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CONTENTS November 2014



Health & Wellness

10 Cover Story: Feeling Frosty? Glide Through the Holidays at the MassMutual Ice Rink at PPG Place This Season!

24 Cynthia J. Horodnic, LPC, NCC Opens Private Counseling Practice

Marianne Reid Anderson

14 Local Buisnesses Giving Back to the Community Paula Green and Marianne Reid Anderson

17 Kaelin Farm Market Offers Something for Everyone the Holiday Season 19 Fit Families: A New Celiac’s Fight for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Joella Baker

34 Opt to Adopt Paula Green

Image & Style 20 Holiday Makeup: 5 Quick Tips in Minutes Kelly Smith

26 Allegheny Helath Network Opens Wexford Health + Wellness Pavillion 30 Enhance Your Life: Take a Stand for Yourself Donna Summers Moul

Kids & Education 36 Hot Gifts for Students Marianne Reid Anderson

38 School Movers & Shakers

Senior Living 40 Town Crier: A Nostalgic Reflection of November Joe Bullick

42 Happenings for Seniors

10 In Every Issue 4

From the Publisher


Movers & Shakers


Mover & Shaker of the Month: Master Robert Zang

Marion Piotrowski

Paula Green


Starting the Conversation: The NFL is Tax-Exempt? Pardon Me?! Marianne Reid Anderson

12 Happenings 35 Trivia Connection: Adoption Trivia Paula Green 43 Support Our Troops: Centennial Remembrances & Commemorative Marker Erected to Honor a Franklin Park Veteran Paula Green

Home & Garden 44 Why Your Mortgage Matters... Colleen Anthony

Advertorials 22 The Legacy Lineup 31 Health-care or Sick-care? Dr. Shannon Thieroff

33 Weight Loss Changes Client’s Life Dr. Michael Vactor, DC

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Welcome to the November issue of Northern Connection Magazine!

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s we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, Northern Connection magazine features an article on local businesses that give back to the community. There are many businesses that are generous and donate in many different ways to our community and, as we have found from our interviews, local business owners feel very connected to the community when they give something back. We will continue this feature in the December issue, so please let us know of any business or business owner that you would like us to highlight. The holiday season is upon us and we are honored to continue the tradition on Northern Connection magazine’s cover to feature the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. What a fun holiday experience for the whole family. Hopefully you will be able to take some time with family and friends to enjoy all of Northern Connection Magazine’s highlighted Holiday Happenings this season. This is a great time of year to reflect on all the blessings that come our way and to let the people in our life know what a blessing they are to us. I personally would like to thank all the readers, advertisers and my wonderful staff who help to make Northern Connection magazine what it is today. Thank you for all of your support and together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work. F


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MOVERS & SHAKERS November 2014

Movers & Shakers Medals at the 2014 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition.

The North Star Kids performance troupe performed at the Clipped Wings’ convention in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27. Clipped Wings is an organization comprised of current, former and retired United Airlines flight attendants and stewardesses. The North Star Kids became involved with the organization through its long-standing ties to the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Shanksville, which honors the 40 heroes of United Flight 93. Turner Dairy Farms was recognized with ten awards at two national dairy judging competitions. They took home two First Place Awards at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., and six Gold Medals and two Silver


Pittsburgh Mercy Health System unveiled its new $310,000 mobile medical unit which features two modern examination rooms, a comprehensive lab, a pharmacy, a counseling area, and room to expand to eventually include dental services. St. Barnabas announced the winners of their first annual St. Barnabas Leadership awards. The winners were – Julie Smith, president and CEO of RJW Media, which received the award in the small company category; Dwayne Spurlock, the owner and CEO of ePeople, eKidzCare was the winner in the medium company category; and the large company award went to William C. Byham, chairman and CEO

of Development Dimensions International. McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy Health system’s grantmaking foundation, announced the awarding of 24 grants totaling $2.8 million to 22 Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ EMCF), the parent holding company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (the “Bank”) Nicholas announced the Varischetti appointment of Nicholas D. Varischetti to the board of directors of the Company and the Bank, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Varischetti is an attorney at Burns White in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Krysia Zancosky of Benbrook Gastroenterology Associates is opening of a new Cranberry Office located at 2001 Ehrman Road, Dr. Krysia Upper Level, Zancosky in the YMCA Building. All insurances, accepted. To make an appointment please call (724) 482-6062. More than three dozen volunteer fire departments in Western Pa will be able to enhance their ability to keep communities safe thanks to a $30,000 in donations from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc., and Columbia Pipeline Group.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc., ranked highest in customer satisfaction among midsize natural gas utilities in 2014 in the eastern United States, according to J.D. Power.

The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania (ACP) recognized Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) instructor Dave Koehler as the recipient of their 2014 Education Award. The award was bestowed on Koehler for his work with PIA’s courses on Aircraft Instruments and Controls.

St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church in Franklin Park has hired Jill Halapin as the part-time coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry.

The Pittsburgh Area Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) announced that Jorge Rojas is the first recipient of the Rob Vega Memorial Scholarship.

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Master Robert Zang and The Zang Invitational Martial Arts Championship BY PAULA GREEN


aeKwon-Do (TKD) is a Korean martial art which combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. According to Master Robert Zang, “TaeKwon-Do is new in terms of martial arts; it has only been around for about 60 years. It is the martial art that is most often displayed in the entertainment industry.” Zang is an expert in this particular field – he owns the Zang TKD Martial Arts school which is located at 355 Northgate Drive in Warrendale. He founded his school in July 2009, and it has a large array of students who range in age from the very young through older adulthood. Zang began his taekwondo training when he was only four years old. Thirty-four year later he is still going strong, and instills the passion that he has for the sport onto his students. “We have a nice, laid-back place where the students are very open-minded and there are no egos or attitudes. I emphasize to them that there is always room for improvement and always something new to learn,” said Zang. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Zang will showcase his 4th Invitational Tae Kwon Do (TKD) Martial Arts Championship which will be held at Marshall Middle School gymnasium. “We have folks participating in this event from all over, some from Canada, the east coast and a school from Hawaii,” added Zang. The highlight of the tournament is a Pitt versus Penn State competition which will include present and alumni martial artists. “I have students that attend both of these schools; it is a nice, fun rivalry. Both teams will receive contributions that will go towards their charities. The winning team will receive a larger portion,” noted Zang. Penn State is competing for THON, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Pitt is competing for Veteran’s Leadership Program (VLP). Their mission is to provide any homeless/jobless veterans and their families a jumpstart to a new life. Master Zang resides in Pine Township along with his wife Maura and their four children – Chloe (9), Jackson (6), Trae (3) and Kai (1). For more information about Zang TaeKwon-Do and the 4th Zang TKD Invitational Championship, call (724) 934-9264 or email via F

From left to right – Laura Arnold, Mikey Boyer, Colleen Anthony and Mi Ran Surh of North Pittsburgh Network enjoying an appreciation lunch hosted by Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh on Friday, October 10th.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS November 2014

On October 19, Twenty one members of the Vincentian Class of 1969 celebrated their forty-fifth class reunion at Frescos in Wexford. Also in attendance was one of their beloved teachers, Sr. Rita Gesue, SCN retired teacher, who currently serves as a member of the school’s board.

More than 300 giving ladies gathered at The Washington Place and Kean Theatre at St. Barnabas to help the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. These fashionistas raised more than $23,000 for patient care at St. Barnabas during a fun afternoon of shopping with more than 40 specialty vendors, dining, entering raffles and viewing the latest fall fashions.


Allegheny Health Network welcomes Jeffrey Carlson as President of the new Wexford Health and Wellness Pavilion. Previously, Mr. Carlson was the Chief Administrator for the Mayo Clinic in Waseca, MN and Director of Ambulatory Services for University Hospitals. Jeffrey Carlson He earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and his undergraduate BSBA in Business Management from John Carroll University.

Courtney Brennan, WPXI-TV reporter and emcee for the St. Barnabas Charities Fashion Gala with Kiya Tomlin, designer and wife of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin; and Valerie Day Wilden, president of St. Barnabas Charities.

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Marion Piotrowski, publisher of Northern Connection magazine with Kiya Tomlin


The NFL is Tax-Exempt? Pardon Me?! BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


ccording to Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, they are. Even though the NFL and other professional sports organizations including the NHL and PGA are not a charitable institutions, these luxury-based businesses enjoy a nonprofit status, and are therefore, tax-exempt. Sen. Coburn wants to be very clear that this does not include the individual franchises. Steelers, Seahawks and the rest of the teams who do pay their taxes. In an article by CNN, “Coburn has introduced the PRO Sports Act to strip the NFL and others of a decades-old exemption…The reason goes back to 1942 when the IRS ruled the NFL was a trade association for its now 32-member teams and therefore exempt from taxes as a nonprofit under section 501(c)6 of the tax code.” Also in the CNN article, “The nonprofit NFL raked in more than $326 million from April 2012 to March 2013, almost of all of which came from “membership dues and assessments” or league fees paid by the member teams, according to a CNN analysis of IRS documents. Those dues are tax deductible for the teams as “business expenses” according to the IRS.” What do you think? You can watch an interview with Coburn and read the CNN article in its entirety in my blog: Continuing the Conversation at but more importantly, let me know your thoughts in the Comment section below the blog or email me at F

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COVER STORY November 2014

Feeling Frosty? Glide Through the Holidays at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place This Season! BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


kating, gliding and enjoying wintertime fun at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place has become one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved holiday traditions. They’re returning on Light-Up Night on November 21st. The ice will be ready for skaters of all ages and abilities to glide past the towering Christmas tree where thousands of glittering lights reflect and sparkle in the glass towers of the PPG Building. Great for outdoor family fun or as part of the perfect date night, multi-generations of skaters delight in the experience of this winter recreation in the heart of the excitement and energy of downtown Pittsburgh at Christmas time. Beginning on Light-Up Night on November 21st, MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place will be open every day including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day to be a part of the annual traditions of many Pittsburgh families. The fun continues well after the holidays with the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place remaining open through mid-February. “Over 500,000 skaters have enjoyed this holiday pastime located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at the Plaza between Third and Fourth Avenue,” said Byron Sharp, president of Magic Ice USA and the operators of the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. “It has even become a destination for special lifetime occasions including weddings, birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and many romantic wedding proposals which have all taken place here at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. And every year, it gets bigger and better. There is also a full snack bar and there is no time-limit, skaters can stay as long as they want.” It is also a favorite destination for family outings, field trips, special college nights, team building, corporate events and private ice parties. Group rates are offered and there is


convenient, adjacent parking. You can also sign-up for skating lessons and, in addition, for those who work or go to school in the downtown area, you may want to consider getting yourself a special “lunchtime” pass for a quick skate-break during the day. Skates are available to rent or bring your own and have them sharpened by the skating professionals. Be sure and join that jolly old elf himself on December 6th, 13th and 20th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the very special “Skate with Santa” holiday event. The Ice Rink at PPG Place was first installed in December 2001. “The management of PPG Place recognized our ability to provide a great venue for holiday family fun and that we had a great business model.   We were recommended to those in charge, and after we met with them, we were extended an agreement.  It’s been extended every year since,” Sharp said. “We provide the very best in family recreation, and we are delighted to be back in Pittsburgh again.  We have a wonderful relationship with the owners, Highwood Properties, Inc., and their supportive and generous new sponsor MassMutual Pittsburgh who continue to bring us at Magic Ice USA, to operate the ice rink. We enjoy providing this lasting holiday tradition to the people of Pittsburgh.” The rink will be open Nov 21 to Jan 5, Monday through Thursday:  11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday:  11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday noon to 8 p.m.  Then, starting from Jan 6 to mid-February, the rink will be open Monday through Thursday:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an evening skate; Friday and Saturday:  11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m. For more information and holiday hours of operation, visit or call 412-394-3641. F

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HAPPENINGS November 2014

Happenings North Happenings Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection, Nov. 8, Butler County. Visit

Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month 7 p.m., Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329.

North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program serving the Greater Pittsburgh region needs donations of new or used car cleaning supplies. Call (724) 443-8300 or

Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 3, Labor Day; Nov. 10, MUD; Nov. 17, The Unknown Known; Nov. 24, Belle; Dec. 1, Noah, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. For info, visit

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


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


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

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

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

Handicapable Square Dancing Lessons, Thurs., thru Oct., Dorseyville Alliance Church. Volunteers needed to assist. For details, call Marti or Gary (724) 443-2616. National Aviary Night, 5-9 p.m., 3rd Thurs., of the month. Half price admission, 21 and over. For details, (412) 258-9445.

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

Saturdays Divorce Workshops for Women, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 11, Cooper Siegel Library, Fox Chapel; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nov. 8, Medallion Wealth Management, 2605 Nicholson Rd, Franklin Park. Pre-register by calling, (724) 493-9695. Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, Nov. 1, Trick or Treat Costume Party & Monster Mixer Dance, Nov. 15, Free Speed Dating & Nacho Night, Nov. 29, Pumpkin Pie & Turkey Night, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 3165029 or

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Arts & Entertainment Ballroom Dancing with a Live Band, Dr. Zoot Band, Nov. 7, Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Ages 16 & up. For info, (724) 935-5555 or Bicycle Rack Project, Pittsburgharea artist are invited to design & develop functional bicycle ranks to be located along Penn Ave. Deadline is Nov. 30. Visit http:// Butler Symphony Orchestra concerts: Nov. 1, The Magical Music of Disney; Dec. 6, Holiday Traditions, special repeat performance, Dec. 7, Mars Area Senior High School. Call (724) 283-1402 or visit Children’s Theatre: Skink, 2 p.m., Nov. 16, Byham Theatre; 7 p.m., Nov. 18, Seneca Valley Intermediate High School; 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Marshall Middle School. Big Nate, Nov. 23-24, Byham Theatre. Visit The Fantasticks,(Broadway musical), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 & 22 & 2 p.m., Nov. 16 & 23, Legacy Theatre, McCandless Twp. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit

Intimate Christmas Shopping Tour The Fresh Beat Band Tour, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Benedum Center. For info, (412) 456-6666 or Hillman Performing Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, Cirk La Putyka: Slapstick Sonata; Dec. 6, Author Robert D. Kaplan, Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Fox Chapel. For info, visit Public Record: A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition, runs thru Nov. 9, SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave. / 707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Ave. Visit Second/Second Exhibition runs through Dec. 31, Trust’s Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St. For info, visit Steel City Con, Dec. 5-7, Monroeville Convention Center. For details, visit Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 8 p.m., Nov. 6, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For details, visit

Health & Wellness A Community Osteoporosis Awareness Event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 7, Four Points Sheraton, Cranberry Twp. Presented by Passavant Hospital Foundation. For info, call (412) 748-7412 or Esophageal Cancer, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 18, CCAC-North, Rt. 19, McCandless Twp. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. Call (412) 369-3701 to register for this free course #YEB-263-1450. Healthy Living with Diabetes, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Senior Center, Cranberry Township Municipal Building. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. Call (412) 748-6640 or


oin us for an Intimate Christmas Shopping Tour from the charming Historic Harmony District up through scenic Rt. 19 and continuing through Zelienople with the Artist Stops & Extraordinary Shops* (ASES). While you are enjoying the countryside of Middle Lancaster to Portersville & Meridian, you will find an art gallery, unique shops, delectable goodies, jewelry emporium, a log cabin from the 1800s, and a local potter, artist and soap maker! F *ASES is a group of women-owned businesses and artists dedicated to bringing our customers exceptional products and one-on-one customer service. We encourage you to shop local! Like us on Facebook for more events to come! These shops include: Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, Susan Walker Art, Wildflower Pottery, Bo’s Bodyworks Natural Skincare, Meridian Station Gift Shop & Confectionery, Peggy Shaw Massage Therapist/Nutrition; Bottlebrush Gallery; The Enchanted Olive; Appalachian Rock Shop; Porter House Brew Shop; Batch Homemade Artisan Jarred Foods

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HAPPENINGS November 2014

Local Businesses Giving Back to the Community BY PAULA GREEN AND MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

As your leading community magazine, we are proud to share with you these incredible local businesses, their owners and staff, and the special ways they give back to our community: Charles Ott and Dave DiCello - Steel City Artist illustrator, Charles Ott and Pittsburgh photographer Dave DiCello recently formed a charitable partnership. Ott is an architectural illustrator and digital artist who specializes in creating detailed illustrations and paintings of prominent Pittsburgh landmarks and Pittsburghthemed subjects. DiCello is establishing himself as a great photog-

rapher with his captivating photos. These two talented artists have come together to support Pittsburgh organizations through the sale of their prints on their websites. In August, they supported the Animal Rescue League & Shelter of Pittsburgh. In Charles Ott Dave DiCello September, it was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In October & November, a percentage of their prints sold will go towards Project Bundle-Up. For the holidays, “We decided rather than donating a percentage of our prints, I would donate $1.00 for every Christmas ornament sold and Dave will do the same for his 2015 Pittsburgh wall calendar. My Christmas ornament gallery this year and has over 250 ornaments,” Ott said. Visit Steel City Artist Illustrations - and Dave DiCello Photography - David Smith and the Wexford Ale House – Smith and the entire staff of the Wexford Ale House have been supporters of local causes and charities since they opened in 2009, giving gift certificates and gift baskets for local charity auctions, supporting the orchestra and sports teams at North David Smith Allegheny and most recently, founded a $1,000 annual scholarship for students at North Allegheny Senior High. In addition, Smith and the staff at the Wexford Ale House donate the proceeds from their annual pig roast event and buffet to TRY a Wexford-based, special needs organization who provides social and recreational activities for mentally and physically challenged people. “When we decided to donate the proceeds to a charity, we asked our longest tenured employee, who has been with us since 2010, to select the charity, she selected TRY which is such a wonderfully giving organization that we are happy to help,” states Smith. To learn more about the giving environment at the Wexford Ale House, visit Lisa and Glen Hawley of Off The Hook Restaurant in Warrendale – Known for their fabulous cuisine, elegant desserts and delicious truffles, restaurant owners Lisa and Glenn Hawley help provide children around the world with protective, easy-todry-out shoes. Lisa and Glen found Glen and Lisa Hawley LIFE Today’s Outreach International Christmas Shoe Project designed to give needy children around the world the protection of safe, reliable footwear that dries out quickly and protects them from cuts, diseases, infections and much more. Once they found the charity, they met with their talented team of chefs and developed what has become a holiday treat and gift item, an assortment of their delectable truffles. For just $5.00 an order, and for every Truffle Assortment ordered, Off the Hook will purchase one pair of Christmas Shoes for a child in need through LIFE Today’s Christmas Shoe Project. Since 2009, they have raised enough funds to provide over 8000 shoes... at just $5 at a time!  “We decided on our Truffle Assortment due to their popularity and because it is a treat designed to share,” explains Lisa Hawley. To learn more about this incredible couple and their lovely Off The Hook restaurant, visit  


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Dr. Terrance Krysinski and The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh – this practice takes care of people by day and animals by night as they lead the support of Animal Friends. In addition to hosting special events for Animal Friends such as the recent two-day Black Tie and Tails event, everyone at The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh is active in caring for our furry friends. Some members participate by fostering pets, helping with placements and adoptions, volunteering, and even Dr. Krysinski’s son Spencer has nursed abandoned kittens Dr. Terrance Krysinski back to health. The Black Ties and Tails event was a sold-out gala that included visiting VIP Patrick McDonnell, the creator and illustrator of the comic MUTTS. The first night was “casual” night that included live music, carving stations, take your picture holding any Animal Friend resident (including bunnies), a fire pit with homemade s’mores and a silent auction. The second night was the more formal night with a live auction and the Joe Negri Quartet. Be sure and look for this event next year and for their spring event, BowWow Bingo. To learn more about the work and support of the incredible staff of caring individuals at The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh, visit If you know of a local business giving back to the community, we would like to highlight them in our December issue, please contact us by emailing NorthCon@consolidated. net or calling 724-940-2444. F

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@

Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., every Wed., of the month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. For drug & alcohol addiction. Phone, (412) 748-6640.

My Hands Ache: What Could It Be? 1-2 p.m., Nov. 5, Club Julian, 101 Corbett Ct. Ross Twp. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. Call (412) 366-1931.

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 20, Orchard Hill, Rm. 201, upper level. For info, (724) 935-5555 or http://www.orchardhillchurch. com/.

Osteoporosis Awareness event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 7, Four Points by Sheraton, Pittsburgh North. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. For info, (412) 748-7412 or orthopaedics@

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays, 7-8:30 p.m., Nov. 25, Orchard Hill, Rm. 205, upper level. For info, (724) 935-5555 or http://www.

Support Groups Bereavement Support Group, Beyond Bridge to Hope, 7-8:30 p.m., 2nd Wed., of every month, Passavant Hospital Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free of charge, no registration is necessary. For details, (412) 748-6640.

Lupus Foundation meetings, 7-8:30 p.m., every 3rd Tues, UPMC Passavant Hospital, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Donor Hall. To register, call (412) 2615886 or

Counseling Ask the Attorney, free legal advice for those who qualify, 7 p.m.,

NHCO Nov. 12, NHCO North Boroughs. Pre-register at, (412) 408-3830 or Berkley Hills Lutheran Church is offering it Stephen Ministry Program for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, illnesses, job loss, loss of home, military deployment & other life struggles. Free & confidential program for people of any faith. Call (412) 486-4010 or 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 County Chamber, Meet-N-Move Networking Luncheons, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 3, (w/Zelienople-Harmony Chamber). For info,(724) 283-2222 or (Continued on page 16)

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HAPPENINGS November 2014

Blessings for Benjamin Blessings for Benjamin fundraiser, Spaghetti Dinner Benefit, 4-8 p.m., Nov. 14, St. Victor Church, Bairdford. Auctions, raffles & prizes. Tickets $10 (kids 2 & under, free). For details, visit, or call (412) 720-4540. Cranberry Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 7:30 a.m., Nov. 6 & 22, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Call Marcia, (724) 5383059. Cranberry Chapter of Professional Referral Exchange meets 7:15 a.m., networking meeting every Wed., North Park Deckhouse, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Mary Ann, (724) 935-2221. Criders Corner Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets noon, Nov. 13, Sheraton Four Points, 190 Sheraton Dr., Mars. Call Annette, (724) 316-8005. Friday Morning “Coffee Club,” 8-9 a.m., Fridays, (Oct. 3-31), Butler County

Chamber of Commerce. For details, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber. com North Allegheny Special Education Parent Networking meeting, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 21, Baierl Center at NA High School. Topic, “Helping Your Child with Mental Health Challenges Manage & Succeed.” For info, visit North Hills Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 9 a.m., Nov. 4, King’s Restaurant, 112 Northtowne Sq., Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Call Jean, (724) 443-0990. North Hills Newcomers & Friends Luncheon, Dec. 9, Hyeholde Restaurant. “Holiday Centerpieces &

Wreaths.” Visit or email Professional Referral Exchange (PRE) meets 7:15 a.m., Weds, Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Ken, at (610) 496-7600 or visit, Seven Fields Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Nov. 6 & 20, Concordia Life Care Community, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call Nina, (724) 772-1922. 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 Wexford Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8 a.m., Nov. 11 & 25, Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call Kathy, (724) 934-5143.

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. Hope Hospice is looking for volunteer for their patients. Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, just have the heart! For details, call (412) 367-3685. North Hills Community Outreach Volunteer Orientation, 10 a.m., Nov. 6, NHCO Millvale. Register by calling Linda, (412) 408-3830 ext. 3215 or Oasis is a volunteer tutoring program which places mature adults, 50 yrs., & older in Pittsburgh & Woodland Hills School Districts, grades K-4. Training session, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dec. 3 & 4. For details, call (412) 232-2021. Volunteers are needed at the Repurposed Thrift Store in the Northway Mall. The store is accepting donations of any kind. They support Living in Liberty, a nonprofit who helps women rescued from human trafficking. To volunteer, call (412) 548-3755.

School Events & Courses & Symposiums Cinderella in New York, 2 & 7 p.m., Nov. 1, North Allegheny Intermediate School. For info, (412) 369-5530 or From Conflict to Collaboration, 2 p.m., Dec. 10, CCAC Allegheny campus. For info, call (412) 237-4412 or Real Estate Investment Training, Nov. 14-16, LEED Platinum David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Sponsored by OneSource Real Estate University. Visit OneSource Real Estate University online for details.


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Rejoice the Sound of the Pipe, presented by the St. Vincent Camerata, 4 p.m., Nov. 9, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 330 3rd Ave., Carnegie. Visit for details. Saint Vincent College Department of Education will offer a live online graduate program leading to a teaching certificate in online instruction beginning in the fall of 2015. Call (724) 805-2933 or Saint Vincent College Information Night, 6-7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. For details, (724) 805-2500 or Saint Vincent Planetarium Shows, 11 a.m., Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Saint Vincent campus in Latrobe. Visit www. for details.

Veterans Hampton Heroes Program, Nov. 12, Hampton High School. For details, call (724) 713-3254. North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month, Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 487-9532 or Pennsylvania Community-Based Programs Awarded VA Grants to Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports at Slippery Rock University. For info, visit 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, or Veterans Fitness Classes 5 Days a week, 4:30-5:30 p.m., VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (bldg. 1), 325 New Castle Rd., Butler. For details, visit Active.asp.

Workshops Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nov. 8, Medallion Wealth Management, 2605 Nicholson Rd., Building 2, Franklin Park. Cost $35, preregister, at (724) 493-9695. “Including Charity in Estate Plans with Individual Retirement Accounts,” 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Cambria Suites Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center. Register at (412) 680-2149 or, or email office@ Real Estate Investment Training, Nov. 14-16, LEED Platinum David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Sponsored by OneSource Real Estate University. Visit OneSource Real Estate University online for details. WorkAble Employment Workshops, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 4 “Job Search” & Nov. 18, “Resume Writing.” Call Harriet, (412) 408-3830 ext. 3219 or

Fall Events Juice Fest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 15, Pure Athletex, 119 Neely School Rd., Wexford. For tickets, visit

Knittreat, Nov. 13-16, Omni Bedford Springs Hotel. For details, visit Nautical Nature Fall Foliage cruises available weekdays & weekends throughout the peak leaf season. Call the Owlet Gift Shop for dates, times & reservations (724) 368-9185. Pittsburgh Vegan Festival, noon-8 p.m., Nov. 1, Unitarian Universalist Church, W. Ingomar Rd.

Gala Gala for Modern Women at St. Paul’s to benefit NHCO’s Scholarship Fund, 2-6 p.m., Nov. 8, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., McCandless. For details, contact Nina at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Reindeer Ball, 4-7 p.m., Dec. 7, at the Westin Convention Center, downtown. For info, visit

Fundraisers Adoptions From the Heart, Paper Heart Project fundraiser is underway in November for National Adoption Month. Visit, for details. Be an Angel this holiday season. Live Well Chiropractic & Butler County YMCA are sponsoring an Angel tree, Nov. 3-Dec. 5, at Dr. Kemp’s office in Wexford. Help children in need this holiday season. For details, call (724) 940-3900 or The Cradle Will Rock 75th Anniversary event, 7 p.m., Nov. 1, Omni William Penn. For info, call Barbara at (412) 681-8182. North Hills Newcomers & Friends Annual Auction, 10 a.m., Nov. 4, Treesdale Country Club. Proceeds benefit Glad Run Foundation. For info, visit or email

Kaelin Farm Market Offers Something for Everyone this Holiday Season

Pajama Party to benefit Jeremiah Place, 6-8 p.m., Nov. 21, Choice Chiropractic. RSVP to (412) 364-9699 or visit


Peace, Love & Emma: A Celebration of Music & Art November 15, Noon to 5pm, Jergel’s Rhythm Grille (Warrendale). Proceeds benefit 3 charities representing Mother Art, Mankind and the Arts – to honor Emma Munson, an 2013 NA Graduate who died tragically in October 2013. Visit for more information. Sponsored by the Emma Munson Foundation.

his holiday season, while you are composing your “To Do” list be sure to add a stop at Kaelin Farm Market on your list. They offer a nice variety of tasty treats and seasonal courses to help ease the burden of the holiday hustle and bustle. “For the fall and Thanksgiving season, we sell fresh apple cider and many varieties of apples from our farm. We also sell homemade apple pies, pumpkin and different types of berry pies, pastries, and cookie trays. We suggest that people order these items in advance,” said the farm markets owner, Ellen Kaelin. On Sundays until Nov. 21, Kaelin’s serves a pancake breakfast with a choice of either bacon or sausage. Patrons also have the option of having their pancakes accompanied with sautéed peach slices, fried apple slices or syrup. Breakfast is served from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Christmas season rings in seasonal courses to make the holidays brighter, according to Kaelin, “We have classes on how to make your own fresh pine wreaths or centerpieces. We also offer courses on gingerbread house making, and we have teddy bear tea parties as well. Folks can either join the group to take these courses or you can bring your own group. These classes all need to be scheduled in advance.” As an added bonus, Kaelin Farm Market also sells poinsettias, gift items, crafts and Christmas trees. They are located at 2547 Brandt Road in Wexford. For more information, call (724) 935-6780. Or visit them on the web at or Facebook pages/Kaelin-Farm-Market/149136735148238. F

St. Ferdinand Church, Auto Raffle, tickets available thru Nov. 15, at the church office, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For info, call (724) 776-2888 or Unique Boutique, presented by Heritage Valley Sewickley Foundation, Edgeworth Club, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. For details, (412) 749-7050 Fourth Annual “Fill that Truck” Toy Drive by the NPL Restaurant Group and Women’s Choice Network. Saturday, Nov. 1st through Friday, Dec. 5th, new unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any of the NPL Restaurants.

Sales & Craft Fairs West Virginia Arts & Crafts Christmas Spectacular, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 14-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 16, Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park, Morgantown. For info, (724) 863-4577 or

Thanksgiving North Hills Community Outreach Food drive is underway, donations accepted until Nov. 14. For info, call (412) 487-6316, opt. 1. Ruth Truman Thanksgiving dinner, 2 p.m., Nov. 27, St. Paul’s United Methodist, Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Reservations needed by Nov. 17. Call Dale or Karen, at (412) 822-7151.

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HAPPENINGS November 2014

Holiday Events Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m., Dec. 13, Pine Community Center. Register at 100 Pine Park Dr., or online at Gary Latshaw Pops Christmas Show, 2 p.m., Dec. 6, Legacy Theatre. Multiple show packages available. Call 1-877987-6487 or Holiday Arts & Crafts Show & Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 22, St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 2365 McAleer Rd., Franklin Park. For info, (412) 364-5974 or Holiday Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-noon, Dec. 13, St. Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral, 8290 Thompson Run Rd., Allison Park. Homemade Greek, Russian, traditional cookies. For info, (724) 612-6492 or www. Johnny Angel & the Halos Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Legacy Theatre. Multiple show packages available. Call 1-877-987-6487 or


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Dec. 16, Benedum Center. Call (412) 456-6666 or St. Ferdinand’s New Year’s Eve Party, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m.Jan. 1, Marriott, Pittsburgh North, Rt. 228, Cranberry Twp. WeihnachtsMarkt (Christmas Market), Nov. 8-9, Harmony Museum. For details, call (724) 452-7341 or

Library Northland Public Library: Writers at Work, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10; Non-surgical, Regenerative Procedure for Pain, 7 p.m., Nov. 17; Mystery Lovers Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Nov. 20; Holiday Beading Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 4. For info, (412) 366-8100, ext. 113. Shaler North Hills Library Spanish program for toddlers and preschoolers, 6:30 p.m., Weds. thru Dec. 17. For info,(412) 486-0211 x116 or email

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FIT FAMILIES November 2014

A New Celiac’s Fight for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving BY JOELLA BAKER


his will be my first holiday going gluten-free. I’m actually excited about the naturally gluten-free items that I plan to include in my Thanksgiving. I love food and I love to eat and I especially love my Thanksgiving favorites. Just because now I’m glutenfree doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the holiday like everyone else. I just may have to be a little more careful.

We will be having a small Thanksgiving this year and I know that I can make sure all the food that I want to have, will be gluten-free. The great thing is that most of the foods I love to eat at Thanksgiving don’t have gluten or wheat in them. What follows is my Thanksgiving plan to help myself and others struggling to be gluten-free: 1. Make sure you are part of the planning. No one can make sure you have the gluten-free meal you want to have as well as you can. Therefore, either choose to host the dinner, or let the host know you will be bringing several glutenfree dishes to the dinner. Also, find out what the host plans to make and ask what will be gluten-free. That way, you know ahead of time what you should prepare. This Thanksgiving I plan to make my first gluten-free stuffing and gluten-free pumpkin pie. You can’t have Thanksgiving without stuffing and pumpkin pie. 2. Make gluten-free versions of your must-have dishes. If you are going to someone’s house, then bring your own gluten-free version of your favorite dishes. This way, you’ll know you will get the foods you love. Make sure the host knows what you’re bringing. 3. Practice the dishes beforehand. I’ve learned that foods react differently when you substitute gluten-free flour, so you have to practice making these foods beforehand. If you don’t, the foods may not meet your expectations. Also, by practicing these dishes, I know they’ll taste good for everyone. I want others at the dinner to realize they can also enjoy gluten-free options. 4. Double-check ingredients and look at labels. When you go to someone else’s house, double-check the ingredients before you eat something. You may have to ask anyone bringing dishes that you think might be gluten-free to

save ingredient lists or packaging so that you can double-check that everything you would like to eat is gluten-free. Checking ingredients and always going with the motto “when in doubt, leave it out” is a motto used by Celiac’s everywhere. 5. Be aware of potential crosscontamination. Even if some of the dishes are gluten-free, it’s easy for someone to casually use the same serving utensil for gluten and gluten-free dishes alike. As Celiac’s, we know cross-contamination can make us as sick as eating something filled with gluten. Keep all your gluten-free dishes at one end of the serving table, or set up a separate table for the gluten-free foods so serving utensils aren’t moved around into items with gluten in them. 6. Go Natural. Enjoy all of the naturally gluten-free foods the holidays have

to offer. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat are all naturally gluten-free. If you eat all natural this holiday season, you’ll be happy, healthy and you may avoid the few extra pounds others put on around the holidays. 7. Focus on family and friends. Remember the true reason we celebrate the holidays, to spend time with family and friends. When you focus on the people the food won’t seem as important. With this plan in mind, I am looking forward to my first gluten-free Thanksgiving. What are you planning to enjoy at your gluten-free holiday? Post on my Get Fit Families Facebook Page and let me know your favorite gluten-free holiday food and follow how I’m preparing for a gluten-free holiday and get recipes and more tips to help you have an edible holiday season. F

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Holiday Makeup

IMAGE & STYLE November 2014

5 Quick Tips in Minutes BY KELLY SMITH

Here come the holidays—again! It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner and it won’t be long until we’re in full Christmas mode. For most of us, this is an 8-week marathon of shopping, cooking, decorating and celebrating. Between the hustle and bustle, it’s very easy to just put our beauty needs aside and go into super woman mode without even realizing it. Don’t let yourself fall victim to settling for the practicality of a plain face.


ow, I’m not suggesting that we spend every hour of every day on hair and make-up. None of us want to look or feel like a model with an indefinite “on call” photo shoot (well, maybe some of us wouldn’t mind!). There are lots of quick and practical ways that we can improve our appearance in an instant! It really does only take just about 5 minutes for most of these quick cosmetic tricks to put the final touches on our faces! So, if you have a few minutes to get ready before you start your day, maximize those minutes to step out looking fresh and beautiful! Flawless face – to get an even looking complexion, dab a bit of foundation (your choice) on the “T” zone area which is your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. Blend quickly, then seal it in with a good quick once-over of powder over your entire face. Any powder will work, whether you use a puff or a brush, as long as you have good coverage. Highlight and contour – Faking a flush isn’t easy but making flushed cheeks is! Swirl a bit of either highlight or bronzer (depending on your preference) using the number “3” technique. The trick is to basically use a brush with your color starting at your temple and bringing it into your cheekbone, stopping just before your nose and then swiping down to the bottom of your chin, basically “drawing” a number three on the outside edge of your face. This is creating contour and will make your face appear slimmer. Finish the apples of your cheeks with your favorite blush. A universally flattering color is anything with the hues of peach or berry. The Eyes have it! – your eyes are the first thing people notice so make sure they stand out! To make eyes really pop if you’re short on time, always lube up those lashes with a good thickening/ lengthening mascara. If


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you don’t have time for traditional shadows or smokey eyes, then at least line the upper lid as close to the lash line as possible and use a white liner on the lower inner lid. This will add depth and make your eyes look open and bright. Pucker up! – Swipe your lips with a dash of color as it only take seconds! You don’t need to spend time picking through colors- just grab the closest nude hue that you have on hand. Any shade of neutral instantly makes everyone look more natural and that by itself creates a more youthful look. Brow line perfection – having a good shape to your brows is the first step to a flawless face. But there are some no-no’s in the brow department that can hinder your whole look. Too thin of brows will make you look older. Too high or too extreme of an arch will give you the “surprised” look. The perfect brow should be your own with a bit of a cleanup of stray hairs. Always follow your own lash line and if you find that your brows are thinning a bit, then fill in using a brow liner but don’t go overboard. This holiday season is sure to be a busy one but now you have some reassurance that you can take just a few minutes each day to look your best even if your schedule says otherwise. And who knows, you just may get noticed enough to make you feel like you really are waiting for your call on that photo shoot! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you lovely ladies out there! F

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HEALTH & WELLNESS November 2014

Cynthia J. Horodnic LPC, NCC Opens Private Counseling Practice


ynthia J. Horodnic, a national board certified and licensed professional counselor with extensive experience with individuals, couples, families and groups, has opened her own private practice in Wexford. “Helping people, being here to listen, to let them know that they are not alone and to help them develop coping skills or to move forward from a trauma, is a passion, not a job,” explains Mrs. Horodnic. Mrs. Horodnic is a graduate of Moon Township High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University and then, later in life, went back to school earning her graduate degree in community counseling from Slippery Rock University where she specialized in addiction, post-traumatic stress and trauma. “When I went back to school, I was able to develop the


necessary skills and along with my non-judgmental nature, mature life experience and now with years of counseling individuals suffering from addiction, mental pain, anxiety and depression. Many times these stem from childhood or relationship issues. Now, I am looking forward to expanding and helping members of the community through my own private practice,” says Mrs. Horodnic. If you are struggling or in need of help in piecing your life back together, from trauma, grief, addiction, phobias, disorders, relationship issues, anxiety or depression, Mrs. Horodnic is a completely objective professional and here for you to talk to and trust. Mrs. Horodnic’s offices are located in tandem with her husband, Dr. Robert Horodnic, DO at 103 N. Meadows Drive, Suite 220, Wexford PA 15090. For more information or to make an appointment to start the healing process for you or a loved one, call 724-934-5040. F

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HEALTH & WELLNESS November 2014

Allegheny Health Network Opens Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion


he Allegheny Health Network’s first Health + Wellness Pavilion opened in Wexford on October 1st and introduces the future of accessible, state-of-the-art healthcare to residents of Pittsburgh’s North Hills. The 174,000-square-foot complex offers patients a convenient way to receive a variety of healthcare specialties, treatments, procedures and services, all under one roof, often all on the same day. “Visiting a physician or specialist, going for tests and procedures, worrying about your own health or that of a loved one, can all be exceedingly stressful and riddled with anxiety,” explains Jeff Carlson, president. “The AHN Health +Wellness Pavilion has been specifically designed to eliminate these anxieties.” For example, there is ample free parking, including an open air garage to protect you and your loved ones from the elements, as well as, complimentary valet service so you don’t even need to worry about finding a parking spot. Wheel chairs are also readily available, if needed to navigate the Pavilion. “Upon entering, you are greeted by a concierge. If you arrive without an appointment, you will be directed to registration. If you have already made your appointments, then the concierge will have your complete itinerary of doctor visits, tests and procedures and will direct or escort you accordingly, so you will always know where you are going and won’t


have the anxiety of getting lost or wandering vast hallways,” explains Carlson. When visiting your PCP or a specialist, if he or she calls for blood tests, an appointment will be made immediately for you at the lab in the Pavilion, usually on the same day for the test. Likewise, if you need x-rays or other imaging, these are scheduled directly in the Pavilion at your convenience. Again, same with prescriptions, should your PCP or specialist determine that you need prescription medications, these are called down to the pharmacy for you to pick-up on your way out to pick up your car – no need to stop anywhere else on your way home. The same even goes for prescription eyewear from your optometrist or ophthalmologist, just go to the Vision Works located inside the Pavilion to pick out your new glasses or order contacts. If you are a young family, at the Pavilion for your own appointments, your children are welcome to play in Austin’s Playroom, (named for Mario Lemieux’s son). It is a secure, professionally-staffed, interactive playroom for children to wait and play while you or their siblings go to appointments. If you are an adult waiting for a family member, there is a modern café and walking trails available for you. “The pavilion also serves as a community outreach center, offering seminars and educational programs including a demonstration kitchen to help learn health eating for children, teens and adults;

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especially those that have been diagnosed with diabetes, gluten intolerances, food allergies, and eating disorders, among others,” continues Carlson. The Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion offers over 30 medical and surgical specialties and procedures, from primary care practices, to oncology, neurology, gastroenterology, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics and much, much more, all completely outfitted with the best in state-of-the art equipment. The latest physical rehabilitation is also available including hydro-therapy outfitted with underwater mirrors and cameras to help patients improve mobility and healing. “Thanks to our ‘MyChart’ computer program, patients have 24-7 access to their medical records via an online account providing real-time information to help you remember your conversation with the doctor,” says Carlson, “there is also messaging to the office for when you have questions, you can even schedule appointments online and order prescription refills, all from the convenience of your computer or mobile device.” For more information, about this state-of-the-art facility and its many services and amenities provided by the Allegheny Health Network, visit To make an appointment, call 412-Doctors (412-362-8677). F

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HEALTH & WELLNESS November 2014

Take a Stand For Yourself DONNA SUMMERS MOUL

“Your playing small does not serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson


o you let people take advantage of you? Are you afraid to make waves? People give many excuses for not being assertive: “I’m afraid that people won’t like me if I speak up or disagree,” “I don’t want to rock the boat,” “I’m afraid I might hurt someone’s feelings,” or “I never learned how to be assertive.” Whatever the reason, the cost of not being assertive is poor self-image and low self-esteem. Eleanor Roosevelt explained it best, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” The first step to becoming assertive is to understand that you have the right to

speak up. When you are passive, you send the message, “I am inferior and weak. You are superior and strong.” To become assertive, you must take a stand up for yourself. You and your needs are just as important as anyone else’s. If you want your life to be healthier, you must be willing to try a more effective way of communicating. Practice being assertive with these tips in mind. Define your goal. What do you hope to accomplish? Getting clear about what you want to have happen will increase your chances of success. For example, if someone is constantly interrupting you, your goal may be to have a conversation with this

person without being interrupted. Schedule time. Schedule a mutually agreeable time to discuss the problem. Don’t try to have a discussion when tempers are flaring. Wait until both parties are cooled down and available. Give the other person an idea of how much time you might need. “I need about ten minutes to discuss something with you. Is this a good time?” If not, negotiate a time that works better for both of you. Communicate with “I” statements. Instead of blaming the other person for your upset, take ownership for your reaction by communicating your feelings about the situation. Let the other person know, without blaming them, how you are being impacted by their behavior. Use the “When you …, I feel…” formula. For example, “When you interrupt me, I feel discounted.” Request a change. Communicate clearly what you would like to have happen differently. “My request is that you let me finish my sentence before you share your ideas.” If you only define the problem without offering a solution, you are simply complaining and your comments are not likely to be taken seriously. Consequently, the problem may not get resolved. Be sure to offer a solution. Practice being assertive with people who value you. Praise yourself for the effort that it takes to speak up. With each success, you will gain a little more self-respect which will help you to feel better about yourself. As you become more respectful of yourself, you will undoubtedly command respect from others. Stand up for yourself today! F Donna Summers Moul is a Certified Life Coach. Her passion is to help women create their best lives.  She offers Individual Coaching and Coaching Groups for Women.  Contact Donna:   (724) 9356275,

8-week Coaching Group for Women Winter Group forming now Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm, Starting Nov. 18 $40.00 a session Contact Donna (724) 935-6275


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Health-care or Sick-care? BY DR. SHANNON THIEROFF


recently had dinner with a group of our clients. We had a conversation about how to live in a body that works properly, a.k.a. a “healthy body.” What was most interesting to me was the talk around how our healthcare system has evolved into a sick- care system. And we need to do something about it. I think the points that I am going to touch on are important to consider, and I hope that you’ll be inspired to take a different approach to your healthcare. We Don’t Make it Easy for Ourselves or our Doctors People live longer in 50 countries despite our having the best access to doctors, tests, medicines and technology. We take 50% of all the drugs manufactured in the world but have worse health. Unfortunately, a lot of that is due to how we live and how that adds up over time. It’s estimated that only 25% of our diseases are genetically linked and that 75% are due to the choices that we make every day. The choices with the most impact are: • What we eat • How much we move • What we do with our stress

If we’re going to the doctor when we’ve worn ourselves out so much that we’re sick with something, then, we’re already fighting an uphill battle.

When your brain-body connection is lost,

Most of the communication breaks down and your Drugs We Take health can suffer. Chiropractic helps. are “Continuity Drugs” A lot of people haven’t heard of the term “continuity drug” but a lot of people are on them. A “continuity drug” is a drug that you stay on forever, with no plan on stopping. Think about it. Medicines for blood pressure, diabetes, pain, arthritis, indigestion, bone density, allergies, depression, and numerous others are prescribed indefinitely. In fact, most drugs are now continuity drugs versus those taken for short periods (like an antibiotic). In many cases, conditions can be managed, treated, or eliminated without staying on drugs. But a lot of us don’t know to look for options or we’re scared to do something different. Every medicine has side effects and some are worse than the disease. Don’t be afraid to work on getting a reasonable plan together to limit the amount of medicine you take. We Discount the Brain-Body Connection Despite lots of research and studies demonstrating the importance of the brain-body connection on body functions like: blood pressure, immunity, lung capacity, balance, mood etc. we tend to discount the brain-body connection. Literally every cell in the body is connected back to the brain through the nervous system. And the nervous system works 24/7 trying to make good decisions about how to keep everything inside you “just right.” When that system is compromised, no other efforts that are made at restoring a person’s health will be fully effective. For over 100 years chiropractors have worked on removing interference from the brain-body connection. We’re the only doctors that have that focus. In the end, the basic effort should be to “Increase the Health of the Patient from the Inside Out so that the Patient does not succumb to Sickness or Disease.” If that sounds like a good idea to you, ask us if we can help. F

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ach year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. When the time comes and the decision is made to open your heart through adoption, it can be difficult to know where to start the process. Pittsburgh has a variety of caring agencies dedicated to helping you expand and grow your family through adoption. In this issue, we focused on two local agencies that can help you with making this decision. Genesis was established in 1973 to assist women with unplanned pregnancies, providing support through their pregnancies and beyond. In 1992, they became a licensed adoption agency.  They recently opened a new adoption center at 550 California Ave., in Avalon. This facility was designed to meet the needs of the families - both birth families and adoptive families. The counseling area is designed to accommodate the prospective birthparents and any support people they wish to include. Classes are held at the center to prepare prospective adoptive families to become parents. They include - newborn care, first aid, infant CPR, parenting classes, and stress management. Genesis provides domestic infant adoptions, and they conduct domestic home studies for families adopting outside of Genesis. The adoptions can be as private or open as the


birthparents and adoptive parents choose. They also have a pregnancy center in Washington, Pa and one in Bellevue, and a Learning Center and Genesis. Every adoption is different, parents need to select an agency that fits their needs and that they feel confident with. For information on Genesis, call (412) 766-2693 or visit, or Genesis-of-Pittsburgh/110482202297822. Three Rivers Adoption Council’s mission is to create and provide adoption opportunities and a range of services for all children growing up without permanent, caring families. They’re a United Way Agency located at 307 Fourth Ave., Suite 310 in Pittsburgh. TRAC serves as the central resources for permanency information, family recruitment, and placement of special needs children, post-permanency support, education, and referral services. More than half are African America; many are older and/ or part of a sibling group who need to stay together; and others have emotional, physical, or mental disabilities.  Most of these children have experienced multiple moves in the foster care system and high percentages have been victims of abuse and neglect.  TRAC believes strongly that “Every Child Needs a Family!” They work with public and private agencies to implement cooperative, cost effective programs to meet the placement and post-placement needs of these children.  TRAC provides recruitment, information and referral services, counseling, family preparation, post adoption services, and parent and professional education services, to achieve and maintain maximum permanency opportunities for children and their families. To learn more about Three Rivers Adoption Council, call 1-866-621-8722, or or TRACPGH. F

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Adoption Trivia Famous Adoptees and Adoptive Parents BY PAULA GREEN 1. What famous adoptee pioneered a series of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone and iPad 2. This fast-food restaurant mogul was placed for adoption at birth. 3. This actor’s parents were both killed in separate accidents (prior to his birth and when he was one year old). At age two, he was adopted by an uncle and aunt and moved to Middlesboro, Kentucky. 4. What famous folk-rock singer from the 70’s became a birthmother in 1965 and went on to write a song about the daughter she placed for adoption called Little Green? 5. After her parents divorced and her mother remarried, this First Lady was adopted by her stepfather. 6. This singer and his wife Annie adopted two children named Zachary and Anna Kate? 7. In Jan. 2006, this actress adopted a 14-month-old girl from China named Daisy True. 8. Name the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback who was adopted and raised in a family of 15. 9. This actress and her fitness-trainer husband adopted a 3-year old girl named Cristina. 10. Name the actor/comedian who had four adopted children – Linda, Tony, Kelly and Nora. 11. Famous actor who was born to a New Jersey showgirl and raised by his maternal grandparents. He believed his mother was his sister until Time magazine called him to verify information in an article. 12. This singer/actress and her husband adopted two daughters Amy and Joanna from Vietnam in the 1970s. 13. Which Hollywood actress has three adopted sons - Roan Joseph, Laird Vonne and Quinn? 14. This actor and his wife have two adopted children – Oscar and Eva. He describes parenthood as being “a blessing all around.” 15. Name the actress who has four biological children, and also adopted eleven children? F Sources:, http://,,,, bio,

Answers: 1. Steven Jobs 2. Dave Thomas (Wendy’s) 3. Lee Majors 4. Joni Mitchell 5. Nancy Reagan 6. John Denver 7. Meg Ryan 8. Daunte Culpepper 9. Valerie Harper 10. Bob Hope 11. Jack Nicholson 12. Julie Andrews 13. Sharon Stone 14. Hugh Jackman 15. Mia Farrow


ovember is adoption awareness month. The roots of this observance date back to 1976, when the governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, announced an Adoption Week for his state. Later that same year President Gerald Ford proclaimed that Adoption Week would be celebrated nationally. In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. As more and more states started to participate in Adoption Week it became clear that more time was needed for holding events and in 1995, President Clinton, proclaimed November as National Adoption Month. There were many famous celebrities that were fortunate enough to be adopted. The hot names from Hollywood include – Ingrid Bergman, Kristin Chenoweth, Gary Coleman, Andy Dick, Jamie Foxx, Melissa Gilbert, Eartha Kitt, Art Linkletter, Ray Liotta, Frances McDormand, Marilyn Monroe, Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi, Priscilla Presley, Nicole Richie, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. In the music field, the list rings in adoptees – Louis Armstrong, Bo Diddley, Debra Harry, Faith Hill, John Lennon, Darryl (D.M.C.) McDaniels, and Sarah McLachlan. Famous adoptees encompassed the political circle, as well. Here we have – Senator Robert Byrd, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Malcom X, Nelson Mandela and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Former U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton were adopted by their step-fathers. The athletic / sports world muscled in these adopted people – Lance Armstrong, Harry Caray, Scott Hamilton, Daniel O’Brien and Jim Palmer. In the literary realm – Edgar Allan Poe was orphaned when he was three years old, both of his parents passed. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. Acclaimed writer Truman Streckfus Persons was born on September 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was adopted by his stepfather at age ten, his name was changed to Truman Garcia Capote. Plenty of celebrities have chosen to become adoptive parents, they include – Kirstie Alley, Sandra Bullock, Joan Crawford, Sheryl Crowe, Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Walt Disney, Calista Flockhart, Magic Johnson, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Oscar De La Renta, Madonna, Dan Marino, Ewan McGregor, Ozzie & Sharon Osborne, Marie Osmond, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ronald Reagan, Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw, Charlize Theron and Barbara Walters. Since we have highlighted famous adoptions, we must now answer this child-rearing query. Get set to don those thinking caps, because it’s time to get a little trivial...

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KIDS & EDUCATION November 2014

The Hot Holiday Gift Guide for Students and Parents Alike BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

Holiday time means shopping, shopping, shopping! Here’s a list of the gifts that are hot, hot, hot and they are on the wish lists of both students and parents. iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – the marketing team at Apple® never sleeps and so the newest iPhone tops the list for children of all ages (despite questionable reviews and security issues). The main difference is screen size, 4.5 inch screen for the iPhone 6 and a 5.5 inch screen for the iPhone 6 Plus (the strange thing is that an iPad mini has a 7.4 inch screen so the iPhone 6 is only slightly smaller). The other main difference is price, the iPhone 6 starts at $199 with only16 GB of memory and goes up from there depending on how much additional memory you want and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for only 16 GB of memory and likewise goes up from there for additional memory. Go to for complete list of comparisons among Apple products.


Fitbit® – This fitness bracelet is much more than a gadget and is truly an awesome product. Whether you, or the student or parent you love, needs to get in shape or stay in shape, the Fitbit will help reach any fitness goal. The Fitbit tracks fitness, both day and night. It tracks your activities, including steps, stairs, distance, calories. It tracks how well you are sleeping and can wake you up through a silent alarm. It automatically syncs to your SMART phone and computer to track your health and fitness trends through easy-to-use online tools and mobile apps. These tools also enable you to do route mapping and food logging. You can even monitor your diet and weight goals with the Fitbit when used along with the Aria® wifi scale. There are even cool fashion accessories that turn your Fitbit into a stylish bracelet. The design-

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ers of the Fitbit know that you can reach your goals by having fun and feeling empowered. To learn more, visit Hunter Boots – for the fashionista in the family whether she be student or Mom. If we lived in jolly old England, these boots are known as Wellingtons (or Welli’s), and are not only fashionable but unbelievably weather resistant. No matter how rainy, slushy, or big the puddles, these boots will keep you dry and looking your best, inside and out. Visit shop/womens to pick out a pair (or two or three). Designer Handbags – also for the fashionista (either student or Mom) are back in style and in a big way. These name-brand designs offer a stylish look and a pop of color that would make Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s proud. Fortunately for Santa’s bank roll, some designers have created a few items in their collections that are cool, custom designs at slightly more affordable pricing. These designers include Kate Spade at www. and Michael Kors at, of course, both of these designers also have items that require some rather serious financing. Lenovo® 2-in-1 Laptop or Microsoft® Surface Pro – are the laptops that every high-powered student or business professional should have. Highly affordable, each of these choices is both laptop and tablet combined, offer “inking” and handwriting with a stylus, have enough power to run all your applications and software downloads and can flip from laptop to tablet and flip for sharing presentations and collaborating on teams. Check out these cool, powerful machines at Best Buy or visit them online at The key for obtaining these hot, hot items is to shop early or pre-order online. Remember, when shopping online, look for free-shipping options such as those available through Amazon Prime at www., have any promotional codes close at hand for when you are checking out, and never pay via a debit card or through a public Wi-Fi. The safest way to pay online is through a PayPal account at Whether you are planning on hitting the crowds on Black Friday or hitting the Internet on Cyber Monday, may you have a happy and safe shopping season. Happy Shopping! F

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KIDS & EDUCATION November 2014

School Movers & Shakers Avonworth Today Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education, announced that the Avonworth School District has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools.

Fox Chapel Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Mihir Garimella has been named a Category Winner

in the International Google Science Fair 2014 in the 13-14 age category. Mihir won a $25,000 scholarship for his project FlyBot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion. Two Fox Chapel Area High School 2014 graduates and Spanish VI students Kaitlyn Schaffer and Jacquelyn Wateska had their poems featured in the fall issue of ¡ALBRICIAS! Three Fox Chapel Area High School students and two recent graduates had their submissions published as part of the 2014 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest. They are: Benjamin Smith, Shaina Munin, Sophie Rodosky, Erica Chang and Zachary Smolar. Four 2014 Fox Chapel Area High School graduates and one senior have been named scholarship winners from the Central Blood Bank. They are: Chloe Artice, Sia Beasley, Clara Ruppert, Savanna Soffer and Patrick Cullinan. The Fox Chapel Area School District is receiving grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The district will receive two $25,000 grants to mentor another school district as part of the Governor’s Expanding Excellence Pilot Mentoring Grant Program. Seventeen Fox Chapel Area High School students will be inducted into the Fox Chapel Area High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. The students are: Maquala Burnheimer, Faith Kim, Acella Lee, Elizabeth Ober, Matthew Silverman, Kaitlyn Wessel, Kelly Arel, Holden Armor, Elayna Burdelski, Astrid Chupina-Grijalva, Charles Fletcher, Jade Perry, Morgan Perry, Arlene Sisson, Mary Towle, Casandra Wolff and Hannah Yeager. Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Annika Urban has been named a finalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTER STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for middle school students.

North Allegheny North Allegheny School District announced the Hall of Fame Committee has named the Induction Class of 2014. They are: Meg Johns Alexander, Laurel Casten

Beattie, Barry Bimbi, Todd Davidson, Scott DeAugustino, Carrie Hucko, Kim Jenkins Ken, Kelly Langhans, David Sloan and Mark Yanni. North Allegheny presented the following honors during their Hall of Fame ceremony - Mark and Carole Shepard received the Joseph Drazenovich Award, Dr. Lawrence Bozzomo was bestowed the Bob Miller Award and Jim Sloan was given the Distinguished Coaching Service Award. Also honored were the 2013 Girls Tennis Team, 2013 Boys Water Polo Team and Zach Buerger – 200 Yard Individual Medley & 500 Yard Freestyle (2014). The North Allegheny Senior High School Honors Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Conference that will be held in Hershey in March. North Allegheny senior Adia Augustin has been named a semi-finalists in the 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. North Allegheny seniors Nicholas Lynn and Rafael Bergerman have been recognized in the 2014-15 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).

Seneca Valley Thirteen Seneca Valley High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Jonathan Asseff, Marcin Chrzanowski, Hayley Hoss, Adam Johanknecht, Brendan Kennelty, Kelvin Lalonde, Andrew Lingenfelter, Gregory McKibbin, David Osorno, Lauren Ottaviani, Michael Palaski, Alexander Park and Amanda Spangler. The Seneca Valley Academic Games Team earned several top awards at the regional Equations Tournament which was held on Oct. 1. The Seneca Valley Foundation received a donation of $15,000 on behalf of NexTier Bank through the Pennsylvania Dept. of Community & Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. Additionally, Mars National Bank official donated a $1,000 check for the same cause. Seneca Valley seniors Teresa Leatherow, Abigail Sledge and Bailyn Bench were named Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award recipients by the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center (APLC), a part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Waste Management officials gifted Seneca Valley with an $8,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant.

Shady Side Academy Shady Side Academy senior Caris Gagnon is among the more than 1,600 outstanding black


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American high school seniors who were named semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

St. Sebastian Saint Sebastian School elected its 2014-15 Student Council members. They are: Luca Consalvi, Nick Weising, Madeline Riccardi, Timothy Kunsak, Sydney Ryan, Brianna Rios, Ella Harding, Alexa Robertson, Nick Marks, Samantha Gruber, Dominic Silvaggio, Marisa Vaccaro, and Mrs. Eileen Ravis.

La Roche College

Saint Vincent College Saint Vincent College is ranked third among the Top 150 Best Colleges for the Money in the nation by College Factual (, a website that uses customizable outcomes-based tools and rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process. Saint Vincent College’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society has won two national awards – a Delta Gold Award for having a 62% increase in chapter membership and an Alpha Silver Award for inducting 80% of its invitees.

Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing and department chair of nursing at La Roche College has received The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). La Roche College elected awardwinning doctor, professor and research scientist Amr Elrifai, MD, MPH to its board of trustees.

Saint Vincent College students named ten seniors to the annual homecoming court and crowned Robert Tokarski as king and Carly Meholic as queen.

The Mom Con


resented by Howard Hanna, the Mom Con is a unique conference for motivated and creative women - who work inside the home or out - and features empowering workshops and sessions from local and national leaders. From where you want to go, to what to do next, you’ll come away from the Mom Con with fresh perspectives on work-life balance, creative ideas for your work and home and connections with our growing community of inspired, modern moms. Registration begins at $59 includes access to all 12 sessions, lunch, shopping + more. For more information and to register, visit: F

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SENIOR LIVING November 2014


A Nostalgic Reflection of November BY JOE BULLICK


i, here comes November, I hope you are ready for it. I am trying to get over October, what a month it was. Baseball, football, hockey and high school football, well so much for sports, it is enough to take your breath away. When I was a young boy, there was no TV, then radio was king, and I would read the sports page, to get all the sports news. One of my favorite sports paper is the Sporting News. It was first published in 1886 and was known as the “Bible” of baseball. It was originally sold for five cents. I remember that Aug. 16, 1954 was an important date in the history of modern sports. It was when the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published. It is the most recognized, and widely read sports periodical in the English language. I know the men love the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue! Throughout much of history, November has often been thought of as a somber month because it is the precursor for winter, but there are some memorable dates to celebrate in


November such as Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving, which will be celebrated this year Nov. 27. An important day in November for our home was All Saints’ Day. I was named after St. Joseph and my grandfather was Joseph as well. Traditionally, All Saints’ Day features chestnuts, oat cakes, gingerbread and donuts. November 2, was All Souls’ Day, this day in our home was a quiet day. We remembered and honored all those who have died. We have all lost someone who we love. The next big event was Election Day. I was taught to always vote, I have never forgotten that, so I always make sure that I do. The big day for family was Thanksgiving Day. The house was filled with the aromas of holiday cooking. Mom always told me to give, and help others who may not have a meal for Thanksgiving. November is Native American Heritage Month. When Indian summer comes along be sure to use this time to winterize your car. Make sure you have an emergency kit in your trunk. During this month, my mom always spent much time canning – tomatoes, beets and pickles. The pilgrim’s favorite dish was the cranberries. It was on our table a lot. Mom would make a simple relish – grind 3 cups fresh cranberries, with 1 unpeeled navel orange. Cut into quarters and add sugar to taste and chopped pecans if desired. My family also prepared bushels of apples for making sweet apple butter. It was time-consuming process, but it was well worth the work. The big job for me was when we would get seven tons of coal, which was delivered to us by the Cole Brothers. It was my job to put it in the basement. What a job that was, and I always hoped the coal would last all winter. If you use firewood, get your stockpile in order. Clean your windows until they sparkle and let the sunshine in. And don’t forget to keep mice from moving into your house this winter, if they do get in, evict them immediately. Don’t forget the Veterans this Veterans Day. Many presidents were born in November – here’s a few – Warren G. Harding and Franklin Pierce. Happy birthday to you Scorpios (Oct. 23-Nov.22) and Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21). Well God bless and have a great November. I leave you with this. Have a heart that never hardens and A temper that never tires and A touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens

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SENIOR LIVING November 2014

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) 3070069 or 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. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at McKnight Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Services Ross Twp., Berkley Hills, Swan Acres & part of McCandless Twp. Call (412) 487-4088. Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks. For info, call Cathy, at (412) 3070069 ext. 3313 or

Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Alzheimer’s Affiliated Support Group meets the 1st Mon., of every month 6-8 p.m., and the last Fri., 1:30 p.m. Contact Pam, at (724) 7795020.                               Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. For info, call (412) 741-4900 or visit

Entertainment & Social Events St. Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, Nov. 6 & 7, Seneca Niagara & Seneca Allegheny; Nov. 8, Gary Means, chalk artist; Nov. 20, Hawaiian Christmas show at the Chadwick; Dec. 20, Christmas Party. Contact Rose at (724) 728-2563 or Janet at (724) 869-5339 for information.

Courses APPRISE offers free Medicare Open Enrollment & Counseling, 1-4 p.m., Nov. 13, AGH-Suburban. For info, call (412) 661-1438.

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

Senior Meetings AARP Chapter #2991 meetings, 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs. (Nov. 20), basement of Northmont Church, intersection of Rt. 19 & Perrymont. Refreshments served at noon (for a nominal fee). New members are welcome. For info, call (412) 367-5718. Bereavement Support Group (for Widows/Widowers over 50), 1-2:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Wed., St. Sebastian, Haber Hall. To register, call (412) 366-1300. 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. 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. 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.


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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 St. Athansius Parish Education & Community Center (West View) & Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services need your help this tax season to provide tax preparation for low income individuals, families, the disabled & the elderly. If interested, call Frank at (412) 3503463 or Yard Work Help for Seniors, volunteers are needed in all neighborhoods of Allegheny County. To register as a volunteer with Open Your Heart to a Senior, call (412) 307-0071 or email


Centennial Remembrances & Commemorative Marker Erected to Honor a Franklin Park Veteran BY PAULA GREEN


ne hundred years ago, there was global turmoil as numerous nations were embattled in World War I. At the time it was known as the “Great War,” or the “War to End All Wars.” Sadly, history clearly shows us that was not the case, since wars still rage on today. World War I was sparked by what is sometimes referred to as, “the shot heard around the world.” The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo by Serbian nationalist on Jun. 28, 1914. Within weeks, the major powers were at war and the conflict soon spread around the world. The fighting continued for a little more than four years. Along with the centennial anniversary of World War I, we also commemorate another 100th military anniversary this year, the founding of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign War) which happened here in Pittsburgh. The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (18991902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick, and there was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them. They were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. On Sept. 17, 1914 at a conference held at the Schenley Hotel in Pittsburgh, the VFW was formed with the merger of several Spanish American War veteran groups. One local resident, Gen. Robert G. Woodside of Franklin Park was instrumental in the founding of the VFW in 1914. Two commemorative roadside markers were recently placed at Woodside’s former home in Franklin Park during a dedication ceremony held on August 26. One marker recognized Woodside’s contributions as Allegheny County sheriff and controller, as well as his service to the VFW, and the other acknowledged the house, known as the Stone

Mansion, which now houses Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. According to Franklin Park historian, Debby Rabold, “Robert Woodside was remarkable. His record of public service to this nation and especially to military veterans is unrivaled. It is fitting that we honor him at this time because 100 years ago, the modern Veterans of Foreign Wars was created with Woodside’s help. He is also remembered at the Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor in Oakland. I hope the markers will serve as a reminder that history is not always made in far off places, but that history is often

made at home by our families, friends and neighbors. Northern Connection magazine salutes World War I veterans, Robert G. Woodside and all veterans who have dutifully served our country. Remember to honor them on Veterans Day – November 11th. 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@

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HOME & GARDEN November 2014




omeowners sell or move, on average, every five to seven years. Some of the reasons for change: size of home, upgrade, job transfer, personal relationships, neighborhood changes, empty nest, retirement, health problems, cash in equity, lifestyle change. For those who are settled and content with spending the next 30-50 years in the same home, chances are you have or will refinance at least once in your lifetime. When you applied for your Mortgage, did you consider product comparisons OR were you fairly certain you knew what product fit your specific financial situation. Did you review at least two (2) mortgage products/ terms? If you are not comparing options, you are leaving money on the table. The number of mortgage products and offers advertised on TV, radio and social media can be overwhelming. Sometimes the easiest way to decide on what fits best is to select the least risky and most talked about. Yes, I am referring to the 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage. Why do so many

people flock this product – Affordability, Flexibility, Stability. Why does it matter what mortgage product you are in? Well for starters, Equity Position. Next in line is Overall interest cost vs. savings followed by upcoming life changes. The mortgage you are in should mirror both short and long term needs and goals. If you are planning to do any of the following in the next 5-10 years you should investigate your options. • Have a child • Send your child to College or Private middle/high school • Payoff high interest debts/credit cards. • Payoff your current mortgage • Buy or Sell Real Estate • Retire I will spare you the typical example of the average loan amount amortized over 30 years at the current rate vs. a selected alternate product of my choice to show savings. What I will do; is advise readers that it is very likely, you could be in a better mortgage

product that fits your needs, is risk adverse and can save you money. We have several lenders, some of the best. JD Power and Associate Rated lenders who offer over 22 different fixed rate terms, Options for government programs such as FHA and VA , Lender and Borrower Paid Private Mortgage Insurance options as well as wide array of JUMBO and Nonconforming options. They offer an array of products to choose from because they know we all have different financial needs. If you have not performed mortgage review or you are considering performing the analysis on your own, you should stop and consider calling MABC Mortgage. We can discuss your current mortgage, perform the analysis and offer options for consideration IF it makes sense. It is free and will take less time than you spend trying to find parking on a Saturday at the mall. F Colleen Anthony provides financing tailored to your specific needs and goals. Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, she has brokered loans in Pennsylvania for over 10 years. She holds a B.Sc In Business Administration from Slippery Rock University. She is the co-founder of North Pittsburgh Network and sits on the Capital campaign committee for Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is a Board member of A Place to Grow Learning Center and Western Pennsylvania Montessori School. A mother and wife who is committed to providing superior service and mortgage options for her clients as well as improving her local community.

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Accounting & Tax Preparation Service for Personal & Business Income Taxes

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Enrolled Agent Federally Authorized Tax Practitioner


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Northern Connection | November 2014

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Northern Connection Magazine November 2014  

Happy Holidays in Pittsburgh!

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