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Honor Your Loved Ones With an American Flag Displayed in South Park The Friends of South Park, the County Park are now selling their flags for the year 2020. The flags will be placed at the center turn about at South Park on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s day. The flags will be displayed one week before each holiday and taken down a few days after to be stored for the next holiday. After veteran’s day, you may remove your flag or contact the friends for information regarding the flag. Cost is $5 per flag, per year, and 4 flags may be purchased per household. Deadline is May 1, 2020, and you need to pay for your new flag each year! You may choose a veteran, a living or deceased family member, a friend or pet to be displayed on the honoree sign. For more information, call 412 897-2403 or e-mail You can also place your order and make a payment using our secure Paypal on

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Cal U Holds 189th Commencement

Laura Schimmel (left) a jurisprudence major, and her daughter Ashleigh, a liberal arts major, both of Canonsburg, Pa., pose with University President Geraldine Jones after earning their undergraduate degrees Dec. 14.

California University of Pennsylvania held its 189th Commencement Dec. 13-14 in the Convocation Center. More than 1,000 students graduated with associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, including those who chose not to attend commencement. Cal U's winter commencement recognizes students who graduated in August or December 2019. Commencement speaker was Col. Lance D. Oskey, who graduated from Cal U in 1993. Oskey is Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Cadet Command, at Fort Knox, Ky. His service includes deployment to Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to many stateside assignments. Before his appointment as Chief of Staff, he was commander of the 7th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command, also at Fort Knox.


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Monessen Salvation Army Holds ‘Teens Giving to Nursing Homes’ Event By Jill Runfola The Monessen Salvation Army demonstrates the true charitable heart of the season when they unite youth with elders during their ‘Teen Giving to Nursing Homes’ event. On Saturday, November 30, 2019, the Monessen Salvation Army on 308 Schoonmaker Ave. hosted a party for a dozen local teens to wrap then deliver over 300 gifts to area nursing homes. Youth enjoyed holiday music, hot cocoa, pastries, and pizza while preparing to go out and spread their own joy! Teen participants received Dedicated youth from Belle Vernon are L-R: Jordan Egler, Nicholas Vukelji, Paula ‘Come Join Our Army’ t-shirts. Vukelji, and Morgan Grimplin. Captain Sue Thwaite is in the back row “The teen party is a blend fun and community service,” said Captain Susan Thwaite of The Salvation Army. “Our goal is to turn this into a monthly opportunity to build community service and also have something to do outside the Mon-Valley.” The teens who volunteered that day found the experience to be rewarding. “I just thought it’d be nice to do for older people,” said Amir Butler, age 14. While Morgan Grimplin, age 13, of Belle Vernon, stated that she volunteers “to give to the people who don’t have much.”

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO JANUARY 4 ST. DAVID’S NEIGHBORHOOD MEMORY CAFE – 1-3:00 p.m., St. David’s Church, 905 E McMurray Rd, Venetia, PA 15367. Weather permitting. We will explore the differences between CBD and Capaiba Essential Oil. Sponsored by doTerra Essential Oils and Kindred Hospice. The meeting is open to the public. All are invited to attend. Please email for additional information.


SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Every Thursday, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Washington Road, across from Mt. Lebanon library. Offering singles or couples, all are welcome. For more info, call Ann at 412-563-0559

DIS+ABILITES CONNECTION KICKOFF – 1-4:00 p.m., Potter’s House of Monongahela, 234 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. A social club for persons with disabilities and friends. Group homes and social service clients are invited to attend. Free admission. Light refreshments, karaoke. RSVP by January 6, 2020. ASL Interperter available with a 3 day advanced request. 724-219-3290. ADAGIO HEALTH’S SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES - Classes start January 9, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30. Hosted by Donora Public Library, 510 Meldon Ave., Donora, PA. Sign up for the cessation classes and learn how you can earn financial help while stopping, and remain tobacco free; so you and your loved ones can live a healthier life. TO

QUIT SMOKING! What a great New Year’s Resolution. Please call 724-379-7940 to sign up or get further information. You can also stop in at the library. DINNER FOR A DOLLAR - 5:00-7:00 p.m., Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Road, Bethel Park PA 15102. (We are located between Drake Road and Sunset Dr.) Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, and help your budget too. We will be serving delicious spaghetti, mouth-watering bread and rolls, fresh garden salad, and luscious desserts. We accept donations of $1. per person or $3 per family. This is humbly accepted, but not required. No reservations needed. No take out will be available. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, call Debbie @ 412-833-6357. All future

dinners are held the second Thursday of each month except July and December. We are now accepting used eyeglasses and cases to help those in need.

Old Elizabeth Mutual Fire Insurance Company Serving Southwestern Pennsylvania since 1872

Insurance for your Home, Farm, Equipment and Livestock. For Information contact: or call 724-484-0839 OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF POLICYHOLDERS OF OLD ELIZABETH MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY The Annual Meeting of the policyholders of the Old Elizabeth Mutual Fire Insurance Co. will be held at King’s Restaurant in Bentleyville, PA on January 18, 2020 at 10 am for the purpose of electing directors and acting on any other pertinent business. If you are a current policyholder and interested in serving as a director, please contact us.

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JANUARY 11 SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL WORK PARTY – 9:00 a.m., monthly work party held 2nd Saturday of the month, subject to weather conditions. Volunteers will meet at the Brownsville Extension parking area (trail MP 37.5) at 9:00 AM. The January project has not yet been determined. Interested volunteers should contact ‘GREAT GATSBY’ THEMED DINNER PARTY FUNDRAISER – 6-11:00 p.m., St Vincent De Paul’s Jozwiak Hall on Grand Blvd. in Monessen, held by The Monessen Community Development Corporation (MCDC). Featuring musical entertainment by the Mark Smith Jazz Trio. Tickets must be purchased in advance either via MCDC’s Facebook event page, or by contacting MCDC via email: Monessencommunitydevelopment@, or by phone at 724-2126159. Tickets cost $35 each. Includes buffet-style dinner, including baked chicken, pasta, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, and cake. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be available. Dancing and 1920’s style costumes are encouraged, games and prizes. Your ticket also includes one beer or wine drink, and a prize entry. Proceeds MCDC and its 2020 community projects and initiatives. FOOD SAFETY COURSE FOR VOLUNTEERS – 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 430 W Main Street, Monongahela. Volunteers who help prepare and serve food for their nonprofit organization are encouraged to attend a workshop on food safety offered by Penn State Extension. “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” is a condensed, three-hour food safety course developed by Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture intended to address food safety issues faced by volunteer-based organizations. The cost to attend the course is $25 for an individual, or $50

per organization for up to four participants. It is an additional $5 for each additional participant after four. To register, visit or call 877-345-0691.



JANUARY 14 SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL – 6:30 p.m., South Park Township Library, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA. The South Hills Friends are responsible for maintenance of the Montour Trail between Library and Clairton. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail, including South Hills Friends contact information, may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site Questions may be directed to JANUARY BIRTHDAY PARTY AT POTTER’S HOUSE – 1-4:00 p.m., Potter’s House of Monongahela, 234 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Celebrating January Birthdays, Free Admission. Birthday Cake, Ice cream, non alcoholic punch. Meet & Greet. RSVP by January 14, 2020, 724-219-3290. Sponsored by Potter’s House of Monongahela dis+Abilities Network. Donations kindly accepted CLOTHES 4-U – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon will be open to the public on Tuesday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 28th (weather permitting). The clothing is free; patrons may give a free-will offering if they desire. Bags will be given to patrons when they come in to browse around. If there is a need at any other time, call to make an appointment. Anyone wishing to drop off clothing or who might be in need of some assistance with clothing is asked to call 724-929-4696. More Event Listings on page 6

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO JANUARY 16 THE RETIRED MEN’S LUNCHEON GROUP – 12:00 p.m., Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Rd, Pleasant Hills, PA. Mara and Casey Lako, students at Thomas Jefferson High School and will play violin and guitar arrangements of songs from the Beatles to modern contemporary music. Cost is $8, payable at door. Please reserve lunch by calling 412-655-2000 option 0. We are a non-denominational group.


CABBAGE ROLL DINNER – 3-7:30 p.m., Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Drexel Hall, 208 Abromatis Street, Bentleyville. Two Cabbage Rolls, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Free Dessert and Beverages. Cost: $10.00 per person. For Takeouts Call: 724-209-1370 extension 424

MEGA BINGO NIGHT – doors open 4:00 p.m., bingo starting at 6:00 p.m., Elizabeth Fire Hall. Thomas Jefferson High School Baseball will host its second annual Mega Bingo Night. Tickets are $40 each and include 12 faces for 20 regular games with a $200 payout per game, (2) 3-ons for 3 Specials with a $500 payout per special, (2) 3-ons for the Jackpot with a $2,000 payout and free dauber. There will also be games of chance, 50/50 raffles, auction baskets and concessions. Guests are permitted to BYOB. Seating is limited, so please purchase tickets in advance. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, please contact Tracey at:

Borough Park Drive, 15236. Join us for our first Community Clothing Exchange of 2020! The library is working in partnership with some socially-environmentally conscious members of the community. Come and shop for winter clothes for free! Snowy Day kid crafts, as well as hot chocolate and cookies, will be available in the Children’s Room during this family-friendly event. Our community has collected gently used kid’s clothing in preparation for this event. Please bring your reusable bag to take home your clothes finds! For more information, contact Denise Ignasky ( 412-8826622.

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SOUTH PARK WOMEN’S CLUB – 7:00 p.m., South Park Township Community Center Building. Kicking

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off 2020 with guest speaker Mr. Brian Lucot, newly elected South Park Township Supervisor. Mr. Lucot will speak on current township projects. Club members will be able to meet him and ask questions pertaining our township. It is not too late for women to join SPWC if interested. You may attend and join at this meeting. SPWC is open to women from South Park, as well as surrounding communities. ROSTRAVER SPORTSMEN ASSOCIATION – 7:30 p.m., 539 Cedar Creek Rd., Belle Vernon, PA. All members are encouraged to attend. Applications are now being accepted for membership from both men and women. For more information call 724-984-6611.

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JANUARY 21 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED NURSES CLUB – 9:30 a.m., Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road in Bethel Park, PA. Speaker is Christie Ryan. Her topic is CORE: Organ Donation in a New Age. All registered nurses are welcome. Contact Linda at (412) 882-6114 for more information


FIREARM SEMINAR – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Carrick Sportsmen’s Club, 3301 Ridge Rd South Park, PA. Sponsored by State Representative Mike Puskaric. Kim Stolfer, the cofounder of Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) will the guest speaker. Some of the topics that will be covered is a presentation on right to carry, the PA Castle Doctrine, Hunting, Where you can carry, and many more. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 412382-2009 or on under the events tab. WEST JEFFERSON HILLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY- 1:00 p.m., Community Room of the Jefferson Hills Municipal Building. View “Invented, Engineered & Pioneered In Pittsburgh,” an engaging Rick Sebak documentary about Pittsburgh. The film extols accomplishments of Steel City inventors and innovators throughout the centuries. The audience will learn about the many technological and mechanical wonders first developed in Pittsburgh and hear about the amazing engineering feats, the creative genius and scientific brilliance of Pittsburghers, each of whom left his/her mark on this city and on the world. The afternoon will conclude with coffee, cookies, and conversation. Refreshments provided by Coffee Tree Roasters, an entrepreneurial enterprise of the Pittsburgh area. Society members and community are invited.



TRAIN SHOW AND SALE – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., New Eagle VFD Social Hall, 157 Chess Street, New Eagle, PA 15067. Admission is $4.00for adults, $3.00 for Seniors (62 & up) and children 10 and under will be free with an adult. This show is cosponsored by The Mid-Mon Valley Model Railroad Club and The New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department, both Non-Profit organizations. Vendors selling all scales of trains, train parts, and toys available; test track so you can test what you buy. There is free parking and the facility is handicap accessible. Operating layouts help make for a fantastic show. Wide variety of food available from the best support kitchen in the valley!


CLOTHES 4-U – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon will be open to the public on Tuesday, January 28th (weather permitting). The clothing is free; patrons may give a free-will offering if they desire. Bags will be given to patrons when they come in to browse around. If there is a need at any other time, please call the office to make an appointment. Anyone wishing to drop off clothing in good condition for this ministry or who might be in need of some assistance with clothing is asked to call the church office at 724-9294696 to make arrangements.

FEBRUARY 1 & 2 60TH ANNIVERSARY SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB COIN SHOW Crowne Plaza Hotel – Pittsburgh South, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (across from South Hills Village). On Saturday the show will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free and hourly door prizes will be given. For more information call 412-854-4022 or email

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Monessen Community Development Corp. Installs City’s First Little Free Library

The Monessen Community Development Corporation (MCDC) was founded in 1987, in order to help revitalize Monessen. Last year, MCDC received a micro-grant from Mon Valley Alliance, in order to purchase and install the city’s first Little Free Library. The little free library was installed in November 2019, on Donner Avenue in downtown Monessen, on the property of the Schooner Center. The Orchard Christian Church maintains the property. MCDC Vice-President Delmar Hepple installed the little library, after being granted permission by the Schooner Center Board. MCDC board members Ricky Dick and Dawn McKechnie assembly the little library, Monessen Public Library Children’s’ coordinator Marsha Adams and her students decorated it, and volunteer Dustin Premoshis sealed and weatherproofed it. Residents have already begun leaving books at the little library. Anyone can leave a book or take a book. More information can be found at MCDC hopes to install more Little Free Libraries throughout the City of Monessen in the future.

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Easement Agreement Will Enable Montour Trail Extension The photo above shows stone placed in South Park Township in December for stream bank scour protection along Piney Fork Creek. The Montour Trail surface will eventually be constructed between the red lines shown in the photo to separate the trail from the adjacent road. The Montour Trail Council recently signed an easement agreement with the owner of the property to allow construction of 0.18 mile of the Montour Trail between Wood and Stewart Streets in South Park Township. With the signing of the easement the Trail Council now has right-of-way to extend the continuous off-road trail in South Park Township from milepost 35.7 to milepost 39 and eliminate 1.1 mile of on-road detours.

South Park Women’s Club to Host Newly Elected Township Supervisor The South Park Women’s Club (SPWC) will kick off 2020 with guest speaker Brian Lucot, newly elected South Park Township Supervisor. Their meeting, for club members, will be held Monday January 20 at 7:00 PM in the South Park Twp. Community Center Bldg. Mr. Lucot will speak on current township projects. Club members will be able to meet him and ask questions pertaining our township. It is not too late for women to join SPWC if interested. You may attend and join at this meeting. SPWC is open to women from South Park, as well as surrounding communities.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives Toy Donation From Local Groups


Carroll Township 9-Year Old Competes in BMX Grand Nationals Tyler Martin, a 9-year old from Carroll Township and a student at Ringgold South traveled to Tulsa Oklahoma recently to compete in USA BMX's Grand Nationals. Tyler raced for 2 days in various BMX races including Motos, 8ths, Quarters, and Semi's. He performed well enough to earn a spot into the main event to compete against some of the fastest 9-year olds in the nation. Tyler ended up earning a 6th place finish, making his sponsors and parents extremely proud. He is the son of Amy Round and Ed Martin. Tyler’s home track is South Park BMX.

Pictured (l. to r.) Monessen/Rostraver Rotary members Gerald Stasicha and Corinne Laboon donated dozens of toys on behalf of the Rotary and the Spring Grove Condo Clubhouse Committee to MVH Toys for Tots campaign managers Doug Prentice and John Bogdan.

Monongahela Valley Hospital’s (MVH) ‘Toys for Tots’ drive received an added boost once again this year as members of the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary and Spring Grove Condo Clubhouse Committee donated dozens of dolls, trucks, cars, games, puzzles, stuffed animals and electronic devices to MVH’s annual toy drive. “The Spring Grove Condo Clubhouse Committee held its annual holiday event and asked every attendee to donate a new toy,” explained Gerald Stasicha, immediate past president of the Monessen/ Rostraver Rotary and a Spring Grove resident. “This is the third consecutive year that we have donated the toys to Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Toys for Tots Campaign. Some of my fellow Rotarians also purchased toys to donate to the hospital’s campaign.” On Dec. 11, when Mr. Stasicha arrived at the hospital with the trunk of his car packed with toys, MVH’s

Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations Corinne Laboon, who is a member of the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary, and John Bogdan, Behavioral Health nurse manager, and Doug Prentice, storeroom manger, helped him unload the toys and pack them in Toys for Tots boxes. Mr. Bogdan and Mr. Prentice have championed the Hospital’s Toys for Tots drive for nearly 25 years. “Our staff and volunteers open their hearts to support MVH’s Toys for Tots campaign,” Mr. Bogdan explained. “We appreciate every toy that is donated and thank the Spring Grove Condo Clubhouse Committee and Rostraver Rotary for their generosity. Our goal is to help ensure that the Mon Valley Leathernecks, a group of former Marines who do the legwork for the local Toys for Tots program, have enough toys for every child in the Mon Valley who reaches out for a toy.”

Firearm Seminar Hosted by State Rep. Mike Puskaric State Representative Mike Puskaric invites you to attend his Firearm Seminar on January 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. The seminar will be held at the Carrick Sportsmen’s Club which is located at 3301 Ridge Road in South Park. Kim Stolfer, the co-founder of Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) will the guest speaker. Some of the topics that will be covered is a presentation on right to carry, the PA Castle Doctrine, hunting, where you can carry, and many more. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 412-3822009 or on the website under the events tab.

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The Donora Historical Society, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh and the Donora Public Library, will once again be hosting a traveling exhibit – “We Can Do It! WWII.” This is our attempt to not only bring people to Donora for their interest in history, but to also involve the community in showing the “good” that Donora and the Mid-Mon Valley has to offer to the rest of the Mon Valley and beyond with history, culture and goodwill. Starting on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and running for nine weeks through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the exhibit will be available to the general public, school groups, and social clubs. This 500 square foot traveling exhibit started its journey in Pittsburgh during a preview at the Heinz History Center in April 2017, will travel throughout Western Pennsylvania including a stop in the West Virginia panhandle, and will finish with us. Due to its size, the exhibit will be on display in the lower level Community Room at the Donora

Public Library. To give it some Mid-Mon Valley flavor, the exhibit will be supplemented with artifacts and presentations from Donora, as well as neighboring historical societies and veterans groups. Living history presenters, roundtable discussions, and WWII era vehicles will also round out the exhibit. Additional Donora-related artifacts will be displayed at the Smog Museum to encourage visitors to visit there as well. The “We Can Do It! WWII” traveling exhibit explores Western Pennsylvania's incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battle fronts during World War II, and is dedicated to all who answered their country's call and devoted their time, their money, and their lives to the cause of freedom. The exhibit's modular displays will cover a variety of topics, all told from the Western Pennsylvania perspective. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the development of the jeep produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, hear stories behind Rosie the Riveter, Tuskegee Airmen Carl Woods from Homewood, General George Marshall from Uniontown, Iwo Jimo hero Michael Strank from Johnstown, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Paige from Charleroi. The one thing that makes this exhibit different than the Civil War exhibit is the addition of audio and video recordings that run as part of the modular displays. Some of the highlights over the

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nine weeks include an opening night reception with music; a Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) event ( to bring together local veterans of all ages for a free breakfast, to share oral histories and to raise money for our Donora American Legion and the VBC through private and corporate donations; an afternoon with a WWII holocaust survivor; a women’s WWII-era fashions and tea event; and a closing night documentary presentation and Q&A with WQED-PBS executive producer and Monongahela native David Solomon. In keeping with Donora Historical Society’sMission Statement, neighboring school districts are invited to schedule their weekday visits that will be supplemented with local history presentations, living history people - WWII veterans, scavenger hunts, and more. We are also sponsoring and coordinating a student assembly with a WWII theme to help reinforce their classroom instruction. We decided to do this on-site at the school to reach a greater number of teachers and students in a shorter period of time. In turn, these same students will visit Donora to see the WWII exhibit, but in smaller groups. To learn more about the exhibit and the evolving schedule of events, please visit the website and click on the “We Can Do It WII Exhibit” Info.

WWII Vets Needed to Share Their Stories and Interact with Students In anticipation for this exhibit, the Donora Historical Society is looking for WWII Veterans that would like to discuss their experiences with school students. An overview of their military career with a Q&A with the students should be expected. The veteran should feel free to bring anything that enhances the discussion. While the WWII exhibit has an enormous amount of interactive detail and the teachers will be prepped with study guides supplied by the Heinz History Center, there is nothing like that personal touch, especially since these veterans probably enlisted at an age that wasn’t too much older than the age of the visiting students. Please contact the Donora History Center by phone or email to make arrangements.

Additional Info If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us at or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

Brentwood High School Class of 1970 Seeking Classmates Brentwood High School Class of 1970 50th reunion committee is looking for fellow classmates. For more information on the reunion, please contact Kerry Bauer at

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Christmas Light Up Night Held in New Eagle By Alice Harris

Ringgold cheerleaders Kendall Morgan (l) and Jaime Gilman (r) volunteered to welcome attendees and keep track of tickets.

Tricia Caputo painted Lia Filardo's face and many other faces that evening.

Little Tenley Burd, 11 month old daughter of Joseph and Kate Burd, was not afraid to meet Santa.

The littlest Santa in attendance, Jayce Lorenzo (11 months), and his mom Marissa Roberts visited with Mrs. Santa while waiting for the big Santa to arrive. Tanya Chaney created an on-site painting which was auctioned at the end of the evening.

St. Francis Knights of Columbus Holding ‘2020 Super Bowl Hoagie Sale’ The St. Francis of Assisi Church Knights of Columbus are now taking orders for their Super Bowl Hoagie Sale. These Super Italian Hoagies will be on sale at three local South Hills and Union Township area churches: • St. Isaac Jogues – Elrama • St Francis of Assisi – Finleyville • St. Benedict the Abbot – Peters Township The Italian hoagies will be fresh made on Saturday morning February 1. These are not your ‘run-of-the-mill’ fundraiser hoagies. These will be 12-inch hoagies, hand–crafted by the Knights of Columbus with our special combination of fixins on fresh buns, and loaded with meats and cheeses. Veggies will be packed separately Pickup or walk-in sales will be held on Saturday, February 1 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Finley Hall, just off Route 88 in Finleyville. Have these delicious hoagies on hand for Sunday’s Super Bowl Game! These Super Italian hoagies are still a great deal at just $9 each. (Please Pay when Ordering - or on Pickup) Orders will be taken in the Church Vestibules before and after Masses on the weekends of January 18/19 and January 25/26 or you can call Mary at 724-348-7145 or Norma at 724-348-5797. Proceeds from the sale benefits charities supported by the Knights of Columbus, including the local Food Bank.

The New Eagle Community Action Group held a “Christmas in New Eagle” Light Up Night event on December 6, 2019 from 6-8 pm at the New Eagle Social Hall. All Children in attendance received a free hamburger or hot dog, a drink, and a gift from Santa. Activities included free face painting, entertainment, games, story time, and sitting around the fire. It was an enjoyable evening for the families and children of New Eagle. The New Eagle Community Action Croup is grateful to their sponsors who made this event possible: Hill’s Restaurant, Lionhart Tatoo, Pizza Station, Chaney’s Naturals, The Twist, Todd Jones, The Dance Company, Hoot Owls, Behanna’s Auto, New Eagle Fireman, Mayor Chas Fine, and Eddie Volker’s Body Shop (who also donated the Christmas tree).


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Monessen Public Library Hosts Annual Christmas Jubilee By Jill Runfola The Monessen Public Library held their annual ‘Christmas Jubilee’ on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Monessen Library Board and friends of the community including local churches and businesses. Guest enjoyed choir songs, crafts, games, face painting, Christmas bingo, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a free lunch, a live nativity, and more. Even the Grinch made an appearance. A festive time was had by all who attended.

The Grinch meets Mikayla Hoffman of Monessen and her son, Zayne Quinn, age 2.

Dave Zilka, Library Director and Cindy Gigliotti, Chairwoman of the event, did great work with the Jubilee.

Loralei Rudge, age 5, of Perryopolis, shyly sat with Mrs. Claus and whispered her wish list.

‘Chat With a WWII Veteran’ at Monongahela Area Library The Monongahela Area Library will be holding a program called “Chat with a WWII Veteran” on January 18 from 12 noon - 2 PM. Come and listen to an afternoon of tales from local WWII ball turret gunner and Air Force veteran, Bob Yowan, who was interviewed and featured in the book ‘Hitler's Last Christmas’ by Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. Bad weather prevented air support to the ground troops during the Battle of the Bulge, but when the skies finally cleared Yowan and his crew were called upon to be part of the largest aerial bombing mission ever undertaken on December 24, 1944. Yowan will talk about the mission, his service, experiences during the war, and events after his plane was shot down that fateful day. This event is pen to all ages. Please register with the library for this special program by calling 724258-5409. The Monongahela Area Library is located at 813 W. Main Street in Monongahela.

Children learn about “Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus” in a live Nativity set up by The Christian Center Church in Rostraver Twp.

“The Three Wise Men” from the Library’s Live Nativity. They were from The Christian Center Church in Rostraver Twp. as part of a children’s learning experience.

LaTanya Windom, age 4, of Monessen, sits on Santa’s lap.

Local Nursing Students Can Apply For Scholarships Scholarship opportunities provided by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club are available to nursing students entering their final year of studies in a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor of science degree. Nurses actively pursuing advanced education in nursing may also apply. Students are eligible whose official home of residence are in one of the following 10 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. Scholarships are awarded each April. Apply through the Pittsburgh Foundation at or by US Mail: The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh PA 15222-5414. The Pittsburgh Foundation also sends scholarship information to nursing schools and colleges in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Scholarship coordinator is Jennifer Marino: The phone number is 412-394-2649. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

January 2020



Monessen Veterans Donate to Historical Society Preserving Military Artifacts and Veterans Materials Carry Significance The Monessen American Legion Post 28 and Monessen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1190 each donated $250 for a total of $500 to the Greater Monessen Museum and historical society. It is important to understand why we should be preserving materials that contribute to telling a veteran’s story, and why we seek to make them available to a broad audience. It is easy to understand that many of these items have historical significance or personal value to the veterans themselves, to their families and to the City of Monessen, however, when housed in a repository like a museum, or historical society, these resources can provide so much more than a simple family history. Perhaps the most important reason for Pictured (L to R): Vern Nelson, Museum Manager GMHS, Joe Gallo, Quartermaster VFW Post 1190, Ron Chromulak, preservation is that this material aids the Commander VFW Post 1190, Dan Zyglowicz, President GMHS, Wayne Vlasic Adjutant, American Legion Post 28 and John efforts of researchers and educators to relate Dudas, Commander American Legion Post 28. Each Veterans organization presenting the GMHS their own check for the efforts of those from Monessen who $250, for a total of $500 to assist in the preservation of veterans artifacts. served, to the students and young people of today. To be able to hear a veteran’s voice, However, often for reasons from humility to discomfort with their past, vetread their words and view one-of-a-kind images; provides a first-person, grassroots level account of what military life, particularly during a time of war, is all erans are reticent to talk about or review their service. In the latter case, families are unknowing and may never get the full story. The preservation of military about through the Veterans history Program. Scholars can learn about the big picture from military historians and leaders materials can ‘open the door’ for discussion of what they did, where they were but they also want to try and understand what it was like to be there—the and how they feel about it. It can also assure that these important materials fill sounds, the smells and the feelings. The letters from a P.O.W., a diary written an empty chapter in the overall family legacy that can be passed down from in the desert or a jungle, a video of day to day life, or a memoir that reflects on generation to generation. Families do benefit, and so do veterans, knowing that their story will remain the meaning of it all provide words and images that inform and instruct. This information provides a human face to scholarly works and to classroom long after they are gone. It is incumbent upon us all to remember why we enjoy instruction. Additionally, it inspires future generations with a reminder of what the freedoms we have and who made the sacrifices to make that possible, your gift to the Greater Monessen Museum and historical Society will also aid in veterans have done through their service and sacrifice. Of more personal importance, these collections of memories are of value to making this Happen. The Museum located at 505 Donner Ave, in Monessen is open weekly, the families and friends of veterans who no longer live in Monessen, but visit here occasionally. Some military members or veterans freely discuss their expe- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10AM until 2PM, you can call them for information at 724-684-8460 riences and proudly display items related to their service.


South Park Fashion Show Raises Funds for Cascades Restoration Project

Accepting a $300 donation from Hughes Event Productions, and on behalf of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation is Caitlin Harpster, (center) and she is flanked by two event volunteers.

The South Park ‘Fall Fashion and Vendor Fair’ was held on Saturday, November 23 inside South Park’s Home Economics Building. There were between 125 and 150 attendees that enjoyed a day of fashion and accessory finds along with tasty treats and other activities. After the show, a check was presented to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation from Hughes Event Productions. The donation will support the Cascades Restoration Project within South Park Township.

January 2020


A Perfect Match Donora Home Delivered Meals Program Partners with Step by Step, Inc. in Pleasant Hills Step by Step clients and staff prepare to depart SPHS in Donora to deliver 70 home delivered meals in Carroll Township. Pictured (l-r) Nick Manning, Tricia Perine (staff), Tony Jablonski, Floyd Gale, and Kevveetia Coaston (staff).

A model from Sonita's Designs modeling a dress while walking the perimeter of the venue.

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Lindsay Sopp of Woof PGH being interviewed about her business and their dog accessory products.


Mon Chamber Coach/Kors/ Cash Bash on March 14 The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual ‘Authentic Coach/Michael Kors/Cash & Gift Card Bash’ on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Chamber fundraiser will be held at the New Eagle V.F.D. Social Hall. Doors open at 5:00 PM and drawings start at 6:00 PM. The event will include 7 Cash Drawings, 9 Handbag drawings and 3 gift card drawings. Drawings will be held every 10 minutes. Donation is $25 for two numbers and dinner is included in ticket price. Visit our website to purchase tickets or call 724-258-5919 for more information.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. is always looking for volunteers to help with their Home Delivered Meals program. Step By Step, Inc. located in Pleasant Hills provides community support services to children and adults in Pennsylvania with intellectual disabilities, behavioral health, and autism spectrum disorders. Chris Buckley, SPHS/Senior Communications Representative, who is also married to Ruth Buckley, program instructor at Step by Step, introduced his wife to Susan Badzik, Donora Senior Center Specialist, to see if the two programs could help one another. Step by Step now sends two vans with two staff members and up to four clients to help deliver 70 meals to Carroll Township on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Step by Step also helps deliver meals to Brookline on Monday and Monongahela on Friday. “Its been a Godsend for me,” said Badzik. “It’s a joy to work with the staff and consumers at Step by Step”. LaVonne Robinson, Program Manager at Step by Step said that their clients really enjoy this opportunity. “The goal is to expand the individuals’ horizons and help them to become involved,” said Robinson. “State requirements mandate that clients spend on average 25 percent of their time at the program in the community if possible. It’s really good for them to be out.” The Home Delivered Meals program is also a chance for generations to mix. The Step by Step clients get to spend time and gain respect from the older adults who receive their meals. “For a lot of the people who receive meals, the only person they will see that day are those who deliver their meal,” said Badzik. “Step by Step clients have to spend some time with the resident and check on them while they are there, too,” she added. Recently, a group of Step by Step clients led by staff Tricia Perine arrived at a home to find that resident had fallen. They called 911 and waited for emergency medical personnel to come before leaving. Badzik said volunteers are still needed at Donora as well as for the Home Delivered Meals at Monongahela, Charleroi, Perryopolis, Center on the Hill, and Washington Township senior centers. Anyone interested to volunteer please call 724-489-9100 (option 1). She can also be reached by email at

January 2020


Bethel Park High School Grad Learns Best Practices Through Disney Leadership Seminar

Sabrina Tatalias (at far right) attended the Rowland School of Business Disney Leadership Seminar.

Bethel Park High School graduate Sabrina Tatalias, a sophomore at Point Park University, recently visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as part of the Rowland School of Business Disney Leadership Seminar. “Disney really emphasizes how important the guest is, so I see how that can be applied to any business or job you take on and will drive results,” says Tatalias. She added “I will be pursuing a career in data science/data analytics, so I really value understanding the customer. This trip allowed me to obtain a lot of takeaways.” Tatalias is the daughter of Dina and Bill Tatalias of Bethel Park. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh.

Elizabeth-Forward Class Of 1970 Plans 50-Year Reunion The 50th reunion of the Elizabeth-Forward Class of 1970 will be held on July 11, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin. Cost is $50 per person and includes a beef/chicken buffet dinner, cake table, DJ, and red/black décor. Cash bar additional. If you know of any 1970 EF grad who may not see this announcement, please forward it to them. For further info and to receive a link to the reunion website created by Barb Ralph, please provide contact info to Dave Rojohn at or 412-466-7513.


Donora Library to Celebrate MLK Day with Guest Speaker The Honorable Traci McDonald Kemp, Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge, will be guest speaker at the Donora Public Library on Sunday, January 19, 2020. The event is part of the library’s Board of Directors “Distinguished Speaker Series”. The program starts at 1:00 pm. Judge McDonald Kemp won both the Republican and Democrat primary elections in May of this year. Because of her win across party lines, Governor Tom Wolf placed her name before the state Senate which confirmed her interim appointment in June. She was electHonorable Traci McDonald Kemp ed to a full 10-year term of office in November and is the first AfricanAmerican woman to serve in that position. She is also the first black woman to be elected to county-wide office. A Washington High School, Clarion University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, she has previously served as Magisterial District Judge, and Assistant District Attorney for Washington County.

Mon River Arts to Hold Auditions for Youth Performers Mon River Arts will hold auditions for ‘Mary Poppins, Jr.’ on January 8, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and January 11, from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. Children ages 8-17 should prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song that showcases their vocal range and come dressed to dance. Participants only need to attend one audition date. A parent must accompany the child to the audition to complete registration information. This is a tuition based program. Contact Mon River Arts for more information at 412-405-8425 or visit the website at Show dates are March 12-15, 2020.


January 2020

ANTHONY, Randy J., 62, of Monongahela, died December 10. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BAK, Helen Elizabeth, 86, of Whitehall (formerly of Castle Shannon), died December 4. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. BARTOLOTTA, Dennis J., 62, of Washington (formerly of Monongahela), died December 3. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BATTAGLIA, Anthony, 92, of Finleyville, died December 2. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. BEHR, Kimberly Ann, 39, of Bethel Park, died November 21. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. BURNS, Robert “Bob” Jean, 82, of Baldwin Borough, November 22. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CAPORALI, Raymond G. Sr., 76, of South Park, died December 2. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CARUSO, Lorraine, 93, of Monongahela (formerly of Charleroi), died November 28. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. CORRIN, Harry M., 91, of Charleroi, died November 22. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DeCLAIR, Anna Marie, 75, of West Mifflin, died November 28. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DeMAIO, Frank T., 82, of Mount. Lebanon (formerly of Bethel Park), died November 16. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DeROSA, Frank D., 63, of Monongahela, died November 19. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. DEURBROUCK, Albert W., 87, of South Park, died November 26. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DIESS, Stewart W., 73, of Finleyville, died November 24. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. DOTY, Constantine “Connie”, 94, of Charleroi, died November 19. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. DUFF, Antoinette “Toni”, 91, of Jefferson Hills, died November 28. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills.

Recent Local Death Notices EISEL, Shirley Eileen Kalka Topolnak, 67, of Jefferson Hills, died November 22. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. EMPH, Regina, 66, of Castle Shannon, died December 8. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. ESPER, Michael, 99, of West Mifflin, died December 1. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. FABIN, Stanley A. Jr., 62, of Monongahela, died November 23. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. GALLAGHER, Mary Jane, 89, of Charleroi, died December 8. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. GANTHER, Thomas Leo, 65, of Finleyville, died November 29. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. GILLINGHAM, Austin S. Jr., 85, of New Eagle, died December 11. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. GILPIN, Erma Linda Howard, 74, of Carroll Township, died November 30. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. HODGSON, Kristian M. “Hodge”, 47, of Monongahela, died November 17. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. HOEY, James “Keith”, 62, of Elrama, died November 29. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. HOFF, Dennis Gilbert, 75, of South Park, died November 16. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. HOLLINSHEAD, Sylvia, 84, of Bethel Park, died November 18. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. KENNEDY, Jay P., 57, of West Mifflin, died December 5. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. KLAMORICK, William “Bill” Jr., 86, of Speers, died November 28. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. KOSTER, Brian Lee, 45, of Charleroi, died November 30. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. LANE, Susan J. Schaeffer, 63, of Bethel Park (formerly of Baldwin), died December 7. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.

LAWLOR, Lillian R. “Snooky”, 91, of Pleasant Hills, died November 29. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MARASCO, Dolores J. “Dee” (ZOFCIN), 85, Of Baldwin Borough, died December 8. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. MARTINJAK, Renee Eloise (MEADVILLE), 64, of Rostraver Township (formerly of West Mifflin), died December 1. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MATSKO, Carol A., 76, of Baldwin, died December 8. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. McBEE, Linda Jean, 77, of Bethel Park, died November 25. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. McCARTNEY, Thomas “Ray” Jr., 90, of Jefferson Hills, died November 20. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. METZNER, Sheila, 63, of Fallowfield, died November 23. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. MILLER, Robert J., 71, of Castle Shannon, died November 20. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MILLS, Donald Leroy, 89, of Deltona, FL (formerly of West Mifflin), died November 27. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. MURPHY, Michael John “Mike”, 53, of Pleasant Hills, died November 17. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MURRAY, Jacqueline M. “Jackie”, 85, of Finleyville, died November 18. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. PERSUDA, Robert Charles, 94, of Caldwell, WV (formerly of Charleroi), died November 24. Arrangements by SchrockHogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. PICINOTTI, Joseph C., 96, of Charleroi, died December 11. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. PODROSKEY, Mark A., 42, of Monongahela (Victory Hill), died November 22. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

POWELL, Robert “Jack” Berkeley, 88, of Bethel Park, died December 3. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. RIZZUTO, Louis C., 93, of North Charleroi, died December 8. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. SCHWEITZER, Mary F., 69, of Venetia, died November 30. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. SHERMAN, Florence Irene, 89, formerly of Pleasant Hills, died November 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SMITH, Shirley, formerly of Bethel Park and Mount Lebanon, 84, died November 30. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. STOKES, William “Bill”, 82, of Baldwin, died December 8. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. TAYLOR, Helen C., 87, of West Mifflin, died November 20. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. THORNE, Donald Scott, 54, of North Charleroi, died December 12. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. TURLIK, Margueritte H., 97, of West Mifflin, died November 29. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. VENORA, Eugene “Bud”, 90, of Jefferson Hills, died December 3. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. VERSCHAREN, Diana E, 54, of Eighty-four, died December 2. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. WALSH, Anna, 88, of Bethel Park, died November 30. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. WATKINSON, Irene, 103, of Charleroi, died December 10. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. WEISS, Elliott, 74, of Jefferson Hills, died November 23. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. WILIUSZIS, Joseph P., 78, of New Eagle, died November 26. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. WILKERSON, Beverly L. (BROWNLEE), 62, of Monongahela, died December 4. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. WISLICK, Karen Ann, 62, of West Mifflin, died November 21. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.

January 2020


Local People News Peters Township Scout Earns Eagle Scout Award

Brentwood Resident Makes Giving Back A Year-Round Goal

Patrick Moran, a senior at Peters Township High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 1313, recently achieved the Eagle Scout rank scouting’s highest honor. Patrick has been active in scouting since first grade, starting out as a Tiger Cub. As a Boy Scout, Patrick earned fifty-seven merit badges camped out sixty-six nights and performed 171 hours of community service hours. Along his Boy scouting journey, he achieved many awards such as Cyber Chip, Firem’n Chit, National Outdoor Achievement Award for Camping Plus a Gold Device, World Conservation Award, Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award, Totin’ Chip and the World Conservation Award. Additionally, he earned five Religious Awards: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII and Pillars of Faith. For his Eagle Scout project, Patrick choose to work with the Washington County Historical Society to convert a one-story log structure to a two-story log cabin with a bastion overhang. For this extensive service project, Patrick had to meet with the beneficiary, design the addition, raise funds and donations, organize volunteers, tools and materials and then manage the project. Altogether, Patrick raised $5,700 for the project and twenty-three volunteers assisted Patrick contributing 398 hours. The Washington County Historical Society, grateful for the completed projected, dedicated the remodeled structure during their Whiskey Rebellion Days.

Giving back is not a one-time-of-year-only effort for Brentwood resident Barbara Welding, a legal assistant for the past 17 years at the Downtown national law firm, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC. Since 2009, Welding has volunteered for Military Connections, a Pittsburgh based non-profit that since 2003, has shipped care packages and vital supplies to military personnel stationed overseas. That is the same year Welding lost her son-in-law in the war in Afghanistan and what brought her to Military Barbara Welding Connections to begin volunteering. “The military doesn’t provide a lot of what we send and it just gives soldiers a sense of home,” said Welding. Military Connections sends packages all-year round and this year, the organization had a goal of shipping 8,000 stockings overseas. “So far, we are on track to reach that goal.” In addition to Military Connections, Welding also volunteers for Womenspace East, another Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing and other programs for women and women with dependent children. Welding collects items and makes up personal bags to send to the shelter. If that is not enough, Welding is an active participant in her employer’s Reading is FUNdamental effort which is a one-on-one lunchtime literacy mentoring program. Attorneys and staff in Eckert Seamans Pittsburgh office meet with second-grade reading buddies from a local school to build literacy skills and a love of reading. “I’ve been blessed in my life but we all know people who are less fortunate. Volunteering is a way to help an organization that may not have a big staff, or budget, but is doing important work, and that’s what appeals to me. I feel privileged to be able to do what I do,” said Welding. For more information on the organizations Welding volunteers for, visit, and

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New Eagle Budget Approved With No Tax Increase By Miranda Startare The New Eagle Borough Council announced at the December 3 monthly meeting that the 2020 budget will not require a tax increase for residents. According to borough officials, this year’s switch to LED lighting and its resulting savings allowed the excess funds to be used in other needed areas of the budget. The budget was able to be balanced due to the utility bill savings and was passed last month. In other business, a resident of 3rd Avenue addressed Council about a water issue at his house and his neighbor’s house. According to the resident, the borough failed to install drainage after a repair on his property, resulting in the current drainage problem. Council agreed to investigate the matter to determine a resolution. Also at the meeting, Council announced the approval of a new monthly meeting day, which will be the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Cook Announces $40,000 State Grant for Dunlevy Borough Rep. Bud Cook (R-Fayette/Washington) announced recently that Dunlevy Borough in Washington County will benefit from $40,000 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for further development of the Walnut Street Park. The project will include the installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access and related site improvements such as, new fencing along the western border of the park, a new parking space off Walnut Street and a new basketball goal. “I am excited to share that Dunlevy Borough has received this grant,” said Cook. “Our township parks are at the center of our communities and are a recreational destination for many families. Keeping our parks up-to-date and safe is vital to continue to encourage community involvement. I was happy to advocate for these funds.” DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation builds connections between citizens and the outdoors by providing funding and technical assistance support for local recreation and park improvement projects through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.

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Carroll Township Board of Supervisors approved the 2020 budget at the December 3 regular meeting. The budget was set at $1.77 million with a millage increase from .0862 to 1.034 for residents. The slight millage increase is necessary just to remain solvent, according to the township secretary, Sharon Cramer. The township has had small increases in taxes due to on-going tax losses attributed to residential and business tax appeals after the county reassessment. One larger tax loss was the Residence at Hilltop, which obtained tax-exempt status, costing the township $8,000 in yearly tax revenue. The budget also includes a $40,705 increase as the Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) for the Carroll Township Police Pension Plan. The contribution was never necessary in prior years because of a grant the township had received, which required no contribution from the township previously. The supervisors also approved the MMO for the Carroll Township NonUniformed Pension Plan in the amount of $137,053. In other business, the board approved the Mon Valley Alliance AFIG Grant Application for the purchase of a 2020 electric Chevrolet Bolt for use by the borough. The first meeting of next year will be held on Monday, January 6 at 6:00 pm and will include the township organization meeting.

January 2020



Rostraver Township Announces 2020 Refuse and Recycling Guidelines and Costs Rostraver Township has announced their refuse and recycling guidelines and costs for 2020. Costs are determined based on the month payment is made. Below is a chart for your reference: At Face Rate will be accepted until March 31, 2020: • $130 Rate under 65 • $110 Senior Rate with proof of age over 65 First Penalty Rate will be accepted April 1, 2020- June 30, 2020: • $150 Rate under 65 • $120 Senior Rate with proof of age over 65 Second Penalty Rate will be accepted July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020: • $175 Rate under 65 • $130 Senior Rate with proof of age over 65 The last date to pay 2020 Garbage will be September 30, 2020. After that date, it will be turned over to the Rostraver Township Administration Office for payment and be considered delinquent at a rate of $185 for everyone. The Tax Office is open Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Just some reminders on refuse and recycling in Rostraver Township: • All refuse including large items must be out the night prior to scheduled pick up • 1 or 2 large items weekly can be put out • NO FREON filled items will be accepted without removal of Freon with sticker included • No electronic devices, building material or tires • Paper recycling is available at the intersection of Concord Lane and Harper Drive, and the other at the intersection of Fellsburg Road and Ryan’s Lane. No cardboard, chipboard, or phone books • Curbside recycling for glass (brown, green and clear), aluminum cans, steel cans, bimetallic cans, and plastic containers (#1 and #2) rinsed with labels removed on a biweekly basis • Recycling calendars and bins for curbside biweekly basis are available at the Rostraver Township Municipal Building, 201 Municipal Drive, Rostraver Township • Plastic Bag Recycling is available at the Rostraver Township Municipal Building and Rostraver Public Library • Big’s Sanitation Inc. 724-379-4331

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Health, Mind & Body Prioritize Your Health in The New Year (BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority. According to the recent America's Health Rankings Annual Report, the nation's obesity rate continues to rise, with one in three adults now experiencing obesity. This alarming statistic may have serious health consequences such as diabetes, which now impacts approximately 30 million adults and is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many factors that play a role in your health, but one that you can control is making a commitment to start living a healthier lifestyle. Sure, there will be some bumps during your well-being journey, but your goal can be achievable and you deserve to reap the benefits. Ann Marie O'Brien, national director of health strategies at UnitedHealthcare, offers the following tips for achieving a healthier you in 2020.

Stay active Regular exercise may help you live longer and may reduce your risks for a host of diseases. Try to aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, but if that's too challenging then start off with 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there. Every little bit

counts. To be successful, your fitness program should become a part of your daily life. Also, check with your health plan and employer to see if they offer wellness incentives. For example, UnitedHealthcare's Gym Check-In program enables participating employers to provide employees and their spouses the opportunity to each earn hundreds of dollars a year for visiting a fitness facility 12 days or more per month.

Eat healthier Sure, it's easier said than done, but good nutrition is a vital part of a healthier lifestyle. Experts say the healthiest diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, because these foods are

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Reduce your stress If you're feeling stressed, it's important to unwind and relax by doing something you enjoy. Maybe it's watching a movie, reading a book or volunteering to give you time to recharge. Also, make time to connect with others. Maybe that's friends, family, a faith group or a hobby club. It's important that you don't isolate yourself after a stressful event. Remember, if you cannot get a handle

on your stress, talk to your doctor. She or he may recommend a counselor who could help you find other ways to help reduce or manage the unhealthy stress in your life.

Team up with your doctor Take time today to make an appointment with your doctor for your annual wellness visit and be sure to ask about preventive services such as health screenings and vaccines. Check with your health plan as many preventive services have no additional cost, as long they are delivered by care providers in your plan's network. Your doctor will help you create a treatment plan to help manage any chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Sports Medicine Helps Athletes of All Ages Patients of all ages are apt to have injuries that require being seen by a physician trained in “Sports Medicine.” While a number of these injuries are incurred as a direct result of playing sports, a large number occur simply by being pulled by the family dog while out for a walk, twisting a limb and falling, or, sometimes, for no discernible reason at all. The injuries are usually to “soft tissues” which include ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage. Most of the time, no surDr. Richard J. Mitchell gery is needed, according to Richard J. Mitchell, M.D., MS, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Sports Medicine specialist with St. Clair Orthopedic Associates, part of St. Clair Medical Services. Specific, directed physical therapy -- in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications -- are often what are needed to address most issues. Occasionally, surgery is necessary, and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgeries can be very beneficial. Regardless, it is very useful to see a physician trained in Sports Medicine to help ascertain how that treatment is directed. Dr. Mitchell says many patients who were injured while playing sports present with ligament injuries such as a torn ACL, which often occurs when athletes quickly change direction on the field of play. Most younger patients with this injury opt for an arthroscopic reconstruction of that ligament. The MCL is a different ligament in the knee. Injury to the MCL is most commonly treated with non-operative management. Rotator cuff injuries, he says, are injuries to a set of four shoulder tendons. These injuries commonly occur in patients who are over 50 and who have no previous history of injury. However, these injuries can be debilitating to a shoulder and lead to significant irreversible changes if not addressed early. Rotator cuff injuries often can be repaired by a skilled arthroscopic surgeon through just a few small holes in the skin. Dr. Mitchell, a San Francisco native, says he is passionate about taking care of patients suffering with shoulder and knee pain. “Taking away pain and restoring function so patients can get back to the lifestyle and activities they love is what drives me,” he says. Dr. Mitchell and his colleagues at St. Clair Orthopedic Associates have offices in Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon. Please call 412.942.7262 to contact them.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives PCI Program Reaccreditation When a person is having chest pains, it is very important to go to the nearest Emergency Room as soon as possible. Residents of Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette counties can feel secure in the knowledge that they will receive the highest level of coronary care at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH). MVH recently received reaccreditation to the Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)Program from Corazon, Inc., a national leader in services for the cardiovascular specialty. Formerly known as angioplasty with stent, PCI is a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to place a small stent to open blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup. The accreditation proves that the program at MVH has once again met or exceeded the requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), in accordance with the procedures finalized in September of 2015, such as providing 24-hour coverage for PCI emergencies, undergoing detailed quarterly quality reviews to ensure outcomes and practices meet or exceed national standards and other such factors. In reaccrediting MVH, Corazon wrote, “Monongahela Valley Hospital has demonstrated through their accreditation survey that they are committed to providing the highest quality level of care to their patient community. Their dedication, hard work and exceptional leadership have afforded this opportunity in engaging their entire hospital team, enhancing their cardiac service line, thus allowing them to excel through achieving this accreditation.” The reaccreditation to the PCI Program is the latest distinction for MVH’s coronary capabilities. Earlier this year, the Hospital was named “One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention” by Healthgrades® and a “Best Hospital in Heart Failure” by U.S. News & World Report. MVH also earned the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award and its Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

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Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke (Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure. Strokes don’t discriminate, according to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke. They can happen to anyone, at any age. About 1 in 4 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. However, up to 80% of first strokes may be prevented. “Healthy habits can protect and improve brain function and lower your stroke risk,” said Dr. Lee Schwamm, MD, American Stroke Association volunteer chairman and executive vice chairman, department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In recognition of World Stroke Day, the American Stroke Association offers these five tips to help reduce your risk of stroke and maintain mental sharpness as you age: • Keep blood pressure in mind and under control. High blood pressure is the No. 1 controllable risk factor for stroke. Work with your doctor to manage your blood pressure and get it into a healthy range (under 120 over 80). • Eat colorful fruits and veggies. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure over time, which may help reduce your stroke risk. Some fruits and vegetables, such as mangos, avocados and blueberries, are especially rich in vitamins and minerals that improve brain function and heart health. • Rest up. Getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night can improve brain function both today and longterm. A soothing bedtime routine and avoiding screen time before bed can increase the quality of sleep you’re able to get. Sleep-related breathing


issues may also increase stroke risk, so seek treatment right away if you suspect sleep apnea or similar problems. • Meditate. Emerging science shows practicing mindfulness and being aware of your breathing may reduce blood pressure. A quick way to be mindful anytime is to pause, notice your breath and observe details in your surroundings. • Take a hike. Getting active activates brain cells, encouraging them to grow and connect more efficiently. Aerobic exercise, like going for a walk, also gives your arteries a workout and makes your brain more resilient to reductions in blood flow that can cause strokes. To maximize health benefits, the American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (or a combination) and two days per week of moderateto high-intensity muscle strengthening activity. “These simple suggestions are great for everyone to follow, even if you don’t think you’re likely to have a stroke,” Schwamm said. “While many adults don’t think they are at risk for stroke or reduced brain function, the reality is that nearly half of all adults in America have high blood pressure, and untreated high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke and also causes up to 60% of dementia.” For more information and tips for preventing stroke, visit

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5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health (Family Features) Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Research shows you can lower your risk, particularly if you team up with family, friends or co-workers. This kind of social support may be the key to your success. To mark American Heart Month, NHLBI, one of the National Institutes of Health, is inviting people across the country to team up and join #OurHearts, a national heart health initiative that encourages people to improve heart health together. “Studies show that having positive, close relationships and feeling connected to others benefits overall health, blood pressure, weight and more,” said NHLBI’s Dr. David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences. Consider these five tips that can help lower your risk of heart disease:

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Solution: Move more throughout your day. Aim for at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity. Build up to activity that gets your heart beating faster and leaves you a little breathless. If you’re busy, try breaking your daily activity into 10-minute chunks. Stay motivated: Make walking dates. Join a pickup soccer or basketball game. Join a fitness class with your neighbor. Grab a loved one and dance in your kitchen.

Risk: An unhealthy diet Solution: Consider an option like NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is free and scientifically proven to lower high blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. Stay motivated: Invite friends to cook up heart healthy recipes together. Start a lunch club at work and trade recipe ideas.

Risk: Smoking, even occasionally Solution: Quitting can be beneficial to your overall health, even if

you’ve smoked for years. Set a quit date and let those close to you know. If you’ve tried quitting in the past, consider what helped and what made it harder. Stay motivated: Ask your family and friends for support or join a support group. Find resources and connect with a trained counselor at 1800-QUIT-NOW or

Risk: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep Solution: Sleeping 7-8 hours each night helps improve heart health. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Getting a 30minute daily dose of sunlight may also improve sleep. Stay motivated: Resist that late afternoon nap. Turn off all screens at a set time nightly. Relax by listening to music, reading or taking a bath.

Risk: Uncontrolled stress Solution: To help manage stress, try relaxation therapy and increase physical activity. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone you trust. De-stressing may also help improve sleep. Stay motivated: Join a friend or family member in a relaxing activity like walking, yoga or meditation every day. Learn about heart health and heart healthy activities in your community at Use #OurHearts on social media to share how you and your friends, colleagues or family members are being heart healthy together.

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL JANUARY EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital sponsors a variety of informative programs every month. Many of the events are held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC). Tuesday, January 7 — Managing Your Diabetes Morning Class (1 of 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483. Wednesday, January 8 — Smoke Free for Life Class (1 of 4) 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Community Care Network (CCN) is offering a Smoke Free for Life program. The four-week program is broken down into four, two-hour courses and is designed to help participants develop strategies to quit smoking, prevent relapse as well as receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. For more information or to register, call the CCN at 724-258-1462. Wednesday, January 8 — Managing Your Diabetes Night Class (1 of 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three

Wednesday, January 15 — Smoke Free for Life Class (2 of 4) 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Community Care Network (CCN) is offering a Smoke Free for Life program. The program is broken down into four, two-hour courses and is designed to help participants develop strategies to quit smoking, prevent relapse as well as receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. For more information or to register, call the CCN at 724-258-1462.

Wednesday, January 22 — Smoke Free for Life Class (3 of 4) 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Community Care Network (CCN) is offering a Smoke Free for Life program. The program is broken down into four, two-hour courses and is designed to help participants develop strategies to quit smoking, prevent relapse as well as receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. For more information or to register, call the CCN at 724-258-1462.

Monday, January 13 and 27 — Suicide Bereavement Support Group 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Registration is required. To register, call 724-678-3601.

Wednesday, January 15 — Managing Your Diabetes Night Class (2 of 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724258-1483.

Wednesday, January 22 — Managing Your Diabetes Night Class (3 of 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724258-1483.

Tuesday, January 14 — Managing Your Diabetes Morning Class (2 of 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483.

Tuesday, January 21 — Managing Your Diabetes Morning Class (3 of 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483.

Wednesday, January 29 — Smoke Free for Life Class (4 of 4) 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Community Care Network (CCN) is offering a Smoke Free for Life program. The program is broken down into four, two-hour courses and is designed to help participants develop strategies to quit smoking, prevent relapse as well as receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. For more information or to register, call the CCN at 724-258-1462.

consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724258-1483. Thursday, January 9 — Advanced Carbohydrate Counting 9 – 10 a.m., ECC. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483.

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Business & Merchant News Cambridge Retirement Living Opens Secured Memory Facility On December 11 the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce took part in a Ribbon Cutting ceremony and open house with Cambridge Retirement Living’s location Cambridge Creekside at 1275 Lincoln Avenue Charleroi to celebrate the opening of their Secured Memory facility. Tours were given of a model room, common living area along with a movie theater, beauty salon and secured outdoor living space. This facility is the only of its type within a 25-mile radius. For more information or to set up a personal tour please contact Rebekah Stratton at 215-518-3698 or log on to

MONONGAHELA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS OF THE MONTH BX Studio The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce chose BX Studio as their December Business of the Month. The BX Studio Salon Boutique has been a part of the Monongahela community for over two and a half years. The owner, Mandee Kozar and staff provide a wide variety of services for women, men, and children. They offer haircuts, color, extension services, nails, pedicures, and skincare needs. BX Studio also provides on-site wedding services. The salon is by appointment only. Please call 412-877-0160 to schedule your appointment

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MVRCC Holds Annual Christmas Party The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas Party at St Spyridon Hellenic Center on December 4, 2019. With more than 80 people in attendance, By George provided a delicious hors d’oeuvres spread and a special performance was given by the students from Strive Performing Arts Center. Door prizes from local businesses were raffled off to the guests. Thank you to the following sponsors who helped to make the party a great success, Bassi, Vreeland and Associates, P.C.; cfs bank; Community Bank; Corelle Brands, LLC; Lee Supply Co.; Richard C. Mudrick, Attorney At Law and Union Bridge Capital.

Strive Performing Arts Center provided entertainment at the MVRCC Christmas Party. Pictured is Strive owner, Kylie Horrell, (center) and her class of entertainers.

Enjoying the party are (L to R): Russ Henderson, Carolyn Moffett, and Phil Baldini all from Model Uniforms, and Linda Baldini from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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The Venetia Seniors group will meet January 9 and January 23 at the Venetia Community Center, located at 800 Venetia Road in Peters Township. Meetings are held from 12 noon to 2 pm. The January 9 meeting will feature Grocery Bingo provided by Senior Life and blood pressure screenings conducted by Caring Missions. The January 23 meeting will feature musical entertainment by Room 100 of Peters Township High School. A 50-50 drawing will be held at each meeting. Our program is sponsored by Southwestern Area Agency on Aging. Lunches are prepared at the Canonsburg Senior Center, transported by members of their staff and served by staff and volunteers. Suggested donation is $2. Please make a lunch reservation by calling Carolyn Dagg at 412-833-7111.

Dementia Friends Pennsylvania will be hosting a one-hour discussion led by a Dementia Friends Champion, on January 22 at the Whitehall House. Attendees will learn what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people living with dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. The action can be as big or small as you choose – every action counts! The Whitehall House is located at 4201 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh 15227 (behind John F. Slater Funeral Home) Learn more at Please call Chris at 412-881-9022 to register.


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JANUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE WEST NEWTON CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS The West Newton Center for Active Adults, located at 103 E. Main St. West Newton PA 15089, is an adult community center for active older Americans, and is open daily Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Lunch is served at noon for a $2 donation (age 60+) or a $3.33 charge (under age 60). Reservations for lunch must be made by 3:00pm on Wednesday of the prior week. Judy, our beautician, has a full beauty shop on the premises. Call 724-872-4976 on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and ask for Judy to make a hair appointment. Daily activities include playing cards (non-gambling), billiards, WiiSports (virtual bowling), crossword/word search puzzles, crafts, socialization, oldies music, and more! Weekly scheduled activities include: Monday Craft Hour at 11:00am, Tuesday Bible Study at 9:30am, Donut Day at 10:00am, Progressive Jackpot Bingo at 11:15am, Tai Chi for Arthritis with Sharif at 12:30pm (free). Wednesday - 20 games of nickel-a-card Bingo at 12:30pm. Friday -Bread Day at 12:30pm. Saturday - Zumba from 9:30am to 10:30am with Gyda (cost is $6.00). See our Facebook page for more activities and events ( Is your group looking for a place to play cards (non-gambling), bible study or another group activity? We have plenty of space. Please call to bring your group Monday through Friday 8:00am 3:30pm. For more Center information, call (724) 872-4976 and ask for Paul or Lisa. To join our monthly email group on center activities, please email westnewtonctr@ Below is a list of some of our upcoming events:

SPECIAL EVENTS Jan 1 - New Year’s Day (CLOSED) Jan 3 - Jewelry Making 10:30am Jan 6 - Ceramics 12:30pm Jan 7 - Free Tai Chi Exercise 12:30pm Jan 10 - Blood Pressure 11:30am Jan 13 - Lunch & Bus Trip 11:30am Jan 14 - Board Meeting 10:00am Jan 14 - Free Tai Chi Exercise 12:30pm Jan 15 - Speaker (SNAP) 11:00am Jan 21 - Free Tai Chi Exercise 12:30pm Jan 21 - Grocery Bingo 1:00pm Jan 24 - Birthday Party 11:30am Jan 27 - Music Monday 1:002:00pm Jan 29 - Free HSIM Exercise 10:00am Jan 31 - Blood Pressure 11:30am WEEKLY BINGO GAMES Tuesday: Jackpot Bingo from 11:15am-12:00pm. Price is $1 a card (per game) with a jackpot of $50! Wednesday: Nickel Bingo from 12:30-3:00pm. Price is $0.05 a card (per game). WEEKLY EXERCISE PROGRAMS Tuesday: Free Tai Chi exercise. Whether you prefer to stand or sit, this program is designed to accommodate. Join Sharif 12:301:30pm through 01/21/2020. Wednesday: Free fall prevention Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) exercise on strength, balance, and fitness. Join Lisa 10:0011:00am starting 01/29/2020.



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School News...School News The Challenge Program, Inc. Kicks Off at Three Area High Schools Students at three area high schools, California Area Senior High School, Monessen High School and Canon-McMillan High School were recently introduced to The Challenge Program, Inc. during a kick-off assembly at their respective schools. The assembly theme was ‘Future Influencers: #WhyNotMe’. This fun assembly featuring a powerful video outlining how the Program works, reveals to students the positive outcomes to the important choices they make every day for career-readiness and success both in and beyond the classroom and how to earn cash incentives. During the assembly, students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes were introduced to local career opportunities. Throughout the year, they will be eligible to compete for financial awards in five areas linked with academic and workplace success: Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Community Service. The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business and Education partnerships while motivating students to develop the good habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. The business partners for the 2019-2020 school year are: • California Area Senior High School - COE Distributing. • Canon-McMillan High School - AUMA Actuators. • Monessen High School - RETAL PA, LLC.

2018-2019 Awards Presented At the end of the assemblies five juniors and five seniors from each school received awards for the work they accomplished last year during the 2018-2019 school year in the five above-mentioned categories.

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Pictured (L to R): Front Row- Loy Rowan- Academic Improvement; Alexander Hancher- Attendance; Ethan Moreau- Academic Excellence; Anna HarrisAcademic Excellence; Colin O’Donnell- Community Service; Alyssa Denis- AUMA Actuators, Business Partner. Back Row- Kori Egger- Academic Improvement; Kyra Mikula- STEM; Madison Palivoda- STEM; Jadine VanderaarCommunity Service; Ava Moore- Attendance.

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Pictured (L to R): Front Row- Sydney Smichnick- Community Service; Jaeden Zuzak- Academic Improvement; Raquel Rhoads- Academic Excellence; Jennie Bostich- Academic Excellence. Back Row- Mason Kent- Attendance; Brendon Deems-Warnick- Attendance; Damien Simyak- STEM; Nathan O’Savage- STEM; Sara Bielawski- Community Service; Courtney Gardner- COE Distributing, Business Partner. (Not Pictured): Courtney Bonds- Academic Improvement

Pictured (L to R): Elizabeth Giecek- RETAL PA, LLC, Business Partner; Rayna Winston; Loni Scott; Zykavia Hairston; Charles Merlack; Mackenzi Wanner

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St. Elizabeth Schools Announce January Events St. Elizabeth Schools will be holding a variety of events during January. For additional information, please call 412-881-2958.

Elementary School Open House Saint Elizabeth Elementary School, in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, will be hosting its annual Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 26. We invite you to join us for our Opening Liturgy at 10:30 am, followed by a pizza party in the school cafeteria from 11:45 12:15. The Open House for Preschool - 8th grade will take place from 12:15 - 1:30 pm. The school is located at 1 Grove Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

St. Elizabeth Preschool Preview St. Elizabeth Preschool invites you to our Preschool Preview “Planting the Seeds of Learning.” Preschool parents and children can experience the fun of our hands-on approach to learning. Please join us on Wednesday, January 29, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in our Preschool Classrooms. Our Preschool staff will all be there to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP to 412-881-2958 or to reserve your spot. If we should have to cancel the Preview due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.

St. Elizabeth Kindergarten Connection St. Elizabeth Kindergarten invites you to join us for “Kindergarten Connection.” Kindergarten parents and children can experience the fun of our Kindergarten program through learning center activities. Please join us on Wednesday, January 29, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in our Kindergarten Classroom. Our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Lisa Jarosh, will be there to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP to 412881-2958 to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Jarosh- If we should have to cancel due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6.

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Monessen/Rostraver Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month On December 10, the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary recognized four students from the School District of the City of Monessen for their academic achievements and extracurricular activities. The students included seniors Milana Sacco and Joshua Anderson as well as eighth grade students Jayme Frazier and Monessen/Rostraver Rotary Immediate-Past Elijah Covington. The President Gerry Stasicha (center) with Monessen middle school and high middle and high school students including (l. to r.) school students attendseniors Joshua Anderson and Milan Sacco and 8th ed the Rotary’s weekly graders Jayme Frazier and Elijah Covington. meeting to accept their certificates and pens. During the meeting, each student briefly discussed his or her extracurricular activities and career goals with the Rotarians.

Bradford House Historical Association Poster Contest The Bradford House Historical Association annually sponsors two Poster Contests, open to all middle and high school students (public, parochial, cyber and home-schooled) on a topic of Western Pennsylvania history, 1750 – 1850. The contest is open to students who reside in Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties. Students are required to construct a presentation on a standard size trifold display board, register online during January and February, and deliver the project to the Bradford House, 175 South Main Street, Washington PA in early March. For complete rules, hints for developing a project, and a list of possible topics, go to and look under the education tab. Winning projects will be displayed at the Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania, An Evening with the Marquis de Lafayette, on March 27, 2020, at Washington & Jefferson College. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 5 entries in each division: Middle School (grades 5-8) and High School (grades 9-12). An outreach program to introduce teachers and students to the contest requirements is available. Email for more information.

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The Challenge Program, Inc. Awards 2018/2019 Underclassmen at Bentworth and Avella High Schools The Challenge Program, Inc. distributed financial awards to the underclassmen at Bentworth and Avella High Schools for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service last year during the 2018/2019 school year. The Program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel and introduce them to career opportunities in their own communities. Range Resources was the partner of The Challenge Program, Inc. at Bentworth High School last year. Range Resources and Alexis E. Paris Contracting were the partners at Avella High School.

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Avella High School

Pictured (L to R): Front Row- Sam Bell- Community Service; Haylea MaceikoAcademic Excellence; Julianne Rush- Attendance; Nick Chase- Academic Excellence. Back Row- Jaylene Mundorff- Attendance; Bess Lengauer- Community Service; Aiden Riley- STEM; Blaze Allen- Academic Improvement; Brandon BertovichAcademic Improvement; Kylie Fuller- Range Resources, Business Partner. (Not Pictured): Brianna Jenkins- STEM

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GASTROENTEROLOGY Q: Why getting a colonoscopy could be the best way to find the answer and save your life in the process.

A: What is one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine, the death rate from colorectal cancer has decreased significantly in the last 30 years. There has been a 2% decline in the rate of colon cancer among Americans every year for the last 15 years. Colorectal cancer (CRC) develops in the colon or rectum and is the second leading cause of cancer By Dr Nicholas Bellicini deaths in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Pittsburgh Society, approximately 140,000 new cases of CRC Gastroenterology were diagnosed last year and more than 50,000 died Associates from the disease. According to recent studies, both the incidence and mortality of CRC are declining due to improved screening efforts and early detection. However, numerous studies have shown that even greater reduction in CRC could be achieved if more people receive screening colonoscopies. Nearly all colon and rectal cancers start out as small polyps that can become larger and progress to dysplasia and cancer. Several different types of polyps can form in the colon, but the most common and important are adenomas. These are the polyps that most often transform into cancer. The goal of CRC screening exams is to detect and remove adenomas before they progress. Numerous tests are available for CRC screening, but the gold standard is the colonoscopy. For the procedure, the patient is comfortably and safely sedated, and a thin, flexible rubber scope with a tiny camera is inserted into the rectum and advanced gently around the colon. Colonoscopy detects most small polyps and almost all large polyps and cancers, which are then removed and analyzed. The typical exam lasts only 15-20 minutes. In 2018, the American Cancer Society changed the recommendation for both men and women at average screening risks to begin screening at age 45 instead of 50. If no polyps are found, the exam should be repeated every 10 years. Repeat exams may be considered sooner with people with increased risk factors, such as family history of colon cancer, African Americans, smokers, obesity, or people with inflammatory bowel disease. Age should not be a cut off per multiple societal recommendations. People who are in good health and with a life expectancy of more than 10 years should continue regular colorectal screening through the age of 75. Dr Nicholas Bellicini is a board certified Gastroenterologist in private practice serving patients in the Mon Valley, South Hills and city of Pittsburgh, including Spartan Surgical Center, South Hills Endoscopy Center, St Clair Hospital and UPMC Mercy.


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January 2020

Local Worship Orchard Church in Monessen Celebrates Christmas with Dinner and Dance

On left, Rev. Millie Thomas of Union Baptist Church in Monessen, attended with friend Norva Lewis, a Church Elder of the Orchard.

On right, Orchard Christian Fellowship Pastor John Custer with his wife, Pastor Jethe.

By Jill Runfola The Orchard Christian Fellowship located at 721 Schoonmaker Ave., in Monessen held a Christmas Dinner & Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7. Festivities included plenty of great food, music, dancing, games and holiday cheer with


Host Janet Fisher with her husband, Assistant Pastor Mike Fisher.

Stacie Balf dances with Riley Dodson, age 3.

friends. Special thanks go to the Church Bible group lead by Janet Fisher and Assistant Pastor Mike Fisher, who hosted the party. “The purpose of the evening is the birth of Christ of course,” said Janet Fisher. “But also to get to know people.” To learn more about this church, go online:

January 2020




Start 2020 “Un-hurried” at Crossroads Ministries

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South Hills Assembly of God Church January Programs Crossroads Ministries will begin this new year, 2020, with a message series entitled – “Un-hurried.” Doesn’t the thought of not being hurried all the time sound so inviting? In the month of January, we will discover how to go faster by going slower! Are you looking to reset as we begin 2020? The series begins the weekend of January 4 - 5, 2020. Crossroads Ministries is located at

South Hills Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park plans the following events for January. For more information call 412-835-8900 or visit

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Grief Share Grief Share meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm beginning January 9 through March 26, or Fridays from 10 am-12 noon beginning January 10 through March 27. Grief Share is a safe, caring place to come and share your loss with people who understand and want to offer comfort and encouragement during a very difficult time in your life. You will learn what is really normal when you are grieving, how to take the time you need to grieve your loss, and that there is hope for the future in this Bible based support group. Class consists of DVD teaching, followed by time for discussion and sharing. Start anytime; return for any of the classes you missed. Registration is $15, includes workbook and weekly handouts. Let us help you through this difficult time.

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January 2020

Home & Garden Old Oak Barrels Find New Life as Furniture

A sampling of Chris Deffenbaugh's work in turning wine barrels into luxurious furniture for the home.

(NewsUSA) - Chris Deffenbaugh first saw the potential in repurposing old oak barrels when he saw pieces of an old one in the corner of a friend's basement. "Looking at the curve of the old barrel staves, the wooden lids and the rusty rings that once held it all together, I was struck by the shapes and threw it in my pickup truck to take home and see what I could do with it," Deffenbaugh recalls. Despite having no barrel-making experience, Deffenbaugh put the barrel back together and decided to take it a step beyond serving as an unusual table in his home. He cut out one side (Continued on following page)

Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller BETHEL PARK Susan Fiedler Martin Edward Ferraro Tyler John Robert Fisher Shannon Wyda Jennifer Smith C. Richard Fisher James McNamara III Heather S Kelly Manuel Thomas West Deborah Orr Amanda Lynn Hosbach Margaret Tunstall Jackie Mitlo John Kiselica Betty Kalinoski Richard Panasko Arlene Grogan Kathleen L Kennedy Snape Mid Atlantic Modern Homes LLC Alma Gilliam Alfredo Mercurio Marc Preston Michael Vona trustee Devereux Albarelli Bette Wetzel Diane McAllister Glenn Spohn Adam Benjamin Dupont Cotford Homes LLC John Deitzer Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. Jason Bernens William Zotis Thomas Gillen Estate of Christine Stein Julia Enninger Estate of Betty Hayes



Brennen and Rebecca Flaherty Tammy Capolupo Joseph and Karen DeCarlucci Kevin and Julie Miklusko Kashan Masud Daniel and Shannon Wolfgang Greg Mildner and Sara Micic Matthew Gardner and Kristin Bonasso Paul West Victor and Cynthia Gialanella Mark Christopher Tobak South Hills Assembly of God Michael and Wendy S Austin Lysaght Aaron Ryan and Elizabeth Olinski Gold Spike Enterprises Inc. Jackie Mitio David and Myranda Fullerton Samuel Whitney and Rachel Mariah Breinholt Ronald Rizzo and Mary Mundy Joseph Mulholland Ronald and Richard Clark Ram Wagley Joseph Podolinski Emily Quidetto Dianne Polome Timothy Roberts and Erika Lynn Knox Thomas Greer and Jason Coleman James and Lisa Ann Egan John Rodriguez Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. Darren Moul and Holly Keller Brycen Hancock James Vargo and Michelle Chartier Martin Michael and Rachel Lynch Modern Edge Ventures LLC Louis and Erin Lambros Willard and Patricia Rockwell

208 Cambridge Road 214 Drake Road 3012 Eastview Road 1210 Fox Terrier Drive 652 Fruitwood Drive 5895 Glen Hill Drive 115 Horning Road 4321 Overhill St. 720 Rolling Green Drive 503 Sonnybrook Ct 2729 Bertha St. 2705 Bethel Church Road 2110 Brady Pl 2304 Casswell Drive 5516 Clark Ave. 614 Clearview Drive 3219 Elderwood Drive 5739 Library Road 5755 Library Road 5381 Main St. 4502 Mollenauer St. 200 Santa Fe Drive 502 Sonnybrook Ct 800 Timberidge Drive 100 Cambridge Road 789 Marvle Valley Drive 227 Oaklyn Road 5026 Orchard Ave. 212 Orchard Park Drive 1100 Surrey Woods Road 1100 Surrey Woods Road 5749 Clark Ave. 1671 Forestview Drive 5922 Glen Hill Drive 5667 Janet Drive 6026 Library Road 243 Logan Road

Price $295,000. $235,000. $242,000. $366,000. $255,000. $245,000. $235,000. $183,100. $165,000. $180,500. $50,000. $320,000. $234,900. $256,900. $127,500. $210,000. $178,000. $164,900. $165,000. $127,250. $90,000. $225,000. $150,000. $124,000. $176,600. $205,000. $217,500. $150,000. $175,000. $420,000. $420,000. $165,000. $230,000. $245,000. $122,000. $160,000. $112,000.


January 2020 (Continued from previous page)

Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller



Stephen Stoltenberg Estate of Alfredo Manalo Jr.

Segavepo LLC Wells Fargo Bank NA

1260 McKnight Drive 2559 N Lightwood Ave..


Michael Fastuca Riley Manko Rosemary Miszuk John Prilla Housing & Urban Development Troy Belles Colleen Gordon James Michael and Tess Nicole Ackley Wittman Teresa Camp Blest Investment Group LLC Joseph Krall Jr. Jeffrey and Carly Sandell Darren Moul Joseph Snevely Jehovahs Witness Bethel Prk Cong Inc. Chris J Hitchens LLC Deborah Marie Parris Mark and Nancy Centofanti Jordan Abromovitz Michael and Cheryl Andreen Wade Crider Michael Alan Ruzicka Brian Homes Inc. Continental Ventures LLC Jason Mickey Andrei and Alena Danilenka Brittney Babich Brendan Walter, Owen Davis & Sabrina A Conti William Clifford Pushpa Siwakoti and Madhavi Bhandari Estate of Philip Ashear Anthony Konopka

308 Turngate Drive 5409 Willow St. 2617 Bethel Crest Drive 335 Broughton Road 1369 Falla Drive 5928 Glen Hill Drive 5876 Horseshoe Drive 5822 Irishtown Road 6009 Irishtown Road 3596 Maplevue Drive 151 Meadowbrook Drive 5325 Progress Blvd. 744 Rolling Green Drive 246 Santa Fe Drive 1028 Sarvis Drive 5701 Valleyview Drive

BRENTWOOD Jason Costa Ryan Preisinger South Hills Congregational Church PNC Bank NA Stephen Daer Frank Benyo Thomas McDonnell Jr. Estate of Eileen Grelo Natalie Olup

3015 Bremen Ave. 2717-2719 Brentwood Ave. 3319 Brownsville Road 424 Dailey Road 3946 Dalewood St. 122 Marylea Ave. 4039 Meadowbrook Blvd. 36 Sceneridge Ave. 2804 Clermont Ave.

Fredy Saul Lopez Mauricio Dyonisius Dedi Utomo Grey Dog Holdings LLC Sarah Ehmann John Paul Blankenship and Sadie Kalathunkal Derek and Joylynn Camp Kul Gajurel Rachel Rectenwald Jeanne Lehrman


$205,000. $140,000. by sheriff's deed. $295,000. $89,000. $165,000. $149,900. $100,000. $215,000. $280,000. $413,000. $189,000. $92,500. $225,000. $170,000. $167,000. $304,000. $400,000. $145,000. $20,000. $155,000. $50,000. $43,650. $170,000. $92,000. $155,000. $70,000. $170,000.

and turned the pieces into a bar cabinet that could store wine and liquor bottles. Then, when the guests started asking him to make something similar for them, he had an inspiration that led him to quit his career in human resources, draw up plans, rent a truck and head for Kentucky, returning with 90 barrels and an idea that would become The Oak Barrel Company. Deffenbaugh learned woodworking from members of the local Amish community and contracted with several Amish craftsmen and other local woodworkers to partner with him on various phases of creating art and furniture from the components of the barrels, including the staves, lids and rings. Also available are bistro-style, wooden-topped tables made from whole barrels, with matching chairs made from barrel components. Wine enthusiasts may appreciate the wine barrel wine rack and even the wine slate wine rack. For more information visit to view some of the company's unique designs.

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions

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BRENTWOOD Jeffrey Greer ASL Holdings LLC James Dittler trustee Jason Moynihan Tricia Tortoreti Estate of Anna May Kapfer Mortgage Equity Conv. Asset Trust20 Rachel Blake Constantine Bouzos Elizabeth Witkowski Home Buying Solutions Inc. Anthony Lutch Chris Wieder Dean Peter Santamaria Patrick Caligiuri Kathryn Leigh Klein

AvMedco Management LLC Kenneth Stadelman Leonard Lucas Derek and Hannah Sanson Michael Gieseke Alexis Miller Brandon Enos Susan Moskiewski Linda Hamilton Jonathan Burns and Sara Weaver Bikash and Sumitra Rai Mark Fayer Thomas Singleton Andrew Charles Barney Autumn Slate Properties LLC Jonathan Alban

200 E Garden Road 3021 Glendale Ave. 3214 Glendale Ave. 2800 Pyramid Ave. 2927 Pyramid Ave. 3024 Churchview Ave. 4034 Cloverlea St. 3007 Glendale Ave. 296 Greenlee Road 127 Kaplan Ave. 462 E Garden Road 3514 Brownsville Road 3915 Lawnview Ave. 200 Owendale Ave. 125 Pentland Ave. 4124 Rockwood Drive

$100,000. $150,000. $24,000. $77,500. $76,000. $102,000. $40,000. $160,000. $149,500. $140,000. $267,000. $195,000. $125,000. $179,000. $50,000. $130,000.

CHARLEROI Estate of Muriel Latchem Joan Deutsch PNC Bank NA

US Army Corp. of Engineers Daniel Delmer Richard Alan Williams III

Unknown Address 1110 Shady Ave. 218 Luella Ave.

$334,250. $15,000. $15,500.

JEFFERSON HILLS Jeffrey Lazar Gregory Incardona McGuirk Family L.P.

Ivica Lucic Jozak Fred Spicer IV Charlene McGuirk

McGuirk Family L.P.

Matthew McGuirk

101 Lincoln Road $169,900. 237 Meadowfield Ln $315,000. 106-108 Providence Drive $1. (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $14,964). 117 Providence Drive $1. (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $55,545).

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January 2020



Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller



NVR Inc. MB2K Development Inc. NVR Inc. Robert Stosic Big Dog Housing Solutions LLC Mark Wesolowski Christopher DiCarlo John Slater Barbara Hull Dino Persichetti NVR Inc. Patrick Malseed UCG Forty Nine LLC Michael Capozzoli William Howley IV

Larry York Jr. and Chelsea York Costa Industries LLC Duke and Mildred Laha Aaron and Nicole Weiss Restoration Investment Properties LLC Mark and Debra Wesolowski Michael and Tricia Lynn Kristufek Edward and Marilyn Arnold Tracey Mozgawa Paul Taylor Scott and Lori Lawry Patsy Ripepi David Lee and Heather Rialti Danelle Yerkey Horst Bernhard and Christel Denner

176 Washington Drive 3027 Chestnut Ridge Drive 190 Washington Drive 353 New World Drive 3000 Old Clairton Road 1439 Regency Drive 607 State Route 885 6418 Jefferson Pointe Cir 3066 Scotia Hollow Road 322 Stettler Drive 198 Washington Drive 1509 Marion Drive 379 New World Drive 384 New World Drive 2040 Silverdale Drive

MONONGAHELA Katlyn S Salisbury Courtney Allan Trail Wilmington Svgs Fund Soc FSB trust Robert and Toni McCracken Brooke Kinder KeyBank NA

1030 Fifth Ave. 1200 W Main St. 786 E Main St.

Briana Defide

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA

1117 Lawton St.

Estate of Kathryn Rowe

PennyMac Loan Services LLC

438 Chess St.

PETERS TOWNSHIP Matthew Brott Paul Pekney John Hooton Lee Goozdich

Stone Financing LLC Henry Baldwin Daniel and Linda Harshman Robert and Tiffinnie Severin

104 Blackmore Drive 114 Dickey Drive 247 Roscommon Pl 122 Scenic Ridge Drive

Price $351,810. $81,900. $395,000. $126,150. $45,000. $170,000. $300,000. $245,000. $74,900. $540,000. $481,125. $150,000. $260,000. $154,000. $275,000. $86,500. $25,000. $1,010. by sheriff's deed. $1,069. by sheriff's deed. $1,036. by sheriff's deed. $555,000. $290,000. $255,000. $685,000.





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January 2020


Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller




Kenneth Sala Estate of Herbert Miller Scott Braddell John Robert Ruggieri Joyce Hancovsky Jay Karpen William Buettner Jack Levin Estate of Ruth Barney Eugene Wagester Estate of Haifa Sibert Thomas Cox Richard Miller Jr. Thomas Boczkowski Richard Martonik Janet Torriero John Lopus Daniel Smith BC Farms Investments LLC

James Fellin Kimberly Zubaty Joshua and Erica Baldwin Chad and Mia Serena Christopher Gagianas / Elizabeth Anne Settineri Anthony and Delia Conti Scott and Stephanie Braddell Robert and Brittany Voorhis Jacob and Rachel Wilhelm Marylou McGarvey Brown Mark and Mary Mikec Brian and Courtlyn Schmalzried Andrew Moore Ryan Bowen and Julianne Femiani Edward Heisler Jr. and Chelsea Heisler Ross and Melanie Norman Brent and Heather Yates Keith and Talia Walters William Eric and Tracey Reek Kern

114 Sherborne Drive 133 Sherwood Drive 428 Timberlake Drive 339 Village Green Drive 135 E Edgewood Drive 107 Farmview Pl 131 Jonathan Drive 208 Lake Colony Drive 147 Lakeview Drive 213 Village Green Drive 115 Willow Drive 122 Fireside Drive 219 Old Oak Road 110 Ammons Drive 110 Equestrian Drive 122 Hamlock Drive 65 Lintel Drive 144 Pleasantview Drive 625 Sagewood Drive

$751,000. $275,000. $310,000. $387,500. $190,000. $495,000. $427,000. $400,000. $205,000. $415,000. $170,000. $437,000. $262,500. $300,000. $525,000. $560,000. $535,000. $380,000. $587,000.

PLEASANT HILLS Raymond Boal Jr. Eric Dorman Robert Ward Stanley Glickstein trustee Christopher Miller Martin Sobieralski Jr. Kimberly Zapf Barbara A Cousins Osti Terry Bradford Jr. Karen Smith

Frank Magill III and Kelly Magill Sean Walters William and Katie Noel Phurba and Krishna Gurung Michale Leroy and Alyssa Louise Ulderich Jennifer Zirngibl Jamie Taylor Gore and Chloe Christina Restivo Max and Danielle Morgans Brian Matthew Maitz Kevin Smith

Route 51 432 Torwood Ln 321 Toura Drive 321 Challen Drive 205 Coleen Drive 3 Melvin Drive 102 W Bruceton Road 258 Dutch Ln 454 Temona Drive 481 Torwood Ln

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller




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409 Toura Drive

SOUTH PARK Mary Gallagher Jeffrey Kalfas and Sandra Pikula 1429 Greenbriar Ct Dianne Polome Michael Polome 1513 Main Blvd. BBSP 1 LLC Sean Thomas and Cassie Lynn Zyra 1017 Old Post Road Sara E Barna Christy Todd and Mber Hummel 1506 Roosevelt Ave. Allegheny County Redev. Authority Mero South Park Ventures LLC 3904 Brownsville Road Matthew Rafferty Jeremy Stonecypher and Carly Moran 2979 Edgecliff Road Estate of Doris Feineigle Timothy Mills and Melinda Harkless 949 Fredericka Drive Jeffrey Kalfas Timothy Shawn and Dana Hoffman 2812 Frost Drive Kieron MacLeod Deborah Lessard 1748 Kings Ct Margaret Bastien James Cancelmi Jr. and Caitlin Cancelmi 2501 Ridge Road Linda Hamilton John Vincent Hamilton 2810 Sebolt Road William Logan Jr. Stephen and Jennifer Puskar 2965 Sebolt Road Gary Eiter Zachary Podish Brownsville Road David Rackauskas Dennis Sluciak Cardox Road Ronald Walshak Anthony Joseph and Nicole Ann Helms 6481 Montour St. CitiMortgage Inc. Andrew Knuth III 1512 Harding Ave. Joseph Tosic Allen and Thorunn Moyer 1543 Harding Ave. David Reiter Shakeil Carter 1948 Hertford Drive Mark Kuchta Thomas and Mary Lou Lykowski 700 Hidden Ridge Court 202 Mary Ann Mongillo Carol Lasich 750 Hidden Ridge Court 204 Thomas Ross Hartley trustee Justin and Elizabeth Slavicek 1902 Riggs Road Liberty Home Buyers LLC Elizabeth Mayhill 4122 Terrace Ave. Wells Fargo Bank NA Peverz Hai 6470 Second Ave. William Boss Brandy Deane 3086 Dara Drive Estate of Anthony Frank Logar James Henderson and Jessica Hickey 1141 Locust St. Joseph Trozzo Sydney Lee 130 Schaffer Ave. Real Estate Transactions provided by <RealSTATs>. Contact <RealSTATs> at 412-381-3880 or visit

$235,000. $199,000. $65,000. $365,000. $164,100. $3,100. $169,900. $197,000. $240,000. $318,000. $264,900. $125,600. $156,800. $170,000. $4,000. $5,000. $77,000. $145,000. $182,500. $147,000. $139,500. $220,000. $178,000. $26,378. $115,000. $5,000. $69,900.


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-------------- EMPLOYMENT-----------CAREGIVERS - EUM Early Learning Center in Elizabeth has positions available for caregivers. Applicants must have a HS diploma or GED equivalent. Previous childcare experience is preferred, but not required. If interested, please call 412-384-8374 for further information. ______________________________ LOOKING FOR LABORERS - carpenters, siding, soffit and fascia, some framing. Year around work. Drivers License a plus. Based out of Finleyville, 724-797-0000. ______________________________ HELP WANTED – Experienced medical assistant, to work front and back office. Located in Monongahela. Must be able to multitask. Send resumes to 420 West main St, Monongahela, PA 15063 ______________________________ MANAGERS / COOKS WANTED - Apply at Vocelli Pizza Finleyville location. 3527 Washington Ave. 724-348-8844. ______________________________ CHILD CARE - Sunshine Kids is now hiring loving, energetic people who enjoy working with children. Part time or full time positions available. Please call Tammy at 724-3486565 ______________________________

ADVERTISING SALES – Are you a “people person”? Do you enjoy getting out of the office or home and meeting with people face to face? Are you a good listener who likes to help people and businesses succeed? An exciting career in advertising sales may be just the right fit for you! If you are driven, passionate, proactive and thrive on a good challenge, we want to hear from you! Recent college grads are welcome and encouraged to apply. Training will be provided. Flexible hours and work from home is available. Call 412-249-8177 and ask for Doug. Or, e-mail letter of interest or resume to dhaniford@messenger ______________________________ SEEKING ENERGETIC SELF-MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred. Will train. Call 724-348-8844.

--------- EDUCATION / TRAINING ----------AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Get FAA approved hands on Aviation training. Financial aid for qualified students - Career placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of______________________________ Maintenance 877-818-0783.

January 2020 --------- FINANCIAL----------CASH PAYOUT? 70 years old and kids are grown? Do you need that life insurance or is a big life settlement cash payout smarter? Call Benefit Advance. 1-877-332-9643 ______________________________

--------- HEALTH / MEDICAL / FITNESS ----------RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER and 60+ years old? Call now! You and your family may be entitled to a SIGNIFICANT CASH AWARD. Call 844-231-5496 today. Free Consultation. No Risk ______________________________ SUFFERING FROM AN ADDICTION to Alcohol, Opiates, Prescription PainKillers or other DRUGS? There is hope! Call Today to speak with someone who cares. Call NOW 1-855-866-0913 ______________________________ HEAR AGAIN! Try our hearing aid for just $75 down and $50 per month! Call 800426-4212 and mention 88272 for a risk free trial! FREE SHIPPING! ______________________________ STAY IN YOUR HOME LONGER with an American Standard Walk-In Bathtub. Receive up to $1,500 off, including a free toilet, and a lifetime warranty on the tub and installation! Call us at 1-844-374-0013 ______________________________ SAVE ON YOUR NEXT PRESCRIPTION! World Health Link. Price Match Guarantee! Prescriptions Required. CIPA Certified. Over 1500 medications available. CALL Today For A Free Price Quote. 1-855-530-8993 Call Now! ______________________________

-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------MONGOOSE BICYCLE - Mens 19". Hardly used. Paid $300 asking $100. Call 724684-8243 ______________________________ STEREO - Yamaha GX-70 AM/FM/CD/ Double Cassette 5 small speakers Dolby sound w/ remote Excellent Sound $45 Please call 724-684-4695. ______________________________ PITTSBURGH STEELER JERSEY - Jerome Bettis bumblebee jersey; brand new; collectible size 2XL $40. call 412-279-3288 or______________________________ text 412-613-3369 HOOVER WIND TUNNEL SWEEPER Complete with attachments and bags; excellent $50. Call 412-279-3288 or text 412-613-3369 ______________________________ INDOOR NATIVITY - beautiful colors; vintage with stable $20. Call 412-279-3288 or text 412-613-3369 ______________________________ ARTIFICIAL FICUS PLANT - 5 ft tall very pretty $50. Call 412-279-3288 or text 412-613-3369 ______________________________

CLASSIFIEDS LADIES LEOPARD JACKET - longer type size 10 perfect $50. Call 412-279-3288 or text 412-613-3369 ______________________________ 1980 SUZUKI TS-185 - In good running shape. Needs some details but many new parts. Great dependable dirt bike. Adult owned and currently in use, Delivery possible. Asking $800. 724-447-2726, leave message. ______________________________ DINNING ROOM FURNITURE - Table with two Leafs, 2 Captains Chairs, 4 Chairs, 1 China Closet, 1 Buffet Server -In family room. Custom Table Pads. $1,000. Like New. 412-877-4925 ______________________________ LIVING ROOM SET - Like New. Includes 2 White Sofa's, 1 Large and 1 Small. 2 End Tables, 1 Coffee Table, 2 Lamps. $1,000. 412-877-4925 ______________________________ KITCHEN TABLE WITH LEAF - 4 Chairs. $200. 412-877-4925 ______________________________ GAME ROOM FURNITURE - 1 Sofa, 1 Large Chair, 2 End Tables and Lamps, 1 Coffee Table. $375. 412-877-4925 ______________________________ AUNT JEMIMA 6 PC SPICE SET - Vintage collectible. Made in USA circa 1940’s by F&F Mold & Die Works. 4” tall figures. Some hairline cracks and worn paint. $90/BO. 724-684-7031 ______________________________ 45” FLAT SCREEN, working condition, $100. 724-989-0609 ______________________________ KITCHENAID MEAT/NUT GRINDER - New in______________________________ box, stainless steel. $50. 724-379-4652 BASEBALL CARDS - Over 2,000 in good condition, many stars. $500. 724-2494553 ______________________________ SMITH & WESSON PISTOL - 9 m. m. S.D.V.E. model. Like new. With extra clip. Asking $285. 412- 831-8998 ______________________________ SHAKE SPEAR ELECTRIC MOTOR - Used very little asking $85. call 412-831-8998 ______________________________ SEWING PATTERN METAL FILE CABINET - ______________________________ $25. 724-825-0632 1980’S RALEIGH TECHNIUM BICYCLE Needs some TLC. Original saddle. $150. 724-825-0632 ______________________________ SYDELL MILK STAND - Goat Stanction, feed bucket, wheels and detachable ramp, AI______________________________ rails and straps. $225. 724-825-0632 OLD RECORDS – 48 (33 1/3) from 1960’s and 1970’s, perfect with no scratches. All for $5. 724-929-8259 ______________________________ HANGING CEILING LIGHT – Modern, brand new in box. $10. 724-929-8259 ______________________________

PITCHER AND BASIN – Hull’s, all white, Perfect, no cracks or chips. $10. 724929-8259 ______________________________ COLLECTIBLE MILK GLASS – Fenton and Hobnail, 23 piece collection. No scratches or______________________________ chips. $25. 724-929-8259 GOLF CLUBS – Calloway Irons. Used 1 year. 4-9 plus 2 wedges. Paid $800, asking $450. Will include 4 woods and bag. 724-263-6909. ______________________________ BOLTS AND NUTS – Over 200 fine thread, 7/16” – 20 x 1”. $10. 412-425-0342 ______________________________ BLANK VHS TAPES – 40 brand new, never used. T-120, T-160 tapes. $12. 412-4250342 ______________________________ RECORDS – 33 1/3 and 78 records and albums. Over 100 of them. Asking $100 for all. 724-379-8369 ______________________________ 6-FT. CHRISTMAS TREE – New, expensive, designer, lighted, potted. Never used. $29. Rt. 51. 412-819-7623, Pls leave message. ______________________________


CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS – New, designer. 60 beautiful – only 50-cents each. Rt. 51. 412-819-7623, Pls leave message. ______________________________ CAMPFIRE WOOD – 3 huge stacks. Logged. Will help load. $30 each. Rt. 51. 412-819-7623, Pls leave message. ______________________________ FUR COAT – Valued at $2,000, unique markings. Moving – will sacrifice, only $25. Rt. 51. 412-819-7623, Pls leave message. ______________________________ NEW DESIGNER PURSES – Ten(10) purses. Moving, will sacrifice, only $8 each. Rt. 51. 412-819-7623, Pls leave message. ______________________________ BEAUTIFUL PICTURE – (25” x 18”) Black and gold – “Last Supper” – only $5. 724929-8259 ______________________________ PICTURE – (29” x 14”) “Birch Path” signed by VonTrier with gold label. $10. 724-9298259 ______________________________ COLLECTIBLE AVON – 80 pieces, many never opened. Must see. All for $35. 724929-8259 ______________________________

ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES WANTED The MESSENGER is the premier community newspaper in the South Hills and Mon Valley area of Pittsburgh. We are a free, monthly publication seeking to expand our coverage, and grow existing territories. The MESSENGER is looking to add experienced Sales Representatives to our growing team of professionals. Candidates should possess: Strong sales and/or customer service skills, ability to offer clients advice on ad content and design, handle several projects at once, work on a deadline, familiarity with Mon Valley area, reliable transportation, flexible schedule, computer with internet access and a personable, friendly attitude. Preferred candidates will possess: Prior newspaper or media experience, good communication and presentation skills and be motivated, determined and persistent. Interested applicants should email us at with a resume and cover letter, or mail to P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.


COLLECTIBLE PLATES – 28 Norman Rockwell plates in boxes, authentic with info on each. All for $35. 724-929-8259 ________________________________ DRESSER WITH MIRROR – 9 drawers, 57” x 30”. Good condition. $55. Brownsville. 724785-4987 ________________________________ ELVIS PRESSLEY’S GRACELAND – Special Edition gift set. $125. 724-941-9256 ________________________________ SLEEPER SOFA – Queen Size, 72” long. Pastel, Lazy-Boy. Exc. Condition. $500. 724941-9256 ________________________________ BEDROOM FURNITURE – Antique twin beds, dresser, night stand. $300. 412-384-4374 ________________________________ BEDROOM FURNITURE - Antique double bed, dresser with mirror, chest. $300. 412-3844374 ________________________________ WOODEN KITCHEN TABLE – 36” x 48”, with 6 chairs. Great for hunting cabin. $50. 412384-4374 ________________________________ KENMORE ELECTRIC SWEEPER – with 4 attachments. $20. 412-595-7820 DURABRAND AM/FM – Radio cassette recorder w/ instructions. $10. 412-595-7820 ________________________________ PITT MINI HELMET – Autographed with COA. James Connor, Tyler Boyed, Nathan Peterman. Nice gift. $75. Other memorabilia for sale also. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724244-4862. Lv. Mssg. ________________________________ TWIN SIZE BED – Sleep Number, complete with sheet set and bed spread. Like new. $400. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. ________________________________ SNOW THROWER – Craftsman. Never Used! 5 Horse Power, 22” two stage, single speed. $275. 412-384-5837 ________________________________ TILE – Ceraminc tile, Garden white, 10 packs of 12x12 (5 tile in each pack). 4 packs of glass tile – 12 in each pack. 12x12 mirror tile. All for________________________________ $15. 724-348-5243

CLASSIFIEDS COSTUME JEWELRY – From 1950’s. Same designer. Broches – good condition. Box of 6 - ________________________________ $50. 724-785-4987 COSTUME JEWELRY – Collectible. From 1950’s. Suitcase full! Mainly Broches. Some designer pieces. Good condition. $1,000 firm. Serious inquiries only. 724-785-4987 ________________________________ DOLL CLOTHING – Homemade, will fit 18” dolls (including American Girl). Fur coat with matching hat, fancy velvet dresses, jeans, or PJ’s for only $8 each. 412-884-0886 ________________________________ SNOWBLOWER – Jacobsen, 20” (may need minor repairs). Make offer. 412-884-0886. ________________________________ RADIO FLYER TRIKE – New in box. Solid steel, rubber tires, adjustable seat, (ages 2-5). $25. 724-929-8259 ________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS (2) - Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Twp. Wash. County. $300 each. 724-938-8482 ________________________________ RIFLE SCOPES - Vintage REDFIELD, 4X wideview duplex - $75. Vintage WEAVER Challenger, 4X wideview duplex - $75. BSA, Deerhunter, 2.5x20mm - $30. 724-483-1271. ________________________________ CROSSBOW - HORTON Anniversary, with scope, cranker, sling, quiver/4 arrows and case - ________________________________ $275. 724-483-1271 BINOCULARS - LEUPOLD BX-3 Mojave, 10x32mm/center focus - $200. Call (724) 483-1271 ________________________________ RANGEFINDER - LEUPOLD RX-1200i TBR $200. 724-483-1271 ________________________________ CUB CADET SNOWER BLOWER - model 2x 524 SWE, used 5 times. $600. 724-8632327 ________________________________ 50 YEAR COLLECTION OF NASCAR - 14 Containers full of good stuff! Cheap. 724-3487046 ________________________________ SUPER BOWL X PROGRAM - Steelers vs. Cowboys. Excellent condition, 119 pages. $50. 724-941-1728 ________________________________

CHESS BOARD - Drueke Model 62 - 18" x 18" with 1 3/4" squares. Brand new. Walnut and maple squares, renowned manufacturer. $95. 724-941-1728 ________________________________ COPPER BOILER - Antique (at least 75 years old). Measures 22.5" long x 11.5" wide x 12" high. $50. 724-941-1728 ________________________________ FISHING REEL - Schimano, Corbalus, 4 bearing, $50. 412-895-5035 ________________________________ ROLL TOP DESK - Good Condition. You Haul. $50 - 412-537-1095 ________________________________ LADIES MINK COAT – Full length, autumn haze, $500. 412-384-4374 ________________________________ FLOOR JACK – half-ton, $30. 412-384-4374 ________________________________ POOL TABLE - excellent condition. Top quality. Best offer. Call 412-628-1686 ________________________________ CANOE - Wenonah Model Minnesota II, excellent condition, 3k Retail. Sell for $1,750. 412580-8400. ________________________________ ANTIQUE SINGER SEWING MACHINE – Foot Pedal Operation or Motor included. $499. 724-366-9524. ________________________________ GENERATOR - Husky 3750 Watt portable. Like new. Has 30 amp 120V/240V receptacle and (2) 20 amp 120V receptacles. $230. 724941-1728 ________________________________ WOOD / COAL BURNING STOVE – Consolidated Dutchwest, burns 18” logs. 400 LBS. Have all instructions and many extras. $500. 724-863-3551 ________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------FINLEYVILLE BREWING – Old Beer bottles and memorabilia items from Finleyville Brewing wanted. Will pay top dollar! Call 424-2159385 ________________________________ U.S. STEEL LOGO ITEMS – Old memorabilia, collectibles and items with U.S. Steel logo wanted. Call 424-215-9385 ________________________________

January 2020 WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps, old Christmas and sterling silver, anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. ________________________________ OLD INSULATORS - buying porcelain or glass insulators used on utility poles or along RR tracks, also lightning rods. 724-782-0539 ________________________________ VINTAGE CLOTHING - Buying women's and men's clothing and accessories 1800's through the 1970's. Also vintage sewing items including fabric. Call Gloria at 724-263-2239 or________________________________ Bonnie at 412-997-2943. SEALED WHISKEY/BOURBON. Cash paid for sealed vintage Bourbon, Scotch, Rye and Whisky. Call/Text 614-499-6589 ________________________________ VINTAGE SPORTS MEMORABILIA – Sports cards pre-1975, programs, pennants, autographs, ticket stubs, Forbes Field items. 724205-8620. ________________________________ OLDER HOT WHEEL CARS - Redlines. Your collection, or a few. Call: 724 984 9085 ________________________________ OLD BOTTLES WANTED - Long Time Collector, Looking For Antique Bottles. Whiskey, Medical, Beer, Drug Store, Etc., Advertising Signs. Please Call Dave at 412-977-6496. ________________________________ WANTED OLD FISHING TACKLE - Lures, Reels, Tackle Boxes, Minnow Buckets, Fly Reels / Rods etc. the older the better. Call 412-4148464 if no answer please leave a message. ________________________________ ________________________________

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REWARD - Black onyx heart ring stolen while resident of The Paramount Bethel Park. No questions asked. ________________________________ WE BUY - Honda, Lawn Boy, Stihl and Echo. 724-745-6489 ________________________________ EARTHLINK HIGH SPEED INTERNET. As Low As $14.95/month (for the first 3 months.) Reliable High Speed Fiber Optic Technology. Stream Videos, Music and More! Call Earthlink Today 1-855-520-7938 ________________________________

January 2020 HEAR AGAIN! Try our hearing aid for just $75 down and $50 per month! Call 800-426-4212 and mention 88272 for a risk free trial! FREE SHIPPING! ________________________________ CROSS COUNTRY MOVING, Long distance Moving Company, out of state move $799 Long Distance Movers. Get Free quote on your Long distance move 1-800-511-2181 ________________________________ AT&T INTERNET. Get More For Your HighSpeed Internet Thing. Starting at $40/month w/12-mo agmt. Includes 1 TB of data per month. Ask us how to bundle and SAVE! Geo & svc restrictions apply. Call us today 1-833707-0984 ________________________________ SPECTRUM TRIPLE PLAY! TV, Internet & Voice for $29.99 ea. 60 MB per second speed No contract or commitment. More Channels. Faster Internet. Unlimited Voice. Call 1-855652-9304 ________________________________

------------ NOTICES-------SELL YOUR ANTIQUE OR CLASSIC CAR. Advertise with us. You choose where you want to advertise. 800-450-6631 visit for details. ________________________________ REWARD - Black onyx heart ring stolen while resident of The Paramount Bethel Park. No questions asked. ________________________________

------------ PETS -------TWO WHITE RABBITS - $10 each, with feed. 724-989-0609 ________________________________ RABBIT DOG BEAGLE PUP – 1.5 yrs, AKC Certificate and pedigree, champion bloodline, current shots, documents and health certificate. 30 day full refund if not satisfied. $750. 724-366-9524 ________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30 each. For pickup of cans or delivery of bgoldooks, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. ________________________________ HOME MOVIE TRANSFERS PHOTO MONTAGE CREATIONS 8mm, Super 8mm, and16mm Projector movies, transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. New equipment for 2016. No projector flicker reasonable rates. VHS, VHS-C, mini-DV, and 8mm tapes transferred to DVD. Photos/slides scanned to montage DVD of special events. One of a kind gifts. 724-258-5336 dcheplic@ Website: www.dcheplicmovietransfersand Facebook: www.facebook. com/ debcheplicmovietransfersandmontages/

CLASSIFIEDS ------------ REAL ESTATE -------CEMETERY PLOTS (2) - Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Twp. Wash. County. $300 each. 724-938-8482 ________________________________ CEMETERY LOTS – Mon Valley Memorial Park, 4 lots – Garden of the Cross. $750. 412384-4374 ________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK – Garden of All Faiths, Lawn Crypt (2019 at need price $7,165). Includes lot and vault for two(2), bronze memorial with vase and granite base. Asking $3,000. 724-379-6866. ________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK – Donora, 4 lots $500 each. 1 vault $500. Transfer of title included. 724-747-9030 or 843-215-8909. ________________________________ PROFESSIONAL PRIVATE OFFICES FOR LEASE IN MONONGAHELA - Newer building, very clean. Various office sizes. Handicapped accessible. Conference room, kitchenette, lobby, separate men's/ladies restrooms, 24/7 secured access, paved, lighted parking lot, exterior security cameras, only minutes to Mon Valley Hospital, Route 43 and Route 51. Please call Mon River Realty at 724-350-0401. ________________________________ WAREHOUSE SPACES FOR LEASE Monongahela and Monessen. Various warehouse sizes ranging from 3,000 sq ft to 17,600 sq ft. Please call Mon River Realty at 724-350-0401. ________________________________ SELLING A FARM OR HOUSE? Advertise it here and neighboring publications. We can help you. Contact MACnet MEDIA @ 800-4506631 or visit our site at ________________________________ CEMETERY / BURIAL – Woodruff Cemetery in Canonsburg. 2 grave spaces in premium area. 2 vaults, 2 openings and closings, 1 coral granite flush monument, 2 bronze name plates. $6,500. 724-310-3330 ________________________________ SELLING YOUR OWN PROPERTY? Need to advertise it in your local paper and others like it? We have the placement services to help you. Contact MACnet MEDIA @ 800-4506631 or online at ________________________________

WANTS TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ________________________________

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, LAUREL’S BEAUTY SHOP – 102 W. Main St, Monongahela, PA. New Year’s Special: $8 haircuts, $35 perms, 55 and older. 724-2589518. ________________________________ CONCRETE WORK - retaining walls, brick/block, all types of cement repair work, free estimate, reasonable, 412-889-5035 ________________________________ CLEANING SERVICES - J & L Cleaning Services is here to help with your daily cleaning chores. Weekly, bi-weekly, etc. Estate CleanOuts. Residential & Commercial. Fully insured. Servicing South Hills, Allegheny & Washington Counties. Free Estimates. Call today!! 724747-0793 ________________________________ SELLING YOUR OWN PROPERTY? Need to advertise it in your local paper and others like it? We have the placement services to help you. Contact MACnet MEDIA @ 800-4506631 or online at ______________________________


READER ADVISORY: Reader Advisory: the National Trade Association we belong to has purchased the following classifieds. Determining the value of their service or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer “employment” but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it’s illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. 800 numbers may or may not reach Canada.

Monthly Pizza Puzzler! Win a FREE Large 1 Topping Pizza from Finleyville Vocelli Pizza*! Two (2) lucky winners every month! Just fill in the correct answers to the questions below, and write your name, address and telephone number on the entry form. Then mail in your entry form to the Messenger. Each month we will draw two (2) local winners from all correct entries. Winners will receive a gift certificate good for one (1) FREE Large 1 Topping pizza from Vocelli Pizza. Remember to look for a new Monthly Pizza Puzzler every month, and send in your entry form! (*Good only at Finleyville location. One entry per household per month. Employees of the The Messenger; Haniford Enterprises LLC, or Vocelli Pizza are not eligible.)

• Official Entry Form •

(Deadline for entries is January 15)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger. When is the Mon Chamber Coach/Kors Cash Bash? Who is the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month? What is the name of the Peters Boy Scout who earned an Eagle Scout Award? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Congratulations to the winners of our December Pizza Puzzler contest!

LEN SLAPPO - South Park

Margaret Zavora - Bethel Park

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