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New Chamber members

On New Year's Day, 2000, locally owned Keymarket of PA LLC launched WOGG Froggy 94.9 with a Country music format spiced with on-air giveaways and fun personalities with names like Jumpin Jimmy Roach and Polly Wogg. In August, 2001, WPKL The Pickle 99.3 was born as OldiesRadio, playing hits of the 1960's and 70's, with a morning host named "Fish." Today, the area's top-rated stations employ 20 local residents and are regularly involved with community events, including sponsorship of the Uniontown VFW's annual Halloween Parade and the American Red Cross Leap for Life blood drive.

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FROGGY Radio 94.9 and PICKLE Radio 99.3 were recently honored as the Mon Valley Regional Chamber’s “Member Spotlight.” From left are Deb Keefer, Chamber of Commerce, DJ “Fish,” the PICKLE Parrot, MR. FROGGY, and DJs “Terry the Tadpole,” and “Hoppy Gilmore.”

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5 Years and Over Action-Housing, Inc. Adult Assisted Living, Inc. Rose Butera Carpet Co-Op Outlet Centimed, Inc. 50 Years and Over DS Services Interstate Paper Supply Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company Fairpoint Communications Model Cleaners & Uniforms General Industries Junior Achievement 40 Years and Over Residence at Hilltop Bassi, McCune & Vreeland, S.E. Technologies, LLC PC Solomon Chrysler Jeep DeRienzo Family Practice Dodge Ford Guttman Group Subway/TCBY Lettrich Group Tenth Street Pharmacy Nix Optical Tri-State Hydraulics, Inc. Seals & DeMillion Vale-U-Health Shamrock Chemical Waddell & Reed Financial Services 30 Years and Over All other Renewals Lee Supply Company Allenport Marina Bob Sedney Automotive, Chaney’s Natural Health & Inc. Wellness Vanderman Law Offices Chester Engineers Community Loan Fund 25 Years and Over David Davis Highway Appliance Communications, Inc. Company Douglas Education Center Mon Valley Foods, Inc. Mary E. Ducato, DPM Monongahela Valley First Federal Savings Bank Hospital Handyman Matters Mon Valley YMCA 20 Years and Over MVH Center for Fitness & Richard Mudrick, AttorneyHealth at-Law NovaCare Rehabilitation National City Bank Salatino’s Pizzeria Yohe Roofing Southwestern PA Human Services 15 Years and Over Spartan Health Surgicenter Charleroi Borough Stewart Creative Marsh Tire Company T-Rock Construction, Inc. Vitale State Farm W.G. Tomko & Sons, Inc. Insurance Tri-County Chem-Dry Tri-County Patriots for 10 Years and Over Independent Living Mon Valley Emergency Trupar America, Inc. Medical Services Villella Remodeling, LLC Walter Schratz, DMD, Westmoreland County MSD Community College This list reflects dues received as of Feb. 26.

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Chamber offers networking, learning and fun

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www.mvrchamber.org for more details on our member discounts. Hope to talk to you soon.!

By DEB KEEFER Chamber Director

2008 is off to a great start at the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Mon Valley. This issue talks about great events lined up for 2008, a brand new technical college being formed and about folks working together to make this wonderful Mon Valley region better than ever. Membership in this Chamber adds creditability to your business; you will save money on advertising, you will be invited to quality workshops and most certainly you will have FUN at our networking events! Also, a portion of dues from businesses in the Greater

Charleroi area help to fund the TEAM Charleroi Business & Community Alliance, an organization recently organized with the help of the Chamber which is making great strides already in its short existence. Mon Valley Regional is a full time Chamber with daily office hours. Working with other Chambers and organizations in the Valley is an on going effort and priority of the Board of Directors. It is no wonder the Chamber has been named in the “25th Largest Chambers in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.” A small investment goes a long way to help bring attention to your business and to our region – call Deb Keefer today or visit

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The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce March luncheon will feature Matt Davis, Manager of the Great Lakes Region of the United States Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anthony Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Davis will speak to important issues impacting every business owner, both large and small. He will explain the importance of having a voice in Washington D.C. on the issues including: ■ Rising utility bills and increasing gas prices. ■ Frivolous lawsuits. ■ The health care crisis. ■ High business taxes. “The Chamber is so pleased to be bringing in a regional representative from the United States Chamber of Commerce to our region. We urge all businesses and community leaders to attend this luncheon, including nonmembers,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber Director. “This fits

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Transplant Recipients International Organization/ Pittsburgh (TRIO), a local non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of lives touched by the miracle of transplantation, is planning its annual fundraising dinner, “Team Pittsburgh! We’re Transplantastic!” This year Team Pittsburgh! will honor its proud athletes who are transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors, families, friends, and health care professionals from Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia who will represent this region at the U.S. Transplant Games being held in Pittsburgh, July 11-18, 2008. The dinner will be held on Monday evening, April 14, 2008 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steeler, four-time Super Bowl champion and motivational speaker will host the event. For more information and tickets, contact Rudy Molnar at (412) 327-0475. For general information: www.trio-pittsburgh.org.

SPEERS — The Valley's first technical college students could be attending classes at the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Speers in March. By the fall of 2009, as many as 18 students could be entering the workforce, earning $18,000 to $24,000 a year installing air conditioning equipment or working on computers. That is the goal of state Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-California, along with education and business leaders who helped organize the program. The formal announcement was made Feb. 8 in the Mon Valley Tech Access Room, a two-way Web-based room with multiple laptop computers available for distance learning. Although it is a separate program, it will be operated in conjunction with Westmoreland County Community College. Students will take technical classes at the Speers site, but can take basic education classes such as English and math at WCCC's Mon Valley campus in Rostraver Township. The 18-month, 60-credit program will cost $73 per credit for Westmoreland County students and $146 a credit for all others. However, Daley presented a $5,000 check to Dr. Patrick E. Gerity, WCCC vice president of workforce and community development, for student scholarships. The grant from the state Community Revitalization Program

At the Feb. 8 press conference in the newly completed Mon Valley Tech Access Room. are, from left, Armand Ferrara, Mon Valley Education Council Chairman; Joe Kirk, Mon Valley Progress Council; Rep. Peter J. Daley, Dr. Patrick E. Gerity, Westmoreland County Community College; Len Colleli, California University of Pennsylvania; and Brad Dei Cas, Mon Valley Career and Technology Center. will provide tuition assistance for six to eight students, reducing the incounty rate tuition in the first semester for out-of-county students.

Four years ago, Daley introduced legislation to create a technical college system statewide. He said there was no such system and just two tech-

nical colleges statewide, the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Pennsylvania College of Technology. At the same time, Daley formed the Mon Valley Community Education Council to support creation of a technical college in the Valley. The Mon Valley Progress Council has provided consulting services for the Mon Valley Community Education Council, which included business and education leaders. The state budget approved last summer provided $2 million to establish technical college programs during 2007-08 with the long-term goal of establishing 10 programs over the next several years. WCCC was the sole recipient of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's new demonstration grants to establish technical college programs. California University of Pennsylvania also is involved in the new program and took part in the ceremony. "We were losing too many of our young people who did not want to get a four-year degree," Daley said. Daley said the former Montgomery Ward building in Charleroi originally was considered to house the program. "My vision is for young people to get an education, an opportunity for them to be trained in something they can get a job in," Daley said.

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with our mission to present quality programs at our events and we want everyone to take advantage of this one.” The Chamber’s Pot of Gold is an accumulating jackpot that is now worth $600 and will be won by a member who is present if their name is drawn at the event. Members can make reservations at a cost of $15 per person, nonmembers may attend at $18 per person. Attendees may register by calling the Mon Valley Regional Chamber office at (724) 483-3507, or by downloading a registration form at www.mvrchamber.org, which can be faxed or mailed. The Chamber now accepts VISA, Mastercard and Discover. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the Mid Mon Valley Region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi, Pa. Its mission is to provide quality networking and educational opportunities to its membership and to advocate economic development activities that will enhance the quality of life and business climate of the Mid Mon Valley.


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In 1925 Adamson was named to the first Mon Valley Conference AllStar Team ever selected. John Hewitt, a 1957 Bellmar High School graduate was a U.S. Naval Academy AllAmerican and captain of the 1961 football team who met P r e s i d e n t Kennedy at the Army Navy game. Hewitt was the first Navy player to play 30 consecutive games. In high school he was an All-Con-ference player in 1955 and 1956 and received the 1956-57 Fayette County Athlete of the Year Award and was a 2000 inductee of the Belle Vernon Area Football Hall of Fame. A gifted passer, Gary Hogan led the 1959 Charleroi “Dream Team” to a perfect 100 season and went on to Purdue University. He was the starting quarterback before the arrival of future NFL Hall of Fame quarter-

back Bob Griese. Joe Kurey, a 1958 Monessen High graduate and Bethany College standout in basketball and tennis became Bethany’s athletic director. As a netter, Kurey teamed with Jim Baker his senior year at Monessen to win the PIAA doubles title. He was inducted into the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Donora High School’s Billy Russell led the Dragons to the Big 6 title and was the conference scoring champion with 96 points in 1953. Russell landed a four-year scholarship to the University

of Detroit where he received All Missouri Valley honors. Owning one of the longest and most diverse tenures in the University of Pitts-burgh’s Athletic Department, Donna DeMarino Sanft serves as Pitt’s executive associate athletic director. Sanft was an allstar gymnast both at Monessen High School and Pitt. She also coached the Panthers’ gymnastics team for 12 years, compiling an 82-50-1 record, and was twice selected Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year. The late phenom Robert “Red” Worrell was an all around standout athlete at Centerville High School in the 1950s. A scholastic AllAmerican football player, he was courted by 135 colleges and was named the top player in the WPIAL as a junior and senior and set WPIAL and PIAA records in track. His name is immortalized at Penn State with the “Red Worrell Award” given to a player of exemplary conduct since 1958. Worrell is a 1998 recipient of the Washington/Greene County Sports Hall of Fame award. The late John Wozniak, a

1940 Marion High School graduate who became the captain for Alabama’s Crimson Tide would perform in the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Blue-Gray All-Star game. After college Wozniak played for the All-American Football Conference and the Canadian Football League. The 15th annual banquet will be held at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township All those attending this year’s banquet June 13 will receive a commemorative badge honoring the first two Sports Hall of Fame inductees in 1951 Stan Musial and Bert Rechichar. The banquet will once again feature senior student scholarathletes from the eight schools representing the inductees, Belle Vernon Area, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Elizabeth Forward, Monessen, Ringgold and Yough. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased for $35 by calling the general chairman of the banquet Steve Russell at (724) 258-3823 or by making checks to MMVASHOF in care of Russell at 500 Perry Ave., Belle Vernon, Pa. 15012. Ads for the program book can also be placed through Russell.

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Bartley leaves PaCareerLink Mary Kate Bartley, manager of the Donora Center of the PaCareerLink has accepted a Human Resource position with Schneider Downs, a tax, accounting, and business consulting company in Pittsburgh. “I'm happy because I think it's going to be a good move and offer challenging work for me, but a little sad to leave all my friends in the Valley,” said Mary Kate upon her departure. Good Luck Mary Kate!

Bracken Burns, speaker at the Chamber's February luncheon, displays his "Good News Handbook," which recaps all the economic news, arts, culture, and other accomplishments of Washington County. Sixty-five members and guests attended the Feb. 19 event.

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The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced its new inductees Feb. 1 from an exhaustive list of worthy candidates from the Mon Valley compiled by general chairman Steve Russell. Brian Herman, long-time sports editor of The Valley Independent, chairs the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame selection committee reorganized in 1996 by past founder Bernard T. Sarra Sr. Committee members representing the eight school districts that form the nucleus of the Hall of Fame area are Rudy Andabaker, Carl Crawley, Jr., Wally Gibbons, Bill Kubin, Baptiste Manzini, Elmo Natali, Bob Pietriell, Peter Roman, Steve Russell, Reid Smith and Ron Paglia. California University’s stadium is named for the late J a m e s “ K a y o ” Adamson , one of the few football players who played college football while still in high school. In 1971 California State College named its new football stadium at the college farm complex in Adamson’s honor. At the time he was a member of the College Board of Trustees.

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The 2008 Mon Valley Home and Garden Show will be held April 4 to 6 at the Charleroi Chamber Plaza. a large free parking lot, this venue lends well to an event this size. The show will run from 4 to 8 p.m. April 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and

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Member benefits include: ■ Chamber Choice® Health Coverage ■ Multi Media Discount Package-SAVE BIG! ■ Monthly Networking Opportunities ■ Regional Gift Certificate Program ■ CERTIFICHECKS® ■ Economic Development Initiatives for the Region ■ Leadership Washington County Partner & Scholarship Program ■ Advertising opportunities and exposure for your business ■ Educational workshops by nationally endorsed speakers ■ Named in “25 Largest Chambers in the Greater Pittsburgh Region” ■ Full time staff working for your business and the region. Call or Apply on-line at www.mvrchamber.org.

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The Mon Valley Home and Garden Show, scheduled for April 4 to 6, is the Valley’s biggest event of the year and is scheduled for the beginning of the spring season so folks considering the goodweather projects can find what they are looking for at the best price. This event is sponsored by The Valley Independent/ Trib Total Media and features new-home construction, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, home repairs, home furnishings, heating and air conditioning, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, financing, painting, garage doors, awnings, sweepers, appliances, gutter systems and much more. It is an opportunity to find products and services under one roof at one time where you can compare prices and take advantage of the many show discounts offered. The Mon Valley Home and Garden Show is once again being held at the Charleroi Chamber Plaza (The old Montgomery Ward building). Having the largest open indoor space in the area and

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Maribeth Mudrick was honored as student of the month for February by the Charleroi Rotary Club. Posing with her are her father Rick and mother Cindy.

TEAM Charleroi Business and Community Alliance has hired Daneen Troup as new coordinator for the the team. She was formerly employed at National City Bank in Pittsburgh, where she worked as Market Sales Coordinator. Troup resides in Carroll Township with her husband Ed and her youngest daughter Kelsey. She is excited about this new challenge and is looks forward to the opportunity to get involved in the community. New office hours for the TEAM will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the new phone number is (724) 483-3070. From left are TEAM Charleroi treasurer Holly Mosco of Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, chairman Tom McKnight of McKnight Medical, and Troup. Missing from the photo is TEAM Charleroi secretary Pam McCartney of Ductmate Industries.

Mudrick is Rotary student of the month The Charleroi Rotary has named Maribeth Mudrick as its student of the month for February 2008. A Charleroi Area High School senior, she has been

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This is an excerpt from a Valley Independent article titled “Valley projects cash in on slots.” Locally, four Mid-Mon Valley projects made the final list including the Coyle Theater Restoration, Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust, total project cost, $1,157,500; recommended funding $250,000. Nancy Ellis, chairwoman of the Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust board, said the agency originally applied for $635,000 and later modified its request to $400,000. She said the $250,000 will be used to purchase two vacant buildings next to the Coyle Theater for use as a reception area, office space and for handicap accessible restrooms. The grant will also help pay for asbestos removal and to start interior renovations. Ellis said the trust hopes to open the theater by fall 2009. The trust is planning to apply for grants through two other state programs. "We're very appreciative of and very humbled that the merit of our project was considered and that the committee took into consideration the amount of work we've put into this project and the amount of support we've had," Ellis said.

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Attention, vendors and community organizations The TEAM Promotions Committee is currently accepting applications for Charleroi Community Day. You will want to be a part of this exciting day of fun and games, which includes our local Fourth of July parade and fireworks display. This is a great opportunity to highlight your organization! Access the online application at www.shopcharleroi. com to secure your booth for the day. If you have questions, or require additional information, please contact Daneen at TEAM Charleroi (724) 4833070.

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“Watch, Record, Report” Residents in any community including Charleroi can help make their environment better — even by staying in the privacy of your own home or on your own property – by implementing further pro-active measures. If you or your neighbors see activity that is obviously suspicious and/or breaking the law — write down the who, what, when, and where and call (724) 489-2305, send it in or drop off the information to your local police enforcement officers. They are there for you. If you want to remain completely anonymous, there are ways available. Step up, so that criminals step out. If you need more informa-

Lenten, Holy Week observances March 2 Fourth Sunday of Lent ■ 7:00 p.m. – CAMA Worship at Holy Ghost Byzantine (828 Meadow Ave.) March 7 World Day of Prayer ■ Noon – Luncheon at Mary, Mother of the Church (7th & Washington Ave.) ■ 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Service at Mary, Mother of the Church March 9 Fifth Sunday of Lent ■ 7 p.m. – CAMA Worship at St. John Lutheran Church (327 Washington Ave.) March 16 Palm Sunday ■ 7 p.m. – CAMA Worship at Charleroi Presbyterian Church (514 5th St.) March 21 Good Friday ■ Noon to 3 p.m. -- C.A.M.A.

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Promotions Committee Monday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. Chamber Building Education Committee Tuesday, March 4, 8 a.m. Charleroi School District Administration Building Economic Restructuring Tuesday, March 4, 2 p.m. Chamber Building Safety Committee Wednesday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. Boro Building TEAM Executive Committee Thursday, March 6, 8 a.m. Chamber Building Design Committee Wednesday March 12, 8 a.m. Boro Building Organization Committee Thursday, March 20, noon Chamber Building

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Enjoy a night out at the Elks club. Upcoming events include: ■ “Harmony Scott” appearing on March 8th for a pre-St. Patrick’s celebration. There is a $3 cover charge. Call (724) 483-4727 for more information. ■ DJ Kim on March 15, fea-

Neighborhood (Block) Watch

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Residents at Riverside Place will have access to a fitness system called “Dancetown USA” beginning today.

CHARLEROI — There’s a revolution happening at Riverside Place — a dance Revolution. “Dancetown USA” will make its debut at Riverside Place today. This new fitness system, designed for older adults, combines dancing and computers. Players listen to music while watching arrows on a screen; then move in sync on the dance pad. This fitness-based, interactive dance video game combines the fun of an arcade with the benefits of dance and exercise. “Participants are so excited about Dancetown,” said Melissa Georgagis, River-side Place specialist. “We are all looking forward to adding some fun to our exercising.” In addition to this new dancing, social adventure, March at Riverside Place is filled with more exciting madness. On Tuesday, March 4, Riverside launches the arrival of Nintendo Wii. Displayed on a 37-inch flat screen, plasma television, this interactive video game is the highlight of the center. Participants will enjoy a virtual game of bowling, golf, boxing, tennis, and baseball. No fighting for lanes, reserving a place on the course, or hurrying to beat the rain and clouds. This new, exciting and healthy way to have fun with friends brings the entertainment inhouse. In addition, four other flatscreen televisions will be mounted throughout the center. “We are so excited,” said Georgagis. “Riverside Place has become a state-of-the-art community facility. Riverside Place is the only senior community center in southwestern Pennsylvania to have both Dancetown and a Nintendo Wii.” Other features and activities at Riverside include a fitness room, Internet Café, daily hot lunch, beauty shop, trips, Zumba dancing, aerobics, dartball, and much more. For more information, please stop by or call (724) 483-5800.

Coyle Theater receives subsidy from gaming revenue


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Charleroi Subway/TCBY receives honor

Subway/TCBY of Charleroi has received the Property Improvement Award for March from TEAM Charleroi’s Design Committee. From left are owner Ron Barbe, Design Committee chairman Debbie Buck and owner Don Cooper.

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TEAM Charleroi’s Design Committee has selected Charleroi Subway/TCBY as the winner of the March Property Improvement Award for its recently remodeled interior. Located on the corner of Fourth & McKean Avenue Subway has been open since November 1991 and is owned and operated by Don Cooper and Ron Barbe. At Subway you can get anything from a mini sub or kid’s meal to a six-foot party sub to feed the whole gang. It also offers a selection of soups, salads and wraps, with personal pan pizzas and flat bread sandwiches as the most recent additions to the menu. At the end of March, Subway will begin its everyday value menu with a selection of low priced sandwiches along with a limited-time promotion that offers all foot long sandwiches for only $5, all day every day. Catering is available for business luncheons, and all major credit cards are accepted. Lunch or dinner orders can also be placed on line at subway.com. TCBY, now known as “The Country’s Best Yogurt” offers a variety of different flavors of soft-serve and handscooped yogurt, all of which are 96 percent fat free. Every Wednesday is “99 cent waffle cone Wednesday,” a long-time tradition that is guaranteed to pull in a crowd. The hand-scooped yogurts are also used to make some of the best tasting milkshakes in the Valley. TCBY also sells smoothies, splits, chillers, frozen cakes and deep dish pies. Charleroi Subway/TCBY is open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, and offers drive through service as an added convenience.

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‘Bruce in the USA’ to rock Charleroi’s Boomer-Palooza Boomer-Palooza 2008 will return Monday, May 5, at Chamber Plaza, featuring “Bruce in the USA”: the world’s number one tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Bruce in the USA’s live performance is as close to the real thing as you can get. The band evolved from Matt Ryan, a cast member of the world famous “Legends in Concert” show on the Las Vegas strip. His incredible portrayal of “The Boss” was such a success that it led to the creation of the band, taking the tribute to a whole new level. The resemblance between Ryan and Springsteen can’t be denied — and neither can their talent. Clarence Clemons, who

once took the stage with the band in New York, stated it was “the best Bruce Springsteen tribute I’ve ever seen!” A coupon for $1 off admission will soon be available at participating businesses and on www.boomerpalooza. com. Exhibitor booth forms are still being accepted. For more information, news and updates, visit the Web site or contact Jodi Cain at (724) 4891100. Amid the rocking repertoire of “The Boss,” BoomerPalooza will house more than 150 booths displaying the best of businesses, restaurants, and services available to area residents, each providing information and product samples.

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C M Y K

Charleroi Subway/TCBY receives honor

Subway/TCBY of Charleroi has received the Property Improvement Award for March from TEAM Charleroi’s Design Committee. From left are owner Ron Barbe, Design Committee chairman Debbie Buck and owner Don Cooper.

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TEAM Charleroi’s Design Committee has selected Charleroi Subway/TCBY as the winner of the March Property Improvement Award for its recently remodeled interior. Located on the corner of Fourth & McKean Avenue Subway has been open since November 1991 and is owned and operated by Don Cooper and Ron Barbe. At Subway you can get anything from a mini sub or kid’s meal to a six-foot party sub to feed the whole gang. It also offers a selection of soups, salads and wraps, with personal pan pizzas and flat bread sandwiches as the most recent additions to the menu. At the end of March, Subway will begin its everyday value menu with a selection of low priced sandwiches along with a limited-time promotion that offers all foot long sandwiches for only $5, all day every day. Catering is available for business luncheons, and all major credit cards are accepted. Lunch or dinner orders can also be placed on line at subway.com. TCBY, now known as “The Country’s Best Yogurt” offers a variety of different flavors of soft-serve and handscooped yogurt, all of which are 96 percent fat free. Every Wednesday is “99 cent waffle cone Wednesday,” a long-time tradition that is guaranteed to pull in a crowd. The hand-scooped yogurts are also used to make some of the best tasting milkshakes in the Valley. TCBY also sells smoothies, splits, chillers, frozen cakes and deep dish pies. Charleroi Subway/TCBY is open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, and offers drive through service as an added convenience.

Property Improvement Award Subway/TCBY Corner of Fourth and McKean Avenue Charleroi, PA 15022 (724) 483-9495

‘Bruce in the USA’ to rock Charleroi’s Boomer-Palooza Boomer-Palooza 2008 will return Monday, May 5, at Chamber Plaza, featuring “Bruce in the USA”: the world’s number one tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Bruce in the USA’s live performance is as close to the real thing as you can get. The band evolved from Matt Ryan, a cast member of the world famous “Legends in Concert” show on the Las Vegas strip. His incredible portrayal of “The Boss” was such a success that it led to the creation of the band, taking the tribute to a whole new level. The resemblance between Ryan and Springsteen can’t be denied — and neither can their talent. Clarence Clemons, who

once took the stage with the band in New York, stated it was “the best Bruce Springsteen tribute I’ve ever seen!” A coupon for $1 off admission will soon be available at participating businesses and on www.boomerpalooza. com. Exhibitor booth forms are still being accepted. For more information, news and updates, visit the Web site or contact Jodi Cain at (724) 4891100. Amid the rocking repertoire of “The Boss,” BoomerPalooza will house more than 150 booths displaying the best of businesses, restaurants, and services available to area residents, each providing information and product samples.

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“Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will be among the entertainers at BoomerPalooza May 5 at Charleroi’s Chamber Plaza.

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This is an excerpt from a Valley Independent article titled “Valley projects cash in on slots.” Locally, four Mid-Mon Valley projects made the final list including the Coyle Theater Restoration, Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust, total project cost, $1,157,500; recommended funding $250,000. Nancy Ellis, chairwoman of the Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust board, said the agency originally applied for $635,000 and later modified its request to $400,000. She said the $250,000 will be used to purchase two vacant buildings next to the Coyle Theater for use as a reception area, office space and for handicap accessible restrooms. The grant will also help pay for asbestos removal and to start interior renovations. Ellis said the trust hopes to open the theater by fall 2009. The trust is planning to apply for grants through two other state programs. "We're very appreciative of and very humbled that the merit of our project was considered and that the committee took into consideration the amount of work we've put into this project and the amount of support we've had," Ellis said.

What’s new in Charleroi? turing ’80s and Top 40 music. Drink specials are all Pisces one drink free, maximum $3.

Attention, vendors and community organizations The TEAM Promotions Committee is currently accepting applications for Charleroi Community Day. You will want to be a part of this exciting day of fun and games, which includes our local Fourth of July parade and fireworks display. This is a great opportunity to highlight your organization! Access the online application at www.shopcharleroi. com to secure your booth for the day. If you have questions, or require additional information, please contact Daneen at TEAM Charleroi (724) 4833070.

Community Easter Egg hunt March 22 A community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Boro of Charleroi in conjunction with the Charleroi Recreation

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“Watch, Record, Report” Residents in any community including Charleroi can help make their environment better — even by staying in the privacy of your own home or on your own property – by implementing further pro-active measures. If you or your neighbors see activity that is obviously suspicious and/or breaking the law — write down the who, what, when, and where and call (724) 489-2305, send it in or drop off the information to your local police enforcement officers. They are there for you. If you want to remain completely anonymous, there are ways available. Step up, so that criminals step out. If you need more informa-

Lenten, Holy Week observances March 2 Fourth Sunday of Lent ■ 7:00 p.m. – CAMA Worship at Holy Ghost Byzantine (828 Meadow Ave.) March 7 World Day of Prayer ■ Noon – Luncheon at Mary, Mother of the Church (7th & Washington Ave.) ■ 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Service at Mary, Mother of the Church March 9 Fifth Sunday of Lent ■ 7 p.m. – CAMA Worship at St. John Lutheran Church (327 Washington Ave.) March 16 Palm Sunday ■ 7 p.m. – CAMA Worship at Charleroi Presbyterian Church (514 5th St.) March 21 Good Friday ■ Noon to 3 p.m. -- C.A.M.A.

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Promotions Committee Monday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. Chamber Building Education Committee Tuesday, March 4, 8 a.m. Charleroi School District Administration Building Economic Restructuring Tuesday, March 4, 2 p.m. Chamber Building Safety Committee Wednesday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. Boro Building TEAM Executive Committee Thursday, March 6, 8 a.m. Chamber Building Design Committee Wednesday March 12, 8 a.m. Boro Building Organization Committee Thursday, March 20, noon Chamber Building

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Enjoy a night out at the Elks club. Upcoming events include: ■ “Harmony Scott” appearing on March 8th for a pre-St. Patrick’s celebration. There is a $3 cover charge. Call (724) 483-4727 for more information. ■ DJ Kim on March 15, fea-

Neighborhood (Block) Watch

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Good Friday Worship at First Christian Church. Various choirs and preachers will be participating. Activities are sponsored by the Charleroi Area Ministerial Association.

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Residents at Riverside Place will have access to a fitness system called “Dancetown USA” beginning today.

CHARLEROI — There’s a revolution happening at Riverside Place — a dance Revolution. “Dancetown USA” will make its debut at Riverside Place today. This new fitness system, designed for older adults, combines dancing and computers. Players listen to music while watching arrows on a screen; then move in sync on the dance pad. This fitness-based, interactive dance video game combines the fun of an arcade with the benefits of dance and exercise. “Participants are so excited about Dancetown,” said Melissa Georgagis, River-side Place specialist. “We are all looking forward to adding some fun to our exercising.” In addition to this new dancing, social adventure, March at Riverside Place is filled with more exciting madness. On Tuesday, March 4, Riverside launches the arrival of Nintendo Wii. Displayed on a 37-inch flat screen, plasma television, this interactive video game is the highlight of the center. Participants will enjoy a virtual game of bowling, golf, boxing, tennis, and baseball. No fighting for lanes, reserving a place on the course, or hurrying to beat the rain and clouds. This new, exciting and healthy way to have fun with friends brings the entertainment inhouse. In addition, four other flatscreen televisions will be mounted throughout the center. “We are so excited,” said Georgagis. “Riverside Place has become a state-of-the-art community facility. Riverside Place is the only senior community center in southwestern Pennsylvania to have both Dancetown and a Nintendo Wii.” Other features and activities at Riverside include a fitness room, Internet Café, daily hot lunch, beauty shop, trips, Zumba dancing, aerobics, dartball, and much more. For more information, please stop by or call (724) 483-5800.

Coyle Theater receives subsidy from gaming revenue


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Maribeth Mudrick was honored as student of the month for February by the Charleroi Rotary Club. Posing with her are her father Rick and mother Cindy.

TEAM Charleroi Business and Community Alliance has hired Daneen Troup as new coordinator for the the team. She was formerly employed at National City Bank in Pittsburgh, where she worked as Market Sales Coordinator. Troup resides in Carroll Township with her husband Ed and her youngest daughter Kelsey. She is excited about this new challenge and is looks forward to the opportunity to get involved in the community. New office hours for the TEAM will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the new phone number is (724) 483-3070. From left are TEAM Charleroi treasurer Holly Mosco of Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, chairman Tom McKnight of McKnight Medical, and Troup. Missing from the photo is TEAM Charleroi secretary Pam McCartney of Ductmate Industries.

Mudrick is Rotary student of the month The Charleroi Rotary has named Maribeth Mudrick as its student of the month for February 2008. A Charleroi Area High School senior, she has been

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The 2008 Mon Valley Home and Garden Show will be held April 4 to 6 at the Charleroi Chamber Plaza. a large free parking lot, this venue lends well to an event this size. The show will run from 4 to 8 p.m. April 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and

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The Mon Valley Home and Garden Show, scheduled for April 4 to 6, is the Valley’s biggest event of the year and is scheduled for the beginning of the spring season so folks considering the goodweather projects can find what they are looking for at the best price. This event is sponsored by The Valley Independent/ Trib Total Media and features new-home construction, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, home repairs, home furnishings, heating and air conditioning, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, financing, painting, garage doors, awnings, sweepers, appliances, gutter systems and much more. It is an opportunity to find products and services under one roof at one time where you can compare prices and take advantage of the many show discounts offered. The Mon Valley Home and Garden Show is once again being held at the Charleroi Chamber Plaza (The old Montgomery Ward building). Having the largest open indoor space in the area and

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In 1925 Adamson was named to the first Mon Valley Conference AllStar Team ever selected. John Hewitt, a 1957 Bellmar High School graduate was a U.S. Naval Academy AllAmerican and captain of the 1961 football team who met P r e s i d e n t Kennedy at the Army Navy game. Hewitt was the first Navy player to play 30 consecutive games. In high school he was an All-Con-ference player in 1955 and 1956 and received the 1956-57 Fayette County Athlete of the Year Award and was a 2000 inductee of the Belle Vernon Area Football Hall of Fame. A gifted passer, Gary Hogan led the 1959 Charleroi “Dream Team” to a perfect 100 season and went on to Purdue University. He was the starting quarterback before the arrival of future NFL Hall of Fame quarter-

back Bob Griese. Joe Kurey, a 1958 Monessen High graduate and Bethany College standout in basketball and tennis became Bethany’s athletic director. As a netter, Kurey teamed with Jim Baker his senior year at Monessen to win the PIAA doubles title. He was inducted into the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Donora High School’s Billy Russell led the Dragons to the Big 6 title and was the conference scoring champion with 96 points in 1953. Russell landed a four-year scholarship to the University

of Detroit where he received All Missouri Valley honors. Owning one of the longest and most diverse tenures in the University of Pitts-burgh’s Athletic Department, Donna DeMarino Sanft serves as Pitt’s executive associate athletic director. Sanft was an allstar gymnast both at Monessen High School and Pitt. She also coached the Panthers’ gymnastics team for 12 years, compiling an 82-50-1 record, and was twice selected Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year. The late phenom Robert “Red” Worrell was an all around standout athlete at Centerville High School in the 1950s. A scholastic AllAmerican football player, he was courted by 135 colleges and was named the top player in the WPIAL as a junior and senior and set WPIAL and PIAA records in track. His name is immortalized at Penn State with the “Red Worrell Award” given to a player of exemplary conduct since 1958. Worrell is a 1998 recipient of the Washington/Greene County Sports Hall of Fame award. The late John Wozniak, a

1940 Marion High School graduate who became the captain for Alabama’s Crimson Tide would perform in the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Blue-Gray All-Star game. After college Wozniak played for the All-American Football Conference and the Canadian Football League. The 15th annual banquet will be held at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township All those attending this year’s banquet June 13 will receive a commemorative badge honoring the first two Sports Hall of Fame inductees in 1951 Stan Musial and Bert Rechichar. The banquet will once again feature senior student scholarathletes from the eight schools representing the inductees, Belle Vernon Area, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Elizabeth Forward, Monessen, Ringgold and Yough. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased for $35 by calling the general chairman of the banquet Steve Russell at (724) 258-3823 or by making checks to MMVASHOF in care of Russell at 500 Perry Ave., Belle Vernon, Pa. 15012. Ads for the program book can also be placed through Russell.

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Bracken Burns, speaker at the Chamber's February luncheon, displays his "Good News Handbook," which recaps all the economic news, arts, culture, and other accomplishments of Washington County. Sixty-five members and guests attended the Feb. 19 event.

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The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced its new inductees Feb. 1 from an exhaustive list of worthy candidates from the Mon Valley compiled by general chairman Steve Russell. Brian Herman, long-time sports editor of The Valley Independent, chairs the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame selection committee reorganized in 1996 by past founder Bernard T. Sarra Sr. Committee members representing the eight school districts that form the nucleus of the Hall of Fame area are Rudy Andabaker, Carl Crawley, Jr., Wally Gibbons, Bill Kubin, Baptiste Manzini, Elmo Natali, Bob Pietriell, Peter Roman, Steve Russell, Reid Smith and Ron Paglia. California University’s stadium is named for the late J a m e s “ K a y o ” Adamson , one of the few football players who played college football while still in high school. In 1971 California State College named its new football stadium at the college farm complex in Adamson’s honor. At the time he was a member of the College Board of Trustees.

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By DEB KEEFER Chamber Director

2008 is off to a great start at the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Mon Valley. This issue talks about great events lined up for 2008, a brand new technical college being formed and about folks working together to make this wonderful Mon Valley region better than ever. Membership in this Chamber adds creditability to your business; you will save money on advertising, you will be invited to quality workshops and most certainly you will have FUN at our networking events! Also, a portion of dues from businesses in the Greater

Charleroi area help to fund the TEAM Charleroi Business & Community Alliance, an organization recently organized with the help of the Chamber which is making great strides already in its short existence. Mon Valley Regional is a full time Chamber with daily office hours. Working with other Chambers and organizations in the Valley is an on going effort and priority of the Board of Directors. It is no wonder the Chamber has been named in the “25th Largest Chambers in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.” A small investment goes a long way to help bring attention to your business and to our region – call Deb Keefer today or visit

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The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce March luncheon will feature Matt Davis, Manager of the Great Lakes Region of the United States Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anthony Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Davis will speak to important issues impacting every business owner, both large and small. He will explain the importance of having a voice in Washington D.C. on the issues including: ■ Rising utility bills and increasing gas prices. ■ Frivolous lawsuits. ■ The health care crisis. ■ High business taxes. “The Chamber is so pleased to be bringing in a regional representative from the United States Chamber of Commerce to our region. We urge all businesses and community leaders to attend this luncheon, including nonmembers,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber Director. “This fits

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Transplant Recipients International Organization/ Pittsburgh (TRIO), a local non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of lives touched by the miracle of transplantation, is planning its annual fundraising dinner, “Team Pittsburgh! We’re Transplantastic!” This year Team Pittsburgh! will honor its proud athletes who are transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors, families, friends, and health care professionals from Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia who will represent this region at the U.S. Transplant Games being held in Pittsburgh, July 11-18, 2008. The dinner will be held on Monday evening, April 14, 2008 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steeler, four-time Super Bowl champion and motivational speaker will host the event. For more information and tickets, contact Rudy Molnar at (412) 327-0475. For general information: www.trio-pittsburgh.org.

SPEERS — The Valley's first technical college students could be attending classes at the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Speers in March. By the fall of 2009, as many as 18 students could be entering the workforce, earning $18,000 to $24,000 a year installing air conditioning equipment or working on computers. That is the goal of state Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-California, along with education and business leaders who helped organize the program. The formal announcement was made Feb. 8 in the Mon Valley Tech Access Room, a two-way Web-based room with multiple laptop computers available for distance learning. Although it is a separate program, it will be operated in conjunction with Westmoreland County Community College. Students will take technical classes at the Speers site, but can take basic education classes such as English and math at WCCC's Mon Valley campus in Rostraver Township. The 18-month, 60-credit program will cost $73 per credit for Westmoreland County students and $146 a credit for all others. However, Daley presented a $5,000 check to Dr. Patrick E. Gerity, WCCC vice president of workforce and community development, for student scholarships. The grant from the state Community Revitalization Program

At the Feb. 8 press conference in the newly completed Mon Valley Tech Access Room. are, from left, Armand Ferrara, Mon Valley Education Council Chairman; Joe Kirk, Mon Valley Progress Council; Rep. Peter J. Daley, Dr. Patrick E. Gerity, Westmoreland County Community College; Len Colleli, California University of Pennsylvania; and Brad Dei Cas, Mon Valley Career and Technology Center. will provide tuition assistance for six to eight students, reducing the incounty rate tuition in the first semester for out-of-county students.

Four years ago, Daley introduced legislation to create a technical college system statewide. He said there was no such system and just two tech-

nical colleges statewide, the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Pennsylvania College of Technology. At the same time, Daley formed the Mon Valley Community Education Council to support creation of a technical college in the Valley. The Mon Valley Progress Council has provided consulting services for the Mon Valley Community Education Council, which included business and education leaders. The state budget approved last summer provided $2 million to establish technical college programs during 2007-08 with the long-term goal of establishing 10 programs over the next several years. WCCC was the sole recipient of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's new demonstration grants to establish technical college programs. California University of Pennsylvania also is involved in the new program and took part in the ceremony. "We were losing too many of our young people who did not want to get a four-year degree," Daley said. Daley said the former Montgomery Ward building in Charleroi originally was considered to house the program. "My vision is for young people to get an education, an opportunity for them to be trained in something they can get a job in," Daley said.

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with our mission to present quality programs at our events and we want everyone to take advantage of this one.” The Chamber’s Pot of Gold is an accumulating jackpot that is now worth $600 and will be won by a member who is present if their name is drawn at the event. Members can make reservations at a cost of $15 per person, nonmembers may attend at $18 per person. Attendees may register by calling the Mon Valley Regional Chamber office at (724) 483-3507, or by downloading a registration form at www.mvrchamber.org, which can be faxed or mailed. The Chamber now accepts VISA, Mastercard and Discover. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the Mid Mon Valley Region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi, Pa. Its mission is to provide quality networking and educational opportunities to its membership and to advocate economic development activities that will enhance the quality of life and business climate of the Mid Mon Valley.


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5 Years and Over Action-Housing, Inc. Adult Assisted Living, Inc. Rose Butera Carpet Co-Op Outlet Centimed, Inc. 50 Years and Over DS Services Interstate Paper Supply Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company Fairpoint Communications Model Cleaners & Uniforms General Industries Junior Achievement 40 Years and Over Residence at Hilltop Bassi, McCune & Vreeland, S.E. Technologies, LLC PC Solomon Chrysler Jeep DeRienzo Family Practice Dodge Ford Guttman Group Subway/TCBY Lettrich Group Tenth Street Pharmacy Nix Optical Tri-State Hydraulics, Inc. Seals & DeMillion Vale-U-Health Shamrock Chemical Waddell & Reed Financial Services 30 Years and Over All other Renewals Lee Supply Company Allenport Marina Bob Sedney Automotive, Chaney’s Natural Health & Inc. Wellness Vanderman Law Offices Chester Engineers Community Loan Fund 25 Years and Over David Davis Highway Appliance Communications, Inc. Company Douglas Education Center Mon Valley Foods, Inc. Mary E. Ducato, DPM Monongahela Valley First Federal Savings Bank Hospital Handyman Matters Mon Valley YMCA 20 Years and Over MVH Center for Fitness & Richard Mudrick, AttorneyHealth at-Law NovaCare Rehabilitation National City Bank Salatino’s Pizzeria Yohe Roofing Southwestern PA Human Services 15 Years and Over Spartan Health Surgicenter Charleroi Borough Stewart Creative Marsh Tire Company T-Rock Construction, Inc. Vitale State Farm W.G. Tomko & Sons, Inc. Insurance Tri-County Chem-Dry Tri-County Patriots for 10 Years and Over Independent Living Mon Valley Emergency Trupar America, Inc. Medical Services Villella Remodeling, LLC Walter Schratz, DMD, Westmoreland County MSD Community College This list reflects dues received as of Feb. 26.

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