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Museum offers insights into river, rail, and transportation history of Monongahela River Story/Photos by Christine Haines It’s a bit like Gulliver and the Lilliputians to see members of the Pittsburgh Garden Railroad Society working on their train display at the Monongahela River, Rail and Transportation Museum. At times it seems as if the spacing between the tracks and model buildings was designed specifically to accomodate an adult male foot, but spectators are assured that any such accomodation is purely coincidental. What is not coincidental is the ability to transport the viewer into the era when railroads were a major means of transportation in America for both freight and passengers. Pint-sized passengers clutch suitcases as they run to catch the train; miniscule acetylene tanks sit outside the “car barn” ready for unseen workers to make repairs; a child swings beneath a tree for hours on end. All of this takes place on a 24x24 foot carpet in the lower level of the transportation museum in Brownsville. The group is in the process of building a new display which will be up for about a year, according to club member Tina Weimer of Greensburg. The new display will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fayette County Train Day May 11 and again May 18 for the National Road Festival, according to Ernie Bradman, one of the museum board members and a retired railroader. Weimer said children are particularly fond of the model railroad, eager to get up close. “The kids are usually very good. Their parents tell them to stay off the green area. They’re usually sitting here on the floor,” Weimer said. The model train display is just one part of what is available at the museum which is usually open Wednesdays from 9 a,m. until noon or by appointment. While there’s no admission fee, donations are accepted. Memberships are also available for those who want to show their support for the transportation museum, Bradmon said. There are currently about 170 members. The museum houses a wealth of information and artifacts from the former Monongahela Railway, as well as items from towboats which have operated in the region. The largest artifact, a retired caboose which has been overlooking Route 40 near Nemacolin Castle, is being moved by Brownsville Borough. “They’re going to be bringing the caboose over and putting it on the adjacent property. They’re trying to get it done by (Train Day) but it’s going to be
close,” Bradmon said. Smaller items can be found inside: a map cabinet with maps and photos of the entire Monongahela Railway system, a cart used to unload train cars and a brass three-whistle chime Lunkenheimer steam whistle are just a few of the items. The whistle came from a tow boat that operated on the Monongahela River. “That was on the E.D. Kenna boat that was repaired down at Hillman Barge. It was made in the late 1800s,” Bradmon said. “Everything that’s in here walked through the door. We don’t have money to acquire all of this.” Among the donations is a 36-inch wooden locomotive and coal tender on a 56-inch long trestle built and donated by Bill Strickler of Arnold City. The collection also includes a hand-built steam locomotive built for a garden railroad. “Mr. Arthur Brown from Uniontown was working in the state of California and he moved back here. Mr. Brown had a collection of railroad books that Harold Richardson catalogued and sold for him and he got that (locomotive) for doing that,” Bradmon said. “There’s a story behind everything that’s in here.” The late Harold Richardson was one of the founding members of the museum, as was the late David Gratz, a railroad engineer who retired as the
Superintendent of the Monongahela Railway. Gratz documented the MR’s history, writing a book on the subject. Gratz donated his extensive collection of MR artifacts to the museum. “This is history that is soon going to be forgotten,” Bradmon said. The museum is dedicated to keeping that history alive. Bradmon said volun-
teers are welcome and the Pittsburgh Garden Railroad Club also takes new members, no train needed. “Everybody does something different,” Weimer said. “My husband does the basic track layout. We look at the areas and the size and try to put things like the lumber company and the saw mill together. We have a lady who likes to do the islands with the trees.” Most of the buildings are also individually crafted, with some wired for electric lights, and all of the scenery, including mountains and other geographic features are also built by hand. The Monongahela Rail, River & Transportation Museum is located at 412 Church St., Brownsville, PA 15417 Photos - (top) This hand-made steam locomotive replica was donated to the Monongahela River, Rail and Transportation Museum by Arthur Brown of Uniontown. (bottom) Multiple trains and trolley cars will be operating for Train Day, May 11, at the Monongahela River Rail and Transportation Museum.
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A brand new national touring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Greensburg. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award- winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Details on page 26.
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School (PBT School) will present two May productions Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School (PBT School) will present two May productions in downtown Pittsburgh, showcasing student dancers from the beginning of their training journey to the commencement of their professional stage careers. The Pre-professional Showcases 2019, performed by career-track high school and graduate students, will take place on May 17-19 at Point Park University’s George Rowland White Performance Studio. Spring Performance 2019 follows on May 24-25 at the Byham Theater, where 200+ dancers from the Student and Pre-professional divisions will take the stage. Pre-professional Showcases Point Park University, George Rowland White Performance Studio,
201 Wood Street May 17, 2019 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. May 18, 2019 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. May 19, 2019 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. May 19, 2019 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. A weekend of performance and creativity featuring the talented students of PBT School's Pre-professional Division. Future professional dancers perform new works choreographed by PBT School Faculty as well as PBT Company Dancers Yoshiaki Nakano and Jessica McCann, along with excerpts from George Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15," August Bournonville's "Napoli," Marius Petipa's "Raymonda" and "Cinderella." Open to the public. Tickets cost $25 and are available at www.pbt.org/performances/ or by call-
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dents of PBT School's Student and Preprofessional Divisions. Career-track professional dancers perform new works choreographed by PBT School Faculty, PBT Company Dancer Yoshiaki Nakano, and excerpts from George Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15," August Bournonville's "Napoli," and "Cinderella." Students in Preparatory Ballet through the Graduate Program take the stage together in "Carnival of the Animals," a humorous musical suite by composer Camille Saint-Saëns with choreography by PBT School Faculty. Open to the public. Tickets range in price from $32-37 and are available at www.pbt.org/performances/ or by calling 412-456-6666.
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Royal Princess Engagements has the right princess for your next party
Story by Keren Lee Dreyer As a preschool teacher, Linda Ronto of Washington, PA, has plenty of opportunities to interact not only with the children in her daily classes but with their parents as well. However, when one of those parents noticed how lovely Ronto’s (then) 14-year-old daughter, Julianna, was, she asked for a favor - to have Julianna dress like a princess for her preschooler’s birthday party. Ronto found an appropriate dress at Goodwill to “jazz up” using her seamstress skills, and Julianna’s Cinderella was a hit. The following year, another preschool parent asked about Julianna appearing as Rapunzel for her child’s party. “I made the dress and learned about the material, and did a wig, too,” Ronto said. “There, we read a book and sang, but we didn’t have all the activities we do now.” As Julianna’s appearances became popular, sister Jenna Ronto helped both behind the scenes with artwork, and on the scene with face painting. While the mother-daughter business was in this fledgling stage, a friend of the family asked Julianna and best friend, Hannah Meyers, for a visit. “They looked so good and so poised (as Rapunzel and Cinderella, respectively), and that person wrote our first review,” Ronto said, noting that “The person planned all the games and the girls did them. It made us start thinking we could take [on] all the activities and not just be a pretty face.” With these ideas in mind, Linda, Julianna, and Jenna started Royal Princess Engagements, complete with a Facebook page, their own take on popular princesses, hand-made costumes, and entertaining activities appropriate for children. Around that time in 2011, the movie Frozen was getting big, meaning Royal Princess Engagements had an opportunity to add more characters - these in the form of the “Snow Sisters,” who have proven immensely popular. “We’ve done the Snow Sisters, I kid you not, about three hundred times,” Ronto said. “Sometimes, we do it three times in a weekend.” Other popular princesses include Rapunzel, the Mermaid Princess, Island Princess, Arabian Princess, and many more. In the following couple of years, Ronto and Royal Princess Engagements characters traveled to many homes,
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roller rinks, Make-A-Wish visits, and even Kurt Angle’s party at South Park’s ice skating rink. As the business grew, however, Ronto’s dream was “to have a place where we can have a tea party and have it decorated. We got a room in the Freedom Center in Washington. We painted it pink because we were just doing princess parties. But that changed as the public repeatedly made requests for superheroes, so we started adding more and more boy characters.” Royal Princess Engagements has since relocated to 237 South Main Street in Washington. With this new location comes new opportunities, new characters, and greater visibility to the community. Helping hire and train new actors and actresses is Julianna Ronto. “She helps me make major decisions, [holds] the entire interview process, and wrote the handbook on how to train princesses,” Ronto said. The audition process includes singing a song, reading a children’s book and some improv. “The new place is very elegant, with a fireplace, chandeliers, and brick walls. It feels as though you are inside a cas-
tle,” Ronto enthused. “We are also excited to add weekly story times where parents can choose to leave their children in our care and enjoy some quiet time right next door at Chicco Baccello’s quaint coffee shop.” As expected with princess tales, the future looks bright for Royal Princess Engagements. Plans include teas for older girls, craft parties “where you can make a quality craft,” special events for the Whiskey Rebellion, and participation in the Christmas Festival at a nearby pavilion. “What’s cool with the new space is that Washington has a farmer’s market every Thursday during the summer, and I’m planning a meet and greet with the princesses,” Ronto said. For events at the new location, Ronto and company make the occasion easy and affordable while helping with personal, family touches. As she explains, “If someone is having a graduation party, you can bring memorabilia over early and we can set it up ahead of time.” And if a birthday Continued on next page...
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upon - all sing and are super-talented, and get leads in musicals,” Ronto enthused, adding “I love them all like my kids.” To brighten your child’s party or event with a visit from their favorite princess or superhero, or to audition for a character role, call Linda Ronto at 724-2298165, or message her at facebook.com/ royalprincessengagement. Photo (top) Royal Princess Engagements won the 2018 Observer Reporter's "Best Place to Have a Birthday Party" award. TO
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Story by Keren Lee Dreyer For Jean Ann Gallo, owner of Vintage and Vines at 623 Broad Avenue in Belle Vernon, PA, retail has always been a passion. Armed with a degree in Marketing from Seton Hill University, Gallo brought her green thumb, eye for quality vintage items, and love of locally made and made in USA products to the avenue in 2013. As she describes “I was driving down Broad, and 719 was empty (her store’s previous location). I just rented that building and started my own antique co-op.” Additionally, Gallo sold dried flowers and arrangements crafted from flowers she grew herself. After moving to her current location, Gallo saw an opportunity to expand the shop’s offerings and vendors when a clothing boutique next door closed. “The landlord let me put a hole in the wall and we moved over there. We have antiques and five (local) artisans. We expanded the shop on this side to full service fresh flowers, dried and silk flowers, and artisans and gifts. They’re mostly made in the USA, and I pride myself in carrying as much USA made product as possible. There are local artists with soaps, local teas, and honey - Crimson Creek (Apiaries) is here. There are quite a few jewelry makers, including Wings, Strings, and Shiny Things; these two girls are local Belle Vernonites who are originally from here. Their jewelry is made from expired butterfly wings. Things like that, I like to carry.” As Gallo describes, Vintage and Vines is not a junk store and is not a craft store. Neither is it Teleflora or FTD. Instead, everything inside is “very different and very unique...I like the mix of elegant and rustic. That’s kind of what this is, more to the rustic side.” Gallo still grows her own flowers for fresh and dried arrangements, and has added bridal consultation to the shop’s offerings with “a lot more weddings on the books.” Completing the circle of life, so to speak, is additional flower arrangement business fostered by nearby funer-
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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Road, Connellsville - The program provides supplemental food items to families each month. Typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month. Residents of Fayette County who receive the food are asked to bring a large box, wheeled cart or laundry basket to put their food in. In an effort to speed up the process at the distribution center, we have implemented what is known as a Passcard. In order to receive the Passcard you will need to bring with you a copy of a utility bill with your name and address on the bill. You will also need a photo ID. Registration for the distribution begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30. All food is distributed based on a first come first serve basis. To ensure you receive food please arrive no later than 10 a.m. You are able to attend if you live in another county other than Fayette. FMI: freshfirechurch.net
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LIVING LEGENDS OF DONORA FOOTBALL – AN AFTERNOON OF STORYTELLING - Donora was founded in 1901 and Donora football started in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1931 with the arrival of Coach Jimmy Russell did Donora football start laying the foundation for the Home of Champions and building a football tradition. That tradition took hold in the 1940s with back-to-back WPIAL titles in 1944 and 1945 and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. Due to the enthusiasm generated from our “Game Film Event” in 2017 and our historical presentation titled “Donora Football Dragons – Part One – 1904 to 1945” in 2018, we’ll assemble a group of Living Legends from the 1940s and 1950s to tell stories about their experiences of growing up in Donora, playing for the Donora Dragons, playing in college and coaching football. In a rare opportunity to hear about how football was played some 70-plus years ago, we’ll be holding an “Afternoon of Storytelling” with Lou “Bimbo” Cecconi (Class of ’46), Nick “Perky” DeRosa (Class of ’47), Bob “Bones” Rosborough (Class of ’53) and Rich “Moch” Mongelluzzo (Class of ’57). We do not have a set presentation or scripted format. These former players/coaches will tell whatever stories come to mind that could include, but not limited to stories about Coach Jimmy Russell, Coach “Moon” Clark, “Deacon” Dan Towler, Roscoe “The Rambler” Ross, Arnold “Pope” Galiffa, Rudy Andabaker, playing for the University of Pittsburgh and coaching
the Donora Dragons. In a break from our normal football venue of using the Croatian Club, we’ll hold this roundtable discussion in the downstairs Community Room of the Donora Public Library at 510 Meldon Avenue on Saturday, June 1st at 1 p.m. Allow two hours. We welcome all former players and fans. The event is free but donations will be gladly accepted. We encourage audience participation by asking questions, sharing stories or memorabilia. For those that brought memorabilia to our previous events, but did not get a chance to share it with the audience, now will be your chance. We apologize if we missed those opportunities in the past. And yes, we’re still planning to do another historical football presentation titled “Donora Football Dragons – Part Two - 1946 to 1968” on a date that has yet to be determined. HIKE THROUGH HISTORY: HOW DONORA’S KILLER SMOG GAVE BIRTH TO CLEANER AIR On Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 10 a.m. the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP,) Venture Outdoors and the Donora Historical Society are teaming up to take hikers on a trek through the past, present, and future of air quality in Southwestern PA. We’ll walk along the Monongahela River and the industrial park in the footprint of what was once Donora’s mighty Zinc Works and Steel Mills, then visit the Donora Smog Museum to learn more about the 1948 Smog event that took the lives of over 50 people and helped spur on the clean air movement in the United States. The
total hike is roughly two miles. Registration through Venture Outdoors at ventureoutdoors.org/events/3356/ (members $5 and non-members $10) includes the hike, admission to the museum and lunch. Space is limited. Feel free to call or email the Donora Historical Society with any questions. SPRING CEMENT CITY HOME AND WALKING TOURS DATE SET - Our spring Cement City Home and Walking Tours and your chance to see Thomas Edison’s solution for worker housing created 102 years ago in 1917 and the inspiration for the featured addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village are scheduled for Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at 1 p.m. The cost of the tours are $15/person and space is limited. It is encouraged to choose a date, then call or email to get your name added to a preRSVP signup list to be contacted when the tour date gets closer. If you have any questions about Cement City, one of our Home and Walking Tours or our project with the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the Historical Society. If you have questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or volunteering, stop by on Saturdays or by appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com, call 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”
California Borough sets spring cleanup for May 6-18 California Borough is helping Cal U students clean house before they leave their off-campus rentals for summer break.Daily garbage pickup will be available from Monday, May 6, through Saturday, May 18, and a bin will be placed at the California Public library so students can recycle unwanted electronic items. The schedule gives students time to
discard unwanted items as they clean out their off-campus rentals during the week prior to Commencement. Borough landlords also can utilize the service as their student renters depart. Cal U faculty and staff are reminded that the service is intended for Cal U students and borough residents only. “We know that student renters often have bulky items or electronic devices
they don’t want to take home for the summer, so we thank our borough officials for making this cleanup possible,” says University spokesperson Christine Kindl. “We ask our students who live downtown to utilize this service and time their housekeeping so trash doesn’t sit at the curb. We can work together to keep our community looking good.”
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Center in the Woods May 2019 Activities Center in the Woods would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and be a part of our community. Whether you’re looking for fellowship, a new activity, or you’d like to volunteer, we encourage you to stop in. No membership is required. Make a reservation a day ahead and join us for lunch at noon. The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. !Daily activities include: Mondays: Piano lessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Sit and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 to schedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. 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 are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please call 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: centerinthewoods.org
California Rotary to hold Memorial Day Program California Rotary is sponsoring the annual Memorial Day ceremony, “We Remember,” Monday, May 26, 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Circle, Fourth and Liberty streets. This year’s event will honor local California’s First Responders as well those brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country. The event will feature a flag raising ceremony; the essay contest winner; patriotic songs; reading of Mrs. Bixby’s letter, written by President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby recognizing the sacrifice of her five
sons to the Union cause; and “In Flanders Field,” a poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae; and taps. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. Please join with the California Community to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the military, and those who put themselves in harms way daily to help others. Bring a chair and an umbrella (rain or shine) as Rotary re-institutes the Memorial Day observance in California.
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Cadets in ROTC programs maintain academic & physical excellence while preparing to serve Story by Ryan Kierstan Beginnings always hide themselves in endings and with May just around the corner there is one thing on every college senior’s mind, graduation. For most, graduation represents the culmination of four years of hard work, late nights, and hours of studying. However, for a select few graduation also signifies the conclusion of four years as a cadet in the reserve officers’ training corps, ROTC, program. David Alonso is a Spanish and International Studies major, minoring in Sociology at Washington & Jefferson College. Alonso will be commissioning this year as a National Guard Military Intelligence Officer. As a National Guard Military Intelligence Officer Alonso will analyze information gathered and learned during missions to save soldiers’ lives fighting on the front lines, while also pursuing his civilian career as a Pittsburgh police officer. “I am most excited to start my adult life…and to do what I want to do as a field agent, finding missing persons. Being a Military Intelligence Officer will help me get jobs with high-level clearances and further my long term career in intelligence,” says Alonso. While maintaining a standard college work load, cadets in the ROTC program also volunteered to wake up early three times per week for physical readiness training (PRT), attend an additional military science class once per week, and give up their weekend once per month for lab in preparation to become the future leaders of America. “Having a college degree goes a long way and having certain skills like public speaking and working with others helps for future careers,” says Alonso. Cadets must maintain the Army’s physical fitness standards. Three times per week, cadets wake up at 6 a.m. to conduct PRT. During this time, cadets work out, developing their muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness. Once per week, cadets attend a military science class where they learn about
the Army’s structure, how to be a leader, military combat tactics, and the Army’s global influence. During labs, cadets spend the day in the field planning and executing missions based on the military combat tactics they learned in class in order to test and develop their leadership abilities. Nicholas Miller is a Criminal Justice major with a concentration in Homeland Security at California University of Pennsylvania. He will be commissioning this year as an Active Duty Infantry officer. As an Active Duty Infantry Officer Miller will be responsible for leading soldiers into combat and bringing them home safely to their loved ones. “I joined ROTC because I wanted to be an officer in the military and I am looking forward to my first deployment and leading troops into combat,” says Miller. The Three Rivers Battalion ROTC program spans a number of colleges and universities in and around the Pittsburgh area. This year, Three Rivers Battalion will commission 41 cadets to second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. For these individuals, graduation is ove shadowed
by their commissioning and first salute ceremony. The commissioning ceremony represents the cadets’ induction into the United States Army as an officer. During commissioning, cadets receive their first salute. The first salute is given to the second lieutenant by a non-commissioned officer (NCO) that has mentored and inspired them during their four years in ROTC. By giving the newly commissioned officer their first salute, the NCO is acknowledging their approval and respect for the second lieutenant’s new rank and position as a leader of America. The second lieutenant holds a silver dollar in his palm and shakes the NCO’s hand to give them the coin. This act symbolizes the gratitude the officer has for the NCO and pays them back all the lessons they have instilled in them. ROTC and the Three Rivers Battalion create future leaders of America. “ROTC has prepared me physically, made me more organized and gave me the influential power to inspire others,” says Miller. Photo: Army ROTC came together
with Navy and Airforce ROTC at the University of Pittsburgh’s final home game of the season 2018 for the annual Joint March On Photo by Hannah Weidinger About the Author: My name is Ryan Kierstan. I am a senior at Washington & Jefferson College majoring in communication arts and minoring in mathematics. I am a member of the communication arts honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, as well as a brother of the Gamma chapter of Beta Theta PI. I will be graduating this May and will be commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Active Duty Signal Corps Officer. This July, I will begin my military career at Fort Gordon, Georgia where I will learn specialized Signal skills at Signal Basic Officer Leaders Course, SBOLC. After completing SBOLC, I will move to my first duty station Fort Riley, Kansas. I wanted to write this article to congratulate all the commissioning seniors in the Three Rivers Battalion and to acknowledge all the hard work required of them in the past four year.
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The Spirit of Courage and Healing: For All Those Who Served: Part 2 - Healing By Catherine Ehlers-Brown Time stood still and so did Ardy. He was not sure how long he had stood there but he felt frozen in time. Something had happened in those infinitely still moments. Ardy felt as though for those few moments he had experienced what one might call eternity. Ardy was now overcome with intense gratitude for whatever had happened to him while time stood still. No matter what it was, it was surely a blessing from somewhere beyond the limits of his mind. Without breaking the tranquility of the moment, Ardy moved toward the stone monument that stood at the top of the broken heart area. The stone monument that was inscribed with the words: “Dedicated to our living and silent defenders past and present. In a righteous cause they have won immortal glory and have notably served their nation in serving mankind.” Author Unknown. Ardy read the inscription aloud as he had done many a time on his daily walk to this special place. However, this time he was moved to repeat the words silently within his own mind. As he did, a whole new wave of emotions began to wash over him. Ardy was trying to get his emotions under control when he heard a loud, powerful voice coming from somewhere in the distance. Ardy distinctly heard the words, “they don’t know that.” Ardy feared that he was losing the few fragments of sanity he had left. He was shaken to the core and in his shock
and confusion he responded by yelling aloud, “who doesn’t know that?” The voice replied, “neither the living nor silent defenders, past or present”. Still confused and not sure what was happening or why it was happening to him, Ardy, yelled again even louder to the unknown voice, “what don’t they know?” The voice replied, “They don’t know they have won immortal glory.” “Why don’t you tell them,” Ardy angrily screamed back. After a brief silent pause, the voice, that was so full of love and compassion replied, “Because…. YOU, Ardy, must be the one to tell them.” Ardy fell to his knees. Now he was kneeling on the cold, hard concrete heart that was as cold and hard as his own heart had become. Tears again flowed down his cheeks. Once again, emotions engulfed him. Fear and frustration were added to Ardy’s shock and confusion. Why did he of all people have to tell them? How was he supposed to tell them? He didn’t even
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immortal home. The “souls” of the silent defenders, past and present, accepting the ultimate prize for their ultimate sacrifice…immortal glory. To say the least, Ardy was transfixed to that spot there in front of the monument just at the top of the broken heart. He was afraid to move for fear he would break the spell or whatever it was that had him frozen in time. A divine feeling of love and peace began to surround him and flow through his body, mind, spirit and soul. The forceful but loving and compassionate voice returned to share final words meant just for Ardy. “Because you have notably served your nation and mankind, you have already won immortal glory. Because of your love and compassion for your fellow defenders, you have now won mortal glory. The mortal glory of freedom, peace, love and forgiveness. You, Ardy, have found the courage to help the silent defenders to heal from conflict, pain and suffering. You have also healed and freed your own soul and human spirit of the conflict and pain that were locked within you. Ardy, today you have served in the ultimate righteous cause.” The kind and loving voice once again directed Ardy, “Now go and tell your story to the defenders who are still living. Let your voice be heard aloud and from the quiet depths of your soul. Let them know they too can heal. Let them know they deserve to be forgiven and to be free. Speak so that the living defenders, both past and present, can win mortal glory in their own lifetimes. Help the living defenders to find their freedom as you have done today on behalf of yourself and the silent defenders.” “For you, Ardy, and all of the living and silent defenders, past and present, shall one day share the infinite gift of immortal glory…… for all eternity.” Written for Ardy, in honor and memory of all who served.
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Dads can train for their CDL for free at Douglas Douglas Education Center is partnering with the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland County and the Dads Matter Program to provide fathers from three nearby counties the opportunity to train for their commercial driver’s license (CDL) for free. Yes, you read that right, they can train for free. The funding for this phenomenal program comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Federal Fatherhood Program. The program is available to dads who live in Westmoreland, Washington or Fayette counties. The commercial driving industry is at an all-time high for hiring in the area of Southwestern Pennsylvania so much so that many companies are offering sign-on bonuses to attract drivers. If you know a dad in the area who is looking for an opportunity to change careers to be able to provide substantially more for his family send him to DEC. “We get calls every week for truck drivers coming out of our CDL program. There are far more truck driving jobs available than drivers right now. Starting salaries for new drivers are going up because of the demand. Many companies even offer sign-on bonuses.” – Jeffrey D. Imbrescia, president and CEO of DEC DEC’s CDL program is only seven weeks long and prepares students to sit for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CLD Class “A” and tanker endorsement permit. Once the
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Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival lineup and activities announced The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a free festival celebrating music + art, returns to the beautiful Point State Park, Gateway Plaza and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh June 7-16. The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival welcomes nearly 500,000 fans annually for 10 days of free public art installations, live music, theater, dance, gallery exhibitions, and an Artist Market. On April 16, 2019, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will announce the full Festival line-up, including dozens of local and touring artists appearing on the three stages, dance, film, literary art, gallery exhibitions, public art, and creative activities for all. The full line-up will also be available at TrustArts.org/TRAF. Friday, June 7 - India.Arie It’s no secret to India.Arie fans that the word "worthy" has been an empowering expression of self-love for her and her audience over the years. Faithfully repurposed as the title and theme of her brand new 16-track album, including 13 songs and three interludes, India’s first full-length offering in five years is set to impact a world finally attuned to the kind of empathic sea-change the humanitarian singer/songwriter has embraced her entire career. Recognized as a major influence for a new generation of socially aware artists, India is both ahead of her time and of it – an evocative creative force on a mission to spread healing, peace, love and unconditional self-acceptance through the power of words and music. Saturday, June 8 - Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician lives and breathes country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in
between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts – including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia. Sunday, June 9 - Nahko and
Medicine For The People (+ The Teskey Brothers) Nahko And Medicine For The People continues to gather dedicated, likeminded fans of this global Medicine Tribe, as members spread their positive and powerful musical message around the world. Fans and critics alike praise the group's worldly blend of rock, hiphop, and alt-folk, with OC Weekly calling the group "empowering" and "powerful," while The Huffington Post compared Nahko to Bob Marley and called him a "musical prophet." The October 2017 album My Name is Bear premiered at #1 on iTunes and debuted on a number of Billboard charts. Nahko And Medicine For The People are firm believers in using music as a tool of empowerment to protect and preserve all of creation. They aim to inspire others to take a deeper role in protecting and preserving our planet, people, and the spirit in all of creation. Monday, June 10 - Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass The virtuosic brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is Continued on next page...
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Gallery 86 is now the home of the Uniontown Art Club and is located at 86 West Main St. in downtown Uniontown. The gallery and gift shop is filled with unique and one-of-a-kind works of art made by local artists. Hours of operation are MondaySaturday 12:30-5:30 p.m. The UAC is a local non-profit that was established in 1927. They have been promoting and generating appreciation of the visual arts in the community for over 90 years. Their web address is www.uniontownartclub.org. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming special events and shows.
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Three Rivers Arts Festival lineup and activities announced, continued from page 15... renowned for its brilliance, refinement, and incredible power. Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass make a special appearance this June at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. This performance, designed for the whole family, is sure to please and delight with a varied program ranging from colorful and popular brass favorites to new arrangements for the occasion. Tuesday, June 11 - Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Singer and saxophonist Karl Denson fronts his band Tiny Universe as if he’s preaching the gospel. Merging funk, soul, rock, jazz, blues and more, his energy and spirit are contagious, while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship — across generations, genders, religions and cultures. Not surprisingly then, he’s none too pleased with the current state of political discourse. Thus the reason why KDTU’s new album, Gnomes & Badgers, out now on Seven Spheres Records, offers Denson’s hard-grooving answer to these tragically divisive times. To aid him in his mission, Denson has tapped some of his legendary friends, including The Rolling Stones’ keyboardist and Allman Brothers Band alum Chuck Leavell, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, New Orleans guitar hero Anders Osborne, Austin producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada and NOLA R&B royal Ivan Neville. There’s no doubt Denson is also drawing influence and inspiration from his other main gigs, as a touring member of The Rolling Stones and the linchpin of the beloved jazz-funk unit The Greyboy Allstars. Wednesday, June 12 - Kaia Kater As a Montreal-born GrenadianCanadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to folk music; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in the United States. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone,BBC Music, and No Depression.
Her third album, Grenades has already received acclaim from Rolling Stone (“Smart, atmospheric Americana”), and promises to bring listeners on an entirely new journey. Thursday, June 13 - Lucius Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, Lucius has sold out shows across the world, big and small. Having headlined all over the U.S. and Europe, they’ve also played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Austin City Limits, and shared the stage with a variety of renowned musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, and David Byrne. Lucius returns to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, years after playing the Festival in 2013. Friday, June 14 - Tank and the Bangas + Too Many Zooz (co-headliners) Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas is surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions, and the fivepiece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B, and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. “It’s music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball.
She fronts the band with vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 ‘Tiny Desk Concert Contest’ by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000 entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Those same qualities also attracted the attention of Verve Records, which has signed the band. The curious thing about being a fan of brasshouse? You're pretty much talking about being into one solitary but extremely unforgettable band: the amusingly monikered Too Many Zooz. The musical style was "branded" by drummer King of Sludge (KOS), who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet). It's an indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as "wideranging and fanatical." Its sound is truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude. Saturday, June 15 - Mandolin Orange (+ Parsonsfield + Mipso) Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo has built a steady and growing fan-
base with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop (2019), it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo’s fullest, richest, and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them—the taut space of shared understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two halves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp-glow intimacy for years. For this album, Marlin and Frantz enlisted their touring band, who they also worked with on their last album Blindfaller. Having recorded all previous albums live in the studio, they approached the recording process in a different way this time. There is a telepathy and warmth in the interplay on Tides of A Teardrop that brings a new dynamic to the foreground— that holy silence between notes, the air that charges the album with such profound intimacy. Sunday, June 16 - TO BE ANNOUNCED The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (60th year in 2019), a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multidisciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting nearly 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s renowned Cultural District. Now in its 60th year, the Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, and an Artist Market featuring 300+ artists from around the country. Through the Festival’s green initiatives of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling throughout the Festival grounds, it is the recipient of the Outstanding Green Event Award and GOLD level accreditation from the Pennsylvania Resources Council. TrustArts.org/TRAF
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Pittsburgh favorite Primanti Bros: Philanthropy, topped with fries and coleslaw Story by Carly Martin Fries and coleslaw on a sandwich? Is that really something that people eat? People who are from Southwestern Pennsylvania know that it is Primanti Brothers Almost Famous sandwich, a meal they crave. Besides Primanti Brothers notorious Almost Famous sandwich, they are giving back to the communities who helped them get where they are. Primanti Brothers takes on a role of responsibility to the community. “We are very involved from every single little league team in the community to the Pirates, Pens, Steelers, and major non-profits like Cystic Fibrosis, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy,” says Amy Smith, Senior Marketing Coordinator of Primanti Brothers. Primanti Brothers also sponsors jerseys and uniforms to the children who are playing on little league teams. Primanti Brothers has a fundraising program called Hometown Edge. “Every time your group dines with us, we keep track and give back 10% of all group sales to your organization,” says Smith. Primanti Brothers also holds Dine and Donate events throughout their 38 local restaurants. Dine and Donate is a fun and easy way to assist groups in raising funds for a cause or organization of your choice. Primanti Brothers will provide their restaurant, staff, and Dine to Donate flyers to ensure that your event is an absolute success. When your friends and family hand in your organization’s flyer on the day of the event, a certain percentage of their purchase will be donated directly back
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F LEETWOOD MAC MANIA May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Main Floor $25 Mezzanine – $25 Balcony – $20 to your organization. Primanti Brothers has also worked with the Polar Plunge with Special Olympics, Ugly Bartender for multiple sclerosis, and provides auction gift baskets to hundreds of events per year. But wait - we still need to talk about how Primanti Brothers Almost Famous Sandwich became so famous. How did the fries end up on the sandwich? Well, the history of that is just as colorful as their philanthropic efforts. “One winter, a fella drove in with a load of potatoes. I fried the potatoes on our grill, and they looked pretty good. A few of our customers asked for them, so I put the potatoes on their sandwiches,”
said John, Joe’s cousin. Joe Primanti first started selling sandwiches to hungry truck drivers along Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Joe realized that sales were good and asked his brothers if they wanted to partner up and open a business. In 1933, Joe Primanti opened Pittsburgh’s first Primanti Brothers in the Strip District on 18th Street, which is open 24 hours. From there they opened a second location near the University of Pittsburgh and it was a hit. In the 1940’s, Primanti retired in California but his family kept the business running for another 30 years. Jim Patrinos bought Primanti Brothers in the 1970’s and continued to serve the highquality food to people in the community. Primanti Brothers has since expanded across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Indiana. What makes Primanti Brothers so proud to do what they do? “The heritage and the people. Inside the organization and ‘our fans’- that is what we call our customers- fans- we’ll always strive to make their experience in our restaurants a memorable and satisfying one,” says Smith. About the Author: Carly Martin is a sophomore at W&J majoring in Communication Art Major with an emphasis in Public Relations and thinking about minoring in Computer Information Studies. In her spare time, she like to travel with friends, work for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and play softball. After college, she hopes to become a sports broadcaster or work with social media in the future.
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FLEETWOOD MAC MANIA is a stunning visual and musical tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Each veteran player in this world class tribute band brings their spirit to re-create with incredible accuracy, the look and feel of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. The harmonies, instrumentation, and onstage chemistry has impressed and captivated audiences from coast-to-coast. Fleetwood Mac Mania has earned the reputation of being the most authentic sounding Fleetwood Mac tribute band in North America!
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City Mission Offers Drug-free Pain Relief to Residents The waiting room was full, almost overflowing with City Mission residents waiting to get relief from pain. Every Wednesday, the City Mission Medical Center becomes the Drug-free Pain Management Clinic, where residents receive drug-free pain treatments from licensed medical professionals. “Our goal is to help people manage their pain,” said Cyndi Urbanowicz, a retired flight nurse and one of the medical volunteers at the clinic. “Unfortunately, most of the residents we see have chronic pain. We’re helping to decrease their pain and other symptoms.” Sadly, the need for a drug-free pain management clinic like the one at City Mission is overwhelming. More than 30% of all Americans have some form of acute or chronic pain, and painrelieving opioids are now the most commonly-prescribed class of medications in the United States. Dave, a current City Mission resident, comes to the clinic every week for relief from his chronic neck pain. “It’s just such a blessing,” Dave said. “When I think of what City Mission is
providing for me here, it brings tears to my eyes.” When Dave was in high school, he was a star athlete, earning a baseball scholarship to college. Unfortunately, over the years, his health has deteriorated. He started experiencing pain, stiffness, and loss of motion in his neck. “It was very painful just doing basic things,” he said. “That’s really what got my addiction rolling.” To combat the pain of the degenerative spine disorder that was slowly fusing together the vertebrae in Dave’s neck, his doctor prescribed pain-relieving opioids. As his condition declined, he needed more and more drugs to keep up with the pain. Eventually, the prescribed medication stopped working altogether, and he turned to street drugs. His addiction caused him to lose his job, his home, and what was left of his family. Sadly, Dave’s story is all too common. In 2016, American healthcare providers wrote 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medications, which is a rate of over 66 opioid prescriptions for every 100 Americans. In that same year, more
than 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involved prescription opioids. Opioid addiction is a serious and a growing problem in our country and our community. The drug-free pain management clinic is one of City Mission’s newest ways to fight back against this trend. When the Drug-free Pain Management Clinic opened several months ago, Dave finally began to get the pain relief he desperately needed. “I struggle,” he said. “It can be miserable some days. And I have trouble sleeping nearly every night. I’ll be exhausted, but I just can’t get comfortable enough to sleep.” “But,” he continued. “the best nights of sleep I get are after my sessions at the clinic. It relaxes me so much, I’ll go to sleep almost immediately and sleep for hours. It makes a world of difference.” Dave receives several different types of treatment at the Clinic including physical therapy, positional release therapy, Alpha-stim, and prayer. First, he goes to physical therapy, administered by Dr. Nathan Romesburg, who owns Romesburg Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness in Washington. For Dave, Dr. Romesburg, who volunteers his services at the Mission, focuses on stretching and exercising his neck, working to relieve pain and restore range of motion. Next, Dave moves to Positional Release Therapy with Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, who is the Director of Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs at Duquesne University. She volunteers her time every Wednesday to provide a drug-free alternative therapy. The treatment works, she explains, by “moving the body into positions of comfort” which naturally “‘turns down’ the intensity of activity in the pain receptors
in the body.” After that, Dave undergoes Alpha-Stim Therapy administered by Cyndi Urbanowicz, who was one of the creators of the City Mission Drug-free Pain Management Clinic’s treatment program. Alpha-Stim therapy applies a very low-level current of electricity to the site of the pain, which can regulate the signals within nerve cells to create lasting and significant pain relief. “Dave is our spokesman for the Alpha-Stim,” said Urbanowicz. “He tells everybody about it. The biggest difference I see the treatment making for him is his range of motion, but in addition to relieving pain, the alpha-stim reduces anxiety and helps with better sleep. Lack of sleep can make everything worse.” Urbanowicz is working to submit a formal request to get a personal AlphaStim device donated for Dave, so he can use it whenever he needs relief, which will be a great thing for him, because the more he uses the device, the more effective it will be to treat his pain. She explained, “If Dave had access to his own personal device, he would be able to reduce his pain throughout the entire week and he’d be able to have consistent good sleep.” A personal AlphaStim device could be a revelation for Dave in his struggle against the chronic pain he has suffered with for years. Finally, Dave receives spiritual facilitation from Cathy Orient, who prays over each resident between their treatments. Orient records Dave’s requests in a notebook and promises to pray for him throughout the week. She takes a moment during Dave’s treatment to pray for him to get the rest he needs. All of these treatments are effective for a wide range of ages and conditions. They have no significant side effects and offer zero threat of addiction. They are also cumulative. “At first, the relief only lasted a day or so,” Dave explained. “Now that I’ve been going a few months, it’s lasting into the weekend. Hopefully, at some point, it will last from week to week.” Dave is rebuilding his life physically and spiritually at City Mission. “I was in tip top shape my whole life,” he said. “Things just slowly got worse and worse for me, but I believe it all happened for a reason. I’m grateful to be here at the Mission. I hope that some day I’ll be able to work a full-time job and contribute to society again.”
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Crossing the Monongahela:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Part One Written by Brian Brashear Throughout history, rivers have proven vital to the many cities, towns, and villages which have been built upon their banks. From ancient times to the present, close proximity to waterways has been a factor in deciding the best location for settlement, as rivers provided both a water source and a method of transportation. In Brownsville, Pennsylvania, the Monongahela river served as this lifeline from it's earliest days when it was known as "Redstone Old Fort." While the Monongahela provided countless benefits, it always carried with it the necessary yet difficult task of crossing from one bank to the next. This was something not done easily, especially in the early days. On February 23, 1775, Michael Cresap, an early settler to "Redstone Old Fort", was granted permission by the court of Virginia (which at that time had claimed the territory) to operate a ferry crossing the Monongahela river at the location. The ferry was to run from the eastern bank at Redstone (Brownsville) to the western bank of the land owned by William Peters (Known as "Indian Pete"), which would eventually become West Brownsville. Cresap and his boat transported passengers and cargo across the river and back. The tolls were 2 shillings and 6 pence per man or horse and 4 pence per head of cattle. Cresap's experience as a ferryman was short lived however, as that summer he had raised a company of riflemen and marched them north to Massachusetts to join the Continental Army under General George Washington. Upon his arrival there Cresap became severely ill and died that October. The ferry remained operational and by 1784 it was under the ownership of Neal Gillespie. When the national road was completed in 1820, Gillespie moved the ferry upriver to an area near where the Inter-County bridge is located today. Gillespie's ferry remained in operation until the 1830's. In 1794 a second ferry was established by Mr. Solomon Krepps, a son-in-law of Neal Gillespie. This ferry ran from the
area near Krepps' home along Water Street in what was then Bridgeport (South Brownsville), across the river to a location near a stone tavern and distillery. This area became known as "Kreppsville". Krepps' ferry ran well into the mid 19th century, and in it's later days was actually powered by steam. Though these ferries were successful, one drawback which they could never seem to overcome was the force of nature itself. The winters brought river ice which impeded the path of the ferries and the heavy rains of the spring often inundated the landings, flooding them and rendering them unusable. This caused delays to passengers, cargo, and mail. In addition, the completion of the national road had greatly increased the number of travelers passing through the area and the volume of people had simply become too great for the ferries to handle by themselves. By the 1820's, Brownsville had understood that the time had come to construct a bridge to avoid these problems, and make crossings much easier throughout all months of the year. On March 16, 1830, the Monongahela Bridge Company was established with $44,000 on hand to begin. Both Fayette and Washington counties worked together to complete the endeavor. Commissioners included Jacob Bowman, Neal Gillespie Jr., Thomas Acheson, Parker Campbell, Samuel Jackson, and Charles Schaffner. The location chosen for the bridge was an area just across Dunlap's creek in Bridgeport. In September of 1831, the company of LeBaron & DeMond had begun construction on the covered bridge. The cost was $32,000 with an additional $5,000 for the approaches.
The bridge was 630 feet in length with a floor of solid oak and sides lined with poplar. By 1833 the bridge was finished, and on October 14 the first toll was collected. Tolls were marked as 2 cents per person, 3 cents per horse, and 5 cents per wagon. Beginning on February 25, 1856, those who were crossing on Sundays to attend church were excluded from being charged a fee to cross. The "Old Wooden Bridge" as it was known stood strong for decades. It survived dangerously high flood waters in 1852 as well as in 1888. Turn of the Century writer and photographer Earle Forest described the importance of Brownsville's "Old Wooden Bridge": "History marched over that bridge in a grand pageant 80 years long. Presidents and Statesmen on their way to and from Washington D.C., pioneers in covered wagons seeking new homes in the west, '49ers on their way to California seeking gold, Indians and Indian fighters of the old regular army, soldiers from the battlefields of the Mexican War, Civil War, and Spanish American War, down to the early automobiles of the 1900s..." The turn of the century brought with it many changes, and with a new century came new methods of transportation. While the old wooden bridge had gone above and beyond in serving it's purpose, there eventually came a time where it needed to be replaced with something more suitable and practical for the advancements of travel which could be seen on the horizon. Crossing the Monongahela in the 20th Century would require an entirely new look, one capable of accommodating the new form of transportation we know as the automobile... Coming up in part II, we will discuss and examine the advent of the automobile and it's effect on changing the process of crossing the river at Brownsville.
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Notifying Others of a Death: Who Should You Contact? Once a death has occurred, there are numerous people that must be notified. Attending to such details can seem an overwhelming proposition for family members who are also freshly coping with emotions of grief and loss, but nevertheless, this communication must occur. People that may need to be notified include: Minister/spiritual advisor - in order to begin planning a funeral and burial Employer - if the deceased was still working, the employer will usually help handle benefit issues, such as health and life insurance. Health and Life Insurance agents - will help begin the process of terminating the policies and arrange for payouts to beneficiaries. Attorney - if the person used legal counsel to set up a will, this lawyer will begin the legal steps necessary to processing the person's will and estate Accountant/Executor of the Estate - an executor (the person designated to carry out the wishes of the deceased) will assist the attorney in following the will and dispersing assets to beneficiaries. Social Security Office and Internal Revenue Service - the government will terminate benefits (e.g., Medicare and Social Security) and process taxes on the person's estate for the year in which he/she died. Bank and Mortgage Companies - the executor of the estate will make arrangements to pay back any loans and/or close out accounts with all relevant banks and mortgage companies. Remaining assets will be distributed per the person's will.
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Voted “Best of the ‘Burgh” by Pittsburgh Magazine and “Best of the Best” by the Observer-Reporter. Author Brianne Bayer Mitchell was the proud recipient of the Inspiring Lives Magazine Empowering Women in Philanthropy Award for 2017. Local Readers, get your copy of Della and Lila and the Treasure Adventure or Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid (or both!) at Flowers by Regina in California, PA. Learn more at dellaandlila.com or facebook.com/dellaandlila
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Former Richeyville Bank Gets Makeover for New Business Venture Story by Dave Zuchowski Four four years the former PNC bank in Richeyville has stood vacant. But all that started to change in February 2018 when Steve Fiedler, 28, of Richeyville opened Fiedler Kitchen and Bath. Since then, Fiedler said he's put in close to 60 kitchen and bath projects for local residents, largely through .contacts he's made on Home Advisor and his Facebook page (Fiedler Kitchen and Bath) as well as his website FKBDesignCenter.com, which went up this past January On Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, during the National Road Festival, Fiedler will open the FKB Design Center in the former Richeyville bank at 25 Emery Road. A showroom for his kitchen and bathroom installation and remodeling enterprise, the renovated building will allow customers, contractors, do-it-yourselfers and businesses to come in, look at different cabinet colors, woods, styles and manufacturers and have a software program design their dream kitchen and/or bath. Operating with one full time employee and a couple part timers, the business will feature Mountaineer Woodcraft custom cabinets made from wood (oak, cherry, hickory maple, and birch some with rustic and knotted features), harvested regionally. "Everything is American," Fiedler said of the wood. "And we do all the work our-
selves because we don't subcontract." The plan is for Fiedler's wife, Rachael, to run the showroom of the business accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Photos of work already completed can be seen on the company's Facebook page. Fiedler said he paid $140,000 to purchase the building and added another $100,000 in remodeling costs and furnishings. Even though the floor plan largely follows the configuration of the bank, he did remove the teller cages and drive through tubes and cleared out the vault He also installed an entry partition at the front of the building,
took down the wallpaper, painted the interior from top to bottom, rewired and replumbed the building and added new energy efficient LED lights. Near the entranceway, he mounted a painting of the Beirut Memorial Wall at Camp Lejeune,in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Fiedler's cousin, Lance Corporal Larry H. Sampson died of injuries incurred when a terrorist bomb exploded outside the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. The painting recalls the sacrifice his cousin made in defense of his country. After graduating from Beth-Center High School, in 2009, Fiedler studied welding for a semester at Triangle Tech. He then took a job on the Marcellus and Utica drilling rigs for seven years, travelling to many states in the nation as part of his duties. During a downturn in the gas industry in 1915, he took a voluntary layoff and began working for a general contractor for three years. In February of last year, he opened Fiedler's Kitchen and Bath and this month the FKB Design Center A resident of Richeyville, Fiedler is president of that community's volunteer fire department. "I'm inviting everyone in to have a look around, get a free estimate and see what we have to offer in our newly renovated showroom," Fiedler said. For more information, call 724-812-1024.
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Twenty-two plus artists will be on display at Vinoski Winery in Rostraver Township for an art show and sale. The winery is located at 333 Castle Drive. This event will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The show will be hosted by the Valley Art Club and they are being joined by other local artists, including many from the Uniontown Art Club and Greensburg Art Club. The art to be on display ranges from original paintings and prints to pottery, photography, jewelry, and wood carving. Also in attendance will be a children’s book author who illustrates her own books. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Sparkling Rose' as they view the show. There is no charge and the tasting room will be open to the public during the show.
Actors and Artists of Fayette County to hold auditions in May for August production of “Grease” Actors and Artists of Fayette County present auditions for “Grease” on Friday, May 24th from 6-9:30 and Sunday, May 26th from 2-6. Callbacks will be held on Friday, May 31st from 6-9. Show dates August 15-18 signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4EACAD2 DA2FC1-grease We will be accepting video auditions until May 26th at 10:00pm at email@example.com. Please sense a short video of yourself singing any song of your choosing and make sure to include in your email if you are able to make the May 31st callback. Please bring with you a 32 bar selection of a song of your choice. Music from the show is acceptable, but the team would
rather hear you sing what you are most comfortable with. You may be asked to read a cold-read. Any questions please send to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Will Dixon at email@example.com or on Facebook messenger. Anyone over the age of 16 will be able to audition; this age limit is due to mature themes within the show. This age limit will have no exceptions. Characters: DANNY ZUKO: Male, High School Teen (Range: tenor, D4–B5) SANDY DUMBROWSKI: Female, High School Teen (Range: Soprano, A3– F#5) BETTY RIZZO: Female, High School
Teen (Range:Alto A3–C5) FRENCHY: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, A3–D5) MARTY: Female, High School Teen (Range Alto, C4–C5) JAN: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, A3-C5) DOODY: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5) KENICKIE: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, C4–F5) SONNY LATIERRI: Male, High School Teen (Range: baritone, G3–A5) ROGER: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5) VINCE FONTAINE: Male, High School Teen (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) CHA-CHA, aka CHARLENE DIGRE-
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GORIO: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, C4–C5) EUGENE FLORCZYK: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, A3–E5) JOHNNY CASINO: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, G4-E5) MISS LYNCH: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) PATTY SIMCOX: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, D4-A4) TEEN ANGEL: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, E4–F5) THE PINK LADIES: Ensemble (SATB) THE BURGER PALACE BOYS: Ensemble (SATB) ENSEMBLE/SOLOISTS/ATHLETES/ CHEERLEADERS
Relay for Life event for cancer research and support scheduled for May 18 Story by Darci Debos
Do you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Experienced Instructor Jon Klein is now offering private lessons for students ages five and up for the Guitar, Ukelele, Drums & Percussion. No need to leave your home, Jon will travel to you! Great with kids, references available. Offering quality musical instruction at competitive rates, Jon has over 25 years of professional music experience and holds a B.S. in Commercial Music Technology from California University of Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Jon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dreaded “C” word that nobody wants to hear but is often heard too much; cancer. The second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one in four fatalities. So what can an average person do about it? “A relayer is concerned about cancer and puts action to their concern” says Nancy Verderber, who has worked with relays for 25 years. The first Relay for Life event took place at the historic Stadium Bowl in Tacoma, Washington, and raised $33,000. Since then, Relay for Life has been a global fundraising phenomenon, estimated to have raised $5 billion to date. All funds raised go to research projects, free rides to treatment, a 24/7 live helpline, prevention programs, and early detection programs. This event is the largest private funder of cancer research in the country. The best part of it? There is a relay near you. Every year, a Relay for Life takes place in Houston, Pennsylvania, at the ChartiersHouston Allison Park Elementary School. The relay has been hosted here for 20 years, and often attracts about 500 participants. As of the end of 2018, the relay has raised cumulatively $4,378,672. This year, the relay is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at
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11a.m. and has already raised over $35,000. “The one thing about Relay for Life is it’s not a single day of fundraising. We encourage the teams to raise money in advance as well”, says Verderber. “That day, everyone is doing fundraisers. Whether they’re selling baked goods or chinese auctions. We’ve even had a guy serve ostrich eggs for breakfast.” “It started out as something fun that I did with my family and church, but eventually we were old enough to realize how many people in our family had been affected by cancer” says Elizabeth Gosnell, who has been a relayer for over 12 years. “My grandma, aunt, cousin, grandfather and brother’s grandma all had some form of cancer so we relayed to honor them and help anyone else who had cancer.” Not only does the event raise money, but it also allows people to honor their loved ones. Before and during the relay you can purchase a luminaria to honor a life touched by cancer. Luminaries are dedicated to someone currently battling, a loved one who has been lost, or anyone who has survived cancer. When you attend a relay event, you will see the luminarias decorated with names and even messages to loved ones. Luminarias are lit at 9 p.m. and everyone takes a moment of silence as loved ones are honored. “A big part of relay is letting people know that even if they pass away from cancer, they’ll still be remembered, that their story
isn’t going to stop or be forgotten” , says Verderber. You can sign up with a team or be an independent walker. The relay is come and go, so you can stay as long as you like and leave when it’s convenient for you. Family oriented activities will take place throughout the day. ,the relay staff will be hosting carnival games, including cheese puff toss, donut eating contest, cornhole, and egg toss. You can often find local businesses at the relay, including their many sponsors. Some of their most active partners include Giant Eagle, UPMC, and Guardian Storage. R.G. Johnson, a local company, has been involved with the relay for 20 years now. “It’s an experience and until you’ve actually walked around and actually talked to the people that are there, and seen the survivor lap, where you see so many people who are living proof that cancer can be beaten. Once you see that, it’s really hard to be cynical” says Verderber. “Jump in with both feet, raise a little bit of money, ask your friends and family for a few donations, and come on out”. About the Author: Darci Debos is a sophomore in the Communications Arts and English at Washington and Jefferson College. In her spare time she enjoys being a Resident Assistant, being with her family, and trying new coffee shops. After college she hopes to go into reporting or journalism. Photos courtesy of Nancy Verderber.
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“Monet and the Modern City” comes to Gallery One at Carnegie Museum of Art beginning May 25 Story by Minyoung Ku Shifting landscapes are often a source of artistic inspiration. In this sense, the modern times is a turning point of the human history, changing lifestyles and foundations of the society. How do artists react to these changes? The exhibition Monet and the Modern City (MMC) in Gallery One of the Carnegie Museum of Art (COMA) presents the opportunity to explore paintings and etchings of modern landscape. The exhibition will be on a display from May 25 until September. 2. MMC includes paintings, drawings and etchings from various artists. The visions of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, James Abbott Whistler, Felix Buhot, Auguste Lepere, Felix Buhot, Auguste Lepere, Emile Laboureur, Joseph Pennell and Joseph Stella will be displayed. Monet and Pissarro are two of the most notorious names in the art world. Monet who is often credited with pioneering Impressionism, an artistic method focused on the depiction of changing light in ordinary subjects. The word "impressionism" came from his painting "Impression, soleil" (1872) at the first impressionist exhibition in Paris, 1874. Monet's "Waterloo Bridge" (1903) in COMA will be on display, along with two other pieces from the Memorial Art Gallery
and Worcester Art Museum, highlighting modern London's landscape of factory chimneys set against grey skies. In succession of Monet, Pissarro is oftcredited with beginning an artistic movement toward post-impressionism. His work focuses on vivid color and geometric shapes of objects. He drew the new landscape of the modern city. "The Great Bridge" (1896) shows his impression of the newly settled modern city view with smoke from factories. James Abbott McNeil Whistler is an American artist. He acted during the civil war and reconstruction age in 19th century, depicting American industrial places.
Another American painter, Joseph Stella, described industrial America in 20th century, especially describing the geometric image of the Brooklyn Bridges. Etching is the process of using acid or mordant to print shape. Felix Buhot shows city views and seascapes. He is famous not only in using traditional etching technique, but also for inventing new methods such as photomechanical reproduction. Auguste Lepere, another famous artist in 19th century, is a French painter and etcher. He focused on merging etching and wood engravings, creating scenes of daily life during modernity. Joseph Pennell, an American artist and author in 20th century, used etching to depict historic landmarks in the city of Philadelphia. Finally, in collaboration of Pittsburgh, the work of Emile Laboureur will be on display. Emile Laboureur, a 19th century etching artist who took inspiration from both American and France, will have his "Ten Etchings from Pittsburgh" (1905) series displayed. The series highlights the industrial turn in Pittsburgh, focusing largely on the notorious bridges that connect the city across the three rivers. “Whenever there is a cultural shift, it’s usually the artists who are feeling this change,” says Patrick Schmidt, who is a professor of Art in Washington and Jefferson college. To modern artists who
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were active in late 19th century to mid-20th century, depicting the modern city means depicting difference. Industry, innovations in transportation, and mass migrations of people shaped the modern city of the 20th century. The modern city changed old forms and built new things. Railways, factories and bridges were markers of increasing industrialization. The bridges of Pittsburgh, for example, were built mostly between the 1890s and 1930s from steel and are symbols that have become metaphors for the city itself. However, modernity also brought with it the shadow of dehumanization as notions of progress often overtook more personal forms of communication. This shadow is reflected in the stark landscapes consisting of grey skies and pummels of smoke rising from the mass production of factories. “Arts push society to look at issues that are not being looked at or addressed. It is the artists who are always on the forefront pushing culture in a direction,” says Schmidt. “It might not be good, might not be bad. But it’s always pushing, always asking questions.” MMC focuses on connections between the modern artist and the modern city. This exhibition will give an opportunity to explore the artists’ effort to capture the complex landscape of the modern city through a plethora of techniques. Photos (top) Camille Pissarro’s “The Great Bridge, Rouen (La Grand Point, Rouen)” (1896) at Carnegie Museum of Art. (bottom left) Claude Monet’s "Waterloo Bridge" (1903) at Carnegie Museum of Art. About the Author: Minyoung Ku is a junior in Sociology at Washington and Jefferson college. She is an exchange student from Yonsei University in South Korea. Her areas of interest are social stratification and inequality. After college she plans to go graduate school to research gender stratification in East Asia.
“The Art of Listening” by Pastor Dawn Hargraves I have been wondering about the art of discussion lately; or perhaps more specifically, the art of listening. Do we listen to hear, or do we listen to respond? I know my own propensity, and I must practice to intentionally listen to hear. I think it is because I readily have something to say. It would seem to me that we all have something to say. We all have opinions, even when we have few facts and a few more suppositions. We have ideas based upon experience and culture. We have information from all kinds of sources. With all this, we enter discussion with our own agenda at times. I know, it is fun to chat and respond with what we know. It is. And then we need reminded that listening is to hear. The art of listening to hear another is not an easy activity. It is not an easy choice. Listening requires us to set aside
our self in order to hear. It takes a willingness to be receiving information and words we may not want to hear. It takes a willingness to get to know another without battling or taking sides or drawing conclusions. It takes a willingness to hear what another has to say without judgement, conclusions, or opinions. It takes a willingness to value the one that the conversation is occurring with. Well, I need to repeat that – value the one that the conversation is occurring with. Listening in a discussion is an art, I keep practicing. Sometimes, I nail it. Sometimes, I flub it big time. And still, working on listening is crucial to relationships. Whether personal or professional, social or formal, relationships are built stronger when there is listening happening – listening to hear. When we hear another minus our own thoughts, emotions, replies, we have an
opportunity to better understand one another. We have an opportunity to then consider the other and then respond or not. Sometimes one just wants to be heard. Hearing others, especially those that we do not always agree with takes patience, courage, and intention. It is easy to disregard one that has a different perspective than our self. It is easy to go into fight mode when one disagrees with another. It is easy to dehumanize another for the sake of our own self thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. Listening it not meant to be easy. I have been wondering about the art of listening. Are we out of habit, too lazy, or maybe too worried about our self? Have we forgotten to listen? Are we so ready to step into argument or debate? Do we think we know it all? Do we like hearing what we like hearing? I have
been wondering about this, listening. Would you consider wondering about it too? Because as I see it, the world is changing at light speed. And only in discussion and conversation will we be humanity together in this time. It is conversation and discussion that allows for our humanness to be known. We all desire to be known. We all desire to make a valid point. We all matter. We do not all come from the same place(s) and so our eyes and ears have seen and heard differently. In conversation, we might just find out those differences are not bad, not bad at all. May the Holy One grant us a willingness to listen to hear. Peace, Pastor Dawn
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Are you tired of hearing your (fill in the blank) talk about training, getting ready to run, or running in a 5 K race? The sound of spring can sometimes seem to be the splat-splat sound of running shoes hitting the pavement at a rapid pace as fashionably clothed family, friends and neighbors pick up the pace in preparation for the next 5K. Don’t pretend your phone is on vibrate as you excuse yourself to speak with an imaginary friend the next time the conversation (inevitably) gets around to running a 5K. California Rotary and California University of Pennsylvania teamed up to offer everyone who really doesn’t have time for all that hard work a perfect solution: a .5K run. The fun event is set for Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m., Cal U’s Adamson Stadium, Route 88. All proceeds benefit California Rotary student scholarships. Yes, .5K for all those non-runners who need to hold up their end of the next race conversation or who are tired of the smack-downs from “real runners.” The California Rotary/Cal U .5K Fun Run is for everyone who doesn’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to pound the pavement. The most important part of the .5K is the “point” which proudly, if quietly, even surreptitiously, winks that the run is not 3.1 miles (5K) but .31 miles or 1,640 feet, give or take. Not that the “point” takes away from the fun or the ultimate “brag” value of the endeavor. Not in the least. All 546 yards is meant to provide a good time for all those who don’t take themselves too seriously, but who would like to like to put one of those oval decals on the back window of their cars where no one can read the “point” and will just see
The Greater Monessen Historical Society’s annual Spring Exhibit in the Heritage Museum highlights Monessen professional athletes, Hall of Fame awardees, and the strong history of sports in the city. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM and admission is always FREE! Mark your calendar! The annual Founders Day Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 19. This year’s theme will be the 100th anniversary of the visit of William Howard Taft to Monessen. The meal will replicate the one served to the former president at the Pittsburgh Steel Company. This is what we are looking for. GMHS is seeking local photographs and memorabilia of the suffragettes. While doing spring cleaning, please keep the historical society on your mind. Save historical memorabilia and photos to donate or loan the Heritage Museum. Also, deposit copies of family genealogies for safe keeping. Ask the museum, before throwing away what may be historical material covering local history. Individual memberships for the historical society are $15 a calendar year with family memberships being $20.00. Business memberships are $50. Membership is based on the calendar year of January through December and include four issues of the newsletter,
5K. A decal will be given to all those intrepid enough to finish the race. Registration is $20 per person or $50 per family. The .5K is a perfect opportunity to get everyone from Grandma to toddler onto the course. Imagine a photo at the end of the grueling run, all arms outstretched in victory, winners all. Other special amenities for the .5K include a carb-packing station (donuts) halfway through the race. There will be no timers on the run because everyone who participates is a winner! It’s all about positive image and self-love. Volunteers will be stationed at the finish line to help take photos of the exhausted runners. They will also have spray bottles with water to make sure you look nice and sweaty. But what about the real slackers who don’t even want to run .5K? Not to worry. VIP registration for only $50 per person ensures everyone who doesn’t want to work up even a little sweat will be driven from the starting line to the finish line where special VIP certificates will be awarded. Of course, VIPs get the fancy decal, too, and the wristband, and a chance at one of the imaginative prizes that will be awarded to some lucky few at the end of the event! For more information or to register for the California Rotary/Cal U .5K Fun Run, call 724-938-7204 or email email@example.com. More information and registration forms and online registration info will be distributed in May.
APPRISE to offer free Medicare 101 presentation APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will hold a free presentation that will help answer many questions concerning basic Medicare. These Medicare 101 presentations will be held at the following locations and registration is required: May 14 - Westmoreland-Youngwood
Campus, 6-8 p.m. Registration code: PRDX 5019-02 Through these free presentations, participants will learn the basics regarding Medicare. Call 724-925-4204 to register. Space is limited. This program is presented by APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
“Valley Historian”. GMHS is looking for individuals willing to present a lecture or program on local history or families in 2019. If interested, please contact the museum. Do you have talents to share? Do you have spare time? Do you want to give back to the community? Do you enjoy history? If so, please consider joining our group and volunteering at the Museum. Call for details. The Heritage Museum is also home to the Museum Shoppe, which is filled with the area’s largest collection of ethnic cookbooks. They make great gifts. There are also many books and items dealing with local history that are for sale. 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 Friday from 10 AM until 3 PM. Saturdays by appointment. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Free admission.
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NOW PLAYING! Wednesday, May 1 at 6:45 PM & Thursday, May 2 at 6:45 PM JOHN NOBLE’S 23RD ANNUAL WESTMORELAND NIGHT OF THE STARS - $20 - all seats reserved Two nights of the year’s most exciting high school musical theatre! High schools from across Westmoreland County will present excerpts from their musical productions. For tickets, contact Ely Carr at email@example.com or call 724-925-1123 Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM River City Brass presents CARIBBEAN CARNIVALE Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free River City Brass closes their 37th season with a trip to the islands. Get ready for summer with a collection of tunes that are sure to turn up the heat! Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 PM THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour - $34, $46, $60, & $74 THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new national touring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming
to Greensburg. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award- winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Friday, May 10 at 8 PM BRIAN REGAN - $45, $49.50, & $55 Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 PM Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS - $15, $29, $35, $37, $50 A special 50th-anniversary concert event! Hear all the greatest movie music from legendary composer John Williams. Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 PM WHITESNAKE: The Flesh & Blood World Tour - $59, $75, $79 ($5 additional at the door) Mega-platinum WHITESNAKE, the legendary rock 'n' roll band founded and formed by DEEP PURPLE singer DAVID COVERDALE are proud to announce their first shows of the 2019 FLESH &
BLOOD World Tour, which will feature songs from the new studio record to be released in May 2019 on Frontiers entitled FLESH & BLOOD alongside their biggest hits & songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock 'n' roll history spanning over 40 years. Sunday, May 19 at 3 PM - THE LETTERMEN - $40, $45, $50 Back by popular demand! For five decades The Lettermen have entertained audiences all over the world. The beautiful voices and distinctive harmonies of this 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 that year. Thursday, June 20 at 8 PM KEB’ MO’ SOLO with special guest Jontavious Willis $57.50 Over the past two decades, Keb' has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. It all took off for Keb' Mo' in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined Keb' Mo' moniker, and over the years, he has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Album after album, 14 in total, garnered him 4 GRAMMY awards and a producer/engineer/artist GRAMMY Certificate for his track on the 2001 Country Album of the Year, Hank Williams Tribute -- Timeless. Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM PETER NOONE & HERMAN’S
HERMITS with special guests The Latshaw Pops Celebrate the ‘60s - $43, $48, $58, $63, $68, $78 Peter Noone is a multi-talented entertainer who achieved international fame as “Herman”, lead singer of the legendary pop band Herman’s Hermits. The Latshaw Pops Orchestra will open for Peter Noone celebrating the ‘60s. Sunday, June 23 at 3 PM (RESCHEDULED FROM OCTOBER 21) - VICKI LAWRENCE & MAMA – A TWO WOMAN SHOW - $38, $48, $58, $75 Comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. This very funny show is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about real life. Also, a visit from Mama is always a treat! Saturday, July 27 at 7 PM - BJ THOMAS w/special guest Donna Groom (of The Skyliners) - $38, $43, $48, $68 BJ Thomas owns one of the most distinctive voices in American pop music. Nothing about the identifiable sound of his voice has changed, but there's a re-energized commitment behind it. His signature hits include Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, the million-selling (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, Hooked on A Feeling and his career-igniting cover of Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.
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Liberty Magic announces 2019 summer lineup featuring magicians Jones, Terbosic, Kidd & Toland Wednesday-Sunday | May 15 September 8, 2019 | Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Avenue Eric Jones and Lee Terbosic have wowed sold-out crowds night after night in the intimate venue, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Lineup at Liberty Magic. Since opening in February of 2019, Liberty Magic has been ‘elevating the art of magic’ in a newly-renovated theater space on Liberty Avenue. The speakeasy-type venue is BYOB, and has performances every Wednesday through Sunday. After Lee Terbosic’s In Plain Sleight show wraps in mid-May, London-based magician, Billy Kidd, takes the Liberty Magic stage with her newest close-up magic show, Bridging the Gap. Billy, who has appeared in many magic-based television programs such as Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic and Syfy’s Wizard Wars, is regarded as one of the preeminent sleight of hand and close-up magicians. Following Billy in late June, Mark Toland brings his unbelievable mentalist abilities, which have earned him recognition around the world, to Pittsburgh with his show Mind Reader. Eric Jones returns in August by popular demand, with an encore of his hit show Impossible. FEATURED EVENTS Billy Kidd in Bridging the Gap May 15 – June 23, 2019 | Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Avenue You may know Billy Kidd as the host of Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic, Syfy's Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller's Fool Us, or maybe as a regular on the CW's
Masters of Illusion. Based outside of London, she has entertained thousands of people across five continents. Billy is the founder of Krowd Keepers, Bath, England's very own weekly magic theatre, which has rated the number one entertainment venue for four years running. Billy is regarded as one of the preeminent sleight of hand and close-up magicians today. In her newest close-up presentation Bridging the Gap, Billy brings a sophisticated and modern take on traditional magic which will make you laugh, mystify you, and leave you astonished. Bridging the Gap is full of surprises, so don't blink! Billy, a trained escapologist, performs feats that nobody should try at home. Huge objects appear from nowhere, and small objects
vanish right before your eyes. Audience participation and interaction make this international spectacle fun, exciting, and completely perplexing. Mark Toland in Mind Reader June 26 – August 4, 2019 | Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Avenue Mark Toland knows what you're thinking. He can tell your birthday, where you grew up, and what you did last summer. To him, your mind is an open book. Mark has appeared everywhere from NBC to NPR to his own TED Talk. And now, you can find out why The Chicago Tribune says "Mark Toland is mind blowing!" and why countless audiences from Orlando to San Diego have recognized him as ‘one of the best mentalists in the world.’ In his latest mental masterpiece, Mind Reader, the audience is the cast, their thoughts are his props, and their minds are his stage. Over the course of 75 minutes, Mark dazzles with psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind. An artist-in-residence at the esteemed Chicago Magic Lounge, the Chicago Reader has repeatedly voted Mind Reader a prestigious "Best Bet!” Don't miss the show that the Portland Fringe Festival calls "clearly created with the skeptic in mind. It’s full of laugh-out-loud moments and countless
surprises.” Mind Reader is ‘a celebration of mystery that deserves to be experienced firsthand.’ Eric Jones in Impossible August 7 – September 8, 2019 | Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Avenue He’s BACK! After making every single ticket disappear during his sold-out, sixweek run in the spring, Eric Jones returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance of Impossible. Impossible will leave audiences in wonder as reality transforms into the unreal, coins multiply, and cards fly. By the show's conclusion, guests will be left in amazement by Jones' canny ability to blur the lines between reality and illusion. Tickets start at $40. To purchase tickets: Visit TrustArts.org/Magic, call 412-4566666, visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10 or more call 412-471-6930 or email GroupSales@TrustArts.org. Liberty Magic is a space dedicated to elevating the art of magic. Located at 811 Liberty, on the same block where Harry Houdini mesmerized Pittsburgh crowds in 1916, Liberty Magic is an intimate, speakeasy performance space dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and prestidigitation. With less than 70 seats in four rows, the magicians and performers who appear at Liberty Magic offer you a one-of-a-kind experience that is easy to access and hard to forget. FMI: TrustArts.org/Magic
Monongahela River Community Festival Set for July A collaborative effort, hosted by the Belle Vernon Borough Friends of Recreation Board, inviting all communities along the Monongahela River to participate in a weeklong celebration from July 13 to July 20. The Belle Vernon Borough Friends of Recreation Board is thrilled to announce that they have expanded their popular one-day kayak race and community festival into a weeklong celebration along the Monongahela River. All events will
take place in Belle Vernon. The weeklong celebration will kick off with a Miss/Mrs./Mr. Monongahela River pageant on Saturday, July 13, and conclude with an exciting day-long festival on July 20. The last day of the community festival will include a kayak race from West Brownsville to Belle Vernon, a large community parade, vendor fair, concert, food stands, car show, performances, and an evening fireworks display. Throughout the week, activities will
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Monongahela River Community Festival is: The people on the river are happy to give - a lyric from the song Proud Mary. Entrants in the art and essay contest will produce works based on the festival’s theme. Entry forms for the art contest, essay contest, and the anticipated Miss Monongahela River Pageant are available at fb.me/BVAFriendsofRec Additional information and schedules will be continuously posted and updated via the Belle Vernon Borough Friends of Recreation Board facebook page.
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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.
Wayne Nagy will do a presentation on Saturday, May 4, at 1 PM, on “Listening to Incense”, a program on the centuries-old history, craft and culture of traditional Japanese incense. The Friends of the Library are holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the month of May. Tickets are $10 each and can be used on any day during May at Felicia’s Restaurant, on Schoonmaker Avenue, except for Mother’s Day. Buy several and supper is ready! Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, May 20, at 5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The group will discuss “genealogy in the news” and new websites. New members are welcome. The annual Spring Book Sale will continue during the month. Hardbacks are fifty cents each and paperbacks are twenty five cents each. Stock up for spring reading under the trees in the backyard. A Job Corps representative will be at the Library on Thursday, May 16, from 10 AM to Noon. If you are interested, please contact Cherie at 412-773-3259. The mission of the Job Corps is to help young adults attain the necessary skills for employment or further education. PA Career Link and the Westmoreland Library Network are partnering with Intermediate Unit 1 to
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MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY - 813 W. MAIN STREET, MONONGAHELA - washlibs.org/monongahela Recurring events: Story Time: Story Times are held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Ms. Becky reads with the children, completes a small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun and socialize with others their age. OsmoTime: Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. - OSMO is a award-winning game system that transforms screen time into healthy, hands-on, interactive play. OSMO fosters learning in key areas such as: creative problem solving, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and common core. For children 4 and older. Parental supervision is required. Lego Club: Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. The cornerstone of an awe-inspiring creation begins with one small Lego. Turn your imagined palace, tower, or fort into a reality; come build with us! The town will marvel at your projects displayed in the library. Each week will have its own theme! For children of all ages. Nookworms: May 13th 4-5 p.m. - Preteens and teens ages 11-18 can join the fun of a book club! The group meets to review and discuss themed books the second Monday of every month. For May
the book is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Book Bites: May 16th 1-2 p.m. - Love reading and discussing books? Want to join a book club? The Book Bites group meets once a month for a lively discussion of a pre-selected book. The May book is The Last Child by John Hart. Crochet Club: Bring your yarn, bring your hook and let's get our crochet on! Join us to sit a while, chat, and work on your creations with fellow crochet enthusiasts Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Basic Computer Classes: Need assistance using a mouse, browsing Facebook, conducting internet searches, or Microsoft Word? The library can help!
Classes are on Fridays by appointment only. Sign up today at 724-258-5409 or stop by our front desk! Writer’s Group: The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the library to critique and encourage each other's writing. Writing exercises are utilized and tips and advice are given to budding writers.(May 1st and 15th from 5:30-7 p.m.) One-Time Events: Pajama Storytime: May 16th 6-7 p.m. Join us for an evening of special bedtime stories and block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun and socialize with others their age. Pajamas encouraged! DIY Greenhouses for Little Gardeners:
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May 15th 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Come make a planter for sunflowers and beans out of egg cartons. Learn how to care for your plants and how the sun helps it grow. Class will be lead by Jackie Inserra and Michelle Parnell from the Mon City Community Garden initiative. For children ages 4 to 8 years old. Registration is required. All materials will be provided. Plastic Modeling for Teens: May 29th 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Join us and learn how to make a plastic model out of thermoplastics. We will also have a 3D pen to try out. For teens only. Registration is required. Fundraiser: Library Bake Sale: May 14th 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. - It's Election Day, so that means we are ready to treat our sweet voters and patrons. Stop in to get some goodies and cast your vote. Polling starts at 7 a.m. and so does the sale. Donations of baked goods will also be accepted and very much appreciated! The library will be closed Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.
FRANK SARRIS LIBRARY - 35 N. JEFFERSON AVE., CANONSBURG - franksarrislibrary.org Teen Advisory Board (grades 7-12) meet to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. New members welcome. Monday 5/6, 6-7 p.m. Fiction Book Club will be discussing Wild by Cheryl Strayed. New members always welcome! Wednesday 5/8, 1 p.m. Special Saturday edition of Little Picassos – Psst…come into the Frank Sarris Library and make Mom a craft at our special Saturday Little Picassos. Paint and Take a craft. Saturday 5/11, 11:30-12:30 p.m.. Concert - Frank Sarris Public Library presents Adam Miller, Legendary Folk Singer, Storyteller and Autoharp Virtuoso performing for all ages Wednesday 5/15 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Teen Writers’ Club - Are you a student in grades 7 – 12 who enjoys writing? Whether you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, short stories or more, stop by to meet like-minded teens. We will
write, share and support each other through the creative process. Email questions to Beth Kairush, Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at email@example.com. Tuesday 5/21, 6-7 p.m. The Library will be closed Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Weekly Programs: Note: weekly programs run through May 18th. Yoga Story Time - Stretch and be centered at this special yoga session for kids (and their grownups)! Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. Happy Monday! - Rise and Shine and greet the new week. All ages welcome! Mondays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Madcap Mondays - Crafts, games, and science are just a few of the possibilities. Registration is required at the children’s circulation desk or by calling 724-745-1308 (option #4). Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for Grades 5-8 and 5:30-
6:30 p.m. for Grades 2-4 Mother Goose Story Time - For infants up to 18 months with a caregiver. Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Toddler Tales - Finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition and lots of movement. Ages 2-3. Tuesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Family Night - Stories, crafts, and games. New things to explore each week. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Little Picassos - Every week is a new make and take creation. Ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Story Time - Stories, finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition and lots of movement. Ages 2-3 but siblings are welcome. Wednesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m Wiggles and Giggles - - Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, and dance. Ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 1:30-2 p.m. Story Time - Provides active young children with stories, finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition, and lots of movement. Fit for ages
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2-3 but siblings are welcome. Thursdays, 10:30-11 Wiggles and Giggles - Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, and dance. Ages 2-5. Thursdays, 11:15-11:45 More than A Story –Practice kindergarten readiness skills like listening during stories, making predictions, and following directions. Ages 5-6. Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 Super Science - Kids ages 3-7 and 813. Come have fun with Science! Registration is required. Register at the children’s circulation desk or by calling 724-745-1308 (option #4). Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 Spanish Story Time - Story time favorites – stories and songs – in Spanish. Fridays 10:30-11 a.m. For a complete listing of events, please visit the Frank Sarris Library’s website at www.franksarrislibrary.org, on the Event page, or call 724-745-1308 for more information.
EVA K. BOWLBY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 311 N. WEST ST., WAYNESBURG - evakbowlby.org SENIOR MONDAYS – Monday, May 6nd, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., our theme is Mother's Day. Join us to honor "moms", a quick spring craft, plus a light lunch. Senior Mondays are the first Monday of every month! BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB Wednesdays, May 8 & 22 at 12 p.m.. The library is kicking off a NEW book club associated with PBS's Great American Read. Bring your lunch; we'll pick a Great American Read at the first meeting and then a book discussion on the second meeting. LEGO BRICK MASTERS - meets Saturdays, May 11 & 25 at 11a.m., for ages 3 & older. TEEN ADVISORY GROUP - The
Bowlby Library invites Teenagers 13-18 years to join us at the library on Tuesday, May 7 & 21 at 5 p.m.. BOWLBY BOOK CLUB - meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m.. New members are always welcome! Book discussion on Lisa Wingate's "Before We Were Yours." AFTER HOURS FOR FAMILIES - Join us Friday, May 10 @ 4-8 p.m.. Theme: Bugging into Summer! Call to register at 724.627.9776 REMAKE LEARNING DAYS - May 15th and 18th 11 a.m.-12 p.m.. Special music entertainer from 12-1 p.m. on May 18th. PIE & BINGO – Friday, May 24, 6-9 p.m. for ALL ages! Come play several
games of bingo at the library; win prizes and enjoy some pie! COOKBOOK CLUB – Tuesday, May 28 @ 6 p.m.. If you like to cook, this is the club for you! Let’s get together and try new recipes every month. FMI call 724.627.9776 MOVIE NIGHTS @ THE LIBRARY – Every Wednesday evening beginning promptly at 6 p.m.. FREE snack and beverage! May 1 ~ Bumblebee May 8 ~ Lego Movie 2 May 15 ~ Alpha May 22 ~ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World May 29 ~ A Dog's Way Home BOWLBY LIBRARY WILL BE
CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 27 FOR MEMORIAL DAY. TINY TIM TOMATO PROJECT - for children ages 2-6yrs, come and learn about growing your own tomato plant on Tuesday, June 4 @ 5p.m.. SUMMER READING PROGRAM Currently taking registration for ALL summer reading programs! Mark your calendars for the Summer Quest Carnival, Friday, June 22, 6-8 p.m.. The Summer Quest Story Classes & Summer Reading Quest begin June 24 for ALL Ages! Call or stop in Eva K. Bowlby Public Library for more info or to register for any of the above events.
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Monday, May 27 - We will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, meeting Thursday May 16, 2019, 6-7, Conference Room, Free and open to the Public –Feel free to bring a snack! Tech Tuesday –May 21st at 5 p.m., Play with tech toys in our media studio. All ages Middle Grade Book Club May 16th, 6:30. Grades 6-8. Discuss book & do a craft Game Night -May 29th, 6 p.m.
Grades 6-12. Play video, tabletop & board games. Citibooks: Used bookstore open 10-6, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays and 10-4 on Saturdays, in the lower level of the library. Adult Book of the Month for March: “The Pioneers: the Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West” by David McCullough. Weekly Chess Club- Has been discontinued for the remainder of the year. Chess sets are still available in the children’s Dept to play in the library. Lego Club-Monday, May 13, 5-6 p.m.,
NO LEGO club May 27; library is closed for the holiday. This is the last LEGO Club until fall. Play & Learn- Wednesdays, May 1-29; open to children ages 1-3 with an adult caregiver. NEW this spring: choice of morning or afternoon session; registration required. Children’s Dept. “Book of the Month”- for May is “Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker. Random drawing open to all children 12 and under. The winning entry will be drawn on Friday, May 31. Gameboard Café: May 18th, 12-
4p.m.. Join us every month for a day of learning and enjoying games. Crochet with Cheryl, 2nd and 3rd , Tuesday’s in May 6-8 p.m.. Iyengar Yoga classes-with Nadia Krol, Mondays and Thursdays in May except for the Holiday May 27, 5:30 p.m., $10 Save The Date: 2019 Summer Samples, Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.. Advance tickets $30, door $35, Angel’s Restaurant, wineries, distilleries, brewery.
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May 4th, 11th, & 18th – PBS Kids Family and Community Learning workshop – Play & Learn Science! This workshop is three sessions. In Each session we will gather, explore, eat, share, and go home with activities to extend our learning and understanding of science. This workshop is part of the PBS Inquire Within program, brought to you by the EQT Foundation. Please call the library to register by May 1st 724-9665263. This is a free workshop. Lunch will be provided. Workshop times are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.. May 7th —Movie night—6-8 p.m. join us to watch the movie The Kid Who
Would Be King (PG) Story Time—May 7th will be our last class of the spring 11 a.m. –12 p.m.. Bring your child to the library for story time with Miss Norma. We will sing a song, read a book and make a craft. This class is free of charge, but registration is required. Class is open to children ages 3 to 5. Toddler Time—Only two sessions left for Spring. May 3rd & May 10th from 11—12 p.m.. Bring your child to the library for Toddler Time with Miss Norma. We will sing a song, read a book and make a craft. This class is free of charge, but registration is required.
Class is open to children ages 1-3. Adult Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Crafternoons Will meet on May 2nd and 9th before ending until the Fall sessions from 3:30—5 p.m.. Open to school aged children. Drop in for a weekly craft project free of charge. Each project takes about 10-20 minutes. Flenniken Makerspace Club— Wednesday, May 1st and 8th from 6-7 p.m.. Come join your friends in engineering and design challenges and get hands on experience with new technology. Open to children in grades 3-8. Elementary & Middle School Reading
Competition Book Clubs—will meet May 1st and May 8th from 6-7 p.m.. The reading competition will be held at Waynesburg University on May 14th. Greene County 4-H Engineering and Robotics Club—Our last meeting of the school year will be held on May 13th from 5:30– 6:45 p.m. Adult Coloring group meets the Third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. For more information call the library at 724-966-5263. The Library will be closed on Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.
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A brand new national touring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Greensburg. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Details and information on purchasing tickets is on page 26.
Every year, a Relay for Life event takes place in Houston, Pennsylvania, at the Chartiers-Houston Allison Park Elementary School. Photos courtesy of Nancy Verderber. For more information about this year’s event, read W&J student Darci Debos piece on page 22 of this edition.
Army ROTC cadet gather around the CH-47 Chinook helicopter as they receive a safety brief before conducting cold runs to practice safely entering and exiting the helicopter. Photo by Ryan Kierstan. . Read more about these cadets in W&J student Ryan Kierstan’s piece on page 10 of this edition.
Music meets art at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. For a full and complete schedule of festival activities, see pages 15-16 of this edition.
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