FREE! DECEMBER 2019 Vol. 16, Issue 7
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Elizabeth Forward Middle School Holds Veterans Day Assembly Page 40
Hillcrest Christian Academy Holds a ‘Corn Drive’ to Help the Hungry Hillcrest Christian Academy’s High School Student Council spearheaded a ‘Corn Drive’ in support of the food pantry at the Light of Life Rescue Mission. The goal was set at 600 cans, but students at all grade levels stepped up to collect 2,269 cans of corn! Because of the enthusiasm of the school’s student body, the student council plans to make a food drive an annual outreach for the community. The cans were delivered on Thursday November 14 to the mission in the city’s north side for use for Thanksgiving dinner.
Hillcrest Christian Academy students (left to right), standing: Ally Grimes, Krysta Tower, Rachel Niesen, Fiona Ryan, Grace Fabian, Marah Reynolds. Sitting: Felicity Bryant, Courtney Wilson, Emma Grimes, Morgan McNary
Cook Announces Recreation and Conservation Grant for Riverfront Park in Charleroi Borough Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) has announced that Mon Valley Progress Council has been awarded a grant totaling $157,250 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for Riverfront Park in Charleroi Borough, Washington County. “This is great news for our community,” said Cook. “Grants like this help support recreation and conservation opportunities, which help make the 49th Legislative District a better place to live, work and play.” The project includes rehabilitation of a boat launch and parking area, construction of a retaining wall, pedestrian pathways, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. This local grant was among those awarded through several grant programs administered by the DCNR.
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Announcing the Opening of Our New Office in Pleasant Hills. The physicians and staff of UPMC Family Medicine South welcome Richard Toth, MD. New patients are welcome at our offices in West Mifflin and Pleasant Hills. Our board-certiﬁed physicians and physician assistants specialize in family medicine and provide care for children, adults, and older patients. Treatment and Services • OPTIFAST® weight loss program • Department of Transportation (DOT) and commercial driver’s license (CDL) physicals • Sick visits/acute care • Treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure • Access and referrals to UPMC medical experts and services To schedule an appointment, call our Pleasant Hills or West Mifflin office. UPMC Family Medicine South UPMC Outpatient Center 617 Clairton Blvd. Pleasant Hills, PA 15236 1907 Lebanon Church Road, Suite 101 West Mifflin, PA 15122 412-653-8570 412-650-9700
Dust off your Boogie Shoes and register today for ‘Santa! at the Disco’, a new tradition for children of all ages. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Whitehall House in Brentwood. Cost is $15 per adult, $12 for children under 12. There will be a craft corner, photos with Santa, basket raffles, pizza provided by Gianna Via’s Restaurant and of course dancing! DJ Scott Alexander will be playin’ that funky music. You’ll find out during story time “How Santa and his Elves Caught the Boogie Fever.” A story written locally and illustrated by Spencer Maist, a seventh-grade student at Harrison Middle School. The event is presented by Light Your Heart and proceeds benefit M aura McGee. Maura is an eight year old Baldwin resident who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant for treatment of MPS 1. Due to limited seating, registration is required. The Whitehall House is located at 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. To register, or to learn about Light Your Heart, and to read Maura’s story visit www.lightyourheartup.com.
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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 1 FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Printscape Arena at Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA. ‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year, see many of the area’s best artists and craftsmen displaying their finest crafts at the 2nd Annual Festival of American Arts & Crafts show. A perfect time to purchase unique items for yourself, your home, and for those on your holiday gift list. Featuring 90100 vendors from the tri-state area. Free door prizes will be awarded each hour. Admission is $3.00; children 12 and under are free. For more information call 724-880-0881.
DECEMBER 2 “THE GABRIELLE CHRONICLES” PRESENTED BY ALABASTER PERFORMING ARTS – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Emma Retreat Center, Fatima
Chapel, 1001 Harvey Road, Greensburg. The original musical drama portrays the invitation to Mary by the Angel Gabrielle to save the human race with her acceptance. The show features traditional Advent and Christmas songs, including O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, Coventry Carol and Ave Maria. Tickets are $10. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call Alabaster Box Office (724) 516-5189. BOROUGH OF JEFFERSON HILLS ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – 6-8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Center Community Room, 925 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills, PA. The event will include the lighting of a dozen specially themed trees and decorations, FREE photos with Santa, Story time with Mrs. Claus, crafts for children and refreshments.
DECEMBER 4 WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON HILLS – 6:30 p.m., Jefferson Hills Municipal Building on Old Clairton Road. Annual Christmas Party and Meeting. Husbands and guests are invited, reservations are required. 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. “DIS+ABILITIES” AWARENESS MEETING – Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 PM. Persons with a disability, community members, church groups or business persons are welcome to attend. Potters House of Monongahela, 234 West Main Street Monongahela. Refreshments. For more info - 724-219-3290.
DECEMBER 5 10TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS “PAJAMA PARTY”– 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., The Good Ol’ Days Nostalgic Vacation House, 914 Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon, PA. Step back in time & enjoy Christmas as it was in the 50s, 60s & 70s for a Retro Christmas “Pajama Party” to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Christmas Cookies, Holiday Dips & Chips & 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 pajamas (up to size 12) and socks.
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DECEMBER 5 - 8 GARDEN CLUB OF MCKEESPORT HOLIDAY SALE – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Garden Center in Renziehausen Park, 1400 Pinoak Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132. The dates are December 5th through 7th from 10 am to 7 pm and December 8th from 12 Noon to 7 pm. There will be fresh wreaths, swags, kissing balls, creative designs, a Kids Korner and a bake sale.
CHRISTMAS IN NEW EAGLE – 6:00 p.m., New Eagle Social Hall on Chess Street. Fun for the entire family! Visit with Santa, music by Todd Jones, performances by the Dance Co. by Lori, Christmas carols, face painting, games, story time and more. $5 admission (free meal for children included in ticket price). Concession stand and snacks available. Enjoy S’mores by the bonfire too!
December 2019 LIGHT UP NIGHT IN SOUTH PARK – 6:00 p.m., Gazebo on Maple Spring Drive, Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. Held by The Friends of South Park, 6th annual. The Community House across the street from the gazebo will be made available for the community for the arrival of SANTA! Free family event. An hour of fun, music and Christmas spirit. Please contact the Madam Chairperson, Sharon Adams if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-897-2403 AUXILIARY CRAFT SALE – Monongahela Valley Hospital, 9:00 a.m., Main Lobby. Shop at the Auxiliary Craft Sale sponsored by the Auxiliary of MonVale Health Resources, Inc. A variety of items are available for purchase. FRIDAY NIGHT PRAISE – 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. All are welcome. Come and join us. For more info call 724-258-7054 CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK – Friday, December 6 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Charleroi Trustees Park (behind the Chamber of Commerce lot, downtown Charleroi). A completely free event for children 12 and under! Hot dogs and beverages provided, along with a treat from Santa (while supplies last). Gather around a bonfire while you wait for Santa to arrive atop a fire truck. Presented by Greater Charleroi Community Development Corporation. 43rd WEST NEWTON COMMUNITY SINGERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: “CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS” – 7:30 p.m., West Newton United Presbyterian Church, located on Third and Main Streets. The program will feature Christmas works including, “O Magnum Mysterium by Evan Ramos, Mele Kalikimaka by R. Alex Anderson, In the Bleak Mid-Winter arranged by Mark Shepperd. A new arrangement of “Jingle all the way!” by J. Pierpont and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah”. The group is under the direction of Richard Carson and is accompanied by Lauren Cross. Advance tickets are available for adults $6.00 and $3.00 for students at the Gary’s Chuckwagon. For more information call 724 872 6093. Tickets will be also available at the door for $7.00 and $3.00 for students. BALDWIN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL – 6-8:00 p.m., Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Baldwin Borough Building, 3344 Churchview Avenue, Baldwin, PA. Featuring: Holiday
LOCAL NEWS Carols, Kids’ Craft Corner, Craft Vendors, Lighting of the Tree, Sweets and Hot Chocolate, Visits with Santa, Visit the Log House. In the spirit of giving, please bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for the Baldwin Food Pantry. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Baldwin. www.baldwinpakiwanis.org SANTA AT THE DISCO - 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Whitehall House, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Presented by Light Your Heart. To benefit Maura McGee, bone marrow recipient for treatment of MPS 1. Dust off your Boogie Shoes and register today and for Santa! at the Disco, a new tradition for children of all ages. $15 per adult, $12 for children under. Craft corner, photos with Santa, basket raffles, pizza provided by Gianna Via’s Restaurant and of course dancing!, with DJ Scott Alexander playin’ that funky music. You’ll find out during story time “How Santa and his Elves Caught the Boogie Fever.” A storywritten locally and illustrated by Spencer Maist, a seventh-grade student at Harrison Middle School. Maura is an eight year old Baldwin resident who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant for treatment of MPS 1. Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register, learn about Light Your Heart, and read Maura’s story visit www.lightyourheartup.com
DECEMBER 6 & 7 CANONSBURG’S OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS – Dec 6, 4-9:00 p.m.; Dec 7, 12-9:00 p.m., Downtown Canonsburg. Sponsored by The Hallmark Channel. Hallmark representatives will be present to pass out free Hallmark ornaments while supplies last. Community tree lighting (donated by The Hallmark Channel) 6pm, Friday, Dec 6. Christmas parade: Saturday, Dec 7, 5pm. Christmas Gift Market, Food Court, Stage with holiday performances and music, Free photos with Santa, Community Gingerbread House contest, Corporate Gingerbread House Contest, Holiday window displays, Kids Corner featuring games and more. Our website can be viewed by visiting www.canonsburgchristmas.com or our Facebook page CanonsburgChristmas
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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 6 & 7 A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION ENTITLED ‘THE PERFECT LIGHT’ – Dec 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m., Dec 8, 3:00 p.m., Elizabeth Forward High School. Presented by Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus. This year our music tells the story of the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World. There will also be a visit from someone special!! We have combined Adult and Junior Choruses of over 60 voices singing numbers that will make you cry and laugh. Ticket prices at the door are $10.00 for Adults and $8.00 for Seniors and Students. A discount of $2.00 is available on each ticket purchased in advance. Please see a Chorus member beforehand to purchase a ticket at the reduced price. On Saturday night ONLY we are offering a free ticket to every child under the age of 12 with the purchase of a ticket. Bring your tickets to the ticket table on Saturday night to receive your free ticket. A portion of the proceeds from
the Concert will benefit the local Meals on Wheels and nonperishable food stuffs and paper products will be collected at each concert for the Food Pantry. BRADFORD HOUSE MUSEUM HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with free admission. Enjoy the museum’s beautiful 18th century holiday decor while browsing unique gift items on site. Local vendors and artists will offer a variety of items for sale, including jewelry, foods, home decor, clothing and accessories. The museum gift shop offers many Whiskey Rebellion themed items and local history books, several signed by the authors. The museum is located at 175 South Main Street, Washington PA. Check our Facebook and website www.bradfordhouse.org for more information about participating vendors.
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CHRISTMAS DESSERT THEATER – ‘WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM’ Crossroads Ministries is proud to present the Christmas Dessert Theater this December 6-7 featuring the musical “Welcome To Bethlehem.” Performances will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 6, and at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday, December 7. Throughout this musical, the theme of hope shines through as various characters in the story face difficult, real-life circumstances. From a couple struggling financially, to a teenage runaway needing help when she finds herself homeless, WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM encourages us to remember a timeless truth...“when it seems you just can’t go on, there’s always hope.” Refreshments and desserts will be after the musical in the gym. Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville, PA. Tickets go on sale at www.crsmin.com. For more information or questions, call 724-348-1620.
DECEMBER 6 – 8 CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE OF VENETIA - Come celebrate the spirit of Christmas in the village of Venetia with heartwarming colonial charm at Wrights United Methodist Church and the historic Enoch Wright House. Friday, December 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Santa lights 40 ft tree, DARE Christmas Railroad Display, Razz-Ma-Tazz show choir, hot sausage, walking tacos, funnel cakes; hot cocoa & smores around the fire; Girl Scout troop sponsor children’s games, luminary kits for sale. Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Anna & Else Frozen breakfast, 9:00 am 2:00 pm Indoor Christmas Free Flea Market and DARE Christmas Railroad display. Sunday, December 8 from 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm, Soup & Stroll Colonial Christmas at historic Wright House. Music, food, and fun for all ages. For information, call 724-348-4059 or 814758-1385 or visit www.wrightsumc.com.
HOLIDAY BASH - Doors open at 11:00 a.m., Drawings begin at 12:00 noon. Donora Borough Building, 6th and Meldon Ave. Donora PA 15033. Sponsored by Mon Valley Youth And Teen Association. Donation $20. This includes food and non-alcoholic drinks. Money-great prizes-Auction. Call 724379-4889 to purchase a ticket or more information. 9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF HEAVEN COOKIE SALE – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Rd., Brookside Farms, Upper St. Clair. Traditional holiday & everyday favorites. Cash/check, no credit/debit cards. For info call: 412-835-7800 SANTA’S BREAKFAST – 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Included: Breakfast for all; Crafts and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus for the children. Children $8.00, Adults $5.00. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please call 724-2588300 to make your reservation. HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE – 9-11:00 a.m., Baldwin Community United Methodist Women, 5001 Baptist Road across from Caste Village Shopping Center. Annual homemade cookie sale. Cookies will be sold for $9.00 per pound. Proceeds benefit missions. CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST/CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW - 9:00 am 1:00pm., Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. This annual event will have 20+ tables, Chinese Holiday Baskets, Pancake and Egg breakfast adults: $5 each - children $2 each. And Santa will be there! Admission is FREE. For more information and table reservation call Diane 412882-1553. FREE COMMUNITY ADVENT DINNER - Seatings at 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m., Canonsburg UP Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg PA 15317. This dinner is being held in conjunction with Canonsburg Borough’s Old Fashioned Christmas event. We invite guests from our community to enjoy roast beef, scalloped potatoes, green beans, mac ’n cheese, and chicken fingers. Desserts are also provided. Following dinner, we encourage you to enjoy the Christmas festivities in town. All are welcome! Please RSVP by December 4 to the church office at 724-745-0800.
LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 7 & 8
DONUT SALE - St. Damien of Molokai Parish offering their delicious homemade cake donuts for sale, at Madonna School Cafeteria, Monongahela, PA. Both days, 8:30 a.m. until sold out. $9.00 per dozen. CHRISTMAS CRAFT/BAKE SALE Sat. Dec. 7, 12-5:00 p.m., Sun Dec 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main St., Uniontown, PA. Upstairs School Hall. Crafts, Cookbooks, Candy, Baked Goods, Decorations Nativity Display, Raffles. Sponsored by St. John Ethnic Craft Club& St. John Social Ministry. Handicapped accessible, free admission. For information call:724-438-6027 (M-F 9AM-3PM Leave message)
DECEMBER 8 5TH ANNUAL “HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS” A MON VALLEY TRADITION – 1-4:00 p.m., Tour 7 homes/venues. Proceeds benefit local charities. Venues within 10 mile radius include: The Speers Mansion, familybuilt log home, restored Victorian, 1898 farm house, The Good Ol’ Days House, Rostraver Twp. Historical Society, St. John the Divine Orthodox Church. Chinese Auction, too! $25 donation. For reservations call (724) 747-5191. SOUP AND STROLL – 12-4:30 p.m., historic Enoch Wright House, Museum of Westward Expansion, 815 Venetia Road, Venetia. A soup supper with homemade soup and desserts, artisan bread and beverage will be served in the festive ambiance of the 19th C Wright House, headquarters of the society. An invitation to stroll through the house, mining room, Father Christmas and log cabin is extended to all who visit. For additional information visit www.peterscreekhistoricalsociety.org; 724-746-3203 or 724-348-6406. WESTMINSTER ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT - 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Featuring Handel’s Messiah, Part I, Chancel Choir, Academy Chamber Orchestra, Jim Burns, harpsichord. Westminster’s annual Christmas Concert brings together all the Westminster choirs and the Chanteclairs, Upper St. Clair High School’s chamber choir, in uplifting music of the season. Westminster Presbyterian Church, www.westminsterchurch.org - 412-835-6630 More Event Listings on page 8
PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 8 JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY – 4-6:00 p.m., In celebration of Jefferson Memorial’s 90th Anniversary. Holiday Vendor Market, Food Trucks, Face painters, Disney’s Frozen 2 - Elsa, Anna and Olaf, LIVE music presentations by The Source Church - Worship Ministry, The Mt. Lebanon Mellon Middle School Choir, and 2016 American Idol contestant - Aubrey Burchell, a special dedication to our “Living Tree” as well as a very special visit from the Jolly Elf himself - Santa Clause. This year’s event will be held in the parking lot of the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. This will be a rain or shine event
FREE PAPER BEAD CRAFT – 12:30 p.m., West Newton Center for Active Adults, 103 East Main Street, West
Newton PA, 15089. Sponsored by Rewind-Reuse Center and Workshop. Learn to craft beads from paper. The Rewind-Reuse Center and Workshop is dedicated to a green initiative reusing discardedmaterials and turning them into art rather than sending items to landfills. Call (724) 872-4976 to sign up EMPTY CHAIR SERVICE – 7:00 p.m., The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 61 Walnut Ridge Road; Charleroi, PA 15022. This is the time when you can remember your friends and family who will not be with you this time of year. There will be angels you can write their names and hang on a special Christmas tree. For more information please call either 724-489-9014. You can also e-mail email@example.com.FCC can also be found on Facebook. JEFFERSON HILLS DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION PARTY - 7-9:00 p.m., Large
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Arshad Bachelani, M.D., will conduct individual screenings following a brief educational talk on hernias in the Anthony M M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. To register, call 724-258-1333 or visit monvalleyhospital.com. Free program, parking and light refreshments.
Community Room (next to the Library) at the Jefferson Hills Borough Building. The celebration is open to the public. Attendees are requested to bring their favorite dish or snacks - water and pop will be provided. Also, please bring a donation of prepackaged cookies and sweets (Nabisco, Keebler, Pepperidge Farm, etc.) for the Cloverleaf Area Food Bank (Cloverleaf Area Ecumenical Assistance Program). Monetary donations are also appreciated. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER 9 & 16 MONDAYS WITH MANTLE HOUSE CRAFT CLASSES – 6:00 p.m., Mantle House, 132 S Water St. West Newton PA,15089. $5/class. Dec 9: Bulb Wreath, Dec 16: Three Tiered Cookie Dish. Bring a friend! Register on the event or post on the facebook page: Mantle House Mission. For more info, email: email@example.com, 724-8721800, or visit the website www.mantlehousemission.org
CLOTHES 4-U – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon will be open to the public. The clothing is free; patrons may give a free-will offering if they desire. Bags will be given to patrons when they come in to browse around. If there is a need at any other time, please call the office to make an appointment. Anyone wishing to drop off clothing in good condition for this ministry or who might be in need of some assistance with clothing is asked to call the church office at 724-9294696 to make arrangements. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you again in this next year! SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB – 8:00 p.m., Bethel Presbyterian Church at 2999 Bethel Church Rd. in Bethel Park. All members and the general public are invited. This months program will be the annual Christmas party. A 50/50 will be offered and childrens prizes to be awarded. Applications are now being accepted for membership. For more information call 724-984-6611.
PLEASANT HILLS GARDEN CLUB MEETING - 12:30 p.m., Community Room at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building located at 410 Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills. The meeting will feature “A Christmas Celebration,” Covered Dish and Pot Luck. Garden of the Month winners will be honored guests at the luncheon. Non Members are welcome to attend. The PHGC always welcomes new members. SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL - 6:30 p.m., South Park Township Library, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA. South Hills Friends are responsible for maintenance of the Montour Trail between Library and Clairton. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail, including South Hills Friends contact information, may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. CHARLEROI-MONONGAHELA LODGE #337 FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS - will hold their regular stated meeting on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Masonic hall located at 100 2nd St in Monongahela, PA. For more information call 724-809-9742.
DECEMBER 12 A HOLIDAY MOVIE EVENT FOR SENIORS – 1:00 p.m., The Whitehall House (behind John F. Slater Funeral Home), 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA. Join us for a special viewing of the Christmas Classic, The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant and Loretta Young. Hot Chocolate & Coffee Station, Dessert Bar, raffle baskets. Donations will be accepted for SHIM: South Hills Interfaith Movement. Please RSVP to: 412-8819022 by December 10. Sponsored by: South Hills Community Connect, a Healthcare Marketing Group
DECEMBER 13 CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S QUARTET, SHEPHERD’S VOICE CONCERT – 7:00 p.m., Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main Street (Rt. 88), New Eagle, PA.
December 2019 Annual tradition presenting an evening of Christmas music. These ladies have been ministering to many area churches and groups for the past 14 years and are blessed to be able to serve the Lord through their singing. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken to help support this music ministry.
LIVE NATIVITY â€“ 6-9:00 p.m., Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd, Bethel Park is having a 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. To be a part of the Live Nativity or If you have any questions please contact Janet at 412-805-7194 email@example.com. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA â€“ 9:00 AM, Elrama Fire Department. Bring Your Children and join us for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa Claus! Free to Union Township residents. To register, please call 724-348 4250, or e-mail: Secretary@uniontwp.com HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL ANNUAL COOKIE SALE â€“ 9:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15236, just off of Route 51 in Whitehall. Pre-orders due Dec 8. Selling cookies by the pound, nut rolls, apricot rolls, poppy seed rolls, nut horns, lady locks, and more! We should have over fifty different cookies available for sale to select from. Cookies will be sold at $10 per pound and all nut, apricot or poppyseed rolls will be $15 each. Pre-order rolls, nut horns and ladylocks: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, limited quantities. BREAKFAST AND HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW â€“ 9:00 a.m., Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road Eighty Four, PA. Puppet show performed by the Pittsburgh Puppet Works. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, waffles, French Toast sausage, mixed fruit, juice and coffee. Santa visit and balloon artist, face painters. Tickets are $5.00 per person with a maximum cost for a family of $20. Tickets can be purchased by stopping at the church office or calling the office 724941-8910. The church office hours are 8:00AM to noon, Monday-Friday. Tickets can be bought at the door but reservations appreciated.
LOCAL NEWS COOKIE WALK â€“ 11:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m., The First Church of God, West Newton, PA. Fundraiser, all home made holiday cookies. Over 22 varieties to pick from. We will also have peanut butter chocolate covered sold by the dozen. For info 724-872-7467.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA â€“ 9-11:00 a.m., The First United Methodist Church, Belle Vernon. Annual Breakfast with Santa. Pancakes and sausage will be served followed by a visit with Santa Claus. Free to the public. Donations will be accepted, but are not required. CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE â€“ 9:00 a.m. â€“ 1:00 p.m., Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, PA. A variety of homemade baked goods will be available for purchase including: Christmas rolls available in Nut, Apricot, and Poppy Seed; Cookie Trays, Candy, Pies, and much much more. Come early for the best selection! Christmas rolls are also available for pre-order purchase ($10/each) by calling (412) 653-3222 x3. Orders will be accepted in advance through Sunday, December 8, 2019. JIM SYKES CONCERT â€“ 3:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow with a free will offering. Call 724-258-7054 for more details. SOUTH PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM - 12-2:00 p.m., Located at the corner of the Port Authority Parkn-Ride lot at 6425 Pleasant Street, South Park. The Museum showcases South Parkâ€™s rich traditions and captivating history like youâ€™ve never seen them before. The South Park Historical Society has procured, studied and cared for one of the areaâ€™s most unique collections, which includes exhibits of local mining memorabilia, railroad photos and artifacts; plus a look back at South Park schools through the decades and much more. Come visit!
Wendell August Forge has repurposed 130-year-old roof tiles from the Allegheny County Courthouse into beautiful commemorative keepsakes. 10 Designs Available | Prices Range from $30-$75 Proceeds benefit the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.
Winter Fun at the South Park Ice Rink Skate with Santa
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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 14 SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MONTHLY WORK PARTY – 9:00 a.m., Volunteers will meet at the Brownsville Extension parking area (trail MP 37.5) December project has not yet been determined. Interested volunteers should contact email@example.com after December 10 for more information. A WHITEHALL CHRISTMAS: TEA PARTY CELEBRATION – 1:00 p.m., Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Drive, 15236. Advance tickets only. Special high tea celebration of sips, sweets, and free raffles! We’re partnering again with Divine Delectables for a Christmas tea party sure to make your holiday merry and bright. Each guest will receive a host of good tidings for a yummy Yuletide including: Waldorf Salad, Scone and Cream, Tea sandwiches, Desserts, Unlimited tea samplings. Purchase your tickets today at the library: $30.00/person. For more info 412-882-6622
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Elizabeth Forward High School Cafeteria. 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Fundraiser for the EF High School girls basketball team. Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5. Breakfast includes: pancakes, sausage, fruit cup and drink. Also enjoy a craft with Santa and his elves, a visit with and treat from Santa and the opportunity to write and deliver your own letter to Santa! There will also be a Chinese auction. For tickets or questions, please call 724-7126476. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
DECEMBER 15 SPAGHETTI DINNER -CRAFT SHOW SANTA VISIT – craft show 10:00 a.m., dinner 12-4:00 p.m., Library Fire Hall located on Library Rd/Rt. 88. Held by the South Park Lions Club. Adults $10. Children $5. All are welcome. STEPPIN’ OUT SUNDAY JINGLE BELL DANCE – 5-9:00 p.m., Brentwood VFW
3801 Saw Mill Run Blvd. Grab your Jingle Bells and jump in your sleigh your horse knows the way over the river and through the woods to the dance!! Mark Peters our Jolly Jingle Bell DJ/Dance Instructor will be teaching the Waltz starting at 530. Kitchen and Bar available.$10 admission, children under 16 just $5. We will be decorating the backdrop for lots of pics and hopefully Santa will be there too!! Everyone and all dance levels welcome! Denise 412-519-3559 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 3:00 p.m., The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Charleroi, PA. The music featured will be “Joy Has Dawned” by Lloyd Larson. Directed by Charleroi’s choir director, Richard Carson, the choir features members from the host church and various churches around the Mon Valley. The Annual Tasting Party will follow. Admission is free. For more information please call either 724-489-9014. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER 16 ROSTRAVER SPORTSMEN ASSOCIATION – 7:30 p.m., 539 Cedar Creek Rd., Belle Vernon, PA. Monthly meeting. All members are encouraged to attend. Applications are now being accepted for membership from both men and women. For more information call 724-984-6611.
DECEMBER 19 THE RETIRED MEN’S LUNCHEON GROUP – 12:00 p.m., Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hills, PA.
Cost is $8, at the door. Please reserve lunch by calling the church office at 412 655 2000 option 0. We are a non-denominational group.
OLDIES DANCE – 7-11:00 p.m., White Oak American Legion Post #701, 2813 Capital St, White Oak, PA. Admission is still only $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 “DIS+ABILITIES” NETWORK CHRISTMAS PARTY – Saturday, December 21 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Potters House of Monongahela, 234 West Main Street Monongahela. Christmas carol sing along, Door prizes, $5 - $10 gift exchange (optional). Please RSVP by Dec. 18 by calling 724-219-3290
DECEMBER 24 JEFFERSON HILLS DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE CANCELLED - The next meeting will be in January 2020 (date to be determined). For more information on our activities, please visit us at www.jeffersonhillsdemocrats.com or contact us at: email@example.com
BLOOD DRIVE – 12-6:00 p.m., Pittsburgh South Hills Elks 2213, 2789 South Park Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Help save a life, give blood. Register ahead and receive a penquin scarf. For more info: 412-831-0616.
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The Finleyville Food Pantry Is Not Closing Dear Editor, The Finleyville Food Pantry a privately run 501(c)(3), non-profit Food Pantry. Our community food pantry feeds not only our community but a lot of the surrounding areas as well. With the growing of those in need, we could use your help with food and or monetary donations to continue serving the communities. Please contact us if you can help in any way by calling 412616-7573. Thank you for any help you can give to your fellow man, and God Bless! Pat Trumpie - Finleyville Food Pantry
South Park Resident Asks Community to Stop Littering Dear Editor, Recently a group of people including myself under the guidance of Allegheny County Park Rangers in cooperation with the Friends of South Park, Allegheny County went out through a section of the park to clean up litter. This was going to be the last clean up for 2019. The group has been doing this each month throughout the spring and summer. On this one particular day we were cleaning up along Stoltz Road in the area between Rt. 88 and Claytonia Street. That area, across from the row of residential homes is park property. So, we each took a section and began to pick up litter. Many of the items picked up can be recycled. I myself filled an industrial size black garbage bag with beer cans, and other beverage containers. I have been doing this work for years, and I take pride in the park and want it to look nice. I have had to pick up used diapers, beer bottles that were used as urinals, pots, half eaten food, containers with already chewed tobacco, and more. There is a person just as he leaves his residential street and turns onto Stoltz Rd. who tosses his little tomato juice can out the car window! (His saving grace is that he drops them all in one spot!) As a concerned resident, I’m asking that we all start being more responsible for our trash. Those plastic bags at the grocery stores are perfect to stash beer cans, used diapers, napkins, water bottles, or anything else you would toss out the window. Take it home and before you go in the house, walk over to the trash can and toss the bag in. Maybe by keeping the park clean, it can also stop drawing all the wildlife into your yards? Peg Bittner – South Park
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Resident Proud to Live in the Best Neighborhood in Jefferson Borough! Dear Editor, To catch school buses, the children of our neighborhood have to gather in front of an overrun and unsafe yard, that is owned by an elderly and frail man. Rather than giving this man a fine, the local magistrate, Mike Thatcher, who conveniently lives in the neighborhood, politely asked the elderly gentleman if he would mind if the neighbors pitched in to help him. So, at a neighborhood block party the neighbors and their kids hatched a plan to show up at 9:00 on a Saturday morning with chain saws, lawn mowers, tractors and trucks to clean up the yard and make the bus stop safe for the children. The neighbors who participated were numerous: Costas, Ebers, Siemons, Sabols, Molinaros, Nikolics, Thatchers, Reckards and Karnacks. The wives served donuts, coffee, and hotdogs as the men worked a long and tiring day. I am fortunate to live among such caring neighbors including our magistrate, Mike Thatcher! Connie Shaffer, Jefferson
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Monongahela Valley Catholic High School Class of 1969 Holds 50 Year Reunion The Monongahela Valley Catholic High School Class of 1969 held their 50 year reunion on September 21, 2019 at St. Spyridon's Hellenic Center in Monessen. The weekend kicked off with a Friday evening social held at the Croation Club in Donora with approximately 25 classmates. On Saturday, 61 classmates were in attendance as well as two former teachers, Mr. Thomas Kustron and Mr. Philip Pergola. Classmates came from our local area, surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, and states as far away as California, Oregon, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio. Classmates were presented with gift bags containing a Spartan t-shirt and souvenir towel in maroon & gold school colors and logo. Also included was a copy of the "I bequeath" items to underclassmen of Mon Valley that were handed down in 1969. The banquet hall included a memorabilia table containing yearbooks, commencement program, numerous pictures and newspapers, school jackets, and even the trophy from the 1969 champion football team. A Veterans tribute was on display with a wreath bearing the names of those classmates who served our country. A memorial prayer and candle lighting ceremony was done to commemorate all of the 16 deceased classmates along with a frame with each of their senior pictures displayed on an easel for all to remember. Attendees enjoyed a great dinner, an evening of music, door prizes and even a photo booth as old friendships were renewed.
A group photo was taken with each classmate wearing their Spartan t-shirt and displaying a sign with "team Spartans beat cancer" as well as get well wishes for an ill classmate. Pictured from (L to R), Row 1: Ann Loftus Haynal, Patricia Mihalic Karki, Dorothy Krajnik Shallenberger, Donna Hughes Simmen, Donna Veliky Macik, Judith Kudra Weinzen, Cathy Delsandro Walsh, Deborah Eberley McWilliams, Jane Sarra, Cary Charles, (cmtee), Geri Haluch Pergola (cmtee), David Frederick (cmtee), Benita Andrews Pichard, Cheryl Damanascus Wilber (cmtee), Denise Rossi Contrael, George Polachek, Patricia Renk Martin (cmtee), Janice Pomponio Suomela, Joyce Lee Amatangelo (cmtee), Maureen Gaydos Leonardo, Joyce Sabol Kopanic, Christine Bartolotta Collura. Row 2: Angela Pascarella Blade, Kathleen Piskor Tubin, Michele Maddock Huey, JoAnna Beresh Stroh (cmtee), Susan Dougert Reagle, Mildred Lynch Rapport, Patricia Lamendola Herk, Carla Fayak, Nancy Nelson Simpson. Row 3: Lucia Petrus Menendez, Alida Bunardzya Lewis, Thomas Petrus, Harry Walters, Joseph Hlavacik, Jeffrey Cornish, Paul Brna, John Bachkay, Richard Kozar (cmtee), Michael Collins, Philip Appolonia, Linda King Dolfi, Phyllis Niccolai DeMedio, Charles Marciak. Row 4: John Tomayko, David Yavorsky, John Hogan, Leonard Sedney, Michael Fuoco, Patrick McGinley, Andreas Kmiecik, Gery Sasko. Row 5: Gary Baron (cmtee), Edward Los (cmtee), William Herk, Ronald Salsovic, Thomas Sliva, Kenneth Krempasky, Mr. Thomas Kustron. Missing from picture, Manny Rojas.
NEWS FROM THE SOUTH PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Visit the SPHS Museum on December 14
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Located at the corner of the Port Authority Park-n-Ride lot at 6425 Pleasant Street, the South Park Historical Society Museum showcases South Park’s rich traditions and captivating history like you’ve never seen them before. Come and visit us on Saturday, December 14 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. as we will be open to the public. The South Park Historical Society has procured, studied and cared for one of the area’s most unique collections, which includes exhibits of mining memorabilia, railroad photos and artifacts; plus a look back at South Park schools through the decades.
Do you like a good story with complex characters and dramatic events? Binge-worthy tales with humor, heartbreak, heroes, antiheroes, romance and villains? Well, you don’t need a subscription to Netflix or Hulu to find these compelling stories. Some of the most compelling stories you’ll ever hear are true, local and can be found by digging through history. The South Park Historical Society is dedicated to preserving our local history and bringing some of the most fascinating stories to life each month with its Guest Speaker Series. South Park Historical
Society members also get free admission to the Heinz History Center! You are invited to become a member today! • Individual memberships are $15. • Family memberships are $20. • Senior membership (65 and over) are $10. • Student memberships are $5. To become a member, visit the Historical Society’s website at southparkhistoricalsociety.com. Also be sure to like the Historical Society on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southparkhistoricalsociety.
The Historical Society Has Two Great Holiday Gift Ideas For You The South Park Historical Society has two great books that you are bound to enjoy ‘Historic Snowden Township – South Park Township’ and ‘History of Allegheny County’s South Park Farm Lands to Park Lands’ are on sale. Get your copies today! The cost of each book is $20 (tax included) and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. for an additional $3.25. To order one or both books, call 412-835-9529 or 412655-4104. These books can also be purchased at the South Park Township Library.
NEWS FROM THE DONORA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND SMOG MUSEUM Little Dragon Game Shirts For Sale
At the Donora Historical Society we collect any artifact related to Donora, whether it’s from a school, church, social club, sporting team or family. Over the years, in some cases, we’ve received multiples of the same exact artifact. When that occurs, on very rare occasions, we’ll share those artifacts with other Donora institutions or even sell them outright to make money for the historical society. We do that currently with the Golden Jubilee booklets (1951) and the Diamond Jubilee anniversary plates (1976) both of which we have in abundance.
A few years after the Little Dragons stopped fielding midget league football teams, someone involved in the program gave us boxes of old uniforms. The reality is that we only have room to keep a handful of shirts of each design and may only be able to display just one or two at any given time. We have found that in some cases there are duplicates and triplicates of the same number within the same shirt design. There are five different shirt designs, most with either having DONORA on the front or a Dragon on the sleeve. There are even some orange pants with black and white stripes. Our goal has always been to make the artifacts available for people to enjoy. While we can do that at the Smog Museum, we could also enable people to possibly have their own shirts. These are youth size shirts that could fit shoulder pads so they could fit men or women of smaller stature. As a fundraiser for the historical society, we are selling a portion of the extra shirts so that others can enjoy them. You can rest assured that we’ll continue to preserve and display the remaining shirts for future generations to enjoy.
Crossroads Ministries to Present Christmas Dessert Theater – ‘Welcome to Bethlehem’ Crossroads Ministries is proud to present the Christmas Dessert Theater this December 6-7 featuring the musical “Welcome To Bethlehem.” Performances will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 6, and at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday, December 7. Christmas is a time for joy and bringing hope to a hurting world – which is what the staff at the Bethlehem Inn strives to do every day of the holiday season for its guests! Throughout this musical, the theme of hope shines through as various characters in the story face difficult, real-life circumstances. From a couple struggling financially, to a teenage runaway needing help when she finds herself homeless, WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM encourages us to remember a timeless truth...“when it seems you just can’t go on, there’s always hope.” Refreshments and desserts will be after the musical in the gym. Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville, PA. Tickets go on sale at www.crsmin.com. For more information or questions, call 724-348-1620.
In general, the shirts will sell for $40, the price of which could be adjusted for condition. Most are game worn, but others are in mint condition. Pickup can be arranged at the Smog Museum on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or Donora Library Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We Can Do It! WWII World War II Vets Needed to Discuss their Experiences at Exhibit The Donora Historical Society and Donora Public Library, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh, will once again be hosting a traveling exhibit –“We Can Do It! WWII.” Starting on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and running for nine and a half weeks thru Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the exhibit will be available to the general public, school groups, and social clubs. In anticipation for this exhibit, the Donora Historical Society is looking for WWII Veterans that would like to
discuss their experiences with school students. An overview of their military career with a Q&A with the students should be expected. The veteran should feel free to bring anything that enhances the discussion. While the WWII exhibit has an enormous amount of interactive detail and the teachers will be prepped with study guides supplied by the Heinz History Center, there is nothing like that personal touch, especially since these veterans probably enlisted at an age that wasn’t too much older than the age of the visiting students. Please contact us by phone or email.
ADDITIONAL INFO If you have additional questions about the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com , call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”
Fix 'Ur Cat, in Canonsburg Receives Donation from VFW Post 764 McMurray VFW Auxiliary Post 764 President Sandy Roberto and Past President Sara Redinger presented a check for $500 to Fix 'Ur Cat, 18 West Pike St, Canonsburg PA 1317 to Michelle Bruce, President and Gary Malaskovitz, Treasurer, to help defray spaying and neutering costs to Veterans for their pets. This is quite an organization. Their service to Veterans is awesome and was very rewarding to us to be able to help.
Monessen Public Library Holds ‘Cookies With a Cop Day’
Monessen Public Library Children’s Coordinator Marsha Adams and Officer Rebekah Shrader, worked together to teach children about safety.
Olive Abbott, (left) and Violet Abbott, (right) enjoy cookies distributed by Monessen police office Rebekah Shrader.
By Jill Runfola The Monessen Public Library, held a ‘Cookies With a Cop Day,” on Monday, November 18. Monessen Police Officer Rebekah Shrader, visited the children and read them a Christmas story. The children interacted with office Shrader, asking her questions after Storytime. Later, they helped themselves to tasty homemade cookies that were donated by Monessen Mayor Matthew Shorraw. The ‘Cookies With a Cop’ event will be held for children on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. Marsha Adams, Monessen Library Children’s Coordinator, started the program with the Monessen Police Dept. “I think it’s good for the kids to know their police officers, so that they’re not afraid of law enforcement authorities,” said Adams. Parents are welcome to bring their children to this monthly event, held upstairs in the Children’s Department of the Library.
Belle Vernon Public Library Will Host Christmas Story Time The Belle Vernon Public Library will host a Christmas Craft Storytime for children ages 3 and up on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 p.m. The program will include a holiday story as well as two simple crafts for holiday decorating. Children must be registered in advance by calling 724-929-6642 by the 15th in order to ensure enough supplies are on hand. The Belle Vernon Public Library is located at 505 Speer Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Visit us at http://www.rostraverlibrary.org and social media to check out all of our programs.
Peters Creek Historical Society ‘Soup and Stroll’ December 8 Peters Creek Historical Society welcomes one and all to their annual "Soup and Stroll" holiday open house, on Sunday, December 8, from 12 noon to 4:30 pm at the historic Enoch Wright House, Museum of Westward Expansion, 815 Venetia Road, Venetia. Enjoy a homemade soup supper served in the ambiance of 19th century charm! Stroll through the house to visit the room of local mining history. Chat with Father Christmas in the Charity Wright bedroom as he makes his list of "naughty and nice". Stroll up to the log cabin for a peek at frontier life. Admission is $8-adults; $5-children 9 and under. Chances on a selection of raffle baskets will be available. For more information visit: www.peterscreekhistoricalsociety.org or call 724-746-3203; 724-348-6406.
VFW Post 764 Auxiliary in McMurray Sponsors an Ice Cream Social For Veterans The Auxiliary from VFW Post 764 in McMurray recently sponsored an Ice Cream Social at South Western VA. The Auxiliary served over 60 Veterans root beer floats and gave out $100 in Bingo prize money. Pictured at right, Sandra Coglio, Ron Demichilli, Linda Philips, Bingo Caller Kenny who is resident at the South Western VA, Diane Keremes, Sandy Roberto, Linda McMinn, Barb Galardi, Barb Meiers, Lisanne Migyanko and Peggy Trumbull all helped serve the veterans and then sit with them while they played bingo.
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Union Township Dedicates Bridges in Honor of Two Local Residents
This bridge on Jack Street in Union Township was dedicated to John Emerick
This bridge on Jason Drive in Union Township was dedicated to William Castor
On October 15, 2019, the Union Township Board of Supervisors held a ceremony to dedicate two local bridges in memory of two Union Township Residents, John Emerick and William Castor. The event was organized by Joan Carmen and Nicole Wright. The bridge on Jack Street was dedicated in memory of John Emerick, a military Veteran and survivor of the Bataan death march of WWII. The dedication speech to honor Mr. Emerick was given by Joan Carmen. The bridge on Jason Drive was dedicated in memory of William Castor, a military Veteran and life-long resident of Union Township. Castor was an advocate for Veterans and organized the Veterans Memorial Honor Roll at the Union Township Park. UT Supervisor Heather Daerr spoke on behalf of Mr. Castor, as did his son. Plaques were made for both bridges by Mikeâ€™s Refinishing. There was a balloon release during the ceremony, and refreshments donated by Fred Carmen and Son, Inc. were served at a small gathering after the dedication at the Union Township Municipal building. The event was attended by family, township residents, township supervisors, county commissioners and state representatives.
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Former Monessen City Hall Listed on Young Preservationists Top Ten Sites in Region The former Monessen City Hall at 100 3rd Street has been listed as #6 in the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburghâ€™s (YPA) Annual Top Ten Sites. The list aims to highlight preservation opportunities in the region, that are worth rehabilitating for reuse and development. This Vintage postcard image of the Monessen City is the fourth Monessen Hall Building. (Courtesy of Monessen site to be listed since Historical Society) 2015. The former City Hall is owned by Monessen Rising LLC. The building was built in 1927 by notable Monessen architect Ernest Clark. The building was opened in late 1927 to a crowd of 10,000 people, and the hoisting of the US and City flags atop the rooftop clocks adorning the building. Former city hall was used for city business from 1927-2008. It features many historic features, including beveled glass, oak woodwork, a skylight, and terrazzo flooring. There is currently a reuse plan for the building, which is hoped to be realized in the near future. The Top Ten Sites were recognizing at a reception at Alphabet City in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood of Pittsburgh on November 1, 2019. For more information about the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, visit: https://www.youngpreservationists.org/
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Visit the Mid-Mon Valley Model Railroad Club This Holiday Season
The doors of the Mid-Mon Valley Model Railroad Club will be opened to the public again this Holiday season. The club will be open on weekends from November 30 through January 5, 2020. Visitors will be received each Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. The club is located on the second floor of 159 Main Street in New Eagle (above the New Eagle Borough Municipal Building). There is a rumor that Santa Claus will be at the club on Saturday December 7 and Saturday December 14! The club is working to depict the major industries in the Mid-Mon Valley as they interacted with the railroads. Visitors can walk through three rooms of scenery as the trains run on a double-decked layout and use the helix (spiral) in a fourth room to travel from the lower level to the upper level and back again. Along the way, one can see a blast furnace, a rolling mill, a strip-mine, coke ovens, a railroad yard and a trolley line. Although there is no admission fee, visitors are encouraged to donate to the layout fund in the caboose-shaped box located at the top of the stairs. Suggested donation levels are at least $1.00 per person. Coloring pages and publications about the hobby are available free of charge to children of all ages. Seeing model trains at the Holidays is a wonderful tradition. Make New Eagle a stop on your Holiday tour. For further information, call S. Werner at 724-379-8584.
Jefferson United Methodist Church Annual Christmas Bake Sale Jefferson United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A variety of homemade baked goods will be available for purchase including: Christmas rolls available in Nut, Apricot, and Poppy Seed; Cookie Trays, Candy, Pies, and much more. Come early for the best selection! Christmas rolls are also available for pre-order purchase ($10/each) by calling 412-653-3222 x3. Orders will be accepted in advance through Sunday, December 8, 2019. Jefferson United Methodist Church is located at 310 Gill Hall Road, in Jefferson Hills, PA.
Tony Bottino Announces His Candidacy for PA House of Representatives 43 Congressional District.
Tony Bottino announced his candidacy for the PA House of Representatives 43 Congressional District during a reception at Ripepi Winery in Monongahela.
Fred Cox, Mon Valley Sports Legend, Inventor of Nerf Football, Dies at Age 80
Tony Bottino pictured with his family: (l-r) sons Andrew, Dominic and Anthony (twins), Tony, wife Tara, father Tony, Sr. and mother, Judy. (Missing in photo are son Alex at St Vincent College and daughter Kayla at Duquesne University.)
By Alice Harris On Tuesday November 12, 2019 during a reception at Ripepi Winery in Monongahela, PA, Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce President, and local businessman, Tony Bottino, announced his candidacy to represent the 43rd Congressional District in the upcoming 2020 election. This seat Among the friends who came out to support Tony were (at left) has been held by Bud Cook since Washington County Prothonotary 2017. Elect Laura Hough, and Washington Bottino was born in 1967, is 52 County Commissioner Diana Irey years old, has lived all of his life in Vaughn, and (far right) PA State the Monongahela area, and is marSenator 46th District Camera ried with five children. He graduated Bartolotta. from Mon Valley Catholic HS and from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He has worked many jobs, worn may hats, and has owned Allstate Insurance in Monongahela for over 21 years. As President of the Monongahela Area Chamber for the past 10 years, Bottino has seen a lot of improvements, and believes there is more opportunity to bring people in and raise the bar even further. He is looking forward to the opportunity to be able to get into public service, make a difference, and continue to make positive things happen.
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1976 Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Fred Cox, passed away at his home in Minnesota on November 20, 2019. Mr. Cox also was inducted into the Ringgold Rams Hall of Fame in 2006 along with the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of in 2008. A 1957 Monongahela High School graduate, Cox made the All-Conference team as a running back and continued that role with the Pitt Panthers. Cox went on to become the all-time leading scorer for the Minnesota Vikings from 1963 to 1977. Cox invented the popular Nerf football manufactured by Parker Brothers. Fred became a chiropractor in 1972.
Jefferson Hills 3rd Grader Donates Toys to Children’s Hospital
Vanessa Warden, a third grade student at Jefferson Hills Elementary School, used her 9th birthday to do something good for others. Instead of getting gifts, she asked her friends for toys that she could give to the Child Life Department of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. On October 14, 2019 – Vanessa delivered the donations to the hospital.
Monongahela Valley Hospital Helps Santa Deliver Toys to the Community
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Posing with the riding toys and the gift baskets that MVHR employees assembled are (l. to r.) Wally Fronzaglio, U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve Toys for Tots coordinator, and MVHR Toys for Tots campaign coordinators Doug Prentice, storeroom manager, and John Bogdan, nurse manager for Behavioral Health.
If Santa Claus ever has an opening for elves, some Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. employees are qualified to build toys in his workshop. The health systems leaders recently worked together to assemble ‘Cozy Coupes’ and ‘Big Wheels’ along with gift baskets filled with games, dolls, trucks and crafts for boys and girls in the Mon Valley. The toys will be distributed to the children through the local Toys for Tots campaign. For 32 years, Wally Fronzaglio has served as the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve Toys for Tots coordinator. The Donora resident was onsite the day the toys were assembled to witness the enthusiasm and teamwork. “This is all about the kids,” said Mr. Fronzaglio. “Last year, the local Toys for Tots campaign served 923 kids in the Valley. We averaged 11.6 toys per child. Students in the Interact Clubs at Ringgold and Belle Vernon high schools took the kids in the toy room so the children could select the toys they wanted without their parents’ influence.”
Rostraver Public Library Christmas Family Night Set for Dec. 20 Join the Rostraver Public Library for our Christmas Family Night on Friday, December 20 from 6:00-8:00PM for a story, craft, snack, and other themed activities. This year, we will have a special visit from Santa Claus! Register online, over the phone 724-379-5511, or at the library. The Rostraver Public Library is located at 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Visit us at http://www.rostraverlibrary.org and social media to check out all of our programs.
The next meeting of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail will be held on December 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the South Park The photo shows the abutments of a Township Library located at bridge to be erected to carry the Montour Trail over Piney Fork Creek in 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park Township as part of a project South Park, PA. to extend the trail eastward. The end of The South Hills Friends the existing trail can be seen in the upper are responsible for mainteleft corner of the photo. The bridge is nance of the Montour Trail currently being fabricated. between Library and Clairton. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail, including South Hills Friends contact information, may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail monthly work party will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, the second Saturday of the month. Volunteers will meet at the Brownsville Extension parking area (trail MP 37.5) at 9:00 AM. The December project has not yet been determined. Interested volunteers should contact email@example.com after December 10 for more information.
Belle Vernon Public Library Will Host Christmas Story Time The Belle Vernon Public Library will host a Christmas Craft Storytime for children ages 3 and up on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 p.m. The program will include a holiday story as well as two simple crafts for holiday decorating. Children must be registered in advance by calling 724-929-6642 by the 15th in order to ensure enough supplies are on hand. The Belle Vernon Public Library is located at 505 Speer Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Visit us at http://www.rostraverlibrary.org and social media to check out all of our programs.
Jefferson Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Emergency Department Officials of Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Jefferson Hospital joined elected officials, community leaders and hospital staff to officially cut the ribbon to the hospital’s new emergency department. The $21-million, 34,000-squarefoot emergency department expansion will significantly enhance Jefferson’s capacity to serve the more than 50,000 patients who seek emergency care at the hospital every year. It’s one of the busiest emergency departments serving the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Lower Mon Valley and surrounding areas. The new Jefferson Emergency Department is being completed in two phases, with the second phase – renovation of current emergency department space – expected to be completed in May 2020. Features of the new facility that will improve the care experience for patients include: • An easy-to-access entrance with expansive façade and dedicated patient parking • 44 private, state-of-the-art observation and treatment rooms designed to accommodate all ages, illnesses, and acute disease management • A new patient registration process that will greatly reduce wait times to see clinicians • A larger triage area with increased patient privacy and efficiency • Seven care team stations, designed as ‘central’ nursing pods for more direct patient care • An integrated imaging suite, with x-ray and CT technology, eliminating the need to transport patients to other areas of the hospital • Designated behavioral health assessment and treatment rooms • Specialized rooms for trauma/ resuscitation • Bariatric room with lift and spe-
cially-sized bed • A comfortable, light-filled waiting room for patients and loved ones The ED renovation also includes a relocation of the hospital’s helipad to the roof of the structure, allowing for more efficient patient transports to and from the hospital. “This significant investment is another milestone in Jefferson’s legacy of excellence in medical care and in our commitment to meeting the ever-changing health needs of patients in our community,” said Louise Urban, president, Jefferson Hospital. “Through close collaboration with our talented and dedicated caregivers, local EMS and patients, we have designed a space that will help us deliver the highest quality service and experiences for those in need of emergency care.” The new emergency department at Jefferson complements numerous investments that Highmark Health has made in the hospital over the last five years, including its new Cancer and Women and Infants Centers that opened in 2014 and more recently, a new $17.5 million surgical suite that features a vascular suite and state-ofthe-art operating room suites for minimally invasive, robotic, and advanced surgical care in a number of specialties.
VFW Post 764 Auxiliary Hands Out 300 Handmade Thank You Cards to Veterans
The Auxiliary from VFW Post 764 handed out 300 of their handmade ‘Thank You’ cards to Veterans who attended the Veterans Day Program at Assembly of God Church. Pictured in (front row) are Auxiliary President Sandy Roberto and granddaughter Sophie, Sara Redinger, Wilma Williamsom, Linda McMinn, Diane Keremes, Barb Galardi, Shirley Mur and Jo Ann Ricci.
St. Elizabeth Elementary School Lottery Calendar Sale Saint Elizabeth Elementary School is selling 2020 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 numberstraight 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RubyRide Transportation Program Launches in Jefferson Hills Area RubyRide, a Pittsburgh-based startup that offers local transportation on a membership basis, has launched a pilot in the Jefferson Hills area, consisting of neighborhoods within sections of the Route 51 and Brownsville Road corridors. With a name inspired by Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, RubyRide’s members simply ‘Tap tap tap’ to get safe, simple, reliable rides from local, friendly and familiar employee-drivers. For a nominal monthly fee, individuals can join RubyRide and take an unlimited number of rides for themselves throughout a designated local service area, or “zone.” Rides can be scheduled in advance or on-demand via phone call or the RubyRide mobile app. Other plans will be made available as well, including for kids older than 10. “Accessibility to resources, such as healthcare and fresh food, has significant impact on community health,” stated Mary Phan-Gruber, CEO of the Jefferson Regional Foundation, one of the RubyRide project partners. “By providing reliable, affordable options in communities that are lacking transportation, we are able to impact the health of our residents.” During an initial pre-launch period, RubyRide saw nearly 100 residents sign up for the program—a testament to the need for reliable transportation options. The program is being led by Economic Development South and supported by a $120,000 grant from the Jefferson Regional Foundation.
“Through surveying our south neighborhoods, transportation has been cited time and time again as a major barrier for residents,” said Joey-Linn Ulrich, Executive Director of Economic Development South. “RubyRide is a game-changer for our communities.” With partners like Jefferson Hospital, Squirrel Hill Health Center, and CCAC, along with planning partners of Clairton Cares, Economic Development South, and the Jefferson Regional Foundation, targeted locations have been established to ensure members can access resources they need. These include grocery stores, warehouse stores, CCAC South, shopping districts, and healthcare facilities. RubyRide has established zones to keep drivers close to the members they provide service for. While these zones create convenience, there are also opportunities for members to take select trips outside of the established zone. RubyRide’s local, employee-drivers are screened and trained by the company, including background checks and drug screenings, to protect members and provide a comfortable trip experience. While there are limited memberships and locations available during the pilot period and the service is currently limited to the Jefferson Region, plans for expansion and full-service operation are scheduled for early 2020. For more information about activating a membership or driving for RubyRide, visit https://rubyride.co/jefferson. You can also follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RRJeffersonArea/.
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The Magic Yarn Project Holds Christmas Vendor Show in Monessen
DJ Jammin’ Jodi Yerkey did a great job keeping attendees entertained at the Christmas vendor show.
Jessica Ash of the Magic Yarn Project organized and sponsored the show.
Linda Fiorino, of “Linda’s Small Oddities” of North Belle Vernon, makes and sells crafts.
An Avon Representative for over 30 years, Corrina Withrow, sold her beauty products at the show.
By Jill Runfola A Christmas Vendor Show was held on Sat., November 16, at the Monessen Fireman’s Social Hall. The event was organized by Jessica Ash from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Magic Yarn Project and featured about 60 vendors that were perfect for Christmas season including, Avon, Paparazzi, Rosebud-Bath & Crafts, Beauty & the Bling Creations, Christina’s Cakes, and many more! Visitors enjoyed shopping for unique gifts, a 50/50 raffle, and an auction, all while enjoying music played by music DJ ‘Jammin’ Jodi Yerkey. The Magic Yarn Project is the original and largest organization dedicated to crafting imaginative yarn wigs for children with cancer and other medical hair loss. Chemotherapy treatments often leave tender young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs. Yarn wigs are comfy, soft, and warm and are inspired by the Disney characters recognized by children all over the world, inviting them back to the world of play and daydreaming. They are beacons of fun, laughter, and imagination during painful and scary times. “I wanted to sponsor this show to get the word out about this project that not many have heard about,” said Ash. “We are in the season of giving, and if we can get even one person interested in volunteering and donating, the word will spread.” For more information or to make a donation, you can visit the local website at https://themagicyarnproject.com/jessicaa/
Partners in “Beauty & The Bling Creations,” are Lisa Benyak (left), and Melissa Fisher, (right), from Carroll Township. They sell one-of-a kind “bling” clothing.
Outstanding Inductees Celebrated at the Ringgold Rams Club Hall of Fame Banquet On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Ringgold Rams Club, Hall of Fame Class of 2019, was inducted at a dinner prepared by Executive Chef-Resident of AVI Foodsystems, Brandon Agostinelli, in the Ringgold High School CafĂŠ. Following hors d oeuvres, a three course meal and dessert, President of the Rams Club, Carl Crawley, introduced the eveningâ€™s Master of Ceremonies, the Honorable Michael J. Lucas, Court of Common Pleas, Washington County. Judge Lucas with the assistance of club founding member and artist, Earl Gilpin, inducted ten RHS Seniors for their outstanding performance in the arts, academics, athletics, community service and extra- curricular activites. Receiving certificates and gifts were: Nya Adams, Hannah Brooks, Laura Castaneda, Delaney Fox, Steve Glaneman, Dominic Lengwin, Cole Nickolls, Chris Peccon, Paulina Thompson, and Corinne Wingrove. Preceding the induction of the Class of 2019, a special presentation by The Honorable Reggie B. Walton, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, honored President Carl Crawley, a founding member who has worked tirelessly to raise money for the organization which means so much to him. Audience applause reflected the deep appreciation of his efforts. Judge Lucas and President Crawley presented plaques to the 11th Hall of Fame Class. Posthumous honors were bestowed upon Lilyan Affinito, Corporate CEO; and Maj. Jeffrey Fawcett, United States Air Force. Also recognized were Brad Bassi , Community Service, Educational Mentor, and Attorney; Don Devore, Community Leader and Businessman; Betty Dornan, Administrative Assistant to nine Ringgold School District Superintendents; David Hunter, Investment and Financial Specialist; Emily Cokinos Flynn,
Pictured with their Hall of Fame plaques are four of the inductees (left to right): Jay Moses, Brad Bassi, Dr. Bill Reisinger, and Don Devore.
Athlete and educator; Jay Moses, Global Sports Entertainment, Businessman and Entrepreneur; Dr. William Reisinger, Emergency Physician; and Ramont Small, Athlete and Coach. Diane Garry, Vice President of the Rams Club, coordinated the banquet and is the liaison for all phases of the project. The banquet was begun and ended with an invocation and benediction by founding member Joe Ravasio.
South Park Residents Gather for Community Forum at Shiloh Church Eliminating Drug Use A Key Topic of Concern By Colette Wilbrink On October 5, at 12:00 pm, Shiloh Church located at Brandis Avenue in South Park, held a community forum where public officials, church pastors, school officials and local residents came together to address any questions or ideas they might have concerning their community. Lili Lehamann was concerned about drugs among the youth in the community. South Park Middle School Principal, Kevin Monaghan, responded by stating that the student’s lockers are allowed to be searched and they will contact the parents if they find that a student has drugs in their possession. Monaghan also encourages people to speak up if they take notice of something. “If we don’t know something and the community knows something, please call the schools.” Monaghan continued, “Our job is to keep our kids safe. That’s our number one priority in our school districts.” Crystal Bates applauded all of the officials who helped reduce the drug activity at a playground in a South Park neighborhood. At a previous forum, attendees requested there be something done about the drug activity at that playground, so South Park Township installed cameras. Bates also requested that the same be done in another area. “I would like to make that same request over
on Overhill, there’s a playground over there and I have been informed by people who reside in that area, there’s drug activity on that playground.” She hopes that if cameras are installed there, they will be just as helpful and effective in keeping drug activity down as they were in the other South Park neighborhood. South Park Manager, Karen Fosbaugh, responded, saying that anyone who has any such concerns can attend South Park’s monthly board meetings or they can simply call the Township. County Council, Sue Means, also responded to the drug concerns. “There has been a great decline in the overdose in the county and I think that is partly because the former director of public health did something very forward-thinking. She got the ability for anyone to get a prescription of Narcan. So, you can go anywhere to a pharmacy in
Allegheny County and get a prescription for Narcan,” Means said. One of the attendees at the meeting mentioned having spiritual clubs in schools. Monaghan mentioned that he is all for the spiritual aspect and said that Campus Life is one spiritual club that they’ve had, but if anyone wants to start another club they can always reach out to the Superintendent. The Executive Director and CEO of Melting Pot Ministries, Brenda Lockley, showed her appreciation to Monaghan for his efforts to help her ministry. “Mr. Monahan, I wanted to say to everyone who’s here, that you’ve been one of the most supportive parts of making Melting Pot succeed,” Lockley said. Lockley also brought up that the kids in the Melting Pot program need to get their Chrome Books monitored. She said that parents don’t know how to properly check
their children’s Chrome Books. Monaghan agreed that this is something important that parents need to know, but it is a challenge to get people to attend when they hold various informational courses. “We’ve had opportunities where we’ve opened things up to the community to come and learn about various things and the response has been lacking,” Monaghan said. He continued by saying that if people can’t attend these classes because of work or other commitments, they can reach out to him or someone else in the district who can help, to schedule an appointment so the individual’s educational concerns can be addressed. Another attendee had a concern about a house being torn down, and Fosbaugh said that the Township will be setting up a public hearing to see if the owners will claim the residence and give their approval for its demolition. Fosbaugh explained the public nuisance procedure. “If it affects the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the community, which it is, at that point the Township, if in fact it is a hazard and deem it to be so, takes the appropriate measures and secures the services of the contractor to demolish the home,” Fosbaugh said. Other topics discussed at the meeting were concerning traffic issues, property taxes and issues with coyotes.
Food Drive Donation and ‘Survivor Bell’ Highlight Meeting of Clairton City Council Meeting By Charlotte Hopkins At the November 12 council meeting for the City of Clairton, business partners, Jack Chottiner, Marc Mrvos, and Meighan Mrvos, of Clairton Beer donated $500 to be used for the Council's food drives. Clairton Mayor, Rich Lattanzi, stated that they will use the money to raffle off hams at their annual children's Christmas party. The donation will allow them to purchase at least 30 hams. Larry Bridges, founder of ‘Another Shoulder’, attended the meeting for a ringing of the bell ceremony. Bridges is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 2 that was compounded with a growth on his spine. When he completed chemotherapy and radiation he was able to ring the Survivor Bell. His former wife was also diagnosed with Clairton Town Council accepted a donation of $500 cancer at that time. from Clairton Beer to be used toward an upcoming However, her hospital did food drive. Pictured (L to R): Mayor Rich Lattanzi, not have a bell. Upon learnCouncilman Tony Kurta, Clairton Beer owners ing that not all survivors are Meighan Mrvos and Owner Jack Chottiner awarded that opportunity he started the nonprofit group, ‘Another Shoulder’. Bridges then embarked on an endeavor to meet with groups, churches, and organizations so that survivors of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, and other serious medical conditions can also ring the Survivor Bell. Clairton K9 Unit received a $2,500 donation To date, he has donated from MiG. Pictured (L to R): Mayor Rich Lattanzi, bells to 25 hospitals in Police Chief Rob Hoffman, Meighan Mrvos and Pennsylvania, California, K-9 Bear and handler, Office Duane Beere.
Monessen Police Chief Smith Appointed to Congressional Advisory Board Monessen Police Chief Jim Smith has accepted an appointment by Congressman Reschenthaler to the Congressman’s Congressional Advisory Board for the Opioid Crisis. Chief Smith’s work as a co-chair with the Mon Valley Opioid Coalition and the community policing methods he has implemented in Monessen have proven to show a reduction in Opioid-related overdoses.While there is still much work to do, Chief Smith’s contributions are appreciated and immensely helpful to addressing this crisis that affects everyday citizens.
‘Another Shoulder’ attended the November Town Council meeting to give Mayor Rich Lattanzi and Councilwoman Lee Licish a chance to ring the traveling Survivor Bell to acknowledge their victory in cancer battles. (L-R): Solicitor Deron Gabriel, Mayor Rich Lattanzi, Councilwomen Lee Lasich, Councilwoman Denise Johnson Clemmons, Councilman Tony Kurta and Another Shoulder founder, Larry Bridges
Connecticut, and Florida. Bridges has been featured on ‘Proud to be from Pittsburgh’ and won the ‘Hope Award’ from the City of McKeesport. “I have this burning urge to just help. If it wasn't for my faith in God and for the people that loved me I wouldn't have survived. God put this armor on me” said Bridges. At the November 12 council meeting, Mayor Rich Lattanzi and Councilwoman Lee Licish, both cancer survivors were granted the opportunity to ring Another Shoulder's traveling Survivor Bell. They will invite Bridges back in the spring and survivors in the community will be invited to ring the bell. Organizations and churches interested in inviting Another Shoulder attend with their traveling bell can contact Larry Bridges on Facebook, or at email@example.com. He also welcomes invitations from hospitals to have a bell donated for their patients. If you know of a hospital in need of a Survivor Bell, bridges can also be contacted at 412-385-2821.
Carroll Twp. Residents Discuss Property Complaints By Miranda Startare Property code violations and nuisance issues were the topic of the public forum at the November 7 Carroll Township Board of Supervisors Meeting. Two township residents addressed the board about their concerns with neighboring properties. One resident who lives near a lot currently housing sheds for sale complained about ordinance violations on the property, including weeds and overgrown grass. Zoning Officer Dennis Butler replied that the weeds should not be an issue until spring and that the township is working on other issues with the sheds on the property. Another resident, Maya Patch, also spoke at the public forum, discussing her on-going concerns with the empty lot on Carolina Avenue near her home that has overgrown weeds. She is also concerned about the animal/rodent population in her neighborhood and the need to pay for pest control services to protect her property. Mrs. Patch asked the supervisors to issue fines to properties violating ordinances and creating unsightly and unsafe conditions for the neighborhood.
UNION TOWNSHIP NEWS Municipal Offices: 3904 Finleyville-Elrama Road, Finleyville, PA, 15332 •724-348-4250 Secretary/Treasurer: firstname.lastname@example.org Asst. Secretary/Treasurer: email@example.com Public Meeting Schedule: The Union Township Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm. Follow our Facebook page for important notifications & events! www.facebook.com/uniontwppa/
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Bring Your Children and join us for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa Claus! SATURDAY DECEMBER 14 Starts at 9:00 AM ELRAMA FIRE DEPARTMENT FREE TO UNION TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS To register, call or email: 724-348 4250 / Secretary@uniontwp.com
SNAPSHOT LOOK AT UNION TOWNSHIP ASSETS AFTER 3RD QUARTER Below is a quick look at the assets held by Union Township at the end of the 2019 third quarter. Performance against 2019 budget and other financial details including the 2020 budget are available for public review at the Union Township Office. Union Twp. Finances, to date, look adequate to close out 2019, but the last quarter typically sees operating costs increase and revenues decline.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Planned Residential Developments (PRD’s) • On November 20, representatives of Joseph and Debra Lisanti and NVR Inc. presented to the Board a letter responding to the final issues needing resolution regarding their PRD project on the Mineral Beach property. The Board approved the PRD contingent on NVR’s response to the final issues. The plan features 104 single family homes. A presentation preceded the board vote showcasing the plan layout and the 5 styles of homes to be constructed. Main access to the plan remains to be Walter Long Road. • Permitting continues leading to final approval of a PRD proposed by Scarmazzi Homes of its Hidden Hollow project (100 plus homes). Most recently, Union Twp. received a request to support the Scarmazzi Homes application for a PennDOT grant to help finance construction of a turning lane on Route 88 for access to Hidden Hollow Rd, and for improvements to Hidden Hollow Rd. The Twp. is supporting this grant request. • Imminent new ownership of the Tuscany Estates Development Project Is a positive move for Union Twp. and for the present and future residents of Tuscany Estates.
Grants Solicitation of grants is ongoing. With most grants, a successful acquisition may mean an expenditure of matching funds from the Twp. budget. Planning for success is always crucial – this includes grant acquisitions. • The Twp. was recently informed that it has been awarded the DCNR grant for Elrama ParK in the amount of $ 49,900. These funds are to be used to transform a vacant lot in Elrama to a recreational park with features that are likely to include a pavilion, play area for children and a temporary parking area. • The funds ($ 66,400) from a successful 2018 Community Development Block Grant for improvements to the Municipal Building Rest Rooms are being released. This project will soon begin to improve handicapped access and generally upgrade the facilities. Any excess funds from this project have been approved to be used for demolition of condemned structures in the township.
MS4 Compliance (Sewage Projects) • The most significant efforts to comply with our MS4 permit is the ongoing plans to complete the three major sewage projects in Union Twp. (Overlook, Finleyville/Elrama Rd and Mingo Circle. Overlook is waiting for resolution of easements with property owners. Finleyville Elrama Rd. and Mingo Circle await final design completion and inclusion as part of a revised Union Township 537 plan. • Union Township has prepared a Stormwater Management Plan that is available for public review at the Union Twp. Municipal Building until December 31, 2019.
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Education & Careers Guide Exciting Changes Coming To The Advanced Placement Program Taking AP courses can have a positive affect on their college applications. Admissions officers understand that college faculty play a big role in developing AP courses, so they know students who took AP pushed themselves to take challenging, college-level courses.
New Resources Beginning this school year, the AP Program is providing all AP students with free digital practice resources. A new question bank will help students master content and skills with real AP questions that their teacher assigns. Personal progress checks will give students real-time evalua-
tions of their work with helpful score explanations. And, the tools are mobile-friendly—so they’re accessible anytime, anywhere.
Other Changes To increase their chances of success, students can register for AP Exams beginning in the fall. The exams will still take place in May. More than half of schools that offer AP ask students to commit to taking the exam in the fall, boosting their chance of earning a score that translates to college credit. The exam fee and the fee reduction aren’t changing for the 2019-20 school year. However, there are two
new fees—one for late registration and another for canceling the exam. These fees encourage students to commit to the exams early and stay engaged throughout the year. Schools will provide students with directions on how to register and will place the exam order for students.
Getting Ready To access new online AP classroom resources and register for AP Exams this fall, students will need to join a class section online. That requires access to their College Board account. All College Board programs are connected through
one account, so students who created one for AP, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, or College Board Opportunity Scholarships, are all set. They’ll just need their user name and password to sign in.Students who don’t have an account, can sign up at collegeboard.org/register. Parents shouldn’t create accounts for their students— and account information should be held in a safe place.
More Information Students and parents can visit www.apstudents.collegeboard.org for additional information on the AP Program, AP credit policies, digital tools, and AP Exam registration.
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Hillcrest Christian Academy in Bethel Park Now Enrolling! Hillcrest Christian Academy in Bethel Park serves 16 school districts in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The school is now enrolling for pre-K through 12th grade, including both a half-day and full-day Kindergarten! Excellent Academics, Winning Athletics, and a Biblical Worldview that reinforces what is taught at home and church. Call today at 412-8544040 or log on to www.hillcrestca.org.
Business & Merchant News McKnight Medical Equipment Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Ownership
BETHEL PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS Play the Holiday Monopoly Board- SHOP LOCAL Look for the Chamber Holiday Shop Local Monopoly Board. Locate one of the 30 locations in Bethel Park, Castle Shannon and South Park to get your Board. Get the business stamp, visit 5 businesses and enter for prizes to be given in 2020. Be a SHOP LOCAL supporter and pick up your Board. Game time runs throughout December. For more information, go to the Chamber website at www. Bpchamber.org.
Pictured (L to R), FRONT ROW- Lynda Sethman, Barb Koschalk, Beth Minardi, Don Pieri, Piper Pieri, Teresa Santoro, Chuck Simpson. MIDDLE ROW- Armand Ferrara, Stephanie Pieri, Beth Scanlon, Georgeanne Kroll. BACK ROW- Rick Rodriguez, John Fagan, Dave Marzullo
January 2020 Brings New Economic Challenges Seminar Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference will be sharing the Regional’s forecast for 2020 on January 14, 2020 at Cool Springs Sports Complex. What is new in our region and the driving forces? What are the hiring challenges of 2020? How can we work together to move our area forward with a scarce, unprepared workforce? What do we need as employers and how do we access the resources? Following Bill’s presentation, group discussions will follow and be facilitated by “table experts” as to how we might better prepare our businesses and workforce to move forward. The workshop will run from 11:30-1:30 PM. The event will be held at Cool Springs Sports Complex. Go the Chamber website at www.bpchamber.org or call 412-595-8361 for more information or to register. JOIN the Bethel Park Chamber for “UNITY IN 2020” for our communities and businesses. We will be presenting TWENTY Topics for Growth and Sustainability for our area during 2020 year. Join our efforts for a remarkable New Year!
The Mon Valley Regional Chamber proudly took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony with the new owners of McKnight Medical Equipment. McKnight Medical has been offering medical equipment and medical supplies to Southwestern PA for over 30 years. The high quality medical equipment and supply company will continue to be locally owned and operated by new owners, Donald and Piper Pieri who will operate their two locations in Charleroi and Oakmont. What sets McKnight Medical Equipment apart from other companies is their belief that they are in the business of caring for people and their experienced staff continues to offer “Service with Compassion”. Don and Piper invite customers to stop in to McKnight Medical located at 11 McKean Ave, Charleroi, and check out their new and expanding product lines. McKnight Medical can offer complete, caring, and compassionate homecare service while fulfilling the customer’s needs which also includes delivery service for the customer’s convenience. For more information about McKnight or any of the products they offer please call 724-489-4011 or visit their website www.mcknightmedical.com.
After Hours Mixer at Steel Cactus On January 21, 2020, The Bethel Park Chamber will ring in the New Year. Join the Chamber for “Thirsty Thursday” at an After Hours Mixer to be held at Steel Cactus (Near Cool Springs) on Baptist Road in Bethel Park from 5:30-7:30 PM. Bring your friends, expand your network and ring in the new year! Go to www.bpchamber.org or call 412-595-8361 for more information.
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Light Work Studio Holds Ribbon Cutting in Monongahela The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce was excited to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Light Work Studio. This new gift and workshop is now open! Located at 406 W. Main St in Monongahela, this shop has an array of unique gifts and a space to attend out of the ordinary workshops. To find out more information please call 724-766-3965. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 11am to close, Sat-11am to 2pm and Workshops held, T, W, TH from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday is Dungeons and Dragons Day.
Light Work Studio owner, Ashley D’Emidio and husband Michael, along with their son Niko cut the ribbon, and are now open for business.
‘Live, Laugh, Play, and Learn’ Opens in Rostraver Pictured (L to R), Kneeling - Michelle Magiske Treadwell, Kimberly Springer, Reagan Fike-Rager. Standing - Alf Kooser, Patty Davies, Terry Murphy, Tina Tuggle, Krystle Conkle, Beth Pandrick, Lisa Carroll, Prina Craig, Tracy Haschetts, Jennifer Smith, Georgette Chumra, Marla Timms
In honor of November being ‘Home Care and Hospice Month’ the Mon Valley Regional Chamber shined their member spotlight on Anova Health Care System. Anova Health Care System’s mission is to provide high quality, compassionate health care to patients in their own homes. They offer Home Health, Palliative, Hospice and Private Duty care throughout an eight county area. Anova is Southwestern PA owned and operated. Their office in Charleroi is one of their largest, employing 38 staff. With their various levels of dedicated staff, they are able to connect with and follow patients throughout the care they may need. Anova offers services throughout every stage of a patients journey from Private Duty staff to assist with day to day tasks, visiting nurses, physical therapy along with palliative care to offer pain relief and comfort, all the way to Hospice care which would provide services of a Certified Nursing Aide, a Chaplain, and a Social Worker, in addition to expanded nursing services. Anova will also follows their families for 13 months after a loved one passes to offer customized bereavement services.
The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House at one of their newest members, ‘Live, Laugh, Play, and Learn, LLC.’ Located at 4313 Rt. 51 N, Suite 2 Rear in Rostraver, Live, Laugh, Play and Learn offers a variety of events and activities for children of all ages. Custom birthday parties that are tailored specifically for your child are now ‘Live, Laugh, Play, and Learn’ co-owners, Linda McQueen and Jessica Mascara along available for booking, along with Jessica’s daughter Mallory. with tutoring and SAT prep classes. Live, Laugh, Play and Learn also has a full schedule of events lined up for the holiday season right through the New Year! For a complete list of events and services please call 724-243-3214 or visit www.livelaughplayandlearn.com or find them on Facebook @livelaughplayandlearn.
Local People News Finleyville Boy Wins ‘Arm & Hammer Spooky STEM Fest’ Contest Ringgold student, Lucas Withum, son of Andrew and Lisa Withum of Finleyville, was a winner in the ‘Arm & Hammer Spooky STEM Fest’ contest. The winners were announced on National STEM Lucas Withum with his Day, November 8, Grand Prize Winner cerLucas Withum of 2019. Lucas had tificate from the ‘Arm Finleyville, shows off & Hammer Spooky to put together an his “Arm & Hammer” STEM Fest’ Contest. original Halloween logo pose. themed science experiment using Arm & Hammer baking soda. The entries were judged based on creativity of the experiment, presentation, adherence to the rules and fan votes. He won $2,000 along with a year subscription to the Steve Spangler STEM Deluxe science kit. In addition, he won $1,000 for his school, Ringgold Elementary School North.
North Belle Vernon Man Wins APA Award On October 21, 2019, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA Chapter of APA) held its Annual Awards Luncheon in Reading, PA where over 480 attendees celebrated the esteemed award winners of this year’s highly competitive program. One of those awards was presented to North Belle Vernon man, R.J. Sokol, “Award for a Leader – Elected Official.” R.J. Sokol, councilman for North Belle Vernon, a small borough of 1,800 people in Westmoreland County, led a two-year effort to revitalize the rundown and closed community park. Sokol led a mostly-volunteer community team in planning and redeveloping the park. Planning work included research of needs, particularly for youth sports growing in interest and not being met elsewhere, developing a funding plan, and obtaining approvals. Sokol managed purchases and construction, including much donated and volunteer work to reduce cost. A feature of the park is its special needs facility with wheelchair slide and swing, car seat swings, and dual swings for babies and guardians. Sokol credited the community saying. “Everybody stepped in to be a part.”
Monongahela Resident Embodies Veterans Day Values as a Member of U.S. Navy Reserve By Theodore Quintana Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class, Navy Office of Community Outreach As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Chief Petty Officer Nicole Serben, a resident of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, supports and defends freedom around the world, as a Navy boatswain’s mate that trains and directs personnel on all seamanship duties. Reservists seamlessly support and actively aid military missions while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world, Chief Petty Officer Nicole according to Navy officials. The Navy Reserve Serben, a resident of provides strategic depth to America’s Navy as it Monongahela. protects the American homeland and advances economic prosperity by preserving freedom of the seas. As a Navy reservist, Serben serves with Naval Operations Support Center Pittsburgh Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, as a qualified craftsmaster and a key member of the Combat Skills Training Team. “I balance my life by planning and communicating,” said Serben. “I have to work things through my schedule to make sure I have the time off and care for my children.” Serben is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Serben is most proud of the day that she put on her chief anchors. “I received support from my family and friends when I needed their help during my process of becoming a chief petty officer and not only them, but I received training and support from other leaders to help me get to that day I was pinned,” said Serben. “I worked very hard during my career. I earned my service and Seabee Warfare devices and my craftmaster pin. I was selected as the NOSC Sailor of the Year in 2018 and after my accomplishments, I was training others to get their qualifications and helping them promote and achieve in what they were going after.” Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Serben who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Serben is honored to carry on that family tradition. “My dad served for 20 years in the Navy and retired in May 2001,” said Serben. “I’m showing my family that you can follow your family’s footsteps and be part of something great.”
South Park Couple to Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage Longtime South Park residents Larry and Jan Guess will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month. They were married on December 23, 1969 in Bristol, Tennessee. Larry was from the Bristol area but was stationed in Oakdale, PA while serving in the U.S. Army. Jan grew up in Bethel Park, and met Larry through mutual friends at the South Park ice skating rink. And the rest as they say is history! Larry will soon be retiring from the United States Government with 53 years of service. He served in the U.S. military as a Staff Sergeant in the Army stationed overseas in Korea. He has since worked as a Contracting Officer in the Procurement and Grants Office for the Department of the Interior - Bureau of Mines, Department of Energy and the Department of Health & Human Services – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jan is retired from her Insurance CSR career, and loves to travel. She stays very active with volunteering for her church St. Joan of Arc, SHIM-South Hills Interfaith Movement, and the South Park Meals on Wheels program. Larry and Jan’s family includes two children, six grand children and their two beloved dogs ‘Willie’ and ‘Lizzie.’ Their son, Larry A. Guess, lives in Belle Vernon with his wife Christina and four children, Jared, Jackson, Cameron and Adeline. Their daughter, Michele Gohacki, lives in Finleyville with her husband Dwayne and two children, Lauren and Paul. Larry and Jan plan to celebrate their 50th Anniversary at a family dinner surrounded by all of their loved ones. Congratulations to Larry and Jan!
“Wrestling with George and Other Tales of Western Pennsylvania” Local Historian Publishes Book About Western PA A local historian, Dr. Miles S. Richards, recently has written the book ‘Wrestling With George and Other Tales of Western Pennsylvania.” The book is being published by Sunbury Press. The title is derived from an episode amid Washington's visit to the region in 1770. While attending a local event in the upper Youghiogheny, he was challenged to a wrestling match by a local rowdy. After enduring a period of heckling, Washington took him on with devastating results. This story is among a collection of historical stories around the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers recounted in this book. The essays cover the period between 1700 until 1900. The first British settlements west of the Allegheny Mountains were located along these rivers. Various stories in the book trace the evolution of the economy of these valleys from being an agricultural "breadbasket" to a heavy industrial powerhouse based on steel production. The list of notable personages appearing in these pages range from the legendary "Queen" Aliquippa of the Seneca tribe of American Indians to Philander Knox, a Brownsville native, who had become a prominent corporate attorney and prominent national Republican politician by 1900. This book, costing $14.95, may be obtained through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book also is obtainable by directly contacting Sunbury Press. You can visit their website at www.sunburypress.com or call 855-338-8359.
Eagle Project Benefits Peters Township Residents U.S.C. Troop 4 Scout Earns Eagle Scout Rank Jackson Christopher Basar of Scout Troop 4, Upper St. Clair, PA was recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony held on Sunday October 13, at St. Louise de Marillac School Cafeteria in Upper St. Clair. Jackson’s Eagle project benefitted the residents of Peters Township as he worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to improve the Peters Lake Park walking trail. Jackson extended the existing trail a quarter of a mile around the lake, which included clearing brush and fallen trees in the area, and he constructed of a set of steps so walkers can traverse a hill along the path. He raised $504 for his project through a car wash and collected donations of $236 from passersby during his workdays. At his Court of Honor ceremony, Jackson received many letters of recognition from national, state and local dignitaries. Mr. Tom O’Brien, Scoutmaster, talked about the process and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout as well as detailing the road taken by Jackson to achieve the rank. Russ Spicuzza, Elk Scouting Representative, of South Hills B.P.O.E. Lodge 2213 in Bethel Park gave a short congratulatory talk and presented the new Eagle Scout with two framed Certificates of Merit, one each from the Local and National Elks Lodge (Chicago). Spicuzza also presented Jackson with a personal sized American flag and a small gold lapel pin, which represents 80+ years of the relationship between the Elks and Scouting.
Pictured (R to L) Russ Spicuzza South Hills Elks, Chris Basar, Jackson Christopher Basar and Vicki Basar at the Court of Honor held on October 13 at St. Louise de Marillac School in Upper Saint Clair.
GASTROENTEROLOGY Q: I suffer from acid reflux and I have heard many bad things about the treatment options. What should I do?
A: Upwards of 26% of the population in the U.S. suffer from weekly acid reflux symptoms. These symptoms may include heartburn, regurgitation of gastric contents, difficulty swallowing, nausea, chest pain, cough, hoarseness and the sensation of a lump in the throat. Because of the prevalence of acid reflux, Dr. Mark Cedar also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the Pittsburgh Gastroenterology majority of patients usually end up on medications such as Associates antacids like Tums or stronger meds like Ranitidine (Zantac) or Omeprazole (Prilosec). These popular medications have generated many eye-catching headlines over the past several years and I will discuss this below. But first, we should understand the dangers of having uncontrolled acid reflux. Barrett’s esophagus is a chronic condition that I diagnose very commonly in patients with acid reflux. This occurs when the lining of the esophagus is replaced with specialized pre-cancerous cells, commonly in the lower third of the esophagus. Barrett’s occurs in 0.9 – 20 % of patients who suffer from GERD and typically does not produce any symptoms and is only discovered when a patient undergoes an upper endoscopy (EGD). An EGD is a 5-minute long painless exam performed by a Gastroenterologist where a thin flexible lighted scope is inserted over the tongue into the esophagus, stomach and upper intestine. Barrett’s can be seen in patients of any age, gender or race but is twice as common in Caucasian men with an average age of 55 years. Smoking, obesity and excessive alcohol use also increase the risk. I often find this disease in patients as young as their late teens or early twenties. The major concern in chronic reflux patients and Barrett’s is the potential for progression to esophageal cancer. Between 0.2 – 2% of patients per year with Barrett’s will develop cancer of the esophagus, known as adenocarcinoma. Typically, we recommend patients undergo EGD if they suffer from regular acid reflux symptoms, especially if they require medications to control these symptoms, and in any patients who have had even occasional reflux for 5 years or longer. Once a patient is diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus we educate them on following strict “anti-reflux precautions” which includes weight loss, limiting caffeine and alcohol, avoiding nicotine and late-evening snacking. All patients are started on a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) such as Omeprazole and undergo surveillance endoscopies with biopsies every one to three years. Occasionally, we find more advanced cells on biopsy known as dysplasia and this is treated with an endoscopic procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). We do RFA in an outpatient setting during a regular EGD and is a drastic improvement over the past 15 years when prior to that the patient sometimes had to undergo surgical removal of the involved esophagus. The biggest danger of PPI therapy is their availability over the counter. Although convenient, they are often used inappropriately without seeking consultation with a physician. I end up stopping these meds nearly as often as I start them. My big concern in patients who have required long-term PPI therapy is they may be covering up symptoms of damage to the esophagus such as Barrett’s or cancer. In the past several years, concerns have been raised about side effects from chronic use of PPI medications such as dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease, vitamin and mineral malabsorption, kidney disease and interactions with other meds. All patients on PPI meds should discuss these potential side effects with their primary care physician or Gastroenterologist.
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YOUR HEALTH U.S. News & World Report Again Names Monongahela Valley Hospital a High Performing Hospital for COPD and Heart Failure Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 201920 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care. For the third consecutive year, Monongahela Valley Hospital earned a “High Performing” rating for COPD. In addition, 2019-20 marks the second time MVH received the “High Performing” rating for Heart Failure. Both of these ratings are in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care. “The ‘High Performing Hospital’ ranking in COPD care directly coincides with the creation of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Community Care Network, which was developed to help people receive the best health care possible through a comprehensive series of care coordi-
nation and educational strategies that support each physician’s care plans,” explained MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. “In terms of heart failure, our staff ensures that heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines. Our overall goal is to speed recovery and reduce hospital admissions for heart failure patients.” For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating. Earlier this year, also for the third consecutive year, Monongahela Valley Hospital received five stars for the quality treatment of COPD from Healthgrades. This rating indicates that statistically, MVH’s outcomes are significantly better than expected when treating COPD. MVH also earned the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award which recognizes MVH’s commitment to ensuring that heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to national guidelines and the latest scientific evidence. For more information, visit health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/ rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Sponsors Free Hernia Education And Screening Hernias are a common medical condition that presents symptoms including swelling or pain building in your belly or groin; pain when bending over, lifting or coughing; weakness or pressure in your stomach after pregnancy or surgery; and acid reflux, chest pain or difficulty swallowing. Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is hosting a free hernia education and screening on Monday, Dec.16, at 5 p.m. in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Arshad Arshad Bachelani Bachelani, M.D., of Mon-Vale Surgical Associates, will conduct individual screenings following a brief educational talk on hernias. To attend the screening, register by phone at 724-258-1333 or online at monvalleyhospital.com.
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Monongahela Valley Hospital Welcomes Surgeons Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is welcoming thoracic surgeon, Percival Buenaventura, M.D., and vascular surgeon, Luke Marone, M.D. to the midMonongahela Valley. Dr. Buenaventura is a thoracic surgeon with the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He received his medical degree from The Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ; completed residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery Dr. Percy Buenaventura at the University of Pittsburgh; and completed a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and Boston’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Buenaventura is board certified in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Dr. Marone is the Co-Director and Chief of Vascular Interventional Services at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He received his medical degree from Tufts University; completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital; and completed his vascular surgery research fellowship and vascular surgery clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marone is board Dr. Luke Marone certified in surgery and vascular surgery. The surgeons have an office in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the campus of Monongahela Valley Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 724-276-7000.
Center for Fitness and Health Offers Parkinson’s Program Do you know what Alan Alda, Muhammad Ali and Pope John Paul II have in common? If Michael J. Fox’s name is added to that list, would you have answered that they all were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? While they are among the most recognizable names associated with the disease, nearly 1 million people are living with PD in the United States. The symptoms of this neurodegenerative disorder develop slowly; they can include tremors, slowness of movement and limb rigidity as well as gait and balance problems. Although there is no cure, there are various treatment options that range from medications to surgery. The Center for Fitness and Health (CFH), which is located in the Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex in Rostraver Township, is the only fitness facility in Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette counties to offer the proven Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Program also known as PWR!Moves®. The evidence-based program is a PD-specific skill training program designed to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. It suggests that exercise and learning approaches that consist of strengthening exercises and skill acquisition may protect vulnerable neurons, repair damaged circuits and optimize function in people with PD. Aaron Horrell, a fitness professional at the Center for Fitness and Health is a certified PWR!Moves instructor. “The program’s vision is ‘Exercise as Medicine.’ It is designed to help people manage their
Parkinson’s,” he said. “Participants learn how to use four foundational PWR!Moves exercises to address symptoms that interfere with their everyday movement.” The Basic 4 PWR!Moves are building blocks for movement and are performed with high effort, exaggerated movements and attention to action in multiple positions. The Basic 4 PWR! Moves include PWR! Up, PWR! Rock, PWR! Twist and PWR! Step. The moves are: • Performed slowly, rhythmically and with sustained effort. • Performed as big and fast as possible with repetitive high effort. • Linked together into gradually longer sequences that mimic everyday movement and improve overall function in life. • Combined with secondary motor and cognitive tasks to create real world environmental context. “We offer group classes and individualized sessions in which we create an environment that embraces empowerment, motivation, social enrichment and fun,” Horrell added. The Center for Fitness and Health’s PWR!Moves program is a one-hour program two days each week. CFH members can participate in the class free-of-charge as part of their membership. The fee for nonmembers is $10/session. People with PD who are referred by a doctor to the PWR!Moves program who wish to join the CFH will have their initiation fee waived. A prescription is not required to attend the first class. For more information, contact Aaron Horrell at the Center for Fitness and Health at 724-379-5100.
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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL DECEMBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital sponsors a variety of informative programs every month. Many of the events are held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC). TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES MORNING CLASS (1 OF 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES NIGHT CLASS (1 OF 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724258-1483. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 — AUXILIARY CRAFT SALE 9 a.m., Main Lobby. Shop at the Auxiliary Craft Sale sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. A variety of items are available for purchase. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 AND 23 — SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is a four-month program that
meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Registration is required. To register, call 724-678-3601. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES MORNING CLASS (2 OF 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 — ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP 6 - 8 p.m., ECC. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the families, 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. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES NIGHT CLASS (2 OF 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to
the start date of class by calling 724258-1483. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 — ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483. MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 — HERNIA EDUCATION AND SCREENING 5 p.m., ECC. Monongahela Valley Hospital is hostinxqxg a free hernia education and screening. Arshad Bachelani, M.D., of Mon-Vale Surgical Associates, will conduct individual screenings following a brief educational talk on hernias. To attend the screening, register by phone at 724-258-1333 or online at monvalleyhospital.com. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 — AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTSAVER CPR/AED 8 a.m. – noon, ECC. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. To register, call 724-2581333 or visit https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES MORNING CLASS (3 OF 3) 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning
and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-2581483. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 — AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR/AED 4 – 6 p.m., Simulation Center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card. To register, call 724-2581333 or visit https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES NIGHT CLASS (3 OF 3) 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Wednesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724258-1483. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 — OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP 2 – 3 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.
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Seniors for Safe Driving 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 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. January 15, 2020, 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. To register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245. To register online, visit www.seniorsforsafedriving.com
Clairton AARP December News Clairton area AARP #1612 will not meet in January or February. Our chapter will begin their regular meetings on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Tour Committee has already scheduled many fun trips for 2020 and the chapter will be making some exciting changes to be announced in the New Year. Our newsletter is published quarterly and the next one will be mailed in January. If you are interested in joining our chapter, call Kathy at 412854-0594 to request a copy of the newsletter or Barb at 412-714-4411 for information on becoming a member. You must be a member in good standing with the AARP National association in order to join a local chapter.
DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE MONESSEN CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS The Monessen Center for Active adults is located at 1925 Grand Blvd. Our center is open daily Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:00 noon for a $2 donation (Age 60+) or a $3.33 charge (under 60). Reservations for lunch must be made a week in advance. Daily card playing, wii bowling, Carnival Bingo are just some of our activities. In addition, every Monday and Friday we have progressive Jackpot Bingo starting at 12:45 p.m. We also, have SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, and TAI CHI every Friday from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm. If you have a group such as card club or book club and need a place to meet, please give us a call. We are also, looking for someone to volunteer to teach jewelry making and teaching line dancing. Anyone who would be interested, please call Miriam. For more information, call 724-684-6105 and ask for Miriam or give us your email address to receive our monthly publication of our events. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events: • December 5 - Bible Study Every Thursday at 11:00 am • December 9 - Jewelry Making (Rewind Reuse) 12:30 pm • December 10 - Pittsburgh Holiday Trip • December 17 - Christmas Party with the Belairs 12:00 pm Tickets $5.00 plus lunch donation. (Please call to make reservations before Dec. 10th) • December 18 - Lunch and Bus Trip to Nemacolin 11:45 am • December 19 - December Birthday Celebration 12:00 pm • December 25 - Christmas Day we are closed
DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE WEST NEWTON CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS
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The West Newton Center for Active Adults, located at 103 E. Main St. West Newton PA 15089, is an adult community center for active older Americans, and is open daily Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Lunch is served at 12 noon for a $2 donation (age 60+) or a $3.33 charge (under age 60). Reservations for lunch must be made by 3:00pm on Wednesday of the prior week. Judy, our beautician, has a full beauty shop on the premises. Call 724-872-4976 on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and ask for Judy to make a hair appointment. Daily activities include playing cards, billiards, WiiSports (virtual bowling), crossword/word search puzzles, crafts, socialization, oldies music, and more! Weekly activities include: Monday -S.A.I.L. at 10:30am, Craft Hour at 11:00am, Tuesday - Bible Study at 9:30am, Donut Day at 10:00am, Progressive Jackpot Bingo at 11:00am, Tai Chi for Arthritis with Sharif at 12:30pm (free). Wednesday - S.A.I.L. at 10:30am, 20 games of nickel-a-card Bingo at 12:30pm. Friday - S.A.I.L. at 10:30am. Saturday Zumba from 9:30am to 10:30am with Gyda (cost is $6). See our Facebook page for more activities and events (https://www.facebook.com/westnewtonsrcenter/). Is your group looking for a place to play cards, bible study or another group activity? We have plenty of space. Please call to bring your group Monday through Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm. For more Center information, call (724) 872-4976 and ask for Paul or Lisa. To join our monthly email group on center activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events: • Dec 2 - Ceramics 12:30pm • Dec 6 - Jewelry Making 10:30am • Dec 9 - Lunch & Bus Trip 11:30am • Dec 9 - Paper Bead Craft 12:30pm • Dec 10 - Board Meeting 10:00am • Dec 13 - Blood Pressure 11:30am • Dec 17 - Christmas Carols 1:00-2:00pm • Dec 20 - Christmas Lunch & Show 12:00pm • Dec 24 - Grocery Bingo 1:00pm • Dec 25 - Christmas Day (CLOSED) • Dec 27 - Blood Pressure 11:30am • Dec 27 - Birthday Party 11:30am • Dec 30 - Music Monday 1:00-2:00pm
Center on the Hill, located at 100 Summit Road in Belle Vernon, will be offering a variety of activities during the month of December. For additional information or questions, please call 724-930-8512.
Senior Luncheon in Venetia The Venetia Seniors group will be meeting Thursday, December 12 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Venetia Community Center, 800 Venetia Road in Peters Township. Our program is sponsored by Southwestern Area Agency on Aging. Lunches are prepared at the Canonsburg Senior Center, transported by members of their staff and served by staff and volunteers. Suggested donation is $2. This month we will have our Christmas party sponsored by Caring Missions and grocery bingo sponsored by Senior Life. We will also have a 50-50 drawing. Caring Missions will also be conducting blood pressure screenings. Please make a lunch reservation by calling Carolyn Dagg at 412-833-7111.
Weekly activities include: • Mondays, Euchre at 12:45 pm • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Crafts at 1:00 pm • Wednesdays Bible Study, 10:00 am and Jam Session 1:00 pm • Thursdays, Wii bowling 9:00 am; Bingo 10:00 a.m. and Pinochle 12:45 am • Fridays 500 Bid at 12:45 pm We offer the stationary bike and elliptical machine daily for use at any time during normal center hours. We also offer lunch daily at 12 noon, please call the center by 12:45 pm the day before for reservations for the next day.
Big Afternoon Bingo and Bake Sales 1:00 PM on Tuesday December 3 and Tuesday December 17. Admission is $7. Additional cards may be purchased for $3. There will be food available for purchase during intermission
Christmas Luncheon Wednesday December 11. Price is $2. Please sign up at the center if you plan on attending.
Christmas Cookie Exchange Tuesday December 17 at 10:00 am. Please sign up at the center if you plan on taking part in the cookie exchange.
Blood Pressure Screenings Wednesday December 18 at 11:45 am with Lisa Fisher from OSPTA.
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School News...School News News from St. Sebastian Regional Catholic School St. Sebastian Regional Catholic School in Belle Vernon had an exciting first quarter of the school year. New this year was the implementation of the Student Buddy Program. The children will be meeting with their buddies throughout the school year to attend mass and participate in a variety of activities. If you would like more information about St. Sebastian Regional Catholic School, please call the school at 724 929 5143, or you can visit the website www.sssbv.org. As Part of “Kindness in Chalk” Day on October 7th, the entire school spread kindness to all the neighbors along Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon by writing cheerful messages on the sidewalks.
Students celebrated ‘All Saints Day’ on Friday November 1 by dressing up.
Grandparents’ Day was held in September where the students enjoyed an afternoon of BINGO along with an ice cream social.
The North Belle Vernon Firemen visited the students in PreK through seventh grade for Fire Prevention month in October. The volunteer firefighters showed the children the equipment used in fighting fires; and provided helpful information on what to do in case of an emergency.
St. Sebastian Regional Catholic School was awarded the Town to Town mini grant through Mon Valley Alliance. Students will be constructing a free little library in our serenity garden for both the school and the community to enjoy.
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All students came together during the month of October to pray the Rosary on Friday mornings. The student body also had a “Pink Out” dress down day and raised over $300 to donate to finding a cure for Breast Cancer.
Ringgold Elementary School North Holds Veterans Day Program
On November 7, 2019, the students, faculty and PTA of Ringgold Elementary School North had the privilege to honor our Veterans. These brave men and women were welcomed by banners, flags and patriotic decorations covering the gymnasium. A delicious meal was provided along with tables full of desserts! Local Cub Scout Troop 1542 donated a flag to the school after folding and sharing the meaning behind this tradition. To finish off the afternoon, students sang, recited poems and were able to thank each Veteran with many smiles and a gift to show their appreciation for their service!
Monessen/Rostraver Rotary Recognizes November Students of the Month On Nov. 19, the Monessen/Rostraver Rotary recognized four students from the School District of the City of Monessen for their academic achievements and extracurricular activities. The students included seniors Jordan Miller and Cameron Frolo. The eighth grade students were Monessen/Rostraver Rotary President Kristen Riley Bedner and Joseph (center) with Monessen middle and high Kristopher Weston. school students including those (l. tor r.) The middle school and Kristopher Weston, Riley Bedner, Jordan Miller high school students and Cameron Frolo. attended the Rotaryâ€™s weekly meeting to accept their certificates. During the meeting, the students briefly discussed their extracurricular activities and career goals with the Rotarians.
Elizabeth Forward Middle School Holds Annual Veterans' Day Assembly By Alice Harris Elizabeth Forward Middle School presented its 17th Annual Veterans' Day Assembly at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 11, 2019. This event is dedicated to honor Veterans in the Community and in their families and to remember what it has taken to be a free country. Students in the 7th and 8th grade Band, Orchestra, and Chorus performed patriotic selections. Abigail Gindlesperger and Aurora Rechichar read excerpts on 'Old Glory'. Taps was performed by Isabella Diamantis, and Noah Roth, and Cadence was performed by Nathan Denk, Tyler Guinto-Brody, Alyssa Terza, Zach Gapsky, Justin Neal, and Madison Thomas. A reception for Veterans and guests followed in the iCreate Studio.
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Veterans and students stood to open the Veterans' Day ceremony. A POW/ MIA Table of Honor and Remembrance was set to honor all Veterans who did not return from war.
Guest Speaker, Chief Petty Officer Stephanie Dora Navy Counselor NTAG Pittsburgh CCEM, spoke on the history of women in the military and opportunities the military affords women today.
Mya Morgan, first place winner in the Patriot Pen Essay contest speaks to the audience. Pictured in the back are Bryce McLaughlin – 2nd place winner and Brendon Stroschein, 3rd place.
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Recent Local Death Notices BRADENBURG, Julia A., 92, of Charleroi, died October 18. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. BUCKERY, William L., 54, of Clairton, died October 26. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BURENS, Harold “PG”, 83, of Jefferson Hills, died October 28. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. BURNISKY, Stanley, 75, of of (Formerly FL Jupiter, Monongahela), died November 6. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. CAVALOVITCH, Anthony, 94, of Castle Shannon, died October 23. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DUBNANSKY, Edward, 91, of Fallowfield, died November 9. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. ECKHARDT, Gary W. “Oakie”, 57, of South Park, died November 5. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. ENGLERT, Mary E., 100, of South Park, died November 5. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. FOSTER, Harry L. “Kip”, 64, of Jefferson Hills (formerly of Bethel Park), died October 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. FRANSKO, Margaret (FEDRICK), 75, of New Eagle, died November 10. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. FRATANGELO, Anthony, 86, of Bethel Park, died October 16. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.
GLUS, John, 91, of Bethel Park, died November 2. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. GORECKI, Joe E., 91, of Charleroi, died November 12. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. R. Jacqueline HOFFMAN, (SMITH), 80, of Charleroi, died October 31. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. KARAS, Ann M., 86, of Bethel 21. October died Park, Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. KING, William A. “Kingy”, 91, of Bethel Park, died October 31. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. KOSTER, William III, 70, of Donora, died October 27. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. LAUGHLIN, Alma Rita, 95, of West Mifflin, died October 17. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. LIMPEROS, Eleanor L., 93, of West Mifflin, died November 9. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MILLER, Bernard H., 90, of Bethel Park, died October 30. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. MILLER, Jamie Lynn (HIGGINS), 57, of Fort Worth, TX (formerly of Baldwin Borough), died October 28. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MIMA, Margaret J. (MORTON), 88, of Baldwin, died October 19. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.
NEWMYER, Helen, 92, of Jefferson Hills, died October 28. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. PASQUINELLI, Harry, 64, of Bethel Park, died October 21. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. PETRUZZI, Hilda, 97, of West Mifflin, died October 16. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. POCKY, William O., 80, formerly of Charleroi, died October 25. Arrangements by Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. PORTER, William E. “Ed” III, 97, of Whitehall, died October 18. Jefferson by Arrangements Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PROSEN, Lillian R., 94, of South Park, died October 31. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PUPIK, Joan Marie, 82, of South 10. November died Park, Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. RACH, Ferdinand, “Ferdie” C., 91, of Fallowfield Township, died October 29. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi REBEL, David, 68, of Bethel 11. November died Park, Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. RHOADES, Bill, 70, of Jefferson Hills, died November 12. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. ROBINSON, Edward W., 83, of Bethel Park, died October 17. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. RODRIGUEZ, Everett, Sr., 86, of Charleroi, died October 12. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation
Services in Charleroi. RONSTADT, Evangeline A., 80, of Bethel Park, died October 19. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. SHAWHAN, William “Bill” Albert, 78, of Pleasant Hills, died November 12. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SNEED, Paul A., “Sam”, 75, of Finleyville, died October 28. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. STALEY, Elizabeth “Suds”, 95, of Forward Township, died November 7. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. A. Julia TARABRELLA, (BRADOVICH), 93, of Monongahela, died November 7. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. TAYLOR, Dolores Jean, 87, of Upper St. Clair, died October 24. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. URSENBACH, Marilyn, 91, of Bethel Park, died November 9. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. URWIN, Edith Jean “Baba”, 78, of Fallowfield, died November 12. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. VAN RYN, Dorothy L. (HEIDKAMP), 81, of Pleasant Hills, died October 30. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. VOLANSKI, Katherine, 91, of Bethel Park, died November 10. Arrangements by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. WISNISKI, Ann, (SOKOL), 91, of South Park, died October 21. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. ZENCHAK, Ronald C., 81, of Venetia, died October 29. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.
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Local Worship 2019 Winter Solstice Service and Celebration The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton invites you the 2019 Winter Solstice Celebration. Join us as we note the arrival of winter and the return of the sun on Saturday December 21. Pot luck dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and services start at 7:00 p.m. We welcome our guest in the pulpit and musicians - Rich Ermlick and Danielle Commisso. You are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Blackburn Shelter in Greensburg. The church is located at 251 Second St. Smithton, Pa. For more information please call 724-872-5056 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Shepards Voice’ to Perform at Riverview Baptist in New Eagle
Friday, December 13 at Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main Street (Rt. 88), in New Eagle, beginning at 7:00 p.m. These ladies have been ministering to many area churches and groups for the past 14 years and are blessed to be able to serve the Lord through their singing. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken to help support this music ministry.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Annual Christmas Concert Christian women’s quartet, ‘Shepherd’s Voice’, will continue their annual tradition by presenting an evening of Christmas music on
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Westminster Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Westminster’s annual Christmas Concert brings together all the Westminster choirs and the Chanteclairs, Upper St. Clair High School’s chamber choir, in uplifting music of the season. This year, the Chancel Choir presents the Advent and Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved oratorio, Messiah. With the Academy Chamber Orchestra and Jim Burns, harpsichord. Bring the whole family to sing favorite Christmas carols and hear beautiful music of handbells, voices, and instruments – all in the beautifully decorated sanctuary. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 2040 Washington Road in Upper St. Clair. For more info, visit www.westminster-church.org or call 412-835-6630.
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Thomas Presbyterian Church Offering Special Advent Study Each year, the Christmas season compels people to ask the Christmas questions. What's the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? Of all the responses to these questions, there is one that stands out from the rest: Because of Bethlehem, God knows what it is like to be a human. When we talk to God about our challenges, our struggles, and our tough times, he understands, because he's been there. He's been here.
Thomas Presbyterian Church is offering a special adult Advent study to explore these questions and to prepare for Christmas. Because of Bethlehem, by Max Lucado, will be offered Sunday mornings at the church beginning December 1. The class will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Sanctuary Building at 9AM, prior to the 10AM worship service. The class is open to all interested adults. Class members will receive a study guide to use. Thomas Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Eve worship service on December 24th at 7PM. It will be a service of Lessons and Carols and is open to all adults, children, individuals and families from the community as well as the church.
Thomas Presbyterian Church is located at 1068 Linden Road in Eighty-Four, PA. For more information about the study, worship or other programs at the church, contact the church office at 724-941-8910.
CWCC Continues with Charitable Acts of Service The Catholic Women's College Club (CWCC) was in attendance at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville for a mass of remembrance on November 4, 2019. Fr. Pierre Falkenhan, the club's chaplain, handled the mass. Deceased members of
the club, families and friends of the members, veterans, the ill and impoverished were all remembered and granted divine prayers. The meeting for the evening took place in the social hall, decorated in a harvest theme. The business portion focused on helping those in need in the Mon Valley. Members donated a monetary gift to the Finleyville food bank. More charitable service acts from members will be provided through November and December. The next meeting of the CWCC will be the Christmas dinner at Duke's Cafe in Donora at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2019. Members are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toy for Tots campaign.
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The First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon, will hold their Christmas Eve service at 7:00 p.m. on December 24. The church is located at 200 State Street, Belle Vernon. We look forward to having you come and participate in this special service!
Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, ECO, invites everyone to join with us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight/Communion Service begins at 6PM on Tuesday, December 24. Mingo Church is located 2 miles south of Finleyville at the intersection of Route 88 and Mingo Church Road. Come and hear the Good News of great joy that is for all the people. Come and worship Christ, our newborn King!
First Christian Church of Charleroi The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm. A meditation and Christmas hymn will be sung as each advent candle is lit. After communion, each person’s candle is lit from the Christ candle and Silent Night will be sung with the lights dimmed. For more information please call either 724-489-9014. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church in Monongahela First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela is offering a Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Worship at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24. Call 724-258-7054 for more information.
Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve service will be held on December 24 at 7 pm. An hour of music with a message from Dr. Rev. Larry Ruby. Jefferson United Presbyterian Church is located at 716 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. Handicap accessible. 412-653-4797
The First United Methodist Church of Monongahela Announces December Programs First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela is offering a variety of
services in December. Call 724258-7054 for more information. • Friday Night Praise, 7:00 PM Friday, December 6 at First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. Come and join us. • Community Food Bank Ministry - Thursday, December 12, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Help is needed setting up, with distribution & tear
Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church Join us for Christmas Eve at Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church. We meet at St. David’s Episcopal Church located at 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia. Family Christmas Eve Service (childcare provided) - December 24, 5:30 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 9:30 p.m. Featuring a Brass Quartet.
South Hills Assembly of God Church South Hills Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park will hold Christmas Eve Service at 6 pm Tuesday, December 24. Pastor Kendall Harris will share a message from God’s word. Cookies and fellowship will follow. For more information please call 412835-8900 or visit www.southhillsag.org.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Services will be held on Tuesday, December 24. There will be a 5:00 pm family service; a 7:00 pm contemporary service in the WROC (gym); and 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm services with lessons and carols. All are welcome! Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 2040 Washington RoadPittsburgh, PA 15241. For more info, visit the website www.westminster-church.org or call 412-835-6630
down. Any amount of time is appreciated and welcomed. • Jim Sykes Concert - 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 14 at First United Methodist Church located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. Refreshments will follow with a free will offering. • Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Worship – 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24th at First
United Methodist Church of Monongahela located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. • Christmas Day Worship – 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 25 at First United Methodist Church of Monongahela located at 430 West Main Street in Monongahela.
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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller BALDWIN BOROUGH Dennis Klimo trustee Sean Argotti Michael Bonetti Marcia Muchlada Anthony Milesky Jr. Christine McIntosh Marc Dlugos Estate of Jacqueline Lulich John Gazzam
Stephen Kirsch Mariam Sanogo Padam Lal and Madhabi Nepal Frank Milcarek Thomas Lillie and Sarah Dewalt Frances Seidel Joshua Francis Milcarek Gabriel Ajang Ronald Eiben
121 Gensler Road 4900 Elmwood Drive 427 Lois Drive 1142 Marlane Drive 2998 Ruthwood Ave. 407 Tyler Drive 3302 Vernon Ave. 753 Lechner Ln 222 Meadowdell Drive
$138,000. $168,000. $162,000. $150,000. $63,800. $120,000. $98,000. $166,500. $108,000
BENTLEYVILLE Scott Bard Denise Blackburn Barry Vlanich Home Opportunity LLC
Joseph Dutton William Ailes Jr. and Suzanne Ailes Joseph Malisky Onyx & Shadow Equities LLC
228 Hill St. 308 Monongahela St. Bertram St. 316 Beallsville Road
$130,000. $25,000. $5,500. $10,010.
BETHEL PARK Kristan Ann Phillips trustee Walter Hinsch
Jamelle and Sharon Price Thomas Conaboy
6185 Collie Drive 5810 Wallace Ave.
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Baldwin Twp • Brentwood Carroll Twp • Clairton Donora • Dunlevy Elizabeth Borough Fallowfield • Forward Twp Monessen • North Belle Vernon North Charleroi • Nottingham Pleasant Hills • Rostraver Speers
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BETHEL PARK Twin Property Solutions LLC Jeremy James Breznai Estate of Brandon Thomas Colella Daniel Alan Simmen Tyler Kowalski Donna Pecina Estate of James Egan A. Joseph Ussia Dan Ryan Builders Mid Atlantic LLC Joseph Durkin LBNGSouth LLC Daniel Densmore
James Ellsworth Jr. and Olga Ellsworth Ashley Morris Jennifer Staudt Matthew Petrillo Kathleen Carothers Donald Lee and Tiffany Jo Turner Kenneth Jay and Virginia Ann Matthews Aaron Wilson John Stepansky Jr. and Kasey Stepansky Eric and Kathryn Clifford Douglas Piconi Joseph Burdelsky and Stacy Stevens
2315 Wells Drive 2320 Longcrest Ave. 632 Arkwood Drive 166 Highland Road 1400 Timberidge Drive 2869 Cedar St. 1150 Country Road 3012 Greenwald Road 1650 Holly Hill Drive 171 Iron Run Road 109 Stuart St. 1224 Woodcock Ct
Palmiero Capital LLC Irvin Kili Green Jr. and Chelsea Marie Lenzi
Fallowfield Ave. 901 Meadow Ave.
Thomas Villella Jr.
Sean Costa Keith Mincin Quality Landscapes & Hardsc Tek and Deoka Bhandari Joseph Carroll Robert and Chelsea Pacelli Satbir Singh and Jessica Ann Craner Sahi Tomy and Claire Germello Tek and Deoka Bhandari Peyton Hieb Fredrick McEntire and Cindy McKinnis
1414 Council Place 1229 Peters Creek Road 175 Washington Drive Jefferson Ridge Drive 1216 Oakwood Drive 109 Providence Drive 6011 Stilley Road 175 Washington Drive 1635 Collins Ave. 1200 Oakwood Drive
CHARLEROI Estate of John Mutschler Thomas Steiner David Ruschak JEFFERSON HILLS Melissa A Bowser Evancic Dellovade Aaron David Weiss NVR Inc. Audley Properties LLC Scott Lawry Gary McGuirk Estate of Robert Metzinger NVR Inc. RHO Enterprises LLC Robert Stosic
Price $205,000. $142,000. $102,000. $165,000. $130,000. $270,000. $155,000. $265,000. $340,000. $342,000. $279,900. $329,900. $16,000. $6,500. $2,000. $390,000. $140,000. $421,660. $77,500. $395,000. $372,500. $115,000. $421,660. $141,150. $580,000.
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MONONGAHELA Justin Lawrence Grace English Evang Lutheran Church Air 5 Group LLC Frank Carroll Joseph Ravasio trustee Barry Edward Clark Kevico LLC Gary Mendola Dustin Rydze Michael Thieret Odyssey Wrestling Academy LLC
Garett Tustin James Miller 221 W Main LLC Robert and April Roberts Kasandra Staffen Jon Buchanan and Matthew Hoosac Brian Thomas Ludwick and Amanda Fisher Robert and Julie Riconda David J Clark Mains Jr. Valley Property Partners LLC Worthy Realty Properties LLC
1238 Fifth Ave. 909 Howard St. W Main St. 501 Second St. 1362 Fourth St. 617 Ohio St. 509 Pleasant St. 905 Thomas St. 412 Park Ave. Chess St. 121 Railroad St.
$128,000. $138,000. $25,000. $72,000. $32,500. $161,000. $72,000. $192,500. $125,000. $35,000. $156,000.
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PETERS TOWNSHIP Gerard Simon John Straub trustee Eastern Building Group Inc. MBK Land Co. LLC Crossings Development LLC Joseph Lynch trustee Michael Bozza Brad Grosteffon Old Republic Diversified Services Inc. Andrew McMullin James Phipps trustee A. Joseph Growall Frances Shaughnessy Hall
Gary and Meghan Greenwood Dennis and Diane Myers Keith Sauter Jr. and Brandy Sauter Karin Warner Carol Van Zandt Dennis Beaulieu and Sandra Massimino Justin and Jacqueline Bartlett Old Republic Diversified Services Inc. Arshad Bachelani Lucius Schweitzer and Jaime Erkel Rebecca Ross Modern Edge Ventures LLC John and Heather Ali
101 Castlebrooke Drive 106 Cove Ct 313 Hedgerow Drive 166 Lelak Ln 215 Maid Marion Ln 213 Maplewood Drive 132 Marble Drive 463 McCombs Road 463 McCombs Road 596 McCombs Road 403 Pine Ridge Drive 117 Sheffield Ln 201 Bayberry Court
$445,000. $435,000. $94,900. $843,011. $556,220. $505,000. $375,000. $490,000. $490,000. $369,000. $300,000. $232,000. $316,000.
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snowbirds from the Midwest and Northeast flock south. According to Vrbo data, thereâ€™s already a spike in vacation rental demand for the winter holiday season in popular areas such as Sarasota, Fort Myers, Clearwater and Naples. areas can earn nearly $4,500 per booking during the winter season.
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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller
PETERS TOWNSHIP Matthew Raffaele John Taylor Raymond Ward Doreen Valentine Virginia Wolfram BGRS LLC Elaine Farney Kevin Suchta JoseRicardo Sifontes Sotomayor trst Crossings Development LLC Crossings Development LLC Michael Winowich Eleanor Burdelski Gray Birch Homes LLC David Paterra Stephen Kenney Chad Casey Serena David Wiegmann Estate of Marilyn Coyle Ecoff
Travis Brown David and Christine Crafton Hauge Benjamin Heal Jr. and Allison Gaffen Richard and Marisa Caporal BGRS LLC Christopher Wayne and Heather Killough Joseph and Casey Lin Gable Jamin Matthew and Alyssa Marie Lubic Stephen and Diane Noy C Thomas Ranson and Linda Dezack Sandra Palumbo James Patrick Mahoney Fernando and Lorraine Ascencio Joshua Rowe and Alisa Innocenti Alice Gross Lawrence Toscano Daniel Smith Ryan and Nicole Kelly Christian Morgan
410 Center Church Road Edgewood Drive 109 Lisa Court 306 Merrifield Drive 637 Scenic Ridge Drive 637 Scenic Ridge Drive 100 Andiron Cir 123 Forestwood Drive 208 King Richard Drive 235 Maid Marion Ln 332 Maid Marion Ln 105 McIntosh Drive 106 Stratford Drive 230 Timber Lake Drive 112 Waterside Drive 111 Whispering Heights Ln 91 Alexander Drive 103 Georgetown Ct 108 Standing Rock Drive
$200,000. $347,500. $365,000. $699,900. $430,000. $430,000. $345,200. $432,000. $364,080. $626,624. $626,669. $465,900. $280,000. $355,000. $344,900. $800,000. $613,800. $502,000. $350,000.
PLEASANT HILLS Barbara Hecht Joyce Koller trustee Richard Talarico Inglefield Land Co. LLC Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Tr Estate of Irene Jugan Anne Trent
Eugene Salvino and Michelle Sinclair Joshua and Jayme Pelligrino 42 Pleasant Ridge LLC Mark Mooney and Stacy Bender Raman Allamuratov Christian George and Haley Kutscher Khada Mishra and Yashoda Ghimeray
340 McClellan Drive 404 Temona Drive 42 Old Clairton Road 384 Picture Drive 469 Arbor Ln 144 Columbia Drive 301 Farm Ln
$135,300. $195,000. $165,000. $103,000. $15,000. $176,450. $167,000.
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SOUTH PARK Edward Schuerle trustee Matthew McClelland Kenneth Winkler Edward Knaus Thomas Burland Aloma Blake Campbell Dickson Nicholas Cortazzo Mary Englert Albert Phillips Jr.
Janice Gaydos Maria McNally Jeffrey and Gina Winkler Michael and Amanda Pippi Joseph Opferman III and Kristy Opferman Sean and Amy Kennedy Andrew and Kristina Walton Brent Enos and Dennis Eggerton Daniel and Dana Muir
3192 Ridgeway Drive 6049 Murray Ave. 3067 Dara Drive 1033 Maripat Drive 6297 Whitewood St. 1518 Annette Ave. 1617 Duchess Ln 1240 Riggs Road 6564 Zupancic Drive
$82,000. $151,000. $122,000. $213,000. $260,000. $165,000. $279,900. $85,000. $195,000.
UNION TOWNSHIP Viola Burkhart Chad Buczynski Bob Tenner Enterprises Inc. Louis Carpo Adam Ellison US Bank NA trustee
Three Rivers Royalty LLC Donald Krapp and Margaret Doerr Circle the Land LLC William Volker Benjamin and Jaclyn M Riley Fetchen Tyler Denner and Roberta Dowd
Unknown Address 19 Harvest Ln Linden St. Nasal Ln 5022 Norman Ave. 27 Seneca Drive
$2,965. $196,605. $120,000. $30,000. $180,000. $84,000.
WHITEHALL Alaa Aboul Hosn Jacob Dray Thomas Schultz Andrea Yee Anthony Johnson John Witkowski Patricia A Johnston Tessitore
Marven and Andrea Khalid Curtis Watts Thomas and Candice Damiani David Scully and Amanda Tharp Nicholas Anthony Salicce Julie Fritz Doyle Philip DiFilippo and Chelsea Tessitore
5063 Grove Road 5388 Orchard Hill Drive 4937 Carlyn Drive 5262 Orchard Hill Drive 4207 McKee Drive 5208 Sherwood Drive 52 Woody Crest Drive
$143,000. $174,000. $350,000. $177,230. $175,000. $175,000. $90,000.
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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------DRESSER WITH MIRROR – 9 drawers, 57” x 30”. Good condition. $55. Brownsville. 724-785-4987 _________________________________________ ELVIS PRESSLEY’S GRACELAND – Special Edition gift set. $125. 724-941-9256 _________________________________________ SLEEPER SOFA – Queen Size, 72” long. Pastel, Lazy-Boy. Exc. Condition. $500. 724-941-9256 _________________________________________ BEDROOM FURNITURE – Antique twin beds, dresser, night stand. $300. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ BEDROOM FURNITURE - Antique double bed, dresser with mirror, chest. $300. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ WOODEN KITCHEN TABLE – 36” x 48”, with 6 chairs. Great for hunting cabin. $50. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ SAUDER TV STAND – 2 side doors, 2 shelves. $40. 412384-4374 _________________________________________ ANTIQUE KITCHEN TABLE – 4 chairs, drop leaf table. $250. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ CHEST OF DRAWERS – 4 drawer, great for child’s room. $35. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ GLASS COLLECTION – AVON, Cape Cod. Over 30 pcs. $75. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ KENMORE ELECTRIC SWEEPER – with 4 attachments. $20. 412-595-7820 _________________________________________ DURABRAND AM/FM – Radio cassette recorder w/ instructions. $10. 412-595-7820 _________________________________________ BOSE – Solo TV Sound System. Brand new. Best Offer. 412-595-7820 _________________________________________ TYPEWRITER – Underwood, in case with directions. Best offer. 412-595-7820 _________________________________________ ELECTRIC ADDING MACHINE – with paper and directions. Best offer. 412-595-7820 _________________________________________ ZENITH – AM/FM portable radio, all transistor. $10. 412595-7820 _________________________________________ PUMP SHOTGUN – Mossberg, 12-gauge. $100. 412862-6440 _________________________________________ FREEZER – 7 cubic foot. $25. 412-862-6440 _________________________________________ INOGEN 7 LB. OXYGEN MAKER – 2 batteries, house and car charger. $1,000. 412-862-6440 _________________________________________ CURIO CABINET – Lighted. $100. 412-862-6440 _________________________________________
CLASSIFIEDS MEDICAL MISC. – Adult bedside commode, $15. Toilet seat $8. Other medical equip. available. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ ANTIQUE – Maple, wooden ladder back, cane seat youth rocking chair. Exc. Condition. Also, Child’s antique ladder back chair, cane seat. Exc. Condition. Best offer. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ PITT MINI HELMET – Autographed with COA. James Connor, Tyler Boyed, Nathan Peterman. Nice gift. $75. Other memorabilia for sale also. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ CHEST OF DRAWERS – Chiffarobe, one side has 5 drawers, other side has a mirror inside and adjustable shelving. Bottom has one long drawer with a floral design. White. $275. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv._________________________________________ Mssg. ELVIS PRESSLEY – Collector Plates, 6 for $50. Various ornaments $5 each. Other misc. items. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ CERAMIC NATIVITY SET – 22 piece, light caramel color trimmed in 18 carat gold. Beautiful manger included. $100. 724-258-7531. _________________________________________ LARGE CHRISTMAS WREATH – white with multicolor lights. $20. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-2444862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ NOAH’S ARK – one dozen, small collector. Make offer. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ NOAH’S ARK PICTURE – Large, beautiful, matted and framed. $60. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-2444862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ TROY HORSE TILLER – 8 Horsepower, along with row maker. $250. 724-239-4653 _________________________________________ TWIN SIZE BED – Sleep Number, complete with sheet set and bed spread. Like new. $400. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ CHEST OF DRAWERS – 6 deep drawers, white, exc. Condition. $175 or best offer. Moving – must sell. West Newton. 724-244-4862. Lv. Mssg. _________________________________________ SNOW THROWER – Craftsman. Never Used! 5 Horse Power, 22” two stage, single speed. $275. 412-384-5837 _________________________________________ TILE – Ceraminc tile, Garden white, 10 packs of 12x12 (5 tile in each pack). 4 packs of glass tile – 12 in each pack. 12x12 mirror tile. All for $15. 724-348-5243 _________________________________________ COSTUME JEWELRY – From 1950’s. Same designer. Broches – good condition. Box of 6 - $50. 724-785-4987 _________________________________________ COSTUME JEWELRY – Collectible. From 1950’s. Suitcase full! Mainly Broches. Some designer pieces. Good condition. $1,000 firm. Serious inquiries only. 724-785-4987 Beagle Puppies – A.K.C. Pure Bred, Health Certificate, shots, wormed bi-weekly. $375. 724-366-9524 _________________________________________ HAND GUN – Snake Series, Colt King Cobra, 357 mag, 6inch ss, less than 100 rounds, black rubber grip with a red dot site + extras. $1,250. 724-984-0238 _________________________________________
ADULT MEDICAL SUPPLIES – Items have never been used! Adult potty chair $25. Bath seat with back $25. Transfer tub bench $35. Bathtub safety rail $20. 4” raised toilet seat riser $10. Handheld shower spray $10. 412884-0886 _________________________________________ DOLL CLOTHING – Homemade, will fit 18” dolls (including American Girl). Fur coat with matching hat, fancy velvet dresses, jeans, or PJ’s for only $8 each. 412-884-0886 _________________________________________ JEWELRY – Necklace, earrings, and matching bracelet boxed jewelry sets. Never worn, only $10 each. 412-8840886 _________________________________________ PITTSBURGH SPORTS CLOTHING - NHL Wristlets, Pens logo 8”W x 5”L, black with tags. NFL Woman’s Steelers slippers, small with tags. NFL kid’s Steelers flannel pants, X-small. All items brand new, only $8 each. 412-884-0886 _________________________________________ SNOWBLOWER – Jacobsen, 20” (may need minor repairs). Make offer. 412-884-0886. _________________________________________ CHRISTMAS TINS – 5 different wreath, all for $10. 724929-8259 _________________________________________ RADIO FLYER TRIKE – New in box. Solid steel, rubber tires, adjustable seat, (ages 2-5). $25. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ STEIN AND MUG COLLECTION – 15 pieces. $20. 724929-8259 _________________________________________
THREE PIECE SPEAKER SYSTEM – for surround sound. Al_________________________________________ clean, white. $15. 724-929-8259 BABY’S PLASTIC BATH TUB – 28” x 16”, cover removes to_________________________________________ serve as base. Like new. $15. 724-929-8259 TERRIFIC CHILD’S WALKER – Loads of teaching toys to keep child’s attention when seated. Like new. $5. 724929-8259 _________________________________________ BABY STROLLER – Double wheels on all four sides. Plus doll baby stroller for baby. Both for $5. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ COLLECTIBLE PLATES – (5) Rockwell numbered plates by Knowles China Co. $10. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ 3 PORCELAIN DOLLS – New in box, 15” – 18.5” – 28.5” All_________________________________________ for $7. 724-929-8259 HUGE AVON COLLECTION – 26 pieces unopened in box. All_________________________________________ different. All for $35. 724-929-8259 SALESMEN BRIEFCASE – Black leather, lots of compartments, like new. $5. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ SUPER BABY STROLLER – Jeep, air-filled tires, 3 cup holders, brakes, handle, music player, speed gauge, etc. $25. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ CHILD’S PLAY TABLE – Disney character pictures on top. 17” x 23”, like new. $5. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________
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COLLECTIBLE LENOX – Set of 2 reindeer, 2nd in a series, Prancer and Vixen with box, $100. Dasher and Dancer with box, $50. Santa in sleigh with box, $20. Lenox ‘Peac on Eart’ Christmas ornament, gold club exclusive with box, $10. Greenco marble Mortor and Pestle in box, $20. Golden anniversary rectangular crystal Glo tray, Dacra Co., 22 karat gold trim in box. $25. 724-963-9405 _________________________________________ PET SUPPLIES – Dog vest, pet smart, red quilt, size XL, reversible, never worn. $10. Dog vest, green, Thinsulate, water resistant plush barn coat fleece lining, reflective details, never worn, size XXL/XXXL. $5. 724-963-9405. _________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS (2) - Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Twp. Wash. County. $300 each. 724-938-8482 _________________________________________ DESK AND CHAIR - 4 Drawer 40"X 30"X 18", $40. 724938-8482 _________________________________________ CRAFTSMAN 5 1/2" SAW - Double Insulated. $10. 724938-8482 _________________________________________ CRAFTSMAN AUTO-SCROLLER SAW - Double Insulated 1"_________________________________________ Stroke. $5. 724-938-8482 EMPTY WINE BOTTLES - Gallon jug size. Perfect for Wine making. $4 each. 412-653-3370 _________________________________________ PITTSBURGH STEELER JEROME BETTIS - bumbee jersey; brand new; collectible size 2XL $40. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ CHRISTMAS STRINGS OF LIGHTS - for indoor and outdoor;many sets; boxful. $15. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ DOLL - Little Red Riding hood - brand new in box, collectible. $15. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ DOLL - Goldilocks; brand new in box, collectible. $15. 412279-3288 _________________________________________ THERMOSTAT - heating and cooling Honeywell 4000 pro series; excellent. $25. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ PORTABLE CLIMBER - vintage API aluminum, 24" x 30" platform - $175. 724-483-1271. _________________________________________ RIFLE SCOPES - Vintage REDFIELD, 4X wideview duplex $75. Vintage WEAVER Challenger, 4X wideview duplex $75. BSA, Deerhunter, 2.5x20mm - $30. 724-483-1271. _________________________________________ CROSSBOW - HORTON Anniversary, with scope, cranker, sling, quiver/4 arrows and case - $275. 724-483-1271 _________________________________________ BINOCULARS - LEUPOLD BX-3 Mojave, 10x32mm/center focus - $200. Call (724) 483-1271 _________________________________________ RANGEFINDER - LEUPOLD RX-1200i TBR - $200. 724483-1271 _________________________________________ GAME CART - CABELA'S, alum-i-lite, NIB - $150. 724483-1271. _________________________________________ CARRIER - CABELA'S, Better built, aluminum, 49 1/2"L. x 22" 1/2"W. x 8" High, fits 2" - $250. 724-483-1271. _________________________________________ BASIC TREADMILL - $50. Good condition, Monongahela, 724-747-4984, Leave message. _________________________________________ LENOX CHRISTMAS TREE PLATES - around the world, 1993-2014. Total 19. Will sell individual or all. Call for price 412-469-0333 _________________________________________ CUB CADET SNOWER BLOWER - model 2x 524 SWE, used 5 times. $600. 724-863-2327 _________________________________________
CLASSIFIEDS MARCY WEIGHT EXERCISES - $80, good condition, Monongahela, 724-747-4984 _________________________________________ TUXEDO - Black, John Weitz,40 reg., $20 724-746-8707 _________________________________________ BED FRAME - Thomasville, double/queen, Walnut, Spindle, great condition, $90, 724-746-8707 _________________________________________ 50 YEAR COLLECTION OF NASCAR - 14 Containers full of_________________________________________ good stuff! Cheap. 724-348-7046 WATCHES - 27 new watches Android, Croton, etc. plus extras. 724-348-7046 _________________________________________ SHOTGUN - Mossberg 500A camo pump action 12 gauge, plus slug barrel. Comes with 3 chokes and 10 rounds of turkey shells. $260 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ SUPER BOWL X PROGRAM - Steelers vs. Cowboys. Excellent condition, 119 pages. $50. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ CHESS BOARD - Drueke Model 62 - 18" x 18" with 1 3/4" squares. Brand new. Walnut and maple squares, renowned manufacturer. $95. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS - Macy's Holiday Red Stem Set of 5, each 6-10” tall. 20 years old. $15. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - Annual Swimsuit editions. 33 editions from 1981. Most copies have mailing labels. Price is_________________________________________ for all 33. $160. 724-941-1728 Two-Stage Snow Thrower - Troy-Bilt Model 8526 Storm, Great condition, $500. 724-929-4587 _________________________________________ VEHICLE PARTS – 4 hubcaps for 1963 Studebaker, $50. Heater controls for 1999 Berretta, $10. Wire set for 2000 Ram, 5.9 gas engine, new rotor and cap, $25. Rack and pinion steering for 2001 – 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4, like new, 7,000 miles, $100. 724-984-0238 _________________________________________ TRUCK TIRE CHAINS – Quick Grip, Type SH tire size. 9.0 – 20, 10.0 – 22-5. 1 pair for $25. 412-425-0342. _________________________________________ 2 SNOW TIRES - Like new - only 1,500 miles. Size 22550x17 $125. 412-885-7340 _________________________________________ DISHWASHER - WHIRLPOOL Model WDT720PADM2. Stainless steel interior and exterior. Tall tub. Energy Star. LIKE NEW $250. 724-416-8372. _________________________________________ COPPER BOILER - Antique (at least 75 years old). Measures 22.5" long x 11.5" wide x 12" high. $50. 724941-1728 _________________________________________ VINTAGE BLUE ENAMEL COFFEE POT - 5 quart, stands 13" high to peak of lid. $20. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ SPORTS MEMORABILIA COLLECTION. Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Celtics, general sports. Glassware, photos, newpapers, magazines, pennants and much more. Will sell all or individually, can email detailed list. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ SUPER BOWL X PROGRAM - Steelers vs. Cowboys. Excellent condition, 119 pages. $50. 724-941-1728. _________________________________________ GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS - Macy's Holiday Red Stem Set of 5. (1) each 6-10” tall. 20 years old. $15. 724-9411728 _________________________________________ SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - Annual Swimsuit editions. 33 editions from 1981. Most copies have mailing labels. Price is_________________________________________ for all 33. $160. 724-941-1728 FISHING REEL - Schimano, Corbalus, 4 bearing, $50. 412895-5035 _________________________________________
DOLL MADAME ALEXANDER - Jane Pierce, from the President wives collection; 13 inches high; beautiful , gorgeous outfit; brand new with tags $20. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ LARGE FICUS INDOOR LIVE PLANT - over 5ft tall; good for_________________________________________ home or office, $90. 412-279-3288 GARDEN HOSE - 75 foot expandable; brand new, only $25. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ VINTAGE ROAD TOURING BICYCLE - 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage, Silver Blue - 23 inch frame. All original parts. Inside storage since 1980 - no rust, very good condition. Will need original Michelin tires replaced. $100, OBO. Contact: email@example.com _________________________________________ COMPOUND POWER MITER SAW - 10 inch, Delta MS250 Shopmaster. Seldom used. Complete with instruction manual. Mounted on a Wolfcraft saw table. $75. 724-25843468. _________________________________________ CARDIO GLIDE - hardly used, excellent condition - $30 or best offer. 412-384-6245 _________________________________________ BED FRAME - Thomasville, Double/Queen, Walnut, Spindle, Very good condition, $100-724-746-8707 _________________________________________ VACUUM - Electrolux canister, Vintage. Working condition. Hose, attachments and extras included. $50. 724-6847250 _________________________________________ ROLL TOP DESK - Good Condition. You Haul. $50 - 412537-1095 _________________________________________ LADIES MINK COAT – Full length, autumn haze, $500. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ DINING ROOM – Keller Oval Table, w/ 2 leaves, hutch, server,_________________________________________ 6 chairs. $450. 412-384-4374 FLOOR JACK – half-ton, $30. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ ANTIQUE WICKER ROCKER - $75. 412-384-4374 _________________________________________ SET OF AUTO SHOP TORCHES – Acepiline + Oxygen, commercial size Harris gauges, and metal cart $150. 412341-3677. Lv Mssg. _________________________________________ CHINA – Franciscan, Desert Rose, 4 pc. Place setting. $60. 724-986-5680 _________________________________________ TYCO SLOT CAR – Racing track, cars and accessories. $30. 412-425-0342 _________________________________________ LEATHER SAFETY BOOTS – Matter Horn, Size 10.5. $65. 724-945-6622 _________________________________________ HOME MOVIE TRANSFERS PHOTO MONTAGE CREATIONS 8mm, Super 8mm, and16mm Projector movies, transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. New equipment for 2016. No projector flicker - reasonable rates. VHS, VHS-C, mini-DV, and 8mm tapes transferred to DVD. Photos/slides scanned to montage DVD of special events. One of a kind gifts. 724-258-5336 dcheplic@ gmail.com. Website: www.dcheplicmovietransfersand montages.com. Facebook: www.facebook. com/ debcheplicmovietransfersandmontages/
December 2019 WOOD TRAY TABLE SET – Four(4), brand new in unopened box. Beautiful. $25. 724-929-8259 _________________________________________ STAINLESS STEEL REFRIGERATOR - 25 cubic ft., spotlessly clean, good condition $150. Call 412-302-5432 _________________________________________ POOL TABLE - excellent condition. Top quality. Best offer. Call 412-628-1686 _________________________________________ CANOE - Wenonah Model Minnesota II, excellent condition, 3k_________________________________________ Retail. Sell for $1,750. 412-580-8400. ANTIQUE SINGER SEWING MACHINE – Foot Pedal Operation or Motor included. $499. 724-366-9524. _________________________________________ GENERATOR - Husky 3750 Watt portable. Like new. Has 30 amp 120V/240V receptacle and (2) 20 amp 120V receptacles. $230. 724-941-1728 _________________________________________ WOOD / COAL BURNING STOVE – Consolidated Dutchwest, burns 18” logs. 400 LBS. Have all instructions and many extras. $500. 724-863-3551 _________________________________________ PFEIFFER BEER COVERED WAGON LAMP - brand new, unique, $125. 412-279-3288 _________________________________________ GUN CABINET – Solid wood. Holds 10 rifles. Glass front. $85. 724-513-9697 _________________________________________
----------- ITEMS WANTED -------FINLEYVILLE BREWING – Old Beer bottles and memorabilia items from Finleyville Brewing wanted. Will pay top dollar!_________________________________________ Call 424-215-9385 U.S. STEEL LOGO ITEMS – Old memorabilia, collectibles and items with U.S. Steel logo wanted. Call 424-215-9385 _________________________________________ WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps, old Christmas and sterling silver, anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. _________________________________________ OLD INSULATORS - buying porcelain or glass insulators used on utility poles or along RR tracks, also lightning rods. 724-782-0539 _________________________________________ VINTAGE CLOTHING - Buying women's and men's clothing and accessories 1800's through the 1970's. Also vintage sewing items including fabric. Call Gloria at 724-263-2239 or_________________________________________ Bonnie at 412-997-2943. SEALED WHISKEY/BOURBON. Cash paid for sealed vintage Bourbon, Scotch, Rye and Whisky. Call/Text 614-4996589 _________________________________________
December 2019 OLDER HOT WHEEL CARS - Redlines. Your collection, or a few. Call: 724 984 9085 _________________________________________ OLD BOTTLES WANTED - Long Time Collector, Looking For Antique Bottles. Whiskey, Medical, Beer, Drug Store, Etc., Advertising Signs. Please Call Dave at 412-977-6496. __________________________________________ WANTED OLD FISHING TACKLE - Lures, Reels, Tackle Boxes, Minnow Buckets, Fly Reels / Rods etc. the older the better.__________________________________________ Call 412-414-8464 if no answer please leave a message. __________________________________________
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------------ PETS -------PET SUPPLIES – Dog vest, pet smart, red quilt, size XL, reversible, never worn. $10. Dog vest, green, Thinsulate, water resistant plush barn coat fleece lining, reflective details, never worn, size XXL/XXXL. $5. 724-963-9405. __________________________________________ BEAGLE PUPPIES – A.K.C. Papers, shots, wormed, health certificate. $375. 724-366-9524 __________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30 each. For pickup of cans or delivery of bgoldooks, call Jessie @__________________________________________ 724-941-5737.
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------------ REAL ESTATE -------CEMETERY PLOTS (2) - Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Twp. Wash. County. $300 each. 724-938-8482 __________________________________________ CEMETERY LOTS – Mon Valley Memorial Park, 4 lots – Garden of the Cross. $750. 412-384-4374 __________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK – Garden of All Faiths,\ Lawn Crypt (2019 at need price $7,165). Includes lot and vault for two(2), bronze memorial with vase and granite base. Asking $3,000. 724-379-6866. __________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK – Donora, 4 lots $500 each. 1 vault $500. Transfer of title included. 724-7479030 or 843-215-8909. __________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL PRIVATE OFFICES FOR LEASE IN MONONGAHELA - Newer building, very clean. Various office sizes. Handicapped accessible. Conference room, kitchenette, lobby, separate men's/ladies restrooms, 24/7 secured access, paved, lighted parking lot, exterior security cameras, only minutes to Mon Valley Hospital, Route 43 and Route 51. Please call Mon River Realty at 724-350-0401. __________________________________________ WAREHOUSE SPACES FOR LEASE - Monongahela and Monessen. Various warehouse sizes ranging from 3,000 sq ft to 17,600 sq ft. Please call Mon River Realty at 724-350-0401. __________________________________________ SELLING A FARM OR HOUSE? Advertise it here and neighboring publications. We can help you. Contact MACnet MEDIA @__________________________________________ 800-450-6631 or visit our site at MACnetOnline.com CEMETERY / BURIAL – Woodruff Cemetery in Canonsburg. 2 grave spaces in premium area. 2 vaults, 2 openings and closings, 1 coral granite flush monument, 2 bronze name plates. $6,500. 724-310-3330 __________________________________________
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