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June 2018 Edition
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I don’t go to the movies very often. There are so few films I just can’t wait to see before they’re released on DVD or they hit Netflix. Even then, I’m usually light years behind everyone else as far as staying up to date with the latest, most popular flicks. t’s not that I don’t like movies, it’s just I can’t justify the expense of seeing them in the theaters. Matinee prices are reasonable enough, but then there’s the sky high cost of popcorn and soda, and really - who can enjoy a film on the silver screen without hot, buttery, delicious popcorn?!? That being said, last Friday evening found me at the movie theater, gleefully shelling out a ridiculous amount of dough to see “Solo” on opening day in 3D. I’ve seen every Star Wars movie ever made on the big screen on their respective opening weekends, and I wasn’t about to let the origin story of one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars Universe - the dashing rogue Han Solo - be the lone exception. Critical acclaim has been scant for Solo, and despite the best efforts of mega Star Wars fans like myself, the film failed to bring in the box office numbers to be a hit. However, I don’t let critics dictate what I enjoy, and I loved every minute of the fast paced, high stakes romp that was Solo. I won’t spoil the movie for those who’ve yet to see it, but at its core it’s a story about friendships. It tells the tale of how Han meets his lifelong furry companion, Chewbacca, as well as gives us a glimpse into how Han came to be acquainted with sometimes friend, sometimes adversary, Lando Calrissian. There were other relationships explored, but those were the two standouts. Like Han, I’ve been fortunate enough in my lifetime to have formed several friendships - both in my youth and more recently - that have stood and will continue the test of time. These individuals and I have founded publications together, formed nonprofit organizations, planned and produced shows, and one friend even accompanied me on our own
versions of Han’s infamous Kessel Run. Still, when I look at this month’s cover models - five young men from the California area who have each earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Rank - I see a shared camaraderie that I envy, for at no point in my life have I been part of such a tight knit group. These gentlemen, all members of the same Boy Scout troop - have striven together since a very early age to attain something monumental, leaning on each other and supporting each other’s worthy efforts along the way. I find this both commendable and remarkable, and it’s one of the stories we’ve chosen to highlight in this month’s edition. For this issue, much like the Solo film, is at its heart about friendship, and explores how our individual relationships help to build a sense of community. I would note a new addition to this edition, no pun intended, beginning at the end on page 31. We’re proud to now include a special section titled “Parting Shots” featuring original photography as well as photos that are relevant to the content of the issue. I invite any aspiring shutterbugs to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to snap a few shots for consideration for publication in a future edition of Pennsylvania Bridges. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you may see your photos in our pages. Guidelines are fairly flexible, however, please send only photos that are family friendly as we are a community publication. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton
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Whiskey Rebellion Festival brings re-enactments and good times to Washington story by Keren lee dreyer
When Alexander Hamilton levied his tax on distilled spirits in 1790, ostensibly to bring needed funds to the U.S. government - but some would argue to incite conflict, allowing to the Federal Government to assert its supremacy over the states - he could not have known that the unpopular tax and resultant uprising would lead to...good times and good music. Those good times get underway in the streets and park of Washington, PA during the annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival. The four day event, running from Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8, features historically correct reenactments, museum tours, Lil’ Rebels Heritage Areas for the kids at Washington Park and, of course, excellent music from a variety of acts ranging from blues to bluegrass. Festival volunteer Brant Garda spends the year between festivals developing scripts with historian Clay Kilgore, Director of Washington County Historical Society. Dedicated re-enactors bring life to the scripts during preplanned scenes at the festival, ultimately providing visitors with a vivid, living history unavailable in mere textbooks. “We have a lot of repeat performers, and they’ve done a ton of research on the people they portray,” Garda said. “As we go through the rehearsal process, they bring insights we hadn’t thought about, so I’d call the scripts about 90% complete before we start rehearsals.” Garda further notes that members of the rebellion reenactment groups know the period and history so well, they make their own costumes according to the period of the time and will converse with visitors using only language of the time. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about how much they’ve learned from a 15 minute vignette,” Garda said. Garda relates a story of an actor’s dedication to his role at last year’s festival: “One guy walked around to the taverns as an excise officer, stepped in and announced the tavern was closed until everyone signed the ledger for the excise tax. He stood in the door until everyone signed this massive leather ledger he had. There was an actual (modern day) security guard standing there getting a good chuckle out of it.” The street reenactments culminate in the tar and feathering of a tax collector. Garda said that while the most well known Whiskey Rebellion tar and feathering was that of Robert Johnson, there were actually about half a dozen who also received the treatment. “We’ve
made it more of a spectacle than in previous years, getting more people involved. The reality of it would have been a handful of men down a side street.” Festival goers will be relieved to know that corn starch infused Hershey’s syrup will be used here rather than the traditional pine tar of the past. strike Up the Bands Good times call for good music, and this year’s festival features local and regional bands and performers, all coordinated by festival volunteer Lee Stivers. “I have this really great job of lining up bands people get to see for free” Stivers enthused. “It’s Americana music - acoustic, blues, Celtic heritage, and some playing more historically correct types of music” she added. By working with organizations such as the Blues Society of Pennsylvania and the International Bluegrass Music Association, Stivers is able to bring “something for everybody.” Three stages throughout the festival will feature music on Saturday, July 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Festival-goers can hear music in the Pioneer Room in the George Washington Hotel and the Bradford House garden, and enjoy headliners on the main stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street. Friday night is blues night at the festi-
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val’s main stage, beginning with acoustic blues featuring Eleanor Ellis & Backporch Blues, at 7:30 p.m., followed by headliner and VizzTone recording artist, Amanda Fish, at 8:30 with her roots-rock style blues. Saturday night’s main stage headliner features bluegrass band Wood and Wire out of Austin, Texas. “I’ve been follow-
ing them for several years and have gotten to see them several times” Stivers said, “I’m blown away by the musicianship, virtuosity, and energy these guys put out on stage. They do such a good job of playing bluegrass, but then just blow into the jam scene. They’re really Story continued on page 4
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quite good.” Then on Sunday, a number of churches will feature non-denomination services with “sermons of the time where they’re trying to quell the rebellion,” Garda said. “Reverend McMillan was insistent that anyone attending the church after the rebellion was put down sign a pledge of allegiance to the Federal government to leave their arms down and not revolt again.” The Whiskey Rebellion Festival, music, and kids activities are all free to the public, and “will wrap up with fire-
works, because you can’t be in southwest Pennsylvania without fireworks” Garda said. For complete information on Whiskey Rebellion Festival events and activities, visit whiskeyrebellionfestival.com Check out “Alexander Hamilton and the Whiskey Tax” at ttb.gov/public_info/special_feature. shtml for a more detailed account of events leading to the Whiskey Rebellion
The Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation is excited to announce its 31st Annual Scholarship Golf Classic will take place on Monday, June 25, at the Greensburg Country Club in Jeannette. Proceeds will benefit the Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund. To date, the foundation has raised more than $1 million in scholarships for Westmoreland students who rely on these funds to achieve their educational goals. “It is wonderful that people like you are out there, helping the next generation of students like myself to achieve academic success,” said scholarship recipient Michaela K. The entry fee of $210 per person or $840 per foursome includes open range, breakfast, greens fee/cart, locker room
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Rostraver Winery Bringing California Experience to SWPA story by dave Zuchowski
Even before you hear the first pop of a cork, you get to experience the wow factor the moment you enter the impressive gates at aptly named Castle Drive in Rostraver. You’re treated to a sight rarely found in the countryside of rural Pennsylvania - a gorgeously large 32room blue-gray castle-like building with contrasting white trim. What was once the home of Jay Lustig, former minority partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and developer of the Willowbrook Shopping Plaza, is now the home of the Vinoski Winery. Built in 1996 at a cost of $7.8 million, the 33acre estate was purchased by Walter and Roxanne Vinoski of Ruffsdale for $1.95 million on April 6 of last year. An engineering consultant, Vinoski (pictured below middle) has traveled the world on business and tries to sample the local wines every chance he gets. (He said the only places he hasn’t been to yet are Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole). He’s also a certified sommelier whose been making wine since the age of 4 when he helped his grandfather ferment fruit on the family farm. For 11 years he served as winemaker for the Greendance Winery at Sand Hill Berry Farms in Mount Pleasant. For the past five years, he’s also been making quality red and white wines in a leased facility in Lodi, California. The operation uses reserve-quality grapes from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, using the natural yeasts found on the harvested grapes. After he sold his shares in Greendance, Vinoski opened the doors to his Rostraver winery on June 30 but not before sinking another $800,000 in improvements to the castle-like edifice, which included an upgrade to the building’s 200 windows and doors. He also shipped in from Lodi 5,400 cases of his premium product (think Cabernet, Petite Syrah, Old Vine Zin and Chardonnay) which he now sells in Rostraver along with bottles of East Coast wines like Concord, Diamond and Isabella. Visitors to the upscale ground level tasting room can look out over the patio dotted with black wrought iron tables
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and chairs shaded by colorful red umbrellas. One nice touch is the markers on each of the tables with the name of a particular grape varietal. Eventually, the plan is to have visitors order food via an app linked to the kitchen and have a server deliver the order to the designated table identified by varietals like Mourvedre and Montepulciano. Among his many talents, Vinoski is a food aficionado (and knowledgeable cook) who insists that when his bistro kitchen is fully operational, (he eventually hopes it’ll grow into a full fledged restaurant), it will serve as much natural and organic product as possible. With such gorgeous surroundings that include a pond with a large fountain spurting fleur-de-lis in the middle people have started inquiring about holding their weddings and showers on site. Just recently, he’s started to host a few of
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The winery also holds private tastings
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Vinoski Winery wines start at $15 for
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Merlot, $24 for a 2014 Cabernet and a 2016 Chardonnay, $28 for a 2015 Old
Vine Zinfandel and a 2014 red blend
called Symphonia and top off at $88 for the 2014 Reserve, a blend of Cab
Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and
Merlot. The winery also has a 2016
Sparkling Brut ($20) and a 2016 Sparkling Rose ($20).
The Vinoski Winery is at 333 Castle
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State Representative Justin Walsh (RWestmoreland) recently visited Westmoreland County Community College’s Advanced Technology Center in Mt. Pleasant to tour the facility and learn more about its economic impact on Westmoreland County. Rep. Walsh met with college personnel including President Tuesday Stanley to discuss the programs available that can prepare students for jobs that provide excellent family sustaining wages. “We focus our education programs that are in high-demand, and lead to highwage jobs. The Advanced Technology Center is a hub for these types of programs and attracts students from multiple counties,” stated Stanley. Rep. Walsh said, “Westmoreland County Community College and its Advanced Technology Center plays an important role in putting Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County and the 58th Legislative District on the path to prosperity,” Walsh said. “As a member of the Pennsylvania House of
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Second annual Team Humanity Games slated for June 16 story by Keren lee dreyer
During the First Annual Team Humanity Games in Brownsville, PA last June, participants from seven area communities battled each other in friendly games of dodgeball, tugo-war, three legged races, and more, all in hopes of claiming the inaugural Team Humanity Games Trophy. That honor went to the community of Brownsville. So this year, on Saturday, June 16 starting 8 a.m., the Monessen, Uniontown, California, Belle Vernon, Project. “The kids came down to Donora, and Washington communiBrownsville and made a collection ties will return for their shot at victo(of garments) called ‘15062 All ry, a new and larger trophy, and a Things New.’ They put that tag line year’s worth of bragging rights. on hoodies, t-shirts, and hats they Former NFL player, Team sold throughout the winter, and Humanity Athletic Apparel entrepre- raised probably one thousand dollars. neur, and Team Humanity Games We’re looking to raise more funds founder William James (Peterson, for the 9th Street Project and all regJr.) of Brownsville, PA says of last istration fees will go to that initiayear’s games “All in all it was fantive.” tastic. All the vendors had a great Working on projects like this benetime, the kids all had a great time, fits area children not only in fosterthe adults had a great time, and ing a sense of community pride, but everyone was raving about it on also in helping develop functional social media.” skills. “They learn things about While the good-spirited competigraphic design, screen printing, how tion among the communities during to handle monies, and how to make the games on that sunny day last web sites” James said. “The games June left many with fond memories, are a way to highlight that - not just James relates a deeper purpose to Monessen kids, it might be Charleroi those great times, saying “We want kids - but it has to highlight someto start a conversation between the thing positive they’re doing in the communities. We’re all dealing with community.” the same things - lack of jobs, Adding to the sense of community resources, and kids who have nothare a number of new, local sponsors ing to do and nothing to get into. that have signed on to this year’s What we’re looking to do is get our games and will be represented during youth involved with things that take the event. These include Davis and up their time, but also things that Davis Attorneys at Law, with offices pique their interest and that they in Brownsville and Uniontown, want to build upon.” Americon Construction in For example, according to James, Brownsville, and Phil Gianetti this year’s Team Humanity Games Motors, also in Brownsville, to name “Raise it Up” 5k will help raise a few. Team Humanity will “still put funds to revitalize Monessen’s 9th up a bulk of the funds” James said, further stating that his group chooses Street Park through the 9th Street
sponsors with “integrity, and that demonstrated they care about the community and care about what we do...It’s not so much about the monies, but more about having synergies with the corporations that the people coming to the games will know that this is a high class event. So when we choose people, we choose them for a reason.” In addition to great sponsors, great food vendors, classic competitive games, and a DJ for entertainment, James has a line on several NFL players who may make the games, though he said “I’ll wait to give out names because of obligations” to mini camps. “It was such a fun time seeing everybody compete, and we want to keep the same kind of energy,” James said. “It was fun, authentic, and you could sense the community spirit...It was good, clean fun and losers accepted their loss, winners were respectful, and that’s going to be exciting to see again.” Visit teamhumanitygames.com/ to find out more about participating, volunteering, and more. Check out shopteamhumanity.com/ for their high quality athletic wear. Make friends on facebook at facebook.com/thcommunitygames/ to see videos and pictures from the inaugural Team Humanity Games. May the best community win!
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dOnOra-WeBsTer Bridge PresenTaTiOn in rOsTraver Donora and Rostraver have a shared history that goes back to the early 1800s when Rostraver settlers would sometimes bury their deceased lovedones across the Mon River on a plot of land just north of the now extinct village of West Columbia that existed before Donora was founded in 1901. In the 1870s, this burial ground formerly became known as the Gilmore Cemetery. Other shared history between Donora and Rostraver includes the 1948 Smog, when residents from both sides of the Mon River perished that Halloween weekend, and the Donora-Webster Bridge that spanned the Mon River to link the two communities for over 100 years. In the first of a series of presentations for both Donora and Rostraver residents, or anyone interested in Mon Valley history, Brian Charlton of the Donora Historical Society will visit the Rostraver Historical Society on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Fells Methodist Church at 800 Fellsburg Road in Rostraver to present “The First Toll Free Bridge across the Monongahela River: Building the Donora-Webster Bridge, 1908.” 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 Saturday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m., the Donora Historical Society will present “Donora Football Dragons – 1904 to 1969 – Part One,” a historical look at the evolution of football in Donora. Part One actually only includes the years 1904 to 1945. Part Two will include the years 1946 to 1969 and will be held on a future date. This event will take place at the Donora Cro Club. The time of this event may change. 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. Fall CeMenT CiTy HOMe and WalKing TOUr daTes seT Our fall Cement City Home and Walking Tours and your next chance to see Thomas Edison’s solution for worker housing created in 1917 is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. The Steelers play Monday night football on September 24th. The cost of the tours are $13/person and space is limited. It’s encouraged to call or email to get your name added to a RSVP signup list to be contacted when the tour date gets closer. 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. eldOra ParK WalKing TOUr Next year’s third annual tours are already being planned for two Saturdays in either late March or early April at noon in the wooded footprint of the original park on the old Wickerham Farm to see where people once picnicked and enjoyed all the amenities of an amusement park over a century ago. The cost of the tours are $12/person and space is limited. It’s encouraged to call or email to get your name added to a RSVP signup list to be contacted when the tour date gets closer. We already have quite a few RSVPs for 2019. addiTiOnal inFO If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”
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Center in the Woods June 2018 Activities The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. neW! Weight Watchers at the Woods. Weekly meetings starting in 2018. Mininum of 15 participants needed. If interested, call Maria at 724-938-3554, ext. 103. Cost and payment options will be mailed upon request. daily activities include: Mondays: Pianlessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 tschedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Mon Valley Hospital Lab Services Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of
volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report tthe Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-9383554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMi: centerinthewoods.org
Uniontown Library Author Series: June 23, 2018
Throughout 2018, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, nonfiction writers, and poets. Every month, a visiting author will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience. A book raffle and signing will follow. All events are on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered by sponsors or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author’s featured book. June’s author is Mike Mehalek. He
feels fiction should be enjoyable at the
surface, but it should also have enough
depth that those willing to dive deep
enough can find greater meaning.
In 2008 Mike graduated from the
Writing Popular Fiction program at
Seton Hill University. Mike's recent
contribution's include his essay "Deus
Ex Machina Undergoing Repairs" in
Many Genres One Craft. You can visit
Mike at mikemehalek.blogspot.com and
on Twitter @mikemehalek. FMi: uniontownlib.org
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coverage you need. Life can be more fun when you own miscellaneous toys for recreation and sport but always play it safe by having proper insurance coverage. Erie Insurance offers auto customers insurance coverage for ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles, trail bikes, mini-bikes and golf carts. ATV insurance (and other miscellaneous vehicle coverage) can help cover: Physical damage to your vehicle, including collision, vandalism and theft; Property damage liability (if another person’s property is damaged and you’re responsible for it); Uninsured or underinsured motorists Check with your Mariscotti Insurance agent to learn more and get a quote. If you add your special vehicles right to your ERIE auto policy, you have the convenience of one company and could end up paying less. This information provided by Mariscotti Insurance Agency, 324 Third Street, in California. For more information about all types of insurance coverage offered by Mariscotti Insurance Agency, contact your agent, Kim Mariscotti, at 724-938-9302.
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Southwestern Pintsylvania with Reanna Roberts: Questions & Answers with Couch Brewery’s CEO editor's note: Reanna Roberts, longtime paranormal columnist for Pennsylvania Bridges, will be shifting the focus of her regular articles from "boos" to brews. She'll be sitting down with the proprietors of local southwestern Pennsylvania breweries to discuss how they got into the business, their individual brewing process, where they've been and where they plan to go. For the first column, I had the opportunity to sit down with Darren Gailey, one of the co-owners, brewers, and CEO of Couch Brewery located in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Larimer. We met on a Friday evening, so there was a steady stream of customers coming in; some regulars, some new visitors, like myself. When you first walk in, you feel very welcome. The bartenders were polite, nice, and prompt at greeting you, and while the decor is a bit eclectic, it is one of the coziest, most inviting bars I’ve ever visited. Instead of typical tables and chairs, a bar and bar stools, the room is filled with couches of all sizes, shapes, and styles. reanna: When did your love of beer start? Who got you interested in beer and brewing? darren: My love of beer started well over the age of 21. [My two partners and I] were older than everyone else. Beer back then wasn’t what it is today. But, you know, I was a cocktail drinker for years and years and years. Probably about 1015 years ago I tried my first beer that wasn’t a Budweiser or a Coors. I’ve had Yuengling but it didn’t open the door to me. The first beer that did it was Franziskaner. I had an idea in my mind of what beer should taste like, and it never fit the bill. When I had a Franziskaner, that was exactly what beer was supposed to taste like and that started my foray into beer. Our head brewer, Cary (Shaffer) 10
[has] loved beer since the first time he tried it. He’s had a love affair with beer. He’s our head brewer and co-owner. His neighbor Mike (Pearrow, co-owner and brewmaster) [is] another partner of ours. Cary is a Renaissance Man, he’s like an amateur chef; he’s always trying to make things on his own. He [Cary] had started brewing a long time ago. About 15 years ago, they started with one of those box kits. We [decided that] we were going to go all grain. Probably about seven years ago or so, they really started getting into it, and trying out all these new recipes. I went up there one weekend and they had a version of Raspberry Duvet Stout. I said, this is fantastic! [I suggested] we could start a business, and we did. reanna: Why would you name a brewery “Couch Brewery”? darren: We are all blue collar guys. Whenever you sit at your couch at the end of the night, the work day is done, everyone is safe at home, and it’s the best time to have a beer. Your couch is in your home which is your sanctuary and we wanted it to make it seem that way here. reanna: With such an influx of IPAs, and the fact that most trends change and go in waves, do you have a fear of when the bubble bursts? Do you have other ideas for new beers? darren: We only have two IPAs on right now, Ottoman Empire IPA and Lunar Module IPA, but you’re right. You know, that’s the style of beer that people want, and it takes less time to produce. If you make a lager, it takes longer to produce. In my mind, there’s not a big difference. Between ale and lager, I do like the ales - it’s much closer to what the original beers were. We do very well with the Belgians we make here, though. There’s so many players making the juicy IPAs, I don’t
know if we want to throw our hat into the ring with that. You have to have something like that, but this beer that i am drinking here, Blonde Shag, it’s just a good, honest American blonde ale. I love it and our customers love it as well. We can look at what were selling a lot of, though. Yeah, we are selling a lot of IPAs, but right behind our IPAs [are] Blonde Shag American Ale and Atomic Clock Amber Ale, and that’s a fantastic beer that people love. reanna: What makes your brewery special and unique? darren: We call [our brewery] our living room. We try to make it as much of a living room as possible; we have our couches and we rotate them in and out. We have bingo night on Wednesdays, but other than that night, I like the vibe, it’s nice and chill. We are so under the radar as far as all of the hip and cool places… but we don’t try to be hip and cool, we are just three hard working guys who built this entire thing ourselves. We had no investors, we completely educated ourselves, we made all of those mistakes, we are completely self financed, and everything you see in this building we built with our hands. We have tons of parking. Anybody can come here, you don’t have to be in “the scene” to come here. We’ve got something for everyone here; you don’t have to know everything about beer. We want you to come in, have fun and bring your friends, meet new friends and just relax and enjoy. We don’t pigeonhole ourselves on one kind of beer. We make a variety of beer and we do it really, really well. We like to have fun with beer. We took our stout and infused it with coconut and chocolate and made a really really wonderful beer. When we do experimentals, we only do one keg and see how it goes. There’s
always something new coming, and we are one of the few [breweries] that have nitro lines. reanna: Do you feel like you are constantly under pressure to make what everyone wants and not able to really experiment? darren: Beer is a product of the earth and I want it to taste as much like Mother Earth as possible. This is just my opinion, and it doesn't matter, but the more hops you add in, you start to cover up the earth tones that make it so nice. Hops are integral to beer, you can't have beer without hops and we always strive for balance. Nothing we have is going to smack you in the mouth. We have a basil ale and it’s a very wonderful, beautiful mix. On the opposite end, we infused our amber ale with habanero (Atomic Meltdown). It’s super bright, you get the wonderful very, very fruity habanero smell, and the taste is bright and fruity and a lot of heat. But then, it immediately dissipates once you drink it, it doesn't linger and we loved it. When we released it, there were people that sat at our bar for like six hours sipping it. Those are the interesting, cool things that we like to do. reanna: Darren and I also discussed the charitable activities the brewery is involved with. If you’re a charity and need a facility to hold an event, Couch Brewery can help. Couch Brewery is located at 1351 Washington Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206. Their hours are Wednesdays: 4-10 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-7 p.m.), Thursdays: 4-10 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-7 p.m.), Fridays: 4 p.m.-Midnight (Happy Hour 5-7 p.m.), Saturdays: 12 Noon-Midnight, and Sundays: 12 Noon-5 p.m. FMi: couchbrewery.com
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Nguyen’s Seafood and Sushi in Uniontown reopens due to overwhelming popular demand Story by Christine Haines
After a brief hiatus, Nguyen’s Seafood and Sushi is open again in its original location in Uniontown. Owner Kevin Nguyen says it is his customers who convinced him to keep the business going when his brothers, who were his original business partners, decided to close. “My brothers, they decided to take a break, and it’s hard for me to run it by myself. Seeing how much our fans on facebook missed us really touched my heart,” Nguyen said. The restaurant noted for its made-toorder sushi and traditional Vietnamese recipes, had been open for seven years when it closed at the end of January. By mid-April Nguyen was ready to reopen at 160 Pittsburgh St. “It was almost three months and I just spent some time enjoying the kids,” Nguyen said. There was a time, Nguyen said, that his youngest son, who is a toddler, barely knew who he was because he was home so little. Having that time at home was important, but so was returning to the restaurant. “I asked my brother Song and he agreed to come back and run the kitchen,” Nguyen said. “We are very lucky to have a very dedicated staff. When we closed, we all cried. It’s like part of my family too.” The restaurant is now owned by the twin brothers, Kevin and Song Nguyen and Kevin’s wife, Katie. “She’s been a big support for me from day one,” Nguyen said. He jokes that their wedding vows were ‘for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, with restaurant or without.’ For
Rachel Lough, of Hopwood who can be found behind the sushi bar on a regular basis.
“I never cooked before I came here. I
was serving and I was watching Kevin
and I told him how fascinating it was.
Kevin asked me if I wanted to be a sushi
chef and I said yes. He started me in the kitchen.It took me three months to learn
Lough has been making sushi for near-
ly two years now.
As a family business Nguyen sets his
the foreseeable future, it will be ‘with restaurant.’ Nguyen said he knew that if the restaurant were to come back, there would have to be changes. “We wanted to do more traditions. Before we did fusions a lot. That takes more time, with steaming and broiling.” Nguyen said the4 focus is now more Pan-Asian. “A lot of people come in and ask for more Vietnamese foods. We have a traditional Vietnamese papaya salad and grilled salmon, what a family would sit down to eat for dinner,” Nguyen said. “We also have lettuce wraps, pho, and savory rice dishes.” Customers will find many of their old favorites, but may need to read the menu a little more closely -- they are now going by their Vietnamese names. Look for Ca Ri Tom if the curry shrimp was one of your favorites. The sauce is the
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traditional Vietnamese red curry with coconut milk, similar to Thai curry. “It’s more savory, with a lot more fresh herbs,” Nguyen said. While many of the former staff members have returned, Nguyen said he is still looking for more employees, particularly those who may be interested in training as sushi chefs. “It takes a lot of time and patience. It’s a reward that you want to teach them a trade and they can use that anywhere,” Nguyen said. Nguyen said he currently has four sushi chefs working Fridays and Saturdays to keep up with business. “In a small town, it’s hard to find sushi chefs. We train them from scratch,” Nguyen said. “In Pittsburgh it’s hard to hire a sushi chef. Here, they have to have a passion and drive. If they do, I’m willing to teach.” One of the people he has trained is
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own standards, and they are high, resulting in a quality product, but that also
means there is little time for vacations or even a few days off because of ill-
“First we have to take good care of
ourselves. We can’t afford to be closed
two days, our employees depend on us,” Nguyen said. “We always wanted someone to be an on-site manager, but most
people don’t want that kind of responsi-
Nguyen said he’s been asked to teach
sushi classes in the area, but he is too
busy with the restaurant to take time out
to teach. The restaurant is closed
Sundays, but is otherwise open daily for
lunch 11:30-2:30, with with an after-
noon break before reopening for dinner at 4 p.m. Nguyen’s closes at 9 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, but stays open until 10 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays. Saturdays the restaurant is
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“We tried to cut back a little bit to
have wonderful clients,” Nguyen said.
Photo: Kevin Nguyen uses torches to
melt the cheese on top of a Fusion Roll
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There are many ways to install applications so that a person can watch pirated, current run, movies and television shows. One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to do this is using an Amazon fire stick with a program called Kodi and then installing shady, unsafe add-ons from third party developers. If you stop at side-loading Kodi, you have the beginnings of a very nice media center full of 1000s of free legal streaming options that can complement your local cable company’s service. Let’s take a look at what this means. Since Kodi is not in the official Amazon App Store, you would need to go to the FireTV’s settings and turn on several options including the ability to “Install From Unknown Sources.” This is what’s called side loading. This is NOT jailbreaking, which is a term that means changing boot-loaders and firmware on Apple devices. If someone tries to sell you a jail broken Amazon Fire TV Stick, walk away or - better yet - run. You are about to be scammed and quite possibly commit a crime depending on current local laws as well as Federal laws waiting to be passed. If you don’t believe me try Googling; Dragon Media Inc., Tick Box TV or the brilliant Floridia couple running NBEETV. I have no issue with what a person wants to do in their own home with their own devices. I do however take exception when low moral, unscrupulous people decide to set
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Brownsville Area Ministerial Association announces June events
On Sunday, June 3 there will be a Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brownsville's Calvin United Presbyterian Church's social hall (307 Spring Street, Brownsville). In addition to "strawberry-everything" there will be a full lunch and take out available. Questions: 724-785-5745. NOTE DATE CHANGE: Sunday, June 3- FISH Clan Youth Group will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Fort Burd Presbyterian Church (Route 166-200 Thornton Rd., Brownsville) for a “strawberry blast” and a mission project to help with the upcoming VBS. This once-a-month gathering of youth ages 11-17 (whether they are members of any church or not) will continue to meet at different churches. Wanting to be Faithful In Serving Him, they meet for Bible study, spiritual fellowship, mission, movies, games, snacks, and just plain fun! Questions? Contact Pleasant View’s Rev. Blank at 724-677-2149. Free event-you do not have to be a member of a congregation to participate. There will be a meeting for youth group leaders held on Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m. at Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (200 Thornton Road, B’ville). If you are currently involved in leading the FISH Clan group or would like to help next year, please attend or contact Rev. Blank 724-677-2149 so they can include you next year. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study of the miracles that Jesus performed on Sunday evening June 3. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible study. Pastor Roger Diehl is leading the evenings. The events are free and open to the public. On Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., starting June 4 there will be a six-week Summer Bible Study at Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (Route 166200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). FBUP Church welcomes the community to a summer Bible study on the book of Habakkuk. No matter what life is throwing at you, this study is sure to bring a word in due season. Study dates are June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2 and 9. Pleasant View Presbyterian Church
(533 Royal Rd., Smock) will be holding a summer VBS “Rolling River Rampage” on Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15. There will be Bible stories, crafts, skits, games, songs, and snacks. The VBS is open to ALL children ages 4 -12 years. Register now by calling 724677-2149. The BAMA meeting on Tuesday, June 12 will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Burd Presbyterian Church (Route 166-200 Thornton Road, Brownsville) and will be a luncheon to honor the Bible Released Time volunteers. If you have not yet RSVP’ed (either way) please contact Missy Tunney by Monday, June 4. Annual Snacks, Sneakers, and Scriptures Giveaway, Saturday, June 16 at 9:30 to noon and Saturday, June 23 at 9:30 to noon at Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (Route 166-200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). Brownsville area children, youth and adults in need of shoes are invited to come to the church building on June 16 to give information about requested shoe sizes. Return on June 23 to pick up new sneakers bought specifically for you! Children receive snacks and Bible storybooks as a reminder of God’s love. For more info, please call the church office at 724-785-3080. There will be a food bank at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Packing for the food bank is on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (200 Thornton Road – Route 166, Brownsville) is holding a free Vacation Bible School on Monday, June 18– Friday, 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and welcomes helpers for a day or the whole week. Please contact Rev. Brungraber at 724-785-3080. The public is invited. Lunch will be provided and if you need assistance with transportation the church might have carpool connections. It is for children entering Kindergarten through entering 6th grade. They appreciate registrations by May 31 but the final registration deadline is Saturday, June 16 which is also the sign-up date for free Snacks, Sneakers, and Scriptures. There
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will be a special celebration on Sunday, June 24 at 11 a.m. for the children and their families to join Fort Burd for worship when the children will sing VBS songs and will share the Bible stories they learned. They children will be studying Babylon “Daniel’s Courage in Captivity.” To register, call the church office at 724-785-3080 Tuesday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon. The community is welcome as well as students who participated in the Bible Released Time program. The St. Vincent de Paul sponsored Food Bank will be held on Wednesday, June 20 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. The next date is July 18. NOTE DATE CHANGE: There will be a “Night of Prayer for First Responders” on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the
Brownsville Amphitheater in Snowden
Square Park. Please join us as we thank and pray for our local first responders. Contact person is Ron Barry.
Help is needed for the Food Bank at
Calvin U.P. Church (307 Spring St.,
Brownsville) on Friday, June 22 at 8:45 a.m. to unload and help is needed again
to distribute the food on Saturday, June 23 at 9:15 a.m. The food distribution
begins at 10 a.m. The next distribution
date is Saturday, July 28.
Sunday, June 24 the Allison Nazarene
Church will be holding their church picnic at Ten Mile Creek Park (128 Maple
Road, Clarksville). The public is invited to this 10:30 a.m. worship service and
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Signs Four More Dancers for 2018-2019 Season
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has signed four more dancers to the company roster for the 2018-2019 Season, which opens Oct. 26-28, with “Mozart in Motion” with the PBT Orchestra. Orr recruited the following four dancers from PBT School’s Pre-professional Division: Jonathan Breight, of Pittsburgh; Colin McCaslin of Vineland, New Jersey; Yu-Chieh Chao of Pingtung, Taiwan; and Caitlyn Mendicino of Pittsburgh. All four dancers will join the company as apprentices. Earlier this season, Orr announced the hire of PBT School graduate students Christian García Campos, of Puebla, Mexico, and Tommie Kesten, of Pittsburgh, who also will join the company as apprentices for the 2018-2019 Season. In total, Orr has hired six dancers from PBT School’s Pre-professional Division this year. “The Pre-professional Division is where dancers begin making the transition from student to professional. At this stage, dancers are honing their performance skills, cultivating their individuality as artists and testing their technique in company repertoire,” Orr said. “It has been a pleasure to work closely with these dancers. They’ve stood out on stage in both student and professional performances, and they’ve proven their passion, not only for their art but for this company.” PBT School’s Pre-professional Division prepares students for ballet careers with numerous performance opportunities and an intensive training schedule that reflects the realities of a
professional company. Each year, PBT School conducts a nation-wide audition tour for prospective students. This year’s Pre-professional Division enrollment of 133 includes 78 out-of-state and 16 international students. The program also serves as a powerful cultivation and recruiting tool for PBT’s company roster: More than half of PBT’s professional dancers are PBT School alumni. The four new dancers, along with García Campos and Kesten, will make their final performance as students in the school’s Spring Performance 2018, May 25-26, at the Byham Theater. Later, they’ll make their professional debuts at PBT’s free “Ballet Under the Stars” performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Hartwood Acres, followed by “Mozart in Motion,” the company’s main-stage season opener, Oct. 26-28, at the Benedum Center. Tickets for Spring Performance 2018 are available at www.pbt.org. Single ticket sales for “Mozart in Motion” and other 2018-2019 Season productions open Aug. 7, at www.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $28. Subscription packages, starting at $81, are available now by visiting www.pbt.org or calling 412-454-9107. About the New Dancers Pittsburgh native Jonathan Breight has trained in PBT School’s Pre-professional Division since 2013 — first as a fulltime high school student and then as a Graduate student. Breight also has participated in PBT School’s Intensive Summer Program and in Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program. Breight has performed in PBT productions of “West Side Story
Suite,” “PBT: New Works,” “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “Alice in Wonderland” “Giselle” and “Beauty and The Beast.” He also teaches pre-ballet classes for PBT School’s Children’s Division and assists PBT’s education department with adaptive dance classes for students with special needs. He will perform in excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony” and in PBT Principal dancer Yoshiaki Nakano’s “The Symphony” among other works at PBT School’s Spring Performance 2018. A native of Pingtung, Taiwan, Chao has trained in PBT School’s Pre-professional Division as a full-time high school student since 2015. Prior to PBT School, he trained with the Taipei National University of Arts. Chao has performed in PBT productions of “The Nutcracker,” “PBT: New Works” and “West Side Story Suite” and in PBT School performances of “Etudes” and the Bluebird pas de deux from “The Sleeping Beauty.” He will perform in “Graduation Ball” and excerpts from “Western Symphony” among other works at PBT School’s Spring Performance 2018. Colin McCaslin, of Vineland, New Jersey, has trained for two year’s in PBT School’s Pre-professional Division as a member of the full-time high school program. Before joining PBT School, McCaslin trained with the Atlantic City Ballet School under Phyllis Papa and in Miami City Ballet School’s summer intensive. He has performed with PBT in “The Nutcracker” and “West Side Story Suite” and with Atlantic City Ballet in “Carmen” and “Swan Lake.” His repertoire also includes excerpts
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from “Giselle,” “La Sylphide,” “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Don Quixote.” McCaslin will perform in “Graduation Ball” as well as excerpts from “Paquita” and “Western Symphony” at PBT School’s Spring Performance 2018. Pittsburgh native Caitlyn Mendicino has trained in PBT School’s Graduate Program since 2016. She began ballet classes at PBT at age 4 and continued her training in Pittsburgh with Nicolas Petrov, PBT’s founding artistic director, and Mansur Kamelatdinov in 2007. She continued at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh and went on to graduate from North Carolina School of the Arts. She danced as an apprentice with Charlotte Ballet for two years before joining the PBT School Graduate Program. She also has completed summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin and Boston Ballet among others. Mendicino has performed in PBT productions of “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “Dracula,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Giselle.” Her repertoire also includes “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Le Corsaire,” and Balanchine’s “Valse Fantasie” and “The Four Temperaments.” Mendicino will perform in excerpts from “Swan Lake” and “Western Symphony” at PBT School’s Spring Performance 2018.
Peters Township Library preps for Read Local/Eat Local event Peters Township Public Library will gather over 20 local authors to shine and share their talents at a new event called Read Local/Eat Local on Saturday, June 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The library is encouraging the community to read books by authors from the southwestern Pennsylvania area that represent all genres for all age groups. The library plans to offer storytimes and activities for children at this family-friendly event. No registration is needed to attend. “The library is frequently contacted by local authors when they have a new book to share,” explained Sue Miller, Assistant Library Director. “And that is how we discovered so much talent right in our backyard. With the Read Local/Eat Local event, we have an opportunity to showcase these authors to the community. They offer everything from children’s books, fiction for young adults, romance, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, history, and self-help. I think the event will offer something for just about everyone, including some tasty food available for purchase.” Plan to Eat Local while at this free event or passing through the area as
three food trucks will be in the library parking lot with refreshments for sale that afternoon. Trucks on-site will include Hott Dawgz, Revival Chili and Kona Ice. Kicking off Read Local/Eat Local will be a pre-event from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with bestselling author J.D. Barker who will discuss Making the Leap from Indie to Traditional Publishing. Barker successfully published his debut novel as an indie and sold enough copies to land on the radar of the traditional publishers in a big way including seven figure advances, two feature films and a
television program. He’ll open his toolbox and explain exactly what he did to make it happen. All are welcome to attend this session, especially any aspiring author or seasoned veteran trying to find their place in today’s publishing world. J.D. Barker is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural. Register to attend his talk at ptlibrary.org/events or call 724.941.9430 #1. Concluding the afternoon will be Susan Hans O’Connor from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. with her talk Authors and Independent Bookstores: Working Together for Mutual Success. Independent bookstores are a vital piece of the book publishing puzzle. Partnering with local stores can be one of the most effective tools authors can use to promote their books. O’Connor will share her insights from the perspective of both a current bookstore owner as well as a former book editor. Susan Hans O’Connor has been the owner of the Penguin Bookshop since 2014. She began her publishing career at Viking Penguin where she worked as an editor for over a decade. Register to attend her talk at ptlibrary.org/events or call 724.941.9430 #1. For more information about Read Local/Eat Local, call the library at 724.941.9430.
Comedian Billy Gardell to take the Pittsburgh stage this fall
Billy Gardell, an Emmy nominated comedian and actor, who will perform on Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Pittsburgh. Emmy nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred in the CBS hit television series, MIKE & MOLLY, as Officer Mike Biggs from 2010 to 2016. His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-toearth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed
with the skill of a master craftsman. A native of Pittsburgh who currently lives in Los Angeles, Gardell loves Pittsburgh Steelers football, stand-up comedy, and his wife Patty, and his son Will. FMi: billygardell.com. Tickets (currently starting at $39) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.
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Five California High School graduates rise to Eagle Scout rank story by Keren lee dreyer
The years-long road to scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, is rigorous, involving the acquisition of first aid skills, home, local, and world citizenship skills, and much more. 21 Merit Badges in all must be earned, with some taking three months and accurate record-keeping to complete. Also, 24 overnight camping outings, 16 months in a leadership position, and completion of a comprehensive Eagle Scout project are just a few more requirements to earn the honor. It is small wonder that only about 2% of scouts have made it through Eagle Scout since the rank was created in 1912. And though a rare honor, five members of Troop 1391 in Fredericktown, PA, graduated California Area High School as Eagle Scouts. They are: Michael Berish-Goroncy, of California; Elek Buday, of California; Niles Hansen, of California; Thomas Rebar, of Roscoe; and Thomas Roberts, of Elco. Eagle Scout projects are developed, implemented, and executed as a way of making a positive change benefiting the community. For his project, Niles Hansen raised $2,000 for the California Area Food Bank by buying a savory selection of food items, then using those to create Christmas food baskets for the less fortunate. Hansen credits his mother, Darla, as his inspiration and the one who “pushed me to be the best. Good, best, better. Never let it rest. Till your good is better and your better best,” said Hansen through e-mail correspondence. The benefits of his project went both ways by providing “important skills that I will use in the future,” Hansen said, adding that those skills include critical thinking and problem solving, adaptability, assessing and analyzing information, and many more. Inspiration for Thomas Rebar’s project came from his desire to give back to American Legion Post 391 in Fredericktown, which for years has hosted Troop 1391 at its facility’s banquet hall. “I wanted to give back to them for letting us use their building all that time,
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which is why I chose to remodel a room in the Legion,” including the building and installation of new shelving to improve storage space in that room, Rebar said. “Another factor that I considered was a problem we ran into when we would replace grave markers for veterans at the cemeteries…we had to dig markers out of water damaged boxes that were not sorted and looked very sloppy.” Rebar’s solution was to “build a custom table that holds the markers up right, are easily accessible, and are placed in order.” “During the project I learned how important it is to have a plan and be a leader. I also learned how to use a variety of tools, building techniques, and what it really means to give back to the community.” In choosing to help revamp the community park in Roscoe, PA, Thomas Roberts fulfilled his desire to benefit the local community. “I wanted something that everyone could enjoy, and it was a project that needed done. I learned that with a lot of preparation and planning, some hardworking friends, and a supportive family that anything can be done.” In addition to hard working Eagle Scout friends, some close friends, and family, Roberts also had help from Roscoe Mayor, Tom Wilkinson, who was not just overseer, but labored with Roberts and company on a daily basis to get the project done. According to Roberts, his park
improvement and beautification work included “building and placing a brand new jungle gym, re-mulching around the jungle gym, planting flowers and remulching the flower beds, painting the park benches, and power washing the fence around the park and the gazebo.” For his Eagle Scout project, Michael Berish-Goroncy renovated the banquet hall of American Legion Post 39 in Fredericktown. His future plans include becoming an ENT. Elek Buday raised over $10,000 for a fence and patio project for the California Area Public Library. He will go on to WVU to study aerospace engineering. Those attaining Eagle Scout rank benefit in tangible ways throughout their lifetime. Eagle Scouts applying to university are at an advantage over similar applicants, while Eagle Scout only scholarships are available to take the sting out of tuition costs. The advantages also extend to potential employment, as companies appreciate the dedication, problem solving skills, and work ethic of their Eagle Scout applicants. Additionally, higher ranks and pay grades await Eagle Scouts who join the U.S. military. To learn more about scouting and its benefits, visit the Boy Scouts of America at scouting.org.
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Della and Lila Mitchell, sisters and co-authors of the popular Mon Mermaid series, were personally invited by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, the creators of Phineas & Ferb, for meetings and tours at the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, after Dan and Swampy found the Mon Mermaid series on Twitter. What an honor for these talented young ladies!
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Ministerial Association to host Social Justice Summer Series in Brownsville Story by Kathy Haluska
Social Justice is coming to Brownsville this summer! At least, that is, a discussion series on some relevant social issues is coming. The Brownsville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) is reaching out to tackle topics that have national impact and asking experts to talk about how these issues affect our community. This novel series is being spearheaded by the Rev. Katy Yates Brungraber of the Fort Burd Presbyterian Church. Rev. Brungraber (also known as “Pastor Katy” in the community) recalls that several months ago, one of her elders approached her with the idea of doing a social justice series during the summer months, when the days are longer, the weather is warmer and folks are more likely to come out during the evening. As Rev. Brungraber explained: “Within a week after hearing from our Worship Committee Chair, I attended a BAMA meeting during which Sister Mary Ann Woodward from Rendu Services – unprompted, by the way – spoke up and said that we need to do something about social justice. Hearing that message twice in one week led me to believe I was getting a Holy Spirit nudge, so we called a meeting for prayerful consideration. I was joined by the BAMA president (a Church of the Nazarene minis-
ter), two Catholic nuns (Daughters of Charity), and my elder, with input from other local Presbyterian and United Methodist ministers. Ideas for social justice topics came easily – we had to narrow them down to four. We presented the concept to BAMA at their regular meeting and received enthusiastic support.” The series, which is scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of June, July, August and September, will include nontraditional musical presentations along with the “Guest in the Pulpit” for each evening. Refreshments and discussion will follow the presentations where everyone will have an opportunity to meet the presenters, ask questions, and offer comments. The format of the presentations will give
A new publication by Dr. John Kent Folmar I, professor emeritus of history, California University of Pennsylvania, features the index of the Voice of the Mon, the publication of the Monongahela River Buffs Association (MRBA). “The Voice,” says Folmar, “was more than a newsletter. It attracted attention from historians, government agencies, journalists and the people who lived, loved and worked on the river.” The Voice of the Mon was published from 1979—2015, with Folmar as its editor from 1981—2015. “The importance of the Voice as local and regional news relative to the Monongahela River is evident” declares Folmar, “but its
underlying value is the compilation of local history of the Mon Valley from Fairmont, W.Va. to Pittsburgh.” Maritime history, in part, is captured by 648 articles in the Voice. All craft are included, covering flatboats, keels, and ferries; however, the packet boat era and the coal-bearing towboats, both steam and diesel, dominate. It also contains numerous personal recollections of life on the river. For easy access to the Voice, a companion text-searchable DVD of 93 issues is attached to the inside back cover. The book, primarily for students of local and transportation history, will also be distributed to local, regional and state libraries and historical
background on the issues, ways our community is affected, and offer answers to the question “How can I help?” The series will kick off on Tuesday June 26 at the amphitheater in Brownsville’s Snowden Square Park with Will James as the speaker. Will is the owner of the Team Humanity othing Company and founder of The Team Humanity Games. Will grew up in Brownsville, spent ten years in the NFL, and returned home with a mission. You’ll have to come out on June 26th to learn more about that mission. Music that evening will be provided by The Outpost Band. Subsequent anticipated topics in the series include Mass Incarceration and how it affects every one of us (July); Racism and White Privilege (August); and Youth Violence – Bullying, Suicide, Abuse and Weapons (September). This series is intended to provide a first step to open discussion and encourage community involvement on these important topics, building on BAMA’s decades of shared ecumenical worship and mission. For more information contact Pastor Katy at Fort Burd Presbyterian Church (724-785-3080) or Kathy Haluska (724-550-0147). You also can find updates on the Brownsville Area Ministerial Association Facebook page. Photo (top): William James
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Hamilton the focus of a talk and exhibition
The Peters Township Public Library will welcome Denver Brunsman (pictured right) to present Hamilton, Washington, and the Creation of the United States on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Register for this free program at ptlibrary.org/events or call 724-9419430 #1. As Hamilton: An American Musical makes clear, it was crucial for Alexander Hamilton to have George Washington “on his side.” Brunsman will discuss the collaboration between Hamilton and Washington in creating the United States from the Revolutionary War and Constitutional Convention to launching the federal government and America’s financial system. Twenty-five years Washington’s junior, Hamilton acted as both a surrogate son and equal to the nation’s first president. Together, they made history in helping to shape our country as we know it. The talk will weave references to songs from Hamilton and the national traveling exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary, which will be on display during library hours from Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, July 7. Using primarily reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned collections, and drawing on recent scholarship about Alexander Hamilton, the traveling exhibition will examine Hamilton’s role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period (1774-1804) in creating the economic, constitutional, social, journalistic, politi-
cal, and foreign policy templates for modern America. It will acquaint visitors with a statesman and visionary whose life inspired discussion and controversy and shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death. The exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation. Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor in the History Department at George Washington University, where his courses include “George Washington and His World,” teaches annually at Mount Vernon. He is a coauthor of a leading college and AP U.S. History textbook, Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People and an e-book, Leading Change: George Washington and Establishing the Presidency. The recipient of numerous teaching honors, Brunsman was inducted into the George Washington University Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2016.
A Flea Market will be held at Center on the Hill Senior Center on June 2. The kitchen will be open for lunch and baked goods.
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Mental Health Spotlight: Stand up to stigma! I was first diagnosed thirty years ago with something called bipolar disorder. Not a lot was known about it or its previous name, manic depression. Subsequently, back in 1986, my treatment and medication plan ended the day I was released from the hospital. For the next twenty-five years I struggled through life leaving a wake of anger, destructive relationships and unfulfilled potential because I assumed I was cured. Why hadn’t I gotten more proactive in my condition when I absolutely knew something was amiss? Why didn’t I return to seek counseling from a psychologist? Other than blind ignorance, the simple answer is STIGMA. Webster’s Dictionary defines stigma as a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. It was far more palatable to accept that I was moody or just a poor sleeper than perhaps some other issue was a foot. Stigma is also the singular most addressed issue in the Mental Health Community today, which is ironic as we who battle disorders are the daily warriors who have to live with them. No, there are not cures for mental health issues. Only ways to keep the symptoms in check through a tight regiment of medication, structure, sleep, exercise, diet and being proactive in our clinical treatment. With this in mind, I thought that I would start the first column of this new feature addressing stigma and the added luggage it adds to the symptoms of not only bipolar disorder, but all mental health issues. I provided the text book definition above, but let me expound in a real life, practical definition of what stigma means. It means isolation. Whether or not you battle a mental condition, that singular word probably evokes some sort of physical or emotional responses. Repeat it – isolation. What does that mean to you? For me it goes deeper than just loneliness. It’s a word that turns a warm day cold, full room empty and color to black. If struggling to get others to understand just how isolated we feel in our conditions, how on earth do we gain an acceptance of self to take those little steps towards recovery? Especially when one already
because it is simply misunderstood. I
hope that in my case, people aren’t
ashamed of MY condition. It is what it
is and part of me.
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Research, read and study up on a condi-
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simply coming to understand the strug-
gle that occurs daily, you will become
feels like a freak or abnormal? I always find a simple path to questions like this to be the easiest. In the case of stigma, reframe it and change your mind. It really is that simple. Compassion, empathy and understanding. We have them for strangers that we see undergoing hardships on the local news. Why not extend that to friends, family, loved ones. I recently heard a really cool little phrase. It was, “mental health is not a casserole condition.” The meaning, simply put, when those who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, or any other condition, do not have someone drop by with a casserole nor drops off a pot of chicken soup to make us feel better. It’s not done
empowered to help. A simple hug, walk
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the specialized training and professional
judgment of a health care or mental
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News from Greater Monessen Historical Society
The Greater Monessen Historical Society is working with the Louis L. Manderino Library and California University of PA, who will host the Heinz History Center Traveling World War II Exhibit during the months of August and September. Anyone willing to loan or donate World War II memorabilia and photos are asked to bring them to the Heritage Museum during regular business hours. Local historical societies will showcase their own World War II items at Manderino Library to accompany the Heinz Exhibit that highlights the War Front, Home Front and Industry of the Second World War. The Monessen Heritage Museum is featuring the Spring Exhibit that focuses on local bridges and river transportation. The exhibit is open until the end of July. The Society is still seeking photos of the Washington and Linden Elementary Schools. Photos can be dropped off at the Heritage Museum to be scanned or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Mark your calendars for the annual
historic dinner to be held on Saturday, October 20. The theme will be the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War and the establishment of the countries of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Yugoslavia. Start planning your costume! Founders Day will be on Saturday, August 18, at Monessen City Park. The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is always free.
Plans for an Honor Roll for Vietnam Era Veterans are moving along quickly in California, PA. The committee is collecting information about anyone in the California Area School District who served in the Armed Forces any time during the following dates: November 1, 1955-April 30, 1975. Vets (or their families) should send the following information to California, PA Vietnam War Honor Roll, P.O. Box 605, California, PA 15419: First, middle, and last name of the Veteran, Branch of Service, Division, Years Served, Service
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TGIS free concert series returns with 14 acts
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 westmorelandculturaltrust.org Scheduled to Appear (Thursdays): June: 7 - Aubrey Burchell 14- Brahctopus 21- Hamilton Ave. 28 - Supper Break String Band July: 5 – The Bricks 12 – Bad Boy Blues Band 19- Gary Pratt & Dawn Noelle 26 – East Coast Turnaround August: 2 - Kaelber 9– The Abilene Band 16 – Sky Pilot 23 – Jeff Perigo & Friends 30 – Neon Swing X-perience September: 7- TGIS Finale
Thurman Schaetzle of Greensburg will join Westmoreland County Community College as the new head basketball coach for the Wolfpack. Schaetzle is no stranger to college coaching. Prior to joining Highlands High School, he had been with Canisius College as the men’s basketball graduate assistant while completing his Master’s in Sports Administration and prior to that, he spent over 7 years at Gannon University. While at Gannon, Schaetzle was the assistant basketball coach for over 5 years. During those years, the Golden Knights made it to the NCAA DII Tournament in 2014 and 2015. They were the PSAC Champions in 2014 and 2015 and the PSAC Conference
Champions in 2015. He has been a member of NABC for seven years and coaching at numerous basketball camps across the state including the Gannon University Basketball Camp and the HoopGroup Elite Coach/Counselor camp. “...I am excited to get started and know through close collaboration with those on campus and in the community, the men's basketball team will have the opportunity to win and be successful,” said Schaetzle. “I look forward to working with the student-athletes to set a precedent of high standards on and off the court.” Schaetzle will be located at the Youngwood campus.
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GARAGE & RUMMAGE SALE
The Fairchance-Georges Class of 1974 is holding a fund-raising garage and rummage sale during the Fairchance Community Day on Friday June 8 and June 9 at the corner of N. Main Street Extension and E. Elm Street in Fairchance. Tools, housewares, clothing, furniture, and other items will be available. First-come, first-served. Sale runs on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash only. FMI contact Karen at 724-564-1580.
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Eat In Now delivers quality local favorites to your door story by Keren lee dreyer
Craving something delicious from a favorite local restaurant, but not enthused about eating out? Eat In Now, a third party food delivery service started by Wheeling native, Josh Broverman, provides affordable delivery to Washington, PA, and Canonsburg, PA, creating a culinary “best of both worlds” scenario to those lucky residents - eating out while eating in. Broverman, who wears many hats at Eat In Now including founder, CEO, Director of Marketing, part time programmer, and Director of Sales, to name a few, was already familiar with those areas through prior delivery franchise and marketing connections. However, when a delivery franchise serving the Washington area pulled out with no warning, Broverman said he “just kind of picked up the pieces and asked what we can do with this, and it turned out we could do a lot with this.” By working through marketing plans with a number of area restaurants, Broverman bought time for himself, and
his programmers, to develop web software that would connect those restaurants to residents within a 10 mile delivery radius. Once complete, eatinnow.com went live and residents of Washington and Canonsburg stayed home to eat. While hungry customers appreciate delivery of hometown food (and a few chains), one of Broverman’s goals was to make a delivery service attractive to restaurants, as he explains “There is a
tremendous amount of markets between the 20-30,000 population range, and we have house-built software and can change anything to meet our specification. We basically built a program to fill a restaurant’s need, and we’re positioned really well against rag-tag competitors, while large ones don’t want to handle the markets we serve.” Though Broverman’s 35 drivers through Eat In Now territories provide industry standard delivery times, the company strives to combine a friendly web user experience with quality food products. “We want to make it so consumers have as much access to as many restaurants as possible, and want to make our software very easy to work with” Broverman said, expanding “We’re trying to push the envelope in ease of use and how to get food delivered with the best quality possible. We feel the big competitors are not doing that. They’re eating up territory and cornering markets, but we feel if we provide selection and service and make it more affordable to restaurants, that means more people to sell to, and more
Add strength, clarity & stamina to your voice with Estill Voice Training
This course is for anyone who would like to improve their singing or speaking voice—singers, actors, vocal coaches, drama instructors, Speech-Language Pathologists and other vocal health professionals. Level One: Figures for Voice™ teaches the tools of the craft to add strength, clarity and stamina to your voice! Participants will use EVT’s innovative Figures for Voice™ to learn control of the vocal structures that influence voice quality. Each Figure employs exercises that will give you new vocal options for all styles speaking and singing. Level Two combines the Figures from Level One to produce six voice qualities: Speech, Falsetto, Sob, Twang, Opera, and Belting. Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ offers a clear understanding of the voice’s limitless possibilities, along with how to keep it vibrant and healthy. Throughout the day, the new voice skills are practiced in small group sessions. There will also be
profits.” What this means for those restaurants in Washington and Canonsburg is more happy customers and, as a result, more happy owners - some with bottom lines which have increased by thousands of dollars every month, according to Broverman. Eat In Now is also working through plans to service McMurray, which is good news for restaurateurs and patrons alike. During the process of refining Eat In Now software, Broverman realized that people needed software they could use fluently, rather than software that was simply advanced. “It’s not about the software” Broverman said, “It’s about making sure the customer gets what they want in a timely manner. Nothing sells itself better than a good quality product delivered in a good manner.” Get your grub on the easy way by visiting eatinnow.com, typing your zip code, selecting your restaurant, and relaxing while your food is made to order and delivered hot to your door. Eisiminger, course instructor of record, by phone at 724.938.5577 or by email,
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2018 Author Series guests set for June & July
The Monessen Public Library 2018 Author Series will welcome author Cat Bruno on Saturday, June 30th at 12:00 PM. Bruno writes the fantasy series Pathway of the Chosen, which currently includes four books. In the first book of the series, The Girl from the North, follow Bronwen as she explores what it means to be god-touched. Long ago, she arrived at the Healerâ€™s Academy with no memory of her past. Her fire-streaked hair marks her as a Northerner, yet there is much that she keeps hidden. After a moonlit meeting with the mysterious Conri, High Lord of the Wolf Tribe, she learns that the dark god Nox long ago claimed her, naming her Kingmaker. Now trained as a healer, Bronwen seeks her own path, far from the immortalâ€™s gaze. Yet, soon, she realizes how closely she is watched, now and always. Midwest Book Review praised The Girl from the North as, "Exceptional entertainment with deftly created characters and unexpected plot twists." Daughter of the Wolf, the second book in the series, seamlessly crosses genres, with elements of fantasy and romance, which readers of fantasy and young adult literature will find pleasing. For those looking for diversity in fiction and atypical fantasy characters, Ms. Bruno offers an engaging read with uncommon voices. The Author Series will continue in July with a visit from Stephanie Keyes on Saturday, July 7th at 12:00 PM. Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child [InkspellPublishing], which includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, The Last Protector, and A Faerie Wedding. In The Star Child, the world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night. Kellen St. James has spent his
entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role. Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time? A lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Keyes received her undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Robert Morris University  and her M.Ed. with a focus on Instructional Technology from Duquesne University . In addition, she completed her teaching practicum at NASA, in the Center For Space Education. Stephanie is a seasoned educator and presenter, whoâ€™s appeared throughout the US and in the UK. â€œStephâ€? writes young adult novels because sheâ€™s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel and currently co-writing a New Adult series. Both events are free and open to the public.
Pastor Hargraves: Nudged by the Holy Spirit It's 11:27PM and I'm being nudged. Not by my dog, rather by One greater than myself. Some might call it Karma I call it Holy Spirit. I have been here before. To avoid this is stupidity as the nudging will becoming nagging to the point of pestering. Having been inspired as we say in the circles I run, means it is best to accept the inspiration and roll with it regardless of hour. More accurately it means, say yes, and listen accurately then joy will be known. I am being inspired however, I will pause to grumble. It's 11:30 now. That's pm people. I have like many been awake all day. It was a day off from most "church" stuff however I still was the voice to get my kids moving before school. I enjoyed a cup of coffee (no two) and checked out the news, cleaned up the kitchen, went fishing (WooHoo!), read a little, bought soap (showers without are silly), stopped at the food bank thrift store (LOVE Thursday Thrift Day!) and cut grass, pulled weeds, dealt with a bad bug bite, ate dinner, prayed, sent an email reminding someone to vacation well, groomed the cat, and watched TV. I ate lunch somewhere before fishing, snacked at some point, loaded fishing gear, walked dogs, checked email, made a shopping list, and started some homework. Now as I want to go to bed I am inspired to write. Go F I G U R E. I'm tired and I want to sleep but inspiration doesnâ€™t care. Well, perhaps inspi-
ration cares yet it is that with my tiredness myself is relaxed enough to allow the inspiration to enter in or my mind is open enough for the entry to happen. No wonder relaxation, and mediation is so important. No wonder turning off TV, radio, electronics is so crucial. How else can inspiration enter in without a bunch of barriers? Even my cell has blue light monitoring. When were you last inspired? What inspired you? Have you encouraged someone to be inspired lately? Inspiration need not move a mountain but in could. Inspiration may be the removing of a barrier that has been holding one back from what they have been yearning to do; it may be encouraging one to take a leap of faith that they have been wanting to do for so very long; it may be that small voice that has been speaking to you that you need to listen to; it may be that you now need to say yes instead of not yet. When we are inspired, I believe the world will be a better place. It is 11:54pm now. I cannot say I have ever written a piece for Pennsylvania Bridges so quickly. Hmmmm, inspiration matters. Feeling some joy. đ&#x;™‚ Peace everyone.
The Uniontown Art Club's Artist Coop Gallery is announcing new extended hours!! They are now open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Add a fun visit to their place at 86 W. Main Street in Uniontown PA before or after you have lunch or dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Receive a $5.00 gift card for some of the local nearby restaurants when you make a
$25 or more purchase at the gallery. The gallery features a variety of original art pieces and fine crafts created by local artists and artisans. Works include blacksmith pieces, oils, watercolors, wood sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photography and more from local artists. This is a great place to buy unique gifts for your loved ones or for you. fmi: uniontownartclub.org
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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Botox and Fillers
I’m sad to say we have come to the end of our noninvasive series. I hope you have enjoyed reading these columns as much as I have enjoyed writing them. For the final column, I will be tackling Botox and fillers. Out of all the treatments I have wrote about these are arguably the most popular to have done. Many people think Botox and fillers are the same thing but they are not. Botox is actually made up of botulinum toxin and it’s mainly used to treat and to prevent wrinkles. It also can be used to get it done at a dermatologist office or a treat migraines and some other health issues. Most of the time Botox is inject- medical spa where they have licensed individuals who are trained properly on ed into the forehead to help reduce how to do it. frown lines or prevent ones from formNow you know what Botox is and ing. It actually freezes the muscles in what it does so let’s move on to fillers. place so they don’t form into wrinkles. There are many different kinds of fillers someThat’s why sometimes you’ll hear one say he or she has a “frozen” looking but I will be focusing on the most common ones. The main difference between face. Usually that means they’ve gone Botox and fillers is Botox relaxes the overboard with the Botox! The effects muscle under the wrinkle whereas fillers from Botox usually last three to six will fill in the wrinkles, fine lines, or months. It has become so common to places on the face where there is a lack get Botox injections that you’ll hear of volume. You can get them to plump about being able to get it done by anyup lips, cheeks, chin, and even the jawone who has a medical license. I must line. The most popular type of fillers is caution you on this! Just because they the hyaluronic acid filler. This kind of may have a medical license doesn’t filler also has the least amount of side mean they have the experience or know how to administer it correctly. It is better effects. Some of the brand name
hyaluronic acid fillers are called Juvederm and Restylane. These usually last anywhere from six months to a year and the more often you do it the less you will need over time. Synthetic wrinkle fillers is another kind that has become popular because of its long lasting effects. Some name brands of this kind are Radiesse and Sculptra. Because of the longer lasting results there is a greater risk of side effects such as redness, bruising, and swelling. Sometimes bumps can form under the skin as well. Also, it is even more imperative you go to a doctor to get these types of fillers because on rare occasions people have been disfigured. Some other types of fillers are collagen and autologous fillers. Collagen fillers are not as popular because the effects don’t last as long. However, the results are more natural looking and the side effects are very rare. With the autologous fillers, a doctor takes fat from somewhere on your body and injects it to the place you want it to go. This can be a very expensive process because your extracting the fat and then injecting it so it’s more time consuming. It is important to remember with any of these fillers you always run the risk of having a reaction to the process so please go to
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. Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts programming highlights to date can be found at TrustArts.org/Firsts will be updated as more programming is announced. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 412-456-6666, and at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh).
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents International Festival of Firsts 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. 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,
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a place where they are medically licensed and trained to do these procedures. It might be more expensive but if you want it done correctly then it’s worth it! As my noninvasive series comes to a close, I hope I was able to shed some light on these types of procedures from chemical peels to fillers. Most of these treatments are on the pricey side so it is important to go to a licensed professional to get any of these done. Please be consistent with a good skincare regimen, including sunscreen, so you really get the most out of these treatments. For now this is my last column on noninvasive treatments but it might not be for long because there are always new treatments coming out. About Face with Tasha is a regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey is a Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email email@example.com and we’ll pass it on to her.
JUNE 18-22, 2018 10:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
Join us for Vacation Bible School! For children entering Kindergarten through entering the 6th grade. To register, call the church office at 724-785-3080 on Tues-Fri from 9 a.m. to noon) We’ll play games, sing songs, and learn about courage and obeying God through the Bible story of Daniel and his friends. VBS is open to the community. Free event! Lunch provided. FORT BURD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 200 Thornton Road (Rt. 166) Brownsville, PA
Saturday, June 9 at 2 PM LEQUINOX AND THE GOLDEN BOOK - $15, $20, $25 Laurel Ballet Performing Company presents the original contemporary and classical ballets Equinox, The Golden Book, and new modern work Just Passing Through. Equinox expresses a journey through the universe, glimpses at the stars and planets come to life. The Golden Bookillustrates iconic fairytale moments and characters reenacted onstage by their beautiful dancers. Just Passing Through is an exciting premiere of new modern choreography showcasing the ups and downs of one's journey through life. Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 PM HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2018 $49, $59, $69, $75 Music fans have been enjoying the hits of the sixties and seventies since the Summer of Love and beyond. They get to relive those moments on the renowned Happy Together Tour 2018! This summer, the tour returns with six headline artists who delivered the biggest hits of the era: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders) and The Cowsills. Friday, June 15 at 8 PM - GORDON LIGHTFOOT - $49, $55, $62 ($5 additional at the door) After more than 50 active years of hit song-making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of alltime greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Rainy Day People, Carefree Highway, Sundown, (That's What You Get) For Lovin Me and The Wreck Of The
Edmund Fitzgerald. Saturday, June 16 at 7 PM ATLANTIC CITY BOYS - $42 The Atlantic City Boys are four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences at Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, and Atlantic City, as well as cruise ships around the world. Their show is an exciting mix of world-class vocals and interactive comedy featuring the rock-n-roll harmonies of The Beach Boys, The Drifters, Bee Gees and of course Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The boys have performed with many greats, from Jay Leno to Huey Lewis, Patti Labelle and The Temptations! Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 PM LEE BRICE - $48, $58, $68, $78, $100 Enjoy an evening with American country music superstar and songwriter Lee Brice whose hits “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t Dance” have charted to number one. Brice’s self-titled new record serves as a homecoming and a homing device on the essence of what’s defined the man who’s written hits for Garth Brooks ("More Than a Memory"), Tim McGraw (“Still”), Jason Aldean (“Not Every Man Lives”) and the Eli Young Band (breakout single “Crazy Girl”). Friday, June 22 at 8 PM - AL DI MEOLA - $49.75, $59.75 ($5 additional at the door) A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. As a prolific composer and prodigious sixstring talent, this pioneer of blending world music and jazz has earned critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide with his ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony. Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM - JAY & THE AMERICANS, THE DUPREES, THE LATSHAW POPS & MARK MILOVATS - $43, $48, $53, $58, $68 Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees Jay & The Americans bring their hits She Cried, Come A Little Bit Closer and Only in America to The Palace this summer. They will be joined by The Duprees, known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written including You Belong To Me, My Own True Love, Take Me As I Am and more. The evening will also feature The Latshaw Pops and crooner Mark Milovats.
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Mindy Walls joins Waynesburg University Mindy Walls, West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be joining Waynesburg University as the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the fall. “We are delighted to have Dr. Walls join the University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, as well as her diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs, perfectly aligns with our vision for this position.” In her role as West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Walls designed a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to connect the work of WVU’s individual colleges and centers across campus. “I look forward to being a part of Waynesburg University’s unique and profound mission,” Walls said. “In joining the University’s faculty, I believe that my skills and experience will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the entire campus community, further enhancing the University’s outstanding reputation.” Walls was integral in securing $1.4 million in federal funding for the development of WVU’s Women’s Business Center, which opened in February 2017 and provides training and counseling to community-based businesses, as well as WVU’s LaunchLab Network, which is an applied innovation center for students. At WVU, she also served as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim
Director of the EQuad Program for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Entrepreneurship Center Director for the College of Business and Economics. Walls also served as the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Chesapeake Energy and has five years of experience practicing energy-related law. Active in her community, Walls currently serves as board chair of the WVU Women’s Business Center Advisory Board; Vice President of Programs and Events for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a national organization for entrepreneurship educators; a member of the BBT Monongalia – Preston Advisory Board; and a member of the Finance Council at Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Morgantown. Walls holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the 2018-19 TRUST Cabaret Series features five captivating season shows, EVA NOBLEZADA, JANE LYNCH, THE COOPER FAMILY, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY & AMANDA MCBROOM and ADAM PASCAL & ANTHONY RAPP. The season also includes one special, JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY, back by popular demand. 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. FMI: 412-456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.
2018-19 TRUST Cabaret Season Announced
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Brownsville’s new Iron Bridge Crossings welcomes former residents home
Story by Keren Lee Dreyer During its rail yard and coking heyday of the early 1940s, Brownsville’s main thoroughfare, Market Street - a.k.a. “The Neck” - was host to numerous shops, boutiques, and a favorite department store of the area, G.C. Murphy. With a peak population of around 8,000 at that time, the area’s boom was ground to bust by the ensuing decades of a post-industrial southwest Pennsylvania. Once handsome and familiar shops became neglected and dilapidated, including the Murphy building, creating a baleful presence along the previously bustling “Neck.” Community groups in the area sought help from TREK Development Group in Downtown Pittsburgh for their expertise and experience in community redevelopment, support services, property management, and more. Once in Brownsville, TREK, working with the area’s historic community, determined that the historic G.C. Murphy building deserved a second chance at becoming the downtown core’s premier location, only this time as affordable senior housing. “Feeding off the excitement and hard work of the students who envisioned and developed the new amphitheater, this location was the perfect choice. We are grateful the community and its leaders welcomed and worked with us to redevelop this site” said Trek Senior Project Manager, Trey Barbour. With construction and renovation completed in January of this year, the former G.C. Murphy building, dubbed Iron Bridge Crossings, again hosts some of those who frequented its doors in their youth. During the Iron Bridge Crossings open
house, Dana McFarland, TREK Development Group Community Manager, heard first-hand tales about the building and area from those who came to visit, and some who would come to stay. “People came in on open house day and told stories,” McFarland said, including a man who built model planes there, another who used to buy penny candy, and one more who shared “memories of mom and dad coming into G.C. Murphy to get stuff. It was really neat.” A new resident of Iron Bridge Crossings, whose family had owned jewelry stores in Brownsville, came back from Ohio to be “closer to friends and family” McFarland said. “A
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businesses also wait to greet these prodigal residents. Seniors age 62 and up whose income is at or below 60% of the area’s median income are invited to apply for residence at the remaining units in Iron Bridge Crossings. All who move in discover TREK Development’s thoughtful amenities, including an indoor, heated garage with automatic doors, an elevator, community room with full kitchen for events with supportive services, Christmas dinners, and more, on site laundry, and importantly, on site management. Additionally, rooftop decks afford views of the amphitheatre on one side and a river view on the other. Each apartment in the secured, handicap accessible building is equipped with an electric range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and garbage disposal, and also includes additional on site storage. Residents are free to purchase their own microwave. While all units are wired for cable television and internet service, available by subscription, all other utilities are included. And with 688 - 1,039 sq ft of floor space for a single bedroom, and 1,379 sq ft for a two bedroom unit, there is a size to fit most needs. Finally, travel via bus is easy because McFarland herself arranged a bus stop right in front of the building, meaning residents can wait under cover. Nice as the apartments and amenities are, McFarland is most pleased to see former residents return to the area by choosing Iron Bridge Crossings as their new home. “They love it here. Everybody I have here so far absolutely loves it...The majority used to live here, and I think it brings back good memories when they’re out front, sitting there talking about where they used to go.” They’re thankful McFarland said, adding the words of one resident “I’m so glad you did this. You brought us home.” To learn about qualifying for residence at Iron Bridge Crossings, call Dana McFarland at 724-602-0083 or 724-225-3080 Photos by Margie McKinley
BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville washlibs.org/bentleyville
There is great news for the citizens of the Bentworth area! The Phase I portion of the Bentworth Community Center Building Project has been completed and the library is open. The Senior Citizens Center will reopen at the Bentworth Community Center at an anticipated date later in June which will be announced. 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. The staff of the library, the capital campaign committee, and the Bentleyville Library Board of Trustees enthusiastically encourage you to visit the renovated building to see the results of your efforts and donations at an open house scheduled for June 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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.
CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St. , California calpublib.org Every Monday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Story Time is open to any child with a desire to learn and play. Reservations are recommended. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.
CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St. , Houston washlibs. org/chartiers-houston
TAG: Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you and other volunteers could help the library complete. “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting. Looking for crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays. Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and knit, crochet, or even paper mache in the company of other creative crafters. Each crafterday will also include printed instructions and a live demo on how to make a simple craft. Event held 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up. The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. “Shut Up & Write” This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.
CITIZENS LIBRARY JUNE 2018 ACTIVITIES Teen Time Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, & more. New activities every week. For grades 6 and up. Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. For grades 6-8. Every Friday in the Children's department there are crafts to make or activities to do. Stop by any time for these drop in activities, no sign ups required. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. , and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, from 5-6 p.m. The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of
larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks. The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a. m to 6 p.m. Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI: washlibs.org/citizens
FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 WATER ST. , FREDERICKTOWN WEBSITE: washlibs.org/fredericktown PHONE: 724-377-0017
Book Buddies Book Club will meet Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30. The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg will be discussed. Linda Porter will host. Summer Story Hour In The Park will be held the week of June 18th at 10:00 at Ten Mile Park. Call the library to register your child. Summer Reading Club will be held the week of June 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the library. Please call the library to register your child. Reading Records begins June 4. Library Board of Trustees will not meet in June. SIT N KNIT/CROCHET will meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Beginner-expert welcome. Rep. Pam Snyder’s Community Outreach staff is at the library every third Tuesday of each month from 113. Just stop in! Join us for our 6th Annual Sip of
Summer Outdoor Wine Tasting Event Friday, June 22,. Tickets are now available. Call 724-377-0017 for more info. Would you like to be a powerful advocate for the Fredericktown Area Public Library? We are looking for a few good men and women who would like to serve as library trustees. If you’re interested, just stop in. Our underwriters for June are: BCR Lions Club for underwriting the cost of our Internet service for one year, Sylvia A. & Michael J. Burke for underwriting the cost of Summer Reading Club, and Binnstown Lowhill Lions Club for underwriting the cost of Story Hour in the Park.
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ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon rostraverlibrary.org
PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY February Activities ptlibrary. org
MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave. , Monessen monessenlibrary.org
DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora washlibs.org/donora
Free Monday Movie Matinee. Stop by
Tiny Tunes Music Mondays at 11 a.m.
The Library will host a wonderful daytime program on Tuesday, June 23, 2018, at 11 AM. Sean Gaskell will perform traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Registration is required. Please call the library at 724-684-4750 or stop in today. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, June 18, at 5:30 PM. The Monessen Library Knitting/Crochet Club will meet on Wednesday, June 13 and 27, at 6 PM. Bring your projects! A drawing for a June Gift Basket filled with gift cards and instant lottery tickets will be held on June 13. Chances are available at the Circulation Desk for a donation of $1. The Library will host a FREE Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program from June 18 through August 10. It will operate Monday through Friday for children up to the age of 18 and feature hot and cold meals. Breakfast will be served during the hours of 9-10 AM. Lunch will be served from 12-1 PM. Entrance is through the back side door next to the alley. The program is funded by the USDA and the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Registration is open for the Summer Reading and Learning Adventures Program, “Libraries Rock!” The program will run from June 11 through August 4 and focus on learning STEM activities and keeping children interested in reading. Program days and times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 PM, and Monday evenings from 6-7 PM with special speakers and presenters. Also, Saturdays from 11 AM to Noon. The Summer Reading Kick Off will be a Rock N Sock Hop on Monday, June 11, from 5:30 to 7 PM. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Daddy Dino Dig and Dinosaur Encounter will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 10:30 AM to Noon. The program is free to the public thanks to donations from Madeline Dudas and Jill Scavincky. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center can be found on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) Friday's at 10 a.m. Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Ladies’ Bridge Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Knit and Crochet Club meets the 2nd and 4th 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. The Donora Public Library will partner with the Southwestern Goodwill to host a donation drive. We are once again asking anyone and everyone in the community to bring in household items and books you no longer need or want.
the library on the first Monday of each
Ages: 2½ 5 with an adult. Tiny Tunes
month at 1pm for the viewing of a
Music is a fun, casual program of play-
newly released film to DVD. Popcorn and water are provided. Friends of the Library Monthly meet-
ing with and learning about music. Book Babies Tues at 10 a.m. Birth-12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime Tues at 11
ings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th
a.m. Ages: 12 24 months with an adult.
Monday of each month.
They're just learning to talk -give them
Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the
something to talk about. Toddler Tales Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Ages: 2 3½ with an adult. Wii Sports for Adults Every
month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy
Wednesday Stay active in the comfort
of your library. No registration
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
required. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds. This full-hour program goes the next step
Tykes Program For kids ages 18
in learning and loving reading. Register
months-3 years old.
at the Youth Services Desk.
Please call 724-379-5511 to register.
JOHN K. TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi washlibs.org/john-k-tener Craft days for kids. A new craft will
Coloring, Coffee & Classics 9:15 a.m. For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess Tues at 11 a.m. -2
be available the 1st and 3rd
p.m. Every Tues in Café Lee. Drop in
Wednesdays of the month.
with a partner and challenge your-
FMI about the John K. Tener Library in Charleroi, call 724-483-8282.
selves to a game or two of chess. FMI, call 724-941-9430.
BROWNSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 SENECA ST. , BROWNSVILLE WEBSITE: bfpl.org/ PHONE: 724-785-7272
The library will have limited Summer Hours from June 4-August 11: Monday 12:30-8, Tuesday 9:30-5, Wednesday 9:30-5, Thursday 9:30-5, Friday 9:30-2 and Saturday 9:30-2 Children's Summer Quest Program will take place June 11-August 4, and registration begins June 4. For children 14 and under. Check online or at the library for a program of events. Our Adulting 101 program for teens and young adults will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. from May 7-July 2.
Learn all of the "real world" skills that you need to succeed, and even enter to win an Amazon Kindle Fire!. Call the library for more details. Registration preferred but not required. One-on-one computer and technology classes are ongoing - call to make your appointment today. You can get your library card free of charge if you live within Fayette, Washington, or Greene County!
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JUNE EVENTS AT THE FRANK SARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Upcoming Events Summer Quest -Summer Reading Camp with a new name! Join us as we explore the Quest for knowledge on subjects such as the Science of the Human Body, Kitchen Science and Music, its science too! We will read stories, do experiments, crafts and play games all week during Summer Quest. Registration is open and can be done at the children’s desk. Payment is due at registration. $5.00 Fee per week. June 19th to June 22nd Summer Quest Grades K-3 June 26th to June 29th Summer Quest Grades 4-7 Teen Advisory Board, Teen Writers’ Club and Page Turners will meet together for a summer kick off on Monday, 6/4 from 6-7:30 p.m. Little Picasso’s Summer Edition Children ages 2 – 5 years old along with their fun loving adult can join Miss Barb at the library to do a craft with messy things like glitter, glue, water, paints, etc. Dress appropriately to get messy! The theme for the day will be music. Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Two Sessions 10:15-10:45a.m. and 10:45-11:15a.m. Monday 6/11. Summer Story Time – Music Theme. This program is for children 9 months to 5 years. No registration required. Monday 6/11. 11:30 a.m. Madcap Mondays: Summer Edition – Bubbles! This program is for Grades 36. Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Monday 6/11. 12p.m. Fiction Book Club will be discussing The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Wednesday 6/13. 12 p.m. Paint & Sip - Join us for an evening of painting while enjoying light bites, wine and the company of friends. The fee is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration. Deadline for sign up is Tuesday June 12th - please sign up early as we require a minimum of six participants to hold this event and only have space for 12 people. Thursday 6/14
6-8 p.m. Young Explorer Kit Open House – Come check out one of our Young Explorer kits – we will be highlighting our Showtime! kits - Explore music, movement, and magic with kits for toddlers to late elementary. Saturday 6/16. 11a.m.-1p.m. Little Picasso’s Summer Edition Children ages 2 – 5 years old along with their fun loving adult. Dress appropriately to get messy! The theme for the day will be the Wild West! Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Two Sessions 10:15-10:45a.m. and 10:45-11:15a.m. Monday 6/18. Summer Story Time – Wild West Theme. This program is for children 9 months to 5 years. No registration required. Monday 6/18. 11:30 a.m. Madcap Mondays: Summer Edition – Water Colors! This program is for Grades 3-6. Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Monday 6/18. 1-2p.m. Adult summer reading begins. Stop in for reading challenges and a weekly prize drawing. Starting Monday 6/18. Summer Reading Kickoff - Frank Sarris Public Library presents Adam Miller, Legendary Folksinger, Storyteller and Autoharp Virtuoso performing his Steamboatin Days concert Monday 6/18 at 6p.m. Admission is free Nonfiction Book Club will be discussing In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu. For additional information, email Leslie Yoder at
email@example.com. Tuesday 6/19. 2 p.m. Little Picasso’s Summer Edition Children ages 2 – 5 years old along with their fun loving adult. Dress appropriately to get messy! The theme for the day will be Airplanes! Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Two Sessions 10:15-10:45a.m. and 10:45-11:15a.m. Monday 6/25. Summer Story Time – Airplanes! This program is for children 9 months to 5 years. No registration required. Monday 6/25. 11:30 a.m. Madcap Mondays: Summer Edition – Homemade Bouncy Balls! This program is for Grades 3-6. Registration is required. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Desk 724-745-1308. Monday 6/25. 1-2p.m. Ultimate Gaming Friday will be Friday 6/29. 2:30-5:00 p.m. On-going Events Knitting/Crocheting Group – drop in and work on your projects, get new ideas, make friends and have fun! Wednesdays 6-8p.m. Lego Club – Children in grades K-4th grade collaborate with other Master Builders on their own designs or special building challenges. Wednesdays 5-6p.m. Of Dice and Men - Roleplaying Games take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. Call or email Benson Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For more information on how to enroll, please call the Literacy Council at 724-228-6188. For a complete listing of upcoming events and online programs, visit our website at franksarrislibrary.org, or call 724-745-1308 for more information. More from Your Library Canon-McMillan students can earn Accelerated Reading points at the library. We have a computer reserved in the Children's Department exclusively for testing. Ancestry Resources - Come to the library to take advantage of our sub-
scription to Ancestry. com! Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers. Visit our website to see what is currently on display. If you're an artist interested in displaying your work in this venue, please visit our website or stop in to get an application. Through the library's website, Frank Sarris Public Library cardholders can access thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Check out 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. You can replenish your bookshelves for just $5 per bag or buy individual books for $0. 25, $0. 50 or $1. 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 franksarrislibrary.org, or call 724-745-1308.
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In July, Washington, PA will once again be the site of the famous Whiskey Rebellion Festival, featuring live music, food, and family friendly fun. Details about the Festival are on page 3 & 4 of this edition.
The former Laboratory for the Universal Atlas Cement Co, owned by US Steel. Opened in 1906. US Steel closed it up Nov. 27th 1979 during the industrial collapse. Photo by Austin Peters.
Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, taken from the 2nd floor window of the Convention Center. Built for the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad between 1901-1904. Photo by Austin Peters.
Who will win this year’s games? The second annual Team Humanity Games, pitting community againist community in contests of athletic and mental prowess, are slated for this month. Details about the Games are on page 7.
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Pennsylvania Bridges June 2018