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Fun in the Sun I've written before in this space about some of the personal and professional challenges I've faced as a writer and publisher. The predicament facing me now, as I sit in my office on the afternoon of the 4th of July, is I find myself at a loss for words. What meaningful contribution can I add to the voices assembled in the pages of this edition? What can I say but that I am so blessed and grateful - to have such an eclectic group of writers share their talents in this publication? Early in my career, a former colleague told me “If you got content, you've got everything.” It is with no small amount of pride I can say we've got such terrific content this month that I've been referring to this edition as the Everything AND the Kitchen Sink Issue. Beginning on page 5, veteran and seasoned reporter Dave Zuchowski takes us on a tantalizing journey to family owned Salamone's Italian Market. It's an appetizing read that will leave you ravenous for more. Still hungry? Looking for a pick me up to perk you up? Flip to page 7, where freelancer Lauren Rearick talks with the proprietors of the Mon Valley's newest java and culinary destination, Perked Up Café in Charleroi. Simply turn the page, where we're delighted to feature an article by noted historian Christopher T. George about the Battle of Monongahela. Taking place on July 9, 1755, this battle “focused the world's attention” - as Chris notes in his piece - on our region. Only a couple of pages later, we're pleased to announce the return of The Entertainment Chuckwagon, where staff writer Chuck Brutz serves up a nostalgic tribute to the late, great Adam West, TV's Batman. Speaking of writers making repeat

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appearances, technology columnist Eric Worton is back this issue with Tips from TechBoxz, with a tongue in cheek commentary about a mobile game his wife can't stop playing. Staff writer Keren Lee Dreyer explores the full spectrum of the arts, with stories about a children's theater program and a local fine arts exhibit. Columnist and licensed aesthetician Tasha Oskey shares tips on how to prevent sunburn and sun damage. Managing Editor Fred Terling and contributor Stan Popovich tackle heavy hitting mental health topics, while columnist Reanna Roberts gives her take on the paranormal. Finally, if you're looking for a cool activity to enjoy on a hot summer day, we've got you covered, with an extensive list of things to do, people to see and places to go this season. As always, thank you for taking a break from your fun in the sun to peruse our pages. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Body in the Landscape of the Mind exhibit at 707 Penn Gallery...p. 11 Uniontown and Valley art clubs hold joint exhibition...p. 15 This Isn’t About You exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery...p. 16 Sometimes I Don’t Know How to Be in the World at Lantern...p. 26

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BIZ EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Professor presents at international conference...p. 3 STEAM Camp...p. 6 Tips from TechBoxz...p. 12 Cal U Alumni Awards...p. 14 Cal U SEEK Registration...p. 14 Yellow Jacket wins award...p. 16 Waynesburg professor appears in documentary film...p. 22 Summer Visitation Day...p. 23

BOOKS & LITERATURE Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Bentleyville Library...p. 30 California Library...p. 30 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 30 Citizens Library Events...p. 30 Donora Library Events...p. 31 Fredericktown Library...p. 31 Monessen Library...p. 31 Charleroi Library...p. 31 Monongahela Library...p. 31 Peters Township Library...p. 31 Rostraver Library...p. 31

STAGE & SCREEN The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Remembering Adam West...p. 10 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 14 On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 Washington Community Theater Kidz brings the ‘50s to their inaugural show...p. 25 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 26 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-28

Salamone’s Italian Market: A Malden Tradition...p. 5 Perked Up Cafe open in Charleroi...p. 7 African Library Project at California Library...p. 7 July 9 Battle of Monongahela brought attention to region...p. 8 Free Produce to People Distribution...p. 8 Eat Fresh! Listing of Local Farmer’s Markets...p. 16 Greater Washington County Food Bank Announcements...p. 21 Dogwood Hills Golf Course is a “must golf” course...p. 23 This Month in History...p. 24 Flea Market at The Oaks...p. 29



FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Editor’s Note: Our “Faith & Spirituality” column is on temporary hiatus and will be back soon. Thanks for your patience!

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Be Safe on the Open Road...p. 9 About Face with Tasha: Preventing Sun Damage...p. 17 Bridges Health Partners to improve patient care...p. 18 How to Plan a Wake...p. 19 Mental Health Spotlight with Fred Terling: Mental illness in teens and young adults...p. 21 Tips for Managing our Fearful Thoughts...p. 22

SPECIAL EVENTS Center in the Woods July events & daily offerings...p. 9 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-28

If this assortment of olives doesn’t make your mouth water, you should get your eyes examined! These and other fine foods available at family owned Salamone’s Italian Market. More details and history on page 5 of this edition. PHOTO COURTESY



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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Batchelder's presentation was titled “Festivals Crossing Borders: Influence of the Edinburgh Fringe on North American Fringe Festivals.” Her research encompassed nearly 20 years of field work in Edinburgh which included various interviews and archival recordings of Edinburgh Fringe venue managers and directors, in addition to numerous Edinburgh Fringe Society board meetings. “Since the conference was in the home of the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, my talk focused on how the first-ever Fringe festival has influenced other Fringe festivals that have sprung up around the

world,” said Batchelder. Batchelder also participated in a panel discussion titled “City to City: How the Arts Transform and Connect Communities.” Waynesburg University recently became a member of the AAAE, the only professional academic organization specifically devoted to educators who teach arts administration courses at the collegiate level. As a member, Waynesburg fine arts faculty and staff are able to collaborate with and learn from arts administration professionals from around the globe. Information gained from conferences and events will be incorporated into the arts administration curriculum at the University. “I expect my international work and academic experience at the conferences and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will help bring students in our program both knowledge and experiences they otherwise could not have,” said Batchelder.


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Salamone’s Italian Market - A Malden Road Landmark Story By Dave Zuchowski You’d have to be a pretty new arrival to southern Washington County not to know about Salamone’s Italian Market. The squat, yellow brick building along Route 40 in Malden has been around since it opened in 1952. If my math is right, that makes it going on 66 years since Frank Salamone, with financial support from his father and mother, Sam and Anna, decided to take his truck huckstering enterprise to a higher level. “Frankie started huckstering by truck selling cheeses, salami, olive oil and home made ricotta before he opened the store,” said his brother Tony, who joined the enterprise full time in 1971 but helped out even before while attending college. According to Tony, his brother worked full time in the Vesta 5 Mine, the same one their father retired from, then sold Italian products by truck in places as far flung as Point Marion, Carmichaels, Clarksville and Monessen. Long time Salamone’s customer, Franco Gargon of Newell, remembers Frank’s visits while he was just a youngster. Gargon said his grandfather made all sorts of Italian goodies such as soppressata, Provolone, prosciutto and mortadella, but when he got too old to continue, they were lucky to have Frank supply these items by delivery truck “Frank was a cavallo (workhorse),” he said. “He’d put a full shift in the mine, then start out on his truck route. But I had a feeling he wouldn’t huckster for

long because he had higher aspirations.” Right he was. Salamone’s opened in 1952 and, originally almost all the customers were of Italian descent. “The early years were tough,” Tony said. “Things really didn’t get much better until the 1970s. But even after the store opened, Frankie delivered things to people who couldn’t get to the store.” In 1978, the Fredericktown residents added a second section to the building which doubled its size. Even so, Tony said the original concept hasn’t changed much over the years, although they sell a lot more sandwiches now than before. And one of the reasons why Wal-Mart, which lies just down the road, hasn’t been much of a competitor is because the store carries specialty items their rival doesn’t. Check the shelves of the market and you’ll find pesto, sun dried tomatoes, dried porcini mushrooms lupini beans,

cooking wines, balsamic vinegars and arborio rice displayed next to, of all things, red and black quinoa and soba and lo mein noodles. And oh the pastas. Tony said his mother was a good cook but made especially good pastas. When he came home from school, he said he’d sometimes find half the house covered with drying pasta. The tradition continues at Salamone’s, at least in boxed pasta varieties, where you can find rarer shapes like pappardelle, fusilli, radiatori and orichietti. There’s even gluten free pasta made from chickpeas and kluski for those with an East European palate. But it’s the market’s deli that’s most locally renowned. People regularly step in for home made meatball hoagies as well as its popular Italian sausage, steak and cheese and Italian pork butt sandwiches. The deli cases hold an estimated different 50 cheeses as well as a wide variety of quality brand lunch meats including slab bacon. Other coolers hold quarts of marinara and meat sauce, Italian wedding soup, frozen pizza dough and tiramisu. House made items include an olive mix, a variety of salads, including linguini salad, pasta dishes (but not the pastas) and soups. Frank and his mother worked the store since it first opened until Anna passed in 2005 and Frank in 2010. Currently Tony is managing the 66 year-old family-run operation with help from his daughter, also named Anna, and part time employees. As to the future, Tony hopes Anna will carry on after he retires, taking Salamone’s into the next generation and giving local lovers of Italian food and food products a place nearby to shop and enjoy treats hard to come by in the area. Salamone’s, located at 568 Route 40 in Malden, a few miles west of Brownsville, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily except on Saturday when the store closes at 3:15 p.m. Closed Sundays. Phone 724-785-5070. Photos: (top) Frank Salamone during World War II (bottom) The interior of Salamone’s Italian Market on Malden. Photos courtesy of Anna Salamone.

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Waynesburg U to host STEAM Camp July 16-20 Waynesburg University will host a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Camp Sunday, July 16, through Thursday, July 20. The camp will be sponsored by Chevron and the Chevron Community Fund through the Community Foundation of Fayette County. All students will participate in an Engineering and Technology session and a Science on Social Media session, in addition to choosing a third session from the following offerings: Acute Injury Care or Chemistry -

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Mon Valley’s Perked Up Café serves up fresh brewed happiness Story by Lauren Rearick A husband and wife are hoping to share a cup of cheer and caffeine with the local community following the opening of their new café. Perked Up Café located at 532 McKean Ave in Charleroi opened its doors on June 2, and owners Casey Clark along with her husband, Eric are happy to share their vision for an eclectic and artsy cafe with locals. Their vision for an artsy, welcoming coffee café was a year in the making, with extensive renovations and construction proceeding the opening. The cafe is located next door to the Clark's art studio, Off the Wall Arts, which opened in 2013. The couple purchased this neighboring property as means to make more space for the growing art studio and to bring their vision of a “fast, neighborhood” coffee shop to life. “We wanted to open something fun and also a place that was like “Cheers” where you could walk in and everyone would know your name,” Casey Clark said. “We've decorated with vintage, fun, eclectic and antique items to make for just a really cool atmosphere.” As a lifelong coffee fan and frequent coffee shop visitor, Clark explains that Perked Up is a culmination of all the things she loved and enjoyed from her visits to other shops and cafés. In order to make the space their own, Clark lined the walls of Perked Up Café with pieces and artwork from Off the Wall Arts, along with decorative items that customers bring in and antiques and art that the couple has found. Currently, customers can expect to see a chandelier and various versions of coffee-themed artwork lining the walls. Although, according to Clark she is constantly changing the decor and receiving new

pieces from customers, so visitors can expect to notice something new each time they visit. Along with fresh brewed coffee, Perked Up Café offers sandwiches and desert items. Clark hopes their food and drink offerings can help the café serve as a place where locals can stop by on their lunch break or as a place to unwind and take in local talent. From chicken salad sandwiches to caramel macchiatos, there's a lot that Perked Up Café has to offer to first time visitors and their local neighbors. All of the items offered in the shop, including

the coffee, bread and produce, come from neighboring businesses and locally-based operations. “Community is everything to us,” Clark said. “We'd be nothing without them and it's absolutely purposeful that we work with them.” In the future, Clark plans to further highlight local businesses with a sandwich of the week created by a business or community member, along with further events and special offerings that have yet to be revealed. For now, Clark is happy to revel in the support of the community, noting that she along with her café coworkers are overwhelmed and humbled by the response of their community. “We've received more thank you's and a larger response than we ever anticipated,” she said. “It's been so heartwarming to receive the support and encouragement of the community.” Photos: (top) Friendly service is always on the menu (bottom middle) Fresh baked cinnamon rolls are a Friday staple (bottom left) Cool off on a hot day with a red, white & blue lemonade

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The defeat of British General Edward Braddock and his army of 2,100 British and colonial militia at the Battle of Monongahela in present-day Braddock, Pennsylvania had major consequences for the future of North America. The battle of July 9, 1755 proved a disaster for the British, as some 200 French troops and Canadian militia along with 600 Indian warriors overwhelmed Braddock's army-a result of the Indians' superiority in wilderness warfare and the British commander's overconfidence. Braddock's Expedition Monongahela occurred after the British marched around 200 miles from northern Virginia in a two-month-long trek. Their intent was to capture Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) and other French-held forts and trading posts in Ohio territory controlled from Frenchheld Canada. The battle has a special significance that is not widely perceived. Its importance isn't just that the British were badly mauled and Braddock mortally wounded (he died days later and was buried at an unmarked location). Nor even that 23-year-old Virginian Colonel George Washington served as a

volunteer aide to Braddock-although the experience that the future first U.S. president gained helped make him the commanding general who led the Americans to victory at Yorktown 26 years later. No. The significance of what happened east of present-day Pittsburgh is that it was part of a world war and a critical moment in the struggle for North America. Braddock's defeat sharpened British resolve to finally expel the French from the continent. Monongahela led directly to the British capture of Quebec five years later and the end of French control of Canada. When people think of a “world war” they think of the two ruinous wars last century in which countless people perished, including so many brave Americans. However, the global struggle of the British and French throughout much of the 18th century, culminating with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, was essentially a world war, even if mostly on a lesser scale that the titanic struggles of the 20th century. The French and Indian War and the American Revolution The battle 10 miles east of Pittsburgh kicked off what we know today here in the United States as the French and Indian War (1755-1759). But elsewhere in the world what happened here is seen as

part of the Seven Years War from 1755 to 1763 that involved a number of European nations allied to either France or Britain. Ask yourself, why did the French side with the patriots in the Revolution? Was it was out of the goodness of their hearts, or a belief in the democratic ideals of the young United States? Hardly: the War for Independence began in 1776 almost 23 years before the French people overthrew their monarchy following the storming of the Bastille in June 1789. In the late 1770's, King Louis XVI still ruled France. The French, encouraged by the October 1777 U.S. victory at Saratoga in upper New York State, realized that the patriotic cause might succeed. They saw the advantage of joining with the Americans and so gaining a measure of revenge for their loss of Canada. The Truth About Monongahela While some may dismiss the bloody battle on the wooded hillside above the waters of the Monongahela as a wilderness skirmish, Braddock's defeat had major consequences. The British general had tarried in Virginia before leaving on the expedition. As Fort Duquesne came within his grasp, he hurried ahead with only part of his troops. Some writers have characterized what happened to Braddock as an “ambush.” Others claim the battle came about because of a surprise encounter between the opposing forces. But, given the weeks it took Braddock to get from Alexandria to the Monongahela, it's likely that the French and Indians were well aware that the British were on the way. Braddock and his army might as well have banged a big drum to let the French know they were coming! Sources: “Battle of Monongahela” and “Braddock's Expedition” on Wikipedia. Christopher T. George is a Baltimorebased historian. Last year, he and coauthor John McCavitt published The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 (Oklahoma University Press). Photos: (top middle) Two-cent stamp commemorating George Washington's role in the battle, issued in time for the 1932 bicentennial of his birth (bottom left) Mortal wounding of British General Braddock, a 19th century engraving.

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Center in the Woods July 2017 Activities The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. Daily activities include: Mondays: Piano lessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 to schedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Mon Valley Hospital Lab Services

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724-938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report to the Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

Uniontown Library Author Series: 7/29 at 4 p.m. Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. These events are free and open to the public. Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library's main desk before each author's visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Refreshments will be offered by sponsoring businesses or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author's featured book in a free raffle! July’s speaker is USA Today best-sell-

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Remembering Adam West, TV’s Batman Story by Chuck Brutz “Don't mind Burt, he's just ticklish.” Riddle me this. Why am I starting off a tribute article to Adam West with an anecdote about a fellow named Burt being ticklish? What could possibly be the meaning you ask, Chief O'Hara? As you probably know, Adam West, he prolific actor best known for his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the classic 1966-1968 “Batman” TV Series, sadly passed away at the age 88, on June 9. Robin, you and the readers buckle your Batmobile bat belts, and all shall be revealed sooner than the same bat time, same bat channel. First let me address that while this tribute article may seem cheekier then one of Egghead's criminal egg puns, it's actually meant to be a tribute to the late, great Mr. West. Mr. West always possessed a terrific, if sometimes off the wall sense of humor, so this cheeky tone isn't meant be insulting, but instead to present a quirky tribute to Adam West. I loved Adam West, from my childhood, to adultness, and I even got to meet him once in 2015. I attended the Steel City Con in Monroeville, where among the celebrity guests were Mr. West, Burt Ward, who played Robin/Bruce Wayne's youthful ward Dick Grayson, and Julie Newmar, also known in Batman's rogues gallery of villains, as that feline femme fatale, Catwoman. Now Batman had always been and still

is my favorite superhero, and that I owe to Mr. West. Even before Michael Keaton, as a young lad growing up in the mid 1980's, aside from Saturday morning cartoons, my first introduction to Batman was through reruns of the classic 1960's TV show. Everyday through the power of reruns broadcast on channel 22, then know as WPTT, Pittsburgh's 22, I looked forward to daily viewings of Batman. The bright colors and the comic book look of the show enticed me. I remember 20 minutes into part one of the first of a two part episode, thinking, “Uh-oh…The Riddler, Mr. Freeze or Joker would lure Batman and Robin into a death trap, and would they be able to escape?” I totally bought it, but you must remember I was 7 years old at the time. The next day, I excitedly tuned in for the conclusion, bad news if part one aired on a Friday. Gadzooks! Waiting the whole weekend to find out what happened next? What was a lad under 10 to do? Fast forward to 2015, Pittsburgh Comicon. Seeing Mr. West and Mr.

Ward doing the Q&A for attendees of the Con was indeed a thrill. It was really them, in the flesh, in the same room as me! Holy fanboy excitement, Batman! When it was time to have a photo snapped with them, I was positioned behind Mr. West, Mr. Ward, and Ms. Newmar, and we were posed like kids on school picture day. I put hands on the dynamic duo's shoulders, to which Burt Ward, aggravated, replied “No touching, please!” I remember thinking “Oh, crap, this is probably the only time I'll ever meet and get a photo with these individuals, and I just ticked off Robin the Boy Wonder.” As if perhaps sensing my excitement had now turned to nervousness and unease, Adam West replied with good natured humor, “Don't mind Burt, he's just ticklish.” His words took away my nervousness and excitement once again returned for that once in a life time experience. I loved Adam West even more for that, he was so cool. As I bring my remarks to a close, let me say it almost felt that when Adam West died, so did a part of my childhood. Getting older, you sometimes find parts of your childhood sadly leave you, only to become memories. Watching the “Batman” TV Show now on Blu-Ray takes me back to a simpler era in my life, when things were care free and not so complicated, an era I miss. So, with a 21 can of Shark Repellent Bat Spray salute, I say rest in peace, Mr. West, you provided us with many fond memories that I still hold dear. Photo: (top) Staff Writer Chuck Brutz with Ward, West & Newmar.

California Area Soccer Association announces sign up days & times Sign up for Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018 youth soccer with CASA. CASA will have in-person sign-ups as follows: Sunday, July 16 (2-4 pm) at DQ Tuesday, July 18 (6-8 pm) at Spuds You may print the form(s) and bring them to the sign-ups if that is convenient for you. However, if you are unable to make the in-person sign-ups, PLEASE be sure to return the completed forms to Brett Vanderlaan by July 21. We NEED to know interest and numbers by July 21,


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Body in the Landscape of the Mind exhibit on display at 707 Penn Gallery Body in the Landscape of the Mind, work by Angela Biederman, will be on view Friday, July 7 through Sunday, August 27, at 707 Penn Gallery, located at 707 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The opening of this exhibit will coincide with the quarterly Gallery Crawl, and an opening reception will be held on Friday, July 7 from 5:30-10 p.m. A talk with the artist will also be held on July 28 at 6 p.m. The works in Body in the Landscape of the Mind resulted from two objectives bound by one cohesive goal. Biederman's first objective was to make ceramic sculptures that referenced the body by abstracting and merging components such as appendages, organs and bones. Her second objective was to turn the mind and its thoughts into tangible art objects that resembled a landscape in which these body forms existed. “Thoughts about the body resided in my mind, which came to be their environment, and resulted in depicting the body in the landscape of the mind. In perceiving the mind like a landscape, the natural world guided these manifestations, because growth, decay and regeneration are inherent qualities of both. Some forms, colors, and textures mimic those found in nature, and some materials were repurposed from my environment, appropriated, altered, and renewed, just as our thoughts often are or can be,” Biederman explains. “Together, these objects became a hybridization of personal and natural landscapes, and depict the internal and external self.” Regarding further influences of work, Biederman also shares, “when I traverse

the landscape, I am engaged in my environment, and simultaneously have the freedom to let musings enter, remain and develop in my mind. The features in the landscape correlate to these encounters and abandonments, and the unpredictable discoveries found in both nature and thought arouse curiosity, astonishment and a sense of calm in me. It is this same experience that I undergo when making art, and attempt to ultimately uphold in final form.” Angela Biederman is a sculptural artist whose primary medium is clay. The natural world has always been the principle influence of her work, and it is often used to also recognize personal and human endeavors such as growth, rela-


tionships, and existence. Angela earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. She maintained a small, personal studio in Milwaukee for over four years before beginning her graduate studied in the ceramics department at Kent State University in the fall of 2014. Before earning her MFA in May of 2016, she taught ceramics at Kent State, and was the Curatorial Assistant in the School of Art Galleries. She has exhibited nationally at NCECA's Providence and Philadelphia conferences, locally where she resides in Pittsburgh, and regionally in Kent, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee, and the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit 707 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 707 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sun. from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please





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Tips from Tech Boxz: A mobile app for designers By Eric J. Worton Folks, my wife needs an intervention. I'd ask her friends but they're a bunch of enablers. After a couple months away during which I was busy remodeling our new house, I'm back to talk about the latest and greatest in technology. Originally, I planned to use this space to discuss the latest changes and (arguable) advances in my favorite mobile game, Pokemon GO, but recent events have shifted my focus. Every morning for the past month, I've awakened to the sight of my wife, her eyes glazed over and glued to a tiny screen, her fingers tap, tap, tapping away. I bring her coffee and she barely acknowledges me, aside from a brief “thank you” that rings hollow as her attention is clearly elsewhere. At first, I feared she'd caught the Internet gambling bug and was squandering our vast and invisible fortune on slots or Texas Hold 'Em. Then, I wondered if after three years of marriage, the bloom was off the rose, and she was swiping left and right, seeking to replace me with some other suitor. What I discovered, fortunately, was far less insidious. My wife - and a passel of her friends, judging by the fact they now have what amounts to a Facebook support group is playing Design Home, a mobile game for both the iPhone and Android. What is Design Home? Basically, it's a game in which you place electronic replicas of furniture (that actually exists in the real world) in tiny rooms. Once you complete a design, you submit it to a group of faceless voters who rate your room against other, competing designs. The room that gets the most votes gets the highest score. Designs that receive a score of 4.0 or higher entitle the player to free (virtual) furniture. Scores of 5.0 earn diamonds that can be redeemed for more furniture and keys to unlock new room challenges and thus the vicious circle is complete. All kidding aside, my wife claims it has a therapeutic effect, and recommends it for those who are looking for a diversion to pass the time. Like many

other mobile games that come to mind think Pokemon GO - it has a repetitious quality. There's no clear path to winning the game, only to advancing in level. With higher rank comes prestige and wait for it - more furniture and diamonds and keys, oh my! What sets Design Home apart from other games like it is it allows players to exercise both their creativity and their budgeting skills. All of the virtual items are pricey compared to their real world counterparts, and certain challenges require specific types of items, some of which can set the designer back hundreds and thousands of (virtual) dollars. Unless players want to part with cold, hard, actual cash - and I don't recommend sliding down this slippery slope they have to deliberate carefully when choosing which items to use in their designs, especially considering they can only use each item five times before they have to “buy” it again. My final assessment is Design Home seems like a worthwhile way to pass the time on a hot, summer day, an opinion with which my wife heartily concurs. Check it out in the iPhone's App Store or on your Android device.

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PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Smith '94, '05, the Professional Excellence Award; Leslie Fleenor '08, director of Cal U Alumni Relations; Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones '72, '80; Joe Lutz ´68, the John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service; and Gene Steratore ´88, the Michael Duda Award for Athletic Achievement). Absent from photograph-Kimberly Snyder '84, the Meritorious Award; Dr. Diane Nettles '73, the C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award; and U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Spencer Lynn ´14, ´15, the Young Alumni Award.

Registration open for Cal U SEEK kids program Registration is open for SEEK, Cal U's annual Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids program. Classes will be held July 10-14 and July 24-28 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. Children will be placed in age-appropriate groups based on grade level. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. daily on the Cal U campus in California, Pa. Since it was founded in 2000, the award-winning summer program has provided children with learning experiences that are entertaining, yet academically challenging. The curriculum is tailored to specific age groups and encourages all participants to reach their maxi-


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July 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at 2:30 p.m. The California University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association presented its 2017 Awards of Distinction at a luncheon on June 3 in the north wing of the Convocation Center. California University has approximately 54,000 living alumni. The awards, presented annually since 1967, recognize service to the university and professional accomplishments by members of that group. Photo: (from left to right) Alan James '62, the Pavlak/Shutsy Special Service Award; Mark Camillo '76, the W.S. Jackman Award of Distinction; Greg

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Uniontown & Valley art clubs join forces for “Creative Alliance” exhibit Story by Keren Lee Dreyer The Uniontown Art Club and Valley Art Club, Monessen, have artfully joined forces for their “Creative Alliance” Members Exhibition, going on through September 3, 2017 at the Frank L. Melega Art Museum at 69 Market Street in Brownsville, PA. Angel Zueger, board member of Uniontown Art Club, Secretary of the Valley Art Club, and recent new member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, recounts the show's genesis, when Director of Frank L. Melega Art Museum, Patrick Dougherty, was judging a Valley Art Club show, and “invited both clubs to the museum for a show.” “Creative Alliance” features original blacksmith, woodwork, pottery, watercolors, photography, and more by Uniontown Art Club members, while works in paintings and drawing by Valley Art Club members round out the exhibition. In the spirit of community involvement in the arts, fostered by free parking and admission, “Attendees get to vote for a People's Choice Award (during the exhibition), to be announced the last day of the show, Sunday, September 3,” Dougherty said. Community members seeking creative outlets will find a welcome place in Uniontown Art Club or Valley art club. As Zueger said, “These art clubs are very unique and open to new members interested in joining. They are nice people who enjoy art like you do. We give each other encouragement to continue and do better.” The June 3 Creative Alliance opening was a success, with strong attendance by artists' families and other patrons. However, Zueger notes, many community members have yet to visit the Melega Museum, which opened in 1999. With local artists both exhibiting and selling their creations, the exhibition is a prime opportunity for the community to enjoy the arts, admire Melega's historic work in coal and coke depictions, and perhaps bring home a favorite work by a local artist. “This is a good way to hook up with people who love artwork,” Zueger said,

adding that patrons may also contact individual artists for a more personalized or custom version of their work. Mon Valley Art History Intersects Frank L. Melega began his artistic career as a sign painter, and went on to own the shop before branching into creative arts. While a replica of his shop is on display at the Melega museum, along with many of his works depicting the area's coal and coke industry, his most visible work, “Spirit of Service,” is installed in the Eberly Campus Building at Penn State's Fayette location. According to Daugherty, the “Spirit of Service” mural, one of southwest Pennsylvania's largest at 12' x 42', was commissioned by Orville Eberly and displayed in the 2nd National Bank of Uniontown (owned by Eberly and originally purchased from the Mellon family in 1953). Once the bank was sold to Pennbank Corporation 30 years later, the mural was moved to the Eberly Campus Building which, though sharing the family title, is named after Orville's son and education philanthropist, Robert Eberly - a name familiar on many Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Campuses. Melega, a former Uniontown Arts Club president from 1943 - 45, continued involvement in the Mon Valley arts scene into his later years. According to the Melega Museum's web site, a 1996 Daugherty art exhibition, “Coal, Coke, and Art” at Penn State's Fayette campus lead to a meeting between Daugherty, Melega and his son, Frank R., and close family friend, Norma Ryan. From that show's success, the group organized a one - man show of Melega's work, which was exhibited at the Flatiron Building in Brownsville.


Although Frank L. Melega passed on in 1997, the Flatiron exhibition inspired Daugherty, Ryan, and Frank R. Melega, to found the Frank L. Melega Museum of Art as a permanent location for Melega's prolific works. The Brownsville Area Redevelopment Corporation (BARC) provided space and other necessities, while a grant from the Eberly Foundation helped bring the dream to fruition in 1999. Art Clubs Prepare for Historic Anniversaries The Valley Art Club will celebrate over seven decades of operation with its 75th Anniversary Art Exhibit at the Monessen Library, Zueger said. An opening reception on September 24 will include live music, refreshments and, importantly, a chance to meet the artists. Included in the exhibit will be Francine Herent Miceli's “Survivors and Supporters,” which in 2015 won Best Valley Scene during Valley Art Club's annual exhibition. Uniontown Art Club heads for the hills for its 90th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by the historic Summit Inn in Uniontown. Dinner, dancing, music, Chinese auction, and more will greet patrons of the event, which happens on August 20, 2017. For information on upcoming shows and events, including how to purchase tickets, visit:

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The Uniontown Art Club presents our third season of “Art at the Summit.” Located at and sponsored by the Summit Inn on Route 40 East of Uniontown, this arts and fine craft show and sale will be held: SATURDAY, JULY 8 - 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 9 - 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 22 - 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. SUNDAY, OCT. 23 - 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. The local and talented artists of the Uniontown Art Club will give you a great selection of beautifully hand crafted fine art and fine crafts to view and purchase, including: Paintings (oil, acrylic & water colors), Pottery and ceramics, Sculptures, Blacksmithing, Photography, Fused Glass, Jewelry, and much more. You willl love what you see! All items are for sale. Admission is free! FMI:


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Thursdays 3pm - 6pm, May - October 412 - 392 - 2069 - - 139 S Main Street, Washington - The Main Street Farmers Market features area vendors offering locally grown produce (both organic and local farm - grown), meats, eggs, dairy products, prepared foods like fresh - baked bread, pastas, salsas, live entertainment, and much more. Simmons Farm On - Farm Market Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm - Phone: 724 - 941 - 1490 - 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray - You can't get more farm - to - table than visiting the farm! Simmons Farm has fresh vegetables and fruits, hanging baskets, fresh flowers, preserves, and much more. Trax Farms - Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm, Sunday 12pm - 6pm - 412 - 835 - 3246 - - 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville - For over 148 years, Trax Farms has been a Western Pennsylvania staple for fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, flowers, and more. Stop by their retail market and garden shop, and make sure you try some of their apple cider. Washington Crown Center Farmers Market - Daily 12pm - sellout, June 17 through October - 724 - 225 - 1838 1500 W. Chestnut St, Washington Every day, fresh produce from local

Waynesburg University's student - run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, recently won the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence Award for In - Depth Reporting, Small School Division. The award represents the newspaper's first national - level win. “Winning a national award for this series, which was the work of four students over the course of an entire calendar year, not only is incredible for these students and is validation of their incredible talent, but is also a reminder to the rest of The Yellow Jacket and other students in the department that hard work really does pay off,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and faculty advisor for The Yellow Jacket. Waynesburg University was only one of two Pennsylvania universities to earn a national award in any of the newspaper categories. The entry was a five - story series on the heroin epidemic written by Kimmi Baston, Anthony Conn, Teghan

Simonton and Mattie Winowitch, and it was one of four first - place region awards received by The Yellow Jack in April, all of which were sent on to be judged nationally against the 11 other SPJ regions. “Any time our students' work is recognized is exciting, but to be judged the very best in the entire country is phenomenal,” said Szuminsky. “It's hard to put too fine a point on this, but these four students wrote a series of articles that beat out every student journalist at every college and university with 10,000 students or fewer.”

“This Isn’t About You” open at 709 Penn Gallery This Isn't About You, work by Natasha Neira, will be on display from July 7 through August 27 at 709 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. The exhibit will open during the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on July 7, and an artist talk will be held July 21 at 7 p.m. in the gallery. Sliding scale donations from this exhibit will benefit the artist. This Isn't About You turns patrons into voyeurs by encouraging them to sift through belongings in a stranger's bedroom. Using the microcosm of one's first bedroom as a young adult, the piece reflects upon those first steps into the realm of independent adulthood. The work dramatizes personal experience, and playfully toys with the notion of artist reliability. Materials in the room are obnoxiously effeminate and reappropriated to showcase liminal areas of the past and present, reality and fiction. The work is intended to inspire patrons to consider the risks in fawning over nostalgia and sentimentality. Natasha Neira writes and makes art in

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About Face with Tasha: Sunburn Treatment & Sunless Tanner Application Story by Tasha Oskey Most of us have experienced this before, either when we were younger or more recently. Too much time spent in the sun, resulting in a bad sunburn. With all the warnings about the dangers of the sun and with skin cancer being on the rise, people still don't sufficiently protect themselves. What is the proper way to treat a sunburn and what are the long term ramifications of getting a sunburn? I will answer these questions and I will also present a safer alternative to tanning in the sun by using a sunless tanner. Not to be a Debbie Downer because one of the great things about summer is being outside in the sun. However, the best way to deal with a sunburn is to not get one in the first place! For some people getting a sunburn is inevitable so here are the best ways to treat it. First, for some fast relief from a sunburn, use cool compresses all over the sunburned skin. It's also good to take a cool shower or bath. With a bath you can add one of the following, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, lavender, chamomile oil, and baking soda to the cool bathwater. These ingredients will help to soothe the sunburn while minimizing redness, itchiness, and overall discomfort. After taking a cool bath, it is essential to put on aloe vera lotion. Aloe can help reduce peeling. Using an antioxidant such as vitamin E in either an oil form or as a supplement can help with inflammation. After a bad sunburn your skin is seriously dehydrated so it is critical to drink lots of water. If your skin starts to blister and you are having chills or even vomiting it could be sun poisoning. You should now seek medical attention. Sunburns come and go but the lasting effects will show up on the skin for years to come in the forms of sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, premature

aging, skin tags and moles, and even skin cancer. Most of the damaging sunburns happen when your younger so it is important to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen regularly and avoid being in the sun for long periods of time. Unless you have alabaster or porcelain skin, most of us look better with a sun kissed glow so instead of baking in the sun or using a tanning bed, try a sunless tanner. Sunless tanners have come a long way from the days of being streaky and looking orange. Sunless tanners can get a bad rapt because some people don't know how they work or how to use them properly. Most sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a color additive that reacts with the cells on the surface of the skin to darken and create a tan. This tan lasts for a few days. Before you apply any type of sunless tanner you must exfoliate the skin. I like to use a washcloth with an exfoliating scrub. There are other ways to exfoliate such as using a loofah or dry brush. It is important to concentrate on the thicker areas of skin like elbows, knees, and ankles where there is more build up. Exfoliating the skin first is to ensure the sunless tanner goes on more evenly all over. Make sure skin is totally dry

before you apply any sunless tanner and apply it in sections by massaging it in circular motions. Go lightly over the back of hands, elbows and knees. Sunless tanners come in many forms but my personal favorite is St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse. It gives a nice natural color and blends evenly. I also recommend using gloves or a mitt to apply the sunless tanner to avoid staining your palms. After the application give your skin 10 minutes to dry before getting dressed. It is best to avoid any activity that would cause you to sweat. Getting a spray tan from a professional is also an option if you don't want to apply it yourself. Lastly, if you don't want the commitment of a sunless tanner, try a liquid bronzer. Getting a tan is not worth the serious risks of a sunburn. If a tan is what you want but you acknowledge the dangers of the sun, then try a sunless tanner and you might be pleasantly surprised with the results. About Face with Tasha is a new, regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey isa Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email us at and we’ll pass it on to her.

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Chicago July 28 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. July 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. THIS SHOW IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.

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Bridges Health Partners to Improve Patient Care, Quality and Costs Four independent, non - profit health system partners - Butler Health System, Excela Health System, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Health System - today announced the launch of a new model of healthcare delivery that promises higher quality of patient care at a lower cost. Called Bridges Health Partners, the initiative reflects the formation of a clinically integrated network of providers in support of population health management, a growing national trend in recent years where healthcare delivery systems, community - based organizations and many other entities work together to improve health outcomes in the communities they serve. Bridges Health Partners is a strategic response to healthcare reform and transition of reimbursement models by Federal, State and managed care payers, which encourage healthcare providers to maintain patients' overall good health. Bridges Health Partners is a physician governed network of aligned community providers focused on patient experience, efficiency, quality, and outcomes improvement. This effort supports mov-

ing away from individual, fee - for service medicine, believed to be a contributing factor in rising healthcare costs. Within this new collaboration, inpatient, ambulatory, at - home and nursing home care provided by health practitioners and affiliates of Bridges Health Partners will be organized to focus on continuing to provide the highest quality patient care across a coordinated network. Critical to the success of this initiative will be joint investment in a common infrastructure to enable access to information and analytics at the point of care, collaboratively designed care pathways, integrated care management, and supporting participating practices with performance reporting. This new infrastructure will enhance communication and provide the ability to track outcomes across the inpatient and ambulatory care network. Leveraging and coordinating existing programs, Bridges Health Partners care management programs and partnerships with post - acute care providers will expand to ensure a comprehensive approach to patients, regard-

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Third annual Vision Bowl set for August 5 at Manor Lanes in Hopwood Story by Lauren Rearick One local association's annual event will raise awareness for community members in need with a lot of fun and maybe even a few strikes. The Fayette County Association for the Blind will hold their third annual Vision Bowl on August 5 at Manor Lanes in Hopwood. The event gets underway at 3 p.m. and will feature an afternoon of bowling, fundraising opportunities and the chance to learn more about those in need of the association's services. According to association member, Dianne Hepple, the annual event is held to raise awareness for low vision. She explains that teams of four will bowl three games total, with the first two games serving as a warmup to the final game that comes with a twist. “For the final game, each of the team members will wear simulation glasses that represent four of the primary eye diseases causing low vision, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts,” Hepple said. The glasses are meant to show bowlers

how life might be like for one of their neighbors or community members with impacted vision or blindness. For more than 70 years, the Fayette County Association of the Blind has worked to treat individuals in the community with eye diseases, providing vision services for adults and children. The Vision Bowl event, which will also feature a 50/50 raffle and other activities, will donate all proceeds to the association. “Our mission is to promote the interest and welfare of the blind and visually impaired, assisting them in their quest for independence; and to facilitate the education and prevention of blindness throughout Fayette County,” Hepple said. The association aims to raise awareness of how vision diseases can affect Fayette county residents, including young students. According to the association, one in every ten preschoolers has an undetected vision problem. Early intervention programs and awareness services like that which are offered by Fayette County Association for the Blind can potentially prevent and help these

vision problems. Throughout the school year, association members offer educational programs to help children learn how to protect their eyes, and show them the abilities and talents capable of children with vision diseases. Proceeds from the bowling event will go towards events including C. Well Bunny Goes to School, which teaches children about their eyes and help ease fears about vision screening processes, as well as the Reckless, the Seeing Eye Dog program, which is a story and visual aid offered to local schools. In addition to children, the association offers programs for adults, including serving and supporting blind or visually impaired veterans, along with training, transportation, glasses, community service and support groups for fellow visually impaired or blind adults. It's though their projects, partnerships and fundraising events, like Vision Bowl, that the Fayette County Association for the Blind hopes to “give vision a voice.” FMI on Vision Bowl or to register, visit

Donations and volunteers sought for Washington County Food Bank Several school districts in Washington County assert that 50 percent or more of school-age children are eligible to receive free or reduced school lunches. Greater Washington County Food Bank has partnered with more than a dozen religious and school-based nonprofit sponsors that offer after-school nourishment in an attempt to abolish childhood hunger. While some organizations have focused their efforts on summer feeding programs, Greater Washington County Food Bank undergirds their efforts by working year round to supply nutrition to families throughout the county with a specific emphasis on the needs of our youth. Donations received from Dominion, Snee-Reinhardt, Salvitti Family, and Centimark Foundations (just to name a few) have underwritten the cost of Love First's backpack program, Donora Youth Center Summer Camp (pictured top

middle), Charleroi Harvest Bounty, and California Good Eats programs. Companies like Ansys, Crown Castle, Primetals, Ameriprise, and Janney Montgomery Scott have also responded to our plea helping keep our trucks on the road, so no one goes to bed hungry. In the last fiscal year, Greater Washington County Food Bank distributed almost 3 million pounds of food to

the needy in Washington County through a network of 48 distribution sites. We partner with United Way, Domestic Violence, City Mission, and the Salvation Army to provide wraparound services to clients. It takes so much more than food to operate a Food Bank. It takes volunteers, lots of volunteers like pantry coordinators who spend years serving clients out of fire halls, church basements, and county fairgrounds. It takes hard work and a dedicated staff compelled by intrinsic motivation and a clear image of what it means to serve one's fellow man. It takes donations to keep our diesel tanks full and our drivers behind the wheel. Please contact Lee Ann King, Bookkeeper to make a donation via credit card, or mail your tax deductible donation to GWCFB, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA 15417.

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How to Plan a Wake The wake traditionally involved a period of time when friends and relatives literally stayed awake with the body of the deceased until it was taken to the church for the funeral or to the cemetery for burial. These days, a wake is usually held in the funeral home. Inform friends and family that a loved one has passed away, and let them know the date, time and place of the wake (more often called “visitation”). This can also be done by placing an obituary in the local newspaper with the same information. Let the funeral home know when you wish to have the wake. The home will prepare the body for viewing, and will see that any flowers sent will be displayed during the visitation. Display a guest book for people to sign as they come in. This is often provided by the funeral home, or you can purchase your own. Bring some pictures of the deceased to put on a table in the room, if desired. People will appreciate seeing the person as he or she appeared in life. Plan to be present during the visitation to greet friends and neighbors who come to pay their respects to the deceased and to the family. Plan an old-fashioned wake for the deceased away from the funeral home, if that is your preference. You can reserve a pub or restaurant, or hold the wake in your home. Provide beverages, food, disposable cups, place settings, napkins and plates if the wake is held in your home. Alcoholic beverages are usually considered appropriate. Greet guests, lay out the food and drink, and spend the time toasting or otherwise remembering the deceased. The body is usually displayed in an open casket during visitation in a funeral home. The body is usually not present if the wake is held in a home or other location, but sometimes this can be arranged. Visitors usually bring food to a wake if it is held in a home. The food is eaten by guests, and any remaining food is left with the family of the deceased. Oldfashioned Irish wakes consisted of drinking, game playing, wrestling, dancing and singing. Use your best judgment as to what is appropriate in your case.

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Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid is the first in a series of books for children that explores the themes of nature, conservation, family, community service, and helping others. Throughout the text children are introduced to research patterns in the forms of charts, maps, and footnotes. Beginning concepts of biology, geography, and environmental science are also presented. A beloved local landscape provides the backdrop for this story about two sisters, Della and Lila, who befriend a mermaid in trouble. As the increasing mistreatment of the Monongahela River persists, Marina the Mermaid turns to two little girls, Della and Lila, to help her

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Mental Health Spotlight: Mental illness in teenagers and young adults Last month I wrote about my experience with a family-to-family group I presented to in May and the power of acceptance. This month I thought that I would drill down a little more into the issue of teen and young adult mental illness as my curiosity urged me to find out more about the challenges parents face. Teen mental disorders are the most difficult to diagnose. Biologically, their bodies are going through a plethora of changes. From physical to emotional, what seems like the normal teen years can be the emergence of something much worse. As most mental disorders take hold from late teens to early twenties, how does one ascertain if their child is going through normal development to adulthood or witnessing the onset of a mental health condition? There are signs of depression that manifest such as sudden, abrupt changes in personality; expressions of hopelessness and despair; declining grades and school performance; lack of interest in activities once enjoyed; increased irritability and aggressiveness; withdrawal from family, friends and relationships; lack of hygiene; increase in alcohol and/or substance abuse and changes in eating and sleeping habits. Not all signs are symptomatic of a mental disorder but are worthy of consulting your family physician. The severity of NOT making that appointment can be catastrophic. Is stigma

really worth losing a loved one because of the fear factor that there may be a mental disorder at play? Here are a few statistics that are sobering and should answer that question with a call to action. Youth suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Suicide is also the second leading cause of death for college age youth and ages 12-18. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Each day in our nation, there are an

average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. These statistics come from The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) which is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States. So again, ask yourself, is stigma and not acting because of what you may find out worth your child's life? Some readers may wonder where to start the search for resources and where to start looking for help outside of regular family doctors. As I started to try and navigate that bird's nest of information, I was overwhelmed, but did not give up. Over the past several months I have been compiling resources, by county, for South Western Pennsylvania. With the help of my wife, who is a graphic designer by trade, we came up with a web-based resource center that will be available by next issue. NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1-800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

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Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts Ah, summertime. School is out, vacations are being planned and taken, and there are a ton of thunderstorms. As I write this in June, we have had major storms the last week, including a couple of days with quite a bit of flooding in the area. This is the season where you will be outside of your house more than inside, where you may notice more bumps and creaks than usual. I just want to take the time to remind you of a few common things that could be causing those bumps and creaks that are not paranormal. Do you have an indoor/outdoor cat or possibly a dog that roams your yard? They like to 'make friends' with critters and carry them in. Once they are done playing though, if the creature hasn't died, it is going to try to find a way out. It may find hiding spots you aren't aware of; birds may hide on top of curtains. You will not always see them, especially if you do not know they are there, but you will hear them! Make sure this is not what you are hearing before you assume it is something more

sinister. As I mentioned, we have been having a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms lately. Not only does the thunder shake the house, if you have windows open, the strong storm drafts can open and close doors, making it sound like someone is slamming them. It will also make things like mice, moles, and bats try to find ways inside to hide from the storm. The same goes for creatures like racoons, squirrels, and chipmunks in the chimney. Make sure there is a grate on top of the chimney so these animals don't come in, and if you have an attic or basement, check for signs of animals before assuming it's ghosts. Also, try closing some windows or just observing where you are hearing the doors vs. where there may be a draft entering the house. Also, the thunderstorms themselves can often shake the residence. It can set car alarms off, too! Just put a little thought into debunking what is going on before assuming it is something paranormal.

Waynesburg U professor appears in documentary Waynesburg University recently adopted two monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monuments will be maintained and preserved during the University's annual fall Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip to Gettysburg. The adopted monuments include the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry - West of Sickles and the 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters (Andrews SS-MA) Zeigler's Grove. Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, is the team leader for the Gettysburg service trips and presented the project to the University in an effort to form a long-term service agreement between Waynesburg University and the Gettysburg National Military Park. “Students who participate in these service learning trips to care for our adopted monuments will help to preserve our nation's heritage of freedom and the beauty of the natural environment,” said Redd. “The monuments represent the stories of soldiers, several of whom are Waynesburg alumni and Medal of Honor recipients.” Redd will volunteer with the students to help educate them and make connections between their real-life experiences


and American history. “The monuments are also memorials to Gettysburg civilians who performed heroic deeds in caring for the wounded or burying the dead,” added Redd. “Learning their stories will help students think about how to respond should they ever find themselves living through the kind of local devastation that followed the battle of Gettysburg.” The roles and responsibilities of the adoption agreement state that tasks may include raking, seeding, erosion control, litter pick up, brush clearing, fence repair and/or restoration, clearing/restacking stone walls, painting, weed and/or exotic plant removal and other general work as directed by park personnel. “Students will now have the opportunity to learn about history outside of the classroom by volunteering on the battlefield,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “One of the many goals of our service trips is for students to make the connections between academics and service, and this certainly fulfills that mission.”

Tips for Managing our Fearful Thoughts Written by Stan Popovich There are times that we encounter fearful thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their fearful and obsessive thoughts. The first thing a person must do is not to dwell or focus on the fear provoking thought when it comes. The more a person tries to reason out the thought or focus on the fear behind the thought, the stronger the thought becomes. The next time you encounter an obsessive thought, get into the practice of not dwelling on it. A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought. Sometimes, a person may encounter a lot of scary thoughts coming at them all at once. Instead of getting upset, remember that these thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality. From my interviews with various professionals, I've learned that usually it is the fear behind the thoughts that gets us worked up. Ignore the fear behind these obsessive thoughts, regardless how the strong the fear may be. If you ignore the fear behind these thoughts, then the thoughts become easier to manage. Remember that the difference between

an obsessive thought and a regular thought is that an obsessive thought is based on fear. With this in mind, try to find the source of the fear behind the thought. Once you find the source of the fear, learn to manage it. If you do, the thought becomes easier to deal with. Learn to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. A person should keep a small notebook of positive statements that makes them feel good. Whenever they come across a positive and uplifting verse that makes them feel good, write it down in a small notebook. A person can then carry this notebook around in their pocket and whenever they feel anxious, they can read their notebook. Although I am a Layman and not a professional, I have interviewed many counselors and I learned that there are many ways to deal with these kinds of thoughts. If you have trouble, definitely seek the services of a professional. Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan's managing fear book has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews and counting. Read the many book reviews of Stan's popular book by going to his website at

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Pro Tip: Add Dogwood Hills Golf Course to your list of “Places to Golf” Story by Rick A. Cumings Volcano. Toboggan Run. Skyfall. These are not the official names of the first three holes at Dogwood Hills Golf Course. But they should be. Such descriptors jump immediately to mind as you gaze up, down, or over the holes from the tee box. Just outside Claysville, PA, off the I70 interchange of the same name, you will find this hidden gem. Sure, it is a wee trail off the path to more well known courses like Cedarbrook, Chippewa, or Rolling Green…but it is a trip well worth the GPS exercise to find it. And play it. It will challenge every club in your bag. The excellent greens will confound whatever putting acumen you think you have. And it will demand clarity of thought and a sure strategy. In short, “She has teeth,” says coowner Will Noble. Whilst in the midst of a round at Dogwood Hills, the feeling frequently strikes me, reminding me of playing one of the many small town highland courses in the auld countries of Ireland and Scotland. Which is to say: ever present wind, gusts which must be vigilantly accounted for, ponds and valleys and ravines; hills the size of giant sand dunes; rough and woods with nary a flat lie. “I watch PGA golf on TV and hear the announcer describe a shot as a severe downhill or uphill lie,” says Dave Haines, current golf coach at nearby McGuffey High School, “and I think to myself, 'come (to Dogwood Hills) and then you will find out what a REAL downhill or uphill lie is.” And Dave should know. He has played the course since the age of nine…and he has worked at the course for a number of years. The connection to Ireland and Scotland is also rooted in the founding of Dogwood Hills. Three star General William Ely bought acreage from his father's sheep farm and, rumor has it, laid out the holes on a napkin. The first nine holes were completed in 1967, the back nine in 1971. General Ely was both the owner…but also an amazing player. According to Will, Golf Digest maga-

zine listed the General as a former world record holder for shooting an 18 hole score below his age the most number of times. He did that over 2000 times before he gave up playing golf at the age of 100. (The current record is over 2600 times …and still going…by T. Edison Smith of Moorhead, MN) General Ely, at 105, is the oldest living West Point graduate. Will and Jodi Noble purchased the course in 2005 from Burly Chapman…who had purchased it from General Ely. Will had worked at the course for seven years prior to ownership and he is still up and out early every day on any of the vehicles used to maintain the fairways and greens. The hands-on approach by Will and his workers lend a family feel to the course. “That's what makes it different out here,” said Will. “It's a very unique and fun course to play. We try hard to make you feel at home…like family…when you come out.” The course is open year round, even if the office is not. There is an 'honor box' affixed to the door into which you plunk your fee before you begin your journey over hill, over dale. Two course characteristics become apparent quite quickly: the high quality and the challenging location of the greens. The greens have always been smooth and disease free…not something other courses can easily boast. But their mysteries are not easily solved. Only when you have studied your lie and line…when you confidently slip into your putting stance… will the “Confundus Charm” strike. Yes, the ball rolls smoothly over the close cut blades…but it rolls in places you did not perceive and do not want it to go. Recovery is no easier. Birdie…par…even bogey has been demolished by the enigma. But before the drama of the greensward…one must get ON the green. No easy task. Every hole has a

drop off…some slight…but most are severe. Several greens perch on the sides of hills. Miss them…or bounce off of them…or putt through them…and you WILL pay the price. “You must play 'position' golf,” said McGuffey HS Coach Haines. “You can't put the ball where you want to end up…you must position it at the START of where you want to end up.” And where is that, exactly? Each hole varies. “That's why I walk our team through a strategy for each hole,” said Haines. But knowing and doing have always been the doom of golfers. It is the excruciating yet exhilarating task of solving such mysteries which golfers relish. It is not a long course, just under 5000 yards, but it is exacting, challenging, rewarding when played well. A number of par 4's are classic risk/reward holes under 300 yards…perhaps reachable by long hitters. But unless struck and placed perfectly, your second shot could vary from fairway wood to short iron. One last unforgettable view as you climb to the 18th tee box is the memorial to an amazing, yet tragic, occurrence. On May 1st 1992, 22 year old Bryan Strope aced the 330 yard final hole. On May 19th, he died in a car accident. Dogwood Hills Golf Course needs to be on your list of “Places to Golf” in SW Pennsylvania. Come once and you will be drawn back to the daunting but delectable spectacle which awaits. Prices are incredibly reasonable. Regular weekday fees include carts. 18/9 holes are $21/$13; Senior rates are $19/$11; Weekend rates are $23/$15. For more information, call the friendly folks at 724-663-5870.

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Waynesburg University will offer a Summer Visitation Day for prospective students and their families Friday, July 14. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. “Summer Visitation Days are a great way for high school students to begin their college search and get their first look at Waynesburg University,” said Jackie Palko, director of undergraduate admissions. “They provide a great first look for families who prefer a large group setting.” Both events will include information regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student activities. Students attending will have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their area of interest and participate in a guided campus tour. The visit will end with lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall. Waynesburg University enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study. The University has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value, including being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking. FMI or to register, visit, email or call 1-800-225-7393. Questions should be directed to Renee McElligott, senior associate director of admissions and campus visit manager. 23

Remember When - This Month in History with Fred “Tomato” Terling: Important Dates in July

July 1st - Canada Day, a national holiday in Canada, formerly known as Dominion Day, commemorating the confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and some of the Maritime Provinces into the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. July 1, 1863 - Beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. July 2, 1788 - Congress announced the United States Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states and that a committee had been appointed to make preparations for the new American government. July 2, 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership and in voter registration. The Act allowed for cutoff of Federal funds in places where discrimination remained. July 2, 1908 - The first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Nominated by President Johnson, he began his 24-year career on the High Court in 1967. July 4, 1776 - The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. July 6, 1885 - Louis Pasteur gave the first successful anti-rabies inoculation to a boy who had been bitten by an infected dog. July 7, 1906 - Baseball pitcher Leroy R. (Satchel) Paige (1906-1982) was born in Mobile, Alabama. Following a career in the Negro Leagues, he became, at age 42, the first African American pitcher in the American League. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame


in 1971. July 15, 1606 - Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was born in Leiden, Holland. Best known for The Night Watch and many portraits and self-portraits. July 16, 1769 - San Diego was founded as the mission San Diego de Alcala by Father Junipero Serra. July 16, 1945 - The experimental Atomic bomb “Fat Boy” was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the desert of New Mexico desert, creating a mushroom cloud rising 41,000 ft. The bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun and wiped out all plant and animal life within a mile. July 16, 1969 - The Apollo 11 Lunar landing mission began with a liftoff from Kennedy Space Center at 9:37 a.m. July 16, 1872 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) was born near Oslo. He was the first to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via the Northwest Passage. He discovered the South Pole in 1911 and flew over the North Pole in a dirigible in 1926. In June 1928, he flew from Norway to rescue survivors of an Italian Arctic expedition, but his plane vanished. July 18, 1918 - Nelson Mandela was born the son of a Tembu tribal chieftain on July 18, 1918, at Qunu, near Umtata, in South Africa. He became a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944, eventually becoming deputy national president in 1952. In 1964, he was convicted for sabotage as a result of his participation in the struggle against apartheid. He spent the next 28 years in jail, but remained a symbol of hope to South Africa's non-white majority. Released in 1990, he was elected was elected President of South Africa in 1994 in the first election in

which all races participated. July 19-20, 1848 - A women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York. Topics discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S. July 20, 1969 - A global audience watched on television as Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon. As he stepped onto the moon's surface he proclaimed, “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” - inadvertently omitting an “a” before “man” and slightly changing the meaning. July 20, 1919 - Explorer Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand, July 20, 1919. In 1953, he became first to ascend Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,023 ft. July 21, 1899 - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. His works included; The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954, he wrote little afterward, became ill and shot himself to death on July 2, 1961. July 24, 1898 - American pilot Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) was born in Atchison, Kansas. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and to fly solo from Hawaii to California. She perished during a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island over the Pacific Ocean on July 3, 1937. July 25, 1909 - The world's first international overseas airplane flight was achieved by Louis Bleriot in a small monoplane. After asking, “Where is England?” he took off from France and landed in England near Dover, where he

was greeted by British police. July 26, 1856 - Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin, Ireland. July 27, 1953 - The Korean War ended with the signing of an armistice by U.S. and North Korean delegates at Panmunjom, Korea. The war had lasted just over three years. July 28, 1929 - Jackie Kennedy (19291994) was born in Southampton, New York (as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier). She was married to John Fitzgerald Kennedy and after his death later married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. July 30, 1975 - Former Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa was last seen outside a restaurant near Detroit, Michigan. His 13-year federal prison sentence had been commuted by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971. On December 8, 1982, seven years after his disappearance, an Oakland County judge declared Hoffa officially dead. July 30, 1863 - Automotive pioneer Henry Ford (1863-1947) was born in Dearborn Township, Michigan. He developed an assembly-line production system and introduced a $5-a-day wage for automotive workers. “History is bunk,” he once said. July 31, 1776 - During the American Revolution, Francis Salvador became the first Jew to die in the conflict. He had also been the first Jew elected to office in Colonial America, voted a member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress in January 1775. July 31, 1790 - The U.S. Patent Office first opened its doors. The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making pearl ash and potash, a potassium byproduct used as a leavening agent in quick breads. The patent was signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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WCT Kidz Brings the 1950s, and Kids, to Inaugural Show Story by Keren Lee Dreyer During its 43 year run of shows, Washington Community Theatre, Inc. (WCT), has produced family friendly theatre while inviting community members to get involved in the theatrical process, from acting to production, set building, and more. Still, something was missing, until now - kids. WCT Kidz debuts this year with WCT's first ever all kids production. “The Nifty Fifties” features a cast of 39 area child actors ranging in age from 5 14. “We've been wanting to do this for a while,” said Summerlea Klinar, President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Community Theatre, Inc. “The opening show, though family friendly, rarely had kids, and it has always been a goal to have kids in the whole show.” Putting up theatre productions with a large cast, crew, and live band would be a daunting task for all but a well-seasoned director, and in Melissa Voytek, WCT Kidz has exactly that. Voytek, whose experience with WCT began in 1987, also started The Imagination Factory, a touring children's theatre troupe, as she earned her bachelor's in interdisciplinary theatre design at West Liberty University near Wheeling, WV. Musicals require, well, music, and in a move good for the actors and audience

alike, WCT's “The Nifty Fifties” production drops canned music in favor of live music for its numbers, which include “Bop-A-Lu-Bop Dance Party,” “It was the Blob,” “Teen Queen,” and more. “There is a live band, with keyboards, percussion, and bass. We have a core group of musicians, and they'll be joining us,” Klinar said. While canned (pre-recorded) music requires less complexity and planning, its key disadvantage, that it plays mercilessly on if an actor drops a line, is overcome with a live band which can help an actor out by vamping until all on stage is right again. This makes for a smoother production, helps eliminate nerves during performances, and increases the live production value for patrons. Elaine Frost, a founding member of WCT in 1969, brings her wide-ranging experience in voice, theatre, and chil-

dren's plays, to the stage and pit as music director for “The Nifty Fifties.” “Elaine has been helping them learn the songs and it's sounding pretty good,” Klinar said. “The Nifty Fifties,” written by Tim Kelly and first performed in 2008 by the Park Players in Colorado, follows the troubles of Gracie Stanley, played here by Sophia Curry, who promised an appearance by her rock star cousin, Ziggy Springer, at the Hippity Hop high school dance to be held at Louise's Luncheonette. However, Springer's manager puts the kibosh on free performances by Springer, meaning Stanley needs a solution, and fast. Will Gracie Stanley overcome her snooty rival, the impending luncheonette closure, and major embarrassment for not keeping her promises? You can find out by attending WCT Kidz “The Nifty Fifties,” opening August 3 and running until August 5. Show times are 7pm August 3 and 4, with a matinee on August 5 at 1pm. Performances will be held at the ROCK Student Center, part of the Central Assembly of God, 155 McGovern Rd, Houston, PA Tickets are only $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For information on WCT, WCT Kidz, tickets, and upcoming productions, visit: and on facebook at:

Waynesburg University welcomes new Vice President, Stacey Brodak Stacey Brodak will be joining Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the University announced earlier this month. Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors. “I am grateful and excited to join the Waynesburg University family,” said Brodak. “I am hopeful that my varied professional experiences will allow me to help contribute to the success of the

both the University and the region.” Since 2012, Brodak has served as the senior advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit. Active in the community, Brodak has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the ARC Human Services Foundation. Previously, Brodak served as the sen-

ior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy; senior director of donor relations for the West Virginia University Foundation; and the executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College. A lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Brodak was born and raised in Carmichaels. She now resides with her husband and son in Washington, Pa.

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O PEN YOUR H EART & H OME The Southwestern Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is looking for individuals in your area to open their homes and offer a caring, safe, and nurturing family environment for eligible adults who cannot live independently due to physical, intellectual or age related impairments. Domiciliary Care Providers are typically individuals who open their homes and are willing to provide residents with housing, support, care and encouragement in a family-like setting.They are everyday people making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. When you share your home and provide services, you receive $979.00 a month for each individual residing in your home. Services include meals, housekeeping, laundry, medication set up, scheduling and providing transportation to medical appointments. Domiciliary Care homes can accommodate 1-3 residents and are certified to meet the required fire, health and local zoning standards. If you are interested in becoming a certified Domiciliary Care provider and providing quality living alternative for a person who meets the criteria, or want to refer someone who will benefit from the programs services contact: Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Domiciliary Care Program at 1-800-411-5655.


Valley golfers participate in 10th annual Melvin B. Bassi memorial tourney NOW PLAYING! July 14 & July 15 at 7:30 PM & July 16 at 1 PM - MARY POPPINS $20, $25, $30 - Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure with an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stage effects. July 18 at 8 PM - HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS - $55, $68, $78, $100, $110, $128 - Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America's great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. July 22 at 7 PM - THE CHI-LITES & THE DELFONICS - $45, $50, $55, $60 - Two Fantastic groups, one performance. A concert you will never forget. July 23 at 7 PM - DWIGHT YOAKAM $58, $68, $78, $90, $115 - Dwight Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director. August 1 - THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW - THE BEST SIDE OF THE MOON 2017 - $39, $49, $59 ($6 additional per ticket at the door) - Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide. August 6 at 8 PM - DON FELDER $59.50, $79 ($5 additional at the door) Four-time Grammy-award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, New York Times best-selling author, amazing guitarist and captivating performer is the best way to describe Don Felder today.

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The 10th Annual Melvin B. Bassi Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville. 120 golfers participated in the sell out event, and sponsorships were also sold out. The First Place Team with a score of 60 was Davies Ford. Event Sponsor was Highway Appliance with cfsbank sponsoring the $10,000 Hole In One Contest and Stoney's Brewing as the Beer Sponsor. They were joined by more than 50 additional sponsors. A hockey stick putting contest, and a Money Wall that paid out $1,040 to the winner were featured as fund raising activities throughout the day. “The weather was spectacular, on a beautiful course,” said J.J. Georgagis, Chairman. “We surpassed our fundraising goals, and had a lot of fun, too.” Photo: (Winners, left to right)

Tournament Chairman and MVRCC Board Member, J.J. Georgagis, Pat Calverisi, Derek White, Jim Davies,

Marty Rottler, all of Davies Ford, Jim Protin, Mon Valley Regional Chamber President

“Sometimes I Don’t Know How to Be in the World” exhibit at Lantern The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce Sometimes I Just Don't Know How To Be In The World, works by John Peña, will be on display July 7 through August 31, 2017 at the Lantern Building, 600 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The exhibit will open with the quarterly Gallery Crawl and an opening reception will be held July 7 from 5:30-10 p.m. An artist talk will be held August 10 at 6 p.m. Sometimes I Just Don't Know How To Be In The World consists of a series of three-dimensional word balloons that will be suspended off the ground with two-by-fours. The audience will be encouraged to physically navigate the space of the gallery in order to investigate the individual sentiments written on each object, completing the special narrative. “I want to continue exploring how the act of speech has the capacity to carry a significant intellectual and emotional weight,” shares Peña of the exhibit. In addition to the word balloons, Peña will exhibit selected drawings from an on-going project titled Daily Geology. This project consists of a collection of daily compositions that Peña has drawn over the past seven years, recording a

memorable moment from his day. “I am interested in slow and gradual actions that over a sufficient period of time begin to carve out and shape forms that are monumental and powerful. In effect, I am creating an art practice that mimics geological processes like drift and erosion. With “Daily Geology,” no given entry carries that much important. It is only when they are put together that they gain a momentum to illuminate a larger story, one that hopefully evokes an appreciation for the ordinary and daily experiences of my life,” Peña states of the process. John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and educator from the desert

of Washington state. He makes art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. A few of John's projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last twelve years, making daily drawings about his life and constructing large-scale plaster word balloons that are precariously balanced on two by fours. John has attended a number of residences including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art & Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information about John Peña, visit and follow him on Instagram @johnpenastudio. Donated by PNC, the Lantern Building, located at 600 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun. from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See July 8 - The Lantern Fest Pittsburgh - 3 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. Before sundown, friends and families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more. Then, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes and fondest dreams. Gates open at 5pm. Parking will be $10 at the venue. Lanterns will fly when the sun goes down. Be sure to arrive early enough to park, check-in and find a place to enjoy the event. July 8 - Hollywood Nights - A Tribute to Bob Seger - 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Monongahela Aquatorium, 200 Railroad St, Monongahela Gates open at 6 pm and the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 at the gate or purchase in advance on our website. Food and beverages available for purchase. Beer purchases require valid ID. FMI: July 6- 9, 9th Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival - Downtown, Washington The Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the Southwest Pennsylvania region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion. Its history is even more rooted in the Washington County area increasing the Rebellion's historical impact. The three day event offers free activities for all ages and includes live music, tastings, food vendors, tours and reenactments. There is also an art show featuring murals and period pieces from Malcolm Parcell from the famous insurrection with work by contemporary

artists Andy Knez and Connie Clutter. Friday evening, a Whiskey Rebellion Dinner fundraiser for the Bradford House Museum takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe. Reception at 6 p.m., Dinner served at 7 p.m. A community parade takes place Saturday morning with an arts and crafts fair directly following the parade. FMI: July 9 - The 14th Annual Classic Car /Bike Show And Fireman's Hog Roast - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - 995 New Salem Road, New Salem. Registration Fee $10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-registration special $8. Music by DJ Arnie Amber. 50/50. Door Prizes. Raffles. Chinese Auction. Food. Lottery Hat. Best Pork Sandwich. Fireworks Sunday. 40 trophies to be awarded. Plus Largest Car Club, Best Of Show, Bike Trophies. Best Of Show will be judged. Portion of proceeds benefit the local charities. Dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 150 vehicles. FMI: Call George at 724-785-3503 July 13 - Westmoreland Fair Family Movie Night - 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Westmoreland Fair, 123 Blue Ribbon Ln, Greensburg. The Westmoreland Fair Board is joining forces with Armstrong Cable in their efforts to raise money for their Healing Heroes campaign. We will be setting up a large movie screen in the Peoples grandstand and showing a movie LEGO BATMAN. 50% of the admission price will go to Armstrong Cable Healing Heroes campaign. FMI: July 14 - Family Movie Night Beauty and the Beast - 6-9 p.m. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn

Ave, Pittsburgh. Bring the whole family for an funfilled evening at one of the country's oldest movie houses! Family Movie Night is a lively series for guest of all ages to enjoy movies on the big screen, with people who have put down their iPads to share a community-minded cinematic experience. We provide the popcorn, inspiring kid-friendly movies, hands-on art activities, and more. This month we feature the cult Disney Classic remake of Beauty and the Beast. Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Presented in partnership with North Way Christian Community as part of East Liberty LIVE! Stay "toon-ed" for another film in August! Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happyor name your own! All seats are general admission. FMI:

Community Food Bank 1 N Linden St, Duquesne The effects of volunteering as a family are clear. Volunteering together not only deepens the family bond but it also provides a personal growth opportunity for all involved. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is proud to offer family volunteer days - days for families to come together to ensure thousands of other families have enough to eat. During this hour and a half volunteer experience your family will work together on projects such as preparing bags with enough food to sustain a child over a weekend or pack boxes with all the fixings needed for a holiday meal as well as tour the Food Bank to learn more about how it works. Volunteers must be six years of age or older and be able to perform the assigned tasks. For every two children there must one adult who remains with the children at all times. If there are three children, there must be two adults. Two sessions are available for this opportunity: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (8:45 a.m. arrival) & 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (10:45 a.m. arrival) FMI:

July 14 - Deutschtown Music Festival - 5th Annual - July 14 at 3 p.m. to July 15 at 11:59 p.m. Welcome to Deutschtown, East Allegheny Community Council, 415 East Ohio St #225, Pittsburgh. The 5th annual Deutschtown Music fest will feature 200 bands, 28 stages, 8 outdoor stages, 20+ food vendors, a beer garden and will be held on 2 days this year, July 14th and 15th. All performances are FREE. FMI:

July 15 - #FashionAtTheFoyer Pittsburgh's Official Fashion Show - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh #FashionAtTheFoyer - Pittsburgh's Premier Fashion Show will be held at the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer. Come enjoy an elegant night of fashion and entertainment. This night will be decorated with beauty and fashion from all over the world. FMI: FashionAtTheFoyer.

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July 15 - Confederate Railroad - 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Monongahela Aquatorium, 200 Railroad St, Monongahela. Who likes Southern Rock? This national act will be right here at the Aquatorium for your listening pleasure. Can't wait to hear Trashy Women? Neither can we! Gates open at 6 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Food and beverages will be availble for purchase. Beer requires valid ID. Bring your own chair if you like. Tickets $10 at the gate.

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Advance ticket purchase is available on our website. FMI: July 15 - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Christian W. Klay Winery, 412 Fayette Springs Rd PO Box 309, Chalk Hill. Come and bring your friends and family. Join in the fun and watch the mystery unfold. This interactive play is sure to keep you in suspense as the story builds to the reveal of “who done it�. The evening includes a complimentary wine tasting of your favorites from the awardwinning Christian W. Klay collection and a delicious buffet dinner. $47/person. Advance, pre-paid reservations are required. FMI: 724.439.3424. July 15 - Anime Mini Summer 2017 - 10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Ramada Greensburg Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Ramada Inn Drive, Greensburg. Anime Mini is a small anime and Japanese culture convention held in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. What sets it apart from the rest is its small size, its equally small price, and its quarterly occurrence. FMI: July 17-21 - A Quilting Workshop From Traditional to Contemporary 9 a.m.-10 p.m. - Touchstone Center for Crafts, 1049 Wharton Furnace Road, Farmington. Join us on campus for a week of quilting. July 17-21, Pittsburgh quilt artist and instructor Nikki Maroon will be teaching "From Traditional to Contemporary: Finding Your Own Path to Modern Quilting." Students will explore techniques to turn traditional quilt blocks into modern block designs. The focus will be on gaining the confidence and knowledge to move from traditional quilting to designing and creating unique modern art quilts. The workshop is open to all levels although a basic knowledge of sewing is required. All are welcome. Partial and full scholarships are available. Nikki is know in the quilting community as @thegirlwhoquilts. You can see her work at Nikki's quilts are in private collections, she exhibits widely and has won many awards for her quilting. She recently won the first place prize in the modern


quilt category at the Three Rivers Quilt Show. Stay on Touchstone's campus in a dorm or cabin. Pitch a tent. Book a room at a nearby motel or BnB. Reserve a spot at the nearby Nemocolin Inn or Summit Inn. Enjoy 3 delicious and health meals prepared by Chef Meryl using lots of produce from local farms. Evenings are spent back in the studio, gathering on the lodge's porch or at the nightly bonfire. Each night a different studio is open and you can see a demonstration of what each of the other studios are crafting. Give yourself the gift of an immersive craft experience at Pennsylvania's only residential craft center. Touchstone is celebrating its 45th Anniversary and is proud to have a long history of offering fiber arts workshops taught by talented artist instructors. We'd love to have you on campus this season. FMI:

Sandusky St, Pittsburgh. Explore Andy Warhol's lifelong fascination with Hollywood, fame, and stardom in the exhibition "Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen." Learn how to integrate pop culture into the classroom, fostering critical thinking and media literacy in an age of global celebrity culture. This workshop explores techniques for linking learning and creative expression to popular music, celebrity, and contemporary media. Tickets ($30) include museum admission, materials, and a private tour of "Stars of the Silver Screen." FMI:

July 17-21 - Mummer's Camp 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Liz Jones Arts, 201 E Fairview Avenue, Room 309, Connellsville. What is a Mummer, you ask? Traditionally, mummers were actors performing folk plays, but when we think of them in modern life, it's their elaborate masks we think of. This week's camp will focus on creating giant masks for the Connellsville Halloween Parade this October, Each student will create a unique mask which may include lights and moving parts. During the fall we will arrange to meet and develop the rest of each person's costume as students are available, so we can march out in style when the parade happens! Class times: 10:30 AM till 3:30 PM-- we will have a break for lunch in the middle of the day. Please bring a bag lunch. Refrigeration is available. Ages: 10+ (adults welcome to attend but must have clearances). Student skills required for class: Student should be able to focus on specific tasks for the duration of the session and be able to safely handle materials such as glue guns and exacto knives. Cost per student: $200. All materials and instruction are included in the fee. Space limited to 15 students, so sign up early. FMI: Liz Jones: (724)208-5160 or Connellsville Community Center Office: (724)626-0300

July 21 - After Dark-Potterfest - 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh. Come explore the museum by night this summer at a special 21+ event that is all about witches, wizards, and magic in the natural world. The museum will host a slew of Hogwarts-inspired activities that invite you to examine fascinating specimens and brush up on potions, transfiguration, and care of magical creatures. $20 at the door; $13.50 for members FMI:

July 21 - Teacher Workshop: Pop Culture in the Classroom - 5-8 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117

July 21 - 7th Annual Autism Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Lone Pine Country Club, 2755 Park Ave, Washington Charity golf outing. FMI:

July 27 - The Mother of All Baby Showers-Pittsburgh - 6-9 p.m. - Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh. THE One. The Only. The 1st ever annual adults-only event for expectant and new parents is coming to Pittsburgh on July 27 at Heinz Field! $20K in giveaways, fantastic hands-on educational sessions, 50+ try it before you buy it businesses to check out, AMAZING swag bags for VIPs including a Baby K'tan diaper bag, tasty treats from local favorites and so much more. FMI: August 5 - Half-Pint Prints - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street,. Pittsburgh. Families work with The Warhol's artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activ-

ity for children ages 1 to 4 years old. Free with museum admission FMI: August 12 - Rock the Yough Music Festival - Aug 12 at 11 a.m. to Aug 13 at 12 a.m. - East Park, East Park Drive, Connellsville. Second annual one day music festival featuring some of the best local and regional bands. The festival will be held August 12 at East Park in Connellsville,. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Connellsville Festival Association. No outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted on festival grounds. Food and beverage (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. All ages event. $15 early bird tickets. $20 presale tickets. Children under 10 free with paying adult. FMI: August 19 - Founder's Day Car Show - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Monessen City Park, 113 City Park Road, Monessen. Join us for a Car Show in the beautiful City Park in Monessen. Dash Plaques, Trophies Awarded, Prizes, 50/50, Food, Music and More! All vehicles welcome including bikes. Pre-Registration $ 8, Day of Show $10. In addition to the Car Show, the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company K, located in Youngstown, PA will set up an authentic Civil War camp in the wooded area of City Park to present a living history showcase of what life was like for soldiers during the war. ONGOING EVENTS New Bentleyville Tavern, 843 Main Street, Bentleyville Every Wednesday - Jerry-O-Key - 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday - MP Spazzz 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Want us to list your special event in On the Town? Email the details to The deadline for submitting event notices is always the 20th day of the month preceding the edition you want the notice to appear in. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity. Additionally, we reserve the right to refuse any listing we feel is inappropriate for our readership.

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Theatre troop must recruit volunteers to continue next season’s productions Community theatres have been a force in many small cities and towns for decades. Changing lifestyles have made it challenging for many troupes to recruit volunteers to survive and thrive, and Greensburg Civic Theatre (GCT) just completing its 65th season - is no exception. Due to various personal and work-related circumstances, the nonprofit company has lost a total of six Board members since last summer, many of whom held key roles in working on set construction and dressing, lighting, sound and props committees. Help is also needed in costuming and marketing. Six remaining Board members are determined to recruit new volunteers to fill these slots and continue productions for the 2017-18 season at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. Board membership is not required to volunteer, though a search for Board candidates is also underway to fill oneand two-year Board terms. In recent years, the company has produced a total of five shows each year: three productions geared to adult audiences and two for family audiences. Experience is not necessary to volunteer, nor is a large commitment of time. Training and guidance can be provided in all areas. Shows are currently slated for October, December, February, March and May. Most work is done from one to four weeks prior to each show. Running consoles for lights or sound,

for example, is only a one-week commitment during four evening rehearsals and three performances for each production. Set construction can involve some painting or building in advance, but generally is a one-day commitment on a Sunday afternoon/evening one week prior to the show with some finishing touches done on subsequent evenings. An additional two hours is needed to help 'strike' or remove the set following each production's final performance. Those helping with props can gather and acquire items on a more flexible schedule over several weeks during the rehearsal process, and oversee props backstage during a show's run. Set 'dressers' put finishing touches on sets by coordinating any needed furniture, hanging decorative accessories and window treatments. Volunteers achieve a sense of accomplishment in contributing to the finished production, exercise creative abilities, enjoy meeting new people and establishing new friendships. Most GCT volunteers are employed in 'real life' outside of theatre; historically, some begin working with the troupe as children or teenagers, sometimes retired folks sign on to keep busy. Greensburg Civic Theatre has seen hundreds of volunteers and actors over its long history since 1951, including one young actor from Greater Latrobe who went on to appear in a longstanding engagement in the cast

of “Wicked” on Broadway, and a high school lighting console operator who later befriended and became a protege to the late playwright August Wilson. GCT President Margaret Ryan of Murrysville has been with the group since 1999, and has worked mostly on costumes in recent years. Vice President Barry Shirey of Ligonier serves as House Manager and assists with set construction, having joined GCT in 2007. Treasurer Dana Kaylor of Greensburg has been an active Board member since 2005, working on set construction and running consoles for lights and sound. Secretary Alicia DiPaolo of Irwin is one of the newest members, now in her third season; she has stage managed and worked on the set construction and props committees. Board member Teresa Baughman of Unity Township joined GCT in 1990 during its 39th season, now covering ticket sales, and assisting with marketing and programs. Board member Craig Soich of Latrobe works on programs and set construction, joining the troupe's Board in 2013. All but Dana have appeared on stage in casts for GCT productions. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to step up as soon as possible so the Board may best plan for the shows it deems can be successfully produced. To volunteer or for more information, contact Margaret Ryan at or 724-836-PLAY.

Waynesburg University adopts two monuments at Gettysburg Park Waynesburg University recently adopted two monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monuments will be maintained and preserved during the University's annual fall Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip to Gettysburg. The adopted monuments include the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry - West of Sickles and the 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters (Andrews SS-MA) Zeigler's Grove. Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, is the team leader for the Gettysburg service trips and presented the project to the University in an effort to form a long-term service agreement between Waynesburg University and the Gettysburg National Military Park. "Students who participate in these service learning trips to care for our

adopted monuments will help to preserve our nation's heritage of freedom and the beauty of the natural environment," said Redd. "The monuments represent the stories of soldiers, several of whom are Waynesburg alumni and Medal of Honor recipients." Redd will volunteer with the students to help educate them and make connections between their real-life experiences and American history. "The monuments are also memorials to Gettysburg civilians who performed heroic deeds in caring for the wounded or burying the dead," added Redd. "Learning their stories will help students think about how to respond should they ever find themselves living through the kind of local devastation that followed the battle of Gettysburg." The roles and responsibilities of the

adoption agreement state that tasks may include raking, seeding, erosion control, litter pick up, brush clearing, fence repair and/or restoration, clearing/restacking stone walls, painting, weed and/or exotic plant removal and other general work as directed by park personnel. "Students will now have the opportunity to learn about history outside of the classroom by volunteering on the battlefield," said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. "One of the many goals of our service trips is for students to make the connections between academics and service, and this certainly fulfills that mission."

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North Huntingdon artist Manjushree Roy will be exhibiting her work through August 18 at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. An artist's reception will be held July 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will be open to the public. Manjushree has participated in & won awards in various exhibits & festivals throughout the region including the Pennsylvania's Westmoreland Art Nationals juried exhibit in 2015, 2016, 2017; Dollar Bank's Three Rivers Arts Festival's Juried Visual Art Exhibition in 2016; Norwin Art League Annual Shows & Penn Hill's Annual Art & Music Show. Greensburg Garden and Civic Center is located at 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg PA 15601 and open Monday -Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m-3 p.m. FMI:

Please join us for our annual Red,White, and Blue open house at The Oaks. It will be held on Friday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.We will be giving tours of our community and showing resident apartments. Hope to see you there! For more information, feel free to contact Community Manager, Mandie Corbin, at 724-938-3788.The Oaks at Center in the Woods is located at 200 Woodland Court, Brownsville.


BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-6:15 p.m. - Weight loss group Coffee and Crayons - Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. - Bring in a book or try one of our pages and stop and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. July 10-27 - Summer Reading Program - Build A Better World - 11 a.m. on Mondays for kids Pre-school to 1st grade - 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for kids 2nd grade and up. Register at the library. July 16 - Good Citizen Award Luncheon at Nemacolin Country Club Beallsville.Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the library or from a board member or a “Friend of the Library.” This years event will honor the Karolcik Family. July 19 - Board Meeting - Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. July 20 - Book Club at 6 p.m. - The book is “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci. Stop by, talk about the book, and enjoy a lite snack.The library can get the book for you to read, just ask! July 31 - Friends of Bentleyville Library - 6 p.m. - Help support the library and plan fun events. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.


CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Reservations are recommended.The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. Summer Reading Club (SRC) for elementary students is in the works and follows the state library's fitness theme. Contact us at 724-938-2907 or FMI about Story Times and Summer Reading Program. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.

CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston TAG:Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you and other volunteers could help the library complete! “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting! Looking for some crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays! Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and knit, crochet, or even paper mache in the company of other creative crafters! Each crafterday will also include printed instructions and a live demo on how to make a simple craft. Event held 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month! The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. - “Shut Up & Write” - This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

CITIZENS LIBRARY - JULY 2017 ACTIVITIES Summer Reading Club at Citizens Library will have you building a better home, a better meal, a better you, and a better world this summer.With the theme “Build a Better World!” there will plenty of stories, crafts, movies, games, and other activities. Program events started the last week of June, and include: Tuesday “Kids’ Days” - 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - For kids finishing grades 1-6 Thursday “Summer Story Time” - 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; for kids 3 yrs. (must be 3 by June 1) through Kindergarten. Special one-time events: dates and times to be announced. For more information about SRC, please contact the Children’s Dept. at 724-222-2400, ext. 235 Teen Time - Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, and much more! New activities every week. - For grades 6 and up Middle Grade Book Club Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. - For grades 6-8 Tuesday, July 11 – “Kids’ Day” - 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m. - What’s “cooking” in these stories? Plus a snack, activity, and short movie. For grades 1-6. Wednesday, July 12 – Family Night – 6:30-7:30 p.m. - A tasty story, plus let’s make noodles. (Note: Bring an apron or wear old clothes; and bring a rolling pin if you have one.) For the whole family. Thursday, July 13 – “Summer Story Time” - For children 3 yearsKindergarten - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Hope you are very hungry for a story or two; then it’s a pea & bean mosaic craft, and some fruit & veggie tasting for our snack. (Note: Please inform us of any food allergies your child has to peas, beans, fruits, and vegetables.) Wine Down & Paint for Citizens Library - Friday, July 14 at 6 p.m. Public Meeting Room - Citizens Library

- Participants will paint their own wine glass with step-by-step instructions from local artist Katelynn Falleroni. Class is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit Citizens Library. BYOB. Appetizers will be served. Registration is required. Call 724-222-2400 ext. 222 to sign up. Must be over 21 years old to participate. Class size is limited to 30 participants. Monthly Chess Club - Meets the first Saturday of the month from 1011:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY - JULY 2017 ACTIVITIES Tiny Tunes Music - Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult. Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies - Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Birth-12 months with an adult. You can't start too early at the library! Mother Goose Storytime Tuesdays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult.They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! Toddler Tales - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult. They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-yearolds. This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics - 9:15 a.m. - For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee.Take a break and spend an hour coloring while you listen to classical music and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess - Tuesdays at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Every Tuesday in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. Ross Harrison will discuss the ever changing landscape of the Middle East on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. Since our world realities often shift from hour to hour and day to day, Harrison will provide us with various lenses to view and make sense of events in that region. Peters Township Public Library, in partnership with the VFW Memorial Park Post 764 and the Veterans Breakfast Club, will mark the 100th anniversary of the

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Tiny Tykes Program - For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen American entry into World War I with an evening full of activities. A commemorative kick-off event is planned for Thursday, August 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. featuring “Over There: The Music of WWI in America” presented by Val Williams with the Abbey Players and accompanied by Lynne Spatafore with additional direction by Nicole Tafe and Lorra Brannen. Following this musical trip through history, Michael Neiberg, Ph.D. will talk about “America's Road to War, 19141917” at 7 p.m. Neiberg is the Inaugural Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. Concluding the evening at 8:30 p.m. will be the opening of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History “World War I and America Centennial Exhibit.” The exhibit will be on display in the library's main lobby through Thursday, August 24. Additional programs are being finalized for late 2017. FMI: or 724-941-9430

Alley’s Adventure Time will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Toddler Time will be on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 8 – 12 and will be held at 5:30 p.m. Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. FMI, call the library at 724-684-4750.

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St., Monongahela Story Time is held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Miss Becky reads with the children, completes a small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months & up. The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Children ages 8 through 12 are welcome to join in on the all-new K'nex Club, which will meet at the library on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 3-4 p.m. FMI, call the library at 724-258-5409.

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Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 3:30 p.m. - Bridge Club Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Knit & Crochet Third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. - Book Club Story Times are Fridays at 11 a.m. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. - Lego Club Wee Build meets the third Saturday of the Month at 1 p.m. Summer Reading Program meets Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Mon Valley Community Band meets Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. 7/12 at 6 p.m. - Library Board Meeting 7/17 - Lion’s Club Meeting 7/22 - Block Party Register at the library or call us at 724-379-7940.

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 Water St., Fredericktown 7/10 at 9 a.m. - Book Club 7/11 at 9 a.m. - Book Club 7/11 at 6:30 p.m. - Book Buddies 7/12 at 9 a.m. - Book Club 7/13 at 9 a.m. - Book Club 7/14 at 9 a.m. - Book Club 7/18 at 11 a.m. - Representative Pam Snyder will visit the library 7/19 at 6:30 p.m. - Board Meeting FMI call us at 724-377-0017.

JOHN K.TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi Craft days for kids! A new craft will be available the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. FMI about the John K.Tener Library in Charleroi, call 724-483-8282.


Pennsylvania Bridges July 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges July 2017

Pennsylvania Bridges July 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges July 2017