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NORTHERN CONNECTION

This Month

2014 Wedding Guide

Health & Wellness

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26 Business Spotlight: Weirton Medical Center

10 All That Glimmers Bridal Event 12 Pittsburgh Wedding Traditions Paula Green

14 Gift Registry for Both Bride AND Groom Marianne Reid Anderson 16 Starting the Conversation: Do You Believe in True Love? Marianne Reid Anderson

29 Local Expert Offers Advice to Consumers During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Senior Living 30 Let’s March into Spring Barbara A. Killmeyer

18 2014 Wedding Guide Vendors

Kids & Education

Features

35 Spotlight on Education: Robert Morris University

6 Governor Mike Huckabee featured speaker and Hance Award recipient at St. Barnabas Founder’s Day 44 #WinnerWinnerFishDinner

Living Simply 21 Creating Simple Elegance Marisa Tomasic, PhD

Image & Style 22 Dazzle on Your Big Day – 5 Tips for Accessorizing Your Dress Kelly A. Smith

23 Enhance Your Life: Barriers to Success Donna Summers Moul

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36 Innovations in the Classroom and at Camp! Marianne Reid Anderson

40 Planning for Summer Camp Dr. Bruce Hyde, Pediatric Alliance

41 Shady Side Academy Summer Programs Have It All! 42 YMCA: Bringing Businesses Together Through the 2014 Corporate Challenge 43 Getting Ready for Spring

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From the Publisher Marion Piotrowski

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Movers & Shakers

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Movers & Shakers of the Month: Saint Alphonsus Students

20 Trivia Connection: Cookie Trivia Paula Green

32 Happenings for Seniors 33 Town Crier: March... A Lion or a Lamb? Joe Bullick

38 School Movers & Shakers 44 Support Our Troops: Presentations and Exhibits at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall Paula Green

45 NC March Happenings

Joella Baker

43 Summer Camps & Programs Directory

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25 Taking Pills for Inlammation? Here’s What You Should Know... Dr. Shannon Thieroff

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Welcome to the March issue of Northern Connection Magazine!

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his issue features NC Magazine’s 15th annual Wedding Guide. Within the past fourteen years, all three of my children have been married. It has been an interesting experience to see how things change from year to year when it comes to weddings. Just as interesting is to see some traditions that stand the test of time. Every wedding is unique; however, the one common thread that seems to be apparent in every celebration is that the Bride & Groom are wished the very best, prayers, gifts and the love of family and friends as they start their journey of married life together. If you are planning a wedding this year, we hope this issue will give you some suggestions and information to make your day as special as it should be. After all, your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want the memory to last a lifetime! With spring hopefully around the corner, many parents are thinking ahead to summer. Many children love the experience of summer camp. There are many options for parents to look at from overnight camps, day camps, sport camps and educational summer programs. Now is the time to check out what is available that will meet your child’s needs this summer and we have featured some summer camps in the Pittsburgh area in our Education Section. Enjoy reading all this month’s special features along with Northern Connection magazine’s regular columns. Thank you for your support and together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. F

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Governor Mike Huckabee featured speaker and Hance Award recipient at St. Barnabas Founder’s Day


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BY PAULA GREEN

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very year, Catholic school students celebrate Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January. This annual event dates back to 1974, when it was created as a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year’s observance was held, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, with the 40th anniversary theme - “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” One local group of students reached out their time and talents in an effort to help others less fortunate. Saint Alphonsus fifth through eighth grade students prepared 150 lunches for Bethlehem Haven women’s shelter in Pittsburgh. This organization provides emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; medical, dental, obstetrics and mental health services; as well as employment services to women in the Pittsburgh area. The Haven also provides some medical, mental health and employment services to non-residents, including homeless men. The upper grade level students worked hard as they assembled ham and cheese, turkey and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for residents of Bethlehem Haven. The lunches were also packed with fruit, chips, bottled water and candy treats. Parents in the PTG provided the sandwich ingredients. They also supervised the preparation and even

delivered the specially-made meals to Bethlehem Haven. Saint Alphonsus has been working with this particular women’s shelter since 2001. The younger students at the school also contributed their talents to help others during the annual celebration. Their spiritual contribution took on a military flair as they created “Valentine’s for Veterans.” The small token of appreciation is a great way to thank those who have served and have fought so hard for our freedom. The Valentines were delivered to military branch offices due to the abundance of valentines that the hospitals received. Saint Alphonsus School in located at 201 Church Rd. (off of Route 19) in Wexford. For more information, visit http:// www.stals.org. F

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WEDDING

Trends to Traditions Full Service Wedding & Event Planning

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Trends to Traditions Full Service Wedding & Event Planning

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We at Northern Connection magazine are proud to present our 15th Annual Wedding Guide, designed specifically to help you plan your special day and make your reality even better than your dreams, whether they are traditional, modern or in-between. In addition, we have the pleasure of bringing you our very own bridal show as sponsors of the All That Glimmers Bridal Event premiers on March 15th at The Grand Room at the new Holy Trinity Center. Hosted by Arista Catering and Event Planning, tickets are $15 for General Admission or $35 for our special VIP Event that includes an exclusive meet and greet with the vendors and a scrumptious champagne brunch. Proceeds benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation. See our ad and editorial in the guide or visit glimmerbridalevent.com for more information.

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2014WEDDINGGUIDE You and members of your family, friends and wedding party are cordially invited to Pittsburgh’s Premier Wedding Show:

All That Glimmers Bridal Event Saturday, March 15th Conveniently held at The Grand Room of the new Holy Trinity Center 985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237 (at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road)

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Laura & Steven Arnold’s wedding cake and cupcakes - by Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe in Hilton Head Island.

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IP Event begins at 10:00 a.m. for an exclusive meet and greet with the vendors followed by a Champagne Brunch exquisitely prepared by Arista Catering and Event Planning for our VIP guests. Tickets for the VIP Event are $35 and include General Admission. Doors open for General Admission at 11:00 a.m. and remain open until 3:00 p.m. Meet with vendors, enjoy delectable food samples, view stunning wedding displays and participate in raffles, auctions, door prizes, gift bags, gift cards and so much more. General

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Admission tickets are $15. A portion of the proceeds of both General Admission tickets and VIP Event tickets benefit Glimmer of Hope for Breast Cancer Research Foundation – funding research for premenopausal women. To purchase tickets, go to glimmerbridalevent.com, call 412-716-2835 or email us at glimmerbridalevent@gmail.com. Enter or mention the promo “ncmag” to receive $5.00 off when purchasing your ticket for the All That Glimmers Bridal Event. F


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Pittsburgh Wedding Traditions “Benefits of getting married in the ‘Burgh”

Three Rivers Photo Booth

BY PAULA GREEN

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ittsburgh is some place special that is why many betrothed couples take advantage of its uniqueness and exchange vows here, because of its perks. As mentioned in my “Cookie Trivia” column on page 20, the cookie table is a given in Pittsburgh. Different areas of the U.S. have their own distinctive traditions. Lynn Aufman of Cranberry Twp. witnessed cultural differences when her daughter Elyse married William Everett of Morton, Miss. on Dec. 28. The couple held their reception at the Camelot in Warrendale. “It was quite a culture shock for the southerners. They had never heard of a cookie table, let alone the “money dance” with shots. Their events are dry. In fact,

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they don’t serve dinner at weddings either, only hors d’oeuvres,” said Lynn. “And they didn’t have any special outdoor photos taken; anything below 60 degrees is freezing for southerners.” Another custom gaining popularity at Pittsburgh weddings is a “Memory Table.” Sabrina Van Arsdale of Cranberry Twp. had one at her Nov. 9, nuptials to John Wilt. Their reception was also held at the Camelot. “John and I both lost our grandfathers in months prior to our wedding, so we wanted a special way to remember them. We wanted in some way feel like they were with us. We had their names, along with John’s aunt and my other grandfather

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placed on a candle and we had pictures of each of them,” Sabrina said. Speaking of photos, the latest trend is photo booths. This custom has taken off according to Three Rivers Photo Booth owner Richard De Paolis. “Photo booths are a fun activity for people of all ages. They’re a great way to get your guests intermingling with one another.  Besides the entertainment aspect, photo booths can provide the couple with a photo guestbook.  A professional photographer’s album sometimes lacks pictures of the guests. We can provide a photo booth guestbook with pictures of guests having fun next to their handwritten message. Three Rivers Photo Booth also offers


photo strip frames and magnets. We are happy to consult with brides and create an individualized wedding package.”  Pittsburgh offers some breath-taking scenery for taking wedding pictures. If you want pictures taken on the Roberto Clemente Bridge or Hot Metal Bridge or any other bridge in the city, then you’re in luck because Pittsburgh has 446 of them, more than any other city in the world! Other picturesque places to take wedding pictures include – Point State Park, Mount Washington, the Duquesne Incline, Station Square, the Waterfront, the North Shore, Kennywood Park, Frick Park, Mellon Park, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Cathedral of Learning, the Strip District, Downtown Pittsburgh, the West End Overlook, PNC Park, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center, Hartwood Acres or any other Pittsburgh locale that has special meaning for the couple. “We took our wedding pictures at Pine Park. John and I met in high school (PineRichland). It was special for us because that’s where we took our prom pictures,” explained Sabrina. Bridal couples are also getting creative with favors, like - coasters, lip balms, cookie cutters, and bottle openers. The selections are endless with hundreds of different options. Transportation is also exciting in the tri-state area. In addition to limo service, newlyweds also can utilize a trolley service, vans, and chartered buses.

Sports can play a part in Pittsburgh wedding traditions. Groomsmen often enjoy playing a round of golf before the wedding. Other “Burgh” sports themed customs include - waving the “The Terrible Towel®” when the bridal party is announced, or donning Pirates, Penguins or Steelers shirts. Proceeds from Myron Cope’s official “The Terrible Towel” benefit NHS Allegheny Valley School which provides life-long opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. No matter which “Pittsburgh” traditions you choose for your “big day” it will be special and filled with a lifetime full of beautiful memories. F

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2014WEDDINGGUIDE Gift Registry for Both Bride AND Groom BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

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f you and your spouse-to-be are not really into china and silverware patterns, not to worry. The Internet has completely opened the door to the world

of possibilities so you can gear your gift registry into something that suits the both of you, your interests or your goals. Here are just a sample of the new types of gift registries available online: REI.com – Are you an outdoorsy couple? Register with REI and you can both receive the latest in hiking attire, camping equipment, and much more including tents and even a 2-person kayak. HomeDepot.com – Are you a Do-ItYourself couple with plans to fix up your love nest? Through the gift registry with Home Depot you can register for everything you need from home décor to power tools and everything in-between for your DIY projects. DownPaymentDreams.com – Need help getting started in purchasing a place of your own? Register with

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DownPaymentDreams.com and collect down payment funds to help you buy the home of your dreams. HoneyFund.com – Want help affording your honeymoon? Register with the HoneyFund and guests can help give you the romantic trip of your dreams with funds for air miles, hotel rooms, romantic dinners or even a bottle of champagne. IDoFoundation.org – Want to share your love with the world? Through the I Do Foundation, you can create a gift registry of your favorite charities that are close to your hearts and encourage your guests to donate in lieu of buying a traditional gift. CardAvenue.com – Can’t pick the things you want or need for a gift registry in time for the wedding? You may want to consider registering for a variety of gift cards for your favorite stores through CardAvenue.


com, then redeem the cards once you know what you want from each store. KnotaRegistry.com – Are you more into sharing experiences than buying housewares? With Knot a Registry, you can register for a wide variety of experiences for you to share, from tandem skydiving to cooking lessons to white water rafting to a new sushi restaurant. Use Knot a Registry for your guests to give you unique experiences to enjoy your newlywed time together. Etsy.com – Do you prefer to support independent artisans and small businesses? Then, you may want to register for unique, handmade items from around the world through Etsy.com. NewlyWish.com – Do you prefer shopping at boutiques rather than large department stores? Ideal for the “metro” couple, NewlyWish offers unique housewares, as well as, a huge selection of fine food and wine. SevenHopesUnited.com – Are you are a socially-conscious couple? Then, you may want to register with Seven Hopes United. They ensure that products are from artisans who are paid a living wage, work in safe conditions, and that children aren’t being exploited. This list is just sample of the bevy of online gift registries you have to choose from as a young couple starting out in life together. F

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Starting the Conversation:

Do You Believe in True Love? BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

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t takes a real man to face a thirty-year mortgage,” according to at least one late night comedienne. The thing that makes it funny is that it’s true. Day-in, day-out, through thick and thin, may not seem heroic in today’s world of instant gratification, but actions still speak louder than words and those that go the distance exemplify true love to me. So, I love getting advice from older couples on how they have withstood the test of time. Once I was fortunate enough to meet retired talk show host Mike Douglas and his wife Genevieve, and when I asked her for marital advice she said, “never be clingy – let him do his thing and hang back and then leave together when he’s done.” Since my husband is a public speaker and lecturer, this advice has served me well. My favorite true love story, though, is of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. They were television/film stars in the 1940’s and 50’s and made it through the trials of celebrity, the rise and fall of careers while still working, appearing and touring throughout their lifetime. They had their own children, adopted children, children with disabilities, and stayed together and in love through it all. During an interview later in life, they were asked for their secret and Dale Evans spoke up and said that the key was to give 70 percent and expect only 30 percent. She said that when couples think everything is going to be 50-50 then somebody always feels slighted, that you are giving more than the other person; whereas, when you both agree to give 70 but only expect only 30, then things seem more even. My husband and I took this advice to heart when we moved back to the Pittsburgh area and it too has served us well. Do you have or know a true love story? Or a true love story that inspires you? I so hope you’ll share it with me and our readers as we “Continue The Conversation” on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot.com. F

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This digital painting, created by Meg Dooley of Finders Keepers Design, was commissioned by the mother of the groom as a first anniversary gift to “the kids.” Based on clientsupplied photos, the painting blends interior and exterior images of the church as a soft, memory-charged background to the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife. Finders Keepers Design marries artful aesthetics and tech savvy to deliver a variety of affordable, one-of-a-kind memory works that set the bar for wedding perfection. 412-625-0160 • www.finderskeepersdesign.com

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Cookie Trivia BY PAULA GREEN

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When it comes to commercially manufactured cookies, there are hundreds to choose from. Oreos® are the world’s best-selling ones. The chocolate sandwich cookie with the vanilla crème filling can be found in over 100 countries. This month Oreo celebrates its 101st birthday; their first cookie was made by Nabisco® on March 6, 1912. Since we have sifted our way through cookie classics, we must now sink our teeth into these crummy questions. Get set to don those baker’s hats, because it’s time to get a little trivial... 1. This favorite cookie has a flaky pastry tube, creamy buttery filling and is covered with powered sugar. 2. Name the cookie that contains cream of tartar and is rolled in sugar and cinnamon. 3. What is the official state cookie of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts? 4. Take a bite of this Italian waffle cookie, usually flavored with vanilla, anise or lemon zest. 5. When Nabisco introduced this cookie in 1902, it was originally made as an edible Christmas ornament. 6. Name the cookie made with Jif® or Skippy® and is toppedoff with a Hershey Kiss. 7. This nuptial cookie contains only five ingredients – butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, flour and chopped pecans. 8. What is the Cookie Monster’s theme song? 9. This crisp cookie is made with flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame oil and it contains a small piece of paper inside with words of wisdom. 10. What is the name of the Oreo that is chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other? 11. What is the name of peanut butter balls dipped in dark chocolate? 12. Name the oblong-long shaped biscuit cookie, made with flour, sugar, eggs, pine nuts and almonds. 13. Hollow-out the center of these cookies with one finger, and fill it with jelly or icing. 14. The 2007 Nabisco slogan, “The cookie that thinks it’s a fruit!” describes which cookie? 15. This half and half soft, shortbread cookie is iced on one half with vanilla fondant, and chocolate fondant on the other side. Sources: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Cookie-Table-A-Pittsburgh-Tradition, http://www.foodreference.com/html/fcookiesorigin.html, http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/cookies.htm, http://www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com/ cookie-trivia.html. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/oreo-101birthday_n_2820299.html,

Answers: 1.ladylock 2. snickerdoodle 3. chocolate chip 4. pizzelle 5. Animal Crackers 6. peanut butter blossom 7. Mexican wedding cookies 8. “C” is for cookie 9. fortune cookie 10. Heads or Tails 11. buckeyes 12. biscotti 13. thumbprint 14. Fig Newton 15. Black & white cookie

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inz guys know that it’s a ‘Burgh thing – it’s tasty and extravagant, and can be found at all wedding receptions in Pittsburgh. I am referring of course to cookie tables. No one knows for sure when it was introduced to wedding receptions, but it is believed to have started around the Great Depression. Immigrants couldn’t afford elaborate wedding cakes, so relatives congregated together, and baked cookies to serve as dessert at marriage celebrations. These expert bakers come from all different ethnicity and religious ties, such as - Italian, Slovak, Greek, Serbian Orthodox, Austrian/ Hungarian, Scandinavian, Eastern Europeans and Catholics. All indications point to our region (southwestern Pennsylvania) as being the inaugural site. Neighboring states – Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Virginia also partake in cookie tables. The further you go west, the more this tradition fades. It is virtually unheard of in the Pacific western states, like - California, Oregon and Washington. One thing is for sure - Pittsburghers are loyal to their cookies. A wedding reception without it could result in mayhem! Although cookies are a huge hit at wedding receptions, folks indulge on them on a daily basis. Americans consume over 2 billion cookies a year or 300 cookies for each person annually. The most popular homemade cookie is chocolate chip. This cookie was invented in the 1930s when a Massachusetts innkeeper ran out of nuts while making cookies. She substituted a bar of baking chocolate, breaking it into pieces and adding the chunks of chocolate to the dough. The Toll House® Cookie, so named after the inn where it was served, was a hit. Historians credit innkeeper, Ruth Wakefield, with inventing what has since become an American classic. Other homemade cookie favorites include: oatmeal raisin, sugar and peanut butter cookies. This is the time of the year when Girl Scouts® are selling fundraising cookies. Their top-seller is Thin Mints which accounts for 25 percent of their sales. Christmas is a popular time for cookies. Many folks give cookies as holiday gifts, and some even participate in cookie exchanges.

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LivingSimply Creating Simple Elegance

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nyone who has ever planned a wedding is familiar with the stress that can quickly enter to erode the joy and happiness that ideally illuminates this exciting journey. Whether it’s about pleasing others, creating the “perfect” day, or managing the plethora of things that need to be accomplished, it’s common for brides and grooms-to-be to discover that the planning of their “special day” is not as fun and fulfilling as they imagined it would be at the time of their engagement. Since weddings are by nature viewed as perhaps the most significant of all events in the course of life’s milestones, we tend to think on grand scales when approaching the planning stages. Imagine for a moment taking the approach of “less might be more.” Could you picture this approach working for you, perhaps as you carry out all or various parts of your plans? A wedding event planner that I once had the pleasure of meeting, embraced the idea of creating “simple elegance.” For instance, she adored simple, traditional, threetiered wedding cakes with ivory-colored icing and tiny edible “pearls” adorning the sides. Whether it’s the wedding or reception venue, food, flowers, décor, or honeymoon destination, the “simple elegance” approach can be exciting, stress-minimizing, and invigorating. For bridal events like showers and luncheons, flower clippings from your personal garden or that of a loved one can create warmth and a personal touch of simple elegance. Venues for bridal lunches such as tea rooms, can create feelings of intimacy within a quaint yet sophisticated atmosphere. The AntiquiTea Tea Room (see their ad on this page) offers the perfect spot in a sweet English Country setting. A charming seaside cottage could be especially suited for couples considering smaller, less crowded, honeymoon destinations. Topsail Island along the North Carolina Coast offers the ideal spot for romance and relaxation, in addition to personal concierge service from Rusty and Lisa Sparrow at Starfish Rentals & Realty (see their ad on this page) to ensure an occasion that brides and grooms will always remember. If you have your own “tried and true” ideas or suggestions for others for adding simple elegance to wedding events, please share them on our Facebook page. Thank you! F

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Dazzle on your big day 5 tips for accessorizing your dress BY KELLY SMITH

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o, you have finally found the dress of your dreams- it’s love at first sight. Suddenly, your ever-so-helpful salesperson makes a beeline for their treasure trove of shiny baubles, wrist candy and statement pieces that I would only wear to a costume party. The eager staff begins to overwhelm you with enough sparkly tiaras to accommodate nearly every Disney princess plus a gaggle of said princesses’ friends. This is YOUR wedding so no one should be pressuring you on how to look on your big day. Sometimes, you do need some opinions because it can be confusing given all of the choices out there so it’s best to bring a friend or someone that knows you well. Here are some ideas to steer you in the right accessory direction:

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Don’t impulse buy – It’s probably best to not buy your accessories at the same place / time as your wedding dress. This will only make you feel pressured and most likely will lead to the wrong look. Think of it this way; anything that you will be wearing on your wedding day will be a major purchase. This includes not only your dress but also your accessories such as, shoes, necklace, earrings, headpiece, even your choice of undergarments. There’s no rush as accessories don’t usually require months on back order like some wedding gowns do, so take your time and relish each and every purchase- remember, you’re choosing accessories- this is supposed to be fun so take your time!

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Accessorize minimally – You want your gown to be the showstopper so accessorize in the spirit of “less is more.” Now, I know it can be tempting to want to seize all that is sparkly and bride-worthy but you should really choose pieces that compliment, not clutter your look. If you have a very sparkly Cinderella-esque dress (as I did) then it’s best to only showcase one statement piece such as a tiara (again, as I did). On the opposite spec-


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Veils, trains, and gloves, oh my! – These are all great accessories to consider for your upcoming runway debut, um… I mean nuptials but do be aware that it’s never a good idea to throw all three of these in the mix. Generally speaking, trains and gloves are fine but keep in mind that these are usually reserved for very formal weddings. Veils, on the other hand are almost always appropriate but are best if custom made, otherwise you can be stuck with a forced headpiece or tiara connected to that veil that may start to lose its’ appeal as the time leads up to your wedding day.

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Budget-savvy bride – Let’s be honest, a beautiful bride is a happy bride but a broke bride, not so much. If you and your fiancé will be footing the bill for your special day then you need to set and stick to a budget. This is a good idea no matter who will be dolling out the cash for your one glorious day of bridal bijoux and it eliminates any unnecessary family fights that go hand and hand with weddings (come on, what’s a wedding without a little family dust-up over petty details?)

Barriers to Success BY DONNA SUMMERS MOUL

Winners never quit; quitters never win. Vince Lombardi

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hy is it difficult to succeed? When asked, the women in my coaching group easily came up with twenty-two barriers to their success. Some of their examples range from perfectionism, procrastination, and over-scheduling, to feeling unworthy, people pleasing, giving too much, and playing small, to name a few. As I looked over the list, I realized that our barriers all fall into three categories: beliefs, fears and self-value. What gets in the way of your success? Write down your answer and determine which category it falls. If it’s a negative belief, remember what Henry Ford says “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” To change this belief, flip it around; tell yourself, “Of course, I can.” Then figure out how to get started; keep asking yourself, “What’s my next step,” or “Who can help me achieve this goal?” Perseverance will get you to success. If your barrier falls into the fear category, ask yourself, “Do I really want to be controlled by some ambiguous fear?” Steve Chandler claims that “it takes as much energy to avoid something as it does to accomplish something.” He also reveals that “action is the antidote to fear.” Get moving and enjoy successful results. If your barrier falls into the third category, self-value, remember that you are one who is assigning value or lack of value to yourself - you are the one who can increase your own worth. Marianne Williamson teaches that “your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” It doesn’t serve you well either. So start by giving yourself credit for what you do well. Next, begin to treat yourself as you would a good friend. In a short time, you will begin to see the value of who you are. You are the person who has the power to change your belief system, face your fears and give yourself value. Madonna wisely states, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, be a better version of yourself.” F

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trum, if you have a simple sheath then you may want to add a pop of sparkle around your neck in addition to one or two other pieces such as a bracelet or a headband.

Donna Summers Moul is a Certified Life Coach. Her passion is to help women discover their best lives. She offers Individual Coaching and Coaching Groups for Women. Contact Donna: (724) 935-6275 or E-mail: donnamoul@gmail.com (Spring Groups forming now)

At the end of the day, you really are your best critic. Stick to what looks and feels natural on you and you can’t lose. My best advice is to hit the high road right after you pick your dress; otherwise, you run the risk of being decorated like a mannequin by the sales staff that possibly does not have your best interest at hand. Happy wedding day to all of you beautiful brides to be! F

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his article was inspired by two of my patients. This month, both of them came to me reporting that they had kidney damage from taking really simple, common, over-the counter medicines. In both cases, the damage was caught early. These people are smart, health conscious people who were trying to help themselves. Both of them were taking the medicine within the normal doses. It made me realize that if they were having problems with this that there were countless people in my community that might eventually face the same thing… unless they were able to change their course of action and take less medicine. We’re taught to take medicine. About 3 billion dollars is spent on direct to consumer advertising, in the U.S., by pharmaceutical companies annually. Most of this is in the form of TV commercials. Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t take the time to really look at the risks of taking pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. Or we might be in so much discomfort or so frustrated that we just don’t care about the risks. Below are some potential outcomes from using medicines. Acetominophen (most commonly taken as Tylenol®), has very negative effects on the liver. In fact, in the US, acetaminophen is the #1 cause of acute liver failure. Additionally, the FDA has released new warnings this year about acetaminophen overdose because

many medicines contain it as an ingredient and people can poison themselves by combining them. The effects on the liver increase over time and with higher doses. Worried about the risks of taking It is estimated that we pills. Now’s the time to learn about take 28 billion doses of what your other options may be. acetaminophen annually in the US. Ibuprofen (found in Advil® and Motrin®) is now known to cause an increase in the incidence of cardiac events including heart attack and stroke. This was previously only thought to be linked to drugs like Vioxx. Effects on the stomach and intestines have also been linked to NSAID use. Increased risk of hearing loss, kidney cancer and increased blood pressure are all linked to Ibuprofen use. Keeping these things in mind, you have to wonder, is the risk worth the benefit? Especially in people with chronic pain like arthritis and headaches who may use the medicine over a longer time. Additionally, considering that when the chemicals wear off, and the pain and inflammation return, wouldn’t a longer lasting and safer solution make sense? Then the question then becomes… What can you do besides take these things? The reality is that there are a lot of things that you can do to help your body feel and work better. We see it happen all of the time when people commit to doing the work that they need to do to change themselves. Here’s what you need to know: • Chiropractic is a drugless option that is safe and effective for most neuromusculoskeletal conditons. It works by restoring the integrity of the skeletal system and allowing the nervous system to control the body and keep it in a better state of “homeostasis.” This leads to less pain and better function. • You can decrease inflammation by changing your diet and by adding some supplements. • Exercise can be used to help heal the body. • Stress management, in conjunction with other approaches, can decrease pain.

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The hard part? You have to commit to being patient and consistent. Changing your lifestyle and habits takes work. The “quick fix” of chemicals can be really tempting; but comes at a high potential cost. We often find that when people are under chiropractic care they feel better and they need less medicine. That’s way less stress on your body. If you’re ready to start improving your health and feeling better from the inside out, we’re ready to help you. F

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Weirton Medical Center is New Home To Top General Surgeons Weirton Medical Center is pleased to welcome three of the region’s top general surgeons home! James Valuska Jr, MD, Thomas Lheureau, MD and M. Lance Weaver, MD make up the all new Innovative Surgical Group at WMC.  

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he doctors have practiced in the Wexford and Cranberry areas for the past several years and for Drs. Valuska and Lheureau, it’s a homecoming. Dr. Valuska, a Steubenville, Ohio native and Dr. Lheureau, a McDonald, Penna. native, practiced in the Weirton/ Steubenville area before leaving for the Northern Pittsburgh suburbs.  Colleague, respected general surgeon Dr. Weaver also brings his expertise as the three move to WMC from their former loca-

tion in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Located only 35 minutes from the Wexford/Cranberry area, these highly trained and experienced surgeons bring their expertise in laparoscopy and robotic laparoscopy surgeries to WMC. These surgeries are used to treat a large range of medical conditions including, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, gallbladder removal, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and many more acute and elective surgeries.

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According to Dr. Valuska, “The team is very happy to join WMC and bring our experience, particularly with the intense precision offered robotic laparoscopy surgeries, to this wonderful medical center and community.” “Also,” adds Dr. Lheureau, “it is so close to the Wexford/Cranberry area, we can easily commute the 35 minutes from our homes. However, we do stay locally when we are on call at the center.” WMC accepts ALL major insurance


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Early Screening Essential to Prevention and Increasing Cure Rate

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arch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and colorectal expert Dr. Ved Kaushik, MD, a colorectal surgeon at UPMC Passavant Hospital, is speaking out with advice for consumers on this potentially life-threatening disease. “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Kaushik explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.” Because there are so often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic,” Dr. Kaushik says. “The possibility of curing patients after Dr. Ved Kaushik symptoms develop is only 50%, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure is 80% or better.” “Most colon cancers start as non-cancerous growths called polyps. If we are able to find these polyps while they are still non-cancerous, we remove them and the cancer may be prevented. Major surgery can usually be avoided, as well,” Dr. Kaushik adds. Colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems and play an instrumental role in the effective screening, prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer because of their advanced training and the large number of colon and rectal disease surgeries they perform.

and those with chronic ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They should be screened at an earlier and more frequent rate and should see their colorectal surgeon or other healthcare provider for specific recommendations. Prevention Tips Dr. Ved Kaushik notes that in addition to getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer, people can lower their risk of getting the disease by: • Avoiding foods that are high in fat. • Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and other high-fiber foods. • Exercising regularly and maintaining a normal body weight. • Not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation.

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Local Expert Offers Advice to Consumers During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Kaushik is giving a talk on colorectal cancer March 19th at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center Municipal Building 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township 16066. For more information on colorectal cancer screening, prevention and treatment, call Dr. Ved Kaushik at either 412-366-2979 or 412-798-5758, or visit the ASCRS web site at http://www. fascrs.org. F

ASCRS Screening Guidelines The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), which is dedicated to advancing the treatment of patients with diseases affecting the colon, rectum and anus, offers the following colorectal cancer screening guidelines: For people at average risk of getting colorectal cancer, a digital rectal examination and fecal occult blood test, which screens for hidden blood in the stool, are recommended annually beginning at age 40. Flexible sigmoidoscopy (a test that allows the physician to look directly at the lining of the lower colon and rectum) is recommended every five years at age 50 and older. A colonoscopy (a test that allows the physician to look directly at the lining of the entire colon and rectum) every 10 years or a barium enema (x-ray of the colon) every 5 to 10 years are acceptable alternatives. People at increased risk for colorectal cancer include those with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer, those with a personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer,

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Let’s March into Spring! BY BARBARA A. KILLMEYER

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his winter is one that I will be soooooo happy to see come to an end. Not only did we have to go through so many record breaking cold days, but as if that wasn’t enough, I came down with a virus that sent me to the emergency room. I’m still getting over the effects of that little episode. I will be so very happy to see Spring make an appearance and be able to watch all the little flowers bud, then bloom. I wonder how many people I could get to join me in a Welcome Spring Parade? We could march through the neighborhood carrying Welcome Spring signs. Do you think this is something people would enjoy doing? If you do think so, let me know and maybe we could get something going to say goodbye to Winter and welcome to Spring. Okay, so my thinking is a little weird. You can blame it on the medications that I’ve been taking to rid myself of this darn virus. Whatever you decide to do, I hope your upcoming Spring and Summer are the best you’ve ever had. And, if you decide to organize a Welcome Spring parade please let me know because I would love to either be a part of it, or come to watch it and cheer you on. F

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Happenings for Seniors Free Home Safety Inspection is available for seniors through the Open Your Heart to a Senior program. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 or clpschirer@nhco.org. Free Rides for Seniors, to grocery stores, doctor’s appts & more thru St. Margaret’s Foundation. Pick up & drop off seniors in the corridors from Sharpsburg to Blawnox & Rt. 28 to the Allegheny River. Sign up by calling, (412) 449-0151. 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. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.

Parkwood Suburban North Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Meals on Wheels services Hampton & southern Richland townships. Call (412) 486-7115. Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks. For info, call Cathy, at (412) 307-0069 or www.nhco.org.

Senior Companions Needed for adults 55 or older. Sponsored by NHCO & Allegheny County’s Senior Companions. Orientation is Mar. 31-Apr. 3. To apply, call John at (412) 281-9773 or John.Miler@AlleghenyCounty.US. UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800324-5523.

Senior Meetings, Presentations & Social Events Aging Institute Caregiving Series – Powerful Tools for Caregivers, 6 weekly, 2 hour sessions, starts Mar. 3; Inspiring New Solutions & Providing Individualized Resources & Education, 6 weekly, 2 hour session, starts Apr. 14, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd. Sponsored by UPMC Senior Services. Call (412) 864-2092 or Aging.UPMC.com.

Glenshaw AARP #3744 meets, 7 p.m., Tues., Mar. 11, Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Let the Experts Help Take the Anxiety Out of Moving, 10 a.m., Mar. 3, Sherwood Oaks. To register, call 1-800-642-2217 or www.sherwood-oaks.com. Mars AARP Chapter #3359 meets 2nd Wed. of every month, 1 p.m., Adams Township Municipal Building, 690 Valencia Rd., Mars. All Butler seniors are welcome. Cost $5 a year. Perrymont North AARP #2991 meeting, 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs, of the month, (Mar. 20th), basement of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, Rt. 19, McCandless. Prospective members are invited to visit and consider becoming members. “Pittsburgh’s Memorable Places,” 2:30 p.m., Mar. 4, Hampton Field Village; 10:30 a.m., Mar. 5, Lighthouse Pointe Village at Chapel Harbor. Register is free, call (412) 781-2707.

Bill Campbell, Country Western Singer, 2 p.m., Mar. 25, Sherwood Oaks. Call 1-800-6422217 or www.sherwood-oaks.com.

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.

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.

Saint Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, Apr. 2-4, Soaring Eagle, Apr. 5, Joe Diamond, singer & guitarist. For info, call Rose (724) 728-2563.

“The Dream Machine – Moguls to Mavericks,” 11 a.m., Mar. 18, at Cumberland Woods Village. For info, call (412) 635-8080 or TheLegacyLineup.com.

Senior Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Apr. 14, Pine Community Center. All seniors are welcome. Register by Apr. 7. Call (724) 625-1636 x3, or pinecenter@twp.pine. pa.us. “A Taste of Ireland,” 11 a.m., Mar. 4, at Cumberland Woods Village. For info, call (412) 635-8080 or TheLegacyLineup.com. “Tribute to Patsy Cline,” 2:30 p.m., Mar. 19, Hampton Field Village; Mar. 20, Lighthouse Pointe Village at Chapel Harbor. Register is free, call (412) 781-2707.

Volunteer Opportunities: North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. For details, contact Nancy, at (412) 307-0069 or nljones@nhco. org. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring, help your child learn to read. If you’re 50 or older you’ll be trained. Tutor training sessions run 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at downtown Macy’s. For details, call John (412) 232-2021 or email jdspehar@oasisnet.org. Open Your Heart to a Senior, Snow Squad volunteers are needed, to shovel snow for seniors. For details, call (412) 307-0071 or 2-1-1, or visit www.oyhs.org or email allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior. org.

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March... A Lion or a Lamb? BY JOE BULLICK

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i March, I hope if you come in like a lion, you will go out like a lamb. This month is alive with fast-moving weather systems. Making March a great time for a nature watch. Migrant birds are returning from the south in the Great Plains. Be sure to keep an eye out for white-fronted, snow and Canadian geese, bald eagles, robins, and meadowlarks which make their appearance during mid-month. Also, the sap is running on the maple trees, and it goes without saying – “there is nothing better to put on pancakes.” March is also a time when we get spring fever. This event occurs when a cool spell is followed by sudden warmth, and the body is slow to catch up. As the New Year moves on, we’ve managed to make it through a rough January and February. I hope you have been able to get your life organized as you go through 2014. As a young boy, mom had her weeks organized. She did her laundry on Monday, shopped for groceries on Tuesdays, vacuumed the house on Wednesdays, and so on….she even gave me weekly jobs. One of my main jobs was to take out the trash. Another thing that my mom did was she made a list of projects she wanted to accomplish that week. A big job I had as a young boy was wallpapering. Mom had her own patching and spackling work to do to fill the small cracks in the walls before we painted or wallpapered. She would combine two tablespoons of salt and four or five teaspoons of water, and she would stir it until it became a paste. A major task that the roads department tackles is fixing of streets after the winter months. Most of our roads are black top or rubber impregnated asphalt, which appeared in 1955, and asphalt using recycled rubber was developed in 1995. Today 90 percent of America roads are paved with asphalt, and concrete is

also used for roads and driveways. If you are Irish (or wish you were) a highlight of March is the feast of St. Patrick on the 17th. Pennsylvania is rather unique in being linked to Ireland from its beginning as an English colony. Over the past three hundred years immigrants of different ethnic backgrounds have come from Ireland, as well as, the rest of Europe and around the globe. They have shaped Pennsylvania as a major contributor to the world. When I think of Ireland, I think of Barry Fitzgerald (1888-1961) who was born in Dublin. Fitzgerald toured the United States in 1934 and was voted the best character actor of the year by early critics. He moved to Hollywood in 1937 and appeared in many films. He won an Oscar for his performance as Father Fitzgibbon

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in Going My Way (1944). He also played in The Quite Man (1952) which was directed in Ireland by John Ford and starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. For you sports fans, Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne was born on Mar. 4, 1888. Also Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was born on Mar. 8, 1841. Well Happy Birthday to you Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) and you Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 20). I leave you with this Irish toast –

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BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

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nnovative learning is part of everyday life at Robert Morris University’s School of Education and Social Sciences. Throughout the school, future educators have access to all the latest technology, applications and methodologies in instructional technology. Complete with a state-of-the-art Assistive Devices Lab, students can learn, practice and integrate technology into the classroom to then inspire their own students to embrace a life time of learning. “We don’t just use technology for technology’s sake,” explains, Dean Mary Ann Rafoth. “Instead, we empower our future educators to incorporate technology into their lesson plans to stimulate learning, perform diagnostics to assess learning comprehension and adapt lessons to promote literacy, mathematics, communication and understanding.” “In addition to being innovative, we also believe in a handson approach to learning,” continues Dean Rafoth. “So, we have a whole array of experiments and activities for every grade, course and skill level. Our students can check-out these curriculum packets to take with them to their student teaching assignments, as well as, create their own curriculum packets in our fully-equipped materials lab.” In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Robert Morris University’s School of Education and

Social Sciences also offers certification in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-4), Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-4)/Special Education (Grades PreK-8) and Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8). Secondary areas include: Business, Computer & Information Technology (Grades K-12), English (Grades 7-12), Mathematics (Grades 7-12), Social Studies (Grades 7-12) and Biology (Grades 7-12). Robert Morris University’s School of Education and Social Science also embraces innovative learning in the area of social sciences, for example, adding real-life experience into the psychology major even at undergraduate level. Specifically, in Clinical Psychology, students go into mental health facilities or if a student’s concentration is in the area of Sports Psychology, students work with local sports teams, or through orthopedic practices with injured athletes and even with local health and wellness initiatives in business, gyms and insurance companies. If you are interested in learning more about the School of Education and Social Sciences at Robert Morris University, you can request information through the Robert Morris University website at http://www.rmu.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 800-762-0097 for a tour and to schedule a meeting with an academic coordinator. F

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Oakland Catholic High School features sporting camps for Volleyball and Basketball during the summer of 2014, as well as, an innovative freshman orientation program known as the “Getting Ready for OC Program” for incoming Oakland Catholic freshmen. Dates for the program will be available in May. Please contact Oakland Catholic High School at 412-682-6633 for more information. Shady Side Academy has a bevy of innovative summer camps including one for kids entering grades 6-9 called Camp Ren, a day camp just for middle schoolers. The campers build robots and rockets, create ceramics and jewelry, edit films, deejay, play sports and more. The camp is offered in three two-week sessions, from June 16 to July 25.

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Vincentian Academy will begin construction in June on their new Chemistry & Biology classrooms and labs will transform Vincentian Academy into 21st-century structures that support contemporary science instruction and will be comparable to collegiatelevel classrooms/labs. Vincentian Academy students will have access to


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modern workspace areas and furnishings, latest digital technologies, cutting-edge experiment equipment, current computer simulations, and enhanced safety features. The end result of exposure to the technological elements of this project will be emergence of leaders who are equipped to recognize the global nature of many current social problems and to seek potential resolution for these issues. To read January’s and February’s “Innovations in the Classroom” articles, go to our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com and be sure to read our April issue to learn about even more innovative classrooms and summer camps. If you are implementing innovative learning or summer camp, be sure and let us know by emailing northcon@consolidated.net or calling 724-940-2444. F

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School Movers & Shakers Avonworth Two Avonworth students, Cherry Zeng and Bryce Volk have received Gold Key Awards at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Award regional competition. Silver Key honors were awarded to: Ben Pietrusinski, Sarah Trobee, Tyler Bolster (2), and Bryce Volk. Two Avonworth Elementary School students, Minah Syam and Fiona Mahan competed in the Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

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Broadway performer Jim Stanek visited the students at Seneca Valley High School on Feb. 12. He graduated from the school in 1989. During his visit, he hosted a master class where Stanek talked about his career and answered questions and sang with some members of the choir.

Daniella Ortiz, Seneca Valley senior, has been selected as a finalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Daniella Ortiz Five Seneca Valley students at the Butler County Area VocationalTechnical School competed in the SkillsUSA District 10 Leadership and Skill championships advancing to the state competition. They are: Sean Howley, Juston Kolarich, Nathan Huffman, Phillip Chips and Nathan Stiefel. Kelsie McElroy, a Seneca Valley sophomore has been selected as a 2014 Affiliate Award Runner Up by The National Center for Women & Information Technology, Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The North Allegheny Varsity Cheerleaders finished in second place at the PIAA Competitive Spirit Championships. Additionally, head coach Courtenay Carrel was honored at the championships where she was presented with the ‘GTM Sportswear Spirit Coaches Award.’ On Jan.22, the North Allegheny School District Board of Directors voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Laura “Jo” Welter to the position of director of Human Resources.

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Fox Chapel Fox Chapel Area High School junior Rishi Mirchandani placed first at the Pine-Richland Forensic Tournament. Two Fox Chapel Area High School seniors, Elizabeth Bianchini and Yiyi Zhao have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

For the second year in a row, the Avonworth/ Northgate Wrestling team has qualified for the WPIAL team Championships by finishing second in their section. During the last week of February, Avonworth Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the University of Pittsburgh football team. Players and coaches were assigned to each homeroom to read a book to the students related to a theme selected by each grade level.

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Nine Seneca Valley Middle School students were selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Junior High District Chorus. They include: Josh Bannon, Rachel Winterhalter, Caitlin Bliss, Leena Aboosally, Zach Zulick, Zach Gehm, Jakob Nehrer, Bobby Stoffa, and Calvin Jiang.

Fox Chapel Area High School social studies and gifted support teacher Jennifer Klein was chosen to watch the Jan. 28th “State of the Union” live at the White House. Klein also attended a panel with administration officials immediately following the President’s speech. In January, The Fox Chapel Area School District piloted a new Project-Based Learning (PBL) program at Dorseyville Middle School as they distributed iPads to each seventh grade student.

Providence Heights Alpha School Ashley Norling, a seventh grade student at Providence Heights Alpha School, won the schoollevel competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 6, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

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St. Gregory St. Gregory School in Zelienople kicked off their Anti-Bullying Campaign “Be the One to Stand Up.” Students were greeted by Mr. Bob, local juggler/stilt walker and surprised by a faculty “Cha-Cha Slide” flash mob.

St. Sebastian Seven St. Sebastian eighth grade students have been recognized as regional winners in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. They are: Samuel Tebbs, Hana LeBrew, Domenic Melchiorre, Ayden Owens, Madison Hammill, Maranda Rombach, and Grace Doerfler. St. Sebastian Forensic team placed third out of 15 schools at the Southwestern PA Forensics League meet held at Holy Trinity School. Award winners were: Alexis Moskala, Kimberly Lichauer, Hana LeBrew, Christina Koman, Dana Schaich, Jack Wells, Emma Sennott, Alecia Spagnolo, Vincent Melchiorre, Domenic Melchiorre, Lauren Bell, Lauren Gaertner, Claire Skirtich, Nicole Costa, Nick Kasper, Lisa MacQueen, Kristen Markabawi and Ryan Petrunia.

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Twenty-four Aquinas Academy students received honors the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Award recipients were: Richard Adam, Justin Atta, Emma Boback, Elizabeth Brugger, Henry Farrell, Luke Gavel, Ellie Hall, Jacob Haskins, Max Kunzmann, Cecelia Liguori, Nathaniel Lisanti, Kayla Lubert, Luke Lynch, Peter Mallampalli, R.J. Newcamp, Todd Oravitz, Thomas Plazek, Caitlin Reed, John Reed, Harry Scherer, Jacob Scioscia, Julia So, Emily Vangura, and Matthew Warhola,

Shady Side Academy Nine Shady Side Academy seniors have advanced to become finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are: Cassie Dickson, Cameron Dively, Sara Eismont, Shaun Gohel, Hari Magge, Tevin Mickens, Hayley Wyeth, Adam Yunus and Christopher Zhang.

CCAC The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team presented a check in the amount of $3,039.80 to Charlie Batch and Latasha Wilson-Batch from The Best of the Batch Foundation.

St. Vincent College Jeffrie Mallory, Dream Center director at Saint Vincent College, and fellow classmates honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 20 in conjunction with “A Day of Remembrance 2014.” Dr. Caryl L. Fish, associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing was honored with the Pittsburgh Regional Undergraduate Leadership Excellence Award. Connor R. McCormick, a senior at Upper St. Clair High School has been awarded the top prize of a full tuition, room and board scholarship valued at $160,000 in Saint Vincent College’s annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition. Other honorees were: Andre Connor McCormick X. Greco, Justin Rivera, Taylor Hanson and Zachary Humphrey. Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center executive director James Kunkel received the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation.

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Six freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars and awarded four year scholarships valued at $40,000 each. They are: Hannah Becker, Erica Johns, Esther Love, Kara Rhine, Alyson Rusak and Kayla Uveges. Amanda Gunther has been named coordinator of graduate and continuing education administration at Saint Vincent College. Robert Casturo, a junior triple major in business management, finance and political science at Saint Vincent College Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government has been awarded a $1,000 APICS Supply Chain Management Scholarship.

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Planning for Summer Camp BY DR. BRUCE HYDE, PEDIATRIC ALLIANCE, NORTH HILLS DIVISION

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f you have already decided that Summer camp is in your child’s future, then there are many things to consider. For families where both parents work, summer camp is a natural follow up after school ends. First to consider is day camp vs. overnight camp. Many children have their first experience with overnight camp during the tween years, ages 10 to 12. Children at camp can make new friends, learn new skills, learn independence and broaden their knowledge of the world and their interests. Before opening up your wallet, you must ask if your child is ready and interested in sleep away camp. Is she independent, able to ready herself for school by herself, get herself dressed, prepare a snack etc.? Did he get anxious when you mentioned the idea, or did he seem interested and excited? Has he experienced several sleep overs or short times away from home? In all cases, talk to your tween and explore the idea. Often, your child will need lots of reassurance and an understanding about what the experience is likely to include. If you are considering day camp, children age 5 and above often welcome the opportunity. There are several points to think about. 1) Your child’s interests. Would they like a camp focused on a specific interest or sport, or a camp where general activities like hiking and swimming are provided? Nowadays, there are many different kinds of camps. Camps specializing in soccer, tennis, swimming, skating, and football are available. There are camps for special needs children, gifted kids, kids with diabetes or celiac disease, as well as camps for children with ADHD, autism or hearing loss. Of course there are camps with religious overtones, YMCA camps, Jewish camps, etc. 2) Summer camp can be expensive. You many need to plan for it and save in advance. Sometimes there are funds available to help families send their children go to camp. 3) Your need for child care. When school ends, you and your spouse or partner both still may work and your child needs somewhere to go. Summer camp is not the only option though for a summer experience. 4) Convenience of transporting your child to summer camp. You may need to plan car pools or a driving schedule as to who takes and picks up your child. Of course, location and proximity to your home or work should be taken into consideration. 5) Your Summer vacation schedule. A certain camp might not fit in with other summer plans. Camp can be a great experience, but sometimes kids need a break after a highly scheduled school year. 6) Many camps require a medical form, including a physical exam. Our office is happy to examine your child and fill the form out for you. Appointments often can be made for the next day. Once all of the above are taken care of, a parent must plan what to send with their child. 1) A good backpack. It should be durable, have a large enough compartment and an outside mesh pocket for a water bottle 2) Clothes. An extra set of clothing should be included. An extra pair of shoes, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap or hat are also desirable. 3) Swim gear. Of course a bathing suit and towels should be sent along with sunglasses and flip flops or sandals. A plastic bag is helpful to house wet clothes. 4) Miscellaneous. These items include sunscreen (SPF 30 or more), bug spray, hand sanitizer, and prescription medicines. Lastly, label everything with permanent marker. Also include a surprise, a small note, favorite snack or a family picture. Camp is fun and even more enjoyable with a little bit of planning. F

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ummer is a unique time for students to grow. After the school year ends, a good summer camp or class can give your child the opportunity to discover new talents, forge new friendships, tackle personal challenges and pursue lofty goals. For more than 75 years, Shady Side Academy has offered Pittsburgh families an array of fun, flexible and affordable summer programs for kids of all ages. The 130-acre SSA Senior School campus in Fox Chapel plays host to a wealth of day camps, focus camps, sports camps and summer school classes. High-energy programming, combined with a knowledgeable and experienced staff, make SSA Summer Programs unlike any other in the region! A convenient North Hills bus makes transportation a snap. At Day Camp Discovery, kids entering grades K-5 enjoy the camaraderie of being in a coed squad of 14-16 campers in the same grade, plus two outstanding counselors. These squads move from activity to activity throughout the day, so all kids enjoy swimming, tennis, media arts, outdoor adventure, acting, arts and crafts, and more. Trips to Squaw Run Park, cookouts, field trips and special events make each week unique and exciting. Kids entering grades 6-9 enjoy more autonomy and even

cooler activities at Camp Ren, a day camp just for middle schoolers. Here, campers build robots and rockets, create ceramics and jewelry, edit films, deejay, play sports and more. Both day camps are offered in three two-week sessions, from June 16 to July 25. Ten different Focus Camps allow kids to concentrate on a single area of interest for a whole week, from film to science to sports to sewing. Focus Camps are offered after day camp sessions end, from July 28 through August 8. Got a budding athlete? Five different Sports Camps led by SSA coaches give kids the chance to learn the fundamentals of a sport while having fun. Coed weeklong camps are offered in lacrosse, tennis, baseball, ice hockey and basketball. Shady Side’s Summer School features small class sizes and individualized attention from the area’s finest teachers. Elementary and middle school students can pair math or language arts classes with day camp for a well-rounded day of schoolwork and fun. High school students can take for-credit courses in math, science, computer science and art, as well as a college essay-writing workshop. Visit www.shadysideacademy.org/summer for more information or to register. F

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Co-Ed Volleyball April 11-13 March 28 Tournament

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Co-Ed Kickball May 16-18 May 2 Tournament

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Co-Ed Basketball June 6-7 May 23 Tournament

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Creative & Challenging Programs: Math, Writing, Study Skills, Drawing, Pottery, World Languages, Lacrosse, Basketball and so much more! Early Childhood Creative Play Groups, and affordable full day options for all ages.

Camp Windwood

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Carlow University 2014 Summer Workshops 412-578-6000 www.carlow.edu

Get Fit Summer Camp Joella Baker 724- 321-4266 www.getfitfamilies.com

Gymkhana

www.gymkhanafun.com 412-366-3800

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La Roche College/ UPMC Passavant

Summer Soccer Camp miguel.lozano@laroche.edu

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Wexford 724-934-0411 Cranberry 724-772-0598 Hampton 412-486-5510 McCandless 412-367-3269 www.earlyeducationpros.org

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n the words of George Harrison, “It’s been a long cold lonely winter.” It certainly has been. However, when I think of Spring, I think of being outside, taking in the sun, and taking the time to enjoy the little things in life; a bud on a tree, green grass and leaves and the sound of birds chirping in the morning. Spring is certainly a time of re-birth and a time to start anew. After all, spring is what pulls us out of our winter funk. Winter is tough on our bodies and our minds. Being surrounded by cold weather and snow is not good for a lot of people, mentally or physically. I look at Spring as a time to kick the winter blues and kick start my workouts and my nutrition. I find myself wanting to eat healthier and act healthier. My metal state improves. I smile more and I have a lot more fun. So I find myself taking every sign of Spring to help get me into Spring mode and out of Winter mode. We know there are still some cold days and bad weather ahead of us, but don’t wait for consistently good weather to get out of your winter funk. When you have a chance, you should get outside and enjoy what the day has to offer. Go for a walk or an easy jog. Take your dog out for a stroll. Meet a friend for a hike. Each time you go out, look for signs of Spring; buds appearing on the trees, birds chirping, green leaves, flowers, more daylight and for runners and cyclists, look for the worms on the road. When the worms come out on the roads, you know spring is officially here. Exercise now, eat healthy now, so when spring arrives, doing a workout outside isn’t as stressful on your body. More importantly, it’s so easy for people to continue to hide inside as the warmer weather starts. For so many people, they find a comfort in consistency and fail to venture outside that comfort zone. Please don’t do that. Get outside, ride a bike outside, instead of in a fitness center. Force yourself to escape the comfort of being inside. I know it isn’t easy. However, I’m convinced if you try something new and you get out in the early Spring, you’ll find a new joy in your outdoor exercise routine. You just have to take that first step outside your front door. The kids are also experiencing cabin fever and for them, it’s even easier to stay inside on the video games instead of being outside playing and running around. It’s critical that kids learn to appreciate the warm days of spring. Find a fun activity for your kids to do outside. Go for a hike and point out signs of spring, or better yet, do a scavenger hunt. Explain to the kids why they should appreciate spring and the newness of the season. As you think of spring, remember to sign your kids up for a Get Fit Families Summer Camp Program. Triathlon, running and cross country camps are available. Visit www.getfitfamilies.com for more information. F

Day Camp Sessions begin June 16 – August 8. Ages 3 years thru Grade 11 Overnight Resident Camp Sessions begin June 26 Ages 7-17 years old; two, 11-day sessions for boys and two for girls. Fees: vary/please see our website. www.sarahheinzhouse.org One Heinz Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 • 412.231.2377 Preschool and School Age Day Camps, Robotics Camps, and Overnight Resident Camp. Indoor pool, gymnastics, learning garden, media technology and state of the art gym. Affordable options for all ages.

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Wexford ATA Martial Arts Summer Camp 724-759-7336 www.wexfordata.com

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n Feb. 23, Veterans Breakfast Club, Steel City Vets and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall joined together for a compelling presentation called, “Out of the Foxhole.” The event was held in the ballroom at Soldiers & Sailors, and it united veterans both young and old. The keynote speaker was Command Sergeant Major (ret) Bart Womack, author of Embedded Enemy. This true story gives a first-hand account of the attack that occurred at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait on March 23, 2003. CSM (ret) Womack recounts the day’s events as the soldiers of Headquarters Company, First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division were prepared for combat against Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime. Before the orders were performed, Army Sergeant Hasan Akbar attacked his fellow soldiers, killing two officers and wounding 12 others. Easton, Pennsylvania native Army Captain Chris Seifert was among those killed. CSM (ret) Womack served over 20-plus years and retired in 2006. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars including one for Valor. Copies of Embedded Enemy were sold after the event. A portion of the sale of the book was donated to the Benjamin Seifert College Fund, which was started by friends and family of Chris. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum also paid tribute to other military personnel who courageously served our country. The War in the Pacific 1941-1945 exhibit opened on Jan. 30th. This wartime tribute depicts the story of the World War II Pacific Theatre Operations and honors those who served during this time period. The exhibit was completed in time to commemorate the 69th anniversary of The Battle of Iwo Jima. This five-week conflict in the tiny Japanese Volcanic Island ran from Feb. 19-Mar. 26, 1945. Many “War in the Pacific” military artifacts are on display and honor those who fought in Iwo Jima and other WWII battle sites. Soldiers & Sailors will host another historic event this month. Their annual Hall of Valor Induction Ceremony & Reception will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 23. To date, over 600 veterans have been inducted into this prestigious hall. For more information, visit http://soldiersandsailorshall.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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Fishy Social Media and the St. Alexis Fish Fry BY ANDY LESNEFSKY, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY AT ST. ALEXIS CHURCH

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he fish fry at St. Alexis menu remains the same, but “the times they are a-changin’.” The rise of social media is pretty much everywhere you look and so we are excited to introduce #WinnerWinnerFishDinner. At St. Alexis Church, we’ve made a deliberate effort to not just be present on Social Media but to use Social Media well. You can check out popular blog on stalexis.org. We will have posts on “Why Fish in Lent,” “Why is there ash on your forehead” and “What’s Lent really all about” coming up in the next couple of weeks. We want to be intentional this year that the invitation to our experience our Fish Fry is about more than a delicious sandwich. It’s the invitation to experience what our church is about - come experience community and get connected. Join the conversation with us on our blog on our website; follow us on Twitter @stalexischurch and like us at facebook. com/stalexischurch. So what’s #WinnerWinnerFishDinner all about? This year our fish fry will be full of fun giveaways- free food, our coveted Fish Fry T-shirts, and more. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more info. Dinner Information: Fridays of Lent (except Good Friday), 4:30-7:30 p.m., school cafeteria, 10090 Old Perry Highway. We offer a choice of baked cod or our “King Cod” (fresh battered fried fish), two side dishes (pierogies, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, apple sauce or macaroni and cheese), rolls, choice of the dessert from our delicious selection of homemade desserts and drink (no drink with takeout), $9 adults, $6 children under 10 and children under 3 are free. Sandwich $6. Bowl of Soup and Roll $3. Back by popular demand we have our popular Boston Clam Chowder which is only $3 for a bowl of soup and a dinner roll.  There are plenty of handicapped and take out parking spaces reserved behind the cafeteria.  Take out ordering (724) 401-1FRY (after 3:30 p.m.) or use our online ordering at stalexis.org.   Supports and run by active youth ministry. F

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Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collections, Mar. 22, Apr. 12, May 3 & 17, Jun. 7 & 28, Jul. 12 & 26, Aug. 16 & 30, Sept. 13, Oct. 18 & Nov. 8, Butler County. Visit www.recyclebutler.us. North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program is looking for vehicle donations that will provide transportation for low-income individuals. Call (724) 443-8300 or www. communityauto.org. North Hills Community Outreach is collecting donations of organic seeds for their Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden. Call Rosie (412) 307-0069 ext. 3311 or rmwise@ nhco.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. Pine Community Center Events: Royal Tea Party, 11 a.m., Mar. 14; Senior Fun & Fitness Day; 11:30 a.m., Mar. 25; Muck-N-Mess, 1 p.m., Fri, Mar. 7-Apr. 11; Start Smart, 6:00 p.m., Tues., Mar.

11-Apr. 15; Tae-Kwon Do, 6:15 Weds. Mar. 5-Apr. 30; Gym Class Challenge, 4 p.m., Tues or Wed., Mar. 11-Apr. 16; Teen Pizza Party & Game Night, 6 p.m., Mar. 28, Thinner Winner Contest, Mar. 3-Apr. 13. Call, (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us.

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Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, Mar. 8, Pre-St. Pat’s Day Party featuring a ‘Pot of Gold Drawing,” free dance lesson 7:30 p.m., dance 8 p.m., Mar. 22, “A Perfect Pair” Mix & Match Icebreaker, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly.com.

Scholarships for Parent Coaching are available for free private parent coaching sessions at Anchorpoint Ministries. Call Joan at (412) 366-1300 ext. 25.

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.

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

Soup & Inspiration, 6-8 p.m., Mar. 11-Apr. 8, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Rd. Pre-registration preferred, call (412) 366-1338 or heritagepcusa@verizon.net.

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Mondays Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit Bogmeisters.com. Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month 7 p.m., Mar. 24, “Civil War Jeopardy,” Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329.

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.

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

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Arts & Entertainment Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Work, Mar. 20-Apr. 5. For details, visit http://www.cmu.edu/faces/

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Movie Matinee Mondays, 2 p.m. Mondays, Mar. 3, The Butler; Mar. 10, The Way, Way Back; Mar. 17, Leap of Faith, Mar. 24, The Bridges of Madison County, Mar. 31, Jane Eyre, The Legacy Theatre, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, McCandless Twp. For info, (412) 635-8080 or TheLegacyLineup. com.

Kean Quest Talent search, runs thru Apr. 11. For info, (724) 444-KEAN or http://www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com/keantheatre/ Legacy Lineup at Cumberland Woods Village, 11 a.m., Mar. 4, A Taste of Ireland Irish Entertainers: Vince Burns & Dan Possumato; Mar. 18, The Dream Machine: (Continued on page 42)

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Saint Alexis Catholic Church 2014 Lenten and Easter Triduum Liturgical Schedule

Daily Masses

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.

Sacrament of Penance Communal Service 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 _______________

Stations of the Cross Fridays 1:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. _______________

Fish Fry

March 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4 & 11 No Fish Fry on Good Friday _______________

Palm Sunday Masses April 13, 2014 Anticipated Mass: Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. _______________

Easter Triduum Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross: 12:00 noon Spiritual Reflection: 1:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 2:00 p.m. Good Friday Evening Tenebrae Service: 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday

Blessing of the Baskets: 11:00 a.m. Easter Vigil: Time to be announced

Easter Sunday Masses

8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 noon No 6:00 p.m. Mass _______________ 10090 Old Perry Highway Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090 724.935.4343 www.stalexis.org

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Moguls to Mavericks; Apr. 8, Kennywood: A Century of Change,700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. Visit TheLegacyLineup.com Legacy Theatre: Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, 7:30 p.m., Apr. 26, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, 7:30 p.m., May 3 & 10 & 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., May 4 & 11, Legacy Theatre. For tickets, 1-877-987-6487 or TheLegacyLineup.com. Out of the Archives, Apr. 4-13, Stewart Hall in Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. For info, (724) 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org. Save the Last Dance concert, Mar. 21, Butler County Community College & Mar. 22, North Hills Middle School. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. For info, visit http://pghphil.org/.

Health & Wellness Lizzy’s Bikes, a Kiwanis Club of Mars community action program, provides free bikes to local needy children. Call (724) 779-4364 or email LizzysBikes@yahoo.com. North Hills Community Outreach needs at least 50 runners to commit to running in the Pittsburgh Marathon. For info, (412) 487-6316, opt. 2 x3215 or http:// www.crowdrise.com/Team/ NHCOPittsburgh2014.

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

Networking Butler Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 9:30 a.m., Mar. 12 & 26, Panera Bread, 330 New Castle Rd., Butler. Call Kristen, (724) 968-6449. Cranberry Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 7:30 a.m., Mar. 6 & 20, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Call Marcia, (724) 538-3059. Criders Corner Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets noon, Mar. 13 & 27, Cranberry Echo Restaurant, Rt. 228, Cranberry

Twp. Call Annette, (724) 3168005. Friday Morning “Coffee Club,” 8-9 a.m., Fridays, Butler County Chamber of Commerce. For details, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ ButlerCountyChamber.com North Hills Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 12:30 p.m., Mar. 14 & 28, Atria’s Restaurant, 5517 William Flynn Hwy. Call Debbie, (724) 449-8368. North Hills Newcomers and Friends meeting, 11:30 a.m., Mar. 11, Echo Restaurant in Cranberry. For info, visit www. northhillsnewcomers.org or email NHNFmembership@ gmail.com. Professional Referral Exchange (PRE) meets 7:15 a.m., Weds, Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Ken, at (610) 496-7600 or visit, www.prenetworking.net. Ross-West View Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 7:30 a.m., Mar. 13 & 27, Perry Perk Coffee Shop, 1012 Perry Hwy, Ross Twp. Call Donna, (724) 493-9695. Seven Fields Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Mar. 6 & 20, Concordia Life Care Community, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call Nina, (724) 7721922. Toastmasters Cranberry High Noon Club, meets noon-1 p.m., every Mon., at the Cranberry Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Suite 400. Guest & new members are welcome. Call Mary Jo, (412) 367-7710 or http://3331281. toastmastersclubs.org. Wexford Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:00 a.m., Mar. 11 & 25, Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call Denise, (412) 716-1322.

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. Tutoring Volunteers Needed, 1-3 hrs., per week w/homework & study skills. Call Sandy at Anchorpoint Ministries (412) 366-1300 x23.

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Volunteer Book Sorters Needed for Anchorpoint’s annual used book sale. For info, call Denise a (412) 3661300 x13.

School Happenings Avonworth School District Mobile Makeshop every Tuesday til the end of May. Offered in conjunction with the Children’s Museum. For info, visit www.avonworth.k12. pa.us. Beauty & the Beast, 7 p.m., Mar. 6, 7 & 8, 2 p.m., Mar. 9, high school auditorium, 611 Field Club Rd., O’Hara Twp. For info, visit www.fcasd.edu. Catholic Common Ground Conversation, 7 p.m., Mar. 18, La Roche College, Ryan Room of the Zappala Center. Pre-register, call (412) 5361085 or ginamiller@laroche. edu. Edgar Snyder “Words to be Heard” Scholarship Contest runs through Mar. 28. For details, call 1-800-394-3660 ext. 4412 or www.edgarsnyder. com/scholarship. Engineering competition, Mar. 3, Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent. For info, visit www.stvincent.edu. Fairy Tales & Folklore Exhibit runs through June 6, McCarl Gallery at St. Vincent College. Admission is free & open to the public. For info, (724) 805-2569 or www.mccarlgallery.org. Fox Chapel Area Schools 2014-15 Kindergarten Registration& Parent Orientations are scheduled for Mar. & Apr. For details, visit www.fcasd.edu. Introduction to Catholic Liberal Arts will be offered June 15-20 at Saint Vincent College. For info, visit (724) 805-2844 or www.stvincnt. edu/faithandreason. North Allegheny Special Education Parent Networking Group (NASEPG) meeting: 9:30 a.m., Mar. 14, Christie Emmons, pediatric neuropsychologist, Baierl Center at NA. For info, visit http://www.nasepng.org/ Nursing Open House, 4-6:30 p.m., Mar. 10, La Roche College, Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. For info, call (412) 536-1260 or laroche.edu.


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Professional Development Series, 6:30 p.m., Mar. 13 & Apr. 7, Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche. Call (412) 536-1193 or laroche.edu. Saint Vincent College is able to provide a few scholarships thanks to a grant from the Eden Hall Foundation. For details, (724) 805-2371 or sandy.quinlivan@ stvincent.edu. Saint Vincent College Office of Career Services in partnership w/Princeton Review is offering discounted test preparation services. For details, 1-800-2REVIEW or www.PrincetonReview.com. Shaler Area School District Kindergarten Registration, Mar. 10, Burchfield; Mar. 11, Jeffrey; Mar. 12, Marzolf; Mar. 13, Reserve & Mar. 14, Rogers. For info, visit www.sasd.k12.pa.us.

Veterans North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month (Mar. 10), Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. For info, call (412) 487-9532 or www.qovf. org. Veterans Discover HOPE HereCareer, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8:45 p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@gmail.com or www.discoverhopehere.com. Veteran’s Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. For details, visit www.prevention. va.gov/B_Physically_ Active.asp.

Tax Preparation North Hills Community Outreach is offering free Tax Prep for lowwage individuals & families thru Mar. 8, 4-7 p.m., Mon. & Tues. in Bellevue & 9 a.m.-noon, Sat. in Millvale. Household income must be less than $40,000. Appointments are required, call 2-1-1. St. Athanasius Parish Education & Community Center (West View) & NHCO in sponsorship by Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services are offering free tax prep for low-income individuals, families, the disabled & the elderly. Contact Frank (412) 350-3463 or frank.grande@alleghenycounty.us.

Sales Kids Clothing & More Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mar. 7 & 9 a.m.noon, Mar. 8, Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Rd., Sewickley. Sponsored by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). For info, visit www.ccgf.org/mops. Kids Clothing Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar. 29, Hiland Preschool, 845 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. Gently worn clothing & baby equipment consignment. Red Tag 1 p.m. For info, visit www.hilandpreschool. com New 2 You Sale, gently used Children’s Clothing, Toys & Equipment Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mar. 15 (early birds 8-9 a.m., $5 per person, cash please), St. Paul’s United Methodist, Allison Park. Sponsored by North Pittsburgh Mothers of Multiples. Visit www.NPMOMS.org or www. facebook.com/NPMOMS. 2nd Life Prom Dress Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mar. 29, Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For details, visit www.ccupc.org or www.facebook. com/ccupcsale.

Courses, Trainings & Presentations Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North (written by Pittsburgh native Mary Frailey Calland), 9:30 a.m., Mar. 29, La Roche College, Ryan Room. Sponsored by American Association of University Women (AAUW), North Hills McKnight Branch. For info, visit http://northhillsmcknight-pa.aauw.net/. Passavant Hospital Foundation presents: Phil Zmenkowski, RRT, discussing: “Pulmonary Function Screenings” 1:00 p.m., Mar. 5, Club Julian. Register by calling (412) 748-6640 for this FREE course. Passavant Hospital Foundation presents: Ved Kaushik, MD discussing “Colon Cancer…What You Need to Know!”, 12:30 p.m., Mar. 19, Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building. Register by calling (412) 748-6640 for this FREE course. Passavant Hospital Foundation presents: “Stroke and What the Future Holds for Stroke Care”, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mar. 18, CCAC-North, Rt 19, McCandless. Register by calling (412) 369-3701 for this FREE course. Smart Investments Offers Free Money Management Workshops for Women, to register, Call NeighborWorks at(412) 281-9773.

Wag More, Bark Less: There is Money Out There, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Mar. 11, Cambria Suites Pittsburgh at Consol Engery Center, 1320 Centre Avenue. Register by calling (412) 680-2149 or www.ppgc.net.

Conventions, Festivals & Flea Markets Children’s Festival, May 14-18, Cultural District, downtown. For details, visit www.pghkids.org. Harmony Museum Quilt & Coverlet Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mar. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mar. 9, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. Call (724) 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org. Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Mar. 14-16, Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry Twp. Featuring Debbie Macomber. For details, visit www.pghknitandcrochet.com. Spring Fever Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 21 & 22 & 10 a.m.4 p.m., Mar. 23, Monroeville Convention Center. For info, (724) 863-4577 or www.familyfestivals. com. Steel City Con, Apr. 11-13, Monroeville Convention Center. Featuring Lee Major, Cindy Williams, Brent Spiner, Lou Ferrigno, Bruno Sammartino & George ‘The Animal” Steele. Visit http://www.steelcitycon.com.

Spring Events Afternoon Tea, 1:30-3:30 p.m., May 4, St. Ferdinand Church, Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Advanced reservations required by Apr. 27. Call (724) 779-3986 or www.StFerd.org. Depreciation Museum: Civil War Exhibit, Apr. 12-May 6; Battle Cry of Freedom: Music of the Civil War, 1 p.m., Apr. 12; Civil War Weapons Demonstration, May 3; Children’s Heritage Day, May 4; Adventures in Pioneering Camp, June 16-20 & July 21-25 (ages 8-12). Call (412) 486—0563 or www. DepreciationLandsMuseum.org. Marshall Township: Toddler Programming, Mar. 13, 20, Apr. 3 & 10; Spring Birdwalk, Mar. 9; Maple Sugaring, Mar. 15; Hi-Tech Learning: Crafts, Mar. 26 or Apr. 2; FPS Game Design, Mar. 28; Tennis for Kids, Apr. 5-May 17; Pee Wee Dribblers, Mar. 6-Apr. 3. Spring Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May 3, East Union Presbyterian Church, 292 East Union Road, Cheswick. Tables are still available, call Mary Lynn, at (412) 767-5750.

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Summer Camps are available at Sarah Heinz House. For info, call or (412) 231-2377 or www.sarahheinzhouse.org.

Gardening & Outdoor Adventures Boot Camp Boost, 6:15 a.m., 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., Apr. 7-18, Pine Community Center. Open to all fitness levels. Register by Mar. 31. Call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us. Earth Day Celebration, 1-3 p.m., Apr. 26, meet at Pine Lake Park for fun outdoor activities. Sponsored by Pine Township. Call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@ twp.pine.pa.us. Kids Fun & Fitness Day, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Apr. 6, Pine Community Center. Register not required. For info,(724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us.

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Preschool Story Time in the Fox Chapel School District: 2 p.m., Apr. 23, Fairview; 1:30 p.m., Mar. 20 & Apr. 24 at Hartwood; 2 p.m., Apr. 22 & May. 13, Kerr. For details, visit www.fcasd.edu.

Ingomar Garden Club meeting, 10:30 a.m., Wed., Mar. 5 & Apr. 2, St. John of Lutheran Church, Cumberland Rd., McCandless Twp. The public is invited. For info, contact Ruth at (412) 366-7824. North Hills Community Outreach Grafting & Pruning Fruit Trees Workshops, 2 p.m., Mar. 15, Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue. Register at http://www.growpittsburgh. org/2013cge/.

Easter Egg-citement Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m.noon, Apr. 12, for kids 1-9, Pine Community Center. Register by Apr. 5. Call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us. Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Apr. 18, for ages 10-15, Pine Community Center. Register by Apr. 11. Call (724) 625-1636 x3 or pinecenter@twp.pine.pa.us.

Library Northern Tier Library: Zumba, Mar. 3-31; Drop-in Crafts, Mar. 3-Apr. 7; Programs for Kids run Mar. 4-Apr. 9; Family Story Time, Mar. 15- Apr. 5; Tween Art Club, Mar. 6; Lookout Bugs, Mar. 8; Hands & Voices, Mar. 8; Conversation Group, Mar. 13; Fun Science, Mar. 13; Bridget’s Book Club, Mar. 13; All About Your Tablet EReader, Mar. 20; Book Discussion, Mar. 27; Knit Lit, Mar. 27. For info, (724) 449-2665.

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March 2014 Issue - 2014 Wedding Guide  

2014 NC Wedding Guide features article, photos and guides to help plan your perfect wedding!