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Not Older. Just Better. It's with a heavy heart I sit down to pen my column in this edition. As I was sipping coffee and preparing to wrap up this issue - our biggest yet - I learned via social media my good friend Ron Shannon, whose byline you may have seen in the pages of past issues, has passed away after a short battle with cancer. I started percolating ideas for what I wanted to say in this space a few weeks ago when my assistant editor, Hayley, and I settled on the cover image and the theme for this edition. I wanted to mention this issue is all about new and evolving local businesses, and I was planning to pair that information with the fact that we're celebrating our first birthday as a print publication. My late grandmother Eleanor Jean Allen, had a saying about birthdays. "Every birthday is a gift from God," she'd say when asked if she found her own steady march of years alarming. She and my grandfather, Carl, were given exactly 65 “gifts from God” before they were tragically taken from us in a tornado in 1996. Nearly 20 years later, I still get a lump in my throat just typing that, but I take comfort in the knowledge my grandparents loved life, and lived every moment of those 65 years to the fullest. I could share so many memories about my grandparents; they were remarkable people who were loved by many, evidenced by the fact their joint funeral was standing room only. Not only were they cherished by others, their love for each other was obvious in both large and small ways. Theirs was a love story that began when they were only 12, when my grandfather first noticed my grandmother playing with her dolls on the front porch of her parents' house. Theirs was a tale of romance punctuated by moments like the time my grandmother had a sweatshirt airbrushed for

my grandfather's 60th birthday that read "Not Older, Just Better." Not older, just better, like so many of the people and places featured in this edition. New commercial enterprises melded with stories of people in the process of reinventing themselves. It's not about the number of years they've been established but rather the burst of energy they bring to their respective ventures. It's about their passion and zest for making their communities better places. Not older, just better, just as we are at Pennsylvania Bridges. You may have noticed this edition feels slightly heavier in your hands than the last. Over the past year, we've steadily increased the number of pages, the quality of the paper we're printed on, and the scope of our coverage. We've welcomed new and veteran contributors and expanded our distribution. Your response, dear readers, has been tremendous, and as we celebrate our first birthday, we'd be remiss if we didn't say "Thank you!" In conclusion, however, I'd like to shift focus back to the tragic loss of Ron Shannon. Ron was a terrific guy who always had a kind, encouraging word for everyone. He was also a talented and prolific writer whose books I'm proud to have on my bookshelf. We met as fellow students in the Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and subsequently at alumni events. When my thesis novel, The Heart Absent, was published, he was one of the first people to read it and write a glowing review. When he learned I had started a publication, he was quick to offer to write for it, and never shirked at any assignment. It is to his memory and his spirit I'd like to dedicate this edition. He was my constant cheerleader, and I'm going to miss him so very much. Until next time, Carla E. Anderton

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In this issue of Pennsylvania Bridges...


A RT S & C U LT U R E Mixtape exhibit on view at SPACE...p. 14 Eclectic exhibits celebrate “India in Focus”...p. 21 Tattoo artist greats gather at newly opened Canonsburg tattoo shop...p. 26-27 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens 2015-16 season with three landmark ballets...p. 29 Cohen & Grigsby Trust announce fall season shows...p. 30



Give your child a head start with Head Start...p. 4 Scholarship at WCCC established in honor of fallen firefighter...p. 21 WCCC will hold open houses at all locations...p. 27 Cal U of PA named among Best in the Northeast...p. 31

Batman Forever celebrates 20th birthday this year...p. 6 Evil Dead,The Musical to take stage in Pittsburgh...p. 9 Arcade Comedy Theater offers big laughs at low cost...p. 19 On stage at the State Theatre in Uniontown...p. 22 Pennsylvania Bridges Chuck talks to Pittsburgh Dad...p. 22 Nephew Tommy to take stage at Benedum Center...p. 31 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg...p. 18 Cal U Dept. of Theatre & Dance announces 2015-16 season...p. 14

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BI Z Save 500 Donner in Monessen: Go Fund Them...p. 4 Centerville Clinics welcomes new CNRP Erika Robaugh...p. 5 New eateries in Brownsville...p. Citizens remember California Election Day Flood of 1985...p. 7-8 Rehab project for historic cast iron bridge...p. 15 Escape Rooms open in Pittsburgh area, offer mystery...p. 12 Local man open aerial photography business...p. 23 East Coast Coffee opens in Houston...p. 25 Bentworth Community Center project moves forward...p. 23

E D I TO R ’ S C H O I C E “ P I C ” B O O K S & L I T E R AT U R E Local author reminisces about international book tour...p. 16-17 Cal U of PA students to produce 6th edition of The Inkwell...p. 28 Curious about Jack the Ripper? Check out The Heart Absent...p. 25


F A I T H & S P I R I T UA L I T Y Pastor B.T. Gilligan urges us to lift each other up as God lifted us...p. 8

SPECIAL EVENTS H E A LT H & L I F E S T Y L E Open your heart and your home to provide domiciliary care...p. 4 Exploring the Paranormal: Shadow People?...p. 21 Donation made to MVH Breast Cancer Walk...p. 28

Taste of Italy Wine Event...p. 5 Monessen Trunk or Treat...p. 6 Citizens Library Events...p. 20 Jozart Center Events...p. 24 Ghost Tours & Light Up Night at Nemacolin Castle...p. 31 Medicare Info Sessions to be held at WCCC....p. 17 Charleroi Library Events...p. Zombie Walks...p. 9 & 29






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Go Fund Them: Save 500 Donner in Monessen

Matthew Shorraw is a lifelong resident of Monessen, and is involved in various volunteer groups and organizations throughout the city. After completing his Bachelor's degree at California University of Pennsylvania in Commercial Music Technology in 2015, he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technology Education, also at Cal U. His love and passion for music afforded him the opportunity to work with Monessen students as the new Assistant Band Director at Monessen High School. Similarly, his love and passion for his hometown led him to write Images of Modern America: Monessen, which was published through Arcadia Publishing earlier this year, in conjunction with the Greater Monessen Historical Society. Shorraw hopes to unite his love of music and his passion for Monessen with his interest in architectural preservation by attempting to restore one of Monessen's most prominent downtown buildings. Located at 500 Donner Avenue, the former Health Mart building has a long and illustrious history. The building was constructed from locally sourced stone and steel from the Pittsburgh Steel Monessen Plant. It was also home to the Monessen Savings and Trust Company for much of its existence. Unfortunately, this beautiful building in the Beaux Arts style has fallen into disrepair. Some individuals believe 500 Donner is unsalvageable and should be torn down, but Shorraw strongly disagrees with them, and would love to see it restored back to its former glory. He believes it will also encourage more businesses and people to visit and


invest in Monessen's downtown. His dream for 500 Donner incorporates all his passions into one project he's determined to see to fruition. The first floor will have a café open to everyone and will serve coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The second floor will be home to a music center that will offer free lessons. Finally, the third floor auditorium will be restored and used as a concert hall for students from the music center, as well as for other cultural events within the city. Shorraw is aware this is a very large undertaking, but is willing to do what is necessary to see Monessen flourish once again. His plan is first to acquire the building by offering $5,000 and spending an additional $5,000 to have it sealed to prevent further damage, before winter. It's already in need of quite a lot of repairs, including replacing the windows, patching the roof, replacing the first floor, stabilizing upper floors, and repointing and sandblasting the exterior. He hopes to accomplish this before the year is over and begin structural work and cleaning by spring 2016. He would like to have interior work complete, such as wiring, plumbing/heating, cooling, etc., and the first floor finished by summer 2017 so that the café can be opened while the upper two floors are being completed. Shorraw has boundless energy and a deep love for Monessen, and wants to restore a piece of Monessen history, and bring life back to his city. Won't you help him? Secure contributions can be made via GoFundMe at

Open your heart... and your home! The Southwestern Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is looking for individuals in the area to open their homes and offer a safe, nurturing family environment for eligible adults that are unable to live independently due to physical, intellectual or age related impairments. The Area Agency on Aging has been offering Domiciliary Care services throughout Fayette, Greene and Washington counties for over 30 years. Domiciliary Care Providers come from all walks of life. They are everyday people making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. In return, they retain $978 a month for each individual residing in their home for services provided, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, medication set up, scheduling and providing transportation to medical appointments. Domiciliary Care homes can accommodate 1-3 residents and are certified to

meet the required fire, health and local zoning standards. If you’re interested in becoming a certified Domiciliary Care provider and providing quality living alternative, or want to refer someone who will benefit from the programs services contact: Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging Domiciliary Care Program at 1-800-411-5655.

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CNRP Erika Robaugh joins California Family Practice Story by Keren Lee Dryer As an RN, Erika Robaugh became frustrated seeing the same patients back in the hospital because of preventable issues. She realized returning patients didn't fully appreciate the importance of adhering to their dietary and medicinal plans - an educational oversight she sought to fix. "Instead of complaining, I decided to take action myself and go back to school so I could be their provider and work with them to keep them out of the hospital," she said. To reach that goal, she needed an advanced degree. Duquesne University's school of nursing CRNP program gave her the flexibility to maintain a family life while providing real-world training and additional experience. Robaugh's husband, Carl, Jr., and children, Brandon, 12, and Matthew, 8 pitched in to ensure she had time to work through the university's rigorous studies. "My husband and children were wonderful," she said, "Helping to pick up extra chores and understanding when I spent most of my free time in front of the computer and books," also adding "I couldn't have done it without the support of my amazing parents, John and Kenny Dale Molinaro." A Certified, Registered Nurse Practitioner, or CRNP, performs all routine exams, counsels patients in such areas as the importance of full compliance with their prescribed diet and medication plans, orders tests and procedures, writes prescriptions, refers to specialists, and helps patients obtain durable home

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medical equipment. A Washington, PA resident since taking RN work at Washington Hospital in 2006, Robaugh brings her CRNP capabilities, along with her nursing experience, to California Family Practice at 1152 Wood St., in California, PA. The practice is part of Centerville Clinics, which features 11 medical offices serving patients throughout the Mon Valley. Also serving patients at California Family Practice is Dr. Marvin McGowan, a board certified Family Practitioner. When interviewing for a new provider for the office, he was lookCRNP Erika Robaugh is now seeing patients in California ing for an independent patients on trust, saying it's important thinker who was ready to work on "especially for many who I'll be seeing her own. for the first time, so they can feel comShe has a different mental toolbox and is comfortable with what she does, fortable in talking, knowing there are no judgments and we can mark out a he said of Robaugh, adding "That's plan for care." what I want, someone who can think Dr. McGowan and the local commuoutside the box. We always bounce nity have warmly received Robaugh in things back and forth, and I always her new position in the practice. have an open door for her." Dr. McGowan has been helpful in But when it comes to patient privacy, showing how patient flow works, while a closed door is better, though a differnot "a single patient said no to seeing ent routine for someone accustomed to me instead of Dr. Mcgowan," making rounds in a hospital. said Robaugh. "It's a process going from floor nurse Her career plans center on California to it just being me," said Robaugh, Family Practice, where she wants referring to her new ability to patients to know she's there for the autonomously work directly with patients in the exam room. The medical long haul, to help them with whatever they need. assistants "set up a nice vibe with the With her new role as a CRNP, patients before I enter the room," along with helping navigate the daily activity Robaugh is excited to help patients directly, from education to a complete of the office, she said. plan of care, meaning no more return Robaugh bases her relationship with trips to the hospital for preventable issues. "If someone asked me about this particular career move, I would tell them that the schooling is very time consumBLUEGRASS, ing and exhausting, but it's worth it in COUNTRY the end." & BLUES MUSIC

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Taste of Italy SATURDAY, OCT. 24 6-10 P.M. Tickets $35 in advance $40 at the door Started in 2000, this is currently BARC’s largest fundraiser of the year, bringing together over 200 people in southwestern PA and surrounding areas to enjoy local homemade Italian foods and wines. The wine makers compete in a multitude of categories, with sights set towards the two top awards: the People’s Choice Award, otherwise known as the Last Box Charlie Award, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: “Batman Forever” turns 20 By Chuck Brutz

On October 31, the Second Annual Monessen Trunk-O OrTreat will be held at the Monessen City Park walking track, beginning at 5 p.m. Participants will park their cars along the Monessen City Park Walking Track, decorate their trunks, and pass out candy to children at the event. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in this community event. A costume parade for children and pets will be held at the event, and prizes will be given. Prizes will also be given for the 'Best Decorated Trunk'. Registration forms for car entry, pet registration, and child registration are available upon request. Child registration forms are available at Monessen City Schools. Following the trunk-or-treat, Nightmare On Elm Street will be played at the Monessen Amphitheater, followed by a community bonfire at the firepit, at Monessen City Park. All events are free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie, and are free to bring music instruments for the informal gathering at the firepit. S'mores will be available at the fire, first come, first serve. The committee is looking for volunteers, vendors, and crafters. Interested parties should email or call President Matt Shorraw at 724212-6159 for more information.


Riddle me this. What do you get when you take an established franchise and replace the lead actor and director who take the film in a new direction thanks to studio politics? Batman Forever. Much has been made of the controversial casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming film Batman vs. Superman, due out in 2016. Before we jump into Batman Forever, let's recap the first two films in the Batman franchise. In 1989, fans were incensed by the casting of comedian Michael Keaton as Batman, a decision made by director Tim Burton. Fans worried Burton was planning to make the film in the style of the 1960s television show, instead of the darker, edgier portrayal they craved Their fears went unrealized. The success of the grittier take on Batman prompted Warner Bros to ask for a sequel. Keaton and Burton, however, had already moved on to a new project, a sequel to Beetlejuice dubbed Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. After being assured he would have total creative control over a new Batman film, Burton agreed to make the sequel, with Keaton returning in the title role. The sequel to Beetlejuice was shelved. The sequel, Batman Returns, was released in 1992, and proved to be a hit albeit a controversial film in its own right. Originally, Burton and screenwriter Daniel Waters wanted the Caped Crusader to battle only the villainous Catwoman, but studios heads insisted he also face off against The Penguin, since he's #2 on the list of Batman villains according to the series' mythology. Burton said he didn't want The Penguin to be portrayed as "a boring fat man in a tuxedo" and cast Danny DeVito, who wanted to play a gruesome villain, in the role. Michelle Pfeiffer was purrfect as Catwoman and Christopher Walken also joined the cast as the evil tycoon Max Schreck. Parent groups protested the release of

Batman Returns, claiming the film was too dark and scary for childen and even lashing out at McDonald's for promoting the film via Happy Meal toys. On top of the backlash, Batman Returns cost Warner Bros more to make than the original film and grossed less at the box office. A third film's future seemed murky, as the studio was nervous about the continued success of the franchise. After a meeting during which Burton later said he felt the studio executives didn't want him to return to the helm as director, the parties parted ways. Warner Bros selected director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Flatliners), who agreed to direct the film only if he had Burton's blessing, which Burton gave. In the summer of 1994, Keaton announced he would no longer be playing the title role, citing a feeling he had after his first meeting with Schumacher that "creatively, it wasn't happening." Keaton expressed concerns "the character he'd lived with for two films wasn't going to be developed the way he wanted it to be developed." At the time, Schumacher said, "Even Sean Connery left James Bond." Keaton later told CBS Sunday Morning that Batman Forever "sucked! Yeah, it was just awful." Enter Val Kilmer, who received critical praise for his portrayal of Jim Morrison in The Doors. A younger leading man called for a younger love interest, so actress Nicole Kidman was cast as Dr. Chase Meridian, a role originally intended for actress

Renee Russo. In Batman Forever, the Caped Crusader faces off against The Riddler and Harvey TwoFace. Robin Williams had always been mentioned as a possibility to play The Riddler in a sequel. However according to a 1995 Variety article, it was said the Williams wouldn't commit to the film quite yet, hoping to see a script rewrite. Now that Burton had been replaced by Joel Schumacher, a decision was made instead to cast rising comedian Jim Carrey, who lit up box offices with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Mask, in the role. In 1989's Batman, Burton cast Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Two-Face but Schumacher decided to replace him with Tommy Lee Jones, who was box office magic in the 1993 film The Fugitive, for which he was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. However, Jones apparently was not a fan of Carrey's. During a 2014 interview with Howard Stern while promoting Dumb and Dumber Too, Carrey revealed that there was indeed tension on the set. Carrey stated Jones and he were having dinner in the same restaurant, and that Carrey went over to say hello. However, , "I went up to say hi, and the blood drained from his face, in such a way that I had become the face of his pain or something. He got up shaking, and hugged me, and said "I hate you. I really don't like you. And I cannot sanction your buffoonery." In the role of Batman's teenage sidekick Robin, Schumacher had two leading contenders, a pre Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio - then an unknown - and Chris O'Donnell who starred in Scent of a Woman opposite Hollywood giant Al Pacino. He cast O’Donnell. Schumacher's Batman Forever was lighter and more family friendly and was the #1 film of the year following its June 1995 release.

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Residents recall California Election Day Flood of 1985, 30 years later residents and very little traffic." Students also Thirty years ago this November, the helped out by evacutown of California and surrounding ating residents from areas were hit by a historic flood that will forever be referred to among locals apartments, nursing homes, and retireas the "Election Day Flood." ment homes. Phi By the end of Election Day on Nov. Kappa Theta frater5, 1985, a fourth stage flood alert had nity members helped been issued with waters reaching the serve coffee, sand44 foot mark, 18 feet over flood stage. A reported 4.45 inches of rain had fall- wiches, soup, and en between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. It was- chili out of the G. C. Murphy's in town. n't until 3 a.m. on Nov. 6 when the "Several of us took floodwaters receded. hot coffee and sand"There are several things that stand wiches, things like out to me…" recalled California resident Rosemary Capanna. "We lived on that, to the National Floodwaters rose to astonishing levels during the Election Day Flood of Guard troops. We Malden Road. Before Route 43 was 1985. Photo courtesy of Rosemary Capanna. really appreciated constructed, Route 88 ran out of town, them, and they much as it does now, looping around keep students apprised of continuing appreciated that we were thinking of the Bottoms (now Rotary Park) and developments. them," added Capanna, "It was hard toward Coal Center. Coming out of "Keep in mind, the flood occurred in not to think of them because the weathCalifornia, you had to turn left to go the Dark Ages before cell phones and onto Malden. All of it was underwater - er was absolutely miserable and they texting," Miller said. "So we had to were standing out in it. It was a very all of it." gather our information and then drive serious situation." Despite the chaotic floodwaters risto a pay phone to submit our reports." At the time, since there was no Route ing, many recall both the townspeople The floodwaters stopped rising 43 for commuters to use to reach Cal and students working together during around 3 a.m. on Nov. 6. The President U, and roads leading into town were this time of crisis. Many fraternities, of Cal U at the time, Dr. John Pierce blocked by floodwaters as the day prosororities, and ROTC gave their all to Watkins, cancelled classes until Nov. gressed, getting news out to commutassist the National Guard. 12 at 8 a.m. "The National Guard was stationed at ing students, faculty and staff was After it was over, flood damage had vital. Gary Miller, a 1987 Cal U alum Malden Crossroads to prevent anyone heavily affected both the borough and who was a junior in November 1985 from driving down toward the California University. was broadcasting the morning news for Bottoms." said Capanna, "We didn't According to a November 1985 WVCS-FM (now WCAL) when he have the Intermediate Unit or Tech Brownsville Telegraph article by Jim first learned flooding was occurring. Park, so there were only a handful of Smith, 200 California residents were During a 2010 Cal Times interview, advised to vacate their homes on Miller recalled the Second Street and Mechanic Street, chaos of that day. "What I remember with some homeowners seeing water rise to the second floor. Lifeboats very keenly is that were used to help move people the flood seemed to catch a lot of people and belongings. On campus, the buildings hardest hit by surprise," he said. were the Frich Building and then male "We focused on dormitory Binns Hall. The first floor of making sure comthe Frich Building was flooded with muter students knew four feet of water and a $10,000 eleccertain roads were tron microscope was destroyed. closed, preventing Watkins said total them from reaching Electricity was lost, and whether or campus." notit was safe to drink the water came With only a limitinto question. ed staff of reporters, "When the rain stopped and the Gary Miller said waters receded a little, I drove down WVCS did its best Malden as far as I could (without alertto cover the flood's As seen here, Second Street (and surrounding streets) were devastated ing the Guard) and took photos of impact, as well to during the flood. Photo courtesy of Rosemary Capanna. Continued on next page... Story by Chuck Brutz

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Believe in yourself! God does... Believe in others... Lift them up as He lifted you. By Pastor B.T. Gilligan In seminary, I had to take Biblical Hebrew. Not the fun Hebrew that people get as Tattoos that say "strength" or "soup" but the old school Hebrew that sounded a bit like a cross between a shrieking weasel and a yeti monster sneezing into a microphone. This language has similarities to what people speak in Israel today, but not many; as a result it was one of the hardest classes I ever had to endure. In that class we had tests. Tests that were sentences in Hebrew that we had to translate. Right before each of these "adventures in torture" our professor would give us one last pep talk before throwing us to the wolves. His pep talk always consisted of the words "I have confidence in your abilities." Sometimes, he was the only one who had confidence in my abilities! However, I survived. I didn't get anywhere near an A, but I passed. Sometimes I think I only got out alive was because someone else had confidence in me when I didn't have confidence in myself. For some reason, the idea that someone else has confidence in me was a catalyst to study more and try harder and not give up. Which brings us forward to today.

Moses never stopped believing in God, and God never stopped believing in him.

Sometimes we see our friends or family struggling with things; maybe debt, or unemployment, or tests or maybe life in general has just dealt them a difficult hand. When we see them going through this, and it might be impossible for us to help, and we feel helpless to bring any sort of relief to those we love and care about. In those moments, sometimes the best thing we can say is "I have confidence in your abilities" When we look at those we care about and tell them we know they are capable it serves as a reminder that they are not

alone and that there are people out there who believe in them. This can be transformative. In the same Old Testament that I had to translate, there is an event that happens in the life of Moses. Moses was an 80 year old shepherd and God shows up and tells Moses he will free the entire Israelite population from the slavery in Egypt. Moses was filled with doubt and questions. God gives Moses everything he needs from friends and powers and when Moses was still filled with doubt God says to Moses "I have confidence

in your abilities." So Moses went, filled with his own doubts and with the confidence of God. As a result the whole of Israel was freed and led out of Egypt. The ability to look at a person and with sincerity declare that we have confidence in their abilities is something that can transform a person's life. It can push them to try harder and take that one more step to reach their goal. So then, may you not just believe that your friends can accomplish anything, may you also tell them that you have confidence in their abilities. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Join us! On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6:30 p.m. To help support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit

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California Election Day Flood, continued... some people trying to get their cars out of the flooding," said Capanna, "I had a telephoto lens so I was able to get some decent shots." Two local California town businesses hit hard by flood damage were the old G.C Murphy's department store (Now Dollar General and Jozart) and Ernie Miller's Hardware Store (Now Campy's Pizza). In July 1985, it was announced that by the end of the year, tG. C. Murphy's store would close for good. It did briefly reopen after the flood, resuming their going out of business sale, but closed by the end of 1985. In a 2010 interview, Ernie Miller recalled that as the flood waters began to rise, he initially kept his hardware store open to assist townspeople in need of necessary supplies to survive the effects of the flood. As time passed, the effects of the flood took their toll. "The whole basement was filled up with water," Miller recalled in 2010,


"And there was 10 inches on the main store floor as well. Thanks to the help of Cal U fraternity students, much of the store merchandise in the basement, including 25 water heaters, was saved." In spring of 1986, Miller relocated his hardware business to the then vacant G.C. Murphy space. As a result, Miller ended up dealing twice with flood damage clean up. "When I was in the Campy's location, we had to scrub out a lot of the store and put in new carpeting," Miller recalled in 2010, "When I moved over to where Murphy's had been, their whole basement had been flooded, and water had reached the main store floor, so there was some damage to repair before I opened for business there." Though the waters had stopped rising, it was now time for both California residents and California University of Pennsylvania to clean up the damage

left behind. Firemen pumped water four feet deep out of dorms, classrooms and offices on the Cal U campus and also from the basements of many businesses in town. No homes in California were destroyed, however ten suffered major damage, and 44 suffered minor damage. Neighboring areas such as Roscoe and Elco had five homes destroyed, and New Eagle had 22 destroyed. On Nov. 12, 1985, classes resumed at Cal U after being closed since Nov. 6. "Residents and students showed tremendous teamwork in dealing with the clean-up work, which went on for quite some time, perhaps even into spring of 1986," recalled 1987 Cal U Alum Gary Miller. "The disaster did create a shared sense of community that had been absent before the flood." Barry Niccolai, Assistant Executive Director at Centerville Clinics, was at

the time stationed at the California Fire Department. "I was so proud of our Greek students who gave of their time to help in the community," Niccolai said. "We had put a call out to them to assist residents in town move out or move to higher floors." Although the flood did much damage in 1985, it created a lasting memory for many. "Something that is memorable to me, as to so many others in more personal ways, was the devastation," said Capanna. "Many of my friends lived near the Mon, and many of them lost everything." Author’s note: This article is respectfully dedicated to the late Ernie Miller, from whom I first learned of this event. During a 2010 interview, Ernie was extremely helpful in providing knowledge of that event as well as for my other past articles. He is missed.

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“Evil Dead, The Musical� makes Pittsburgh debut October 29-31 for you. This show has everything from dancing, singing, If you've ever dreamed of being drenched in fake blood while watching puppets, talent and a musical reenactment of Evil Dead, it's we're ripping through the states so your lucky day. Evil Dead, The be excited, Musical will make its Pittsburgh debut Oct. 29. Offering three nights of laugh- Pittsburgh. Anyone can ter and gallons of fake blood, it's the perfect way to ring in Halloween. Note: enjoy the show. It's not scary, it's hilariOnly those in the splatter zone can ous comedy." expect to be soaked. The "Splatter "It's all three films jam-packed into Zone" is one of the one night of hilarious musical comedy musical's main mayhem," said Christopher Bond, coattractions but wascreator and co-composer of Evil Dead, Evil Dead - The Musical. Left to Right: David Sajewich, Callie n't originally part of the Musical. "All the hilarious catch Johnson, Andrew di Rosa. Courtesy of Peter Coombs. the show. Patrons in phrases and icon moments from the the first few rows of trilogy are packed into ommends you avoid wearing your the theater can expect to get drenched comedic bliss." Sunday best. The show tells the tale of five college or splashed, depending on proximity to While the show is not scary, it's not the stage. Inspired by shows like The friends who spend the weekend in an recommended for younger children abandoned cabin in the woods (because Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bond and under 12 because of adult language, his team wanted to create an interactive sexual innuendo and a ton of gore. that always ends well) and accidently experience unleash an evil force that transforms Performances run Oct. 29-31. for audiences. them all into demons. Featuring everyTickets start at $50 and are available "When we were doing the first shows, at, at 412-456-6666 or at thing you would expect from the Evil we were using squirt guns and acciDead trilogy - effects, blood, demons the Box Office at 655 Penn Ave. dently hitting audience members," said telling really bad jokes and singing Bond. "Suddenly they started yelling catchy tunes like "Look Who's Evil OMBIES ANTED things like 'Hit me in the face!' We Now" and "All the Men in My Life thought they would be the "cheap Keep Getting Killed by Canadian seats" because no one was going to Demons" - this show is a must see this E L AY want to sit in the splatter zone and now Halloween season. it's the first ones to sell out. You see "The show is literally for everyone," OR IFE people walking down the street covered said Bond. "If you love musicals, you in blood and you know they had a will love this show. If you hate musiblast, and probably scared a few locals cals, you will love this show. If you too. We had no idea it would be such like having a good time, this show is a hit." To accommoAll proceeds benefit the date the success and popularity A MERICAN C ANCER S OCIETY of the "Splatter Saturday, Oct. 24 Zone," the designers have from 2-6 p.m. worked hard to Washington Wild Things perfect their splatter. They've Walking Dead Cast made the zone Member Autograph Raffle bigger and better, but if you're Raffles, Vendor, Food & a DJ one row behind the zone, you $10/person won't get hit. $5 for 3-10 year olds While the blood Niblets 2 & under FREE washes out easily and is Evil Dead - The Musical. Center: David Sajewich. toxic, Bond recTwitter @ subzombiewalk Courtesy of Peter Coombs. Story by Hayley Lynn Martin





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Dining in Brownsville? You’ve got two new appetizing options! Story by Aaron Dalzell Passing through Brownsville? Check out two new and family owned restaurants you, friends, and the entire family should stop in and try out: PepperRonnie's & The Food Bar Restaurant. Pepper Ronnie's is a small and cozy restaurant with an at-home atmosphere. The dining area is designed and laid out similar to a living room with the feel of a diner, where family and friends can gather together around the table and have a conversation and great food while feeling at home. The menu has a variety of selections from subs and burgers, to basket meals and pasta - which includes a bread bowl - and a selection of salads for a healthy alternative. Pepper-Ronnie's also serves up BLTs and a variety of appetizers. Their specials include the Italian Steak sandwich, the HashBrowns-Ville Sub, and their signature Pepper-Ronnie Pie, a 7"-4 cut pizza with the Eva's Choice, pizza sauce and two layers of pepperoni and cheese on a home style pizza crust. "I wanted a place where people could just sit down and have fun," said Ronnie Shumar, owner of PepperRonnie's. "I came up with the whole idea and figured everything out with my daughter. She designed and organized the menu, while my son manages [the restaurant]. I looked around at area restaurants to see what everyone has and went from there. [We're] a sit down place for lunch and early dinner… just sit and relax, have a conversation and

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Escape Rooms trendy, new destinations for fun Story Hayley Martin Are you a puzzle master? Think you can solve any problem? Try your luck at one of the new hottest attractions in Pittsburgh, escape rooms. For those interested in trying their luck, there are currently three options available: Escape Room Pittsburgh, Escape the Room and Hundred Acres Manor's The Enigma Project, a horror themed escape room experience. The concept is simple. You'll be locked in a room for a specific amount of time (usually 45-60 minutes) with a group of people (anywhere between four to ten people) and you have to find your way out by using your surroundings, ingenuity, and problem solving skills to locate the key and unlock the door. Each room has a central theme, such as prison, laboratories, or an apartment, and has only one way out. Of course, if you can't figure out the way before your time expires, the staff won't leave you stuck there. They'll show you the way out. If you want to up the stakes for escape, check out Hundred Acres Manor's new Escape Rooms where making the right choice will give you a fright. Rooms include Meltdown, where you must save the last employee by unlocking the Nuclear Fission center before it melts down, and Alchemy, where you must solve the mysteries of Old World Science to uncover the diabolical scheme at Tesero and escape before you become a victim of the Alchemist. “Escape rooms are an immersive experience that puts people in a scenario that's far removed from the everyday world while being grounded in reality. So many people are glued to their phones and using social media as an escape. And while escape rooms started as an online phenomenon, we're able to bring that digital experience to real life. It's much more satisfying to be in the scenario yourself - you can't shut down and move onto something

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Cal U Dept. of Theatre & Dance announces 2015-2016 season An Evening Of One Acts Oct. 8, 9, & 10 at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Blaney Theatre In Steele Hall This popular annual event showcases the directing talents of our creative student directors. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes enlightening, but always entertaining, these shows will often challenge your mind…and your morals! Subject matter may not be suitable for our young patrons. The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet Nov. 5, 6 & 7 at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Blaney Theatre In Steele Hall A reinvention of Shakespeare's tragic love story, complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay and fantastical machines---similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with if he ever had his way with the script. Fun for the whole family, this whimsical telling of a familiar tale is sure to delight. Seussification…marks the nineteenth annual first year student show. Join us as we watch these talented students make their Cal U debut! Always a great deal of fun! Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical Dec. 3, 4 &5 at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 & 6 at 2 p.m. The Mainstage Theatre In Steele Hall Join the Department of Theatre & Dance as they once again bring this heart-warming story to life. Say bahhumbug to the Scrooges as Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us

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To Achieve or Not to Achieve: That is the Question. An exploration of self-actualization through dance. April 21, 22 & 23 at 8 p.m. The Mainstage Theatre In Steele Hall Theatre and Dance majors and minors explore Maslow's theory that individuals are motivated by a "hierarchy of needs" on their journey to self-actualization. Each piece in this concert explores the individual struggle as one seeks to reach his or her full potential. Only 1-2% of adults have actually reached self-actualization (Maslow, 1954). Are you one of them? To purchase tickets to all shows, call the Box Office at 724-938-5943.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces MIXTAPE… will be on view through Dec. 31. MIXTAPE: GOD BLESS THE CHILD THAT'S GOT HIS OWN combines video footage, animation, graphics, text, sound effects, and music samples to create a narrative exploring the intersections of everyday life, pop culture, and various questions about knowledge and belief. One monitor screen will be set up facing through the window onto Liberty Avenue, and music and sound will be audible on the street. The central elements for "MIXTAPE: GOD BLESS THE CHILD THAT'S GOT HIS OWN" are drawn from animations and short films created for the artist's website, For this installation, Zelevansky has edited and integrated various fragments of sound, image, and text from mostly older www.greatblankness works into new combinations, hence the idea of the 'mixtape.' The video is bookended by the famed Billy Holiday song, "God Bless the Child…" which explores questions of identity, loss, loneliness, and desire. In addition MIXTAPE… includes songs like "Tears of a Clown" (Smokey Robinson), "Enjoy Yourself' (The Specials), "Everything in its Right Place" (Radiohead), and "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"- where Zelevansky sings a simulated duet with Bob Dylan. The graphics include videos of various cities including Lincoln, Nebraska and Provo, Utah; an illustration from an airplane safety card, and home movies. SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. 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. FMI:

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Rehab Project for Brownsville Historic Landmark in Preliminary Phase Story by Dave Zuchowski Brownsville is a town favored with several historic landmarks and even more historic structures. Both the Flatiron Building and Nemacolin Castle are well known in the area, but one perhaps even more important structure, from a historical point of view, seems to have a lot less name recognition. That may change after the completion of a rehab project in the planning process by the state Department of Transportation. Located on the Monongahela River, Brownsville can claim two major bridges that join the town to Washington County across the river. But it’s the much smaller Dunlap’s Creek Bridge with its 80-foot span along Market Street that history buffs should relish. The bridge, constructed between 1836 and 1839, is the first all cast-iron bridge in the United States. "The bridge is the first of its type in the nation, and its architectural design doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world," said Marc Henshaw, Ph.D., an industrial archaeologist with Michael Baker Engineering. Now a national historic landmark, the bridge is certified as a breakthrough in technology by the American Society of Materials International, the same certification bestowed on the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. For years, the bridge rested in relative obscurity until 2012 when Fayette County began demolishing surrounding derelict properties in the downtown corridor and rediscovered the structure of the bridge. "For years, people couldn’t see the bridge because it was obscured by the buildings and an overgrowth of weeds along the creek bank," Henshaw said. Due to the bridge’s huge historic relevance, the state’s Department of Transportation decided to "rehab" the structure. Gary Ferrari, project manager in the Uniontown Penn DOT Office, said that so far the department has advertised and solicited for statements of interest from design consultants, a process that resulted in the selection of the Pittsburgh office of TranSystems. Currently, $997,000 is allocated for the preliminary engineering programming

studies. To make sure the historic integrity of the bridge remains intact during the rehab project, PennDOT will be working with preservation consultants The department is also in the very early stages of selecting a contractor to do the rehab Photo of historic bridge courtesy of Joseph Phillips, Falcon Photo & Oils work, which has to go smith immigrant from Yorkshire, through the standard bidding process. England, who carried his trade with "Right now, the project is in its very him to the New World. preliminary stages, and the cost of the "When Snowden moved to project and its start or completion dates Brownsville, a man named William have yet to be determined," Ferrari Hogg hired him to make a cast iron said. Note: In an article in the stove," Henshaw said. "Hogg liked the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" dated September 4, 2014, PennDOT provided stove so much he ended up financing a ballpark figure of $3.7 million for the Snowden’s foundry." Snowden opened the foundry in 1824, bridge rehab project. and it continued to operate until 1889. Through the years, at least three bridges have been built on the site over Henshaw attributes its demise to the closing of the frontier, where the Dunlap’s Creek prior to the cast iron demand for his foundry production was bridge. The first washed away in 1808 greatest, and competition from the during a flood. Brownsville resident, steel industry. Judge James Findley, considered the Perhaps Snowden’s greatest claim to father of suspension bridges, built a fame is the cast iron bridge, which was second chain suspension bridge over built at a cost of $39, 811.63 and offithe creek. Unfortunately, it collapsed cially dedicated on July 4, 1839. In use in 1820 when a wagon and six horses to this day, the bridge is still considered tried to cross it during a heavy structurally sound and has no posted snowstorm. A third wooden structure was eventu- weight limits. "I can only imagine how many vehially built but needed replacement cles must have passed over it since by 1832. When the federal government decided 1839," Henshaw said. "In Europe, historic structures like these have been to replace bridges along the National saved and restored. When you renoRoad that same year, the task was given to Captain Richard Delafield, the vate, these structures bring with them an element of tourism. While the first supervising officer in the Army Corps cast iron bridge was built in 1781 in of Engineers and a West Point graduCoalbrookdale, England, the ate. The Dunlap Creek Bridge was one Brownsville bridge has a structure that of the bridges that came under doesn’t exist anywhere else in the his supervision. world that I know of. I don’t know why To build the cast iron bridge in Carnegie Mellon University and the Brownsville through which the University of Pittsburgh don’t bring National Road ran, Delafield chose foundry owner, John Snowden, a black- their engineering students to Brownsville to study it."

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Local author reminisces about international book tour Story by Brianne Bayer Mitchell As I sat on the plane to London, watching the sun lift on the horizon and the blue ocean expand under me, I never, in all of my romantic literary dreams, imagined that I would actually be traveling to Europe ‌for a book tour‌as an author. I didn't write a Nobel prize wining novel and it certainly wasn't the next American classic. And if we're being really official, it wasn't even a novel. The book I wrote was a picture book. A children's picture book. And, the premise for the story wasn't even mine - it was my five-year-old daughter's. My daughters, both of them, like to tell stories. Their stories are creative and fun and whimsical. I think I enjoy listening to them as much as they enjoy telling them. Fantastical creatures, mermaids, and self-rescuing princesses always seem to be constant characters. For year, I have always thought to myself "I should write this down", their eyes wild with imagination as their stories unfolded. Then, one day, in March of 2014, I actually did. One night, Della began telling me a story while we were working on her homework, sitting at our kitchen table. I grabbed my laptop, started typing, and the story of Della and Lila Meet

the Monongahela Mermaid was born. It was a cold, snowy, windy night but, somewhere, in Della's beautiful, sweet mind, she was swimming with mermaids, river otters, and ducks. It was a calm and sunny day. And, of course, her family, friends, and all kinds of magical creatures were there with her. As Della's story began to unfold that evening, I was mesmerized. I typed as fast as I could, trying not to miss anything. Della's story was centralized around the idea of her trying to help someone (in this case, a mermaid). Della is a gentle creature herself, so it came as no surprise when sweet little animals started popping up in the story too. Family, friends, animals, and mermaids - that is what Della's stories are made of. After Della was done with her tale, there were a few loose ends (cliffhangers) that needed a bit of clarification. I asked my (sometimes complex) questions in regard to the plot, subplot, etc. and, without hesitation, she had her answers. She knew what happened with each character in the story fully and completely. I continued to type and took down everything she said. I have always loved her stories but, this one was, by far, my favorite to date. My questioning seemed to prompt even more subplots that, eventually, blossomed into more stories. Our read-

Mermaid fun in Bath at the Roman ruins. Pictured: Della & Brianne Mitchell


Della Mitchell smiles for the camera in front of historic landmark Stonehenge

ers will eventually be introduced to these "stories", published as children's books, in 2016. The whole "book process" of Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid was an extremely fun and exciting adventure. Our illustrator, Sian Bowman, was such a joy to work with. Once Sian had the text, she truly brought our story to life. Her illustrations are whimsical, beautiful, and absolutely perfect for the story of the Monongahela Mermaid. Our entire family enjoyed watching Della's story come to life through the artwork. It was such a magical process. Sian (pronounced "Shawn") is from Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom (pronounced: Aber-IST-with), and working with Sian is how I found myself, and my family, at a cruising altitude of 40,000 feet, on our way to London. We were invited to a book signing in the city of Aberystwyth, hosted by Waterstones Bookstore (the UK's equivalent of a Barnes and Noble), to celebrate our book and Sian's beautiful illustrations. We arrived in London at midnight (local time) and took a car service to the historic St. Ermin's Hotel, in the Westminster neighborhood of London.

The next day we were escorted on a private tour throughout the entire city. In addition to all of the amazing sites (Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Big Ben, the Eye of London, the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London) we were able to see the historic and lavish royal event Trouping of the Color. The Trouping takes place in June of each year to celebrate the sovereign's birthday and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute. This was truly a once in a lifetime event to witness. From London we traveled due east stopping at Stonehenge, Lacock, and Bath. Stonehenge was breathtaking. As we were arriving near the time of the summer solstice, there were many visitors already present to celebrate this magnificent pagan ritual. Lacock is a village and civil parish in the rural county of Wiltshire, England. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. The village has been used as a film and television set,

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Local author reminisces about international book tour, continued... notably for the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and has also made several appearances in the Harry Potter films. Most recently it was used for the Downton Abbey series. According to UNESCO's website, Bath was founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, and became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths. To me, Bath was incredibly amazing. The waters, the architecture, the "modernness" blending seamlessly with the ancient culture forms a beautifully constructed living work of art. From Bath we traveled 4 hours northwest to arrive in the Welsh village Cnwch Coch (outside of Aberystwyth). It was 10:00 p.m., local time, but it still wasn't dark yet. We stayed in the tiniest of gingerbread cottages with standard Welsh provisions stocking the kitchen. The sheep, grazing directly under our window, were on their best behavior and kept during the night. The next morning we went into the city of Aberystwyth, located along Cardigan Bay, to prepare for the book signing with our illustrator, Sian. Sian is a popular and well- known artist in the city, which made for a very warm welcome among local residents. The book signing was held at Waterstones Bookstore and it was glorious. Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid was proudly displayed in the store's window. Sian's artwork adorned the walls. And, before we knew it, people started pouring in. The event was well attended by Sian's family, friends, and neighbors. There were several other writers and artists who came out to support our project. Passersby from city dropped in and locals, from nearby villages, stopped in to spice up their Saturday afternoons. Members of the press also attended the event. We were honored with the publication of an entire onepage feature dedicated to the book and our travels in the Welsh newspaper, The Cambrian. My daughter, Della, read the book to a captive and friendly audience and we signed copies for our guests. The manager of the store, Inge,

was an extremely generous hostess and we were so grateful to have the chance to work with her. The trip was, truly, a dream come true. From Aberys (short for "Aberystwyth", as I am now an adopted local) we headed north, across the Welsh border, spending time in Crewe and Manchester, England, before readying ourselves for our departure. While on the plane to the States, I finally had a chance to really digest the events that had just transpired. I was traveling home from Europe, as an author, with my family, the people whom I love most in the world, and we had just comDella & Brianne Mitchell pose in front of the famous Tower Bridge pleted an international book tour. I had to the most beautiful part of the story. My shake my head a little to clear it and daughters- my then 5 and 3 year little reassess my thoughts. I had spent the girls - provided me with the motivation past week celebrating a project that I never dreamed I would have been able and the ability to believe so fiercely in them, which in turn, had me (unintento accomplish. tionally) believing myself, our project I've always been a literary romantic. actually became a real "thing". Our But, never once, in all of my wondering thoughts and idealistic plots, would book was written, then illustrated, then I have placed myself as an internation- published, and here I sit on a plane, returning home from a book tour in al traveling author - the lead, if you, Europe. will in my own story. She was always What's the best part of all you ask? an unattainable figure, someone brave The book has been a labor of love and and witty, but never "me". I always it was a project my children and I crehad dreams but, that's the thing about ated together. From start to finish the dreams, they aren't real until you make girls and I worked, in tandem to see them real. You have the power to write this book project to completion. It was your own story. hard and it took a long time and I'm I've always liked to consider myself a still learning all about the insanely dif"writer", but never an author. ficult process that is the "book publish"Creative" but, never an artist. But! ing and distribution world" but it has When you believe in yourself and been wonderful. It's been a true dream focus your fine-tuned, positive intenrealized. And, I have loved every tions on realizing your dreams - woncrazy, exhausting, wonderful, beautiful drous things will happen! moment. Admittedly, I needed a little help to I wouldn't have written this story believe in my own dreams. But, that's any other way.

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Questions about Medicare? APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will hold free and confidential counseling appointments for Medicare beneficiaries throughout the Medicare annual enrollment period, Oct. 15-Dec. 7. These Medicare Comparison Events will be held at the following locations and appointments are required: Oct. 15 - WCCC Youngwood Campus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 145 Pavilion Lane, Commissioners Hall, Youngwood, PA 15697 Oct. 20 - WCCC-Mon Valley, 2- 5 p.m., 1181 Fells Church Rd., Belle Vernon, PA 15012 Oct. 22 - Norwin Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 100 Caruthers Lane, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 Oct. 27 - WCCC-Bushy Run, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 6707 Mellon Rd., Export PA 15632 Oct. 29 - Jeannette Library, Noon-4 p.m., 500 Magee Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644 Nov. 3 - WCCC Youngwood Campus, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 145 Pavilion Lane, Commissioners Hall Nov. 5 - WCCC-Latrobe, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 130 Depot St., Latrobe, PA 15650 Nov. 12 - WCCC-New Kensington, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1150 5th Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068 Nov. 17 - WCCC Youngwood Campus, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 145 Pavilion Lane, Commissioners Hall Nov. 19 - Ligonier Valley Center for Active Adults, Noon-3 p.m., 135 Kalassay Dr., Ligonier, PA 15658 Nov. 24 - Cook Township Community Center, Noon-3 p.m., 1698 Route 711, Stahlstown, PA 15687 Dec. 1 - WCCC Youngwood Campus, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 145 Pavilion Lane, Commissioners Hall Beneficiaries must call 1-800-2622103, ext. 4213 for an appointment and bring their insurance cards and a list of their current medications. The APPRISE Program is a free health insurance counseling program for Medicare beneficiaries.


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America’s Got Talent Live The All Stars Tour! October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Vogues & Latshaw Pops October 31 at 8:30 p.m. Classic Albums Live Dark Side of the Moon November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group November 7 at 7:30 p.m. River City Brass presents

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Arcade Comedy Theater shows deliver lots of laughs for low cost Story Hayley Lynn Martin Want a laughter filled night out that won't break the bank or require a two drink minimum? Look no further than the Arcade Comedy Theater, located in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh, for affordable comedy shows where you can bring your own beer and wine. Featuring local and national talent, the Arcade Comedy Theater offers audiences interactive shows in a small, intimate 75-seat venue. All types of comedy are performed on stage including improv, sketch comedy, variety acts and much more. Truly, the theater is one of Pittsburgh's hidden gems. The Arcade Comedy Theater features a mix of standard shows that run on the same day of the week like "Dinner with the Nolans," which takes the stage on the first Saturday of the month. For this show, co-founders of the Arcade Comedy Theater, Kristy and Jethro Nolen, invite special "dinner" guests for a night of improv. Another favorite standard show is "Knights of the Arcade," where a game of Dungeons and Dragons comes to life on stage, complete with costumes and an epic quest that even non-nerds will love. There's even a Comedy Royale competition that pits four to six improve comics against each other in a series of games and scenes with a referrer, points and audience member judges. In this show, the points absolutely matter. Adults aren't the only ones who love the Arcade Comedy Theater. A special "Penny Arcade" event is held just for

kids on the second Saturday of each month. "Penny Arcade" is a fast-paced comedy performance improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions, ideal for kids five to 12 years old. "The Arcade absolutely strives to keep ticket prices low, said Abbey Fudor, Founding Creative Director for the Arcade Comedy Theater. "Our price point is a significant distinguishing factor among the theater options in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District (as well as Pittsburgh in general). Our nonprofit mission is to elevate and advance the art of comedy in Pittsburgh, and thus we want everyone in this city to have the opportunity to see this art form." "Penny Arcade began as a collaboration between teacher-artist Tessa Karel and the creative directors of the theater (specifically Education Director Kristy Nolen)," said Fudor. "We had been asked ever since we opened our doors, ‘do you have shows for kids?’ Going along with my previous sentiment, we want not just every socioeconomic background to be able to see great live comedy, but also every age! Also, we hope to be growing future audiences; Penny Arcade conveys that the lessons and entertainment inher-

it in improv are found from childhood to adulthood. It was important to us to build a show that was truly engaging for young ones, but also something parents would enjoy alongside them." The Arcade Comedy Theater also offesr classes in improv, sketch writing, musical improv, acting and stand-up. "Our teachers are talented members of our artistic ensemble, dedicated to adding and improving the skills, confidence, and joy for individuals of any background or skill level., "said Fudor. "The next session of classes are enrolling now and begin early to mid-October." All shows are general admission with tickets ranging from $5-$20 and available through ShowClix and the Arcade Comedy Theater box office the day of the show. Advance purchase for all shows is highly recommended as many shows do sell out. All advance ticketholders will be guaranteed a seat. For most shows, there is also a reduced ticket price for patrons with a valid student ID. Students can line up 15 minutes before show time to buy a firstcome first serve ticket at $5. Most shows are recommended for age 16 and up, unless otherwise stated due to the nature of the content; however, shows are open to all ages unless specifically labeled as 18+ or 21+. All audience members over the age of 21 can also bring their own six pack of beer or bottle of wine to a show. There is a $2 per person fee and the theater provides cups and wristbands. FMI: - Photos courtesy of the Arcade Comedy Theater

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Yoga classes are offered on Mon & Thurs Nadya Krol will teach the Iyengar method of yoga.This method teaches proper alignment & form to insure the appropriate effects for your nervous system & to improve the health of your organs. Classes run through June. $15 per class. Mon: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 - 5:30-7 p.m.,Thurs: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a Yoga mat. 3-D Printing & the Future of Manufacturing - Presented by Aaron Hartman of Steel City 3D Printing Tues, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Free event. Learn how 3D printing is going to change the world.This short lecture & demonstration is a beginner's guide to getting started with 3D printing. See a printer creating a part right before your eyes. The Advisory Panel is a free seminar series presented on topical & timely tax, legal & financial concepts. Presented by: Daniel P. Gustine, Attorney, Peacock/Keller, Michael S. &erson, CPA, Houston & Associates, LLC, & Joseph M. Piszczor, Financial Advisor, Csenge Advisory Group on Oct. 14.Two sessions will be held at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room Kathy Parry,Your Real Food Coach, Wed, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Free event. Light refreshments will be served. Presenting The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life, the six simple steps you must take to live an energetic & engaged life. Teen Gaming Club - Oct. 13 from 4:30-7 p.m.: Come play video games, board games, card games & much more. Feel free to bring your favorites. An RSVP is appreciated. College Bound SAT Mastery Course - Begins Oct. 14. Includes overview, full


practice test & 6 hours of prep. Check the Teen website for more information or email Tween Book Club - Oct. 14 from 4:30-5:30pm: Come talk about your favorite books & make a craft! Pizza & drinks provided. RSVP is appreciated. Fall Story Times - Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tues, 2-2:30, from Oct. 6 through December 8. Toddler Story Times are on Wed mornings from Oct. 7-Dec. 9.Toddler Story Times are: 10:30- 11:00 a.m. for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, & 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for ages 2 ½ to 3 years. Registration is required. Call 724-2222400, ext. 235 or stop in the Children's Department for more information or to register. Contact: Judy Davis, 724222-2400, ext 230, at Citizens Library. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library.To volunteer, email Noontime Lunch with Friends - Tues, Oct. 13 - Dr. James Longo will present Favorite Haunts.The program is free. Lunch will be available for a fee after the program. Citibooks' One-Half Off Sale will be held Oct. 27 & 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., & Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Citibooks' Spooky $5 Bag Sale will be held Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The book of the month for Oct. is Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency, by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard.The Adult Book Club will meet in the Conference Room, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Snacks & bottled water are allowed. Free admission.



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Exploring the Paranormal: Shadow People?

Exhibits celebrate “India in Focus”

"Did you see that? What was that?" "I don't know what you're talking about. I didn't see anything." "It looked like something just ran by the door, but it was dark. I saw it in my periphery." A large amount of people have had conversations similar to this. Eventually most of them decide that it was a trick of light or a figment of their imagination, and in most cases that's true. In some cases, however, this may be a shadow person or shadow entity. Shadow entities don't always resemble a human form, sometimes they just appear as a dark mass. One of the more common shadow entities that is reported is said to be wearing a large hat and have glowing red eyes. Depending on whom you speak with in the paranormal community, the views on what this red eyed creature is varies greatly from a visiting demon to just a trick of your

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces two visual art exhibitions as part of India in Focus will be on view at Wood Street Galleries through December 31. Patel's At Home is presented on the gallery's second floor. His North American exhibition debut includes videos, the photographic series Eva (2012), and the newly commissioned video The Jump (2015). Patel's practice begins with ideas about identity formation through the use of language, humor, and popular culture. He explores the subtle and often humorous complexities of identity formation, connecting marginalized identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilize notions of authenticity and to promote personal freedom. Eva explores the implications of framing his wife within his own identity questions, searching for a way to frame his life with hers through examining ideas of self. He writes a failed love letter directly onto his wife's body with Mehndi-the impermanent pigment used for designs on men and womenthat he has used as a metaphor for his displaced heritage since 24. The absence of traditional henna patterning highlights the artist's feeling of being unqualified to pass on anything authentically Indian to his wife. The newly commissioned video work The Jump "connects the widely recognized fantasy of Hollywood action and superhero film with the minority domestic setting of my British Indian family home in the UK," says Patel. Employing the characteristic humor in all of his work, and his homemade movie replica Spiderman costume, this new film installation creates an immer-

eyes or light, also known as pareidolia. More scientific explanations exist, also. Many people that suffer from sleep paralysis report seeing a shadow figure with a top hat and it's believed that this is a mixture of you waking and sleeping brain, dreams and pareidolia, causing your eyes to play tricks on you. Methamphetamine users also experience this due to sleep deprivation. Before you assume what you saw and experienced is of the paranormal nature, try to think to yourself if there is something else that could be causing this phenomena. It could be something as simple as a passing car causing shadows to jump within the room. There are often environmental ways to explain many things that at first seem paranormal. Have a paranormal question for columnist Reanna Roberts? Email

Memorial scholarship established at WCCC The Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department has established a scholarship endowment at Westmoreland County Community College in memory of Jeff “Lance” Wentzel, a Youngwood firefighter killed in the line of duty. Youngwood Fire Chief Lloyd Crago and fellow firefighter John Storey Jr. presented a check for $11,580 to WCCC President Tuesday Stanley and WCCC Educational Foundation board president Phil McCallister. Crago said the department established the scholarship to honor Wentzel for his 35 years of service as a firefighter and his contributions to the community. Wentzel died March 22, 2014 after being struck by a train while searching for a missing woman. The Jeff “Lance” Wentzel Memorial Scholarship will be open to WCCC stu-

dents pursuing careers in public safety, including the firefighter, police academy, criminal justice or nursing programs. The amount of the award will be based on financial need. “We want to help students and we hope that one day the recipients of this scholarship will help others and carry on Lance’s legacy,” said Storey. “We thank the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department for this generous gift,” said WCCC President Tuesday Stanley. “There is great financial need and this scholarship endowment will help many WCCC students,” said Stanley. To make a donation to the Jeff “Lance” Wentzel Memorial Scholarship fund contact the WCCC Educational Foundation at 724-9254083 or

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sive cinematic experience that is both playful and sinister. On the gallery's third floor, Muthiah presents three photographic series: Definitive Reincarnate (27), Remembering to Forget (2011), and The Visitor (2012). Muthiah's photographs incorporate traditional ideas and figures from Indian art and popular culture, commenting on established traditions by placing these ideas and figures in contemporary, everyday environments. Her Definitive Reincarnate series sets images of the blue deity Krishna, traditionally dressed, within a contemporary hotel room. The Visitor is the second part of the Definitive Reincarnate series, placing Krishna in more surreal, dramatic settings. These series bring attention to the Indian cultural gap between historic value systems and contemporization. Similarly, in Remembering to Forget Muthiah photographs "Children's Day," a day celebrated in many Indian schools on which children dress up as popular figures and historical iconsfrom Shiva to spacemen to comic book superheroes. Muthiah has the children pose in front of traditional hand-painted, European-looking backdrops, revealing the disparity between traditional values and contemporary society.


This & That: “Pennsylvania Bridges Chuck” talks to “Pittsburgh Dad” Story by Chuck Brutz Want the ingredients for a hit show? Mix a bit of All in the Family with a dash of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, throw in a cranky yet lovable sitcom father with humorous insights into life and, finally, add a pinch of nostalgia to remind viewers of their childhood. Faster than you can say "Yinz", you'll have Pittsburgh Dad, a hit internet series with a popular character who's become as much a part of Pittsburgh culture as the Steelers, Iron City Beer, or chipped ham. Since its October 2011 debut, Pittsburgh Dad (created by writer/directors Chris Preksta and Curt Wootton, who also stars as the show's title character) has become beloved by Pittsburghers, passing one million views in January 2012, and 27 million views in June 2015. The show centers on Wootton's Pittsburgh Dad character as he talks directly to the camera, as if he's addressing his unseen wife Deb and their children, or speaking to neighbors, friends, and others, offering witty observations on being a dad in Pittsburgh, with a laugh track in the background to give it a classic sitcom feel. Episodes have included Pittsburgh Dad making humorous retorts while stuck in a road work traffic jam ("I'll tell ya, there's four seasons in Pittsburgh: Winter, More Winter, Construction, and Stink Bugs!"), attending a parent/teacher conference, ("No, he didn't bring home his workbook, The only things he ever brings home from this place are strep throat and stomach flu."), reassuring his daughter who's scared after watching The Walking Dead ("Zombies are slower than hell anyhows; they're like old people down the self-checkout at Giant Eagles") and berating one of his kids when they complain they don't like what the family's having for dinner ("Let's see what else is on the menu, a hot plate of nothin' with a delicious side of grounded.") The character has gone from Pittsburgh Dad to Pittsburgh Icon in only a few short years, inspiring tshirts, books, and his own brand of beer. Eat N' Park even has a Pittsburgh


Dad Smiley Cookie, the proceeds of which benefit Caring for Kids at Children's Hospital. You can order Pittsburgh Dad Smiley Cookies at The original concept for the show stemmed from the idea of two guys saving Pittsburgh from an alien invasion in the 1970s. In 2011, Presksta and Wootton did a ten episode web series for the Syfy Network called The Mercury Men which was filmed in Pittsburgh and shot in black and white as a nod to the 1940s Flash Gordon serials. Presksta wrote and directed the series, which starred Wootton as heroic aerospace engineer Captain Jack Yaeger, who wass out to stop space invaders from destroying Earth. "During Mercury Men, I had begun doing this little impersonation of my own father just to entertain the crew," said Wootton, "We decided to shoot some improv scenes with that character and set it to a laugh track. We added a fun 80's style sitcom opening to it and shared it with our friends and family on Facebook. It started getting passed along and went kind of 'Mini' viral with Pittsburghers and the rest is history." Special guests on Pittsburgh Dad have included Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis, Heinz Ward, and head coach Mike Tomlin. Both Wootton and Preksta have also been guests on the popular Hines Ward Show, and "Pittsburgh Dad" even appeared on the Heinz Field Jumbotron as the Steelers kicked off their 2012 season. In October 2012, then Mayor Luke Ravenstahl declared October 25 as "Pittsburgh Dad Day" and in December

2014, WPXI aired a special, "Pittsburgh Dad's Guide to Christmas", which featured WQED's Pittsburghdocumentary historian Rick Sebak as host. In a most recent episode, Pittsburgh Dad traveled back through time in a Back to the Future Delorean to different eras and stopped by the long gone, yet fondly remembered Hill's Department Store. Watching each episode, viewers can tell both Preska and Wootton are having a lot of fun bringing this character and his adventures to life, which Wootton says is true. "I really enjoy the freedom, " said Wootton, "Chris and I can pretty much do what we want with Dad, so it really allows us to virtually any fun situation or place that we can dream up. Now if we could just get Dad on the old Kennywood Lazer Loop!" In addition to Pittsburgh Dad, Wootton also made Bigfoot: The Movie which premiered in spring 2015. Wootton starred as an Ellwood City, Pa local named Chuck, who teams with four other locals to take on the legendary Sasquatch known as Bigfoot and save Ellwood City. Also in the cast are Joanie Dodds, Bill Crawford, Jim Krenn and Darieth Chilsom. The film has played at several theaters and at other Pittsburgh area events. FMI: With the huge success of Pittsburgh Dad, Wootten says he loves that fans love the series, and is a fan of the fans, as well as of Pittsburgh itself. "We are always amazed and humbled by the success of Pittsburgh Dad," said Wootton, "Sharing this character with so many ties to the Pittsburgh area and getting to hear the response and ideas just reiterates how awesome this city is, and how there's really no other place quite like it." "Being from Pittsburgh is like being in a secret club and you'll find members all over the world," added Wootton. "Thank you to all our fans in the club who have embraced us and all allowed us to digitally share the awesomeness which is the Pittsburgh Culture." FMI: Photo of “Dad” courtesy of his official web site.

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Area artist & photographer launches aerial photography business if needed. Pennsylvania Bridges chatted Laws differ from state to with Joseph Phillips, who state on both drone usage and recently launched an aerial open carry laws. My biggest photography business. Here's worry is being shot down. I the details about his new operakeep a sign with me with a tion and how he became interQR code on it so anyone who ested in aerial photography, in gets hurly and burly about his own words: my whirligig can start capturFalcon Photo and Oils is a ing data about me and my business created to capture difshenanigans while I can conferent methods of producing tinue to pilot the craft safely imagery. It is primarily a comback to its launch point. bination of aerial photography Flying is about scaling up and oil painting that I see abilities and knowledge of myself pursuing. There are the rotorcraft you use and some issues about quadcopters how and why you use it. and drones that warrant a closer The possibilities just look. Laws are murky, interest keep growing. is exploding and issues of safePhillips captured this majestic shot of Brownsville and the surrounding Since I purchased the drone ty and privacy come up a lot. I areas utilizing aerial photography. Photo courtesy of Joseph Phillips. I have performed two get a kick out of flying and this upgrades by downloading is a form of exploration. three months. and running firmware updates that the My first flight with a quadcopter lastWith cool software like GIMP, I can manufacturer provided in order to fix ed exactly three seconds. I got the bug edit images and video and share them bugs or add another stylish Ikea monfrom that fleeting moment with a palm with clients on my laptop, put the finkey to its cornucopia of blessed cool sized quad. I had wanted to get a really ished work on a thumb drive and give parts. Some of these operations were nice model with a 4k resolution digital it to the client within an hour of announced months ago. camera that had position stabilization flight setup. For example, I can now get my drone and awesome range, but I was a bit My goal is the "lunch break" session, to follow me, to circle a point of interintimidated, so I started with a kiddie a one hour production limit. est with the camera locked on it the drone and worked my way up, using a Safety issues pop up in the news and whole time, to execute a series of wayplan. I flew fifty times with a beginner on social networks a lot. I have insurpoints, and to be able to invert direcquad and crashed it many times, in ance to protect myself and others and tional controls when flying the thing many ways, logging and learning, their property in the event of a crash. back to me. These devices will be able repairing and flying. The easier it All of my flights are logged digitally to perform more and more customizbecame, the more urgently I wanted to on my smartphone's pilot app. Flight able tasks. move to a more technical model for details such as location and altitudes FMI: or taking and framing stunning aerial are available immediately email photo and video. My training lasted

Bentworth Community Center Project hires architect, moves forward The Board of Trustees of the Bentleyville Public Library recently hired Kulak Design Associates of Monongahela as the architect of record for the Bentworth Community Center Building Project. The Bentworth Community Center is the new name of the building that houses the Bentleyville Public Library, the Bentworth Senior Center, and the Bentleyville Area Historical Society. The building is owned by the Bentleyville Public Library and is administered by the Library's Board of Trustees. The Bentworth Community Center Building Project is a comprehensive plan to renovate and enlarge the current building to better meet the

needs of the Library, Senior Center, and Historical Society. The building project is also designed to help the Bentworth community 'grow for the future.' Kulak Design Associates will utilize design plans and schematic drawings that were developed by William Harvey, a local architecture designer who has been affiliated with DJDC Design, Inc., to prepare construction and bid documents for the project. The architect of record will also be responsible for managing the bidding process, the awarding of construction contracts, and all construction work on the project. The Board of Trustees outlined the projected timeline for the building proj-

ect. The first phase of the capital campaign/fundraising portion of the project will be completed by Dec. 1. Individuals and businesses that plan to support the project with a taxdeductible gift or pledge must do so by that time. A review of the scope of the building project, with possible modifications based upon the results of the first phase of the capital campaign, will be completed by the end of December. Construction is expected to start next fall. Additional information about the project and about gift giving opportunities can be obtained at the Library or at

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Helping the Elderly Deal with Grief & Loss of Loved Ones Grieving elderly go through the grieving process at his or her own pace. It's hard for us to understand about age and grief as we try to help by offering "comforting" advice. But is this really helpful? Many of these sayings are commonly used, and with the best of intentions. No one likes to see a loved one hurt and suffering. So, we try to make them feel better hoping that the words we use choose will rescue them from despair. But all too often, the opposite occurs. Although well meaning, these clichĂŠs may do more harm than good: "Don't feel bad, you should be grateful you had them so long" - "It was for the best" - "Time heals all wounds" - "You have to keep busy" - "You should be over it by now" - "You'll get over it" We are often confused with how to act or what to say to someone who is grieving. Many people avoid grievers because they can't understand the loss and are fearful of it. It is common to think that the person grieving needs and wants to be alone. However, when they sense this isolation, they usually feel that they are being avoided. Be available for the difficult times such as birthdays, holidays or anniversaries Encourage social activity and talk not only about the loss but of their special times and memories Listen - allow them to express as much grief as they are willing to share Offer to help coordinating funeral arrangements or house sitting Write notes of encouragement and support Don't avoid those who are grieving because you are uncomfortable Don't be afraid to mention the name of the deceased Don't change the subject when they mention their dead loved one Don't tell them how they should feel or what they should do Don't try to find something positive about the death Remember that we all grieve in our way, in our own time.

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New coffee shop in Houston has hometown flavor Story by Fred Terling When John Rohrbacher was working construction in San Diego, I'm not sure if this local Trinity graduate from Washington County envisioned owning his own hometown coffee shop. It's not that coffee hasn't been a family tradition in the Rohrbacher bloodline for the past 80 years. His Uncle Dominic supplied Western Pennsylvania in the wholesale coffee biz and even his father helped out. When Uncle Dominic decided to call it a career, John's Uncle Bob bought the business with his Aunt Sherri handling the food side, working for US Foods. "I always knew I would own my own business, even from my second year as a Management Major at IUP. With Uncle Bob having the coffee side and Aunt Sherry having the food side, it seemed like a fit with things in place," says owner John Rohrbacher. East Coast Coffee isn't your typical coffee shop however, not by a long shot, half shot or whatever your shot preference may be. "I really want people to know, East Coast Coffee is something better than the big coffee chains that have agendas and seem to have multiple personalities." Rohrbacher adds, "We want to be a coffee shop for the community. There aren't any of those anymore and we want to fill that void." Talking with John, I reminisced about a time as a wee lad on patrol with my Uncle Mike, way before the days of when having a 10 year old in a squad car would have landed him on the evening news entertainment networks. There was a neighborhood coffee shop that he would take me to for lunch. There all the local news one needed to know was shared at the counter over a cup of fresh joe and a piece of apple pie. This is the goal of East Coast Coffee. At 37, John Rohrbacher is there every day from open to close. His partner, Rachel Ghelarducci is also there when not working her full-time job at Advanced Ophthalmology in Pittsburgh. It's all about their customers, who they love, and re-establishing that neighborhood place for people to gather. "Communication has hit so hard and

fast online and there seems to be this void where people crave face to face hangouts again. We're constantly brainstorming ideas from having an acoustic night to card night, there are so many different things that people are looking to do," John commented when asked about where he sees the shop heading. As for the future, it is now. East Coast Coffee doesn't have shareholders, corporate types or investors at its core. Rohrbacher and Ghelarducci financed the business out of pocket. They also put the extra attention into it that you may not get in a huge chain. "We work hard, really hard. There's a lot of extra effort in what I make for the customers and want every experience to be perfect, since it's your name on the business. It's more personal." Take the coffee for example, which is locally roasted in Pittsburgh. Their brand and their house roast is theirs and theirs alone. Their sandwiches and salads are made fresh on the premises. Menu items range from healthy to hearty, including protein smoothies for any of the area's athletes to grab before practice. Clientele ranges from entrepreneurs, to students to shift workers. "One thing that always bothered me when I worked shifts is that when my job finished at 4:00 pm, I wanted a breakfast sandwich and a fresh cup of

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The Heart Absent coffee. Without hitting a convenience store, that option wasn't there. We're here all day," said John. Opening in June of 2015, John, Rachael and their extremely small staff have a great start with an absolutely gorgeous little shop that will be soon add a book swap and they plan to constantly augment their menu. The coffee is superb, I sampled the the "Italiano," which was an expresso and straight coffee mix. It was extraordinary. A hometown company that has a hip ambiance should indeed be drawing in customers that are looking for great coffee, food, a little peace, and a throwback to days when conversation was face-to-face. East Coast Coffee is at 737 West Pike Street in Houston. Their number is 724514-7431. Follow them on Facebook at

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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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Tattoo greats gather to celebrate grand reopening of Old Soul Tattoo in Canonsburg Story by Fred Terling & Photos by Ron Short, Ron Short Photography Standing. Watching. Observing. Groups huddled in the waiting area of Old Soul Tattoo in Canonsburg and stood along the "Dummy Railing," a term coined at Coney Island in the 1960's, repeated this day by the legendary tattoo artist on hand, Nick Bubash (pictured bottom left). One thing is certain, there is no specific demographic. Young people covered in tats to professional looking people with small amounts of coverage fill the space. For a couple of hours this weekend they all share one thing in common. They have stories to tell and immortalize, each in his or her own way. Stories, personal experiences, likes, lost loves, family departed, but none ever forgotten. Personal expressions this night will be stenciled on a very personal canvass, their skin. This weekend, they all have an option to choose from. Over twenty master storytellers from across the country have converged on this particular spot, Old Soul Tattoo located on Two East Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. This is the grand reopening of Josh Mason's shop that he initially opened in 2007. Since the door's official reopening on Friday at 10:00 am this Oktoberfest Celebration,

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the flow has been non-stop filling both the waiting area and the dummy railing. By weekend's close, over 100 tattoos will be applied. One hundred more people who have recorded their personal stories with artistic designs they choose or have chosen them. Beginnings "Traditional Tattooing doesn't mean being stuck in the past, it means nurturing something that came way before you because you deeply hope it will continue after you. It's about being in the middle, not being at the end." - Dan Higgs, from interview with Don Ed Hardy, Tattoo Review #23 This is the mindset of Josh Mason, Owner of Old Soul Tattoo when it comes to the craft. A collector of unique artwork, folk-art masks from Mexico and painter of his own Flash Art. Josh created an environment in his shop that is more than welcoming, it's that traditional campfire for people to share their stories and art. "I want Old Soul to be a place like a barber shop, or your favorite bar. A place to hang out whether or not you're getting a tattoo. Those places don't exist anymore," said Josh. Mason purchased Old Soul, formerly Independent Tattoo Studio, in 2007. Originating from humble beginnings in West Virginia, he always loved the small home town feel. His goal was to make his shop more than a business, but part of the community heartbeat. After speaking with the other guest artists, his reach is a bit further than he realizes. Josh added, "I'm humbled by the response of all of the artists accepting my invitation to participate in the reopening. There was a point where I was sitting at my station. I looked up and thought, wow, there's legend Nick Bubash‌in my shop. Just, WOW!" I'll return to Josh's philosophy in a bit as there is more to tell, but back to the campfire for now. The Artist Much like works of art, the curators are their historians. In

the case of tattoos though, there are the artists, but also it is a participatory art form. Unlike most other art forms, people get to walk out of the performance with a piece of art forever theirs, on their skin, to the grave. It's a give and take between artist and client. Each piece as individual as the person getting it. "It's art and expression. There is a deep meaning to what the client wants and there is an automatic bond as this is shared, as is the experience," Nick Bubash confirmed. I previously mentioned Nick Bubash as legend. Old Soul Tattoo owner Josh Mason That he is. As keeper of however, I know that textbook definithe flame, that he is also. At sixty-six tion of unrelated objects would not years old, he is by far the most experiapply in his case. He specifically interenced in the room, tattooing for over prets their connections. 45 years. A fine artist, sculptor and tattoo artist, "Art has always been in our family. My mom was an artist, uncle a violinist Mr. Bubash opened Route 60 Tattoo in and grandfather a shoe maker," Bubash 2008 where he still dedicates three days a week to that particular craft. He has traced his artistic origin. two daughters, one studying opera at At 18, he hitchhiked to New York Temple University and the other undeCity with pocket change and a dream. Working out of the Chelsea Hotel, Nick cided studying abroad in France. studied under another legend in the "I'll take experiences over things any field, Thom Devita for five years. day. One of my favorites was Eye "Back then, Thom pushed the tradiTattooed America in 1991. Don Ed tional tattoo envelope. He was trying to Hardy gathered 32 fine artists in educate people. He'd add a little someChicago. Being one of those thirty two thing here and there to the American was more than an honor," Nick added traditional," he adds. as a final thought. Devita convince him to go back to art For information on Nick Bubash: school where he attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. One of the multiple The Influence awards and honors he achieved there As you can imagine, not all of the was a traveling grant and he set off for artists on hand have had the experiIndia. ences that Mr. Bubash shared nor his "I wanted to study in India. As a wide variety of art practices. So I began sculptor, I was fascinated by classic art thinking about how a particular style of and the art of specific proportion. In practiced art influenced or impacted the India, because the statues are meant for actual art of the tattoo. Meet Jackie temples, they all have to carry exacting Dunn Smith. proportions on the body parts." Jackie travelled all the way from San Bubash also developed love for Diego, California for this even. She is a another art form during this time, road warrior and her usual commute is assemblages. Assemblage is a work of from Saints and Sinners Tattoo in art made by grouping found or unrelat- Dallas, Texas to Flying Panther Studio ed objects. Talking to Nick for hours, Continued next page...

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Tattoo greats gather at Old Soul Tattoo, continued... in San Diego where she works out of both, by appointment only. "I like to do more overly simplified American traditional. I do a lot of tattoos of chubby women," Jackie said. She also thought there was kind of disconnect with appreciation for American traditional, particularly with service members who she tattooed regularly in Oceanside, California years previously. "I had Marines and Sailors come in to the shop and ask for a tribal ka-bar or something they printed out from social media and I was like, dude! You're Marines and Sailors, some of the best traditional ever made was for you guys." Watching her work, her shading immediately popped out to me. It was fantastic and no stencil beyond the outside shape. She did this in her head and it flowed from the tiny tip of her tattoo needle. "I love oil painting and taught myself. Eventually I took a course at San Diego City College and learned more in the first hour than I had in the previous year about painting," Jackie laughed. The natural coloring and how to do it was a process culled over time and experience. She too has classical leanings and is a figurative painter. One thing that really helped her with both her painting and tattooing was learning to paint flat. Her desire to tattoo came after getting a couple of tattoos herself and she fell in love with the art. Jackie plans her road schedule in chunks and as previously mentioned, by appointment only. She has a seven and nine year old that she takes care of and her family is of utmost importance and she works to ensure the time is spent accordingly. Already, the art has influenced one of them. "My seven year old draws traditional tattoos and says he is going to become a tattoo artist as well when he grows up," she added. Carrying the torch into the next generation by cultivating the art is a great start. For information on Jackie Dunn Smith: The Traditionalist After 9 hours in a tattoo studio, multiple interviews and too many pages to

count, my challenge of how to present all of this was immense. I settled on a couple of specific people who stood at both edges of the spectrum and someone in between. As I reviewed my notes and thought about the art aspect of all that I had learned, the one basic thing I nearly over looked was the traditionalist. The man or woman who tattooed and only tattooed. The person who used skin as their canvas, tattoo gun as their brush and client as inspiration. I present to you, Mr. Jason Scott from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Jason has been tattooing since 1995 and like Jackie, he fell in love with the art after getting tattooed himself. "I just tattoo, nothing else," Jason quipped. Oh, but he does. He has owned three shops, presently Hobo Street Tattoo and Congress Street Tattoo, all in New Hampshire. Jason has done quite well for himself as just a tattoo artist. "I took some classes at Mount Wachusett Community College and that taught me a lot about drawing and proportions." After graduating community college, he moved to Florida to practice his art. Jason subsequently returned home to Portsmouth in 2003 to help out with a studio he would eventually take over. Along with managing his shops, he travels to conventions and guest spots twice a year. "I'd like to cut down on the conventions as they are more assembly lines. I really like to hang out and get to know people, it is part of why I love doing this. I'm trying to do more guest spots and working with friends, like this." Currently, Mr. Scott is on a two week road trip including Canonsburg, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Ashbury Park, Washington D.C. and Brooklyn. For Information on Jason Scott: or Carrying the Torch As promised, I return to the source of the campfire, at least for this weekend


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and this singular point in time, Josh Mason and Old Soul Tattoo. With every single interview I asked one common question, "Why come from wherever you work to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for the weekend." The answer was universal, "Josh asked me to." No hesitation, no contemplation, just that simple answer. Whether his paintings are meticulously spaced, his studio is wide open or he employs the local town characters who are mentally challenged to take out the trash, Mr. Mason has accomplished his goal of making Old Soul Tattoo a place to hang out. "I look at it as a responsibility. Sort of like standing on the shoulders of giants in giving back," Josh said. Final Reflection Through these words I hope to have become part of the very special experience of the Old Soul Tattoo reopening. Being an old soul, it was amazing to smell the antiseptic, hear the buzz of the needles and witness the anticipation of the clients. Most of all, I felt the bond between these artists coalesce more than craft, experience, background or even location. Maybe that's a part of the art, the love and respect for each other within this band of human curators. FMI on Old Soul Tattoo, call 724- 743-0585 or visit their site at

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The Open House will be held at: WCCC,Youngwood WCCC-Advanced Technology Center, RIDC-Westmoreland, Mount Pleasant WCCC-Bushy Run, Export WCCC-Fayette, Uniontown Greene County Education Center,Waynesburg Indiana County Community College Center, Indiana WCCC-Latrobe, Latrobe WCCC-Mon Valley, Belle Vernon WCCC-New Kensington, New Kensington Designed for prospective students and their parents, the open house will provide information on WCCC’s 65 programs of study, financial aid and scholarship opportunities and the admissions process. Depending on the location, information may also be available on career counseling, career placement services, tutoring, child day care, student life and athletics. Faculty and staff will be available one-on-one to talk and answer any questions. Prospective students may apply to the college for free.The college will accept applications for spring, summer and fall 2016 semesters. Reservations are requested for the open house by visiting


Cal U students to produce sixth edition of lit magazine “The Inkwell” Story by Aaron Dalzell

Oct. 8 - Book Club The selection for this month is Lady of the Ashes by Christine Trent. Pick up your copy at the front desk. Join the discussion at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 28 - Fall Festival Charleroi's Market House, 427 McKean Avenue, 4-7 p.m.This family friendly event is held in conjunction with Charleroi's business Trick or Treating and the Halloween Parade. The Library will be closed on this day to enable staff to prepare for the festivities. Nov. 7 - Holiday Cash Bash Proceeds benefiting both the John K.Tener Library and the Monongahela Area Public Library, will be held at the North Charleroi Fire Hall, 540 Isabella Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m.; drawings begin at 5 p.m.You need not be present to win. Dinner and beer are included with $20 ticket (with 2 numbers). There will be door prizes, a 50-50 raffle, a Chinese auction, and more. Tickets sold at either library. Also at the Library 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. Need a place to do some work in peace; check out our “quiet spaces.” Tutoring rooms are available. Call to reserve. 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!


2015 marks the sixth edition of The Cal U Inkwell, a free online and print university magazine produced every two years, where students and faculty submit and publish their own written works in the categories of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The Inkwell also allows for visual submissions of photography and original artwork. The 2009 edition introduced photography, while the 2013 edition introduced a segment called "Photo Essays" to the webzine, a series of short stories told through photographs instead of words. The Inkwell brings together a team of students with a variety of backgrounds in creative writing, journalism, public relations, web design, photography and art and offers contributors the opportunity to publish their own original work for the purposes of entertainment and experiences. Everyone works together in groups led by an editor and then, as a whole, submissions are laid out to make the final project. There is no individualism; this is a team-effort where


Bone Chiller Oct. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. 13 people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah's will. The audience will have a ball trying to untangle the puzzle faster than the hapless characters. Tickets $12

Th e K i n g & I Nov. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. English widow Anna and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children & wives. Tickets $15 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale

everyone contributes and brings unique ideas and views to the finished product. The first edition of the Cal U webzine launched in the fall of 2005 as an online literary magazine and each new edition has improved upon the design, organization, layout, and quality of

contributions. As the ten year anniversary of The Inkwell webzine approaches, readers can anticipate the staff will bring their creativity to the table, with new, exciting additions to the publication. Dr. Carole Waterhouse, instructor at California University and of the "Publishing the Magazine" class producing The Inkwell project for 2015, is excited with anticipation for things to come.When asked what readers can expect from The Inkwell, Dr. Waterhouse said, "The Inkwell not only gives students some basics about the process of putting a magazine together, but also gives them an opportunity to share their work with the community. Student work is always innovative and highly imaginative and very exciting to read." Visit to view past and current editions of The Inkwell. To follow the Calu Inkwell and for updates leading up to the 2015 edition release, visit The Inkwell's Facebook page at, and subscribe for future news and releases.

Rotary Club supports MVH breast cancer walk Rotary Clubs are known worldwide for bringing together leaders who step forward to take on some of the toughest challenges in their communities. The members of the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary recently stepped forward to support a community cause that has touched practically every life in the Mon Valley - breast cancer. Each Rotarian donated funds so that the Monessen/Rostraver club could serve as a major sponsor of the 12th Annual Monongahela Valley Hospital/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk. The event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m., begins at the Market House in Charleroi. The one or twomile fun walk supports the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in the community at MVH. There’still time to donate and/or register for the walk. FMI: or call 724-258-1657. Pictured: Gerald Stasicha, president of the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary, presents a check to Debbie Burkhardt,

director of Radiation Oncology at Monongahela Valley Hospital and Walk Committee member, to help sponsor the 2015 MVH/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk.

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Opens Season with Three Landmark Ballets Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off its 2015-2015 Season with a triple bill program featuring world-class choreographers George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Ji?? Kylián. Mixed Repertory #1 - featuring Balanchine's "Western Symphony," Forsythe's "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" and Kylián's "Sinfonietta" takes the stage Oct. 23-25, at the Benedum Center. "These are iconic choreographers who changed the face of modern-day ballet," said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. "Each took a new approach to the traditional vocabulary to explore the boundaries of the human body and innovate on the classical aesthetic. This is an important step forward for our repertory and an energycharged program for our audiences." The program samples three distinct approaches to classical technique. The mood moves from the rollicking "Western Symphony" to the highoctane "In the Middle Somewhat Elevated" and the free-spirited "Sinfonietta." The PBT Orchestra will accompany "Western Symphony" and "Sinfonietta" under the direction of guest conductor Benjamin Pope of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. "In the Middle Somewhat Elevated" is set to electronic music. George Balanchine's high-spirited "Western Symphony" ventures into the frontier of classical ballet and American folk dance. With the women in frilly frocks and the men in kerchiefs and cowboy hats, the scene is a dusty Old West town where folks are ready

for a night on the town. Balanchine commissioned American composer Hershy Kay, who orchestrated a symphony in four movements inspired by popular folk tunes, including "Red River Valley," "The Gal I Left Behind Me" and "Goodnight, Ladies." Despite its backdrop, "Western Symphony" is, in essence, a classical ballet. Rooted in traditional ballet vocabulary, the choreography alludes to the formations and gestures of American folk dance with playful twists on classic steps. According to Kay, Balanchine commissioned the score following a visit to Wyoming, and many recall his fascination in American themes and penchant for western apparel. The work is non-narrative, but does move through a series of vignettes fueled by charismatic lead couples. From flirtatious one-upmanship to romance and whimsy, Balanchine develops character and charm but is sure to "let dance be the star of the show." Electronic music drives William Forsythe's thrilling "In the Middle Somewhat Elevated." The Guardian called this "the work that changed ballet forever… a high-voltage shock to the world of ballet that would spread far from the stage of the Opera Garnier." The dancers feign a detached attitude, but the technique demands exacting, intensely physical execution. Forsythe describes the work as "a theme and variations in the strictest sense. Making use of academic virtuosity, it extends and accelerates these traditional figures of classical ballet."

The minimalist set imparts a futuristic vibe. Yet, in a subtle a nod to the opulence of the Paris Opera where it premiered, two golden cherries hang - in the middle, somewhat elevated - from center stage. The mood turns to elation with Ji?? Kylián's free-spirited "Sinfonietta."A work in five movements, "Sinfonietta" is a sweeping ensemble ballet inspired by Leoš Janá?ek's score of the same name. "The sound of trumpets resounds in the air and a green field and blue sky beckon. Exhilaratingly, a flock of figures is released into space. These are, in fact, male dancers leaping on stage and they gallop in circles like wild horses. This dynamic image is the key to Ji?? Kylián's exultant choreographic style in Sinfonietta," wrote New York Times critic Anna Kisselgoff in the '90s. Featuring signature double duets and bold, evocative movement, the work strives to visualize the spirit of the "modern, free Czech." "Sinfonietta" was one of the Czech choreographer's first works to meet resounding success in America. Kylián calls the work one of his most "innocent and spontaneous," choreographed in short order at a time of transition for Nederlands Dans Theater. According to Kylián, "The audience, which was present at the premiere in Charleston USA in the summer of 1978 was unable to hear the last "Fanfare" of the music, because they already stood on top of their chairs, cheering and throwing their program books into the air. This was the moment that totally changed NDT." Single tickets start at $28 and are available at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can save up to 50% on tickets by calling 412-454-9101 or Show times: 8 p.m. Oct. 23; 8 p.m. Oct. 24; and 2 p.m. Oct. 25. FMI: Pictured: (top) "Western Symphony" featuring artists JoAnna Schmidt & Alexandre Silva; (bottom) "Sinfonietta" featuring artists Amanda Cochrane & Luca Sbrizzi. Both photos by Duane Rieder and courtesy of PBT.

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Zombie Fest The Pittsburgh Zombie Fest will be held Oct. 17 on the Andy Warhol Bridge, formerly the Seventh Street Bridge, from Noon - 8 p.m. Admission $10. Kids under 12 free. Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The event is held in a different location each year but this year's location will provide a new level to the experience with all the festivities taking place 83 feet above the water with an amazing view of Pittsburgh, the Zombie Capital of the World. This setting will also allow a view of the spectacle of thousands of “zombies quarantined to the bridge” from either side of the river.

There will be vendors and activities for the undead crowd as well as live entertainment provided by the area's best bands. The It's Alive Show with be taping their tenth anniversary special with cameras and interviews throughout the day. At sundown, the zombies will begin the annual zombie walk. The exact route will not be revealed until the day of the event. FMI:


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Cohen & Grigsby Trust fall season shows Zakir Hussain's Jazz: A Musical Bridge East to West - Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Byham Theater A Musical Bridge East to West is a spirited Indian-infused jazz jam session with world-renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain, groundbreaking bassist Dave Holland (who played on Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" among other Davis recordings) and members of the collective SF Jazz. This performance is part of India in Focus. Evil Dead the Musical - Oct. 29-31 at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., Byham Theater - Tickets: $50-$75 The only musical in the world with a splatter zone, this hilarious live stage show combines elements from the cult classic horror films Evil Dead 1, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness to create one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes‌ and all to music. Mystic India - Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Byham Theater - Tickets: $30-$50 Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India's transition into modern India. The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and 750 opulent costumes. The colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed in India's film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over the course of two years. The team of diverse, impeccably trained dancers combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect

harmony. Audiences can expect an explosion of colors and energy as they travel on a celebratory journey through Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, and even through the progression of Bollywood films via a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects. The Tenors - Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Byham Theater - Tickets: $37.25$200 Get ready to hear The Tenors like you've never heard them before. On their new album, Under One Sky, the multi-platinum Juno-award winning foursome co-wrote eight tunes, showing facets of themselves they've longed to share with their millions of fans. "We've had eight years together and we wanted to turn those memories into music," says Clifton Murray, who is joined in The Tenors by Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters. The Canadian group has written a handful of songs for their previous three sets, but Under One Sky marks the first time their songwriting talents stand toe-to-toe with their vocal prowess. In the process, they've created a rich collection that expands on their earlier efforts, while delving deeper into their collective strength as artists. Peppa Pig's Surprise Nov. 28, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m., Byham Theater Tickets: $37.25 $132.25 More fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig, star of the top-rated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Big Splash!

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Comedian & personality “Nephew Tommy” to visit Benedum Center Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles' "I Got People Inside My Head" Tour will visit the Benedum Center on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles has built a career that encompasses radio, television, film and more. Thomas' role as co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of more than 8 million listeners daily. "Nephew Tommy" provides a key role in the morning show, lighting it up with his own cast of colorful characters and zany humor. Thomas Miles also has a loyal fol-

lowing as a stand-up comedian and has earned a reputation for wowing crowds. For three years, he served as the exclusive opening act on the Luther Vandross tour. Miles is the exclusive Mainstage host for the Essence Festival in New Orleans typically held every July 4th weekend, which draws over 250,000 fans and features acts. He continues to keep the crowds laughing as he tours nationally to sold-out crowds. Tickets ($53.75) can be purchased at, by calling 412-4566666, or at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave.

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Cal U of PA named among Best in the Northeast for 11th year For the 11th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Cal U among the best universities in the northeastern United States. The nationally known education services company selected California University as one of the 225 institutions profiled in the Best in the Northeast section of its "2016 Best Colleges: Region By Region" listing at The institutions named in the regional "best of" lists are considered "academically outstanding and well worth consideration" as part of a college search, according to The Princeton Review. In total, The Princeton Review recognized 649 colleges and universities in four regions - Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West. These schools rep-

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resent just 25 percent of the nation's approximately 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review assesses schools for academic excellence, compiling the list based on student surveys, data collected through its administrator surveys, and the opinions of its staff and of college counselors and advisers. The results indicate that Cal U's small-town setting means the campus "feels safe," yet it's "only 45 minutes from the airport" and downtown Pittsburgh. "Cal U has a beautiful campus, and the facilities are top-notch. It's hard not to fall in love with it," one student wrote. Once again, the university earned high marks for campus-wide Wi-Fi and "smart" classrooms. Students also mentioned the importance of the universi-

ty's "roomy" residence halls: "That is where you live, after all." Students appreciated the diversity on campus, with a mixture of traditional, non-traditional and international students. "People are really friendly. I really enjoy having people from so many different backgrounds in my classes. It makes discussions fun," one student said. The Princeton Review's 225 "Best Northeastern Colleges" are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville will hold candle light ghost tours through the haunted castle every weekend on October from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri and Sat and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays. Dates for the tours are Oct. 2-3, 910, 16-17, 23-25, 30-Nov. 1. Cost: Adults $9, Children $4. Light-up night at Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville will be held November 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring the children for the fun and festivities as Elsa and Anna (from the movie Frozen) will be there to greet them.This is a free event & everyone is welcome!

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The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions will host the fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop on Saturday, November 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. Students will gain hands-on training from skilled experts in the forensic sciences and have the opportunity to utilize those practices by applying them at a crime scene. The vast array of workshops offered will help students to determine if they can see a forensic science or criminal justice career in their futures. “The Mock Crime Scene weekend gives the current students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet prospective students and show them, through experience, what they can expect by attending Waynesburg University,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. Every year, typically more than 40 current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors attend the event. To register for the workshop, contact Admissions at 800-225-7393


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