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Au gu s t 2017 Edition


Connecting Our Communities

Like An Open Book


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Like An Open Book “Live your life like an open book.” I'm sure you've all heard this sage saying. For me, it's more than great advice, it's an adage I strive to live by. But, what does it really mean? Simply put, it means being transparent and honest about who you are and what you believe in. It's certainly not always easy, but it keeps my life from being unnecessarily complicated. I don't harbor hidden agendas, and I don't hide behind any masks. What you see is what you get, period. Love me or hate me, I believe in genuine interactions, and in saying what you mean, when you mean it. I haven't always ascribed to this philosophy, but I learned (the hard way), which I don't recommend, that nothing is to be gained by being false to yourself. Lately, though, I've started to believe there's a deeper meaning behind living your life like an open book. I think it also means to keep your mind open, and to realize there are yet more words to be written in your personal story. The first rule they teach aspiring writers is that your first draft is just that, only a beginning, a shaky foundation you will eventually replace with a more concrete one as you revise and polish your manuscript. Get your ideas down on the page and, later, you can (and will) fret over whether or not they're the right words. The same can be said for life. Your story can and should evolve over time. As you grow personally, spiritually, and professionally, you change. “Live your life like an open book.” Live your life, day by day, and always be open to new experiences and to learning unfamiliar ideas. Be true to yourself and to others, but welcome

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Funky Turns 40 & other exhibits on display at August Wilson Center...p. 11 Uniontown Art Club presents Art at the Summit...p. 15 Art exhibit at Greensburg Civic and Garden Arena...p. 29 Photo Contest...p. 27

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BIZ EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Tips from TechBoxz: Do you really need a new PC?...p. 12 Waynesburg named MONEY “Best College”...p. 4 Triangle Tech named Forbes’ Top 30 two-year college...p. 5 WCCC to hold enrollment event....p. 14 Youth Enrichment Services offers opportunities...p. 25-26

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

STAGE & SCREEN Nick Offerman at Benedum...p. 6 PBT orchestra receives endowment from PSO musicians...p. 5 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 14 “Dearly Beloved” on stage...p. 14 On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 Advanced adult acting classes at Little Lake Theatre...p. 19 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 26 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-28

Local authors releases sequel to debut novel...p. 7 African Library Project at California Library...p. 7 Free Produce to People Distribution...p. 8 Residence at Hilltop celebrates 20th year...p. 15 Eat Fresh! Listing of Local Farmer’s Markets...p. 16 Birds share skies with humans at National Aviary...p. 18 CASA gives kids a voice...p. 23 This Month in History...p. 24 Cal U grad advances to national golf championship...p. 28



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

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Protect yourself from identity theft...p. 9 About Face with Tasha...p. 17 Selecting Music for a Funeral or Memorial Service...p. 19 Mental Health Spotlight with Fred Terling...p. 21 How to view the eclipse...p. 22 Finding the Source of Your Fears...p. 22

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

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Waynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine's 20172018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, ranking in the top seven percent of all colleges and universities considered nationwide. Out of the 2,400 colleges considered, 711 met the minimum requirements to be included in the ranking, which examined three primary factors: quality of education, affordability and outcomes. Waynesburg ranked No. 170. “Ninety-eight percent of our 2015 graduates are working or studying in their chosen field within a year of graduation, and 70 percent of them choose to remain in the region, creating a consistent and positive impact on region's economy,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Waynesburg University. In compiling this ranking, MONEY utilized research and advice from dozens of the nation's top experts on education quality, financing and value, according to their website, “to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation's best-performing

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Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians Gift $10K to PBT’s Orchestra Endowment Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) is thrilled to announce that the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have contributed $10,000 to the company's endowment fund for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra. PBT has set a $4 million goal for the orchestra endowment, which is part of PBT's $21.2 million capital Campaign for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The fund will protect the company's current level of orchestra accompaniment and put PBT in position to expand it for the future by building a source of sustainable, long-term funding for annual performances with live music. Fifty musicians comprise the PBT Orchestra, which performs under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Charles Barker. “The musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have great pride in our city and its cultural institutions - the heart and soul of any great city,” said Micah Howard, PSO bassist and Orchestra Committee chairman. “We believe that live music is essential to the success of all ballet performances, and we hope that our donation will encourage other generous individuals in our city to give in order to bring the orchestra back to all Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performances.” As it nears the 86 percent mark of its total campaign goal, PBT is working to harness broad community support to invest in the PBT Orchestra. “The musicians of the PBT Orchestra are overwhelmed by the generosity of

our friends and colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for their donation to the live music endowment. The PSO musicians know how important live music is in our city and in our precious performing arts institutions, and they have demonstrated their commitment in a very tangible way by this gesture of support,” said Cynthia Babin Anderson, a PBT Orchestra oboist who spoke on behalf of her fellow musicians. Since 2006, when financials forced the company to scale back live music in order to stay afloat, PBT has committed to performing with the full PBT Orchestra for two out of five main-stage productions and is often able to feature a live musical ensemble for a third. In recent years, gifts from an anonymous donor have helped sustain this commitment and allowed PBT to add additional orchestra performances for occasions like the company's 45th

anniversary season. This season, PBT is proud to feature the PBT Orchestra for two productions and a total of 12 performances - up from nine performances during the 2016-2017 Season. With a sizeable endowment, PBT can continue building on these advancements without compromising its fiscal stability. “This is a powerful pledge of solidarity and leadership from the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and we hope it will inspire others who believe in the dynamism of live orchestral performance to invest in the exceptional cultural experiences that we are so proud to have in Pittsburgh,” said Harris Ferris, PBT executive director. “Many people don't know that our ticket sales cover less than 50 percent of our production costs. In order to perform at this level, and keep ticket prices affordable and accessible to our patrons, we rely on individuals, corporations and foundations to invest in our art. Endowment gifts are truly a legacy that continue to give year after year, protecting our art now and for future generations.” For more information about supporting the PBT Orchestra and the Campaign for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, please visit or contact Lois A. Wholey, PBT director of development, at 412-454-9133 or

Forbes names Triangle Tech to Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools List Triangle Tech, a two-year degree granting technical school with six locations throughout Pennsylvania, was named to the first-ever Forbes Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools list. The inaugural list of the nation's top 30 trade schools ranks Triangle Tech's location in Greensburg as number 13 and its Bethlehem location as number 17. For the first time, Forbes developed a comprehensive ranking of two-year trade schools throughout the U.S. The magazine used the same “return on investment” focus as their popular Top

Colleges ranking report. Three critical data points were analyzed, including earnings, affordability and quality. “Triangle Tech offers students opportunities to earn associates degrees in five program areas that are on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's list of high priority occupations,” said Tim McMahon, president of Triangle Tech. “We are proud that a publication as prestigious as Forbes has recognized the quality career-ready education and value we offer to our students. We're also pleased that the educa-

tion we provide meets the needs of employers who are searching for highly skilled technicians.” Triangle Tech has been providing postsecondary technical training for 73 years and has locations in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Triangle Tech is licensed by the Pennsylvanian Department of Education State Board of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges. To learn more, visit

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Back by popular demand, humorist, writer and woodworker Nick Offerman will bring his highly successful Full Bush solo stand-up show back on the road. Offerman will return with a collection of his sawdusty musings on survival in the wild, living with enthusiasm, and most importantly, the cultivation of fulsome body hair. Best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Park and Recreation,” Offerman recently starred alongside Michael Keaton in “The Founder” as well as Sam Elliot in “The Hero.” He also served as a co-producer for the Wendell Berry documentary “Look & See” which premiered at the IFC Center in New York on June 30th and he appeared in the film “The Little Hours” alongside Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza and Allison Brie. Next up, Offerman will reteam with his Parks and Rec co-star Amy Poehler on an unscripted competition series celebrating craftiness and creativity called The Handmade Project. Nick is an avid woodworker whose recent book Good Clean Fun about his very own Offerman Woodshop was a New York Times bestseller. He is also

the author of NY Times best-sellers Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption. In Pittsburgh, Nick Offerman: Full Bush comedy tour will make a stop at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, on Sunday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Outback Concerts. Ticket prices start at $39.50 and are available for purchase at:, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. There is a four ticket limit per customer order. FMI:

Open House: Free Palace Theatre Tours Sept. 9 Westmoreland Cultural Trust will host ings. A Vermont marble staircase leads free tours of the Palace Theatre at 9:30 to the theater’s second floor, which a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, September boasts golden Grecian marble, classic 9. These one-hour tours will include black-and-white checkerboard floors and interesting facts and trivia about the for- Spanish inlaid tiles. mer Manos Theatre, a vaudeville and The Palace Theatre today seats 1369 movie house that opened September 2, patrons and hosts more than 100 events 1926. each year. Information will be available The structure includes many architecabout upcoming shows. Reservations are tural and art features such as the beautinot needed for the tours. fully restored murals painted by For additional information, call the acclaimed Chicago artist Louis Grell, who depicted fairy stories in his paintBox Office at 724-836-8000. 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

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Local author & Amazon best seller releases long awaited sequel Story by Lauren Rearick Local author Cindy Lynn Speer is ready to welcome readers back into a world of fantasy and magic. After the release of her Amazon best seller, “The Chocolatier's Wife,” Speer returned to writing, and after nearly four years, released a long-awaited sequel, “The Chocolatier's Ghost”. The novel was released in June, and picked up where Speer's last story in the series left off. Inspired by a gift of chocolate nearly ten years ago, Speer still recalls the first time she sat down to share the Chocolatier world with readers. “The whole book came right to me,” she said. “I've never had anything like that happen to me before. I just sat down and kept writing and writing.” Originally, the novel was released in segments with Speer entering the chapters into a contest held by book retailer Borders. At the time, the store was giving away a publishing opportunity to the winner. Although she didn't win the contest, the response from readers was overwhelming and many wished to know how the story would end. Setting time aside to complete both novels proved difficult at times, as Speer had to balance a day job with finding the time to write and share her

world of fantasy. “Writing is all about discipline,” she said. “I had to learn to keep writing, even when it felt like I waist deep in mud and just trudging through it. Setting time aside for yourself is hard.” Recently, Speer put into practice the idea of finding time to write every day, even if it's just a few words. Although, she admits there are instances where she has to take a break or just doesn't have time. When she's not writing, Speer finds that ideas make their way into her

mind, saying that she's always telling herself stories. “It's been really wonderful to have these ideas sitting in my own mind and now I'm able to share them with others,” she said. “I just try to make people happy with my stories.” Making people happy has been Speer's mission since she started writing. Beginning to write at the age of 13, Speer started with creating books for family and friends based around Hollywood stars they liked. It wasn't until college that Speer found she was finally able to put together some of her previous thoughts and get serious about writing. She finished some of her first official work then and has only continued to work to improve her writing and expand her abilities. According to Speer, everything she comes across throughout her day serves as inspiration for her writing. From television to reading other books, she tries to immerse herself and gain new perspectives. She's already beginning to draw inspiration for future work and has a few ideas in mind. “I'd love to get to a point where I can release something new every year,” she said. FMI:

Carnegie Science Center’s “Cafe Sci” to discuss A.I., autonomous vehicles As city populations increase, will computers help humans in the construction of safer ways to travel? Could the future of transportation in the United States be one of self driving cars and computer assisted commutes? Join the discussion with an engineer at the forefront of this

technology at Carnegie Science Center's next Café Sci event. Brian Zajac is Director of Hardware Engineering at Uber. Zajac will discuss his work with artificial intelligence and the future of autonomous vehicles on Monday, Aug. 7 from 7-9 pm at the Science Center.

Admission to Café Sci is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Doors open at 6 pm. The evening includes time for informal discussion, eating, and drinking with a cash bar. FMI: or call 412-237-3400.

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Faced with the inevitable prospect that Century III Mall may permanently close, a group of mall enthusiasts gathered one last time to share memories of better times. “It was my idea to do this event,” Century III Mall Memories Facebook page administrator Gary Nelson said. “In fact, this is the first time we've done something like this.” Nelson explained the event was not intended to focus on the future of the mall. “Instead, it focused on the memories that were made at the mall. The event was intended to provide a retrospective of the past 38 years at the mall. We encourage residents of the community, loyal guests, and workers of the mall to walk down memory lane and reminisce about the good times that were had,” Nelson said.. Nelson said the idea for this event came from the Greengate Mall in Greensburg. Former shoppers of Greengate reportedly asked the property owners to tour the building one last time before the doors were shuttered. Greengate and Century III shared a common principle: they mattered to the community, he added. However, this request was not honored. “When Greengate finally closed for good, people had asked about touring the mall one last time before it was torn down,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, they were turned down by the owners. This event will give those an opportunity to do just that, to take a walk down memory lane. For some, it may very well be their last time.” While the future of Century III Mall is uncertain, the mall's early days aligned closely with Pittsburgh's most famous industry, steel. The mall began on the site of a steel by-product from United States Steel. Known as Brown's Dump by locals, it was one of the symbols of Pittsburgh steel. The material which formed the artificial mountain was steel “slag.” Slag is the by-product of the extraction of iron ore in steel production. It was considered very valuable and useful for a variety of manufacturing applications, according to a news release by the aforementioned Facebook page. For more than 50 years, the molten slag waste was transported via Union

Railroad by insulated ladle rail cars from the mills of Pittsburgh to the industrial dump site. According to a source used by the Century III Mall Memories Facebook page, nearly 70 million tons of slag were dumped on the site. People reportedly came to Brown's Dump to witness the molten slag flowing down the hillside at night. In 1969, United States Steel discontinued slag dumping on the site. Portions of the land were eventually used for commercial development. The first development to take place on the reclaimed land was the construction of a 115,500 square foot Murphy's Mart store as part of the Bellview Plaza South development. It was developed in partnership with United States Steel Realty Corporation and opened in 1972. The slag excavation went so well that in 1976, the United States Steel Realty Corporation decided to become partners

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with the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation of Youngstown, Ohio to develop the largest mall in the tri-state region. As a result, the idea for the 1.6 million square foot Century III Mall was born. Construction on Century III Mall began in the spring of 1978. Throughout the duration of construction, remnants of the site's industrial past were uncovered, including a ladle rail car, which was refurbished and is now on display near one of the entrances to the mall, and iron buttons, which were mushroom-shaped chunks of metal that solidified in the ladle cars and came loose during the slag dumping process. Some of these mushroom-shaped metal chunks have been placed around the mall's surrounding area of Pleasant Hills. The name Century III was conceived at the time the DeBartolo Corporation became involved in the mall's development during the U.S. 1976 bicentennial. Hence, the name was in respect to the third century of America's independence. The gathering ended with a group photo shoot of the approximately 100 people who celebrated Century III Mall's many years of memories in the mall's center court.

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

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

Uniontown Library Author Series: 8/19 at 4 p.m. Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. These events are free and open to the public. Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library's main desk before each author's visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Refreshments will be offered by sponsoring businesses or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author's featured book in a free raffle! August’s speaker is Stephanie M.

Wytovich. She is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, and Brothel earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press, and her debut novel, The Eighth, is simmering in sin with Dark Regions Press. For the Author Series, Stephanie will share what it’s like to be a woman writing in the horror genre and detail the ins and outs of the market from a female perspective.FMI:



When someone uses information about you without your permission, it will take time and money to straighten things out, but ERIE’s identity recovery coverage can make the process a whole lot easier. With identity recovery coverage, you don’t have to go it alone. Erie Insurance’s coverage is available for a low annual fee and designed to help you restore your credit in the event of identity theft or fraud.You’ll also get help from your own dedicated case manager who’ll walk you through the process step-by-step. IDENTITY THEFT RECOVERY SUPPORT Here are the kinds of things that a case manager could help you with when you have a claim.They could: Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit file. This alert requires creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. Order copies of your credit report from all three major credit bureaus to review recent activity. Close accounts that you believe were tampered with or opened fraudulently. Write letters on your behalf to the Social Security Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles or other agencies. Provide legal referrals for assistance with court appearances or other legal situations. Keep detailed records of the steps taken and remaining to restore your identity. With ERIE, you get competent, experienced people to take you through the recovery process, and that’s important. But, along the way, we’ll cover some of your expenses, too. COVERED COSTS With ERIE’s coverage, you could get help to cover costs associated with: Lost wages. Re-filing applications for loans, grants

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Results are in for WQED Pittsburgh and PBS Kids “Kids Writers Contest” Story by Brianne Bayer Mitchell Each year WQED Pittsburgh and PBS Kids (channel 13 for those who remember) hosts a Kids Writers Contest for children in their viewing area. Children are encouraged to write and illustrate original stories to be submitted for the contest. A panel of judges chooses four finalists per grade, kindergarten through fifth. After a second round of judging, the winners are announced. Twenty-six finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 stories received from throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware. This year the winners of the 2017 Kids Writers Contest are: KINDERGARTEN First Place: Aarav Parthiban, Pittsburgh Second Place: Anthony Pavlik, Venetia Third Place: Abigail Mascaro, Gibsonia Honorable Mention: Samuel Davidson, McKeesport,PA FIRST GRADE First Place: Rocco Romano, Venetia Second Place: Aryan Kazimi, Pittsburgh Third Place: Chayun Lee, University Park Honorable Mention: Ella McConville,

Sarver SECOND GRADE First Place: Brock McMullen, Greensburg Second Place: Sol Lee, State College Third Place: Connor Dickey, Pittsburgh Honorable Mention: Riley Philage, Pittsburgh THIRD GRADE First Place: Areesha Nouman, Cleveland OH Second Place: Isabelle Ciletti, Finleyville Third Place: Alex Klein, McMurray PA, Honorable Mention: Clare Troll, Somerset FOURTH GRADE First Place: Jackson McMullen, Greensburg PA Second Place: Dagny Haglund, Pittsburgh Third Place: Marielle Wilson, Irwin Honorable Mention: Regan Mazur, Eighty-Four FIFTH GRADE First Place: Maximilian Marcieski, Irwin Second Place: Caroline Troll, Somerset Third Place: Jocelyn Walters-Vrabel, Cheswick Honorable Mention: Caraline Sommer,

Jefferson Hills STEM Kindergarten-First Grade: Max Seekford, Allison Park Second Grade-Third Grade: Brock McMullen, Greensburg Third Place: Elly Strittmatter, Bridgeville Earlier this summer, the public was invited to vote for the “Kid's Public Choice Winner” from 26 finalists selected from more than 1,000 entries received for this year's contest throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey. Over 5,500 votes were submitted online via the portal, a record number. The 2017 Kid's Reader's Choice Winner is: Aarav Parthiban for his story, “The Vegetable Mystery” with 928 votes. Aarav attends Chartiers Valley Primary Elementary School. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and communitybased programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video.

Healthy Steps for Older Adults program scheduled in Brownsville Falls in the United States are a serious problem. Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among adults ages 65 and older. More than a third of adults age 65 fall each year. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than for injuries from other causes. The most common fall-related injuries are fractures of the hip, spine or forearm. Half of older adults who suffer a hip fracture are never able to live independently again. Women are almost twice as likely as men to injure themselves in a fall. The rate of fall-related injuries increases rapidly after the age of 55 for women and after the age of 60 for men. Are you at risk of falling? Have you had a fall in the last year? Do you have balance problems or trouble getting


around? Are you afraid of falling? Healthy Steps for Older Adults addresses: Environmental safety, Balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance exercises, Nutrition, Foot health, Sensory deficits (vision/hearing), Side effects of medication, Health status/disease status, including substance abuse, The need to maintain an active lifestyle, Social connectedness, and Mental and spiritual well-being By learning how to prevent falls and

related injuries, you are taking the first of many “healthy steps” to an active and independent future. Healthy Steps is designed to: Be fun, sociable and validating, Raise awareness of causes of falls and ways to prevent falls, Provide opportunities and ideas for physical activities, Identify and problem-solve barriers to change, Provide home activities that reinforce what is learned, Include frequent breaks and changes of activities. The next program will be held at: Brownsville Senior Center, 302 Shaffner Avenue Brownsville, on Tuesday, August 22 from 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. FMI or to register call Patti at 724228-7080 or 1-888-300-2704, Ext. 4430 Please note: Space is limited and registration is required.

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“Funky Turns 40” & other exhibits on display at August Wilson Center The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the arrival and opening of three visual art exhibitions on Friday, July 14, at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 including Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution in the BNY Mellon Gallery, Robert Hodge's For The Culture in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery, and ARTivism: August Wilson Community Mural Project by Tarish Pipkins in the 1839 Gallery. Exhibits will be on display through September 8, 2017. The August Wilson Center visual art galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday & Thursday: 11am-6p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11am-8p.m.; Sunday: noon-5p.m.. Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution celebrates the 40th anniversaries of Saturday morning cartoons and cartoon specials that featured the first positive Black characters in animation history. These 1970's characters are historically significant because they represent a revolutionary change in the way Black people were depicted in animated form compared to the ugly stereotypes presented in animated film and television through the late 1960's. Funky Turns 40 received high acclaim during its inaugural exhibition with the Toonseum in 2012. When commenting on its return to Pittsburgh and what audiences are intended to take away

from the exhibit, Co-curator Loreen Williamson had this to say, “We originally contacted the August Wilson Center and really wanted to see the exhibition on display there. So, we are very excited to finally be able to bring Funky Turns 40 back to Pittsburgh to the August Wilson Center. Audiences of all ages love Funky Turns 40, because it either reminds them of their childhood or educates them about a previously unknown aspect of Black history that is fun and uplifting. The move towards more positive representation of the Black image in animation is an important victory resulting from the Civil Rights Movement. What we hope people take away from the exhibition is how groundbreaking these cartoons and


characters truly were at that time.” Robert Hodge's FOR THE CULTURE is a body of work that speaks on a variety of subjects studying the creation of original forms of music such as blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, and house as it relates to race in America and the African American community. Hodge narrates these stories through text, color, found and reclaimed material. “For the Culture is a way of paying tribute to the integrity, knowledge, self awareness, and the greater good from the generations who came before us. The show stems from an honest place regarding the times we are in, addressing politics, social justice, music, and many other issues that affect me wherever I am in the United States of America.” A special feature to the opening event will be Tarish Pipkins' ARTIVISM: THE AUGUST WILSON COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT, where Pipkins will invite the public to hand-paint a mural alongside him in the gallery of the lower level. At the end of the event, Pipkins will set the finishing touches to prepare the piece for the duration of the exhibition. This project is a product of audience engagement and public immersion. “I was born, raised, and started my art career here in Pittsburgh. It is an honor for me as a black artist to participate in a community project that contributes to the legacy and honors such a legendary playwright and other prominent black artists from Pittsburgh,” says Pipkins. FMI:





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Tips from Tech Boxz: Do you need a new PC? By Eric J. Worton There are a multitude of points to consider when making a computer purchase, but the first question you should be asking is, “do I really need to buy a new one?” Often, I see people buying new computers simply because “it's running slowly” when most of these computers only need an upgrade or two. If your computer was built within the last eight years the worst-case scenario would also involve re-installing windows. These two tips can breathe new life into your old PC. If your computer is used mainly for; music, movies, web surfing, e-mail, instant messaging and lightweight photo editing, then RAM or an SSD is probably your answer. If you're interested in gaming, creating videos or music, you still need a lot of RAM but you should also be looking at the processor, graphics card and hard drive. Under these conditions, you would benefit more from a full upgrade. By that, I mean buying a new motherboard, processor and RAM and re-using the other components from your old PC. The full upgrade will easily cut $200 - $300 dollars off the cost of a new computer. Advancements in technology and manufacturing processes have brought pricing down. Just a few years ago SolidState drives, or SSDs, were not a wise investment for anyone other than power users, they were just too expensive. With current pricing, a 120GB can be bought for well under $100, spending a bit more will get you a top of the line Samsung Evo 250GB drive at just over $100. That's more space than most users really need. One or more memory, hard drive and processor upgrades can offer a noticeable boost to your computer or laptop. An SSD drive can make a ten-year-old laptop sing again. If you've got a slightly newer desktop, it can be turned into a gaming machine that's far more powerful than an Xbox or PlayStation. Graphics cards that cost well over $500 just a few years ago can be found on

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Waynesburg U to present “Dearly Beloved” show Waynesburg University’s Theatre Program will present “Dearly Beloved,” a fast-paced, outrageous comedy, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Tickets cost $5.00, and the public is cordially invited to attend. “Dearly Beloved” is a laugh out loud comedy about a wedding that seems to have gone wrong. The story takes place in the small town of Fayro, Texas, where Tina Jo Dubberly is about to marry Parker Price when problems galore begin to occur. The bride’s mother, Frankie, makes herself sick with elaborate ceremony plans, while Aunt Twink turns the reception into a potluck dinner and Aunt Honey Raye shows up announcing another failed marriage. Adding to the wild story are a cantankerous flower shop owner and wedding coordinator, the groom’s mother who doesn’t approve of any of the people and an overly medicated boyfriend who has trouble distinguishing between members of the wedding party and an armadillo. “I selected this play because it is a comedy and it takes place in a small town,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the Theatre Program and professor of


theatre at the University. “I think our community will be able to enjoy the eccentricities of these wacky characters.” Made up of current students, alumni and community members, the cast includes Sadie Breon, Alaina Camps, Tome Custer, Laura Gonnella, Sable Griedel, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Dan Wozniak, Ben Zyra and a special appearance by Powers. The play will mark Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. He has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.Tickets available at: Tickets also be available at the door. FMI, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

WCCC to hold “Rock Enroll” enrollment event Westmoreland County Community College will hold “Rock Enroll,” an open enrollment event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 5 and 12 at the Youngwood campus. Rock Enroll provides one stop for everything new and returning Westmoreland students need to register for on-ground or online fall classes which start August 21. New students will get help completing the no-fee application for admission. They may also complete the placement assessment and should bring their official high school transcript. Prospective and returning students will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and schedule classes offered


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The Residence at Hilltop: 20 Years on and Many More Ahead Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Imagine living a home with full recliners in the theatre, a library, aviary, meals prepared for you three times per day, friends surrounding you on a large, wrap-around porch, and a friendly staff ready to help with your needs at the press of a GPS located wireless call button. It's the “good life” many dream about, though, for the roughly 80 seniors at The Residence at Hilltop, at 210 Route 837 Monongahela, Pennsylvania, this fine life is a daily reality. This year, the Residence at Hilltop celebrates 20 years of providing personal care in the Mon Valley. “We're going to be here for hopefully 100 years,” Hilltop Marketing Director, Tamlynn Bachetti, said, adding “And maybe I'll be here in 80 years.” With residents ranging in age from 72-101, Bachetti could realize her wish. To mark its first 20 years, The Residence, at the former location of Hilltop Drive-In, held “A Night at the Drive-In” celebration in June, with tours of the facility, a photo booth, games, drive-in food, and more. A 20th anniversary Christmas party is also in the works to end the year on a festive note. Residents' families are invited to brighten the festivities, which will include a resident choir, buffet, and as Bachetti notes, “Everybody gets dressed up and we have a good time.” During the year, local musicians from the “Music Smiles” Program provide their own notes for residents as a way to bring the joy of live music to residents.

With activities planned seven days per week, including movies in the theatre room, outings which include restaurant visits every other Wednesday, and family events, there is no shortage of activities for those seeking a good time. Naturally, quality care is provided by The Residence, with levels of interaction ranging from help with daily living tasks through end of life care. “We welcome in speech therapy, hospice, physical therapy, as much as residents need,” Bachetti said, noting that there are two full time nurses each shift and one overnight, along with three resident care aides per shift with two or three overnight. With “one of the only places that has a wireless call bell system that's GPS located so they know where the resident is in the building,” staff at The Residence are always aware if someone is in need. While clinical help is available to resi-

dents, the building and interior appointments are more residential, as Bachetti describes “It looks like a big house. Everybody has their own bathroom, controls their own heat and air conditioning, and we're there making sure everything is okay.” Adding to the home-like feel, residents typically decorate their rooms with furnishings or other items from home. “Everybody is like family, and we treat them like family. We have a great community and that's what keeps everything together,” Bachetti said. With its quality care, homelike atmosphere and amenities, and camaraderie, The Residence at Hilltop could well be in business in time to find Bachetti among its residents. To find out more about The Residence at Hilltop, visit or call 724-258-8940.

Uniontown Art Club presents final “Art at the Summit” of the 2017 season The Uniontown Art Club presents our third season of “Art at the Summit.” Located at and sponsored by the Summit Inn on Route 40 East of Uniontown, this arts and fine craft show and sale will be held: Saturday, Oct. 22 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The local and talented artists of the Uniontown Art Club will give you a great selection of beautifully hand crafted fine art and fine crafts to view and

purchase, including: Paintings (oil, acrylic & water colors), Pottery and ceramics, Sculptures, Blacksmithing, Photography, Fused Glass, Jewelry, and much more. You willl love what you see! All items are for sale. Admission is free! FMI:

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The California Riverfest is dedicated to raising money for and awareness of preserving the Mon River and the communities for which it runs through. Riverfest draws plenty of entertainment for the family to keep children and families happy through the day. For the adults, there is a cozy little art show with local and regional crafters selling their wares. A free car show runs adjacent the library and ends with a car cruise. Saturday evening brings a fun fireworks show. Nothing brings people together better than music and Riverfest has it en mass. Food the other great connector - is on full display. Entertainment Schedule: Saturday, August 26 1 p.m. - Mon Valley Push 3:30 p.m. - Shannon & the Merger 5:30 p.m. - Refuge 7:30 p.m. - Hear Tonight Sunday, August 27 1 p.m. - Knob Road 3 p.m. - Mon Valley Community Band 5 p.m. - Ruff Creek 7:30 p.m. - The Classics Admission and parking are free. FMI: 15

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Order Online: For good health, eat fresh and shop local! Here is a sampling of area Farmers Markets. Canonsburg Farmers Market Every Friday May 5 through mid September, 3:30p.m. to 7p.m. - 148 W. Pike St., Canonsburg - More than 14 vendors, anchored by Simmons Farm of McMurray, will carry produce, poultry, beef, eggs, cheese, wine, whiskey, honey, desserts and gifts, among other items. Charleroi Farmers Market Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., July through October - 724 - 483 - 6011 423 McKean Ave, Charleroi - The Charleroi Farmers Market is a covered farmer's market. Joe's Farm Market - Tuesday Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Mondays - 724 632 - 5877 - 3132 National Pike, Richeyville Stop by Joe's Farm Market and check out fresh fruit and vegetables and their country store featuring jams, dips, soaps, honey, and much more. Main Street Farmers Market Thursdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., May October - 412 - 392 - 2069 - 139 S Main Street, Washington - The Main Street Farmers Market features area vendors offering locally grown pro-


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

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Buzzword Pittsburgh, in partnership with Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), will present the 3rd annual 2017 Homewood Back to School Fest! on Saturday, August 12, from Noon to 3 p.m., at the Crescent Early Childhood Center, 8080 Bennett Street, Pittsburgh. This free event will provide activities and offerings to engage the whole family and community in getting excited to go back to school! Buzzword Pittsburgh is generously supported by PNC Grow Up Great® and offers a year round calendar of educational events that are free and open to the public, with specific outreach for families with children ages five and younger, to help encourage imagination, investigation, creation and reflection. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is dedicated to connecting everyone in the community with arts and culture through a variety of multi-disciplinary arts programming for all ages. Collaborative partnerships such as Buzzword Pittsburgh help further the Cultural Trust's outreach of connecting the arts to neighbors and neighborhoods throughout the city. The 2017 Homewood Back to School Fest! will feature pre-k and kindergarten registration, art-making, music, backpacks, books, back-to-school readiness, health and wellness information, handson play, and creative activities, plus raffles and giveaways. This year's back to School Fest's activities will be provided by Carnegie Science Center, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Environmental Charter School, Gateway to the Arts, Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Pre-K for PA, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and MORE…! Buzzword Pittsburgh Buzzword Pittsburgh consists of six partner organizations with expertise in the arts and sciences, including the Carnegie Science Center, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Pittsburgh

Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, who acts as the collaborative lead partner. Through events hosted by each partner organization in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood and the greater community, participants can engage in talk and play around math, science, and art concepts, and families can learn to expand their young children's vocabulary. Buzzword Pittsburgh programming events held throughout the year are free and open to the public, suggested for children ages five and younger. This initiative is supported by PNC Grow Up Great®. Additional resources are provided by Carnegie Library / and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) / Buzzword Pittsburgh helps to introduce new words and build the vocabulary of children ages five and younger through free community programs, events, and performances. Also, Buzzword Pittsburgh educators and community partners offer tips, strategies, and activities for families to use in everyday moments. Words are truly all around! Each program also focuses on a word of the day that is used to encourage vocabulary development and play with the participants. Visit to explore the many ways Buzzword Pittsburgh can support area families, schools, and organizations.

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About Face with Tasha: Is Your Skin Ready to Go Back to School? Story by Tasha Oskey I hate to be the bearer of bad news but summer will be over soon. Schools will be back in session and the hot sticky days of summer will be replaced with the cool crisp days of fall. Just as fast as the seasons change, so does the needs of your skin. In this column, I will be talking about how to repair your skin from the summer months and how to prepare your skin for fall. They don't call it the lazy days of summer for no reason and that can also apply to how you may have neglected your skin. The summer months are hardest on the skin because you're outside more being exposed to environmental stressors. Therefore, by the end of summer your skin is in dire need of some TLC. No matter how much sunscreen you put on, being in the sun can still bring out unwanted freckles, redness in the skin, and sun/age spots. Along with a regular skincare regimen, I strongly recommend getting a facial and/or chemical peel. Facials can give you a deep exfoliation and treatment that is hard to do at home and chemical peels can fade pigmentation, minimize redness and blotchiness, and help with many other skin concerns. At home, you should start using an exfoliating cleanser two to three times a week as you transition into fall because you most likely have more buildup on the skin now. Also, your moisturizer will penetrate deeper on exfoliated skin. You should incorporate a glycolic acid based cream or serum into your skincare routine. Glycolic acid absorbs deeply into the pores and over time resurfaces

the skin. This process helps to fade sun damage or discoloration on the skin. Don't forget to treat your neck and décolletage area because sun damage can also be on those areas as well. Even though you may not be in the sun as much, you still need to wear sunscreen. In fact, you should wear sunscreen all year round. The sun's harmful rays don't go away just because the weather is turning cooler. Being exposed to the UV rays can deplete the skin of antioxidants which leads to free radical damage. This causes a breakdown of cells which speeds up the aging process. It is important to replenish the loss of antioxidants to the skin by using something with ascorbic acid which is vitamin C. There are many skincare products that have vitamin C. I recommend using a cream or serum with a high concentration of vitamin C because it will begin to heal and help your skin fight sun damage. It also can lighten pigmentation. Vitamin C also helps to boost collagen production in the skin which slows down as we age. Using an antioxidant such as vitamin C allows

your sunscreen to work better because it provides an extra line of defense. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, artichokes, and even dark chocolate help fight the damage from the inside out. Being out in the sun can really dry out the skin so you need to put the moisture back in. This is why getting a good moisturizer is so important. You should use a moisturizer morning and night. Also, with the cooler weather on the horizon, you may want to invest in a heavier moisturizer that has shea butter in it to really nurture and soften the skin. Please keep in mind that fine lines and wrinkles are more visible on dry skin so that's another good reason to always moisturize. End of summer is also a good time to visit a dermatologist to get a full body skin exam to rule out skin cancer. As summer winds down, your skin can unfortunately be left with the sins of the sun but by regularly exfoliating, moisturizing, adding glycolic acid, and vitamin C to your skincare routine your skin can recover and get in shape for fall. About Face with Tasha is a new, regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey isa Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email us at and we’ll pass it on to her.

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Birds Share Skies with Flying Humans at the National Aviary Story by Dave Zuchowski Birds do it. Bees do it. And now humans can do it too. Abandon all fear of flying when you gear into Birdly®, the virtual reality flying experience that opened on April 20 at the National Aviary on Pittsburgh’s North Side. It’s as safe as lying in bed but much more fun. At first glance the contraption and electronic apparatus that provides the aerial adventures looks a bit innocent, but it packs a big emotional thrill. Keep in mind that mounting the staging platform is probably the hardest thing you’ll do. Under the careful guidance of an Aviary attendant, you’ll ease yourself onto what resembles a diving board, chest down, on a padded surface. Next step - Stretch out your arms and put your hands into the grips at the end of the wing-like appendages while the attendant helps fit the headset complete with VR goggles over your noggin, then slides your earphones into place. The momentary sense of sensory deprivation soon opens up into the Birdly experi-

ence as you find yourself flying over the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Flap your arms, and you pick up speed while the fan in front of you simulates the wind. Raise your wings, and you rise higher up into the sky. One wing up and the other one down and you turn with the ability of seeing a 360-degree sweep of Manhattan from the air. I was told that if you crash into a building, the ground or sea, the attendant can get you restarted with the push of a button. On the other hand, crashing through one of the billboards with a sparkling border will take you to one of three scenarios - the Swiss Alps, the ocean at sunrise and a clip of the 1933 King Kong flick that positions the giant ape at the top of the Empire State Building. The mechanism is completely responsive to your body and allows you to go where and how fast you want. (I was told one youngster was able to maneuver himself through the space between King Kong’s arm and the skyscraper). The experience is also social in that family and friends can see what the rider

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through experiences that inspire in them a connection to birds and the natural world.” said Carly Morgan, marketing manager at the National Aviary. For more information, phone 412-3237235 or Additional Information Weight capacity is 395 pounds. Skirts and dresses are not recommended, as participants will climb aboard and lie down (in a flight position) on the simulator. If you have a pacemaker, experience seizures, have limited mobility, or have any medical condition that could pose a risk to your health while flying on Birdly, please do not participate. Consult your physician if you have questions. Tickets are $8 plus Aviary admission. Experiences are booked in ten minute timed increments with two people per ten minutes. Participants must arrive at the Birdly exhibit ten minutes before their scheduled flight. Late arrival may result in cancellation. Refunds will not be granted. Photo by Bill Rockwell



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“I Can Do That Too!” - Little Lake offers advanced classes for adults Story by Keren Lee Dreyer While on a location hunt in 1947 to fulfill their dreams of creating a summer stock community theatre, Will Disney and mother, Edith, happened by a red barn next to Canonsburg Lake, just off Route 19 in Washington County. Two years and plenty of hard work later, livestock in the barn had been replaced by the Little Lake Theatre, one of the area's first theatre-in-the-round-venues - an arrangement which greets audiences in the present day. Improvements through the years have made the Disney's dreams into what is now a popular dinner theatre with one of the most prolific annual production schedules in the area. Little Lake Theatre's 2017 season regales eager audiences with 11 main stage shows, three Looking Glass Theatre shows for young audiences, and two fall matinee shows. Numerous volunteers and an experienced staff support each other during the hectic year to bring the productions to life, while actors, the most visible resource of the theatre, are always needed for upcoming productions. And this is where adult members of the community who wish to take their previous stage skills to the next level make their entrance. Little Lake Theatre's “I Can Do That Too!” Advanced Acting for Adults class debuts this year, and will engage those with some stage experience in more advanced levels of stage acting techniques. For those planning to register, Artistic Director, Jena Oberg, said these second level classes “Are designed for people with a little stage experience, or who took theatre in high school and want to get back to it.” Actors who finished Little Lake's first level class, “I Can Do That” may also register. The classes, which run every Monday, 7-9 p.m., from September 25 November 13, will be team taught by Oberg and board director Art Deconciliis. According to Oberg, this approach means two smaller groups can be taught in a more personal way, including one on one coaching, as the

class progresses through the material. Acting techniques that include Meisner's “being present in the moment” approach, scene evaluations, and an exploration of actor's questions will be addressed, Oberg said. Importantly, actors will learn to open themselves during the process, possibly leading to stronger personal interactions in the real world. “As adults, we forget to play and use our imaginations,” Oberg said, continuing “Acting also teaches empathy - putting yourself in someone else's shoes, or seeing something from another's point of view.” Another opportunity for actors and non-actors alike to open up to the present, and have a good time doing it, is Little Lake Theatre Improv for Adults class, with no experience necessary. Instructor Will Guffey will lead the class. Various improv games and activities which build confidence, and lead to trust and spontaneity, are on the bill, clothed in an environment of support and fun. The Improv for Adults classes happen twice weekly, Sunday and Monday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., from August 13 September 3rd, and are punctuated by a student “Improv Showdown” on September 8 and 9, preceding Little Lake's production of “Masterpiece of Comic...Timing” on those evenings. Of the acting and improv classes, Oberg said “We hope people come and explore something maybe they're inter-

ested in pursuing, but never have. This is a great place to get your feet wet. A lot of actors stay friends with people from class, and support each other. It's really lovely.” Oberg also notes that many Little Lake actors “started with us first in a theatre class.” If you've been thinking of hitting the stage again, or simply want to get your improv on, Little Lake Theatre has opened the house to you. For class pricing and to enroll, visit or call 724-745-6300 with questions. Like and follow the troupe at:

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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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Mental Health Spotlight: Support Groups & Online Resources Matter Personally, I think the most effective part of any mental health/addiction treatment team is the Support Group. The other pieces are essential and like a finely tuned clock, each cog and gear serves a purpose or the clock doesn't tell time. There's always that fear of not being understood or the anxiety of stigma. Let's be honest, we all want to be loved and accepted, healthy or not. Support groups provide that acceptance through peer-to-peer exchange. The ones I attend on a regular basis have provided sharing and empathy that simply doesn't often happen outside of that meeting space. We need more of them. With that said, there will be a NEW NAMI Connection Group starting September 11, at the Dormont Library, 2950 W Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh. The group will meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other's experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. I am excited to also report that after vigorous training, I will be one of the co-facilitators for the group. If you are in the area, please consider attending. If you have never attended a support group or are a veteran of groups, NAMI Connection is

tralized for your use. The site is called Mindshare and can be accessed at Please give it a test drive, look around and let me know if you find it helpful, additional material you'd like to see or that you've simply visited the site by dropping a line through the form on the bottom of the page. This is simply another offering that we

a great program. Additionally, I would like to announce the launch of a new website that is a repository of mental health/addiction resources by county for southwestern Pennsylvania. One of the challenges that I always hear in groups and from my own attempts of locating mental health assistance, is that any information that is available, is scattered all over the net. What I've done is spent the past several months gathering that information and putting it in one place. If you are looking for a doctor, therapist, support group or services, this information is now cen-

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Keeping Current with Cass Currie: The Bullet Journaling Phenomenon I'm more of a trendsetter than a trend seeker, so I was naturally skeptical when a friend suggested I'd enjoy bullet journaling. I was well aware of the craze, several of my friends on social media have been bitten by the bullet journaling bug, but I dismissed it as a waste of time and money. I can make a list on a piece of paper, I reasoned, no need to invest in fancy tape or leather bound journals. However, at my friend's repeated urging, I decided to give this popular system for organizing your day a try. My first step was to visit the "official" online home of bullet journaling at They've got a shop where you can buy journals and accessories, as well as an app you can down-

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Marching Band. Bands that will be presenting include Bentworth, Beth Center, California, Charleroi, and Trinity. The evening starts with the National Anthem at 6:15 p.m. The evening includes a basket auction, super auction items, 50/50, candygrams, t-shirts and more. Programs are available.The concession stand will be open with a variety of food. The California Area Marching Band is under the direction of Miss Jerianne Larson, assisted by Steve Ventura. Tickets to the event are $5 and are available at Trojan Field, 11 Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA. 21

How to View the Solar Eclipse on August 21

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Story by Noah Churchel Hello earthlings! A Solar Eclipse will be occurring on August 21 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. What is a solar eclipse? It is when the Moon passes between our Earth and the Sun. Why does this happen? It is because we are mostly in the same plane of orbit, with the sun and the moon. Why it does not happen all of the time is because space is huge, and tiny differences in orbits cause these to work themselves out to be occasional occurrences, even though our moon appears bright and close in our sky. Our moon is 238 thousand miles away, orbiting the earth while the sun is 93 million miles distant. To put that in perspective - If we pretend the Earth is this > ..0.. the moon is the period on the end of this sentence, while the sun is a golf ball that would be somewhere outside. This is also why we get a partial eclipse in a wide span, and a complete eclipse in a local band that travels across the country. There is a "total eclipse" band that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. In Pennsylvania, we will see a partial eclipse that starts in the early afternoon, with the southwestern corner seeing an 80 percent eclipse on Monday, August 21st at 2:36 p.m. Nashville is the closest city with a complete eclipse. There are multiple ways for you to view the eclipse: Option A - A “pinhole projector”, which is punching a small hole in a piece of paper, then holding another piece of paper below it to see the pattern of the eclipse. It is easy to do, very inexpensive (two paper plates will work) and gives a good indicator of the positions of the moon relative to the sun. The downfall is missing some of the experience of seeing it happen Option B - Solar viewing glasses - I am spending $60 on solar glasses, and am buying enough for two elementary classes. If you feel like being the coolest person on your block, order a cheap 10 pack for the neigbor's kids who are in category A. Editor’s Note: During the writing of

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this article, an issue arose with counterfeit solar glasses being sold on Amazon, but the author assumes this will be sorted out by this publishing date. DANGER: YOU CAN PERMANENTLY LOSE YOUR SIGHT Option C - “Noah, you have wasted my time so far.” - Amazon sells filter paper to cover the front of your telescope, and a quality duct tape to securely affix it to the front of your optics; please be warned that a gust of wind will cause permanent eye damage. Most adhesive removers will take off the extra gunk when the day is over. Search Amazon for SOLAR FILTER SHEET. The largest that can be bought a 12 inch square. That comfortably fits my 10 inch telescope. If you own a very large telescope, then consult your manufacturer for a solar filter. On a final note, if astronomy interests you, check out and, two very helpful websites with 1000s of members each.

A sure way to overcoming your fears and anxieties is in finding the source of your fears and being able to manage it. In dealing with any kinds of fears or anxieties, try to learn what is the real source of your fears and anxieties. Knowing what is causing your anxieties can go a long way in finding the solution. A person can find the source of his or her own fears by doing some selfevaluation and also by talking to a professional. Asking yourself questions such as: “Why am I afraid” or “What is causing my anxiety” will lead you in the right direction in finding the source of your fears. Give it some time and eventually you will find the answers your looking for. Once you find the true source of your fears, the next step is to find the solutions that will solve your problem. With the help of a professional, write down a list of possible techniques and solutions that you think will manage your fear and anxieties. The next step is to apply the techniques that you uncovered. Here is a brief list of some techniques you can use to help deal with your fears. A good way to manage your worry is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. Be smart in how you deal with your fears and anxieties. Do not try to tackle everything all at once. When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, break the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a

time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success. Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. When the time comes, hopefully you will have learned the skills to deal with your situation. Sometimes we encounter a scary situation that gets us all upset. When encountering these events, always remember to get all of the facts of the given situation. Gathering the facts can prevent us from relying on exaggerated and fearful assumptions. By focusing on the facts, a person can rely on what is reality and what is not. In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn't work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around. Many people try to get rid of their anxieties and fears without taking into consideration why they are afraid. The best way to get rid of your fears is to find those techniques that will manage the true source of your fears. Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”.Visit his website at

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Court Appointed Special Advocates Give Children a Voice


Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Many families go through their days in the usual way, with attentive parents aware of their responsibilities, and children who are secure in their homes. But when alcoholism, physical and mental abuse, or substance abuse shred the family fabric, children may be the last ones receiving attention, or even being heard. In these instances, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a specially trained volunteer who is also a sworn-in friend of the court, may be appointed. CASA for Kids of Washington County, PA gives children a voice by documenting their experiences and needs, which may be used in the courts to improve their care while the family is potentially repaired, or while alternative living arrangements are made. “Training circles around the child welfare system, CYS laws, family and children's information gathering. They are trained on available services such as IEPs and mental health, and issues surrounding abuse and neglect” CASA Executive Director, Vivian Osowski said of incoming volunteers. While volunteers undergo personal interviews and FBI background checks to become an advocate, Osowski said their training “is a form of vetting. So if a volunteer is strong with teens, we match them with a teen, or addiction, et-cetera, so that advocate will be a stronger advocate for that child or family.” Advocates benefit children in the juvenile dependency system by providing information and recommendations to the judge, and the advocate may also provide testimony in court. For a child entering the intimidating environment of a courtroom, Osowski said the advocate


sometimes “...knows the child so well, the CASA can go to court with the child, which helps relieve anxiety.” CASA, unlike many working in the juvenile dependency system, are not overwhelmed with caseloads. Instead, Osowski said the arrangement is “One CASA, one case - that's the advantage. Our volunteers may care for one child or more, depending on the family group.” During what is a difficult and confusing time for a child, their CASA provides a comforting ear for that child's needs and desires, while being a stable presence as their family is repaired. Also during this time, and based on court orders from CASA recommendations, the child may receive needed medical and dental care. CASA for Kids of Washington County, PA, operates with a staff of three, and advocates for 112 children in the county, but “that's because we have the power of those committed volunteers” Osowski said, adding “Sadly, there's over 350 children who've been adjudicated dependent,” meaning the need for vol-

unteers who are willing to provide an 18 month commitment is high. Of CASA who have come on board and stayed, Osowski said “29% of our volunteers have been with us for four or more years. We're always looking to recruit and train more.” Osowski notes that the organization has a “very good rate of reunification with families who have been corrected,” though sometimes a success story may be that a child received dental care or new glasses. She also said “This program would not be possible without those good people giving their time.” Volunteer training at CASA for Kids of Washington County, PA, a 501(c)(3) organization, runs from September 19 October 19, every Tuesday & Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Visit to learn more about how you may become an advocate for the county's children in need. Follow them on Facebook. Visit for an in-depth look of the positive impact CASA volunteers make on the daily lives of the children they serve.

Save the Dates!Maker Faire Pittsburgh free to public for 1st time this year Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, produced by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in cooperation with HackPittsburgh, will be held on October 14 and 15, at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park. Called the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part county fair, part science fair, and part something


entirely new. As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Maker Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations

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Are you or a family member turning 65 within the next year? If so, you won't want to miss the upcoming Medicare 101 workshop. Medicare can be a confusing puzzle for many people. Let APPRISE help you gather all the pieces you'll need for a successful transition. The free one-hour workshop, presented by the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (SWPA AAA) APPRISE program, in cooperation with Southwestern PA Human Services, Inc. (SPHS), is being offered to SPHS employees and their families as well as the general public at sites throughout our tri-county service area. Fayette County: Tuesday, August 8 108 N. Beeson Avenue, Bldg D Uniontown, Pa. 15401 Greene County: Tuesday, August 22 First United Methodist Church 112 North Richhill Street Waynesburg, Pa. 15370 Mon Valley: Tuesday, September 19 300 Chamber Plaza SPHS Board Room Charleroi, Pa. 15022 All workshops begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. Space is limited! Light refreshments will be available. Please choose a location then make your reservations by calling 724-489-8080 or 1-888-300-2704, ext. 4438. These workshops are open to the public. 23

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

August 1, 1944 - Anne Frank penned her last entry into her diary. “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if...there weren't any other people living in the world.” Three days later, Anne and her family were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on March 15, 1945, at age 15. August 1, 1779 - Star-Spangled Banner author Francis Scott Key (17791843) was born in Frederick County, Maryland. After witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13-14, 1814, he was enthralled to see the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak. August 1, 1819 - Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born in New York. August 3, 1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, Nina, Pintaand Santa Maria. Seeking a westerly route to the Far East, he instead landed on October 12th in the Bahamas, thinking it was an outlying Japanese island. August 4, 1901 - Jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Known as “Satchmo,” he appeared in many films and is best known for his renditions of It's a Wonderful World and Hello, Dolly. August 4, 1961 - Barack Obama the 44th U.S. President was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. Elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, he went on to become a U.S. Senator in 2004. On November 4, 2008, he became the first President of AfricanAmerican origin. August 5, 1962 - Film star Marilyn Monroe died at age 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills. She made 29 films during her career and came to symbolize


Hollywood glamour. August 6, 1809 - British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. He was appointed Poet Laureate in succession to William Wordsworth. Memorable poems by Tennyson include Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington and The Charge of the Light Brigade. August 6, 1881 - Penicillin discoverer Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) was born in Lochfield, Scotland. By accident, he found that mold from soil killed deadly bacteria without injuring human tissue. He received the Nobel Prize in 1954. August 9, 1974 - Effective at noon, Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had appeared on television the night before and announced his decision to the American people. Facing possible impeachment by Congress, he became the only U.S. President ever to resign. August 12, 1881 - Film pioneer Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts. He produced over 70 major films including Cleopatra, The Ten Commandments, and The Greatest Show on Earth. August 13, 1961 - The Berlin Wall came into existence after the East German government closed the border between east and west sectors of Berlin with barbed wire to discourage emigration to the West. The barbed wire was replaced by a 12 foot-high concrete wall. It became a notorious symbol of the Cold War. The wall was finally opened by an East German governmental decree in November 1989 and torn down by the end of 1990. August 13, 1899 - British film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born

in London. His suspenseful films included classics such as Rear Window, The Birds, Psycho and Frenzy, in addition to his American TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. August 14, 1935 - President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65. The Social Security system also aids states in providing financial aid to dependent children, the blind and others, as well as administering a system of unemployment insurance. August 14, 1945 - V-J Day, commemorating President Truman's announcement that Japan had surrendered to the Allies. August 15, 1969 - Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur's Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counterculture movement of the 1960's. August 16, 1977 - Elvis Presley was pronounced dead at the Memphis Baptist Hospital at 3:30 p.m., at age 42. August 17, 1978 - The first transatlantic balloon trip was completed by three Americans; Max Anderson, Ben Abruzzo, and Larry Newman, all from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting from Maine on August 11th, they traveled in Double Eagle II over 3,000 miles in 137 hours, landing about 60 miles west of Paris. August 18, 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right

to vote. August 21, 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union as the 50th state. August 24-25, 1814 - During the War of 1812, Washington, D.C., was invaded by British forces that burned the Capitol, the White House and most other public buildings along with a number of private homes. The burning was in retaliation for the earlier American burning of York (Toronto). August 26, 1883 - One of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in recorded history occurred on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. Explosions were heard 2,000 miles away. Tidal waves 120 ft. high killed 36,000 persons on nearby islands, while five cubic miles of earth were blasted into the air up to a height of 50 miles. August 27, 1910 - Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was born (as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) in Skopje, Yugoslavia. She founded a religious order of nuns in Calcutta, India, called the Missionaries of Charity and spent her life working to help the poor and sick of India. August 28, 1963 - The March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his nowfamous I Have a Dream speech. August 30, 1797 - Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was born in London.

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Youth Enrichment Services (YES) offers youth a chance to succeed Story by Fred Terling One great aspect of being a reporter is interviewing people who have great passion for what they do. On occasion, these same people are doing work that change lives. For this issue, I had the privilege of talking with Dr. Dennis Floyd Jones, the Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. YES provides socially and economically at-risk youth the opportunity to achieve success through participation in a variety of programs. Since its inception, the program has changed a bit to move program participants' capacity from a social peer driven approach to a more educational productive approach. YES cultivated this idea by beginning a summer learning program, originated in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a logical transition as facilitators realized that most students don't have summer activities planned and were spending their time on nonproductive endeavors, occasionally leading to trouble. “We wanted to establish and continue with a program that is high quality, high intensity and high touch,” Dr. Jones says. High quality refers to the best available program based on academic research and data. YES works in concert with a variety of organizations including the West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh and Partners4Work. As for the high intensity aspect of the program, Dr. Jones says it best. “Young people will respond to the standard you set for them. If you set them low, they will respond in kind. But, if you set expectations high and provide them with the best support available, they will achieve goals that they though were previously beyond their reach.” Finally, the high touch aspect. Today's youth communicate and respond to hitech gadgets, social media and internet. YES provides them with these tools and ability to communicate in forms they are used to, in an environment that is conducive for them to learn faster. The program has become so success-


ful, that over the past couple of years it has experienced a genesis and transformed from a summer program to a full year program. Added to the mainstay summer programs are life skills, leadership, educational and certification of peer mentors. YES has a full staff, augmented with 15 teen teachers who work with over 120 students annual. Students originate primarily from the inner city and are socially or economically disadvantaged. Additionally, there is the Juvenile Diversion Program. “Our diversion program is unique as it offers kids who did something dumb that got then in trouble with the law, “says Dr. Jones. “The court remands them into our program and we conduct home and school visits, set curfew and ensure they fulfill their community service hours required by court.” I've mentioned the YES Summer Programs several times so far, it's time to take a look at them in-depth. First off, ALL programs are science based on research, data and best practices that have been highly refined from emerging science using construct variables. As an Associate Professor at West Virginia University, Dr. Jones interacts with other department professors to ensure practices are up to date, while providing data from the various aspects of the projects YES students are undertaking. Gauging the outcome for success on a practical level, students who have gone through the

program continue to monitor through higher education. These results are presented at conferences, in scholarly papers and peer reviewed journals with end data used for improving the programs and ongoing grant submissions. Now we come to the actual Summer Programs. Learn and Earn Program. Funded by Parners4Work and serving 70 students over the summer, students are paid 25 hours per week in a structured environment. They gain experience with direct supervision and the world of work. Work sites include dry-cleaners, summer camp and construction. Summer Study Program. This program includes a 170 hour journaled research project with a completed independent study overseen by a teacher who is a professional in the area of study. Students present findings weekly and conduct site visits tours. This aids students with career choices and also builds connections within the community. Summer Work Program. Developed by a former student of YES two years ago. Students learn resume writing, interviews and appropriate dress when job hunting. They are also introduced to computer and email etiquette and a formal dining experience. Lead Research Study. This program was an evolution of the previous year's Capacity Learning Program. Students Continued on next page...

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


YES program, continued... NOW PLAYING! Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM - TESLA - $39, $49, $65 ($5-$6 additional per ticket day of show); Tesla M&G Package - $250.00 Over the course of their thirty-year career, the critically acclaimed iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet sold more than 25 million albums and performed to sold-out crowds across the world. Saturday, August 12 at 7:30PM Sal Valentinetti and Mike Marino $65, $45, $35, $25 - add a Meet & Greet with both artists - $50 (does not include show ticket) Due to popular demand, this Italian duo returns to The Palace Theatre with a few new surprises after a nearly sold out show and standing ovation performance. Tuesday, August 15 at 8 PM - ANN WILSON OF HEART - $49, $59, $69, $75 Joined - not backed - by a band of true artists, Ann's true voice will be heard. Wednesday, August 16 at 7 PM YESTIVAL - Yes with performances by Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - $85, $95, $119 ($5 additional per ticket day of show); VIP Packages available Joining Yes on the tour will be special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy. Friday, August 18 at 8 PM STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS - $59, $69, $84 ($5 additional at the door) This summer, these two icons of folk will celebrate the golden anniversary of their formative time together. Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 PM - THE ROBERT CRAY BAND - $49, $59 Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray's approach to writing, recording and playing music. Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 PM TED NUGENT - $50, $60, $70 ($5 additional day of the event) Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman.

performed a Community Asset Mapping project by working in communities to identify what basic services were lacking: Bus, police, fire, jobs and libraries. This summer Lead Research was the focus. Partners4Work, West Virginia University Sports Management, University of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Department of Health worked together with students to explore potential lead exposure in the community of Lincoln-Lemington. They identified families who have children from 0-6 years of age. The families are then informed about lead exposure, how to get children examined, order water filters and how to change cleaning habits in dwellings built before 1978. In preparation of the project, students went to Flint Michigan to learn about how they are dealing with the lead crisis there and some of the solutions they've discovered. At the end of the summer, students will meet with families and the Lincoln-Lemington Consensus Group to continue ongoing work. Faith Ranch Program: Students attend a rural camp in Jewett, Ohio for four days. There are 20 hours of learning

AN EVENING CRUISE ON THE PIKE Tuesday, August 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. Car Registration 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. $5 Entry Fee (Donations to the G.W.C.F.B. will be accepted and appreciated). Dash plaques to first 25 registered - Goodie Bags - Music - Food - 50/50 - Chinese Auction~ Door Prizes - Bingo - Featuring a special evening of shopping at the Country Thrift Market! Contact # 724-632-2190 x 10



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mentoring and life skills. Use Sean Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the curriculum guide. When students finish, they are certified as Mentor, Mentee or Mentor in training. During downtime, they ride horses, go fishing, participate in Frisbee games and camping. Doctor Jones added that these are things that most of these kids would never experience in an urban environment. After doing this for over 20 years and seeing thousands of kids go through this

program, I asked Dr. Jones why he chooses to do this. “I grew up in a rural community and had a very traumatic loss when I was young. Because of this, I was not very focused at the time. I had trouble adjusting and thought to myself, I can take this and either do something counterproductive or honor those who I lost and be the best I can be. I had great parents who loved me and pushed me as well as good coaches who worked with me to reach my potential. There were teachers who know I benefitted from their work. Then programs like 4H came through and taught me a lot and provided great role models.� He later added that happiness is not about a paycheck, but what everyone can do to enrich someone else's life by finding passion in the work they do. Life is indeed about passion and commitments. If we all become the role models we desperately seek, perhaps we can attain true happiness. After speaking with Dr. Dennis Floyd Jones and witnessing the enthusiastic work his staff is doing, I understand this truth.

PGH Rewind to take attendees back in time Jump in the time machine and kick it old school in the Cultural District! Relive your best moments from the 70's, 80's and 90's as you party through the decades at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's newest summer celebration, PGH Rewind, on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. PGH Rewind will feature three floors of non-stop fun, including live music from Ferris Bueller's Revenge!, DJ Jesley Snipes, DJ Selecta, and more. Join the divas in drag hosted by VyVyan Vyxn, featuring the likes of Cher, Tina Turner, and other disco queens. Hit the Glam make-up station to complete your look, spend some time at the arcade, dance the night away and don't forget to dig out your favorite throwback threads. Have some fun and make those same bad style & hair choices all over again! Nostalgic treats from local restaurants and signature cocktails on each floor complete the

night, and all proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's education outreach and free arts programming. A ticket to this event also includes a one year membership to the Cultural Trust's Partners Membership Program (for new members).* VIP admission is 7:30-9:00 p.m. (and includes general admission). General admission begins at 9:00 p.m. to Midnight. PGH Rewind is for ages 21 and over only. Amp up the evening with a VIP Admission for $85 ($75 with current Pittsburgh Cultural Trust membership). Tickets are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. General Admission is $35 & begins at 9 p.m. and includes one drink ticket, nostalgic treats, and $5 drinks all night.

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Got talent? The Mon Valley YMCA will be hosting a talent show this August. We are currently looking for talent. If intertested in participating, please contact our Program Director, Angel Gulick at 724-483-8077 or at Photographers, enter the Brownsville Photo Contest. Time to show your hometown pride Brownsville! Submit your entries in person to the Brownsville Post Office or by email to Deadline is November 1. August 5 - Half-Pint Prints - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street,. Pittsburgh. Families work with The Warhol's artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old. Free with museum admission FMI: August 10 - 6-10 p.m. - The Art of Pairings - Off The Wall Arts, 532 McKean Ave, Charleroi The Art of Pairings is a fundraising event to support our local, independent community hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital. Join us for a night full of entertainment, beer and wine pairings, live and silent auctions and unlimited fun, as we come together to support Monongahela Valley Community Hospital Partners in Healthcare. The MVH team has always stepped forward and answered the call of our community and this event is our way of showing our gratitude. FMI about sponsorship opportunities call James at 412-721-0620 August 12 - Rock the Yough Music Festival - Aug 12 at 11 a.m. to Aug 13 at 12 a.m. - East Park, East Park

Drive, Connellsville. Second annual one day music festival featuring some of the best local and regional bands. The festival will be held August 12 at East Park in Connellsville,. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Connellsville Festival Association. No outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted on festival grounds. Food and beverage (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. All ages event. $15 early bird tickets. $20 presale tickets. Children under 10 free with paying adult. FMI: August 13 - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - The annual August Fun Fest will take place at Cedar Creek Park. There's something for everyone, with great food, fun entertainment, and lots of children's rides and amusements. This event is free to the public and offers free parking. August 13 - 4-8 p.m. - Join Washington Area Humane Society for a Farm to Table Dinner. The event will be held at Bramblewood at Simmons Hickory Farm, 55 Loffert Road, McDonald, and will highlight the Compassion Care Network. The event features a true farm to table experience, Adam Brock performing with band, food catered by PW Catering, coffe from Cream n' Sugar Coffee Bar, beer & local wines, raffles and fun activities. Garden party attire/Business Casual. Please join us! Tickets are limited. FMI: weblink/weblink August 19 - Founder's Day Car Show - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Monessen City Park, 113 City Park Road, Monessen. Join us for a Car Show in the beautiful City Park in Monessen. Dash Plaques,



Trophies Awarded, Prizes, 50/50, Food, Music and More. All vehicles welcome including bikes. Pre-Registration $ 8, Day of Show $10. In addition to the Car Show, the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company K, located in Youngstown, PA will set up an authentic Civil War camp in the wooded area of City Park to present a living history showcase of what life was like for soldiers during the war. August 25-27 - 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Italian Festival - Park Inn, Uniontown Join us in front of the Park Inn in Uniontown to celebrate all things Italiano! Wine & beer, craft vendors, great music, delicious food. FMI: italian-festival August 26-27 - Aug. 25 at 8 p.m., Aug. 26 at 5:30 and 9 p.m. - The Second City Summer Blockbuster O'Reilly Theatre, 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Beat the heat when Chicago's longrunning comedy troupe returns to The Public for three shows only. Expect hilarious sketch comedy, zany songs, expert timing and rapid-fire riffing from the company that spawned the likes of Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key. On-stage cabaret tables with seating for four and cash bar service available! To reserve, call the Box Office at 412.316.1600. FMI: August 29 - 5:30 p.m. - Stars of the Silver Screen Rooftop Shindig Theater Square Garage, Pittsburgh On a late August evening, the rooftop of the Theater Square Garage in Downtown Pittsburgh will glow with the flickering lights of a Hollywood classic. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and The Andy Warhol Museum are


teaming up with Pittsburgh Filmmakers to present a special edition of the PDP's popular Rooftop Shindig series highlighted by a screening of the 1932 Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro spy thriller, "Mata Hari" (1932). On Tuesday, August 29 (rain date August 30), Pittsburghers are invited for a free evening, featuring the classic film, food and themed cocktails, and vintage fashion market. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will be shown at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating or blanket though a limited number of stadium chairs will be available for purchase. Entertainment: Phat Man Dee, a local jazz cabaret singer and part-time sideshow marvel will be joined by some of her most colorful coterie to provide an evening of Warholian entertainment. FMI: Through September 10 - Hands-On Harley Davidson - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh Explore a kid-sized engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and take it for a test drive. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is open Monday-Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $14 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $16 for adults; children under two are free. FMI: Call (412) 322-5058 or visit September 16 - 12 p.m. Washington & Greene Counties 47th Annual Covered Bridge Festival Visit Meadowcroft's Pine Bank Covered Bridge during this free admission*, annual celebration of covered bridges. * Tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter are available during the Covered Bridge Festival for $5. FMI: Visit Washington County Tourism online or call 724-225-3010.

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September 17 - 12 p.m. - The Christian W. Klay Winery and Ridge Runner Distillery partner to present the annual Chili Cook-Off & Laurel Highlands Harvest Festival. In addition to the popular chili cookoff, the Laurel Highlands Harvest Festival will feature: live entertainment

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Recent Cal U graduate to compete in U.S. Amateur Championship

by Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band, regional crafters, food vendors, farmers market, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, wine tasting, hot pepper eating contest and activities for the kids. There will be a $5 charge for admission at the gate. FMI:

The ink was barely dry on his diploma when Brett Young, a 2017 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, qualified to compete in the 117th U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, to be held Aug. 14-20 near Los Angeles. Young, a Bethel Park resident, earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management in May. Two months later, he was one of more than 7,100 golfers seeking to qualify for the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Golf Association’s (USGA) oldest championship tournament. First played in 1895, the championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Past champions include Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Young made the 312-player U.S. Amateur field by tying for first place at a sectional qualifier July 18 at Grove City (Pa.) Country Club. The 36-hole qualifier was was one of 100 held across the United States and internationally. Playing in a field of more than 70 golfers, Young tied for first place by shooting a 7-under-par 137. It was his third time competing at the qualifier. “I just hit my shots, took advantage of the holes where I knew I could be aggressive for birdies, and just played smart,” says Young, a member of Nemacolin Country Club, in Beallsville. “I have never been to (the state of) California,” he says. “Honestly, this has not set in fully for me. I’m not sure it

September 24 - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chillin' on the Mon - Monongahela Aquatorium - Monongahela Chillin' on the Mon! is our first annual yoga, beer, and wine festival. Come and CHILL with us this fall as we happily merge some of our favorite things at the Aquatorium. This festival is not just for yoga lovers. Bring your beer, wine and spirit loving friends so that they can sample and sip! Breweries and wineries will be present along with some premier food and merchandise vendors. Short yoga routines will be lead by various instructors throughout the afternoon on the main stage while beer and wine tasting will be featured on the upper level. Those who choose to participate in yoga, please bring your mat! Live acoustic music will be provided by the REGULAR JOES. Admission to the event is $25 and entitles you to beer tasting, wine tasting, and yoga. FMI: ONGOING EVENTS New Bentleyville Tavern, 843 Main Street, Bentleyville Every Wednesday - Jerry-O-Key - 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday - MP Spazzz 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Want us to list your special event in On the Town? Email the details to The deadline for submitting event notices is always the 20th day of the month preceding the edition you want the notice to appear in. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity. Additionally, we reserve the right to refuse any listing we feel is inappropriate for our readership.


will until I’m there and out on the course. When you think of all the great golfers that have played there … I’m looking forward to the experience more than anything.” Young never played for his alma mater’s NCAA Division II golf team. Instead, he was an assistant captain and two-year forward with the Cal U 1 men’s hockey club. This spring he completed an internship working with youth hockey players at the Island Sport Center, in Neville Island, Pa. “I’ve always loved playing both sports,” he says. “Right now I’m focusing on practicing and playing golf,

which is paying off.” Young has his sights set on “making the cut” and playing with the final group of 64 at the USGA event. “I will need to play my best,” he says. “We’ll see what happens.” Co-hosts for the first two rounds of stroke play for the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship are the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. All subsequent match-play rounds will be contested at the Riviera.

Formation of “Compassion Care Network” for Washington County The Washington Area Humane Society, CASA for Kids Inc., and Cranberry Psychological Center McMurray are proud to announce a collaboration to create the Compassion Care Network in Washington County. The goal of this network is to organize a group of Washington County businesses and individuals who support the neglected animals and children of Washington County, Pennsylvania. The Washington Area Humane Society and CASA for Kids too often see abuse with those who cannot defend themselves. WAHS and CASA both serve as advocates for the voiceless and share the goal of ultimately placing them in happy, stable homes. CASA for Kids, Inc., is a local, nonprofit organization that trains community members to become Court Appointed

Special Advocates who will speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the Courts of Washington County. Washington Area Humane Society provides shelter, safety and food for the orphaned and abused animals of Washington County. Both organizations will be using funds generated from this network to create programming that will support the animals and children in Washington County. Frequently in abuse cases both animals and children are the targets. The bond between children and animals is therapeutic and powerful. They share the pain of abuse and neglect and together with the proper programming can heal together. Cranberry Psychological Center is the lead sponsor and supporter of the

Compassion Care network. Additionally their trained staff will be involved in programming between the two organizations. We hope you consider joining this important network of supporters. The children and animals need a voice of community members. The county is overburdened with abuse and neglect claims due to the drug epidemic. Nonprofits such as WAHS and CASA are on the front lines working tirelessly. All donations to the Compassion Care Network will be split evenly between CASA for Kids and WAHS. The funds raised will be used for programming and services that directly help the animals and children of Washington County. FMI: compassion-care

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Q&A with Belle Vernon native Dana Blair, founder of Pichinku Yarn Interview by Reanna Roberts What initially made you decide to go to Peru? I've said many times in the past 4 years that at 22 years old, I was offered my dream job on a silver platter. After submitting 50+ job applications and only having 2 interviews in 2013, I accepted the position of director of operations for Threads of Peru in Cusco. My parents were thrilled. I had just come back from Peru, finishing up an archaeology internship with Stanford University in the central Andes, and had only studied textiles from an antique perspective. Two weeks after accepting the position, I was launched into working with the living, breathing practitioners of this 5,000-year-old tradition. To say the very least, I fell in love with the Threads artisan family and my adoptive home. How did you meet the women that you work with in Cusco? I've had the privilege to work with hundreds of weavers through Threads of Peru but one family in particular has become like my own. Pichinku is beginning production with only two incredibly beautiful and talented sisters - Angela and Santusa - from the Andean community, Totora. In addition to having an awe-inspiring knowledge of traditional dyeing, they are hands down some of the most accomplished artisans in the Cusco region. When asked, they will be the first to share how deeply they appreciate that their mother and grandmothers patiently taught them these skills, that they passionately feel obligated to continue practicing. How long have you been traveling back and forth? While pursuing my bachelor's degree at PSU-University Park, I participated in many international travel opportunities, beginning with 6 months studying abroad in Brazil in 2010. I returned to Brazil the following summer on grant from the Matson Museum of Anthropology, and then to Peru after graduating in 2012 as an archaeology intern with Stanford. My “plan” had always been to go back to Brazil but things went a bit off track after accepting my position with Threads. Before the Kickstarter launched, how long were you working and planning for Pichinku? It seems like a totally romanticized version of the story, but I remember waking up in April 2016 with an almost complete vision for

Pichinku, even our logo. My passion is to preserve world heritage by investing in the artisans that carry on traditional practices today. In making them economically viable, we better ensure that they will survive, and support the well-being of artisans and their families. It's disheartening for those of us that work with traditional pieces, and natural fibers, that the market doesn't seem to know the difference between those high quality products and cheap synthetics. After working hand-in-hand with the Threads artisans, I started to imagine things differently because heavy textiles are difficult. Yarn on the other hand is “simple” and globally marketable. Pichinku aspires to help fill the lack of naturally dyed fiber on the market. And just by purchasing yarn, consumers positively impact the environment and generate long-term opportunities for artisans in Peru. Were you surprised by how much funding you had received? I could never have imagined or dreamed or hoped etc. etc. for such an overwhelmingly supportive and generous response to our campaign. Especially considering that I didn't have a Plan B. Plan A (Kickstarter) really needed to work. I also can't imagine there being better assurance for the future success of Pichinku e.g. close to 400 people, from college professors to complete strangers, believed in the business enough to invest money in it. What types of dyes do you use for the yarn? Pichinku works according to ancient Andean tradition, sourcing plant and mineral materials by hand in the valleys surrounding Cusco. No chemicals, no nonsense, just beautiful yarn. Are the alpacas owned by the women that you work with? We source all our yarn (highland wool,

alpaca and baby alpaca) from Michell and Cia, the highest quality producer of Peruvian fibers. And although some have questioned, even criticized my decision to source commercial yarn (e.g. not sourcing from the local farmers myself) I believe it's better left to the experts. I have worked with Michell for close to five years and not only are they family-run and trustworthy, their work has provided employment opportunities and genetic research advancements that will keep the alpaca industry alive in Peru. Their production is 100% ethical, down to their fiber being hand-sorted (no machines) by micron quality and sourced from traditional alpaca herding families in the Andes, like those that Pichinku works with. Are you going to continue to travel back and forth or are you going to settle in Peru? I attribute much of my success to the small-town, family values that I grew up with in the Mon Valley. I'll always come home. Peru is another part of my heart, life and career path that I'm very grateful for. With years of growth and adventures with Pichinku ahead, I plan to always have a base there but whether there, here or anywhere, I'm not really the “settling” kind. How does your family feel about your traveling and your company? They are hands down the biggest supporters of both me and Pichinku, and have been since the very beginning. Can you imagine your parents buying you a plane ticket to move to Peru, when you're only 22 years old, two weeks after accepting an NGO position? My mom and dad not only support me, but know and love me for who I am. When will Pichinku yarn be available for sale? We will have opened online sales via Etsy (PichinkuYarn) in July, and full scale sales from our website when it launches in OctoberNovember. Wholesale orders will be taken in August for a limited number of stockists. Editor’s Note: Threads of Peru is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects the world to handmade treasures of the Andes, helping to strengthen ancient craft techniques and to empower artisans.

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

AUDITIONS Greensburg Civic Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Ruthless” on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, in Greensburg. Roles are available for 6 females (ages 8-15 and 21-80+) and one adult male who dresses as a woman. Cold readings, please prepare 32 bars of a show tune (An accompanist will be provided). Tap dance experience for girl’s role is a plus. Director/Choreographer is Jim Mikula; Musical Director is Eric Barchiesi. Appointments not necessary. Show dates are October 20-22. FMI:


BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston TAG:Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you

The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-6:15 p.m. - Weight loss group Coffee and Crayons - Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. - Bring in a book or try one of our pages and stop and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.

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Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Reservations are recommended.The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. Our hours change during the late August Riverfest celebration in town. In 2017, the Riverfest event is on August 26 and 27, from 1 to 9 p.m.We will be open that Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 12-4. During those times the library will be open for regular business and we will also be hosting our Annual Used Book Sale.We will have fiction, non-fiction, children's and much more to purchase! We are hoping to have fiber arts and other crafts to sell; perhaps you'd like to donate a piece to the cause? FMI: Call 724-938-2907.


library complete. “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting. Looking for some crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays. Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and 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 - AUGUST 2017 ACTIVITIES Teen Time - Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, and much more. New activities every week. - For grades 6 and up Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. - For grades 6-8 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. Students can learn to play, learn some strategies to play better, and practice against players of varying levels. 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 Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday August 17, from 6-7 p.m. in the Conference Room. The book will be Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield. Free and open to the Public. Feel free to bring a Snack! FMI,cContact: Bobby L. at 724-222-2400 X222 or email The Library will be closed all day on August 18 due to a conference being held in our facility.We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. WCCF Gives Day - Donate to Citizens Library on September 12 to have your gift increased by a percentage of a bonus pool. On WCCF Gives Day your gift is worth more! Visit our Charity Profile to donate on Gives Day: What is WCCF Gives? During this oneday event, each donation you make to your favorite Washington County charities via or by check

will be increased by a percentage of a bonus pool estimated to be at least $100,000.The minimum contribution is only $25, but donors are welcome to give as much and to as many charities as they would like during WCCF Gives.To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $2,400,000 in grants to local charities through WCCF Gives. Wine Down and Paint will be held on September 15 at 6 p.m. Participants will paint their own wine glass with step-by-step instructions from local artist Katelynn Falleroni. Class is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit Citizens Library. BYOB. Appetizers will be served. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call 724-222-2400 ext. 222 to sign up. Must be over 21 years old to participate. Class size is limited to 30 participants. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY - AUGUST ACTIVITIES Tiny Tunes Music - Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult. Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies - Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Birth-12 months with an adult. You can't start too early at the library. Mother Goose Storytime Tuesdays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult.They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about. Toddler Tales - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult. They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn. Wii Sports for Adults - Every Wednesday - Do you love to golf or play tennis but don’t want to deal with the weather? Like to bowl but not keen on lifting a heavy bowling ball? Stay active in the comfort of your library. We’ll use the large plasma TV and Nintendo Wii to stay fit.We will walk you through the use of the Wii-mote, a light-weight, motion-detecting controller that you swing like a golf club, baseball bat, bowling ball or tennis racket. Bring a friend or two and give it at try! No registration required. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-yearolds. This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics - 9:15 a.m. - For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee.Take a break and spend an hour coloring while you listen to classical music and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess - Tuesdays at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Every Tuesday in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

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

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen of chess. Celebrate the season's bounty at Peters Township Public Library's 8th Annual Local Foods Potluck Dinner on Friday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. For this year's free event, the library's GO Green Club is partnering with Farm to Table Western PA, whose goal is to bridge the gap between consumers and local food producers. Attendees are asked to bring a prepared potluck dish of 6-8 servings made with homegrown or locally-grown foods and share your recipe with the group. Globally, up to 40% of the food produced is wasted. During the dinner, a representative from 412 Food Rescue will explain how their organization works with volunteers to prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream. Registration is required to attend. Register online at or call 724-941-9430 #1 by Wednesday, August 9. FMI, email the GO Green Club at Additional programs are being finalized for late 2017. FMI: or 724-941-9430

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

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

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

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 Water St., Fredericktown Our Services: Books for all ages, Audio books, Large-print books,Video tapes and DVDs, Magazines and Newspapers, Public Internet Access Computers, Pre-School story hour, Summer Reading Club, Income tax forms, Inter-Library loan, Fax and copier service. FMI: Visit our web site, Facebook page, or call 724-377-0017

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


Pennsylvania Bridges August 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges August 2017

Pennsylvania Bridges August 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges August 2017