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Jan u ar y 2017 Edition


Connecting Our Communities

New Beginnings


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New Beginnings One of my all-time favorite actresses is Julie Andrews. I'll save you the trouble of Googling to see if 2016 took her, too. Fortunately, at 82 years young, she's still with us. While she appeared in a number of iconic films, one holds a special place in my heart, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. As far as I'm concerned, everything about this film is amazing, from the masterful performances of Andrews in the role of Maria and her co-stars - particularly Christopher Plummer as the dashing Captain VonTrapp and Peggy Wood as the ever sage Mother Superior - to the infectious tunes that provide the movie's soundtrack. Perhaps my favorite scene in The Sound of Music is the one where Maria first travels to the VonTrapp estate from the familiar confines of the convent, where she thought she'd live out the rest of her days. “What will this day be like? I wonder. What will my future be? I wonder,” she asks, her voice a mixture of uncertainty and eagerness. As she approaches the palatial home and prepares herself to meet “a Captain with seven children” she ponders “what's so fearsome about that?” and sets off with a sense of renewed confidence. It's an inspiring instance of resolution and determination that tells the audience what sort of person Maria is, during which their view of her shifts from flighty and scatterbrained to confident and composed. For me, however, the most motivational part of this scene is at the beginning, when Maria exits the convent, bags in tow, and prepares to leave behind the only life she's ever known. As the gates of the abbey close behind her, Maria says, appropriately, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” My first viewing of the film was in 1984, so long ago that my grandmother actually rented a VCR from our local Kroger grocery store so we could watch the movie on VHS. (That's right, I said “rented” as, at the time, most working class people couldn't afford to own

VCRs.) In the years since, I've lost count of the times I've held on to that sentiment, that when God closes a door, somewhere a window opens. I uttered it to myself the day I left my hometown at the tender age of 22, filled with anticipation of the possibilities that awaited me in California, Pennsylvania. I repeated the phrase over a decade later, when I made another scary, earth moving change. Only a couple of months ago, I had to say “Au Revoir” to a place I loved, a place I considered my second home for 16 years, and as that door closed behind me, I kept in mind the thought of the windows that have opened for me again and again, just when I've needed to set my sights on something new. If you're reading this, you're looking through my personal window. Thank you, and don't mind the dust! With the shift from bi-monthly to monthly, we're adding lots of awesome, original content as well as expanding our current offerings. One example is a marked increase in event listings. Looking for something to do, close to home, in January or early February? We've got you covered, cover to cover! Many of these events, like our publication, are 100% free! 2016 was a challenging year for a lot of people in myriad ways. Maybe it was a good year for you, maybe not. Maybe you've had doors close behind you, too, and you've found yourself searching for an open window. May 2017 be a year of renewal for you, of change and new beginnings. Speaking of new beginnings, this issue is dedicated to those who have set off on innovative courses, just as the ever cheerful Maria did in The Sound of Music. May confidence, too, be their guide! Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Buzzword PGH offers arts & science programs for kids...p. 7 Interpretations exhbit on display at August Wilson Center...p. 22 The art of whistling...p. 25 Southwestern PA songstress releases debut album...p. 21 Exhibits about town...p. 4,26- 27

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BIZ EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Waynesburg University receives recent honors...p. 20 Waynesburg student lands unique internship...p. 20 Wayneburg’s PRSSA receives Star Chapter Award...p. 21 WCCC President Tuesday Stanley declines pay raise...p. Tech Tips from TechBoxz: Top 10 Trends to Watch in 2017...p. 12

STAGE & SCREEN Broadway star Brandon Uranowitz to perform...p. 9 Chris Rock to appear...p. 10 Richard Marx & Rick Springfield to take the stage...p. 10 The TEN Tenors to perform “The Power of Ten” on March 14...p. 10 On the Town: Shows to Go to in January & early February 2017: Our Picks...p. 4, 26-27


On stage at the Palace Theatre

Bentleyville Library...p. 24

in Greensburg....p. 23

California Library...p. 24 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 24


Citizens Library Events...p. 24 Donora Library Events...p. 25 Fredericktown Library...p. 26

New Washington Health System medical facility under construction in California...p. 5-6 ContactUs: New face & name on familiar call center in Brownsville. Now hiring!...p. 7 Local woman Amanda Gilligan takes next step of career with new church leadership position...p. 15 Country Thrift Market offers low cost shopping that benefits needy families. We highly recommend stopping in & checking out their vast selection...p. 19


FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Pastor BT Gilligan: Be a real hero to your kids!...p. 8

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE This Month in History...p. 14 January happenings...p. 26-27 New medical facility under construction in California...p. 5-6 Opiate epidemic strikes southwestern PA: Resources...p. 11 Family tradition passed down-

SPECIAL EVENTS CITW January events...p. 8 On stage at State Theatre for the Arts in Uniontown...p. 15 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 17

from one generation to the next:

Brownsville events...p. 15

Gravekeeping...p. 17

On the Town: Interesting Places

What to do if you’re in an auto accident...p. 9

to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 4, 26-27

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Pamper Yourself January 1 - 31 Montgomery Mansion, Claysville, PA 724-663-7767 Winter Flower & Light Show: Snow Day at Phipps January 1 - 8, 2017 Recurrence: Recurring daily Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Richard Stoner: Shaping the New Westmoreland Photographic Exhibit January 1 - 8, 2017 Recurrence: Recurring daily The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit January 1 - 16, 2017 Recurrence: Recurring daily Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh Garden Railroad: Next Stop, Memory Lane January 1 - March 05, 2017 Recurrence: Recurring daily Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 FREE GOOD FRIDAYS presented by UPMC Health Plan January 06, 2017 to January 27, 2017 Recurrence: Every Friday The Andy Warhol Museum Cafe, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh Food Truck-a-Palooza: Winter Edition January 7, 2017 Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd, Monroeville Washington County Gun Show January 7 - 8 Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington, PA 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 724-948-3571 Penguins on Parade January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017 Recurrence: Every Sunday, Saturday Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Restaurant Week -


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Family Medicine in California of WHS to open “state of the art” facility Story by Carla E. Anderton When dealing with an illness, whether it's a common cold, allergic reaction, minor injury or chronic disease, it's comforting to know help and healing is available close to home. Parents, ever watchful of their children's wellbeing, feel peace of mind knowing their family physician is moments away. Children caring for elderly parents sleep better secure in the knowledge, should an emergency arise, their loved ones' healthcare providers are nearby. Since 2004, the Family Medicine office of Washington Health System in California has provided patients of all ages with dedicated medical care at their facility conveniently located in downtown California. For the past five years, Dr. Alison Verenna has treated patients both in the office on Third Street as well as traveled to nearby California University to treat students in the Cal U Health Center. A more recent addition to the team is Physician Assistant Rebecca Thomas who, among many other duties, conducts physicals for California Borough and Department of Transportation employees, as well as sees patients in the California office. Patient response has been overwhelmingly positive, according to officer manager Paddy Pratt, who spoke with us via telephone for this article. “We take care of the whole family. People say they're getting Pittsburgh quality care, here in California,” Pratt said. In the same vein, the WHS Family Medicine - California team has positive feelings about the community. Pratt hails from Carmichaels, and said California had a similar, comforting hometown vibe. “People are warm and welcoming. You get to know them, the local people and businesspeople,” she said. “Our patients are very kind and respectful.” Additionally, she said the WHS Family Medicine - California staff is pleased to have developed good working relationships with both Redstone and Rite Aid pharmacies in town. However, she explained, a downside of their current space has been patients have had to travel to other facilities for diagnostic tests, and patients requiring specialized care have had to be referred to other providers in the Washington Health System network. Currently, patients have to drive 15-20

Members of the Washington Health System Family Medicine in California team were among those who participated in a groundbreaking ceremony last August for the new facility now under construction in the California Technology Park. The 9,000 square feet site is slated to open this summer.

minutes for specific healthcare services. That's set to change this coming summer, however, as the office will relocate to a brand new facility, and greatly expand their capacity for treating patients. The single story, 9,000 square feet building will house both their existing medical team and services as well as offer enough room for visiting specialists, a lab draw site and space to expand in the future for services such as diagnostic testing. Specialists will be available on selected days to treat patients. “We'll have a procedure room, where [medical providers] will be able to perform minor procedures,” Pratt said. Dr. Verenna and PA-C Thomas will be joined by another physician, who will see patients two to three days a week. The extra pair of healing hands will be a welcome addition, as patient demand is high. For example, Pratt said Thomas alone saw 454 patients in a recent month. In addition to increased space for WHS providers to diagnose and treat patients, the facility now under construction will also have more to offer those waiting to be seen. A spacious waiting room will include a play area for children, two overhead televisions airing health related programs, and even charging stations for phones and other electronic devices. The parking lot at the new site will have spaces for 53 vehicles, compared to the seven spaces

available at the current location. The 9,000 square feet site will also include room to offer educational programs. Currently, plans are in the works to offer education for diabetic patients and their caregivers in a group setting. The new outpatient center is being constructed on five acres of land in the California Technology Park, and will be located adjacent to the Hampton Inn. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on site for the new outpatient center on August 30, 2016. Present for the ceremony were “Washington County Commissioners Larry Maggi and Harlan Shober, State Rep. Peter Daley and other local elected officials, representatives from Washington Health System's board of trustees and administration, and a variety of other business and community members,” according to a press release issued by Washington Health System on their web site. At the groundbreaking, Washington Health System President and CEO Gary Weinstein said, “The practice of Allison Verenna, M. D. and the care team at WHS Family Medicine-California has outgrown its current facility on Third Street in California. This new facility, still located in the borough of California, will offer better parking, easier access for most patients, and enough space to add a second family physician to enable the growing practice to continue to serve more of the area's residents locally. We Continued on next page...

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appreciate the help of the borough, the Redevelopment Authority, the county commissioners, California University and everyone else who has supported the planning and development of this project.” Easy access to the modern facility from Route 43 and Route 40 should attract patients from neighboring communities. A dedicated bus route will be available to transport California residents to the new outpatient center, as well as to accommodate Cal U students referred for lab tests and other services not offered at the Health Center. Pratt is excited plans for the updated facility are on track and even slightly ahead of schedule. She describes the new outpatient center as “state of the art,” and also said it will accommodate the growing need for premium health

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New face & name on familiar call center in Brownsville. Now hiring! Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Those driving on Grindstone Road toward Roberts Road will notice a new face, and name, on the otherwise familiar contact center at 111 Roberts Rd. in Grindstone. ContactUS Communications of Columbus, Ohio took responsibility of the center in April of 2016, with an official grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration in September. ContactUS President, Trevor Friesen, explains that the transition came about when the previous company had interest in exiting the location “...but the client preferred to keep the location open, and contacted us to take over.” Friesen cites the “quality of employees, and abundance of employee base in the area” as reasons for taking over the Grindstone contact center, which has been in operation since its construction in 2000. A workforce over 120 people strong staffs the location, with more coming on board according to the season and client needs. To mark the transformation into a modern, multi-faceted client and customer support center, improvements such as a repaint for the entire facility, new bathrooms and break rooms, a patio, new lighting, new security system, refreshing of sidewalks and the parking lot, and improvements in branding look and feel, were performed on the facility. ContactUS provides support through traditional telephone and email, along with live chat, social media contact, and

white mail. And those familiar with the phrase “Your call may be recorded for quality control purposes” will be pleased to know that ContactUS uses speech analytics to improve future customer experiences with representatives. These improvements combine with client-centric training and education for agents including hands-on experience with client catalogue products, healthcare and 401k for full-timers, and other local benefits for employees, to create high employee satisfaction rates and industry-best agent retention, according to the company's website. The improvements to the center, and its new branding, have piqued local interest. “It's important to know the reputation of the company, and the community has taken notice of the changes and are seeking employment without there being advertising” Friesen said, adding “We're committed to the growth of this location, and we've been fortunate enough to grow every year.” ContactUS plans to employ more than 147 agents at this location. Being in the community also means involvement with the community, and outreach by the team at ContactUS pro-

vides a positive impact to the local area. Frank Rable, Center Manager at ContactUS Communications says “We try to keep the team involved and reach out to the community when we can. We try to do things as a group. We did an Angel Tree at the Center for 90 special needs individuals and will be delivering them next week.” Additionally, a group from the Center provided their time and material to decorate a room at Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville, PA. Those looking for new work at a company that that provides full-time benefits, in-depth training, and a caring outlook for the local community may apply with ContactUS online at: For other questions or for more information, call 614-603-2222.

Buzzword Pittsburgh offers free arts/science programs for kids 5 & under The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Buzzword Pittsburgh will offer eight programs to kick off the 2017 year. Buzzword Pittsburgh will launch programming in 2017 with events on Thursdays, January 12, 19, and 26, February 2, 9, and 16; Tuesday, January 24; and Tuesday, February 14. Aimed at exciting children ages 0-5 and their families, Buzzword Pittsburgh consists of six partner organizations with expertise in the arts and sciences, including the Carnegie Science Center, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, who acts

as the collaborative lead partner. Buzzword Pittsburgh helps to introduce new words and build the vocabulary of children through free community programs, events, and performances. Buzzword Pittsburgh educators and community partners offer tips, strategies and activities for familiar to use in everyday moments. Each program also focuses on a word of the day that is used to encourage vocabulary development and play with the participants. Events are free and open to the public, suggested for children ages five and younger. Reservations may be required for select programs, as noted. Talk & Play at the PAEYC Homewood Learning Hub -

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I am writing this article about two weeks before Christmas and as I sit here there is one thing happening that is striking fear in to the hearts of parents everywhere. One word, when uttered, has a drastic effect on parents. Some parents jump for joy, puff out their chest and proudly proclaim they are the best parents ever. Other parents, at the mention of this word, slump-down defeated and feel like a failure. That word is Hatchimal. For those of you unfamiliar; a Hatchimal is the newest craze for toys this Christmas. It is a plastic toy egg that kids play with until it hatches revealing a stuffed animal of unknown species until it opens. These toys retail in the store for 60 dollars. However, due to the popularity they are being resold on various websites for hundreds of dollars each. Thankfully my children do not want one, but I see parents everywhere scrambling to find one. On morning at 8am, I was in a Starbucks and met a man who was heading to a store to camp out because there was a rumor that store was getting a shipment the next morning at 5am and so he was going to camp out to get one. When I inquired why he was going so early he said that the line was already 20 people deep and they were only getting 30 in the shipment. I asked

this man why it was so important to get this gift and he said “I want to be a good parent to my little girl.” That morning was Thanksgiving morning. I get it, I am a parent, too ,and I understand it. When they open that toy and their eyes light up it is like a drug to our system. As they shout “Thank you!!” and scream with giddiness it creates a euphoria in us we can't explain. I get it, I really do. We, as parents, want that for our children. We want that momentary “high” of being the perfect parent who can provide everything for their children. However, I know a couple other things. First, next Christmas there will be a new toy craze. Second, by February, that Hatchimal will be buried in a toy box somewhere until it is finally sold in a yard sale for a dollar. Lastly, in 20 years, when your children look back and think of you and your love for them they will not say “I am so glad my parents missed Thanksgiving to get me a toy.” A Hatchimal is not a bad toy. There is nothing inherently wrong with it. The problem becomes when we place so much of our identity on whether or not

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Broadway Star Brandon Uranowitz to perform The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that Tony Award nominated, Broadway star, Brandon Uranowtiz, will replace James Monroe Iglehart, as part of the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series, on Monday, February 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Due to a scheduling conflict, Mr. Iglehart, who was originally announced as one of the performers in this series, is unable to perform on Monday, February 13th at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Fresh off his acclaimed starring performance in the successful Broadway revival of Falsettos, Tony Award nomi-

nee Brandon Uranowitz makes his Pittsburgh solo concert debut. Mr. Uranowitz brings his eclectic evening of song to the TRUST Cabaret Series for one night only. Having originated the role of Adam Hochberg in An American In Paris last season as well as performing in the national tour of Rent and the original cast of Broadway's Baby It's You!, Brandon will offer an evening of songs from his career and a few of his personal favorites. For ticket information, please contact the box office at 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscribers to the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series will be able to use their original tickets for this performance.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Rick Springfield and Richard Marx will join forces to bring their catalogues of hits, for one night only, to the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh on January 28 at 8 p.m. These two incredible musicians will perform three decades of hits, with a set list that features full solo acoustic sets by both artists. Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. Springfield is also an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO's prestige drama True Detective. As a performer, Grammy winning


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The TEN Tenors to perform “The Power of TEN” March 14 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces The TEN Tenors will perform The Power of TEN at Benedum Center on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Power of TEN is presented in Pittsburgh by 35 Concerts, and the tour marks the 20th Anniversary of The TEN Tenors, one of Australia's greatest entertainment success stories. Touring since 1996, the ten-man ensemble has garnered sell-out performances across the globe, totaling over 3.5 million concert tickets sold and including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts. These accomplishments, coupled with six platinum and gold records, have cemented The TEN Tenors as Australia's premier classical-crossover group. Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, the TEN Tenors

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Opioid epidemic destroys lives in southwestern PA: Resources for Help Story by Fred Terling An opiate as defined by Webster's Dictionary as “a drug containing opium or its derivatives, used in medicine for inducing sleep and relieving pain or any sedative, soporific, or narcotic that causes dullness or inaction or that soothes the feelings.” It's also become one of the nation's leading addictions, particularly here in Pennsylvania, with southwestern Pennsylvania leading with a staggering amount of over-doses and incidents. Most people start the addiction with the mindset of “the Doctor prescribed them, so they must be safe. If I'm having a little extra pain, one or two extra aren't going to hurt. Right?” This is where the misconception comes in. These aren't over the counter aspirin or pain killers we're talking about. Opiates are highly addictive and not following the prescribed dosage can be and is deadly, particularly when taking with another opiate. We're talking anything from hardcore drug abuser variety opiates like heroin to doctor prescribed morphine, codeine, methadone, fentanyl and oxycodone. The prescription doesn't make it any less dangerous, nor less addictive. To illustrate how serious of an epidemic this issue is, just look at the numbers. In 2015 alone, 3,505 people in Pennsylvania died from drug overdose. That's more than the number of people who died in car crashes. Additionally, 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and preven-

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Top 10 Tech I’m Looking Forward to in 2017 Story by Eric J. Worton #1 - For the last few years 4K Video has been teasing us with images that compare to live action. It's so good, in fact, one can get the feeling they're watching the movie as it's being filmed, in real time, without all those distracting behind the scenes props and people. Unfortunately, content creators haven't been able to get past a few issues. The first obstacle is there is little noticeable difference in quality unless you're watching on at least a 60" television. A second and more important issue is size. A typical HD movie averages 512 Gigabytes and might cost the provider around $0.05 to stream to your set. The same 4K movie can easily push 100GBs. With current US broadband speed, that's roughly 10 hours to download, making streaming impossible. Oh, and don't forget about those broadband caps from the cable company. Mine is 200GB per month. #2 - Virtual Reality is another technology that's just blossoming. Most of the industry is focusing on games, but in the past that's been a broad driving force for computer advancements in power. I'm looking forward to the ability to experience places I'd never have an opportunity to visit. Anybody else want to see an Amazon rain forest or the dark side of the moon? #3 - Streaming video has been the topic of several of my articles, so why is it in a list of technologies I'm looking forward to? Two words: sheer volume. The playing field has been leveled, quality film equipment is affordable and the big league players like Sony and Disney have new competition, you and your dream to make it real. Don't think you can? Google "The Hunt for Gollum" or "Born of Hope." #4 - You'd think streaming music would fall under video streaming, but I see it differently. Video services have big gaps in content due to very restrictive licensing agreements with content creators. Not so for music. Between the many free services and a paid account or two, I can hear any song I'd like at any time I'd want. #5 - Personal digital assistants didn't exist in any meaningful way until that last few years, and now it seems a new one is released every six months. What excites me is their accuracy. I can use Google Now to set my calendar, make calls, send texts, find local restaurants,

make reservations and even order flowers. If I were to try doing all that with my fat fingers and little phone, let's just say I'd probably confuse the staff at Rye's when they kept getting flower arrangements and chocolate. #6 - Smart Homes are just becoming truly useful in day to day life. Who wouldn't want to save electricity by having lights that sense if no one is in the room and accordingly turn themselves off? I love the idea of a bed that monitors my sleep and automatically adjusts for a better nights rest. Think about a garden that collects data in order to water and fertilize in the exact amounts needed or even something as simple as a thermostat that optimizes your heating and cooling. #7 - Smart watches are as close as we've gotten to the famous Tricorder, and I'll take it. These little gadgets can monitor heart rate and sleep patterns, send texts and make calls. I was able to install almost every app I use on my phone so now I don't need to take a phone when I'm enjoying outdoor activities. #8 - I can see a lot of good created by autonomous vehicles. From a safety aspect alone, we will definitely see a reduction in automobile deaths due to human error. I can also see some unintended consequences like out of work long haul truckers, delivery and cab drivers. On a more morbid note, more than 35,000 lives per year are saved due to organ transplants from auto accidents. #9 - We've all heard about drones, on the news, Facebook and other various feeds, and their use in armed conflicts. In the coming months you'll be reading more about their possibilities for use. Imagine pairing drone and autonomous vehicle tech to create an ambulance that can avoid traffic by flying over it! #10 - Deep Learning is a complicated field. The best way I can visually describe it is to use a Nesting Doll. We have all heard of A.I. or Artificial Intelligence. Think of A.I. as the first doll. Inside that doll is another we call Machine Learning and if you open that doll we have Deep Learning. Each type of A.I. becomes more specific in its goal, but arrives in a different fashion. Suffice it to say this is the tech I'm most excited about and also most concerned about. It’s certainly a brave new world.

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Remember When - This Month in History: Important Dates in January January 1, 1863 - The Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union. January 1 - Betsy Ross (1752-1836) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a seamstress credited with helping to originate and sew the Stars and Stripes flag of America in 1776. January 3, 1924 - British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor after several years of searching. January 4, 1790 - President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address. January 4 - Louis Braille (1809-1852) was born in France. Blinded as a boy, he later invented a reading system for the blind using punch marks in paper. January 8 - Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. January 9 - Carrie Lane Chapman (1859-1947) was born in Ripon, Wisconsin. She was the women's rights pioneer who founded the National League of Women Voters in 1919. January 10, 1863 - The world's first underground railway service opened in London, the Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon. January 11, 1964 - The U.S. Surgeon General declared cigarettes may be hazardous to health, the first such official government report. January 13, 1990 - Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first African American governor in the U.S. as he took the oath of office in Richmond. January 14 - American film pioneer Hal Roach (1892-1992) was born in Elmira, New York. His output included nearly 1,000 movies of all lengths, including the classic Laurel and Hardy comedies. January 15 - Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. As an African American civil rights leader he spoke eloquently and stressed nonviolent methods to achieve equality. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. January 17 - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Considered the Elder Statesman of the American Revolution,


he displayed multiple talents as a printer, author, publisher, philosopher, scientist, diplomat and philanthropist. January 17, 1942 - Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky (as Cassius Clay). January 19 - Edgar Allen Poe (18091849) poet and writer of mystery and suspense tales, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. January 20, 1945 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to an unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States. He had served since 1933. January 22, 1901 - Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world. January 23, 1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her MD by the Medical Institute of Geneva, New York, thus becoming America's first female doctor. January 24, 1848 - The California gold rush began with the accidental discovery of the precious metal near Coloma during construction of a Sutter's sawmill. An announcement by President Polk later in the year caused a national sensation and resulted in a flood of “Forty-niners� seeking wealth. January 25, 1947 - Gangster Al Capone, who once controlled organized crime in Chicago, died in Miami at age 48 from syphilis. January 27 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria. From the age of five, through his untimely death at age 35, this musical genius created over 600 compositions including 16 operas, 41 symphonies, 27 piano and five violin concerti, 25 string quartets, 19 masses, and many other works. January 28, 1915 - The U.S. Coast


Guard was created by an Act of Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. January 30 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) the 32nd U.S. President was born in Hyde Park, New York. Despite crippling polio, he led America out of the Great Depression

and through World War II and is widely considered to be one of America's greatest presidents. January 31 - Jackie Robinson (19191972) was born in Cairo, Georgia. He was the first African American to play professional baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956.

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Local woman takes “next step” with new church leadership position Story by Keren Lee Dreyer All beginnings are hard, so Talmudic rabbis opined. However, with some experience, those beginnings could merely become an instance of getting one's feet wet. So is the experience of Amanda Gilligan of California, PA, who is the new Coordinator of Young People's Ministry for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. After working as a youth director intern at Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana, PA, she became their Youth Director, gaining a combined 10 years experience during her tenure there. “This job is the next step, with all the job experience I have, to move up to a Conference level position. Instead of being in charge of a local church, I'll oversee youth and young adult ministries for the entire Conference,” Gilligan said. Progressing into higher positions based on experience isn't always easy, particularly when it involves a grueling series of interviews. In Gilligan's case, three separate audiences which included a WPAUMC bishop, committees of teens, parents, youth leaders, and conference leaders. “That was an interesting process to go through. I've been vetted for sure” Gilligan said, adding that she didn't know what questions would be asked, but she knew “I had to have good responses with heart.” Having successfully navigated the interview process on the way to her December 1st start date, Gilligan says she's “...trying to get my feet wet in the water there. I'll travel around the confer-

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the Ohio-West Virginia line. SPARK takes place at Station Square from Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22. “We bring in a speaker and a band. We provide worship, breakout sessions specifically for youth, and also connect leaders together” Gilligan said. While the event is planned and lead by the youth, Gilligan's involvement ensures “it's all tied together - the youth planned the breakouts and who is going to teach them, and I come along and guide that.” Gilligan's vision is to bring ownership ence to meet youth leaders and young adults to find out what they need, so I can provide the tools and resources they need.” Gilligan's proactive plan includes getting in touch with “those in the trenches day to day and find out how I can help them in their work.” In working with youth, young adults, and their leaders, Gilligan helps create events and programs, works with ministries and their resources, and provides training and leadership in the Conference. While this encompasses over 800 local churches throughout 23 counties, she is undaunted in her leadership duties thanks to active involvement and planning handled by the youth in those churches. Getting her feet wet includes planning and coordinating the Western Conference's annual SPARK 2017 event, which draws area youth from the entire Conference that extends from

to teens and young adults in ministry; for them to know they matter to the church. “For too long, the church has somewhat ignored them, but the church in 2016 that is reaching new people, and reaching young people, is going to be different than how the church looks today.” With proactive involvement, vision, and her experience, Gilligan seems poised to bring about new, positive changes for the Conference she now oversees. For more information about SPARK, or the Western PA Conference of The United Methodist Church in general, please visit:

Special Events in Brownsville in January 2017: Volunteers Needed! Thursday, January 19 - Bible Released Time for elementary students begins at 9:15 a.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (307 High St., Brownsville). Next dates are Thursday, February 16 and Thursday, March 16. Help is needed for the Food Bank at Calvin U.P. Church (307 Spring St., Brownsville) on Friday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. to unload and help is needed again to distribute the food on Saturday, January 28 at 9:15 a.m. The food distribution begins at 10 a.m. The next dates

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that you come at 10:30 a.m. to register. The next date is February 15. Thursday, January 12 - Produce to People at the Fayette County Fairgrounds (Fiddler's Building). Volunteers are needed starting at 8:30 a.m. Food distribution begins at 10:00 a.m. The next dates are February 9 and March 9. On Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. there will be a Christian Unity service held at Fort Burd U. P. Church (200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). The public is invited.

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Family tradition passed from one generation to the next: Gravekeeping Story by Fred Terling Every family has one. I think. I know ours has had at least one for decades. I can remember as a child going to the cemetery with my grandfather. He packed his basket with a soil claw, hand spades, peat moss and flowers. We arrived at the grave sites and went from one to the next, all on foot. He was patient with me, explaining which tools did what, how to pull weeds and dig up roots. Then my task was to run to the water spigot and fill the watering can. In my absence, he dug the holes filling each one with soft peat and eventually a flower. Water topped off the plants, then off to the next gravesite we went. I didn't recall how many of the people's graves we tended. My grandfather had numerous brothers and sisters, a mother and a father - then the in-laws. It was a day long chore but it was one of the few things I did with my grandfather, a tradition that bridged three generations. That was the important part. Time went on and like the years, memories surrender to dust if not preserved. As I got older, I really hadn't reflected on those times until my mother called one day to see if I had been to my father's grave lately to check the conditions of the flowers. It was then that I revisited those memories and it was now, forty some odd years later, that I understood. In that revelation, I decided to talk with the current grave keeper of the Terling & Kobert family, my mother,

Janice Terling. The first thing I wanted to know, obviously, is how she acquired this mantle. I mean, of all the people in the family, why her. “I wanted to. I felt it was just something I wanted to do,” Jan says. “I would go with my father. He would place two geraniums and a marigold on each grave. The marigold because he said rabbits don't like them and would leave the other plants alone,” she recalls. She also explained how the practice of putting fresh flowers on the grave is obsolete. Animals eat the fresh flowers and the hot summers dry the flowers out and they die right away. Because of this, she creates bouquets of silk flowers as they are more durable. She also rotates the bouquets by color depending on the season. Bright greens and yellow for

springtime, orange and browns for autumn. For Christmas time, a wreath of course. “It's a lot about remembrance and love,” she adds. “I just couldn't imagine my husband or parent's graves being covered with weeds and vines, untended. It would be like no one remembers them or loves them anymore.” The cemetery has rules, she informed me. There are times of the year when things placed on the graves have to be removed. For example, wreathes have to come down by the end of March. After that, a person can put in whatever they want, based on specific areas around the gravestones. This marks the initial time of each year where she begins planning her first trip to perform maintenance and plant the first bouquet of silk flowers. Talking with her was pretty enlightening as she treats it very much like a serious business. She has figures on seasonal displays, the distances around the stones in which displays can be placed, different types of arrangements and even the protocols for graves where those who have been cremated have been interred and have the upright stones. There's even a pet cemetary. With all of her knowledge, I wonder who of my siblings this task will fall to next and if they are prepared. Since I made a couple of trips with her this summer, my latest with a weed-wacker, I can only imagine who this labor of love will be passed down to when she is no longer able to do it.

Westmoreland College President Dr. Tuesday Stanley declines pay raise Westmoreland County Community College President Tuesday Stanley declined a pay increase approved by the college board of trustees Wednesday, December 15. The trustees approved a 6 percent salary increase to be paid in 3 percent increments for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years in recognition of Stanley's “outstanding leadership” said Board Chairman Dick Dickert. The board conducted annual performance evaluations of the president and

cited her for “establishing/implementing strategic direction, meeting and exceeding key objectives and developing important college/community relationships.” “While I appreciate the faith of the board in me, I am declining a pay increase in my salary,” said Stanley. “We have many opportunities at Westmoreland and I remain committed to this institution and our students.” The board also approved a contribution to the president's deferred compen-

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Country Thrift Market offers low cost shopping that benefits needy families Story by Dave Zuchowski For over 30 years the Greater Washington County Food Bank, a nonprofit organization, has been providing groceries and nutritional information to food insecure residents of Washington County. The Food Bank distributes to as many as 5,200 families each month through its network of 38 pantries and 5 agencies located throughout the county. Currently 30% of its recipients are children under the age of 18, and over 20% are seniors. To meet these objectives in a caring and compassionate way, the Food Bank . relies primarily on community support. As an aid to furthering its mission, the Food Bank opened a new Country Thrift Market on October 11 in its food distribution center, located in the former Country Fresh Market at 909 National Pike West in Brownsville (Centerville Borough). According to Heidi Hoffman, the food bank's donor relations coordinator, the idea behind the new thrift market is three fold. First, it's a chance to offer the public a place to shop for affordable clothing and household goods. Secondly, it gives potential employees looking for work in the community a place to learn basic retail skills, customer service and organization to give them a leg up on finding employment elsewhere. The final purpose of the thrift market is to raise money to help support the efforts of the Greater Washington County Food Bank. “So far, in the two months we've been open, we've exceeded our initial expectations,” Hoffman said. While the October 11 start up date is considered a soft opening, Rachel Willson, the thrift store manager, said the market is still waiting for word on when it will celebrate its official grand opening. “Although we're now open for business, we're still not quite ready,” Willson said. “We do get donations from individuals and businesses daily and have applied for grants to make the market even better, such as installing better racking and shelving.” At the moment, the market has an extensive inventory on display throughout much of the front of the distribution center building. In addition to clothing, the market is currently selling gently used furniture, small appliances, toys,

Manager Rachel Willson arranges a display of silk flowers available for sale at the recently opened Country Thrift Market. The Market also has a vast selection of gently used clothing as well as as a variety of new household items and name brand cosmetics. We highly recommend a visit to this great spot. Stop in today and check out their constantly evolving and expanding inventory.

books, health and beauty products, gardening items and more. Sales of Christmas decorations were especially heavy in November and December. “We get a lot of requests for furniture, which usually goes out the door soon after we put it out for sale,” Willson said. “We ask people to wash their clothing donations before they bring them in and also accept small appliances as long as they are in good working condition. We test the appliances before we put them out on the floor, and I double check them at them again just before they go out the door because we have a no return policy.” The thrift market does NOT accept mattresses, cribs, car seats, computers or televisions unless it's a really good-performing, flat screen model. “We don't want to be thought of as a disposal center of unwanted goods,” Willson said. “We like to tell everyone to donate items they would feel comfortable giving to friends.” Everyone but Willson who works in the thrift market is a volunteer, and Hoffman affirmed that the Greater Washington County Food Bank wouldn't be able to operate without its volunteers. So far, the thrift market has advertised only on Facebook (go to Country Thrift Market) and word-of-mouth. Even so, the biggest bulk of donations have come in from private individuals. Willson said she also works with three different auc-

tioneers who bring in clothing and items that may not be trendy or appeal to certain tastes. “We've gotten is some nice jewelry and vintage china, and some of our clothing comes in with their original tags,” she said. The Country Thrift Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Debit and credit cards are accepted for payment as is cash. The market also accepts donations by individuals and businesses during regular open hours, and all donors are given a receipt which can be used as documentation for tax deduction purposes. “At the moment, we're still looking for additional volunteers - people who can commit to at least two hours on the days they want to work,” Willson said. For more information on the Country Thrift Market, phone 724-632-2190 or visit website

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The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Waynesburg's program was only one of two baccalaureate programs out of 38 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This is the seventh time the University has achieved the 100 percent pass rate since 2008. This year, 158,033 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 84.30 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,512 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 87.93 percent. “Our success on the licensure exam reaffirms our program quality, cutting edge curriculum and state-of-the art facilities,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “We also have excellent and committed faculty who offer consistent, rigorous teaching, and who really care about our students.” The NCLEX-RN pass rate accounts for graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. Students take the exam subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse. Mosser credits Waynesburg students for their hard work during the time they are enrolled in the program. “The dedication of our students is certainly reflected in the pass rate, as well as their success in being hired upon graduation,” she said. Waynesburg's nursing program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a stateof-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Department also offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs. FMI on Waynesburg's nursing program, visit The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Waynesburg University was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year. The award is

Preparing for a successful future is a major priority for senior chemistry (secondary education) major Kristen Wilson. This summer, she is devoting her time to chemistry education research, which she knows will ultimately benefit her decision to become a high school chemistry teacher. Wilson (pictured right) is spending 10 weeks as an undergraduate researcher in chemistry education at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. She is conducting research on data collected by Dr. James Nyachwaya, assistant professor of chemistry education at NDSU and Wilson's advisor. In addition to conducting research and analyzing data, Wilson will be attending seminars on education based research and professional development. At the completion of her internship, Wilson will present her final research at a poster session, which she will bring back to Waynesburg. “The poster will come back to Waynesburg, and if it is exceptional research, I can get additional funding to present the research at national conferences,” said Wilson. Aside from Wilson's work, she is taking advantage of networking opportunities with the NDSU faculty. These relationships may have the ability to provide her future career opportunities upon graduating from Waynesburg. “Opportunities that internships and research open include strengthening research abilities, but this experience is showing me a field of research that I may have never seen,” said Wilson. “It is a very unique type of research that I will be bringing back to Waynesburg when I return in the fall.” Wilson credits her participation in var-


a result of the chapter's activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year. The congratulatory letter from ACS President Donna Nelson read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount's efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!” More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. As a result of the reports, 284 awards were given, including 46 outstanding, 93 commendable and 145 honorable mention awards. “One of the highlights of my job is working with this group of students,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “They undertake an extraordinary amount of work in addition to their regular courses to plan and host numerous events throughout the academic year to benefit the campus and community. I'm so proud of these students and all of the quality work that they accomplish.” Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others. The chapter recently implemented a new program in which local high school classes receive supplemental instruction in chemistry in Waynesburg University labs. Waynesburg and the other award winning chapters will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California in April 2017. ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

ious Waynesburg activities for helping her have a stronger ability to work closely with others. She is a member of the Commuter Club, Relay for Life and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Wilson has also been inducted into the education honorary society, Kappa Delta Pi, and the chemistry honorary society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon. In particular, Waynesburg's ACS student chapter has been a great benefit to Wilson's education. Being involved in the student chapter has introduced her to a lot of chemistry education research. Wilson will serve as the president of the University's student chapter during the upcoming academic year. Most of all, Wilson's chemistry classes at Waynesburg have best prepared her for the work she is doing at NDSU. “The chemistry classes at Waynesburg have helped me develop the skills needed to find, read and analyze research articles,” said Wilson. “The dedication to research and development of a research project that I had done at Waynesburg helped to prepare me for the expectations that Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, such as this one here at NDSU, expect.”

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Southwestern PA songstress Samantha Downes releases her debut album Story by Lauren Rearick Samantha Downes has always had a song to sing. Her first steps into the music spotlight came in kindergarten when she performed a solo during a Christmas concert. Music continued to surround her, the influences of her parent's listening habits like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones shaping the young artist. Now, a college graduate, Downes (pictured right) is sharing years of songwriting and ideas with the world on her debut album, “Rhythm of Your Soul.” “Approximately two years ago, I started to compile a number of songs that I had written,” she said. “At that point I wasn't sure where or how I was going to record my album. I started by constructing my own home studio in a spare closest, so that I could record demos to send to prospective producers.” From inside the “comically small” closet, Downes recorded the material that would impress producer James Angel of Sound Bays Music in California. Due to the distance, the pair worked together on “Rhythm of Your Soul” remotely, with Downes recording vocals and keyboard in her closet. “Remote collaboration was an interesting experience because I had to learn

how to become my own sound engineer,” she said. “I didn't have the advantage of having a professional on site to physically guide me.” Though remote collaboration was a difficult undertaking, it provided the student with the additional time needed to complete her studies. During the recording, Downes was completing her degree, a double major in visual and performing arts with a music concentration, along with studies in biological science. Influenced by the classic rock that she grew up listening to and the female vocalists she admires such as Christiana Aguilera and Janis Joplin, Downes discovered her voice. Her experiences, including a car accident in 2007 that left her unable to walk for a time served as

additional inspiration. Frequently performing in the Greater Pittsburgh area, Downes is eager for the new album and her story to reach fans on a much larger scale. She credits her hometown and the people she's met along the way for helping in her journey. “I hope that my music continues to gain popularity and that many people are able to relate to my songs in a meaningful way,” she said. “I hope it inspires them in their day to day lives.” With the album officially released and graduation behind her, Downes is looking towards the future. Her plan is to continue pursuing music, including the release of new singles in the “near future.” No matter where the next step in her journey leads, Downes is grateful for the continued support and hopes that her story may inspire someone else. “The most enjoyable and rewarding experience is when I can truly touch someone with music,” she said. “When someone tells me that they could relate to a song's message in a meaningful way or I made them cry, laugh or escape reality for a little while, I feel I have accomplished exactly what I set out to do. Those moments are what makes music meaningful to me.”

Waynesburg University’s PRSSA receives Star Chapter Award for 4th year Waynesburg University's Public Relations Student Society of America (WUPRSSA) was recently awarded the Star Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was presented at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Waynesburg's chapter was one of 42 chapters granted star chapter status out of the more than 350 student chapters throughout the country. “The recognition places us among the elite PRSSA chapters nationally,” said Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department. “It demonstrates how strong our academic program is here, and, as a result, it provides us with a great recruiting opportunity.”Krause attended the conference with six chapter members:Maura Fenske, junior public relations major

from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School), Natalie Gloady, senior public relations major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School), Cassidy Graham, senior public relations and digital design major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School), Zachary Sniadach, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Brentwood High School), Amanda Troncone, sophomore public relations major from Tioga, Pennsylvania (Williamson High School), and Taylor White, senior public relations major and journalism minor from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School) According to Krause, students who attend the conference benefit from a variety of workshops and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to network with influential practitioners in

the public relations field from across the country. In addition to the chapter award, 2016 Waynesburg public relations graduate, Jordan Mitrik, was presented with the PRSSA National Gold Key Award. The award, which is the highest individual honor bestowed upon PRSSA members, recognizes outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership in the PRSSA. Mitrik is currently employed at Brunner, a creative integration hub that incorporates analytics, strategy and ideation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the board and blog coordinator for PRSA Pittsburgh. “Few people understand how difficult it is to receive the Gold Key, and we have had students receive it in consecutive years,” said Krause.

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California Area Soccer Association (CASA) will be holding sign-up sessions in late January 2017 for youth soccer for the spring season. The spring season will begin in mid to late March and end in early June. Games will be played on Saturdays (inhouse) and Sundays (travel) starting in April. Players must be born in 2012 (or before) to be eligible to play in the Spring 2017 season. Players with birthdates in years 2008-2012 will play on an in-house team. Players born in 2007 or earlier will play on a travel team. Registration is $50 per player for in-house and $80 per player for travel.There is a $10 discount for any sibling after the first player registered. Uniform kits are $40 for in-house or travel play.We do have an exchange program (in its early stages) for used in-house uniforms at reduced prices and these will be available at the sign-up sessions.The sign-up sessions will take place as follows: Saturday, January 21, 2-4 p.m. at Spuds (Wood St. in California) Tuesday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. at Dairy Queen (Third St. in California) Please note that CASA is only holding two sessions for spring registration! Please contact Brett Vanderlaan (CASA Secretary) at with questions or to make other arrangements to register if you cannot make one of the scheduled sessions.


“Interpretations” exhibit on display until 2/27 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Interpretations, a visual and performance art exhibit conceptualized by Joy-Marie Thompson with photographs by Rachel Neville. Interpretations will be on display at the August Wilson Center in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery through February 26. From classical to modern, from jazz to musical theatre, photographs of Joy-Marie Thompson illuminate the dance choreography cannon and will celebrate the masters who have influenced her creative journey. The aim of Thompson's revealing tribute is to celebrate the beauty and humanity of the AfricanAmerican dance heritage and unite people of all races, ages and experiences. To bring her vision to life, Thompson partnered with her mother, Jill Thompson for costume design and creation, and New York based photographer, Rachel Neville. Neville's images reach out and grab the attention of the viewer, taking them into a visual world where dance and imagery combine. The portfolio features the Dance Theatre of Harlem, 10 Hairy Legs Dance company, and Grishko LTD. The original exhibition was sponsored by the School of the Arts, Purchase College, SUNY and the Purchase College Foundation. “All of the artist's celebrated here created a unique and independent space for other black dancers. Preparing Interpretations provided an opportunity to not only honor important black artists, but also to discover more about the richness, beauty and pride of the African-American dance history of our people,” explains Thompson. The collaboration highlights key dance artists who not only influenced Thompson in their personal dance aesthetic, but inspired her through their will to create a dance style for black artists that was unique to the culture and stood apart from the style typical of earlier European ideals and aesthetics. Bill T. Jones, Josephine Baker, and Eartha Kitt are just a few of the artistic legacies and wide ranging genres surveyed in this new and vibrant take on AfricanAmerican dance. Thompson encourages


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The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-5:30 p.m. (Weigh-in) 5:30 p.m. (Meeting) Weight loss group The Bentleyville Public Library Building Fund is seeking donations for the Bentworth Community Center Project.The Bentleyville Public Library is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts to the Bentleyville Public Library Building Fund for the Bentworth Community Center Building Project are tax deductible. LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 2 & 16. For more information, call us at 724-239-5122.

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California January 17 at 5 p.m. - Board of Trustees Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack and craft. Please call to add your name to our list and we'll give you a call announcing each new session. Reservations are recommended. Recycle at the library.We sponsor an AbitibiBowater Paper Retriever recycle bin. If the bin is full, please keep your donation until a later time. LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 2 & 16. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston Mondays at 1 p.m. - Sit & Knit Patrons can join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on projects, learn a new craft, or share needlework knowledge. January 23 & 30 - For infants to 3 years old with Caregiver, this is a gentle language development program that helps build social skills and fosters bonding between the parent and child. 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. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. - Block Party Children ages 3-5 (January 24 & 31) Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. - “Shut Up & Write” - This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. Thursdays at 4 p.m. - “Grown Up” Coloring - Adults can still reap the stress-relieving benefits of coloring! The library will provide coloring pages, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. - Preschool Story Hour. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday from 4-4:30 for stories, crafts, and fun that helps build their social skills and gets them ready for preschool or kindergarten! Mondays at 5:30 p.m. - Yoga Class where students are introduced to yoga breathing and poses. Great for yoga novices and current yoga practitioners who wish to refresh the basics or want a gentler class. Bring a mat, a towel and some water. Class is$1 per person, best deal on yoga classes anywhere! LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 2 & 16. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

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will be “Imagine Me Gone” by Adam Haslett. Free and open to the public, readers should feel free to bring a snack! Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 1011:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. Did you receive a new tablet or eReader this Holiday Season? Citizens Library is here to help! Learn how to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks for free with your library card. No appointment needed! Just stop by between 10:30 am and Noon OR 2:30 pm and 4pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Drop in the Children’s Dept. on Fridays for TGIF - “Tinkering, Games, Ideas, and Fun” - All supplies, materials, and directions for a different activity, craft, game, or puzzle each week will be set up in the Children’s Dept. for anyone who stops in on Fridays. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email CitiBooks’ will have a $5/bag sale - Saturday, January 21- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 2 & 16. Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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Do you whistle while you work (and play)? The origins of whistling Story by Fred Terling Okay, I admit it. I'm a whistler. I do it while grocery shopping, in the car or just walking. Once a co-worker told me to stop as it annoyed her. Wow, really? I think I'm pretty good, especially with my renditions of most of John Williams’ movie themes. Apparently not everyone shares the love of my subconscious past time. I hesitate to call it a vice as it's neither bad nor immoral behavior, but I have noticed recently, I seem to be the only one who does it. That sort of made me curious, so off to the internet I went to research a little about this dying art. This is what Wikipedia had to say about whistling: “Whistling without the use of an artificial whistle is achieved by creating a small opening with one's lips and then blowing or sucking air through the hole. The air is moderated by the lips, tongue, teeth or fingers (placed over the mouth) to create turbulence, and the mouth acts as a resonant chamber to enhance the resulting sound by acting as a type of Helmholtz resonator.” Wow, cool, my mouth is a type of Helmholtz resonator! No more stigma

here, that sounds pretty darned impressive. I also found out there are different types of whistling. Pucker whistlers are what most of us are, but there are also the cupped hand whistlers, finger or wolf whistlers (I tried but nearly blew my ear drums out) and then the most gifted are the palatal whistlers who also utilize lip positioning to create musical tones. For the time being, I shall place myself in their lofty category. There are competitions annually around the world with one of the most famous being held in Louisburg, North Carolina. Dozens of whistlers are also in the Guinness Book of Records for everything from highest pitch to longest sustained whistle. I guess I'm going to need to work on my pucker if I'm going to get serious about this. Some cultures like the people on La Gomera, one of Spain's Canary Islands, still use a traditional whistled language named Silbo Gomero. The language is made up of four thousand words that are created by six different whistling sounds that produce two vowels and four consonants. Looks like


I may be packing my bags for the Canary Islands soon if the rest of the US of A doesn't get with the program. I hope I'm not coming across too highbrow. It's still acceptable to whistle at sporting arenas and construction sites, I mean, the seven dwarves didn't have any issue with it. As for those who have never tried it, I leave you with the immortal line from Lauren Bacall to Humphry Bogart: “You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow.”

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See in January 2017 Martin Luther King Jr/Star Trek Celebration Friday, January 13 at 7-10 p.m. The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the ToonSeum on Friday, January 13, 2017, with free admission from 7-10 p.m. to our “From MLK to March: Comics and Cartoons of the Civil Rights Era” exhibit. The evening also marks the closing party for “To Boldly Go: The Graphic Art of Star Trek.” This will be one of your last remaining opportunities to see these two exhibits that commemorate both real life and fictional icons from the 1960s sideby-side! Hope to see you there! FMI: Poetry Unplugged: Music, Poetry & Activism Friday, January 13 at 8 p.m.-1 a.m. August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we bring you a night of poetry, music and activism. Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne with DJ Jive Poetic, and special guests, Gabriela Garcia Medina, Prentiss Powell, Nate James, the Brooklyn 2016 Slam Team, W. Ellington Felton,representing California, Pittsburgh, NYC, DC, and Chicago-After party with DJ Nate da Phat Barber. General admission, discount for college students, Doors open at 8 p.m., party at 10 p.m. FMI: Sip and Sketch at Ace Hotel Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh In conjunction with the exhibition “Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body,” The Warhol and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh present a live model drawing and silkscreening session. Sip a cocktail and learn to sketch from a live model in the Ace Hotel gym. A cash bar is available. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is The Warhol’s official hotel sponsor. FMI: Bunny Yoga! Friday, January 13 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh Wind down from your week with a calming “hoppy hour!” Practice your


Sasangasana, or rabbit pose, with the professionals – our very own shelter rabbits! Class begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Limited yoga mats are available. Please bring your own mat, as well as water, yoga blocks or any other equipment you might need. FMI: One-Man Star Wars Trilogy Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St, Pittsburgh Join Charles Ross in a galaxy far, far away as he cleverly shares his love of the Star Wars Trilogy in this one-man show appropriately titled One-Man Star Wars. Throughout this quick-paced performance, Ross uses the force to singlehandedly play all of the characters, sing the music, and relive live condensed versions of the famous films. Recommended for all ages 6 to Yoda. Audience members are invited to wear costumes, but no masks or weapons are allowed. One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All “Star Wars” elements are property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. FMI: MTAP - The Storm Reading Sunday, January 15 at 7:30-10:30 p.m. Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, Pittsburgh Incubator Reading #3 - Freely adapted from Alexander Ostrovsky's play “The Storm” with book, music and lyrics by Stephanie Riso. When Vera, a wealthy estate-owner’s wife, causes an accident she flees to the river seeking redemption and a new life. Eventually arriving by boat in the quaint town of Kalinov, Vera quickly learns that she cannot escape her past, that a fresh start is almost impossible. Forced to summon up an inner strength she never knew she had in order to lead the fight for the freedom and dignity of all serfs, she winds up being caught between her family and a heartbreaking forbidden love. FMI: My Perfect Body: James Elkins Lecture Friday, January 20 at 7-8 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh In conjunction with the exhibition “Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body,”

James Elkins speaks about the limits of the representation of the body in contemporary and postmodern art, with reference to Andy Warhol's work. Building on the arguments that he established in his seminal text “Pictures of the Body: Pain & Metamorphosis,” Elkins makes the case that Warhol’s work is a model for problems of abstraction and body image. A Q&A lead by Jessica Beck, The Warhol’s associate curator of art, follows. This program serves as a closing event for the exhibition “Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body.” FMI: Soul Sessions: Jarrod Lawson Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Portland-based soul singer, songwriter and pianist, Jarrod Lawson will make his Pittsburgh debut. Jarrod's original material is expresive, sophisticated and soulful. JazzFM in London named Lawson “Soul Artist of the Year” in 2015, commenting that whether he plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz, everything he touches turns to soul. FMI: Fantasticks Auditions Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m. The Geyer Performing Arts Center presents The Fantasticks. Showdates March 16-19. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” Please prepare 32-bars of a musical number of your choosing. There will also be a cold reading from the script. for a complete breakdown of character

roles available. FMI: Aliens, Astrology And Artifacts Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. DLG Tattoo-Darklight Galleries, 219 Sunview Ave Floor 2, Jeannette First art show at the new DLG location. Showing art from local and national artists. Food and beverages served. Artwork for sale, come join the fun!! Artists, please contact the shop if you wish to showcase your work. Call 724522-5205 FMI: Family Volunteering Event January 21 at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N Linden St, Duquesne Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is proud to offer family volunteer days – days for families to come together to ensure thousands of other families have enough to eat. During this hour and a half volunteer experience your family will work together on projects such as preparing bags with enough food to sustain a child over a weekend or pack boxes with all the fixings needed for a holiday meal as well as tour the Food Bank to learn more about how it works. Volunteers must be six years of age or older and be able to perform the assigned tasks. For every two children there must one adult who remains with the children at all times. If there are three children, there must be two adults. Two sessions are available for this opportunity. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (8:45 a.m. arrival) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (10:45 a.m. arrival) FMI: Decades Rewind Concert Sunday, January 22 at 7 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St, Pittsburgh Experience the greatest music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with Decades Rewind a new concert extravaganza featuring a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs spanning 30 years. Featuring over 60 songs, Decades Rewind effortlessly blends unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history and “had the audience singing along, dancing in their seats and down the aisles” (Examiner) all night long. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See in January 2017 vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. From Abba to Aretha, Cyndi to Chicago, Madonna to Marvin Gaye, Decades Rewind delivers an unforgettable soundtrack and pays tribute to the biggest and best hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. FMI: Hedwig & the Angry Inch Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh This tour is a season special, part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America. Tickets ($26-$71) to HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. FMI: Pajama Party: Edward Scissorhands Tuesday, January 24 at 9:30 p.m. Row House Cinema 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh It's time once again to don your pajamas and come to Row House Cinema to enjoy a classic - “Edward Scissorhands.” Those in their PJ's get $1 off concessions! Tickets $9 FMI: Supporting Women In the Arts Thursday, January 26, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center 1000 Madison Ave, Pittsburgh We are launching a series of events designed to address gender imbalance in the arts and to discuss new and existing platforms for female artist, cultural producers and others within the arts sector. Our first gathering is designed to give voice to community stories and to take the temperature on the topic as it relates to women in the arts in Pittsburgh. This is an opportunity to build a network with other women working in the field and will inform a series of programs at NK responding to the needs of the cultural community. Upcoming possibilities are publications, lectures, film screen-

ings, gatherings and events. Free Admission w/RSVP. FMI: PCA Student Exhibit Reception Friday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is proud to present its semi-annual Student Show in the Marshall Galleries. An opening reception for these events will be held on Friday, January 27 from 5:30-9 p.m. The exhibitions will feature current work produced while attending one of the Center’s many classes. The show is on view through March 19. A $5 donation is appreciated. Students taking classes at the Center were invited to submit artwork in a diverse range of mediums and approaches. A committee of staff members selected 29 artists from 16 different classes. The 39 selected works showcase realistic and abstract paintings and highlight works in jewelry, ceramics, weaving and printmaking. Three teenagers were also chosen from the PCA School’s Annual Summer Art Camp Exhibit to present their works. Additionally, examples of the techniques and tools used to create these pieces will be on display alongside profiles of three teachers. To compliment the opening, exhibiting solo artist and PCA student, Phiris Kathryn Sickels will be giving a talk about her paintings at 6 p.m. FMI: Comedy Night at Hilton Garden Inn Friday, January 27 at 7 & 9:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Uniontown Soul Joel Presents Comedy Night - 2 Shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. - DOUBLE Headlined by Dustin Chafin (Tours the World performing for the USO and our Troops, One hour special Southern Discomfort on Raw Dog on SiriusXM, SHowtime White Boyz in The Hood, and The Dave Chappelle Show on Comedy Central) and Kevin Israel (TMZ, Fox TV, ABC, and NBC). Hosted by Uniontown's Adam Lucidi & Soul Joel- Tickets ONLY $15 in advance plus a 2 drink minimum during the show. Food available before the show, cash bar available, before, during, and after

the show. FMI: 2nd Annual Imbibe Northside Saturday, January 28, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art, 505 Jacksonia St. parking lot, Pittsburgh Join us for the 2nd annual Imbibe Northside featuring the latest and greatest brewers/distillers of the Northside, food trucks, live music, and museum exhibitions at The Mattress Factory. Featuring brews from: War Streets Brewery, Allegheny City Brewing, Southern Tier Brewery, Penn Brewery & Wigle Whiskey. Food trucks: PGH Taco Truck, Burgh Bites Limited Tickets available! FMI: When Worlds Collide Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m. Pints on Penn, 3523 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh Hosted by Steve Pearce Artworks What happens when artist pick a partner out of a hat to collaborate on a piece? Will a graffiti artist pick a photographer? A fine artist team up with a pop artist? Industrial artist meshed with an illustrator? 14 of Redfishbowls visual artist picked randomly a partner to team up with and create a collaboration piece of art. Those collaborations will be showcased at Pints on Penn, February 2. Living Color IPA will also be on tap. $1 from every pour is donated to local artists and musicians. Free and open to the public. FMI: The Six (Americana Music Concert) Friday, February 3 at 7:30-10 p.m. The Roots Cellar, 6300 5th Ave, Pittsburgh Join us for an evening of Americanainfused rock with The Six, a gathering of friends who happen to be recognized area musicians and artists for whom creating and sharing musical energy is a life essential. The Six are Rob James and Greg Joseph of The Clarks, Jim Donovan formerly of Rusted Root and currently frontman for Sun King Warriors, Dave Antolik and Dan Murphy of the duet Remaining Green, and artist-painter Chuck Olson. Formed out of strong friendships and united by creative force, The Six present a range of cover and original songs, from

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