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Back to School 2014

Oakland Catholic High School Unveils Mission Forward Innovations in Education Last Minute Summer Trip Ideas


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CONTENTS August 2014



Image & Style

10 Cover Story: Oakland Catholic: Educating Young Women to be Responsible and Respected Global Leaders

36 Tips for Tastefully Showcasing Your Legs

26 Families Enjoy Rides, Thrills & Attractions at Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Paula Green

33 Ovarian Coalition (NOCC) Pittsburgh Walk for the Whisper Paula Green

Back to School 2014 13 Back to School Innovations in the Classroom Marianne Reid Anderson

20 School Mover & Shaker of the Month: Megan Carcaise Marianne Reid Anderson

20 Back to School Directory 22 School Movers & Shakers 24 For the Love of the Theater Stacie Sikora

Kelly Smith

Health & Wellness 40 Fit Families: Staying Fit When You’re Back in School Joella Baker 42 Nurse Next Door 44 Enhance Your Life: A New Perspective Donna Summers Moul

46 Reclaim Your Life with Regenexx Janice Lane Palko

Senior Living 48 We Never Stop Learning Barbara A. Killmeyer

Advertorials 47 Animal Crackers? My Other Life as an Animal Chiropractor Dr. Shannon Thieroff

49 Welcoming National Aging in Place Council to the Pittsburgh Area!

10 In Every Issue 4

From the Publisher


Movers & Shakers


Mover & Shaker of the Month: Hannah Hale

Marion Piotrowski

Paula Green

16 Starting the Conversation: Advice on Helicopter Parenting? Marianne Reid Anderson

28 Happenings 35 Trivia Connection: Awesome August Trivia Paula Green 50 Town Crier: Assessing Our Eighth Month of August Joe Bullick

51 Happenings for Seniors 52 Support Our Troops: Checkpoint – Where Military Meets Community Paula Green

Patricia Neurohr, Chair

26 Cover photo: (L to R): Abbey LoBello, Maura Sheedy, Reilly Welsh, Vanessa Vogel of Oakland Catholic


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Welcome to the August 2014 Northern Connection Magazine!

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he August issue of Northern Connection magazine features our 15th annual back-toschool issue. This year’s feature article will inform the readers of some of the innovative ways our local schools are educating their students for the 2014/2015 school year. We are fortunate to live in an area that offers so many top-notch education facilities. Make sure you read this month’s Starting the Conversation on Helicopter Parenting and visit our blog: http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot.com/ to continue the conversation and offer us your advice and input. Summer is still upon us and this month, we offer some suggestions for short trips that will keep your family busy and entertained. The Northern Connection Happenings section also offers some fun activities and events for the family that will help you enjoy the rest of the summer! Check out the Trivia this month and see if you remember some facts about August! Enjoy reading all of Northern Connection magazine’s special features along with our regular monthly columns. Thank you for your continued support. Together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. F

Laura Arnold


Executive Editor Managing Editor/ Public Relations Coordinator

Paula M. Green Marketing & Account Executive and Office Coordinator

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Laura Lyn Arnold Marketing & Account Executives

Mary L. Simpson Marisa Tomasic Design & Production

Kostilnik & Assoc., Inc. Web Master

Swanson Publishing Company Core Writers

Marianne Reid Anderson


President & Publisher

Marion Swanson Piotrowski Marianne Reid Anderson


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Joella Baker Joe Bullick Rosemary Garrity Paula M. Green Barbara A. Killmeyer Suzanne (Suz) Mauro, AICI Ryan C. Meyer Liz Miles Donna Summers Moul, M.S.Ed. Marianne Reid Anderson Stacie Sikora Kelly Smith Distribution

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MOVERS & SHAKERS August 2014

Movers & Shakers Resolve – a novel set against the backdrop of the Pittsburgh Marathon has been named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization. The author, Cranberry Township resident J.J. Hensley, is a former police officer and a former special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. The Town of McCandless is teaming up with the North Allegheny School District and A.W. Beattie Tech to build a museum along Ingomar Road that will house the collection of historic artifacts of local historian and Northern Connection’s own Town Crier, Joe Bullick. The Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) visited Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum during their 44th annual Conclave Theatre Tour on June 28. Monica Ramanathan has been appointed to the prestigious SendOutCards Eagles Nest advisory board.


William C. Marsh, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton has been elected William Marsh chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA). Jennifer Roxbury, senior vice president, chief operating officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton has been selected vice chair of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Group 8. Jeff Donaldson, a resident of Cranberry Township has joined BursonMarsteller as a director in the agency’s Jeff Donaldson Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice.

Parishioners at St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church planted a “Garden of Hope” in April and started donating harvested vegetables to local charities in May. “Short term we are providing fresh produce directly to the North Hills Food Bank. In the fall, we plan to reach out to other organizations,” said Vanessa Capozzi, parish member and ministry leader for the Garden of Hope.

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Traveling Down Under with



’day Mate! We are about to introduce you a 16-year old Seneca Valley Senior High School student who recently returned from an once-in-a-lifetime adventure Down Under. Hannah Hale traveled to Australia as a Student Ambassador. “Hannah was nominated for this educational travel program by an unknown member of the community (a teacher, Girl Scout leader, softball coach etc.) based on her scholastic merit and leadership potential. After being nominated, Hannah had to go through a number of interviews, receive letters of recommendation and complete various academic assignments. This was Hannah’s first experience with People to People,” said Hannah’s mother Karen Hale. Hannah spent 20-days exploring the natural wonders of this magnificent continent in the southern hemisphere. “My trip began in Sydney and ended in Cairns. I traveled north up the Eastern Coast of Australia. My first stop was the Sydney Opera House in Darling Harbor. Along the way, I visited the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Capricorn Caves, Airlie Beach, Wambiana Station in the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest,” Hannah explained. Hannah not only got to see many picturesque sites, she was also able to participate in numerous ventures. “We got to rappel down the Blue Mountains, toboggan down a sand dune, and snorkel in the Tangalooma wreckage. We surfed in the Pacific Ocean, drove across the Tropic of Capricorn, toured the Billabong Animal Sanctuary and visited the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. We also had a farm stay at Wambiana and it was really great experience to reside with an Australian homestay family. The People to People Ambassador Program has been in existence for over 50 years. This initiative has helped more than 500,000 students expand their global awareness, and discover new experiences while having the time of their lives. As Hannah notes, this travel experience was phenomenal, “I would absolutely do this again! This trip has made me realize that I am just scratching the surface of what our earth has to offer us. It has opened my eyes to the endless potential there is to achieve, explore, educate and understand not only our planet, but the people and places in it. I would like to thank our friends, family, mom’s co-workers, and my

dad’s military buddies who were generous and donated funds to help offset the tuition for this trip.” Hannah will be entering her junior year at Seneca Valley. She resides in Jackson Township with her mother Karen, father Michael and her sister Sara. F


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MOVERS & SHAKERS August 2014

Colaizzi’s Hair Styling


olaizzi’s Hair Styling, a full service salon located in McCandless, received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Only the top 5% of qualifying businesses per category, in each market, receive the award. The salon was also named to the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Hall of Fame. Colaizzi’s is part of a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Pittsburgh Award for seven consecutive years. This distinction qualified the salon for the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Hall of Fame. F


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COVER STORY August 2014

Oakland Catholic: Educating Young Women to be Responsible and Respected Global Leaders


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The 2014 graduating class at Oakland Catholic was accepted to over 160 different post-secondary schools of higher learning and received well over $10.8 million in scholarships. “That is a minimal figure,” explains newly appointed president, Mrs. Mary Claire Kasunic, “our students are so used to receiving awards, they don’t always tell us all the offers they receive.”


n July 1st, Mrs. Mary Claire Kasunic assumed the role of president of Oakland Catholic High School, this region’s only all-girls Catholic high school. Kasunic brings impressive credentials and a long history with the school to her position. Since 1992, she has served as both a French and Spanish teacher, chair of the Foreign Languages Department, director of the Joan of Arc Society of Scholars which is achieved with additional academic work outside the classroom, director of Admissions for several years, and interim principal in 2001-2002. In addition, she has instituted and led numerous student activities, such as language-centered trips to Europe. A veteran teacher and parent of three Oakland Catholic graduates and one Central Catholic graduate, Mrs. Kasunic has a clear understanding of Oakland Catholic’s history and its strategic direction for the future. Recently, Oakland Catholic has initiated “Mission Forward,” a program whose focus it is to lead the way in technology in the classroom. To this end, Oakland Catholic has teamed-up with Apple Corporation to provide MacBook® Air Laptops for each student and faculty member. Specialists from Apple locations across the country have come to Oakland Catholic to configure servers, teach faculty and student instructors, and prepare the MacBooks for the rigorous academic programs available at Oakland Catholic from their online resources for learning Mandarin Chinese to the complex bio-informatics program and software applications provided with the support of Carnegie Mellon University. Kasunic said recently, “Mission Forward is Oakland Catholic’s latest endeavor, and in line with our commitment to the school’s mission of educating young women to be ‘responsible and respected global leaders’.” She continued, “Mission Forward, although a 1:1 laptop initiative, is much more than the distribution of devices to students.” Math instructor and project leader of Mission Forward, Karisa Haslett, moreover added “(Mission Forward) is a transformation of the classroom experience.” Instrumental in building the program, Kasunic is excited about the plan because “Our teachers are receiving incredible training and support from the Apple team. Our board of directors is 100% committed to its success. The excitement of the students when we made the announcement was palpable. As most projects we undertake, this vision is shared by the entire school community, and the efforts to make the vision a reality

is the result of school-wide collaboration.” Oakland Catholic foresees becoming an Apple Distinguished School in the future, expanding its ability to provide its students with a cutting edge curriculum that already includes their close relationships with CMU and the University of Pittsburgh. Oakland Catholic’s proximity to the two campuses have allowed their students access to the bioinformatics, chemistry, and physics labs for experiments and research. For example, in cooperation with a program developed through Carnegie Mellon University on bioinformatics, the students have access to a plethora of International databases to study the DNA and genetic sequencing of any organism. In one experiment, the young women of Oakland Catholic were able to remove the genetic sequence of a firefly that is responsible for making it glow and splice it to the genetic code of bacteria to make it glow. In addition to its strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Oakland Catholic maintains an equally strong emphasis on the humanities, the arts, after school activities and sports, and spiritual growth. For instance, many of the students participate in a variety of Campus Ministry activities. Students have traveled on mission trips around the world to assist the poor in places such as Guatemala and Jamaica, as well as, on academic trips to France, Italy, Spain and other European destinations. Oakland Catholic has a very diverse student population with students from local parishes, International students and many non-Catholic students - all eager to experience the opportunities that Oakland Catholic offers to young women who value education and want to contribute to the greater good. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to register to be a part of this amazing high school, visit http://www.oaklandcatholic.org / F


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Back-to-School Innovations in the Classroom BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

Since January, we have been looking at the amazing and innovative ways and means educators in our area have created, developed and implemented technology, experiments and teaching methodologies into their classroom. In this, our August Back-to-School issue, we applaud the many educators, administrators and support personnel that spent their summers learning and adapting their lessons for their students. In this month’s issue, we highlight the following schools and be sure to look for more in our September Back-to-School issue. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School – This brand new, stateof-the-art modern learning facility, located in Cranberry, is COMPLETELY wireless. Since each student and faculty member will be issued a school-owned laptop Windows computer, in addition to any individually-owned mobile devices, all will have Internet access, anywhere, anytime to go from room to room and is ideal for collaboration and team projects. There are also interactive SmartBoards installed in every classroom and will also be loaded with “SchoolView” that will enable teachers or administrators to “push” out content to the SMART Boards for presentations, timely news items and informative broadcasts from television or created from within the school’s own television studio, the possibilities are endless. Visit www. cwnchs.org to learn more or schedule a tour of this innovative school.

tions in the region. CCAC North Campus offers a wealth of programs that many veterans find appealing, including: Criminal Justice & Criminology - This degree program prepares individuals to work in public or private agencies for law enforcement agencies, private security companies, police departments, county sheriff

departments and state highways patrol stations. CCAC offers three program tracks: Law Enforcement; Corrections; or Computer Forensics. Business - CCAC’s Business programs are designed to prepare students for career entry, or for transfer to a four-year college or universi(Continued on page 14)

Community College of Allegheny County - CCAC North Campus Offers Veteran-Friendly Programs & Services. CCAC was recently named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, a global media outlet for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This designation signifies that CCAC is among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and their spouses as students by creating a supportive on-campus environment. With access to a dedicated Veterans Services Center and access to scholarships and veteran-related clubs and activities, it’s no wonder that CCAC continues to attract veterans to its ranks. In fact, CCAC hosts one of the largest student veteran popula www.northernconnectionmag.com

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ty. Individuals interested in either enrolling or obtaining more information should call (412) 366-3700 or visit www.ccac.edu. Oakland Catholic – Oakland Catholic is introducing a new AP Human Geography course this year. The faculty member, Ms. Cynthia McNulty, current Chair of the English Department and instructor in both the English and the Social Studies departments, is teaching the course and has been working with the World Affairs Council and with the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Program. Through these partnerships, Oakland Catholic will also unveil a global competency certificate program. This academic endeavor will furnish the students of Oakland Catholic High School with an educational experience that prepares them for higher learning, the 21st century, and global citizenship. Ms. McNulty is returning from a year sabbatical during which she traveled extensively around the globe and participated in various professional development opportunities.  Key to the development of our Social Studies curriculum, Ms. McNulty was instrumental in a World History program offering AP World


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History along with AP US History, and AP Government. Â The Oakland Catholic Social Studies curriculum works in tandem with the English and Literature curriculum where Ms. McNulty has introduced AP Language and Composition in addition to the traditional AP English Literature course. To learn more, visit http://www. oaklandcatholic.org/. Providence Heights Alpha School - iMac Computers are Innovating Classrooms at Providence Heights Alpha School: Providence Heights Alpha School provides outstanding instruction in fundamental skills, while encouraging original thinking, intellectual curiosity, moral

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Advice on Helicopter Parenting? BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


he world is a dangerous place – without a doubt – and much different than the world I grew-up in where my mother could insist we go outside and play and without any supervision, just with the rule that we had to be back by supper-time. I applaud all the parents out there that work so diligently on overseeing the safety of their children. Quite frankly, it seems to me that it must be exhausting – dangers around every corner, even on their computer through the Internet and social media. How do you do it? But at what point, are parents supposed to pull-back? When I went away to college, my mother asked that I call home once a day to check-in so she wouldn’t worry. Is that enough by today’s standards? On the other hand, as an adjunct professor, I witness every year several college freshman that have no idea how to work a microwave, no idea how to do laundry, and no idea how to manage their time. I used to have a chore list to help my parents and once I was on my own, I was grateful (not as a teenager, of course) and I see that same dawning realization with many college students, as well. But once when I asked a student what her major was, her mother answered instead and said, “WE are majoring in Communications.” Pardon? I still have no idea what the student wanted to have as a major. So how much is too much? How do you know where and when to draw a line? I’d love to know your thoughts, recommendations, and comments. Do you have any advice for other parents? What have you found to work? Let’s Continue the Conversation on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot.com. F

growth and creative self-expression. In addition, the Alpha School is now home to ten new iMac computers! With these computers, students will be able to record and edit audio, video, and photos to reimagine the way they approach their education. Additionally, students will be using these computers to learn valuable skills such as coding and video game design. The experienced faculty at the Alpha School is comprised of individuals with a variety of skills and interests, bringing diversity to their teaching styles. Utilizing the iMac computers and new technology, teachers will have ample opportunity to collaborate together to integrate project-based learning into their curriculum. These iMacs will innovate the way the students are educated. To learn more, please visit their website at www.alphaschool.org or contact them at 412.366.4455. Saint Kilian School – the devoted and innovative faculty at St. Kilian’s has been extremely busy all summer integrating even more state-of-the-art applications for use by the students on their iPads and iPad Mini’s. St. Kilian’s has integrated the iPad and iPad applications into every grade to enhance what the students learn. For example, in addition to using the iPad to learn about artists, art history and create art, students also use an app known as “Garage Band” to create their own songs. Students also use the iPads to strengthen and enrich their math, reading and writing skills. In addition, the faculty are evaluating a variety of applications that will enable them to give assignments, track assignments, track student progress, distribute notes, teach note-taking, share links and information and much more. Visit www.saintkilian. org/school to learn more.

Editor’s Note: As follow-up to last month’s conversation on “Should We Bury The PA Death Tax?”, we reported on a personal experience of a reader from McKeesport. I would like to personally thank those of you who contacted us to voice the concern that he may have overpaid his taxes, particularly, the income tax. If you are in a situation dealing with the death tax or would like to see what can be done during your estate planning, you may want to contact a licensed attorney or here is a list to help you contact your local IRS office: http://www.irs.gov/uac/ContactMy-Local-Office-in-Pennsylvania. Also, for your perusal, is some additional information regarding the PA Death Tax: http://wills.about.com/od/pennsylvania/qt/Overview-Of-Pennsylvania-Inheritance-Tax-Laws.htm.


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Saint Sebastian School – Saint Sebastian School has completed their three-year plan in only two under the leadership of principal Dr. Kathleen Roppa and due to the support of parents, students, faculty and parish. The school has expanded its resources for science, technology, engineering and math including new science labs, SMART Boards throughout that are outfitted with responders for interaction from the students giving immediate feedback to teachers who can then modify the lesson, as necessary. There are also new “document cameras” which enable 3-dimensional projections and are ideal to show various scientific modeling and geometric perspectives. There is also a new accelerated reading program. Now, with the completion of the plan and providing a solid base in technology and innovation. Dr. Roppa is retiring to focus on the needs of her family and would like to applaud the incredible faculty for embracing technology in order to “talk the kids’ language.” To learn more about these accomplishments, visit http://www.saintsebastianparish.org/ and click on “The School.” Saint Vincent College - In addition to Steelers Training Camp, Saint Vincent is also known for its incredible Basilica which is receiving a new state-of-the-art for organ for the Gallery of the Basilica designed by the renowned John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. In 2008, Buzard built a small pipe organ for the Apse, and a large console to control it and a future Gallery Organ. The instrument, now in production in the Builder’s workshops in Champaign, Illinois will bear Opus 40 and 40-R numbers (the “R” designation is for the Apse Organ which incorporates pipework from the

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Abbey’s former Moller Organ.) The new instrument is scheduled for completion by Easter of 2014. The tonal specification was designed in collaboration with the community’s organist, The Rev. Cyprian Constantine, OSB; the visual design was a collaborative effort between the builder and The Rev. Vincent Crosby, the community’s artistic director.  The project is being administered by The Rt. Rev. Douglas Nowicki, OSB, Archabbot, and Mr. Paul Whiteside, director of development. In addition, to the students receiving a minor in sacred music are delighted as are the various vocal ensembles. The Saint Vincent College Concert Series will celebrate the new organ with a performance by Alan Morrison at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, and the Saint Vincent Camerata will perform two concerts celebrating the new organ, the first “Rejoice at the Sound of the Pipe!” on Saturday, Nov. 8 and the second on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” To learn more, visit www.stvincent.edu. Sewickley Academy – the science building at Sewickley Academy has been completely renovated and features new


extended and flexible classroom/lab combinations designed specifically for learning both theory and experimentation, individually, in teams and in collaboration. By using the Microsoft® Surface laptop computers, students can access and use a variety of scientific equipment also known as “probeware.” Probeware is scientific equipment which allows probes to be interfaced with software and computer systems for the purpose of collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data. In addition to its bio/chem core, Sewickley Academy is also offering a complete array of diverse tri-mester electives including ecology, intro to forensics, experimental design, astronomy, modern physics which examines quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity, and much more. To learn more about Sewickley Academy, visit www.sewickley.org.

school day and on weekends. The robotics team competes regionally and has been invited to the Western PA Championship at the National Robotics Center in CMU. The team designs and build a robot that completes a specific task completely out of Lego’s®. In rocketry, students compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge that is sponsored by the aerospace industry. The students design, build and fly a model rocket that must reach a certain altitude, stay aloft for a certain duration and land. The Science Olympiads encompass 23 different events that focus on different areas of science. The team has won regionally, gone on to both states where only the top two teams go on to nationals and where they have competed nine times in the past twelve years. To learn more, visit http:// www.shadysideacademy.org/.

Shady Side Academy – Shady Side Academy Middle School has renovated science labs that bring the school’s science facilities up to par with its high caliber science programs and extra-curricular science activities including robotics, rocketry and their championship Science Olympiad teams which use the labs at the end of the

Vincentian Academy - Construction is underway for more facilities upgrades at Vincentian Academy. This fall the Academy will offer a brand new Chem Lab. The lab will transform Vincentian Academy into a 21st century facility that supports contemporary science instruction, provide students access to the latest digital

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technologies, cutting-edge experiment equipment, current computer simulations and enhanced safety features. Vincentian Academy’s esteemed faculty will also be trained in new technologies

that will develop curriculums based on problem solving and exploratory learning. In addition, Vincentian Academy will offer a second language at the Academy in 2014-15 School Year. The expansion of the language program at Vincentian Academy will now offer French I.  In addition to the new language being offered, Vincentian Academy’s Spanish curriculum will become even stronger with new features.  This summer, Vincentian Academy’s Spanish faculty member, Beverly Buxareo, traveled to Spain to study new curriculum innovations that will enhance the foreign language curriculum at the Academy.  The enhancements will create innovative teaching methods for foreign language development, while fostering educational excellence in the classroom for global competitiveness in foreign language studies. To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit http://www. vincentianacademy.org/. Western PA Montessori School – The name Montessori itself is synonymous with innovation. Dedicated to creating a love of learning in children during the foundation years, Western PA Montessori


School accepts children from 20 months to six years old. Celebrating, its 50th year, Western PA Montessori School continues focusing learning through a self-paced process for each child. Teachers are expert in keeping detailed records on each child’s progress, activities, and their own observations of child’s preferred method of learning. In addition to letters, numbers, sounds, reading, writing, mathematics and much more, the children are taught respect, respect for themselves, others, the materials, and even their environment. Since 3, 4 and 5 year olds learn together, many times the younger children learn from the older children. Western PA Montessori School is noted for having a peaceful and calm educational environment. To learn more, register or to schedule a tour, visit http://wpms.edu/. If you are offering an innovative program or extra-curricular activities for the coming school year, be sure and be featured in our September’s special backto-school issue, contact us by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or calling 724940-2444. F

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Back to School Directory CCAC

PA Cyber Charter School

Central Catholic High School

Providence Heights Alpha School

ccac.edu 412-237-3100 See ad on page 22 Centralcatholichs.com 412-208-3400 See ad on page 18

Commonwealth Connection Academy

connectionsacademy.com/connect 1-800-382-6019 See ad on page 17

Eden Christian Academy Berkeley Hills Campus Edenchristianacademy.org 412-364-8055 See ad on page 21

Eden Christian Academy Wexford Campus Edenchristianacademy.org 724-935-9301 See ad on page 21

Eden Christian Academy Mt. Nebo Campus Edenchristianacademy.org 412-741-2825 See ad on page 21

La Roche College

laroche.edu 412-536-1260 or 800-838-4572 See ad on page 21

Montessori Children’s Community

Pacyber.org 1-888-PACYBER See ad on page 22 Alphaschool.org 412-366-4455 See ad on page 21

Rothrock’s Kung Fu welovekungfu.com 724-940-0120 See ad on page 14

Saint Alexis Catholic School Stalexisschool.org 724-935-3940 See ad on page 13

Saint Alphonsus School Stals.org 724-935-1152 See ad on page 17

Saint Gregory School stgregzelie.org 724-452-9731 See ad on page 23

Saint James School Stjamesschool.us 412-741-5540 See ad on page 14

Saint Joseph High School SaintJosephHS.com 724-226-4932 See ad on page 15

Saint Sebastian School

Montessorichildrenscommunity.org 412-741-8982 See ad on page 16

Saintsebastianparish.org 412-364-7171 See ad on page 25

North Pittsburgh Dance Alliance

Sewickley Academy

northpittsburghdancealliance.com 724-625-5400 See ad on page 20

Sewickley.org 412-741-2235. See ad on page 19

Northside Catholic School

Tender Care Learning Centers

Northsidecatholicschool.org 412-761-5043 ext. 3001 See ad on page 14

Oakland Catholic Oaklandcatholic.org 412- 682-6633 See ad on page 11

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart olsh.org 412-262-3300 See ad on page 23





egan Carcaise, 14, won the National Title: Teen Miss Extreme Talent at the 2014 National Extreme Talent Showcase dance competition. Having also won the title at regionals, Miss Carcaise went on to the national competition that took place here in Pittsburgh at West Mifflin Middle School. Miss Carcaise was judged by several dance professionals including dancers from So You Think You’ve Got Talent and Teen Beach Movie who also taught master classes and participated in a special meet-and-greet. During the competition, Miss Carcaise performed two solos, one lyrical and one contemporary as well as several team and group numbers. Miss Carcaise’s dance school is North Pittsburgh Dance Alliance where she is a member of their Senior Company dance team. “I would like to thank everyone at the North Pittsburgh Dance Alliance,” said Miss Carcaise “especially my teachers Jennifer Vrabel and Tina Kay, and for making it possible to compete at the 2014 National Extreme Talent Showcase dance competition.” According to her dance instructor Jennifer Vrabel, Miss Carcaise “dances everything, ballet, point, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary, and she is extremely dedicated and very determined, putting in countless hours at the studio.” For more information on the North Pittsburgh Dance alliance, visit their site at www.northpittsburghdancealliance.com. Miss Carcaise also attends Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and is entering her sophomore year. Miss Carcaise is also active as a cheerleader and as a member of the Future Educators program where she goes into the local parochial schools to teach various lessons. To learn more about Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, visit http://www.olsh.org/ F

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School Movers & Shakers

North Allegheny


The North Allegheny Junior Classical League team finished with their 17th consecutive state championship. In addition, the Level 1 Certamen Team earned first place in the state. Team members are: Gunasheil Mandava, Julia Maruca, Remi Akindele, Kathryn Barancyk, Jane Venezia and Eric Ricci. Gunsheil Mandava earned the Overall Academic Award and Ashwin Reddy won the Individual Overall Champion Award.

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports announced that Brianna Schwartz of Shaler Area High School as its 2013-14 Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Schwartz is the first Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Shaler Area High School.

Avonworth School District is having the grand opening of their Primary Center. Ribbon cutting ceremony is 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 23, 1310 Roosevelt Rd, Ohio Twp., behind the elementary school. For info, visit http://www.avonworth. k12.pa.us/pages/Avonworth_School_ District

Derek Wang, a 2014 North Allegheny High School graduate has been named to the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team.

North Allegheny 2014 graduate, Surabhi Beriwal has been announced as a member of the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. North Allegheny Air Force JROTC (AFJROTC) academic team composed of Lionel Gumireddy, Brian Luebbert-Hill, Jonathan Caulkins, Joseph Caulkins and Michael Struk earned first place in the 2013-14 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship. Two North Allegheny High School students have been accepted into Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools this summer. They are: Songela Chen and Victor Mao. Fifteen North Allegheny School District (NASD) students won honors at the Pennsylvania Junior


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Academy of Science (PJAS) State Meeting. The honorees were: Nikhil Behari, Adelle Fernando, Eric Mi, Ashwin Reddy, Gabe Ren, Pranav Murthy, Terry Faber, Vibha Reddy, Nila Suresh, Siddarth Narayan, Pranav Cannanbilla, William Cheng, Mohit Bhide, Zain Mehdi and Shanelle Fernando. North Allegheny Senior High School Student Council has been recognized, for the seventh consecutive year, by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) in their 2014 National Student Council Awards Program.

Fox Chapel Katie Orr, a 2014 graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School was chosen by the Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North chapter of Zonta International as this year’s Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award honoree. (Continued on page 50)

Saint Sebastian Saint Sebastian School graduated 48 eighth graders on June 2. At the Commencement Liturgy the following awards were presented: Pastor’s Award: Luke Calderaro; Principal’s Award: Alecia Spagnolo; Liturgical Minister Award: Christina Koman, Brianna McDonagh, Dominic Melchiorre and Alexis Moskala; American Legion Award: Grace Doerfler and Dominic Melchiorre.

Shady Side Academy

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has named four new Early Career Fellows for 201415. They are: James Alex Bonus, Anna Ly, Alanna Peebles and Brian Puerling.

Summer renovations are underway in two science labs at Shady Side Academy Middle School in Fox Chapel, bringing the school’s science facilities up to par with its high-caliber science program.

La Roche College

Saint Vincent College senior Katie Kohler is interning at C-SPAN’s Washington, D.C., headquarters this summer.

Seemingly-endless rolls of wire are being unfurled across the Saint Vincent College campus this summer as technicians install miles of cable as part of a major upgrading of technology services for students, faculty and staff.

Thomas B. Hassett, executive director of global engagement at La Roche College received the Delwin K. Gustafson Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC). Thomas White, a 1997 graduate of La Roche College is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards. La Roche College and Gannon University recently signed a new articulation agreement which will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree from both institutions within five years. The program is available to current and prospective students, visit admissions@ laroche.edu.

Saint Vincent College Hollywood actors and Saint Vincent Summer Theatre stage veterans Stuart and Joy Pankin Joy Pankin Stuart Pankin served as honorary chairpersons for the 25-year celebration of the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala on July 11. Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., assistant to the president for mission and instructor at Saint Vincent College was honored by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh at its Humanity Day Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Banquet.


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A scene from Skippyjon Jones courtesy of TheaterWorks USA

For the Love of Theatre BY STACIE SIKORA

“Perhaps I don’t look like some red-hot mama, but believe me that’s just what I am…” This past fall I had the privilege to perform as the crazed secretary, Roz Hart, in the hit musical 9 to 5 at Saint Vincent College, and every night that these words escaped my mouth, I couldn’t help but feel as though they were some-what true.


hen I joined the world of “theatre kids” back in 2006, I never imagined the impact such a community of people could have on my life. The theatre provides children and adults the rare chance to escape, to become someone else or travel away to a different world, and for me it provided confidence and friendships that have lasted far into adulthood. The most mesmerizing fact of the theatre is that it doesn’t matter if you are an audience member, stage crew, the director, or even a donator—theatre changes people’s worldviews, and helps them grow in love and respect for the world around them. Although I had always dreamed of stepping into the spotlight of the high school stage, just like my older sister, I was never allotted the opportunity, and I spent the next four years of my life backstage working the flies and props table. As a stage crew member, I realized the true importance of every role in the theatre. Even though I wasn’t living my dream on the stage, I still had a crucial role to play every night, and I learned skills that I had never thought I would attain. I had an entire cast depending on me to carry the show on each night, and that feeling of importance is intoxicating. If you have always wanted to participate in theatre, but don’t have the courage to stand on the stage and perform, then stage crew is your calling. Those people backstage in black are the cogs and wheels of the show—without them the performance is void.


As much as I loved stage crew, I didn’t find my true passion until I joined The Company, a student-run theatre group at Saint Vincent College. In my first semester as a freshman, The Company opened up its arms to me and welcomed me in like an old friend. In that first semester, I received a solo role as a lead country singer in Footloose, and the rest is history. In The Company I performed as amazing characters like Rizzo from Grease and Elphaba from Wicked, and with each role, I became more confident in myself and more sociable with others. Nothing can match that joy of hearing an audience’s laughter or shock at a performance, and no group of people could ever be more accepting. I forged friendships which will last a lifetime, and I even got to try my hand at assisting in direction of a show. I have only delved into amateur theatre and not professional, but I know both production groups need support to continue to thrive. Whether you audition for your local theatre, donate to a production, or attend a performance, your action will be aiding an extremely worthy group of people. After all, as William Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” Please play your role and support the arts. One way to introduce children to live theater and to instill a great appreciation for the arts is through the Citizen’s Bank Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series. The 2014-2015 Season offers five imaginative, live

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performances that are full of creativity and fun. There are also volunteer opportunities for parents and families to volunteer at the performances where you will gain behind-the-scenes information on what goes into putting on a live performance and even participate in special artist meet and greet receptions. Most performances debut at the Byham Theater in the Cultural District downtown and then travel to a location near you in the suburbs. Shows travel to community venues all over the city, and here in the northern area, the performances take place at Marshall Middle School in Marshall Township and at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School in Butler County. The Citizen’s Bank Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series is extremely affordable, with an Early-Bird Special currently available where you can subscribe to all five shows for only $40 per person. Tickets for individual performances, groups and flex vouchers are also available. To learn more or purchase tickets, go to www. trustarts.org/kids. F


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Families Enjoy Rides, at Pennsylvania BY PAULA GREEN


hether you’re climbing the hill on a coaster, chugging along in a train or sitting on a bench taking in sites, a day at an amusement park is filled with laughter and excitement. It is even more thrilling when you are accompanying children; after all they have a tendency to bring out the kid in all of us. Pennsylvania has its fair share of great amusement parks, take a ride along and see the fun places that are located in our beautiful state. Kennywood Park - Native Pittsburghers know that all large, yellow arrow signs point the way to Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin. This year commemorates the 90th anniversary of those legendary directional markers. The park itself was built in 1898, and today it has 31 major rides, including three wooden coasters, two steel coasters, water rides, kid’s rides and other exciting attractions. New this year, is the sit-down restaurant Johnny Rockets which took over the spot formerly occupied by the Carousel Food Court. For more info, visit https://www.kennywood.com. Idlewild Park & Soak Zone is located in Ligonier. It received the coveted Golden Ticket Award for Best Children’s Park. Nestled in the Laurel Mountains of Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Idlewild is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania. It opened in 1878. The park also has an attached water park called Soak Zone and an enchanted section called Story Book Forest. The new attraction for 2014 is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Visit https://www.idlewild.com/ Waldameer Park and Water World is an amusement / water park is located in Erie at the base of Presque Isle. It is the fourth oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania, and the tenth oldest in the United States. It has coasters, thrill rides


and water sliders – fun for the whole family. For details, visit http://www.waldameer.com. Conneaut Lake Park is a summer amusement resort, located in Conneaut Lake, Penna., has long served as a regional tourist destination, and is loved by roller coaster enthusiasts for its classic Blue Streak coaster, which was recently classified as “historic” by the group American Coaster Enthusiasts. Visit http://www.conneautlakepark.com/hours.html. Hershey Park located in Hershey, Penna., is truly a sweet place to visit. The park itself boasts over 70 rides, including 12 roller coasters, 20 kiddies’ rides. There is also a boardwalk and guests can splash around in the water park. A must see – is a visit to the world famous “Chocolate World,” which is - the sweetest place on earth. This family themed park is situated in Derry Township, about 15 miles east of Harrisburg, and 95 miles west of Philadelphia. For info, visit http://www.hersheypark.com. Dutch Wonderland family amusement park is “A Kingdom for Kids.” Located in East Lancaster, the park opened in 1963. It was voted one of the Top Five Best Kids Park in the World Amusement Today magazine. With over 30 fun-filled rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, and live entertainment, Dutch Wonderland is a wonderful place to explore. For details, visit https://www.dutchwonderland.com. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is located in Allentown. It is 60 to 90 minutes – or less – from most points in metropolitan Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, northeast and central Pennsylvania and Delaware. Dorney’s attractions include eight roller coasters, thrill rides, Planet Snoopy, water rides, dining and live shows. Visit https://www.dorneypark.com.

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Thrills & Attractions Amusement Parks Knoebel’s Amusement Park is situated in the Poconos. This free admission amusement park is located in the woodsy atmosphere of Pennsylvania. It offers rides, camping, picnic grounds, and sporting activities. Two attractions worth checking out are – the Phoenix Roller Coaster, which is one of the top wooden roller coasters in America. The other major attraction is the Carousel Museum. For info, visit http:// www.knoebels.com. Lakemont Park, located in Altoona, houses the world’s oldest-surviving roller coaster, the Leap-The-Dips. The park opened in 1894 as a trolley park and became an amusement park in the summer of 1899. It is home to over 30 rides and attractions, including the Island Waterpark, two rollercoasters, Go-Kart track, the kids Mini-Indy Go-Karts, Spins’ n Grins Kiddieland, an 18 hole miniature golf course, and arcade, games. Visit http:// www.lakemontparkfun.com/attractions.html. DelGrosso’s Amuseument Park is located in Tipton, Penna., north of Altoona. It is home to more than 30 rides and attractions including Kid’s Kingdom as well as an extensive Water Park complete with the Tipton Waterworks & Rapids. The park also has games, miniature golf and the Altoona-Tipton Speedway Go-Karts. For details, visit http:// www.mydelgrossopark.com. Sesame Place is one of the happiest amusement parks in Pennsylvania... the theme park where Sesame Street comes to life! Enjoy a summer vacation with rides, shows, water attractions suited to very young children. It is one of 11 parks operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. It is located in Langhorne, in Bucks County. Well there you have it, which ever park you choose to visit – have a happy and safe enjoyable time! F www.northernconnectionmag.com

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HAPPENINGS August 2014

Happenings North Happenings Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collections, Aug. 16 & 30, Sept. 13, Oct. 18 & Nov. 8, Butler County. Visit www. recyclebutler.us. North Allegheny Horsemen’s Association shows, Aug. 17-Open Show, Sept. 7-All Day Pleasure, Sept. 28-Fun/ Game, North Park Horse Show Ring. For info the Jul. 6 show, call (412) 364-6500, all others call (412) 784-0860. North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program is looking for vehicle donations that will provide transportation for low-income individuals. Call (724) 443-8300 or www.communityauto.org. North Hills Food Bank, 10 a.m.1:45 p.m. every Tues & Thurs, rear parking lot of Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway. Call, (412) 366-7477 or www. northhillsfoodbank.com. Donations always welcome.

WorkAble offers free employment services to unemployed and underemployed people in Allegheny County. Call Harriet, (412) 408-3830 ext. 3219 or hzgibbs@nhco.org.

Mondays Chisel and Chips Carvers of North Pittsburgh meetings, meets 6:30-10 p.m., the 2nd Monday of every month, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park. For info, call (724) 940-0034. Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit Bogmeisters.com. Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month 7 p.m.(no meeting in August), Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329. Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 4, Coal Miner’s Daughter;

Aug. 11, Sense & Sensibility; Aug. 18, The Grand Budapest; Aug. 25, Some Like it Hot, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. For info, visit http://www.thelegacylineup. com/movies/

Tuesdays North Pittsburgh Mother of Multiples meeting, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Tues., of the month, North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Rd. For info, visit www.facebook.com/NPMOMS. Wednesday Ask the Attorney, free legal advice for those who qualify, 7 p.m., Aug. 13, NHCO North Boroughs, Sept. 10, NHCO Allison Park, Oct. 8, NHCO Millvale. Pre-register at, (412) 408-3830 or hzgibbs@nhco.org. Country Knight Line Dancers host a line dance 7-10:30 p.m. every Wed., in St. Athanasius Hall, cost $5 per person. Call, Janine (412) 931-6971 or janine.beley@ gmail.com.

Thursdays Cranberry Women’s Club, meets 7 p.m. the 2nd Thurs of the month, Cranberry Library Meeting Room. Contact Sandy, (724) 779-1854. Handicapable Square Dancing Lessons, Thurs., thru Oct., Dorseyville Alliance Church. Volunteers needed to assist. For details, call Marti or Gary (724) 443-2616. National Aviary Night, 5-9 p.m., 3rd Thurs., of the month. Half price admission, 21 and over. For details, (412) 258-9445.

Saturdays Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, Aug. 9, Black & Gold Pirates/Steelers Party, free dance lesson 7:30 p.m., dance 8 p.m., Aug. 23, Free Speed Dating & Nacho Night. West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly.com.

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Arts & Entertainment Coolligraphy, a free lecture will be held 6:15 p.m., Aug. 22, at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry Twp. For info, visit www.pghcreativearts.com. Monotype Prints: An Exploration of Color and Texture, runs thru Aug. 31, 709 Penn Gallery, in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For info, visit TrustArts.org. Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, Aug. 22-23, at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry Twp. For info, visit www.pghcreativearts.com. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Broadway Across America: Oct. 28-Nov. 2, Annie; Nov. 18-23, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. For info, visit TrustArts.org. Pure Gold, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 16, Legacy Theatre, McCandless Twp. Call 1-877-9876487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com. Second Saturday Workshops, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug 9, Drawing the Clothed Figure, and Making Comics with Tom Scioli. For details, call (412) 456-6666 or visit www.trustarts.org/education/community/ classes. Some Begins exhibition runs thru Aug. 24, 707 Penn Gallery, in the Cultural District. For info, visit TrustArts.org. The World Goes ‘Round, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 & 20, 2 p.m., Sept. 14 & 21, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

Health & Wellness Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) is accepting nominations for its 2014 physician and community awards. Deadline for submission is Aug. 29. Nomination forms are available online at www.acms.org. Diabetes and Your Feet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 13, Donor Hall at UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. Free, but please register at https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default. aspx. Lizzy’s Bikes, a Kiwanis Club of Mars community action program, provides free bikes to local needy children. Call (724) 779-4364 or email LizzysBikes@yahoo.com.

Counseling Berkley Hills Lutheran Church is offering it Stephen Ministry Program for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, illnesses, job loss, loss of home, military deployment & other life struggles. Free & confidential program for people of any faith. Call (412) 486-4010 or www.bhlc.org. Professional Counseling, need someone to talk with but can’t afford it or lack health coverage. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300.

Networking Cranberry Chapter of the Women’s Business Network

meets 7:30 a.m., Aug. 7 & 21, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Call Marcia, (724) 5383059. Criders Corner Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets noon, Aug. 14 & 28, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, 2045 Mackenzie Way, Cranberry Twp. Call Annette, (724) 316-8005. Friday Morning “Coffee Club,” 8-9 a.m., Fridays, Butler County Chamber of Commerce. For details, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com North Hills Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 9 a.m., Aug. 8 & 22, Club Sandwich, 10150 Kummer Rd., Allison Park. Call Debbie, (724) 449-8368. North Hills Newcomers & Friends Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Sept. 9, Bravo. Visit www.northhillsnewcomers.org or email NHNFmembership@gmail.com. Professional Referral Exchange (PRE) meets 7:15 a.m., Weds, Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Ken, at (610) 496-7600 or visit, www.prenetworking.net. Seven Fields Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Aug. 7 & 21, Concordia Life Care Community, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call Nina, (724) 772-1922. Summer Mixers sponsored by the Butler Chamber: “Joint Chamber Mixer in Foxburg,” 5-7 p.m., Aug. 13; “Joint Chamber Mixer in Grove City,” 6-8 p.m., Aug. 20; “End of the Summer Mixer at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course,” 5:307:30 p.m. Call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ ButlerCountyChamber.com. Toastmasters Cranberry High Noon Club, meets noon-1 p.m., every Mon., at the Cranberry Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Suite 400. Guest & new members are welcome. Call Mary Jo, (412) 367-7710 or http://3331281.toastmastersclubs.org. Wexford Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8 a.m., Aug. 12 & 26, Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call Kathy, (724) 934-5143.

Volunteer Opportunities American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients who are undergoing treatments to & from their appts. Interested volunteers should call (412) 919-1100 or emailsharon. stalter@cancer.org. Volunteers are needed at the Repurposed Thrift Store in the Northway Mall. The store is accepting donations of any kind. They support Living in Liberty, a nonprofit who helps women rescued from human trafficking. To volunteer, call (412) 548-3755. Volunteer Orientation, 10 a.m., Aug. 7, NHCO Millvale and Sept. 11, NHCO Allison Park. Register at, (412) 408-3830 ext. 3215 or lkrobins@nhco.org. (Continued on page 30)


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HAPPENINGS August 2014

School Happenings & Summer/Fall Courses

Yoga with a Twist, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 11-Dec. 4, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www. orchardhillchurch.com/.

Avonworth Primary Center Grand Opening & Community Celebration, 10:30 a.m., Aug. 23, ribbon cutting ceremony, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., tours, music, games and food, located behind the elementary school on Roosevelt Road.

Zumba, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tues., Sept. 9-Dec. 2, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/.

Ballroom Dancing, 7 p.m., 1st & 3rd Fri., Sept. 5-Dec. 5, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www. orchardhillchurch.com/.

Seminars & Workshops

Discover Days for prospective graduate, adult and transfer students, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tues., thru Aug. 12, at La Roche College’s Palumbo Service Center, Room 104. Register online, at (412) 536-1260. Mommy & Me Ballet, 10-11 a.m., Weds, Oct. 15-Nov. 19, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www. orchardhillchurch.com/. Saint Vincent Concert Series, Sept. 6, Yun-Chin Zhou; Oct. 4, the Petar Jankovic Ensemble. For info, call (724) 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Saint Ursula School is accepting registration for Pre-K, kindergarten thru 8th grade 2014-15 school year. They also offer an aftercare program until 6 p.m., 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. For info, call (412) 486-5511. Summer Artisan Bazaar, runs thru-Aug. 9, North Hills Art Center, 3432 Babcock Blvd., Ross Twp. For info, call (412) 364-3622 or www.northhillsartcenter.org. Summer Visit Day at La Roche College, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 8, Babcock Bld., Allison Park. For info, call (412) 536-1272 or 800-838-4572 or laroche.edu. Tai Chi Exercise for Beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sats., Sept. 6-Dec. 6, (no class Nov. 29), Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/.


The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Single Bullet Theory, 11 a.m., Sept. 9, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

International Spy Academy, Agents for the one True God Vacation Bible Camp, 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 6-8, closing 10 a.m., Aug. 9, Dorseyville Alliance Church, 3703 Saxonburg Blvd. To register, call (412) 767-4600. Orchard Hill Events: Blended (step-family), 7-8:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4-Nov. 6; DivorceCare for Kids, 7-9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4-Dec. 4; DivorceCare, 7-9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4- Dec. 4; GriefShare, 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 4-Dec. 4; Journey of Hope, 6:30-8 p.m., 3rd Mon., Sept. 15-Dec. 15; Financial Peace, 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 11. For details, call (724) 935-5555 or http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/


Effective Goal Setting, noon, Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Butler Chamber of Commerce. For info, call (724) 283-222 or email Stan@ButlerCountyChamber.com.

Diabetes Prevention Program begins 10:30 a.m., Aug. 7, VA Butler Healthcare. To learn more, call 1-800-3628262 ext. 5504.

International Fraud Scams and How They Can Affect You, 11 a.m., Aug, 26, Legacy Theatre, McCandless Twp. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup. com.

North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month, Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 487-9532 or www.qovf.org.

Rooney: A Sporting Life, 11 a.m., Sept. 23, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

Spiritual Community Bible Study, a non-denominational group is accepting registrations for the fall program which begins Sept. 4. Meetings are 9:15-11:15 a.m., every Thurs., Sept.-May. For info, call Norma at (412) 366-5079 or cnjl@comcast.net or pittsburghnorth.cbsclass.org. Community Nursing Foundations of Faith, 4-day prep course for faith community nurses and lay health ministers, Sept. 12 & 13 and Oct. 3 & 4, UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., uptown. Visit www.pmhs.org.

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Veterans Discover HOPE Here-Career, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8:45 p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@gmail.com or www.discoverhopehere.com. Veterans Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. For details, visit www.prevention. va.gov/B_Physically_ Active.asp. Veterans Recognition Event, Aug. 29, during the first Raider football home game, NexTier Stadium track. For details, visit www.svsd.net/VeteranRecogntion.

Reunions Holy Ghost High School All Class Reunion for classes 1941-1983, Oct. 11. For details, email Holyghostallclassreunion@gmail.com. St. Athanasius Grade School Class of 1970 Reunion, 10 a.m., Oct. 19, Four Points Sheraton, 910 Sheraton Dr., Mars/Cranberry. Classmates from ’69 & ’71 are invited to join. Looking for classmates of St. A’s & North Hills HS Class of’74. RSVP to Marigrace at (412)653-7696 or mg62529@att.net.

Festivals Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 29-31 & 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 1, Westmoreland Fairgrounds. For info, call (724) 863-4577 or www.familyfestivals.com. Rusyn Food Festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 7-9, St. John the Baptist Greek Catholic Church, 450 Glenwood Dr., Ambridge. For info, (724) 266-2879 or (412) 749-0675. Saint Alexis Festival, 6-11 p.m., Jul. 31 & Aug. 1 & 2, 10090 Old Perry Hwy., Wexford. Rides, games, nightly dinners, family fun. For info, call (724) 935-4343 or visit www.stalexis. org. Saint Ferdinand Church Family Festival, 6-11, Aug. 8; 5-11, Aug. 9, and 4-9 p.m., Aug. 10, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For info, visit www.StFerd.org.

“Summer Singing Festival” Girls’ Just Wanna Have Fun.....and Ice Cream!!! Love to Sing? Greater Harmony Chorus is the place for you on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 from 7-9 pm. Admission is FREE and women of all ages are invited to see what the fun is all about. Deer Creek Presbyterian Church, 33 Bairdsford Rd., Gibsonia 15044. www.greaterharmony.org or 412-613-9800 Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, Aug. 8 & 9, Winchester Thurston School North Campus, 4225 Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 449-9373 or email 3rstf.org@gmail.com.

Summer / Fall Events Ambridge Eagles Wings Cook-Off, 2-6 p.m., Aug. 3, Ambridge Eagles Club on the corner of 4th & Maplewood Ave., in Ambridge. Benefits the American Diabetes Association & Diabetes Research Center in Iowa. Auto Raffle at St. Ferdinand Church, tickets available Aug. 8-Nov. 15, at the church office, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For info, call (724) 776-2888 or www.StFerd. org. Knittreat, Nov. 13-16, Omni Bedford Springs Hotel. For details, visit www.knittreat.com. Movie in the Park, The Lego Movie, 9 p.m., Aug. 12, Rotary Amphitheater in Cranberry Township. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. National Aviary: Brunch featuring Atria’s, seating 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., Aug. 10 & Sept. 21, required reservations (412) 258-9445. Steel City Con, Aug. 8-10, Monroeville Convention Center, Guest appearances by Penny Marshall, Steve Guttenberg, Billy Dee Williams, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest and more. For info, visit http://ww.steelcitycon.com. Train Rides in the Mars Shortline Railroad in Mars, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every Fri., & 1-4 p.m., the 2nd Sat., of every month thru Sept., Mars History & Landmark’s Society, #1 Brickyard Rd. Donations are appreciated. For info, call (724) 272-9588 or www.marshistory.org.

Cindystock 11, 4 p.m., Aug. 16, picnic at a private Wexford residence. Benefits local cancer charities. Includes music and dinner buffet. For info, visit www.cindystock.org. Flash Tattoo day, noon-7 p.m., Aug. 2, Brother’s Keeper in West View. Benefits North Hills Community Outreach. For info, visit http://www.brotherskeepertattoopgh.com. North Hills Community Outreach Winter Coat Drive, Mon-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 25-Oct. 24, or 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27,1975 Ferguson Rd. For info, call (412) 4876316, opt. 1 Penn Christian Academy (PCA) 5K, Sept. 13, at Penn Christian Academy in Butler. Proceeds support programs through the Succop Conservancy, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. For info, visit www.pennchristianacademy.org. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team is having a fundraiser thru Sept. 11. For details, visit http://igg. me/at/paart. Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 10, Shaler North Hills Library. For details, call (412) 486-0211 x116.

Walk-a-thons & Runs Scrub Run/Walk Twilight Road Race, 7 p.m., Aug. 22, North Park on Hemlock Dr. “Best Dressed Scrubs” contest. Sponsored by the Passavant Hospital Foundation. For details, call (412) 748-6640 or visit PassavantHospitalFoundation.org. Westmoreland Yough Trail Poker Run, 9 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) Sept. 1, starts at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River. Call (724) 872-5586 or www. bikewytc.org.



Butterfly Ball benefits The Woodlands Foundation, 6 p.m., Sept. 20, Oakmont Country Club, 1233 Hutton Rd., Oakmont. For details, visit www.MyWoodlands.org.

Antique Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 20 & 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 21, Harmony Museum, 303 Mercer Rd. Harmony. For info, call (724) 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org. (Continued on page 32)


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HAPPENINGS August 2014

Gardening & Farmers Markets Farmers Market at Shady Side Academy, 3-6 p.m. thru Oct. 29, first parking lot on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Fox Chapel. For info, www.shadysideacademy.org/ssafarm. If you have extra garden vegetables then consider donating it to North Hills Community Outreach’s Food Pantry, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, or 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. For details, (412) 487-6316, opt.1 or www.nhco.org. Volunteer hours at the Rosalinda Sauro Garden, 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue, a program of North Hills Community Outreach. Hrs. are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1st, 2nd & 4th Weds & 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. For info, visit www.nhco.org or contact Rose at rmwise@nhco.org. Volunteers needed for North Hills Community Outreach Tomato Harvest, 4-6 p.m., Aug. 6, Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue. No-opened toes shoes. Register at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3311 or www.nhco.org/garden.

Golf & Sporting Events Antique Gun Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 9, Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., Stewart Hall. For info, call (724) 452-7341 or www. harmonymuseum.org. Cranberry Township Rotary Golf Outing, shotgun start 12:30 p.m., Aug. 25, Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City. For info, or to register, contact Jerome at jeromes@sailmc.com. Ladies’ Golf Outing sponsored by Butler County Chamber, Aug. 6, Conley Resort in Butler. To register, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com.


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Pine Community Parks Golf Classic, Aug. 21, at Olde Stonewall. For info or to register, call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us. Saint Barnabas Charities Fall Classic, 1 p.m., Sept. 22, Butler Country Club. Call (724) 625-3770 or StBarnabasGolf.com. Shaler Area Ice Hockey Golf Outing, 11 a.m., Oct. 5, LakeVue North Golf Course. For info, call Julie at (412) 298-7745 or julieyuiska@hotmail.com.

Library Food Truck Round Up, noon-5 p.m., Aug. 2, Northland Library. Participants include BRGR, Brusters, Franktuary, Oh My Grill, Pittsburgh Pierogi, Saucy Mama’s, Street Food Pgh & Wood Fired Flatbreads. For info, visit www.northlandlibrary.org. Millvale Library: Join MCL Kids, noon-2 p.m., Tues-Fri., thru Aug. 26, (includes free lunch, registration requested); Call (412) 822-7081 or millvalelibrary@gmail.com. Northland Public Library Programs: Birds of Western PA, 7 p.m., Aug. 7; Medicare, Putting the Pieces Together, 7 p.m., Aug. 18; AARP Smart Driver Courses, Aug. 19-21;Indian Cooking Class 7 p.m., Aug. 21; Writers at Work, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 11. Kindergarten Boot Camp, 10 a.m., Aug. 11-13; Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 3 p.m., Aug. 16, Computer Class in Aug. For info, call(412) 366-8100 or www.northlandlibrary.org. Algebra 1 Math Camp, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 11-13, Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Free event. For info, contact Sharon at mcraes@einetwork.net. Pre-Algebra Math Camp, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 5 & 6, Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Free event. For info, contact Sharon at mcraes@einetwork.net.

Ovarian Coalition (NOCC) Pittsburgh Walk for the Whisper BY PAULA GREEN


unners and walkers will band together on a special Sunday in September to show their support, and fight against a deadly disease that affects numerous women every year. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) will hold their annual 5K Run / 5 Mile & 1 Mile Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. The event will begin 8:30 a.m. for runners; with a 9:30 a.m. start for the walkers (registration opens 7 a.m.) Sept. 14, at the North Park Boathouse. Ovarian cancer is a silent disease because there is no early detection test for it, nor is there a vaccination. Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Often times, the disease has progressed into advanced stages by the time it is diagnosis. Over 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 14,000 women die annually from the disease. When caught in the earlier stages, this disease if 90% treatable. Awareness is the key to early diagnosis and women need to know its symptoms. They include – bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, women should consult with their physician. The Pittsburgh Chapter of NOCC was formed in 2000 by Karen Bowers, Julene Fabrizio and Carolyn Gardner. The trio met while they were undergoing treatment for the disease. Although they are no longer with us, the fight they started rages on. This year marks the 14th anniversary of NOCC Ovarian Coalition Pittsburgh Walk for the Whisper. Last year’s race drew over 3,000 participants who gathered together to fight this disease. You can join the crusade and register your team, or join as an individual. For more information please contact us at nocc.kintera.org/pittsburgh or by calling 412-661-1095. F


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Awesome August Trivia BY PAULA GREEN strength, love, marriage and family. Since we have enlightened you on the eighth month, we must now augment our thoughts on this query. Get set to don those thinking caps, because it’s time to get a little trivial… 1. “I’m as corny as Kansas in August” is from the song I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, from which Rodgers and Hammerstein musical? 2. This female cartoon character debuted on Aug. 9, 1930 in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes. 3. What actor portrayed informant “Deep Throat” in the Watergate film All the President’s Men? 4. This Pittsburgh Pirates great was born on Aug. 18, 1934. 5. On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this speech at the Lincoln Memorial. 6. How many U.S. presidents were born in the month of August? 7. This wild and crazy guy was born on Aug. 14, 1945. 8. Which aviation great died in his home in Hawaii on Aug. 26, 1974? 9. Actress Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36 on Aug. 5, 1962, this famous royal also died at the age of 36 on Aug. 31, 1997. 10. National Left Hander’s Day is celebrated on this date in August. 11. This fruit is celebrated this month – with National _____ Month. 12. On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail with his three ships. 13. The Persian Gulf War began on Aug. 2, in what year? 14. This famous astronaut was born on Aug. 5, 1930. 15. On Aug. 24, 79 A.D. this volcano erupted, destroying the Italian city of Pompeii. F Sources: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/months/august.html, http:// projectbritain.com/tear/august/htm, http://www.aboutfamouspeople.com/ article1220.html, http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/august. htm, http://holidayinsights.com/bday/august.htm, http://www.123facts.com/ quiz_results.php?quizid=6701, http://www.rockyseniors.com/Newsletters/ August07FunFacts.pdf Answers: 1. South Pacific 2. Betty Boop 3. Hal Holbrook 4. Roberto Clemente 5. I Have a Dream 6. five (Obama, Hoover, Clinton, Harrison & L. Johnson) 7. Steve Martin 8. Charles Lindbergh 9. Princess Diana 10. thirteen 11. Peach 12. third 13. 1990 14. Neil Armstrong 15. Mount Vesuvius


ugust is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and is 31 days long. It was named in honor of Augustus Caesar. August does not start on the same day of the week as any other month, but ends on the same day of the week as November every year. During leap years, August starts on the same day as February and still ends on same day as November. There were many historical events that happened in August. One hundred years ago, the Panama Canal opened on Aug. 15, 1914. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Nixon on Aug. 8. He left the White House in the wake of the Watergate burglary scandal. He was the first president in American history to resign. Other famous events include - the bombings of Hiroshima – Aug. 6, 1945 and Nagasaki, Aug. 9, 1945. Baseball great Babe Ruth and singer Elvis Presley both died on the same date Aug. 16 (Ruth was 1948 and Presley was 1977). Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the U.S. on Aug. 24, 1932, and National Aviation Day is Aug. 19 in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday. The first Olympics games opened on Aug. 1, 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Sports Illustrated was first published on Aug. 16, 1954. The Woodstock Music Festival was held Aug. 15-18, 1969, in the town of Bethel, New York. The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame was established on Aug. 5, 1985. A few states joined the union in August. Missouri - Aug. 10, 1821 (24th state), Colorado - Aug. 1, 1876 (38th state) and Hawaii - Aug. 21, 1959 (50th state). Additionally, the United States purchased the Virgin Islands on Aug. 4, 1916. A few commemorations are observed in August. Friendship Day is the first Sunday in August. National Watermelon Day is Aug. 3, Lemon Meringue Pie is Aug. 15, and National Senior Citizen Day is Aug. 21. It is also National Back to School Month and National Sandwich Month. Many famous people have been born this month which falls under the Zodiac signs of Leo and Virgo. They include – Francis Scott Key, Aug. 1, 1779; Lucille Ball, Aug. 6, 1911; Robert Redford, Aug. 18, 1936; Gene Kelly, Aug. 23, 1912, and Michael Jackson, Aug. 29, 1958. The birthstones for August are peridot and sardonyx. The flower is the gladiolus or poppy which represents beauty,


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IMAGE & STYLE August 2014

Tips for tastefully showcasing your



he heat is still on so use it to your advantage and show some skin! We still have a good 6 weeks or so of summer sun in which to frolic and everyone knows frolicking just looks and feels better with a great pair of legs! You don’t need to have a flawless set of gams to enjoy the latest styles that summer has to offer but you do need to know a few tricks of trade, so to speak. Read on if you want to get a “leg up” on the remainder of summer! Shorts or “short” shorts? – Well, it’s safe to say that most of us have outgrown the urge to don a pair of “Daisy Dukes” but aren’t yet at the point of rocking granny-shorts either. So what’s a happy medium for us busy ladies on the go? Well, it depends on a lot of things such as age, height, weight, and personal style. While I won’t put an age as a cut off for a hemline, I will say that what worked for you 20 years ago may not be as flattering on you today. Shorts do not need to be below the knee or even at the knee to look tasteful but just remember that the shorter you go, the more attention you’ll draw. Make sure that you feel comfortable in the length that you choose and most likely, it will be the right length.


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Perfecting imperfections – Whether you choose to flaunt those stems via skirt or shorts, you’ll need to have a maintenance check. This means making sure that your legs are smooth and stubble free. This should be a top priority. Whether you choose waxing or shaving, a silky smooth leg is a sexy leg. If you have bruises, cuts or scrapes you can always apply makeup- yes, regular facial make up such as foundations, powders and concealors. (This is a trick that models and actors frequently use to hide body blemishes) If you have veins that cannot be covered, don’t fret. A lot of women have this problem and while it’s best to have it medically evaluated by your physician, there are some cosmetic procedures that may be a good option; however, do your homework before having any cosmetic work done. If you are really crunched for time then perhaps a spray tan will give you some coverage to hide spider or varicose

veins. Also, having tanned legs, instantly gives you a visual slimdown anyway so it’s a good idea to have some color on them anytime you have legs exposed. Polished & pedicured – Finishing off your summer look definitely requires a good pedicure. You don’t even need to have a pricey salon pedicure as you can easily do it yourself. Neglecting your feet should never happen as they deserve equal treatment. As long as your nails are groomed and polished then all is well! Shoes & stuff – Your shoes can really make or break a look. If you want to make your legs look longer then opt for a nude colored heel as close to your natural skin tonethis is one of a fashionista’s best kept secret! Gladiator styles work best with a short hemline, while heels are always in fashion with flowy skirts or dresses. I like to


wear as high of a heel as possible while still maintaining a somewhat normal stride. In instances where I can no longer bear the brunt of the sexiness those heels bring to my ensemble, then it’s time to break out the Dr. Scholl’s® “fast flats.” Yep, fast flats. You can buy them in just about any retailer that sells shoes. They are basically ballerina flats that roll and are stored in a cute little gold wristlet that fits in your purse. They are fast becoming my second best friend, behind those diamonds, of course. Don’t let summer pass you by! Get out there and look fabulous while getting back into the school shopping mode. August is also a great time to buy up summer clearance items for next summer and it somehow adds fun to the ridiculous expectation of having to buy fall fashion when it’s still simmering out there. Happy August and shop happy! F Northern Connection | August 2014



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FIT FAMILIES August 2014

Staying Fit When You’re Back in School BY JOELLA BAKER


taying active throughout the school year is tough for those kids who don’t participate in organized sports. Summer is a great time to be out swimming, riding bikes and just being outside. Once school starts and the cold weather rolls in, a lot of kids end up dormant and in front of the TV or computer. This doesn’t need to be the case. Your kids don’t have to be inactive because they don’t participate in organized sports. The schools have great programs like the NFL’s Play 60 program and physical education classes keep getting better. I’m always surprised when kids tell me they are running a mile in gym, learning yoga, or taking a spin class, for example. Schools are now introducing youth to new sports they can do outside of an organized sport in their school. But sometimes looking to the school for answers isn’t enough. You need to go a little further to keep your kids active. There are amazing programs locally at community


centers and YMCA’s throughout the area; programs that are open to all kids. These outside programs offer everything from basketball, soccer, lacrosse, running, swimming and even triathlon programs. These programs are cost effective and are welcoming to all kids and any ability. Your kids don’t have to be a top athlete to participate in sports at a YMCA or community center, they just have to be willing to try something new. Most people don’t realize what programs are out there for their kids. For example, I love the fact that local YMCA’s have swim programs that allow kids to be part of a team, but they don’t always have to race or compete. For some kids, the thought of competition turns them off from participating in a sport. There are plenty of opportunities for kids to learn a new sport or skill without having to be competitive. Back to the reason for this article, why is it so important for you to enlist your kids in some type of program this fall and winter? It’s simple! Exercise and fitness will give your child more energy, boost their self esteem, teach them a new sport or skill, encourage good sportsmanship, give them a sense of accomplishment, allow them to make new friends and most of all; your child will have fun. Please make sure you keep your kids moving. Find out what type of exercise your kids may be interested in trying. From ice skating, to skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling, swimming, running, triathlon, weight lifting, indoor cycling, karate, Zumba and yoga, there is a program out there for your child. The key is to find a program they love and one that’s engaging to them. In the long run, if your child doesn’t have fun, they won’t stick with it. The number one reason why most kids quit a sport is because they are no longer having fun. To visit the year-round programs from a local YMCA, simply go to that YMCA’s website or visit your local community center for local information on activities and sports. If your child loves to ride a bike, swim or run, then check out my year-round programs for youth at www.getfitfamilies.com. I have a Cross Country program, a Track & Field Program and a Youth Triathlon program. All kids are welcome to join at any time. The key to a healthy family is an active family. Happy moving! F

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Celebrating Aging: Nurse Next Door Offers Happiness Services


ocally owned and operated by Todd Gwin, Nurse Next Door Pittsburgh finds new ways to exceed clients’ expectations for home health care services. Not only does Todd’s team provide companionship, light housekeeping and care for seniors, they also discover what their clients’ dreams


are. That’s what makes Nurse Next Door a company that’s about caring, not just health care. “Delivering happiness to our clients can be as simple as preparing a bubble bath, preparing their favorite meal from old family recipes or taking them out for ice cream if their doctors say it’s okay,” says

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Gwin. “One of my favorite questions to ask new clients is to find out what they used to love doing that they no longer can.” Here’s the kind of home health care Nurse Next Door gave to Eleanor: They threw her a surprise birthday party. Although Eleanor, a retired librarian, had a son and a daughter, they were both living out of state and weren’t able to visit very often. This often meant Eleanor was left to celebrate life’s milestones on her own. When Eleanor’s caregiver discovered that her 76th birthday was around the corner, the Nurse Next Door team in Pittsburgh decided to throw a surprise birthday party for her. They decorated the house, gathered friends together and had a cake made in the shape of her favorite book as a surprise. Todd’s team did everything they could to make Eleanor’s birthday truly unforgettable. With the help of Nurse Next Door, Eleanor is living independently at home while her family enjoys peace of mind knowing she’s being taken care of. Find out why Nurse Next Door is a different kind of home care company. Call 412.267.7766 today to book your FREE caring consult. F


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A New Perspective BY DONNA SUMMERS MOUL tive days “I will greet this day with love in my heart.” I was so intrigued by this unorthodox business approach that I decided to try his advice.


ince I started my Coaching business, I have been reading lots of books on marketing and success. Recently, I read The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino, an author who was born in 1926. He wrote about the 10 great secrets to success. One of the secrets he mentioned was to repeat this particular phrase for 30 consecu-

I have been pleasantly surprised by these results: 1) My life is calmer. Things that aggravated me before are not so important now. Greeting the day with love in my heart has given me a new perspective. I am more conscious of how my behavior affects other people. I can more easily respond rather than react to difficult situations. I am more tolerant, more understanding and more forgiving. 2) I am much more grateful. Being conscious of choosing to greet the day with love has improved my day. Just waking up brings a flood of gratitude for being alive. Appreciation for the day regardless of the weather comes more easily. I love sunny days, but I realize that rain also brings lush greens and a

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rainbow of colored flowers. I appreciate my family more and am mindful of the many blessings that we share. My friends that are going through challenging times are dearer to my heart and in my prayers. 3) I am kinder to myself. By making daily choices about how I live my life, I have more self-compassion and more realistic expectations. I am less critical of myself and engage in more positive self-talk. I no longer have to be all or do all. And, I am ready to put more fun and joy in my life. Living consciously and intentionally has changed my life. I wonder if you might see the world differently if you greeted each day with love in your heart? Would you treat others more compassionately? Would you spend more time with family? Would you change your priorities? Would you live a more balanced life? Would anything be different? I encourage you to start your day with this phrase, “I will greet this day with love in my heart,” for the next 30 days, and see what happens. F Donna Summers Moul is a Certified Life Coach. Her passion is to help women create their best lives.  She offers Individual Coaching and Coaching Groups for Women.  Contact Donna:   (724) 9356275 or E-mail: donnamoul@gmail.com. www. Especially-For-Women.com


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Reclaim Your Life with BY JANICE LANE PALKO


ou want to exercise, remain active, and enjoy the activities that you love, but when you have joint injuries, arthritis, or pain, you may find yourself compromising your lifestyle in an effort to alleviate the pain. But now you no longer have to compromise your lifestyle, and you don’t have to endure invasive, risky surgeries to reclaim your life. Drs. Paul Lieber and Marc Adelsheimer of Rehabilitation and Pain Specialists (RAPS) have introduced a new treatment in Pittsburgh for those who don’t want to undergo orthopedic surgery or joint replacement surgery. These revolutionary procedures are called Regenexx stem cell and blood platelet procedures. “The Regenexx stem cell procedure is like a de-aging process, regenerating tendons, ligaments and cartilage while healing your body with your own stem cells. It’s like the fountain of youth for worn out joints.” said Dr. Lieber. The beauty of the Regenexx procedures is that it uses the patient’s own stem cells or blood platelets to heal damaged tissues, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, spinal disc, or bone. We’ve all heard the adage, “Physician Heal Thyself.” However, with Regenexx it’s more a case of “Patient Heal Thyself.” In a relatively simple procedure, the stems cells or blood platelets are extracted from the patient’s own body, and then are concentrated in the lab, after which the highly concentrated stem cells or platelets are then re-injected into the body at the injured area. Stem cells are the body’s jack-of-all-trades cells and are able to transform into any kind of cell,


regenerating as healthy tendons, bone, tissues, and cartilage. For anyone who has ever been told that their “cartilage is shot,” this can be a miracle cure. Another benefit of Regenexx is that it eliminates inserting foreign objects into the body and the risk of rejection or infection.


Many athletes have used Regenexx. Mark Huggins of Uniontown has been an avid runner for more than 20 years, but spent seven years with knee pain before being treated by Dr. Lieber at RAPS. “I credit the stem cell procedure for allowing me to move forward with my life and con-


Often times without Regenexx, these stem cells don’t make it to the injured area in enough quantity to heal it. With Regenexx, the stem cells are delivered directly to the injured area under advanced image guidance allowing our own bodies to heal itself without invasive surgery, pain, loss of income, and time. The results have been incredible, with many patients reporting that they feel years younger and are able to enjoy life again. Patients who had to give up running, skiing or other activities have been able to resume these after the Regenexx procedure. And the really good news is that the results are not short-lived like pain injections, which eventually wear off. These results are long-lasting. “These stem cell procedures are a great alternative to invasive surgery,” said Dr. Marc Adelsheimer of RAPS. “Our patients are treated without a significant disruption to their lives, and they are seeing very positive, life-changing results.”

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tinue my active lifestyle,” said Huggins. Linda Morningstar-Poole of Irwin was facing knee replacement surgery until she consulted with RAPS and underwent Regenexx. “We’re so fortunate to live in this day and age where we can heal ourselves through ourselves. I saved my knees with my own stem cells,” she said. Rehabilitation and Pain Specialists was founded in 2004 by Drs. Paul Lieber and Marc Adelsheimer, who are dedicated to finding pain relief solutions so that their patients can live fulfilling and active lives. RAPS is dedicated to providing personalized, effective treatments for managing pain and improving the quality of life. RAPS has multiple locations in the Pittsburgh area: RIDC Park, Monroeville, and Sewickley. For more information on RAPS, visit www.rapsmd.com. To learn more about Regenexx, visit: www.regenexx.com. F


Animal Crackers? My Other Life as an Animal Chiropractor BY DR. SHANNON THIEROFF


et’s face it, we love our pets… A LOT! I’ve spent the last year growing an animal chiropractic practice and it has been really fun and really interesting. I have found that people are really curious about animal chiropractic so I thought I’d share some of the Frequently Asked Questions, and some of my great success stories. Is Animal Chiropractic Something New? The answer is “Yes and No.” The first case study of animal chiropractic was in 1929, and it involved an injured orangutan. Chiropractic became more widely used since then, and gained its first real popularity among owners of race horses. Now we see it used for lots of different types of animals and I mostly see companion animals as patients. Who can be an Animal Chiropractor? The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association was formed to help standardize the profession of animal chiropractic. In order to be an AVCA certified chiropractor, you must be a licensed chiropractor or veterinarian. You have to complete 200+ hours of course work and then pass a certification

exam. The AVCA is considered the “gold standard” of certifications and you should choose a doctor that has completed that curriculum. How Will I Know if My Dr. Shannon checking ChiChi the Chihuahua for misalignments. Pet Needs Adjusted? Animals can’t speak but they can tell us a lot if we know what to look for. If you notice changes in how your animal moves, plays, or has areas they don’t want you to touch, that can indicate problems. Some animals will show changes in eating, elimination, energy levels, and mood. Others may have hot spots, muscle spasms, or may have dramatic changes like obvious pain. It’s a good idea to get any animal checked as they age, and many people will have their pets adjusted from when they’re young to help them stay well. Do They Like It? Usually… yes. Sometimes when an animal is in a lot of pain before we start, they may be a little uncomfortable. Our training teaches us different ways to keep them comfortable and to work with their bodies as they heal. To see what an animal adjustment looks like please visit www.choicechiropractic.net. There’s a whole section of videos and information. In general, most animals are able to get a good result and many really like being adjusted because they know it makes them feel good. This past year I’ve been enjoying helping people feel better by helping their pets feel better. I love hearing “It’s like I have my old dog back,” or “He hasn’t been as active and playful in a long time,” or “It was like a miracle.” We’re all the same in a way, when our nervous system works properly, we feel good, we can do what we want, and we enjoy our lives more. Interested in learning more or having your pet assessed for animal chiropractic? You can visit the Choice Chiropractic website, send questions to me by clicking the “Ask the Doctor” button, or make an appointment at Belacoop Animal Hospital of North Park (724) 939-7062. F

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We Never Stop



hen you were a young person did you have the feeling that older people just automatically knew everything there was to know? I’ve found out that just isn’t so. We never stop learning. I was in my 50’s when I finally went to college! I went to Pitt and graduated with degrees in writing and psychology. It was strange because at that time my son Wayde was also in Pitt and he was doing some student teaching at the time. I remember that I asked him if I took his class would he give me a break on the exams etc. His answer was a definite “NO.” He said I would be treated like every other student in the class. I did not take his class. Very often, I come across something that I know nothing about, so I have to learn about it in any way that I can. I guess learning is a lifelong experience that doesn’t stop when you graduate from high school, or even college. And I’m finding

out now that I have grandchildren who are 19 and 22 years old that there is so much out there that I need to learn about, if I want to be a good grandma. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though we have much experience and knowledge, there is always something new to learn about and that can be fun and interesting. Another good reason to keep learning about as much as we can, is that it keeps our brains alive and active. I know I’m going to try to stay as mentally active as possible and I hope you will do the same. F Barbara Killmeyer, Writer Author of: It›s Nobody›s Business but Yours www.barbarakillmeyer.com, www.trafford. com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, or directly from the author. Visit Barbara’s blog at http://barbarakillmeyer.net/wp-admin

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Welcoming National Aging in Place Council to the Pittsburgh Area! BY PATRICIA NEUROHR, CHAIR


started my Personal Assistant and Home Care business, At Home with Ease, after I experienced the lack of necessary in-home services to assist my parents when they lived alone and wanted to age in place. Most of us have either experienced this first hand or know a family that has been impacted by a similar situation. Several key issues have become clear as I talk to customers and their families: 1.) Very little planning or consideration is given to the values and preferences of the senior. Most of the time, services are sought after a crisis has occurred. When this happens, choices are limited and the senior is frustrated and resistant to the limited options. 2.) It takes a village… Many services and support mechanisms are necessary to ensure a healthy, safe and successful outcome. 3.) Regardless of how much or how little people have in their financial reserves, they can’t stockpile years, time or health. At some point, we all need some level of help. The process to get help is not straight forward. It is difficult and time consuming to find the services that you need and the requirements for participation. 4.) Often families have the best intentions of assisting their loved ones but one or more members are geographically unable to help; leaving family support systems wondering how to find credible and vetted service providers and who can serve as an advocate to oversee this process? When I discovered the National Aging In Place Council NAIPC, I could see that their mission was in sync with addressing these key issues and that this was a good fit for my business. After spending time with the executive directors and understanding their mission and goals I was impressed. So impressed, that I made it my objective to find like-minded businesses, service providers, and non-profit organization in Pittsburgh who had the same mission and launch a local chapter. The overarch-

ing mission of NAIPC and the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is to become the beacon for seniors and their families to navigate through this life transition and come out of the process enlightened. When a senior or their family contacts the NAIPC - Greater Pittsburgh Chapter they can be assured that: • All individuals entering the home has received a federal background check. • The business in the local chapter are part of a larger national organization that provides direction and oversight for the local chapter. • Members focus on education, advocacy and collaboration Members are bound by the NAIPC code of conduct and businesses are mindful that their success depends upon honor and integrity:

• Treat all clients, their family and friends with dignity and respect • Conduct your business and yourself with utmost honesty and integrity • Take appropriate measures to maintain competence in profession • Protect customers’ privacy and confidentiality • Any product sold will be consistent with the needs of customer • Present all available options offered and provide necessary education to assist decision-making • Good-faith effort to resolve concerns received regarding service or products • Encourage clients to include and discuss decisions with family or other trusted advisers prior to purchasing a product or service The NAIPC is a national organization experiencing considerable growth. There are currently 25 chapters in the US and growing. Families living away from loved ones can reference the national website for services in their area. ageinplace.org F

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Assessing Our Eighth Month of August BY JOE BULLICK


ello August, I hope you all had a great July. This eighth month of the year is a great time, and August has many things in store for us. It was named for Augustus Caesar, and it is labeled as the “weed month” for people who have to weed their gardens. One of the finest pleasures of August is that on a clear night between the eleventh and thirteenth, you can enjoy watching the sparkling Perseid meteors streak across the sky. Soon after that, around mid-month, summer seems to run out of steam. We start to see a subtle change to cool nights. We also lose the songbirds and the chirping of crickets, so let’s not take these summer days for granted. When I was a young boy, I worked hard in our garden taking care of the

hordes of produce. As a result, I would sweat a lot, my mom would always say, “Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.” She had her own way of washing the stubborn perspiration stains. Mom would make a paste of equal parts of baking soda and water and she would rub the paste into the stains, then sprinkle it with half a cup of white vinegar and then launder it. Another thing I recall from my youth, is that we always had a cat round. I loved to hear the purr of our cat. A purring cat is usually, a relaxed, contented cat. Recent studies suggest that the more your cat purrs, the greater its chances of living a long healthy life. To figure out your cat’s age in equivalent human years, assign 16 human years to the first year of a cat’s life, 6 years to the

second year and then 4 human years to every year of the cat’s life after that. Another thing, that August is known for, is the start of the school year. As a young boy, my most important friend was my bus driver. He was the first person that I would see in the morning on my trip to school. He was good to me and the rest of the students. He always had a smile no matter how bad the weather was. My bus driver got us to school and would return and pick us up at the end of the day. It seems sometimes that we take these folks for granted. What a big job it is for bus people. I’d like to take my hat off to the North Allegheny School District and all of their bus drivers, Roger Butti, director of transportation and operations, the 112 drivers and subs, 77 fulltime drivers, and 96 school buses. To keep those school buses in top shape it takes eight mechanics, five office staffers, and three people to move things and deliver mail from school-toschool. It is hard to believe that last year, they used 147,236.4 gallons of diesel fuel, and 18,883.8 gallons of regular gasoline. The buses have a yearly inspection by the state, and two semiannual inspections every six months. Boy what a job that is! When school starts and you see the buses on the road, respect them for they are safely hauling our kids to school. I coached for many years, and the bus drivers always took me and my golfers safely to our golf matches, and to all of the sports at NA. So God bless you people and have a great school year. Here are some noteworthy events that happened in August – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his, “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Mother Teresa was born Aug. 27, 1910, and Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977 at the age of 42. Happy Birthday to those folks born under the Zodiac signs of Leo and Virgo. I leave you with this – A smile is the universal welcome. – Max Eastman


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Happenings for Seniors Free Home Safety Inspection is available for seniors through the Open Your Heart to a Senior program. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 or clpschirer@nhco.org. Free Rides for Seniors, to grocery stores, doctor’s appts & more thru St. Margaret’s Foundation. Pick up & drop off seniors in the corridors from Sharpsburg to Blawnox & Rt. 28 to the Allegheny River. Sign up by calling, (412) 449-0151. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com. Parkwood Suburban North Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Meals on Wheels services Hampton & southern Richland townships. Call (412) 486-7115. Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks. For info, call Cathy, at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3313 or clpschirer@nhco.org. UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

Presentations and Seminars How is Your Hearing? 12:30 p.m., Aug. 20, Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation.Free, register at (412) 748-6640. Save Your Shoulder! Surgical & Nonsurgical Treatments, 11:00 a.m., Aug. 26, Cumberland Woods Village, Legacy Theatre, McCandless. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. Register at (412) 625-8080.

Benefits Schenley Shuffle 5K, 9 a.m. (registration 8 a.m.), Sept. 13, Bartlett Shelter, Schenley Park, Oakland. Benefits senior citizens in Allegheny County (Heart of Gold Fund). Register online, at www. schenleyshuffle14.eventbrite.com.

Senior Meetings Bereavement Support Group (for Widows/ Widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Friendship Groups for Visually Impaired, Men’s Group meets every Weds. 1-3:15 p.m., Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets every Weds., 1-3:15 p.m., Monthly Meeting 2nd Thurs. of each month 1:15-3:15 p.m., The Lunch Bunch meets 4th Thurs. of every month 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Talking Book Club meets 1st Mon. of each month 1-2:30 p.m. For info, call (724) 444-0064. Cranberry Senior Citizens Club for residents 55+ meets at 1 p.m., the 2nd Tues., of the month in the Cranberry Municipal Center. Call (724) 816-4977 for info and programs. Mars AARP Chapter #3359 meets 2nd Wed. of every month, 1 p.m., Adams Township Municipal Building, 690 Valencia Rd., Mars. All Butler seniors are welcome. Cost $5 a year. Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Alzheimer’s Affiliated Support Group meets the 1st Mon., of every month 6-8 p.m., and the last Fri., 1:30 p.m. Contact Pam, at (724) 779-5020.                                Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. For info, call (412) 741-4900 or visit http://www.ccgf. org.

Entertainment & Social Events Saint Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, Sept. 1-5, Wildwood, N.J. trip. Contact Rose at (724) 728-2563 for information. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is offering FREE admission for all senior citizens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 21, for National Senior Citizens Day. For details, visit soldiersandsailorshall.org.

Volunteer Opportunities: Open Your Heart to a Senior, volunteers orientations. For details on dates & locations, visit www.openyourhearttoasenior.org.

North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. For details, contact Nancy, at (412) 307-0069 or nljones@nhco.org. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring, help your child learn to read. If you’re 50 or older you’ll be trained. Tutor training sessions run 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 20-27, at downtown Macy’s. For details, call John (412) 232-2021 or email jdspehar@oasisnet.org. Yard Work Help for Seniors, volunteers are needed in all neighborhoods of Allegheny County. To register as a volunteer with Open Your Heart to a Senior, call (412) 307-0071 or email allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior.org.

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Checkpoint Where Military Meets Community BY PAULA GREEN


outhwestern Pennsylvania has the distinction of having one of the highest quantities of military Veterans in the United States. Locally, the number of young Veterans living in Pittsburgh is estimated to be nearly 32,000. Whenever these service men and women return home, they are in need

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of resources to help them find employment, job training, healthcare and housing. Fortunately, there is an organization that helps Veterans and military families bridge the gap and find the proper connections within their community. Checkpoint provides a platform for the collective voice of both, Veterans and the local communities, in which they reside. They simplify the process for all Veterans of the United States military and their families to connect to resources in their communities regardless of their age, service type, rank or situation. Checkpoint was founded this past January by Jared Souder, a U.S. Army Veteran. Souder served with multiple units within 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team; he was in Iraq from late 2005 into 2006. In 2009, he became the executive director of Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, a Pittsburgh nonprofit, dedicated to ending homelessness among the region’s Veterans. In 2010, while at Veterans Place, he was part of a small group of local leaders and community representatives who created a peer-to-peer collaboration and information-sharing network of service providers in western Pennsylvania. That group, focused on better delivery of services to Veterans and military families through inter-agency collaboration and information sharing, which ultimately became part of the inspiration for the creation of Checkpoint.

“With as many young Vets as we have here in the Pittsburgh area, I think we really have a responsibility to be on the cutting edge of what’s being done to reintegrate these folks into their communities. We’ve got to find better ways to help them build great lives and thrive,” said Souder. On July 2, Checkpoint hosted a Red, White & Brew Event at the Grist House in Millvale. Over 100 young Veterans attended this social affair which allowed Veterans to socialize and connect with one another. Guests included members of Steel City Vets, Team Red White & Blue’s Pittsburgh Chapter and The Mission Continues Pittsburgh Service Platoon. Another way Checkpoint assists service members is with their web resources. Their online platform provides information on what is happening in the region’s Veteran community. It lists data on medical providers and career advancement, and even offers peer reviews. The site highlights government services, substance dependency, housing, financial, legal and advocacy services, peer groups and more. Visit www.thecheckpoint.org to learn more about what Checkpoint is doing for the Veterans of southwest Pennsylvania. F

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