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Seeds of Rebellion


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Seeds of Rebellion Several of my friends have had babies in the last year. Thanks to the wonder of social media, I've had the opportunity to witness countless photos documenting the first year of their children's lives. There's perhaps nothing more miraculous than a newborn baby, no sensation so sublime as to hold one in your arms or to see them smile at you for the first time. There's no feeling so powerful as to realize someone depends on you, no motivation greater than the knowledge someone looks up to and admires you. However, as any parent will eventually testify, there comes a bittersweet moment when your child gains more autonomy and independence and - suddenly - you cease to be a super hero in their eyes. No longer their Superman or Wonder Woman, just like that. You're only human, they've discovered, full of flaws and not always invincible. Then there are the days they treat you like an outright villain. My own son will turn 18 at the end of October. While I envy my friends the joy of new parenthood, there is no power on earth or elsewhere that would compel me to repeat the experience of shepherding a child through the teen years. Adolescence is a particularly rocky road, along which there are many pitfalls. Think the "twos" are terrible? Give me a toddler over a teenager any day of the week. All children rebel against their parents. It's part of the cycle of life, and as they grow older, they develop ideas of their own, notions that sometimes frighten us.

Watching those we love most make mistakes can be heart breaking on the best of days and soul crushing on the worst. Yet, we weather the storm of injustices that accompany parenting an adolescent. We know that in order to learn how to do the right thing, sometimes we must first do the wrong thing. While the transition from child to adult can be seemingly traumatic, a light does beacon at the end of the darkest of tunnels. That's because, as adults, we've already walked this path. We know that the seeds of rebellion sowed in youth will blossom into hardy flowers given proper, loving care. As we prepare to celebrate the occasion of our nation's birth, it's important to take a moment to recognize this country was founded in the spirit of rebellion. Revolt against tyranny and oppression is the building block with which this nation was built. Our forefathers vehemently questioned authority and believed in the free will of the individual. We pause on Independence Day to honor their memory, but their ideals have continued to advance, their spirit of rebellion alive and well. Just as teenagers question their parents' once seemingly infallible judgment, we as Americans still demand answers from those in power. It's part of what makes this country great. Happy birthday, America! We at Pennsylvania Bridges wish everyone a safe, fun-filled summer. We'll be back in August with our Back to School edition. Until next time, happy reading! Carla E. Anderton

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Summer 2015

In this Issue------------------Rebellion Women’s Softball...p. 3, 4 Brownsville Drive In/Diner...p. 5 Jaws still has bite at 40 years...p. 6 Choir has hymn composed in honor of late Valley teacher/mentor...p. 7 Booksigning for Della & Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid...p. 7 B.T. Gilligan: Because some things in life just don’t make sense...p. 8 Annual conference a retreat for fiction writers of all stripes...p. 9 Les Miserables takes stage...p. 10 California area residents form preservation group...p. 11 Exhibits at SPACE/709 Penn...p. 12 Boy Scout camps offered...p. 13 Summer day camps in Greene...p. 13 Whiskey Rebellion Festival...p. 14, 15 Jonathan Jackson & Enation...p. 16 Cal U summer kids programs...p. 17 At the Palace Theater...p. 18 Touchstone’s new director...p. 19, 20 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 20 PWPA awards scholarship...p. 21 MVH donors break record...p. 21 MVH Night at the Museum...p. 22 MVH Nurses awarded Cameos of Caring for service...p. 23 Events at Jozart CFTA...p. 24 Military families get free admission at area museums...p. 25 90s bands rock Pittsburgh...p. 26 End of an undead era...p. 27 On the cover: Anna Miller on the field during the inaugural season of the Pennsylvania Rebellion professional women’s softball team.

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The Girls of Summer: Rebellion Women begin second season players love their fans. “I had a couple In a male-dominated world of profesfans last season that sional sports, it can be difficult for I got really close young ladies to find role models to inspire them because, let's face it, there with,” said Rebellion catcher, Mandy aren't a lot of professional female athOgle. “They would letes. That tide is starting to turn. be at every game, no Last year, the Rebellion Women's matter if I was playprofessional high pitch softball team ing or not, supportkicked off their inaugural season at ing me. It got to the Consol Energy Park in Washington. point that I started to Bringing together amazing athletes from all over the globe, the Rebellion's look for them in the stands and after second season began in late May, and games. When it the players are looking forward to becomes something inspiring girls to follow their dreams special like that, it during another successful season. really touches “When you watch, they're always Mandy Ogle at bat during the Pennsylvania Rebellion women’s your heart.” cheering and they have confidence in profesional softball team’s inaugural season This will be Ogle's their playing,” said Catie Urban, sixth second season with grader at Allison Park Elementary this year, the Pennsylvania Rebellion the Pennsylvania Rebellion and she's School and member of the Chartierswill take to the road for games in excited about returning to the diamond. Lancaster, York and Maurmee, Ohio, Houston Girls Softball Association 12 Catchers are such a critical member of and under team. Urban is one of many trying to drum up interest in those the team, so it's no surprise Ogle has young softball players who attended cities in hosting teams of their own. Rebellion games last season and stayed already amassed quite a following of Ogle isn't the only player excited local fans. after the game seeking autographs and about the new season. First year catch“It pleases me to know girls are getting to know the players. er Alexa Peterson was also eager for it yearning to come watch us play,” said The fans get a real thrill meeting the to begin. Ogle. “I hope [they] know that they can players, but the feeling is mutual; the “The best part is being able to meet be whoever they want to, do whatever new people and learn from them,” said they want. The possibil- Peterson. “I love being able to expand ities are endless my knowledge of the game, which is because, not long ago, going to help me with my college professional softball coaching career. By being traded for a wasn't even a thing.” new team, I am now exposed to new Professional softball is coaching styles and philosophies as new to the nation and, well as new ways to play the game to date, there are only a from my teammates.” handful of teams the Peterson says she loves the challenges Rebellion play, includthe game presents, whether she's coming the Chicago peting against another team or playing Bandits, Akron Racers, against her teammates during practices, USSSA Pride, and the and she especially likes diving for the brand new Dallas ball, a frequent occurrence in her role Charge. This small as catcher. She also feels close to the league has a huge heart team's young female fans, and is honand it's apparent on the ored to be a role model for them. field. These women are “To be able to continue to still play powerhouses, hitting the game I fell in love with at their age home runs, diving into is such a blessing,” said Peterson. “The bases and giving it their fact they are coming to watch [the all at every game. games], even though they don't know One major challenge us, is a complete honor.” facing the league is the For Ogle and Peterson, the seemingly Raelyn Hersberger and Arabella Martin pose for a photo with a need for continued impossible goal they both shared of player after the home opener on May 29. Fans are invited to visit growth and expansion. the field after every game to meet the players and get their To help achieve this end Story by Hayley Martin

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Custom blankets warm young hearts & bodies

Young hospital patients will feel more safe, secure, loved and comforted, thanks to the hard work of two local groups whose members spent countless hours handcrafting them Boo Boo Dolls and Linus blankets. From left to right, Project Linus Coordinator Lois Misko and Mon Valley Quilt Club President Jackie Ingram present the one-of-a-kind gifts to MVH Emergency Department Medical Director Amy Talley, M.D., and SameDay Surgery Nurse, Mary Beth Cope. The gifts will also be used on the hospital's pediatric

wing,7-W. Mrs. Ingram also works in MVH's Critical Care Unit. Project Linus' local chapter distributed 12,145 blankets in 2014 to other organizations in the region and has committed to creating 15 blankets each month for young patients in MVH's Emergency Department, 7-W and SameDay Surgery units. For more information on Project Linus, contact Mrs. Misko at or 412-2078259. For more information on the Mon Valley Quilt Club, call Jackie Ingram at 724-207-3858.

Rebellion Women’s Softball, continued from page 3 continuing to play softball after college is alive and well. While they may not take the field to 10,000 screaming fans, earn six figure salaries or drive flashy cars, they're living a dream to which many of their young fans can aspire. “As cheesy as it sounds, it's a dream come true,” said Peterson. “I put in the hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears to play at the highest level of softball, with the ultimate goal of inspiring even one little girl to follow her softball dreams.” “Every day I get to lace up my cleats and play is an absolute blessing from God,” added Peterson. “So many take this game for granted, not realizing it can be stripped from them in a blink of an eye. I've seen too many career ending injuries and the look in the eyes of retired college and professional softball players who would give anything to play one last time. This is what drives me to give everything I have, every practice, every rep, every sprint, every play, every pitch. I have realized what a gift it truly is to get to play this amazing game and I think that is what has gotten me to where I am today and keeps pushing me to be the best softball player I can be. I plan to look back 30 years from now having zero regrets, knowing I gave everything I had to this game.” This season, there are several new faces on the field, with players hailing

from Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada. “This season we have a lot of new players. We are hoping to give off a new vibe and better performance. The only way to see the new us is to come out and watch,” said Ogle. “I heard once that, 'You don't rise to the occasion, but fall to your preparation,'” added Peterson. “We train and practice harder than any team out there, and because of that we are setting ourselves up for success this season.” Catch the Pennsylvania Rebellion this summer at Consol Energy Park. Tickets, parking and concessions are affordably priced, and it's a fun family outing. Beginning this summer, the Pennsylvania Rebellion will host a summer camp for girls during June, July and August. “By attending, girls will get the opportunity to learn from the players,” said Ogle. “We run the camp. We teach you what we personally know and we are an open book to any questions you may have.” “Girls should attend because they are going to get one-on-one work with some of the best softball players in the world,” said Peterson. For more information on games and softball camps, visit

Mon Valley Regional Chamber holds 8th annual memorial golf tournament The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Melvin B. Bassi Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Nemacolin Country Club on Thursday, June 4. Highway Appliance was the main event sponsor. The featured Hole in One Prize was a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck sponsored by Rotolo Motors, in addition to valuable auxiliary prizes. Back by popular demand was the hockey stick putting contest. Proceeds from the Bassi Tournament fund Leadership Washington County scholarships, The Challenge Program in local high schools, and several other educational initiatives in the Mid Mon Valley in memory of the late Attorney Melvin B. Bassi, outstanding community and business leader in the Mon Valley. This year's Golf Committee was


chaired by J.J. Georgagis, Keystone Bakery, and includes Milt Kubik, Denise Mornak, Mornak Excavation, Trish Brickner, PaCareerLink, Josie Pelzer, Rotolo Motors, Diann Donaldson, Reliance Business Solutions, and Jeffrey Mendola, Waddell & Reed. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the Mid Mon Valley Region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi. Its mission is to provide quality networking and educational opportunities to its membership and to advocate economic development activities that will enhance the quality of life and business climate of the Mid Mon Valley.

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Brownsville Drive-In and Route 40 Classic Diner have historic past, bright future Story by Dave Zuchowski It’s not many towns, even regions, that can brag about having their own drive-in theater. But Grindstone and Brownsville area residents are lucky enough not only to have one of their own, a classic that dates back to 1947, but also a classic diner with an flashy ambiance that recalls the 1950s. “I. J. Ficks opened the Brownsville Drive-In 68 years ago,” said manager Charlie Perkins of Brownsville, who’s now also serving out his final term as a Brownsville councilman. “At their peak in the 1970s, there were about 5,000 drive-in theaters scattered across the country. Now there’s only 338.” Extreme Southwestern Pennsylvania is blessed to have three of the outdoor theaters tucked into our corner of the state. Besides Brownsville, Mt. Pleasant and Carmichaels can also make a claim to having this classic form of summertime entertainment where families and teens on a date can watch the latest releases in the comfort of their car. The late Tom Clark, Jr. was so drawn to the Brownsville Drive-In he started working there as a teen. While still in his 20s, he and John (Preach) Sebeck partnered to purchase the business in 1972. Each year, the drive-in opens for weekend screenings in April but

switches to a daily operation around Memorial Day After paying the $8 person admission fee (children under ten pay $3), patrons get to watch, not one, but two new releases on one of the theater’s three screens. Perkins keeps the drive-in open through October with the screening of horror films appropriate for Halloween. Recently, the theater installed a new $100,000 digital projector and booth after a fundraising campaign that brought in $6,000 and a Honda award of $15,000. The rest of the financial outlay came via a timely loan. Still to come are two additional digital projectors, which Perkins hopes to have installed by the end of the 2015 season. In the meantime, two 35 mm projectors will continue to carry the load. “We make a lot of our revenue, not at the box office, but at the snack bar, where our most popular items are pizza and fresh cut fries,” Perkins said. Other snack bar treats are cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, corn dogs, candy, ice cream, cotton candy and, of course, popcorn. As much as Tom Clark, Jr. loved his drive-in, he also loved old diners, those shining, gleaming eateries that date back to the 1950s. In 2006, Clark and Sebeck found a classic diner in Mattron, Illinois and had it moved to their property adjacent to the drive-in.

Their Route 40 Classic Diner opened in November 2008 with chrome chairs, big comfy blue and white vinyl booths, a lunch counter flanked by a string of stools, black and white checkered floors, a Texaco pump and pink neon line lighting that runs along opposite sides of the ceiling. To add to the diner atmosphere, the walls are decorated with celebrity autographs and photos, gold records presented to Frank Sinatra, Sonny and Cher and Buddy Holly, even a framed snippet of four strands of Elvis Presley’s Lila Mitchell enjoys a delicious milkshake from the Route 40 Classic Diner hair that Perkins Photo by Mitch Mitchell said are authentic. products and electronics in what used “Over the years, we’ve had some to be the old Radio Shack. TJs is locatcelebrities come in to eat - like Peggy March, who made popular the 1963 hit ed on the same property as the diner “I Will Follow Him” and Joe Hardy, and drive-in and is, in fact, sandwiched who liked to come in on Tuesdays for in between them. our chicken and biscuit special,” Not one to stand still, Perkins said he Perkins said. eventually plans to build an outdoor The diner is open daily from 8 a.m. to patio onto the diner and is also thinking 9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner of opening another restaurant on with specials featured everyday along the property. with fountain favorites like milkshakes “That’s something that could be years and banana splits. “Most everything is in the making, maybe like five years home cooked,” Perkins said. “We make down the road,” he said. our soups daily, and our most popular The Route 40 Classic Diner, TJs item is our Garbage Plate.” (The menu Craftiques and the Brownsville Drivedescribes it as scrambled eggs, bacon, In are located on Business Route 40, ham, onions, peppers, home fries and east of Brownsville. biscuits and gravy - all piled up on Read these stories and others at: one plate). Besides managing both the drive-in and diner, Perkins has yet another managerial duty - overseeing TJs Craftique, Continuously updated with the an emporium that sells antiques and arts, education, entertainment crafts but also jewelry, candles, Amish

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After 40 years, “Jaws” still has bite Story by Chuck Brutz Question: What do you get when you take a best selling novel, a young director named Spielberg, and a Great White shark? Answer: The birth of the summer blockbuster movie. It all started in 1964 when freelance writer Peter Benchley read an article in the New York Daily News about a Long Island fisherman who caught a 4,550 pound Great White shark. Benchley had an “aha” moment, and asked himself the question: What if a Great White shark came around, terrorized a town and wouldn't go away? Flashback to the early 1970s. Benchley had a book deal with Doubleday Books to write a book, early titles of which included Stillness in the Water and Leviathon Rising. Other potential titles were The Jaws of Death and The Jaws of Leviathan but these were also ruled out. After a conversation with his editor Tom Congdon, Benchley titled the book Jaws. According to Benchley, it “was short and fit on the cover of a book jacket.” The novel was first released in February 1974 and was an immediate best seller. As evidenced to this day by the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, if a novel is successful, Hollywood will come calling. After reading the novel, Universal Films producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown agreed it would make an exciting feature film and acquired the film rights. Now all that was needed was the right director. After two attempts to make the film with different directors, Zanuck and Brown decided to hire relative unknown Steven Spielberg, then 28, to direct Jaws. Spielberg had only one film to his credit at the time, 1974's The Sugarland Express. In Douglas Brode's book The Films of Steven Spielberg, Spielberg is quoted as saying he wanted to stick with the novel's basic concept, that of a shark terrorizing the local town of Amity, and the efforts of police chief Martin Brody, marine biologist Matt Hooper, and local professional shark hunter Quint to catch and kill the shark. To achieve this end, Spielberg had to eliminate many of the subplots of

Benchley's novel, including one in which Hooper and Brody's wife, Helen, have an affair. Other subplots that landed on the cutting room floor were ties between Mayor Vaughn and the Mafia and the death of Hooper in the jaws of the Great White shark. Spielberg cast actors Roy Scheider as Brody, Robert Shaw as Quint, and Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper. Author Benchley appeared in a cameo as a television reporter. With the three leading roles cast, Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water! filming beginning in Martha's Vineyard. His prediction came true, and Jaws was The question that emerged was how to the top film of 1975. Jaws also held the film a movie about a killer shark withtitle of top grossing film of all time out showing at least a part of the shark. until May 1977 when it was toppled by To answer this inquiry, Spielberg is the success of Star Wars. quoted as saying he asked himself what Prior to that time, the summer blockwould Alfred Hitchcock do? buster as we know it today didn't exist. “Imagining a Hitchcock movie, instead of a Godzilla movie,” Spielberg However, due largely in part to the sucstated in the documentary Jaws The cess of Jaws and Star Wars, it's now a Inside Story, “I suddenly got the idea common phenomenon. that we could make a lot of hay out of Two years after Jaws, Spielberg the horizon line, and not being able to teamed up again with Richard Dreyfuss see your feet, not being able to see any- for the 1977 box office smash Close thing below the waistline, when you're Encounters of the Third Kind. A film treading water… it's what we don't see close to Spielberg's heart, he originally that is truly frightening.” By not showing the shark onscreen as wanted to make it back in 1974. At the time, he was advised if he often as he appeared in the novel, the made a film as successful as Jaws, he'd film was somehow more suspenseful have enough clout in Hollywood to and scary. “That invited the audience to come to make any film he wanted. So, we can the movie, bringing their collective thank the success of Jaws for his imaginations, Spielberg stated in Jaws subsequent films, including Close The Inside Story, “Their imaginations Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Art, helped me make the movie a success.” E.T., and Jurassic Park. After a successful early test screenJaws spawned three sequels, none of ing, Universal Studios head Lew which broke the box office record of Wasserman made a unique decision. Originally, the film was to be shown in the original. As of this writing, no other sequels or reboots have been roughly 1,000 theaters. Wasserman cut announced but, given the climate in that number to 490, stating he wanted Hollywood lately, you never know lines around the box office. what lurks beyond the horizon.

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“It was an amazing gift.” Story by Carla E. Anderton On Sunday, May 10, a special service was held at California United Methodist Church in California to commemorate the premiere of a hymn commissioned to honor the late Miriam Wilson. Wilson, who taught music at both California Area School District and California University of Pennsylvania, was organist and choir director for the church. The church choir debuted the anthem during the regular worship service following a stirring tribute to Mrs. Wilson by current choir director Linda Jukes. “When we age, we began to wonder, 'What legacy will we leave behind?'” Jukes said. “When Miriam Wilson died, I wondered if she realized the legacy she left in the singers of the Mon Valley. Our choir thought long and hard how to appropriately acknowledge her legacy and, after some research, decided to commission a hymn to written in her memory.” According to Jukes, Mrs. Wilson's connection to the church began in her early youth. “Miriam Laight [Wilson] grew up right next to the church. The borough building is built on the land where her house stood,” she said. Miriam June Laight Wilson was born in California on June 24, 1923. She was married and widowed twice, first to Frank Donovan and later to Daniel Wilson. She had one daughter, Patricia,

three granddaughters - Liza, Meg and Kitty - and three stepchildren, Jenny, Tim and James. In addition to serving as a teacher and church volunteer, Wilson was director of the California Chorale, an assembly of university students, professors and members of the California community. One among many whose lives Wilson touched, Jukes lavished praise on her mentor's musical abilities. “She had a gift for playing. She could remember music and would just sit down and play without [sheet] music for hours on end. She could also transpose music into any key and then play the accompaniment in the new key. It was an amazing gift,” Jukes said. Another of Wilson's “amazing gifts” was her prolific and wide reaching influence on others. “There are hundreds of people in the Mon Valley and extending outward who love music as a result of Miriam Wilson,” Jukes said. “She nurtured musicians all along the way, whether kids went into music as a result of her influence or they just appreciated music as a result.” The church choir chose lyricists Nancy Price and Don Besig because “they write music our choir can sing

Law Office of and the link of their web site was so easy to follow,” Jukes said. “They were extremely accessible and straight forward with their communication.” The cost of having the anthem composed was $800 which is being paid for by personal donations from members of the choir and other church members. Organist Jenn Chmiel and flautist Dustin Cramer accompanied the choir during the premiere of the anthem, “God Has Given Me a Song to Sing.” After the anthem's debut, Pastor B. T. Gilligan led all those in attendance in accepting and dedicating the hymn. Members of Mrs. Wilson's family were present at the service.

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Fans, friends and family showed up in droves for the book release party held on May 14 for “Della & Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid”

A book signing was held at Regina’s Flowers on May 14 to celebrate the release of Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid, the first in a series of children’s books. Fans, friends and family turned out, eager to catch a glimpse of some of the characters from the series. Guests enjoyed a delicious array of snacks. Books were available for purchase as well as a variety of Monongahela Mermaid merchandise

including everything from plush dolls and toy pirate swords. Authors Della, Lila and Brianne Mitchell were on hand to autograph books and chat with fans. “We are so delighted with the turnout and the show of support from our fans,” said Brianne Mitchell. “We look forward to many more promotional events. Our Mon Mermaid is certain to appear at a few!” For more information, visit

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When life gives you... pineapple, cheese and Ritz crackers?!? By Pastor B.T. Gilligan At many churches in America, there is a beautiful tradition called the Church Potluck. If you are unfamiliar with this tradition, it's when people who attend church get together and share a meal. Each person is responsible for bringing a dish to share. Typically these dishes are casseroles, cakes, or various other tasty concoctions with various levels of cheese and potatoes. Here at California United Methodist Church, this tradition holds strong! On the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., we come together as a group of people and share a meal. Our meals are open to anyone who would like to join us and experience the beauty that is large groups of people all bonding over the last chicken leg or piece of chocolate cake. One of the dishes we have on a regular basis is a dish that doesn't make sense. It is a combination of crushed pineapple, shredded cheese, and Ritz crackers. This sounds as if it would be disgusting. In fact, the first time this dish was offered to me I turned my nose up because cheese and pineapple just should not go together. However, not to be rude, I tasted some. Then I tasted more, and more, and more, until I had embarrassed myself, and my family, by eating most of the casserole dish. Cheese, pineapple, and crackers should not go together and they should not taste good. It should be a culinary

disaster. But it isn't. Instead, it is amazing. Now, when there is a potluck meal I make sure I am close to the front of the line so that I can enjoy this delicacy. It is unexplainable just how delicious this meal is. I wonder how often life is like this. There are things we experience and go through that just don't make sense. Sometimes, what we experience is the most painful thing in our lives. Some things just don't make sense. Whether it was that job loss, or that unplanned pregnancy, sometimes our life doesn't make any sense and we don't know why. These things that happen can destroy us. They don't make sense, they make us feel worthless and unloved and sometimes we wonder if it will ever get better. If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes these things can drive us to the point where we want to give up on it all. In the Bible, it says God makes everything beautiful in its own time. This idea even includes you. Whatever you are going through right now is not the best it is going to get. Times may be difficult right now. You might be going through violence, poverty, depression, addiction, or worse. No matter what you are going through and no matter how much it does not make sense, there will come a day when everything will work out. That might mean seeking out help to get better, or getting out of a bad situation, or just waiting patiently. Whatever it takes, you can do this. You are not alone.


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There is help out there and there are people who will guide you and walk with you through it all. Just like pineapple, cheese, and crackers mixed together, there are parts of our lives that don't make sense and shouldn't work out, but the God of the universe is in the business of making all things beautiful in perfect timing. So, if you need a helping hand to see the beauty in your life there are resources for that. From churches to hotlines there are places to go or people to call that will remind you of the beauty of your own life.

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In my “right mind” at In Your Write Mind By Ron Shannon Get there early. I always do. I love the neatly trimmed grass, the vacant buildings, and the echoes in the narrow hallway by the security office. There is an unnatural lure within this campus. As you approach the buildings you are aware of the history standing guard at every darkened window. Once you're inside the past beckons from the colonnades and courtyards. This is Seton Hill, a school with a fascinating backstory and a passionate future. It's the home of the Griffins, but more importantly it's the home of the Writing Popular Fiction Program. Every year, at the end of June, it's also the home of the In Your Write Mind writers' conference. This year the conference will start on Thursday, June 25 and will end on Sunday, June 28. If the weather is nice you can sit outside on one of the swings and catch up on some reading, or let the architecture capture your imagination. Dream of old characters and narratives, conjure up a new storyline, or finish your current work in progress. If it is raining you can go inside and find one of the parlors. Sit in a comfortable antique chair or do what I do and find an equally comfortable rocker. You may want to read, but don't be surprised if the building steals your thoughts. Daydreaming is not only permissible it is expected. The conference starts around noon on Thursday. Guests, experienced people in the industry, will coach a few les-

Every year, a multiple author book signing is held where Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fictoin alums and other participating authors are on hand to sign books and discuss their craft

sons, share experiences, and maybe accept a pitch or two. Faculty, mentors, and teachers in the program, will conduct sessions on a variety of subjects. WPF graduates will instruct a few more classes. One night will be devoted to a massive book signing. The annual ball will be held the last night of the conference. Oh, and don't miss the ghost tour. It's usually conducted the first night. The graveyard is particularly interesting and capable of stimulating a few new tales. Although all of the classes, tours, and book signings are an important part of the conference they are not the attrac-

A highlight of In Your Write Mind is the traditional costume ball held on Saturday night following the evening’s guest speaker. This year’s guest speaker is author Chuck Wendig (

tion that draws me back year after year. I look forward to the discussions outside the classroom. I want to spend time with the people who understand my hopes and dreams. I escape my day job and the goals others want me to achieve. I belong to this group. Here I am not a childish daydreamer. I am another writer willing to listen and share my achievements and disappointments. This is what this conference is all about. It's okay if you're not part of the Writing Popular Fiction Program and don't worry about being an introvert. It's the condition of most writers, at least the good ones. It's a natural condition. We spend most of our time in solitude; we feed on it, and find motivation in its seclusion. It's something we all have in common and recognize in others. It's an essential part of our character. Fellow travelers are recognized and accepted. Someone will ask what you write, ask about your current project. How did you hear about In Your Write Mind? We're glad you're here. For me the conference is over before it begins. It always takes me a long time to recover, but part of the recovery process is a renewed resolve to keep writing. I set my sights on next year and return to my isolation and my characters. I am, after all, a writer. For more information on In Your Write Mind 2015, visit

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“We had to do it now. We couldn’t pass on the opportunity.” Story by Sarah Beth Martin When opportunity knocks, you can sit idle and ignore it, or you can collect yourself and go answer the door. The Board of Directors at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale chose the latter when it came to deciding which plays and musicals to feature in its 2014-15 season, and theater fans throughout the region are sure to be pleased with the outcome of their deliberations. This summer, the Geyer will present its premiere production of composer Claude-Michel Schonberg's beloved musical Les Miserables. This title was selected because it is a timeless classic with strict time constraints. As Geyer President Brad Geyer explained, the rights to perform this marvelous musical were released to community theaters, such as the Geyer, only two years ago, and they expire in June 2015, meaning that, after that date, community theaters will no longer be allowed to produce this show unless and until the rights are granted again. “We had to do it now,” Geyer told us. “We couldn't pass on the opportunity, in case the rights don't come around for a while.” Geyer and the board of directors weren't the only ones who couldn't pass on the opportunity. When the Geyer held open auditions this spring, approximately 130 people came out to score a spot in Les Miserables, and dozens of others stepped up to provide services for the production. The Geyer, like most community theaters, operates on a zero budget, with volunteerism and art appreciation as its lifeblood. In other words, the cast, crew, and other instrumental figures in the productions receive no pay other than the rewards of performing and giving back to the art community. It's this love of art and performance that has sustained the Geyer for over 25 years, since the historic opera house it populates on Pittsburgh Street was renovated in 1989 after sitting dark for two decades. And, it is this same love that will continue to fuel the Geyer's success, as well as the region's success, by educating and empowering our next generation of thespians and engineers. In addition to the plays, ballets, and


musicals it puts on each year, the Geyer also offers special programs for children, including the Geyer After School Program (during the school year) and a twoweek intensive summer theater camp. These offerings provide area youth with the opportunity to perform and learn the ins and outs of the theater, and equips them with skills and confidence that can be applied to other areas of their lives. Just as the Geyer opens its stage UNE doors to eager children, so, too, it opens its doors to anyone interested in the performing arts. Its productions are regularly cast with seasoned actors and novices alike, and it will turn no one away based solely on amateur status. “We accept all comers, regardless of what they have or haven't done [in theater] before,” Geyer commented. “During auditions, we look at what's done on the stage, not at a résumé of previous productions.” As per Les Miserables, 60 cast members were selected from the 130 who auditioned-and, just like Geyer said, those 60 actors represent a wide range of experience, from first-timers and occasional actors to veterans of the stage. Les Miserables runs at the Geyer Performing Arts Center from June 1114, with two special matinee performances on Saturday. Tickets cost just $15 and are already flying out of the box office, filling up the Geyer's 340 seats. Other upcoming performances at the Geyer include Disney's Tarzan in July and Spamalot in August. For more information about upcoming productions, programs, and experiences at the Geyer, visit the Center online at:

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The exhibition “Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern” will be on view until June 28 at SPACE. Lindsey Landfried organized this exhibition exploring artists' uses of repetition, rhythm, and pattern as elements to investigate the possibilities of abstractions. In its fourth iteration (shown in 2014 at Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA; TSA, Brooklyn, NY; and Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS), the show's Pittsburgh presentation is its largest to date, including new “Out of Many, One People” an exhibition exploring the vast cultural heritage of Jamaica by artist Tamara Natalie Madden - will be on view until June 21. The exhibition explores the island's diverse ethnic background that informs its rich and unified culture. This cultural hybridization extends beyond Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. While Madden says Caribbean people fully celebrate their African heritage, some works in this exhibition seeks to explore “Black” as a singular racial distinction, challenging a monolithic notion that does not account for the many races inherent in the Caribbean bloodline. The exhibition includes 30 works in acrylic and mixed media. The artworks feature bright, vibrant colors and figures often wearing collaged fabrics. 709 Penn Gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown

sitespecific works by artists Kim Beck, Alex Paik, and Lilly Zuckerman. It also includes larger installations by artists Corey Escoto, Brian Giniewski, Kate McGraw, and Anna Mikolay; as well as works by Megan Cotts, Crystal Gregory, Lindsey Landfried, Helen O'Leary, and David Prince. The exhibition features installation and sculpture, highlighting works that use paper as structural material, not only as a picture surface. Pieces in glass, aluminum, and porcelain and also included. SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Details:

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Boy Scout camps at Waynesburg University Waynesburg University will offer two camps for Boy Scouts this summer, Life to Eagle Camp and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Scouts Camp. Both camps will offer scouts the opportunity to earn specialized merit badges taught by Waynesburg University professors. Life to Eagle and STEM for Scouts camps will offer small camp classes with individualized instruction. Waynesburg University professors who are experienced in their badge topic and are registered with the Laurel Highlands Council as Merit Badge Counselors will teach all of the badge sessions. Registration for both camps is limited to the first 36 scouts. Scouts can provide a roommate preference to room with a friend when registering. Life to Eagle Camp Waynesburg University will host Life to Eagle Camp Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19. The Life to Eagle Camp will offer Scouts with Life or Star Rank the opportunity to earn up to three merit badges in one weekend. Available badges include citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, emergency prep, environmental science, family life, first aid, personal fitness and sustainability. All of the badges offered are required for obtaining Eagle Rank. Assistance with Eagle Project planning and portfolios will also be provided, and Scouts will be offered the opportunity to work on their Eagle Project portfolio in Waynesburg University's state-of-the-art Mac lab in lieu of a third merit badge. The total cost for the camp is $200, and includes badge instruction, meals and lodging. To register, visit STEM for Scouts Camp Waynesburg University's STEM for Scouts Camp will be held July 20-24.


Boy Scouts entering sixth grade through current high school seniors are invited to attend. Scouts will have the opportunity to earn up to five science, technology, engineering and math related merit badges. Waynesburg University will offer 15 different badges including astronomy, aviation, bird study, chemistry, digital technology, environmental science, electronics, engineering, geocaching, photography and oceanography, among others. Scouts may choose their five badges when registering. The total cost for the camp is $350, which includes lodging in air-conditioned dorms, three meals a day in the dining facilities of the University, five merit badges, a t-shirt, a patch and all activities. Activities include evening campfires and fun, hands-on STEM activities. Scouts will work on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) NOVA science awards during camp. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with fun activities and exposure to STEM-related fields. To register, visit The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more information, contact

The Monon Center is pleased to partner for a fifth year with the Greene County Department of Recreation to provide an art component for the county's summer Day Camp program. The Monon Center, a Greensboro-based museum and cultural center, is collaborating on a tie-in with the county's exciting new program called “UP STREAM,” which stands for YOU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math. The arts and sciences share sequential learning habits of the mind that mutually support creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and transference of skills and knowledge to new experiences, according to a report presented by Pam Blaker, parks and recreation manager, at a recent meeting. Foundation qualities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs are

curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, which are key concepts that are best learned through the performing arts disciplines. The Monon Center provides inter-generational cultural enrichment serving the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania and neighboring areas of West Virginia. The Monon Center encourages interest, training and educational enrichment in the arts, history, science and culture of the region. At this time, its programming is provided as an outreach service. There is a pre-registration at each of the sites on Friday, June 12, from noon-3 p.m. Day camp sites are Mon View Park in Greensboro, Carmichaels Wana Be Park, Waynesburg Lions Club Park & Jefferson Day Camp.

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Regional History Comes to Life at 2015 Whiskey Rebellion Festival: Free Family Fun for All Ages Story by Stacie Adams One of the great things about living in southwestern Pennsylvania is the rich historical background of the area. This region was home to many important events in American history, including the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791. When the federal government attempted to impose a tax on whiskey production to help ease the national debt, area farmers launched an expansive protest that involved often forceful methods of refusing whiskey taxes. Taking place in Washington County, the Whiskey Rebellion illustrated the dogged American ideals that would go onto form the very backbone of this country. To celebrate this important event, Washington County holds the yearly Whiskey Rebellion Festival which offers keen historical insight and a whole lot more to attendees. The festival was first established in 2010 to celebrate Washington County's bicentennial and was originally intended to be a one-time happening. However, the festival proved so popular that it was scheduled as a yearly occurrence, complete with a number of musical acts, a shooting festival, heritage arts and crafts, and an array of foods and produce straight from local vendors. Lee Stivers is responsible for booking the assortment of musical talent for the festival, and as a Washington County resident has a deep appreciation for this historically-themed event. While enjoying all of the great food and music is

certainly important, Lee also sees the festival as offering a historical perspective not found in many other events. This is especially true for younger attendees, who may find the subject of history boring in other instances. “Kids learn by methods other than sitting in a classroom or reading books, or even watching things on a screen,” Lee says, referring to the numerous demonstrations and live theater put on by the festival reenactors. “When you can involve a kid with their whole body, all of their senses, it makes it real to them.” This up-close perspective is made possible by numerous live performances taking place over the course of the festival. Guests can witness live reenactments demonstrating the way of life typical to frontier men and women of the era, while town criers reenact speeches that would have been lobbed at federal officials attempting to collect the highly unpopular whiskey tax. There is a even a live tar and feather demonstration, where one brave volunteer elects to undergo a simulation of this public humiliation. Activities like these enable a lively way to view history that simply can't be afforded by books, and as a result have much value to residents seeking to gain a grander view of local history. Attendees can even gain insight into the weapons used at the time of the Whiskey Rebellion. The Schuetzenfest, or shooting festival, gives guests an idea of what type of weaponry was

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used during the era. Schuetzenfest, as well as production of Rye whiskey, was supplied by German settlers to Pennsylvania, which had a significant impact on local culture and traditions. Those participating in Schuetzenfest make use of authentic attire and weaponry, including the flintlock rifles wielded by expert marksman. When it comes to musical performances, Lee took great care to ensure that performers kept in tune with the festival's historical outlook. This Americana/heritage sound is most evident in Bull Run Cigar Box Guitars, which are created by John Fanning using a design made famous on Civil War battlefields. Gary Copeland of Spence's Rye will even be using these custom-made guitars during his Saturday afternoon performance, much to the delight of concert-goers eager to see a bit of history in action. Of course, this is just a small sampling of the many great performers included in the festival. Headliners The Black Lillies hail from Tennessee and offer a mix of bluegrass, country, and Americana perfectly suited to the atmosphere of the festival. Local singer/songwriter T. Mitchell Bell affords a regional perspective via many personal songs inspired by Scottish ancestral roots, as well as the wild frontier of Appalachia. Festival regulars Jakob's Ferry Stragglers are a highly popular band that have experienced both regional and national success

thanks to their easy fusion of many different genres and sounds. According to Lee, “The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers is a very exciting band, we're just thrilled to have them back. They've been at the festival every single year.” The festival also includes many other great events such as a classic car show, the 7th annual Whiskey Rebellion dinner hosted by the Bradford House, and a farmer's market featuring an abundance of local fare. While the farmer's market is a quite a success in its current format, big things are in store for this and other Washington County events. “It's a pretty exciting time for the farmer's market because we are about to break ground on building a pavilion downtown to house the market and other community events like the Whiskey Rebellion Festival,” Lee says of the upcoming plans. “By next year we should have a very wonderful pavilion that will be a main square for Washington.” From exciting historical displays and activities to a mix of live musical performances, the 2015 Whiskey Rebellion Festival has much to offer attendees of all ages. The festival kicks off on Thursday July 9 and continues through Sunday July 12, with each day featuring a collection of great attractions that are both fun as well as informative. For a full schedule of free events,

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Just a sampling of the talent you’ll find at the Whiskey Rebellion this summer

The Black Lillies will perform on Saturday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. in the Main Tent The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers will take the stage on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in the Main Tent Miss Ruby will perform with the Dirty Devils at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 10 in the Main Tent

Ruby Red & the Dirty Devils is an eclectic electric blues band based in Washington, Pennsylvania. The band takes a fresh approach to the blues by covering a wide variety of blues styles, complimented with R & B, jazz, and original material. The band enjoys putting its own musical stamp on songs from early blues divas such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, to contemporary blues singers such as Adele and Janiva Magness. The band also highlights songs written by locally and nationally known blues artists who have mentored and inspired Miss Ruby.

Callan will perform on Saturday, July 11 at 6 p.m. in the Main Tent

The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers are a four piece string band based out of southwestern Pennsylvania. They combine a variety of influences ranging from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Rock and 1930's style swing music to create a tight, high-energy sound, complete with heavy grooves, soulful ballads, and extended jams, cherry-topped with well-blended harmony and honest songwriting.

Formerly known as The Weedrags, the group formed in 2010 and has been seen at venues and festivals all over the mid-atlantic region, opening for national acts such as The Steeldrivers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Town Mountain, The Fe- lice Brothers, Drymill Road, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Hillbilly Gypsies and Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen.

This year the festival is proud to present The Black Lilles, a Tennessee based band, that is becoming a national phenomenon and was described by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the bands to watch in 2015. Come out and see The Black Lillies for free in this accessible venue and have an experience that will last a lifetime. Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee's smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the

forefront of the Americana scene. Founded by multiinstrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. The group, formed in 2008, also includes electric guitar and pedal steel whiz Tom Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook, both formerly of the everybodyfields, bassist Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.

---FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF FREE If you look up the word “Callán” in an Irish-Gaelic dictionary, its definition is straight forward: “ruckus.” With their Scottish pipes and Irish dance tunes, this Pittsburgh-based Celtic quintet has been a favorite on the local music scene for over eight years. Callán raised a ruckus for our Americana Music Series in 2013 and 2014, and we are thrilled to have them on the main stage for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.

Billy the Kid and The Regulators are a high powered, guitar driven, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely-known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators, they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient. Playing countless clubs and festivals throughout the country, the band attracts fans with their fresh mix and interpretation of the iconic Billy the Kid & The Regulators will take the stage on R&B experience. Friday, July 10 at p.m. in the Main Tent

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“Nashville” star Jonathan Jackson pitch-perfect at Hard Rock Cafe

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Story by Hayley Martin The Hard Rock Café was bursting with talent on May 31 when Jonathan Jackson and Enation performed to a packed crowd with pitch-perfect, inspiring music. “I'm really excited to play and be here in Pittsburgh,” said Jonathan. While you may not be familiar with Enation, you might be very familiar with Jonathan Jackson, who currently stars as Avery on the hit television show, Nashville. Fans might also remember him from his longstanding role of Lucky on General Hospital, as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting or from various other appearances on the small and silver screens. The members of Enation include Jonathan on guitar and lead vocals, his brother, Richard (who is also an actor who starred as Derek in “Bring it On Again” among other roles) on drums, and their best friend Daniel Sweatt on bass. “We've been playing together so long it feels natural,” said Richard. “We've been together since we were teenagers. It's great fun to do creative things with your brother and friends. A lot of the music and acting has brought us together. We were once siblings fighting as kids and now we can do something that complements each other.” Together this trio makes music so

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Jonathan Jackson on lead vocals for Enation at the Hard Rock Cafe on May 31. Photos of Jonathan & Daniel Sweatt by Hayley Martin.

beautiful it moves the soul. Their songs defy any standard genre, quite unlike so many bands today those entire song catalog sounds the same. Every song has a unique influence ranging from country to rock. “[My inspiration] goes through cycles in my life,” said Jonathan Jackson. “There was a period early on that I listened to REM constantly and then U2. I get into an artist and listen to everything they've ever done.” Performing tracks from their most recent release, “Radio Cinematic,” the band is a force on stage from the first note of perfection to the last. Many songs tell a very powerful story and inspire greatness - such as “The Morning of Rain” which Jonathan counts himself fortunate to have sung on Nashville in season one. The anthem “Everything is Possible” also had the cheering and singing along. “Some songs are stories, some are just talking about thoughts, feelings and emotions,” said Jonathan Jackson. “Some are abstract and some are specific. But we do approach the songs from a place of storytelling. That's why we called the album, Radio Cinematic, Daniel Sweatt jams with Enation at the Hard Rock Cafe


because it's music and film connecting and telling a story through music.” When listening to the lyrics for Enation songs, it's pure poetry, and Jonathan Jackson is no stranger to the form. He has a published collection of poetry inspired with deep, emotional themes called Book of Solace and Madness. “'Cinematic' just felt like it was years in the making,” said Jonathan. “I've been writing since I was 11 years old so I've written hundreds of songs, but that felt like something clicked and it expressed a lot of what means a lot to me. It's a love song and a spiritual anthem for the journey the band has gone through over the last 10 years.” The band is also committed to helping charitable organizations. Enation is currently working with the Syria Project to help people in the Middle East. “We've been inspired by different [Middle Eastern] artists and bands [and] their music is more than just entertainment,” said Jonathan. “They have a purpose behind it. There's such a crisis going on in the Middle East and in America we're often disconnected from it. We're just trying to get basic help to these people.” If you've never heard Jonathan Jackson and Enation, you should pick up their album today. The powerful songs are relatable, connectable and full of passion. Enation might be writing their own musical scripts - but you'll find your own life in the words.

The West Newton Library would like to announce this year’s take on the old Summer Reading Program. This year we will feature a week long event focusing on Nutrition, Exercise, and Reading. This event will run from July 13-July 18 starting daily at 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the West Newton Lion's Field House and Pavilion on the west side of town. The program is free of charge and is open to children from K through 6. Space is limited to the first 50 children. This year the children will be involved in preparing healthy choices, analyze group results, review fractions, and measure out ingredients.They will learn the impact of exercise and of course we will be featuring a new story every day. Each child will receive a workbook and DVD from the “Jump with Jill” exercise & fitness rocks program. Lunch will be provided each day. The week long event will wind up on Saturday, July 18 with our awards ceremony at Simeral Square, during their annual Health and Wellness Fair at the park. This year’s program is brought to you by the Kakos Foundation.

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California University of Pennsylvania welcomes elementary and high school students to its campus in California, Pa., where educational summer day camps are scheduled. Registration is open now for these programs: SEEK, Cal U's annual Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids program, offers two weeklong sessions for children entering grades 18. Since it was founded in 2000, the award-winning program has provided elementary and middle-school students with summer learning experiences that are entertaining, yet academically challenging. This year, “Sand & Sea” classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2226 and July 20-24 in various campus locations. Campers choose from a menu of age-appropriate classes ranging from Physics Tricks, SEEK Shark Week (business) and CSI: California (forensic science) to Sea Me Sew and Best Dances for the Beach Party. Cost is $135 per child for a fullweek, full-day program, or $90 per child for a full-week, half-day (morning or afternoon) program. Participants are escorted between classes and supervised at lunchtime. Each child should bring a bag lunch; refrigeration is not available. To review the 2015 SEEK brochure and register your child, visit Children in grades 3-8 can explore, create and innovate this summer at the California University of Pennsylvania Center for Innovation at Southpointe, in Canonsburg. Beginning June 17, the center's Summer of STEAM programs take a hands-on approach to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, with classes ranging from historical architecture to 3-D printing, robotics, entrepreneurial skills and theater arts. Innovator Wednesdays feature engaging, design-based STEAM activities

that foster learning, problem-solving creativity and teamwork. Students in grades 3-5 meet from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 17-Aug. 19. Cost is $20 per session, and a different topic is covered each week. Students in grades 6-8 meet Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $25 per session; topics change weekly. Students bring their own lunch. Parents may register children for individual Innovator Wednesday programs or the entire series. Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs (grades 38) also are welcome at the Cal U Center for Innovation, where a program hosted by Arts. Inc. meets from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7August 13. Each student creates a logo, website, press kit and branding materials for a business based on his or her passion. The young entrepreneurs write a company biography, resume and business plan, develop marketing and sales strategies, film testimonials, and practice networking to promote their business and build entrepreneurial skills. Cost is $600 per student for the sixweek program. Theater Arts (grades 7-12), hosted by Brian Lane, takes an insider's look at the performing arts. Sessions (from one to five classes each) explore Acting Basics, Writing for Stage/Film/Television, Creating a Digital Short, Behind the Scenes, and Creative Dramatics. Classes meet from 8 a.m.-noon June 15-July 27. Prices range from $20-$60, depending on the number of classes per session. Seating is limited for all Summer of STEAM programs. To see program topics and schedules, or to register, visit The Cal U Center for Innovation at Southpointe is a hub for lifelong learning, a link between California University of Pennsylvania's resources and the wider community, and a home for creative thinking and innovative ideas. Details: or contact Christopher Allen at or 724-938-2765.

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Touchstone Center for Crafts appoints New Director Pennsylvania and beginning her career, Soom suspected her efforts might be better suited in another area. It was a chance meeting with a former professor at a shopping mall and his advice to not “punish yourself for the rest of your career for a decision that you made when you were 18” that inspired her to follow her instinct and pursue an MBA at Waynesburg University. She earned her MBA while working full time at her current career in medical technologies. As executive director at American Red Cross, River Valley Chapter, Soom oversaw service delivery for 18 counties as well as fundraising and ensuring all areas had sufficient resources. It was during this period when she was put to the test. Hurricane Sandy had wreaked havoc on much of the east coast and its ripple effect was felt as far inland as Preston County, West Virginia. Substantial snowfall in this area resulted and many residents were left without heat and electricity for extended periods. To make matters worse, a lot of resources were justifiably being directed to those areas most affected, New Jersey and New York. Pumping gas was not a possibility without power; further complicating an already difficult situation. It would be three days until Red Cross divisional help arrived. Until then the River Valley Chapter was on its own in contending with a major crisis. Lives were literally on the line. Creative thinking was required to feed and shelter an entire county with limited resources. Under Soom's guidance, quick decisions were made. The American Red Touchstone Center for Crafts is Pennsylvania’s only residential craft Cross, River school and has been in operation since 1972.

Shauna Soom lends her extensive business experience to Touchstone Center for Crafts as its new executive director. Shauna Soom began her tenure as executive director at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2015, bringing with her vast experience in business and nonprofit entities in particular. Touchstone Center for Crafts, Pennsylvania's only residential craft school, is tucked neatly among the beautiful Laurel Mountains in Farmington. In operation since 1972, Touchstone originally sought to preserve traditional mountain crafting techniques. Since that time it has evolved into a full service residential art school with courses ranging from blacksmithing to painting, drawing and printmaking. One look at Touchstone's impressive gallery and it is apparent that this organization is something quite special. Unless you have her resume in hand one would never know how accomplished a person Soom is. She is modest to a fault and exudes professionalism and small town charm in equal measure. Some prying reveals an impressive list of personal and professional achievements. Shortly after earning a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the California University of

Shauna Soom, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts

Valley Chapter set up a staging area at a local high school where the high school cafeteria staff was hired to prepare meals for the citizens of Preston County. Over the next 10-12 days 3,000 meals were prepared three times a day. Soom discusses this as if it were another day at the office mentioning that it was “logistically challenging.” But the fact is that Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and the second costliest in U.S. history, which delivered a major emergency to one of her regions of responsibility. Is Shauna Soom a cool customer? Definitely. In her free time she enjoys challenging herself physically, competing in onroad and off-road races. She recently completed the Mud OnThe Mountain at Seven Springs, which consisted of 8 miles and 31 obstacles. She also recently competed in the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in Washington, D.C. It comes as no surprise that a person who has shown such hard work and dedication over the years professionally has a hobby for which hard work and dedication are prerequisites. While working at Seton Hill University, Soom held many positions ranging from program manager of the

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Cleansing a home of spirits & negativity You’ve heard of spring cleaning, Let’s talk about paranormal cleansing, when you effectively banish spirits from your home. There are multiple ways to perform a cleansing on your house, whether your aim is to XPLORING rid your domicile of spirits, entities or just negaARANORMAL tivity. It is widely believed the effectiveness of a cleansing is all based on the power of belief. If EANNA OBERTS you believe it will work, it will. Generally, in the Photo by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography paranormal world, when the windows and doors open, and cleansing is mentioned, smudging the most common herb used is is what first comes to mind. This white sage. When bundled with is also what is normally used to other herbs, it not only removes rid the residence of negative enerthe negative energy, but promotes gy. When dealing with spirits, positive energy to take its place there are a few other ways you place. Lavender is also great to can rid the location of them. From the very basic “speaking in use for this, as well as sweetgrass and cedar. a very direct voice” to cleansings A newer technique for cleanings and priests, there are numerous ways to get rid of spirits. The first is the energy burst protocol. This is a variation on taking charge of step is to reclaim your space as your residence but involves a your own. Use a direct approach and show no fear. Simply say that larger group of people. One perit's your place and the entity is not son, generally the one more expewelcome there. Sometimes just let- rienced at the energy burst prototing the being know how unwelcol (EBP) leads and the rest come they really are will help. If respond according to a script. The this doesn't work, there are a few EBP channels the energy from a other ways that you can get rid large group of people to banish of them. the spirits from the house. One of the oldest techniques Another method is to have your known is smudging, a Native residence blessed by a priest, who American ritual that has been will anoint your home with oil or used for centuries. A lot of people Holy water. think this is based on the occult, There are various ways to get rid but it isn't. Smudging involves the of entities and negative energy in burning of various kinds of herbs a residence but what it ultimately to promote positivity within the comes down to is: if you believe a house. When this is done in conjunction with reciting the entity or particular technique will work, it will. entities aren't welcome, it may Have a question about the push them out of the house. paranormal? Email Smudging should be done with

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New Touchstone Director continued... ATHENA Power Link, a businessmentoring program that helps womenowned businesses, to adjunct faculty member where she instructed undergraduate business and finance courses. “I miss working with students the most,” Soom said of this experience. She also mentions the satisfaction of watching an entrepreneur go from “an idea in their head to the ribbon cutting” of their new business and how proud she was for them on each of these occasions. It is this same level of enthusiasm and commitment that Soom brings to Touchstone Center for Crafts. Motivated initially as a dedicated wife and mother who wanted to work closer to home after many years of commuting, Soom came across an article in the Sunday paper regarding Touchstone and its search for a new executive director. With a lot of experience in the areas of grant writing and fundraising from her former positions combined with her impressive business background and love of the arts, Soom was a natural fit. Upon arriving at Touchstone she hit the ground running, fine tuning some staffing issues and hiring more part time staff to “smooth the work load a little bit” during the summer season. When asked if she faced any unexpected challenges at Touchstone, Soom mentioned the amount of work and level of detail that goes into each pro-

gram was indeed a surprise. Details such as the correct amount of ounces of clay for a course are very important as was “learning the language of the artist.” She is quick to compliment the wonderful people with whom she now works and applauds their level of commitment in making Touchstone what it is today. Her love students is obvious as she beams when discussing Touchstone's full scholarships for summer programs that are awarded annually to two Allegheny County high school students during Touchstone's Teen Week. Reminiscing about former colleague and mentor, Jayne Huston, Soom's level of respect and admiration for those who have helped her along her path in both career and life comes to the surface. She fondly mentions how Huston, the director of Seton Hill University's E-Magnify business center, listened to and challenged her and offered her opportunities. One can't help but wonder if Shauna Soom realizes that she too, has undoubtedly listened to, challenged and offered opportunities to many in the past, much as her mentor did, and Sooms continues to do so now at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Information about Touchstone Center for Crafts can be found at

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Mon Valley Hospital’s 27th Annual Gala: A Night at the Museum Monongahela Valley Hospital's 27th Annual Gala guests enjoyed a theme inspired by Ben Stiller's “A Night at the Museum,” as they mingled with gargantuan dinosaur replicas, interacted with costumed actors, and perused world-famous artwork and an Egyptian-themed exhibit. The event at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh on May 16 also honored the Hospital's Dimensions in Performance awardees. During the program, the Hospital received a national designation. More than 600 attendees dressed to the nines filled the sprawling, elegant Allegheny Ballroom to raise a recordbreaking $147,600, according to Sara Schumacher, vice president of Fund Development for MVH. The money will be used to fund MVH's new Breast Care Center. Top sponsors for the evening included The Curators: Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Doctors First, Inc. and Unidine; The T-Rex: Limbach Company LLC; and The Cleopatras: Allegheny Health Network, Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. (OSPTA), Range Resources and UPMC Health Plan. The Hospital gratefully acknowledged the extensive list of sponsors in the

evening's program. The event, which was sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee and MVH's Office of Fund Development, celebrated four exemplary individuals for their commitment to excellence with Dimensions in Performance Awards. These awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, medicine, volunteerism and civic well-being. Tom Simon, owner of Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services, received the Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. Mr. Simon helped establish the Free Care Fund at MVH to provide medical care to children regardless of insurance or their families' ability to pay. He has raised more than $131,000 for the Hospital's Free Care Fund. This award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care. Paul N. Cervone, M.D., a well-known obstetrician/gynecologist at MVH's Valley Women's Health, received the Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine. Dr. Cervone is also a Colonel with the 28th Infantry Division

Cleopatra a la “A Night at the Museum” visited with Monongahela Valley Hospital Gala's guests, from left, Richard Wells, Auxiliary President Kay Blair, Auxiliary Past-President Ruth Antonelli and Dimensions in Performance awardee Sarah Wells (foreground).

Monongahela Valley Hospital and 606 guests honored four Dimensions in Performance award winners at its 27th annual Gala on May 16 at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel. The awardees were, from left, Tom Simon, philanthropy; Lois C. Powala, community service; Sarah L. Wells, volunteer service and Col. Paul N. Cervone, M.D., medicine.

of the Pennsylvania National Guard, where he served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds many leadership roles at MVH including co-chairman of the Hospital's Emergency and Disaster Planning Committee, where he helps define and direct the emergency preparedness for the hospital. This award honors outstanding physicians who contribute to health care in the midMonongahela Valley. Lois C. Powala, a retired vice president from National City Bank, received the Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service. Mrs. Powala traded an office for volunteer opportunities with MVH, providing community outreach with senior hospital leaders and physicians. This award honors those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life. Sarah L. Wells, an active member of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Resources, Inc. for 47 years, received the Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service. She is the longestserving active member of the Auxiliary. She serves as the chairwoman of the Gift and Memorial Fund and works tirelessly in the Hospital's Gift Shop. This award recognizes people who give of their time and talents in volunteer

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service to the health system. During the evening, David Bromall, Healthgrades vice president of Quality Solutions, recognized the Hospital for being named among the top 5 percent in the nation for the Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. “Last year when MVH received Healthgrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the second consecutive year, it was an honor,” said President and CEO Louis J. Panza, after receiving the award. “However, receiving this award three years in a row, which places us among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country, is truly an accomplishment. I accept this award on behalf of all of our employees, physicians, board and volunteers who contribute to the patient experience every patient, every day, every way.” Gala 27 began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. “A Night at the Museum” concluded with photo booths, a coffee bar and a premiere variety dance band, Cityscape. Guests danced until midnight.


PWPA awards 2015 Memorial Scholarship Jennifer Schouppe, pictured right, a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media from Beaver, Pa., was recently named the winner of the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship. The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association (PWPA) offers the Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship to current junior, senior and graduate students pursuing a career in print journalism. The scholarship is named in honor of Teresa Spatara, a career journalist with The Herald in Sharon, Pa., who passed away in 2013. “I’m very honored to receive this scholarship,” said Schouppe. “I’m thankful for my professors who bring their real-world experiences from the field into the classroom. Their teachings and advice definitely had a part in helping me to achieve this accomplishment.” Schouppe, Waynesburg University’s first recipient of the scholarship, met all of the scholarship requirements including proven journalistic ability, dedication to a newspaper career and general merit. Schouppe recently received the position as the chief photographer for Waynesburg University’s award-winning student news publication, the Yellow Jacket. She is the programming director for Waynesburg University’s Society of Professional Journalists student chapter and an intern at McMillen Photography. “Winning the PWPA scholarship is a wonderful recognition of Jenny’s hard work both in her journalism classes and with the student newspaper,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket. “As she heads into her

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senior year, we feel strongly that Jenny is going to be an integral part of the Yellow Jacket next year, and it’s good to see the PWPA shares our high opinion of her.” Schouppe’s scholarship will wrap up an award-filled semester for Waynesburg University’s distinguished journalism program. “Jenny’s scholarship is a wonderful capper to a great semester for the journalism program at Waynesburg University that saw the newspaper staff win six state and regional awards,” said Szuminsky. “It’s a great confirmation that a student can have both the myriad of benefits of a small-school education and still have great opportunities to grow as young journalists.” Schouppe was awarded $1,500. She will attend the PWPA luncheon on May 30 in Gettysburg to give a brief acceptance speech. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region.

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2015 “Cameos of Caring” awarded to Mon Valley Hospital nurses diffuse situations in a quick and concise manner. As a coworker, when you are having a good day, she will always encourage you,” he said. “Likewise, if you are having a problem, she is always there to provide support and assistance. Not only is she a preceptor and an educator to all of us, she does it all with a smile. When we work with In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt (right), senior Crystal, we know that it will be a great vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit. day because she Keisha Jones, RN, Mon-Vale makes us laugh and Oncology be happy.” Wendy Kraemer, RN, 7-East She thanked her co-workers and said that she was 20 when she started workStephanie Obusek, RN, Coronary ing at MVH. Care Unit “I've had a lot of rewarding experiJamie Simon, RN, 5-West Angela ences over the last 25 years and they're Smida, RN, 6-West all near and dear to my heart,” said the Kristen Walters, RN, 5-East West Newton resident, wife and mother Orthopedic Institute of three. Jeanette Weeks, RN, 7-West Ms. Harvey will be recognized with Margaret Wheeler, RN, 4-Progressive the Cameos of Caring awardees from Care Unit the other hospitals in the region during Laura Young, RN, Intensive Care a dinner in the fall. “I want to congratulate all of the Walter Cox, M.D., president of the nurses who are being recognized by MVH Medical Staff, told the nurses their peers,” said Senior Vice President gathered that they deserve recognition of Nursing Mary Lou Murt. every day, not just once a year at the At the Nurse Appreciation Breakfast, annual Nurse Appreciation those gathered also thanked the family Day breakfast. of the late Norman and Florence Fourteen other Golumb, who established an endowMVH nurses were ment for nursing education. nominated for the On display was a hand crafted MVH Cameos of quilt. Each nursing department created Caring Award. a square, which was then assembled Sheila Amati, RN, and quilted together by Critical Care Emergency Unit Clerk Jackie Ingram. The quilt Department will be put on display in the hospital Dyann Bury, RN, lobby. SameDay Surgery President and CEO Louis J. Panza Yvonne Daniels, said that the quilt is the perfect RN, Post-Anesthesia metaphor for how well the nurses in all Care Unit (PACU) the departments work together and how Holly Giordano, much creativity, resourcefulness, team 6-E effort and attention to detail they have Julie Henry, RN, Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. to give our patients such excellent care. Operating Room examines the Intensive Care Unit quilt square that incorporated colorful “You are absolutely amazing medicine bottle caps. The quilt will be on display in the hospital lobby. together,” he said.

Each year, Monongahela Valley Hospital honors its nurses in early May to coincide with both National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and the birthday of Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing. MVH hosted a Nurse Appreciation Day Breakfast on May 7 to celebrate and thank its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit. The prestigious Cameos of Caring Awards are presented annually by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing to honor exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals. Nurses throughout Western Pennsylvania nominate their co-workers who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families and embody the essence of the nursing profession. In nominating his colleague, Crystal Harvey, for the award, John Hartman, RN, wrote: “Crystal is a model nurse who has a keen eye and a strong sense of responsibility. As a patient advocate, she will encourage a family meeting during treatment and is excellent at providing support and education to our families,” he said. Mr. Hartman added that Crystal receives many phone calls from former patients and their families to thank her for her patience and understanding. “She is cool and collected in the face of any crisis situations and is able to

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Supporting a child through grief & bereavement Even very young children feel the pain of bereavement, but they learn how to express his or her grief by watching the adults around them. After a loss-particularly of a sibling or parent-children need support, stability, and honesty. They may also need extra reassurance that they will be cared for and kept safe. As an adult, you can support children through the grieving process by demonstrating that it's okay to be sad and helping them make sense of the loss. Answer any questions the child may have as truthfully as you can. Use very simple, honest, and concrete terms when explaining death to a child. Childrenespecially young children-may blame themselves for what happened and the truth helps them see they are not at fault. Open communication will smooth the way for a child to express distressing feelings. How to help a grieving child: Allow your child, however young, to attend the funeral if he or she wants to. Convey your spiritual values about life and death, or pray with your child. Meet regularly as a family to find out how everyone is coping. Help children find ways to symbolize and memorialize the deceased person. Keep your child's daily routine as normal as possible. Pay attention to the way a child plays; this can be one of a child's primary ways of communicating. What not to do: Don't force a child to publicly mourn if he or she doesn't want to. Don't give false or confusing messages, like “Grandma is sleeping now.” Don't tell a child to stop crying because others might get upset. Don't try to shield a child from the loss. Children pick up on much more than adults realize. Don't stifle your tears; by crying in front of your child, you send the message that it's okay for him or her to express feelings, too. Don't turn your child into your personal confidante. Rely on another adult or a support group instead.

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Area Museums offer Free Admission for Active Military Families Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. More than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums. These include children's museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. The military ID holder plus up to five family members. The military ID holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Spouses of deployed military are eligible for Blue Star Museums. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active

duty military family members. The military ID holder plus up to five family members are eligible for free admission. Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card. Blue Star Museums is an effort to improve the quality of life for active duty military families, especially focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed. Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. There is no limit on the number of participating museums that eligible parties can visit. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military fami-

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lies. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children's Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. PARTICIPATING LOCAL MUSEUMS Greensburg Historic Hanna's Town Westmoreland Museum of American Art Jeannette Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Natural History Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Frick Art & Historical Center Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art Senator John Heinz History Center Society for Contemporary Craft The Andy Warhol Museum Washington Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

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The Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy Summer Experience 2015 offers musical theater instruction for students ages 8-17. After intensive acting, voice and dance classes, as well as rehearsals, students will present the musical “Seussical Jr.” complete with stage sets, costumes and props. Curtain time is 4 p.m. Saturday, August 1. The fully staged production of “Seussical Jr.” is open to the public. Ticket price is $8 for adults, $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. To order tickets in advance, leave a message at 724-938-4220.

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They’re Back! 90s bands take Pittsburgh by storm this summer Entertainment. “Kids that were growing up The 90s are back with a vengeance back then now this summer in Pittsburgh as quite a as adults are number of popular 90s era bands are enjoying the touring the area, many of which haven't graced the stage for quite a few same music they grew years or produced an album since up on.” their heyday. New Kids on Kicking things off in just a few weeks the Block are is the nostalgic 90s Summerland tour proof positive with Everclear, Fuel, the Toadies and of this; the band American Hi-Fi. Everclear launched has been tourthis annual tour in 2012 which features ing annually to and featuring other prominent acts from sold out audithe 90s. While some of the bands, like ences despite Everclear and Fuel, continue to prothe fact they've duce new music frequently, American produced only Hi-Fi just released their first album two albums in after a four year gap in 2014 and the the last 20 Toadies haven't released an album in Barenaked Ladies to take stage at Stage AE on June 23 years. Their sucnearly three years. However, most fans cess may be due Ladies won a Juno Award in in 2009 will likely attend this show hoping to to their strategic decision to tour with for “Best Children's Album” for their hear the classic tunes these artists first other popular acts from the 90s such as album Snacktime? made famous when they exploded on to TLC and Nelly. the music scene in the last decade of In July, three well loved 90s sensa“They are listening to the music,” the twentieth century. tions will hit the Pittsburgh scene: said Drusky. “So acts will tour to capi“It's like the same thing that happened talize on the resurgence. I think they're Three Days Grace, Jane's Addiction a few years back with the 80s resurand Blues Traveler. coming to hear the old tunes.” gence,” said Brian Drusky of Drusky Also in June, Similar in nature to the Summerland Barenaked Ladies with Tour, the Under the Tour will take Violent Femmes and place at Stage AE in August, featuring Colin Hay, will appear artists such as Sugar Ray, Better than at Stage AE. This Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. Sugar Canadian rock band Ray's future is unclear, though it's achieved great fame in unlikely the band will produce a new the United States with their still popular song, album. Still, combining forces with 90s “One Week,” though legends like Uncle Kracker ensures many people would be audiences will be treated to a night hard pressed to name of memories. another of their hits. Looking to relive the glory days of Still the group continues the 90s? Here's a few of the shows to put out new music coming to the area over the next few and has a large months. New shows are being added Canadian. Fun fact: Did you daily, so be sure to check the web sites Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, who’ll be at Stage AE July 10 know that Barenaked of area venues for updates. Story by Hayley Martin

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Blues Traveler rolls into Stage AE July 31


June 19 - Summerland Tour with Everclear, Fuel, the Toadies, and American Hi-Fi at Stage AE June 14 - New Kids on the Block at Consol Energy Center June 16 - The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong at Carnegie Library of Homestead June 22 - Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional at Stage AE June 22- Melissa Etheridge at Carnegie Library of Homestead June 22- POD at Altar Bar June 23 - Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay at Stage AE June 26 - Brownie Mary & Buzz Poets at Station Square July 9 - Three Days Grace at Stage AE July 9 - Powerman 5000 and Soil at Altar Bar July 10 - Jane's Addiction at Stage AE July 31 - Blues Traveler at Stage AE August 5 - Kottonmouth Kings: Family Reunion Tour Round 2 at Altar Bar August 11 - Down at Altar Bar August 9 - Under the Sun Tour Featuring Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6 at Stage AE


A one day interactive art show featuring demonstrating artists, art activities for the whole family, entertainment, food & surprises. Held at the historic Stone Pavilion. Held in memory of the late Judy Hopson, beloved soul mate of Bill Faust, event organizer


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End of an Undead Era: “Dawn of the Dead” at Monroeville Mall Story by Chuck Brutz

faces as they blissfully marched from store to It was the era of bell bottoms and the store.” A vacant Bee Gees, when a Hare Krishna zomlook you might bie roamed the Monroeville Mall. associate with… Plenty of zombies headed to the mall zombies. in director George Romero's classic Visited by the 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead, establishing the mall as an iconic location in muse, Romero began to work on film history. Over the years since the film was first a treatment for Dawn of the Dead, released, the mall has undergone many the focus of which changes, and many of the most recogwould be four surnizable locations featured in the film vivors of a zombie have slowly disappeared. apocalypse hiding A month ago, an announcement was made that as part of a multimillion dol- out in the mall. Remember a time when zombies first roamed... the Monroeville Mall? According to the lar expansion, the last remaining piece DVD commentary of the film's set - a wooden footbridge keep up with the times. for the film, it was meant to be a satire that crosses a fish pond - would be The Ice Palace closed forever on on consumerism, with the main characremoved from the mall. March 4, 1984. ters “in a mall, with all the goods they To help us better understand what “Food courts are trends,” Polm stated. wanted at the fingertips.” made the Monroeville Mall such a pop “Every major shopping center in the Due to his relationship with Mason, culture icon, let's take a look back at Pittsburgh area has one. It makes us Romero easily gained permission to the history of both the mall and the 'much more' for people who choose film scenes in the mall. In November film that made it famous. 1977, he and his crew were granted full Monroeville Mall for their Monroeville Mall first opened its Christmas shopping.” use of the mall after it closed at night. doors on May 13, 1969. At that time, the mall also offered Developer Mark Mason, who worked Shooting took place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. when the mall opened its doors to several full service restaurants, all of for Oxford Development Company greet customers. which have since closed. which built the mall, and director The Monroeville Mall's since closed A 32 foot tall clock, located in front George Romero attended Carnegie - 195 feet long, 90 feet wide Ice Palace the two story Gimbels' department Mellon together. Shortly after the mall was featured prominently in the film. store, featured puppet shows on the opened, Romero invited Mason to tour The Ice Palace featured an ice skating hour, with puppets of many different the facility. Joking with his friend, rink,dressing rooms, a skate rental nationalities. This clock made several Mason remarked that people could hide shop, a refreshment stand called “Pup out and even live in parts of the mall in appearances in Dawn of the Dead. In A Go Go” that offered a selection of the event to of a national emergency. 1986, Gimbels closed all its locations, hot dogs. The Pittsburgh Penguins After the tour, Romero was casually and the clock was removed from the organization held a hockey school for strolling through the mall when he said youth at the rink. Pittsburgh Steelers, Monroeville Mall in the early 1990s. he noticed a “vacant look on shopper's J.C. Penney, which once occupied the including Terry upper level of site where Gimbels Bradshaw, used to stood, was also featured in the film. At skate there. By the 1980s, most the time, J.C. Penney was located in malls were adding food the center of the mall. courts and when the Because of the efforts of people dediMonroeville Mall cated to saving the bridge, although the opened theirs on bridge will still be removed from the November 9, 1984, there mall, it still has a bright future. The was much protest when bridge is to be relocated to either the the Ice Palace was choHeinz History Center in Pittsburgh or sen as the site. Addressing the contro- in The Living Dead Museum in Evans City, Pa. The Living Dead Museum is versy, mall marketing curated by Kevin Kreiss and home to director Nina Polm told many attractions including the “Maul Matthew Brells of the Pittsburgh Press the mall of Fame” autographed via bloody handHungry zombies search for brains during Zombiefest at the eliminated the ice rink to print by many of the stars of Dawn of Monroeville Mall the Dead and Night of the Living Dead.

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

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

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

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

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