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CONTENTS September 2014



Senior Living

10 Cover Story: UPMC Passavant Marks a Milestone of Service

34 Walking for Health

12 Cover Story: Passavant Hospital Foundation Honors a Legacy of Caring

35 Put Long-Term Care Plan in Place While You’re Still Healthy

16 Administering Medicine in the School Setting Lisa Marie Allen, RN, CSN, MSN, JD

20 Chiropractic Family Health Center: Healing Peripheral Neuropathy 24 Enhance Your Life: Start Now with a Plan Donna Summers Moul

Home & Garden 28 Berkshire-Hathaway Properties

Image & Style 31 Fall Head Over Heels for Shoes Kelly Smith

Barbara A. Killmeyer

38 Business Spotlight: Nurse Next Door

40 In Every Issue 4

From the Publisher


Movers & Shakers


Mover & Shaker of the Month: Joshua Klajnowski

38 Celebrating Senior Champions

Back to School 2014 40 Innovations in the Classroom Marianne Reid Anderson

46 Spotlight on Education: Saint Joseph High School 48 School Movers & Shakers 51 North Pittsburgh College Fair Scheduled for Oct. 6 at La Roche College

Advertorials 25 “I Just Feel So Weird...” Understanding Cranio-Cervical Syndrome Dr. Shannon Thieroff

Marion Piotrowski

Paula Green


Trivia Connection: Coaches Corner Trivia Paula Green

36 Town Crier: Strolling Through September Joe Bullick

37 Happenings for Seniors 39 Support Our Troops: The ‘Burgh is “The Best Place for Veterans” & Major Universities Support the Military Paula Green

44 Starting the Conversation: Social Media: Friend or Foe? Marianne Reid Anderson

52 Happenings


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Welcome to the September 2014 Northern Connection Magazine

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MOVERS & SHAKERS September 2014

Movers & Shakers Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust announced it has received a $15,000 donation from Joe & Lee Ann Grushecky. The funds will be applied towards repairs of the 2,360 seat auditorium which was built in 1910.

Jed Christiansen, 27, of Greenville was the winner in the 23rd annual St. Barnabas Charities 5K Run/Walk with a time of 14:54. Breaking the course record in the women’s division was Aubrey Moskal, 24, of Morgantown WV with a time of 16:26. Both overall winners were presented with a cash prize and medal. Christiansen and Moskal led more than 900 participants who registered for the event. Donna Z. McGinley joined the St. Barnabas Communities Admissions team as a counselor in July. Donna McGinley


The Ingomar Post Office was bestowed with first place honors in the Western Pennsylvania District and second place honors in the Eastern Area based on customer surveys. Treasure House Fashions announced that it has purchased their new home located at 7607 McKnight Rd. (formerly Surroundings Furniture store). They are not moving yet; you can still shop at their current store located at 8035 McKnight Rd. Yes, You Can Dance! launched their ballroom dance program for Special Needs Adults & Teens in the North Hills. The two locations are at – DancExplosion Arts Center, 5505 Babcock Blvd. in Ross Twp. & Steel City Ballroom, 702 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon. For details, call

(412) 999-3998 or info@yesyoucandance.org. Tom Smithgall and Rob Lewis rode in the Keystone MS150 in support of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis Society). Smithgall was able to raise more than $1,200. The event overall involved about 500 riders and raised more than a halfmillion dollars.  The group was blessed with cool weather, and survived the 150 mile ride without major damage.  On Aug. 1, VA Butler Healthcare hosted its fifth annual recognition picnic and awards program for VA Butler volunteers. Ninety-one volunteers received pins and certificates for their hours and years of service. VA Butler Healthcare held a ‘Welcome Home Veterans” Event

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on Aug. 2. The commemoration was open to all military service members, returning service members and Veterans of all eras, and their families. Pittsburgh Integrative Mental Health, LLC (PIMH) now offers pediatric and family craniosacral therapy as part of its Emmanuel services. PIMH Birstein has also added to its team Emmanuel Birstein, a highly qualified and experienced therapist and educator. Pittsburgh detailer, Doug Parfitt of Eye for Detail headed to Seattle, Aug. 11-16 to detail one of the world’s first supersonic airliners the Concorde. He was accompanied by lead master detailer Renny Doyle. Paws to Unwind hopes to make history as the first cat café in Pittsburgh. Visit www. PawsToUnwind.com for info.


Joshua Klajnowski Mystery novel writer BY PAULA GREEN


any folks like to curl up with a good mystery novel and try to guess the whodunit. Writing a suspenseful story of this caliber takes time and much thought. Ross township resident, 24 year-old Joshua Klajnowski penned a thrilling tale and his end result was a book called Death Mask. “The story follows a theatrical serial killer named Gentleman Phantom, who commits murders as if he were an actor on a stage. The police and detectives make an attempt to pursue him, but he seems to thwart them at every turn.  The lead detective makes the greatest strides to corner the madman, but as he does so, a dark secret in his past resurfaces,” Joshua said. Joshua wrote this book while he studying nuclear engineering at Penn State University Main Campus. “Ever since I was young, I have always liked to write and draw.  In college, I took a course in criminology as an elective and learned many criminals are motivated by one thing or another to enact murder.  I thought to myself, “What would a serial killer be like who was only motivated by the thrill?” and began writing the story with that in mind.  Much of the scenery in the fictional city Cemberburg where the story took place, was inspired by Pittsburgh,” Joshua noted. Joshua graduated from North Hills High School in 2008. He is currently working on the sequel to his first novel in the hopes that it will be finished by the end of the year. He recently became engaged to Caitlin Weir of West View. They plan to marry once she attains her Master degree for physician’s assistant. Once Joshua finishes his sequel, he plans to continue writing. “I plan on seeking employment in engineering, as well as, continue my writing career.  My dream is to become a well-accomplished author.  I have many ideas that I hope to one day turn into books for the world to read. I would also like to acknowledge my family, Arthur, Ellen, and Kelsie Klajnowski who have helped to continue to encourage me to pursue my dreams.  It was thanks to them that made me believe I could publish my novel.” The book Death Mask is available on Amazon or at http://outskirtspress.com/DeathMask/. F

Tideflex Technologies, a division Red Valve Company, Inc., welcomes Paul Handke as the Tideflex Mixing System (TMS) product manager.

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) recognized the Town of McCandless and Ohio Township with Waste Watchers awards for their joint efforts in holding a free construction material recycling event.

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Glade Run announced the birth of their newest addition BobbieSox’s calf was born on Jul. 21 and weighed 12 lbs. The female calf will be named by the children of Glade Run.


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Coaches Corner Trivia Analyzing Famous Pittsburgh Sports Leaders BY PAULA GREEN

1. Who was the first Pittsburgh Panther head football coach to lead the team to 100 career victories?

2. Which former Pirates manager said, “The more patient you are, the better manager you’ll be? When I first came up as a manager, I was too demanding.” 3. What future Hall of Famer was Chuck Noll’s first draft pick ever? 4. Name the Penguins head coach who coined the phrase, “It’s a great day for hockey!” 5. Head Coach Bill Cowher led the Steelers to the playoffs in each of his first ____ seasons in the league. 6. What college did Johnny Majors coach from 1977-1992, when he was in between his coaching days at Pitt? 7. Which Penguins coach said, ““You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” 8. This former Pirates manager won National League Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1992. 9. What year was Chuck Noll inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? 10. This former Penguins head coach had the best regularseason winning percentage (.669) in team history with an all-time record of 201-93-25. 11. Dan Marino played football at Pitt, who coached him for his first three seasons? 12. Who managed the Pirates when they won the 1979 World Series? 13. What day did Mike Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory? 14. This former Penguins coach became the director of Player Personnel of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. 15. He was named the 2013 Dapper Dan Man-of-the-Year. F Sources: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=166, http://digital.library.pitt.edu/d/documentingpitt/exhibits/football-through-years/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pittsburgh_Panthers_head_football_coaches, http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/pittsburgh/penguins.html, http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/history/managers.jsp, http://www.baseball-almanac. com/, http://www.peoplequiz.com/index.php?framecontent=scorequiz.php, http://www.funtrivia.com, http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56543

Answers: 1. Jock Sutherland 2. Danny Murtagh 3. Joe Greene 4. Bob Johnson 5. six 6. University of Tennessee 7. Herb Brooks 8. Jim Leyland 9. 1993 10. Dan Bylsma 11. Jackie Sherill 12. Chuck Tanner 13. Feb. 1, 2009 14. Scotty Bowman 15. Clint Hurdle


he Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Panthers and Pirates have had some phenomenal coaches and managers over the years. Now we can watch all these teams in action, so it is a good time to reflect upon our finest sports leaders. Pittsburgh Steelers former head coach Chuck Noll passed away on Jun. 13. Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers for 23 seasons. When he took over in 1969, his dismal team had never won a title of any kind. By the time he departed in 1991, the Steelers had won four Super Bowls, making him the winningest Super Bowl head coach. The Senate recently passed a resolution declaring Sept. 7, to be “Chuck Noll” Day, the date that the Steelers open their season with the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Noll was followed by Bill Cowher and present day coach Mike Tomlin. The Pittsburgh Panthers football team began in 1889 when the University was still known as the Western University of Pennsylvania. For their first four seasons, they had no coach until Anson Harrold arrived in 1893. Pitt has had 36 head coaches, which included – Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill, Foge Fazio, Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt. The current coach Paul Chryst took over December 22, 2011. The Panthers have won nine national titles, one under Johnny Majors. His 1976 team under was undefeated. In 1967, NHL made its way to Pittsburgh, as the Penguins were one of six new teams added to the league. The Penguins made their debut on Oct. 11 at the Civic Arena. Their first head coach was George Sullivan, other familiar faces included – Eddie Johnston, Craig Patrick, Bob Johnson, Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks, Michel Therrien, and Dan Bylsma. Mike Johnston is the Penguin’s new head coach who was hired Jun. 25. In baseball, the team leader is referred to as a manager. The Pittsburgh Pirates first manager was Horace Phillips, from 188789. They’ve had managers, which included former player-greats Honus Wagner and Pie Traynor. Current manager, Clint Hurdle took over the reins in 2011. Under his leadership last season, the Pirates were able to shed their 20-year losing ways and even made the playoffs with a 94-68 record. Since we have pitched Pittsburgh sports leaders, we must now hurdle this coach/ manager query. Get set to throw-out your answers, because it is time to get a little trivial.


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COVER STORY September 2014

UPMC Passavant Marks a Milestone of Service Passavant Hospital Foundation Holds Celebration UPMC Passavant is celebrating 50 years of providing health care in the North Hills. Originally called the Pittsburgh Infirmary, the hospital was first established in 1849 by Lutheran pastor William Alfred Passavant in Lacyville, now the Hill District section of Pittsburgh. The collective effort of community members brought the hospital to its present location in 1964 as North Hills Passavant, and then helped it grow into the state-of-the-art medical facility that it is today — providing highly specialized medical and surgical treatment for cancer, heart and vascular, spine, colon and rectal, and women’s specialty care. A legacy of caring has been built through the efforts of the entire community — individuals who went door-to-door collecting nickels and dimes to bring the hospital north, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary raising over $4 million in funds for hospital projects during the last half-century, and Passavant Hospital Foundation providing funding to take the hospital into the future. Fifty years in, we have a world-class hospital in our backyard! Passavant Hospital Foundation will host a dinner at the LeMont on October 9 to celebrate this 50 year milestone, and will honor five outstanding individuals who have contributed to the hospital’s establishment and legacy of caring, and growth — one for each decade. Presenting sponsor for the dinner is the UPMC Passavant Professional Staff.

A Family’s History of Service


ven before the first patient was transferred to the North Hills from the hospital’s previous location in the Hill District, these doctors were preparing for the future success of the hospital through education, experience and compassion. It all started when WWI ambulance driver, John Earl Weigel, was discharged from the Army in 1919. He had studied to become a lawyer but now decided that medicine was his true calling. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and graduated first in his class in 1924. After interning at Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Weigel set up a private practice on the northside of Pittsburgh. When war broke out again Dr. Weigel rejoined the Army and served as Commanding Officer of a general hospital in Liberia, Africa. In 1946 he was discharged with Dr. John Earl Weigel


the rank of Colonel and reopened his private practice in the Clark Building in downtown Pittsburgh, serving on the medical staffs at both Presbyterian and Passavant Hospitals. During his years at Passavant he served as a mentor to Sister Martha Pretzlaff regarding administrative issues and he was Medical Staff president for several terms. John Earl’s eldest son, Linn, grew up with medicine in his blood. When he turned 16 and got his driver’s license, he practiced his driving skills by driving his father and uncle, Rea Provost Miller, MD on house calls. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1951, he practiced surgery with his father for several years and joined the staffs of Presbyterian University Hospital, The Women’s Hospital (now UPMC Magee), and Passavant Hospital. He practiced at Passavant Hospital for forty years. In 1977, Dr. Linn became interim director of the Department of Emergency Medicine/STAT Center and then its director until 1989. Linn and his brother Jesse were key figures in the development of pre-hospital care throughout Allegheny County, coordinating the relationship between the hospital and the local ambulance authorities. He taught training courses in Emergency Medicine at Passavant and at CCAC from 1980 to 1985. Dr. Linn was appointed to the Pennsylvania board of Emergency Medicine Service Institute and later became its president. Dr. Linn was Medical Staff president at Passavant from 1964 to 1965, 1975 to 1976, and 1995-96 and also served as a member of the Passavant Hospital Foundation Board. The third son of John Earl, Dr. Jesse Weigel, watched his father and brothers, Linn and Jack, enter into the practice of medicine and followed suit, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1960. Upon graduation he opened

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Particia Kutcher has served the hospital since 1964.

A Letter from Linda J. Lear, PhD Daughter of James C. Lear, Chair of the “Bring It North Campaign” To the Passavant Hospital Foundation:

up a family medical practice at Shadyside Hospital until 1963 when he moved his practice to the North Hills and joined the Medical Staff at Passavant. In 1964, Dr. Jesse helped his father and brother move their inpatients in a caravan up McKnight Road to the new North Hills Passavant Hospital. Three years later he set up his family practice in the Medical Professional Building on the Passavant grounds. This move steered his career into Emergency Medicine as he was routinely asked to assist with patients arriving in the emergency area. In 1968 he was asked by then CEO, Al McAliley, to take over management of emergency services. He soon realized that the emergency area needed more space and structure than rotating doctors in and out. Over the next few years he helped to quadruple the emergency space and hired seven full-time Emergency Department physicians. Dr. Jesse became a founding member of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1970. He followed this up in 1971 by developing the Pennsylvania chapter of ACEP where he served as president for two terms. Dr. Jesse continued to develop the Emergency Services at Passavant and was the first Emergency Department director when it was designated a clinical department in 1974. In 1981 he was appointed the State Medical Director for Emergency Services by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and served in this capacity for four years. n From material submitted by Susan Weigel Feierabend, daughter of A. Linn Weigel, to celebrate UPMC Passavant’s 50th Anniversary in the North Hills

Hearty congratulations on a half-century of Passavant Hospital in the North Hills. The hospital officially opened in February 1964, but the mission to bring premier medical care to an area that had none, began more than fifty years ago. It dominated the lives of many dedicated men and women in our community who saw a critical need for medical services. 2014 is a singular opportunity to reflect on how we beat the odds, and why the “Campaign to bring it North” succeeded. In 1956 my father, James C. Lear, became involved in discussions to bring the old and much loved Passavant Hospital north. His commitment only grew greater as opposition to a new hospital mounted: competing communities, legal and financial roadblocks, fund-raising challenges. There was a seeming endless number of political hurtles. My father never shied away from hard work or from a cause that he believed in – and with many other equally committed people from the North Hills communitythey persisted. My father took on the chairmanship of the Campaign Planning Committee with a fierce determination to raise the necessary $4.5 million dollars. In 1962 he became president of the board of Leadership: Current hospital president David trustees and brought the Martin with photo of James C. Lear campaign to a successful conclusion. My mother, Henrietta Lear, always an equal partner, was an early member of the Women’s Auxiliary and took a leading role in opening the very successful “Nearly New Women’s Exchange” in Etna. On Dedication Day, February 21, 1964, my father called for a celebration of “V” Day. Indeed the campaign had been a kind of war – with some long and discouraging battles, but on that day in 1964 a glistening new 124 bed hospital opened its doors. Today, Passavant Hospital Foundation needs the same passionate involvement as my family gave fifty years ago. I congratulate you on the achievements of these fifty years of service, and I hope for renewed energy to meet these changing and challenging times. My family believed in the Passavant vision and so, I hope, will you all.

Passavant Hospital Foundation supports UPMC Passavant in McCandless and Cranberry, advancing the health and wellness of our community through education, outreach and grant making.

Congratulations and best wishes, Linda J. Lear, Ph.D. Writer/Historian



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COVER STORY September 2014

Passavant Hospital Foundation Honors a Legacy of Caring This year Passavant Hospital Foundation will honor 20 individuals who have made significant contributions to the establishment and growth of UPMC Passavant over the past 50 years. These nominees for the Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Awards are: William J. Bentz, DO Dr. William J. Bentz joined the staff at North Hills Passavant in 1976 and remains on staff today, serving for six years as the hospital’s Chair of Family Medicine. Dr. Bentz practiced solo family medicine for 22 years, and in 1995 he was instrumental in organizing Genesis Medical Associates. His partner Tad D. Sheri, MD says “Not a day goes by when I don’t hear a patient’s testimonial about Dr. Bentz…He epitomizes what it means to be a primary care doctor in this age of fast food medicine.” Joan M. Bodnar, RN, CCRN Joan Bodnar has been with UPMC Passavant for 35 years, and is currently a Senior Professional Staff Nurse in intensive care; she also provides expertise on the specialized wound and skin care team. She is known for being a knowledgeable and supportive resource to her fellow staff members, thanks in part to her longevity. Co-worker Christine Marra says “I admire Joan…a true team player and committed to her job.” LouAnn Brindle, MSN, RN, CPCS LouAnn Brindle has been with UPMC Passavant for 17 years, currently serving as the Director, Medical Staff Services and Graduate Medical Education. She serves on various boards locally and nationally, always promoting continuing education to ensure excellence in patient care. LouAnn is recognized for her professionalism. She is a leader who encourages others by example. Her assistant Margherita Sciullo noted “her ability to work full-time and take classes inspired me to further my education. LouAnn is an excellent mentor, empowering, caring, inspiring, visionary and dedicated.” Virginia Cole Virginia Cole began working for Passavant in 1971, in much the same position that LouAnn


Brindle holds today and retiring with the title of Medical Staff Coordinator in 1997. Almost immediately she began volunteering, and for the last 15 years she has volunteered weekly as a Patient Representative for the hospital’s Quality Department. Retired nurse Sarah Jane Naylor nominated Virginia as an individual who has helped to growth the hospital to what it is today through both employment and volunteer service at the facility. Ralph DeStefano, Esq. Ralph DeStefano was elected to the board at North Hills Passavant Hospital in 1976, then hired to serve as President and CEO of the hospital in 1990. Under his tenure the facility grew in size, added tertiary (advanced) health care services and merged with UPMC in 1997. Cindy Tomazich, PT, remembers meeting Ralph when she was a new staff member. “He was knowledgeable, understanding, and supportive of the challenges the staff faced in their work.” Ralph became President and CEO of Passavant Hospital Foundation in 2009 where he continued to shape and grow the hospital with funding for the Department Grants Program which allows front-line hospital staff the opportunity to apply for funding new medical equipment and programs to improve patient care. Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD, FACS Dr. Matt El-Kadi, a skilled neurosurgeon, joined UPMC Passavant in 2000 and since that time the neurosurgery program has grown significantly. He has been elected as one of the Best Doctors in America each of the past five years, an honor given to doctors recognized as the best in their fields. In 2013, UPMC approved his dream for a multi-disciplinary state-ofthe-art Spine Center to feature specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedics, pain management, radiology, physical therapy and rehabilitation at one location. The Center is currently being built

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on Route 19 and scheduled to open in August 2016, displaying his overwhelming commitment to the Passavant Hospital community. Donna Ottoviani, Executive Practice Administrator commends Dr. El-Kadi for his commitment to the highest level of care and “an outstanding patient experience.” Robert Ford, MD From 1967 to 2002, Dr. Robert Ford served as an OB/GYN physician at the hospital, delivering more than 9,000 babies during his tenure. Working many evenings and weekends, Dr. Ford is remembered for his friendly manner with everyone throughout the hospital – nurses, aides, lab workers, housekeepers and volunteers. His partner Dr. Mary Beth Peterson recalls the now retired Dr. Ford as an excellent teacher for other physicians and staff. “Dr. Ford was and is a perfect reflection of Passavant Hospital – offering expert clinical skills along with personal warmth and a passion for the community.” Ralph Gaudio, MD Dr. Ralph Gaudio joined the medical staff in the early 1970s when the hospital had just four intensive care beds. He practiced as a critical care pulmonologist for 30+ years, acting as the Director of Respiratory Services and as the Medical Director of the ICU, and founding Pulmonary Partners. He was Department of Medicine Chair in 1975 and 1976, and Medical Staff President in 1979-80. He was a member of the hospital board in 1985-2004, serving as board chair 1998-2003. Under his leadership, the hospital developed broncoscopic services, a comprehensive pulmonary function lab and a sleep lab. Dr. Ralph Gaudio retired from clinical medicine in 2001. When asked about his tenure at Passavant, he said “Looking back on my time at the hospital, it was a great personal achievement to have been able to contribute

From left, nominees and the year they started their affiliation with the hospital. Patricia Kutcher (1964), Dr. Robert Ford (1967), Dr. Ralph Gaudio (1970), Dr. W. Scott Nettrour (1971), Virginia Cole (1971), Dr. Lewis “Pete” Nettrour (1972), Elsie Kuba (1973), Ralph DeStefano (1976), Dr. William Bentz (1976), Marjorie Gould (1983), Julie Kincak (1988), LouAnn Brindle (1997), Elizabeth Shumaker (1998) and Dr. Matt El-Kadi (2000).

to the process of going from one rarely used breathing machine in the basement to a comprehensive pulmonary and critical care service.” Marjorie Gould, MBA, MSN, RN Marjorie Gould began working at Passavant in 1983 when she was stationed in the Coronary Care unit as a nurse but also as a mentor to all new RNs and LPNs. She later joined the Diagnostic Imaging Department and assisted in the organizational goal of improving and enhancing this important service. In 1992 she helped in operationalizing the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and in 2004 she worked to operationalize Electrophysiology. In 2011, she was named Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging. Maria Dowling, MSN, RN says she admires Marjorie for her commitment to the hospital’s growth and to “quality practices for the safe and efficient delivery of healthcare.” Julie Kincak In 1988, the Children’s House at UPMC Passavant opened with Julie Kincak as its Childcare Director; she has held this position for the last 26 years. Under Julie’s direction, the Children’s House has grown, caring for thousands of children so that their parents could work next door, and receiving many awards. UPMC Passavant Director of Volunteers Diane Kolling writes “My daughter was one of the first children at the Center, and it was such a relief to come to work knowing that she was happy and well cared for, like family. I am forever grateful for the wonderful care my daughter received, and the lessons she learned at the Children’s House.”

North Hills, including going door-to-door collecting money, and she continues her fundraising efforts to this day. Pat served as president of the McCandless/Franklin Park Auxiliary from 1965-67. She was President of the Board of Auxiliaries in 1970-72. Pat made history by becoming the first female hospital board chair. She remains on the hospital board and is also a member of the Passavant Hospital Foundation board of directors. James C.* and Henrietta D. Lear* James and Henrietta Lear made it their mission to bring Passavant Hospital north, raising funds, rallying community support and surmounting legal roadblocks and political hurdles. See sidebar article written by their daughter, historian Linda J. Lear. Scott Nettrour, MD and Lewis Nettrour, MD Brothers Scott and Lewis “Pete” Nettrour founded Tri-Rivers Surgical Associates in the early 1970s, in the Passavant Professional Building. They joined the hospital staff in 1971 and 1972 respectively, serving the community they grew up in. Gifted surgeons, they were integral to the stability and early success of the hospital, specifically to the growth and development of excellence in orthopedic care. During their 30+ years at Passavant they were active participants in every hospital endeavor, whether it was covering the operating room, taking calls, or serving on various hospital committees. This also included Dr. Scott Nettrour acting as Medical Staff President in 1991-92. Their employees feel very fortunate to have two

individuals who are both selfless, caring leaders. They retired from active hospital service in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Elizabeth Shumaker, RN, MSN Elizabeth “Libby” Shumaker has been instrumental in the development of the UPMC CancerCenter at Passavant, and has been a leader in its oncology programs. In addition to her responsibilities on the McCandless campus, she has responsibility for the Comprehensive Breast Center at the hospital’s Cranberry campus and the launch of the new Wound Care Center, also in Cranberry. The programs under Libby’s direction consistently receive high patient satisfaction scores. Libby sets a positive tone and maintains a professional culture. With her supervision and encouragement, many of Libby’s staff members have received awards. The annual “Cancer Survivorship Celebration” provides 500+ survivors and their guests a positive, uplifting evening, free of charge, thanks to teamwork in her department. Cindy Tomazich says “As a longstanding staff member and department director, there is no other professional that I would rather emulate.” John Earl Weigel, MD*, A. Linn Weigel, MD* and Jesse A. Weigel, MD Three doctors from the same family contributed significantly to the development, growth and success of UPMC Passavant. These men dedicated their personal and professional lives to both medicine and Passavant. See “A Family’s History of Service.” *Deceased

Elsie Kuba Elsie Kuba has worked in the hospital laboratory for 41 years. While laboring quietly behind the scenes, she has dedicated her time and energy to providing a critically needed component of patient care - quality laboratory testing. She has never lost sight of the importance of her role. Patricia Berger has worked with Elsie for 23 years and describes Elsie as a dedicated professional and a leader to the laboratory staff. “Her kindness, positive attitude and willingness to embrace changes have contributed to making the hospital the excellent facility that it is today.” Patricia Kutcher Pat Kutcher has been an active volunteer and a member of the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary for 50 years. She was instrumental in helping to raise money to bring the hospital to the

Community-sponsored events in the early 1960s allowed the hospital to open its doors in February 1964.


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HEALTH & WELLNESS September 2014

Administering Medicine in the School Setting BY LISA MARIE ALLEN, RN, CSN, MSN, JD


our school nurse and school district desire to provide a safe environment for your child to receive the necessary medication during the school day needed to promote their academic success. By understanding your school procedures and compliance with them, your child should be off to great start to the school year. Administration of medication to students is one of the most common health-related activities performed in schools (National Association of School Nurses, NASN, 2012). It is governed by school policies/procedures that strive to adhere to federal and state laws and professional practice acts. School Health is also regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADH) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PAD Ed) which in 2010, collaborated to write Guidelines for Pennsylvania School for the Administration of Medication and Emergency Care. The following gives a brief overview of the common school requirements and some of the governing laws that relate to school medication administration, to increase parent understanding, and for parents to better prepare for the new school year. The Certified School Nurse is responsible for assessing any request for medication and evaluating if the request is in compliance with school policy and procedures (PADH, 2010). According to Pennsylvania law, a nurse may administer medication only when it is prescribed by a licensed provider (49 PA Code, Chapter 21.14). This law includes over the counter medication (OTC) and therefore, it is important to remember that schools will most likely request a license provider’s order even for OTC medication. This requirement is also recommended by the PA Department of Health manual for medication administration (PDAH, 2010, p 13). The exception to this general rule is when the school has obtained standard orders for certain OTC medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Motrin®), antacids and emergency medication such as Benadryl® and epinephrine (Epi-pen), from the school physician. The school physician prescribes one general district order for administration of these OTC medications and also identifies the protocol for administration such as, “Tylenol for headaches, Motrin for cramps, Benadryl for hives” etc. It is always a good idea to check with your school nurse to determine what standard orders for OTC medications are in place at your school. In addition, schools require consent or a written authorization from a parent/ guardian to administer medication. Most schools also require that the medication be delivered to the school in the original pharmacy container or OTC package (PADH, 2013 p.14). There are situations where schools permit students to carry their own (Continued on page 18)


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medication but this is reserved for emergency medications. The Public School Code contains a provision directed to School Health services requiring a school to develop a written policy to allow school children to possess and self-administer inhalers (24 P.S Section 14-1414-1). Therefore schools permit children with diagnoses such as asthma and/or life–threating allergies to carry inhalers or epi-pens; however, the school still requires an order from a license provider and parental authorization for the medication. If your child will need medication administered during school hours, whether it is prescription or over the counter, be sure to make an appointment with your school nurse to discuss and make the necessary arrangements. F References 41 P.S. section 14-1414.1. Possession and use of asthma inhalers. 49 PA Code, Chapter 21, section 14, Administration of drugs. PA Department of Health (PADH). (2010). Guidelines for Pennsylvania Schools for the Administration of Medications and Emergency Care. National Association of School Nurses (NASN). (2012). Position Statement: Medication administration in the school setting.


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HEALTH & WELLNESS September 2014

Chiropractic Family Health Center is the only facility in the Pittsburgh area to offer this breakthrough treatment.

Chiropractic Family Health Center: Healing Peripheral Neuropathy Chiropractic Family Health Center announces a breakthrough treatment protocol for treating peripheral neuropathy pain, a common condition with devastating effects and thought to be incurable.


eripheral Neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When dam-

Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms can include: • • • • • •

Numbness Burning pains Cramping Sharp, electric pain Hurt when you walk Difficulty sleeping from leg/ foot discomfort • Pricking/tingling feelings • Dependency on medication • Loss of balance or coordination


age to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from this debilitating disease. It is commonly associated with diabetes, however, neuropathy symptoms can also occur in patients with restless leg syndrome, sciatic neuropathy, and has been recently linked to statin drugs used to lower cholesterol. Although, there are also patients who just have neuropathy without a particular cause. Many patients are suffering from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, difficulty walking, numbness and even interruption of sleep. The specialized treatment protocol offered at the Chiropractic Family Health Center includes 9 specific treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms.

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This therapy has long been well recognized internationally, and these recent advancements offer hope for many more to live a more pain-free and enjoyable life. Dr. Shawn Richey (a member of the NeuroTCA) has seen many patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy. He has treated patients that have tried everything including potentially harmful medications and other painful testing and treatments. This can leave patients still struggling and wandering down the long road of endless disappointment.

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According to Ms. Stewart, “When I developed peripheral neuropathy, the condition was painful and debilitating. My life as I knew it before the diagnosis was no longer there. I shared my problem with Dr. Shawn Richey, who was already my chiropractor.  He suggested that I try a program he had that is specifically designed to treat the condition.  Dr. Shawn first tested me for the disease.  He was the only doctor to actually test the condition rather than diagnose from symptoms alone.  I began the comprehensive, step-by-step program. Now, I am only one quarter of the way through the program.  I have complete pain relief 95% of the time.  Recently, I have resumed power walking, lap swimming, and my daily activities with relative ease.  I am amazed at the progress and efficacy of this program.   Dr. Shawn Richey’s treatment program has given me miraculous relief from a debilitating and painful disease.  I would recommend anyone, who suffers from peripheral neuropathy, choosing to have Dr. Shawn help you to your way to recovery as he has helped me.”

Liz is a current patient of Dr. Shawn Richey and suffers from Peripheral Neuropathy. “For a few months I was experiencing tingling and numbness in my feet. I was also becoming off balance when I walked. A friend of mine saw an article in Pittsburgh Fifty Five Plus magazine describing exactly what I was experiencing. I didn’t know that what I was suffering was called neuropathy. I kept the article for a month and my symptoms were getting worse so I gave Dr. Shawn Richey a call for a consultation. When I consulted with Dr. Richey he told me what the plan of action would entail. It has only been a short time and already I’m feeling 50% better! Dr. Richey is a kind and caring man who takes the time to talk with you and answers any questions you might have. Thank you Dr. Richey.”

Now we are able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, non-invasive, drugfree approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair. With Dr. Shawn Richey’s neuropathy treatment protocol, patients no longer need to suffer with the pain and symptoms that have restricted their lives.

This ground-breaking treatment has achieved a 90% overall satisfaction rate. The treatment identifies the cause and enables nerve endings to regenerate and heal rather than remain damaged. As the treatments repair the nerve endings, pain is reduced, and patients regain balance and coordination. F

Lynne Karanovich My brother lives in the Phoenix area and saw an advertisement for peripheral neuropathy treatments along with several testimonials. He was impressed and gave the information to me. I called and was referred to Dr. Shawn. I then saw the advertisement for Dr. Shawn’s free evaluation and decided to make an appointment. I have suffered with peripheral neuropathy in my feet and legs for 12 long years. As the pain and numbness got worse, the number of pills that I had to take was increased. The pills were trying to treat the pain, but not curing the problem. There were days that I could hardly walk and had balance issues. That is no way to live life!! I noticed an improvement after one treatment. I danced into Dr. Shawn’s office after my second treatment. He smiled from ear to ear. I was skeptical at first, but found the treatments really work! I now take my brother’s 88 year old mother-in-law with me. She noticed an improvement after her first treatment as well! Dr. Shawn and his neuropathy treatments are awesome!! I travel 100 miles a day for my treatments. It is well worth it. I feel like a different person. My feet and legs are finally waking up after a long hibernation. I started to wean myself off of the pills. I am going to make an appointment with my neurologist and tell him that I beat neuropathy! I can’t wait to see his reaction!! Life is good…

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y name is Dr. Michael Vactor. I’ve been a doctor of chiropractic, a natural health care advocate and weight loss expert in the north Pittsburgh area for the last 14 years. I have been featured on KDKA television as an expert. You may have heard me in the past on my various radio shows speaking about health and weight loss issues. I have taken care of the players, coaches, and their family members from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ and Pirates’ organizations. My office has received many awards and accolades from the community. Most recently, we were voted best office by the readers of the Tribune Total Media. I routinely travel around the United States training with the top wellness and weight loss doctors in the world. We also strongly believe in giving back to our community. We support numerous church and charitable organizations. I share all of this with you, not to impress you, but to impress upon you, that you are dealing with a doctor that is completely committed to helping his patients reach their goals. I’m sure you have seen my ads over the past year with this dramatic weight loss claim. When people approach me about these ads, the most common question someone will ask is, “C’mon…are you serious…Is it really true?” The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I have lived in both Cranberry Township and Mars for the last 14 years. My parents also live here. I finished my schooling in 1999 and began my practice. I have two children currently in school in Mars. If you are wondering why I mention this, it is because I have deep roots in our

community. I would not make claims if I weren’t absolutely sure of the outcomes. I’m so sure that you can lose the weight that I offer a GUARANTEE. (So far, 90 to 95 percent of our patients have achieved their weight loss). I have been approached with many different types of weight loss programs over the past several years to offer to people interested in losing weight. Frankly, many of them weren’t really promising and did not have consistent results. Some “weight loss” fads or gimmicks simply don’t work. Magical fat burning lasers, chemicals to block fat absorption, herbal body wraps, super supplements and many other (ridiculous) things being sold out there can make weight loss frustrating and confusing. I have chosen to offer this weight loss system not only because of the consistent, predictable weight loss results but also because people are seeing a dramatic improvement in their HEALTH in about a month’s time. I have seen cholesterol numbers, blood pressure and blood sugar levels return to normal levels in 30 days. People who follow our program as outlined get great results! But I must be straight-forward about our system. You must be dedicated, committed and want results. Several different products come with our plan, as well as a simple, easy-to-follow meal plan. The food choices are normal food you can get anywhere and prepare easily yourself. Drinking pH-balanced ionized water (which we supply) is also an important part of our system. If this sounds complicated, don’t worry…it’s not hard to follow at all. We have made this as simple as possible. Also, exercise is NOT required. All of the products in our system are made up of ALL-NATURAL ingredients, and this program is completely safe! Learn how to keep the weight off. We have a follow-up period to help your body reset itself to your new weight. So, if you are serious about losing up to 30 pounds of FAT, inches off of your waist and IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH in about a month’s time, call for a FREE, IN-OFFICE REVIEW of our revolutionary weight loss system or you can attend one of our blockbuster workshops. Call now, 724-742-2700 – Seating and space is limited. Yours in health,

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HEALTH & WELLNESS September 2014


Start Now with a Plan BY DONNA SUMMERS MOUL

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ~ Mark Twain


ake some personal time to reflect back over the past year to determine what is working in your life and what is not. Think about your goals and aspirations. What have you accomplished that you are proud of? Make a list and give yourself credit for your progress and your growth. What additional changes would you would like to make? Here are some areas to consider: Spirituality – How is your spiritual life? Are you connected to a church, synagogue or mosque? Are you living your life according to your values? It is so easy today to get distracted and off-track or to compromise your morals. Make a renewed commitment to live according to your beliefs. What do you need to do integrate more spirituality into your life? Relationships – Assess the quality of your relationships. Begin with the relationship you have with your-

self. Are you kind and compassionate? Do you treat yourself with love and respect? How is your connection with your significant other and your friends? Are you willing to spend the time and energy it takes to foster these relationships? So often, we wait to find time to spend with those we love. How can you make time for the people who are important to you? Career - Aside from the monetary value, how does your career contribute to the quality of your life? Are you doing what you love? Are you being challenged to grow and develop your strengths? Is it time to consider a new path or a new career? Where does your career fit into the hierarchy of your five top priorities? Are you able to maintain a work/life balance? What do you need to do even out the scale? Health – How is your health? Do you eat sensibly? Do you exercise? Sixty percent of Americans are over-

weight. In spite of a billion dollar industry, diets do not work. What lifestyle changes are you willing to incorporate into your daily routine to have a healthful life? Service – What are you doing to make the world a better place? Find a cause that you can wholeheartedly support such as a local charity, or

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get involved with your environmental community. Look around your neighborhood. Are there seniors that could use a helping hand or children that need a mentor? Giving back is a great way to help others and feel good about yourself in the process. What is your first step? What would you like to accomplish in the next twelve months? Get started now by picking one area you would like to change. Make daily choices that will eventually create new habits. Be persistent. And next year this time, you will be closer to creating the life that you desire. 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 or E-mail: donnamoul@gmail.com, www. Especially-For-Women.com


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“I Just Feel So Weird...” Understanding CranioCervical Syndrome BY DR. SHANNON THIEROFF


ne of the most commonly mis-diagnosed and treated conditions that I see is called “Cranio-cervical Syndrome.” Chances are that you haven’t heard of it; but, you probably know someone who has it. I’m going to help you understand how to identify, avoid, and treat the symptoms of Cranio-cervical syndrome. Cranio-cervical syndrome is associated with a variety of symptoms affecting the head, face and neck. People that have it can often experience a combination of the following things: • Headaches, including migraines and tension-type • Neck pain and tension • Changes in hearing and vision • Jaw pain, clicking or tension • Sinus and Allergy symptoms • Feeling foggy, fatigued, or dizzy Understandably, when people feel this way it can be alarming. Usually we’ll start with a visit to the PCP or emer-

gency room. After anything pathological is ruled out, the typical treatment is medicine. If that doesn’t tackle it, a lot of Headaches, dizziness, neck tension and people end up at jaw pain can all be signs that your nervous the ENT, somesystem needs attention. times they end up at the dentist, and sometimes after the symptoms persist, they just either assume that it’s “all in their head,” or they just assume they have to live with it. This syndrome was actually identified over 80 years ago by doctors of Chiropractic. They identified that the position of the upper cervical spine, in the relation to the skull, could affect the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain. This abnormal flow can result in nervous system changes and symptoms. In some cases, there are diseases or malformations of the body that cause Cranio-cervical syndrome; in the majority of cases, it is positional. And because all of the structures of the head, face and neck are related, it causes the spill-over effect with symptoms. The cause of Cranio-cervical Syndrome is not totally understood, but in the cases where it is positional it may be caused by traumas (falls, sports, contusions), prolonged poor posture or jobs and hobbies that force you to be in bad positions. Sometimes a difficult birth process can affect the spine early in life and start the symptoms in childhood. Chiropractic is in a unique position to help this condition. We’re trained to look at the skeletal structure, nervous system, and muscular system. When we address these three components of the problem, it allows the patient’s body to start healing. If the malposition is not corrected, like any other health condition, symptoms worsen over time. And no one wants to feel miserable or weird. I’ve had the opportunity to help a lot of patients heal from this condition and get back to feeling good. I just wish more people knew about chiropractic and I encourage you to share this information with anyone who may need it. Take good care of yourself, you only get one body to live in. F

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IMAGE & STYLE September 2014

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ith another new season comes another new excuse to snag up some of the best fall shoes! Most of us probably still have all of the cute open-toed sandals and flip flops front and center in our closets but it won’t be long before the leaves start to fall and puts a chill in the air, forcing us to cover up and brave the cold. That cold autumn air should not be faced without some style! It’s perfectly fine to rotate some of your boots and shoes from prior seasons into your wardrobe provided that they were treated with respect. I am talking about taking a shoe inventory and getting rid of any footwear that is noticeably scuffed or worn. Wearing shoes that have obviously been down the beaten path and beyond, so to speak, just drags a good ensemble down, so

try adding a few of falls’ top picks this season. It will brighten your wardrobe as well as your spirits! Check out some of falls’ best trends: Boots – Boots are always on the menu for fall but this year there’s a few new trends to be checked out, namely ankle bootswith a twist. In addition to the always in-style “military” or “hiking,” this year, heels are back. Check out the bottle wedge, both in ankle and knee high, as well as shearling lined which offers up cozy and sexy in one style! The knee boot is also always a constant in a fashionista’s wardrobe whether you choose the classic equestrian flat or a heel. Either way, both have you covered and cleared for fall. Flats – sometimes your feet just need a break so be sure to “break out” these fun flats every now and then: menswear category (think penny loafers), the still going-strong ballet flat, and the “smoking slipper.” These are just what they sound like: a flat slip on reminiscent of the 50’s but with a modern vibe. While I personally am not a big fan of these for me, they are quite trendy this fall, so if they fit into your wardrobe then go for it! Heels – If you like the look of the big chunky heels of the 70’s then you’re in luck! Lots of round-toed pumps with big chunky heels and ankle straps will make their appearance this season. Sling backs with the pointy tips are also a never ending style not to be ignored. Wedge heels are a great substitute for the typical heels as they create the added height one desires from high heels while providing comfort. Mules and clogs are another fun option that can style up a pair of jeans in a snap. Looking for a high heel with a boot vibe? Try the “shootie”- it’s a cute high-heeled shoe that slips on and fits like a boot- a real fun trend right now! Colors/prints and more – Some of the best prints in years are making a big comeback this season. Keep an eye out for lots of animal print, specifically leopard. Another print to add to your wardrobe is floral. Yes, that’s correct. Floral patterns in rich hues will be abundant in flats, heels and boots this year. This is good news for all of us that love darker colors and solids as it will pack a much needed punch of color. Also front and center is color patterns in red and white, black and white and lots of cobalt blue. Shoes will not fall flat on embellishments this year as designers have really upped the ante with a slew of buckles, straps and ties. The artistry of embellishments doesn’t end there! Look for bows, flowers, spikes and studs. Lace up shoes in heels will be prominent throughout the fall season in both heels and boots. Boots and shoes are made for more than just walkin’- they’re also good for talkin’! Try adding a few new pairs of shoes to your wardrobe this season even if you only get one pair make sure they make a statement as great pair of shoes is always a great topic of conversation! F



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SENIOR LIVING September 2014



very day, my husband Don and I walk for 45 minutes. We go to several different malls to do this. One day, Don was wondering what the reasons were for others to walk every day. So, I thought I would ask the people that we see there in the mall daily and find out what their reasons were for taking a daily walk, and why they do it in the mall. We went to Ross Park Mall and the first person I spoke to was a


gentleman named Dave. He said that he walks for an hour every day and he really enjoys it. He has done other exercises such as aerobics and water aerobics. But he lives only 5 minutes from the mall so it’s very convenient for him and he enjoys it so much more than his previous exercises. He feels that daily exercise is so important for good health and he plans to continue his daily walks for as long as possible.

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Next, I spoke to a couple, Carol and Joe who walk 40 minutes each day. Joe walks because of orders from his doctor and Carol is highly allergic to many outdoor items so walking the mall keeps her from these harmful objects. Another couple who are regular mall walkers are George and Judy who like to mall walk because they don’t have to worry about the weather, and as Judy said, “We just feel so much better walking every day.” I saw a man standing alone and I went to talk to him. I found out that he is a former policeman and his name is Jerome. He also walks daily and says that he is a golfer and daily walking keeps his legs in shape. I was talking to a friend, Peggy Lisiak, and told her about my questions regarding mall walking. She told me that she loves to walk in the mall because she feels safe and doesn’t have to worry about the temperatures. She also told me that she loves to look in the stores windows so she gets exercise and enjoyment at the same time. She especially enjoys it when she goes into a store and finds a great bargain. If you are a walker congratulations and keep up the good work, your health will appreciate it. If you are not currently a walker, give it a try. I promise you will enjoy it very much. F

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Strolling Through September BY JOE BULLICK


i! Here comes September, I hope you had a great August. Baseball is in full swing, and the Pirates are hanging in there. For you football fans, there is the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio just two hours from Pittsburgh. There were seven new inductees in August, which brings the total number of Hall of Fame members to 287. Another special part of September is Labor Day, which is always celebrated the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement and economic achievements of the American workers, who have worked hard to earn this special day. This month, we also see the hustle and bustle of going back to school with schedules, backpacks and books. Most

schools begin in August; although, a few start after Labor Day. As a young boy, I remember the farmers in the area had orchards. Treesdale was one big orchard. The fruits of year round labor were harvested from 40,000 trees starting in July with summer apples. This continued until November when the last apples were stored in a two-story building which had a capacity of 85,000 bushels. The proof of the apple is in the eating. The Red Delicious apple was the topeating apple grown at Treesdale, other top varieties grown included Red Rome, McIntosh, Jonathan, Golden Delicious and Cortland. Many of the pickers were migrant workers; they would arrive at Treesdale in mid-August and stay until November.

Treesdale had 500 acres of orchards; they had over 25 regular employees and 250 seasonal workers, including about 70 pickers. It is hard to believe as you drive through Treesdale today that you can play golf, and see some great houses. As a young boy growing up in the early 30s and 40s, September was a quiet time for me, with no TV and no computer, just the radio and the newspaper. And my mom loved to go to the movies; I remember she loved the Annie Oakley movie. Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey on Aug. 13, 1860. She starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show which made her the first American female superstar. She married show marksman Frank Butler. Oakley died on Nov. 3, 1926. The story of Annie Oakley was the basis for Irving Berlin’s smash Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun, starring Ethel Merman, and the film version of it starring Betty Hutton. Recent revivals have featured stars like Mary Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Reba McEntire. Another special memory I had as a child was the smell of roasted coffee that filled the house every morning. Mom made the best coffee. Humans have been drinking a brew made from roasted beans from a shrub for at least 3,000 years. Today, it is the most popular beverage in the world (after water) with 400 billion cups consumed annually. It is the second most valuable international trade commodity after petroleum. Some famous people were born in September – Agatha Christie (15), Lauren Bacall (16), and Arnold Palmer (10). Happy birthday to you people born under the zodiacs signs of Virgo and Libra. I leave you with this A baby is God’s opinion That life should go on. - Carl Sandburg


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Happenings for Seniors Free Home Safety Inspection is available for seniors through the Open Your Heart to a Senior program. For info, call Cathy at (412) 307-0069 or clpschirer@nhco.org. Free Rides for Seniors, to grocery stores, doctor’s appts & more thru St. Margaret’s Foundation. Pick up & drop off seniors in the corridors from Sharpsburg to Blawnox & Rt. 28 to the Allegheny River. Sign up by calling, (412) 449-0151. Home Instead Senior Care® is offering a unique approach to help area families in Northwest Allegheny County manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Free training is available for families at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com. McKnight Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. Meals on Wheels services north suburbs. Call (412) 487-4088. Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks. For info, call Cathy, at (412) 307-0069 ext. 3313 or clpschirer@nhco.org. UPMC Senior Communities offers independent living & personal care. For details, call 1-800-324-5523.

Benefits Schenley Shuffle 5K, 9 a.m. (registration 8 a.m.), Sept. 13, Bartlett Shelter, Schenley Park, Oakland. Benefits senior citizens in Allegheny County (Heart of Gold Fund). Register online, at www. schenleyshuffle14.eventbrite.com.

Senior Meetings AARP Chapter #2991 meeting, 11:30 a.m., Sept. 18, basement of Northmont Church, intersection of Rt. 19 & Perrymont. Light refreshments (for a nominal fee) served at noon. 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) 3661300. 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. 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) 779-5020.                              Primetimers, noon, first Thurs of the month, Christ Church Grove Farm, Ohio Twp. For info, call (412) 741-4900 or visit http://www.ccgf.org.

Courses 10 Keys to Healthy Aging, 7 p.m., Sept. 11, Northland Library. Call (412) 366-8100 or www.northlandlibrary.org.

Entertainment & Social Events Saint Alexis Over 50 Trips & Events, Sept. 1-5, Wildwood, N.J. trip. Contact Rose at (724) 728-2563 for information.


Volunteer Opportunities: North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Action program is seeking Senior Companion volunteers. For details, contact Nancy, at (412) 307-0069 or nljones@nhco.org. Open Your Heart to a Senior, volunteers orientations & orientation training, 2:30 p.m., Sept. 23, Eat N Park, 7671 McKnight Rd. (southbound), Ross Twp. For details on dates & locations, visit www.openyourhearttoasenior.org. 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) 350-3463 or frank.grande@ alleghenycounty.us. 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 allegheny@openyourhearttoasenior.org.

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SENIOR LIVING September 2014


Nurse Next Door: Doing whatever it takes to bring you peace of mind.


he professional caregivers at Nurse Next Door are devoted to helping you or your loved one to stay at home for as long as possible. Every caregiver at Nurse Next Door is hired because they live and breathe to the company’s four core values: • To admire people • To provide a WOW customer experience • To find a better way • To be passionate about making a difference “Every one of our caregivers undergoes intensive background and reference checks, but just as importantly, they must embody our core values. We hire people that we would trust to take care of our own loved ones,” explains local owner Todd Gwin “Aging is something to celebrate, we take a unique approach to making lives better. We having a saying at Nurse Next Door: the answer is YES - now what’s your question?” The services offered by Nurse Next Door range from a few hours a week of companionship, to around-the-clock caring – and everything in between. The company’s services are outlined in what they call their Pillars of Caring: Taking Care – helping you set achievable goals to improve your health and independence. Services include: Caring companionship, fun outings and community experiences, delicious meals, light housekeeping, getting you to/ from appointments, physical activity, groceries and errands. Enriched Care – enabling you to stay comfortable and safe in your own home. Services include: Support with life’s essentials - bathing, dressing and toileting, delicious meal preparation and assistance (if required), ensure home safety, medication management (and reminders), Alzheimer’s and dementia support, and everything included in the previous Pillar. Vital Care – Daily, live in, or even end-of-life caring. A qualified caregiver or nurse ensure attentive caring. Services include: Alzheimer’s and dementia support, Live-in caring, skilled nurse caring, end-of-life caring, wound care / post-operative caring / complex caring, special needs caring, and everything included in the previous Pillars. Nurse Next Door proudly serves the northern Pittsburgh area including Ross, Glenshaw, Wexford, Gibsonia, Franklin Park, Marshall, Hampton, Cranberry, Mars, Sewickley, Pittsburgh North, North Hills, Shaler, Aspinwall and Fox Chapel. “With expert support just a phone call away, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-aweek,” continues Todd Gwin, “Nurse Next Door Pittsburgh promises to do whatever it takes to bring families peace of mind.” To learn more about the Nurse Next Door, visit their website at www. nursenextdoor.com or call for a FREE caring consult at 412-267-7766. F


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Celebrating Senior Champions An Event to Support Benevolent Care


n Thursday October 23, UPMC Senior Services will host the sixth annual Celebrating Senior Champions Benefit Dinner and Auction. The event will recognize the many individuals and groups who champion the cause of seniors in western Pennsylvania. KDKARadio news anchor, Barbara Boylan, will serve as emcee of the event. G. Nicholas Beckwith III and Dorothy B. Beckwith will be honored as Grand Champions. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith are cofounders of the Beckwith Institute: Patient Care Innovation Today and Tomorrow. The Beckwith Institute provides grant funding to support new ideas and innovations to improve patient care at UPMC. Older adults, who make up the vast majority of hospital patients, benefit significantly by the Beckwiths efforts. Barbara Ivanko, president and CEO of Family Hospice and Palliative Care will be recognized as Community Champions. Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illness and their families. Margaret Mary Kimmel, PhD will be remembered posthumously as Caregiver Champion. Dr. Kimmel was Professor Emeritus in the Library and Information Science Program at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. It was her personal experience as caregiver to her late mother that drove her decades-long dedication to support older adults and individuals with disabilities. All proceeds from the Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction will benefit the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund to help support residents in need of charitable care. For more information about the event, contact Peggy VanHorn, Benevolent Care Advocate, UPMC Senior Services, at 412-622-9239 or vanhornpa@upmc.edu. F


The ‘Burgh is “The Best Place for Veterans” & Major Universities Support the Military BY PAULA GREEN


o many of us know that Pittsburgh really is some place special, and it is actually a nice place for veterans to live after leaving the service. In Nov. 2012, USAA (United States Automobile Association) and military.com both ranked Pittsburgh as “The Best Place for Veterans.” This statistic was based on affordable housing and low unemployment rate. Another criteria that helped place Pittsburgh on the top of the list is our three major universities Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Each of these colleges offers military benefits. Since 2010, Carnegie Mellon University has been named a Military Friendly School by GIJobs.com. Their goal is to provide the best possible services to students eligible for Veterans Education Benefits. The University Registrar’s Office provides services to veterans and their dependents who are eligible for Veterans Education Benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Post9/11 G.I. Bill, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. In addition, Carnegie Mellon participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for those who are 100% eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. They serve as a liaison between the veteran and the VA Regional Processing Office. Duquesne University also offers College Education for Military Service Members and Veterans. They participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible veterans can receive a tuition waiver from Duquesne. Combined with additional financial assistance from the VA, this allows veterans (and in some cases family members) to study tuitionfree as an undergraduate or graduate student. The University of Pittsburgh has the Office of Veterans Services (OVS) which was designed to serve military personnel. OVS strives to be a one-stop shop for veterans, militaryaffiliated students, and dependents of veterans by offering: personalized pre-admission counseling sessions, no application fee for veterans, an orientation for new veteran and dependent students, an “Improving Veterans Experience on Campus” workshop to help veterans transition into academic life, and academic success workshops throughout their time

at Pitt and career counseling from one of the top 20 career services offices in the country and networking events with veteran-friendly employers. To learn more about the universities’ military benefits programs, visit the websites in the sources below and consider making the ’Burgh your home. F Sources: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/11/09/the-best-placesfor-veterans/, http://www.cmu.edu/hub/transcripts/benefits/, http://www.duq. edu/academics/schools/leadership-and-professional-advancement/military-programs/military-tuition-information, http://www.veterans.pitt.edu/

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


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KIDS & EDUCATION September 2014

Innovations in the Classroom BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON

In this, our September Back-to-School issue, we continue highlighting the innovative programs and projects that schools and educators in our area have created and implemented into their classrooms. Due to the popularity of this column, all previous columns from our monthly issues are now available on our website at NorthernConnectionMag.com under the Education tab for your quick and easy reference. This month’s highlights are: Community College of Allegheny County - CCAC’s Multimedia Web Programming certificate is designed for individuals seeking skills to create high-end websites with strong design and functional abilities. The Multimedia Web Programming program is ideal for computer-savvy individuals, including graphic designers, who need additional technical programming skills in order to implement their website designs. Potential job opportunities following program completion include web designer, web developer, web marketing manager, web manager, e-commerce manager, web programmer, web technician or web server administrator for corporate communications marketing; education, sales departments, design firms, publishers and/or animation studios. CCAC’s Multimedia Web Programming certificate program is being offered at CCAC North Campus. Individuals interested in either enrolling or obtaining more information should call 412.369.3600 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “multimedia web programming.”


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Saint Joseph High School - The movement to integrate the traditional STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math with art, is growing. Research shows that the skills learned through art can deepen students’ understanding of complex scientific material and allow for innovation. STEAM learning is increasingly important in preparing students for college and career. This year, the SJHS Robotics Class and Drama Program collaborated on the annual spring drama production— Shrek The Musical. Several costumes were enhanced by animatronics. Robotics students designed mechanisms that added life to the dragon with lighted eyes and moving eyes

and mouth, and allowed Pinocchio’s nose to extend and retract through remote control. These students also assisted with lighting, sound, and stage technology during the performances. The production was nominated for seven Gene Kelly Awards, including Best Musical, and took home the award for Best Costume Design-Budget Level I. To learn more about this innovative school, check out our Spotlight In Education in this issue of Northern Connection magazine or visit the Saint Joseph High School website at SaintJosephHS. com. Saint Vincent College – The James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center and the China Studies Program at Saint Vincent College provide students with the opportunity to study the Chinese (Continued on page 42)


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language and culture in a campus setting, on study tours to China, and in a study abroad program. The China Studies Program is now offering two very innovative classes one on the history of medicine entitled “From Acupuncture to Alchemy” which examines the different paradigms of diagnostics, treatment, wellness and disease. The second is on the history of “China and Japan in Fiction and Film” and how these Asian cultures are represented. In addition, in the study of the Chinese language, Saint Vincent’s continues to be a Confucius Classroom and an integral part of the Confucius Institute through the University of Pittsburgh. Every year Saint Vincent welcomes volunteers sent by the Chinese government to teach Chinese in various schools in Westmoreland County. Saint Vincent College has a long standing relationship with China. In 1925,

Benedictines from the St. Vincent Archabbey founded Fu Jen University in Beijing which moved to Taiwan in 1949 when the Communists took over China. The Benedictines continue to be involved with Fu Jen University to this day. For more information, visit www.stvincent.edu. Sewickley Academy - the newlyrenovated Oliver science building at Sewickley Academy is a complete state-of-the-art facility with new flexible lab and classroom designs and a whole array of high-tech science

Tracey Wazenegger, Emily Amato and Ron Kinser PhD

equipment that prepares students for college, graduate work and careers in laboratories, research and development and much more. In addition to the new biology, chemistry and physics labs, there are also a new robotics lab and independent project rooms that are designed to enable the students to have longer-term projects that don’t need to be dismantled and to pursue their own scientific interests, design their own experiments and models, and engage in true scientific research. Student Emily Amato, entering her Junior year at Sewickley, explains, “The hands-on work and experiments are great but the best part is that the teachers like Ms. Wazenegger and Dr. Kinser are young and hip when it comes to all the new technology so they really make it fun and interesting.” To learn more about Sewickley Academy, visit www. sewickley.org. Western Pennsylvania Montessori School - The Western Pennsylvania Montessori School is (Continued on page 45)


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KIDS & EDUCATION September 2014


Social Media: Is It Friend or Foe? BY MARIANNE REID ANDERSON


hate to admit it but I simply love and adore Facebook and Twitter. I love seeing what all my friends and family are up to, that I have been able to reconnect with friends and family from years gone by, stay in touch and up to date with all the goings on with my favorite places and businesses and to find out what’s going on in the community through the Northern Connection magazine Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently, I’m not alone. According to recent PEW Internet Project’s research, 71% of adults on the Internet are on Facebook. It also seems that even teenagers are realizing that parents and grandparents are right when they say, “If you


can’t say something nice; then don’t say anything at all” and that goes for posts on social media as well, where you can be in serious, even criminal, trouble due to all the new cyberstalking and cyberharrassment laws if you post anything cruel or bullying. Also making the adage “never talk to strangers” -even online - truer than ever. But is it true that teens are techsavvy enough to be behaving online? A few great teens that I happen to know, gave me list of social media sites where teens are going since all the grown-ups are on Facebook and Twitter. I thought I should pass the list along so you know where else in cyber space your young people might have accounts. These sites

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include: Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Spotify, Tumblr, Vine, and Yik Yak. But what do you think? Is social media a friend or foe? Let’s Continue the Conversation on my blog at http:// northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot. com where I have links and information about these other social media sites, advice for safe posting and much more. Sources: http://www.ncsl.org/ research/telecommunications-andinformation-technology/cyberstalkingand-cyberharassment-laws.aspx, http:// www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/ social-networking-fact-sheet/ and a special thank you to Ana, Sara and Michael for informing us on other potential sites where teens are hanging out. F

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dedicated to encouraging a lifelong love of learning in children from 20 months to 6 years of age. Located in Allison Park, WPMS is the first and most experienced Montessori School in the region. Their focus on selfdirected, non-competitive activities is designed to help children develop good self-image and the confidence to face challenges and change with a positive attitude. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century. For more information, please visit wmps.edu or call us at 412-487-2700. Vincentian Academy - This fall the Academy is offering a brand new Chem Lab. The lab will transform Vincentian Academy into a 21st century facility that supports contemporary science instruction, provide students access to the latest digital technologies, cutting-edge experiment equipment, current computer simulations and enhanced safety features.  Vincentian Academy’s esteemed faculty will also be trained in new technologies that will develop curriculums based on problem solving and exploratory learning. In addition, Vincentian Academy will offer a second language at the Academy in 2014-15 school year.  The expansion of the language

program at Vincentian Academy will now offer French I. In addition to the new language being offered, Vincentian Academy’s Spanish curriculum will become even stronger with new features.  This summer, Vincentian Academy’s Spanish Faculty member, Beverly Buxareo, traveled to Spain to study new curriculum innovations that will enhance the foreign language curriculum at the Academy.  The enhancements will create innovative teaching methods for foreign language development, while fostering


educational excellence in the classroom for global competitiveness in foreign language studies. To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit http://www. vincentianacademy.org/. If you are offering an innovative program or extra-curricular activities for the coming school year, be sure and let us know for our October issue, contact us by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or calling 724-940-2444. F

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Saint Joseph High School


rom its founding in 1915, Saint Joseph High School has maintained a reputation for academic excellence within a familylike environment to become a regional asset, serving students from 2 Catholic Dioceses, 46 parishes, 4 counties, and 21 public school districts. Located approximately 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, SJHS is easily accessible from the PA Turnpike, Route 28, Route 228, and Route 356. Young men and women of all faiths, races, and national origins are welcome at Saint Joseph High School. International students, enrolled through a partnership with Holy Family International College Preparatory Program, enhance the school’s diversity. Saint Joseph High School has been recog-


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nized by The Cardinal Newman Society as a “Top 50 Catholic High School in the Nation” every year since 2006 and is accredited by Middle States Association. The project-based curriculum, strong in STEM education, requires four years of math and laboratory science. SJHS offers 42 College in High School credits from five local colleges/universities. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 38 college credits while still in high school. On average, SJHS students enter college as second-semester freshmen, with some graduating in three years. Students regularly compete in regional, state, and national academic competitions, including National History Day and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Extracurricular activities, including a robust athletics program with 19 sports, an award-winning drama department, robotics team, and mock trial and forensics league, round out the SJHS experience. There is a no-cut policy for all extracurricular activities, including sports, guaranteeing all students an opportunity to be part of a group or team. Saint Joseph High School welcomes its 100th freshman class this fall and will kick off its Centennial Celebration in September 2015. To learn more about SJHS, schedule a private tour, or register for the “Spartan for a Day” program, contact admissions director Shane Palumbo ‘92: (724) 2264932, admissions@saintjosephhs. com or visit their website at SaintJosephHS.com. F


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School Movers & Shakers Shady Side Academy


Saint Vincent College

Shaler Area seventh graders Caitlyn Mechenbier, Michael Bly and Julianna Sciullo created a free app for North Hills Community Outreach. The new app for smart devices updates users on donation needs, upcoming event, and services available to families in need.

A New York based film crew was in Latrobe Aug. 6-7 shooting a program for the Travel Channel’s new series American Grilled. Scenes for the show were filmed at the Fred Rogers Center and Basilica at Saint Vincent, Latrobe Country Club, Black & Gold Grill and the Rogers Park fountain, Banana Split historic marker and Mr. Bee’s Ice Cream in downtown Latrobe. The show will air at 9 p.m., on Wed., Sept. 24 on the Travel Channel.

Seneca Valley

Roy Navid

Isak Liden

Connor Colombo

Five students at Shady Side Academy Senior School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of Carla Erb Adam Yunus their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. They are: Roy Navid, Isak Liden, Connor Colombo, Carla Erb and Adam Yunus.


Students at Seneca Valley High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. Three recent graduates – Taha Ahmed, Robert Kunkel and Alexandra Steighner earned a National AP Scholar Award in 2014.

HIS Kids HIS Kids Christian School will be hosting an open house/reunion for the former Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson Township, 650 Saxonburg Rd. Butler, PA 16002, 6:00 to 9:00 pm., September 27. If you have any questions please feel free to call the school: 724-3528177 or visit our website: Hiskidscs.org.

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Saint Vincent College is ranked among the best colleges in the U.S. in Money magazine’s new ranking. Michael A. Ramaley of Youngstown, 15, a member of Boy Scout Michael Ramaley Troop 305, did brick repair work at Saint Vincent College to earn his Eagle Scout award.


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North Pittsburgh College Fair Scheduled For Oct. 6 at La Roche College


ore than 140 colleges and universities will participate in the North Pittsburgh College Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 at La Roche College’s Kerr Fitness & Sports Center in the North Hills. One of the largest college fairs in Western Pennsylvania, the North Pittsburgh College Fair will host universities, colleges and technical schools from across the country. High school students and their parents will have the chance to meet with representatives from each school to learn more about their campuses and academic programs. Sponsored by the Northern Area Counselors’ Consortium, the fair is organized by the following local school districts: Avonworth, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area. “The North Pittsburgh College Fair is an opportunity for students to identify which schools offer their chosen majors and to talk with college representatives about academic offerings, campus features and the overall college experience,” said Brady Butler, director of marketing and media relations at La Roche. The cost of admission is free, as is parking. For more information, contact the Office of Freshman Admissions at La Roche College: 412-536-1272 or admissions@laroche.edu. For a complete list of participating institutions, visit laroche.edu. F


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HAPPENINGS September 2014

Happenings North Happenings Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collections, Sept. 13, Oct. 18 & Nov. 8, Butler County. Visit www.recyclebutler.us. North Allegheny Horsemen’s Association shows, Sept. 7-All Day Pleasure, Sept. 28-Fun/Game, North Park Horse Show Ring. For info call (412) 784-0860. North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto Program is looking for vehicle donations that will provide transportation for low-income individuals. Call (724) 443-8300 or www.communityauto.org. North Hills 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.

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

Mondays Chisel and Chips Carvers of North Pittsburgh meetings, meets 6:30-10 p.m., the 2nd Monday of every month, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park. For info, call (724) 940-0034. Greater Cranberry Barbershop Chorus, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., Mars Alliance Church, Rt. 228. Visit Bogmeisters.com. Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month 7 p.m., Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call, Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329.

Legacy Theatre Movies, 2 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8, Singin’ In the Rain; Sept. 15, About a Boy; Sept. 22, Jeramiah Johnson; Sept. 29, Frozen, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., McCandless. For info, visit http:// www.thelegacylineup.com/movies/ Monday Morning Coffee Club, 8-9 a.m., beginning Sept. 8, sponsored by the Butler County Chamber. For details, call (724) 283-2222 or email Jennifer@ ButlerCountyChamber.com.

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

Wednesday Ask the Attorney, free legal advice for those who qualify, 7 p.m., Sept. 10, NHCO Allison Park; Oct. 8, NHCO Millvale; Nov. 12, NHCO North Boroughs. Pre-register at, (412) 408-3830 or hzgibbs@nhco.org.

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

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

Saturdays Saturday Singles Dance for ages 40+, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sept. 13, Great Gift Card Giveaway, free dance lesson 7:30 p.m., dance 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Perfect Pair Ice-

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Breaker with gift cards & prizes. West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Call, (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly.com.


Cahal Dunne, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18, Legacy Theatre, McCandless Twp. Call 1-877-9876487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

Berkley Hills Lutheran Church is offering it Stephen Ministry Program for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, illnesses, job loss, loss of home, military deployment & other life struggles. Free & confidential program for people of any faith. Call (412) 486-4010 or www.bhlc.org.

Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It exhibition, Sept. 12-Nov. 16, 709 Penn Gallery. For info, visit TrustArts.org.

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

Performing Arts Festival, noon8 p.m., Sept. 6, Bronx Field, West View. Performance by Johnny Angel & the Halos 7-8 p.m. Sponsored by Ridgewood Church & West View Boroughs. For info, call Ron at (412) 9449778 or www.ridgewoodlife.org.


Arts & Entertainment

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Broadway Across America: Oct. 28-Nov. 2, Annie; Nov. 18-23, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. For info, visit TrustArts. org. The World Goes ‘Round, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 & 20, 2 p.m., Sept. 14 & 21, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

Health & Wellness The Conundrum of Marijuana, 7-9 p.m., Sept. 24, UPMC Passavant McCandless. Sponsored by the Bridge to Hope Family Support Group & Passavant Hospital Foundation. No registration required. For inquiries, call (412) 748-6640. Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 27, Northland Public Library. Facilitated by McCandless Police. (412) 366-8100 or www.dea.gov for other locations. Lizzy’s Bikes, a Kiwanis Club of Mars community action program, provides free bikes to local needy children. Call (724) 779-4364 or email LizzysBikes@yahoo.com.

Cranberry Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 7:30 a.m., Sept. 4 & 18, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Call Marcia, (724) 5383059. Criders Corner Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets noon, Sept. 11 & 25, Sheraton Four Points, 190 Sheraton Dr., Mars. Call Annette, (724) 316-8005. Friday Morning “Coffee Club,” 8-9 a.m., Fridays, Butler County Chamber of Commerce. For details, call (724) 283-2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com North Hills Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets 9 a.m., Sept. 12 & 26, King’s Restaurant, 112 Northtowne Sq., Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Call Debbie, (724) 449-8368. North Hills Newcomers & Friends Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Sept. 9, Bravo. Visit www.northhillsnewcomers.org or email NHNFmembership@gmail.com. North Hills Newcomers & Friends Luncheon, Oct. 14, Rico’s. Coffee tasting & discussion of free trade coffee. Visit www.northhillsnewcomers.org or email NHNFmembership@gmail.com.

Pittsburgh Lupus Loop 5K, Sept. 6, Station Square. For info, visit info@lupus. org.

Professional Referral Exchange (PRE) meets 7:15 a.m., Weds, Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call Ken, at (610) 496-7600 or visit, www.prenetworking.net.

Take-Back Initiative (drug-take back), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 27, at the Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Sharpies & syringes will not be accepted. For info, call (412) 781-7030.

Seven Fields Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Sept. 4 & 18, Concordia Life Care Community, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call Nina, (724) 772-1922.

Support Groups Boundaries for women, 7-8:30 p.m., Tues, starts Sept. 16th & runs for 8 wks, at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry. To register, call (412) 366-1300 or anchorpointcounselingministry.org. Lupus Foundation meetings, 7-8:30 p.m., every 3rd Tues, UPMC Passavant Hospital, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Donor Hall. To register, call (412) 261-5886 or ccallen92@aol.com.

Toastmasters Cranberry High Noon Club, meets noon-1 p.m., every Mon., at the Cranberry Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Suite 400. Guest & new members are welcome. Call Mary Jo, (412) 367-7710 or http://3331281.toastmastersclubs.org. Wexford Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets, 8 a.m., Sept. 9 & 23, Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call Kathy, (724) 934-5143. (Continued on page 54)

SAD: Stress, Anxiety & Depression Support Group for Women, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tues, beginning Sept. 2, (12-wk course), Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry. To register, call (412) 366-1300 or anchorpointcounselingministry.org.


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Volunteer Opportunities American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients who are undergoing treatments to & from their appts. Interested volunteers should call (412) 919-1100 or emailsharon. stalter@cancer.org. Hope Hospice is looking for volunteer for their patients. Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, just have the heart! For details, call (412) 367-3685. 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.

Free After School Program, Tues, Sept. 30-Nov. 11, Franklin Elementary School. For registration, visit http://www.northhillsalliancechurch.org/.

Yoga with a Twist, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 11-Dec. 4, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www. orchardhillchurch.com/.

Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Symposium, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, Level 2 at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St. Register deadline is Oct. 17. Visit http://www.pmhs.org/parish-nurse-program/ education-and-resources.aspx.

Zumba, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tues., Sept. 9-Dec. 2, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/.

Mommy & Me Ballet, 10-11 a.m., Weds, Oct. 15-Nov. 19, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www. orchardhillchurch.com/.

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Single Bullet Theory, 11 a.m., Sept. 9, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

North Pittsburgh College Fair, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 6, La Roche College’s Kerr Fitness & Sports Center. For info, call (412) 536-1272 or admissions@laroche.edu.

Volunteer Orientation, 10 a.m., Sept. 11, NHCO Allison Park. Register at, (412) 4083830 ext. 3215 or lkrobins@nhco.org.

Saint Vincent Concert Series, Sept. 6, Yun-Chin Zhou; Oct. 4, the Petar Jankovic Ensemble. For info, call (724) 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu.

School Events, Courses & Symposiums

Saint Ursula School is accepting registration for Pre-K, kindergarten thru 8th grade 2014-15 school year. They also offer an aftercare program until 6 p.m., 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. For info, call (412) 486-5511.

Ballroom Dancing, 7 p.m., 1st & 3rd Fri., Sept. 5-Dec. 5, Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 935-5555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/.

Tai Chi Exercise for Beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sats., Sept. 6-Dec. 6, (no class Nov. 29), Orchard Hill. For info, call (724) 9355555 or visit http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/.


Seminars & Workshops

Effective Goal Setting, noon, Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Butler Chamber of Commerce. For info, call (724) 283-222 or email Stan@ButlerCountyChamber.com. Rooney: A Sporting Life, 11 a.m., Sept. 23, Legacy Theatre. Call 1-877-987-6487 or visit TheLegacyLineup.com.

Spiritual Community Bible Study, a nondenominational group is accepting registrations for the fall program which begins Sept. 4. Meetings are 9:15-11:15 a.m., every Thurs., Sept.-May. For info, call Norma at (412) 3665079 or cnjl@comcast.net or pittsburghnorth. cbsclass.org.

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Community Nursing Foundations of Faith, 4-day prep course for faith community nurses and lay health ministers, Sept. 12 & 13 and Oct. 3 & 4, UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., uptown. Visit www.pmhs.org. Music Plus, concert series at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley presents composer Stanton Lanier, 8 p.m., Sept. 13, in the church. A 6:30 p.m., interactive Master Class is available. For reservations, call (412) 741-6650. Orchard Hill Events: Blended (stepfamily), 7-8:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4-Nov. 6; DivorceCare for Kids, 7-9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4-Dec. 4; DivorceCare, 7-9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4- Dec. 4; GriefShare, 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 4-Dec. 4; Journey of Hope, 6:30-8 p.m., 3rd Mon., Sept. 15-Dec. 15; Financial Peace, 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 11. For details, call (724) 9355555 or http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/

Veterans North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor meets 7-9 p.m., 2nd Mon., of the month, Quilt Company, Middle Rd., Allison Park. Call (412) 487-9532 or www.qovf.org. Veterans Discover HOPE HereCareer, 3rd Wed., 6:30-8:45 p.m., Cranberry Twp., Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Free. Call (724) 779-8323, discoverhopehere@gmail.com or www.discoverhopehere.com.

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

Reunions Holy Ghost High School All Class Reunion for classes 1941-1983, Oct. 11. For details, email Holyghostallclassreunion@gmail.com. St. Athanasius Grade School Class of 1970 Reunion, 10 a.m., Oct. 19, Four Points Sheraton, 910 Sheraton Dr., Mars/Cranberry. Classmates from ’69 & ’71 are invited to join. Looking for classmates of St. A’s & North Hills HS Class of’74. RSVP to Marigrace at (412)653-7696 or mg62529@ att.net.

Government Legislative Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Sept. 19, Montour Heights Country Club, sponsored by PAACC (Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce). For info, call (412) 264-6270 or www.paacc.com.

Fall Events

Pennsylvania. For info, visit www.pennchristianacademy.org. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team is having a fundraiser thru Sept. 11. For details, visit http://igg.me/ at/paart. POWER Celebrates National Recovery Month with Sunflower POWER, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 10, PerLora on the South Side. To learn more, visit power-recovery.com.

Walk-a-thons & 5K Runs Adelines’ Angels 5K/1 mile fun walk, 9 a.m., Oct. 18, North Park Boathouse. Benefits SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood). Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/ PA/AllisonPark/AdelinesAngels. Westmoreland Yough Trail Poker Run, 9 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) Sept. 1, starts at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River. Call (724) 872-5586 or www.bikewytc.org. Footsteps for Recovery 5K Run/ Walk, (registration 7:30 a.m.), 9 a.m., Sept. 14, Harmar Grove Pavilion by North Park Pool. For info, visit www.FootstepsForRecovery.org.

Auto Raffle at St. Ferdinand Church, tickets available thru Nov. 15, at the church office, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For info, call (724) 776-2888 or www.StFerd.org.

World of Mae 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1mile FunRun, Oct. 18, Hartwood Acres. Honors a 5 year-old, Ada Mae Grashow.

Knittreat, Nov. 13-16, Omni Bedford Springs Hotel. For details, visit www.knittreat.com.


National Aviary: Brunch featuring Atria’s, seating 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., Sept. 21, required reservations (412) 258-9445. Pumpkin Pancakes Brunch, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Harmony Museum, Stewart Hall. For info, call (724) 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org. Train Rides in the Mars Shortline Railroad in Mars, 10 a.m.2 p.m., every Fri., & 1-4 p.m., the 2nd Sat., of every month thru Sept., Mars History & Landmark’s Society, #1 Brickyard Rd. Donations are appreciated. For info, call (724) 272-9588 or www.marshistory.org.

Fundraisers Butterfly Ball benefits The Woodlands Foundation, 6 p.m., Sept. 20, Oakmont Country Club, 1233 Hutton Rd., Oakmont. For details, visit www.MyWoodlands.org. North Hills Community Outreach Winter Coat Drive, MonFri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., thru Oct. 24, or 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27, 1975 Ferguson Rd. For info, call (412) 487-6316, opt. 1. Over the Edge, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 17, participants will rappel 25-stories down the Oliver Building to help those touched by cancer. To sign-up, visit www.ourclubhouse. org/overtheedge. Penn Christian Academy (PCA) 5K, Sept. 13, at Penn Christian Academy in Butler. Proceeds support programs through the Succop Conservancy, Audubon Society of Western

Antique Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 20, & 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 21, Harmony Museum, 303 Mercer Rd. Harmony. For info, call (724) 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org. Children’s Clothing Consignment Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 27, Hiland Preschool, 845 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. Gently worn clothing from newborn to size 12. For details, call (412) 366-6980 or www.hilandpreschool.com.

Conferences Vaccination: A Conversation Educational Conference for families & professionals who want to make informed vaccination decisions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 12, Phipps Conservatory. $49 (includes lunch). Speaker: Barbara Loe Fisher. Register at www.eventbrite.com.

Gardening & Farmers Markets Farmers Market at Shady Side Academy, 3-6 p.m. thru Oct. 29, first parking lot on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Fox Chapel. For info, www.shadysideacademy. org/ssafarm. If you have extra garden vegetables then consider donating it to North Hills Community Outreach’s Food Pantry, 9 a.m.4 p.m. weekdays, or 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. For details, (412) 487-6316, opt.1 or www.nhco.org.

Holiday Craft Sale


he Little Sisters are having their annual Holiday Craft sale on September 19 and 20, from 10:00am-4:00pm each day. Fall and Christmas crafts, ceramics and plants will be available for purchase. The Little Sisters are located at 1028 Benton Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa 15212. For more information call (412) 307-1100. F

Volunteer hours are available in Sept., at the Rosalinda Sauro Garden, 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue, a program of North Hills Community Outreach. Hrs. are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1st, 2nd & 4th Weds & 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. For info, visit www. nhco.org or contact Rose at rmwise@nhco.org.


Golf & Sporting Events

Fall Book Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 3 & 4 and 1-4 p.m., Oct. 5 ($5 bag sale), Northland Public Library. For info (412) 366-8100 or northlandlibrary.org.

Saint Barnabas Charities Fall Classic, 1 p.m., Sept. 22, Butler Country Club. Call (724) 625-3770 or StBarnabasGolf.com. Shaler Area Ice Hockey Golf Outing, 11 a.m., Oct. 5, LakeVue North Golf Course. For info, call Julie at (412) 298-7745 or julieyuiska@hotmail.com.


Do You Want to Be a Shaler North Hills Library Volunteer? 1-2 p.m., Sept. 22 & 7-8 p.m., Sept. 23, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. For info, call (412) 486-0211 x112.

Northland Public Library – Flu Shot Clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 5; Wise Walk (10-wk) program begins 9:30 a.m., Sept. 16, Writers at Work 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8; Le Leche League, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 26; Story Swap, 7 p.m., Sept. 15 & Oct. 20; Genealogy Lock-In, 6:30-10 p.m., Oct. 10; (412) 366-8100 or northlandlibrary.org. (Continued on page 56)

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HAPPENINGS September 2014

Vincentian Academy to Host All Alumni Homecoming Event


or the first time ever, Vincentian Academy will host an all alumni homecoming event for the Academy’s entire alumni base. On Friday, September 26, Vincentian Academy alumni are invited to attend a Homecoming picnic at the Academy and attend the home football game where the Royals will take on South Side Beaver. The picnic begins at 5:00 p.m. at Vincentian Academy, and the game follows at J.C. Stone Field in North Park at 7:00 p.m. Alumni are encouraged to bring a guest and will receive two complimentary tickets to the home football game! Alumni should RSVP by September 22 by emailing marketing@ vincentianacademy.org. F

North Hills Campus at WT


he early childhood and elementary school years are critical to every child’s future academic success. Each child starts school as a unique individual; parents rightfully want the early years to nurture their son’s or daughter’s affinities, strengths, and talents. Built on the site of a picturesque seven-acre farm, the North Hills Campus at WT features fields, gardens, a springfed pond, natural playground, and the student-designed Northbound Trail. These unmatched resources are integrated with a rigorous, innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 curriculum designed and taught by talented and dedicated faculty members who understand that young children learn best when they explore and discover. With the conviction that educational excellence involves developing the whole child, the North Hills Campus at WT integrates character development and community building in its college preparatory program. Students and faculty at the North Hills Campus at WT benefit from being a part of Winchester Thurston School, a standard bearer of academic excellence since 1887, nationally recognized for distinctive campuses, innovative teaching, and rigorous academics. Come see why the North Hills Campus at WT is unlike any other school in your neighborhood. wtnorth.org • 412-578-7518 admission@winchesterthurston.org


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