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Pennsylvania C o n ne ct i n g O u r C o m m u ni t i e s

August 2018 Edition


A d a ’s B l e s s i n g s


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Ada’s Blessings

I love my job. I’ve said it before in this space, and I’ll likely say it again. Perhaps my favorite part of the job falls on the first weekend of the month, when we distribute the publication throughout the region. To reduce costs - and frankly - to get the heck out of my office for a change, I often go out on deliveries myself, and there’s no greater feeling in the world than getting to witness how eager people are to read each new edition. I’ve always been a multitasker, and even as we’re distributing the current issue, I’m always on the lookout for future stories. About a month ago, I encountered a story idea in our travels, a heartrending account of tragedy, perseverance, and hope I just knew we had to share with you. Maybe you’ve seen the film A League of Their Own, in which Tom Hanks famously tells Bitty Schram “There’s no crying in baseball.” I love the film and that classic line perhaps even more, and it’s a saying I’ve adapted for the offices of Pennsylvania Bridges. “There’s no crying in Journalism,” I often say, and up until we began putting together this edition, it was a saying that rang true. Then one of our contributors, who often accompanies me on deliveries, spotted a flier at one of the area restaurants where where we drop off copies each month. A quick search on Facebook revealed more details, and I was soon introduced to Roxanne Sweany, one of the subjects of our lead story, which you can find on page 3. Roxanne and her husband Jordan are remarkable people who’ve triumphed in the face of unspeakable loss, and it was inspiring to learn more about them. It was also heartbreaking. The writer who penned the piece cried writing it, and I cried reading it. Then I shed some

more tears when I was laying out the article and looking at the photos that accompanied it. Finally, I’m getting a little misty eyed just thinking about it now. Needless to say, my supply of tissues has been seriously depleted in the last couple of weeks. Speaking of tissues, before you read Roxanne and Jordan’s story, I highly suggest stocking up on your own box of Kleenex™. You’ll need them, because you’re going to shed hot tears of sadness, too. You’re going to cry, and then you’re going to take some action based on what you read. My hope is that action is going to be to reach out to this inspirational couple and contribute to the cause close to their heart, Ada’s Blessings. Again, you can find their story and details on how to support the important work this organization is doing on page 3. On a final note, I would be remiss if I didn’t also encourage you to keep reading past page 3, and enjoy all the fascinating stories we’ve highlighted in this month’s edition. Thanks for reading! Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Ada’s Blessings brings care and hope to those battling congenital heart defects story by Keren lee dreyer

According to the American Heart Association, congenital heart defects (CHD) - abnormal development of the heart and/or its vessels before birth range from a repairable small hole in the heart through life-limiting, incomplete heart formation. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 25% of the 40,000 babies per year born with CHD require surgery, while citing CHD as “a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death.” What facts and figures cannot show is the isolation parents experience from living in a hospital as their little one slowly succumbs to their heart defect, nor the despair at not being able to comfort that child because of ongoing medical procedures. Compounding parental grief when their child passes is a pervasive feeling of being forgotten, with no apparent place to reach out for support or comfort with others of similar experience. Fredericktown residents Roxanne Sweany and husband, Jordan, lived these experiences, and more, as they cared for their daughter, Ada, who was born with a CHD. Though Ada fought hard, was greatly loved, and received the best of care, she passed on in March of 2017 at the age of only nine months after a valiant seven month battle with her CHD. During their time caring for Ada at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Sweanys were buoyed by the generosity of caring individuals and entities, as Roxanne explained “We lived seven

months in the hospital. Other non-profits would come in and give gifts, and that helped a lot. You’re trapped in the hospital all the time and these strangers come and give you gifts, sometimes for children, others for parents...My husband commuted every day, and the gas cards people gave really helped. We felt we wanted to give back, too.” From these dispiritining times, Roxanne Sweany created Ada’s Blessings to honor Ada because “that’s where my heart is.” Ada’s Blessings, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, takes in donations of toys, money, and many other needed items to help support children, parents, and siblings in their battle with CHD. The organization also provides education about CHD while offering welcoming resources to those who feel isolated in their struggle with the aftermath of a

lost battle. “There is this whole community of CHD parents who have lost their babies, and we want to let them know they’re not forgotten,” Sweany said. With fall and summer being slow times for charitable donations, Sweany “wanted to do something when the need was, not when everyone else was giving.” To counter the downturn in donations, Ada’s Blessings sponsors Ada’s Birthday Party at Childrens Hospital. “We get a list from the cardiac unit for each age group, and what the kids’ likes and needs are. We put that out on Facebook and people send money so I can go get those things, or people donate (toys and other items) as well.” Siblings are also able to pick out a toy of their own, or receive one picked by their parents, as “they may feel like they’re on the back burner, so we make it a point to feel like they’re involved because they get to pick a present as well.” Another summer event, and its biggest fundraiser, is Ada’s Blessings Bike Run. The fundraiser kicks off Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at Tradesmen’s Inn, 1769 E National Pike, Scenery Hill, PA. Registration is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger. At noon, Sweany said “kickstands are up. It’s about a 100 mile ride and stops at four or five bars and restaurants along the way. We’ll have a Chinese auction at the end, a

D.J., and food catered by Tradesmen’s Inn.” Ada’s Blessings Bike Run also provides “blockers front and rear, and at certain intersections” to keep participants safe while riding for a good cause. Ada’s Blessings not only helps others, but helps its founders cope in as positive way as possible. “It’s actually helped me get through my grief, and when I’m having a bad day I go to work on something for Ada’s Blessings,” Sweany said. Though there are days that hit her hard, Sweany notes that “it does feel good to get a whole cart of toys to give” and not worry about the expense. Funds and donations are welcomed by Ada’s Blessings all year long. Gift cards to be given to those in need, and checks made to Ada’s Blessings may be sent to Roxanne Sweany, 8 Crawford Road, Fredericktown, PA 15333. Tax receipts are available upon request. Join the Ada’s Blessings Group on facebook at: /about/ editor’s Note: Baby Ada, pictured top left with her parents, is also pictured on our cover. Thanks so much to Roxanne and Jordan Sweany for sharing these special photos of beautiful Ada with us.


Emily Hamilla, left, and Brian Eisiminger portrayed Marian the Librarian and Harold Hill, respectively, in the State Theatre Center for the Arts' production of "The Music Man." Photo by Kelly Tunney. Submit your photos for consideration for Editor’s Choice “Pic”of the Issue to Original photography only accepted for consideration.

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VICTORIAN TEA AT NEMACOLIN CASTLE - Sat. Aug. 11 9 a.m -11 a.m . Join us for a breakfast tea at historic Nemacolin Castle! There will be a variety of teas to choose from as well as muffins, cookies, scones, and other light refreshments. Guests will also be given a tour of the castle. Feel free to dress in Victorian era attire if you wish! All guests must be 16 years of age or older. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 1st CASTLE CAR CRUISE - Sat. Sept. 8 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - If you love automobiles be sure to come out to the first annual Nemacolin Castle Car Cruise! There will be a number of unique and classic cars on the grounds for visitors to admire.There will also be vendors as well as food and history tours of the castle. (Tours are $10 for adults and $4 for kids 12 & under) There is no fee to walk the grounds of the event. For any Cruisers bringing an automobile, registration is at 10 a.m. and the cost is $5. NEMACOLIN CASTLE CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS - Our most popular event! - Weekend evenings throughout October (We are also planning to hold tours on select weeknight evenings as well. Dates will be posted soon) Walk the haunted halls of Nemacolin Castle as your tour guide tells the tales of paranormal and supernatural activity experienced there. Hear the chilling experiences of staff, volunteers, and visitors as you enter the very rooms and areas where they took place. Cost is $15 per person. "SIPPING THROUGH THE AGES" Wine tasting fundraiser event at Nemacolin Castle - Sat. Nov. 17 7 p.m.9 p.m. - Spend an evening sampling wines and spirits from various wineries

in a classic historical setting. Guests will also get an opportunity to get an early view of the castle decorated for the upcoming holiday season. Tickets will be available soon. Cost is $40 per person. Must bring valid and proper ID. No persons under 21 years of age will be admitted. "HOLIDAY LIGHT-UP NIGHT 2018” - Fri. Nov. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. Come to Nemacolin Castle and help Brownsville kick-off the Christmas season on Holiday Light up Night 2018. The castle grounds will be buzzing with things to do. Some of which include holiday musical entertainment, characters, vendors, Civil War soldiers, and delicious food as well as our famous "wassail". Santa and his friends will be outside to greet the guests. The Castle will be beautifully decorated both inside and out and will be available for tours. Tour cost is $15 per person. NEMACOLIN CASTLE CHRISTMAS TOURS - Beginning on light up night and all weekend evenings in December. Visit Nemacolin Castle at one of the best times of the year. View the rooms and halls decorated in an elegant and classic style and hear the history of the beautiful structure. See the castle decorated as the Bowman family would have seen it, in the colonial, Victorian, and turn of the century fashion! Tour cost is $15 per person. For any questions regarding these events, please call us at 724-785-6882.

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Daisytown Community Center provides summer employment...and fun


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Summer employment is a traditional and constructive way for high school students to earn spending money, begin saving for college, a car, or even to buy basic, everyday necessities. However, landing that first job can be difficult without prior employment experience to attract gainful work. Fortunately, through the auspices of Southwest Training Services, Inc., four local high school students have found rewarding work, and fun experiences, at the Daisytown Community Center at 3 Main Street, Daisytown, PA. Maddie Hite, Faith Keene, Dru Miller, and Savanna Owens round out the summer student staff at the center, which provides local youth a “safe and happy educational environment,” according to their mission statement. With a 32.5 hour work week and generous hourly wage, the four are gaining valuable work experience while garnering several healthy paychecks through Southwest Training Services, Inc. During the course of helping to prepare and serve food, clean tables, and interact with kids at the center, Hite, Keene, Miller, and Owens universally agree that their time at the center has honed both a sense of responsibility and the ability to work well with others valuable traits which will benefit them during future employment. While responsibilities are important to fulfill, they are not exclusive of edifying and fun experiences through the center. According to Sonya Miller, Executive Director of Daisytown Community Center, the students and center’s youth enjoy a back to school bash, an annual Christmas party, a trip to Lavender Farm, a fall bonfire, and an annual coat drive, along with Halloween parties and a Christmas play. The Daisytown Community Center joins with the Lemoyne Center in Washington, PA in order to receive better rates and amenities during outings and field trips, said center board member, Tammy Hite. In addition to providing employment opportunities to local high school students, the Daisytown Community Center provides a fun place for local youth to spend time, be mentored or tutored, receive a personal escort back home, and even have lunch. Food is also provided for youth and the elderly alike, though demand has


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the center. Additional funds and volunteer time have also been kindly provided by the Lions Club, while the Daisytown Athletic Club “has been our largest donor throughout the year for our center to keep our doors open for operation” Miller said, adding special thanks to 91 year old twins, Arlene Miller and Florence Green, who work “all year round to help as well.” Helping the community - a family affair Willie Tyler, Sr., Miller’s father, also had a caring eye for Daisytown area youth and saw an opportunity for a new community center in the old water company building. Miller explains, “The center is our old water company building and my father purchased it for $1 from the owner as it was being donated. It was a struggle - he worked daily on the building with little help, along with a local family named the McFann family, that donated all the plumbing to help get us open.” Without their foresight and efforts in the beginning, Miller said “we would not be as far as we are now.” Be sure to friend the Daisytown Community Center at nter/, check out the Lemoyne Community Center at, and visit Southwest Training Services at to learn more about their helpful services. Area high school student who seek summer employment should talk to their school’s guidance counselor for more information.

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Pittsburgh is famous for giving firsts to the world—including the first wire cable suspension bridge, the first movie theater, and hundreds of performing and visual arts premieres. Now, the world is about to give back in a big way as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents its fourth and most diverse Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts—an expanded showcase of never-beforeseen performing and visual arts attractions. The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “There is work produced in Pittsburgh by the local arts community that is truly international in caliber and scope,” said Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO. “By bringing these incredible performances and exhibits from around the world and pairing them with outstanding Pittsburghproduced arts, the Cultural Trust wants to put the spotlight on Pittsburgh as an international city and make sure it is recognized locally and by people around the globe.” Over the course of eight weeks in the fall of 2018, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District will become a hub of United States, North American, and World Premieres. These works by renowned, globally-minded artists will feature a full range of arts disciplines—theater, dance, music, visual art, pieces that defy category—and take place in both traditional and unexpected spaces. From intimate experiences in galleries, to physically following a story as it unfolds in an historic church, to mind-blowing outdoor light shows, to a circus arts spectacle in the region’s largest theater, each piece will challenge, excite, entertain,

question, and leave audiences seeing the world in a new way. The companies and artists hail from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Haiti; Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom; China, South Korea, Thailand; Nigeria, South Africa; India; Israel; New Zealand; Canada; and the United States. Continuing Pittsburgh’s long-standing history of artistic, technologically innovative, creative, and groundbreaking ‘firsts,’ this year’s Festival features more locally-based premieres and collaborative works by Pittsburgh presenting arts organizations, including Quantum Theatre and Bricolage Production Company, to name a few. The curatorial team behind the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts has traveled the globe to bring the greatest and grandest of new works to the city of Pittsburgh. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 412-456-6666, and at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). For the most current listings of programming for the Festival, visit: Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is supported by the FACE Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and The Opportunity Fund.

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T.C. Boyle: Rock Star of Contemporary Literature to visit Cal U on 9/11 story by dr. Kim vanderlaan

I can’t remember the first story I ever read by T.C. Boyle. I do know once I recognized his name (probably from a story in The New Yorker) I sought out everything I could find by him. I remember finishing “Are We Not Men?” and wondering how a writer could make the topic of genetic modification (specifically pets such as “crowparrots” and “micropigs”) sound plausible –or the futuristic setting in which we find such scientific confabulations believable. His recent novel, The Terranauts catapults its reader into a sci-fi land of impossibilities – though Boyle renders details and descriptions so finely that we do indeed find ourselves willing to suspend our disbelief. His short story, “The Relive Box” features a man so disillusioned with his life that he spends all his time in a timemachine like box that allows him to travel back to significant moments of his past – addictively escaping the unpleasant realities of his present life. Is this a commentary on virtual realities and contemporary culture’s need for constant and immediate entertainment and emotional gratification? Perhaps. I finished “The Fugitive” and wondered how Boyle could garner reader sympathy for a man with a contagious disease – potentially threatening an entire community – when that man refuses to simply follow basic rules of containment: wearing a mask and taking his medicine. Boyle’s fiction is readable – he makes use of the vernacular and true-to-life characters, but it is also sophisticated and profound – he researches his subjects exhaustively and reaches toward a psychological realism that poignantly portrays internal states of mind. In “Greasy Lake” he reminds us, via an epigraph, that he grew up alongside

The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) and through allusions to the Vietnam war, places us in the middle of a teenager’s almost fatal flirtation with the ‘bad boy’ persona he seeks to inculcate. He literally swims into a “waterlogged carcass” – the “buoyant black mass” of death which shocks the protagonist into resisting this particular rite of passage. Because Boyle is so versatile and wide-ranging in his subject matter, and because his writing is so visceral and realistic, most readers will find something they love in Boyle’s fiction. I finished reading The Harder They Come practically in one sitting while on vacation in Galveston, Texas. I read a few chapters on the couch with coffee, some more by the pool after lunch and finished it off by plunging my way through revolting thought after disturbing act, committed by an insane man, running from the law – only to face squarely the very cold fact that we really have no control over the destinies of our children, especially in regard to psychological disorders. I reached out to T.C. after I finished the novel and asked him to recommend a story with a “strong female character” (unhappy, I suppose, that the female protagonist in the novel somehow fell for the crazy man!). He recommended another story (retrospective-

ly, I suppose I can see with some irony in his choice) – this one about a young woman who inadvertently gets pregnant, tries to hide it from the world during her first semester in college, and then, in a state of exhaustion and horrifying pain, commands the father of the child (to whom she has just given birth) to “kill it.” As if that were not enough, the girl goes on to accuse the baby’s father of the murder, all the while remembering that he is “the love of [her] life.” If you haven’t guessed by now, the title of that one is “The Love of My Life.” To reach into troubled, immature and naïve almost-adults, to snatch a small lifelike glimpse into the frustrations of contemporary youth, and to make the reader ache with her own longing to find a solution that does not end in tragedy – and then to know with certainty there is no more effective ending than the one Mr. Boyle had attached: that is extraordinary talent! For all these reasons and more, we are so thrilled at Cal U and in the little borough of California, to have the great fortune to host T.C. on September 11, at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. He will be reading from a recent work of his fiction and we’ll have our very own Q&A session immediately afterwards. If you would like to meet Mr. Boyle in person over some cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to the program, you may purchase an event ticket ($50) by contacting Kim Vanderlaan at The event itself is free and open to the public.

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August 2018 news from the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum

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

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Fall CeMenT CiTy HOMe and WalKing TOUrs sCHedUled Our eighth annual fall Cement City Home and Walking Tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23rd also at 1:00 p.m. The tour will start at the museum located at 595 McKean Avenue with a photo, artifact and blueprint presentation on Donora’s National Historic District – Thomas Edison’s Cement City created 101 years ago in 1917. The photos are from our Bruce Dreisbach glass plate negative collection and were taken during all phases of construction in 1916 and 1917, over a century ago. The presenter is Smog Museum curator and Cement City resident Brian Charlton, who authored an article in the fall 2013 edition of the Western Pennsylvania History magazine published by the Heinz History Center titled "Cement City: Thomas Edison's Experiment with Worker's Housing In Donora." A walking and home tour follows in the Historic District to point out various architectural and social details. The tour concludes by touring the interiors of at least two homes with rooms restored to the period. The cost of the tour is $13/person and space is limited. Please call or email to RSVP and your flexibility to attend either Sunday or Saturday. If you have any questions about Cement City or one of our Home and Walking Tours, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the Historical Society. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please call or email the historical society and we can discuss a date that works for both parties. dOnOra FOOTBall dragOns

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– 1904 to 1968 – ParT One Due to the enthusiasm generated from our ongoing game film project and last year’s successful “Game Film Event” at the Donora Cro Club, we will host another football event titled “Donora Football Dragons – 1904 to 1968” to present a comprehensive history of Donora Dragons football from the opening kickoff in 1904 to the final whistle in 1968. Part One actually only includes the years 1904 to 1945. Part Two will include the remaining years from 1946 to 1968 and will be held on a date that has yet to be determined. The event will consist of a presentation using numerous photos, newspaper articles and film footage, most of which came from the archives of the Donora Historical Society, as well as the Coach Jimmy Russell collection donated by his daughter in 2013, dovetailed with stories told by Smog Museum archivist and curator Brian Charlton, who will take you all the way back in time to 1904 when Donora was known as the Orange and Black, wore leather helmets and played by the Mon River on Gilmore Field, when organized football wasn’t so organized. Hear stories about Coach

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Russell and players Jake Kovalcik, Arnold “Pope” Galiffa, “Deacon” Dan Towler, Lou “Bimbo” Cecconi, Bob Rosborough, Bill Urbanik, Larry Crawford, Malcolm Lomax and many others, that made Donora the “Home of Champions,” as well as Donora’s football ties to the likes of Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi. Because of the volume of historical information, this event will be presented in two parts. “Donora Football Dragons – 1904 to 1945 – Part One” is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, October 20th at the Croatian Club (Cro Club) in Donora located at 329 Castner Avenue with food and drinks available for purchase from the Cro Club. Former coaches, players, cheerleaders, band members and fans from any era are encouraged to attend. There is no Pitt football game this day. OCTOBer 2018 - 1948 sMOg 70th anniversary evenTs As we approach the upcoming 70th Anniversary this October of Donora’s infamous 1948 Smog, the Donora Historical Society has a number of events on the schedule. They will be explained in more detail in future articles. On Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m., WQED Producer and Monongahela-native David Solomon will present his mini-documentary “Our Water, Land & Air,” portions of which tell the story about the 1948 Smog. A “Question and Answer” discussion will follow with a panel of survivors and local experts. This event will take place in the downstairs Community Room at the Donora Public Library. On Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m., the Donora Historical Society’s Brian Charlton will present the “The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster” at the Smog Museum. This presentation has been given countless times in Donora and around the Pittsburgh area, and was also filmed by CSPAN. FMI about the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

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Center in the Woods August 2018 Activities

Center in the Woods would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and be a part of our community. Whether you’re looking for fellowship, a new activity, or you’d like to volunteer, we encourage you to stop in. No membership is required. Make a reservation a day ahead and join us for lunch at noon. On Saturday, August 11 come and dance to the band Outpost from 6-10 p.m. – Cost is $8. Tickets are on sale for an August 15 dinner and entertainment by a Cher Impersonator. Dinner is at 5 p.m., entertainment at 6 p.m. Cost is $12. Sign up for a monthly trip to Lady Luck Casino. Cost is $20 and includes transportation, $10 free play and lunch. Next trip is August 21. Travel Friends has quite a few day and weeklong trips coming up, including a day trip on October 13 to see the production of “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster. Sign-ups will begin soon for book club, pickleball and Tai Chi classes! The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. 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. Sit and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 tschedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report tthe Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMi:

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This month, I sat down with Leaning Cask brewer Joshua Lipke and his co-owner and wife, Stefanie Lipke, in Springdale, PA. The brewery has been open for a little over a year, but Joshua has been brewing a lot longer than that. He, like many others, started with a homebrewing hobby and expanded. The turning point for the Lipkes to take the step from homebrewing to opening their own brewpub was a trip to England in the mid-2000s. While there, they tried cask ales, which are a bit different than what you normally get in the U.S. in terms of brewing and serving style. The brewery has three authentic English hand pumps, one of which is portable. Leaning Cask is also one of the only places in the Pittsburgh area that has a beer engine, which assists in pumping the beer from casks stored in the basement. Joshua says that while they do keep their beer warmer than most, it isn’t quite to the 50°F to 55°F that it would be served at overseas. Their beer is stored in the basement but not quite at those true “cellar” temperatures you would see in England. The casks are closer to traditional temperatures at 45°F to 50°F because they are stored in the farthest corner of the cold storage. When it comes to the beer itself, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t only English-style beers that are brewed and stored in casks. Stefanie says they put any type into casks, and they often use it as a way to try out a new beer or style of beer since the initial release is on a smaller scale. Cask beers aren’t the only types they have, either. The brewery has 12 taps, which allows a wide variation—a little bit of everything.. 10

On most visits to Leaning Cask, you will see three to four different IPAs on tap, their own cider, a stout or porter, a wheat, English ale, and some type of Belgian. Depending on when you visit, various seasonal beers will come into play, too. Another tradition you might notice is all the brews are named with a dog theme. The Lipkes love dogs and appreciated how dog-friendly English pubs are. They wanted to bring a little of that home with them, so they not only have dog-themed beer names, but they are also very welcoming to dogs, as long as they are well-behaved. They go even a step further than allowing dogs inside the bar—they have an actual indoor bathroom for dogs only. While it is becoming more common for breweries to allow dogs, this may be the only indoor dog restroom! Joshua, the sole brewer, brews as close to traditional English style as his equipment allows. He has a thirteen-barrel setup in the basement of the pub, as well as room to expand upstairs. He says this setup is rela-

tively large for a new brewery; less than ten barrels are more common for somewhere that has only been open for a little over a year. I asked if he had any advice for homebrewers who may be considering expansion into commercial brewing, and Joshua said, “Be prepared for the business adventure. It’s a lot more than just making beer. That’s the simple way to put it. Do your research, know what you are getting into and, really, if you don’t have a business background, get some help or some education on it because the bottom line is you are running a business. Brewing is my downtime. That’s when I don’t have to think about the other things. Even if you are making stellar beer, you’ll be able to make good beer at the commercial stage, but it’s everything else that goes into a business.” At this point, Leaning Cask is Joshua’s full-time job, but Stefanie still works as an elementary school counselor full time. It was refreshing to meet a woman in the industry, because the craft beer and brewery

field is dominated by men. Stefanie says she doesn’t feel she’s been pushed aside or ignored and feels like she gets the same amount of respect as Joshua when she introduces herself as an owner. She is a member of the Pink Boots Society, an organization for women in the beer industry and, despite the support she’s experienced, says, “I definitely think there could be more recognition, awareness, and more females involved.” With so many breweries in Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Leaning Cask offers a British twist that helps it stand out in a booming industry and provides a style of beer that was under-represented in the area until now. They distribute to approximately 20 locations in the area but, since Springdale is not far outside the city limits, why not go to the source to try their beer? Leaning Cask is located at 850 Pittsburgh St, Springdale, PA 15144. They are open Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. New casks are released every Thursday. FMi: author’s note: I am working on setting up interviews with other Southwest PA breweries. Is there a brewery you’d like me to cover? Reach out to me via email

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The Rainbow Ends debuts original jazz/fusion CD story by Keren lee dreyer

When “life happened” to guitarist Joshua Carns, his music school scholarship went unfulfilled, though his dream of a music career lived on. Fostered by self-funded lessons and raw talent, Carns not only went on to teach at Seton Hill University, but has also put together The Rainbow Ends, a jazz trio with a mature style despite its mere two and a half years in existence. Carns and electric bassist, Kyle Green, joined forces in January of 2016. Upon meeting through a mutual drummer friend, Carns and Green “hit it off right away” Carns said, adding “I was blown away by how skilled he was and wasn’t doing anything with it...there was this instant connection we had with one another.” As with most jazz musicians, the ability to improv is invaluable, and when Carns and Green successfully improvised a three hour show at a local brewery, the foundation for further musical exploration was set. However, a new drummer was needed to replace the original, who went in a different direction. Enter Justin Banks, who Carns said showed up to an open mike with a business card and high recommendations from other friends. “He came out and played one show and said ‘I’m in, I love it.’” With his ability to create “the most unique beats to occupy space in intricate ways in a three piece band,” Carns knew Banks was “the right guy for the job.” With Banks on board as of October of 2016, the group’s philosophy of working by committee came about easily, as Carns said “All the musicians in this

group have been playing for 20 years. So we got together and said let’s play how we want to play. You play drums how you want to play, and play bass how you want to play, and I’ll play how I want to play.” Now with a solid lineup in place, The Rainbow Ends began creating new, original jazz instrumentals in preparation for its debut release. But good music, like anything worthwhile, takes time, so after working through various arrangements and concepts for about one year, Carns felt it was time to hit the studio. The Schoolhouse Studio in Armbrust, PA played host to The Rainbow Ends recording sessions. According to Carns, the 100 year old, single room former school house “has great natural reverb for recording drums and vocals,” an important element in providing pleasing depth of sound in musical recordings. Schoolhouse sound engineer and producer, Daniel Blake, took the controls for the band’s recording sessions. Though it was his first


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virtual senior academy: adman: Warhol Before Pop - Friday, august 10 & Friday, august 24 - 12–1 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum is offering online courses through the Virtual Senior Academy, a learning center for senior citizens in the Pittsburgh area. This course focuses on our current exhibition, Adman: Warhol Before Pop. The exhibition provides surprising insights into the beginning of Andy Warhol’s career, from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first, little-known gallery exhibitions of drawings and artists books. Through this course, seniors will get a comprehensive look at Warhol’s first decade in New York. Visit, sign up, browse for the courses taught by The Warhol and register. Free to all VSA participants (registration is free) sound series: Waxahatchee, with special guests anna st. louis and night shop - Wednesday, september 12 - 8 p.m. - The Warhol entrance space - Co-presented with Mr. Smalls Presents and WYEP - The Warhol welcomes Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) on tour supporting her fourth album Out in the Storm, and her second release with Merge Records. Both Night Shop (Justin Sullivan) and Anna St. Louis open the evening with solo sets. Please note that this performance is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free parking available in The Warhol lot. Tickets $18/$15 members and students; Visit or call 412-2378300 TQ Live! - Friday, September 14 - 8 p.m. - The Warhol theater - TQ Live! presents a queer evening of dazzling performance, dance, poetry, comedy, resplendent fantasies, music, and more. Please note this performance contains adult subject matter and strong language. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12/$8 members and students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 Sound Series: Rob Mazurek’s Farnsworth Scores - Thursday, September 20 - 7 p.m. - Carnegie Museum of Art theater (Oakland) - Copresented by The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art Join us for a unique evening of experi-

mental sound composition inspired by mid-century modern architecture, featuring composer, cornetist, and improviser, Rob Mazurek. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $15/$12 members and students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 sensory-Friendly event for Teens and young adults: immigration saturday, september 22 - 9–10:30 a.m. - This inclusive 90-minute workshop for teens and young adults (ages 13–21) focuses on the theme of immigration in Warhol’s life and work. We will look at the museum’s collection through the lens of Warhol’s experience as a first generation American, and explore these themes while making art in our education studio. Attendance is limited to 20 people. Materials and an orientation video will be supplied prior to the event and participants will have the chance to discuss any other accommodations needed. Free; registration is required; Visit Henry rollins “slide show” saturday, september 22 - 8 p.m. Carnegie lecture Hall (Oakland) The Warhol welcomes back spoken word artist, musician, actor, author, and iconic cultural gadfly, Henry Rollins. He returns with “Slide Show”, a special performance drawing on his traveling experiences, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America, and Antarctica, and his vast archive of photographs. VIP tickets include: Early entry for front and center seating, postshow Meet & Greet, a photograph with Henry Rollins, and commemorative exclusive VIP laminate. Doors open at 7 p.m. - Tickets $25/$20 students, $150 VIP; Visit or call 412-2378300 Miguel gutierrez: sadOnna Friday, september 28 - 8 p.m. - The Warhol theater - Co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University School of Art and School of Drama - SADONNA is exactly what it sounds like: sad versions of Madonna songs. Please note this performance contains adult subject matter and strong language. Tickets $15/$12 members and students; Visit or call 412-237-8300.

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Strawberry Shortcake, & White The Partner Parishes of St. Peter and St. Cecilia are offering a second Bereavement Group, in addition to the one for adults. A group for Youth will be open to to parish members and members of the community. It will be conducted by two Master's level therapists and will be scheduled at 6 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays at the Parish office, 118 Church St., beginning July 18. Any child experiencing a death of a family member, divorce of parents, absence of a parent, illness or any other trauma is welcome and encouraged to come. Please call 724-785-7781 with any questions or to register. On Sunday, July 22, the Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) is inviting the public to come and see the movie The Greatest Showman. It will begin at 8 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join them for a free movie under the starts! In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the church building. Free popcorn and drinks provided! The St. Vincent de Paul sponsored Food Bank will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at the First United Methodist Church (215 Church St., Brownsville). Folks can pick up their food from 11:30 a.m. thru 12:30 p.m. New clients can come at this time to register. There will be a food bank at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Packing for the food


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Anne Kraybill Named New Director of The Westmoreland The Westmoreland Museum of American Art announces that Anne Kraybill will become the Museum’s new Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO beginning August 20. Kraybill, who will be the third director in the Museum’s history, succeeds Judith Hansen O’Toole, who retires this month after 25 years in the position. Kraybill is a proven leader in the arts and culture sector with demonstrated success in program development, community engagement, fundraising, strategic planning and staff mentorship. She has an unwavering belief that the arts can improve lives and strengthen communities and should be accessible and celebrated for all. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are excited and delighted to have Anne join The Westmoreland as our new director. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, and we are confident in her ability to lead us into the next era for the Museum,” Board President Ellen Swank said. “I am honored to have been chosen as the next director of The Westmoreland and build upon the strong legacy Judith has created,” stated Kraybill in regards to her appointment. “The Westmoreland’s collection, program and values are exemplary, and I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated staff of the Museum and become a part

of the Greensburg community.” Kraybill comes to The Westmoreland after seven years at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, having been hired on the team before the museum opened to the public in 2011. There she was promoted through several positions in the education department, and became Director of Education and Research in Learning and a member of the leadership team in 2015. Her deep passion for the arts has been reflected in her work at Crystal Bridges through the development of inventive and expansive programs and partnerships that serve more than 160,000 individuals annually. She currently heads a

team of 35 full- and part-time staff and works closely with the museum’s leadership. “Anne is a skilled leader with a track record of successful engagement and impact with the communities the museum serves,” said Rod Bigelow, Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “While we’ll miss her at Crystal Bridges, we couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments and bright future.” Prior to being at Crystal Bridges, Kraybill held positions at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Education and the Norton Museum of Art, the latter both in West Palm Beach. She earned an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, during which time she was a graduate assistant at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Earlier this month, Kraybill participated in the renowned Getty Leadership Institute, a program of the Getty Foundation. Participants from around the world, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, convene at the Institute for an intensive professional development program for museum decision-makers. Kraybill has family roots in Pennsylvania, is married with two children and intends to make Greensburg her home.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the renaming of its intimate, 260-seat black box theater in recognition of George Greer’s 25 years of support. On Monday June 25th, board members, supporters, and staff of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Eden Hall Foundation honored Mr. Greer and celebrated the new Greer Cabaret Theater name. “George and the Eden Hall Foundation have long been stalwart supporters of culture, education, and community development in the Pittsburgh region, and in particular our work in the Cultural District,” says Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO Kevin McMahon. Over the course of 25 years, George Greer has served on the Trust’s executive, finance, and development committees, played an active role in fundrais-

ing, and contributed significantly to key Cultural District initiatives such as the O’Reilly Theater, Cabaret Theater, free festivals, outstanding events, and the planned conversion of the former Bally Total Fitness Club property on Sixth Street into a first-run movie theater Cineplex. As Chairman and President of the Eden Hall Foundation, George Greer champions arts and culture in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, recognizing that they play a key role in improving a region’s quality of life. Eden Hall Foundation Executive Director Sylvia V. Fields says, “We are proud to be a contributor to the rich heritage of culture and arts in the city of Pittsburgh. Supporting Pittsburgh’s Cultural District supports our dreams of realizing a brighter future for our region.” George Greer expresses, “The Greer

family and I are unbelievably honored to have our name above the doors of the Cabaret Theater, which holds a very special place in the spectrum of entertainment in the Cultural District.” The newly-named Greer Cabaret Theater, formerly known as the Cabaret at Theater Square, is a part of the Cultural Trust’s mixed-use Theater Square structure, which also features a box office and parking garage. The Greer Cabaret Theater will continue to offer fantastic musical productions, latenight entertainment, live music, and outstanding food in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District at 655 Penn Avenue. For information about the Greer Cabaret Theater and Backstage Bar, call 412325-6769 or visit

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THE SCENERY HILL OUTDOOR FILM SERIES STAR WARS: The Last Jedi Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. The film is rated PG-13.


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Artists Celebrate Differences, Similarities in Collaborative Show at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

Four local artists – Francis Cleetus, Paula Martino, Manjushree Roy, and Gabby Walker – will be displaying their work in the new show "Conglomeration" at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. The exhibit will open August 3 and run through August 31. Each of the four artists bring their own unique worldviews and perspectives to their work. Although styles and subjects may be contrasting, there are comparisons to be found. According to Roy, "Conglomeration" seeks to highlight, "the similarities and differences of various art styles, mediums and personalities that come together to form a solid foundation of Art that is healing, rejuvenating and in today's world a very statement of our own individuality." Raised in North Huntingdon PA., Gabby Walker is a charcoal drawing artist and painter. She had an interest in art and drawing portrait and people since she was a child. At the age of nineteen, she started taking portrait oil painting lessons with Manjushree Roy, where she was able to further develop her craft. Later, Gabby began assisting in a live model charcoal drawing class, where she was first introduced to charcoals and her interest really peaked. Through these lessons, her style as an artist evolved and the skills she acquired opened her eyes to new mediums. Gabby Walker currently lives in Pittsburgh PA and continues to learn and grow as an artist. Paula Martino is the leader of the Norwin Art League’s Plein Air Group and a member of both the Pittsburgh


Outdoor Painters and the Oil Painters of America. Paula has been juried into numerous local and regional exhibits including the Westmoreland Art Nationals and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier, PA. She has won numerous local awards. Paula has studied with nationally prominent master artists Camille Przewodek, Robert Burridge, Cynthia Rosen, Lori Putnam and Tina Garrett. She exhibits at the Latrobe Art Center, the Norwin Art League, and has an online gallery and weekly blog at Francis Cleetus started drawing on walls at a very early age. His parents weren’t thrilled. After getting a degree in chemistry (yes, he admits his attempts at turning lead into gold were completely unsuccessful), and working for a tire company for a year, he joined an ad

agency and started creating ads. His parents weren’t thrilled this time around, either. Along the way, he developed his own style as a painter, designer, illustrator, cartoonist and sculptor. Francis lives with his wife, Maneesha, and two daughters in Pittsburgh, PA and works out of his basement studio. He has drawn cartoons for the Pittsburgh Tech Council’s TEQ magazine and other publications. He has also created awardwinning ads for Nike, Maker's Mark and MTV. More importantly, he has painted murals for the Phipps conservatory & botanical gardens and created a themed art show for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. But he still hasn't figured out why Maneesha prefers mauve over lilac. Manjushree Roy is a self 'learning' rather than a self-taught artist in her

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ever-ongoing journey. She started painting seriously and has been working on her own style and composition since 2013. She regularly participates in local juried shows and has exhibited in Westmoreland Art Nationals juried exhibits and the Dollar Bank’s Three Rivers Art Festival’s Juried Visual Art Exhibition. She has won numerous 'Best of Show' awards at the Norwin Art League annual shows and 'Popular Choice Award' at the Westmoreland Art Nationals. She also holds oil painting workshops and charcoal drawing classes at the Norwin Art League in Irwin, PA. Her next Portrait Painting Workshop is in September at the Norwin Art League. She is professionally trained in the Sciences/Engineering and Business and spent 15 years in the corporate world as an Information Technology Architect with no training in the fine arts yet has managed to bring the discipline of the science and business world and the creativity of the arts together and create a successful balance of the right and leftbrain aspects that keeps her grounded, but also helps her learn and explore the world of creativity. Incidentally in her quest for learning to paint portraits, her daughter Simone has been her permanent muse. FMI: manjushree.roy.52 Pictured, left to right: Paula Martino, Francis Cleetus, and Manjushree Roy. Not pictured: Gabby Walker

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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Cost effective in home skincare devices

Since I’ve been writing these columns, one thing I have always been adamant about is having a efficacious and consistent home skincare regimen. I know not everyone has the time or quite frankly the money to get facials or other expensive skincare treatments, so what if you added something to your everyday skincare routine to give it a nice boost? A good way to do this would be to use an at home skincare device. Incorporating something like this to your skincare regimen would be a great way to get results at home and in most cases it would cost less. There are many of them to choose from so I will be starting with some basic ones in this month’s column and go into some more complicated ones next month. Neutrogena is one of my favorite drugstore brands and they make some really nice at home skincare devices. My personal favorite is the microdermabrasion system. I use this quite often at home and I love how soft and smooth my skin feels afterwards. The microdermabrasion system comes with an applicator, 12 single use puffs, an attachment head, and two AA batteries. The puffs stick onto the attachment head which fits on the applicator wand. What’s really nice about this device is the puffs are pretreated with ultra fine crystals and mild purifiers so you don’t have to add anything yourself. All you do is wet the puff, turn on the applicator wand, and put it directly on the face. It comes with two speeds so you can work your way up. The puff feels a little gritty with a sandpaper texture and as you move it across the skin you feel a vibration. It really gives a nice gentle exfoliation and stimulates cell turnover. You do have to replace the puffs because you discard each one after use. It might not go as deep into the pores as a professional microdermabrasion treatment would but it definitely gives you a deeper exfoliation than using a scrub. I really recommend this device if you want to do something extra for your skin and it’s very simple to use. Neutrogena makes another skincare device that gets great reviews. It’s called the Light Therapy Acne Mask. The mask emits red and blue lights that help

to treat acne. The blue light is supposed to kill the bacteria that causes the acne and the red light helps to calm the inflammation from acne. It comes with a mask and the mask activator. You plug the mask activator into the mask and hold the start button for a full second. This will turn it on. Then you put it on your face for 10 minutes. Make sure your face is cleansed and dry before you use it. It says you can use the mask daily and prides itself for being UV free and chemical free. I have not used this mask because I don’t have acne but it is a best seller. I don’t think it would be powerful enough to completely get rid

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of acne altogether but I do think it could definitely help reduce breakouts and calm inflammation that usually comes with acne. Also, I really like the research behind light therapy and how its used to treat different skin issues. Another really simple skincare device that you can use at home is a jade roller. This is one of my favorites and it’s so easy to use. A jade roller is a handheld tool that you massage all over the face and neck. It usually comes with the two jade stones, a big and a small one. The bigger one is for the larger areas of the face and neck. The smaller one is for under the eyes and around the mouth. Jade rollers originated in China and have been around for a long time. They have recently become more popular in Westernized skincare. The jade feels very cool and it helps to reduce puffiness and swelling under the eyes. You take the tool and gently roll it along your face like you are massaging it. This helps to increase circulation and help with lymphatic drainage which reduces fluid retention. I like to use it to help work my serums and oils into the skin. These three devices are really simple to use and relatively inexpensive compared to professional treatments. In next month’s column, I will be diving into some devices that are a bit more complicated and a little more expensive. In the mean time, enjoy the remaining months of summer and please wear your sunscreen!

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Artists Who Teach, an exhibit featuring artworks by 58 teaching artists, on display at Westmoreland Artists Who Teach, an exhibition featuring contemporary artworks by 58 teaching artists from colleges and universities in southwestern Pennsylvania, will be on view at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art from August 25 through November 25, 2018. This exhibition was organized by The Westmoreland’s Chief Curator Barbara L. Jones. Included in the exhibition are more than 100 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, stained glass and mixed media, all created using a wide range of mediums. The artists in the exhibition teach at Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, St. Vincent College, University of Pittsburgh/University of PittsburghGreensburg and Westmoreland County Community College. This exhibition was inspired by They Practice What They Teach: Artist

Faculty of Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1920-1950, a 2011 exhibition at The Westmoreland organized by Jones which featured works by Samuel Rosenberg, Raymond Simboli, Everett Longley Warner and 12 other artists who taught at what is now Carnegie Mellon University. “Southwestern Pennsylvania is home to a wealth of colleges and universities that offer studio art classes taught by practicing artists,” Jones said. “By highlighting the work of more than 50 contemporary artists, this exhibition celebrates the incredible talent and broad range of art making in this region today. This exhibition not only pays tribute to the artists represented here, but to those countless others who have chosen this path in their own careers.” The artists featured in this exhibition are: Andrew Ames, Scott Andrew, Kenneth Batista, Pati Beachley, Kim Beck, Mark Bender, Bob Bingham, Carol Brode, Rich Brown, John Carson, Brian Cohen, JoAnna Commandaros,

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25, from 6:30-8pm. The event will also serve as a special welcoming for our incoming Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO Anne Kraybill. The opening reception will be free, but guests can RSVP in advance at In conjunction with Artists Who Teach, The Westmoreland will host a free lecture series called "Artists Who Teach, Talk" in which a selection of artists from the exhibition will discuss their work. In addition, each of the artists in the exhibition was invited to nominate one of their students for inclusion in Students of Artists Who Teach, which will be on view in the Robertshaw Gallery from September 14 through October 14. The selection of student work will be juried by Chief Curator Barbara Jones and Curatorial Assistant Bonnie West. FMi:


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Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse – More than Flowers and Veggies Story by Fred Terling

I’m not sure that Stephen and Elizabeth Bedner could have foreseen the generational farming heritage their family would spawn in the years following their beginning acreage in Upper St. Clair in 1917. For decades their family would grow exponentially as would their farming community. It would even reach as far south as Palm Beach County in 1960. In 1985, the effort expanded to 42 acres in McDonald, Pennsylvania delivering fresh vegetables and hanging flower baskets to their retail shop in Upper St. Clair. In 2000, four more greenhouses were built to grow more container gardens and perennials. In 2006, a nexus garden was built to be used as a larger retail space in McDonald, Pennsylvania to include an expanded perennial section and a nursery area. Nexus gardens are greenhouses using heating and cooling for food and floriculture production. Finally, Passiflora Springs debuts as their newest venture into wine making. Currently, Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse is a member of six associations including Washington County Farm Bureau and American Nursery and Landscape Association. Additionally, the farm has strong community support from fourteen organizations including Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and Cecil Township Parks and Recreation. In keeping with its commitment to community, Bedner’s has added many social events to their retail offering of plants, vegetables and flowers. All the following take place at their location at 315 Coleman Road, McDonald, PA 15057. You can contact them at (724) 926-2541. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have a Facebook page at BednarGreenhouse. August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 - 11 am - 2 p.m., U-Pick veggies Pick your own vegetables at their Family Farm. Stop by anytime between the hours of 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. They provide the picking containers. $15 per chip basket. August 4 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Sandcast

leaf Birdbath In this workshop, you'll cast your very own garden-ready birdbath. $15 per person. Registration is required. August 12 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., rock Fairy Houses Join local artist Jane Irwin as she guides you step by step to paint several of these adorable rock fairy houses. No prior art experience is necessary. Painting will be adapted to work with every level of artist. Fee: $20, includes instruction and all materials. Registration is required to hold your spot. Max class size of 15 people. August 12 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Monthly Weed Walk Meet at the store entrance to go on an educational plant walk around our property with expert Jen Dalke. August 18 - 10 am - 11 am, yoga on the Farm Take your yoga practice outdoors for an invigorating and peaceful yoga experience. Increase your strength and flexibility while soothing your mind, body and spirit. Classes will be led by Kristen Kolenda RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and adapted for all age and experience levels. $10 per class. August 18 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Fairy garden Workshop Enjoy building your very own miniature garden in this all ages workshop. Construct enchanting fairy hideaways with tools and supplies included in the class fee. Participants will take home one fairy garden with plants, accessories, and character for $35. August 18 @ 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,

Fields to Fork Wine dinner Enjoy a scenic hayride through their fields, live music and a multi-course dinner prepared with homegrown produce and other locally produced foods. Each dinner course will be paired with a wine selection from the debut of Bednars’ own winery, Passiflora Springs. Guest Restauranteur and Wine Connoisseur Debbie Curigliano, Piccolina's Guest Chef Chelsey Rawson and Piccolina's Winemaker Russ Bedner. $125 per person, tax and gratuity included. 21 and over. Tickets available online only at and are nonrefundable. The menu is preset. Please indicate any food allergies at the time of ticket purchase. Flat footwear is recommended, as this is a true farm experience. In the case of inclement weather, this rain or shine, outdoor event will be held inside the greenhouse. Tickets will be on sale until August 8. August 19 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Canning exhibit and dial gauge Testing Home Food Preservation Canning & Freezing Basics An extension educator will be available to teach you all you need to know about canning fruits and veggies. Presented by Dori Owczarzak, Extension Educator. For more information, call: Penn State Extension 724858-4208. August 19 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Succulent Centerpiece Join local artist Jane Irwin as she guides you step by step to paint and Continued on next page...

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Selecting Music for a Funeral or Memorial Service

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

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plant an adorable centerpiece. Succulents will be planted at the bottom of the dish. No prior art experience is necessary. Painting will be adapted to work with every level of artist. Fee: $40, includes instruction and all materials. Registration is required to hold your spot. Max class size of 15 people. August 23 - 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., The Surprising Benefits of goldenrod Join expert Jen Dalke to learn all about goldenrod and make a tincture to take home. All supplies included. $15 per person. August 25 - 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Hypertufa Planter Workshop Create one, or more, hypertufa containers to take home. They have recycled materials for you to use as molds but feel free to bring your own. Items like planters, dishpans, baskets, soda bottles, etc. will all work. Please bring your own rubber gloves, if desired! $25 per person. August 25 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Terrarium Workshop Learn how to make your own terrari-

um and how to keep them healthy and thriving year-round. Then, you can make your own terrarium to take home. $15 per person includes instruction, planting soil, rocks, moss, twigs and stone selection and light refreshments. August 26 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., “Bee Happy” garden Sign Join local artist Jane Irwin as she guides you step by step to paint a rustic garden sign. No prior art experience is necessary. Painting will be adapted to work with every level of artist. Fee: $20, includes all supplies and step-bystep painting instruction, Registration is required. Max class size of 15 people. August 30 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., diy: Crafting Wild Medicine 101 Master the art of making your own herbal remedies. Discuss how to make tinctures, syrups, salves and more. $20 per person. For more information and events, visit Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse at:

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Mental Health Spotlight: Understanding how values affect mental wellness At a recent support group, we discussed values. As I continue on this road of recovery, understanding basic concepts adds more skills to the toolbox. When discussing mental health, the values that we all hold as a foundation of how we deal with work, education, relationships, leisure and personal growth can get lost in the daily struggle of just keeping our collective heads above water. Yet, they are simply another aspect of defining what each of our “normal” can be. There is a difference here between what our goals are and the values we hold as part of our core in daily life. For example, I write and advocate to help others realize their potential despite mental illness. Actually, I prefer the term mental wellness. That is more of a goal than a value. The values that I must achieve to obtain that goal are acceptance, empathy, honesty, helping others, etc. These are just a few of the values that I must keep developing in myself. More importantly, they are values that answer the question, “In a world where I can choose to have my life about something, what would I choose?” The exercise we participated in is based on The The Bull‘s-Eye Values Survey (BEVS; Lundgren et al., 2012). It is a tool that is used for assessing values, values-action discrepancies, and barriers to value-based living. After defining the values in each of four categories: Work/education, Leisure,

Relationships and Personal growth/health, the responses are charted on a bullseye target graph to see how close to the center we are with our values based on those four categories. The second part examines what the obstacles are from us achieving those values. I found the exercise extremely helpful on two wellness fronts. The first is obvious, the obstacles. An interesting subnarrative emerged. The first sub-narrative was who we found as the obstacles. Some found external sources/people to be the obstacles, while others found themselves as the obstacles. Our perceptions and expectations many times drive how we view our goals. I believe regaining that control is imperative. I mean, they are after all OUR values. The second narrative was applying these values to goals. Goals can be unrealistic which leads to disappointment. Overwhelmed at failure, this can trigger our conditions. We always want to keep in the here and now in group discus-

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Identity Play, a new exhibition at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, June 22 through August 19. Curated by Kristen Letts Kovak, the exhibit features works by eight locally and nationally-based artists. The exhibition brings together the works of Bibiana Suárez, Scott Andrew, Atom Atkinson, Patty Carroll, Zoë Charlton, Rick Delaney, John Peña, and Imin Yeh. These artists create games, play house, build models, and play dress-up, cleverly applying complex commentary to innocuous forms. Walking into the gallery, viewers will encounter a pseudo-suburbia complete

with re-imagined gnomes, and a white picket fence. They will walk among a forest of thought bubbles and play a nearly 70-foot game of Memory. The show also includes a miniature reconstruction of Pittsburgh’s Chinatown, staged mannequins recreating literary scenes, and a burlesque setting for a queered film noir. SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. FMi: editor’s note: I saw this exhibit in person. Go see it! It’s stunning!

Identity Play exhibit at SPACE Gallery thru 8/19

sions as falling back in the dark abyss of our conditions are by no means wellness, quite the opposite. By examining our values and applying them to the initial premise of “what would I choose?” Certainly, to get better is one of the answers. I highly recommend going up to the internet and locating the survey. Take your time in completing it to see where your values are, where you would like them to be and how they can help you achieve your goals of wellness. Share with family and friends as they are part of your journey. It will have the added benefit of sharing how you feel about things, which increases understanding of recovery. You can download the survey at: Good luck and drop a line with your results. I would love to hear what you’ve come up with. NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE.*Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.


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News from Greater Monessen Historical Society for the month of August 2018

In honor of Monessen’s one hundred and twentieth anniversary, the Greater Monessen Historical Society will hold their annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday, August 18, at Monessen City Park. There will be Civil War reenactors, food booths, children’s activities, and entertainment. Re-enactors from the 11th P.V.I. Company K, Inc. will set up authentic Civil War camps to showcase a living history view of camp life during the War of the Rebellion.  Living History Schedule for August 18 is as follows:  Soldier drills: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM., include inspection of arms, loading in 9 times, firing by company, file and rank.  Children’s activities: Immediately following Soldier Drills will include drilling with the soldiers using wooden guns, demonstrating the accuracy of Civil War bullets using round and spherical balls, old time games and Victorian dress up for photos. Don’t forget your camera.  As part of the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of the city, the Historical Society played host to George Orlando Morgan IV and his wife, Martine, of Spain. Morgan is the great-grandson, of Monessen Founder, George O. Morgan, for whom the former Morgan Avenue

was named. At the time of Monessen’s founding, he was the president of the East Side Land Company, of Pittsburgh, which laid out the plan for the new town. He was also an associate of Colonel James M. Schoonmaker at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, where he was the land agent. Morgan IV spent two days in Monessen at the invitation of the Historical Society. He toured Douglas Education Center, Monessen Rising, Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center, Monessen City Park, and the Heritage Museum, as well as the town created by his greatgrandfather. He and his wife were the guests of honor at a reception co-hosted by the Friends of the Library and the Historical Society, where Mayor Matthew Shorraw presented them with a proclamation and key to the city. They plan to return to Monessen in the future with ideas for revitalization. Morgan accepted an honorary seat on the Board of Directors of the Historical Society. As part of the visit, the Society President, Daniel Zyglowicz and the mayor traveled to Pittsburgh to lay floral tributes at the graves of George O. Morgan and H. Sellers McKee, who were brother in laws as well as town founders. A fundraising dinner/dance will be

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held on Saturday, October 20, at Jozwiak Hall in the St. Vincent DePaul Society building on Grand Blvd. The theme will be the “The Armistice and the end of the Great War”. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume from the time period of the World War I, which saw the creation of the new nations of Poland, the First CzechoSlovak Republic and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.  The Autumn Exhibit at the Monessen Heritage Museum will be called “Monessen 120”. It will feature select displays highlighting interesting items and photographs from the past 120 years. A special section will pay tribute to the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth of Monessen Mayor Hugo Parente. Also, displays will be added in the fall featuring Lou and Jim Manderino.    The Historical Society is looking for individuals interested in becoming historic reenactors. Inquire at the Heritage

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TGIS (Thank Goodness It’s Summer), Westmoreland Cultural Trust's annual free concert series, returns this summer with 14 weeks of free music in the S&T Bank Courtyard at The Palace Theatre. The event will feature returning favorites from past TGIS performances, plus three new acts including an American Idol contestant and a national touring rock band turned Nashville recording duo. This free community event runs every Thursday evening 6 – 9:30 PM through August 30. From country to reggae and rock to swing, bands from all over the region will play outdoors in the courtyard while guests enjoy light bites from neighboring restaurant Caffe Barista and

refreshing cocktails. The season will end Friday, September 7 with a grand finale on The Palace Theatre stage featuring the top four bands of the summer and local artisans at the pop-up artist’s market. For more information, visit Scheduled to Appear (Thursdays): AUGUST 9– The Abilene Band 16 – Sky Pilot 23 – Jeff Perigo & Friends 30 – Neon Swing X-perience SEPTEMBER 7- TGIS Finale

An explosive musical concert event that fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces, ROCKTOPIA features the works of musical innovators across centuries—including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more—performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a thirty-person choir, and a twenty-piece orchestra on

October 24 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. ROCKTOPIA delivers one-of-a-kind, spine-tingling musical arrangements with insanely talented lead vocalists, a 5-piece rock band, a choir of 30, and an orchestra of 20. The groundbreaking live concert will be performed by a celebrated, diverse array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists. FMi:

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“Rocktopia” to take stage at The Palace Theatre

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: A Tribute to Joe DeNardo, Pittsburgh Icon, Part One story by chuck Brutz

Back in 1969, the Monroeville Mall opened, which allowed Pittsburghers to shop at 125 retailers and ice skate in a tropical setting in the “Ice Palace.” They could watch Marshall Matt dillion (James arness) keep the peace in dodge City on their new color television sets with new episodes of the hit western “Gunsmoke” during prime time on KdKa, and they could satisfy their appetites by purchasing a dinner box for only 60 cents at any one of 16 Pittsburgh Kentucky Fried Chicken locations. It was this year when Joe denardo began his run as meteorologist on WTae where, for the next 35 years until his retirement in 2005, he was known as a reliable source of an accurate weather forecast. He was more than a meteorologist, though. He was a trusted friend Pittsburghers invited into their homes via their television sets. There were three channels—11, 2, and 4. no weather channel, no internet, no apps on cell phones—no cell phones. If you had a golf game planned and you didn’t want to be swinging at hail stones instead of golf balls, if you had a romantic picnic planned for you and your sweetie and you didn’t want to be drenched with rain, if you were facing a

commute in wintery conditions or didn’t want to be up to your bellbottoms shoveling snow, your local television weather man was the one to count on. starting in 1969, for many Pittsburghers, that man was Joe denardo. denardo’s Pittsburgh weather forecasting career actually began back in in 1957 at KdKa. But in 1968, he decided to leave. In a november 22, 1968 interview with Press TV and radio editor Vince Leonard, denardo explained (1) why he and KdKa were parting ways: “Well, there are so many forecasters associated with KdKa that I have no control over disassociating them with my weather service.” But another career opportunity was just around the corner, thanks to Paul Long, a friend and colleague from the KdKa days, where they first met in

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1960. Long was hired by WTae just a few months before denardo in 1969. after hiring Long, WTae General Manager John Conomikes sought his advice. Long recalled this discussion in an archival interview: Conomikes asked me what ideas I had, and I said ‘I’d like to see your weatherman be Joe denardo. I think he could be had now,’ or words to that effect. and he said, ‘We’ve been talking to him, and he’s playing hard to get.’ and I gave him some more tips on how to tie the rope around denardo and drag him in here feet first. Of course, Conomikes eventually did sign denardo. “denardo’s the name. Weather is his game!” touted a February 24, 1970 ad in The Pittsburgh Press, featuring a smiling denardo in a suit holding both an umbrella and a tennis racket. “and denardo makes it a pretty accurate game. Oh, once in a while he carries an umbrella to his tennis match, but most of the time he’s right on the button with the most accurate forecasts in town.” The duo of Paul Long and Joe denardo became a hit. Both were familiar and beloved faces in local Pittsburgh television news. Long stayed with WTae until his retirement in 1994 and passed away in 2002 at the age of 86. denardo and Long also liked to play

practical jokes on each other. as denardo recalled in an archival WTae interview, one involved Long’s habit of leaving his keys in his car after he parked. One night, (2) denardo hid Long’s car by moving it from WTae’s lower lot, where Long had parked it, to the upper lot. Later after the 11pm newscast was done, denardo found Long in the lower parking lot, looking for his car. denardo said to Long, “you leave the keys in it all the time. It had to happen sooner or later.” denardo suggested Long look in the lower lot. While he did, denardo quickly drove and parked the car where Long had originally parked it. Long returned, saw the car, said “I’ll be a sonof-a-. . .,” got in, and drove home. TO Be COnTInued… For more of our Joe denardo tribute please check out september’s issue of Pennsylvania Bridges. sources consulted for this piece: (1) ?id=nye0aaaaIBaJ&sjid=CJyeaaa aIBaJ&pg=7288%2C3570870 (2) 20020713longobit0713p2.asp

The hit Broadway musical disney’s aLaddIn will begin performances in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center, 237 7th street, on Wednesday, august 22 for a limited engagement of three weeks through sunday, september 9. The opening night is Thursday, august 23 at 7:30 p.m. In Pittsburgh, aLaddIn will play Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays: august 23 and september 6 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, august 30 at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and sundays: august 26 and september 2 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and sunday, september 9 at 1 p.m. VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. On Wednesday, august 22, PnC

Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show talk, Know the show Before you Go, at 6:30 p.m., at the Trust arts education Center, 805 Liberty avenue. To register, visit Fmi:, and Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin (starting at $35) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater square Box Office, 655 Penn avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, visit or buy tickets in person at Theater square Box Office.

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Cal U's GACO co-sponsors free seminar Aug. 8 California university of Pennsylvania’s Government agency Coordination Office (GaCO) and slippery rock university of Pennsylvania’ s Government Contracting assistance Center (GCaC) will co-sponsor a free seminar, “Federal Government Contracting for VeteranOwned Businesses,” from 8:30 a.m.noon aug. 8, at the abie abraham Va Health Care Center in Butler, Pa. Presentations include “doing Business with the u.s. department of Veterans affairs” and “assistance available through the Va's Office of small and disadvantaged Business utilization additionally, a panel of local federal government agency representatives will discuss how to do business with their agencies and provide insight on its gov-

ernment contracting experiences. GaCO is a Procurement Technical assistance Center based at Cal u, with offices in Pittsburgh and at slippery rock university. It serves businesses in allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene and Washington County. since 1985, the office has helped companies to obtain more than $3.7 billion in contracts. registration is required online by aug. 6 at For more information contact renee decker at 724-738-2346 or email For more information about GaCO, visit

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off the 2018-2019 ballet season with its free and al fresco “Ballet under the stars” performance sunday, aug 19, at the Middle road Concert area in Hartwood acres park. Pre-show family fun – and a ticketed Picnic in the Park – start at 5 p.m. The free performance follows at 7:30 p.m. The free outdoor event is part of allegheny County’s summer Concert series. during the event, audience members will receive a special promo code to save 30 percent on any 2018-2019 season production, including “Mozart in Motion” (Oct. 26-28), “The nutcracker” (nov. 30-dec. 27), “The Great Gatsby” (Feb. 8-17), “Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre + dance Theatre of Harlem” (March 1524) and “The sleeping Beauty” (May 10-12). Free pre-show family activities from 5-7 p.m. PBT encourages guests to arrive early to stake out a prime spot and enjoy free pre-show activities, from food trucks to kids stations featuring craft and dance activities, photo opportunities with costumed dancers and more. picnic in the park from 5-7 p.m. Guests are invited to join PBT dancers and artistic leaders under the VIP tent for pre-show drinks and dinner by dianoia's eatery. Tickets cost $60 and benefit PBT repertory, student scholarships and community education pro-

grams. Tickets are available at or 412-454-9127. Free mixed repertory performance at 7:30 p.m. as the sun sets, PBT will present a mixed repertory performance featuring classical and contemporary showpieces. among other works, the program will feature corps de ballet dancer Joanna schmidt’s colorful and quirky “Lightworks” as well as principal dancer yoshiaki nakano’s contemporary ballet “Infusion.” Both premiered in March at the company’s “PBT: new Works” program at the august Wilson Center. For more information about “Ballet under the stars,” visit or call 412-454-9127.

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Pastor Hargraves: On the Need for Self Care

There is going to be a painting project soon. not sure exactly when but it is likely to happen before the school year begins. For the painting to occur, the paint color had to be chosen. The color choice – grey or gray. Light grey/gray. and so began the process of selecting the color. The numerous choices within the light grey palette is unreal to my minimalistic mind. I just wanted to have three maybe four shades to choose from and pick one. But no, there had to be eighty plus that would all be to my consideration “light gray”. The more time spent looking at gray/grey colors and thinking I was ready for the choice, the more I had thoughts of doubt. What if it does not look nice? What if no one likes it? What if we do not get enough paint? What if? Good grief Charlie Brown, it is not reattaching a limb. It is paint; light grey paint. Just make a choice, I thought, with teeth clenched. and then, the voice of reason. “I will pick up a few samples and paint them on the wall. We can pick after they dry.” I am still thanking God she picked up one color sample and it looks very good in every light and shadowed area. Only one sample because there was no help in the store’s paint department. (Thank God for no help at the store either.) One choice, it works well. One choice, even better than three or four! Bring on the paint project with this paint color; light grey. Well, more specifically sea glass grey or is it sea glass gray? It is clear now that the selection of the pain color that seemed a bit overwhelming really was not the root of the problem. It was the proverbial mess caused when there is too much going on and not enough self-care happening. I think of the paper plate commercial that has the spoonful of whatever plopped on the paper plate and the paper plate collapses. Well, honestly, nothing collapsed but geez did I get caught up in the grays and the greys for too long because my plate was full. The fullness of the plate not

the problem; I had the “right” paper plate brand to hold up all that was on it, rather my self-care was lacking. Perhaps like one that forgets to take the antireflux medication before bed. Oops, that’ll wake you up, for sure. sometimes the little things remind us of bigger things. Today, paint color reminded me that self-care is important and needs to be our priority. self-care goes at the top of the list. It does not have to take a long time or a lot of money. It does go a long way. It makes us kinder, more focused, and more selfaware. It promotes healthiness of body, mind, and spirit. It promotes independence in others, relaxation in oneself, and good stewardship of one another. Maybe your self-care means saying “no” or giving yourself a break to have breakfast for dinner tonight. Maybe your selfcare means, fifteen minutes of exercise no more excuses. Maybe your selfcare means, jamming out to a favorite song – two minutes of Me time. Whatever your self-care is, give yourself a little time for your health, so that you aren’t bothered between gray and grey. I’m going for a walk around the block now; it is good for my soul and the next choice I will need to make. and I think I will call my sister-in-law, she tends to choose soda and snowcaps for lunch. she might need a self-care chat. Peace, Pastor dawn

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Ghost of Twin Coaches Supper Club animates Mon Valley Academy for the Arts story by Keren lee dreyer

The Twin Coaches supper Club, formerly on route 51 in rostraver Township, was a swinging big band joint with a history spanning from the early 1930s through its fiery demise in October of 1977. The club was purchased in 1944 by rose and Tony Calderone, who brought major acts to their newly enlarged hotspot - a must-stop venue for touring performers. Legends such as Tony Bennett, Charleroi native shirley Jones, Canonsburg’s own Perry Como, ella Fitzgerald, and sammy davis, Jr., graced the club’s stage through the years. Backed by the Frankie Barr Orchestra, whose top-notch professional musicians made easy work of even the most intricate of scores, the sound and scene were the best around. sometime in 1997, Charleroi resident and professional drummer, Mark smith, purchased a 1938 vintage slingerland radio King drum kit. Further research revealed it was owned and played by original Frankie Barr Orchestra drummer Glenn Brady. and sometime in 2015, when smith came across two suitcases full of 68 handwritten music charts from the Coaches, he decided it was time to breathe new interest into the Valley’s music scene. smith met with susan sparks, an artist with experience in non-profit arts management, and California area representative Pete daley, to discuss the possibility of forming a charter music school or performance center with the idea “to take art to different venues.” But without sufficient funds or additional personnel, a clear pathway for their idea was not evident. However, smith, with big band charts in hand and keen interest from original members of the Frankie Barr Orchestra, created an event to turn the ghost of Twin Coaches supper Club into a living, breathing phenomenon. On november 16, 2016 “a night at The Coaches” gala music event took place. “We had a reunion concert at Belle Vernon High school, geared on the Coaches show, including nine members of the Coaches band,” smith enthused, “It was our first big venue. We had 350 people for a two hour show dedicated to memory of the Coaches, a dance troupe, and five featured vocalists.” Though the show was a great success, it also revealed a somber truth about arts

in the Mon Valley. “We said ‘there is a void here,’” smith explained, continuing “I made a living in the Valley playing. and in the Valley, the arts have fallen apart...for the last 15 - 20 years work has become difficult. In the Valley’s heyday you could make a living as a musician and raise a family. (In more recent years) it has dwindled, and all my colleagues have trouble, too.” still, “Memory of the Coaches sparked this renewed effort for live entertainment” in the Valley, smith said. so, to fill the void, smith and company “decided to create and incorporate Mon Valley academy for the arts (MVaa, a 501(c)(3), with smith as president). Our mission is to create cultural events and

incubate younger players with older players.” To find those players, Joe Campus, 83, a trumpet player, conductor, and arranger from the Coaches “came up with the idea of the Twin Coaches Junior stage Band,” smith said. “We went to local middle and high schools and recruited 17 student musicians. each had to be interviewed, auditioned, and rehearsed, just like the Coaches band.” students from areas traversing Woodland Hills to Waynesburg passed muster and became part of the junior stage band. With mentoring and teaching help from duquesne university graduates, along with Joe Campus, those

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students are learning the ins and outs of both music performance and the music business. smith said of the mentoring process “We talk to them about the economy of the business - how to be on time, how to dress, how to spend your money, how to practice. We talk about the whole rounded business of being a professional musician.” Funding for charts, advertising, and more is provided in part by the Frick Tri-County Credit union, which sponsored the junior stage band and provided an additional perk for each student who completed their 2017 concert: a $200 cash scholarship. an additional perk for the student musicians was playing with Joe Campus’s former Twin Coaches supper Club band. "We did this as a tribute to Joe. We want to keep the junior stage band intact so it's a working band with its own jobs" smith said. Word of the junior orchestra is out and having positive effects for live music in the Valley. In addition to Chess Park concerts by jazz and big band acts, along with The Twin Coaches Junior Jazz Trio, smith received a “great call from a local dance studio that wants to do a dance recital with the Twin Coaches Junior Orchestra. Over the years, dance recitals went to records and Cds, but we’re talking about live music with dancers on the stage.” The Mon Valley academy for the arts has also grown into its own permanent office at the newly renovated Mon Valley Chamber of Commerce Building, along with enjoying an expanded volunteer board, advisory board, and staff. additional funding to keep the programs running is an ongoing need, and the MVaa continues working on grants to help cover expenses. To find out more about the Mon Valley academy for the arts and its upcoming events, including its november, 2018 gala, art shows, and more, friend them at and for the Twin Coaches Orchestra Project, out/ Concact MVaa via e-mail at


Latshaw Productions presents


While he's too gracious to admit it him-

self, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter



Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 PM Latshaw Productions presents SMOKEY ROBINSON - $88, $98, $128, $148, $168, $200 After founding The Miracles, Smokey Robinson went on to pen their hits “Shop Around”, “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.” He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hitmaking with “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’,” and “Being with You,” among others. Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit (including hits for other Motown greats) and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Friday, August 17 at 8 PM - Elko Concerts presents SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES - $45 ($5 additional per ticket at the door) Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. Southside’s first three albums, “I Don’t Want To Go Home,” “This Time It’s for Real,” and “Hearts of Stone”, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos), and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans. Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30 PM -

and musician Marty Stuart is living,

breathing country-music history. He's

played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt. Anybody who has paid attention to Lee Ann Womack for the past

decade or so could see she was headed in

the direction of a breathtaking hybrid of

country, soul, gospel and blues with songs

such as I Hope You Dance, Last Call, I'll

Think of a Reason Later, & A Little Past

Little Rock.

Sunday, September 9 at 1 PM and

3:30 PM (2 shows) - Latshaw

Productions presents SESAME

STREET LIVE! C IS FOR CELEBRATION - $25, $35, $45, $60

Everyone’s lovable friends from Sesame

Street are throwing a celebration and the

whole neighborhood is invited. Join Elmo,

Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and the

gang for excitement, laughter and music.

Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration is

what friends, family and forever memories are all about!

Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM -

Latshaw Productions presents LIT-




$58, $63, $68

Little Anthony and the Imperials is an

American rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop

group whose lead singer, Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, was noted for

his high-pitched falsetto voice. Over the

decades, in a measure of their profound

influence, several of their hit songs have

been covered by numerous other artists including “Hurt So Bad”, “Tears on My

Pillow” and “Goin’ Out of My Head.”

They’ll be bringing along The Flamingos, the doo-wop group best known for their

1959 cover version of “I Only Have Eyes

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2018-19 TRUST Cabaret Season Announced

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced tonight the 2018-19 TrusT Cabaret series. The TrusT Cabaret series offers patrons a rare opportunity to see Broadway’s stars and today’s leading vocalists in a uniquely intimate setting in Pittsburgh’s Cultural district. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and richard e. rauh for their generous support of the TrusT Cabaret series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions. seAson speciAl - Jim caruso’s cast party | september 25 - Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu open mic/variety show. Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan, while Musical director Billy stritch holds court at the ivories…but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities! eva noblezada | october 15 International star eva noblezada makes her Pittsburgh concert debut after starring on the West end of London and on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of Miss saigon. she received a 2017 Tony nomination at age 21 for her first Broadway role, and she was awarded the prestigious WhatsOnstage award in London for Best actress in a Musical. eva also played ‘eponine’ in the recent West end revival of the legendary musical, Les Miserables.  Jane lynch | december 3 - “A swingin’ little christmas!” - “a swingin’ Little Christmas” features emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch (GLee, HOLLyWOOd GaMe nIGHT), Kate Flannery (THe OFFICe, neW GIrL, BrOOKLyn nIne nIne), Tim davis (GLee, BOy Band) with The Tony Guerrero Quintet (Tony Guerrero [trumpet and piano], Matt Johnson [drums], Mark Visher [woodwinds], dave siebels [keyboards] and david Miller [stand-up bass]). The album of the same name landed a spot in the top twenty of the Billboard charts, and is currently available on iTunes, amazon and other outlets. the cooper Family | February 11 starring Lilli Cooper, eddie Cooper, and Chuck Cooper - The Cooper Family features Tony award-winner Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper and eddie Cooper. ann Hampton Callaway & amanda McBroom | March 11 - One word most

wonderfully describes this extraordinary evening featuring two of the cabaret world’s leading singers and songwriters: divalicious. Music divas amanda McBroom and ann Hampton Callaway celebrate classics from the Great american songbook and also their own works. Pianist and acclaimed songwriter Michele Brourman accompanies the duo in this stunning show of song and storytelling. Adam pascal & Anthony rapp | April 8 - Acoustically speaking – A 20 year Friendship - For the first time, adam Pascal and anthony rapp will celebrate 20 years of friendship and the iconic Tony award-winning musical renT in a special concert tour. “acoustically speaking – a 20 year Friendship,” is a new show featuring two Broadway giants, coming together to celebrate music, stories and their friendship. subscription packages are on sale now. single tickets will go on sale Friday, august 17. TrusT Cabaret series performances begin at 7 and 9:30 p.m. series subscriptions include all five season performances. For the 7 p.m. show: tables and hi-top seating subscriptions are $300, theater seating subscriptions are $250. For the 9:30 p.m. show: tables and hi-top seating subscriptions are $250, theater seating subscriptions are $200. single tickets range in price from $45-$65, with tickets to the season special starting at $25. all performances take place at the Cabaret at Theater square, 655 Penn avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural district. For information, call 412-456-6666, visit, or in person at Theater square Box Office, 655 Penn avenue. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater square. enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar. Theater square also offers convenient parking.

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Students in Action national leadership program enters seventh year, continues to earn accolades Story by Christine Haines

According to Newton’s first law of motion, an object at rest will stay at rest and a body in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an external force; in Brownsville that force is Students in Action. The high school program started seven years ago continues to influence the direction of growth in the downtown area. In the 2011-12 school year, a group of six students approached Brownsville Borough Council with a proposal to put a stage next to the library. The idea evolved until it became a park with a concert gazebo adjacent to the Market Street parking lot along Dunlap Creek. A private developer has constructed senior apartments across the street. “From people not being able to get things moving, six kids were able to make it happen,” said Kellie Polvinale, one of the current teacher sponsors of SIA. Polivinale and Rebecca Harvey, both kindergarten teachers, were asked to take over the program at the start of last school year after the first sponsor, Kelli Dellarose took a new position. Polvinale said they were tapped as the sponsors because Harvey’s son was a senior in the program last year and Polvinale’s younger sister had been one of the founding members of the group. Polvinale said the new superintendent, Dr. Keith Hartbauer, has been very supportive of SIA. “He was very proud of what this team had accomplished and wanted to keep it going,” Polvinale said. The SIA team is made up of two students from the sophomore, junior and

senior classes, with two new sophomores selected through applications and interviews each fall, giving the team continuity and experience from year to year. This year’s SIA team included seniors Jaden Harvey and Andrew Havens, juniors Jayda Jones and Salanieta Waqanivalu and sophomores Sainiana Waqanivalu and Jakob Sabatula. “At first I wondered why we kept it so small. I looked at other schools that had 30, 40, 50 students involved,” Polvinale said. Polvinale said she has come to realize that the small team is actually able to accomplish more than a large group. “Since there are only six of us, if people don’t do their job, you can tell,” Jones said. SIA is a national student leadership program started by the Jefferson Awards Foundation, designed for students to pursue public service including their entire school and the wider community for maximum impact. Jones said she was very active at Brownsville Area High School her freshman year, serving as class president and joining other activities. “But it was all school oriented. I noticed our community wasn’t doing so well,” Jones said. When the opportunity came up to apply for SIA, she jumped at it, seeing it as a chance to impact the town. Sabatula said he was influenced by the work of the teams that had gone before him. “My freshman year, seeing the past SIA members, it was very inspiring. When the stage project was first announced and the sign was put up with the amount they needed to reach, it really motivated me. The stage being com-



pleted has spurred other projects in town,” Sabatula said. Jones said the current team at first thought about ways to bring more businesses to town, even to the point of considering what type of business they would like to start, but realized that running their own business would be impractical. Smith said the team realized it would be easier to get people from outside of Brownsville to invest in the town if the people who live in the community are already utilizing the resources that are there. The current SIA team is working to develop a teen space at Brownsville Free Library. The project started with the idea of developing a basement room of the library into a place where teens could collaborate on projects, learn new skills and just have a place to call their own. The library board has asked the students to consider an addition to the library, which would provide even more opportunities. The team has visited other community libraries over the past year to see how teen spaces have been developed and have settled on a model which


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provides the tools students need, such as sewing machines or guitars, but generally doesn’t have formal programs. “We’re in the very beginning stages,” Polvinale said. “They want a place where they can get together and share resources and help one another.” Although the teen space is just a concept at the moment, the project was strong enough to garner first place in the national Jefferson Awards competition this year. Sitting through the awards ceremony was difficult, the students said. “It was nerve-wracking. Had we done enough to win? These other schools had done amazing things,” Jones said. The students said that when the bronze and silver winners were announced and only gold was left, they assumed they hadn’t won, but were ready to get back to work on their project. “When I realized we had won, I didn’t hear anything else that was said,” Haven said. Polvinale said the Jefferson Awards committee realizes that big projects take time and start with big ideas. “The original team won on just an idea,” Polvinale said. “What they see with these students is they want to make impacts that will last years and years. When Jakob goes off to college, that stage will still be there.” Sabatula said it took determination to complete the stage project. “Just one step at a time, and it carries on by itself. We had the help and support, it was unbelievable,” Sabatula said. “Once we came across a problem, we worked on it as a team and found a solution and kept moving forward.” Photo: Students in Action members Jakob Sabatula (left), Jayda Smith, and Andrew Haven, along with sponsor Kellie Polvinale, gather outside the Brownsville Free Public Library, where the team is creating a teen space.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St. , Houston washlibs. org/chartiers-houston

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


EVENTS AT THE FRANK SARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Upcoming Events Fiction Book Club will discuss A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler at noon on August 8. Paint & Sip - an evening of painting while enjoying light bites, wine and the company of friends. The deadline to register is August 14 with a fee of $20. 6-8 pm. August 16. Young Explorer Kit Open House will be highlighting our Language and Socialization kits designed for infants through first grade. 11a.m.-1p.m. August 18. Adult Nonfiction Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. on August 21. Osteoporosis Prevention & Education. Program presented by Lynette Judy, RN, BSN, ONC, CFLN of Allegheny Health Network. 6:00pm. August 21: Heel scans offered starting at 5:00 pm. Additional information – Ultimate Gaming Friday in the YA Department 2:30-5 p.m. August 24. Athena Sarris Art Gallery – Canonsburg Light-up Mural made by approximately 300 7th and 8th graders from Canon McMillan Middle School. Lego Club - Children in grades K-4th grade on Wednesdays 5-6p.m. Knitting/Crocheting Group – Wednesdays 6-8p.m. Computer Instruction - Designated library staff will provide one-on-one computer help – call and make an appointment. On-going Events Knitting/Crocheting Group – drop in and work on your projects, get new ideas, make friends and have fun! Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.Of Dice and Men - Roleplaying Games take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. Call or email

Benson Gardner at for more information and availability. The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is offering free Adult English as a Second Language Classes on Saturdays 1-4 p.m. FMI on how to enroll, call the Literacy Council at 724-228-6188. More from Your Library Ancestry Resources - Come to the library to take advantage of our subscription to Ancestry. com! Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers. Visit our website to see what is currently on display. Through the library's website, Frank Sarris Public Library cardholders can access 1000s of digital graphic novels and comics. Check out 500+ continuing education courses available at no cost through our website. Digital Magazines from Zinio - The Frank Sarris Public Library is the only location in the area to provide this resource. Our used book sale is ongoing and new titles are being added all the time. Playaway Launchpad is a pre-loaded tablet designed for a circulation environment. We have Launchpads for children, teens and adults. OverDrive - Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and Read-Along eBooks anytime, anywhere - all you need is your library card. Young Explorer Kits - These themed kits are filled with age-appropriate educational toys and other materials, and they are available to borrow. FMI, visit, or call 724-745-1308.

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon

Free Monday Movie Matinee. Stop by the library on the first Monday of each month at 1pm for the viewing of a newly released film to DVD. Popcorn and water are provided. Friends of the Library Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of each month. Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Tiny Tykes Program For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

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.


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MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - 326 Donner Ave. , Monessen - Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center is sponsoring a fashion show fundraiser on Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m.. The event will be held at the airconditioned library, 326 Donner Avenue, Monessen. Parking is available in the library parking lot at Third and Donner, or on the street in front of the library building. Fashion apparel will be featured from Prima Diva Boutique and Zelenski’s Bridal and Prom Shoppe. Highlighted clothing will be shown for women of all ages, from teen to maturity. Tickets are limited and available for a donation of $20 at the library or by calling 412-427-9171. Light refreshments will be served. The monthly Series will feature local author, K.W. Taylor on Saturday, August 18 at 12 p.m. K.W. Taylor has over fifty publication credits. Her first science fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers, was released by Dog Star Books in 2016. She has short stories in a few anthologies, as well as many print and electronic magazines. Taylor’s two short novellas, “The House on Concordia Drive” and “We Shadows Have Offended” were released in 2014 and 2011 respectively. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center is hosting a FREE Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program through August 10. It operates Monday through Friday for children up to the age of 18

BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

The Phase I portion of the Bentworth Community Center Building Project has been completed and the library is open. The capital campaign committee will continue to seek funds/donations for the ongoing Phase II portion of the project which includes the installation of the chairlift, landscaping and the completion of a tribute patio, and the paving and improved lighting of the parking areas. A formal dedication is scheduled for December 8, 2018 to celebrate the completion of Phase I and II of the Bentworth Community Center Building Project. Upcoming Events TOPS (weight loss group) meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Coffee and Crayons meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.

and features hot and cold meals. Breakfast is served during the hours of 9-10 a.m.. Lunch is served from 12-1 p.m.. Entrance is through the back side door next to the alley. The program is funded by the USDA and the Westmoreland County Food Bank. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, fines will not be charged to anyone under the age of 18. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, August 20, at 5:30 p.m.. New members are welcome. “Genealogy” in the news and interesting websites will be discussed, as well as personal family tree research. Light refreshments will be served. The Monessen Library Knitting/Crochet Club will meet on Wednesday, August 8 and 22, at 6 p.m..

All are welcome. Bring your projects! The Monessen Veterans Council and Dave Zilka, Director of Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center, have announced that the Monessen Military Banner Tribute program has once again been activated. Through the program, a living or deceased veteran or an active duty member of the military can have their photograph displayed on a banner hung from a utility pole in the City of Monessen. The cost of producing and displaying the banner is $100 per banner. Applications for the banners will be taken at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center. Bring a photo of the person, some general information and a check for $100 made out to “Monessen Public Library”. The Library is closed on Fridays and Sundays. Persons living out of the area can call the Library at 724684-4750 for further information. Applications can be found online at The application and scanned photo can be emailed to the Library at, with the check mailed to Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center, 326 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062. Once the check is received, the banner order will be processed. Small yard banners are also available.

Teen Time Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, & more. New activities every week. For grades 6 and up. Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. For grades 6-8. Every Friday in the Children's department there are crafts to make or activities to do. Stop by any time for these drop in activities, no sign ups required. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. , and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, from 5-6 p.m. The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who

are too young for regular sized Lego bricks. The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a. m to 6 p.m. Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. On July 4, the library is closed all day for the holiday. Visit their web site for a complete Summer Reading program schedule. 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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DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) Friday's at 10 a.m. Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Ladies’ Bridge Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Knit and Crochet Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Book Club (Adults) meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lion's Club Meeting is the 3rd Monday each month at 6 p.m. Monongahela Valley Community Band meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


Every Monday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Story Time is open to any child with a desire to learn and play. Reservations are recommended. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.


New Contemporary Galleries at Carnegie Museum of Art opened July 20, now on display

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now, a major reinstallation of the museum’s galleries dedicated to postwar and contemporary art. Opening to the public on July 20, Crossroads mines the collection’s depth, diversity, and eccentricities, situating the work of artists at the intersections of history, society, politics, and biography. Instead of a strictly chronological hang, each gallery represents a chapter in the larger story of CMOA’s world-class collection. “Andrew Carnegie’s mandate to acquire the art of our time has resulted in a collection that is more than the sum of its parts,” says Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “I hope Crossroads will allow visitors to see art of the recent past through the lens of the present and to connect with themes and stories that resonate today.” The modern and contemporary galleries are currently closed as they undergo a complete transformation. Visitors will be invited to preview the new collection galleries as part of CMOA’s Third Thursday celebration on July 19. Crossroads features some 150 works ranging from familiar masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko to recent acquisitions in painting, sculpture, and photography. Many works have never been seen before in CMOA’s collection galleries, including Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Gallery) (2016) and Alex Katz’s Vivien Baseball Cap (2006), a recent gift by the artist. Joining these new acquisitions are works by Pope.L, Torey Thornton, Avery Singer, Michael Williams, Lorraine O’Grady, and Tseng Kwong Chi. Other highlights on view include: Black Crowd (1954), a masterpiece by the Chinese émigré painter Zao Wou-Ki; Green Thought (1958), a recently conserved work by the color field painter Morris Louis from his iconic Veil series; Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975), a recently digitized film documenting the artist’s challenging architectural interventions in Paris; a rarelyexhibited large-scale 1981 painting by


Keith Haring; a collection of posters by the Guerrilla Girls, the feminist collective who defined art as activism in the 1980s; and Louise Bourgeois’s Cell II (1991), a mysterious installation of found objects presented in the 1991 Carnegie International. Crossroads unfolds in a series of “chapters,” beginning with the work that gives the installation its title: Bruce Conner’s 1976 film CROSSROADS. The film is a hypnotic and troubling collage of US military atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. These devastating blasts signal a disruptive turning point in history, and the beginning of the postwar collection. “Conner’s rapturous film is a meditation on the cataclysmic events that have shaped human life since World War II,” Crosby says. “His notion of a ‘crossroads’ is an evocative metaphor for us, one that underscores the pivotal decisions artists make and amplifies the relevance of CMOA’s collection today.” Each of the eight chapters foregrounds artistic decision-making as an urgent and powerful form of thinking in the world. These chapters include: A New Horizon – Prompted by new artistic freedoms and a shifting global order following World War II, artists of the 1950s respond with innovative forms of abstraction in painting and sculpture. Call of the Wild – In the late 1940s, a loose-knit band of northern European painters and poets called CoBrA experimented with art that was mischievous, playful, and irreverent. The gallery rein-

troduces CMOA’s extensive, rarely exhibited CoBrA collection. More than Minimal – Though Minimalist works of the 1960s and 1970s may seem cold and impersonal, behind each is a story of touch, perception, and lived experience, lending a human dimension to otherwise simplified forms. Night Poetry – Borrowing its title from a 1962 painting by the Pittsburgh-born artist Raymond Saunders, this dreamlike gallery summons rarely seen works from the darker recesses of the collection. Raymond Jennings Saunders, ‘Night Poetry,’ 1962, oil on canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Leland and Mary Hazard, © Raymond Saunders Artists’ Cinema – Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the museum served as a hub for a vibrant local film community. This gallery features a rotating program of important and under-recognized works from the museum’s collection. Less Than Half the Picture – The turmoil of the 1980s prompted widespread debate about of the value and role of art in society. A new generation of artists embraced politically charged ways of working in response to the most vital issues of the day. The Persistence of Painting – From the rise of the internet to the ubiquity of digital cameras, today’s complex visual environment has pushed a centuries-old medium in unpredictable directions. Free Radicals – How do artists locate themselves in our complex world? How do they redress historical omissions? How do they embody forms of resistance and protest? And how do they challenge tradition and the status quo? Crossroads embraces a modular rather than chronological structure. This approach permits curators to refresh galleries in the future through new rotations and themes. Drawing from its broad collection, CMOA’s contemporary program will continue to surface ideas and stories that speak to our rapidly changing world. Acting co-director and chief curator Catherine Evans says, “CMOA has an incredible collection, yet we are only able to present a sliver of it at any time.

Crossroads signals a renewed energy for these galleries, and its format creates

opportunities to do some deep digging

into our holdings to prompt new per-

spectives and conversations. In 2019,

we’re excited to bring more innovative

approaches to engaging our visitors in

our collection spaces.”

General operating support for Carnegie

Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny

Regional Asset District. The programs

of the Heinz Architectural Center are

made possible by the generosity of the

Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support

through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of


Carnegie Museum of Art creates expe-

riences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another.

We believe creativity is a defining

human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects,

preserves, and presents artworks from

around the world to inspire, sustain, and

provoke discussion, and to engage and

reflect multiple audiences.

Our world-class collection of over

30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the

19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh,

Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist

Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit

Photo:  Keith Haring, ‘Untitled,’ 1981,

vinyl paint on tarpaulin, Carnegie

Museum of Art, Gift of Lannan

Foundation, © Keith Haring Foundation

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PARTING SHOTS Send original photography for consideration for use in “Parting Shots” to Photos selected will be determined according to space and subject matter.

'Yabin Wang - Moon Opera” will take the stage as part of Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts—an expanded showcase of never-beforeseen performing and visual arts attractions.FMI, see page 6 of this issue.

Brian Eisiminger, an adjunct professor of music and theatre at California University of Pennsylvania, portrayed Harold Hill in the State Theatre's production of "The Music Man," part of their continuing series of summer musicals. Photo by Kelly Tunney.

Toby Maykuth, center, as Captain Hook, with his pirates Triston Murphy, left, and Daniel Nuttall, right, performed in "Peter Pan" at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. Photo by Kelly Tunney.

Students at the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy Summer Experience held at California University of Pennsylvania performed "Shrek, Jr." to cap off their camp experience. Photo by Kelly Tunney.

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Pennsylvania Bridges August 2018  

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