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Vol. 3, Issue 8

MARCH 2014

Home & Garden Guide Page 31

Ringgold High School to Perform ‘Tarzan’ Page 25

INDEX: Local News . . . . . . . . . 3 Places To Go . . . . . . . . 4 Death Notices . . . . . . 17 Business . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 School News . . . . . . . 24

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Entertainment . . . . . . 29 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Home & Garden . . . . 31 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . 36


Ringgold Girls and Boys Soccer Teams to Hold Cash Bash

Victory Hill Ladies Give Gift of Warmth to Mon Valley Hospital’s Cancer Patients

The Ringgold girls and boys soccer teams will hold a Cash Bash on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Donora Fire Department/Social Hall from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. Must be 18 years old or older to attend. There will be small games of chance, 50/50, raffle, free food and refreshments, BYOB. Winners need not be present. All prizes not claimed in 30 days become property of Girls and Boys Soccer. Donation is $15, guests $10 at the door. For ticket information, please contact Tom Cameron at 724-678-8271 or Maggi Parnell at 724-747-9615.

The Victory Hill Civic and Social Center’s Ladies Auxiliary graciously donated 30 handmade fleece scarves for cancer patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The ladies traditionally make either hats or scarves each year for MVH patients to help provide them with some comfort during the cold winter months. “Love really adds to the recipe of healing and these are truly a gift from the heart,” said Auxiliary President Connie Russell, a retired nurse who has worked with cancer patients. “We hope they get a measAuxiliary President Connie Russell (left) ure of warmth and comfort from of Monongahela and MVH’s Director of Fund these.” Development Melissa Marion. She added that cancer has impacted each of the auxiliary members’ families, so the scarf project is very personal to them.

West Newton Woman’s Club Sponsors Wine Tasting Fundraiser The Woman’s Club of West Newton is sponsoring a wine and hors d’oeuvres tasting on Saturday, March 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Newton Lions Clubhouse at 507 Pittsburgh St. The tasting will feature wines from the Christian Klay Winery of Chalkhill, PA and assorted homemade hors d’oeuvres. The wines will also be available for purchase. The donation request is $20/person. For tickets or additional information, please contact Debbie at 724-872-7937 or Terri at 724-872-4175 or any WN Woman’s Club member. The proceeds from this event will benefit WN Woman’s Club charities.



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Eagle Riders Bike Run Benefits MVH Regional Cancer Center

Pictured are The Eagle Riders officers and members (l – r): Jack Rush of Bentleyville; Marilynn Taylor of Finleyville; Rob Nuzzo of North Charleroi; Ali Nuzzo of North Charleroi; Morgan Mitchell of Charleroi; Farrah Nuzzo of North Charleroi; and Bob Cain of Charleroi.

The Bentleyville F.O.E. 1809 Eagle Riders may be a newer bike club, but its 43 members are already making a positive impact on their community. The group recently donated $729 to the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. They hosted a bike run this fall and part of the proceeds helped cover medical expenses for a club member being treated for breast cancer at MVH and the rest they donated to the MVH Regional Cancer Center. “Our motto is ‘People Helping People,’” said Morgan “Thumper” Mitchell, who added that the group plans to hold other events this year for charity, including a hog roast/breast cancer fundraiser in September.

‘Terrific Trees’ Program Offered at Mingo Creek Park for Homeschooled The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a Homeschool Outdoor Classroom at Mingo Creek County Park on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Shelter 6. Two sessions are available; Session I will begin at 10 a.m. and Session II will begin at 1 p.m. Take a walk through the “sugar bush” and learn about trees! A variety of tree-riffic activities will be shared as we learn how trees function. Our homeschoolers will also learn about making maple syrup. Please dress appropriately. This is an outdoor program and is designed for homeschooled children ages 5 to 11. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation office at 724-228-6867. There is no fee for this program. Mingo Creek Park is located 12 miles east of Washington, PA off of Route 136.





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MARDI GRAS - sponsored by Saint Agnes Ladies Guild in Richeyville in social hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner served at 6. Dancing from 7 - 11 p.m. featuring “The Best of Times.” $20 each or 2 for $35. Contact Patty Prekrel at 724785-3720 for tickets or purchase at door. HAM DINNER FUNDRAISER – A Ham Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 4:00 – 7:00PM at Gary’s Chuck Wagon in West Newton. Funds raised will benefit the West Newton Little House (Girl Scout House / Meeting place). For more information, call Debbie at 724-8727937 Gary’s Chuck Wagon is located at 209 South 2nd Street in West Newton, PA. MARCH 2

CHOIR REHEARSAL - for the Mon Valley Combined Choirs, 1 p.m., Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Mary Street, Belle Vernon. MARCH 3

BINGO - Elrama Vol Fire Co. Social Hall, 17 Elrama Ave. starting at 7 p.m. Jackpot $300. For more information, call 412384-8066 or 412-384-8077. CREAM CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER - 4 to 7 p.m. at Tradesmen’s Inn, 1769 E. National Pike, Scenery Hill. $8. Chinese auction and baked goods.

Home in Carroll Twp. The meeting is open to all veterans, retired or active: Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Sailors and Waves. MARCH 5

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Dept. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games, and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. Any number of cards may be played for the same price as the paper bingo. For more information, call 724-929-3060. SOLID GOLD - at the Monongahela American Legion from 7 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724592-5264. MARCH 6 – 8

TARZAN – Presented by Ringgold High School. Show time is 7 p.m. for Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 8.Advanced tickets for Tarzan will be on sale at Ringgold High School Monday Thursdays from 3 - 5 p.m., Fridays from 3 - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $8 per person and general admission is $5 per person. General admission tickets will be also be sold at the door starting. MARCH 6


MONTHLY MEETING OF THE MID MON-VALLEY SHIPMATES - 7 p.m. at the James C. Ford American Legion

WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m.

MARCH 7 – 9


THE WIZARD OF OZ - Charleroi Area Students will present The Wizard of Oz on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Charleroi High School Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door.

THE COUPON CONNECTION - will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Monongahela Library. Bring your coupons to share or to sort through the Coupon Box for items you need. For more information call (724) 518-3529, email or find us at ection/


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Sixth and Vine St., West Newton. Featuring Egypt guest speaker Rev. Elizabeth Dunlap, Pastor of the First Church of God. Susan Jones presenting a chalk drawing talk. MARCH 8

MON VALLEY ORTHODOXY SUNDAY SERVICES - to be celebrated at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Mary Street, Belle Vernon, at 6:30 p.m. MARCH 9

BINGO - at the Mon Valley Youth & Teen Center, Donora. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 2 p.m. $8 gets 2 hard cards plus 2 paper specials and Magic Bingo Ball. Extra cards available. Half the take door prize and auction. For more information, call 724-379-4889. SPAGHETTI DINNER - held by the Monongahela Area Library and the Monongahela Elks Lodge at the Elks Lodge, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Tickets available at library or at the Elks Lodge. Walk-ins the day of the dinner are welcome.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Dept. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games, and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. Any number of cards may be played for the same price as the paper bingo. For more information, call 724-929-3060. MARCH 13

MEETING OF THE CHARLEROI LODGE #615 FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS - 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Hall in Charleroi. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724984-6611. WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP - 5:30-7 p.m. at the Donora Public Library. Learn new stitches, get help and share ideas. ters To attend, please call the library at 724379-7940.

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OLDIES DANCE - hosted by Fayette Friends of Animals at the Polish Club in Uniontown, PA. For more information, call 724-245-7815. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number.For more information, call 724-929-3060.

BOOK & BAKE SALE - Center on the Hill, 100 Summit Rd, Belle Vernon 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Book enthusiasts will find the choice of books 'Olympic gold" at very reduced prices. Baked goods. Proceeds benefit the senior center. Call (724) 930-8512 for directions

AUTHENTIC COACH/CASH BASH hosted by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce at New Eagle VFD Social Hall. $25/ticket and includes dinner and chances to win authentic Coach purses, gift cards and cash. Doors open at 5 p.m. and drawings will be every 10 minutes. Call 724-258-5919 for more information. To purchase tickets, go to GUN BASH - held by Lock #4 and Monessen Hilltop VFC at Lock #4 Social Hall. Doors open at 2 p.m., drawings 3 - 9 p.m. every 15 minutes. Free food and beverages. Donation $25, guests $15. Guns by Reese Supply. For more information, contact 724-469-3520 or 724-518-9294. MARCH 16

MON VALLEY COIN CLUB MEETING 2 p.m. at the Mon Valley Senior Citizens Center located in the Chamber Plaza in Charleroi. All members and the general public are invited. A 50/50 will be offered along with prizes for kids. For more information, call 724-984-6611. PUBLIC MEETING OF THE GREATER MONESSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY at the Monessen Historical Museum. Will be held during the grand opening of the Syrian Exhibit at 1 p.m. The president will review the accomplishments of the past year. The treasurer will present the budget, and individual board members will discuss their respective areas of responsibility. Current members of the society will vote on candidates for the Board of Directors.

SOLID GOLD - at the Monongahela American Legion 7-10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-592-5264. BENTLEYVILLE LIBRARY BUILDING FUNDRAISER - the Tradesman’s Inn, 1769 E National Pike, Scenery Hill, will give 10% of their sales to the Bentleyville Library Building Fund.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. Any number of cards may be played for the same price as the paper bingo. For more information, call 724-929-3060.


WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. GREATER MONONGAHELA AREA COMMUNITY BAND - concert at Ringgold Middle School at 7:15 p.m. MARCH 22

NEW EAGLE VENDOR SHOW - at New Eagle Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall. 30 vendors, crafters coming. Chinese auction, 50/50, raffles and more! Doors open at 10 a.m. WINE TASTING AND HORS D’OEUVRES FUNDRAISER - The Woman’s Club of West Newton is sponsoring a wine and hors d’oeuvres tasting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Newton Lions Clubhouse. The donation request is $20/person. For tickets, contact Debbie at 724-872-7937 or Terri at 724-872-4175 or any WN Woman’s Club member. The proceeds from this event will benefit WN Woman’s Club charities.


WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. MARCH 29

THE COUPON CONNECTION - 10 a.m. at the Monongahela Library. Bring your coupons to share or to sort through the Coupon Box for items you need. For more information call (724) 518-3529, email MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE MUSIC WORKSHOP - 3 - 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monongahela. For more information, call 724-258-7054 or visit the website MARCH FOR PARKS - the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board is expanding the March for Parks event to three locations around Westmoreland County. Marches will be held at Twin Lakes Park


in Greensburg, Cedar Creek Park in Belle Vernon, and at the Murrysville SportZone along the Turtle Creek Trail Extension. Registration begins at 9 a.m. All Marches will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon. Any group of three or more people can be a team. Organize your friends and family, school, place of worship, company or community organization. We will honor the top 10 teams combined at all marches. For more information on sponsorship, volunteering, or forming teams, please visit our website at or call 724-830-3950. ‘PASTA ON THE CENTER’ DINNER Downtown West Newton Inc. would like to invite you to a fabulous dinner called “Pasta at the Center” from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Newton Senior Center. $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. SOUPS ON IN WEST NEWTON Benefits the West Newton Public Library. 5:00 - 9:00PM with 3 dining locations at 3 charming old homes in West Newton. Live entertainment at some locations, as well as, a Chinese Auction. just $20 each and can be purchased at Gary's Chuck Wagon in West Newton or at the West Newton Public Library 724-972-3229. MARCH 30

GREATER MONESSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY FUNDRAISER DINNER - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monessen Historical Museum, 505 Donner Ave. For a donation of $10, an individual can choose either lasagna or gnocchi along with salad, dessert, bread, butter and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum or from a board member. Take outs are available. For more information, visit




Monessen Philanthropist Albert Lexie Awarded with Official Day Named in His Honor By Jill Brown

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Southwestern Pennsylvania Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs Association Present Award

“We have a tender spot for him here at the Salvation Army. We want to congratulate you (Albert) from the bottom of our hearts. We appreciate you,” said Boyd. Next, Lexie, a soft-spoken man, sang boldly from his heart, “He Touched Me,” a special song and testimony. He received a standing ovation and not a dry eye in

The Salvation Army held a very special dedication to officially announce Albert Lexie Day for well-known shoe-shiner and philanthropist Albert Lexie on February 8, 2014 in Monessen in honor of his Albert Lexie enjoys his party retirement, which he at the Salvation Army. says began in December. Lexie’s shoe-shine career began in 1981. For over 30 years, the room. The following well-known people on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he traveled by bus to Children’s Hospital in and businesses presented Lexie with Pittsburgh, and he charged $3 per awards or certificates: Salvation Army shoeshine. He also had customers all Advisory Board; a Buzzy Byron’s reprethroughout the Mon Valley area busi- sentative; Monessen Fire Dept. #1; nesses, where he traveled by walking. Monessen Chamber of Commerce; Since his start, he’s donated more than Mayor Lou Mavrakis; Westmoreland $200,000 of his hard-earned tips to the County Commissioners; Charles Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund Anderson & Tyler Courtney; and Senator Tim Solobay. while living on modest means. Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis statOn Albert Lexie Day, from 1:30 - 2 p.m., the Salvation Army Divisional ed, “Albert is a role model. I do hereby Band played, and at 2 p.m., Lt. Susan proclaim that Saturday, February 8, is Thwaite, Salvation Army, welcomed Albert Lexie Day.” There followed a everyone. She said, “We are very fortu- standing ovation. A prayer was said over the food and in nate to have people in our community like Albert. What if you gave back just a honor of Albert’s retirement. Thanks go to the Salvation Army in little bit to our community? What a difthis beautiful day. Capt. Michael Jung is ference it would make.” Young People Sergeant Major (YPSM) of the Monessen-based Salvation Army Grace Boyd says Albert was saved many Citadel. Throughout the year, the Army years ago at the Salvation Army, and he tirelessly provides food, money and used to come in and sing a hymn. He’s shelter to the needy. If you can help support them, please do so. had many accomplishments.

Pictured are (l-r): Harold Whyle, current president of the SW Pennsylvania Chiefs Association, (who is accepting the award on behalf of Scott Conn), Michael A Kelecic, James Bungard, and Thomas Hartley, Jr. PHOTO BY WAYNE E. RAY.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs Association presented four awards of recognition at the association's February meeting, held at the Hiller Volunteer Fire Department. The awards were presented to the four members of the association for the many years of dedicated service to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs Association. Receiving the awards were the following: • Scott Conn, Uniontown VFD - Award provided by Provident Insurance Company. • Michael A Kelecic, Edenborn VFD (also recognized for being the past president of the association) - Award provided by the SW Chiefs Assn. • James Bungard, Ohiopyle-Stewart VFD - Award provided by the SW Chiefs Assn. • Thomas Hartley Jr., Chief of the California VFD - Award provided by Nova Insurance Services representing VFIS.

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MBA Kids Construction Art Contest Announced for Spring Think about it ... practice your drawing ... create a masterpiece ... then enter to win! At the Master Builders’ Association, we encourage the expression of the mind through art and that’s why we are excited about the 2014 MBA Kids Construction Art Contest. The MBA hopes that students will take the time to submit an original piece of art in the contest. Submissions should either be of a local building or a construction activity. Students between grades K-12 are eligible to submit an entry. Submit your art now and be entered to win prizes. All artists submitting an entry must have finished work to the MBA no later than Friday, May 16, 2014 by 4 p.m. To obtain an entry form, visit or call 412-922-3912.

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Seeking ATHENA Award® Nominations The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominees for the ATHENA Award®. Nominees must live or work in Washington County. The ATHENA Award® program promotes women’s leadership and honors outstanding leaders. By recognizing exceptional individuals, the program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence. ATHENA Award® presentations are celebrations of excellence and are premiere community events. The caliber of candidates who receive the ATHENA Award® is exceptional and leads to significant and substantial recognition for participating organizations. Both women and men are eligible to receive the award. Candidates should meet the following criteria: • Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. • Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. • Actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential. The ATHENA Award® is presented for achievement, service and assistance to others and is not intended to be a contest among competing nominees, but recognition of excellence. To receive a nomination form, contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at 724-225-3010. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 3, 2014.

Speers Civic Club College Now Accepting Scholarship Applications Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 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 school. Scholarship applications may be picked up at Charleroi Area High School (Guidance Office) and must be returned to the school on or before April 1.






Artists and Craftsmen Needed for Rostraver Art Show Proceeds to Benefit Wounded Officer James Kuzak By Charlotte Hopkins

Family, friends, and supporters of wounded Clairton police officer James Kuzak have rallied to organize an art show fundraiser to benefit Kuzak. Kuzak was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty. He was rescuing a family that was being held hostage. The Art Expo 5220 was organized by Jess Williams. She plays the key role in the majority of Kuzak's fundraising events. The show, to be held at the Rostraver Ice Gardens (Verso Room), is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 from 12 – 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and will include raffles, face painting, Kuzak and his K9 companions. Kuzak and concessions, and a DJ. was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty. They are now seeking vendors to set up tables to sell their work. It is free to set up products for sale and at the end of the event each vendor will donate 25% of their sales to the Officer James Kuzak, Jr. Benefit Fund. Since this is an art show, the focus is on art, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, woodworking, ceramics, and all products that are manmade – nothing storebought. Fayette City photographer Joe Ciferno donated a 16x20” print to auction off at the art show. Those interested in setting up a table to sell their work or in donating an item or gift basket to be auctioned off should contact Jess Williams at

Save the Date! ‘Dancing with Our Stars’ Scheduled for June 28 The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the South Hills, presents Dancing with Our Stars on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and competition begins at 7:30 p.m. The donation is $35, which includes dinner, the show, and open dancing. All proceeds benefit the July 4th fireworks show. Music provided by Disc Inferno-Bill Lemon who plays music of all styles! The fundraiser will be held at the New Eagle VFD Social Hall, 156 Chess St. Dance demonstrations will be done by the Arthur Murray Pros, there will be a hosted Wine Bar by Ripepi Winery, and a cash bar, Chinese auction and raffles available. Purchase tickets online at or call 724-258-5919. Please Note: No tickets will be available at the door. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. The Chamber now accepts debit/credit cards.

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Donora Historical Society Lines Up Guest Speakers for March - May The Donora Historical Society got off to a good start in the New Year during a meeting on Saturday, February 8th at the Donora Public Library for a presentation titled “The Founding of Donora.” Donora was founded in 1901, but the village that existed prior to Donora was a town known as West Columbia that was founded in 1814 – 200 years ago. To recognize the Bicentennial of West Columbia, we displayed old photos, told stories and showed artifacts of West Columbia, as well as its transition into the newer and bigger town that was to become Donora. After our February Saturday meeting at the Donora Library, our presentations will return back to the Smog Museum on Mondays at 7 p.m. starting with the Cincinnati Mine Disaster on Monday, March 3, the Donora Southern Railroad on Monday, April 7, and the Donora-Webster Bridge on Monday, May 5. The June 2nd presentation has yet to be determined. The Cincinnati Mine was located in nearby Courtney, which is just north of New Eagle on the Monongahela River. Almost 101 years ago in April of 1913, 98 miners died in a mine explosion that shook the Mon Valley. The Cincinnati Mine Disaster presenter will be Ringgold school teacher Scott Frederick. The Donora Southern Railroad was a dedicated rail line that serviced the entire footprint of American Steel and Wire, and Zinc Works, and the surrounding area. Donora Southern actu-

ally had 20 to 30 miles of track that zig-zagged around the mill site and along the river past Palmer Park. The Donora Southern Railroad presenter will be local railroad enthusiast Tom Crespo whose presentation will be supplemented by artifacts and photos from the Donora Historical Society. The Donora-Webster Bridge was constructed in 1908, and while it still stands, it is no longer in use to auto or foot traffic. To honor the bridge before it is razed either this year or next, our museum curator Brian Charlton we will be showing photos, artifacts and blueprints of the 106 year old structure. We look forward to welcoming the Heinz History Center and their docents for a special Cement City Walking Tour to bring to life the article written by Society member Brian Charlton for their Western Pennsylvania History magazine on Donora’s National Historic District. The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum is located at the intersection of Sixth and McKean in the heart of Donora, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the society, museum, meetings or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by or email us at DonoraHistorical or by calling 724823-0364 and leaving a message. Or visit us on the web at

4th Annual Ukrainian Easter Egg Class to be Held at Monongahela’s Little City Coffee The 4th Annual Ukrainian Easter Egg Class is scheduled from March 22 April 12 on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. at Little City Coffee on Main Street in Monongahela. The first of your 2-day class consists of a brief history and hands-on instruction while you create your beautiful egg. The second day is yolk removal, and this takes about 15 minutes. Great mother-daughter fun. All supplies included! Cost $20/person, ages 13+ only. Classes fill up quickly. You must pay at least one week prior to event to reserve your spot. Please call Little City Coffee at 724-258-6285 to sign up.

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Concert Promoter Rich Engler to Enhance All Oldies Dance for Stockdale Firemen Rich Engler, longtime concert promoter and the first inductee in the Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be a special guest at the All Oldies, Only Oldies dance Saturday, April 5 at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s (SVFD) community social center. Engler, a native of Creighton and a graduate of East Deer Frazier High School, began booking concerts at theaters and colleges in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio in the late 1960s. In a move to graduate to bigger venues he joined forces in 1973 with another Pittsburgh promoter, Pat DiCesare, to form DiCesare-Engler Productions, which became one of the most respected and successful concert promotion teams in the United States. Engler will present a pre-dance program at 7:30 p.m. and will then be available for autographs and pictures. Copies of his autobiography, Behind The Stage Door: A Promoter’s Life Behind The Scenes will be on sale for $24.95 (cash or credit card), with portions of the proceeds going to the Cancer Caring Center, which provides free services to cancer patients. Memorabilia from Engler’s 40+ years in the business will be on display at the social center and will include classic guitars from such



WCCF to Raffle Penguins Tickets for April 12 Game Vs. Flyers Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) is raffling two Pittsburgh Penguins tickets for the Saturday, April 12, 2014 game against the Philadelphia Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center. The game tickets, donated by CONSOL Energy, are in Section 110, Row R. Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winner will be determined by the first validated three-digit Pennsylvania Lottery number drawn at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28. If the number drawn on this date is an unsold ticket, the winner will be determined by the next day’s 7 p.m. drawing until a winner is determined. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s Mother’s Fund, which supports programs that benefit disadvantaged women and children in Washington County. Raffle tickets are available for purchase through WCCF Trustees or by contacting the Foundation at 724-222-6330 or

Legendary concert promoter Rich Engler (right) is shown with Jon Bon Jovi (circa 1980) prior to a performance in Pittsburgh.

artists as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Bon Jovi, James Brown and Smokey Robinson. The April 5 dance will run from 8 p.m. - midnight and will feature disc jockey Ralph Trilli, co-host of Cruisin’ Sunday on WJPA in Washington, with music from the 1950s and early 1960s. Tickets for the BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything – food and beverages) affair are $10/ person and tables of eight or more are available. Seating will be limited to 600 and reservations can be made by calling 724-3305002. The fire department will provide free refreshments (not pop).

‘Soup is On’ In West Newton Saturday March 29 will be a day for you to make a new friend when you attend Soup's On In West Newton. This progressive dinner will be hosted by Mrs. Emma Jean Pritchard to benefit the West Newton Public Library. The event starts at 5 PM and wraps up at 9 PM, with 3 dining locations at 3 charming old homes in West Newton. The dinner consists of appetizers, an array of soups and of course fabulous desserts. In addition to your wonderful food selections, you will be treated to live entertainment at some locations, as well as, a Chinese Auction. The goal of this event is not only to help raise funds for the library, but to get to know new and old town residents. This is a wonderful way to make new lifelong friends through an old fashion town party and a great way to keep the doors of our library open. Make sure to get your tickets early, since there are a limited number. They are just $20 each and can be purchased at Gary's Chuck Wagon in West Newton or at the West Newton Public Library 724-972-3229.




Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest Held at Washington Crown Center Mall The Washington Crown Center Mall will host a Miss Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest on Monday, March 3 at 6 p.m. Winners will go to the State Finals in May to represent their county. Entries are being accepted now. Everyone will receive a crown and trophy. The model search is for girls, ages 4 - 27 years old. Age groups are as follows: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-27 years. Winners in each age group will receive a trophy and crown, Runners-up will receive a trophy and crown. The baby contest is for boys and girls. Age groups are as follows: Baby - under one year; Tiny -1 year; Little -2 & 3 years. A king and queen will be chosen in each age group. Each winner will receive a trophy and crown. Entry forms are available in the mall management office or by calling 1-813-839-8054 and having all the information sent to you by mail.

West Newton Library Announces March Events, Seeks Books and Jewelry Donations The West Newton Library is proud to present this spring's ‘must hear’ lecture. We will be hosting Pittsburgh's Mansions with author Melanie Linn Gutowski on Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Melanie was inspired to write her book while working as a docent for the Frick. Her book showcases the grand mansions of the gilded age in Pittsburgh. If you love beautiful historic homes, make a point to reserve a seat for this interactive talk with author Gutowski. Please give the library a call to book your seat. Parents - mark the calendar for Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. to bring your kids to the library to celebrate the Luck of the Irish. We will be holding our monthly story and craft hour celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The event is open to children of all ages and is free. On Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. the West Newton Library will be featuring speaker Ben Markle in our multipurpose room. Ben will be speaking on prominent residents of West Newton and will have some great historical memorabilia on hand to view. Give us a call to reserve a seat. Also make sure to stop by the library to check our some of Ben's historic West Newton memorabilia currently on display at the library. On Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. the

West Newton Library will continue its history series with featured speaker Miles Richards. Miles will be focusing on Colonel May and General Rufus Putnam. West Newton traces its roots to 1788, when a group of American pioneers to the Northwest Territory led by Gen. Rufus Putnam traveled overland from Massachusetts and stopped at this location to build boats. They then set out down the Youghiogheny River to the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, ending their journey and founding the town of Marietta, Ohio. Please give us a call if you would like to reserve a seat for the talk. We need your help! The West Newton Library is currently searching for donations of gently used jewelry for our 2nd Annual Mega Jewelry Sale, which will take place on June 7 at the library. We are currently accepting all types of jewelry of all styles and ages that includes rings, necklaces, earrings, pins and watches. We are also actively accepting books in like new condition for our library as well as an upcoming sale. All donations are greatly appreciated. The library is located at 124 N. Water St., West Newton. For more information, call the Library at 724-872-8555.

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March for Parks Scheduled for Saturday, March 29 in Three Westmoreland Locations March for Parks will now be three times the fun! On Saturday, March 29, 2014, the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board is expanding the March for Parks event to three locations around Westmoreland County. Marches will be held at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg, Cedar Creek Park in Belle Vernon, and at the Murrysville SportZone along the Turtle Creek Trail Extension. The money raised at past Marches has really made an impact in the community. Marchers will have the opportunity to designate the funds they raise to projects that will make our County parks and trails great places to visit. Cedar Creek Park funds will go towards updates to the RC Airplane field and the creation of a dog park. This would be a great opportunity for your business to sponsor this NEW event. Sponsorships include on-site signage and tables for promotions, recognition on all flyers, brochures, ads and our website, as well as on our t-shirts. We also would recognize you in our annual Guidepost. Sponsorships range from $100 to $3,000. Deb Keefer & Kris Samloff are co-chairs for the event at Cedar Creek Park and can be contacted via email at or, respectively. Registration begins at 9 a.m. All Marches will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon with lunch for all registered participants. Walkers and runners may participate as individuals or teams. Any group of three or more people can be a team. Organize your friends and family, school, place of worship, company or community organization. We will honor the top 10 teams combined at all marches. Marchers will collect monetary donations prior to the event and turn in their money on-site. Marchers who collect $25 or more will receive a t-shirt and lunch card. Marchers that collect over $150 or more will receive a gift card – the more you raise, the more the gift card will be worth! There will be raffles, music, awards and more at each site! For more information on sponsorship, volunteering, or forming teams, please visit our website at or call 724-830-3950. Join in the March for Parks on Saturday, March 29 and help us to keep Westmoreland County green!

Calling All Filmmakers! Submit Your Entries for the Film Festival Contest The Film Festival Contest is open to independent filmmakers. Films can be up to 90 minutes. There is also a special contest for K-12. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2014. The Film Festival will be held on April 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the George Washington Hotel, 60 S. Main St., Washington. Come view unique films made by independent filmmakers. Meet and mingle with other independent filmmakers. For more information and details, visit or email or call 724-678-4225.

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Bentleyville Lioness Club Schedules Chinese Auction Basket Bash in April The Bentleyville Lioness Club will hold a Chinese Auction Basket Bash on April 27 at the Cokeburg Fire Hall. $10 admission gets you a sheet of 25 tickets, coffee, tea and dessert. Extra sheets of 25 tickets are $5. There will be other games of chance and 50/50. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., drawings start at 2 p.m., and each winner needs to be there or have someone there to get the basket. For more information, contact Elaine at 724-2392940, Pat at 724-239-5150 or email



Support Bentleyville Library by Dining at Trademan’s Inn March 19 On Wednesday, March 19, the Tradesman’s Inn, 1769 E National Pike, Scenery Hill, will give 10% of their sales to the Bentleyville Library Building Fund. If you have eaten there, you know it is a family run restaurant/bar. If you have never been there, it is a great place to take your whole family for lunch or dinner and you will probably return again and again. Please come out and support the Bentleyville Library!




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12th Annual Charity Trivia Contest Scheduled by Washington Rotary Club Together Again: Mon Valley Reunion in Florida a Fun Time The annual Mon Valley reunion was held February 22 at the Sea Dog Brewing Company in Clearwater, Florida. Over 170 people from the Mon Valley, Florida and other parts of the country attended the event, which was coordinated again by Lou and Maria, former area residents now living in Tampa. Among those enjoying the festivities were Monongahela High School Class of 1959 members (l-r) Pat Watson, Sarah Jane Reinhardt, Eddie Nicholanco, Mary Jane Moore, Stephen Lengyel and Margie Roule.

Charthene Club Names Rachel Ritzer February Girl of the Month At the February meeting of the Charthene Club, President Dorincz welcomed all members and June Hopkins gave a blessing. Following dinner, the meeting began with the club prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and Club Collect led by Jane Dorincz. Ways and Mean Chairperson Ruth Karlowsky reported the next fundraiser will be baked goods from 2 Fine Caterers in Speers. The sale will run through March and April and will be delivered to members on Tuesday, April 15. Social Chairperson Kathleen Umbel reported that her committee will be meeting to go over the plans for Rachel Ritzer the Reciprocity and tea which will be held on April 3. Social plans for the meeting for March 6 are undecided at this time. Members will be notified by the telephone committee. Youth Committee Chairperson Barbara Pepper announced Rachel Ritzer was selected as February Girl of the Month. Rachel is a senior high student at Charleroi Area High School. She serves as treasurer of Student Council and secretary of the Astronomy Club. She is a member of the girls’ soccer and basketball teams, 2013 Homecoming Court, Executive Committee, Future Business Leaders of America, Teen Outreach, Spanish Club, and The Future is Mine. Rachel is active in her church. She helps with Bible School and church dinners. She is employed at Medved's Pharmacy. Her awards include 1st place at the regional level for Future Business Leaders of America, taking her to Hershey, PA for state competition. Rachel is the daughter of Jerry and Linda Ritzer. Her future plans are to attend college entering into a business or engineering field.

Put on your thinking cap! It is time for the Washington Rotary Club's 12th Annual Rotary Charity Trivia Contest to be held on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Three Rivers Auction House, Washington, PA. Rotary will donate $1,000 to the charity of the winning team’s choice, $500 to the second place team’s charity and $250 to the third place team’s charity. The event consists of 50 questions segmented into 10 categories of five questions each. All teams play simultaneously, with answers written on a notecard and scores tabulated by the quizmasters and scorekeepers. In between rounds, activities include door prize drawings and a Raffle Auction. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Last year, a total of 275 people and 33 teams participated. Net proceeds donated to the Rotary Foundation, which funds international projects that provide health care, clean water, food, education and other essential needs in the developing world. Teams must consist of a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight; team size is strictly enforced. The entry fee is $30 per player and includes pizza, snacks and beverages. As space permits, spectators and cheerleaders are permitted to attend at $30 per person, and spectators and cheerleaders are not permitted to sit with teams during game-play. To enter a team in the Charity Trivia Contest, send one check per team - with the team name noted in the memo - made payable to “Washington Rotary Club” in the amount of $30 per player and/or spectator to the Washington Rotary Club, c/o Kathy Sabol, 119 S. College St., Washington, PA 15301. Registration must include the following: 1) email address and phone number for the team “captain”, 2) team name (be creative!), and 3) the name of the 501c3 non-profit charitable organization for which the team is playing. Teams must be registered by March 14. Due to the size of the facility, the number of teams is restricted to 35 and team registrations will be accepted in the order that they are paid in full. Visit to download a registration brochure. For information about the contest or to request a brochure, contact contest coordinator Kathy Sabol, Washington Rotary Club, at 724-225-6710 or

California Area Toastmasters Club Seeking New Members Are you uncomfortable speaking in front of groups? If you would like to speak to others with confidence and ease, then Toastmasters is for you! In this low-cost learning experience, you’ll discover how to say what you mean in a confident, clear manner. Join California Toastmasters and conquer your fears. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 292,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The California Area Toastmasters Club is seeking prestigious members of the community to become founding members, chartering the club. Guests, novices, and experienced speakers are welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Johnson at 215-767-9129 or, and ask to receive your free copy of "10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking." Visit

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Mon Valley’s Mononghela, Italy’s Ono San Pietro Named “Sister Cities” in Celebration Planning of the “Sister City” Celebration being held for Monongahela and Italy’s Ono San Pietro is underway with meetings being held at Monongahela City Hall. Under the direction of Connie Russell, committee members are very enthusiastic planning the three-day event to be held August 22, 23, and 24. Elena Broggi, the Mayor of Ono San Pietro, has written a letter to Pictured are Chairperson Connie Russell Monongahela Mayor Robert Kepics and Mayor Robert Kepics sharing this joy and pride of the two communities as sister cities. Ono San Pietro’s mayor will be making a visit to Monongahela this coming April along with Guiseppe Domenighini, who is responsible for the sister city idea years ago. Historian Terry Necciai, who grew up in Monongahela is in the process of writing a book on Italian families that immigrated to the valley from the Ono San Pietro area. His research has found that 70 families with Italian surnames came to the valley with the majority settling in the Monongahela area. The next scheduled meeting will be held March 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Monongahela City Hall. Anyone interested in participating with the planning of the celebration of events or just sharing your family information can contact event chairperson Connie Russell at 724-258-8409.

19th Empty Bowls Dinner Set for March 2nd The annual Empty Bowls Dinner is a meager meal of soup and bread that reminds us that too many people in our region still have “empty bowls” and face hunger. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest, a Center for Action Against Hunger, will co-host the 19th Empty Bowls Dinner from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave. in Oakland. Those attending the Empty Bowls Dinner begin by choosing which “empty bowl” to take home from table after table of hand-made ceramic bowls of every description. Amateur and professional potters from all over the region’s schools and studios create and donate some 1,200–1,500 bowls each year. Several community bowl-making sessions are usually held at arts centers in January around Pittsburgh; in the past these have included Carlow University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and Sweetwater Art Center. New potters’ wares are welcome; anyone who wishes to donate bowls should contact Ken at Just Harvest at 412-431-8960. Restaurants and caterers donate bread and several hundred gallons of soup, from exotic selections like Thai corn chowder to the perennial favorite, chicken noodle. The soup is served by local celebrities, TV personalities and elected officials. Empty Bowls is also known for its family-friendly atmosphere with children’s activities, a bake sale, live entertainment, silent auction of fine ceramic art and celebrity-autographed bowls, and even soup-to-go. Tickets to Empty Bowls are $20 and are on sale through the Food Bank and Just Harvest’s websites, and Or call Just Harvest at 412-431-8960. Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.



‘A Blast from The Past’ Oldies Show Fundraiser to Benefit Education Foundation "A Blast from the Past" Oldies Show will be held on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Charleroi Area High School auditorium. The show will feature Elvis, Billy Hartung and the Hooligan Brothers Band with the main attraction Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners. Tickets are $50 for VIP, $35 for reserved seating, and $25 for general admission. All proceeds benefit the C.A.S.D. Education Foundation. For tickets, contact Carol Claybaugh at 724-483-7075 or Tom Nutting at 724-984-5510.

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MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY SCHEDULES MARCH PROGRAMS The Monongahela Area Library will have a Breaktime Basket Raffle for the month of March. The items in the basket include a coffee maker, assorted teas and coffee beverages as well as mugs. The library is collecting non-perishable groceries for the Washington County Farm Bureau’s Food Drive. The library that collects the most food will win a $100 gift card. Storytime for pre-schoolers age 30 months - 5 years meets each Wednesday at 11 a.m. The program includes reading stories, songs and a craft. The library also holds Baby Lapsit for those too young for Storytime at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The library will hold a spaghetti dinner in conjunction with the Monongahela Elks on Sunday, March 9 from 11:30 to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Jackson Street. Cost of the meal is $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Takeout

is available. The Tween Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau. The library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. The Science Club for those in grades 2 – 7 will be held March 18 at 5:30 p.m. This month’s projects are making silly putty, elephant toothpaste, and optical illusions. Book Bites will meet Thursday, March 20 to discuss Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton at 1 p.m. in the Activity Room. Families are invited to Book Flix Storytime on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for Bear Stories. The program is for children 3 – 7 years, their parents and siblings. No registration is required. For more information about the library, please call 724-258-5409.

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MMVTA Reinstates Four Board Members from the Mon Valley Community

Pictured are (l-r): Judge Larry Hopkins; Mr. Thomas Monack; Mr. Thomas Caudill; and Mr. Joseph Villella.

Judge Larry Hopkins and Mr. Frank Kennedy.

The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) is pleased to reinstate community Board members for another term on the current 21- member board. Each 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. The Board members were Mr. Frank Kennedy of Elco, Mr. Thomas Caudill of Monongahela, Mr. Joseph Villella of North Charleroi, and Mr. Thomas Monack of Speers. Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins inducted the members during the January 23rd Board meeting. The Board meets monthly, the fourth Thursday of each month at the MMVTA Transit Center, 1300 McKean Ave. in Charleroi at 6 p.m. For more information, call 724-489-0880 or visit

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Greater Monessen Historical Society Prepares Syrian Exhibit; Plans Annual Public Meeting In honor of the centennial celebrations for St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Greater Monessen Historical Society will highlight the history of the Syrian immigrants of the Greater Monessen area in their annual spring exhibit. The exhibit will be formally opened on Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in the Monessen Heritage Museum, 505 Donner Ave., and be available for viewing until summer. The Annual Public Meeting of the Greater Monessen Historical Society will also be held on Sunday, March 16 during the grand opening of the Syrian Exhibit. The president will review the accomplishments of the past year. The treasurer will present the budget, and individual board members will discuss their respective areas of responsibility. A message will be delivered from honorary Board member Tim Donner, great-grandson of Industrialist William Henry Donner, who built Monessen’s first industry, the National Tin Plate Company, in 1897. Upcoming plans will be discussed, and ideas solicited from the audience. Current members of the society will vote on candidates for the Board of Directors. A fundraiser dinner will be held on Sunday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a donation of $10, an individual can choose either lasagna or gnocchi along with salad, dessert, bread, butter and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum or from a Board member. Take outs are available. The Museum Shoppe has recently added a Hungarian cookbook with recipes covering the past eighty years. A packet of Monessen church post cards is available for a $5 donation. For Easter basket covers, the Shoppe has white scarves imprinted with colorful holy images. Polish and Slovak Easter custom books are on order. Stop by today. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Greater Monessen Historical Society is on Facebook and also has a webpage at that features our activities, news and various photographs.



Washington County Farm Bureau’s "Ag Days" Photo Contest Underway The Washington County Farm Bureau announces that the 2014 "Ag Days" Photo Contest is now underway! The annual contest is for anyone - not just WCFB members - and seeks pictures of Washington County scenes and people that depict winter farm chores or winter sunsets on the farm. The contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages. Photos must be turned in to the Washington Crown Center Mall Office by Friday, March 7, 2014. Monetary prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries. For a complete list of rules and prizes, visit and click on the Photo Contest link, or call Denise Lewellyn at 724-356-7923.

Public Meeting Scheduled to Reveal Plans for Bentleyville Community Center

Shipmates Kick Off 2014 with February Meeting The February meeting of the Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates was called to order by CO Bill Hess, followed by the playing of the Navy Hymn; George Diehl gave the opening prayer; Carl Pro led the group with the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was held in memory of Shipmate Francis Dutch. Roll call was taken and all officers were present except Financial Officer Joe Acton and Chaplain Rev. Fred Pfeil. Hess welcomed back Buzz Carey after being on the sick list for the past 3 months. A letter was read from Shipmate Harry Scholer from Florida with his dues for 2014 and a donation "for the good of the organization." The members applauded Harry for his kind gesture. Fred Owens gave a report of the Washington County Vets Council meeting held this past month. Marshall Lignian reported the Flag Presentation committee has been to 29 schools so far this school year with more on the schedule. So far, 2740 students and adults have participated in the program. Additional help is really needed to supplement the group of Shipmates doing the presentations. Joe Gallo gave a financial report on the Christmas party that was held in December. Patrick Maloy was recognized for his handling of the music for the party. On the sick list were Joseph Acton, Noel Sawyer, Harry Spaziani, Nora Villella and Sally Stephenson. Please keep these veterans in your prayers. Half the take was won by Lawrence Masci. The dismissal prayer was given by Diehl and the meeting was adjourned until the next meeting on March 4, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Bentleyville Library Director Diana Blair (left) and Bentleyville Library Board President Mary Thompson (right) study the preliminary architectural plans for the new Bentleyville Community Center.

By Alice Harris

A public meeting will be held at the Library at 6 p.m. on March 14, 2014 for the public to visit the Library as it is now and to reveal plans for the new Community Center.

Notice of Change in Polling Place for Monongahela Precinct The Washington County Elections Office is announcing a change in polling location for the precinct of Monongahela 2-1. The precinct used to poll at the Free Methodist Church (Old Armory Building) at 401 Second St. The new polling place will be the Elk Lodge 455 on 446 Jackson St. Any questions can be directed to the Elections Office at 724-228-6750.




Cub Scouts Race for the Gold Monongahela’s Cub Scout Pack 1446 Pinewood Derby Brings Friendly Competition By Paul Chasko

A big annual event for cub scouts in Monongahela is the Pinewood Derby. This year’s race was as exciting as previous years with quite a few happy trophy winners and other cubs going home just with their cars and big plans for next year’s race. Cub Scout Pack 1446 is sponsored by the Monongahela United Methodist Church and the Pictured are the overall winners of the Pinewood Derby race was held in the church (l to r): Gage Fuller - 1st Place, BrendonVaccaro activity room. The kids and 2nd Place, and Gavin Kovach - 3rd Place. their parents start out with a kit consisting of a block of wood, axles, and wheels, and 3rd – Spencer Behrendt then let creativity take over to finish Bears with the fastest and best-looking car 1st – Christian Stockey in the event. The gravity-powered cars 2nd – Braydon Wilcher have their weights adjusted at a 3rd – Louden Stanko weigh-in prior to the race so they’ll Webelos 1 have the same weight on race day. 1st -Brandon Barnhart The track was state-of-the-art with 2nd – Skylar Roberts an all-electronic finishing line and 3rd – Christian Renley that’s necessary, as some of the 300 or Webelos 2 so races run during the morning and 1st – Brendon Vaccaro afternoon were too close to call by 2nd – Gage Fuller eye. Below is a list of the winners: 3rd – Dominic Cropelli Tiger Cubs Pack Overall Winners 1st – Carl (CJ) Thompson 1st – Gage Fuller 2nd – Albert Trunzo 2nd – Brendon Vaccaro 3rd – Aiden Tully 3rd- Gavin Kovach Wolfs Best of Show: 1st – Tyler George 1st Place – Dominic Cropelli 2nd – Gavin Kovach 2nd Place – Wylleum Britt Go to our website gallery at for more photos by Paul Chasko of this event.

Ethnic Dinner Dance Slated for April 5 to Benefit Ave Maria Parish There will be an Ethnic Dinner on April 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Bentleyville. Polish food and the Nu-Tones Polka Band will be featured. Doors open at 6 p.m. $15 per person, $25 per couple. BYOB. Benefits Ave Maria Parish. For tickets or information, call 724-239-3591.

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Downtown West Newton Inc. Seeks New Members, Farmers’ Market Vendors Downtown West Newton Inc. is kicking off its annual membership drive with a new twist this year. Our main goal this year, in addition to raising much needed funds for the organization, is to grow new members. We hope to welcome in new members this year to help out with our farmers market, car cruise, Christmas festival, dinners, town improvements, and beautification of the downtown historic structures plus so much more. We are a friendly group and love to welcome new members of all ages and talents. We are a nonprofit group and receive no state funding to keep our group going so depend on the support of those who love Main Street, America and history. So keep your eye out for our membership letter in the West Newton area or if you would like to help outside of the area please check out our website or give us a call at 724-872-0100 if you would like to make a donation to this hard working organization. Again we cannot stress how important your tax deductible donation is. Downtown West Newton Inc. would like to invite you to a fabulous dinner called "Pasta at the Center" on Saturday March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Newton Senior Center. The center is

located at the corner of Main St. and Water St. in West Newton. The dinner is being prepared by Beechwood Pasta House and Catering Service in West Newton. This wonderful family-run business has been a staple on Main Street for some time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. The dinner will include a huge plate of spaghetti and salad, bread, homemade desserts, and a drink. So come out and have a great dinner for a great cause! Downtown West Newton Inc. would like everyone to mark their calendars for the 2014 season of the Simeral Square Farmers’ Market, which will kick off in June. The farmers’ market will take place on Saturday mornings starting at 10 a.m. People wishing to participate should contact 724-8720100 for more details. This lovely market takes place on our newly completed town square overlooking the river. The location sits in the heart of a busy intersection of state route 136. We will be announcing our upcoming concert series this summer plus numerous other adult and children's activities that will be taking place at the Square. So be sure to call early to reserve a spot at one of the best locations of a farmers’ market in the Mon Valley and Greensburg area!

JK Tener Library in Charleroi Posts Events and Announcements for March Hours are Mon – Thurs, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri, Sat, and Sun, 12 – 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-483-8282 or visit Tener Library is located at 638 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. • Like us on Facebook! • 2014 Annual Fund Drive mailings will be heading your way soon! Please give your best donation to help us grow! • Stop in and meet our new children/YA area employee, Kathie! She is planning children’s programs and YA events to entertain and enlighten you. Many new and exciting young adult programs will be offered in the coming months. • Donate by credit card at the Library. All major cards accepted. • Consider joining the Friends of the Tener Library! Simply email

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Recent Local Death Notices ARRIGO, Josephine, 99, of Charleroi, died January 30. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. ASHLEY, M. Vince, 27, of Donora, died February 6. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. BEREZNAY, Mathew N., 61, of New Eagle, died January 9. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. BOWERS, Philip L., 79, of Gastonville, died January 29. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. BRUBAKER, Lois Elaine, 79, of Carroll Township, died January 21. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. BUCSKO, John P., 98, of Speers Hill, died February 5. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. CROUCH, Gloria M, 85, of Charleroi, died January 28. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DelVERME, James Joseph, 77, of New Eagle, died January 9. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. DISCLAFANI, Paul Pasquale, 92, of Charleroi, died January 31. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. FRANKS, William J., 74, of North Charleroi, died February 10. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi.

GRATKIE, Richard Joseph, 83, of New Eagle, died January 14. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. GREAVES, Mary Magdaline, 91, of Monongahela, died January 7. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. HALL, Shirley Ann, 78, of North Charleroi, died January 22. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. HICKLE, William R., 53, of Monongahela, died February 18. Arrangements under the direction of William Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. HUGHES, Nancy A., 77, of Speers Hill, died February 2. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. JOSSON, Carol A., 74, of Charleroi, died February 13. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. KARPIAK, Susan (Soltis), 94, of Charleroi, died January 29. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. KOLBE, Douglas Frederick, 52, of Carroll Township, died January 4. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. LOFINK, Eugene P. “Pete”, 86, of Monongahela, died February 13. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi.

LUPARELLO, James, 98, of North Charleroi, died February 1. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. MALIE, Frank P., 88, of Fallowfield Township, died February 10. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. MITCHELL, Judith Myers, 71, of West Newton, died February 14. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. RICHARDSON, Oliver Uriah , 89, of Carroll Township, died January 8. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. ROBBINS, Virginia L., 82, of Fallowfield Township, died January 31. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. SEKORA, Shawn, 60, of Charleroi, died January 24. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi.

SMITH, Edna Ann, 59, of Donora, died on January 25. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. SPENCER, Ruth C., 83, of Charleroi, died February 12. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. TRETTEL, Rita, 88, of Charleroi, died January 31. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. VANCIK, Sara Ione, 99, of Monongahela, died January 6. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. VOLOSIN, Daniel, 68, of Elco, died February 13. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. WARGO, Marvin E., Sr., 79, of Charleroi, died January 29. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi.



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Business & Merchant News MVRCC March Luncheon to Feature River Town Program Director The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Monongahela Valley Country Club, 1188 Country Club Rd. Registration begins for the event at 11:45a.m. and the program will conclude promptly at 1p.m. The keynote speaker will be Catherine McCollum, director of the River Town Program. The River Town Program, a project of Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), helps communities to recognize the river as an asset around which potential community and economic development can occur, and thus a resource worthy of protection. For PEC, this program serves as a model for implementing collaborative solutions to environmental protection and restoration. Cathy McCollom, who serves as director of the River Towns Program, has 30 years of experience in creating successful community and

development programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland. “We were so proud that the Monongahela River was named as the “2013 River of the Year,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber director. “We are pleased that our Mid Mon Valley towns are seeing the benefits of the River Towns Program and are looking forward to an update from Cathy.” More information on the program is available at and Reservations are required and the cost is $15/member; $18/non-member and may be made by calling the Chamber office at 724-483-3507 or emailing at In the case of severe weather call the Chamber office or watch for a posting on the Chamber Facebook page. VISA, Mastercard and Discover are accepted and on-line registration is available at

C. Alan Walker, PA Secretary of DCED, to be Featured at April MVRCC Luncheon An event hosted by the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce and Mon Valley Progress Council will host the Secretary of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), C. Alan Walker, on April 8 at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served promptly at noon. Members of the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce are also invited and encourage to attend this C. Alan Walker important informational meeting featuring one of the Commonwealth’s top officials. Please call the MVRCC at 724-483-3507 to make early reservations.

Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Featured Washington County Commissioners at February Luncheon

The Washington County Commissioners were featured in a panel discussion during a MVRCC Luncheon held on February 11. Pictured at right are: (l-r) Harlan Shober, Diana Irey Vaughn and Chairman Larry Maggi , who spoke to a group of 70 Chamber members and guests. Pictured above Charleroi's Mayor John Mollenauer addresses the Commissioners at the luncheon.

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MONONGAHELA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES BARTMAN, INC. FEBRUARY BUSINESS OF THE MONTH The MACC Business of the Month for February is Bartman, Inc. Bartman Plumbing and One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning has been in business in Monongahela and the surrounding communities for 38 years. We specialize in plumbing heating and cooling service, repair and replacement work. We are not involved in new construction or commercial work. Tim Bartman, owner, has been an active member in the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce for over thirty years and 6 years as president. Bartman also local schools and youth activities and is a family orientedcompany. Brothers Ron and Bob both have over 30 years of experience in their respective fields. Daughter

Crystal and her husband Josh also work for the company. Says Tim Bartman, “We have been voted a Valley favorite in our trades for over 12 straight years. Our businesses have always believed that aervice after the sale is more important than the sale itself. ‘100% satisfaction’ are not just words at Bartman’s. It’s the way we are.” Call 724-258-9125 for plumbing and 724-258-2215 for heating and cooling.

23rd Annual Mon Valley Home Show Scheduled for April 4 - 6 The 23rd Annual Mon Valley Home Show, scheduled for April 4, 5, and 6 at the Rostraver Ice Gardens, Rt. 51, Belle Vernon, is nearing a sellout on booth reservations. If you haven’t reserved your booth space yet, contact Lynn Grimes at 412-760-0531 or Leo Rach at 724-483-7000. The Annual Mon Valley Home Show is an efficient way to reach a large number of motivated and qualified prospects for your business, products or services. Again this year, businesses will have the opportunity to demonstrate product lines at scheduled time throughout the three-day event at the main stage area at no additional charge. New this year, the show will feature a wine tasting area, with four local wineries showcasing their products. The specialty market area will feature home décor, specialty food items, health and wellness products and fashion accessories. Advertising space is available in the reference buyers’ guide that will be given to every attendee at the show for a nominal fee. This booklet will list all exhibitors’ information and can be used as a reference all year long. The Annual Home Show is open to the public, Friday, April 4 from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Community Celebrates MVH Capital Campaign’s $2.7 M Success with Plaque Unveiling and Tours Monongahela native Walter R. Cox, M.D. remembered his late mother-inlaw, Nellie Fawcett Peart, with a donation to Monongahela Valley Hospital’s “Focus on the Future” Capital Campaign. He and his wife, Beth, were grateful that she received such loving care at the hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. Thanks to Dr. Cox and hundreds of other residents, businesses, hospital board members, physicians, hospital employees and Auxilians, the campaign was unhindered by the slow economic recovery and surpassed its original $2.5 million goal, reaching $2.7 million. On Thursday, February 13, Monongahela Valley Hospital officials unveiled the inscribed bronze donor plaques honoring the donors and other major gifts made to the hospital’s largest capital campaign in its history. Donors celebrated the campaign’s unprecedented success and were given a private tour of the plaques in the hospital’s main hallway and around the campus. “Your support has been invaluable, you are touching the lives of your family, friends and neighbors who come from near and far for the excellent medical care that we provide at Monongahela Valley Hospital,” Jack Fry, chairman of the Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. board of directors, told attendees prior to the tours. “You are perpetuating MVH’s history of progress by impacting the health of the communities we serve and I thank you.” After the informal speeches, attendees divided into small groups and toured the hospital where their individual plaques were displayed. The main plaque between the lobby and the elevators is approximately11 feet wide by five feet high and displays 245 names, with some empty spaces for future donors. Around the various departments, 80 other plaques bear the names of those donors who met a certain giv-

A donor stays behind to read the names on one of the larger donor plaques during Monongahela Valley Hospital’s recent plaque unveiling.

ing level in the campaign. Employees contributed to the Capital Campaign through the “Hearts that Care” five-year employee giving campaign, which raised an astonishing $317,000, more than tripling its original goal. Mrs. Schumacher said more than 50% of all employees committed to this five-year donation program because it benefitted the heating and cooling upgrades in patient rooms. Some of the bricks and mortar improvements made possible by this campaign include: Expansion of the hospital’s first floor to add four new operating suites. The addition of new Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) equipment within the Sweeney-Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Pavilion. Expansion of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) and the Center for Wound Management program within the first floor of the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney-Melenyzer Pavilion Upgrades to the hospital’s air conditioning/heating systems, boilers, interior/exterior lighting and main electric transformers Monongahela Valley Hospital’s “Focus on the Future” Capital Campaign was launched in 2011.

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MACC Introduces 2014 Board of Directors

The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce its 2014 Board of Directors. Pictured are front row (l-r): Reverend Raymond DiCamillo, Church of Nazarene; Mayor Robert Kepics; The Chamber Cheetah; Cis Fraser, Avon, Treasurer; Dr. Randall Rodriguez, Vice President; Anthony J. Bottino, Allstate Bottino Financial, President; Gary Lenzi, Carroll Township; Cathy Dejeet Pro, New Eagle Borough. Back Row (l-r) Thomas Graney, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank; Dr. Colin Webster, Webster Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation; Karen Quinto, First Niagara; Michelle DeHosse, Sparkles by Shell; Chris Grilli, Grilli's Studio; and Danielle Price, Hawthorne Ventures.




FairPoint Communications, Inc. Chosen as MVRCC Member Spotlight for February

FairPoint Communications, Inc. is in the Mon Valley Regional Chamber’s Member Spotlight for February. Pictured here is Walter Ziemba, outside plant manager.

FairPoint Communications, Inc. is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 17 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers Internet services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. FairPoint products and services are available in most of the Bentleyville, Ellsworth, Scenery Hill and Marianna areas. Contact FairPoint today for your communication needs at 1-800-400-5568 or

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

Time for a Second Home? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 million people move each year.

That’s 14% of the entire population of the United States. 23.4 million people move within the same county. 7.7 million people move within the same state. 7.6 million people move to a different state. 1.2 million people move to a different country altogether.

The Census Bureau also estimates that nearly 6% of American households own a second home. Most of the time the second home is located within 150 miles of their primary residence. Most of these buyers are in their prime wage earning years and are looking for an escape from their work week realities or an investment, or even both. Second homes are typically located near recreation areas, bodies of water, or mountains. Another interesting fact is that most of these second homes are located on or near protected land, where no new development will be permitted. Whether it’s a lakefront cottage, a hunting cabin in the mountains, or a vacation home near the ocean, you may not have to be a millionaire to own one. A nationwide survey shows the median household income of secondhome owners is around $46,500. Well over 7.2 million U.S. households that owned some kind of recreational property or second home for vacation purposes. That number is expected to at least double and possibly triple over the next 5 years. With today’s continued low interest rates, the tax advantages a second home can bring, and a wide selection of areas experiencing appreciation again, this is an excellent time to consider purchasing a second home as a great get-away place that serves the added function of being an excellent investment. When searching for a second home, investigate the area thoroughly. You can access all types of information about various areas via the internet but it is very important to the take time to visit the community several times. We recommend a few months prior to and during its peak

Tom Jolley Named Century 21 Agent of the Month Century 21 Frontier Realty is proud to announce that Tom Jolley has earned the prestigious Century 21 Real Estate, LLC Emerald Level Masters Award for his outstanding 2013 production. He is invited to attend the exclusive Century 21 Top Agent Retreat this summer. Congratulations are in order!

Tom Jolley



season. Are the crowds unbearable? Is the weather unpredictable? Drive around. Experience the day-to-day activity around potential properties. Keep in mind that you may decide to retire to the area one day. Will the property serve two purposes? That of vacation home for now and a retirement home later? Your CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty Professional can help locally. They can even make the arrangements you can rely on when you are looking out of state or even out of the country. We put you in touch with a qualified and trusted expert in the area you desire. This way you can have confidence that we are overseeing your best interests. Remember, vacation homes remain a good investment and provide substantial deductions on yearly tax forms, but please remember to consult a tax preparer or certified accountant, to calculate your personal tax benefits of owning a second home. Relaxing in your new home in that dream vacation spot is not out of your reach. More and more Americans are realizing that owning a vacation home is do-able and a good investment and a peaceful retreat for years to come.

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Washington County Tourism Grant Program to Continue in 2014

Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce Names The Pet Market February Business of the Month

Applications are now available for the 2014 Tourism Grants Program, administered by the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. Funded through hotel room tax revenue, this program is offered to local non-profit organizations engaged in tourism promotion and/or development in Washington County. Organizations seeking funding for tourism marketing and/or capital projects aimed at increased or enhanced visitation may request guidelines and the application by calling 724-225-3010 or emailing Application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Pictured are (l-r): GRC Board Member Lynn Grimes holding Charlie; Owner Rose Mikel; GRC Board Members Jerry Harper, Jennifer Codeluppi and Cathy Yurkovich; Owner Lisa D’Antonio AKA Skippy; GRC Board Members Bernie Zunie,Deb Puglia, and Jennifer Cartoa.

The Pet Market, located at 1741 Rostraver Rd. in Belle Vernon, was established in May of 2012. Owners Lisa D’Antonio and Rose Mikel wanted to offer something special and healthy for the community’s four-legged friends. The store has expanded its selection of quality, natural pet foods as well as raw diets for dogs and cats. They also offer a full service grooming facility, as well as a self-pet wash. Supplies for reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals are also offered at the location. The Pet Market strives to offer the best products for your pet’s health and wellbeing. They carry a large selection of natural foods and treats made in the USA. Pets and their humans are both welcome in the shop. The Pet Market offers a customer loyalty card that gives back 5% off of all purchases. The Pet Market is committed to supporting local, non-profit animal related charities. The store does not sell dogs or cats, but instead uses their influence to educate pet parents on the benefits of feeding quality foods. They pride themselves in being locally owned and operated and care about pets and the people who love them. The Pet Market would like to thank their community for the continued support and for shopping small local businesses. For more information, call 724243-3202.

March Meetings Scheduled for Women's Business Network

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The Women’s Business Network’s mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen. Visit Local area meetings will be held as follows: • The McMurray Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at The Meadows (Mezzanine Level), 210 Racetrack Rd. inWashington on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, March 5 and 19. Contact Melissa Ball at 412-885-4139. • The Mon Valley Chapter meets at 9:15 a.m. at Sparkles by Shell, 246 W. Main Street in Monongahela on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, March 6 and 20. Contact Amanda Ciranni Fisher at 724-309-5120. • The Washington Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread – Trinity Point on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, March 12 and 26. Contact Jennifer Englert at 724-462-1067. • The Bethel Park Chapter meets at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Park Municipal Building, 5100 W. Library Ave. in Bethel Park on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, March 6 and 20. Contact Tamra McKenna at 412-885-5162.

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SPORTS Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Set for June 20 Seven New Inductees to Be Honored The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 21th annual banquet at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township on Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. This year, seven new inductees will be welcomed into the mythical Sports Hall of Fame conceived by newspapermen Floyd France and John John A. Maczuzak Tony Segzda Heather Ferrari Milkent Maurice Mathieu Milfred Holmes Bunardzya. This brings the total number of inductees to 219. The original Mon Valley Sports Writers Hall of Fame started in 1951 with the selection of Stan Musial and Bert Rechichar. The class of 2014 is comprised of Milfred “Bubby” Holmes; the late John Maczuzak; Maurice Mathieu; Heather Ferrari Milkent; Tony Segzda; Chuck Smith; and Ed Zuraw. The MMVASHOF selection committee includes Chairman Brian Herman; Carl Crawley, Jr; Dale Hamer; Tom Jenkins; Bill Kubin; Randy Marino; Stan Milchovich; Steve Russell; and Bill Hughes. The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame is one of 28 chapters of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame comprised of four geographical regions. Organized with its induction class in 1963, the state ceremonial dinner rotates between the four regions. The Mid Mon Valley chapter has inducted 17 members into the state Hall of Fame.

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School News...School News The Village Hosts Successful Grandparents' Breakfast Despite Snowy Weather

"Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" Madonna Catholic Regional

The Village Early Childhood Education Center, located in California, PA, held their annual Village Grandparents’ Breakfast at the California United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 3. The children seemed to really enjoy the snowy walk down the block to the church from The Village. The breakfast provided our children with an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. The program began with a welcome and a few brief remarks by our director. The children then came to the front of the room and sang several songs for their families, and then they offered a blessing. Breakfast was catered by the ladies of the California United Methodist Church. It featured biscuits with eggs, ham, sausage, and cheese. There was a variety of fresh fruit and berries, along with several different yogurt parfaits. An amazing array of baked delights highlighted the buffet. Following the breakfast, the children thanked the Methodist ladies before their teachers walked them back up the hill to The Village.

Register Monday — Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm until Wednesday, March 26

Only $25 per person 12-hour fast prior to test I Additional blood tests available: • Prostate (PSA) $20 • Thyroid (TSH) $15 I Results sent to your family physician I

GRADE 8 Highest Honors Olivia Behanna, Gabrielle Fronzaglio, Sarah Grandinette, Lindsey Koziel, Aislyn Lee High Honors Sophie Burkholder, Taylor DeLattre, Christina Ferrari, Rachael Funtal, Lena Galilei, Luke Greaves, Nathan Schollaert Honors Shellee Flament, Alyssa Guzik, Hannah Williams

GRADE 6 Highest Honors Jennie Bostich, Jake Caldwell, Shane Simpson High Honors Amara Behanna, Morgan Motycki, Jillian Scherer, Frank Startare Honors Mickey Falappi

Monongahela Valley Hospital’s 36-Function Multiphasic Blood Analysis Saturday, March 29 I 7 to 10 am


Madonna Catholic Regional School Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

GRADE 7 High Honors Nina Alvarez, Chase Angotti, Madison Walsh Honors Elizabeth Quattrone, Anthony Romasco, Carina Villella

A small blood sample can detect diseases of major organs and the circulatory system.

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Ringgold Elementary School North Holds Annual Science Fair

Ringgold High School to Perform ‘Tarzan’

Pictured are: John Ermlick (Kerchak) in front and in back, (l-r): Sarah Krempasky (Kala); Haley Hoffman (young Terk); Zack Mendola (Tarzan); and Tori Sevick (Jane).

Ringgold High School is premiering Tarzan March 6, 7, and 8, 2014. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, Tarzan is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes and the 1999 Disney animated film. With exciting music by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song "You'll Be In My Heart", Tarzan will please audiences of all ages. The cast includes students from Ringgold High, Middle and Elementary Schools. The Ringgold High School Orchestra, together with several adult musicians, will provide the music for the show, conducted by Dawn Mason. Tarzan tells the story of an infant boy orphaned off the shores of West Africa who is raised by a tribe of gorillas. The young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition arrives, Tarzan, now a man, encounters strangers like himself for the first time. With the guidance of musical director, Diane Ader, drama director Leslie Weinstien, and set designer Larry Johnson, amazing changes have taken place at the high school to prepare for this production. The stage has been turned into an African jungle and over 30 actors will be transformed into gorillas with the help of Ringgold student and makeup artist Cheyanne Swaney and highly talented makeup artists from Douglas Education Center. Also, Ringgold teacher and costume designer, Katie Johnston, along with volunteers, turned over 500 donated t-shirts into gorilla costumes. Show time is 7 p.m. for Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 8. Advanced tickets for Tarzan will be on sale at Ringgold High School, in the back of the auditorium Monday - Thursdays from 3 - 5 p.m., Fridays from 3 - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $8 per person and general admission is $5 per person. General admission tickets will be also be sold at the door starting 1 hour before show time for each performance. Check out for preview pictures.

Ringgold Elementary School North held its annual Science Fair on January 24; 2014. Open to students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, 30 individual/group projects were submitted by 37 students. Participants Front Row: Alexis Bresselsmith; Makayla Donovan; Kendal Morgan; met with the judges to Blake Seliga; Aidan Fausnaught; Claire Powell; Tyler Smida. Back present their projects Row: Brooke Mihalik; Dani Bagnell; Shannon Callihan; Zoey and perform experiMundorff; Jacob Pehowic; Colton Cartwright; Kirra Gerard; Delaney ments. Judging this McGee. Not pictured; Sydney Wilson. year was handled by retired science teachers Randy Kohler and Rick Shutok. the least greasy potato chip?; Dani Bagnell/Zoey Mundorff – Penny They both work for Science Matters. Cleaner Project THE 2014 WINNERS ARE: 3rd place – Makayla Donovan/ 3RD GRADE Brooke Mihalik – 1st place – Aidan Fausnaught – What paper towel is strongest? Fruit vs. Veggie 5TH GRADE 2nd place (tie) – Jacob Pehowic – 1st place – Tyler Smida – Don’t let Jet Boat; Blake Seliga – heat and money flow out the window Washing Hands – paned vs. double paned windows. 3rd place (tie) – Claire Powell – 2nd place – Delaney McGee/Colton Staticky Pepper; Alexis Bresselsmith/ Cartwright – Get your heart pumping Sydney Wilson – How does vinegar 3rd place – Shannon Callihan – Series react when mixed with different vs. Parallel circuits ingredients? Carnegie Science Center donated free 4TH GRADE passes to the first place winners. 1st place – Kendal Morgan – Congratulations to those students who Paw Preference won and to all of the participants for a 2nd place (tie) – Kirra Gerard – Easy job well done. Peasy Potato Chip Greasy – Which is

CHS Students Present The Wizard of Oz March 7th, 8th, and 9th Charleroi Area Students will present The Wizard of Oz on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Charleroi High School Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. Box office opens 2 hours before each performance.

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YOUR HEALTH MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL MARCH EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative progra.m.s during March. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. MAMM & GLAMM - Saturday, March 1 from 8a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. This event offers women who have prescriptions for mammograms free pampering after receiving their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere. To schedule an appointment, call 724-379-1911. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tuesday, March 4 – Thursday, March 6 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. To register, call 724-2581483. BONE DENSITY SCREENING - Wednesday, March 5 from 1 - 3 p.m.This free, painless screening will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis.For more information, call 724-3486699. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 7 – 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. A fourweek series of prenatal education classes designed to prepare couples for their baby’s birth. To register, call 724-258-BABY ext. 9. IS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU? - Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m., ECC. MVH has teamed up with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to provide this session

designed to give those individuals struggling with weight loss the facts to choose their best option. To register, call 412-6413632. RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, March 11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-929-9492. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB - Tuesday, March 11 from 2 – 3 p.m., ECC. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724-344-0287. INNOVATIONS – AM I AT RISK FOR DIABETES? - Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Alexander Tal, M.D., endocrinologist, will present a free progra.m. to discuss diabetes care and prevention. To register, call 724-258-1333. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tuesday, March 18 – Thursday, March 20 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. To register, call 724-258-1483. TALK WITH A DOC: CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME - Monday, March 17 from 1 – 3 p.m., Bethel Park Municipal Building, Daniel T. Stewart, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery, will discuss the causes and treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome. To register, call 724-2581333. IS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU? - Monday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. MVH has teamed up with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to provide this session designed to give individuals struggling with weight loss the facts to choose their best option. To register, call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299.

TALK WITH A DOC: ARE YOUR BONES STRONG? - Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m., Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. A free bone density screening will be available following the presentation. To register, call 724-258-1333. AUXILIARY SOUPER LUNCHEON Thursday, March 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., ECC. Enjoy soup or salad for lunch today. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. PFor more information, call 724-258-1167. BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, March 24 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9. SHINGLES VACCINE CLINIC - Tuesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – Noon, Healthy Directions at Finleyville Giant Eagle.To register, call 724-348-6699. INNOVATIONS – CIRCULATION PROBLEMS IN LIMBS - Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m., ECC. Ghassan, M.D., MVH’s new vascular surgeon, will present a free progra.m. to discuss peripheral arterial disease (PAD). To register, call 724-2581333. ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION - Tuesday, March 25 from 6 - 9 p.m., ECC. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-684-9536. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, March 26 from 9 - 11

a.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. To register, call 724-2581483. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m., ECC. The topic will be, “Advances in Insulin Pumps.” To register, call 724-258-1483. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - Thursday, March 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-2581455. PUBLIC FIRST-AID INSTRUCTION Thursday, March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes. The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-684-9536. MULTIPHASIC BLOOD ANALYSIS Saturday, March 29 from 7 - 10 a.m., ECC. This 36-function screening costs only $25 and is open to the public. Registrations must be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by calling 724-2581282. *April Coming Attraction * SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES Tuesday, April 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6 - 8 p.m., Monongahela Valley Hospital. Classes are offered at no charge to Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC) patients, MVH employees and anyone with a referral from an MVH-affiliated primary care physician. For all others, the cost is $20. To register, call 724-258-1932.

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2014 Prescription Drug Abuse Summits



Spring Group Fitness Classes Announced at Mon Valley YMCA New Sessions of Group Fitness Classes Scheduled for March and April The Mon Valley YMCA is pleased to release its March/April spring schedule of classes:

Adult Programs

Pictured are: Gene Vittone, Washington County district attorney; Lori Spina, program coordinator; Dr. Anant J. Gandhi, program sponsor.

The Practice of K. Gosai, MD & A.J. Gandhi, MD have taken their show on the road to many high schools and middle schools throughout Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. To date, the group has delivered their message to more than 8,000 students and unfortunately less than 800 parents.

How we helped: With the participation of the district attorneys, coroners, drug and alcohol program coordinators, DEA, the US Attorney General, as well as, many local physicians the students were educated about: • What to do when a friend or fellow student over dosed in front of them. • Where to call when they need help. • Who the SAP (Student Assistance Program) representatives were for their school. • The daily struggles of a grieving mother. • How a recovering addict started her addition at the age of 12. • How a recovering addict continues to struggle. • What the coroner feels like going to an overdosed person’s home to tell the family. • How to question a physician if are unsure about taking controlled medications. • How medications should be locked up. • How a medication prescribed for

one person does not mean it is okay for someone else to take.

How we struggle: • In 2013, there were more than 60 prescription drug overdose deaths in Washington County and more than 110 in Westmoreland County. It has truly become an epidemic. • Community participation was very low at the evening programs at all schools • We have been unable to reach the family members of the students being affected by this epidemic.

How you can help: • Lock up your medications (just as you would a gun in your home). • Educate yourself and your family on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse. • Report drug activity to the proper authorities. • Spread the word about upcoming RX Drug Summits in your area. Please watch our website at: or on Facebook at: southwest medicalcenter.

Upcoming summits: April 2 – California Area School District April 9 – Belle Vernon Area School District April 24 – Bentworth Area School District May 16 – Burgettstown

Balanced Body includes 45 weekly classes including low intensity classes for beginners and active adults including: Yoga, Circuit, and Walk Off the Pounds. For a more athletic work out there’s Basic Training, Cycle, PUMP, and Total Body Training. If you love music, there’s Senior Swing or Strut. Greater calorie burning comes with Step, Cardio Kick, and Cardio Combo. To relax, stretch and strengthen, there’s Breathe, incorporating Yoga, Pilates, and Qigong. Balanced Body begins March 3rd for a 9-week session and is free to members. Zumba includes 8 weekly classes, is inspired by Latin dance, and provides a fun, easy to follow workout. Beginner level classes are on Monday and Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Water exercise begins on March 10 and includes the following shallow water classes: Arthritis, Aqua Fit, Splash Dance, Aqua Zumba, and Splash. Deep water classes include Wet Vest, Aqua Power, and Advanced Wet Vest. Splash, Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Fridays at 11:00 AM, is free to members. Tai Chi, held on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:45 and 11:30 a.m. respectively, begins a 9-week session on March 3. This mind-body

practice referred to as moving meditation is free to members.

Youth Programs Boot Camp for Kids begins a new session on March 3rd and is offered free to members. Ages 5-8 can sign up for Mondays or Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. Class for 8-13 year olds is held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Jump & Wiggle is held on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. for 3-4 year olds and at 7:00 p.m. for 5-year-olds. Children will gain coordination, socialization, and learn to follow directions. Kinder Gym, held on Mondays at noon for kids ages 3-5, begins on March 24 for a 6-week session. Kinder Soccer, held on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., starts on March 25 and teaches soccer fundamentals to 3-5-year-olds. For more information, check out our website,, and click on “current programs.” Register or inquire at 724-483-8077.

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Local Worship Area Church News ..Area Church News ..Area Church News ..Area Church News Upcoming Events at Saint Agnes Parish Saint Agnes Parish, 3 Church St., Richeyville, is holding the following events. Mardi Gras - March 1, sponsored by Saint Agnes Ladies Guild in Richeyville in the church social hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6. Dancing is from 7 - 11 p.m. featuring “The Best of Times.” Tickets are $20 each or 2 for $35. Contact Patty Prekrel at 724-785-3720 for tickets or details. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Fish Fry - in the social hall Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during lent from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Menu consists of fish, shrimp, crab cakes, tuna, fries, wraps, soup, cabbage & noodles, mac & cheese & more. Eat in or take out. To order, call 724-632-5857.

Fish Fry Dinners Scheduled at Cokeburg Presbyterian Church Cokeburg Presbyterian Church, 100 Washington St., will be holding fish fry dinners on March 5, 21, April 4 and 18 from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eat-in or takeout available. Fish dinners, shrimp dinners, fish sandwiches, macaroni and cheese dinners, cabbage and noodles. For more information, call 724-2394829.

Fish Fries Scheduled at Monongahela’s St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Upcoming Events at First United Methodist Church in Monongahela

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 130 W. Main Street, Monongahela, will be holding their Original Fish Fry every Friday during Lent. The dates will be March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 and 18. Eat in or take out. Sandwiches will be $6.50 and dinners, which include French fries, coleslaw and fish sandwich, will be $9. Call 724-258-7792 for details.

Sunday Worship Service 8:45 a.m. - Early Service 11 a.m. - Morning Worship (nursery available) 9:45 a.m. - Christian Education for all ages Weekly activities Wednesday - 5:30 - 7 p.m., Youth Group Fellowship Thursday - 6 p.m., Adult Choir. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts meet weekly March 4, 7 p.m. - Book Study. New book - To Die. March 29, 3 p.m. - Make a Joyful Noise Workshop. Interested in learning about musical instruments? Come and learn how each instrument is played and sounds with Melanie Sandrock. March 29, 4 to 7 p.m. – Ham dinner in our social hall. Missions Table will be collecting during Lent; proceeds go to World Vision. March 5, 7 p.m. - Ash Wednesday Service. Combined service with First United Methodist Church and the First Christian Church. Rev. Gerald Demarest will preach. Ashes and Communion available. Lenten Luncheons, sponsored by the Monongahela Ministerial Association,

Fish Fries Scheduled at Donora’s Calvary United Presbyterian Calvary United Presbyterian Church, 8th and Thompson Ave. in Donora, will hold a fish fry, starting on Ash Wednesday and running every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu will consist of fish sandwiches, haluski, homemade perogies, soups, mac and cheese, fries, shrimp and crab cake dinners, fried dough and desserts. You may eat in or take out. For local deliveries, call 724-379-8285. Homemade candy will be sold to benefit the Rev. Katherine Day and her missionary work in Rwanda, Africa.

will be held each Wednesday with lunch at 11:45 a.m. for $3 with service following in Simpson Chapel. Each week a different church is in charge of the luncheon: March 5 - First United Methodist Church March 12 - Riverview Baptist Church March 19 - First Presbyterian Church March 26 - First Baptist Church April 2 - First Christian Church April 9 - TBA April 16 - St. Damien of Molokai First United Methodist Church is located at 430 West Main St., Monongahela. For more information, call 724-258-7054 or visit

Bible Alliance Church Presents Guest Speaker Bible Alliance Church Event Center, West Newton, presents an evening of worship and praise with Judah First & Saltlight Drama Team, with special guest speaker, The Rev. Alfred L. Thompson, Jr., on Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. This is a time of celebration and connecting people with Jesus Christ by creating an environment where people can experience the presence of God through worship. Childcare will be provided. For more information, visit

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Area Church News ..Area Church News CAMA Invites Public to Lenten Services

March Events Scheduled at Smithton’s UUCS

Charleroi Area Ministerial Association (CAMA) invites Charleroi and the surrounding communities to its annual Sunday evening Lenten Services and fellowship. This year’s host churches and speakers are as follows: Sunday, March 9 - Christ Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Charleroi, Pr. Diane Hobson Sunday, March 16 - Holy Ghost Church, 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, Fr. Jay Ragan Sunday, March 23 - First Christian Church, 61 Walnut Ridge, Charleroi, Fr. Robert Hanna Sunday, March 30 - Speers United Methodist Church, 810 Jane St., Charleroi, Pr. Charles Cochran Sunday, April 6 - St. Mary’s Anglican, 509 Sixth St., Charleroi, Pr. Lori Walters No Palm Sunday Service All services begin at 7 p.m. and are followed by a time of fellowship and light refreshments. All are invited to attend.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, 251 Second St., will hold the following events in March. In a continuation of the year-long theme on equality, we will continue the series titled “Rainbow Rising: Riding the Wave of Equality.” In addition, during March's Women in History month, we will dedicate a service to strong women, in the church and in the community as we celebrate the birthday of a church marm extraordinaire. We will host the Rev. Nancy Mears (UCC) as a guest in the pulpit during March. Here is the schedule of services for March 2014. Each service begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by fellowship. March 2 - It's Not Easy Being Green: Coming Out and Staying Visible by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus March 9 - A Lay-Led Service March 16 - Gorgeous Girls, Lovely Ladies, Wise Women by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus and Ms. Gena Wade March 23 - Guest in the Pulpit - The Rev. Nancy Mears (UCC) March 30 - A Lay-Led Service In addition, the UUCS presents a dream workshop, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” on Sundays, March 2 and 23. Each workshop is held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, 251 Second St., and runs from 1 until 3 p.m. Everyone is invited. There is no cost. Reservations are not needed. For more information, call 724-872-5056.

Pastor Jeff Kipp Guest Speaker at Pricedale Union Church Pastor Jeff Kipp will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Fellowship Brunch on Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. at Pricedale Union Church, 203 Johnson Ave., Belle Vernon. Normally, the Men’s Fellowship holds a breakfast on the last Saturday of each month, September through May. This is a special time slot for Pastor Kipp. Pastor Jeff has an enthusiastic and colorful background as a “long-haired Jewish hippie born in Brooklyn, New York.” He has a testimony that you won’t want to miss! His topic for the brunch is the Jewish holiday of Purim. All men from the Valley are invited to attend. There is no charge for the brunch and the progra.m. but a freewill offering will be taken to defray the cost of the food, which will be made by our in-house chef, John Mimidis. For more information, please call 724-929-9588.

First Baptist Church of Monongahela Offering Dave Ramsey Financial Course First Baptist Church of Monongahela, 601 West Main St., will be offering the "Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace" course starting Saturday, March 22 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM for 9 weeks consecutively. For details please contact First Baptist church at 724-258-7750 or visit and click on “Find A Class”.



VOLUME! by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! MARCH

ECK’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 724-310-3570 1574 Fourth St., Monongahela 1 – Pig Roast and Pens Outdoor Game ELRAMA TAVERN 412-384-3630 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 1 – Trinity Wiseman 4 – Fat Tuesday w/ Todd Jones & Friends 8 – Mark Cyler 10 – Colors & Bottles 14 – St Patty’s Weekend kick off w/ Clinton Clegg 18 – Open Jam Night 22 – JD Taylor & Jimmy 24 – Colors & Bottles 25 – Bar Bingo 29 – Justin Kunzelman HEY ANDY’S SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE 724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela 1 – Prime Time 7 – 5 Minutes of Fame Karaoke 8 – Country Gems 14 – Eldorado Kings 15 – Fungus 21 – DJ Barto 22 – White Rose Karaoke 28 – DJ A-Z 29 – Hard Knoxx

RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Rd., Amity 1 – Stone Senate 8 – Jackson T. Gardner 14 – Ruff Creek 21 – Andy Gregg & The Second Hand Band & Wayne “The Train” Hancock 23 – Bluegrass Sunday w/ The Foghorn String Band 29 – Ruff Creek SALATINO’S RIVER HOUSE CAFÉ 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 1 – King’s Randsom 8 – Sputzy 14 – St. Patty Happy Hour 15 – St. Patrick Celebration w/ Bagpiper Music & DJ 22 – Open Jukebox 29 – Stampede SWEENEY’S STEAKHOUSE

724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon 1 – DJ Stan 7 – DJ Kooge 8 – J&R Entertainment 14 – J&R Entertainment 15 – DJ Steve 21 – DJ Steve 22 – J&R Entertainment 28 – DJ Kooge 29 – Silkwood Shower Band Thursdays – DJ Ben Karaoke


724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Rd., Monongahela 15 – St. Patty's Day Party, open at noon Tuesdays – Josie McQueen Thursdays – Josie McQueen ATTENTION: LOCAL BARS, RESTAURANTS AND 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:


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RIVERSIDE PLACE MARCH EVENTS Riverside Place is located at 303 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi. For more information on any upcoming events, call 724-483-5800. Miracle Ear - March 12 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. clean hearing aids, evaluations. Pizza and Pizza Burger Sale - Friday, March 7 and 21. $1.25 for plain pizza, $1.50 for pepperoni and $5 for pizza burger and a can of pop. St. Patrick’s Day Catered Lunch - Thursday, March 13. Cost is $8. Music from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. Fish Fry - Wednesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fish sandwich $6 and French fries $2. Fish Fry is also Friday, March 14 and Friday, March 28. Murphy’s 5&10 Saturday Subs - sub only $4 or 8” sub, chips and pop $5. We will be selling them on Monday, March 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pittsburgh Mall Trip - Thursday, March 20, $10. Leave 9 a.m. return 3 p.m. Meadows Trip - Monday, March 17, $15. Leave at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Country Singer Donnie Cameron - Friday, March 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bobby Shawn Singer - Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Kenny and Chip Oldies Songs - Friday, March 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Zumba Exercise - every Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Euchre Cards - every Friday at 1 p.m. Euchre - every Saturday at 6 p.m. Bingo - every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Blood Pressures with Helen Andreas - Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m.

West Newton Senior Center Schedules One-Day Bus Trips April The West Newton Senior Center has announced their April one day bus trip will be on April 5, 2014 to Dover, Ohio. Cost is $99. Arrive in Dover at 10:30 a.m., pick up a local guide and proceed to JE Reeve's Victorian Mansion, home to the area's first millionaire. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and view the original furnishings and belongings. It's just like the family just stepped out for dinner. 12:30 p.m. - dine in the carriage house surrounded by the family cars, memorabilia and local history. Menu will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, salad and dessert. 1:30 p.m. - depart to Walnut Creek, visit Lam and Light Candle Ami8h Cottage Industry. Enjoy a demonstration of carving and receive a small candle to take home. 2:30 p.m. - to Cobelentz Chocolates to watch candy being made, hand dipped by workers and enjoy samples. Also we will stop at Walnut Creek Cheese and bakery. 3:30 p.m. - depart to Walnut Creek Flea Market for shopping time. 5 p.m. - depart for home. We will leave at 7:30 a.m. from behind Giant Eagle, Robertson St. in West Newton. Your full payment is your reservation. Send to 103 E. Main St., West Newton, PA 16089 or call Lou Ann at 724-872-4976. Cancellations approved only if you replace yourself. Deadline is March 5.

May The West Newton Senior Center has announced their May one day bus trip will be on May 24, 2014 to Geneva, Ohio. Cost is $99.

Enter the Oak Room and travel back in time to the roaring twenties. Mr. Bigg will welcome your group to the Cat's Meow Speak Easy. Learn about the rumrunner in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. Enjoy a mini musical production with costumed actors in this historical theater. Guests will enjoy deviled eggs and three baby back ribs, chips and three wine samples. You’ll get a bag of whiskey sticks to take home. We’ll stop at Old Firehouse Winery Shop for fine wines at this quaint winery located on the Lake Erie shoreline in the resort town of Geneva on the Lake, Grand River Cellars. This winery is rich in history and is nestled into the woods in Madison, Ohio. Lunch is served with costumed waitresses and waiters to add to the fun. The menu is fruit cocktail, Romaine lettuce topped with shredded parmesan cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, chicken parm served with penne pasta topped with homemade sauce. Finish with homemade pineapple upside down cake. After dinner, guests will taste 3 samples of wine. The Jefferson Historical Village Remembrance of Woman Temperance movement is strong at the Jefferson Depot. Listen to their side of this controversial prohibition movement. Take a tour of the historical village as your costumed guides explain their side of the story. Finish your day at Victoria's Country Corner, with free gifts, collectibles, dolls, wine and alpaca ware. We will leave at 6 a.m. from behind Giant Eagle in West Newton. Full payment is your reservation to 103 E. Main St., West Newton, PA 15089 or call 724872-4976. Cancellations approved only if you replace yourself.

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J&D Waterproofing Celebrates 75 years in Business Canonsburg-Based Company to Feature “Man Cave” at Home & Garden Show

By Earl Bugaile

To be in business for 75 years, you have to be able to adjust to the times and know the trends of the changing market. For J&D Waterproofing of Canonsburg, the annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show scheduled for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center will not only give them a chance to showcase their product, it will show that they are in touch with the emerging new room in many homes. That room would be the “Man Cave.” “This is something that is taking off everywhere,” said Shawn Raneri, marketing manager for J&D, which has been in Canonsburg for more than 30 years after getting its start in Mt Washington in 1939. “It’s especially taken off since the Discovery Channel started a “Man Cave” show. We think that if (a customer) is waterproofing a basement, why not finish it and make it something that the whole family can utilize?” Raneri, along with installation manager Charlie Post, office manager Cindy Gzikowski, J&D general manager Chad Hess superintendent John Williams and owner Joseph Billante decided that especially to mark the company’s 75th anniversary, they wanted to do something unique. The decision was made to show visitors to the home show how a “Man Cave” can be created in basement space. Raneri noted that an addition of such a space in a home increases its value. The Home and Garden Show has long been a successful endeavor for J&D

Waterproofing, which has remained a family-owned company since its founding by Joseph and Dolores Billante, a contracting company to be trusted by home owners at a time when the home improvement industry was in its infancy. Hess said J&D Waterproofing has been taking part in the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show for many years, and visitors have come to expect to see their representatives and displays. J&D has survived as a family ownedbusiness through three generations. In 2007, Joseph W. Billante, Jr., the grandson of the founder, became the third Joseph Billante to head up the company. The past 75 years have seen an evolution for the company. By the late ‘70s, the founder’s son opened the waterproofing division of J&D Home Improvements. “That part of the business really took off then and for a while home improvements were almost secondary,” Hess said. “Over the last three years, we’ve reinvested a lot of money into the home improvement business, and it has also grown. We are now doing equal amounts of home improvements and waterproofing.” J&D Waterproofing has extended an invitation to everyone to visit their booth at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show to take place March 7-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event is the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania. Additional information about J&D Waterproofing and Home Improvement services is available at the company website at or by calling the office at 1-800-VERY DRY (1-800-837-9379) or 724-746-8870.

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Six Hot Home Design Trends for Spring 2014 (BPT) - Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project. • Wood is the new neutral. This season's strong trend toward wood textures pairs the warmth, richness and texture of real wood with limitless design flexibility. Think wood-textured textiles, tree-printed wallpapers and embossed soaps that look like wood. Installing engineered wood ceilings and wainscoting can bring the unique look of reclaimed wood into any environment - an easy do-it-yourself project with striking results. • Ode to the elements. Mother Nature is inspiring design in a big way this year and homeowners are finding unique ways to incorporate rocks, minerals and other natural elements into their home's design. Try replacing a common-place item like an alarm clock with one encased within a multi-colored agate. Bring this look to the kitchen with a stainless steel

backsplash, or swap out run-of-the-mill hardware with mineral-inspired drawer pulls and knobs.• Shore thing. Homeowners, inspired by the calm, care-free attitude of coastal living are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Beach-inspired design elements are popping up throughout the home. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition - especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marinethemed prints. • Contrast in texture. Step aside Pantone, texture is spring's hottest new color. Homeowners are putting down their paintbrushes and adding interest with texture through high-gloss finishes, metallics, sequins and mirrors. A textured tile wall brings visual and tactile interest, especially when paired with contrasting high-gloss lacquer or low-gloss matte accessories. • Visual punch. Reawaken the senses this spring by incorporating a striking visual element to the home. Multi-dimensional surface treatments in pearl, metal-

lic and gold/silver combinations add panache as a coating used for hardwood, or can be applied to wallpaper, furniture or decorative accessories. And don't forget to look up - coffered ceilings bring a striking je ne sais quoi to any room. • Manipulated metals. The versatility of manipulated metal makes it a great addition to any style home - from handcrafted artisan to contemporary high gloss. Copper, pewter and nickel are getting in on the action and can be styled in a variety of ways, including hammered metal sink basins, tin-look ceiling tiles, antiqued copper light fixtures and brushed stainless steel cabinet hardware. If you'd benefit from a little windfall to help finance your fabulous spring home improvement projects (and who wouldn't?), consider checking with your favorite vendors, many of which are running seasonal promotions. Armstrong Residential Ceilings, for example, is running a Style Is Looking Up Giveaway in March and will offer the chance to win free product and gift cards to spend on home improvements at

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MONONGAHELA George Heckman Joshua Colich MST Trust

Lori Spina Clear Fork Royalty 2 L.P. David and Debra Ashton

507 Pleasant St. 1155 Otis St. 622 West St.

CARROLL TOWNSHIP Matthew Romanosky Isaac Baum

Patricia Soltan Thomas Capozza

26 Rabe Ave. Park Ave.

CHARLEROI Ida Eicholtz Papafish Inc. Frank Suppa Jeffrey Merlo Andrelle Chavannes Brian Rach

Joseph Federer Keith Haas Christie Childers Clear Fork Royalty 2 L.P. Marie Lourdes Germain Russell Real Estate Pittsburgh LLC

728 Fallowfield Ave. 812 Eighth St. 312 Woodland Ave. 1022 Oakland Ave. 403 Lookout Ave. 410 Washington Ave.


Carl and Linda Miklos

554 Isabella Av


SPEERS Shirley Gottke Kari Papantonakis

Jason McAnulty Jonathan and Nicole Richardson

107 Crest St. 401 Elizabeth St.

$87,000 $92,900

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DONORA Door To Door Realty LLC

Monessen Redevelopment LLC

Fifth St.

Kathleen Hawk Estate of Angelica Deluca Jeffrey Gibson

Sylvester and Vester Kaunda Lucky Dog Properties LLC Patrick Turner

312 First St. Eighty St. Ninth St.

Ruth Ellis

Tammy Dlutowski

65 Castner Ave.

FALLOWFIELD Gordon Robison Anno Domini

James and Justin Sobieralski SRMOF 2 2012-1 Trust

Fox Stop Road 330 Freemont Road

John Zielonka Elizabeth Behanna

John and Denise Stilley Stacey Guth et al. and Betty Jean Guth

$0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $24,263). $2,500 $3,500 $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1,684). $469 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $2,817).

$6,000 $1,482 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $52,304). Evans Road R.R. 1 $500,000 17 Locust Grove Lane $60,000

BENTLEYVILLE Leroy Keith Kelley

Tracy Starnes

269 Johnston Road

MONESSEN Isadore Martini Mary Ann Varga Isadore Martini Raymond Tarka Door to Door Realty LLC

Amicizia Property Management LLC Vincent Campbell II Amicizia Property Management LLC Miriam Crespo Monessen Redevelopment LLC

James Stakias Federal National Mortgage Assn. George Heckman George Heckman Estate of Helen Dins

PNC Bank NA Kaja Holdings 2 LLC Lori Spina Lori Spina William Brewer and Martha Bogner Brewer

808 First St. $8,000 1104 Graham Ave. $35,000 1512 Grand Blvd. $22,500 414 First St. $25,900 272 Schoonmaker Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $83,219). 1242 State Road $2,366 by sheriff's deed. 931 Second St. $4,350 220 Oneida St. $15,665 1442 Rostraver St. $15,670 33 Terrace Ave. $31,000

DUNLEVY Katherine Kash Paul Klimkos

Dunlevy Borough Laura Neil

Dewey St. 19 Coal St.

Ronald Vesely

Richard Mudrick

Nellie Ave.


$3,000 $801 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $4,431). $4,000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $10,861).

ROSTRAVER Edwin Reed Clint Jones George Pastor Rost. Twp. Bible Baptist Church First Line Dev. Rolling Hill Farm James Pearce Craig Seeman Rostraver Preferred Properties Inc. Estate of Theodore Sofish Federal Home Mortgage Corp.

Ashley Wagstaff Michael Anthony DeRiggi Ricky and Amy Fitzsimmons John and Elizabeth Micenko Raymond and Tina Dugan Robert and Jennifer Wooley Craig and Deborah Ann Seeman Zeus Universal LLC Donald Courie Russell Henry and Susan Amos

107 Price St. Rankin Road 1138 Willowbrook Road 40 Carroll Way 237 Rolling Hill Farm Drive 566 Timms Lane 1355 Rostraver Road Todd Farm Road 104 Mobert Drive 5 Ohio St.

NORTH BELLE VERNON Federal National Mortgage Assn. Estate of Iona Michener Olivia Ninchak

Michael and Cindy Burgoyne Linda Calcek Alf and Jody Moebius

Thomas Tredici Robert Ted Harhai

Mark and Virigina Ferguson Brandon and Danielle Ricker

302 Baltimore St. $29,500 117 Jean St. $49,500 211 Arch St. $9,430 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $73,880) by sheriff's deed. 407 Fayette St. $32,500 419 Speer St. $92,500

$112,700 $18,250 $153,000 $22,000 $265,000 $215,000 $146,163 $175,000 $77,000 $8,000

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ABANDONED NY FARM! ABSOLUTE SALE! JAN 25TH & 26TH! 23 Tracts! 8 ac – $19,900 15 ac - $29,900 25 ac - $39,900 Next to State Land, stream, pond, incredible views! House, barn! Stunning country setting! Call (888) 738-6994 to register! _____________________________________________ ABANDONED FARM 5 acres – State Land - $16,900 6 acres – Farmhouse - $99,900 Gorgeous So. Tier, NY hilltop location! Fields, woods, stream, pond, 30 mile views! EZ owner terms! (888) 738-6994 _____________________________________________ RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, activities daily. Short Leases. Monthly specials! Call (877) 210-4130 _____________________________________________

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------------- PETS ---------ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an ongoing fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-9415737. _____________________________________________ 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- 3488028. _____________________________________________

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------------ SERVICES -------Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. LAWN MOWING Lawn Mowing, Landscaping, Shrub Pruning, Bobcat Work, Insured. • FREE ESTIMATE • PA 059931 724-344-0464 • EDWARD KIRN ENTERPRISES FAMILY MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD – also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events. 724-258-5336; email: Web page:

1113B Water Street, Brownsville. 3 bdrm mobile home for rent. Large fenced in yard. Inside pet ok. Gas heat. $400/mos plus utilities. 724-350-5983. _____________________________________________

COMPUTER 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. _____________________________________________

135 Union St., New Eagle. 3 bdrm mobile home for rent or sale. On bus line, inside pet ok. Rent to own available for $350/mos plus utilities and includes lot rent. 724-350-5983. _____________________________________________

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Convenient sports physicals The caring, professional practitioners from Monongahela Valley Hospital offer school sports physicals at our family-friendly walk-in health care facility inside the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Bring the school’s forms with you.

School and sports physicals as low as $20 Call for hours 724-348-6699

Finleyville Giant Eagle, 3701 Route 88 724-348-6699

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