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Fall 2014

Remembrance of Things Past


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Remembrance of Things Past As I was preparing the content of the maiden edition of Pennsylvania Bridges, I noticed a trend. Many of the stories share a common theme, one of remembrance. I soon fell down the rabbit’s hole of memory, and began thinking about the events and people who shaped my own early interest in publishing. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write.” Most authors, myself included, have trotted this little gem out on one occasion or the other, contributing to one of the ever popular myths surrounding the business of writing, that writers are born with the desire and drive to write. What I can remember, however, is the day I realized I wanted to go into the business of publishing. The year was 1993. I was a sophomore at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and had recently joined the staff of the school newspaper, the RamPages. I quickly advanced from rewriting a popular advice column to writing and editing articles, and had the opportunity to help determine the content of the publication under the guidance of English teacher and newspaper staff sponsor, Pearl Washington. We were all set to send out the material for the second issue of the year when calamity struck. We were informed not enough money had been allocated in the school budget to pay for layout and design services. (Most schools at that time contracted out for layout and design services as we lacked the appropriate software to do it in-house.) There were funds available to offset the costs of printing the issue but we had to deliver the files, camera ready, directly to the printer. Upon hearing this news, Ms. Washington and I soon found ourselves in the school’s “computer lab”, a small room in the school library that contained an outdated Apple II with PrintShop software, printing out clip art and typewritten articles that we later literally glued onto a page. It

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was hard, frustrating, even messy work, but I fell headfirst, truly, madly, deeply in love with the effort. When everything was said and done and the issue came back from the printer, I grabbed one from the top of the stack and eagerly opened the page to the staff directory, scanning for a phrase that gave me a thrill like none I’d ever experienced before: “Carla E. Anderton, Managing Editor.” In that moment, seeing those words in black and white, I knew that while I was born to be a writer, I would also spend the rest of my life as an editor, bridging people and stories much as I now strive to do so in my current position at Pennsylvania Bridges. Twenty-two years have passed since that day and, with notable exceptions, I’ve been in the publishing business ever since. I’ve always believed media should uplift and inspire, so I’ve shied away from publishing negative stories, and focused on profiling people and organizations making a positive impact on their communities. Pennsylvania Bridges adheres to the same philosophy. As you peruse the pages of our maiden edition, it’s my hope you’ll find a story that will uplift and inspire you. Know of individuals or groups living or working in Washington, Fayette, Westmoreland or Greene counties you feel should be recognized? Send us an email. We welcome your comments and input. Until next time, Carla E. Anderton Editor-in-Chief

In this Issue Area man aims to lead healthy lifestyle, runs & paints...p. 3 Local author taps into true horror for poetry collections...p. 4 Musical favorites The Weedrags take on new name...p. 5 Celebrating 30 years of the comedy classic Ghostbusters...p. 6 Septuagearian kayaker embarks on Mon River adventure...p. 7 WCCC welcomes new president Dr. Tuesday Stanley...p. 8 Jack the Ripper: 126-year-old mystery...p. 9 On the stage at W&J...p. 10 Wine and Line is different kind of art experience...p. 11 WCCC dedicates Advanced Technology Center...p. 12 Student playwright’s one act to debut at New Jersey festival...p. 13 Cal U professor honored as Red Cross Hero...p. 14 Experience regional theater and dance...p. 15-17 Brownsville restaurant has Old South flavor...p. 18 Cal U announces fall theater and dance season...p. 19 Remembering the late, great comic Robin Williams...p. 20 Local students to attend international voice training symposium...p. 21 Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts...p. 22 Evil Genius Comics opens in new location in California...p. 23 This edition’s cover photo was snapped and graciously shared with usby area artist and photographer Joseph Phillips, whose inspiring story is featured on page 3 of this issue. Thanks, Joe, for this epic shot of the Mon River.

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“I wanted to operate my life in a way that’s healthier.” fun, never thinking he’d end up finishing the month with the most miles. Running those 356 miles didn’t come Joseph Phillips isn’t your without their struggles though. average runner. “I had to run during that polar vorAs a 12-year-old boy he considered tex,” Phillips said. “I had to use a himself awkward and hardly athletic. snorkel under my jacket to breathe so He had no clue that years later he’d run my lungs didn’t hurt. I mean the cold hundreds of miles in a single month, still bothered them, but it wasn’t as bad receiving awards and recognition for as it could have been.”’ “a hobby.” On the very last day of the challenge A small taste of a future that would Phillips tripped and smashed his knee, prove otherwise began when he spotted which swelled to the size of a tennis a long-distance cycle in a local bicycle ball. Knowing it was the last day to shop. Phillips spent the summer workkeep his lead, he continued running, ing in the shop and eventually secured dragging himself the three miles home the bike of his childhood dreams, in the snow. riding up to 16 miles a day. There’s another side to this runner Those 16 miles pale in comparison, though. When all the marathons have however, to Phillips’ current daily regibeen completed and all his miles have men. He began running long distances Joseph Phillips on a run in the snow been run for the day, Phillips finds in 2009. He hit his all-time high this ing to run healthier and further. another way to de-stress. past January, running 356 miles for “When I was long distance running I “The one thing that keeps me going the month. had no idea what I was doing,” Phillips other than running is painting,” Phillips Running started as a means to kick a said. “But I really enjoyed it, I got very said. “I had a wandering eye for most habit Phillips had acquired in college zen with it and approached it as media- of my life and after corrective vision I and has since become a means to tion. I really wanted to operate my life was able to see so much more clearly. I escape the stresses of life. in a way that’s healthier.” got back into painting immediately “In December of 2008 I stopped Discovering a community of runners and started coming up with all smoking cold turkey,” Phillips said. online, he joined an annual event called these projects.” “The first time I ran it was a quarter His work is a blend of realism and mile and I thought I was going to die. I Janathon, which encourages [people to participate] in any form of exercise abstract and he says he’s inspired by came back and my knees were hurt.” everyday, offering support to fellow his fever dreams and daily life. Phillips Despite that initial pain Phillips confinds painting gives him a way to tinued, determined to kick the smoking participants through blogs and forums. Though he planned to run 53 miles a explore ideas that habit for his children. Whenever he felt day, Phillips participated simply for running can’t. the urge to smoke Phillips gave into Though he has yet to disanother urge, running, and play his work publicly he would exercise to the point of does hope to one day find an exhaustion. audience for his art. In the “Basically all of my bad meantime, he’s happy to habits, they all [kind of] dabble in something that stopped,” Phillips said. “tickles his fancy.” “Anything interfering with my “Both painting and running ability to run, I kicked give me immense satisfacthat habit.” tion and the ability to He started running a few explore my imagination, but miles a day but soon his goals in different ways,” Phillips soon escalated to loftier ambisaid. “Living a very stressful tions: planning to complete life both help me feel better a 10K. about things and help me Shocking even himself upon feel like I accomplished completion, Phillips shot for something.” more. First he ran a half To keep up with his marathon, followed by progress and see what he’s a marathon. up to next, visit his website He injured his knees during Phillips combines his passions for healthy living and art with this running and blog at the marathon and returned inspired banana skin art, captured here in film while the fruit was fresh home with a new mindset, aimStory by Lauren Rearick

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“Horror is drawn to me more than I’m drawn to horror.” Story by Hayley Martin If you’re going to write horror, you can’t simply imagine it. You must also experience it. That’s the motto that author/poet Stephanie Wytovich subscribes to as she explores some of the most terrifying and haunted places in the region in her quest for inspiration, and it appears to be working well for her. This emerging author was recently nominated for the coveted Bram Stoker Award, joining the ranks of her role models, seasoned horror veterans like Jack Ketchum and Stephen King. Wytovich, a graduate of Seton Hill University, earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction. Her first poetry collection, Hysteria, made quite an impression on horror lovers around the world. In her wildest dreams, she never thought her first collection would be so well received. Fans nominated her for the Horror Writers Association “Superior Achievement” award in dark fantasy and horror writing, presented annually since 1987. Although Wytovich didn’t win, she said the nomination alone surpassed her expectations for the book. Like many writers, Wytovich has a common theme throughout her work which she defines as a “definitive line of mental break” where her characters, often female, cross the line from sanity to insanity. Prior to penning Hysteria, Wytovich said she read a lot of articles about psychology and abnormal psychology. “It was intriguing, but I hadn’t tapped into that fear,” she said. “That’s when I made the decision that if I’m going to write about an asylum I should probably visit one. My writing tells the story of an event by introducing readers to a series of patients and while I didn’t find hysteria in the asylum, I certainly tapped into the element of fear.” Wytovich, accompanied by a friend, arranged to visit a real asylum and prison. “I’m very attracted to asylums,” Wytovich said. “I do a lot of urban exploring and paranormal research as I like going into places that are scary and doing some writing there. I wrote Hysteria in a prison and asylum for the most part. I love dealing with subjects heavily steeped in realism, real life hor-


what I do, I tend to go in that direction. I can’t explain it. I believe horror is drawn to me more than I’m drawn to horror.” As a follow up to Hysteria, Wytovich released her second poetry collection, Mourning Jewelry, on May 8 during the World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon. A second, bigger launch was held on May 30 at the Pennsylvania Artistic rendition of photo of author Stephanie Wytovich Literary Festival in ror. I like writing about medical oddiUniontown. To date, the book has ties and madness, anything that can been well received. happen in real life. I’ll simply take the The young, accomplished writer’s event and twist an element of the fanpath hasn’t been without obstacles and tastical or the horrific into the piece pitfalls. Wytovich originally majored in and, if I get scared writing it, then I pre-law upon entering college but soon know it’s working.” abandoned her courtroom aspirations to She isn’t afraid to fully immerse herfollow her dream of becoming a writer. self in an experience in her pursuit She’s always loved poetry and it for inspiration. became her staple. “There’s one piece in Hysteria about “It’s the best way for me to collect a hydrotherapy treatment. When I was moments,” Wytovich said. “You can in the West Virginia Penitentiary doing really focus on a single moment and research, I wrote the piece while in the make them into something beautiful. I hydrotherapy tub so I knew how it felt find it very cathartic, which is why I to be in that position,” she said. picked poetry. You can tap into energy Of course, visiting areas believed to and release it, even if it’s not always be hot spots for paranormal activity the most pleasant moment. I do write comes with a price and Wytovich has horror.” paid it with true fear. Not everyone was on board with her “When I was in the psych ward at the plan to change majors. It took a great West Virginia Penitentiary, you could deal of courage to follow her dreams. still see some of the machines,” Wytovich would spend three to four Wytovich said. “When I went into the hours a day writing. Sacrificing friendsolitary confinement area and sat down, ships and relationships, she stuck to her I could hear footsteps. I’m really brave goals and prevailed. While in graduate until stuff like that starts happening.” school, she completed her thesis novel It’s a common misconception that and two poetry collections. writers can write anything, but In addition to writing and publishing Wytovich says that’s truly not the case. her own poetry, Wytovich is the poetry While a student at Seton Hill editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, University, she was asked why she reviews books for Nameless Magazine chose her genre and the answer always and is a self-proclaimed coffee-addict. eluded her. She is a member of the Science Fiction “I could never answer [the question],” Poetry Association. Wytovich said. “I’ve tried to write As to her future, Wytovich says she something beautiful and romantic, but will continue working on her fourth it always ends badly. I’m just preprocollection, having just completed her gramed for scary. When I was reading third. To stay up to date with her, visit: romances, there was something about the Gothic I found very quiet, beautiful and attractive, something that’s normally scary or otherworldly. I think some good comes from horror. No matter

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Story by Lauren Rearick A name change heralds a new era for an “Appalachian Power Trio” out of Washington. Fans of blues and old time bluegrass may be familiar with The Weedrags, a trio formed in the fall of 2010. The band rose to local and regional fame thanks to extensive touring. After four years working under the Weedrags moniker and a few lineup changes, the band is starting fresh, announcing a new name and new identity: The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers. “We wanted to avoid confusion with bands that have similar names and being the only original member of The Weedrags I felt like it was time to make a change,” vocalist and guitarist Gary Antol said. Much like their sound, which Antol attributes to Americana bluegrass and the nearby West Virginia foothills, inspiration for the name came locally. “Jacobs Ferry is this town in Greene County that my dad always used to tell me would make a good band name,” Antol said. “Plus, we’re always a little bit behind and always straggling.” During frequent trips in and out of

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Carmichaels, Antol would often pass signs for Jacobs Ferry, wondering about a town he had never visited. When he finally did make the trip, the name choice ended up being more than suitable. “It’s a really beautiful spot alongside the river, with a couple of trailers and a boat dock,” Antol said. “Basically, these signs are leading to nowhere and I came out in the middle of nowhere. I stood outside my car for a few seconds and laughed before deciding this is kind of a cool name.” Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers will see the inclusion of two new members, Ed Croft on bass from Bowling Green, Ohio, and Mitch Hall on banjo from Accident, Md. The two will join current Weedrags’ members Antol and fiddler and vocalist Libby Eddy. Along with the new members comes a new sound, which Antol says is Appalachian music, mixing bluegrass and old time country. “The sound is slightly different from The Weedrags,” Antol said. “We’re keeping our original sound but mixing it up by adding jam band sounds like the Grateful Dead and the Yonder Mountain String Band. This band has a wide range of influences, new and old, from Americana country music, blues music, West Virginia folk and jazz.” The group is currently in the middle of recording their full length debut.

They’re working to come to an agreement on signing with an independent label that has worked with Antol over the past couple of years. A release is scheduled for Nov. 17. In the meantime, the group will continue touring under The Weedrags name until Oct. 31, performing at festivals and shows throughout the summer, including stops in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Antol promises future shows will be filled with the unexpected and crazy, including great showmanship and music. Coming this far as a group means a lot to the singer. Antol is excited about the opportunities and new prospects the future holds. “I like working for myself and I just want to keep going,” he said. Now the sky seems to be the limit for these Stragglers with Antol and his bandmates already looking to the future, hoping to make a splash when they begin touring under their new name in November. “I really hope our band just continues to grow and gets to play even more festivals,” Antol said. “We want to do bigger shows and do more touring. We’ve been to quite a few places so far and we hope to do shows in quite a few more.” For more information visit

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“Thirty years have passed and it’s still a part of my life.” Story by Chuck Brutz It’s been 30 years since the Ghostbusters first started tangling with Focused Non-Terminal Phantasms, Class Five Full Roaming Vapors, and giant marshmallow men in sailor suits set to destroy mankind. Not only do the Ghostbusters celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, but later this summer the 1984 comedy classic will be re-released in theaters, while the original film and 1989 sequel will get the special edition Blu-Ray treatment. Like a fine wine, it’s a movie that’s aged well, and it still has a loyal fan base. Among those fans are Christopher Grimm and David Ingold, store managers at Cash In Culture in Century III Mall, which specializes in selling movies and pop culture memorabilia, including Ghostbusters items. “Ghostbusters is one of those movies I’ve loved for so long I have no actual memories of seeing it for the first time,” Grimm said. “I memorized it way before I was even old enough to get all the jokes.” Ingold is a fan who’s actually taken a pilgrimage of sorts to check out real locations that were used in the film. “While in New York last year, I visited the firehouse they used as the Ghostbusters’ headquarters,” Ingold said. “Like many kids of the 80s, Ghostbusters is one of the seminal movies of my childhood.” In 1982, Dan Akroyd, already a rising star from his performances on Saturday Night Live and in the film The Blues Brothers, wrote a script called Ghostmashers for friend and SNL alum John Belushi. In Akroyd’s original script, the Ghostmashers were a worldwide organization, roughly akin to a SWAT team, that traveled through time and space to various parallel dimensions. Akroyd wrote the role of Dr. Peter Venkman for Belushi who, sadly, passed away later that year of a drug overdose. After Belushi’s death, Akroyd pitched his concept to producer/director Ivan Reitman (Animal House/Meatballs). Reitman thought Akroyd’s script would impossible and too expensive to film, but liked the concept and thought with

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a little reworking the film was doable. In the Ghostbusters DVD commentary, Reitman said he pitched simplifying the story to Akroyd. Instead of the action taking place in future and parallel dimensions, it would be set in present day New York City. It would be a “three guys going into business story, just a very unusual business.” In Roger Ebert’s review of the film, he called it “a paranormal version of the Orkin Man.” Reitman also suggested Akroyd collaborate with writer/producer/actor Harold Ramis (Animal House/Caddyshack/Stripes). Meanwhile, Akroyd recruited friend and fellow SNL alum Bill Murray to play Venkman. Murray and Ramis had previously starred together in the successful comedy Stripes. Ramis and Akroyd fleshed out the characters more, making Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) the “mouth” of the operation. Ray Stantz (Dan Akroyd) would be the “nuts and bolts” guy and also have a childlike enthusiasm. He would be the “heart” of the Ghostbusters team. Ramis wrote the part of Egon Spengler for himself, intending the character to be the “brains” of the group. In the DVD commentary, Ramis stated he played Egon as a “New Wave Mr. Spock” and never smiled throughout the movie. As a tribute to Belushi, Akroyd based the first ghost they bust, Slimer, on John Belushi’s hard partying, heaving eating and drinking character, Bluto, from Animal House. On the DVD commentary, Reitman claimed about

Akroyd, “Danny always used to jokingly refer to Slimer as the Ghost of John Belushi.” Akroyd confirmed this in a recent Vanity Fair interview. Instead of the Ghostbusters already being established as in Akroyd’s original script, it was decided to show how they became the Ghostbusters. The film opens with Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler as university parapsychologists who are fired and decide to form the Ghostbusters business. Their first big bust comes when they catch Slimber in the famous hotel scene. The character of Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) was added as a love interest for Venkman. Ernie Hudson was cast as the fourth Ghostbuster, Winston Zeddemore, after Eddie Murphy turned down the part. The character of Winston, who was not a scientist, was an “Everyman” character and served as the voice of the audience. Originally, the part of Dana’s nerdy neighbor, Louis, was written for John Candy. After Candy passed, Rick Moranis got the part. The film was originally released on June 8, 1984, the same day as another summer movie box office hit, Gremlins. Ghostbusters was a huge hit, spawning merchandise, a Saturday morning cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters and a sequel, Ghostbusters II, in 1989. Ramis and Murray wound up working together again on the 1993 hit film, Groundhog Day. Sadly, Ramis passed away from complications of the disease autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis this past February. At press time, Akroyd has said Ghostbusters III is in development and will be released sometime in the future, but given no specific details. This is excellent news for loyal Ghostbusters fans as the movie still holds a special place in their hearts. “I recently started collecting The Real Ghostbusters action figures,” Ingold said. He has an original Real Ghostbusters Fire House and Proton Pack he’s had since childhood, and continues to add to his collection. “Thirty years have passed and it’s still a part of my life.”

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Septuagenarian Kayaker Embarks on River Adventure Darlene Garrett, one of Selin’s conIf you’re setting out on a 1,000 mile tacts, who river excursion by kayak, you’d better arranged for a first do your homework. place for him That’s exactly what Will Moore, 71, to camp that of Georgetown, Texas, did before he night. Further headed north to set in at Uffington, downstream in West Virginia, two miles upriver from Rices Landing, Morgantown on the lengthy river he met a couadventure he ended at Cairo, Illinois – ple who chatwhere the Ohio meets the mighty ted for a while Mississippi. and phoned the “I’d never done a long kayak tour council to see before, but I have been in some 100 if he could mile marathons down the Colorado pitch his tent in River in Texas,” Moore said. “It takes Will Moore paddles along a scenic bend of the Monongahela River. a small park me about 24 hours of nearly non-stop along the river. paddling to go the distance, but kayakfellow named Dave came by with a After getting an OK, the couple ers in the racing group can make it cooler of beer and meatballs which he returned an hour later and gave him a in 12.” shared with Moore. While his regimen of kayaking two or Subway sandwich. “The hospitality I found on the river Brownsville also proved a fortuitous three hours three mornings a week has been overwhelming,” Moore said. helped get him in shape for his grueling stopover. There he met former mayor, “Everywhere I stopped along the way, Norma Ryan, who bought him breakMonongahela and Ohio River trek, people helped me find a place to stay fast at Fiddle’s Cafe, then took him on phoning the Park and Recreation and gave me food. The members of the a two-hour tour of the town. An army Department in Wheeling turned out to West Brownsville legion even took me veteran of 25 years, Moore later spent be a wise move as well. The voice on up to Wal-Mart to buy some supplies. I the other end of the line referred him to the night camped along the Mon near expect that Norma, Don and I will be the American Legion in West Steve Selin, a member of the River friends forever, and I plan to stay in Towns Program, who gave him helpful Brownsville, where members shared touch with them.” stories about life in the military as well contact information for communities One criticism Moore had about his downriver. Selin and his wife also took as several bottles of beer. trip down the Mon was its lack of In Charleroi, city manager, Don him to lunch. access to the river towns and services, On July 7 at 7 in the morning, Moore Henderson, took him to a restaurant, especially for kayakers and canoeists. packed his 16-foot Wilderness Systems bought him an Italian dinner, took him In his log in which he made daily Tarpon kayak with 80 pounds of equip- to his house to let him take a much entries via his iPad, he mentioned that ment – a tent, sleeping bag, a “great air needed shower then drove him back to he had a reservation at a hotel in mattress that’s almost like sleeping on a his campsite. Homestead, but when he got there, he Further downstream in New Eagle a bed,” a small Coleman stove, an i-Pad couldn’t get out of the river and up to on which he the hotel. intends to post a One thing that originally gave him a daily log to his bit of apprehension before the start of website rivermeisthe trip was the fact that he’d have to and a stash go through many locks along the way. of food – breakfast Before he started, he counted nine on items, packets of the Mon and about 20 on the Ohio. soup, coffee. He “The people at the first lock talked then headed off me through it,” he said. “The tricky down the part was tying up to a floating pin on Monongahela on the side of the lock which goes up and the start of his down with the water level and keeps journey that you in place. Now that I’ve gone included stops at through seven already, I consider historical sites myself an old hand.” along the way. Born and raised in the river town of Arriving late in Cincinnati, Moore said he has always Greensboro, Beside the banks of the Mighty Mon, Will Moore made new friends he been partial to the Ohio, which he conMoore met up with plans to stay in touch with for life siders one of the most beautiful rivers Story by Dave Zuchowski

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he’s ever seen. As to the Monongahela, he said he was drawn into the mystique of the river after he heard the Pete Seeger song “Where the Old Allegheny and Monogahela Flow” and thought it would be a great lead in to the Ohio. After reaching Pittsburgh, Moore realized he was going much slower than anticipated, due to the fact that his 80 pound cargo is slowing him down and because he has been stopping to see the sites along the way with the contacts he’s met. A business owner who renovates old houses in and around Georgetown, located about 25 miles north of Austin, he had to be back home just after the Labor Day holiday. To get to his start off point on the upper Mon, he drove his truck north from his home in Texas. Near Uffington, he met up with his son, Fletcher, a computer technician for Georgia Tech University. A bicycle enthusiast, Fletcher rode his bike 60 to 70 miles a day from Atlanta to get to his father in time for his put in. Further complicating the logistics of the trip, after driving the truck back to Atlanta, Fletcher made another trip north to meet his father for a Labor Day weekend rendezvous. Moore then drove the truck (and kayak) back to Texas, while Fletcher biked back to Atlanta. On his journey, Moore texted Fletcher every day and also kept in touch with his wife, PJ, via cell phone. “PJ thinks I’m crazy, but has been really supportive,” he said. “She thinks the trip is good for me and realizes that I spent 25 years in the military and need some adventure in my life.” Going west from Pittsburgh, Moore traveled without further contacts but had the use of an excellent river guide book he discovered and packed written by river enthusiast, Jerry Hay. “I know one thing,” he said. “When this trip is over, it won’t be the end. I’ll probably be on the river again, but I’m not sure just where or when.”

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Canine Officer on duty at Cal U The newest member of the California University Police Department is alert, personable, highly trained — and loves to gnaw on tennis balls. Bas, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the first canine member of Cal U’s campus police force. Purchased from Battle Ridge Kennels and K9 Services in West Virginia, the dog is being trained in obedience, patrol, tracking and narcotics detection skills. “This is another element of our department’s community policing approach,” says Cal U police Chief Edward McSheffery. “Our No. 1 job as police officers is to make this campus a safe environment for both our students and our employees. Bas can help with that — but he’s also here to help us build relationships between the police force and our students. That’s what community policing is all about, and this dog has just the right personality for the job.” The American Kennel Club describes the Belgian Malinois as “an alert, highenergy breed” that resembles a smaller, lighter-boned German shepherd. “Intelligent and trainable, the Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to

Department of Public Safety and University Police Sergeant and K-9 Officer Robert Kwiatkowski poses for portraits with Bas, Cal U’s new public safety officer in Old Main.

work,” the kennel club reports. Bas is patrolling the campus with his handler, Sgt. Robert Kwiatkowski. In addition to visiting academic buildings and residence halls, the pair has attend-

ed events such as Honors Convocation and Commencement. “Bas is a public relations officer, as well as a patrol officer,” says Kwiatkowski. “He’s a very social dog, smart and well trained. But he’s also a working police dog, trained to protect his human partner and enhance campus safety.” Bas travels in a specially marked patrol car “and should be treated with the same respect as any police officer,” his handler says. The region’s business community has given Bas a warm welcome. Clover Farm Veterinary Clinic in Fredericktown is providing medical care. Tractor Supply Co. in Belle Vernon will provide dog food, and the Walmart store in West Brownsville has donated various pet supplies. Poochies in North Huntingdon will groom the dog, and many others have made donations toward his care. “I can’t thank these community partners enough,” McSheffery says. “Their generosity will help us to give Bas everything he needs to be a healthy and productive member of the department.”

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served as vice chancellor of student development, enrollment management and administrative services. Her accomplishments during her eight-year tenure at MCC include leading an enrollment services process review; a strategic enrollment management planning and implementation process focused on student success, recruitment, course schedule management and marketing; and an information center (call center) for students. She also led efforts to move the college toward a zero-based budgeting process, opened an on-site healthcare clinic for employees and worked with several shared governance groups to improve transparency and decision-making. Prior to joining MCC, Stanley served for six years as the associate vice chancellor of marketing and enrollment management at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas and as executive director of marketing and recruitment for three years at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in

Branchburg, New Jersey. In addition to her higher education administration experience, she has taught a college orientation course at MCC and marketing classes at Raritan Valley Community College and served as a faculty member at the Snowmass Institute in the strategic enrollment management division. Within her profession, she is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars. She holds a doctorate of higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University, and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and communications from Purdue. She earned certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education IEM program and the BMA School of Bank Marketing. She lives in Unity Township with her husband and their three children.

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Jack the Ripper: A 126-Year-Old Mystery By Carla E. Anderton 126 years ago, on October 23, 1888, London prostitute Elizabeth “Long Liz” Stride was declared the fourth victim of the specter we now call Jack the Ripper. She wouldn’t be the last, and before his bloody reign of terror ended less than a month later, the public would be exposed to even more unthinkable horror on a much grander scale. Jack the Ripper. It’s a name nearly everyone has heard of, and yet no one can speak with any real authority as to his or her identity. He’s a Bogeyman whose moniker strikes terror into the hearts of children and adults alike, even now, a century and a quarter after his crimes. However, unlike the Bogeyman, we know that he or, at the very least, his handiwork, was real. The year is 1888; the place, London, England. A nameless, faceless killer begins stalking the streets of the Whitechapel section of London, preying on the area’s most downtrodden residents: the poor, “Unfortunate” women who sell their sexual favors on the mean, cruel, unforgiving streets. From seemingly out of obscurity, he emerges and begins killing the prostitutes who ply their trade in the East End. Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols is first to meet her end at the hands of the “Ripper”. On August 31, she is discovered in Buck’s Row with her throat severely cut and multiple stab wounds to her abdomen. Eight days later, Annie Chapman becomes the Ripper’s second victim. She is found around 6 a.m. by John Davis with her throat viciously slashed open, her intestines resting on her shoulder and her uterus missing. The Ripper’s next victim, Elizabeth “Long Liz” Stride, suffers only the indignity of having her throat cut but she is no less dead. It is thought Jack was interrupted. This theory gains credibility when Catherine Eddowes is discovered roughly an hour later. She is the first victim with facial mutilations. Jack

Jack is also the one with the largest pool of suspects. There are multiple theories as to why the crimes were committed, but despite the efforts of the police, the killer was never apprehended. This begs the question of why. Of the five canonical murders, four were committed outside of the “city” of London, in the area known as Whitechapel. At the time, this area was under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police, headquartered at Scotland Yard. From 1886, Commissioner Charles Warren held command of the MP force, and was the chief investigating officer on the case. His leadership skills A popular depiction of the Jack the Ripper murders were highly ques“cut off her nose to spite her face.” tioned, and by the end of the terror, he Mary Kelly is murdered in her own resigned in disgrace, forced to admit he bed on November 9, murdered most and his men were unable to find the foul, virtually dissected in what should killer we now call Jack the Ripper. have been the safety of her own lodgSo, you’ve got a police force that is ings. It would take less time to mention in many ways incompetent. Couple that what about her was left intact than with the lack of resources investigators what wasn’t. The Ripper took his time had at their disposal in that day and age with her, took the time he wasn’t able and you’ve got a quagmire of a whoto take with the others. The end result dunit on your hands. is the stuff of nightmares. Gruesome as Think of the methods we have now to it is, her death perhaps marks the end collect and preserve evidence in murder of the terror. Or does it? cases and what springs to mind? Much like the number of days in Fingerprints? Lab work ups on blood October, there are no less than 31 difand other bodily fluids? Hairs and ferent suspects, or groups of suspects, fibers? Mitochondrial DNA? A society for the Jack the Ripper murders, and in which everyone is conditioned to that number continues to climb as we carry photo identification at all times? discover new evidence and re-examine In 1888, they had none of that CSIthe old. That’s 31 people thought to esque science. have the motive, the means or both to They also had a dearth of actual evibrutally slaughter at least five women dence to work with, and no real way of in the span of four months. That’s a preserving it or even of properly colnumber that hasn’t been replicated in lecting it in the first place. Even the last 125 years. So, in addition to Sherlock Holmes would’ve had diffibeing the most elusive killer in history, culty solving this mystery.

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Mock Crime Scene Workshop for High School Students Waynesburg University Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions will host the fall Mock Crime Scene Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. Students will gain hands-on training from skilled experts in the forensic sciences and have the opportunity to utilize those practices by applying them at a crime scene. The vast array of workshops offered will help students to determine if they can see a forensic science or criminal justice career in their futures. “The Mock Crime Scene weekend gives the current students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet prospective students and show them, through experience, what they can expect by attending Waynesburg University,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. Every year, typically more than 40 current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors attend the event. To register, contact Admissions at 800-225-7393.


Skippyjon Jones takes to the Pittsburgh stage

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones from October 19-26 at six performance locations throughout the area. “A popular book brought to life on stage opens our season and we are excited to host this award-winning theater company so that children and families throughout the region can experience live professional performances in their neighborhood,” commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Programming from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones, based on the book of same title by Judy Schachner, is an enchanting musical for younger audiences that tells a story about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams. This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages four and up. Skippyjon Jones tells the tale of a Siamese cat with big dreams and an even bigger will to be anything but a cat! “Holy guacamole,” Skippyjon exclaims. “My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat – I am a CHIHUAHUA!” Take an adventurous ride as Skippyjon Jones struggles to find himself and is faced with one of the biggest decision of his life; will he help save his “fellow” Chihuahua’s or will


he soon realize that he may be the wimpy little Siamese cat that he’s been hiding from. Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930. Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

Performance Locations City: Byham Theater October 19 | 2 p.m. Students only matinee Byham Theater October 20 | 10:15 a.m. East: Penn Hills High School October 22 | 7 p.m. North: Marshall Middle School October 23 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. West: Moon Area High School October 24 | 7 p.m. South: Upper St. Clair High School October 25 | 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School October 26 | 2 p.m.

On the Stage at W&J University Christopher O’ Riley “Out of My Hands” Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. In “Out of My Hands”, the acclaimed American pianist dives into repertoire from R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths, Tears for Fears as well as material from Radiohead and Elliott Smith in a storm of music heralded by Rolling Stone for its “unblinking virtuosity”. As host of the popular NPR music program, From the Top, Mr. O’Riley is well-known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. “These Shining Lives” Nov. 20-22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee: Saturday at 2 p.m. Based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois, the play dramatizes the danger women faced in the workforce in the 1920s, and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of its employees. Narrated by one of the workers, Catherine Donohue, “These Shining Lives” chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Randy Riggle “Nostalgic Christmas Show” Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Long before computers, answering machines, and cell phones there was a time that was part of all of us. Instead of drive-thrus there were drive-ins. Coke wasn’t “Classic” and it came from a fountain or it’s green glass bottle. And the only survivor series on TV consisted of Gilligan and his crew.

“The Nostalgic Christmas Show” takes you down memory lane with your 57 Chevy as we remember the times and people who changed our lives in the 1950’s, and 60’s. Nationally touring stand-up comedian Randy Riggle will be your tour guide on a trip filled with songs and laughs in this one man show. Randy entertains his audiences with stories, gun slinging, dancing, and pantomime. His observational humor about the era is complimented with over 50 impersonations and a special tribute to veterans. Arts Series Pricing Series Subscription (5-Show Package) General Admission: $48 Seniors (60+), Alumni & NonW&J Students: $38 Children (12 and under): $28 Individual Tickets General Admission: $12 Seniors (60+), Alumni & NonW&J Students: $10 Children (12 and under): $7 *Ticketed seating is for Arts Series events only. Discounts Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. Please contact the box office 724-223OLIN for more information. Parking Parking is free for patrons. Parking lots are available off of Wheeling Street behind Olin Fine Arts Center, and in the Grant Street Parking Lots near the Burnett Center. All shows take place at: The Olin Fine Arts Center 285 E. Wheeling Street Washington, Pennsylvania

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Story by Dave Zuchowski Most everyone’s heard the phrase wine and dine. Now there’s wine and line. Since September 2012, a group of people have been meeting at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, snacks and hors d’oeuvres and bottle of wine in hand, to put their creative juices to work. The site – Jozart Center for the Arts in California. The goal – to create a painting, have fun and get excited about art. “Everyone brings along a bottle of wine [or other drink] and a snack to share,” said Cheryl Lewis of Roscoe, Jozart board member and class facilitator. “Some people just bring water, but beer and cocktails are also permitted. Snacks can be as simple as chips or as complicated as fancy hors d’oeuvres. In fact we give prizes such as a quality brush, a painting kit or a wine bag to those who bring in the most creatively presented hors d’oeuvres.” Joyce Gazdick of Stockdale leads the class that involves painting acrylics on stretched canvas. Born in Selma, Alabama but raised in Birmingham, Gazdick is a practicing artist with an art degree from California University of Pennsylvania and an art education degree from Washington and Jefferson College. “Our instructor brings in a painting of her own finished prior to class, and the participants follow her instructions to reproduce her work,” Lewis said. “She does encourage the participants to be creative by using different colors and techniques, even a different subject. For those who’ve never before painted, she guides them through the process, and, at the end of the evening, everyone has a painting of their own to take home.” The sessions have been averaging about 16 participants but have varied from a low of 12 to a high of 30. “I like to limit the class size at around 20 because I like one-on-one relationships,” Gazdick said. “You need that when you first start painting.” The sessions draw people of all ages, 21 years and older. Most of the participants are women, although three of the members who came to August’s session

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Wine & Line participants proudly display their artworks created at a Wine & Line session under the guidance of teaching artist Joyce Gazdick.

were men. Some have been with the group since day one; others come and go, and new members show up at almost every session. The class costs $22, which includes the paint, the canvas and brushes as well as wine glasses, wine openers, plates and utensils. To insure there’s enough supplies and seating space available, participants must register before each class by phoning 724-9388398. Slots may also be reserved by email via the

A yummy, artistic snack shared at Wine & Line

Center’s web site at “What distinguishes Wine and Line from others cropping up in the area is that ours is the least expensive,” Lewis said. “Some charge as much as $30 to $45 a session.” After notifying several people about the class, membership grew simply by word of mouth. Already people have asked about starting a similar series for those under the age of 21, and organizers have suggested the class title of “Pop, Popcorn and Paint.” “We’d also like to organize another class for more serious artists that would concentrate on technique,” Lewis said. In addition to teaching at Jozart, Gazdick also leads a class at the Center in the Woods on Route 88 near California. The class focuses primarily on oil painting and meets on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5. “One nice thing about the Wine and Line class is that you can come only once, and, if you like it, return as often as you want,” Gazdick added. “If you miss a class while on vacation or whatnot, you can start right back in. Every class is another new painting and another new beginning.”

Wine & Line will meet on Oct. 21 & Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $22. All materials provided. Call 724-938-8398 to reserve your spot!

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WCCC Dedicates Advanced Technology Center Westmoreland County Community College dedicated its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) which offers education and training in industrial technology fields Friday, Sept. 5 at RIDCWestmoreland in Mount Pleasant. WCCC President Tuesday Stanley presided over the ceremony that WCCC administrators, faculty and students prepare to cut the was attended by approxiribbon at the opening of the Advanced Technology Center mately 250 business and Legislative District; Westmoreland community leaders, elected officials County Commissioners Charles and educators. Anderson and Ted Kopas; and Kristin Coinciding with the dedication cereMalie representing Westmoreland mony, Dr. Stanley announced that the County Commissioner Tyler Courtney; Advanced Technology Center was Max Inks, electrical designer at EX named to the Manufacturing Institute’s One and WCCC electronics/robotics M-List. The M-List recognizes high graduate; Philip V. McCalister, presischools, community colleges, and unident, WCCC Educational Foundation versities that are teaching manufacturBoard; and Tim White, vice president ing students to industry standards. of Development/Marketing, Regional Chairman, President and CEO of Development Corporation. Kennametal Inc. Carlos M. Cardoso The Advanced Technology Center delivered the keynote address, calling (ATC) occupies 73,500-square-feet at the Advanced Technology Center a RIDC-Westmoreland and houses workmodel that will serve to shatter the force development programs previously myth held by many Americans that located at the WCCC Youngwood manufacturing is dirty. Campus. The ATC offers programs “Today’s manufacturing is industrial technology which is a high-tech pursuit with an industry-driven curriculum in that demands shop floor skills in mate- areas such as mechatronics, advanced and additive manufacturing, energy, rial science, digital computing, engimachining and fabrication. neering and math,” said Cardoso. Funding for the $13.8 million ATC “These jobs require education beyond was secured through public and private high school,” he added. sources, including the Westmoreland “The opening of this center today County Commissioners, Pennsylvania reflects a new age of industrial technolDepartment of Education, Pennsylvania ogy, one that provides a pathway to Redevelopment Assistance Capital affordable, lifelong education and Program, U.S. Department of Labor, rewarding careers,” said Cardoso. Cardoso announced that as a corpothe college’s capital budget and the rate sponsor of the ATC, Kennametal WCCC Educational Foundation camand WCCC have begun to work to paign, Investing in Our Community. establish a consortium of industrial The largest private donations were $2 companies to connect graduates to job million from the Richard King Mellon opportunities in the local region. Foundation and $300,000 from the Distinguished guests offering remarks Hillman Foundation. included Congressman Tim Murphy, The Advanced Technology Center U.S. House of Representatives; Senator opened August 21 with 359 students Kim Ward, 58th Legislative District; enrolled for WCCC fall credit classes. Representative Ted Harhai, 58th

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Student Playwright’s One-Act Debuts at Tri-State Theatre Festival A class assignment led senior Kyle Hilsey to his moment in the spotlight. Hilsey’s one-act play was selected from a pool of more than 300 entries, and a fully staged production of “Just Say Yes” will open next month as part of the fourth annual Tri-State Theatre Festival, presented by the South Street Players. The weekend of one-acts is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at St. Andrew Methodist Church in Spring Lake, N.J. “Just Say Yes” is one of three one-act dramas Hilsey penned last fall for Dr. Carole Waterhouse’s creative writing course. He submitted all three of those plays to the festival judges in late June. “Our reading committee thoroughly enjoyed reading Kyle Hilsey’s one-act (‘Just Say Yes’),” said Rob Sullivan, the festival’s producer and a member of the South Street Players’ board of directors. “It had just the right mix of elements that we look for each year — great dialogue, interesting characters and a wellstructured plot. We receive a plethora of really good plays each year, but it’s pretty amazing how there are always just a few that stand out among the rest. This year, Kyle wrote one of those plays. “We’re honored to be producing ‘Just Say Yes,’ and we hope we make Kyle very proud.” The festival will feature one-acts by eight playwrights from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Among them are award-winning playwrights and documentary filmmakers Jack Feldstein and Joseph P. Krawczyk, as well as playwrights Eric Alter, executive producer and founder of Apricot Sky Productions in Montclair, N.J., and

Kyle Hilsey’s one-act play will part of the fourth annual Tri-State Theatre Festival, scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at St. Andrew Methodist Church in Spring Lake, N.J.

Stephanie Weber, of Chicago. “These are established playwright with diverse professional careers, and it’s a little intimidating to be alongside some of these writers,” said Hilsey, of Chichester, Pa. “I’m very excited to meet them and the South Street people I’ve been speaking with.” Hilsey’s three-character drama is set in the back of a church. Michelle is in her wedding dress, preparing for the ceremony, when Jake arrives wearing a tuxedo. He talks enthusiastically about about their life together, while Michelle grows increasingly hesitant. It is only when Jake departs and another tuxedoclad man arrives that the audience understands the plot twist: Jake, the best man, has been trying to convince the bride to run away with him. “I sort of lead the audience on,” Hilsey said. “My work is very charac-

ter-oriented. I want my audience to get wrapped up in and care about them, because I believe the characters are the ones who move a show on.” Hilsey arrived at Cal U to study athletic training, but he changed his major to creative writing after taking a number of English courses. “Dr. Waterhouse … has definitely helped me with my writing and encouraged me to pursue my ideas,” he said. “She inspired me to continue submitting my work. She always urges us to try and get our work out there. “She was ecstatic about my play being picked.” Waterhouse praised Hilsey’s work ethic. “Kyle is extremely innovative and has a wonderful workman-like attitude about his writing. He puts a great deal of effort into what he does.” In addition to plays, Hilsey writes poetry and short stories. He recently submitted a compilation of poetry, called a chapbook, to a contest that publishes its winning entries. And he’s preparing for the question-and-answer sessions with the audience that will be a part of the Tri-State Theatre Festival. “I couldn’t believe I finally got the ‘yes’ I was looking for,” said Hilsey. “I thought this was something I was just going to do for a class. It’s incredible that I’m actually going to see people perform the lines I wrote.” The South Street Players present the Tri-State Theatre Festival, which includes Kyle Hilsey’s play “Just Say Yes,” at 8 p.m. Oct 17-18 and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Andrews Methodist Church, Fourth and Mercer avenues, Spring Lake, N.J. For more information, call 732-447-5169.

Seton Hill University named Best Regional College Seton Hill University was named a Best Regional College in the North Region in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Seton Hill was ranked No. 11 among Regional Colleges in the North. Regional colleges “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts...and in fields such as business, nursing and education,” according

to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to the overall ranking, Seton Hill was honored as a Best Value College and as a Best College for Veterans. Seton Hill earned the No. 7 spot for Best Value among all Regional Colleges in the North for providing quality education at an affordable cost to families. According to U.S. News & World Report, “Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking

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Professor Honored as Red Cross ‘Hero’ Dr. Grafton Eliason’s actions truly speak louder than words. His good works will be recognized Wednesday when the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross holds its 2014 Red Cross Heroes Breakfast at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. A professor in the Department of Counselor of Education, Eliason has been selected as a “hero” in the educators category. “He does several different things within our organization,” said Mark Holzer, disaster program manager for the Red Cross. “It’s tremendous how he dedicates his time to all of these different activities, in addition to his professional life.” The Red Cross chapter, part of the 25-county Western Pennsylvania Region, serves 1.6 million people in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. Each year it recognizes unsung community members who have performed specific heroic acts or have committed their lives to going above and beyond as educators, professional responders, military members, Good Samaritans or youth workers. An award also recognizes lifetime commitment to the Red Cross. “Education is wonderful, and I definitely think that anybody with a degree in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling should use that knowledge to benefit other people and their communities,” Eliason said. “But when I see the incredible things others being honored at the breakfast have done, this is really a humbling experience.” Eliason connected with the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter when he began teaching at Cal U ten years ago. He learned CPR and basic crisis response techniques through the Red Cross before taking advanced courses open only to licensed professional counselors. Through the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter, Eliason worked extensively with the Woodlands Foundation in Wexford, Pa., a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses. He still gives presentations there, and after serving as


Awkward Dolls Workshop, Oct. 23, 4:30-7 p.m. Laurel Business Institute For middle school students Amy Gartley, Instructor $30 per student Students will learn to love themselves and express their insecurities by creating their own doll out of felt and buttons. Registration Deadline Oct. 22 Spooxhibition Coffeehouse & Showcase, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. Laurel Business Institute $5 Suggested Donation

Cal U’s Dr. Grafton Eliason will be recognized Wednesday when the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross holds its 2014 Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

the spiritual program coordinator for many years, he continues to serve as a chaplain. Along with training counselors and social work interns for the chapter’s main office in Pittsburgh, Eliason is part of the Service to the Armed Forces program, which coordinates reconnection workshops with the military’s Yellow Ribbon activities. “We provide group and individual experiences to help deal with all the issues that come up when families are reunited with military personnel who have served overseas,” he said. “Many of them have served multiple tours of duty and have experienced … a lot of horrific events. My focus in the past couple of years has been on the reconnection workshops.” Eliason said he is always on call with the Red Cross’s disaster mental health team. That group responds to incidents such as the 2009 LA Fitness Center shooting in Collier Township, Pa., which left four people dead. “Normally we talk with families or victims, if they’re not hurt physically — although their well-being takes precedence, of course,” Eliason said. “We want to make sure all their basic

needs, as well as their emotional needs, are met.” Counselors also tend to the Red Cross volunteers themselves. “We believe it’s important to provide mental health services to basic Red Cross workers,” Eliason said. “If they’re at a location where there’s been a large fire, for instance, that’s an emotional event not only for the people who are victims, but also for the Red Cross workers. “So now we’re doing follow-up with people who provide those (emergency response) services.” While maintaining confidentiality, Eliason said, he uses his Red Cross experiences to educate his students. “We can teach our students how to provide services such as ‘critical incident stress debriefing,’” he said. “We encourage our students to volunteer any way they can.” As he prepares for Wednesday’s breakfast, Eliason displays a true hero’s humility. “The award itself is about educating,” he emphasized. “It’s not really about the work that I do, but about passing on knowledge.”

Basic Ballet, Tuesdays, Oct. 21Nov.11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For teens and adults LBI - Laurel Room Karrie Roberts, Instructor $35 per student In this class, open to all skill levels, you will learn barre warm-ups, stretching, floor exercises, and will perform a short Thanksgiving themed number that we will all be thankful for. Registration Deadline Oct. 20 Give Thanks Coffeehouse & Showcase, Nov. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. $5 Suggested Donation Give thanks for another great year with us at The Phoenix Arts Center!

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Out & About: Pittsburgh Theatre & Dance emerging choreographers. Square None, the company’s first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naiveté. Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering. The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company-favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. Influenced by love and compassion, this abstract piece illuminates the importance of touch.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Saturday | October 11 | 8 p.m. Byham Theater Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s bold vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking work from the world’s most exciting,

Michael Clark Company Saturday | November 1 | 8 p.m. Byham Theater The rebellious sensibilities of British dance iconoclast Michael Clark have catapulted him to the forefront of innovative contemporary dance. Fusing extreme elements of classical and punk, Michael Clark’s technical rigor and unabashed experimentation consistently breaks new ground to provoke and electrify audiences. Michael Clark’s critically-acclaimed work come, been and gone features the music of 1970s rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Program contains partial nudity. Presented in partnership with the British Council.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in

the grey tie, plus lots of surprises! SPANK! takes place at the Byham Theater on October 17 and 18. All performances are at 8 p.m. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($35.50, $45.50) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930 or email Audience members can partake in pre-show drinks at the theater’s concession stands located in the lobby, including a specialty SPANK! cocktail (doors open at 7 p.m.) and, after the show, can pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself. For more information, visit

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets are on sale for the 2014–2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season. Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For tickets, 412-456-1390.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, performing at the Byham Theater on November 6 at 8 p.m. New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. Tickets start at $45.25 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at, by calling 412456-6666, or by visiting Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis will perform on December 16 at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center. Single tickets are on sale now. Tickets ($37.25 – $82.25) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

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Out & About: Pittsburgh Theatre & Dance The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets are on sale for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Tickets are available at, by calling 412456-6666, or at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930. 2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events include:

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The Capitol Steps November 2 | 4 p.m. Byham Theater Tickets start at $25 Cleverly putting the “mock” in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material.

Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will hold a Senior Art Exhibition through Oct. 24 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will display the artwork of senior art major Laura Shawver. Shawver’s exhibit will feature batik, ceramics, drawings, linoleum and woodblock prints, paintings and photography that she has created during her four years at Waynesburg University. Various works will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3274 for information.

The Intergalactic Nemesis Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm Byham Theater Tickets start at $25 A brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ handdrawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen.


A Christmas Carol Dec. 7, 7 p.m.Tickets $38, $34, $25 When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t have known that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been touring Charles Jones’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. Music for the Mission Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets $10 Local high school and community bands and choirs bring us an evening of entertainment to raise needed funds for City Mission. VFW Post 8453 Holiday Concert Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Admission free with a donation for the Food Bank or Toys for Tots. Get into the holiday spirit with the VFW Post 8453 Band concert featuring your favorite songs of the season.

WCCC Achieving the Dream Leader College 360 ALLSTARS November 8 | 8 p.m. Byham Theater Tickets start at $25 A breathtaking theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages. Royal Ballet of Cambodia Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm Byham Theater Tickets start at $25 Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.

Westmoreland County Community College has earned recertification as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. WCCC was one of 16 community colleges from across the country and among five in Pennsylvania to be recertified as Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. “We are excited to recognize your commitment to improving student success and equity, and demonstrating measurable gains on important student success metrics over a three-year period,” said Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream senior vice president. WCCC was cited for its performance in two measures for first-time, full-time degree-seeking students: increased success rates for developmental math students by more than 10 percentage points and increased completion rates of college-level math

students by 3.2 percent, both over three-year periods. “We are pleased to once again be recognized as an Achieving the Dream Leader College,” said WCCC President Tuesday Stanley. “Through our dedication to Achieving the Dream’s core principles – committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, systemic institutional improvement and equity – WCCC has increased student achievement and made student success central to our mission,” Stanley said. Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification to maintain Leader College status. WCCC was selected for participation in Achieving the Dream in 2006 and first earned the Leader College designation in 2011.

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At The Palace Theatre in Greensburg

Huey Lewis & The News Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Also Playing... Englebert Humperdink Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Break the Floor Productions Shaping Sound Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

Robin Trower Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

Don McLean Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Girls Night: The Musical Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Kenny Rogers Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. The Beach Boys Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Festival Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

River City Brass presents “American Heroes” Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Stage Right Fiddler on the Roof Nov. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. The Motown Experience Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Best of Jethro Tull (performed by Ian Anderson) Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

For tickets, call The Palace Theater 724-836-8000

Cal U Honored as Military Friendly School for 6th year For the sixth consecutive year, Victory Media has honored California University of Pennsylvania as a Military Friendly School, recognizing Cal U’s service and commitment to military service members, veterans and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are most responsive to the needs of veterans and the military community. “Cal U takes care of our student veterans and our active-duty service members,” says Capt. Robert Prah, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U. “It’s what we do.” Benefits information, scholarship opportunities, career advising and an active Veterans Club are just some of the services provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U. A dedicated military coordinator assists online students, and a First-Year Seminar specifically for veterans and service members eases the transition to campus life. Staff members in Cal U’s Office of Veterans Affairs know what vets and service members need, Prah adds. “We have been in their shoes, from inquiring and applying to Cal U through graduation and seeking employment. We are proud to serve as a resource for students, both on campus and online.” The Military Friendly Schools® website <> features the list of designated schools, plus interactive tools and search functions to help military students find the college or university that best meets their needs. Cal U is a GoArmyEd provider of online education for Army personnel and their families. For the past two years, Cal U has welcomed members of the active-duty military, reserve and National Guard as they strive to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. Now serving nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, California University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. For more information about California University of Pennsylvana, visit

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Theater Company LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE Oct. 16-18; 23-25; 30 & Nov. 1 No performance on Halloween A scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the humiliation of never carrying the right purse, traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, and the existential state of having nothing to wear. THE MIRACLE WORKER Nov. 6-9; 13-16; 20-22 Student Matinees: 11/13 & 11/19 Has there ever been a more inspirational and triumphant story than that of the relationship between Helen Keller, a child locked in a mysteriously silent and uncommunicative world, and the teacher, Anne Sullivan, who champions the intelligence and spirit of her young pupil? A TUNA CHRISTMAS Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 30 at 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 at 8 p.m. Sell-out audiences rave about this holiday favorite. Radio personalities, Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, report on the Yuletide activities of all the good folks in Tuna, Texas. PINKALICIOUS 1:30 p.m.: Oct. 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, Nov. 1 - More performances at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 & 19 Pink Cupcake Tea Parties: Oct. 11, 18 & 25 Pinkalicious loves all things PINK. What is a family to do when Pinkalicious eats too many pink cupcakes and develops a very rare case of Pinkititis?

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For Your Health ---B Bleeding & Hemophilia--Hemophilia is a rare inherited disorder caused by a lack of factors in the blood that help with clotting. Sudden abnormal bleeding may occur for no obvious reason, or after minor scrapes or bumps. The severity depends on the clotting factor present in the blood. Hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency) makes up about 85% of all cases of hemophilia. It affects males almost exclusively. Hemophilia B (factor IV deficiency), which also primarily affects males, makes up about 15% of cases. Hemophilia C (factor XI deficiency) affects both males and females and makes up less than 5% of total cases. Symptoms of hemophilia include: Unusual bruising or bleeding (mouth, nose or after injections) Blood in urine or stool Continual bleeding from minor scratches, scrapes or bumps Prolonged bleeding after surgery or tooth extraction Bleeding into joints (swelling, pain, limited movement of arm or leg, especially in younger children) Contact your doctor right away if you have these symptoms. For more information about hemophilia... ...ask your pharmacist!

New restaurant in historic Thompson House has Southern flavor Story by Dave Zuchowski With its new name of the Twelve Oaks Restaurant, you might not immediately guess the recently opened upscale restaurant in the Thompson House has a “Gone with the Wind” theme. But add to that clues like the Carpetbaggers Tavern and the Ashley Banquet Room downstairs and the Rhett Butler Study and the Magnolia private dining room on the second floor and, frankly, my dear, you’d have to be a feather-headed Yankee not to get the connection. Owners David and Susan Yurkovich started renovating the 21-room, 1906 Thompson House back in February of 2013 and their year and a half long labor of love opened in July of this year. With executive chef, Gregory Hager at the helm in the kitchen, the menu features American food with Southern influences and a buy-localand-fresh-whenever-possible mentality. Now living in nearby Pitt Gas, Hager was born in Cleveland and cut his culinary teeth with experience in British Columbia, Canada, and Seattle where he tutored under Master Chef, Frank Faber. He’s assisted in the kitchen by a phalanx of four others including sous chef, Seth French, whose experience includes a stint at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. Twelve Oaks’ bill of fare alludes to its Southern aspirations with dishes like Scarlett’s Chicken, Rhett’s Filet Mignon, Carpetbagger Pasta and Gulf

With a charm reminscent of the old South, Twelve Oaks Restaurant in Brownsville is a welcome addtion to the local culinary scene. Photo by Bill Rockwell.

Shrimp and Grits, but it also crosses over into other territory with selections like Lobster Mac and Cheese, Figs with Blue Cheese and Proscuitto and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. At the moment, the kitchen’s shining star is the Slow Braised Lamb Shank with a port wine reduction served atop garlic confit mashed potatoes, which has also proved to be the most popular dish on the menu. Patrons wanting a more casual setting can settle in at the Carpetbagger’s Tavern and dine on such favorite as the Mule Burger – a one-pound mix of ground beef and sausage served on a bun made fresh by Emma’s Bake

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Shopper of Carmichaels, another relative newcomer on the local culinary scene. “We hope that our goal of combining great food and service with warm hospitality prove a winning combination,” said Susan Yurkovich. “The restaurant has been my dream for a long time, and I’ve put my heart and soul into making it happen.” Open for lunch as well as dinner, Twelve Oaks also features a Sunday buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $23.95 per person or $12.95 for those twelve and under. (Senior citizens get a 10% discount). Upstairs, an elegant afternoon tea is available in the Bonnie Blue Tea Room, and patrons can peruse the antiques and other interesting merchandise in the onsite specialty shops. “We are thrilled to introduce Twelve Oaks Restaurant and Tavern to the community,” Susan Yurkovich said. “And we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for Brownsville, the Thompson House and its rich history with our guests.” Twelve Oaks Restaurant, 815 Water Street in Brownsville, is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and for brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Phone 724-785-3200. The menu is online at

A stately dining experience is standard fare at Twelve Oaks Restaurant. Photo by Bill Rockwell.

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Experience visual and performing arts at Seton Hill “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, October 10 & 11 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa, at 8 p.m. For more information, call 724-552-2929. Una Voce: the Chamber Choir of Seton Hill University will perform as part of the fall Pennsylvania American Choral Director’s Association Conference on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall in Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center. The concert features pieces by Bach, Mozart and others. The concert is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. Seton Hill’s organists will perform in a concert on October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Greensburg. FMI, 724-552-2900. Seton Hill University’s Harlan Gallery will present an exhibit showcasing the work of faculty from October 30-November 24. The reception will be held on October 30 from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free. Seton Hill University’s Music Program will present “Two Masses: Mozart and Schubert” November 9 at 5 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall in Seton Hill University’s PAC located at 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The concert features the choirs of Seton Hill performing two choral orchestral gems. The concert is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. Composition Students Concert November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall in Seton Hill University’s PAC located at 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. The concert is free. FMI, 724-5522900. “Tartuffe,” by Moliere, Nov.14-22 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre,

PAC, 100 Harrison Ave, Greensburg. Performances: November 14, 15, 20, 21, 22: 8 p.m.; November 16: 2 p.m. FMI, 724-552-2929. Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo will host a concert on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. This event is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. Seton Hill University will host a guitar ensemble concert on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. This event is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. An opera workshop concert will be held on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. This event is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. A musical theatre workshop will be held on November 22 at 2 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. FMI, 724-552-2900. Westmoreland Symphonic Winds will present a concert on November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall on the main floor of the Seton Hill University PAC in Greensburg. For tickets, call 724-552-2929. The Seton Hill University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert November 23 at 2 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. This event is free. FMI, 724-552-2900. A recital featuring Seton Hill University music students will be held on November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall at the PAC, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg. This event is free. FMI, 724-552-2900.

WCCC celebrates National Manufacturing Day To celebrate National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 3 and showcase manufacturing careers for women, WCCC's Advanced Technology Center conducted a program for female students who attend Central Westmoreland and Eastern Westmoreland career and technology centers. More than 70 students representing 12 school districts attended. Students participated in three 40-minute sessions selected from nine activities such as creating 3-D models, operatMore than 70 Westmoreland career and technology ing a burner management system used center female students spent national in gas heating systems, programming Manufacturing Day at the WCCC Advanced Technology Center learning about an Arduino (a computer that does simcareers in manufacturing for women. ple tasks) and cutting metal using the in manufacturing, wages and job availComputer Numerical Control ability, a typical day and the technical plasma cutter. skill requirements for today's manufacThe students also attended a panel turing jobs. discussion comprising women who At the conclusion of the program, one work in manufacturing including: senior from each CTC was selected Elizabeth "Binky" Sargent, managerfrom a drawing to receive a $100 materials analysis corporate technoloWCCC tuition scholarship to be used gy, and Lorrie Paul Crum, vice presiin 2015-16 donated by the college's dent, corporate relations, both of Educational Foundation. Kennametal Inc.; Jayne Huston, eRepresented high schools included Magnify director, Seton Hill Belle Vernon, Derry, Greater Latrobe, University; Mary Catherine Motchar, Frazier, Greensburg-Salem, Hempfield, president/owner, Arbor Industrial Ligonier, Mt. Pleasant, Norwin, Penn Supplies Inc.; Lori Albright, presiTrafford, Southmoreland and Yough. dent/owner, Stellar Precision The event was conducted by the Components, LTD; and Amanda White, college's ATC Academy for High human resources coordinator, School students and sponsored by Equipment and Controls Inc. The panlocal companies. elists addressed topics such as their career pathway, the qualities that women possess that make them excel

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Remembering the late, great Robin Williams By Chuck Brutz He was best known to some as a loveable alien named Mork. To others, he was a fast talking blue genie, an elderly British nanny, an unconventional doctor, or a Vietnam War era armed services radio disc jockey beloved by the troops. Robin Williams was loved by legions of fans. Though he is sadly no longer with us, his legacy lives on through the many roles he portrayed during his illustrious career. Williams landed his first break out role in the 1970s in the part of a loveable alien named Mork. According to an interview with Bravo’s Inside The Actor’s Studio, Williams said the idea for Mork and Mindy took shape after Happy Days creator Gary Marshall’s then eightyear-old son, a big fan of a then new hit film Star Wars, asked if an alien could visit the Happy Days gang in a future episode. Marshall liked the idea but finding the right actor wasn’t easy and the episode was almost scrapped. At the eleventh hour, Robin Williams landed the role. What was intended only to be a one episode character proved to so popular that in the fall of 1978, Williams and Mork got their own hit spin-off, which ran on ABC from 1978-1982. Williams’ transition from the small screen to the silver screen proved difficult at first. His first starring role as the title character in the live action cartoon movie Popeye wasn’t well received and the film bombed at the box office. His early to mid-1980s roles films such as The World According to Garp, The Survivors, Moscow on the Hudson, and Club Paradise drew mixed responses from audiences. But Williams struck box office gold with 1987s Good Morning, Vietnam. Set in 1965 during the Vietnam War, Williams played armed forces disc jockey Adrian Cronauer, a role for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Williams’s box office success continued with 1989s Dead Poet Society, which earned him a second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor, and 1991s The Fisher King. That same


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year, Williams starred as a grown up Peter Pan in Hook, beating out Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks and Kevin Kline for the role. A year later, Williams starred in one of his best loved and most well remembered roles, as the Genie in 1992s animated hit Aladdin. In 1993, Williams struck box office gold once again with the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire in which he portrayed a divorced, out work actor who masquerades as an elderly British nanny to spend more time with his children. The film was a huge hit and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, behind Jurassic Park. In 1997, Williams earned an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. In 2002, Williams gave us a glimpse into his dark side in two acclaimed roles, One Hour Photo and Insomnia. This holiday season we’ll once again see Williams in two roles he completed before his passing. Merry Friggin’ Christmas, due out Nov. 7 and Night at the Museum 3: Battle of the Smithsonian, in which Williams reprised his role as a wax museum President Teddy Roosevelt come to life. In 2015, Absolutely Anything will be released, where Williams provided the voice of Dennis the Dog. Thanks to the magic of DVDs, BluRays and Netflix, Williams’ legacy will live on.

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Local students to attend international symposium By Danette Levers This January, four local college students and their instructor will travel to Australia to take part in the Estill World Voice Symposium. The Symposium is an Estill Voice International event and is dedicated to teaching and learning about the Estill Voice Training method, used for both speech and singing. It focuses on how the voice works, how to create certain sounds and how to speak and sing healthily. Three of the California University students attending the Symposium are theater majors: Left to right: Jason Capello, Molly Malady, Sarah Martik & Clayton Rush. Clayton Rush, of Washington, Pa.; personal causes and life-events.” Sarah Martik, of Coal Center, Pa.; and Molly “We’re not looking for any one person to hand Malady, of Charleroi, Pa. us over $20,000,” Pagen said, adding, “every litFor Rush, Martik and Malady, the voice traintle bit counts.” ing method has obvious and practical uses in Pagen and her Academy staff are presenting at their studies and future careers. the Symposium. The students – Martik, Malady, “Before [Estill], any time I would sing, I Rush and Capello – were also asked to present always felt tickles or cracks or coughs,” says and lead a workshop that will be attended by all Malady. “Now that I’ve been studying this, I Symposium attendees. don’t get that at all. It just feels good to “So everyone there will be taking the worksing now.” shop that our kids will be giving, which is kind But the fourth student, Jason Capello, of of bizarre,” Pagen said. Lebanon, Pa., may not have a practical use for The instructor and her loyal students are voice training as an Environmental Studies understandably excited for the opportunity and major. Calling himself “the unorthodox one,” the experience. Capello says he sang in high school and realized Capello looks forward to adding it to his after his first college semester that he missed resume – even his environmental studies singing. Once in his Estill class, Capello began resume, saying he will “present it as ‘I held a to appreciate the science of the method. workshop at an international conference.’” Dr. Michele Pagen, of the Mon Valley Malady, who is graduating in May, says she Performing Arts Academy, is the students’ wants to have this experience while she still can. instructor and the department chair for the “Once I graduate and hopefully have a job out Department of Theatre and Dance at in the real world, I’m not going to be able to just California University. up and go somewhere anymore,” Malady said. Pagen and her four students are passionate Martik, who has been studying the voice about Estill and are all looking forward to the method for six years – the longest of the four Symposium in Australia in just a few months. students – and Pagen have both started working But anyone familiar with international travel toward Certified Master Teacher (CMT) status will know a trip like that could be pretty pricey in the voice training program. The rest of the – $5,000 per student, which will cover travel, students plan to begin working toward CMT accommodations, meals and Symposium classes status as well. and workshops. “We’re not asking for earth-shattering things,” “We’re going around to as many funding Pagen said of their GoFundMe goal. sources as we can because we understand it’s an “We’re just trying to get as much as we can.” expensive venture,” Pagen said. To help raise the funds to attend the symposium, the students have started a fundraiser through GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site that claims to be the world’s top “fundraising site for

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Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts What is the paranormal? When most people hear the word paranormal, they think of ghosts, spirits, and hauntings. The paranormal, though, encompasses much, much more. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines paranormal as “very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world.” Yes, most of what is shown on television does involve ghosts, but the paranormal also includes aliens, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), and cryptozoology. Aliens and UFOs are more commonly known aspects of the paranormal, while cryptozoology isn’t quite as widely known. Cryptozoology is the study of animals that may or may not exist. Cryptozoology does not study extinct animals, but rather animals that have yet to have their existence proven. Commonly known cryptids include the Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and the Thunderbird. Pennsylvania has had a lot of cryptid sightings but most don’t make the news. As recently as last month, there have been reports of Bigfoot being spotted in the state, most recently in Lehigh County. Sightings of the Thunderbird, or a thunderbird, have been reported as nearby as the Mon Valley. Most people know what Bigfoot reportedly looks like: a large, hairy ape-like man that lives in the woods. The Thunderbird, however, has been said to resemble a pterodactyl from the prehistoric era. A lot of cryptid sightings turn out to

be hoaxes, such as the jackalope, one of the more common cryptids. It has been discovered that creatures believed to be jackalopes

were just rabbits infected with a virus called the Shope papilloma virus, which resulted in growths that looked like tusks or antlers. A man named Rick Dyer toured the United States late last winter and early this year and claimed he had the carcass of a Sasquatch he dubbed Hank. Dyer later admitted to creating an elaborate hoax. This was not the first time he attempted to fool the public. Aliens and UFOs, on the other hand, are a seemingly more believable aspect of the paranormal. It would be very hard to believe that Earth is the only planet in the universe that has life, and any life not native to Earth would be considered alien. UFO sightings are

very common, and there is a local UFOlogist (a person that studies UFOs) native to southwestern Pennsylvania named Stan Gordon. A branch of the group MUFON, or the Mutual UFO Network, based out of Westmoreland County, investigates UFO sightings around the area. It’s important to note, however, UFO does not necessarily mean alien; it simply means unidentified flying object. One of the more widely known local UFO sightings happened in Kecksburg, PA, near Mt. Pleasant, on December 9, 1965. On that evening, a cone shaped object fell from the sky creating a blue smoke that quickly dissipated. People who witnessed this event claim the United States military quickly came in and roped the area off, allowing no one near the object. The official word now is that there was no object that fell. Others who saw the object said there was strange writing on it. It’s now widely believed that it was a Russian satellite that fell from orbit, which would explain the writing. This wasn’t the only sighting of a UFO in the area, and likely won’t be the last. In each edition, Reanna Roberts, cofounder of The Mon Valley Paranormal Research Society, will explore aspects of the paranormal, ghosts and hauntings. She welcomes your questions at

Could you have psychic abilities? Reanna interviewed Bev LaGorga, a medium and an author who just released her first book: We Don’t Talk About Those Kinds of Things: The Making of a Psychic. The book includes contributions from Ed Kelemen. Reanna asked Bev what she thought were signs a person might be a medium, and she responded with a battery of questions that when answered in the affirmative show someone might be

sensitive to the “other side.” Have you ever felt like you are being watched or someone standing behind you? Have you ever thought someone called your name but no one was around or everyone said “no” when you asked? Have you ever walked into a room or a location and felt uneasy? Have you ever had Deja Vu? Have you ever had a gut feeling

about something to later find out that your feeling was right? Did you answer yes to any of these questions? If so, you may have psychic abilities. Of course, there are many, many other signs that would need to exist for a person to be considered a medium or psychic. LaGorga’s book is available at her book signings and on

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Evil Genius Comics opens in new location in California Story by Dave Zuchowski Snuggled in a back area of the Jozart Center for the Arts in California, the Evil Genius Comic Book Store adds a new dimension to the non-profit’s mission of promoting the arts in the Mon Valley. Along one wall, the covers of around 125 newly published arrivals make a colorful floor-to-ceiling collage, an ever changing image that takes a new form every Wednesday with the arrival of 40 to 60 new releases. “I carry all the new Superhero books published mostly by Marvel and DC Batman, Superman, Spiderman, “ said owner Tom Vienek, who moved into Jozart on August 20 from a Third Street location in California. “But I also stock the independents’ releases in the comic, war, sci-fi, fantasy and slice of life genres.” Some of the books are appropriate for the young reader; others carry PG-13 or R ratings, but Vieneck doesn’t want to have anything to do with X-rated material. New issues come with a 20% discount off the market price, and while the inventory includes some older issues, he said there’s nothing super old in the store. “I once had a lot of old, expensive books, but liquidated my collection in my 20s while in college to pay for beer

and dates with girls,” Vienek said. In the business for six years, he started reading (and collecting) at the age of 11 while in the sixth grade. Now 39, he came by his most expensive item, an Amazing Fantasy #15 first appearance of Spiderman, when someone brought it into his first store in the Uniontown Mall and asked an amazingly low price for it. “Things like this don’t happen very often, and I now keep the book in a safe deposit box,” he said. “A high grade copy can get as much as $200,000, a mid-range one maybe $17,000 to $20,000.” Vienek said that just because something is old doesn’t make it worth a lot of money. Other factors like a character debut, books by certain prime writers and authors, first issues and low print runs, not to mention the condition of the book, are just as important. In addition to selling, he also buys books from collectors who drop into the store, but also from flea markets, yard sales, thrift shops, even antique stores.. “I’m definitely looking to buy comic books across the board,” he said. “I like the older ones but also accept post2000 books. And everything I buy doesn’t have to be expensive.” When looking for a name for his store, Vienek said he wanted it to be something different, something that

Genius seemed a likely fit. His new California location at the corner of Wood and Second Street seems perfectly centered among far-flung rivals in Morgantown, Washington (which has more of a gaming focus), West Mifflin and Pittsburgh. As to the current health of the comic book market, Vienek said that comic book properties (wearables, video games, cartoons and films) are becoming more popular than the books. “In the 1990s, some comic book print runs exceeded one million copies,” he said. “Now the highest sellers are getting a 100,000 to 200,000 print run. The recent Captain America film did positively influence sales but not as much as you might expect.” To supplement his comic book inventory, he also stocks related toys, figurative bobble heads and gaming cards, including Magic the Gathering. In the near future, he’s planning game tournaments once or twice a week. A schedule of upcoming events and other information can be found on Facebook. For more information, phone Owner Tom Vienek at his new location in Jozart 724-550-5839. Center for the Arts Evil Genius Comics is located at would stand out. He also tends to like 333 Second Street in California. villains like Doctor Doom, his personal favorite, more than the heroes. Evil

Russian Educators Visit WCCC

The Russian educators learn about the college’s baking lab from Judy Rogers, center, coordinator of culinary arts and hospitality programs and WCCC students.

Westmoreland County Community College hosted a visit by eight higher education officials from Russia Friday, September 26 as part of a professional exchange program to learn about WCCC’s role in workforce development in the region. Centered on the theme “Higher Education and Workforce Development in the U.S: Multifunctional Role of U.S. Community Colleges,” the program was developed to meet the immediate needs of the Russian academic community to promote technical and vocational education for economic development. The educators, who hailed from St. Petersburg Technical College and Tyumen State University among other higher education institutions in Russia, met with college administrators to learn

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about WCCC’s career and academic transfer programs. They also toured several classroom/laboratory facilities including the Center for Culinary Arts/Hospitality, radiology technology, diagnostic medical sonography, dental hygiene and the Advanced Technology Center. The exchange program was sponsored by U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy Moscow; administered by Meridian International Center and arranged locally by GlobalPittsburgh.

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Pennsylvania Bridges is a publication bridging communities in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. We feature profiles and...

Pennsylvania Bridges Fall 2014  

Pennsylvania Bridges is a publication bridging communities in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. We feature profiles and...