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CONTENTS June 2015




Home & Garden

Senior Living


26 Town Crier: June: The Sixth Month Joe Bullick

In Every Issue

27 Happenings for Seniors


From the Publisher


Movers & Shakers


Mover & Shaker of the Month: Neil Haley Paula Green

Imagine. Design. Install. IDI Landscape Solutions Creates Your Dream Oasis

Health & Wellness 9

Image & Style

Wellness Spotlight: Accelerated Orthodontics Now Available at Grady, Kastner and Gornick

36 Summer Street Style to Go! Kelly Smith

37 Bodychangers

10 Maroon on Crucible Hike: Tougher Than Climbing Kilimanjaro

Education & Camps

Joseph Maroon, M.D. and Chuck Finder

12 Cover Story: Lose Up To 30 lbs. in 30 Days and Keep It Off with Dr. Vactor’s Innovative Weight Loss Program! 14 Fit Families: This Summer: Be Active, Give Back! Joella Baker 20 Connected Health: Connecting Primary Care and Wellness for Better Health 22 Keep the Love Alive Donna Summers Moul


Marion Piotrowski

29 Support Our Troops: Canines in Zelie and Troops Rally in Beaver Paula Green

38 Educators Making a Difference

30 June 2015 Happenings

40 School Movers & Shakers

35 Trivia Connection: Jubilant June Trivia

NC Features 46 Local Farms & Farm Markets: Family Farms Equal Family Fun Marianne Reid Anderson

Paula Green

45 Starting the Conversation: The Best of Fatherly Advice? Marianne Reid Anderson

52 Summer Home Improvements Peter J. Piotrowski

Advertorials 23 Are You Maximizing Your Brain Power? Dr. Shannon Thieroff 25 An Acne Sufferer Finds a Solution...Finally! Mary Bickley, Clearskin Solutions

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Welcome to the June issue of Northern Connection magazine!

NORTHERN CONNECTION P.O. Box 722 Wexford, PA 15090-0722

Phone: 724-940-2444


ummer is finally on the way, and I must say after this past winter, it is most welcome. June is a great time to plan some fun activities for the family. Another sign that summer is upon us, is the farms and farm markets have an abundance of locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers and so much more for us to enjoy. Visiting a local farm or farm market can be an exciting and educational experience for the entire family. In this issue, read about a few of the specialties some of our area’s farms and markets have to offer. The children will be out of school soon, if you are thinking about sending them to camp, there is still time! This issue offers many choices for summertime activities that will entertain and educate all types of personalities and interests. Enjoy reading all Northern Connection magazine’s special features, as well as, our regular monthly columns. Thank you for your continued support and together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. F


Laura Arnold


President & Publisher

Marion Swanson Piotrowski Executive Editor

Marianne Reid Anderson Managing Editor/ Public Relations Coordinator

Paula M. Green Marketing & Account Executive and Office Coordinator

Mary Simpson


Laura Lyn Arnold Marketing & Account Executives

Mary L. Simpson Design & Production

Kostilnik & Assoc., Inc. Web Master

Swanson Publishing Company Core Writers

Marianne Reid Anderson




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Movers & Shakers The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated $5,800 to the Passavant Hospital Foundation. These funds will be used to advance health and wellness through education, outreach and grant making in the McCandless and Cranberry areas. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has received $252,950 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to expand select summer food programs for children and enhance nutritious food delivery throughout the organization’s 11-county southwestern Pennsylvania service area. The St. Barnabas Founder’s Day celebration which honored Dr. Charles Krauthammer held on April 30 was a successful event. Pictured is – William V. Day, president of St. Barnabas, Claire Pushak, 83, a patient at Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and Dr. Krauthammer, 2015 Hance Award winner. St. Barnabas Health System announced its Employees of the Month for April. They are: Beverly Walter, Paul Gilmour, Alyssa Sheftick, Timothy McBee and Megan Grey. The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated $5,000 to St. Barnabas Charities. This donation will help support patients in need, who reside at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas. POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery) announced that its executive director Rosa Davis is among seven women who were honored at its 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon.

VA Butler Healthcare hosted VA2K Walk and Roll on May to encourage healthy activity while supporting homeless Veterans with donated items. William F. Kraft, professor emeritus at Carlow University has recently published Coming to God, A Psychospiritual Approach. For info, call (541) 344-1528 or email orders@ wipfandstock.com. Two local high school seniors were awarded the annual G. Napier and Ellen T. Wilson Scholarship by officials at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Andrew Warburton, a 16-year old senior at Quaker Valley High School volunteered nearly 400 hours at VA Pittsburgh’s University Drive location in 2014. Christopher Parris, a senior at Burgettstown High School volunteered more than 120 hours at VA Pittsburgh’s University Drive location.

Bateleur Eagles were unveiled at the National Aviary on May 14. These majestic birds of prey are new to the National Aviary and are rarely seen in zoos. For info, visit https://www.aviary.org/ McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s grantmaking foundation, has awarded 14 outreach grants totaling $594,137 to 13 Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations to expand outreach initiatives to vulnerable populations. Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick & Gefsky announced that Julie I. Kline recently joined the firm as counsel. Triple Triumphs! Triplets Kristen, John and Heather Barczynski of Franklin Park have received accolades for their community work. Kristen will received her Girl Scout Gold Award on June 13. Her service project was the painting of a 500 square foot mural at the Latodami Educational Nature Center at North Park. John earned the Boy Scout Hornaday Silver Medal Award along with his Eagle Scout Award. Heather who aided her brother and sister in their service projects, is a freshman at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. The triplet’s parents Lisa and John also helped in all of the community projects. The family of five worked on five different projects totaling 2,010 hours, engaged 77 different individuals, $30,000 was for the benefit of Latodami Educational Nature Center in North Park.

Whiskey Rebellion Returns to Washington County


he Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion. The history of the rebellion is unique to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County. Community focused entertainment and family activities create a festival that pays tribute to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future. This year it will take place from July 9-12 with historical reenactments, period exhibitions, demonstrations, frontier art, music from nationally renowned artists, and great food. All of the music, entertainment, and activities are FREE.


Timeline of the Festival:

n Thursday, July 9: Opening Day, (3-10 pm) featuring Washington Health System Health Fair, Washington Main Street Farmers Market and Washington Symphony Orchestra.​ n Friday, July 10: Blues, Brews, and BBQ, (4-10 pm) Blues Music Concert with games, prizes, food, drinks plus more. n Saturday, July 11: Grand Celebration (10am-10 pm) Parade, carriage rides, entertainers, re-enactors, arts & crafts, children’s area; Visit historic homes and talk with historic interpreters and The Black Lillies perform. n Sunday, July 12: Closing Day (11 am-4 pm) Car show on Main Street and Historic re-enactments at Washington Park Frontier Fort site. F

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Neil Haley CEO Total Tutor BY PAULA GREEN


eil Haley is a man who wears many hats. He is a producer, interviewer and journalist. In addition, he is a teacher, coach, consultant, husband and the father of five children. As he states, “This is an exciting time in my life.” Haley is CEO of Total Tutor, which is a one-stop service for tutoring and consulting. The program offers kindergarten through college tutoring, coaching, and consulting. The Total Tutor also provides enrichment opportunities, as well as personal mentoring, each designed for helping children achieve ultimate success. Haley strives to find the proper avenues for kids to succeed. He is an advocate who helps with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process and works

with schools in acquiring the proper accommodations for kids with special needs. “I feel that parents should never give up. You know your child, their likes and dislikes, and only you know what is best for your child. In my Total Tutor business, as both a tutor an advocate, I insist on regular meetings with the parents. I believe that by working together, we can best meet and serve the student’s needs,” Haley explained. Through his Total Tutor program, Haley is also able to help folks maneuver their way through the ever-popular social media world. “I offer social media and branding consulting. I teach people how to create a brand and how to market their brand to customers. I enjoy the coaching aspect of social media and branding consulting, which is


far different from being in a classroom. I have enjoyed great relationships with both companies and individuals, and their brands and products have become very successful,” Haley added. Additionally, Haley also is the host of The Total Education Network which is a talk shop for parents, teachers and administrators. This syndicated radio show airs on WRCT 88.3 FM Pittsburgh and 1080 AM WWNI Pittsburgh. “Although I really enjoyed my 11 years in the classroom, I am proud of my inventiveness and all of the hard work I have done to establish myself as an entrepreneur. The Total Education Network has 2.5 million listeners on 120 stations in 80 countries. My celebrity interviews have been hugely successful, with too many famous celebrities and best-selling authors to list everyone,” Haley said. Haley resides in Gibsonia with his wife Jennifer and their children – Anastasia (6), Ava (5), Annika (4), Max (2) and Xavier (1). For more information on the services that Neil Haley provides through Total Tutor, visit www.totaltutor.net. F

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importantly, we offer a whole range of products, including multi-lock pavers and natural stone, and will customize design, materials and scope to achieve the results you want while keeping within your budget.” “During the initial consultation,” continues Eger, “I learn about the client and what they want, whether they are into curves, angles, octagons, pavers, natural stone, any unique landscaping challenges and see where and how the landscape flows and access the best location for the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, water feature or other landscape possibility. Also, based on their wants and their budget, I can select the best combination of multiple products to make their dream a reality.” A veteran of the first Gulf War, owner and founder Matthew Eger earned his landscape contracting degree from Penn State University but has been a landscaper and gardener for his whole life starting with his own garden at 8 years old. “I inherited my green thumb from my mother, grandmother and even great grandmother,” explains Eger. “But what all my clients have preferred over the years is that I’m the one, rolling up my sleeves and doing the work. I’m at every work site, should anything need changed or any challenge arise.” To learn more about having your own outdoor, home oasis, visit www. landscaperpa.com or call (412) 7608801 today for a FREE estimate and take the first step towards your dream landscape and outdoor living space. F



Accelerated Orthodontics Now Available at Grady, Kastner and Gornick


reat news for orthodontics patients – there is now a device available that can help cut your orthodontic treatment time in half.  Even better news, this device called AcceleDent Aura, is available at Grady, Kastner and Gornick (GKG) Orthodontics, 1000 Brooktree Rd, Suite 200 in Wexford.  This is a remarkable and revolutionary device according to the practices’ three orthodontists – Drs. John Grady, Dan Kastner and Matt Gornick. AcceleDent Aura is a hands-free appliance that is used for only 20 minutes per day.  The patient lightly closes his/her teeth down on a mouthpiece which generates small vibrations (or micro-pulses).  This exclusive Softpulse Technology accelerates tooth movement by stimulating bone remodeling at the cellular level.  It can reduce treatment time up to 50%, while at the same time, significantly reducing discomfort associated with Invisalign and braces. The technology and science behind AcceleDent Aura has been used in the medical field for over 20 years and has been changing the orthodontic experience in patients around the world since 2009.  AcceleDent Aura is a Class II Medical device approved by the FDA, thus it is proven safe and effective.  The force of vibration is extremely light, up to 8 times less than an average rotary toothbrush.   Accelerated orthodontics with AcceleDent Aura is a winwin solution for both patients and orthodontists.  “It is a great option for those who want more comfort and faster treatment time with no compromise in result!” 

AcceleDent works well with both Invisalign, braces and lingual braces,” said Dr. Grady. GKG Orthodontics has always been dedicated to providing their patients with the best and current treatment options available.  According to Dr. Kastner, AcceleDent Aura was introduced to their practice as a result of a patient’s need. “The first patient I used AcceleDent on was an adult Invisalign patient a few years ago who had two years of treatment proposed.  It was a very difficult case.  He asked me if there was any way to shorten his treatment time and I suggested AcceleDent. He achieved his great result in half the time and I began using AcceleDent more going forward.” Patients are really pleased with the ease and the positive results of this innovative orthodontic instrument.  Eric, a current AcceleDent patient, had this to say – “I had an unusual bite and did not receive treatment when I was younger.  For my long-term health, it was important that I address this issue.  But as a college student who likes to play basketball, I didn’t want my appearance to be affected for a long period of time or my ability to play basketball to be hampered by invasive procedures.  Learning that my treatment would speed-up significantly using AcceleDent Aura made the decision to use it a no-brainer for me. AcceleDent has definitely made my treatment much faster and more comfortable!” “A number of products and companies advertise straight teeth in six months, but do not deliver comprehensive results.


Acceledent Aura allows me as an orthodontist to deliver the expert result you expect, along with an abbreviated treatment time,” commented Dr. Gornick. For more information on AcceleDent Aura, visit the Grady, Kastner & Gornick website at www.gkgortho.com or call (724) 935-9222. F

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Maroon on Crucible Hike: Tougher Than Climbing Kilimanjaro BY JOSEPH MAROON, M.D. AND CHUCK FINDER


Dr. Maroon with Jared Souder, executive director of Checkpoint

he same as his long walk up 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa barely 15 months earlier, UPMC neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, M.D., knew a 70-mile hike through the Laurel Highlands would be no leisurely stroll. He didn’t expect it to be almost as grueling as any of his seven Ironman Triathlons, a punishing combination of a 26.2-mile marathon, 112-mile bicycle race and a 2.4 mile swim through ocean or lake water. . . all in one day. “It was clearly harder than Mount Kilimanjaro, and I’d say almost equivalent to the Ironman. Yes, indeed, it really was an effort,” said Dr. Maroon, who served as medical director and fellow hiker on this Crucible excursion to raise funds for the Checkpoint organization, a western Pennsylvania resource for area military veterans. “Most people hung in pretty well. A few people dropped out for a few miles here or there and then returned. A couple of them had to drop out completely because of exhaustion. But the majority finished.” There were some 60 hikers who started out Friday at the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, Pa., and, joined by some 30 more for the final day’s slog, finished Sunday at Ohiopyle. That number doesn’t count Dr. Maroon and his daughter, Bella, 19 (who was the youngest in the field and the first women to finish the hike and also joined him on the Kilimanjaro climb in 2014). Two UPMC Sports Medicine certified athletic trainers also participated in the three-day trek: Lydia and Nick Heebner. “The weather was horrible – storms, rain most of the day — Saturday and Sunday. So we were basically walking in mud. Very slippery. Particularly going downhills. The last three miles, they were the hardest. Up and down mountains. In an allday drizzle. Your clothes, everything was soaked.” “But, in the end, it was extremely gratifying knowing that [the charitable donations behind the hikers] were going to help veterans and veterans’ families, with a whole menu of different areas – jobs, education, mental health, substance dependency, all the things Checkpoint does. The camaraderie that develops in something like this, it’s kind of like going to boot camp with people. You’re focused on nutrition and hydration. And how light you can make your backpack in a day. Mine was about 20 to 25 pounds. Some of the military people were carrying 45 and 50 pounds. I said, ‘Oh my, I’ll get a little wet and bit cold before I carry that kind of weight.’ You become very, very close. So as a hiker, the medical director and an honorary co-chair with former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, it was a very rewarding and worthwhile experience.” See more at: http://insideupmc.upmc.com/maroon-on-cruciblehike-tougher-than-climbing-kilimanjaro/#sthash.IMxDWvpa.dpuf F

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This Summer: Be Active, Give Back! BY JOELLA BAKER


hen I think of summer, I think of being outside and active. There is so much to do from cooking out, to hiking, swimming, biking and more. With all of the local, county and state parks in our region, there is simply no excuse not to be active this summer. My favorite places to hang out in the summer are the Zelienople Community Park, North Boundary Park and Moraine State Park. All of these parks have so much to offer for the whole family. But, when you think of being active this summer, don’t limit yourself to only the things that keep you moving physically, think of the things that keep you moving emotionally and mentally, as well. Instead, stay active by giving back to your community. Volunteer for a local event or race to benefit a charity that you care about. There are so many great


opportunities for you and your family to help a charity this summer. What will you receive from volunteering? • A sense of the organization you’re helping and why their mission is so important. • A feeling of self-worth from helping others. • A chance to help others reach their own goal. • A connection to others. • An increase in your social and relationship skills. • New friends who have similar interests. • Experience a different way of life In addition, • Volunteering can help to combat depression. • Volunteering can provide career

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experience and develop job skills. • You can help in improving the area where you live • You will be significant in raising money for organizations that help those who are sick or are in need. Here are just a few types of organizations and events that need help: • Races • Youth Groups • Church Groups • Schools • Galas • Health Organizations • Food Pantries • Civic Organizations • Libraries • Communities How do you find volunteer opportunities? A great way to start is contacting a local non-profit that you have believe in. You may also contact your church and see where they may need help. Also, be sure and check out the volunteer opportunities and events in Northern Connection magazine’s Happenings section. Also, visit “Pittsburgh Cares” or “Volunteer Local.” Both of these organizations will help you partner with a great non-profit or event. Check out www.pittsburghcares.org and www.volunteerlocal.com. Both of these websites will give you the resources you need to volunteer this summer. Volunteering this summer will give you a great feeling of accomplishment and you will set an example for your kids that giving back is important. At Get Fit Families we organize a lot of events throughout the year. By volunteering for a Get Fit Families event, you won’t just be building your own self confidence and self-fulfillment, but you’ll be helping local athletes and athletes from across the country reach a life-long goal of completing a triathlon or running event. Visit us at www.getfitfamilies. com for volunteer opportunities. Remember, volunteers make events. Most of all, volunteers make a difference. Volunteer this summer and make your summer more active by helping others and changing lives. F

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June 2015

Coming in July and August

Baseline Concussion Testing Every Wednesday from 5 to 6:40 p.m. $20/student $15/student if the parent is an Allegheny Health Network or Highmark employee. Children 10 years and older. 412.442.2225 Getting Ready for Breast Feeding June 3, 2015 – 6 to 9 p.m. $40 per couple To RSVP, call 412.578.7030. Breast Health Awareness Talk: Learn all you need to know about breast health and staying healthy. June 4, 2015 – 5:30 to 7 p.m. Shivani Duggal, DO 412.330.4469

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Breast Cancer Support Group: Free breast cancer support group on the second Wednesday of every month! Open to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors. Jacqueline Hoover, Licensed Genetics Counselor at the pavilion, will speak about Breast Cancer Genetics. June 10, 2015 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 412.622.1212 to RSVP Men’s Health Month-Healthy Foods for Him: Men, not sure what to make for dinner that is healthy plus delicious? Attend this free cooking demo and learn how to cook healthy meals. June 10, 2015 – 12 to 1 p.m. RSVP at healthycookingforlife@wpahs.org Meet the Robotic Arm: Surgeoninteractive robotic arm technology is enabling advanced treatment options for more accurate hip and knee implant placement. Join us to for a demonstration with the robot and learn about partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement. June 11, 2015 – 6 to 8 p.m. Michael Pagnotto, MD Timothy Sauber, MD Michael Seel, MD 412.330.4469 Summer Running Club: This club will be led by either a Stray Dog Yoga Studio instructor or an instructor from The Dailey Method. Meeting spots will alternate between the Wexford Health and Wellness Pavilion and the park behind The Village at Pine, near the swing set. June 13, 2015 – 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Contact either studio to register: Stray Dog Yoga Studio: 412.719.2055 or The Dailey Method: 724.719.2511

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Planks in the Pavilion: Join Stray Dog Yoga and The Dailey Method for a free 1-hour yoga plus barre fusion class in the courtyard of the pavilion. June 13, 2015 – 9 to 10 a.m. Contact either studio to register: Stray Dog Yoga Studio: 412.719.2055 or The Dailey Method: 724.719.2511 Concussions Talk: Learn about concussions, concussion testing and how to keep your child safe while playing sports this summer. June 16, 2015 – 6 to 8 p.m. Michael Petrosky, MD 412.330.4469 Wexford Newborn Basics: June 17, 2015 – 6 to 9 p.m. $40 per couple To RSVP, call 412.578.7030. Health for Her- Play It Safe Women’s Sports Injuries: Did you know that ACL injuries are five to eight times more prevalent in women than men? Learn about prevention strategies and treatment options for sports injuries common to women. June 23, 2015 – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sam Akhavan, MD Dave Hahn, MPT Carey Cardwell, MS, ATC, LAT, Senior athletic trainer 412.469.7002 Healthy Cooking for Life Series –GrillingHealthy Choices: Tired of grilling plain hamburgers and hot dogs? Come learn how to spice up your foods on the grill this summer! June 24, 2015 – 12 to 1 p.m. $10 fee required. RSVP at healthycookingforlife@wpahs.org Weight Loss Information Session: We invite you and your family to our free session to enhance your understanding of weight loss surgeries and services offered by our Institute. June 24, 2015 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 25, 2015 – 12 to 1 p.m. 412.362.8677 Option 1 One-Day Labor and Delivery Session: This intensive full-day class prepares couples for what to expect through labor, birth and beyond. June 27, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To RSVP, call 412.578.7030. Tai Chi for Health Meet and Greet – Free Introductory Class: Stop by community room 1 to meet Gurney Bolster, MA, Dance/ Movement Therapy Senior Trainer, for information on Tai Chi classes coming to the pavilion in July! June 29, 2015 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. RSVP at 412.480.4402 or www.ahnwexford.org


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Don’t accept a one-size-fits-all approach to your health. You no longer have to settle for off-the-shelf healthcare. At ConnectedHealth, we provide you with everything from primary care to fitness. You can get in-office lab tests, health assessments, and a care strategy that combines nutrition, fitness, pharmacy and medical services. You can also get the convenience of same or next day office visits, round-the-clock access to your doctor, FREE tele-medicine services so you don’t need to leave the house in bad weather and even house and office calls when medically necessary.


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go to ten different places to get the care and attention you need. A trip to see the doctor. A drive to the nearest pharmacy. A hike to your health club. Etc. You spend too much time running around, and not enough time doing what is really important: getting what you need, when you need it. Imagine having all of that in one convenient place. Now stop imagining. Our state-of-the-art 23,000 square foot flagship facility in Wexford includes medical suites, health coach collaboration spaces, a pharmacy and pharmacist, nutrition area with kitchen and farm tables, and more. There are also four gyms, including a private gym for those who need a bit of confidence and support before doing their own training program. You can also have access to our multi-purpose fitness center that includes cardio, free weights and stations. The center is unique in that it is also used for medical fitness, including pre-surgery strengthening, hospital discharge re-admission prevention including cardiac rehabilitation, lung function strengthening, motion and mobility for hips/knees and general cardio/respiratory, mobility and more. Our multiple fitness areas include Athletic Republic™ training for athletes of all

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ages, a general fitness center and private gym for people looking to work out on their own or with a personal trainer. ConnectedHealth is a model of patientcentered health care.

Here are just a few of the benefits we have to offer: • 2 -3 hour physical and wellness exam and ongoing wellness checks • Individualized health care with a focus on prevention and wellness services • Personal relationship with your physician and health coach • 24/7 access to your physician and health coach • Limited patient membership • Same-day/next-day appointments • On-line initial assessment • Unlimited time and personal attention at each appointment • Virtual HouseCalls • Virtual teleconferences and conference calls with specialists • Primary diagnosis and treatment including a mix of primary care services and collaborative care with specialists • Hospital admissions assistance and supporting care for hospital care

transitions in and out of the hospital back to the home • Proactive monitoring and management of your health and wellness By way of introduction, here are a few of our most frequently answered questions: What is concierge medicine or direct primary care? It’s a medical practice that offers the highest quality health care with no time limitations. Patients pay a flat fee, regardless of age or condition, and receive enhanced services including same-day appointments, 24/7 access to their doctor, and Virtual HouseCalls. How is that different from a traditional internal medicine practice? Traditional internal medicine practice doctors are responsible for thousands of patients. At ConnectedHealth, each doctor has several hundred. That means better access to your doctor, ease of getting an appointment, and more time with your doctor. And the concierge doctor and health coach are on-call via Virtual HouseCalls, text, phone and email. What if I need care after hours? You’ll have your doctor’s and health coach’s cell phone numbers for 24/7 text and phone call access in case problems arise outside of typical business hours. Should immediate attention be required, your doctor and health coach will arrange and coordinate either a home visit or coordinate with an appropriate provider. How does ConnectedHealth handle pricing and insurance? At the heart of ConnectedHealth is team approach to primary care and wellness that includes the care from an internal medicine physician, gym, health coach, and a care plan with input from experts in fitness, pharmacy and nutrition. All for an affordable flat, monthly fee. Your insurance may cover certain services or visits, some of which may apply to a portion of your annual deductible. We’ll work with you to determine how your insurance may or may not apply.

You’ll still need health insurance to cover all other health care visits unrelated to your physician and wellness program, including lab tests, specialist visits and hospital stays. We’ll be happy to discuss what makes the most sense for you. Depending on your employer and insurance benefits, portions of your membership fee may be applicable to your out-of-pocket deductible or spend down requirements through FSA, HRA or HSA plans. We also offer employer programs, so see if your employer covers ConnectedHealth through their wellness and prevention programs. My insurance provides for an annual physical. What more does the ConnectedHealth program give me? We ensure that you receive all recommended preventative services, including an annual physical. Our wellness program encompasses advanced screenings in combination with personalized counseling with your doctor to develop your customized wellness program. Will my insurance cover the annual fee?

What if I need to go to the hospital? Your physician and health coach will work with you and your family to coordinate your hospitalization. The ConnectedHealth team is here to direct your health care, help you stay well, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, and support healthy transitions from hospital to home. To begin, schedule a tour of ConnectedHealth to see for yourself all that we have to offer. To learn more, visit our “ConnectedHealth For You” website at www.wegiveadarn.com or www.chforu.com. For more information or to schedule a tour, call us at 724.933.4300 or send us an email at Michelle.Leibow@ chforu.com. F

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin


uccessful marriages don’t just happen. They take, planning, energy, nurturing, commitment, determination, a willingness to understand and respect another person’s world and on-going forgiveness. Most newlyweds can’t imagine being estranged from their partners, yet 50% of marriages end in divorce, sometimes within the first year or two. Unrealistic expectations, assumptions, criticisms, resentments and misunderstandings, which accumulate over time, can shatter and destroy your marriage. Have realistic expectations. “Happily ever after” is a myth, generated in childhood by Disney movies. If you want to have a healthy marriage, understand that you are not going to be happy all the time. Learn to ride through the bumps with confidence that things will get better. Bumps provide opportunities to learn how to relate more effectively. Don’t make assumptions. Don’t assume that if he really loved you,

he would act in a particular way. Ask for what you want and need. Tell your partner what makes you happy and appreciate the changes that he makes for you. Don’t give unsolicited advice. Don’t correct your partner or tell him what to do; trust him to figure it out. It’s okay to ask him if he is open to suggestions, but if he says no, keep your advice to yourself even if you think you know best. Don’t criticize. Criticism can kill your partner’s spirit; constant criticism can kill your marriage. If you are being impacted negatively by something your partner is doing, let him know in a constructive way. “When you do ____, I feel ____.” Then, request a specific change. Educate your partner about your needs, instead of making him wrong or bad. Beware of resentments. Address problems as they arise; don’t sit and stew. Speak up; communicate clearly and concisely. Your partner is not a mind reader. Small resentments can

grow into seemingly insurmountable problems. Learn about gender differences. Men are from Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray, is, in my opinion, still one of the best book available today about gender differences. Another excellent resource is the video, Laugh Your Way to A Better Marriage presented by Mark Gungor. Use them as a starting point for discussion. Talk about how the dynamics of relationships have changed over the years and which concepts still apply to each of you. Love is not enough to sustain a relationship. But love and respect coupled with understanding and commitment, and a win-win approach to marriage will propel you towards a happy, healthy and lasting relationship. F Donna Summers Moul is a Certified Life Coach. Her passion is to help women, of all ages, figure out what they want to be when they grow up.  She offers Individual Coaching and Coaching Groups for Women. Contact Donna:   (724) 935-6275, www. Especially-For-Women.com

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Are You Maximizing Your Brain Power? BY DR. SHANNON THIEROFF


he human brain is incredible. It’s so proficient at handling so many tasks (everything that happens in every part of the body). Taking care of your brain will enhance many areas of your life, health, and well-being. Chiropractic care plays a unique role in the care of the brain. I’m going to teach you some brain “basics” and then show you some really cool ways your brain function changes with chiropractic.

The Basics…

The central nervous system is made of the brain and spinal cord. The human brain processes 1 quadrillion bits of information every second. The human brain uses 20% of the entire energy of the human body every day, and it generates enough electricity to light up a 25 watt lightbulb. The nervous system’s sole function is to keep the body alive. It does this by trying to maintain homeostasis (balance) through all the systems of the body. We’re constantly bombarded by changes in our environment (outside and inside our body). The nervous system “reads” these changes and helps the body adapt. Chiropractic adjustments help stimulate the nervous sys-

tem to change brain patterns that limit the body’s ability to adapt.

Coordination is a Big Challenge…

When we talk about coordination we talk about keeping your body upright against gravity. No small feat! Your brain Your brain is amazing. Are you taking care of it? needs a constant feed of information from your nervous system to keep you balanced and moving. A loss of normal spinal alignment is not usually painful at the beginning but you will see changes in a person’s position sense. Over time, as there’s less and less information going into the brain, our movement patterns, gait, and posture become more abnormal. The chiropractic adjustment has a positive effect on restoring that positional input to the brain, where the cortex and spinal cord “fire” outgoing messages. This essential input helps to reduce injuries and posture problems.

All the Stuff We Don’t Think About…

MRI studies have shown that the flow of CSF (cerebro spinal fluid, aka brain food) can be inhibited by spinal misalignment and is improved after adjustments. A loss of normal CSF flow can have damaging effects on the neurons of the brain. There have also been studies to show that the adjustments help to improve blood flow to the brain which helps with headaches and blood pressure regulation. A recent three-year study examined the brain pre- and post-adjustment, using EEG scans. The study examined the four frequencies of brain waves; Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta. The scans were examined to check right/left brain balance, the total amount of brain activity, the primary areas of brain activity and the effects after the adjustment. The post EEG scans revealed improvement in all areas of the volunteers’ brain function. Particularly, the researchers noticed an increase in the meditative Alpha brainwave patterns that are related to a greater degree of relaxation. Have you been meaning to make the time to see if chiropractic can help? Make an appointment for your consultation and you’re one step closer to being a better “you.” F

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An Acne Sufferer Finds a Solution...Finally!


have suffered with acne for most of my teenage and adult life. I spent many nights at home, missing opportunities because my skin was just too bad, and I was just too embarrassed. I tried every over-the-counter product available and also several prescriptions from a dermatologist in my quest for clear skin. I even considered taking the drug Accutane at one point. The prescription medications cleared my skin temporarily, but once I was done taking the pills, my acne eventually returned, even worse than before! Nothing worked. In frustration, I threw everything away and figured I’d grow out of it... but I never did. One day while reading through a magazine, I noticed an ad for a place called Clearskin Solutions Acne Clinic. Given all of the previous disappointments, I figured it probably wouldn’t work, but decided to at least look into it. When I called to get information, the first thing that struck me as unique was that they specialized in acne treatment. I was also relieved to hear that they

didn’t use drugs as a part of their regimen. They offered an acne program which Mary Bickley Licensed Esthetician consisted of in-office and Owner of Clearskin Solutions visits combined with a monitored home-care routine. I had nothing to lose, so I decided to schedule a consultation. The owner, Mary, evaluated my skin and performed some tests to determine my skin’s level of sensitivity. Then we sat down and talked for awhile. She explained about my grade of acne and how the program would be catered to target my specific case. I was given a wealth of information about why I had acne, pore-clogging ingredients to watch out for, and what foods and products to avoid. My program consisted of visits every two weeks at a reasonable cost. During the in-office visits, my acne was removed and my skin was treated with a variety of treatments which helped with exfoliating the dead skin cells, keeping it hydrated and decreasing the inflammation. Most importantly, my skin was continually reevaluated, and my program was adjusted according to my skin’s response. Between visits, I followed a treatment regimen at home using affordable products designed just for me. Throughout my treatment, I wasn’t alone. Someone was there to answer questions and encourage and help me every step of the way. All in all, it took about four months (or eight visits), and I am thrilled to say that my skin is finally clear! That was two years ago. I found a program that not only cleared my acne, but has kept it clear and given me the beautiful skin I’ve always wished for. Thanks to Mary, her staff and the Clearskin program, I am now confident about myself on both the inside and the outside. F

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June: The Sixth Month BY JOE BULLICK


une is our sixth month of the year and we will be halfway through this year. Time flies! High schoolers look forward to the end of the school year and graduation. We remind them that “commencement” simply means a new beginning. June is also a great month for brides and gardeners. June offers the most daylight of any of the months of the year. For our local farmers, this is a great boom month that allows them to concentrate on their fields and farm markets. An old proverbs says, “Calm weather in June sets corn in tune.” One of the duties that I had as a young boy was to take care of our

garden, and a big part of that was keeping the critters out. Mom and I had fun when we built a scarecrow for the garden. I started with some old clothes and a bale of straw. We would stuff the clothes with straw and assemble the scarecrow by running a pole into the pants and shirts. We would then push the pole deeply into the ground. As a finishing touch we would add a head and a straw hat. I didn’t realize then that the scarecrow has been used for thousands of years. Well, good luck with this endeavor, if you decide to try to make one yourself! I think we have always had a wedding to go to in June. In the 1500s,

most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May. Most folks still smelled pretty good in June. Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to help with the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Happy Father’s Day! In 1926, a National Father’s Day committee was formed in New York City. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. I am sharing with you this special poem from Brie Carter called What Makes A Dad. God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it... Dad June is a great month filled with plenty of other historical events. On June 2, 1935, Babe Ruth played his last game. On June 2, 1941, baseball great Lou Gehrig passed away. June 5, 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in Los Angeles. Actor John Wayne died on June 11, 1979. There are also a lot of fun things to do in June. Enjoy the Three Rivers Art Festival (June 5-14). Take in a Pirates game – June 23-25 the Cincinnati Reds are in town and then the Buccos face the Atlanta Braves June 26-28. And don’t forget on June 14 we celebrate Flag Day. In 1777 the stars and stripes became the official U.S. flag. Happy birthday to you folks who fall under the zodiac signs of Gemini and Cancer! A smile is the universal welcome! -Max Eastman


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Happenings for Seniors Free Home Safety Inspection is available for seniors through the Open Your Heart to a Senior program. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069, ext. 3313 or clpschirer@nhco.org. Free Services for Seniors through North Hills Community Outreach. Help with rides to medical appts., grocery stores, yard work. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3313 or Kerry at (412) 449-0151 to schedule an in-home registration visit. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com. McKnight Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Services Ross Twp., Berkley Hills, Swan Acres & part of McCandless Twp. Call (412) 487-4088. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring – An Hour a Week Can Change a Child’s Life. For adults 50 & over become a tutor. Training sessions are held at Macy’s downtown. For details, call (412) 232-2021. UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

Support Groups Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10 a.m., 1st Monday of each month, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Rd. For details, call Suzie, at (412) 337-6731. Bereavement Support Group (for Widows/Widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Alzheimer’s Affiliated Support Group meets 3 p.m., the 1st Mon., of every month, and 2 p.m., the last Friday. Contact Pam, at (724) 779-5020.

Senior Meetings 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.

Glenshaw AARP #3744 Installation Banquet, 6 p.m., (doors open 5 p.m.), June 9, Hampton Banquet Hall, 5416 Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Entertainment DJ Rick Angelone. Friendship Groups for Visually Impaired, Men’s Group meets every Weds. 1-3:15 p.m., Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets every Weds., 1-3:15 p.m., Monthly Meeting 2nd Thurs. of each month 1:15-3:15 p.m., The Lunch Bunch meets 4th Thurs. of every month 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Talking Book Club meets 1st Mon. of each month 1-2:30 p.m. For info, call (724) 444-0064. Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. For info, call (412) 741-4900 or visit http://www.ccgf.org.

Seminars A Day of Health for Seniors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 30, Legacy Theatre. RSVP to (412) 6358080. Presented by UPMC Senior Communities, UPMC Health Plan & UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.

Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band, 2 p.m., June 22, Sherwood Oaks, 100 Norman Dr., Cranberry Twp. For reservations, call 1-800-642-2217. Pittsburgh’s Own, Etta Cox, 2:30 p.m., June 17, Strabane Trails Village, 317 Wellness Way, Washington, Pa. Call (724) 225-4100; 2:30 p.m., June 18, Beatty Pointe Village, 700 Beatty Rd., Monroeville. Call (412) 374-9000; 2:30 p.m., June 24, Lighthouse Pointe Village, Fox Chapel. Call (412) 781-2707. Saint Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, June 28, Bobby Vinton trip; Nov. 20, Light Up Night; Sound of Music, March 2016; New York City trip; June 2016. Contact Rose at (724) 7282563 or Janet at (724) 869-5339.

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

North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. For details, contact Nancy, at (412) 307-0069 or nljones@nhco.org. Open Your Heart to a Senior has an urgent need drivers to help seniors get to doctor appointments, etc. For details, call (412) 307-0071 or allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior.org. Open Your Heart to a Senior volunteer orientations, 6:30 p.m., June 9, Lighthouse Pointe, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Aspinwall. For details, visit oyhs.org. Pittsburgh Friendship Group is looking for volunteers to help visually impaired seniors. No experience is necessary. Call (724) 444-0064. Spring yard work help needed for seniors countywide. Call the United Way helpline at 2-1-1 or email allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior.org. Volunteer drivers are needed for various programs to help seniors. For details, call (412) 307-0071 or allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior.org.

Common Birds of Western PA, 2:30 p.m., June 19, Vanadium Woods Village, 50 Vanadium Rd., Bridgeville. For info, call (412) 2212900; 2 p.m., June 25, Seneca Hills Village, 5350 Saltsburg Rd., Verona. For info, call (412) 793-1700. Kaufmann’s Department Store: Everything Under the Sun, 2:30 p.m., June 11, Lighthouse Pointe Village, Fox Chapel. For info, call (412) 781-2707. Pittsburgh Eye, featuring Dennis J. Courtney, MD, 2:30 p.m., June 30, Strabane Trails Village, 317 Wellness Way, Washington, Pa. To register, call (724) 225-4100. Protecting Your Retirement Assets: Lunch & Learn, 11 a.m., June 9, Sherwood Oaks, 100 Norman Dr., Cranberry Twp. For info, call 1-800-642-2217. The Taming of the Tomato, The Founding of the H.J. Heinz Company, 2:30 p.m., June 10, Beatty Pointe Village, 700 Beatty Rd., Monroeville. To register, call (412) 374-9000.

Entertainment & Social Events Cahal Dunne: Ireland’s Happy Man, 3 p.m., June 18, Seneca Hills Village, 5350 Saltsburg Rd., Verona. For info, call (412) 793-1700.


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Canines in Zelie and Troops Rally in Beaver BY PAULA GREEN


ogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” so it is only fitting that canines would make perfect companions for veterans. Kandy Barkley, owner of Eye Kandy boutique and Cathleen Erb, owner of My Dog’s Care Center announced they have formed a new non-profit organization called, the K-9 Six Project. This initiative pairs shelter dogs with afflicted veterans. Service dogs can cost anywhere from $10,000$40,000 to train, the K-9 Six Project is matching dogs that offer emotional support to veterans at no cost to these veterans. The dogs can ease anxiety, help reduce stress and more importantly, provide companionship. The K-9 Six Project is having their first fundraising event this month. Pups for our Patriots – Fashion Fur a Cause will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, June 7, at the Zelienople Community Park Amphitheatre. Guests will be treated to a familyfriendly fashion show featuring fashions from Eye Kandy boutique along with entertainment, vendors, food, a Chinese auction and raffle. Models will be escorted by adoptable shelter dogs from the Butler County Humane Society. Families are encouraged to attend and bring their dog. All veterans are welcome. For more information on the K-9 Six Project or Pups for Patriots – Fashion Fur a Cause visit www.k9six.org. Another local military affair is set for this month to honor veterans on Flag Day. The 14th annual “Support Our Troops” Rally will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at Quay Park,

3rd Street (next to the courthouse) in Beaver, Pa. This patriotic event is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 862 which is the largest chapter in Pennsylvania, and the third largest in the United States. It is also sponsored by the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) Chapter 862. The rally will feature military tributes to past and present servicemen


and women. The gathering will also include a community picnic with food and live entertainment. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds benefit the Yellow Ribbon Girls, which is a group of dedicated sisters from Ellwood City who sends boxes of supplies to our troops throughout the world. Bring your lawn chair, and flag and help show the world that we support our troops. For further information on the “Support Our Troops” Rally, contact Bob Gwin at (724) 777-7772 or visit www.vva862.org. 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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June 2015 Happenings North Happenings North Hill Community Outreach Back-to-School Collection, new backpacks and school supplies for students in kindergarten thru 12. Donations accepted until July 31. For info, call (412) 487-6316, opt. 1 or vdburst@nhco.org. North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program serving the Greater Pittsburgh region needs car donations. Call (724) 4438300 or www.communityauto.org. North Hills Food Bank, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. every Tues & Thurs, rear parking lot of Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway. Call, (412) 366-7477 or www.northhillsfoodbank. com. Donations always welcome.

Mondays Chisel and Chips Carvers of North Pittsburgh meetings, meets 6:30-10 p.m., the 2nd Monday of every month, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park. For info, call (724) 940-0034. Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit Bogmeisters.com.


Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 3rd Monday of every month 7 p.m.,(June 15) Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Topic is “An Evening with Clara Barton.” Free & open to the public. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329. Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays, Jun 1, Grand Budapest Hotel; June 8, Wild; June 15, Big Eyes; June 22, Boyhood; June 29, Birdman, July 6, American Sniper; 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. For info, visit http://www. thelegacylineup.com/movies/

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

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

Thursdays Cranberry Women’s Club, meets 7 p.m. the 2nd Thurs of the month, Cranberry Library Meeting Room. Contact Sandy, (724) 779-1854. Handicapable Square Dancing, 7-8 p.m., weekly on Thursdays, Dorseyville Alliance Church, 3703 Saxonburg Blvd. For ages 16 & older. To register call (412) 9158486 or (724) 443-2616 or beatty3@consolidated.net.

Friday Christy House Tea Room Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays, on Walnut & Frederick in Sewickley. Homemade soups, salads, breads & cookies. Needles Eye & Early Treasures gift shops. RSVP to (412) 741-5960.

Saturdays Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 13, 2605 Nicholson Rd. Building 2, Franklin Park. Pre-registration is required by June 11. Call Donna, at (724) 493-9695. Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, June 13, “Coney Island Cookout,” Free Indoor Picnic Dinner, 7:30 p.m. free dance lesson; June 27,

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“A Perfect Pair Mix & Match Ice-Breaking Singles Dance, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly.com.

Arts & Entertainment First Member’s Show for the Cranberry Artists Network, June 3-25, at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building, Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Keystone State Musical Theatre: Always…Patsy Cline, June 12-20; Pinkalicious, the Musical, June 20-21, Rotary Ampitheater in Cranberry Twp; July 9-11 (as part of Cranberry Community Days). For info, visit http://www.keystonestatemusictheater.org. Legacy Theatres shows: Johnny Angel & the Halos, 7:30 p.m., June 13, The Fabulous Hubcaps, 7:30 p.m., July 25; Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22. For tickets, call 1-877-987-6487 or thelegacylineup.com. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents, windowSPACE: Thinkers An Exhibition by Randy Gilson, runs thru June 28, Space, 812 Liberty Ave. For info, visit TrustArts.org.

Three Rivers Art Festival, June 5-14, Point State Park, Cultural District & Gateway Center. For info, visit TrustArts.org. Very Eric Carle traveling exhibition premieres June 13, and runs thru Sept. 20, Children’s Museum. For details, call (412) 322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org. World Revolves Around You: An Exhibition by Norwegian Artist HC Gilje, runs thru June 21, Wood Galleries. For details, visit TrustsArts.org.

Health & Wellness Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Pirates Charities team up and created recipe cards that focus on nutrition. For details, visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.com. Orchard Hill Church sporting activities: Co-Ed Indoor Soccer, 8:30- 10 p.m., Weds., Sept. 16-Dec. 9, gym; Co-Ed Volleyball, 7:30-9 p.m., Tues., Sept. 15-Dec. 8; Zumba, 6:15-& 7:15 p.m., Tues., Sept. 15-Dec. 8. Call (724) 935-555 or orchardhillchurch.com. UPMC BodyChangers Fashion Show, 6-10 p.m., June 13, UPMC Cancer Pavillion, Herberman Conference Center, 5150 Centre Ave., 2nd Floor. For info, call 855-2639244 or bodychangers@upmc.edu. Vigil of Hope, 7 p.m., June 3, the Legacy Theatre (next to Cumberland Woods Village). Sponsored by the Bridge to Hope Family Support Group in partnership w/Passavant Hospital Foundation. For info, call (412) 748-6640.

Counseling Ask the Attorney, free legal consultation for low-income families. Sessions are 7 p.m., June 10, NHCO Boroughs; July 8, NHCO Ferguson Rd. For info, call (412) 408-3830 or hzgibbs@nhco.org.

Berkley Hills Lutheran Church is offering it Stephen Ministry Program for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, illnesses, job loss, loss of home, military deployment & other life struggles. Free & confidential program for people of any faith. Call (412) 486-4010 or www.bhlc.org. Employment Counseling is available through Workable, a countywide United Way-funded program through North Hills Community Outreach. For info on workshops & counseling, contact Harriet at (412) 408-3830, ext. 3219 or visit www.workableac.com. Group Services, Intensive Outpatient Program, 5:30-8:30 p.m., M,W, Th.,Therapy Group 6-8 p.m., Tues., Family Only Group 7:30-9:00 p.m., 2nd Tues, Psycho-educational Support Group 7-9 p.m., 4th Mon. Contact Anita at 412-215-7967, pened1@aol.com, or www. anitasinicropemaier.com. Professional Counseling, need someone to talk with but can’t afford it or lack health coverage. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300.

Support Groups Bereavement Support Group, Beyond Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., 2nd Wed., of every month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free of charge, no registration is necessary. For details, (412) 748-6640. Bereavement Support Group (for widows/widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed. Hosted by St. Sebastian Parish, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. Bereavement Support Group in the North Hills, 10-11:30 a.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Contact Heritage Hospice at (724) 3346600 with questions.

Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., every Wed., of the month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. For drug & alcohol addiction. Phone, (412) 748-6640. Lupus Foundation meetings, 7-8:30 p.m., every 3rd Tues, UPMC Passavant Hospital, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Donor Hall. To register, call (412) 261-5886 or ccallen92@aol.com. Professional Counseling for seniors, families & kids, for those who can’t afford counseling or lack healthcare coverage. For info, call (412) 366-1300 or www.anchorpointcounselingministry.org. Recovery programs for Addicts & Codependents is available at Orchard Hill. For details, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com Women’s Self Care Support Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sats., Anchorpoint Counseling. For info, call (412) 366-1300, ext. 129 or www.anchorpointcounselingministry.org.

Networking AM Spirit, a business networking group, meets 7:15 a.m. every Wed, at North Park Deckhouse, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. For info, call Glen at (412) 916-8699. Cranberry Chapter of Professional Referral Exchange meets 7:15 a.m., networking meeting every Wed., North Park Deckhouse, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Mary Ann, (724) 935-2221. Toastmasters Cranberry High Noon Club, meets noon-1 p.m., every Mon., Pella Windows Training Center, 230 Thorn Hill Rd., Warrendale. Questions? Call (724) 316-3595 or email SueEllis@PeopleLearn. com.


Volunteer Opportunities American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients who are undergoing treatments to & from their appts. Interested volunteers should call (412) 919-1100 or emailsharon. stalter@cancer.org. Hope Hospice is looking for volunteer for their patients. Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, just have the heart! For details, call (412) 367-3685. Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council volunteer tutors needed to work with adult literacy students on basic literacy skills, 4 hour/week commitment. Free tutor training provided. For info, call (412) 393-7600 or http://www.gplc.org/become-avolunteer.cfm. North Hills Community Outreach Volunteer Orientation, 10 a.m., June 11, NHCO, Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Call Patti, (412) 408-3830 or pmferraro@ nhco.org. North Hills Community Outreach has speakers available who will speak at your business, congregation, or school at no charge about our programs. For info, call Jen at (412) 487-6316, opt. 1 or ext. 3112 or JLKissel@nhco.org. North Hills Community Outreach has speakers who will speak to business, congregation, civic groups or school at no charge about our programs and services and volunteer opportunities. For info, call (412) 487-6316, opt. 1 ext. 3112. Or JLKissel@ nhco.org. Treasure House Fashions, a nonprofit boutique style women’s clothing shop is looking for volunteers. For details, call Karen at (412) 979-1534. (Continued on page 32)

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HAPPENINGS June 2015 Volunteer tutors needed to work with adult literacy students on basic literacy skills. 4 hour/week commitment. Free tutoring training provided. To register call Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, (412) 393-7600 or http://www.gplc.org/ become-a-volunteer.cfm. Volunteer Tutors Needed for children struggling with school work. Call Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, (412) 366-1300 or www.anchorpointcounselingministry.org.

Spiritual Joyful Sounds Concert, 7 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Saint Alexis Church. Presented by the Adult and Handbell Choirs. Admission is free, however, a free will offering will be accepted to benefit the Ladies of Charity.

School Events & Courses & Symposiums La Roche College has developed a Master of Science in Information Systems. For info, call (412) 536-1260 or graduateadmissions.edu. North Allegheny Kennywood Day, Jun. 18. Discount FunDay Kennywood Tickets ($30) can be purchased at all North Allegheny Schools. Tickets may be used


any day in June, or weekdays in July or Aug. For info, visit www.northallegheny. org/athletics. Tickets can be purchased online ($1.25 per ticket online fee) visit www.kennywood.com/na. Saint Sebastian School in Ross Township is accepting applications for preschool thru 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year. For an application or info, call (412) 364-7171 or www. SaintSebastianParish.org.

Seminars Legacy Theatre Seminars: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Commander-in-Chief, 11 a.m., June 2; Virtual Field Trip to a World Famous Geode Mine, 11 a.m., June 16; Pigeon Heroes, 11 a.m., July 14; Immaculate Reflections of Art Rooney, Chuck Noll & Troy Polamalu, July 28. For info, call 1-877-987-6487. Western PA Genealogical Society presents “Family History Your Family Will Actually Enjoy,” 10 a.m., June 13, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall. Free & open to the public. For info, call (412) 687-6811 or www.wpgs.org.

Reunions Saint Sebastian School Class of 1964 reunion, Aug. 22. The reunion committee is seeking graduates. For info, call (412) 364-7171.

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Veterans North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month, Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 487-9532 or www.qovf.org. Pennsylvania CommunityBased Programs Awarded VA Grants to Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports at Slippery Rock University. For info, visit www. va.gov/adaptivesports. VA Benefits Seminar, 2:30 p.m., June 2, Vanadium Woods Village, 50 Vanadium Rd., Bridgeville. For info, call (412) 221-2900. Veterans Discover HOPE Here-Career, 3rd Wed., 6:308:45 p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@gmail.com or www. discoverhopehere.com. Veterans Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. For details, visit www.prevention.va.gov/B_ Physically_ Active.asp. Veterans’ Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Support Group, 10 a.m., Fridays, VA Butler Healthcare. For info, call 800-362-8262 ext. 2498.

“Veteran X� mental health & substance abuse recovery program for vets meets 6 p.m., every Mon., at VA Butler Healthcare, Room 213, East South (ES), 325 N. Castle Rd., Butler. For info, visit http://www.butler.va.gov/.

Sales Anchorpoint Ministry Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., June 13-18 (Sunday hours, noon-6 p.m.), former Papermart Building, McKnight Rd. For details, visit www.anchorpointcounselingministry.org.

Fundraisers Cindystock 12, 4 p.m., Aug. 15, Warrendale. Held for potentially life-saving cancer screening tests and essential cancer support services.

Environmental & Gardening Events Annual Hosta Show, 1-4 p.m., June 6, Plant Sale begins at 10 a.m., Soergel Orchard, Wexford. Presented by the Daffodil Hosta Society of Western PA. For info, visit http://www.dhswp.com/ Friends of North Park Events: Garden in the Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 15. For info, call (724) 544-7284. Great Local Gardens Contest sponsored by the Shaler Garden Club & Shaler North Hills Library runs through July 14. For details, visit www.shalerlibrary.org. Greybrooke Garden Club, 9:30 a.m., June 10, Fellowship Hall of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4238 Mt. Royal Blvd. For info, call (412) 296-0538.

Latodami Nature Center Events: Gardening & Hummingbirds, 10 a.m., Jun. 20; Medicinal & Herbal gardening, 2 p.m., Jun. 20; Are You Ready Weather or Not, 10 a.m., Jul. 11, No Water Gardens, 2 p.m., Jul. 11; Young Naturalist ProgramButterflies, 10 a.m., Jul. 6-8; Birds, July 27-29; Rid Your Home of Unwanted Chemicals, Electronic and Freon Appliances (no refrigerators), Jun. 6 & 27, Jul. 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 3 & 24, Nov. 21 & Dec. 19, 129 Ash Stop Rd., Evans City. Nominal fee, must pre-register at 1-866-815-0016. Shaler Garden Club & Shaler North Hills Library Great Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 28. Tour five local gardens, tickets available at the Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd. For details, (412) 486-0211 or www.shalerlibrary.org. (Continued on page 34)

Eye Kandy in Zelienople is collecting gently used shoes for those in need in developing countries. The goal is to collect 10,000 pairs by July 31. Inaugural Charitable Block Party, 4-7 p.m., June 6, The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Rd., Wexford. For info, call (724) 935-6533. Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 10 a.m., Jun. 14, Schenley Park. For info, call (412) 367-4571 or visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/pittsburgh.

Car Shows North Hills Historic Auto Club, Antique & Classic Car Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7, Mars Area Senior High School, Rt. 228, Mars. For info, call Joe at (412) 443-0359 or joeandkath@verizon.net. Wexford Starlite Car Cruise, 5-9 p.m., Fridays thru Sept. 4,, North Way Christian Community, Wexford. For details, visit http://www.starlitecarcruise.com/


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HAPPENINGS June 2015 Summer Events Ice Cream Social & Fleece to Shawl, 1-4 p.m., July 12, Depreciation Lands Museum. (412) 486-0563 or DepreciationLand@gmail.com. Steel City Con, Aug. 7-9, Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Nall Blvd., Monroeville. For details, visit http://www. steelcitycon.com. Summer Theatre at St. Vincent College, The Marvelous Wonderettes, runs thru June 14; Tuesdays with Morrie, June 18-July 3; Into the Woods, July 9-26; Moon Over Buffalo, July 30-Aug. 16. For info, visit www. svst.org.

Whiskey Rebellion Festival, July 9-12, for details, visit www.whiskeyrebellionfestival.com. Woodlands Block Party, 4-7 p.m., Jun. 6, The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Rd., Wexford. For info, call (724) 9356533 or ccohn@woodlandsfoundation.org.

Strawberry Festival, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, June 13, Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church. Picnic Food & Antique Car Show. For more info: 412-741-6880. Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 5-14, downtown Pittsburgh. For info, visit www.TrustArts.org.

Festivals & Community Days


Pine Community Day, 4 p.m.-dusk, July 18, Pine Community Park. Family fun, games, great food & fireworks. Performance by Tres Lads band. For info, call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us.

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts at Shady Side Academy: The Squirrel Hillbillies, 5-7 p.m., June 25; Melinda, July 16; SSA Jazz Combo, Aug. 6. For info, call (412) 968-3045 or www.shadysideacademy.org/playground.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, June 19-21. For details, visit TrustArts.org/jazzlivefest.

Camps Depreciation Lands Museum Adventures in Pioneer Living Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Session 1: June 15-19; Session II: July 20-24. For info, call (412) 486-0563 or www.planetreg.com/PioneerLiving. Girls Basketball Skills Camp sponsored by Vincentian Lady Royals, June 22-26. For girls entering grades 4-8. To register, visit www.vincentianacademy.org or vagbbsummercamp@gmail.com. SonSpark Labs Vacation Bible Camp, 9 a.m.noon, June 15-19, Saint Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Hwy. For info, call (724) 935-4343 or www.stalexis.org.

Golf Butler County Chamber 59th Annual Golf Outing, Lake Arthur Golf Club. For info, call (724) 283-2222 or ButlerCountyChamber.com. Golf Outing for Elliott Acres Therapy Riding, 10 a.m., July 12, Hartmann’s Summer Resort, 169 Hartmann Rd., Harmony. Cost $70, registration due by July 7. For details, call (724) 283-0947. Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities (Millvale) Golf Tournament, 12:30 p.m., July 22, at Longue Vue Club, 400 Longue Vue Dr. Call (412)821-2200, ext. 217 or visit www.sosf.org to register.

Library Northland Library, The How of Happiness, 7 p.m., June 15; Osteoarthritis & Exercise, 10 a.m., June 18, Want to Learn to Play Disc Golf? 7 p.m., June 18; All Roads Lead North, 7-9 p.m., June 24, 300 Cumberland Rd., McCandless. For info, call (412) 366-8100 x103 or www. northlandlibrary.org.

Showcasing a Classic Race Car


his 1926 Chevrolet Champ race car is from Randy Hart’s North Allegheny Car Care class in 1992-1994. Hart has recently purchased the car back from Quaker Steak & Lube and plans on showing it at local race tracks and car cruises. He is attempting to contact his former students to join in on showcasing the car to our community. Hart can be reached at (724) 4525747 or wyomingrandy@gmail.com.


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Jubilant June Trivia BY PAULA GREEN

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein George Orwell and Harriet Beecher Stowe. In the sports world: boxing champ Jack Dempsey, baseball great Lou Gehrig and football legend Vince Lombardi celebrated birthdays in June. Now that we’ve analyzed monthly facts, let’s see if you’re “in tune with the month of June.” Putting on your thinking caps because it’s time to get a little trivial….. 1. The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775; who was appointed as its commander? 2. Eighty years ago on June 10, 1935, this support service opened in Akron, Ohio. 3. On June 6, 1933 the first drive-in movie theatre opened in which east coast state? 4. Name the hotel where Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968? 5. Only one U.S. President was born during the month of June – who was it? 6. England’s Prince William was born on June 21, in what year? 7. Which sport had its first game played on June 19, 1845, in Hoboken, New Jersey? 8. Which member of the Beatles was born in June? 9. June is Bustin Out All Over is a song from what Broadway show and subsequent movie? 10. Name the Disney cartoon character that first made his appearance on June 9, 1934. 11. Which saint in the Christian calendar is celebrated on June 24? 12. Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published on June 30 in what year? 13. What soap opera moved from radio to television on June 30, 1952? 14. This car company was founded on June 16, 1903 in Detroit. 15. Which Mark Twain novel was published on June 16, 1876? F Sources: http://www.history.com/topics/british-history/magna-carta, www. historyplace.com/specials/calendars/june, http://www.aboutfamouspeople. com/article1218.html https://ideas.worpress.com/newsworthy/anniversaries, nationalinterest.org/blog-the-buss/10-big-historical.anniversaries, http://www. nationaljuneteenth.com/, http://www.ducksters.com/history/, http://123facts. com/quiz_results.php?quizid=5173

Answers: 1. George Washington 2. Alcoholics Anonymous 3. New Jersey 4. Ambassador 5. George H.W. Bush (June 12, 1924) 6. 1982 7. baseball 8. Paul McCartney (June 18, 1942) 9. Carousel 10. Donald Duck 11. John the Baptist 12. 1936 13. Guiding Light 14. Ford 15. Tom Sawyer


he month of June was named after Juno, the goddess of marriage. It is one of the four months with 30 days. Just like the month of May, no other month begins on the same day as June. This month, there are historic events to commemorate. June 15, marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Under duress, England’s King John agreed to the “Great Charter” because it would place him and England’s future sovereigns within a rule of law. June 18 denotes the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place in 1865. French Emperor Napoleon, who had dominated Europe for over a decade, was defeated at Waterloo which is now Belgium. Another historic event is the 150th commemoration of “Juneteenth.” On this date, June 19, 1865, Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas. The assassination of the Austrian Franz Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, occurred on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, which was a catalyst for World War I. World War II had the infamous D-Day, Allied invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Another invasion that took place in June was the break-in of the National Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C on June 17, 1972. The United Nations charter was signed seventy years ago by fifty nations on June 26, 1945. There are plenty of celebrations in June – Flag Day is June 14, and Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. The summer solstice falls June 20-22 (the date varies). This month, we also celebrate – National Rose Month, National Dairy Month, Great Outdoors Month, National Adopt-a-Cat, National Ice Tea Month and National Candy Month. A few famous people were named June: June Allyson, June Carter Cash, June Lockhart, June Squibb and fictional TV character June Cleaver. Many famous people were born in the month of June. These celebrities include: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Judy Garland, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, Marilyn Monroe, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner and Noah Wylie. Creative folks born this month were: undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Authors born in June include: Pearl Buck, Anne Frank, Helen Keller,


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IMAGE & STYLE June 2015

Summer Street Style TO GO!



rom Barbeques to picnics and everything in between, summer is finally here! Most of us plan to spend as much time as possible outdoors but when the mercury rises, sometimes, fashion is the last thing on our minds. With spontaneity in the air, finding the perfect outfit to rock can be a challenge but, not to worry. Trying to piece together a summer look is not as difficult as you may think. One of the benefits of warm weather is the nod of approval to throw on a dress and sandals, yet still be within the confines of “summer style.” Let’s go over a few of summer’s go-to dressing that covers everything from brightening up the sunny days to spicing up hot summer nights! Dress you up! – I love summer dresses! There is a dress for every body type. Some, of course look better on others but it doesn’t take long to find your best look. I always like to have a few maxi dresses on hand for long days at a family picnic or just a Sunday afternoon out with the family. Loose, flowy materials are great for beating the heat under the sizzling sun. Keeping the temperature and occasion in mind, I always recommend a look that is cute, comfy, and shows a bit of skin. Short frocks rock on steamy summer days and what better way to show off those legs that have been undercover all winter? Strap on a pair of wedge heels and you’ll be the belle of the BBQ! For those balmy evenings, keep the look cool and romantic. A form fitting sheath is right on par and screams sophistication. Add an updo, a few layered bangles and a strappy pair of sandals and the evening is sure to be a hit! Short & sweet -- It’s really all about extra ventilation but you can wear shorts without them being too short. Shorts can be worn with confidence, in many ways; from practical to fashionable to comfortable. They allow you stay active while still throwing style at everyone. After all, who knows when an impromptu game of kickball will pop up at your next picnic or grad party? A lot of us avoid shorts for a lot of reasons but the truth is, most often than not, whatever flaw we see can usually be fixed. Legs too pale? Hello, self-tanner. Legs heavier than we’d like? Well, hello again, self-tanner. Perhaps we feel they are too short? Stick with a solid color. Too thin? Lucky you- move along. Varicose veins? A combination of a spray tan and or concealer will work best to camouflage those veins. Ankles a bit thicker than you care for? Try an ankle


strapped sandal. Whatever style you choose, keep it classy. A good rule of thumb for us ladies- don’t wear shorts that are tattered or torn and do not wear your daughter’s shorts—even if you are the same size—there is a reason department stores have a “junior” department. Tip-top shape – summer dressing should be a breeze with all the sheer tops available this season! Try to add a few new crisp white blouses this summer as the season calls for it! It’s always a good idea to keep your upper body light and airy to leave room for accessories. Sometimes simplicity is best and white is a timeless fashion statement. It goes with everything and you dress it up or down in a pinch by either adding or dropping accessories. I always like to keep a few white tanks on hand for layering. Look for styles that can be worn with everything from skirts to jeans to dress slacks, this way; you’ll be ready for anything! Shoes and scarves and jewels, oh my! -- With the whimsical days of summer upon us it only seems fair to have our accessories shine with just as much whimsy. From summery sandals to beachy baubles, accessorizing for summer is a breeze. Try infusing a pop of color into the mix and stock up on all things bright and cheery! Coral and yellow are showing up everywhere. This includes purses. Pack away your everyday black bag and instead, add a splash of summer with a bright bag in red, teal or fuchsia. If you are insistent on being a “neutral” girl then grab a bag in the beige/ white family. Summer scarves are definitely on the “nice” list this summer but do be sure they are not your dark and bulky scarves from winter. Sheer, light and bright are key when hanging anything around your neck this season. When it comes to jewelry, everything this summer is all about living chic. Heavy metals, geometric designs, art deco, to name a few are all popping up. Stackable rings and bracelets are also getting some attention. Up for a turning a few heads at your next outdoor event? Try adding a beaded head band to really amp up the sparkle factor- it’s the next best to showing up wearing a tiara! When the temperature soars fashion is usually the last thing on our minds so don’t sweat it. We are all in this together so find your summer style inspiration from one another! F

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odyChangers is a unique social support system, focused on helping individuals achieve and manage weight loss while maintaining healthy lifestyles. The program is at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC under the supervision of two physicians; Dr. Vicki March, an internist at Solano and Kokales who specializes in Obesity Medicine, and Dr. Jeffrey Gusenoff, a plastic surgeon at the UPMC Plastic Surgery Department, who specializes in post bariatric body contouring. The BodyChangers program supports the journey to a healthier lifestyle by providing opportunities for members by hosting Prepability cooking classes with Pitt nutrition and dietetic students, through destination education programs, exercise classes, mind over body sessions, and more. On June 13, at our third annual BodyChangers Fashion Show, come and see our summer sensations strut their stuff on the catwalk. The show celebrates the successful weight loss journeys of participants who have transformed their bodies and lives. The evening will be a truly inspirational experience. In addition to celebrating positive self-image, the night will feature a raffle, clothing drive, music, healthful hors d’oeuvres, and much more. The men and women of BodyChangers will model fashions provided by Macys and from their own closets. F

Photo from Inspiration Sky’s the Limit Fashion Show 2014

BodyChangers June 13, 2015 6 to 10 p.m. UPMC Cancer Pavillion Herberman Conference Center, Second Floor 5150 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Mark Dodd, before weight loss

For more information, call 855-BODY-CHG (263-9244) or email bodychangers@upmc.edu. Register to attend the Summer Sizzler Fashion Show: http://upmc.asapconnected.com/ courses.aspx?coursegroupid=12802


Mark Dodd, after weight loss

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Performance by Tom Darve

The Glen Montessori School

Studio 19 dancer


Making a Difference

We at Northern Connection magazine are proud to continue featuring these incredible individuals who continually go above and beyond in helping students and families and are truly, Educators Making a Difference. Renee Stilz of The Glen Montessori School – The school year doesn’t end for Renee Stilz of The Glen Montessori School. Once classes end, she continues on as director of their renowned International Summer Camp. Ms. Stilz received her degree in Elementary Education from the California University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to teach traditional pre-school but felt something was missing but when she was introduced to the Montessori Method, she found it to be both very inspiring and life-changing. Ms. Stilz explains, “Unlike other schools where teachers offer a group lesson, here at Montessori, we teach to the individual; we follow the child and teach to the child’s needs and it’s incredible to watch each child blossom in this incredible environment.” Then, for the summer, the school offers its International Summer Camp where each week, summer campers will experience different cultures from around the world through, art, music, dance, science, cooking various cuisines, playing a country’s sports and games, going on a weekly field trip and so much more. The individual cultures include Mexican, French, Irish, Brazilian, Chinese and many others. The experience is designed to broaden both a child’s mind and create curiosity to travel the world. To learn more about The Glen Montessori School or its incredible International summer camp, visit http:// www.glenmontessori.org.


Tom Sarver of The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – Tom Sarver is one of the incredible instructors at the summer camps offered through The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. A professional artist, Mr. Sarver is also teaches, demonstrates and inspires his students not only to express themselves through art but also teaches the creative process, something the students really respond to and starts from concept all the way to considerations for gallery showings. His projects span a variety of disciplines including performance, installation, puppetry and events. Sarver’s concepts are often realized in storefronts, houses, and public spaces.  These include building an evolving museum in a city row house (The Tom Museum at The Mattress Factory), opening a “bait & tackle” shop installation in downtown Pittsburgh, and coordinating a series of Olympic-inspired performance events.  Sarver also practices traditional art making methods including drawing, painting and sculpture.  From 1999 through 2008, Sarver was a core organizer of The Black Sheep Puppet Festival, a national festival of activist and experimental puppetry. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from SUNY Purchase College.  Sarver continues to perform and promote puppetry in Pittsburgh under a project called Puppet Happening.  A selection of his work (28 puppets from shows developed from 1997 through 2013) was featured in an installation at the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie

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Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. To learn more visit http://tomsarver.com/ and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts at http:// pfpca.org/ Tammy Croftcheck and Katie Watts of Studio 19 Dance Complex - Tammy Croftcheck has owned and operated her own studio in the Pittsburgh area for the past 25 years. She is a member of Dance Educators of America (DEA), Professional Dance Teachers Association, USA Gymnastics (Safety Certified) and Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals. Tammy began dancing at the age of six and had an extensive career of her own where she continued to dance, model and act, professionally and was featured in numerous television commercials and TV appearances, print ads, billboards, calendars etc. However, she realized she truly loved teaching, choreography and helping her students reach their full potential. She herself was the recipient of the 2004/2005 International Teacher/Choreographer of the Year Award and Outstanding Over-All Studio Excellence. At her first studio, The Tammy Croftcheck Dance Centre, Katie Watts taught and choreographed while a student at Point Park University, then went to dance professionally for Disney. Tammy, recruited Katie to return to the Pittsburgh area and together, joined forces to open Studio 19 Dance and Tumbling Complex which is now in its 10th year. Studio 19 Dance Complex has been named by the Federation of Dance as the NUMBER ONE DANCE STUDIO in PENNSYLVANIA, NUMBER ONE DANCE STUDIO IN THE NORTHEAST REGION and one of the TOP THREE DANCE STUDIOS IN THE UNITED STATES. In addition, several of their students have gone on to dance professionally on the east and west coasts in award shows and as back-up dancers to many A-list celebrities. Also, students and the studio have been featured on Glee, Star Search, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. Tammy and Katie have also been joined by an extensive staff of highly-trained professionals. In addition, Chloe and her sister Clara formerly from the hit television series Dance Moms have joined the studio to further their dance education. Studio 19 Dance Complex offers extensive summer camps in addition to their regular classes and new students are welcome. Their annual recital will be held on June 19 at North Hills Ross Elementary, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Call 724-779-0019 for tickets. For more information, be sure and visit and Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/pages/Studio-19-Dance-Complex/216313705083055 and on Instagram at Studio 19 Dance Complex. If you know of an educator, administrator, camp counselor or volunteer making a difference, contact us by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or by calling 724-940-2444. F


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School Movers & Shakers Shaler Area Shaler Area High School student musicians received 16 top awards as well as the Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser’s Esprit de Corps Award presented for the students’ exemplary attitude of positive support and outstanding personal behavior. Shaler Area School District announced that Clint Rauscher has been hired as the new athletic director. Shaler Area student Gavin Dietz, a second-grader at Clint Rauscher Marzolf Primary School will make his film debut in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl when it is released in June. The film was shot in Pittsburgh last year. Shaler Area High School junior David Berdik will represent the school district in the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference after placing second in the state in the Desktop Application Programming category at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

at the annual International Criminal Court (ICC) High School Moot Court Competition. The event was sponsored by Global Solutions Pittsburgh and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on April 10-11. The Seneca Valley Biology Club won first and third place in the Butler County Envirothon Competition on May 6. First place team included: Morgan Blanyer, Nicole Gloeckner, Hannah Kale, Katy Kolor and Jonnie Poepoe. Third place members were: Maya Albanowski, Hannah McCann, Nora Gavaghan and Connor Warren. Seneca Valley accounting students placed second and third at the Geneva College Accounting Competition. Second place team included: Melissa Karidis, Ann Chen, Katie Lutz, McKenzie Cullen and Adali Deiss. Seneca Valley was named the best overall ceramics program, out of 10 participating school districts at the 2015 Standard Ceramics: Suburban Pittsburgh School’s Exhibition on April 9.


Dr. Tracy Vitale, Seneca Valley School District Superintendent of Schools, was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Butler County. Her appoint runs through 2018.

Retired Pittsburgh Steeler and current ESPN football analyst Merril Hoge talked with student athletes and their parents on April 29 at Hampton High School. Hoge discussed what it takes to become a successful athlete on and off the field.

Three fifth graders from Evans City Middle School were recognized as 2015 BASF Earth Day poster contest winners. The winners were: Caroline Zulick won first place, Kelly Koegler placed second and Emma Conrad took third place honors.

The U.S. Army STEM Asset Experience Truck visited Hampton High School on Apr. 13.

Two Rowan Elementary School students placed in the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Earth Day poster competition in April. Ariana Drake placed second and Olivia Dejeet placed third out of 500 entries in grades K-4.

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Mars Area Mars Area senior Ty Reginelli signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Wofford College in Spartansburg, S.C. Seneca Valley SVTV students won five awards at this year’s Television and Video Teachers (TVT) Student Video Festival on April 9 at Robert Morris University. Winners included: Alex Collinger, Brenden Celender, Patrick O’Shea, Dillan Hodak and Sammy Hochberg. Seneca Valley Senior High School students were awarded first place, second place and best oralist and also recognized for their written brief,


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Mars Area senior Shannon McChesney signed a letter of intent to join the Bears women’s cross country, track & field and indoor track & field teams at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown, Pa. Five Mars Area High School students received the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School Principal’s List Award for the third nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year. They are: Gregory Carpenter, Kyra Acree, Sara Nuss, Travis Rychorcewicz and Alyssa Streb.

Mars Area sophomore Connor Fenton placed 10th in the Introduction to Business competition at the 2014-15 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference held Apr. 13-15 in Hershey. Mars Area Centennial School principal Todd R. Lape will move to the position of principal at Mars Area Primary Center at the start of the 201516 school year. Mars Area sophomore Claire Todd Lape Staresinic took first place in the Female Cadet Recurve Bow competition at the Pennsylvania State Archery Association (PSAA) Indoor Championship held Apr. 11-12 in Harrisburg. Mars Area Primary Center principal Adam M. Kostewicz will move to the position of principal at Mars Area Centennial School at the start of the 2015-16 school year. Three Mars Area students com- Adam Kostewicz peted in the 2015 U.S. All-Star Federation The Cheerleading Worlds competition in Orlando, Fla. Madison Caruso, Sovia Simkovich and Aurora Marcoux competed as members of the Pittsburgh Superstars competitive cheerleading team in the International All-Girl Level 5 Division. The team took sixth (Continued on page 42)


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Avonworth Middle School celebrated that it has been re-designated for a second time as a “PA Don Eichhorn Schools: School to Watch.” The Middle School was first designated as a School to Watch in 2009 and received its first re-designation in 2012.

place in the United States and 10th place in the World event. Mars Area Middle School seventh-grader Jenna Sutton received a first place award in the 2015 Animal Friends “Be Kind to Animals Week” Poster Contest.

Jenna Sutton

North Allegheny Two North Allegheny seniors, Kara Belsky and Caroline King have been chosen to receive the North Caroline King Kara Belsky Allegheny Federation of Teachers (NAFT) Scholarships. Sixty-two North Allegheny High School students garnered gold and silver medals for their performance on the 2015 National Latin Exams.

Avonworth Avonworth High School principal Dr. Kenneth Lockette has been appointed to the new position of assistant superintendent for the Avonworth School District for a four-year term.

Pitt Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon dined at Avonworth Primary Center on May 19. Dixon was at the school to celebrate with second grader, Fiona Mahan who was the winner of the BABB Gives Back annual charitable giving initiative.

OLSH Our Lady of Sacred Heart junior, and Cranberry Township resident, Courtney Alexander, won the WPIAL Championship in the high jump which was held on May 14 at the Baldwin High School track. Alexander took first place and beat the OLSH school record of 5’3” with her jump. 

Vincentian Academy Vincentian Academy announced the list of juniors who have been inducted into the National Honor Society: They are: Colleen Ballantyne, Adelyne Bejjani, Elizabeth Collins, Regina Dongilli, Kiersten Elliott,

Saint Kilian Student Wins the 22nd Annual Diocese of Pittsburgh Spelling Bee


aint Kilian Parish School Sixth Grader Thomas O’Toole III, won the 22nd Annual Diocese of Pittsburgh Spelling Bee at St. Louise de Marillac School on May 13. 50 schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh participated in the competition which lasted 21 rounds, roughly two and a half hours. The winning word was “indisputable.”€ Thomas took home a certificate and a cash prize of $75 for his accomplishment. This was Thomas’ second appearance at the Diocesan Spelling Bee. Thomas represented Saint Kilian Parish School at the Bee two years ago while in 4th grade making it all the way to the “challenge words” round. Thomas participates in many activities at Saint Kilian Parish School including: PRSEF, Forensics, Student Council (he is the newly elected incoming Vice-President), Chess Club, Cross County, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field and Band where he plays the alto saxophone. Thomas was also the lead in the Saint Kilian Parish School Spring Musical adaptation of High School Musical. Thomas recently competed amongst 1100 students at the 2015 Pennsylvania Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Heinz Hall placing 2nd Place Junior for Physical Science in the 6th Grade Division and winning 3 awards from US Steel, Valspar and FedEx Ground respectively. Thomas has been attending Saint Kilian Parish School since 2009 and is the eldest of two sons to Thomas O’Toole and Kathleen Mayher who reside in Mars, PA. The O’Toole family are parishioners of Saint Kilian Parish in Cranberry Township. F


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Camden Fuller, Julia Galbraith, David Jen, Chenwei Liang, Ania Luckiewicz, Kelly McSteen, Marissa Muth, Mary Reid, Victoria Thacker, Brianna White, and Ruining Yang.

St. Sebastian Ten Saint Sebastian students participated in “Mathletics” as part of the Math 24 challenge. Emma Polen, Sydney Ryan and Michael Taffe advanced to the semifinals, with Cannon Herring finishing fourth in the final round and Luke Gaertner taking third place.

Providence Heights Alpha School Providence Heights Alpha School eighth grader Christina Patterson of Wexford has been selected as a 2015 Carson Scholar.

Aquinas Academy Two Aquinas Academy fourth grade girls Grace Gasior and Julia Meland donated their hair to organizations helping children and women who have lost their hair through illness or trauma. Aquinas Academy hosted a chess tournament for K-8 Catholic school students on April 27. Sixty-four students from 14 Catholic schools participated in the event.

Shady Side Academy Shady Side Academy senior Brendan Leech has been selected as one of 565 semifinalists nationwide to advance to the final round of the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Leech is among just 17 semifinalists chosen in Pennsylvania and four in the Pittsburgh area. Two Shady Side Academy seniors have been awarded National Merit Scholarships for 2015, earning the distinguished title of National Merit Scholar. They are Krishna Patel and Tyler Demchak. Three eighth graders at Shady Side Academy Middle School won awards in the Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Women’s History Month Essay contest conducted by the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania and presented by UPMC. The winners were: Walter Navid, Erin Simard and Ariel Rockman.

Oakland Catholic On May 1, the Class of 2015 at Oakland Catholic dedicated a Peace Pole as their senior class gift to the school. The pole displays, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight different languages.

La Roche College Peter Biernesser, a junior at La Roche College is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Five La Roche College 2015 graduates received department honors at the annual Honors Convocation on April 28. The recipients were: Jalyn Evans, Jesse Marweg, Marley Romano, Amanda Worsley, and Kaylee Zozos. (Continued on page 44)


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Management consultant Christine Spadafor delivered La Roche College’s commencement address, advising graduates on lessons learned during her career as a lawyer, board advisor, management consultant and entrepreneur. La Roche conferred 392 degrees at the ceremony. La Roche College announced its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Circle Awardees: They are: Eucario Bakale Angue Oyana, Very Rev. Andrew J. Deskevich, Peggy H. Eddens, Steven C. Fleisch, Natasha Garrett, Kevin M. Gyke, Dana Z. Keefer, Zachariah Milch, Stanley M. Pittavino, Lejla Uzicanin and Richard L. Vareha. Twelve La Roche College students became members of Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business. They are: Jaffar Mohammed Alobaid, Ali Salman Al Sinan, Shaker Hashem Azmerli, Tiffany Babinsack, Peter Michael Biernesser, Kaitlyn Hendrickson, Genna MacDonald, Derek Meeder, Amy Nichols, Paige White, Andrew Wolf and Christian Wolosik.

St. Vincent College Alexander Scialabba of Butler, a junior criminology law and society major with a minor in theology has been elected president of the senior class at Saint Vincent College.


Alexander Scialabba

Zachary E. Ligus, a biochemistry major and theology, mathematics, chemistry and biology major has been named the 41st winner of the President’s Award, Saint Vincent College’s highest honor. Danielle Guindon, a senior psychological science major at Saint Vincent College, was awarded the Mary Waterstreet Prize in Psychology for her presentation at the 2015 National Convention of the Alpha Chi National College Honor society in Chicago.

Ben Schachter, professor of visual arts at Saint Vincent College’s school of humanities and fine arts, has had his book Contemporary Jewish Art: Graven Images, Melachot and Conceptual Art accepted for publication by The Penn State University Press. Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology at Saint Vincent was honored with the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award.

Danielle Guindon

Five freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars and awarded four-year scholarships valued up to $40,000 each. They are: Matthew Oleyar, Emily Kutch, Garret McCall, Kathryn Straatmann and Carrie Hastings.

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Michele Gil-Montero, associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College has published a new book of poetics in translation called Dark Museum. Dr. Timothy Kelly, professor and chairperson of history at Saint Vincent was honored with the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award. Stephen P. Neitz has been named dean of admission at Saint Vincent College, effective June 1. West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund has awarded a grant of $25,000 to Saint Vincent College to support efforts to reduce energy costs while improving the lighting in parts of two prominent public spaces.


The Best of Fatherly Advice? BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


f you get a chance this month, head out to www.youtube.com and search on “Pittsburgh Dad” and you will find a series of short films, 2 to 9 minutes each, that are filled with the uniquely-Pittsburgh “Dad” points of view and advice, told in an extremely thick Pittsburgh-ese accent. This Internet show was created by Chris Preksta of Munhall and Curt Wootton of Greensburg and is filled with absolute hilarity. If you grew-up in Pittsburgh, this is one of the best parodies of life in the ‘burgh to sit back and enjoy! Just about any male role model in the Pittsburgh area is a “father-figure” and streaming with advice and demonstrating an excellent work ethic. What advice or memories do you have growing up that affected your life the most? In addition to your own Dad, did you have any close “father-figures” that influenced your life in a positive way, such as a relative, teacher or church leader? Let’s “Continue the Conversation” on my blog at http://northernconnection.blogspot.com where, in addition to some of the most helpful advice I have received, I have links to some of my most favorite “Pittsburgh Dad” episodes! F


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Family Farms Equal Family Fun Locally-Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and So Much More! BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

Studies show that children are more likely to eat fresh, seasonal produce when it comes from a farm or farm market that they have visited. Our local farms and farm markets make sure families and children are welcome, involved and encouraged to learn or enjoy their visits to their local farm, offering kid favorites, activities, tours and so much more.


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Butler Farm Market – Located at 901 Evans City Road in Renfrew, Butler County, the Butler Farm Market was founded in 1983 by Harry Shiever. The Butler Farm Market is open year-round, providing fresh produce, a meat department and deli counter. During the main season, they bring in fresh produce from the Tri-County Auction which is primarily comprised of Amish farmers. The Butler Farm Market is also known for its incredible Delicious meats and cheeses at the Butler Farm Market in-house kitchens, offering 3 homemade soups a day, sandwiches and hoagies, heat and serve entrees, daily specials and homemade, fresh-dough PIZZA. You can even get their incredibly popular inhouse, hickory-smoked, pulled-pork on a pizza topped with BBQ sauce and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. For more information and to view their weekly specials and kitchen menu, visit http://www.butlerfarmmarket.com/ Dillner Family Farm – The Dillner Family Farm has been in the family since 1940, and is currently owned and operated by Don and Jane Dillner and their family. This year, their children are joining the business now that they have graduated college, with their son graduating from Penn State with a degree in horticulture and their daughter from Butler County Community College with a degree in business management. Dedicated to sustainable agriculture, they have expanded their farming to include their new farm in Summit Township in Butler County location in addition to their (Continued on page 48)

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LOCAL FARMS & FARM MARKETS Gibsonia location. Their CSA* program also continues to grow as they expand. They schedule tours of the farm and their high tunnel greenhouses and encourage children to participate and ask questions with lots of wholesome family fun activities including teaching children how to seed their favorite vegies. In July, there will also be u-pick blueberry bushes available for families to enjoy. Visit their website http://www.dillnerfamilyfarm.com/ or email them directly at DDillner@ consolidated.net for schedules, events and additional information. Eichner’s Farm Market and Greenhouses – At Eichner’s Farm, the focus is on Farming ‘und’ Naturopathy (FUN), co-partnered with Ron Eichner and Dr. Millie Lytle Naturopathic Doctor, ND,


The greenhouses at Eichner’s Farm

MPH, CNS, which brings together two very unique paths of farming and naturopathy to form the “Yellow Brick Road of Nutrition and Wellness.” Naturopathy focuses on the body’s wellness through properly grown and fed produce and meats. For example, at Eichner’s,

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their laying hens produce a high energy white and brown shell eggs and their chicken feed is fortified with vitamins, minerals and amino acids to enhance nutritional values and their homemade gourmet sauerkraut is fermented and offers natural pro-biotics for the digestive tract. Like our high energy eggs, not all sauerkraut is the same. Two ounces a day of fermented sauerkraut gives you ample pro-biotics. They also offer Pasture Maid Creamery’s raw un-pasteurized and un-homogenized milk and cheeses. Raw dairy is live with all the beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes and their fields are organically fertilized which provides countless vitamins, minerals and trace elements to enhance all our vegetables. Eichner and Dr. Lytle are also in the process of recording several podcasts on wellness and the benefits of healthy farming. To learn more, Eichner’s offers a must read book by Dr. Millie called “Eating for Meaning Workbook” and Ron is available on-site to answer questions and assist customers of all ages with their needs. Visit us (coming soon) at www.eichnerfarm. com and www.milliesays.com or email eichnerfarm@gmail.com or call 724-935-2131.

Harvest Valley Farms –the King family owns, operates and has expanded to a total of six different farms as part of Harvest Valley Farms. Their main farm market is on Cunningham Road in Gibsonia but their produce is available at several locations throughout the Pittsburgh area through their very popular CSA program. They are also the proud new owners of a second farm market in Oakmont. Harvest Valley Farms has been in operation for four generations. Co-owner Art King knows full-well the positive effect farms have on children, saying “Children definitely eat more fruits and vegetables when they visit the farms where they are grown. At Harvest Valley, children are encouraged to take their own bag and fill it themselves with what they want to eat. They also love to visit the chickens and the goats, especially Buster the Goat our mas-

cot and known for his friendly and gentle way.” They also have lots of special events including tours, an open house in July that highlight various vendors and will be giving out free samples. In the fall, they offer special “pre-school tours” and their amazing Harvest Festival filled with children’s activities. On your next visit, be sure and stop by the bakery. For more information, visit

their website at www.harvestvalleyfarms.com and be sure to join their many social media followers and Like their highly popular Facebook page. Kaelin’s Family Farm – is located on Brandt School Road in Franklin Park. Kaelin’s is open from mid-March to Christmas. They start (Continued on page 50)

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Beautiful flowers available at Kaelin’s Farm Market

with beautiful flowers and baskets, transition to delectable produce and then they even sell trees, wreaths and cookie trays at Christmas. Kaelin’s farm market also includes the Kaelin Country Kitchen that offers fresh daily lunch specials, breakfast and homemade baked goods. There is also lots of homemade fare for pick-up to take home and heat-up for the family such as homemade stuff peppers. For more information or to download their daily lunch menu that includes daily homemade soups and sandwiches such as their Turkey Apple Panini, Corned beef or Turkey Reubens, and even hot dogs and PB&J’s for the kids among many others delights, go to http://www.kaelinfarms.com/. Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm and Garden Center – Conveniently located at 1120 Roosevelt Road off of Mt. Nebo Road, Reilly’s is an extensive farm market and garden center that also hosts an extensive array of special events including family festivals, hayrides, tours, and parties such as “Fairy-topia” where your little girl can enjoy creating her own fairy garden while enjoying treats and tea. Reilly’s is also a great place to celebrate a birthday where you


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have your own picnic area and table for activities with a hay ride to hand-pick a seasonal item, then onward to visit with the animals and then the hay ride takes you back to the picnic area. In addition, they have family-oriented u-pick berry fields for several varieties available throughout the summer. They also have an amazing harvest festivals with as many as 11 wagons to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and haunted house; For more information about their market, garden center, upcoming events and festivals, or to book a party visit http://www. reillyssummerseatfarm.com/ Shenot Family Farm – Now open year-round, Shenot’s is located on Wexford Run Road between I79 and Rt-19 in Wexford. Ed and his son Rob are 5th and 6th generation Shenot farmers, both with degrees in horticulture from Penn State. In addition to their incredible produce, including over 12 varieties of sweet corn that are staggered throughout the growing season and award-winning apple cider, they provide instructions, ingredients and know-how for canning, preserving and pickling for the resurgence of this popular family activity. In addition, their delectable homemade fudge, available in over 60 flavors in

St. James Parish Farmers Market

S The Garden Center and berry picking at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

height of season, is now available and packaged for wedding, shower and party favors. Be sure and take home some popcorn too for a natural, fluffy yet crunchy, incredibly tasty snack. For more information, check out their website at http:// shenotfarm.com/ and learn about all the harvest activities too including, hay rides, pumpkin patch and their incredibly popular corn maze. We here at Northern Connection would like to applaud these hard-working families and we

encourage our readers to support our local farms and businesses. If you know of any other farms, festivals or events, be sure and let us know at NorthCon@consolidated. net or call us at 724-940-2444. F

t. James Catholic Parish in Sewickley conducts a farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturdays in the St. James Church parking lot, 200 Walnut Street in Sewickley. Each week, vegetables, organic farm products, meats, honey, pierogies, pasta and other products are available for sale from more than 35 farmers and merchants. The markets continue through the end of November. For more information please call 412-741-6650 or www. saintjames-church.com F

*CSA – stands for a Community Supported Agriculture program in which, for a fee, you become a member and receive a box of weekly produce for you and your family to enjoy, for pickup at selected, convenient locations. [Editor’s Note: As a special note, on behalf of all of us here at Northern Connection magazine, I would like to personally thank the many wonderful families that took the time from all their hard work to speak with me. Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated and inspiring.]

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Summer is the season for home improvements. Make sure your project goes smoothly with these tips for finding a trustworthy contractor—and spotting one who isn’t. Smart Steps for Selecting a Contractor • Contact your local home builders association or remodelers council for a directory of members. This list, plus references from friends and family, can help you get started. • Ask the Better Business Bureau about complaints filed against the contractors you’re considering. Other helpful contacts include past customers and other building or remodeling professionals, such as your architect or a materials supplier. • Check for membership in industry associations. “When you see someone who has taken the time to do this, it shows that they care about their business and care about representing themselves and their

industry well,” says Paul Sullivan, vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers. • Make sure the contractors are currently licensed and registered. These requirements vary by state, so ask your local or state agencies for specific details. • Request proof of insurance. “Contractors should have liability and workers’ compensation insurance,” Sullivan says. This can help protect you against injuries or property damage that might occur. • Get at least three different estimates. Ask the contractors to explain any differences, and avoid immediately choosing the contractor with the lowest cost. • Once you’ve selected a contractor, insist on a written contract. Some things the contract must include: the contractor’s contact information, a project timeline, a payment schedule and permit requirements. “Your contract also should have a clause allowing you to cancel the contract and seek a return of unused funds if the contractor can’t complete the project,” Sullivan says.

Signs of a Contracting Scam • Pushy door-to-door sales tactics or unsolicited phone calls or visits • Promising discounts for using leftover materials or for referring other customers. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Sullivan says. • Insisting on a large deposit or cash payments in full • Asking you to secure building permits • Unwillingness to provide local contact information The Federal Trade Commission offers additional tips for hiring a contractor on its site. Learn more tip-offs to home repair scams from State Farm®. F The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made. See more at: http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/repair/select-a-reputable-home-contractor/#sthash.mI2eiACW.dpuf


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Northern Connection Magazine June 2015  

Featured in this issue: -Local Farms & Farm Markets -Pittsburgh Summer Fun -Lose weight this summer with Dr. Vactor's Weight Loss Program!

Northern Connection Magazine June 2015  

Featured in this issue: -Local Farms & Farm Markets -Pittsburgh Summer Fun -Lose weight this summer with Dr. Vactor's Weight Loss Program!