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Under Construction At the beginning of the summer - late spring, really - my husband and I moved exactly one block from what had been "my" house to what was once "his" house and is now "our" home. I was thrilled, and not because I enjoy the process of packing up all my stuff in state store boxes and transporting it to a new place. Been there, done that, and more times than I'd like to admit. No, I was happy about the move because it meant I'd have my own dedicated office - with a door! - and I'd be able to stop sharing a workspace with major kitchen appliances. Fast forward about four months since we've been in the "new" house and I'm less enthused. While the added privacy is appealing, my office is still mostly packed away in boxes. The light purple paint we bought on sale at Lowes, intending to transform the room into a more tranquil space, is still in the can. The shelving I hoped would help organize my books is piled high with files waiting to be, well, filed. Nonstop work has kept me more or less glued to my computer, and there is no piece of paper on my desk that doesn't have notes scrawled on it or coffee rings from the multiple mugs of java I consume on a daily basis. Now, I've never been a neatnik, and I've lived with cluttered surfaces for most of my life, but some days, I really feel as I'm living in a construction zone. It's no one's fault, it's simply the unintended consequence of two people whose lives both go in a dozen different directions, leaving us little time for home renovation. Sometimes I see photos on Facebook of my friend's home offices, pristine in condition and practi-

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cally exuding organization, and that little green monster - envy - rears his ugly head. I scan my own surroundings, noting the near mountain of boxes, and wish for bookshelves so high I need a ladder to scale the top and a plush, comfortable chair in which to read. Other times, however, I look at the stacks of files awaiting a new home, and think to myself that my office is the perfect metaphor for life itself - messy and chaotic and frequently disorganized. There are projects needing to be undertaken, goals crying to be met, and it's not always easy to tell which way is up. Like a web site from the late 1990s, our lives are constantly under construction. Maybe, like me, you've been living in the midst of chaos. Embrace it, I say, because it's unavoidable. Focus on the tangible, on the aspects of your life you can control, and remember that you are still a work in progress. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Auditions: The Happy Elf...p. 5 FLOW exhibit returns to Pittsburgh’s cultural district...p. 8 Auditions: Nutcracker...p. 14 Art at the Summit...p. 15 Art in the Alley...p. 18 Valley Art Club show...p. 15 Photo Contest...p. 27

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BIZ Cal U Best in Northeast...p. 6


Influenza Pandemic series...p. 10

Swan Lake to take stage...p. 4

Waynesburg kicks off year...p. 10

One woman history show...p. 7

Music instruction for special needs students...p. 11 Tips from TechBoxz....p. 12 Cal U Theatre offers unique opportunities for students...p. 31

BOOKS & LITERATURE Books enroute to Sierra Leone thanks to local 8th grader...p. 7 Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Bentleyville Library...p. 28 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 Monongahela Library...p. 29 Peters Township Library...p. 29 Rostraver Library...p. 29

Dream comes true for Uniontown


business owner...p. 5 Free Produce to People Distribution...p. 8

On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 14

Two Girls & A Griddle...p. 15

Romanian Orphan Choir...p. 14

Mural at Pizza Company...p. 19

Whose Live Anyway?...p. 17

Eat Fresh! A Listing of Local

On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 26

Farmers Markets...p. 16 This Month in History...p. 24 Senior living development in

Vintage Trouble on stage...p. 26 On the Town...p. 27

Brownsville...p. 23 rose-plastic USA celebrates 20

Cal U Theatre season...p. 31

years of positive impact...p. 25



FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Editor’s Note: Our “Faith & Spirituality” column is on temporary hiatus and will be back soon. Thanks for your patience!

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE What to do if you’re in an auto accident...p. 9 Farmers Market Vouchers for Fayette seniors...p. 14 Sending a memorial gift...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

From this year's performance of Madagascar, Jr. at Summer Experience 2017: King Julien, played by Edward Bittner (11, from Connellsville, PA), and Rylan Huber (13, from California, PA) in the role of Maurice, King Julien's Assistant. PHOTO





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The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to present one of the world's most famous ballets - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 21 W Otterman Street, Greensburg. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and marks the first time the Russian Grand Ballet has ever performed in Greensburg. Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried's devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages. Russian Grand Ballet's full-length classical production features Russia's brightest ballet stars. Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet,

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Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005. Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of over fifty dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle roles. This year marks the company's third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form - The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Tickets are $30, $45, $55, $65 and can be purchased at or by phone at 724-836-8000. FMI:



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Lifelong Dance Dream Comes True for Uniontown Store Owner Story by Lauren Rearick A Uniontown store owner is watching as a longtime dancing dream come to life right before her eyes. After working at The Barre Room, 684 W. Main St. for more than 20 years, Crystal Bogorae is taking on the role of owner and is eager to share her vision for the store with dancers all over the area. At the age of 17, Bogorae started working in the store. She said that she was a frequent customer for many years during her time as a dancer at the Ginny Turner Dance Studio. “When I graduated from high school I had an interest in fashion and retail,” she said. “Working at The Barre Room brought those interests together along with my love for dance.” The Barre Room is a Uniontown staple, opening more than 40 years ago. The full service specialty dancewear store specializes in custom costumes, attire, footwear and products needed for dancing. Founded and opened by Sharon Davison and Pat Ellsworth, the store was later purchased by Angelo Runfolo and his family. Bogorae worked along-

side both owners and credits them with helping her learn what's required of the position. One of her favorite aspects of working in the store over the years is helping aspiring dancers from the local community and beyond. “I love working with dancers and their mothers,” she said. “I enjoy working with them to make their custom costumes and it's a very interesting job.” After years of working in the shop and learning what dancers need, Bogorae is excited to bring her vision for the store to life. She hopes to make improvements and

continue the tradition of helping dancers of all ages shine on stage. Among her upcoming plans are additional new merchandise, an increase in the use of social media and more store promotions. After years of working in the store, there's one aspect of the job that always touches Bogorae's heart. “There's so many memories that I have had while working here,” she said. “But nothing is better than helping a child buy their first ballet shoes. There's nothing like watching them do that first twirl in their new shows and to get to do that alongside their parents is really special.” After spending a lifetime helping dancers and serving as the face of The Barre Room, Bogorae is excited and eager to step into her new role. “Being the owner of The Barre Room it's been a lifelong dream,” she said. “This is a natural next step to take in my career. At this point in my life I have the confidence needed to be in an owner role.” FMI:

Cal U to hold auditions for its holiday show, “The Happy Elf” on Sept. 9 Cal U will audition performers on Saturday, Sept. 9 for its annual holiday show. Harry Connick Jr.'s THE HAPPY ELF. The auditions will be held in Steele Hall on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. Harry Connick Jr.'s THE HAPPY ELF will be performed December 7-10 at 7pm and December 9 & 10 at 2pm in The Mainstage Theatre in Steele Hall. The production team is in need of dancers and triple threats aged 5 and up. All types will be considered! This jazzy, whimsical show is filled with Santa and his Mrs., Elfettes (think Rockettes), kids, teens, and adults. Dancers should dress appropriately and bring all shoes. Actor/Singer/Dancers should come prepared to dance and should prepare a selection from musical theatre between 16 and 32 bars in length. No a capella singing, bring sheet music, an accompa-

nist will be provided. DANCER ONLY (AGES 5-ADULT) 10AM-NOON - Must be there at 9:30am to fill out paperwork. Come dressed to move and with all shoes. No acting or singing required. CHILDREN (age 5- 12, under 5' in height) - 11AM-1PM - Must arrive at 10:30 to fill out paperwork. Bring sheet

music (no a capella singing or recorded accompaniment); bring clothes and shoes for the dance portion. In addition to an active chorus of children, we are seeking the roles of youngest pole leader and Norbert's minime TEEN AND ADULT ENSEMBLE 2PM-4PM - Must be there at 1:30 to fill out paperwork. Bring sheet music (no a capella singing or recorded accompaniment); bring clothes and shoes for the dance portion. In addition to the roles of Molly (young teen) and Curtis (young teen), we are in need of our smooth, singing Santa and his Mrs., elves of various types, and residents of Bluesville (yes…they are cranky and they sing The Blues). FMI call 724-938-4220. Photo from last year’s production of The Happy Elf. Photo Credit: Kelly Tunney

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The Princeton Review again has recognized California University of Pennsylvania as one of the best universities in the northeastern United States. The nationally known education services company profiles California University in its “2018 Best Colleges: Region By Region” listing. This is the 13th consecutive year that Cal U has been named among the “Best in the Northeast” schools. Schools are assessed for academic excellence based on data and information submitted by the school, as well as student surveys and other sources. In their responses to Princeton review surveys, students noted that Cal U wel-

comes people from many backgrounds, including international and older adult students. “From freshmen right out of local high schools, (to) students from Brazil, Canada and Europe, to older, nontraditional students pursuing a higher education … it is this unique blend of people that make Cal U special,” one student said. Another student noted the wide range of activities on campus, including “an on-campus free movie theater, a billiards room, and tons of clubs and sponsored activities.” For more information about admission to Cal U’s on-campus or online programs, visit

Spaghetti Dinner at Center on the Hill Sept. 17 A Spaghetti Dinner will be held at Center on the Hill, 100 Summit Road, Belle Vernon, on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $8, Kids 6-12 $4 & Kids under 5 eat free. Includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, drink and dessert. Take-outs are available.

Open House: Free Palace Theatre Tours Sept. 9 Westmoreland Cultural Trust will host to the theater’s second floor, which free tours of the Palace Theatre at 9:30 boasts golden Grecian marble, classic a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, September black-and-white checkerboard floors and 9. These one-hour tours will include interesting facts and trivia about the for- Spanish inlaid tiles. The Palace Theatre today seats 1369 mer Manos Theatre, a vaudeville and movie house that opened Sept. 2, 1926. patrons and hosts more than 100 events The structure includes many architeceach year. Information will be available tural and art features such as the beautiabout upcoming shows. Reservations are fully restored murals painted by not needed for the tours. acclaimed Chicago artist Louis Grell, For additional information, call the who depicted fairy stories in his paintings. A Vermont marble staircase leads Box Office at 724-836-8000. 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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African Library Books enroute to Sierra Leone thanks to local 8th grader Although many young people use the summer months trying to avoid books, Lilianna Hug,13, spent time collecting books to build a library for a school in Sierra Leone. When the California eighth grader learned that only 7% of schools in the small west African nation have libraries, she embarked on the service project. “I love reading - it is very important in my life. I wanted to help kids in Africa have the opportunity to learn to love books and reading,” explained Lilianna. Working with the non-profit organization, African Library Project, Lilianna made posters, presentations and direct appeals to spread the word. The project truly became a community effort. The California Public Library provided space for a collection bin, and local students enthusiastically participated in a book drive at the end of the school year. Lilianna said, “I want to thank the staff and volunteers at the California Public Library, the students and teachers

of California Area Elementary School, the members of United Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, and multiple local business leaders, family and friends who contributed books and funds for shipping.” Thanks to this local generosity,

Lilianna sent 1,649 books to “God's Will Nursery and Preparatory School” in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The school serves over 500 young people, and library will also be open to community members. Although students speak native languages in their homes, English is the language of instruction. Books in English are greatly needed to help children at all ages improve their education. Since 2005, the African Library Project has helped coordinate the development of more than 2,000 libraries in countries throughout Africa. Lily is enthusiastic about the organization: “I would encourage other families and schools to create libraries through the African Library Project because it is a great way to help kids in Africa complete their education and learn the joy of reading. It's just fun to know that books that meant a lot to me will be read by kids in Africa.” FMI:

One-Woman Shows Reveal History Of Legendary Women on Sept. 27 & 28 Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents two shows next month at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center that reveal the stories behind compelling women in U.S. history with award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar Mary Ann Jung: Clara Barton and Rosie the Riveter. “Clara Barton - Red Cross Angel” will be staged Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 PM and “Rosie the Riveter” will be staged Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 PM. A portion of show proceeds will be donated, respectively, to American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge and Westmoreland County Historical Society. Tickets are $25 and now on sale at or by phone at 724-8368000. Both shows will be staged at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA. In the first night's show, Mary Ann Jung portrays Clara Barton. Proper ladies of her time were supposed to be quiet, get married, have children, and stay home. Miss Barton would have none of that! She defied society's conventions and risked her life in order to help others, thus becoming a true heroine. A passionate and moving public

speaker, Clara dramatically relates how she became the first woman to work for the Federal Government, its first female department head, and America's first woman ambassador. Audience members portray Yankees and Rebels, “nay-sayers” and believers, in order to discover why Americans fought each other in the Civil War and what that meant on a personal level. The audience will be swept into her story of the Civil War, dangers of nursing at the Battle of Antietam, and her struggle to get America to sign the Geneva Convention. There are few better role models than Clara Barton, who still inspires us to “Never Give Up!”. On the second night, Jung portrays the woman best known as Rosie the Riveter.

During World War II, women joined the U.S. workforce by the millions to replace the men who'd gone off tfight. Guests will learn the fascinating story of Rosie the Riveter through Rose Leigh Monroe who worked at the largest factory in the world-Willow Run in Michigan. Audience members will meet or maybe even play Charles Lindbergh, Walter Pidgeon, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (all of whom toured Willow Run) and discover which came first-the Rosie posters, song, or the real women who sacrificed and worked in factories to help America win the war. Who was the real Rosie? The answer is riveting! Lively, funny, fact filled show, full of audience participation and energy. Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar. Ms. Jung researches and writes her own scripts, and performs in the authentic costumes, accents, and attitudes for her characters' eras. FMI:

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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, September 14 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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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce the return of FLOW, a large-scale light installation on the Wood Street “T” station created by Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl. The piece officially opened with the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on July 7, 2017. The return of FLOW was made possible through generous support from The Fine Foundation and the David Nimick Family Foundation. Lit nightly, FLOW is the most important public artwork, with the most visible street presence, since the construction of Katz Plaza. Originally installed in 2003, FLOW was the first in a series of installations now in Arlington, Berlin, New York and Seattle. In its second, permanent iteration, FLOW- Pittsburgh consists of 40,128 animated red light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDs cover eight windows (measuring 6 1/2' by 28') of the “T” Station on Wood Street facing Liberty Avenue. Waves of light patterns flow upward and downward in a continuous stream, creating a mesmerizing and ethereal effect while adding a compelling dimension of light and color to Pittsburgh's downtown. An early adapter and pioneer of the use of LED lighting and art, Redl has now been working in the medium for 30 years. He originally developed all of the technology himself, but is now able to buy most of his materials commercially off the shelf. FLOW is powered by the Wood Street building and programmed using a data controller. Updated technologies have allowed him the freedom to experiment and update the piece while intentionally retaining the basic premise. “The basic premise is intact, and that was intentional. The new iteration of FLOW is still a piece of the FLOW series, with a couple variations,” Redl states of the installation. “I am very interested in minimal art and technology. My aim is to fuse these concepts to bring minimal art into the 21st century. This in combination with my interest in environment led me to very simple systems immersed in architecture.” In addition to FLOW (2017, 2003), Erwin Redl has premiered two other installations for Wood Street Galleries: After Image (2003) and Structure of Time and Space (2014). FLOW joins a list of other notable permanent light installations curated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Sign of Light (1999),

designed by Robert Wilson and Richard Gluckman, Cell Phone Disco (2010) by Informationlab and The Water Cube (2016), designed through a collaboration of the Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support from the Colcom Foundation. About Erwin Redl - Erwin Redl earned a bachelor of arts in composition and a diploma in electronic music from the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria. He also received a master of fine arts in computer art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and residencies - including a Chinati Foundation Residency in Marfa, TX, and a P.S.1 Studio Residency in Queens, NY - Redl has held solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Select exhibtions have been held at such venues as the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Toledo, OH; Art

Miami / Swarovski Crystal Palace, Miami, FL; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; World Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain; among others. Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

FALL CRAFT FUNDRAISER Calvin United Presbyterian Church 307 Spring St, Brownsville - (724) 785-5745 Sun., Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m. - Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, sandwich sliders, and beverages will be served. Tickets $35 Choose between two fall design options. All tools and materials provided, but feel free to bring your own key element to personalize your lighted glass block decoration. Invite the most friends & receive a special gift. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Diane at 724-880-0229

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Center in the Woods September ‘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: 9/16 at 4 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! September’s speaker is Albert Wendland. Wendland teaches at Seton Hill University in its Writing Popular Fiction program. His science-fiction novel, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes, was a starred pick-of-theweek by Publisher’s Weekly. He has published a book-length study of science fiction and several articles on SF and writing. He’s also interested in landscape photography, astronomy, film, Romanticism, and the “sublime.” The sublime (what is overwhelming, indescribable, unknowable, and frightening) is especially strong in science fiction and visual art. For the Author Series, Albert will share examples from both. FMI:




If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you may remember feeling angry, panic-stricken and uncertain of what to do. By following a few simple steps after a car accident, you can prevent additional injuries, reduce costs and expedite vehicle repairs and your insurance claim. First, visit the Erie Insurance web site and print a copy of Erie Insurance's guide, In Case You Have an Auto Accident, and keep it in your vehicle for reference. Next, follow these suggestions to help you stay composed after the car accident: Pull over. Move your vehicle off the road and out of harm's way. Protect yourself, your auto and any other property as best you can. Check for injuries. Check to make sure no one was injured in the car accident. If someone was, dial 911 for help. Call the police as soon as possible if someone is injured, damage is extensive, your vehicle has been stolen or you need assistance. Exchange insurance information. Check the date on the other driver's insurance ID to make sure his or her insurance is not out of date. As a backup measure, record the other driver's phone number, address, license plate number and the make and model of each car involved for your insurance company's reference. Do not discuss who is at fault; leave that decision to the police and the insurance investigators. Record the details of the car accident, including the date, time, location and weather conditions, while you're at the accident scene. Use the guide, In Case You Have an Auto Accident, to help you capture the details.This infor-

mation will help you later when you fill out the formal claims report. For insurance purposes, it's also a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your car or carry a cell phone with a camera to take photos of your vehicle from every angle. Talk to witnesses. If you notice any witnesses, take down their names and phone numbers. Obtain a copy of the police report. After the police have completed the report for the car accident, ask for a copy for your insurance company. Write down the officer's name and department along with the incident number. Report the claim to your Agent or Erie Insurance by calling (800) 3673743 for assistance 24/7. Be sure to call on the day of the car accident when everything is still fresh in your mind. If you are a commercial driver, let your employer know about the accident right away. If you need to report a claim, you can also report the claim online. For more information, contact us at Mariscotti Insurance Agency at 724938-9302. This information provided courtesy of Mariscotti Insurance Agency, 324 Third Street, California. Have a question? Need coverage? Call us!


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“The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Invades Westmoreland County” series 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 trecognize the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Invades Westmoreland County” will include a library tour in Sept., as well as a fourpart speaker series at the college in October. “The study of the 1918 pandemic gives us an idea of how rapidly a disease can arrive, spread and impact an area,” said Dr. Thomas Soltis, assistant professor of sociology. “The more we can learn about the 1918 pandemic, the better we can prepare for current and future outbreaks of disease.” Admission to all events is free and open to the public. Dr. Soltis is available to answer questions about the local impact of the 1918 flu pandemic, why it's relevant today and the program details. FMI, contact him at or 724-925-4239. Library Tour Schedule. Call the individual library for reservations. Murrysville Community Library Wed.,

Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Call 724-327-1102. Scottdale Public Library Thurs., Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Call 724-887-6140. Adams Memorial Library (Latrobe) Mon., Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Call 724-5391972. Vandergrift Public Library Tues., Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Call 724-568-2212. Rostraver Public Library Thurs., Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Call 724-379-5511. Monessen Public Library Sat., Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Call 724-684-4750. Mount Pleasant Library Mon., Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. Call 724-547-3850. Sewickley Township Library Tues., Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Call 724-4469940. Norwin Public Library Wed., Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Call 724-863-4700. Penn Area Library Mon., Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Call 724-744-4414. Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Wed., Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Call 724-8375620. Fort Ligonier Center for History Education (200 S. Market St, Ligonier) Thurs., Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-2386451 for reservations. --Speaker Series Schedule-Topic: The Spanish Lady Visits Westmoreland County: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Greensburg,

Youngwood & Surrounding Areas Thursday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Founders Hall Amphitheater, Youngwood campus Speaker: Thomas Soltis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Westmoreland County Community College Topic: Epidemic Diseases and How They Are Spread Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Founders Hall Amphitheater, Youngwood campus Speaker: David Wyszomierski, M.D., Excela Health Topic: How To Be Prepared for Outbreaks of Disease Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Speeaker: Andrew Pickett, Director, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness, PA Department of Health Topic: The Turbulent Decade: 19151925 (and Beyond) Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Founders Hall Amphitheater, Youngwood campus Speaker: Professor Eric Greisinger, Salem International University FMI:

Waynesburg University kicks off 2017-2018 academic school year Waynesburg University's 2017-2018 academic school year officially began Thursday, Aug. 24, with the University's annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel. “Today you become a member of a University and institution that is nationally recognized for value, scholarship, service learning and faith, and the ability to prepare its graduates for their futures,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. Lee shared with the freshman class the importance of perseverance. He encouraged them to practice perseverance and to understand that they will not travel alone on their journey because the entire


University community will be with them. During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication. Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to intro-

duce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings. “The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new students,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “Now that they have arrived, we get to look forward to how a Waynesburg education will change their lives!” The University welcomed more than 450 students, representing 59 different majors and academic areas of interest and 22 states, including Alaska, California and Florida.

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Special Notes provides musical instruction for students with special needs Story by Dr. Natalie Wolfe Duvall Music surrounds us. It's piped through the overhead speakers in the grocery store, it helps us pass time on long road trips, it scares the bejeesus out of us in horror movies. Yet, music is more than a simple accompaniment to the day-to-day moments of our lives. Dr. Michelle Chappel told Lifehack that music can help you run faster, eat less, combat chronic stress, reduce pain, and improve your memory. With all these benefits, it's easy to see why so many parents and adults want to enroll their children and themselves in lessons. However, this can be a difficult task if you are someone with special needs or are a parent of a student with special needs. Special Notes Music Program, located in Murraysville, knows the importance of music and knows that a unique type of instruction can help the special needs community explore and experience music. Renée Seamone has always been involved in this community. Early in her life she was a caretaker for an uncle with Down Syndrome and other children and adults. After graduating from Seton Hill with a music education degree, she worked at the Watson Institute as a music teacher for students who were autistic or had neurological impairments. She created Special Notes because she saw a gap that urgently needed filled. “Many special needs students are not able to participate in extracurricular activities, and I wanted them to be able to experience their own extracurricular activity outside of a school setting. I

decided to give them an opportunity to explore the world of music and encourage them to become a participant in music and not just an observer. My passion is music and I believe that everyone has the ability to make music.” To do this, Seamone developed a school that uses a curriculum designed for ages 18 months to adult. Classes are offered for individuals and groups, where they will learn basic music concepts, which in turn can help them develop life skills and achieve goals. The curriculum used is called “Occupational Octaves Piano [which is] designed to help students with special needs play the piano and have a positive, independent experience while learning to read music and work on goals and skills. We are the only program in western Pennsylvania that is teaching this unique curriculum.” Group classes follow a typical pattern. They begin and end with transitional relaxation music. The main portion of the class uses what Seamone calls a visual schedule. “We start with a hello activity which helps students learn about each other. From there we engage in different activities which focus on musical concepts such as fast/slow or stop/go and incorporate turn taking, making choices, staying on task, attending skills,


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peer interaction, gross motor skills and fine motor skills.” Students have experienced success in the program. “It is so exciting to see a smile on a student's face after they have accomplished a goal or performed a familiar tune for the very first time. We are very eager to share the world of music with our students in an atmosphere adapted specifically for each one of them. It is rewarding to help a student attain goals and learn new skills in music. Parents will be able to watch their child grow in confidence, motivation, and self-esteem as they participate in the program. It can be rewarding not just to the student but also to the parents,” Seamone said. Anyone interested in Special Notes can call the program at 724-331-4424. Group Classes are 45 minutes long and last from 6-12 weeks. The cost is $20.00/class. Private lessons occur weekly in 30 minute intervals.





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The Nutcracker Ballet auditions at State Theatre Auditions for The Nutcracker Ballet, taking the stage December 15-17, 2017, will be held September 16 at the State Theatre. Dancers will be auditioned by age group as follows: 10:00 a.m.- Noon - Dancers ages 13 and up (bring pointe shoes); 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dancers ages 9-12 (If on pointe, bring pointe shoes); 1:45 p.m - 2:45 p.m Dancers ages 6-8. All dancers are asked to be prepared to dance at their specific time. If you have questions or are an adult who would like to set up an audition time, contact Donna at

Two varied expressions of the time & place in which the author lives. Like his previous work, “Where Grandma Lived,” “First Snow” is a collection of Mr. Aguilar’s prose & poetry.

Farmers Market Vouchers for Fayette Seniors There are Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers remaining for Fayette County residents that have not received them, to date. Seniors who are 60+ years old during the program year and meet the income requirements are eligible for the SFMNP. Income is total income (including interest, Social security, wages, etc.) The SFMNP Does not include seniors who are living in nursing home facilities, convents and residential facilities where meals are

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Waynesburg U to host Romanian Orphan Choir The Waynesburg University Music Program will host the Romanian Orphan Choir from Caminul Feliz Village Orphanage in Oradea, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 5. The choir will present a 5 p.m. concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. “We hope that by welcoming the Romanian Orphan Choir to the Waynesburg University campus, it will enlarge our vision for missions, encourage our faith and make a lasting impact in the way we see children in need in Romania and throughout the rest of the world,” said Melanie Catana, assistant professor of vocal music and director of



choral music. The concert will include a broad variety of music such as classical, gospel and Romanian folk tunes in English and Romanian. The choir will also perform at the University’s weekly Chapel Service held at 11:00 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, they will spend the day on campus visiting with students in several music classes including the Survey of Music in Worship. The mission of the Felix Family Villages is to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the orphaned and abandoned children of the world in a loving family environment. For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or


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CHURCH PICNIC SEPTEMBER 17 First Responders honored on September 10 On Tuesday, September 5, we’ll hold a Service of Prayers for Healing at 7:30 p.m. On September 10, we’ll honor our first responders during our 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. A reception will be held afterward. Bring a covered dish to share and join us for food & fellowship at our Church Picnic (following service) on Sunday, September 17.

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Two Girls & A Griddle now open for business in Belle Vernon Story by Keren Lee Dreyer With its pleasant, inconspicuous exterior and residential location, Two Girls and a Griddle, at 1309 Fayette Avenue in Belle Vernon, is the perfect place to sneak in and fall off the diet wagon. However, given their generous portions and delicious, traditional diner dishes, anyone cheating on a diet will be far from covert. With specials such as Reese's peanut butter pancakes, stuffed peppers, breaded pork chops, and freshly made desserts, expect to join in with a diner full of eager patrons. Twin sisters Heidi Rothey and Heather Rothey Schult combined forces to forge their dream of owning and running a diner. When the location on Fayette Avenue became available, Heidi, a stay at home mom, and Heather, a nurse, sprang into action to buy and remodel the former diner on the premises to their taste. The new decor includes fresh paint and, according to Heidi Rothey, who speaks with happiness of the new look “There's a bunch of antiques in there. It's very antique-ish and vintage-ish. It's cute. There is a 1934 gas stove soon as you walk in. The lady was still using it until two weeks before she bought it. She had upgraded to a 1951 model. We bought the antiques locally and it was fun.” Rothey, who lives two miles from the diner, is fond of the locality and “wanted (to open in) a small community. That place opened up and it was a perfect opportunity. We didn't want a huge place,” Rothey said, adding with amusement “though now we're busy and wish we did.” While opening a diner is not a whimsical decision - the Rothey twins had all of one month to make their move, managing to open on June 10, 2017 - they had discussed migrating their careers into food service for some months before the location became available. And each brings her own set of experiences with food preparation and the food service industry to their diner's table. “I'm a baker,” Rothey said, while Heather “ran a restaurant in Charleroi.”

Rothey's desserts, such as freshly made pineapple upside down cake, lemon, raspberry filled cake, and Boston cream cake (to name a few), Heather's restaurant experience, an “awesome cook” in Reese Albro, and mom's home made spaghetti sauce and meatballs provide the recipe for some of the Mon Valley's finest diner cuisine. Coming up with menu items and daily specials, posted on Two Girls and a Griddle's facebook page, is second nature to the sisters. They are “similar when it comes to food, and we wanted it to be homey food - diner food,” Rothey said. A common thread among family run diners, in addition to excellent, friendly, and personal service, is freshly made selections and generous servings. And here, Two Girls and a Griddle delivers big. Rave reviews posted on the diner's facebook page describe their food as “amazing,” while service comes with “smiles,” servings are “huge,” and breakfast is the “best.” Accordingly, Rothey said “We have a giant breakfast crowd, and we have fish all the time. We get it in fresh and hand bread it. People love our steak sandwich. I love everything.” Two Girls and a Griddle sources many food items locally, meaning the “menu is going to change around seasons...especially for winter, we'll have the soups, the heavier food.” Rothey said future menu changes could see accommodation for those with gluten restrictions. “I know a lot about nutrition and would get involved with gluten friendly and gluten

free” menu items, though preparation requires separate utensils and cookware. Hours are 7am - 7pm daily, while the diner is closed on Tuesdays for a strategic reason. Rothey explains that “Many others are closed on Mondays, so some people asked if we could be open on Monday,” meaning anyone hankering for fine diner dining won't be sent away hungry. Visit Two Girls and a Griddle at for updates on that day's specials, reviews, or to tantalize your tastebuds with pictures of the diner's home cooked fare.

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. 22 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 - 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 Opening Reception for the Valley Art Club Exhibition, will be Sunday, September 24. It will be held at the Monessen Public Library, 326 Donner Ave. , Monessen, Pa.The reception is from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Refreshments available.The public is invited.The exhibit runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 6 . Please call the library for hours: 724-684-4750.


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Order Online: Last chance to visit your local farmers markets! Here is a sampling of area Farmers Markets. Canonsburg Farmers Market Every Friday May 5 through mid September, 3:30p.m. to 7p.m. - 148 W. Pike St., Canonsburg - More than 14 vendors, anchored by Simmons Farm of McMurray, will carry produce, poultry, beef, eggs, cheese, wine, whiskey, honey, desserts and gifts, among other items. Charleroi Farmers Market Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., July through October - 724 - 483 - 6011 423 McKean Ave, Charleroi - The Charleroi Farmers Market is a covered farmer's market. Joe's Farm Market - Tuesday Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Mondays - 724 632 - 5877 - 3132 National Pike, Richeyville Stop by Joe's Farm Market and check out fresh fruit and vegetables and their country store featuring jams, dips, soaps, honey, and much more. Main Street Farmers Market Thursdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., May October - 412 - 392 - 2069 - 139 S Main Street, Washington - The Main Street Farmers Market features area vendors offering locally grown pro-


duce (both organic and local farm grown), meats, eggs, dairy products, prepared foods like fresh - baked bread, pastas, salsas, live entertainment, and much more. Simmons Farm On - Farm Market Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: 724 - 941 - 1490 - - 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray - You can't get more farm to - table than visiting the farm! Simmons Farm has fresh vegetables and fruits, hanging baskets, fresh flowers, preserves, and much more. Trax Farms - Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 412 - 835 - 3246 - - 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville - For over 148 years, Trax Farms has been a Western Pennsylvania staple for fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, flowers, and more. Stop by their retail market and garden shop, and make sure you try some of their apple cider. Washington Crown Center Farmers Market - Daily 12 p.m. - sellout, June 17 through October - 724 - 225 - 1838 1500 W. Chestnut St, Washington Every day, fresh produce from local growers can be found at Washington Crown Center

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“Whose Live Anyway?” to take stage at Palace Theatre on September 18 The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? at The Palace Theatre Monday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave guests gasping with the very witty scenes invented before their eyes. Audience participation is key to the show. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their suggestions and may be asked to join the cast onstage. WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones. About the Cast Ryan Stiles puts his hilarious improvisational skills to the test each week on the critically-acclaimed CW comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of “Whose Line.” First in the British version from 1989 to 1998; second in the American version hosted by Drew Carey from 1998 to 2006; as well as in the current version. He executive produced both American versions. Stiles began his comedy career as a teenager, performing stand-up routines at small comedy clubs near his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. At age 17, he dropped out of high school to pursue stand-up comedy full-time. He began honing his celebrated improv skills in 1986 with Canada's highly- acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble. In 1990, he began a successful, four- year run with the Second City troupe in Los Angeles. Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco who now lives in Hollywood. He is best known for his


Darlene Love October 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets $40, $36 & $25 unpredictable appearances on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” both in the US and UK. In addition, Greg has lent his voice to “Hell and Back”, “Star Wars the Phantom Menace”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and he really was Bob the Builder. Jeff B. Davis is an actor and comedian, born and bred in Southern California. At age nine, he was cast as Louis in Yul Brynner's final production of “The King and I”, which toured nationally and closed on Broadway when Jeff was 11, after nearly 800 performances. In high school, Jeff began improvising with Los Angeles ComedySportz, where he learned the skills he'd later need as a frequent guest on the television show “Whose Line is it, Anyway?”. Jeff has a lengthy list of TV credits, including Steven Martin's NBC comedy “The Downer Channel”, WB's “On the Spot”, NBC's “Happy Family”, “The Sarah Silverman Show”, Drew Carey's “Green Screen Show” and “Improvaganza”, to name a few. Joel Murray is a versatile writer, direc-

tor and actor. The youngest of nine, he is a veteran of over 250 sit-com episodes and has been a series regular on the comedies “Grand”, “Pacific Station”, “Love and War”, “Dharma and Greg” and “Still Standing.” He has also recurred on the series “Mike and Molly”, “My Boys” and “Two and a Half Men.” On the dramatic side, Joel played Freddy Rumsen on AMC's “Mad Men” as well as Eddie Jackson on Showtime's “Shameless.” Joel studied improvisation with Del Close, among others, was a founding member of Chicago's Improv Olympic, and spent five years at The Second City in Chicago. He has been doing theater since the 4th grade, performed with the Remains and Organic Theatres Companies in Chicago and still performs frequently at the I. O. West in Los Angeles. Tickets ($38, $44 and $50) can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 724836-8000 or

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“Art in the Alley” scheduled for completion at end of September Wilcox Avenue is about to get a serious makeover with an interactive public art project titled “Art in the Alley.” The initiative will include vibrant colors and original works by Westmoreland Cultural Trust's Incubator for the Arts local and student artists and is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. Original culturally encompassing artwork will be installed on the alley side of the Union Trust Building facing The Palace Theatre's S&T Bank Courtyard and include forced perspective markings and pop-up exhibits. The idea began with the inception of the Trust's incubator studios a year and a half ago; however, recent funding is just now turning this idea into a reality. The goal is to install local art to create an additional destination spot in Greensburg, improve and enhance the artistic climate of the community, and add color to the local landscape in the growing downtown cultural district, all the while giving local incubator artists exposure and a potentially new audience for their work. The art initiative is underway thanks to

recent grant funding and city approval. This funding is made possible by Second Chance Fund, Dominion Foundation, Greensburg Rotary Madeline Nichols Memorial Fund and Westmoreland City Local Arts Grant Program - Park & Recreation. As the Trust continues to grow as a community leader dedicated to the development and enhancement of the cultural life and economic well-being of Westmoreland County, they also continue to seek out new opportunities to fulfill these goals. “The Trust is very excited about this project, not only because it creates another destination spot within the cultural district, but also the opportunities it gives our local artists. We hope through this effort that the young artists will grow and ultimately move to open office spaces in Greensburg to help further advance Greensburg and Westmoreland County as a true cultural attraction,” said Mike Langer, Westmoreland Cultural Trust President. Current “Art in the Alley” artists include Sean Blair (photographer),

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Area artists & students collaborate on mural at Marianna’s Pizza Company Story by Dave Zuchowski When Marianna resident Lisa Scherer, known for her efforts to make her home town of Marianna a more pleasant place to live, passed by the Pizza Company she often noticed the blank wall on the side of the building. Coming up with the idea of painting a mural to gussy up the wall, she went to owner, Ed Nowak and discovered he wanted to do something interesting to the blank space as well. With Nowak's consent, the mural project got underway. For advice about the project, Scherer reached out to Jim Winegar of Graysville, owner of the Artbeat Gallery in Waynesburg, who had experience creating other murals in Brownsville and Monessen. She also contacted art illustrator, Alex Vivallo, who did previous work for her son, Robby, a multi-media designer. “I fed Alex with ideas, and we went back and forth on the mural's size and content,” Scherer said. Wanting something that would reflect the community and environs, Scherer and Vivallo came up with a final design that included the Marianna mine, its company houses, the dam on Ten Mile Creek, a walking trail and railroad as well as images of some of the surrounding countryside in West Bethlehem Township. Work on the roughly 8 by 32-foot mural began in April when the images were projected on panels of fabric, then traced onto the material. Once rolled up, Scherer took them to Beth-Center High

School where about 15 students and five area artists went to work painting them. After their work was completed in about a month, Scherer rolled the panels back up and took them to Pizza Company, where she adhered them to the wall at the end of June. In the distant past, the building that houses the pizzeria originally served as a feed store, then underwent several transformations and adaptive reuses over the years. When Ed Nowak bought the building in 2014, it functioned as laundromat. “I'd lived in Pittsburgh's South Hills and was used to seeing places to eat all over the place,” said Nowak owner of a body shop called Nowak Commercial, located about five miles away from Marianna. “Every time I drove through town to take my kids to school, I noticed there was nowhere to eat. When the building became available for purchase, my intention was to buy it and put in some sort of eatery both for myself and the community.” Currently a 17-year resident of Amity, Nowak gutted, then completely renovated the building with a pizza shop in mind. His Pizza Company franchise opened in March of 2015 and sells hoagies, sandwiches, gyros, a wide variety of salads, Hershey's handdipped cones and milkshakes and, of course, pizza. “Everything the dough and sauces are made in-house fresh daily and baked in old-fashioned stone ovens,” Nowak said. “We're the real

McCoy.” The Pizza Company, located at 1963 Lone Pine Road in Marianna, has a sit down area that holds 30 to 40 guests. Nowak's also installed picnic tables in a park along Ten Mile Creek for those who might want to eat outdoors, and the shop also delivers in a five mile radius. Open from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; from 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday; from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, the Pizza Company is closed on Monday. As to Scherer, Nowak said she's a neighbor who does a tremendous amount of donated projects in town and tries to make it a better place by putting up decorations and planting flowers and trees. So far, the mural project has had positive feedback from the community. Scherer said people have driven to Marianna just to see the work and that when she was varnishing the mural a woman in her 90s who used to live in town stopped for a look, then burst into tears when the images she saw brought back many old memories. “The Nowak family paid for all the materials and paint for the mural, but a lot of people had a hand in creating it,” she said. Photos by Bill Rockwell. Top right: Lisa Scherer standing beside Marianna mural Bottom left: Ed Nowak's daughter, Kaylee, ready to box a pizza with Lisa Wilson in background

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Mental Health Spotlight: Ways to Heal Last month this country witnessed a couple of devastating occurrences. The racial divide and violence which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and mother nature laying waste to Texas with Hurricane Harvey. On normal days, those of us who battle mental illnesses utilize a bunch of tools we have developed over time to keep us on level, productive ground. Then there are those days where we watch things that are going on in the world and we can be hyper-sensitive to the struggles of others. This past month has been a toughie in regards to empathy. It can be a difficult challenge to deal with external factors, so I thought I would offer a few solutions that may help when feeling overwhelmed. The things that help me when I feel helpless are taking action in ways that don't over extend my respect for my condition. After all, I'm going to defeat the purpose of being able to help if I overload myself. There is an old adage that says, “You can't get a cup of tea from an empty kettle.” Apply this when planning any effort to volunteer. Here are a few suggestions that have worked for me. I utilized many of these during the course of my life and most recently, the conflict at Standing Rock and the pipeline issue last fall. I couldn't make the trip out to South Dakota but

was able to help with organizing veteran volunteers who were making the journey. After the event, an ongoing media effort has been organized. As a writer, I am now active with that initiative. Remember that there are things you will be able to do that play to your strengths. By contacting organizations that are active with particular events that are unfolding, you will be surprised about resources they are seeking. Choose those that have a particular interest to you and your passions. You can start by find local volunteer opportunities. Most disaster relief opera-

tions have a local contact to get involved. Organizations like the American Red Cross can use everything from onsite help to blood donations. Here are a few numbers of organizations that are ALWAYS seeking volunteer assistance. American Red Cross: (888) 217-9599. Washington County Food Bank: (724) 632-2190. Washington Women's Shelter: (724) 223-5477. City Mission: (724) 222-8530. Additionally, being active in activities that are going on in your church group is another great option. Ask your church leaders what opportunities may be available. Even by volunteering your time a couple of hours a week can make all the difference in reducing the hopelessness you may be feeling. Your efforts can mean all the difference in the world to those who may be struggling and be extremely therapeutic to you personally. 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.

Approximately 560 Waynesburg U volunteers serve in Greene County Waynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in 23 service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 26. The event was held in conjunction with the University’s New Student Orientation weekend. “It was so amazing to witness the Waynesburg University Class of 2021 volunteer at 23 local non-profit organizations within Greene County,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “Our hope is that our new students will fall in love with these local service organizations and want to return as a regular volunteer.” The approximately 560 volunteers assisted with maintenance and outdoor cleanup work at sites such as First

Presbyterian Church, Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, the Mission House, the Ronald McDonald House and the Humane Society of Greene County. Volunteers also participated in projects that benefited Adopt-A-Highway, Greene County Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Other service included hosting games and fellowship with the residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, school clothes distribution on behalf of the Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach and store organization for the Cherry Door and Hidden Treasure thrift stores. The freshman class served alongside Fiat Lux faculty and staff instructors,

Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders. “Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University, and the new student day of service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the Greene County community that surrounds Waynesburg University,” said Hardie. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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California Area Band Association is having their 4th Annual Band Festival on September 9, featuring a special presentation by the professional drumline,The Pittsburgh Steeline. On September 9,The California Area Band Association will host a Band Festival to showcase local high school marching bands.The event also includes a presentation by the California University Marching Band. Bands that will be presenting include Bentworth, Beth Center, California, Charleroi, and Trinity. The evening starts with the National Anthem at 6:15 p.m. The evening includes a basket auction, super auction items, 50/50, candygrams, t-shirts and more. Programs are available.The concession stand will be open with a variety of food. The California Area Marching Band is under the direction of Miss Jerianne Larson, assisted by Steve Ventura. Tickets to the event are $5 and are available at Trojan Field, 11 Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA. 21

First “Kate Dewey Award” to be presented at gala Save the Date for a Sweet Event: Chocolate Bar The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) Pittsburgh Region is proud to invite the public to the first ever TimeHonored Gala being sponsored by and held at Luxe Creative HQ, 201 North Braddock Ave, Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 11from 7-11 p.m.. Kristine Sorensen of KDKA-TV will be the emcee, announcing the first ever “Kate Dewey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Service.” The event will benefit the non-profit's local programming, including training youth in service learning and leadership skills. As a nod to Pittsburgh's industrial past, the costumes-optional gala will feature a Steampunk theme, a fictional era in which steam powered the technology found in the 1800's. Dewey, who recently announced that

she is retiring as President of The Forbes Funds, has more than 40 years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofits, foundations public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. She was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., the fifth oldest consulting practice in the U.S. dedicated to serving non-profits, foundations & government agencies. She also served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy. Tickets are $125 (includes the VIP pre-party) and $75 (after 8:30 p.m.), and can be purchased at Visit or contact for details.

News from Greater Monessen Historical Society The Greater Monessen Historical Society wishes to thank everyone who came to the annual Founders Day in historic Monessen City Park on August 19. The event was held in honor of the one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary of the birth of Monessen Founder, Colonel James Schoonmaker, the hero of the Third Battle of Winchester and a Medal of Honor Recipient. Reenactors from the 11th P.V.I. Company K, Inc. set up authentic Civil War camps to showcase a living history view of camp life during the War of the Rebellion. The Monessen/Rostraver Rotary sponsored a car show with prizes this year. Featured at the car show was a 1937 Packard convertible one owned by the late Monessen High School teacher, Cecilia Kasper. The car currently is owned by Chuck Speicher, of Greensburg, who restored it to original condition. Supposedly, the car also was once used by the students of Monessen's auto mechanics class at the Vocational School. Former students may also remember the car during home football games, when it carried the cheerleaders around the field of Memorial Stadium to rouse the crowd. A fundraising dinner/dance will be held on Saturday, October 7, at Jozwiak Hall in the St. Vincent DePaul Society building on Grand Blvd. The theme will be the “Life of Colonel Schoonmaker”. 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. Come dance the night away. 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 Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to take part in a night of decadent indulgence at The Chocolate Bar on Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with performances by Pittsburgh's own Staycee Pearl Dance Project. The theme of the evening, “Love Never Dies”, will give guests the opportunity to decorate their own masquerade mask-creating an alternate universe with cirque inspired colors and rich chocolate. Among other sweets and delectables, guests can taste artisan candies, ganache-laden inventions, as well as hand-spun milkshakes courtesy of the Milk Shake Factory Pop-Up (located in the Circles Lounge of the Benedum Center). Couture and themed accessories will be on display by fashion curator Richard Parsakian with the talents of Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata, A519 Chocolatier, and Amanda Wright with the models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency. Setting the environment as the evening's prime entertainment, Staycee Pearl Dance Project will collaborate with DJ SMI to engage audiences through improvisation. The project exists to interpret and mirror human condition through dance and dance-centered artistic experiences with diverse casting and programming. Outside of artistic entertainment, this

year marks the Inaugural Pittsburgh Chocolate Awards where guests will honor the best dishes of the night from the many restaurants present. Categories for the competition will include Best Sweet Treat, Best Savory Dish, and Most Creative. Tickets - General Admission (8:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.) Tickets will be available for purchase online at a price of $35 per person. Ticket includes admission, one cocktail, and an Exclusive Partners Membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Membership benefits include complimentary invitations to special events, restaurant discounts, access to ticket presales, and more. Cash bar following one included drink ticket. Unmask the night with a VIP Experience (7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.) Tickets are also available for purchase online at a price of $85 per person ($75 Trust Members). Ticket includes earlyaccess to all of the above, plus a premiere experience at the Benedum's new Circles Liberty Lounge all evening featuring hors d'oeuvres from Chef Kate Romane from Black Radish Kitchen, Exclusive Partners Membership, and open bar throughout the party. To learn more about this event and to purchase your ticket to an evening of extraordinarily tantalizing chocolate treats and palate pairings, please visit:

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Senior living apartments currently under construction in Brownsville Story by Keren Lee Dreyer As Brownsville, PA continues its resurrection from a near ghost town to an increasingly desirable area for development, new buildings and businesses, along with park renewals and renovations, are hopeful signs for new economic life in the area. Market Street in Brownsville is rising in this tide of renewed interest, with new construction of 24 senior apartments at G.C. Murphy's former location adding to the improving downtown landscape. TREK Development Group in downtown Pittsburgh is at the heart of this project and, with its years of experience in community redevelopment, affordable housing, property management, and supportive services, TREK is well suited for the construction. “We were asked to come there by community groups including Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC), The River Town Program, and National Road Program,” said Trey Barbour, Senior Project Manager for TREK Development Group. “We recognized (that) the senior population had a need for affordable housing, and this would be good for the downtown core.” “We've done a lot of these throughout Pennsylvania,” Barbour continued, adding that TREK had “lots of input from the historic community” in deciding which historic building(s) to preserve during the project. Before construction was initiated, it was decided that the two partially collapsed, dilapidated buildings, one either side of the G.C. Murphy building, would be removed as they were not only badly

decayed, but lacked historic significance. The Murphy building itself is undergoing extensive renovations, including a new addition, to create the new apartment units along with suitable parking areas. Once complete, seniors (defined by Pennsylvania as those 62 and older) who are at or below 60% of the area median income will be able to take up residence there, Barbour said, adding that while rent includes utilities, potential residents still need adequate income to pay the rent. Barbour also notes that these are affordable apartments based on income and are not public housing. When construction is complete and all units have been rented, Barbour said that TREK doesn't “just move them in and leave them there. We'll help them thrive in their new apartments. It's pretty comprehensive and pretty nice.” Part of TREK's plans include “going through after they move in and getting a vibe on the seniors and younger seniors.

Depending on their needs, we'll design support services and may plan to have nurses and flu shots or, if they're younger, maybe have computer classes.” TREK's property management department is set to handle applications from potential residents. Barbour is optimistic about the new housing, saying “I think it'll do really well. People have been really great, and we'll build something that makes them proud. And we pride ourselves on being a local developer, so if there's issues, we want to hear about it.” With construction scheduled for completion late this year, TREK's work in Brownsville will be another sign more good things are coming to the area. FMI on TREK Development Group and their extensive work in community revitalization:

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

entirely new. As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Maker Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations

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Members of Mon Valley Quilt Club are sponsoring “Pot Luck Quilt Show” at Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road, Monongahela. Over 100 quilts and related items will be on display Friday, September 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Joe Montana Gymnasium. In addition, member challenge quilts will be on display. Club members participate in several public service programs including Project Linus quilts, donations to a women's shelter and award a scholarship for a graduating senior majoring in an art related field. This year's winner was Laura Bussey, Bentworth High School. She will be attending California University of Pennsylvania. The chairperson for this year's show is Joanne Hoffman. Hoffman said members are excited about displaying their quilts at the YMCA. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.. Contact Hoffman for more club information at Mon Valley YMCA, 724-483-8077. Mon Valley YMCA is located along Route 88 between Monongahela and Charleroi. 23

Remember When: This Month in History with Fred “Tomato� Terling: Important Dates in September

September 1, 1923 - Boxing champ Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) was born in Brockton, Massachusetts (as Rocco Francis Marchegiano). He fought Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight title on September 23, 1952, and knocked him out. In 1956, he retired as the only undefeated heavyweight champion. He died in a plane crash in 1969. September 2, 1666 - The Great Fire of London began in a bakery in Pudding Lane near the Tower. Over the next three days more than 13,000 houses were destroyed, although only six lives were believed lost. September 2, 1945 - President Harry Truman declared V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) commemorating the formal Japanese surrender to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. September 3, 1833 - The New York Sun newspaper first appeared, marking the beginning of the 'penny press,' inexpensive newspapers sold on sidewalks by newspaper boys. The paper focused on human interest stories and sensationalism and by 1836 was the largest seller in America with a circulation of 30,000. September 3, 1838 - Anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass began his escape from slavery by boarding a train in Baltimore dressed as a sailor. He rode to Wilmington, Delaware, where he caught a steamboat to the free city of Philadelphia, then took a train to New York City where he came under the protection of the Underground Railway network. September 4, 1609 - The island of Manhattan was discovered by navigator Henry Hudson. September 4, 1781 - Los Angeles was founded by the Spanish Governor of California, Felipe de Neve, near the site


of the Native American village of Yangna. The original name was El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels). September 5, 1847 - Wild West legend Jesse James (1847-1882) was born in Centerville, Missouri. Following the American Civil War, Jesse and his brother Frank formed a group of outlaws, robbing banks, trains, stagecoaches and stores. September 6, 1860 - Pioneering American social worker Jane Addams (1860-1935) was born in Cedarville, Illinois. In 1883, she toured the great European cities to study famous historic sites but was deeply moved by the hunger and misery she found among the common people. She then founded Hull House in Chicago to serve the sick and poor and managed the settlement for the next 46 years. September 7, 1533 - Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was born in Greenwich Palace. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She ascended the throne in 1558 at age 25. During her reign, Britain became a world power by defeating the Spanish Armada. The Anglican Church was also fully established. September 8, 1883 - The Northern Pacific Railroad across the U.S. was completed. September 9, 1776 - The United States came into existence as the Continental Congress changed the name of the new American nation from the United Colonies. September 12, 1953 - John F. Kennedy, 36, married Jacqueline Bouvier, 24, in a ceremony before 750 invited guests at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island, conducted by

Archbishop Richard Cushing of Boston. September 13, 1814 - The Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor occurred, observed by Francis Scott Key aboard a ship. He watched the British attack overnight and at dawn saw the American flag still flying over the fort, inspiring him to write the verses which were later coupled with the tune of a popular drinking song and became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. September 15, 1916 - Tanks were first used in combat, during the Allied offensive at the Battle of the Somme, in World War I. September 15, 1789 - American novelist, historian and social critic, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in Burlington, New Jersey. Best known for The Last of the Mohicans. September 15, 1890 - British mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was born in Torquay, England. She wrote nearly a hundred books including mysteries, dramas, poetry and nonfiction. September 16, 1620 - The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew. The ship weathered dangerous Atlantic storms and reached Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 21st. The Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth on December 26th. September 16, 1908 - General Motors was founded by entrepreneur William Crapo "Billy" Durant in Flint, Michigan. September 17, 1908 - The first fatality involving powered flight occurred as a biplane piloted by Orville Wright fell from a height of 75 feet, killing Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, his 26-year-old passenger. A crowd of nearly 2,000 spectators at Fort Myer, Virginia, observed the crash of the plane which was being tested for possible military

use. Wright himself was seriously injured. September 19, 1893 - New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote. September 20, 1973 - The much-hyped "Battle of the Sexes" took place in the Houston Astrodome as tennis player and women's rights activist, Billie Jean King, defeated self-styled male chauvinist Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. Riggs, a retired tennis champion, had been critical of the quality of women's tennis. September 22, 1776 - During the American Revolution, Nathan Hale was executed without a trial after he was caught spying on British troops on Long Island, his last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." September 22, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in territories held by Confederates as of January 1, 1863. September 22, 1791 - British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was born in Surrey, England. His discovery of electromagnetic induction proved that moving a magnet through a coil of wire produces a current, resulting in the development of electric generators. September 24, 1936 - Puppeteer Jim Henson (1936-1990) was born in Greenville, Mississippi. He created the Muppets, including Kermit the Frog, and Bert and Ernie, entertaining and educating generations of children via the daily TV show Sesame Street. September 29, 1789 - Congress created the United States Army, consisting of 1,000 enlisted men and officers.

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Twenty Years of Positive Impact, with Much More to Come


Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Situated in the California Industrial park just off Malden Road in Coal Center, PA is a decidedly un-industrial red and off white, modern building sporting German and American flags; this is the American home of rose-plastic, GmbH, known as rose-plastic USA. Though founded in Berlin in 1953, it was the company's development of blow-molded plastics, such as blowmolded tubes, which eventually lead to its world-wide expansion, including a U.S. presence in 1997, with the Coal Center facility making its entrance in 1998. Whether it is a container of drill bits, a promotional item in an attractive, well made case, or even one of the numerous containers and storage products which permeate the medical field, if it's plastic, it's likely made by rose-plastic. Its apparently isolated, hill-top location, however, belies the company's involvement with the surrounding community. According to the Washington County Community Foundation's web site, rose-plastic employees have assisted with moving playground equipment at a local child care facility to personally delivering donations of personal items collected for WCCF's Mothers Love care packages (which benefitted abused and homeless women), to name only two. rose-plastic USA President, Ken

Donahue, said the company participates in “various local boards in the community, the local Rotary (Donahue is a member), and supports the school district.” Given the company's ongoing involvement with the community since its arrival in 1998, this casual list shrinks in regard to the company's positive impact in the area. Because of its consistent employee and executive local involvement, roseplastic USA is the first international recipient of the Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy, which it received in 2013. A quote by philanthropist, Charles Keller, on WCCF's site states: “'rose plastic (sic) and its executive leadership have been among the most active of the commercial and industrial organizations in the Mon Valley since they arrived in the California Industrial Park two decades ago. Their support for community and regional charitable activities has been steady and substantial.'” In addition to helping collect and sell plastic scrap, the proceeds of which benefit children through the Angel Tree Project, rose-plastic's “support has benefitted diverse programs including those that help children, victims of abuse, senior citizens, the homeless, the hungry, military service members, as well as animals.” This year, rose-plastic also threw its help into the “gladiator style” robot competition by helping with California

University of Pennsylvania's entry in the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ event, held at Cal-U this past April. Not a company to rest on its laurels, Ken Donahue said in an email: “In addition to our 20th anniversary, we are also announcing the expansion of rose-plastic (USA) with a dedicated medical building (concept art above) for the production of packaging items in a clean room environment.” With its philosophy of employee involvement, corporate philanthropy, and growing product and medical lines, rose-plastic USA is poised to both continue benefitting its local community while looking ahead to another 20 successful years in the USA. For product information, visit roseplastic USA at And for medical plastics, To find out more about the Washington County Community Foundation, visit For more on Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ, see

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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! Friday, September 8 at 6 PM Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents TGIS FINALE EVENT - FREE ADMISSION - An extra special way to close out the TGIS season! TGIS Finale on The Palace Theatre Stage is a free event featuring the four top bands of the summer. Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 PM River City Brass presents PUTTING ON THE RITZ - Adult $25 - 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free - River City Brass begins their 36th season with the timeless music of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Monday, September 11 at 2 PM THE TEXAS TENORS - $48.50 - Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans and were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world according to Billboard magazine. Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 PM --- rescheduled from May 17 - PAUL ANKA - $58, $68, $78, $90, $115 Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka brings his extraordinary talents to the stage for an unforgettable performance. Songs include Diana, You Are My Destiny, and Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 PM TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS - $45, $50, $55, $60, $65 - This American rock and roll group's road to superstardom began when a nightclub DJ in Pittsburgh discovered a two-year-old record by “The Shondells” and played it at his weekend dances. By May of 1966 Hanky Panky was the number one record in Pittsburgh and Tommy James was a sensation. That song, as well as Crimson and Clover, became No. 1 singles in the U.S., where they also charted twelve other Top 40 hits. Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 PM ADAM ANT: THE ANTHEMS TOUR -

$30, $35, $40 ($5 additional per ticket day of the show) - Grammy-nominated pop icon Adam, known for massive hits including Goody Two Shoes, Stand and Deliver and Wonderful, has sold more than 40,000,000 albums, crowned music charts worldwide and, globally, once had eight singles in the Top 40 in one week. Friday September 22 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 PM, & Sunday, September 24 at 2 PM Stage Right! presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Adults: $19, $23, $26; Students: $16, $19, $21 - Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, featuring Alex Noble, Renata and Tony Marino, Rachael and Vince Tresco - you won't want to miss it! Friday, September 29 at 7:30 PM THE OLATE DOGS - $75 Meet & Greet (includes ticket & picture with the dogs) or $25 - Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a highenergy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor. Tuesday, October 3 at 7 PM Russian Grand Ballet presents SWAN LAKE - $45, $55, $65 - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages. Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 PM River City Brass presents BLOCKBUSTERS - 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 - 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.

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Vintage Trouble to take stage at Benedum Center The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust pays homage to the Benedum Center's history with its Rock 'n' Soul Gala featuring Vintage Trouble on Friday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. KeyBank joins The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in presenting its fall gala as leading sponsor. KeyBank Market President Todd C. Moules and his wife Miriam are co-chairs for the event where guests are invited to celebrate an evening of exciting entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and exquisite dinner on the Benedum Center stage along with delectable desserts following a special performance by Vintage Trouble. The Rock 'n' Soul Gala is themed in the nostalgic taste of the Benedum Center's history as The Stanley Theatre. Built in 1928, the building has contributed nearly a millennium's worth of artistic and cultural heritage to the city of Pittsburgh. For much of its lifespan, the venue served as home to the rock and roll era featuring artists such as Little Richard, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Prince, and Bob Marley. The late H.J. Heinz II focused his attention on the historic restoration of the Stanley Theatre, and as a result, this became the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's first project after its founding in 1984. The $43 million-dollar restoration would take approximately two years, faithfully restoring the Benedum Center to look as the Stanley did on opening night in 1928. Once a top live music venue, the Benedum Center is now a top comprehensive presenting arts venue. Its transformation speaks to the breadth of diversity within the community of Greater Pittsburgh and the future of development within and around the Cultural District. “KeyBank is pleased to participate with the supportive business community and many patrons who will celebrate the historic cultural and economic revitalization success story of Pittsburgh's Cultural District,” said Todd C. Moules,

KeyBank's market president. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful for the role that KeyBank is playing in our annual fall gala,” shared J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “This event is truly a momentous occasion where we come together to celebrate the mission of The Trust for the Cultural District and the revitalization of downtown Pittsburgh. This year's guest artists, Vintage Trouble, are the perfect highlight in celebrating the historic preservation of the Stanley Theatre as the Benedum Center.” Channeling the distinct sound of rock and roll's prime and the flavor of soul and blues, the Los Angeles based band fuses rock and soul showcasing heavy beats and gritty, soulful melodies. Vintage Trouble has wowed audiences across the globe since 2010.The foursome is made up of Singer Ty Taylor, Guitarist Nalle Colt, Bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and Drummer Richard Danielson. Since performing in the after-hour clubs of LA, the band has opened and performed alongside The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, and more. For more information visit For accessibility assistance, contact Jenniffer Burke at 412-471-8711 or via email at

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See in September 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 September 10 - Hands-On Harley Davidson - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh - Explore a kid-sized engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and take it for a test drive. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is open MondaySunday from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $14 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $16 for adults; children under two are free. FMI: Call (412) 322-5058 or visit September 14 from 7-11 p.m. - Not Your Parents' Garden Party - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh - Join us for the city's hottest new young professionals event. At this one-of-a-kind, 21+ garden party, you'll sip delicious spirits from Wigle Whiskey, munch on harveststyle bites from the foodie-experts at CafĂŠ Phipps and sweet treats from Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique, and jam out to the piano garage rock of Pittsburgh's own Wreck Loose on our panoramic Sun Terrace and Green Roof. Glass Art show sparkles and shines. Registration for Not Your Parents' Garden Party is $15 for Phipps members and $25 for nonmembers, and includes food and two complimentary drink tickets. Phipps and PYP members will be emailed a special code to use at checkout; if you are a member and do not have this code, please contact Phipps'

membership team or Pittsburgh Young Professionals to receive it. This special discounted rate won't last - R.S.V.P. today. FMI: September 16 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tropical Forest Congo Festival Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh - Join us for a day of celebration and exotic fun at our next Tropical Forest Congo Festival, featuring family-friendly activities, entertainment, food and more inspired by one of the world's most botanically and culturally rich rainforest regions. This is the final installment in this series of events before the Tropical Forest Congo exhibit closes in early 2018. FMI: September 16 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Intro To Shooting - Ladies Only - Anthony Arms, 2980 Lebanon Church Rd, West Mifflin - Do you want to learn to shoot? This class is specifically designed for women who have always wanted to learn the very basics on handguns and self defense. Classroom and one on one range time with female instructors. We will provide everything that you need including guns and ammo. You may bring your own gun and we will teach you how to run it or help you get comfortable with and fine tune your skills. If bringing you own gun you will need to buy approximately 50 rounds of ammo at the range. Eye and ear protection provided. Dress Code: No sleeveless shirts, No open toed shoes Certificate upon completion. FMI: September 16 - 12 p.m. Washington & Greene Counties 47th Annual Covered Bridge Festival Visit Meadowcroft's Pine Bank



Covered Bridge during this free admission*, annual celebration of covered bridges. * Tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter are available during the Covered Bridge Festival for $5. FMI: Visit Washington County Tourism online or call 724-225-3010. September 17 - 12 p.m. - The Christian W. Klay Winery and Ridge Runner Distillery partner to present the annual Chili Cook-Off & Laurel Highlands Harvest Festival. In addition to the popular chili cookoff, the Laurel Highlands Harvest Festival will feature: live entertainment by Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band, regional crafters, food vendors, farmers market, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, wine tasting, hot pepper eating contest and activities for the kids. There will be a $5 charge for admission at the gate. FMI: September 24 - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chillin' on the Mon - Monongahela Aquatorium - Monongahela Chillin' on the Mon. is our first annual yoga, beer, and wine festival. This festival is not just for yoga lovers. Bring your beer, wine and spirit loving friends so that they can sample and sip. Breweries and wineries will be present along with some premier food and merchandise vendors. Short yoga routines will be lead by various instructors throughout the afternoon on the main stage while beer and wine tasting will be featured on the upper level. Those who choose to participate in yoga, please bring your mat. Live acoustic music will be provided by the REGULAR JOES. Admission to the event is $25 and entitles you to beer tasting, wine tasting, and yoga. FMI:


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September 24 from 1-6 p.m. - 2017 Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival Kennywood Park, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin - The annual celebration of the #CityofDumplings will feature our city's favorite food from over two dozen restaurants, chefs, and pierogi purveyors who will be serving up hot and delicious pierogies, creative pierogiinspired dishes, dessert pierogies and more. As you make your way through Kennywood Park, hop on some classic rides open to our guests special for the day, paint your own pierogi with Paint Monkey and shop the pop-up Pierogi Marketplace for everything from pierogi t-shirts and clothing, to jewelry and pottery, to Festival keepsakes and Pittsburgh memorabilia. The party goes on with live music, open beer garden for guests 21+, and select Kennywood games and favorite food vendors who will be joining in the fun. FMI: September 29 from 7:30-10 p.m. John Cleese with Screening of Monty Python & the Holy Grail - Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh - Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A.John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen. Don't miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a lifetime evening. FMI: 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.


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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 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 Tuesday - 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 so be sure to stop by and make something. September 4 - CLOSED September 12 - WCCF Gives from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. September 20 - Board Meeting Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. September 21 - Book Club at 6 p.m. The book will be “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult. Stop by and talk about the book and enjoy a lite snack.The library can get the book for you to read; just ask. September 25 - STORYTIME Share a few stories, make a craft and sing some songs. Register at the library. For ages 30 months - 5 years Friends of Bentleyville Library 6 p.m. - Help support the library and plan fun events September 28 - LEGO Club at 5:30 p.m. the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month ages 7 and 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 - SEPTEMBER 2017 ACTIVITIES September 4 - The library is closed all day in observance of Labor Day. Registration begins Tuesday, September 12 for the fall sessions of Preschool and Toddler Story Times, and the Story Times themselves begin in October. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuesdays, 2:00 – 2:30, from October 3 through December 5. Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings from October 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. September 12 - Lunch with Friends - Margie Lenox will review a Mary Doria Russell fictional story about very real people in 1921 Cairo, Egypt. Program is free. Lunch available after the program for $6. Design Squad - The Children’s Dept. is offering a 6-session building and inventing course for grades 3-6.The course will meet from 5-6 p.m. every other Monday this fall, beginning September 18. Using the PBS Kids program “Design Squad,” students will work in small groups to figure out and build solutions to different design challenges each session. Students must register by September 11; the program is free, but enrollment is limited. 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 1011:30 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 Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, September 21, from 6-7 p.m. in the Conference Room.The book will be “The Autobiography” by Eric Clapton. Free and open to the Public. Feel free to bring a Snack. FMI, contact: Bobby L. at 724-222-2400 X222 or email WCCF Gives Day - Donate to Citizens Library on September 12 to have your gift increased by a percentage of a bonus pool. On WCCF Gives Day your gift is worth more.Visit our Charity Profile to donate on Gives Day: Wine Down and Paint will be held on September 15 at 6 p.m. Participants will paint their own wine glass with step-by-step instructions from local artist Katelynn Falleroni. Class is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit Citizens Library. BYOB. Appetizers will be served. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call 724-222-2400 ext. 222 to sign up. Must be over 21 years old to participate. Class size is limited to 30 participants. 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 Monday Movie Matinee. Stop by the library on the first Monday 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 Monday of each month. Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Tiny Tykes Program - For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

Tiny Tunes Music - Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult.Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies - Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Birth-12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime - Tuesdays 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 - Tuesdays at 11 a.m.2 p.m. - Every Tuesday 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 continues to collect new or gently used coats, hats and gloves for children and adults. The clothing can be donated during regular business hours and deposited in the collection box near the circulation desk. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. New members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Learn about new trends and websites for family tree research. Alley's Adventure Time will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. On Tuesdays, there will be Toddler Time at 1 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 8-12 and will be held at 6 p.m. The Monessen Crochet/Knitting Club will meet on Wednesday, September 13 and 27, at 6 p.m. Bring your projects. New members welcome. Winter hours will begin following Labor Day with the Library open on Saturdays until 4 p.m, instead of 2 p.m. The hours will remain the same on the other days.The Library is closed on Sundays and Fridays. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will be closed on Monday, September 4, for Labor Day. Dr.Thomas Soltis, from Westmoreland County Community College, will present a program,The 1918 Flu Pandemic Invades Westmoreland County", on Satuday, September 16, at 1 p.m. He will discuss the arrival, spread, and impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Westmoreland County. The Library will hold a crafts and vendor fair on Sunday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the Library at 724-684-4750 if you’re interested in being a vendor.

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

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St., Monongahela

Our Services: Books for all ages, Audio books, Large-print books,Video tapes and DVDs, Magazines and Newspapers, Public Internet Access Computers, Pre-School story hour, Summer Reading Club, Income tax forms, Inter-Library loan, Fax and copier service. FMI: Visit our web site, Facebook page, or call 724-377-0017

Story Time is held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Miss Becky reads with the children, completes a small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months & up. The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Children ages 8 through 12 are welcome to join in on the all-new K'nex Club, which will meet at the library on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 3-4 p.m. FMI, call the library at 724-258-5409.

LOCAL LIBRARIES, LEND US YOUR NEWS. Is your local library having a special event or fundraiser? Want us to help get the word out about a program or activity regularly held at the library? Are you having a guest speaker or author reading/signing? Do you offer story hours, tech help and/or classes? Are you having a used book sale? Send us your news, and we’ll get it out in front of thousands of readers. THERE IS NEVER A FEE TO LIST LIBRARY ACTIVITIES IN OUR PAGES. Send your news to or call 724-769-0123.

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DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

Monday, September 4th - The Library is CLOSED for Labor Day Board Meeting: Will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ 6 p.m. Story Time will resume on Friday, Sept. 8th @ 10 a.m. Miss Angie has had the whole summer to come up with new and exciting activities and book to read.This program is for children ages birth through 5 years. So join her every Friday @ 10 for some fun. Monongahela Valley Community Band: Will meet on the following dates,Sept. 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th The band meets in the lower level community space at 7 p.m. Book Club: Will be meeting on Thursday, Sept. 21st @ 3:30 p.m. Bridge Club: Will meet on the following dates,Thursday, Sept. 14th & Thursday, Sept. 28th @ 3:00 p.m. Knit & Crochet Club: Meetings are on Thursday, Sept. 14th & Thursday, Sept. 28th @ 5:30 p.m. Miss Angie would like to thank all the residents and business owners who were gracious enough to donate for the kids 2017 Summer Reading Program.This was one of the most successful years we have had so far. The Donora Public Library will partner with the Southwestern Goodwill to host a donation drive. We will be holding our upcoming Flea Market/Book Sale on Saturday, November 4th.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. Once we have completed our flea market we will be filling the Good Will truck. Every pound we put on we will profit 10 cents. So the more weight we have the more profit we will receive for updates and improvements in the library.


Employment Assistance for those with Disabilities: TEC & OVR Story by Fred Terling

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Music in the Mountains has something for everyone! Music throughout both days, education demonstrations, food, art and craft vendors and of course, beautiful Ohiopyle! Saturday's music schedule: (begins 12 p.m. and runs until dusk.) Noon-2:00 Che Zuro 2:30-4:00- Black Diamond Bluegrass 5:00-8:00 - Allegheny Drifters Sunday's music schedule: (begins at 12 p.m. & ends at 6 p.m.) 12:30-2:30 Black Diamond Bluegrass 3:00-5:00 Springtime Hill In between musical sets will be educational demonstrations. All demonstrations and music are free to the public. It is recommended that spectators bring lawn chairs for musical acts, as seating is limited at the stage area.

Enjoy a weekend of wizardry celebrating the 20th Anniversary of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" with film screenings, shopping in the Great Hall, activities in the Dungeon, and much more Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 in DumbleDormont at the Hollywood Theatre. FMI:


This month Pennsylvania Bridges is focusing on local businesses. As one of the staff writers, I tend to focus on issues surrounding health and human services. I will hold to this tradition by writing about two organizations that are assisting people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment in the community, Transitional Employment Consultants (TEC) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVR). TEC is based at 330 Central Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. They offer support for both adult and student services. On the adult side, they offer three unique services. The first, TEC's General Program, provides job search and support services to individuals with disabilities who have been referred by the Washington and Johnstown District Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). More on the OVR in a moment and what they do. The second service TEC provides is their Behavioral Health Evidence-Based Supported Employment Program. This program's goal is to increase employment opportunities for individuals with behavioral health needs. It achieves this through a collaborative working relationship with community employers and organizations in Fayette and Washington Counties. The standards for this program are based on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Evidence Based Practice Toolkit Guidelines. Individuals are referred by Base Service Units contracted with both the Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration and the Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The third and final service for adults is the Washington Photo Driver's License Identification Center. The Center provides gainful employment for at least six individuals. TEC is under contract with UniqueSource Inc., to manage the Photo Technicians at the Washington, PA Driver's License Center. As far as student services, the TEC Education Center is a Private Academic School that is licensed by the PA State Board of Private Academic Schools.

This school provides academics and transition services to special education students that are referred by local public schools. TEC Education Center teaches both hands on work skills and core academics. The primary goal is to meet the individual needs of its students and help them become productive members of society. In addition, TEC offers a Community Based Vocational Instructional Program. This program provides local students with disabilities the opportunity to gain work experience and skills through volunteering in various community volunteer sites. The students are supported by TEC's team of Job Coaches while volunteering. There are full day and half day options available to best meet the needs of the students. As I mentioned previously, individuals are referred to the General Program by the Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and/or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.

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Services are provided on an individualized basis. For the initial assessment an OVR counselor, during face-to-face interviews, assists customers in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services and service providers. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed, outlining a vocational objective, services, providers and responsibilities. Certain services are subject to a Financial Needs Test (FNT) and may require financial participation by the customer. Counseling and guidance, diagnostic services, assessments, information and referral, job development and placement, and personal services such as readers or sign language interpreters are provided at no cost to the individual. Also, by law OVR customers receiving Social Security benefits for their disability (SSI, SSDI) are exempt from OVR's Financial Needs Test. Statewide there are 21 District Offices staffed with trained, professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors which serve Pennsylvania in all 67 counties. OVR provides a wide range of services, including: diagnostic services, vocational evaluation, counseling, training, restoration services, placement assistance and assistive technology. Addition support services are also available to include: room, board and transportation; occupational tools, licenses and equipment; home modifications, adaptive or special household equipment; personal care assistance; job site modification; text telephone, hearing aids and interpreters; and specialized services such as rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility training for persons who are blind or visually impaired. For more information on both organizations, visit Transitional Employment Consultants (TEC) at: Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVR) at: disability-services/ovr

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Cal U 2017 summer theater experience concluded with July 29 performance The Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy wrapped up its 2017 summer theater experience for young performers with a fully staged production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” Hosted by Cal U’s Department of Music and Theatre, the academy, now in its 20th year, gives students ages 8-17 an opportunity to study musical theater. After acting, voice and dance classes, technical theater learning and rehearsals, students present a musical complete with stage sets, costumes and props. Nearly 40 MVPs — Mon Valley Performers — participated in this year’s academy, which began July 17. Students study and rehearse from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, the upbeat musical follows the adventures of outlandish

characters such as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo, and the plotting penguin as they escape from their home in

New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s

Madagascar. “We wanted to do something new, and everyone is a fan of films,” said Dr. Michele Pagen, the academy’s director and co-chair of the Music and Theatre Department. “Most important, this musical is filled with many fun characters and we want the students to apply what they are learning in the production.” Current Cal U students involved in the production include graduate student Emily Cutwright (acting instructor/assistant director), Kacie Kubitza (camp counselor/assistant choreographer), Jesh Myers (camp counselor), Kitty Hoffman (company/stage manager), and incoming freshmen Betty Kline and Garrett Smyth (camp counselors). Photo by Kelly Tunney.

Cal U Dept. of Theatre & Dance announces 2016-2017 season & new 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 musical 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. An Evening of Creativity - The Blaney Theatre - October 5, 6, 7, 2017 @ 7 p.m., October 7, 2017 @ 2 p.m. - This production is filled with a mix of genres and performance styles

that provide a form of expression for our students. Subject matter may not be suitable for younger patrons. Grades 9-12 are welcome. 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

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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. University counseling services will join us for the talk back following the performance. 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.


Pennsylvania Bridges September 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges September 2017

Pennsylvania Bridges September 2017  

Pennsylvania Bridges September 2017