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Local News . . . . . . . . . 3 Places To Go . . . . . . . . 4 Municipal News . . . . . 19 Business . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Entertainment . . . . . . 28 School . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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New Lifesaving Technology Available in Local Ambulances By Kyra Bergman



Ringgold Hosts 2013 Boys ‘Indoor Soccer’ Tournament

ardiopulmonary Resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR, is one of the most basic lifesaving techniques. Used by medical and non-medical professionals alike it has saved countless lives. Now Tri-Community EMS has gotten a piece of Members of Tri-Community EMS proudly display equipment that makes CPR more consistent and effithe LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System cient. The local ambulance company is in the process of training its employees to use the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System. Chest compressions are vital during an emergency situation when a patient’s heart has stopped beating. Compressions take the place of a heartbeat, pumping blood and oxygen through the system to the brain and the LUCAS device performs this important function. Even the most dedicated medical professional feels fatigue after a very short period performing CPR and performing chest compressions while in a moving vehicle can prove dangerous for an EMT and lack the consistency needed to help the patient effectively. While a person can tire or perform CPR ineffectively, LUCAS can deliver uninterrupted consistent compressions. This light-weight, easy-to-use device is made by Physio-Control, a company that has been making medical devices for decades and pioneered defibrillation technology in the late 1950’s when they developed a machine to send an electrical shock to the heart. A device that would come to revolutionize emergency care.LUCAS will be on board with Tri-Community EMS crews as soon as all employees have been trained in its use.

Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Ask The Experts . . . . 35 Home & Garden . . . . 36 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Death Notices . . . . . . 43 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . 44


6th Annual Bassi Golf Tourney Set for June 6


he Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Melvin B. Bassi Golf Tournament will be held at Butler’s Golf Course in Elizabeth on June 6, 2013. An 8:00 am registration and practice will be followed by a 9:00 am shotgun start. Highway Appliance will be the main event sponsor. A $10,000 cash prize will be given away as a Hole-in-One Prize. More information about the course can be accessed at The late Melvin B. Bassi. Foursomes, sponsorships and door prizes are now being accepted by calling Deb or Donna at 724-483-3507. Everyone (regardless of membership) is invited to attend this event. Cost per golfer is $125. Cost discounted to $120/person, if paid by May 10. Proceeds fund Leadership Washington County scholarships, The Challenge Program in local high schools, and several other educational initiatives in the Mid Mon Valley in memory of the late Attorney Melvin B. Bassi, outstanding community and business leader in the Mon Valley. This year’s Golf Committee is chaired by J.J. Georgagis, Keystone Bakery, and includes Milt Kubik, Denise Mornak, Mornak Excavation, Trish Brickner, PaCareerLink, Josie Pelzer, Rotolo Motors, Diann Donaldson, Reliance Business Solutions, Jeffrey Mendola, Waddell and Reed, and Jim Protin, Chester Engineers.



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Prescription Drugs Are Robbing Our Community Summit to be Held April 23 at Bentworth High School Prescription drug abuse has become an overwhelming problem within our communities. The stories are often similar beginning with: “I went to my doctor after my car/work accident. I was in a lot of pain and was given prescription pain medications. It made me feel good. I took it as directed and refilled it when I was due. One day my doctor decided I no longer needed this medication. But I did. At least I thought I did. I called the office and begged and pleaded for just one more refill, with no avail. Finally, I talked to a friend about how terrible my doctor was that he would Pictured are Lori Spina, CEO Southwest not refill this medication. My friend then Medical Center and Tim Warco, said I could buy this medication from his Washington County Coroner sister’s neighbor. This was great. However, one pill costs $80 and I could no longer afford this. What was I to do? Herion was my next and only option. I could afford it and it was easy to get. I was able to hide my addiction from my friends and family. I became a very good liar and thief. Until one day it all came crashing down on me. I heard my mom’s voice. Screaming. Crying. I was dead. How did this happen to me?” It did happen and it can happen. Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in our community. Many parents aren’t aware of the danger and aren’t educating their children. They may be more focused on marijuana, cocaine and heroin while not realizing that prescription drugs are such a threat. Kids are taking these prescriptions from their parents or grandparents and are getting addicted. They like how it feels, and when they can’t get them anymore, they also resort to heroin. The Practice of K. Gosai, MD & A.J. Gandhi, MD are sponsoring another prescription drug summit in the Mon Valley. These summits have become a joint venture between the District Attorney’s office, Coroner’s office, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, DEA, and local treatment centers. Although the day time programs focus on high school and middle school students, the evening program is geared for educating the community. Please join us on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Bentworth Area High School at 6:30 pm to discuss this growing problem in our community. For more information, please call: 724-483-6300.

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO 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 pm. APRIL 2

MID-MON VALLEY SHIPMATES MEETING - 7 p.m. at the James C. Ford Post 949 American Legion, Carroll Township. Meeting is open to all former and active members of the Navy, Coast Guard and/or Merchant Marines. APRIL 3

JOINT MON VALLEY ORTHODOX CHURCHES PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY SERVICES - 6:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, 314 6th St., Monongahela. APRIL 4

BINGO - 7:00 pm at Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. Games include Regular Bingo, Big Diamond, Little Diamond, Big 4 Corners and Little 4 Corners. APRIL 5

AUXILIARY $5 JEWELRY SALE - Friday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ECC. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a $5 jewelry sale with a variety of costume jewelry available for purchase. For more information, call 724258-1167. APRIL 5 - 7

MON VALLEY HOME SHOW - The 22nd Annual Mon Valley Home Show, located at the Rostraver Ice Gardens on Route 51 in Belle Vernon, will be held Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. From contractors, financial advisors,

health and wellness, specialty products both for the home and for you, winery’s, snacks from the kitchen, and even goodies for your pets! Various exhibitors throughout the show will have some fabulous giveaways for you to sign up for as well. The kids will have fun too. There will be face painting and balloon art by Lulu the Clown on Saturday and Sunday, and a Special appearance by The Washington Wild Thing early Sunday afternoon. A moonwalk and cotton candy for the kids will be located in the arena. A Kids Clinic will provide activities to the first 25 kids to sign up on Saturday and Sunday. APRIL 6

FISH FRY DINNER - Sponsored by the Sarah Allen Missionary Society. Bethel A.M.E. Church, Monongahela from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. $7. Takeout orders can be placed during the day by calling 724258-6491 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. HAM DINNER - 4 - 8 pm at Gary’s Chuck Wagon, 209 South 2nd Street, West Newton. Ham, potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, roll, butter, beverage, dessert. $10 to benefit the West Newton Little House. For tickets/ information, call Debbie at 724-872-7937, Barb at 724-8729687, or Terri at 724-872-8918. 25TH ANNUAL FABRIC FAIR - 9:00AM - 2:00PM, South Park Home Economics Building. Fabrics, notions, yarns, and crafts! Strollers are not permitted. Fabric donations will not be accepted at the fair. Cash and checks only. For more info, please call Leah Horcholic at 412-4461534

OLDIES DANCE - 8 p.m. - Midnight at Stockdale Fire Hall. Music by DJ Ralph Trilli. The event, which is open to the public, again will carry a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) format. Patrons are invited to bring their own food and liquid refreshments. The fire department will provide refreshments (not pop). Admission is $10 per person and reservations and additional information are available at 724330-5002.

in Monongahela. The cost for the light fare dinner is $20.00. Make reservations by Friday, April 5 by calling the Chamber at 724-258-5919.

FREE PAPER SHREDDING – hosted by Mike Budinsky, State Farm Agent, at 3 Airport Road, Finleyville (Intersection of Route 88 and Airport Road), from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. Need to dispose of documents but don’t know how? Mike would like to help you get organized this spring by providing complimentary paper shredding performed by a reputable paper-shredding company. No need to be one of Mike’s policyholders – this free service is offered to all. Bring up to 5 regular-sized boxes of papers to the 1st Annual Spring Cleaning Shred. For more information, call 724-348-7777.

CHARLEROI LODGE #615 FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS MEETING - 7:30 pm in the Masonic Hall at the corner of 7th and Mckean Aves. For more information, call 724-984-6611.

JOINT MON VALLEY ORTHODOX CHURCHES PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY SERVICES - 6:30 p.m. at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, St. Spyridon Dr, Monessen. APRIL 11

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FREE FLEA - at Thomas Presbyterian Church Christian Life Center, Eighty Four. Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (no Early Birds). New items added each day. All items are completely free, all we ask is that you make a donation. Proceeds will benefit Food and Friends. Food will be availables.


RABIES CLINIC - held by the Webster Beagle Club at Rostraver Central Fire Co., rear door, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm on Fells Church Rd. Donations for Rabies $8.00. Other vaccines will be available for an additional cost. Free hot dogs and coffee compliments of Webster Beagle Club and gifts from Dad’s Pet Care. Call Ron for more information at 724-379-7103. APRIL 10



BOWL N’ ROLL, BOOKS N’ BLING EVENT - at the West Newton Lions Club Fieldhouse, 507 Pittsburgh Street, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the West Newton Lions and West Newton Public Library Volunteers. The tickets are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for child 12 and under. All you can eat, soup and salad (eat in only). Wide selection of homemade soups, tossed salad, bread bowl, soft drink and dessert. Quarts or bowls of soup and dessert are available for takeout (a la carte). Tickets may be pur-

April 2013 —————————————————————————————————————————— chased from Lion Club Members or WNPL Volunteers. You may also purchase a ticket by calling the WNPL at 724-972-3229 or visiting Gary’s Chuck Wagon Restaurant. GEORGE SOLOMON VARIETY SHOWone-man variety show at Ringgold Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Tickets available at or by calling 724-258-5905. APRIL 14

BASEBALL SKILLS CLINIC - held by BVA Varsity Baseball for all area youth ages 5 to 12 from 9 am to 12 Noon at John DiVirgilio Sports Complex, Municipal Dr., Belle Vernon. Includes skills clinic, pancake breakfast and t-shirt. Pre-registration before April 5 is $20. Walk-ins and late registration $25, not guaranteed a t-shirt. To register mail check payable to Leopards Baseball Club, along with player name, phone number & t-shirt size to: 720 Sandstone Way, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. For more information, call 724-552-3361.


GYRO SALE WITH GYROS BY GEORGE - Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hospital Central Plaza, outdoors. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167. APRIL 20

MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE - Saturday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. ECC. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Come enjoy a delicious meal in this live dinner theater event. For more information, call 724-258-1167. COMMUNITY DINNER DANCE - hosted by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 - 11:30 pm. Dance the night away to the sounds of Disc Inferno Bill Lemon. This event will be held at the Valley Inn VFD Social Hall. Donation is $30 for dinner and dancing. Cash bar available. For more information, call 724-258-5919 or visit


TAKING CARE OF YOUR FEET WITH DIABETES - presented by the Mon Valley Hospital Diabetes Support Group at the Mon Valley YMCA. To register, call 724258-1483. APRIL 17

JOINT MON VALLEY ORTHODOX CHURCHES PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY SERVICES - 6:30 p.m. at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Mary St., Belle Vernon. APRIL 18

AARP 55 ALIVE BEGINNERS DRIVING COURSE - Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. All information is conveyed in a classroom setting in two half-day sessions. The cost is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, call 724-258-1234.

VENDOR AND CRAFT SHOW - sponsored by Ringgold High School Band Boosters from 10:00am-3:00pm in the High School cafeteria. Visit displays for Pink Zebra, Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, glass block crafts, custom jewelry, jams and jellies, stone work and more. Basket auction and concession items. Free admission for shoppers. Booth registration deadline April 13. To register, call 724292-9489 or email BREADED PORK CHOP DINNER - held by Downtown West Newton Inc. from 4 to 8 pm. The cost is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Tickets are available at Gary’s Chuckwagon or by calling 724-8720100. For children 10 and under we will be serving chicken strips and fries for $5.00. The event is sponsored by Gary’s Chuckwagon.

——————————————————————————————————————— DINNER AND DANCE FEATURING THE LAURELS - held by Monessen Volunteer Fire Department #1 Auxiliary at the Monessen VFD#1 Social Hall, Eastgate 15. The doors open at 6:00 pm. The buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Music will be provided by the Laurels from 8 to 11 pm. $20 per person if purchased early and $25 per person if purchased at the door. Door prize drawings and half the take. To purchase tickets, contact Linda at 724-797-0747, Kathy at 724-678-8272 or Karen at 724-684-5838. SHEPHERD’S VOICE - 2 pm at the West Newton Senior Center, 103 E. Main St. Come enjoy some beautiful Christian music and light lunch. Admission free. To register, call 724-872-4976. APRIL 21

MON VALLEY COIN CLUB MEETING 2:00 pm at the Charleroi Senior Citizens Center. All members and the general public are invited. A 50/50 and prizes for kids will be offered. This month’s program will be Silver Eagles. For more information, call 724-984-6611. APRIL 24

JOINT MON VALLEY ORTHODOX CHURCHES PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY SERVICES - 6:30 p.m. at St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5th & Spring St., Brownsville. APRIL 27

SPAGHETTI DINNER - sponsored by Roscoe Lions Club from 11 am to 6 pm in the Allenport Fire Hall, Main Street, Allenport. Adults $7, children age 12 and under $3. Eat in or take out. SPRING KID’S FEST - 2:00 - 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Monongahela. All ages welcome. Activities, baby animals, food and prizes. For more information, call 724-258-7054.


CAR & BIKE CRUISE - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Tom Clark Motorsports, Belle Vernon. Free admission, trophies and dash plaques, free food and entertainment, 50/50 and giveaways. $1 entry fee per car/bike. $5 entry fee to be eligible for trophies and giveaway per car/bike. Rain date is May 4. For more information, call 724929-7333 or visit BENEFIT DANCE - Friends and family of Kate Crawford are hosting a Crawford's Rocking Cancer Benefit Dance on Saturday April 27, from 6:00 pm to midnight. The event to be held at the Rostraver Central Fire Department, will include Live Music, Chinese Auction, and 50/50-Raffles. Crawford is battling Stage 4 Cancer. Tickets are $20 a person, and can be bought in advance or at the door, food and beverages are included. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rostraver Central VFC, Rostraver Police Department, and Clairton Police Department. All proceeds raised will benefit the Steve and Kate Crawford family. For further information contact the Rostraver Fire Department at 724-3795036 or via email: APRIL 28

2013 VENDOR SHOW - in support of the American Cancer Society and Mon Valley Relay for Life from 11:30 to 5:00 pm at Charleroi High School/Middle School, 100 Fescen Dr., North Charleroi. Admission is free. MAY 2

IVAN PARKER SOLOIST OF THE GAITHERS AND INTERNATIONAL SOUTHERN GOSPEL STAR - will perform at 7 pm at United Christian Church of California, 499 E Malden Dr. Coal Center. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are $15.00; advanced tickets only; limited seating available. Call 724-785-6514.




WSO Country Jamboree Puts a New Spin on Country Classics The Washington Symphony Orchestra presents WSO Country Jamboree on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School and ends its eleventh season on a foot-stomping note. Whether it’s the theme from “Bonanza” , “Shenandoah” or “Tennessee Waltz”, the WSO will bring the music to life. Conductor Yugo Ikach is pleased to feature nationally recognized Hammered Dulcimer musician, Adam Sutch, from Washington County and currently a senior at California University. Sutch will perform several American Folk Songs including “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Blackberry Blossom.” Another selection the audience will enjoy is “Ashokan Farewell” from the Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” will make the audience tap its feet and remember the old “What’s for dinner ... beef?” commercials. Regardless of the country theme, the WSO plays music that the audience will recognize and realize that many popular songs have their basis in classical music. Ikach captures the connections for the audience when he talks about the musical selections and their composers. Great country music and special performances will be highlighted in WSO Country Jamboree, but the surprise of the evening will be a guest performance by our very own congressman. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy will be in “little Washington” for a night to demonstrate his guitar playing and singing of such country classics as “Witchita Lineman” made famous by Glen Campbell in the 1960s. Advance tickets will be available after Easter at Citizens Library and all branches of Washington Financial, as well as on-line at or by calling the WSO at 724-223-9796. Tickets will also be sold the evening of the concert at the door.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital Gives Carroll Township Police Department the Right Rx for Greater Efficiency The Carroll Township Police Department has new computers in their vehicles compliments of Monongahela Valley Hospital. The police department maintains a substation near the entrance to the hospital’s Emergency Department. During a conversation with Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital, police chief Paul Brand mentioned that he wanted to equip the police vehicles with new computers for greater efficiency. Mr. Panza set up a meeting between the chief and Dorian King, a network coordinator in the hospital’s Information Systems Department, who researched the appropriate hardware and software to maximize the functionality. “One of the main objectives was to identify durable hardware that could be transported between vehicles and withstand they type of hostile environments that the police officers face,” said Mr. King. “We also had to examine the necessary RAM and memory capabilities as well as the computers’ ability to support future technological advancements.” The hospital provided the department with two Panasonic Toughbook® computers which can endure practically anything — shock, extreme temperatures and dust or debris. It can also be used for self defense and minor protection.

Pictured (l-r) Dorian King, a network coordinator at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township Police Officer Michael Fendya and Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of MVH.

The computers are equipped with software that enables the officers to: • Run license plate numbers • Receive calls on the screen to reduce radio time • Process an individual driver’s license and view an exact image of the license on the screen • Access the Internet to check for outstanding warrants when on traffic stops “Our partnership with Monongahela Valley Hospital is beneficial in so many ways,” said Chief Brand. “The computers that the hospital generously provided to our department will increase the effectiveness of how we protect the local community.” Officer Michael Fendya added, “We were totally floored by the generosity of Monongahela Valley Hospital.”

Homeschool Outdoor Classroom at Mingo Creek Park: "The Beautiful Basics" The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a Homeschool Outdoor Classroom at Mingo Creek County Park on Thursday, April 11 at Shelter 3. Two sessions are available; Session I will begin at 10:00 a.m. and Session II will begin at 1:00 p.m. Join us as we discover the basic needs all animals must have in order to survive. Students will have a great time learning this concept while participating in various field activities. Please note that this program 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. Please dress accordingly for the weather, as we will be outside!

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Upcoming Events at Monongahela Area Library The Monongahela Area Library, located at 813 West main Street in Monongahela will be offering the following programs and events during the month of April. For questions or additional information, please contact the library at 724-258-5409.

Spring Storytime The Monongahela Area Library’s Storytime for children ages 30 months through 5 year will begin the Spring session on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. The six week program runs until May 8. For more info or to register, call 724-258-5409.

Informational program Nancy Riggle of the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Could It Be Alzheimer’s?” on Thursday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Activity Room. The program is free and open to the public.

Friends of the Library Meeting The Friends of the Library will meet on April 8 at 6 p.m. to plan upcoming events. New members are welcome!

Foster Care / Adoptive Services Program Adelphoi Villahe will host a free and open to the public informational program on foster care /adoptive services on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Activity Room of the library.

Book club to meet Book Bites, the library’s book club for light mysteries and comic romances which meets over tea and refreshments, will meet on April 18 at 1 p.m. Those interested in more info or to find out the book for April should call 724-258-5409.

Children’s “Reader Raffle” In honor of April’s National Library Week and Children’s Book Week (May 13 – 19) the Monongahela Area Library’s youngest patrons, with the help of their parents or guardians, are invited to check out a wide variety of picture books during the “Raise a Reader Raffle.” Each picture book checked out from April 1, 2013 through May 18 earns a chance to win a plush character from some of the library’s most sought-after picture book characters, or for those who like to build, a Lego Harry Potter set or a Fancy Nancy Fun with Fashion set. For the very youngest reader’s there is pull-toy available as a prize. The program is funded by a Monongahela resident who wants her good deeds to remain anonymous, but loves to support her local library’s children’s programming The contest is open to any child from birth up to nine years of age. Tickets are awarded at check-out time for any type of picture book including board books and non-fiction picture biographies or histories. Parents or grandparents who are checking out the books to read with their youngsters may also receive entry tickets. Winners will be drawn at noon on Saturday, May 18 during a “Draw a Dragon” party at the library inspired by Grace Lin, the creator of this year’s official Children’s Book Week bookmark. Participants in the contest do not need to be present at the dragon party to win.

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Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates Hold March Meeting The March meeting was called to order by CO Bill Hess and after the playing of the Navy Hymn, Rev. Fred Pfeil gave the opening prayer and Philip Appolonia led the group with the pledge to the flag. At this time, COÂ Hess turned the meeting over to the Flag Ceremony committee and the flag presentation program was performed for the Shipmates. Taking part in the program were committee members Marshall Lignani, George Diehl, Barry Anders, Jack Hoak, new member Patrick Maloy, Noel Sawyer and George Essey. Jim Caldwell is a member but was busy with his Yeoman duties and member Sam Levy was unable to make the meeting. Application for membership was read from Harry T. Scholer of Orlando FL. Harry served in the Navy (1961 to 1965) and the Merchant Marines (1979 to 2000). Harry was proposed for membership by Lawrence Masci and after reading his application information, he was approved for membership. Welcome Aboard, Harry!! After a discussion and hand vote, it was approved that the uniform white jackets will not be worn whenever funeral services are held in the funeral home. It was also approved that the final hand salute will be given in a respectful and slow movement to our departed members. Essey also commended the members for their attendance and participation at the funeral service that was recently held for Robert Oates. He reminded the group that the Two-Bell service is available for any deceased Navy, Coast Guard or Merchant Marine veteran, active, reserves and/or retired sailor, and does not have to be a member of the Shipmates. Please inform the funeral director that you wish to have the Two Bell Services conducted and they will get in touch with the Shipmates. The Veterans council sent a check to the Shipmates for the November 10th Veterans Day parade for the group with the most members in line for the parade. Thank you cards were received from the Schmalbach and Coulter families for the Two Bell services that were conducted for Shipmates Ken Schmalbach and James Coulter. George Hutchko pointed to the framed picture of the USS Monongahela that is now posted in the Legion Home. Hutchko suggested to possibly book a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Navy Memorial. etc. He also had a Lone Sailor Sweat Shirt on that is available for purchase at $15 each. Half the take was won by Jim Doriso. The dismissal prayer was give by Rev. Fred Pfeil and the meeting was adjourned until the next meeting on April 2, 2013. At the April meeting, refreshment s and a social hour will be held after the regular meeting.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AT JK TENER LIBRARY IN CHARLEROI The JK Tener Library, located at 638 Fallowfield Avenue in Charleroi, has announced the following upcoming programs and events. For more information, call 724483-8282 or visit Happenings Book Club – third Thursday of every month at 5:45 pm. Celebrate National Library Month Communities Matter is the theme, and each week will have certain days dedicated to one of the communities that make us whole. April 1 - 6 - Charleroi April 8 - 13 - Fallowfield April 15 – 17 - Speers April 18 - 20 - N. Charleroi April 22 - 24 - Dunlevy April 25 - 27 - Twilight April 29 - 30 - Stockdale Tener Library’s Cash Bingo May 4 at 2:00 pm at Riverside Place, 303 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi. Doors open at 12:00, early bird at 1:30. All pre-sale tickets

will be entered for our drawings. For tickets or more information, call 724-483-8282. Donation only $25.00 for 1 package = 2 boards and 6 specials. Community Café May 15 at 5:30 pm at the Library “Are you being served?” We need your input – please spare an hour to give us your opinion of how we are doing and ways to improve your services to you. Annual Big Book Blowout Sale June 8 & 9 from 10:00 – 2:00 at the Market House. Gently used books (adult & children’s), magazines, audios, & videos at obscene prices. Children / YA Events April 6 at 2:00 - Be our neighbor story time with a special guest reader. April 10 & 24 at 5:30 - Bingo with guest bingo Callers April 14 – 20 - Scholastic Book Fair April 15 & 29 at 5:30 - Family Night April 20 at 2:00 - Story Time with The Big Red Dog

Mark Your Calendars Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Ethan Kozlowski - May 18 A Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Ethan Kozlowski and his continuing struggle with GA-1 will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Floreffe Firehall, 1540 State Street, Jefferson Hills. Advanced ticket sales are adults $10, children (ages 412) $5, 3 and under are free. For tickets, call Sherry at 412559-5875 or email Tickets also available at Elrama Tavern and Shop N Go (West Elizabeth). Ethan Kozlowski Tickets will be available at door. Adults $12, children $6. Chinese auction and 50/50. For more information on GA-1 and Ethan, like his Facebook page: Ethan's Enduring Endeavor with GA-1.

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"Newsboys" with Britt Nicole to Appear April 11 in the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania A concert by the Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning Christian poprock band "Newsboys", performing with singer/songwriter Britt Nicole will be held at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania. Opening for Newsboys are the band "All Things New" and the duo "Campbell". Five-time winners of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award, Newsboys have five gold albums to their credit and 28 No. 1 radio hits. Their 2010 album, Born Again, reached No. 4 on the overall Billboard chart. In addition to Newsboys’ top hits, the playlist for the concert at Cal U will include songs from the band’s current album of rock-driven worship anthems, God’s Not Dead, including “Your Love Never Fails,” which has been No. 1 for six weeks in a row at Hot AC radio. Appearing with Newsboys is the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Britt Nicole, a Grammy Award nominee for her 2012 album, Gold. The artist says her danceable, pop-inspired songs “send a potent yet joyful message of self-worth” to her growing cadre of fans. General admission tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show. For $77, guests can enjoy a special Newsboys’ VIP Experience at the Cal U Convocation Center. The VIP Experience includes priority check-in, an exclusive autograph session with Newsboys, a Q&A event with the band and limited-edition merchandise. Tickets will be available online at, by phone at 800-7453000, or at the Convocation Center Box Office, open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the Cal U campus in California, Pa. Paid parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance. For more information, including links to ticket information, music videos and directions to California University of Pennsylvania, visit

California Earth Day Clean Up and Community Celebration You are cordially invited to help celebrate Earth Day in California! The borough of California, California University of Pennsylvania and the River Town Program will be holding a community clean up and celebration on Monday April 22. In case of inclement weather a rain date has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 24. The clean-up will cover the areas between Mechanic Street, East Street, 1st Street along Wyatt Park and ending along 3rd Street. The work performed that day will include removing trash and improving the general cleanliness of the downtown area. The event is meant to help beautify the downtown area and bring members of the community together for a day of service, fun, and celebration. Clean-up hours will be held from 10 am to 5 pm. Following the clean-up will be a community celebration at Jozart Center for the Arts located on 201 Wood Street. The celebration will include food, music, educational information, games, and prizes. The winner of a special raffle for all of the day’s volunteers will be announced at 6pm! To register as a volunteer for this event, provide sponsorship, or make a donation to the event, contact Catherine Salvatore at 724-643-7017 or




Friends of the Bentleyville Public Library show off some of the purses and scarves donated for the November sale. The group will collect new or gently used costume jewelry, hand bags and scarves for a fundraiser to be held at the library. The group is accepting new members. Pictured (l-r) are: Lisa Barney, Martha Nickerson, Nancy Blackeway, Cheryl Griffith, and Donna Kevich.

GARDENING SEMINARS The Bentworth Seed Lending Library invites new gardeners to attend monthly seminars held at the Bentleyville Public Library. Session will focus on Heirloom seeds, plant care and harvesting seeds. For the beginner to the experienced home gardener, this will be a great home gardening seminar taught by local gardeners. There will be a $5 fee for each session. Even if you have very little to almost no backyard room, you can still be a very successful home vegetable gardener and enjoy the freshest, tastiest produce around, your own home grown. Call to register at 724-239-5122, or you can e-mail, or check out our Facebook page - Bentworth Seed Lending Library. ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT 6:00 PM: April 16- Preparing your garden May 7- Planting your heirloom garden June 4- Maintaining your heirloom garden July 16- Share your heirloom garden August 6- Preserving your heirloom garden September 17- Harvest Party

DON'T COOK FOR A WEEK! The Friends of the Bentleyville Public Library are selling 'Don't Cook for a Week' ticket. The ticket winner receives seven gift cards worth $35 each to these restaurants: Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, Max & Erma's, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, Applebee's and a $50 gas card. The tickets will play on the May 11 evening drawing of the PA lottery and are a $2.00 donation for two numbers. Contact a Friend of the Library or call 724-239-5122 for more information.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Free Colorectal Cancer Screening, Education Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer a free colorectal cancer education and screening program on Wednesday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. The event is free but seating is limited so guests should register by calling 724-258-1333.A distinguished panel of health care professionals will provide information during the presentation. They include Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D., director of Medical Oncology at MVH, who will lead the discussion and provide information on treatments for colorectal cancer; a surgeon who specializes in colorectal surgery, a dietitian to discuss cancer and nutrition and a nurse to explain the free take-home colorectal screening kit to test for blood in the stool.




February Meeting of the Monongahela Area Historical Society The Monongahela Area Historical Society held their February Meeting Thursday, February 28 in the Parlor of the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. President Susan Bowers called the meeting to order at 7 pm and reviewed old and new business. Dues of fifteen dollars for individuals and twenty dollars for families are being accepted by cash or check as well as PayPal via the MAHS website m. Members were reminded the website also sells historical society merchandise, including the "Monongahela throw." These one hundred percent cotton throws are American made and of the highest quality. They make excellent gifts for both residents and former residents. They are sold in Monongahela at the MAHS Museum, CJ’s Furniture, and Frye Funeral Home. Sales of these throws along with the autumn Ghost Walks are the primary source of MAHS funding. The Speaker Topic for the February meeting was the Cincinnati Mine Disaster which passes its one hundredth anniversary April 23, 2013. Scott Frederick, retired Ringgold High School Teacher presented the program with the assistance of the Boy Scouts from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Monongahela, PA. The Cincinnati Mine (ca. 1889 – 1930’s) was a drift mine about 2 miles northeast of Courtney. Ninety seven men lost their lives in the mine explosion and fire that spring day of April 23, 1913. 96 were lost in the explosion and fire and a 97th life was lost when the mask of one of the rescuers failed. The explosion was so great as to be felt miles away. Students at the Central School where Niagara Bank now stands across from the Monongahela Post Office felt the vibrations and rushed of their classrooms knowing it had to be a mine explosion with loss of life. Mr. Frederick introduced the topic stating his own family members including his grandfather were in that coal mine. Most of the miners were from Monongahela. He wove a fascinating tale of the history of coal mining and the disaster itself using copious visual aides

The "Monongahela Throw" on display at the Monongahela Historical Society. These 100% cotton throws are available for sale. (PHOTO CREDIT: KATHLEEN DESANTIS)

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NEWS FROM THE DONORA HISTORICAL SOCIETY VINTAGE DONORA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL JERSEYS For the past eight months or so, we have been working with Ebbets Field Flannels on a prototype of a 1938 Donora High School baseball jersey designed from vintage pictures in our archives. This is a replica of the jersey that Stan Musial wore during his playing days with the Dragons featuring his number 16 on the back with DONORA on the front made of black and orange felt numbers and letters. Before Stan wore his famous number 6 for the St. Louis Cardinals, he wore number 16 for Donora. Each authentic throwback jersey is handcrafted especially for you with 100% wool flannel. We do not stock these jerseys at the museum and each is made to order in your desired size from S to 4XL. You can choose from travel gray or home white. Feel free to browse our website and click on our “Merchandise” tab to see pictures of the jersey or stop by the museum to see and feel the original prototype. For those not familiar with Ebbets Field Flannels, they have been one of the leaders in throwback jerseys, hats and jackets for the past 25 years. Some of their uniforms have been worn in MLB “Turn Back The Clock” games. For more information on Ebbets Field Flannels you can find their link on our website and click on our “Links” tab.

DONORA SOUTHERN RAILROAD For those railroad enthusiasts, stop by the museum to see our revolving display on the Donora Southern Railroad. Aside from pictures and other artifacts, the two featured pieces are an original locomotive steam whistle that was donated to the museum early last year, and a newly acquired Donora Southern Railroad sponsored baseball jersey.

Area residents and family members anxiously stand at the mouth of the Cincinnati Mine located near Courtney in Union Township in April 1913. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress Title: Finleyville - at mouth of mine • Creator(s): Bain News Service, publisher • Date Created/Published: [1913 April]

distributed by the scouts. Scott transported the audiences from the Monongahela River side of Courtney Hill where miners entered the mine at over to the “mule entrance” on the Rte. 88 side, where one can see the Cincinnati Mine Historical Marker. Mr. Frederick’s vivid description of the darkness of a coal mine and men walking miles under ground and encountering victims sometimes their own family members gripped the audience. Scott gave his audience the list of names of the perished coal miners as well as an historical pamphlet on the Cincinnatti Mine disaster. There were over 200 men in the mine when it exploded and most of them did get out. The Monongahela Area Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public, held 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month.

PRESENTATION - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF MONONGAHELA CEMETERY Our next presentation will be on Monday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Mr. Charlie Talbert, a member of the Monongahela Historical Society, who will discuss the 150th Anniversary of the Monongahela Cemetery and its rich history. Mr. Talbert has led walking tours of the cemetery on numerous occasions in the past and we look forward to his discussion. 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 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 you can also email us at or by calling 724-823-0364 and leave a message. Or visit us on the web at

Free Knitting and Crochet Program at the Donora Public Library You are invited to participate in the Knit and Crochet group, 5:307:00 pm, on the second Thursday of each month at the Donora Public Library, 510 Meldon Ave., Donora. Join us as we show and tell what we're working on, and take advantage of this opportunity to learn new stitches, get help and share ideas. Bring your current project and enjoy a fun and inspiring evening among other knitters and crocheters. For more information, and if you plan to attend, call 724-379-7940. Free parking in our lot.

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Attention All Aspiring Actors and Artists! MVAA Announces Registration for Spring 2013 Classes

Pictured here is the cast of MVAA December 2012 production of “The One and Only Santa Claus”

Mon Valley Actors & Artists has announced its Spring 2013 performing arts classes. The ten week session begins on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 pm. All classes will be held on Thursday evenings at the Schooner Youth Center in Monessen. The session costs $75 and are open to all between the ages of 8 and 18. There is no experience necessary just .the desire to learn the performing arts and have fun. For more information call Debi Anderson at 724-684-4034.

"Bowl n' Roll, Book n' Bling" Event April 13 in West Newton A "Bowl n’ Roll, Books n’ Bling" event is scheduled for April 13 at the West Newton Lions Club Fieldhouse, 507 Pittsburgh Street, from 4:00 8:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the West Newton Lions and West Newton Public Library Volunteers. The tickets are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for child 12 and under. All you can eat, soup and salad (eat in only). Wide selection of homemade soups, tossed salad, bread bowl, soft drink and dessert. Quarts or bowls of soup and dessert are available for takeout (a la carte). The volunteers of the WNPL will have a nice selection of vintage jewelry and books, so you can browse and shop after you enjoy your meal. The proceeds from the Bowl n’ Roll Dinner will benefit West Newton Lions Club Charities and Books and Bling will assist our local library. Tickets may be purchased from Lion Club Members or WNPL Volunteers. You may also purchase a ticket by calling the WNPL at 724972-3229 or visiting Gary’s Chuck Wagon Restaurant.






MACC Holding Open Enrollment The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time and efforts in helping with Community Events sponsored by the Chamber. The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is currently holding open enrollment. If you are interested in becoming a “Individual Community Activist” for the organization please contact the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce at 724-258-5919. The cost to join is $60 per year.




earn how to choose foods at your local supermarket to manage a healthier lifestyle. The tours will begin at Healthy Directions in the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Health care professionals from Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Clinical Nutrition Department will conduct the tours.

April 11, 3-5 p.m. High Blood Pressure Your Salt and Sodium Intake May 7, 1-3 p.m. Picnic Foods

Program is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required by calling 724-258-1483.

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5th Annual Bar “Crawl” Set to Benefit the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce By Samantha Milton

Monongahela will be “crawling” again for the 5th Annual Monongahela Bar Crawl on Saturday May 4. Last year, the bar crawl collected donations for the Monongahela Area Library. This year, Wes and Sharon Rippel, owners of “The Bar” in Monongahela have decided to donate the profits to The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. The donations will be used for the numerous children’s events that take place in Monongahela like the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Santa House, holiday parades and other numerous activities that keep our area children entertained throughout the year. Signups for this year's bar crawl will take place at “The Bar” on West Main Street in Monongahela. A donation of $15 will get you a Bar Crawl T-shirt and a koozie. In order to reserve a T-shirt, your donation must be paid no later than April 20. Those interested in donating without participating in the actual crawl are welcome to make a monetary donation at any time. Please make all checks payable to The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. Donations can be dropped off at “The Bar” or mailed to 131 West Main St, Monongahela, PA 15063. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Rippel @ (724) 258-3211 anytime after 6PM. Get ready to support another great cause all while having a great time! See you there!

Community Action Southwest Now Accepting New Students in its Adult Education Program Community Action Southwest’s (CAS) Adult Education Program designed to assist Greene and Washington County residents age 17 or older to improve their skills and/or obtain their GED in order to secure employment or to enroll in a trade school or college is now accepting new students. A full schedule of classes is in-place in the two-county area. Classes are taught every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week at the Greene, Mon Valley and Washington PA CareerLink sites. Additionally, classes are offered in Carmichaels, Burgettstown and Washington on Tuesdays and in Waynesburg and Washington on Thursdays until 7 p.m. each week. Upon enrollment and orientation, Pennsylvania-Certified Instructors work with students to determine their weekly class schedule. Volunteer tutors are also available to meet with students in local libraries or other neutral meeting locations throughout both counties. Students enrolled in the program are also partnered with a trained case manager who will work with them to help them to find employment and/or to enroll in a trade school or college. The Adult Education Program is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skills, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized. For additional information or to register for classes, please contact Regina at 1877-814-0788 ext. 546.

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Upcoming Events at the West Newton Public Library The West Newton Public Library, located at 123 North Water Street in West Newton, PA will be offering a variety of upcoming programs and events. For more information or questions, please call the library at 724-972-3229.

Shop ‘n Save Seed Program The West Newton Public Library is partnering with the West Newton Elementary PTO to help with the Shop 'n Save Seed Program. With this program it will allow the PTO to provide a wonderful assembly presented by either the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, or the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for the West Newton Elementary students. These students still need to raise around $ 40,000, so we need your help! The West Newton Public Library has established a deposit box for your sales receipts from Shop 'n Save which is located just inside the library. So tell your friends and family to start saving those receipts now, and turn them in at the library when you get a chance. By all of us pitching in as a community we will reach this goal for the students .

Donated Items Needed “Bling, Bling, Bling” Event.


We are looking for donations of gently used vintage, antique, modern, costume and fine Jewelry as well as jewelry boxes and watches. These items will be used to help raise funds for the West Newton Library during our jewelry

bash in a few months. So if you have any unwanted items, call 724- 9723229 or stop by the library to drop off your donation.

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Rostraver Fire Department Hosting Crawford's Rocking Cancer Benefit Dance

Lecture: “Famous People Who Have Passed Through West Newton” The West Newton Public Library presents Miles Richards' lecture on Famous Individuals Who Have Passed Through the Streets of West Newton PA in the Past 200 Years. The talk will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 am in the multipurpose room of the West Newton Library. Call 724-972-3229 to reserve your spot since space is limited. This event is free to the public.

Dr. Cyril Wecht's Lecture Series The West Newton Public Library presents the world famous Dr. Cyril Wecht's Lecture Series on April 27 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Youghiogheny Ballroom, 100 Riverside Dr., West Newton. The talk will be followed by a late afternoon luncheon hosted by Gary Johnson at the Chuckwagon located on South Second St. Lsten to some of his interesting cases he has explored over the course of his career as a forensic pathologist. Call for tickets at 724-972-3229. The ticket cost is $10.00 per person for the lecture and if you are interested in attending the luncheon after the lecture the cost is an additional $10.00 for the luncheon ticket.

Donations Needed for Homeless Veterans The Charleroi American Legion Post 22 and their SAL Squadron are supporting the Pennsylvania Housing for Homeless Veterans Corp. Detachment Commander’s Project and are in need of donations for “Homeless Veterans” throughout 2013. Sadly, many servicemen and women return home only to find they are without a job and home in the very nation they defended. During the March meetings, this project was discussed, and it was decided to support this project and help to resolve this problem and with your help, we can “help them”. Donations may be left at the Charleroi Post American Legion Club or mailed to Charleroi American Legion Post 22, at 234 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA. The donations will be used only for helping our PA homeless veteran men and women. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Penn Dot workers wearing Pink Ribbon shirts to support Kate Crawford, a mother of 3 battling Stage 4 Cancer.

Friends and family of Kate Crawford are hosting a Crawford's Rocking Cancer Benefit Dance on Saturday April 27, from 6:00 pm to midnight. The event to be held at the Rostraver Central Fire Department, will include Live Music, Chinese Auction, and 50/50-Raffles. Crawford is battling Stage 4 Cancer. Tickets are $20 a person, and can be bought in advance or at the door, food and beverages are included. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rostraver Central VFC, Rostraver Police Department, and Clairton Police Department. All proceeds raised will benefit the Steve and Kate Crawford family. For further information contact the Rostraver Fire Department at 724-379-5036 or via email:

Vendor Show in North Charleroi on April 28 Are you looking for that special gift? Do you need a unique present for an upcoming occasion? Join us for the 2013 Vendor Show in support of the American Cancer Society and Mon Valley Relay for Life on Sunday, April 28 from 11:30 to 5:00 pm at Charleroi High School/Middle School, 100 Fescen Dr., North Charleroi. In addition to the great variety of vendors, there will also be homemade baked goods, food, and a Chinese auction. Please come and support this worthwhile event. Admission is free! Some of the vendors at this year’s show will include the following: Country Crafts; Chocolates and Toffee; Prima Diva Boutique; Swarovski Jewelry; Initials, Inc.; 31 Gifts; Crochet Items; Premier Jewelry; Tastefully Simple; Jewel Kade; Pampered Chef; Longaberger; Sports Bracelets; Wood Burnings; Avon; Celebrating Home; Tupperware; Mia Bella Soy Candles; Chaney’s Natural; Partylite; Creative Memories; Vera Bradley; Mary Kay; Cookie Lee Jewelry; Silpada; Paparazzi Accessories.

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The late Anna Novakovich’s 1917 Croatian wedding dress will be part of the Croatian Display.

Gary Strelick, GMHS Vice President, hanging the Croatian Flag in the Monessen Heritage Museum entrance.

The Monessen Heritage Museum has opened their Spring ethnic exhibit, which showcases the history and contributions of the Croatian immigrants, who came to the Mon Valley region in the early years of the twentieth century from the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary. The exhibit continues through the month of July. Select photographs are available for viewing on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. The summer exhibit will focus on the history of the Monessen City School District that began in 1899 with the construction of the McKinley Elementary School during the time William Henry Donner was a member of the school board. Early school photographs showcasing the first twenty-five years of the district are being sought. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm. Evenings by appointment. Please call 724-684-8460 for further information.

Downtown West Newton Inc. Announces Upcoming Events Downtown West Newton Inc. will be holding a benefit Breaded Pork Chop Dinner on April 20 from 4 to 8 pm. The dinner includes a breaded pork chop served with stuffing and all the fixin's. It also includes a beverage, bread and desert. The cost is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Tickets are available at Gary's Chuckwagon or by calling 724872-0100. For children 10 and under we will be serving chicken strips and fries for $5.00. The event is sponsored by Gary's Chuckwagon located at South Second Street. West Newton PA. Downtown West Newton Inc. is actively accepting reservations for its new Farmers Market that will be running from June to late October. The event will take place on Saturdays mid morning through mid afternoon. The event will take place at the new Simeral Square Park located at the corner of Main and North Water Street with a second location in the West Newton Library's parking lot right across the street. Come and spend the morning in historic West Newton as you gaze upon the beautiful Youghiogheny River and bike trail. Please give us a call at 724-8720100 and ask for Barb or Lacie to book your spot. Spaces are limited and we are offering a discount if you book the entire season.



Monessen VFD #1 Auxiliary to Host Dinner and Dance Featuring the "Laurels" Monessen Volunteer Fire Department #1 Auxiliary is holding a Dinner & Dance on Saturday, April 20 at the Monessen VFD#1 Social Hall, Eastgate 15. The doors open at 6:00 pm. The buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Music will be provided by the Laurels from 8 to 11 pm with DJ’s Candy and Mike spinning your favorite oldies between sets. The Laurels are led by singer Dick Muse, a McKeesport native who started out in 1956 with the Condors. The original Laurels formed in the mid-'50s, and although they never managed any big hits, the group has re-formed several times and continues to attract oldies lovers everywhere. The Laurels are famous for such songs as “Every Minute of the Day", "I Wonder", "A Little Romance", "Honey I Love You," and "Don't Go". Tickets are $20 per person if purchased early and $25 per person if purchased at the door. This is a BYOB event but admission includes food, beer, Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, water, ice and cups. There will be door prize drawings and half the take. Please join us for fun evening featuring a wide variety of music for your listening and dancing pleasure. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Linda at 724-7970747, Kathy at 724-678-8272 or Karen at 724-684-5838.



Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA Domestic violence is the single major cause of injury to women. Many women face domestic violence issues every day, and they don't have to do it alone. There is help available. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA can provide safe shelter and confidential support services for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Our individual empowerment counseling provides one-on-one counseling, information and referrals, and advocacy (general & legal). All services are free and confidential. For more information, call 724-223-9190 or 1-800-7914000 in Washington County, 724-852-2463 in Greene County, or 724-439-9500 in Fayette County. Domestic violence does not discriminate. In addition to married couples and dating partners, domestic violence occurs between blood relatives. DVSSP provides training for health care providers on recognizing signs of elder abuse in your patients. For more information, please call our Education and Training Department at 724-223-5477 in Washington County, 724-852-2373 in Greene County, or 724-437-2530 in Fayette County.

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Ian Whiten Sworn in as Charleroi’s Junior Mayor By Christina Walko

Charleroi High School Senior Ian Whiten was sworn into his new position as Junior Mayor on Thursday, March 14 at the regular Charleroi Borough council meeting. He then did his first official junior mayor duty of giving the February police report. Mayor Nancy Ellis swore him in. Although Ian is not much interested in politics, he liked the idea of being Junior Mayor. “I like being involved in the community and knowing what is going on,” he said. Ian became interested in community activity mainly from his father Robert Whiting, who is the Charleroi fire chief. So when high school principal Charleroi Mayor Nancy Ellis swears in high school senior Ian Whiting as the borough's Junior Mayor Patty Mason approached him with the idea, he was enthusiastic. Duties of the Junior Mayor are to be a student liason to the school district, to learn about the Regional Polce and to plan and help implement Student Government Day, as of which no date has been set yet. The Junior Mayor program was started last year. Alex Antonio was the previous junior mayor.

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MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES APRIL EVENTS The Monessen Public Library in Monessen will be offering the following April programs. For more information or questions, call 724-684-4750. StoryTime: Monday - 2:30 and 6 pm; Tuesday - 10:30 am; also the 1st & 3rd Saturdays: April 6 and April 20 at 11 am. Wednesday Crafternoons: 5 – 6:30 pm. On April 24, guest crafter, Natalie Reese, from Westmoreland Cleanways, will show how to make paper from recycled materials. Learn to Play Scrabble: Saturday, April 6 and April 20, 1-3 pm. Visit the library exhibit at the Mon Valley Home Show April 5, 6, 7 at Rostraver Ice Garden. 2nd and 4th Friday Classic Film Series: April 12 and 26 – Doors open at 6:30 for popcorn and cartoons. The movie starts at 7 pm. April 26: “Akeelah and the Bee.” National Library Week is April 14 – 20. The Annual Spring Used Book Sale will be held all that week. Last Monday Guest Reader: Firemen from MVF #1 will read “Curious George and the Firefighters” Monday, April 29 at 6 pm.

Community Action Southwest Offering Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing Through End of Tax Season Community Action Southwest (CAS) will continue to offer free, basic, income tax filing assistance to qualified working households who made less than $51,000 a year in 2012 through April 11, 2013 at various sites in Washington and Greene Counties. Through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, the agency assisted a total of 583 households in the two counties to file their income taxes last tax season and $534,640 was refunded to those taxpayers. The agency operates its VITA Program in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and through funding from the United Way of Washington County and the Greene County United Way. Additionally, the majority of volunteers who assist the taxpayers to file their income taxes are students from Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University. Volunteers are trained to assist taxpayers to receive the appropriate tax credits for which they are eligible including the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federally funded tax credit for lower-income working individuals and families. Appointments have been offered since late January, and are still available at sites in Burgettstown, Charleroi, Donora, Washington and Waynesburg. Appointments are required at all locations. To make an appointment, to get more information or to find out if you qualify please call Rachael at 1-877-814-0788 ext. 421.



Stockdale Returns to Yesteryear With Oldies Dance Series The past will meet the present when another in a series of successful All Oldies, Only Oldies dance (record hops) is presented Saturday, April 6 at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s social center and banquet hall. “We are very pleased to resume these dances,” Al Marcy, assistant fire chief and entertainment chairman of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, said. “Judging from the inquiries we’ve been getting, anticipation for this dance has been growing at a steady pace. This one will mark the start of our sixth year of the current series of hops and will perpetuate the legacy of the dances that started in 1957. It will be a great way to welcome spring.” The Stockdale dance, which has become one of the largest and most popular of its kind in western Pennsylvania in recent years, will run from 8 p.m. to midnight. Ralph Trilli. longtime area disc jockey and co-host with Bill Chappo of the Cruisin’ Sunday show on WJPA, will spin the Oldies. Trilli was a longtime associate of the late Jim “J.D. the D.J.” Dudas and hosted a memorial tribute to Dudas in October 2011. Some 550 persons attended the event to honor the memory and achievements of Dudas, who was the DJ at Stockdale for several years. “Ralph has a great ear for and knowledge of the music that Oldies aficionados request and appreciate,” Marcy said. “He worked with Jim for many years and is helping perpetuate the Mon Valley Memories music with the show on WJPA.” The April 6 event, which is open to the public, again will carry a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) format. Patrons are invited to bring their own food and liquid refreshments. The fire department will provide refreshments (not pop). Admission is $10 per person and reservations and additional information are available at 724-330-5002. Checks are payable to Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department and should be sent, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to Dance, P.O. Box 416, Roscoe, PA 15477. Those ordering tickets are requested to include their name, address, telephone number and email address. Complementing the then and now atmosphere at the April 6 dance will be the presence of Ron Paglia as guest host. Paglia was the disc jockey at the original hops from December 21, 1957 through August 1964. “Ron played an important role in the success of those dances more than 50 years ago,” Marcy said. “We are grateful to him for his efforts in recent years and look forward to him being with us on April 6.” The original dances were among the biggest in western Pennsylvania in the 1950s and early 1960s. Crowds of 1,000 or more teenagers were the rule during the heyday of those events, which featured many of the top recording artists of that era in live performances on the Stockdale stage. “Stockdale has been blessed with some outstanding disc jockeys ever since the inception of the original record hops in 1957,” Marcy said. “Terry Lee, Ron Paglia, Jim Dudas and John Barbero have hosted some of the biggest dances ever in the Pittsburgh region, and Porky Chedwick has been with us on several occasions as a special guest. The thousands of people who have come to Stockdale over the years feel the same way.”




Army Veteran Joins Race for Judicial Seat understands the circumFormer Army Major stances and hardships facing Alan Benyak, who served returning veterans and their in the Judge Advocate families.” General’s Corps as an During the course of his Army lawyer, is seeking military career, Benyak was nomination to the Court awarded the Meritorious of Common Pleas in Service Medal, Joint Service Washington County. Commendation Medal, Army Benyak, 49, of Carroll, Superior Unit Award (Desert served four years on Alan Benyak Storm), National Defense active duty and eight years in the Army reserves before leav- Service Medal (Desert Storm), Army ing to start a successful private practice Achievement Medal and Army Service in Washington County. During the Ribbon. Upon leaving the military, course of his military career, he also was Benyak began a private legal practice appointed to serve as a Special Assistant focused on estate planning and administration, family law, municipal law, United States Attorney. “I was honored to serve my country general civil litigation and real estate. and my fellow military personnel as a He currently serves as legal counsel to lawyer, and now I would like to bring the Mon Valley Police Association and time that experience to the civilian Municipal Authority of Belle Vernon, courts,” said Benyak, the only military and he is a board member and officer of veteran seeking one of two open seats the Donora Public Library. In addition, he has served as a solicitor for numeron the Court of the Common Pleas. Benyak said he is concerned by the ous other boroughs, townships, and fact that none of the county’s judges or community organizations. “My work as an Army lawyer and, for prosecutors has a military background at a time when more and more cases the last two decades as a private practiinvolve veterans struggling to return to tioner, gives me the depth and breadth of experience needed to serve on the civilian life. “A decade of war has left an immeas- Common Pleas Court.” Over the course of his professional urable effect on our service men and women, especially those who have been career, Mr. Benyak has been active on deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We the boards of Community Action are fortunate in Washington County Southwest Head Start; Community that the justice system has recognized Ambulance Service, Inc.; Washington that fact and created a special Veterans’ Township Area Senior Citizens; The Court. I applaud that decision. Now it is Redstone Cemetery and the United time to have a judge on the bench who Way.

MACC Extends Easter Wishes The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend our prayers to you and your family for a Blessed Easter Day! Special thanks to all of the local businessesbelow who contributed to rthe 2013 Easter Egg Hunt: Ashcraft Storage Biscotti by Brenda Cambros Mobile Homes Charleroi Federal Savings City of Monongahela Dr. Randall Rodriguez Frye Contruction Frye Funeral Home

Gail Amoroso Beauty Salon Attorney James Haines, Jr. Joe Fida’s Instant Auto Plate Knick Knacks & Paddy Wacks Ladies of the G.A.R. Lenzi Service Station Make A Face ~ Face Painting Merico Lignelli Peno’s Enterprises, Inc. PNC Bank Sensory Devices, Inc Slovak American Club. The Medicine Shop Tregembo Motors

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Monongahela Elks Contribute to Library Project

Elks Exalted Ruler William Bautz (left), Past Exalted Ruler and National Foundation Chairman William Marsden (center), and PDDER and Secretary Stanley Welsh present the check to library board member and building Chairman Norm Core and President Martha Ghilani at the Monongahela Area Library.

The old saying goes, “When a door shuts, a window opens.” That’s how members of the Monongahela Area Library Board of Trustees and staff felt recently. On the same day that the approvals for the first round of Local Share Applications submitted to the Washington County Redevelopment Authority were announced with the library tentatively receiving less than had been estimated for building project, Stanley Welch, Past District Deputy Exalted Ruler and Secretary of Monongahela Elks Lodge #455 called library director to say the lodge had decided sponsor a library program and asked if the director had something in mind. “I knew without giving it too much thought where the board would see the need, although I did want to run in past them formally,” said director Elina Filander. The library application had been for a handicap door opener. The director noted that while the library was built more than 25 years ago with a handicap ramp, the entry and lobby doors are weighty glass and metal doors. While the library does not collect exact numbers or types of patrons using assistive devices to enter the building, patrons with mobility scoot-

ers, walkers, wheel chairs, and even the student on crutches after a torn tendon have all been seen using the library for their information, education and recreational needs. The library had applied for the amount that was needed according to estimates received from several building trade people in addition to a small amount set aside for the project. “Someone from the Redevelopment Authority even called to ask how we were going to be able to complete the project with the smaller allocation and it was a relief to tell them the Elks had come through already for us on the project,” the director commented. The $1,500 was an award from the Elks National Grand Lodge. It marks the second time the local group has helped the library in recent years. Just last year Lodge #455 also passed along an award received from the national organization to help the library fund circulation computers. “This is very much appreciated,” said library board president Martha Ghilani who accepted the check presented by on behalf of the board along with Norm Core, chairman of the library’s building projects. As Secretary Welsh noted in the past about Elks generosity, “Proving again Elks care and Elks share.”

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Gardening Projects and New Appointees Discussed At Donora Council Meeting By Jill Brown

At the Donora Council Meeting on March 14, Mayor John Lignelli spoke to residents who want to discuss problems relative to the federal government. Members of U.S. Representative Bill Shuster’s staff will hold meetings to discuss the issues. The meetings will be open to all Mon Valley residents. In other business, Councilman Thomas Kostolansky encouraged all to converse with Donnis Headley, the new Donora Library director. He said Headley is the woman to see about gardening. Anyone interested in a garden project should contact Headley at the Donora Public Library, 510 Meldon Ave., in Donora. Headley is seeking experienced gardeners to help begin-

ners take place in the project. She can be reached at 724-379-7940, or contact her via e-mail at Next, council appointed borough administrator Dennis Fisher to a 5year term on Mon-Valley Sewage Authority board of directors. In other business, Council received $7,697 from the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for use by the borough police department. Residents were reminded that refuse bills must be paid by April 1 to receive the annual discount rate of $160. Borough offices will be open until 6 pm on that day. After that date, the rate, will be $180. Council reappointed John Hynok to the borough Zoning Borough of Appeals for a 3-year term.

Belle Vernon Mayor Commends Police By Kyra Bergman

During the March 11, 2013 Belle Vernon Borough meeting Mayor Jackson commended the local police for their excellent work throughout the month. A drug bust was successful in Belle Vernon at the beginning of March and an arson arrest was made, concluding an investigation that started after a fire in July 2012. Mayor Jackson also spoke about deteriorating road conditions in the borough, especially on Main Street and Blind Lane near the Belle Vernon Apartments high rise. “I know that we patched Blind Lane in pieces,” Jackson said. “Our crews are trying to keep ahead of things.” The problems on Main Street could be more difficult to approach. PennDot may have plans to deal with landslides on Route 906, which would delay any roadwork for Main Street. The borough has been fielding complaint calls about numerous stray cats in the area, particularly around Wood and Fourth Streets. Council President Joe Minniti will be contacting animal control to deal with the issue. Mr. Minniti also mentioned that a fallen tree damaged two vacant houses on Wood Street. One of those properties, 201 Wood Street, is on the demolition list.



Charleroi Borough Seeks to Improve Recreation By Christina Walko

On Monday, March 18, 2013, Charleroi Borough Manager Donn Henderson, Recreation Committee head and councilman Walt Selma, along with Council President Mark Alterici had an open meeting to discuss what should be done in the next year to improve borough recreation. Residents Louey Rawls and Sam Donini where there to share their ideas. “I talked to a 12 year old kid who lives here, and they are often gang members, who want to grow up to be a drug dealer. What do we have for them to do?” said Rawls. Council has been busy coming up with answers to that question. Charleroi has seen improvements in recreation in the last several years, especially with the addition of the Markethouse. Last year’s summer Wednesday movie nights have been improved upon and added to this year. The program will run from April 10 to October 19 with movies as popular as Brave and Paranormal featured. The movie night was a mild success last year but Borough Manager Don Henderson sees this coming year as being better. “More people will know about the movie nights. We could even eventually add on to it and project a film on the hillside,” he speculated. Everyone agreed on the need for two particular improvements – to refurbish Crest and Woodland Parks. Rawls brought to the meetings attention a nuisance guardrail on the alley side of Crest Park that needs removed and Henderson said he would see what he could do. Henderson would like to paint the pavilions and picnic tables, put basketball hoops in both parks and possibly get remote cameras to monitor the playgrounds. “The parks need to look clean and

inviting for people to come to them,” he added. 12th Street resident Sam Donini said that we have to find a way to get around the money problem. Henderson agreed, “The standard excuse is that we can’t find the money – we’ve got to spend money to improve things. Its there and I will find it.” But the one thing the Borough says it really needs is for people to get more involved. “The Borough can do improvements but we need neighborhoods to engage, said Henderson. Mark Alterici echoed Hendersons concern. “We need more community involvement from citizens, as you can see from only two residents at this Charleroi plans to hire an intern to help organize the basketball and other programs. They want to have half court, not full court platforms. Also suggested were arts and crafts programs, dances for teenagers and kickball for the kids who don’t like basketball. The summer concert series was touched upon with a meeting scheduled for that later this month. The third floor of the Borough building which is to have a new elevator shortly will be available for recreational activities for resThe question of how to keep the kids in line at the events was brought up with the Borough suggesting that responsible parents and volunteer could help with this. Parents and residents who would like to become more involved with the recreation effort are urged to call the Borough at 724-483-6011. This years events in Charleroi include Clean Up Days, April 26 and 27, Community Day and Fireworks July 3, Easter Egg Hunt on March 30, Farmers Market from July – October, The Little Great Race, the Breast Cancer Walk, Halloween Parade and Light Up Night.




Charleroi Borough Council Meeting Local Mayors Recognized for Regional Police Efforts By Christina Walko

Charleroi Mayor Nancy Ellis, along with the Speers and N. Charleroi Mayors are to be the first recipients of the Intergovernmental Progress award. The mayors are being recognized by the Mon Valley Progress Council for their work on the much needed Regional Police force, which has been a great success. “ It was really a money saving effort for the people of Charleroi”, says Ellis about the police which has been up and running successfully for over a year. The Borough is also advertising for a part-time officer for the force. Mayor Ellis announced a low-cost Rabies Plus Clinic for dogs and cats will be held on Sunday, May 19th at the Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road in Monongahela. The effort is sponsored in part by the Charleroi Cat Project which raised $8000 for spaying and neutering in its efforts to curb the feral cat population in the Charleroi/North Charleroi region. The Borough has purchased new and better LED lights for the streets which will be in sometime in April. In the meantime some lights are left without bulbs as it would not be costeffective or efficient for the borough to

replace them with the current quality bulbs. The council will work to inform businesses of this by email. In other news: • Borough Manger informed the council that the Charleroi Fire Department is now a QRS certified first responder which involved the implementation of certain medical equipment. • The council discussed handicap accessible parking and a handicapped stall for the front and the side of the Post 22 American Legion. • The council approved 13 resolutions for tax claim release for various properties in Chareroi and a resolution to demolish a property at 301-303 McKean Avenue. • Plans are moving forward to eliminate the Columbus Hotel, which contains asbestos. • Twenty four compliance orders were issued by code enforcement. • Due to persistence on behalf of the county solicitor, World Kitchens is now sending a past due check to the Borough for $10,000. • 267 calls to the police in February • Mon Valley EMS had 118 calls for February. • April 27 is slated for Charleroi clean-up day.

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Rostraver Landfill Receives Two D.E.P. Violations By Christina Walko

At the Wednesday, March 6 Commissioners meeting in Rostraver, Commissioner Patrick Egros reported that the Tervita owned landfill was in two violations of the Department of Environmental Protection. “As of February 19, Tervita received inspections violations for the odor which is traveling outside of the landfills bounds.” No health hazard violations were reported at this time although air quality testing has been done and results are pending. The commissioners then presented the Belle Vernon Area High School Girls Basketball Team with a Sports Award. Coach Lisa Fairman and Captains Jessica Slagus, Natalie Bashada and Jillian Niro accepted the reward on behalf of the team. The team came in second in the WPIAL playoffs with over 1000 points and 800 rebounds, the third in school history. The Lady Leps had 16 wins and 7 loses this season. Commissioner Beck announced the Townships application for a $20,000 KAP – Keep America Beautiful –grant which will be used for a new playground, at the sports’ complex and for other township beautification projects. The township also ratified authorization to apply for a $5000 KAP grant to repair the exterior of the municipal building. Several Rostraver residents stated concerns over the changes being made in Sanitary Sewerage rates. Ordinance number 638 introduced by Donald Bottman would effectively increase sewerage rates for businesses in Rostraver. The ordinance was read through by Solicitor Gaudio; however it was not unanimously passed. “We are unhappy that we are in this predicament,” stated Commissioner Temoshenko. The entire proposal contained some increase in rates for residents also. A resident voiced concerns that if the businesses sewerage rates increased the costs would be passed on to the residents in the long run. “No other concrete proposals

were heard and I do not think it responsible to say no to this proposal without submitting another”, stated Temoshenko, adding that it was the best proposal that the Township had. Several resolutions were passed to declare Chevron in default of its bonds and claims made of $3750 and $5000 by Liberty Mutual Insurance for the township. After normal agenda issues, attention then changed to the ongoing citizens issues concerning the Tervita landfill. Cheryl Myers was heard who expounded upon the possible hazards of a deodorizing system for the landfill. She also brought up questions about what exactly was being dumped into it. Resident Jack Kruell was also heard, bringing up similar concerns. Resident and Doctor George Felder of 250 Lenity School Road then addressed the board, asking them what the board’s ability was to rectify the situation. These types of concerns have been brought up by citizens since 2011 with little resolution. Commissioner Andy Temoshenko suggested a different type of meeting – having residents meet at possibly one of their homes and to get a congressman, senator or representative who could make the DEP accountable there, as he stated the board does not have much it can do. It has however addressed Congressman Murphy with these issues. “We are awaiting results from the air quality report and will do our best to retrieve all information,” stated Commissioner Patrick Eros. Residents also wanted to know what the possibilities were of bringing in an independent lab for testing and were told that that is being kept in mind but will depend on the availability of funds. Rostraver residents were reminded that mandatory recycling of electronics for businesses will soon be enforced. E-waste can be dropped off at Goodwill in Belle Vernon or Westomoreland Clean Ways may be contacted at 724-836-4129.

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New Eagle Borough Takes Financial Hit Covering Unpaid Resident Trash Bills By Christina Walko

At the New Eagle Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, March 5, councilmen Charlie Wyatt, Archie Casever, president Jack Fine along with Mayor Glenn Petticord convened. The council reported on and discussed collection of resident garbage bills, which ran up the borough expenses quite a bit last year to make up the difference in residents who paid late or did not pay at all. 129 citations were written last year. This year New Eagle hopes to do a better job in enforcing resident payment. 89 residents were cited for delinquent 2012 garbage bills. Quarter payments for all 2013 bills can be paid for at discount by April 1st. A motion to close down Chess Street from Walnut to Cherry Street for the June 6th car show, which is held annually, was passed A motion was approved to advertise for bids for summer road materials. A report was given on municipal equipment and roads, confirming that New Eagle is still in good shape with salt supplies and also cinders leftover after the month’s snow. Mayor Glenn Petticord gave an account of resolving an issue for a resident living on the corner of Madison and Maple. He looked into a situation where there is water coming down that washed out a ditch on Spring Drive. It is the 4th time the Borough has dealt with this and they are very concerned as it has been reported that cars have bottomed out on Spring Drive. “We have put in asphalt and looked into laying a pipe there. But the work will have to be done in the spring after the streets are done – council will take care of the ditch.” New Eagle proudly announces the opening of their new website at Residence can find all borough information including phone numbers and ordinance information. Terry Sevven of Monongahela was thanked for designing the site.

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Monessen Council Approves 2013 Events By Kyra Bergman

Monessen City Council approved a variety of events to be held this year during their monthly meeting, held on March 20, 2013, including the following: A request of Monessen Communities that Care to use the City Park amphitheater, park grounds, pavilions, and concession stand for their 2nd annual Raise Your Voice Festival on April 27 from 2:00 to 8 p.m. A request of Southwest Behavioral Care to hold their annual summer therapeutic program, Camp Harmony, at the Monessen City Park on June 17-28 at Shelter 2, July 8-19 at Shelters 1 & 2, and July 29 – August at Shelters 1 & 2 (week days only) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A request from the Monessen Police Department and K-9 Units to utilize the boat dock area for their annual Bike Run Fundraiser on Saturday, July 20 (Rain date, August 3, 2013). The Bike Run will end at the boat dock and will include a car cruise, food, and entertainment. A request of the Monessen Historical Society to use the Monessen City Park August 17-18 for their 2nd annual Founders Day and Civil War reenactment. A request from Marei J. Burnfield for the use of City Park Walking Track on Sunday, October 13 from 8a.m. – 5 p.m. for the 2nd annual 2 Million Dogs 2 Miles Puppy Up Walk. Also during the meeting it was approved by Council to advertise for bids for safety renovation of the building at 500 Donner Avenue. The nuisance property has been the cause of multiple complaints by Monessen residents in regards to public safety. Council accepted the retirement of Lt. Lloyd Aldrich after 40 years of service on the Monessen Police force and his name was added to the Prisoner Watch list. Lastly, a resolution was adopted endorsing and supporting efforts to increase funding for transportation and encourage the Governor and General Assembly to cooperate to accomplish long-term improvement within the Commonwealth.




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

8 Seconds to Make a Great Impression It’s not long, so you need to make it count. Staged homes are perceived to be comfortable, attractive, and well-cared for. Home staging is a valuable exercise when you want your home to stand out in a buyer’s mind. A few quick fixes and some attention to detail can go a long way toward impressing a broad scope of prospects. The following simple suggestions can maximize your home’s attractiveness and create a great first impression. “DRESS FOR SUCCESS FROM THE OUTSIDE IN”: There’s no denying the importance of curb appeal. How your home looks from the street will shape a buyer’s overall expectations. In fact, some prospects may not even make it inside your front door if they are turned off by the exterior. Use the following checklist to ensure that the out-


side of your home is attractive enough to encourage a walk-through. • Tidy Up – Rake leaves, sweep walkways and clear the front steps. • Color Splash – Brighten your landscape with seasonal flowers, weed the garden beds and remove dead shrubbery to trees. • Fresh Cut – Mow your lawn and edge the sidewalks for a manicured look. • Remove Clutter – Neatly stow garbage cans, gardening supplies and all unnecessary items out of sight in the garage or shed. • Face-Lift – A fresh coat of paint on the front door, new doormats and clean windows will freshen up the house and make it seem newer. • Functionality – Fix or replace broken doorbells, outdoor lighting, wobbly handrails and loose paving stones. • Consider the Rear View – Buyers will want to see your backyard. The same rules apply: tidy, colorful, well-maintained, de-cluttered and functional. Stow excess furniture and all children’s toys. “AN INSIDE LOOK”: As buyers step inside, you want them to feel as if they’re making a grand entrance. Even if you do not have a sizable foyer, you can improve the entryway of your home by removing clutter and making a clear path to the best room of the house using a floor runner or eye-catching art and accessories. Remember, you have only eight seconds. Showcase the best room first so buyers are interested enough to see the rest of the home. Improve the perception of spaciousness by removing


knickknacks and over-sized furniture. Less is often more. Be certain that each room has an obvious traffic flow to help buyers move through easily. As you prepare to show the home, consult this checklist for simple and effective staging suggestions: • Clean Up – Cleaning every room from top to bottom is an absolute must, including closets and cabinets. Remember to mop hardwood floors to make them shine. • De-Clutter and De-Personalize – Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your space. Help them by removing personal items, such as pictures and knickknacks from walls and tables. • Open Windows – Unless it’s too hot or too cold outside, open the windows to let in some fresh air, especially if your home has pets. • Make it Cozy – Check the thermostat to make sure potential buyers are comfortable enough to linger. Show off fireplaces by lighting them. • Awaken Other Senses – Bake some cookies, light a scented candle or play soft music in the background. These subtle sensory stimuli can enhance the pleasant impression of your home. • Lighten Up – Make sure your home feels bright and alive! Pull open window coverings and turn on the lights, even the ones over appliances and in closets. Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680



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Business & Merchant News MMVTA Welcomes Back Three Board Members from the Mid Mon Valley Community

The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) is pleased to re-instead 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 MMVTA Assistant Secretary, Ms. Sandy Davis of the Borough of Roscoe, MMVTA Treasurer, Mrs. Rose Carson of the Borough of Dunlevy and Mrs. Olga Woodward of Fallowfield Township. Each member has been a MMVTA board member since 2008. Mayor John Lignelli, current MMVTA board member for the Borough of Donora, inducted the members during the February 28th board meeting. The Board meets monthly, the fourth Thursday of each month at the MMVTA Transit Center in Charleroi at 6 pm. For more information, call 724-489-0880 or visit

David Mornak Joins Health Insurance Options in Rostraver CSC Insurance Professionals Inc is proud to announce that David Mornak has joined Health Insurance Options in Rostraver as a Benefit Sales Consultant. He will be responsible for consulting and servicing individuals and families with their health insurance needs. David graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Business Administration Degree in Management. While attending college, and prior to acquiring his insurance license, he worked for his family business, Mornak Excavation, Inc. David is familiar with a variety of products from Highmark, UPMC, and HealthAmerica One and is eager to help his clients with their insurance needs and looks forward to meeting the challenges in the health insurance industry. CSC is proud to have David join the team at Health Insurance Options. David is the son of David and Denise Mornak and resides in Rostraver Township.

Annual GRC Recognition Dinner The Annual Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, April 18 at The Willow Room. This year we are pleased to recognize and honor the following for their commitment of time, treasure and talent to the Greater Rostraver Chamber and our community: John Maisch - Volunteer of the Year; Jim Fowler, owner of McShane’s Florist & Greenhouse and Fowler Lawn Care Service - Young Professional of the Year; and Valley Veterinary Service, Inc. - Business of the Year. Please plan to join us for this evening of celebration! Invitations for the dinner have been mailed to all GRC members and guests of the honorees. The event starts at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, with dinner and awards presentation beginning at 7 pm. The event is open to the public, if you would like to receive an invitation to attend, please call the Chamber Office 724-929-3329.

Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce March Business of the Month Marilyn Williams Advertising Specialties Marilyn Williams Advertising Specialties, located on Vernon Drive in Rostraver Township, can help you create a lasting impression for any event with an imprinted item for class reunions, political candidates, schools, businesses, trade shows, fundraisers and endless others. Marilyn started the business in 1982 after working twenty two at her father's store, Milsom's in Monessen. She was joined in the business by her Marilyn Williams (center) with Business of the husband, Don, in 1992, after his Month Committee Members, retirement from thirty four years of Judi Robbins (left) and Cathy Yurkovich (right) teaching and coaching at Belle Vernon Area School District. Don passed away in November of 2007 and Marilyn has continued the business. As a Member of Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Marilyn has access to thousands of companies and items too numerous to list - but just a few include pens, magnets, glassware, calendars, balloons, buttons, clocks, umbrellas, key rings, planners, bags, stick on pads, labels, you name it! Many samples and catalogs are available to be seen at the business. Customer service and satisfaction are Marilyn's main concerns. Call 724-929-7379 for your imprinted promotional products and to set up an appointment. Marilyn appreciates the opportunity to meet you and help make your project a success.

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“Ideal Weight Loss” Comes to Mon Valley By Christina Walko

Charleroi is welcoming a new business to town and that business belongs to Doctor David Gobbie, Chiropractor, a Mon Valley native who went to Belle Vernon High School. “Ideal Weight Loss” is located at 329 Fallowfield Avenue, in the heart of Charleroi’s business district. Gobbie who is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, got his Chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2003 and then shortly returned to open his first office, located in Pleasant Hills. Dr. Gobbie, who comes from a large Italian Dr. David Gobbie of Ideal Weight family of health professionals and currently Loss opens new location in Charleroi. resides in Bethel Park, just opened his new Charleroi location in January. “Charleroi has been good to me and other business’ recommended the location.” he said. Dr Gobbie is enthusiastic and excited about bringing the Ideal Weight Loss Program to Mon Valley. “Customers can come in for one-on-one diet coaching,” said Gobbie who has been doing nutritional counseling since 2006, incorporating, “Standard Process” nutritional supplements. From there nutritional counseling garnered into a weight loss program that combines coaching and one to one counseling with a food product line. “We want to put the body into ketosis, which is fat-burning mode,” he said. “However, we want to do that without losing muscle and for that we need proteins.” Pharmaceutical grade protein is used in the Ideal Weight Loss program, along with individual encouragement and coaching through phone calls, a newsletter and email. Gobbie currently has between 100 – 150 clients between the Pleasant Hills and the Charleroi locations. He is certified in NUCCA – National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association He worked a year in Wisconson perfecting this technique which involves the neck and “full spin” adjustments that focus on the upper cervical area. He is enjoying moving back to the area he grew up in and hopes to bring better health to Mon Valley.. “It is neat reconnecting with the people here. I know several businesses and owners in the area and I am very happy to be here.” The new Charleroi location will be holding a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, April 12 from 9:00AM - 5:00PM. Please stop by and say hello and welcome Dr. Gobbie. For more information on “Ideal Weight Loss” or to contact Dr. Gobbie, please call 412-901-6748

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Washington Community FCU Expands Staff Impressive growth in both members and assets has resulted in several new hires at Washington Community Federal Credit Union. Five employees have joined the team, with several assuming newly-created positions. Jamie Burgoyne joined Amanda Nagy Ryan Rotilio Washington Community FCU from WesBanco where she was a Personal Banker. Jamie works in the newly established Deposit Operations department at the Credit Union. Melissa McMurdy recently relocated to the Washington area from Atlanta where she was employed by Bank of Jacie Rush Melissa McMurdy America. She holds the position of Head Teller at the Credit Union’s Griffith Avenue location. Amanda Nagy joined the Credit Union’s Accounting Department in January. She was hired as a full-time employee after completing a summer internship with the Credit Union in 2012. Ryan Rotilio was hired in February as Controller. He has over six years of accounting experience, most recently with S.R. Snodgrass. As Jamie Burgoyne Controller, Ryan will head the Credit Union’s Accounting Department. Jacie Rush joined WCFCU as a teller at the Griffith Avenue location. Jacie most recently worked as a teller for Washington Financial and was previously with WesBanco.

Tom Jolley Presented With Masters Emerald Club Award CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is pleased to that announce that Tom Jolley was recently presented with a Masters Emerald Club Award from CENTURY 21 Real Estate, LLC. Tom has been in the real estate business since April of 2000 and has received numerous awards, but this is his highest level of achievement. Congratulations to Tom. The best keep getting better!

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Cox Market is "Business of the Month" Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Supermarket

Pictured (l-r) Cis Fraser, Don's Signs; Edsel Burkholder, ReMax; Josh Cox, Owner; Peggy Cox, Owner; Steve Cox, Owner; Monongahela Mayor Robert Kepics; Ben Fisher, Slagle Roofing; and Anthony Bottino, President, MACC.

On Kennywood Day in 1949, Cox Market was originally started as Tom-AnnFred’s by Rose and Walter Cox as a small “mom and pop” store, which also served food as a dairy bar. Around 1963, Rose and Walter’s elder son, Tom, left his teaching position, and along with his wife, Esther, joined his parents in the store. It was at that time that the store had its first expansion with the addition of a fresh meat department, becoming Cox Grocery. Ann Appolonia, Tom’s sister, worked at the store for many, many years as the “produce lady”. Tom and Esther’s children, Steve, Walt and Kerry, were also permanent fixtures as clerks in their younger years. In 1981, after Steve graduated from W&J, he and his wife, Peggy, became partners with his parents, sparking yet more building and product expansion. Tom and Esther retired in 1996, with Steve and Peggy continuing on as thirdgeneration owners. You’ll also see Steve and Peggy’s children working at the store, too. Josh, who left his position at an engineering firm in Pittsburgh, has now joined in the family business. Shane, too, helped out in the store after high school, but has now started his own business. You will see Kaitlyn around a certain amount too, although she has accepted a full time teaching position. Employees are a very integral part to any business, but some of the ones at the store have become more than just employees. Few businesses can say that they have employees that have stayed with them long enough to become “family” as some of those at Cox’s. Along with “Aunt Ann”, Bonnie Frankovich has been a fixture through all three generations. Darlene Garrick and Jan McCorkle have been employed long enough to cover two generations. If you have been a customer at Cox Market through the years, you already know that having family around is part of everyday life at the store. Cox Market has definitely had its transformations through the generations. With Steve and Peg’s grandchildren, Coltin, Caleb, Isaac and Maddie spending a lot of time at the store now, who knows, it may just make it to 5 generations!

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MVRCC Honors Kidney Disease & Hypertension Associates

Pictured left to right: (seated) Gina Cross, NP; Dr. Ronald Lutes; Dr. Sudha Nayar; and Kelly Keegan, NP; (back row) Roxanne Williams, Financial Assistant/Bookkeeper; Cheryl Lutes, RN; Erin Rongaus, Office Manager; Halie Willard, MA; and Rachel Kruppa, MA.

The Mon Valley Regional Chamber recently honored Kidney Disease & Hypertension Associates (KDHA) in the Member Spotlight for March. The practice is located at a newly constructed facility at 419 Coyle Curtain Road, Carroll Township. For more information, call 724-489-0220. The Chamber is recognizing the practice for the high quality of care and concern they deliver to their patients, and for their support of the Chamber organization and community events.

Mon Valley Regional Chamber to Host PA Secretary of Revenue The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an appearance by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Secretary, Dan Meuser on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The luncheon event will be held at the Lombardi Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital at 11:45 am and will conclude at approximately 1:00 pm. Secretary Meuser will discuss Governor Corbett’s proposed 2013-14 budget. “We appreciate the opportunity to host Secretary Meuser,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber Director. “The meeting is open to the public, so Dan Meuser we hope to see our business community represented there, as well as our school districts and municipalities.” Dan Meuser was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett on Jan. 18, 2011, to be Secretary of Revenue, and he was subsequently unanimously confirmed to the post by the Pennsylvania Senate on May 3, then sworn into office on May 20. Reservations are required by April 5, cost is $15.00/person, non-members, $18.00/person and may be made by calling the Chamber office at 724-483-3507, or e-mail at Parking token is included in the price of the lunch. A faxable registration form can be printed from where an on line payment is also an option.

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VOLUME! by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! APRIL ECK’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

724-310-3570 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 4 –White Rose Karaoke 6 – Jukebox Saturday Night 7 – White Rose Karaoke 9 – Jukebox Saturday Night 14 – White Rose Karaoke 16 – Jukebox Saturday Night 21 – White Rose Karaoke 23 – Jukebox Saturday Night 28 – White Rose Karaoke 30 – Jukebox Saturday Night HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE

724-258-4755 1221 W Main St, Monongahela 5 – DJ Barto 6 – Fynal Tyme II 12 – A-Z Karaoke 13 – Country Gems 19 – Shannon and the Merger 20 – Refuge 26 – Scotty Spahr 27 – Whiskey Outlaws HOT HOUSE TAP AND GRILLE

724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela 13 – Old Lords band 9PM Wednesdays – Open Stage 8PM Thursdays – Karaoke/DJ 9PM Fridays – Karaoke/DJ 9PM Saturdays – Karaoke/DJ 9PM


724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 5 – Brinley Addington 13 – Ruff Creek 19 – The Mavens 27 – Hillbilly Way 28 – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Drymill Road RIVER HOUSE CAFE

724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30PM -1:30AM 4 – Wine Tasting Spring Fling 6 – Brother Jeep 13 – Lady & the Tramps 14 – Mystery Dinner Theater 20 – Bobby Hawkins - Back Alley Blues 27 – Stampede ROCKIN’ WILLIES ROADHOUSE

724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 South), Canonsburg Tuesdays - Jam Night with the Jam Band. All singers and musicians welcome

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

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School News...School News "Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" Madonna Catholic Regional

SCHOOL NEWS Arguments Erupt Again at Ringgold School Board Special Meeting By Paul Chasko

Tempers flared as arguments erupted once again at a special meeting of the Ringgold School Board called on March 5. The meeting agenda was short but contained an item that seemed to be of particular interest to the board majority hoping to continue preliminary work on construction of a new Ringgold Middle School building. The motion would have accepted a proposal from the accounting firm of Cypher and Cypher, the school district auditors, to examine the reasonableness of the administration’s prior estimates of the operating cost increase ($450,000 annually) to use both the Donora and Monongahela School Buildings (now closed); one for an intermediate school (grades 5 & 6) and the other for a middle school (grades 7 & 8). Several board members argued that this would be a waste of money as the administration (Business and Financial Manager Randall Skrinjorich) has stated repeatedly that the estimates were accurate. Board member Chuck Smith heatedly accused President Marrianne Bulko of “Trying to ram this action down the throats of the board as it wasn’t mentioned at an executive session held before the regular meeting.” The

arguments grew even more heated and Mrs. Bulko had difficulty bringing the motion to a vote which failed 4/4/0. Board member Chris Carroll was absent from this meeting. The rhetoric indicated that there has been no movement from the board minority to support the majority consensus reached several months ago to build a new middle school adjacent to the existing high school in Carroll Township. A motion to approve the Contract to be offered to the Ringgold Chief of Security was on the posted agenda but did not come up for discussion or vote. It may have been discussed in the closed executive session that preceded the public meeting. In Regular Business: A motion revising and approving the Ringgold Contribution to the Intermediate Unit at $32,443.94 passed. The figure presented at the February regular meeting was in error. Letters of resignation were accepted from a guidance counselor and a cafeteria worker at the Ringgold Middle School. Intermittent Family Leave and a Medical Leave were granted to two teachers. The board approved the 2013-2014 school calendar.

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Madonna Catholic Regional School is currently registering students age 3 through Grade 8 for the 2013-14 School Year. Please call the school office, 724-258-3199 for information. Great beginnings last a lifetime!

The Madonna Catholic Regional School serves the families residing in the small communities of the entire Mid-Mon Valley area. Madonna Catholic was established in 1998 and is subsidized by the parishes of Our Lady of the Valley in Donora, Transfiguration and St. Anthony in Monongahela, and Mary, Mother of the Church in Charleroi. MCRS continues to thrive and offers a variety of programs for students in Preschool through Grade Eight based on a curriculum established by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania.

In celebration of Dr. Suess's Birthday and Read Across America, MCRS enjoyed a fun filled day of activities with their theme: "Grab Your Hat & Read With The Cat!"

Pictured are MCRS students who participated at the Regional Meet for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science at California University.

Early Childhood students enjoy Show & Tell time.

Showing off their Valentine boxes



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YOUR HEALTH MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL APRIL EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during April. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Monday, April 1 from 2 - 4 p.m., Hospital 7-East Family Room. For more information, call 724258-1704. BABY CARE CLASS - Monday, April 1, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-BABY, ext. 25. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tuesday, April 2 – Thursday, April 4 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., ECC. To register, call 724-258-1483. BONE DENSITY SCREENING - Wednesday, April 3 from 1 - 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. For more information, call 724-348-6699. SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC), Hospital, fourth floor. For all others, the cost for the complete program is $20. To register, call 724-258-1932. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - Thursday, April 4 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455. AUXILIARY $5 JEWELRY SALE - Friday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ECC. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a $5 jewelry sale with a variety of costume jewelry available for purchase. For more information, call the Gift Shop at 724-258-1167.

RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, April 9 from 6 - 8 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-929-9492. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING Wednesday, April 10 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. To register, call 724-258-1483. HEALTHY EATING SUPERMARKET TOURS Thursday, April 11 from 3 - 5 p.m., The tours begin at Healthy Directions walk-in health care facility in the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Health Care professionals from Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will conduct the tours and discuss “High Blood Pressure: Your Salt and Sodium Intake.” To register, call 724-348-6699 or 724-258-1148. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, April 15 at 2 p.m., Hospital 7-East Family Room. For additional information, call 724-258-1704. BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION SESSION - Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m., ECC. MVH has teamed up with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to provide this free information session. To register, call 412-641-3632.

ARTHRITIS AND FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesday, April 17 from 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-2581321.

COLORECTAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Wednesday, April 24 from 1 - 3 p.m., ECC. Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer a free colorectal cancer education and screening. A distinguished panel of health care professionals that includes Andrew J. Zahalsky, M. D., director of Medical Oncology at MVH, will provide information during the education portion of the presentation and staff will explain the take home colorectal screening kit with instructions to test for blood in the stool. For additional information or to register, call 724-258-1333.

INNOVATIONS IN HIP REPLACEMENTS Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Willow Room. Thomas F. Brockmeyer, M.D., Ph. D, will present a free program to discuss the Birmingham hip. This program is part of MVH's Innovations in Medicine series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Dr. Brockmeyer will repeat the talk at Monongahela Valley Hospital on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. To register, call the MVH reservation hotline at 724-258-1333.

BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION SESSION - Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m., MonVale HealthPLEX. To register, call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299.

AARP 55 ALIVE BEGINNERS DRIVING COURSE - Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. The cost is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register, call 724-258-1234.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASS - Thursday, April 25 from 6 - 9 p.m., ECC. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling the Valley Health and Safety Training Center at 724-684-9536.

GYRO SALE WITH GYROS BY GEORGE Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hospital Central Plaza. For more information, call the hospital Gift Shop at 724-258-1167.

MVH AND RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., ECC. To register, call 724-494-4090.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mon Valley YMCA. “Taking Care of your Feet” and includes foot screenings. To register, call 724-258-1483.

AUXILIARY MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE Saturday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. ECC. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY - Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MVH Director of Patient Relations Renee Hurley, M.Ed., L.P.C., will be to provide information and assistance to the public on completing one’s advance directives: a medical power of attorney and/or a living will. For more information, call 724-258-1076 or visit

BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, April 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 25. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tuesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 25 from 6 – 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. To register, call 724258-1483.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY - Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ECC circular driveway. MVH and the Carroll Township Police Department will work together on the 6th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a convenient and safe way for residents to remove unused drugs from their medicine cabinets. Donors remain anonymous and police will not request identification. UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEAL PLAN Tuesday, April 30 from 6 – 8 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. To register contact the Center for Diabetes at 724-258-1483.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Wound Care Center: A Jewel in the Valley


Monongahela Valley Hospital Hosts Creative Community Wellness Events KDKA-TV Anchor Jennifer Antkowiak led a group of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s “Go Red Washington County” participants in Zumba. Ms. Antkowiak discussed the importance of exercise on heart heat.

As nurses from the Center for Wound Management Annette Necciai and Toni McNett (left to right) review the patient’s chart, Michael and Dana Gottke watch as Dr. Gene Manzetti conducts a follow up exam.

Sometimes wounds just will not heal on their own. Dana and Michael Gottke, of Allenport, know firsthand the frustration that comes with chronic wounds. In 1997, Michael injured his right leg in a bicycle accident that required doctors to place hardware in his shin. Seven years later, he developed an abscess from that hardware. Dana who is a secretary at Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Center for Wound Management, encouraged her husband to seek treatment for the abscess there. The staff at the Center for Wound Management treated the abscess and it healed in one month. In June 2012, he returned to the Center for a diabetic ulceration on his right foot which had led to an infection that caused inflammation of the bone and marrow. Gene W. Manzetti, M.D., a cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon, and Mark H. Hofbauer, D.P.M., a podiatric surgeon, developed a plan of care for Mr. Gottke that included an ACell implant, which is the use of ground pig bladder to regenerate tissue, and pin placement and realignment. The graft healed in six weeks, and in eight weeks the pins were removed. He has not had a recurrence. “I went to the Center for what I thought was a short doctor’s visit.” said Mr. Gottke. “When I was told I

had to be admitted, I was frightened. I ended up spending 11 days in Monongahela Valley Hospital and had my fears laid to rest by the patient, knowledgeable, professional and caring staff of the Center for Wound Management, ancillary departments, Operating Room and 7-East. The hospital should be very proud of its people.” MVH’s Center for Wound Management’s outpatient treatment program focuses on the entire patient — not just the wound. A team of skilled physicians and certified wound care nurses evaluates each person to identify the underlying cause of the wound in order to create an individualized treatment plan. The multidisciplinary team includes a nutritionist, physical therapy consultant, and if necessary, a visiting nurse to help manage the wound at home. People with chronic wounds can self refer to the Center for Wound Management unless their insurance requires physician referral. Located on the campus of Monongahela Valley Hospital in the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion, the Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 724-258-1912.


Community awareness and wellness are key components of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s efforts to enhance the health of the residents of the midMonongahela Valley. Recently, MVH organized and hosted two major events to increase awareness of heart disease and to promote mammogram screenings.

health issues with panelists including Simon H. Chough, M.D.; an MVH cardiologist; Don Doyle, director of the Center for Fitness and Health; Kenny Furlong, RN; cardiac rehabilitation supervisor; and Randall Komacko, MPT, senior staff physical therapist and director of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

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Mamm & Glamm

February was National Heart Month and this year, Monongahela Valley Hospital joined forces with Canonsburg Hospital and Washington Health System for Go Red, Washington County," a county-wide education and awareness program. For four hours on February 28, each facility hosted events that included speakers, screenings, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more. At MVH, health screenings were conducted for the duration of the event which began at 4 p.m. with healthy cooking demonstrations by author and holistic health counselor Janet McKee. Amaera Felder, a stress management specialist, conducted a session on relaxation techniques for all ages and fitness levels, and KDKA-TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak discussed heart health and conducted Zumba and walking demonstrations. The event also included an Innovations in Medicine panel that focused on heart

October is known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a heavy emphasis on women getting their annual mammograms. Awareness shouldn’t end once the calendar flips to November. Some women diligently visit their gynecologists for their annual exams and receive prescriptions for mammograms but just file the scripts away and never have the screening. Why? Some people are afraid because they do not know what to expect. HealthPLEX Imaging made the process of getting a mammogram a little more comfortable. The staff applied for and received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to host Mamm & Glamm on March 2 at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Sixty women who had prescriptions for mammograms had the opportunity to have their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere and then enjoy free pampering that included massages, nail treatments and more.



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SPORTS Ringgold Hosts 2013 Boys "Indoor Soccer" Tournament

Serra Catholic and Belle Vernon struggle for possesion The Ringgold Rams indoor soccer squad poses with their Tournament Trophies.

By Paul Chasko

The West Mifflin Keeper puts the ball in play.

Indoor soccer gives players an opportunity to keep their skills sharp and legs strong during the months when snow is usually covering the outdoor pitch. The Ringgold gymnasium is one of the larger floors in the area and offers a good venue for the sport. Another obvious advantage is that spectators are much closer to the play than in outdoor soccer – it’s fast and exciting – almost a different game and played with a different ball – less bounce. Sixteen teams took part in the tournament placed in four brackets with some schools fielding more than one team. The preliminary games ran all day on Sunday March 10 with each team playing at least 2 games – double elimination. At day’s end the winner’s trophy was in the hands of the Ringgold Rams “Junior team”. Ringgold fielded three teams from its indoor soccer squad for this tournament. The second place trophy went to Laurel Highlands. Teams from the following schools participated in the tournament: Ringgold; Go to our website gallery at for Charleroi; Geibel; Trinity; West Mifflin; more photos by Paul Chasko of this event. Monessen; South Allegheny; Serra Catholic; Belle Vernon; Laurel Highlands

Breakfast with Champions Youth Baseball Clinic in Belle Vernon BVA Varsity Baseball is hosting a Skills Clinic for all area youth ages 5 to 12 on Sunday, April 14 from 9 am to 12 Noon at John DiVirgilio Sports Complex, Municipal Dr., Belle Vernon. Includes skills clinic, pancake breakfast and t-shirt. Pre-registration before April 5 is $20. Walk-ins and late registration $25, not guaranteed a t-shirt. To register mail check payable to Leopards Baseball Club, along with player name, phone number & t-shirt size to: 720 Sandstone Way, Belle Vernon, PA 15012. For more information, call 724-552-3361.

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Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Set for June 21 The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 20th annual banquet at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township on Friday, June 21, 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 Bunardzya. This brings the total number of inductees to 212. The original Mon Valley Sports Writers Hall of Fame started in 1951 with the selection of Stan Musial and Bert Rechichar. The class of 2013 includes the following: Brian Miller Bowman, Michael Bright, Gary Cramer, William Lee, Ron Paglia, Larry Papini and the late Bernie Floriani. 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 made up of four geographical regions. The state ceremonial dinner rotates between the four regions. The Mid Mon Valley chapter has inducted 17 members into the state Hall of Fame. The Mid Mon Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome these Valley sports standouts: BRIAN MILLER BOWMAN: A 1991 Ringgold graduate, Bowman was a gifted athlete in football and basketball. At Penn State, he was a three-year starting defensive back for Coach Joe Paterno. Bowman made all-conference in high school football and basketball. He compiled an impressive record, rushing for 960 yards and adding 569 yards in receptions and returns as the senior feature back in Coach Joe Ravasio’s offense. Bowman was an all-state defensive back whose credentials led him to an invitation to the 1991 Big 33 game. His basketball skills earned him third-team all-state mention and selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Roundball Classic all-star game. He graduated as the third leading scorer in Ringgold basketball history with 1,337 points. MICHAEL BRIGHT: A basketball star at Monessen High School and Bucknell University, Michael C. Bright is today the chief executive officer of the Newark (NJ) YMCA. Bright was the co-captain on Monessen’s 1988 Class A PIAA championship team. He is remembered for his “alley-oop dunks” from all around the court, delivering monster slams on opposing teams and hitting three pointers when needed. Bright is Bucknell’s third all-time scorer with 1,670 points and also remains the career steals leader with 286. He earned the prestigious Christy Mathewson award as the top senior athlete in his 1993 class and was elected to the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. GARY CRAMER: A 1966 Belle Vernon Area High School graduate, Cramer played tailback, safety, kicker and punter. A bread and butter player, Cramer brought the crowd to its feet on October 15, 1965 as BVA upset a distinguished Charleroi team16-14. A three-year letter winner, Cramer, the leading scorer in the conference his senior season, earned all-conference, all-WPIAL and honorable mention all-state honors. Cramer took his football skills to the University of Pittsburgh where he lettered three-years. A tailback at Pitt, Cramer was described as one of Pitt’s “steadiest and best backfield performers” during his era. Ohio State’s Woody Hayes made a strong plea for Cramer’s services before he chose Pitt. BILL LEE: A three-sport athlete at Charleroi High where he graduated in 1963, Bill played football, baseball and ran track. Playing backup quarterback to the legendary Stan Kemp, Bill also played linebacker or defensive end. Stepping in for Kemp due to injuries, he finished his senior year with 7 touchdown passes. Bill received honorable mention Big 6 Conference. At Cal State, Bill became starting quarterback from the end of 1963 into 1966. During his senior season, Lee passed for 367 yards, then a school record, in a 27-20 home victory over Lock Haven. The performance earned him PSAC Player of the Week honors. Lee brought stability to Cal’s program and was an exceptional passer. Lee went on to a 28-year PIAA football official’s career. RON PAGLIA: With almost six decades of journalism writing, Ron has become the encyclopedia of Mon Valley athletes and premier sports teams. Even today, in

Michael Bright

Ron Paglia

Gary Cramer

Larry Papini

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his Valley Oldies column, Ron chronicles the achievements of Mon Valley notables. As a young man, mentored by the best in sports-writing, Ron went on to become the sports editor of The Valley Independent and eventually its city editor. A 1957 graduate of California Community High School, Ron was instrumental in reviving the Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame, tracing the origins and compiling the roster of inductees since 1951. Ron’s literary contribution to all things Mon Valley make him a valley treasure of the Brian Miller Bowman written word. LARRY PAPINI: Signed to a Boston Red Sox minor league contract by Pittsburgh native scout “Socko” McCarey in the 1950s, Papini showed great baseball prowess at California Community High School, at Cal State and on the Mon valley sandlots. A gifted three-sport athlete at California High in football, basketball and baseball, Larry would teach and coach at California High School for 41 years. BERNIE FLORIANI: A standout basketball player at West Newton High School, the late Mr. Floriani became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Selected to the all-state first team, he played in the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic. At California State College, Floriani was a two-time Associated Press All-State and All-NAIA District 18 selection, as well as the PSAC-West MVP in 1970. Floriani was elected to the California University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Along with the Hall of Fame inductees, eighteen senior scholar athletes from the local Mon Valley high schools will also be honored. Those high schools include Belle Vernon Area, Bentworth, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Elizabeth Forward, Monessen, Ringgold, and Yough. Tickets are $40. To reserve tickets contact Steve Russell, Hall of Fame General Chairman, at 724-258-3823 or email at Mid Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame memorabilia can be viewed at the Hall of Fame museum at the Bentleyville Best Western Garden Inn (724-239-4321). The Sports Hall of Fame web site is


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Valley Seniors Club Plans Upcoming Trips The Lancaster trip is planned for June 12 - 13, staying at the Country Inn of Lancaster to see "Noah" with lunch at the Bird In Hand Restaurant with stops at the Country Inn Canning Company and Kitchen Kettle. Return trip Smorgasbord dinner will be held at the famous Shady Maple. On July 11 a trip is planned to attend the West Virginia Public Theater to see Nunsence 2 at Lakeview Golf Resort. The itinerary for an early August trip is being scheduled to visit Gettysburg celebrating the 150 year historic anniversary. A visit to the battlefield with a licensed guide, museum/gift shop, the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama as well as a buffet dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern built by Rev. Alexander Dobbin in 1774. All trips are open to the public. Call Marlene Owens at 724-258-3950 for information. Prizes were awarded to Karen Jurezak and Alene Valentine. Next meeting will be held on March 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Place.


Succeed at Fitness with SilverSneakers and the Mon Valley YMCA Proper nutrition and adequate physical activity are important at any age but can play a critical role in our lives as we age. Millions of older adults are taking stock of their health and hitting the gym to get the physical activity they need to stave off chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure. Regular physical activity has beneficial effects on most (if not all) organ systems, and consequently prevents a broad range of health problems and diseases. You’re never too old to exercise. Physical activity is likely to help keep you feeling young versus living a sedentary life. Activities that help build muscle strength, improve balance, and promote walking significantly reduce falls in older persons. Whether you enjoy walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike or taking group exercise classes like those available through the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, it’s important to keep moving. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program has been proven to reduce health care costs by improving the health and well-being of members, helping them become active and motivating them to stay that way. With the SilverSneakers premier network, members have access to a variety of participating locations throughout the country, including Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road, Monongahela offers the signature SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement plus additional signature SilverSneakers classes, such as YogaStretch, SilverSplash®, Cardio Circuit, YMCA Balanced Body (including cycling) and Water Exercise classes, coed jacuzzi, steamroom and sauna, and state of the art Wellness Center (cardiovascular and strength training equipment) and Express Training Area. Be sure to ask about our new Health and Wellness Program called "Succeed". Make Mon Valley YMCA your headquarters for fitness this spring and let SilverSneakers help you take charge of your health! To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please contact your health plan or stop by Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road, Monongahela. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-423-4632 or visit

Riverside Place April Activities Riverside Place, located at 303 Chamber Plaza, in Charleroi is offering the following programs and events during the month of April. For more information or questions, please call 724-483-5800. Craft Class - Tuesday, April 16 and 30 at 1:00 p.m. Pizza and Pizza Burger Sale - Friday, April 5 and 19. $1.00 for pizza and $5 for pizza burger and a can of pop. Murphy’s 5&10 Saturday Subs - sub only $4.00 or 8” sub, chips and pop $5.00 . We will be selling them on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bobby Shawn Singer - Friday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Robinson Mall Trip - Thursday, April 18, $10.00. Leave the center at 9:00 a.m. return around 3:00 p.m. Meadows Trip - Monday, March 18, $15.00. Leave at 9:00 a.m. returns back at 5:00 p.m. Kenny and Chip Oldies Songs - Friday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Zumba Exercise - every Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Euchre Cards - every Friday at 1:00 p.m. Wii Bowling - every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Euchre - every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Bingo - every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Blood Pressures with Helen Andreas - Tuesday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.

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PODIATRY & FOOT CARE Q: What is a podiatrist? A: A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training and experience. Podiatrists receive medical education and training comparable to the medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of eight accredited podiatric medical colleges and two or three of hospital residency training.

Dr. Charles Michael Irvin, DPM

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APPLIANCES Q: Why Should I Buy A Weber Gas Grill? A: The answer extends beyond gas grills to cars, toys, electronics, homes and anything else with a use or exchange value. Quality. Weber balances quality with price and personal accommodations like "Pothole" size, features, color, etc. Many customers walk into Highway Highway Appliances Appliance and declare "I want a Weber grill." When asked, most do not know the models, sizes, features or colors available nor what they would prefer if availability were not an issue. This is because Weber branding has become synonymous with reliable quality and service. Any Weber grill owner who has decided to save a few dollars on a new grill by buying the ever-changing models at the local Big Box store quickly realizes the huge difference in value that a few extra dollars buys. What is it worth to save one hundred dollars if eight months later the ignitor breaks -- and the replacement part does not exist? Every replacement part of a Weber gas grill can be changed and Weber rewards dealers who make repair parts available at the retail level. Weber has been manufacturing barbeque grills for several decades and they never branched off into making tents, lamps or jackets. All they make is BBQ grills and grilling tools, books and accessories. Caring about the food you cook on your Weber is not a marketing gimmick because Weber is a true barbeque company. All they make is BBQ grills and they do it great. Service partners, like Highway Appliance, are set up to provide warranty service on-site for immediate repair of any problem experienced with Weber grill parts. Availability of replacement grill parts is very important as a typical Weber barbeque will be in service for over ten years. Stop in today and check out the quality of a Weber Gas Grill for yourself. 2214 Rt. 88, Dunlevy (Exit 40 off Interstate 70, and just minutes off Rt. 43) 724-326-5616

Podiatrists provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions including common to complex disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages. They are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and they manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient’s overall health. Many foot problems do not respond to “conservative” management. Your podiatric physician can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful. Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot.

What type of foot procedures can be performed at a surgical center? When conservative treatments have failed, there are several podiatric conditions that can be corrected surgically. Some of the more common are – correction of bunion deformity, hammertoes, overlapping toes, bone spurs, deformities and conditions can be taken care of in a surgical center. As with any surgery, pre-surgical testing and exams are required to insure a good experience and outcome.

S U R G I C E N T E R Dr. Charles Michael Irvin, DPM Centerville Clinics, Inc. 1070 Old National Pike Road Fredericktown, PA 15333 724-632-6801

Dr. Mark Hofbauer, DPM Dr. Charles Michael Irvin, DPM Dr. William DeCarbo, DPM Dr. Paula F. Raugellis, DPM The Orthopedic Group Greene Podiatry Associates, Inc. 100 Stoops Drive, Suite 200 246 Elm Drive Monongahela, PA 15063 Waynesburg, PA 15370 724-379-5802 724-852-2255

Dr. Alan Sally, DPM Fayette Podiatry 631-A National Pike East Brownsville, PA 15417 724-785-8060

Dr. William DeCarbo, DPM The Orthopedic Group 800 Plaza Avenue, Suite 140 Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-379-5802

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SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE Heirloom Gardening Seminar Held in Bentleyville By Alice Harris

Bentworth Seed Lending Library held its first Heirloom Gardening seminar on Tuesday March 19 at 6 pm at the Bentleyville Public Library. Heirloom Gardening 101 was the first in the series of 6 classes devoted to growing heirloom gardens and rewards of doing so. Instructors Kim San Gregorio of Hickory and Alice Harris of California/Coal Center instructed participants in growing heirlooms and in the use of the Seed Lending Library. Up to 10 packets of seeds are loaned at no charge on the promise the grower will return some of their seeds at harvest to replenish the Seed Library's inventory. All who attended Heirloom Gardening 101 had a great time, learned a lot, planted seeds, enjoyed yummy refreshments, and went home with some gardening goodies. The second seminar in the series will be held on April 16 and focus on composting, companion planting, and getting ready to plant the garden. Cost is $5 per class. Registration can be made through the Bentleyville Public Library at 724-239-5122 or by stopping by. As class size is limited, please register early. Seeds are free of charge and available at the Library desk. Bentworth Seed Lending Library can also be followed on Facebook at and on Twitter @BentworthSeeds.

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Stop Topping Your Trees! Tree topping was considered for years to be the easiest and cheapest way to make mature trees safer and reduce their size. Whether it's because of tradition or ignorance, millions of trees have been hacked with little or no consideration to their health and structural integrity. People who top trees have yet to recognize that following established industry standards of professionalism while pruning trees can improve the tree's health, growth, and appearance.

What happens when trees are topped? Trees maintain a delicate crown-toroot ratio. Topping removes the crown, upsetting this ratio and limiting the tree's ability to sustain its own roots, thereby making them more susceptible to insects, disease, and decay. Limbs weakened by decay cannot handle the weight of rapid re-growth. In a few years, if the tree survives, it may become a bigger safety hazard than it was prior to topping. Consumers today are more knowledgeable and increasingly refuse to allow their trees to be topped. Topping should not be confused with proper crown reduction pruning, which will safely reduce a tree's size and redirect its growth. "Lion's-tailing" is another practice that severely damages trees, where inner foliage, branches, and limbs of a tree are stripped bare. A lion-tailed tree has the unnatural form of a giant umbrella, with the remaining foliage limited to the ends of the branches. The limbs left on the tree are long and bare except for a characteristic "tuft" of foliage at the end, giving the appearance of a lion's tail. Lion's-tailing shouldn't be confused with proper thinning, which is the selective removal of

branches to decrease weight and wind resistance.

Reasons to not top trees: • Leaves large exposed wounds that can't readily close • Ruins tree structure • Removes too much foliage, disrupting the tree's energy reserve for future growth • Stimulates vigorous, weakly attached new growth that is prone to breakage • Increases tree maintenance costs

Reasons to not "lion's-tail" trees: • Limbs become weak and prone to breakage • Increased sunlight on the tree's interior can cause sunscald • Removes too much foliage, disrupting the tree's energy reserve for future growth • Stimulates vigorous, weakly attached new growth on the trees inner portion that is prone to breakage

What is the alternative? Professional arborists can make a tree look more attractive while also making it safer and smaller with the appropriate corrective pruning. Pruning encourages growth, improves flower and fruit production, improves plant health, repairs damage, and helps add aesthetic appeal to a tree. Information adapted from the Tree Care Industry Association. For more information, contact Arbor Tree Specialists, Inc. at 412-655-8424 or or visit Owner Patrick Tolan.

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Get Ready for Spring at the Annual Mon Valley Home Show The 22nd Annual Mon Valley Home Show, located at the Rostraver Ice Gardens on Route 51 in Belle Vernon, will be held Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. The home show provides the public with an abundance of information for relatively anything needed for your home, inside and out. From contractors, financial advisors, health and wellness, specialty products both for the home and for you, winery’s, snacks from the kitchen, and even goodies for your pets! Various exhibitors throughout the show will have some fabulous giveaways for you to sign up for as well. The kids will have fun too. There will be face painting and balloon art by Lulu the Clown on Saturday and Sunday, and a Special appearance by The Washington Wild Thing early Sunday afternoon. A moonwalk and cotton candy for the kids will be located in the arena. A Kids Clinic will provide activities to the first 25 kids to sign up on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. If you are one of those Pittsburgh Sports enthusiasts, local Pittsburgh Sports writer, Jim O’Brien will be doing a book signing all weekend long. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend on the main stage area. Discount coupons are available in local publications.

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1109 Route 837 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $26,450). 162 Terrace Drive $105,000 Fourth St. $42,500 180 Fisher Ave. $1,423 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $6,330). 81 Grant Road $30,000 Sampson Ave. $625 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $7,990). Sunset St. $286 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1,006).

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931 Main St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $600,984).

CHARLEROI Gary Fontanesi Judith Rasel SP1 LLC Frances Zigray Daniele Byrne

Yan Lin Alice Stile and Jeannine Motycki AZCAN RPG LLC Moness L.P. Louis Pavlack and Julie Hitchens

210 McKean Ave. 710 McKean Ave. 1007 Lookout Ave. 801-1/2 Crest Ave. 723 Washington Ave.

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1371 Fourth St. $217,500 1112 Chess St. $65,000 603 Mary St. $80,900 1200 Thomas St. $129,750 402 Second St. $15,000 438 Chess St. $11,000 E. Main St. $422 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $2,672) by sheriff's deed. 1020 Lincoln St. $153,000 1112 Try St. $127,000 $67,800

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Richard and Paulann Thomas Peter Scuteri Henry Perney Jr. and Caryl Perney Jeffrey Joseph DTV Enterprise LLC Robert and Sharon Konwinski

Tenth St. $1,200 210 Fourth St. $3,000 485 Sixth St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $23,868). 487 Seventh St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $27,044). 492 Seventh St. $27,700 59 Allen Ave. $9,000 29 Manor Road $111,000 88 Bank St. $2,632 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,400). 974 Marelda Ave. $453 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,148) by sheriff's deed. 601 McCrea Ave. $11,000 783 McKean Ave. $5,000 48 Van Voorhis St. $35,000 39 Melenyzer Drive $4,000 90 Redds Mill Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $44,893). 422 Bentleyville Road $897 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $7,344). 29 Hickory Drive $5,218 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $60,873). 27 Lavonne Ave. $28,000 2037 Grand Blvd. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $42,000). 410 Knox Ave. $9,350 35 Monessen Blvd. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $58,500). 32 Willow Drive $65,000 1134 Knox Ave. $20,000 4 Anderson Court $36,200 15 Knox Ave. $7,060 479 McKee Ave. $1,118 631 Summit Ave. $13,500

SPEERS Beazell Family Trust Lee Supply Co. Inc. Estate of Betty Vandermer

Melody and Rory Gazdick Russell's Rentals LLC Todd Jenkins

103 Howard St. First St. 706 Lewis Ave.

ROSTRAVER First Line Develop. Rolling Hill Farm Racheal Hindman Frank Koskey Jr. Matthew Sweeney et al. Byron Marks Cartus Corp. William Ruozzi Paulette Sedlak First Line Develop. Rolling Hill Farm Ila Hamilton Dennis Chiedor Mark Seamans

Carl Zetler Jr. and Kathryn Zetler Joseph Krosoff Joseph Dominic Biondo Rostraver Shopping Center LLC Cartus Corp. Jeffrey Fitch Jr. and Jessica Fitch Bills Golfland Inc. Cara Davis and Brian Teslovich James Perozzi Jr. and Kimberly Perozzi James Fowler Danielle Pugliesi William and Kellie Welsh

242 Rolling Hill Farm Drive 407 Finley Road 253 Nichols Hill Road Pleasant Valley Blvd. 604 Rosewood St. 604 Rosewood St. SR 51 4313 N. SR 51 101 Rolling Hill Farm Drive 1076 Rostraver Road 344 Third St. 153 W. McClain Road

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Local Worship Catholic Women’s College Club Reflects on Theme of Preparation Leprechaun hats, gold coins, shamrocks and green carnations were the table decorations for the March 4th meeting of the Catholic Women’s College Club. It was held at 6 p.m. in the social hall of St. Damien of Molokai in Monongahela. Vicki Sento, March committee member, introduced guest speaker Dorothy Weldon. Weldon is president of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. She informed the members that the LAOH is the largest Irish Catholic organization in the United States and has been in existence for 117 years. Weldon continued her presentation on the history and services of this Irish organization. Following, President Susan Gessner thanked the February committee for their efforts in preparing the meeting, even though it was cancelled due to inclement weather. Martha Ghilani, chairwoman for the February meeting, briefly spoke on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Area Agency on Aging. Pens and calendars were distributed to all members, compliments of SPHS. Gessner then introduced the March committee: Dorothy Ghilani, chairwoman; Rosemary Bucchianeri; Ann D’Emidio; Vicki Sento; Barbara Smith; and Cindy Williams, and thanked them for their presentation. Gessner reflected on this month’s theme, preparation. Fr. James Young spoke on this theme, emphasizing that the season of Lent is the time to ask forgiveness as well as to forgive. The business portion of the March

meeting was called to order. Vice President Camilla Ferrara called the roll. Minutes were read by Secretary Jo Anna Stroh and approved. Correspondence was also read by Stroh. Martha Ghilani gave the financial report in the absence of Treasurer Sally Keeney. Gessner distributed copies of the club’s revised standing operating procedures. Members were asked to review these revisions. They will be discussed at the April meeting. Standing Committee Reports were given. Ambassadors of Faith, Charitable Services and Handicapped Adults reported on their Christmas and Valentine visits. Easter visits are being scheduled and baskets will be distributed throughout the valley. The women were thanked for their donations for this special and rewarding project. The welfare committee sent several spiritual cards and lit blessed candles for ill members of the club as well as members who have family in need of prayers. President Gessner recognized and congratulated Camilla Ferrara and her husband Pete for receiving the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award.” They were presented this award on January 27, 2013 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The recipients were chosen from nominations submitted by pastors, communities and diocesan staff. Lisa Foglia announced that the next meeting will be held April 8 and 6 p.m. in Jozwiak Hall at the St. Vincent de Paul site in Monessen.

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"Kirkin' o' The Tartans" Worship Service at Calvary UP Church in Donora Calvary United Presbyterian Church in Donora is planning a special "Kirkin' o' The Tartans" worship service on April 28 to celebrate our Scottish heritage. It will be a tribute to those resourceful Scots that had to endure the 1747-1782 Act of Proscription that banned highland garb, dancing, speaking in Gaelic, and playing of the bagpipes. When attending the Kirk (church) during that time, Scots would bring their plaid material under their coat and a secret blessing by the minister would be the signal for them to place their hand over their hidden treasure and ask God to give them strength and courage to endure the affront to their culture and customs. The Kirkin' service is a ScottishAmerican tradition that originated in 1941 when the Reverend Peter Marshall was serving the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. It has evolved over the years and is now celebrated in many venues and countries of the world. A processional "March to the Kirk" located at 800 Thompson Avenue led by bagpiper Dave Olson will start the service at 10:00 a.m. Included in the morning's activities will be a highland dancer, bagpipe solo, readings of Burns' poems and a blessing of the tartans of the 12 clans that are represented by members of our church. We are inviting all who are interested to join us!

Bike Blessing Run Slated for May 4 A Bike Blessing Run, hosted by HIS Food Ministry to benefit Fight Hunger Locally & Feed Children will take place on Saturday, May 4 at Blainesburg Bible Church, Fourth & Washington Street Ext., West Brownsville. Registration from 9:00 – 10:15 am. $25.00 per vehicle – riders free. Bikes leave at 10:30 am.

Free food and concert to follow the run at Blainesburg Bible Church. Concert at 5:00 pm by New Calvary Echos. Contact 724-678-2483 or 724-6781849 for details.

News from Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton

Members representing the Smithton Universalist Church (Left to Right) Elizabeth Anderson, Marylou Wade, Rita Zimmerman, Mark Cunningham, Patty Verostko, Phil Verostko, James Sims.

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton recently attended the Annual Membership meeting of the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention. The meeting was held at the First Universalist Church of Girard Pennsylvania, located outside Erie. This annual meeting brings together members of the 7 active Pennsylvania Unitarian- Universalist churches that were originally Universalist Churches prior to the merger of the two churches in 1961.

Charleroi's Holy Ghost Announces Food Offerings for April and May Charleroi's Holy Ghost Social Center, 9th and Meadow Ave., will be offering the following foods in April and May. Stuffed cabbage - Holubki - order deadline April 14, pickup April 20. Call Lillian at 724-258-5720 to order. Old World Recipe Raised Doughnuts - May 5 from 10 - 11 am. Primary Election Luncheon - May 21 For more information, call 724-4890500

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Recent Local Death Notices BANAHASKY, Elaine A., 63, of Fredericktown, died February 23. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. BURDETT, Carrol Kay, 73, of Monongahela, died February 26. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. CAVANAUGH, Larry J., 79, of Charleroi, died March 3. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DUCHE, Joseph, 74, of North Charleroi, died February 24. Arrangements under the direction of Carl. J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. FEENEY, William J., 85, of Monongahela, died February 18. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. GARRICK, Patricia L., “Patty”, 67, of Monessen, died March 7. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. GARRISON, Hertha Lois, 84, of Monongahela, died February 3. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. GILLOT, Roger A., 79, of Charleroi, died March 13. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. JAKUB, Gery Jr., 34, of New Eagle, died February 28. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. KELLY, Adora Jean, 81, of Monongahela, (formerly of Forward Township), died February 14. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. LAVERICK, Grace (Furlong), 88, of Rostraver Township (formerly of West Elizabeth), died March 9. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. LEE, Mary Rita, 91, of North Charleroi, died February 24. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. MASSARI, Karen Louise, 70, of Monongahela, died February 6. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MATESICH, David Anthony, 63, of North Charleroi, died March 3. Arrangements

under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. NECCIAI, Joseph A., 62, of Monongahela, died March 5. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. OATES, Robert James, Charleroi, died February 27. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. PIDICH, George J., 56, of Charleroi, died February 12. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. PIRT, Anna May, 90, of Roscoe, died February 15. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. ROSSI, Teresa, 92, formerly of Monongahela, died March 1. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. RUSSO, Salvatore F., 70, Charleroi, died March 10. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. SCRIP, John F. Sr., “Buzzy”, 77, of Roscoe, died March 3. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. SHIPLEY, Donald R., “Bugs”, 80, of Roscoe, died February 20. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. SPRIDIK, Pearl B., 85, of Charleroi, died February 26. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. STACHE, Ruth Elizabeth, 84, Charleroi, died February 16. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. WALL, Roger L., 60, of Roscoe, died March 11. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. WELDON, Ruth (Ross), 66, of Donora (formerly of Charleroi), died February 17. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. WOODALL, Orma Louise, 94, of Charleroi, died February 26. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi.




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The Mon Valley YMCA Aquatics Department is looking for swim instructors for Saturday Swim Lessons, 9 am - 12:30 pm (includes Shrimp, Pollywog, Guppy/Minnow classes) starting April 1 (6 week sessions). Certification not necessary. Contact Amy Dunay at 724483-8077 or _______________________________________________ The Ringgold School District is accepting applications for 2012-2013. Applications may be secured in person at the Ginger Hill Facility, 46 Ginger Hill Road, Finleyville, PA, 15332 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Applicants must secure Act 34, 151, and 114 clearances and pass a pre-employment drug test. EXPERIENCED HAIR DRESSER NEEDED FULL or PART Time • 724-344-4656 The Ringgold School District is accepting applications for 2012-2013 cafeteria workers. Applicants may secure an application at the Central Office, 400 Main Street, New Eagle, PA 15067 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. _______________________________________________ The Mon Valley YMCA is looking for Certified Lifeguards. Shifts include: weekdays (3 - 9:30 pm), weekends and summer hours. Must have certification. Contact Amy Dunay at 724-483-8077 or_______________________________________________ Gateway Hospice is in search of volunteers for our patients and families in the South Pgh and Mon Valley areas. Please call us today for_______________________________________________ more info. 412-536-2020. 65 yr partially disabled vet needs cook/companion in exchange for free room and board. Own bedroom 7'x9' approx. or share apt and expenses approx $ 375.00 plus deposit. Call 412401-9079 or 412-818-3256. _______________________________________________

April 2013 —————————————————————————————————————————— Home Business Opportunity - Seeking Brand Partners to distribute and promote Vemma, the most complete liquid nutrition program found anywhere. Earn income while promoting a healthy lifestyle! Set your own hours and work from home. Free marketing website. Learn more by visiting our website www.BodyFuel. or call 412-760-2291 _______________________________________________ Child Care - Sunshine Kids is now hiring loving, energetic people who enjoy working with children. Part time or full time positions available. Please call Tammy at 724-348-6565 _______________________________________________ Cooks and drivers wanted! Pitstop Bar and Pizza Shop. 412-3847487. _______________________________________________ Slagle Roofing & Construction, Inc. NEEDS... Experienced Roofers to join our team. FULL-TIME. Must have valid driver's license. STOP IN or CALL 724-258-6901. 208 W. Main Street, Monongahela _______________________________________________ Need 18-24 energetic people to travel with young successful business group. Paid travel. No experience necessary. $500-$750 weekly. 480-718-9540 _______________________________________________ HELP WANTED! Make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 888-331-0888 _______________________________________________ HOMEWORKERS NEEDED!!! up to $1000 WEEKLY MAILING OUR BROCHURES and POSTCARDS + ONLINE DATA ENTRY WORK. PT/FT. No Experience Needed! _______________________________________________ PAID IN ADVANCE!! MAILING OUR BROCHURES/ POSTCARDS or PAID BI-WEEKLY!! TYPING ADS for our company. PT/FT. Genuine Opportunity! No Experience Needed! PROFESSIONAL SALES PERSON Part Time/Full Time Professional Sales Person. Sales Experience Preferred but Not Required. Salary Plus Commission. Contact Scott @ 412-384-3360 $294 DAILY! MAILING POSTCARDS! Guaranteed Legit Opportunity! NOW ACCEPTING! ZNZ Referral Agents! $20-$60/Hour! BIG PAYCHECKS! Paid Friday! _______________________________________________ NOW HIRING: Companies Desperately Need Employees to Assemble Products at Home. No Selling. $500 weekly potential. Info. 1-985-646-1700 Dept. NA-7010 _______________________________________________ *$1,200 WEEKLY* guaranteed, mailing our company loan applications from home. No experience necessary. FT/PT. Genuine opportunity. Free Information (24/7) 1-800-279-3313 _______________________________________________ NOW HIRING: Employees needed to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info. 1-985-646-1700 Dept. MAC-6811 _______________________________________________ SALES REPS NEEDED. Opportunity to move into management. Result based commission. Low investment. We train. Agricultural, Vehicle & Construction. 610-593-5948, ext. 4 _______________________________________________ LIVE LIKE A ROCK STAR - Now Hiring 10 Spontaneous Individuals. Full-Time Travel, Hotel & Transportation Provided. Apply Now! 1-855861-1021 _______________________________________________

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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------6' X 9' utility trailer, extremely heavy duty, 33" sidewalls on 3 sides, needs minor work, great for landscapers or construction contractors, $725. 412-254-4303. _______________________________________________ Parts for a 2010 Dodge Ram truck: hood - $700.00, tail gate $300.00 and mud flaps - $50.00 Call John at 724-483-1271. _______________________________________________ Door for an A.R.E. MX cap - $200.00 Call John at 724-483-1271. _______________________________________________ TV_______________________________________________ Stand, good condition, 23 x 28x16, $10.00. 412-833-5629 Scroll saw, Dremel 16" variable speed, with stand - $150.00, Belt/disc sander, Hitachi SB10Y, with extra sanding disk table $150.00. Call John at 724-483-1271. _______________________________________________ Camera, Canon FTb QL, 35mm SLR, 35mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses, case - original owner (vintage) - $300.00. Call John at 724483-1271. _______________________________________________ Book - Graphics Master Seven, Planning Guide for Printing & Publishing. For Graphic Design Students. $8.00 Call 724-684-5531 _______________________________________________ Men's Winter Coat, tan, very warm, great condition, size 42, $60. 412-831-0436. _______________________________________________ Craftsman Garden Tractor - very good condition, 22 hp, Kohler Pro V-Twin GT CV22S engine, 12 volt electric start, Automatic Transmission (Hydrostatic Drive), all new belts (drive and mower deck), 46" mower deck, spare blades, up-graded Carlisle commercial tires (original 4 tires included as spares), heavy duty Craftsman 48" dozer blade (change blade angle from seat), rear wheel weights, rear tire chains, in addition to mowing, machine is excellent for snow removal, also tow behind salt spreader included - $1,100.00 or best offer. Call 724-326-8255. _______________________________________________ Vintage Prom Gown - from the 1950s size 9-10, gorgeous and excellent condition. Wear this and feel like a queen in this one of a kind estate gown. Call 724-938-8008. _______________________________________________


Canus bulbs $12 bag; short pair lavender curtains and valances $35.00; 1 light wood coffee table & 1 dark end table $25.00; 2 round white and cream marble tables $145.00; long panel of shears with valances, lavender, paid $200.00 at Pennies asking $150.00; blue with pink ribbon wall paper $4.00; napkin/letter holder $1.00; sink divider $5.00; duck light plate $1.00; several flower arrangements, wreaths, all $89.00; 4ft Pine Christmas tree $15; Christmas decorations, ornaments, 8 sets candle lights, swags, wreaths, tree lights, etc. $200.00; cane tips $2.00; Danbury collectable porcelain dolls, grandmother baking, grandmother with granddaughter, $80.00 each or all three $150.00; Danbury collectable bow ribbon $2.00, box of odds & ends candle sticks, new home interior figurines, box knickknacks priced from $.50 - $17.00 individually. Call 724-7453963 _______________________________________________ Fireplace glass enclosure doors, solid brass, beautiful estate item. 724-938-8008. _______________________________________________ Table and chair, beautiful solid wood, estate item. 724-9388008. _______________________________________________ Vintage dining room suit, beautiful and unusual. Solid wood estate item. 724-938-8008. _______________________________________________ Wicker Set 1800s, (3) piece all matching. Solid wicker, no springs, great set, estate item. 724-938-8008 _______________________________________________ Wedding gown and veil, size 8, strapless with pearls, crystals, etc. Gorgeous and in excellent condition. 724-938-8008 _______________________________________________ 2 Penguin Tickets. Great view, a few rows back in upper level, on isle. Please text at 412-780-5998 for details and games! _______________________________________________ Cemetery Lots - in Mon Valley Memorial Park in Donora. 2 lots with 2 vaults $3600. 2 lots for $1600. Call 724-258-8631. SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! 724-787-4817 Cemetery lots. Lafayette Memorial Park. Garden of Serenity. 4 lots at_______________________________________________ $5,400. Selling for $2,400. 724-938-7307. FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. _______________________________________________ SAFE STEP TUBS. Enjoy safety, comfort and therapeutic relief from the best walk-in tubs made in the USA. Call 1-888-734-4527 for FREE information and SENIOR DISCOUNTS! _______________________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------Wanted - older cap guns and holsters. I'm retired and looking for a hobby. I collect Western cap guns & spurs, any Roy Rogers, Gene Autry or any other brand, anything old western.Will pay cash. I would appreciate a call at 724-348-8482 or 724-713-0289 ask for Jeff Sr. _______________________________________________ Collecting miscellaneous items for the needy. Call Louise at 724483-8600. CASH FOR YOUR OLD SPORTS CARDS! Cleaning out your attic? Emptying your garage or basement? Did you find an old box of sports cards in a closet? Don't throw them away! Local collector paying CASH for vintage sports cards (baseball, football, basketball). Seeking cards from 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Call 412-760-2291 All old jukebox by Wurlitzer, Seeburg, AMI, or Rockola. Pre-1962 vintage only. Non-working is OK. Call 724-914-1693 or email RPESQ@ YAHOO.COM. A Local collector from Monongahela. _______________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-3487467. _______________________________________________ All tubes for radio/tv, radio tube tester and similar test equipment, and also collecting tube amplifiers by Fisher, McIntosh, Marantz, Harman Kardon, Fender, others. Call 724-914-1693 or email RPESQ@YAHOO.COM. Local collector from Monongahela. _______________________________________________


WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. Canning Jars Wanted. Reasonable. 412-403-2753. _______________________________________________ Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older. Will pay 20-times face value! Call Dave at 724-941-5420. _______________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. _______________________________________________ CASH PAID- up to $28/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAY PAYMENT. 1-800-371-1136 _______________________________________________ Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 _______________________________________________ WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 1967-1980 Z1900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KX1000MKII, A1-250, W1-650, H1-500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3-400 SUZUKI GS400, GT380, GT750, Honda CB750 (1969,1970) CASH. FREE PICKUP. 1-800-772-1142, 1-310-721-0726 _______________________________________________ Diabetic Test Strips Wanted Check us out online! All Major Brands Bought 1 888 978 6911 _______________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To_______________________________________________ You! Any Make/Model. Instant Offer - Call: 1-800-569-0003 Wanted One Touch Ultra Strips. $22 For 100 count box. By Mail only. (281) 764-9615. _______________________________________________ CASH for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Top $, 24hr Payments! Call 1-855-578-7477, espanol 888-4404001 or visit _______________________________________________ WANTED ALL MOTORCYCLES — PRE 1985. Running or not. Cash paid. 315-569-8094 _______________________________________________

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Highspeed Internet EVERYWHERE By Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.) Starting at $49.95/mo. CALL NOW & GO FAST! 1-888-905-7621 _______________________________________________ A BETTER CHOICE, INC. Waterproof Your Basement. Repair Your Foundation. FREE ESTIMATES. Lifetime Transferable Warranty. Mold Testing. WINTER RATES. 1-800-343-2357 www.abetterchoiceinc. com PA0377 _______________________________________________

------------- NOTICES ---------LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyville. Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. _______________________________________________ Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W. is a free, 12 Step program for people who have a problem controlling their eating.We have meetings every day throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, call 412-225-1664, e-mail info@ceahow or visit It's simple, free and it works. Please keep coming back no matter what! _______________________________________________ Medical Alert for Seniors - 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 877-827-1331 _______________________________________________ HOW IS BUSINESS? Need more customers? Advertise to over 4 million homes and businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for one price with online and print advertising. Visit 800-450-7227. _______________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------Wanted - Purebred Deaf Boxer Puppy for boxer loving home. To be companion for myself and my 88 year old grandfather who is hard of hearing.We promise to spoil him or her rotten! Willing to sign spay/neuter agreement. Call 724-809-5141 or email jamie.lynne.wilson@ _______________________________________________ 2 Bulldog Puppies free to good home. Interested contact _______________________________________________ Free to a good loving home a 8 month year old male cat, litter trained ,gets along well with other animals, well behaved. Please call 724-747-9992 ask for Lynn or leave message, serious inquiries only. _______________________________________________ Dog Training: AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! or 412-8554678. _______________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724-249-5777. _______________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _______________________________________________

LOCAL BUSINESSES, MERCHANTS AND SERVICES CATERING ITALIAN SPECIALTY & GOURMET CATERING, LLC Catering for All Events. Parties from 10 to 5000 People. Weddings * Graduations * Communions * Reunions. 412-341-4626.

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------------ REAL ESTATE -------Mobile Home for Sale - New Eagle, 135 Union Street, Rt. 88. 3 Bedroom, 2 Baths, propane heat, located on 88 transit bus line, inside gentle pet accepted, rent to own considered with first + last month's payment down. $490/month plus utilities, tax + insurance, includes lot rent. 724-350-6006 _______________________________________________ Apartment for Rent - 3 bedroom, downstairs apartment - 230 Donnan Ave., Washington, PA. Close to downtown and hospital. Front and back porches, yard, plenty of parking and laundry area. Gentle inside pet acceptable. $500 per month + utils. Available April 1, 2013. 724-258-9115 _______________________________________________ Rent to Own - Why rent and throw money away when it's just as easy to use that same money to own? Rent to Own your very own Large 3/4 Bedroom home in Charleroi. New windows, kitchen, luxury bathroom, newer carpeting and furnace blower motor. Composite decking, vinyl railing, walk in finished attic (4th Bedroom or office) 4 concrete OFF STREET parking, fenced in low maintenance yard, large front porch and hard wired security system are all pluses. First come, first serve. Proof of income necessary. 2 to 5 year lease term with remainder of mortgage due after the lease period. Will negotiate certain terms. $3000 down, $750.00/ mo. Pets nego. I will pay garbage, you pay all other utilities including water and sewage (which the bill comes to me, but I make sure that you are paying).ALL maintenance costs are responsiblity of renter. 412-417-1516. Why pay rent at the mercy of a landlord? Get pride in ownership and keep moving forward with your life. _______________________________________________ Looking for 1+ acres to put a modular home on in Finleyville area. If you are looking to sell any land please email or call me. Will pay cash. or 412-655-7853 FOR SALE – INVESTMENT PROPERTY; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 America's Best Buy! 20 Acres-Only $99/mo! $0-Down, No Credit Checks, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, Owner Financing. West Texas, Beautiful Mountain Views! Free Color Brochure, 1-800-755-8953 _______________________________________________ Available Now 2-4 Bedroom Homes Take Over Payments No Money Down. No Credit Check. Call Now!! 1-888-269-9192 _______________________________________________ 20 ACRES FREE! Own 60 acres for 40 acre price/payment. $0Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee, NO CREDIT CHECKS.West Texas. 1-800-843-7537 _______________________________________________ LENDER SAYS SELL NOW! 8 acres - $19,900 30 acres - $49,900 Woods, fields, views, stream!Just off NY Thruway! Terms avail! Call (888) 738-6994 _______________________________________________

AMERICA’S BEST BUY! 20 Acres-Only $99/mo! $0 Down, No Credit Checks, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE Owner Financing. West Texas Beautiful Mountain Views! Free Color Brochure 1-800-3439444 _______________________________________________ REPOS, SHORT SALES, BANKRUPT FARMS! SPRING LIQUIDATION! MARCH 23rd! 5 acres - $12,900 10 acres - $19,900 30 acres - $39,900 Southern upstate NY! Terms available! Call or click (888) 738-6994 _______________________________________________

------------- SERVICES ---------Automatic Transmission Repair Performed By Certified Mechanic, South Park PA, Call 412-377-6917. _______________________________________________ Companion for Elderly - Will help with dressing, meds, meals, and companionship. I provide activities, such as, cards, bingo, walks, exercise, and cheerful conversation. Add joy to your loved one's day. Hourly rates, in Bethel Park and surrounding areas. Please contact Carol at 412- 479- 9918. Gutter cleaning. Get the leaves out--get the water flowing. Reasonable rates. George Schoedel, 724-348-4855 Dog Training: AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! or 412-8554678. _______________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pickup. Call: 724-825-7233. 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: 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. _______________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724-249-5777. _______________________________________________

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Mon Valley Messenger April 2013  

Mon Valley Messenger April 2013