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Vol. 1, Issue 8

MARCH

2012

INDEX: Places To Go . . . . . . . 6 Municipal . . . . . . . . . 13 Wedding . . . . . . . . . 17 Business . . . . . . . . . . 18 Worship . . . . . . . . . . 22 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Kids & Family . . . . . . 25

Real Estate . . . . . . . . 26 School News . . . . . . 28 Food & Dining . . . . . 31 Health . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Entertainment . . . . . 34 Death Notices . . . . . 35 Classifieds . . . . . . . . 36

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SCHOOL NEWS:

Local High School Boys’ Basketball Wrap-Up

Senior BVA Football Star Signs With Penn

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Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosts U.S. Chamber

Pictured (l-r) Armand Ferrara, Mon Valley Regional C/C; Chris Miller, Norwin C/C; Rosanne Novotnak, Norwin C/C; Deb Keefer, MVRCC; Marcie Sinagra, Norwin C/C; Gina Lynn, Greater Rostraver C/C; Kim Ruffcorn, Monongahela Area C/C; Dorthea Pemberton, Monongahela Area C/C; Mary Stollar, Washington County C/C, and Ben Taylor, US C/C.

Recently, 75 members and guests attended a luncheon at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township, hosted by the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Five local Chambers of Commerce were represented at the luncheon, which included a program presented by Ben Taylor, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Region of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The MVRCC, which evolved from the Charleroi Board of Trade, is a founding member of the US Chamber and has maintained membership for all 100 years of the organization's existence. Taylor's presentation updated attendees on the "State of American Business" and the national Chamber's perspective on current businessrelated legislation.

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California Area Historical Society Seeks to Save A Piece of History The California Area Historical Society is seeking funds to preserve the ticket booth from the Hollywood Theater. The theater, which is located on 3rd Street, was opened in 1938 and was in operation until 1978. The Washington County Redevelopment Authority is now razing the theater to make way for potenThe ticket booth sits near the garage at the tial developers. Gallagher House, home of the California Area The project is exHistorical Society. PHOTO BY ALICE HARRIS pected to cost about $1,000. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the California Area Historical Society, P. O. Box 624, California, PA 15419, or can be dropped by the Society at the corner of 5th and Wood Streets. Contact the Society by phone at 724-938-3250, or Harris at 724-322-6478.

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can be submitted via e-mail to editor@monvalleymessenger.com or by mail to P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332. All Letters to the Editor must be signed and must contain the author’s return address and telephone number for verification. Letters will be printed as submitted whenever possible; however, we reserve the right to edit for length, clarity, and taste, and to refuse to publish any and all letters received. Letters to the Editor represent the unsolicited opinions of our readers and do not reflect the views or opinions of the MonValley Messenger, its owners, editorial board, or writing staff. No compensation is offered for any submission, and the author assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and ramifications of their submission.

Union-Finley Football Assoc. Proud of 2011 Accomplishments Dear Editor, This letter is in response to Paul Chasko's article Mon Valley Midget Football League: A Season to Remember which appeared in the December 2011 edition of your publication. After reading the article and fielding many very angry phone calls, emails and texts from families within our organization, we, the Union Finley Midget Football Association Board, felt it necessary to respond. The article seems to encourage divisiveness between the Ringgold and Union Finley organizations, and beyond that, seems to paint Union Finley in a bad light. If you are going to publish "A Season to Remember", then why not recap the exciting season that the par-

ticipants of the Mon Valley Midget Football League experienced this season? With the success that both the Ringgold and the Union Finley organizations had this year, it could have been a great way to recognize the players and cheerleaders who participated. Instead, the article suggests that Union Finley should dissolve itself. Unfortunately, 2011 saw the demise of two organizations; to suggest further dissolution is disheartening. This league is a club league, and thankfully none of the organizations within the league are affiliated with any school districts, even if competing under the "name only." Organizations are divided by where players live. Our organization is one of the cornerstones

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of this league, having just completed its 38th year of competition. With nearly 200 players and cheerleaders from Finleyville, South Park, Monongahela, Nottingham Twp., Peters Twp. and Bethel Park, Union Finley was founded on the premise of bringing communities together. This league is about teaching the game of football and providing an opportunity for all kids to play the game. Sending half of the players to Ringgold - where the number of players equals ours - leaves twice as many players standing on the sidelines NOT playing, and the other half with nowhere to play. This article, coupled with the negative article that appeared in the October 2011 edition, prompted the need for this letter. Imagine how a Union Finley player or family member felt reading that "Ringgold ended up with the best players of both Donora and Monongahela and left the less talented players for Union Finley or other franchises to absorb .. " That is not something that anyone should be publishing in regards to youth sports. Ironically, the article doesn't mention that Union Finley teams were victorious in the Tiny Mite and Termite Divisions. Our players are proud to be Bears, and they want and will graduate as Bears. Those who attend Ringgold Schools had the option to play for the Rams this past year, and CHOSE to play

for the Bears, and talent had nothing to do with their choice. It's about pride, doing things the right way, for the right reasons. It's about being a Bear. The Union Finley Midget Football Association Board Members Publishers Note: The Mon Valley Midget Football League (MVMFL) is a fantastic organization for boys in the Mon Valley who intend to continue playing football at the JV and Varsity levels. Football is a highly competitive sport and at times can also be very polarizing when winning soon becomes paramount. Late last summer the Union Finley Bears, The Donora Dragons and the Monongahela Wildcats went through a trying period that upset some coaches, parents and team administrators. Change is never easy. Reporting the news on any fallout from some of these changes is also not easy. The UnionFinley Messenger and Mon Valley Messenger regrets any interpretation of our articles that came across as negative towards any of the players, coaches or parents. This was not our intent. Our best wishes go out to everyone in the MVMFL, and we look forward to publishing your news and photos this coming fall season.

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Local Business Leaders Learn About Marcellus Shale Opportunities

Greater Monessen Historical Society Adds to Schedule of Events

Small Business Administration tells business owners how to benefit from growing industry

Sunday, March 4 – Jill Selepchak and Susanna Swade will hold a Tupperware party at the Heritage Museum on The Historical Society will receive a percentage of all orders submitted on that day. Call and reserve your seat today at 724-6848460. New products will be demonstrated. Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. – the yearly Public Meeting of the Greater Monessen Historical Society will be held in the Monessen Heritage Museum. Following the Public Meeting, the Mon Valley Jewish Exhibit will be opened to the public for viewing. Light refreshments will be served until 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 – The Heritage Museum will return to its normal seasonal hours of being open each Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Ongoing – Veterans can still schedule an appointment to have their military experiences preserved for posterity by the U.S. Library of Congress. Call the Historical Society today and schedule a session.

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The Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry is arguably one of the fastest growing businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania, and Charleroi area business leaders were given an update in the industry’s impact at a meeting held in January. About 50 people attended a seminar held at the Charleroi Borough Building to learn how local business can be involved in supporting the new industry as its growth continues. The meeting, entitled, “Marcellus Shale: Small Business Impacts & Expectations” was sponsored by the Small Business Administration, the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Borough of Charleroi and the Rostraver Chamber of Commerce. SBA District Director Carl Knoblock was guest speaker at the twohour session. There are no gas drilling sites within Charleroi Borough, but several sites are in operation in Fallowfield, Carroll and Rostraver townships. Charleroi Borough Manager Donn Henderson said the session was designed to provide information on how local business owners can provide services to the industry and its workers. “I think a lot of businesses who (attended the meeting) realize that you can’t go into any Marcellus Shale business without a plan,” Henderson said. “You have to be able to adapt to the drillers’ needs, because they’re not going to adapt to yours.”

Henderson said local business can find ways to providing services and supplies in a number of different areas including food and housing for workers. “There are even opportunities to provide recreation to Marcellus workers. Part of it is letting these companies know what is available to workers on their off days. There are a lot of different ways that local businesses can service the Marcellus Shale industry,” he said. Henderson said the most important part of finding success for local business in taking advantage of new opportunities provided by the shale industry is to understand its needs and how to best serve it. “It’s the idea of cooperating with other businesses, and learning how to be mobile,” Henderson said. “These (drilling companies) tend to be mobile themselves, and if you want to do business with them in the long term you have to be able be mobile with them, and direct them to other partners.” Henderson said most local business will need to continue learning about the Marcellus Shale business if they want to be a part of it and gain from the opportunities it presents. “They’ve got to get familiar with some of the terminology and the way the business works,” Henderson said. “It’s going to be a learning process. The seminar was the first of what Henderson said would be a series of sessions designed to help local businesses. Henderson said an upcoming session will likely focus on energy choice and energy savings.

Monessen Library Cancels Spring Storytime The storytime coordinator, Allysa Gigliotti, has announced that Spring Storytime, held Wednesday evenings at Monessen Library, has been cancelled pending the move back to the soon-to-be-finished newly renovated library. The temporary library quarters at Eastgate 11 will close approximately 6 weeks before the reopening of the renovated building to allow for packing and moving back. The Summer Storytime will be held in the new building. Additional details will be published later.

Relay for Life Mon Valley Seeking Sponsors The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Relay For Life of Mon Valley is scheduled for Friday May 4, 2012. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the brand-new Charleroi High School stadium. The annual fundraiser is expected to raise $70,000 locally and more than twenty million dollars in the state of Pennsylvania. The American Cancer Society and its Relay For Life volunteers are looking for corporate sponsors. The deadline for all sponsors is Friday March 30. If you would like to be a corporate sponsor of the Relay For Life of Mon Valley, contact Neil Gearhart at 412-919-1128 or neil.gearhart@cancer.org.

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO MARCH 1-3 ON THE TOWN – Ringgold High School auditorium, March 1–2, 7 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m. All seats are $5. Tickets can be purchased from cast members or at the door. MARCH 2 – 3 SPRING CRAFT SHOW - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Donora Smog Central, 6th & McKean Ave., Donora. Crafters wanted. For more information, call 724-823-0364 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. M-F. MARCH 2 CALVARY UNITED FISH FRY - 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora. Local deliverys will be made by calling 724-379-8285.

MARCH 7 BLOOD DRIVE – Saint Francis of Assisi, Finley Hall, 1 – 6:30 p.m. To schedule your life-saving appointment, call Kathy Pitzer at 724-348-5361. BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP – 10 a.m. to noon at Mon Valley CareerLink, Donora. Call 724-229-8078 to register online. MARCH 8 LAPSIT STORY TIME – Monongahela Area Library, Monongahela, 11 a.m. Intended as an introduction to the library for children 12 months to 24 months to help build the language skills and offer socialization with other mothers and young toddlers. For more information, call 724-258-5409.

MEN’S CULINARY CLASSIC – Washington County Agricultural Fair and Expo Center, Hall #1, 6 – 9 p.m. Amateur chefs – men only – share tastings of their specialty dishes, and compete for the “People’s Choice” award. $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, $7 for children under age 12 and children age five and under are free. TASTE OF TRAX – Trax Farms, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A day of free sampling of Trax specialties. Numerous vendors will also showcase their great food. At noon, Radio Disney’s energetic Road Show will perform.

ST. PAUL’S FISH FRY – St Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. For more information, call 724-258-7792.

CHARLEROI LODGE #615 MEETING - for free and accepted masons at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, Charleroi. For more information, please call 724-984-6611.

MARCH 11 FUNDRAISING CONCERT – Ringgold Middle School Auditorium, 2 p.m. Hosted by Ringgold Band students, who will perform with the Greater Monongahela Area Community Band. Tickets are $5 and are available from the libraries and historical societies as well as the middle school band members.

ELIZABETH UNITED FISH FRY – Elizabeth United Methodist Church, every Friday during Lent. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. Call ahead for take-out at 412-384-7050.

MARCH 9 CALVARY UNITED FISH FRY - 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora. You may eat in or take out. Local delivers will be made by calling 724379-8285.

MARCH 16 CALVARY UNITED FISH FRY - 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora. You may eat in or take out. Local delivers will be made by calling 724379-8285.

MARCH 3 INDOOR YARD SALE - 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Saint Sebastian Parish Hall in Belle Vernon. Vendors are needed. For more information, call Darleen Koury at 724-930-8504.

HOLY GHOST FISH FRY - Holy Ghost Social Center, Charleroi, will be selling pirohi, halushki, soups and salads from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eat in or takeout. Call 724-489-0500.

ST. PAUL’s FISH FRY – St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. For more information, call 724-258-7792.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE BOOTH – St. Francis of Assisi Church ball fields, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 54031 will hold a drive-thru cookie booth sale. DINNER AND A SHOW - Sweeney’s Steakhouse, Belle Vernon starting at 6:45. Featuring McCaffery Mysteries performing “The Pajama Party Murders”. Cost is $35 a ticket plus tax and gratuity, includes dinner and show. Call 724-929-8383 to make a reservation. MARCH 4 GIRL SCOUT COOKIE BOOTH – St. Francis of Assisi Church ball fields, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 54031 will hold a drive-thru cookie booth sale. MARCH 5 MONONGAHELA DONORA AREA LIONS CLUB MEETING – Hoot Owls Athletic Association, 6:30 p.m. Call Lion Jim at 724-2587230 for more information. MARCH 6 MID-MON VALLEY SHIPMATES MEETING - 7 p.m. at the James C. Ford Post 949 American Legion, Carroll Township.

ST. PAUL’S FISH FRY – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. For more information, call 724-258-7792. ELIZABETH UNITED FISH FRY – Elizabeth United Methodist Church, will have fish frys each Friday during Lent. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. For faster service, call ahead for take-out at 412-384-7050. MARCH 10 FLEA MARKET – VFW Post 1409, 793 E. Main St., Monongahela, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 724-258-3013 or 724-258-7476 after 5 p.m. DANCE – American Legion, Monongahela, 8 – 11 p.m. Evening of fun and good music from Laurel Valley Country Band. $7 per person. Smoke free, good food. For more information, call Luann at 724-258-6735. ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER - at Mon Valley YMCA to help raise money for the Youth & Government Club. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. Takeouts are also available. Dinner will be from 1 - 5 p.m.

ELIZABETH UNITED FISH FRY – Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Elizabeth, will have fish frys each Friday during Lent. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. For faster service, call ahead for take-out at 412-384-7050. MARCH 17 DINNER MYSTERY THEATER - Theater, Thugs, Mugs, and .38 Slugs presented by The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. and Musical Mysteries & More at 4:30 p.m. at Monongahela Valley Hospital Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Tickets are $30. To purchase a ticket, call 724-929-3192. GUN BASH - Hosted by Lock #4 and Monessen Hill Top VFC at Lock #4 Social Hall. Doors open at 12 p.m. Drawings from 1 - 7 p.m. Free food and refreshments. Tickets are $25, guests $15. Guns by Reese Supply. For more information, call 724-469-3520 or 724-350-2819. MARCH 18 SPAGHETTI DINNER - All-you-can-eat noon to 6 p.m. at the Ginger Hill Grange on Route 136 to benefit Heather Ross with her medical expenses. Adults $8, children under 12 $4. We also have take-out.

MON VALLEY COIN CLUB MEETING - 2 p.m. in the Charleroi Senior Citizens Center (formerly Montgomery Wards). Coins of all types will be the topic of discussion. For more information, please call 724-984-6611. MARCH 19 MONONGAHELA DONORA AREA LIONS CLUB MEETING – Campa’s Restaurant, 664 McKean Ave., Donora, 6:30 p.m. Feel free to join us to see what the Lions are all about, or call Lion Jim at 724-258-7230 for more information. MARCH 20 WII DANCE CHALLENGE – Monongahela Area Library, 813 West Main Street, Monongahela, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. For children in grades 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, please call the library at 724-258-5409. MARCH 23 CALVARY UNITED FISH FRY - 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora. You may eat in or take out. Local delivery will be made by calling 724379-8285. HOLY GHOST FISH FRY - Holy Ghost Social Center, 9th St. & 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, will be selling pirohi, halushki, soups and salads from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eat in or takeout. Call 724-489-0500. ST. PAUL’S FISH FRY – St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. Fish, shrimp, crab cake, baked fish dinners, fish sandwiches, soups, coleslaw, french fries, fried zucchini strips, homemade desserts, and beverages. For more information, call 724-258-7792. ELIZABETH UNITED FISH FRY – Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 317 Second Avenue, Elizabeth, will have fish frys each Friday during Lent. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. For faster service, call ahead for take-out at 412-3847050. Available items include a fish dinner, shrimp dinner, or combo dinner for $7 – $9. MARCH 24 MONTHLY CARD PARTY – Odd Fellows Hall, Gastonville, 6 – 9 p.m. Second Wednesday of each month. Sponsored by the Mon Valley Rebekahs. Light lunch served. Public welcome. MARCH 25 EASTER PENNY SOCIAL – Hosted by he Christian Mothers/Women’s Guild of Our Lady of the Valley Church at 1 Park Manor Road, Donora at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) Admission is $3 (2 cards). Easter baskets, raffles, food and fun.

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call ahead for take-out at 412-384-7050. Available items include a fish dinner, shrimp dinner, or combo dinner for $7 – $9. Dinners include one side, coleslaw, roll, cake and beverage. Fish sandwiches are $6, clam chowder, mac and cheese, haluski, coleslaw, or French fries are $2 each. Cake is $1. Dine-in beverages are free. MARCH 31 FLEA MARKET – Finleyville Community Center, Marion Avenue, Finleyville, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Held by Finleyville Food Pantry. Tables are available for $10 each. Chinese auction and food available. For more information or a table, call 724-348-7821.

MARCH 29 MEDIATION WORKSHOP – Greater Rostraver Chamber & Mon Valley Regional Chamber are pleased to partner to present a workshop on mediation and conflict resolution presented by Dionne Eddy and Michael Baines on Thursday, March 29 at the Anthony Lombardi Conference Center, Room F at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Registration at 7:45 a.m.; workshop from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Register by March 24. Contact Gina Lynn at 724-929-3329 or grcoc1@comcast.net. MARCH 30 CALVARY UNITED FISH FRY - 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora. The menu consists of fried fish sandwiches, fries, homemade perogies, haluski, mac and cheese, baked fish, Cole slaw and desserts. You may eat in or take out. Local delivers will be made by calling 724-379-8285. ST. PAUL’S FISH FRY – St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. Fish, shrimp, crab cake, baked fish dinners, fish sandwiches, soups, coleslaw, french fries, fried zucchini strips, homemade desserts, and beverages. For more information, call 724-258-7792. ELIZABETH UNITED FISH FRY – Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Elizabeth, will have fish frys each Friday during Lent. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and dinner is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. For faster service,

MYSTERY DINNER THEATER - DIAL M FOR MOTHER - The Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary is hosting a Mystery Dinner Theater at the Valley Inn Social Hall on March 31st, 2012. The title is "Dial M for Mother". The cost is $25.00 per person and must be paid in advance. For more information, please call 724-258-2180. MARCH 31 - APRIL 1 TROLLEY RIDE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY – Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Rides depart every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ride at 4 p.m.). Also Friday–Saturday, April 6–7. Children can see live rabbits from Washington County’s 4 Leaf 4-H club, make a springtime craft and participate in an egg hunt. Visitors may also take a second trolley ride on the Easter Shuttle and tour the Trolley Display Building. Admission rates are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children (ages 1–15); free for children under 1; and $35 family rate (2 adults/seniors and 4 children). For more information, visit www.patrolley.org or call 724-228-9256. Group (20 or more) rates also available. APRIL 14 DINNER CRUISE – Aboard the Gateway Empress, leaves from Monongahela Aquatorium, 7 – 10 p.m. Sponsored by Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc. from the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce Community. Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, entertainment, dancing. Cash bar. Free parking is available at the Aquatorium. Reserve your tickets now by calling 724-258-5919.

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MMVTA Welcomes California and Mon City Reps. to Board Pictured at left are being sworn in (l-r) Mr. Ronald Sotta, Washington Twp.; Dr. Lorraine Vitchoff, Boro of California; Ms. Betty J. Shine-Hill, Secretary, Boro of North Belle Vernon; Mr. Nick Lorenzo, Jr., Assistant Treasurer, Rostraver Twp.; Mr. Thomas Caudill, City of Monongahela; and Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins, Inductor.

The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) welcomes new board members. The member municipality appoints its representative. The board member must be a taxpayer in, maintain a business in, or be a citizen of the municipality being represented. Dr. Lorraine Vitchoff will represent the Borough of California. Dr. Vitchoff is a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Pete Daley and a member of the California University faculty. Mr. Thomas Caudill will represent the City of Monongahela. Mr. Caudill is a retired assistant superintendent and former principal and athletic director of Ringgold School District and holds

office for Monongahela City Council as director of accounts and finance. MMVTA is also pleased to re-instate board members Mr. Ronald Sotta of Washington Township, Secretary Betty J. Shine-Hill of North Belle Vernon, and Assistant Treasurer Nick Lorenzo, Jr. of Rostraver Township. Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins inducted the Board members during the January 26th Board meeting. The Board meets monthly, usually the 4th Thursday of each month at the MMVTA Transit Center in Charleroi at 6 p.m. For more information, call 724489-0880 or visit www.mmvta.com.

West Newton Ladies Plan Bus Trip to Sewickley House The West Newton Woman's Club has a one day bus trip planned to the Sewickley House Tour. The date is May 4 and cost is $80, which includes bus fare, driver tip, lunch and tour ticket. Your full payment is your reservation, made out to WN Woman's Club and mailed to: Glenda Cecchett, 124 Roblan Drive, West Newton, PA 15089. Cancellations accepted only if you are replaced. The bus will depart from the parking lot behind Giant Eagle, Robertson St., West Newton at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Loretta McClintock at 724-309-7053.

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Donora Historical Society Promotes Concert and Bridge Renaming The Donora Historical Society will be selling tickets at the museum for the upcoming Greater Monongahela Area Community Band concert on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Ringgold Middle School in Finleyville. Tickets are $5. The proceeds of the concert will benefit the Donora and Monongahela historical societies and libraries. We had such a wealth of information on prominent African-Americans from Donora that we are continuing the discussion from February into March. If you have any additional information or pictures that can be shared at the Historical Society for future reference, please stop by the museum. All documents and pictures can be scanned and returned. The Historical Society has been selling the St. Dominic’s Church keepsake booklet at a brisk pace. The price of the booklet is $15. Stop by the museum and get your copy before we run out. Look for more details on a special open house and reception at the museum the day of the dedication of the renaming of the Donora-Monessen Bridge to the Stan Musial Bridge. The bridge dedication will take place close to the bridge site and the reception will follow at our museum. Also, look for the launching of the Donora Historical Society website. The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum is located at the intersection of Sixth and McKean in the heart of Donora, and is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment. If you have additional questions about the society, museum, meeting or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by or email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or by calling 724-823-0364 and leaving a message.

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Valley Seniors Club Plans Bus Tours The Valley Seniors Club, under the leadership of Marlene Owens, is in the process of scheduling the following bus tours: On April 17, a trip to the Rivers Casino is leaving Charleroi at 7 a.m. and departing from the Rivers at 4:00 p.m. The "Jonah" show at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster is scheduled for June 12 and 13. Included in this trip is a visit to factory outlets, Kitchen Kettle, a canning store, and a guided tour of the Amish farmlands. A stop is planned to see Smucker's Gourd Farm, the Outhouse Gift Shop and on the return trip to dine at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord, the members' favorite restaurant. A September 8 trip to see the Jersey Boys matinee performance at the Benedum is in the process of being scheduled. All trips are not just limited to members. Anyone who is interested can call Marlene Owens at 724-258-3950 for information.

Charleroi ‘Festival of Trees’ Winner Announced Christ Lutheran Church was the winner of TEAM Charleroi's 2011 Festival of Tree competition. Rev. Ken Thompson is seen here with the traveling trophy. John K. Tener Library took 2nd place and Charleroi Girl Scouts placed 3rd. Thank you to everyone that participated in the event.

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Rostraver Twp. Historical Society Releases Lecture Schedule for 2012 RTHS, thanks to the efforts of Charles McCormick, has secured a lineup of speakers for the coming year. The speakers will present their programs on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting in March. The public is invited to attend the programs starting at 7 p.m. after the regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the old Fells Methodist Church in the Sanctuary Room. Cookies and refreshments will be available through the efforts of Chairman Marlene Cook. MARCH 8: Todd Johnson of McKeesport; “Ghost in the Head,” of Native American descent, will lecture and display native culture of the pre-colonial and colonial periods in America. Todd lectures in elementary and colleges.

Rostraver Library Upcoming Events The Rostraver Public Library, 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon has a variety of ongoing and upcoming events. Knitting classes are held the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 1 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Library offers e-book downloads for Nook, Easy Reader and Song Reader. You must have a current Rostraver Public Library card to utilize this service. The spring session of Story Time is currently underway and the book sale is ongoing at the Library. The Library has partnered with WCCC to offer the AARP Tax Aid on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Wednesday, March 21 the committee will hold a presentation geared towards parents of middle school-aged children, Helping Your Child Understand the Dangers of Drugs. Lieutenant John Christner of the Rostraver Twp. PD will present this informative program. There is no charge for the program and parents are encouraged to attend. The annual wine tasting is scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Sponsorships are available. For information about any of the mentioned activities, please call the library at 724-379-5511.

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Charleroi Clean-Up Days Planned Individuals and organizations who would like to participate in Community Clean-Up Days in the Borough of Charleroi are being sought. The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. There will be prizes for most improved properties, public space and other categories. Dumpsters will be placed in different locations for easy disposal and volunteers are being requested to help residents who need assistance. Planting, garbage pick-up and hauling, sweeping, painting and other chores will be performed. If you want to be a part of the event, call and provide contact information to the Borough at 724-4836011.

Speers Civic Club Accepting Scholarship Applications Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Speers Civic Club college scholarship. The deadline for submission is April 1. Applicants must live within Speers borough and be a senior graduating from either Charleroi Area High School or an accredited private school. Scholarship applications may be picked up at Charleroi Area High School and must be returned to the school on or before April 1, 2012.

Valley 1st CFCU Offers Mon Valley HS Seniors Annual Scholarship Valley 1st is offering their second annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Two awards in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating senior and attending a post-secondary school in the fall. Applicants must be either a member or direct relative of a member of Valley 1st Community Federal Credit Union. Applicants cannot be a direct relative of a member of the board of directors, supervisory committee, or employee of Valley 1st Community Federal credit union. For application information, stop at one of our branches at 815 Schoonmaker Ave. in Monessen or inside Wal-Mart in Rostraver. For questions concerning the scholarship or application process, you can contact Robert Crall, marketing representative for Valley 1st, at 724-684-8875 ext 207.

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Riverside Place Senior Center Events Riverside Place Senior Center is located at 303 Chamber Plaza in Charleroi. St. Patrick’s Day Party - Thursday, March 15 - Music 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Zumba - Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Pizza and Pizza Burger Fridays - March 9 and 23. Fish Fry - Fridays, March 2, 16 and 30. Cards Euchre - Every Friday at 1 p.m. Euchre every Saturday at 6 p.m. Music - Bobby Shawn, Friday, March 2. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Music - Friday, March 9 - Jack sings for seniors. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kenny and Chip - Friday, March 30. Oldies music from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Speaker - Leslie Wright from Primetime Health will speak on exercise and arthritis health on Wednesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. Every Wednesday - afternoon bingo from 1 – 3 p.m. We also serve lunch daily at noon for a donation of $2. Tax assistance is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon through April 4. Call 724-483-5800 for appointments. Rivers Trip - Monday, March 19; cost is $25. South Hills Village Mall Trip - Thursday, March 22; cost is $10.

JK Tener Library, Charleroi News JK Tener Library is located at 638 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. For more information, call 724-483-8282, email charlibrary@comcast.net, or visit www.charleroilibrary.org. Book Club – third Thursday of every month at 5:45. Winter Reading – Saturdays at 2 p.m. All children welcome Need help with your Kindle or Nook downloads? Stop in on Mon., Wed., or Fri from 2 – 5 p.m. NOTICES Downloadable books are HERE!! Don’t have a Kindle? Want to test drive one? Borrow one from the library!! Have you seen our redone lobby?? It is wonderful, relaxing, & warm due to a special memorial from 12th St. Friends in memory of Walter “Buck� Klus. Don’t have the book you are dying to read on our shelves?? Let us know! Special thanks to Shamrock Chemical for donating our maintenance supplies! HELP WANTED Keep an eye out for our annual fund-drive mailing. Do you have an idea for a great fundraiser? Let us know. We are looking for ideas!

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News from the Bentleyville Public Library The Board of Trustees of the Bentleyville Public Library will meet at the library on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Library issues are to be discussed and the public is encouraged to attend. The Bentleyville Public Library Book Club will meet at the library on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The book to be discussed will be The Woman in White by Willkie Collins. To reserve a book for the meeting, contact the library. Register now at the Library for the spring session of Storytime. Children ages 30 months to 5 years will enjoy stories, songs and crafts on each Monday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Babies ages birth to 30 months can join in stories and finger plays every Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Library is accepting books for an upcoming book sale in April. The Friends of the Bentleyville Public Library will meet at the library on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. New members are encouraged to attend, fundraising efforts for the library will be discussed. The Bentleyville Public Library will accept monetary donations to purchase books in honor of, or in memory of a loved one. The form may be downloaded from the library website, ww.bentpublib.org, or contact the library for more information. The Library offers free e-books via download from the library homepage. The Library is accepting food for fines on any currently overdue items, during March. Bring a non-perishable food item to the library and we will waive all of your current fines. For past-due fines contact the library. The food items will be donated to the Greater Washington County Food Bank. Please contact the library for more information on any of these programs or events at 724-239-5122.

Looking for Summer Work? Lifeguard at the YMCA! Lifeguarding can be incredibly rewarding. It’s important to recognize aspects of the job that aren’t included in the Red Cross certification course. The Mon Valley YMCA is offering two lifeguarding courses: March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost for Members: $250. Cost for Non-members: $270. Please contact Amy Bozek at 724-483-8077 or amy@monvalleyymca.org with questions. Happy lifeguarding!

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Community Action Southwest to Offer Free Tax Preparation to Qualified Area Residents Community Action Southwest (CAS) will once again offer free, basic, online income tax filing assistance to qualified working taxpayers in Washington and Greene counties who made less than $50,000 a year in 2011, regardless of the number of persons living in their household. VITA sites will be open until April 5 in both counties. Appointments are necessary and will be available each week in Washington on Wednesdays from 1– 9 p.m. and in Waynesburg on Thursdays from 1 – 9 p.m. Satellite sites will also operate in Carmichaels, Donora, Canonsburg and Monongahela on various Tuesdays throughout tax season. To make an appointment, to get more information or to find out if you qualify, please call Jonathan at 724-225-9550, ext. 421.

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Charthene Club Plans Dinner Theater and Fashion Show for Spring The Charthene Club of Charleroi held the February meeting at the Rego Restaurant in Charleroi. Mrs. Bruce Marshall, president, presided over the meeting. During the business portion Mrs. Marshall asked for a report of the nominating committee. Mrs. Ruth Karlowsky, chairperson, presented the slate of officers for the coming year, 2012-2013. They are: Mrs. Jane Dorincz, president; Mrs. James Mosco, first vice president; Mrs. Bruce Marshall, second vice president; Mrs. Larry Mason, treasurer; Mrs. Nicholas Raicos, recording secretary; and Mrs. June Hopkins, corresponding secretary. Mrs. Jane Dorincz, way & means chairperson, announced plans for a dinner theater to be held March 10, at the Charleroi Elks Club. The Pittsburgh’s Most Wanted Mystery Theater will present Montana Marie Gets Gunned Down at Three, a western comedy that draws the audience into all the fun. The dinner will consist of tossed salad, stuffed chicken breast, roast pork, potato and vegetable, rolls, butter, beverage and a delicious variety of cake that the ladies of the club will make. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets for the event may be bought from any club member or by calling 724-483-8877. Mrs. Dorincz also announced plans for a fashion show to be held April 21 at the First Christian Church of Charleroi. Mrs. Jeffery Umbel, program chairperson, introduced speaker Mrs. Richard Nonack. The ladies had a lot of fun following the instructions Mrs. Nonack gave on how to make roses from $1 bills. Each member took home a lovely $1 bill rose. Mrs. Marshall announced the next meeting will take place at Thursday, March 1 at Rego’s Restaurant.

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Bentleyville Library Expresses Thanks to Council So Much for Hibernation: Bear Awake and in Donora By Miranda Startare

At the February 9, 2012 Donora Council meeting, Borough Administrator Dennis Fisher alerted residents that a black bear has been spotted in the 1100 block of Marelda Ave. on a few occasions recently. The bear has damaged trash cans while attempting to forage for food. Borough officials contacted the PA Game Commission, who noted many bear reports this winter due to the mild weather. Many bears have not been hibernating because of the mild weather conditions and are looking for food. However, the Game Commission will only trap and remove a bear if it attempts to enter a house, attacks pets/farm animals, or attacks humans. If a bear is spotted, the PA Game Commission instructs residents to not approach the bear, to not allow pets to approach it, to attempt to take pictures of the bear from a safe distance for identification purposes, and to stay indoors. Other precautions are to not set out pet/bird food and to put out garbage containers immediately before the scheduled collection time. Borough Ordinance # 983 (of 1959) makes it unlawful to shoot a bear within the Borough of Donora unless a person is defending themselves or others against an attack. If a bear is spotted, call the Borough offices at 724-3796600 or the PA Game Commission at 724-238-9523.

In other business: Councilman Thomas Kostolansky raised concerns for several residences on Palmer Park Road and Gilmore Terrace that do not have running water. One resident of Palmer Park Road, Denny Gutierrez, was recognized at the meeting by Mr. Kostolansky, who showed great concern for the resolving of the issue. Mr. Gutierrez’ home is part of the Donora Place Plan Sewer Project, but doesn’t have running water. He currently uses a cistern for cooking and bathing, but the water is unsafe for drinking. Referring to the water problem, Mr. Gutierrez stated, “We’re like a third-world country up in our little section of town.” Councilman Kostolansky and William Hevia are planning to look into possible grant money to rectify this huge problem for these Donora residents. Council approved the hiring of Stephen James Olesky, of Monongahela, as a part-time police officer pending verification of his Act 120 certification and a background check. Mayor John Lignelli announced that a ceremony will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. to mark the renaming of the Donora-Monessen bridge in honor of Stan Musial. “Stan the Man,” as he is known, is a Donora native and baseball hall-of-fame legend. The ceremony will be held on the Donora side of the bridge.

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By Alice Harris

The February 7th Council meeting for Bentleyville began with guests Diana Blair representing the Bentleyville Library, and Mary Thompson, newly elected president of the Bentleyville Library Board, thanking Borough Council for their financial support and all they do to help the library. They also spoke about taking over the ownership of the library building and discussed using grant monies for construction, upgrades, and increased parking. Guest James Loos asked and was granted permission to use the streets of Bentleyville for the 8th Annual Run for Alex held in June. The resignation of Stan Glowaski as Council vice president was approved. The nomination of Roy Larimer to this position was approved. The nomination of Stan Glowaski for Council president pro-tem was approved.

In other news: • Ordinance 550 vacating a portion of Pigeon Creek Alley was approved. • Bentleyville’s current electric provider is West Penn Power. APPI and First Energy will also be checked into for who has the best rate. • A condemnation hearing for the Marvin Taylor property is set for Feb. 23. • An amount of $165 to fix the heater in the fire dept. was approved. • The Gosai family sold the first Big Jim’s Plaza before even opening. They now seek approval to build a second plaza next to the Dollar General store. • A motion to have all insurance bids in by April 2 was approved. • A total of $47.41 was collected from parking meters. • Storm drains on the 100 block of Main Street and Bealesville Rd. are filled with mud and gravel prohibiting drainage. PennDOT will be notified. The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Speers Considers Joining Mid-Mon Valley Co-op By Christina Walko

The second regular meeting of the year for the Speers Borough Council was convened on Wednesday, February 1st. Council President Roger Grandy, Mayor Bill Lee and the councilmen first discussed the regionalization of the police force. This was an enthusiastic discussion as the plans for regionalized police force for the tri-borough areas – Speers, North Charleroi and Charleroi – started to mesh and become a reality. There are some details that need to be worked out, but the regionalized department should be operating by spring. Although there are some costs involved, Speers will have far better police coverage and access to an officer 24-7 when needed. The second topic discussed was the Mid-Mon Valley Interngovernmental

Cooperative, an initiative among several communities which would enable them to go after service. So far five communities in the Valley are participating in the Mid-Mon Valley Cooperative, including North Belle Vernon, Monessen, Donora, Brownsville and Allenport. Speers, North Charleroi and Charleroi Borough are reviewing and authorizing their participation in this, with a decision expected shortly It is scheduled to start sometime this year. Mon Valley communities are looking to this effort to save some money. Charleroi solicitor Larry Hopkins is looking into and advertising this program. In other news: • A combined sewer project among the municipalities of Speers, Dunlevy and N. Charleroi was discussed. • There was an introduction of Speers’ new code enforcement officer, Kerry Krider, from HMT Associates.

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Continuing Improvements Planned for Monessen By Kyra Bergman

The Monessen City Council met at the Municipal Complex on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Minutes for the January meeting were approved and the Council reported no unfinished business from last month. City Council recently named Monessen resident Bonni Smiley as the new volunteer coordinator of the Monessen Civic Center. Smiley will run the newly created Mon Valley Regional Health and Wellness programs at the center which the website describes as “dedicated to supporting the Health and Wellness of the Mon Valley Community through education and participation.” With over 15 years of experience working in community service and non-profit boards, Smiley plans to bring many new and exciting programs to the Civic Center. Already the center’s gymnasium is fully rented through the winter months with basketball and indoor soccer programs. Further events and programs will be reported as information becomes available. The Mon Valley Regional Health and Wellness website can be found at www.mvrhw.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MVRHW. Councilman Gerald Saksun covered new business for the Department of Streets and Public Improvements including; reports of 36 streets being patched, 17 parking meters being fixed, the replacement of 14 signs, the cleaning of the boat launch, and removal of the docks. Councilman Saksun moved to approve the Articles of Agreement

between the City of Monessen and W.E.C. Engineers, Inc. (the Westmoreland Engineering Company) for Engineering Design and Construction Management and Observation for the 2012 Monessen Roadway Rehabilitation – Phase I, the Dennis Avenue project. His motion was unanimously approved. For the Dept. of Parks and Public Properties Councilman Dr. Martin Dudas reported routine maintenance such as; electrical work done in the Monessen Civic Center and park picnic tables being repaired. A motion put forth by Councilman Josh Retos to award the bid for the 2011 Monessen Demolition and Site Clearance – Phase II to Allegheny City Electric, Inc. was unanimously approved. Councilman Retos also announced a public hearing will be held on the proposed recommendation of a zoning change. Further information on that hearing will be announced at a later date. The Council approved a motion made by Mayor Mary Jo Smith to hire Mr. Tim Henry as the night watch at the Health Center, retroactive to February 6, 2012. Mayor Smith announced there is an opening on the Planning Board. Any Monessen resident interested in serving should submit a letter to the attention of the city clerk, Rosalie Nicksich, at the Monessen Municipal Complex. The Mayor also reported that the municipal codes are now available to be viewed online at the website www.generalcode.com/ecode360/PA.

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Trucks Damage More Yards in New Eagle By Miranda Startare

At the February 7, 2012 borough meeting in New Eagle, Council discussed possible solutions to an ongoing problem in the city. Trailer trucks are using side roads within the city as shortcuts and are damaging property in the process. The trucks have recently damaged residences’ yards off Route 136. The tight turns required for these trucks to use some of these roads are likely causing the drivers to run over people’s property. Council intends to place “No Trucks” signs in the areas involved. Some of these signs are already in place in other locations affected in New Eagle. The goal is to try to keep these trucks on state roads. In other business:

Borough Secretary/Treasurer Linda Hall read a new ordinance that allows the borough to charge a six percent interest rate on any amount of money owed to New Eagle. Included in this ordinance are fines, fees, costs, and penalties owed to the borough. Council accepted a bid for a twiceadvertised property at 449 Third Avenue in New Eagle. The buyer, Thomas Gattrell, of Palm Bay, Florida bid $3,500. Council noted that a resident recently called to compliment the condition of the roads in the borough after a sudden snow on the previous Sunday. The resident stated that the roads were clear in New Eagle, while they were not in surrounding communities. Council was grateful for the crew’s work in maintaining the road’s conditions.

Aquatorium Update Provided at Monongahela City Council Meeting By Ken Askew

At Monongahela’s monthly meeting held on February 8, 2012, a resident of Decker St. for 50 years complained that her Monongahela City real estate taxes have been miscalculated for many years. Her assessment included part of an adjoining lot, which she does not own. Furthermore, the rate applied was erroneous. She has already appealed her Washington County real estate assessment, and received a reduced bill from them. She wrote a letter to the City, but her dispute was rejected by the real estate assessor. Solicitor Bassi instructed her in the next procedural step--filing an appeal, which will be reviewed by City Council. An update of the Aquatorium renovation was provided by Councilwoman Claudia Williams. She emphasized that this is a $2M multiyear effort, made more complex by the fact that funding is comprised of six grants emanating from several organizations. The objective of the effort is not to just make the facility better for Fourth of July celebrations, but to establish it as a widely-known destination point for boaters and land visitors.

The seating replacement is complete. The new boat dock and skateboard park are expected to be finished in the summer of 2012. Williams recently received a notice from the Pennsylvania American Water Company that they are receiving applications for grants. Council approved the submission of an application for a walkway at the Aquatorium. In other news: Monongahela City Council accepted a letter of resignation from Monongahela police officer Robert Boyer. Connie Russell was approved as a new member of the sewage authority board. The City’s Red Cross Disaster Team is seeking more volunteers to join the group. Councilman Ken Kulak reported that bids received for the Mounds Project exceeded the preset budget ceiling for the third time. A representative of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection will be in the East Main St. vicinity next week to pursue possible methods of stopping the flow of water from a nearby mine onto the pavement.

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Carroll Twp. Board Approves Pipeline By Miranda Startare

At the February 7, 2012 regular meeting, Carroll Twp. Board of Supervisors approved a pipeline easement and right-of-way agreement with M3 Appalachia Gathering, LLC. The agreement is pending M3Appalachia’s approval of stipulations incorporated by township Solicitor Herman Bigi. These modifications to the agreement will include a $15 per linear foot easement fee and require that M3 Appalachia conform to grading ordinances. In other business: Resident Maya Patch expressed concern about possible confusion relating to sharing the same house number with a neighbor who lives on a street across from her residence. Mrs. Patch stated that aside from the obvious confusion with mail delivery occasionally, the issue could pose a problem if either of the residences called for an ambulance. The ambulance service could easily go to the wrong residence if relying on house numbers at a glance. Vice Chairman James Harrison offered to help find a solution if possible, adding that he doesn’t believe an ambulance would likely arrive at the wrong address since the two neighbors do have different street names. Also, any confusion over mail delivery would, of course, be an issue with the mail carrier to discuss with the U.S. Postal Service. The Board accepted, with regret, the resignation of township police officer Robert Boyer, who is now a full-time police officer with Monongahela. Residences are reminded to take notice that the next regular meeting will not be the first Tuesday of March. The meeting will be held, instead, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

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Belle Vernon Looks to Tear Down Abandoned Buildings By Desiree Pollard

Belle Vernon residents may soon see an improvement to the downtown landscape, following township council’s discussion at the monthly meeting, February 13, to proceed with tearing down five deteriorating properties. The buildings on the Council’s radar include three on Main St. and one each on State St. and Water St. “These buildings pose a danger to the health and safety of the residents of Belle Vernon,” Council Solicitor Mark Galper said. He went on to explain how these were a public nuisance. The process can be lengthy and the buildings may not be torn down for at least year, according to Council President Joseph Minniti. He added that this is the beginning of the process in moving to clean up the sites. The next step includes gaining permission from Fayette County to proceed. In other business, Council members: • Laid off a borough employee, because of the lack of work with the minimal amount of snow received this season, combined with the cold weather that prevent other work to be done. The employee will be called back when needed. • Discussed a letter sent to North Belle Vernon officials regarding a storm water run-off project. Councilmembers are concerned that the North Belle Vernon project will affect Belle Vernon’s system. The Borough engineers will be looking at the plan to ensure the township’s system is protected. • Learned the Volunteer Fire Department’s next fish fry is set for Ash Wednesday, February 22 and continue Fridays through the Lenten season from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fire Dept. on Main St. The Council’s next board meeting is slated for Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Charleroi Council Addresses Prowler Issue; Receives Grant By Christina Walko

Charleroi held its February Council meeting on the 9th of the month; the meeting began with a resident voicing his concerns about a “prowler dressed in all black” in his neighborhood, the Woodland Ave. area. According to the resident, the man has become a general nuisance and needs to be stopped, as he is becoming dangerous. The man in black is said to hide behind the residents’ bushes and come out after dark. The resident says he caught him trying to break into his garage. Police chief Mike Matyas reassured the upset resident that he would “get [his] guys on top of it.” Mayor Nancy Ellis began on a positive note announcing a grant approved for $50,000 to go toward the up and coming regional police force that combines the boroughs of Speers, Charleroi and North Charleroi into one. The next regional police meeting is sched-

uled for Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m Also in budget news, Councilman Paul Pivovarnik said the Borough is “better off than last year at this time.” With a $97,352 budget there was a $7, 134 surplus left. In recreational news: • Newly appointed councilman Walter Selma announced a change in moving the annual Easter Egg Hunt from the park/ ballfield area to the Market House. It was agreed that this change would be better and cleaner for the kids. The hunt is to be held on April 7th, the Saturday before Easter. • Also announced was the start of youth basketball. “This will be great for getting the kids off the streets,” commented DiPiazza. A • Community clean-up dates are to be the 4th and 5th of May this year, with a planning meeting on February 22. Once again, garbage citations are

being issued. “Some people are just not paying so we do what we need to do,” said DiPiazza. The Comcast Franchise Agreement was approved by Council and also by solicitor Larry Hopkins. Hopkins explained that Comcast has a 5% franchise fee for the Borough and that they probably wouldn’t find a better deal. He made clear that the agreement was “non-exclusive” and does not affect Charleroi residents’ choices and rates. The ordinance to abolish the shade tree commission was approved along with the Caruso retiree benefits agreement with a motion to review. The Mid-Mon Valley Intergovernmental Cooperative participation was authorized for the solicitor to prepare and advertise. “This is a co-op among 6 or 7 communities, to go after service, that we hope to start sometime this year.” said Hopkins. The goal of the program is to save money when acting collectively. So far, five

communities in the Valley are participating in the Mid-Mon Valley Cooperative, including North Belle Vernon, Monessen, Donora, Brownsville and Allenport. Speers, North Charleroi and Charleroi Borough are reviewing and authorizing their participation in this, with a decision expected shortly. In other news: • Pennsylvania Municipal Services (PAMS) was selected as a delinquent tax collection agency as well as a collector for local service taxes and Act 511 taxes. • Solicitor Hopkins was also authorized to revise and advertise changes to Ordinance #873. • Last but not least, the library’s request for assistance was approved. The services requested are for the building itself and would run only in about the $200 range. The next council meeting will be on March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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Caldwell Seeks Background Info on Fallowfield Twp. Police Decision Newly-seated Supervisor Raises Concerns During His First Meeting on Board By Earl Bugaile

Sadler and vice chairman Olga Woodward to bring Caldwell up to date on the issue. “Our office represented the previous board of supervisors, and that would make it a matter of client-attorney confidentiality,” Agrafiotis said. “If the remaining two supervisors wish to discuss it with you in executive session that’s their prerogative. You were told not to discuss the issue in public.” Woodward said she would be willing to set a time at Caldwell’s convenience to meet with him, but Sadler cautioned Woodward against such a meeting. “I’m not saying nothing because we were told not to say nothing,” Sadler said. “We were told what we were allowed to do and what were not allowed to do.” “At some point I’m going to have to know,” Caldwell insisted. “There have been some comments made that next year’s budget is going to have some police costs. If I don’t know why (the police department) was disbanded, if I don’t know what the (arbitration ) ruling was, how am I supposed to participate in making a dollar assessment and

Newly-elected supervisor Wilber Caldwell says he is hopeful for a meeting in the new future with fellow supervisors Olga Woodward and Earl Sadler to get background information on the elimination of the Fallowfield Township Police department. Caldwell brought up the issue at the supervisors’ regular meeting on January 25, when he asked to be briefed on the arbitration proceedings and the disbandment of the township police department by the previous board. The decision became effective at the end of December, and Pennsylvania State Police now provide police protection for the township. “I’m a part of this board, and I’d like to see a copy of the arbitration,” Caldwell stated. “I’m kind of curious and I’d like to be brought up to date on what happened. I’d like to see a copy of the arbitration and what was (decided) .” Solicitor Tom Agrafiotis, representing Melenyzer and Agrafiotis said that it would be up to board chairman Earl

budget to cover police protection if we go in that direction?” In November 2011, Caldwell won the seat on the board of supervisors once held by David Ekves, who lost in last year’s primary election, and who had voted to retain the police department. Sadler said he remained concerned about sharing information on agreement with Caldwell because attorney Dennis Makel of Washing ton, who became involved in the case when the case went to arbitration advised against making the details of the agreement public. “If he wants to meet, I have no problem with meeting with Mr. Caldwell,” supervisor Olga Woodward stated. “We’ll have to research it out,” Sadler said. Contacted in mid-February, Caldwell said he had not met with the other two supervisors to discuss the issue. In another matter, Caldwell said the township should hold a public forum in order for township residents to express their concerns about the township and

shere their ideas about the township’s future. “We have to see if we can get some people involved,” he added. “I’m talking about things like roads and bridges, and ways to make the township better.” Sadler said the cost of advertising such a meeting would be approximately $500. Caldwell offered to solicit donations to pay for the cost of advertising. “It’s important to get this township off dead center and hear what the people have to say,” Caldwell stated. Woodward said many residents would not attend such a meeting. “Look at how many empty chairs we have here,” she exclaimed. “This room should be filled with people.” In another request, Caldwell said he wanted to hear regular reports from the township’s various boards on their progress and “I think we need to know what they’re doing,” he said. “We have to get a dialogue going to get this township out of the rut we’re in.” The supervisors hoped to have a representative from at least one of the boards attend their agenda meeting before the regular meeting in February.

North Charleroi Formally Sets New Tax Rates New Parking Ordinance Also Adopted at February Meeting By Earl Bugaile

Adoption of an ordinance establishing taxes for 2012 and a new parking ordinance were the highlights of the February 20 meeting of North Charleroi Borough Council. The tax ordinance sets the tax rate at 35 mills, reflecting a 7.5 mill increase, which was approved late last year that will help pay the borough’s cost to join the regional police department. The new police department goes into operation in April. Tax notices are expected to be mailed to property owners in early March.

Property owners will be eligible for a two-percent discount if their taxes are paid before April 30. Taxes can be paid at face value before June 30, and a penalty fee will be charged for taxes paid after that time. The tax ordinance also established the per capita tax for individuals. Residents whose income is less than $5,000 will be exempt from the tax. One mill of taxes generates approximately $4,200. The borough’s budget for 2012 is $479,000 Approximately $107,000 will be its share of the cost of the new police department. The new parking ordinance establishes fines and sets new limits for

vehicle parking. Under the new ordinance, it will be illegal to park any vehicle in a “no parking” zone established by a borough-issued sign; it will be illegal to park against any posting by a borough-issued sign; it will be unlawful to park any vehicle that obstructs a resident’s garage or parking area; it will be illegal to park in a way that obstructs the vision of motorists traveling on borough streets; it will also be illegal to obstruct traffic on the streets and it will be a violation to park over the boundary lines on any parking space. The police will issue traffic tickets

for violations in the amount of $10, which will be payable within 48 hours. The fine will be increased to $25 if paid after 48 hours, and unpaid tickets will be prosecuted after 15 days. Unlawful parking in a handicapped space will result in a $50 fine if paid within 48 hours, a $75 fine will be imposed after 48 hours. Tickets will be prosecuted after c35 days. The new ordinance also allows vehicles to be tagged with additional tickets one-hour after the issuance of the first ticket, and give police and the borough authority to tow away illegally parked vehicles.

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Budget-Conscious Brides Trim Bill With Destination Weddings One in every 10 weddings features an exotic locale, or at least a location neither the bride nor groom calls home. While there's no absolute explanation as to why destination weddings have started a bridal takeover, the hefty price of typical weddings is reason enough for many -- especially if Daddy isn't footing the bill. "If done correctly, destination weddings can be a cheaper alternative for everyone. Guests don't have to buy expensive gifts, just a ticket. All the money spent on the wedding party, venues, refreshments, cake, reception and decor is significantly reduced if not cut altogether,"explains Nini Pardo, wedding planner at Stay in Costa Rica, an accommodations and rental management company. The author of "Destination Weddings for Dummies," Susan Breslow Sardone, says the traditional American wedding costs an average of $28,082, whereas destination weddings average around $20,600. "Some of the cost difference is definitely a result of resorts and hotels capitalizing on the trend. Many now offer the full wedding package with wedding planners, musicians, photographers, etc. We employ full-time wedding coordinators, like myself, to craft intimate weddings at our Los Suenos Resort," Pardo adds. "We've found it really appealing to budget-conscious brides." Budget-conscious brides have become a trend as well, according to Patricia MacArthur, executive director of WeddingStar.com -- a go-to authority on all things wedding-related. MacArthur says more brides are trimming expenses by taking the DIY route for guest favors and some decorative elements. An extra tip from the experts, when considering the perfect setting to make your vows and possibly trash the dress: look at locations that are one flight away from you and most of your guests. Direct flights tend to be cheaper and less hassle. To learn more about saying "I do" in Costa Rica, visit www.stayincostarica.com.

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Business & Merchant News Chambers Partner to Present Conflict Management Workshop

MACC March Meeting Discusses Chamber Choice Insurance

The Mon Valley Regional and Greater Rostraver Chambers of Commerce will present a Mediation and Conflict Management Workshop on Thursday, March 29, 8 a.m. - noon, at the Lombardi Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Dionne Eddy and Mike Baines of Functional Solutions will conduct the training. The cost is $25/Chamber member, $35/non-Chamber member and includes morning refreshments, meeting materials and a parking token. Registrations are being accepted on a first come, first served basis by calling or e-mailing the GRC office at 724-929-3329 or HYPERLINK "mailto:grcoc1@comcast.net" grcoc1@comcast.net. Who should attend? Managers and potential managers, and people who must deal with difficult situations and people. The workshop will look at positive and negative conflict and how conflict can cost an organization. It will discuss how we create and how to avoid creating conflict, and will go through the mediation process and the role of the mediator. If the March 29 workshop is filled, the training will be repeated in another session in the following months.

The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting for March will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at noon at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc. Chamber Choice representatives will be our speaker. They will be explaining how Chamber Choice can benefit the members of the Chamber of Commerce. The cost for the luncheon is $11. Make reservations by Monday, March 14 by calling the Chamber at 724-258-5919. Please come and bring a friend or two. You’ll be glad you did!

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Lenzi Service Station Recognized as Business of the Month The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Lenzi Service Station as the February 2012 Business of the Month. Lenzi Service Station has been serving the community since 1943. They were chosen because they provide outLenzi Service Station team proudly poses with their award from Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. standing service to their customers. Gary and Debbie Lenzi have been actively involved in the community. They donate their time and effort in every Chamber event. The Lenzis plan to move their business to a larger location on E. Main St. in mid-2012.

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A: Today, many people prefer a memory foam mattress for its pressure-relieving comfort, ability to conform and adapt to each person's "Pothole" body, and outstanding motion isolation. Even so, traditional memory Highway Appliances foam technology hasn't changed much since it was invented more than 40 years ago. While it can provide great comfort to many, others find that memory foam mattresses can sleep too hot, sink in too deeply or make it hard to adjust sleep positions in the night. Isn't it about time that someone reinvented memory foam? Introducing the new iComfort Sleep System by Serta, featuring our Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam - the world’s first memory foam infused with the support and cooling touch of Serta’s MicroSupport™ gel. This revolutionary new memory foam is designed to deliver superior pressure relief and more targeted support while sleeping cooler than ordinary memory foam. Plus, it is antimicrobial and dust mite resistant to help protect your mattress from potential allergens.

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Q: How is glaucoma diagnosed? A: Glaucoma can only be diagnosed by screening by a competent eyecare provider. The patient will not be aware that he or she has a problem until it is generally too late. If caught early, the disease can almost always be successfully treated and blindness prevented. The diagnosis is made by measuring the eye pressure, testing your side vision, and looking at the optic nerve.

Q: How is glaucoma treated? A: There are many ways of treating glaucoma. These include drops, laser, pills and sometimes surgery. If caught early enough, glaucoma can almost always be stopped in its tracks.

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DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) AND IVG FILTERS Q: I’m 21 years old, and I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg after a long flight to London with friends. I was on birth control pills at the time and don’t take them anymore. I had testing of my blood to see if there was anything in it that made me clot. This came back “normal.” This was about five years ago. A friend of mine was diagnosed with the same thing recently and she had to get a special filter put in called an IVC filter. Why did she have to have this and I did not? Dr. Gennady Geskin

MD, FACC A: IVC filters are like screens that are placed in the inferior vena cava (a Jefferson Cardiology large vein in the body that returns blood back to the heart and lungs). Association Board Certified in Vascular This prevents the clot from moving to the lungs and causing a puland Endovascular Medicine monary embolism (PE) or clot in the lung. IVC filters are a valuable tool in prevention of PE and can be placed with minimal complications or discomfort. These can be temporary or permanent. Practitioners who place these are responsible for appropriate use and monitoring of these devices. Patients who cannot take medications, commonly referred to as blood thinners, or those who have had recurrent blood clots despite the use of blood thinners have a clear indication of these devices. These devices are commonly placed by interventional cardiologists, vascular specialists and radiologists. Without further information, I assume your friend had an indication for placement and you may have not.

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

Is New Construction Right for You? Existing homes are what they are. What you see is what you get. You are buying the home design, carpet, cabinets, fixtures, windows, siding and everything else that were someone else's choices. If an existing home may be well into its expected life span, you can usually purchase more square footage for less money than a new brand-new home. Additionally, you may be able to find an newer existing home that is decorated to your liking and is in move in condition with no further investment. New construction, on the other hand, is a clean slate. You select your lot, colors, cabinets, interior and exterior designs. This may seem ideal to many, but new construc-

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tion has its own set of issues. For example, building a new home will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, whereas you can move into an existing home upon closing. Once you have made the decision that new construction is right for you a little research is in order. If you elect to build on your own lot or parcel of land, you need to look into the cost of sewage, water and utility hook-ups, municipality set-back rules, zoning, driveway placement, building permits and many other details. Will you be your own contractor (not recommended for everyone) or will the construction be hired out to a contractor? If you elect to build in a new development, you know that these considerations are already dealt with and the costs are already factored by the builder. As you look at model homes, be aware that many of the features you see in the model, online or in the brochures are upgrades from the standard items. Builder's tend to put “top of the line” amenities in the models for marketing purposes. You will select which grade and cost of flooring, cabinets, bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures and more as part of the process of pricing your package and contract. Another thing to watch carefully is your mortgage. Many builders have their own mortgage companies and may try to get you to use their mortgage product. They may offer “incentives” for using their mortgage and title services. Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes you can actually save by going elsewhere. We recommend you shop a little and make sure that the mortgage they are offering you is competitive priced in today’s market. After all, you are going to live with that payment for 30 years.

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If you are buying in a new development that is offering swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses or other amenities yet to be built, you may want to know what happens if the developer goes out of business prior to these amenities being completed. Also, is there a difference in the maintenance fees before and then after completion? Some communities demand a bond from the developers to assure their completion in case of financial problems. Know what assurances you have and get it in writing. If you are asked to close prior to the finish of your home and things are not completed due to weather, you should ask for the money to finish these projects are held in an “escrow” account until completion. We all know that landscaping, sidewalks and driveways are difficult to complete during bad weather. Many people are unaware that real estate professionals can help with the purchase of new construction as well as existing homes. Common sense says that it makes sense to talk to the real estate professional that can offer guidance in a variety of areas. We can help you locate land, compare new construction to available existing homes, and even help you work with the builder of your choice if that is your decision. We invite you to call any of our CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty professionals for the guidance you deserve. Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680

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Local Worship First United Methodist Church of Monongahela Lists Upcoming Events Join us to worship God and to walk with Christ at The First United Methodist Church of Monongahela located at 430 W. Main St., Monongahela with Rev. Ronald E. Fleming. Sunday Morning Worship Service Schedule: 8:15 a.m. - Coffee and Conversation in the Chapel 8:45 a.m. - Early Worship in the Chapel 9:45 a.m. - Christian Education Classes for all ages 10:45 a.m. - Coffee and Conversation in the Chapel 11:00 a.m. - Morning Worship in the Sanctuary The church is sponsoring a free soup and sandwich lunch on Saturday, March 10 and again on Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. All are welcome.

This year First United will combine with the Christian Church for Ash Wednesday worship. Our church will host the service at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary on Ash Wednesday, February 22. Imposition of ashes will be included in the service. `Beginning on Ash Wednesday our church will again host (in our dining room) Wednesday Lenten Luncheons of the Monongahela Ministerium. Many churches in our area will take turns providing the lunch and leading the worship service in our chapel after the meal. The cost of the meal is $3. The schedule for the Lenten Luncheons: March 7 - First Christian Church March 14 - First Presbyterian Church March 21 - St. Paul's Anglican March 28 - St. Damien of Molichi April 4 - not yet determined Our church will host the community Good Friday Service this year on Friday, April 6 from 12 until 3 p.m.

Fish Fry Scheduled at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Monongahela St Paul's Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, will hold a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, February 22, and all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or takeout available. Fish, shrimp, crab cakes, baked fish dinners, fish sandwiches, soups, coleslaw, French fries, fried zucchini strips, homemade desserts, and beverages. For more information, call 724258-7792.

Charleroi’s Holy Ghost Announces Pirohi and More Sale Holy Ghost Social Center, 9th St. & 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, will be selling pirohi, halushki, soups and salads every other Friday during Lent, March 9 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eat in or takeout. Call 724-489-0500.

Belle Vernon’s St. Sebastian Parish Hosts Vendor Sale On March 3, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. there will be a Winter Indoor Yard Sale at Saint Sebastian Parish Hall in Belle Vernon. Vendors are needed. For more information, call Darleen Koury at 724-9308504.

CAMA Sets Sunday Evening Lenten Services Charleroi Area Ministerial Association (CAMA) invites Charleroi and the surrounding communities to its annual Sunday evening Lenten Services and fellowship. The services rotate among the churches belonging to CAMA. The host church uses its regular evening service. The speaker is a minister from one of the different CAMA churches. This ecumenical service allows those attending to see that we all have a different worship service, filled with our own individual traditions. However, the same resource is used for all worship service: the Word of God. Our purpose is to spread the Lenten message: the Power of the Cross. The fellowship after the worship service continues to promote Christian unity. 2012 Schedule for CAMA Sunday Evening Services Sunday, March 4 - First Christian Church, 61 Walnut Ridge Road, Charleroi, Rev.Fr. Jay Ray Sunday, March 11 - Mt Sinai Baptist

Church, 20 Brushton Ave., North Charleroi, Rev. Jim Linn Sunday, March 18 - St. Mary’s Anglican Church , 509 Sixth Street, Charleroi, Rev. Frank Zeman Sunday, March 25 - Mary, Mother of the Church, Live presentation of the Passion All services begin at 7 p.m. except March 25, which begins at 7:30 p.m. All services are followed by a time of fellowship.

MMJF Monongahela Chapter Invites All to March Meeting The Monongahela chapter of the Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship (MMJF) will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship in the Parlor of The First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, PA, located at the corner of Sixth, Main and Chess Streets, on Thursday evening, March 1, 2012. Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Georgia A. Morris. MMJF, an outreach of Come Together in Jesus’ Name, is a non-denominational ministry and open to all. For further information, please call one of the following: Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882, Dorothy Passarello at 724-258-6143 or Barbara Simpson at 724258-4293.

St. John the Divine Holds Easter Bake Sale St. John the Divine Church, 1st & McKee Ave., Monessen, will hold an Easter Bake Sale featuring Lakvar (prune), nut, poppyseed, apricot rolls, and Pascha (Easter Bread). Advance orders only by March 17. Pickup date is Friday, March 30, noon to 2 p.m. Call 724-684-9083 or 724-684-4742.

Live Presentation of the Last Supper to be Held at Pricedale Union Church Pricedale Union Church, located at 203 Johnson Ave. in Belle Vernon, will be presenting a dramatic re-enactment of the last earthly days of our Lord. The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Club at the church is sponsoring this tribute as fifteen male roles will take the stage in our sanctuary for three performances on April 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. There is no charge for the play, but a free-will offering will be taken at each performance.

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CWCC Starts Off 2012 With Good Health Initiatives The Catholic Women’s College Club held its first meeting of the new year at the Anthony Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital on February 6. The February chairwoman, Dorothy Bewick, and her committee, Ann D’Medio, Dorothy Ghilani, Barbara Smith, Rosemary Bucchianeri, Vicki Sento, and Cindy Williams gave each member valentine candies and hand-dipped pretzels and a pair of pink rosaries. A beautiful buffet of delicious and healthy foods was also provided. Ghilani introduced the speaker for the evening, Patricia Fife, a bone density technologist who discussed the importance of strong, healthy bones and suggested foods, vitamins, and exercises to enhance them. Fife conducted a bone density scan to each of the members who wanted one. The theme for February featured Miriam, a holy woman from the Bible, who is revered for her leadership through service. Bucchianeri spoke about Miriam and her powerful role during the Exodus. President Susan Gessner read the Servant’s Song and opened the regular meeting. Minutes from the December meeting were read by Secretary Marie Feick and were approved. Correspondence was a “Thank You” from the Gessner family for the prayers offered for the safe return of their daughter, Carrie, a member of the Peace Corps stationed in Kazakhstan. In the absence of Treasurer Sally Keeney, Gessner gave the treasurer’s report. The following committee reports were given: Margie Pankiewicz, chairwoman for the Ambassadors of Faith, thanked the women for bringing valentines to be signed and sent to our veterans and shut-ins. She read thank-you notes from those receiving Christmas gifts from the club and asked members to take Easter baskets to fill for patients in the Valley nursing homes. Chairwoman Noreen Fazzini also read thank-you notes from the families that were visited by the Charitable Service Committee. Mary Ann Gallo, chairwoman of the Handicapped Adults Committee, shared a picture album of their visits to the group home during the holidays. Dorothy Jozwiakof the Welfare Committee mentioned several members who are in need of prayers and that several get well and sympathy cards have been sent to other members. Gessner recognized the members who celebrated birthdays in January and February. The gift of the month, a set of water glasses, was won by Feick. The next meeting of the CWCC will be on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Banquet Room.

7th Annual Egg Eggstravaganza Hosted at St. John the Baptist The 7th Egg Eggstravaganza will be held at the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 201 E. Main St. in Uniontown on Sunday, March 25 from 12 – 5 p.m. This year, the Eggstravaganza is being sponsored by GCU Lodge #81, local egg artists, and the St. John’s Ethnic Craft Club. A Lenten luncheon menu, including Susan Timo of Donora St. John’s “famous” pirohi, halushki, shows off pysanky she made. pirohi pizza, pagach, and soups, will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee. For further information, call 724-438-6027 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or 724-438-8412 (evenings).

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Area Church News... Area Church News Donora’s Calvary United Presbyterian Holds Lenten Lunches

United Christian Church of California Holds “Media Madness” Sale

Calvary United Presbyterian Church, 8th and Thompson Ave, Donora, will be serving Lenten lunches starting with Ash Wednesday through Good Friday. Local delivers will be made by calling 724-3798285.

The United Christian Church (Malden Crossroads) of California is having a March Media Madness Sale on March 15-17. The sale hours are as follows: March 15 from 3 7 p.m., March 16 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and March 17 from 9 a.m. - noon. On March 17, all items will be $3/bag. The sale will include books, both hardback and paperback, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, computer games and used gaming consoles. Tax-deductible donations are still being accepted. All donors will receive a bookmark good for either early entry to the sale or a discount during the sale. Pickup of donations can be arranged. All proceeds benefit church ministries and The Week of Compassion. For more information about the sale or on how to donate your items, please contact the United Christian Church at 724-938-2098.

Perrys Perform at New Beginnings Church of God of Prophecy The Perrys will be in concert at New Beginnings Church of God of Prophecy in New Eagle on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. The Perrys are known as one of the top groups in Southern Gospel Music today. In the 40 years that the Perrys have been on the road, sharing with audiences night after night, God has been faithful to provide them with everything they need to build their ministry into what it is today. The concert is free. For more information, contact Pastor Tom Stine at 724-662-1259.

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SPORTS Section 4 Girls’ Hoops – Winter Wrap-up Bentworth, Monessen and South Park Win Section Championships By Paul Chasko

Local girls’ varsity basketball teams have wrapped up regular season play with 3 teams bringing home the gold as section champions and 11 out of 15 local teams making the WPIAL playoffs. Every year at this time, I pull together the standings of the 16 varsity teams that are local to the “Messenger” readership. This season, the local girls’ basketball teams did well. “Messenger” congratulations go out to the girls’ basketball teams of Bentworth, Monessen and South Park – the 2011-2012 champions of their sections. The Lady Eagles of South Park continued Ringgold gets a shot against their winning tradition with a 10-0 section the South Park defense. record and 19-1 overall regular season record - a really impressive season. They locked up the Section 4 AAA Championship several weeks back. This team will be a top seed in the WPIAL playoffs games and will be a strong contender for the AAA State Championship. Their scoring ratio against section teams was 1.70. Our congratulations also go out to the Lady Greyhounds of Monessen. At 12-0 in Section 4A and 18-3, overall they’ll certainly South Park defends on a Ringgold be a threat to other teams making drive in a mid-season game. the WPIAL playoff games. With a scoring ratio of 2.25/1 against section opponents, they should do well in the playoffs. Their only close game of the season was a defensive win against Clairton 39-32. The Greyhounds may see the Clairton girls again in the playoffs. The Bentworth Lady Bearcats shot well enough all season to come out on top, winning the Section 4AA Championship. Their defense allowed the scoring ratio to drop down to 1.35/1 in play against section opponents. This may come back to bother them in the playoffs, where they’re certain to see some hot shooting teams. They had problems defending against both Washington and Beth Center. As the playoffs progress, you can keep track of your favorites on www.monvalleymessenger.com. And look for updates here. Go to our website at www.monvalleymessenger.com for summery for local season

Local High School Boys’ Basketball Wrap-up Bentworth, Clairton, Monessen and Serra Catholic Win Section Championships By Paul Chasko

Local boys’ varsity basketball teams have wrapped up regular season play. Some are in the WPIAL playoffs and are looking forward to the state PIAA playoffs. At least four teams have a good chance of advancing into the PIAA tournament. Here’s a snapshot look at how local boys’ varsity basketball teams did during the regular season. I’ve included Serra Catholic as a local team because it’s the closest Catholic high school and many local kids attending Serra. “Messenger” congratulations go out Tough to get a shot off over a tall to the teams, coaches, parents and school administra- guard in this early season game. tors of Bentworth, Clairton, Serra Catholic and Monessen for winning their section championships. With identical section records, Clairton and Serra boys‘ teams are sharing the Section 4A championship. The close of the boys’ regular season followed the Monessen girls’ last game, but it was already evident that Monessen High School made a WPIAL clean sweep in basketball. The Monessen girls won the 4A Section Championship with a 12-0 record. The Monessen boys won the Section 3AA championship, also with a 12-0 record in regular season play. The boys’ team scoring ratio against section opponents was 1.44 with Wilkinsburg (75-72) and Seton LaSalle (60-56) posing the only real threats to Monessen’s unbeaten record. Not to be outdone, the Bentworth boys’ team also finished unbeaten in Section 3A. Their trophy will match that of the Bentworth girls’ basketball team, which won the Section 4AA Championship – they’ll make a nice set of bookends in the Bentworth trophy cabinet. The Bentworth boys’ team outshot their section opponents by a 1.46 scoring ratio, with Eric Schoedel accounting for a good portion of the points scored. We’ll be looking to see if Bentworth can extend their scoring into the post season. Serra Catholic and Clairton are sharing the Section 4A Championship spotlight – both with identical 9-1 section records. Not surprisingly, their only losses came against each other. Other section games for these two teams were pretty much in the bag. The season for Clairton came down to the last game of the year – against Serra. They lost an earlier game against Serra 63-65, and another loss would lose the championship. The stakes for this February 10 game couldn’t have been higher. Clairton’s aggressive play won this game 76-64 and a share of the Section 4A Championship – what an exciting finish for both of these great teams. They’ll see each other again in the post season. Check back with us on our website www.monvalleymessenger.com and click on sports to get updates of local teams in post-season basketball. You’ll also find section results - find how your local teams did in their respective sections. Go to our website at www.monvalleymessenger.com for a summary table of how our local high school basketball teams fared in the 2011/2012 season

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Kids & Family... Mon Valley YMCA Sets Date for March Sleepover The next Teen Movie Sleepover will be held on Friday night, March 30. March's movie theme is Marvel Superheroes. We will be showing the Spiderman movies as well as Iron Man and X-Men. Movie sleepovers start at 8 p.m. at the Mon Valley YMCA and end at 7 a.m. Deanna DeRose of Donora, Jessica Hindman of Belle Cost is $15 for YMCA memVernon, and Michelle Gulick of Carroll Township bers paid before March 28 get ready for the sleepover. and $20 after the deadline. Cost is $20 for non-YMCA members paid before March 28 and $25 after the deadline. For ages 9-16. Call our Youth & Teen director, Adoree DeLucaJohnson, for more information at 724-483-8077 ext. 206.

YMCA YAG Club Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser There will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 10 at the Mon Valley YMCA to help raise money for the Youth & Government Club so they can attend their Model Conference at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg in April. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. Takeouts are also available. Dinner includes homemade spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, meatballs, fresh bread, salad, drinks and dessert. Dinner will be from 1 – 5 p.m. or until sold out!

Logan Styche and Taylor Jones get ready to serve spaghetti.

Saturday Night Live a Swimming Success at the Mon Valley YMCA Saturday Night Live at the Mon Valley YMCA is held the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. This is a great family night and wonderful way to make new friends or just meet a bunch of your old friends here to play. There is swimming, gym sports, dodgeball, youth & teen center activities and of course, food every month. Free for all YMCA members and $5.00 for guests of all ages. Nowhere else in the Mon Valley can you hang out with your family or drop your older kids off where they get to eat and have all of these activities, so come on out and join us!

Some kids enjoy the new water climbing mountain in the pool.

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MONONGAHELA Marie Balogh

William Farthing

248 Poplar St.

NEW EAGLE New Eagle Borough 21st Mortgage Corp.

William Neil Volker Bret and Ilona Boyd

Chess St. 501 Memorial Ave.

$6,000 $10,000

CARROLL TOWNSHIP Federal National Mortgage Corp. Samuel Fonner Federal National Mortgage Assn.

Dean Rebar Aurora Loan Services Inc. Daniel Diener

27 Prosperity St. 4 Sampson Ave. 62 Hazelkirk Road

$32,000 $1,249 by sheriff's deed. $24,500

BENTLEYVILLE Estate of Harold Jones Darlene Zarlino Danielle Rusnak

Steven Macyda Richard and Sharon Young Melinda Erny

Lincoln Ave. 203 James St. 115 Pittsburgh Road

CHARLEROI Danny Joe Mariani RDL Inc. Housing & Urban Development Sandra Pivovarnik

RDL Inc. Danny Joe Mariani Stephanie Hildebrand Sandra Pivovarnik and Samuel Boyd

Joyce Thorpe Washington County Tax Claim Bureau Home Solutions Partn. 4 REO LLC Direct Properties LLC PNC Bank Randy Campbell

Robert and Sharon Konwinski Hartland Acres Inc. Direct Properties LLC Jeffrey Joseph Kenneth Vesely Maiese Group LLC

324 Lincoln Ave. $19,576 316 Rear Washington Ave. $20,908 907-907 1/2 Second St. $16,001 505 Rear Meadow Ave. $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $11,697). Oakland Ave. $13,500 513 First St. $4,500 by sheriff's deed. 802 Rear Second St. $32,000 802 Rear Second St. $5,200 1013 Shady Ave. $12,000 313 Washington Ave. $22,000

NORTH CHARLEROI Nungas Lugra Dewata Real Est. Invest. Eric Girard

418 Fifth St.

$8,000

$18,000 $45,000 $40,000

$3,900

DONORA KNR Homes LLC Estate of Anna Pazej Patricia Manko Ruth Marraccini et al. Nungas Lugra Dewata Real Est. Invest. Capital Services Inc.

Jonas Nicolas and Beseleine Desir Leonard Ross Lawrence Neubauer Harry Godlewski Jr. and Lois Godlewski Eric Girard Melvin Joseph Gastel

Charles Fogel

Edward Fogel

416 Fifth St. $14,000 Seventh St. $10,000 606 Betty Ave. $50,000 355 McCrea Ave. $38,000 155 McKean Ave. $5,984 Teeple Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $7,204). Highland Ave. $10,000

FALLOWFIELD Gordon Watkins II Estate of Dorothy Marlene Ciaffoni Shirley Newman Wabellco Federal Credit Union Estate of Edward Koslosky

James and Linda Moss Joseph and Susan Furjanic Brian and Diane Crumrine Troy Young and Anthony Ryan David Brown Jr. and Shayna Brown

11 Beach Drive Wilson Ave. 6 Tower St. 5 McKinley Road 119 Raymond St.

$125,000 $2,000 $95,000 $4,500 $116,000

MONESSEN Jason Davis Estate of Josephine Kuzma Sandra Smerilli Jeffrey Schnitzler Housing & Urban Development

Citimortgage Inc. Michael Brudnak Robert and Tessa Cain Erik Jones Paul Bednarszyk

101 Boyd St. 7 Hartung Court 211 Parente Blvd. 240 Shawnee Ave. 214 Tyrol Blvd.

$1,611 by sheriff's deed. $79,000 $2,000 $78,500 $8,800

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Nancey Greer Robert Bilotto US Bank NA PNC Bank NA

29 Columbus Drive 111 Pennsylvania Blvd. 517 Manown St. 343 Ridge Ave.

SPEERS Middle Monongahela IDA Inc. Beverly Jane Sutherland

Trig Inc. Justin Deutsch

Aentzen Blvd. 914 Anne Ave.

NORTH BELLE VERNON William John Dalee

Norman Humes

518 Broad Ave.

ROSTRAVER Scott Dunlop William Davis Jr. Floyd Todd Jr. Estate of John Demczyk Joseph Fafalios Joseph Mark Fafalios Albert Kenneth Byers Joseph Toomey John Fafalios Westmoreland Waste LLC Mark Corella Antonietta Stringa Steven Dusi Ernest Cerini et al. Ernest Cerini et al.

Bank New York Mellon Trust Co. NA 516 Chestnut St. Ernest Christopher III & Kate Christopher 1269 Fells Church Road Billy Ray Boggs SR 981 Joseph Demczyk Jr. and Jaye Ann Demczyk Saw Mill Run Westmoreland Waste LLC Grand Blvd. Westmoreland Waste LLC LR 64176 Bryan Joseph Murray 400 Lenity School Road Troy and Melissa White 650 Lenity School Road Westmoreland Waste LLC Route 67176 CCS Midstream Services LLC Tyrol Blvd. Gordon and Sherry Watkins 401 Abbey Lane Randall and Melissa Derkach 132 Manown Lane John Pato 398 Kenneth Drive Bank New York Mellon Trust Co. 4325 N. SR 51 Bank New York Mellon Trust Co. 4325 N. SR 51

$37,500 $32,000 $1,342 by sheriff's deed. $11,400 by sheriff's deed.

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Mon Valley Home Show Heats Things Up For Spring Projects The annual Mon Valley Home Show is scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1 at Rostraver Ice Gardens, Rt. 51 in Belle Vernon. The Mon Valley Home Show is produced by Event Productions and sponsored by the Valley Independent, Trib Total Media, in partnership with the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce. The show will feature products and services in building, remodeling, heating and air conditioning, flooring, windows, patios, lighting, security systems, home décor, community organizations and so much more. The home show is an efficient way for businesses to reach a large number of prospects in one location. To reserve a booth, please call Leo at 724-483-7000.

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School News...School News Bentworth School District Hires Mass of New Coaches By Alice Harris

The regular February meeting of the Bentworth School Board was held on Febraury 21 at 6 p.m. In the public comment session, Lori Selvosky questioned the Board’s vote on school bus drivers. Lori Schrock, representing Bentworth Volleyball Boosters, stated the Boosters would rather wait to find the right applicant for the Varsity Volleyball Coach position than jump to a fast approval, and asked the Board to that direction. The following were approved: a conference request by Susie Macik, Federal Programs Annual Conference, March 25-28, 2012; Robert Niziol, PA Special Education Law Seminar, April 18, 2012; and adding Bentworth girls’ community softball as a district-recognized group.Bentworth High School Band field trip to NYC, April 27-29, 2012; a letter of collaborative agreement with NHS of PA Therapeutic Family Care Program; Catholic Charities agreement for student assistance-related services; and curriculum revision recommendations for 2012-13. The Board approved employment of

the following coaches: Tyler Hamstra, first asst. boys’ soccer grades 9-12; Kelly Haywood, first asst. girl’s soccer grades 9-12; Dawn Haywood, noncompensated asst. girls soccer coach; Chris Betts, first Asst. football, grades 9-12; George Morrell, asst. football, grades 9-12; Mike Shrader; head football, grades 7-8; Stacy Skerbetz, asst. girls’ basketball, grades 7-8; Derek Anderson, non -compensated asst. baseball; Mike Lynch, non-compensated tennis and travel to WPIAL at noncost to the district. Also under Personnel the following were approved: accept the resignation of Allen Eimer effective January 18 with the Board extending appreciation for all he has done for the for the district; accept the revised teachers’ retirement incentive resolution contingent upon BEA approval; accept the memorandum of understanding - payment of sick leave upon retirement contingent upon BVA approval. In the solicitor’s report the signing bonus contract for the gas lease with Rice Energy is contingent on clearance of title, which should culminate early March 2012.

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SCHOOL NEWS BVA Elementary Schools Host Spelling Bee

Sara Ann Buza and Quinn Whitehead wait their turns behind Thomas Huffman in the gifted student spelling bee. Buza would become the eventual winner in a hard-fought battle.

Students in the elementary gifted instruction program at Belle Vernon Area School District had a great showing at the second annual gifted student spelling bee held February 7th at Frazier High School. Over 100 students participated in the contest. 5th grader Sara Ann Buza won 1st place in the intermediate division. 3rd grader Samuel West finished in 3rd place in the primary division. Thomas Huffman, Jake Sepesky and Quinn Whitehead finished in the top 7 in the intermediate division.

Senior BVA Football Star Signs with the University of Pennsylvania The versatile athlete Ian Dobbins has received an academic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. He will be a wide receiver on the Quakers football squad this fall. Dobbins broke BVA's season record for receiving yards, racking up 754 yards as a junior. As a senior he became one of the most multipurpose players in the schools 46-year history as wide receiver, quarterback, running back, defensive back, kick and punt returner. Ian led the Leps in Seated (l-r): Senior Ian Dobbins and Ian's mom, Maryanne. rushing with 937 yards and Standing (l-r): head BVA football coach Aaron Krepps, nine touchdowns. AdditionSuperintendent Steve Russell and Ian's father, Christopher. ally, his leadership made him captain of his senior team. He will major in business at his Ivy League university choice.

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the new middle school building for over a year, and the momentum was lost. The plan was further stymied by a recession that triggered cutbacks in state and federal funding for new construction. The prior school board passed the baton to a new school board that has a much more conservative plan—patch up what we

Ringgold School Board Actions Questioned Union & Nottingham Parents Steamed Over Loss of Control A motion to reopen two run-down, 80-year-old buildings previously closed by the prior Ringgold School Board has sidetracked a forward-moving plan that would have satisfied Ringgold School District facility requirements for the next 25 to 30 years. Here was the plan as proposed and put in place by the prior board. • Close the Carroll Middle School and completely renovate the building, converting it to a modern elementary center. This was accomplished. • Close the Monongahela and Donora Elementary centers (MEC and DEC), moving students to either the Ringgold Elementary School North (RESN) in Gastonville or the Ringgold Elementary School South (RESS) – the renovated Carroll Twp. Middle School. This was accomplished. • Acquire property and build a new middle school somewhere in the district with a section to include offices for the administration. • Close the existing Finley Middle School and the existing administration building. • Expand the RESN (Gastonville) to include six additional classrooms. • Dispose (by sale) all old buildings not in use (Finley Middle School, the current administration building in New Eagle, DEC and MEC). • Renovate the RESN (Gastonville), bringing it to the same condition and quality as the RESS in Carroll Twp. It was a great plan that would have eliminated the need for major projects for another 25 to 30 years and minimized operating costs–what happened? Step 1 and 2 of the plan were completed. The renovation of the old Carroll Middle School was completed as planned and named Ringgold Elementary School South (RESS). The RESS was opened for use in the fall of 2011 and is a gem of a school—ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and meeting all modern safety and health codes with up-to date electronic learning systems. It’s the one significant and notable accomplishment of the prior school board. Step 3 was tough. The prior school board dithered on a location and design of

DEC MEC

Bare Bones Repairs 5-10 Yr. Life

81 87

$ 4,466,000 $5,498,000 $9,964,000

Extensive Renovation 25-30 Yr. Life $13,728,000 $16,307,000 $30,035,000

have and make it do. There are three remaining members from the prior school board that are trying to revive the original development plan in some form, but they are now the minority. They’d like to leave things in the status quo for several years building up the district’s capital reserves, but the new board majority instead elected to scrap the plan. Late in 2011, the board authorized the district architect engineering firm, HHSDR, to evaluate reopening the old MEC and DEC buildings for use. The report dated January 12 indicated that many repairs would be needed and contained a long list of deficiencies in each building and cost estimates to complete 1) bare bones repairs and 2) extensive repairs and renovations to bring the buildings “up to code,” including ADA compliancy (see table). The estimates in the above table are from the HHSDR report. The “extensive renovation” column does include ADA compliance. Neither column includes financing costs. The two buildings are in bad shape. In this case, “patching it up” will be pretty expensive to extend the building life for only 5 to 10 years (according to HHSDR report). At the February 15 board meeting, the “new majority board” passed a motion directing HHSDR to work with the Facilities Committee to develop the scope of work to be performed to the MEC and DEC buildings to house grades 5-8 and, after approval of the work scope by the board, to develop construction documents and bid packages for all related work. Why don’t Nottingham and Union townships have representation on the board? No one from the two townships chose to run. If a return to strictly “regional representation” is desired, a voter referendum will have to dictate the change, and new candidates will need to step forth. Meanwhile, the sitting board is following its own plan. Go to our website www.monvalleymessenger.com and search on “Ringgold Facilities News” for more up-to-date details.

Bentworth Middle School Participates in Teens for Jeans Program The Bentworth Middle School Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club participated in the Teens for Jeans program sponsored by Aeropostale and DOsomething.org. The students, staff, and faculty collected jeans for local area homeless teenagers. The program ran from January 16 to February 12 at the middle school, consisting of approximately 350 students that donated 230 pairs of jeans.

Age Yrs.

7th and 8th Grade FOR Club Ambassadors (left to right): Whitney Rogers – Grade 8, David Hoffman – Grade 8, Jordan Moore – Grade 8, Paige Scarfo – Grade 7, Kate Nicholl – Grade 7, Derek Richards – Grade 7 and Nick Chapman – Grade 7.

5th and 6th Grade FOR Club Ambassadors: Curtis Gardner Grade 6, Ryan Datz – Grade 5, Coin Heinrich – Grade 5, Savannah Adams – Grade 5, Charley Bonnet – Grade 5, Brenna Cavanaugh – Grade 6, Selene Bennett –Grade 6 and Maria Dovshek – Grade 6.

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Charleroi Area High School Presents “Back to the ‘80s” Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year and experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up ... all set to the biggest hits of the 1980s. Features include “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”; “Kids in America”; “Footloose”; “Material Girl”; “Man in the Mirror”; “Love Shack”; “Mickey”; “Walking on Sunshine”; “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”; “Video Killed the Radio Star”; Cast members prepare for Friday’s opening “The Time of my Life”; and more! night performance. (l-r) Robert Brant (Corey, Performances are on Friday, March 2 at Jr.), Amanda Boyd (Tiffany), Joey Papadakos 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 (Michael) and Lynelle Lackner (Cyndi) p.m.; and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. are pictured. All performances will be held in the Charleroi Area High School auditorium. Cost of purchasing tickets in advance is $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. All tickets purchased at the door will be $8. For more information, please call 724-483-3509 ext. 3338.

Bellmar Middle School Lit. Mag. Earns High Rankings State-wide Bellmar Middle School’s literary magazine, Tales from the Leopard’s Den, Vol. 13, was recently ranked as “Excellent” in the state of PA by the 2011 National Council of Teachers of English’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. A total of 391 schools entered the judging this past year. Magazines are judged in several categories including page design, editing, variety of literary genre represented, and quality of student writing. In PA, only 4 magazines ranked in categories higher than “Excellent” and 13 other magazines ranked in the same category as Bellmar. Although Bellmar is a middle school magazine, it is judged alongside and ranked aside high school literary magazines. This volume of the magazine, sponsored by English teacher Carol Frow, contained nearly 300 pages of student-written work and was edited by a dedicated group of students including current 9th graders Monica McGregor and Meaghan Murphy, current 8th graders Joe Carter, Miranda Filak, Jessica Moody, and Paige Krempasky, a former student, Miss Julia Balchak, and current 7th graders Brandi Propes, Kendyle Bennett, and Megan Christner. This year’s classification of “Excellent” marks the 13th consecutive year that Bellmar’s literary magazine has received honors in ranking by this esteemed group.

Madonna Catholic Regional

SCHOOL NEWS MCRS Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

A group of Mrs. Miller's second grade students pose on "Career Day" during the annual Catholic Schools Week held in February at Madonna Catholic Regional School in Monongahela, PA. The entire school participated, and the students' career choices included doctors, nurses, police officers, chefs, musicians, teachers, trainers, and many more. Madonna Catholic Regional School is currently accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year for Pre-school-8th grade. PHOTO BY MIRANDA STARTARE

8th grade basketball players Katie Sendek and Erin Guzik were honored at their last home game.

A variety of fun activities made for a great Catholic Schools Week at MCRS. Here 7th grader Maggie Rider is shown assisting kindergarten student Molly Brady-Bishop during a game of State bingo!

Madonna Catholic Regional School’s 2nd Quarter Honor Roll GRADE 8 Highest Honors - Maria Loftis and Katie Sendek High Honors - Michael Hudak and Taylor Smydo GRADE 7 Highest Honors - Matt Agostoni High Honors - Maggie Rider Honors - Isaac Petrosky, John Stablein and MacKenzie Stablein GRADE 6 Highest Honors - Jenna Albert, Sophie Burkholder, Gabrielle Fronzaglio, Sarah Grandinette, Aislyn Lee and Nathan Schollaert High Honors - Olivia Behanna, Rachael Funtal, Lena Galilei and Lindsey Koziel Honors - Taylor DeLattre, Christina Ferrari, Luke Greaves and Hannah Williams

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YOUR HEALTH Fitness Classes Begin New Cycle at Mon Valley YMCA The Mon Valley YMCA begins a new 8 week session of Balanced Body and Zumba classes on March 5. The Balanced Body Program, free to members and with a nominal fee for non-members, offers 40 weekly classes for all fitness levels. Low intensity, beginner-level classes include YogaStretch on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and Muscular Strength and Range of Motion on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Higher intensity classes include Basic Training on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., which utilizes kettlebells, medicine balls, and heavy ropes. Total Body Training also offers participants a class to challenge their strength and endurance on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Kick held on Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. incorporates kick boxing moves into the workout. Group cycle classes are offered 9 times per week. Everyone can pedal their way to good health on Mondays and Fridays at 6 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 7:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Other moderate intensity classes include Strut, a low impact cardio class held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Step Aerobics held on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. CardioFit, on Tuesdays, and Senior Swing, on Thursdays, offer the older active adults a chance to increase their endurance and burn calories. These classes begin at 10:30 a.m. Zumba is offered eight times per week. Beginner Zumba is held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Those ready to jump right in and shake it up can try it on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Check the complete schedule of classes at monvalleyymca.org.

Valley Health & Safety Training Center Offers CPR/AED and EMT Classes MARCH 10: Healthcare Provider/BLS at Monessen Ambulance. Class starts at 9 a.m. and will finish approximately by 1:30 p.m.. Cost of the class is $60, which includes your book and your certification card. MARCH 27: Heartsaver CPR/AED for all ages at the Monongahela Valley Hospital in the Lombardi Education Center. Class starts at 6 p.m. and will finish by 9 p.m. Cost of the class is $40 and that includes your card and your book. Students must pre-register for all classes by calling the Valley Health & Safety Training Center at 724-684-9536. STARTING MARCH 5: Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMTB) Course. At Valley Health and Safety, an EVOC course is added to the schedule, so when you finish your EMT training and pass the PA State Practical and Written exams, you will be hirable immediately! The training center also includes Vehicle Extrication Practical and Hazardous Material awareness and SMART Triage. If interested in taking an EMT-B class, call the training center for information and pricing. Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 p.m., with an occasional Saturday scheduled at Mon Valley EMS station located at 1001 Donner Ave., Monessen. Tuition will be set by Westmoreland County Community College. All applicants must be 16 years of age and have the sensory acuity and physical ability to perform all of the diagnostic, therapeutic and communication functions of an EMT.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Provides Comfort Kits for Young Patients A mother herself, Kelly Macheska, R.N., manager of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED), knows all too well that an ambulance ride, a major medical procedure, or a visit to the ED can be a scary experience for children. Macheska recently connected with a Connecticut company and secured 100 Guideposts for Kids Comfort Kits to help her young patients at MVH relax and feel less frightened. Guideposts Outreach, a non-denominational, faith-based organization, distributes the kits to help children ages 4 to 13 through trying health care situations. She said her staff gives the kits to children who are admitted to MVH and to any child having a procedure in the ED such as a lab draw or a CT scan. She said the kits help distract children and take their minds off of their fears, their predicaments and any discomfort. Macheska said her staff has already used the first 100 kits and she’s ordered another 100. The kits, which cost Guideposts Outreach approximately $8 each, come with a sturdy, colorful keepsake box to store the contents plus a child’s other personal possessions. Young patients also receive Sparkle the Caring Star pillow and a bracelet that says, “I’m special,” to reassure kids that they are well cared for and loved by the hospital staff. Other treasures include stickers, an inspirational prayer card, a special care journal with crayons to write or color, a personalized star sheet, a blue stress foam squeeze ball and a “My Special Care CD” with comforting music. The kits are latex-free and meet U.S. standard safety requirements; each kit includes a parent feedback card as well. The organization distributes them to hospitals and children’s hospitals, as well as to organizations serving sick and injured children.

Playing the patient, Stevie Macheska, age 7, places a sticker from the comfort kit he received at MVH onto the lab coat of Emergency Department physician Sahadev Reddy M.D. Mother of the patient and ED Manager Kelly Macheska (center) watch with Guideposts outreach volunteer Joyce C. Krauchuk (right).

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL MARCH EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during March. Many of the events will be held in the Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, March 1 at 1 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455. INNOVATIONS IN SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER – Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Amanda M. Rush, M.D., an adult and child psychiatrist, will discuss the symptoms and treatments of SAD, a mood disorder. To register, call the MVH Reservation Hotline at 724-2581333. UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIABETES MEDICATIONS – Thursday, March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Gain a better understanding of how your diabetes medications work and learn the effects diabetes medications have on your blood sugar readings. Call 724258-1483 to register. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 – 8 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. This is a three-day, two-hourper-day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. To register, call 724-258-1483. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS – Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Four-week series of prenatal education classes. Free to Valley Women’s Health patients and a small fee applies to nonpatients. Call 724-258-2229 ext. 25. RSDS SUPPORT GROUP – Tuesday, March 13 at 11 a.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-929-9492. AUXILIARY SOUP-ER LUNCHEON – Thursday, March 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. would love to have you join them for lunch in the comfort of the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1773. MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE – Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m., ECC. Musical Mysteries & More and the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., present “Thugs, Mugs and .38 Slugs.” Experience fun entertainment, a delicious meal and free parking. Tickets are $30. Call 724-9293192 for reservations and information.

BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION SESSION – Tuesday, March 20 from 6 – 8 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. In cooperation with Magee-Women’s Hospital, MVH is offering a free informational program on bariatric surgery. Call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299 to register for this program. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 – 22 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. A three-day, twohour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. To register, call 724-258-1483. GENE AND BOOTS CANDY SALE – Thursday and Friday, March 22 – 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., ECC. An array of sweet treats and gifts will be available for purchase. Free parking is available. BREASTFEEDING CLASS – Monday, March 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-2229 ext. 25. ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION – Tuesday, March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. ADULT FIRST AID – Thursday, March 29 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with the Valley Health and Safety Training Center. $30 fee payable to To register, call 724-684-9536. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING – Wednesday, March 28 from 9 – 11 a.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting. To register, call 724-258-1148. BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION SESSION – Thursday, March 29 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. In cooperation with MageeWomen’s Hospital, MVH is offering a free informational program on bariatric surgery. Call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299 to register. MULTIPHASIC BLOOD ANALYSIS – Saturday, March 31 from 7 to 10 a.m., ECC. This 36-function screening costs only $25. Testing will take place in the Community Room. To register, call 724-258-1282.

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MARCH ECK’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 724-310-3570 1574 4th St., Monongahela 1 - White Rose Karaoke 2 - White Rose Karaoke 3 - DJ Bob 8 - White Rose Karaoke 9 - DJ Bob 10 - DJ Bob 15 - White Rose Karaoke 16 - White Rose Karaoke St. Patrick's Day Special 17 - DJ Bob St. Patrick's Day Celebration

19 - Mon Valley Jazz Band Spring Tour, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 22 - White Rose Karaoke 23 - DJ Bob 24 - DJ Bob 29 - White Rose Karaoke 30 - White Rose Karaoke 31 - DJ Bob HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE 724-258-4755 1221 W Main St., Monongahela 2 - Black Dog Hollow 3 - Broken Spoke 9 - Elderado Kings

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! 10 - Black Magic 16 - Rusty Biker Band 17 - DJ Barto 23 - Fungus 24 - WeedRags 30 - A-Z Karaoke 31 - Violent Peaches Thursdays - DJ Barto Hot House Tap and Grille 724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Rd., Monongahela 3 - Aaron Duda/ Solo 17 - St. Patrick’s Day party w/ Irish music & karaoke all day Wednesdays - Open Stage 9-close all musicians/singers/comics welcome Thursdays - Karaoke /DJ Fridays - Karaoke /DJ Saturdays - Karaoke /DJ

ATTENTION: LOCAL BARS, RESTAURANTS, & NIGHTCLUBS: If you would like to be included in the monthly “PUMP UP THE VOLUME” section to promote and list your bands, please send us your list of performances each month. There is no fee for this listing. Fax: 412-249-8177 or e-mail: news@monvalleymessenger.com

RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Rd., Amity 2 - Davisson Brothers Band 3 - Ruff Creek 10 - Hillbilly Gypsies 16 -TBA 17 - Ruff Creek 24 - Justin Fabus Band 31 - Chris Higbee RIVER HOUSE CAFE 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30p.m.-1:30a.m. 3 - Dave Iglar Band 10 - Steeltown 17 - St. Patrick's Day Celebration 22 - Mystery's Most Wanted (ticketed event) 24 - Lady and the Tramps 31 - Gil Snyder Combo

ROCKIN' WILLIE’S ROADHOUSE 724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 South), Canonsburg Tuesdays - Jam night with the Jam Band. All singers and musicians welcome. SWEENY’S STEAKHOUSE 724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon 3 - McCaffery Mysteries, Inc. performing “The Pajama Party Murders!” 10 - DJ Stan 17 - DJ Ben 24 - Lucky Me 31 - DJ Russ Wednesdays - DJ Russ Thursdays - DJ Ben Fridays - DJ Crene

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Recent Local Death Notices AIELLO – Velma “Toots”, of Monongahela died Wednesday January 25. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. ANDERSON – Carol J, 68., of New Eagle died Thursday January 26. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BARKEY – George “Buck”, 86., of Monongahela died Friday January 27. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. BARTOLOTTA – Sophia M, 92., of Monongahela died Monday January 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BEDNER – Mary A. (Pelissero), 91., of Monongahela died Monday February 6. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BENTLEY – Josephine Polonoli, 83., of New Eagle died Tuesday January 24. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. CALLIHAN – Margaret “Peggy”, 80., of Newell died Wednesday January 18.

Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. CHEW – Erma Mae, 82., of Monongahela (Forward Twp) died Monday February 13. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. DAMICO – George M, of Monongahela died Thursday February 9. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. FERGUSON – John D, 84., of Monongahela died Sunday January 22. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. GRICAR – Julia, 84., of Monongahela died Tuesday February 7. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. JOHNSON – Anna (Lovich) 87., of Oklahoma -Formerly of Rostraver Township died Tuesday February 14. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. HAINES – James W. Sr, 80., of Monongahela died Saturday February 4. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

In Memory of.... James W. Haines, Sr. James W. Haines, Sr. died February 4, in Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh, following a short illness. He was born May 15, 1931, son of the late Walter C. and Mildred Richter Haines Mamula. Mr. Haines was a graduate of Connellsville High School and remained on the class reunion committee to his death. He started his career as “Cactus Jim,” a disc jockey at WCVI in Connellsville. He moved to Monongahela in 1958. While working for Metropolitan Insurance in 1976, he was honored as “Agent of the Year.” In 1983, he was conferred outstanding veteran award by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. After his retirement, he continued his income tax business, until his death. Throughout his life, he was active in many community activities, including chairman of the Monongahela Bicentennial in 1969, and was a member of St. Damian of Molokai Parish Transfiguration Church, Monongahela Elks, Past Veterans of Metropolitan Insurance Company and Monongahela Neighborhood Boys Club. He was on the board of United Way, Monongahela Sewage Authority and past president of MIDA, was chairman of Mon Valley Heart Fund, Mon Valley Progress Council and Mon Valley Education Association Board of Directors. He also volunteered for many years at the former Mon Valley Catholic High School, where he met many lifelong friends. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” award and the 22nd Congressional District Award. He was a member of Pitt Golden Panthers, of which he took great pride. His greatest love was his wife of 55 years, Ida Jane Waller Haines, who died June 30, 2009. Surviving are a son, James W. Haines, Jr. and friend Maureen Mesing; daughters Jane Anne (David) Perecko and Cheryl DeRosa and friend James Long; six grandchildren, Jennifer Perecko, Darryl Perecko and fiancee Stephanie Wingerter, Leah (Marc) Berry, Gary DeRosa, Natalie (Anthony) Pisano and Gino DeRosa and fiancee Colleen Butela and their father and dear friend, Jeff DeRosa; a brother-in-law, Thomas Waller; and numerous devoted nieces and nephews and cousins. Deceased are a brother, Richard, and a sister, Marjorie.

HENDERSON – Donald E, 80., of Elizabeth – Formerly of Monongahela died Tuesday January 17. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. HOJO – Anna Cole, 97., of Monongahela died Friday January 20. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. HOLLIS – Veronica A (Tater), of Monongahela died Thursday January 19. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. MICHAEL – Janis Lynn, 51., of Charleroi died Sunday January 22. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. NEWMAN – Bessie, 51 of Courtney died Tuesday January 17. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. NONES – Renato “Reno”, 89., of Victory Hill in Monongahela died Sunday January 1. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. PIETROBONI – Dominick R, 91., Formerly of Monongahela died Sunday January 29.

Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. REICHEL – Helen (Selinsky), 80 of New Eagle died Sunday January 15. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. SADLER – Thomas J, 84., of Monongahela died Sunday January 15. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. THOMAS – Thelma Mckeever, 86 of Monongahela died Friday January 13. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. TOKAR – Marilyn Joyce, 77., of Monongahela died Tuesday January 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. YOUNG – Ruth G, 90., of Monongahela died Tuesday January 31. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. ZALADONIS – Robert A. Sr, 66., of Monongahela died Sunday January 15. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

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2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette Minivan - 64,000 miles.A scooter lift is attached to the rear hatch and can be used to lift a wheelchair or scooter into van.Not used to transport people in and out of vehicle. Garage kept, lift only 2 years old.Asking for $8,000 but wil negotiate. For more information, call 412-854-5844. _________________________________________________________________ 2008 Jeep Liberty 4x4 - 30K miles, flat tow ready, modern blue pearlcoat exterior, 3.6L V6 engine w/6 speed manual transmission,lots of extras,includes tow bar & auxiliary brake system. $20,000 OBO. Call 412-384-4667. _________________________________________________________________ 2003 Hyundai Accent - lt blue/station wagon,slim type,little over 15,000 miles,new brakes and rack. Car runs excellent. $8,500 final price. Call Charlotte at 412-417-5948. _________________________________________________________________ Ford Farm Tractor - 1952, 8N, 12 volts, with brush hog. $2,500. 724-348-5992. _________________________________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars,trucks,etc., with or without title,all worth money.Also,local and long di_________________________________________________________________ stance towing. Call 412-498-1622. 1999 Nissan truck-Frontier. 163,000 miles, Good condition. $5000 or B/O. 724-3487637. _________________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T.Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _________________________________________________________________ TOP CASH FOR CARS, Any Car/Truck, Running or Not. Call for INSTANT offer: 1-800-4546951 _________________________________________________________________ CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! PayMAX pays the MAX! One call gets you a TOP DOLLAR offer! Any year/make/model. 1-888-PAYMAX-5 (1-888-729-6295) _________________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To You! Any Make/Model. I_________________________________________________________________ nstant Offer - Call: 1-800-569-0003

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Caregiver needed part-time for older Finleyville woman. CNA or experienced preferred. Please call Anne at 724-348-5162. _________________________________________________________________ If you have a passion for cooking,we are looking for experienced line prep cook.Available day or evening, PT/FT. Email resume to: riverhousecafe@yahoo.com or call 724-565-5700 and ask for Trey. MEAL COORDINATOR Immediate opening. Food service experience. Plan & coordinate all phases of meal preparation for twice monthly free meal program. 25-30 hours per month. Salary negotiable. Reply: Peters Creek Food & Friends PO Box 37 Venetia, Pa. 15367 Experienced/Accurate Car Representative Needed - he/she must be above 18 years old and must have good qualities to work. Interested applicant should please contact me at dg66008@gmai l.com. _________________________________________________________________ Belle Vernon - Salesperson - 422 Homes in Belle Vernon is looking for a highly motivated sales consultant who wants a career and not a job. The position is full time and no traveling required.Income is based on sales consultant abilities.If interested please call 724-929-5040 and fax resumes to 724-929-6855. _________________________________________________________________ Cooks and drivers wanted! Pitstop Bar and Pizza Shop. 412-384-7487. _________________________________________________________________ Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task.Strong leadership qualities and people skil s.Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred.Wil train. Call 724-348-8844. _________________________________________________________________ DRIVERS

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Black & Decker 16" Electric Hedge Trimmer - $15. 412-655-1831. _________________________________________________________________ 2 Glass Top End Tables - $25 for both. 412-655-1831. SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! www.logcabinstables.com. 724787-4817. Black Marble 6-sided Table - $20. 412-655-1831. _________________________________________________________________ Buffet - $10. 412-655-1831. _________________________________________________________________ Recliner - wine colored, extra wide, 2 yrs old, $175. 412-655-1831. _________________________________________________________________ Stag Rotary Treadle Sewing Machine - good condition, $25. Call 412-233-3152 _________________________________________________________________ Broyhill high back couch & chair 125.00/obo. Huge white leather chair 75.00. Brown bathroom hamper 10.00. Round oak kitchen table 35.00. Pink ottoman 25.00. Card table w/2chairs 15.00. Triple Fat Goose coat 40.00. Geniune Chinese cashmere coat 30.00. New wave oven w/carry case, never used, 80.00. Call 724-579-2223. _________________________________________________________________ Propane Construction Forced Air Heater - with 20# propane tank.Used for only 5 hours. Li_________________________________________________________________ ke new, $75. For more information, call 724-239-4463 Thomas Electric Organ - with Playmate Color Glo, rhythm volume foot pedals and bench. Very good condition, $75. Call 724-239-4463 for more information. _________________________________________________________________ Fish Aquarium and all accessories, ready to use.$50.00.724-810-1152, call after 6:00. _________________________________________________________________ Old Tricycle - American Flyer, genuine maple wood, red and white, 18" x 17", made in USA, make offer. 724-785-4987 _________________________________________________________________ Suitcase Full of Costume Jewelry - pins, earrings, necklaces, rings, $100. 724-7854987. _________________________________________________________________ Art by J. Girardet signed 1882 framed original print only $85. Call 724-222-3973. _________________________________________________________________ Coat - Men's size 38,all weather,fur type lining and collar,light brown,new.$20.Call 724929-3891. _________________________________________________________________ Cemetery lots. Lafayette Memorial Park. Garden of Serenity. 4 lots at $5,400. Selling for $2,400. 724-938-7307. _________________________________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township.You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. _________________________________________________________________ MEMORY FOAM THERAPEUTIC NASA MATTRESSES T-$299 F-$349 Q-$399 K-$499 ADJUSTABLES - $799 FREE DELIVERY LIFETIME WARRANTY 90 NIGHT TRIAL 1-800ATSLEEP1-800-287-5337 WWW.MATTRESSDR.COM _________________________________________________________________ DELL LAPTOP computer,super fast,excellent condition.Internal wireless card,DVD/CD+RW. Premium software bundle. Six month warranty. Original cost: $2175. Must sell: $399. 717 653-6314 _________________________________________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. Collecting miscellaneous items for the needy. Call Louise at 724-483-8600. _________________________________________________________________ All old jukebox by Wurlitzer, Seeburg,AMI, or Rockola. Pre-1962 vintage only. Non-working is OK. Call 724-914-1693 or email RPESQ@YAHOO.COM. Local collector from Monongahel a. _________________________________________________________________ All tubes for radio/tv, radio tube tester and similar test equipment, and also collecting tube amplifiers by Fisher, McIntosh, Marantz, Pilot, Scott, others. 724-914-1693 or email RPESQ@YAHOO.COM. Local collector from Monongahela. _________________________________________________________________ Wanted to buy l a rge roll top desk. Call 724-348-0506. _________________________________________________________________ Canning Jars Wanted. Reasonable. 412-403-2753. _________________________________________________________________ Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older.Wil pay 20-times face value! Call Dave at 724941-5420. _________________________________________________________________ Misc. Items Wanted - 30x30x15 Greenhouse kit and supplies to build greenhouse; Small camping trailer - reasonable; Water storage tank (5,000 or 3,000 Gal tank); Used water storage tank; Old farm fencing. 724-344-8784. _________________________________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long di_________________________________________________________________ stance towing. Call 412-498-1622. WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or_________________________________________________________________ anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gil espie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T.Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _________________________________________________________________

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----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. _________________________________________________________________ STEEL BUILDINGS: 4 only 25x36, 30x48, 40x52, 45x82. Selling For Balance Owed! Free Del ivery! 1-800-462-7930x192 _________________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1-800-8645784 MEDIATION -Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk.As a mediator with 30 years experience, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk. The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail kuban231@comcast.net. Are you paying TOO much for your PRESCRIPTION?SAVE 90% by ordering through our Canadi an pharmacy. $25 off and FREE SHIPPING CALL (888) 437-0414 _________________________________________________________________ WORK ON JET ENGINES - Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Fi_________________________________________________________________ nancial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. Call AIM (866)453-6204 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586 www.CenturaOnl ine.com _________________________________________________________________ Dish Network lowest nationwide price $19.99 a month. FREE HBO/Cinemax/Starz FREE Bl_________________________________________________________________ ockbuster FREE HD-DVR and install. Next day install 1-800-459-1781 $$OLD GUITARS WANTED$$ Gibson,Fender,Martin,Gretsch. 1920's to 1980's. Top Dollar pai d.Toll Free: 1-866-433-8277 _________________________________________________________________ Frustrated with Dial-Up? Highspeed Satellite Internet is here. $0 down and $49.99 per month.Avai lable at your Home TODAY! DIRECTV also available. Call 1-888-920-2127 _________________________________________________________________ **OLD GUITARS WANTED!** Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, Larson, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440 _________________________________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING –Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career.FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available Call AIM (888) 686-1704 or visit www.fixj_________________________________________________________________ ets.com AT&T U-Verse for just $29.99/mo! SAVE when you bundle Internet+Phone+TV and get up to_________________________________________________________________ $300 BACK! (select plans). Limited Time Call NOW! 877-276-3538 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Cal l 800-510-0784 www.CenturaOnline.com _________________________________________________________________ Bundle & Save on your CABLE, INTERNET PHONE,AND MORE. High Speed Internet starti_________________________________________________________________ ng at less than$20/mo. CALL NOW! 800-314-9361

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------------- NOTICES ---------Golfers Wanted - Wednesday & Friday, traveling golf league. Call 412- 680- 8408 or signup_________________________________________________________________ on the Internet at www.GarryOwenPittsburgh.org. The Monongahela Class of 1967 is planning our 45th year class reunion in September.We are inviting anyone who would like to help in the planning of this event.Anyone wil ing to help, please contact Kathy at 724-258-7399 or Patti at 724-782-0141. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Paul Lacko’s home on Route 136. _________________________________________________________________ Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W. is a free, 12 Step program for people who have a problem controlling their eating. We have meetings every day throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, call 412-225-1664, e-mail info@ceahowpa.org or visit www.ceahowpa.org. It's simple, free and it works. Please keep coming back no matter what! _________________________________________________________________ LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s.White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyvil e. Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412760-2291. _________________________________________________________________

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(4632 US RT 40, Claysville) $244,900 - Commercial Building, Offices,Warehouse, 5000+ SF.All Equip. included! Make offer!! Lisa Mull, Prudential Preferred Realty 412-854-7200 ext 228 or 724-678-2454. _________________________________________________________________ ATTENTION Diabetics with Medicare Join America`s Diabetic Savings Club and receive a FREE diabetic bracelet. Membership is FREE. Qualify for meter upgrades, prescription delivery and free giveaways. Call 1-888-474-3420 _________________________________________________________________ GOT BIDS? We provide local government with a way to find competitive providers at a cost effective price. Targeted Print and Online Solutions by State and Region. www.midatlanticbids.com _________________________________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons.I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724249-5777. _________________________________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out,large indoor arena,outdoor and miles of trails.Hurry - only 2 stalls left.$420/month.(724) 348-8028. _________________________________________________________________ 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 $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _________________________________________________________________ Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you,you should be coming to me.AKC,Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact karyn727@comcast.net or 412855-4678. _________________________________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out,large indoor arena,outdoor and miles of trails.Hurry - only 2 stalls left.$420/month.(724) 348-8028. _________________________________________________________________ Rabbit Hutches - Taking orders for custom made, heavy duty, outdoor rabbit hutches. Del ivery extra. Call for details. 724-239-2196 or 724-239-2593 _________________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------Warehouse For Lease - Contact owner directly at 724-483-4500 or 724-433-6541. Price negotiable. Includes office space and parking, 3 bay doors for easy loading/unloading, all utili_________________________________________________________________ ties present, fantastic location. House For Sale - small home in New Eagle with garage and shed. Totally updated, and in pri_________________________________________________________________ stine condition. $52,000 and may consider a rent to own. Call Jack at 412-841-0777. Mobile Home for Sale - 2 bedroom, carport, shed, all appliances, in South Park Mobile Estates, Finleyvil e. $13,500 OBO. Call 724-825-6433. _________________________________________________________________ 6 Corner Lots for Sale - 30 x 100 each,place plan,Donora near Palmer Park,sewage availabl e. Call 724-379-5693. _________________________________________________________________ Mobile 2 Bedroom Home - $18,250. Live in West Mifflin or move to a different location. Terrific condition, air conditioning, breakfast bar and stools, kitchen table and chairs, kitchen is equipped with electric stove, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator. Neutral carpeting throughout home,some draperies and bay window in kitchen.Has a covered porch.Call 412466-4817 to see. _________________________________________________________________ House for rent - Monongahela,822 Marne St.,2 bedroom,very clean,big 2 car garage,very ni_________________________________________________________________ ce porch, possible rent to own, no pets, $600 per month. Call 412-296-1999. Mobile home for sale - 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, mobile home and 3 lots for sale. Located at 2 Wood Alley in Carroll Twp.Off Rt.837,Monongahela.Owner financing considered.$35,000. Cal l 724-350-5983. _________________________________________________________________ FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everythi ng. 724-554-6534. _________________________________________________________________ Apartment for rent - 3 bedroom downstairs apartment located at 230 Donnan Ave., Washington, gas furnace and/or electric baseboard heat, large corner yard, $500 per month plus utilities. First and last month's rent required. Call 724-258-9115. Residential lot. South Park. $30,000. Ridge Road. For details email DeniseMarasco@HowardHanna.com or call 4125617400. _________________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent - 2 BR, 2nd flr., country, private, by itself. Laundry rm. & porch. Lots of parking. Updated. No pets. $525+. Call (412) 384-5406. _________________________________________________________________

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Building for Rent – 40x60 commercial bldg for rent at 780 Bentleyvil e Rd., Charleroi, PA. Located just off I-70, Exit 32B, Bentleyvil e. Call 724-258-9115. _________________________________________________________________ 1999 Commodore mobile home. exc.condition.Only 1 owner - bought brand new in 2001. Call 412-600-9061 RENTAL PROPERTY FOR SALE - Charleroi, 2-unit, side by side duplex. Covered front and back porches.Huge backyard. Across from playground. 813-815 Crest Ave. Newly remodeled. New kitchen, cabinets, flooring, new carpet, freshly painted throughout. Updated electric service and wiring. New water heaters. Both units are fully rented with long-term tennants. Solid cashflow. Great opportunity! Asking $59,900. Call 412-760-2291. Small house for rent. Country setting. Suitable for one person. Includes sewage and garbage. Close to Rt. 43. No pets. $550 per month. 724-785-2955 _________________________________________________________________ 2008 Tioga 31M Motorhome - 12,200 miles, like new, loaded, dual slide, 6.8 V10 engine, 5_________________________________________________________________ speed automatic, many upgrades-too many to list. $62,000 OBO. Call 412-384-4667. Westmoreland County Space for Lease - Located at 1100 South Main Street, Greensburg, is Westmoreland Crossroads with 22,000 Square Feet of prime space available for lease. The holidays are coming and Westmoreland Crossroads offers fantastic storefront suites with abundant parking and direct access to Route 30 and Route 119. Westmoreland Crossroads has a prime location within a high-traffic area and affordable monthly rates.Don't let the cool weather fool you,we have time to put you in the space you need.Call Matthew Ivil today at 724-483-1600 or email him at lease@genindustries.com. _________________________________________________________________ MONONGAHELA - For rent,one,two bedroom apartment,complete with appliances,laundry facility,etc.Secured locked building,quaint and quiet.Close to bus line.One bedroom partiall_________________________________________________________________ y furnished. Monongahela. Call 724-258-3179. One, Two Bedroom Apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quant and quite. Close to bus line. One bedroom partial furnished. Monongahel a. Call Natalee Amati 724-244-8579 or 724-258-3179. _________________________________________________________________ FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach wil provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony.For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfront condorentals.com/ Paradise Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced,6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negoti able. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. _________________________________________________________________ Available Now!!! 2-4 Bedroom homes Take Over Payments No Money Down/No Credit Check Call 1-888-269-9192 _________________________________________________________________ ***FREE Foreclosure Listings*** OVER 400,000 properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call now 800-250-2043. _________________________________________________________________ Stop Renting Lease option to buy Rent to own No money down No credit check 1-877395-0321 _________________________________________________________________ 100 ACRE TEXAS LAND SALE- 70% Discount! $0/Down,$195/month.Was $64,500.Now $19,500!! No Credit Checks. Owner Financing. Money Back Guarantee. Great Mountain Vi_________________________________________________________________ ews. FREE color brochure. 1-877-284-2072 GEORGIA LAND- NEW YEAR SALE! Beautiful 1acre-20acres homesites.Amazing weather, Augusta area (Washington County). Low taxes. Low down Payment, Financing from $149/month. Call Owner 706-364-4200 _________________________________________________________________ LOTS & ACREAGE ABSOLUTE FARM LAND SALE! 2/11 ONLY! 5 acres - $19,900 10 acres - $29,900 Gorgeous Catskil s location! Woods,views,meadows! All mineral rights! 50% bel ow market value! No closing costs! Register today! (888) 738-6994 _________________________________________________________________ ABANDONED STREAMSIDE FARM! 25 acres - $49,900 Water front, woods, meadows, State Land nearby! 30 mins from Albany! Seller pays closing costs! Call NOW! (888) 7386994 www.NewYorkLandandLakes.com _________________________________________________________________ LOTS & ACREAGE ABANDONED FARM SALE! 25 acres - $39,900 Farmhouse/Barn $79,900 3 hrs NY City! Hardwood timber, adjacent to State Land, huge stream! Half market val ue AND seller pays closing costs! (866) 495-8733 _________________________________________________________________ 20 ACRES! GREAT INVESTMENT! Only $99/mo. $0 Down, Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso,Texas,Beautiful Mountain Views! Free Color Brochure.800-755-8953 www.sunsetranches.com _________________________________________________________________

------------ SERVICES ----------BABYSITTER / NANNY For Summer - Let your kids sleep in & play in the neighborhood. Ameri can Red Cross Certified,Experienced,Reasonable,References.Kelsey:724-348-6528. _________________________________________________________________ General Hauling - Driver and 7 ton dump truck for hauling dirt, stone and etc. Local area onl y. For more information, call Denny at 724-348-5162. _________________________________________________________________ South Hills Tax Preparation - ALL 1040 TAX RETURNS ONLY $75! FREE State & Local Returns. FREE E-Filing. 10 Years Experience. Located in South Park. Call Rich Diffenbach at (412) 835-4842 _________________________________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. _________________________________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons.I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724249-5777. _________________________________________________________________ DVD Transfer/Home Movies – Home Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. 8mm and Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfer, with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter menus. 724-258-5336. http://web.me.com/dcheplic. Private, guitar or drum lessons available in the Mon Valley area. Lessons can be taught in the comfort of your own home, or at our location. Begin learning the songs you really want to learn the first lesson! Learn tips and tricks tabs wil not teach you.Lessons are only $18 per session. Please contact Chad at 724-747-8722, or email cecampsey@gmail.com. COMUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option.Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk.As a mediator with 30 years experience, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk. The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail kuban231@comcast.net. AFFORDABLE WATERPROOFING! Large Local Company. Lifetime Transferable Warranty. BBB Award Winner.WINTER RATES AVAILABLE!! (PA377) Call Today 1-800-343-2357 _________________________________________________________________

----------- VACATIONS ---------------Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished,this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach wil provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfrontcondo rentals.com/Paradise Resort. htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc.at 843-2366623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. _________________________________________________________________ WEEKEND GETAWAY! Deep Creek, Maryland. 5 Bedroom Home for Rent. *Ski Wisp*, Call Dave at 412.427.3691 for more details! _________________________________________________________________

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