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UPMC Senior Services and the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh Celebrate Senior Champions

26 Hiding the Holiday Pounds – 5 Fast Fixes Kelly Smith

Vincentian Academy Honors Seven Individuals at Their Annual Gala

28 Fit Families: Using Exercise to Release Holiday Stress Joella Baker


10 Cover Story: Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Marianne Reid Anderson 24 Ideal Image: Experts in Laser and Medical Spa Services

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Mover & Shaker of the Month La Roche College Soccer Team Scores Big with a Five-Year Old Battling Leukemia


Health & Wellness

Senior Living 30 Town Crier: Delighting in December Joe Bullick 33 Happenings for Seniors

2016 Holiday Guide

Kids & Education

12 Shop Local. Dine Local. Go Local.

36 School Movers & Shakers

14 St. Barnabas Presents for Patients – Celebrating 33 Years of Giving

All Things Pets

17 Tip Sheet for Visiting Aging Parents Over the Holidays

40 Pet Adoption for the Holidays Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital

16 Starting the Conversation: How Do You Set Boundaries During the Holidays? Marianne Reid Anderson 18 Trivia Connection: Cranky Christmas Characters Trivia Paula Green 20 December 2016 Happenings 44 Support Our Troops: The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Paula Green

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Advertorials 27 Why Wellness Works Dr. Shannon Thieroff 29 Weight Loss Changes Client’s Life Dr. Michael Vactor, D.C. 32 Peripheral Neuropathy Sufferers Have Hope Dr. Shawn Richey | NC December 2016


Welcome PUBLISHER NOTES | December 2016

Welcome to the December issue of Northern Connection magazine!

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appy Holidays from all of us here at Northern Connection magazine! We truly hope you enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones and cherish every moment. To help you enjoy the month of December, we have highlighted exciting Happenings in and around the Pittsburgh area in this issue to keep you entertained. New Years is right around the corner and our cover story this month is on how the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry will help you get a jump start on your New Years Resolutions; they are opening a new strength & wellness center. This center is equipped to help you get the most out of your workouts with the latest exercise equipment and programs that will assist you in obtaining your health and fitness goals. This issue we also highlight some “Christmas waves a of the Cranky Christmas Characters magic wand over this from our favorite holiday shows. Check out the Trivia this month world, and behold, and see how many of these chareverything is softer acters you remember! This month and more beautiful.” Northern Connection’s Support our Norman Vincent Peale Troops article is dedicated to the heroism that occurred 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor. Enjoy reading all Northern Connection magazine’s special features along with our regular monthly columns. Thank you for your continued support this year and we are looking forward to continuing to make our community an outstanding place to live and work in 2017! l l l

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MOVERS & SHAKERS | December 2016

Movers & Shakers Jason (Jake) Yaglowski, RN, BSN with Allegheny Health Network was the recipient of a Cameo of Caring Award for Quality and Safety Improvement. Yaglowski is a quality lean coach at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side. He is a McCandless Township resident. The awards gala was held Nov. 5 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. announced that Colcom Foundation has awarded two grants for the development of the Hall’s front lawn project called Remembrance Park - a $100,000 grant for the creation of a statue to

be placed in the Honor Garden section of Remembrance Park, and a $10,000 maintenance endowment for the care of the statue. Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE was presented the Honorary Woman of Courage Award by Pennsylvania Women Work. Gannon is the president of St. Margaret Foundation and founder of, an executive coaching firm.

The Block Northway, welcomed J.Crew Mercantile as a new tenant. The 6039 square-foot store opened its doors on Tuesday, November 22, and is located at 8027 McKnight Road, Ross Township, Pittsburgh.

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Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., is pleased to announced the addition of Saturday and evening hours for their Koman & Kimmell Family Practice located in Ross Township. The hours will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri, and 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of the month.

On Nov. 4, Matt Scoletti of Hampton Township broke the Record Holders Republic world record for lifting 1,000,000 pounds in 8 hours 57 minutes at the Anytime Fitness in Shaler. The financial advisor beat the record by 1 hour 33 minutes and plans to continue advocating fitness as an essential lifestyle.

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La Roche College Soccer Team Scores Big with a Five-Year Old Battling Leukemia

Conner Hagins and Leo Zambori



ometimes a chance meeting can spark a special friendship. Such was the case this past April, when La Roche College sophomore and soccer goalie Conner Hagins, 20, of Johnstown, Pa encountered five year-old Leo Zambori of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. The two met at the oncology ward at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Hagins was visiting the hospital during his Cuddles for Kids second Kickin’ it With the Kids event. It’s an organization that Hagins founded at a young age. “My Dad had to have an emergency double bypass when I was nine years old. He received a teddy bear (cardiac bear) for him to hold while he coughed to protect the staples in his chest. I was curious why he got a stuffed animal. After talking with a nurse and finding out they don’t provide a toy for every patient, I believed I could change that, and that’s why I created Cuddles for Kids. Since its inception in 2006, CFK has donated over $430,000 in toys and issued over $16,000 in grants,” Hagins remarked. While Hagins was at the oncology ward he discovered that Leo, who is a leukemia patient, is a big soccer fan. Hagins and his La Roche soccer teammates (the Redhawks) invited Leo to be their honorary captain during their Oct. 22 games against Penn State-Behrend. In addition to having Leo serve as the captain, the Redhawk players wore “I Wear Gold for Leo” t-shirts during their warm-ups. Members of the men’s and women’s squads sold game day shirts. Proceeds from this event went to Leo’s family to help with his care. “Leo has really made a difference in my life. Our families have become good friends since our first meeting at Children’s back in April. It’s awesome to have Leo around, he lifts everyone’s spirits. He’s part of the team, to see the smile he has when we are warming up and playing is what it’s all about. It makes you appreciate being able to play the game you love and appreciate your health and the ability to know that we are making a difference in his life like he is in ours. All the guys love having him around! He’s got some soccer skills himself” added Hagins. The Zambori family, including father Chad, mother Natalie and older brother Nolan, accompanied Leo to the game and

cheered him on. In addition to his work with Cuddles for Kids and serving as goalie, Hagins is involved with other activities. He is a member of the LaRoche Roller Hockey Team. He is the director of Community Service for LaRoche Student Government and social chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success and a Brand Ambassador for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For more information on how you can help Cuddles for Kids, visit l l l | NC December 2016



MOVERS & SHAKERS | December 2016

UPMC Senior Services and the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh Celebrate Senior Champions


n Wednesday, Oct. 26, UPMC Senior Services and the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and The University of Pittsburgh honored Neil Resnick, Thomas Detre Professor and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, as its 2016 Grand Champion. Dr. Resnick received this prestigious award for demonstrating exceptional leadership in improving the lives of seniors in western Pennsylvania and nationally. The award was presented at the annual UPMC Senior Services “Celebrating Senior Champions” Dinner and Auction at the Omni William Penn hotel. Dr. Resnick serves as associate director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh and as the director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics. He devised a nurse-administered incontinence management strategy. He served as a consultant to the World Health Organization international consultations on incontinence. Also honored as the 2016 Community Champion at this event was Operation Safety Net. Founded by internal medicine physician Dr. James S. Withers in 1992, Operation Safety Net supports the homeless of Pittsburgh by delivering healthcare, case management, housing follow up, and other vital health and human services. Dr. Withers continues to serve as Operation Safety Net’s medical director. Elaine H. Berkowitz, DMD, received the 2016 Caregiver Champion award. Dr. Berkowitz practices geriatric and special needs dentistry in private homes, nursing homes, personal care homes, rehabilitation hospitals and gen-

Left to right: Dr. Steven D. Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, President, Health Services Division, UPMC; Helen Weinraub, Vice President, Medicare, UPMC Health Plan: Dr. Michael Parkinson, Senior Director, Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan


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eral hospitals, bringing essential oral care to the homebound including residents at UPMC Canterbury Place. Dr. Berkowitz recently retired from the Army Reserves with 38 years of service, four deployments and numerous medals and distinctions. Dr. Berkowitz has lectured internationally on Geriatric Dentistry, including places as far away as Japan and the Ukraine, and she recently published her autobiography, entitled “Live Life… Love Country.” l l l Master of Ceremonies Rocky Bleier

Left to right: Community Champion Dr. James S. Withers on behalf of Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net Founder and Medical Director; Caregiver Champion Dr. Elaine H. Berkowitz; Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), United States Army Reserves, Doctor of Dental Medicine; Grand Champion Dr. Neil M. Resnick; Thomas Detre Professor, Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of Pittsburgh; Deborah Brodine, President, UPMC Community Provider Services

Left to right: Major General Rodney D. Ruddock and his wife, Ellen; Master of Ceremonies Rocky Bleier

Vincentian Academy Honors Seven Individuals at Their Annual Gala


n Thursday, October 13, alumni, parents, and community leaders came together for the 5th Annual Vincentian Academy Awards Gala. Each year, the Gala honors individuals with the Spirit of Charity Award and the Women of Courage Award. This year, Vincentian was proud to honor Dr. Bridget Chufo, VA Class of 1970, and Ms. Diana Napper with the Women of Courage Award. Dr. Chufo is the founder and owner of Dr. Chufo’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Ms. Napper is the founder and president of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. Both women were nominated due to their commitment to their community and their courage in the face of hardships. The Spirit of Charity Awards were presented to Sister Rhoda Kay Glunk, SCN, Vincentian Academy Class of 1966 and Vice Provincial for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Mike Geiger and John Iaquinta, both Vincentian Academy graduates and owners of seven local Moe’s Southwest Grill locations; Mr. Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs with Highmark Health; and Christy Uffelman, Partner at Align Leadership. The Spirit of Charity award is awarded to those who provide effective leadership, exhibit selflessness in service, and have a deep concern for others. l l l | NC December 2016



COVER STORY | December 2016

The Aquatics Center at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, home of the Riptide Swim Team, has programs available for everyone from infants to Active Older Adults! Families often enjoy quality time together splashing around during open swim times!

Rose E. Schneider

Family inYMCA Cranberry Offering Financial Assistance, an Expanded Wellness Center and Motivational Programs for Spirit, Mind and Body BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


017 brings in a wealth of changes and opportunities at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township, beginning with the ribbon cutting ceremony of their new Strength & Conditioning Wellness Center on January 20. “The new Wellness Center is going to be bigger and have more equipment. This will significantly increase the availability of machines for individual workouts and classes with our personal trainers and instructors,” explains Executive Director Carrie Ohorodnyk. “First, one of our three gyms will be converted into a strength and conditioning area. There we will have weight machines including specialized equipment known as a ‘RIG.’ The new ‘RIG’ comes with a full array of cross training equipment and programs such as TRX©. Our new strength and conditioning area will also have free weights and an indoor turf section complete with push sleds and tires.” continues Ms. Ohorodnyk. “Meanwhile, our previous Wellness Center will be expanded to include an additional 22 new pieces of cardiovascular equipment and a new cycling studio. There will also be a new group exercise studio enabling additional group classes for all ages.” “We will also continue to offer our incredible handicap-accessible equipment. This equipment has helped numerous people overcome, manage or improve their overall


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left to right: Molly, Kathleen, Katie, Dave, and Liam Lovett

Both Fixed and Temporary Financial Assistance is Available! health in regards to their physical challenges including rehabilitation from injuries, strokes and much more.” The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA also offers many significant programs to help members eliminate motivational barriers, such as programs to help with weight loss, access to personal trainers, yoga for stress reduction, just to name a few. “We also have an exceptional program called Delay the Disease,” comments Ms. Ohorodnyk. “This program is designed to specifically help members diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.” Since its founding, the YMCA “believes in providing the support, guidance and resources needed for everyone to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.” To accomplish this goal, the YMCA dedicates itself to removing barriers, whether they are financial, physical or motivational. The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township helps eliminate barriers by renovating and increasing their wellness center, offering state-of-the-art motivational programs for the spirit, mind and body and providing financial support for membership and programs fees to those in need. You can read more about these opportunities and the experience of a local family below. The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA is conveniently located at 2001 Ehrman Road, off Route 19, in Cranberry Township. For more information on the many programs offered by the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township, visit or call 724-452-9122. l l l


f you or your family are experiencing a time of financial difficulty and are struggling to afford your membership fees, you can apply for financial assistance. Scholarships are funded through the Annual Strong Kids Campaign and you may be eligible to receive assistance if you have a fixed or limited income or have recently had a change in your financial situation. For example, if you are on disability, social security or have experienced a recent job loss, you can apply for fixed or temporary financial assistance. In one such case, a single-income family with three children found themselves suddenly out of work. Y member and stay-at-home dad, David Lovett of Cranberry Township, explains what happened: “My family and I have been long-time members of the Y. Growing up, the kids loved the aquatic area with the sprinklers. As they got older, they became very active in team sports including including soccer and flag football and so many of the things the Y has to offer.” “Then, a little over a year ago, we went through a financial setback for a few months. My wife got laid-off from her job and so our household income was instantly cut by forty percent. In reviewing our budget, we decided that our membership to the Y was a luxury and had to be cut. Fortunately, when we went to cancel, they told us about a partial scholarship program that was available to those in need – even just temporary need. We applied and received assistance. “What an amazing difference it made! My wife and I spent time taking classes and working out together which was an incredible stress reducer and enabled us to stay focused and work through the situation together. It was also great for the kids because they too, had a place to go, to stay active and gave them a sense of security and belonging. Fortunately, in only a few months we were financially back on our feet. “The best part though, I must say, was the positivity and encouragement, from members, staff, and everyone we encountered. Their positive energy was contagious and was such a help with our outlook in keeping us positive about what the future could hold.” For more information on how you can apply for financial assistance, visit or call 724-452-9122. l l l | NC December 2016


2016 Holiday Guide Shop Local. Dine Local. Go Local.


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ere in the ‘burgh, we can order a “dippy-egg” for breakfast or brunch and get a perfectly done, over medium, fried egg. Better yet, we can stop at any deli counter and get “chipped ham” for crowd pleasing sandwiches and barbeques. We also have access to more ways to support the black and gold and our favorite colleges and universities! These are just a few ways that we can get what we want, the way we want it by buying from local businesses. Studies show that when we support area small businesses, we get better service, a better experience and contribute to a stronger community. It also means that the majority of our buying dollar stays here in the community. Studies show that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves. However, the same $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, means $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves. ( Research also shows that local eateries return nearly 79 percent of revenues to the community, compared to just over 30 percent for chain restaurants. Here in the northern communities, we can enjoy a plethora of local stores and boutiques offering one-of-a-kind and unique items for that special someone, dine on local favorites while toasting with locally-brewed craft ales and Pennsylvania wine. We can even enjoy fun-filled group activities with family and friends such as Painting with a Twist, musical concerts, sports and other closeto-home events, as listed in our Happenings section. During this holiday season and throughout the year, please remember to support our community and shop, dine and go local. l l l

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Celebrating 33 Seasons of Giving Nothing lights up the eyes of elderly patients living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities more than the visiting neighbors and children. Individuals, families, businesses and civic groups have long recognized the importance of giving back by simply adding a visit to a local nursing home patient as part of their Christmas tradition.


RESENTS FOR PATIENTS® has spread Christmas cheer to thousands of patients since 1984. Founded by St. Barnabas Health System President, William V. Day, to help patients combat the loneliness they often feel during the holidays by providing them with a gift and a visitor. Join Cathy and Ray Carter, honorary chairs for PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® 2016. Ray is Vice President and General Manager of WPXI-TV, long-time partners and supporters of the campaign. “We consider it a privilege, an Cathy and Ray Carter honor and a deeply personal responsibility to lead this program, a truly remarkable charity. We have enjoyed this experience since our children were small … the visit is the real gift!”

Join the Team, It’s Easy to Give! Log on to and select a facility near you, more than 200 facilities are listed by county including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and surrounding counties.

Visit a Patient The gift of time is the true gift of those who make the visit. To plan a personal visit log on to www. “Visit a Patient” and facilities are listed alphabetically by county. Contact the facility to obtain a patient name and gift ideas. Shop, wrap and visit during the holiday!


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Purchase a Gift Donors can choose to have a gift delivered directly to a patient in the donor’s name or shipped to a home or business address and the donor can then deliver the gifts. Select from several gift options and price points at www. “Gift Giving:” Red cyclamen plant..................................................................$30 Fresh holiday arrangement .................................................. $35 Festive wreath...........................................................................$50 Donations to sponsor a gift can be made online or checks payable to Presents for Patients or text ‘GIVE’ to 41444 on any mobile device.

Group visits are encouraged! If a business or group is planning a gift drive suggested gifts include Pittsburgh sports themed sweatshirts and merchandise – Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins are sure to be a big hit! Warm cozy blankets, Christmas CDs, body lotion and body wash, and large print word search books are also common requests. Collected gifts can be delivered to a facility near you. Group visits are encouraged and can be planned to encourage a festive time with Christmas carols and cookies.

Plan now to make a difference - a little time will make someone smile this Christmas. For more information and ways to get involved, visit www., call 724-443-0011 or email cheer@ l l l | NC December 2016


2016 Holiday Guide Starting the Conversation

How Do You Set Boundaries During the Holidays?



y husband and I do something very unconventional every Christmas. Except for when we were first married, we have never spent Christmas together. Our anniversary is on December 21st so we celebrate Christmas by going completely off-grid on that day, not even television, instead we have fondue, exchange gifts and just be happy. Then, for Christmas, we each go home, which in turn makes our mothers happy. I’m sure this tradition would be different if we had children, but since we don’t, what difference does it make? It does, however, seem to make quite a difference to other people though. Many don’t hold back from telling us what they consider to be a terrible tradition and wonder what in the world we must be thinking. I’m sure television’s Dr. Phil would have a field day with telling us just what he thinks. Still, it works for us and got me thinking – what do other people do to set boundaries? Do you ever give in to peer pressure and bend to convention despite what you really want to do? How do you manage relationship and family stresses over the holidays? Do you have any recommendations to us and our readers? But as always, what do you think? Let’s continue the conversation on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine., email me at or send me a “Letter to the Editor” at P.O Box 722 Wexford, PA 150900722 attn: Marianne Reid Anderson. I would also like to take this holiday season to thank my many readers of my column and blog and for your comments, emails and letters. I enjoy and look forward to hearing from you each month and seeing the visits to the blog continue to grow. If there are any conversations you would like me to discuss, please email me at l l l


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Tip Sheet for Visiting Aging Parents Over the Holidays


re you a long distance caregiver for an aging parent? Will you be visiting him or her over the holidays? Or are you a caregiver that lives nearby and regularly visits with your loved one? The following are check-in suggestions that can be helpful, should you question if your loved one might need extra assistance in the home environment or with their health. Take a look at your loved one and observe • Does your loved one look like he or she has lost weight? Does he or she have any bumps or bruises? Any changes in one’s physical appearance could be a reason to talk to your loved one and make sure that he or she is eating enough, whether he or she has fallen lately, or if he or she is feeling well, both mentally and physically. • Talk to neighbors and nearby friends • If you are feeling uncertain whether your loved one is managing well in their home, an option is to check in with neighbors and friends who visit him or her. Ask them if they have noticed any difference in social activities, health, or eating habits. • For neighbors, ask if they have noticed any difference in your loved one’s activities. For example, is your loved one getting his or her mail? Is he or she taking out garbage regularly? Do they notice any difference in daily activities? • Take a look at the home environment of your loved one • Does there appear to be any clutter in the home such as unopened mail, items piling up, or expired food in the kitchen? Any of these observations might present a reason to have a candid conversation with your loved one. When you notice that your loved one might need some help, it is important to ask and recognize what

your loved one wants. Many older adults wish to age in place while others might actually prefer to move to a simpler setting such as a senior apartment or assisted living complex. We do not know until we ask. It is important to empower our loved ones. There are many resources that we can use to support our loved one’s wishes. If you are concerned about your loved one aging in place in his or her own home, some of these suggestions could be helpful: • Some counties offer companionship programs that have “friendly visitor” services. A friendly visitor could spend time your loved one once a week or so to just check in and socialize. Some programs offer daily reassurance calls. • Make an appointment with a geriatrician to learn from their expertise if there are any medical concerns that he or she has for your loved one. • Paid caregivers are also an option if your loved one has trouble managing a certain daily activity, such as bathing, grooming, etc. and needs extra assistance. This could allow your loved one to remain independent in his or her own home and offer you peace of mind. • Your loved one’s local Area Agency on Aging may have a care management program. A care manager could visit and call your loved one periodically to check in and see if he or she needs any resources, such as in-home services or transportation. A care manager could also touch base with you to address any questions or concerns. The Aging Institute is committed to supporting the specialized needs of our community’s aging population. If you have any questions, reach out to us at 866-4308742, our website at l l l | NC December 2016




Cranky Christmas Characters Trivia BY PAULA GREEN


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Since we have delved through Christmas cranks, we must now present this holiday query, get set to unwrap those answers because it’s time to get a little trivial. 1. What’s the name of Ebenzer Scrooge’s employee who has a crippled son named Tiny Tim. 2. Name the actor who portrayed Jack Frost in The Santa Clause 3. 3. What year did Jim Carrey’s movie version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas debut? 4. This Jim Henson holiday show featured The River Bottom Nightmare Band. 5. What was Bill Murray’s character name in the 1988 film Scrooged? 6. This holiday film featured a mean bully named Scut Farkas. 7. What was the name of the vicious burlap sack in The Nightmare Before Christmas? 8. Name the small town where Henry Potter unleashed his malicious greed upon. 9. What was the Abominable Snow Monster’s name in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? 10. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, this bossy lady made Charlie director of the Christmas play then she ridiculed him about his choice of tree. 11. Name the holiday movie that featured cheap boss named Frank Shirley. 12. Sinbad portrayed Myron Larabee in Jingle All the Way, what was his occupation? 13. Santa told Professor Hinkle he needed to write, I am sorry to Frosty how many times? 14. Name the Christmas program that had two wicked weather rogues – Snow Miser and Heat Miser. 15. This holiday show featured a rotten vulture named Aeon the Terrible. l l l Sources:, cult_movies/display,, article-top-10-movie-villains,, www.toptenz/top-10-christmas-villains.php

Answers: 1. Bob Cratchit 2. Martin Short 3. 2000 4. Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas 5. Frank Cross 6. Christmas Story 7. Oogie Boogie 8. Bedford Falls 9. Bumble 10. Lucy Van Pelt 11. Christmas Vacation 12. mail carrier 13. One hundred zillion 14. The Year Without a Santa Claus 15. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year


is the season to be jolly and spread goodwill, unfortunately not everyone is merry. There are some folks that are downright ornery during the holiday season; this month we will look at cranky Christmas characters. Bah humbug! One crotchety person that had a disdain for Christmas was Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a well-known character from the Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol. There have been numerous portrayals of this fellow who loses the spirit of Christmas because of his greed. He learns a valuable lesson when visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and ghosts of the Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge may have been mean but this next villain is green. The Grinch was so ruthless that he stole Christmas from the Who’s in Whoville. This animated Dr. Seuss tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas included the hit song, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch. Eventually he realized that, “maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas….perhaps….means a little bit more.” Another irritable man was Henry F. Potter who was the main antagonist in the 1946 Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life. He unscrupulously spread his venomous ways at George Bailey. The 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street features the unpleasant Granville Sawyer who wreaks havoc at Macy’s Department store. Jack Frost was naughty and tries to take over Christmas in the 2006 flick The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Robbery was the driving force behind these Christmas crooks – Bruce Willis encountered the immoral thief Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Marv & Harry were the felons in Home Alone. This dastardly duo tried to steal from the McCallister’s, but they didn’t expect to encounter 8 year-old Kevin. Sinbad was out to steal Turbo Man from Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way. Billy Bob Thorton was less than jolly in Bad Santa; in fact he was a cunning conman. Santa Claus is Coming to Town had the grouchy Burgermeister Meisterburger who quipped, “I hate toys and toys hate me!” Another icy individual in this show was the Winter Warlock, although his icy heart melted and he reformed his evil ways. The Abominable Snow Monster was the carnivorous creature who tormented Rudolph and his misfit friends in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Professor Hinkle was the world’s worst magician in Frosty the Snowman. Other Christmas villains included – Kibosh from Casper’s Haunted Christmas, the Angry Elf from Elf, Gremlins from the film Gremlins, and Martians from Santa Conquers the Martians. | NC December 2016



HAPPENINGS | December 2016

December 2016 North Happenings Mondays Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 3rd Monday of every month 7 p.m., (Dec. 19), topic, The Peter Gilbert Trek, Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Free & open to the public. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329.

Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays,

Dec. 5, Kramer vs. Kramer; Dec. 12, Oliver; Dec. 19, Gigi; Jan. 9, Hello My Name is Doris, Jan. 19, The Legend of Tarzan, Jan. 23, Finding Dory, Jan. 30, Ghostbusters, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. Visit

Arts & Entertainment JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 9.


Legacy Theatres shows: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2,

Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band Christmas Show; Dec. 11, Christmas Memories featuring The Latshaw Pops Orchestra; Dec. 17, Johnny Angel & the Halos, 2 p.m., Feb. 26, The Tamburitzans. For tickets, 1-877-987-6487 or thelegacylineup. com.

Health & Wellness Dance Fitness, 9:30 a.m., Mon; 5:30 p.m., Thurs. (beginners only); 6:30 p.m., Thurs; 2 p.m., Sun. (special needs only) at Woodland Valley Church, Mars; 6:30 p.m., Tues., North Way Christian Community, Wexford; 9 a.m., Sats., Lighthouse Foundation. Tues & Sat classes benefit the foodbank. Contact heather.


Bereavement Support Group (for widows/

Blvd. in Allison Park is a donation site for non-perishable groceries for North Hills Community Outreach for its three food pantries. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit,

widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian Parish, Haber Hall. To register, call Anchorpoint at (412) 366-1300.

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 provides free career consulting and employment mentoring to unemployed and underemployed job seekers in Allegheny County. For details, call (412) 904-5993.

Support Groups Amputee Support Group, 4-5:15 p.m.

help a low-income family. For details, visit or (724) 443-8300.

(dates vary month-to-month), HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley, 303 Camp Meeting Rd., Sewickley. For info, call Michelle at (412) 749-2388.

Financial donations to North Hills Community Outreach can be matched

Bereavement Support Group, Beyond Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., 2nd Wed., of

Donate Your Car to Community Auto and

through December 31. For details, visit nhco. org or (412) 487-6316.


Nativity Lutheran Church, 4517 Mt. Royal

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every month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free of charge, no registration is necessary. Call (412) 748-6640.

Bereavement Support Group in the North Hills, 10-11:30 a.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Call Heritage Hospice (724) 334-6600.

Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group, noon-1:15 p.m., 3rd Weds., HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Sewickley, 3rd Floor Board Room. For info, call Michelle at (412) 749-2388.

Breast Cancer Support Groups, 5:30-7 p.m., 3rd Mon., AGH Hospital; 7-8:30 p.m.,1st & 3rd Weds, UPMC Passavant Cranberry; 6-7:30 p.m., AHN Health & Wellness Pavilion, Wexford. Free & open to cancer patients & caregivers over 18, no students. Sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Register at (412) 622-1212.

Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., every Wed., of the month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. For drug & alcohol addiction. Phone, (412) 748-5120 or

General Cancer Center Support Groups, 5-6 p.m., 4th Mon., AHN Health & Wellness Pavilion; 6:30-8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Weds, UPMC Passavant Cranberry. Free & open to cancer patients & caregivers over 18, no students. Sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Register at (412) 622-1212.

Grief Support Group for widows and widowers over fifty, 2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., of the month, St. Sebastian Parish, 311 Siebert Rd. Visit

Lupus Foundation meetings, 7-8:30 p.m., every 3rd Tues, UPMC Passavant Hospital, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Donor Hall. Call (412) 261-5886 or

Mind Matters Brain Injury Support Group, 7-9 p.m., every 3rd Thurs., of the month, Butler Memorial Hospital, East Brady St. in the Dimmick Center. Call (724) 283-6666.

MISS Foundation (Mothers in Sympathy and Support) for those grieving the loss of a child – includes miscarriages, still birth and prematurity. Meetings held 7:30 p.m., 1st Tues of the month, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cumberland Rd., McCandless. Contact

Parkinson’s Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., last Wed of each month, HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd. Contact Jessica, at (412) 828-1300 x7710.

S.P.I.N. For Single Moms: 6-7:30 p.m., 4th Monday of the Month in Bellevue. For details, call (412) 366-1300.

Stroke Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., once a month on Weds., HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd., For info, contact Valerie at (412) 826-2784 or

Women’s Self Care Support Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sats., Anchorpoint Counseling. Call (412) 366-1300, ext. 129.

Counseling Ask the Attorney, free legal consultation for low-income families. Held 7 p.m., the 3rd Wed, Nov. 16, NHCO Allison Park. Pre-register at (412) 408-3830, ext. 3217 or

Berkeley 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

Group Services, Intensive Outpatient Program, 5:30-8:30 p.m., M,W,Th.,Therapy Group 6-8 p.m., Tues., Family Only Group 7:30-9:00 p.m., 2nd Tues, Psycho-educational Support Group 7-9 p.m., 4th Mon. Contact Anita (412) 215-7967,, or

Professional Counseling for families & kids who need to talk with someone but lack healthcare coverage. Call Anchorpoint at (412) 366-1300 or visit

North Allegheny Special Education Parent Networking Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 10, NASH, Multi-Purpose Library. Topic: Transition to Adulthood. Visit

Western PA Professional Business Association Network Breakfast, 7:15 a.m., Tuesdays, King’s Restaurant, Rt. 8,

Seeking hospice volunteers...if you can find the time to sit

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed at The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, 282 Sarah Street on the Southside. Help make a

American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients who are undergoing treatments to & from their appts. Interested volunteers call (412) 919-1100 or emailsharon.

Friends of North Park are looking committee volunteers for

AM Spirit Cranberry Chapter, a business networking group,

communication & Outreach, stewardship, water tower restoration, deer management and history. Call Gary at (724) 544-7284.

AM Spirit Pittsburgh North Chapter, a business networking group, meets 8 a.m. every Thurs, at Panera Bread, Cranberry. Call Glen (412) 916-8699.

AM Spirit Wexford Chapter, a business networking group, meets 7:15 a.m. every Mon, at Eat N’ Park, Franklin Village. Visit

Butler County Chamber of Commerce Meet-N-Move with the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce & Pittsburgh, 11:30 a.m., Nov. 7, at Pittsburgh Marriot North. For details, email or (724) 283-2222.

at 11160 Perry Hwy. in Wexford, is seeking volunteers for their gift shop. No experience necessary. Training is provided. Stop in or call the shop at (724) 799-8700 if you are interested in volunteering.

Gibsonia. Call Mary Ann, at (724) 935-2221 or www.wpabusiness. com.

Networking meets 7:15 a.m. every Wed, at North Park Deckhouse, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Glen (412) 916-8699.

Olive Branch, a fair trade boutique and outreach center

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council volunteer tutors needed to work with adult literacy students on basic literacy

with hospice patients we would love to have you. Call Bethany Hospice, at (412) 921-2209.

difference in the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. For details, call (412) 381-0277 or

Volunteer Tutors Needed for children struggling with school work. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300 or

School Digital Boot Camp Series, Digital Identity, 9 a.m., Jan.

skills, 4 hour/week commitment. Free tutor training provided. Call (412) 393-7600 or cfm.

21; Talking About Technology with Your Student, Feb. 25, CCAC North Campus, Room 3002; Register at www.northlandlibrary. org.

Homework Buddies needed at Anchorpoint, 7-8 p.m., 1st &

La Roche College Literary Society presents: The Making

3rd Weds of the month to help SPIN students w/homework. For info, call Sandy at (412) 366-1300 x 123.

of Fences: Discussion of the Filming of August Wilson’s Fences, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Zappala College Center Square. For details, call (412) 536-1216 or

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteer for their patients. Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, just have the heart! Call (412) 367-3685.

Mission Vision needs volunteers to help with Provide vision–

Mars Area School District Parent Training Seminar: School-based Evaluation: Why, How & What? 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 16, Mars Area Centennial School. For info, call (724) 625-1518.

Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters Club meets at noon

Give hope. Call (724) 553-3114 or

North Hills School District Book Fair, 12-4 p.m., Dec. 4,

every Mon., Pella Windows Training Center, 230 Thorn Hill Rd., Warrendale. Visit http://cranberryhighnoon.toastmastersclubs. org/.

North Hills Community Outreach Volunteer Orientations,

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Waterworks Mall. Funds raised benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Shop online Dec. 4-9 at

Inspired Women Paying it Forward meeting, 6 p.m., Jan.

North Hills Community Outreach has Speakers available,

12, Doubletree by Hilton, 910 Sheraton Dr., Cranberry Twp. For details, contact Debra at (724) 935-6100 or visit http://www.

10 a.m., Nov. 10 in NHCO Allison Park. Call (412) 408-3830 ext. 3204 or staff or volunteer speakers will speak to your congregation, business, civic group or school. For info, contact JLKissel@nhco. org or (412) 487-6316 x3112.

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Reunions Shaler Area High School Class of 1972: Join our Facebook group or website ( as we gather plans for a 2017 (45 yr. reunion). Questions? (412) 996-8813 or

Veterans 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

Pennsylvania Community-Based Programs Awarded VA Grants to Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports at Slippery Rock University. Visit adaptivesports.

Veterans Breakfast Club Meetings, held every month throughout the Pittsburgh region. For details, visit

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@ or

Veterans Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. Visit Physically_ Active.asp.

Veteran HOPE, support group for women Veterans recovering from mental illness, meet 6-8 p.m., every Tues., VA Butler Healthcare, Room 217WS, Building 1. Call (724) 996—8892 or (724) 285-2756 or

Veterans’ Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Support Group, 10 a.m., Fridays, VA Butler Healthcare. Call 800-362-8262 ext. 2498.

“Veteran X” mental health & substance abuse recovery program for vets meets 6 p.m., every Mon., at VA Butler Healthcare, Room 213, East South (ES), 325 N. Castle Rd., Butler. Visit

Dancing & Recreational Events 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.

Handicapable Square Dancing, 7-8 p.m., weekly on Thursdays, Dorseyville Alliance Church, 3703 Saxonburg Blvd. For ages 18 & older. Register at (412) 915-8486 or (724) 4432616 or

Saturday Singles Dance, for ages 40+, 8 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 3, Free Speed Dating & Free Nacho Bar; Dec. 17, Holiday Party, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy. Free dance lesson 7:30 p.m. Call (724) 316-5029 or

Advent at Northmont UP Church December 4 - Pittsburgh Boy Choir in a concert of Christmas Music on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 in the church sanctuary. December 9 - Presbyterian Women Christmas lunch, tickets on sale at the church office ​December 11 - Children’s Christmas Pageant: Starry Night, Noisy Night 10:00 during worship Christmas Eve family service at 4:30 Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols with orchestra 9:00 Christmas Day 10:00 traditional service​


Yes, You Can Dance! (YYCD) is a special

Marshall Township Events: Kids Nutrition

needs ballroom program for teens (16+). Participants meet one hour on Sundays at DancExplosion Arts Center in the North Hills or Steel City Ballroom in the South Hills. Participants are paired with a trained volunteer dance mentor. Call (412) 999-3998 or

Kitchen, LLC – Dec. 10, Jan. 14 & Feb. 11; Baker’s Dozen Academy: Drop N’ Shop, 6 p.m., Dec. 2; The Etiquette Network: The Charming Child, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 8. Call (724) 935-3090 x115 or

Fall / Winter Events Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services & Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net® announced their shelter for homeless individuals this winter will be open 7 p.m.-7 a.m. thru Mar. 15, located at Smithfield Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield St., downtown. For info, visit

Knights of Columbus All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast,8 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 4, St. Catherine of Sweden, Farmer Hall, 2554 Wildwood Rd., Allison Park. Free will offering will be accepted.

Join St. Barnabas Charities, as they honor the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, Thurs., April 27, Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry Township. Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. For info on corporate sponsorship packages, call (724) 625-3770 or email St. Barnabas Charities.

Pajama Party, 7-9 p.m., Dec. 16, Pine Community Center. Ages 6-12. For info visit,

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, Mar. 24-26, David L. Lawrence of Convention Center. For details, call (412) 963-7030 or

Winter Recreation Camp, Dec. 26-30, Pine Community Center. Ages 6-12. For info visit,

Environmental & Gardening Rid Your Home of Unwanted Chemicals, Electronics & Freon Appliances, Dec. 17, 129 Ash Stop Rd., Evans City. Pre-registration if required 1-866-815-0016.

Little Sisters of the Poor Christmas Cards


he Little Sisters of the Poor are offering Christmas Cards sketched by Sister Martha, lsp. This year’s card is white with a red sketch of Mary holding baby Jesus. Previous year’s cards are also available. The cards are: 7 for $10 (plus $2.00 shipping), 12 for $15 (plus $3.00 shipping) or 30 for $25 (plus $6.00 shipping). Cards can be ordered online at www. or call (412) 307-1100, or sending a check made payable to Little Sisters of the Poor at 1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or stopping at the main entrance of the Home. All proceeds from the sale of the cards help to support the elderly poor Residents in the Little Sisters care. l l l


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Walnut Grill Restaurant Group has joined forces with Women’s Choice Network for “Fill That Truck” Holiday Toy Drive Walnut Grill and Women’s Choice Network are sponsoring their sixth annual “Fill that Truck” holiday toy drive to aid local families in the Pittsburgh area through Dec. 9. New unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any of the Walnut Grill restaurants. Toys will be collected and loaded into a truck to deliver these special presents for the holidays. The truck is being donated by Two Men and a Truck. The staff at Walnut Grill Restaurant in Wexford, will load the truck full of toys at 11:00 a.m., Dec. 10 for the families of Women’s Choice Network. For info, visit Walnut Grill locations: • Bridgeville – 1595 Washington Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15017 • Fox Chapel – 911 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 • Robinson – 1210 Settler’s Ridge Center Drive, Robinson Township, PA 15136 • Wexford – 12599 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090

Sports Orchard Hill Church: Men’s Pick-up Basketball, 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 12-May 25; Co-ed Indoor Soccer, 8:30-10 p.m., Jan. 11-May 24; Co-ed Volleyball, 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 10-May 23. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or

Library Northland Library Events: A Dickens Wine Christmas, 7 p.m., Dec. 2. Call (412) 366-8100 x103 or


Noon Year’s Eve, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 31, Pine Township Community Center. Join us for a special celebration to ring in the New Year! For ages 3-10. Our “midnight” will be at noon with a balloon drop. Register by Dec. 24. For details, visit

North Hills Chorale Christmas concert “The Merry Bells of Christmas,” 7 p.m., Dec. 10 & 3 p.m., Dec. 11, in the Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, a ministry of Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Free-will offerings accepted. Bring a non-perishable food donation for North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. For details, visit www.

North Hills Community Outreach Holiday Toy Drive runs

African Children’s Choir Concert, 7 p.m., Dec. 4, Saint Kilian

thru Dec. 14. For details, visit or (412) 487-6316.

Church Sanctuary. Features 19 young singers between 7-11 years old. Funds raised support Music for Life as it faces the challenges that the continent brings, including the devastation wrought by the AIDS pandemic and the suffering of the 12 million orphans. For info, contact David at or

Photos with Santa & His Penguin Pals, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 3,

“At Last Noel” Free Community Christmas Concert presented by the Dreher Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 & 2:30 p.m., Dec. 18, at the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School Auditorium, 1617 Route 228 in Cranberry Township. For info on The Dreher Chorale, email or visit noel.

Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m., Dec. 10, Pine Community Center. Buffet breakfast, crafts, dancing, face painting & more. For details, visit

Brunch with Santa & Holiday Bird Show, 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Dec. 4 & 11, National Aviary. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call (412) 258-9445 or

Community Auto “Too Big for the Stocking” car giveaway, applications being accepted til Dec. 7. Giveaway is Dec. 22 for low-income families. For details, visit or (724) 443-8300.

Glade Run Holiday Events: Private Screening of the Polar Express, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Dec. 3, The Strand Theatre in Zelienople. Glade Run is sponsoring a Christmas Angel Program. To participate in either event, contact Cheryl at or (724) 452-4453, ext. 1277.

Holiday Card Collection sold by the Lupus Society, scenic memories of past Pittsburgh holiday events & displays. For info, visit

Knights of Columbus, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish are selling Entertainment or Enjoy Coupon books for $30, books are available at the church office (412) 486-6001 or call Al at (412) 638-6079 or Ernie at (724) 265-1776.

10 & 17, National Aviary. Included with admission. For info, visit or (412) 323-7235.

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., Dec. 18, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd., McCandless Twp. For tickets, visit

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Sounds of the Season, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 & 4 p.m., Dec. 4, Ingomar United Methodist Church; 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. For general ticket, subscription and group sales, visit or (412) 635-7654.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Holiday Concerts, 7 p.m., Dec. 2, Butler County Community College’s Succop Theatre; Dec. 3, Mt. Alvernia Scotus Hall. Benefits Toys for Tots. For tickets, visit & tickets.

Reindeer Ball, 4-7 p.m., Dec. 4, the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., For tickets, visit

Shop through AmazonSmile this season and support North Hills Community Outreach. Prices are the same, but Amazon donates a portion of each purchase to NHCO, helping local families in in need. Visit to switch.

The Sisters of Divine Providence are selling 2017 Lucky Number Calendars (a great holiday gift idea). The calendar is based on the day and evening Pick 3 PA Lottery game. To participate, call (412) 635-5401 or

Zelienople Historical Society’s Christmas Home Tour, 9 a.m., Dec. 3, tour ten decorated homes, lunch at St. Paul’s. For tickets and Info, (724) 452-9457. | NC December 2016



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Ideal Image has two convenient locations in the Pittsburgh area: Ideal Image Wexford in the Wexford Flats at 2000 Village Run Road, Suite 204 and Ideal Image Pittsburgh in Robinson Town Centre at 1934 Park Manor Boulevard. To learn more and watch informative videos, visit our website or for a FREE consultation, call (724) 759-2620 for our Wexford location and ask to speak to Michelle. Or call Lisa at our Robinson location at (412) 706-5262. l l l | NC December 2016



IMAGE & STYLE | December 2016

Hiding the Holiday Pounds – 5 fast fixes BY KELLY SMITH


ecember has arrived and if you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. You promised yourself that you wouldn’t fall prey to the easy trap of fall gluttony. Your leftover Halloween candy suddenly is no more. The Thanksgiving buffet of pumpkin pie packed a punch, the egg nog knocked you out, and the stuffing left you looking and feeling, well, stuffed.  So stuffed, that now you find yourself in the dreaded dilemma of how to fit into those holiday dresses.  And while most us have every intention of losing those excess pounds, right now, you need a quick and temporary fix.  We do, after all, still have a whole 30 more days or so of dinner dates, family get-togethers, and office parties.  And, let’s not forget the cookie swaps, not to mention all those (calorie-rich) holiday toasts!  The reality is, not many of us have the will power to be so quick witted with our calorie counting during the holidays so let’s look at a few tricks that will make your December merry, bright and beautiful! Accessories are your friend! – Fail-free scarves are always my go-to accessory when I feel a bit of weight coming on.  Don’t get caught in the trap of darker is better, quite the contrary, adding color to a dark outfit will give it a much-needed kick of color while still doing its job keeping the muffin top at bay!  Also on the slimming


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side of accessories are longer, dangle earrings. What better time of the year to showcase sparkly bobbles while drawing attention away from problem areas. Shape wear with flair – It’s not just a pair of spanx that keep things in place.  Control top hosiery as well as camisoles can give you an instant slimming effect and will let your dress or top drape properly.  Also, never underestimate the shaping power of a good bra.  A well-fitting bra pulls everything up to where it should be, allowing your waistline to be seen.  Shape wear also forces you to stand taller and makes you a bit more conscientious of your posture, so you have now visually elongated yourself!  Shrugs/sheer tops/sweaters – If your arms are the problem, not to worry, I’ve got that covered, literally!  A lot of holiday dresses are sleeveless but this isn’t always practical for a lot of women. Whether you feel your arms are not quite toned enough or see some signs of sagging skin, a cute shrug will camouflage that problem.  If a shrug isn’t quite your cup of egg nog, then do try a sheer top.  I have found that these will be mixed in with the dressy cardigans and come in a bevy of beautiful colors, textures and styles. A cardigan is always a safe option but be sure to get one that is fitted and has some give


to it. Otherwise, showing up to a dressy event in an oversized, loose fitting cardigan defeats the purpose of stealthily hiding those extra pounds.   Go-to outfits for all – There are some outfit combinations and styles that are just universally flattering to the many different body types out there.  Here are just a few to try: A-line dresses, V-neck tops, wrap tops/ wrap dresses, ¾ length sleeves. For a festive and fun combination, try a knee length dress with matching tights and pumps.  Using dark hosiery that matches your shoes will make you look taller and slimmer.  Another good go-to combination for more casual settings is just a simple pair of printed leggings under a solid tunic.  Wearing heels as much as you can tolerate is always a quick fix in the slimming department but just in case your feet stop cooperating with you, in your quest to cover your pounds, always bring a cute pair of ballet flats. Tummy tucking – No need to “suck it in” for every meeting, party or photo session!  There are lots ways to hide a not-so-svelte mid-section during the holidays without having to hide behind the buffet table.  A peplum waist is a shape maker in an instant!  Whether you choose a peplum waisted dress, jacket or blouse, you will create a silhouette that is worthy of having that extra glass of wine!  Another tried and true tip for accentuating the waist is by cinching it with a belt or scarf.  Lots of women know about this little trick but not everyone can pull it off.  For a flawless “flat” tummy, the trick is to drape the material in a way that is proportionately gathered.  For example, if you just pull a belt in the front, the back will be pulled upwards and this can create a slanted affect from your side view, very much the same way men with “beer bellies” let their mid sections spill over their belt.  By loosely, and evenly draping your excess dress or top fabric, both your front and back will be horizontal and will perfectly disguise any tummy bulge. Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, and that goose won’t be the only one to indulge in the delectable holiday dishes!  It’s such a wonderful time of year indeed and since my old adage has always been “diet starts Monday,” who’s to say that it can’t start in January?  Happy holidays to all! l l l



ne of the best things about chiropractic is that we have a strong model for true “Wellness Care.” Much of our healthcare system is focused on waiting until we have symptoms, sickness or a disease and then trying to work backwards into getting the patient well again. In chiropractic, the main focus is on prevention and function… essentially staying in front of the problems so the patient doesn’t get sick or have symptoms. Aside from feeling better, there are some other “perks” to using chiropractic to stay healthy. Here are the big ones: Costs – The costs of healthcare services are increasing. As we age as a population the demand on insurance companies to pay for more services is increasing. So, we’re being met with higher premiums, higher deductibles, more out of pocket expense and less services being covered. Using chiropractic, which is usually more affordable than other types of services can save you money on doctor’s visits, tests, drugs and surgeries. Function – Most of our bodies have been through enough that our structure has changed on the inside. Over time these misalignments cause degenerative changes in the joints, nerves and muscles. Those structure changes can affect our function. When our function is compromised, we can’t work, play or live the way we want. Covering the symptoms with medicine doesn’t improve the structure or the function. Chiropractic works to improve the function of the body as a whole. Decreased Risk – In repeated studies, chiropractic has been shown to be safe and effective for many conditions and many types of people. The risks of having an adjustment are lower than taking medicines. Chiropractic is natural choice for anyone who is looking to restore or preserve their health. Studies have shown that people who have adjustments at regular intervals take less medicine and have less surgeries than people who are not under chiropractic treatment. So, if you want to stay well and are ready to take that first step, please call us to see if we can help. l l l

Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center, P.C. Dr. Shannon Thieroff and Associates 8199 McKnight Road (412) 364-9699

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HEALTH & WELLNESS | December 2016

Fit Families

Using Exercise to Release Holiday Stress BY JOELLA BAKER

The holidays are stressful. It’s supposed to be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” instead it turns into fighting over that one gift everyone must get, making the perfect meal, baking way too many cookies and over decorating everything. Too often, we do forget the true meaning of the season.


his year, remember to take care of yourself throughout the holidays too. It is so easy to slip into the stress and forget to eat correctly, sleep and exercise. We all know exercise is good for you, but according to Jessee Pittsley, PhD, a spokesperson for the American Society of

Exercise Physiologists, exercise is shown to “increase one’s sense of well-being, mood state, self-esteem, stress responsivity and body image, as well as depression and anxiety.” Throughout the holiday season, this is extremely important. We all want to be at our best throughout the holidays for our family and our friends. What can you do to relieve stress this holiday season? Don’t skip your workouts. If you are on a regular workout schedule, stick to it. Skipping your workouts will only add more stress to your day since most people feel guilty when they skip a workout. Go for a walk. When things get crazy, go for a walk. If you have a dog, take your dog with you. Remember, when you get stressed out, your pets will sense it and they too can also get stressed out. Walking is one of the best ways to relieve stress at the holidays. Take the time to take in the decorations your neighbors have up, take in the smells of the holiday and just enjoy being outside and away from the stove, the oven and gift wrapping. Lift weights. At the holidays, people often choose cardio over weights. However, weight training increases metabolism. Strength is crucial during the holidays as you deal with everything from putting up trees and lights to lugging shopping bags through malls and to your car. Keep your workouts short and focus on hitting all your muscle groups a couple of times a week. That is legs, arms, back and core. Focused exercises include lunges, squats, calf raises, shoulder press, seated row, bicep curls, push-ups, sit-ups, leg-lifts, back extensions and planks. Yoga and stretching. One of the best ways to relax is through yoga and stretching. Focusing on your mind and reflecting on what your body needs. This gives you time to reflect and to focus on what is important during the holidays.


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Get your sleep. I know I never get enough sleep during the holidays and when they are over, I am completely exhausted. This year, make the time to rest. Sneak in a short nap when you can. Having enough sleep and rest will allow you to be at your best when you need to be. Avoid eating out too much. You are already spending so much time in the kitchen. You have friends and family in town, everyone wants to have fun and go out. Try and limit the times you eat out during the holidays. Eating out always has hidden calories you aren’t aware of, so watch what you eat and try and make your lunch and dinner at home as often as you can. Drink a lot of water. Don’t forget to drink water. It is easy to get dehydrated when you are on your feet all day and at a lot of holiday parties. This time of year, many people drink more alcohol than usual. Add that to cold, dry weather and you’ve got a recipe for dehydration. Being dehydrated zaps your energy and makes it difficult to concentrate. Being thirsty can even make you feel hungry, causing you to eat more than you normally do. Drink water throughout the day and stay hydrated.

With these simple tips, you can help relieve stress and stay healthy throughout the holidays. Remember, it’s ok to keep things simple, to say no if you are already overwhelmed and to take naps and take time for yourself. I always try and focus on making sure everything is special for the kids in my family first before I focus on the adults and that often helps in eliminating a lot of stress. l l l

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SENIOR LIVING | December 2016

Town Crier

Delighting in December



i December, it is not easy to follow November this year. The Nov. 10, issue of the Tribune Review headline read: “A New Day Dons,” as Presidentelect Donald Trump thanked his supporters. All the pundits and pollsters had predicted a Clinton presidency. There’s no doubt that this was an astonishing election triumph. Another big newsmaker in November – the Chicago Cubs fans finally got to see their team win a World Series. It took them 108 years to do it, but their curse has been lifted! Now here comes Christmas. The day after Labor Day, many stores started to put out their Christmas displays and merchandise. As a young boy, Mom could not wait to go to town and see all of the Christmas decorations. I remember Mom always took my picture under the Kaufmann’s clock. Back in the day, downtown Pittsburgh was home to five department stores. We made our rounds

to all of them; my favorite was Joseph Horne’s. The store started downtown in 1849, and it took a huge hit during the flood of 1936 when the water reached the second floor. Boy that was some flood! There’s a lot of history behind these stores, although Joseph Horne’s store is a thing of the past. There have been some other great stores over the years. Macy’s always showcase their great Thanksgiving Day parade. Gimbels was another local store favorite. I remember we used to like to buy things from the Sears & Roebuck’s catalog. In 1908, you could write in and ask for a copy of the Book of Modern Homes, which featured house plans and building materials. The catalog offered home designs ranging in price from $695 to $4,115. They also offered plans and building materials for a modern school house, which is hard to believe. There are several Sears & Roebuck’s houses in our area. December is also a time to think about Santa Claus, who has a history of his own. His roots can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named Saint Nicholas. Nicholas lived from March 15, 270 AD to December 6, 343 AD. He gave away his inherited wealth. So Santa becomes a big part of Christmas. Another exciting part of this holiday season is the Christmas tree. Legend associates the first tree to Saint Boniface, around 700 A.D. I remember cutting my tree for my kids at Leo Wisniewski 10-acre farm on Blum Road in Pine Creek. He planted 2,000 trees, from Musser Forests. It took six years before he sold any. So, from 1963 through 1985, I bought my Scotch pines from there. I paid $2.50 for my first one, and my last one I purchased for $8.00. Then the artificial trees came along, I never had one of those. For me the most important thing about Christmas is Christ’s birth. Every church is decorated for Christmas. We always went to midnight Mass. There is also the Salvation Army and their kettle drive. We must not forget, also in December, we commemorate National Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7. Boy there is so much to do! So hang in there and enjoy the holidays. Happy birthday to you Sagittarius and Capricorn. God bless, and I leave you with this, “Youth is the gift of nature, But age is a work of art.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


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Peripheral Neuropathy Sufferers Have



Are you being told, “There’s nothing to be done?” or that, “You need to learn to live with the pain?” Are you being over-medicated with pain medicines that don’t cure? Have you been through test after test with no result, explanation or treatment? Are you becoming discouraged?


specialized treatment protocol is available at the Chiropractic Family Health Center. It includes nine specific treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Once thought to be incurable, peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Unlike laser therapy that does not address the involved damaged small nerve fibers or home light therapies that do not offer all the frequencies needed to heal them, our program utilizes state of the art technology with combined therapies to restore life to the dead nerves. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from this debilitating disease. Many patients are suffering from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, difficulty walking, numbness and even interruption of sleep. Over the years, Dr. Richey’s program has a 91 percent success rate in helping sufferers feel 75-100 percent better. Dr. Shawn Richey (a member of the NeuroTCA) has seen hundreds patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy. He has treated patients that have tried everything including potentially harmful medications and other painful testing and treatments. This can leave patients still struggling and wondering down the long road of endless disappointment. Now we are able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, non-invasive, drug-free approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair. Dr. Richey has helped hundreds of sufferers of peripheral neuropathy throughout the region, he has expanded his practice to include Westmoreland as well as Allegheny Counties.


Here’s What Dr. Shawn’s Patients Say... “I’m HEALED! And I’m doing great! I completed all my treatments with Dr. Shawn and my life is night and day from the way it was. Before I found Dr. Shawn, I suffered from peripheral neuropathy for 17 years. It felt as if someone was constantly torturing my feet with electric shocks. Night time was even worse. No position eased the pain and I couldn’t stand the sheet or blanket to touch my feet. I was even told, ‘There’s nothing to be done; you’re just going to have to live with it.’ But then I had seen Dr. Shawn’s ad in Northern Connection magazine and I made the call for my free consultation and assessment. After the first treatment, I was actually able to take a shower and have a good night’s sleep. It was fantastic and it filled me with hope!! Now, I’m sleeping nights, doing things I’ve missed and things I’ve never done before. I can even sit and watch television and not be in pain. I would hate anyone to have to live with such pain. I highly recommend Dr. Shawn and encourage other sufferers to call him.” – Paul, Wexford “A dear friend of mine from Pittsburgh saw Dr. Richey’s ad in Pittsburgh Fifty-Five Plus magazine, the sister magazine to Northern Connection magazine. She sent it because one of the stories was just like I was experiencing. I had a reaction to my cholesterol medication where my feet were constantly burning and it was getting worse. They switched up my meds. They took me off the meds. Nothing helped. All the doctors said there was nothing they could do and that I was just going to have to live with it. Once I saw the ad, I had hope. I came up to Pittsburgh to be assessed by Dr. Richey and felt relief after the first treatment. I stayed in Pittsburgh for six treatments and then Dr. Richey helped me get a home kit for the rest of the treatments. I have continued on and I continue to get better. Now, my brother in Sacramento, who also has peripheral neuropathy is going to get help too.” – Ron, North Carolina Two Years Later... “I was in pain from peripheral neuropathy for 12 years before I found Dr. Shawn. I noticed a difference after the first treatment. I even danced my way into his office for my second appointment. I so believe in the treatment that I have become a neuropathy specialist and assist Dr. Shawn and I am so pleased to see wonderful results in patients. Relieving them of the pain that I once endured myself.” – Lynne, Jeannette

Chiropractic Family Health Center now has offices in both Sewickley at 2591 Wexford-Bayne Road, Suite 207 and Latrobe at 1901 Ligonier Street. For a FREE Consultation contact Dr. Shawn Richey at (724)

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940-9000 and your appointment will be made at the location that is most convenient for you. To learn more, visit

For a FREE Consultation contact Dr. Shawn Richey at (724) 940-9000 and your appointment will be made at the location that is most convenient for you. To learn more, visit


SENIOR LIVING | December 2016

Happenings for Seniors Free Services for Seniors through North Hills Community Outreach. Help with rides to medical appts., grocery stores, yard work. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3313 or Kerry at (412) 449-0151 to schedule an in-home registration visit.

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

McKnight Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Services Ross Twp., Berkley Hills, Swan Acres & part of McCandless Twp. Call (412) 487-4088.

North Country Meal on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound & disabled. Services Marshall, Pine, Richland, Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, parts of McCandless, West Deer, Cranberry, Adams, Seven Fields, Mars & Valencia. Operated out of Cross Roads Presbyterian in Gibsonia. Call (724) 9351877.

Pittsburgh OASIS Intergenerational Tutor Program is seeking volunteers (50+) to tutor in Pittsburgh and Woodland Hills School Districts in grade K-4, 411 Seventh Ave., Suite 525 (Duquesne Light Building) downtown Pittsburgh. For details, contact John Spehar, at (412) 393-7648 or

UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

Support Groups Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10 a.m., 1st Monday of each month, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Rd. For details, call Suzie, at (412) 337-6731.

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.

Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Alzheimer’s Affiliated Support Group meets 3 p.m., the 1st Mon., of every month, and 2 p.m., the last Friday. Contact Pam, at (724) 779-5020.

Health & Wellness Healthy Start Café, 8:45 a.m., every Mon & Thurs, St. John Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd. Presented by Lutheran SeniorLife & St. John Lutheran Church of Highland. For info, call (412) 364-1606 or (412) 307-1797.

Ursuline Services’ Checks and Balances program assists those who have difficulty with financial affairs. To register, call (412) 224-4700 x113 or

Social Groups Amazing Singles, for singles in the Pittsburgh region,

Senior Meetings


AARP Chapter 2991 meets at noon, 3rd Thursday of each month, Sept.-May (Dec. 15), no meeting in Dec., Northmont UP Church on Perry Highway. Refreshments served for a nominal charge. A business meeting follows the light lunch and includes a review of upcoming events and trips. Membership applications will be accepted at these meetings.

Allison Park AARP Chapter 3736 meets at 7:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday of each month, Sept. thru May, St. Ursula School, Kirk Ave., Allison Park. For details, call Ruth at (724) 443-0647, or Mary Ellen at (412) 486-3019 or Mike at (724) 444-8772.

Cranberry Senior Citizens Club for residents 55+ meets at 1 p.m., the 2nd Tues., of the month in the Cranberry Municipal Center. Call (412) 415-1892 or (724) 538-4408 for info and programs.

Association of University People (AUP), singles meet at social spots. They meet up at social spots. For details, visit about-us/. Catholic Alumni Club of Pittsburgh, this group has dances, retreats and plays various sports and other great events. Check out their website at http://www.

Visit Pittsburgh Events & Festivals, this website is for everyone. It gives a list of upcoming events for singles, kids, and married folks. The info enlightens Pittsburghers on where to eat, where to shop, and other recreational events. Go to http://www.visitpittsburgh. com/events-festivals.

Friends and Fun 55+ Singles meet at 7 p.m., every 1st Friday, at St. Ferdinand’s, Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., Oldenski Hall, Upper Room. Call (724) 776-9274.

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. Call (724) 444-0064.

Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. Call (412) 741-4900 or visit

Volunteer Opportunities: Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit Hospice patients. For details, call (412) 367-3685.

Entertainment & Social

Neighborly Gnomes assist seniors with disabilities with

Senior Holiday Event, 12:15 p.m., Dec. 16, Seneca Valley

yard tasks. For info, visit

Senior High School. The event is free, but reservations are required, call (724) 452-6040, ext. 0 by Dec. 9.

North Hills Community Outreach’s In Service of Senior program matches volunteers w/seniors to pro-

St. Alexis Over 50 trips: Erie Niagara/Salamanca

vide rides to the doctors, help w/groceries or yard work. For info, call Cathy, (412) 307-0069 x3313 or clpschirer@

Casino, Mar. 21-31, 2017; Cape Cod, Oct. 8-12, 2017. Cost $620, For info call Rose, (724) 728-2563 or (412) 908-0124, or Janet, at (724) 869-5339.

Seminars Legacy Theatre senior seminars; 11 a.m., Dec. 6, A Taste of Japan; Jan. 17, Hollywood: Scandal, Lies & Cover Ups; Jan. 31, Incredible Penn Avenue: From Wilkinsburg to Point State Park, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless Twp. Call, (412) 635-8080 or

Olive Branch non-profit fair trade shop located at 11160 Perry Highway, Wexford is seeking volunteers. For info, call (724) 799-8700 or email info@olivebranchwexford. org.

Pittsburgh Friendship Group is looking for volunteers to help visually impaired seniors. No experience is necessary. Call (724) 444-0064. | NC December 2016



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Catholic Schools of the Pittsburgh Diocese REGISTER NOW for the 2017-2018 School Year Assumption School (Bellevue) Principal: Mary Ann Miller 412-761-7887

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School (Cranberry Twp) Principal: Luke Crawford 412-321-4823

Holy Sepulcher Catholic School (Middlesex Twp) Principal: Sister Anna Marie Gaglia, CSJ Phone: 724-586-5022

Northside Catholic School (Brighton Heights) Principal: Rosanne Kwiatkowski (412)761-5043

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (Coraopolis) Principal: Tim Plocinik 412-262-3300

Saint Gregory School (Zelienople) Principal: Erin Harris 724-452-9731

Saint Joseph High School Providence Heights Alpha School (Natrona Heights, PA) (McCandless) Principal: Beverly K. Kaniecki Principal: Margaret Ruefle M.ED.M.S. 412-366-4455

(724) 224-5552

Quigley Catholic High School (Baden)

Principal: Sister Christy Hill, CSJ 412-741-5540

Principal: Mrs. Rita McCormick 724-869-2188

Saint Alexis Catholic School (Wexford) Principal: Mr. Jim Correll 724-935-3940

Saint James School (Sewickley)

Saint Wendelin Catholic School (Butler) Principal: Mrs. JoLynn Clouse 724-285-4986

Vincentian Academy (North Hills, PA)

Principal: Mrs. Rita Canton 412-364-1616

Catholic Schools Week is January 29–February 4, 2017 | NC December 2016



KIDS & EDUCATION | December 2016

School Movers & Shakers Shaler Area Shaler Area announced that high school junior Mariah Malloy placed 2nd in the 9th-12th grade category of the 2016 Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poetry contest.

They are: Jake Aufman (grade 11) - Drum Set; Jake Matthews (grade 12) – Trumpet and Jon MacDonald (grade 11) – Trombone. Shaler Area High School places 1st in Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Challenge #1.

Shaler Area is announced it will benefit from a Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant awarded to the Shaler Township Police Department to fund the continuation of the School Resource Officer program in the district. The Shaler Township Police Department has been awarded a $60,000 grant for the 2016-17 school year for the School Resource Officer. Year 2 funding will be $30,000 for the 2017-18 school year. Shaler Area named students were named to Allegheny Valley Honors Band, 10-12 graders included: Michael Chaney, Hana LeBrew, Lauren Kenst, Jacob Matthews, Jon Brockway, Jake Aufman, and Ethan Chirdon. Middle School students that were named included: Zach Spondike, Jaclyn Price, Luke Franks and Adam Braughler. Three Shaler Area High School students are being recognized for their musical abilities by being accepted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Honors Jazz Band.

Fox Chapel Fox Chapel Area High School math teacher Kristine Yacamelli was selected to receive the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes teachers who are nominated by their former students and Yacamelli was nominated by 2016 Fox Chapel Area High School graduate Anja Schempf who now attends the University of Chicago. Two Fox Chapel Area High School seniors placed at the John F. Kennedy High School Invitational Forensic Tournament.  Ellen Pil won second place in Student Congress and Madeleine Doerr won sixth place in Original Oratory.

Seneca Valley

Three Shaler Area High School students signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers post-high school. Kara Jans committed to the University of Findlay to play lacrosse; Abigail Juzwick committed to Edinboro Univeristy to play lacrosse; and Lyndsey Lakatos committed to Gannon University to play softball.

Three Seneca Valley art students and seniors Shelby Perry and Zofia Chrzanowska and junior Erin Piotrowski were recently accepted into the Mattress Factory Teen Art Cooperative Program.

Evans City Elementary and Middle Schools, along with principals Lauri Pendred of Evans City Elementary School and Marie Palano of Evans City Middle School, were named winners of the 2016 Pennsylvania Principals Association Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award, sponsored by Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc., for their annual STOMP Out Cancer campaign. Connoquenessing Valley Elementary students won a national video contest for “Take a Walk,” a rap they entered in the 2016 Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). Schools nationwide were asked to create a one-minute video based on the grade specific content as provided by OBPP. The video helped to kick off the Olweus program at CVE for the year and also provided the opportunity to showcase students.

North Hills North Hills High School teacher Holly Michael has been honored with the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago because of her exceptional dedication to the education and personal development of her students.


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Mars Area Mars Area students raised $12,200.97 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, through the schools’ annual “Hats for Heroes” fund-raiser on Oct. 21. Students at Mars Area Middle School donated $3,852.81; Mars Area Centennial School, $2,530.80; Mars Area Elementary School, $3,852.81; and Mars Area Primary Center, $1,994.01.

Mars Area High School has named its Renaissance Students of the Month for October. They are: Abigail Parsons, Rachel Pasko, Tyler Kowalkowski and Peyton Edinger. Mars Area High School Marching Band competed in the 2016 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Class AAA Championships, held Oct. 29 at Moon Area High School. The marching band took third place with 79.48 points. Mars Area senior Julia Zimmer signed a letter of intent to join the Clarion University of Pennsylvania Women’s Volleyball Team. Mars Area Middle School Seventh/Eighth Grade Boys Soccer Team ended the 2016 regular season with a record of 11-3-3 in Section 1 competition, earning its third consecutive section title. Team members are: Dane Beller, Kyle McGuire, Paul Olson, Ryan Pasko, Trent Wick, Tyler Nymberg, Derek Blake, C.J. Gagnon, Thomas Gentile and Gabriel Singh.

St. Alexis

Throughout October, the students at Saint Alexis Catholic School in collected 623 pairs of socks to donate to Jubilee Kitchen. As part of a “Sock-toeber” event the socks were distributed to people who visit the Pittsburgh-based soup kitchen. The Jubilee Kitchen serves lunch 365 days a year and serves up to 125 people a day.

St. James St. James School participated in an artist in residency program with professional artist Laura Jean McLaughlin. The unveiling of our “Pieces of Peace” mural was held on Nov. 10 (Continued on page 39) | NC December 2016



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Providence Heights Alpha School Providence Heights Alpha School students in 6th8th grade participated in the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education’s 2016 Geography Awareness Week Postcard contest. Alpha’s school-wide winners were - Rachel Erich, Oleg Hartman, and Macy Worrall. Student postcards were submitted to the State competition. Three Alpha students received awards in the competition, they were - Oleg Hartman, Gigi Corcoran and Macy Worrall. With the success of the 2015-16 soccer merger between Providence Heights Alpha School and St. Ursula Catholic School, the Athletic Associations of both schools are pursuing another merger for the 2016-17 basketball season. Students from St. Ursula will join the Alpha Eagles to form the varsity girls’ team, which will give students a chance to compete in the Diocese league alongside Alpha School’s developmental and junior varsity teams.

CCAC Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Cross Country team member Cody DiVecchio of Burgettstown finished first, among 20 runners, at the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Championship held at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa. DiVecchio also finished fourth among 31 runners at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX Men’s Championship held at Lake Fairfax Regional Park in Herndon, Va.

La Roche College La Roche College announced that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM

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Jobs SM and Military Spouse. This year marks the eighth consecutive year for La Roche to receive Military Friendly® status. La Roche College announced that five alumnae have been elected to five-year leadership positions in the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, the College’s founders and sponsor. They are: Sister Maria Fest, CDP, B.S. ’65; Sister Eun Soon Kim, CDP, B.S. ’04; Sister Michele Bisbey, CDP, B.A. ’71; Sister Mary Traupman, CDP, B.S. ’69 MBA, JD; and Sister Donna Marie Gribschaw, CDP, B.S. ’74, MA. La Roche College announced that the 2015-2016 pass rate for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is 92.31 percent on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam).

Five Oakland Catholic High School student athletes have signed letters of intent to pursue athletics at the college level next year. They are: Caroline Bain – Robert Morris University, volleyball; Lauren Finikiotis – William & Mary, cross-country; Julia Lewand – Edinboro University, lacrosse; Natalie Palastro – University of Louisville, volleyball, Gillian Yobbi – Ohio State University, crew.

Reading Tutor in Your Home Ricardo Hess

Retired Pittsburgh Public School Teacher Reading Specialist

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ALL THINGS PETS | December 2016


There are many homeless, lonely, scared pets who are desperately looking for their forever homes. There are just as many people looking for the unconditional love these pets can provide in return for nothing but a small (or big) place in your home, in your heart, a regular meal, and a little affection. Pet adoption is rewarding for all parties involved. There are some important things to remember prior to searching for your perfect companion.


ake sure you are willing to commit for the pet’s entire lifetime. Every life stage of a pet has its rewards. If you adopt a puppy or kitten, know that you will get to enjoy playful antics and lots of energy. As your friend matures, loyalty and unconditional love become the standard, followed


by the dignity and quiet respect of senior life. Strongly consider adoption of an adult or senior pet as these have so much love and thanks to offer. Many of these pets have been discarded by previous owners by no fault of their own, but due to lifestyle changes such as moves, new babies, allergies or

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other conditions of their former owners. Be willing to address all medical and surgical responsibilities such as routine vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, and other issues as they arise. Some pets, like some people, rarely have any type of illness. Others, like some people, have chronic issues that develop such as skin and ear infections, thyroid disease, arthritis, etc. Love the pet through their problems just as you would love a child or family member thus creating an even stronger bond of loyalty between you. Remember, there is no unconditional love as strong as that given by a pet. The holidays are common times for pet adoptions but please remember that a pet requires a lifetime commitment from those with whom they are placed so do not give a pet as a gift without making sure the recipient wants and will be dedicated to that animal for the rest of its life.

As the holidays approach, be prepared to avoid some common pet hazards as you share Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas with your fourlegged family members. Do not feed them food they are not used to eating. This can lead to acute gastrointestinal distress which is no fun to wake up to the day after a holiday. Some common foods can be toxic to pets such as raisins, grapes, dark (baking) chocolate, and milk chocolate to a lesser degree. Be careful not to let your pet get into your holiday decorations such as dreidels, tinsel, and Christmas lights, they can become serious intestinal foreign bodies requiring immediate surgery if swallowed. Being aware of potential hazards during the holidays can ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone and no emergency trips to the doctor or veterinarian. If you do have an emergency, please remember that Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital is open seven days a week including late evening hours. We will be happy to answer any of your questions or see your pets, if the need arises. Feel free to call us at 724.742.4433. l l l | NC December 2016


Christmas WorshipGuide Dutilh Church

Cranberry Campus – 1270 Dutilh Road Cranberry Twp., PA Christmas Eve Service 4 pm, 8 pm, and 10 pm Christmas Day Service 10:30 pm (kids welcome in their favorite Christmas Pajamas) Mars Campus – 525 Pittsburgh St. Mars, PA Christmas Eve Service 6 pm

Saint Alexis

Catholic Church Come Home to Christ This Christmas!

Christmas Eve Masses December 24, 2016 4:00 p.m. Children’s Choir 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Masses December 25, 2016 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Penance Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:00 p.m. _______________

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 7:30-7:50 a.m. Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon _______________ Weekday Masses Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. _______________

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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS | December 2016

The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor BY PAULA GREEN

“Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this American heroism.” – Michael Bay


he attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii by Japanese warplanes occurred at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941. This year marks the 75th anniversary of this historical event that was the catalyst for the United States entry into World War II. Almost an hour before the first wave of planes arrived at 7:02 a.m., two Army radar men on Oahu’s northern shore had detected the attack approaching. They contacted a junior officer, who disregarded their reports, assuming they had instead spotted American B-17 bombers expected in from the West Coast of the U.S. The Sunday morning assault was a complete surprise and many folks were just waking up when the first wave of bombs were dropped. The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and thus less alert on a weekend. Japanese commander Mitsuo Fuchida gave the infamous battle cry, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!) It was a message to the entire Japanese navy telling them they had caught the Americans totally by surprise. The second wave reached Pearl Harbor around 8:40 a.m. When the bombing subsided 2,280 American servicemen and


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68 civilians died. Another 1,272 were wounded, and 960 were left missing. Additionally, eight battleships were damaged and five sunk. Three light cruiser, three destroyers, and three smaller boats were lost, along with 188 aircrafts. The most catastrophic loss on Battleship Row that day was the USS Arizona which exploded when a bomb breached its forward magazine. They were 1,177 crewmen that perished on this one navy ship. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved the creation of the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The dedication of this 184-foot memorial was held in 1962 and spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship. It consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation, and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved in the marble wall. Dozens of crew members who survived the Pearl Harbor attack have chosen to have their ashes interred in the battleship after death. Many of former navy men do it out of a desire to join those they left behind. Divers placed the urns with their cremated remains inside the sunken hull of the battleships of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah. Servicemen who served on other ships and on land have had their ashes scattered in the harbor. There they spend their final resting place with their brave shipmates who perished on Dec. 7, 1941 – “A day that will live in infamy.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt). l l l Sources:, spot/pearlharbor.html, | NC December 2016


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