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Employers Looking for Specific Skills, Fields of Study..................... 4

Save the Date.................... 30

Hidden Treasure................ 25


Larry’s Line-up.................. 34

The Freshman 15: Overcoming the Statistics........................... 6

Legal................................. 36


Dr. Knowledge.................. 38

Options in Higher Education: School Listings........................................... 8

Community Events........... 40


Worship Directory............ 44

PERSPECTIVE What is Depression and Can it be Treated?............................. 16 An interview with Dr. Ellen Frank, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Manic Depression Prevention Program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic BY JACK ETZEL

Prescription Drug Take-Back Program Helps Make Communities Safer.............. 20 BY HILARY DANINHIRSCH

Real Estate........................ 37

New & Notable................ 42

Premier First Person PAWLOWICZ DENTISTRY What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?........ 18

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Cardiovascular Surgeons Chris Cook and Giovanni Speziali lead the Open Heart Program at UPMC Passavant.





Employers Looking for Specific Skills, Fields of Study BY CARLA SIMMONS

The status of our economy remains a top concern, especially current and future employment growth. For students beginning their post-secondary education, as well as those preparing for graduation, understanding the latest career trends can lay the foundation for a successful job search. Although rising employment projections for the U.S. as a whole have been slow, the Pittsburgh area has grown faster than the national average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in our area rose 1.7 percent over the last year as compared to national growth of only 1.0 percent. Education and health services led the way in job growth. This is encouraging news for students entering the marketplace. “In terms of employment as a whole, the entry-level positions are out there—and these positions lead to many other opportunities,” said Marie Coffman, director of Career Services at Waynesburg University. According to Rebecca Rosswog, coordinator of career development for the Office of Student Academic Support Services at La Roche College, popular job fields mirror regional job market statistics, showing that education and health services experienced record growth in job openings. “The ‘hot’ job fields, as determined by the types of employment postings we receive, are in the human services industry and include health care, social services, psychology and education, and in business fields such as information technology, marketing, accounting and management,” said Rosswog, adding that she has also seen considerable job opportunities in


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communications due to the college’s Graphic Communication and Design major. “The fields that have been consistent in hiring for the last several years in our region are information technology related fields— we had a wonderful boom here in the tech industry,” said Kishma DeCastro-Sallis, MSW, director of the Robert Morris University (RMU) Career Center. “The medical field has also been consistent.” According to DeCastro-Sallis, RMU’s class of 2010 had a 95 percent job placement rate, with graduates working in healthcare/social services, IT, engineering and business related fields. She also included business management, accounting, engineering and computers as popular fields in the region. Trends in hiring for both RMU and La Roche echo government statistics for the area. Waynesburg University’s top job postings also closely follow regional statistics, with the addition of postings in the Marcellus Shale industry. “Marcellus Shale has had an impact on our community. Opportunities are growing in Waynesburg, Canonsburg and South Pointe. Employers in this industry are looking for business-related majors and communications majors,” said Coffman. Coffman also noted that many job postings she receives are for IT and computer science related fields, as well as business and accounting. “Our nursing students never struggle with finding jobs,’ she added. Concerning the Marcellus Shale industry, DeCastro-Sallis said, “Some schools are now building curriculum for the oil and gas

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industry—colleges and universities are catching up.” “Although I haven’t seen an increase in gas industry employment positions directly, I have had an increase for candidates in the field of logistics and transportation that seem related to the transport of Marcellus drilling materials,” added Rosswog. According to the number of job postings CCAC receives, students studying business, administrative assisting, engineering science and accounting should have hope for finding employment. Michelle Talbert-Horsey, director of Job Placement and Career Services at CCAC’s North Campus said, “As of November 2011, those were the top job postings, specific to CCAC. For 2010 and 2011, health care, business, customer service and accounting fields are considered targets for employer job postings.” Talbert-Horsey stressed that whatever major a student chooses, he or she needs good communication and presentation skills, good writing and strong computer skills, as well as problem solving, critical-thinking and interpersonal skills. DeCastro-Sallis agreed. “People skills are so important—students must be able to sell themselves. They need a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and good communication skills.” “I would tell all students of all majors that you must develop technical skills,” Rosswog advised. “I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the request for employment candidates who have advanced technical skills, familiarity with industry specific software and computer knowledge.” When considering a major or anticipating the job search, it’s not just about getting hired, but finding employment meaningful to the individual. “I advise students searching for a major to do self-assessment exercises to determine career areas in which they’re both interested and have the aptitude to succeed,” Rosswog said. “When looking for employment, start the process early,” shared Talbert-Horsey. “Explore your options to find a good match.”


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THE FRESHMAN Overcoming the Statistics Life for the college freshman represents not only a new phase of personal and intellectual growth, but also a major lifestyle change. For many freshmen, part of this lifestyle change results in weight gain, otherwise known as the ‘freshman fifteen.’ With some adjustments, however, students can achieve a healthy balance and make those lifestyle changes positive. Do all college freshman really gain 15 pounds? According to a new study published in the December 2011 issue of Social Science Quarterly, the freshman 15 is actually closer to 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. But before breathing a sigh of relief, be aware of the considerable increase in overweight and obese adolescents and adults in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control report that one third of adults in our country are obese. Of adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 years, 12.5 million are obese. In the 20 years and over category, 34.4 percent are overweight and 33.9 percent are obese. These numbers indicate that more young adults will be entering college already overweight or obese. In this case, even a small number like 2.5 takes on a new significance. “At Pittsburgh Bariatrics, we see patients from 18 years old to the mid-70s, with the bulk being between 35 and 55 years old. However, we are seeing more young people in the 18 to 29 age range who are


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“High sugar diets cause total body inflammation, damaging blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. If we don’t stop, we’re doomed.”

morbidly obese,” said -Joseph Colella, MD, FACS LeeAnn Peluso, MD, FACS, a bariatric surgeon with Pittsburgh Bariatrics at UPMC St. Margaret. There are many risk factors for overweight people of all age groups. “Obese patients develop diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” Dr. Peluso explained. “In the college age group, these kids are also dealing with the social stigma of weight gain and emotional issues—it’s so difficult.” Joseph Colella, MD, FACS, a robotic bariatric surgeon and the director of Robotic Surgery at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital said, “Adolescent obesity is becoming another serious problem increasing at an exponential rate. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea are affecting adolescents for the first time in history.” Dr. Colella cites a society addicted to simple carbohydrates—primarily high sugar drinks—as the problem. “High sugar diets cause total body inflammation, damaging blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer,” he said. “If we don’t stop, we’re doomed.” The unstructured, hectic pace of college life is conducive to fast food and quick sugary snacks. Dr. Colella recommended, “Try to eat lean protein first. It slows the absorption of sugar and suppresses cravings for simple carbs. Although it’s not the best trade off, eat a hamburger instead of pizza. But try to eat vegetables and fruit—stay away from juices.” “Be aware of what you’re eating—read labels, look at proteins and carbs, etc.,” said Dr. Peluso, adding that colleges need to start providing options for healthy meals. “Exercise at least twice a week and try intramural sports—it will make a difference.” Lori Arend, director of Counseling and Health Services at La Roche College, asks students who have health concerns a number of questions. “Are you eating, sleeping and getting enough exercise?” she asks. “The freshman 15 isn’t true for every freshman, but in general, some students are not happy with their weight. I suggest eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and staying active.” La Roche offers plenty of fitness classes like yoga, Pilates, conditioning and intramural sports. “In our cafeteria, we have a salad bar, gluten-free foods, and we help meet any special dietary needs. We also have the Kerr Fitness Center, which is free for all students,” Arend added. “It’s best to turn unhealthy habits around at a young age,” said Dr. Peluso. “At Pittsburgh Bariatrics, we see success on so many different levels; it’s not about the dress size—it’s about improving a patient’s health. Ninety-five percent of patients will keep the weight off, but they must make the right food choices, exercise and follow up with their surgeons.”




Options in Higher Education COMPILED BY VANESSA ORR

Students in the North Hills are lucky in that there are quite a number of colleges and universities that they can attend fairly close to home. Following is a list of schools in the area and what they have to offer, as well as a listing of websites to provide even more information on schools throughout the state. ALLEGHENY COLLEGE 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 800-521-5293 • Programs: Undergraduate liberal arts and sciences; a major and minor are required of all students (over 900 combinations possible) Tuition and fees: (2011-12) $36,190; Room and board $9,160 Enrollment: 2,100 Allegheny is the premier college in the country for students with ‘unusual combinations’ of interests, skills and talents. Allegheny students develop combinations of majors and minors in areas that may at first seem unrelated: biology and economics, political science and music. Neuroscience majors play in the symphony and volunteer for Alternative Spring Break. Students prepare for law school while playing basketball and interning in Washington, D.C. Students develop their skills and passions and become articulate, collaborative and innovative, talents that lead to impressive outcomes. More than 90 percent of job-seeking graduates are hired within eight months, and students go on to top graduate schools, including law and medical school, at rates twice the national average. Unusual combinations. Extraordinary outcomes. This is the Allegheny culture.

BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (BC3) 107 College Drive, Butler, PA 16002 724-287-8711 • Programs: BC3 offers 60 two-year career and transfer programs 8

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Tuition: Butler County residents: $110 per credit. All other PA residents: $198 per credit. Out-of-state and international: $286 per credit. Enrollment: Credit Enrollment Spring 2011: 4,162. Fall 2011: 4,210 BC3 has 4,210 credit students and offers over 60 accredited two-year career and transfer programs and certificates in the areas of Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Nursing & Allied Health. The College serves the region with its main campus in Butler and three off-campus locations. In addition to day, evening and weekend classes, BC3 has over 100 sections of online courses available. Butler County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 250 University Avenue, California, PA 15419 724-938-4000 • Programs: More than 150 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs Tuition: For a detailed listing of tuition, fees and room and board charges, visit or contact Cal U Admissions at 724-938-4404. Enrollment: 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students Founded in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is located along the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania, just 35 miles from Pittsburgh. A proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,

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Cal U is among the region’s most affordable options for higher education. Now serving about 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students with both traditional and 100 percent online programs, Cal U is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology and professional studies. California University of Pennsylvania. Building Character. Building Careers.

CARLOW UNIVERSITY 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 800-333-2275 • Programs: Four-year institution with over 50 academic programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels Tuition: Traditional full-time undergraduate $23,296; Adult undergraduate $562/credit; Masters $686/credit; Doctoral & MFA $806/credit Enrollment: Fall 2011 semester, 2,346. Carlow is a small, private, comprehensive university offering excellent professional and liberal arts programs. As a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow remains committed to service and social justice, and welcomes students of all religious beliefs. Carlow embraces collaborative teaching methods, civic engagement and service learning to prepare leaders for the 21st century. Enrolling both women and men at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Carlow provides a liberal education in a caring environment to all of its students.

CHATHAM UNIVERSITY Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-365-1825 • Programs: Undergraduate, graduate and online programs, including an Accelerated Graduate Program that provides the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. Tuition: Approximately $14,000 per semester (undergraduate) Enrollment: Approximately 2,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students Chatham University prepares its students, bachelor through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious lifelong learners and citizen leaders for democracy.

CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 840 Wood St., Clarion, PA 16214 800-672-7171 or 814-393-2000; TTY/TDD: 814-393-1601 •

............................................................................................................................................... Programs: More than 90 degree programs at associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels; 28 nationally accredited programs; seven graduate programs Tuition: In-state residents, $260/credit; out-of-state residents, $520/credit Enrollment: 7,000 Clarion University is a high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience. It seeks diverse, motivated undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn and grow in a small, safe and supportive environment that promotes exploration and discovery. Clarion’s strong faculty and staff is deeply committed to serving students as individuals from whom they expect excellence and personal integrity. Clarion provides extensive, hands-on learning and professional preparation through nationally competitive academic programs and effective community, regional and national partnerships that contribute to the economic vitality of the region.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY (CCAC) Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-237-2525 or 412-237-3100 Programs: More than 170 programs of study, an honors program and transfer articulation agreements in 87 programs with 28 colleges and universities. Tuition: $95.50 per credit for Allegheny County residents; $191 for residents of other

Pennsylvania counties; $286.50 for out-of-state and international residents Enrollment: 33,003 credit; 30,064 non-credit; 61,614 total headcount The mission of the Community College of Allegheny County is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in a changing global society.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282 412-396-6000 • Programs: 100 undergraduate programs; 66 graduate and professional degree programs; 22 doctoral degree programs Tuition: (2011-12) $26,413–$32,726 Enrollment: 10,363 students: 5,858 undergraduate; 3,804 graduate; 701 law Located on a bluff offering breathtaking views of downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university that was founded in 1878 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. It is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world and the largest, most comprehensive Catholic university in Pennsylvania. With students representing nearly every state and 80 nations, Duquesne is consistently ranked among America's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and a tradition of academic excellence. It has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, and 87 percent of freshmen come from the top half of their high school classes.

GANNON UNIVERSITY 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541 1-800-GANNON-U/1-800-426-6668 or 814-871-7000 • Programs: More than 70 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 20 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Tuition: $24,980 Enrollment: (Fall 2011) 4,076 with a studentto-faculty ratio of 14:1 Gannon University, located near the bayfront of Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a private university with dynamic faculty and staff who educate motivated students in an environment focused on Catholic values. Gannon has been consistently ranked among the top 50 colleges and universities in the northern region of the United States in U.S. News & World Report's “America's Best Colleges.” A wide range of campus organizations, 18 NCAA Division II varsity athletics teams and more than 70 extracurricular clubs and activities encourage students to become leaders in their professions, churches and communities. Believe in the possibilities at Gannon University.

GENEVA COLLEGE 3200 College Ave, Beaver Falls, PA, 15010 800-847-8255 • Programs: 36 undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs Tuition: 2011-12 tuition costs and fees (per semester): $11,665;

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Room and board (per semester): $4,280 Enrollment: (Fall 2011 semester) 1,860 Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of academically excellent Christ-centered scholarship. In all fields, it offers distinctive and innovative programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. And its liberal arts core curriculum fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, and biblical studies.

GROVE CITY COLLEGE 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127 724-458-2000 • Programs: 50 major fields of study in addition to four certification programs in K-12 and 10 in 7-12 education in both the sciences and humanities. 10 pre-professional programs. Tuition: $6,799 per semester or $13,598 annually. No fees. All students also receive an HP Tablet PC and a color printer, theirs to keep upon graduation. Enrollment: 2,461 Grove City College students don’t mind being stretched intellectually. While academic standards are high, the campus isn’t intellectually stuffy. Its professors like to teach–they find the exchange of ideas with bright students invigorating. Grove City College is an NCAA Division III school that participates in the Presidents Athletic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. It offers more than 30 different intramural and 11 Club Sports programs. Students have every opportunity to explore and enrich their faith from group Bible studies and chapel to service projects. Students are actively involved in more than 130 clubs and organizations.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705 724-357-2230 • Programs: More than 130 undergraduate degree programs, more than 50 master's programs, and 11 doctoral programs. IUP also offers the Robert E. Cook Honors College. Tuition: Undergraduate in-state, $3,120 per semester; out-of-state

undergraduates, $7,800 per semester. (Non-Pennsylvania resident tuition discounts available for qualified undergraduate students). Graduate tuition: instate, full time: $416 per credit. Out-of-state graduate tuition, $624 per credit. Enrollment: Fall 2011—15,132 (12,943 undergraduates, 2,189 graduate students). Indiana University of Pennsylvania was established in 1875 and is the largest and only doctoral research university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. IUP has a long tradition of academic excellence and receives frequent accolades, including designation as one of The Best 373 Colleges in the 2011 edition of a Princeton Review book by that name. The university provides an intellectually challenging experience to 15,132 students at three campuses, all easily accessible from Pittsburgh and the Middle Atlantic region.

LA ROCHE COLLEGE 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 1-800-838-4572 or 412-536-1272 • Programs: 50 undergraduate; three graduate Tuition: $22,430 Enrollment: 1,416 A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors among today’s college students. La Roche combines educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to offer students preparation for life in a constantly changing global society.

PITTSBURGH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (PTI) North Fayette, 1111 McKee Road, Oakdale PA 15071 412-809-5100 or 1-800-784-9675 • Programs: Associate degree and certificate programs offered through the School of Building Technology; School of Business; School of Criminal Justice; School of Design; School of Healthcare; School of Nursing; School of Technology Tuition: $37,540-$44,820 for associate degree programs; $14,130-$20,780 for certificate programs. No fees. No annual increase. Out-of-state tuition is the same as in-state tuition. Enrollment: (Fall 2011) 1,920 full-time students Since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) has offered programs designed to provide career-specific skills. Degrees can be completed in 21 months; certificates in 15 months or less. PTI offers 27 campus-based day and evening programs at its North Fayette Campus and selected evening programs at its Cranberry Center. Evening programs are generally a blend of on-ground/on-line classes. Additionally some degrees and certificates are delivered completely online. PTI provides students career services including help securing internships and employment; on-campus and off-campus housing; a full agenda of activities, events, intramurals, and community service projects; plus tutoring and financial planning/financial aid guidance.

PENN STATE BEAVER 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061 724-773-3500 • Programs: Penn State Beaver offers the first two years of more than 160 baccalaureate degrees. Most students attend Beaver for two years, then move to another Penn State location to complete their degree. Penn State Beaver offers five baccalaureate degrees: Administration of Justice; Business; Communications; Information Sciences and Technology; and Psychology. Beaver also offers a degree completion program for R.N. to B.S. in Nursing in partnership with Penn State Shenango in Sharon. Associate degrees are Business Administration; Information Sciences and Technology; and Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Tuition: In-state: $495/credit; out-of-state: $778/credit Enrollment: (Fall 2011) 900 Penn State Beaver, a 105-acre campus located in the heart of Beaver County, offers the excellence of an internationally recognized university as well as the convenience of a small campus setting. Traditional and adult students can live on campus or commute. Beaver’s outstanding faculty, the small professor-tostudent ratio of 18:1, and the tranquil setting of the campus offer students an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities in and out of the classroom, including research projects conducted in conjunction with faculty; varsity and intramural athletics, and the Student Government Association. Diverse cultural programming on campus is free to the public.


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............................................................................................................................................... POINT PARK UNIVERSITY 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-392-3430 or 1-800-321-0129 Programs: More than 50 majors in arts and sciences, business, communication and performing arts. Twelve graduate programs in business, criminal justice, journalism and mass communication, education, engineering management, environmental studies. Tuition: Full-time undergraduate, Conservatory of Performing Arts, $28,900 (annual); all other programs, $22,900 (annual). Graduate tuition: $725 per credit Enrollment: 3,382 undergraduate students; 538 graduate students No other university will shape your life and your career quite like Point Park. At Point Park, you can jump right into your major. Get real-life work experience, and be energized by a hip, urban campus. With more than 50 undergraduate majors, 12 graduate programs, generous financial aid, and options for full-time, part-time and accelerated formats, Point Park University is jumping with energy, creativity and culture that you’ll only find in an urban center. In Point Park’s unique learning environment, you’ll not only come into your own. You’ll be changed forever.

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA, 15108 800-762-0097 • Programs: 60 undergraduate degree programs and 20 graduate degree programs. Graduate programs are offered in Moon, Johnstown and Cranberry.

Tuition: (2010-11) Undergraduate tuition is $11,202/semester; graduate tuition varies by program Enrollment: 5,000; approximately 3,900 undergraduate students and 1,100 graduate students Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.

SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY P.O. Box 600, Loretto, Pa 15940 814-472-3100 • Programs: 30+ undergraduate, graduate and adult degree programs Tuition: Average annual tuition and fees: $27,808. Ninety percent of students receive financial aid to help cover costs. Enrollment: 2,449 total (undergraduate, 1,832; graduate, 617) Saint Francis University, the oldest Franciscan university in the nation, strives to help students reach higher and go farther than they ever dreamed they could go. Graduates go on to become physicians, teachers, journalists, engineers, accountants, chemists, environmentalists, and more. Saint Francis is an emerging leader in business, healthcare, science and the humanities, offering career-oriented, high-demand majors steeped in a well-rounded liberal arts tradition.

SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE U.S. Route 30 East, Latrobe PA 15650-2690 724-532-6600 • Programs: Undergraduate and graduate programs in 50 majors and programs. Tuition: Undergraduate tuition and fees $28,624; Graduate tuition $503-$519 per credit. Enrollment: (Fall 2011) Total undergraduate students: 1,711; Total graduate students, 218 Saint Vincent College is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning. Its mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education for men and women to enable them to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life. The programs, activities and encounters that make up student life at Saint Vincent College encourage the intellectual gifts, professional aptitudes and personal aspirations of students to mature harmoniously. Saint Vincent is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and its quality educational programs have earned national recognition, most recently by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes.

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13 graduate programs, adult degree program Tuition: $13,827 per semester (comprehensive aid and scholarships available) Enrollment: 2,500 A coeducational Catholic university located in Greensburg, PA, Seton Hill embraces students of all faiths and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors in the natural and health sciences, performing and visual arts, humanities, education and social sciences. Seton Hill, founded in 1885, offers students the benefit of a long history of educational excellence in the liberal arts. As a national leader in incorporating mobile technologies into teaching and learning, Seton Hill supplies all full-time students with an iPad2, and all full-time first-year students with a MacBook Pro laptop in addition to the skills they need to adapt to whatever careers they choose—even those that have yet to be created.

Slippery Rock University delivers a ROCK SOLID education. Slippery Rock University is a comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and select graduate programs. SRU is home to more than 8,700 students and is located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, only 50 miles north of Pittsburgh and 35 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio. SRU offers more than 60 undergraduate majors. The Honor’s Program provides academically gifted students an opportunity to study with faculty in small, highly interactive academic settings both here and abroad. The University has an accomplished faculty; 92 percent have an earned doctorate or terminal degree in their field. Because the most common class size is only 20 to 29 students, faculty members have time to mentor students and provide the personal attention that has become a hallmark of a Slippery Rock University education.



1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 800-SRU-9111 or 724-738-9000 Programs: 60 accredited programs offered through the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences; College of Education; College of Health, Environment and Science; College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and Graduate Studies Tuition: Full-time, in-state undergraduate: $6,240; full-time out-of-state undergraduate with 3.0 GPA: $9,360; Full-time in-state graduate: $7,488; full-time out-of-state graduate: $14,696 Enrollment: (Fall 2010) 8,712

75 College Avenue, Greenville PA 16125 724-589-2000 or 800-24-THIEL Programs: More than 60 majors and areas of study; offers bachelor and associate of science and bachelor and associate of arts degrees. Tuition: $23,076 per year Enrollment: (Fall 2011) 1,109 Thiel College meets the needs of today’s students through exceptional instruction, innovative career and academic advising, hands-on job placement services and a vibrant social experience. A private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Thiel provides an affordable high-quality college experience with dedicated faculty, numerous leadership opportunities and a wide variety of student activities and organizations. Founded in 1866, Thiel is known for its commitment to student success and development and focus on the ‘practical liberal arts.’

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Pittsburgh campus Tuition: Pittsburgh Campus, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate part-time rates in-state: $636/credit; out-of-state $1,028/credit. Full-time rates: in-state $15,272/year; out-ofstate $24,680/year. Tuition rates vary with different Pitt schools. Enrollment: 17,186 full-time undergraduates; 28,766 total Pittsburgh campus enrollment, including graduate and professional schools The University of Pittsburgh, established in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. It is comprised of 16 schools, four regional campuses throughout western Pennsylvania, and has close to 300 centers, institutes, laboratories and clinics. Undergraduates have many choices from a wide range of academic programs, as well as opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom through undergraduate research, internships, volunteer work, study abroad and other programs. Nearly 400 student organizations further enhance the undergraduate experience as does Pitt’s location in Pittsburgh, with proximity to the arts, shopping, restaurants and professional sports.

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301 888-W-AND-JAY or 724-222-4400 Programs: W&J offers a liberal arts education with sufficient breadth and depth to allow students to pursue a great variety of personal and career interests. There are more than 40 majors and programs. W&J’s pre-law and prehealth programs are internationally known. The growth of the college's global involvement has increased the number of study abroad programs from four to more than 40. W&J President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., created the nationally acclaimed Magellan Project, which provides the opportunity for all W&J students to take advantage of challenging independent study/travel opportunities, prestigious internships or advanced research fellowships. Tuition: 2011-12 tuition: $35,960 (Tuition and Fees, $36,420); room/board/costs: $9,560

............................................................................................................................................... Enrollment: Fall 2011 full-time undergraduate enrollment: 1,436 Founded in 1781 and located about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished co-ed, four-year liberal arts colleges for undergraduate students. The College's mission is to graduate men and women of uncommon integrity, competence and maturity who are effective lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and who are prepared to contribute substantially to the world in which they live.

WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY 51 W. College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 724-627-8191 • Programs: Over 70 degree options. Top majors include Nursing; Forensic Science; Communication; Business and Education Tuition and fees: $19,090 Enrollment: 1,500 undergrad, 1,000 graduate and professional adults. Student/faculty ratio 13:1; average class size 25. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 27 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE 319 South Market Street New Wilmington, PA 16172 724-946-7100 • Programs: Westminster College offers 42 majors and numerous pre-professionals programs leading to B.A., B.S., B.Mus. and M.Ed. degrees. Tuition: $29,150 tuition for in-state and outof-state residents Enrollment: 1,537 undergraduate students, 45 graduate students Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges Guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020. For more information on these schools, visit their websites: Carnegie Mellon University: Edinboro University: Penn State University (main):

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With offices in the North Hills, Seven Fields, Robinson Twp. and Fox Chapel, Drs. Jack Failla, Victor Thomas, Paul Liefeld, Brian Jewell, Mark Langhans, Steven Kann, Jeffrey Kann, Gerard Werries, John Christoforetti and Michael Pagnotto have been providing the full range of orthopaedic care to this region for nearly four decades. The dynamic mix of orthopaedic specialists with advanced training and extensive experience allows them to effectively evaluate and treat a variety of orthopaedic conditions and injuries using nonsurgical treatment protocols or surgical intervention. These include sports medicine surgery to repair common athletic injuries; hand, finger and wrist surgery; foot and ankle surgery; arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and hip; shoulder and knee reconstruction; joint replacement and revision surgery and spine surgery. The physicians use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, including mini-incision and micro-surgery, which have been proven to have better outcomes and faster recoveries. 412-369-4000 •


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What is Depression and Can it be Treated? BY JACK ETZEL

If you are experiencing depression, the good news is that you’re not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association, you’re in the company of more than 17 million Americans. Even better news is that it’s treatable.

To find out more, we discussed this with an internationally recognized expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Ellen Frank. Dr. Frank is a distinguished professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. North Hills Monthly Magazine (NHMM): Is depression a genetic condition—does it run in families? DR. FRANK: There’s probably a genetic component, but there is also a very strong environmental component. Comparing major depression to other psychiatric disorders, like bipolar disorder or manicdepressive illness, it’s not that high a percentage, but nevertheless, the vulnerability factor sometimes runs in families. What kinds of environmental circumstances a person is exposed to would determine whether they might actually experience depression. NHMM: Is age a factor? DR. FRANK: Age does have an impact on the probability of being depressed. It’s very rare in young children, and when that does happen, it’s more common in boys than girls. Following puberty, however, the rate rises rapidly, and it becomes more common among girls. For the remaining life cycle, women remain at


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least twice as vulnerable to depression as men. What happens after the ages of 55 or 60 is less clear. NHMM: How do you differentiate or define depression and being manicdepressive? DR. FRANK: Depression is referred to as unipolar. Manic-depressive is no longer a diagnostic term. Today, it’s referred to as bipolar 1 disorder. This is a condition in which people experience both episodes of mania as well as episodes of depression. The mania can be as brief as four or five days in which someone experiences a marked elevation in mood, increased energy and activity, rapid speech, a decrease in sleep, poor appetite, overspending, sexual promiscuity, and in its worst form, a person could become psychotic. The depression parts of it, which often last for weeks, include sad, irritable or empty moods; less pleasure in activities, unrestful sleep, and in its worst form, the person is preoccupied with death or even has ideas of suicide.

Dr. Ellen Frank Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

and your colleagues are involved is impressive. Can you share this with our readers? DR. FRANK: Our idea was that whatever else is going on in the brain in bipolar disorder, once we get down below the level of individual neurotransmitters, what we’re seeing is a disturbance that seems to be related to the body’s clock. If you think about the symptoms of mania and depression, these are things that have a very regular 24-hour pattern. For example, we’re sleepy at certain times of the day, we’re hungry at certain hours, and we likely even sleep through the lowest parts of our moods. If you disturb that and are awakened at 4 o’clock in the morning and kept awake for 24 or more hours, you can see a very regular variation in mood.

“We think of people with depression or with bipolar disorders as having sensitive clocks.”

NHMM: There must be a bipolar 2. DR. FRANK: Yes, that’s a milder form. With bipolar 2, the individual does not experience the full-blown mania. While they have somewhat increased moods and energy, perhaps needing less sleep, the person isn’t likely to get into trouble. And the depression does not go as deep as in bipolar 1. NHMM: The recent work in which you

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NHMM: And what does that tell us? DR. FRANK: These are essentially disorders of the body’s clock. Those with bipolar disorder seem particularly vulnerable to the onset of new episodes of mania and depression when their body rhythms get disrupted. We think of people with depression or with bipolar disorders as having sensitive clocks.


One model for this would be jetlag. Our body clock is challenged by, maybe, five hours out of our normal time zone. Most of us won’t feel very well the next day; our mood is low, we can’t sleep at the normal time and so on. The average person is able to reset their clock within a few days. If we miss a night’s sleep, we’ll be tired the next day, but can sleep okay the following night. For those with bipolar disorder, even one night of total sleep deprivation can be enough to trigger an episode. They have exquisitely delicate body clocks. NHMM: Can this be treated? DR. FRANK: Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy focuses on training people to lead lives that are characterized by very regular routines that could strengthen their body clocks. We’ve shown in one big multicenter study in the United States that people with bipolar depression seem to recover more quickly when they are treated with this therapy. NHMM: Is this applicable to unipolar depression as well? DR. FRANK: Yes, this is one approach to treating unipolar depression. Other approaches include the use of antidepressant medications, with ongoing debates on various combinations. NHMM: It’s winter. Do you have any thoughts about seasonal affective disorder? DR. FRANK: This happens when the days get shorter, and again, it’s tied to the body’s clock being affected by the lightdark cycle. This can manifest itself in oversleeping, overeating and loss of self esteem. The use of bright-light therapy using light boxes seems to help, but there are side effects, so you must know how to use it and what you’re doing. And guess what? People whose body clocks are set by the morning light are particularly vulnerable in gray cities like Pittsburgh. 

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By Dr. Shannon Thieroff

WOW, WE WERE REALLY IMPRESSED! I became a chiropractor because I fell in love with the idea that the body is a selfregulating and self-healing organism. In fact, I think Dr. Palmer summed it up best when he said, “The power that made the body heals the body. It happens no other way.” I’ve spent the last 12 years working as an assistant to my patients, removing interference that blocks their bodies’ powers from working the right way. It’s funny, though; even though I’ve been at it a long time, it never ceases to amaze me how people’s bodies will change and heal and make themselves whole again. I wanted to share some really special stories with you about who we’ve worked with and what we’ve seen happen: A serious fall was a problem for a gentleman in his 80s this year. His fall down the steps ended with him hitting his head and spraining his neck; hospital workers were amazed that he didn’t have a fracture. When he came in, we were barely able to touch him and he was using a walker and wheelchair to get around. He worked hard with us and his neck pain went away and his motion came back. He’s not using the walker or chair. He even had a good change in his chronic knee arthritis and swelling, noting a significant decrease. A very fussy baby came to us. His mom was concerned because he was always uncomfortable, had problems falling and staying asleep and was really irritable. The pediatrician suspected colic. She did not want to use medicines unless they were necessary. We used a series of gentle pediatric adjustments and he started improving after his second treatment. He is now a really good sleeper; he is able to be calm and self-soothe and he didn’t need medication. Having headaches three to four times a week for five years is a big problem, especially when you’re trying to be a mom and go to work and maintain a home. The headaches were so bad that our patient would use all of her allotted prescription medicine in the first two weeks of the month and then would try to medicate the pain away with a combination of over-thecounter pills and caffeine. Frustrated, she

started chiropractic care six months ago. Her improvement has been so good that she doesn’t really need the prescription medicine anymore and rarely uses any OTC medicine. In fact, her headaches only occur a couple of times per month and are much milder. Chiropractic works because your body knows how to be healthy. We get sick when our body can’t work the way it was designed to and breaks down. Improvements occur when your nervous system is able to control your body function better. Simple, safe, and no drugs or surgery—that’s a lot to love. We encourage you to focus on your health in the new year. We’d be happy to let you know if we can help. 

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By Dr. John Pawlowicz III, LVI Clinical Instructor

WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA? This article is a brief attempt to bring to light the seriousness of undiagnosed and untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in our region. As published in the Institute of Medicine (April 2006), 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. As a neuromuscular dentist, I play a role in providing options for participating in multispecialty diagnosis and treatment options for OSA. Some Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: • Loud snoring • Fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness • Choking or gasping for breath while sleeping • Depression and excessive irritability • Reduced resistance to infection

Did you know that 90 percent of stroke victims also suffer from OSA? People with OSA are four times more likely to have a heart attack. If you have OSA, then you are twice as likely to die in your sleep and seven times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident. Snoring and OSA are common problems that can affect your sleep and your health and have a significant impact on your quality of life. Your airway can move through several stages of airway obstruction during the night. Snoring is often a common symptom of OSA, caused by changes in your upper airway while sleeping. What typically happens while you are sleeping is that the muscles in the upper body completely relax. Your airway may narrow, limiting air flow as you breathe. The soft tissue vibrates (snoring) or it may completely collapse, causing breathing to stop.

Collapsing of the soft tissue is called obstructive sleep apnea and may last for 10 seconds or more. When the upper airway collapses, the action of the diaphragm to draw air into the lungs becomes as difficult as pulling air through a small, wet straw. Most patients with this problem have no difficulty with breathing while awake, but develop prolonged periods of partial airway obstruction and shorter episodes of complete obstruction when they fall asleep. Not achieving a restful and full night's sleep due to OSA or sleeping next to a partner with OSA has a dangerous effect. Achieving only six hours of sleep (two hours of sleep deprivation) has been shown to be the equivalent of drinking three-and-a-half beers (blood alcohol content of 0.045 percent). Achieving only four hours of sleep is the equivalent of five-and-a-half beers (blood alcohol content of 0.095 percent). A blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent is legal intoxication. A common complaint of a person suffering from OSA is waking with a dry mouth and/or a scratchy throat since the person cannot adequately breathe during stages of sleep. They repeatedly rouse themselves to lighter stages of sleep just to breathe and as a result, don’t feel rested upon waking. Falling asleep while driving an automobile, while at work or while relaxing is a common occurrence among those who suffer from OSA. In fact, daytime sleepiness is the most consistent sign of OSA. Morning headaches are also common as a result of the low oxygen uptake due to poor breathing. Headache is one of the most common afflictions. It ranks very high on the scale of primary complaints resulting in a visit to a medical doctor. It is a major source of both lost time and productivity in the work place and a leading cause of medical diagnostic procedures. Daytime sleepiness that results in drowsy driving is a ver y impor tant safety consideration. Approximately 31 percent of all drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. There are 100,000 accidents each year caused by people asleep at the wheel. These


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............................................................................................................................................... “People with OSA are four times more likely to have a heart attack. If you have OSA, then you are twice as likely to die in your sleep and seven times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.”

accidents cost the American taxpayer $30 billion each year and cause 1,500 deaths. The statistics are even more shocking for longdistance truck drivers: 47 percent have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. All told, 100 million people drive drowsy each year. Another side effect of undiagnosed OSA can be seen in children suffering from compromised airways. Behavior changes are typical in under-oxygenated and sleepdeprived children. This can range from depression and agitation to behavior difficulties and hyperactivity. Intellectual impairment is commonly noted in these children by parents and teachers. A younger child may go through a developmental delay as a result of OSA and the accompanying under-oxygenation. Common complaints in children suffering from undiagnosed and untreated OSA are frequent upper airway infections, earaches, nighttime mouth breathing, snoring, restless sleep, night terrors and headaches. So what can be done to treat OSA? It is essential to have a comprehensive evaluation performed by a properly trained and qualified dentist or doctor. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment protocol for OSA is a medical team approach involving physicians, dentists and often surgeons. Treatment options for OSA: • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, overthe-counter medications (nasal steroids and sleep aids) with improved sleep hygiene.

first step in opening a good airway. • OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy) or MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint): a custom-made, effective bite guard that moves a person's lower jaw forward. The slightly forward movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, preventing obstruction and aiding in

Mandibular Advancement Splint A custom-designed mouth splint can help keep the jaw forward and hold the tongue in position to reduce OSA.

“Common complaints in children suffering from undiagnosed and untreated OSA are frequent upper airway infections, earaches, nighttime mouth breathing, snoring, restless sleep, night terrors and headaches.” airflow while a person sleeps. For persons wearing a CPAP, it enhances the flow of air and often allows for a decrease in the airflow pressure of the CPAP. The MAS is a highly effective and noninvasive solution for the majority of patients suffering from OSA. This therapy has exceptional levels of patient acceptance and

compliance as well as treatment efficacy borne out in a large body of clinical research. The dangers of OSA are real and the diagnosis and treatment of OSA is a multidisciplinary task. As properly trained and qualified neuromuscular dentists, we are happy to evaluate your needs and be part of your treatment solution. 

• CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure): a mask and tube that covers the nose, worn while sleeping to aid the flow of oxygen. • Surgery: There are several different procedures that have varying degrees of success. The intention of surgery is to create a more open airway so that obstructions are less likely to occur. Surgery in adults can be quite invasive and sometimes worsens the apnea. In children, the early removal of large, impinging tonsillar and adenoid tissue is much less invasive and a routinely successful

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Program Helps Make Communities Safer

“A lot of young people are dying because they just don’t realize the potential for death from drugs.” - Norma Hufnagel


David Hufnagel was only 35 years old when he died of a heroin overdose four years ago. If it were up to his mother, Norma Hufnagel of Etna, that will never happen to anyone else’s son or daughter again. Fueled by grief, Hufnagel was instrumental in introducing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to the North Hills’ community. The first such program took place on Oct. 29 at Shaler Library. “When I heard about the DEA prescription drug take-back program, it really sparked my interest,” said Hufnagel. “I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to impact the community and remember my son.’ A lot of young people are dying because they just don’t realize the potential for death from drugs.”


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The event was wildly successful. “We took in over 300 pounds of prescription and overthe-counter drugs,” reported Hufnagel. “When the agent from the DEA came to pick up what we collected, he was amazed because we had 10-1/2 large garbage bags filled with pharmaceutical drugs. He couldn’t believe it.” These types of programs are going on all over the country. According to the DEA’s website, Americans turned in more than 188 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites across the country at the third annual take-back day in October. “The amount turned in speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart via the website. A police officer is required to be present at take-back events. Hufnagel praises Shaler Township and its police department for its full support. She said that anonymity was guaranteed; they even collected some illegal drugs with no questions asked. Hufnagel said that her son had used street drugs recreationally when he was a teenager. As an adult, he had suffered an injury that required a finger to be amputated. His doctor sent him home with a prescription for oxycodone. Sadly, he became addicted, and when his prescription expired, he found himself looking for alternatives. He found heroin. As drug addicts often do, he stole from his own family’s medicine cabinet. To ensure her son would receive help, Hufnagel had him arrested and he was placed in a hospital for

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treatment. Unfortunately, he chose to check himself out of treatment and overdosed shortly thereafter. Hufnagel was thrilled with the turnout at the October Take-Back Day, and sparked by the success, she plans to arrange for another event in April to coincide with the national Take-Back Day on April 28, 2012. She also is hoping to include other North Hills’ communities. “It is such an easy program to do; all you need are your local police, a facilitator and a place to hold the take-back,” she said. Hufnagel’s daughter, Lisa, is now the executive director of Families of Addiction, a nationwide nonprofit organization that the family joined in the wake of David’s death; Norma is its secretary. Hufnagel says that prescription and overthe-counter medicines are double-edged swords: they are very useful when used properly but are very harmful when used improperly. These drugs cannot be flushed or put into landfills as they pose environmental hazards. The DEA is working on a permanent solution for safe and proper disposal. “Can you imagine if everyone around here did it, how much we could get out of people’s medicine cabinets?” said Hufnagel. “Our family’s story ended in a tragedy with David’s death, but it doesn’t always have to be that way,” she continued. “If we put this up front and we advocate for prevention and treatment and recovery, there absolutely is hope. This prescription drug take-back program is one way to get it in the forefront.”


(L-R) Cardiovascular Surgeon Chris Cook, Physician Assistant Lindsay Kohser, Cardiovascular Surgeon Giovanni Speziali and Physician Assistant Chris Vayansky are part of the multidisciplinary team focused on improving quality outcomes in the Open Heart Surgery Program at UPMC Passavant.

With today’s medical expertise and technology, more people are surviving coronary artery bypass (CAB) procedures than ever before. But the path to recovery isn’t easy; it takes a team of medical professionals working with each patient from the presurgical stage through discharge to make sure that the highest quality of care is provided to ensure a positive outcome. At UPMC Passavant, a concentrated effort has been made to monitor and improve the quality of care provided to patients who are undergoing heart bypass surgeries. This intense focus has resulted in the hospital surpassing even

the national standards in a number of areas related to quality patient care. In 2006, UPMC Passavant began subscribing to the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) database, which provides an overview of the outcome and process measures for coronary artery bypass (CAB) and coronary bypass and aortic valve (CAB + valve) procedures. The database is considered the gold standard for cardiovascular surgery leadership and rates hospitals on a number of clinical indicators with three stars being the best in each category. “UPMC Passavant had a long way to go to meet the quality expectations set by the Society of Thoracic Surgery,” explains Douglas Heusey, program administrator, Cardiovascular Services. “When cardiovascular surgeons Giovanni Speziali and Chris Cook started working at UPMC Passavant, they looked to see where there was room for improvement and then made it their goal to improve quality.”

In fiscal year 2010, UPMC Passavant improved from one star to two stars in a number of categories, and also moved up in quality rankings among hospitals. In fiscal year 2011, the hospital earned two stars in all categories, which include avoidance of mortality; avoidance of morbidity; use of IMA (a specific type of graft conduit) and medications. “Our next step is to reach three stars, which is the highest rating,” says Heusey. “This is an impressive direction for the UPMC Passavant Open Heart Program and Heart and Vascular Services as a whole.” The latest STS numbers, which came out in June 2011, show that UPMC Passavant is making major strides in its goal of providing quality patient care, both within the western Pennsylvania region and compared to hospitals nationwide. “We have some of the best numbers in the region, as well as some of the best numbers when compared against national participants in the STS database,” says Heusey. “For example, in our latest numbers in June 2011, UPMC Passavant had a 1.12 percent mortality

rate for the calendar year, compared to the 1.9 percent national STS participant benchmark.” According to Heusey, UPMC Passavant’s rise in quality numbers can be credited to surgical expertise and techniques in the operating room and the hospital’s dedicated nursing staff. “The surgeons at UPMC Passavant are very focused on quality outcomes and measures while caring for patients,” he says. “All of the heart and vascular physicians and staff at UPMC Passavant are pushing the best practice agenda to ensure that quality is a top priority. “The dedicated cardiovascular-trained nursing staff is also ensuring quality patient care by walking our patients through every step in the process from pre-surgery to discharge,” he adds. According to cardiothoracic surgeon Chris Cook, it takes a team effort to ensure that nothing is missed when it comes to patient care. “Seven days a week, two times a day, we do rounds as a team that includes two cardiac surgeons, a critical care physician, a critical care nurse practitioner, two physician assistants, the charge nurse for the unit and the nurses for each individual patient,” he explains. “Two times a week these multidisciplinary rounds include all of the above plus a Pharm.D and someone from case management/social services to help work out issues such as arranging for skilled nursing care after discharge.” Each night, a dedicated in-house resident covers the open heart patients from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., staying in constant contact with the surgeons. In addition, during their stays, patients are seen by physical therapists, occupational therapists and cardiac rehab experts who help with mobility issues, preventing falls and anything that could affect patient outcomes. “We are extremely aggressive about dealing with problems; everybody on the team recognizes that they should speak up because they all have a say in what’s going on,” says Cook. “With so many people noticing every detail, it prevents problems that

Cardiovascular Surgeon Giovanni Speziali performs an open heart procedure at UPMC Passavant.

could occur. While this process is not unique to UPMC Passavant, I would say that we take a more intense, more organized, more consistent approach on a 365-day a year basis. “Rather than relying on new techniques to improve care, we emphasize consistently hitting the mark on traditional things,” he continues. “We know what it takes to help patients survive. It’s about not letting your guard down. Hyper-vigilance takes a hospital from a 2 percent mortality rate to a 1 percent mortality rate—and everybody here is working hard to make that happen.” “As a general rule, it takes a lot of effort to increase a 95 percent success rate to a 99 percent success rate, with efforts being produced in a variety of situations from pre-operative optimization to postoperative management to discharge planning,” says Giovanni Speziali, MD. “We are fortunate to work in an environment that doesn’t put pressure on us to discharge patients early or to move patients from ICU to the floor sooner.

We are free to treat patients the way that we feel is best for them; we never feel pressured to introduce other considerations into their care.” In August of 2011, a new program for improving patient care at UPMC Passavant was introduced—the minimally invasive mitral valve surgery program. “When we sought specific training for mitral valve surgery, we took our entire team with us, including the scrub nurse, operating room nurse, perfusionist, physician assistants and anesthesiologist; everyone who participates in these operations was involved in the training,” says Cook. “This is important because everybody there is thinking about different aspects of each case; the nurses are concerned with things that I’m not thinking of; the anesthesiologist is paying attention to issues that may go unnoticed by others.” According to Maggie Lattanzio, advanced practice nurse, Cardiovascular Services, this team approach with its emphasis on education is beneficial to both the medical staff and patients.

“Learning never stops here; the hospital continues to offer educational opportunities for staff to keep up-to-date on how to ensure quality outcomes,” she explains. “It is very important for the nursing staff to be engaged in the whole process. Everyone, from the critical care physicians to the cardiologists and surgeons, are very committed to helping the nursing staff gain the knowledge that they need. It is a very positive thing.” Lattanzio credits the high quality of cardiac patient care at UPMC Passavant to having a consistent nursing staff in the ICU, step-down unit and in cardiac

rehab. “These same nurses work with cardiovascular patients every day, so they become very skilled in this area,” she says. “Interdisciplinary rounds also help keep everyone on the same page; everyone who works with the patient or interacts with his or her family has the opportunity to know exactly what the plan of care is and what the goals are.” While much attention is paid to patients, bringing the family on board in the healing process can play a large part in quality outcomes as well. “Our nurses have a real focus on patient-centered care, which means understanding the

importance of the entire family and support system,” says Lattanzio. “When you engage the family and recognize them as part of the team, it improves communication and helps to decrease stress and support healing. This especially impacts the recovery phase, where families play an important role in getting patients active and mobilized after surgery, and also in education. “We work with patients and their families from admission all the way through discharge planning,” she adds. “We take a holistic approach to patient care.”


Cardiovascular Services from a Patient’s Perspective When Gloria Furge of Hampton Township went to UPMC Passavant for a double bypass and an aortic valve replacement in September, she was expecting to have a lot of pain. “Instead, I had a nice vacation!” she laughed. “There were a couple of small bumps in the road, but overall, the entire experience was great.” Furge says that she was especially impressed by how well organized the entire process was, and by the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff. “The nurses were just fantastic; when I couldn’t eat because I wasn’t allowed sodium, I mentioned that what I’d really like was an apple. The next day, one of the nurses brought me an apple—she was out shopping and thought of me!” says Furge. She was pleased that she and her husband were kept informed about the entire process, and were told every step of the way about what would happen next. “They didn’t just tell me what they were doing,

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but why they were doing it,” she says. “I didn’t expect that. “I also didn’t expect my surgeons—Dr. Cook and Dr. Speziali—to watch over me like mother hens,” she adds. “They would check on me several times during the day; there was always someone there. When I went back in for my check-up, I felt like I was going home to see my brothers. “Believe it or not, it was a pleasant experience,” she continues. “I know that sounds silly, but that’s how it felt.” Louis Lev had a similar experience when he went in for a quintuple bypass in June of 2010. A violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, he was on tour abroad when he began showing cardiac symptoms. When he arrived home, he went for a stress test, and the next day he was in surgery. “I felt confident that I was in good hands; without question, UPMC Passavant is the best hospital in this area for the treatment of this condition, and its people are first-rate,” he says.

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“Everyone I talked to around the country recommended UPMC as leaders in the field, and their surgeons are very highly regarded. I got lucky—I had my heart issues in the right place.” After his surgery, Lev attended cardiac rehab and today he is doing well, though he is still adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle. “Everyone was first-rate; very kind and supportive,” he says. “I got a lot of good attention and very good advice in cardiac rehab. I still keep in touch with them—there are a couple of concertgoers working there.” Lev’s wife and children were also treated well when they came to visit. “My wife was very much kept in the loop; they told her the same information they shared with me about what I needed to do,” he says. Though he missed the summer concert season, Lev has since returned to performing. “What’s really neat is that Dr. Cook called me the other day to tell me that he’d been to a concert,” says Lev. “He told me that it had special meaning for him, seeing me up there.”


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The Enchanted Olive

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120 North Perry Highway (Route 19) Harmony, Pennsylvania 16037 724-473-0017


Pour a little into a wine glass and cup it with your hand to warm the bottom slightly. Cover the glass while swirling to keep in the aroma. Smell it, then taste it. Now wait; take two quick draws of air through your teeth to finish the tasting. You’re probably expecting me to tell you about an experience at a local vineyard, and not about a place where olive oils are tasted. Am I right? I was invited to visit The Enchanted Olive, a 9-month old, family-owned store in Harmony. This shop is all about passion for the best olive oils and vinegars from the coastal regions of California, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Tunisia, Chile and Argentina. Owner Sherry Cepek developed a great appreciation for fine foods during her years in the food service industry, meeting great chefs and learning their talents. After visiting a

similar store in North Carolina, she was inspired to bring the flavors of the olive oil world to the Pittsburgh region. “I encourage my guests to sample the products, which creates a fun, friendly atmosphere,” she said. After visiting California to meet the importer of these products, Cepek was sold on the idea. “Nothing is more inspiring than cooking and eating together. Fine food has always been a tie that binds,” she explained. “And when paired with an importer who travels the world for the highest quality product, the results are astounding!” The shop offers a variety of more than 50 fresh extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, selected to be paired with most of the dishes one cooks at home, both as finishing olive oils and on their own. With current health reports emphasizing the benefits of getting dietary fats from natural food sources,

this store is an easy haven for the health conscious. “Most people don’t know that balsamic vinegars are all natural and have only 10 calories,” said Cepek. The shop offers Pennsylvania’s largest selection of oils and vinegars, including fruitinfused olive oils like Blood Orange, and Cepek even suggests substituting oil for butter in baking recipes, like the Whole Fruit Lemon. “You can mix and match oils with vinegars to make unique flavors for dressings and marinades,” she said. “You can even add the aged Ripe Peach White Balsamic to iced tea to add a unique flavor.” Not only does this shop offer a world of olive oil flavors, but they also offer specialty foods, gift items and private sampling parties. For a complete flavor list, visit The Enchanted Olive at or call 724473-0017. 

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Small School Makes a Big Difference for Kids at Highmark Caring Place Reserve Primary students lead the way in the school’s fundraising efforts.


Since 1997, the Highmark Caring Foundation has funded the Highmark Caring Place, where children and families suffering from a loss can come together to grieve and to receive services and support. The Caring Foundation is regularly supported by about 200 schools in Allegheny County, but one school that stands out in its efforts is Reserve Primary. Reserve Primary is a K-3 elementary school and is part of the Shaler Area School District. Since 1991, the school has focused many of its fundraisers on raising money for the Caring Foundation. Reserve Primary


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has been a huge benefactor since 1991, and Highmark matches their contributions, dollar for dollar. Kim Baysek Young is a third-grade teacher at Reserve Primary and is the staff support for the Reserve Primary Caring Program. She said, “Generally, we raise between $8,000 and $11,000 per year in a school with 200 kids. Reserve Primary School has raised the most money per student for the last 10 years.” Since it first started raising money, the school has generated $100,000, which includes the matching funds through Highmark.

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Fundraisers vary each year. This past November, the school held a Murder Mystery Dinner. Kids can also pay a ‘fee’ to have the privilege of wearing crazy hats or mismatched socks or to buy a homework pass. A candy carnival is planned for February. Young says that every last dollar goes to the charity; no administrative costs are charged. Each year, the second-grade teachers nominate students who will be granted the honor of being a Caring Program representative for the school; two are chosen each year. This year’s chosen ambassadors


Since it first started raising money, the school has generated $100,000, which includes the matching funds through Highmark.

are third-graders Stephen Kaib and Alexia Venturino. The children, along with their families, take on the huge responsibility of leading the fundraising efforts for the Reserve Primary Caring Program. Both children are excited about their roles. Said Stephen, “I like being a representative. I like helping the people and doing all the fun activities that we do in school.” His favorite was a ‘PJ’ day, where the kids paid money to go to school in their pajamas. Alexia shares Stephen’s enthusiasm, saying that she likes the idea of helping other people. She liked helping with the gift basket raffle and talked about her time on the Saturday Light Brigade. “We needed a lot of people to be at the Murder Mystery Dinner, so we got it on the radio,” she explained. Young said that the program couldn’t work without the total support that she gets from the entire faculty, students’ parents and Principal Rick Pelkofer. “We couldn’t have a more supportive staff,” she said. “We’re all on the same page. Everybody is a team here.” Ron Bartosh has seen the effects firsthand of children’s early exposure to this fundraiser. His son, Josh, was Reserve Primary’s ambassador four years ago. Now Josh is very involved with his church as an altar boy, helps out at rummage sales and helps the younger kids at CCD. Bartosh feels that he can attribute these qualities in his son to his year as a Caring Program representative. “It has given him the understanding that it is good to help out and to give back,” he said. Young says that the kids look forward each year to the nominations for the following year’s representatives. “They know it’s an honor and they know it’s work,” she said. “It’s also those wonderful families who are committed to teaching their children how to care, that it’s good to give, and it’s good to sacrifice. If the families are not going to embrace it, it will not be successful.” Their efforts are one reason why Reserve Primary lives up to its motto: “The littlest school with the biggest heart.”


By Tammy Smay

An Acne Sufferer Finds a Solution…FINALLY! I have suffered with acne for most of my teenage and adult life. I spent many nights at home, missing opportunities because my skin was just too bad, and I was just too embarrassed. I tried every over-the-counter product available and also several prescriptions from a dermatologist in my quest for clear skin. I even considered taking the drug Accutane at one point. The prescription medications cleared my skin temporarily, but once I was done taking the pills, my acne eventually returned, even worse than before! Nothing worked. In frustration, I threw everything away and figured I’d grow out of it…but I never did. One day while reading through a magazine, I noticed an ad for a place called Clearskin Solutions Acne Clinic. Given all of the previous disappointments, I figured it probably wouldn’t work, but decided to at least look into it. When I called to get information, the first thing that struck me as unique was that they specialized in acne treatment. I was also relieved to hear that they didn’t use drugs as a part of their regimen. They offered an acne program which consisted of in-office visits combined with a monitored home-care routine. I had nothing to lose, so I decided to schedule a consultation. The owner, Mary, evaluated my skin and performed some tests to determine my skin’s level of sensitivity. Then we sat down and talked for awhile. She explained about my grade of acne and how the program would be catered to target my specific case. I was given a wealth of information about why I had acne, pore-clogging ingredients to watch out for, and what foods and products to avoid. My program consisted of visits every two weeks at a reasonable cost. During the inoffice visits, my acne was removed and my skin was treated with a variety of treatments which helped with exfoliating the dead skin cells, keeping it hydrated and decreasing the inflammation. Most importantly, my skin was continually reevaluated, and my program was adjusted according to my skin’s response. Between visits, I followed a treatment regimen at home using affordable products designed just for me. Throughout my treatment, I wasn’t alone. Someone was

Mary Bickley Licensed Esthetician and Owner of Clearskin Solutions there to answer questions and encourage and help me every step of the way. All in all, it took about four months (or eight visits), and I am thrilled to say that my skin is finally clear! That was two years ago. I found a program that not only cleared my acne, but has kept it clear and given me the beautiful skin I’ve always wished for. Thanks to Mary, her staff and the Clearskin program, I am now confident about myself on both the inside and the outside.  If you or someone you know is struggling with acne, contact Clearskin Solutions.


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What do you do to relieve


Laura Conn, Student, Ross “I go to the mall and shop!”


Gary Smith, Sales, Ross “I find lots of projects to not finish around my house. It drives my wife crazy!”

Ed Connors, Banking, Shaler “Once Christmas is over, I hibernate! The winters up here are way too long and cold! ”


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Lisa Martin, Student, McCandless “I go shopping with Laura!”

Chris Heiken, Engineer, McCandless “It’s hard keeping my kids active in these winter months, so we got a Wii. They love playing and competing against each other. But when there’s snow, we’re outside having snowball fights!”




January Ice Jam Brings ‘Bluegrassers’ to Butler

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Normally, those who live in western Pennsylvania don’t expect the arrival of ice to be good news. But the 15th Annual January Ice Jam, coming to the Butler Days Inn on January 13 and 14, actually makes the dreary winter days more bearable. More than 2,000 people attend this annual bluegrass event, which allows listeners, new musicians and veteran players to come together for one common cause: to enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of all who attend and to attract new participants, spreading the fever of bluegrass music. “The Jam offers listeners and musicians the perfect venue,” explained coordinator Amy George. “Bands play music into all hours of the night, trying to catch up on lost jamming time that the winter months do not allow. Best


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of all, admission is free to the public.” According to George, the Ice Jam originated 15 years ago as a way of bringing hundreds of ‘bluegrassers’ together during the winter months. “Typically, festivals are held during the summer months in the outdoors where campers, campfires, bluegrass instruments and sleepless nights can occur just about every weekend,” she said. “But this event brings families and friends together for good, wholesome fun.” As many as 32 different bands donate their time and talent at the Ice Jam, playing traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass music. Past performers have included The Stevens Family, Mountain Therapy, The Allegheny Drifters, Full Steam Ahead, the NA Fiddlers, Blue Shades and more. Many of the bands also donate

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professionally recorded CDs of their music to raffle off during the festival. Monetary donations are accepted throughout the weekend, with proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Relief Fund and WYEP Radio 91.3 FM in support of bluegrass music. All of the proceeds from the event are donated to charity, which, according to some, is the reason behind the event's popularity. The Ice Jam will officially begin when the first band takes the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Performances begin again at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Each band plays a 30-minute set, and the music lasts until midnight both nights. The hotel has a full-service restaurant, but because of the popularity of the event, rooms are usually sold out early to festival-goers. Visit


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Carpet and Window Treatments Add Warmth to the Home It’s hard to believe! Here we are beginning what promises to be another cold winter. While the outside may be cold and dreary, we can make changes to the interior of our homes to warm those wintry days. When considering floor covering, carpet is the number one choice for warmth. Hard surface floors in your home can be quite chilly on a wintry day. Did you know the color and style you choose has an impact on the warmth of your home? Choosing warm tones such as red, gold, or warm neutrals can add warmth to your home in colder climates. Prints and florals are another option, bringing a spring or summer feeling to a cold season. Choose a soft, inviting style such as frieze rather than a fashion loop to add softness. A frieze is much softer to the touch for when your family is gathered on the floor to play a game or watch television. Let’s not forget the windows. Windows are notorious for loss of heat in the winter. Hunter Douglas window fashions offer many choices to overcome almost any window challenge. Although the last thing we want to do is block out sunshine in the winter, the honeycomb shade can accomplish both goals of blocking out the cold, while letting in the warmth of the sun. The newest Duette shade, Architella, further enhances the heat retention of honeycomb shades. Did you know that a single layer of glass has an Rvalue of .88? Window treatments can increase the R-value to as much as 4.8! Hunter Douglas is currently offering a $25 rebate per Architella Honeycomb shade, when you purchase four or more of these superb energy saving shades for a limited time! This would be a great time to ‘warm up’ with an energy efficient shade for your windows! Our final tip on staying warm is to shopat-home. Nest Expression’s mobile showroom is stocked with an incredible selection of over 5,000 choices of brand name flooring for you to coordinate with your draperies, wallpaper, furniture and other accessories in its natural setting and lighting. Additionally, Nest Expressions has a complete selection of hardwood, bamboo, cork, ceramic tile, and laminate. While offering fashion solutions for windows from respected makers such as Hunter Douglas and Carole Fabrics, Nest Expressions saves you valuable time and money since the mobile showroom concept eliminates the

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Losing the Holiday BULGE If you are like most Americans, your weight has crept up since Thanksgiving. The endless amount of extra cookies at work and parties to attend combined with the cold weather makes overindulging easier. Make Some Rules: If you have a few simple rules to guide your eating choices and exercise habits, success is more likely. Remember, the very best diet and exercise plan only works if you follow it! Get Basic: Eat breakfast every day. DO NOT eat between breakfast and lunch (unsweetened coffee or tea is ok). If you feel too hungry, eat a bigger breakfast. Limit Liquid Calories: Drinking calories can really throw off your battle of the bulge. Until you reach your goal, restrict alcohol to half a glass per day or to weekends only. Liquid calories also include salad dressing. Try the spray-on dressing; it gives you the taste without the extra calories. Eat Mixed Meals: Have some protein, some carbohydrates and some fat at EVERY meal. The combination of fat and protein will help in feeling full and will help prevent binging. S-L-O-W Down: Eating slower will ensure you eat fewer calories. Your hypothalamus tells you, “Hey, I’m full!” The problem is, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to receive the signal. Try putting down utensils between bites. Sip water between bites. Talk to your spouse! Eat slower and you will be satisfied with less food.


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Water Works: Drinking a glass before, with and between every meal is a sure-fire way to stay hydrated, have better skin and eat less. Drink COLD water. Water at 40 degrees or lower has been shown to burn a small number of calories in order to be absorbed. Go Nuts: Keep some pistachios, walnuts, almonds, etc. around for a quick 100-calorie snack. This is a MUCH better choice than chips and other junk foods. The protein and fat in nuts will keep you from gorging. Eat nuts SLOWLY, one or two at a time. Keep it to a handful or these calories can build up quickly. (seven almonds=100 calories) You Gotta Move! You did not think this was ALL about diet, did you? Every experiment done on dieting has shown that those who exercise while dieting have significant advantages in long-term weight loss success. Exercise will help burn calories, ensure the food you eat gets utilized, help sleep and energy levels and will tone and tighten your muscles. YES, you CAN! Yours in good health, Dan Griffin, American College of Sports Medicine Certified General Manager Oxford Athletic Club





By Barbara Grossman

FEBRUARY FUN The growing emphasis on ‘upcycling’ in the fiber world is spreading beyond the younger generation. Although there is steady interest in knitting and crochet, the world of fiber is becoming increasingly more popular and eclectic with people of all ages looking to expand their creativity. The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, now in its eighth year, offers attendees the opportunity to try a plethora of different techniques and classes that they might otherwise never try or see elsewhere. Starting out as a school fundraiser, the Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival has grown by leaps and bounds, with almost 2,500 people attending. The event attracts people from across the U.S., but mainly from the tri-state region. Many who come from far away say, “It’s the only event like it out there!” Different from a county fair or a sheep and wool festival, the event is indoors, has no animals and offers three full days of markets, classes, demos and exhibits. This year’s free class will highlight Babylock needle felting machines. Materials will be provided for everyone to make a neck warmer from recycled materials. Old sweaters, pieces of silk, fleece, chiffon, scarves, yarns and hand-dyed fibers will be pieced together, combined, and worked to create stylish, colorful, whimsical and functional neck warmers. The event offers free Teach Me 2 Knit and Teach Me 2 Crochet classes, sponsored by Coats and Clark every year. There are classes individually organized for Girl Scout troops and home schooling groups. Charity knitting, Ravelry Meet-ups, a fashion show, a PJ party, demos and exhibits are among the yearly offerings, as well as classes in knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, needle and wet felting, jewelry, crochet, yarn and fiber dyeing. There is often a new class or two that introduces people to other needlework and fiber techniques such as Nuno, basketry, tatting, hooking, rug making and button making. There are so many talented and creative teachers out there—it always amazes me 34

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how many beautiful new designs I see from people who have never been featured in a magazine or published a pattern. Master knitters and local teachers have a wealth of information and knowledge to share. The classes are often filled, with the costs being affordable. Mini one-hour sessions offer a person an intro to a technique. Throughout the weekend event, fibers, yarns, accessories, books and patterns are also available for sale from independent farms and stores from across the U.S. The festival is a culmination of yarns, fibers, classes and like-minded people all under one roof, offering something for everyone—even if you don’t knit or crochet! There are giveaways at the door donated by festival sponsors for those who preregister, as well as magazines and yarns for those who pay at the door. A grand prize drawing each day is also held with various prizes donated by yarn companies. For more information, to register for classes or to inquire about group rates, visit or call 412-963-7030. 

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larry’s No Matter What You Call It… It’s the

BIGGEST GAME of the Year Super Bowl® is the most protected trademark in the world. We think we own it in Pittsburgh, and while it’s true that the Steelers have won more Lombardi trophies than any other franchise in NFL history, that word is NOT ours to use as we wish. It’s amazing when you Google ‘Super Bowl®,’ it results in about 98,200,000 references. So why is it so protected by the NFL if it’s everywhere? That’s an easy answer: money! According to Kandar Media, a company that tracks commercials, those wacky ads that have aired in the Super Bowl® games over the last 10 years have generated $1.62 billion dollars in revenue. Keep in mind that that’s just the in-game ads. This does not include the merchandise that NFL Properties licenses for authorized logo items and all of the other uses. The NFL is reluctant to give those revenue numbers out. You can bet that it’s in the billions, too! To protect their image, the NFL fights very hard to make sure that the unauthorized use of the word ‘Super Bowl®’ and all that goes with it is dealt with harder than a James Harrison hit on a quarterback. For instance in radio, television and print, any unauthorized usage is met with a ‘cease and desist’ notification. I’m willing to bet that the NFL has more lawyers in their employ than players. Commercials or promos for a station may not include the word even if they are giving away tickets that they purchased or are hosting a party. That’s why you always hear ‘the big game’ instead of Super Bowl® in all legal and proper references. Unless you pay big bucks to use it, you must lose it. It’s also interesting that this incredibly



expensive word was really generated by kids using a Super Ball®. Remember the Super Ball®? It preceded the Click-Clack and the Pet Rock. Anyway, according to legend, Lamar Hunt, the late owner of the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, first used the term ‘Super Bowl®’ to refer to this game in the merger meetings between the NFL and AFL. Hunt would later say that the name was in his head because of his children playing with their Super Balls® (a vintage example of the ball is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio). In a July 25, 1966 letter to then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl®,' which obviously can be improved upon." Although the leagues' owners decided on the name ‘AFL-NFL Championship Game,’ the media vetoed that and referred to the game as the Super Bowl®, which became official with the third championship game.* So get ready for the biggest game of the year and make your big game party plans. You know which one I’m talking about? This year, it’s being played in Indianapolis at Lucas Field on Sunday, Feb. 5. If the Steelers make it that far, we will overrun Indiana just like we did in Detroit. That’s Super Spectacular! Am I allowed to say that? * MacCambridge, Michael. America's Game. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 237  Larry Richert is the co-host of the KDKA Morning News with John Shumway on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.


Fitness Tips for our Furry Friends With the popularity of household pets continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that pet owners are taking every effort to prolong their lives as much as they possibly can. However, with a startling 45 percent of household dogs in America weighing in well over their ideal body weight, it begs the question—are we really doing everything we can? More and more pet owners are treating dogs like members of the family. Long gone are the days of tying Lady outside for hours on end, or letting her go years without a veterinary checkup and routine vaccinations. Instead we’re in the era of gourmet treats, birthday cake, ice cream and canine creations that look good enough for us to eat. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that our dogs are starting to look more like us—a bit too plump for their own good. Couch potatoes and lap dogs are much more common than the working, herding or hunting dogs from which our pets descended. ALL dogs need daily exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy. Expect frustration and destructive or annoying behaviors if the exercise need is not met. Increasing regular exercise will lead to a slimmer silhouette for your dog, which can also prolong its life and decrease its desire to wreak havoc in your household. Really, everyone wins when a dog is happy, healthy and tired. Just a few simple routines can help make a big difference. • Set aside time in the morning or right after work to take your pet on a 20- to 30-minute walk. • Write down everything your dog is eating— measure the food you actually give and also track treats, biscuits, rawhides and table scraps. • Check to see if your dog has a waistline. All breeds should have an hourglass figure when viewed from above. If you can no longer see an indentation for a waist nor feel the ribs easily, it might be time for an adjustment! Even dogs that attend dog parks or doggie daycare regularly may benefit from a change of routine once in a while. Why not consider a New Year’s resolution to focus on your dog’s health and participate in a program unique to the North Hills? See Spot Slim was born in 2011 from a simple brainstorming session about exactly how to help loving pet owners make a paws-itive difference in their dogs’ lives. Partnering with local women-owned businesses Healthy Pet Products and Pine Village Veterinarian, Christin Bummer, the CEO of K9 Kingdom, was able to pull together expertise from all aspects of the pet care industry to fine-tune the program. With their guidance and input, Bummer and the team at K9 Kingdom created a treadmill exercise program, a feeding journal and progress tracker, and a packet of informational materials to help ensure

success. High Intensity Interval Training is an efficient way to get results even in a short workout. Whether dogs need to do basic conditioning for weight maintenance and endurance, or to achieve significant weight loss starting at a slow gradual pace, there’s a program tailored for everyone. Participants in See Spot Slim can sign up at K9 Kingdom to get their packet of information and a voucher for a free physical and weigh-in at Pine Village Veterinarian. Dr. Mary Schwacha will evaluate each dog’s current body condition and select the most appropriate workout routine. Owners will then be asked to bring their dogs to visit K9 Kingdom three days weekly for six weeks to participate in the treadmill workout. They can also opt to drop dogs off for group play and exercise with the other dogs, making it a convenient program even for the busiest pet owners. The owners will be asked to track everything the dogs are eating—regular meals, treats, chewy treats and bedtime snacks to help generate an accurate portrait of the dog’s current diet. At any time during the program, pet owners can set up a one-on-one food consultation at Healthy Pet Products to gain education and advice about simple improvements they can make at home. What’s in it for the biggest loser? A prize worthy of the serious commitment and dedication it will take to make a lifelong improvement. Of course, all participants win a longer, happier, healthier life with their beloved dogs. To join the effort to See Spot Slim, interested participants can call K9 Kingdom at 724-935-3647 for more information or to register. Participants are asked to begin the workouts by February 15 and to allow time in advance for the initial physical and check-up. More information is available to view via the website,, and frequent updates and videos will be available on K9 Kingdom’s Facebook page, 

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Who is Legally Liable?


It’s Not Always Who You Think With the new year beginning to unfurl, you have a lot on your mind—so let me add to the pile. This is a leap year, a summer Olympic year, and a presidential election year. So resolve to leap, cheer and vote. By the time you read this article, you’ve probably broken all of your resolutions anyway, so sit back and enjoy. Here are some questions to ponder: What did your kids do over the holiday break? Why is Michael Jackson’s doctor going to jail? Should I worry when I babysit my grandchild? What about the case of your two sons, one who is 20 and home from college, and one who is 16? They go down to your family room, raid the fridge and drink a few of dad’s beers. Meanwhile, you are out at the office Christmas party and know nothing about anything. Your high-schooler gets a call from some guys saying they are all hanging out at the local pizza place, and he should come down because this girl he likes is there. He gets in the car, drives a couple of blocks, and pulls a ‘Tiger Woods’ by taking out a fire hydrant. When the police arrive and determine him to be under the influence, they ask him where he got the alcohol and his answer is, “At home.” Who is legally liable? Your high school son? No. Your college student son? No. You? Most likely, yes. Parents of minors are usually liable for the damages caused by their children. Having alcohol in your house is not a crime. Providing alcohol to your own children who are not 21 is a crime and doing so can make you liable civilly (meaning in the wallet) if

something bad happens after that. You will dole out some punishments and some groundings, but you will also dole out some legal fees and traffic fines, too, along with the possibility of higher insurance premiums and restitution for the damage to the fire hydrant. Enjoy giving an explanation of that to your ‘soon-to-be-ex’ insurance agent. And to the police officer. And to the local district judge. And in this example, nobody got hurt. Add an injury to this example and the whole tone changes. On another front, Michael Jackson’s doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail for improperly medicating his patient. What he administered proved to be fatal. Unlike us mere mortals, medical doctors are held to a very high standard because of their education and experience. It was determined by the court that this doctor had a duty to know all of the health conditions that his patient had, as well as all of the medications (and supplements) that his patient took, and how those medications interacted with each other. He should have prescribed and administered medications according to the highest medical and ethical standards. His recent conviction in a criminal case illustrates that the judge and jury did not believe that he did so, and he is now going to go to jail. So how does this relate to you? What if you are hosting a play date or a birthday party, or watching your grandchild for the afternoon, and one of the little ones falls or sneezes or throws

up? You, in your infinite wisdom as a parent or grandparent, decide to give him a baby aspirin or some cough syrup or even some Pepto-Bismol® because that is what your mother gave you. Well, what else does the little guy take, either by prescription or by supplement? Do you know? Should you know? Absolutely! What is he allergic to? How would you feel if you gave the little guy something that reacted with something else? Anytime you are putting something within reach of those little mouths or tummies, you are running a risk. How can you cut down on that risk? In this era of immediate communication, call the parents and ask whether you can give him something. Or have them come and get him if he is sick. The nursery school people get pages of information filled out before they will allow the little ones under their roof, so you should know at least the same, too. And their release forms would make an insurance lobbyist weep with envy. 

Christopher M. Abernethy has been practicing law in Hampton Township since 1976. He focuses on elder law, which includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and probate matters. He also is proficient in all aspects of real estate law and business law. He is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the AARP Legal Services Network. He can be reached at 412-486-6624 or by email at


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STICK A FORK IN IT! Once again, we can close the book on another year, and 2011 was nothing if not interesting. Speaking for myself and my team, the year was fantastic, although a mixed bag of the great and not so great. Although the year was without doubt, fabulous, imagine how much better it would have been if we had not had to fight an uphill battle against the media. Everywhere you turned you heard about the down market: foreclosures UP, sales DOWN. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were looking for a hand-out; there were record numbers of delinquent mortgages; more banking regulations were making mortgage lending more restrictive. Through it all, real estate transactions in western Pennsylvania just kept sailing along. There isn’t any question that life in the real estate biz is different than it was, but in point of fact, the only thing you can depend on is that things are going to change. I go back to the days when you went to your local lender (usually the Savings & Loan that your family had done business with for years), made a mortgage application with the bank manager (whom you knew) and waited for their board of directors to vote on your loan. In the meantime, the board may have visited the property to determine whether they agreed with the price you had offered; there was no need for an appraisal—that was it! Once your loan was approved, you closed with the bank solicitor at his office. Often your loan was approved just because the directors knew your dad was a good guy. Imagine the process going that way today; everybody would be in jail. The important distinction is that there was less foreclosure then, which was due to two important factors. First, the lenders treated the funds as though it was their money, so they were very careful about how they lent it. These mortgages were investments for the S&L and as such provided earnings for their depositors’ savings. Second, when borrowers found themselves in trouble, they could go to the S&L board and work something out. Fast forward to today. The lending process is so impersonal, it is a negative image of what it was 40 years ago. Borrowers are just numbers, with their loans being immediately sold on the secondary market. The company who holds your loan today has no idea who you are or what you’re about, and worse yet, they don’t care. It is all simply a transaction on paper. Perhaps the issue that has seen the most scrutiny this year is the appraisal process. Interestingly, it was determined by the regulators that

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in many cases, when fraud was found in the mortgage transaction, the appraisal was involved. Therefore, a series of new regulations and reviews have been initiated to keep an eye on this segment of the loan. The problem with this is the broad brush nature of the approach. As with all things governmental, infractions committed by a few impact all. The effect is a slow-down while appraisers second guess themselves and cross T’s and dot I’s. As many of these regulations have just recently been put into place, we will have to wait a few months to determine the final impact, but projections don’t look good. What has been good has been the interest rate climate, with rates falling all year and standing right now at about 3.75 percent for a 30year fixed rate. Just a few years ago the prevailing rate was 6 percent (which we thought was a great blessing); at that rate, the payment on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage of $150,000 would have been about $900. At today’s current rate, the payment on that same loan would be $695—that’s about $74,000 saved over the life of the loan. Another interesting development during 2011 was the relative dominance of the mortgage market by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Although the FHA has always been a very strong player, this year they have had to fill the void left when conventional lenders discontinued marginal lending practices. People with relatively low credit scores and small down payments lost their mortgage source if they were not looking to the FHA for financing. It is still possible for someone with a credit score in the low 600s to obtain financing with as little as 3.5 percent down and still have the seller contribute 6 percent of the purchase toward settlement costs. One of the concerns we had this year dealt with the possibility of losing the 6 percent seller assistance on FHA transactions. There has been serious consideration to reduce the assist to 3 percent; however, although there has been a great deal of discussion on the matter, it still stands at 6 percent. So overall, 2011 gets a thumb's up. And my crystal ball says 2012 looks to be very much the same. 

Gary Straub, real estate professional for over 40 years and member of the Northwood Realty management team.

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Dr. Knowledge® asks . . . What is the history behind our newest federal holiday? The United States has 10 federal holidays each year—those days when there’s no mail delivery and most banks are closed—and all but one of those federal holidays existed as far back as at least the 1800s. The newest federal holiday, the one created in the late 1900s, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day which we observe this month, and which

is now celebrated each year on the third Monday in January. The campaign for a federal holiday to honor civil rights leader Dr. King originated soon after his assassination in 1968, but it took quite a while for the holiday to become a reality. The idea was to have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day each year on his birthday, which was January 15. Some objected that this federal holiday would then be too close to two other federal holidays—Christmas and New Year’s Day. Others were cool to the idea for other reasons. U.S. Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina led opposition in Congress, questioning whether King was important enough to receive a federal holiday. Still others were opposed, citing cost concerns. Finally, after hard campaigning by many proponents of the idea for a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, who said that the majority of those in Congress were in favor of it. The bill Reagan signed said Martin Luther King Jr. Day shall be observed each year on the third Monday of January, giving the nation another of those three-day holiday weekends. Of the 10 federal holidays, five are now always on a Monday—Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day, in addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One federal holiday is always on a Thursday—Thanksgiving—and the other four federal holidays are on a specific date, and not day, each year: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Christmas. One more note about Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Even after it was signed into law by President Reagan, several politicians in Arizona opposed it, and the impasse was finally broken by the National Football League. The League threated to move an upcoming Super Bowl game scheduled to be played in Arizona out of the state if Arizona did not go along with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Arizona then agreed to observe it each year, and now Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in all 50 states.  Dr. Knowledge is the host of “The Dr. Knowledge Show” on 1020 KDKA-Radio weekends at midnight, and is author of the “Knowledge in a Nutshell” and “Dr. Knowledge Presents…” book series, and the Dr. Knowledge Weekly Newsletter.


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community events BENEFITS & FUNDRAISERS

Bridal Showcase


Christy House Luncheons

Sat., Jan. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Atrium, 1031 New Castle Rd., Prospect. 724-865-2830.

Cranberry Senior Citizen’s Club

Fridays, Sept.-June, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Christy House on Frederick St., Sewickley. Jan. 6, lunch resumes and Feb. 10, Valentine’s Day lunch. Benefits women’s and children’s missions. Takeouts available. 412-741-5960 (Fridays).

Golf Bash at St. Ferdinand Sat., Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Ferdinand’s Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Sponsored by The Men’s Club. Benefits the St. Ferdinand Building Campaign for the Parish Life Center. Call Tom at 724-272-6070 for tickets.

Middle Schoolers! Mind Your Manners! Sun., Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m., Fox Chapel Golf Club. Etiquette class for Pittsburgh area 5-9th graders. Proceeds benefit the Fox Chapel Area Branch of American Association of University Women’s Education Fund. Deadline for enrollment Jan. 24. Contact Janice Barrington at 412-767-6599 or

2012 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival

Saturday Singles Dance Ages 40+. Sat., Jan. 7 and Jan. 21, 8 p.m.-midnight, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy. Free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. 724-316-5029,

Bruster’s of Ingomar Story Time Every Monday Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, 10 a.m., indoor party room. 412-366-9899.

Meals on Wheels

The Platters and The Marvelettes Sat., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Richard E. Rauh Theater of The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shady Side Academy Senior School campus. Tickets at or 412-968-3040.

Not Just Ballroom Dance Jan. 27, 7 p.m. (lessons), 8-11 p.m. (dance), Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Open to singles and couples. Viennese Waltz. Sponsored by Cranberry Twp. Parks & Rec. 724-779-4464,

Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra Sat., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Richard E. Rauh Theater of The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shady Side Academy Senior School campus. Tickets at or 412-968-3040.

Free Straw for Cold Outdoor Pets

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Sept.-June, 6:30 p.m., North Park Lounge Deckhouse. Dinner included. Contact Clyde Cameron at 724-776-1935.

New Year’s Rescues Available for Adoption Each year on Dec. 30, Animal Friends rescues lost pets at other shelters that are slated to be euthanized by year’s end. Each rescued pet is vaccinated, bathed, groomed, given a comprehensive medical and behavioral evaluation, and scheduled for a spay or neuter surgery. Pending any necessary rehabilitation, these animals are available for adoption beginning Monday, Jan. 2.

Cranberry Lions Club

Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Colonial Room, First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown. 724-443-1555,

Learning Circle First Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Cranberry Public Library. Free. All present will participate.

Celebration of Life “Second Thursdays” Second Thursdays, noontime luncheons, Fellowship Hall, Memorial Park Church.

L3 for Singles

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Free Singing Lessons for Women Free singing lessons will be offered to women 18 and over every Tuesday evening in January, as part of Greater Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International’s Open House Month. 6:45- 9:45 p.m. Winchester Thurston School, 4225 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. 412-613-9800,


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Senior Link Meets third Thursday of each month, 9-11 a.m., Orchard Hill Church. An environment of community and caring for adult seniors. Call Toni, 724-935-7604.

Feb. 10, 11, and 12, Four Points Sheraton North, Mars. This year, the festival will be a drop-off point for Comfort Scarves and the Salvation Army’s Fabric Fair. Online event registration:

Pick up free bags of straw at Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd. Straw delivery available for those without transportation. If you are in need of a doghouse, contact Animal Friends to inquire about availability. 412-847-7000,

Meets 2nd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Cranberry Twp. Municipal Center. For Cranberry residents ages 55+. 724-816-4977.

Saturdays through May 19, 2012, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Orchard Hill Church. Gathering of singles ages 35+ for socializing, a Bible message and discussion. Contact Toni at 724-935-7604 or

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Provides home-delivered meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled in Hampton Twp. and southern Richland Twp. 412-486-7115.

SUPPORT GROUPS Pittsburgh Ostomy Society Meets every third Sunday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Smithfield United Church. 412-261-3937.

North Hills Recovery International Practical coping techniques to help those struggling with emotional problems. Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church. 724-625-9390.

Boundaries, Self-Discovery & Self-Care Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays, 6 p.m., Suite 802, Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, 800 McKnight Park Dr. For ages 25-60. Register at 412-366-1300 x19 or 35.

Bereavement Support Group Meets on alternate Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Baierl Family YMCA, Nicholson Rd., Franklin Park. RSVP to Chuck Weintraub, 412-913-0272.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meets first Monday of the month, 6-8 p.m. and last Fri., 1:30 p.m., Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry, 500 Seven Fields Blvd., Mars. 724-779-5020.

New Journey Christian Cancer Support Group Meets first Monday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., Stoneridge Church, 811 Dressel Rd. Free. 412-486-7778,

Lupus Foundation of PA Free support group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., UPMC Passavant. Contact Valarie Brown at 412-527-3335 or visit

Mama’s Family Meets last Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11 a.m., New Heights Church of God. Gathering of mothers for mutual support. 412-741-0598,

Bridge to Hope

Overeaters Anonymous

Networking Breakfast

For those whose family members are facing addiction. Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Conference Room 1, PHF Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village. Call Jean Wagner, 412-367-6640.

Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Memorial Park Church. Free. 412-765-3004.

Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., King’s Restaurant, Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Western PA Professional Business Association. Call Mary Ann at 724-935-2221.

Grief Support Group Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry support group for widows and widowers over 50. Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m., St. Sebastian’s Parish, Seibert Rd. 412-366-1300.

Cancer Support Group Free general cancer support group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., UPMC Passavant-Cranberry. 412-622-1212.

Single and Parenting Support Group Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd. Email or call Toni Kidd at 724-935-7604.

PRE Cranberry Chapter

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous

Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 a.m., North Park Lounge Deck House on Rt. 19, Cranberry. Professional Referral Exchange breakfast and networking., 724-772-5555.

Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Perry Hwy. Evangelical Lutheran Church. Free. 412-225-1664.

Walk in Wednesdays

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m., Christ Church North Hills library. Call Karen at 724-934-0048.

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lingenfelser Financial Services, 9123 Perry Hwy. Free financial consultations and second opinions. Other times available. Call Kevin Lingenfelser, 412-366-4900.

General Patient Support Group Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30 p.m., UPMC Passavant. Free.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30 p.m., UPMC Passavant. Free.

Friendship Club Meets every other Thurs., 6:30-7 p.m., South Butler Assembly of God Church. A social group for higher functioning mentally challenged adults ages 18+. Call Christine at 724-285-1594 or Nancy at 724-482-2587.

Serenity For those in recovery from or affected by the pain of addiction. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Orchard Hill Church. Contact Toni at 724-935-7604 or visit

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous


Call Sue for meeting times and locations at 724-625-1683. Free.

Volunteer Orientation Jan. 12, 10 a.m., NHCO Millvale, 416 Lincoln Ave. and 6 p.m., NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Rd. Contact Linda Robbins, 412-487-6316 x 2. Annual Citrus Sale Benefits local families in need. Order deadline is Feb. 8. Call 412-487-6316, option 1, x 3311 for an order form. Pick up and pay for orders March 3-4, 1-4 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd. Open Your Heart to a Senior Volunteers needed. 412-307-0071. Providing Winter Warmth NHCO is requesting financial contributions and grocery store gift cards for local families in need. 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park, PA 15101. 

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BUSINESS & CAREERS Business Bootcamp Jan. 17 (Start Up Business); Jan. 18 (PlateauRebuild Your Business); Jan. 19 (Mature BusinessExit Strategy), 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Shop N Save Conference Room, 1197 Freedom Rd. In lieu of a program fee, donate gift cards (Dick’s, Target, Kohl’s or Shop N Save) for $25 or more to support needy families at North Hills Community Outreach. Limited to 25 people/session. RSVP to Lynn at 724-940-7500.

Ask the Attorney Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m., North Hills Community Outreach, Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Rd. Free legal consultations on noncriminal matters for income-eligible individuals. Appointments required, call Harriet Gibbs, 412-487-6316 x 2.

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new & notable OVER $3,000 RAISED AT EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER Pine-Richland High School recently hosted their Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to raise money for the Lighthouse Foundation’s Food Bank. The Interact Club, Family & Consumer Science classes and ceramic art students planned the project; art teacher Mary Anne Andressi helped sponsor the program. Heidi Davis’ food classes helped make soup and bread; Key Club teachers/sponsors were Kathy Dalverny, Heidi Davis and Jessica Walker.

LA ROCHE AND NASD HOST ARTS REGIONAL AWARDS La Roche College, an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and North Allegheny School District will be sponsoring the 2012 Scholastic Arts Regional Awards. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in 17 categories of art, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, comic art and design by Jan. 6 to PA002A.

with Laura L. Mielke, associate professor of English at Kansas University.

PULTORAK AND CARDE WIN IN COLORING CONTEST Allie Pultorak won the grand prize in the Edgar Snyder & Associates 8th Annual “My Holiday Wish” Coloring Contest. Pultorak’s prize includes a $1,000 donation in her name to Wexford’s Marshall Elementary School, where she is a fifth-grader. Isabella Carde, a fourth grader at Wyland Elementary School, was a runner-up in the contest. Both girls’ artwork will be featured on the law firm’s 2011 holiday card.


JEEP FESTIVAL EARNS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Guinness World Records has officially awarded the record for the largest parade of Jeeps to the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival held in Butler in August. The parade began at Butler County Community College and traveled three miles to park on Main Street to show off their Jeeps to an estimated 35,000 people. The festival raised $20,000 for Bantam Heritage Fund.

TEACHERS EARN CERTIFICATION The following teachers have been honored as National Board Certified Teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards®: Elizabeth Allen-Boyle, Rowan Elementary; Amy Broman, Seneca Valley Middle School; Jenifer McMurray, Seneca Valley Intermediate High School; Julie Smith, Seneca Valley Middle School; Barbara Werner, Marshall Elementary School.

NORTH HILLS SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION New members of the North Hills School board include Timothy F. Burnett, president; Thomas Kelly, vice-president; Thomas J. Baker; Arlene Bender; Jeff Meyer; Louis Nudi and Edward Wielgus. West View District Justice Richard Opiela administered the oath of office.

North Hills Senior High School junior April Klein’s artwork “Hot Chocolate Splash,” is featured on the North Hills School District’s 2011 holiday card. Klein also earned a National Gold Medal Award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in March, one of only 18 students in Pennsylvania to earn a gold medal among the state’s 62 students earning national recognition in the 2011 competition.

The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh have purchased property at 3526 Bakerstown Road in Richland Township. The purchase of the land was made possible in part by a grant from the National Religious Retirement Organization (NRRO), and the Sisters will launch a fundraising campaign to raise the additional funds necessary to build a new monastery. Groundbreaking for the new monastery will be announced at a later time.

CLOUGH HONORED FOR ADVOCACY Dr. Douglas F. Clough, a Pittsburgh internist, was honored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College for his ongoing leadership and grass-roots involvement in advocacy activities on behalf of patients and physicians in Pennsylvania. Dr. Clough is currently chairman of the board for the Allegheny County Medical Society.

Led by Dr. Tom Muzzonigro of the BHS Orthopedic Center and Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, a team from Butler Health System (BHS) recently traveled to Panama City, Panama with Operation Walk Pittsburgh to provide 45 patients with a total of 55 free joint replacement surgeries. The team consisted of Sandra Nettrour PA-C; June Drozdowski, RN; Bobbi Haluka ST; and Dave Master, a senior orthopedic consultant with Zimmer-Randall Associates, the company that donated all of the surgical implants.

FC AREA SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZES During its annual reorganization meeting, the Fox Chapel Area board of school directors named Joel R. Weinstein president; Robert Mauro, vice president; Sandra M. Garbisch, assistant secretary and Nancy B. Foster, treasurer. Robin F. Baum was re-elected, and Eric C. Schmidt and Terrence L. Wirginis were newly elected. Other members of the board include Charles R. Burke and Sherman M. Snyder.


Dr. Joshua David Bellin, professor of English at La Roche College, recently published “Native Acts: Indian Performance, 1603-1832” which he edited

For the fifth year in a row, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Honors Program has won the Pink Feet Race for the Cure. CCAC

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raised nearly 10 times the combined total of its competitors to benefit breast cancer research. The annual event pits CCAC against Point Park and Robert Morris universities in a friendly competition to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The four CCAC campuses also competed with one another, which helped the college successfully raise $2,676 out of the 2011 event’s total of $2,896.

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WINDOWS R US OPENS NEW LOCATION Windows R Us has opened a new location at 2469 Evans City Road in Harmony, five miles north of Cranberry. Call 1-800-666-0422 or visit for more information.

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worship directory Don’t miss this opportunity to have your house of worship listed in our worship directory. Call now for details. 724-776-9800. Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church ELCA Ross

Ross Wexford Ross Wexford

412-487-1111 724-898-3322

St. Sebastian Parish and School Ross




St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields Gibsonia




412-486-1167 724-935-1627

Allison Park


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Franklin Park


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Gibsonia


Trinity United Church of Christ Indiana Township


Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills



Saints John and Paul Parish 724-935-2104

St. Athanasius Church West View

Hampton Bible Chapel Hampton


Catholic Church

Franklin Park / Marshall 724-779-7997


Saint Andrew The Apostle Byzantine

Grace Community Church Cranberry Twp.


Salem United Methodist Church 724-935-3950


Temple Ohav Shalom 412-931-6016

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North Hills



St. Ursula Church 724-935-0909

North Way Christian Community, Inc. 724-779-2003

Gospel Fellowship Presbyterian Church Valencia


Northgate Church


Glenshaw Alliance Church Glenshaw



St. Teresa of Avila 412-931-4500

New Community Church


Franklin Park Baptist Franklin Park



Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Fox Chapel

West View

Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church

Fountain Park Church Cranberry


Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

First Congregational Church of Etna Etna

Allison Park


St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highlands St. Peter’s Reformed Church


Memorial Park Presbyterian Church


First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown Richland

Franklin Park


Elfinwild Presbyterian Church Glenshaw


Ingomar United Methodist 412-364-2442

Dorseyville Alliance Church Dorseyville

Franklin Park


CrossWay Church of the Assemblies of God Valencia


Heritage United Presbyterian Church

Christ Episcopal Church Ross



Bethany Lutheran Church Hampton

St. Catherine of Sweden Church

Hampton Presbyterian Church


Franklin Park


Valencia Presbyterian Church Valencia


Wexford Community Presbyterian Church Wexford




724-776-9800 or email


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