Pennsylvania Bridges October 2017 Edition

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Connecting Our Communities

The Road Not Taken


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The Road Not Taken As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year, the month has special meaning for me. Over the summer, I was referred for a routine mammogram. I turned 40 this year, and my primary care physician who is very vigilant when it comes to the health of her patients - insisted it was time. So, a few weeks later, I found myself sitting in the waiting room of the local hospital, consumed by a growing sense of dread. I'd never had a mammogram before, and from all accounts, I was in for an uncomfortable experience. Once called for my appointment, the tech quickly put me at ease. Yes, it would pinch, she said, but it would not be unbearable. A true professional, she made the process seem to fly by, and moments later, I was out the door, footloose and fancy free. Care free, until the call came from the nurse at my doctor's office, the nurse who said I needed a follow up ultrasound, and could she get me scheduled sometime this week? I tend to treat most situations with humor, and I joked with the receptionist who checked me in for the ultrasound roughly a week later. I made small talk with the ultrasound tech during the test, asking her where she went to school and if she had any kids, the usual banter. After the screening, I was headed to the waiting room when she asked me to stay behind and wait to speak to a doctor. She ushered me into a room where a kindly physician explained the ultrasound had detected an unusual mass in my right breast, and it would need to be biopsied. I made a weak joke about setting a new record for having medical tests, but no one was laughing. Due to a host of factors, I had to wait nearly a month before the biopsy, and then two weeks after that for the results. It was benign, thank goodness, perhaps the most glorious word in all of the English language. During the interminable wait, however, like anyone else confronted - even briefly - by their own mortality, I spent

a lot of time thinking about the road not taken, the paths I'd yet to forage. I considered the footprints I've left behind and thought about the mark I still wanted to leave on the world. That's why when an opportunity presented itself to bring to the community a free screening of an inspiring and educational documentary, Our School, along with a panel of distinguished scholars, I jumped at this chance. As responsible members of the media, we at Pennsylvania Bridges believe above all in the power of information. Less than a week ago, we partnered with the Romani Media Initiative to hold a very successful, well attended event, during which I firmly believe many minds and hearts were changed. Thanks to George Eli and Patrick Wiley from the RMI, to George's assistant Ben, to our incredible panelists Jud Nirenberg and Cristiana Grigore, and to my fellow sponsors, Buday Law and Webchyk Design Studio. Thanks also go to so many others involved with the planning of the event, with an especial thanks to Dr. Richard Martin and Pastor Dawn Hargraves. I'm running out of space so I'll conclude by saying two things. Number one is simply to encourage all women of appropriate age to schedule a mammogram. Early detection saves lives. You may be apprehensive, I certainly was, but let me assure you it’s a relatively painless process and so worthwhile. Two, I challenge everyone reading this to contemplate how you might be a catalyst for positive change, no matter how small or how significant, in the lives of those around you. If we all try to make the world a better place, it will be. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Valley Art Club activities enrich artists, community...p. 7 Exhibits on display at August Wilson Center...p. 16 Photo Contest...p. 27

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Cal U educator honored...p. 5 Waynesburg University named College of Distinction...p. 8 Tips from TechBoxz....p. 12 Police officers training now enrolling...p. 14 Local students honored...p. 14 Influenza pandemic of 1918 in Westmoreland program...p. 21 Cal U Theatre offers unique opportunities for students...p. 30

BOOKS & LITERATURE Library hosts author...p. 4 Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Bentleyville Library...p. 28

STAGE & SCREEN School of Rock takes stage...p. 11 Cheyenne Jackson show...p. 14 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 16 On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 Alonzo King LINES Ballet...p. 23 Chamber Music Series...p. 25 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 26 On the Town...p. 27 Harry’s Hotter at Twilight to take stage at Cal U...p. 30 Evening of Creativity...p. 31 Cal U Theatre season...p. 31

Free Produce to People Distribution...p. 8 Glazed & Confused sweet shop to open in October...p. 15 Taste of Italy...p. 16 Lifestyle blog brews business success: Scratch Living...p. 18 LaBelle gardener raises “magic” beans...p. 19 Greater Monessen Historical Society News...p. 22 Rick Sebak to host variety hour...p. 22 Cal U Homecoming events...p. 25 This Month in History...p. 24


California Library...p. 28 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 28


Citizens Library Events...p. 28 Donora Library Events...p. 29 Fredericktown Library...p. 29 Monessen Library...p. 29 Charleroi Library...p. 29 Peters Township Library...p. 29 Rostraver Library...p. 29

FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Brownsville Ministerium events...p. 5 New Faith Columnist Pastor Dawn Hargraves shares her early impressions of her new communi-

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act...p. 5 About Face with Tasha Oskey: Fall Skincare Tips...p. 17 What to do when grief doesn’t go away...p. 19 Mental Health Spotlight with Fred Terling...p. 21

SPECIAL EVENTS Center in the Woods September events & daily offerings...p. 9 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27

Cristy Huweart strikes a pose for the camera while Pastor Dawn Hargraves of California United Methodist Church has an animated discussion with George Eli of the Romani Media Initiative at the pre-event luncheon held at Lagerheads in Coal Center for sponsors and special guests of the very successful, very well attended “Our School” film screening event held on August 28 at the California Municipal Building.Thanks to all who made the event a success! PHOTO





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The Peters Township Library Foundation will welcome the author of Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the library web site at or at the Circulation Desk. Ticket prices are $10 for Students and $15 for Adults. A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $60 and include VIP seats, a preevent meet and greet with Yaa Gyasi, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a copy of Homegoing. Group rates for 20 or more are also available. Email for details. The venue for this special event will be The Bible Chapel's South Hills Campus at 300 Gallery Drive in McMurray. A book signing will follow the program. The unforgettable New York Times bestseller Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two

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continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day. Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2016 “5 Under 35” Award. Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.



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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act November 1-December 15 Story by Fred Terling Amidst the attempt of the US Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the latest GrahamCassidy Bill, two important things have gone under the public's radar. The first, which is incredibly important, is the open enrollment period for the ACA has been shortened considerably for the coming year. In previous years, the enrollment period lasted three months. This year, however, it has been shortened to only SIX WEEKS. For coverage beginning January 1, 2018, open enrollment begins November 1, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has cut navigator grant funding by as much as 75 to 92 percent, forcing programs to scale back or close. Navigator organizations help consumers enroll in exchange plans through the Affordable Care Act. “The funding amount has been

released by the federal government and it was a lessor amount than we have received in the past. It is still unclear about my job status,” confirms Jennifer Grybosky, Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Coordinator of Mental Health America of Southwestern PA. Additionally, there are no funds for advertising and getting the word out about the shortened enrollment period.

The reduction in assistance from navigator organizations mean public awareness efforts have become limited to volunteer actions and word of mouth. “All of the navigator grantees are facing the reality of laying off staff and then perhaps losing them to other jobs. It is more important than ever that we get as much free publicity about open enrollment as possible,” said Lynn Keltz, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association. Please pass this information on to every person that you know that may be impacted by these changes in existing enrollment. Copy it and paste it in local places you may visit, make flyers and/or email blast friends and relatives. This could mean the difference in someone having coverage or going without healthcare. For free, local assistance in choosing coverage options call a Healthcare Navigator: 1-855-274-5626

Cal U professor Dr. Massella honored as Addiction Educator of the Year Dr. John D. Massella, an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania and a licensed professional counselor, received the 2017 NAADAC Addiction Educator of the Year Award Sept. 25 at the organization's annual conference in Denver, Colo. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 95,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals worldwide. Massella, a resident of Venetia, Pa., joined Cal U's Counseling Center in 2010 after working for 30 years at Gateway Rehabilitation in Monroeville, Pa. At the start of the fall semester, he became director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at California University, where he continues to teach two graduate courses in counselor education during the winter and summer terms. Massella operates a private practice in McMurray, Pa., and also works with healthcare professionals who strug-

gle with addiction. “I am very honored and can't imagine being considered, let alone winning a national award,” Massella says. “I can think of a thousand people who deserve this … who have done, and are still doing, great work.” Mary Van Osdol, a licensed professional counselor and certified Masters Addiction counselor who has her own practice in Wexford, Pa., nominated him for the award. She and Massella were colleagues at Gateway Rehabilitation. “John is completely approachable, genuinely concerned for people and one

of the most highly regarded therapists and educators in the state,” she says. “He has impacted so many people's careers.” At Cal U, Massella has played a key role in developing the Prevention Awareness Recovery Center, or PARC. Cal U is the first university in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, and one of only 250 nationwide, to have a designated recovery center that provides support, services and resources for students who are struggling with the use of alcohol and other drugs, as well as students who support the recovery of others.

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Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting T.-N-T. (Tues N Thurs) -- A Little Extra Power evenings Oct. 5, 10, 19, and Nov. 2, 14, 28 and Dec. 7 and 12. The prayer, video, discussion, and snack begin at 6:27 p.m. on Thurs and 5:27 p.m. on Tues. The events are free. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill-Bible Study of the Minor Prophets on Sun evenings Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 3. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible Study. The events are free. On Sat, Oct. 7 there will be a Rummage and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (200 Thornton Road-Route 166, Brownsville). Donations of gently used clothing and household items accepted through Wed, Oct. 4. Drop off hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from this sale will go toward the work of the Outreach and Mission Committee. The BAMA meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison). On Sat, Oct. 14 there will be a winter coat give-away from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fort Burd United Presbyterian Church (200 Thornton Road-Route 166, Brownsville). Donations of gently worn coats are accepted through Wed, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. through noon. Large sizes are needed. No proof of need is required to get a coat. They hope that anyone who needs a winter coat will come and see how God provides. On Sun, Oct. 15 the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir will be singing “Look Up for Hope” at the Washington Alliance Church (246

Sanitarium Road, Washington) at 7 p.m. The St. Vincent de Paul sponsored Food Bank will be Wed, Oct. 18 at the First United Methodist Church (215 Church St., Brownsville). Folks can pick up their food from 11:30 a.m. thru 12:30 p.m. New clients can come at this time to register. The next date is Nov. 15. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) will be hosting special revival services on Sat, Oct. 21 at 5:37 p.m. and continue on with services on Sun, Oct. 22, Monday, Oct. 23, and ending with a service on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Sun, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Calvin United Presbyterian Church (307 Spring St., Brownsville) will be hold a spaghetti and meatballs fundraiser dinner. Also included in the menu are a salad, bread and butter, dessert, and beverage. There will also be baskets for auction. The cost is $8. Any questions call 412-855-2537. Help is needed for the Food Bank at Calvin U.P. Church (307 Spring St., Brownsville) on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. to unload and help is needed again to distribute the food on Sat, Oct. 28 at 9:15 a.m. The food distribution begins at 10 a.m. Sun, Oct. 29 - FISH Clan Youth Group - 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Smock Road, Smock). This once-a-month gathering of youth ages 11-17 meet at different churches. Youth do not have to belong to any church to join the group. Wanting to be Faithful In Serving Him, we meet for Bible Study, spiritual fellowship, mission, games, movies, snacks, and just plain fun! Questions? Contact Pleasant View's Rev. Laura Blank at 724-6772149. This is a free event.

THERE IS HOPE Addiction Recovery Ministry offers a Christ centered 12 Step Program for people struggling with addiction and for those in recovery. Meetings will be held every Monday 6:30-8:30 at Malden Christian Fellowship at 343 Old National Pike in Brownsville. Fliers are available for distribution. FMI: 724-434-4597 or 734-785-3042

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Valley Art Club activities enrich artists and surrounding communities Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Though Valley Art Club's Annual Art Exhibition has closed for this year, its activities continue to enrich artists and surrounding communities, including outreach to potential new artist members along with Art Drop works yet to be claimed. Valley Art Club members “just had a guest speaker to demonstrate watercolor and ink techniques. We're doing a small display of ink called Inktober at the Monessen Public Library” which runs through October 5, said Christine Gilotty, Valley Art Club President. Area artists interested in membership can attend a monthly meeting at SPHS (Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.) at 300 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi. “We meet in the conference room on the second Tuesday of each month,” Gilotty said, noting that meetings start in March for the club's annual show in September. On her own, Gilotty is hosting her first annual craft show on Saturday, October 21 from 9am - 3pm at the Clubhouse Grille at Cedarbrook Golf Course, 215 State Route 981, Belle Vernon. Inspiration to bring crafters together started at her mother's garage sale, as Gilotty explains “Being an artist, I started making prints and did craft shows to sell (my work). My mom had a garage sale and I though of selling my paintings, then a friend had stuff, and it snowballed from there.” That snowball includes 20 participants so far and, Gilotty notes, is all crafts and no vendors, the location is open to the public and is all indoors, and best of all

“the grill will be open so people can go and eat.” According to Gilotty, wares from the skilled crafters participating include stained glass, painted glass, woodcraft, jewelry, original art work, handmade goat soap, henna tattoos, pet accessories, homemade greeting cards and notes, homemade wreaths, jams and spreads, and the “Beaded Sock Lady” will be in attendance. With its late October date, Gilotty said, “we can do Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas stuff” while providing a fun atmosphere for the crafters to show their stuff and garner holiday sales. Art Drop Unites, Unexpectedly The Valley Art Club's Art Drop saw over 20 artists distribute original works throughout their home areas, concealed in manila envelopes with a note from the artist. Club member Beth Phillips said “One of our purposes is to add culture to the valley,” which included the Art Drop this past summer. She notes that while some who found art contacted the artist with information provided on the artwork, there is more artwork waiting to be found. While Phillips would like those who found Valley Art Club

envelopes to contact the artist, it was her own drop which took an unusual twist. Phillips explains leaving her artwork during an unexpected stop at a local gas station: “I...did a postcard with a tree, addressed 'To the one who was meant to find strength from within.' with a Zen proverb reading 'The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.' I left it at a credit card display at Sheetz. I got a text 45 minutes later from someone close to me who had found it, and had just got out of rehab not too long ago. I was doodling and it turned into a tree, and someone who needs it more than anybody I know found it! It reminds you how connected we are and that there's something bigger going on.” If you are an artist and would like to be part of something bigger, the Valley Art Club invites your contact. Visit them at for contact and membership information, event photos, and happenings.

California Rotary Welcomes New Member, Peter LeTourneau President Marianne Gideon, center, and Rotary District 7330 Governor Elect Cherie Sears welcome the Rotary Club of California's newest member Peter LeTourneau, head volleyball coach at Cal U. Peter visited the club several times and he and his wife, Barbara, assistant volleyball coach, helped with the Community Picnic in June before he became an official member this fall. California Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Hampton Inn, California Technology Center, 7:30 a.m. Guests are always welcome.

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Pastor Dawn Hargraves: First impressions of hope and joy in community By Pastor Dawn Hargraves

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

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Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the hope in the world. Other times, I am filled with despair at the injustice, and inequity. I prefer the times when the hope moments move me to tears of joy. I relish the moments when I might laugh at the silliest of things or share in moments of love. Call me naive but these are the ties that bind us together - humanity. As a newbie to the California community, I have observed hope, joy, injustice, and inequity. I prefer the hope and joy moments and thought I would share a little so that we might have a reflection from the eyes of a Pastor. My reflections and observations follow: Folks still walk around after dark around here, and if you say hi to folks you know it is a very safe place to be that is something to rest in hope about. The Frat house [smile] is a geographic landmark for directions and certainly for other stuff as well. The Greek Orthodox Church building was deconsecrated however the homeowners are retaining the sanctuary so there will always be a place there for church. This pastor might gain some weight with the local restaurant fare available. A glorious thing to know California Area School will have

prayer before school in September. If you walk through town and look lost, someone will probably ask you nicely who you are looking for and help you get there. I hear gyros are a tradition of sort on Thursdays; note to self, add an extra day at the gym. CalU, Presbyterian Church, Cal United Methodists and Cal S.D. have the Good Eats Program going strong. Roma in the community are reminding us to love our neighbors. The basketball court is a fun place to be during the season. Rotary Park is a walker's dream and might just be where others dream too. California has a police force - that is something to rest in hope about. I hear the pharmacist is someone to meet! I cannot get over how clean it is around here. The endless giving of used clothing and household items to Care and Share is astounding. The selfless

giving of those from CalU who serve at the local food pantries reminds me that higher education teaches about life. The healing service at the Christian Church gives me hope that many realize there are those in need of healing. We will welcome MVH to the community soon. I will have a chance to experience football season with Cal this year. I could go on with my observations. The point is that there are many good things throughout California PA, throughout our country and our world. May we be bound together with the ties of joy and hope for everyone. And if you see me a middle-aged woman in front of the California United Methodist Church, waving to folks driving on Third Street, that's me just sharing some joy and some hope if only for a moment. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6 p.m. To help support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit

Waynesburg University named national College of Distinction for 2nd year Waynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction for the second consecutive year in recognition of its continued dedication to high-impact educational practices. “We are honored to name Waynesburg University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what's typically required from an academic major.” Institutions that are named a College of Distinction must demonstrate results in the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, vibrant

community and successful outcomes. The assessment process also includes a review of each institution's freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more. “Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded gradu-

ates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Waynesburg University, is proof that institutions we select are fully invested in their students' success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.” Waynesburg was also named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. For more information or to view Waynesburg's profile, visit Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools and resources for students, parents and high school counselors.

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Center in the Woods October ‘17 Activities 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: Pianlessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 tschedule. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Mon Valley Hospital Lab Services

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724-938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report tthe Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

Uniontown Library Author Series: 10/23 at 6 p.m. Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. These events are free and open to the public. Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library's main desk before each author's visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Refreshments will be offered by sponsoring businesses or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author's featured

book in a free raffle! October’s speaker is Dr. Fred Adams, Jr. is a Uniontown native and a lifelong Western Pennsylvania resident. He has spent his adult life teaching people to write, and is now retired from the English Department of Penn State University. Since 2014, he has written fifteen books, twelve of them novels in the “New Pulp” genre. He also continues to work as a singer-songwriter, playing solo and with groups in Southwestern Pennsylvania. For the Author Series, Fred will share how modern Pulp Fiction derives from Gothic roots. He’ll illustrate how this genre is distinguishing itself as a segment of contemporary literature with its escapist plots, larger than life characters, and extreme scenarios — in other words, fun. FMI:



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Veterans raising money to build observatory for fellow vets at VA Hospital The Knights of Columbus - Stephen P. Barry Assembly and the Amateur Astronomical Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) are bringing the stars to our local veterans with astronomy events at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's H.J. Heinz III hospital campus, located in Aspinwall, PA. The members of the Knights and the AAAP have begun the effort to construct an observatory and astronomy program in an effort to provide astronomy activities at the hospital, to aid in the recovery of our heroes. These photos illustrate the type of observatory and telescope these two organizations intend to build for our local veterans. Jim Surman is the K of C Assembly's Hospitalized Veteran's Programs Chairman, as well as a member of the AAAP. He is leading this effort, and has this to say regarding the program: “Many of our hospitalized veteran's, “heroes all”, in addition to experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as well as other debilitating conditions, have lost limbs and have other physical problems. This can increase the incidents of depression, physical injuries, substance abuse and sleep problems, (as is stated in VA outreach articles). We, as volunteers, want

to enrich their lives with healing activities that provide a therapeutic experience.” The goal is to build an astronomy program with a dedicated observatory at the VA hospital with the following attributes: Erect a building with an electronic movable roof Purchase a digital telescope with camera, so hospitalized veterans can observe the stars from inside the hospital, on their computers in Realtime, and on a dedicated network. Teach hospitalized veterans to become astronomers and appreciate the benefits of our beautiful sky and stars. Also, how to use the telescope and software, etc. Bus veterans to dedicated “Star Parties,” out of the hospital, to the Mingo Creek and Wagman Observatories. Build a library of astronomy at the hospital, with books donated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. Teach veterans to work on saved images during cloudy nights and days when observations are not possible. They will be working on their computers to enhance these prior viewed images. Provide astronomy type activities that

veterans can work on as a team to reconfigure saved sightings and publish new stars and constellations. Many of the AAAP members have discovered, documented and have been recognized for identifying new stellar events. Veterans may be able to contribute to these types of discoveries. These two great community service organizations, the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree (dedicated to patriotism) and the Amateur Astronomers Association (bringing free astronomy to the communities of Pittsburgh), are trying to raise more than $65,000 to help our hospitalized veterans to improve their lives. To help with this effort, donations can be made in two ways: On Internet: In Search type: Veterans Telescope. Click on: Eagle Picture Make donations payable to: Stephen P. Barry Assembly. Please write on the Memo line: “Veterans Telescope Project” and mail to: Stephen P. Barry Assembly, 1214 Glass Street, White Oak, PA. 15131 FMI contact: Jim Surman, Hospitalized Veterans Chairman at 412751-0807 or 412-841-6300 or via email at

Showcase Noir, Art, Design Fair, and Sale now accepting submissions The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is accepting submissions for Showcase Noir, Art, Design Fair, and Sale to be held February 23-25, 2018 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The annual showcase of paintings, photographs, fiber art, accessories, apparel, stationery, home décor, print material, and art in various mediums ? from emerging and established artists, both local and national, will be held over the course of an entire weekend. This juried art and design fair features work by artists and designers representing the African Diaspora. Interested artists/designers should submit applications through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Deadline for entry is November 10. Artists will be selected


and notified by December 1. There is no fee for submission. There will be an entry fee of $100 upon selection. One artist/designer per table. One 6 ft. table and two chairs will be provided. All easels and display equipment are the responsibility of the artist/designer.You and/or your assistant are required to stay for the entire event. Security on site during Showcase Noir. Boxed lunch for you and one assistant, should you decide to

bring one. The event will take place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, located in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, 980 Liberty Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. During Showcase Noir weekend, Black Bottom Film Festival will return to the August Wilson Center. The Festival will focus on the reoccurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict and working class struggles of August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle plays and examine the parallels and longstanding impact on American culture through showcasing feature length, short and documentary films.

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School of Rock: The Musical on stage at the Benedum Center 10/17-22 Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical is coming to the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, with performances beginning on Tuesday, October 17 through Sunday, October 22. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. In Pittsburgh, the following special events will take place during School of Rock - The Musical: Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Kids' Night on Broadway, a national initiative sponsored by The Broadway League, will take place on the opening night of the performance of School of Rock - The Musical. For more information, visit: Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Know the Show Before You Go, is a free preshow talk for all PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons: 6:30 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information and to register, visit: School of Rock - The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor. School of Rock - The Musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times 'Critics' Pick'

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dents into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school's beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. Tickets currently start at $30* for School of Rock - The Musical at the Benedum Center and are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. *All ticket prices are subject to change. For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit or call 412456-1390. Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at or call 412-471-6930.





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Written by Eric J. Worton This month, we are back to revisit streaming players again. There are quite few new players as well as most of the existing players receiving major upgrades. Some have LCD screens, others added voice recognition. Amazon, Apple, and Google have all incorporated digital assistants: Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant respectively, and Nvidia has teamed up with Google as well. Today we are taking a look at Amazon's new line-up and I must say I'm quite impressed. A little background: Amazon released the first generation of their streamers, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, on November 19, 2014. We have to guestimate the sales numbers because they tend to keep those close to the chest, but they do release general numbers for the annual Prime Day Sales event. Numbers for these devices during the 2015 event indicate Amazon sold out in less than an hour, selling at least 20,000 devices in the US and 200, 000 worldwide. The following year saw a new line being released with more powerful processors and limited voice control on the Fire TV, but not the Stick. During that year's Prime Day, Amazon indicated it sold 2.5 times more than last year. Using the early data, we can safely say they exceeded half a million device sales globally in one day. This year, the Fire TV didn't make the bestselling item mainly because it wasn't discounted, allowing the deeply discounted Echo take the lead. With no savings these little streamers still came in second, show-

ing the immense demand for the rapidly improving product. In October 2016, Amazon released the second-generation Fire TV Stick. They added a faster processor and the allimportant voice control. The new processor solved previous claims that the first-generation model would stutter or hang occasionally during heavy/demanding usage. The new voice integration into the remote allowed for basic controls and, like the Fire TV, some limited interaction with Alexa. My biggest complaint is the lack of ability to set timers, but you can set appointments once you've setup your calendar. The latest update is to the Fire TV and it's due to be released October 25. There aren't a lot of improvements that would concern the average person other than support for 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos, and better integration with the Echo, Dot, Tap, and other Echo devices. Additionally, the current Fire TV has a built in LAN port for a more reliable network connection, but this comes with a $30 premium. If you've got a strong wireless signal then the newest box, sans LAN port, will come in at only $70. So, unless you own an HDR TV and already have a Fire TV, the upgrade wouldn't make much sense. If, on the other hand, you don't own an earlier model and you have or plan to buy an HDR capable set, this is the one to buy. Need help setting up this or any other electronic device? Questions about what's right for you? Then give Tech Boxz a call for your free, no obligation consultation.

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California Students of the Month Honored The Rotary Club of California’s September Student of the Month was California Area High School senior Annalise Gillespie, daughter of Lisa and Michael Gillespie. August Student of the Month honors went to Michael Goroncy, a senior at CAHS. He is the grandson of Stephanie Micjan and Robert Tretinik. The students joined the Club at one of its breakfast meetings and gave a brief resume of his/her accomplishments to date and future plans.

Police Officers' Training Academy now enrolling Westmoreland County Community College is accepting applications through November 30 for the part-time Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy. The academy will begin January 13, 2018 and will run through November 2018. Classes will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and one or more Sunday's a month at the Youngwood Campus. The 920-hour academy trains students for police officer positions in Pennsylvania cities, boroughs and townships. Courses include: criminal law, police procedures, firearms, emergency vehicle operation, criminal investigations, laws of arrest, physical fitness and defensive tactics just to name a few. Successful completion of the academy makes the graduate eligible to receive 15 college credits upon enrolling in the Westmoreland Criminal Justice associate degree program. The academy is certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission. In its 39th year, the Westmoreland Police Academy tuition is $5,500, which covers the educational costs associated with the program with the exception of uniforms and footwear. The academy has a cadre of instructors both male and female with over 300 plus years of experience and expertise as chiefs of police, patrol officers, state troopers, K9 officers, narcotics agents, medics, investigators, special agents, several advanced skills firearms instructors as


well as a magistrate judge and an attorney. FMI and application materials, visit, or call 724-925-4298 or 724-925-4112. Westmoreland County Community College is accepting applications for the ACT-165 Waiver Program through November 30. Westmoreland is offering the ACT-165 Waiver Program in conjunction with the part-time police academy which is scheduled to start January 13, 2018 and run through November 2018. Approved Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEOs) and Military Police (MPs) attend class with the part-time police academy cadets, but only on the days the required ACT-165 curriculum is being presented. The program is approximately 340 hours of training. Courses include: criminal law, police procedures, criminal investigations and principles of arrest just to name a few. Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Commission (MPOETC) may determine that additional training is required in HAZMAT, EVOC, Firearms, First Aid and CPR. Upon successful completion of the course, participants can take the state certification exam to become municipal police officers in the state of PA. In its 39th year, the cost for participants in the ACT-165 Waiver Program is $1,950, which covers everything except uniforms and footwear. For more information, contact Franklin R. Newill at 724-925-4298.


Cheyenne Jackson to take Pittsburgh stage 10/16

Cheyenne Jackson will perform on Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on the intimate stage of the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Cheyenne Jackson is a Grammy-nominated actor, singer, and songwriter who can most recently be seen in FX's American Horror Story. He finished a critically acclaimed run of The Most Happy Fella in New York City in 2014. In the fall of 2012, he starred on

Broadway opposite Henry Winkler, Ari Graynor, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read's play The Performers. On and off Broadway, Jackson has starred in 8, Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nominations), the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays. For his self-penned album, I'm Blue, Skies, Jackson collaborated with Sia, Stevie Aiello, and Charlotte Sometimes. For information about ticket availability to this performance ($55, $65), please visit, call 412-4566666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

TRUNK OR TREAT OCTOBER 29 AT 5 P.M. Come in costume and bring the kids! Join us on Sunday evening, October 29 from 5-7 p.m.,when we will host our Annual Trunk or Treat event for children up to age 12. That evening, in our parking lot, host families will decorate their trunks and have treats for the children. The event is open to our community, and costumes are encouraged! Don’t miss us at the Homecoming Parade on October 14. We’ll be selling hot soup in the old Hollywood Theater lot.

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Dietary grave-digging to begin: Glazed and Confused to open this month Story by Keren Lee Dreyer It is well known that non-GMO, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan foods are good for the body, as are organic fruit and vegetables (compared to the fake fruit and veggies ingested by plebeians, apparently). But when a fresh daily, glazed donut bun filled with savory ice cream and infused with decadent dry toppings is at hand, it's time for that diet to meet its maker. Dietary grave-digging commences in mid October when Glazed and Confused opens its doors - in the same Park Place plaza as Planet Fitness - near the Meadows in Washington, PA; 900 Wildflower Drive, Ste 105, to be exact. Washington resident and owner, Nathan Bryner, describes Glazed and Confused's staple item, which practically guarantees the need for a gym membership, as a “donut ice cream sandwich. You get a glazed donut and choice of ice cream and dry toppings...(you) can mix flavors of toppings and flavors of ice cream, so it's confused.” “We're the first of its kind around here,” Bryner said of Glazed and Confused, while adding “we're not so much a donut shop as an ice cream shop.” His inspiration began by recognizing that fro-yo and ice cream shops, along with specialty donut shops, were on the rise, but now “we're combining the two and it's a lovely combination.” And with one dozen monthly ice cream flavors, and toppings which include Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, and Cookie Crisp, to name only a few, a diet-killing treat of decadent proportions is only a few choices away. A great ice cream sandwich starts with a great donut “bun,” an item unique to Glazed and Confused and best described as a glazed donut sans hole. Providing this tempting treat is award-winning Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, PA, which will deliver fresh made glazed donut buns every morning. “We're going to cross-promote Bethel Bakery. It's a benefit to say we team with them and they supply our donuts,” Bryner said. Limited runs of seasonal donuts are also in the works. If a glazed donut bun ice cream and

toppings sandwich doesn't have one's diet pushing up daisies, then homemade waffle cones, a bowl of ice cream, milkshakes with toppings, soda floats with a selection of Coke products in glass bottles “old school soda shop” style, and coffee floats are on hand to give that diet a proper Texas funeral. Don't need ice cream with your donut bun? “You can dip your bun in dry toppings. It has a thick glaze so the toppings stick” Bryner said. Also unique to Glazed and Confused is its “Pay it Forward Box,” which Bryner says will benefit a different charity every month. “People put money in and after it reaches a certain level (of dollars), half will go to charity and half to the next 5 - 10 people” to pay for their treats. “When the light is on in the window is when it's happening.” Development along Route 19 through Washington County, along with the nearby gym and new, 208 unit apartment complex in walking distance provides “a perfect storm for this location” Bryner said. “We felt really good starting here, and know a lot of people here, so we have a large support system.” With a

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The Uniontown Art Club presents our third season of “Art at the Summit.” Located at and sponsored by the Summit Inn on Route 40 East of Uniontown, this arts and fine craft show and sale will be held: Saturday, Oct. 21 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The local and talented artists of the Uniontown Art Club will give you a great selection of beautifully hand crafted fine art and fine crafts to view and purchase, including: Paintings (oil, acrylic & water colors), Pottery and ceramics, Sculptures, Blacksmithing, Photography, Fused Glass, Jewelry, and much more. You willl love what you see! All items are for sale. Admission is free! FMI:

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomes the arrival of two internationally acclaimed artists exhibiting at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, through Sunday, December 31. Deborah Willis's Went Looking For Beauty: Refashioning Self: Photographs

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by Deborah Willis will be housed in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery and LaToya Ruby Frazier's collaborative exhibit, On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford can be found in the BNY Mellon Gallery. The August Wilson Center visual art galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Went Looking For Beauty dives into the meaning and desire of beauty as an aesthetic. Throughout history, it has been simultaneously idealized and challenged, and the relationship between beauty and identity has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture. On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford is a collaborative exhibition that explores the work and life of artist Sandra Gould Ford. Ford had worked as a clerk and secretary at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, founded in 1852. Although the taking of photographs was prohibited on the premises, Ford quietly photographed the blast furnaces, coke ovens, and ladles, devoted to capturing the spirit of the workers in this environment. Many of the prints have been made by LaToya Ruby Frazier as cyanotypes, a 19th-century photographic process that renders images in shades of blue, referencing an architect's blueprint and the idea of “blue collar” work, which finds itself between documentation and artwork. This exhibit showcases the Black experience in Pittsburgh and tells the story of ordinary people working to create something beautiful, meaningful, and true while facing great challenges and systemic injustice.The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust visual art programming seeks to give audiences the opportunity to explore and discover experiences that would not have been found otherwise. These exhibits, both in their own unique and compelling way, tell untold stories. While beauty is subjective and hard work is defined individually, the empathy felt through shared struggle allows us to connect to the human condition. FMI:

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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Fall Skincare Tips Written by Tasha Oskey Fall is officially here and already you can feel the hint of coolness in the air. If your like me, you've packed away your summer clothes and are updating your wardrobe for fall and winter. Your skincare routine should also be updated because your skin changes from season to season. In previous columns, I've glossed over skincare regimens but in this column I'm going to focus on the steps of a good skincare routine. The first step of a good skincare regimen is the cleanse and tone step. Finding the right cleanser is so important because you want it to clean your skin thoroughly but you don't want it to strip your skin of it's natural oils and make it feel tight afterwards. If you wear makeup, before you wash your face, I recommend doing a pre cleanse with a cleansing oil. This is an easy way to take off makeup and allows your cleanser to work better. After cleansing, you should use a toner. I am such a big believer in toners! They really make a difference in your skin once you start using one. Toners remove any residue your cleanser leaves behind and helps to shrink and clean the pores. After cleansing, your skin's pH balance can be off so using a toner restores the balance. If your skin is prone to breakouts or clogged pores using a toner is a must. Stay away from toners that have alcohol in them because they can be too drying. In addition to cleansing and toning, I recommend exfoliating two to three times a week depending on your skin type. Now that you've cleansed and toned, your skin is primed and ready for a treatment product. This is arguably the most important step of your skincare regimen because it specifically addresses your skincare concerns. In the summer months, I recommended using

treatment products with glycolic acid and vitamin C. While those are still great to use, during the fall months it's a great time to start using a product with retinol because your not out in the sun as much. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and it has so many wonderful benefits for the skin especially with regards to anti-aging. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles and helps smooth the texture of the skin. It also is great for fading hyperpigmentation and treating acne. Retinol should only be used at night because it can break down from the sun. Another great ingredient to incorporate into your fall skincare routine is hyaluronic acid. This is great for attracting and holding moisture in the skin which is definitely beneficial during the cooler weather. It also helps to plump the skin. Another thing you can do during this step is to layer serums from the thinnest to heaviest concentration. Wait a minute before you apply the next layer so your skin fully absorbs each one. If you want to give your skin some extra treatment, use a hydrating mask once or twice a week. You've cleansed, toned, and applied your treatment products so now it's time to cap off your routine with a moisturizer. Your daytime and nighttime moisturizers should be different. For daytime, I

recommend using a moisturizer that has an SPF. Please remember you need to use a sunscreen all year round. If you wear makeup, you might want to use something that has a mattifying effect. For nighttime, I recommend using something a little heavier which has anti-aging ingredients. Moisturizing is so essential for having healthy skin during the fall and winter because the humidity level is lower and the skin can start to feel parched. This is also the time to start using an eye cream if you haven't already. The delicate area under the eye can get very dry and it's also the first area that starts to show signs of aging. Clients always ask me which is more beneficial, the daytime or nighttime skincare routine? I must say both are important but you might get more results from your nighttime routine because your skin cells regenerate as you sleep and the products you have on help with that. Getting regular facials is always a great way to improve the skin but to see consistent results you need to follow a skincare regimen with the steps I mentioned above. Fall is a great time to either kick start a skincare routine or to switch up your routine so your ready for the winter months ahead. About Face with Tasha is a new, regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey isa Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email us at and we’ll pass it on to her.



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La Belle Gardener Raises “Magic” Beans Story by Dave Zuchowski Anyone who knows George (Sonny) Markish can tell you he has a green thumb. They'll probably also tell you he's pretty good at raising honey bees good enough to be able to sell his honey in area stores and markets. The Labelle resident also has a gift of gab and a love for telling jokes and spinning tales. In the past, I had the good fortune to write about a Ukrainian Giant tomato he found growing in his garden one summer that weighed almost 5 pounds and grew almost as big as a dinner plate. But when he told me he had 11-inch long green beans growing in his garden on vines that got 20 feet tall, I was a bit skeptical - until he showed me a box of them he'd just picked. Most people who take a look at the gargantuan beans might think they were past their prime, tough and dried out, gone to seed and full of annoying strings. Not so insists Markish, 79, who took me on a tour of his bean patch where I saw with my own eyes the long vines climbing 20-foot tall bamboo poles he harvests on his property. Dangling from the spindly tendrils was a glut of long green pods full of big seeds. When Sonny gave me a box of more beans than I could possibly eat, I gave some of them to Heather, my sister-inlaw, who cooked them that same evening. I cooked my own portion as well, and the consensus was the same on both counts - they were tender, stringless except for a few stragglers and, most importantly, tasty. When I asked Sonny where he got the beans, his face lit up and he eagerly began filling me in on the back story that itself had a back story. Turns out soon after he began raising bees thirty years ago, he liked to drive around the area looking at gardens. As an avid gardener, he wanted to see what other folks in the area were doing. One particular vegetable patch in Maxwell tended by Steve Secora and his neighbor, Dominick Basil, caught his eye because a vine that had climbed up a 25-foot tall tree had 11-inch green

beans dangling from it like icicles on a Christmas tree. “I was so impressed I couldn't believe it,” he said. When Sonny asked where they came from, they launched a story of their own. It seems the Maxwell neighbors, on an outing in Greene County, stopped in a local bar and began talking about gardening as they sipped their beers. One of the patrons sitting nearby overheard them and got involved in the conversation. Eventually, he gave them a handful of seeds saying they were “the best beans you'll ever have.” . As Markish was leaving the Maxwell gardeners for home, they, in turn, gave

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him a couple handfuls of seeds, and he's been growing them ever since. “Secora and Basil didn't remember the name of the beans, but when my brother Leroy from Mentor, Ohio, planted some from seed I gave him he named them Sonny's magic beans,” Markish said. “Now, I consider raising regular green beans a waste. The more you pick my magic beans, the more they produce. And they yield all summer long until the first frost.” With an overabundant crop, the horticultural hobbyist has tried to sell his beans to local markets, but their physical appearance seems a deterrence to most buyers. While not ugly, their over blown size gives folks the impression that they're tough and stringy, which I can vouch for is not the case. To put some of his surplus to good use, Markish cans them for winter use and stores them alongside his canned, old-time, forgotten specialties like piccalilli, sour kraut and hot pepper mustard, which he sells to customers, especially during the holiday season. When asked where he got his love of gardening, it was a cue for him to launch another story, this time set in the time he was a mere 5 year old. “One day, when my father was working in his garden in Superior [Fayette County], he called to me and said 'Sonny, I'm going to show you how to tend a garden.' He had me plant carrots, lettuce, onions and beets until I grew tired of planting. A week or so later, when he called me back to the garden plot, I looked and saw sprouts shooting up out of the ground and I was hooked. I've gardened ever since, and that was nearly 75 years ago.” Those interested in buying some of Markish's canned items, honey, bean seeds or bamboo poles can phone him at 724-785-3011.

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Mental Health Spotlight: Coping with Anxiety Anxiety. It plagues all of us, mental disorder or not. Anxiety triggers stress and stress triggers anxiety. As human beings, stress is a defense mechanism that is triggered when we feel threatened. Biologically, that trigger activates adrenaline and we subconsciously enter that “fight or flight” mode. There is no avoiding it, it is the nature of being human and hardwired into our genetics. Too much, however, cause serious health risks. With anxiety disorders, that stress we all feel is heightened big time. In addition to stress, anxiety triggers a fear that goes beyond what's appropriate. This can cause us to avoid ordinary situations and feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. There are many techniques for dealing with anxiety, in addition to therapy. All of them focus on stabilizing the fear first by getting us to be in a Now Moment through a technique called “grounding.” Meditation is great for this, as are breathing exercises. I suggest doing an Internet search for what may work for you, as no two people respond the same. Personally, I have difficulty with meditation as my bipolar mind doesn't necessarily respond to stillness. Here is one coping technique that I use regularly to ground myself and have recommended in groups. 5-4-3-2-1 COPING TECHNIQUE Doing this exercise may not provide overnight success but can significantly help reduce symptoms of anxiety, trauma triggers, and other unwanted emotions or thoughts. As with any ground-

ing technique, it is important to always remember the breath! Slow, deep, long breathing can help maintain a sense of calm or help return to a calmer state. Start with deep breathing as the introduction to any coping technique. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold the breath for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds. Continue this pattern until you find your thoughts slowing. After you are able to find your breath, go through the numbers in order to help ground yourself in present thinking through external factors: Start with naming FIVE things you SEE around you. Maybe it is a bird, maybe it is pencil, and maybe it is a spot on the ceiling, anything visual. Next, FOUR things you can TOUCH around you. Maybe this is your hair, hands, ground, grass, pillow, etc, whatever they may be, pick four. Next, THREE things you HEAR. This needs to be external. Do not focus on your thoughts; maybe you can hear a

clock, a car, a dog barking, internal noises that make external sounds can count, what is audible in the moment is what you list. Almost there, TWO things you can SMELL: This one might be hard if you are not in a stimulating environment, if you cannot automatically sniff something out, walk nearby to find a scent. Finally, ONE thing you can TASTE. This too, may be difficult depending on what you had for your last meal. I typically have a packet of gum or mints in my car and backpack should the need arise. Focus on your mouth as the last step and take in what you can taste. These five steps are a way to ground yourself in the Now Moment. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy it is believed that your thoughts are directly linked to how you feel and although we feel like we lose control of our thought processes, we have tools that can help us gain back a sense of control and lead to healthier thought patterns. NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

“The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Invades Westmoreland County” program Westmoreland County Community College, in association with community partners Excela Health, the Westmoreland County Historical Society, the Westmoreland Library Network and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will present a program starting this fall to recognize the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. As many as 40 million people died during the pandemic, including thousands who were infected in

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The Greater Monessen Historical Society will hold a fundraiser dinner and dance on Saturday, October 7, at Jozwiak Hall in the St. Vincent DePaul Society building at 1701 Grand Blvd. The celebration will be “Colonel Schoonmaker's Birthday Bash”. Colonel James Martinus Schoonmaker was Monessen's main founder and the hero of the Third Battle of Winchester in the Civil War, for which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. This year marks the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth and the ninetieth anniversary of his death. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume from the time period of the Colonel's life (1842-1927), which encompassed the Frontier Age, Civil War, Victorian Age, Edwardian Age and Roaring Twenties. Limited tickets are available by contacting the Heritage Museum at 724-684-8460. The dinner will be catered by Bruno and Sons and feature roast beef, baked stuffed chicken, coleslaw, oven-browned parmesan potatoes, carrots, dinner rolls and cake. Tickets are available for a $30 donation. The event will also feature a free photo booth. DJ, Dennis Wince will provide music. On Saturday, October 14, at 11 AM, Monessen Attorney, Jack Bergstein will present a power-point lecture with photographs showcasing President John F. Kennedy's October, 1962 visit to Monessen. He will read the Presidential speech in honor of the fifty-fifth anniversary of the visit and discuss the reasons for the trip, as well as its preparation. As part of the program, the previous presidential visits to Monessen by William Howard Taft, Warren Harding and Harry S. Truman will also be cov-

Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced, will be held at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, on Saturday, October 14. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the Variety Hour featuring six local performing artists, at 8 p.m.; then at 9 p.m. everyone can join us for a speed painting competition featuring local visual artists, an art auction to benefit each artist and after party. You own the night with Multiple Choice Events: [A] Attend a show, [B] Go to a party featuring a speed painting competition, [C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or all of the above. Ticket ($25) includes the 8 p.m. Variety Hour and 9 p.m. speed painting competition and after party. Ticket ($5 in advance; $10 at the door) includes 9 p.m. entry to the speed painting competition, art auction and after party. Food trucks will be on site offering attendees a variety of food and beverage options to purchase throughout the evening. Multiple Choice: Locally Sourced features a Variety Hour, showcasing the best Pittsburgh has to offer. Hosted by documentarian and local celebrity Rick Sebak, the Variety Hour will showcase performers who live or work within fifty miles of the city; each performer has up to 10 minutes to show off their skills and creativity. This past summer, Randal Miller, Director of Dance

ered. The Autumn Exhibit at the Monessen Heritage Museum is called “Treasures from the Archives”. It showcases individual panels such as “Presidential visits”, the life of Colonel Schoonmaker, river transportation, firefighting history, early baseball, local art, radios, and the burning of the second Monessen High School. The display will be open through the end of the year during regular business hours. The Society is looking for photos of old Monessen Christmas scenes. Photos can be dropped off at the Heritage Museum to be scanned or emailed to Membership renewal and fund campaign letters for the 2018 year will soon be in the mail. Individual memberships are $15 per year and follow a calendar year. A family membership is $20, with a business membership being $50. October is “family History/Genealogy” Month. Please remember to deposit a copy of your family genealogy with the Historical Society. Also, consider loaning family photos of businesses, reunions and special occasions to the Museum for scanning. 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 Wed-Sat from 10 AM-3 PM. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is free.

Programming and Special Projects with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust curated the online call for the artist event submissions. The open call winner chosen from the submissions, Spoken Word Artist Karla “SpiritLead” Payne, receives a $250 cash award, tickets to the Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced and the opportunity to pThe Variety Hour at 8 p.m. will feature Pittsburgh artists Alt. R&B Musician Amir Miles, Dancer Teena Custer, Physical Comedian Bill Shannon, Playwright Brian Pope, Spoken Word Artist Karla “Spirit-Lead” Payne (open call artist winner) and Texture Contemporary Ballet. At 9 p.m., Locally Sourced continues with more multiple choice happenings for guests of all ages to enjoy and be a participant as an art judge following the speed painting competition during the after party. The speed painting competition features 12 Pittsburgh visual artists who will be given 30 minutes and a blank canvas to create works that will then be judged by the audience. The top four artists from the preliminary rounds will face off in a second round of painting to determine the winner. At the end of the evening, all art pieces will be auctioned off with proceeds going directly to the artists.Tickets are available at, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. FMI:

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Pittsburgh Dance Council opens season with Alonzo King LINES Ballet The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to join us for the opening of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2017 - 2018 season with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m. in The Byham Theater located at 101 6th St, Pittsburgh. Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings The Propelled Heart and Biophony to Pittsburgh to engage audiences in an environment of exquisite song and sound. The Propelled Heart is a work that comes to us out of King's aspiration to work with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer. The Propelled Heart is a work that pays tribute to the power of song. King explores the kinetics of the human voice, revealing the communicative potential of the body as an instrument and vocal chord. The piece is a voyage; Ms. Fischer impels the dancers' evolution. Under her gaze they radiate, churning noise into harmony. Alonzo King says, “Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body, and being.” With a voice resplendent in its strength and range, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, and Sting. Biophony, in collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, had been called “riveting” by the San Francisco Chronicle. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His vast archive catalogs the collective sound of entire ecosystems what Krause terms biophony. From the


rainforests of Borneo to a waterhole in Kenya, from the Alaskan tundra to a meadow high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, his recordings carry imprints of habitat in peril. Onstage these soundscapes reveal an intricate living orchestra cradling nature. The dancers' senses are heightened amid calls of killer whales and tree frogs; their sweat seems to mingle with the mud, salt, and dust of their new sonic environments. They dance without ego, immersed in their song, unaware of being watched. We see classical technique refracted, distilled to an elemental purity that reminds us of our fellowship with all creatures. Biophony takes place, not at the threshold of the civilized and primal, but at the rejoining of two worlds never meant to be apart. Beyond their performance at the Byham Theater, the company will plan to conduct master classes at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts from Sunday, October 8 - Tuesday,

October 10. Through Point Park's regular series of welcoming industry professionals and renowned guest artists, past guest artists have included David Parsons, Doug Varone, members of Pilobolus' Shadowland, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions' Desmond Richardson. Single tickets (as low as $10) for the 2017-2018 Pittsburgh Dance Council season are available at, by calling 412-4566666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available for: $60-$285. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages including 4 shows, with pricing beginning at $40. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. For more information visit,

Save the Dates!Maker Faire Pittsburgh free to public for 1st time this year Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, produced by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in cooperation with HackPittsburgh, will be held on October 14 and 15, at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park. Called the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part county fair, part science fair, and part something

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The week’s traditional highlight is the Homecoming Day celebration on Oct. 14. Pre-parade activities begin at 10 a.m. on the main campus, where inflatables with a Disney motif will add to the family-friendly fun. Balloon art and a petting zoo are planned, along with tables organized by various clubs and organizations. At 11 a.m., the Alumni Relations Office will host a “Picnic on the Patio” at Kara Alumni House. Graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy picnic fare. The Homecoming Parade will step off at noon Oct. 14.The march will begin at the Convocation Center and travel down Third Street. Marchers will turn right at Union Street and continue back to campus on Second Street. A Vulcan Huddle tailgate party will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at Roadman Park. A Kid’s Zone with inflatables, face painting and giveaways will begin at 1 p.m. outside the stadium. The Cal U’s women’s volleyball teams will host Gannon University at the Convocation Center beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free. At 3 p.m. the Cal U football team hosts Clarion University at Adamson Stadium. At halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. Football ticket price is $10; visiting students pay $5; Cal U students, faculty and staff with valid CalCards are admitted free, as are children ages 12 and younger. Other Homecoming events Oct. 10: Announcement of the 2017 Homecoming Court, 11:30 a.m. in the Natali Student Center’s Food Court. Singer Ryan Quinn from “The Voice” performs. Oct. 12: Underground Café, 9 p.m., Performance Center in the Natali Student Center. Featured performer is pop singer Nick Barilla, a Cal U alumnus. Admission is free; the public may attend. Oct. 13: Pep Rally, 5-7 p.m. on the blue outdoor Hamer Hall courts.The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union. Oct. 15:Vulcan soccer, at the Phillipsburg Soccer Complex.The men’s team plays Slippery Rock at 1 p.m.; the women’s game is at 3:30 p.m.


Remember When: This Month in History with Fred “Tomato” Terling: Important Dates in October

October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time. October 2, 1967 - Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was sworn in as the first African American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served until 1991 and was known for opposing discrimination and the death penalty, and for championing free speech and civil liberties. October 2, 1968 - California's Redwood National Park was established. Redwoods are the tallest of all trees, growing up to 400 feet (120 meters) during a lifetime that can span 2,000 years. October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. October 3, 1974 - Frank Robinson was hired by the Cleveland Indians as baseball's first African American major league manager. October 3, 1990 - After 45 years of Cold War division, East and West Germany were reunited as the Federal Republic of Germany. October 4, 1957 - The Space Age began as the Russians launched the first satellite into orbit. Sputnik I weighed just 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days. October 5, 1882 - “Father of the Space Age” Robert Goddard (1882-1945) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. During his lifetime he was ridiculed by the public and the press over his idea of constructing a space flight machine. In 1926, he launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket on a farm near Auburn, Mass. In 1935, his liquid-fueled rocket surpassed the speed of sound. October 6, 1927 - The first “talkie” opened in New York. The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson was the first full-


length feature film using spoken dialogue. October 6, 1846 - Engineer and inventor George Westinghouse (1846-1914) was born in Central Bridge, New York. He developed air brakes for trains and was later responsible for the adoption of alternating current (AC) systems for electric power transmission in the U.S. He was also the first employer to give his employees paid vacations. October 9, 1940 - John Lennon (19401980) was born in Liverpool, England. He was a member of The Beatles, an influential rock group which captivated audiences first in England and Germany, and later in America and throughout the world. October 11, 1884 - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was born in New York City. She was the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President. As First Lady, she led an unprecedented independent life, striving to improve the lives of people all over the world. In 1933, she became the first wife of a president to give her own news conference in the White House. October 12, 1492 - After a 33-day voyage, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in the Bahamas. He named the first land sighted as El Salvador, claiming it in the name of the Spanish Crown. October 13, 1775 - The United States Navy was born after the Second Continental Congress authorized the acquisition of a fleet of ships. October 13, 1792 - The cornerstone of the White House was laid by George Washington. The building, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is three stories tall with over 100 rooms, and was designed by James Hoban. October 13, 1884 - Greenwich was established as the universal time from which standard times throughout the

world are calculated. October 14, 1964 - Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He donated the $54,000 in prize money to the Civil Rights movement. October 14, 1644 - Pennsylvania founder William Penn (1644-1718) was born in London. In 1681, he received a Royal charter with a large land grant in America from King Charles II. Penn, a Quaker, welcomed members of all religious faiths and established a democratic form of government. October 16, 1854 - Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin, Ireland. Best known for his comedies including; The Importance of Being Earnest. And his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in which he wrote, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” October 20, 1818 - The U.S. and Britain agreed to set the U.S.- Canadian border at the 49th parallel. October 21, 1879 - Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, keeping it lit for over 13 hours. October 21, 1915 - The first transatlantic radio voice message was made by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from Virginia to Paris. October 21, 1917 - Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina (as John Birks Gillespie). He was a trumpet player, composer, band leader and one of the founding fathers of modern jazz, known for his trademark puffed cheeks and bent trumpet. October 22, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy appeared on television to inform Americans of the existence of Russian missiles in Cuba. The President

demanded their removal and announced a naval “quarantine” of Cuba. Six days later, the Russians announced they would remove the weapons. In return, the U.S. later removed missiles from Turkey. October 24, 1861 - The first transcontinental telegram in America was sent from San Francisco to Washington, addressed to President Abraham Lincoln from the Chief Justice of California. October 24, 1945 - The United Nations was founded. October 26, 1881 - The shoot-out at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, occurred between the feuding Clanton and Earp families. Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers and “Doc” Holliday gunned down two Clantons and two others. October 27, 1904 - The New York City subway began operating, running from City Hall to West 145th Street, the first underground and underwater rail system in the world. October 28, 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from the people of France commemorating the French-American alliance during the American Revolutionary War. October 31, 1941 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years of work. The memorial contains 60-foot-tall sculptures of the heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - representing America's founding, political philosophy, preservation, and expansion and conservation.

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Chamber Music Series offers performances in intimate atmosphere Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Mention the words “chamber music” and images of powdered wigs, stringed instruments, and an intimate but stodgy performance atmosphere may spring to mind. While Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, considered the father of modern chamber music, was composing during the time Old St. Luke's Church, 330 Old Washington Pike in Carnegie, was established, the 2017 - 2018 Chamber Music Series at St. Luke's is anything but stodgy. And, no powdered wig is required. Originally, chamber music was comprised of classical pieces performed by several skilled musicians, each with one part, and typically “call and response” in nature, with one instrument answering a passaged played by another. Today, however, chamber music includes solo performers, but maintains an intimate atmosphere which Lynne Cochran, Administrative Director of Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's, describes as “fun” and something that does not fit in a box. Instead, she defines it as “Literally, any music group in a small setting. It's a much bigger scope of music than orchestral,” meaning performers either compose their own music or select from a wider range of musical periods and styles. As a chamber music performance location, Old St. Luke's is suited “very well to the arts,” Cochran said, adding “It's acoustically magnificent…it's a friendly space and a very forgiving space when you don't have a large audience.” Unlike formal orchestral concerts, where audience members sit in silent admiration of the musical performance


before them, this chamber music series takes advantage of its intimate atmosphere in what Cochran calls “a living room setting,” where “musicians interact with the audience and anyone with questions is free to shout them out.” Cochran credits Artistic Director, Warren Davidson, as key in assembling the musicians and performers for the chamber music series. Davidson, a music professor at Slippery Rock University, and Music Director for the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, enlisted his friends whom Cochran says are some of the most talented people in Pittsburgh, are great to work with, and love to perform. Also unlike formal orchestral concerts, tickets are…non-existent. Instead, any donation is welcome. “When we take the donation, we pass the collection plate just like when you're in church,” Cochran said. When patrons arrive at Old St. Luke's for a chamber music performance, Cochran greets each person

herself while handing out concert programs. Personal touches like this, along with cross-promoting events with Chamber Music Pittsburgh, assure that chamber music will remain a fun, entertaining experience for the foreseeable future. For those who have enjoyed chamber music in the past, and those seeking a unique musical experience, the Chamber Music Series at Old St. Luke's provides an outstanding variety of performers in a historic, intimate atmosphere unmatched by large concert halls. “If you get people to come one time” Cochran said, “they come back. If someone talks to one of us and hears what a great time it is, our job is halfway done.” Find the complete chamber music schedule at ukes/, and visit for information on the church, booking a wedding, and other upcoming events.

Cal U’s GACO sponsoring 30th Procurement Opportunities Fair California University of Pennsylvania’s Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center, is sponsoring its 30th Annual Procurement Opportunities Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. The fair will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Washington, Pa. Any business interested in selling their products or services to federal, state and

local government agencies and prime contractors should attend. Focused on providing companies with contracting and subcontracting information, the fair will feature 54 booths occupied by government agencies, corporations, regional service organizations and area businesses. In addition to the networking event this fair provides seminars on Cybersecurity Requirements for DoD

Contracts and Doing Business with Allegheny County will be presented. The admission fee for the fair is $35 per attendee if registration is paid by Oct. 11; fee includes a buffet lunch. If paid after Oct. 11, the cost per attendee is $45. To register, access and for questions contact Tracy Julian at 724-938-5881 or

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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.


NOW PLAYING! Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 PM River City Brass presentsBLOCKBUSTERS - Adult $25 - 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free Enjoy music from Hollywood's biggest hits! Now playing: “Ben Hur”, “Indiana Jones”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Titanic”, “Independence Day”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, and more. Sunday, October 8 at 7:30 PM - Elko Concerts presents SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - $59.50, $79.50, $89.50 ($5 additional at the door) SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 14-time Emmy® Award-winning show that sparked America's fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall live on tour. Wednesday, October 11 at 8 PM Latshaw Productions presents 38 SPECIAL - $48, $58, $68, $80 After more than three decades together, 38 Special continues to bring their signature blast of Southern rock to over 100 cities a year. Their many gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. Saturday, October 14 at 7 PM - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region presents THE CLARKS - The Palace Theatre - $25 Don't miss regional favorites The Clarks playing their annual benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters. All proceeds benefit mentoring programs supporting children facing adversity in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Wednesday, October 18 Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents 13TH ANNUAL RUNWAY FASHION SHOW - FASHIONFUSION Fashion + Music + Cause - VIP PreParty 6 PM includes VIP Experience, Runway Show and After-Party The Annual Fashion Show turns it up a notch when the runway moves inside to The Palace stage for its 13th season. The event

features a night of fashion and music supporting the beautiful Palace Theatre, with emcee Wendy Bell and local retailers displaying their latest trends on the runway. Local vendors, tasting stations, beauty bars and shopping will be on-site at our afterparty's merchant emporium. Friday, October 20 at 8 PM - Elko Concerts presents ARLO GUTHRIE THE RE: GENERATION TOUR $59.50, $75 ($5 additional at the door) The Re: Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe and Sarah Lee will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 PM Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra BRUCH & BRAHMS - $15, $27, $33, $35, $48 Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 PM Latshaw Productions presents BRAD GARRETT & RITA RUDNER - $48, $58, $68, $78, $88, $113 Comedians extraordinaire Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner are headed our way for a full evening of smart, outrageous humor! Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 PM - Elko Concerts presents ZZ TOP $89, $99, $125 ZZ TOP's music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, and profoundly soulful. These 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame blues rockers have sold millions of records over the course of their career including the smash singles Tush, Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. Friday, November 3 at 7 PM - Live Nation presents KIDZ BOP KIDS BEST TIME EVER TOUR - $36, $45 Great news, KIDZ BOP fans! KIDZ BOP is extending its “Best Time Ever” tour this fall by adding 19 additional concert dates, following the success of initial spring dates. The second leg of the tour, in partnership with Live Nation and sponsored by Juicy Juice Splashers, will bring KIDZ BOP's live concert experience to thousands more fans across the country. KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today's biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.”

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Cal U welcomes Fullbright Teaching Assistant California University of Pennsylvania is hosting its second Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant this academic year. Emad Hakim, from Egypt, will tutor Cal U Global Online students in bachelor's and master's degree programs in Arabic. Hakim will help students gain language proficiency and complete class assignments. He also will assist in organizing cultural events on campus. The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program brings early-career educators from around the world to study at U.S. colleges while they teach their native languages, assist in language instruction and serve as cultural ambassadors. While at Cal U, Hakim will take two courses each in the fall and spring semesters to improve his teaching methodology. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Bani-Suef University, near Cairo, and has been an English teacher for five years. He plans to pursue a master's degree in teaching methodology. Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey, Cal U's Arabic program coordinator, said the success of the university's first Fulbright teaching assistant, Inejih Abeid, of Mauritania, last year was a benefit to everyone in the program. “Cal U and the Arabic program is

diverse and proud of that diverse culture,” said Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey. “I am sure it will be a great experience for him as a cultural ambassador to help us understand his culture and also to learn from us about our culture.” About Cal U's Arabic Program Cal U offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and an undergraduate certificate in Arabic Language and Culture, and a Master of Arts in Social Science: Arabic Language and Linguistics. Both programs are designed to provide students with the skills and experiences that are needed in the job market. An accelerated option allows students to begin taking graduate-level Arabic courses while completing the bachelor's degree.

Student began rewarding career after semester Kayla Cooper has a career she loves after just one semester of study at Westmoreland County Community College. “I was completely undecided about what I wanted to do. I changed from one thing to another multiple times,” Cooper said. Once she decided to study phlebotomy and specimen processing at Westmoreland, she knew she had found her future. “I love my job. It's finally something I enjoy getting up and going to do,” she said. Cooper, 20, of Apollo, completed the Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing certificate program earlier this year and secured a job as a phlebotomist, also known as a patient service technician, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. “My favorite part about phlebotomy is the interaction with the patients. I work in all different settings, so I get to meet

someone new every day,” Cooper said. The Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing certificate is completed in one semester of study and students can qualify for financial aid. “This program was amazing and opens the doors for so many opportunities,” Cooper said. “It is an amazing way to start into any medical field.” She plans to return to Westmoreland next fall to study Medical Assisting. Cooper said instructor Amy Voytek, who is the program's director, set her up for success in phlebotomy and beyond. “She prepared me for the field like no other.” Find more information at For more information about all programs of study offered at Westmoreland County Community College, please visit

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See in October Photographers, enter the Brownsville Photo Contest. Time to show your hometown pride Brownsville. Submit your entries in person to the Brownsville Post Office or by email to Deadline is November 1. Through October 29 - Pick Your Own Pumpkins for the Whole Family - Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela Pick Your Own Pumpkins from the Patch or display! Lots of colors, shapes, and textures to choose from in both areas. .45 cents per pound. PLUS, minipumpkins all colors, gourds, Indian Corn, and lots more! Fun for the whole family - how big of a pumkpin can you carry this year? Weather delays could occur - if you are worried, please call ahead. October 18 - The Lost Boys (1987) Classic Movie Nights at AMC Waterfront 22, 300 W. Waterfront Dr., Homestead Come visit Santa Carla, the Murder Capital of the World! We couldn't NOT show this classic when it just turned 30 years old, last month. From IMDB: “After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.” General Seating is only $5 and VIP is also available. October 21 & 27 from 6-10 p.m. Haunted Museum: Year of the Monster - Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh Get ready for a museum monster mash! This year's annual Halloween blowout is all about brutes and beasts in legend and in nature. Come in costume, sip on spooky cocktails, dance to DJ Bill Jakub of Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited, and check out monstrous specimens. Do

not miss hands-on activities, adult trickor-treating, and more for a ghoulishly good time you can only find in the historic halls of the museum. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Please note that no weapons (fake or otherwise), masks, or backpacks are allowed. (Face paint is permitted.) Due to popular demand, the museum will hold two events this year on October 21 and 27. Beer, wine, and light bites are available for purchase. Registration for each event includes museum admission. A selection of beverages and light bites are available for purchase (cash only). Parking is available for a flat rate of $6 in the museum's lot. All After Dark guests must be at least 21 years old. Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $13.50 for members FMI: October 27 from 4-8 p.m. Halloween Happenings - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Bring little ghouls and ghosts to the gardens for family-friendly Halloween fun!When you feel a chill in the air and see pumpkins everywhere, you know it's almost Halloween - and Phipps' spooktacular gardens are the perfect place for your family to celebrate! Ghosts and goblins of all ages can come to the Conservatory in costume for a day of festive activities, all free with regular admission. Our youngest ghoulish guests are also invited to sink their teeth into healthy and delicious snacks, delight at wickedly carved pumpkins and pot their very own creepy plants. There will be kid-friendly entertainment throughout the event, including a face painter and a witches' brew display will come to life



with snakes, newts and toads to meet. October 27-29 - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Dracula - Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh Over Halloween weekend, PBT brings back the deliciously spine-chilling Dracula, based on Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic novel - the grandfather of all vampire dramas. Dissatisfied with his bevy of undead brides, Count Dracula fixates on Svetlana, a young girl on the cusp of engagement, to satiate his thirst for fresh blood. A haunting score by Franz Liszt builds suspense while scenic designer Thomas Boyd's fastidious studies of Balkan and Romanian architecture add authenticity to the 19th-century Transylvanian setting. The dancing also has teeth, with levitation, flying and pyrotechnics that make the choreography even more climactic. At the time of its premiere, the New York Times described it as a “spectacle of an order ballet audiences seldom see today.” October 28 from 12-4 p.m. - Super Science Saturday: Boo-seum Trick or Treat - Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh Join us in investigating the creepy and awesome creatures that call the museum home! Meet live animals, examine amazing specimens, and participate in fun, hands-on activities. Trick-or-treat around dinosaurs and mummies at stations throughout the museum, and wear a costume* to receive a small prize! *Please, no masks, weapons, or backpacks. Free with museum admission. Super Science Saturdays is a program at Carnegie Museum of Natural History that invites visitors of all ages to explore a special theme through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, & more. November 1 Deadline - Attention cat


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owners! We want videos of your cats. Row House Cinema is hosting Pittsburgh's first week-long Cat Film Festival in November. As part of the festival, we are creating an original video compilation of none other than “Pittsburgh's Pretty Kitties”. Yes, that means your cat can be on our big screen. So start filming your cat non-stop and send the fabulous footage our way. The films can be of any trick, funny reaction, or super cute kitty and our team of cat experts will selectively curate the final compilation that will be shown on the big screen. Submission deadline: Nov. 1st. Each person gets up to 3 submissions. Video length must be 30 seconds or less. Row House has the right to reject any movie for content or technical failure. Send submissions to Tech Specs: Video MUST be horizontal. Flat format - 1998 x 1080 (note... not 1920 x 1080. Frame rate - 24 fps or 30 fps (note... not 23.98 fps). Audio can be up to 5.1 surround. Acceptable formats include mp4, mov, m4v only. AKA -> hold your phone sideways and record in HD. Make sure the lighting is good. Show us what your cat can do! ONGOING EVENTS New Bentleyville Tavern, 843 Main Street, Bentleyville Every Wednesday - Jerry-O-Key - 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday - MP Spazzz 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Want us to list your special event in On the Town? Email the details to The deadline for submitting event notices is always the 20th day of the month preceding the edition you want the notice to appear in. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity. Additionally, we reserve the right to refuse any listing we feel is inappropriate for our readership.


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

The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tues - TOPS - 5-6:15 p.m. Weight loss group Coffee and Crayons - Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. - Bring in a book or try one of our pages and stop and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. Make It Monday every Monday from 12 p.m. on we will have a Make It Monday sponsored by Friends of the Bentleyville Library where we will have an activity, or craft out all day that you can make here at the library.We will change it every week. October 2 - Bentleyville Historical Society meets - 6:30 p.m. October 9 - CLOSED Board Meeting - Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. October 18 - Family Craft Night On the third Wednesday of every month make a craft and have some fun open to all ages - 5:30 p.m. October 19 - Book Club at 6 p.m. The book will be “Killing Reagan” by Bill O’Reilly. Stop by and talk about the book and enjoy a lite snack.The library can get the book for you; just ask. October 25 - It's All We've Got: Health in a Warmer World presented by Ned Ketyer, MD, FAAP from the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Advance registration required by calling the library. October 30 - Friends of Bentleyville Library - 6 p.m. - Help support the library and plan fun events LEGO Club at 5:30 p.m. the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month ages 7 & up FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.


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

CITIZENS LIBRARY - OCTOBER 2017 ACTIVITIES Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuess, 2:00 – 2:30, from Oct. 3 through December 5. Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings from Oct. 4 through December 6.Toddler Story Times are: 10:30 – 11:00 for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, and 11:30 – 12:00 for ages 2 ½ to 3 years. Registration is required for all story times. Call 724-222- 2400, ext. 235 or stop in the Children’s Dept. for moreinformation or to register; “Parent’s Guide to Story Time” brochures are available at the desk. October 10 - Lunch with Friends - Dr. Robert H. Dodge, retired W&J Professor of History, will discuss Afghanistan, America’s longest war. Program is free. Lunch is available after the program for $6.. October 11 - 6-8 p.m. - How good are you are recognizing...Famous Places, Famous Faces? Join us for another trivia nights of facts and fun! Light snacks provided, feel free to bring your own. Prizes offered. October 14 - Free Genealogy Workshop - 2-4:30 p.m. - The event will include a progam called “An Introduction to Genealogy” and a tour of the genealogy section of the library. Anyone interested in researching family history and becoming familiar with the library's local history and genealogy archives is welcome to attend. Please bring any available personal family history information, laptops can be accomodated. Sign up at the front desk or call. Sponsored by National Pike Chapter and Daughters of the American Revolution. October 18 - Rock Painting Party - 56:30 p.m. - “Autumn Rocks” is the theme for the next rock-painting party on Wednesday, October 18, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Citizens Library and Washington County PA Painted Rocks, the program is free and open to all ages. Rocks, paint, and brushes will be available, or feel free to bring your own supplies. Teen Time - Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. - Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, and much more. New activities every week. - For grades 6 and

up Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. - For grades 6-8 Monthly Chess Club - Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 19, from 6-7 p.m. in the Conference Room. The book will be The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. Free and open to the Public. Feel free to bring a Snack. FMI, contact: Bobby L. at 724-222-2400 X222 or email October 31 - Tricks and Treats - 4-6 p.m. - Make a few spooky crafts, take a picture in your costume or with friends, and take home some tasty treats! Crafts for older kids but everyone is welcome to stop by. November 11 - Holiday Craft Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Contact CitiBooks for more info about becoming a vendor. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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Free Mon Movie Matinee. Stop by the library on the first Mon of each month at 1:00pm for the viewing of a newly released film to DVD. Popcorn and water are provided. Friends of the Library - Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Mon of each month. Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tues of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tues of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Tiny Tykes Program - For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

Tiny Tunes Music - Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult.Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies - Tues at 10 a.m. - Birth12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime - Tues at 11 a.m. - Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult.They're just learning to talk -give them something to talk about. Toddler Tales - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult. Wii Sports for Adults - Every Wednesday - Stay active in the comfort of your library. No registration required. Kindergarten Storytime - Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. - Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds.This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics - 9:15 a.m. - For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess - Tues at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Every Tues in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. FMI, call 724-941-9430.

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will host Greenburg author, Scott Brown on Sat, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. He provided coverage of the Steeler football team for close to ten years. The Library will be closed on Mon, Oct. 9 - Columbus Day. The Library is collecting new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and gloves for children and adults.The clothing can be donated during regular business hours. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Mon, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Mone ssen Crochet/Knitting Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 25, at 6 p.m. New members welcome. The Monessen Book Club will meet on Thurs, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Oct.'s book is “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. New members welcome. Children's storytime is on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the upstairs Children's Room.Toddler Time is Tuesdays at 1 p.m.Techie Tuesdays for ages 6 to 12 meet at 6 p.m. Storytime Surprise is Sat at 11 a.m. with Miss Marsha. CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Mon, Oct. 2: National Homemade Cookie Day, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3:Toddler Time music mania, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3:Techie Tues robots, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10: No Children's programs. Saturday, Oct. 14: National Fire Prevention Day - A visit to Monessen Fire Dept. #1. Monday, Oct. 16: Story Time with Miss Allysa, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17: No Children's programs. Saturday, Oct. 21: Fall Fun Day with bouncy house, crafts and fun, 11 a.m. Monday, October 23: “All Out For Apples” Storytime - bob for apples, sample apple butter and make applesauce, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24: Family Movie Night - “it's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28: “Boo To You” Storytime - Come dressed as your favorite character, 11 a.m. Mon, Oct. 30: “Hip To Be Square” Storytime with Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) - Friday's at 10am Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Kindness Rocks Painting (Middle and High School students) - October 7th 1pm to 2pm - All Middle and High School students are welcome to attend. Choose a rock and paint something kind or happy on it. You may hide your rock wherever you wish for someone else to find it - promotes kindness. Rocks and paints will be provided. Paints may be permanent so dress accordingly.We look forward to seeing you. #kindnessrocks It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Preschool Ages) - When: October 18th - 11am to noon - We will be showing a Peanuts Classic, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (25 minutes run time). The kids will be doing a Halloween-themed craft following the movie. Flea Market and Book Sale - Large selection of books and donated items November 4th from 10am to 4pm Ladies Bridge Club - meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30pm to 5:30pm Knit and Crochet Club - meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Book Club (Adults) - meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:30pm to 4:30pm Lion's Club Meeting - meet the 3rd Monday each month at 6:00pm Monongahela Valley Community Band - meets every Wednesday at 7:00pm The Donora Public Library will partner with the Southwestern Goodwill to host a donation drive. We are once again asking anyone and everyone in the community to bring in any unwanted household items and books you no longer need or want.

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

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY - 38 Water St., Fredericktown WEBSITE: - PHONE: 724-377-0017 Book Buddies Book Club will meet Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the library. “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin will be discussed. Susan Lownsbery is the hostess. Rep. Pam Snyder's Community Outreach staff every third Tuesday of each month from 11-3. Just stop in! The Library Board of Trustees will meet Wed. October 18 at 6:30 p.m. . Fall Story Hour will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. Call to register. Reading Club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at

the library. Call to register your child. Discovery Detectives will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 at the library. Call to register your child. Teen Book Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the library. Call to register. SIT N KNIT/CROCHET will meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Beginner-expert welcome. We’re looking for Library Trustees! Interested? Contact us at the library.

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Cal U to perform “Harry’s Hotter at Twilight” for first year show 11/2-4 Story by Lauren Rearick

JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL WITCH FESTIVAL October 28 from 3-10 p.m. Music, Magick & Mayhem on the Mon! This is an adult 18+ event. Gates open at 3 p.m. Costumes optional. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your best hat and broom! Skylantern Release late evening. DJ Merlin is returning, The Mon River witch and flying monkey will be attending, too! Various readers to choose from. MANY merchandise vendors and many food vendors will be present at this event. Complete evening schedule will be handed out at the event. This event is FREE. No outside food or beverages permitted, and no pets please. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is available in metered lots and also on the street. Parking is free on weekends. Please respect private property. Event will be held at the MONONGAHELA AQUATORIUM 200 Railroad St, Monongahela


Audiences have their chance to head back into the world of wizards, vampires and even wookies during an annual California University of Pennsylvania tradition. Each year, Cal U Theatre gives incoming freshman their first taste of the spotlight in a performance staring entirely first year students. This year's cast and crew will bring the magic and laughs of “Harry's Hotter at Twilight” to life from Nov. 2 - 4 at The Blaney Theatre. “Harry's Hotter at Twilight” is written by Jonathan Dorf and features what it calls “a cup of 'Harry Potter', a tablespoon of 'Twilight” and a pinch of 'Lord of the Rings', 'Star Wars', and 'Alice and Wonderland.'” According to director John Staszel the play immediately caught his attention with its bevy of pop culture references and comedic nature. “I thought the name for the play was really interesting,” Staszel said. “We knew that it would really speak to a younger demographic who would immediately recognize the play as a parody. We wanted to do it soon before the movie “Twilight” would lose its value and “Harry Potter”is a narrative that will last for generations.” Along with references to popular movies the play sees the inclusion of

Top 40 hits that many in the audience will likely recognize. The cast was required to incorporate “a lot of movement” into their characters and Staszel hopes that the song selection will speak to a younger audience. “We're playing with how song selection and stylized movements can help develop a scene,” he said. “It ends up looking and feeling like something completely different than many students have played with before. We're really excited to see how the audience reacts because it's like hearing a concert at a theatre production.” For many taking to the stage, it will likely be their first time in an undergraduate production. This method of devoting an entire production to new students is a unique way

for professors to work with the new students on fostering their talent. “We're one of the only universities in the country that dedicate an entire show to incoming students,” Staszel said. “We want to nurture those students and give them a fun, learning environment and help them decide whether they wish to dedicate their future career path to theatre or if it's something to enjoy in their spare time.” This year's cast had a “great time” putting it all together, even with the challenge of frequent scene changes and movement memorization. Those in the audience may think they know what to expect from the play based on its name, Staszel warns that the play is all about the element of surprise. “The name of this play suggests one thing and it's written completely different,” he said. “If you think you know these series you're going to be on a scavenger hunt to piece together fragments of the stories. There's so much going on in this play. You're going to be like Alice of “Alice in Wonderland”, floating through the rabbit hole of all these things floating around you.” Performances will be held Nov. 2, 3, 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.

Cal U Dept. of Theatre & Dance announces opportunities for local students Beginning with their upcoming 20172018 production season, the Department of Theatre and Dance at California University of Pennsylvania will offer local students opportunities to see free theatrical performances in Steele Hall. Immediately following school performances, students will be treated to a short talk back with the cast, crew, and artistic team.They will also take students on a tour through their facilities. Additionally, for over 20 years, the Department has offered pre-show workshops for students. Members of the production team will visit class(es) and provide background about the production,

lead students in activities related to the production, discuss theatre etiquette, etc.--whatever fits best in the curriculum. Traditionally performances for area schools occur on the Thursday and/or Friday mornings (10 a.m.) during the run of the particular show. If students are not able to attend one of their morning performances, they invite those students that are interested in the performing arts to come to an evening performance. They will provide complimentary tickets along with a pre- or post-show tour of their facility, along with information about their theatre degree and their concentrations in musi-

cal theatre performance, and design and entertainment technology. If you do plan to attend a performance, please RSVP at your earliest convenience. They accept reservations throughout the summer and the early part of each semester. However, seating is limited for each production. To RSVP call Janie Walmsley at 724-938-5581 or email her at Included in your RSVP, please tell them your school district, approximately how many students will attend, and your preferred performance and date. Reservations are first come, first served.

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Cal U Opens Fall 2017 Theatre Season with “An Evening of Creativity” California University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music and Theatre presents “An Evening of Creativity” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5-6, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The event is open to the public and will be performed in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall on the Cal U campus. Ticket price is $12 for adults, seniors and children. Cal U students with valid CalCards pay 50 cents, plus a $5 deposit that is refunded at the show. For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943. Bobby's Ballet Lesson Written by Alyssa Freeman (Sophomore, Theatre) Directed by Sarah Martik (Cal U Theatre alum) Cast: Leah – Avery Grant; Mrs. Davis - Alexis Hawk (Senior, Theatre); Mother – Sabria Johnson (Junior, Communication Studies); Bobby - DJ Miller (Senior, Theatre) Written by sophomore theatre major Alyssa Freeman and directed by Cal U Theatre alum, Sarah Martik, Bobby’s Ballet Lesson introduces Leah and her friend from ballet class that she realizes is a little different from everyone else. This heartfelt story that presents autism in a beautiful light shows how a little kindness can go a long way. Potential Directed by Ryan Johnson (senior, theatre) Cast: Monologue 1 – Jazmyn Neal; Monologue 2 – Michael Mastandrea; Monologue 3 – Reece Williams (Sophomore, Theatre) Potential is an overview of emotions in relationships, existence and inspiration. Every one have faced these emotions at one time or another and can relate to the topics at hand. Avaricious Choreographed by Diane Buffington (theatre faculty, psychology faculty)

and the Cal UDance Ensemble. Cast: Marisa Badura (junior, pre keducation), Laura Cook (senior, psychology), Taylor Frost (senior, graphic design and multimedia), Meagan Goben (senior, biology: pre-med), Jenna Kelly (sophomore, communication disorders), Mackenzie Moore (senior, communication disorders), Rachel Wells (freshman). Accompanied by Kacie Kubitza (senior, education) and Abbi Hanley (freshman, early childhood/special education) Avaricious is a fun contemporary jazz piece that exemplifies how greed is an innate instinct for survival. We all want to be successful, but at what point do we cross the line and become greedy? Gravity 3.0 Cast: JP Staszel (theatre faculy), Erin Staszel, Tristan Bartolomucci (senior, theatre), Kacie Kubitza (senior, education). A powerful piece that explores the strength of man and the power of woman. It challenges views of gender coupling and how power dynamics can shift with fluidity. The Audition Directed by Jeshua Myers (junior, theatre) and Tristan Bartolomucci (senior,

theatre) Cast: Jaxon Stone – Tristan Bartolomucci, Rummy Stevens – Jeshua Myers, MC – Hannah Burns (sophomore) Do you love sketch comedy? Do you watch SNL every Saturday night? The Audition is a piece based off of the 1990 Saturday Night Live sketch where Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze audition for Chippendales. Jaxon and Rummy are two contrasting male strippers at the Strip-&Yells. Hoot and Holler for them and they will give you a show. Maybe a little more than what you bargained for. Creative Team and Crew: Production Stage Manager: Kayla Grimm (senior, theatre); Assistant Stage Manager: Mark Barrett (senior, theatre); Deck Crew: Mark Barrett, Kaitlyn Kunz (sophomore, theatre); Properties Design: Ayana Sicheri (junior, theatre); Scenic Design: Sabrina Hykes Davis (theatre faculty); Sound: Vincent Byrne Costume Run: Sarah Sproul (sophomore, theatre), Erin Stump (junior, theatre); Costumes: Joni Farquhar (theatre staff). Photo: (top) Avery Grant and DJ Miller rehearse for “Bobby’s Ballet Lesson”

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SAVE THE DATE FOR Cal U’s Upcoming Shows 2017-2018 SEASON Harry's Hotter at Twilight The Blaney Theatre November 2, 3, 4, 2017 @ 7 p.m., November 4, 2017 @ 2 p.m. - Mix a cup of Harry Potter, with a tablespoon of Twilight, add in a pinch of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Alice in Wonderland and you will have the perfect recipe for the cute and corky, magical and mysterious, silly and shameless parody Harry's Hotter at Twilight. Middle and High School students are welcome. Harry Connick Jr.'s The Happy Elf - Steele Hall Mainstage - December 7, 8, 9, 10, 2017 @ 7 p.m., December 910, 2017 @ 2 p.m. - The Happy Elf brings laughter and the holiday spirit back to the Halls of Steele.The Happy Elf is suitable for students of all ages. Almost, Maine - The Blaney Theatre - March 1, 2, 3, 2018 @ 7 p.m., March 3, 2018 @ 2 p.m. - This show explores gender, sexuality, discrimination, and bullying issues and introduces the concepts of civic responsibility and the nature of the human condition. High schoolers are welcome. Heathers: The Musical Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre April 12, 13, 14, 2018 @ 7 p.m., April 14, 2018 @ 2 p.m. - This laugh-out-loud musical comedy unapologetically explores issues of teen suicide, murder, bullying, homophobia, and gun violence. following the performance. Suitable for high school students. Cognitive Distortions: Spring Dance Concert 2018 - Steele Hall Mainstage - May 3, 4, 5, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - Join student and faculty dancers and choreographers as they explore the communicative aspects of the body. Open to all ages of students interested in dance; and to high school students studying psychology, physical and mental health, and society and cultures.