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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Pittsburgh’s monthlong celebration will be one worthy of its place among the greatest cities of jazz. Mister Rogers was a big jazz fan, who inisted on live music in every episode. Joe “Handyman” Negri was a huge part of that. The guitarist will be joined onstage April 17 by trumpet virtuoso Sean Jones and Pittsburgh jazz all-stars including Jevon Rushton, Carolyn Perteete, Kenny Peagler, Paul Thompson, James Johnson III and Tony Watson Jr. for “An Evening with the Musical Compositions of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The show continues the 50th anniversary celebration of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debut on television. Other highlights will include trumpet virtuoso and former Pittsburgh resident Sean Jones, performing American popular songs with a double string quartet, on April 3 at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Oscar Peñas 4Tet will perform on April 10 at the Cabaret, showcasing the Spanish guitarist’s classical, Brazilian and Spanish folk influences. Finally, on April 24, the African American Cultural Center will present multiple-Grammy-winning giant of contemporary jazz; Branford Marsalis at the August Wilson Center. The BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive ticketed events taking place in the Cultural District, include: April 10, Oscar Peñas 4Tet, Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue April 17, An Evening with the Musical Compositions of Mister Rogers’

The Waynesburg University Players will present An Evening of Original One-Act Plays Wednesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Three one-act plays will be performed. Each play will be written and directed by a student. This semester, the students presenting plays include sophomore sociology and pre-law major Tre’ Thomas, junior English literature major Rachael Crosbie and senior English creative writing major Shawn White. According to Edward Powers, professor of theater, the plays’ themes revolve around a mother-daughter relationship, a husband dealing with depression and a family coping with the loss of a son. For Powers, the most exciting aspect of the evening will be seeing students express themselves. “Students and community are encouraged to attend because these student writer-directors are expressing their own creativity,” said Powers. “These are new plays and every playwright wants to hear his or her words come alive.” For more information about the original one-act plays, contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@waynes-

Neighborhood: with special guest Joe Negri, Sean Jones and more, August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue April 24, Branford Marsalis Quartet, August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue There are also a number of free jazz performances, which are a part of the year-long series ; BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive, at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, all 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. April 10 is Brazilian-born vocalist Kenia. April 17 is Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew, a top salsa band out of Cleveland. April 24 is Clare Ascani, a jazz vocalist in the style of Diane Schuur and Carmen McRae. FMI:, call 412456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.


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Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study of the miracles that Jesus performed on Sunday evenings April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20, and June 3. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting T-N-T (Tuesdays N Thursdays) -- A Little Extra Power evenings April 10, April 24, May 1, and May 15. The prayer, video, discussion, and snack begin at 6:27 p.m. on Thursdays and 5:27 p.m. on Tuesdays. On Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Faith and Film Night at Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (Route 166-200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). The film will be Lilies of the Field starring Sidney Poitier. Free and open to the community, the 95 minute film will be followed by a discussion. FMI, call the church office at 724-785-3080. The St. Vincent de Paul sponsored Food Bank will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at the First United Methodist Church (215 Church St., Brownsville). Folks can pick up their food from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. New clients can come at this time to register. The next date is May 16. There will be a food bank at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Packing for the food bank is on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study of the miracles that Jesus performed on Sunday evenings April 22, May 6, May 20, and June 3. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting T-N-T (Tuesdays N Thursdays) -- A Little Extra Power evenings April 24, May 1, and May 15. The prayer, video, discussion, and snack begin at 6:27 p.m. on Thursdays and 5:27 p.m. on Tuesdays. Help is needed for the Food Bank at Calvin U.P. Church (307 Spring St., Brownsville) on Friday, April 27 at 8:45 a.m. to unload and help is needed again to distribute


the food on Saturday, April 28 at 9:15 a.m. The food distribution begins at 10 a.m. The next distribution date is Saturday, May 26. Sunday, April 29- FISH Clan Youth Group - 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison). This once-a-month gathering of youth ages 11-17 (whether they are members of any church or not) will continue to meet at different churches this year. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting T-N-T (Tuesdays N Thursdays) -- A Little Extra Power evenings May 1, and May 15. The prayer, video, discussion, and snack begin at 6:27 p.m. on Thursdays and 5:27 p.m. on Tuesdays. The collaborative BAMA supported National Day of Prayer service for SCIFayette will be held on May 3 beginning at 8 a.m. and ending around 1 p.m. at SCI-Fayette (50 Overlook Dr., LaBelle). You will need to complete papers to attend this gathering. There will be a National Day of Prayer worship service for the Brownsville community on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and an “Ask the Pastor” time at the First United Methodist Church (215 Church St., Brownsville). The public is invited to come for free sandwiches and salad at 6 p.m. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study of the miracles that Jesus performed on Sunday evenings May 6, May 20, and June 3. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible Study. The BAMA meeting on Tuesday, May 8 will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison). Annual Rummage and Bake Sale, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (Route 166200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). Donated items may be dropped off at the church Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10 during office hours (8:30 a.m. to noon). FMI, call the church office at 724-785-3080.



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Story by Dave Zuchowski Even though he was a blue collar worker unable to dine in really fancy restaurants for most of his life, my father had a great taste for food. Always adventurous and ready to try new things, he also had a refined palate. That’s why, when he told me about Lucchesi’s Restaurant in Monessen, it piqued my interest, and I started researching the place. Turns out Lucchesi’s has been reviewed by some of the best known food writers in the Pittsburgh area. The modest-looking establishment at 372 Donner Avenue in Monessen got rave reviews and write-ups from the likes of Jane Citron, food editor of Pittsburgh Magazine from 1992 to 1999 and Woodene Merriman and Mike Kalina, former dining critics for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I was first introduced to Lucchesi’s years ago when I wrote a restaurant review for a Pittsburgh City Paper. After digging through my files of clips for about an hour, I found it after all these years, yellowed and a bit brittle with age and dated the week of February 12-18, 1992. Because Dad had clued me into the place, I remember that I took him and Mom along as dining partners. And they loved it. So much so that Lucchesi’s became part of the family history later that April when they made dinner at Lucchesi’s part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Recently, when an acquaintance mentioned that he dined at the famed Monessen restaurant, I felt it was time for a revisit just to see how things had changed over the years. Sadly, I discovered that the owner/chef had passed on October 24 of last year. On a historical note, Les DiVitto bought from Albert Lucchesi in 1967 what was then a bar that served a few Italian dishes like spaghetti and ravioli. DiVitto then worked the kitchen with his wife Pauline at his side for 43 years until he could no longer keep up with the pressures of cooking for a large group of patrons. Fortunately his son, Edmund, had watched his father cook while serving as

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the restaurant’s bartender for 35 years and also helping out behind the scenes as well. When his dad was no longer able to carry on in 2010, he stepped in to pick up the family’s culinary legacy with guidance from his mother. "It took a while to get used to everything, but if I didn’t do it, we’d have had to close," he said. According to Edmund, his father knew how to cook even before he entered the restaurant business. Nevertheless, DiVitto had been introduced to the celebrated chef Dino Nardi, the former executive chef at Pittsburgh’s Park Schenley and Le Mont restaurants. The two men hit it off like father and son, and Nardi began coming to Monessen every Sunday for six months to teach DiVitto what he knew about cooking. "While Dino and my Dad were in the kitchen, Dino’s wife would sit in a chair and crochet, while both my parents took notes," Edmund said. In 1969, a fire in the neighboring building put them out of business for six months until Mrs. Lucchesi, who continued to live on the floor above the restaurant after her husband sold it, came to their aid to renovate the damaged restaurant. Part of the restaurant’s success lies in the fact that DiVitto was known for his passion for serving food with fresh ingredients, which he hand-picked at the Strip District on twice weekly shopping

sprees.. "Nothing is frozen here except the lobster," said Pauline. Now that Les’ son has taken over the buying and cooking duties, things have pretty much stayed the same, including the restaurant configuration, visual look and most of the menu. "We may have added a few things over the years and remodeled twice, but the same red neon ‘Lucchesi’s sign has hung in the window for as long as I can remember." Even after Les gave up his kitchen duties, he continued to come down to the restaurant every day and sit on a chair while his wife and son prepped for dinner. "Les and I worked together in the kitchen all those years, and now I work with Edmund," Pauline said. The restaurant’s regulars seemed pleased by the father-to-son transition. I was told they sometimes go into the kitchen to congratulate Edmund on how good his cooking is. While much of the menu is influenced by Italian culinary traditions, there are plenty of items outside that genre like Steak Diane, Beef Tournedo, Garlic Shrimp, Spots, and the Crab Hozelle appetizer - lump crab meat prepared with a light coating of olive oil, dusted with dried tarragon and spiked with a dash of tarragon vinegar. For those in the know, two items not on the menu but greatly appreciated by Continued on next page...

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THERE IS HOPE Addiction Recovery Ministry offers a Christ centered 12 Step Program for people struggling with addiction and for those in recovery. Meetings will be held every Monday 6:30-8:30 at Malden Christian Fellowship at 343 Old National Pike in Brownsville. Fliers are available for distribution. FMI: 724-434-4597 or 734-785-3042


the regulars are the stuffed angel hair and the 14 oz. veal chop, both of which must be ordered two days in advance. In his review, Mike Kalina referred to the restaurant decor as casual chic. Comfy and cozy, the restaurant interior belies its modest exterior with its signature L (for Lucchesi’s) emblazoned on the awning. Inside you’ll find ten or so tables of various sizes with white starched tablecloths topped with flamingo pink napkins. But it’s the food that continues to be the draw. Now a Monessen landmark that’s been

around for more than 50 years, Lucchesi’s patrons can look to the future with confidence their favorite dishes will continue to be available. "I’m going to try to keep the restaurant going as long as I have my health," Edmund promised. Lucchesi’s Restaurant, 372 Donner Avenue in Monessen, is open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For reservations, phone 724684-9889.

Cal U to offer “Destination Day” on April 11 College students considering a transfer to California University of Pennsylvania get one-stop assistance when they visit the Cal U campus on April 11. The Destination Days program is designed to streamline the transfer process and welcome new students to the Cal U community. All services are free, and the university will waive the $25 application fee for students who apply on April 11. Students considering a transfer will be welcomed in Dixon Hall, Room 312, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening hours are available by appointment only; phone appointments also are available. Students can register online at or just walk in to receive these services: Free transcript evaluation: Bring your unofficial transcript(s) for possible provisional acceptance, or bring official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope for an official acceptance. Application fee waiver: Complete Cal U’s admission application on April 11

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and the University will waive the application fee. Information and support: Talk with staff from Cal U’s Financial Aid Office, meet with housing or commuter services staff, or tour the campus. Cal U’s helpful, caring staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Orientation scheduling: Once you’re accepted, \schedule a date for your New Student Orientation, so you can begin planning your future at Cal U. California University of Pennsylvania is easy to reach via major highways and toll Route 43. For directions to the campus in California, Pa., or to explore Cal U’s 100+ programs of study, visit For transfer admissions details, visit, email, or call the Articulation and Transfer Evaluation Office at 724-938-5939.



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Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Those growing up in the 1960s may recall Susan Spotless, the little girl in a white dress whose “every litter bit hurts” campaign brought the responsibility of community cleanliness to a family level. In 1971, the now iconic “Crying Indian,” Iron Eyes Cody (played by ItalianAmerican Hollywood actor Espera Oscar de Corti) made his appearance. Traveling by birch canoe from pristine land to littered city streets, the PSA culminates with a bag of fast food garbage being tossed onto Cody’s moccasins from a passing automobile as the baritone announcer opines “People start pollution, people can stop it.” The close-up of Cody’s single tear in the final shot remains one of advertising’s most powerful images. While viewing these spots on a popular video streaming web site may elicit nostalgic responses, their messages still hold true today: Litter is a problem both caused by, and resolved by, people. “This year it is the worst, with bottles, cans, and tied grocery bags” said Michelle Dunn, a Program Coordinator with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, who, with the organization, state and local agencies, and numerous volunteers, hopes to clean up litter in Pennsylvania while

changing the social norms which make people think nothing of tossing an empty water bottle out of their car window, or leaving wrappers on the ground in a parking lot. Tackling the task of litter removal in Pennsylvania are numerous volunteers who choose to participate in the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA, an annual event running now through May 31. Community groups, individuals, and local governments may participate in various activities from trash pickup, to beautification events, to recycling events designed to collect tires and appliances, thus keeping them from being carelessly tossed over a wooded hill-side. Education events are also encouraged and are designed to illuminate the harmful effects of litter. “One thing I’ve noticed is the litter gets blown and caught in our storm drains. It can’t get through the storm

drains, then you have leaf litter along with the trash, and water can’t flow, which causes flooding,” Dunn said, adding that while illegal dumping could contaminate water sources, tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes as they retain water. Additionally, wildlife could step on and become injured by litter, get their head stuck in a jar or container, or water could carry litter to a farther location. Dunn explains how to participate in the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA: “First, contact Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in order to register a cleanup event.” Once registered, participants receive a confirmation number for their event via e-mail, including links on where to pick up supplies, links to landfills providing low to no-cost drop-off, links to the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Resource page, and instructions on how to contact the DEP or their conservation district. Coordinating with these organizations will, as Dunn says, ensure participants “have the resources to make their event a success.” Once complete, Dunn would like to receive a report on KAB’s web page. She also notes that “when cleaning a state maintained roadway (such as State Route 101, or Route 88; anything the state maintains is state maintained Continued on next page...

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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Rd, Connellsville - The program provides supplemental food items to families each month.Typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month. Residents of Fayette County who receive the food are asked to bring a large box, wheeled cart or laundry basket to put their food in. In an effort to speed up the process at the distribution center, we have implemented what is known as a Passcard. In order to receive the Passcard you will need to bring with you a copy of a utility bill with your name and address on the bill.You will also need a photo ID. Registration for the distribution begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30. All food is distributed based on a first come first serve basis. To ensure you receive food please arrive no later than 10 a.m.You are able to attend if you live in another county other than Fayette. FMI:

roadway)...the state will pick up (collected) trash, while municipalities may pick up on local roads.” Just as Susan Spotless was mindful of littering in the early 1960s, kids today can take part in the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Tools for Schools program which provides support, resources, and education for those planning a clean-up, including information on having a Litter Free School Zone. A program that likely would have pleased Iron Eyes Cody is local road adoption through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Say the Girl Scouts have a program where they get a sign that says ‘This Road Adopted by Troop 10,’” Dunn said, “We ask they clean it twice a year, in the spring and the fall.” While PennDOT has its Adopt A Highway Program for state roads, such as Route 88, Dunn said local roads, such as ‘Smith Road’ could be adopted through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. This way, we can get as many roads adopted as possible.” Become your own Susan Spotless, and dry Iron Eyes Cody’s tear by participating in the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA. Call Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful at 1-877-7723673, ext 113, or write to Michelle

Dunn at Technical assistance is available for those who have never organized a clean-up. Free or reduced disposal is available from April 7 through April 30 through different landfills throughout the state. Event registrants will receive this and other information with their confirmation e-mail. Award-Winning Efforts A February 2018 press release from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful outlined the PA Department of Environmental Protection and PA Department of Transportation’s award-winning efforts, stating that they “were two of 13 Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partner Award recipients, presented at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony which took place during the recent 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The award recognizes state agency partners for their support of Keep America Beautiful state affiliates through partnership projects. This award recognizes the value Keep America Beautiful places on publicprivate partnerships. The PA Department of

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Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were recognized for supporting the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA, a program of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The Department of Environmental Protection provided program funding for the purchase of supplies and encouraged individual waste facilities participation. PennDOT supported the initiative by utilizing its network of 7,500 AAH groups to promote and encourage participation in the Great American Cleanup of PA and distributed bags, gloves, and safety vests to all registered participants through its 67 county maintenance facilities throughout the state. Both agencies helped promote the Great American Cleanup of PA and encouraged community participation through a shared statewide campaign.”

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Center in the Woods April 2018 Activities The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, 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. NEW! Weight Watchers at the Woods. Weekly meetings starting in 2018. Mininum of 15 participants needed. If interested, call Maria at 724-938-3554, ext. 103. Cost and payment options will be mailed upon request. Daily activities include: Mondays: Pianlessons, 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 tschedule. 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 724938-3554, 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 tthe 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:

SAVE YOUR LIFE: PRACTICE SAFE SELFIES The selfie:That simple act of holding up your phone and snapping a photo of yourself. (Please note: Having someone take a photo of you by yourself is not, by definition, a selfie.) What once seemed reserved for teens obsessed with documenting every aspect of their lives and celebrity red carpet events now seems to pervade all corners of our lives. Even politicians have mastered the art of the selfie. The practice seemed to hit its peak in 2013 when Oxford Dictionary declared “selfie” its word of the year.Yet, its ubiquity shows no sign of slowing. And while selfies can be an easy way to capture a moment, they can be dangerous. There are some statistics around selfie fatalities. But there is far less data about injuries resulting from self-

Uniontown Library Author Series: April 28, 2018 Throughout 2018, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, nonfiction writers, and poets. Every month, a visiting author will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience. A book raffle and signing will follow. All events are on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered by sponsors or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author’s featured book.

April’s author is Gerry Lafemina. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, LaFemina holds an MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University as well as an MA in Literature with an emphasis on Twentieth-century Literature from WMU. He has taught at Kirtland Community College, West Virginia University, Wheeling Jesuit University and Sarah Lawrence College. He is an Associate Professor of English at Frostburg State Univeristy, and a Poetry Mentor in the Carlow Univeristy lowresidency MFA program. FMI:

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Waynesburg University honored with two 2018 Cuppie Awards Waynesburg University has received two 2018 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education from CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals). The University received a gold award for its in-house production of the 2015-16 Annual Report and a bronze award in the category of “PR and Marketing - Special Event Promo” for its 2016 Day of Giving campaign. “Our University is fortunate to

have a very talented team of professionals on staff developing our marketing materials that beautifully reflect the mission of our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations. Waynesburg University was one of 49 organizations to receive awards from among the 495 entries submitted. Judges represented experts in the field of communications and included designers, writers, educators, corporate executives and media professionals. CUPRAP is a voluntary

organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

Marx@200 on display through June 10 at SPACE gallery Karl Marx is one of the most influential and controversial thinkers in history. To explore Marx’s continued influence at the time of his bicentennial, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Carnegie Mellon University’s Humanities Center will present Marx@200 from April 6 through June 10 at SPACE gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. Curated by CMU’s Kathy M. Newman and Susanne Slavick, Marx@200 will feature more than 25 works by artists from around the world. The artworks represent a diverse range of perspectives on Marx and his critique of inequality and capitalism, as well as his influence on political movements and regimes. Highlights from the exhibition include: Ukranian-born Nataliya Slinko’s gigantic version of Marx’s beard made

of steel wool An animated Marx wielding a hammer in battle with Charles Darwin by Michael Mallis Kiluanji Kia Henda’s photographic triptych of a fishing vessel named “Karl Marx, Luanda” Kathryn Clark’s “Foreclosure Quilt,” a stitched urban map of foreclosed homes, block by block A tiny embroidered barcode by Rayna Fahey that says, “Don’t just buy it/ Make Revolution” Marx@200 includes work by: Lauren F. Adams, Maja Bajevic, Joshua Bienko, Matt Bollinger, Mel Chin, Kathryn Clark, Condé + Beveridge, Jeanette Ehlers, Rayna Fahey, Cao Fei, Coco Fusco, Kilouanji Kia Henda, Alfredo Jaar, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Gqunta Lungiswa, Christin Lahr, Tavia

LaFollette, Michael Mallis, Paolo Pedercini, Erik Ruin of Just Seeds, Elin Slavick, Dread Scott, Nataliya Slinko, Shinique Smith, Jina Valentine, Kirsty Whitlock, and Imin Yeh, among others. The exhibition will be open during the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 27 from 5:30-10 p.m., and a Marx bicentennial program and reception will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m. For a full schedule of events, including lectures and performances, visit: SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Ave. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Waynesburg University to host Open House for prospective students An Open House at Waynesburg University for prospective students and their families will be held Saturday, April 21. The day will begin at 9 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Interested students can register online at The event will include information regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student activities. Students attending will have the 10

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

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April 10, 1847: The Birth of Joseph Pulitzer Story by Fred Terling Most have heard of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. How many of us know of the unique life the man behind the award led before becoming one of the top newspaper men in US history? Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary in 1847 to Jewish shopkeepers. At age seventeen, he emigrated to the United States, his passage having been paid by Massachusetts military recruiters who were seeking soldiers for the American Civil War. Upon arrival, he left the recruiting station for New York and was paid $200 to join the Lincoln Cavalry. After serving eight months, he returned to New York City where he then moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts to try his hand in the whaling industry. He found this too boring and returned to New York where he was flat broke. Pulitzer slept on cobblestone side streets until deciding to jump a freight box car to St. Louis, Missouri. Upon arrival he though, “The lights of St. Louis looked like a promised land to me.” There he worked briefly as a mule handler, then a waiter. However, here he discovered the St. Louis Mercantile Library where he began to study English and read voraciously. He spoke three languages: German, Hungarian and French, but he had never perfected his English. During this time, he fell victim to an employment scam with promised work on a sugar plantation. After being dropped down river 30 miles, he was forced to walk back to the city. The event ended up being a blessing in disguise as Pulitzer wrote about the misadventure and was published by the Westliche Post, his first published



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April 2018 News: Donora Historical Society Donora was founded in 1901 and our sports teams were originally known as the Orange and Black. Around 1920, we adopted the Dragon as our official mascot. Over the years, the Dragon has been portrayed in every design imaginable on clothing, yearbooks, pennants, cups, etc. Even though students haven’t graduated from Donora in close to 50 years, we’ve found that the younger generations still recognize the Dragon as a symbol of Donora and are proud to display the logo and colors, and also proud to call Donora home. As we close in on a century of honoring the Dragon, we decided to modernize the Dragon design and portray it on our freshly minted T-shirts and sweatshirts thanks to two artists with Donora roots: Jesse Francis and Jared Altamare. And the T-shirts are printed in Donora thanks to Armand Forlini of UniTee Productions, making this a total Donora team effort – For Donora, By Donora!! Our previously released black Donora Dragon T-shirts with orange and white ink proved to be so popular, we expanded our offering to long sleeve T-shirts, as well as crewneck sweatshirts in sizes M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. Short sleeve Tshirts are also available in size S. Quantities are limited in an attempt to best determine what sizes and styles are in demand. We also have a few hoodies in size L. The shirts are for sale at the Smog Museum and Donora Library for $20/short sleeve Tees, $25/long sleeve Tees and $30/sweatshirts (and $35/Hoodies) on Saturdays at the Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at the Library Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can also order using the email address or phone number below. Shirts sent by mail will require additional S&H. If your size is sold out, please consider being put on a waiting list for the next print order. CEMENT CITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH The Donora Historical Society has been a member of the Senator John Heinz History Center (HHC) Affiliate Program since 2013. We are one of over 400 historically-minded member organizations (Affiliates) throughout Western Pennsylvania (as far east as Bedford and as far north as Erie,) the panhandle of Western Virginia and Eastern Ohio. Since that time, we’ve worked with

HHC on numerous projects, all of which are detailed on our website on the “About Us” page. Recently, we were one of only ten historical sites chosen, out of the over 400 HHC Affiliates, to help teach during the inaugural HHC sponsored Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI) program at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that was held in March and April 2018. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute aspires to create a dedicated intellectual environment for older adult students, nurturing a lifelong passion for learning by attending university classes. OLLI fosters lifelong learning through courses and programs that engage the learner, provide social interaction, and enrich lives. OLLI’s faculty, which includes Pitt and CMU professors and retired faculty, challenge participants to understand the cultural forces of today, to interact socially and intellectually with one another, and to live empowered lives. Established in 2005, OLLI is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Pitt and CMU are two of 118 OLLIs located on college campuses throughout the United States. The sold out five week HHC-Osher class offered at both Pitt and CMU was titled “History 412: Discover the Sites and Stories That Make Our Region Unique.” Each week a new HHC Affiliate historic site taught that evening’s class at either Pitt or CMU. The Donora Historical Society taught the final Pitt-Osher session class on April 11, 2018 on the Pitt campus in Oakland and that evening’s session was titled, “Thomas Edison’s Concrete Vision: Building Cement City, Donora, Pennsylvania, 1916-17,” a subject near and dear to our hearts about Donora’s National Historic District. ADDITIONAL INFO If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

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West Side Story Suite, In the Night & Fancy Free This spring Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) joins in international centennial celebrations for choreographer Jerome Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein with an all-Robbins program featuring three company premieres.”UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free” with the PBT Orchestra takes the stage May 46, at the Benedum Center. Jerome Robbins was a dancer, choreographer and director — both in ballet and on Broadway. Leonard Bernstein was a prolific conductor and composer. They were born two months apart and both had their first big breaks by age 25. Bernstein gained fame when he stepped in on a few hours notice for the ailing Bruno Walter to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a nationally broadcast concert at Carnegie Hall. Robbins rose to prominence after choreographing his first ballet —and his first collaboration with Bernstein — “Fancy Free,” which premiered at American Ballet Theatre while he was still dancing as an original company member. The wildly successful “Fancy Free” soon gave rise to the duo’s Broadway hit “On the Town.” They went on to collaborate on “West Side Story” and other projects, including two more major ballets: “Facsimile” (1946) for American Ballet Theater and “Dybbuk” (1975) for New York City Ballet. Performance Times Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. Educational Events Jerome Robbins Instructional Performances - Starting in early March, PBT’s education team, and an ensemble of PBT School graduate students, have been visiting area schools to illustrate excerpts from Robbins’ work, highlighting his unique contributions to the art form and contextualizing his choreography as part of a continuum of classical and neoclassical styles. As part of these programs, PBT School students are performing Robbins’ “Somewhere Ballet”


from “West Side Story Suite” as well as excerpts from “Swan Lake,” and PBT Principal dancer Yoshiaki Nakano’s neoclassical ballet “The Symphony.” PBT presented at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf on March 7, CAPA on March 13, and 14, and will visit New Castle Junior/Senior High School on April 20. These programs are made possible by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the support of an anonymous donor. Theater Programs Afterthoughts | Fri., May 4, immediately after the 8 p.m. performance A post-show talk-back with dancers and other artists. Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary. Insights | 7-7:30 p.m. Sat., May 5 A pre-show discussion with PBT artistic staff members, who share historical and cultural context for the production. On the Mezzanine. Reservations requested at Talks with Terry | 2-2:30 p.m. Sun., May 6 Audience members can watch a few minutes of the company’s onstage warm-up class, then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr previews the ballet and conducts a Q&A. In the theater, no reservations necessary. Audio-described Performance | 3 p.m. Sun., May 6 A live narrative of the ballet for patrons with vision impairment. Additional details are available at


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2 Hag’s Flea-Tique stands out from the rest Story by Keren Lee Dreyer When it comes to consignment shops with a flea market atmosphere, 2 Hag’s Flea-Tique stands out from the rest. Hosting seven booths along with consignment items in a warm, rustic atmosphere are Marta McCombs and Janet Sholock; self-appointed hags whose humor, good natures, and fair business practices make buying and selling a pleasure. “I have a girl I’ve been friends with for over 20 years, and she’s helping” McCombs said, cheerfully adding “and that’s who the other hag is. We’ve been calling each-other ‘hag’ for 20 years, so that’s how we got the name.” Located at 502 Front St. in Frederick town, the storefront is easy to spot by looking for the witch hat behind the store logo. When McCombs helped a friend empty his mother’s house last summer in search of potential ebay items, she eventually found herself over-run in her own house, meaning a separate physical location for clearing the items was needed. However, consignment alone was a potentially troublesome way to pay rent on a storefront, and that’s when McCombs “came up with the idea that if we rent booths, the rent will get paid. It’s like a yard sale every day.” Where 2 Hag’s Flea-Tique differs from similar consignment shop arrangements is both with consignment splits and booth rental costs, as McCombs explains “What we have are booths that are seven by seven (feet) that we rent out per month at $100. They rent a booth and bring all the stuff they want to sell, and they keep all their money. We also do consignment at a 70/30 split. A lot of places I think do 60/40, so the

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people owning it will get a little more than anyplace else. I also know other places doing the booths sometimes take a percentage of the sales, which we don’t. I can sell on ebay and craigslist too, so we’re offering that service. We also have a bulletin board if it’s too big to bring in. We’ll try our best to get rid of their stuff for them.” McCombs notes that a craigslist sale split is 70/30, while ebay splits, also 70/30, come in on the net - after ebay and PayPal take their respective fees. However, selling on ebay has the advantage of a larger market, typically leading to a higher final sale price. Two types of items absent from the flea-tique are large furniture and lots of clothing. “If people have a sofa to sell, or something like that, I’d go out to take a picture to post on the board. We don’t have a big room for furniture, and we didn’t want to get into a bunch of clothes because we didn’t want it to look like a Goodwill, either, with racks and racks of clothes,” McCombs said,

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility: Inclusion Matters Breakfast and Keynote Address with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole - Thursday, May 24 - 7:30-9:30 a.m. - To raise awareness and increase advocacy around matters of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in our community, The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art proudly hosts Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole for a meet & greet, breakfast and keynote address. Dr. Cole is a sought after speaker whose engagements are always inspirational. Her career as an educator, writer,

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adding that anyone renting “can put anything in their booth they want. If they have clothes, they can fill it up with clothes if that’s what they want to sell.” “Our store is going to add an interesting element to Fredericktown,” Sholock said. “Most people who buy this stuff get a path about it. We’ll have the coffee pot on, and I like to feed people, so you never know if you’re going to get a pepperoni roll or coffee. Plus, it’s a chance to get in and talk with two old hags. Plus, we’ve been in retail and we want to make it interesting, we want it to be evolving...we’re coming up with new ideas every day.” In addition to being grateful for funding and booth-building help from McCombs’ boyfriend, Tom Amodeo, McCombs and Sholock look forward to positive social interactions with the community. “This is going to be a fun place, friendly. You never know who you’re going to see or meet when you come in” Sholock enthused, continuing, “We have anything from crafters to junk people to ‘I need to get this out of my house.’” “We’re not out to be millionaires,” Sholock said, “we’re just out to have a good time.” For contact information, photos, and store hours, friend 2 Hag’s Flea-Tique on facebook at, or call at 724-554-1971.

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The “EmigrationImmigration-Migration” exhibit will be on display at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art through April 22. Emigration-Immigration-Migration is a civic engagement project that uses photographic imagery to document the faces and experiences of multiple generations of immigrants and their descendants. Using Pittsburgh's stories as a lens through which to consider the broader American immigrant experience, the project highlights the central role that immigration has played in the formation of our identity, in sustaining our economy, and in the enrichment of our cultural diversity; and in so doing, the project helps create a space for civil, constructive conversation about immigration today. Five photographers from the Pittsburgh region are participating in this project; they are Brian Cohen, Lynn Johnson, Annie O'Neill, Scott Goldsmith, and Nate Guidry.The two writers on the team are Reid Frazier and Erika Beras. The Museum is located at 221 N. Main Street, Greensburg. FMI: Visit or call 724-837-1500


As we've seen, there are socioeconomic reasons why a senior may be food insecure, and we just looked at some of the main ones. But there are plenty of other factors that may cause someone to not get the proper food they need to maintain their health: LIVING ALONE - According to a 2012 report, nearly half of the senior households that experienced food insecurity were those where a senior was living alone. There are many things that living alone can do to spur food insecurity, such as not having someone else to help get food from the store if you're lacking mobility and cook it for you. Living alone also factors into depression and the development of dementia, both of which have side effects of the suppression of hunger. The NFESH study backs this up as well, noting that “those living alone are twice as likely to experience hunger compared to married seniors.” AGE - Seniors aged below 70 are more likely to experience bouts of food security than those aged 70 and up. The NFESH report showed that as seniors aged, they were less likely to be any level of food insecure, with those under 70 (20 percent) living at some level of food insecurity than those over 80 (14 percent). This can be attributed to many factors, such as the amount of money received from government programs like Medicare (which help alleviate medical costs so more money can be spent on food) and whether or not they live in an assisted living facility, which may help with more consistent eating habits. EDUCATION LEVEL - Those with a high school degree or no high school degree at all are more likely to experience some sort of food security than those with a college degree. There is a stark drop off of food insecurity levels with someone who at least has some college education. This can be tied to getting paid higher wages at jobs, which then translates to the potential of having more money saved up when you're older. Overall, senior women are slightly more likely to be food insecure than men, but the rates are not vast enough to be a determining factor in the likelihood of food insecurity. All of these factors,

though-from the big ones like geographic location and race to the smaller ones like age-play into seniors' overall health, a detrimental factor to how long seniors will live. Illnesses Caused by Malnourishment As seniors become more food insecure, they also become more likely to develop diseases and illness that could cut their life short. Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that focuses on hunger issues across the country, took a look at various illness that were more likely to occur when seniors lived with food insecurity. We'll dive into those illness-along with a couple more-that can stem from eating poor food and eating at an infrequent rate. Depression - According to a 2017 report from Feeding America, food-insecure seniors are 60 percent more likely to suffer from depression than foodsecure seniors. Another study from the AARP determined that food insecure people were nearly three times more likely to suffer from depression. Some of the leading causes of depression include having conflicts in your interpersonal relationships and life-altering events that completely shift your life, typically trending negative. The inability to provide consistent healthy food for yourself or your family can lead to depression. This is because though you may have once lived food secure, you are constantly worrying about making sure you're going to have some sort of food on your plate for your next meal. Years of worrying about your next meal can take a toll and put you in a constant depressive mood. If you do suffer from depression, a side effect is a suppressed hunger, and that can further worsen your health-it's a vicious cycle. Heart Disease - There are many negative effects food insecurity has on the heart, both from a level of stress and other physiological aspects. The Feeding America study found that seniors who suffer from food insecurity were 40 percent more likely to experience congestive heart failure, where the heart ceases pumping blood around the body at a necessary pace. This is a direct result of the quality of food eaten among foodinsecure seniors and how lacking the

necessary nutrient-especially when older-can play a role in exacerbating dire health issues. The inconsistency at which food-insecure seniors eat also fuels stress levels that have negative effects on the heart as they're consistently worrying about their next meal. The American Heart Association notes that prolonged stress can increase your risk of high blood pressure, overeating, and the lack of physical activity-all leading causes of heart disease. So just as the type of food you're eating can have physical effects, food insecurity can also have psychological and physiological effects because of the situation at hand. But these heart issues don't start once you're older. The Center for Disease Control conducted a 10-year study on 30 to 59 year olds and the relationship between their levels of food security and their heart. The study found that those with very low food security were far more likely to develop a cardiovascular disease that those who were at least marginally food secure. This shows that health problems associated with food insecurity, while prevalent in seniors, can begin with prolonged exposure to food insecurity. Diabetes - The overall quality of foodand how inconsistently it's eaten-plays a role in developing type 2 diabetes in seniors. A 2012 study, which analyzed the role food insecurity plays in cardiometabolic disease (a disease that increases the risk of diabetes), points out that some aspects of food insecurity include binge eating food when it becomes available and eating energydense food, which can put an overall unhealthy strain on the heart and contribute to becoming diabetic. In 2013 and 2014 alone, a separate study found that food-insecure seniors were nearly twice as likely to be diabetic than foodsecure seniors. Overall, it concluded that food-insecure seniors were 65 percent more likely to be diabetic. Not only does food insecurity increase the risk of diabetes, it's also difficult for a diabetic person to afford a diet that supports diabetes when they are food insecure.

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CHAMBER MUSIC AT OLD ST. LUKE’S Now in its fourth season, Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's once again gifts Pittsburgh music lovers with the opportunity to enjoy intimate chamber music concerts in beautiful Old St. Luke's Church in Carnegie, PA. This charming, historic building is an ideal setting for the close communion between performers and audience that makes chamber music such a special, rewarding experience. The 2017-2018 season of “Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's” features some of Pittsburgh's foremost musicians performing a wide variety of music, from classical treasures to traditional Appalachian carols in a series of eight lively programs. Performances will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m.: April 22 - Academy Baroque Ensemble - “Tutto Italiano” - 2 p.m. May 20 - harpist Marissa Avon 2 p.m. All concerts are free to the public. Donations are both accepted and appreciated.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre promotes dancers Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted three corps de ballet dancers to the rank of soloist for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season, which runs from October 2018 to May 2019. Dancers Masahiro Haneji, of Hokkaido, Japan, William Moore of Ipswich, England, and JoAnna Schmidt of Eustis, Florida, will begin their first mainstage season as soloists this fall with PBT’s 2018-2019 Season opener “Mozart in Motion,” on stage Oct. 2628 at the Benedum Center. “These dancers have all shown great talent and maturity as they’ve taken on an increasing number of featured roles,” said Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. “I look forward to spotlighting them in many new opportunities next season.” In addition to dancing roles, both Moore and Schmidt will premiere original choreography this week in the “PBT: New Works” program on stage March 16-25, at the August Wilson Center. In other roster changes, two longtime PBT dancers will close their careers with PBT. Soloist Alexandre Silva, a 12year company member, has announced that he will retire following PBT’s May 4-6, 2017-2018 Season finale, “UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free.” Principal Julia Erickson, a 17-year company member, will close her career with PBT following the company’s October 2018-2019 Season opener “Mozart in Motion,” which features works by George Balanchine and Jirí Kylián. Corps de Ballet dancers Olivia Kelly and Daniela Moya also will depart the company following PBT’s May 20172018 Season finale. About PBT’s Newest Soloists Masahiro Haneji A native of Hokkaido, Japan, Haneji joined the company in 2014 from the PBT School Graduate Program. Haneji trained with Houston Ballet II before joining PBT School in 2012. Haneji has earned honors in a number of international ballet competitions, advancing to the semi-final round of the 2011 Prix de Lausanne competition and earning the bronze medal in the 2014 World Ballet Competition’s pas de deux category. With PBT, Haneji’s repertory includes

“The Nutcracker,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “La Bayadére,” Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert” and Jirí Kylián’s “Petite Mort.” William Moore Moore, of Ipswich, England, joined PBT in 2013 from the Estonian National Ballet, where he danced as a member of the corps de ballet. William graduated with honors from The Royal Ballet School in London, where he performed with The Royal Ballet company in a number of productions. Moore has danced featured roles in PBT productions, including “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle” and “Le Corsaire.” His repertoire also includes Derek Deane’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert” and Jirí Kylián’s “Petite Mort.” He has been commissioned to choreograph a new ballet, “Weighted Affair,” as part of the March 16-25, “PBT: New Works” program at the August Wilson Center. He has previously choreographed for PBT performances at Seton Hill University and Hartwood Acres and on the pre-professional dancers of PBT School. JoAnna Schmidt Schmidt was born in Eustis, Florida, and joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2012. She received her training from Vasile Petrutiu, Vladimir Bykov and Heather Fryxell at the Central Florida Ballet Academy. She later trained for two years in the PBT School Graduate Program before she was hired into the company. She also trained in summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Jacob’s Pillow. Since joining PBT, Schmidt has performed featured roles, such as Cupid in Don Quixote, Princess Florine in “The Sleeping Beauty,” Tinker Bell in “Peter Pan,” the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” and one of the four Cygnets in “Swan Lake.” Schmidt was commissioned to create her first choreography for the company, “Lightworks,” as part of the March 16-25, “PBT: New Works” program at the August Wilson Center.

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Brass Transit April 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets $38, $34 & $25 Experience the dynamic, high energy, studio-tight powerhouse that is Brass Transit, the world’s foremost CHICAGO tribute! All the hits from the “rock band with horns” will be performed with amazing precision and talent. You’ll sing along to hits like: “Saturday In The Park”, “25 or 6 To 4”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” and “Beginnings”! Don’t miss this show!

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Cocktails for a Cause to be held on April 28 at the Benedum Center Every drink has a story. This is the philosophy behind The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Inaugural Cultured Cocktails event on Saturday, April 28th at the Benedum Center. Guests are invited to walk through time, exploring the unique histories behind favorite drinks and spirits. Nationally-acclaimed and award-winning mixologist Christopher Cardone and the hottest local bartenders will mix, shake, and stir the evening away while crafting signature cocktails with their individual creative flair. Drinks will be paired with food selections prepared by some of Pittsburgh hottest restaurants including Yuzu Kitchen, Il Pizzaiolo, Pirata, Lidia’s Pittsburgh, The Warren, Bakersfield, Eddie Merlot’s, The Commoner, Or the Whale, Talia, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, and Acacia. Each restaurant will choose a show to theme their offerings after. Cinderella, Rent, Hamilton and more will inspire these chef-driven dishes. Vibey beats from DJ Selecta will set


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Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival announces musical line-up The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a free festival celebrating music + art, returns to the beautiful Point State Park, Gateway Plaza and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh June 1-10. This afternoon, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, producer of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival revealed the diverse featured music lineup for this year’s festival. The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival welcomes nearly 500,000 fans annually for 10 days of free public art installations, live music, theater, dance, gallery exhibitions and markets. The festival is a destination for all who share a passion for creativity and exchange of ideas. More music is still to come, including a featured performer on June 1 and dozens of local and touring artists appearing on three stages. Dance, film, literary art, gallery exhibitions, public art, and creative activities for all ages will be announced in mid-April. The full lineup will be available at Saturday, June 2 - Everything Everything - Across three albums, immense acclaim and intense adoration, the sound of Everything Everything has remained a volatile beast; a musical bucking bronco, their albums maximalist, frenetic, art-pop juxtapositions of R’n’B and melancholia and Afrobeat, of synths, guitars, falsetto. Critics have written of the frenzy of it, of the sheer sublime sweet sensory overload of it all. Their fourth album, A Fever Dream, is a quite different prospect: a calibration of chaos and control, the result of a curious desire for consistency. A Fever Dream is a rare and quite remarkable achievement: an album that is charged and political, that takes the temperature of the times, that will surely stand as one of the year’s most important albums, yet on a most visceral level is arresting, beautiful, tender, and thoroughly, irresistibly danceable. It is that exceptional kind of record that demands cerebral, emotional and physical response — as singer Jonathan Higgs says: “You shouldn’t be sitting down the first time you hear it.” Sunday, June 3 - Pittsburgh Symphony

Orchestra Known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. The Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Monday, June 4 - Banda Magda - Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages. Tuesday, June 5 - The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh - The Times They Are A-Changin’: Words and Music of Bob Dylan The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has taken choral music to a new level with Steve Hackman’s new arrangement of choral work The Music of Bob Dylan. The work premiered in January at the popular indie-rock venue, Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. Conducted by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, The Mendelssohn Choir is

known for singing classical choral works. This time, however, the Choir has channeled their inner folk musicians to sing Hackman’s arrangements of Bob Dylan favorites. As Pittsburgh blogger Wavy Alabaster writes, “Listening to 70+ voices, with a small instrumental foundation, sing “Like a Rolling Stone” lyrics, lyrics I live by, was riveting. The power of the words was matched with a powerful physical presence…The choral bodies swayed to the rhythm like a rolling wave in open waters…There was an ease to listening inspired by the fun being had on stage. With every collective gasp, I met Dylan’s music for the first time all over again.” Wednesday, June 6 - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been quietly intensifying. During that time, the 28-year old singer/songwriter/guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following. Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes, their voices blending with potent DNA. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since as they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on his two Continued on next page...

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Selecting Music for a Funeral or Memorial Service At your funeral or memorial service, music can take the form of a church choir, a friend playing or singing a special song, or a recording of any music or songs that are especially meaningful to you. There are certain pieces of music that are commonly played at funerals or memorial services, such as “Amazing Grace” or Louis Armstrong's “What a Wonderful World.” More and more, people are choosing to include less traditional music in funeral and memorial services. You can use music in your funeral to remind people of a certain time in your life, call out a particularly meaningful relationship you have, or leave people with a certain message. If you are going to have a religious funeral or memorial service, your religious traditions may dictate the types of music or specific songs that should be included in or excluded from the service. Asking someone to perform a song at your funeral or memorial service can be a very meaningful way for a person to participate. If you have any musically talented friends or family members, you might ask them to sing a song or play some music. If you are a part of a community that has a choir, you can also ask the choir to perform at your funeral or memorial service. If you would like live music to be a part of the funeral or memorial service you can also hire a band, musicians, or soloists to perform at the service. Whether or not you ask anyone to perform or hire anyone to perform at your funeral or memorial service, you might want to share any musical preferences or wishes you have with your family. Most venues, including religious places or worship, will be able to play music either from a CD or from an iPod or mp3 player. If you're going to need any special audio equipment, make sure that the service venue can accommodate your needs.

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Three Rivers Art Fest line-up, continued... most recent albums. These experiences were undoubtedly invaluable, but none of what has come before will prepare you for the cosmic country soul of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the band’s new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work set for release on Fantasy Records. From the epic “Set Me Down on a Cloud” to the climactic “If I Started Over,” the album delivers one sublime song and inspired performance after another. Thursday, June 7 - Sidewalk Chalk Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. As The Chicago Tribune says, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” Comprised of an MC, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist and trumpeter, Sidewalk Chalk is driven by an internalized, emphatic statement of purpose, evident in the music from their 2017 release, An Orchid Is Born (Ropeadope Records). This powerhouse group has audiences and critics alike abuzz with excitement, “pushing beyond musical convention to create art that will know no shelf life” ( Friday, June 8 (91.3 WYEP Day) Valerie June - Since the release of her 2013 breakout Pushin’ Against A Stone, June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, The Order Of Time. As her website states, some songs grew from seeds planted more than a decade ago, others blossomed overnight when she least expected them to, but every track bears the influence of time. See, time has been on June’s mind a lot lately. It’s the only constant in life, even though it’s constantly changing. It’s the healer of all wounds, the killer of all men. It’s at once infinite and finite, ever flowing with twists and turns and brutal, churning rapids that give way to serene stretches of placid tranquility. Fight against the current and it will knock you flat on your ass. Learn to read it, to


speak its language, and it will carry you exactly where you’re meant to be. Saturday, June 9 (Bluegrass Day supported by Colcom Foundation) - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder - Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 15-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammynominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label (Bluegrass Rules! in 1998, Ancient Tonesin 1999, History of the Future in 2001, Soldier of the Cross, Live at the Charleston Music Hall, and Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 2003, Brand New Strings in 2005, Instrumentals in 2007, Salt of the Earth with The Whites in 2008, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 in 2009 and Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved along with Mosaic in 2010), the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. Sunday, June 10 - The Mavericks The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago by Malo and Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. Improbably, they were noticed by super-producer Tony Brown in Nashville, and when they got signed to innovative MCA Records, they upended expectations in country music. Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. There was some time off and re-jiggering of personnel, but they came back strong with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, albums that provided abundant material for a refreshed and unmatched stage show.


Mental Health Spotlight: Learning to be the Grownup in the Room Those of us who have mental health disorders tend to be overly sensitive with our emotions. I know I’m preaching to the choir here. Just getting through our days can be a struggle. Piling on the news, social media interactions, even talking with friends and family members can be additional stress when running into conflicting opinions on the story of the day. Our belief systems are rooted strongly in the firmament of our experiences and up-bringing. How to bring these things down to earth to establish, most times, a civil conversation that doesn’t end in hurt feelings. Even more importantly, fractured relationships. Marilee Adams created a really interesting “Map to Transform Challenging Conversations.” The map breaks down our communication interactions along two simple paths: Choose and React. Each path follows how we make choices moment-by-moment on any given issue. The idea is to avoid the “react” path or getting off of it as quickly as possible. When we react we are basically judging the other person. It may or may not even have anything to do with the issue at hand. Quickly we drop into a “whose fault is it” mindset that places blame immediately. Travelling down this path eventually dumps us into the judger pit where we question ourselves from a depression point of view. Why am I such a failure? Why are they so stupid? Why even bother? This is definitely not a path we want to follow, mental health

and putting it in motion with the amount of mis-information floating around can be difficult. For that I offer my own advice: Pick your battles wisely. Extend as much effort or emotional value as you see fit for any given encounter. Ask yourself, Is this worth it? I have an analogy I developed for dealing with people and this is: How much do they have


invested in my trust bank? Whenever

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someone goes out of their way with any act of support or kindness, I consider that a deposit in their name in my trust condition or not. Conversely, the other path, or the learner mindset, is a much more favorable route. When visualizing these, I tend to see this one as the high road. The learner mindset is one of inquiry. What happened? What do I want from this conversation? What can I learn? What assumptions am I making? What are the facts? In addition to asking these questions, picture yourself on the high road. Are you being the grownup in the room? Remember, it’s your choice to how any conversation ebbs and flows simply because you have engaged the topic. If you make thoughtful choices, stay solution focused and adopt a winwin attitude, not only will you have a pleasant conversation but also gain confidence. I realize this sounds a bit simplistic

bank. The more someone has invested, the more important they are in my life. These individuals always deserve a little extra when starting down either path on the choice map. We have to ensure those we empower have earned that privilege. NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 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.

Ligonier Oak Grove Art Club members to display original works From April 3-25, paintings and other works of art produced by members of the Ligonier Oak Grove Art Club will be on display in the lobby and halls of Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. With a current membership role of less than 20 hobbyists, the club meets every Thursday morning, 9 AM to 12 PM in the fellowship hall of St. Michaels Episcopalian Church in Rector, Pa. Members of the club paint freestyle in watercolor, oil, pastels, and graphite. Bonnie Luther provides tutelage for the club, and all members encourage and critique each others’ works. On

Oak Grove Art Club has exhibited, in addition to the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, in various establishments including the Holmes Gallery of the Latrobe Area Hospital, the Ligonier Valley Art Gallery, and the Jenner Art Gallery. Terry Palmer is the club president and Karen Johnson is secretary and treasuroccasion, demonstrations and/or workshops are held. Over the decades, the

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces season The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce the 2018-19 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season featuring the most new productions in series history, continuing the tradition of bringing the best of touring Broadway directly to Pittsburgh. The series, presented in partnership with Broadway Across America, will feature 11 productions comprised of seven season events and four Season Specials. The seven-show season lineup features six entirely new Broadway shows and one new Broadway revival, boasting a combined 19 Tony® Awards. The season is anchored by HAMILTON. Also headlining is six-time 2017 Tony Award- and 2018 Grammy®-winning Best Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN. In addition, the season features the Tony Award winners and nominees THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, COME FROM AWAY and ANASTASIA, the sweetest ticket in Pittsburgh, Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and the revival of the theatrical masterpiece FIDDLER ON

THE ROOF. The 2018-19 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Season Specials feature the return of the holiday classic ELF THE MUSICAL and the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Back by popular demand following sold out record breaking engagements, THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to Pittsburgh. Included in the Season Specials is the world premiere of CIRQUE ÉLOIZE HOTEL, which is also a featured event of the Trust’s 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. The PNC Foundation joins the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in bringing the best of Broadway to entertain, enlighten, and complement the rich experiences that add to the region’s exceptional quality of life. There has been an unprecedented demand for tickets and ticket availability will change. For the most up-to-date ticketing information, visit

Attention Vietnam Era Veterans (and families) Plans for an Honor Roll for Vietnam Era Veterans are moving along quickly in California, PA. The committee is collecting information about anyone in the California Area School District who served in the Armed Forces any time during the following dates: November 1, 1955-April 30, 1975. Vets (or their families) should send the following information to California, PA Vietnam War Honor Roll, P.O. Box 605, California, PA 15419: First, middle, and last name of the Veteran, Branch of

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News from Greater Monessen Historical Society The rescheduled annual Public Meeting for the Greater Monessen Historical Society membership will be Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 1 PM. The annual report will be presented, along with planned activities for the year. Board members will discuss their areas of responsibility. The new Spring Exhibit will be unveiled. Light refreshments will be served. The new Spring Exhibit will focus on local bridges and river transportation. If anyone has photos they are willing to loan or donate for the exhibit, please drop them off at the museum or email a scan to . The Society is also still seeking photos of the Washington and Linden Elementary Schools. Photos can be dropped off at the Heritage Museum to be scanned or emailed to . GMHS is also looking for old store ledgers or minute books from Monessen organizations and clubs. During the year, 2018, the Society will celebrate the 175th birthday of Monessen Founder, Henry Sellers McKee. McKee was one of the members of the East Side Land Company, which created Monessen in the late 1890’s. We hope to do a joint celebration with the City of Jeannette, as it was also founded by H. Sellers McKee. In Monessen, McKee Avenue was named in his honor. Mark your calendars for the annual

historic dinner! It will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The theme will be the one hundredth anniversary of the ending of the First World War and the establishment of the countries of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Yugoslavia. Start planning your costume! Founders Day will be on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Monessen City Park. The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is always free.

Armstrong Cable to air five part documentary Armstrong and Showtime have announced that they have partnered to offer ‘The Trade,’ a five-part documentary series about the opioid epidemic free to non-subscribers. Armstrong and Showtime have agreed to make the series, ‘The Trade,’ available on the Armstrong On Demand platform to all video customers. This is the first time in Showtime history that it has provided a full series free to non-subscribers. “Some of the communities that Armstrong serves are among the most affected areas in the country,” stated Dave Wittmann, Vice President of Marketing, “We felt it was part of our responsibility to help share this with all of our customers.” Directed by Matthew Heineman, ‘The Trade’ takes the viewer deeper into the story of those affected

by the opioid crisis. “This is happening in our backyard,” continued Wittmann,

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Century Inn returned to glory after devastating fire Story by Keren Lee Dreyer “The fire started in a little room with a fan that just kicks on to move the air when it needs to be moved” said Megin Herrington, Century Inn owner and President of Century Inn, Inc., as she described how all but the original stone of the inn was destroyed by fire on August 18, 2015. “The fire itself lasted over eight hours, and 28 fire departments responded,” Herrington said, continuing “It happened on a Monday, thank goodness, because the inn was closed at the time...I went up to the third floor to do payroll when my son yelled to get out, that the inn is on fire.” In spite of the thick first floor smoke she encountered on her way out, Herrington had the presence of mind to rescue the only known surviving Whiskey Rebellion flag, which had been hanging in the bar; it’s the only item that was saved from the conflagration. Gone were the antiques and books which adorned the rooms and inn, along with 44 years of personalized touches by Herrington, who has been running the inn since around 1974. Also gone were Herrington’s living quarters at the inn, though a nearby property of hers provided respite while the inn’s resurrection was underway. In most cases, a building fire leaving only some stone or brick would mean demolition of the remaining structure and a complete, new rebuild. When it comes to buildings on the National Historic Register, however, preservation of any remaining structure is paramount. In retrospect, Herrington said “I’m surprised I had the courage to go on with it (reconstruction) because you don’t know where to start first.” But with help from the family of daughter-in-law, April Harrington, Margittai Architects of Pittsburgh, PA, and Waller Corporation, General Contractors in Washington, PA, recreating the inn’s floor plan and exterior look was in good hands. Margittai’s experience with landmark buildings allowed them to create drawings that Herrington liked best, she said, “...and I’m so glad we chose them. They had a history background and they had

been wonderful.” Other important help from the area was provided by restaurants that offered to hire the inn’s employees until it reopened, and the Heinz History Center, which kept the Whiskey Rebellion flag during construction, and which was rehung with “much ceremony,” Herrington said. With Century Inn’s new but still familiar reconstruction finished, previous employees back in place, the new kitchen - and its excellent seasonal menu, and bar up and running, Century worked with landmarks before. We’re on the National Registry so it’s real important we keep the look of the front the same.” Once the architectural decisions were finalized, it was up to Waller to rebuild the inn to current codes, which added time to the inn’s reconstruction. However, Harrington notes “there were no codes when it was built” in 1788. In the end, Harrington said “We’re very pleased with them and real pleased with the whole project.” While another bedroom was added to the second floor for liquor license compliance, Herrington reports the inn’s

reconstruction has been so accurate that “A lot of people say that if you didn’t know there was a fire, you’d never know it,” though Herrington know it from things that are missing: “I like to have books of poetry on the night stands, but that will come later.” Replenishing the inn’s antique touches throughout has been fostered not only by Herrington’s numerous auction and estate sale trips throughout the U.S., but by the generosity of area residents, of whom she says “We’ve been blessed with so many customers who want to give us a family heirloom, and that’s

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Inn is poised to serve the community with fine service and dining, a wedding and event venue, and its own historic charm for centuries to come. Since reopening in February of 2018, business has been picking up again, Herrington said. With an art show previously hosted, and weddings on the books for summer, now is a good time to plan an event at the historic inn. Call April Harrington at 724-945-6600, or email to discuss plans. “We’re small enough that it really can be personalized. We pride ourselves in making it special for their events” Harrington enthused. See more of Century Inn at, or friend them on facebook at

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Paint N' Sip event to benefit Myasthenia Gravis The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA (MGA) will hold its fourth annual Brush for Bob, a Paint N' Sip event, to benefit the organization's FREE patient support services. The event is slated for Saturday, April 7 at Thistlethwaite Vineyards, 151 Thistlethwaite Lane, in Jefferson. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a free wine tasting. Participants also receive a free glass of wine and light refreshments. A basket raffle and 50/50 raffle will also be featured. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. For more than 60 years, the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania (MGA) has pro-

vided services to people affected by Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disorder of extreme muscle weakness with no known cause or cure. MGA is a proud partner of the Allegheny Health Network and Allegheny General Hospital. Brush for Bob is created and organized by Melissa Folman, sister of MGA Board President Bob Cribbs. Tickets for Brush for Bob are $40 and must be purchased by 3/28. Purchase online at or contact Melissa at

Uniontown Art Co-op announces extended hours The Uniontown Art Club's Artist Coop Gallery is announcing new extended hours!! They are now open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Add a fun visit to their place at 86 W. Main Street in Uniontown PA before or after you have lunch or dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Receive a $5.00 gift card for some of the local nearby restaurants when you make a

$25 or more purchase at the gallery. The gallery features a variety of original art pieces and fine crafts created by local artists and artisans. Works include blacksmith pieces, oils, watercolors, wood sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photography and more from local artists. This is a great place to buy unique gifts for your loved ones or for you. FMI:

Penn State Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar Breakfast and Keynote Address with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole - Thursday, May 24 - 7:30-9:30am To raise awareness and increase advocacy around matters of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in our community, The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art proudly hosts Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole for a meet & greet, breakfast and keynote address. Dr. Cole is a sought after speaker whose engagements are always inspirational. Her career as an educator, writer, president of two historically black col-

leges for women, the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and currently Principal Consultant with Cook Ross Inc have provided abundant experience in addressing issues on these topics. The Diversity Coalition and the Museum look forward to the opportunity to bring members of our community together for this important focus. Please join us! Tickets are available online or by calling 1-888-71TICKETS.

9th Annual AMI, Inc. Poetry and Fine Art Show Friday, May 4 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 54 West Wheeling Street, Washington Free admission to the public. Submissions will be accepted from Washington County residents, 15 years of age or older, with a previous or current history of Mental Illness and/or a


co-occurring substance abuse disorder. A maximum of 3 entries per category/ per person will be accepted. Poetry, photography, and fine art. Submissions due by Monday, April 9 at AMI Inc., 907 Jefferson Avenue Washington, PA 15301. FMI, contact Austin at 724- 228-5211.

GACO will host Federal Contracting Seminar California University of Pennsylvania's Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO), is sponsoring a seminar on “Fundamental Concepts in Federal Contracting” from 9 a.m. to noon on April 16, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, Pa. GACO is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center that provides advice, assistance and support to businesses interested in selling their products/services to the government. At this free seminar, companies will learn about key concepts needed to understand how to succeed in federal contracting. GACO has invited experienced government contracting attorney, Ms. Maria L. Panichelli of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, Philadelphia, PA, to discuss the federal contracting process during a lively semi-

nar. Topics include: A Primer on the Federal Procurement Process Federal Registrations & Certifications Small Business Eligibility and Common Pitfalls How the Bidding Process Works and What Law Governs the Procurement Process Contract Types Award Considerations Key Concepts in Federal Subcontracting The seminar is free but pre-registration is suggested by April 12. For additional information or to register, contact Tyler Verin at 724-938-5881 or

Veterans recall 50th Anniversary of Tet Offensive To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and to delve more deeply into our veterans’ experiences and perspectives, the Peters Township Public Library will partner with the Veterans Breakfast Club for a unique panel discussion. On Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m., four Vietnam veterans will meet to share their thoughts about the documentary series The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, focusing on Episodes 1 and 6. The discussion will be moderated by Todd DePastino, founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club. Register to attend this free event at or call 724.941.9430 #1. The four veterans on the panel will include: George Dvorznak who served with the Army in Vietnam from May 1967 - May 1968 as the commander of the 229th Supply & Service Co. in Long Binh near Saigon. Ron Worstell who was drafted into the Army in March 1968. He served as a radio operator with the 1st Infantry Division west of Saigon from September 1968 - June 1969. Worstell has returned to Vietnam twice, once for humanitarian work, and serves as volunteer at The Wall Washington D.C. As Duquesne University ROTC graduate, Ed Blank shipped with the Army’s

40th Signal Battalion to Vietnam in August 1966 and then became the commander of the 267th Signal Company while in country. Based for much of the time in Qui Nhon, Blank’s company traveled much digging trenches and setting up poles for the miles of telephone line needed to connect the far-flung Army forces. Andy Nigut served with the Marine Corps—2nd Battalion, 5th Marines—in I Corps near the DMZ in 1968, when he was grievously wounded by an enemy rocket attack. After a long recovery, Andy became a counselor, and, with other young combat veterans, wrestled with the VA to create street-level counseling outreach that today is known as the Vets Center. The Peters Township Public Library will offer free screenings of The Vietnam War Episodes 1 and 6 for persons interested in viewing a portion of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary series prior to the April 6 program.

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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Dermaplaning & Microneedling Demystified Spring is here! I’m sure many of you are happy about the warmer weather approaching. Most likely we still have some cooler days ahead so this is still a good time to get some noninvasive treatments done, especially if they require downtime. In continuation with my series on noninvasive treatments, in this column, I will be talking about dermaplaning and microneedling. Dermaplaning is a mechanical exfoliation process in which a sterilized scalpel gently scrapes off dead skin cells and any peach fuzz off the face. This treatment gets rid of any buildup of dead skin that is making your skin look dull and flaky. Also, by removing the vellus hair from the face, you are helping to prevent breakouts that are caused by clogged hair follicles. Some people refer to this process as shaving but dermaplaning goes much deeper then shaving because you are scraping the skin. The benefits of dermaplaning are smoother and brighter skin, and deeper penetration of products. It helps to fade acne scars, reduces breakouts, and minimizes fine lines. There is very little downtime if at all. Your skin might be a little red afterwards and you must wear an SPF because after any type of exfoliation your skin is very sensitive to the sun.

Dermaplaning is good for most skin types but if you have active acne it is best to avoid this until it clears up. It’s a myth that the hair will grow back thicker or darker after getting this procedure but if that is a concern you can get this done every three to four weeks. Dermaplaning is a great precursor to getting a chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment. Please don’t try to do this at home! Let a licensed esthetician or doctor do it. I can’t emphasize this enough. Most people that get dermaplaning love the results and get it done regularly. If your concerned about the elasticity of your skin, then microneedling is the procedure for you. Microneedling is a

process where little needles puncture the top layer of skin. What does this process do for the skin? The main thing is it stimulates collagen production which slows down as we age leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity. Your skin produces collagen to heal itself so the process of microneedling makes your skin think it’s under attack so it rushes to produce collagen. You may be thinking this procedure sounds painful but if it is done correctly it shouldn’t be. I recommend as with dermaplaning, to get this done by a professional. Since you are using tiny needles to put little wounds into the skin, it is a must they be sterilized otherwise you could get a skin infection. There are many benefits of microneedling because being able to stimulate collagen and elastin growth helps with a myriad of skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles. Also, it helps fade severe acne scars and hyperpigmentation. It changes the overall texture of your skin by making it feel smooth and plump. Microneedling is comparable to different laser treatments. In fact, studies have shown that when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation and melasma, microneedling worked better than expensive laser treatments. As with

any noninvasive treatment, you need to keep getting the procedure done to get the results you want. You can get it done every four to six weeks. You may experience some skin sensitivity afterwards and redness but it won’t last long. Afterwards, it is important to stay out of the sun for 24 hours and try not to wear makeup the rest of the day. This is perfect time to apply serums rich with peptides because your skin will absorb them deeply. Microneedling can also be done on other areas of the body, not just the face. Almost everyone is a good candidate for microneedling. Dermaplaning and microneedling are both great noninvasive treatments that produce wonderful results. It just depends on what your skincare issues are and what results your looking for. I hope I was able to shed some light on these treatments and what they do. About Face with Tasha is a 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.

Cal U’s Manderino Library Showcases Cuban Art from April 16-21 The work of five artists from Cuba will be on display April 16-21 in the third-floor gallery at California University of Pennsylvania’s Manderino Library. The free exhibition features works by artists Yamiliany Morales Ferras, Dayron Simon, Jesus Gastell, Duhamel Xolot and Jose Luis Cabrera Restoy. Special presentations on April 17 will put the artwork into context, with a panel discussion by several artists and a talk on human rights and genocide in Latin America by Dr. John Cencich, an international war crimes investigator and a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Christine Frechard, who owns an art gallery in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, also will be on hand April 17. The campus event is sponsored by the

Office of the President and the Art and Languages Department; co-sponsors are Manderino Library, the Criminal Justice Department, the international studies program and the College of Liberal Arts. Organizers of the “Cuban Art” events

at Cal U include Andrea Cencich; Sabrina Hykes-Davis, of the Music and Theatre Department; and Monica Ruane Rogers, of the Library Services Department. “Cuban Art” will be on public display

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April 16-21 during regular Manderino Library hours: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pay-by-meter parking is available in Lot 10 and Lot 17. On April 17, students from five area high schools will meet the artists and attend a panel discussion with the artists and a talk on human rights from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The public may join Cal U students, faculty and staff to hear the panel discussion and human rights presentation at 2 p.m. April 17 in Room 208 of Manderino Library. Admission is free. Pay-by-meter parking for visitors is available in campus parking lots 10 and 17.


NOW PLAYING! Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 PM - River City Brass presents VIENNA NIGHTS - Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free Take a trip to Vienna with the music of Johann Strauss, Franz von Suppé, and Franz Lehár. River City Brass puts their own unique twist on classic pieces like The Blue Danube, Radetsky March, and 1812 Overture. Tickets available by visiting or calling 412.434.7222 Sunday, April 8 at 7 PM - LEWIS BLACK - The Joke’s On US Tour $48.50, $54, $74 Lewis Black, Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Friday, April 13 at 10 AM - JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE - $10 per person, general admission Join Joseph and all your favorite characters for a sensory-friendly production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show will be performed in a friendly, supportive environment for patrons with sensory sensitivities and other special needs. Friday, April 13th at 7:30 PM, Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM, Sunday, April 15th at 2 PM - JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Adults: $19, $23, $26; Students: $16, $19, $21 Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Friday, April 20 at 7:30 PM - AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS & FRIENDS - $28.50, $36.50 Andrew McMahon, who’d been the guiding voice and songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, goes the

solo route as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. As a cancer survivor, McMahon has an unusually deep connection to the vagaries of life, while the birth of his daughter brought him happiness and inspired the grand radio pop of “Cecilia and the Satellite.” Saturday, April 21 at 7 AM - DANCING WITH THE CELEBRITIES - $75 Join Animal Friends for a spectacular evening including food stations from all your favorite restaurants, a celebrity dance competition and an “after party” that hosts desserts, music, dancing, and lots of fun! Tuesday, April 24 at 7:45 PM BUDDY GUY - $52, $65, $79 At age 81, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 PM Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra FAURÉ REQUIEM - $15, $27, $33, $35, $48 Tickets available by visiting or calling 724.837.1850 Wednesday & Thursday, May 2 & 3 at 6:45 PM - JOHN NOBLE’S 22ND ANNUAL WESTMORELAND NIGHT OF THE STARS - $20 Two nights of the year’s most exciting high school musical theatre! Wednesday evening features Penn Middle School, Derry Area High School, Yough Senior High School, Valley High School, Greater Latrobe High School, Kiski Area High School, Jeannette Senior High School, Monessen Middle-High School and Penn-Trafford High School. Thursday, Home/Cyber Middle School, Greensburg Salem Middle School, Franklin Regional High School, Greensburg Central Catholic Middle-High School, Ligonier Valley High School, Stage Right! Arts in Education Home School/Cyber School, Hempfield Area High School, Burrell High School, Mt Pleasant Area and Greensburg-Salem High School will be featured. For tickets email or call 724-3962543 Friday, May 4 at 7:30 PM - THE RAT PACK TOGETHER AGAIN - $25, $35 A Toast to the Rat Pack takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

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'Heathers' explores serious high school topics

Theater students at Cal U are digging deep as they prepare for a production of “Heathers: The Musical” April 12-14 in Steele Hall. “The show is unapologetic, blunt and graphic,” says its director, Dr. Michele Pagen. It follows Veronica Sawyer, a 12thgrader, as she navigates her final days in high school. Although the show has many upbeat musical numbers and comic characters, it also depicts bullying, social shaming, eating disorders, suicide, school violence and other serious issues. “It’s a modern musical that speaks to our campus community, to students who are here,” Pagen says. To help put the production in context, especially for high school audiences, a six-minute video will be shown before each performance. It features nine members of the “Heathers” cast who share their own accounts of high school misery. With University support, the Department of Music and Theatre regularly invites school groups to attend its performances. Pagen didn’t want to miss that opportunity, but says she felt “an obligation not to leave anyone in a vulnerable position.” So she and her students turned the school performance into a daylong exploration of high school culture’s darker side. On April 13, teens from Albert Gallatin and Ringgold high schools will arrive on campus for a talk by Abbey Singer, founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition. The organization uses pop culture as a springboard to oppose bullying and harassment in real-life and

online communities. After the talk, the teens will watch the musical and the theater students’ video. Over lunch, they’ll hear a panel presentation by Cal U faculty with expertise in sociology, counselor education and academic services: Dr. Elizabeth Larsen, Dr. Emily Sweitzer, Dr. Elizabeth Gruber and Marnie Hall. Study guides distributed before the visit present facts about tough topics and connect teens with text-lines and other online resources. Students from Cal U’s counselor education program will sit at the lunch tables and stand by during the performance and panel discussion, ready to offer support. “There’s a song in the show with the phrase ‘we could be beautiful,’ and we are putting our own spin on it with our theme,” says graduate student Amber Kirschner, who is studying clinical mental health counseling. She and counseling student Jessica Jacobs helped to organize the event. Cal U’s production of “Heathers: The Musical” is open to the public. Show times are 7 p.m. April 12-13 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 14 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. The musical is based on the 1988 cultclassic film written by Daniel Waters. The book, music and lyrics are by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Ticket price is $12. Students with valid CalCards are admitted for 50 cents; a $5 deposit will be returned when the student attends a performance. The public also may attend the talk by Abbey Singer, founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition, at 8:45 a.m. April 13. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall box office at 724-938-5943.

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Han Solo headed to theaters this May Story by Chuck Brutz


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The EQT Children's Theater Festival will be held May 17-20, 2018 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. Fostering imagination through high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, attendees can enjoy six featured performances, hands-on activities, and a variety of family-friendly art and music at various indoor and outdoor venues.The cultural experiences offered throughout festival performances can be enjoyed by all ages. PANDA'S HOME by Compagnia TPO - Italy - Ages 4+ | 50 Minutes - Venue:Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue POGGLE by Barrowland Ballet - Scotland - Ages 6 months - 4 | 40 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue THE RAINBOW FISH by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia, Canada - Part of the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series - Ages 3-8 | 50 minutes - Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street - A sensoryfriendly performance, which will include reduced sound levels and gentle lighting, is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018. THE YOUNG KING by Slingsby Theatre Company - Australia Part of the EQT Bridge Theater Series - Ages 7+ | 70 minutes Venue:Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE by Terrance Simien - United States All Ages | 50 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue SUNJATA KAMALENYA:THE STORY OF THE TRUE LION KING OF AFRICA by Experiential Theater Company United States - All Ages | 60 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue All ticketed performances will take place in the Cultural District. FMI:, call 412-456-6666, or visit the

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From the depths of the Mos Eisley Cantina, after chatting it up with a wretched hive of scum and villainy, I’ve come to tell the tale that a new Han Solo movie is heading to theaters this May. But the film will not be a Ford vehicle…Harrison Ford, that is. This prequel to the Star Wars franchise stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”) as Han and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. In the original 1977 space opera classic, A mysterious old man, and a young farm boy hired Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca, (Peter Mayhew) to transport them to planet Alderaan on Han’s ship, The Millennium Falcon. They were determined to rescue a princess from the clutches of an evil empire. The new movie will shed some light on Han and Chewbacca’s story, as well as some of other players in the fictional universe, like the suave gambler, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover of “Community” and “Atlanta” will play the part originated by Billy Dee Williams). After 41 years of iconic status, most fans have difficulty picturing Han and Chewbacca as anything else, but when George Lucas created the first Star Wars film, things almost ended up differently. According to the documentary, Empire of Dreams, Han was originally a greenskinned alien with gills and could have been played by…Robert DeNiro? Though Harrison Ford had been cast in various film and television roles since 1966, he also worked part time as a carpenter to support his family. Ford had the role of Bob Falfa in Lucas’s 1973 hit

film American Graffiti, but he worked as a carpenter for Lucas during Star Wars casting. Ford was suggested for the part of Han, but Lucas had already cast him in American Graffiti and didn’t want it to seem he used the same actors in all his films. Other actors who auditioned for the role included Kurt Russell, Christopher Walken, Nick Nolte and, yes, Robert DeNiro. When he was unsatisfied with the search, Lucas asked Ford to read Han’s dialogue with actors who were auditioning for the parts of Luke and Leia. According to Empire of Dreams, Lucas said Ford read better than anyone else and decided to cast him. So, who inspired Chewbacca’s character? Lucas’s pet dog, an Alaskan Malamute, sat in the passenger seat while Lucas drove—like a co-pilot. His dog’s name? Indiana. The dog provided Lucas with a lot of inspiration, as he also lent his name to archeologistadventurer Indiana Jones for the 1981



hit film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a May 1977 Rolling Stone Magazine interview with writer Paul Scanlon, Lucas gave us a glimpse of early ideas for the story: [In earlier scripts,] I had actually written four different plots and different characters, and they involved different environments. In one of the scripts there is a Wookiee planet. It’s a jungle planet, and there was a whole sequence where the Empire had a little outpost . . . and Luke . . . fights the head Wookiee. He further explains how, in that treatment, Han Solo and Ben Kenobi train Wookiees to fly rebel fighters, and the Wookiees and rebels work together to destroy the Death Star and defeat the Empire. Sound familiar? This was a concept Lucas revisited six years later with Return of the Jedi, right down to the campfire victory scene, but the Wookiees became Ewoks. In next month’s issue, discover more about what to expect in Solo: A Star Wars Story.


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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St. , California calpublib. org Every Monday at 10 a. m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday 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. Story Time is open to any child with a desire to learn and play. Reservations are recommended. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.

The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Make It Monday Stop by from noon till 7:30 for a stand alone activity every Monday that you can make yourself. (STEM Activity) Every Tuesday TOPS 5-5:30 p. m. weigh-in, 5:30 -6:15 - Meeting.Weight loss group Coffee & Crayons Every Friday at 10:30 a. m. Stop by and color with the community. Bring your own coloring book or try one of ours. Storytime for ages 30 months to 5 years meets every Monday at 11 a. m. starting March 5. Bible Study every Thursday at 1 p.m. Meet for non-demoninational study of the Holy Bible. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St. , Houston washlibs. org/chartiers-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 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 APRIL 2018 ACTIVITIES April 17 from 6-8 p. m. - Come join Cheryl Hopper, a local fiber artist, and friends who would like to share their love of crochet. Bring your crochet and let us share our work and have an evening of friendship and crochet. If you would like to learn how to crochet come we would love to teach you. If you have questions call 724-747-0220. Iyengar Yoga - Yoga class offered by professional instructor. Iyengar focuses more on precision of poses and breathing. $15 a class. See website for dates and times. April 19 from 6-7 p. m. - Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club - The book for this month is Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum. Free and open to the public, feel free to bring a Snack! Meets in the Conference Room. April 24 from 1-2 p.m. - Stay & Play Registration Begins. For 1-3 year olds, come play with toys like puzzles, musical instruments, blocks, truck and more. Registration begins April 24, begin meeting in May on Wednesdays 1112:15 p.m. Teen Time Tuesdays from 4:30 p. m. 6 p. m. Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, & 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. Every Friday in the Children's department there are crafts to make or activities to do. Stop by any time for these drop in activities, no sign ups required. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a. m. , and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, 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 friendsofcitizenslibrary@gmail. com. Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI: washlibs. org/citizens

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 WATER ST. , FREDERICKTOWN WEBSITE: washlibs. org/fredericktown PHONE: 724-377-0017 Spring Story Hour will be held Thursday’s at 10 a. m. at the library beginning April 5. Please call the library to register your child Library Board of Trustees will meet Wed. April 18 at 6:30 p. m. at the library. Reading Club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 at the library. Call the library to register your child. Discovery Detectives will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 at the library. Call the library to register your child. Teen Book Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 at the library. Call to register. SIT N KNIT/CROCHET will meet the second and fourth Thursday of the

month. Beginner-expert welcome. Rep. Pam Snyder’s Community Outreach staff is at the library every third Tuesday of each month from 11 – 3. Just stop in. Would you like to be a powerful advocate for the Fredericktown Area Public Library? We are looking for a few good men and women who would like to serve as library trustees. If interested just stop in the library. Our underwriters for April are: BCR Lions Club for underwriting the cost of our Internet service for one year, Northwest Bank for underwriting the cost of 1 Story Hour, and Dave & Betty Rankin & Family for underwriting the cost of 1 Story Hour in memory of Cynthia Grable Davis.

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DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora washlibs. org/donora

Free Monday Movie Matinee. Stop by the library on the first Monday of each month at 1pm for the viewing of a newly released film to DVD. Popcorn and water are provided. Friends of the Library Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of each month. 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.

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 Tues at 10 a. m. Birth-12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime Tues 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. Wii Sports for Adults Every Wednesday Stay active in the comfort of your library. No registration required. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a. m. & 1:15 p. m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds.This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics 9:15 a. m. For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess Tues at 11 a. m. -2 p. m. Every Tues in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. FMI, call 724-941-9430.

The Friends of the Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center group is holding a membership drive during the month of April. Applications can be picked up at the Library. Membership is available for a $5. 00 donation fee.The group will be sponsoring a May Spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Felicia’s Restaurant and Lounge on Schoonmaker Avenue, which will be available any day during the month of May, with the exception of Mother’s Day.Tickets can be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk or from a member of the Friends.The group will also assist at the annual National Library Week Book Sale beginning April 9. Many new or gently used books will be available for purchase. In addition, the Friends are now collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. Place the old cartridges in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the collection box, located near the front Circulation Desk. Cartridges being accepted include Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark and Sharp. A complete list of cartridge code numbers can be picked up at the Library or found on the Library Facebook Page. The Library Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, April 12 to discuss the book, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. If anyone is interested in joining the group, please contact the Library at 724-684-4750 and reserve a copy of the book to read. A copy of the book will be loaned to you for free through the library network. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, April 16, at 5:30 PM. New members are welcome. “Genealogy” in the news and interesting websites will be discussed, as well as personal family tree research. Light refreshments will be served. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center can be found on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) Friday's at 10 a. m. Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Ladies’ Bridge Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30 p. m. to 5:30 p. m. Knit and Crochet Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 5:30 p. m. to 7 p. m. Book Club (Adults) meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:30p. m. to 4:30 p. m. Lion's Club Meeting is the 3rd Monday each month at 6 p. m. Monongahela Valley Community Band meets every Wednesday at 7 p. m. The Donora Public Library will partner with the Southwestern Goodwill to host a donation drive.We are once again asking anyone and everyone in the community to bring in any unwanted household items and books you no longer need or want.

JOHN K.TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi washlibs. org/john-k-tener 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.

BROWNSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 SENECA ST. , BROWNSVILLE WEBSITE: bfpl. org/ PHONE: 724-785-7272 Children's Spring Story Time will begin March 21, and will take place on Wednesdays at 11 a. m. through May 9. No registration required, the more the merrier. We need to give a huge shoutout to our patrons, friends, families, and community! Our Celebrity Server Night at the Grindstone Pizza Hut was a smash-

ing success, and that is due to the generosity of our community and their belief in our library. One-on-one computer and technology classes are ongoing - call to make your appointment today. You can get your library card free of charge if you live within Fayette,Washington, or Greene County!

LOCAL LIBRARIES, LEND US YOUR NEWS. Is your local library having a special event or fundraiser? Are you having a guest speaker or author reading/signing? Do you offer story hours, tech help and/or classes? Are you having a used book sale? Send us your news. There is NEVER A FEE to list library activities in our pages. Send your library news to carla@pabridges. com or call 724-769-0123.

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AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Actors and Artists of Fayette County presents auditions for “Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Friday, April 13 from 69 p. m. and Saturday, April 14 from 11 a. m. to 2 p. m. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. The new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Callbacks: Saturday, April 14 (Time TBD if necessary) Show Dates: June 14-17, 2018

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Upcoming Events Teen Advisory Board comprised of students in grades 7-12 meet to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. New members welcome. Wednesday 4/4. 6-7p. m. Fiction Book Club will be discussing No Way Home by Annette Dashofy as their April selection.Wednesday 4/11. 12p. m. Paint & Sip - Join us for an evening of painting while enjoying light bites, wine and the company of friends.The fee is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration. Deadline for sign up is April 10th - please sign up early as we require a minimum of six participants to hold this event and only have space for 12 people.Thursday 4/12 6-8 p. m. Bigfoot Fest 2018 – A Town Hall Event Keynote speaker is Doug Waller, Founder of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation. Special guests include Tony Merkel of The Confessionals Podcast & Bigfoot eyewitness Dave Groves. Free - For additional information, email Leslie Yoder at lyoder@franksarrislibrary. org. Saturday 4/14 1p. m. Trivia Night at the Round Tables - If you are looking for something new and fun to do, grab some friends and pool your knowledge together at our afterhours trivia competition.Teams will compete for first prize answering questions from different categories.We will have snacks and drinks to satisfy your hunger while our questions challenge your brain.The fee is $5/person and teams can have 4 or 5 people. Registration is required and space is limited. Please contact Beth Kairush or Leslie Yoder at 724-745-1308 (option #1) for more information. Saturday 4/14. 6:30-9p. m. Teen Writers’ Club (grades 7 – 12) will meet to write, share and support each other through the creative process.Whether you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, short stories or more, stop by to meet like-minded teens. Monday 4/16. 6-7p. m. Nonfiction Book Club will be discussing Post Truth by Ralph Keyes. For additional information, email Leslie

Yoder at lyoder@franksarrislibrary. org. Tuesday 4/24. 2p. m. Ultimate Gaming Friday - an after school program inviting all ages to come unwind before the weekend with our collection of video games. Friday 4/27. 2:30-5pm. Teen Art Contest -The Library will hold an art contest for students in grades 7 – 12. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as a People’s Choice Award. Additionally, the winning piece of artwork will find a new home in our Young Adult Department. More information, including contest rules and registration forms, will be available on our website and at the Library. Story Time for children 9 months to 5 years old – Mondays-Thursday mornings. Madcap Mondays for grades 5-8. Science, crafts, slime, painting, bots and more. Call the Children’s Desk at 724745-1308 to sign up! Mondays 4:30-5:30 p. m. Madcap Mondays for grades 2-4. Science, crafts, slime, painting, bots and more. Call the Children’s Desk at 724745-1308 to sign up! Mondays 5:30-6:30 p. m. Spanish Story Time – stories and songs in Spanish with Ms. Noreen. Tuesdays at 11:15 a. m. Family Night is an evening story hour with stories, games and activitiesTuesdays at 6:30 p. m. Little Picassos - children ages 2-5 along with their fun loving adult can join Miss Barb for a craft with messing things like glitter, glue, water, paints etc. Dress appropriately! Wednesdays at 10:15 a. m. Lego Club meets every Wednesday 56 p. m. Table Top Gaming – organized board game playing time happens Wednesdays 3-6 p. m. Wiggles and Giggles – a motion class for 2-5 years old – we will be moving and dancing for 35-40 minutes! Thursdays at 11:15a. m. Of Dice and Men - Roleplaying Games take place Saturdays at 2 p. m. For a complete listing of upcoming events and online programs, visit our

website at www. franksarrislibrary. org, or call 724-745-1308 for more information. More from Your Library - CanonMcMillan students can earn Accelerated Reading points at the library.We have a computer reserved in the Children's Department exclusively for testing. Ancestry Resources - Come to the library to take advantage of our subscription to Ancestry. com! Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers.Visit our website to see what is currently on display. If you're an artist interested in displaying your work in this venue, please visit our website or stop in to get an application. Through the library's website, Frank Sarris Public Library cardholders can access thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Check out Typing and Keyboarding 101, Introduction to Gardening, Interview Skills and the other 500+ continuing education courses available at no cost through our website. Digital Magazines from Zinio - The Frank Sarris Public Library is the only location in the area to provide this resource, and we offer a selection of more than 40 titles. Our used book sale is ongoing and new titles are being added all the time. . . you can replenish your bookshelves for just $5 per bag or buy individual books for $0. 25, $0. 50 or $1. 00. Playaway Launchpad is a pre-loaded tablet designed for a circulation environment.We have Launchpads for children, teens and adults. OverDrive - Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and Read-Along eBooks anytime, anywhere - all you need is your library card. Young Explorer Kits - These themed kits are filled with age-appropriate educational toys and other materials, and they are available to borrow. Stop by the Adult Circulation desk to borrow a Kit. FMI, visit our website at franksarrislibrary. org, or call 724-745-1308 for more information.

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Law Day 2018 is upon us! Entry deadline is April 13 Story by Anjali Ajmani Law Day 2018 is upon us! The theme this year is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom”. The theme explores how the U. S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches— Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. Washington County students grades 2 through 12 are invited to submit entries for this year’s Law Day Contests sponsored by the Washington County Bar Association and Observer Publishing Co. The entry deadline is April 13 by 4 p.m. Law Day U. S. A. was established in 1958 by President Eisenhower to strengthen our great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law “I’ve been here 21 years and we’ve been doing it since then. The Peeps Contest is new this year. We are having a naturalization ceremony at 4:30 p. m. on May 1st as part of the Law Day celebration,” said Kathy Sabol, Executive Director, Washington County Bar Association. “The most popular contest is the bookmark contest. We had 460 bookmark entries, 42 editorial essays, 13 Peeps dioramas, and 35 creative arts entries last year. ” Kathy added. Below are the descriptions of each of the contests. For prize information, please visit www. washcobar. org. Bookmark Contest for grades 2-5 in which students design a bookmark that is 8. 5 inches by 2. 75 inches and features artwork on one side with the other side listing the entrant’s information. No 2-D décor allowed, please. Editorial Essay Contest for grades 6-

12 in which students compose a singlespaced opinion piece of no more than 500 words. The top of the page should include the entrant’s information, including the name, grade level, school, and word count. Creative Arts Contest for grades 6-12 in which students compose an artwork along with a 140-word explanation of how the artwork coincides with this year’s theme. Group entries are permitted, and the prize money will be split accordingly. Law Peeps Diorama Contest for grades 6-12 and adults in which students or adults or students and adults together compose a diorama using marshmallow peeps and then submit their original photo to Kathy@washcobar. org. Photos need to have a title and a 140-word explanation of how the diorama coincides with this year’s theme. Only one photo may be submitted per entrant. Photoshop is not allowed. Group entries

are allowed and prize money will be split accordingly. Citizenship Project Contest for Washington County Residents in which residents write a 250-300 word explanation of their project, provided that the project was carried out within the last two years. Photos and other supporting documents can be included, provided that they do not exceed ten pages. Note that if a project was conducted by a college or other organization, it must include proof of said organization’s involvement. Any results and overall impact of said project must be included with this information. A cover sheet with entrant(s) name, address, age, and project name is required. Additionally, lesson plans are available at www. lawday. org and in-school speakers and activities can be scheduled through the Bar Association.

It’s Off To The Races with California Rotary May 5 California Rotary Club is off to the races on Saturday, May 5 with the running of the Kentucky Derby and the Club’s Hats & Horses, a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party, at Nemacolin County Club from 4:30-7:30 p. m. You don’t have to visit your old Kentucky home to see the race, taste some southern fare, or wear your best derby outfit. Just make your way to Nemacolin

County Club where all things “derby” will abound, including a hat competition, derby attire competition, friendly wagering, basket auction, and mint juleps, of course. The cost is $50 for a single and $90 for a couple. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of California, whose many service projects benefit local students and local communities, as well as Rotary’s international

projects, such as the End Polio Now campaign. Last year, only a handful of cases of polio were reported in two countries. The majority of the world is now polio-free thanks to the concerted efforts of Rotary and its many partners. Don’t be left at the gate, be part of this fun event. For tickets, contact Beth Baxter, 724-938-7204, or email californiafocus@verizon. net.

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TAX HELP FOR THE ELDERLY The Fayette County Community Action Agency will be assisting local residents with their income tax return this tax season. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help to people who earn $53,000 or less and cannot afford professional assistance.Volunteers will be available to help prepare basic tax returns for taxpayers with special needs, including persons with disabilities, low to moderate income, unemployed, and elderly taxpayers. Trained and certified community volunteers can help eligible taxpayer with credits, such as the EITC, Child Tax Credit or Credit for the Elderly Located at the Uniontown Mall, the days of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9a. m. to 3 p. m. . Mondays and Wednesdays- Walkins, and Tuesdays,Thursdays, & Fridays - appointment only,To schedule an appointment the number to call is 724-430-6430. This year we have another tax site location in the Masontown area by appointment only on Thursdays. For taxpayers who want to prepare and file their own tax returns electronically, there is IRS Free File. Individuals or families with 2015 adjusted gross incomes of $60,000 or less can file their taxes by using the free file software, www. freefile. irs. gov The VITA-TCE Program for Fayette County is sponsored by Fayette County Community Action Agency and is funded by the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and United Way. FMI: fccaa. org 31

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