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Thoughts & a Remembrance When I was 22 years ago, I packed everything I owned into a moving van, strapped my two year old into a car seat, and left my hometown of Memphis behind, forever. Eight hundred plus miles away a job was waiting for me, as assistant to Roger Sealy, president of Liberty Rose Inc. Liberty Rose, among other “unique endeavors” published California Focus, of which I was editorin-chief from 2005-2009. Were it not for that opportunity, who knows whether you’d be holding this edition - or any edition, for that matter of Pennsylvania Bridges. Frequent readers of this editor’s thoughts known I’ve been in the journalism business since my high school days, and I’ve been a writer since I could hold a pencil. Four years at California University of Pennsylvania followed by two at Seton Hill helped me polish my prose to a high sheen, evidenced perhaps by my having a novel published shortly after receiving my MFA in professional writing. Having said that, none of those experiences prepared me for my current situation like my decade long tenure at Liberty Rose Inc., where Roger taught me everything I know about producing a quality publication. “If you got content,” he would tell me, “You’ve got everything.” He was right, and it’s a mantra that often replays in my head, every month as I consider what content to include in each edition of Pennsylvania Bridges. I mention this piece of my history because Roger Sealy passed away of a heart attack on April 10 of this year, and I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to remember his contributions to my personal and professional life, as well as

our region. Roger packed too much life into 78 years for me to eulogize him in one column, much less in a paragraph, but I will say this. He was a brilliant man, a political animal, and the finest piano player I’ve ever heard tickle the ivories. And, as I said when I first learned of his passing, I would not be the person I am had I not known him. On an unrelated, much more positive note, frequent readers of my monthly musings will also realize that for the past two editions, page two has been filled with colorful graphics instead of my own words. Back in late February, I had my right wrist reconstructed, and it’s only been in the last week that I’ve been able to type - slowly and with no small amount of discomfort - at all. For those doing the math, that was two plus months of feeling trapped in my own head, unable to articulate my thoughts. Add to that the years predating the surgery, when the constant pain kept me from writing as much or as often as I wanted. For a writer, it was an eternity of torment. So, with every keystroke, every word I now put down on the page, I feel a sense of coming back to life, just as surely as the trees outside my window have transformed from brown to green. Each letter that appears on the screen seems like a tiny miracle. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Naval Academy Visit Reinforces Positive Attitudes and Actions Part of the mission of the United State Naval Academy is “to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and imbue them with highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty….” California High School Football Coach Darrin Dillow had been to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on several occasions when he had attended the annual Navy Coaches Clinic. While there, he learned about Navy Head Football Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s option offense, often called the Navy “Triple Option Offense.” Not even in his wildest dreams did he imagine that the Trojan football team would use that offense during their 2017 near perfect season to earn a 12-1 record with an average of 50 points per game, or that it would help propel the team to a berth in the WPIAL Class A semifinals. Nor did he ever envision that he, his coaching staff, and the team would get to visit the 338-acre campus April 16 on a tour led in part by retired Brigadier General David Papak, a Monongahela native who recently returned to his hometown after retiring from the Marines in 2009 after a distinguished 33-year career. Dillow admits that he first began thinking about how inspiring it would be to have kids from California visit the Academy about five years ago. It took a while, but thanks to an alumnus who played football at the Naval Academy and a group of anonymous donors, the dream became a reality. The Trojan coach said that thanks go out to Brian Blick, director of football operations at the Naval Academy, and the Naval Academy football coaching staff for helping to make the trip possible. The trip was about much more than football, although a visit to the indoor field house where the Navy football team practices was a part of the tour, as were a visit to the football offices and seeing a part of a spring practice, explained Dillow. His first game as head coach was a drubbing handed out by the Clairton

Bears. California was behind 50-0 at halftime, he remembers, grimacing slightly. After that painful first year Dillow and his coaches decided that major adjustments needed to be made in the program, and not just on the field. His team, he decided needed to learn about more than football, they needed to learn about life and how to conduct themselves as student athletes and representatives of their high school and their community. Discipline both on and off the field was critical. Knowing the playbook was important, but learning class material was even more important. “Winning football games is great, and it’s one of our goals,” he explained. “But the team members need to be winners in life, too.” Self-discipline, teamwork, commitment were not only part of the football experience, they were to be a part of everyone’s daily life, too. When Dillow first took over the program, there were lots of complaints about players’ work ethics and attitudes from classroom teachers. That river of issues has slowed to barely a trickle. Dillow and his staff have been building a culture that encourages leadership and character development, along with football skills. It seems to be paying dividends on the field, as well as off. Using the Navy offense has allowed California to play better than many would suspect it should, and this past year has been a shining example. Assistant Football Coach Dax Thomas said this season was very rewarding for

him on a personal level. His son, Sam, played with this year’s winning team. “When I was in high school I had the opportunity to play on an undefeated football team. My father, who has since passed away, was my head coach at the time. He always said that to experience something like that with your son was something special. This season, I got that experience; he was right, this is something my son and I will share the rest of our lives,” he added. The students enjoyed many aspects of the trip. Senior Ben Martin said he will remember the John Paul Jones memorial and watching the football team practice. He also thought the trip was a fitting conclusion to this year because “it felt like the Naval Academy shared many values and morals our football team took pride in this season.” Sophomore Sam Thomas, offensive tackle and defensive end, said that he “most enjoyed getting an inside look at the pride each student-athlete, coach and tour guide took in being part of the United States Naval Academy.” Austin Grillo, a junior quarterback and safety, echoed those same sentiments, noting he enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the Academy in terms of respect and honor. He was also

impressed by the many historical elements on the campus. The Naval Academy’s history includes a assistant coaching stint by Steve Belichick, Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick’s father, a fact that Senior Braden Collins remembers because he is a huge fan of the younger Belichick. The trip to the Naval Academy included a tour of the campus, a session that explained what it takes to get into the Academy, Noon Formation, where all midshipmen gather and march into lunch, the Navy Academy Chapel, the crypt of naval hero John Paul Jones, Memorial Hall, and more. The bus left California promptly at 6 a.m. and returned around 10 p.m. The visit cost the California Area School District the salary of a substitute teacher for one day. Photo: The Naval Academy tour included the flag that flew on Oliver Hazard Perry’s ship during the Battle of Lake Erie and defiantly resolved, "Don't give up the ship." The quote itself is attributed to Captain James Lawrence, who inspired his crew with these words as he lay dying. The flag is on display in Memorial Hall where (from left) Clayton Watson, Austin Grillo, Ben Martin and Collin Tyhonas saw it.


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Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, a Cal U alumnus, will address graduate and undergraduate students at California University of Pennsylvania’s 186th Commencement. Master's degree candidates will receive their diplomas and be vested in their academic hoods at 7 p.m. May 11. Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 12. Graduates’ family members and friends are invited to attend the ceremonies; both events will be held in the Convocation Center arena. About the speaker Maggi has devoted his career to public service. A lifelong resident of Washington County, he is chair of the county's Board of Commissioners, where he is serving his fourth term. He has been a member of California University's Council of Trustees since 2009 and was chair of the council from 2013-2017. Maggi served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969-1971. He entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in 1973, beginning a 24-year career as a state police trooper and criminal investigator. He graduated from California State College in 1979, with a degree in education. Maggi entered the political arena in 1997, when he was elected sheriff of Washington County. He held that office until his election as a county commissioner in 2003. In addition to serving his Washington County constituents, Maggi is chairman of the board for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, which oversees spending of state and federal transportation funds for a 10-county region. He serves on the board for Blueprints (formerly Community Action Southwest), a nonprofit community action agency, and he chairs the Courts and Corrections Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Maggi also is active with


a number of veterans’ organizations, including the Marine Corps League, the Mon Valley Leathernecks, the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. A former Vulcans wrestler, Maggi has officiated high school wrestling matches for more than 40 years. He is a member of the WPIAL Hall of Fame, the Washington-Greene County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Maggi and his wife, Mary Jeanne, make their home in Buffalo Township, Pa. They have four children and six grandchildren. About Commencement at Cal U Each winter and spring, Cal U holds a formal academic ceremony to honor graduates’ achievements and create lasting memories for graduating students, their families and friends. The university’s 186th Commencement recognizes students who completed their studies in January and May 2018. In all, more than 1,200 students are expected to receive their degrees May 11 and 12, including those who choose not to attend the ceremonies. University President Geraldine M. Jones will confer the degrees and personally greet each graduate who walks across the stage. Both graduation ceremonies can be viewed live online at For more information, visit


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Story by Christine Haines The season for weddings, proms and graduations is beginning, and with it the search for ways to save money and time and preparing for those events. One resource often overlooked are career technology centers. Toss out the image of students rebuilding cars and learning construction techniques, though they do that too, and picture instead a state-of-the-art beauty salon, commercial kitchen and computer-equipped graphic design studio. “We charge for materials only, so haircuts are only $5. Hair color starts at $20,” said Cheryl Olson, the cosmetology teacher at the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (CTI.) The cosmetology program offers a wide variety of services, including halfprice formal hairstyles to students for proms. “We haven’t done a wedding, but we could,” Olson said. “I have people contacting me to see if I have anybody that can help them onsite.” Olson said many, if not all of her students received their beauticians licenses prior to graduation. “A lot of the students are already working,” Olson said. Olson suggested a bridal party could have a pre-wedding spa day, including mani-pedis and facials as well as testing out potential makeup and hairstyles for the bridesmaids. The students have had plenty of practice, not only in class and weekly public clinics Thursday evenings (by appointment only,) but also by doing the wigs or actors’ hair for the musicals at the high schools that send students to the CTI. The students also do an annual spa day for their mothers to pamper them for Mother’s Day. Olson said the students have also developed an unscented hand scrub for dry hands, with the labels designed by the graphic arts department. Dave Bowers, who teaches graphic arts, said his students do about 20 outside projects a year. “We don’t take too many, because then you hurt the industry,” Bowers said. Because schools such as the CTI are publicly funded educational institutions


and the work is done by students, everything is done at or near cost. The students can make custom tee shirts for an event, print wedding invitations and reply cards, or design and print brochures, banners or posters. Bowers said that while students still learn screen printing, more is done with digital printing and vinyl cutting, with a number of requests each year for memorials for car windows. In the culinary department, changes in the food laws over the years have reduced the type of outside work the students can prepare at the school because they don’t have a van equipped to keep foods at safe temperatures during transport. The students at the Fayette County CTI can lend a helping hand by preparing cookie trays, as they do for nonprofit events such as Uniontown’s Magic and Mistletoe and the Brownsville’s Taste of Italy. “Years ago they used to rent them-

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selves out as a catering service. We’ve done it for events here, but not outside the school,” said Dolores Love, the culinary program assistant. LIke the graphic arts department, culinary tries to limit the outside work done by the students. “We don’t do a whole lot of outside business because we would hope the outside businesses would hire our students,” said Melissa Shaw, the culinary arts teacher. “We do more volunteer work than selling to the community.” Shaw said students may also be available to help with set-up and serving at private functions and people have called and come in to interview students for that work. Shaw said many of her former students have also set up their own businesses and she can offer referrals to the public. “I remarried about five years ago and one of my former students did my wedding cake,” Shaw said. The Fayette County CTI is located at 175 Georges Fairchance Rd, Uniontown, and can be reached at 724-437-2721. Photo: Da'Taiya White, a junior cosmetology student from Brownsville, practices a half-base roller set on a mannequin to achieve medium-volume that could be the basis for a formal hair style.

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Waynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center. The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes. “We are honored to share this resource with the surrounding community by offering training opportunities to regional law enforcement agencies,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20. Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal deescalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes. “I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be

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Ringgold Middle School to host 5th annual Spring Tea & harp serenade Story by Keren Lee Dreyer At 2 p.m. on May 19, grab your favorite tea cup and head over to the Ringgold Middle School Cafe for fine teas, delicious treats and savories, and an eerily beautiful, traditional Celtic harp serenade by the Ringgold Harp Ensemble during their fifth annual Spring Tea. This Spring Tea raises funds for the Harp Ensemble Scholarship Fund, which finances harp students’ attendance at the Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS) at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. During the week long event, harp students receive tutelage in Scottish harp from some of the finest teachers from the United States and Scotland. and we have a story to read. It’s nice, Ringgold’s Celtic harp program and the students do it every year.” begins in sixth grade for those Initial qualifications to play the answering the call of the harp. harp are simple, according to “These are my students” said harp teacher, Melanie Sandrock, continuing “At our middle school we have a Celtic harp program, and you can take harp every day. When students go to high school, we meet afterwards and are able to do more advanced pieces. In the last week of June, students have the opportunity to go to Oberlin in the summer to GIVE THE “BERRY BEST” attend the Ohio Scottish Arts school FOR MOTHER’S DAY to study Scottish harp.” Sweet Strawberries Dipped in The turnouts for the annual tea Milk Chocolate with have been “wonderful” Sandrock White Chocolate Drizzle said, “Parents come, friends of par$10 for 1/2 dozen in presentation ents come, the community comes, box or $15 for a dozen in and the harp ensemble will play. It’s presentation box just a very nice afternoon...The stuLast Day to Place Order: May 9 dents are really good at giving tea.” PICK UP DATE: Though Ringgold students studying Sat., May 12, 11 a.m.-Noon with Sandrock learn Scottish, Irish, United Christian Church 499 E. Malden Drive and English music, OSAS exclusiveCoal Center, PA ly provides instruction in Scottish Call 724-938-2098 or harp. According to Sandrock, 724-938-1355 to place order. Ringgold’s students “Are really good RDER ONLINE AT UCCDOC.ORG O at giving tea...we also give tea on Proceeds benefit the Children & Tuesday afternoon in Oberlin. About Youth Ministries/Camp 80-95 people come. It’s very elegant

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Lisa J. Buday Sandrock, and include “a desire to learn and to love to play.” Additionally, Ringgold brings in a harp teacher from Scotland every year, and “one or two who are the best in the U.S.” In addition to their yearly trip to Oberlin, the Ringgold Harp Ensemble participates in Tartan Day at St. Andrews in Bethel Park, and the Robert Burns Banquet on Pitt's Pittsburgh campus, to name two. Also, two of Sandrock's students have been provided an opportunity to study with the renowned Gretchen Van Hoesen, who has been principal harpist for the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. The Spring Tea will be held at Ringgold’s new middle school, which Sandrock says “is just beautiful. So not only do they get to come for the tea, they’ll get to see the new cafeteria.” Navigate your way to 2 Ram Drive in Monongahela, PA, and you’re there. To obtain your ticket, call the middle school’s office at 724-258-2211. For a mere $15, patrons will enjoy fine, traditional harp music, fine teas, and fabulous treats. Just remember to bring your favorite tea cup.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play Heinz Hall for a limited engagement from May 22 through May 27. This tour is part of the 2017-18 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his

eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob. One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacificand The Sound of Music. Mr. Beane’s book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s

Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” The creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg. The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group. Tickets (starting at $30) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at, or in person at Theater Square Box Office 655 Penn Avenue. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Center in the Woods May 2018 Activities The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. NEW! Weight Watchers at the Woods. Weekly meetings starting in 2018. Mininum of 15 participants needed. If interested, call Maria at 724-938-3554, ext. 103. Cost and payment options will be mailed upon request. Daily activities include: Mondays: Pianlessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 tschedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Mon Valley Hospital Lab Services Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of

volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report tthe Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

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

Uniontown Library Author Series: May 12, 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.

May’s author is Brian Butko. Brian Butko loves history, from diners to amusement parks to old highways and the cool places you’ll find along them. His newest books are the Kennywood Trilogy; the second book, just out, features the intertwined story of Pittsburgh’s Luna Park. Brian is also an editor at the Heinz History Center and served as project manager or editor of several books. FMI:

ies, likely because there is no reporting mechanism for such things. …And let’s face it, who wants to admit to spraining an ankle taking a photo of themselves? At last count, there were 13 landmarks around the globe that have actually banned selfies in some form or fashion. And consider this: A 2015 survey by Erie Insurance found that 4 percent of drivers admit to taking selfies while they’re driving, while another 23 percent have seen others do it. With more than 420,000 people injured in car accidents involving distracted driving each year, it’s time to get serious about keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. This information provided courtesy of Mariscotti Insurance Agency, 324 Third Street, California. Have a question? Need coverage? Call us!

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Donora Historical Society announces upcoming events INFAMOUS 1948 SMOG - 70th ANNIVERSARY As we approach the upcoming 70th Anniversary this October of Donora’s infamous 1948 Smog, the Donora Historical Society has a number of events on the schedule. They will be explained in more detail in future articles. On Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m., the Donora Historical Society’s Brian Charlton will visit the Rostraver Historical Society at the historic Fells Methodist Church to present “The First Toll Free Bridge across the Monongahela River: Building the Donora-Webster Bridge, 1908.” On Saturday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m., the Donora Historical Society will present “Donora Football Dragons – 1904 to 1969,” a historical look at the evolution of football in Donora. 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. SMOG MUSEUM - 10th ANNIVERSARY In October 2008, as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Donora Smog 10

incident of 1948, the Donora Historical Society’s Smog Museum was created to honor the victims of that fateful Halloween weekend. Over the course of the past ten years, the Smog Museum has realized national and international recognition, as we’ve registered visitors from 44 states (including Alaska), Washington, D.C. and from foreign countries on five different continents such as Canada (North America), China, Japan (Asia), Columbia (South America), England, France, Belgium and Germany (Europe), and Ethiopia (Africa). Just this past fall we had visiting Fulbright Scholars from Japan and China, as well as countless representatives from academia, industry and the business world. Also, our walking tours bring in hundreds more each year from as far away as Ohio, West Virginia and Washington, DC. Located in the heart of Donora at the corner of McKean Avenue and Sixth Street, the museum has permanent exhibits related to the founding of the town, town life, steel mills, the 1948 Smog tragedy, Donora schools and sports, and social clubs and organizations. There are also a couple of rotating exhibits whose content changes three to four times a year. The fact that a museum now exists has enticed many to donate their Donora-related artifacts to the Historical Society that eventually end up on display. If you’ve never visited in the past, please do so in the future. Please check our website for days and hours of operation. FALL CEMENT CITY HOME & WALKING TOURS’ 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 Thank you to the 55 curious people who braved the elements of our unrelenting winter-type weather to attend one of our two Eldora Park Walking Tours, which proved to once again be successful. 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 $10/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 questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or volunteering, stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

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Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy gears up for Summer Experience Story by Lauren Rearick For nearly two decades the start of summer has signaled the beginning of something big happening behind the scenes at the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy. The academy, which provides yearly arts education opportunities for the community, is once again prepared to welcome students for its Summer Experience program. The program, started in the late 1990s allows students between the ages of 8 and 17 to attend a two-week intensive theater program. As Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy director Michele Pagen explained, the instructional period is a unique opportunity for students all over the area. “We want the students to get experience in different areas of theater,” Pagen said. “The day usually lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes a morning of voice, dance and technical classes before an afternoon of rehearsals.” After two weeks of classes, students then present what they’ve learned to the public. Past performances have included “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure” and “James and the Giant Peach.” This year the students will perform “Shrek Junior.” Volunteers join Pagen in instructing the classes, and educators ensure that the classes offered are tailored to fit a variety of experience levels. Students attending the program aren’t required to have a background in theater, but they do have to have a teacher’s recommendation, a strong interest in theater and a B average or better in school. For the purpose of the play, Pagen and her team choose performances that





MAY 10-12, 17-20, & 24-26 Laura Chandler believes that her husband Victor is having an enable equal stage time for student participants. They also select plays specifically geared towards younger performers. “Everyone has to sing, dance, act and do technical theater,” Pagen said. “I don’t promote and the team doesn’t promote a star system. This is an ensemble system, and everyone gets a turn.” Many of the SuMmer Experience students continue to come back year after year, and Pagen said that the program provides the chance for students from different areas to come together. She believes that the brief two week period plays a much larger role in the Academy’s desire to reach out into the community. “Parents tell me time and time again how much their students can’t wait to get here,” Pagen said. “The only connection some of these kids have with one another is summer experience, and


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Two Westmoreland County Community College students were honored at the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges All-PA Academic Transfer Team Awards and Recognition Dinner. The dinner was held in Harrisburg in conjunction with Lobby Day. “I am so proud of our students and the active role they take in pursuit of their education. During the day they got to meet with local representatives to discuss how important the college has been in their success story,” stated Dr. Tuesday Stanley, president, Westmoreland County Community College. “When our students are honored at such a prestigious event, I am always reminded of the hard work our outstanding faculty put into their classroom every day.” Brooke White of Greensburg received the coveted Coca Cola Transfer Scholar Award, which is part of the All-PA Academic Transfer Scholars program.

She received a $1,000 scholarship, as the Bronze winner. There were only seven Coca-Cola Scholars in the state of Pennsylvania this year. White is a Human Services/Social Work major at Westmoreland and will be graduating this Friday. Rachel Garris of Greensburg was also selected to the All-PA Academic Transfer Scholars program. Garris is an Accounting major at Westmoreland. Photo, Left to right: Jess Stairs, Westmoreland County Community College, Board of Trustees, Chase Poole, Alexander Lipinski, Brooke White, Justin M. Walsh, Representative District 58, Emmanuel Lebbie, Ellis Merchant, Ronald Ott, Westmoreland County Community College, Board of Trustees, and Dr. Tuesday Stanley, Westmoreland County Community College President

Rick Springfield Tour Coming to The Palace Rick Springfield and “Jessie’s Girl” fans….Rick is performing all his pop hits from the 80’s and other hits as his tour makes its way to The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest powerpop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including

“Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” Mark your calendars for Fri. May 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125, $85, $65, and $45. Tickets can be purchased oat or by calling 724- 836-8000. The Palace Theatre is located at 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Signs Two New Dancers for 2018-2019 Season PBT School graduate students Christian García Campos, of Puebla, Mexico, and Tommie Keston, of Pittsburgh, will both join the company as apprentices for the 2018-2019 Season. They’ll make their final performances as students in the school’s two year-end performances: Pre-professional Showcases, May 18-20, at Point Park University, and Spring Performance 2018, May 25-26, at the Byham Theater. “These dancers captured our attention with their stage presence and technique, not only through their work with PBT School but also in the professionalism they’ve show on stage in company productions like ‘The Nutcracker,’” Orr said. “We look forward to officially welcoming them to the company in July when we begin rehearsing for our new season.” García Campos and Keston will make their official company 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. In other roster changes for the 20182019 Season, dancers Masahiro Haneji, of Hokkaido, Japan, William Moore of Ipswich, England, and JoAnna Schmidt of Eustis, Florida, were promoted to soloists. And two longtime dancers will close their careers with PBT. Soloist Alexandre Silva, a 12-year company member, will retire following PBT’s May 4-6, 2017-2018 Season finale, “UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free.” Principal Julia Erickson, a 17-year company member, will close her career with PBT following the company’s October 20182019 Season opener “Mozart in Motion,” which features works by George Balanchine and Jirí Kylián. Corps de ballet dancers Yuto Ideno, Olivia Kelly and Daniela Moya also will depart the company following PBT’s May 4-6, 2017-2018 Season finale, “UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In The Night + Fancy Free.” Single ticket sales for “Mozart in


Motion” and other 2018-2019 Season productions open Aug. 7, at, 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.orgor calling 412-454-9107. About the New Dancers Christian García Campos, of Puebla, Mexico, joins the company from the PBT School Graduate Program, where she has trained since 2014 — first as a full-time high school student and then as a Graduate student. Prior to PBT, García Campos trained with the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and with Estudio y Compañía de Danza Antoinette in Puebla, Mexico. García Campos has performed in PBT productions of “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “Dracula” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Her repertoire also includes “Etudes,” “Giselle,” “Don Quixote” and the role of Arabian in “The Nutcracker.” She will perform in excerpts from “Swan Lake” and George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony” among other works at PBT School’s Pre-

professional Showcases and Spring Performance 2018. Pittsburgh native Tommie Keston joins the company from the PBT School Graduate Program, where she gained main-stage experience in PBT productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake”

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2018-2019 Pittsburgh Dance Council season to highlight voices of female choreographers The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a new season for the 20182019 Pittsburgh Dance Council. Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This season highlights the voices of female choreographers. Although there is an abundance of female performers, women have historically been underrepresented in positions of artistic leadership. We will have the opportunity to experience the namesake companies of Deborah Colker, Yabin Wang*, Jessica Lang, and Camille A. Brown; and Paul Taylor Dance Companywill combine an evening of Taylor masterworks with a commission by former company member Lila York**. “The Pittsburgh Dance Council provides a window to the world for dance audiences in our region. My goal as director is to ensure that this window is open to everyone and that it has the best and broadest view possible. I strive to create seasons that build on an existing appreciation for dance and movement while providing an opportunity for us to explore and challenge our assumption by showcasing the diversity that exists in dance,” said Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The founders of each of the companies on this season are considered visionaries for their contribution to shaping and reshaping how we experience dance. Individually they represent excellence, and collectively they demonstrate the value of opening the conversation to include more voices.” 2018-2019 Dance Council performances will take place at the Byham Theater (101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), both located in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. 2018-2019 Dance Council Season DEBORAH COLKER - Cão sem Plumas Saturday - October 6, 2018 - 8 p.m. Byham Theater US PREMIERE Rio de Janeiro choreographer Deborah Colker has redefined the rules for what can be done in dance. She was catapulted to the world stage with her visual spectacle dance at the Rio 2016 Olympics. A Laurence Olivier Awardwinner for Outstanding Achievement in

Dance, she received international acclaim for her choreography of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo. The company’s newest work takes inspiration from a poem by Brazilian writer João Cabral de Melo Neto. Cão sem Plumas, or Dog Without Feathers, is set in the beautiful yet impoverished Capibaribe River Region in Brazil. Tension between the elite and the river people come to a head as the dancers cover themselves with mud. Projections by critically acclaimed filmmaker Cláudio Assis were filmed over a month when the entire company traveled to the river. YABIN WANG - The Moon Opera* Saturday - November 3, 2018 - 8 p.m. - Byham Theater US PREMIERE Yabin Wang is China’s superstar. One of the most promising and pioneering choreographers in contemporary dance in China, her work was commissioned by English National Ballet and was performed by the company at Sadler’s Wells for their prestigious She Said series. Westerns know her best for her incredible dance in the film House of Flying Daggers. In her newest work, Moon Opera*, she has collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team of award-winning designers and composers to unveil a dramatic modern-day story of an artist. Through the lens of Chinese culture, contemporary dance tells the story of a Peking Opera performer struggling between her dreams of artistic stardom and the harsh realities of maintaining her traditional role as a woman in society. *This performance is part of the 2018 Pittsburgh

International Festival of Firsts. JESSICA LANG DANCE - Lyric Pieces, The Calling, Glow, Sweet Silent Thought, Thousand Yard Stare Saturday - January 26, 2019 - 8 p.m. - Byham Theater “Jessica Lang has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance— distinctive in its look, mood, sound and atmosphere.” – Los Angeles Times Jessica Lang Dance combines exquisitely constructed choreography with striking visual design to the effect of one resounding word: gorgeous! Astoundingly beautiful and emotionally moving, the company will present five unique works. Her signature piece, The Calling, features a solo dancer costumed in a giant white skirt that cascades down and pools widely out onto the stage. PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY - Continuum (**choreography by Lila York), Additional Paul Taylor Dance Company repertory TBA Saturday - February 23, 2019 - 8 p.m. - Byham Theater Dance maker Paul Taylor continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance that he has helped define since he became a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. After 60 years as Artistic Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, he has begun commissioning a new generation of choreographers to make dances for his company so that modern dance flourishes long into the future. The evening presentation will include classic Paul Taylor works alongside a new work, Continuum, by former company dancer Lila York. Since her days as a staring dancer with the company, she

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has gone on to choreograph criticallyacclaimed work for top companies such as American Repertory Ballet and The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. CAMILLE A. BROWN- ink Saturday and Sunday - March 9 & 10, 2019 - 8 p.m. - August Wilson Center Camille A. Brown is a prolific Black female choreographer whose work examines the cultural narrative of African American identity. A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner and Guggenheim Fellowship-recipient, her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture to capture a range of deeply personal experiences. Drawing on historic and contemporary rhythms and rituals of the African Diaspora, ink examines the culture of Black life that is often appropriated, rewritten, or silenced. Stunning modern dance melds with pedestrian interactions in poignant vignettes about Black superpowers. The work will be performed with live music that blends blues, hiphop, jazz, and swing. This performance is presented in partnership with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. BALLET TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO- Mixed Repertory Saturday - April 13, 2019 - 8 p.m. Byham Theater Returning to Pittsburgh after its soldout show in 2013, the TROCKS is drag ballet at its finest. The visionary company of all male dancers has elevated drag to the concert stage like no other. Presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classic ballet in parody form, the company has performed in 34 countries and 600 cities worldwide since its founding in 1974. The TROCKS highly comedic work exaggerates the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. Delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, and romantic princesses, the male ballerinas delight and amuse. Single tickets (as low as $10) for the season will be available at a later date at, by calling 412456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available for: $60-$330. To subscribe, call 412-4561390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. FMI:


Senior Hunger is a Nationwide Epidemic: Part Four Food insecurity among seniors generally affects how they can live their dayto-day lives. Sidney Katz, a physician from the mid-1900s, developed the concept of Activities for Daily Living (ADLs) that helps determine how functional an elderly person is and whether or not they are able to support themselves or not. The six detrimental ADLs to an elderly person include: Bathing Personal hygiene Going to the bathroom Sleeping on their own Mobility (getting in and out of bed, walking, etc.) Being able to feed themselves The presence of food insecurity has been found to negatively affect seniors' ability to complete these ADLs, which hinders their ability to continue to live on their own. An NFESH study found that food-insecure seniors were 30 percent more likely to report at least one ADL limitation, and this is largely fueled from being unable to physically get to the store and purchase food. This can then affect a senior's health and take its toll on other ADLs, such as the ability to go to the bathroom on their own. Organizations Working to End Senior Hunger There are ways to combat senior hunger, and there are thousands of workers out there to help stemming from non-profit and governmental organizations. The primary organization you should know about if you're a food-insecure senior-or suffer from food insecurity at all-is the Supplemental Nutrition

Assistance Program (SNAP), also known more commonly as food stamps. SNAP assists low-income citizens with getting the necessary food they need. As of 2014, it was found that less than 50 percent of the elderly eligible for the program were enrolled, which is a staggeringly low number. The government is willing and able to help seniors suffering from food insecurity. You can visit the benefits website to see if you are eligible for the programs and apply. There are also organizations seeking to end senior hunger and decrease levels of food insecurity among the senior population. Some of these include the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Meals on Wheels and other food delivery services, USDA services, and AARP: NFESH - The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger is a large non-profit organization dedicated directly to putting an end to senior hunger. Their

vision statement is as follows: “We will identify and assess this challenge in communities through funding seniorspecific research, fostering local collaboration and engaging diverse partners. We foresee the creation of tangible, replicable solutions in ending senior hunger to meet the needs of an aging population.� Food Delivery Services - Government organizations like the USDA started services that bring food to seniors who don't have the means of getting to a grocery store. There are also organizations like Meals on Wheels that help deliver healthy meals to people of all ages, including seniors. USDA Services - In addition to developing programs that help get food to seniors' doorsteps, the USDA offers services that provide financial help to seniors to get the necessary nutritious and fresh food they need to maintain health. These programs include the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the Nutrition Services Incentive Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. AARP - This group has a division that's dedicated to ending senior hunger and has helped deliver more than 37 million meals to seniors since 2011. Healthy Eating Tips to Remember In addition to looking for assistance from organizations, there are steps you

can take when buying your groceries to ensure that the money is spent on the proper healthy foods. Primarily, you must know what you're looking for when you enter a grocery store, so it's important to make a list. This way, you won't deviate from the plan of buying healthy foods. Make sure to look out for deals on healthy food, and buy multiples of one product if it's non-perishable so you don't have to make a trip back for the same deal. It's also important to not waste any food. If you are buying vegetables and produce in bulk, put them to use and prepare multiple meals at one time. It's also perfectly fine to freeze meats for months at a time, so buy a few more pounds than you originally planned and put it in the freezer for several weeks from when you buy it. You should also know exactly what you're buying. Make sure to not load up on food that is high in carbohydrates. This can contribute to weight gain and cause you to accidentally skip meals if you are too full from previous meals. You should also compare labels when choosing between products. The products with lower sugar and sodium levels are typically better for you than their counterparts. With these tips and the information presented above in mind, hopefully we as a society can move closer to ending hunger for seniors and our nation as a whole.

Summer Youth Institute to be held at Waynesburg University The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host its annual Miller Summer Youth Institute at Waynesburg University Sunday, June 24, through Saturday, June 30. The week-long program is open to rising high school seniors from across the United States and abroad. In partnership with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Waynesburg University will serve as the site host and offer participants one college credit.


Campers will work with Waynesburg and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, room in the University dorms, have meals provided on campus and spend a day in Pittsburgh at the Seminary. The cost of the camp is $450 and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. To register, visit The Miller Summer Youth Institute is

designed to form an intentional Christian community where young people can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zones in order to grow in faith, engage in academic theological study and explore ministry. Since 1997, The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute has helped young people consider the questions of who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do.

Students, from the United States to Puerto Rico and everyone in between, represent all walks of life and theological perspectives. FMI, contact Rev. James Tinnemeyer, dean of students, vice president for Student Services and University chaplain at Waynesburg, at or 724-852-3271.

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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, PA 15222. 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-to-earth 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 son Will. FMI: Tickets (currently starting at $39) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: online at, by calling 412-4566666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

PBT Completes $21.2 Million Campaign Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the completion of its nearly 10-year, $21.2 million campaign to expand its Strip District campus and build long-term funding for artistic priorities, student scholarships and educational programs. PBT will honor major campaign donors at a May 3, event hosted by the Benter Foundation at its new office in the Benedum Trees Building prior to the company’s dress rehearsal of “UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free” on stage May 4-6, at the Benedum Center. The $21.2 million Campaign for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre started in 2009 with a $1.25 million investment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to launch a multi-phase campus expansion project. In 2015, PBT publicly announced additional campaign priorities to build endowment and innovation funding for key artistic and educational priorities. Campaign leadership came from Campaign Co-chairs Carolyn and Bill Byham and Dawn and Chris Fleischner. And of the total $22.2 million raised, 22 percent was contributed by members of PBT’s Board of Trustees. Since 2009, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has invested a total of $3.25 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program toward PBT's new Byham Center for Dance and other campus expansion projects. Leading corporate contributors include Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and PNC Bank, which invested in student scholarships, as well as Giant Eagle, MSA - The Safety Company and UPMC which invested in innovation funding for artistic priorities. Among the campaign’s most high-profile achievements are the construction of the 14,000-square-foot, $6.5 million Byham Center for Dance, which opened its doors in September 2016, and the 2010 opening of Byham House, PBT School’s student residence for full-time high school students. The campaign also will leave other equally enduring legacies to the art PBT stages, the audiences who experience it

and the students the company trains. Other campaign impacts to date include: The acquisition of five new productions - “Giselle,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake” and “Alice in Wonderland” - for PBT’s permanent repertory. Already this year companies, including Joffrey Ballet and Nevada Ballet, have rented and staged these productions in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Worth, Las Vegas and San Diego, providing PBT with sustaining rental revenue A new line of Community Division dance and fitness classes for members of the public and increased enrollment in PBT School thanks to the new Byham Center for Dance The upcoming PBT premieres of Jerome Robbins' “West Side Story Suite,” “In The Night” and “Fancy Free” presented by UPMC in honor of centennial celebrations for Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein The creation of new endowed PBT School scholarship funds established by PNC, Highmark and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation An endowed Community Youth Scholarship fund established by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society to provide annual need-based scholarships to talented students between the ages of 5 and 8 An endowment gift from Richard E. Rauh to permanently fund a principal dancer position PBT’s March 2017 collaboration with Dance Theatre of Harlem funded by BNY Mellon Endowment funding to expand PBT’s Dance for Parkinson’s class series and other accessibility programs For additional information about supporting ongoing programs like these, community members can contact Lois A. Wholey, director of development, at 412-454-9133 or, or visit

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Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal Acoustically Speaking May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets $40, $36 & $25 Pick yourselves up off the floor if you just fainted, RENT fans, because it’s true. Adam and Anthony will be performing on the State Theatre stage! Adam and Anthony will each perform solo sets featuring original tunes and songs that have influenced their lives, capped off by performing together a few of the iconic hits from where it all began – meeting at the Tony Award Winning show RENT. Stars of the original production of RENT and stars of the film version of the musical, Adam and Anthony continue to perform on Broadway, on tour, in television, and film.

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New Trail Good for Recreation, Education and Cardio-Exercise Story by Dave Zuchowski At just eight-tenths of a mile long, the recently opened West Bethlehem Township Hiking Trail near Marianna might not seem that challenging. But in this case, it’s not the length that matters as much as the height. To give it a try I met up with Lisa Scherer, trail advocate and volunteer from Marianna, one breezy afternoon in early April near the small fishing pond adjacent to the trail entrance. It lies just to the left of the new sign proudly announcing the trail location. Handing me a map that shows the trail’s sharp rise in elevation from 953 at the bottom to 1,313 feet at the top, Scherer, a photographer friend and I began our trek up the grassy hill. It’s part of a 150-acre tract purchased by the township from the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 2003. The land had been used as a refuse dump by Bethlehem Steel; but was later reclaimed around 2002, eleven years after the local mine closed. Township supervisor of 34 years, Bob Mercante said the supervisors wanted the community to have someplace to go for recreation and decided to put in a hiking trail. Scherer sees the trail as an potential asset that will draw not just locals but hiking and nature enthusiasts from further away. Skeptical about her optimistic vision, I walked along as she pointed out that come late spring, summer and fall, the area should be beautiful with

wildflowers, trees in full foliage and milkweed that was recently seed to attract Monarch butterflies. As we made our ascent, the top of the hill was out of visual range for most of the way but as we climbed higher, I got to see the large rounded pinnacle rising steeply from its base. Making the final ascent up the steep slope was the headiest part of the hike, but the reward at the top is an amazing vista that takes in the mountains above Uniontown with the Jumonville cross and giant wind turbines turning in the far distance. In the opposite direction, the town of Marianna and the blue water tower that sits above Scenery Hill are clearly visible. I was no longer skeptical about Scherer’s enthusiasm for the trail’s potential. “Soon, we should have a picnic table installed at the bottom and top of the trail along with benches on which to rest at different points,” Scherer said. “We also want to plant directional signs and

signage that outlines hiker dos and don’ts.” A future vision includes erecting kiosks at the top of the hill that point out nearby and distant landmarks and topographical features. Besides its obvious recreational use, the trail can also be used for educational purposes and Scherer said the local library is considering using the trail as part of its summer programming for children. The absence of sounds and noise at the top should make the trail a haven for those needed a bit of peace and quiet, and, if my guess about the lack of light pollution from nearby urban areas is correct, the peak should be excellent for star and meteor shower gazing. Scherer also envisions a future when sculptures might line the trail, and more blue bird boxes other than the ones near the entrance are put up along with a bat box or two. By the time this article is published, volunteers may have put in place directional signs leading the way to the trail. If not, take Beallsville-Marianna Road to the bridge across from the Pizza Company. restaurant After crossing the bridge, make a sharp left on to Jefferson Avenue and follow the road about a half mile. The Hiking Trail entrance will be on your right.

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Common Funeral Flowers According to Teleflora, “The type of flowers you choose can express your particular sentiment.” See below for an overview of the symbolic meaning behind the most common flowers. Lilies - The lily is the flower most commonly associated with funeral services as they symbolize the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed. Gladioli - Typically used in fan sprays as a classic and elegant arrangement for traditional funeral services, the gladiolus embodies strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity. Carnations - Long lasting and fragrant, carnations are a popular choice for sympathy arrangements. The red carnation evokes admiration while a pink carnation stands for remembrance. White carnations stand for pure love and innocence. Chrysanthemums - Mums are frequently included in arrangements for funeral services. Their symbolic meaning varies from country to country, but in the US, they symbolize truth and the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful, although New Orleans is a notable exception. Roses - As one of the most recognizable flowers, roses can be a beautiful part of an arrangement of funeral flowers. White roses evoke reverence, humility, innocence, and youthfulness. Red roses convey respect, love, and courage. Pink roses signify love, grace, appreciation, and gentility. Dark crimson roses denote grief and sorrow. Yellow roses are given by friends of the deceased to symbolize their strong ties. Orchids - Orchids say “I will always love you”. When giving an orchid plant as a gesture of sympathy, it is important to give consideration to color. Pink and white are traditional colors of sympathy. Hydrangea - Sending a seasonal spring plant is a nice and appropriate gesture for a grieving family. The hydragea is a gift of thanks in repayment for understanding and is given as a gesture of sincerity. Daffodils & Tulips - Bright yellow spring tulips and daffodils are a symbol of renewal and fresh starts. They are believed to bring encouragement and hope to a person who is grieving or unhappy so they make a great choice to send as a sympathy gift to the family home of the departed.

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Mavis Staples to headline Three Rivers Arts Fest The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced this morning that American music legend Mavis Staples will join the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival featured music lineup. Staples will headline opening day of the Festival with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Main Stage in Pittsburgh’s Point State Park. All featured music performances at the Festival are free and open to the public. Staples sang with family for her first paying gig at Holy Trinity Baptist Church in 1948, moving over time from the gospel circuit to radio and eventually even to stadium shows, collecting a number one hit along the way and adding almost every musical form to her repertoire. She has performed with Bob Dylan, Booker T., Ray Charles, and The Band, among many others, and has had music written for her by everyone from Prince and Nick Cave to Neko Case. Mavis and the Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 by Lauryn Hill. Last year, she was among the 38th class inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Her performance at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival comes on the heels of the release of Staples’ newest album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. The timely and powerful new album was released to much acclaim in November 2017. Billboard writes, “once again, Staples is the voice of activism. If All I Was Was Black is a reminder of her timeless talent – and the work that

still needs to be done to build relationships with our fellow man.” Following her performance in Pittsburgh, Staples will be playing Bonnaroo, the Chicago Blues Festival, Live Oak Fest and the Saratoga Jazz Festival before touring internationally. Staples joins the previously announced featured music lineup, including Everything Everything, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Banda Magda, The Mendelsshon Choir of Pittsburgh, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sidewalk Chalk, Valerie June, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and the Mavericks. The entire lineup of dance, film, literary art, gallery exhibitions, public art and creative activities for all ages will be announced on April 16, and made available at

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: What are all these acronyms? Many times, when sitting in a mental health group setting, either support or advisory meetings, acronyms are being slung around like a third language. This month, I thought I would pull out four in particular that represent therapies that are used regularly in treatments. If you have never heard of any of these, I suggest you discuss them with your therapist. It can only help to look into these further. The information I present here is only scratching the surface of the complexity of each of these treatments. None of these are meant to replace traditional treatment but act as very effective augmentations to your existing mental health recovery program(s). CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. In adults, CBT has been shown to have effectiveness and a role in the treatment plans for anxiety disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, eating disorders, chronic low back pain, personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, in the adjustment, depression, and anxiety associated with fibromyalgia, and with post-spinal cord injuries. DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes. The goal is to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diag-

nosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. IPT: Interpersonal therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on you and your relationships with other people. It’s based on the idea that personal relationships are at the center of psychological problems. IPT is not about finding an unconscious origin of your current feelings and behavior. In this way, it is unlike

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other forms of psychotherapy. IPT instead focuses on the current reality of your depression. It looks at how more immediate difficulties are contributing to symptoms. Depression symptoms can complicate personal relationships. This often causes people with depression to turn inward or act out. Originally developed as a method of treating depression, IPT is also effective with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression as a result of disease, such as HIV, depression as a result of caregiving, dysthymia, eating disorders, marital disputes, panic disorder, protracted bereavement and substance abuse. IPSRT: Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy is designed to help people improve their moods by understanding and working with their biological and social rhythms. Originally developed as a form of psychotherapy for a single clinician and a single patient, the program has since been adapted to work in several different kinds of settings, including inpatient and outpatient groups. IPSRT is a compelling adjunctive therapy for people with mood disorders, and it emphasizes techniques to improve medication adherence, manage stressful life events, and reduce disruptions in social rhythms. IPSRT teaches patients skills that let them protect themselves against the development of future episodes. NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

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


News from Greater Monessen Historical Society The Greater Monessen Historical Society wants to help with Spring Cleaning! Bring items of possible historical value to the Monessen Heritage Museum during regular operating hours, Wed. through Sat, from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Society is looking for old photos, documents and memorabilia that showcase Monessen’s ethnic and industrial heritage. To prepare for future exhibits, the Society is researching Monessen’s African American heritage, the history of local organized crime, and various old businesses. If anyone wishes to help or has information, please contact the Historical Society. For great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifts, please shop at the Heritage Museum Shoppe. There are great ethnic cookbooks and various works on local history that make excellent presents for that special someone. The Historical Society co-sponsors the Mon Valley Genealogy Forum with

Monessen Public Library and Cultural Center. The group meets the third Monday of each month at the Library at 5:30 PM. Come and learn about your family tree! The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is always free.

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

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Waynesburg U to offer cyber crime conference Waynesburg University will offer a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference Tuesday, May 8. The conference will have three tracks, including CPA & Forensic Accounting, Law Enforcement and Cyber Security. Professionals in each of the three areas are invited to attend the conference. The cost is $35. To register, visit The conference will address timely topics in the fields of cyber security and financial crimes. Presentations will be made on the following topics: Internet Crime, Digital Currencies, The Dark Net, Digital Evidence Recovery, Cyber Security Breaches, Email and Computer Disruptions and Compromises, Money Laundering and Employment Tax. A welcome will be offered by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, and the keynote address will be given by Robert Cessar, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on the subject of health care fraud and the opioid crisis. Brady is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on September 18, 2017, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 2017. As United States Attorney, Scott oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest throughout the twenty-five counties in Western Pennsylvania. Cessar joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the White Collar Crimes Unit. In 2002, he was appointed the First Assistant United

States Attorney. In 2009, he was appointed Acting United States Attorney. In 2011, he joined the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and in 2017, he was appointed the head of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Other speakers include: Kurt Petro, Cyber Crime Scene Specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center Cathy Hill, Carolyn Ross and Caroline Adams, Management and Program Analysts with the FBI, currently detailed to Internet Crime Compliant Center Michael McKeown, FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Pittsburgh Field Office Cyber Division Justin A. Sarvey, FBI IT Forensic Examiner Robert Kickbush, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania Robert Leuenberger, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Janet Isman, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Employment Tax Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790.

INDOOR YARD SALE St Mary’s Anglican Church, 6th & Lookout, Charleroi, will hold its annual indoor yard sale and flea market on May 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon items will be served, with a bake sale also featured. ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 6TH & LOOKOUT, CHARLEROI

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Bees, Bats, and Fairies - Robison Acres Plant Sanctuary has it all Story by Keren Lee Dreyer If you have a sudden swarm of bees in your tree, bats in your belfry, want to stroll amongst the fairies, or simply need gardening knowledge from an expert, Robison Acres Plant Sanctuary, LLC, at 471 Daniels Run Road in Scenery Hill is for you. Robison Acres, founded in 2010 by beekeeper, John Robison, and master gardener emeritus and wife, Betty, achieved its Wild Plant Sanctuary status in 2011 after successfully undergoing a qualifying inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Land Management and Conservation. In addition to providing education for the community, wild plant sanctuaries, among other qualifications, must support native pollinators. While different creatures, such as bats, aid in pollination, it is John’s bee keeping skills that not only benefit the plant life at their 33 acre sanctuary, but are at the ready to capture and rehive an absconded swarm in a tree. “We’re trying to do a little bit of good in helping the environment,” Betty Robison said of the couple’s work at the sanctuary. Part of that work also includes dispelling myths about what one may see around their own home or garden as undesirable or unattractive. For example, white clover covering a yard is commonly mowed down or on the receiving end of weed killers. However, Robison notes that white clover is the first food for honey bees in the spring and is also “good for the lawn because it fixes nitrogen that helps your lawn grow.” Robison recounts another myth dispelling story at the sanctuary involving garter snakes on a stone and a lady ready to wield a shovel to hasten their demise. “I said no, and here’s why we don’t kill them; they’re harmless and eat all kinds of bugs. Bats are good, too, because they eat bugs all night long. Frogs and snakes are indicative of a healthy natural area because you don’t see them where lawns are sprayed. Those finding a bat in their belfry or, more commonly, their attic, may want to

rethink having it exterminated. According to Robison, a bat house for the property will attract the bat(s) within a matter of days. John is happy to provide plans for a bat house, which is specifically designed to house female bats and their pups. Male bats commonly live under the bark of hickory trees, which for this reason are protected from being cut down during certain times of the year. Robison teaches a number of classes during the year in and around the sanctuary, education numerous patrons regarding natural ways to take care of gardens, which species of insects and animals are desirable and why and, if needed, will pay an on site visit to help out with a troublesome garden. While these topics are of great interest to adults, by now, children are wondering how grown ups can be so boring. However, Robison Acres is not only a place to learn about and buy unusual perennials, herbs, or heirloom tomatoes to name only a few; it is also home to an enchanting Fairy Trail. The Fairy Trail was inspired by Robison’s nieces, who liked to make fairy houses along the now 600’ long stretch of pathway that comprises a magical home for fairy fans of all kinds. “I decided to make the trail because I like to see kids outside and gardening”

Robison said, “and we thought that (in addition to education for adults) it would be good for children to have as well. Whether someone is 1 or 99, they enjoy it, and it gives them ideas for their grandchildren or children” The Fairy Trail is home to a detailed fairy circus, a fairy who lives in a shoe, fairy bird houses, colorful trail signs, and sparkling fairy wings (cut from corrugated material) kids can pose in front of to become a fairy themselves - if only for a picture. Children’s reactions to the trail range from complete wonder to complete skeptic. Robison explains that “after I gave one girl information, I was telling

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her about how the fairies like joy and like to sing. It was the sweetest thing to see her walking over there, as if waiting to see an actual fairy...We have kids who come back in saying ‘I saw a fairy!’ But one boy came back and said that he didn’t. His grandfather said ‘That’s because you don’t believe.'’’ One special feature of the trail is a mailbox where visitors can leave a personal note for the fairies. “One of the most touching messages was from a young girl, around 10 years old, and she was asking questions about toads and frogs and things” Robison said, continuing “She went on the trail with her parents and came back and said she left a message in the mailbox. I went back later and the message to the fairies was ‘Please bring this place good luck.’” In addition to exploring the trail, parents and their children can enjoy a special book available on a bench at the trail. The book, titled “The Friendship Fairy,” was inspired by 4 year old India Phillips and recounts the tale of a fairy who is trying to earn her wings through acts of friendship and kindness. Though Phillips passed on at that early age, her teachers, inspired by her many kindnesses toward others, penned and illustrated the book, which exemplifies several of the typical acts Phillips exhibited toward others at school. The India Phillips Foundation freely distributes the books to libraries, schools, and other programs to foster the importance of being kind to others. Children reading their own copy can visit to tell the Friendship Fairy their story of kindness toward another. A “Friendship Fairy Certificate of Friendship” with that child’s name will then be e-mailed for parents to print out and display. Robison happily delivers a number of educational talks and classes throughout the year, both at the sanctuary and at certain locations. To keep up with her schedule, make friends at or visit them on line at: To learn more about the India Phillips Foundation, visit


GCT to perform Sherlock Holmes Mystery

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Greensburg Civic Theatre presents its season closing Ken Ludwig comedy, “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”, May 4-6 at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg PA. A murderously funny adventure, performances are at 8 PM Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, and 2 PM Sunday, May 6. Advance tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for students; $2 more at the door. Order online at or charge by phone at 724836-8000. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Directed by Alicia DiPaolo of Manor with Ashley Temple of Trafford as Stage Manager, the cast includes Michael Temple of Trafford (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Crosby of Greensburg (Watson), Pamela Lee of Murrysville (Actor One), Conor McQueen of Kecksburg (Actor Two), and Becca

As a pastor I work with a choir director and pianists each week. Worship would be different without them. Music fills our worship with an element that prayer may reach and preaching almost never does. Music enhances our worship expands the scripture and provides for participation. Music fills our worship and life in ways that inspire yet maybe it is untapped. Untapped inspiration from music, how is that possible? Even I admit to being inspired by music most days. Some days I sit in my car just to hear the whole song to the end in order to be inspired for what is going on outside of the car also known as life. I look with some envy at our youth and the earbuds – I so badly at times want to be plugged in to the music that moves my soul and lifts my spirit all day long. I recall days when I could blast music and get work done. Now, I cannot have a phone conversation with music on too loud. I want music on all the time yet, I know I cannot and I know I have untapped inspiration out there in music because I like what I like. That is, I like what I like to listen to and I don't deviate. Actually, I don't try any other music. I have the radio stations programmed in my car, the websites for streaming in my favorites, and I download the same artists, rarely listening to even a suggested artist. Sigh, untapped inspiration. Creature of habit. Living in my own bubble. [My bubble and habits may be slim but they include the 80s music and some heavy metal along with contemporary Christian music and traditional hymns. I know very early rap – Sugar Hill Gang. Oh, and I am a huge bluegrass fan! Shout out to Emmilou Harris.] insert laughter My own habits and bubble beg to be broken and burst. There is an immense

Mitchell of Latrobe (Actor Three). This production wraps up Greensburg Civic Theatre’s 66th season of community theatre, dating back to 1951. Volunteers in the areas of set construction and technical theatre (lighting and sound) are needed for the organization to produce three to five shows next season. Crew volunteers earn a free ticket to the production! A “critical need” volunteer drive for all production areas is underway through May 21, the date of the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, when the future of the theatre troupe will be the featured item on the agenda. Contact to volunteer or for more information, or visit Greensburg Civic Theatre’s Facebook page or website,

Decades Rewind set to perform 5/5 at Byham Decades Rewind is set to perform their audience favorite theatrical concert at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. This event is presented by Decades Entertainment. Decades Rewind is a national touring concert, dance party, and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show celebrating the hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – America’s most prominent decades in music history. The medleys feature a wide array of legendary songs including hits by ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Chubby Checker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Prince, Bon Jovi, and many others. The “jump out and grab you show” is accompanied by three larger than life screens and visuals that instantly transport viewers to each decade with


images from that time’s headlines and pop-culture. With over 100 costume changes, 10 medleys featuring 60 songs, Decades Rewind is an unparalleled, interactive multimedia musical experience that will have you jumping out of your seat and singing along. This IS the story of your life. Tickets (starting at $44.50) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, order online at, or email FMI:

amount of music out there, and I listen to so little. Sometimes it reminds me of the hymns we sing, relatively few sung in the grand amass of music. And sometimes it reminds me that when there is a need for inspiration, even those that are not churched folk are often inspired by hymns. The most inspirational hymn is known to be Amazing Grace. It inspired us following 9/11, it laid Rev. Billy Graham to rest, it resonated with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it made many vocalists stars, and more. This hymn, inspired to be written by a man who was a slave trader, now is one of the most influential and inspiring hymns (songs) ever. When was the last time you listened to Amazing Grace? Maybe there is untapped inspiration for you to hear today. For me, I will be looking for a link in my inbox with your favorite song – to inspire me. Email your suggestions to Pastor Dawn at

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

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

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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Fractional Lasers and IPL Treatments Is it spring yet? I ask because it’s been an unusually cold spring so far! As we make our way through the spring months, we’ve also made our way through quite a few noninvasive treatments. In continuation for this column, I will be focusing on fractional lasers and IPL treatments. Fractional lasers or Fraxel, as they are more commonly called, are similar to microneedling that I talked about in last month’s column. The Fraxel treatment creates tiny holes deep into the skin which causes the skin to repair itself by producing collagen. This process replaces damaged skin with new skin. Fraxel is one of the best treatments you can get for sun damaged skin, especially because it helps to fade precancerous spots. It can also work on fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, and acne scarring. It’s not good for treating redness in the skin but it does help to improve skin texture and tone. You can also have Fraxel done on your neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and back. After you get a Fraxel treatment, you may see results within a week or two but as with any noninvasive treatment you have to do it in a series if you want to see the best results. You can get a treatment every three to eight weeks.

These treatments can be pricey depending on where you go to get it done and how big the area is you want treated. It’s generally not a painful treatment but everyone is different as far as what they think is painful. A numbing cream is applied first then the lasers start to roll over the skin. It feels like a prickly sensation all over the area being treated. The downtime is usually one to three days depending upon your skin sensitivity. You may be a bit red afterwards and you are allowed to wear makeup. As with any treatment, it is always important to wear sunscreen afterwards. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is a therapy that uses a broad spectrum of light which targets a larger area of skin and produces different wavelengths. IPL is not a laser therapy even though the

process is similar to it. To put it in simple terms, lasers use a single color of light focusing on one specific area at a time whereas IPL uses multiple lights which targets several skin conditions at once. Both treatments use light and heat to destroy cells that produce melanin. IPL is good for hair removal, sun damage, and it can remove the small blood vessels that appear on the skin. It stimulates collagen as well which can lead to minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. However, if that is your main concern a stronger laser with a more concentrated approach would be better. It can also be used to fade acne scars, treat melasma and stretch marks, and even lighten freckles and birthmarks. You can receive a IPL treatment every three to four weeks and it usually takes three to six treatments to see results. As with Fraxel, a numbing cream is applied first. You most likely will feel a burning sensation similar to a sunburn. After the treatment, you can go about your daily routine but try to avoid direct sunlight. You may have redness for a couple of days and in some cases the skin can blister but this is just the process of pigment being destroyed. With any type of laser therapy or IPL, the most important thing you can do is go somewhere with

University and EQT dedicate Waynesburg Unity Trail Waynesburg University, in conjunction with the EQT Foundation, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Waynesburg Unity Trail Wednesday, April 25. Completed in 2017, the trail project was funded through a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation. “One of the priorities of the EQT Foundation is to support projects that enhance the wellbeing of communities and the residents who live there,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation manager. “By encouraging active lifestyles and providing educational opportunities along the way, this new trail gives students, faculty and nearby residents a reason to experience the beauty and wonder that await outside their doors.” The event included remarks by Waynesburg University President

Douglas G. Lee; Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations; Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology; and Rossi. A dedication sign at the beginning of the trail reads, “Built by the students of Waynesburg University to promote creation care and cooperation with the Borough of Waynesburg.” The Waynesburg Unity Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration. “I am grateful to EQT for funding this project and for the 2,000 hours of community service that have been logged so far by students at Waynesburg University,” said Paladino. “The goal of

a good reputation. Make sure the person is a licensed professional and has lots of experience doing this otherwise you run the risk of not getting the best results from the treatment. After all, these treatments are expensive so you want to make sure you get your money’s worth! We have gone through many noninvasive treatments so at this point you might be asking which one is the best for you? Really that depends on your skin concerns and how much you want to spend. I also recommend doing your own research about any of these treatments to help you make the best decision. I’ve said this before but it really is so important to use the right skincare products and to be consistent with them because you will get better results from these treatments if you do. In next month’s column I will be talking about the different types of fillers and most likely that will conclude my noninvasive series. About Face with Tasha is a regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey isa Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email us at and we’ll pass it on to her.

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the Unity Trail is becoming a reality. We have engaged the community and the University in a partnership of environmental stewardship by creating a place for all to take quiet walks in the forest and to appreciate that nature teaches us many things. It is our hope that more community members will get involved with work and activities on the Unity Trail.” The University’s goal is for the trail to be a safe place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

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Cognitive Distortions: Spring Dance Concert 2018 Steele Hall Mainstage May 3, 4, 5, 2018 @ 7 p.m. Join student and faculty dancers and choreographers as they explore the communicative aspects of the body. Open to all ages of students interested in dance; and to high school students studying psychology, physical and mental health, and society and cultures. FMI:


NOW PLAYING! Sunday, May 6 at 6 PM - THE FABULOUS HUBCAPS - $20 After a four-year absence from the area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region is proud to bring back The Fabulous Hubcaps, one of America’s favorite show bands! All proceeds benefit local one-to-one mentoring programs in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Friday, May 18 at 8 PM - RICK SPRINGFIELD - $45, $65, $85, $125 Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, this Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who has starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective, earned great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit Supernatural and most recently played Pastor Charles on American Horror Story. Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM - THE LETTERMEN - $40, $45, $50 For five decades The Lettermen have entertained audiences all over the world. The beautiful voices and distinctive harmonies of the singing trio first hit the music charts in 1961 with “The Way You Look Tonight.” Their voices blended as one and after following that first hit with another chart topper, “When I Fall In Love,” they were voted best vocal group of

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Friday, May 25 at 7:30 PM - MIKE MARINO - Make America Italian Again, with special guest Luca Palanca featuring emcee David Kaye - $25, $35, $45; $60 - includes meet and greet By popular demand, Mike Marino is back at The Palace Theatre and he’s bringing some of his friends for a side-splitting night of comedy. He has performed in every major comedy club, theatre, casino and event center from New York to Los Angeles and around the world. Mike has also shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business.

The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced today that Leanna Spada will assume duties of Executive Director of the organization, effective May 7, 2018. She will succeed Debra Keefer, who has held the post for 21 years. She has been working in an administrative support role since February at the Chamber, according to Armand Ferrara, Chamber President. “We have been totally impressed with her people skills and understanding of our program of work,” said Ferrara. “Leanna comes from a family rooted in community service,” said Deb Keefer, retiring Director. “She has so many qualities that make her perfect for the position and I am absolutely thrilled with the Board’s choice.” Spada lives in Charleroi, and comes to the Chamber with broad experience in the private sector in the insurance and human resources fields. She graduated magna cum laude from California University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Human Resource Management, and has also owned and operated a business in downtown Charleroi called the County Cottage. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to make difference in the Mon Valley,” said Spada, “and with the help of the Board and Deb Keefer, I hope to make the transition between Directors as

Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 PM MOONWALKER – THE REFLECTION OF MICHAEL JACKSON with special guest Madonna – Coty Alexander - $25, $35, $45; $60 - includes meet and greet Inspired by the biggest star to ever live, MOONWALKER – The Reflection Of Michael takes the audience on a musical journey into Michael Jackson’s genius. Featuring live vocals, a live band, singers and dancers. This exciting shows brings Michael Jackson to life in an explosion of energetic perfection with their voices, looks and dance. Friday, June 1 at 7:30 PM - LOUIS PRIMA JR. AND THE WITNESSES $25, $35, $45 Born into an undeniable musical legacy, Louis Prima Jr. picks up the torch lit by his iconic father and leads his incarnation of The Witnesses headfirst into the future. Audiences will be treated to an evening of classics from the Louis Prima catalog, selections from LPJ & Co.'s two CDs and a healthy dose of sure-to-please surprises. Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 PM - LISA LAMPANELLI - $55, $65, $75, $85 Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup - a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. Lisa turns her biting, off-color humor to issues of body image, food and our consumer culture. Mature audiences only.

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seamless as possible,” she added. She is married to Derek Spada, and has two sons, Gino and Vito. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the Mid Mon Valley Region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi, Pa. Its mission is to provide quality networking and educational opportunities to its membership and to advocate economic development activities that will enhance the quality of life and business climate of the Mid Mon Valley.

2018-19 TRUST Cabaret Season Announced 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. “This is a season that will expand beyond the traditional cabaret format to include some larger bands and some shows with multiple vocalists while maintaining the energy and atmosphere that our audience loves. The 2018-19 series includes a slate of Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominees performing many of the greatest songs composed by music legends,” states Randal Miller,

Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 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, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

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The EQT Children's Theater Festival will be held May 17-20, 2018 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. Fostering imagination through high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, attendees can enjoy six featured performances, hands-on activities, and a variety of family-friendly art and music at various indoor and outdoor venues.The cultural experiences offered throughout festival performances can be enjoyed by all ages. PANDA'S HOME by Compagnia TPO - Italy - Ages 4+ | 50 Minutes - Venue:Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue POGGLE by Barrowland Ballet Scotland - Ages 6 months - 4 | 40 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue THE RAINBOW FISH by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada - Part of the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series - Ages 3-8 | 50 minutes Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street - A sensory-friendly performance, which will include reduced sound levels and gentle lighting, is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018. THE YOUNG KING by Slingsby Theatre Company - Australia Part of the EQT Bridge Theater Series - Ages 7+ | 70 minutes Venue:Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE by Terrance Simien - United States All Ages | 50 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue SUNJATA KAMALENYA:THE STORY OF THE TRUE LION KING OF AFRICA by Experiential Theater Company - United States - All Ages | 60 minutes - Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue All ticketed performances will take place in the Cultural District. FMI:, call 412-456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away— actually it was in last month’s issue of Pennsylvania Bridges—we discussed the evolution of the Han Solo character, and the scruffy-looking nerf herder’s creation in the original Star Wars trilogy. Cut to 2015. Harrison Ford returned as the iconic character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was killed off. Ford had originally wanted the character to die a hero in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, but George Lucas said, “No.” Now in 2018, Han returns, in prequel form, in Solo: A Star Wars Story, opening in theaters May 25th. If that date sounds familiar, you’re a big fan. The release date is the same as Star Wars: A New Hope (5/25/1977) and Return of The Jedi (5/25/1983). Solo, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope will star Alden Ehrenrich (Hail, Caesar!) as a young Han Solo. This film will show how Han met two legendary characters from the original trilogy—Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). New characters include Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi’ra, who grew up with Han. In a February 2018 Entertainment Weekly interview, Clarke describes her femme fatale character as having “a core of steel.” The role of Tobias Beckett, a criminal who is also Han’s mentor, was originally offered to Christian Bale, who passed. Legendary film and television actor Woody Harrelson agreed to take on the part. In a February 2018 interview, Harrelson describes Tobias: “He really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to realize . . . he needs to try to come to terms with some kind of moral code.” Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan wrote the screenplay. Lawrence Kasdan has almost a 40-year history with the Star Wars franchise, which started when he was one of the two screenwriters of Empire Strikes Back. Kasdan, along with George Lucas, wrote the screenplay for Return of The Jedi. He also wrote the screenplay for another successful Lucas film— the 1981 smash hit Raiders of The Lost Ark, for which he won a Best Screenplay Saturn Award. As for the future of the Star Wars film franchise, Episode 9 of Star Wars is scheduled to be released December 20, 2019 and will once again be directed by J.J. Abrams, who directed and joined Kasdan as one of the three screenwriters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a September 2017 article on, producer and Lucas Film



president, Kathleen Kennedy stated: “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.” There has been some speculation that the role of Leia might be recast, but those rumors were put to rest. Many are sad that we’ll never get a chance to see one more character reunion of Luke, Leia, and Han on the big screen. On that subject, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) said, “Rather than being sorry that we can’t have more of her, I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.” As for Star Wars film spin-offs after the release of Solo this May, Disney reportedly also has an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel scheduled for release in 2020. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels released from 1999–2005, stars. There are also rumored plans for a Boba Fett and a Yoda movie. Er, I mean, plans for a Boba Fett and a Yoda movie there are.


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

We will be on the move to our newly renovated library at 931 Main Street starting May 14-28 and will be closed during the move.We are still at our Fairpoint Communications Building at this time. Upcoming Events TOPS meet every Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Coffee and Crayons meets every Friday at 10:30 am. Book Club meets at 6:00 pm on Thursday May 17 - location to be announced The library will be closed May 14 to May 28 for the move from the temporary location at the Fairpoint Building to the 931 Main Street location We will open on May 29 from 127:30 p.m. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St. , Houston washlibs. org/chartiers-houston TAG:Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you and other volunteers could help the library complete. “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting. Looking for crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays. Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and knit, crochet, or even paper mache in the company of other creative crafters. Each crafterday will also include printed instructions and a live demo on how to make a simple craft. Event held 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p. m. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Wednesdays at 6 p. m. “Shut Up & Write” This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p. m. Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

CITIZENS LIBRARY MAY 2018 ACTIVITIES May 9 from 1-3 p.m. - Sweets and Treats for Seniors - Join us for our monthly series for seniors and their families. RSVP at the library. May 11 - The library is opening at 12 p.m. today due to staff training. May 11 from 5-7 p.m. - Neighborhood Family Night - Open to all ages registration required by Thursday May 10. Includes supper. Bring a large box or cardboard sheet if possible. Iyengar Yoga - Yoga class offered by professional instructor. Iyengar focuses more on precision of poses and breathing. $15 a class. See website for dates and times. May 17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - CITIBOOKS HALF OFF BOOK SALE May 17 from 6-7 p. m. - Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club - The book for this month is "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris . Free and open to the public, feel free to bring a Snack! Meets in the Conference Room. May 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - CITIBOOKS $5 BAG SALE 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.We will be reading

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Every Friday in the Children's department there are crafts to make or activities to do. Stop by any time for these drop in activities, no sign ups required. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a. m. , and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, from 5-6 p. m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a. m. -7 p. m.Tues & Wed; 10 a. m to 6 p. m.Thurs; & 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email friendsofcitizenslibrary@gmail. com. May 28 - The library is closed all day today. Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI: washlibs. org/citizens

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 WATER ST. , FREDERICKTOWN WEBSITE: washlibs. org/fredericktown PHONE: 724-377-0017 Spring Story Hour will be held Thursdays at 10:00 at the library thru May 24th. Please call the library to register your child. Library Board of Trustees will meet Wed. May 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the library. SIT N KNIT/CROCHET will meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Beginner through expert is welcome. Rep. Pam Snyder’s Community Outreach staff is at the library every third Tuesday of each month from 11 – 3. Just stop in…no appointment needed. Join us for our 6th Annual Sip of Summer Outdoor Wine Tasting Event Friday, June 22, 2018.Tickets are now available. Call the library at 724-377-

0017 for more information. Would you like to be a powerful advocate for the Fredericktown Area Public Library? We are looking for a few good men and women who would like to serve as library trustees. If interested just stop in the library. Our underwriters for May are: BCR Lions Club for underwriting the cost of our Internet service for one year, Northwest Bank for underwriting the cost of 1 Story Hour, and Dave & Betty Rankin & Family for underwriting the cost of one Story Hour in memory of Cynthia Grable Davis.

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

Tiny Tunes Music Mondays at 11 a. m. Ages: 2½ 5 with an adult.Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies Tues at 10 a. m. Birth-12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime Tues at 11 a. m. Ages: 12 24 months with an adult. They're just learning to talk -give them something to talk about. Toddler Tales Wednesdays at 10 a. m. Ages: 2 3½ with an adult. Wii Sports for Adults Every Wednesday Stay active in the comfort of your library. No registration required. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a. m. & 1:15 p. m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds.This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics 9:15 a. m. For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess Tues at 11 a. m. -2 p. m. Every Tues in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. FMI, call 724-941-9430.

Plan to attend a special program on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 1 PM at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center.The program will focus on Rich Gazarik’s latest book, “Prohibition Pittsburgh”, that explores the impact prohibition had on the city. Gazarik is a former reporter for the TribuneReview and has written several books about historical events in the Pittsburgh area. On Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 1 PM, the Library will host young adult author, Joshua David Bellin. He has been writing novels since the age of eight. His first published novel is the post-apocalyptic thriller SURVIVAL COLONY 9, came out in 2014, with the sequel, SCAVENGER OF SOULS, following in 2016. A third novel, the YA deep space adventure FREEFALL, released in 2017. In his spare time, he loves to read (mostly science fiction), watch movies (again, mostly sci-fi), and spend time in Nature (mostly observing frogs and toads). He likes really scary monsters. The Library has a subscription to database claims to provide access to approximately 16 billion historical records and have over 2 million paying subscribers, in addition to more than 7 million AncestryDNA customers.The company says its usergenerated content includes 70 million family trees with more than 200 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories from subscribers.The database can only be used in the Library. The Friends of the Library remind everyone when doing Spring Cleaning to save items for the annual Holiday Boutique. Items can be brought to the Library during regular business hours. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on May 21, 2018, at 5:30 PM. New members welcome. The Knitting/Crochet Club will meet on May 9 and 23, at 6 PM. Bring your projects! Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center can be found on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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

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

BROWNSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 SENECA ST. , BROWNSVILLE WEBSITE: bfpl. org/ PHONE: 724-785-7272 Children's Spring Story Time began March 21, and will take place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. through May 9. No registration required. 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! 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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Spring is here! Time to kick off your shoes and donate. These gently used shoes will support the Erie United Methodist Alliance and All God’s Children Ministries. Through this shoe drive, we raise much needed funds for outreach ministries and shoes are kept out of landfills. Additionally, people in developing countries receive the shoes to help them establish micro enterprises providing them with the means to support their families and offer shoes to their neighbors at affordable prices. Take a few minutes to reach out to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers … Are you hosting a yard sale, consider donating any leftover shoes. Drop off Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 420 California Dr., Coal Center. FMI: 724-330-5350 COLLECTION WILL RUN THROUGH THE END OF MAY 30

Upcoming Events The Library will be closed on Monday May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. The Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Spring Art Contest for local teen artists in grades 7-12. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place winners along with a People’s Choice Award. Artwork to be displayed in the Athena Sarris Art Gallery on the second floor of the library. Details and entry form available at the Circulation Desk. Submission deadline is between Saturday, April 28 and Friday, May 4. Teen Advisory Board Students in grades 7 - 12 meet monthly to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. If you are a student who is interested in making a difference in your community, stop by the meeting or email Beth Kairush,Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at for more information.Wednesday 5/2. 6-7 p.m. Genealogy Workshop sponsored by the Washington County ChapterDaughters of the American Revolution. Ann Harder, Southwest PA District Director, and her team will present the workshop. Bring your genealogy research and get help adding more of your ancestors to your family tree. Please call the library to register for this free workshop at 724-745-1308, option 1 (Main Desk). Saturday, 5/5 1-4 p.m. Fiction Club Special Edition - All are welcome as we host local author Annette Dashofy on Wednesday, 5/9. 1:00 p.m. College Admissions Program presented by Chris Hitchins. Learn strategies to help your child with college selection and financial aid.Thursday, 5/10 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Carnival -Join us in our parking lot as we bring carnival fun to the Canonsburg community.There will be carnival games, food trucks and more fun for the entire family! Game tickets will be available for purchase for a nominal amount.We will also kick off our registration for the Summer Quest pro-

gram (formerly Summer Reading). Sunday 5/20 2-6 p.m. Teen Writers' Club - (grades 7 - 12) will meet to write, share and support each other through the creative process.Whether you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, short stories or more, stop by to meet like-minded teens. Monday 5/21. 6-7 p.m. Nonfiction Book Club will be discussing The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. For additional information, email Leslie Yoder at 5/22 2 p.m. Ultimate Gaming Friday - an after school program inviting all ages to come unwind before the weekend with our collection of video, board or card games. Friday 5/25 3-5 p.m. Page Turners Book Club - High School students who enjoy reading are always welcome! Join us this month to talk about The Circle by Dave Eggers. Thursday 5/31 4 p.m. On-going Events Story Time for children 9 months to 5 years old - Mondays-Thursday mornings through 5/10. Spanish Story Time - stories and songs in Spanish with Ms. Noreen.Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. through 5/8. Family Night is an evening story hour with stories, games and activitiesTuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through 5/15. Little Picassos - children ages 2-5 along with their fun loving adult can join Miss Barb for a craft with messing things like glitter, glue, water, paints etc. Dress appropriately! Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. through 5/9. Lego Club meets every Wednesday 56 p.m. Table Top Gaming - organized board game playing time happens Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. Wiggles and Giggles - a motion class for 2-5 years old - we will be moving and dancing for 35-40 minutes! Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. through 5/10. Of Dice and Men - Roleplaying Games take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. 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, 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 subscription to Ancestry. com! Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers.Visit our website to see what is currently on display. If you're an artist interested in displaying your work in this venue, please visit our website or stop in to get an application. Through the library's website, Frank Sarris Public Library cardholders can access thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Check out 500+ continuing education courses available at no cost through our website. Digital Magazines from Zinio - The Frank Sarris Public Library is the only location in the area to provide this resource , and we offer a selection of more than 40 titles. Our used book sale is ongoing and new titles are being added all the time. . . you can replenish your bookshelves for just $5 per bag or buy individual books for $0. 25, $0. 50 or $1. 00. Playaway Launchpad is a pre-loaded tablet designed for a circulation environment.We have Launchpads for children, teens and adults. OverDrive - Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and Read-Along eBooks anytime, anywhere - all you need is your library card. Young Explorer Kits - These themed kits are filled with age-appropriate educational toys and other materials, and they are available to borrow. FMI, visit franksarrislibrary. org, or call 724-745-1308 for more information.

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New Bentleyville Community Center opening just around the corner Story by Keren Lee Dreyer The renovation of Bentleyville’s Community Center has been ongoing since sometime in the fall of 2016, meaning the three main users of the building have been functioning in temporary locations. But on May 29, 2018 at noon, the library, senior center, and historical society will once again call 931 Main Street home. Residents of Bentleyville and surrounding communities will find improvements such as new racks in the children’s area, along with several new computers, an expanded library with new computers, an ADA compliant senior center downstairs, and improved meeting spaces for the historical society to top it all off. During the big move, from May 1428, the library will be closed but offers extended due dates with waived fines, where applicable, to borrowers wishing to return books. Books borrowed from other locations should be returned to those locations by their due dates. “We think this is going to be a real jewel to the community,” said Yvonne Baker, President of the Board of Trustees of the Bentleyville Public Library, and board member of the Bentworth community Center Building Project. She is joined in her duties by Board Secretary Judith McCarty, Bernard Kubitza, Treasurer of the board and the building fund, along with Campaign Committee Co-Chairs Lisa Stout-Bashioum and Sara P. Greenlee. “The senior Center is still in the basement,” Baker said, explaining that while it was once akin a dungeon, the renovations have rectified the mold problem,


Appraisals $10 per item. Benefits California Historical Society and Center in The Woods

$10 suggested donation for each class unless otherwise stated. May 1st – Dementia Discussion – When wandering turns dangerous 1PM May 14th - Decorative Container Gardens - 10 AM - Hands on workshop May 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st - Nutrition Links - a series on Healthy Eating 1PM, Free event. May 24th - Functional Garden Art -Make and Take - Birdbath, 6PM - $15 Classes held at the Healthy Habits Training Center located at Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA Call or check out our Facebook page for more information. To RSVP call (724) 632-2190 x 115 or email

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added a brighter atmosphere, and made the space “so much more appealing. I think more seniors will use it now that it’s renovated.” Other improvements include a more energy efficient kitchen and ADA compliant facilities. Librarian, Charlotte Carpenter, “has been an integral part of this project, but is really gung-ho about programming and getting teens, seniors, and adults in for programs.” Baker said. “She already has different outreach programs, including ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ (providing food to students in need during the summer school break), and she actually takes library programs to them. She’s just such a great person and we are lucky to have her.” Architects, Kulak Design, Inc., and general contractor TBI Contracting worked meticulously on both budget and quality to bring the library project to fruition. Funding was obtained from myriad sources, including matching

state funds, Friends of Bentleyville Library, library fundraisers, and donations from the community and all members of the board and campaigns. “We’re really appreciative of those who have donated, or have skin in the game,” Baker said, adding that “Mr. Kubitza had been the leader in all of this because he kept everything going. He knew when to dot is and cross ts, and helped keep things with the bank running smoothly. Without him, I don’t think we would have had this project come to fruition.” An open house is planned at the newly renovated center sometime in early June, while a formal dedication will be held in December, after the final touches of Phase II are complete. Don’t forget to friend the library on or call for information at: 724-239-5122

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES APPRAISAL SHOW & FLEA MARKET Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With IFAA certified appraiser, Kurt Shaw, of KDKA’s Pittsburgh Hidden Treasures and Art Critic for Trib Total Media