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December 2013

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Trains for Tots program makes lifetime holiday memories for local children By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News When Greg Stewart, 59, of Bethel Park opened the former Stew’s Hobby Shop in Bellevue in 2009, he wanted to do something to both revitalize interest in model trains and give back to less fortunate families in the area. “My wife and I said to each other, ‘We should do something for kids’,” Greg remembers, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since.

That same year, the Lionel company had just introduced its Little Lines 49-piece train playset, which retails for about $60. So Greg and his wife, Lynn, founded the nonprofit Trains for Tots and purchased 25 sets with their own money. “Living in Bellevue most of my life, I knew families that were hurting and needed some help at Christmastime, so I had 25 children—ages seven to 13—and their families

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come into the store, and we gave each of them a brand new train set.” Coincidentally, while this gift give-away was going on, one of the customers in the store was train enthusiast Bob Evans of the North Side, a volunteer with the Ohio Valley Lines Museum and Library (OVL) in Ambridge. “A few months later, Bob got in touch with Continued on page 4

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Family Services of Western Pennsylvania hosts annual “Second Chances” holiday fundraiser


amily Services of Western Pennsylvania will host its annual holiday fundraiser, “Act 2: A Celebration of Second Chances,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on December 13 at J. Verno Studios, 3030 Jane Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Act 2 will feature guest speaker Grant Korgan, with proceeds from the evening supporting the agency’s Helping Hand Fund.

The Helping Hand Fund was established more than 10 years ago as the result of generous support from employees, community donations and fundraising efforts. It is used to help meet the special emergency needs that many mental health consumers experience in their daily lives as they strive for recovery. This fund is accessed only after all other resources have been explored and exhausted, and is sustained through private donations. Every year, the number of requests has steadily increased and help is now needed more than ever. Act 2 is open to the public and will feature a performance by the August Wilson Dance Ensemble and music by the Terrence Vaughn Band. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased For more information, contact Laura Brocklebank at (412) 820-2050, ext. 412. PSN Family Services of Western Pennsylvania is headquartered at 3230 William Pitt Way in Pittsburgh. To learn more, call (412) 820-2050 or visit

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Grant Korgan is a natural fit to talk about life’s second chances. Grant is an avid snowmobiler, skier, world-class kayaker, adventurer, nano-mechanics professional and husband. On March 5, 2010, while snowmobiling in the Sierra backcountry, the Lake Tahoe native fractured his L1 vertebrae and suddenly added spinal cord injury recovery to his list of activities. Without a complex plan of recovery, Grant knew he needed only one thing: positive energy. His path to recovery began with complete loss of feeling and zero movement below his belly button. Refusing to take “no” for an answer, Grant and his wife began a non-stop lifestyle of exercise. One year later, Grant graduated from wheelchair to walking with the help of two arm crutches. Two winters after being paralyzed from the waist down, Grant found his redemption on a minus-45-degree day at the South Pole.


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me and asked, ‘What the heck were you doing that day’?” Greg’s answer inspired Bob to get involved. The second year, with support from the OVL Model Railroad Club, Trains for Tots gave away 75 train sets. By year three, the men had garnered support from other hobby shops in the Pittsburgh area that agreed to donate new Lionel train sets—some valued as high as $350; Trains for Tots made 150 youngsters very happy that year. In 2012, the program gave away 200 new and reconditioned train sets. “We don’t just hand them a train set,” Greg explains. “We talk with them about Santa Claus and the meaning of Christmas. We talk about their love of trains

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and give a little history of model train collecting. We encourage the hobby, which I think is really important with today’s younger generation. They use electronics more than the imagination. The point is to keep the hobby alive with young people.” In the meantime, Bob called friend Randy Turner of Lockbourne, Ohio, who has extensive experience in repairing old or broken trains. Randy volunteered his services as a train repairman. Having a “resident repairman” enables Trains for Tots to purchase train-related items on eBay or from flea markets, as well as accept donations of incomplete sets or locomotives that are in fairly good condition. Another friend of Bob’s, Tommy Bishop, volunteers to sort, clean and assemble the train sets. Randy Lehrian, yet another of Bob’s friends, custom-makes the labels and boxes that the train sets go in. Steve Yanosik of Trader Jack’s Flea Market in Bridgeville donates boxes and other train supplies.

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Greg and Bob want to spread the word that they are always open to receiving donations from anyone who has unused or unwanted trains and accessories. “All year round, Bob and I hit every antique store, toy market and flea market there is, but there are still tons of trains in people’s attics and basements that are just sitting in dirt or cobwebs,” Greg says. “We know that sometimes when you get to the end of your life or just can’t enjoy the trains anymore due to loss of eyesight or the tediousness of putting them together, you may want to get rid of these trains. This is a great way to do something to brighten a child’s holiday and clean out your attic or basement at the same time. We will come to your house to pick it up,

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Every year, Trains for Tots has expanded the ways in which it reaches children in the community. Ohio Valley Lines has an open house starting on Thanksgiving weekend and ending in January; each day, three train sets are given away at random times. Other sets are donated to food banks, fire stations, women’s shelters, train clubs, the Ambridge Chamber of Commerce, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Moose clubs and the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. This holiday season, 50 train sets were donated to the Allegheny General Hospital pediatric clinic to be given to young patients. In addition, Trains for Tots donated a 250-lb. Lionel Thomas locomotive as part of a play area in the newly renovated pediatrics unit. “We

are so pleased to be the beneficiary of Mr. Stuart’s generous gift,” comments Robert Guthrie, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Allegheny Health Network. “We were able to incorporate the trains as a colorful focal point of our newly renovated play area in the pediatric clinic. The countless children treated there and at the West Penn Burn Center will receive gifts of toy trains, stamps and coloring materials thanks to the Stuart family.” Greg is currently a security officer at AGH Suburban Hospital in Bellevue. Greg’s career also includes serving as director of security at UPMC South Side Hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, as well as South Hills Village Mall. He was also employed for 15 years as a part-time policeman mainly in Kilbuck Township, Ohio Township and Avalon Borough. “When I was a policeman, we took Christmas trees to families in the area and I could see how much that meant

to them,” Greg recalls. “Most people today have so much and take so much for granted, they may not understand and appreciate what it means to a child to get a train set. I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve done a lot of things and seen a lot of bad things. It might sound stupid but we’re giving these trains to kids that we don’t know anything about, and we see their faces light up. It’s a good feeling.” “This program just melts my heart and I know that all of us involved just really enjoy it so much,” Bob adds. “It’s a true labor of love, but the love it gives means more than anything else.” PSN Trains for Tots is sponsored by Ohio Valley Lines Train Club. To donate previously used trains, drop them off at OVL, located at 1225 Merchant Street in Ambridge or call Greg Stewart at (412) 526-3427. To learn more or to give a cash donation, email info@OhioValleylines. org or visit All donations are tax deductible.



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Share in the wonder and magic of the holiday season at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Enjoy a free concert, admire the Neapolitan presepio, tour the Carnegie Trees display, visit the Miniature Railroad and Village, or shop in all five museum stores. For the 52nd year, the museum’s Hall of Architecture will dazzle visitors with seven grand, 20-foot trees, flanking the museum’s perennial favorite, the Neapolitan presepio, a beautiful 18th-century Nativity that has been a holiday tradition since 1957. This year, the tree decorations will be inspired by the theme, “The Art of Play.” The presepio, handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, teems with lifelike figures and colorful details that recreate the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. More than 100 superbly modeled human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories and architectural elements cover 250 square feet and create a memorable depiction of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors. On display through January 9.

See western Pennsylvania in all its glory at the Miniature Railroad and Village display. Or visit the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium at Carnegie Science Center and travel back in time to Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago, to view the Christmas Star. Decide for yourself if that wondrous star was an astronomical event or something that cannot be explained scientifically. From special holiday drop-in activities to daylong art and science camps, you will find plenty to do at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History this holiday season. The Carnegie Museum Group is headquartered at 4400 Forbes Avenue in Oakland. Seniors ages 65 and older, $12; adults, $15; ages 3 to 18, $11. Price of admission includes both art and natural history museums. For details, call (412) 622-3131 or visit Consol Energy Center The Osmonds invite you to the “Donnie and Marie Christmas in Pittsburgh” on Thursday, December 12. The Harlem Globetrotters return to Consol this December to entertain sports lovers with their fun moves on Thursday, December 26. To order tickets, call (866) 861-4784. First Night Pittsburgh A production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is an arts-focused and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  It is the largest single-day celebration in the region offering around 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District. The celebration offers something for everyone, including a countdown to midnight and fireworks display, parade with giant puppets, live music and dance, and art displays both indoors and outside. To learn more, visit

Open the doors to a magical world of glass, light and blooms. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, new illuminated glass installations and the stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps is sparkling even brighter this holiday season. Experience the wonder of Phipps’ Winter Light Garden from 5 to 11 p.m. through January 6, when the Outdoor Garden transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland. The Winter Flower Show, which also runs through January 12. Phipps is located at One Schenley Park in Oakland. To learn more, call (412)-622-6914 or visit


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Revel in the wonder of Pittsburgh’s favorite family holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre creates a full experience from the moment you enter the Benedum; enjoy the festive music, pick up some glorious trinkets from the Nutcracker Market, or have your photo taken with one of the characters. Hundreds of dazzling costumes, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, 150 performers and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make The Nutcracker a can’t miss production. December 6 through 29. The PBT premiers its first autism-friendly performance at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 27. To purchase tickets, call (412) 456-6666. Pittsburgh CLO The holidays would not be the same without Pittsburgh CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol.” Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for this remarkable holiday presentation. With dazzling special effects, holiday charm and ticket prices even Scrooge would approve of, this Charles Dickens classic is a wonderful way to celebrate all the tradition of the season. Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 at the Byham Theater. To learn more, call (412) 456-1350. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrate the season with favorite carols and holiday music at Heinz Hall with the Highmark Holiday Pops; performance dates are Thursday December 12 through Sunday, December 15, and Thursday December 19 through Saturday, December 21. B. E. Taylor’s popular Christmas Concert returns on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17, as well as a performance at the stunning Scottish Rite Cathedral on Saturday, December 21. Michael Bolton Holiday and Hits is Wednesday, December 18, and the Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop is Thursday, December 19. If you miss those dates and still want to get in a performance before the new year, check out Rat Pack Christmas on Tuesday, December 24, or from Thursday, December 26 to Sunday, December 29. Don’t miss the ornate decorations and 25-foot tree in Heinz Hall’s Grand Lobby. For tickets, call (412) 392-4900.

PPG Place The splendor of the holidays comes alive at PPG Place’s breathtaking “Spirits of Giving Around the World” exhibit in the Wintergarden at Two PPG Place, downtown, through January 7. This enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a world of Christmas folklore and fantasy. Also see the Wintergarden’s 32-foot tree adorned with magnificent ornaments.

The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” LUKE 2:10-11

For a “home sweet home” Christmas, don’t miss the magnificent display of delicious dwellings created by local residents, organizations, seniors, students and chefs. Local artist Don Jones enhances the exhibit with a unique display of trains from his private collection.

Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Experience downtown in a whole new way during a ride through Market Square. Carriages depart the Fourth Avenue side of PPG Place Plaza. Arrive early, as rides fill up quickly. Through December 21, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more details on any of the above, call (412) 434-1900 or visit www. Rink at PPG Place The Rink at PPG Place: Around the holidays, the Plaza between Third and Fourth Avenues transform into The Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink. It is now through early March. Enjoy an exhilarating holiday tradition as you glide around the breathtaking 65-foot Christmas tree at the plaza. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. (Call for special holiday skating times.) Fee is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors (age 50 and older) and children. Skate rentals are $3 and skate sharpening is $5. Skating lessons are also offered. To learn more, call ( 412) 394-3641. PSN

You can bring good news of great joy to those who need our help. Donate this holiday season to have your gift doubled.* Your gift is deeply appreciated by those we serve at Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center.

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There is no charge for admission. Donations are collected in the PPG Place Wintergarden for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Free Care Fund. Open Mondays through Thursdays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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* A Celebrate CareGiver’s TLC/Holiday event will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. December 11 at Caring Heights Community Care and Rehabilitation Center, 234 Coraopolis Rd., Coraopolis. The event is free to all. Refreshments will be provided along with pampering activities, information resources, and David Russell of Compassionate Laughter will provide laughter yoga. Adult day care will be provided. Call Enjoy our (724) 212-5015 to library, register. * North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO), 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park, is collecting new toys, puzzles, games, sporting equipment and gift

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* Ring in the season with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale as they present holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols and popular favorites. Come out to any or all of the following performances: December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Ingomar United Methodist Church; December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church; and December 8 at 4 p.m. at Ingomar United Methodist Church. To buy tickets or for more information, visit or call (412) 635-7654.

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Entertainment and Events * “A Christmas Tuna” will be performed by well know local players from The Heritage Players December 14 at the Broughton Volunteer Fire Hall, Cochran Mill Rd., South Park Township. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. December 14. The library’s comedy-musical evening is for “adults only” to enjoy before the hectic holiday season is here. BYOB is permitted. Tickets are $30 per person and include the play and a traditional turkey dinner. Tickets can be purchased/ picked up at South Park Township Library by December 11. Tables of 10 can be reserved when purchasing tickets. Call (412) 833-5585. * A Christmas Concert with Wally Merriman on the Accordion will take place at 11:30 a.m. December 20 at St. Athanasius Community and Education Center, Seven Chalfonte Ave., West View. Requested donation is $1 plus appetizer, side dish or dessert. Call Patrice at (412) 931-6633 to RSVP.

* Join the December meeting of the Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills at noon December 20 in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Clairton Road and Audrey Drive, Pleasant Hills. The Thomas Jefferson High School Jazz Ensembles under the direction of James Mirabella will perform. Lunch is $6. Call (412) 655-2000.

While baking your holiday treats this month, consider adding a dozen or two extra to donate to LifeSpan’s fourth annual Sweet Holiday Wishes cookie donation campaign. As part of the campaign, LifeSpan is requesting holiday cookie donations for its homedelivered meal participants during the holiday season. A total of 275 dozen cookies are needed in order to gift a half dozen to each participant. What an easy and wonderful way to brighten someone’s season!

* Glenshaw AARP #3744 will host an overnight AAA coach excursion to see “The Journey of Moses” at the Millennium Theater in Lancaster April 15 to 16. Cost is $294 per person based on double occupancy. Trip includes transportation, two theater performances, overnight accommodations, one breakfast, one lunch, two dinners and all gratuities. Call (412) 487-1609 for a flyer. PSN



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atti Faloon of Pittsburgh has been in show business for more than 60 years. She started her career as a tap dancer (then Patti Eberle). During the Big Band era of the 1940s, Patti found steady work in nightclubs and hotels throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond. When big bands gave way to DJs in the 1950s, she transformed herself into a singing comedienne, eventually becoming one-half of the successful team Fallon and Dunn. After marrying musician Marty Faloon, the couple had three children, two of whom became a part of the family act called Faloon Family and Friend. Patti’s story is chronicled in the new book, Pittsburgh Pizazz: A Life in Showbiz [Word Association Publishers, ISBN-13: 978-1595718686]. In it, she details her life as a performer and gives a fascinating glimpse into the history of show business and how it has evolved over the decades. Born on Mt. Washington, Patti’s delightful anecdotes reveal her as a genuine trooper with an impossibly demanding work ethic. Her life has had

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Carrier Alert program serves as a lifeline for help, should you need it By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News


If you are living alone and this worries you, Carrier Alert can serve as a lifeline to help . . . and it’s as close as your mailbox. This free program offers the comfort of knowing that someone who visits your home regularly can call for help if you need it. The program was developed especially for older adults, the homebound and the disabled—people who may have difficulty reaching vital services because of an accident or sudden illness. Carrier Alert started when the US Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers—recognizing their unique presence in America’s neighborhoods and further recognizing the

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needs of a special segment of postal customers—encouraged joint support to local community social service agencies to carry out such a program. Here’s how it works: Any interested postal patron can register to participate at a local senior center or through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging’s SeniorLine (see sidebar, on page 16, for locations and contact information). DHS/AAA then notifies the local post office of customers who wish to participate. Your friendly letter carrier, in performing his daily rounds, will be alert to an accumulation of mail or any

other signs of distress that might signify that something is amiss at your home. In turn, if the carrier chooses to volunteer in this program, the carrier will report this to the postal supervisor, who will then notify DHS/AAA for appropriate follow-up, which may include AAA contacting you by phone. If you cannot be reached, agency personnel will try to contact a friend or relative whom you have designated. If these individuals cannot be reached, AAA will then contact 911 to check on you. “Carrier Alert is a natural extension of the care that individual Continued on page 16 Volume 5, Issue 4

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ichael, a letter carrier in the neighborhood of Brighton Heights, was recently delivering mail to one of his stops when he noticed the mail piling up. Michael was aware that the resident of this particular house, Marion, 82, was living alone; and he knew that she was registered with the Carrier Alert program. Concerned about Marion’s safety, Michael informed his postal supervisor, who then called the next of kin listed on Marion’s Alert Registration Form. As it turns out, Marion had fallen that morning in her home and was seriously injured. Michael’s conscientious deed could have possibly saved Marion’s life.


Carrier Alert program serves as a lifeline for help, should you need it Continued from page 15

letter carriers traditionally have exhibited for their customers—not just in delivery of their mail but in genuine concern for their well being,” says Don Grant, supervisor of Protective Services with DHS/AAA. “It has been customary for letter carriers to show particular consideration for customers

on their routes whose health or advanced age require a little extra special attention.” Carrier Alert is available to any Allegheny County resident age 60 or older. Participating in the program is easy. Simply sign up at your local senior center or by calling SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460. PSN Photo taken from

The following AAA Senior Community Centers and other facilities can help you fill out an Alert Registration Form for the Carrier Alert program. LifeSpan, Inc. Homestead (412) 464-1300 Lutheran Services Society (412) 734-9330 Municipality of Penn Hills (412) 244-3407 Northern Area Multiservice Center (412) 781-1175 December 2013 • Pittsburgh Senior News


Plum Boro Senior Center (412) 795-2330 Riverview Community Action Center (412) 828-1062 Seton Senior Center (412) 344-4777 Ursuline Services, Inc. (412) 683-0400 Vintage, Inc. (412) 361-5003 Allentown Senior Center (412) 481-5220

Catholic Youth Association (Stephen Foster Center) (412) 621-3342 Citiparks (412) 422-6570 Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (412) 782-4457 Eastern Area Adult Services (412) 824-5610 Elder-ado, Inc. (412) 381-6900 Hill House Association (412) 392-4450 Jewish Community Center (412) 521-8010 Lemington Center (412) 362-7301 LifeSpan, Inc. Chartiers Senior Center (412) 276-5056

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Ask the Agency How can I determine what my health insurance covers and what I have to pay for out of pocket? It’s common for older adults to have questions about their healthcare insurance, as well as how to manage their financial resources in order to pay for medical costs not covered by their plans. Especially in this day and age, healthcare coverage is a hotly debated topic and it’s understandable that you may have some confusion about Medicare and your particular plan’s coverage. Where can you turn for trustworthy advice?

Trained counselors are available at FSWP to give you straightforward explanations of what medical services your plan covers and what you must pay out of pocket. APPRISE counselors are aware that many Medicare plans have been cancelled or changed in Allegheny County leading into the 2013 enrollment season; they are able to help you determine if you need to enroll in a new plan and which plan will be the best option.

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APPRISE counselors are able to help seniors determine any additional financial benefits that they qualify for to help supplement the cost of healthcare coverage for low-income individuals. The counselors are able to help many people over the phone. If resolution to your question is not possible via a phone call, in-person counseling is available at one of the convenient FSWP satellite locations or in the privacy of your own home. To speak confidentially with a counselor, call FSWP at the number below. In addition to one-on-one counseling, APPRISE personnel are available to speak to community groups, caregivers, social services

professionals and others interested in learning about Medicare. For more information about APPRISE, to request counseling or schedule an outreach presentation, or to volunteer as an APPRISE counselor, call (412) 661-1438 or email . You may also call DHS/AAA’s SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460. PSN Reminder: The annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries runs through December 7; during this open period, you can opt to change your health plan costs, benefits, co-payments and prescription coverage. Volume 5, Issue 4

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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created APPRISE to help seniors with Medicare understand their health insurance options so they can make informed decisions about which plan is best for them. APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Pennsylvania Medicare beneficiaries. The local APPRISE program is funded by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (DHS/AAA) and is operated by Family Services of Western Pennsylvania (FSWP).


December Menu Monday, December 2: Boneless pork, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday, December 3: Turkey divan, brown rice, pear. Wednesday, December 4: Meatloaf, whipped potatoes, peas, cherry gelatin. Thursday, December 5: Tuna salad, tomatoes and cucumbers, pasta primavera, orange. Friday, December 6: Grilled chicken breast, butternut squash, beet slices, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Monday, December 9: Top round roast, broccoli florets, wide noodles, peach slices. Tuesday, December 10: Chicken leg and thigh, lemon seasoned potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail. Wednesday, December 11: Cabbage roll, whipped potatoes, tossed salad, banana. Thursday, December 12: Baked cod, Italian green beans, macaroni and cheese, apple. Friday, December 13: Turkey and mushrooms, carrot coins, brown rice, orange. Monday, December 16: Teriyaki meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower florets, pineapple. Tuesday, December 17: Pork loin, parsley potatoes, peas and carrots, tangerine. Wednesday, December 18: Turkey chili, coleslaw, brown rice, sliced peaches. Thursday, December 19, Holiday menu: Chicken breast, whipped potatoes, whole green beans, cherry pie. Friday, December 20: Salisbury steak, whipped butternut squash, wide noodles, fruit cocktail.

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Monday, December 23: Chicken leg and thigh, au gratin potatoes, broccoli florets, oatmeal-raisin cookies. Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve: Baked cod, potato corn chowder, carrots, banana. Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day: Closed. Thursday, December 26: Barbecue country ribs, potatoes, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits. Friday, December 27: Hearty beef stew, brown rice, mandarin oranges. Monday, December 30: Turkey, broccoli, rice pilaf, apple. Tuesday December 31: Boneless pork loin, yams, whole green beans, oatmeal-raisin cookie. PSN This menu is for senior centers and home-delivered meals funded in part by the DHS AAA. Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call (412) 350-5460.

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Birmingham Towers, 2100 Wharton St., Second Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Serving the older adults of Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive William McKain, Allegheny County Manager Marc Cherna, Director Mildred E. Morrison, Administrator FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging’s SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; Toll Free – 1 (800) 344-4319; TDD – (412) 350-2727

or visit Information and Assistance Service Partner Agencies At Senior Community Centers Allentown Senior Center (412) 481-5484 Catholic Youth Association (412) 621-3342 Citiparks (412) 422-6570 Eastern Area Adult Services, Inc. (412) 829-9250 Hill House Association Senior Services (412) 392-4450 Jewish Community Center (412) 521-8010 Lemington Community Services (412) 362-7301

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LifeSpan, Inc. (412) 464-1300 Lutheran Service Society (412) 734-9330 Northern Area Multi-Service Center (412) 781-1176 Penn Hills Senior Center (412) 244-3400 Plum Senior Community Center (412) 795-2330 Riverview Community Action Corp. (412) 828-1062 Seton Center, Inc. (412) 344-4777 Vintage, Inc. (412) 361-5003

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visits and mental health nursing (these are intermittent skilled visits provided in patients’ homes to help them recover from an illness, surgery or other medical condition). Home Care Services are typically non-medical services to help patients stay in their home safely, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, companion, homemaking, medication reminder and more. Care can be provided in hours, visits or shifts in the home. Q: Who typically pays for both Home Health and Home Care Services? A: Home Health Services must be ordered by a physician and are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and a variety of commercial insurances. The recipient must meet certain criteria that may include homebound status to qualify for services. Home Care Services can be paid for through private pay, PDA Waiver, VA Services and most longterm care insurance policies.

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Q: When looking for Home Health or Home Care Services, what are some important questions patients and their families should ask? A: Is the provider licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health? Are caregivers bonded and insured? What type of screening process does the agency require? How does the provider select and train their caregivers? Does the agency provide nurses to oversee the care clients are receiving in their homes? How does the agency compare to its competitors? Does the agency have a patient advocate to serve its clients? Does the agency provide a free nursing assessment to its potential clients? PSN For more information on Gallagher Home Health Services, call (412) 2797800; to learn more about Gallagher Home Care Services, call (412) 279-2257 or visit


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Survival eating tips for a healthy holiday lifestyle, and it’s even more important in the midst of “temptation season.” Here are some holiday survival thoughts to end the year on a positive note.

By Judy Dodd, MS, RD, LDN For Pittsburgh Senior News Does anyone else feel like 2013 never really caught hold of being a year? The calendar has to be wrong yet the holiday season is definitely in full swing. And to make it worse, it will soon be time for that list of New Year’s resolutions (more on that next month!). There is still time this year to keep the resolution of aiming for a healthier

Volunteer to bring a healthier option to the gathering. A lower-fat dip with raw veggies, a salad with grilled chicken or shrimp for an alternative main course, cut fresh melon, and berries for a sweet with some nutrition merit. Keep (or start) your safe exercise plan. Walk the mall for a half hour before you browse or shop (and be sensible at the food court). Do stretches and armchair exercises that fit your health needs as you watch TV. Replace some of your sitting with activity that gets you moving.

Substitute lower-calorie ingredient options for those higher in calories. Greek yogurt is a great replacement for sour cream in dips (and adds more protein and less fat). Sweeteners can add the sweetness without calories. Neufchatel and low-fat cream cheeses give taste and creamy texture with less guilt. Low-fat eggnog, dips and spreads also pass both taste and guilt tests. Treat calories like money: save where you can and make it worth it when you spend them. Enjoy traditional favorites using treasured recipes but cut the portion sizes. Plan ahead, like having soup and salad meals for “off days” to bank some calories

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Kane celebrates the holiday with “candle nights” All four Kane Regional Center facilities are getting ready to ring in the holiday season with a variety of parties, music performances, presents for residents and illuminated candles glistening everywhere. The centers will usher in the season with festive “candle nights” on these dates: * Kane Scott: December 9, 6:30 p.m. * Kane Glen Hazel: December 11, 6 p.m. * Kane Ross: December 11, 6:30 p.m. * Kane McKeesport: December 12, 6:30 p.m. Residents, families, employees and friends will gather for holiday music and treats, while indoor and outdoor decorations spring to life. Kane volunteers and staff will coordinate the evenings’ activities. For more information call (412) 422-6800. PSN

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Kane recognizes that quality of life is not just having good healthcare and attention to personal care that respects ones dignity; it must also include intellectual, spiritual and social activities. While Kane staff work hard to create a festive atmosphere during the holiday season, many residents do not have family and friends with whom to share the season. For this reason, the Kane Foundation both purchases and solicits donations of items for the residents, to make sure each one receives a present to open during for the holidays.

You can help brighten the holidays for Kane residents, too, by making a donation to the eighth annual Holiday Stocking Raffle. The raffle will be spectacular this year, as thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away, including a 51” Samsung HD Plasma TV, a $500 AAA travel voucher, overnight stays in world class hotels, Pittsburgh Penguin tickets, and more than 30 gift cards to local restaurants, along with many other prizes. The winner will be determined on Friday December 20 and the winning

number will be taken from the first three digits of the Pennsylvania Lottery daily drawing at 7 p.m. Only 500 tickets are available at a price of $20 each; tickets can be purchased at the County Courthouse, Room 101 or at any of the Kane centers. To make a donation, send it directly to The Kane Foundation, 955 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. PSN For more information contact Bill LaLonde at (412) 292-8069 or


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AARP seeks volunteers to spread holiday cheer this year add our wounded warriors to our holiday visiting sites by adding the Veterans Hospital in Oakland. Our state director Bill Johnston-Walsh will join us as our special Santa Claus to honor those who have served us so well. By Barbara Bush For Pittsburgh Senior News AARP of Pennsylvania thanks the many good people who joined us in the special “Christmas in July” community wrap by either preparing or contributing many items that will be used for Presents for Patients. These donations will instill goodwill and spread holiday cheer to people in local nursing homes.

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AARP teams are continuing their partnership with St. Barnabas Health System, which initiated the Presents for Patients program. Once again in 2013, AARP is their largest partner; we are expecting to deliver approximately 3,000 gifts to patients and residents of nursing homes or hospitals. We are presently active in 10 counties and plan to expand the program into other counties for 2014. This year, we are most proud to

This holiday season, our leaders are once more looking for volunteers to assist at the various AARP-hosted Presents for Patients sites. You will have the opportunity to deliver a gift, share a laugh or smile with a resident, sing along or serve refreshments at one of our holiday parties. This is in the spirit of the season of giving of yourself—the most precious gift that we can share. Feel free to call the contact person for the site location at which you are interested in volunteering. These programs would not be possible without the support of dedicated volunteers such as you. Thank you. If you would like to be involved at any point during this holiday season or in 2014, do not hesitate to contact associate state director Rebecca Delphia at (412) 759-8057 or me, Barbara Bush, at (412) 761-1549. Bless you for your participation.

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AARP News Bauerstown AARP #2490 will meet at noon December 10 at the Bauerstown Fire Hall, Wible Run Rd. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the meeting. A light lunch will be provided after the meeting. Guests and new members welcome. Birmingham AARP #2757 will meet at noon December 4 at Salvatore’s, 5001 Curry Rd. for their annual Christmas party. Members must have a ticket to attend. Dormont AARP #3016 will meet at noon December 12 at Northway Christian Community, formerly Dormont Presbyterian Church, corner of Espy and Potomac Avenue, Dormont. Donations for monthly food bank accepted each month. Guests and new members welcome. Glenshaw AARP #3744 will meet at 5 p.m. December 10 at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd.,

Glenshaw, for their annual Christmas dinner party. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by singer Jordan Luntz. Pittsburgh-West AARP #638 will hold its annual Christmas party on Monday, December 16 at the Ingram Borough Building, 40 West Prospect Ave., Ingram. A catered luncheon buffet will be served along with other fun activities. Members and guests welcome. Call (412) 331-2669. Pittsburgh Whitehall AARP #2050 holds monthly meetings with entertainment, trips, bowling league every Friday at 12:30 at Legacy Lanes, bridge, “500” card club, newsletter, Christmas party and end of year banquet. Dues are $7 per year plus a membership with the National AARP Group ( org or 888-our-aarp). For more information call, Christine Lakomy (412) 881-1726 or PSN

Seniors for Safe Driving If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior driving education program in the past, you only have to attend a one-day refresher course to renew your insurance discount. If you have never participated in a Senior Driver Improvement Program, you must attend a two-day seminar to earn your automobile insurance discount. The insurance discount is five percent of the total premium for a period of three years. Cost for the course is $15 per person. • December 27 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital, 2570 Haymaker Rd., Monroeville. • December 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., McKeesport. For a complete list of classes, go to Online courses are now available. To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. PSN

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“Wig consultant” helps women feel more beautiful in spite of hair loss By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News


hen sisters Carol Opalisky and Sharon Truchan, both of Mars, traveled to Florida in 2002 to be with their mother who was in the hospital, they determined that she needed a wig due to hair loss from medical treatments. Both sisters are hair stylists so they swung into action and bought her one. The hairpiece was so beautiful and stylish that it inspired Carol to get one, as well. Thus began Carol’s passion for working with wigs and helping women of all ages who are in need of hair replacements. This past year, after Carol relocated to Pittsburgh from Camp Hill, where she co-owned an upscale salon for 24 years, she joined the team at Greg Jockel Hair Colour Dezign in Pine Township, where Sharon has been a stylist for 12 years. This isn’t the sisters’ first time working side by side; they formerly owned a salon in State College for 10 years.

Over the years, Carol has become an expert in customizing wigs for individuals, and she has brought this specialty to her work at Greg Jockel. “I order the wigs directly from the manufacturer, then cut and sew each one to fit the client’s head and face shape,” she explains. Within her private room at the salon, Carol’s consultations and fittings are always fun and discrete. “I have a selection of styles and colors, and we try on as many as the client

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Carol Opalisky has a passion for helping women find the perfect wig. would like.” The initial consultation fee of $45 can be applied toward the purchase price of a wig, which ranges from about $200 to $500. (Some insurance companies may cover the cost of a wig. “Ask your doctor to write a prescription for ‘cranial prosthesis’,” Carol recommends.) Every consult includes instructions and a demonstration on how to put on the wig and care for it. Today, wig designs are practically indistinguishable from natural hair, Carol points out. Whereas wigs made years ago may have made your head hot, sticky and uncomfortable, today’s innovative “cap-less” wigs have fibers sewn to cotton or lace, which allows the piece to shape to the head and air to circulate easily. “They’re so light,

airy, breathable and comfortable,” she says. “New synthetic fibers are much thinner, feel much softer and look more natural. And, of course, they can easily be trimmed and styled to an individual’s personal taste.” “I compare it to putting on lipstick,” Carol comments. “It’s just another accessory and it instantly makes you look 10 years younger. I love wearing my wig. I just give it a shake, put it on, finger it in place and I’m ready to walk out the door. It’s that easy.” PSN Greg Jockel Hair Colour Dezign is located in the Pine Trees Shoppes, Route 19 in Wexford. To learn more, contact Carol at (724) 504-5655 or visit

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After that trip to Florida, Carol began offering wig consultations to women at her former salon in Camp Hill. “It became really successful almost overnight,” she recalls. “Lots and lots of women of all ages, as well as children, came to me for wigs. Some were experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, and some had lost their hair due to chemotherapy. Others were just busy women who didn’t have a lot of time to fuss with their hair.”


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Uptown Ebenezer Tower Apartments 420 Dinwiddie Street, Pgh, PA. 15219 62 Years or Older or Mobility Impaired • 1 Bedroom Apartments • W/W Carpet • Balcony • Card Entry Access Intercom TV System • Central Air and Heat • Utilities Included • Equipped Kitchen • Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance • Public Transportation at Corner

Income Limits Apply 1 Person: $22,050 2 Persons: $25,200

(412) 391-9465

• Residents 55 plus or Disabled/Handicapped

call today! (412) 824-9000

• Income limitations apply.

Gum used to be a penny. Gas was 39¢ a gallon and you were a young tyke. Things change. But at the Roosevelt Arms, service and quality are still #1. Come see why we are almost full!

• Affordable Living ‑ Rent Based on Income • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance Service • Hair Salon

certifications accepted.

Come see all that we have to offer!

Remember when gum was a penny?

• Community Room ‑ Lounge Areas ‑ Billiard Room • Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • Air Conditioning

• Section 8 vouchers and

RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

based on income

• Equipped Kitchen ‑ Frost-free Refrigerator

• Card Entry Access ‑ Intercom System


• HUD subsidized rent

• Wall to Wall Carpeting • Public Transportation at Door

• Lunch Program Available • Off Street Parking

Lynn Williams Apartments

62 years of age and older.

• One Bedroom and Large Efficiency Apartments

for one and two bedroom units

For more details call (412) 681-6350

• Affordable housing for seniors

Brinton Towers Apartments



3710 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Milliones Manor Apartments


Lloyd McBride Court 614 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209 • Affordable housing for seniors 62 years of age and older.

3000 Locust St., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS PLEASE CALL: (412) 829-3910 or 1 (800) 238-7555


John Paul Plaza 62 years of age and older

Each unit features • wall-to-wall carpet • individually controlled heat and AC • large storage areas • pantry • linen closet • an intercom system • emergency pull cord devices in every bedroom and bathroom • secured doors with spring locks & peep holes • Handicapped accessible

493 Castle Shannon Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Affordable housing for seniors age 62 and older or mobility impaired HUD subsidized onebedroom apartments

1005 Herron Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 683-5850

Call 412-563-6566 or visit

Laurentian Hall Apartments

IW Abel Place




Now accepting applications for 1-bedroom apartments. Eligibility: 62 years or older. • HUD subsidized rent based on income • Equipped kitchen, w/w carpet, air conditioning, laundry facilities, and community room.


• HUD subsidized rent


based on income


• Income limitations apply.

Seniors (62 or older or mobility impaired)

Come see all that we have to offer!

Sec. 8 available/ Income limits apply

Call (412) 821-4474

Call (412) 361-4462 to arrange a tour today!

Call 412-687-7120

Tiffany Apartments

Homewood House Apartments

Lovely updated units. 1BR $590-620+e includes central AC & heat. Elevator, laundry, social room. Parking garage available.

Now accepting applications

Wood Towers Apartments

810 Wood St., Wilkinsburg Now accepting applications 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday

• One bedroom • Section 8 Certified Housing • 62 Years of Age or if disabled must be mobility or sensory impaired • On-site management • Central air and heat • Laundry facility • Balcony • Intercom system • Community room

(412) 244-8180 and TTY 711 for Voice Relay

Rent is 30% of Income

925 California Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15202

7130 Frankstown Avenue • 62 Years or Physically Disabled 18 and over • Access to Public Transportation • Balcony • 1 Bedroom Apartment • WW Carpeting • Rent based on Section 8 • Equipped Kitchen • White Sheer Drapes • Laundry Facilities • Intercom System • On-Site Management • Community Room • Outside Sitting Areas


• Individual Controlled Heat & Air Conditioner • Off Street Parking Call (412)


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Riverview Manor 1500 LeTort St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 • (412) 734-0741 Dave Carlton • (Property Manager)

Affordable, Comfortable Retirement Living Rent is based on income.

Bellefield Dwellings Historic building located in the Oakland Civic Center 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available Located on a bus line, convenient to shopping, cultural activities and health care facilities. Building with on-site laundry and roof garden.

Income-based rent, Section 8 with utilities included. Applications accepted daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

An affiliate of National Church Residences

Available Units

Eva P. Mitchell Residence

1621 Lincoln Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Now accepting Housing Applications. Age 62 and older or Mobility Impaired. Section 8 assistance available to those who qualify. Rent reduced to 30% of tenant income.

20% Income Limits: 1 Person $9,100; 2 Person $10,400 50% Income Limits: 1 Person $22,750; 2 Person $26,000 60% Income Limits: 1 Person $27,300; 2 Person $31,200 • Newly renovated spacious efficiencies and 1 bedroom apartments • Carpet and central air conditioning • Controlled building entry • Emergency call systems in units • On-site service coordinator • Community room/planned activities • On-site laundry facilities For information on placing an application, call

Karol M. Stoudemire at (412) 363-4169


Elliott Heights

1110 Steuben St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220 62 and Older ➻ Community/Game Room ➻ Controlled Access ➻ Emergency Call System ➻ Utility Allowance ➻ Elevator ➻ Library ➻ One-Bedroom Floor Plan ➻ On-Site Laundry Facility ➻ Service Coordinator

Alia Carter, Senior Manager (412) 920-7181 Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

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4400 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Age 62 or Mobility Impaired



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Great songs sweetly sung-musical theater, big band, ethnic and folk, oldies, operetta and opera. Catherine Bomstein (412) 600-0577. Entertainment: Christmas (Mrs. Claus), St. Patrick’s (Leprechaun), Patriotic, Hawaiian Luau, Ethnic (Italian, Mexican, etc.) Strolling Mandolin, Sing-aLong, Affordable! (412) 731-1322. Always fun! John Cigna’s favorite entertainer, Jimmy Sapienza, and his gifted blind pianist, Keith Stebler, are ready to perform for your group. Email: Call Jimmy (412) 916-6055. Don’t delay. Reserve your date today. Laughter Yoga, laugh your socks off without jokes. Call (412) 271-7660, email or visit Pianist Craig Zinger. Knockout Victor Borge-style show: Boogie, hilarious parodies (Pierogi Polka), toe-tapping singalongs. (412)-608-8429. Sings 50’s and 60’s love songs for seniors. Call Brian (724) 205-1429. Singer-Songs of Love by Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton and other all time favorites. Bob (412) 487-3134. Frankie Capri presents The Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tribute Variety Show. (412) 469-2299. Comedy Magician Al Mazing (412) 600-4903 or Sue Gartland: Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist; Folk and Country Music (724) 889-6986. Singing for AARP, Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, featuring Dean, Elvis, Frank, Oldies. Bob (412) 487-3134. Ventriloquist Cindy Speck. Seniors are my favorite audience. (724) 452-5889. Everything Old Is New Again, a lighthearted musical comedy by Sheila Cartiff. Entertainer available for day or evening performances. Contact Sheila (412) 856-1259 or Ray Ryan. Solo ragtime piano and dance trio. (412) 331-8368. Dennis Smalley sings Inspirational Songs and Military Tributes (412) 901-6327. Joe Marotta: Singer/Showman. (724) 836-3362. Patty Hahn, Vocalist. Featuring the “Hits of Rosemary Clooney” and songs from the 40’s and 50’s. (412) 793-2637. Master Magician Chuck Caputo. Live bunnies/birds. Reasonable. (412) 825-0822. Bobby Shawn. Singer-entertainer. (724) 745-3064. Dean, Rock and Roll and A Little Blue-Eyed Soul. (412) 605-9536. Popular Broadway Songs from South Pacific, Carousel, Camelot, Sound of Music, Showboat and King and I. Bob (412) 487-3134. Patti Eberle. Comedy, variety and musical fun. (412) 561-7161. Sassy Seniors (formerly BTEI) Musical Theatre Troupe, songs, dancing, comedy skits. (412) 367-3093. Edwardo, Accordionist, One-Man Band. (412) 687-6416; Eddie Ace: Magician and Comedian. Guaranteed Fun Show. (412) 462-1557. Speakers Available: Senior Lifestyle Connections. Exploring senior living options. Stan (724) 787-7030. Crime Prevention presentations by Deputy Sheriff S. Jason Tarap. (412) 350-6374. Vector Security has speakers available for your group. Jack 1 (800) 756-9161.

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Bernadette L. Rose, Supervisor William F. Wylie, Funeral Director

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