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Samantha Henry Receives Scholarship

Warrior 5K Run, Walk and Breakfast Benefits Veterans Page 20

West Mifflin Area High School Air Force JROTC Marches in Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade Seen here are (left to right) Kevin Fear, Chief Marketing Officer of DEC; Deb Keefer, Executive Director of the MVRCC; Samantha Henry, and Amanda Phillips; Executive Director of Operations, DEC.

Samantha Henry was recently awarded the 2017 Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Douglas Education scholarship with proceeds from the 2017 Melvin B. Bassi Memorial Golf Tournament. She is a senior at Douglas Education Center in the Savini School.

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Knights of Columbus Plans New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance The Knights of Columbus Homestead Council will sponsor a dinner, dance and casino night on Sunday, December 31 at St. Therese Church Cafeteria, 1 St. Therese Court in Munhall. (See page 11 for more details.)

Members of the West Mifflin Area High School Air Force JROTC program and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid joined forces and braved frigid temperatures on November 11 during the annual Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh. Pictured are (l-r): VFW Post 914 Surgeon General Marine Bernie Zurawski; Junior Vice Commander Marine David Luikart; Senior Air Force JROTC program instructor Maj. Scott R. Harbula; Cadet John Axtell; Post Commander and Army Iraq War veteran Jake Bradich; Cadet Brooke Munz; and Post Adjutant Marine Ken Curcio.

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‘Where is Rudy?’ Breakfast and Puppet Show Planned for December 9th at Thomas Presbyterian Join us for a breakfast and holiday puppet show on Saturday, December 9 at Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four. The puppet show will be performed by Pittsburgh Puppet Works, who have been performing puppet shows in the Pittsburgh area since 2004. The show to be performed is “Where is Rudy?� Rudy the red-nosed reindeer is lost and needs to find his way back to the North Pole in time to help Santa deliver toys. Rudy meets several people in his travels who all try to be very helpful but end up sending him everywhere but the North Pole. The ending features a surprise twist and a funny spoof of a popular classic storybook. Fun for all ages. In addition to the puppet show by Pittsburgh Puppet Works, Dragonfly Balloons will be there from 9 to 10 a.m. L.D. is their balloon twister and has been a balloon twister for almost 10 years. He is the area's best loved and most talented balloon artist with a repertoire of hundreds of designs, many of them his original creations! Breakfast will feature waffles, sausage, egg bake, scrambled eggs, and juice (coffee for adults) and will be served starting at 9 a.m. Things should finish up by 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 2 and older and maximum family price is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or by calling 724941-8910. Mark the date on your calendar and join us for a morning of holiday fun.





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DECEMBER 1 BALDWIN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL – 69 p.m. Baldwin Borough Building, 3344 Churchview Ave, Baldwin. Holiday carols, craft vendors, lighting of the tree, sweets and hot chocolate, kids craft corner, visits with Santa, visit the log house. Please bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for the Baldwin Food Pantry. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Baldwin.

DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills is open to the public for dinner from 4- 8 p.m. Along with our regular menu the special will be stuffed pork, mashed potatoes, salad and rolls. SOUTH PARK LIGHT-UP NIGHT – 6 p.m. Gazebo on Maple Spring Drive. The Community House across the street from the gazebo will be made available for the community for refreshments, basket

offers many Whiskey Rebellion themed items. A Christmas tree, decorated in retro fashion to reflect the last commercial use of the museum property as a tree lot in the 1950s, will be raffled.

raffles, 50/50 and Santa! Please bring an ornament of your choice to decorate our two trees at the gazebo, or place one on the trees that night or when you can! We will be collecting can goods for the South Park Meals on Wheels. Sponsored by The Friends of South Park. For more info contact: Madam Chairperson Sharon Adams, or 412-8972403. SOUP, SANDWICH, SALAD MEAL 5-9 p.m. Monongahela Elks Lodge #455, 444 Jackson St, Monongahela. Soup, salad and grilled cheese sandwich, 5-9 p.m. Benefits the Monongahela Elks and their charities. FRIDAY NIGHT PRAISE – 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. Call 724-258-7054 for more information.


5 p.m. The Bradford House Museum, 175 South Main Street, Washington. Free admission. Over a dozen quality local vendors will offer a variety of items for sale, including fresh floral arrangements, jewelry, cosmetics, hand-carved wood ornaments, clothing and accessories, and other unique gift items. The museum gift shop

DECEMBER 1-3 LOVE IS BORN – Dec. 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Elizabeth Forward High School, off of Rt. 48 and Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township. Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus is a combined Adult and junior chorus of over 60 voices. Ticket prices at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. A discount of $2 is available on each ticket purchased in advance by calling 412-751-0526. A portion of the proceeds benefit the local Meals on Wheels and nonperishable food will be collected at each concert. DECEMBER 2 FREE WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY 9-12 p.m. “Women’s Helping Hands” at Bible Fellowship Community Church 220

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Atomic Way in West Newton will be giving away gently used and/or new winter coats, boots, hats, scarfs, gloves and mittens to those in need. For more information, call 724-872-5150. THE YOUNG AND GIFTED GOSPEL CHOIR – 5 p.m. Cal U, Old Main Chapel. Directed by Dr. Randy Tillmutt. Performance will include African folk songs and a selection of holiday favorites. Free and open to community. MAGICIAN JEFF ALLAN VANDERHOFF – 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church in Monongahela. Jeff uses magic tricks and psychological puzzles to amuse as well as to uplift and inspire. His show combines a blend of magic and comedy that appeals to audiences of all ages. He has been performing magic for over 25 years. No charge, all ages welcome. Call 724258-7054 for more information.

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CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST / CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210. Pancake and egg breakfast - $5 adults, $2 children. Chinese auction. Santa will visit. Admission free. HOLIDAY BASH - Mon Valley Youth and Teen will hold a Holiday Bash at the Donora Boro Building. Doors open at 11 a.m. Prizes every five minutes. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 724-379-4889. WORK PARTY - SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL – monthly work parties are held on the 1st Saturday of each month, meeting at the South Park waste water treatment plant (trail MP 37.8, Piney Fork Road) at 9:30 a.m. Individuals interested in volunteering may contact for more information concerning the current month’s maintenance activities.

DECEMBER 2-3 CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – Sat. 12-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. School Hall, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Uniontown. Many craft items have been made by St. John’s Ethnic Craft Club. Also available are tree ornaments and the Parish cookbook, “Carpathian Cookery.” A wide assortment of baked goods. Nativity display will be shown. No admission. Parking in the back is handicap-accessible. For information call 724-438-6027 and leave a message. More Event Listings on page 6

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DECEMBER 3 PETERS TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND HOLIDAY PARTY – 6 p.m. hosted by Peters Township Public Library in partnership the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department. Festivities will include lighting and decorating the township tree outside at 6 p.m. followed by holiday caroling. Refreshments, visits with Santa, and holiday crafts for children will be offered in the library. All are welcome to attend. OLIVER MILLER HOMESTEAD CELEBRATES HOGMANAY – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive in South Park. Hogmanay is the New Year’s celebration as followed in Scotland, and the Millers, as Scots Irish, will follow its customs as they end their 2017 season. For more information, visit our web site at HOLIDAY HOME TOUR – 1-4 p.m. The event will showcase preferred homes of Peters Township. Tickets: $25. Proceeds will benefit Watchful Shepherd USA, a child/family abuse prevention program. If you are unable to attend the home tour but would like to donate, tax-deductible donations can be sent to Watchful Shepherd USA, 1061 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 204, McMurray, PA 15317 or online by visiting the website For any additional information, please call 724941-3339. SOUP AND STROLL AT VENETIA ENOCH WRIGHT HOUSE – 4:30 p.m. hosted by The Peters Creek Historical Society. Enoch Wright House, Museum of Westward Expansion, 815 Venetia Road, Venetia. Enjoy the charm and ambiance of a 19th century setting enjoying a homemade soup supper, dessert and beverage. Cost: $8 - Adults; $5 Children 9 and under. For additional information: call 724-746-3203; 724-348-6406 or NIGHT OF THE FATHER’S LOVE, A CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 7 p.m. Christian Assembly of God Church, 100 Meadow Street, Bentleyville. The Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, under the direction of Annette Buffer. All are welcome! Admission is free.

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS – 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Homes for the Holidays in the Belle Vernon area hosting its third annual tour. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 724-929-9636.

DECEMBER 5 CLOTHES 4-U – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon. The clothing is free; patrons may give a free-will offering. 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. DECEMBER 5, 12, 19 WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO - St. Francis of Assisi Church Finley Hall. 7:15 p.m. “Early Bird” games and 7:30 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $6 for 20 regular games and 5 specials. Doors open at 6 p.m. Please note - Cancellations due to weather will be televised on KDKA (CH 2) and WPXI (CH 11). No bingo December 26. DECEMBER 6 ST. NICHOLAS DAY GROCERY BINGO – Doors open at 6 p.m., starts at 7 p.m. True Vine Anglican Church in Monongahela. Grocery prizes, raffles and door prizes. Kitchen open. Doors open at 6. All welcome. SOLID GOLD OLDIES DANCE – at Hazelkirk American Legion from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-710-5718. DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills is open to the public for bingo! Bingo starts at 7 p.m. and there will be meatball hoagies for $5 available. No smoking during this event.

DECEMBER7 WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON HILLS HOLIDAY PARTY - 6:30 p.m. Jefferson Hills Municipal Building on Old Clairton Road. The program for the upcoming meeting will be the annual holiday party and meeting. Husbands and guests are invited, reservations are

required. The scheduled program will be Pittsburgh Banjo Club’s Chiodi Trio. Membership is open to all residents of Jefferson Hills, as well as the surrounding communities. For further information please call, 412-384-3318 or 412-6554224. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

PAJAMA PARTY – noon – 8 p.m. The Good Ol’ Days House, 914 Broad Avenue, North Belle Vernon. Retro Christmas party to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Admission: New pajamas for victims of domestic violence and their children. Christmas Cookies, holiday dips, chips, and punch will be served.

DECEMBER 7-10 FRESH GREENS/FLORAL HOLIDAY SALE – Dec 7-9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec 10, noon – 7 p.m. The Garden Center in Renziehausen Park, 1400 Pinoak Dr. McKeesport. Features: fresh green wreaths and swags, kissing balls, and holiday arrangements. Also kids korner and bake sale. Visit or email THE HAPPY ELF - Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9-10 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre, on the California University of Pennsylvania campus. Presented by Cal U theater department. Ticket price is $12 for patrons of all ages. Students with valid CalCards are admitted for 50 cents; a $5 deposit will be returned when the student attends a performance.

DECEMBER 8 TAILGATE WITH TUNCH AND WOLF – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Bible Chapel café, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray. Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley, sports talk hosts for IHeartRadio’s (970 AM) In the Locker Room, will be broadcasting live at the Bible Chapel in McMurray, PA. Join Tunch and Wolf as they talk Steelers football and take live calls. Snacks and pizza will be available.Tunch and Wolf will be featuring the work of Welcome the Children in the Mathare Valley slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS – 7:30 p.m. West Newton Community Singers present The Magic of Christmas concert. West Newton Presbyterian Church, Third and Main St. West Newton. Tickets: $6. $7 at door. Students: $3.Available at Dee Taylor State Farm or 724-872-609. STEAK AND CHICKEN DINNERS 5-8 p.m. Monongahela Elks Lodge #455, 444 Jackson St., Monongahela. Benefits the Monongahela Elks and their charities. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Featuring “The Case for Christ” at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. The movie is about an investigative journalist and selfproclaimed atheist who sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. No charge, light refreshments served. Call 724-258-7054 for more information. SOUTH HILLS CHILDREN’S CHOIR “WE MERRY MINSTRELS” - 7:30 p.m. The concert will be a lively and cheery affair, held at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mount Lebanon. Tickets are $5, but children 10 and under are free. Ruth Ann Fox will be accompanying the choir, and director Jennifer Nolan will conduct. DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be open to the public for dinner from 4-8 p.m. Along with our regular menu, Shrimp stuffed with crab meat, baked potato, salad and rolls will be the special!

DECEMBER 9 MON VALLEY TRAILBLAZERS 5K & 10K – Robert Shaw Stage, Twin Lakes Park, 219 Twin Lakes Rd., Boathouse parking Lot, Latrobe. The walk is inside the park on brick paths around the Upper Lake and Lower Lake, park roads, hiking trails, and horse trail, with a rating of 1C. An AAward is available for $7 including credit. IVV credit only is $3. Free walkers are not permitted. No pre-registration. There are no refunds. For questions, call Lori Lamberski at 724-858-5965, or visit

December 2017 ————————————————————————————————————————— ILLUMINATION NIGHT – 5-8 p.m. Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. Celebrate the Christmas season by making crafts, decorating cookies, taking a ride on the trolley to see seasonally decorated houses, make s’mores over an open fire, or have a glass of hot cider. Enjoy Christmas songs performed by some of our favorite choirs, jazz bands and dance students. Light dinner options, and purchase your dessert from a wide variety of homemade favorites. Free shuttles will run from Pleasant Hills Borough Building and the Pleasant Hills Middle School starting at 4:30 p.m. Please bring nonperishable donations for the Cloverleaf Food Bank. HOMEMADE COOKIE SALE – 9-11 a.m. Baldwin Community United Methodist Women are having their annual homemade cookie sale. Cookies will be sold for $9 per pound. The church is located at 5001 Baptist Road across from Caste Village Shopping Center. Proceeds benefit missions. CHRISTMASPALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The California Singers vocal ensemble will be part of the “Christmaspalooza” celebration at the Washington Crown Center. For details about performances by Cal U musicians, contact the Department of Music and Theatre at 724-938-4878 or email, or BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – 9-11 a.m. The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon. Come and eat a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and beverage and then stay for a visit with Santa Claus. This event is free and open to the public. For those who wish to donate, there will be a free-will offering. LIVE NATIVITY – 6-9 p.m. Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd., Bethel Park. Free drive through live nativity. Enjoy 8 outdoor scenes, with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car as you drive through a luminary-lit path that depicts the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. HOLIDAY BREAKFAST AND PITTSBURGH PUPPET WORKS – 9 a.m. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four. The show to be performed is “Where is Rudy?” Rudy the red-nosed reindeer is lost and needs to find his way back to the North Pole in time to help Santa deliver toys. Breakfast will feature waffles, sausage, egg bake, and juice (coffee for adults). $5 for adults and children (2 and older) and can be purchased at 724941-8910.

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OLDIES DANCE – 7-11 p.m. White Oak American Legion, 2813 Capital St., White Oak. A 50/50 will be offered. Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. Music from the ‘50s and early ‘60s by Candy and Mike. For more information call 724-984-6611.

NIGHT OF THE FATHER’S LOVE, A CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 7 p.m. Christ Church Anglican, 319 Church Street, Brownsville. The Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, under the direction of Annette Buffer. All are welcome! Admission is free.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE – 9 a.m. Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Rd. Annual Christmas Cookie Sale. Homemade cookies will be sold as well as knitted hats and scarves. Join us early. We sell out quickly.

DECEMBER 10 & 12 HARMONY SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERT – Sunday, 3 p.m. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Concert on Sunday is at Brightwood Christian Church, Bethel Park. Concert on Tuesday is at St. Germaine Church, 7003 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. “Glad Tidings Tell,” under the direction of Cynthia G. Pratt. Refreshments will be served. A basket raffle and a holiday cookie sale will also be included. Free and open to the public. A free-will offering to benefit the Harmony Singers will be accepted.

MCMURRAY ART LEAGUE HOLIDAY MARKET – 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The McDowell Shops, 4069 Washington Road, McMurray. Hosted by The McMurray Art League (MAL), the Gallery is just down the walk from Atria’s Restaurant. There will be a reception with light refreshments from 3-5 p.m. For information contact Carmen DiGiacomo, 412606-8539 or Linda Van NewKirk, 724941-5784. COOKIE WALK - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holy Trinity Catherdral, 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh, just off of Route 51 in Whitehall. Cookies by the pound, nut rolls, apricot rolls, poppyseed rolls, nut horns, and more! We should have over 50 different cookies available for sale to select from. Cookies will be sold at $10 per pound, all rolls will be $14 each, and nut horns will be $10 per dozen. Pre-order rolls and the nut horns - you can then pick them up the day of the sale, email Quantities are limited for pre-ordering.

DECEMBER 9-10 JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM, A DRIVE -THRU NATIVITY – 6-8 p.m. United Christian Church, 499 E. Malden Drive, Coal Center. Free. Donations will be accepted during the event and all proceeds will go to the “Good Eats” children’s food program. For more information, call 724-938-2098 or visit our website: DECEMBER 10 STEPPIN’ OUT SUNDAY CHRISTMAS DANCE – 5-9 p.m. Brentwood VFW 3801 Sr 51. DJ Mark Peters will be giving a waltz lesson at 5:30 p.m. Come and join us and dance to your favorites including swing, cha-cha, slow dancing and more. All ages and dance levels welcome. Admission: $10. Door prizes, free parking, kitchen and bar available. Call Denise for info at 512-519-355 or find us on Facebook at Steppin’ Out Sunday.

DECEMBER 11 PLEASANT HILLS GARDEN CLUB – 12:30 p.m. “A Christmas Celebration, Covered Dish Pot Luck.” The celebration is scheduled in the Community Room at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building, in Pleasant Hills. Garden of the Month winners will be honored guests at the celebration. For more information, visit

DECEMBER 12 SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB - 8 p.m. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Rd. in Bethel Park. All members and the general public are invited. This month’s program will be the annual Christmas party. A 50/50 will be offered and kids prizes to be awarded. Applications are now being accepted for membership. For more information call 724-984-6611. SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEETING 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 found at Questions may be directed to

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DECEMBER 13 DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be open to the public for Bingo! Bingo starts at 7 p.m. and hot sausage sandwiches will be available for $5. There will be no smoking at this event.

DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be open to the public for dinner from 4-8 p.m. Along with our regular menu, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad and rolls will be our special.

DECEMBER 15 SHEPHERD’S VOICE CHRISTMAS CONCERT – 7 p.m. Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main St. (Rt. 88), New Eagle. Celebrate the Christmas season with a night of uplifting seasonal tunes and sacred songs retelling the real meaning of Christmas. Shepherd’s Voice members include Debbie Harn, Connie Watkins, Debby Petrosky and Linda Yohe. No admission charge but a free-will offering will be taken.

DECEMBER 16 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE RESIDENCE AT LOGAN – 2-4 p.m. The Residence at Logan in Bethel Park. Joining the holiday party will be Stoney Richards from KDKA Radio, broadcasting live from the event. The event will also include snacks, a DJ, a hot chocolate bar, a visit from Santa Claus and more holiday fun. We ask that you kindly RSVP to or call 412835-9500.

THE MATT BARRANTI BAND – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge 2213 new location, 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park. Tickets: $5 each.

DECEMBER 16- 17 PRECIOUS EMMANUEL MUSICAL – Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Windover Hills Church, South

Park. Precious Emmanuel, an original musical, is a Bible-based musical (cantata) covering the events from the immaculate conception through the first days of Christ.

DECEMBER 17 A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS – 6:30 p.m. St. Sebastian R.C. Church, 801 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon. Presented by The Belle Vernon Ministerium, featuring voices from the Belle Vernon Area Ministerium Churches. Donations benefit Rostraver Food Bank. JIM SYKES ORGAN CONCERT – 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street in Monongahela, featuring Jim Sykes playing Advent and Christmas music on our Allen organ. A free-will offering will be received. Call 724-258-7054 for more information.

DECEMBER 20 SOLID GOLD OLDIES DANCE – at Hazelkirk American Legion from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-710-5718. DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be open to the public for Bingo! Bingo starts at 7 p.m. and soup and salad will be available for $5. There will be no smoking at this event.

DECEMBER 21 THE RETIRED MEN’S LUNCHEON GROUP – 12 p.m. Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. The Thomas Jefferson high school jazz band will perform after lunch. The cost for lunch is $8 payable at the door. Please RSVP at 412 655 2000.

DECEMBER 22 DINNER AT THE LEGION American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be open to the public for dinner from 4-8 p.m. Along with our regular menu, chicken Romano, baked potato, salad and rolls will be the special! DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sponsored by Valley Inn V.F.D. Auxiliary. Featuring Lethal D.J. Paul Wukovich. Buffet served at midnight, beer and pop provided. BYOB. $35 per couple, $25 per person. For tickets call 724-7470921. $30 per person at the door if tickets are available. Must be 21 years or older. NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER & DANCE - St. Therese Church Cafeteria, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall. $500 Raffle/Casino Knight. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Homestead Council. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, dessert, entertainment by disc jockey Timmy playing your favorite music, Chug-A-Lug, cash wheel, $500 raffle & cash, party hats, noise makers, light buffet, balloon drop at midnight, and champagne toast. Tickets are limited so act now! Singles - $35, couples - $60, Table of 8 - $240. Tax & gratuity included. BYOB, free set-up (cups and ice), free sodas, free beer. To purchase tickets or raffle tickets, please contact George Wagner at 412-823-8011. RSVP by Dec. 21. NEW BREED - New Years Eve party. 7:00 - 10:30 PM at Hermanie SNPJ. Come out and hear some great music and meet some nice people. For more info, call 724-503-2031


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Mon Valley Catholic Class of ’67 Holds 50th Reunion

Membership Renewal The Greater Monessen Historical Society membership renewal and fund campaign for the 2018 year is underway. Individual memberships are $15 per year. A family membership is $20, with a business membership being $50. Membership is based on the calendar year and includes four issues of the newsletter, “Valley Historian.” Donations fund the operation of the Monessen Heritage Museum and allow the Society to adhere to its mission of preserving the ethnic and industrial history of Monessen and the Mon Valley region. Future plans include renovating the Milsom/Endicott Johnson Building into a museum annex for additional exhibit and event space. Seeking Photographs The Society is looking for photos of old Monessen Christmas scenes. Photos can be dropped off at the Heritage Museum to be scanned, or they can be emailed to The Society is also still seeking photos of the Washington and Linden Elementary Schools. Shop for Christmas! The Museum Shoppe has many items which would be perfect as holiday gifts, from ethnic cookbooks to local history items. A newly added item is “Celebrate Christmas – Italian Style” by local author Lawrence G. Kozlowski. It features recipes, traditions, customs and folklore and is available for a $12 donation. The Museum also has his books covering aspects of Polish and Slovak Christmas. Autumn Exhibit Still on Display The autumn exhibit at the Monessen Heritage Museum is called “Treasures from the Archives.” It showcases individual panels such as Presidential visits, the life of Colonel Schoonmaker, river transportation, firefighting history, early baseball, local art, radios, and the burning of the second Monessen High School. The display will be open through the end of the year during regular business hours. The spring exhibit in 2018 will focus on local bridges and river transportation. Other News The Monessen Heritage Museum will be closed from December 24, 2017 through January 9, 2018. During the winter months, the museum will be open on its normal schedule, weather permitting. Please call to check before making a trip. The Historical Society will participate in Monessen’s Celebrate Christmas event at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. GMHS will sponsor free photos with Santa Claus, which will be mailed to the recipient. The annual Holiday Open House event will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heritage Museum. Follow Us The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is always free.

Mon Valley Catholic class of 1967 held their 50th reunion at the Cedarbrook Clubhouse with Headmaster Reverend Hugh Lang and math teacher Tom Kustron as special guests.

Rep. Cook Confirms $50,000 in Grant Funding to Complete Mon Valley and Steel Heritage Trail© Feasibility Study Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved a $50,000 grant to complete the Monongahela Valley Corridor Multimodal Feasibility Study. “It’s no secret that Washington and Fayette counties have an abundance of natural resources and potential activities for our students and residents,” said Cook. “Moving forward, we must continue to invest in our creeks, streams, rivers and abandoned rail lines to fully maximize the potential of outdoor recreation to create family-sustaining jobs, support healthy communities and foster a higher quality of life throughout the Mon Valley.” Donora Borough will complete the study to lay the groundwork for the 53-mile Mon Valley Coal and Steel Heritage Trail©. The study will plan 28 miles of Rail to Trail from Marianna to Monongahela and then to Donora with another 25 miles of bike lane along Route 88 from Donora to the Green River Trail near Frederickstown. Due to the void of adequate distance recreational opportunities provided by the trail systems, the study will also include two master site development studies of the trailheads at the Cokeburg Dam Recreational Area and Donora. The total project cost is $100,000. The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. 10 —————————————————————————————————————————


Monessen Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner Creates Fellowship Among Friends

Pictured (l-r) are Braendin Lunger, age 9, and Brody Skibo, age 8, volunteering at the Thanksgiving event.

Monessen Salvation Army’s Captain Sue Thwaite lends a hand at Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Largest Ever Mon Valley Veterans Day Parade Hosted by Monongahela Veterans Council

The Mon Valley Honor Guard, with American Legion Posts from Carroll Twp., Finleyville and Monongahela, marched in the parade.

Commander David Thompson Jr., in charge of parade, was busy minutes before start time.

By Jill Runfola By Jill Runfola Thanksgiving Day is a time to spend with those you care for and for all to come together to share a delicious meal. At this event, it was also a time to make new friends. This was the whole idea behind the Monessen Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Monessen Salvation Army spon- Gary Painter, a Monessen Salvation Army volunteer, dressed up as Santa. sored the 4th annual dinner, and By George Catering, 1 Monongahela St., Monessen, cooked and allowed use of their dining space for the event. Captain Joel and Captain Sue Thwaite of The Salvation Army, feel “very blessed to be able to provide this meal to the community.” The tasty holiday meal included a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a customary menu. Featured were: turkey, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, buns, stuffing, sweet potatoes, spinach, and desserts such as: strawberry rhubarb pie, lemon pie, and pumpkin pie. The staff and volunteers were extremely friendly and helpful, the location was great, the meal delicious, and this year was one of the best dinners ever. Captain Sue Thwaite said, “I feel this event does much more than just feed hungry people. I feel that it brings people of all ages together to cook, serve and enjoy a meal together. Many people in our community would spend the holiday alone, and this is an opportunity to have fellowship along with a home-cooked meal.”

Jefferson Hills Democratic Party Will Not Meet in December The Jefferson Hills Democratic Party will not be meeting in December 2017. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills Borough building in the large meeting room next to the library. For more information, contact us at

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, the date marked the 98th year the Monongahela Veterans Council hosted the Veterans Day Parade for Washington County. The event began on the chilly afternoon precisely at noon in Monongahela all through downtown involving Main St. Pictured are a group of The Mon Valley The parade included: stagecoaches from Leathernecks, mostly from Claysville. Bentleyville and Eighty Four with a case from WWI; drums and bagpipe; veterans service organizations from all over the Mon Valley; vintage trucks; high school bands; and most importantly, local veterans. The big parade ended with local fire trucks and emergency responder vehicles. Weeks before, the preliminary count was 180 parade participants, and on the day of the event, the crowds really turned out! The day began with a 9:30 a.m. veterans program at Chess Park in town with LTC Lawrence Kerr as guest speaker, who also served as Grand Marshall. LTC Kerr is an Army veteran who served with the Judge Advocated Generals Corps in Germany and at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Later, in the Army Reserves, he served as Commander of the 125th Individual Mobilization Unit. Today, he practices law in Greensburg. It began with the National Anthem, performed by Ms. Kim Van Vooris. Rev. Ravazio said a prayer. Mayor Bob Kepecs gave opening welcome remarks. After the keynote speech with Kerr and benediction by Rev. Ron Ravazio of Journey by Grace Church, the program concluded with ‘Taps’ and ‘Three Valley Rifle Salute’ by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Guard. The following groups make up the Mon Valley Veteran’s Council: American Legions: Posts 302, 949, and 613; VFW 1409; Mon Valley Leathernecks; Forty and Eight organization; and Mon Valley Shipmates. Invited dignitaries in the parade included State Representatives Camera Bartolotta, Larry Maggi and Rick Saccone; County Commissioners Diana Irey Vaughn and Harlan Shober; former Congressman Murphy; the Washington County sheriff; Washington County judges, and Susan Meighan. The parade is rotated annually among the towns of Washington, Monessen, Charleroi, Donora, and Monessen, sponsored by the Veterans Council of that community. In charge of the 2017 Veterans Parade is David Thompson, General Chairman of Mon Valley Veteran’s Council and Monongahela American Legion Post 302 Commander. He said, “We’ve got almost 100 years of tradition in this. I think the county will be impressed.”

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CCSP Fills Over 100 Shoe Boxes for Children This Christmas

Lily Meshanko and her mother, Laurie Meshanko, filled shoe boxes together.

Cara Rickard happily shows off the boxes that were filled first.

CCSP filled 155 shoe boxes with gifts to be delivered to children around the world.

By Charlotte Hopkins Jan Green of Calvary Chapel South Pittsburgh (CCSP) assisted in organizing the church's Operation Christmas Child get-together. The group included children, teen, and adults. They worked side-by-side filling shoe boxes with toys, fun accessories, cups, and even flashlights. From CCSP, the boxes are taken to the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. From there they are picked up by the group Operation Christmas Child and delivered to children who have been affected by poverty, war, and natural disasters. Green explained, “These boxes go all over the world; sometimes down the sides of mountains on donkeys.” The group filled 155 shoe boxes, and some people took additional shoe boxes home to fill.

TJHS to Host 3rd Annual ‘Pack-the-Trailer’ Event for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots On Saturday December 2, 2017, Thomas Jefferson High School Students will host its 3rd Annual Pack-the-Trailer event for the US Marines Toys for Tots program. Students are collecting new, unwrapped toys which can be dropped off at any of the West Jefferson Hills school building collection boxes prior to December 1, 2017. However, all donations made on December 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school auditorium will be offered a free digital picture with Santa Claus. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Greg Erdely at Thank you for your support! 11 ——————————————————————————————————————————

Civil War Era Musical Performance Offered at Peters Township Library The popular folk group Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray will present a variety of Civil War era music in period dress at the Peters Township Public Library on Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. To attend this free event, register online at or call 724.941.9430 #1. The group will share familiar favorite songs including “Lorena,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “The Bonnie Blue Flag,” “Rally Round the Flag,” “Goober Peas,” and “It is Well with My Soul.” Other Civil War favorites featured will include “Dixie,” “The Battle of Shiloh Hill,” and “Shenandoah.” Led by Band Leader Harry Fisher, Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray will perform in Civil War era uniforms and provide guests with an afternoon of unique music including a singalong with the band. Members of the group include Harry Fisher who plays banjo, Michael Fisher on the mandolin and guitar, Bill Kistler on guitar, and Mark Kinan, who doubles on the banjo and as a percussionist. For some two decades, the band has been performing for area audiences including the California University of Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable. Walt Klorczyk, facilitator of the Civil War Roundtable, brings this popular Civil War holiday program to the Peters Township Community.

Save the Date! Knights of Columbus Plans New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance The Knights of Columbus Homestead Council will sponsor a dinner, dance and casino night on Sunday, December 31 at St. Therese Church Cafeteria, 1 St. Therese Court in Munhall. Come out and join us for casino knight, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a dinner buffet, dessert, entertainment by Disc Jockey Timmy playing your favorite music, Chug-a-lug, cash wheel, $500 raffle & cash, party hats, noise makers, a light buffet, a balloon drop at midnight, and a champagne toast. To purchase tickets or raffle tickets, please contact George Wagner at 412-823-8011. Costs are singles: $35; couples: $60; a table of 8: $240. Tax and gratuity are included. BYOB, free set-up (cups and ice), free soda, free beer. Doors open at 7 p.m., cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 7:30 p.m., dinner served at 8 p.m., casino starts at 9 p.m. and dancing runs from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Hot dogs, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, tea and coffee will be served just after midnight. You must RSVP by December 21, 2017 to Knights of Columbus, George Wagner, 19 North Braddock, Ste. 2, PA 15104. Make your check or money order out to K of C #2201 and put on memo line “New Year’s Eve Party.” Proceeds from this night will benefit all of the Knights' charitable funds in the local community and within the parishes. 12 —————————————————————————————————————————


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Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights Up for the Holidays On Monday, November 20, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) flipped the switch on their holiday decorations. The 33rd Annual Light-Up Night had members of the community gathered around the MVH campus to watch the lighting of the two-story tree and several acres of decorations throughout campus. "I look forward to this event every year because it truly is the start of the holiday season in the Mon Valley," said Louis J. Panza Jr., MVH's president and CEO. "Light-Up Night is an opportunity for Mia West and Emily Jackson (l to r) are all of us to gather as a community. It is a joined by “Belle” to pull the switch to light time for our employees, physicians, up Monongahela Valley Hospital’s campus. board members and volunteers to welcome our friends, family and neighbors to enjoy fellowship on our campus." The moment of illumination came when two lucky children, Emily Jackson and Mia West, flipped the giant switch to turn on all of the lighted decorations. The children were chosen at random from among MVH employees' children and grandchildren, ages 5 to 10. The Ringgold High School Razz-MaTazzentertained the crowd before the lights were turned on. The festivities continued when Mr. and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the hospital's campus Visitors of all ages enjoyed having their bringing a toy for all the children in photo taken with “Frosty the Snowman.” attendance. Throughout the evening, members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. sold baked goods and hot dogs. All of the spectacular interior and exterior decorations were produced by Joseph's Nursery and Garden Center in Monessen.

Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church Celebrates the Christmas Season with ‘Illumination Night’ Illumination Night will be held on Saturday, December 9 at Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, from 5 - 8 p.m. Celebrate the Christmas season by making crafts, decorating cookies, and taking a ride on the trolley to see seasonally decorated houses. Make s’mores over an open fire, or have a glass of hot cider. On the stage, you can enjoy Christmas songs performed by some of our favorite choirs, jazz bands and dance students. Our café will offer light dinner options, and then you can purchase your dessert from a wide variety of homemade favorites. Free shuttles will run from Pleasant Hills Borough Building and the Pleasant Hills Middle School starting at 4:30 p.m. To spread your Christmas cheer, please bring nonperishable donations for the Cloverleaf Food Bank.

Holiday Lights 2017 Bringing Happiness Beyond Kennywood Visits Kennywood’s Holiday Lights Collects Donations for Toys for Tots The stockings are hung, the lights are strung, and all that’s left is to flip the switch to begin the seventh season of Holiday Lights at Kennywood! Holiday Lights begins on Friday, November 24 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through December 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Holiday Lights will also be open nightly from December 26 – 30. New this year, Kennywood is working with Toys for Tots to collect toys for children in need. Through December 10, guests can receive $6 off on up to four Holiday Lights ticket when bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate. “We’re happy to partner with Toys for Tots this season to bring cheer to kids in need,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “Guests can have fun at Kennywood and pass on some holiday goodwill at the same time.” Tickets for Holiday Lights can be purchased online at with prices starting at $15.99. Children three years of age and under are free. Parking is also free. To see a full list of activities, plus information on schedules, discounts and more, visit the website

VFW Post 1940 Nearly Finished with Veterans Honor Roll Renovations VFW Post 1940, the Curry/ Broughton Vets is proud to announce they are almost finished with the renovation of the Honor Roll. Plans for a dedication will be done in the spring of 2018. There are still a few things that need to be addressed, but due to the weather, these will be finished in the spring. A big thank you to the following business and individuals: Al’s Café - Rodney R. Ambrogi American Legion Riders Attorney Paul Gitnik Big Dog Vending Bobby Sabo Borough Township Police Association Brentwood Distr. Brian Home’s Inc. – Brian Calella Charles R. Cusic David Buchewicz ‘Doyle for Congress’ Committee Eddie Snee Edward Gildernew

Gary Stock Concrete Griffith Funeral Home Htm Designs - Harry Munson Harry Readshaw, Representative Howard Gardner Inks, Inc. Iris Bashor J.R. Long Jack Wagner Jim Wabby Karen Fosbaugh Kevin Windish/Russ Wilson Kim Logue Loose Moose Saloon, Inc. Mike Papuga Park Valley Lounge Posty Concrete Ray Seman Rich and Maureen Evans Stanley Weaver Steve Vamossy Excavating W.G. Tomko Wheels Mechanical Contracting and Supplier, Mike Hartman Wills Enterprises

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Cal U Seminars for Legal Professionals Explore Work and Family Issues Work and family law are the topics of upcoming seminars presented by the Institute for Law and Public Policy at California University of Pennsylvania. Continuing education programs will be held December 13 and 14 at California University’s Southpointe center. The programs for attorneys and other legal professionals are held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Each is approved for Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (PACLE) credits. Registration is open now for these seminars: • Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between: Tackling Legal Issues that Arise in All Aspects of the Employment Relationship — 9 a.m. noon, December 13. Attorneys Nikki Velisaris Lykos and Colleen Ramage Johnston explore legal issues that arise during the hiring, managing and firing of employees. Focusing on recent case law, the program addresses legal ramifications of hiring decisions, handling complaints and requests for accommodation by existing employees, and recent trends and developments in employment litigation. PACLE approved: 3 substantive credits. Cost is $75. • Bankruptcy Nuts and Bolts and Related Issues — 1 - 4 p.m., December 13. Four attorneys — John W. Teitz, Eric D. Rosenberg, Justin M. Tuskan and John R. O’Keefe — present a primer on chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy

Code, along with a discussion of other creditors’ rights issues, including foreclosures, receiverships and consumer protection actions. PACLE approved: 3 substantive credits. Cost is $75. • Making Effective Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Tools — 9 a.m. – noon, December 14. Presented by attorney Rebecca Bowman, this intermediate-level seminar provides practitioners with techniques and insights to assist clients in choosing the optimal path for alternative dispute resolution. Discussion includes dispute risk vs. benefit analysis. PACLE approved: 2 substantive credits, 1 ethics credit. Cost is $79. • Family Law: Custody and Relocation – Change in the Law and Hot Topics — 1-4 p.m., December 14. Attorney Elizabeth A. Beroes addresses changes in Pennsylvania law regarding custody and relocation factors. She also offers helpful hints for strategy and filing of Motions for Special Relief and Custody Petitions for Relocation. Beroes will compare procedures when filing for custody and relocation in Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Westmoreland and Washington counties. PACLE approved: 2 substantive credits, 1 ethics credit. Cost is $79. Legal professionals may register now for these continuing education programs. For seminar details, costs and online registration, visit

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Annual Soup and Stroll at Venetia Enoch Wright House Slated for December 3rd The Peters Creek Historical Society extends a festive holiday welcome to their annual "Soup and Stroll" on Sunday, December 3 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the historic Enoch Wright House, Museum of Westward Expansion, 815 Venetia Road, Venetia. Enjoy the charm and ambiance of a 19th century setting with a homemade soup supper, dessert and beverage. Stroll through the second floor to visit Father Christmas. Meet the docent of the mining room and hear the melody of chamber music. Meander outdoors to the 18th century log house to hear about pioneer life from a historic re-enactor. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children 9 and under. For additional information, visit or call 724-746-3203 or 724-348-6406.

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Eighth Annual Stoogefest at the Grand Theater Has Another Successful Year By Michelle Taylor On Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, the Grand Theater in Elizabeth Borough took crowds back to simpler days, when the big screen was all it took to entertain. They hosted their 8th annual Stoogefest. Along with showing a total of five short films of the well-known Stooges with an intermission, the theater also The annual Stoogefest at the Grand showed informative interviews, clips, and Theater in Elizabeth Borough behind-the-scenes footage of screwball comedians. Not only was the evening full of chuckles from all ages, ranging from 8 years old up to the well-seasoned Stooge fans, it provided a cheap and fun evening for the guests attending the event. When the first few years of Stoogefest began, it ran for one evening and sold out quickly. Since then, Stoogefest is now spread out over two nights with 60 - 80 seats being filled each night. The patrons also enjoyed nostalgic snacks from the concession stand, which included buttered popcorn, boxed candy, and refillable fountain drinks or bottled water. Stoogefest is one of the many onscreen events that the theater hosts. They work alongside the non-profit Mon River Arts. Coming up next, Seussical is an upcoming onstage musical running from December 14-17 that welcomes the performers of the Mon River Arts entertainers. To contact the Grand Theater for all upcoming events, call 412-405-8425 or email them at

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DECEMBER NEWS FROM SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL The next two meetings of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail will be held on December 12, 2017 and January 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Park Township Library located at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA. The South Hills Friends are responsible for maintenance of the Montour Trail between Library and Clairton. Individuals Stream bank protection was performed by interested in the Montour Trail Montour Trail Council (MTC) volunteers in early are encouraged to attend. November to prevent erosion of the trail Additional information conembankment and trail surface by Peters Creek cerning the trail, including South at Milepost 46, near Clairton. Volunteers Hills Friends contact informaplaced approximately 30 truckloads of stone purchased by the MTC. tion, may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site Questions may be directed to The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail monthly work parties are held on the 1st Saturday of each month, meeting at the South Park waste water treatment plant (trail MP 37.8, Piney Fork Road) at 9 a.m. The next two work parties will be on December 2 and January 6, 2018 (weather permitting). We will be looking for volunteers to install replacement fence at the Triphammer West Parking area. Possible jobs are installation of direction sign frames (post hole digging) and tree removal (chainsaws). Individuals interested in volunteering may contact for more information concerning the current month’s maintenance activities.

South Park Women’s Club Resumes Normal Meetings In January South Park Women's Club will have their Christmas luncheon in place of a meeting this December. The meeting in January 2018 will be January 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the community room with Andy Amrhein of Evey Hardware as guest speaker. —————————————————————————————————————————— 15

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9th Annual Christmas Pajama Party to Benefit Local Shelters Step back in time and enjoy Christmas as it was in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s for a retro Christmas Pajama Party to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. This event will take place at The Good Ol’ Days Nostalgic Vacation House, 914 Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from noon – 8 p.m. Christmas cookies, holiday dips and chips, and punch will be served. Admission: New pajamas for victims of domestic violence and their children. Sleepwear suggestions are: Lounging pants (especially sizes large – 2x) Sleep shirts, and t-shirts, children’s pajamas (up to size 12), and socks. More than a million women and children are victims of domestic abuse in the US and almost all who seek refuge arrive with just the clothes on their backs. “In the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas of giving and helping those in need at this time of year,” said owner of The Good OL’ Days Nostalgic Guest House Melanie Patterson, “this Christmas Pajama Party, along with your donations, will make this Christmas a little brighter for local women and children in our area.” All are welcome; please plan to attend and bring a friend.

Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge Opens at New Location The Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge 2213 is now open at their new location, 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park, and they are ready to book holiday and private events. Call 412-831-0616. Additionally, the Matt Barranti Band is scheduled for December 15, 2017, from 8 p.m. – midnight. Tickets are $5 each. Call the Lodge for more information.

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Mentor Program Seeks Volunteers to Work with Local Students United Way’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” program has expanded into the Mon Valley for the first time ever this school year. But with three new schools added, the program is in dire need of more volunteers. BAMSM provides middle school students with adult mentors, so local kids have someone they can rely on to show up for them once a week to talk, work on homework, listen and just provide a positive experience. In the Mon Valley, Clairton Jr. High still needs 10 mentors; Founders Hall Middle School–McKeesport needs 15; and Woodland Hills Intermediate School also needs 15. Additionally, Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School in Beechview is also in need of 15 more caring adults.

McMurray Art League Holiday Market Planned for December 9th The McMurray Art League (MAL) will host a holiday market on Saturday, December 9 at their gallery in The McDowell Shops, located at 4069 Washington Road, McMurray. The gallery is just down the walk from Atria’s Restaurant. The market will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The artists of McMurray Art League have created art work in a variety of media for your consideration. For your added enjoyment, there will be a reception with light refreshments from 3-5 p.m. Come join the artists of MAL for a holiday celebration, and do a little Christmas shopping at the same time! For information, contact Carmen DiGiacomo at 412-606-8539 or Linda Van NewKirk at 724941-5784.

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Let's Talk Real Estate by ROGER DOLANCH Broker/Owner

Creditworthiness and Property Value: Two Lender Concerns When obtaining a mortgage to finance the purchase of real estate, the borrower typically pays a non-refundable loan application fee of approximately $500. This fee is used to cover the costs associated with two very big lender concerns: the credit report and appraisal. The first lender concern is the creditworthiness of the buyer. You see, the lender’s investor is asked to loan money to people they will never meet! Consider the fact that the source of all mortgage money is some form of somebody’s savings. Instead of investing in bonds, the stock market or putting the money into CDs, the mortgagor invests in mortgages. The intent is to earn a profit, over time, in the form of monthly payments that may

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last as long as 30 years. When deciding whether or not to grant a loan to a particular borrower there are many things taken into account. Does the buyer hold a steady job? How long have they been there? Is their monthly income sufficient to make payments, maintain the property and live? Do they have enough money to close the sale? How many other debts do they have? What are the loan balances and monthly payments? Do they make payments in a timely fashion? What is their credit score? Are there any judgments or bankruptcies in their recent past? Do they pay child support? Historically, does it appear that this buyer can manage finances? Are we able to verify what the buyer says is actually true? Ultimately, based on the information sources available to lenders today, does this buyer appear to be someone the lender can trust to repay the debt with interest plus handle all of the normal financial obligations associated with homeownership? The second lender concern is the property value. You may have wondered about the need for an appraisal. If you are the buyer you know that the sellers and the real estate professionals obviously think that it is priced correctly. After all, if the property was listed for sale on the open market, didn’t the market establish the purchase price? The answer is “not necessarily”. The reality is that whatever type of property someone wants to mortgage, an appraisal will be ordered by the lender. This includes for refinancing or a home equity line of credit. Keep in mind that the lender is being asked to risk someone’s SAVINGS on a property they will never actually

see. Therefore, they need assurance that in the unlikely event the buyer defaults, there is sufficient value remaining in the property that the sale proceeds will satisfy the debt. The appraisal will be ordered by the lender through a third party company so that there is no possible communication or undue influence between the lender and the mortgage company. The appraiser inspects the property then compares it to other similar sold properties in the area. The appraisal gives a lender an unbiased professional opinion as to the property’s value. Another consideration is the fact that when you are the borrower, it is reassuring to know that you are not overpaying for the property. An appraisal does not take the place of a general home inspection. Appraisals are used to determine the estimated value of a property based on numerous factors. A general inspection is a detailed examination of the physical condition of a property. The secondary market, i.e. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, USDA and the VA create guidelines that lenders follow in an attempt to balance procedures to protect both parties’ interests. We all want buyers to be able to continue to buy and lenders to be able to continue to lend safely.

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Warrior 5K Run, Walk and Breakfast Benefits Veterans

Opening ceremonies for the Warrior 5K

2017 winners of the Warrior 5K include (l-r) Steve Spang, 1st Place Male; sponsor Eric Ash, Farmers Insurance; Alexis Rodriquez, 1st Place Female; Owen Meilender, 3rd Place Male; and Rick Elster, VFW Post 7632, Blaine Hill.

The second annual Warrior 5K Run/Walk/Breakfast was held on Saturday November 4, 2017 at Elizabeth Forward Middle School in Elizabeth Township. Elizabeth Forward Youth Athletics (EFYA), Matt Garfold GI Plumbing, Kings Family Restaurant, and Eric L. Ash Farmers Insurance, sponsors for the event, organized this to benefit Elizabeth VFW Post 7632 and American Legion Post 553. Their programs include the Veteran Banner Program, Memorial Day services, graveside flags, youth sports, youth essays, and other community projects. A total of 150 runners participated with a total of $2630.50 collected and presented as a check to the veterans.

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DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE DONORA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND SMOG MUSEUM SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS COME TO DONORA As part of the Society of Environmental Journalist’s (SEJ) 27th Annual Conference that was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh/Swanson School of Engineering from October 4 -8, bus fieldtrips were dispersed all over Western Pennsylvania on Thursday, October 4, and one of the fieldtrips made a stop at the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum to learn more about the impact of the 1948 Smog. The 2017 SEJ Conference was a unique opportunity to expose journalists to western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region in general, and Donora in particular, as well as the work we are doing at the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA GAME FILMS If you’re looking for a very unique Christmas gift this year, keep in mind that among the many items that the Donora Historical Society has in its collection are over 115 reels of football and basketball game film of high school teams from all over the Mon Valley and Western Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1979. They are original 16mm films that are still in the process of being converted to DVD, but after launching this project over two years ago, many games have already been converted. Some games even show significant footage of the band, majorettes and color guards. Please give enough lead time to fill orders in time for Christmas. If you have questions on exactly which games we have, visit our website under the “Game Films” tab.

SEEKING REDWOOD PHOTOS AND STORIES One of the many interesting stories from the early days of Donora is the founding of the Redwood restaurant by Leon “Lee” Rongaus on Castner Avenue. If you have Redwood stories, menus, advertising items, or any other memorabilia that you would like to

donate to the Donora Historical Society to better tell the Rongaus and Redwood story, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have old photos that you would like to share, but do not wish to donate, please keep in mind we can scan them and give them back. Our goal one day is to be able to tell a comprehensive story on the Redwood. 21 ——————————————————————————————————————————

Elizabeth Forward Middle School and Community Honor Veterans at 15th Annual EFMS Veterans Day Program

ELDORA PARKWALKING TOUR Our next Eldora Park Walking Tour will be on Saturday, March 24thand/or March 31st at noon in 2018. We have enough RSVPs right now to fill up one of the Saturdays. The tour will start at the Smog Museum in Donora with a photo and newspaper article presentation on Eldora Park. See our newly acquired century-old Eldora Park 48”x10” panoramic photo. We will then drive the three miles to conduct the walking tour portion in the Eldora section of Carroll Township on the historic Wickerham farm. The cost is $10 per person and you should allow two hours for the presentation and walking tour.

Lieutenant Commander Rick Elster LCDR, Retired welcomes everyone to the EFMS Veterans Day Program.

Frank Tignanelli places a flower at the Table of Honor and Remembrance

SPRING CEMENT CITY HOME AND WALKING TOUR DATE SET Our spring Cement City Home and Walking Tour and your chance to see Thomas Edison’s solution for worker housing created 101 years ago in 1917 is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. If Sunday sells out, Saturday, April 21 will be the overflow date.The cost of the tour is $12/person and space is limited. Call or email to get your name added to a pre-RSVP signup list.

ADDITIONAL INFO If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, email, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and like us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

Guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Justin Riddle, Commander 1st Airlift Squadron

By Alice Harris The Elizabeth Forward Middle School and Elizabeth community as a whole paid tribute to area veterans with an assembly for Veterans Day on November 10, 2017. Principal Dr. Trisha Martell welcomed everyone and opened the ceremonies with a post of colors by Blaine Hill VFW Post 7632 and American Legion Post 553 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Star Spangled Banner, performed by the 7th and 8th grade symphonic band. Lieutenant Commander Rick Elster LCRD, Retired introduced the honor and remembrance ceremonies performed by the veterans. Guest speaker

Lieutenant Colonel Justin Riddle, Commander 1st Airlift Squadron, United States Air Forces spoke eloquently from his own experiences and encouraged students to embrace something worthy and noble and stay with it to be successful, even if there are odds and setbacks. Veterans presented awards to Patriots Pen Essay winners Madelyn McClain, 1st Place; Alyssa Terza, 2nd Place; and Chloe Gallagher, 3rd Place. The ceremony concluded with a Retreat of Colors and ‘Taps’ by Nicholas Snyder and Madison Claflin, and snare drums, performed by Roman Gardner and Calvin Terza. Veterans and guests were treated to refreshments in the iCreate studio following the program.

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DECEMBER NEWS FROM MANTLE HOUSE MISSION We would like to wish you a very merry Christmas from Mantle House Mission. We pray that your holiday season will bring great joy and peace to your lives.

Special Events Join us for our 50% off all Christmas items December 5 until December 23. Enjoy the beautiful Christmas room and all it has to offer. The Christmas room has been newly decorated and contains many new items at yard sale prices. There are many beautiful wreaths, swags, trees, table décor, and more!

Work Day and Volunteering The Mantle House Mission Volunteer Work Day is Saturday, December 9, at 132 S. Main Street, West Newton. There is something for everyone to do, and there are no special skills required. Groups and/or individuals are welcome to come out. If you plan to come, we would like to serve you lunch, just let us know you’re planning to attend. Your service goes toward furthering the mission’s efforts to help homeless young adults. Volunteers are also needed in general to help in the store, clean, inventory, decorate, greet, host events, sort, make phone calls, do construction, share a hobby, etc. There is something for everyone to do!

Donors Mantle House is on the hearts and minds of many who have discovered its mission and have seen the awesome transformation of the young residents that come. In turn, they have made it their heartfelt determination to give financially to the mission. There are churches, estates, individuals, businesses, (some confidentially) and volunteers that give financially on a weekly or monthly basis. We are very grateful for each of you!

Donations Mantle House Mission accepts donations of all items, except TVs, printers, scanners, and computers. We greatly appreciate donations of materials and financial assistance. There are many ongoing needs of the mission, staff, and residents. Your donations help to create a future for the Mission and the young people of the Mission.

Store The Mission Resale Store is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 132 S. Water Street, West Newton. There is something for everyone, from table settings, to furniture, candles, tools, decorations, seasonal items, books, small appliances, office supplies, CDs, lamps, glassware, and so much more. Some items are new or lightly used. The store will be closed December 24 - 26 for Christmas.

Classes Mondays at Mantle House is a Monday night class or activity, hosted by various teachers on behalf of Mantle House Mission. Classes or activities are open to everyone. Classes are on Monday nights at 6 p.m. at the Mission Store. • December 11 - Making Sugar Cookies • December 18 - Surprise Holiday Craft. Come and join the fun! The cost for most classes is $5. If interested, contact us at 724-872-1800.

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Charleroi Area Historical Society’s Holiday Luncheon Filled with Many Blessings The members and guests who attended the annual holiday luncheon held on November 20 enjoyed an afternoon of great food, meaningful story-telling and wonderful gifts of all kinds! Contromano’s Italian Restaurant, 411 Fallowfield Ave., proved once again to be the perfect place for this event. After a blessing by the Rev. Ken Thompson, attendees satisfied their taste buds with delicious Italian cuisine items chosen from the menu. Following the Rev. Ken Thompson receives a mealtime, Rev. Thompson, president of Certificate of Appreciation. the program committee and coordinator of the monthly program meetings, thanked everyone for their support of the year’s activities and commitment to the mission of the Society. Leota Voelker, Board secretary, read a devotion by Ruth Graham titled “A Special Christmas Story” and then shared “A Christmas Prayer,” written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Leota next had different people draw tickets to see who would win the various baskets that members of the Board had put together for this traditional part of the luncheon. Board chairperson Nikki Sheppich and Rev. Thompson each gave members of the Board gifts in appreciation for their service to the Society. Sheppich also held drawings for gift bag door prizes for everyone who had yet to win a something. No one left empty handed! To close the festivities, Rev. Thompson again thanked everyone for how they supported him over the 4-5 years that he coordinated the monthly program meetings and scheduling of speakers, reminding them that the luncheon would be his last event. He and his wife, Karen, moved to Erie, PA, in May. When a Board member expressed his appreciation for Thompson’s years of service, even after moving twice (after his retirement), Rev. Thompson shared his hope has always been that Charleroi could make a comeback and be the town that it once was and still can be. The Board members then surprised Rev. Thompson with a gift basket, a gift card and a framed Certificate of Appreciation. He was genuinely surprised and thanked them for their thoughtfulness. All left the luncheon with the Spirit of the upcoming Christmas holiday.

LIVE NATIVITY IN BETHEL PARK SEEKING VOLUNTEERS Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd., Bethel Park is having a FREE drive-through live Nativity on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy eight outdoor scenes with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car as you drive through a luminary-lit path that depicts the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. We are seeking volunteers to help set up the scenes on Saturday, December 9. Volunteers are also needed the week before to get costumes ready, complete scenery repairs, and fill luminary jugs. To be a part of the live Nativity or if you have any questions, please contact Janet at 412-805-7194 or

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MARC Announces 2017 Christmas House Decorating Contest The Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation (MARC) is announcing that it will hold its first Christmas house decorating contest this holiday season, which will be sponsored by Community Bank. Participation is open to all residents in the City of Monongahela, New Eagle, and all of Carroll Township with a 15063 zip code. The contest is FREE but participants must register. Homeowners must register or be nominated by an admirer in order to be judged. Judging will be based Vinny, Elyse, and Tommy LaCarte of Carroll on curb appeal as viewed from the street Township are pulling out Christmas decoraonly and will take place from 6-8 p.m. tions for the MARC/Community Bank 2017 the week of December 11. Participants Christmas Decorating Contest should ensure that all lights, animations, and decorations are in place and activated for the judging period. Winning homeowners will be awarded a congratulatory sign in their front yard on December 18 and will receive an 8”x10” color photo of their home’s Christmas display. The contest is for exterior decorations, only including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior and will include several categories. The categories include O Holy Night (The best display with a religious theme); Norman Rockwell (A classical, nostalgic, old-fashioned Christmas); Clark Griswold (A display with excessive use of outdoor lighting and decorations); Charlie Brown (The best decorations on a doghouse, tool shed, barn, detached garage, etc…anything but your house); Martha Stewart Would Be Proud! (Elegant, neat, and magazineworthy); andBest Decorated Block (The street or block in a neighborhood that has the best lights and decorations). Businesses are also encouraged to participate in the Best Store Front category. MARC is making this a free community event so that area residents will participate. Entry forms are available at the following locations: Community Bank, Cox Market, Sparkles by Shell, Devore Hardware, Little City Coffee, and Hills Restaurant. Entry forms may also berequested via email at be eligible, you must fill out and submit an entry form no later than 5 p.m. on December 8, 2017. MARC hopes to make the City of Monongahela and the surrounding area a Christmas showcase this holiday season.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN THE FIELD OF NURSING Scholarship opportunities are provided by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club to nursing students entering their final year of studies in a diploma program, associate degree program, or Bachelor of Science degree program. Nurses actively pursuing advanced education in nursing may also apply. Students are eligible whose o cial home of residence is in one of the following 10 counties: Allen, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. Scholarships are awarded each April. Apply through 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 the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For more information, contact scholarship coordinator Jennifer Marino at 412394-2649 or Deadline for SWPA RN Club scholarship applications is March 31, 2018. 23 ——————————————————————————————————————————

Monongahela Valley Hospital Once Again a Toys for Tots Collection Site If you want to help make the holidays a little happier for a local child this year, consider participating in the 2017 Toys for Tots Campaign. Once again, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve and the Mon Valley Leathernecks, a group of former Marines who do the legwork for the local Toys for Tots program. “Monongahela Valley Hospital’s employees have been involved in the Toys for Tots program in the mid-Mon Valley since it began,” said John Bogdan, RN, BSN, nurse manager of the Behavioral Health Unit, who helps coordinate the event for the Hospital. “We look forward to this opportunity to help our neighbors in the community.” From mid-November through December 14, Monongahela Valley Hospital places Toys for Tots collection boxes throughout the hospital and at the Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex in Rostraver. Anyone interested in participating, may drop off new, unwrapped toysat MVH’s Gift Shop or Welcome Desk and at the collection boxes in the HealthPlex. Checks also are welcome. They should be made payable to “Toys for Tots” and mailed to Wally Fronzaglio, Toys for Tots Program Coordinator, 204 Brokaw Ave., Donora, PA 15033 before Dec. 14. Checks and toys received after that date will be used for the 2018 drive.


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Oliver Miller Homestead Will Celebrate Hogmanay on December 3rd On Sunday, December 3, the members of the Oliver Miller Homestead invite guests to come and help them to celebrate Hogmanay. Hogmanay is the New Year’s celebration as followed in Scotland, and the Millers, as Scots Irish, will follow its customs as they end their 2017 season. Members of the Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dancers will perform at the barn and they invite guests to join in and learn the dances. Members of the Bethel Park String Orchestra will entertain at the log house. Weather permitting, traditional games such as the caber toss and the rolling pin toss will be held on the grounds. In the kitchen a haggis and other Scots dishes will be prepared and in the keeping room a tea will be displayed with typical dishes such as meat pies and Scotch Eggs, and cookies such as shortbread and scones. At 4 p.m. guests are invited to join the Millers as they shoo out the old year and welcome in the new with the payment of debts, firing of muskets and banging of pans to scare out the bad of the old year and the greeting of the new year with an ode to the haggis, a toast to the new year, and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. The Homestead is open from 1:30 till 4:30 p.m. and is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive in South Park. For more information, visit our web site at


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Family Hospice Holiday Dove Campaign Allows Families to Remember Loved Ones For the past 16 years, Family Hospice and Palliative Care has been honored to help local residents remember loved ones through the Holiday Dove Memorial Trees. Memorial Trees have been placed in nine locations throughout the Pittsburgh region. The approaching holiday season provides a reminder of the loved ones who are no longer present to celebrate. Whether through their spirit, their caring, the sound of their voice, their laugh, or their touch, they have made an impression that never fades away. For a suggested donation of $35 (or three tags for $100) a loved one’s name is inscribed on a tag and placed around the neck of a white dove that adorns the holiday trees. All monies raised benefit Family Hospice patients and families locally. Trees will be on display through the last week of December at the following locations: • Century III Mall • Galleria of Mt. Lebanon • Family Hospice Inpatient Center at Mt. Lebanon • Veterans Tribute Tree, Family Hospice Mt. Lebanon Courtyard “The dove trees are a meaningful tradition for families,” shares Family Hospice Director of Development Christine Jamison. “We are pleased to offer this program in different parts of the city so that families from our entire community have a place to visit their loved one's dove and tag. It is our hope that these doves bring peace to those whose loved ones are no longer with them for the holiday season.” To make a donation for a dove tag, visit Donations can also be made through the mail. For more information, please call 412572-8874.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral Plans Cookie Walk on December 9th On Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Holy Trinity Cathedral in Whitehall will be selling cookies by the pound, nut rolls, apricot rolls, poppyseed rolls, nut horns, and more! There will be over 50 different cookies available for sale. Cookies will be sold at $10 per pound, all rolls will be $14 each, and nut horns will be $10 per dozen. In addition, we are taking online pre-orders for the rolls and the nut horns - you can then pick them up the day of the sale. Pricing is the same. If you want to pre-order online, email with your name and phone number and indicate what it is you wish to pre-order. Quantities are limited for pre-ordering. Holy Trinity Cathedral is located at 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, just off of Route 51 in Whitehall.

Community Foundation Announces $1 Million Grants Program to Increase Capacity of Local Charities The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) is pleased to announce the creation of a new grants program from its Community CARE Fund (CCF) to help build the capacity of charitable nonprofits in the area. Up to $1,000,000 will be issued in CCF capacity building grants during this initiative, which is anticipated to be completed over the next two years. If the capacity building grants program proves to be successful, another round of grants may be announced in the future. CCF capacity building grants will normally range from $25,000 to $50,000, and may be paid over a period of years. Only 501(c) (3) charities which are not classified as private charities under section 509 (a) of the tax code, and which provide services in Washington County, are eligible to receive a CCF capacity building grant. A capacity building grant could enable smaller charities to reach the next level of operational, programmatic, financial or organizational maturity. However, this initiative is not limited to smaller charities. Qualified charities of any size which are operating in Washington County are eligible to apply. Potential capacity building projects include a communications plan to relate more effectively with constituents, a development plan to grow the charity’s donor base, or a volunteer recruitment plan to increase volunteerism. Capacity building grants may be awarded to assist charities with leadership succession, to update a charity’s technology, to improve how a charity measures its outcomes, or to improve a charity’s accounting procedures. Any activity that increases the charity’s internal capacity will be considered. Charities who wish to apply for a CCF capacity building grant are encouraged to attend the Foundation’s CCF Capacity Building Grant Workshop on Wednesday, January 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Southpointe Golf Club. There is no fee to attend the workshop but charities are required to register through the WCCF’s website at

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Community Foundation Awards $6,000 from Canonsburg Community Fund

WCCF Trustee Tammy Hardy presents the grant check to members of the Canonsburg Pickleball Program.

The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) recently awarded two grants totaling $6,000 from the Canonsburg Community Fund. Since the fund was created by the WCCF Board in 2004, it has provided numerous small grants to the Frank Sarris Public Library, Canonsburg Hospital, Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church and several other charities providing programs in the Canonsburg Community. Canonsburg Armory Youth Center Computer Lab and Homework As the fund was issuing its final grants, Assistance/Tutoring Center a decision was made to issue two larger grants to enable greater impact. Selected to receive grants were two organizations which are serving many Canonsburg residents. WCCF Trustee Tammy Hardy and Foundation staff recently visited the organizations to present the grants. The Friends of Canonsburg Town Park received a $1,000 grant for the Canonsburg pickleball program. The sport of pickleball is taught in the physical education classes in the Canon-McMillan Metro Pittsburgh Youth for Christ School District and continues to grow in Executive Director Chris Thompson, the community with players ranging from After School Program Coordinator 8 to 78 in the pickleball program at Meredith Hoskins, Canonsburg Armory Canonsburg Town Park. Funds from the Youth Center Director JR Gardner, and grant will be used for benches, a portable WCCF Trustee Tammy Hardy net, and a canopy to improve the pickleball court area in the park. The Metro Pittsburgh Youth for Christ received a $5,000grant for the Canonsburg Armory Youth Center Afterschool program. Funds from the grant will be used to provide homework help, tutoring, computer software, educational materials, and a safe, supervised activity-driven program for students who attend Canonsburg Middle School. Cumulatively, the WCCF has awarded almost $10 million in grants and scholarships to improve the quality of life in Washington County since it began operations in December of 1995. To learn more about the WCCF, please visit or contact the Foundation at 724-222-6330 with any questions.

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Washington Symphony Orchestra Receives EQT Foundation Grant Funding to be used for ‘Ho Ho Ho with the WSO’ on December 2nd and 3rd The Washington Symphony Orchestra recently received a grant of $10,000 from the EQT Foundation. The funding is designated for the WSO’s next offering, “Ho Ho Ho with the WSO,” which will be performed twice at Trinity High School in Washington—once on Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m. This is the WSO’s second grant award from the EQT Foundation. “This grant award from The EQT Foundation to sponsor our holiday concerts is a wonderful demonstration of the scope of their community support. The WSO is grateful to again be a recipient of their generosity,” said WSO Board President Monica Merrell. “For every new season the WSO can present our concerts, many thanks are due to our business partners and individual donors and all of the patrons who come to hear us perform. The holiday concert is a wonderful introduction to the WSO, so for those who have not yet heard us, please take this opportunity to come and enjoy the music.” EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to enhancing the social and economic vitality of their operating regions. For more than a decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. “We’re excited to help celebrate the holidays and wonderful traditions in Washington County by supporting this show,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. “The EQT Foundation is proud to be part of outstanding arts programming throughout the region, and is especially pleased to be a returning partner with the Washington Symphony Orchestra.” Tickets for the December 2 and 3 performances at Trinity High School, along with “Best of the Rest” packages, are available on-line at or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS. Advance tickets are also available at Citizens Library in Washington and Peters Township Public Library. For more information, call 724-223-9796.

DECEMBER NEWS FROM NAOMI OUTREACH The speaker for our November meeting was Spencer Miller from Valley Hearing Aide. Mr. Miller's presentation was very well-received by our members. He also gave a generous donation towards our Veterans luncheon. On November 9, we hosted our semi-annual luncheon for local veterans, where 38 veterans were in attendance. Two gift cards were presented to our youngest (54) and oldest (95) veteran. Thank you for your service! Our annual Christmas luncheon will be held on December 6 at the Cedarbrook Golf course in the meeting room at noon. All members are asked to purchase a gift item for $1 only and bring to the luncheon for a gift exchange. The Naomi Outreach wishes to extend a Blessed Christmas season to everyone.

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Crowds Come Out to Celebrate Monongahela Light-Up Night By Julie Kooser On Friday, November 17, Santa made a special visit to Monongahela. All of West Main Street was decorated with tiny lights, Christmas colorful Christmas trees, and festive snowflakes on the street lamps. From the Monongahela Area Library down to First Street, music filled the air. Santa arrived around 5:30 p.m. that evening to see all of the good kids in Monongahela. A long line of children and families waited to meet Santa and his elves. After telling him their Christmas wishes and taking a photo together, the elves gave the children goody bags to take home. Dance Co. by Lori in New Eagle held a performance with their dancers in a blocked off section of West Main. Each team performed to a different song, all contemporary takes of traditional carols. Parents and other community members gathered around to watch and record their performances. Chess Park was bustling with activity. The park was well-lit for the occasion. Community members sang carols in the pavilion and attracted a large crowd of people walking through the town. A small train also operated around the park for the children to ride. The library held a craft show during the day. Vendors sold wreaths, warm clothing,candles and other products seasonal products for the holidays. While Santa was with the children outside, Mrs. Claus made an appearance inside the library for the children. The Volunteer Fire Department held a craft show as well, with similar items for sale. To warm up, the St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church Community offered hot cocoa and cookies to cold community members and crafts for the children to create while warming up. Many of the churches along

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St. Damian of Molokai Catholic Church decorated and opened the doors to community members during Light-Up Night.

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AAA Awards Local Police For Safety Efforts

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More than 50 Western Pennsylvania Departments Earn Prestigious Platinum Awards AAA East Central continued its tradition this year of honoring local police departments for their outstanding efforts in making their communities safer for all modes of travel. In fact, 51 Western Pennsylvania departments received Platinum Awards, while an additional 47 departments were honored with Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards. “We are honored to recognize these local departments for their efforts in the Community Traffic Safety Program,” said Terri Rae Anthony, AAA East Central Safety Advisor. “Each organization has gone above and beyond their call of duty to make their community a safer place for motorists and residents.” Platinum - The Platinum awards were given to “Commendable Leaders” for their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared towards making communities safer. The recipients of the prestigious awards for the South Hills and Mon Valley areas were police departments in: Baldwin, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Clairton, Homestead, Mount Lebanon, South Park, Upper St. Clair, Canonsburg, Cecil, North Strabane Township, Peters Township, South Strabane Township, Washington, and Greensburg. Gold - Gold awards, the second highest recognition to be given, were awarded to the following police departments in the South Hills and Mon Valley areas: Bethel Park, Munhall, Scott Township, Chartiers Township, Donora, Connellsville, and Monessen. Silver - Silver awards were given to police departments in: Bridgeville, Elizabeth Township, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, Waynesburg, Uniontown, and North Huntingdon. Bronze -Bronze awards were given to police departments in: Carroll Township, Charleroi, and Perryopolis. AAA East Central conducts a variety of free highway safety programs throughout Pennsylvania focusing on all age groups. The Club also partners with law enforcement and safety agencies on initiatives to improve the safety of the community and local highways.

By Colette Dell The South Park Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting on November 13 at their usual time at 7 p.m. Prior to the regular meeting, they held two meetings, one concerning MS4, which refers to the maintenance and upkeep of municipal storm water systems, and the other was in regards to adding an ordinance, regulating a transit oriented overlay development. The MS4 meeting was an informational meeting about MS4 in general to educate residents. Some of the latest developments with MS4 include inlet cleaning and the flushing out of storm sewer lines. The following topics were covered during the regular meeting. The bond reduction for the Smoker Self Storage Plan, located at 2900 Piney Fork Rd., was approved and reduced from $54,430, to the remaining balance of $770. A public hearing is scheduled for Tues. Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., to receive public testimony, with regard to South Park Township’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan. On Monday, December 11 at 6:45 p.m., a public hearing will be held regarding the Township’s pollution reduction plan for the purpose of receiving comments from the residents of South Park. As of Tuesday, November 14, Aaron Laughlin was appointed as South Park Township’s Public Works Director. The service contract between Animal Control Services and the Township of South Park was approved. The contract will last for five years, starting December 1, 2017. SHACOG received bids on September 25, for the purchase of fall commodities for the Township. The bids were approved at the meeting.

Carroll Twp. to Build New Municipal Building By Miranda Startare Carroll Township Board of Supervisors announced at the November 9 monthly meeting their decision to rescind the previous purchase of a property intended to replace the current municipal building. The property, which was to be purchased for $270,000, is located at 1378 Fourth Street, Monongahela, and was formerly the Four Oaks Personal Care Home. Most of the cost of the purchase was to be covered by a $250,000 grant. After completing a survey of the property, the supervisors determined that parking was inadequate and the extent of the renovations was more than anticipated. The township will instead build a new municipal building using the grant money. The new building will likely include the township offices, the Sewage Authority offices, and the Police Department. The current building will also be utilized. Also at the meeting, a resident inquired about obtaining information about gas well development in the township. The resident expressed interest in providing residents access to maps showing acreage covered by the gas wells, so residents could determine if they should be receiving royalties. After contacting EQT, the resident was told that maps are available in Washington, PA. The resident asked the Board if the maps could be made available in Carroll Township for residents. The Supervisors will be contacting the representative from EQT to determine if the maps can be made accessible to residents in the township. 28 —————————————————————————————————————————

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Business & Merchant News Community Foundation Recognizes Crossgates for Exemplary Giving & Service The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) recently presented the 2017 Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy to Crossgates at the WCCF’s annual Philanthropy Banquet. Created in 2011 and named in honor of Founding Trustee and past WCCF Chairman Charles C. Keller, the award recognizes local for-profit businesses for exemplary giving and community service. Arthur Schwotzer, founder and chairman of Crossgates, Inc., has a simple yet effective philosophy for corporate and personal giving — “Give where the need is.” It’s a credo he has followed for many years. Schwotzer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as an engineer. He and a partner started a building company in 1952, and he initially specialized in constructing single-family homes. In 1959, he founded Crossgates, a full-service real estate and construction company. Over the years, the company has built apartments, nursing homes, offices, hotels, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. Schwotzer’s son, Gregg, joined the company in 1972. Grandson Ryan became president of Crossgates after his Uncle Gregg’s death in 2014 and today runs the company, “. . . with a little bit of aid from me here and there,” says a smiling Schwotzer. While Crossgates has made a significant mark on the community through its numerous real estate and construction activities, the company also encourages its employees to give generously to those in need. Every holiday season, says Schwotzer, the company and its employees donate to three or four charities, usually the Washington City Mission, the Salvation Army, one organization chosen by the company’s Harrisburg office, and one other organization. In 2016, for example, employees proudly participated

Arthur and Ryan Schwotzer of Crossgates

in the Salvation Army Treasures for Children Christmas Gift Program, which supports local children and their families. Crossgates has supported numerous other charities and organizations as well, including the Holiday Acres Summer Food Service Program in Latrobe, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, St. Clair Hospital, and HACC Central Pennsylvania Community College. Also, Schwotzer notes, “People here walk an awful lot” for charities such as muscular dystrophy. His employees often make him aware of instances where there is a specific or urgent need. “They like to see good things happen and are enthused by it.” When asked what he would like to see as Crossgates, Inc.’s legacy in the community, he characteristically replies, “Staying successful and continuing to be involved in different realms of giving and social work that add value to [employees’] lives and the lives of those they help.” For more information, please visit

Deb Keefer Announces Chamber Retirement Deb Keefer announced her plans for retirement at a board retreat of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held at the Charleroi Alumni Center today. The retirement as full-time executive director will be effective April 6, 2018. Keefer has worked at the Chamber since April 1, 1997, first as an administrator for the Greater Charleroi Chamber of Commerce and then was promoted to executive director later that year. Under her watch, the Board made a historic move in 2001 to regionalize the organization, and the name was changed to the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. The membership in 1997 was 123 members, Keefer recalls, and it Deb Keefer now stands at 340. In addition to Chamber member activities, the MVRCC also embarked on several economic development projects that Keefer coordinated, most notably the acquisition and development of the former Montgomery Ward space after the retailer closed in 2001. The Chamber also purchased dilapidated properties in downtown Charleroi and partnered with Threshold Housing to create a $1.3 million senior housing project which earned a Townie Award from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in 2002. “I have worked my entire adult life,” she said, “and this job by far was the most fun, diverse and rewarding. It has been quite the journey and I navigated it with some remarkable people.” The Board of Directors has formed a reorganization team to meet staffing and transitional needs at the MVRCC for the next five months. Keefer will most likely be involved after the April 6 date in a consulting role to mentor new staff and for the management of Chamber properties, including Chamber Plaza and the Trustees Community Park. “We expect a seamless transition and our membership will not experience any interruption in service,” said Jim Protin, Chamber President. “They will receive the same great benefits and programming they are accustomed to,” he added. Jerry Zahand, Sr. of Highway Appliance interviewed and recommended the hiring of Keefer back in 1997. “We didn’t know each other at all,” she said. “And he continues to be a good friend and mentor to me. He gave me a chance to grow personally and professionally when I really needed it, and the rest is history.” The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community of the mid-Mon Valley region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a fully staffed, full-time Chamber of Commerce with its office located in Charleroi. Its mission is to provide quality networking and educational opportunities to its membership and to advocate economic development activities that will enhance the quality of life and business climate of the Mid Mon Valley.


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Leadbitter Chiropractic Moves to New Location in Monongahela

By Julie Kooser Leadbitter Chiropractic in Monongahela, once at 104 State Route 837, has recently moved to 162 Main Street, just five minutes away from the old location. The new location is across the street from the Italian Village Pizza and beside Uncommonly Bella, on Main. Kathy Sion, Leadbitter Chiropractic officer manager of 17 years, stated that the What sparked the move, as Sion put it, was “all the construction up there.” “It has been a more positive outlook in the office,” she stated. Leadbitter Chiropractic does adjustments and massages and services are available by appointment, though they also do take walk-ins. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 724-258-9565.

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Allstate Agency Owners and Financial Specialists Earn $6,000 Grant for Pittsburgh’s Our Clubhouse Several Allstate agency owners and financial specialists from the Pittsburgh area recently came together to secure a $6,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit Our Clubhouse. The grant will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to create welcoming communities of support for everyone currently living with cancer – men, women, teens, and children -- along with their families and friends. Our Clubhouse provides networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities at no cost. The agency owners and financial specialists each earned $1,000 for Our Clubhouse by volunteering at the organization’s 8th annual Our Glass is Half Full wine tasting led by Marty Randal, an Allstate agency owner in Pittsburgh. Randal, a childhood cancer survivor and Our Clubhouse board member, worked with a group of family and friends to create the Our Glass is Half Full fundraiser, raising nearly $100,000 for the nonprofit since 2010. Our Clubhouse will use the $6,000 grant to further its work in the community. The participating Allstate agency owners and financial specialists are among thousands of agency owners and financial specialists around the country working to strengthen communities by volunteering their time to support the causes they care about most. “As someone who has been touched significantly by cancer and benefited from my membership at Our Clubhouse, I am grateful for Allstate’s support in our volunteer efforts to help people living with cancer,” Randal said. “Allstate agency owners and financial specialists see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve. Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people across the Pittsburgh area.” Our Clubhouse is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes. Participating Allstate agency owners and financial specialists include (in alphabetical order): • Nick Gagianas, McMurray • Bob Harold, Pittsburgh • Marty Randal, Pittsburgh • Dana Richter, Pittsburgh • Ed Zdobinski, Greensburg

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A TOT TA AL CO BETHEL PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES PUBLIC TO UPCOMING BUSINESS EVENTS Friday, December 8 - Join us from 12-3 p.m. to meet our new member, T-Mobile, and Mike, the manager, at South Park Shops. It is an exciting time for our new local businesses. Saturday, December 16 - Join us at The Residence at Logan, 5851 Keystone Drive, for a holiday luncheon. KDKA will be doing live broadcasting. Tuesday, December 19 - Join us at Movement Mortgage, 110 Ft. Couch Road, from 6-8 p.m. and meet Jim Martin, one of our new members.

Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Offers Four for the Price of One Members joining the MVRCC now have the opportunity to join all of any of the auxiliary memberships associated with the Chamber at no additional cost (some restrictions apply). These include: • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($10 million sales & under) • The PA Chamber of Business and Industry (10 employees or less) • The Young Professionals of the Mon Valley - The mission of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry is to articulate and advocate on public policy issues that will expand private sector job creation and lead to a more prosperous Pennsylvania for all its citizens. The Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber is striving to inform and advocate for small local businesses. Anyone interested in joining the Chamber should call Deb Keefer at the Chamber. All fall memberships will not be billed for renewal until 2019 and will be invited to the Christmas Party on December 6.


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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.)

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Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger. What is the name of the film screenwriter Stephen Chbosky promoted in recent visit? What is the name of the childrens book Monongahela author Chuck David wrote? What church is hosting “Christmas in the Burgh”? 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 November Pizza Puzzler contest!

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Emerald Masonry Shines in Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Spotlight for November The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce (MVRCC) is pleased to have Emerald Masonry & Construction, LLC in the Member Spotlight. Located in Dunlevy, PA, owner Matt Claybaugh has been in business since 1989. Emerald Masonry services both the residential and commercial industries, specifically brick, block, stone, concrete and excavation work. Matt also developed Emerald Falls, a housing development in Dunlevy that contains 15 custom built homes. Contact Matt at Emerald Masonry & Construction for your next project at 724-3268311.

Pictured are employees CJ Granus, Matt Claybaugh and Brittany Claybaugh

MVRCC Chamber Christmas Party Slated for December 6th

Enjoying the MVRCC Christmas Party last year are (left to right) Steve Arnowitz, Charleroi Rotary Club; Harlan Shober, Washington County Commissioner; Lisa Neil, Southwest Training Services; and Trish Brickner, PA CareerLink and Chamber Board member.

The 2017 Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Charleroi Elks Club, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is a members-only event. If you are a MVRCC member and have not received an invitation, please call the Chamber office at 724483-3507 or e-mail

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DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE VENETIA COMMUNITY CENTER Venetia Community Center is located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia and hosts senior lunches. Senior lunches are held monthly and are sponsored by the Washington County Aging Services and the Southwestern PA Area on Aging. These delicious lunches are prepared by the staff of the Canonsburg Senior Center and delivered by our faithful volunteers to the Center. All seniors are welcome. Suggested donation is $2. A speaker or music is provided after the luncheon for your information and pleasure. Senior lunches will be served only once in December: December 14 Lunch: 12 p.m. Our program will be a Christmas Party sponsored by “Caring Missions of Washington.” There will be a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction. Tickets for both are $2 each. Come win some great prizes and money. Tickets are 3 for $2. All seniors are welcome. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Carolyn Dagg at 412-833-7111. Birthdays for December: Bill Crawford, Paul Davis, Elizabeth Jefferies, Lois McCloskey, Bob Topoz, Dorothy Townsend, and Charlotte Valentine. Anniversary for December: Patricia and William Van Kirk.

Program to Benefit Seniors Strengthens Presence in South Hills Organizations work together to increase awareness, recruit volunteers South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM), United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Wesley Family Services, with support from the Jefferson Regional Foundation, are working together to deepen the impact of United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior initiative throughout the South Hills. The program connects volunteers with older adults to provide transportation support, companionship and reprieve for family caregivers, so seniors can stay safe and healthy in their own homes. In the South Hills, 19% of - or nearly one out of five - individuals are over 65, 78% of whom depend on friends and family as their only sources of help. “The need is here. We’re happy to work with United Way to recruit more volunteers who can reach seniors who need support. Volunteers can be someone who wants to help an older adult, to a retired individual with the time and energy to give, to a young professional looking for a way to get involved in the community, and more,” said Jim Guffey, executive director, SHIM. “And we want our senior neighbors and their caregivers to know they have a place to turn.” Currently, across the region, nearly 2,000 volunteers help more than 7,500 seniors through United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior program. Volunteers offer rides to the doctor, help with grocery shopping, companionship, weekly phone calls, home safety checks and more. “For many seniors in the program, the visits from their Open Your Heart to a Senior volunteer is something they look forward to, and the support allows them to remain safe and independent in the comfort of their own homes,” said Heather Sedlacko, director of programs for seniors and people with disabilities, United Way. “The program also allows family caregivers – grown children, spouses, neighbors, friends – some time to run errands, focus on other responsibilities or even relax.” With generous support from the Jefferson Regional Foundation, SHIM, United Way and Wesley Family Services will expand the presence of this program in the South Hills to reach more seniors in need. Community members can sign up by visiting

Center on the Hill Senior Center Seeks Vendors for Springtime Craft Show Center on the Hill Senior Center, 100 Summit Rd., Belle Vernon will have a craft and vendor show on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. Chinese auction, baked goods & lunch available. Registration for tables starts January 2, 2018. $20 per table. Contact Pat at 724-929-6366.

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT WEST NEWTON CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS West Newton Center for Active Adults, 103 E. Main St. in West Newton, can be reached at 724-872-4976. The center is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call and receive our monthly shout out by email, then decide what days you would join us for lunch. Lunch reservations are due one week before each Tuesday for a $2 donation for those over age 60 and a $3.33 for those under 60. The center has a full beauty shop; call for an appointment. We offer daily card playing, scat, euchre, poker, pool, Wii bowling, bingo, and speakers. Each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., we offer 20 games of nickel-a-card bingo with a treat following the games. Once a month gambling trips will commence again in January, as will our Coffee and Canvas painting classes. December Events: • December 4 – Seniors for Safe Driving course at 5 p.m. Call to make your reservation. • December 5 - Speaker from Blackburn Center, 12:30 p.m. • December 11 - Sutersville Bingo, 1 p.m. • December 18 - Ceramic class - make your reservation to paint a tree ornament, 12:30 p.m. • December 19 - Christmas Party, 10 a.m., with Cathy Rhodes as entertainment. • December 22 - Oldies Dance, 12:30 p.m. • December 26 - Grocery Bingo, 1 p.m. Coming Up! • April - one-day bus trip to Gettysburg • May 12 – one-day bus Amtrak trip to Altoona and Raystown

Seniors for Safe Driving December and January Classes Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for seniors 55 years of age and older. The programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. Receiving this discount is mandated by Pennsylvania State Law. Upcoming Classes: • December 6, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., McKeesport Library, McKeesport • December 6, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon • January 3, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon • January 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Paramount Senior Living, Bethel Park • January 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Elizabeth Church, Pittsburgh To register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245 or visit

DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE CLAIRTON AARP Join the Clairton Area AARP #1612 for their holiday lunch on Wednesday, December 6 at the South Hills Country Club. We'll be entertained by keyboardist Jim Sykes, who will provide us with festive holiday music. Call Donna Shultz at 412-384-7894 for menu choices and to make a reservation. The cost is $25 per person. AARP #1612 will not meet in January or February. Following the December luncheon, our chapter will begin regular meetings on March 28, 2018. The year will begin with another hot lunch and more great entertainment. The tour committee has planned several day excursions and some multi-day trips for 2018, beginning with an Easter celebration in Ligonier on March 20. All information will be in our January newsletter. To request a copy or get further information, call Kathy at 412-854-0594. 36 —————————————————————————————————————————

LASER-CATARACT EYE CARE Q: Can my cataract surgery A: Yes. Spartan Health Surgicenter has teamed up with the doctors at Glaucoma Cataract Consultants to provide the latest laser technology for cataract removal. CATARACT SURGERY when the standard procedure has provided excellent results?

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A: Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery allows for the performance of REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGERY. The goal is to not only remove the clouded human lens and restore good vision but also provide accuracy, heretofore not possible, that allows for minimum, if any, dependence on glasses post-procedure.

Q: How does the laser do this? A: The laser, painlessly, in about 35 seconds, makes all the incisions necessary for the cataract procedure. It also creates relaxing incisions for the reduction of astigmatism, and it softens and divides the cataract to facilitate its removal in the operating room.

Q: Who will most benefit from Laser REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGERY? A: Patients with cataracts that wish to reduce dependence on, or eliminate glasses, will most greatly benefit from this advanced technology. The laser technology allows for the reduction of astigmatism, the elimination of nearsightedness and farsightedness, and the more accurate placement of multifocal or bifocal implants. With bifocal implants, the almost complete elimination of glasses for reading and distance vision is possible.

THESE AREA SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE HERE TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS... If you have questions for our expert, send your questions to SOUTH HILLS-MON VALLEY MESSENGER, P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or e-mail


Q: Is every patient a candidate for Laser REFRACTIVE CATARACT

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furniture that makes it such high quality?

A: The doctors at Glaucoma Cataract Consultants, Dr. Mondzelewski and Dr. Danaher, will decide with you what procedure might be of most benefit. Certain patients with corneal or macula difficulties may not fully benefit from the new technology, and the standard small incision surgery can provide good results.

Q: Where will my surgery be performed? A: Spartan Health Surgicenter, together with the doctors at Glaucoma Cataract Consultants, have teamed up to provide the LenSx laser platform. This advanced technology femtosecond laser has already had extensive use at Spartan Health Surgicenter. We are proud to provide this state of the art approach to cataract surgery here in the Mon Valley.


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you use, the better the finished result. That's why Flexsteel Highway Appliances takes such great care in selecting the materials used in building sofas, sleepers, recliners, and motion furniture. Our exclusive blue steel seat spring design has been delivering unmatched comfort and durability since 1927. And unlike eight way hand-tied springs, it never needs retying or replacing to keep you from getting that sinking feeling years from now. State-of-the-art cross-grain laminated hardwoods let us create frames so strong you can count on them for a lifetime - we guarantee it. Flexsteel fabrics have passed demanding tests for fading, pilling and wearability. Our leathers are available in your choice of finishes, from practical, easy-care choices to luxuriously soft aniline dyes. Over 1,000 different fabrics and leathers to choose from.

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YOUR HEALTH MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL DECEMBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs this month. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC). Monday, Dec. 4 — Look Good Feel Better® 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The American Cancer Society designed this program for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Presenters will provide specific treatment techniques to help ladies look their best while undergoing treatment. All who register more than five days prior to the event will receive a makeup package valued at $200. To register, call 1-800-227-2345. Wednesday, Dec.6 — Advanced Carbohydrate Counting 6 - 8 p.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. Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 15 — Nar-Anon Family Group 6 - 7 p.m. Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction. As a Twelve-Step program, the group offers help by sharing experiences, strength and hope. The NarAnon program is based on a set of spiritual principles and has no affiliation with any denomination. The only requirement for membership is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. For more information, call 412-5124718. Monday, Dec.11— Suicide Bereavement Support Group - 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is a fourmonth 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 724-2681144. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 — Managing Your Diabetes - 8:30 – 11:30 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 days. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483. Tuesday, Dec. 12 — RSDS Support Group - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492. Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Alzheimer’s Support Group -6 - 8 p.m., ECC. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the family members, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations are requested by calling 724-258-1333. Thursday, Dec. 21 — Ostomy Support Group- 2 – 3:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1773. Thursday, Dec. 28 — Stroke Support Group - 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

‘Celebration of Life’ Memorial Service Planned for December 1st at Canonsburg Hospital Christmas always is bitter sweet for those who have lost loved ones. We want to remember but remembering hurts. Come and bring a photo of your loved one and join with others with a significant loss for this time of remembrance. The service will be held in the McNary Center in Canonsburg Hospital at 7 p.m. on December 1. There will be light refreshments following. For a reservation, please call 724-745-6100 Ext. 4118.

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IS BARIATRIC SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU? Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center


eet Surgeon Hiram Gonzalez, M.D. at our free information sessions to learn how weight loss surgery can help those struggling to lose 100 pounds or more. MVH offers three types of minimally invasive bariatric surgery through our Weight Control and Wellness Program.

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Library News BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main Street Bentleyville, PA 15314 724-239-5122 Acting Director: Char Carpenter

Theme this month: Cookie Bakeoff & Appetizer Ideas. Bring a dozen of cookies and the recipe or an appetizer and the recipe. We will snack and discuss your yummy treats.


Bentleyville Public Library Hosts Family Craft Night

510 Meldon Avenue Donora, PA 15033 724-379-7940

All events will be at the library's temporary location at the Fairpoint Building, 608 Main Street in Bentleyville.

Donora Public Library Preps for Holiday Program

Family Craft Night December 13 - 5:30 p.m. We will be making gingerbread houses, open to all ages. Please register by calling the library at 724-239-5122

Storytime Hour – every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Join us for Storytime and a craft with Miss Dominique, geared for preschool ages. We look forward to seeing you. Holiday Program – December 2 at 1 p.m. Join us for a festive hour of cookie decorating and also get to color your own stocking. Supplies are provided. Event is limited to 30 kids.

COMMUNITY CASTLE SHANNON LIBRARY 3677 Myrtle Avenue Castle Shannon, PA 15234 412-563-4552 Heather Myrah, Library Director Heather Weleski-Youth Services Coordinator

Community Castle Shannon Library Hosts Poinsettia Sale, Cooking Group Annual Poinsettia Sale Red, pink and white - 6 ½ in. foil wrapped pots are $10 per plant. Order forms are available at the front desk. Delivery dates: Monday, November 27 and Monday, December 4. Support our library this holiday season! Sponsored by the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon-Castle Shannon Rotary. Cook the Book Discussion Group Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Do you love reading cookbooks and making new recipes? If so, then this is the club for you!! We pick the cookbook or theme, and you select and make a recipe from that cookbook or theme. Please call the library or stop in to register.

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JEFFERSON HILLS LIBRARY Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center, 925 Old Clairton Road Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 Director: Jan Reschenthaler

Jefferson Hills Library Offers Bereavement Support All programs are open to the public at the Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center Community Room. Register online at or call the Library at 412-655-7741. All of our programs can be accessed online. Bereavement Support During the Holidays Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7 to 8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ruth Zalonis, RN,

MSN, OCN, CHPN, GC-C from Jefferson Hospital Holidays generally represent time spent with family and friends, but these celebrations can be challenging while grieving because they only magnify the loss. The sadness feels more profound and the loneliness goes deeper. It is the time that we miss our loved ones even more than usual. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. Come to this support work shop. Learn some coping skills and share with others who may be able to relate to what you are going through. Please call the Library to RSVP for this program.

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY & CULTURAL CENTER 326 Donner Avenue Monessen, PA 15062 724-684-4750 Library Director: Dave Zilka

Monessen Public Library Offers Investment Learning Program On Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 - 11 a.m., Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will host a program on investment learning. "How Investor Psychology Affects Us All" will be presented by Ken Kaszak, a registered representative and investment advisor representative. He has written numerous articles and essays designed to teach nonfinancial people the relevant aspects of investment planning. The program will focus on how to increase and improve financial literacy. Investors need to understand which factors influence their thought process and how the decisions they make impact their investment returns. The unique presentation provides insight, education and humor into a somewhat humorless, but extremely relevant subject. The participants will not only learn the biases associated with investment psychology, but will be exposed to the following equally important aspects of investing: History and

mechanics of the capital markets and the investment media as an investor’s friend of frenemy. Please contact the library at 724-6844750 to register.

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St. Monongahela, PA 15063 724-258-5409

Monongahela Area Library to Replace Lighting, Offers Art of the Month Program We are very happy to announce that we are scheduled to replace our lighting very shortly. We will close for Thanksgiving and not reopen until Monday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Our book drop will be open while we are closed. Art of the Month - December 21 from 5-6 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of holiday ornament creation. Registration is required to make certain we have enough supplies on hand. Please stop by the front desk or call 724-258-5409 during business hours. We will be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 25 and will re-open Tuesday at our normal 11 a.m. start time.

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-379-5511 Library Director: Ruth Ann Zupan

Rostraver Public Library to Hold Ornament Decorating Session Christmas Bulb Glass Ornament Decorating December 10, 12 - 3 p.m. All ages are welcome! Guests are invited to create their own Christmas bulbs at $10 per bulb. Reserve your spot with

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY 301 Lindsay Road Scott Township, PA 15106 412-429-5380 Contact: Angelina Levyy

Scott Township Public Library Plans ‘New Year’s at Noon’ Celebration NEW YEAR'S AT NOON, Children of all ages Sunday, December 31, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sometimes kids can miss out on New Year's fun because of bedtime... so come celebrate with us at noon instead! We will count down to noon, have a ball drop, do crafts, play games, give away prizes, and eat snacks! Register at on ‘Calendar of Events’ tab or call 412-429-5380. For more programs, please visit, Calendar of Events.

WEST NEWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 124 North Water St. West Newton, PA 724-633-0798

West Newton Public Library December News Hours of Operation: Open Mondays and Thursdays, 12-5 p.m.; Wednesdays,

12-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Check out our beautiful new website and like us on Facebook. Stop in and visit our library that has a hardcover, paperback, biography, nonfiction, DVDs, audio, essay, and junior sections. We have a lounge room with two comfortable leather chairs for you to use. There are three computers for public use. Consider donating $25 for a book memorial in honor or memory of a loved one, forms are available at the front desk and both local funeral homes. Donations of good used jewelry and books are now being accepted. Plans are for an early April jewelry and book sale.

WHITEHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Borough Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15236 412-882-6622 Director: Paula Kelly

Whitehall Public Library Offers Presentation on Kaufmann’s The Big Store: A Kaufmann's Talk Tuesday, December 5, 1 p.m. Meet author Melanie Linn Gutowski under the Kaufmann's clock for a look back at one of Pittsburgh's favorite retail destinations. You'll do some window shopping, eat at the Tic Toc, and then ride the escalator up to every kid's favorite, Toyland. Following the picture presentation, we’ll have our own version of Toyland on display for patrons to grab a Christmas present! Refreshments (and memories!) will be served. Copies of the new Kaufmann's Department Store history book will be available for sale by the author. Suggested donation at the door: $2. To register, call 412-882-6622 or online at the website

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SPORTS Closing Day for YCC Women’s Golf Association Celebrates Announcement of New Officers

Executive board members Sue Hobart, Lynne McHolme and Penny Natale. Missing from picture is Vickie McDevitt.

Awards director Jan Korposh wraps Hee Soo Kim in her winnings.

Youghiogheny Country Club 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association in Elizabeth Township recently hosted closing day festivities and announced officers for 2018. Serving on the 18-Hole Golf Association Executive Board for 2018 are Vickie McDevitt, chairlady; Penny Natale, program chairlady; Lynne McHolme, treasurer; Sue Hobart, secretary; Betty Lee Hancsak and Jan Korposh , directors; and Hee Soo Kim, tournament director. The executive committees include: Cora Guinto, awards; Diane Riley, handicap and rules; Jan Korposh, house; Betty Lee Hancsak, ringers; and Maureen Fiore, publicity. Special committees and chairladies are: Guest Day, Lynn McHolme; Gala Day, Jane Marino; Doe Day, Sandy Payne; Memberships and Memorials, Angie Piesik; and Hee Soo Kim,10 Ladies Out.

Closing Day for YCC Women’s Golf Association Celebrates Announcement of New Officers Youghiogheny Country Club 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association in Elizabeth Township recently hosted closing day festivities and announced officers for 2018. Serving on the 18-Hole Golf Association Executive Board for 2018 are Vickie McDevitt, chairlady; Penny Natale, program chairlady; Lynne McHolme, treasurer; Sue Hobart, secretary; Betty Lee Hancsak and Jan Korposh, directors; and Hee Soo Kim, tournament director. The executive committees include: Cora Guinto, awards; Diane Riley, handicap and rules; Jan Korposh, house; Betty Lee Hancsak, ringers; and Maureen Fiore, publicity. Special committees and chairladies are: Guest Day, Lynn McHolme; Gala Day, Jane Marino; Doe Day, Sandy Payne; Memberships and Memorials, Angie Piesik; and Hee Soo Kim,10 Ladies Out.

A Ram with Ringgold Roots Pine-Richland Rams All-American Lacrosse Player is the Daughter of Two Ringgold Graduates Marina Miller lives in the north hills suburb of Wexford and is a nationally ranked, senior midfielder for the PineRichland Rams girl’s lacrosse team. Her parents were once “Rams” of a different color, donning the blue and gold of the Ringgold Rams, right here in the Mon Valley. Marina is the daughter of Greg Miller (Ringgold class of 1987) and Carey (Balog) Miller (Ringgold class of 1988). Ringgold has never had a lacrosse team, so it is a sport that Greg and Carey never had the opportunity to play in high school. But their daughter, Marina is a natural, and has excelled at the sport since a young age. Marina is the Pine-Richland girl’s lacrosse all-time career goal leader with 235 goals and she helped lead her team to their first ever WPIAL title in 2017. She is a two-time All-American; threetime All-Section and All-WPIAL; a two-time Varsity Captain; and has been named to the U.S. Lacrosse High School National Team three times for Western PA. Inside Lacrosse Magazine recently ranked Marina Miller as the 39th best high school senior in the country. When she was just a freshman, Marina made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse for Penn State University, and just recently signed her official Letter of Intent. She plans to study psychology and criminology. In addition, Marina joined the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club staff and is in her 2nd year as a C.I.T (Coach In Training) with Premier's 2021 and 2024/25 Teams. Marina is the granddaughter of Cindy and the late Dave Miller of New Eagle, and granddaughter of Sheila and the late Terry Balog of Finleyville.

Marina Miller (white, number 13) in action for the Pine-Richland Rams

Marina Miller (seated), signs her National Letter of Intent to attend Penn State University. She is flanked by her parents, and former Ringgold graduates Greg Miller, and Carey (Balog) Miller, along with her younger brother Merrick who plays on the Pine-Richland football team.

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School News...School News Elizabeth Forward's Greenock Elementary Students Go On Annual Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Thomas Jefferson High School Students Selected as Pleasant Hills Rotary Students of the Month TJHS students Elaina and William Morano were selected as November Rotary Students of the Month by the Pleasant Hills Rotary Club.

Students from Mrs. Huwalt's second grade class enjoy the bumpy hayride around the farm.

Searching for the perfect pumpkin takes some time for these students.

By Michelle Taylor Although the weather wasn't ideal, on Monday, October 30, roughly 200 students from the Greenock Elementary boarded the buses for their annual trip to Triple B Farms pumpkin patch. Upon arrival to the farm, they were greeted with a day’s worth of activities. The students participated in corn mazes, the 'Squirrel Hill Tunnel' slide, haystack climbing, water pump ducky races, photo opportunities on a real tractor, a play area with tractor wheels for climbing, seeing the farmyard animals, and a hayride around the farm. In addition to the scheduled activities, they also had a lesson on how a pumpkin grows, the importance of bees and their roles in the hive, and how most things come from a farm. This information was given by a longtime staff member inside the learning barn. At the end of the crisp fall day, each child got to choose a pumpkin to take home as a souvenir from the farm.

St. Elizabeth Elementary School Hosts Lottery Calendar Sale Saint Elizabeth Elementary School is selling 2018 lottery calendars. The calendars are $30 with daily payouts of $50, nine days with a payout of $100, and two days at $150. Winners are determined based on the evening PA Lottery Pick 3 number- straight hit, first draw only. Lottery calendars make the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list. If you would like to request a specific number, please contact the school office at 412- 881-2958 or email

CCAC Mechatronics Student from Monongahela Receives $5,000 Scholarship Community College of Allegheny County student Rich Carlson received one of six 2017 PACK EXPO scholarships awarded in the U.S. and Canada in the amount of $5,000 from PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute). Carlson is the only recipient from Pennsylvania and the only student majoring in mechatronics technology to receive the scholarship. The other scholarship recipients are from Conestoga College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Clemson University and University of Wisconsin. “I’m honored. PMMI is a very important organization within the packaging industry,” said Carlson, who is studying mechatronics technology at CCAC’s West Hills Center in Oakdale. He also received a $2,000 scholarship from the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship program. Carlson, 50, who holds an associate degree in electronics engineering technology, enrolled at CCAC in August 2016 to further his skills in mechatronics and gain expertise in fluid power and PLC (programmable logic controller)—skills that will help him advance in his field. He currently works for Phoenix First Response, a data acquisition and control development company, which serves the mining, tunneling and civil engineering industries. To be considered for the PACK EXPO scholarship, students must attend a PMMI partner school, have at least one semester remaining in their college careers and hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants should be majoring in engineering, packaging, processing, mechatronics, or a related field and should demonstrate financial need. For more information about CCAC’s mechatronics technology program, visit the website

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Pleasant Hills Middle School Students Recognized at WJH School Board Meeting

Pictured are (l-r): Dani Alisesky; Katie Cunningham; Erin Hurst; Ava Korshlak; Alyssa McCormick; Shanice McNeil; Jillian Piscitelli; Emma Ratner; Kaylee Rehak; Christine Rossi; Annali Thomas; and Carly Woods.

Several students from Pleasant Hills Middle School were recognized at the October 24, 2017 school board meeting. Principal Dan Como introduced this year’s Student Council officers and they spoke about all the positive things happening at the middle school. So far this year, students and staff organized a hurricane relief fundraiser raising over $1,700 in one week. Student Council is now leading the way for the annual food drive through individual student collections, the staff v. student volleyball game, and three grade-level pancake breakfasts. Principal Como also introduced the founders of a brand new organization at the middle school this year – The Kindness Project. To support the district core values of empathy, respect and integrity, 7th graders Jillian Piscitelli and Emma Ratner formed The Kindness Project along with a committee of students whose sole objective is to promote kindness and make PHMS a better place for all students. The committee delivers hand-written notes containing random acts of kindness. Students are encouraged to perform these random acts of kindness as many times as they can during the course of the school week and watch as their acts of kindness spread and positively affect others! Members of the Kindness Project delivered their special notes to all of the School Board Members. Congratulations, and thank you, to the following PHMS students for all that you do to help others and promote kindness! You are truly an inspiration for all of us! 2017-18 Student Council Officers President – Christine Rossi Vice President – Kaylee Rehak Treasurer – Shanice McNeil Secretary – Rachel Parsons The Kindness Project Dani Alisesky Katie Cunningham Erin Hurst Ava Korshlak Alyssa McCormick Rachel Parsons Jillian Piscitelli Emma Ratner Annali Thomas Carly Woods

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Two of the October Students of the Month were honored at the November meeting of the Old Trails BPW. Both are seniors at Bentworth High School. Ronn Holmes, son of Carrie and Ron Holmes, is a music student and is very involved the marching and concert bands. Ronn is in the academic league, National Honor Society, FBLA, mock trial and plays baseball. He plans on attending Kent State for architecture. Julia Stearn, daughter of Talitha Schweitzer and John Stearn, attends Pictured are (l-r): Calista Boyce, Ronn MVCT Center with a great interest in Holmes, Julia Stearn and Alexandra Gray the culinary arts. Julia participates in Skills USA and National Technical Honor Society. She hopes to study at IUP with a focus in culinary and business and would like to eventually own her own restaurant. Three students were honored in November, our art month. Calista Boyce is the daughter of Terri Boyce. She attends Bentworth High and is very interested in zoological studies. Calista hopes to join the military to honor her father, who served in the Navy and graduated from West Liberty College. Alexandria Gray, daughter of Tamela and Robert Gray, was the art student from Beth Center High School. She is very interested in drawing. Alexandria is a church volunteer and a member of the marching and concert bands. She is undecided about her future, but she does plan on attending a four-year college. Sarah Hiers is the daughter of Dwayne and Jacqueline Hiers and was the art student from Charleroi High School. She was unable to attend.

The Community College of Allegheny County will offer spring intersession courses at its South campus from December 19, 2017 to January 12, 2018. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest. The initiative will also provide opportunities for Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients to continue receiving their monthly housing allowance while furthering their degree during the break. Classes offered at Allegheny Campus include: Introduction to Accounting, English Composition 2, Introduction to Sociology, Oral Communication, History of Pittsburgh: Past, Present and Future, and Academic and Personal Development. The classes offered at South Campus include: Introduction to Theatre, Oral Communication, Introduction to Music and Introduction to Sociology. Typically, veteran students lose their housing allowance during the break between semesters, which can have a significant impact on a family’s finances, said Bridgett Elliott Golman, Dean of Student Development, Allegheny Campus. In addition to current veteran and nonveteran students, the program is open to prospective students, as well as students who are home on break from other universities. “This is a great opportunity for all students,” said Elliott Golman. “These courses are not only a smart way for any eligible student to get a head start on the spring semester, but veterans who are enrolled and are receiving benefits will continue to receive their housing allowance through the break.” For more information, contact South Campus Registration at 41-469-6203 or

Pleasant Hills Middle School Students Surpass Thanksgiving Food Drive Goal

Cook Announces $104,500 in Safe School Grants for 49th Legislative District

The students at Pleasant Hills Middle School (PHMS) organize a Thanksgiving Food Drive every year to benefit the Olivet Presbyterian Church Food Bank in West Elizabeth. Last year, they donated almost 10,000 pounds of food to help the food bank assist local families at Thanksgiving and throughout the winter months. This year, the students surpassed their goal of over 10,000 pounds of donations! The PHMS Student Council led the way for the food drive and helped to organize two events to benefit the drive: the staff vs. student volleyball game and the annual grade-level pancake breakfasts during homeroom periods. Students were admitted to these events by bringing two cans of food to each event. The school continued to collect food until Wednesday, November 8 and the food was delivered to the food bank on Friday, November 10 in time for their Thanksgiving distribution.

Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) announced that the Department of Education has awarded more than $104,500 in Safe Schools Grants to school districts in the 49th Legislative District. “These grants are an important component in making schools safer for our children and teachers who deserve a safe haven in which to learn and teach,” said Cook. “How these funds are used will be determined by the needs of each individual school district. Basic guidelines are in place, but which measures they choose to implement is completely up to them.” District 49 school districts receiving these grants are as follows: • Charleroi School District – Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant – $45,753. • Charleroi School District – Safe Schools Equipment Grant – $20,000. • Intermediate Unit 1 (serving Fayette, Greene and Washington counties) – Safe Schools Equipment Grant – $20,000. • Mon Valley Career and Technical Center – Safe Schools Equipment Grant – $18,799. Safe Schools school police/resource officer grants last for two years and are intended to be used for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. Safe Schools equipment grants assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. In addition, the funding assists schools in procuring the resources and training necessary to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff. 44 —————————————————————————————————————————

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Local People News Charthene Club Announces November and December Girls of the Month The Charthene Club met at Armando’s Restaurant on November 2, 2017. President Barbara Pepper opened the dinner meeting and welcomed members and guests. For our “acts of kindness” in November, the club presented veteran Barry Brinker with tray of cookies, which he will take to the American Legion. On Saturday November 25, members will be handing out treats to the children after they have has a visit with Santa. Youth and Education Chairperson Mareen Lindsay announced that Emily La Carte has been chosen as the November Girl of the Sierra Short Month. Emily is a senior at Charleroi Area High School, where she is a highest honor student and has been inducted into the NHS. She serves as vice president of the Class Executive Club and is the school board student representative for Student Council. She is involved in SADD, peer jury, Foreign Language Club, Symphonic Band, and is drumline captain for the marching band. She was chosen for the 2017 Homecoming Court and was the February Rotary Student of the Month. Emily is very involved in the community. She has volunteered at blood drives, cleanup days, Relay for Life, the American Heart Walk, coat drives, toy drives, Day of Hope, and the Joe Emily La Carte Perotta Pinto Tournament, and she has served as a ski coach for Special Olympics. She plans to attend Penn State University to major in business and aspires to be a member of Penn State University Blue Band. Emily is employed by Model Cleaners of Charleroi. Mareen Lindsay announced that Sierra Short has been selected as the December Girl of the Month. Sierra is a senior at Charleroi Area High School and has been inducted into the NHS. She serves as president of the senior class, participates in the peer jury, Class Executive Club, Interact Club, REACH gifted program, SADD, varsity basketball, track, and volleyball. Sierra is also very involved in the community. She has volunteered with Charleroi Area Reading Camp, Humane Society Food Drive, Joe Perotta Memorial Foundation, and Relay for Life and is a peer tutor. She plans to attend Seton Hill University to become a physician assistant.

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Debra Keefer Receives 20-Year Service Award from PACP Debra Keefer, Executive Director of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce based in Charleroi, PA, was among eight chamber of commerce professionals who were awarded the PA Association of Chamber Professional’s (PACP) distinguished service awards. The awards were given at the awards ceremony for the 2017 PACP Professionals Leadership Conference, held October 26 at The Park Inn in Clarion. Her award marked 20 years of leadership in the Chamber of Commerce industry. PACP’s Service Awards are meant to promote and recognize outstanding chamber service not only to the individual’s community Debra Keefer but also to their professional association. “It was important to be a part of the PACP from the very start,” said Keefer. “The networking and idea sharing has been priceless.” Keefer has been the Director of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1997, and has been a member of the PACP for all of those 20 years.

Monongahela Author Pens Children's Book By Charlotte Hopkins Monongahela author Chuck David traveled to Springfield, Ohio for a book fair sponsored by Higher Ground Books. David's book, “The Tin Can Gang,” is a children's Christian book that is a motivational read, especially for children struggling with tragedies, such as divorce or being bullied. He is hopeful that the book will encourage Author Chuck David particiadults and children to read together. pates in his first book show. David first started writing poetry in elementary school, winning numerous awards along the way. He found comfort in writing. From there he grew to write short stories. When he was 13 years old, a friend taught him how to draw. That was when he first created his imaginary world of playing with tin cans. He shares his writing on his Facebook page, Chuck David “A Poem a Day.” David explained, “The page includes poetry of my thoughts, my life, and visions that God has shown me.” David's writing plans for the future are to continue to write books in the Tin Can Gang series, to write an autobiography that details the trials he overcame in his own life, as well as a journal of his poetry.

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Bethel Park Scout Jack Urso Achieves Eagle Scout Rank Jack W. Urso, 18, of Boy Scout Troop #4 of Upper St. Clair, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boys Scouts of America, after passing his board of review on June 25, 2017. Jack is the son of Sunny and Jim Urso of Bethel Park. Jack joined Cub Scouts 11 years ago, and since joining Troop #4, he has completed all required ranks, has earned 48 merit badges, has held positions of senior patrol leader, patrol leader, and troop guide, and was on Heritage Reservation Summer Camp staff. Jack has also gained membership in the Order of the Arrow. Jack is currently a senior at Bethel Park High Jack W. Urso School. He is a member of the rifle team and is employed at Au Grottens Café and Catering in Bethel Park. Jack is also an assistant scout master with Boy Scout Troop #4. His Eagle Scout project benefited military personnel serving abroad. It consisted of going to local businesses and collecting/purchasing various items and then assembling them in 150 care packages that were presented to Air National Guard soldiers as they were deployed in June. Jack raised $2,587 through a letter writing campaign. A total of 13 scouts volunteered 75 hours, 4 adults gave 38 hours, and 6 others donated 43 hours, for a total of 156 hours. Jack would like to thank the donors, his family, friends and Troop 4 for all their help in making this project a great success. Jack would also like to thank all military personal for their service to our great country.

A New Cup of Tea! Former Tea Room Proprietor Finds Her New Passion in Real Estate Monongahela resident Chrissie Cole, former owner of Victorene’s Tea Room, has recently joined the team at Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate. Cole owned and operated Victorene’s Tea Room in Monongahela for eight years before deciding to pursue a new direction. “I really enjoy working with people, and have always had a passion for real estate,” says Cole. “I’m excited about this new opportunity, and I look forward to helping people with all of their real estate needs.” Chrissie Cole and her family have lived in the Mon Valley most of their lives, so she is very familiar with the market, the various home Chrissie Cole designs and construction methods, as well as the unique geography and lifestyles of living in the Mon valley. Cole works with those seeking to purchase a home, as well as those wishing to sell an existing property. “My former tea room customers, and new real estate clients can expect the same level of commitment and dedication that I showed as owner of Victorene’s Tea Room,” Cole said. To see how Chrissie can help you with your real estate needs, please contact her by email:, or by phone at 412-260-1094. You can also visit her website to learn more at —————————————————————————————————————————— 45

Two in Baldwin Earn Eagle Scout Rank

Elks Lodge 2213 Representative Gene Eckman; new Eagle Scout Daniel McGervey; new Eagle Scout Christopher Collins; and Troop #323 Scoutmaster Michael Sopata.

Boy Scout Troop # 323 held an Eagle court on Saturday, November 25, for their two newest Eagle Scouts, Daniel Joseph McGervey, Jr. and Christopher David Collins. This ceremony brought Troop # 323's Eagle Scout total to 100, a significant achievement. Baldwin Community United Methodist Church hosted the event, which was attended by several local dignitaries and included a presentation by Gene Eckman from the Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge 2213, located in Bethel Park. Mr. Eckman handed out framed award certificates, a personal US flag, and an Elks/scouting gold pin to each of the new Eagle Scouts. One of the final that challenges that must be completed to earn this highest rank and very prestigious award is a community service venture called their Eagle Project. Daniel's project consisted of completing a house-to-house survey for the borough of Whitehall on local wildlife management and control options and getting feedback from the local residents. Daniel supervised the polling, compiled the findings, and presented the report to the local Whitehall officials. Christopher's project involved completely rebuilding the stairway and base area at the LeLand Athletic Field, which many older retired citizens were having difficulty using, due to the poor condition.

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Did you know? According to a survey of its users, the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor found that the average kitchen remodeling project took six weeks to complete. While some homeowners might be turned off by the prospect of having little or no access to their kitchens for more than a month, HomeAdvisor warns that the length of time it takes to complete a kitchen remodeling project depends on a host of factors, including the scope of the project. Some homeowners reported to HomeAdvisor that their projects lasted for several months, though those projects required extensive work, including moving walls and rearranging plumbing. Others who only replaced the flooring and countertops in their kitchens were back in business in just three weeks. Homeowners should always receive a projected completion date when soliciting estimates from contractors. But it’s also important that homeowners plan for unforeseen problems that may arise during the project, thereby extending the length of time necessary to complete it.


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National Residential Nominee Services Inc Raymond and Jeanette Detig David Thomas Benjamin and Angela Himan Joshua Nolan Dennis Kern Charter Homes Whispering Pines Inc. Larkeithfrid and Ronda Manuel Linda Taylor Daniel Coyle



317 Hedgerow Drive $406,500. 128 Joyce Drive $363,000. 419 Laurel Drive $250,000. 104 Whispering Heights Lane $600,125. 304 Bebout Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,300). 129 Brookdale Circle $148,400. 513 Cortland Drive $464,305. 117 Cypress Court $507,900. 136 Golden Eagle Drive $1,000,000. 225 Highway View Road $240,000. 180 McCombs Road

Richard E & Marily J Grindel Revocable Trust Sandra and Carroll Phillips NVR Inc. Lee Plimpton et al. and Cindy Neumeyer George Francis Smith Jeremy and Megan Small Estate of Theodore Taylor IV Serena Stanek Ulla Bagen James and Ashley Dailey Estate of Esther Meissonier Jeremy Irwin $225,000. William & Jefferson Inc. Barry Chapman trustee /Terry McLaughlin trustee 182 Snowdrift Road $8,294. Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Gary and Elizabeth Guerrieri 516 Villa Drive $1,785,000. Jeremy Small Evan and Heather Keebler 316 Walnut Drive $412,000. Richard Beinhauer Beinhauer Realty LLP 2828 Washington Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,007,900). William Gorman Timothy Michael O’Brien Jr. and Katie Lynn O’Brien175 Bittersweet Circle $565,000. Scott Forse Michael Giglotti Jr. and Paula Giglotti 322 Buckingham Drive $775,000. Sharon St. Clair S2C LLC 430 E. McMurray Road $180,000. Kristopher Johnson Jennifer Frazier 121 Evans Drive $349,000. William P McCue Revocable Trust Edward and Brenda Henciak 102 Telban Way $195,000. Investors Mark Acquistions LLC Triston and Amanda R Hercules Smith 500 Villa Drive $1,708,579. Diba Alvi Richard and Regina Beinhauer W. Chevalier Court $175,000. Mark Hoskins Deanna and Jason Campagna 124 Windermere Court $635,000. Veterans Administration Sun West Mortgage Co. 100 Concord Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $329,500). Richard Denning Adam Dutil 121 Fireside Drive $263,000. Jennifer Ketner Daniel Elliott and Bridgett Elliott Golman 300 Hedgerow Drive $450,000. Todd Fry Bret and Kirsten Plante 124 Lake Forest Road $335,000. Dolores Groll David and Wendy Englert 111 Oakhurst Road $200,000.

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Holiday Sale Planned by the Garden Club of McKeesport The Garden Club of McKeesport will host a holiday sale at the garden center in Renziehausen Park, 1400 Pinoak Dr. McKeesport. Dates and times for the event are as follows: December 7 - 9 - from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 10 from noon to 7 p.m. For sale will be fresh green wreaths and swags, kissing balls, and holiday arrangements. Also featured is a kids’ korner and bake sale. For more information, see our club website at or email The Club is a member of the NGC Inc., the GCFP, and District VII of the GCFP. 50 —————————————————————————————————————————


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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions

This month’s RealSTATs transactions for the following communities can be found on our website: Baldwin • Bentleyville Bethel Park •Brentwood Carroll Twp •Clairton • Donora Dunlevy • Elizabeth • Fallowfield •Monessen North Belle Vernon • North Charleroi • Speers • Union Twp

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Donald Shestack Jeffrey Outlaw Daniel Henderson Patrick Berkelbaugh 494988 Rev. Trust May 1 2003 Carolyn Alescio Michael Silvestri

Matthew and Kristen Meneely Jennifer Ketner John Kuntz Stephen Kenney Barbara Hull and Kimberly Ann Werner Champion Capital L.P. James Smith IV and Courtney Smith

SOUTH PARK Leonard Lucas Estate of Melena Barkman Norabelle J Hill Holmes Caterina Trovato Ronald Zimmermann NVR Inc. James Carney George Simmonds SJ Group LLC Joseph Richard Zahringer Gim Yee Bruce Klipple Estate of Sheila Parzyck Gayle M Ruth Razorsek Sondra Cotter Frances Urbanik Lauren Spegal Dankert

Leo and Jamie Wolfe Paul and Kathleen Rumancik Richard Creo and Candace O’Keefe Andrew and Samantha Blair Howard and Rachel Mincone Jonathan Weisbrod et al. and Robyn Weisbrod Patricia Long Samantha Mazzocco 20176WY-28 LLC Brent Enos Robert Ciora and Cathy Lewis Jacob and Stacey Davis Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Sean Donoghue Daniel and Jessica Schoedel Dale Love Lauren and Brian Dankert

M. Angela Heidenreich B&B Rapid Property Solutions LLC Cornerstone Christian Prep. Academi AE Media Group LLC Ryan Streno Donna Lijewski George Loris Kenneth and Chelsie Blatnica Daniel Jena et al. HP Pennsylvania 1 LLC Javan Gilliam NCRC Housing Rehab LLC James Stocker Margaret Abrino

of Pittsburgh

Address 102 Spruce Drive 309 Squire Lane 306 Waterside Drive 111 Whispering Heights Lane 417 Longleaf Drive 326 Snowberry Circle 214 Stonebrook Drive

Price $465,000. $324,900. $284,000. $776,500. $435,000. $478,110 by sheriff’s deed. $206,000.

1174 Forest Ave. $19,500. 1481 Greenbriar Drive $200,000. 2509 Grove Road $4,000. 4071 Hill St. $186,900. Lincoln Ave. $1,200. 1056 Maria’s Way $320,665. 1841 Patrick Place $100,000. 3112 Ridge Road $110,000. 3119 Southern Drive $36,500. 6547 Zupancic Drive $174,000. 2976 Amy Drive $165,001. 1092 Aurora Drive $165,000. 1033 Barnsley Drive $2,092 by sheriff’s deed. 850 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 303 $147,000. 1151 McElhaney Road $139,900. 3735 Meadow Lane $61,500. 1513 Wilson Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $59,109). 4123 Woodland Ave. $130,000. 3701 Brownsville Road $165,000. 650 Hidden Ridge Court Apt 302 $129,900. 1301 McElheny Road $226,500. 2497 Ridge Road $182,000. 2920 Sebolt Road $63,000. 1383 Snee Drive $211,500.

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Local Worship CHURCH News.. CHURCH News..CHURCH News... CHURCH News..CHURCH News

Bible Fellowship Community Church December Schedule of Events Bible Fellowship Community Church, 220 Atomic Way in West Newton, invites you to come and celebrate the Savior's birth during the month of December. Saturday, December 2 from 9 to noon the "Women's Helping Hands Ministry" will be giving away gently used and/or new winter coats, boots, hats, scarfs, gloves and mittens to those in need. On Sunday night, December 10 at 6 p.m., the Puppets Alive Ministry will be presenting their Christmas program, titled "Christmas Through the Years." TeamKID Youth Group will have a Christmas Party on Sunday night December 17 at 6 p.m. Also, on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 7 p.m., the community is invited to a Christmas Eve candlelight service. For more information, call the church office at 724-872-5150.

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Holds Christmas Craft/Bake Sale St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main Street, Uniontown, is holding its annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 2 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upstairs school hall. The many craft items have been made by St. John’s Ethnic Craft Club and include wooden items such as indoor and outdoor wooden decorations, Santas, trees, snowmen, window stars, wreaths, wreaths, and door decorations, as well as assorted holiday and craft and gift items. Also available are tree ornaments of different types including some with icons or pysanky designs, imported items which include embroideries, icons, and other folk art

from Slovakia and Ukraine. Available once again is the parish cookbook, “Carpathian Cookery,” now in its 17th printing. Its new look is in a computerized format and has a plastic protective cover. Also available is a wide assortment of delicious baked goods, which includes long rolls (nut, poppyseed, apricot, and pineapple cottage cheese), small kolachy (pastries filled with nut, poppyseed, and apricot), filled cookie cups, breads, molded candy, and many varieties of cookies, and much more. The Nativity display will be shown. There is no admission charge. Parking is in the back, which is handicap-accessible. For information, call the church office 724-438-6027 (M-F) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and leave a message.

First Church of God December Happenings First Church of God, 157 N. Second St., West Newton, can be reached at 724-872-7467. • Sunday school is hosted at 9:30 a.m. Youth group is at 5 p.m. • Monday, the church is open for time of prayer 11 a.m. to 1p.m. • Tuesday, Bible Study is held at 103 E. Main St., Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. • 12/1 – Women’s Fellowship Christmas Party at Garry's Chuckwagon • 12/16 – Cookies needed for caroling, church tour, and nativity show • 12/16 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - church tour and nativity show • 12/17 – 1:30-6 p.m. – Christmas caroling and Happy Birthday, Jesus! Party

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cookbooks Available The “Carpathian Cookery” cookbook is once again available for sale. The 330-page cookbook has a new look and features a protective plastic cover. The book includes sections on

Christmas and Easter customs and recipes, traditional Rusyn and Slavic foods, other ethnic dishes, and many other tried-and-true recipes of St. John’s parishioners. The cost of the cookbook is $14 plus $4 postage and handling ($18). If ordering from Canada, please send a $27 U.S. postal money order payable in U.S. dollars to reflect the difference in the exchange rate and postage cost. To order, please send a check or money order to: Ethnic Craft Club, St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 or call the church office 724-438-6027 (M-F) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and leave a message. You can also email

First United Methodist Church of Monongahela December Events The First United Methodist Church of Monongahela welcomes you to come join us for a variety of activities. Friday Night Praise will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Jeff Vanderhoff, magician will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Jeff uses magic tricks and psychological puzzles to amuse as well as to uplift and inspire. His show combines a blend of magic and comedy that appeals to audiences of all ages. He has been performing magic for over 25 years. Hanging of the Greens & Advent Dinner will be held starting at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 3. Family Movie Night featuring “The Case for Christ” is at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 8. The Case for Christ is about an investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist who sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. Jim Sykes Organ Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 featuring Jim playing Advent and Christmas music on our Allen Organ. Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Worship will be held at 7

p.m. on Sunday, December 24. 5th Sunday Luncheon will be held after worship on Sunday, December 31. During December and January, Sunday school for all ages will be at 9 a.m. on Sundays followed by a combined worship service at 10:15 a.m. Small Groups continue to meet on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. The Youth Fellowship meets on Sundays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The United Methodist Women meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday with a mission project night at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday. If you are looking for hands-on ways to be in ministry come, join our Card Ministry team on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. or get involved in the Food Bank Ministry. For more information on these and other ministry opportunities, contact the church office at 724-258-7054. The First United Methodist Church is located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. All are welcome!

December News from Hamilton Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Services Christmas Eve services will be held at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Rd., 15236 at 7:30 p.m. (family service) and 10:30 p.m. (candlelight with communion). We invite all to join us. For more information, visit or Annual Christmas Cookie Sale Hamilton Presbyterian Church will host their annual Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m. Homemade cookies will be sold as well as knitted hats and scarves. Join us early…we sell out quickly!

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Mon-Yough Trinity Charge of United Methodist Churches December Happenings KEEPSAKE CHRISTMAS Concord United Methodist Church, Belle Vernon invites families to create memories at Keepsake Christmas on Sunday, December 17. During this one-hour interactive program, kids and their families will create their own keepsake nativity scenes to treasure for years to come. They'll also watch as the nativity scene comes to life on stage. Mary, Joseph, and an angel will share memories from the very first Christmas and encourage families to celebrate the best keepsake of all ... Jesus! Keepsake Christmas takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 17. Registration is required to ensure we reserve your space. Please direct any questions to either or To register, please visit the following links: 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE The Mon-Yough Trinity Charge, comprised of Belle Vernon First, Concord, and Perryopolis United Methodist Churches, will celebrate December 24, Christmas Eve, with services as follows: Morning: 8:45 a.m. - Concord UMC (Familyoriented) 10 a.m. - Perryopolis UMC 11:15 a.m. - Belle Vernon First Evening: 5 p.m. Belle Vernon First 7 p.m. Concord UMC 9 p.m. Perryopolis UMC NEW YEAR'S EVE The Mon-Yough Trinity Charge will usher in the new year with a John Wesley covenant service in the morning at 8:45 a.m. at Concord UMC; 10:00 a.m. at Perryopolis UMC; and 11:15 a.m. at Belle Vernon First. There will be silent communion in the evening at each of the churches as follows: 4 to 6

p.m. at Concord UMC; 5 to 7 p.m. at Perryopolis; and 6 to 8 p.m. at Belle Vernon First. We invite and encourage you to attend any one of these services mentioned. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Pastor Reed Anders to Speak at Elizabeth Mary & Martha Joy Fellowship The Elizabeth chapter of The Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship of Come Together in Jesus’ Name will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship at New Hope Assembly of God, 900 Peairs Rd., Elizabeth, on Monday evening, December 11. Ministering will be Pastor Reed Anders. There will be special refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge; a free-will offering will be taken. In 1991, Pastor Reed graduated from Community College of Allegheny County. After pursuing a degree in Science and Nursing, he was confident that God’s calling on his life extended beyond the medical field. He has boldly taken the Gospel to churches, streets, tent meetings and wherever the Holy Spirit leads him. He ministers to the Body of Christ through preaching, teaching, sharing the prophetic word and leading worship. He has served as pastor of Fresh Fire Ministry Center Church and Gatekeeper Community Church. Pastor Reed, his wife Julie and their children now find themselves serving God and their fellow members at the Christian Center Church. Come, be refreshed and revived as you are washed with the cleansing, refreshing water of The Living Word. God’s truth will set you free and keep you free. Invite someone you know who needs a touch from the Lord. All are welcome to attend. For further information please call one of the following: Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882 or Justine DeBellis at 412-384-3299.

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church Announces Christmas Eve Schedule Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, ECO, invites everyone to come and celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 24. Mingo Church is located two miles south of Finleyville at the intersection of Route 88 and Mingo Church Road. Come and worship!

Gospel Alliance Church December Events Gospel Alliance Church, 1011 Fells Church Road, Belle Vernon plans the following events for December. For more information, call 724-823-0453 or visit • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet Friday, December 1 and 15 at 9 a.m. This meeting is open to mothers of infants through school aged children. At MOPS you can expect an uninterrupted cup of coffee with breakfast, conversation, crafts, childcare and more. • Our men’s breakfast will be Saturday, December 2 at 8 a.m. Come join us for a time of fellowship and good food. • Surviving the Holidays Griefshare will be Sunday, December 3 at 6 p.m. • There is a Ladies Morning Growth Group on Tuesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 9:30 a.m. and a Women’s Prayer on Tuesday evenings on December 5 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. • Family night is on Wednesdays. For the month of December, Awana and the Youth Group will meet on December 6 and 13 at 6:30 p.m. Adult Growth Groups is at 6:45 p.m. on December 6, 13 and 20. • Our JOY Club (Just Older Youth) meets Thursday, December 7 at 11 a.m. • On Sunday, December 10 the Children’s Bell Choir and Youth Combined Choir will perform at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. • Our Christmas Eve services are December 23 at 8 p.m. and December

24 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. We will not be having adult or children classes this day. • On December 31, we will have New Year’s Eve services during our regular service times at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

South Hills Assembly of God Church December Events South Hills Assembly of God Church, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park plans the following events for December. For more information call 412-835-8900 or visit Women of Excellence, led by Pastor Sue Willis and Dedi Kramer, meets at 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12 in the multi-purpose room for monthly Bible study. Identify your Purpose; for women of all ages. Please pre-register if childcare is needed. Hillcrest Christian Academy elementary and middle school invite you to their Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 12 in the sanctuary of South Hills Assembly. Join us for Enlightened Christmas, an illustrated sermon, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 17. Gospel Women Prayer Group, a prayer and fellowship group led by Marge Kubany, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 28. Grief Share, led by Pastor Pat Sutton, meets Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. through December 7. 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. Start anytime; return for any of the classes you missed. Registration is $15 and includes workbook. Life Recovery is a confidential Christian recovery group for any addiction, open meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Family Rescue, support and healing for family members and loved ones negatively impacted by addiction, also meets at 7 p.m. The groups separate into their own small groups.

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood December Events and Happenings SPECIAL EVENTS Holiday Shopping Babysitting on will be on Friday, December 15. Babysitting will be extended until 11:30 p.m. with extra time for holiday shopping, gift wrapping or a special night out! All welcome, ages 2-14. Call the office for more information at 412-884-5225. Christmas Eve Service Times: Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 6 and 10:30 p.m. There will be no service held on Christmas Day. Bereavement Support Group: No matter where you are in your grief journey, please join us for these healing conversational and educational support groups. Morning coffee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Evening coffee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at St. Peter’s most every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the church, and we will put you in touch. A.A and Al-Anon meets every Thursday evening at St. Peter’s starting at 6 p.m. N.A. meets every Tuesday afternoon at St. Peter’s from 12-2 p.m. and Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt. 51. Please call 412-884-5225 or visit our website:

Windover Hills Church Presents ‘Precious Emmanuel’ Windover Hills Church (6751 Ridge Rd., South Park) will be presenting their original musical, Precious Emmanuel. Precious Emmanuel is a Bible-based musical (cantata) covering the events from the immaculate conception through the first days of Christ. Performances will be Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us this Christmas season.

Crossroads Ministries Introduces “Christmas in the Burgh”

The Pittsburgh area is a special place, and Christmas is always a time to remember. Each Sunday in December, Crossroads Ministries will be taking a closer look at “Christmas in the Burgh.” We will help you make Christmas meaningful for you and your family. We would love for you to experience Christmas with us! Bring the entire family for a special “Christmas Eve in the Burgh.” Check out for more information. Please note there will be no gathering on Saturday, December 23. Christmas Eve gatherings will be Sunday, December 24 at 11 a.m. and 3 and 5 p.m. Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville, 1 ½ miles south of Trax Farms. Visit for more information.

Rev. Dr. F. Diane Hobson to Speak at Monongahela Mary & Martha Joy Fellowship The Monongahela chapter of The Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship of Come Together in Jesus’ Name will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship with Rev. Dr. F. Diane Hobson, Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Charleroi, ministering. We will meet in the parlor of The First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, PA, located at the corner of Sixth, Main and Chess Streets on Thursday evening, December 7. There will be refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge; a free-will offering will be taken. Please enter the

church from the Chess Street side. Dr. Hobson has the honor of being the first female President of the Clergy Ministry of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, Inc. In addition, she serves as the President of the Ministers’ Conference of the Youghiogheny Western Baptist Association, 2nd Vice Moderator of the Youghiogheny Western Baptist Association, Past President of the Charleroi Area Ministerial Association, a full-time Chaplain at Country Meadows Ecumenical and Retirement Community, a Volunteer On-Call Chaplain with the Mon Valley Hospital, and serves on the hospital’s Ethics Committee. She is the founder and Dean of the Youghiogheny Western Baptist Christian Leadership School. You won’t want to miss the message the Lord lays on her heart. For further information, please call one of the following: Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882, Barbara Simpson at 724-258-4293, or Charlene Pezzoni at 724-258-4516.

Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Holds Christmas Eve Services Jefferson United Presbyterian Church will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Jefferson United Presbyterian Church is located at 716 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. Enjoy an evening filled with music and a message from Rev. Dr. Larry Ruby. The morning service will be held at 11 a.m. Call 412-653-4797 for more information.

Grace United Methodist to Host Christmas Eve Barn Service Grace United Methodist Church, 420 California Dr., Coal Center, is celebrating Christmas Eve with a barn service on December 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Waleski Barn, 39 Emery Road, Richeyville (just off route 40 near CVS). The service will feature a live manger scene and is 25 minutes long. No offering required or admission charge.

St. Nicholas Celebration Planned at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Sixth Street, Monongahela will celebrate their patron saint: St. Nicholas of Myra, on Sunday December 17. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the annual Sunday School pageant. The students will give a presentation titled "Who is St. Nicholas" which will highlight the life and ministry of this 4th century bishop. The annual St. Nicholas Day banquet will follow in the church hall with a special appearance by St. Nicholas with gifts for all the children in attendance. The feast day of St. Nicholas will be further celebrated on Monday, December 18 with a Vesperal Divine Liturgy at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Services Set at Peters Creek Presbyterian Join us for Christmas Eve at Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church. We meet at St. David’s Episcopal Church,905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. Family Christmas Eve Service (child care provided) - December 24, 5:30 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service - December 24, 9:30 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT Screenwriter and Director Stephen Chbosky, Upper St. Clair Native, Returns to the South Hills to Promote ‘Wonder’ By Christen M. Stroh On November 9, Upper St. Clair native and now-established screenwriter and director Stephen Chbosky returned to the South Hills to promote his newest film, ‘Wonder’, with a private screening for friends and family. While in town, Chbosky also signed posters at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. ‘Wonder’ tells the story of August Pullman, a soon-to-be 5th grader born with facial deformities that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school thus far. As Auggie enters the local 5th grade, his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all work to find their compassion and acceptance, and Auggie’s journey unites them all to make them better versions of themselves as he seeks to find himself. The movie is very faithful to the book, according to Chbosky, who notes that this is “the best literature for children easily in the last half century.” He continued, “It’s so well-written, the characters are wonderful, and what I loved about the book was that it changes your points of view. What I tried to capture in the movie is for the audience – if you understand what’s going on in someone’s life you will have more empathy and then you will inherently have more kindness towards them, and that that’s what I loved about the book.” What drew Chbosky to this story was the birth of his son; he was reading the book at the time his son was born, and he wondered, what world would Theo and his sister, Macy, enter? “I thought about it a lot, and with kids, there’s so much out there that’s difficult to navigate, from childhood through adolescence,” he said, adding, “I wanted to pick something that would help them.” Chbosky’s life continues to inspire him and his work; in fact, he has always found motivation in his surroundings. His first book, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ takes place in Pittsburgh, and the movie, which he wrote the screenplay for as

Screenwriter and director Stephen Chbosky, on the set of ‘Wonder.’

well, was filmed in and around Pittsburgh. It also afforded him the opportunity to direct. “When you’re in film school, part of the curriculum is directing. The two disciplines go hand in hand,” said Chbosky. “Directing movies is a lot like writing novels. Tone and details and character approach, I try to direct with the same scope and detail that a novelist would,” he said. Chbosky knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to be a writer. He noted, “My father told me great writers are great readers. I was a 12-year-old boy and I didn’t read a lot. I thought I’d write movies, because that’s what I was familiar with.” He enrolled in courses when in high school and credits his Upper St. Clair teacher, Mary Lou Einloth, with giving him his start, taking both a cinema history class and filmmaking class and following up with courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. “Luckily,” he said, “I had the education and the opportunity in Pittsburgh and the passion to pursue this as my career.” He wrote his first screenplay when he was 16 years old and went to school specifically for screenwriting. Though he now lives on the west coast, Chbosky still makes it back to the South Hills at least once a year. He encourages people interested in film to pursue their interests, noting, “There are a lot of opportunities in this field. What I found is that the people who do well, they choose the right ladder for them, and if you choose the right ladder, you’ll naturally begin to climb it.”

‘Love is Born’ to be Performed by the Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus The Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus would like to invite you to join them for their Christmas celebration, titled ‘Love is Born.' What a great way to start your holiday season, with uplifting music sung by the combined adult and junior choruses of over 60 voices! The Concert will be held at the Elizabeth Forward High School on December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 at 3 p.m. The high school is located off of Rt. 48 and Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township. Ticket prices at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. A discount of $2 is available on each ticket purchased in advance by calling 412-751-0526. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the local Meals on Wheels and nonperishable food items will be collected at each concert for the food pantry.

South Hills Children’s Choir Announces Winter Concert: “We Merry Minstrels” The South Hills Children's Choir will be performing their annual winter concert, titled “We Merry Minstrels”, on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be a lively and cheery affair, held at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mount Lebanon; tickets are $5, but children 10 and under get free admission. Ruth Ann Fox will be accompanying the choir, and director Jennifer Nolan will conduct. The choir will perform a variety of songs, from traditional carols to pieces from France, Canada, Polynesia, and even Israel. They will sing both in unison and in separate groups, giving both the youngest choir and the touring group a chance to shine.

‘Songs from a Civil War Christmas’ Scheduled for December 10 at Peters Township Public Library The Peters Township Public Library welcomes all to a performance of Civil War Era Christmas music by the folk group “Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray” on Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. Listen to songs as they would have been authentically played during the Civil War. The group will perform favorite songs including “Lorena,” popular on both Union and Confederate sides; “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “The Bonnie Blue Flag,” “Rally Round the Flag,” “Goober Peas,” and “It is Well with My Soul”. Other Civil War favorites featured will include “Dixie,” “The Battle of Shiloh Hill,” and “Shenandoah”. The group, led by Band Leader Harry Fisher, perform in Civil War era uniforms and provide guests an evening of listening to a repertoire of songs not often heard and a chance for a singalong with the band. Performers include Harry Fisher who plays banjo, Michael Fisher on the mandolin and guitar, Bill Kistler on guitar, and Mark Kinan, who doubles on the banjo and as a percussionist. For some two decades, the band has been performing for area audiences including the California University of Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable. Register to attend this free program at or call 724-941-9430 #1.

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Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

CRAFTHOUSE STAGE & GRILL/LEGACY LANES 412-653-2695 5024 Curry Rd., Pittsburgh 1 – 80’s Enough 2 – Justin Fabus 7 – Country Line Dancing 21 – Country Line Dancing Wednesdays – Dance Party DENNY’S ROADHOUSE 724-258-6232 3431 Rt. 136, Finleyville (Corner of Ginger Hill Rd & Rt. 136) Mondays – Saturdays - Exotic/Lingerie Barmaids 6p.m. – 2 a.m. E&E CLUB 412-835-9935 6495 2nd Ave., South Park Wednesdays – Pool League Sundays – Free Pool



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ELRAMA TAVERN 412-384-3630 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 1 – Regular Joes 15 – Todd Jones 29 – Three Sides HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE 724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela Saturdays – Bingo THE HUNTING LODGE 724-348-7984 3529 Washington Ave., Finleyville Fridays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close Saturdays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close THE LINDEN GROVE 412-882-8687 1100 Grove Rd., Pittsburgh Wednesdays – Oldies Night Thursdays – Karaoke Night w/ Upbeat Entertainment Saturdays – Top 40’s music w/ DJ Tim


by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski R BAR 412-942-0882 2883 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh 2 – Mr. B & the Bad Boyz Christmas Party 9 – Norm Nardini & Debi’s Birthday Party 16 – Chrome Moses Sundays – Billy the Kid’s Steel Town All-Starts Sunday Service Jam w/ special guest Wednesdays – Open Stage w/ Craig King Hosting RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Rd., Amity 2 – Dave Pahanish 9-10:30 p.m. 2 – Hillbilly Way 10:30 p.m. 9 – Marks Brothers 9-10:30 p.m. 9 – The Clarks 10:30 p.m. 16 – Ralph Moore 9:30 p.m. 23 – Ruff Creek 10 p.m.

RIVER HOUSE CAFÉ 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 2 – Sputzy 9 – Jakobs Ferry Stragglers 16 – Jimmy Z Trio 30 – Regular Joes ROY’S BY THE TRACKS 724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 1 – The Bill Ali Band 8 – Tom Bielek & the Sharks 15 – Bucky 22 – The Matt Barranti Band 29 – Catching Grooves Sundays – Karaoke Wednesdays – Karaoke w/ Brett Saturdays – Karaoke VALLEY HOTEL 412-233-9800 Fridays – Open Stage Night all musicians

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Harmony Singers Present Holiday Concert The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh will present a holiday concert, “Glad Tidings Tell,” on Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at Brightwood Christian Church, Bethel Park. The concert will be presented again on Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Germaine Church, Bethel Park. Selections from the concert include “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Baby,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” The concert will feature favorite carols, holiday music, and a sing-a-long. Refreshments will be served following the concert. A basket raffle and a holiday cookie sale will also be included. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering to benefit the charitable and entertainment efforts of the Harmony Singers will be accepted. The Harmony Singers are available to perform for civic, social, church, or business organizations. For information about the group or to reserve them for an event, visit and follow them on Facebook.

Women’s Quartet, Shepherd’s Voice, Celebrates the Season with Annual Concert on December 15th Celebrate the Christmas season with a night of uplifting seasonal tunes and sacred songs retelling the real meaning of Christmas. Christian women’s quartet Shepherd’s Voice will present their annual concert on Friday, December 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main St. (Rt. 88), New Eagle. Shepherd’s Voice has been bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh areas and beyond for 12 years, and members include Debbie Harn, Connie Watkins, Debby Petrosky and Linda Yohe. There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be taken to support this Christian music ministry.

December 2017 —————————————————————————————————————————— 56 ————————————————————————————————————————— ANTHONY, Dolores M. “Dee”, 76, of Monongahela, died October 6. Arrangements by William Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. BARLEY, Pauline, 98, of Bethel Park, died October 31. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. BAXENDELL, Emmett “Sonny”, 76, of Jefferson Hills, died October 28. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. BILLISITS, Josephine, 91, of Bethel Park, died November 6. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. BITTNER, Robert P., 77, of South Park, died October 23. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. BRINDZA, William “Bill”, 81, aof Floreffe in Jefferson Hills, died November 8. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. CHEVINE, David Thomas Jr., 55, of Monongahela, died October 19. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. CLEARY, Donald William, 66, of South Park, died October 31. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. COLOSIMO, Eleanor T., 94, of Charleroi, died November 8. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DiBIASI, Jane (DeROSA), 91, of Donora, died November 1. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. DILLMAN, Callie, 85, of Bethel Park, died October 23. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. DOLENCE, Myra S., 81, of Finleyville, died October 19. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. DUBBS, William G., 77, of Finleyville, died November 9. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. DUGUID, Harry, 88, of Bethel Park, died October 29. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park.

Recent Local Death Notices DUNBAR, Stella C. (RUFFING), 93, formerly of Finleyville, died October 13. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. EVANS, Geraldine F. (FEST), 97, formerly of South Park, died October 15. Arrannts by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. FRANKO, Ronald James, 74, of South Park, died October 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. GELETEI, Paul Mark, 38, of Dunlevy, died October 31. Arrangements by SchrockHogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. GHILANI, Valeria “Vi”, 92, of Monongahela, died October 16. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. HAINES, John “Jack”, 84, of Bethel Park, died November 7. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. HARTMANN, Mildred Frances, 81, of Pittsburgh (formerly of Canonsburg), died Oct 22. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. HENDERSON, Della (WISE) Yanderlic, 83, of Liberty Borough (formerly of Jefferson Hills), died October 15. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. HOLMAN, Matilda (HILDA), 94, of Roscoe, died October 26. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. JONES, David L., 81, of Pleasant Hills and Clairton , died October 13. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. KIRSCH, Charles G., 95, of Whitehall, died November 7. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. KOSTANICH, Peter A. Jr., 84, of Whitehall, died October 15. Arrangements Owner/Publisher Douglas E. Haniford

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Editor Christen Stroh Editorial Coordinator Heather Latorre Contributing Writers/Photographers Ken Askew, Kyra Bergman, Jill Brown, J.R. Brower, Paul Chasko, Colette Dell Alice Harris, Charlotte Hopkins Julie Kooser Mandy Withers-Kozlowski Heather Latorre, Krista Ramsey, Miranda Startare Christen Stroh, Michelle Taylor

by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. LINNEMAN, Shannon Lee, 21, of Charleroi, died November 5. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. LYPE, Margaret “Margie” (SEMKO), 87, of Whitehall (formerly of Broughton), died October 20. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. MATTHEWS, Christine, 57, of Venetia, died November 9. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. McBURNIE, Mac 33, of Charleroi, died October 27. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. MILLER, Margaret E., 101, of Monongahela, died October 30. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MITCHELL, Curtis Lee, 55, of Charleroi, died October 23. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. ORPIKOWSKI, Mildred L., 89, of Jefferson Hills, died October 23. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. RICCOBELLI, Patty, 59, of Baldwin, died October 31. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. RUFFING, Ronald, 79, of Jefferson Hills, died October 28.Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. RYAN, William R. “Goober” Sr., 59, of Monongahela, died November 3. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. SANDIN, Anthony (Jason Caruso), 43, of Rostraver Township, died October 26. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. SANTINI, Anna Dale “Sis”, 75, of North Charleroi, died November 4. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi.

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SHEAFFER, John L. “Jack”, 72, of Jefferson Hills, died October 25. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SLOAN, John W., 89, of Bethel Park, died October 17. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. TEDROW, George C. Jr. “Bud”, 62, of Fallowfield Township, died November 4. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. TUKESBREY, Mary Edythe, 86, of Stockdale, died November 3. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. UDOVICH, Ronald S., 89, of Baldwin, died November 1. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. VILCHEK, Penny L. (ELLIS), 70, of Finleyville (Ginger Hill), died October 24. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. WAGELEY, Edmund Lee Sr., 77, of Baldwin Borough, died October 16. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WARCHOLA, Mildred (PATTON), 91, of Elizabeth, died November 5. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. WILLIAMS, Larry, 76, of West Elizabeth, died November 6. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. WITTMANN, Carl F. Jr., 75, of South Park, died Oct 23. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WRIGHT, Robert “Bob”, 92, of West Elizabeth, died November 4. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. ZUCCARINI, Dorothy, 89, of Monongahela, died October 29. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------WOMENS FULL LENGTH FUR COAT, autumn color, large, $1000, 412-384-4374 ___________________________________________ DELTA, 18 INCH BENCH SAW, WITH STAND AND ACCESSORIES, excellent condition. $45, 724- 872-4548 ___________________________________________ New fish tank, 10 gallon, with metal with metal stand and accessories, $48 firm cash only. 412-835-1012 ___________________________________________ Car magazines 500+, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Super Chevy, Nascar, and more best offer. 412-425-0342 ___________________________________________ TUXEDO COAT AND FLAT FRONT TROUSERS, 42r, tuxedo white shirt 17-17 1/2 34-35, Black bow tie, pocket square, cummerbund, suspenders, basic stud set, formal socks, formal tie plain shoes 11.5W, and garment bag. $150 412-8846815 ___________________________________________ PENGUIN HOCKEY TICKETS (2) $60 each. 412-780-5998 ___________________________________________ GRANDFATHER CLOCK, Seth Thomas, recently serviced by Ferguson clock repair, 2 year warranty, excellent condition, solid wood, $600. 724-809-4400 ___________________________________________ COAT, LADIES, size 6long style, wool, green in color, new, $50. Mens coat size 38, medium brown color, fur lining and collar, new $20. Hoover wind tunnel vacuum, bagless with attachments, very good condition $30. Starbucks original insulated mugs, stainless steel, like new condition, $10 each or $15 for both. 724-929-3891 ___________________________________________ ROLLING STONES ALBUMS, 8 in all, $80. 412-884-3710 ___________________________________________ SINGER PEDDLE SEWING MACHINE. Painted and unpainted holiday bisque ceramics. Curio cabinet $30. Rocker chair $35. 724-736-2348 ___________________________________________ OLD SAWS AND TOLLS, best offer. Old metal spindle 4 poster bed $40. Antique pump organ, beautiful reeds, $100. Air bed with pump good condition, $15. Stride walker $15. Pet stroller, new $30. Light oak handrail, 8ft, new $25. Avalon black satin aluminum post, 2.5 X 45” $20. 724-258-3767 ___________________________________________ BF GOODRICH ALL TERRAIN TIRES, T/A KO, LT 285/55/R20, 4, good condition, 4000 miles, $600. Pirelli Scorpion, ATR 111s M&S P275/55/R20, 4 tires, like new, 100 miles, $600. Generac, portable 6500 generator, new never used with cables, $700. Quad ramp, heavy duty, trifold, $85. 412-835-4047 ___________________________________________ TRUCK CAP for sale, fits Ford Ranger, needs glass for gate. $100 724-825-6836 ___________________________________________ LEATHER STEELER JACKET, new never worn. Printer type cases, $12 each. Marching band type hats, red and white, new, $5 each. Dune Buggy, all there except engine, full size. Blue plastic barrels, 23 inch diameter X 34 inches tall, $15 each. Steel garbage can lids $1 each. 724-267-4072 ___________________________________________ TREE STAND, climber type, aluminum, safety harness included, $75. 724-366-9524 ___________________________________________

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BEAGLE MALE RABBIT DOG, 2 years old, akc, rabies shot, $400. Beagle male 2 years old, rabbit school graduate, akc full warranty, excessive hunt $750. Beagle male 2 years old rabbit trained akc, 30 day trial period, $600. 724-366-9524 ___________________________________________ BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE ART BY FALCHETTI, large square with gold matting, fruitwood decorative frame with carved roses, $2975. Large rectangular painting in decorative frame carved with raised roses, $2050. Carved expensive large country french leopard top sofa table with bottom shelf, like new $600. Vintage 4 piece set of solid mahogany bedroom furniture with decorative chrome hardware, $450. Vintage Sears and ROEBUCKS SILVERSTONE WIRE RECORDER IN SOLID CHERRY WOOD CABINET, $800. VINTAGE SOLID MAHOGANY WOOD DUNCAN PHYFE DINING SET, carved china cabinet, rectangular buffet, pedestal table and chairs, $550. Antique “red eye” singer sewing machine with 4 drawer solid wood cabinet, $150. Large designer bronze decorative curly wrought iron tables with lattice tops, $150. Vintage solid wood oak rectangular table with 2 drawers and bottom shelf, $175. Like new elaborately carved space saving tall chest of 7 drawers on legs with decorative hardware, $200. 412-4247573 ___________________________________________ MAHOGANY ROUND ACCENT TABLE, 24" round, 30" tall, curved legs, $35. Leaded glass lamp, blue with blue glass frame 25" tall $75. Carnival punch bowl, gold with 6 cups, $75 call: (724) 379-4162 ___________________________________________ BAKERS RACK $60, 2 new bar stools $25/ea, Dresser/Door Chest $150, Couch Cover $25. 412-253-5492 ___________________________________________ CHRISTMAS DISHES, Tienshan Christmas bear, plates/cups/saucers $1 each, Misc cookbooks and pocket calculator $1, Sketcher ladies lace up shoes 9w $5, Unopened potpourri oil $2.50, Sunbeam humidifier $2, Hemmings back issues .25 cents each, Rifleman .25 cents each, mens neckties $2 724-348-5393 ___________________________________________ WINCHESTER MODEL 67 – single shot – bolt action 22 – shoots 22s,22l, and 22 lr – really a nice rifle - $225- call 724379-8261 ___________________________________________ COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVER – 2nd Generation manufactured by Colt – 36 caliber BP – 7 ?” octagon barrel - Unfired in pristine condition - will send photos if interested - $700. call 724-379-8261. ___________________________________________ SAVAGE – NEW 22 MAGNUM – bolt action – 3x9x32 Simmons scope and accu trigger – nice rifle - $350 call 724379-8261 ___________________________________________ BABY/CRIB - used at grandma's color - natural, Delta Roma, $75.00. Call 724-348-4267 ___________________________________________ COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVER – 2nd Generation manufactured by Colt – 36 caliber BP – 7 ?” octagon barrel - Unfired in pristine condition - will send photos if interested - $750. call 724-379-8261. ___________________________________________

STEELERS BOWLING BALL "on the ball brand" brand new uncut in original box with display cup. beautiful. lists for $179.95. Will sell for $125 OBO. 724-984-6611. ___________________________________________ 1980S CHRYSLER/DODGE /PLYMOUTH 4 cyl 2.2 engine/transmission combo. excellent. already out of car. $75. 724-984-6611 ___________________________________________ ROOF RAIL CROSSBARS AND TRUNK MAT (factory) from 2010 Subaru Forester. $50. 724-984-6611 ___________________________________________ WALTHER P38 – 9MM PARABELLUM – leather holster – 2 clips – all new in box – unfired – will send photos - $700. – call 724-379-8261 ___________________________________________ 1940’S THREE DIFFERENT PAPER MACHE PUMPKINS, $45 all. 1960’s talking Dracula plush pull-string doll, 13.5” high, in orig. box, $75. Halloween collection of 45 RPM records, mood music, sounds and novelty $500 all. Halloween collection of 33 1/3 LP record albums, $300 all. Dark Shadows TV series, 1966-1973, complete 1,225 episodes on 136 DVD discs, inside original coffin shaped box, $325. 724628-5129 ___________________________________________ ROTOR TILLER, FRONT TINE, 1 year old, owners manual, under warranty, paid $350 sell for $175. 724-366-9524 ___________________________________________ COOK TOP, electric, 4 burners, $30. Buffet range, 2 burner, new, electric $25. Toaster oven w/bagel toaster, new, Hamilton Beach, $20. Table, 4 chairs, chrome set, 1950s, chairs need repaired, $50. 724-929-6964 ___________________________________________ QUEEN SIZE SLEEPER SOFA BY BROYHILL, burgundy, dark green, beige plaid, mattress like new, very heavy, pillows included must sell, reduced to $125. William Rogers China white, service for 4, bowl, dessert, dinner, cup & saucer, used once, $35. Football, triple signed Archie, Eli & Peyton Manning. COA, $1100. Football jersey, Washington Redskins, signed by RGIII, COA & picture, $125. 724-244-4862. West Newton ___________________________________________ TRUCK CAP RED FORD RANGER short bed or other small trucks, very nice, $125.00 OBO. 412-384-6468 ___________________________________________ SWING SET, metal frame, 3 swings, 1 glider, 1 seesaw, needs cleaning, you haul, free. 724-483-3789 ___________________________________________ OAK SWING, includes chains. Dog box, fiberglass, excellent condition. 724-825-6836 ___________________________________________ FREE! STAND-ALONE BASKETBALL HOOP and backboard for driveway or yard, adjustable height, support stand rusty, you haul. 724-483-3789 ___________________________________________ SAMSUNG CRYSTAL SURROUND AIR TRACK Model No HWE350, $60. 724-863-2327 ___________________________________________ ZERO-GRAVITY CHAIR, power recline with heat and massage, $200. 724-483-2082 ___________________________________________ SOLID OAK ANTIQUE BEDROOM SET, excellent condition $200. Oak 40” round table with 4 chairs, new, $200 OBO. 36” color TV $25. 724-938-2722 ___________________________________________

DVD TRANSFER HOME MOVIES FAMILY MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD. also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events.

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December 2017 ————————————————————————————————————————— FOOTBALL CARDS from the 1950s, 12 teams, 323 cards total plus misc. newer cards. Also 1960s Pirate autographs and misc. pictures. 724-258-3318 leave msg ___________________________________________ 12’ SEARS ALUMINUM BOAT w/2 swivel seats and trailer, $450.00. 724-825-8959 ___________________________________________ OLD WOOD WASHING MACHINE $100. Singer peddle sewing machine $100. Rocking chair $35. Holiday bisque ceramics, designer hand bags. 724-736-2348 ___________________________________________ WOODWORKING/I. A. BOOKS, 1. Industrial Arts Woodworking, John L. Feirer - $10.00, 2. Advanced Woodworking and Furniture Making, John L. Feirer - $15.00, 3. Woodworking For Industry, John L. Feirer - $20.00. Game/deer cart, CABELA'S alum-i-lite, NIB $115.00. Crossbow, vintage HORTON 35th anniversary, scope, sling, quiver, 4 arrows/field tips and broad heads, rope pulley and cranking cockers, field tip target and cloth case - $350.00. John at (724) 483-1271 ___________________________________________ REMINGTON MODEL 550-1, beautiful semi-automatic 22, shoots 22s,22l, and 22lr, rare and hard to find in this condition, $275. Winchester model 67, single shot, bolt action 22, shoots 22s,22l, and 22 lr, really a nice rifle, $225. Savage – NEW 22 Magnum – bolt action – 3x9x32 Simmons scope and accu trigger – nice rifle - $350. Call 724-379-8261 ___________________________________________ 2018 REMINGTON WILDLIFE ART CALENDAR -$9.95 +3.95 S/H, send check or MO to W.A. Chepanoske, 5911 Homeplace Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037-3217 ___________________________________________ OAK WOOD BOARDS FOR SALE. Various sizes and lengths from ? –1 inch thick to 8-12 feet long. Eight boards total. South Park area. Call 412-655-7977. ___________________________________________ SWEEPER, HOOVER, Wind Tunnel bagless includes attachments, good condition $35.00. 724-929-3891 ___________________________________________ WOMEN AND MEN'S COMPLETE SETS OF GOLF CLUBS, bags and flight bag, good condition. Necchi sewing machine and cabinet. Adult three wheel bike. Call 412-215-2921 make reasonable offer ___________________________________________ LEADED GLASS LAMPS (2), pink, blue, beige, green, black colors, 31" h x 50" round, $125 each. Rabbit jacket, size medium, gray, $40. CHAISE LOUNGE for porch (folding), olive green mesh w/white handles, excellent cond. $15. Call (724) 379-4162 ___________________________________________ EXERCISE BIKE, $50. Exercise rowing machine, $50. Sears 10” radial arm saw $75. 2 H.F. stand alone speakers $20. Tractor Prawn Yard Sweeper $40. 724-483-2444 ___________________________________________ STORAGE WOOD CUPBOARDS, 2 doors, brown, boxed to build, 70h x 32w x 20 d, 5 for $80 or $25 each. Belgian block $1 each. Glider rocker chair in box to build $15. 724-3485243 ___________________________________________ MOUNTAIN BIKE, girls 10 speed, seldom used, $40. 724348-6704 ___________________________________________ PECAN WOOD COFFEE TABLE/CURVED LEGS, 19H 29W 49L Whitehall area. 412-886-9931 ___________________________________________ KIDS GAME TABLE - 6' x 2'8"- bumper pool, ping pong and air hockey, $50.00. Solid wood TV cabinet 5'2' x 4'7" x 1'9" with TV, $40.00. Please call 724-258-4239 ___________________________________________ Stair lift used very little. Good condition. $400.00 or best offer. 724-421-6751. ___________________________________________ ZIPPO LIGHTER brand new in box $10. Lego transformers; boxful $10. Digital grilling fork, new in package $10. Bingo game with rolling cage and large number cards $15. Cinderella magnetic doll and clothes $5. Barbie swimming pool for dolls $10. Vintage Gorham heritage relish platter; chrome and glass; new in box $20. Antique japanese celery dish with 18k gold trim $15. Goebel Friar Tuck Ash tray/dish; collectible $45. Brass candle sticks 11 in tall 2 for $10. Miniature ceramic creamers with cherups on them 6 for $10. Coffee mugs with ceramic dolls on the handles; unique 2 for $10. Halloween pumpkin large planters $10 each. Halloween costume, batman


size 7-8 $10. Doll, Mother Hubbard new in box $20. Doll, Miss Sunday plays "O what a beautiful morning", new in box $20. Mini Disney snowglobes $10. Hallmark vintage pilgrim salt and pepper $10. Large strong barbeque 3 pc grilling set $15. Vintage Frigidaire aluminum ice cube trays with easy release 2 for $15. Junior 3 piece utensil set; fork, knife and spoon by Dansk $10. Depression vaseline glass relish small dishes 2 for $10. 412-279-3288 ___________________________________________ LAWN TRACTOR, Briggs & Stratton, excellent condition, $400. Lift Chair - Levins, beige, excellent condition, $400. 724-348-5685 ___________________________________________ FINISHING MOWER FOR SALE – 84 inch by kioti – excellent condition – gently used and always garage kept - fits on 3 point hitch tractor of 35 HP or larger – will send photos if interested – call 724-379-8261 ___________________________________________ NEW KING SIZE MATTRESS & BOX SPRING, 2 months old, asking $1000 paid $1900. New brown rug $125 commercial grade 11 1/2 x 10 1/ 2 (never used wrong size). Microwave cabinet/cupboard $50. 12 long panels of sheers & valences lavender/plum paid $200.00 at Pennies asking $145.00. Oriental wicker chair from Japan $70.00. 2 short pair lavender/plum curtains and valences $35.00. Power Wheels Harley Davison motorcycle $120. Purple & cream material shower curtain $40.00. Pirate ship pool $35. Hard hats $15.00. Coffee table light wood $15.00. 2 marble cream end/side table round $90.00. Vtech train $60. Potty train tape $8.00. 1 dark wood end table $10.00. Boys motobike $90.00. Plastic wagon w/blocks $50. Antique lamp $225.00. Antique desk $400.00. Antique lamp $75.00. Antique lamp $45.00. Potty chair talks/sings $35.00. Blue with pink ribbon wall paper $4.00. 4 @ 70# sand bags $50. 724-745-3963 ___________________________________________ DINING ROOM TABLE with 6 chairs, wood, good condition. Antique rocking chair, good condition, $60. Lot of men's older vintage neckties (80) $20. 10 Women's short or long sleeve blouses, clean, size 14. 2 large warming dishes with glass lids $40. 724-747-0610 ___________________________________________ VINTAGE VINYL ALBUMS, 800+ DooWop, soul, rock & roll from 50s, 60s, & 70s. $10 and up. Discounts for volume. 724929-4975 ___________________________________________ CORELLE CHINA, 90 pieces including dishes, cups, bowls and platter, $25. 412-835-9035 ___________________________________________ RYOBI BENCH GRINDER $60. Porter Cable double insulted circular saw $50. Both in good condition. 412-881-1392 ___________________________________________ DELTA UNISAW 10” tilting, Arbor table saw, 3 HP motor, 115 or 230 volts, call 724-258-3318 and leave message. ___________________________________________ 2 ASHLEY FORGE DAMASCUS KNIVES. 1 fixed blade Hunter, 1 lock back folder with abalone inlays inside and out. Call 724-258-3318 and leave message ___________________________________________ 2 FOLDING TABLES, 20”x48”, $30. Pampered Chef pots & pans, set, excellent cond, paid $200 asking $35. Sunbeam mixer, 12 speeds, $25. 57”x30” storm window, $5. Call Sue 412-886-3873 ___________________________________________ SELMER ALTO SAX, excellent condition. Selmer B clarinet with hard case. Le Blanc B Clarinet with hard case. Yamaha Alto Sax with case in very good condition. New Straight B Sooprano Sax, manuf. by Monarch. Make offer for one or all. 412-884-5450 ___________________________________________ BLACK METAL PLANT STAND, old fashioned style look, 3 shelves, holds approx. 7-8 med plants, never used, $35. Wooden potty chair with removable toilet bowl, TP roll & magazine rack, Amish looking, $25. Oak kitchen table w/2 chairs, $55. Rowenta Steam Iron in perfect condition, $35. Call Sue 412-886-3873 ___________________________________________ DELTA BENCH SAW 10”, 26” table & accessories, excellent condition. Dyno Glo portable kerosene heater, 23,000 BTU/hr, never used. Char Broil Grill, stainless steel, runs propane or natural gas, never used. All sales include owners manual. 724872-4548 ___________________________________________ 59 ——————————————————————————————————————————

LA-Z-BOY ROCKER, recliner, brand new, tan leather, $650 OBO. 412-207-9411 ___________________________________________ WOOD OR COAL STOVE, all cast, Iron Vermont “Vigilant” 1977 model, almost new, never used $350. 724-610-8399 ___________________________________________ ATARI 2600, big collection, machine, storage unit, joy sticks, controllers, manuals, 287 different game cartridges. 724-6285129 ___________________________________________ NEW WHEELCHAIR, still in box, Drive brand, lightweight, folds easily, paid $150, asking $100. 724-518-8952. Text if possible, hard of hearing. ___________________________________________ UNDERCOVER TRUCK BED LID for Ford Ranger or equivalent, like new, $100 OBO. Call 412-445-5821 and leave message. ___________________________________________ LACE BRIDAL GOWN, vintage, long sleeved with matching veil. Size 7. Best offer. 412-881-0716 ___________________________________________ FREE OLD UPRIGHT PIANO. Needs some attention. Elizabeth Twp. 304-319-1727 ___________________________________________

COUCH AND LOVESEAT, Broyhill, excellent cond, $200 for both, cash. Text 412-780-5998 with questions and pics. ___________________________________________ BABY CRIB- dark brown used at grandma's house- pet and smoke free home-exc. condition, $45.00. Changing table, quality solid wood construction with 3 shelves for clothing and diaper storage used at grandmas house, exc. Condition, $25.00. 724-258-4368 ___________________________________________ FOUR DRAWER LEGAL SIZE HASKELL FILE CABINET. $60.00. 724-348-5103. ___________________________________________ PRO CRAFT BASS BOAT. White with gray metal flake stripe, gray leather seats, trolling motor, 70 up outboard motor, fish finder, butt seat. Procraft trailer with spare tire, boat cover. 724-258-9085 ___________________________________________ FREE FIREWOOD, oak and maple. Please call for details. 724258-9026 or 724-812-7986 ___________________________________________ LP ALBUMS, lot of old vinyl. Mixed genre, Time-Life Boxed sets, heavy on the Funk and Reggae. (412) 403-3550 ___________________________________________


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60 ————————————————————————————————————————— ANTIQUE BIKE - J.C. Higgins, a Sears brand. Aqua-marine $150 OBO (774) 447-4413 ___________________________________________ ONE OFF "SPRING-WELL" motorcycle drawn hearse. Hand crafted by Amish craftsmen in Lancaster. Rolled only twice. $7K OBO (774) 447-4413 ___________________________________________ ALCOA WINDOW CLEANING LADDERS, 4 sections, $125. Inside door 23-5/8 x 79-1/2, new original finish, $10.00. Plywood 1/2”, 28 x 83-1/2 $8.00 and 3/4" 32 x 55-1/2 $5.00. Patio chairs, 3 position, solid vinyl, new full cushion $25 each. South Hills/Whitehall 412-714-4642. ___________________________________________ 3 PC AMERICAN TOURIST LUGGAGE w wheels/handle $25. Wall picture framed embossed flowered 60” x 50”, cost $325 sacrifice $125. Dining room set, table, 6 chairs, lighted China with complete setup for 12 plus accessories, $700. 412-7144642 ___________________________________________ TOOLS AND POWER TOOL CABINET, 12” x 18” x 69”h, 3 door with 3 shelves $55. File cabinet 30x16x43h, 2 – 5” drawers, 2 – 11” doors, 36 x 11-1/2 3 shelves, key lock, $55. Corner shelf 16 x 10 x 59h, 5 shelves $20. BABY BUGGY sit or stand, like new, folding, $25. 412-714-4642 ___________________________________________ 1 FT HIGH BUNNY STATUE on roller skates, perfect for child’s room or any roller skating fan, $10.00. Size 10-12 ladies nursing shirts, many different prints, most have 2 front pockets. Purple rollerblades, womans size 7, boys size 5, $35.00. 412886-3873 ___________________________________________ THOMASVILLE CHINA CLOSET, 1978, excellent condition, light in top, $150 obo. 412-377-8900 ___________________________________________ LADIES PRINT SCRUB TOPS AND JACKETS, size L-XL-2X, $3.00 each, good cond, 412-655-4396 (South Park) ___________________________________________ WATER SKIS, 2 pairs adults, 1 childs, 4 adult life vests, 412233-4948 ___________________________________________ Baseball cards 1960’s-64, near mint condition, sharp corners, 50% Beckett price guide. 724-970-1762 after 3 pm. ___________________________________________ FRANKLIN & DANBURY MEAT CARS, still in original boxes, excellent condition, 1:24 scale. Bradford Plates, still in original package, all kinds. Thomas the Train Set, still in original packages they came in. 724-437-4387 ___________________________________________ HEAVY DUTY ELECTRIC MEAT GRINDER, 120v, 38.6 x 16.6 x 34.2 cm. used. Oster hair trimming set, adjustable clipper, 6 guide attachments, shears, cape, combs, brushes, never used, $15.00. George Foreman indoor/outdoor electric grill, has a stand for outdoor use and a lid, removable grill plate for easy cleaning, $45.00. Oreck upright vacuum, Ultra XL2, red, bags included, used twice, $150.00. 724-483-3720 ___________________________________________ CRAFTSMAN MOTOR 3/4 HP, 3450 RPM, 5/8 shaft both ends, $15.00. 724-258-3291 ___________________________________________ WOODEN SWING SET with slide/climbing wall. 100%yellow wood. Sanded and sealed with a new tarp. $399.00. 724258-4239 ___________________________________________ RECORD COLLECTION - 45-RPM, fifties & sixties music, over 800 records $300. Riccoh 35mm. camera/flash & 55mm & 35 to 140 mm. telephoto lens. $25. B&W Darkroom Equipment - 4x5 Omega Enlarger, negative carriers 35mm. to 4x5 film, plus extras. $275 or b/o. Call 724-288-4820 ___________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS, "prime real estate" in Mon Valley Memorial Park. 4 plots, $1,800 for all. For more info call 724552-7056 ___________________________________________ LOGITECH MICROPHONE QUICK CAM FUSION VIDEO SENSOR with light tech, in package $10.00. Carpet, fur and leather, approx 6' x 7’, Grecian key border, clean from Europe $95.00. Speakers, Phillips (2) with wire, $35. BBQ grilling tools (4) in carrying case, new $19. Foot spa, vibrates/heats/bubbles, $35. (8) stemmed wine glasses, complete set, colorful, $12. Wine Crystal stemmed glasses, new in box $19.50. Lamps sell 1 or in pairs, good quality, $15. (4) matching folding chairs, exc. Condition, heavy duty, $20 each or $69 all. Andirons (2), fireplace tall, pair solid brass, antique, $149.


Sander-speed block, new in box $59. Cosco all-in-one padded bar stool & step ladder or booster chair, stylish retro look, $29. Call 412-854-3637 ___________________________________________ PILLOWS, DECORATE sofa or bed or patio, many shapes/sizes/print/animals/seashells, like new 3 for $12.00 or sell sep. Wreath/bulbs/jewels/angels/toille/bows/greenery, gorgeous was $175 now $69. Artwork/paintings/Indian art/ vases/landscapes/flowers/fruit/etc., framed $23+. Stemware 60+ years old, water/wine/cocktail/Shervert/Cordial, sell sep $4.00. Tupperware XXL container + handles, like new $12.00. Electric range parts, 8” snap in burner, 220 cord w plug, $8 each. Chair/folding silver frame black leather seat, new, $14. Knife set, 12 kitchen and steak knives complete w butcher block, $35. Child school desk, walnut top, steel legs, antique restored, $115. Bench for table seating/bedroom @ foot of bed, very sturdy, $22. Call 412-854-3637 ___________________________________________ CHAISE LOUNGE/BENCH 1920, 95+ yrs old, antique restored, walnut frame, $475. Dining chairs (4) matching uphol, comfy seats, solid wood, arched tops $215. Chair/uphol artist fabric seat, $89. Bedroom, Burl Mahogany, 5 pieces, perfect cond, $2299. Bedroom 8 piece elegant set, 2 marble top end tables/wood carvings, $2499 all. Table 60” Cherry/Walnut, $899. Fosseil octagonal table + base, brass accents, 4 high back uphol. chairs, $749. Table 60" octagonal top +18" leaf + chairs, $419. Dresser, 6 lg. drawers, solid wood, $425. Mirror 34x48 arch top, frame covered w coral & variety of shells, $299. Chaise patio (2) lounges, 2 adjustable positions, $69 each. Tape deck Panasonic stereo knobs for controls/balance/treble, etc. w 6 plus ins, (2) 15” Phillips speakers, $29. Call 412-854-3637 ___________________________________________ CANS/HARRY POTTER CHRISTMAS and others bake/store/freeze cookies/candy or toys, new 3 for $10.00. Placemats/teach kids Bible stories, turn over washable markers color/puzzles/games, $2.75 each or 4/$10. Designer dresses/jackets/jeans/tops + Nike outfits, xs/s/m, high quality, like new, 2 for $10.00. Purses/boots/shoes/ shoulder bags, heels, flats, casual, evening, leather sizes 6/7/8, $4.00+. Robe, Beverly Hills Hilton CA embroidered on terry cloth pocket, long, unisex, $45. Car/truck windshield protector, new, $6. Mouse, Microsoft $4. Telephone clarity for hearing loss, magnifies calls, new in box $59. Bowling ball, mens Brunswick w/leather case, $12. Camping gear, backpack w frame $15. Halloween costumes, childrens, new, tags still on, $10 each. Christmas decorations/wreaths/bows/bulbs/garland/candles/mugs/statues, all new, $10+. Call 412-854-3637 ___________________________________________ APPLIANCE KITCHEN GEVALIA COFFEE/TEA MAKER, new kitchen items $9+. Jacket/womens stylish, zip out warm vest with tags still attached, $59. Designer long backless black dress, size 4 $29. Jewelry gold or silver, 2 for $10. Christmas statues/nativity set/magnolia door hangings/cookie jars/angels/candles/platters, new. Bbq tools in carrying case, new $19. Cd cassettes, jazz/classical/rock and roll 6 for $12. Mirror 32x40 crown moulding, never hung $75. Call 412854-3637 __________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS – Three (3) in Monongahela Cemetery. $475 each. 724-239-4874 __________________________________________ CEMETERY LOT FOR 2, Mon Valley Memorial Park, Garden of All Faiths, lawn crypt, 2018 price $5500. Includes lot for 2 vault-bronze memorial w/vase, granite base. Asking $3000. 724-379-6866 __________________________________________ NATIVITY SET VINTAGE HOME INTERIORS HOMCO Nativity Set #5110 w/Original Styrofoam Packing 13-Piece Porcelain Figurines Lovely Soft Colors Damage Free $35 Call 412 882-4454 __________________________________________ SAFE STEP WALK-IN TUB ALERT FOR SENIORS. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch Step-In. Wide Door. AntiSlip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 1-800906-3115 for $750 Off __________________________________________

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METAL ROOFING & SIDING for houses, barn, sheds. Close outs, returns, Seconds, Overrun, etc. at Discount Prices. Huge inventory in stock. 717 445-5222 ___________________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------WANTED VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS and Outdoor Plastic Lighted Blow Mold Decorations - 412-3848759 or email ___________________________________________ BOOK TITLED “BENTLEYVILLE” 1955 by Miriam A. Dartnell. Photos from Bentleyville Bi-Centennial. 724-554-1677 ___________________________________________ WESTERN ELECTRIC (SLIM LINE) ROTARY PHONE. 724628-5129 ___________________________________________ JOHN DEERE 12 HP (8.94 KW) ENGINE, for 212 riding lawn mower. 724-628-5129 ___________________________________________ ABOUT 10 ACRES in Washington, Fayette, and Greene County. M0G go with the transfer. Want to build home, for family. Call 724-222-5257 or email, ___________________________________________ BUYING WOMEN'S AND MEN'S VINTAGE CLOTHES and accessories 1800's to 1970's. Call Gloria at 724-263-2239 or Bonnie at 412-997-2943. ___________________________________________ BUYING VINTAGE SPORTS CARDS and memorabilia, sports programs, ticket stubs, autographs, game used bats, old pennants, etc. 724-205-8620 ___________________________________________ BUYING OLD SPORTSCARD COLLECTIONS! - Seeking vintage era baseball, football and basketball cards. 1970's and earlier. Will also buy newer cards from 1980-2000's if in good shape. Call me FIRST before you throw away old boxes of cards. Paying CASH! 412-760-2291. ___________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724348-7467. ___________________________________________ WANTS TO PURCHASE MINERALS AND OTHER OIL AND GAS INTERESTS. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ___________________________________________ CASH PAID- up to $25/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAYPAYMENT.1-800-371-1136 ___________________________________________ ADVERTISE TO 10 MILLION HOMES ACROSS THE USA! Place your ad in over 140 community newspapers, with circulation totaling over 10 million homes. Contact Independent Free Papers of America IFPA at or visit our website for more information ___________________________________________ WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps, old Christmas and sterling silver, anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-9797050 or home 724-348-6203. ___________________________________________ FINLEYVILLE BREWING, FINLEYVILLE BEER - bottles, signs, labels or other memorabilia. Will pay top dollar! Also seeking memorabilia from anything with U.S. Steel symbol and logos. Call 424-215-9385.

----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK, 4 burial plots, garden of the cross, all 4 lots $2000. 412-384-4374 ___________________________________________ TWO SIDE BY SIDE INTERIOR MAUSOLEUMS. Located at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township, Coraopolis, PA Holy Angels Chapel in the Jerusalem Corridor. Crypt 729 and 730, Tier F (6th tier). The current selling price is $22,000 for both. Asking $17,000 which includes two openings and closings. Contact 412-805-0139 ___________________________________________ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY: 2 graves in Garden of the Ascension. $2600 for both. Seller will pay deed transfer fee and perpetual care fee. 724-348-6544 ___________________________________________ 2016 TRAILER JAYCO 16XRB Jay Feather 7, almost like new, $12,500 or best offer. Paid $17,600 last summer must sell due to health issues. Used 4 times last year. Many upgrades. Also have weight distributing system for sale. Call 724-263-2031 ___________________________________________ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY: 8 grave sites, Lot # 403 and 404 (Chapel Circle), spaces 1,2,3,4 in each, Asking $2600 per 2 sites. Seller will pay deed transfer fee and 15% annuity care fees. Call Bill, (330) 842-1827. ___________________________________________ 2013 WINDSPORT MOTORHOME, Class A, 17,741 miles, One Owner, 2 Slide outs, Ford V10, Like New Condition $54,900. 724-929-3891 ___________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS. MONONGAHELA CEMETERY. Two plots, side by side. Section 12, lot 48, graves 3 and 4. Flat headstone only permitted on these graves. $1,550 for the pair. Call or text 607-280-3689. ___________________________________________ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY companion lawn crypt Ambassador for 2, $2500.00. Garden of Pillars includes perpetual care. 412-489-5699 ___________________________________________ 2 PREMIUM SIDE BY SIDE CRYPTS, Sylvian Heights – Uniontown, Garden Bldg #2, levl 3, valued $27,000 sell $10,500. 724-438-7806 ___________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK 4 LOTS $500.00 each, 2 vaults $500.00 each, transfer of deed included. Call 724-7479030 or 843-215-8909. If no answer, leave message, will return call ___________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK (Donora), garden of all faiths, lawn crypt, includes lot, vaults, bronze memorial, granite and vase unit (1980 prices). 724-379-6866 ___________________________________________ IF YOU HAD AN IVC FILTER PLACED FOR BLOOD CLOTTING, between 2010 - present time, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson 1-800-5355727 ___________________________________________ MOVING AND STORAGE: CROSS COUNTRY MOVING, Long distance MOVING COMPANY OUT OF STATE MOVE $799 Long Distance Movers Get Free quote on your Long distance move. Call 800-863-6081 ___________________________________________

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------------ PETS -------BEAGLE MALE PUP, 3 months, AKC certified, rabbie certificate, started on rabbit, $350. 724-366-9524 ___________________________________________ 5 LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS with papers, 1 black male, $400. 4 chocolate females $450 each. 724-678-9357 ___________________________________________ 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 $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of bgoldooks, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. ___________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CEMETARY: 2 Graves in Garden of the Ascension. $2600 for both. Seller will pay deed transfer fee and perpetual care fee. 724-348-6544 ___________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE, ? acre, flat, corner, lot in Baldwin Boro. Ouiet friendly neighborhood, convenient 10 minutes to South side/Waterfront, 15 minutes to Oakland/Downtown $74,200, 412-835-3273 ___________________________________________ 61 ——————————————————————————————————————————

MONONGAHELA APARTMENTS FOR RENT – Two, onebedroom apts, first and second floor. Galley kitchen, laundry facility, appliances, garbage removal, off street parking, secure locked building. Close to bus line. Senior discount. 724-9314764 ___________________________________________ TWO SIDE BY SIDE INTERIOR MAUSOLEUMS. Located at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township, Coraopolis, PA Holy Angels Chapel in the Jerusalem Corridor. Crypt 729 and 730, Tier F (6th tier). The current selling price is $22,000 for both. Asking $17,000 which includes two openings and closings. Contact 412-805-0139 ___________________________________________ LOT FOR SALE IN FINLEYVILLE, half acre parcel of land, nice neighborhood, utilities, for sale at $39,900. Contact us at 724-348-6688. ___________________________________________ FINLEYVILLE PROPERTY - ? acre parcel lot in Finleyville, nice neighborhood, utilities, $39,900. 724-348-6688 ___________________________________________ FIRST FLOOR 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR RENT in Downtown Elizabeth. Located on Second St. Eat-in kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, laundry/ utility room, front porch, garden plot. $500 + utilities. Call 412-735-6039 for details. ___________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER, 117 Schaffer Ave, Charleroi (Mapleview). 2 story & gar, 3 br,1/1/2 baths, central a/c, eatin-kitch w/dishwaster inc. Lg Lr/Dr, finished basement/laundry, storage shed w/work bench, landscaped yard/patio, dead end st w/very little traffic, move-in cond. $133,900. No agents! 724-797-5427 ___________________________________________ FINLEYVILLE APARTMENT FOR RENT. 1 bedroom, $460, W/W carpeting, coin op laundry on the premises, spiral staircase to the BR, no smoking, no pets. 412-849-3442 ___________________________________________ DUPLEX FOR SALE IN BENTLEYVILLE, 139 Main St, new furnace, new siding, new parking pad, gutted inside make offer! 724-344-7238 ___________________________________________ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY: 8 grave sites, Lot # 403 and 404 (Chapel Circle), spaces 1,2,3,4 in each, Asking $2600 per 2 sites. Seller will pay deed transfer fee and 15% annuity care fees. Call Bill, (330) 842-1827. ___________________________________________ SOUTH PARK/BALDWIN, 4 acre, 1000 ft frontage, $34,900. South Park Curry area 9 acres $79,000. 412-427-5864 ___________________________________________ FINLEYVILLE, 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 Bath, $272,000, located in beautiful Tuscany Estates at 139 Tuscany Estates Drive, Finleyville, Pa 15132. Open Concept Combo, Kitchen, Breakfast Area and Living Room. Separate Den, Laundry, Large Owners Suite, with Vaulted Ceilings, On-Suite with Duel Closets, Double Vanity, separate shower and Bath areas. Great room in basement with Gas Fireplace, full Kitchen and Bath. Direct access to backyard and Integral Double Car Garage. Please contact, Lester Stephens, Realtor, with Keller Williams Realty at (412) 831-3800 Office, (412) 398-3713 direct for appointment to see property 24-hour notice required for showing. ___________________________________________ HOUSE FOR RENT CHARLEROI 2 Bedroom home small yard, Gas Heat, Central Air, new Carpets up to date wiring Stove & Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer included. Security System, Off Street Parking, Garbage, Water, Sewage included in Rent. Security Deposit. No Pets. Please call and leave your name and number. Please speak slow and clearly. 724-503-2638 ___________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS. MONONGAHELA CEMETERY. Two plots, side by side. Section 12, lot 48, graves 3 and 4. Flat headstone only permitted on these graves. $1,550 for the pair. Call or text 607-280-3689. ___________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER 348 Lincoln Hall Road Elizabeth PA Split Entry Omni stone driveway 2 car garage beautiful garage door finished game room with wood burning fireplace with built in blower lots of storage space. 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths Updated eat in kitchen refrigerator stove and built in dishwasher included Anderson windows large covered back porch with landscaped back yard must see ready to move in call for appointment. 412-901-0261 ___________________________________________

MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK 4 lots $500.00 each, 2 vaults $500.00 each, transfer of deed included. Call 724-7479030 or 843-215-8909. If no answer, leave message, will return call ___________________________________________ CEMETERY LOT FOR 2, Mon Valley Memorial Park, Garden of All Faiths, lawn crypt, 2018 price $5500. Includes lot for 2 vault-bronze memorial w/vase, granite base. Asking $3000. 724-379-6866 ___________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS – Three (3) in Monongahela Cemetery. $475 each. 724-239-4874 ___________________________________________ WOODED UPSTATE NY LAND with LAKES, PONDS & STREAMS being liquidated NOW! 13 tracts! 5 to 41 acres! 50-60% below market! No closing costs! Owner terms! 888738-6994 ___________________________________________

------------ SERVICES -------SENIOR CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for your loved one. Errands, lifting, chores, ride to appointments, very reliable! References available. Please call 724-797-6114. $10 per hour ___________________________________________ JEWELRY REPAIR DONE RIGHT – reasonable. 31 years experience. Why not repair your broken jewelry now? Less expensive than buying new jewelry. Jeweltique, 412-3522800 ___________________________________________ RETIRED MALE wants part-time work. 412-580-7753 ___________________________________________ IN NEED OF A CAREGIVER? Cleaning, bed making, mopping/sweeping, dishes, laundry, running errands, grocery shopping, prescription pickup, medication reminder, assist with bathing/dressing, vital checks, hospice care. If interested please call for price: Heidi Anderson 724-797-3161 ___________________________________________

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. 62 ————————————————————————————————————————— RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WIRING. New outlets, phone and cable lines, landscaping lighting, smart house wiring. Havel Electric – 724-344-6999 ___________________________________________ MEDICAL APPOINTMENT ESCORT and non-medical personal aide for other chores. Call Miller’s Senior Services 724708-8430 ___________________________________________ WINDOW CLEANING / GUTTER CLEANING (bold) - residual and commercial, fully insured and free estimates - 412-4616268 home, 412-606-1697 cell. ___________________________________________ HANDYMAN, drywall finishing, residential, servicing South Hills & Mon Valley areas, free estimates, no job too small, since 1985. 412-443-3135 ___________________________________________ PROVIDING CHILD CARE in my home. Many years of experience and reasonable prices please call for more information. 937-844-3812 ___________________________________________ CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING – hardworking and reliable – Paulco Services – 412-403-1309 or 412-3815242 ___________________________________________ MON VALLEY AREA. Will care for your elderly loved one in their home. 724-231-7131. ___________________________________________ HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE. Jen's Cozy Cottage. FREE ESTIMATE. Call 352-682-5214 or 724-503-2319. ___________________________________________ TED CONSTRUCTION Retailing walls, concrete steps and sidewalks, masonry repair, driveway sealing, painting and all other home repairs. 724-518-5947 ___________________________________________

ROOFING AND CHIMNEY REPAIR. (BOLD) Best material used, Professional Installation. GUARANTEED No Leaks. STONE AND Brick Mortar Repair. Call Matthew 412419-6156 ___________________________________________ J&L CLEANING SERVICES Selling your home? Buying a home? No job too big or small. Residential or Commercial. Very competitive pricing. South Hills-based. Call for a FREE quote today! 724-747-0793 ___________________________________________ CARPET REPAIRS. Restretches, Patches, Installation. Small job in Rental Specialist. 25 years experience. Leave Message 412-651-8503 ___________________________________________ SENIOR PLACEMENT SERVICE FREE. Stan Olszewski, helping older adults since 2007 with placement in assisted living, personal care, independent living and memory/Alzheimers’ care facilities. Call Stan at Senior Lifestyles Connections, 724787-7030 (24 hrs a day/7 days a week), email or visit ___________________________________________ RON’S ALL APPLIANCE REPAIR. REPAIRING REFRIGERATORS, WASHERS, DYERS, RANGES, SUBZEROS…ONE CALL DOES IT ALL: 724-640-9383. 7 DAYS/WK, 24 HR. SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT. ___________________________________________ BOBCAT WITH 2 BUCKETS FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery &___________________________________________ pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. DEALING WITH WATER DAMAGE requires immediate action. Local professionals that respond immediately. Nationwide and 24/7. No mold calls. Call today! 1-800-7309790 ___________________________________________

December 2017 —————————————————————————————————————————— ATTENTION SUBOXONE PATIENTS! Need to see a Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor twice per month. Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. Bethel Park Office. Call David Posipanka Ph.D 412-983-5451. Accepting M.A. Washington & Westmoreland counties (UPMC4U, Gateway, Keystone) and Highmark. Home Service Dealing with water damage requires immediate action. Local professionals that respond immediately. Nationwide and 24/7. No mold calls. Call today! 1-800-7309790 ___________________________________________ CALL EMPIRE TODAY® to schedule a FREE in-home estimate on Carpeting & Flooring. Call Today! 1-800-213-4311 ___________________________________________ DENTAL INSURANCE. Call Physicians Mutual Insurance Company for details. NOT just a discount plan, REAL coverage for 350 procedures. 888-623-3036 or Ad# 6118 ___________________________________________ OXYGEN - ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-558-7482 ___________________________________________ ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT packages at Sandals, Dreams, Secrets, Riu, Barcelo, Occidental and many more. Punta Cana, Mexico, Jamaica and many of the Caribbean islands. Search available options for 2017/2018 at or call 877-270-7260.

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