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“I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.” Lucille Ball

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Take it back! My friends and anyone who has ever spent more than a few moments in my company would be surprised to learn I was a shy, reticent child, prone to spending hours alone, penning stories in my mind that sometimes made it on paper. My parents, who I idolize, worked long hours to ensure I had food, shelter and a promising future. Like many children of my generation, I spent my after school hours and summers attending various day camps. The summer between first and second grades, I attended a day camp held at a local community center. My family and I had just moved to a new neighborhood so my mother could attend law school at the nearby then Memphis State University. Knowing me as she did, and knowing I was certain to feel uncomfortable on my first day at a new day camp where I knew not another living soul, my mother packed a beloved stuffed animal - a pink bunny rabbit I revered above all of my other toys - in my Care Bears bookbag. Whenever I felt sad or lonely or afraid, she told me, I was to hug that pink bunny and know how much I was loved. It didn't take long for the camp bullies, a group of kids a couple of years older than me, to decide I was to be the latest target of their derision. Their ringleader, a 9-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed monster, took especial delight in tormenting me and, one day, that cruelty took the form of him snatching my precious "Pink Bunny" from me. With a gleam in his eye I'll never forget, he jerked one of its plastic googly eyes from its socket, leaving me in hysterics and my poor rabbit half blind. To add insult to injury, he then absconded with it to parts unknown. It was a case of my word against his, and without a "body" it was decided there was no crime. I spent the rest of the day suffering in silence, fearful of further recriminations from the bully and his band of merry pint sized followers. I went home and told my parents what had happened. They asked me if I wanted them to go talk to the camp director. No, I insisted, there was no point. The bully in question's father was the camp director. Even at the age of seven, I knew enough about the world to know the odds weren't skewed in my favor. A few days later, however, opportunity presented itself during naptime. Always a restless youth, I frequently made use of our daily sanctioned nap-

time to visit the restroom. On my way back from one such trip, I passed the row of cubbies where all campers’ belongings were kept. Peeking out of the corner of the cubby belonging to my childhood tormenter was a ragged pink floppy ear, an ear belonging to that favorite toy of mine. With care, mindful not to disturb the cubbie's other contents, I rescued my beloved bunny from captivity and returned him to his rightful home, the confines of my Care Bears bookbag. When my mother picked me from camp that day, I was barely buckled into the passenger seat of the family's dark green Chevette when I unzipped my bookbag and presented my mother with my day's bounty. "Did one of the counselors make that awful boy give Pink Bunny back to you?" she asked. "No," I said, matter-of-fact. "I saw him in Tommy's cubby and I took him back." "What made you do that?" she asked. "You should have gone and told a counselor what you found so he'd get in trouble for stealing." "I don't care if he gets in trouble. I just missed my bunny. He’s mine and I love him so I took him back." My logic must have made sense to my mother because that was the last we spoke of the matter. Maybe there's something - or someone - in your life you've lost and you feel hopeless about the future. Maybe there's something holding you back, some struggle that's keeping you from reaching your full potential, whether it's your job or family issues or some internal torment eroding your sense of self confidence and worth. Seven-year-old me has one piece of advice for you. Take it back. Take back control of your life and your happiness. It's yours. It belongs to you and no one and nothing has the right to deprive you of living your live to its fullest. This edition of Pennsylvania Bridges has many stories of people who've triumphed over adversity, who've decided to take control of their present and their future with the aim of making it great. We've also got a ton of fun arts and entertainment features, too. Until next time, happy reading! Carla E. Anderton

August/September Back the School Edition In this Issue------------------21st century time of transition for area universities/colleges...p. 3 Volunteers craft dignity robes...p. 4 Cal U to offer doctoral degree...p. 4 Family gives back...p. 5 Bentworth Community Center...p. 5 Breakfast Club turns big 3-0...p. 6 Go Set a Watchman review...p. 7 B.T. Gilligan: Power of Words...p. 8 The Piano Guys at Benedum...p. 9 Nurse honored for 50 years...p. 9 At the State Theatre CFTA...p. 9 Lil Dragons kick into gear...p. 10 Jack the Ripper class offered...p. 11 Exhibits at SPACE, 709 Penn...p. 12 50 years Lost in Space...p. 14 Classic tv celebrates birthdays...p. 15 Pittsburgh Irish Festival...p. 16 Fall country music shows...p. 16 Timeless book still resonates...p. 17 At the Palace Theatre...p. 18 Geyer to present Spamalot...p. 18 Professor transforms education..p. 19 Stan Gordon to appear...p. 19 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 20 Waynesburg U promotes senior administrators...p. 20 Steel Blossoms hometown show..p. 21 Jersey Boys roll into Benedum...p. 21 PBT’s Ballet Under the Stars...p. 22 At Little Lake Theater...p. 22 Honor Cal U service members...p. 23 Jozart CFTA events...p. 24 Pattern & Noise exhibit...p. 25 California Riverfest events...p. 25 MVRCC scholarship winner...p. 26 Charleroi Library events...p. 26 Hospital employee remembered..p. 27 Community arts center in need of support, donors, volunteers...p. 28 MVH to hold Peach Festival...p. 28 On the cover: Lil Dragons show their stuff during a test at Kang’s Black Belt Academy.

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21st century time of transition for area institutions of higher learning Story by Susan M. Isola Residents of southwestern Pennsylvania are proud of their strong work ethic that many trace back to the hard-working, blue-collar examples set by their grandparents and great-grandparents. These residents are equally proud of the institutions of higher education that populate this area and provided the foundation for new career options as blue-collar jobs disappeared in the changing marketplace. Today, 10 colleges and universities provide a range of degrees and experiences in four of the five counties covered by Pennsylvania Bridges. Whether they have been in operation for more than two centuries or a half century, these schools face similar challenges in the 21st century. For example, Pennsylvania's overall population skews older since young adults moved to other areas of the country to pursue their careers while the Pittsburgh region transitioned from the steel belt to the rust belt to the manufacturing and technology hub that it is today. Declining birth rates in the 1990s further contribute to increased competition in the present day for traditional college-aged students. Government sources of funding for higher education have decreased over the past seven years as legislators seek to balance budgets and hold the line on taxes. Both parents and students are taking on an unprecedented amount of debt to fulfill their dreams of college degrees as the state and national economies slowly recover from the economic crisis of 2008. The 21st century is a time of transition for higher education. This transition is marked by changes in how technology is used in the classroom, educational techniques, and different challenges than those faced in the 20th century. It is also marked by new leadership at the 10 colleges and universities located in Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties, four of the counties in Pennsylvania Bridges' coverage area. Each of these schools has appointed new leadership in the past 10 years. Six out of the 10 institutions have appoint-

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WCCC president Dr. Tuesday Stanley and interim University President Geraldine M. Jones signed an agreement March 6 that will allow students enrolled at Cal U to complete the diploma or associate degree they began at WCCC. This is the first "reverse transfer" agreement between Cal U and any community college.

ed women to lead them during this time of change. Tori Haring-Smith, PhD, president of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, holds the longest tenure of the group. She took office in 2005 and is the first female president in the school's history. Sharon P. Smith, PhD, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in Westmoreland County, also is the first female president to serve her campus. The fourth president in the campus' 52-year history, Smith took office in 2007. More recent appointees include Geraldine M. Jones who was named acting president of California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and later interim president in March 2013; Suzanne Mellon, PhD, who was named president of Carlow University in 2013 (Carlow University offers classes in Westmoreland County at its Greensburg location); Tuesday Stanley, EdD, who took office as president of Westmoreland County Community College in April 2014; and Mary C. Finger, EdD, was elected president of Seton Hill University on June 1, 2014, as the campus' 10th president.

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Female presidents in our region currently serving as of press time. SETON HILL UNIVERSITY President: Mary C. Finger, EdD Website: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, GREENSBURG President: Sharon P. Smith, PhD Website: WCCC President: Tuesday Stanley, EdD Website: CARLOW UNIVERSITY, WESTMORELAND President: Suzanne Mellon, PhD Website: CAL U OF PA Interim President: Geraldine M. Jones Website: WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE President: Tori Haring-Smith, PhD Website:

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Volunteers craft dignity robes for cancer patients Cal U to offer Doctor of Health Science degree

Our Lady of the Valley representatives recently presented 26 handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital. From left are Vera Klein, of Donora; Rita Demeter, of Charleroi; and Father Pierre M. Falkenhan, of Donora, who presented the robes to MVH's Michele Haftman, RN; Director of Radiation Oncology Debbie Burkhardt and Marcie Moessner, radiation therapist.

Led by a breast cancer survivor, parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora have made it their mission to provide handmade dignity robes for breast cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospitals' Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The group recently donated 26 robes. "Our breast cancer patients will appreciate these personal gifts of caring. What a loving gesture towards women who are fighting cancer," said Director of Radiation Oncology Debbie Burkhardt, who is also a member of the

parish. "They want the patients to keep the robes." The local volunteers gather the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon in their social hall to cut and sew the colorful robes that open not only in the front, but on both sides. Their fellow church goers have helped purchase the materials and the ladies plan to keep sewing as long as there is a need. The volunteers welcome help from anyone in the community who enjoys sewing. For more information, contact Rita Demeter at 724-565-1244 or or Vera Klein at 724-379-5759.

Dr. Madduru joins Mon Valley Hospital team Lakshmi A. Madduru, M.D., has joined Mon-Vale Primary Care Practices, Inc., an affiliate of Monongahela Valley Hospital, and will be caring for patients of James A. Solan, M.D., in his office in Fayette City. Dr. Madduru is skilled in family practice and geriatrics. Board certified in family medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine, she completed her Geriatric Fellowship from UPMC Shadyside. She served as the Geriatrician at Cedars of Monroeville Senior Care and as a Family Physician and Geriatrician at Community Family Practice Associates in Homestead. Most recently, Dr. Madduru served as a PCP for patients in Ft. Lauderdale and Pittsburgh.


Cal U is poised to offer its first doctorate, a move that interim University President Geraldine M. Jones described as "an academic milestone for our University." The Doctor of Health Science: Health Science and Exercise Leadership was approved July 9 by the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. It will be the first D.H.Sc. degree available within the State System. "This degree is a natural outgrowth of our successful bachelor's and master's degree programs in exercise science," said Dr. Bruce Barnhart, acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal U. "There is a growing demand for highly qualified health care professionals as our population ages and the health care system shifts its focus from treating disease to promoting wellness and fitness. This program addresses that demand." Dr. Marc Federico, Dr. Jeffrey Hatton and Dr. Stan Komacek prepared the degree proposal presented for State System approval. The 50-credit program will be delivered through Cal U Global Online, making it a convenient choice for working professionals seeking to enhance or advance their careers. Graduates will be prepared to work as educators and leaders in areas such as athletic training, physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, wellness and fitness, rehabilitation science, and allied health care professions. The first cohort will begin in the Spring 2016 semester. Coursework can be completed in three years of fulltime study.

Research points to a favorable employment outlook for program graduates, and student interest also appears to be strong. "Graduates of our master's degree programs in exercise science have been asking about a doctorate for quite some time," Barnhart said. "We started to get inquiries as soon as the new program was announced." Candidates for the D.H.Sc. will be expected to complete 42 credits of coursework, pass comprehensive written and oral exams, and submit an 8credit dissertation representing applied, evidence-based research clearly linked to exercise, wellness and/or fitness. Students who hold an M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal U will be eligible for advanced standing, which may shorten the time to graduation. "Alumni of Cal U's existing master's degree programs in exercise science are at work across the country and around the world," President Jones noted in a message to the campus community. "Their success in a wide variety of settings, from their own businesses to the locker rooms and practice fields of professional sports teams, demonstrates the quality of our University's academic programming in this discipline. "Over the years Cal U has become a recognized leader in health and exercise science," she added, "and our new post-professional degree builds on that tradition of success." Applications for the Doctor of Health Science program are being accepted now. Information is available online at or through the Global Online office; e-mail or call 724-938-5958.

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Family impacted by cancer gives back

Bentworth Community Center seeks donors Story by Aaron Dalzell

Shown, from left to right, presenting the check from the Jereme Dudzinski Foundation to MVH's Mon-Vale Oncology Manager Bonny Holmes are Jonathan Dudzinski, his mother-in-law Linda Vernet and his mother Marie Dudzinski, who is holding Jonathan's son, Nathan, age 2. They all live in Belle Vernon. The family is shown with more than 40 cases of Ensure, which their donation will help underwrite. Bonny Holmes, who oversees the Ensure Fund, said 40 cases will last about two weeks or less. Absent from the photo are Mr. Dudzinski's wife and daughter, Jennifer and Ava, age 6; his father, John Dudzinski and his brother, Jacob.

A local family impacted by cancer has pulled together to help others in the Mon Valley fighting the battle. They recently donated $500 to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center for its Ensure Fund. Jonathan Dudzinski lost his brother Jereme to testicular cancer at age 32 on Nov. 27, 2013. The family presented a check recently from the Jereme Dudzinski Foundation. The donation will support the Regional Cancer Center's Ensure fund. In 2012, MVH staff members began raising money to provide these vital nutritional supplements to cancer

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patients at no cost. "We formed the foundation for Jereme in January; friends and family thought 'what better way to remember him than by helping others, as he often did,'" said Mr. Dudzinski. "Our goal is to help cancer patients in the Valley who need financial assistance due to their cancer." Jonathan's mother-in-law Linda Vernet, is a two-time breast cancer survivor who lost her husband Joseph on Feb. 13 to lung cancer. He was treated at MVH's Regional Cancer Center and she is still receiving treatment. "My late husband received free Ensure as a patient and he thought it was just the greatest thing," said Mrs. Vernet.

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Are libraries becoming obsolete? The answer is a resounding no. Libraries are no longer just about books, and the Bentworth Community Center is not just a library. The Bentleyville Public Library will be renovated and expanded upon to accommodate not only the needed bookracks and shelving for an increase in books, but also to house enough room for the activities and programs involved with the Bentworth Senior Center and Bentleyville Area Historical Society. The Bentworth Community Center is intended to serve a connection to the community with classrooms, meeting spaces, and other activities. The Bentworth Community Center serves the residents of Bentleyville, Cokeburg, and Ellsworth Burroughs, as well as the townships of Northern Bethlehem and Somerset, a population of 8,500 citizens. With a growing population of senior citizens and more families relocating to the area, and citizens seeking retraining and resources to meet future job opportunities, it is critical that a viable, exciting, safe and modern community center be equipped to handle the community's needs. The expansion of space and modernizing of the proposed Bentworth Community Center will enable all three community organizations to function both independently and with great interaction with the shared goal of meeting the public's needs. "This is such a phenomenal opportunity for the Bentworth District to really do something for all age groups and interests, a tremendous asset everyone can use, for everybody, not just one group. The sky's the limit for what this building offers." said Barrie Coleman, Capital Campaign Director for the project. The Bentworth Community Center project will greatly expand the existing senior center. The renovated area will provide ADA compliant facilities, spacious dining and activity areas, a kitchen area with energy-efficient appliances and adequate lighting, and capacity for programming and informational sessions such as retirement planning, introduction to Medicare, and

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health lectures for the entire community of residents ages 55 and older. The renovation of the Bentleyville Area Historical Society will provide access to large meeting areas for programs, events and lectures. The project will help to preserve historical documents and artifacts with an increase in storage for the ample records, as well as the artifacts and documents to be archived. Numerous museum-quality display cases will be added for artifacts on display throughout the building. "We're looking to bring back a bit of the old flavor of the Lower End Elementary School, where residents went to in the past, with updates in modern-day technology," said Coleman. When asked about if there will be any ceremonies held for the reopening of the community center, Barrie Coleman said that "During construction, the senior center will remain open and other facilities will remain uninterrupted. There will be a 'big bru ha ha' to be held after completion of the project in the spring of 2017." The project is grant and donor funded. The Bentleyville Public Library Board of Trustees has pledged a donation. The Friends of the Library have also pledged. The Bentworth Community Center Building Project graciously accepts outside donations through pledge gifts. For more information on pledge gifts, visit Gift forms are also available at the Bentleyville Public Library. The Bentworth Community Center Building Project is a non-profit expenditure with the sole purpose of expanding the community center to better suit the needs of the public. Donors are recognized for their contributions which will be on permanent display in the Center. Support will preserve the past and foster stronger generations today and tomorrow. For additional information on the projects or how to make a donation, contact Barrie Coleman, Capital Campaign Director for the Bentworth Community Center Building Project, 931 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314 or 724-986-7123 or by email


Still in Session: The Breakfast Club celebrates 30 years was called Cathy at the time," said Ringwald. "She (the Cathy, later named Claire, In early 1985, a new music video character) was so different from the channel - VH-1 - made its debut, way I saw myself, and more the way I Ronald Reagan was sworn in for his saw my older sister, because my sister second term as President of the United was very popular at school," she said. States, and on February 15, The Breakfast Club, a movie about six high Ringwald recalled how after she explained this to Hughes, he agreed to school students serving detention together on a very memorable Saturday let her switch roles to her delight. Ringwald also said in the same intermorning, first appeared on the view that Hughes almost fired Judd silver screen. Nelson, the actor who played John The students included pampered Claire Standish, "The Princess" (Molly Bender, perhaps one of the film's most popular characters. Ringwald), state champion Wrestler "He was doing this sort of method Andrew Clarke, "The Athlete" (Emilio actor thing, being very Estevez), social provocative with me," outcast Allison Ringwald recalled to Reynolds, "The Itzkoff. "I think he Basket Case" made a blind joke, and (Ally Sheedy), my dad was blind. He Brian Johnson, was just trying to get "The Brain" under my skin, just (Anthony like Bender tries to get Michael Hall) under Claire's skin. It and, last but not didn't really bother me, least, the rebelbut John (Hughes) was lious John extremely protective of Bender, "The me and it just infuriatCriminal," (Judd ed him. And he almost Nelson). fired him." Assistant How was that situaschool principal tion prevented? Vernon (Paul "We all banded Gleason) Actor Anthony Michael Hal together and talked assigns the students a 1,000 word essay answering the John out of firing Judd," said Ringwald, "It really made us all seem question "Who do you think you are?" like a real group." Over the course of the eight hour Nelson almost wasn't cast in the role detention, the students form an unlikely at all. Originally, Emilio Estevez was bond, reveal hard truths about themslated for the part but he was recast in selves and become a club of sorts. the role of Andrew. Hughes considered By the mid 80s, screen writer John Nicholas Cage for the part before setHughes star in Hollywood was on the ascent. He made his feature film direct- tling on actor John Cusack. He later decided Cusack didn't come across in a ing debut with the highly successful threatening enough manner and the part Sixteen Candles, also starring Molly of Bender went to Nelson. Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. In more casting trivia, the part of Carl After working with both actors in that the Janitor was originally intended for film, Hughes knew he wanted to actor Rick Moranis, but ended up being include them in his next project, The played by actor John Kapelos. Director Breakfast Club. In a 2010 New York Hughes has a cameo role in the film as Times interview with Dave Itzkoff, the father of Anthony Michael Ringwald recalled how she came to Hall's character. join the Club. The library scenes in the movie were "Originally, he talked to me about actually filmed in the gymnasium of a playing the role that Ally Sheedy closed school in which a library set was played (Allison) and I was really upset constructed. The school, Maine North because I wanted to play Claire who Story by Chuck Brutz


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High School, was located in Des Planes, Illinois, northwest of Chicago in unincorporated Maine Township. The school had originally first opened in 1970, but due to a declining student population throughout the later part of the 70s, it closed at the end of the 1980-81 school-year. Hughes also filmed in the interior of the school for another film of his, 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Hughes went on to write and direct a number of successful films, including Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone. He passed away six years ago at the age of 59. On this the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, the film still has a loyal fan base and occupies a special place in their hearts.

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Go Set a Watchman: An Unexpected Twist Review by Ron Shannon I approached Go Set a Watchman with as much objectivity as I possibly could approach anything that had received so much attention. At least that's what I told myself. What I didn't admit was that I wanted to like this story. I expected to read the book and recommend it to everyone I knew and maybe to a few people I didn't know. I expected it to be delightful. What happened surprised me. We meet Jean Louise, the adult Scout, on her way home to Maycomb to enjoy a two-week vacation from her job in New York. The prose is easy to read, pleasantly absorbing, yet unpredictable. Although filled with the air of literary fiction Harper Lee does not alienate the reader with needless eloquence. Instead she quickly establishes the importance of the characters and allows the characters to drive the story. It is through the characters the reader learns about Jean Louise's childhood values. Flashbacks and description show what Jean Louise most admires and remembers about each person in her life, especially her father. Atticus Finch is her foundation, her teacher, and guide. Childhood experiences are laced with deep lessons, more profound than what other children experience. Those experiences shape her decisions and what she wants most from her life. A life not defined by the other women in Maycomb. The beginning of this book slowly and deliberately sets up the second half. I read the first half of this book with a sense of enchantment and odd familiarity. I drifted easily into Harper Lee's masterful set up. The second half of the book is not the product of only one incident. It is the culmination of two unrelated scenes that at first appear to have nothing to do with each other. There is one consistent factor. Atticus Finch demonstrates reactions and interest that portray him differently than anticipated. This is the turning point of the story, the top of the story arc and, as it turns out, the top of the Jean Louise's character arc. She is presented with a new reality and it doesn't match the reality she has known her entire life. It is also the top of the reader's arc, or

Law Office of The popularity of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in evident in this display found in an Alabama library. The publication of the sequel - “Go Set a Watchman” - remains a controversial issue, with many readers believing Harper Lee never intended to publish this early novel.

at least this reader. I did not expect the confrontation that follows. The way Jean Louise reacts and what she says shows the character's value system on full tilt. It also shows something of the writer and the time the story was written. At first I had no idea how to react to what I was reading. I was shocked and I guess in many ways offended. Afterwards, I allowed the story to settle so I could attack it fairly. Remember, I wanted to like this story. I couldn't walk away from it offended or disillusioned. I had to make sense of it. I read the liner notes on the jacket and was reminded that the story was written in the mid 1950s. That gave me a different perspective. I thought about some of the things I heard when I was very young and realized I just read a story written when the belief I didn't understand at the time was considered to be an unarguable truth. It wasn't old when Harper Lee wrote about it. Yet, that was not the important lesson taken from this story. It had more to do with how one relates to those around them. Should they accept another's right to their belief? That is a hard question to answer. If beliefs are damaging, should we patrol them or accept them? Hard to say, but Jean Louise makes a choice. Whether it's the right choice is left up to the reader. Although I had my doubts I was

happy I had read this story. No, I don't think Harper Lee wanted to publish this story. If she did she would have years ago. Yet, I do recommend the novel. The recommendation comes with a condition, however. If you read Go Set A Watchman I ask that you read it with the knowledge that it was written sixty years ago. Do not consider whether either side of the argument is right or wrong. Consider the argument for what it might have been sixty years ago and how it has influenced the argument as it stands today. Enjoy the story. If we change the argument to be more contemporary does it make sense? I don't know. I would never profess to be that smart. But it is, after all, a good story. Ron Shannon, a storyteller with a fondness for tales set in the not-solong-ago, is the author of The Hedgerows of June, a Maggie Award finalist, the noir Gabriel's Wing, and soon to be released Staring Into the Blizzard. Ron has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. His books are available to purchase on

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The Power of Words to Create Better, Brighter Worlds By Pastor B.T. Gilligan My grandfather was a smart man in most areas. However, when I was in fifth grade, he gave me a dictionary as a Christmas present. What fifth grader wants to receive a dictionary for Christmas? But that wasn't the worst part of his gift. The worst part was the inscription he'd written inside: "Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt." It was at that moment I believed my grandfather was lying to me. See, I grew up being bullied for a host of reasons: being overweight, having a single mom, being too smart, being too stupid, being left handed, liking Pokemon and not liking Dragonball Z. If I was different from those around me, they hurled insults and unkind words at me, and those words did hurt. Maybe you've experienced similar situations. Maybe you first were the target of hurtful words as a child. Maybe your spouse's first words to you this morning were inconsiderate. Don't get me wrong. My grandfather meant well when he gifted me that dictionary but he missed the point. Words are powerful. Words can build

Words have power. Wield it wisely. Think before you speak!

you up and words can destroy you. In the Bible, the authors wrote the entirety of creation came into being through spoken words. That is to say, words are so powerful they create whole new worlds. In another Bible passage, the author compares words to fire; beautiful and helpful when used correctly but deadly when used incorrectly. We all have the power to create

words. Many people have heard nothing but negative words throughout their entire lives. As a result, they're largely miserable and make everyone around them miserable by using the same hurtful words. Their worlds are consumed with negativity, pain, shame and grief, which they often turn inward. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those who've heard positive words. Their worlds are bright and

shiny, filled with hope and excitement. Each of us has the power to use our words to create a better world for all. Ben Parker once said "with great power comes great responsibility." The question to ask is if someone were to write a book of your words, what world would be created or destroyed? It's too late to take back words already spoken but it's never too late to choose different words to create a better, brighter world in the future. May we all use our words to create that better world, filled with hope and joy and love and kindness. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10 a.m. Beginning August 23, services will be held at 10:30 a.m.

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No Child Should Go Hungry! In Washington County, 6% of school students do not eat outside of school hours. When they finally arrive at school on Monday morning they are hungry and are not able to live up to the potential that every student has. We at California United Methodist Church have taken up the cause of feeding these children. Within California Elementary School we provide weekend meals to any child in need, last school year we provided 60 students with enough food for

the weekend, every weekend. In the upcoming school year we anticipate providing for 100 students. Through area partnerships we are able to provide these items for 1.57 per student per weekend! Any and all donations are helpful and will be used to fund our program. By reaching our campaign goals it will ensure that hungry children will have enough to eat outside of school hours.

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The Piano Guys to enthrall Benedum Center audiences on Aug. 27 YouTube hit sensation, The Piano Guys, will bring their music from the computer screen to a live stage in the group's upcoming tour. The Guys will enthrall audiences of young and old on August 27 at 8 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh. The Piano Guys became famous with YouTube videos that join music with special effects and "piano stunts." Their goal: to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. Jon Schmidt (pianist/songwriter), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist/songwriter), Paul Anderson (producer/videographer) and Al van der Beek (music producer/songwriter) tour across the country in what started out as a way to market a piano store run by Anderson in southern Utah. Their videos include collaborations from behind the scenes crew and the many cellos of Nelson, including Ziggy, Thor, Bruce Lee, Jackie, Carmen Fibre, and Robert E. Lee. Don't miss The Piano Guys as they perform popular hits and original songs with a classical twist. Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys are four dads

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Monongahela nurse celebrates 50 years of service to others pital "tray girl" and began Nurse "caps" are not working at the former very common these days, Memorial Hospital of but one nurse who just celMonongahela in 1965, two ebrated 50 years of service days after graduating from at Monongahela Valley nursing school. Hospital still wears hers A co-worker shared that one every day for a reason of Mrs. Manges' patients close to her heart. asked secretly if she'd be retirInpatient Oncology Unit ing after he'd heard that she Nurse Susan Manges, was celebrating 50 years, and known lovingly by then said, "Don't do it, we patients as "the nurse with can't lose you." a cap," came in during an "I started working steady afternoon off to celebrate midnight shift and she's the 50 years of nursing this person I look up to, she has a week with her co-workers real passion for nursing and and supervisors. I'd like to be just like that," As one of six children Susan Manges, RN, (seated) who celebrated 50 years of nursing at said Erin Donovan, RN, who and the first of her siblings Monongahela Valley Hospital is shown with her co-workers. They are (from has worked at MVH for a year to attend college, Mrs. left) Michelle Hudock, RN; Senior Vice President of Nursing Mary Lou Murt; and a half. "She's in it because Manges' father saw her Erin Donovan, RN; 7-E Nurse Manager Jamie Fedorchak, RN; and Jourdan she loves what she does." receive her nurse's cap Aaron, RN. On July 8, Mrs. Manges celafter six months of nursing 1,000 times do exactly what I did," said ebrated 50 years of marriage to her school. He died suddenly at age 48 the Mrs. Manges, who has worked the 11 husband Darwin. They live in same night she completed one year of p.m. to 7 a.m. shift since 1978, when Monongahela and have four grown school. Mrs. Manges said she's worn MVH opened its doors. children, Darwin Jr., Valerie, Steven the cap every day just for him. Before nursing school, she was a hos- and John, and five grandchildren. "If I had to do all over again, I would

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“Are you ready to have some fun?� Kids have a blast learning valuable skills on & off the mat Story by Aaron Dalzell Mr. Jeffrey Jox, instructor of Kang's Black Belt Academy, strides across the red and blue mat of the academy. He calls his Lil' Dragons to attention within an organized line, seated and focused for their trial ahead. The parents take their seats, as their Lil' Dragons prepare. Their test is about to begin. One child clings to his mother, nervous, not wanting to leave her side. He's hesitant of taking the next step. She takes him aside to console him. Jox approaches them and smiles, assuring he'll do fine. The boy bows and walks upon the mat to join the other Dragons. Jox approaches his students, eager and waiting. "Are you ready to have some fun?!" he asks with enthusiasm, and they cheer back. The Lil' Dragons are ready. The testing begins. Their names are announced, and the Lil' Dragons rush to their spots with great hustle and "pepper" in their step, ready to take the initiative towards excellence. They flap their Lil' Dragon wings and take deep Dragon breaths. Attention is called, and the Dragons are ready. With a background in Tae Kwon Do and Alternative Education, Jox, who's had a distinguished tournament career with 5 PKRA state sparring champion titles and numerous top ten positions, applies these aspects of martial arts and


education by evaluating individual strengths on auditory and tactile development. Kang's Black Belt Academy executes the Five Rules of Black Belt Excellence: Set Goals, Take Action, Pay Attention to Details, If it doesn't work fix it, and Practice-practice-practice. These rules apply to class and for everyday tasks and decision-making. The set guidelines help give the students focus. The most important rule Jox emphasizes is "If it doesn't work, fix it." This rule promotes problemsolving, Jox's way of guiding students to self-achievement and figuring out what works best for them to proceed. There are key aspects in the guidance of students within the program. The Lil' Dragons are taught how to do a stance, with emphasis on "Why?" Jox refers to this as a "Martial Arts Tactic." Attention-Stance is coordinated to improve listening skills, while ReadyPosition represents goal-setting and taking initiative towards achievement. Bowing represents making good choices and showing respect towards others. Skill-sets are implemented early on within the Lil' Dragons program which discipline students in the art of Tae Kwon Do with development in important life skills including stranger danger, fire safety, anti-drug awareness, gun safety and motor-skill development. However, the most important goal is for students to be active and have fun. Weapon defense classes follow three guidelines or the "ABC's", Avoidance, Bargaining, and Control. For the Lil' Dragon's, they follow "The Poop Principle" where gun safety and dangerous object awareness is critical. "Don't touch it and it can't hurt you. I tell the students, you wouldn't touch poop in the yard would you? And they get a laugh out of it," said Jox. This allows the students to learn important lessons while also having fun in the process. Parents are encouraged to oversee activities. They have a key role in implementing the responsibilities of a Lil' Dragon within their home to help reinforce their child's learning and

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Local author & Jack the Ripper historian to offer class on elusive killer Story by Stacie Adams Who was Jack the Ripper and why does interest in the curious case persist to this day? These are just a few of the questions posed by an upcoming class on the legendary serial killer. The class, called “The Autumn of Fear,” is scheduled to be held at the Jozart Center for the Arts in California, PA, will provide an in-depth perspective on the myths, legends, and inconsistencies surrounding the crime courtesy of certified 'Ripperologist' Carla Anderton. While the crimes committed by the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper occurred well over 100 years ago, many remain fascinated by the brutal case. Anderton's own interest was ignited during a trip to London as a highschool student where a tour guide pulled her from the crowd to demonstrate the anatomical ramifications of Jack the Ripper's crimes. She's been studying the case ever since, resulting in the release of her first book The Heart Absent in 2013. While the book involves certain key details of the case, it features a fictionalized portrayal of the killer and a supposed love affair with one of his victims. Unlike many other historians studying Ripper's crimes, Anderton's intention is to focus on the female victims who had the misfortune of crossing paths with

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One Ripper suspect was British artist Walter Sickert, who painted the above piece titled “The Camden Town Murder” and whose name has been linked to multiple theories about Jack the Ripper. Another Ripper suspect is beloved children’s author Lewis Carroll, though this theory is considered laughable by most credible Ripperologists.

this mad man. The Victorian Era was one of remarkable poverty and despair juxtaposed against unimaginable wealth, which lead many women to turn to prostitution out of sheer desperation. These women, sometimes known as the unfortunates, were the perfect foil for the Ripper due to their lowly social status, and Anderton views this as a particularly compelling aspect of the case. In this sense her interest in the case is a feminist pursuit, which is illustrated within the pages of The Heart Absent. According to Anderton, "I didn't start off with a tale of morality, but it ended up that way." While the book focuses on a fictionalized version of Jack the Ripper and his victims, there are deeper themes relating to women in pursuit of dangerous men, and how these decisions can ultimately end in disaster. Anderton also retains a real sympathy for Mary Kelly in particular, the last Ripper victim whom she used as a model for the female protagonist in her book. This sympathy affords a deeper level of insight when it comes to these crimes, which is often missing in more clinical examinations of the subject. Humanizing the victims of Jack the Artist Walter Sickert also painted this piece - “Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom” - adding fuel to the specu- Ripper is just one of the goals of the lation he may have been involved in the crimes. upcoming class. Anderton also hopes Most credible Ripperologists dismiss this theory as to enable students to devise their very ludicrous, but the subject matter of Sickert’s work own theories on just who Jack the was certainly dark and macabre.

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Ripper might have been by providing a nuanced perspective on the case. Over the course of her studies, she has encountered a number of possible theories, including some rather bizarre musings that the murders occurred as a result of a deep-seated Masonic conspiracy that involved British royals. As for the type of student who might be attracted by such a class, Anderton stresses that looks can be deceiving. Recalling a past lecture she gave on Jack the Ripper, she admitted that she initially held back on all the gory details due to her audience consisting mostly of older women. However, this was not necessary. "I was very surprised that they wanted more details about the crimes," she said of the ensuing Q & A session, in which her seemingly genteel audience were primarily concerned with the more gruesome details of the case. Though the subject matter is decidedly macabre, Anderton's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge brings it to life for her students. The Jack the Ripper class will be available in autumn 2015, with class fees being used to support the center so it may remain a vital educational resource for those living in the Mon Valley. “The Autumn of Fear” is set to begin Sept. 22. This four week long course will meeting every other Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $50. Reservations required. FMI: 724-9389730 or

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Eclectic exhibits at SPACE, 709 Penn Gallery The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Wall Paintings, an exhibition featuring work by 12 different artists. The installation will be on view through August 30 at SPACE in the Cultural District. The show, which is guest-curated by Robert Raczka, features 12 artists who have each created large paintings directly on the walls of the gallery. The artists featured in the exhibition are Steve Prince, Michael Pisano, Anna Mikolay, Derek Reese, Ramon Riley, Chris McGinnis, Julie Stunden, Pat Bellan-Gillen, Melissa Kuntz, Alphonso Sloan, Julie Mallis and Mia Tarducci Henry. “Wall Paintings” is on display at SPACE Gallery

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SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 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. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For information:

Cultural Trust. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces As Best I Can Remember, The gallery is located at 707 Penn an exhibition that explores the imperAvenue in downtown Pittsburgh's fections of human memory, featuring Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. photographs by Travis Mitzel. The & Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 exhibition is on view until August 30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 707 Penn Gallery in the The gallery is free to the public. Cultural District. FMI: "As Best I Can Remember is a recreation of memories I have from moments I've witnessed in passing. To reenact each scene, I rebuild characters from memory and photograph them on location where I remember seeing them," says Mitzel. "This allows me to better explore the imperfections of human memory and to share a more honest experience." 707 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh “As Best I Can Remember” is on display at 707 Penn Gallery

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Flashback 50 years... when our heroes were... Lost in Space! Story by Chuck Brutz Brain snatching aliens! Space cowboys! Amazon females! Fanciful space hippies! These are several examples of the perils our heroes faced when they were "lost in space" for three seasons. In the pilot episode of Lost in Space, which debuted on CBS on September 15 in 1965, the United States launched the Jupiter II, a spaceship with the mission of helping man to colonize deep space. The occupants of the above Jupiter II were the Robinson family, which consisted of Dr. John Robinson (Guy Williams), an astrophysicist, his wife Maureen (June Lockhart), a biochemist, their 19 year old daughter Judy (Marta Kristin), 13 year old Penny (Angela Cartwright) and nine year old Will (Bill Mumy) a brilliant child prodigy whose expertise is in computer technology. Also aboard for the mission is space pilot Major Don West (Mark Goddard) of the U.S. Space Corps. There's a thorn in the side of the Robinson family, Dr. Zachary Smith (Johnathan Harris), who is acting on behalf of rival enemy nations out to beat the United States in colonizing space. In the pilot episode, Smith sabotages the Jupiter II, but to his dismay, he inadvertently finds himself trapped aboard the doomed ship. Due to a meteor storm and the ship's damaged hyper-drive, the Robinsons, Major West, Dr. Smith and a robot find themselves "lost in space." How did this successful show, with a fan base that endures even today, come to air on television? According to Mark Phillip's The History of TV's Lost in Space, in 1964, CBS was the top network, airing hits like The Beverly Hillbillies and Gilligan's Island. Producer Irwin Allen pitched a space adventure series originally titled Space Family Robinson to then CBS President James Aubrey. Aubrey green lighted the show and it went into production.

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson

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Interestingly enough, shortly after Aubrey approved Lost in Space, Gene Roddenberry pitched the idea for Star Trek to him. He turned it down, believing Lost in Space would be a greater commercial success. With a budget of $600,000, it was at the time one of the most expensive pilots ever filmed. The first season, the show aired on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and was an immediate hit, , with Dr. Smith and the Robot becoming the breakout characters. The first season was more serious in tone but soon our space adventurers would tangle with an enemy more deadly than any galactic foe in the cosmos. They would face the caped crusader of Gotham City. On January 12, Batman, Robin and a colorful assortment of villains jumped from the pages of comic books to television screens with the debut of Adam West's Batman. While Lost in Space was still airing in black and white, Batman was full color and made full use of the new medium, creating a fun, kitschy comic book come to life atmosphere. Temporarily, Batman took a chunk out of Lost in Space's ratings.

When the show returned for a second season in the fall of 1966, it was in full color and, in order to better compete with Batman, was a lot campier in tone with the addition of storylines featuring space pirates, knights, Vikings, intergalactic zoos and ice princesses. While the series was intended to be an ensemble piece, the show started focusing mostly on Will, the Robot and especially Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith was originally portrayed as a sinister, cunning villain but in the second sense became a more comical character. These changes didn't sit well with the whole cast, but show remained a hit. In the third season, Lost in Space aired probably one of its most infamous episodes which, to this day, remains universally loved or hated by fans. On February 28, 1968, an episode titled "The Great Vegetable Rebellion" first aired in which Dr. Smith incurs the wrath of Tybo, a giant carrot man - yes, you read that right - who turns him into a giant talking stalk of celery - yes, you read that last part correctly, too! The series aired its last episode in March 1968. It reportedly had been picked up for a fourth season, but in

May of 1968, CBS announced the show was cancelled, leaving no resolution, and our heroes were still "lost in space." In 1969, the show began airing in syndication and was a hit. In the early 70s, a short lived Saturday morning cartoon based on the show debuted. In 1979, Ted Turner acquired the rights to the show and started airing daily reruns for the next five years. As with many retro television shows, Lost in Space got the silver screen treatment in 1998, with Gary Oldman starring as Dr. Smith. In 2003, a pilot for a new Lost in Space was produced for the WB Network (Now known as the CW) but was not picked up as a regular weekly series. In October 2014, it was announced that a new version of the series was in development at Legendary Television, which is said to be more serious in tone. As of yet, there has been no official announcement as to when this show might air. On September 15, a special 50th anniversary Blu-Ray Edition will be released, chock of full of extra bonus features.

The California Area Band Association will host their annual Band Festival on Sept. 6 to showcase local high school marching bands. The event also includes a special 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,

50/50, candygrams and more. Programs are available. The concession stand will be open with a variety of food. Tickets to the event are $5 and are available at Trojan Field, 11 Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA.

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Classic & iconic television shows celebrate big birthdays in 2015 Story by Chuck Brutz The fall television season will soon be upon us, with lots of new shows debuting. What does that have to do with this article? Not a damned thing, actually, as this piece is about three classic television shows celebrating significant birthdays this year. Be kind, rewind to thirty years ago. The Golden Girls first aired on September 14, 1985. The show depicted four women in their golden years: sarcastic divorcee Dorothy (Bea Arthur), spacey but good hearted widow Rose (Betty White) and man hungry southern widow Blanche, all cohabitating together in Blanche's Miami house. In the pilot episode, Dorothy's 80 year old mother Sophia joins the trio. Sophia (Estelle Getty) always spoke her mind and her comments were often blunt and sarcastic. The Golden Girls was an instant success and ran on NBC on 1992. It was one of the few shows in television history where all four lead actresses won Emmys over the course of the series' run. Fun fact, originally Betty White was slated to play the role of Blanche, who was loosely based on White's character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sue Ann Nivens. Rue McClanahan was asked to play Rose, who was based on her portrayal of the spacey Vivian on Maude. However, while filming the pilot episode, director Jay Sandrich suggested White and McClanahan switch roles, a move that proved to be splendid decision. McClanahan had previously worked with both White and Arthur on different shows. In the 70s, she co-starred with Arthur on Maude, and in the 80s, she starred alongside White in the role of Ellen on Mama's Family. Flashback forty years ago to September 9, 1975 and the premiere of Welcome Back, Kotter! The premise? Wisecracking high school teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his alma mater, James Buchanan High School, to teach a classroom of unruly students nicknamed "The Sweathogs." Kotter, now married and settled down with his wife, Julie (Marcia Strassman), had been a Sweathog himself when he was a student at the school ten years

earlier. His old nemesis, Vice Principal Mr. Woodman (John Sylvester White) taught Kotter during that time, and isn't happy to see him again. The success of Welcome Back, Kotter! spawned an entire line of merchandise Loosely based on the cancelled it in 1979. Kaplan's standup comedy act, the four Hop into your time machine and travstudents currents were all based on his el to September 10, 1955, when one of high school friends. television's most beloved westerns of The four "Sweathog" characters all time, Gunsmoke, first aired. The included Arnold Horshack (Ron premise? United States Marshall Matt Palillio), an oddball with a hyena like Dillon (James Arness), along with his laugh, Freddie "Boom-Boom" deputies Chester (Dennis Weaver) and Washington (Laurence Hilton Jacobs), later Festus (Ken Curtis), keeps the a hip black high school basketball star, peace in Dodge City. Also in the cast Juan Epstein (Robert Hegyes) a wise were saloon keeper Miss Kitty guy Puerto Rican Jew, and - last but (Amanda Blake) and the town's doctor, not least - Vinnie Barbarino (John Doc Adams (Milburn Stone). Travolta), the ultimate ladies' man and The show expanded from a half hour the leader of the Sweathogs. to an hour in 1961 and, in 1966, began The show faced controversy during airing in color. its first season when ABC's Boston Gunsmoke held the number one slot affiliate WCVB refused to air the show. in the ratings from 1957-61 but was Boston was in the midst of implement- cancelled in 1967 by CBS executives ing a controversial bussing program due to declining ratings. However, CBS and protests and riots had erupted President William Paley and his wife, in response. Barbra, loved Gunsmoke so much he WCVB was concerned the show pro- insisted his executives find a way to moted and glorified juvenile delinquen- put the show back on prime time. cy, hence their initial refusal to air the In order to make room, executives show. Boston's UHF station, WSBK cancelled the then very popular Channel 38, aired the first five episodes Gilligan's Island, which had already of Welcome Back, Kotter! and upon its been picked up for a fourth season. The success, WCVB finally agreed to air result? We never learned if and how the show. our Gilligan's Island castaways were The show was a runaway hit for the rescued from the island until a televifirst three seasons but lost steam in the sion movie aired in 1978 and finally fourth when the show lost two major solved that mystery. cast members. Kaplan and producer Gunsmoke would endure for another James Komack locked horns, resulting eight years, ending in 1975 and having in Kaplan appearing in only two aired 635 episodes in a 20 year run. episodes that season, and John Another fun fact: Actor James Arness Travolta's movie had skyrocketed with is one of only two actors to play the the success of Saturday Night Fever same character for over 20 years. and Grease, leaving him free only to Kelsey Grammar, who played Dr. appear in a handful of episode. Frasier Crane on Cheers and then on The show's ratings dropped and ABC Frasier, is the only other actor to share that distinction.

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DONOR MAKES GENEROUS G I F T TO A R E A L I B R A RY At the next City Council meeting, the Uniontown Public Library will receive a gift of $50,000 from Uniontown native John Gismondi to support ongoing technological improvements. This is the second major gift made to the library by the Gismondi family, who funded the creation of the James F. Gismondi Learning Center in the Children's Library in 1996. "I believe the library is a very important community asset for Uniontown," said Mr. Gismondi. "As one who still regards the city as my hometown, I am very happy to establish a fund which will allow local residents improved access to technology." Today, the library is primarily supported by the taxpayers of the City of Uniontown. Donations of any size make a significant impact on the library's ability to provide quality services. In addition to borrowing books, magazines, and DVDs, patrons increasingly check out ebooks or audio books online. They also make use of the library's public access computers, which logged nearly 21,000 sessions last year. “We're thrilled that Mr. Gismondi decided to make this gift. His generosity will impact our community for years to come,� said library director, Christy Fusco. The Gismondi family's gift will be placed in an endowment and used to fund yearly improvements in computing equipment and software, as well as the purchase of new technologies.

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Dance, drink & shop ‘til you drop at this year’s 25th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival Preview by Hayley Lynn Martin Get ready to dance, drink and shop 'til you drop at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival September 11-13 at the Riverplex at Sandcastle featuring a full line up of international Celtic acts, food and fun. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival is a 3-day weekend featuring everything Irish: food, clothing, dance and music. Whether you've Irish blood in your veins or not a drop, the Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to explore the history and culture of Ireland. "We are very excited to present some tremendous talent this year - Gaelic Storm, The High Kings (Ireland), JigJam (Ireland), We Banjo 3 (Ireland), Red Hot Chili Pipers (Scotland), Screaming Orphans (Ireland), The Willis Clan, Makem and Spain, Matt and Shannon Heaton and so much more," said Nan Krushinski, co-director and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. "Gaelic Storm is always a fan favorite and Screaming Orphans have built a tremendous following

these past couple years, along with the Willis Clan, who took the festival by storm last year." The festival features a full line up of music and dancers, in addition to delicious Irish food and refreshments. Blarney Bingo and the whiskey and cider tastings always draw a crowd and don't forget to see the sheep! The marketplace will be bustling with beautiful creations inspired by Ireland. Children's activities including storytelling and performances will be offered and, if you've ever wanted to learn to dance? Attend one of many Irish themed dance workshops and performances. "There's something for everyone at the Irish Festival," said Krushinski. "Irish dogs, a huge Irish marketplace for shopping, wonderful types of food and bevys to enjoy, hurling demonstrations, bingo and genealogy for those who want to shake the family tree. There is a beautiful mass on Sunday in the Irish language. Then of course, there's the Irish music and world class Irish step dancing." The Festival is Pennsylvania's largest Irish Festival and the only Irish Festival

Gaelic Storm will perform at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival

in the Pittsburgh region. The Festival is also one of the co-founders of the International Irish Festival Directors Conference and a 24-year member of the International Irish Festivals and Events Association. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door with discounts available for military, public safety officers, seniors,

and students. Children 12 and under are always free. For tickets or more information contact 412-422-1113 or visit A $5 admission will be offered on Friday ages 13+ from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and a $5 admission will be offered on Friday from 6-8 p.m. to students with a college ID.

Put on your cowboy boots! Top country talents take Pittsburgh by storm in August & September by Hayley Lynn Martin Dust off those cowboy boots because there's a whole lot of country coming to the First Niagara Pavilion in August and September. Aug. 15 - Florida Georgia Line has come a long way in just a few short years and have won numerous awards. True talents, the sky's the limit for these boys who've topped the charts with #1 hits like "Cruise," "Get Your Shine On," "Round Here," "Stay," "This is How We Roll (Feature Luke Bryan)" and "Dirt." Also appearing with Florida Georgia Line is Frankie Ballard known for his hit songs "Helluva Life," "Sunshine and Whiskey" and his most recent release "Young & Crazy." Also appearing is Thomas Rhett, son of legendary country artist, Rhett Akins. Aug. 30 - Musician and actor, Toby Keith performs in Pittsburgh in 2014. Photo by Tim McGraw will hit the stage to Ron Short Photography. close out summer with his Shotgun


Rider Tour featuring Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. McGraw comes armed with more hits than he can typically jam into one evening and a list of awards a mile long. Featuring hits like "Don't Take the Girl," "Down on the Farm," and "Please Remember Me," Tim McGraw is an unforgettable act. Sept. 11 - Jason Aldean kicks off the September country shows. Featuring hits like "Take a Little Ride," "Hicktown," "Why" and Burnin' It Down," Aldean is sure to bring the party to town. Supporting Aldean is Cole Swindell whose breakout hit "Chillin It" gave him a name just two years ago. Also supporting Aldean is Tyler Farr who has been slowly climbing the charts with songs like "A Guy Walks into a Bar." Sept. 18 - Showstoppers, Lady Antebellum, get the mid-month slot in September and will likely perform their powerhouse collection of hits like "I Run to You," "Need to Know," "American Honey" and more. Lady A. will also be bringing Hunter Hayes, an

incredibly talented musician who's appeared in Pittsburgh quite a few times in support of hit songs like "Wanted," "Somebody's Heartbreak" and his most recent release "21." Additionally, the show will feature Sam Hunt, a newcomer supporting his first release a year ago, "X2C" with singles like "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time." Sept. 26 - The grand finale of the country season is the big dog daddy himself, Toby Keith. Keith needs no introduction with his tremendous fanbase in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Keith will surely close out the concert season with a bang on his "Good Times and Pick Up Lines" tour featuring the Eli Young Band and Chris Janson. With 17 studio albums and 60 singles to pick from, fans will be singing and dancing along to the music well into the night. FMI:

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Classic book changed minds & hearts of many Story by Rosemary Capanna During the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white man, precipitating the Montgomery bus boycott. Federal troops were dispatched to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce court-ordered integration of its public schools. From Emmett Till to lunch counter sitins to Freedom Riders, Americans found it increasingly difficult to ignore the societal upheaval surrounding the racial inequality of the late 1950s. It was in this simmering atmosphere that Harper Lee penned To Kill a Mockingbird. Published in 1960, before the apex of the Civil Rights era, it received wide critical and popular acclaim. In 1961, Miss Lee won a Pulitzer Prize and watched as her novel was made into an Academy Award winning film. Told from the perspective of six-yearold Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, readers discovered an innocent yet wise voice that provided insight into the racial tensions that pervaded the South. While some decried it as a children's book, most recognized it for what is was: A tale of children becoming increasingly aware of the workings - and inequities - of Jim Crow. Mississippi native Tricia Walker is a Grammy winning singer/songwriter and director of the Delta Music Institute (Delta State University) in Cleveland, Mississippi. She remembers seeing the movie and reading the book during the 1960s. "It was a very 'familiar' scenario, as my father was an attorney in our small town, and our town, Fayette, was in the news regarding the Civil Rights Movement," she recalled. "The context of the young white children being cared for by an AfricanAmerican woman was very common in

my time and place, and it was difficult for a teenager coming of age to understand the 'unwritten rules' around the social mores of the time, particularly having been brought up in the church and being taught the Gospel. The tension and violence over race just didn't make sense. I had been taught the old Sunday school song, 'Jesus Loves the Little and yellow, black and white,' and what I was seeing in my hometown just didn't make good sense. I think it clearly held a mirror up in front of us as Southerners, and being told through the eyes of a child, full of innocence and wonder, it was hard to not be moved or shamed or hopefully, changed." Harper Lee dared to speak a truth that some people weren't ready to acknowledge, but the book's message wasn't necessarily for everyone. While some white Southerners found a nonthreatening way to think differently about race, it was virtually ignored by African Americans. In the PBS documentary for the "American Masters" series, Harper Lee: Hey, Boo, Civil Rights activist and Ambassador Andrew Young noted, "There was too much horror around me at the time for me to absorb more. We were aware of the harshness and brutality of segregation." However, for most white readers, it was an eye-opening introduction to segregation and prejudice. The novel (and film) gave the Civil Rights Movement context. “T'o Kill a Mockingbird sort of gave the background of that," Young said, "but it also gave us hope that justice could prevail." In the years since its initial publication, TKOM has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into 40 different languages, continuing to provide that context - and so much more - for generations of readers.

For Your Health Summer’s not over yet! Remember these tips for late summer safety. Treatment & Prevention of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is caused by the bacterium Borellia Burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Prevention Wear high socks, long pants and long sleeve lightweight shirts. Best if colored or very light to spot ticks easier. Check legs and feet frequently. Know how to spot and identify ticks. Nymphal ticks are as small as a poppyseed. Use bright light and a magnifying glass. Check each other in hard to see areas. Use a scheduled tick killing shampoo on pets. Brush pet daily outside the house. Inspection Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks. Conduct a full body tick check using a mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick infested areas. Parents should check children for ticks under the arms, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair. Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets so carefully examine pets, coats and day packs. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks. Tick Removal Remove with tweezer and a magnifying glass. Wear gloves and place tweezers on head of tick as near skin as possible. Pull slowly, steadily and upward. Don’t twist, squeeze, jerk or crush the tick. Save tick in jar or vial. Wash site of removal with soap and water. Don’t use matches, petroleum jelly, gasoline, kerosene or nail polish remover.

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Insect Repellants - DEET DEET can be used directly on to the skin. Use repellants that contain 20 to 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding eyes, hands and mouth. Insect Repellants - Permethrin Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Permethrin is available OTC as a solution for application to clothing. Available as Sawyer Clothing Insect Repellant. Once applied to clothing, it remains effective up to 6 weeks, even after several launderings. Good for clothes that are exposed to tick infested areas. For more information about treatment & prevention of Lyme Disease...

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Breaking News!!! The Geyer Performing Arts Center will present Monty Python’s Spamalot Aug. 13-15@7:30 p.m. & Aug. 16@2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 724-887-0887. FMI:

Telling the story of Americana through the perspective of Brownsville during the Westward Expansion & the Industrial Era

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Jeanne Robertson August 28 at 8 p.m.

Michael W. Smith September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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John Hiatt & The Combo and Taj Mahal Trio August 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Bronx Wanderers September 16 at 7:30 p.m. Final “TGIS - Thank God It’s Summer” Concert September 17 at 6 p.m. Ace Frehley September 18 at 8 p.m. Beatlemania Now September 19 at 9 p.m.

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Waynesburg U professor assists in goal of "transforming education" Dr. James Bush (pictured), professor of mathematics at Waynesburg University, is serving as an educational consultant and assisting in the efforts of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), whose goal is "transforming education, [and] changing the lives of tens of thousands of students in the process." NMSI, a Dallas-based nonprofit that has been working to improve access to and quality of performance on the Advanced Placement examinations in a growing number of schools across the country, is committed to making a difference by "improving how STEM subjects are taught, fostering student interest in math and science and building a college-ready culture." In 2013, The Heinz Endowment joined NMSI and provided a threeyear, $930,637 grant to Pittsburgh Brashear High School and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (Sci-Tech), expecting an increase of 292 percent over the life of the grant on qualifying scores for the two schools in AP mathematics, science and English. Proving its worth, the grant has led both schools to tremendous success, scoring among the top schools in the state and holding the largest percentages of improvement as a result of the grant and the extra help afforded by NMSI. According to a September 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, at

Brashear, the number of AP exams in mathematics, science and English earning a qualifying score doubled, from 33 in 2013 to 66 in 2014. At Sci-Tech, the number earning qualifying scores on the same tests tripled, from nine in 2013 to 32 in 2014. The outcome is a result of the grant money that is used to provide extra help from the National Math and Science Initiative utilizing the expertise and passion of consultants like Dr. Bush. Specifically, Bush conducted several six-hour Saturday sessions throughout the school year during which he reviewed advanced statistical concepts and test-taking strategies with student participants. In addition, Bush will also lead a NMSI Summer Institute for AP Statistics teachers in August. During the week-long workshop, Bush will cover the entire

AP curriculum. "My goal is to first review the course content for the AP Statistics Curriculum, and second to work with the teachers in developing fun and innovative ways to enhance students' understanding of statistics," he said. NMSI has trained more than 50,000 teachers, and has a goal to produce another 25,000 new math and science teachers by 2025, equipping teachers with the best tools and techniques to inspire and engage students in math and science instruction. Bush is excited to be a part of this mission. "Statistics is a very difficult course to teach. Few teachers have had formal training in statistics beyond one or two college courses," he said. "Also, statistics educators are often isolated, being the sole teacher of the subject in their school or district. I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love and passion for statistics with a new generation of teachers and to facilitate the exchange of ideas." In addition to his work with the Initiative, Bush recently presented a breakout session titled "Motivating Topics in Statistics" using film and television clips at the United States Council on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) at Penn State in May. From June 11-17, Bush assisted in the annual AP Statistics Reading which includes more than 800 statistics teachers (high school and college) from across the country. FMI:

Noted UFOlogist Stan Gordon to visit West Newton Public Library Come and spend the morning with Stan Gordon on Sat. Sept. 5 at 11:30 a.m. The talk will be held at the West Newton Senior Center located at the corner of Main and Water Street in West Newton. Mr Gordon will be talking on the 50th Anniversary of the Kecksburg UFO Incident. He will also have updates on other UFO sightings around the area, Bigfoot updates and other supernatural phenomena around the area. Suggested donations are $5 person. Call the library to reserve a seat. The Annual Big Time Book Sale for

the West Newton Library will take place on Sat. Sept. 12 and Sun. Sept. 13. The doors open on Sat. at 9 a.m. and on Sun. at 10 a.m. The event will take place at the Historic Plumer House located on South Water Street in West Newton. We will have 4 rooms loaded with over 1,000 plus books to choose from. Prices start at 25 cents for paperbacks and $1for hardbacks, or fill a bag for $5. The 3rd Annual Library Tea Party will take place on Sun., Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. This year's event will be held at the Le Grande Banquet Room located on South Second Street in West

Newton. The theme this year will be a tribute to the 1940s and our Veterans of World War II. Step back in time with a traditional tea that would have been held during the war. Come and enjoy an afternoon with a table set with vintage items including tea pots and linens from a by gone era. Bring your own tea cup and share its special story with all of us. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at the Library and Gary's Chuck Wagon. FMI: 724-872-8555

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Haunted Pets?

Waynesburg U promotes senior administrators

Can pets become ghosts? I get asked this question more and more, and the consensus seems to be yes, they can. Now, when I reference haunted pets, I'm not talking about undead creatures XPLORING straight out of the pages of ARANORMAL Stephen King's Pet Sematary, but rather spirits that still wander and in some cases interact with their surroundEANNA OBERTS ings. Of the last ten calls I've gotPhoto by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography ten regarding paranormal activthe years seem to be sticking around ity, at least four clients have asked because their owner or owners are about the possibility of ghost pets, dealing with health issues, and all that especially cats. From small, ghostly pets really know how to do is protect shadow creatures running down the and comfort. I've noticed and strongly stairs, to a barn door constantly opening when the farmer's wife is quietly believe that once the owner's health working alone in the barn and her improves or they pass on, the pet can favorite, deceased cat comes to visit, finally find peace as well.. they can exist anywhere. There's no need to fear ghost pets. The pets want to interact with their They can be startling at first, but they beloved humans just as much as a generally stick around because they human spirit may want to, possibly love you. You can choose to ignore even more. They may remain on this them but that won't make them go plane of existence for similar reasons away so I suggest embracing as human entities do, they're lost, their presence. stuck, or have unfinished business. Have a paranormal question? The pet entities I've encountered over Email

Waynesburg University has promoted two senior administrators, effective July 1. Bill Dumire has been named Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Heidi Szuminsky has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. "These two individuals' vision and leadership have been invaluable," said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. "Not only do they show commitment to our mission, they embody it. Their innovative thinking will continue to enhance the strategic direction of our University." Dumire joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of Information Technologies with more than fifteen years of information technology support and leadership experience in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments. He directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources. Among his accomplishments since joining Waynesburg, he has led the design, planning and implementation of a new information system infrastructure to better support the current and future

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Student wins national AFLAC intern contest Thaddeus Statler, a senior Waynesburg University business management major interning with Aflac, was recently named the winner of the company's nationwide 2015 Elevate! Intern contest. The Elevate! Intern contestt was a contest for all interns associated with Aflac. It measured total accounts opened as well as the overall production of interns. The Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, native sold the most policies of all Aflac interns and opened three new accounts during the contest time frame. "Waynesburg University prepared me for this opportunity," said Statler. "I have taken a few classes that I was able to apply towards understanding people and the product I was offering, as well as the presentation of that product.


Being comfortable with people was my most valuable resource, which the climate at Waynesburg has definitely influenced." Statler also acknowledges his relationship with his business professors in his successes. "I am most specifically thankful to Professor [Neely] Lantz and Professor [Christian] Ola, as they helped educate me on topics I would be using at my internship," said Statler. "Their openness and willingness to talk on their own time, give me personal advice and even share their own experiences with me was more than I could have asked." For his accomplishment, Statler will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Columbus, Georgia, to visit Aflac headquarters.

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needs of the University. Dumire holds a bachelor's degree in business information systems and a Master of Information Systems. In her ten years of employment at Waynesburg, Szuminsky has served in various leadership roles. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, she has guided the alumni relations and development team to inform and engage graduates of the University and to promote philanthropic giving. Active in the community, Szuminsky serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg and as a member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Advocacy Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency. Szuminsky holds a bachelor's degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership Development Initiative, earning a certificate in Leadership Development.

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Steel Blossoms find Nashville success, plan hometown show for local fans at Jozart on Aug. 28 The decision to leave their hometowns to pursue a career in music was not an easy one for Hayley Prosser (Jefferson Hills, PA) and Sara Zebley (Dawson, PA), but it sure gave them a lot to write about. On August 28, 2014, the country-folk duo set out to chase their dreams in Nashville, TN. A few short days later, "Steel Blossoms" was born. The girls had been performing together in PA for several years, developing a strong fan base under the name "Girlz in Black Hats." "When we decided to rebrand ourselves, it was a big leap of faith," says Zebley. "It was like starting from scratch. We created all new social media pages and even our performance style started to change. Since moving to Nashville, we have really found our sound." Change seems to be a common theme in the original music of the Steel Blossoms. As female, young adults in an ever-progressing world, Prosser and Zebley have continued to turn their trials and triumphs into musical works

of art. "The one thing that hasn't changed is how much we pour our hearts into our original songs. Those songs tell our life stories- the good and the bad," says Prosser. Prosser and Zebley leave credit of their recent success to their hard work ethic and faith in God. "We have been so incredibly blessed Sara Zebley & Hayley Prosser of the Steel Blossoms this year- we have isn't the only thing these girls have to made trips to perform in California and be excited about. Just this month, Steel Mexico, traveled for our very first Blossoms have established an advising house concert tour, we've been given deal with mentor Rick Barker, former the ability to perform everyday in manager of Taylor Swift and current Nashville, and now we are making a consultant for Big Machine Records. new album. We are so thankful that "If there's one person you want to God is guiding us in this journey," have in your corner in the music busiProsser states. ness, it's Rick. He's a marketing genius Performing regularly in the Nashville and an extremely good-hearted person. honky-tonks and touring the country He's also had so much experience help-

ing artists get to the next level in their career. We are lucky to be working with him," Zebley says. What's ahead for Steel Blossoms in the upcoming month? Not only are they teaming up with PledgeMusic and producer Sal Oliveri to make a new EP, but they are also coming back to their roots to perform a special show in our neck of the woods. To celebrate their Nashville success and the announcement of their upcoming album release, Steel Blossoms will be performing at Jozart Center of the Arts in California, PA on Friday, August 28, 2015, the exact one year anniversary of their big move. Opening acts will start at 6:30pm and Steel Blossoms will perform from 8-10pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children under the age of 10. Tickets available at the door or by calling (724) 938-9730 or emailing To pre-order the new Steel Blossoms EP, "Year Number One," or be a part of the project: steelblossoms.

“Jersey Boys� to rock and roll into Benedum Center Story by Hayley Lynn Martin Get ready to rock and roll with the return of Jersey Boys Sept. 22-Oct. 4 at the Benedum Center. Long before the world heard of New Kids on the Block or One Direction, there were the Four Seasons, four average kids who became one of the greatest success stories in pop music history. Jersey Boys is the true story of how the Four Seasons - Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi - ascended to stardom and handled fame, and features many of their hits like "Earth Angel," "Who Wears Short Shorts," "Sherry," and "Big Girls Don't Cry." "It's a rock concert when you see it live," said Marlana Dunn who plays Frankie's wife, Mary. "There's something special about seeing music live. Every show is different too. The audi-

ence is different. Our experience and your experience will be different. It's not going to be like the first, second or third time you saw the show. It's going to be THAT time." Dunn is a native of Pittsburgh who loves her character and even sees a bit of herself in Mary. "She's very set in her own ways," said Dunn. "She knows what she wants and she puts [Frankie] in his place for sure. She's always on him about the family. She's strong and brassy and I see those qualities in myself. She goes through a lot in the show in regards to their relationship." Although Dunn plays a major role with Mary, she also gets quite the workout through the show playing numerous other characters forcing her to quickly switch hats, not to mention clothes. "I play 14 other characters from a

waitress to a producer," said Dunn. "Every one of those characters is based off a real person the Four Seasons came across. They are easy to connect with because they are real people. I've never done a show where I've been more than one character so having to switch from Mary to one of the Angels and then back to May, you can't overthink it. My costume change is eight seconds so I have to switch quickly." Jersey Boys is a long running, well loved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical . "It's not your typical musical," said Dunn. "Not everyone loves musical theater, but this is a real story about real people. There's going to be at least one song out of the 27 you will know

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because it's been on the radio. The definition of musical theater is songs that drive the plot forward, but in our show the music isn't furthering the plot per say, it's just happening during the show at moments in the guy's lives." The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and authentic "profane Jersey language." Recommended for ages 12 & older. FMI:


Ballet & barbeque?!? An evening of “Ballet Under the Stars” with PBT Story by Aaron Dalzell Join The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the Ballet Under the Stars. Enjoy a summer barbeque under the PBT tent while mingling with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company dancers and artistic staff for cocktails and musical entertainment, then relax under the stars for a series of onstage performances. Arrive early for family-friendly fun, including crafts, balloon animals, photo opportunities, ballerina dress-up and dance activities on the lawn. It's also an early opportunity to claim your spot for the evening performances. Get the first look at the 2015-2016 company roster in scenes from the ballet La Bayadère. La Bayadère is about the transcendence of love. The performance of this grand-scale classic, features a storyline filled with drama and over 100 memorable characters. Set in the mythical Indian landscape, La Bayadère tells the story of Solor, a noble warrior, and Nikiya, the temple dancer he loves. Ensnared in a love triangle by imperial powers, the couple finds themselves ripped apart by jealousy, intrigue and betrayal. La Bayadère claims fame for its pure classicism, epitomized by the ethereal "The Kingdom of the Shades" scene and the stunning synchronization of the corps de ballet. For more than a century, La Bayadère has entranced audiences with

its epic storyline, drama and lavish scale. "PBT dancers will be performing the exciting Pas D'Action from the grandscale classical ballet La Bayadère. This scene will highlight some of the production's most virtuosic dancing between two of the story's leading characters, the warrior Solor and the Radjah's daughter, Gamzatti. Audiences can expect soaring leaps, stunning pointe-work and high-caliber classical technique," said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will also present a new, original work by their own principal dancer, Yoshiaki Nakano. A native of Japan, Nakano received his early training at the Elite Ballet Studio in Osaka, Japan where he trained under his mother. He later studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School's Pre-Professional Graduate Program. In 2010, Yoshiaki won the silver medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. As a four-year PBT Outside Mulinger - Aug. 6-8, 8 p.m., Aug. 9, 2 p.m., 13-15, 8 p.m., Tickets $18 & $20 Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not NOT Going to Move Aug. 5, 12, 19, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., Aug. 7-8, 1:30 p.m., Aug. 14-15, 1:30 p.m., Aug. 21-22, 1:30 p.m., Tickets $10

company member, Nakano has performed in the PBT productions such as the virtuosic jester in Septime Webre's Cinderella, Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, the Prince in PBT's The Nutcracker, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle and other featured roles both in Pittsburgh and on tour with PBT. Nakano won the gold medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition in 2013. Nakano was featured in Dance Magazine's "Top 25 to Watch." This is what Terrence S. Orr had to say of Yoshiaki. "Yoshiaki Nakano is an emerging choreographic talent within our own ranks. It will be an exciting challenge for him as an artist - and for the dancers he will be creating with - to originate a new work that is 100% our own. His style blends classical technique with contemporary inventiveness and is sure to result in a highenergy, impactful work for Hartwood audiences." Remember to pack a picnic, and grab a blanket for an evening of family fun. Join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the Ballet Under the Stars on August 16 at 5pm at the Middle Road Concert Area in Hartwood Acres. The VIP Picnic Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. where the audience will have the opportunity to meet staff and dancers. The main performance will commence at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Heather at 412-454-9138 or by email at Photo by Rich Sofranko A Little Hotel On The Side Aug. 20-22, 8 p.m. , Aug. 27-29, 8 p.m. , Aug. 30, 2 p.m., Sept. 3-5, 8 p.m., Tickets $18 & $20 Dead Accounts - Sept. 10-12, 8 p.m., Sept. 17-19, 8 p.m. , Sept. 2426, 8 p.m., Tickets $18 & $20


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The SHCC is committed to enriching the lives of children from all backgrounds and, as such, strives to represent the diversity of Southwestern Pennsylvania's youth. We embrace the ideals of musical excellence, beauty, goodness, and truth. The SHCC is a music performance and education program for children and youth that emphasizes the development of musical skills and understanding. Singing, as a powerful means of expression, is the major focus of the SHCC musical experience. We hope this experience will form the foundation of a life-long relationship with music for the singers and their families. Eventually, our program will include four divisions: Preparatory Choir, Intermediate Choir, Concert Choir, and Youth Choir. Currently, we offer one choir for children ages 8 to 15 known as the South Hills Children's Choir. The South Hills Children's Choir is a positive learning experience for the singers - one that they will carry with them throughout their lifetime. These young people will be sharing wonderful times together both musically and socially. SHCC members are expected to understand and practice commitment and responsibility. We encourage all youth to take pride in their membership in this unique choir program. We hold auditions for all our singers to insure the potential chorister has a healthy voice and can sing on pitch. Come relaxed-this is not a test but a chance to hear and get to know you. Auditions are held in May and August for children ages 8-15. Special auditions may be arranged by contacting the SHCC office at 724 949-0048 or

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Order banners now to honor service members, veterans with ties to Cal U

Each fall California University of Pennsylvania salutes its service members and veterans by displaying colorful banners that highlight their military service. Now through Sept. 25, the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U will be accepting applications for new banners to add to the array. Each sturdy red-white-and-blue banner includes a photo of the Cal U stu-

dent, graduate, employee or family member being recognized, along with details about his or her military service. Each honoree should have a direct or family tie to the campus community or Cal U Global Online. All members of the U.S. armed services are eligible, including current, former or reserve members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The banners transform the Cal U campus each year, typically during November, when the University marks Veterans Day with a series of special events. Visitors are encouraged to stroll the grounds and read the banners, which honor men and women who served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. Since the program was introduced in 2013, the patriotic display has grown to include more than 40 banners. The Office of Veterans Affairs hopes to add a dozen or more this fall. "Because these banners are personalized, they bring American history to life," says Robert Prah, director of

Veterans Affairs at Cal U. "Not only do they honor individual veterans, they also tell the story of where and when the U.S. military has served. They put a very human face on military service through the decades, both for our students and for visitors to our campus." Order a banner Although service members and veterans may place an order for themselves, most banners are ordered by family members, friends or colleagues, who sometimes ask a business or community organization to help defray the $80 cost. Those who submit a veteran's name are recognized on the banner, along with the business or community sponsor, if applicable. Once the annual display is taken down, the sturdy banners are carefully cleaned and stored so they can be reused year after year. Applications for banners are being accepted now. For an order form, visit and type "banners" into the search box. FMI: or 724-938-4076.

Cal U plans activities for new & returning students on Move-In-Day With an eye on the Aug. 24 start of fall semester classes, Cal U will welcome first-year students as they move into University Housing during the week of Aug. 16-23. New and returning students are expected to arrive at Vulcan Village, on the upper campus, throughout the week. On the main campus, Move-In Day for first-year students has been scheduled for Aug. 21. New students whose names begin with letters A-M are scheduled to arrive between 9 a.m. and noon. Students whose last names begin with N-Z will move in between noon and 3 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand at the main-campus residence halls to greet incoming students and their families, and to help carry their belongings. Move-In Day 2015 will begin the seventh annual Cal U for Life New Student Orientation, a student-focused

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experience that closes with a core values candlelight ceremony and fireworks on Aug. 23. The three-day program helps freshmen and transfer students meet their classmates and discover the programs and services offered at Cal U. Move-In-Day activities include a picnic-style lunch for all new students and their families from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones plans to drop by and chat informally with the Cal U community’s newest members. Returning students will move in to main-campus housing from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Volunteers will welcome them back and help to move their belongings. As it becomes available, parking information and other details about Move-In-Day and the 2015 New Student Orientation will be posted at

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Selecting Music for a Funeral or Memorial Service At your funeral or memorial service, music can take the form of a church choir, a friend playing or singing a special song, or a recording of any music or songs that are especially meaningful to you. There are certain pieces of music that are commonly played at funerals or memorial services, such as "Amazing Grace" or Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." More and more, people are choosing to include less traditional music in funeral and memorial services. You can use music in your funeral to remind people of a certain time in your life, call out a particularly meaningful relationship you have, or leave people with a certain message. If you are going to have a religious funeral or memorial service, your religious traditions may dictate the types of music or specific songs that should be included in or excluded from the service. Asking someone to perform a song at your funeral or memorial service can be a very meaningful way for a person to participate. If you have any musically talented friends or family members, you might ask them to sing a song or play some music. If you are a part of a community that has a choir, you can also ask the choir to perform at your funeral or memorial service. If you would like live music to be a part of the funeral or memorial service you can also hire a band, musicians, or soloists to perform at the service. Whether or not you ask anyone to perform or hire anyone to perform at your funeral or memorial service, you might want to share any musical preferences or wishes you have with your family. Most venues, including religious places or worship, will be able to play music either from a CD or from an iPod or mp3 player. If you're going to need any special audio equipment, make sure that the service venue can accommodate your needs.

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5th Annual Battle of the Bands Sunday, August 16

Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m. Tickets $5 All ages welcome

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California Riverfest

August 15 & 16 Featuring live music, demonstrations and a variety of food and crafts vendors, the annual California Riverfest is fun for the whole family! Held in Downtown California, this event is sponsored by the California Borough Recreation Authority and other fine sponsors. Live Entertainment Schedule Saturday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Dennis Cline 1-3 p.m. - Mark & the Wildthings 3-4 p.m. - Animal Show 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Refuge 7-9 p.m. - Jackson T. Garder Fireworks at dusk Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - The Majesties 1-2:30 p.m. - Knob Road 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Animal Show 3:30-5:30 p.m. - The Classics 6-8 p.m. - Mon Valley Push Food & Craft Vendors 31 Gifts, Paparazzi Jewelry, Party Time Mixes, Wild Tree, Scentsy, LeVel, Silpada Jewelry, Living Lockets, Magic Scarf Co., California Area Public Library Book Sale, California Fire Department, United Christian Church & Longbranch Grange Demonstrators Petrucci Heating & Cooling & Bath Planet

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“Pattern & Noise” at Wood Street Galleries The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Pattern and Noise, an exhibition featuring installations by London-based artist collective D-Fuse, will be on view until September 6 at Wood Street Galleries in the Cultural District. Pattern and Noise is D-Fuse's first solo exhibition in the United States. Artists Mike Faulkner, Matthias Kispert, Paul Mumford and Toby Harris use the two floors of the Wood Street Gallery to explore the different themes central to their work: Small Global, which focuses on data visualization in relation to environmental issues and global interdependency, and Tekt?n, which references their roots in audio-visual culture, exploring the spatio-temporal qualities of light and motion. Small Global is a series of immersive audio-visual installations dealing with global interdependence. Installations have focused on rainforest depletion, coltan mining and extreme energy production, and have been produced in collaboration with cultural centres such as Eyebeam (NYC) and academic institutions such as the School of Advanced Study, University of London. These installations will be brought together for Wood St., along with a new work exploring changing weather patterns and their impact on populations across the globe, with research input by scientists from the UCL-Lancet Commission

on Climate Change and Health. Tekt?n is an ongoing collaboration between D-Fuse and Labmeta exploring the materiality and temporality of light in motion. Multi-layered light emitting objects are organised into kinetic structures that are governed by algorithmic systems. As the mechanics of the devices are rendered invisible, what remains are traces of movement. The fragile binaries of disorder and pattern, light and dark, harmony and disarray, human and machine reach temporary equilibrium as they are stabilised in motion. As constraints are readjusted, movement resumes, leading to the emergence of multiple uncertain behaviours and forms. D-Fuse are a LDN-based artist collective with more than 15 years of history in installation, film, experimental documentary, photography, live cinema performance and architectural projects. Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. 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 to the public.

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“It's the story of MY FAIR LADY... Gone horribly, tragically wrong.”

The Heart Absent 14-year-old James Nemo spent most of his youth motherless and under the thumb of a father who hates him. These injustices he quickly forgets, however, in the arms of a beautiful young prostitute named Nelly. Reality conspires against the young lovers, and James is left, alone and angry, to confront the truth behind his mother's abandonment. Twenty years pass. James, now a respected artist, meets Mary Jane Kelly, an Irish prostitute who bears more than a passing resemblance to Nelly. Convinced his redemption lies in her, James slowly ensnares her into his ever darkening world. His passion for her escalates to a frenzy, amidst the backdrop of Victorian London in the heyday of Jack the Ripper, and threatens to consume them both. Novel by Carla E. Anderton, a recognized expert on the subject of Jack the Ripper. Available for purchase online at and Barnes & Noble bookstores among other fine retailers.

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Diane Holder named MVRCC Scholarship Winner

Need to make a photocopy or send a fax? These are services we provide for Library patrons. Basic One on One computer assistance is available by appointment; call to schedule a session. Need a place to do some work in peace; check out our "quiet spaces." Tutoring rooms are available. Call to reserve. Book Club - August 13 Selection for this month is: The Rosie Project, Graeme Simison's debut novel. Professor Don Tillman undertakes a search for the perfect wife. His organized, analyzed life is thrown into a tizzy when he meets Rosie Jarman. Pick up your copies at the front desk. New club members are always welcome; join the discussion at 5:45 p.m. on the 13. Back to School Bingo - August 5, 11:30 p.m. Play book bingo to win need supplies to start your school year off right. Wild Things Game - August 12, 7:05 p.m. Library night at Consol Energy Park. Wild Things host the Frontier Greys. Tickets are available to participants in our summer reading program. September 9, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. WCCF (Washington County Community Foundation) Gives community-wide day of giving Support the John K. Tener Library during this special event. More details to follow. JOHN K. TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi 724-483-8282 Mon. - Thurs.: 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri. - Sun. - 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Library Director: Toni Zybl Like Us on Facebook!


The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Diane Holder, Area Manager for FirstEnergy/West Penn Power was selected to receive the Chamber's annual scholarship for the Leadership Washington Class of 2016. The MVRCC has been engaged as a supporter and partner of Leadership Washington County since its inception, and has granted scholarships to 16 Chamber members since 2004. "All of the Chamber scholarship winners not only graduated from their respective classes, they also thoroughly enjoyed the experience," said Deb Keefer, Executive Director. "We know that Diane will gain a wealth of information and make life long connections by attending the program." The scholarship is funded through proceeds from the Melvin B. Bassi Memorial Golf Tournament. Diane Holder presently serves on the Board of United Way of Washington County and on the Washington County

Athena Award selection committee. "I hope to gain better leadership and teamwork skills as well as a better understanding of key aspects of Washington County, especially in the areas of government, economic development, and human services," said Holder. The first session of the program begins in August, and the LWC Class of 2016 will graduate in May. For more information on Leadership Washington County, visit The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the Mid Mon Valley Region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi. FMI: Diane Holder

Late Monongahela Valley Hospital Employee Remembered The family of a Monongahela Valley Hospital employee of 25 years who died in January donated $700 to the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center recently in her memory. Lori A. Barkey died at age 58 after a battle with breast cancer. Her husband, Steve (center), of Monongahela, and son Shawn Trump (right), of Pittsburgh, presented the check to Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion. "We grew up here so I had a lot of nurses calling all the time and checking on her," said Mr. Trump, who held a Car Wash for the Cure at his business, Immaculate Detail. He said the fundraiser was "very much a team effort" with his wife, Tinesha and his mother-in-law Bev Richardson, of Bridgeville, plus many friends and fellow business people in the area. "When someone needs help in the community, you help and it builds a fellowship and they were all there with us for this. It's good to give back," said Mr. Trump, who added that more than

Lori A. Barkey died at age 58 after a battle with breast cancer. Her husband, Steve (center), of Monongahela, and son Shawn Trump (right), of Pittsburgh, presented the check to Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion.

100 people attended the car wash. The late Ms. Barkey's co-workers also donated funds to purchase two framed prints that will be hung outside Mon Valley Hospital's Cafeteria and Laundry areas in honor of her memory.

Her husband, Steve, was brought to tears at the presentation. He said that he had had a stroke after surgery and he believed that "she held on as long as she did to make sure I was alright. That's how she was."

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Vibrant, historic and beloved arts center appeals to community for help We at Jozart Center for the Arts desperately need your help. Over the past year, we have fallen on difficult times. Illness and family issues have prevented a few of our regular donors from being able to pledge continued support, and we are in serious need of new donors and financial support. In the past, Jozart has been the home of many fabulous events, including: Concerts featuring both seasoned and new performers including Billy Price, Tony Janflone Jr., The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Dave Pahanish, Girlz in Black Hats (now Steel Blossoms), The Mad Hats, ilyAIMY, Cherylann Hawk, The Weathered Road, Hear Tonight, Skyline Heartbeat and many, many more. All of these shows have been priced affordably under $20. We've also held an annual Battle of the Bands for the past five years to help encourage burgeoning musical talents in our area; Art classes and workshops. We've held workshops for budding artists of all ages. Our most popular offering, Wine & Line, which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, continues to be the region's best and most affordable program of its kind; Art and photography exhibits featuring an eclectic variety of talents; Readings by published and new writers/poets; Writers' workshops; A regular Open Mic Night intended to encourage talent by offering performers of all ages a venue in which to shine; Zumba, yoga and dance classes; The annual reunion of the Ivy School of Professional Art. In the future, we plan to continue all

Mitch Hall, Libby Eddy & Gary Antol of the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers on the Jozart stage

of the aforementioned great offerings and will be adding more. For example, we're planning a class on Jack the Ripper in the late summer/early fall of this year. However, in order for us to have a future, we need your help. Any amount will help. We've set a target goal of raising $10,000 which will help us offset our operational costs in the coming year. Any amount raised in excess of that amount will be used to implement new programs, to pay performers and/or teachers and to upgrade our existing facility. Whether you can donate $1, $5, $10, $20 or more, every donation counts and will help us stay afloat. If you can't afford to donate, please share our story

with your friends and contacts. Because we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, every contribution made to Jozart Center for the Arts is tax deductible. If Jozart has ever occupied a special place in your heart or mind, please help. We cannot state more emphatically that our continued operation is dependent on the success of this fundraising campaign. Have questions about Jozart? Contact our board president Carla Anderton. Want to get involved with Jozart? Get in touch! Call 724-938-9730. We thank you in advance for your generous support. With your help, we can Save Jozart!

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Don’t miss this peach of an event!

Preparing for the Auxiliary’s Peach Festival are (from left) Ruth Antonelli, Auxiliary past president and Ways and Mean chairperson, Jean Haddad, Ways and Means co-chairperson and Kay Blair, Auxiliary president.

Everything is Peachy for the Auxiliary of MonVale Health Resources, Inc. as they plan for their first Peach Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, August 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center and the outdoor Central Plaza at Monongahela Valley Hospital. The festival will feature a variety of delicious foods including BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich (peaches in the sauce), Chef Salad, Rotini Salad, Walking Tacos, Peach Cobbler and Ice Cream. Also for sale at the festival will be peaches, peachstrawberry smoothies, pepperoni rolls, baked goods and plants. Proceeds from the Auxiliary's festival are used to benefit the Hospital's patients and visitors. FMI: 724-258-1167.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces “I've Been Out Walking, an exhibition showcasing an appreciation for nature, by Ashley Jean Hickey, will be on view until Sunday, August 9. Local artist Ashley Jean Hickey gains inspiration for her abstract and conceptual sculptures from her walks through the woods. Fascinated by the intricate bark patterns of the trees, the skeleton of a leaf, or the growth of fungus on a branch, Hickey applies aspects of these elements to her work in an unexpected manner. Employing preserved moss, lichen, and wood as her primary media, she takes natural materials and turns them into an unconventional art form. Stark-white hand castings present bits of nature to the viewer, challenging the idea of our relationship with our natural environment. Hickey grew up playing in the woods of her childhood home where she discovered her love for nature and considers this to be the most peaceful and reflective of places. Living in her city home, she finds surrounding herself with green, plant-inspired work is essential in such an urban environment. Ashley Jean Hickey received her Bachelor's degree in sculpture and drawing from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and has since participated in more than a dozen shows in the Pittsburgh area, including three solo exhibitions. Hickey's work was featured in 2013's RAW: Natural Born Artists: Semi-Final event, where she took home the title of RAW Pittsburgh's Visual Artist of the Year. 709 Penn Galleryis located downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The gallery is free and open to the public. FMI:


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Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid is the first in a series of books for children that explores the themes of nature, conservation, family, community service, and helping others. Throughout the text children are introduced to research patterns in the forms of charts, maps, and footnotes. Beginning concepts of biology, geography, and environmental science are also presented. A beloved local landscape provides the backdrop for this story about two sisters, Della and Lila, who befriend a mermaid in trouble. As the increasing mistreatment of the Monongahela River persists, Marina the Mermaid turns to two

little girls, Della and Lila, to help her save her home. Della and Lila rally their family and friends and form a summer long campaign to raise awareness about pollution and ecological damages in the Monongahela River. The girls and their friends work very hard to try and save Marina's home. But, will they be able to do it? Find out what happens when Della and Lila work together with their family, friends & community to help save our river.

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