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This Month

Education Guide 2014

Health & Wellness

10 Innovations in the Classroom

40 Family Fitness with NFL’s PLAY 60 Program

Marianne Reid Anderson

Marianne Reid Anderson

14 St. Bonaventure’s Annual All-School Projects Provide Unique Learning Experience

44 Take It Easy & Make It Easy

15 Grand Opening of Dots & Doodles

46 Dr. Jonas Salk, Originator of the Polio Vaccine, Honored in Wexford

17 Festival of Fun and Learning at St. Ursula School 18 St. Alexis: Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education 20 Starting the Conversation: Should Taxes Follow? Marianne Reid Anderson

24 St. Gregory School

Debra Myers

Marianne Reid Anderson and Joe Bullick

Image & Style 48 5 Quick-fix Beauty Tips to Start Your Day Kelly A. Smith

48 What Were They Thinking?

25 Shady Side Academy

Home & Garden

28 Vincentian Academy

50 Winter Tips for Your Healthy Pet

30 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School 34 More Freedom, Less Time Ryan C. Meyer

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Features 7 Trans Siberian Orchestra Creator Paul O’Neill Brightens the Holidays for Shaler High School Orchestra Members Paula Green

Joella Baker

Senior Living 53 I Resolve NOT to Resolve Barbara A. Killmeyer


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From the Publisher Marion Piotrowski


Movers & Shakers


Business Spotlight: LiveWell Dentistry


Support Our Troops: Ensign Robert (Bobby) Podolinski and Phillip M. Evankovich Paula Green

22 School Movers & Shakers 27 Mover & Shaker of the Month: Thanna Oddo Paula Green

52 Trivia Connection: All Shook Up with Elvis Presley Trivia Paula Green

54 Happenings for Seniors 55 Town Crier: A January Journey Joe Bullick

56 NC January Happenings

5 Dr. Shawn Richey Neuropathy 39 Divine Providence 43 Good Posture...Does It Really Matter? Dr. Shannon Thieroff

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Happy New Year! Welcome to Northern Connection magazine’s 15th year of connecting you to the community!


nce again this year, the January issue will feature education. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools that have so enthusiastically responded to our request for photos and input in our cover story, Innovations in the Classroom. We appreciate all the emails that we receive that make Northern Connection’s Student Mover & Shakers section so impressive. We encourage all the schools and parents to keep sending information about their outstanding students. Northern Connection magazine is proud to give these students a place to showcase their work and achievements to our community! As we approach a new year, Health & Wellness is always a priority. More and more we are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. The February issue of Northern Connection magazine will feature our annual Healthcare guide. In this issue we will provide you with information that can help you obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As I look forward to another great year of connecting you with the community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff, advertisers and readers for your continued support, ideas and suggestions. Together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. F

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eripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs, and feet. When damage occurs, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. It can affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy) or only one nerve or nerve group (mononeuropathy) due to trauma, injury, local compression, prolonged pressure, or inflammation. It starts with numbness, prickling or tingling in the toes or fingers. It may spread up the feet or hands and cause burning, freezing, throbbing and/or shooting pains. It is often worse at night. Sometimes it is constant or periodic and usually the pain is felt equally in both hands or in both feet. It can develop suddenly, while others progress more slowly over many years. It is a sensation of wearing an invisible ‘glove’ or ‘sock,’ a burning sensation, freezing pain. Sharp jabbing electric-


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Wexford resident, Joe Valenza was recently awarded with the “Lifestyle Change Award” by the American Heart Association. In May 2012, Valenza weighed 312 lbs., after dieting and exercise he dropped a tremendous amount of weight. Valenza now weighs a svelte 187 lbs. He is committed to maintaining a healthy heart and a healthy life-style.

The Seabolt Family of Mars has collected gently used and new coats for men, women and children for the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side. This year “Jackson’s Jackets” collected 500+ coats and blankets for homeless men and women at the mission. The project unfolded five years ago, when the Seabolt children went to a Penguin game and saw a homeless man on the street without a coat. The family then decided to make it a priority during the holiday season to help those in need. Each Thanksgiving Day they deliver the coats and donations. Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial dedication ceremony which was held on Dec. 6.

Susan Muschweck is a recipient of a 2013 Torch Award sponsored by the Better Business Bureau. She is the owner of Susan Muschweck Interior Design, LLC.

Drew Chelosky

J. Victor Conrad

Jack Owen

Jamie Rhodes

Lindsay Aroesty

E. Salyards, Jack Owen, Lindsay Aroesty, Nicholas J. Gigante, Barbara Cinpinski, Drew Chelosky, Jamie Rhodes, Donald Rhoten, Mary Lee Gannon, Jim Sismour, J. Victor Conrad, Deborah Desjardins, John Mercer, and Ryan Neupaver.

Pittsburgh Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) will honor outstanding service and leadership to the Pittsburgh community at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon on May 16. The honorees are: Marilyn Michalka Egan, PHD, Swin Cash, Susan Baker Shipley, Patricia Siger, Lani Lazzari, Patricia Dodge, Candi Castleberry-Singleton and Patricia Rote. The Alcoa Foundation via Alcoa Cranberry has awarded a $20,000 grant to Cranberry Township for the installation of bicycle racks at 14 different locations within the township. Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council announced its board of directors for 2014. They are: Susan

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The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in Pittsburgh held their annual Walk on Nov. 23 at PNC Park. The money raised goes to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.

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Trans Siberian Orchestra Creator Paul O’Neill Brightens the Holidays for Shaler High School Orchestra Members BY PAULA GREEN


or the past 15 years, the Trans Siberian Orchestra has been dazzling audiences with their lights, lasers and pyro form concerts. The symphonic rock group was in Pittsburgh on Dec. 7 performing their holiday show. Two Shaler Area High School students John Beckas and Kenny Andrews were in attendance at the 3 p.m. performance. They are both members of the school’s orchestra so they shared a true appreciation for the show’s alluring appeal. The concert turned out to be more than the two of them ever imagined. John and Kenny were able to personally meet Paul O’Neill, Trans Siberian Orchestra’s creator. O’Neill personally autographed limited edition playbills for both of them. He also autographed one for their orchestra teacher, Shirley Rankin who was unable to attend the performance. Additionally, O’Neill gave the boys jackets with the TSO emblem on it. He also gave them a donation of $1,000 cash to put towards a lunch for the students of the Shaler Area High School Orchestra. John and Kenny were ecstatic over O’Neill’s kindness and generosity. He not only made two high school boys happy, he shared his bigheartedness with their fellow orchestra members as well. The boys decided they would surprise their teacher Ms. Rankin with the good news. They presented her and the orchestra with the donation on O’Neill’s behalf during their Dec. 17 holiday concert at the high school. The money was given to her after the orchestra played an original piece composed by O’Neill. Every year when the TSO performs here they give away an autographed guitar. John Beckas attends all of their shows, and hoped that one day he would win the guitar. But this year’s charitable acts by Paul O’Neill were much more special than any guitar giveaway. F


ecent studies have shown that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your entire body. Many folks would be surprised to hear that digestive issues, fatigue, headaches, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other ailments may be directly linked to oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth infections and teeth misalignment. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Leslie Pasco has been delivering exceptional dental care to her patients, and teaching them that a healthy mouth can also contribute to a healthy body for more than 15 years. “I truly believe that a healthy mouth is an essential part of a healthy body” says Dr. Leslie. “My practice focuses on connecting the health of your body to the health of your mouth.” Dr. Leslie’s new practice LiveWell Dentistry opened Dr. Leslie Pasco in the Village at Pine Plaza in September 2013 and brings with it the latest and best in dental technology along with an expert team of experienced dental staff who are there to help their patients obtain and maintain good oral health which is beneficial to their overall well-being. LiveWell Dentistry provides exceptional preventative and restorative dental care using the safest dental and sterilization technology available. For instance, no more gagging or lead aprons when getting dental x-rays. Dr. Leslie’s state-of-the-art, Planmeca x-ray unit allows patients to experience “gag free” x-rays with no harmful scattered radiation to the patients or the staff. “Often times I stand right next to the patient while he x-rays are taken, to make sure we get things perfect. It is that safe,” says Dr. Leslie. “Bleeding and receding gums are a sign of disease,” says Dr. Leslie. The CDC says that half of Americans have gum disease. That is more than 64 million people. The dental hygienist at LiveWell Dentistry uses magnification and ultrasonic instrumentation to get the harmful bacteria out of the gums, reversing gingivitis and arresting gum disease in most cases. Tooth misalignment can contribute to gum disease, and Dr. Leslie is certified to provide her patients who qualify with the clear option to braces. This option is healthier for the patient since it makes it easier for patients to keep their teeth and gums clean. Close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Dr. Leslie takes the guess work out of diagnosing oral cancer. She uses a special device to improve identification, evaluation and monitoring of oral mucosa abnormalities in patients at increased risk for oral cancer. Dr. Leslie and her team of professionals at LiveWell Dentistry offer preventative and restorative dental care for adults and children in a relaxed and comfortable setting with heated massage dental chairs and personal cable TV. “Sometimes the kids don’t want to leave” laughs Laurie, the dental hygienist. An array of cosmetic dental treatments is also available to those who seek not only a healthier smile but a beautiful one too. LiveWell Dentistry is open Monday through Thursday and is accepting new patients. You can call to schedule at 724-719-2866 or become a new patient online at http://livewelldentistry.net. F


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(l to r) John Beckas, Shirley Rankin and Kenny Andrews

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Ensign Robert (Bobby) Podolinski Jazzing it Up for the Military BY PAULA GREEN


wenty-two year old, Ensign Robert Podolinski has a genuine love for his country. He is currently serving in flight training in the United States Navy. Podolinski recently graduated in 2013 from the Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. While he attended college at University Park, he was also a member of PSU’s Naval ROTC Program. Podolinski has always had a strong passion for music, especially singing. He has managed to find a way to intertwine his involvement with the military along with his musical talents. This past summer, Podolinski released his inaugural jazz CD Inception under the name Bobby Jay. Thanks to the release of his musical CD, Podolinski is able to give back to his country. A portion of the purchase price of each CD will be donated to military charities, especially those for wounded veterans, to help them receive the services and support they need. Podolinski is a Ross Township native. During his elementary school days he went to St. Sebastian School, he then attended Vincentian Academy for high school. While at Vincentian, Podolinski was a member of the choral group and was involved in all of the high school musicals. He was also a member of St. Sebastian Parish Adult Choir and Soloist. He received his vocal training from Kevin Gruden. During his college days, he would come home in between semesters and work on his CD, which was finally released this past summer. It was produced at Red Caimen Media Studios in Pittsburgh. Podolinski always had a true appreciation for the songs of Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Harry Connick, Jr. Some of the hits on Inception soundtrack include: It Had To Be You, Moondance, When I Fall in Love, Always on My Mind and many other hits. For more information on Bobby Jay’s Inception CD visit www.bobbyjaymusic.com, and see how you too can support the military. F

Phillip M. Evankovich


hillip M. Evankovich has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During OCS, candidates are tested on leadership skills and teamwork abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learn to utilize acquired skills to function in “leader and follower” positions in squad and platoon-sized elements and evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment. After attending Quartermaster School at Fort Lee in Richmond, Virginia, Evankovich will be stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Evankovich is the son of Michael and Thea Evankovich of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania. He is a 2009 graduate of North Allegheny High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio. F

We welcome brief biographies and photos of local servicemen and women from our community. If you know of someone you’d like to see featured in this column, please call (724) 940-2444 or mail the information to: Northern Connection Magazine, P.O. Box 722, Wexford, PA 15090-0722 or email northcon@consolidated.net.

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Innovations In the Classroom BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

Educators throughout the area are embracing new technologies as tools to heighten the learning process. From the use of tablets to guest speakers from around the world via Skype; from Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields to the humanities, here are just a few of the fascinating and innovative ways technologies are being implemented within schools in our area... Alpha School – is turning their STEM initiative into a STEAM initiative by also incorporating creative “arts” and music into the sciences as research shows that the arts contribute to creative problemsolving and troubleshooting. They also are incorporating new heart monitoring equipment into their new fitness center as part of their “Fit Mind, Fit Body” initiative to understand healthy exercise, heart rate, blood pressure and other related information.

Central Catholic – In addition to using special iPad apps and exercises for several classes, Central is now offering courses in pre-engineering where students are introduced to engineering design, 3-D modeling, structure analysis and electronics. Students then apply their knowledge in creative projects such as building VEX robotics, creating a “Chain Reaction Contraption” or design, test, and prototype mechanical limbs or other inventions to help those with physical disabilities.

A.W. Beattie Career Center – is offering an Intro to Pharmacy course for seniors-only that uses a variety of technologies and simulation techniques that focuses on compounding formulas, accurate dispensing, drug interactions and much more for continued success in post-secondary studies.

Grove City College – opens new STEM Hall, a 63,000-square-foot, state-of-theart facility designed to be conducive to hands-on research and interdisciplinary study. The new building offers expansive laboratory and study spaces that foster opportunities for collaborative interac-

Butler County Community College – enables students to explore science, technology, engineering and much more as they build their own custom solid body electric guitar. The students use computer aided drafting software to design the guitar, learn how to engineer the electronics, mathematically place the frets and walk away with a brand new electric guitar of their own making and design.

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Grove City College’s new STEM Hall offers state-of-the-art technology for learning


tion, similar to what students will find in the workplace. It will also support a dedicated faculty with a passion for teaching and student/faculty research, as well as keep pace with increasingly sophisticated technology and teaching methods necessary for students to excel and lead in their chosen career paths. La Roche College – among integrating many new technologies throughout the college, the Department of Education is implementing a combination of technologies that together are known as the Bug-in-Ear program and is made up of a Bluetooth headset, a web cam, and Skype. Together, these technologies enable live-coaching of student teachers WHILE they are teaching. The professor can watch and hear the student teacher and give immediate feedback that the student teacher can hear inside his or her ear and make any necessary adjustments from important cues like “remember to smile” and “look at the back row.” PACyber Charter School – now offers a new hybrid cyber model combining both the virtual classroom and the independence of self-paced study with their new “Flex” courses for grades 9-12. Students meet online with their teacher once a (Continued on page 12)


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week for 90 minutes, with a second optional session for individual help. The other four days, the teacher sends a morning video with the day’s independent work assignment. Frequent contact keeps students on pace; independence prepares them for the self-discipline needed for college. Quigley Catholic High School – nationally acclaimed for introducing Cyber Days to replace Snow Days. In the case of inclement weather, teachers have pre-planned lessons on the current topic of study. Teachers and students must be signed-in online by 9:00 a.m. and this serves as attendance and the student then goes to each class online to complete assignments as prepared by the teachers. Likewise, if a student is going to be missing class for three or more days, they can attend class via tele-communications software via a web cam controlled by the teacher. Robert Morris University – enjoys a 90% retention rate in their plethora of online programs due to a team of instructional designers who assist the professors in creating advanced and thought-provoking online lessons that keep students engaged in the subject matter. In addition, RMU has an advisory student support staff that is available whenever needed according to the students’ schedules, including evenings and weekends. Saint Mary School - At St. Mary School in Glenshaw, teachers are using technology to enhance the learning process. Smart Boards are used in every classroom to incorporate streaming videos and interactive lessons. Teachers can assess the students’ understanding of a subject immediately by the use of test and quizzes

St. Mary’s teachers utilize Smart Boards to make learning more effective.

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presented on the Smart Board, and then immediately answered and assessed using Smart Board responders. Saint Kilian Parish School – Has begun enhancing their curriculum with the use of iPads and the use of hundreds of iPad apps designed to make learning fun and engaging so students can enjoy learning and adopt a life-time of learning through the iPad and its touch-screen technology. Shadyside Academy – incorporates technology into the humanities, as well as, the sciences by enabling students to create content via the iPad instead of just consume content. Specifically, the students are guided and taught in how to create multi-media presentations that can include text, audio, embedded video and much more. For example, many books at the school have been given a QR Code on the spine and when the student scans the code with his or her iPad, the QR Code goes to a series of book reviews or “trailers” prepared by other students regarding their thoughts on the book. In addition, many assignments are placed on blogs so the

students have a world-wide audience reading their work. Vincentian Academy - With the implementation of Google Chromebooks in every classroom, Vincentian Academy’s classrooms have transformed into advanced technology hubs. Each student and faculty member have their own Chromebook which reaches across all academic disciplines from art to the sciences. The biggest “innovation” the Chromebooks allow for is the use of on-line text books and the ease at which students can work on assignments. Before, students have to wait to get home to use computers. Now, students can work on assignments during any down time. The Google technology also allows teachers to utilize the collaborative features of Chrome platform. There are also hundreds of Google Apps already developed for classrooms that are now available to teachers. Throughout this issue, additional innovative educational activities are also highlighted. Be sure and use our School Directory to learn the latest in these


Look for more Classroom Innovations in our February Issue! Is your school implementing innovative learning? Be sure and let us know by emailing northcon@consolidated.net or calling 724-940-2444

activities, such as St. Bonaventure reenactments of the Civil War and Olympics and St. Ursula’s use of Harry Potter and the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School’s new state-of-the-art facility and many many more. F

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St. Bonaventure’s Annual All-School Projects Provide Unique Learning Experience


ver wonder what might inspire a student to hop out of bed in the morning excited about going to school? Matthew Dunker knows the secret. That’s because he was that student. When Dunker was in junior high at St. Bonaventure Parish School in the late 1990s, he participated in “all-school” educational projects that got him fired up about learning. “I remember re-enacting parts of the Civil War,” said Dunker, who played the role of a Confederate slave during the week-long re-enactment. Dunker learned so much about the Civil War and history that he pursued a degree in history. Now a science and history teacher at St. Bonaventure, he cocoordinates the all-school project, a muchanticipated annual school tradition. The first all-school project was the brainchild of Sister John Ann Mulhern, then principal of St. Bonaventure. The school was in the midst of Middle States Accreditation which required the school to choose between completing a report or a project. “Sister John Ann hated reports,” laughed Jacqueline Easley, St. Bonaventure’s current principal. “She said, ‘Let’s have fun’.” Sister promptly called the faculty to a brainstorming meeting and the first all-school project—the Civil War reenactment—was born. After subsequent months of planning, creating cross-curricular activities that addressed reading, science, history, math, all within the framework of the Civil War,

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faculty and students embarked on a journey they all remember to this day. “Junior high students had to apply to play a high-ranking official in the Confederate or Union military,” said Easley. Other students were divided by families—Older and younger siblings were kept together—by state. “My brother and I were slaves from Alabama,” remembered Dunker. “We had to be escorted to the bathrooms by 8th grade plantation owners and sometimes northerners would try to rescue us from slavery.” Throughout the weeks leading up to the actual Civil War reenactment, the music teacher taught the students battle songs, military veterans taught the proper way to march, period costumes were obtained, and teachers prepared to conduct class in a one-room school house setting. “We didn’t realize it, but we were learning so much,” said Dunker, who as a slave, was forced to fight for the Confederate Army. “I still remember so many facts about the Civil War.” The Civil War reenactment was the first all-school project, but it (along with the school’s space mission project) can be credited with St. Bonaventure being named one of the “Top 25 Innovative Schools” in the nation by the National Catholic Education Association. Other all-school project themes have included the Apollo Moon Landing, Under the Sea, Native Americans and more recently the Olympics. Ten teams


represented different countries. They competed to earn points for their country and win a gold, silver or bronze medal. A student captain, who had to apply for the role by writing an essay, led each team. A historian, a technologist and an artist rounded out the group, guided by a faculty advisor. The teams became experts on their country: They created marketing brochures, researched important historical figures, delivered presentations, and developed lesson plans and activities. All of the classes ultimately competed in athletic events—Olympic Games—to earn additional points for their country. “Our all-school projects are unlike any other type of learning experience I have seen in any school,” said Easley. “They truly encompass body, mind and spirit.” “One of the best things about St. Bonaventure’s all-school project,” said Dunker, “is that it provides the opportunity for students to step outside their comfort zones, take on leadership roles, assume responsibility, become better communicators and tap into their own creativity.” While this year’s all-school project theme has not yet been revealed, hundreds of students are hopping out of bed every morning eager to embark on a journey of learning that feels more like fun… just the way Sister John Ann Mulhern planned it. F

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ots and Doodles, located at 10925 Perry Highway in Wexford, is an art studio for tots, teens, and adults. We encourage and embrace the artist in everyone. We emphasize the process of art making; engaging and challenging students in a fun and collaborative environment. We offer classes, workshops, birthday parties, and more. All of which are tailored and customized to our students’ artistic wishes and needs. Class and workshop sizes are intimate, offering plenty of opportunities for creative growth, exploration, and enjoyment! For more info visit our website at: www.dotsanddoodlesart.com or call: 724-831-7018. F


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Festival of Fun and Learning at St. Ursula School


utter beer, pumpkin juice, and chocolate covered pretzel wands were just some of the treats the children in St. Ursula’s third grade class enjoyed during their “Harry Potter Festival” recently.  Mrs. Beth Wachowiak, 3rd grade teacher, has spent the last several weeks reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the children. After the class finished the book they had the opportunity to watch the movie and then divide into “their houses” to try to win the house cup. The children were organized into the four houses at Hogwart’s: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Huffelpuff, and Slytherin.  They played several wizarding games to be able to claim the 2013 house cup. Each house demonstrated their comprehension skills and had the chance to share their Harry Potter knowledge while trying to out score the other houses.  One of the games involved naming their own unique version of “Every Flavor Bertie Bott’s Beans” as the children came up with “dog slobber”, “ear wax”, “stinky feet”, “liver”, and of course delicious ones like “strawberry”, “coconut”, and “birthday cake”.  They then had to share their flavors with the other teams to win points.  Kaya Broskey, one of the third graders, explained that she liked making the wands the best.  “It was awesome that we got to make wands out of pretzels and chocolate and sprinkles.  We also got to make ties to wear for the games.”  Another third grader, Noah Stankay, said,”We got to play games, watch a movie, and it was a great day.” Mrs. Wachowiak was pleased that now that they are done reading the first Harry Potter book as a group, “Many of the children are already reading the second book on their own.  I will have to get additional copies.  That’s what I wanted to do, instill the love of reading in the children.  So many of them are excited about reading more.” Although the children have been earning or losing points on behalf of their “house” during the last few weeks, it was the games that earned the children the most points.  After all the activities,  this year’s St. Ursula’s Third Grade house cup went to Ravenclaw made up of wizards: Michael Morgano, Caden Bridge, Katarina Walko, and Sarah Colner. F

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Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education Five decades and counting. Saint Alexis Catholic School in McCandless Township has provided excellent academic preparation for its students since 1963, and the tradition continues into its third generation.


aint Alexis Catholic School was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit just two years after Saint Alexis Parish was established, and it maintains a tradition of challenging its students to live a Christ-centered life and preparing them academically, socially and spiritually for high school and beyond. The school’s original mission remains as it was more than 50 years ago at its birth – provide an exceptional academic curriculum where students and teachers work together to learn and grow in a Catholic setting. The physical settings have changed over the years with disconnected buildings finally merged into one, when the seventh and eighth grades were added a dozen years ago, but the words that describe the environment of Saint Alexis School have not. “It’s like a family,” said Mrs. Sandy Ross, current third-grade teacher. “It’s my home away from home.” And it should feel like Mrs. Ross’s second home since she has taught at Saint Alexis for 35 years. She is one of a quartet of teachers each with more than 30 years of service to the school. She and her colleagues, Mrs. Lois Titus, Mrs. Grace Merlina and Mrs. Mary Smolter, have 143 years of combined service to Saint Alexis students and families. They use words and phrases like “second home,” “family-oriented” and “second family” to describe how they feel about, not just their employer, but why they chose to stay teaching at Saint Alexis. The picture they paint of the school would make Father Francis Rodgers, the founding pastor of the parish and the school, quite proud. “The school was his baby,” Mrs. Ross explained. “Everything he did was for the children.” A physically imposing man, Father Rodgers was known for wearing a long, black cape and his daily interactions with the Saint Alexis students. “I think the kids were kind of afraid of him,” first-grade teacher Mrs. Titus said. “But they loved him. They asked him to come out and play with them.” Father Rodgers created the family environment that continues today and that current pastor Father Paul Zywan has fostered for his 15 years at the par-

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ish. The teachers fondly look back on the time that they have spent at the school and are confident that Saint Alexis School is keeping up with the times. The rigorous academics remain the same, and it’s still a familial school, explained Mrs. Ross. However, according to the teachers, everything in life seems to move faster today, so the expectations constantly change. “I think the difference is with the parents,” Mrs. Merlina, primarily a seventhgrade teacher, said. “When the school was founded, many of the parents were not college educated. Now, that is not the case. Parents expect more for their children, and we’re providing it.” The children come in with more technological know how, and the school has kept pace. More innovation and an ongoing evaluation of the school’s programs preserve its status as one of the area’s premier private schools. “The families are very supportive,” sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Smolter said. “Parents have always asked us what needs to be done and how they can help.” Although many of today’s Saint Alexis students hail from families with parents who both work outside the home, the common denominator for 50 years is the active involvement of mothers, fathers and even grandparents in the life of the school. Memories – and a lot of them – are the result of the close-knit learning community. Students who graduated years ago see their former teachers out and about around Pittsburgh. The “biggest reward” for Mrs. Ross is the reaction from her former students. “They remember me, and what’s most important, is they remember something that I taught them,” she said. For all the teachers and students who have passed through the doors of Saint Alexis School, their memories range from building the thrilling erupting volcanoes in third grade to the past elaborate Christmas Eve play. Memories are also created as the first graders are the featured students during the Thanksgiving liturgy and perform a moving Nativity Play during Advent. Kindergarten students make and bake bread for their very own Thanksgiving feast with their eighth-grade buddies, and the graduating class celebrates Mother’s Day with a formal tea where there’s not a dry eye in the house. Every four years or so, the middle school students transform their wing of the school into a Medieval Faire complete with castles, shopping, traditional medieval games and costumes. And annually the entire school community celebrates Catholic Schools Week at the end of January with service projects, prayer ceremonies and out-of-theordinary activities like Wacky Olympics. Even though some traditions have changed and the students are learning at a different pace, Saint Alexis Catholic School has steadfastly held onto its roots – teach and nurture the whole child in a Christ-centered learning environment. The results are astoundingly similar throughout its 50-plus years. “Our students have changed with the times,” Mrs. Merlina noted. “They are always well prepared for high school.” Saint Alexis alumni perform exceptionally well in high school and college. Mrs. Smolter added, “We want everyone to know that the education your child receives here is excellent.” The group agrees that the strong academic foundation and family-oriented atmosphere of Saint Alexis have not changed, which is the key to its longevity. “Once you’re here, you’re here,” Mrs. Ross said. “You never leave – you don’t want to. It’s part of your family.” Which is why the teachers are seeing many children of their former students graduating from Saint Alexis. It’s a family thing. F


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Starting the Conversation…



urrently, property taxes are used to fund the public school system. However, if your child decides to attend a “charter’ school which is an independent public school, the taxes allotted for the child, follow that child from the public school they would attend and instead, go to funding the charter school. This way the child’s education is still being paid for by the taxes collected for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the same does not apply for children choosing to go to a private or parochial school. Instead, parents must pay both the property taxes and the tuition even though, many times, the choice to go to a private or parochial school is the same as the reasons to attend a charter school. Which begs the question: shouldn’t the taxes allotted for a child follow the child if he or she attends go any alternative schooling? In November of 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of a charter school reform bill that will allow most charters to receive payments directly from the state rather than routing them through the local school districts and will enable other entities other than the state and school districts, such as universities, to authorize charter schools. Which begs another question: if they wanted, should a private or parochial school be able apply for “charter” status and receive state funded money? What do you think? Let your voice be heard by commenting on my blog “Continuing the Conversation” at http:// northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot. com. F

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School Movers & Shakers North Allegheny The North Allegheny Marching Band won its 11th consecutive “Best Overall Band” Award in the City of Pittsburgh Veteran’s Day Parade. North Allegheny Senior High School has been selected as a 2014 GRAMMY Signature School semifinalist. North Allegheny Senior High School has received two recognitions by the National Forensic League. NASH has been recognized as one the nation’s “Top 100 Schools” in speech and debate. The school’s speech and debate program achieved 500 degrees or more during the last school year, placing it in the top 0.1% of the NFL chapters nationwide. Katherine Curran has been named the coordinator of Academic Technology and Instructional Services in the North Allegheny School District. Seventeen North Allegheny Intermediate (NAI) and Senior (NASH) High School students were selected for placement on the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District 1 Honors Band. They are: Esther Kim, Alec Ge, Suhye Park, Andrew Xu, Katie Scott, Caitie Conway, Josh Branstetter, Liam Beaber, Kate Falck, Hannah Geibel, Natalie Morrissey, Mike Helgerman, Kenny Powell, Laura Fox, Jonathan Grygiel, Christina Eisenreich and Max Godfrey. Marc Thornton was recently appointed to the position of principal of Marshall Elementary School in the North Allegheny School District. Amanda Mathieson was recently appointed to the position of principal of Hosack Elementary School in the North Allegheny School District. McKnight Elementary fourth grade student Adelle Schott has been named the Grand Prize $1,000 winner of the “My Holiday Wish” Coloring Contest by Edgar Snyder & Associates.

Seneca Valley Renee Foust, Farmer’s National Bank branch manager, gave $2,500 to Seneca Valley Foundation Board of Trustee Vic Conrad. The EITC tax credit donation will benefit the Seneca Valley School District’s Honors Women in Engineering Program. Haine Elementary School in the Seneca Valley School District was named a Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Division of Federal Programs.

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Avonworth The Avonworth School District is celebrating 75 years as a school district and was the first union school district in the state of Pennsylvania. On July 1, 1938 the former school districts of Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Emsworth and Kilbuck Township joined to form the Avonworth Union School District. The Avonworth Elementary School and High School have each received substantial grants from the Ballay Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation through the Change Agents in Education Initiative. Avonworth cheerleaders Kelly Evans and Natalie Malloy participated in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade alongside marching bands, celebrities and floats.

Pine-Richland The PineRichland School student government had a successful “Stuffa-Bus” Drive this past holiday season. The students managed to filled seven buses full of toys for those in need. (Continued on page 26)


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St. Gregory School


he students and staff of St. Gregory School in Zelienople are excited about Catholic Schools Week which runs Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 31. During this week, Catholic Schools hold Academic Games, Science Fairs, and fun activities to spotlight their school and St. Gregory School is no exception. Everyone here is anxious for families to enjoy seeing their child/ ren show what they have learned and accomplished. In addition, St. Gregory School will be accepting registrations for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2014-15 school year. Information packets will be available as well as tours to anyone who is interested. For 102 years St. Gregory School has been providing a quality, faith-filled education to children from 11 neighboring school districts. Stop by for a visit, give us a call at 724/452-9731 or check out our website at stgregzelie.org. We would love to have you join the St. Gregory School family. F

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Oakland Catholic

Shady Side Academy:

Explore • Engage • Excel


hady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five-day boarding experience in high school. Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. To meet the needs of children in various life stages, Shady Side Academy is set on three unique campuses: the Junior School (PK5) is in Point Breeze, while the Middle (6-8) and Senior Schools (9-12) are in Fox Chapel. At Shady Side Academy, there is a balanced approach to education with a commitment to students’ academic, physical and emotional development. Putting that approach into action is a caring faculty dedicated to fostering a true love of learning in students. Members of the Shady Side Academy community acknowledge and accept five Guiding Principles that serve as fundamental points of guidance for all adults and students: Honesty, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Safety. Shady Side’s academic program provides a challenging, yet nurturing, atmosphere that encourages inquiry, questioning, self-determination and creativity. Small class sizes encourage a strong sense of community among students, faculty and parents. Technology is integrated throughout PK-12 classrooms. Arts and athletics are an integral part of the curriculum. Music, visual and performing arts are intertwined into all levels of learning, and students are encouraged to explore an array of athletic options and find the sport or activity best for them. Extracurricular activities support students’ diverse interests, including community service. Faculty members are leaders in their fields. Sixty-six percent hold advanced degrees, and they participate regularly in professional development activities. They believe in a traditional approach to learning while developing creative curricula and determining how to best meet students’ individual needs. Senior School students refine critical thinking, writing and analytical skills that distinguish them in the college search, while three full-time college counselors help them prepare for the next stage of their academic careers. The average SAT score is more than 400 points above the national average, and the Academy enjoys a 100 percent college matriculation rate. An impressive 50 percent of 2013 graduates are attending schools ranked among the Top 50 universities and liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. An optional five-day boarding program at the Senior School offers students the opportunity to enjoy weekends at home and weekdays at school, providing a preview of college life to help ease that future transition. To learn more or schedule a personal tour, call 412-968-3180 or email admissions@shadysideacademy.org. Or visit our interactive admissions viewbook online at www.ThankYouShadySide.org. F


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The Pine-Richland School Board reelected Peter Lyons as president and Jeffrey Banyas as vice president. On Dec. 7, an Empty Bowls Fundraiser was held at Pine-Richland High School. Organizers will present the monetary donations to the Lighthouse in January. The Fund It Forward Board of Directors named Wexford Elementary teacher Tara Hillegas as the recipient of the “Making a Daily Difference� award.

Tara Hillegas

Hampton Hampton Township School District Board of Directors elected new officers: Greg Stein. Gail Litwiler, Denise Balason and Cathy Lueers.

North Hills North Hills School District Board of Education members elected Edward M. Wielgus as president and Louis A Nudi as vice president. (Continued on page 32)

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Mover & Shaker of the Month



eventeen year old, Avonworth High School senior Thanna Oddo has taken advantage of her skillful athletic abilities. At the young age of four, she was enrolled in a YMCA soccer program where she quickly found her niche. Over the past 14 years, she has continued to achieve and has taken command of a sport where she is a major record-setter for the Avonworth Antelopes. Thanna holds the school’s record for most career soccer goals at 67, and that is only the beginning of her incredible achievements. She also possesses the record for most career assists, most goals in a season at 35, most game winning goals, most career points, most points in a season and most goals in a single game with six. With impressive stats like these, it is no wonder that Thanna was twice named to the All-WPIAL Team in 2012 and 2013. She was a starter all four years and also served as team captain for two of those seasons. Thanna plans to continue to play soccer when she attends college next fall. She has verbally committed to West Liberty University in West Virginia (near Wheeling). She wants to major in physical therapy or sports medicine. “It is an amazing feeling to know that my name will be linked to Avonworth girls’ soccer for years to come. 14 years of year-round soccer finally paid off.  Words cannot even describe how great it feels to look back at all the adversity I overcame to achieve this success.  I am very excited to move forward with my college team and set new goals for myself,” Thanna said. In addition to her superior performance on the soccer field, she also excels in the classroom where she carries a 4.0 GPA. Last year, Thanna was inducted into Avonworth’s National Honor Society. She is a member of the Latin Club, Key Club, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program. She plays for Hotspurs United and was selected to the ODP team the last 2 years (ODP - Olympic Development Program). She is also president of her church youth group. Thanna resides in Ohio Township with her parents, Lisa and John, and her 15 year-old brother Johnnie. F


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Vincentian Academy…

An Exceptional Catholic High School in the Heart of the North Hills


xceptional education has been evident at Vincentian Academy for the past 81 years, and today, the Academy is leading the way. Students take their learning to new levels with a challenging college preparatory curriculum, or can choose to participate in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Vincentian Academy is the only Catholic school to have the distinct choice of choosing a college preparatory curriculum or the IB program, the only Catholic IB program in the entire region. Vincentian Academy provides every student and teacher with a Google Chromebook, providing the perfect platform for collaboration across all academic disciplines from the arts to the sciences. The Chromebooks, along with other advancements in technology such as a completely wireless campus, is at the core of the Academy’s commitment to staying ahead of the technology curve. With technology at their fingertips, students and faculty can take advantage of the ever-growing knowledgebased world at all times. There is something for everyone at Vincentian Academy, with a prestigious performing arts program and a plethora of clubs and extracurricular activities. Vincentian Academy’s mighty Royals athletic teams continue to make significant showings in all of their sports. The Royals have earned numerous WPIAL and PIAA state titles, most recently in 2012 WPIAL boys and girls basketball championships! The football program is in its second year and enjoying great success as a new program. 90% of all students participate in an activity or sport. This fall Vincentian Academy was proud to welcome one of the largest freshmen classes in recent history from 13 Catholic feeder schools and numerous public schools. Vincentian Academy is reaching its capacity of students and is looking forward to its exciting campus expansion on the horizon. Vincentian Academy boasts a 100% college acceptance and graduation rate, with the average per student scholarship award offering in excess of $124,000. Students are educated in a faith-based environment where high standards and upstanding morals are not only encouraged, but are expected. Vincentian Academy will continue to grow with the grace of God and continue to educate young men and women as they become tomorrow’s leaders. Vincentian Academy…is exceptionally yours. F Vincentian Academy will host their Winter Open House on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded at the Open House. The Academy’s Entrance Exam date is scheduled for January 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register at admissions@ vincentianacademy.org. Register today because spots in the freshmen class are filling up fast.

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North Hills High School senior Stanley Marciniak and junior Luke Fabisiak were recognized for their exemplary volunteer service with a schoolwide honor of North Hills High School Volunteers of the Year.

Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Max Silberg was named to the 2013 Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) Philadelphia Combine Best XI Boys Team. He is also up for the USA Today Ultimate Athlete 2013.

North Hills Middle School students and staff received a special Star Spangled Banner display from North Hills School Class of 2005 graduate and Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgt. Maura Wahl.

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Fox Chapel

Saint Kilian School is pleased to announce they have enhanced their curriculum and student learning experience with IPads.

Fox Chapel Area Board of School Directors announced the appointment of Robert Eugene “Gene” Freeman, Ed. D., as the district’s next superintendent. Fox Chapel Area Board of School Directors members elected Nancy B. Foster as president and Terry L. Wirginis as vice president.

Bishop Zubik appointed Saint Kilian’s pastor Rev. Charles S. Bober to president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.

St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure Bobcats’ JV Red Team captured the school’s first ever JV Diocesan Volleyball Championship on Nov. 3. St. Bonaventure students in Glenshaw have implemented a year-round commitment to helping others. They recently collected food and personal care items for the Little Sisters of the Poor. The third grade class participated in the Operation Christmas Child program. The school also held a toy drive for North Hills Community Outreach.

Eden Christian Eden Christian Academy 5th grader Vivien Kohler practices figure skating with Olympic ambitions. She placed first at the State Games of America this past summer. She also placed first in the Skate Pittsburgh competition.

La Roche College Four projects created by La Roche College graphic design students were honored in HOW Magazine’s 2013 International Design Awards, a competition that recognizes design excellence on a global scale. La Roche College will launch a Master’s degree in Special Education. This program will prepare candidates to foster academic, social and emotional growth of students with special needs in order to maximize their abilities.

St. Vincent College Rita Catalano, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, was named the winner of Saint Vincent College’s Projektenmacher Award.

St. Sebastian Fox Chapel Area High School senior basketball player Erin Mathias received the KDKA-TV and Allegheny Health Network Extra Effort Award.

Six St. Sebastian musicians have been selected by audition for the Diocese of Pittsburgh North District Honors Band. They are: Grace Doerfler, Hana Lebrew, Kimberly Lichauer, Nicole Rausch, Mary Doerfler and Matthew Santucci.

Dr. Jennifer L. Koehl, associate professor of biology at St. Vincent College was presented with the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the Founder’s Day Honors Convocation.

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B., center, grand chancellor of the Pontifical College of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, and the representative of the Benedictine Order in Rome, was the main speaker at the Saint Vincent College Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on Nov. 14.

Saint Vincent College sophomore business-accounting major Michael F. Nolan of Bellevue has been declared the winner of a write-in campaign for the office of borough auditor in the municipal general election.


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More Freedom, Less Free Time

A recent graduate’s advice on time management in college BY RYAN C. MEYER


hroughout a student’s career, most scheduling is done for them: school starts and ends at the same time every day, parents tell their children what time homework is to be completed and when chores are to be done, and curfews even suggest what time he or she should go to sleep. That is, until one graduates high school. Those who continue their education after high school do so with the freedom to choose not only what they learn but where, when, and how they do it. College offers independence and with that comes the ever-present task of time management. Managing your time can be one of the most difficult parts of getting through college. Before college most of us went to each class in the same order, had some free time after school, ate a dinner that was provided for us, and then did homework; rinse and repeat. There is no such

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routine upon entering the life of a college student. Instead, schedules differ from day to day, you must obtain food yourself, and most work must be done on your own time (all in the face of momentous distractions). The shock of leaving an environment in which your days are largely planned for you and arriving in one where you choose when you do everything is not an easy one to cope with, and there is no simple solution. In my experience, the most effective strategy is to understand how you learn best and act accordingly. It may not be clear at first what works best, coming from an environment in which you didn’t have much control over your educational process. My advice would be to do everything by the books, for the first semester at least. Don’t schedule the bare minimum credits, nor the maximum; plan to arrive to class five minutes before it starts; take notes; do your homework the same night it’s assigned; and spend at least as much time studying out of class as you do in. Which part of that makes it click? Maybe extra studying doesn’t help the material sink in and it’s the lecturer’s explanations that help most. Perhaps it’s the other way around and you learn more figuring it out for yourself. Whatever helps you learn best requires extra focus, while the things that aren’t as effective can receive less of your attention— there are only so many hours in a day. Balance and moderation are important in all aspects of life and college is no exception. While we should never lose sight of the fact that education is a student’s primary goal, we must



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also understand that without relaxation and time to unwind, one will quickly become overwhelmed. Having fun or resting at the end of the day and on the weekends is important. Stress is a serious issue for college students and finding a way of relieving it is essential. Without self-control, though, social life and recreation can quickly overshadow the reason you are there: to learn. Self-discipline is required to uphold your schedule and keep recreation in balance. It is a quality that is important to maintain, but doing so does not come naturally to everyone. When it is challenging to compel yourself to focus, making a detailed schedule can help a lot. Setting up a specific time to study or finish homework makes you much less likely to put it off until the last minute. Planning to study or work with a friend or classmate is another effective method of making sure you finish your work on time (one is far less likely to procrastinate when another person is counting you to be there). There is no easy answer to the problem of time management. What works for some may not work for others and vice versa. Finding your own successful method of dealing with distractions and ensuring you do what needs done is the most important part of managing your time. Once you establish a comfortable routine or pattern that allows you to be productive, you are in the clear. F Ryan Meyer attended St. Mary’s Area Public High School and is a recent graduate of Penn State (where he majored in English). He harbors a love of the outdoors and experiences the grit and grandeur of the world first-hand.

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2014 NC Education Directory A.W. Beattie

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Agile Instruction and Management Solutions (AIMS)

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Eden Christian Academy

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Assumption School

Eden Christian Academy

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Butler County Community College (BC3) BC3.edu 724-772-5520 See ad on page 36

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School Cwnchs.org 412-321-4823 See ad on page 31

The Campus School of Carlow University Campusschool.carlow.edu 412-578-6158 See ad on page 11

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Central Catholic High School

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Commonwealth Connection Academy

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

The Glen Montessori School Glenmontessori.org 412-318-4885 See ad on page 16

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Providence Heights Alpha School Alphaschool.org 412-366-4455 See ad on page 12

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Saint Kilian Parish School Saintkilian.org/school 724-625-1665 x2101 See ad on page 22

Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic School Stmaryglenshaw.org 412-486-7611 See ad on page 20

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Northside Catholic School Northsidecatholicschool.org 412-761-5043 See ad on page 14

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Saint Alexis Catholic School Stalexisschool.org 724-935-3940 See ad on page 18

Saint Bonaventure Parish School

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If your New Year’s Resolution is to achieve fitness for the whole family, you may want to get involved with the NFL Play 60 program. NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.


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Family Fitness with NFL’s PLAY 60 Program


here are many ways you can join the PLAY 60 movement. You can get involved through school programs, contests and community events. Through their website at http:// www.nfl.com/play60, the NFL has developed an assortment of opportunities that allow you and your children to get active with sports and recreational organizations with many of the programs designed for in-school and after school hours. You can even get involved by volunteering to assist the NFL and even work towards having the NFL bus visit your school or organization. By joining the Play 60 program, you can show the NFL how you and your children are staying fit and active by uploading your PLAY 60 photo to Instagram or Facebook and tell them to tag @NFLPLAY 60 or Tweet at us @NFLPLAY60. Be sure to use the

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hashtag #hoponthebus and join the movement. Some in-school or community programs include:

Fuel Up to Play 60: NFL PLAY 60 has partnered with the National Dairy Council on this in-school program to make sure that kids get healthy through nutrition and activity. With the interactive program and fun prizes, kids are motivated to take control of their schools’ focus on health and wellness. This is a great in-school program that any teacher or administrator can support. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-foryou foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.

Play 60 Challenge: Through a partnership with the American Heart Association, this 4-6 week program provides easy ways to get your school more active and healthy throughout the school day. The NFL has built fun ways to incorporate short, 3-5 minute activity breaks into the curriculum that you’re already doing with your students. You can register your school, or download the program resources to get started.

PUNT, PASS & KICK The NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. The Punt Pas and Kick program continues to reach children of a younger age and allows them to experience the

fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive noncontact environment. Additional information available through the web site includes ideas for phys-ed class or ways to get active in an after-school program. Check out the link: “Great PLAY Ideas” from some of your favorite NFL players. These activities require little or no equipment and can be done anywhere.


And if your school needs additional funds to ensure your students continue to get physical activity each day. Brax has teamed up with NFL PLAY 60 to offer some great ways for your school to fundraise! So keep that New Year’s Resolution by joining the movement and help NFL PLAY 60’s efforts to make the next generation of youth active and healthy! F

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o one really chooses to have bad posture; but let’s face it, a lot of us have it. Most people just try to live with it; but serious health issues can arise when posture becomes a problem. I’ll teach you why better posture matters and how to get it. What is Good Posture? The Better Heath Channel describes bad posture as “rounded shoulders, pot belly, back aches, bent knees when standing, uneven hips”. Good posture is nice and straight and level. Bad posture comes from stresses to the body Posture Changes can creep up on you. A over time. Some people develop poor posture in childhood and others come by it later in screening is an easy way to check it out. life. Our gender, skeletal structure, muscle tone, spinal alignment, occupation and physical habits all have an effect on posture. Bad Posture Causes Changes in Your Body Function. Because the skeleton provides structural support for the muscles and organs, changes in posture affect the function of those structures. Studies have been done that show that poor posture can cause decreased lung capacity (can’t breathe as well), slow digestive function, and has even been linked to an increased risk of falls in the elderly. Bad Posture Hurts. Changes in posture cause stress in the muscles and joints. This additional stress can cause the following: Tension, trigger points, abnormal movement patterns in your gait or arm movement, and even joint degeneration or arthritis. The most common causes of bad posture are misalignments of the spinal bones. This “fixes” the posture in an abnormal position and limits movement. Bad Posture Looks Bad and Affects Your Confidence. When you slouch it makes you look heavier and less confident. Researchers found that when people slouched in their chairs they were less likely to believe their own thoughts and statements. That’s a pretty profound psychological effect from a physical problem. Also, poor posture has been linked to fatigue, making it more difficult to work or get through the day. Improving Posture IS Possible. But it’s not necessarily easy. Many times our posture has been “off” for years. Correcting it requires patience, diligence, and the right approach. The first step in improving posture is being aware of it and making small changes in the way you sit and stand on a daily basis. You have to think of it as re-training your brain. The Chiropractic Connection. Chiropractors adjust the misaligned bones to a more normal position. This allows for better movement, less stiffness, and stimulates the brain to hold the body in a more upright position. Sometimes people will just try to exercise their way to good posture. Exercise is a key component but it does not correct the misalignment. The photo above shows an I-Pad posture screening. We use this to evaluate posture when we’re out at community events and health fairs. Many times it’s the first time someone gets to take a closer look at their posture. If you want better posture, starting sooner versus later is smart. Contact us for an evaluation. F


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Enhance Your Life

Take It Easy & Make It Easy BY DEBRA MYERS


f you’ve heard the phrase before, “You really need to take it easy” while you run around doing your tasks, out of breath and out of patience, then the following is meant for you. We expect that life (especially our life) is unavoidably hectic seeing no break in sight. For instance, we may believe that we don’t deserve to take a break unless we get everything accomplished; if we deviate and decrease our pace, we will never get everything done. We continue this perspective until either some major health or life crisis stops us in our tracks. Living this way creates stress, and thinking this way keeps the cycle going! As a Stress Management instructor for individuals and corporations, this is the way I observe most individuals view

life. There are two occurrences that are necessary to enable us to withdraw from the cycle of stress; our willingness and our awareness. By willingness, I mean we have to want to get out of this cycle. This may seem obvious, however, if we’ve convinced ourselves that speed, pressure or tension need to be our companions to accomplish our tasks, then we have to be willing to let this thought process go, if we want stress to go. By awareness, we need to discover that stress can affect us physically, as well as, mentally and then use that awareness to transform our relationship with stress. We can make a difference on how we react to a stressful situation by recognizing that we are holding tension in our muscles. For instance, if we can let

the muscles of either the face, shoulders or hands soften and relax (at least a little bit) as we go about our tasks, this will help to lessen our reaction to stress. Maybe we can’t do this practice the entire time, but a few seconds here and there eventually will have a positive impact on our body and our mind. Moving rapidly and breathing rapidly, in order to accomplish our tasks, won’t foster relaxation. However, even if we find it very challenging to try to slow down our actions, at least we can slow down our breathing. Allowing yourself to breathe out slowly and completely can help slow your actions as well as your thoughts. Setting a positive intention to be able to accomplish our tasks well and on time (even before attempting them) lays the foundation for a more relaxed body and mind. So, if you want to begin to change your relationship towards reducing stress in your life; allow yourself to “take it easy and make it easy.” F Debra Myers is certified in Stress Management and Integral Yoga. She assists clients to reduce their stress and anxiety at the Psychological Cooperative of Malec, Herring and Krause. Currently, she instructs individuals, small groups and Corporations techniques in Stress Management and Yoga. For further inquires contact: ppymyers@yahoo.com or info@MalecHerringandKrause.com

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Dr. Jonas Salk, Originator of the Polio Vaccine, Honored in Wexford BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON AND JOE BULLICK

One of the most extraordinary breakthroughs in medical science was the development of the polio vaccine by Dr. Jonas Salk.


ccording to the Center for Disease Control, “Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person invading the brain and spinal cord and causing paralysis. Because polio has no cure, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and the only way to stop the disease from spreading.” The first vaccine was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk in the early 1950s and has saved countless billions of lives the world over. During that critical time, from 1947 to 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk, lived in what was then a farm house out in the country where he wanted to raise his family while he continued his research and development of the vaccine. “Out in the country” is today, the corner of Route 19 Perry Highway and Maple Avenue on the Wexford flats in Pine Township.

On Oct. 10, a plaque was unveiled on this corner to commemorate the memory of Dr. Jonas Salk and his accomplishments. The marker is inscribed as follows: “Jonas Salk lived with his family from 1947 to 1953 in a house formerly located at this site while working on the development of the first effective polio vaccine. “Shalom Research Farms, part of which is now Pine Community Park, raised animals used in Salk’s polio vaccine research program.” Jonas Salk’s son Peter Salk, 69 who now lives in La Jolla, California and grandson, Michael Salk, 30, a graduate student at Oxford University in England, returned to Wexford for the unveiling of the plaque along with friends, Pine Township officials, clergy, even past sufferers of the disease who were saved by the Salk vaccine.

Michael Salk (grandson of Dr. Jonas Salk), Northern Connection’s own Joe Bullick, Ken Hartman (seated, close childhood friend of Peter Salk and family), Peter Salk (son of Dr. Jonas Salk)

Michael Salk, Ken Hartman and Peter Salk with the memorial plaque donated by Pine Township

The project to erect the marker was spearheaded by life-long friend of the Salk family, Kenneth Hartman, 82, of McCandless who was also Peter Salk’s best friend while growing up as children in Wexford. The two have remained close ever since. Mr. Hartman’s efforts for a commemorative marker were assisted by Northern Connection magazine’s own Joe Bullick who is also the Historian for North Allegheny. In 1954, Dr. Jonas Salk gave the keynote address at the opening of North Allegheny High School. As Historian, Mr. Bullick was able to find a copy of the speech by Dr. Jonas Salk along with some photos of the event to present to Peter and Michael Salk and the Salk family. Peter Salk is also president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and is planning events with the University of Pittsburgh for the 2014 centennial of the birth of his father. For more information on this dedicated organization, visit http://jonassalklegacyfoundation.org. F

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Quick-fix Beauty Tips to Start Your Day BY KELLY A. SMITH

ise and shine fellow sleepy heads! It’s time to jump start your day so, to make sure you start it on a high note, follow these beauty boosting habits that will be sure to keep you looking and feeling radiant around the clock! Get movin!’ – A pre-dawn workout has its’ benefits as opposed to an evening routine. A lot of us find that we sleep better, if we get the heart pumping in the am. Try it for a few weeks and see if you notice the difference!


Quick-fix facial – a “facial in a few” is just that. After your morning shower, use your favorite facial cleanser but instead of applying it with a boring old wash cloth, douse a facial loofah and really invigorate your skin. You’ll be amazed at the results! Follow up with a good moisturizer and a decent amount of sunscreen. Most foundations have a formulation of the proper SPF needed to get you through the day.


Stay Hydrated – After a long nights’ slumber, our bodies are dehydrated. Start your day with a tall glass of water- with a twist! Add some fresh squeezed lemon and a touch of honey in that glass for

What Were They Thinking?


veryone knows that the last quarter of the year, and certainly the last month of the year (December), is the most crucial part of the calendar year for a retail business. Additionally, this is the busiest season for a retail store. So why would Trinity Jewelers, a luxury retail jeweler located in an historic schoolhouse on Mt Nebo Road, choose this time of year for construction? According to store owner Mark Helgerman, “This is the second time in the past three years that we have built an addition to our Trinity Jewelry showroom. It does seem a bit crazy, considering how challenging the economic environment has been in recent years, but we have truly been blessed as a store. In addition to popular brands such as the Pandora jewelry we’ve offered for some time, we continued adding exciting and vibrant new lines of jewelry to our showroom, such as Gabriel Brothers, Ti Sento, DiaDori and of course Forevermark diamonds. You might say our historic schoolhouse showroom began ‘bursting at the seams’ with the selection we wanted to offer to our customers.” But why almost double the additional showroom space at this time of the year? A smile lights up Mark’s face as he responds to this question, “I guess others were right when they said this is the craziest time of the year for me to do this. But I wanted to unveil our new Bridal Boutique in time to serve our Valentine’s Day customers. With our recent Forevermark diamonds partnership and our ability to create unique custom designs with four craftsmen under our roof, I simply felt it was the right thing to do.” Doing the right thing, something Trinity Jewelers has a habit of doing over the years. We can’t wait for the unveiling of their Bridal Boutique! www.trinityjewelers.com F

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Fragrance – If you really need a boost, try a mood enhancing fragrance like citrus or any other type of fruit. This means, keep all of your fragrant products (deodorants, perfumes, body lotions) in the same family. No one wants to be subjected to the combination of rose and citrus or lavender and faux baby powder. Also, any citrus based scent, especially grapefruit is known to be a youthful smelling scent.



a quick shot of vitamin C—everything a girl-on-the-go needs!

Make breakfast – We all know that it’s the most important meal of the day so why do so many of us bypass this all important meal? Whatever your excuse is, my advice is to stop making excuses and start eating! It can be as simple as a slice of whole grain bread with fresh fruit or a cup of steaming oatmeal, and don’t forget the toppings. Blueberries, raisins, and walnuts all make a wonderful pairing with oatmeal. If you need a caffeine boost, try opting for a hot cup of green tea which is chock full of anti-oxidants! It’s always a good idea to expand your horizons so why not include those expansions into your am routine? Shake up your morning by trying something different--the results may just surprise you! F


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Winter Tips for Your Healthy Pet BY JOELLA BAKER


hen I was in college, I worked for Leone Animal Supplies in Wexford. I grew up with horses, dogs, cats and goats. I still have a lot of pets and keeping them healthy and safe is always important to me. With winter and the holiday season upon us, it’s time for us to focus on every member of our family. This includes our pets. Do you know how the colder temperatures affect your pets? Let’s talk about the cold. For those of you who like to keep your pooch active during the winter months, it’s important that you know how the cold and snow can hurt your dog. A few things to watch for this winter: Frostbite: Paws, ears and tails are prone to frostbite in dogs and cats. Take your pet for shorter and more frequent walks in the winter. Remember, if it’s too cold for you to walk or run outside, then it’s too cold for your pet. Cracked paws: When the paws get cold and rough, they can crack and bleed. Keeping paws hydrated is criti-

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cal in paw care. Additionally, just like the dry winter air can dry out human skin, it can contribute to the drying and cracking of dog paws. Bag Balm, a product available at nearly every pharmacy, applied in a thin layer daily or every other day should help keep your dog’s paws from cracking and bleeding. Keeping a humidifier in the house should also prevent dry, itchy skin for both you and your pet. Musher’s Secret is one of the most popular paw waxes. Paw wax is applied to the pads of the feet before a walk; forming a protective barrier between the paw and the salty sidewalk or pavement. Paw wax will wear away after extended exercise, and should be reapplied before each walk. Ice balls: If your pup has long hair in his paws, then you need to keep it trimmed to prevent ice balls from clumping up. Ice balls make it hard for dogs to walk and they can damage a pup’s paws. If you notice your dog limping, check for ice balls between his toes.


De-icers are one of the biggest threats to dog and cat paws. Prolonged contact with de-icers can lead to chemical burns on paws. If your dog is limping toward the end of a walk, de-icing products may be hurting his feet. Try keeping your dog in the snow or on the grass to avoid de-icers. Safe Paw® is a pet-friendly de-icer you can use at your home to protect your dog’s paws. Ingesting de-icers. De-icers can make dogs sick to their stomachs. Dogs can get very sick from licking their paws after a winter walk. Try not to let your dog lick his paws after a long walk unless you clean his paws first. To prevent your dog from ingesting de-icing salts, keep a shallow bowl of warm water and a cloth near the entryway to your home so that you can wipe your boots and your dog’s paws when coming in from the cold. Also, bring along water for both of you as you hit the roads or trails. Cooler temps mean you sweat a little less, but both of you can still become dehydrat-

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touched. When your dog is comfortable having his paws handled, begin introducing the boots one at a time, and for very short periods of time. Use treats when the dog has the boots on to teach him that it is nothing to worry about — in fact, boots on his paws make really good stuff happen (initially treats, eventually walks)! Once he›s ok with a bootie on each paw individually, put two boots on in random combinations. Then introduce all four boots, and let him practice walking around the house. Once he›s comfortable in the house, walk him around the back yard and front yard. At this point, your dog will realize that “these boots are made for walking!” So bundle up! Get your boots on, both of you. Lastly, get out in the snow for some safe, wintery exercise. Reminder: When you take your dog for a walk, you’re getting some exercise too. It’s a win/win for everyone. F Reference: Dogster website www.dogster.com

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ed. If your walk or run is a longer one, think about packing some treats for the trip as well. It’s true, dogs do have built-in fur coats, but that doesn’t mean they are protected from all chilly conditions. There are several things you can do to safeguard your dog from freezing temps and to make sure he stays comfortable and safe on your walks or runs. One of the best ways to keep them safe and comfortable is by putting dog booties on your pet. Mutlucks® and Ruffwear® are two popular providers of dog booties. As far as clothing goes, dogs with undercoats — like collies, labs, huskies and shepherds -- are generally fine to walk or run in the cold, without additional layers. Single-coated dogs — like Weimaraners, Vizslas and pit bulls — should wear a jacket or fleece, depending on how cold it is. You will need to teach your dog to get used to the booties and clothes. Play with their paws first. Make sure they get used to their paws being

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Elvis Presley Trivia

Celebrating 60 years of “the King’s” music BY PAULA GREEN


e shook the hearts of many and was “the King of Rock and Roll.” Elvis Aron Presley was a music legend. He was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Miss., to Gladys and Vernon Presley. His twin brother Jessie Garon was stillborn, which left him to grow up as an only child. The Presley’s had little money and in 1948 they moved to Memphis, Tenn., when Elvis was 13 years old. He was raised with a deep faith in God. He attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents and gospel music became a strong influence on him. According to his family, Elvis was disappointed when he received a guitar for his 11th birthday and would have preferred a bicycle or a rifle. He managed to win a musical talent contest at Humes High School. After graduation in 1953, he work various jobs, all the while he was pursuing his musical dream. His break came in 1954 when he cut his first demo That’s All Right with Sun Studios. In late 1955, Presley had developed a following. His gyrating hips, good looks and musicality earned him a record contract with RCA Records. On Jan. 27, 1956, Presley released Heartbreak Hotel which was his first No. 1 single, as well as his first No. 1 album Elvis Presley. His success continued that same year when he signed a movie contract with Paramount Pictures. Presley starred in 31 films, and two documentaries. He made history with his television appearances, specials, and often record-breaking concert performances. Even a stint in the Army didn’t squelch his soaring success. Presley was drafted in 1957 and served in Germany for a year in a half. While he was deployed, he met a beautiful teenager named Priscilla Beaulieu. After leaving the Army in 1960, Presley resumed his career and was on top of the record charts with the soundtrack for his film GI Blues. He continued recording music, films and soundtracks. In 1967, he and Priscilla wed and had a daughter, Lisa Marie, the following year. Their wedded bliss only last for six years. The two divorced in 1973 and Priscilla received custody of Lisa Marie.

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Presley began to wrestle with weight problems and drug addiction. On the morning of Aug. 16, 1977, he died of heart failure at the age of 42, at his Graceland home in Memphis. It was later ruled his death was related to prescription drug use. Every year, thousands of fans continue to visit his 13.8 acre Graceland estate. His good looks, sensuality, and charisma endeared him to millions. Globally, he sold over one billion records, more than any other artists. Since we have told you about Elvis’ Burning Love for music, we must now be “fools and rush in” to our Presley probe. Get set to shimmer and shake, because it’s time to get a little trivial... 1. What year was Elvis inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland? 2. Every time she opened a Vegas show, this female entertainer received floral arrangements from Elvis until his died. 3. What was the name of Presley’s pet chimpanzee? 4. Elvis is a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great, great grandfather Isaiah Harrison. What other U.S. president was his distant cousin? 5. What Elvis event occurred on Jan. 8, 1993 to commemorate what would have been his 58th birthday? 6. What was Presley’s first film? 7. Name the actress who starred in three Elvis films – Girl Happy, Clambake and Spinout. 8. What was the name of Elvis’ manager? 9. Elvis made his first television appearance on Jan. 28, 1956 on what show? 10. In 1967, Presley received his first Grammy Award for what song? 11. Which movie was Elvis filming when he received his draft notice? 12. What was the name Elvis’ first gold record? 13. Name the Elvis movie that featured Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner. 14. What present did Elvis buy for his mother in 1957? 15. Elvis bought Graceland for $100,000, who was he bidding against to purchase this property? F Sources: http://www.biography.com/print/profile/elvis-presley, http://www. elvis.com/about-the-king/biography_.aspx, http://www.aceshowbiz.com/celebrity/elvis_presley/trivia.html

Answers: 1. 1986 2. Ann-Margret 3. Scatter 4. Jimmy Carter 5. Elvis postage stamp was released 6. Love Me Tender 7. Shelley Fabares 8. Colonel Tom Parker 9 . Stage Show 10. How Great Thou Art 11. King Creole 12. Heartbreak Hotel 13. Change of Habit 14. pink Cadillac 15. Y.M.C.A.

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o you make New Year’s Resolutions, and if you do, do you keep them? I don’t remember any that I’ve ever really kept, so eventually, I just quit making them. As a child your resolutions are usually along the line of: I’ll listen to my parents more, or, I’ll study harder, or, I’ll keep my room cleaner. As we get older they change to more serious things such as, I’ll lose twenty pounds, or I’ll quit smoking. But, if you’re anything like me those good intentions are just that – intentions. Although, maybe I should give it one more try. I happen to be diabetic and it seems like I’m always eating something that I

shouldn’t be eating. Sugar and I can no longer be friends and the sooner I convince myself of that, the better off I’ll be, but it sure isn’t easy. So I’m asking each of you to send some good thoughts my way and maybe I’ll be able to stick to my resolution this time. If you make any resolutions, I wish you all the luck in keeping them. I’m sure you wouldn’t make them, if they weren’t important to you so I hope you can stick to them. I hope each of you find 2014 to be the best year you’ve ever had. HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy many, many more with each one happier than the last. F


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Happenings for Seniors Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group meets at 7 p.m., the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at Orion, 4361 William Flynn Hwy. Sponsored by Orion Personal Care Residence. Call (412) 337-6731. Alzheimer’s Support Group, meets 10-11:30 a.m., the 2nd Saturday of the month, Christ Church, North Hills, 5910 Babcock Blvd. For info, call Karen (724) 934-0048. Arden Courts, 1125 Perry Highway, offers a support group for families dealing with dementia. Meets every 3rd Weds. of the month. Call (412) 369-7887.

Cranberry Senior Citizens Club for residents 55+ meets at 1 p.m., the 2nd Tues., of the month in the Cranberry Municipal Center. Call (724) 816-4977 for info and programs. Free Home Safety Inspection is available for seniors through the Open Your Heart to a Senior program. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 or clpschirer@ nhco.org.

Free Rides for Seniors, to grocery stores, doctor’s appts & more thru St. Margaret’s Foundation. Pick up & drop off seniors in the corridors from Sharpsburg to Blawnox & Rt. 28 to the Allegheny River. Sign up by calling, (412) 449-0151. Friendship Group for Visually Impaired, Men’s Group meets every Weds. 1-3:15 p.m., Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets every Weds., 1-3:15 p.m., Monthly Meeting 2nd Thurs. of each month 1:15-3:15 p.m., The Lunch Bunch meets 4th Thurs. of every month 11 a.m.1:30 p.m., The Talking Book Club meets 1st Mon. of each month 1-2:30 p.m. For info, call 724-444-0064. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets 1 p.m. Thurs., Family Resource Center, 216 North Washington Street, Butler. Sponsored by Butler Memorial Hospital. For info, call (724) 284-4894. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families

in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com. Mars AARP Chapter #3359 meets 2nd Wed. of every month, 1 p.m., Adams Township Municipal Building, 690 Valencia Rd., Mars. All Butler seniors are welcome. Cost $5 a year. North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. For details, contact Nancy, at (412) 3070069 or nljones@nhco.org. North Hills Community Outreach Sharing Winter Warmth, program helps seniors with winter warmth. For info, call (412) 487-6316 or vdburst@ nhco.org. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring, help your child learn to read. If you’re 50 or older you’ll be trained. Tutor training sessions run 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., at downtown Macy’s. For details, call John (412) 232-2021 or email jdspehar@oasisnet.org. Parkwood Suburban North Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Meals on Wheels services Hampton & southern Richland townships. Call (412) 486-7115. Perrymont North AARP #2991 meeting, 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs, of the month, starting Jan. 16, basement of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, Rt. 19, McCandless. Prospective members are invited to visit and consider becoming members. Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. For info, call (412) 7414900 or visit http://www.ccgf.org. Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks. For info, call Cathy, at (412) 307-0069 or www.nhco.org. St. Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, Feb. 4 & 5, Three Casino. For info, call Rose (724) 728-2563. UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

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A January Journey BY JOE BULLICK

Hello 2014 and good-bye 2013, I hope you had a great 2013. As I grow older, the years seem to fly by. As a young boy, my mom and I would sit down on the first day of January and we would go over the past year. We would laugh and cry and remember the fun days, as well as, the sad days. We would say a prayer for those people who had died that year.


om would always say, “Joseph do you have your insurance policy with God up-to-date? Make sure you cover his commandments and have faith and love.” Boy, I will never forget that. My response to her was, “Gee, what if I slipped mom?” She would laugh and say, “God will forgive you Joseph, if you keep up his policies.” I remember that the first person through your doorway on New Year’s Day would always bring a small gift. It was usually a loaf of bread or a bottle of wine. So what are your New Year’s resolutions? I think mine is going to be to get involved in an exercise program, but I would have to laugh. Laughing uses more muscles at one time than any other activity. In fact, 15 muscles are required in just one smile. The one thing that was important to my mother during January was the feast of the Epiphany. She would bake a cake with a lucky bean in it. She would also bake a spice cake with a whole coffee bean in the batter. Mom would also have me take down the Christmas tree and all of the greenery on January 6, so we would avoid bad luck. King Knut, Sweden’s king

from 1080 to 1086 decreed that the Christmas season should be celebrated for 20 days – Dec. 25 through Jan. 13. It still is a tradition in Sweden to wait until Jan. 13 to discard the Christmas tree. At this time of the year, I always looked forward to a great winter

white chocolate drink that mom would make. You may want to give it a try. Use four ounces of white chocolate finely chopped, along with half a cup of coffee, a cup in half of Milk or half and half, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cinnamon stick or freshly grated nutmeg for garnish. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over slow heat. Stir constantly, add the coffee, milk or half-n-half and warm until hot, but not boiling. Add the vanilla right before you



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serve and add the cinnamon stick or nutmeg. It is also okay if you want to add a splash of liquor to it, right before you serve it. Another January memory for me is Jan. 21, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president that I voted for. Do you remember your first president that you voted for? I was 21 years old. Back then, you had to be 21 years old to vote. Today you vote at the age of 18. A big event that happens in January is the Tournament of Roses Parade, which first took place in 1890. It is believed that, 2,000 people in Pasadena, Calif., watched the first parade. A few famous people were born in the month of January. They include: Louis Braille, who invented a raised-set alphabet for blind people, was born on Jan. 4, 1809 and King Camp Gillette, who developed the first disposable safety razor, was born on Jan. 5, 1855. Happy birthday to you Capricorns, Dec. 22-Jan. 19 and to you Aquarius folks, Jan. 20-Feb. 19. Well, have a great January as you start off 2014. I leave you with this – Love is the only flower that grows and Blossoms without the aid of the seasons. – Kahlil Gibran F

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NC January Happenings North Happenings Butler County Chamber of Commerce Events: 8 a.m., Jan. 3, Legislative Action Committee; 1 p.m., Jan. 3, Leadership Butler County Board of Directors; Jan. 10, Southern Butler County Day; 8 a.m., Jan. 15, Chamber Executive Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m.; Jan. 22, Chamber Board of Directors Orientation. For info, visit butlercountychamber.com. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Jan. 20, Zappala Student Center at La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd. For more info, email nhcoalition@verizon.net. North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program is looking for vehicle donations that will provide transportation for low-income individuals. Call (724) 443-8300 or www. communityauto.org. North Hills Community Outreach needs tax preparers for low-income families starting Jan. 27. Visit www.pghfreetaxes.org.

North Hills Food Bank, 10 a.m.1:45 p.m. every Tues & Thurs, rear parking lot of Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway. Call, (412) 366-7477 or www.northhillsfoodbank.com. Donations always welcome.

Hills Community Outreach. To register, call (412) 487-6136, opt. 2, ext. 3204. Jan. workshops, Jan. 8, 14, 22 & 28. For details, visit www.workableac.com.

Professional Counseling, need someone to talk with but can’t afford it or lack health coverage. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300.

Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit Bogmeisters.com.

St. Athanasius Parish Education & Community Center (West View) & NHCO in sponsorship by Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services are offering free tax prep for low-income individuals, families, the disabled & the elderly. Contact Frank (412) 350-3463 or frank.grande@alleghenycounty.us. Tutoring Volunteers Needed, 1-3 hrs., per week w/homework & study skills. Call Sandy at Anchorpoint Ministries (412) 3661300 x23. Volunteer Book Sorters Needed for Anchorpoints annual used book sale. For info, call Denise a (412) 366-1300 x13. WorkAble volunteers orientation, 6-7:30 p.m., Jan. 15, North

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Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month 7 p.m., Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329. Movie Matinee Mondays, 2 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6, Admission; Jan. 13, To Kill A Mockingbird; Jan. 20, no movie (Martin Luther King Day), Jan. 27, Identity Thief, The Legacy Theatre, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, McCandless Twp. Call 1-877-435-9849.

Tuesdays North Pittsburgh Mother of Multiples meeting, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Tues., of the month, North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Rd. For info, visit www.facebook.com/NPMOMS.


Wednesday Country Knight Line Dancers host a line dance 7-10:30 p.m. every Wed., in St. Athanasius Hall, cost $5 per person. Call, Janine (412) 931-6971 or janine.beley@ gmail.com.

Thursdays Cranberry Women’s Club, meets 7 p.m. the 2nd Thurs of the month, Cranberry Library Meeting Room. Contact Sandy, (724) 779-1854.

Friday Christy House in Sewickley, Friday luncheons, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Frederick Ave., Sewickley. RSVP for reservations, (412) 7415960. Visit The Needles Eye and Earthly Treasure. For the menu, visit ststephenschurch.net.

Saturdays Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, Jan. 4, Black & Gold Party w/Year-long Dance Pass Giveaway, free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, Pizza Party, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 3165029 or www.dancetonight.weebly. com.

Blackwood Theatre Organ Society will be awarding several scholarships to high school students pursuing a college degree in instrumental music performance. Applications due by Feb. 1. For info, call (724) 735-2813 or www. blackwoodmusic.org. JazzLive, 5-9 p.m., Tues., Jan. 7, Roger Humphries; Jan. 14, Dwayne Dolphin; Jan. 21, Tom Wendt; Jan. 28, Roby Edwards, Backstage Bar. Visit www. TrustArts.org/cabaret. Jergel’s Rhythm Grille presents: Who’s Bad-The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute, 8 p.m., Jan. 23; Gin Blossoms, 8 p.m., Feb. 4. Visit http://tickets.jergels. com. Kean Quest Talent search, Jan. 26- Apr. 11. For info, (724) 444-KEAN or http://www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com/keantheatre/ Mamma Mia! Feb. 11-16, Heinz Hall. For details, visit www. TrustArts.org. Stuck, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Marshall Middle School & 2 p.m., Jan. 19, Seneca Valley Intermediate School. For tickets, (412) 456-6666 or TrustArts.org/ kids. Teacher from the Black Lagoon, 2 p.m., Feb. 16, Seneca Valley Intermediate School; 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Marshall Middle School. For tickets, (412) 4566666 or TrustArts.org/kids. Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, 3 p.m., Jan. 12, Benedum Center. For info, (412) 456-6666 or TrustArts.org. Women singers wanted to join The Hot Air Buffons, rehearsals are 7-7:45 p.m., Mondays. Contact Mary Ann, at (412) 2796062 or masember@mac.com. Health & Wellness Happenings Health, Wealth, Wellness & More Business Expo, noon-6 p.m., Feb. 7 & 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 8, Clearview Mall. For info, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ ButlercountyChamber.com Lizzy’s Bikes, a Kiwanis Club of Mars community action program, provides free bikes to local needy children. Call (724) 779-4364 or email LizzysBikes@yahoo.com. North Hills Community Outreach needs at least 50 runners to commit to running in the

Rock ‘n Rolling Over Cancer, 5:30 p.m. (cocktail party), 6:30 p.m. (general admission), Jan. 23, Hard Rock Café, Station Square. For details, visit www.cancercaring.org.

Support Groups Amp Up! (amputee support group) meetings are held 3rd Tues., of every month at UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, 2000 Mary St, Pittsburgh. Call (412) 215-6926. Bereavement Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays, UPMC Passavant. Group meets for 8 weeks. To register, call Toni (412) 358-3173.

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All You Need is Love, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Byham Theatre. For info, (412) 456-6666 or TrustArts.org.

Pittsburgh Marathon. For info, (412) 487-6316, opt. 2 x3215 or http://www.crowdrise.com/Team/ NHCOPittsburgh2014.

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Bereavement Support Group, 7-9 p.m., alternate Mon., The Baierl YMCA, Nicholson Rd. Call Chuck, (412) 913-0272 or acwein123@gmail.com. Bereavement Support Group for Widows & Widowers over 50, meets 1p.m., the 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Beyond Bridge to Hope Support Session, for families that have lost a loved one to substance abuse, 7 p.m., 2nd Wed., of every month at Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, UPMC Passavant McCandless Campus, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr. Call (412) 367-6640 or bridge2hope. org. Boundaries & Self Care, 6 p.m., 2nd & 4th Tues., Anchorpoint Counseling Ministries. For women over 30. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Brain Injury Support Group “Mind Matters,” 7 p.m., every 3rd Thurs., of the month, in the Dirrick Room at Butler Memorial Hospital. Call (724) 283-6666. Breast Cancer Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Weds of every month, UPMC Passavant Cranberry, Breast Center Conference Room, Building #3, St. Francis Way. Free, required registration. Call (412) 622-1212. Bridge to Hope Support Group meeting 7 p.m., each Wed., Conference Room #1, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, UPMC Passavant McCandless Campus, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr. Call (412) 367-6640 or bridge2hope.org. (Continued on page 58)


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Butler Area Mind Matters Brain Injury Support Group, 7 p.m. every 3rd Thurs., Butler Memorial Hospital, Dimmick Room. For info, call (724) 283-6666. Butler Breast Cancer & Women’s Support Group meets 7-9 p.m., the 1st Tues., of every month, 4th Floor of the former Morgan II Building, the corner of Rt. 38, 68 & 422. Call Cheryl,(724) 282-4421. Cancer Caring Center Free Support Groups, general patient group meets 7 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, & breast cancer group meets 7 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs., at UPMC Passavant Hospital. To register, (412) 622-1212 or www. cancercaring.org. Chronic Pain Support Group in the Pittsburgh area. Affiliated w/The American Chronic Pain Association (theacpa.org). For info, contact Mariann at (412) 822-8078 or mainnmcentee@ gmail.com.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous meets 6:30 p.m., Fridays, Perry Hwy. Lutheran Church. No dues. Call (412) 225-1664. Development Disabilities Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at Orion Adult Day Services, 4361 Rt. 8, Allison Park. Call (412) 213-3500. Family Caregiver Support Group meets 3-4 p.m., the 3rd Tues., of the month, and Bereavement Support Group meet 4:30-5:30 p.m., the 3rd Tues of the month, 9380 McKnight Rd, Suite 201. For details, call (412) 536-2020. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets Fridays, 10:30noon, Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., Pgh. No dues or fees. Call Sue, (724)625-1683 or visit www. foodaddicts.org. Hair Peace Women’s Support Circle meets 7:30 p.m. the third Wed., of the month at Ingomar United Methodist Community Life Center. Hair Peace Charities raises money to help women buy wigs while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Call (412) 527-5177 or www.hairpeace.org. Lupus Foundation Support Group, 7 p.m., 3rd Tues., of the month, UPMC Passavant. Free. Contact Valarie Brown, RN, (412) 527-3335. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Beaver County Support Group meets 7:30 p.m., 3rd Thur. of the month, Staunton Clinic, Heritage Valley, 176 Virginia Ave., Rochester, PA. Contact (724) 728-3243 or namibc12@ gmail.com.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Support Group meets 7 p.m., 1st Wed. of the month, Rm. 231 (2nd floor), 105 Braunlich Dr., McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp. Contact (412) 3663788 or info@namiswpa.org. NAMI Support Group for Families of Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 3rd Sat. of the month, Rm. 231 (2nd floor), 105 Braunlich Dr., McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp. Call (412) 366-3788 or info@ namiswpa.org. North Hills MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Support Group meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Tues of the month, Donor Hall, UPMC Passavant Hospital. For info, email judpot50@yahoo.com. Pennsylvania Educational Network for Eating Disorders (PENED) offers two support groups. Meetings are 7:30 p.m., the 2nd Tues, of the month & 7 p.m., the 4th Monday of the month, North Hills Village Mall, 4801 McKnight Rd., Suite 205. For info, (412) 215-7967. Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), meets 7 p.m., 3rd Wed, of the month, Conference Room at NAMI office, 2nd Floor, 105 Braunlich Dr., McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp. For info, email mariecm167@comcast.net.

Networking Cranberry Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 7:30 a.m., Jan. 2 & 16, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Call Marcia, (724) 5383059. Criders Corner Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets noon, Jan. 9 & 23, Cranberry Echo Restaurant, Rt. 228, Cranberry Twp. Call Annette, (724) 316-8005. North Hills Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 12:30 p.m., Jan. 10 & 24, Atria’s Restaurant, 5517 William Flynn Hwy. Call Debbie, (724) 449-8368. Professional Referral Exchange (PRE) meets 7:15 a.m., Weds, Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Visit, www.prorefx.com, click on Cranberry. Ross-West View Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 9 & 23, Perry Perk Coffee Shop, 1012 Perry Hwy, Ross Twp. Call Donna, (724) 493-9695.

Seven Fields Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Jan. 2 & 16, Concordia Life Care Community, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call Mary Ann, (724) 935-2221. Toastmasters Cranberry High Noon Club, meets noon-1 p.m., every Mon., at the Cranberry Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Suite 400. Guest & new members are welcome. Call Mary Jo, (412) 3677710 or http://3331281.toastmastersclubs.org. Wexford Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:00 a.m., Jan. 14 & 28, Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call Denise, (412) 7161322.

School Happenings Avonworth School District Mobile Makeshop every Tuesday til the end of May. Offered in conjunction with the Children’s Museum. For info, visit www.avonworth.k12.pa.us. College Nannies & Tutors are offering FREE practice SAT and ACT tests on the following dates: 1/18, 2/22, 3/22, 4/12, 5/10. Tests begin at 8:30 am in the North Hills learning center. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. 412837-2353. La Roche College Financial Aid Community Night, 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29, at the college’s main campus, Babcock Blvd, in McCandless Twp. For info, call Sharon at (412) 536-1125 or Sharon.platt@laroche.edu. North Allegheny Special Education Parent Networking Group (NASEPG) meetings: 9:30 a.m., Jan. 10. Guest speakers, Dennis Brayley, inclusion facilitator at NA & Michelle Holsopple, travel instructor with the AIU. For info, visit http://www.nasepng.org/

Veteran’s Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. For details, visit www.prevention. va.gov/B_Physically_ Active.asp.

Fundraisers & Collections North Hills Community Outreach Sharing Holiday Warmth - collecting grocery gift cards & financial donations for senior citizens to help pay heating bills. Call (412) 487-6316 opt. 1 or vdburst@nhco. org. RSG1 Valentine’s 5K, Feb. 15, North Park. For details, visit www. rsg1foundation.com. Verland invites you to adopt one of their Therapeutic Horses or Donkeys. These animals help individuals to strengthen physically, mentally and emotionally. For info, contact Colleen (412) 741-2375 x1256.

Courses & Trainings Bully Proofing Your Kids, noon, Jan. 19, for parents of 4-12 yr. olds, St. John Lutheran Church of Perrysville. Call (412) 364-6626. Family Life’s “Art of Marriage” series, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 24 & 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 25, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2232 Rochester Rd. Baby-sitting is available. Reservation deadline Jan. 17. Call Terri, at (412) 366-1338. Who’s in Charge? Boundaries with Kids: How & When to Set Them, for parents of 10-18 year olds, 6 p.m., Mar. 2, Trinity Lutheran Church. To register, call (724) 935-2746.

Winter Fun

Saint Alexis School Gala, 5 p.m. (auction) & 7 p.m. (dinner), Mar. 1, Omni William Penn Hotel. For info, email mhconklin@gmail.com.

Chocolate Fantasy, 7-9 p.m., Feb. 1, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Road. For info, call (412) 366-1338.

Second Cup of Coffee w/Dr. Mannarino, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Feb. 12, North Hills Middle School. For further info, call (412) 318-1014 or hartlea@nhsd.net.

Chocolate Lovers Celebration, Feb. 22-23, at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp. For details, call (724) 234-4619 or www.visitbutlercounty.com.

Veterans Veterans Discover HOPE HereCareer, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8:45 p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@gmail.com or www.discoverhopehere.com.

Golf Bash, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 25, St. Ferdinand’s Oldenski Hall,2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For info, call (724) 816-7299 or www.StFerd.org. Harmoniefest Dinner, 6 p.m., Feb. 15, Harmony Museum, Stewart Hall. Required reservations by Feb. 11. Call (724) 4527341 or www.harmonymuseum. org. (Continued on page 60)

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Shaler Area Ice Hockey Program is looking for boys & girls in grades 3-8. Sessions run, 7 p.m. Sun., for 10 weeks, Jan. 5-Mar. 30, in Harmarville. For info, visit www.pihlsatitans.pointstreaksites.com.

Youth Basketball Free Throw Championship, 10:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 11, at Cranberry Twp. Municipal Building. Pre-register at, (724) 494-6884 or email tnicola1@zoominternet.net.

Show and Tell (for ages 3-5), 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 14, Marshall Township Municipal Building, lower level. Registration deadline is Jan. 10. For info, call (724) 9353090 x115.

Holiday Events

Sledding Day, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 25, Knob Hill Park, sponsored by Marshall Township. Registration is required by Jan. 22, (724) 9353090 x115. Snow Creations Contest, runs thru Feb. 28, Marshall Township. For details, email Heather at heatherj@twp.marshall.pa.us.

Swimarathon, 2-6 p.m., Feb. 22, Rose E. Schneider YMCA in Cranberry Twp. Sponsored by the Cranberry Twp. Rotary Club. Register by Feb. 15. Visit http:// www.bcfymca.org/res/rotaryswimarathon/.

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Craftsman’s Guild of Pittsburgh Holiday Artist Market, runs thru Jan. 5, 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District. For info, visit www.TrustArts.org. Holiday exhibit runs thru Jan. 10, Foster & Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College. Call (724) 805-2569 or www.mccarlgallery.org.

Library Northern Tier Library: Zumba, 6:30 Mon., Jan.6-Feb. 10; All About Your Tablet EReader, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 16; Knit Lit, 7 p.m., Jan. 23, Hands & Voices, 11 a.m., Jan. 11 & 25; Book Discussion, 10 a.m., Jan. 30. For info, (724) 449-2665.

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