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Winter 2016 Edition


Connecting Our Communities

Come Fly With Me!


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Come Fly With Me! About a month ago, I had a fairly extensive surgery performed on my right foot, the first of four surgeries I will likely need to repair damage to my hands and feet caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. For the month following the surgery, I was stuck in bed, with my foot elevated slightly over my heart per my surgeon's post-op instructions, dependent on the kindness of others. Week after week, day after day, hour after hour, I spent staring at the same four walls, dreaming about the outside world. A blizzard came and I watched it snow on Facebook. Brain rot set in, the kind of mental fatigue that comes from not using your mind to do anything more strenuous than watch TV. I saw so many episodes of HGTV's Property Brothers I now feel better equipped than Jonathan Silver Scott to identify a load bearing wall. After so long indoors I began to feel as if I would never feel the sun again, like I was trapped like a bird in a cage, and I don't handle captivity well. Ever read Stephen King's The Shining, about the guy stuck inside all winter with his family who goes a little, well, nutty? Yeah. It was close. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for sympathy. There are far worse ways to spend time than to lay around being waited on hand and foot. There's something to be said for taking time off to restore the body and replenish the spirit. I appreciate the fact that it was an option for me and that I have a wonderfully supportive, loving husband and caring, loyal friends who made

it possible. What's more, though I have a long road ahead of me in terms of needed medical interventions, I'm fortunate to have an army of health professionals dedicated to helping me heal. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic illness and there's no cure at this time, but there are medications that keep me mobile and since my diagnosis about a year and a half ago, my quality of life is continuing to improve. Knowing what's broken, I know what needs fixing. In a nutshell, I'm one of the lucky ones, with hopes for a healthier future. Once daunting tasks like taking a brisk walk in the woods seem possible. Long stifled and seeming at times even crushed, my wings are beginning to unfold. Come fly with me in my newfound freedom. Discover the world around you, starting in the pages of this edition with our comprehensive coverage of area restaurants and other attractions. Expand your cultural horizons by catching one of the many musical and theatrical performances listed in this issue, either with a special someone or during your personal “me” time. If, like me, you're grateful for the gifts of life and better health, demonstrate your gratitude by getting involved with a worthy cause. Maybe you'll find one to champion in this issue, or you know of one we should feature in the future. Get in touch. Come fly with me! Life is ever evolving. Don't get stuck on the ground. Until next time, Carla E. Anderton

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A RT, M U S I C & C U LT U R E Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to offer adaptive classes...p. 9 Synergy Performing Arts Academy has new home, added classes...p. 17 The Other Side of Pop exhibit at August Wilson Center...p. 22 The Rainbow Ends to perform at Jozart CFTA...p. 27 2CELLOS to take stage...p. 27 Brit Floyd to perform...p. 28 Jazz Concerts slated...p. 29



Cutting the cord to your cable TV provider...p. 12 Belle Vernon Area Reality Tours fight addiction with preventative education...p. 11 Carnegie Science Center to hold Science Sleepovers...p. 15 WCCC honors professor...p. 22 Mock Crime Scenes...p. 15

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to present Peter Pan...p. 6 Monessen Amphitheater site of vibrant scene...p. 7 Greensburg Civic Theatre to present two plays...p. 15 Preview: Cal U students to produce original musical...p. 21 Tall Stories Room on the Broom to take stage...p. 26 Blue Man Group...p. 28 The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Southland 9 Memories...p. 29

Open German/Italian Eatery opens second location...p. 4 Erie area winemaker has new Century III Mall store...p. 4 Rte. 40 Deli opens in Beallsville...p. 9 Area florist/wedding pro made dramatic mid career shift...p. 5 Sam’s Pizza is community mainstay in Canonsburg...p. 19 5th Street Escape Room opens in Charleroi...p. 23 WCCC tax help for needy...p. 26 Bucks for Bucs Fun Walk...p. 25 Frosty Frolic fundraiser...p. 25

E D I TO R ’ S C H O I C E “ P I C ” B O O K S & L I T E R AT U R E This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of reading: Our picks...p. 14 Citizens’ Library Events...p. 20 At Bentleyville Library...p. 24

H E A LT H & L I F E S T Y L E Teen Center offers common ground...p. 10 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 10 WCCC baseball clinics...p. 10 Mon Valley Hospital welcomes new surgeon...p. 11 MVH offers brain checks...p. 25 Online Dating, Yay/Nay?...p. 29 How We Met Our Others...p. 31

F A I T H & S P I R I T UA L I T Y Pastor B.T. Gilligan: The goal is to be, not to be the best...p. 8

SPECIAL EVENTS Center in the Woods Winter 2016 Activity Schedule...p. 8 At the Palace Theatre in Greensburg...p. 18 At the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown...p. 22 At Jozart Center for the Arts in California...p. 24 At the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale...p. 27


Brotherly love is forever! This sweet shot was snapped by proud mother Tina Betters as her son Darrell shares a tender moment with his kid sister Betty.The two had been apart for some time and were recently reunited at his graduation from Navy basic training. Congratulations Darrell! Speaking of proud parents, our very own Allen Free, who wrote about the Common Ground Teen Center for this edition, was named Best in Show at the Washington’s Got Talent art show, as well as awarded first place for his series of surrealistic paintings. More details (and photos of his art) in our spring issue. Has your loved one done something exceptional? Get in touch and we may feature them in an upcoming story in a future issue.




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Second location of German/Italian eatery now “Open” in Peters Township Story by Zach Filtz

Community Action Southwest Early Childhood Services is now enrolling children throughout Washington and Greene Counties for the 20152016 school year. CAS Early Childhood Services provides high-quality early childhood pre-school services for children from birth to age 5 including pregnant women. Services Include: Center Base & Home Base Options Full Day/Full Year School Readiness Skills Kindergarten Transition Health, Dental, Nutritional & Developmental Screenings Prenatal Services Breakfast & Lunch for Center Base Option Disability Support Services Social Services Parent Engagement.

Washington County area diners and users of the restaurant review site “Yelp” will have something new to yelp about. The Open German/Italian Restaurant will open an additional location in Peters Township. One of the owners of the restaurant, Salvatore Plescia, said that this location will offer a full size bar, with seating for that between 35 and 40 people. This location will be different because it will have seating for a max of 115 people, much larger than their original location in Venetia, Pa. Both restaurants' gravies and sauces will be homemade at the new location, and will be shipped to the original location at 101 Sugar Run Rd. Venetia,

Erie area winemaker Courtyard opens new store at Century III Mall Story by Zach Filtz

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Century III Mall may not be a hot spot for shopping as of late, but new tenant and flavorful addition to the mall hopes to help change that reality. Unlike other retail businesses inside of Century III, Courtyard is Pennsylvaniabased, according to company president and winemaker Randy Graham. All of the wine is shipped from the Erie area, where there is an ideal climate for winemaking, Graham explained. “We have more than 125 acres of vineyards,” Graham said. Graham said his company's wine is different from other winemakers. “For us, the key advantage is that we understand the wine process,” he said. “Quality wine is something that starts

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in the vineyard.” He cited his company's attention to detail and his workers' care of the grapes Courtyard decided to open up a store in the West Mifflin area because of significant business from Pittsburgh area customers. “Sixty percent of our company sales come from Allegheny County customers,” Graham said. Graham said there is a beautiful process behind the production of good wine, including an art to it (the perceptions of the available wine flavors) as well as science to it (the laboratory tests done by their chemists). Courtyard Winery store manager Donita Ference was excited about the

store opening. “It was on my bucket list,” she said. Graham said some of Courtyards's best offerings include dry varietal, sweet, and blended wines from various grapes. New visitors to the store have become regular patrons “The owners are wonderful, and they always know what wines to pair with [specific] social occasions,” said Sabrina, a return customer. Shoppers at the Century III location may taste up to three samples of any wines in the store for no charge. They also sell wines by the glass at $5 per dry wine glass and $6 per sweet wine glass. The store is open Mon-Sat from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FMI:

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underneath the Venetia Post Office. While the base menu will be the same, some differences in the additional location will be the development of a garden to grow the fresh greens for their menu

items. New dishes will include a few new salads, pasta dishes, German specialty items, and new desserts. Both restaurants also now offer outdoor seating, though patrons will have to wait for warmer weather to try the new outdoor spaces. The idea for the one location for sauces is so that “the taste is consistent,”said Plescia. Representatives of the Township are excited for the new restaurant opening. “We are very excited for the arrival of the second location of the Open Restaurant here in Peters Township,” said Brian Schill, the director of the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce. “Good things (food) comes to those who wait.” FMI:

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Dramatic mid career shift for area florist & wedding planner Ernest “Ernie” Nelson comes up roses bride and groom stop by to pick up their own flowers, he can also do much larger ones where he'll plan the details the event down to the chef, the wait staff, It takes an extraordinary person to jump from a the stemware, flatware, wine service, linens, flowers nearly two decade long career as a machinist into and more. Over the years, he said he's built up a flower arranging, an occupation nearly at the oppolarge portfolio of resources to call on - bands, DJs, site end of the employment spectrum. But Ernest photographers, caterers, bouquet preservers and (Ernie) Nelson did just that - and without even an tuxedo rental and bridal gown shops. inkling of training in floral arrangement. “I can plan everything from very little to the entire Relying solely on innate talent, the Charleroi kit and caboodle,” he said. “Planning a wedding native and now Denbo resident decided in October should be enjoyable, not rushed. Without proper 1991 to open a floral shop in half of a duplex in planning, weddings can often be frustrating.” Denbo, the coal patch town where his partner, and Nelson charges nothing for a consultation, but once now husband, Doug Kovach, grew up. he's hired, his fee is a percentage of the overall Playing around with ideas for a name for his shop, package. With Valentine's Day just over the horizon, he eventually settled on The Patch House, which he he can plan romantic dinners at area restaurants with financed on “a wing and a prayer,” meaning a limit“secluded” sweetheart tables covered with linen ed budget. Continuing to work full time as a and scattered with rose petals and Champagne machinist at Corning in Charleroi while running the on request. shop on weekends, he got into the wedding flower “For Valentine's Day, it's roses, roses, roses,” and decorating circuit in 1993, the same year he he said. added a gourmet foods and gift basket component to There's yet another side to Nelson's multifaceted the business. personality make up. He loves to sing. For the past “It was a good time to get into the wedding busi20 years, he's studied voice, including a long stint ness because there were a lot of women of marErnest “Ernie” Nelson says wedding & event planning is his “greatest with Dr. Walter Weaver of Monongahela. Currently, riageable age in the area, potential brides who were love” but the multitalented personality also enjoys singing. He is in his he's also in his third season with the prestigious in their mid 20s,” he said. “Early on, we did as third season with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. many as 80 weddings in a single year.” Despite his busy schedule, Nelson also finds time As the business expanded, Nelson decided to take and Nelson began looking around for site to lecture at area garden clubs. So well regarded, he a leap of faith in 1994 and quit his machinist job of 17 number three. was chosen to be present a special floral design proyears Looking for a bigger place to open up a fresh He found one just up the road on Route 40 in a cozy gram titled “Junk from Your Trunk” at the 84th annual floral shop as a compliment to his wedding work, he two-story house in Centerville Borough, located Pennsylvania Garden Club Federation Convention at found one in Centerville along Route 40, which today between the Chuck Wagon Restaurant and Salamone's the Monroeville Convention Center in April of 2014. serves as a pizza parlor. Five years at his new location, Italian Food Market, two long-time business land“As much as I loves singing, flower arranging and Pretty Petals, as the business was and still is called, his marks in the area. Currently, the shop specializes in lecturing, my greatest love still remains wedding and lease was up, brisk business called for a bigger place, flowers and flower arrangements, house plants, seaevent planning,” he said. sonal gourmet foods and gift baskets and home For more information, phone 724-785-6048. decor items. To expand his expertise even more, Nelson enrolled in a correspondence course in 2002, studied hard and earned a wedding and event planning certificate from Weddings Beautiful International. The certificate is prominently .mounted on a wall in his consulting room. “The course wasn't a piece of cake,” he said. “I had to work hard, study a lot and mail in a lot of completed lessons. But the effort paid off, I learned a lot and still refer to my books from time to time when planning an event or wedding.” While much of his work is local and regional, he's also planned weddings and events for patrons as far away as Pittsburgh, Oglebay Park in Wheeling and even Houston, Texas. One wedding he found most interesting was for a couple on a Caribbean cruise who were getting married on one of their shore excursions. After much consultation with the bride and groom, he emailed the details of the event - everything from the flowers, bouquets and ceremony location to the decorations and time flow of the day. According to Nelson, “planning a wedding should be enjoyable, not Every event is more festive with flowers! A lovely centerpiece While Nelson will do small weddings where the rushed.” He’s experienced in all aspects of wedding & planning. created by Pretty Petals graces a banquet table. Story by Dave Zuchowski

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In Jorden Morris' adventurous “Peter Pan,” Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artists don't just dance - they fly. Opening over Valentine's Day weekend, PBT brings back this all-time audience favorite for 11 performances Feb. 12-21, at the Benedum Center. J.M. Barrie's classic story comes to life through awe-inspiring flying sequences and charismatic characters, including a spunky, show-stealing Tinkerbell. Effervescent dancing animates a dreamlike realm where fairies flit through the forest, a crocodile prowls and Peter Pan leads his Lost Boys in an epic battle against the notorious Captain Hook. PBT gave Morris' “Peter Pan” its Pittsburgh debut in 2011 and ranks it among its most popular story ballets. Morris, a former dancer for Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), choreographed the ballet at the invitation of RWB Artistic Director Andre Lewis. The production received its RWB world premiere in 2006. Morris has created numerous works for RWB and choreographed for companies around the world. He last visited PBT in 2013 to stage the Pittsburgh premiere of his “Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet.” Drawing inspiration from old movies, history books and illustrations, Costume Designer Anne Armit used the dozens of costumes to build character - giving each pirate individualized tattoos and garb, building an exotic, bejeweled crocodile and crafting unique sets of fairy wings inspired by different butterfly species. Reminiscent of fairy-tale illustrations, scenic designs by Don Rutley and Andrew Beck transport audiences through the starry skies of London to the tangled forests of Neverland and the decks of Hook's Jolly Roger. In

addition to Barrie's story, the duo drew inspiration from the rich colors and fairy-tale quality of paintings by Maxfield Parrish (American, 1870-1966). For the original production of Morris' “Peter Pan,” Flying by Foy gave the dancers wings. The same experts have flown theater stars, including Mary Martin, the star of Jerome Robbins' Broadway “Peter Pan,” as well as celebrities like Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, Lucille Ball, Beyoncé, David Letterman, Taylor Swift and Gene Kelly. For PBT's production, Foy will send a flying director to oversee installation of the flying equipment, conduct an “Introduction to Flying” class for PBT dancers, fit harnesses and solidify the choreography with Mr. Morris and PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Morris pairs the production with a lush Edwardian score comprised of works by five English composers - Sir Benjamin Britten, Eric Coates, Sir Edward Elgar, Ron Roodwin and Montague Phillips most of whom were creating and performing music at the time that J.M. Barrie was writing the classic novel. Tickets start at $28, and are at, 412-456-6666 or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Performance Dates & Times: Fri., Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. (Student Matinee) and 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 13, at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 14, at 12 and 4:30 p.m. ; (Audio description services at 4:30 p.m. show); Thurs., Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. (Sensory-friendly performance); Fri., Feb. 19, at 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 20, at 2 and 8 p.m. & Sun., Feb. 21, at 2 p.m.

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Renovated Monessen Amphitheater home to vibrant scene Story by Keren Lee Dryer As winter and its sub-freezing temperatures settle over southwest Pennsylvania, it might be difficult to imagine the warm, bright days of summer. But it is those fine days for which Karla Spangler, a Monessen amphitheater committee member, has plans. The Monessen City Amphitheater is enjoying a resurgence in use and popularity since its mid-year revitalization in 2014, which was brought about by the mayoral administration of Mary Jo Smith, Monessen's first female holding the office. Smith's administration successfully spearheaded the 2013 effort to obtain grants for revitalizing the run-down amphitheater. According to Spangler, before its renovations, the amphitheater “used to have a dinky stage that was a stone riser. The back stone wall was falling apart. You wouldn't even know it was an amphitheater if you looked at it.” The former band-stand, part of Monessen City Park's original construction in 1931, hosted events through 1998 but fell into disuse and subsequent decay for roughly 15 years though a number of bands played shows during that time, said Matt Shorraw, Monessen City Amphitheater board president. Shorraw, responding to questions in an email interview, said funding for the revitalization project was provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Matching funds were provided by Monessen's Community

Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is allocated annually from the state of Pennsylvania. Shorraw also noted that no amphitheater renovation funds were directly drawn from Monessen's general fund. Once restored from its neglect, the amphitheater's new era was ignited with a ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with dignitaries, while audience members enjoyed family-friendly doo-wop, country, vocal, jazz, and DJ music. Improvements such as new, bigger side walls and roof were made, along with new dressing rooms, and improved electrical systems to provide power for the next generation of performers. The amphitheater's first, albeit short season was punctuated by Trunk or Treat - a Halloween event where decorated cars lined up along the park's walkway for children to trick or treat. Spangler said of the event, “It was at the walking track, which had been repaved because of a grant obtained by Patricia

Bukowski.” Bukowski is a council member of City of Monessen Parks and Public Property, and the founding member of the amphitheater committee. For its first full year, the 10 member amphitheater committee brought in “...a polka band, a jazz band, the Mon Valley Community Band, Dallas Marks,” Spangler said, adding “We had a DJ with oldies and Motown music. We had a fall festival with vendors and entertainment.” 2015's events included another Trunk or Treat at the walking track, with “30 cars and about 300 kids. It's getting really popular” Spangler said, while a colorful, festive “Christmas in the Park” celebration completed the amphitheater's auspicious season. Events for 2016 restart in June and run through July and August, with planned events for the fall, and other events throughout the year as they become scheduled. There are no admission charges to attend events at the amphitheater, Shorraw said. “The amphitheater committee is trying to get people to come and do family friendly, free events, and now people know they can rent (the amphitheater) for weddings, or whatever events. If they want to rent, they can go through the city treasurer's office,” Spangler said, elaborating “People who come are impressed with how nice it now is, and we just want to get people outside and do something.” Keep up with Amphitheater events at:

Breakthrough for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Now Available at MVH It is common knowledge that early cancer detection saves lives. Monongahela Valley Hospital now has a new tool that aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer. MVH is among the first hospitals in the region to use the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System in the detection of lung cancer. The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is the only system in the world that allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches. This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier and without the need for incisions or multiple hospital visits for

diagnostic procedures. The screening begins with a low-dose CT scan. If the scan reveals a suspicious mark or a lesion, a CT image of the patient’s airways is used to plan the route to the abnormality. The computerized thoracic navigation system is then used to automatically register the patient’s unique anatomy and advance the instrument toward the mark or lesion in the lung. The system functions similarly to a vehicle’s GPS system because it provides a detailed route to the site of the lesion. Once the instrument reaches the site, the physician takes biopsies of the lesion while the instrument is in

place. The navigation and biopsy process takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Beginning this year, Medicare Part B and many private insurance plans cover annual lung cancer screenings with lowdose CT scans for people who meet the following eligibility requirements: Age range from 55 to 77; A 30- pack year — have smoked a pack of cigarettes for 30 years, two packs for 15 years or three packs for 10 years; Actively smoking or have quit within the past 15 years; Free from signs or symptoms of lung disease; Possess a written order from a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner.

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I have been an avid skier since I was three years old and my dad taught me to ski in our front yard that was on a hill. Since then I have spent many winters strapping pieces of wood to my feet and trying not to break a leg on the way down the hill. By the time I reached high school, I financed my ski habit by teaching lessons so I could ski for free. In all those years of skiing I have discovered an important lesson. For a diehard skier, the only thing that matters is skiing. Within the world of skiing, it is very easy to get caught up in the brands of skis, the difficulty of the mountain, the prestige of the mountain, or who has the best technique or the fastest speed. However, for those who truly love to ski, all that matters is skiing. It does not matter if your skies cost thousands of dollars and are top of the line or if they were a $20 find on Craigslist. It doesn't matter if you ski in your backyard or in the Swiss Alps. It doesn't even matter if you ski the hardest slopes or you stay on the bunny slopes. All that matters is the love of the sport. This is what it is in the life of a Christian. It becomes very easy to get caught up in who has the best church or the most authentic traditions. Too often Christians spend their time debating who is the most righteous, or the best

Christian. Yet, for the authentic followers of Jesus, all that matters is following Jesus. It does not matter if we follow the best or carry the biggest Bible or even if our traditions are the most authentic. What matters most is that we follow Jesus. Many times the “Christians” who argue the most are the ones who have forgotten that the goal is not to be the best, but to follow. Christians often times get caught up in trying to be the best and as a result we forget that we are not called to be the best. We are simply called to follow. There will always be Christians who seem to be holier than

we are or have better “religious-technique” than us but Christians have no need to worry about that. Instead, we only have to follow Jesus. In the Bible, Jesus gives us the image of what it looks like to follow without trying to keep up with others. At one point, Jesus joins his followers for a meal and before the meal gets started Jesus gets down and begins washing the feet of those around him. After Jesus washes everyone's feet, he goes back and says this is the example we are to follow. So then, for those of you reading this, if you have experienced the Christians who are caught up with who is the best or the most-right, then I must apologize. They have forgotten what it is to follow Jesus. Instead my hope and prayer is that instead of Christians who are bickering and fighting we will find Christians who are passionate about simply following the same Jesus who got down on His hands and knees and washed some dirty, disgusting feet that had walked on dirt roads and probably stepped in some gross stuff. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6:30 p.m. To help support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit

Center in the Woods Winter 2016 Activities The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Activities planned for February: 2/05- Popcorn & movie featuring “Still Alice” at 1:15 p.m.; 2/12 Valentine's Day Party w/musicians 2 Jolly Hearts, Chinese auction & chocolate fountain at 11 a.m.; 02/25-Health Fair 10 a.m. - 12 noon; 02/29-Board Game Day at 1:15 p.m. Activities planned for March: 3/05 - Movie Day featuring The Intern at 1:15 p.m. 3/07 - Sing A Long w/Kenny & Chip at 11 a.m.; 3/17 - Wear green for St. Patty's Day; 3/19 - Evening Dance w/Best Of Times 5-9 p.m. $7.00 admission; 3/21 -Easter Vendor Show & Party w/2 Jolly Hearts and the CITW Choir Spring Concert beginning at

10 a.m.; 3/29 - Sign Language Bingo w/Cal U Students at 11 a.m. Daily activities include lab services. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. Mondays: Watercolor, Choir & Bridge Tuesdays: Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & 500 Bid Thursdays: Chair dancing, Healthy

Steps, Bridge, Jam & Bingo Fridays: Wii Bowling & Euchre Blood pressure screenings are offered twice a month. Make an appointment with the podiatrist. Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. The Center's hall is available for rental. Call for details. For more information on programs and other activities, contact Kelly Newcomer at 724-9383554 Ext. 103, or CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville.Visit for a listing of all services, activities and programs.

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New Rte. 40 Deli owner credits family and community as inspiration trays, baked chicken, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad and creamy coleslaw. Daily speJudy Wood had returned to her cials vary from soups to sandhometown of Beallsville and was wiches to combo plates and much working a regular job when witmore. nessing the decline of several The Rte. 40 Deli is the ideal area businesses prompted her to spot for one stop shopping when take a big risk. With the help of driving along Route 40, with dine family, friends and a supportive in and carry out options as well as community, she opened a new a good selection of convenience business, the Rte. 40 Deli. store items. Wood, who has experience in “We keep these items as a way both catering and food service, of treating people to what they said she wanted to open a spot want and cater to their needs,” where locals could get fresh food said Wood. This summer, Judy as opposed to “something that's and Pete plans to expand the deli been sitting out for hours.” to include outdoor seating, fresh “Even though the deli was my produce options and weekly baridea, I could never have done this beques. Future goals are to add a without the help of Pete separate kitchen area with a grill [Keruskin], my family, and all the so new items such as burgers can community. They make all of this Hungry for lunch? Rte 40 Deli in Beallsville is now open for be added to the deli's menu. possible,” said Judy Wood, business, offering a variety of meats, cheeses & prepared foods. “I'm extremely excited about the owner”You know the saying it Stop in & say hello! deli. We provide an old-fashion takes a village to raise a child? In deli with community hospitality,” our case,the same is true, because said Keruskin. it takes the entire community to run this helps give me a good, bigger perspective of things. Both of them help me “Really, all we want is good food, so business… this is my way of giving tremendously,” said Wood about Pete that's what we want to give,” said Wood. back to them.” and Cole. “It's a good feeling to know we're helpJudy's son, Cole, handles cashier Rte. 40 Deli offers a variety of meats, ing the community, as we've had a numduties, phone calls, and deliveries. Pete cheeses, salads and desserts. They also ber of volunteer services and organizaKeruskin, or as she calls him “her parttions come to us to help with events. ner in all this” co-owns and runs the deli carry potato chips, pop, miscellaneous grocery items and deli platters and trays. Word of mouth has been very good.” alongside her, . Catering packages can include sandThe Rte. 40 Deli & Catering has “He's a great support system, and wiches, meat and cheese or veggie/fruit received a number of five star customer reviews on Facebook: “The sandwiches, potato salad, macaroni salad and sweet tea are so very good. The owner Judy did an excellent job on short notice of catering our mother's memorial service. I highly recommend anyone to try out this new business and help to keep small businesses going.” - Erin Hutchinson “...we were both very overwhelmed by the selections of freshly prepared food and hot soups, a nice selection of lunch meats and cheeses to carry out to your home. Plus they stock many of other items, too much to list. I feel the community is lucky to have a local convenience such as this place.” - Rick & Doug West Rte. 40 Deli & Catering is located at 2832 Main Street in Beallsville. FMI, call Judy or Pete at 724-6327077 or contact them via email at Visit the Rte. 40 Customers rave about Rte 40 Deli’s potato & macaroni salads, shown on display here along with Deli Facebook page for daily some of the Deli’s ofher delicious options. The Deli also offers catering packages. Contact Judy or special updates. Pete for more information at 724-632-7077. Check out the Deli’s Facebook page for daily specials! Story by Aaron Dalzell

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Building on the success of its sensory-friendly performances, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s adaptive dance classes provide a platform for students with special needs to move from ballet patron to active participant.Themed around “Peter Pan,” PBT offers its next session of adaptive dance classes Saturdays Feb. 13, to April 9, at PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue. Students will explore the movement and rhythm of Peter,Tinker Bell,Wendy, Captain Hook and other characters in connection with PBT's sensory-friendly “Peter Pan” performance. PBT will offer two class sessions: a 2 p.m. class for students in grades 7-12 and a 3 p.m. class for students in grades 1-6. In collaboration with Autism Connection of PA, PBT launched the series last season for middle-andhigh-school students with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. Based on modified choreography from “Peter Pan” and other classics, the classes combine adapted teaching methods with creative movement principles and ballet class essentials like live music, barre and center work. Classes are accompanied by live percussion music. PBT’s sensory-friendly performance of “Peter Pan” will debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Benedum Center.The performance is designed for people with sensory sensitivities, autism and other special needs to enjoy the ballet in a supportive theater environment. FMI: or call 412-456-6666


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Teen Center offers “Common Ground” Story by Allen Free Located in the Washington area, the Common Ground Teen Center is a space for young people to flourish and connect with peers. Under the leadership of Mary Jo Podgurski, the Center offers many opportunities for youth aged 14-18 to build great friendship and benefit from the supportive, inclusive environment, with free activities open to all interested. On Tuesday nights, the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance holds weekly meetings for LGBT youth and allies. Washington Teen Outreach holds regular peer education meetings where youth can volunteer their time, helping to educate their peers on a variety of topics.Additionally, the Center offers teens a safe place to socialize. Even on days when events aren't planned, teens are still welcome to hang out with friends at the Center. The Center is also involved with other

community organizations and works closely with area schools. One opportunity for Center participants to shine is the Washington's Got Talent Performing and Visual Art show held each year. Teens are welcome to participate in and/or volunteer behind the scenes at the show. The Center is staffed mostly by Washington area teens. High school seniors are invited to volunteer as staff on Monday-Friday during the hours of 3-7 p.m. There are multiple benefits to joining in the fun at the Common Ground Teen Center. As an active member, I urge teens to stop in and see what all the Center has to offer. The Common Ground Center is located at 410 North Main Street in Washington. FMI: Visit or call 724-222-2311.

Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts I'm going to deviate slightly from my usual subject matter in this edition of Exploring the Paranormal. Instead of talking about some aspect of the paranormal, I want to discuss the people who - like myself - are interested in the paranormal. You might be wondering, what type of person is fascinated by the subject? I first began thinking about this while watching a very niche online show focusing on two subjects I'm interested in, electronic cigarettes and the paranormal, titled the Ghost Vapor Show*. While the two aren't necessarily related, the conversation taking place online among viewers of the show prompted me to ask them about their backgrounds, career choices, and approximate age ranges. Their responses varied widely. They were stay at home parents, retirees, graphic designers and people like myself who bounce back between sales and customer service. They were tattoo artists, home health care workers, even members of rescue dive teams. Ages of respondents ranged from 25 to 75. They were atheists, agnostics,


The Westmoreland County Community College Wolfpack baseball coaching staff and players will offer Championship Baseball Clinics Saturdays and Sundays at the WCCC Youngwood Campus gymnasium. The clinics are designed to help players age 6 and older develop and master baseball skills. The sessions will feature group and individual instruction and drills. Members of the WCCC Wolfpack coaching staff, including Head Coach Mike Draghi and members of the baseball team, will provide the instruction. A pitching camp will be held Feb. 13 & 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Infield skills camp will be held Feb. 20 & 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Hitting camp II will be held on Feb. 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost of each workshop is $50 & registration is required. All participants should bring a glove & indoor gymnasium shoes for the clinic. FMI: or call 724-925-4204.


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Belle Vernon Area program aims to combat addiction with education Story by Rosemary Capanna The Belle Vernon Area (BVA) Reality Tour is a parent and child drug education program designed so attendees take a “walk through the life - and death - of a teen on drugs.” The program was founded in Butler, PA about thirteen years ago by CANDLE (Community Action Network for Drug-free Lifestyle Empowerment), Inc., and has spread internationally. Through a licensing agreement, it is based in Belle Vernon and presented at Belle Vernon Area High School. While it is not a traveling production, it is open to all Mon Valley school district parents and students. It has received strong local support and many private donations. The Rostraver Lion's Club is the presenting organization. Other sponsors include Mon Valley Hospital, BVA Ministerium, Monessen Lion's Club, Belle Vernon Rotary, and the Belle Vernon Homes for the Holidays Tour. The two-and-a-half hour evening program includes an opening presentation and a twelve minute video followed by four dramatic scripted scenes that trace the development of an addict: Peer pressure, where an older child tries to convince a younger child to use drugs; arrest and jail, in which a member of the audience is arrested; an emergency room, with an addict who overdoses, requiring CPR; and finally, a funeral. The production's realism is heightened by the authenticity of its participants. Law enforcement officials detail local drug trends and share a PowerPoint

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presentation of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A recovering addict and the parent of an addict speak of their experiences. Local EMS fills roles in the emergency room segment and a funeral director appears in the final one. There are student volunteers as well, and some receive community service credit for their involvement. Parents and students who attend must walk past a closed casket (which was donated) to complete the dramatic portion of the program. “We don't use scare tactics, we are sharing a reality that we are seeing every day in our schools, our churches,” explained Celeste Palamara, who licensed the Reality Tour presentation for this area and serves as its director. “Parents are the best prevention tool if they are educated. This is what is missing in other programs. We must understand that drugs do not discrimi-

nate. It's affecting all levels of our society and doesn't exclude anyone. We need as many people as possible to join our community and be a part of the solution.” Palamara speaks from personal experience - she has a son who is in recovery. “I am a nurse, and I didn't know what to look for. Many healthcare pros don't know what to look for. On average it takes two years to recognize a problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control we are in the midst of an overdose epidemic. Pennsylvania has the 14th highest overdose death rate in the country. We are third in the nation in heroin use. The age of experimentation begins at twelve so this program is for ages 10-17, and they must be accompanied by a parent. The Reality Tour is just one part of the overall solution.” There are generally 30-35 parents and children at each event. The audience is limited to encourage participation. The response has been encouraging. “We have had 100% positive feedback,” Palamara said. “Participants tell us to please keep doing this program, we've learned a lot. If I can help one person, one addict, one family to not go through the nightmare of a child with an addiction, I will do it.” The Reality Tour requires a small registration fee (which may be waived in some instances) and runs through the school year, September - April. Seating is limited. Please visit the BVA Reality Tour Facebook page for a registration form and more information:

Monongahela Valley Hospital Welcomes New Surgeon Arshad Bachelani, M.D., gastrointestinal and general surgeon, joined the practice of Chito M. Crudo, M.D. and Hiram A. Gonzalez, M.D. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Bachelani (pictured left) held the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a general attending surgeon at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, and as an acute care/trauma surgeon with the Acute Care Surgery Medical Group in California. Dr. Bachelani received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. He performed his General Surgery residency at UPMC Mercy. Following his residency, Dr.

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Cut costs: Snip the cord to your cable tv provider By Eric J. Worton Cord Cutters Rejoice, 2016 is your year. I started this article with the intention of giving our readers a few cord cutting/slimming options. After performing a general review of the hardware and software available, I determined a single story couldn't offer a clear picture. There have been just too many new entries in the last year, so I'm going to break this down into a series of articles over the next several issues. At the industries current grow though this could end up becoming a column. We'll start with the big services; Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. None of them rises above the others, primarily because they all work very well. So, how do you choose? The same way you used to with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. The choice is based on the content they offer. All three have extensive back catalogs of movies and T.V. shows, but you should also look at the original content produced exclusively by that service. Netflix for example has the very dark drama House of Cards that follows the political moves of Kevin Spacey as Congressman Francis Underwood. Orange is the New Black is a comedy/drama based on the real life prison experiences of Piper Kermin. There are quite a few more quality series: Marvel's Daredevil, Narcos and Master of None, all exclusive to Netflix. Current subscription rates are: $7.99 for one Stand Definition screen, $9.99 for up to two High Definition screens, or $11.99 for up to four 4K screens. Netflix defines a screen as any device on which you can watch video. In short, you can register as many of your devices as you want with your Netflix account but can only watch 1-4 concurrent videos depending on your plan, e.g. if you have the $11.99 plan you can create four different profiles each with their own password. This is optimal if you want to “share” your plan with a friend without giving them full access to your account. Hulu doesn't have the same number of original shows as Netflix, but they do

offer limited content for free. Some of the better offerings include Deadbeat, Quick Draw and the collaboration of J.J. Abrams and Steven King to produce a show about time travel and the J.F.K assignation called 11.22.63. One of the areas where Hulu shines is the speed at which it updates television episodes, often posting them the day after they first air. The free account limits most series to the last five episodes, but for a monthly fee of $7.99 you're offered most, if not all, of the past seasons. Both of these accounts have commercials. For $11.99 the commercials for all but a few shows are removed. Eight other series have a 15 second spot at the beginning and a 30 second ad at the end. None of the plans offer more than a single stream at one time. As far as Amazon Prime, it's a service that's considers video streaming content to be a small fraction of its offerings. In addition to great original programing like Mozart in the Jungle, Alpha House and The Man in the High Castle, you're able to access a large library of music and books for free. From Amazon: “Amazon Prime membership includes Prime Video streaming at $99 a year or $49 for students. That includes unlimited free two-day shipping for eligible purchases and access to Kindle Owner's Lending Library, which allows you to borrow one Kindle book per month from over 800,000 titles without a due date. Members can also listen to 'hundreds' of Prime music stations for free.” For a service that started as discount shipping, Amazon sure has a lot of added value and, like Netflix, they offer the ability to safely share your account. CBS has All Access and ShowTime, Time Warner now offers HBO, all the major sport leagues have streaming packages, and is offering a package that has more than 20 cable channels for just $20 a month. In our next edition, I'll be talking about all of these as well as the some hardware devices that make for an easy transition away from your cable television provider. Tune in and save some money.

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This Valentine’s Day, Give the Gift of Reading: Winter 2016 Fiction Picks Gift Guide by Cass Currie Whether you're sharing Valentine's Day with a special someone or curled up on the couch with a gallon of ice cream celebrating Singles Awareness Day, remember books make a perfect gift for a loved one or a great treat for yourself. In the spirit of the season, we've put together recommendations for two romantic fiction series. All titles are available on Amazon. The Games of Love Series, by author Deanna Dee, is a series of adult romance/romantic comedy books. Book 1: Critical Hit-On - Molly Moreau used to be a geek with the best of them-role playing games, multi-user dungeons, trading cards-the works. Then she found her long-time boyfriend in a dark corner with a girl dressed as Lara “boobs and guns” Croft. That was it for the relationship and for her geekiness. After moving back home, she got a job at a normal bar and grill with normal people to live a normal life. That is until Craig shows up with his RPG character sheet. Craig Lawrence has been rolling 1s on the relationship front ever since his last girlfriend broke up with him because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, and this time he'll do anything to keep his family problems from interfering. When fate (Molly's best friend) brings Craig and Molly together (sets them up on a date), will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit? Book 2: One Fling to Rule Them All - For three months, Lydia Bell has watched Craig, her best friend and the love of her life, be in a happy relationship with someone else. But she's over it. Or thinks she is until she hears Craig's voice on the phone. Desperate to put her romantic feelings behind, she joins her roommates for a night out. Maybe she'll meet someone. And meet someone she does-a guy named Scott, who looks a lot like Craig. Despite their awkward introduction, flaming arrows fly, and soon Lydia is running off the dance floor to get away from feelings she shouldn't have. So much for getting over Craig, and so much for Scott. Until Monday morning, that is. Turns out Scott goes to her


school. Worse, they share a class. As if that's not weird enough, Scott is also trying to get over someone. To help both Lydia and himself, he proposes a fling, and reluctantly, Lydia agrees. Now she just has to hope this fling rules and doesn't crash into a fiery mountain. Book 3: Finish Him - Sonya Black never expected a petty sibling quarrel could lead to her sister being drugged. Overcome with guilt, Sonya vows to bring the jerk to justice. When she dives into her own investigation, she lands belly up in the company of Jaxon Nyles, the security guard who may have all the answers. But being a detective isn't as easy as Sonya thinks. On top of that, Jaxon always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Is he a suspect, or is he falling for her? More important, is she falling for him? The round has begun. Who will flirt? Who will win? Will hearts break in the process? About the Author: Deanna Dee writes new adult, teen, and young adult contemporary romantic comedy. Her books are full of happy endings, laugh-

out-loud moments, and geeky references. If you enjoy books about groups of friends, young love, and fun times, her stuff is for you. Disclaimer: Deanna's books are recommended for adults and mature teens. The Eternal Shadows Series, by author Kate Martin, is a series of paranormal romance novels. Book 1: Eternal Shadows - “I was a monster. And in that moment, leaning against Rhys's warm body, feeling his unnaturally cool breath against my face . . . I knew I would give in.” Vampires aren't supposed to be real, and Kassandra is not supposed to be one of them. But on the morning of her eighteenth birthday she wakes with fangs, a hunger for blood, and a body with abilities she can't control. Turned by the irritating, yet handsome, Rhys O'Shea, Kassandra struggles to balance her former human life with her new life as one of the undead. With the world at war, the vampires have stepped in--but if the existence of the supernatural is exposed, then an entirely new battle will erupt. A battle for survival that will forever alter

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the future. But the past may be just as dangerous. Kassandra can't stop the dreams of a young Irish girl in the medieval countryside, a girl who smiles when Rhys comes near, nor can she shake a looming sense of doom. The last time she felt this dark chill her mother died, and now Kassandra could be next. Book 2: Darkest Whispers - Hearts are fragile. For five hundred years Kassandra lived--and died. Now she's immortal, a vampire, and reunited with her soulmate, Rhys. They have all eternity to make up for lost time. Or they should. In the midst of a war against an insurgent organization, Rhys is accused of murder, and no one can prove his innocence. With Rhys imprisoned, awaiting dismemberment, Kassandra has only one option--train with Cade to learn how to fight this war, and develop skills that make her feel more like a monster than ever before. At night, Kassandra tracks down zombie-like failed vampires released to terrorize the humans. By day, she delves into the past, searching for answers to help free Rhys. But as she explores her past lives, Kassandra discovers evidence that she herself may be a traitor in the making. Anyone could be an enemy, old friends, or new. A single choice could define her in this new life: team player, or rogue element? Who can she trust when everyone is keeping secrets? One thing is clear: no one can survive without a heart, not even an immortal. About the Author: Kate Martin is an adjunct professor by day, a dance teacher by night, and a writer every minute in between. Growing up on the side of a Connecticut mountain in the middle of nowhere wasn't much good for afterschool shenanigans with friends, but it was spectacular for building an over-active imagination. She spent her childhood weaving intricate plots--none of which were ever without fantastical elements. After getting her B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology, she found Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program, graduating with her M.A. in June '08. You can visit her website at

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Greensburg Civic Theatre presents two plays this winter season By Aaron Dalzell This winter, the Greensburg Civic Theatre will present two plays, Don't Dress for Dinner in February and Curiosity Cat in March. Don't Dress for Dinner, written for the stage by Marc Camoletti and adapted from the works of novelist and playwright Robin Hawdon, stars Craig Soich as Bernard and Ellen Kalik as Jacqueline, with Kaitlin Baker, Mike Crosby, Adam Rutledge, and Katie Trupiano also appearing in the production. “Don't Dress for Dinner is a hilarious madcap comedy that includes all the hallmarks of a great farce. Slamming Doors, mistaken identities, and nice helping of naughty humor,” said Mike Crosby, Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Greensburg Civic Theatre. “It's the absolute perfect date show for the Valentine's Day weekend.” This is the third year the Civic Theatre has performed a show which focuses on the hilarity of what happens when romantic relationships become complicated. Previous years' offerings included I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Perfect Wedding. “[Don't Dress for Dinner] may be the funniest one yet,” said Crosby. The story centers around Bernard, who is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse. His wife, Jacqueline, is away. Bernard has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook and

invited his best friend Robert along to provide the alibi. It's a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong? Don't Dress for Dinner is a frenetic and hilarious case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. Curiosity Cat is a heartwarming and funny new comedy by the award winning YA author Chris Grabenstein, author of the best-selling book The Hanging Hill. When their mother becomes very ill, Claire and Charlie are forced to live with their father's Aunt Jenny. A stray cat named Curiosity also wanders into the house. When he breaks Claire's prized music box, she immediately throws him back out into the streets. Being homeless is an adventure, not a concern, for a cat this curious and cool. “Children will love all of the wild characters that they are introduced to which include a loveable, dim-witted

dog, a retired circus lion, and, of course, a very curious cat named Curiosity. Audience members who have seen it describe it as an animated Disney movie on stage. I would completely agree with this sentiment. The show has humor both adults and children will love. It also teaches important lessons about loss and being there for the ones you care about. It is fast paced, hilarious, and is perfect for children ages four and up,” said Crosby. Curiosity Cat will be performed by the theatre's Greasepaint Players, a group named for the type of makeup the actors wear. The Greasepaint Players are the performing arts group aimed specifically at younger audiences and their families. Consisting of both young and adult performers, the Greasepaint are a dynamic mix which allows young children and teenagers to gain experience by working with seasoned adult performers. Don't Dress for Dinner will premiere on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. Performances for Curiosity Cat will be on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. For ticket information, contact The Palace Theatre's box office at 724-8368000, online at or by mail, using the Season Ticket Order Form found at Greensburg Civic Theatre is located at 951 Old Salem Road in Greensburg.

MVH hosts 4th annual “Go Red” events February 16 for heart health

Since February is National Heart Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to start getting your heart healthier or to enhance your existing wellness programs.

If you have been neglecting your heart health, it's time to heed the warnings from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart/American Stroke Association. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Monongahela Valley Hospital is hosting the fourth annual “Go Red Washington County” heart education and awareness program. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Center for Fitness and Health in the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver. Free blood pressure screenings and stroke risk assessments will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. Simultaneous hour-long fitness and cooking demonstrations will be held

from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to adults all off ages. Free refreshments and giveaways will be provided. Since seating is limited, those planning to attend are required to RSVP by calling 724-258-1333. “Each year, we try to create a “Go Red” event that will help members of the community begin their journeys to heart-healthy lifestyles,” said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. “The program we have planned for Feb. 16 combines education with fun.” “Go Red Washington County” was established in 2013 by the three hospitals in Washington County.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences will host its annual spring Mock Crime Scene event Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the University’s campus.The event is directed toward high school students interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science or Waynesburg University in general. Students and parents will gather in Stover Campus Center at the start of the event for an in-briefing, and then separate activities will be offered for parents, while participating students spend the morning in sessions with experts in various fields. Students will rotate through four stations featuring guest presenters, who vary from year to year and may include experts in ballistics, DNA collection, fingerprints, forensic analysis, prosecution and more. Lunch is provided, and students and parents may meet after lunch with the Office of Admissions for campus tours or to ask any questions. James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and coordinator of the event, said the goal of the event is to raise awareness among high school students about Waynesburg’s major disciplines related to criminal justice. “It is also designed to clear up myths and misconceptions often exhibited on television and give the 16- to 18-year-old students firsthand exposure to professionals and the methods used in current day crime scene investigation,” said Tanda. Interested students can contact the Office of Admissions or Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 for more information or to reserve a spot for the event. Space is limited.


Bring your family or Scout troop for a night at the Science Center. There's a terrific variety of themes to choose from. Engineering Sleepover - Friday, Feb. 19 - Put your thinking cap on as you design, build and test out feats of engineering genius! Create towers, catapults, mazes, and anything else you can imagine during an inventive night of fun. On Saturday, stay for our annual Engineer the Future event to meet with engineering professionals and enjoy additional hands-on activities. Tropical Science Sleepover - Friday, Feb. 26 - Escape the chilly winter weather and warm up with a night of tropical science fun! Experiment with sand, learn about sea creatures, and be dazzled by the powers of the sun! Odd Squad Sleepover - Saturday, March 5 - Help Odd Squad agents solve their most challenging cases ever. Can Olive, Otto, and Oscar save the world from the Hydraclops? Will the Odd Squad pull off the ultimate birthday surprise for Ms. O? Sleepover guests will get to watch an episode of the kid-favorite PBS Odd Squad on the big screen at the Science Stage. Participants will tackle several activities to achieve Agent status by the end of the night. Every child will receive an Odd Squad poster to take home. Astronomy Sleepover Friday, March 18 - Explore the wonders of the cosmos in this star-studded sleepover adventure. Take a look at the night sky, and see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut. It's an out-ofthis-world experience you won't

want to miss. Mad Science Sleepover Friday, April 1 - Channel your inner Mad Scientist as you try your hand at some amazing science experiments. Embrace your inner chemist as you create colorful and explosive reactions, or make your hair stand on end with physics! Robotics Sleepover Saturday, April 9 - Calling all robot enthusiasts! Visit with R2D2, Gort, and Robby while getting handson with robots of all shapes and sizes. Use sensors to navigate through a maze, test your battle bot skills, and even draw a picture using a robot! Camping Sleepover - Friday, April 22 - Get prepared for camping season by sharpening your outdoor skills! Learn about fire, navigate by the stars, identify critters, and try your hand at a few outdoor games. Sci-Fi Sleepover - Friday, April 29 Feel the force at our sci-fi themed sleepover! Come dressed up as your favorite character to decipher an alien language, investigate UFO's, and learn about the science behind your favorite science fiction worlds. Girls Only Sleepover* - CSI Sleepover - Friday, May 6 - Become a forensic scientist for the night as you search a crime scene, analyze the evidence in the laboratory, and put together the clues to solve a mystery! Matilda Sleepover - Saturday, June 4 - In cooperation with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Cultural

Trust - See the 2 pm matinee performance of Matilda at the Benedum Center downtown, then spend the night at the Science Center with all the usual sleepover features PLUS special Matildathemed activities! Drop off your sleeping bag and overnight gear at the Science Center - parking is free for Sleepover guests. Then take the subway to Wood Street Station and walk to the Benedum. After the show, return to the Science Center to purchase dinner in our Café -- or have dinner on your own downtown. Just be sure to return to the Science Center by 6:30, to take advantage of all the sleepover fun. Return to the Wood Street Station and take the subway to North Shore, getting off at Allegheny Station. You'll see the Science Center from there, about a block away. Just $78 per person covers the show and the sleepover. To register, call Pittsburgh CLO at 412 325-1582 or Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at 412-471-6930. Science Center sleepovers include: Themed activities, Omnimax movie, Planetarium or laser show, Live theater show, Science workshop, Sleeping among our exciting exhibits, Official Science Center patch, Late-night snack, Continental breakfast, Free admission for the day following the sleepover, including Highmark SportsWorks® and USS Requin Groups need to provide one adult chaperone for every eight children. Families or those not part of a group must also have a parent or guardian present. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. the evening of your sleepover, where you will receive a detailed schedule of the night's happenings. The overnight experience will begin with a brief orientation, after which participants will enjoy a night of themed activities. Lights-out is at midnight. All sleepover gear must be removed from the building by 9:30 a.m., but you are welcome to stay the day after and explore even more with your general admission, included in your sleepover cost. Cost: $39 per person. Call 412237-1637 to register. Reservations are taken up to five days prior to the Sleepover date. *A “boys only” sleepover was held on January 29, prior to press time.

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Synergy Dance by Roz expands into Synergy Performing Arts Academy, adds extra class offerings Story by Hayley Lynn Martin With a name like Synergy, it was only a matter of time before the pride and joy of Rosalynn and Danny Miller evolved from a small dance studio devoted to inspiring young aspiring dancers into a full-fledged performing arts academy. In November of last year, after a whirlwind few months, Synergy Dance by Roz moved out of the small studio in the heart of Canonsburg to a brand-new renovated storefront in a shopping plaza on Rt. 19, situated near Country Confections Chocolates and Bears to Books Daycare. The new space features expanded studio space and the addition of voice and piano classes under the new name, Synergy Performing Arts Academy. “We are now reaching families and being seen by people that never knew we existed before,” said studio co-owner, Danny Miller. “There's plenty of space to park. Our building is also clean, well-lit and visually pleasing, providing an atmosphere that is more professional and less hectic, crammed and stressful. This building has given us new life and a fresh new start, with better resources.” The plan to expand the studio took shape about four years ago when the Millers attended a national competition where they competed against an Atlanta school named RISPA. Watching the RISPA students perform was like looking in a magical, future divining mirror. RISPA's owners were a husband and wife team, just like the Millers, and both couples shared a dream of training students in multiple disciplines. “The owners were open and friendly and they took a liking to us as well as the Synergy brand,” said Danny Miller. “Throughout the course of the week-long competition, we were able to have a few informative con-

versations about [the] arts and owning a business. We were so inspired by our conversation that the goal from that point on was to grow into an academy of performing arts.” The Millers' first order of business was to bring in a talented, seasoned pianist and vocal teacher. They recruited J. Paul Pepper, a classically trained pianist with more than 30 years experience, to serve as the head of Synergy's music department and co-owner of the new brand. “It didn't take long to realize that our individual dreams and journeys were so similar that it would be foolish not to come together an see how far our 'synergy' could take us,” said Danny Miller. “I've known J. Paul his entire life. There's always been something special about him. Whether it was track, gymnastics, academics, band or piano, J. Paul has always shown an innate ability to persevere and succeed. The way he approaches his art in an art form in itself, it's like watching Roz teach dance. They're both so passionate and as eager to learn as they are to teach others.” The expansion also provides new opportunities for students, particularly older students interested in pursuing dance as a career. “There's no limit to what we plan to do,” said Danny. “We would like to add all facets of music education to our program, including training in all instruments, not just piano.” Some of the Millers' lofty goals for the new expansion include adding more instruments to their instructional roster, offering community performances and eventually producing musical theater shows. Though these plans won't take shape overnight, the owners' carefully calculated moves include employing capable, confident staff. “All of our staff is properly trained and educated. We believe in continuing that training for our staff every year,” said Danny Miller. “Synergy is one of only 12 international founding members of More Than Just Great Dancing ™. In other words, we are being trained as teachers and business owners year round. When parents look for schools to send their children, educated teachers and appropriate curriculum should be at the top of their priority list.” Synergy prides itself on providing more than just

a great education - it's also a fun, family-friendly environment where students, regardless of their backgrounds and experience, can learn and make new friends. For the student and parents at Synergy Performing Arts, the studio is more than just a building with teachers - it's a family and everyone feels right at home. From the Miller's own toddler son who frequently visits and is adored by the students, parents and staff, to the pride the staff feels when students accomplish something on or off the stage - it's a place where real learning takes place. Synergy Performing Arts Academy also has one of the largest male dancer enrollments in the area, a demographic they are extremely proud of. Encouraging male dancers is a priority for the Millers who offer male students a 50% tuition scholarship on all classes. Synergy Performing Arts academy offers jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, baton, modern, acro, contortion, hip-hop, fitness and competition opportunities. Additionally, creative movement classes for toddlers are also available. Rosalyn Miller is a graduate of Point Park University with degrees in Jazz and Dance Pedagogy (the art of teaching). The studio has developed one of the strongest hip-hop programs in the Pittsburgh market and continues to grow and expand. Additionally, Synergy Performing Arts employs a professional inhouse photographer and a music editor who chooses age appropriate songs custom designed and edited for each piece. “We've worked hard and will continue working on all facets to bring our clients the best experience possible,” said Danny. “We believe in more than just great dancing and beautiful music. Here, art is a culture and our studio has become the place where we all go to help sharpen our skills, not only for music and dance but also life. This is just the beginning for us. We really don't see an end in sight, which leaves us with limitless possibilities. We'd love everyone to 'join the movement' even if it's not at Synergy. Find a good studio in your area with educated and passionate teachers and experience the love of the performing arts.” FMI: Visit, call 724-5545424 or visit the studio at 2510 Washington Road, Bldg B Suites G & H, Canonsburg.

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Family owned Sam’s Pizza is mainstay of Canonsburg community Story by Fred Terling One typically associates Canonsburg, Pennsylvania with the big three: Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and Sarris Candies. There is, however, a forth that locals know and have carried with them across the country and in some cases, the world. That institution is Sam's Pizza. In business for over fourty-five years, Sam's Pizza shares the same wall space with neighboring Sarris in East End, Canonsburg. I'm not quite sure if anyone still knows the words to 'Blue Velvet,' but I guarantee they've had a slice or two of Sam's pizza in the past twenty years. Current ownership, David and Kimberly Rhome and Rege and Marti Passante, took over the shop 17 years ago growing it into a Canonsburg mainstay. “We don't deliver, so we get to know the customers when they come in,” stated Marti Passante. “We have come to share people's life cycles through the increases and decreases in the size of their orders.” On-hand customer, Terry Yost echoed that thought, “Our family has had four generations coming in to get pizza. We started with only a couple pieces and now we are up to a full tray when the family is over.” When asked why Sam's Pizza, Ms. Yost replied, “It's consistent. Always good and I don't have to cook!” It's this kind of interaction that the Rhome and Passante families have built. The two families operate the business themselves with no manger and a total

hands-on approach. The core of their business? Customer service. “We're only as good as our people and we care about our community. It's where we work, live and play,” reinforced David Rhome, who is also the town's Mayor. “Our employees start with us at 15 years of age and work up until they enter college, then come back and pick up hours between semesters. They become part of our family.” The commitment to community goes far beyond pizza. All money collected in tips goes to charities such as cancer research, feeding the underprivileged and homeless outreach. Then there's the pizzas and subs, of course. Sam's Pizza has won countless awards over the years including 2008 “Best of Washington County.” The square cuts of Sicilian pizza are old style Italian with ingredients that are never frozen nor recycled. “We pride ourselves in our homemade sauce and dough which is made daily,” said Kimberly. “We even make our own meatballs.” The shop has such a loyal following that people even make the trip from out of town with Sam's being one of the must make stops. There is even a customer who frequents from Florida and calls ahead when landing on the tarmac at Pittsburgh International Airport to

ensure his order is ready on arrival. Additionally, tray of Sam's Pizza have been shipped across the country and even around the world. Customers can simply call in the order, UPS picks up the pizza(s) and off they go. There is a special process that Owner David Rhome describes as “recook” that ensure the pizza is as fresh as it is coming out of the shop's ovens when reheated after shipping. In addition to pizza, Sam's offers a full variety of subs and beverages on site. In closing, the next time you hear someone humming 'Catch a Falling Star,' ask them if they've had a slice of Sam's. I guarantee they have. To experience some of the best pizza you'll ever have, visit Sam's Pizza at 525 Adams Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317, 724-745-9861. They are also on the web at:

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Noontime Lunch with Friends Tuesday, February 9 - Dr. Candace DeBerry will discuss Ecological Gardening - Program is free. Lunch is available after the program for a fee. The book of the month for February is Adult Coloring Book Designs: Stress Relief Coloring Book: Garden Designs, Mandalas, Animals and Paisley Patterns by Adult Coloring Book Designs. Learn a New language for free with your Library Card from Mango Languages. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. Stop by the Library or download the free Mango Languages App to learn more. The Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 18, 6-7 p.m. in the Conference Room. Book of the Month: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Free and open to the public. Snacks and bottled water are acceptable. Weekly Chess Club - For six weeks, from Feb. 6-March 12, Chess Club will meet every week. Chess Club will still meet from 10-11:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Learn to play, or learn some strategies to play better. In April, Chess Club will go back to meeting once a month. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, February 8 and 22, from 5-6 p.m.The Feb. 8 session will have a “Star Wars” theme, and participants are invited to come in appropriate costume.The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The Children's Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets.


Spring Story Times - Registration began Tuesday, January 26 for the spring sessions of Preschool and Toddler Story Times. Preschool story time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuesdays, 2-2:30 p.m., beginning February 16. Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings, beginning February 17. Toddler Story Times are: 10:30-11 a.m. for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, and 11:30 a.m.-12p.m. for ages 2 ½ to 3 years. Registration is required for all story times. Call 724-222-2400, ext. 235 or stop in the Children's Department for more information or to register. “Parent's Guide to Story Time” brochures are available at the desk. The Book-of-the-Month selection for February in the Children's Dept. is The Secret Princess, and other princess stories, by Miles Kelly. The random drawing contest is open to all children 12 years and under. The winning entry will be drawn on Monday, February 29. Did you receive a new tablet or eReader? Citizen's Library is offering FREE classes, call 724-222-2400 x222 to sign up. Visit our selection of downloaded eBooks and audiobooks at your Library with you. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library.To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400



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Cal U students collaborate to write & score original musical Story by Fred Terling Typically the California University Theatre Department sits down with the faculty a year in advance to select six shows for the upcoming year. The selections are made to meet the needs of the program, students and community. This year, however, there is one slight wrinkle. One of the performances will be a student written and scored musical. The name of the production is Yet Another Funeral, music and lyrics by Dominic A. Carrola with libretto by Anthony N. Carrola and directed by California University of Pennsylvania Professor, Dr. Michele A. Pagen. “The production started out as just a simple suggestion back in 2014 between Dominic and myself while working on Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical,” Dr. Pagen recalls. Following that conversation, Dom (pictured right, seated) took to writing, rewriting, and then rewriting some more. He desperately wanted Anthony (pictured left, standing) in on the project who was not interested in musicals, but leaned more towards more dramatic, action-oriented projects. Dom eventually convinced him to team up. They went to work. Tracking various storylines in multiple directions, the pair settled on a concept we all deal with, loss. “There's kind of this mindset people have about getting what they want,”

Anthony explains. “Things that people want versus what it is that they lose. This is the core of the story.” Character rich, Dom tapped his own past for things that inspired him musically. “I grew up in a culture of Disney and musicals. Disney always gives a culture to the music as if it is an additional character to the film,” Dom added. “Then the characters of course. I was influenced by the Dickens story, 'Our Mutual Friend,' which combined psychological insight with social analysis.” Doctor Pagen is beyond excited to be directing the effort. When asked about working with students and engaging the entire process of self-production, she feels humbled. “I marvel at the trust students put in me,” Michele stated. “It's really exciting if you think about it. I told the cast they will be the first cast to ever play these roles, ever.” Currently the musical is in pre-production and has just been casted. Additional information including a behind the scenes peak, interviews with cast and crew and inside rehearsal coverage of this landmark production will be in the next issue of

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February 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets $46, $36 & $25 Pennsylvania Bridges. Assistant Director is Bethany Swan*; Choreographer is Maria Gismondi; Music Director is Yugo Ikach; Lighting and Projection Designer is Deb Peelor; Scenic and Properties Designer is Sabrina Hykes-Davis; Costume Designer is Joni J. Farquhar; Production Stage Manager is Kellee Cohlhepp*; Michael Meketa is the Orchestrator* Dates for the show are: April 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., April 9 at 2 p.m. Department Preview April 6 at 8 p.m at Steele Hall's Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are .50 for students with a CalCard, $12 for the public. Call 724-938-5943.

Based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Complete with true emotion, down home country humor & 27 hit songs.

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons March 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets $38, $34 & $25 Riders in the Sky salute Roy Rogers April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets $38, $34 & $25

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Introducing the 1st Annual Winter Music Festival. Join us for an exciting live music experience featuring blues, folk, country roots, and bluegrass bands and solo artists. Cure your cabin fever with a day full of great music, food and drinks as we kick off the 2016 Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrations. Enjoy a complimentary dinner buffet starting at 6 p.m. with cash bar and complimentary snacks all day. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $30. Tickets are available at or locally at A&M Wine Supplies and Quality Quick Printing & Copy Center Doors open at 2 p.m.

February 12 at 2 & 7 p.m. March 4 at 2 & 7 p.m. Adults $5, Students, senior citizens & children $3 February’s film is The Bachelor & The Bobby Soxer March’s film is Back to the Future

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“The Other Side of Pop” art exhibit at August Wilson Center highlights hip-hop culture view at the August Wilson Center, Gallery Two, Second Floor, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, through Friday, March 25. The Other Side of Pop is curated by Sean Beauford and features works by artists Cey Adams, Sophia Chang, LinShuttr, Matthew LaPenta, Justin Gilzene, Molly Goldfarb, RexChouk, Cryssy Cheung, Andre Jones, Amani Davis, Hannibal Hopson, and D.S Kinsel “Behind the Scenes” by Justin Gilzene + Julie Mallis as Magic Organs. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust The Other Side of Pop brings together announces contemporary art exhibition pop art and pop culture providing us THE OTHER SIDE OF POP will be on with a contrasting look at these two

social concepts. Through the works in this contemporary art exhibition on view at the August Wilson Center, the artists seek to connect with those who observe pop culture as portrayed by mass media but may not be able to relate to it. By highlighting people, issues, and attitudes relevant to minorities, The Other Side of Pop seeks to give a voice to the voiceless. Similar to American pop culture, various art works featured in this exhibition are inspired by the culture “The Unraveling of Cosby” by Sophia Chang of hip hop. The Other Side of Pop provides the viewer for this exhibit are Tuesdays through with a first-hand look at pop culture through the hip hop generation's lens. Saturdays, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The August Wilson Center gallery hours exhibit is free and open to the public.

WCCC Presents Outstanding Teacher Award to Kathy Mendus Dlugos Westmoreland County Community College students, faculty and administrators rewarded Kathy Mendus-Dlugos of Greensburg for her excellence in education with the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Award presented by WCCC President Tuesday Stanley. Recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Award must demonstrate excellence in the classroom, instructional innovation, contributions to the community and leadership within the college. They are nominated by students and the winner is selected by a committee of their peers. Associate Professor Dlugos, who began teaching art classes at WCCC in 1998, has made a significant impact on the college during her tenure, including creating the art department. She developed the Associate of Fine Arts degree with options in Visual Arts and Art Therapy. Dlugos, who holds a master of fine arts from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor of fine arts from Seton Hill University, designed the WCCC art degrees to be fully transferable to four-year institutions for students pursuing


Westmoreland County Community College President Tuesday Stanley presents the 2015-16 Outstanding Teacher Award to Kathy Mendus Dlugos, associate professor of art.

bachelor’s degrees. To expand studio art offerings for WCCC students, she forged a partnership with the Touchstone Center for Crafts. She also established the Visiting Artist program which gives students opportunities to engage with working artists on campus in project-based,

problem-solving activities. Through the college’s participation in the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Dlugos serves as a mentor to art students who conduct research projects and several of them have been selected to present at national conferences. The student who nominated Dlugos for

the award said, “She shows a genuine interest in the progress of her students and this is my favorite thing about her.” Also committed to contributing to the community, Dlugos engages the college’s art club students, whom she advises, to participate in creative initiatives with local veterans clubs and “Arts in the Schools” activities. An artist herself, Dlugos has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally. Her pieces have been exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, George Mason University and as part of a travelling group invitational exhibition that made stops in Rome, and London. President Stanley said the award is “a well-deserved honor” for the art program director. “Personally, I have witnessed her impact on students, whether it is through the excellence showcased in CUR, or by the feedback from students who go out of their way to tell me how much they love Kathy’s classes and her attention to them and their goals, Stanley said.

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5th Street Escape Room offers thrilling challenges in Charleroi Story by Aaron Dalzell “You finally have the combination to the vault but time is running out. Your hands are sweaty, your heart is racing and the bank opens in minutes. Will you pull it off in time?” Enter a thrilling challenge in the heart of an abandoned bank. The idea is to solve puzzles, find clues, and figure out the combination to the vault using the knowledge and expertise of a safecracker to pull off the bank heist of the century. Its great, clean fun for people ages 10-70 and an amazing team-building exercise for companies. The 5th Street Escape Room is a real life, interactive adventure game in a group atmosphere. “The Heist” is a cross between an adult scavenger hunt and an episode of the TV series Elementary. The goal is to evade and disarm a security system, open the 9,000 pound vault to steal money and make a grand escape. “There's 1.25 million dollars in movie money,” said Jason Atkins, co-owner of the 5th Street Escape Room. “Winners of the Heist challenge receive half-off our t-shirts and a discount at River House Cafe next door to celebrate

their accomplishment.” Each game is designed for one hour of intense fun, preceded by a fifteenminute briefing on the overall objective prior to each game and fifteen-minutes after to debrief and take photos. The Heist is a challenging game. Many get close but do not get out in time. At the end of 60 minutes, the moderator will unlock the room and the proprietors ask that competitors “do not reveal” the answers to others that have not participated. While the game is challenging, fun is the goal. “While the success rate for the challenge is 35% with clues and only five percent without, we maintain that the most important goal for the Heist is that everyone has fun and enjoys their experience,” said Atkins. “But for those returning players who want more challenge, we now offer the Heist: Blackout, where groups

complete the entire challenge in the dark and they can only use flashlights.” In the future, the 5th Street Escape Room will introduce the Hostage Room, where participants will be taken hostage. “Our Hostage Room will have two competing rooms where the Heist and Hostage challenges compete back to back. One group will be taken hostage while the other will try to disarm the safe and take the money. The hostages have 60 minutes to work together to escape and call the police on the Heist team,” said Atkins. Feedback for the 5th Street Escape Room has been very positive: “Fantastically done and an adrenaline rush on a whole new level. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as we pulled off the greatest heist in history!” - Randi Cochran-Durmis “Awesome experience and a lot of fun..... Definitely enjoyed this and would recommend everyone to try. You will definitely have fun!” - Josh Payne “Completed this tonight, wonderful experience! Ps. The two of us pulled it off. I recommend this for a date night!” - Casandra Maria Rowan The 5th Street Escape Room is located at 434 Fallowfield Avenue in Charleroi. For additional information, call 724-483-4618 or email

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Sending a Memorial Gift in a Letter of Sympathy A memorial gift is always appropriate, especially when the family has requested such a gift in lieu of flowers. Remember to provide the family's name and address to the charity so they can send proper notification. It is acceptable to mention your gift in a sympathy note without mentioning the amount of the gift. Here are some basic things to keep in mind: Be personal. Don't try to avoid mentioning the deceased's name or addressing the situation. You're offering sympathy and support, not trying to cheer someone up. Mention your own memories. If you knew the deceased, take this time to share some of your positive memories with the bereaved. The great thing about a letter is that it can be kept for later. Offer encouragement & condolences. Acknowledge the fact that this is a difficult time - avoiding this can make the bereaved feel like their feelings are being minimized. Make sure your statements are appropriate to the person you're addressing. Offer specific assistance. The time surrounding a death can be busy and chaotic. If you're able to offer assistance, make your suggestions specific. What Not to Say: Most people don't have to deal with death on a regular basis, so they might mistakenly say something to the bereaved that comes across as offensive. Avoid clichés and platitudes. You may truly believe that everything happens for a reason or that the deceased is in a better place now, but that doesn't help those left behind to deal with their grief. Don't offer advice. You're writing with sympathy and condolences, not trying to tell someone what to do or how to mourn. Everyone experiences death differently; however, the way you deal with things might not be the best way for someone else. In this busy and stressful time, the bereaved will have a difficult time working through a long letter. Make the letter personal and offer empathy, but try to keep it under a page. Remember this is a memorial gift and you don't want to turn it into a burden.

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Fri, February 12 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10

Wed, February 17 from 7-11 p.m. Free Event, Open to All!

The Rainbow Ends Evening of Jazz/Electronica Sat, February 13 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Featuring Live Blue Painting by Jeffrey Donato Tickets $10

The AnnaJames Band w/ Opener Alyssa Hankey Sat, February 20 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $5 Soulios, Sea Rights, Fry Jones, Bat Zupel, The Arcade Sat, February 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets $5

“Wine & Line” Painting Party Tuesday, February 16 7:30 p.m. - Cost $30 - Includes all materials Join teaching artist Liz Jones as she guides you through the creation of a masterpiece of YOUR choice. Bring your creativity, enthusiasm & your beverage of preference and join us to make art! BENEFIT EVENT FOR JOZART CFTA Call or email to reserve your seat


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Cataclysm Music & Arts Festival Sat, March 19, 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Featuring local metal/experimental bands Tell No Tales, Onyx Eye, Nephele, The Last Snow, Worst Kept Secret, Nullity, HIGHDEAF, Grey & Cognition. Also featuring local artists Laura Shirley, Stephen Keiser, Tim Durr, Kait Townsend, Emily Conti, Killjoy (Mikey Bair) Allen Allenfree & Shelly Thai Tickets $10

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Center for Fitness and Health Offers a 12-Minute Brain Checkup Parents, coaches, athletes and the general public have been talking about the new movie, Concussion, which stars Will Smith as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who fought against the National Football League's efforts to suppress his research on brain damage suffered by professional football players. While the film is increasing awareness of sports-related concussions, there are many other situations that also affect brain performance such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and Parkinson's disease. The Center for Fitness and Health recently introduced RC21X, an advanced brain health game and performance monitoring tool that enables a person to check on the performance of his or her brain and compare the results to what is identified as normal for that individual. The selfadministered game takes about 12 minutes to complete on any computer that has an Internet connection. RC21X features 15 modules that target different areas of brain performance. The game, which is named for Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, is based on more than 50 years of scientific research and development in human performance measurement, neurology,

psychology, kinesiology, bio-engineering and General Systems Performance Theory. “Everyone who completes the activities is amazed by what the program can reveal,” explained Don Doyle, general manager of the Center for Fitness and Health. “Not only are the activities easy to use, they are fun for adults and children.” Each game session uses objective measures and data-based records to create a unique Brain Performance Profile report for the individual. RC21X does

not provide a medical diagnosis. It provides indicators as to when users should seek medical attention. “Health care professionals and the general population are using RC21X to make better, fact-based decisions regarding brain health during all stages of life,” explained Mr. Doyle. “It is a useful tool in managing lifestyle and developmental changes such as aging. Additionally, it proves an effective tool for use during and after treatment and rehabilitation for injuries and illness.” Mr. Doyle continued, “As a result of this new offering, the Center for Fitness and Health is the only fitness facility in our area focusing on both the physical and mental aspects of wellness.” The Center for Fitness and Health offers its members a 20 percent discount on a one-year RC21X subscription. For more details, contact the Center for Fitness and Health at 724-379-5100. Developed in partnership with Monongahela Valley Hospital, the Center for Fitness and Health combines state-of-the-art fitness equipment and programs with comprehensive medical diagnostics, therapeutics and rehabilitation services. It is located in the MonVale HealthPLEX at 800 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.

Bucks for Bucs 5K Race & Fun Walk The Bucks for Bucs 5K Race and Fun Walk begins and ends at the ChartiersHouston High School stadium and runs through a residential neighborhood with rolling hills. The race ends back at the stadium with 300 meters on the stadium track! The event also includes pre-and post-race food and drink for competitors as well as a 50/50 and Chinese auction open to the public. Door prize tickets will be included with registration. Special Awards will be given to top three men and women overall. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in following age categories, 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-

49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. FMI: Event details & schedule Bag Pick-up/Registration: 7-8:45 a.m. Race Begins: 9 a.m. Awards Begin: following the last runners/walkers Registration Fees 5K Runners - $25 1 Mile Walkers - $20 5K Runner (Student 18 years old or younger) - $20 1 Mile Walker (Student 18 years old or younger) - $15 About Bucks for Bucs We provide scholarships for exceptional Chartiers-Houston students who are looking to continue their education

beyond high school. We are proud to support the aspirations of our students. We would like to expand to provide grants for teachers who are looking to improve their practice, impact student learning, and enrich the academic and extracurricular classes in our district. We are proud to support the life-long learning of our dedicated teachers and are currently seeking partners to launch this worthy program. We organize community events, like the Bucks for Bucs Sports Camp, which help fund our scholarships. We are proud to bring the community together and engage children in new extracurricular activities.

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On February 6, The California Area School District Foundation hold their third crazy fun event, the Frosty Frolic. This “very cool” event, where people of all ages will plunge into the frosty Monongahela River, will help to provide scholarships, grants and other support of the students and teachers of the California Area School District. The registration fee for an individual to participate to plunge is $10 while this year there is a wade option with a $20 registration. All registrants receive a T-Shirt for the event. Donors are requested to support the plungers while teams of river rompers are also being formed. Prizes will be given in various categories including There will be prizes at three levels for most money raised by various groups including Cal U students, California High School students and Alumni as well as community participants. Prizes for best costumes will also be given. The event will be held on Water Street in Coal Center where heated changing tents will be available. Registration for the frosty fun will begin at 12:30 p.m. with costume judging at 1:10 and plunging starting at 1:30. This year you may register and donate online through All jumpers must also sign a release. Paper registration forms, pledge sheets and releases are available by contacting Lisa Buday at 724-938-1355 or sending an email to


“Tall Stories’ Room on the Broom” to take stage February 7-13

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Westmoreland County Community College is offering an AARP Smart Driver Course starting February 22. The eight-hour class will cover how to handle adverse driving conditions and traffic hazards, in addition to the effects of aging and medications on driving. There is no actual driving or written test involved in the program. Automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania voluntarily provide premium reductions to graduates of the AARP Smart Driver Course. Additionally, four-hour refresher classes are offered to those who previously completed the eighthour class. The program, developed by AARP and sponsored by RSVP, will be held at the following locations: Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood. The fee for the class is $20 and registration is required. Class Schedule March 21 & 22 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 25 & 26 - 6 p.m. -10 p.m. May 10 & 11 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14-refresher - 9 a.m. -1 p.m. April 13-refresher - 6 p.m.-10 p.m. May 19-refresher - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To register call WCCC registration center at 1-800-262-2103, ext. 4204.


Pittsburgh Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces Tall Stories' Room on the Broom, part of the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series, February 7-13, 2016 at six performance locations throughout the area. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of the series. The Olivier Award nominated Tall Stories' Room on the Broom flies into North America direct from London's West End bringing a witch, her cat, a dragon, a few friendly animals and much more! Tall Stories' magical musical stage adaptation of the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler creatively brings the story to life through puppetry, music and storytelling that will take audiences aboard a magnificent broom for an unforgettable adventure! Families Magazine shared, “Very catchy songs, brilliant puppets and a fantastically animated cast” and The List raved, “A truly theatrical feast that leaves both adults and children fully entertained.” Tall Stories creative team includes director Oliva Jacobs, creative producer Toby Mitchell, designer Morgan Large, lighting designer James Whiteside, puppets by Yvonne Stone, scenic construction by KW Props, music and lyrics by

Jon Fiber, Andy Shaw and Robin Price and music production by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions. Room on the Broom is an ideal family treat for those who love the book and as an introduction to theatre for preschool and kindergarten children and their families. Expect enchanting puppetry, singa-long songs and hilarious fun for everyone ages three and up. Join a witch and her cat as they fly happily along on their broomstick - until a stormy wind blows the witch's hat, bow and wand away into the night! With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick's not

meant for five and - CRACK! it snaps in two. When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Recommended for children ages 3 + and family audiences. Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930. Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh Children's Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390. Performance Locations City: Byham Theater, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. and student matinee (school groups only) on February 8 at 10:15 a.m Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. East: Penn Hills High School, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. North: Marshall Middle School, February 11 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. West: Hopewell High School, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. South: Mt. Lebanon High School, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. FMI:

WCCC’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program to offer tax help to the needy Volunteers with Westmoreland County Community College's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will help prepare simple tax returns for lower income, elderly, and persons with disabilities as part of the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program which offers free tax help to people who cannot afford professional assistance. Taxpayers are reminded to bring their accurate records, income, interest and dividend statements, and copies of last year's federal and state tax returns when they seek help. Those individuals who do not have the required documents or show up past the cut-off time will be asked to return at a later date. Participants should check local radio/television stations for site closings in the event of inclement weather. Assistance will be offered beginning

February 1 at the following locations: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (no appointment needed) (closed 3-15-16) Maplewood United Presbyterian Church, 108 Woodland Road,

Greensburg, PA 15601 Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (no appointment needed) (college closed 324-16) - WCCC, 145 Pavilion Lane, Commissioners Hall, Youngwood, PA 15697 Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (no appointment needed) (closed Good Friday 3-2516) - Our Lady of Grace Church, 1001 Mt. Pleasant Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 Wednesdays, 9 a,m, - 1 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 724-5474593 - Mt. Pleasant Senior Center, 424 Washington Street, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666 Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 724-8724976 - West Newton Senior Center, 103 Main Street, West Newton, PA 15089

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The Rainbow Ends to perform evening of jazz at Jozart CFTA Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Genre breaking musical revolutions are difficult to find, given that big money is more easily attained with traditional pop forms, complete with predictable dance beats and vocalists tenaciously bent on demonstrating their penchant for vocal acrobatics. However, one need look no further than a 6 pm Saturday, February 13 date with The Rainbow Ends at Jozart Center for the Arts, 333 2nd Street in California, PA, to experience a revolution in the making. The Rainbow Ends, comprised of Josh Carns on guitar, Kyle Greene on bass, and drummer Justin Landers, takes jazz from the realm of horns and piano to the world of electronica and hip-hop beats. “It started with drummer Justin Landers,” Carns explained in an interview; “We played on projects, and he introduced me to a former Nashville player (Greene) who is into making electronic music, but it was with jazz, to maybe take it in a new direction.” Using looping pedals, into which a musician can record riffs while playing live on stage, then have those sounds repeat, Carns said the focus is to emulate “sounds of electronica to produce organic sounds, rather than (loop) samples. It is a different way to improvise melody over chord progressions, then build the electronic sounds to a crescendo.” For the Jozart Center for the Arts

show, The Rainbow Ends will play the entirety of a groundbreaking jazz record in its own time, Miles Davis' 4x multiplatinum “Kind of Blue.” Released in 1959, “Kind of Blue” took bebop (a style of jazz) and unlinked its focus on frenetic, piano-driven chord changes those sounds which help identify the musical direction of a song and its melodies - and moved it to modally based improvisational forms (modal jazz) - simply, notes, or even a single note in a musical scale degree - meaning the musicians could play as they wished without the constraints of clear-cut, 12 bar chord changes in pre-defined keys, for example. In a like fashion, The Rainbow Ends plans on taking “Kind of Blue” into “different planes,” Carns said, relating “If we're going to do a jazz show, let's do this one record and move on...but it's going to be different because we're just guitar, bass, and drums.” Combined with the band's use of organic looping sounds, their perform-

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ance should take off with the audience, exhibiting the kind of originality Davis himself might appreciate. Carns notes that “Kind of Blue” is just one set planned for their Jozart performance, saying “a lot” of originals are on the set lists, meaning the audience is in for an evening of aural treats. As Carns and crew from The Rainbow Ends continue composing their unique mix of jazz and electronica, perhaps starting their own revolution in the genre, he enjoys how the band sounds today, saying “I can see the overall sound being relevant right now. A lot of people have been playing standards so long, it's good to come at it with a fresh perspective, using a lot of rhythms from hip-hop, which is prevalent today.”

2CELLOS to take stage at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces 2CELLOS' North American Tour will include a performance on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal went viral the Croatian cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, continue to wow their fans with dynamic music videos and covers of today's most classic and popular songs. 2 CELLOS Baroque inspired, high octane head-banging video of AC/DC's Thunderstruck garnered over 45 million views and critically acclaimed third album, Celloverse, brings the duo back to their rock roots. Celloverse debuted at #1 on both the

Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts as well in the Billboard Top 200. 2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film

music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out. They have sold out shows around the globe and also performed with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim. 2CELLOS are the first instrumentalists to be featured on Glee. They have also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and The Bachelor Live Wedding Special. Their Sony catalog also includes 2CELLOS and IN2ITION. Tickets ($32.25-$52.25) are available at, by calling 412-4566666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

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A show as funny and moving as it's title is awful. In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don't obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they'll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” The poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” Tickets $15

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK March 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. & March 20 at 2:30 p.m. The memoirs of a young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly 2 years to escape Nazi persecution. Tickets $12

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Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-5:30 p.m. (Weigh-in) 5:30 p.m. (Meeting) Weight loss group Feb. 8 - Knitting - 6 p.m. - Learn to knit or bring a project Feb 15 - LIBRARY CLOSED Feb 17 - Family Craft Night 5:30 p.m. - Make a craft and sing some silly songs Feb 17 - Library Board Meeting at 7 p.m. - Board meets the third Wednesday of the month Feb. 22 - Knitting - 6 p.m. - Learn to knit or bring in a project Feb. 24 - Block Program - 1 p.m. Come and play with blocks and see what we can build - For ages 3-6 Call to register! Feb 29 - Knitting - 6 p.m. - Learn to knit or bring in a project Feb. 29 - Friends of Bentleyville Library - 6 p.m. - Help support the library and plan fun events Register at the library or call us at 724-239-5122.

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Blue Man Group to take stage at Heinz Hall February 23-28 After six successful years on the road, BLUE MAN GROUP will circle the United States one more time prior to taking the theatrical tour worldwide. Audiences can catch the wildly popular, award-winning BLUE MAN GROUP when they return to Pittsburgh. BLUE MAN GROUP will play at Heinz Hall from February 23 through February 28, with performances Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. BLUE MAN GROUP is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. The BLUE MAN GROUP theatrical tour showcases classic Blue Man favorites, along with brand new content. Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, this artistic group is continually updating and refreshing Blue Man shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state of the

art technology. “We live in a fast-paced, ever-evolving world. The Blue Man character is a curious being who explores our cultural norms, our every-day objects, but he

sees them with fresh eyes and an innocent perspective. As the world around us changes, we are constantly inspired to create new scenarios for the Blue Man to explore,” said Phil Stanton, Co-Founder of BLUE MAN GROUP. “Plus, we really like to keep things fresh and vibrant. For almost 25 years, although the content within the show varies, the mission of every BLUE MAN GROUP show has remained the same - to bring the collective audience together with the Blue Men for a euphoric celebration, a heightened state of being alive,” added Co-Founder Chris Wink. The trademark of every BLUE MAN GROUP show is a combination of visually stunning multi-media, multi-sensory performance. The Blue Men are accompanied by a live band whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax. Tickets ($26-$72) are available by calling 412-392-4900, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online

Brit Floyd to perform at the Benedum Center on March 4 & 5 Following a hugely successful 146 concert date tour around the globe in 2015, Brit Floyd, The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2016 to continue its amazing journey through fifty years of Pink Floyd, and the vast and incredible catalogue of music they have given us. As well as performing the favourite moments from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell… Brit Floyd will treat audiences to its show-stopping rendition of Echoes, in its entirety, from the landmark album Meddle, as well as a host of other Pink Floyd musical gems. Brit Floyd lead vocalist, guitarist & musical director, Damian Darlington, said, “The audience reaction to the

Space and Time show in 2015 was so positive that we've decided to continue that theme in 2016 with Space and Time CONTINUUM, and we aim to deliver

an even stronger performance for everyone. There is so much quality material to choose from across the Pink Floyd repertoire, and we will definitely be trying a few different songs this time around as well as including all the favourites.” With a spectacular new million dollar light show and state of the art video design… and an even bigger stage production, Brit Floyd - Space and Time CONTINUUM promises to be the most ambitious and best Brit Floyd show yet.Brit Floyd's Space & Time CONTINUUM World Tour 2016 will perform at the Benedum Center, at 8:00 p.m., on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016. For ticket information visit,, call 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: 30 years of showtime at Southland 9 Story by Chuck Brutz When you first enter Southland 9 Cinemas, one of the first sights you're treated to are images of iconic movie stars depicted on two murals, including screen legends like Marilyn Monroe, Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, Sean Connery as James Bond, Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name, Shatner & Nimoy as Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock, John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, Robin Williams as Popeye, Judy Garland as Dorothy and, last but certainly not last, E.T. as himself. Artist Stan Zimmerman painted the murals back in 1986 when the cinema first opened for business, and today they serve as both part of the building's history and a nostalgic, unique reminder of a simpler more care free era of my own life, taking me back to the late 80s when I saw movies here during my childhood. I saw a lot of my favorite films for the first time at Southland 9. Through the magic of film, it was the silver screens on which I first witnessed Michael Keaton's Batman save Gotham City from the evil clutches of Jack Nicholson's Joker, discovered Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and joined Doc and Marty in a flying DeLorean for a fantastical time travel adventure into both the future and the Old West. In later years, it's where I first viewed Jurassic Park, The Lion King, Harry Potter, Finding Nemo, Captain America: The First Avenger, Super 8, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This year marks Southland's 30th birthday, but the cinema's history actually spans a period of 13 years, beginning in 1973 on July 3 when Cinema World, a four screen movie theater on Route 51 in West Mifflin, first opened their doors. Cinema World was a successful business, but as we departed the 70s era of sideburns and bell bottoms and moonwalked into the Reagan years, the public demanded larger theaters with more screens. Hollywood was releasing more movies and the video rental craze was in its infancy. Home VCRs were expensive, as were individual movies on video, with one video costing consumers as much as $80. Simply put, if you wanted to see a movie reasonably close to its release

date, with content not potentially edited for television, you had to go to the cinema. Movie theaters were expanding in size to include more than one, two or even four screens, requiring more space for more screens on which to show more films. As a result, in 1985 Cinema World relocated from their original One of the iconic murals featuring stars of the silver screen from days gone space to a larger past, with Larry, Moe & Curly taking center stage in the shot. building able to house more nights for students and their families. screens. In April 1994, the Cinema World chain Southland 9 held their grand opening was sold to Carmike Theaters, which on May 23, 1986, with four features still owns and operates the theater today. being shown on four different screens As I get older, I find myself reminiscbeginning at 7 p.m. The first four films ing about the days of yore. So many screened were Top Gun, Cobra, places I enjoyed in my youth have either Poltergeist II and Out of Africa. A week closed or changed to the point of being later, two more screens were added, and unrecognizable. However, Southland 9 by mid June, there were nine different retains many aspects of the theater's hisscreens showing films at Cinema World tory, including the carpet from their Southland 9. Cinema World days. The original Cinema World remained A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far open until April of 1987, and today the away, I mentioned several movies I saw property is the site of a Toys R Us. Based upon my research of newspaper for the first time at Southland 9. Perhaps most notable was Back to the Future II, archives and talking with residents of which I saw on opening weekend in West Mifflin, I got a glimpse into the November 1989. building's history. Originally the site The first Back to the Future film was the home of the Wesley Bowling Alley. A restaurant and shoe rental stand inspired my lifelong fascination with occupied the space now occupied by the time travel. In Back to the Future II, our concession stand, with the bowling lanes heroes - Doc and Marty - traveled to the below stairs. Nowadays, the lower level year 2015. 26 years later, it's amazing of the building houses the theater itself. how time flies! Though I didn't get to Over the years, various events, promo- see the original Back to the Future film tions, and fundraisers have been held at in theaters, I saw the sequel on multiple the theater. For example, on April 3, occasions at Southland 9, which is why 1990, Southland 9 joined sister theater it still holds a special place in my heart. Cinema World Theatre at Cranberry What's not to love? The flick's got flyMall in screening an all day baseball ing cars, hoverboards and 80s themed movie marathon, showing the films The restaurants, oh my! More importantly, it Natural, The Bad News Bears, Field of filled 11-year-old me with hopeful optiDreams and Bull Durham for the cost of mism about the year 2015. Which brings one regular admission. us back to last year, on the evening of Currently, Southland 9 helps raise December 17, when I settled into my money each year for Children's seat at Southland 9, 3-D glasses perched Hospital, and donates popcorn to local on my face, ready for the premiere of a school districts offering free movie little film you may have heard about, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive, a year-round FREE live jazz series taking place at the Backstage Bar, Cabaret at Theater Square and Katz Plaza. Open to the public, this popular Pittsburgh Cultural Trust music series showcases some of the region's finest jazz musicians every Tuesday from 5pm 8pm in the heart of the Cultural District. From January to April, all performances take place in the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. The Winter JazzLive Series began on January 5 and continues every Tuesday night until April 5. Scheduled for February February 9 - James Johnson III February 16 - Joe Sheehan February 23 - Joe Badaczewski The Backstage Bar at Theater Square is a favorite Cultural District hotspot for drinks, a quick bite to eat, live entertainment, and great company through the evening. It's the perfect place to meet before a performance, or lounge after a show, or just a great gathering place with friends and colleagues.The Backstage Bar serves an outstanding list of premium wines, spirits, specialty drinks and beers to complement the fun and casual food menu and often features live entertainment with no cover charge. The Backstage Bar is open before and after shows and for Happy Hour (9-11 pm Tuesdays-Fridays). Often called a hidden treasure, you can enter the bar from behind the fountain in Katz Plaza, or through the main entrance to the Cabaret at Theater Square, under the Theater Square marquee. FMI:


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Online Dating: Yay or Nay? Story by Zach Filtz St. Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and many people are planning to spend the day with a special someone. It's worth noting where they met that special someone has changed drastically in the last decade. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center article, 59% of Americans now believe online dating is a good way to meet people. That's a trend, because only 44% believed it was a good idea in 2005. Online dating is a much easier way to meet people that “are not in your social circle,” according to Butler County resident Shannon Stepp. Full disclosure, Stepp is my girlfriend and we met online. Stepp, now 22, and I started talking through the free dating site plentyoffish in May 2014, and after she said she could beat me at a video game that I was playing the first night we talked, I was attracted by her sassy attitude. We began dating one month later. Stepp cited the ease of meeting people online. “It takes you outside your social network,” she said. “It can work if you are willing to meet people who do not live in your area,” she said, referring to long distance relationships. Shannon and I are living proof online dating can result in finding a great partner who truly makes you happy, however, she cautions people to be wary when looking online for love. “There are scam artists on there,” she

said, adding “But, scammers are not just online though.” She said making intelligent decisions about who to meet is vital for any degree of success with the web sites. Dane Demchak, 27, formerly of Monongahela and a Ringgold alumnus, is also a fan of online dating, but has concerns it limits people by discouraging them from getting outside their comfort zone. “I think it fits with the times… it only makes sense,” Demchak said. “I think the negative part of it is that it can keep people complacent instead of moving or going to new places to meet people. They can stay in their daily routine and just meet online without going out anywhere and kind of become reliant on that.” Maura Scalese, a Cal U junior majoring in psychology, takes issue with people who describe themselves as “dating” but don't meet up in public. “I think [online dating] is a good way to meet someone but then you actually have to meet them in person,” Scalese said. On the appeal of relationships formed on dating sites, Stepp said, “[Dating sites] allow many people to have the opportunity to meet, possibly date, and for some couples, to get more serious as well. I don't think it is likely at all if my boyfriend and I would have ever met if it was not for plentyoffish, and I'm grateful for him and for the site.” Editor's Note: We encourage anyone considering online dating to visit reputable sites, to exercise extreme caution and to always meet potential suitors in a well lit, public place when meeting for the first time.

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How We Met Our Others: Staffers Speak Out Story by Cass Currie Pennsylvania Bridges staffers, from columnists, contributing writers, staff writers all the way up to our editors, were asked, “How did you meet your significant other/husband/wife?” Their responses? Keep reading! “Amanda and I met in my first week of college in 2001. We both were attending IUP. She was a sophomore and I was freshman and we met at a Campus Ministry meeting. I saw her across the room and said to myself that there was something about her and I needed to meet her. She thought I was annoying and tried to avoid me. By October, I worked up the nerve to ask her out, she quickly shot me down. By December, she agreed to a date. I was goofy and awkward and she was stunning and funny and before I knew it was 14 years later and we have been married for 11 years and have two amazing children and we are on an incredible journey together.” - Rev. B.T. Gilligan, Columnist “Jim and I knew each other a little in junior high, but didn't become friends until freshman year of high school. I had a boyfriend for the first half of the year, but was single in March and he asked me out in a VERY romantic way (Can you feel the sarcasm?) - via a status message on Yahoo Instant Messenger. It just said “So, since everyone else thinks we should, what do you think?” We also were not a couple that broke up every other week like most high school couples seemed to do. March 2016 we will be together for 15 years and we've been married for six.” Reanna Roberts, Columnist “I messaged my now-girlfriend on a dating web site. We met after a relatively short time, and after some scheduling setbacks, our relationship got off and rolling. She has a great smile, and enjoys my satiric sense of humor. I've enjoyed her sarcasm and positive communication, Haven't looked back in 1.5 years! XOXO” - Zachary Filtz, Contributing Writer “My happy was best friends with my obviously ex-fiance. Kind of collected those at one point, much to the chagrin

of my paycheck, but joy to Melart Jewelers. My love of the past fifteen years even threw the engagement party for previously aforementioned bride to be. Oh...typical Fred, you asked where we met. Work.” - Fred Terling, Staff Writer “Matthew and I met when I was a cashier at McDonalds. I was on my last day of employment before changing jobs and he always came through the drive thru late at night. Figuring it was my last shot to talk to him, I told him he couldn't have his change until he gave me his number. We ended up exchanging numbers and to this day, he kept the receipt that I wrote my number down on. He likes to joke - after 12 years, a beautiful daughter, and a houseful of animals - he should have just drove off and left me with the change.” - Hayley Lynn Martin, Assistant Editor “Eric and I have been together for a little over five years and married since September of 2014, but we've been good friends for 15 years. I won't score any points admitting this, but I can't remember exactly how we met or where or even who introduced us. I can admit that here because he already knows! I could tell a lot of interesting stories about the early days of our becoming romantically involved, but I am saving them for a book I'm planning to write one day. Save some mystery, like my grandmother Eleanor used to say. All I'll say is I can't imagine my life without him in it.” - Carla E. Anderton, Editorin-Chief, who is married to Eric J. Worton, Columnist

Readers Respond via Facebook: What gift (under $100) would you most like to give and/or receive on this Valentine’s Day? “Gift certificate for a hot stone massage.” - Hanna JL Gribble “World peace.” - Wendy Shemansky “Mani-pedi or a session with a massage therapist.” - Madeline Parker White “One of those candles with the rings inside.” - Daina Dugger Dacus “A gift certificate to the best wine store in the area.” - Parker Pascua “A playmate for Miles (the dog). That covers the give and get categories.” - Richard Russell “A puppy! Or a donation to the ‘Allen needs to pay for college’ charity.” - Allen Free, to which Reanna Roberts said “A puppy is always the correct answer. Kudos.” “$100 gift card for a restaurant meal.” - Barbara Tomer Winters “Hot stone massage already mentioned.” - Lisa Hunt Buday “Adult SPA Inflatable Bath Tub.Yes, it is a thing, and I want one.” - Monica Schryver “Rum!” - Matt Duvall “To give my dear mother one more hug and say ‘thank you’ for all of your love and sacrifices.” - Jeannie King “As I get older, the gifts I most appreciate are those of someone's time and energy. A great gift would be for someone to wash and paint my upstairs baseboard and trim! Not very romantic, but a wonderful gift just the same.” - Rene Kruse “Liquor gift certificate. Because if your significant other is atrocious then you can bear them a little longer.” - Michelle Leet Stilts “A subscription to Netflix so I can catch up on my favorite TV shows.

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That, and chocolate.You can never go wrong with chocolate!” - Cass Currie “David Bowie’s [new album] ‘Blackstar’.” - Melissa Mayer “Just give me the cash!” - Rosemary Capanna “A surprise trip anywhere.With enough planning, the room could be under $100.” - Elizabeth Henry “A money order for $99.99.” David Wilbanks “A gift card for a spa so I can use it when I really need to unwind.” - Annie Keplar “Nguyen’s sushi and a massage.Yeah, I want it all!” - Christine Haines “I’m a big fan of practical gifts. I like to get presents I can actually use, so I tend to give gifts I think my husband will use.That being said, a meal out is always nice, too. I second Christine’s vote for Nguyen’s. It’s the best sushi in the region, hands down, and we’ve celebrated many special occasions there.” - Carla E. Anderton


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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

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