anthony Adiutori................................................................................Edinboro University Jacob Andrei Allison..........................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Lorissa Joan Anderson............................................................................................... Employment Patrick Gregory Anderson............................................................................................ Undecided Kallysta Rae Baez-Sprague............................................................................Gannon University Lucas Kelly Bender........................................................... Butler County Community College Elle Bennett.................................................................................. Pennsylvania State University Gregory Joseph Berdis................................................... Indiana University of Pennsylvania Ian Alexander Bierley............................................................................. Bloomsburg University David Filmore Biletnikoff Jr.........................................................................Edinboro University Jakub Marek Blank............................................................................................................Internship Allison Rose Boncella............................................................................University of Pittsburgh Ryan Logan Brink............................................................................................Edinboro University Jessica Elaine Brinling................................................................................... .Denison University Lauren Elizabeth Brown...............................................................................Edinboro University Dustin Shane Burrows.................................................... Indiana University of Pennsylvania Abigail Rose Burton...........................................................Mercyhurst University; North East Ryan James Cardman.......................................................................................Allegheny College Daniel Patrick Carey...................................................................... University of South Carolina Amanda Nicole Cermak........................ Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Michael Raymond Chojnacki.....................................................................Edinboro University Rebecca Ruth Church...................................................................................Erie Business Center Cameron Matthew Clair............................................................................................Triangle Tech Mitchell Edward Gordon Clifton...................................................................Clarion University Macie Marie Cobert................................................................................................Attend College Allexandria Constance Coles........................................................................ Howard University Thomas Edwin Connell................................................................... Wheeling Jesuit University David Mark Connolly................................................................. Pennsylvania State University Megan Elizabeth Cooper.............................................................................Chatham University Kyle Jeffrey Crotty.................................................................................Slippery Rock University Lakshmi Annette Cruz..................................................................................Edinboro University Tyler Patrick Cseplo......................................................................................................... Undecided Alison Paige Decker...............................................................................University of Pittsburgh Katie Desiree Deterding...............................................................................Edinboro University Matthew Walter Downey...................... Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Liliya Pavlovna Dyachkina......................................................................................... Homemaker Nicholas Scott Ely...................................................................................... Mercyhurst University Alexandria Elizabeth Enstrom................................................................................. Employment Ryan Michael Facchine.....................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Ashleigh Marie Fedei....................................................................... Olivet Nazarene University Carl Anthony Fonticella........................................................................................ Ohio University Tyler Harrison Fox...............................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Joseph Matthew Frisch.................................................................Erie Institute of Technology Samantha Joanne Gaton...................... Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College

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Jessica Lynn Gdanetz...........................................................................Slippery Rock University Benjamin Grimes Gebhardt................................................................University of Pittsburgh Gabrielle Duryea Gette........................................................................Slippery Rock University Andrew Scott Gibson....................................................................... Brigham Young University Timothy James Gidenko................................................................................ Grove City College Joshua James Gindy....................................................................................................... Undecided Erin Grace Grimaldi.................................................................... Pennsylvania State University Anna Elizabeth Hall............................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Zachary Sterling Harmon.............................................. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Cameron Gene Hartley.......................................................... North Carolina State University Elizabeth Ann Hauk.............................................................................................Butler University Brett Joseph Heintz...............................................................................University of Pittsburgh Jacob David Hess......................................................................................................... Employment Hali Gabriella Hetz.................................................................................University of Pittsburgh Brittany Lynn Heubel........................................................Mercyhurst University; North East Marley Ray Hokaj............................................................................................Edinboro University Megan Courtney Hulings...................................................................Slippery Rock University Wesley James Hurd................................................................................... Mercyhurst University Rachel Anne Hutchinson.......................................................................................... Thiel College Benjamin Bradley Irwin........................................................................ West Virginia University Daniel Scott Kilmer................................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Christopher Andrew King...................................................................Slippery Rock University Liam Herr Kobal..................................................................Rochester Institute of Technology Nolan Scott Konwinski.................................................................................Edinboro University Ivan Nikolayevich Krasnogor................................................................................... Employment Kayla Michelle Kupniewski.................................................................Slippery Rock University Kathryn Renee Laser.............................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Philip Michael Lavin...................................................State University of New York/Fredonia Mallory Ruth Lawson.....................................................................................University of Akron Ashley Angela Meghan Leonardi..............................................................United States Army Andrew Wallingford Levin..................................................................... University of Michigan Brianna Marie Lindey................................................................................. Attend an Art School Brandon William Locke...........................................................................United States Air Force Emily Jane Loeffler.........................................................................................Edinboro University Brigid Suzanne Louis....................................................... Indiana University of Pennsylvania Daniel James Lynch....................................................................................University of Phoenix Alexander John Lyon............................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Gabriel Christian Malthaner................ Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Damien Drakkar Marshall..................................................................................... Attend College Sara Ann Matczak........................................................................................................ Thiel College Sarah Lynn McClay.................................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Kenneth David McGrain...................................................................Michigan State University


Kelsey Shay-Lynn Mehok.............................................................................. United States Navy Jessica Leigh Mihalic.............................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Anthony Thomas Minneci.................... Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Brianna Nicole Mitchell........................ Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Samantha Brook Moore...............................................................................Edinboro University Brandy Joy Morrow.................................................................... Pennsylvania State University Taylor Richard Mosier................................................................................................. Thiel College Matthew Paul Murzynski..........................................................Pittsburgh Technical Institute Kyle Anthony Musante............................................................................ Mercyhurst University Joseph James Muscarella.................................................................Ohio Northern University Emily Cecilia Myers...............................................................................Slippery Rock University Jared Alexander Nash................................................................................................ Employment Shawn David Nerthling............................................................ Pennsylvania State University Austin William O’Baker................................................................................Princeton University Kevin Luke O’Brien................................................................................................. Ohio University Julianna Danielle Ore..................................................................................................... Undecided Billie Rainley Patterson......................................... University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill Nickolas Patrick Pfeffer.................................................................................Edinboro University Michaela Mae Phelps..................................................................................................... Undecided Samuel Russell Ponsford......................................................................... Attend a Trade School Erin Lyn Rainey............................................................................................................. Employment David Manuel Ramirez.................................................................................Edinboro University Dana Lee Ranallo............................................................................................................. Undecided Dylan Marshall Ridge....................................................................................Edinboro University Brian Joseph Ristau................................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Brett Conner Roberts....................................................................................Edinboro University Nolan Reid Roberts.......................................................................... St. Bonaventure University Jessica Yuko Robertson..........................................................................Wake Forest University Raven Lee Rozantz..................................................................... Pennsylvania State University Allison Naomi Rupe................................ Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Robert Edward Rutkowski.................... Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College

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Kristen Sydney Sharp................................................................ Pennsylvania State University Marissa Ann Snyder...........................................................................................Clarion University Dakota Shane Sonney............................................................................................... Employment Tina Marie Sontheimer.................................................................................Edinboro University Caitlin Louise Spacht.............................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Cheyenne Wynne Spaeder..........................................................................Edinboro University Mackenzie Rae Stanko.........................................................................Slippery Rock University Sydney Lynn Stephens.................................................................................Edinboro University Giovanna Noemi Stewart............................................................................Edinboro University Rachel Marie Stucke................................................................................. Mercyhurst University Cody Allen Summerville........................................................................................ Fortis Institute Kyle James Summerville.................................................................... Galloup Guitars Institute Jack Douglas Sundberg................................................................................ Denison University Benjamin Paul Susko.............................. Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Kathryn Adeline Susko.................................................................................Fordham University Peter Herbert Sweny................................................................. Pennsylvania State University Kristen Marie Tann.........................................................................................Edinboro University Hailey Robin Thompson................................................................ Minnesota State University Ra’shad Allen Thompson..............................................Great Lakes Institute of Technology Jenna Marie Tobin..................................................................................... Mercyhurst University Tanner Scott Tregaskis..................................................................................Edinboro University Garrett R. Vanderhoof............................ Pennsylvania State University/Behrend College Dena Alma Alida VanEnkevort.............................................................Stony Brook University Anthony Jay Veith....................................................................................................... Employment Krysta Lee Wagner............................................................................Coastal Carolina University Andrew Vincent Walker..................................................................................Gannon University Andrea Louise Wenzel..................................................................................Edinboro University Jason Lewis Wheeler............................................................................Slippery Rock University Taylor Michele Wohlfelder...........................................................................Edinboro University Daniel Roberto Wright.............................................................. Pennsylvania State University Emily J. Zimmerman......................................................................................Edinboro University

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Bike Rack Art Displayed Downtown Jason Wheeler, FHS Class of 2013, was a student in Mr. Bookhamer’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) class, when he entered a competition hosted by the Erie Art Museum. The challenge was to design a bike rack that would be used by the public. Jason did research, sketched ideas, and finalized his concepts by creating the 3-D design in a Solidworks program.

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“I wanted my idea to represent Erie, so I came up with the idea of a fish,” Jason stated. “It’s pretty cool to have my own work downtown for everyone to see. I have to thank Mr. Bookhamer for his input with my design,” said Wheeler. “Jason will be a great designer,” Bookhamer said. “He has a good understanding of the processes involved in developing a product, and this was an excellent example of his amazing work.” There were 274 designs submitted, and 40 bike rack designs will be displayed in the city. Jason’s is located near East 7th and State Streets.

Andrew Levin Named National Merit Finalist, Austin O’Baker as Commended Student The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year– and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Of the 1.5 million entrants, 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition. Only15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. In the fall, Andrew will be attending the University of Michigan, and Austin will be attending Princeton University. Congratulations to these FHS Class of 2013 graduates!

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Tigers Capture Six D-10 Titles Fairview High School experienced another successful year in athletics with six District 10 titles. Cheerleading was newly recognized as a PIAA sport. The squad won first place at District competition in the small varsity division and high point for all divisions with a group of 15 cheerleaders. The Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team finished their season with a 17-4 record overall, and they were undefeated Region 3 champs with a 12-0 record. The girls scored a total of 72 goals, while only allowing 15. Senior captain Lizzie Hauk was named the Region 3 “Player of the Year.” The Girls’ Swim Team went undefeated in Region 2 for the seventh time in eight years, and brought home their sixth consecutive District 10 Championship. The boys also went undefeated in Region 2, continuing an eight-year winning streak, and won their fifth consecutive District 10 Championship. Foreign exchange student Robert Sikatzki was named the "Swimmer of the Meet" at States.

The Softball Team won the District 10 title for AA with a 22-1 record overall. Several players received higher honors, as Raven Rozantz and Kayla Kupniewski were selected for the AA 1st Team All-State. Rozantz, Kupniewski, Aubree Martin, and Roni Lipinski, were also selected for 1st Team Region 4 in their respective positions. Caitlyn MacKelvey was awarded a 2nd Team Region 4 outfield slot, while Rozantz was also “Pitcher of the Year” for the region. Fairview Lacrosse won the D-10 Championship in only their second year in competition. There were five girls named to the All-District team, including “District Player of the Year” Erin Gleason, Anna Gebhardt, Alayna Gornick, Nicole Brockwell, and Gabriella Humphrey. Jessica Brinling and Kathryn Susko provided solid play and senior leadership as captains.

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Fairview Cares Fairview School District held a district wide cancer awareness week, named “Fairview Cares” from May 13-17, 2013. The idea came from high school junior, Hayden Elliott. The week entailed a “Coins for Cancer Challenge,” educational speeches, and the sale of t-shirts and wristbands. The main event was held on the Fairview High School track on May 16. The following sponsors and their generous donations also helped make this event possible: Automation Devices, Inc., Eriez Magnetics, Animal Ark Pet Hospital, Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital, F & S Tool, Inc., Fairview High School Student Council, Eaton-Clark Performance Horses, Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services, State Farm Insurance, Spine + Sports Injury Center, Burton Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Fairview School Foundation, and Octane Custom Designs.

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All three schools came together to honor local survivors and remember those who have lost their battle. 100% of the proceeds from the change challenge and t-shirt and wristband sales were donated to The Regional Cancer Center. The donation will be used to support patients who cannot afford treatment. The “Coins for Cancer Challenge” was a competition between the three schools. The High School came in first with $2,262, the Elementary School was second with $1,868, and the Middle School in third with $870. When the week came to a close, the total amount raised topped off at $10,318. Fairview School District united to collect donations, while spreading cancer awareness through our district!


The most recent chapter of the Fairview-Cholet Exchange began on June 11 when a group of seven students boarded a bus for Cleveland in order to fly to Europe. The students had a week to tour popular sites in France. In Paris, they walked up to the Sacré Coeur Basilica, took a boat ride on the Seine River, walked along the Champs Élysées, had a bus tour around the city and visited the Palace at Versailles. Over the next four days the students traveled around northwestern France visiting the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy. Then, they returned to Paris to see the Louvre Museum and go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

were off to their first night in a French home. The days that followed saw the Americans experiencing French family life. They also had excursions to Futuroscope (a theme park consisting of many IMAX theaters), Puy du Fou (a historical theme park) and a tour of the city of Angers. In the words of student Abby Widger: “It was an amazing experience, I met so many new friends and explored a new culture and I am definitely going back someday!” Joining Widger on the trip were Mimi Ace, Ashleigh Fedei, Marley Hokaj, Amy Matczak, Fallon Siegler and Nate Stuck. In October, 26 students from Cholet will spend two weeks in Fairview homes.

The second week began by catching an afternoon train out of Paris to meet their friends in Cholet. Students

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Every two years, students from Fairview High School get the opportunity to participate in an exchange with correspondents from the Lycée Fernand Renaudeau in Cholet, France. As part of this program, they could host a student from France for two weeks in October, be a part of a home stay in France in June, or both.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Service to the Fairview School District

Philosophy In keeping with the mission and vision of the Fairview School District, the purpose of the Fairview School Foundation is to help students by supporting the improvement and enhancement of current and new programs through community financial support. To help achieve these ends, the Fairview School Foundation should encourage community support of this organization.

Fairview School foundation 2012-13 Annual Report Dear Friends of Fairview, The Fairview School Foundation reached a milestone this year and celebrated its 20th Anniversary. In honor of this momentous occasion we awarded more than $26,500 which funded 20 mini grants to teachers to enhance the educational experience of our students. We wish to thank our many loyal donors who made these grants possible. Your generosity helps to ensure the young people of our community will receive a meaningful education that prepares them for the future. We will continue to serve as good stewards of your investments and hope to remain worthy of your continued support.

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EITC Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC), businesses can make donations to educational non-profits in lieu of a portion of state tax payments (up to 90%). We use these funds to enhance our mini grant program, directly benefiting the students of Fairview. Thank you to the following businesses for their generous support through the EITC program:

Erie Bank

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MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton

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Scott Enterprises

Waste Management

For information contact the Foundation at 814-474-3535.

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2012-2013 Mini Grants 1. Math Manipulative Resource Center

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2. Education Through GPS Technology

7. Outdoor Learning Kits

Kelly Fisher (FMS) The center enabled students to access math learning tools, exploration materials, and manipulatives to increase mathematical understanding.

Stephen Blose (FMS) Students utilized GPS technology to investigate latitude and longitude and the relationship of coordinates. Students applied their knowledge to a treasure hunt and geocaching projects.

3. Flipping the Classroom

Luke Beall (FHS) Math students accessed videos at home created by their teacher. Students came to class better prepared and “homework help” videos further aided student learning.

4. Inquiry-Based Science Kits

Jill Bridgen & Megan Hersch (FES) Grade 2 students learned about science through the use of hands-on materials and tools. Hands-on activities encouraged a deeper understanding of course content.

5. Click Into Learning

Shannon Froehlich (FHS) World Language students used technology clickers to ensure individual mastery in a confidential manner. The clickers provided anonymous answers without causing any embarrassment.

Julie Huggler (FMS) Students used mobile ball chairs while completing their lessons. Students demonstrated increased attention, improved posture, and balance. Brian Hardner, Robert Cotton, & Phillip Daniels (FMS) Compasses, tree species guides, and maps, provided students with tools to work outside the traditional classroom. Students learned to navigate and identify their surroundings.

8. Inspiring Young Writers

Lynne Poyer (FES) Young writers will learn that there is a story inside all of us. Peter Catalanotto, an author and illustrator of children’s books, will work with FES students and demonstrate how to build a story. (Coming 2013)

9. Classroom Conference and Writing Center

Danelle Ciafre (FMS) Students utilized materials for the revision and editing stages of the writing process. Students created portfolios showcasing their personal growth as a writer.

10. Building Writing Skills With Photos

Terri Costello (FES) Students used a digital camera to capture photos of friends, zoo animals, the life cycle of a lima bean, and the same tree through all four seasons. The photos generated writing ideas.


11. “No More Excuses” with Grant Baldwin

Emily Crawford (FHS) Youth speaker, Grant Baldwin travels across the country encouraging students to build and shape their future. Grant will speak to FHS students in April of 2014.

12. Marc Brown's Visit to FES

Claudia Fillipi (FES) The foundation contributed $3,000 to bring “Arthur” children’s author and illustrator, Marc Brown to our FES students. Brown explained the writing process and created illustrations.

13. WQLN Family Literacy Program

Sharon Ferringer (FES) Title 1 students and their parents attended weekly workshops where they engaged in hands-on reading activities that they completed together.

14. Vernier Technology in the FHS Science Lab

Chris Groff (FHS) Equipment was purchased to enhance the laboratory experience for FHS science students.

15. Fairview Cares Cancer Walk

Carol Elliott (District wide) The foundation purchased the student and survivor t-shirts in support of this district-wide charitable event which raised funds for the Regional Cancer Center.

16. Inquiry-Based Science Kits

Liz Sharp, Stefanie Trudnowski, & Michelle Bernatowicz (FES) Grade 2 students learned about science through the use of hands-on materials and tools. Hands-on activities encouraged a deeper understanding of course content.

17. Display Boards

Nicole Daley (FHS) The district’s art shows were greatly enhanced by new six-panel art boards which beautifully displayed student art work.

18. “Take Time to Think” with Jeff Yalden

David Park (FHS) The FSF and the Ann V. Moore Speaker Endowment Fund brought youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, to Fairview. Yalden inspired students to break selfdestructing behaviors and build a brighter future.

19. Electric Guitar Kits

Ryan Bookhamer (FHS) Engineering students constructed electric guitars from basic kits. Students refined the bodies, wired and assembled all components, and tuned the acoustics for the instruments.

20. Tiger Trail Enhancements

Cassidy Wilson (FMS) Grade 5 students and teachers beautified the Larry D. Kessler Tiger Trail by conducting a litter clean-up and planting violas in memory of Dr. Kessler’s mother.

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Fairview School Foundation Financial Summary For the year ended June 30, 2012

Cash $26,732.97

Batchelor Tennis Courts

$4,260.74

Colt Trail

$1,962.23

Scholarships & Awards Donor Advised Funds Turf Mini-Grants/EITC Student Support Fund Total Cash

$5,702.36 $11,172.78 $5,291.86 $11,309.12 $1,933.18 $68,365.24

Investments (ECF) Fairview School Foundation

$86,998.47

FHS PATS Scholarship Fund

$8,176.69

Mike George Memorial Fund

$11,297.19

Barbara Junker Memorial Fund

$10,707.41

Total Investments

$117,179.76

Total Assets

$185,545.00

Equity Fund Balance (As of July 1, 2011)

$406,497.00

Net Income

$(220,952.00)

Total Fund Balance (As of June 30, 2012)

$185,545.00

Income Golf Outing

$26,495.00

Donations

$77,595.00

Interest & Dividends (ECF) Interest Income Total Income

$3,222.00 $397.00 $107,709.00

Expenses Golf Outing

$13,363.00

Scholarships & Awards

$9,772.00

Homecoming

$3,434.00

Investment management fees Program Expenses Decline in Investment Values Turf

$868.00 $36,204.00 $5,020.00 $260,000.00

Total Expenses

$328,661.00

Excess of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures

$(220,952.00)

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Memorial Donations In Memory of Ann V. Moore

Assets Foundation

Our Donors Erie Insurance Group Brennan Moore Victoria Moore Lori Morosky Roger & Christina Myers

In Memory of Stephen M. Sanner David & Gail Sanner

Designated Donations Student Support Fund & Giving Tree

FMS Office Staff

Ed Barnes Tracey Berger Peggy Brown Jim Brown Stephanie Church Whitehall Civic Association Cathy Facchine Steve Ferringer Kimberly Jensen Erik Kincade Paul Krasinski Sharon Lampe Howard & Jane Levin Frank & Judy Liebentritt Deborah Linkoski Edward Malinowski Nina Mendt The Munch Family Regina Nuber Paula Paden Margie Polk Kathleen Scibetta - George Victoria Smith-Codina Rhetta Soety Sandy Stephenson FMS Student Council Carol Susann Kathi Umpleby JSL Wallace Inc Deb Warley Janet Wojtalik Katy Wolfrom

In Memory of Jack Taylor

Turf Fund

In Memory of Donald Buseck Frances Buseck

In Memory of Donald Paulson

Max & Helen Rose Alwens Joseph & Paula Coats Neil & Heather Donovan McDowell H.S. Family & Consumer Science Fred & Kathie Fisher Mike & Kathe Gido Bill & Deb Joseph David & Nancy Karrfalt James & Wanita Kennedy Ingrid Kwiatek Albert, Jr & Barbara Kwiatek Family Fran & Joe Meako Donald & Jane Paulson Ann Schoeller Grace Semrau Bernadette (Bernie) Sentner John & Pat Timon

In Memory of Fred Hurbanek FMS Office Staff

In Memory of Gerald Barnhart Mary Taylor - Valentine The Taylor Family

In Memory of Mike George Jim & Beth Brinling Jim Brown Class of 62 John Grunden Alice Linder Constance Mayer Ronald & Lynda Miller Barbara & Dale Rudolf William Saint & Sara Parker Pamela Vitter Curtis

Vic & Shawn Babcock Mark Barchony Ed Barnes Wayne Bell & Nancy Kay Tracey & Chris Berger Doug & Randi Bert John & Judith Bestwick Jeff & Amy Brinling Jim & Beth Brinling John & Elaine Brinling Peter & Karen Burton Patricia & Patrick Carey Darlene Chojnacki Construction Specialities

The Officers of ABC Corporation Peter Cross Ted Decker Michael Dougherty Kurt & Kelly Duska Ericson Memorial George & Cynda Espy Marie Falkenberg Robert Ferrier William & Renee Finnecy J. Brian Foht Jacqui Fonticella Brad Fox Andy Foyle Bruce & Robin Gebhardt Mark & Keegen Gennuso Kimberly Gerber Beatus Grimm Donald Hart Leo & Cindy Heintz Home Depot Foundation Donald & Marjorie Inderlied Modern Industries Murray Insurance Ted Junker Tim George & Kathy Scibetta Dr. Sue Sisak Keller Chet Kempinski Richard Kennedy Erik Kincade Andrew King Richard Kocan Jim & Karen Kocjancic Scott Lee Dale Lewis Jerry Lightner Scott Lim Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Loesch Larry Loper Scott MacKelvey Elaine MacKelvey Joe Martone Todd & Susan McCloy Michael McCormick Dana Michael Microsoft Craig & Jill Murphey Curt & Ellen Murphey Mark & Leah Murphy David Muye Alan & Suzanne Natalie M Sonny Nouri Lorin Owens David Park Michael Patterson


Tom & Leslie Payne Michael & Michele Plazony Doug Pulling Steven Riesenberg Eric & Gail Root Jan & Barbara Rothman Jeff & Janine Sanner Kurt & Patricia Schlegel Keith Schloss Kent & Elisa Scott - Maynard Liz Sharp Eileen Sherred Dan & Lorie Stroup Keith & Barb Sundberg Eugene Sundberg Virginia Sundberg Paul Susko Dennis & Terri Sweny Laura Symes Patrick & Jeanine Timon John & Karen Tobin David & Dawn Tofel Kathi Umpleby Robert Wagner Russ & Deb Warley Ted & Sheila McCarthy Weschler Scott & Debra Westcott Westerdahl Construction Jeff & Jill Wheeler Rick White Dr. William & Chris Wilcko James Winschel Elizabeth Wise Heather Yahn

FHS Principal’s Scholarship Lisa George Joan Martter David Park

Superintendent’s Scholarship Erik Kincade

Lacrosse Program R. Ted Weschler

Swim Program Kimberly Jensen

Basketball Program Cherise Coles Steve Klemm

Baseball Program Steve Klemm

Larry D. Kessler Tiger Trail

Julie King Scholarship J. Brian Foht

Jane Imhoff Grunden Scholarship Carol Elliott Constance Mayer

Larry D. Kessler Scholarship FMS Friends of Rachel FMS Office Staff

Avis McClintock Award Charles Stephany

Undesignated Donations Amgen Foundation Tracey Berger Denise & David Borowski Jeff & Amy Brinling Peter & Angela Burford Frances Buseck Vincent Campoli Family Michael Duckett Family David & Penny Fragale Hal & Mattie Fuller Tim & Kathleen George and Family David Harkness Will and Sam Harmston Howard & Joan Hudson Holli Hull Todd & Sarah Humphrey Kim & Frank Jarecki K12 Enterprises Paul & Tracy Kelley Sheila Kocan Jim & Jennifer Lyons Joseph & Staci Millward PNC Foundation William & Susan Sapone Stephen & Mary Jean Schell Annalynn Shuttleworth Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Silver Victoria Smith Dennis & Tresa Sweny Rob & Rodica Van Solingen Elizabeth Vorsheck Family Foundation Robbie Wear Mark Wear David Williams Yo Yo Sam

Erie Gives

Tammy Batchelor Tracey Berger Priscilla DiBacco Andrew & Deb Foyle Susannah Frigon Sarah Humphrey Luther Manus Bob & Joan Martter Gary Matczak Diane Morosky Ellen Murphey Mark Murphy Susan Oskin Lori Owens Maureen Panton Lynne Poyer Barry Romich William & Susan Sapone Kimberly Seth Timothy & Annalynn Shuttleworth Lori Sobin Dennis Sweny Melanie Vadzemnieks

EITC

Erie Bank Eriez Magnetics MacDonald Illig PNC Scott's Court Scott's Express Scott's Inn 19, Inc Scott's Resorts Waste Management

In Honor of Tori & Brennan Moore Roger & Christina Myers

In Honor of Teachers & staff who have touched the lives of the Levin Family Howard & Jane Levin

In Honor of Hayden Elliott Constance & Richard Mayer

In Honor of The Myers Children Annette Benedict

Larry Kessler Lori Kessler

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Endowed Scholarships FSF School Service Recognition Awards

Barbara F. Junker Scholarship

Jessica Brinling ($1,000), Joseph Muscarella ($1,000), and Kevin O’Brien ($1,000)

The considerations for this scholarship are the applicant’s participation in a sport and contributions to the community. The winner of this award is chosen by an independent board upon extensive review of applications.

Three School Service Recognition Awards, based primarily on the applicant’s contribution to the school district, are presented annually. Recipients are selected by an independent board upon extensive review of applications.

Chris Batchelor Tennis Scholarship Andrew Levin ($1,300)

This scholarship is presented to a graduating member of the boy’s tennis program who best exemplifies the spirit of a true team player. This award is chosen by the high school tennis coach and principal. For more information on how to make a gift or to endow a scholarship contact the Foundation office at 814-474-3535.

Mike George Award Christopher King ($500)

A memorial award in Mike’s honor is given to one senior who exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics, service, and leadership. This award is chosen by the high school faculty.

Andrew Gibson ($500)

Julie King Memorial Scholarship Mallory Lawson ($1,500)

Chosen by the high school faculty, the Julie King Memorial Scholarship is annually awarded to a female graduating senior who demonstrates scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

PATS Scholarship Lizzie Hauk ($250)

Each year the Fairview High School Parent, Administrator, Teacher and Student Association awards a scholarship from its endowed scholarship fund.

Jane Imhoff Grunden Allison Boncella ($500)

Mrs. Grunden, a 1960 FHS graduate, was a woman of high moral character, a strong work ethic, and the desire to help others. To honor her legacy her family established this award, which is granted to a graduating senior in need of financial assistance for college.

2012-2013 Scholarship Winners Front Row (L-R): Kristen Sharp, Megan Hulings, Jessica Brinling, Allison Boncella, Jessica Robertson, Mallory Lawson, and Lizzie Hauk Back Row (L-R): Christopher King, Liam Kobal, Joseph Muscarella, Andrew Gibson, Andrew Levin, and Kevin O’Brien

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Named Scholarships Avis McClintock Award Megan Hulings ($100)

Started by two former students of Mrs. McClintock’s, a high school English teacher from 1955 to 1992, this award is given in honor of her love of reading and books. This award is chosen by the high school English department.

Charles “Blackie” Simonian Scholarship

Superintendent’s Extraordinary Character Award

Kristen Sharp ($300)

Joseph Muscarella ($500)

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to further his or her education at Penn State University. The family chooses this recipient.

This scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates the characteristics of kindness, respect, and compassion and who makes Fairview High School a welcoming environment for all students.

Michael McManus Scholarship

Jack Taylor Community Service Award

Liam Kobal ($300)

Jessica Robertson ($500)

Jessica Robertson ($450)

This award is given to a senior who wishes to pursue a career in math or engineering. This recipient must also possess the same qualities that Mike displayed; school spirit, academic excellence, a willingness to help others.

The family of Jack Taylor has presented this award since 1998. Mr. Taylor was a lifelong resident of Fairview and was extremely active in the community.

This award is presented to a student who demonstrates positive character traits such as kindness, integrity, pleasant demeanor, and is supportive of the school, community, and fellow students.

Principal’s Award

Golf Outing Each July, the Fairview School Foundation sponsors an annual golf outing at Lake Shore Country Club. This event attracts a wide variety of participants from the community and is the Fairview School Foundation’s primary fundraiser. Last year’s teams were comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, local business colleagues, alumni, families, and friends. Golfers enjoy a patio lunch, 18 holes of golf, and delicious BBQ dinner followed by an awards ceremony. The 2012 event raised over $14,000 which helped to fund 20 teacher mini-grants, scholarships for graduating seniors, and miscellaneous projects throughout the district. Please join us for the 2014 golf outing which is set for Monday, July 28th. Contact the Foundation at 814-474-3535 for details.

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Board Members Amy Brinling (2014) Steve Ferringer (Standing) Deb Foyle (2016) Sarah Humphrey (2014) Bobbi Kennedy (2014) Sheila Kocan (2015) Christine Lashinger (2016) Kathy Mahood (2016) Alan Natalie (2015) Susan Sapone (2015) Annalynn Shuttleworth (2013) David Tofel (2016) Michelle Toth (2016) Katy Wolfrom (Standing) Ex-officio members Andrea Myers (Standing) Deb Warley (Standing) David Williams (Standing)

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Junker Award The FSF Board of Directors presents the Barbara F. Junker Community Service Award at their annual golf outing each July. This prestigious award is presented yearly to an individual, group, or organization which shares Mrs. Junker’s commitment to the Fairview School District and embraces the characteristics of dedication, loyalty, and community service. Past award winners include: 2002 – Barbara F. Junker 2003 – Dennis Ranalli 2004 – Fairview Evergreen Nurseries 2005 – Mary Lou Zone 2006 – Gregory A. Baran 2007 – Don & Fran Buseck

Fairview Presbyterian Church Members

2008 – The Weislogel Family 2009 – Guy Buell 2010 – Judy Jones 2011 – Jerome Simon 2012 – Fairview Presbyterian Church Ministries

Dr. Erik Kincade and Pastor Charles Cammarata

Honorariums

Parents and students honor Fairview School District employees by making gifts in their name. This year 92 support staff, teachers, and administrators were acknowledged during the holiday season and at the end of the school year. This tax-deductible honorarium program is a wonderful way to show appreciation to staff for their hard work and dedication. All honorees are notified when a gift is made in their name. Becky Andrews Luke Beall Malcolm Beall Stephen Blose Lisa Bolla Ryan Bookhamer Jamin Bookhamer Theresa Bowser Pam Bradshaw Jim Brinling Danelle Ciafre Terri Costello Christina Costello Robert Cotton Emily Crawford Phillip Daniels Libby Donovan

Gerald Drabina Michael Ferrare Caroline Ferrare Steven Ferringer Kelly Fisher Shannon Froehlich Aaron Garrity Angela Gerber Kim Gerber Christine Gretka Christine Groff Robert Hall Brian Hardner John Hardy Carolyn Hart John Hayden Michael Hering

Laurie Hitt Ben Horn David Hudson J.R. Jensen Erik Kincade Pam Klemm Matt Lane Pat Lavery Debra Lavin Suzanne Lawlor Greg Lehman Dale Lewis Jerry Lightner Craig MacKelvey Candace Magraw Joan Martter Dave Masterson Denise McCall Kelly Miele Gloria Morrell Dave Muye Fran New Nicole Nies Keith Nies Jennifer Nuber Marlene Okel Ron Olmstead David Park Nicole Parker

Michael Parmeter Don Patrick Ed Pechin Julia Pellegrino Karen Pernice Dean Platz Lynne Poyer M.J. Radock Julie Rossetti Molly Sargent Kiki Schoen Ronda Sitnik Karen Smith Chris Snyder Joe Spinelli Mary Staab Ellie Tanenbaum Pam Tann Michele Timmers Rebecca Turner Kathi Umpleby Lisa Villa Deb Warley Buster Wellek Gina Welsh Kathi Wilson Katy Wolfrom Sharon Lee Youngs Justin Zona


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Fairview Parks and Recreation: Fall 2013 Program

Dear Participants and Guardians, The Fairview Parks & Recreation Authority (FPRA) would like to thank you for your understanding and patience regarding the school buildings being locked as stated in the Summer issue of this magazine. The security changes that have been made will help ensure the safety and security for you, your children, our instructors/coaches as well as the school. As a reminder, as of May 1, 2013 all of the buildings will be locked once school starts for the day and will not be unlocked again until the start of the next school day. The FPRA instructors/coaches have keys to get into the appropriate building(s) however it will be the participants’ responsibility to arrive to class on time so little or no interruption will occur. Please inform the person at the door what program you/your child are attending. Updates on these changes will be posted on the Fairview Township website (www.fairviewtownship.com). This is a work in progress so please be patient and understanding. Should you have any questions regarding the security changes you may contact the FPRA office 814-474-5077 or the Fairview School District at 814-474-2600.

Fairview Elementary School

To gain access to this building for your child’s program, please go to the front entrance doors. The instructor will have to watch for you to let you in. If you arrive late you may not be let in promptly.

Fairview Middle School

For programs in the gymnasium please go to the doors at the gym and someone will let you in. For programs not in the gymnasium, please go to the front entrance doors and someone will let you inside. If you are enrolling in the Monday and Wednesday Zumba classes, you must obtain a key FOB for the FMS. You will need to use the far north set of front doors and use your FOB to gain entrance into the building. You can obtain your FOB at the Fairview Township Building Parks & Rec. Office during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., M-F or at the first class of each Session. A $10.00 security deposit is due to receive your FOB. Your deposit will be refunded when you are finished taking Zumba classes and return your FOB in working order.

Fairview High School

For programs offered in the FHS cafeteria or computer lab please use the north entrance doors (side with stairs). The coach/instructor will let you in. For programs offered in the lower gymnasium or wrestling room you will need to use the downstairs entrance on the east side of the building. There is a buzzer that you will need to push to let someone know you are there.

Fairview High School Pool

To gain access to the pool, you must use the north entrance (side with stairs). Please press the blue “POOL” button to the far left of the doors. This will buzz the pool and let the instructors/lifeguards know you are there. A camera will also display you at the pool via a monitor. If the instructor/lifeguard knows you are there for swimming they will press a button from the pool deck to release the door to let you in. If the instructor/lifeguard does not know who you are they will call you over a speaker system and you will be able to respond. Once they verify that you have arrived for a swim program they will press the button to release the door for you.

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ACTIVITIES for CHILDREN FALL LEARN TO SWIM PROGRAM AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED LESSONS Class sizes are limited and spaces will only be reserved with payment. No checks will be accepted at the pool. The Fairview Parks & Recreation Authority (FPRA) DOES NOT MAIL CONFIRMATIONS for class enrollments. Please assume you are enrolled for the class you paid for unless otherwise notified. FOR INFORMATION ON CLASS AVAILABILITY, CALL THE FPRA OFFICE AT 814-474-5077. The Fairview Parks & Recreation Authority reserves our American Red Cross swim classes to Fairview residents up until one week prior to the start of any Session. After that registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis until full. You may contact the FPRA Office at 814-474-5077 M-F from 10:00AM-4:00PM for availability. We will not accept registrations for ARC Swim Lessons prior to one week in advance if you are not a Fairview resident. Thank you for your understanding. Fee for all levels is $40.00 per Session. All classes run Wednesday and Friday.

Session A September 11 thru October 4 Session B

All programs are available to Fairview residents and non-residents alike. The Fairview Parks & Recreation Authority Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Fairview Township building. The public is welcome to attend & encouraged to bring new program ideas that will benefit the community. This program guide & registration form are also available at www.fairviewtownship.com/parks. You can call 814-474-5077 or email parks-rec@fairviewtownship.com. Office hours are M-F from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 9 thru November 1

Parent with Toddler

Level 2

(ages 6 months to about 3 years)

(ages 6 years thru adult)

The FPRA will not be offering this level of swimming lessons. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Prerequisite: Preschool or Level 1 with no fear of the water. Gives students success with fundamental skills.

Preschool

Time 4:00-4:30PM Date Choose from either Session

(ages 4 to 5 years) Designed for the child to develop a comfort level in the water as well as a readiness for learning how to swim. Children will also receive an introduction into the basic swimming skills. Time 5:00-5:30PM Date Choose from either Session

Level 1

(ages 6 years thru adult) Designed for children just beginning swim lessons who may or may not be uncomfortable in the water. Time 4:30-5:00PM Date Choose from either Session

Level 3

(ages 6 years thru adult) Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent. Builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Time 3:30-4:00PM Date Choose from either Session

Level 4

(ages 6 years thru adult) Prerequisite: Level 3 or equivalent. Develops confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills. Time 3:00-3:30PM Date Choose from either Session

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

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Fairview Parks and Recreation: Fall 2013 Program

ACTIVITIES for CHILDREN OPEN DIVING

Fee $50.00 Day Wednesday Time 7:30-9:00PM Date September 11 thru October 30 Instructor Fred Evanoff; NCAA & AAU Certified Coach This is open diving time with instruction. Pre-registration only. Signed waivers and payment are due to the FPRA office prior to participation. Minimum of 5 participants needed to hold the class.

FAIRVIEW FINS SWIM CLUB

The FINS swim team will now be running thru November! This is a conditioning and technique focused team that will cover technique training for all four competitive strokes: Freestyle (front-crawl), Backstroke (back-crawl), Breaststroke and Butterfly. While it is not required, it is highly recommended that your swimmer be familiar with at least the front-crawl and back-crawl and be able to complete 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) with little to no stopping. The fall session will run as follows: Session I-Wednesday, August 28 thru Thursday, September 5 (No FINS practice Sept. 2 & 4 (for Grades 5-12 only) Session II-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, September 9 thru November 7 (No FINS practice on Halloween) Session III-Monday thru Thursday, November 12 thru 27 (No FINS practice November 11) Grades K-4 Fee $125.00 Time Session I & II –5:00-6:00PM Session III – 6:00-7:00PM Grades 5-12 Fee $225.00 Time Session I & II –3:00-5:00PM Session III – 7:00-8:30PM

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AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS FUN

Fee $30.00 per child (REGISTRATION & PAYMENT MUST BE SENT TO THE REC. OFFICE, NOT TO THE SCHOOL. THANK YOU.) Site Fairview Elementary School Gymnasium & outdoors if weather permits Day Monday thru Thursday Time 3:30-4:30PM Ages CUBS (Grades K-2) Dates Session 1- September 9 thru 12 Session 2- October 7 thru 10 Session 3- November 18 thru 21 OR Ages TIGERS (Grades 3 & 4) Dates Session 4- September 16 thru 19 Session 5- October 21 thru 24 Coach Aaron Garrity, FES Teacher An after school intramural sports program that enables your child to be active while having fun with their peers. A focus will be to teach the correct fundamentals and skills in a variety of different sports and activities. The skill work, sports, and activities are geared toward being age appropriate. Learning skills such as listening, confidence, cooperation, following directions and team work will also be focused on throughout each session. All sessions are different…they include activities and games to keep the children active and having fun. A snack and drink will be provided right after school before all gym activities begin. A minimum of 8 students are needed to hold the program.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS BASKETBALL

Fee $40.00 per player Site Fairview Elementary School Gymnasium Day Tuesday Date October 22 thru November 26 Time 5:30-6:30PM Ages 5, 6 & 7 year olds Coach Aaron Garrity, FES Teacher

This program will focus on basic basketball skills. A variety of different drills, activities and games will be age appropriate. The correct fundamentals will be taught while incorporating learning skills such as listening, confidence, cooperation and following directions. Please bring a basketball to the gym! A minimum of 8 children needed to hold the program and 20 maximum allowed in either time slot. Please call the FPRA office at 814-474-5077 to confirm availability.

LITTLE TIKE SOCCER

Fee $40.00 per player Site Fairview Elementary School Gymnasium Day Wednesday Date September 11 thru October 16 Time 5:30-6:30PM Ages 4, 5 & 6 year olds Coach Lauren Opalka This program will focus on basic soccer instruction & rules followed by mini games. Please wear shin guards & bring a ball (size 3 preferred). A minimum of 8 children needed to hold the program and 20 maximum allowed in either time slot. Please call the FPRA office at 814-474-5077 to confirm availability.


LACROSSE CLINIC FOR BOYS & GIRLS

INTRAMURAL BOYS SOCCER FOR GRADES 5 & 6

Fee $30.00 (must supply own stick) Site Pleasant Ridge Park Field Day Monday & Thursday Time 5:30-7:00PM Date September 9 thru October 10 Ages Grades 4 thru 8

Fee $20.00 Site Fairview Middle School Fields Time & Days 5:00 to 6:30PM to follow High School practices Date September 4 thru October 25 Instructor Jim Hrinda

FOR BOYS Instructors Pat Timon, Brian Peters, Eric Root, Steve Woods, FHS varsity players as available

Skills & intramural games for boys in grades 5 & 6th.

In a camp-like atmosphere, the fall clinic is designed to introduce new players to lacrosse and to develop returning players' skills. For new players considering the fastest growing sport in America, this camp is the perfect time to try out lacrosse and the Fairview program! All players will be evaluated and placed in practice groups that match their skill level. All players need to have a stick (team has a limited number available for loan). In addition, returning players must also wear gloves and helmet. All players will receive a Fairview lacrosse shooting shirt with their fee. Please contact Pat at pjtimon@msn.com with questions. FOR GIRLS Instructor Matt Parini This clinic is instructional and is designed to introduce students to the game of lacrosse. It is also intended to allow students who have played to further develop their skills and abilities. All players will receive a T-shirt for participating in the Clinic at no extra charge. Please contact Matt Parini at mattparini@gmail.com for questions.

LACROSSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

Fee Free Site Turf Field Day Sunday Time 1:30-3:00PM Date September 8 thru October 20 Ages Grades 9 thru 12 Instructor Coach Fresch An introduction for new players as well as further develop current skills for existing players. Will drill and play pick-up games. Please contact Pat at pjtimon@msn.com for questions. Reminder, though the sessions are free, completed Fairview Rec waiver forms are still required to participate.

KIDS FUN NIGHT OUT

Fee $15.00 per person/$10.00 for each additional family member Site Fairview Elementary School Gymnasium Day Friday Time 7:00-10:00PM Date October 11, 18, November 1, 15 & 22 Ages Open for ages 5 and up Instructor Aaron Garrity, FES Teacher Kids Fun Night is a fun filled evening that allows your child to interact with their peers. There will be plenty of age appropriate games, contests, and activities to keep the interest of all involved. Parents enjoy a Friday night kid free! Pizza and drink will be served. You may pay when you attend.

BOYS 5 & 6 GRADE BASKETBALL TRAVELING TEAMS Fee 5th Grade: $100 per child 6th Grade: $120 per child These fees include all games and tournaments Site Fairview Middle School Gymnasium Time 7:00 - 8:30PM Dates November 4 thru February 27 Coach Bill Corbin

Practices & game schedules TBA. Registration/waiver forms are absolutely necessary to participate starting with open gym dates, tryouts & the regular season. Jersey fee not included.

BOYS MINI LEAGUE BASKETBALL

Fee $40.00 (includes free t-shirt) Site Fairview Middle School Gymnasium Dates November 30 thru February 1 (No basketball December 21 & 28) Day Saturday Ages Grades 3 & 4, 12:30 –1:30PM Grades 5 & 6, 2:00 –3:30PM Coach Bill Corbin Fairview mini league is a way for young athletes to learn the game of basketball in a fun filled environment. Players will learn fundamentals including passing, shooting, ball handling, and pivoting. They will also see a lot of playing time. The ideals of good sportsmanship will be consistently reinforced. Children participating in the 5th & 6th grade traveling teams are encouraged to join Mini League.

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Fairview Parks and Recreation: Fall 2013 Program

ACTIVITIES for CHILDREN and ADULTS FREE OPEN RECREATIONAL SWIM DAY

HOOPNOTICA at AVONIA BEACH

Fee $40.00 Fee FREE Site Avonia Beach Park, Fairview Site Fairview High FREE! Day Wednesday School Pool Time 7:30-8:30PM Time 6:00-9:00PM Date September 4 thru 25 Day Wednesday Ages 13 and up Date August 28 Instructor Casandra Bardsley, Certified Hoopnotica Enjoy a “Welcome Back to School” FREE Level 1 Instructor open recreational swim day sponsored by the Fairview Parks & Recreation Bring your own water. Class will be held Authority. All participants must sign in Brugger house if inclement weather in and out and follow all pool rules. permits. See full description under Unless accompanied by a parent or legal HOOPNOTICA. guardian pool users must be 10 years of age and able to swim one length HOOPNOTICA of the pool. Fee $40.00 per Session Site Fairview Elementary School OPEN RECREATIONAL SWIM Gymnasium (Passes may only be purchased Day Wednesday at the pool) Time 7:30-8:30PM Family Pass $75.00 Date Session 1- October 2 thru 23 Individual Pass$30.00 Session 2- October 30 thru 55/Plus Pass $27.00 November 20 Per person $3.00 Ages 13 and up Site Fairview High School Pool Instructor Casandra Bardsley, Day Wednesday Certified Hoopnotica Level 1 Date September 4 & November 6 Instructor from 6:00-8:00PM What was made popular by Wham-O September 11 thru October 30 (remember the Hula Hoop?) has from 5:30-7:30PM transitioned into a non-impact, fatBathing caps required for shoulder length hair, no cutoffs or t-shirts allowed. Pool users must be 10 years of age and able to swim one length of the pool unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Walk-ins encouraged; you must sign in every day; payment due at every class & exact change is appreciated! Please be respectful of school property and do not throw and/or leave items in/around the pool.

burning workout that strengthens your core and calms your mind. The stress of the day begins to melt away as you lose the ability to focus on anything other than keeping the hoop up! In doing so, you are strengthening your core and burning up to 600 calories per hour. The class requires an “Adult Size” hoop. If you have your own hoop, bring it! If not, hoops will be available for rent at $2 per class or purchase for $35 (cash/check only).Recommended clothing: cotton workout pants/tops are suggested (hoop does not “cling” well to synthetic fibers). Bring your own water. Must have at least 3 participants to hold the class.

BELLY DANCE at AVONIA BEACH

Fee $50.00 Site Avonia Beach Park, Fairview Day Wednesday Time 6:30-7:30PM Date September 4 thru 25 Instructor Carla Fleming of Lake Erie Belly Dance

Bring your own water. Class will be held in the Brugger house if inclement weather permits. See full description under BELLY DANCE.

BELLY DANCE

Fee $75.00 Site Fairview Elementary School Gymnasium Day Wednesday Time 6:30-7:30PM Date October 2 thru November 6 Instructor Carla Fleming of Lake Erie Belly Dance Belly Dance makes joyful creative movement time for kids and adults, while learning an exciting ancient dance form and fitness tool. Classes focus on FUN while maintaining a foundation of posture and technique through stretches, drills, and mini choreographies that get you dancing right away. Laugh, move, and groove to uplifting belly dance music and play with sample props such as scarves, fancy fans, and finger cymbals. Dress comfortably as for any exercise/dance class. Hip scarves available for lend. Bring own water.

YOUTH & ADULT SOCCER

Fee $3.00 per night Site Fairview Middle School Gymnasium Day Tuesday Time 8:00-10:00PM Date September 3 thru October 29 AND Time 8:30-10:00PM Date November 5 thru 26 Ages 16 and over Play pick up games and get some exercise with competitive fun. Signed waivers are a must. Walk-ins encouraged. Please wear shin guards for safety.

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ZUMBA

Fee $40.00 per Session Except $30.00 for Session 5 plus $10.00 FOB Deposit for Sessions 1, 3 & 5 Site Fairview Middle School Cafeteria Day Monday & Wednesday Time 4:00-5:00PM Date Session 1- August 28 thru September 25 (No class Sept. 2) Session 3- September 30 thru October 30 (No class Oct. 21 & 23) Session 5- November 4 thru 20 (No class Nov. 11) AND/OR Fee $40.00 per Session Site Fairview Middle School Cafeteria Day Tuesday and Thursday Time 6:30 – 7:30PM Date Session 2- August 29 thru September 24 Session 4- September 26 thru October 17 Session 6- October 29 thru November 26 (No class October 31) Ages 13 & up Instructor Lisa Sayers, Certified Zumba Instructor Zumba is designed for all fitness levels. It fuses musical rhythms and moves to create a dynamic workout system designed to be FUN and EASY TO DO! The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Wear comfortable workout shoes and clothing. Bring a small towel and water. Fee $125.00 Site Avonia Beach Park Day Wednesday Time 9:00AM-1:00PM Date September 4 & 18 OR Day Thursday Time 5:30-9:30PM Date September 5 & 19 Ages 13 & Up Instructor Cheryl Johnson

CHAIR CANING & SEAT WEAVING

Fee $40.00 + $15.00 material fee Site Fairview Presbyterian Church Adult Lounge Day Thursday Time 10:00AM-12:00Noon Date September 26 thru November 21 Ages 16 and up Instructor Charles Elliott This course will advance your skills in seat weaving, and chair caning. We can help you select a pattern for your chair seat, solve furniture restoration problems, and add special touches to your seat weaving projects. Bring your project and work under the guidance of fellow weavers and the teacher. Maximum 10 people.

KNIT & CROCHET

Fee $40.00 Site Fairview Presbyterian Church Adult Lounge Day Thursday Time 10:00AM-12:00Noon Date September 26 thru November 21 Ages Will accept students from age 9 to adult. Please call the FPRA office for details. Instructor Florence Elliott This class covers basic stitches and extra techniques for all levels of knitting and crochet. If you already knit and/ or crochet but need help with patterns, we do that, too. Come ready to relax, learn, and have fun. We will complete a project of your choice. Bring a size G, H, or I crochet hook, size 8 or 10 knitting needle and some practice yarn, any type. Material list can be found at www. fairviewtownship.com under Program Schedule. Maximum 20 people.

AMERICAN HERITAGE BASKETS

Fee $40.00 + $15.00 material fee Site Fairview Presbyterian Church Adult Lounge Day Thursday Time 1:00-3:00PM Date September 26 thru November 21 Ages 16 and up Instructor Charles Elliott Start with a small basket to practice some basic basket-making skills. We will then move to hand weave a variety of baskets, all of which have a rich heritage in American history. Maximum 10 people.

ADVANCED KNIT & CROCHET

Fee $40.00 Site Fairview Presbyterian Church Adult Lounge Day Thursday Time 1:00-3:00PM Date September 26 thru November 21 Ages Will accept students from age 9 to adult. Please call the FPRA office for details. Instructor Florence Elliott

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Beyond basics, special stitches and techniques. Individual project work encouraged. Bring a size G, H, or I crochet hook, size 8 or 10 knitting needle and some practice yarn, any type. Material list can be found at www.fairviewtownship.com under Program Schedule. Maximum 20 people.

MOSAIC WORKSHOPS at AVONIA BEACH

NEW

Mosaic is an art form using small pieces of pottery, glass, or found objects to create a design or image on practically any surface. After the first class you will leave with all the supplies, tools, and knowledge you need to finish your project at home to the point of grouting. You will leave the second class with a completed mosaic piece and an addiction to an incredibly fun form of artistic expression! No experience is needed! Feel free to bring any personal items you wish to incorporate into the frame, and any food or beverages to enjoy during the evening. A minimum of five students needed to hold the class and a maximum of eight. Class will be held inside the Brugger house. For questions call Cheryl at 814-882-3610. West County | Fall 2013 | icmags.com 39


Fairview Parks and Recreation: Fall 2013 Program

ACTIVITIES for CHILDREN and ADULTS cont. MAGIC CAMP

Fee $25.00 per CHILD (includes take-home Magic Kit) Site Fairview High School ZOO Day Thursday Date August 22 Time 9:00-10:30AM Ages 7 & Over Instructor Cliff Hopkins, Hopkins Entertainment, LLC Does your child want to learn a few magic tricks to amaze family and friends? Would they like to master a few easy tricks with a regular deck of cards, coins, and other common household objects?

If the answer is YES, then look no further! Our Magic Camp is taught by the outstanding Magician Cliff Hopkins! Receive hands-on instruction from a full-time pro. Your child will learn magic tricks that they can do while building presentation skills and self-esteem. Best of all, they will learn all they need to know to put on a fantastic mini-magic show for family and friends! (Maximum 10 kids.) Parents are encouraged to stay and attend class with their child.

ACTIVITIES for ADULTS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION: THE front PORCH PROJECT

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Fee FREE but must Pre-Register no later than Friday, October 18 Site Fairview Township Building Conference Room Day Saturday Time 8:45-9:00 check-in 9:00-3:30PM with ½ hour lunch provided Date November 2 Ages 18 and older If you have ever been in a grocery store and seen a child having a tantrum, with a parent “losing their cool,” you may have been concerned about the child and what will happen once they are in the car. Maybe you see children in your neighborhood playing unsupervised near a busy street and would like to help keep them safe. Sometimes a child in your family needs help and no one seems to know what to do. The Front Porch Project can help.

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The Front Porch Project is a researchbased prevention program based on the belief that every one of us has a role to play in preventing child abuse, and that most people want to help – but they don’t know what to do, and don’t feel comfortable stepping in. Our training provides information, do-able strategies for helping, and feedback for citizens who want to protect children and support parents. The training is interactive and offered free of charge to interested community members.

INDOOR WALKING

Fee $5.00 per pass for entire session OR $1.00 per person per night Site Fairview Middle School Hallways Day Monday thru Thursday Time 6:00 – 8:00PM Date August 28 thru November 27 (No walking September 2, 19, November 7, 11) Join our walking club in the hallways of the Fairview Middle School. Walk for either time or distance. Must sign in nightly and passes must be purchased on site.

TAI CHI on the LAKE

Fee $40.00 per Session Site Avonia Beach Park Day Thursday Time 5:30-6:30PM Date September 5 thru 26 Instructor Amy Eisenberg Class will be held inside the Brugger house in case of inclement weather.

MEN’S OPEN BASKETBALL

Fee $3.00 per night Site Fairview Middle School Gymnasium Day Wednesday Time 8:00-10:00PM Date August 28 thru October 30 AND Fee $2.00 per night Time 8:30-10:00PM Date November 6 thru 27 Ages 30 and over Play pick up games and get some exercise with competitive fun. Signed waivers are a must. Walk-ins encouraged. *In cases of financial hardship scholarship applications are available upon request.*


EVENTS at PLEASANT RIDGE PARK shannon teeter’s memorial night Light 5K run/walk

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Run/Walk thru Pleasant Ridge Park and surrounding area Day of Registration opens at 7 p.m. Run/Walk starts at 7:45 p.m. on a candle-lit course Open to children, adults & friendly pets on a leash Pig roast and social gathering to immediately follow the race BYOB & bring a dish to share NEW! Free T-shirt & glo necklace for all participants Discount for early registration. Event held Rain or Shine

SPONSORS NEEDED! Sponsorship levels start at just $25.00!

For more information or if you would like to be a sponsor please contact Jim Cardman at 814-392-6224, the FPRA office at 814-474-5077 or visit www.fairviewtownship.com.

Pumpkin Launch!

October 20th, 2013 from 2 - 5 PM The Fairview Parks and Recreation Authority (FPRA) will host their annual Pumpkin Launch at Pleasant Ridge Park on Sunday, October 20st, 2013 from 2:00-5:00PM. This is a free public event for kids and adults. Pumpkins may be purchased and used to carve your favorite jack-o-lantern face or launched on our bungee pull. Land a pumpkin in one of the bins and win prizes! Concessions as well as fun activities and games will be available. This event is held rain or shine and no reservations are necessary. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a fun filled afternoon! Visit our website www.fairviewtownship.com for directions to Pleasant Ridge Park or call the FPRA office at 814-474-5077.

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Municipal Pages

Septic System Maintenance Fairview Township has approximately 3600 properties with homes built on them. These properties are served by either on-lot septic systems or by municipal sewer. The Fairview Sewer Authority serves approximately 1700 of these properties. The other properties are either blessed with a functional system or struggling with a problematic system and sometimes even a failing system. Nobody wants a failing system or to live next to a failing system. The property owners who have a good system should take proper care of their system in order to prevent future problems. Simple efforts can save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars for repairs, replacement or a possible mandated sewer project. Those who have problematic systems need to take extra efforts and possibly consult with a septic professional. A septic system has three basic components; system piping, a septic tank or tanks and the drain field. An additional pump tank with a pump is needed for a raised field system. There are other alternative systems utilized that have specialized treatment methods, but they are few in number. Waste water from our homes is piped to the septic tank which is usually located somewhere close to the house. Septic tanks are most commonly a single 1000 or 1250 gallon tank. Currently they are built with two interior compartments. Other possibilities would be a single tank with no divider or sometimes there are a number of small tanks in a row. Inside of the septic tank particles will separate from the waste water and either drop to the bottom of the tank or float to the top. Effluent (waste water minus the particles) then flows out of the tank in piping to and through the drain field. In a raised mound system the effluent flows to a pump tank and then is pumped up to the drain field. Problems occur when the piping, septic tank or the drain field no longer drain properly or if there is a failure with the pumping system. Most commonly, problems occur by an overabundance of particles.

The pipes may develop build-up and clog or the entrance into and out of the tank may clog. The tank may become too full of particles or worst case scenario is that the drain field becomes clogged and no longer drains properly. The system is designed to work by bacteria breaking down waste particles both in the tank and in the drain field and the water infiltrating back into the soil. This is where proper maintenance plays an important role. Proper maintenance of a septic system prevents problems by not overburdening the work of the bacteria in the system. Generally speaking, getting your septic tank cleaned out every three to five years keeps the particle level manageable for the breakdown necessary. This helps prevent an overload of particles in the tank and the drain field. The drain field receives the effluent out of the tank and distributes it into a gravel bed or trench which then filters the water into the soils surrounding it. The drain field needs times of both wet and dry to function properly. When there is blockage either in the piping or the field the system remains wet all the time and the bacteria that work to clean the system can’t function properly. Allowing your drain field time to dry out is very important. Take time to inform yourself by reading up on septic systems. Just like anything else we own, if you don’t take care of it the cost always goes up to fix it. Be knowledgeable about the components of your individual system and where they are on your property. The Township has helpful information on only a small number of septic systems. We have the capability to store septic system information and link it to the property records if anyone is interested for future reference. Be a good neighbor and maintain your property for the health and safety of your family and others.

RVs and Boats A friendly reminder that Fairview Township’s Zoning Ordinance requires that the storage of camping and recreational equipment be done inside a building, in the back yard or in the side yard of your property. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Barking Dogs Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Pause, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark. I think you get the idea! Be kind to your neighbors.

Fall Leaves Hard to believe we are even writing about this! We encourage you to utilize the joint Fairview/Millcreek Compost and Recycling Center on Millfair Rd. for disposal of your leaves this Fall Season. The site is open Monday to Wednesday 8 a.m. 7 p.m., Friday noon – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. There will be curbside leaf pick-up on the week of October 28 & 30 and November 11 & 13.

Severe Weather and Emergency Management

Fairview Sewer and Water Authorities A new water line has been installed along Route 20 to service Pleasant Ridge Manner. The line was necessary to provide fire service and sprinkling capability to the County owned facility. The water authority will also be constructing an inter-connect between their system supplied by water wells and their system supplied by Erie Water Works, via Millcreek. The sewer authority will be managing a sewer project to the Fairfield subdivision on behalf of the properties being provided sewer service.

The occurrence of substantial storms has increased and is expected to continue. The possibility of damaging wind and flooding needs to be recognized as a viable threat to our area. Lake Erie provides a bit of protection for us most of the time, but that will not always be the case as storm intensity seems to be on the rise. Pay attention to the warnings that are delivered by local radio and television. The Township has emergency plans in place and voluntary personnel to carry them out.It is up to you to pay attention though and cooperate with us if and when an emergency situation occurs. Be safe and prepared.

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Girard Township

GIRARD TOWNSHIP ZONING VERSUS BUILDING PERMITS There is a difference between a zoning permit and a building permit. Not all structures require both permits. Anytime you are in doubt, please call the Zoning office to be sure. Call BEFORE you start construction to save you time, frustration and money. What your neighbor tells you is not your best source for accurate information! Zoning permits are required for everything being built on a property, except a standard set of steps. These permits come from the Zoning office. A zoning permit provides evidence that what you want to build is allowable in your zoning district. It also provides evidence that you are far enough away from property line setbacks. The price of zoning permits is 6 cents per sq. ft. for residential structures. Commercial is 10 cents per sq. ft. There is a $10 minimum fee. A zoning permit is good for one year. Building permits on the other hand are determined by what you are building and are issued by a certified PA Code Inspector. (A list of inspectors is on file with Township.) A building permit allows you to build a structure and allows for inspections to ensure compliance with the Uniform Construction Codes. Girard Township is an “opt-out municipality.” This means you can choose whatever code inspection company you like.

Building Permit Required: Main House / Addition to House / Attached Garages Detached Bldg over 1000 sqft. (Unless Deemed Agricultural) Decks over 30” High / Swimming Pools / All Commercial Structures This list is not inclusive, these are just the basics. When in doubt, call the Zoning Office and ask!

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Girard Township Ordinances are available online: http://www.ecode360.com/GI0994 Other Township information is available on our website: www.girardtownship.com

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West Erie Emergency Management another stepCounty forward with safety communications with the Agency has taken another step forward with safety installation of 80 foot wooden poles, antennas and radios. communications with the installation of 80 foot The poles support radio antennas, which will play a major wooden poles, antennas and radios. part in communications during various types of emergencies The poles support will play a in Western Erie County. Aradio team ofantennas, Amateur Radiowhich Operators major part in communications during various types will be using the antenna systems to monitor, transmit ofinformation emergencies in Western Erie County. A team of and support emergency operations on several Amateur Radio Operators will be using the antenna radio frequencies. systems to monitor, transmit information and supp The Agency extends a "Big Thank You" to Penelec and their emergency operations on during several installation crew for all the support this radio project! frequencies. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Erie

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Elk Creek Recreation & Leisure Board

2013 FALL PROGRAMS The Elk Creek Recreation and Leisure Board is comprised of appointed members from the municipalities of Girard Township, Girard Borough and Lake City Borough as well as members from the Girard School District and one Member at Large. A paid Director is in charge of running the programs. The focus of the Board is to coordinate and facilitate programs for youth as well as adults in the area to participate in.

CROSS COUNTRY

Day: Mondays & Wednesdays Dates: August 19 – October 30, 2013 Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM Cost: $35/First Child $25/Second Child Site: Various County Locations Age: K – 4th Grade Develop strong mental skills and build an improved sense of discipline towards running. Maintain a high level of fun and enjoyment throughout the program. Program Coordinator: Donnelle Super

ZUMBA

Day: Mondays Date: October 7 –November 11, 2013 Time: 5:45PM–6:45PM Site: Elk Valley Elementary School (Cafeteria) Age: 15 Years & Older Cost: $30/Person Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 25, 2013 Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party Instructor: Susan McCall

BELLY DANCING

Day: Wednesdays Date: November 6–December 11, 2013 Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM Site: Eves Cafeteria Cost: $65/person Age: 18 years & older Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 25, 2013 American Tribal Style Belly dance is a group lead/follow dance (not choreographed). Each move has a cue that lets the “followers” know what dance step is next. It has elements of Flamenco, Folk and Egyptian dance incorporated into a soul freeing celebration Instructor: Ann Brown, Certified Belly Dance Teacher

ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM

Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays Date: Oct 1–17, 2013 Time: 3:45PM–4:30PM Site: EVES Cafeteria Cost: $15/child Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 25, 2013 Is your child shy, quiet, or timid? Want to see a positive change in your child? Give us six lessons to create an impressive change in your child’s behavior. Nonviolent conflict resolution skills (Dealing with Bullies), Abduction Awareness skills, Self Confidence and Self Discipline Instructor: Glenn Virga, Lund Martial Arts Academy

WEIGHT WATCHERS

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ART CLASS

Day: Thursdays Date: Oct 17–Nov 21, 2013 Time: 4:30PM–5:30PM Site: Main Street Art Age: 7 years and up Cost: $60 (Price includes material) Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 25, 2013 Drawing using negative space, proportion, texture and shading. Instructor: Eliza Wolfe

ADULT YOGA

Day: Dates: Time: Site: Cost: Sign Ups

Wednesdays Sept 25-Dec 4, 2013 6PM-7:30PM GHS Library $100/Person GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 11, 2013

Basic, traditional Hatha Yoga. Includes instruction, emphasizes breath, alignment, and mindfulness. Classes are progressive. Instructor: Cara Sparber Need a minimum of 5 participants to hold class

LONGS SCHOOL OF DANCE

Day: Thursdays Dates: Sept 5, 2013–June 5, 2014 Site: RAMS Cafeteria Preschool Tap, Ballet & Tumbling Age: 3–5 Years Time: 4PM–5PM Kindergarten, Tap, Ballet, & Tumbling Age: 5-6 years Time: 5PM-6PM Tap & Ballet Age: 6-9Years Time: 6PM-7PM Junior Jazz Age: 6-9 Years Time: 7PM-8PM Instructor: Maria Nasca

HAVING FUN WITH PHOTOGRAPHY

Day: Mondays Dates: Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28, Nov 4, & 11, 2013 Time: 6:00-8:00PM Site: GHS Cost: $85/Person (Limited to 15 students) Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM - September 25, 2013 Each week, students will have the opportunity to create images that may have an artistic flair, or a whimsical look or just a fun evening of shooting pictures and learning techniques. Class is geared for the beginner or intermediate photographer, who has a basic understanding of how their camera functions. Student must provide a digital camera and a tripod. A camera that the ISO, Aperture, F-stop and focus can be changed, would be best. Instructor: Patty Raydo, President of the Erie Photography Club

KIDS FUN NIGHT

Day: Saturday Dates: October 5 & November 2, 2013 Site: Girard Alliance Church Age: Pre-K–4th Grade Time: 6PM–9PM Cost: $5.00/PERSON BRING A FRIEND • GAMES CRAFTS PIZZA

SWIM LESSONS

Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays Site: GHS Pool Dates: Oct 1–24, 2013 Time: 5:30PM–8:00PM (1/2 Hr Lessons; times depends on level) Cost: $45/Child Sign Ups: GHS Cafeteria 6PM-7PM September 25, 2013 Swim Coordinator: Becca Turner

LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

Toddler I: Basic floating, kicking & paddling

Toddler II: Basic strokes, glides, floats, & bobs Pre K I: Independently perform floats, glides, freestyle, backstroke, and other safety skills Pre K II: Refine strokes and gain basic safety skills such as treading Level I: Independently perform floats, glides freestyle, backstroke, and other safety skills Level II: Get stronger at their strokes, swimming farther with better rhythm, and refine their vertical skills such as treading Level III: Increase endurance. Development of breathing patterns, introduction of new kicks and diving, and refinement of treading. Level IV: Build endurance; work on freestyle, backstroke, breastroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke. Learn dives, turns, and safety skills. NEW- Swim Team Skills: Targeted at swim team members looking for conditioning, stroke refinement, and work on starts or turns. Work on drills to refine and strengthen their strokes. NOTE: Swimmers must be able to do all four competitive strokes (Free, Back, Breast, and Fly)

For more information or to register for any program call 814-774-3519 or email: elkcreekrec@gmail.com Waiver forms are available at http://www.girardtownship.com/Pages/ElkCreekRecandLeisureBoard.aspx

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2. Prolonged standing does not play a role in varicose vein development. Regularly spending a large part of a workday on your feet, puts you at higher risk for developing varicose veins. In an attempt to reduce the strain standing causes, individuals with careers that require prolonged standing should make a point to walk regularly and perform isolated calf exercises by contracting and relaxing the calf muscles to assist the veins in “pumping� blood through the leg veins.

9. Pregnancy does not cause varicose veins. Pregnancy increases blood volume, hormones cause the veins to be more pliable and external compression to the pelvic veins during pregnancy causes increased pressure inside the leg veins. These factors may contribute to the creation of varicose veins in the legs.

3. Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue and do not need treatment. Varicose veins were previously thought of as a cosmetic condition. However, contemporary understanding of the actual disease process indicates varicose veins can ultimately progress to a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). If left untreated, CVI is a progressively deteriorating disease that can result in increasingly serious signs and symptoms. Leg pain, swelling, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers are all potential symptoms of untreated venous insufficiency. As a treatable condition, varicose veins should be evaluated by a physician and various minimally-invasive treatments can be explored before the varicose veins progress.

8. Varicose veins do not develop after trauma. Trauma to the legs has been shown to lead to the development of signs and symptoms of CVI and varicose veins. Injuries where significant swelling or bruising is produced are at times associated with varicose vein development.

This Industry Insight was written by Dr. Paul Shields, DO. Circulatory Centers, has specialized in the treatment of vein issues and vein disease for over 30 years. Their board-certified doctors and vascular surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating circulatory issues caused by veins dysfunction. Circulatory Centers are the vein treatment provider doctors recommend most. For more information, visit www.VeinHealth.com or call 1-800/426-9601.

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