May 2024 issue • Northern Connection Magazine

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UPMC Passavant: A Legacy of Comprehensive Care

May 2024 Women in Business & Health Care | May Events Also in this issue...

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The Family Plan (PG-13, 118 MIN.)

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Staying Active While Staying In

May 7, 2024

Speaker: Natalie Novak, PT, DPT, OCS, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

Birthplace of the Modern Petroleum Industry

May 21, 2024

Speaker: Sarah Goodman, museum educator, Drake Well Museum and Park

AARP Smart Driver TEK Workshop

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General Ulysses S. Grant – Horses and Children, My Two Weaknesses

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Stars and Stripes – History of the American Flag

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On the cover: UPMC Passavant offers life-changing medicine for people of all ages. The hospital is celebrating 175 years of history in southwest Pennsylvania and 60 years of serving North Hills residents.

NC Features

8 Cover Story: UPMC Passavant: A Legacy of Comprehensive Care UPMC

10 Women in Business Profiles

14 Women in Health Care Profiles

20 PNC Bank to Host the Annual Pitch for Hope Women’s Baseball Clinic Janice Lane Palko

22 Miracle League of Southwestern PA to Open 2024 Season

25 What Mothers Want: Ways to Make This Mothers Day Memorable Janice Lane Palko’


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24 From the Editor: Out of the Moths of Babes Janice Lane Palko

28 Springing into May Gardening Ron Eichner

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Founder of Inspired Women Paying-It-Forward

Have you ever experienced the joy of having a stranger pay it forward for you? It’s a heartwarming moment, not just for you, but also for the person who extended that kindness. This is the essence of Inspired Women Paying-It-Forward, philanthropic networking that is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of women, both locally and globally.

Debra Dion Krischke, the visionary behind Inspired Women Paying-It-Forward established the organization in 2015. “For the past four decades, I have been involved in fundraising for women’s initiatives. After college, I lived in Iran, so I’ve seen first-hand the plight of women under veil and that became a lifelong passion. I wanted to find an easier way to help women connect and give back. I came up with Inspired Women Paying-It-Forward when I read about the success of giving circles, a group of people with shared values pooling together and donating to a cause,” said Krischke.

Quarterly chapter meetings offer collective giving with collective impact. The mission statement is, Creating space for women who have MORE in their lives to take action on behalf of women who have LESS. It’s philanthropic networking at one-hour quarterly meetings raising vital awareness and critical funding for local and global nonprofits. For only a $100 quarterly commitment, members are able to nominate and vote for their favorite women’s nonprofit who can win up to $10,000.

Funding recipients over the years include: Crisis Center North, Treasure House Fashions, Computer Reach, CEED, The Asservo Project,

Living in Liberty, Ceresav, and numerous other local and global organizations. To date, over $625,000 has been collectively donated.

There are seven chapters in the Greater Pittsburgh area, with Krischke overseeing the North Chapter, which has approximately 75 members. The other chapters include the South, Westmoreland, Sewickley, Beaver, Pittsburgh Downtown, and Pittsburgh East End, which was recently launched on April 30. “All of them have chapter leaders who are top-notch professionals with big giving hearts!” said Krischke.

Krischke and her husband, Ryan, have owned a production company for the past forty years and always have a charity component to their events ( Their daughter Alex is also on board running the family businesses of Three Rivers Paintball, Zombies of the Corn each fall and last winter, adding a new production, Enchanted Lights – A Magical Holiday Stroll. Parking Funds from the various events have supported The Boy Scouts Troop 444, Cranberry Rotary, The Lighthouse Foundation and Cross Your Paws Dog Rescue.

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UPMC Passavant began as the Pittsburgh Infirmary in 1849. The hospital, shown here in 1899, was renamed for its founder during the 50th anniversary.

TUPMC Passavant: A Legacy of Comprehensive Care

A look

at life-changing medicine during UPMC Passavant’s 175th anniversary

This content is sponsored by UPMC.

Throughout 2024, UPMC Passavant is celebrating 175 years in southwest Pennsylvania and 60 years serving North Hills residents close to home. “We are looking forward to anniversary events for local residents and our amazing staff,” says UPMC Passavant president Susan Hoolahan. “The signature event for the public will be a Healthy Living Fair held at our McCandless campus on Wednesday, June 26.”

he anniversary provides an opportunity to mark UPMC’s commitment to providing life-changing medicine for north communities.

Today, UPMC world-class care is available at two UPMC Passavant campuses, in McCandless and Cranberry, and through multiple primary care offices, pediatric locations, and specialty and outpatient centers in north communities.

“We offer local residents access to the renowned physicians and services associated with UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC MageeWomens, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute – all without having to travel to the city,” Hoolahan noted.

As part of its 2023-24 “Best Hospitals” rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked UPMC Passavant as the number two hospital in the Pittsburgh region – after UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside – and rated it high performing in 10 surgical procedures and conditions.

Destination for Advanced Heart Care

UPMC Passavant has grown over the past 20 years, from providing essential cardiac care to becoming a destination for advanced heart care and procedures. Both campuses offer heart and vascular services as part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, one of the world’s premier centers for comprehensive cardiovascular care.

Advanced surgical procedures available at UPMC Passavant–McCandless include transaortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic stenosis, and WATCHMAN™ implants, which provide atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients with an alternative to long-term blood thinner therapy. UPMC Passavant

also offers coronary artery bypass and valve heart surgery through traditional methods as well as options for minimally invasive roboticassisted surgery.

Additionally, several heart programs at UPMC Passavant cater to specific populations with unique risk factors, such as the UPMC Magee-Womens Heart Program, which cares for women who have heart disease or who are at risk for it.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Care

As part of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center – the region’s only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute – UPMC Passavant offers world-class cancer care and treatments backed by best practices and leading-edge protocols, all close to home. Advanced technologies in use at UPMC Passavant are helping physicians detect cancer early. By using the Monarch® robotic bronchoscopy system, for example, doctors can maneuver into the lung’s tiniest passages to inspect suspicious lesions and collect tissue samples to determine whether they are cancerous or benign.

Specialized radiation oncology treatments include use of linear accelerator technology that delivers high-energy x-rays or electrons to the region of a tumor. UPMC Passavant also offers stereotactic body radiation therapy, which can reduce the time it takes for single radiation therapy treatments.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Passavant offers the latest clinical trials and a full range of supportive care through a patient and family education center.

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Susan H. Hoolahan is president of UPMC Passavant.

From Routine to Remarkable Pediatric Care

In collaboration with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Passavant provides top-quality care to pediatric patients in the Emergency Departments (EDs) in both McCandless and Cranberry. UPMC Children’s board-certified pediatric emergency specialists are on call 24/7 to collaborate in real time with emergency doctors and families. And if a child needs follow-up care, an ED staff member makes the appointment before the family even leaves the hospital.

Families in the region can also access routine and specialty pediatric services for infants, children, teens, and young adults in outpatient locations including UPMC Children’s North in Wexford, UPMC Children’s Pine Center in Wexford, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, UPMC Children’s Express Care–Cranberry, and UPMC Children’s Express Care–Wexford.

Providing Lifelong Care for Women

Women from throughout the region turn to UPMC Passavant for access to advanced services from the region’s most trusted name in women’s health care. UPMC Magee-Womens provides imaging, advanced breast cancer diagnostics and care, fertility treatments, routine and advanced prenatal care, and gynecology and urogynecologic services. (See below)

A Modest Beginning

When Reverend Dr. William Passavant, a 27-year-old Lutheran minister from Zelienople, opened a hospital in what is now Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood in 1849, he could not have known that it would grow to serve so many. The Pittsburgh Infirmary, as his hospital was initially known, served soldiers returning from the Mexican-American War, and was the first Protestant hospital built in the United States. During its 50th anniversary in 1899, the Infirmary was renamed in honor of its founder.

The local connection began in the 1950s, when residents of northern suburbs joined together to bring a hospital to an area where none existed.

More than 3,000 people volunteered to help circulate petitions and go door-to-door to assist with fundraising. Plans to move the Pittsburgh Infirmary to a “suburban area of need” accelerated and North Hills Passavant Hospital opened in McCandless in early 1964.

Healthy Living Fair

UPMC Passavant—McCandless

Wednesday, June 26 | 3 – 6 p.m.

Join your family and friends for free health screenings, educational sessions, and activities, including a chance to meet our therapy dogs, as part of UPMC Passavant’s 175th anniversary year.

Resources of an Academic Medical Center

The hospital merged with UPMC in 1997, beginning its transformation into an advanced tertiary care center. UPMC added the Cranberry Township campus, a former St. Francis Hospital location, in 2002.

The two campuses have more than 1,950 employees, including 400 board-certified physicians across 22 specialties. In 2023 alone, UPMC Passavant gained more than 160 new nurses, including 100 graduate nurses. The hospital is a Magnet® designated hospital, recognized nationally for its commitment to nursing excellence.

UPMC Passavant contributed $31 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2022 and dedicated $20 million of that amount to care for local residents who did not have the means to pay. In addition, UPMC invested more than $386 million in UPMC Passavant in the past four years. Recent projects included the UPMC Passavant Specialty Pavilion Expansion completed at the McCandless campus in 2023. A similar effort is underway at the Cranberry campus and work will continue through 2025.

“We are helping to fuel our region’s economy in a big way,” Hoolahan noted at the hospital’s last annual meeting. “Our economic impact to the region is estimated at $888 million annually.

“UPMC Passavant has a rich history and continues to expand services in response to the needs of our communities.”

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Caring for Women Throughout Their Lives

Megan S. Bradley, MD, specializes in urogynecology and sees patients at the UPMC MageeWomens Center for Bladder and Pelvic Health at UPMC Passavant.

UPMC Magee-Womens is the regional leader in providing care for women through every stage of their health care journey. With local services available at UPMC Passavant, women from the North Hills can find a local connection to comprehensive care including fertility treatments, prenatal care, imaging, breast cancer diagnostics and care, gynecology, and urogynecology.

An example is the opening of one of the area’s only clinics dedicated to urogynecology, the Women’s Center for Bladder and Pelvic Health at UPMC Passavant-McCandless.

“This is a full-service clinic for bladder and pelvic floor problems,” says Megan Bradley, MD, one of the providers. “We offer complete clinical evaluations, diagnostics, and treatment under one roof.”

Urogynecology combines two specialties — urology and gynecology. Its focus is on problems of the pelvic floor, often caused by weakness or stretching of the pelvic floor muscles. Typical conditions are

leaking urine, pelvic pain, vaginal bulge, and urinary tract infections. The clinic is staffed in part by boardcertified surgeons specializing in complex uterine and vaginal prolapse surgery.

“Unlike typical urology practices, we only see women,” says Dr. Bradley. “We can offer individualized care for a range of pelvic floor issues. It’s a nice balance between the specialties.”

Comprehensive Care for Women

UPMC Magee-Womens services in north communities include:

• Advanced and routine prenatal care

• Advanced breast cancer diagnostics and care

• Fertility treatments

• Gynecology

• Imaging

• Urogynecologic services

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Each year, it is our pleasure to introduce you to the remarkable women shaping the landscape of business and healthcare in our area. These women hail from diverse industries and specialties, each bringing their unique expertise and experiences to excel in their chosen professions. Prepare to be inspired as you read about their journeys and accomplishments, and don’t forget to show your support by visiting their businesses or scheduling appointments with these exceptional professionals.

Katherine Anselm

Fly High Dog Training

Katherine Anselm is a certified professional dog trainer who specializes in working with pets and their owners one-on-one to give the dogs and owners she works with the individualized attention they deserve. During the pandemic, she was working at a corporate job and was becoming very unhappy in her work life. It was then that she knew that she needed a change and needed to go back to what made her happy and that was training dogs, which she had previously done for five years. Katherine then connected with a colleague in the dog training world who helped her with the business side of things. In 2021, she founded Fly High Dog Training. Katherine works with owners, taking great care to make sure that all parties leave happy after training. “I want the owners and dogs to be happy after a training session and feel like they both understand each other better. I really strive to help owners have a great relationship with their dogs,” said Katherine. “They are our family and having a good relationship with the ones you love is important. Anything is possible for your dog with the right training and love.”

(724) 252-2012

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Deb Walton, Realtor®, SRES®

Coldwell Banker Realty

Deb is originally from Upstate New York and has been a resident of Cranberry Township for 30 years after being transferred here by her former employer, Eastman Kodak Company. Deb has 25+ years of experience in Consumer Product sales and served as a Kodak Account Executive, calling on the Navy and Marine Corps Exchanges throughout the world. After being home with her children until they entered elementary school, Deb started her real estate career and has received many accolades as a consistent annual multi-million dollar producer. Married for 25 years to a retired PA State Trooper, she has three children. Deb represents buyers and sellers throughout Metro Pittsburgh, and specializes in helping our Veterans, Active-Duty and Military Families buy and sell homes. She also serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Friends of Pittsburgh Fisher House, helping raise funds to build a second Fisher House in Pittsburgh for the families of Veterans and active-duty military who are hospitalized. Deb enjoys serving her clients and prides herself on the relationships she builds. Please visit to learn more about her.

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Karen Anspaugh

Surrett & Anspaugh, LLC

Karen Anspaugh is a partner at the law firm of Surrett & Anspaugh LLC. She has helped companies form and thrive for over 33 years. Combining her business law practice with her experience in estate planning and asset protection, she helps businesses and individuals implement beneficial tax strategies and safeguard all they have worked for. Karen also operates Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company, where she manages every stage of residential and commercial real estate transactions, from drafting documents to settlement. She routinely works with real estate investors and assists with transactions involving nontraditional financing.


Lisa Brooks

Premier Wealth Partners

Lisa A. Brooks, CFP®, CRPC TM is a seasoned Financial Advisor and Partner at Premier Wealth Partners a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with 24 years of experience in the industry. Known for her dedication and expertise, Lisa has helped numerous clients navigate the complexities of financial planning, investments, and wealth management. With a deep understanding of market trends and a passion for helping others secure their financial futures, Lisa is a trusted advisor for individuals looking to build and protect their wealth. “Many people don’t start working with the financial advisor until they are planning to retire. Even though they may have a broker, an insurance agent, and even an accountant, many fail to have one person to bring it all together. The sooner you start to work with an advisor the better off you will be. If you start out early, small strategies and adjustments can be implemented over time to enhance your financial situation.”


Jackie Sorrenti

Gals On and Off the Green

Gals On and Off the Green is a women’s golf and casual wear boutique. Our passion is simple: to help women of all ages, shapes and sizes look and feel better about themselves (We offer fashions in sizes from double zero to 22!). Our flagship store in Pittsburgh is celebrating 20 years in business this June, and our newest location in Naples, Florida, opened in September 2023. Our fashions are not just clothes for golf – they are truly clothes for everyday LIFE! About 80% of the fashions we carry are beautiful and stylish and of great quality – and they are fashions for EVERY DAY! The fabrics do not wrinkle, they hold their shape, they quickly dry if you get caught in a sweat or downpour, they are easy-care. They are great for travel and 18-hour days...and they do not say “I am going golfing” – they are smart clothes for life! We provide one-on-one attention to your particular fit needs and sense of personal style – and accentuate your best features. We offer over 40 different brands and fits - the best selection of colors, lengths and styles. We can help you be “every you”– sporty-chic Gal, classic Gal, fashion-forward Gal, modern Gal – our selection provides something for a Gal’s EVERY style! In addition, Gals On and Off the Green is proud to sponsor the GALS Scholarship foundation – for women of ALL ages who participate in golf. To date, they have awarded almost 50 scholarships. See the website for more information.


Katie Kubis

Wonderland & Beyond Travel

I have been a Travel Advisor as well as the Romance Travel Specialist at Wonderland and Beyond Travel. Currently, I reside in Monaca with my husband and four daughters. My love for Disney and travel started at a young age when my family would frequently go on Disney trips. I’ve always loved that feeling of walking into Magic Kingdom and looking at the castle. For a moment, you feel like the only one there and the memories of past trips with my own family and then with my husband and children always flood my memory. There truly is no place on earth as magical and exciting as Walt Disney World. After an amazing family trip there in 2019, I decided to join the Wonderland and Beyond family. It is my passion to create a magical trip for other families like we had created for our own. I know all of the ins and outs of creating a flawless trip while traveling with young children as I have done several times for my own. I absolutely love to travel to Walt Disney World and have had many trips to Universal Studios, on cruises and all-inclusive vacations. Aside from planning family vacations, I have become the agency’s Romance Specialist and love to help plan those romantic getaways (which can be a much-needed retreat for you and your spouse!). I have been awarded the agency’s “Top Agent” for the past two years and love to create a stress-free and magical vacation for all my guests. Whether it is a family-trip, a romantic getaway, a destination wedding, or elopement, I am here to help you plan your dream trip! Contact me today, and I will make all of your travel dreams come true.




Jonelle McMahAn

Sewickley Spa

Victoria Chester Rose

The Izzie Fund

Driven by the love for my dog Izzie, and a passion to fill a gap in our community, I embarked on a mission to provide financial support to dog owners struggling with the cost of specialized care. Not your traditional entrepreneur, I built The Izzie Fund from the ground up and it has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding. We just celebrated our two-year anniversary. Inspired by my own dog’s battle with an illness, I understand the emotional and financial stress that comes with the cost of care. Too often, owners are faced with two choices: surrendering their best friend or euthanasia. Our charity serves as a lifeline to family-owned dogs, enabling them to receive the treatment they deserve while remaining in loving homes. Donations are our lifeline! In two years, we awarded $18,000 in grants to dogs in need of life-changing care. If you would like to donate or help, visit:

This will mark 23 years since I lost my beautiful mother to breast cancer. As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to celebrate her memory. She truly had the ability to make everyone feel loved, welcomed, and nurtured. From her sense of humor and infectious laugh to her loving embrace and hugs, these are the things I miss the most.

I often catch myself glancing at the clock at 7:11 and find comfort that it’s a sign from her...July 11th was her birthday. I was in Ireland this past March with my husband and father and the day we landed was on my birthday. Crazy enough, we come to find out it was Mother’s Day there! It felt like another little sign from my mom, knowing she is always with me. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about her!

Working as the Spa Director since 2009 and now as owner going on 4 years, I take joy in seeing mothers, daughters and friends join us for relaxation and pampering while making new memories. It is all such a beautiful reminder to me of the special holiday we are celebrating.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and all the children, young and old, who have cherished memories of Mom.

337 Beaver Street Sewickley, PA 15143 (412) 741-4240

In loving memory of Betty Jane Connelly, The Sewickley Spa will donate proceeds of all services in the month of May to Hair Peace Charities, a local organization that provides financial assistance to women and girls to purchase wigs due to the devastating effect of chemotherapy.

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Colleen Anthony

Strategic Real Estate Consulting


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Your Investment Vision Become a Reality

“I have been in real estate for over 20 years. I’ve owned my own mortgage brokerage since 2002 and have invested in real estate on multiple platforms both with single-family units as well as commercial properties. I’ve learned a lot along the way and want to provide lessons and insight to my clients to help them achieve their real estate investment goals,” Colleen Anthony, who founded Strategic Real Estate Consulting to do just that.

Strategic Real Estate Consulting offers two levels of service for clients: Basic Consulting and Advanced Consulting. Among the services offered with Basic Consulting is property evaluation for 1–4-unit properties.

SREC’s typical clientele often includes homeowners seeking to grow their real estate portfolio, whether with a single-family investment or a multi-unit property. SREC specializes in scrutinizing property specifics to guarantee adequate debt coverage, monthly cash flow, and profitability.

SREC also assists with financial package preparation, helping clients seeking financing to assemble and ensure the accuracy of all required documents for submission to potential lenders as well as offering guidance in evaluating financing options. SREC aims to equip clients with a comprehensive understanding of their options beyond the conventional financing option so they can make informed decisions tailored to their specific project needs. SREC assists in assessing estimates to determine the most suitable financing option.

“For instance, I have several clients who have children going to college that are interested in purchasing a property for their child versus paying dormitory fees or renting. This is a great first step for many to begin building their real estate portfolio. The property appreciates over time and in most cases, they have roommates paying rent, which is applied towards the mortgage and other monthly expenses.”

said Ms. Anthony. “Recently, we’ve been helping clients interested in investing in short -and long-term rental properties such as Airbnb. I have access to the data necessary to make the best decisions as to where in the country it is best to purchase, how to optimize that property so that it receives bookings, and what to expect with management fees.”

SREC also offers Advanced Consulting, which includes property evaluation for multi-units, commercial real estate, and land development. These clients are seeking a comprehensive analysis for potential property or land acquisitions. Many individuals venturing into this sector need clarity on the crucial factors needed for an effective assessment and financial package preparation. Understanding the required data for a thorough evaluation is pivotal. Analyzing rent rolls, capex estimates, cap rates, expenses, debt service coverage, company structure for tax benefits forms the cornerstone of assessing the property’s profitability. “Furthermore, we offer third-party resources to educate clients on additional real estate investment benefits, such as depreciation, cost segregation, proper accounting and financial planning,” said Ms. Anthony. “I have considerable experience in building construction, and our expertise lies in adeptly managing the construction process, especially in the commercial realm,” said Ms. Anthony. “Effective communication between lenders and contractors is paramount. I am the conduit specializing in overseeing contracts, plans, timelines, draw schedules, and budgets for commercial construction projects.”

“It’s always a good time to purchase real estate. Interest rates are higher and will fluctuate, however you can always refinance. ‘Buy and Hold is my motto” because real estate appreciates, making it a desirable asset, not to mention the tax benefits.” said Ms. Anthony.

Those interested in investing in real estate can contact Anthony for a free, 30-minute consultation. “I strive to make it affordable for investors to engage my services, you can book on the website at: or call my cell phone at: 412-491-2319. With SREC’s assistance investing in real estate is easier than ever,” said Ms. Anthony.

“I highly recommend Colleen Anthony of Strategic Real Estate Consulting. I have been fortunate to work with Colleen for the past 11 years. I can attest to her exceptional skills, work ethic, and character. Her expertise and extensive knowledge of real estate, mortgages, project management and finance is priceless.”

“I have had the pleasure of working with Colleen on multiple occasions for mortgages and refinancing. Colleen’s extensive knowledge of the mortgage and real estate industries made each transaction a smooth and efficient experience. She was consistently responsive, detailed, and communicative, ensuring that I felt supported throughout the process. Colleen excelled at navigating challenges, such as purchasing properties not listed on the market, with precision and grace. I have complete confidence in Colleen and wouldn’t trust anyone else with my real estate needs. ”

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Laura Ellis

Bridges Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Laura Ellis has felt like a bridge for most of her life, although when she was young, she mostly thought of it fondly as “being weird.” She also differed politically and spiritually from most of her peers, which early on caused her to question, to doubt, to explore, to trust, and to explain her different perspective - sometimes exhaustively with her more argumentative friends!

Therefore, it was only natural that Laura’s inquisitiveness led her to explore alternative medicine and energy healing in college. She drove several hours to attend a weekend course in Reiki or Akashic Record consulting. However, it was after college that she discovered acupuncture.

With a degree in human sciences, Laura has studied sociology, anthropology, religion, psychology - all the things that make us human. Spiritually drawn to alternative medicine and energy healing, she is helping forge paths toward a world of balance and equality.

She named her practice Bridges because bridges are a symbol of connection, journeys and vulnerability. The clinic is committed to bridging connections: between individuals and their health, between patients and practitioners, between old patterns of imbalance and new patterns of freedom.

Bridges offers acupuncture and herbal medicine, herbal consultations, therapeutic massage, and manual lymphatic drainage.

Acupuncture is an over-2,000-year-old practice (some say up to 5,000 years old) of tapping needles into people’s bodies in order to cure their ailments. It is growing in the West at an unprecedented rate. Though modern studies are just beginning in the field of scientific research, they are confirming what the people of Eastern Asia have known to be true for thousands of years: That acupuncture is effective for treating a vast range of conditions, from physical pain to emotional pain, from women’s health to athletic injury.

In addition, the ancient Chinese materia medica contains well over 350 herbs and is one of the oldest systems of internal medicine in the world. Over the past several thousand years, scholars have formulated elegant prescriptions to treat conditions ranging from the common cold to paralysis, from anxiety and insomnia to manic depression.

Prescription of these herbal formulas in Pennsylvania is licensed only to educated practitioners who have passed the national board exam, which covered over 300 herbs, formulas, modifications, dosing, pharmacological interactions, and other safety considerations. Not all acupuncturists prescribe herbs, but as someone who worked for a master herbalist before enrolling in acupuncture school, Laura is a strong believer in the powerful capabilities of this branch of East Asian Medicine.

Therapeutic massage is for patients with chronic and acute conditions and Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle technique to stimulate flow in your lymphatic system, promoting circulation and decongestion of your lymphatic fluids. Although the technique was developed to treat lymphedema specifically, studies are showing numerous positive effects.

Bridges is holistic, compassionate, and non-judgmental. It is not a spa; it is medicine, and it takes health seriously. It is true health care, the way it should be.

Joys in Laura’s life include traveling, writing, craft Belgian beer, scotch, Indian food, training horses, and geekdom (all the way to cons and fan fiction).

2469 Evans City Road Harmony, PA 1603


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Victoria Erdely

Rose Conscious

My practice is centered in Integrative Wellness, which focuses on an individual’s unique physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. I’ve always been fascinated by mindfulness and complimentary care, but in 2013, I had an experience after my father passed away from Melanoma cancer that completely changed my outlook on life:

I thought to myself “I feel so alone,” but didn’t voice it out loud. About 20ish minutes after thinking that thought, a young woman I never met came up to me and asked, “Did your father die?” Assuming she knew someone I did, I said, “yes” and she continued “I just keep hearing, ‘look at my beautiful baby girl!’” My father would say that in the hospital when I would visit after a surgery, but I never shared that with anyone. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, “He wants me to let you know that you are not alone, and we are always connected!”

That experience proved to me that there is far more than what meets the eyes and started me on my career path journey. After studying Metaphysics and Transpersonal Psychology for 9 years, I am passionate about sharing my trainings while empowering my clients to take selfresponsibility by knowing themselves. That includes their whole energetic makeup and the transformative shifts that connect them deeper. I founded Rose Conscious, an integrative wellness company, in 2017 to do just that. When working with clients, I prioritize root cause analyst (especially subconscious) providing customized plans tailored to specific needs through multidisciplinary techniques and professional collaborations.

My hope is that the biggest take away from working together is to know that you are your own greatest healer. My job is to provide the supportive direction and nurturing space while you gain the insights and tools to stand in your power. This allows you to respond to life with your higher qualities vs reacting out of wounded emotions and self-sabotaging beliefs. I am here to be your biggest cheerleader in making the necessary changes to sustainably live life more balanced and free.

Victoria Erdely, Phd

Integrative Wellness

Stacey Perry

Guardian Angel Home Care Services, Inc.

Twenty-three years ago, when I ventured into the world of home healthcare, I was driven by a deep love and admiration for the elderly and wanted to help them age in place, at home. Back then, options for personalized care were limited with only a handful of agencies available. It was this realization that fueled my determination to create something different. Instead of opting for a franchise model, I chose to establish Guardian Angel Home Care Services, Inc. where we prioritize the unique needs of each individual. Our approach is far from cookie cutter; it’s centered on understanding and tailoring care plans to fit the specific requirements of our clients. We believe in collaboration, working closely with families to ensure that every aspect of our service aligns with their expectations, and most importantly, honors the dignity and well-being of their loved ones. I’m incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken and the amazingly loyal staff that has helped make a difference in the lives of those we have had the privilege to serve.

Guardian Angel Home Care is one of the oldest agencies in Allegheny County. We don’t just provide care, we build relationships, foster trust and strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. As a privately owned company, we have the freedom to craft a care experience that is truly unique and tailored to the individual needs of our clients. One of the hallmarks of our agency is our unwavering commitment to customization. We understand that each person we serve is different, with their own set of preferences, challenges, and aspirations. That’s why we take the time to listen, to understand, and to create personalized care plans that address these specific needs.

Another aspect that makes us truly special is our dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us since near the inception of Guardian Angel Home Care Services, a testament to their loyalty and commitment. Their expertise, compassion, and dedication have been the cornerstone of our success, and we are incredibly proud to have them as part of our family.




The 2024 Women of Heyl Family Practice


4 yrs. in healthcare & 1 yr. with Heyl Family Practice

Alyssa was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare when she started her first job working at a nursing home in high school. Serving and speaking with residents was so rewarding she wanted to dedicate her life to caring for the older population. She loves meeting new people and caring for them.


30 yrs. in healthcare & 16 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Chrissy’s mother encouraged her to get into the medical field because of her empathy and her nature to be a caregiver. She really loves her work and values the lives of the people she meets each day on the job.


18 yrs. in healthcare & 6 mos. at Heyl Family Practice

Beth has always had a desire to help people on their healthcare journey. More than anything, she is passionate about women’s health. Her goal since starting at Heyl Family Practice is to share her knowledge and help support the patients.


13 yrs. in healthcare & 3 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Emily enjoys being able to help others in a personal way. By collaborating with other healthcare workers and families, she can provide optimal care and treatment plans. She is always motivated to continue to grow and become a better provider.


4 yrs. in healthcare & 6 mos. at Heyl Family Practice

Jamie has always been interested in medicine, helping families care for other ill family members since she was young. She really enjoys getting to know patients and building relationships with them.


8 yrs. in healthcare & 3 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Juliana has always enjoyed having a direct impact on people. She has always been a “people person”, and this job gives her the opportunity to connect and help others. Her priority is always to advocate for the patients and provide an environment where people feel comfortable and cared for by her.


12 yrs. in healthcare & 4 yrs at Heyl Family Practice

Kate was always intrigued by the human body and how it works, so it’s no surprise she ended up as a nurse. Nursing allows her to use that knowledge and share it with patients. She loves solving the puzzles of the disease process and how to best treat patients.


19 yrs. in healthcare & at Heyl Family Practice

Kathy likes the challenge of working in the hospital because of the autonomy she has and the wide variety of illnesses she encounters every day. With nearly two decades of experience in healthcare, all under our roof, Kathy is a foundational part of our practice.


19 yrs. in healthcare & 5 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Kelly started her career at Children’s Hospital in the ER, taking a role in opening the location in Bloomfield. She always knew she’d help people for a living. She even wrote a story about it in first grade! Kelly has a therapy dog she loves to bring to work with her in addition to volunteering other places.


13 yrs. in healthcare & 6 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Kelley started her time in healthcare as a volunteer at a rehabilitation hospital in high school. Since that time, she has always felt strongly that her work is not just a job, but that all patients are someone’s loved ones. She keeps that at the forefront of her mind as she treats her patients, which provides her fulfillment in her work.


12 yrs. in healthcare & 1 yr. at Heyl Family Practice

Mackensie is a third generation nurse, so she believes it’s always been in her blood to serve others and work in the medical field. She is passionate about geriatrics and serves as an advocate for all her patients and their families.


12 yrs. in healthcare & 8 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

From a young age, Mary Kate knew she wanted to have a positive impact on people’s lives. Healthcare provides her the avenue to help patients with their concerns and be a partner in helping them achieve the best quality of life.


14 yrs. in healthcare & 2 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Sarah had a passion for science in high school, and two parents in medicine, which led her to pursue a career in medicine. Her background is primarily in internal medicine and family practice, and her passion is for geriatrics community.


30 yrs. in healthcare & 6 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

Shelley was inspired to go the extra mile in healthcare by so many people including family and friends in the field. She has also served on many medical mission teams, which gave her the desire to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. Her hope is that all patients leave the exam room feeling “heard” by her.


34 yrs. in healthcare & 12 yrs. at Heyl Family Practice

When Tracy’s mom got sick and had a heart attack, she watched the nurses care for her and realized that’s what she wanted to do for others. She believes the providers at the practice genuinely care for their patients and encourage their involvement in their care.

NEW PATIENTS! Serving McCandless
West View (412)931-3066
Pictured Left to Right: Shelley Miller, Kelly Laverty, Mackensie Waldschmidt, Sarah Seelnacht, Kathleen Winberg, Jamie Siegfried, Juliana Mancini, Emily O’Connor, Mary Kate Wray, Tracy Tresky, Alyssa Kalin, and Kate Bachner. (Not Pictured: Kelley Meyer, Chrissy Bell and Elizabeth Booth)

Dr. Brie Kemp Live Well Chiropractic

Dr. Brie Kemp started Live Well Wexford in 2010 with a focus on families. “I am most known for my work with pregnant women, which I have a huge passion for. I work along side my husband, Dr Chad Stemmler, who works heavily with athletes and injuries, and Dr Amy Burelson, who has over 20 years experience,” said Dr. Kemp. As a child she loved playing school with her sisters, but she was also fascinated by the human body. “So having a job where I get to help people in my community live a better quality of life while teaching them about how to maintain wellness was an ideal fit,” said Dr. Kemp, who has been practicing since 2006. “Our practice provides a variety of treatment types so we can get results for most people. We have extended hours and weekend hours to help work around busy schedules. We also implement other specialties such as active release, massage therapy, and acupuncture. We have two Webster-certified doctors, which is a technique best known for helping with pregnancy and pelvic symptoms,” said Dr. Kemp. Also, in 2023 we added glo skin studio.

724-940-3900 141 Wexford Bayne Road, Wexford, PA 15090

Crystal Manning

Crystal Clear Medicare

Crystal A Manning, Licensed Medicare Advisor is the founder of Crystal Clear Medicare. After being in the Insurance business for over 30 years, in 2015 she established her own company. Licensed to sell Medicare in 10 states. Crystal focuses on educating her clients to enable them to make the best decisions for their unique health care situations. Specifically, she explains the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Part D (drug) and optional pharmaceutical plans and the enrollment requirements for all Medicare plans. Additionally, she provides each client with no-cost annual reviews to ensure that they are in the right plan at the most affordable cost. Crystal enjoys networking and belongs to various groups such as several local Chambers of Commerce throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. She was selected as a former Pittsburgh Fifty Finest. Locally, she belongs to Pittsburgh North Professionals, Inspired Women and North Allegheny Women’s Association. She has conducted Medicare presentations for interested organizations throughout the year in various locations. Crystal volunteers for North Hills Community Outreach, Ladies of Charity, Carnegie Museums and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Her hobbies include reading, traveling as much as possible, golfing, bicycling, and relaxing with family and friends. To contact Crystal call 412-716-4942 or email


Dvonya Sedlacko

Crystal Clear Medicare

Dvonya Sedlacko, is new to the Medicare World. She joined her mother, Crystal Manning, as a licensed Medicare Advisor with Crystal Clear Medicare. Prior to her entry into Medicare she worked as a technical recruiter. In late 2022 she had twin boys and chose a career change to be able to stay at home and raise her family and make her own schedule. Dvonya graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a BA in Communications, followed by a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Chatham University in 2011. She has been part of Orange Arrow since inception in 2013 where she serves as the HR/Intern manager. Dvonya lives in Wexford with her husband and her twin boys. She loves sports and traveling. To connect with Dvonya, please email her at


The staff at glo Skin Studio

Erin Adams

Release & Revive Wellness

Erin Adams is a Holistic Reflexologist, Professional-Advanced Practitioner with Reflexology Association of America and the owner of Release & Revive Wellness, LLC, located in Harmony, PA. Reflexology is a complementary medicine practice within the holistic health field that aims to restore balance to your body by gently stimulating the reflexes on the feet. Sessions foster a deeply relaxing self-care experience that may help with various ailments ranging from high stress levels to pain and beyond. Erin understands that everyone’s healing journey is unique. She customizes each session to meet your needs on that day and also works with you on your long-term goals. She provides a safe and supportive space to relax, release, and reconnect within. To learn more about what Reflexology can do for you, visit the website at:, call: (724) 679-7142, or email Erin at: (724) 679-7142

Debra Swift Swift Audiology

Debra Swift, founder and owner of Swift Audiology, opened her full-service audiology and hearing care practice in 1987. Her mission is to help people who are having hearing difficulties to hear better with the assistance of hearing devices. The practice has three locations – North Hills, South Hills, and Washington, PA. Choice is in the patient’s hands - we help educate our patients on the options by taking into account their needs, lifestyle, budget and hearing profile. Through our Hearing Aid Test Drive Program, patients can test drive their hearing aids in real-time and in real life. Our patients experience a family-like atmosphere with state-of-the-art technology and the best option to meet their hearing needs. Her diverse staff includes Doctors of Audiology and Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists who make it their mission to help those in our community hear better and continue enjoying life. Experience the gift of better hearing. Following a comprehensive hearing evaluation, we invite you to take our Hearing Aid Test Drive – No Commitment or Deposit Required. To learn more, visit our website at or call 412-364-8338. The North Hills office is located at 6000 Babcock Blvd, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA.



Marla Turnbull

Nature’s Divine Healing - Optimal Recovery, LLC

Marla Turnbull, founder and owner of Nature’s Divine Healing - Optimal Recovery, LLC, brings over a decade of experience as a National BoardCertified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Community Educator with the Alzheimer’s Association. She leads her clients toward optimal recovery through holistic lifestyle and energetic approaches. In addition, she co-leads a second-year Community Grant through the National Parkinson’s Foundation. In 2020, she overcame a major sepsis infection through prayer and aiding her body through natural and integrative healing. Her inspiration came when she was working at UPMC as a Practice Manager. She loved helping the older population navigate the health care system and get answers to their questions. Marla would address their concerns and advise them about how to take care of themselves and their family. It was then that she decided to learn more coaching skills to help them through their health and wellness journey.

Marla treats everyone as unique individuals, believing that no two bodies are the same. She coaches by educating clients through the process and being your number one cheerleader!

She begins her client assessments by offering the AO Scan, a comprehensive Bioresonance tool for measuring and regulating the body for emotional, physical and quantum living. Quantum Living is understanding that every thought, feeling, and action influences our body. Our body and emotions are energy, and this is a delicate and interconnected dance at the deepest level. Our bodies are made to heal if given the right nutrients for synergetic balance.

By combining the AO scan, lifestyle care, whole-food, plant-based choices, reducing stress, getting restorative sleep and exercise, clients can reduce the risk of inflammation and chronic disease, while improving their emotional health. “As a National Board-Certified Health and Emotional Wellness Coach, I am passionate about working with committed achievers who are ready to take charge of their life. I believe the success of any program includes dealing with limiting beliefs that keep sabotaging our best efforts,” said Marla.

In 2023, she was recognized as “The Best of Pittsburgh” in the category of National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach.

Marla advises all to remember to never lose HOPE. There is always hope when we lean on prayer and those around us to get us the answers we need. Cell - 412-302-4638

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Genesis Medical Associates is an independent family practice organization that strives to provide quality healthcare to the surrounding Pittsburgh area.

“I was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare because I enjoy improving the lives of others through their health. I was exposed to the healthcare setting at a young age, volunteering at my hometown hospital,” said Shelley Savoroski, PA-C, who has been practicing for 18 years. “I was even fortunate enough to have my first high school job be at a local doctor’s office. These experiences made me realize even more how truly rewarding it is to make a positive impact on someone’s life and well-being.”

Genesis focuses on creating a lasting relationship with its patients and managing their health with an emphasis on general wellness, disease prevention, and patient education. “For providers, medicine is truly a calling as it becomes so intertwined into our daily lives. I was fortunate enough to recognize this calling early in life and really develop a great passion for helping others to manage their health. I’m lucky to be able to surround myself with similar like-minded people who also have this passion,” said Savoroski.

“I was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare by my dad who is an emergency physician. As a child, I always thought it was the coolest thing whenever we were in public and someone needed urgent medical help, and he was the one who could help out,” said Emily Barton (Habowski), PA-C. “Our practice has a special culture of friendship among the APPs, doctors, and the rest of the staff. It helps us to approach patient care as an effective team. Our practice has a huge team working together to help patients achieve their health goals- from doctors, to referral coordinators, to social workers, to pharmacists.”

“I am thrilled to be working at Genesis Medical Associates: Grob, Scheri, Woodburn and Griffin Family Medicine,” said Melanie Lam, PA-C, who graduated from the George Washington University in Washington DC in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. “I started my career in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I was inspired to pursue a career in health care because I was interested in science, and I wanted to help people. We are blessed with a great group of people who work together to provide the best care possible to each and every patient’s unique and special needs. We also have the best support amongst our colleagues. Providing quality care is always our goal.”

“My practice is a family medicine focused group, and I shape my personal practice off many factors including my education, experiences, and my colleagues,” said Kristen Ostrzyzek, PA-C. “I feel like it is my job to not only initiate when necessary and manage ongoing treatments for my patients to the best of my ability, but also to educate them along the way so that they can be better medically informed.”

“I learned about healthcare while in college and found the constant learning associated with these types of jobs as well as the possibility to make lasting relationships with my patients very attractive in a career,” said Ostrrzyzek. “I try to ‘paint the picture’ with my patients and explain my rational as best as I can in order make my patients feel comfortable and educated about their care. A friendly disposition and polite manners are always key too! We, as an entire practice, are dedicated to doing the best for and by our patients at the end of the day!”

Wexford Office


AHN Health & Wellness

12311 Perry Highway Wexford. PA 15090

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Shelley Savoroski, PA-C Melanie Lam, PA-C Emily Barton (Habowski), PA-C
Kristen Ostrzyzek, PA-C

PNC Park to Host the Annual Pitch for Hope Women’s Baseball Clinic

At times, life can throw women a curve ball, especially when they’ve been given a diagnosis of breast cancer. To support those women and for those who love the games of baseball and softball or who have never stepped on a field but want to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer in our community, PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates are hosting the Annual Pitch for Hope on May 12. This event supports the mission of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, whose focus is to fund innovative programs, treatments, technology, and research in order to prevent breast cancer from advancing. A Glimmer of Hope’s mission is to lead the way to a cure for breast cancer.

In 1994, Diana Napper founded A Glimmer of Hope Foundation to honor the wishes of her best friend, Carol Jo Weiss Friedman, who lost her battle with the disease in 1990. The grass-roots effort, 501c3 nonprofit organization is committed to battling breast cancer through cancer research and programs, and most importantly, clinical trial studies in premenopausal breast cancer, as breast cancer in younger women tends to be more aggressive.

“The Pirates have been so supportive of The Glimmer of Hope Foundation,” said Diana Napper, “even during COVID. To date, our generous sponsors have paid for 30 women to participate in this year’s Pitch for Hope.”

Through various fundraising events supported by businesses, sports organizations, and individuals, Diana and A Glimmer of Hope Foundation have raised more than $3 million, which has been donated to Allegheny Health Network, Magee-Womens Research Institute, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and Allegheny General Hospital.

“One hundred percent of the money raised through Glimmer of Hope’s efforts goes to Metastatic Breast Cancer Research, and all of the dollars stay right here in the Pittsburgh region,” said Napper. Metastatic Breast Cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer.

From these efforts in 2015, A Glimmer of Hope has provided a SenoClaire tomosynthesis machine, which was installed and began operating at the Wexford Health + Wellness

The Home for Hope includes massage therapy, acupuncture, transportation, and childcare.

In October 2020, A Glimmer of Hope opened the Glimmer of Hope Metastatic Breast Cancer Center at AHN.

Pavilion of the Allegheny Health Network. A Glimmer of Hope was able to donate $171,000 for the machine. The SenoClaire tomosynthesis helps physicians differentiate benign from dangerous abnormalities and detect cancer in its earliest stages. This machine was the first of its kind in the United States. Also, in addition to the tomosynthesis machine, A Glimmer of Hope has purchased an Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS). This machine detects breast cancer in dense breasts.

In 2016, the foundation created the “Home for Hope,” which is located in the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion and West Penn Hospital. This is a designated space for integrative health services for breast cancer patients.

“This metastatic breast cancer center is the only one in Pennsylvania and possibly the only one on the east coast,” said Napper. “What I love most about the Center is everything happens in one visit. The Center allows the patient to meet with all physicians she needs in one place.”

“Our patients are mothers, wives, friends, co-workers, and employers,” says Christie Hilton, DO, director of the Center and medical oncology lead of the Breast Cancer Leadership team at the AHN Cancer Institute. “They deserve to live their lives as normally as possible. By centralizing all her needs into one visit, we hope to alleviate some of the stress and quickly get her back to living her life.”

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation has also teamed up with AHN to offer non-pregnant women ages 18-39 genetic testing as a preventive against cancer in younger women.

Throughout the year A Glimmer of Hope


has various fundraisers like the Clays for the Cure and the Happy Handbag Hour. The Pitch for Hope is a welcome event, and with a $65 Participant Ticket, participants not only engage in an exciting on-field clinic, but they also receive a commemorative gift, enjoy a postclinic brunch reception, and secure a ticket to the Cubs vs Pirates game that afternoon. For those interested in attending without taking part in the clinic, the $55 Guest Ticket grants access to watch the on-field activities, join the post-clinic brunch reception, and includes a game ticket as well.

Guests are invited to come out to the field, sharpen their baseball skills, network with fellow supporters, and help fund cutting-edge breast cancer prevention efforts.

Proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit A Glimmer of Hope and the important work they do in our local community to fund innovative programs, treatments, technology, and research to prevent breast cancer from advancing.

Visit A Glimmer of Hope’s website at: www. There you can learn about upcoming events, breast cancer, breast cancer research, and how to donate. You can also purchase Diana’s original “symbol of the cure” pin as well as other merchandise which helps to fund breast cancer research and provide the latest medical equipment. For more information on volunteering, call 800-454-6746. n

Concordia Lutheran Ministries

MAY 2024 21 “ I know I want to avoid a nursing home. What other choices do I have?” An Envisage membership makes it possible to age independently and successfully in the place you call home—today and tomorrow. Learn more about the smart way to age at home. 412.605.4197 ➤ SCAN WITH YOUR PHONE NHillsMonthly_Envisage_Feb24_7.25x4.75_QR_fc.indd 1 1/25/24 4:22 PM Caring. Comfort. Healing. As one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, we provide all this and more, backed by 140+ years of experience. At Concordia, we know that care you can trust makes all the difference. Learn more about our mission, services and opportunities at or connect with us on social media. @ConcordiaLM @concordia_lm
12 locations throughout southwestern PA • 1-888-352-1571

Miracle League of Southwestern PA to Open 2024 Season

The Miracle League of Southwestern PA will be celebrating their 16th season as a Miracle League baseball league this month in Cranberry Township. Located at Graham Park in Cranberry Township, their 16th season begins with adult league games starting on Monday, May 6, and the miracle and youth divisions’ opening day being held on Saturday, May 11.

The Miracle League of Southwestern PA, which opened May of 2009 and has grown each year to now be the home for over 440 players and 375 volunteers.

“We want to thank Cranberry Township, Pirates Charities, local businesses and the thousands of volunteers around this area for their continued support of the Miracle League,” said Mike Sherry, President of the MLSWPA.

The MLSWPA family is always welcoming new families, athletes, and volunteers. To learn more about the Miracle League, register a player, or volunteer, visit


The Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania (MLSWPA) was formed in January 2007 and is dedicated to providing the opportunity for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities to play organized baseball. In addition to organizing a league for special needs children and adults, the MLSWPA built a facility that meets the unique needs of this special group of children and adults. Affiliated with the National Miracle League Baseball organization, the MLSWPA reached an agreement with Cranberry Township to integrate a Miracle League Field into the baseball complex that the Township developed in the new Graham Park.

Opening Day for the Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania was on May 16, 2009.

The MLSWPA is committed to expanding its offerings and support to special needs children and adults in Western Pennsylvania. n

MAY 2024 23 North Hills (412) 369-4000 Seven Fields (724) 776-2488 Robinson Twp. (412) 787-7582 Fox Chapel (412) 696-0300 Proudly accepting all major insurances including Highmark & UPMC Health Plan Victor Thomas, MD • Paul Liefeld, MD • Brian Jewell, MD • Mark Langhans, MD Steven Kann, MD • Jeffrey Kann, MD • Gerard Werries, MD • Michael Pagnotto, MD Christopher Emond, MD • Caleb Campbell, MD • Michael Sybert, MD Providing the most advanced orthopaedic care and treatment of sports-related injuries for more than 45 years TRI-STATE ORTHO URGENT CARE in Seven Fields & North Hills Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @TRISTATE1976

Out of the Mouths of Babes

To those of you who are moms, you know the joys of raising children, the wide smiles when your baby sees your face, the hugs, the kisses and the ecstasy of having a child sleeping peacefully on your chest.

But you most likely know another side of parenting and that is embarrassment. Kids are honest and undiplomatic; they lack many of the filters adults have. My kids have provided me with several moments when you wished the earth would open up and swallow you.

As you may know from reading some of my previous columns, my first pregnancy I had boy/girl twins. With two little ones, it was difficult to take them to many places by myself, so for years until they went to preschool, they weren’t exposed to many different people outside of family and friends except for television. I wanted to die of embarrassment the day my four-year-old son, Chris, met a little black boy at the playground and exclaimed to me, “Look, mom. He’s a little Michael Jordan.” Fortunately, the little boy’s parents weren’t within earshot, but simply smiled at my son and theirs playing together, while I tried to revive my heart.

Flash forward several years later when my youngest son, Corey, was six and my twins

were twelve. My now deceased Italian motherin-law was visiting. As we sat down to eat lunch, Corey, asked, “Who do you think has the bigger mustache Grandma Stella or Chris?” My husband and I both gasped and nearly choked on our food. Fortunately, Grandma Stella was not insulted, but thought it was quite funny.

It’s fun to watch the people who embarrassed me while they were growing up suffer the same fate that I did. A few months ago, my husband and I were playing with our grandchildren. As my six-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, sat on my husband’s lap while he was reading her a book, she looked up at him, screwed up her face, and exclaimed, “Pap, why do you have cobwebs up your nose?” I couldn’t stop laughing while my daughter’s eyes bugged out. Now my husband never visits without checking his nose hair.

While these episodes can take years off a mom’s life, they certainly make for great stories to reminisce about later. Happy Mother’s Day! n


What Mothers Want: Ways to Make This Mother’s Day Memorable

If you polled moms as to what they would like for Mother’s Day, many would probably say time off from “motherly duties” and more time with their children. There’s no better way to accomplish both than to take the day off from the daily routine and treat mom to a day out of the house.

You may want to start mom’s big day off right with breakfast somewhere special or to treat her to brunch. I know there is something sweet, and charming about your kids serving you breakfast in bed, but let’s be honest. Who likes crumbs in bed anyway? And you know mom will have to clean up the mess made in the kitchen. There are numerous places to choose from the elegant like The Grand Concourse to your favorite local diner.

While you’ve got mom out of the house, you may as well have some fun. You can opt for cultural venues like one of our numerous museums, the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, or Phipps. If mom is an animal lover or has a fondness for our feathered friends, a visit to the zoo or aviary may be just the thing.

Does your mom like fun? Kennywood will be open on Mother’s Day, and who can pass up the chance for some coasters and Potato Patch fries? Or maybe a trip to Dave & Busters or the Pins Mechanical Co. on the Southside, where she can duckpin bowl, play arcade games and try her hand at pinball.

Perhaps mom is a sports fan. The Pirates are in town on Mother’s Day if she’d like to take in a game. Maybe mom is more of a participant than spectator. There are many 5K races scheduled that weekend, where you could take on the day while taking on the streets.

For moms who would appreciate a little “me time,” a gift of a spa day is an ideal gift. If your mom would rather sleep in instead of heading for breakfast, a lovely dinner is always a wonderful option. You can treat her to her favorite restaurant, but be sure to make reservations as Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days for dining out.

Whatever you choose, don’t forget the two most important ingredients to making a memorable Mother’s Day—your time and your love. n

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Holy Cross Academy

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Basketball team defeated the Sacred Heart Crusaders to finish out an undefeated season as the Diocese of Pittsburgh Class A Champions - a first in school history. The Hawks went into the playoffs with registered wins against St. Therese Munhall, Mother of Mercy, and Guardian Angel in the semi-finals to face a strong Sacred Heart team, finishing the season with an outstanding 25-0 record.

Students at Holy Cross Academy (HCA) in Ross Township displayed their commitment

to community service through impactful initiatives. Raising Awareness for Young Women’s Health, HCA held a “Pink-Out” during basketball games to support the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF). Through sales of pink T-shirts, a 50/50 raffle, baked goods, and raffle baskets, the HCA community raised over $1500.

Fox Chapel

Two Fox Chapel Area High School students placed in a Black History Month essay contest sponsored by Stop the Violence Pittsburgh. Swati Mylarappa was awarded the overall third grand prize and won a trophy and a gift card, and Safiyyah Muhina won a gift card.

Four Fox Chapel Area School District students won honorable mentions in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. Fox Chapel Area High School sophomores Zachary Rubin and Joseph Weber and Dorseyville Middle School seventh-graders Kai Galyardt and Rishabh Krishnamurthyvwere recognized for their performances.

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Joanna Li was named a 2024 Carson Scholar, and senior Henry Koloc had his status as a Carson Scholar renewed and was recognized for the fourth time.

Two Fox Chapel Area High School students placed in the 2024 Western Pennsylvania Regional History Bee.  Logan Dressman received third place honors and Karsten Buchert won a sixth-place award.  Both students qualified for the National History Bee and the International History Olympiad.

Seven Fox Chapel Area High School students won awards at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) State Tournament.  Adhitya Thirumala and Moonyoung Hwang were named the state champions.  Isabella White won second place.  Joanna Li and  Zachary Rubin placed sixth. Priscila Hayetian won seventh place.  Ulyana Kubini was awarded 11th place. Additionally, the Fox Chapel Area High School team won the 1st Place School Sweepstakes Award in the Small School Division for being the best overall team across all events.

Mars Area

Mars Area Middle School Hockey Team earned first place in the 2024 PIHL JV Tournament Tier 3A, defeating the Butler Tornadoes 4-3 in the final game of the championship on March 28.

Three Mars Area Centennial School students were selected for Judges’ Choice awards for their submissions in the Phipps Conservatory Fairchild Challenge. As part of the Habitat

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Handbooks challenge, fifth-graders Ziqian Feng, Caroline Kazanov and Kendall Leonard created handbooks about Dumbo Octopuses, Hummingbird and Lions.

Chris Churilla, Mars Area Centennial School librarian/ media studies and STEAM teacher, is nominated in the Reader’s Digest America’s Favorite Teacher contest.

Mars Area Centennial School fifth-grader Madison Do qualified for the 2024 U.S. Kids Golf Foundation World Championship, to be held Aug. 1-3 in Pinehurst, N.C.

Two Mars Area School District students earned awards in Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV’s Very Special Arts Exhibit. Kindergartner Sophia Good was her piece, “Sunflower” which was also chosen to be printed on this year’s event t-shirts. Sixth-grader Matthew Konitzky was selected for the Executive Director’s Creativity Award for his drawing.

Mars Area Elementary School second-grader Maryjane Eichenhauer earned first place in the Pennsylvania Regional Braille Challenge.

Pine-Richland/Mars Area

Pine-Richland/Mars Area U.S. Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp) Drill Teams took first place overall in the East CLC Marine Corps Drill Competition, held March 16 at the University of Akron (Ohio).

Quaker Valley

Quaker Valley Education Foundation Trustees announce a new award which recent graduates are eligible to receive. Those eligible are graduates from Quaker Valley High School, ready to start junior year at college, have not previously received a QVEF award, pursuing a degree in a STEM area, in need of funds to complete STEM degree requirements. Applicants must submit, a letter requesting funding, and a transcript (can be unofficial) covering studies since QVHS. Submit letter by June 15, to: QVEF, PO Box 174, Sewickley, PA 15143. For info, visit or call (412) 741-7467.

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Springing Into May Gardening

Hi folks! May is like a 31-day rollercoaster of weather. We can see temperatures that are summerlike day and night. Then, when we are high on the track, the temperatures can dive down to almost winter-like with frosty mornings and chilly rain, robbing all of the soil temperature gains.

May’s number one commemorative event is Mother’s Day, which falls on the second Sunday of May. We must acknowledge our mothers’ sacrifices and celebrate the motherly figures in our lives.

The second significant day in May is Memorial Day. On this date, we remember and honor the lives of those who perished serving our country. Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday of May. The purpose of this day is to unite the various military bodies of our troops and support the troops defending the USA and our God-given freedoms.

NASCAR Day is the third Friday of May. It is a time when NASCAR enthusiasts salute the US mili-

tary and our flag. They ask God to have a hand for safety and a blessing for all.

The monthly full moon affects the weather. This month’s full moon is May 23, and is called the “Flower Moon.”

My Grandpap Eichner was a lifelong farmer, growing on his dad’s dairy farm in Germany. He was sponsored to America, only to continue his love of farming with the other half of the team, my grandmother. My grandfather taught us about the Ice Men’s Days of May. They’re also called the Three Chilly Saints, St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatius. Grandpap was old school in many ways and always observed the original days of May 19-21. Since the 1600s, it has been changed to a week earlier, May 11-13.

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stores changed the rules and promoted plant sales four to six weeks too early. Some local greenhouses fear losing sales, so they encourage early sales, which makes no sense. May’s summer-like temperatures plunge or crash because of either cold showers or the threat of frosts. Cold, damp soils are like putting your feet in a cold tub of water. So early planting can be risky and stunt the plants for a period. So, planting is like a gardening rocket in late May and can only go up.

If you want to choose some early color that can withstand colder weather, pansies are the number one choice. Their colorful faces can also garnish a salad. Traditionally, Mother’s Day kicks off the hanging basket sales. A gardening tip to maintain and nurture the colorful growth of the hanging baskets, pots, and containers is to fertilize them at least once a week with your plant food.

So, in the first half of May, the focus should be on cleaning up and prepping the gardens. Fuel up your rocket with a good seven—to ten-day forecast, and gather your flowers, vegetables, and herb plants.

If you are looking for a destination, you can stop by our farm store, step into the greenhouses, take a lap, and visit the farm market. Buy our high-energy eggs, which support our laying hens, homemade pork sausage, sliced slab, and Canadian bacon, with a meat case full of meat and poultry, seasonal fruits and vegetables, homemade cookies, candies, and fudge.

Visit us at 285 Richard Road, Wexford, and bring your kids and grandkids to see our nine little lambs born this year and three Dexter calves coming out in the pastures. Make Eichner’s Whole Farm and Greenhouses a destination and experience a working farm. We are open seven days a week. Discover “the rest of the story.” n

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Robin’s Home: Supportive Housing for Women Veterans

Butler is the dwelling place of Robin’s Home, a unique facility that provides supportive housing for women veterans and their children. U.S. Army Veteran Mary Chitwood founded this 501©3 nonprofit, officially opening its doors on July 1, 2019.

Chitwood named the place in honor of her friend Robin Arnold, who served in the Army during the Desert Storm conflict. After discharge, Robin received treatment for military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She required surgery for a medical condition. Unfortunately, due to complications from the surgery, Robin passed away on January 27, 2017.

Robin’s Home honors her legacy and assists homeless female veterans and their families. The establishment serves Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Erie, Lawrence, and Mercer counties. The house is equipped with all the comforts of home, including a kitchen, laundry facilities, computers, and three bedrooms, each with a bathroom. “Our beds at our transitional housing program are typically full of single women veterans or with women veterans and their children. We are always striving to expand our program to meet the needs of the veterans we serve,” said Chitwood.

In addition, Robin’s Home offers Women Veteran Peer Support Services. Staff members and military peers provide counseling service at Robin’s Home at 401 East Pearl Street. “We have several women who attend the weekly women’s support group. Also, we have women veterans enrolled in our Certified Peer Specialist Program for Women Veterans,” Chitwood said.

Robin’s Home is excited to announce that they now support all veterans and currently serving service members with their Veterans H.E.A.R.T. Resource Center. The HEART stands for Housing, Empowerment, Assistance, Resources, and Training. The facility opened in March at 357 North Main Street, Suite 1 in Butler. The center assists veterans by offering various services, including education, employment assistance, health care advocacy, and community engagement. This program has proved to be successful. According to Chitwood, “The Veterans HEART Resource Center has been a wonderful resource to veterans in our community. The resource center has a recreational room for veterans to hang out and socialize. They can watch T.V., play Xbox, listen to music, or play board games; we host a weekly women’s support group and monthly social events for veterans. Our resource center has a computer lab for veterans to use.”

For more information on Robin’s Home, Women Veteran Peer Support Services, and Veterans H.E.A.R.T. Resource Center, visit,, or n

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May Happenings

Adventures in Training with a Purpose (ATP) Annual Golf Outing, 8:00 am-3 pm (shotgun 9 am), July 29, at Diamond Run Golf Club, Laurel Oak Drive, Sewickley. For details, visit www.

Community of Wexford Golf Classic supporting Blessed Francis Seelos Academy, 1 pm, May 20, Connoquenessing Country Club, 1512 Mercer Rd, Ellwood City. For details, visit

Cranberry Township 55+ Club meets 1 pm the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. Members must be residents of Cranberry Township. The Club features activities, social opportunities, and visits to nearby points of interest. For info, contact Frank at (724) 316-5807.

Divine Grace Parish Family Festival, August 9-11, at St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Twp. Carnival, games with prizes, dunk tank, food booths, raffle baskets, 50/50 drawings, bingo, nightly meals, entertainment, white elephant sale, Kiddieland area with bounce houses, train rides, and a $15,000 cash raffle. For details, visit

Free Community Meal First Monday Meal, 5-7 pm each 1st Monday of the Month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1719 Mt. Royal

Blvd., Glenshaw, PA.   Meal includes entree, starch, vegetable, salad, homemade dessert and drink. Open to the public. For info, call (412) 486-0550.

Free Matinee Movies on Mondays: 2 pm, May 6, NYAD; May 13, The Family Plan; May 20, Maestro; May 27, no movie; June 3, Oppenheimer, at the Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Crossing in McCandless Twp. For details, visit

Friends and Fun, open to 55+ singles, the group meets at 7 pm every 3rd Friday at Divine Grace Parish (St. Ferdinand Church), Cranberry Twp, Holy Family Room. Games, movies, local trips, and activity planning. For info, call or text George (724) 719-0292.

Glenshaw AARP 3744 meets at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, Mt. Royal Blvd. 2 pm, second Tuesday of the month. Call (412) 487-1041 for more info.

Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Roundtable, The Battle of Cedar Mountain presented by Chris Bryan, 7 pm, Monday, May 20, at Hampton Township Community Center, 1301 McCully Rd, Allison Park. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hope Grows Victoria Tea, noon-2:30 pm, May 19, at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh. For details, visit victoriantea/.

Ingomar Garden Club monthly meetings 10:30 am, the 1st Wed. of the month, light lunch and guest speaker, March through November at Northmont Church, 8169 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh 15237. For details, visit for additional information.

Ingomar Garden Club Plant Sale, 9 am-2 pm, Saturday, May 18, the corner of Ingomar Rd & 9600 Perry Highway (Rt. 19), in front of Commodore Perry Plaza & Bruster’s. Perennials, Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Herbs, & Vegetables plus a large Flea Market. Visit

JFilm Festival, the largest Jewish cultural event in the region, returns to theaters May 2-12, showcasing the best in independent, Jewishthemed feature films. For details, visit

Little Sisters of the Poor Rummage Sale, 9 am-3 pm, May 3 & 4, 1020 Benton Ave, Brighton Heights (back of the building). Clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, books & assorted items. Saturday is the “Bag Sale.” All proceeds benefit the elderly residents living at the Home. This is the first of two sales this year. For info, call (412) 307-1100.

Mah Jong Group of the Zelienople Area Public Library is hosting a fundraising tournament to benefit the library, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the St. Peter’s Reformed Church at 320 E. Grandview Ave. For details, contact Pat Guffey at

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Noble Environmental Chemical & Electronic Drive Through Recycling Events: 9 am, May 11, Ash Stop Rd., Evans City; June 5, 306 E. Water St., Slippery Rock. For info, visit

Northland Library Spring Book Sale, 9 am-4 pm, May 3 & 4, 1-4 pm, May 5 (bag sale), NEW! Beat the crowds & register for the Preview Sale. For $10 payable when you register ($15 at the door), you can shop Thursday night before the sale. Preview Sale, 7:30 pm, May 2. For info, visit

Rummage Sales, 8 am-2 pm, May 4, and 11 am-2 pm, May 5, St. Matthew Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Mt. Troy Rd., in Reserve Twp. Sale, 9 am.2 pm, May 11, at Holy Spirit School. Huge selection of kitchen items, jewelry, books, seasonal items, clothing etc. Bake goods available on Saturday. If you have furniture to donate, call Deb at (412) 337-1713 or Claire at (412) 360-9866.

San Rocco Festa, August 9-11, in the field adjacent to the Beaver Valley Automall (750 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd). Italian festival rooted in faith, love and community. Entertainment & food booths. For details, visit or call (724) 252-7732.

Science Center Welcomes Pixar to Pittsburgh, venture into the creativity behind Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Sulley, and all your favorite Pixar characters with The Science Behind Pixar exhibition beginning on May 25. For info, visit

Sealarks Womens Group meeting, 1 pm, Wednesday, May 8 at Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd, McCandless. Topic is Underground Railroad.  Sealarks provides Christian fellowship & social activity for alone women. For info, contact Edie at (412) 487-7194.

St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Challenge presented by PNC, Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18. Complete the event at your convenience. Choose your own route. complete a virtual 5K at 3.1 miles or a distance you prefer anytime from May 12 through May 18. Run, bike, walk, swim or play racket sports for those who can’t. Register at or call (412) 7844205.

UPMC Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Membership Opportunities! Are you looking for a stimulating opportunity for social interaction with other dedicated people in support of our community hospitals— UPMC Passavant McCandless and Cranberry? Then join the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary’s long tradition of caring. The Auxiliary meets at 10 am the 2nd Monday of each month (Sept. through June). New members are always welcome!  For more info, visit Call (412) 748-6639 if you plan to attend a meeting.

Vintage Market is a non-profit store in Shaler that benefits The Blessing Board. Open 10 am-3 pm every Th/F/Sat in the Shaler Plaza, 880 Butler Street & Rt. 8 (look for the gray door between Rite Aid & Planet Fitness).

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Motherly Music Trivia Songs for Mom

Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday, May 12. To celebrate, we’ll showcase maternal songs that honor moms. A few ladies remember mothers with these hits – Christina Aguilera sings O Mother, Carrie Underwood performs Mama’s Song, and Celine Dion croons A Mother’s Love. Miley Cyrus resonates with Mother’s Daughter while Donna Murphy utters Mother Knows Best, and Miranda Lambert acknowledges her Mama’s Broken Heart. Lauren Alaina sang Like My Mother Does. Tracy Bonham performed Mother, Mother, Kitty Wells quipped Mommy for a Day, and Brandi Carlile released The Mother

Some men have revered mothers with heart-filled music. Justin Bieber sang Turn to You (Mother’s Day Dedication), The Temptations released Oh, Mother of Mine, and George Michael harmonized Mother’s Pride. Paul Simon believed in a Mother & Child Reunion, James Brown spiced things up with Mother Popcorn, and B.J. Thomas performed duo hits, Mama and Rock N’ Roll Lullaby. Loggins and Messina noted that Your Mama Don’t Dance, Earth Wind & Fire released the tune Mom, and Kayne West bellowed out, Hey Mama

The Intruders sang I’ll Always Love My Mama while ABBA asked Does Your Mother Know? Ernie K. Doe harmonized Mother-in-Law, and Fountains of Wayne sang about Stacy’s Mom. The fab-four, The Beatles, gave us Your Mother Should Know and Mother Nature’s Son. The Rolling Stones spun Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadows? The Friday Night Boys reminisce about How I Met Your Mother. The New Radicals sang Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough while The Shirelles emphasized Mama Said. The Band Perry gave us Mother Like Mine. Glen Campbell and Steve Warnier harmonize The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Merle Haggard reflects upon Mama Tried while Mac Miller harmonized I’ll Be There. Bruce Springsteen sang the autobiographic The Wish. Josh Groban serenades You Raise Me Up. Tupac Shakur bantered Dear Mama Martina McBride crooned In My Daughter’s Eyes. Jamie O’Neill sang with Somebody’s Hero Lea Michele resonated Mama Who Bore Me. Numerous artists released a song titled Mother. These include Pink Floyd, John Lennon, Meghan Trainor, Danzig, Charlie Puth, Sugarland, and Natalie Maines.

As you can see, there are plenty of maternal songs that may remind you of your mother. Be sure to wish Mom a beautiful Mother’s Day. Since we have run through Mom’s hit parade, we must now put on our thinking caps for this maternal quiz. Get set to don those thinking caps because it’s time to get a little trivial.

1. In 1996, Eric Clapton performed with this Italian opera star during a benefit in Bosnia for world hunger. The duo and the East London Gospel Choir sang Holy Mother

2. Waylon Jennings sang the track Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys along with this country music star.

3. ABBA released this maternal tune, which was also a Broadway musical and 2008 musical comedy film.

4. Name the vocal group that sings God, Your Mama & Me, and The Perfect Fan

5. Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show resounded this melody about Mrs. Avery.

6. She sings Coat of Many Colors, which tells how her mother stitched a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family.

7. Which song features the lyrics Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright. They just seem a little weird.

8. Name the male vocal harmony group that gave us A Song for Mama

9. Which Beatles song is a tribute to Paul McCartney’s mother Mary?

10. This group released Mother Love and Tie Your Mother Down

11. The Rolling Stones recognizes this person who assists Mom.

12. Name the group that gave us the hit Mama Told Me (Not to Come)

13. Ozzy Osborne sings this maternal tune.

14. This renowned musician sang the tune Mama Liked the Roses

15. Neil Young released this environmental song about the state of our planet. n

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Answers: 1. Luciano Pavarotti 2. Willie Nelson 3. Mama Mia! 4. Back Street Boys 5. Sylvia’s Mother 6. Dolly Parton 7. Surrender (Cheap Trick) 8. Boys II Men 9. Let It Be 10. Queen 11. Mother’s Little Helper 12. Three Dog Night 13. Mama I’m Coming Home 14. Elvis Presley 15. Mother Earth


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