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‘Tis the season to enjoy local holiday shows, markets, exhibits and more with family and friends By Gina Mazza For Beaver County Senior News

Beaver County is always

a wonderful place to be during the holiday season, as there is an abundance of fun and festive things to do. Bring the whole family out for one or more of the following seasonal events and have yourself a merry time.

Beaver County Christmas Extravaganza The Lodge at Brady’s Run Bradys Run Park, Beaver Falls Call (330) 502-9882 or visit bcchristmasextravaganza. org Come celebrate at the 30th anniversary of this event!

Takes place from noon to 9 p.m. on December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 and from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 6 and 13 at Bradys Run Park. Attractions include Elf Land, outdoor themed islands and light show, pony rides, chain saw carver, the North Pole Café, Candy Cane Gift Shop, Gingerbread House display Continued on page 3

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Publisher’s Corner

It’s that magical time of year again, and Beaver County never disappoints when it comes to popular holiday events; see our cover story. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed season.

Lynn Hogan Webster

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Our 16th annual Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale will take place on December 7 from 9am to 3:00pm @ our Community Life Center, 118 McMillen Avenue, Beaver Falls. There will be over 60+ vendors, baked goods for sale and the CLC Café where you can purchase a good meal, and our Winter Silent Auction which benefits the Chippewa Meals on Wheels. Vendor list will be added to our website, www., closer to the event. Our Nativity Showcase will take place on December 15 from 2pm to 6pm at the Community Life Center, 118 McMillen Avenue, Beaver Falls. This showcase is free and will offer 100+ nativity scenes for viewing. Hope to see you there.

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Rochester Borough Theatre and much more. Entertainment provided by local talent. Special guests include Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch and the Chipmunks. Free bus shuttle service from the Ice Arena with handicap parking at the Lodge. Senior day is December 8. Cost is $4 for ages 6-12, $7 for ages 13-62, $6 seniors 63 and older, and five and under are free.

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Celebrate the Christmas season with this heartwarming variety show sure to delight the entire family. Featuring a talented cast from Beaver, Lawrence and Allegheny counties. Show times are Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, as well. Tickets are $15.

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Ring in the season by visiting the Merrick all decked out in holiday cheer. Display runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 20.

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Little Beaver Historical Society Light Up Night 801 Plumb St., Darlington Call (724) 827-8841 for times Come and enjoy the outside lights and inflatables along paths lit with luminaria. View the train display, enjoy hot chocolate and coffee. Children of all ages are invited to the McCoy Log Cabin for a visit with Santa. This 1812 log cabin is decorated in its holiday finest with a roaring fire in the fireplace. Treats for the kids will be provided and the reindeer barn will be humming with activity. Donations appreciated.

Call (724) 775-1848 or visit Christmas at The Vicary Mansion will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. on December 7. Enjoy various Christmas trees that highlight decorations from different historic time periods, including the Civil War. Christmas music will be presented by local choirs; demonstrations by bobbin lace makers, tatters and woodcarvers. Free. Donations appreciated. Christmas at the Village Old Economy Village Historic District 270 16th St., Ambridge Call (724) 266-4500 or visit The Historic District comes alive on December 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a candlelit stroll along cobblestone streets, Ohio Valley Lines train display, unique crafts, art studio displays and food items. Belsnickel (Pennsylvania Dutch Santa Claus) will be in the Granary. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for ages 3 to 11, free for active duty military, FOEV members, Ambridge Pass holders, and children under age three.

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Beaver County Model Railroad Christmas Season Open House

Photo from Hopewell’s Holiday Express Light Up Night Hopewell Community Park 1700 Clark Blvd., Aliquippa (724) 378-1460 Join in from 6 to 8 p.m.o n December 6. This year’s event is themed around the movie, “The Polar Express.” Take a train ride to the North Pole, enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, and join Santa himself as he lights up Hopewell Township. Check out model train displays and walk the holiday trail (through the weekend of December 7 and 8 from noon to 4 p.m.)

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Beaver County Model Railroad and History Society 416 Sixth St., Monaca Call (724) 843-3783 or visit The annual Christmas season open house at the Beaver County Model Railroad and History Society takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. every weekend in December. Features HO Scale layout with DC and Digitrax DCC operation. Free. Donations appreciated.

Enjoy an outdoor nativity scene that depicts Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds and angels, as well as live sheep and a donkey, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 22 and Monday, December 23. Refreshments will be available inside, along with children’s activities. Free. Holly Jolly Concert BF Jones Memorial Library 663 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa Call (724) 375-2900 or visit Bring the grandkids out for a Holly Jolly Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 in the Hopewell High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 and benefit the library and the Hopewell High School Band. Various local artists bands will perform holiday favorites. General admission is $15.

Photo from Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Holiday Open House Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad, Library and Museum 1225 Merchant St., Ambridge Call (724) 266-4787 or visit

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Check out the museum’s Holiday Show. It houses a 400-foot DCC model operating railroad depicting the late ‘50s and early ‘60s from Ambridge/Pittsburgh local to Wheeling, West Virginia with full scenery, logging area, steel mill, coal and farming operations. Train sets will be given away at random times. Shop their flea market and register for raffle baskets. Open noon to 5 p.m. every weekend in December and through the first weekend of January 2020. Christmas in Chippewa Blackhawk High School 500 Blackhawk Rd., Beaver Falls Call (724) 846-9600 A special holiday event for children eight and under will be held in the cafeteria from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 7. Pictures with Santa, gifts, crafts, face painting, light refreshments. Live Nativity First Baptist Church of Rochester 301 Adams St., Rochester

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Photo from The Nutcracker Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center One Lincoln Park, Midland Call (724) 576-4644, option 2 or visit for show times Follow Clara through the fantastical Land of Sweets with your family. Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one. Performance dates are Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15. Tickets are $18, $20 and $25. River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center One Lincoln Park, Midland Call (724) 576-4644 or visit Celebrate the magic of Christmas with the River City Brass. This show is fun for the whole family with classic carols, favorite film music and special surprises. Performance date is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. Tickets are $10, $20 and $25. 

Beaver Valley Musicians Union Holiday Concert CCBC Dome, One Campus Dr., Monaca

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Enjoy the musical sounds of the holiday in this free special concert on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. A cookie table and a raffle are available. Bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry.

Enjoy a night of harmonious melody as the Genevans lift their voices in praises to Jesus Christ. The concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and an organ prelude starts at 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted.

Beaver Valley Choral Society Holiday Concert

Beaver County Recreation Center (Ice Arena)

Holy Family Catholic Church

Call (724) 462-8321 or visit to purchase tickets Skaters perform to favorite holiday classics at 6:30 p.m. on December 6. Vendors will be on hand for holiday shopping, along with goodies in the Holiday Bake Shop.

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Beaver County Figure Skating Club Holiday Ice Show

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521 Seventh Ave., New Brighton Call (724) 847-3538 or visit The Beaver Valley Choral Society presents its Advent concert “In Heaven the Bells are Ringing” on Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. The BVCS choir and orchestra are directed by Raymond Rotuna. Free. Donations are accepted.

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Family Fun Days and Family Fun Evenings: Looking for an educational outing for the grandkids? This event offers crafts, plant potting and much more. Call or visit online for dates. New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. Kids love ringing in the New Year just as much as adults but are often unable to stay up late enough to celebrate. At this family-friendly event featuring a variety of activities for children, the 2020 countdown begins at 8:45 p.m. Free with regular paid admission.

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Beaver County Office on Aging Bulletin Circle of Friends activities BADEN: Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m.: Easy Movement exercise class (stretch, strength, balance) with NovaCare. Every Thursday, 10 a.m.: Penny Bingo. $3 includes snacks, lunch and hard cards. Every Monday, 10:30 a.m.: Line dancing. December. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Picochle Tournament. $4 includes lunch and cash prizes. December 17, 3 p.m.: Annual Christmas Gift Card Bingo and Dinner. $10 includes dinner, special snacks and hard cards. Win gift cards to area businesses and restaurants. January 6, Lunch & Movie Day. Lunch at Freedom Square Diner followed by a movie at Cinemark Center Twp. January 8 & 29, 9:30 a.m.: Pinochle Tournament. $4/person includes lunch. January 14, 4 p.m.: “Soup’s On” Prize Bingo & Dinner. $7 includes dinner w/special dessert and hard cards. Dinner 4 p.m., bingo following. NEW BRIGHTON: Every Thursday, 9:30 a.m.: Line dancing. Every Monday and Friday 12:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing.

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December 5, noon: December 26: Pokeeno. $3 includes lunch.


Beaver County Office on Aging Bulletin Where in the world have you been? By Angela Gentile, Planning Unit Program Monitor, Beaver County Office on Aging For Beaver County Senior News

The answer is---all over the place.

Senior News readers like hearing about my latest adventures, and it was a fabulous whirlwind of a summer.

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In June, it was off to Poland with my sister, brother-in-law and two nephews as we were part of the tour group from Our Lady of Peace Church in Conway. We started touring the capital city Warsaw and then had a tour of Malbork Castle, one of the largest castles in the world, and we learned about the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Gdansk and its shipyards was cool. You may remember this as the site of the creation of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement in 1980, led by Lech Walesa, which helped liberate Poland from Soviet rule. We saw Torun, a preserved medieval town, which is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. Wroclaw is known for its old town with a Synagogue, Lutheran Church, Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church located near each other. Probably the most fun while in this town was locating and photographing the

hundreds of metal dwarfs located in the streets after dinner. We had a hilarious priest, who is familiar with Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, give a tour in Czestochowa to see the Black Madonna, which is located in the Jasna Gora Monastery. Next was Krakow, where the late Pope John Paul II served as archbishop. We explored the city and Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings. A tour into the depths of the Wieliczka Salt Mines was fascinating. The facility produced table salt from the 13th century until the early 2000’s. In addition to shafts and passageways, there are beautiful chapels which are used for events and statues carved by the miners. We had a somber visit to Auschwitz, the former concentration camp where many people lost their lives. Yes, they do eat pierogis in Poland. We had them with cheese, meat, mushroom and potato. They were not swimming in butter and onions as we serve them locally but they had some oil and browned onions sprinkled on top. I was home for two weeks to frantically work, mow grass and garden and get the suitcase ready to fly and board a Norwegian Cruise ship to visit the Baltic countries of Denmark, Germany, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden.. My travel companions and I arrived a day early in Copenhagen, Denmark and had a delightful half day in Tivoli Gardens. It was founded in 1843, and it is an amusement park with beautiful architecture, historic buildings, lush gardens and restaurants which take you back to another era. At dark, the destination is beautifully illuminated with thousands of colored lights. We took advantage of touring in each port. I visited Wismar, Germany, a medieval city with a busy working harbor and a great brewery to sample beers.

Next was Helinski, Finland, a city with lots of parks, and we had a sea tour to view its numerous islands. The next two days were spent in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the country’s second largest city and cultural center. We arranged for a private guide and toured Peterhof Palace; Church of the Resurrection, built in memory of Alexander II who was assassinated; and the State Hermitage Museum. Our guide was open to answering questions about life in Russia from schooling, medical care, work opportunities, transportation and travel. She took us to great local restaurants. We ate Georgian, including khinkali, beautifully twisted knobs of dough, which can be stuffed with meat and spices, cheese or mushrooms. The trick is to eat them without spilling the broth inside all over you. She took us to a traditional Russian restaurant, and I had stuffed cabbage. She was amused when I told her that we call it pigs in a blanket. Next, it was off to Tallinn, Estonia. This capital is a preserved medieval city, and it happens to be a digital city. The last stop was to Stockholm, Sweden. We saw the Vasa Museum, which features a preserved 17th center ship decorated with carved sculptures. It was sad that it sunk on its maiden voyage. The city is known for its delicious baked goods, and we ended our city tour sampling some sweet treats. Stay tuned, I have some exciting plans for 2020.

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Attorney Robert Banks has provided legal counsel to over 7,200 clients since his admission to the Bar in October 1978. During his 36 years of legal counseling Attorney Banks has obtained experience in many fields:

345 Commerce St. 2nd Floor

Need a speaker at no cost for your church or group? Beaver, PA 15009 Give me a call! Office: (724) 775-1500 Fax: (724) 774-3560

An Office of Heritage Valley Medical Group 1155 Merchant St., Ambridge, PA 15003 100 Hazel Lane, Sewickley, PA 15143

Phone: (412) 749-6821

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Accepting New Patients Richard G. Cassoff, M.D. Stephanie L. Perry, M.D. George B. Cheponis, M.D. Hans J. Fuchs, M.D. Richard A. Schollaert, M.D. Sarah Miller, PA-C Karah Peters, CRNP

Accessible 1 bedroom apartments with equipped kitchens, A/C, balconies, community room, laundry facilities, parking lots and Secure Intercom System. There is an admission priority for very low income persons whose incomes are

“My goal is to provide area residents with the best possible legal service at a fair and reasonable price.”


274 Friendship Circle, Brighton Township, Beaver, PA 15009 Rent-Assisted Housing for Persons Ages 62 and Older

Hoffman’s Drug Store Emanuel N. Panos Pharmacist

Free Delivery We deliver to: Aliquippa Ambridge Hopewell Center • Utility bill payments accepted • PA Lottery tickets • Western Union

536 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa

(724) 375-4111

Wherever you need us . . . Since 1921

1 bedroom apartments w/ equipped kitchens, wall-wall carpet, A/C, balconies, community room, laundry facility, limited off-street parking and Secure intercom system. HUD has mandated that an admission priority be implemented for households whose incomes are 30% of the area median income or less. Income limits apply (gross annual income) • 1 Person hh...$14,600 • 2 Persons hh...$16,700 Maximum income eligibility• 1 Person...$24,350 • 2 Persons ...$27,800


Koppel Terrace Senior Apartments Maintenance Free, Garden Style Apartments For persons 55 years of age and older Corner of 1st Avenue and Richard Street in Koppel 19 spacious, fully carpeted 1 and 2 bedroom apartments One Bedroom $400 Two Bedrooms $500 plus electric Water, sewage and garbage included. Fully equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal. On-site laundry facilities are also available.

For additional information and application packet, call (724) 775-4535. Income restrictions apply. Annual income must not exceed: $25,450 one person; $29,050 two persons


1008 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls (724) 843-4822

Spacious One and Two Bedroom Apartments • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance • On-site Management and Maintenance • Carpet/Blinds on All Windows • Individually Controlled Heat & Air Conditioning • Generous Closet Space • Potential Rapid Occupancy • No Application Fee • All Utilities Included in Rent • Income Limits Apply • 1 Person hh...$16,000 • 2 Persons hh...$18,250 Maximum income for eligibility is: 1 Person $42,600; 2 Persons $48,650

Direct Cremation $890

“We call it a ‘Holy Hook-up’ as to how the Lord led This charge for direct cremation without any locaus to this attendant rights or ceremonies includes: tion,” explains e c kof y death H e t z e r, • Removing the deceased person from any B place who has been a within Beaver County and transporting the deceased person to the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd. mission worker w i t h H o anna • Consulting with the appropriate family member(s) ors legal since “We guardian at the Thomas M. SmithIndustries Funeral Home &1996. CrematoA unique form of ministry had outgrown our Bakry Ltd. to acquire necessary vital statistics and authorizations. called Hosanna Industries erstown space and were • Email or fax arrangements are available is available to individuals looking to build a larger in the Pittsburgh region • Sheltering the remains for a 24 hour period by facility to (required accommodate who may need a helping law) prior to performing the cremation. our growth. Through a hand, as well as to those friend of a friend, weobewere • Performing theoffer cremation on site. (Additional fee for who want to a hand led to the Rinard Lane sity) to others. campus where we found • Placing the cremated remains inexactly a simple container. what we were Officially started on Palm looking for: a volunteer Sunday in during • Presenting the1990 cremated remains to the appropriate family dormitory, chapel, an ofmember(s) or legal guardian at the Thomas M. Smith Funeral a worship service at First Home & Crematory Ltd. Presbyterian Church of fice, warehouse space, a maintenance garage and Bakerstown, the and nonprofit • Prearrangements Prefunding available has steadily grown to in- staff housing. It was a come true! We have clude 13 buildings two dream The concerns of a familyinrequesting direct cremation are worked in hard to update locations in Beaver andbe performed simple-the cremation should a timely and each building, add new Allegheny counties, and dignified manner, under the supervision of a professional make the funeral director,an and at a fair cost. structures The Thomasand M. Smith has served increasing functional and Funeral Home Crematory Ltd. facility is committed to satisfying number of &community these concerns, and we opportunity to be of beautiful.” residents during thatwelcome time. the service. Call us if you have any questions or wish to make Its expansion took a leap The Rochester campus is arrangements. forward in 1998, when Ho- also the site for Hosanna sanna Industries moved Industries’ construction from Bakerstown to its services and home repair current headquarters in program. Through this Rochester/New Sewick- program, volunteers reley Township, Beaver model existing low-income County (close to Cranberry homes for needy families and build new homes for families in need. For qualifying households, volunteer staff turn around the construction of new homes in one week. These “Blitz Builds” are made possible Thomas M. Smith, Supervisor not just with volunteer 930 Center Avenue. labor but also donated and Blawnox, PA 15238 materials and discounted Exit 9 Route 28 North goods, and a uniquely orShould this information reachganized your home at a time of building method illness or sorrow, please accept sincere apology. thatour compresses the build time into seven days.

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