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Vol. 3, Issue 5


Charleroi Says Goodbye, Honors Past Councilmen Page 8

Charleroi 7th Grader Brings Mad4Giving Toy Drive Back for 2nd Year Page 13

INDEX: Local News . . . . . . . . . 3 Places To Go . . . . . . . . 4 Business . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . 26 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 School . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Thanksgiving Dinner Held Among Friends At Monessen’s Valley Manor Valley Manor in Monessen held a potluck holiday dinner on November 19 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room, sponsored by Jamie Schull, Manor service coordinator and cook for the event. Thanks are in order for the donations from local businesses: ham from the Salvation Army; turkey from Belle Vernon Giant Eagle; potatoes from Monessen Foodland; and utensils from the Housing Authority, as well as paperware, rolls, and water. Some residents kindly contributed by bringing side dishes, pop and desserts. Before sitting down to enjoy the buffet-style holiday feast, Schull said, “We should be thankful so Gary (Painter) volunteered to say a prayer for us,” for which he did, thanking those who made our meal, those who could be with us, and those who could not. The meal was appreciated by residents as they sat back and enjoyed conversation with one another. Afterwards, they helped themselves to desserts: pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, and fruit salad. Thanks went to Schull.

Jamie Schull, service coordinator, was busily preparing the meal.

Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Death Notices . . . . . . 35 Entertainment . . . . . . 35 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . 36


Donate Toys at Donora Fire Company Through Dec. 20th The Donora Fire Company will be stuffing their 110-foot ladder truck with toys for Toys for Tots every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. now through Dec. 20th. For more information, please call 724-323-7323. Please help these fire fighters so they can succeed in helping less fortunate children have a miracle happen this Christmas by donating.

Resident Gary Painter, who often helps out, carves the turkey.



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Martin’s Christmas Tree Farm Invites You to Choose Your Tree We all have heard of the old-fashioned Christmas experience of going to the woods and cutting the family Christmas tree. Martins would like to invite you and your family (and pets) to visit our 82-acre Christmas Tree Farm to experience that family tradition. The farm has thousands of trees from which to choose. The varieties are as follows: Fraser Fir; Douglas Fir; Concolor; Canaan Fir; Colorado Blue Spruce; and a limited amount of white pine. You will find all sizes growing from tiny babies to very large “old timers”. Small Colorado Spruce are available with root balls for planting. You may cut your tree or we will cut it for you, but be ready for quite a bit of walking. A small treat awaits you after your tree is at the sales area (hot dogs and hot chocolate). The tree will be placed on the shaker which removes the loose or old needles, then it will be placed through the baler, which saves the tree branches from being broken and makes easier to carry, and it will then be drilled if you have one our stand. After paying the cashier with

cash or check only, the tree will then be loaded on or in your vehicle. Directions to the farm are as follows: starting at the intersection of route 51 and I-70. Take route 51 South for 1.5 miles and at the turning lane, turn left onto Darr Road. Travel 1/2 mile to the Y in the road and take the right road for another 1/2 mile. The road ends in our parking lot. Ground hogs like our farm and as a result we have numerous obstacles (holes, stumps, uneven and slippery ground). Depending on the weather we could have mud, snow or grass. Please dress for the weather and extensive walking. The farm is open only on the following dates: December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you cannot visit on those dates, please visit Martins Flowers & Shrubs on route 51 North.You will find a large selection of pre-cut trees, poinsettias, wreathes (live and artificial), greens and beautiful decor for your home. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Bentleyville Celebrates Halloween With Community Parade

Master of Ceremonies Mayor Tom Brown with judges at the review booth.

The Bentworth Youth Pep Squad threw treats from their entry decorated with ghosts.

The community of Bentleyville celebrated Halloween with a parade down Main Street on October 26, 2013. Perfect weather brought many out to enjoy the festivities and participate. Tons of treats thrown from the floats kept children happily scrambling to collect them and full bags to take home. Go to our website gallery at for more photos by Paul Chasko of this event.





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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 1 MON VALLEY COIN CLUB MEETING - 2 p.m. at the Mon Valley Senior Citizens Center, Chamber Plaza in Charleroi. All members and the general public are invited. This month’s program will be the annual Christmas Party. A 50/50 will be offered along with prizes for kids. For more information, call 724-984-6611. SHEPHERD’S VOICE CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Titled “Love Came Down” at 7 p.m. at Riverview Baptist Church, 405 Main Street (Rt. 88), New Eagle. No admission fee but a love offering will be taken. ADVENT DINNER - First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main St., Monongahela, at 3 p.m. Christmas Organ Recital featuring Organist Jim Sykes at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 724-258-7054.

DECEMBER 2 BINGO - Elrama Vol Fire Co. Social Hall, 17 Elrama Ave. starting at 7 p.m. Jackpot $300. Great time for all! For more information, call 412-384-8066 or 412-384-8077. DECEMBER 4 SOLID GOLD PERFORMANCE - Solid Gold will perform at the Monongahela American Legion from 7- 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-5925264 or 724-710-5718. DECEMBER 6 MON VALLEY YMCA CHRISTMAS PARTY - at 3:30 p.m. The cost will be $17 a person and open to the public. Registration must be made in the Mon Valley YMCA Business Office by December 2. For additional information, call 724-483-8077. There will be a buffet menu along with raffles and Christmas carols!

AUXILIARY HOLIDAY COOKIE TRAY SALE - 10 a.m. at Mon Valley Hospital’s lobby. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a holiday cookie tray sale. Enjoy your favorite bakerystyle cookies now or take a tray home to enjoy during your family holiday celebration. Free parking provided with purchase. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for MVH patients and visitors. For more information, call 724-258-1167. UGLY SWEATERS AND SWEETS HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE – The Charleroi American Legion is hosting a spaghetti dinner to collect funds for Mad4Giving. The public is invited to wear their ugly holiday sweaters, bring a gift, and socialize for a good time. The dinner will be catered by Rego’s. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by emailing DECEMBER 7 SADECKY PUPPET SHOW “A SNOW STORY” - First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main St., Monongahela, at 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 724-258-7054. VENDOR AND CRAFT SHOW - sponsored by the Ringgold High School Band Boosters from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Ringgold High School gym. Visit displays for Pink Zebra, Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, glass block crafts, custom jewelry, jams and jellies, stone work, wreaths and much more. Basket auction and concession items will also be available. Free admission for shoppers. Benefits the Band’s trip to Disney World. For information, call 724747-4630.

GREATER MONESSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Noon until 3 p.m. There will be light refreshments, goodies, music and fellowship. For more information, visit SANTA PHOTOS - children of all ages are invited to visit the Heritage Museum in Monessen from 1 to 3 p.m. to have their photos taken with Santa Claus. The photos will be processed and sent to the person’s home address along with a letter from Santa himself. The photos are compliments of the Greater Monessen Historical Society. MONESSEN FIRESIDE SESSION - Held at Monessen Library, right next to the fireplace! Enjoy acoustic music, while relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere.2 - 3 p.m. during Monessen Community Christmas, with activities, crafts, carolers, and pictures with Santa, tree lighting, and more! SANTA ARRIVES IN BENTLEYVILLE - at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive in a wagon pulled by beautiful white Percheron horses at Richardson Park in Bentleyville. Campfires, Christmas carols, free horse and buggy rides, treats from Santa, a visit to the gingerbread house, gingerbread cookies, and a free hot dog and a drink for children will be part of the festivities. DECEMBER 7 AND 8 HO, HO, HO WITH THE WSO! - Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at Trinity High School. Concertgoers will hear traditional holiday favorites and some electric orchestra classics and will participate in the annual sing-along to

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO Christmas classics. Group tickets for 10 or more must order their tickets by Dec. 2 by calling the WSO at 724-223-9796 or sending an e-mail to with their order information. Individual ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) or students (K-12). Online orders can be placed at or by phone at 724-223-9796. All tickets are date specific and are not interchangeable at the door. Single tickets are also available at the door. DECEMBER 8 TOY DRIVE - Carroll Legion Monongahela (Dunkirk) from 3 - 8 p.m. $15/person plus one new unwrapped toy. Price includes dinner, beverage, DJ, great door prizes, Chinese auction. Tickets available at the Legion. For more information, contact Tina Porter at 724-797-1406. DECEMBER 10 THE COUPON CONNECTION - will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Monongahela Library in the Activity Room. Bring your coupons to share or to sort through the Coupon Box for items you need. For more information call (724) 518-3529, email or find us on Facebook at tion/. DECEMBER 11 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING – at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela. The choirs of the FUMC and the First Christian Church are joining together with choir director Diane Cersosimo and organist Cindy Demarest featuring the group Shepherd’s Voice. Come

and sing along or just enjoy listening to the singing of Christmas carols. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the 200th Anniversary Committee. DECEMBER 12 MEETING OF THE CHARLEROI LODGE #615 FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Hall at the corner of 7th and McKean Aves. in Charleroi. This month’s speaker will be Tom Baldridge, Director of the Western PA District of the National Rifle Association. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-984-6611. KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP - 5:30- 7 p.m. 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, please call the library at 724379-7940. Free parking in our lot. DECEMBER 13 BARBECUE BY FOURTH STREET BARBEQUE - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon Valley Hospital Main Lobby. Come enjoy your favorite barbecued foods provided by Fourth Street Barbeque. This event is open to the public and take out is available. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for patients and visitors at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Free parking with purchase. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

DECEMBER 13 AND 14 SPOOKY LITTLE CRYPTMAS - Castle Blood, 11 Eastgate Ave., Monessen, will open for its 2nd Annual Spooky Little Cryptmas shows Saturday, December 13 from 7 - 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 from 2 - 5 p.m. Come see how your favorite castle characters try to celebrate the season. Still creepy and weird, while this is not a kiddie show, it’s not as scary as Halloween, so all ages are welcome. Monessen Firemen’s Auxiliary will be set up outside selling cocoa and cider and other treats. Please visit for additional information. DECEMBER 14 CHRISTMAS COOKIE PARADE - First United Methodist Church of Monongahela starting at 10 a.m. Cookies will be weighed by the pound. Door prizes and free refreshments. Listen to holiday music as you select your favorite cookies to create your own cookie tray without having to bake! WEST NEWTON LIBRARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - 10 a.m. The day will kick off with our special Christmas story time followed by a fun Christmas creation. There will be a light snack and some very special treats and surprises. Call 724-872-8555 for more information. DUMMIES 4 CHRIST CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE - titled “The Baby.” Doors open at 6 p.m. with performance at 7 p.m. Free admission! Bible Alliance Church is located at 1300 Mt Pleasant Rd., West Newton. For more information, call 724-872-5570.

DECEMBER 16 SOUTH HILLS BRASS - 6 p.m., Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will present the South Hills Brass and their original musical production of the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch stole Christmas. The program includes selections of traditional holiday music and will conclude with the Canadian Brass arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah. Admission is free and open to adults and children. Santa Claus will be available for photos with the children. WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. DECEMBER 18 SOLID GOLD PERFORMANCE - Solid Gold will perform at the Monongahela American Legion from 7- 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-5925264 or 724-710-5718. DECEMBER 20 BLOOD DRIVE - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Rd., Charleroi. To schedule an appointment, visit DECEMBER 28 The Coupon Connection - will meet at 10 a.m. at the Monongahela Library in the Activity Room. Bring your extra coupons to share or to sort through the Coupon Box for items you need. For more information call (724) 518-3529, email or find us on Facebook at tion/




Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Sponsors Essay Content The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc., Mary Ellen O'Neill Division #4, met at the Mon Valley Country Club on October 19, 2013. Irish Historian Rose Venanzi encouraged members to get involved in the 2013-2014 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest with themes: Level l - Grade 6 - 8 - "Giant's Causeway - Facts and Folklore" Level 2 - Grades 9 -12 - "The Book of Kells - Its Origin and Present Day Influence" Papers are to be submitted to the Mary Ellen O'Neill Division #4 LAOH, Inc., by January 15, 2014. Paper Length: Level l - Not less than 500 words or more than 1,000 words Level 2 - Not less than 750 words or more than 1,500 words Prizes: Level l - 1st Place - $500; 2nd Place - $250; 3rd Place - $125; and 2 Honorable Mention Awards - $50 Level 2 - 1st Place - $1,000; 2nd Place - $250; 3rd Place - $250; and 2 Honorable Mention Awards- $100 The next meeting is December 7 at the Mon Valley Country Club at noon. For information, call 724-258-3352.

Local Teen Makes Loom Bracelets for Make-A-Wish By Colette Dell

It all began with a wish that came true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It inspired a young girl to raise money so other kids could have their wishes come true, too. Peyton Myers, 13, of Eighty-Four, who has hypo-trophic cardiomyopathy and Noonan’s syndrome, was granted her wish at age 3 when Peyton with the ONU softball team. she was sent to Walt Disney World. Now, she has begun making and selling rainbow loom bracelets to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Peyton’s mom, Pam Meyers, has been involved with Make-A-Wish for the past ten years. She has done fundraising, spoke at events, and is a “wish giver” - she helps kids decide what their wishes are. “When I saw how it [the trip to Disney] made an impact on Peyton, I wanted other families to have that experience,” Pam said. Now, Peyton has joined her mom in this endeavor. She started out by selling the bracelets by herself, for 50¢ - $1, until this past June, when she attended a recruiting event for her older sister at Ohio Northern University. There, two coaches saw her making the bracelets. They bought two bracelets for $20 that day. Now, they buy supplies for her and the school sells her bracelets at athletic events. Collectively, between her personal sales and the university’s, she has raised approximately $1,700.00. Peyton admits that keeping up with her bracelet projects and other responsibilities can be a challenge, but she enjoys these projects. “It’s been really fun, but sometimes it’s been hard keeping up with school work,” Peyton said. This month, on Dec.13 and 14 and Dec. 16 - Dec. 20, Make-A-Wish will be teaming up with Wish 99.7, to raise money for the foundation, and on Dec. 19, Peyton will be at Robinson Town Center making her bracelets live on the webcast.

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Fashion and Fun Flourish at Douglas Competition

Cosmetology competitors display their awards.

By Christina Walko

Pulsating rhythms and an excited chatter among the crowd greeted the ears of those attending the 3rd Annual Dare to Express Hair Cutting and Nail Art Competition at the Cosmetology Academy of Douglas School in Monessen. The Academy celebrated its ten-year anniversary with the competition for area high school students followed by a film and speaker presentation on Wednesday, November 20th. “We need to bring competition for high school students and (nonprofessional) adults to this area – we need to keep the field growing,” said Kate Kellar, PR coordinator for Douglas School, who hosted the event along with filmmaker Tony Baez Milan. Douglas hosted students from AW Beauty Career Center, Butler Vo Tech, Central Westmoreland CTC, Mon Valley CTC, Connellsville CTC, Steele Center and Western Area CTC for the third time. Douglas students monitored the event, while 15 – 20 students worked on live student models for nail art and on mannequins for the men’s hairstyle competition. They had 45 minutes to complete their work before the judges made their final decisions.

Judges consisted of Karen Nelson, Director of Cosmetology at Douglas, Carrie Holman , Executive Assistant and former Supervisor of Cosmetology at Douglas, Gary Nestor, Bonnie Pitzarella, Charlotte Durka and Marla Williams, all instructors at the Douglas Academy. Students created some exceptional and original nail art, and hair styles ranged from long to crew-cut, mohawk to multicolored, as the students worked under dramatic pressure to the music. The winner of the men’s hairstyling was Rachael Heckathorne of Western Area CTC. Second place went to Tomi Lewis and third to Brittany Guerrierro. Winner of the nail art competition was Summer McClurdy of Central Western CTC, with Julia Sell and Abbey Fountain as second and third runnersup. The winners received trophies and awards. The Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration went on to conclude with Award Winning Make-Up Artist, 2013 Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductee, Marianne Skiba speaking along with Jeff D. Imbrescia, CEO of Douglas Education Center, who spoke and honored the Cosmetology Academy Team.

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Charleroi Says Goodbye, Honors Past Councilmen By Christina Walko

Charleroi Borough will be saying goodbye to three prominent members of its Board coming up in January 2014. Current Council president Mark Alterici will be stepping down, along with Mayor Nancy Ellis and councilman of recreation and sanitation committee Walter Stelma. Charleroi Council President Mark Alterice, Alterici has been serving Mayor Nancy Ellis and councilman Walter Stelma on Borough council for 20 retire their positions at year's end. years, the last 8 of which has been as Council President. He was honored this year for his community service with an award from the PA State Association of Boroughs. He is the owner of Dee’s Cricket in Charleroi and resides in the Borough with his wife and two kids. “After twenty years this Borough and the people involved in it are a second family to me and I will miss it a lot. It’s important to be honest and look out for the Borough’s best interest, not just what's best for yourself,” he said. Mayor Nancy Ellis said it was her pleasure and privilege to serve and is proud that they have accomplished so much. Among her proudest accomplishments are her work on reorganizing the regional police force, creating Student Government Day, expanding the Charleroi Cat project and helping to restore the Coyle Theatre. “I will continue to work for the betterment of Charleroi and am currently working with the Washington County Food Bank and Domestic Violence Program,” she said. Walt Stelma, who is a Veteran, has served for four years on Council and wished everyone a fond farewell. Council then took time to honor its past Council presidents, who were invited in for a short ceremony. They are Walter Hopkins, 1994- 2006; Regis Carol, 1988 -1994; Dave Dipiazza, 1986 – 1988; Ed Uhutch, 1984 – 1986; and Don Podwika, 1982 – 1984.

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30th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse Concert Series Launches in December The 30th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse Concert Series will soon be underway, featuring choral and band ensembles from schools throughout Washington County. The public is invited to join us at the Washington County Courthouse as we celebrate the holiday season with music provided by students from our region. The concerts will be held December 2nd through December 13th. These concerts are co-sponsored by the Washington County Commissioners and Four Star Pizza. The current schedule is as follows: December 3 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Bethlehem-Center Middle School Choir 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Faith Christian Elementary School Choir December 4 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Burgettstown High School Choir December 5 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Ringgold High School Choir 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Ringgold High School Jazz Ensemble December 9 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Calvary Chapel Christian School Choir December 10 12 - 1 p.m. - Chartiers Houston High School Choir & Band December 11 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Trinity High School Chamber Choir 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Trinity High School Wind Ensemble December 12 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Washington High School Brass Ensemble 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Washington High School Choralaires December 13 12 - 12:30 p.m. - California University of Pennsylvania Choir 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Avella High School Steel Pan Ensemble

Washington Symphony Orchestra Invites You to “Ho, Ho, Ho with the WSO!” If you’re tired of the holiday fast track, the Washington Symphony Orchestra invites you to slow down and create a wonderful memory with your family and friends. Join us for an entertaining Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at Trinity High School for “Ho, Ho, Ho with the WSO!” WSO Conductor Yugo Ikach has again teamed with Marsha Owens, the choral director at Trinity, to assemble a Washington County All-Star High School Choir with selected students from county school districts joining together to create Washington County’s best student choir. More than 50 high school students will sing in this year’s choir, adding their voices to the WSO’s December performances. Participating school districts include: Burgettstown, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, McGuffey, Peters, Trinity, and Washington. Concert-goers will hear traditional holiday favorites and some electric orchestra classics and will participate in the annual sing-along to Christmas classics. Group tickets for 10 or more in a group entitles each group member to a 10% discount on his or her ticket, reserved seating, and free raffle tickets for the Christmas raffle baskets. Any groups planning to attend must order their tickets by Dec. 2 by calling the WSO at 724-223-9796 or sending an e-mail to with their order information. Individual ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) or students (K-12). Advance single tickets are on sale at Washington Financial banks, Citizens Library in Washington, and Peters Twp. Library in McMurray. Online orders can be placed at or by phone at 724-223-9796. All tickets are date specific and are not interchangeable at the door.

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Local Event Raises $21K for Mon Valley Hospital’s Regional Cancer Center



Celebrate Christmas at West Newton Public Library Come and join the West Newton Library for our first Christmas together. Please stop by and help us decorate our Christmas trees with some old-fashioned homemade decorations. For a small donation of $2 you can choose a lovely ornament to honor a special person in your life. There will also be a children's tree in which they can help decorate with an ornament of their choice for just $2. The West Newton Library would like to invite children of all ages to come and join us for our annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m.. The day will kick off with our special Christmas story time followed by a fun Christmas creation. There will be a light snack and some very special treats and surprises for all that attend. Make sure you get there early since for a good seat. West Newton Public Library is located at 124 N. Water St., West Newton, PA 15089. Please contact them at 724-872-8555 for more information.

PEMA Puts Charleroi on the Map Creators and organizers of the 14th Annual Bar Crawl for Breast Cancer donated $21,165 to Mon Valley Hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center recently. Pictured are (front l – r): Debra L. Cashman-Miller of Fayette City and Nancy Stinogle and Dana Shupenko of Belle Vernon. Standing are Lisa Kutcy of Belle Vernon with MVH’s Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion and VP of Fund Development Sara Schumacher.

It started in 1999 when four friends decided to create a local version of a bigcity, girls’ night out to benefit a good cause — 17 people attended. Fourteen years later, the event has grown to nearly 600 men and women and the organizers decided to donate the money raised — $21,165 — to Mon Valley Hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The 14th Annual Bar Crawl for Breast Cancer filled the streets of Broad Ave. in North Belle Vernon on October 19 with men and women decked out in pink for a good cause. Attendees donate $20 to participate and visit more than 11 establishments to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and to rally around local survivors. The facilities make cash donations, sell T-shirts, breast cancer awareness ribbons and other products as well as sponsor teams. The donation will help to purchase a $330,000 digital mammography unit for the hospital’s HealthPLEX Imaging facility in Rostraver. Some of the money will also be used to offset the cost for breast screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured. The event creators and organizers were Debra L. Cashman-Miller of Fayette City, and Lisa Kutcy, Dana Shupenko and Nancy Stinogle, all of Belle Vernon. The event began and ended at the Hungarian Club in Pricedale. Other facilities that participated this year included American Legion Post # 659 of Belle Vernon; Belle Vernon Musical Society; The Foster House; Frosty Mugs; Just a Tavern; Loyal Order of Moose #209 Belle Vernon; PNA #976 Arnold City; Russ’ Tavern; Russian Club; and Wide Glides Bar & Grill. The 15th Annual Bar Crawl will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

By Christina Walko

On Saturday November 9, over 200 top-rate emergency responder personnel gathered at the old Charleroi High School for the annual Pennsylvania Emergency Management Associations conference and training. The Dept. of Public Safety chose Charleroi as their location for the first time for several reasons, including ease of access and a building currently not being used that was perfect for the training drills. “The whole day was exciting, fulfilling and interesting, great for networking and to share stories,” said Charleroi Fire Chief Robert Whiten. “A lot of people with a lot of clout came to Charleroi for a positive reason.” Last year the event was held in Waynesburg. Over 30 local firefighters and 70 – 80 from elsewhere including USAR – Urban Search and Rescue – participated in the event in which emergency situations, including a building collapse and flooding, were simulated. “While most are fine for local emergencies, if bigger emergencies happen all emergency personnel need to work together. This important meet and drill addressed that issue along with giving us up to date training on the newest equipment being used,” said Whiten. Mon Valley’s local fire departments - Charleroi, LockFour, Fallowfield, Stockdale and Bentleyville - were thrilled to meet with PEMA personnel including Director Glenn Cannon and Assistant Director Bob Full. Also present were UPMC Outreach, City of Pittsburgh and Johnstown Task Force, Westmoreland Department of Public Safety, Washington Department of Public Safety and the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency, among others. Local councilmen and officials also came out to greet the guests, many of whom don’t have occasion to drift down into the Valley often. “It was great networking. Now everyone knows where Charleroi is,” said Mayor Nancy Ellis. The Mayor and Council thanked Chief Whiten and everyone whose hard work contributed to the events success.




Donora Historical Society Hosts Tour Group from Sacramento; Pleased With Outcome of Walking Tour October was a busy month at the Donora Historical Society. A tour group of 20 people stopped at the Smog Museum on Thursday, October 3rd as part of a larger seven day tour organized by Sports Leisure Vacations from Sacramento, CA titled, “Fall Foliage with the Famous in Pennsylvania.” All of the tourists were from the state of California and came to the museum to learn about the 1948 Smog and Stan “The Man” Musial. The Society will continue to work with Sports Leisure Vacations to make Donora an annual stop on their Fall Foliage tour. On Sunday, October 6, 33 people participated in the third annual Cement City Walking Tour. Some of the walkers came from places such as Forrest Hills, Upper St. Clair, Murrysville, Squirrel Hill, Plum and Pittsburgh to name a few. The tour started at the museum with a photo presentation on Donora’s National Historic District – Thomas Edison’s Cement City from 1916 and 1917. A walking tour followed in the Historic District to point out various architectural details and concluded by going into a couple of Cement City houses to point out interior details with rooms restored to period. To coincide with the Walking Tour, the Society is now selling a limited supply of the fall edition of the Western Pennsylvania History magazine with an article in on Donora’s National Historic District: Cement City, written by society member and museum curator Brian Charlton. On Tuesday, October 15, the Society entertained the Westmoreland County Community Book Club as eleven members came to the Smog Museum to review Kathleen Shoop’s book titled After the Fog -- a novel of historical fiction based on the factual events of Donora’s 1948 smog disaster as told through fictional character nurse Rose Pavlesic.

The Society is once again working with California University of PA students, this time with their “Digital Story Telling” class that will produce a minidocumentary or commercial on the Historical Society. The class is sponsored by the Heinz History Center. Two Cal U students were assigned to the Society and will work with the museum curator to complete their project. On Wednesday, October 30, the Donora Historical Society hosted a Town Hall Environment Conference titled “Commemorating the 1948 Donora Smog Disaster -- a seminal moment in environmental history” at the Donora Borough Building.The conference focused on education, awareness, communication and the commemoration of that infamous Halloween weekend in 1948 which forever linked the town of Donora with the modern environmental movement. Also, on October 30, we entertained some “Stan Fans” – a family from Missouri who was making a pilgrimage to the home of Stan “The Man” Musial on their return from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Keep Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m. in mind for our annual Christmas gathering and dinner. There will not be a meeting or presentation that night. As of this writing, the restaurant location has yet to be determined. The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum is located at the intersection of 6th and McKean in the heart of Donora, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. If you have questions about the subjects mentioned above, the society, museum, meetings or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by or email us at or by calling 724-823-0364 and leaving a message.

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Monongahela Lightup Night By Paul Chasko

Santa gets into the photos as well.

Lots of photos taken with the “Elves”.

Ringgold High School Band Members entertain with Christmas Music.

Over 200 moms, dads, kids and entertainers were jammed into Chess Park in Monongahela to welcome Santa and his entourage to the light–up festivities. This was a Tri-Community holiday light-up celebration sponsored by the Monongahela/Donora Lions Club and New Eagle. A group of musicians from Ringgold High School held center stage in the Gazebo playing Christmas music as Santa arrived with a bevy of elves. After lighting the tree, Santa and his “Elves” circulated through the crowd greeting all the kids and posing for photos. Santa soon left for his house in mid-town. Those that stayed in Chess Park were entertained by dance groups from “Miss Lori’s Studio”. The entire group followed Santa into midtown where the entertainment continued and was wrapped up by fireworks. A fun evening for all who were there – especially the kids who received treats along the way.

A group of merry carolers.

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more photos by Paul Chasko of this event.

RHS Band Schedules Vendor and Craft Show Fundraiser Do your Christmas shopping and support the RHS Band! The Ringgold High School Band Boosters are sponsoring a Vendor and Craft Show on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Ringgold High School gym. Visit displays for Pink Zebra, Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, glass block crafts, custom jewelry, jams and jellies, stone work, wreaths and much more. Basket auction and concession items will also be available. Free admission for shoppers. This event benefits the band’s trip to Disney World. For information, call 724-747-4630 or email

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BVA’s Good Ol’ Days House Plans Christmas Party to Benefit Domestic Abuse Shelter The Good Ol' Days House, 914 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, will be holding its annual Christmas Pajama Party & Open House to benefit the Blackburn Center in Westmoreland County. Admission to the event is a pair of new women/children's pajamas! Some even wear their own pajamas to this event. This privatelyowned nostalgic vacation house rental has held this event beginning in 2010 and has donated hundreds of new pajamas for women and children for Christmas Eve. This is an old-fashioned tradition that we would like to continue to help those women and children in the region. The house is decorated throughout (both inside and outside) with vintage Christmas items, decorations, etc. Sugar cookies and punch are served and other nostalgic candies and snacks will be served. It's a fun way to count your blessings during the holidays and remember those less fortunate as well. For more information, call 724-331-3654 or visit


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Eat ‘n’ Park Partners with Ford to Earn Funds for Children’s Hospitals

Pictured are (l-r): Greg Mirt, Eat ‘n’ Park manager, and Bob Crall from Davies Ford.

Davies Ford, along with the Pittsburgh Ford Dealers, has joined together with Eat ‘n’ Park again this year to help raise fund for children's hospitals throughout the region. The area Ford dealers have donated a 2014 Ford Fusion to raffle off at the conclusion of the 5-week promotion. Raffle tickets are available at all area Eat ‘n’ Park restaurants for just $2. The promotion is going on now through December 15, 2013.

December Events at the Monessen Public Library Include Grinch; Holiday Boutique On Monday, December 16, at 6 p.m., Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will present the South Hills Brass and their original musical production of the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch stole Christmas. The program will also include selections of traditional holiday music and conclude with the Canadian Brass arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah. Admission is free and open to adults and children. Light refreshments will be served. Following the program, Santa Claus will be available for photos with the children in the library reading room area. A Holiday Boutique will be available in the library through December 21 for anyone needing small gift ideas or stocking stuffers. Gift-wrapped children’s books will also be available for purchase. The library will be closed from December 22 through December 29 and also on December 31 and January 1. Storytime sessions are held Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and on the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. There is no longer a Monday afternoon storytime. MPLKids Storytime session themes in December will be: • Week of December 2 and 3 – Hannukah • Week of December 9 and 10 – Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment Day) • Week of December 16 and 17 – Christmas On Saturday, December 14, the movie Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas will be shown in the Children’s Room at 2 p.m. Monessen Public Library is located at 326 Donner Ave, Monessen, PA. They can be contacted at 724-684-4750.

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Greater Monessen Historical Society Schedules Holiday Open House The Greater Monessen Historical Society is looking for donations of antique Christmas decorations for the holiday displays. If anyone has any antique decorations made from 1900 through 1960, please consider donating them. The GMHS will hold the annual Holiday Open House celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from noon – 3 p.m. There will be light refreshments, goodies, music and fellowship. Children of all ages are invited to visit the Heritage Museum on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The photos will be processed and sent to the person’s home address along with a letter from Santa himself. The photos are compliments of the GMHS. The Historical Society has chosen the Ted Kisor Home as the first recipient of a Monessen Historic Home plaque. The house that sits at the very top of State Road is currently owned by Gus and Rita Aguilar. It was built in 1908-1909 by Ted and Pearl Mae Manown Kisor, who operated a dairy farm. Some of the land on which Monessen City Park is located was donated by the Kisors. Log in to our new webpage: We are also on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. The “Monessen Schools” exhibit will be ending on Saturday, December 21,

2013. Visit the Heritage Museum and see the photos of the many former neighborhood school buildings, teachers, administrators, school plays, clubs, etc. The Heritage Museum is open Wed. through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Heritage Museum will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day for a short holiday break. Please check the new website or Facebook or call before visiting for the winter hours beginning in January 2014 and continuing until sometime in March. Also, the posted hours will be weather permitting. The Museum Shoppe is stocked with ethnic cookbooks, local author works, ink sketches of various Monessen buildings, school yearbooks, Monessen throw blankets, magnets, postcards and local history books. Stop in for unique holiday gifts. Society membership renewal is due. Membership is $15 a calendar year for an individual, $20 for a family and $50 dollars for a business. Membership includes four issues of the quarterly “Valley Historian” newsletter. Also, please consider donating to the annual funddrive that provides for expenses of the museum and event planning. The Museum Annex project is also funded by the drive. While the outside of the Museum Annex has been completed, the interior is still gutted and awaiting complete renovations.

Monessen Community Christmas Planned for Dec. 7th The Monessen Community Development Corporation will sponsor Monessen Community Christmas on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the lot next to the Monessen Public Library. Activities and times: 1 to 3 p.m. – Pictures with Santa Claus at the Monessen Historical Museum 2 to 3 p.m. – Fireside Christmas music session at Monessen Public Library 3 to 5 p.m. – Face painting, foam craft ornaments, carolers, decorating the Christmas tree and other events Refreshments will be served during all events. Light up the Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m.



Adele Hopkins Honored by Mon Valley Initiative

Adele Hopkins is surrounded by members of the Greater Charleroi Community Development Corporation after being honored by the Mon Valley Initiative as one of the "Wave Makers" who were instrumental in making their efforts successful. Pictured are: Sid Simsic; Alix Garlitz; Patsy Brinker; Adele Hopkins; Theresa Paluso and Judy Rager.

Charleroi 7th Grader Brings Mad4Giving Toy Drive Back for 2nd Year Last year, with the great help of teachers, family, friends, and local business owners, Charleroi resident Madison Huschak collected over 200 gifts that were distributed to residents of the Charleroi Area School District via the Charleroi Elementary Center with the intent of making the holiday season a little brighter for the recipients. Madison Huschak poses with a box used to collect toys for Madison is currently a 7th the Mad4Giving toy drive. This is the 2nd year in a row grader at Charleroi Middle Madison is running this initiative. School, and this year, she is once again committed to continuing this effort with the support of the Charleroi Area School District. All gifts and donations collected will be consolidated by Madison and subsequently given to the school for private dissemination based on documented need. Through December 14th, you can drop off a new toy in one of the Mad4Giving boxes set up at the following locations: • Salatino’s River House Café in Charleroi • Knick Knacks & Paddy Wacks in Monongahela • Starbuck’s in Belle Vernon • Prima Diva Boutique in Charleroi On December 6th, the Charleroi American Legion is hosting an Ugly Sweaters and Sweets Holiday Gift Drive spaghetti dinner to collect funds for Mad4Giving. The public is invited to wear their ugly holiday sweaters, bring a gift, and socialize for a good time. The dinner will be catered by Rego’s. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by emailing




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Charthene Club Announces Girls of the Month Mia Woytovich Mia Woytovich has been selected as the September Girl of the Month by the Charthene Club. Mia is a senior, highest honors student at Charleroi Area High School. She serves as class president, National Honor Society treasurer, girls’ varsity basketball captain, and Relay for Life Luminaire co-chair. She is also a member of student council, student forum, varsity volleyball, AAU basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, The Future is Mine, Make-A- Wish and Homecoming Mia Woytovich Court. Mia participates in the school Blood Drive and Charleroi Clean-Up Days. She volunteers at summer camp for the Association for Retarded Citizens, is a peer helper with the girls’ middle school basketball program, is a peer tutor, volunteers at UPMC Hospital, and makes pierogies at her church. She is employed at My Girls Restaurant. Her awards include the U.S. Achievement Academy Who's Who among Honor Students, People to People, U.S. Achievement Academy National Science, and U.S. Achievement Academy National Language and Arts. Mia is the daughter of Ed and Marie Woytovich. Her future plans include attending college to become a nurse anesthetist.

Ashley Watkins Ashley Watkins has been selected as the October Girl of the Month by the Charthene Club. Ashley is a senior, highest honors student at Charleroi Area High School. She serves as Academic League treasurer. She is also a member of Student Council, REACH, National Honor Society, The Future is Mine, and varsity volleyball. Ashley participates in the school Blood Drive, Charleroi Clean-Up Days, and Relay for Life, as well as volunteers for the Charleroi Elementary Center Quiz /Bowls, at UPMC Hospital, and at the Orthopedic Ashley Watkins Institute. She is employed at Kmart. She was the recipient of the People to People Award. Ashley is the daughter of Gordon and Sherry Watkins. Her future plans are to attend Duquesne University to become a physical therapist.

WASHINGTON-FAYETTE-GREENE TRI-COUNTY COUNCIL SCHEDULES MEETING The American Legion Auxiliary Tri-County Council will meet Wednesday, December 4 at the Jefferson American Legion Post 954. The Executive meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. with the regular meeting at 11 a.m. Units are advised to bring gift for the girls state raffle and an entry for the poppy display. The guest speaker is our Western Vice President, Sharon Evans. All units should send at least one representative. Please call for reservations 5 days in advance to Carol Randolph at 304-328-8079.

Kaleigh Matyas Kaleigh Matyas has been selected as the November Girl of the Month by the Charthene Club. Kaleigh is a high honors student at Charleroi Area High School. She serves as varsity cheerleading captain and competition squad cheerleading captain. She is also a member of the Spanish Club, Teen Leadership Program, and the Future Is Mine. Kaleigh participates in Relay for Life. She volunteers as a student cheer coach for the Charleroi Midget League program, instructor for Bentworth Kaleigh Matyas Midget League cheer tryouts, as well as youth educational programs for The Future Is Mine, and Youth Leadership. She was selected as a Junior Attendant to the 2013 Athena luncheon. Kaleigh is the daughter of Martin and Arnie Matyas. She plans to attend West Virginia University and major in journalism.

NEWS FROM THE CHARTHENE CLUB The regular meeting of the Charthene Club was held at Paolo's Restaurant in Charleroi on November 7 at 6:30 p.m.. The invocation was given by Diane Nonack. The meeting was called to order at 7:45 by President Jane Dorincz with the club prayer, Diane Nonack, program chairperson, presented the club booklet for the 20132014 year to members. Judy Curl, publicity chairperson, was present with her camera and took pictures of the members and the activities during the meeting. Linda Gray, remembrance committee, reported that get well and sympathy cards had been sent. The social committee, led by Kathleen Umbel, is working to prepare for the upcoming meetings. The Christmas Party will be held at the Maples Restaurant on December 12 with entertainment by the Shepherds' Voice. Ways and Means Chairperson, Ruth Karlowsky, announced that the Halloween Fundraiser at Magic City Square in Charleroi was a huge success. She thanked all members for their help and support. The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Washington Crown Center Displays Angel Trees, Hosts Musical Events Angel Trees will be on display from Home Instead Senior Care, Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, and the Salvation Army. Give to those in need this Holiday Season! There will be free holiday gift-wrapping during December! The following events will also take place: • December 8 from 3-5 p.m. - TUBA Christmas in Macy's Wing • December 20 at 7 p.m. - Pioneer Cloggers in Macy's Wing Washington Crown Center is located at 1500 West Chestnut St in Washington.

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Monessen Public Library’s ‘Night at the Races’ Earns Funding for Future Projects

Event Co-Chairs Tim Billick and Wayne Vlasic pose with the Library Board. Pictured are (front row from left): Board President Madeline Dudas; Don Hayes; and Suzanna Swade and (back row from left): Tim Billick; Wayne Vlasic; Kathy Harhai; Lianne DeFelices; and Virgina Monahan.

By Kyra Bergman

On Saturday, November 2, Derby Day, a charity fundraiser benefiting the Monessen Public Library, raced into town. The event was held at Thirty Donner Place, the newest Douglas Education Center building. The local career school donated the use of the building for the evening. The night started with a buffet and chances for attendees to test their luck with pull tab tickets. The main event brought the excitement of horse racing to the crowd as guests placed $2 bets on numbered horses sponsored by community businesses and local residents. Previously broadcast races were shown and the sizable crowd cheered on their picks. This event was made possible by the generosity of the sponsors, including the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, who pledged $600 to the library in addition to the rest of the proceeds from the evening. The money raised will support the library in continuing a wide variety of programs including movie nights, gallery displays, musical performances, genealogy forums, crafting for children and teens, guest speakers, summer reading club, book discussions, and much more. Keep up to date with the latest library activities at their website, or on Facebook at

Santa Arrives in Bentleyville on Dec. 7th Santa will arrive in a wagon pulled by beautiful white Percheron horses at Richardson Park in Bentleyville on December 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. Campfires, Christmas carols, free horse and buggy rides, treats from Santa, a visit to the gingerbread house, gingerbread cookies, and a free hot dog and a drink for children will be part of the festivities. Come join us!



Catholic Women’s College Club Celebrates All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days The Divine Beauty in Service was the focus of the Catholic Women’s College Club at the November 4 meeting. It was held at 6 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church in Charleroi. All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days are feast days celebrated in the month of November. President Nedley referred to Pope Francis’ Message of Hope that to see God and be similar to God in His likeness must be accomplished through the virtue of hope. Members then recited the Prayer to St. Francis of Assisi. Standing committee reports were given. Ambassadors of Faith chairwoman Margie Pankiewicz reported that 50 shut-ins in three locations were visited and given Halloween gifts. Pankiewicz read a note from the Activities Committee of the Mon Valley Care Center thanking the CWCC for their time and generous gifts for the annual bingo. This committee will be making several Thanksgiving visits. Charitable Services chairwoman Noreen Fazzini reported various acts of kindness by committee and club members. Annual donations will be sent to Covenant House and St. Vincent de Paul. Scholarship chairwoman Donna Pustelak mentioned that the recipient will be a student from Monessen recognized at the April meeting. Scrapbook chairwoman Cindy Williams presented a scrapbook to the past president, Susan Gessner. Following the business portion of the meeting the members gathered in the church for a Mass of Remembrance celebrated by our Chaplain, Fr. James Young. “The Thanksgiving Prayer” written by Alvera Litsky was read. The next meeting will be the Christmas dinner on December 2 at 6 p.m. in the Jozwiak Room of St. Vincent de Paul in Monessen. Reservations must be confirmed by November 22. Members are asked to pay with cash. The meeting was adjourned and closed with prayer.

Castle Blood Schedules “2nd Annual Spooky Little Cryptmas” Shows for Dec. Ever wonder what happens to your favorite monsters after Halloween? They try to celebrate the winter holidays just like you. Castle Blood, 11 Eastgate Ave., Monessen, will open for its 2nd Annual Spooky Little Cryptmas shows Saturday, December 13 from 7 - 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 from 2 - 5 p.m.. Come see how your favorite castle characters try to celebrate the season each one decorating their own tree in their own area. You will travel along on a special holiday themed adventure tour, similar to the ones in the fall. Still creepy and weird, while this is not a kiddie show, it's not as scary as Halloween, so all ages are welcome. Monessen Firemen's Auxiliary will be set up outside selling cocoa and cider and other treats. Please visit for additional information.

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Stockdale’s All Oldies, Only Oldies Dance A Rockin’ Success

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces were honored at the All Oldies, Only Oldies dance. The veterans, representing all branches of the military, were recognized for their commitment to duty and country and serving with distinction and honor. A moment of silence was observed for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country, and a prayer was offered for the men and women currently serving in the military.

The Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) presented another in its series of "All Oldies, Only Oldies" record hops on Saturday, November 9 at its spacious community center and social hall. All in attendance had a great time and look forward to the next event!

Legendary disc jockey and broadcasting personality Porky Chedwick received a commemorative plaque of appreciation and achievement for his nearly 70 years in the profession. Chedwick was a special guest at the event. Pictured are Al Marcy, assistant fire chief and entertainment chairman at SVFD; Chedwick and his wife Jeanie; and T.J. Wilkinson, fire chief.

Cookie Donation Campaign Asks Public to Donate Cookies Remember the wonderful smell of Grandma’s cookies baking in the oven and just waiting to taste one of each variety? Many of our elderly have stated that this is one of the holiday traditions they miss the most. They can no longer bake their own cookies, which was a large part of their holiday tradition. Please join LifeSpan in its 4th annual “Sweet Holiday Wishes” Cookie Donation Campaign. LifeSpan is asking for holiday cookie donations for our very special Home Delivered Meal participants this holiday season. While you are baking your own holiday treats, please add a dozen or two to donate to LifeSpan. This is a very easy way to make someone’s holiday brighter. We need 275 dozen cookies in order to gift half a dozen homemade treats to brighten the holiday season of our participants. Cookie donations must be delivered to LifeSpan no later than Monday, December 16. Please call 412-464-1300 for the address of your local LifeSpan Community Resource Center, HDM Kitchen, or drop off at the LifeSpan Administration offices located at 314 East 8th Ave., Homestead. Thank you for your donations and have a happy, healthy holiday.

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Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates Plan Christmas Party The November meeting of the Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates was called to order by XO Barry Anders. Roll call was taken and the minutes of the October meeting was read and approved as was the financial report. The Tribute to Veterans and First Responders invitation was read by Joe Gallo. In regards to the annual Christmas party, last month, it was moved, seconded and passed to do away with the Christmas party for this year. The Monessen Picnic Committee volunteered to plan and have the party. A motion was made, seconded and approved to rescind last month's motion and proceed to have the party. The cards will be mailed out and your response will be binding. The party is the same night as the regular December meeting, which will be December 3. It starts at 5 p.m. There will be a chance to buy 50-50 tickets at the door. A drink ticket will be given to each person. The door prize tickets will be given out as one per the shipmate or widow only. A DJ is in the planning stages, as is a possible appearance by Santa. The Two-Bell ceremony will be conducted, honoring our deceased shipmates. The caterer will be D&D from Arnold City. Marshall Lignian reported the Flag Presentation committee has been to 12 schools so far this school year with 20 additional schools on the schedule. He reported that 1,125 students and 65 adults have participated in the program. Additional help is really needed to supplement the group of shipmates that are doing the presentations. The dismissal prayer was given by Rev. Pfeil and the meeting was adjourned until the next meeting and Christmas Party on December 3 at 5 p.m.

DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY The Monongahela Area Library will host “Book Bites,” the book club which meets cover coffee, tea, and snacks. The club will meet Thursday, December 19 at 1 p.m. to discuss the classic mystery, Whose Body, by Dorothy L. Sayers. There is no charge to join and new members are welcome. The Tween Book Club meets on Tuesday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. New members are welcome. The library staff is interested in forming a non-fiction book discussion group to begin meetings in January. If you are interested in joining, please contact the library in person or by calling 724-258-5409. Every Saturday leading up to Christmas, the library staff will have Christmas stories for children at 11:30 a.m. with a related craft. There is no charge and preregistration is not required. On December 16, those in grades 2 – 7 are welcome to come to the new Science Club designed to discover how much fun hand on discovery can be. The group will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required to ensure enough materials are on hand. The library will be closed on December 24 - 26 for Christmas and again on the 31st and January 1 for the New Year. The library’s Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. Monongahela Area Library is located at 813 W Main St, Monongahela. For more information about the events, services or programs, please call 724-258-5409.



Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Welcomes Santa on a Trolley A very popular and unique way to see Santa will take place this December when Santa trades in his sleigh for an antique streetcar to kick off Santa Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. During Santa Trolley, children take a trolley ride with Santa and make sure that he has their Christmas list, while parents and grandparents enjoy caroling and the scenic view from a beautifully restored vintage streetcar. Santa Trolley dates are November 29 December 1, December 7 - 8 and December 14 - 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last trolley with Santa leaving at 4 p.m. Bring your camera to take your child’s photo with Santa! Also, take a ride on the Yuletide Shuttle and enjoy a cup of complementary hot chocolate and snacks. Children also get to make a craft for more holiday fun! After taking a ride with Santa, check out our large Lionel toy train layout in the Visitors Center featuring O-scale trains and trolleys. Admission is just $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+) and $7 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Please note that seating is limited and purchasing advanced reserved tickets are encouraged. They can be purchased on-line through our website. Trolleys and Toy Trains will be held on Friday, December 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come ride our festive trolleys that are decorated for the season, then come and experience our beautiful

multi-leveled Lionel toy train layout featuring many running trains and trolleys in our Visitor Education Center. Make a stop at the museum store for unique railway oriented gifts. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $6 for children ages 315; children under 3 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Note: The final public day for 2013 is Sunday December 15, after which we will be closed until Friday April 4, 2014. The museum is pleased to again participate in the “Toys for Tots” campaign. Bring an unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $10 and receive $5 gift certificate to the Museum Store (limit one per family while visiting Santa Trolley or Trolleys & Toy Trains). Toys will be accepted through Sunday, December 15. For information call 724-228-9256 or




Bentleyville’s Divine Mercy Foundation Publishes Spiritual Cookbook to Raise Funds Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation is taking the message of divine mercy globally. Since 2011, children of all ages are learning more about Jesus – The Divine Mercy. To date, events have been held in Poland, Italy, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Medjugorje, Africa and the USA! Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation (J-TDMF), co-headquartered in Bentleyville, PA and Krakow, Poland, has embraced a similar mission: To spread works of Charity, Mercy and Healing by offering the ‘Hope of New Life’ to all people who are suffering throughout the world. To help raise funds for their mission they are offering a unique cookbook,

Out of This World Recipes & Morsels of Mercy. All the recipes - submitted by bishops, clergy and religious folks locally and from around the world - are enhanced with an assortment of 'morsels' to feed the soul. The book is also enriched with an entire section called “Heavenly Buffet” which features the 'spiritual' food. The cookbook will be available on December 8, 2013, and may be purchased through their website at Keep updated on Mercy on the Move as upcoming prayer programs will begin in 2014, in schools, parishes, hospitals and orphanages globally. Visit us at

Voices Being Raised in Monessen for Music The Raise Your Voice Campaign is a community initiative in Monessen that focuses on bringing music to the community. Raise Your Voice was founded to promote community involvement and revival through music, arts, education, culture, and youth advocacy. The main focus of Raise Your Voice has been its annual music festival held each spring at Monessen City Park Amphitheater and Grounds, which is approaching its 3rd year. The Monessen Fireside Sessions are a prelude to the 3rd Annual Raise Your Voice Music and Arts Festival. The Fireside Sessions are held at Monessen Library, right next to the fireplace! Enjoy acoustic music, while relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. Upcoming Fireside Session dates are as follows: December 7, 2 - 3 p.m. - Monessen Community Christmas, with activities, crafts, carolers, pictures with Santa, tree lighting, and more! January 25, 2 - 4 p.m., February 22, 2 - 4 p.m., March 22, 2 - 4 p.m. April 12, 2 - 4 p.m. All of the concerts are free to the public, but donations to keep the concerts running are encouraged and appreciated. If you are interested in helping, please contact Karla Spangler at 570-204-6969 or Matt Shorraw at 724212-6159 or email us at

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Mon Valley Leathernecks 238th Marine Corps Anniversary Was a Ball By Christina Walko

“For the last 30 years I’ve been coming to Marine Corps Balls, the last six here in Donora,” said Angelo Loulis, who has been a Marine since 1945, as he enjoyed dinner and dancing with his wife Inge on November 9th at the Donora Municipal Building. “They are so important to the spirit of the country and a great way to catch up with old friends.” This year’s 238th Anniversary Ball was commentated by Washington County Commissioner and Leathernecks Chaplin Larry Maggi. It sold over 165 tickets. The event was organized by Walter Fronzaglio, Jeri Johnson, Lawrence Maggi, Charles D. Rose and Charles Wyandt. The banquet featured a formal program, a traditional cake-cutting ceremony in which the oldest Marine, Joseph Frantz of Charleroi, served cake to the youngest Marine, Julie Marish, also of Charleroi, a guest speaker and dinner and dancing. Other officers involved in organizing the event were Howard K. Weber, Commandant of the Mon Valley Leathernecks group, Herman Bigi, and Kenneth Kaiser. This year's Guest of Honor was Brigadier General Lewis G. Irwin, who is Commander of the 926th Engineer Brigade. Lewis is a 1986 graduate of West Point and in 2008 returned from a tour of active duty in Afghanistan during which he led an interagency effort to design and implement a nationwide reform of Afghan National Police. He is highly decorated and makes his home in McMurray, PA with his wife and family. “We must remember that citizenship in a free republic does not come for free,” said General Irwin. Larry Simpson and his wife Anne Marie, who lost their son in complications from a Beirut bombing, were honored, along with 7 other Mon Valley Leathernecks who had passed on from last year's ball – Lou Falbo, Ted Lytle, Dale Brubaker, Steve Thomas, Peter Pitzo, Bob Lakes

Commissioner Larry Maggi, General Lewis G. Irwin and Adjutant Herman Bigi

Guest of Honor Brigadier General Lewis G. Irwin speaking at the Donora Marine Ball

and Joe Dochinez. On a lighter note though, General Irwin went on to talk about what it meant to other branches of the service to be a Marine. He came up with several humorous acronyms given by fellow servicemen and women including “Muscles Are Required Intelligence Not Essential” which was met with laughter and applause by the crowd, who went on to enjoy the remainder of the evening with dancing and celebration. Also present were Donora Mayor John Lignelli, who is a Navy Veteran, and Carl Maggi, Commissioner Larry Maggi’s father. Representatives of the Washington County Advisory Board helping were Charles Rose, William Puchi and Herman Bigi. Music was provided by Jerry Jericho and the stylish crowd enjoyed a memorable and fun evening of honor and celebration.

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Resolve to Create a Better Retirement Financial Plan in 2014 By Danielle Larson, Social Security District Manager, Rostraver, PA

Another New Year is just around the corner, offering a new opportunity to improve your life in any number of ways with a wise New Year’s resolution or two. One good idea for many might be creating or updating a long-term financial plan. According to a 2013 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, “the percentage of workers confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement is essentially unchanged from the record lows observed in 2011.� Only 13% are very confident of being able to afford a comfortable retirement, while 28 %are not at all confident. If you are among those with lower financial confidence and you haven’t started to save for retirement already, now is the time to begin — no matter what your age. If retirement is near, you’ll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If you’re younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, it’s still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Experts agree that saving when you’re young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. A great place to start figuring out how

much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator. The Retirement Estimator offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future Social Security retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it out at estimator. We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is is the government’s website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on can help you. Another excellent resource is the Ballpark E$timator at This online tool takes complicated issues, like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and numbers that are easy to understand. So turn over a new financial page in your life with the start of a new year, and get started at

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A: An Orthopaedic Surgeon is a physician that diagnoses and treats a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. This includes disorders of the bone, cartilage, tendons, muscles, nerves and joints. We are able to take care of these both medically and/or surgically.

Q: What are some of the most common problems seen by an orthopaedist?

A: Arthritis of the knees, hips, and shoulders. Sports

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injuries, such as meniscus (cartilage) and ligament tears. Rotator cuff tears and carpal tunnel syndrom.

Q: What are some new developments in orthopaedics? A: All of the joint replacements we have now last longer and many can be done through less invasive techniques. We have injections that can possibly rebuild worn-out joint surfaces. We can perform carpal tunnel releases through tiny incisions, and we can fix rotator cuffs with poke hole incisions. Advanced Surgical Hospital 100 Trich Drive, Suite 1, Washington, PA 15301 724-884-0710


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

After the Sale To-Do List Once the closing is complete and you've handed the deed and the keys over to the new owners, you might think your job is done. In fact, there are a few more things to consider. In their book, "House Selling for Dummies," authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown lay out a laundry list of what you can do to ultimately save yourself money and peace of mind down the road. Tyson is a syndicated columnist and the bestselling author of "Personal Finance for Dummies". Brown is a real estate consultant and professional speaker. Once you sell your house, they suggest you: • Remember to send change-of-address notices. The U.S. Postal Service recommends you complete and mail your Change of Address Order Card or Internet form 30 days before you move. • Keep copies of all the paperwork related to closing


and settlement. Although it might be tempting to run the mountain of paperwork through the shredder or tuck it away in storage, you'll want to have it handy for April 15th. When you file your taxes you'll need documentation for the expenses and proceeds of the sale. And once you file your return, you'll want to keep the paperwork in case you're audited. • Keep proof of improvements and prior purchases. This is for tax purposes, too. The IRS allows you to add the cost of improvements to your home's cost basis during the time you own the home, which is nice if you have a sizeable capital gain. But to use this tax provision, you need to keep receipts of everything spent on home improvement. • If you sell and don't immediately purchase another home, you'll need a safe place to put your money. They recommend putting your cash into a money market fund. A money market mutual fund offers safety and a reasonable rate of return while giving you daily access to your money complete with check-writing privileges. • Stay on top of tax laws. A recently passed law allows you to exclude from tax a significant portion of the profits from the sale of your primary residence. Because tax laws are constantly changing, you'll want to stay on top of tax laws to avoid losing a lot of money. It is always best to consult a professional tax consultant regarding tax laws in any given year. • Local sellers have a tendency to find their next home even before closing on their existing home, but don't feel pressured if you are moving to unfamiliar territory. It may be in your best interest to scope out a variety of areas and






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housing options that meet your family's needs. It's okay to take your time purchasing your next home; rent for awhile if you'd like extra time or want to try an area out first before buying. “Keep in mind that you have two years to defer tax on your house-sale profits," Tyson and Brown point out. • Re-evaluate your personal finances if your situation changes before you buy another house. For example, you may receive a promotion, have a baby, go through a divorce, etc. You'll need to reconsider your finances and how much you can afford to pay for your new house. • Think through your next down payment. Brown and Tyson recommend that when you have sufficient equity from the sale it makes the most sense to put at least 20% down on your next house in order to qualify for the best mortgage rates and programs. If you can make more than a 20% down payment, you'll want to consider whether you can earn a high enough return than if that money was invested elsewhere. "Younger home buyers willing to take on more investment risk should lean toward a 20% down payment, whereas older home buyers who tend to invest less aggressively should opt for larger down payments," the pair recommends.

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Business & Merchant News Bayshire Properties Joins MVRCC Meet Fred Schaffer (left) and Paul Miller (right) of Bayshire Properties, located in Pleasant Hills. Fred and Paul are property managers and real estate investors, who decided to join the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce because of the investments they have made in our region and their willingness to network and support Chamber members and initiatives. Your business can benefit, also, from participating in the Chamber. Please find out how to join today! Call 724-483-3507 or check out the website at for more information.

MVRCC November Member Spotlight Focuses on Northwest Savings Bank

Seen here in the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce November Member Spotlight is the Fredericktown Branch of Northwest Savings Bank. Pictured are (l – r): Christy Melvin, teller; Judy Morgan, teller; Natalie Miller, personal banker; Angela Stay, office manager; Bonnie Hagyari, teller; Chris Claspy, vice president and NWSB Washington County area manager.

Northwest Savings Bank is the place where people make the difference. “People” means the bank’s staff and their customers and everyone in the community they share. As full service financial institution, Northwest can - and wants to - serve all your personal and business banking and financial planning and investment needs. As the place where people make the difference, Angie Stay along with Natalie, Kelly, Donna, Judy, Bonnie, Jamie, Nanette, Jodi and Christy and business partners Lynn Young, Bob Wicker and Drew Ecklund will do it in a way that will make you understand the meaning of community banking and personal service. Please, let us be your bank.We are located at 520 Front St, Fredericktown. For more information, call 724-377-2233 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Visit the website at

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Monongahela Valley Country Club Now Accepting New Members

MACC Names Charleroi Federal November Business of the Month

Monongahela Valley Country Club is now accepting new members! House memberships (access to Restaurant & Bar) as low as $ 60 a year! We are a private nine-hole golf course established in 1919. The two and one-half story club house has a restaurant, bar, banquet facilities, and inground swimming pool. MVCC is pleased to announce that the restaurant is under new management: chefs Patsy Leonard and Melinda Gibson of 'Patsy's Catering By Design'. Come enjoy homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and many other specialty dished. Patsy offers catering at the Mon Valley Country Club or at any location needed to fit your party plans. We are catering for rehearsal dinners, weddings, bridal & baby showers, funeral service, birthday & graduation parties, class reunions and in-home catering. Take-out and delivery service are available. Deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Club offers professional golf instruction, in addition to a fully equipped pro-shop and grass driving range. We welcome all golf league inquiries. Our 'Grill Room Sports Bar' is also under new management, under Ms. Kathy Maione. The bar features three flat-screen TVs and an internet jukebox for all you music lovers! Please call 724-258-3345 ext. 01 to discuss the membership choice which best suits your needs. Office hours are M-F 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Robin Lynn's Alterations & Tailoring Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Robin Lynn’s, located in Monongahela, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. At Robin Lynn's, personal attention is our key to success. Robin Lynn's offers affordable prices, walk-in and private appointments. Robin specializes in wedding/bridal/prom gowns, suits and formal wear. From broken zippers to hemming, leather, jeans, patches and much more! We are conveniently located at 211 2nd Street, Monongahela. Our store hours are Mon. and Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Tue. – Thurs. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information, call 724-825-2521 or 724-797-5381.


Charleroi Federal was established in 1936. President is Neil Bassi and Branch Manager is Tom Graney. They have nine locations. The New Eagle office opened in 1985, and the Monongahela office opened in 2002. Charleroi Federal is a full-service financial institution offering personal checking and savings, self-service lock boxes, business checking and commercial loans, residential mortgage loans, equity loans and lines of credit.


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Peno's Shipping Holds Grand Opening in Monongahela Peno’s Shipping, a FedEx-authorized shipping center, heralded its grand opening with a ribbon cutting celebration on November 12th. Open just in time for the holiday season, Peno’s Shipping offers the Mon Valley a wide range of services, including FedEx ground Marc McCarthy, president; Ron Moreschi, manager; Donna Vesely, and express shipassistant manager; and Al Mazzie, assistant manager are shown along ping, packing servicwith members of the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce. es, and packing supplies. It also serves as a free drop-off location for your FedEx shipments. Peno’s Shipping’s hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and its office is conveniently located at 600 Park Ave., Monongahela, right next to the Peno’s Self- Storage in Peno’s Plaza. For further information, call 724-258-2777.

Sparkles by Shell Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Sparkles by Shell and SBS Spirit Wear recently celebrated their ribbon-cutting at their new location at 246 W. Main Street in Monongahela on October 25, 2013. Sparkles by Shell offers custom screen print, embroidery, rhinestones and promotional products to schools, teams, businesses and individuals Sparkles by Shell’s owner, Shell DeHosse, opened the business in January of 2005 and recently made the move from a home-based business to a store front. DeHosse carries a wide variety of items in the showroom from local school spirit wear to holiday wear to gift items. The showroom is open Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays are by appointment.

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Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce Holds Recent Ribbon Cuttings Keystone Bakery Keystone Bakery celebrated their business expansion with a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 11 at their new location, 826 Highland Ave., Greensburg. The Keystone Bakery has been family owned since 1926, with current family member, J.J. Georgagis Pictured are (l-r): Tanya Chaney; Hazel Carney, Mgr.; J.J. and wife Melissa keeping Georgagis; Vicky Petrus; Missy Georgagis; and Diane Bianchi. the family business and traditions going strong. Keystone Bakery is a locally owned and operated bakery committed to providing customers with consistently high-quality bakery products and responsive, personal customer service. Keystone Bakery has three convenient locations to serve you, Monessen, Eastgate Plaza (724-684-8644), Belle Vernon in the Kmart Plaza (724-929-4585) and Greensburg (724-691-0458).

Doggie Spa The newest business to open on Broad Ave. will cater to furry customers. Doggie Spa recently opened at 540 Broad Ave., Suite 2, Belle Vernon. Owner Candy Hepple has over 20 years of experience in dog grooming and Pictured are (l-r): GRC Board Member; Jody Moebius; Candy had owned and operatHepple holding Baby and GRC Board Member, Lynn Grimes. ed her own shop in for several years in Arizona. Candy and her family, which includes her husband, three children and three dogs, Baby, Cloe and Ozzie, have relocated back to the area where her husband is originally from, upon his retirement from the Navy. Doggie Spa offers a wide variety of spa features like affordable massage spa baths, blueberry facials, teeth brushing, de-shedding, nail cutting and grinding, painted nails, flea and tick dips. All dogs are hand dried so they get a fluffier coat. We only use specialty soaps that make dogs coats healthier and shiny. “My customers are already telling me that I'm the best in the Valley and I love that I am located near where they live. Plus, Doggie Spa has off street parking for our customer’s fur babies,” stated Candy. Plans to offer Doggie Daycare in the spacious store front and a variety of dog accessories and gourmet Doggie treats are in the works and will be provided shortly. Doggie Spa is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5p.m. and is closed Sunday and Monday. To make an appointment, call 724-243-3369.

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MON VALLEY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS The Baltimore Life Companies Jeffrey Porter Willow Pointe Plaza, Suite 250 800 Plaza Dr. Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-305-6035 Insurance Bayshire Properties, LLC Paul Miller & Fred Schaffer 111 Colson Dr. Pleasant Hills, PA 15236 412-726-5869 / 412-680-9875 Property Management & Rentals Biagini Chiropractic Dr. Marc Biagini, DC 333 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi, PA 15022 724-483-4909 Chiropractor Creative Visions Media Group Amy Taylor 68 W. Maiden St. Washington, PA 15301 724-250-2909 Marketing/Advertising, Graphic/Web Design, Video Productions Fourth St. Barbeque David Barbe, Jr. 308 Fourth St. Charleroi, PA 15022 724-565-5456 Restaurant Gardner Denver Nash Vince Trupiano PO Box 130 Bentleyville, PA 15314 724-239-1500 Manufacturer

R. Ted Harhai, PA State Representative 1200 Maronda Way, Ste. 401 Monessen, PA 15062 724-684-2939 Associate Member Masonic Temple Association of Charleroi, PA Inc. Milton Kubik 640 McKean Ave. Charleroi, PA 15022 Association/Club Mon Valley Ambit Energy Group Jan Langland 724-777-7004 Mary Dury Dan Codeluppi www.dansenergysaver.energy526com Electric Generation Supplier Ronald Taylor 414 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi, PA 15022 Associate Member Uniquely Yours by Janet Janet Hamilton 412 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi, PA 15022 724-483-4243 Gift/Specialty Shop – Used Furniture VisuGroup Martina Thomas 408 Meadow Ave. Charleroi, PA 15022 724-825-2554 (text only) Graphic Design *These new members only reflect dues received as of November 18 , 2013.

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Charleroi Design Committee and MVRCC Award Funding for 2nd Façade Improvement Project The Charleroi Design Committee, operating in conjunction with the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been busy administering the Charleroi Façade Improvement Project II to assist business and property owners in Charleroi's central business district by matching their dollars spent in updating and enhancing their building façades. Funding for the program was secured through the Washington County Local Share Account earlier this year. This will represent the second award of funding for the MVRCC. The first awards were issued in 2011 where the chamber distributed $46,000 for 2011 and 2012, representing approximately $120,000 in property improvements within the community. The current award is for $60,000 and half of that has been committed to projects for the current year. Participants who have completed or have had their projects approved include the Charleroi Volunteer Fire Dept.; Salatino’s River House Café; Attorney Richard Mudrick; Armando’s Pizza; Zelenski’s Bridal and Gown; Southwestern PA Human Services and Ron and Cindy Taylor. The property owners must submit an application to the Committee for approval, complete their project, and pay their contractors in full before there are reimbursed a 1:1 match for their investment, or 50% of the project cost, up to $5,000. “We consider this program a win win,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber director. “The grants the property owners receive give them the incentive to keep up the appearance of their buildings. It adds to ambiance of the historic downtown streetscape. Landlords increase the value of their property. Business owners are provided with a more attractive storefront and local contractors do the work.” The Chamber follows the Main Street module for downtown façade

Justin Forlini, owner of Armando's Pizza, was granted money through the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of commerce Charleroi Façade Improvement Project. Justin is seen here with Design Committee Chairman and Mayor Elect John Mollenauer and Deb Buck, Chamber Board, Design Committee and Charleroi councilwoman.

Lori Coury, owner of Salatino's River House Café, receives a reimbursement check from Mayor Elect John Mollenauer and Deb Buck, Chamber Board, Design Committee and Charleroi councilwoman.

grant guidelines. The Chairman of the Design Committee is John Mollenauer, Charleroi Mayor-elect; Debbie Buck, Charleroi councilwoman and owner of Audrey’s Draperies; Michele Mackay, Charleroi code enforcement officer; Jim Williams, Mon Valley Office; Tony Valkanas, community volunteer; Architect Bob Buscanics; Gary Riley; Mon Valley Signs; and Bob Rossi, musician. Guidelines and applications are available at the Chamber office for pick up or e-mail. Please call 724-483-3507 or e-mail

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MONONGAHELA Troy Norrid Darrell Humphrey Estate of Timothy Bartkus John Jacobs Jr. Linda Benny trustee Estate of Anna Lee Dowling Donald Amoroso Virginia Schlieper

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697 Maple Drive Rear $235,000 514 Fourth St. $148,000 438 Chess St. $37,000 914 Lawrence St. $54,000 103 Zeh St. $26,000 Third Ave. $5,000 810 Chess St. $71,000 Pigeon Creek Road $0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $12,592). Stockdale Ave. $0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $7,438). Stockdale Ave. $0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $199,457). 801-803 Fourth St. $15,000 904 Sheridan St. $49,000

Gerald and Kristyn Jodon Darlene Thompson Patricia Dragone

162 Main St. 603 Hill St. 1001 Sycamore St.

$18,600 $18,500 $116,000

Gregory Thomas II and Marci Thomas Stefanie Wassel Mary Fabini Richard and Janis Walker John and Elizabeth Lloyd Michael and Helen Bodrock Leonard DiPaola Jr.

204 Galbreath Road 1241 Country Club Road 11 Tower Lane 1238 Keenan Hill Road 8 Ridge Ave. 1242 Highland Road 1349 Country Club Road

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Daniel Vesic Paul and Sandra Lape RVFM 3 LLC MTK LLC Cathy Taylor Bayshire Prop LLC George Goettel Kenneth Vesely James Smalley

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Alonzo Falls Tyler Hoberman Alonzo Falls John and Jennifer Hasbrook James and Pamela DeMatty

612 Center Ave. 553 Conrad Ave. 574 Conrad Ave. 815 Center Ave. 1000 Ryan Ave. 1010

$19,300 $4,500 $6,750 $47,500 $126,500

Nathan and Sara Zitney Jade Royalty Interest LLC Michael and Michelle Perozzi

218 Lincoln Ave. 215 Locust St. 110 McCormick Ave.

$20,000 $24,150 $15,000

Lucky Dog Properties LLC Tyler Hoberman Kitima Frank Ty Charles and Jenifer Seich Nathan Cook Michael D'emidio Odell Barnes LLC Owen and Gina Jones

482 Eighth St. 245 Modesette Ave. 315 First St. 452 Third St. 513 Third St. 517 Prospect Ave. 110 Teeple Ave. 614 Walnut St.

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FALLOWFIELD Rebecca Presto Robert Kyle Jr. YKII Realty LLC

Brett and Kristen Barnot Jesse Edwards Steven Osburn et al. and Deborah Osburn

919 Bentleyville Road Dawson Road 21 Carol Ave.

$53,000 $6,000 $99,900

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George Goettel Isadore Martini

941 Athalia Ave. 1512 Grand Blvd.

$20,000 $22,500

NEW EAGLE Federal National Mortgage Assn. Joanne Uddstrom William Brady CARROLL TOWNSHIP Ryan Bowker Mildred Louise Hodgson Joseph Fields Mary Fabini Richard Brietich Terry Sivie Timothy Kimmel CHARLEROI Nationstar Mortgage LLC Estate of Charles Pigeon Federal National Mortgage Assn. David Ruschak Rebecca Presto Harry Anthony William Scott Napoleoni Federal Home Loan Mortg. Corp. Kirk Melenyzer NORTH CHARLEROI Kaja Holdings LLC Nathan William Black PNC Bank NA Estate of Deborah Moore Dolores Bialon BENTLEYVILLE George Luketich Freedom Oil & Gas Inc. Brian Hustava DONORA Margaret Repka Blaire Tartt Tom Ross trustee John Krasonic Jr. Estate of Rose Macik Rena Hirsch Bank NY Mellon Stephanie's Rentals Inc.

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George Goettel Thomas and Tamara Bojsen George Goettel Mark Smida Tyler Hoberman Hal and Tina Perry Theodore Wassil Jr. and Cindy Welch Farnham & Pfile Co. Inc. Federal National Mortgage Assn. Patricia Stetsko and Jocelyn Tom Laverne Wright Ochoa Virginia and Sheila Kopena Vonda Frezzell Davis and Mary Groomes Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Jeffrey and Concetta Francia Nikolas Friedline

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Robert Tirpak ROSTRAVER Thomas Miller Thomas Hileman Dorothy Branthoover Kenneth Harkins Paul Joseph Tomcanin Patrick Mark Risha Son Vu Kevin Dickey Nationstar Mortgage LLC Estate of Flora Yurkanin Betty Irene Patterson Federal Home Loan Mortg. Corp. Robert Emerick Jr. Philip Mann Sirva Relocation Credit LLC Robert Borkowski Jr. Estate of H. Blaine Howenstine Jr. David Houseman Richard Walton NORTH BELLE VERNON Estate of Mary Tintori Estate of Naomi Jean Ehlers Estate of Naomi Jean Ehlers

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Federal National Mortgage Assn. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Tena Ruth Pletcher Elizabeth Manderino Dennis Joel Tomcanin Kenneth and Vickie Harkins Todd and Lisa Ray Brian and Amy Dinello Dante Guglielmo George and Mary Jane Stefancic Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Cathy Phillips and James Lux William and Majan Genetti Sirva Relocation Credit LLC Timothy and Dawn Greenawalt Brad Ryan Amy Morgan Jacob and Ashley Hudec Daniel and Jodi Lynn Garzarelli

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YOUR HEALTH Corporate Wellness Programs for Valley Employers at the Mon Valley YMCA

The Mon Valley YMCA’s Personal Trainers Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Corporate Wellness Programs are gaining huge momentum across the country as employers encourage employees and their families to lead healthier lifestyles as health care costs continue to escalate at an alarming rate. The Mon Valley YMCA offers corporate wellness memberships to our community to help combat the rising obesity and health issues stemming from lack of physical activity and poor nutrition choices. Over 30 corporations and businesses utilize the Mon Valley YMCA to offer a wide range of fitness choices and educational programs to help their employees get healthy. Each authorized corporate member receives all the benefits of a YMCA membership – access to the wellness center, express training area, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room, racquetball courts, basketball gymnasium, balanced body group exercise classes and group cycling classes. Certified personal trainers are available for a orientation acclimating employees to develop a workout program designed specifically for them to help fulfill their fitness needs and reach their goals. In depth training is available for a fee. Corporate Wellness Programs are advantageous to both the employer and employee. The employer reduces health care costs, increases employee productivity and morale, reduces absenteeism and disability time. Each employee will experience increased energy, stress reduction and lead a happier healthier life. For more information and to arrange a tour with our Corporate Wellness Representative call Jodi Lignelli at 724-483-8077.

Doctors in the US are increasingly advising adults to exercise or be more physically active, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Complying with that advice can be difficult. A personal trainer can assess your fitness level, set up a program for you and keep you motivated. Mon Valley YMCA trainers Marnie Martin, Charlie Fritch, A trainer also proand Peggy Herforth vides guidance on setting and reaching realistic goals, education about strength, cardio, and flexibility training, a reason to show up at the gym each week, accountability, and help tracking your progress. Having a scheduled appointment helps you keep your exercise commitment. You will then feel physically and mentally better. A trainer can design a new workout plan customized for you as well as update an old workout plan. Being introduced to new movements and routines will boost metabolism and help break through plateaus. Learning proper form and execution, including which exercises to avoid, will help keep you injure free and fix muscle imbalances. Fitness evaluations including body fat percentage, endurance testing, and measurements performed periodically will keep you on track in reaching your goals. For information, contact the Mon Valley YMCA at 724-483-8077.

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL DECEMBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during December. 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, December 2 from 2 - 4 p.m., Hospital, 7-East Family Room. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. The group meets the first Monday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1704. INNOVATIONS – CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME - Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m., ECC, Daniel T. Stewart, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery, will present a free program to discuss the causes and treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome. This program is part of MVH’s Innovations in Medicine series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333. BONE DENSITY SCREENING Wednesday, December 4 from 1 - 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Do you have brittle bones? Have you ever had a bone density test? This free, painless screening will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis. No appointments necessary. For more information, call 724-3486699.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, December 5 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. For more information, call 724-2581455. AUXILIARY HOLIDAY COOKIE TRAY SALE - Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m., Hospital lobby. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a holiday cookie tray sale. Enjoy your favorite bakery-style cookies now or take a tray home to enjoy during your family holiday celebration. Free parking provided with purchase. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for MVH patients and visitors. For more information, call 724-258-1167. BABY CARE CLASS - Monday, December 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Parents-to-be will learn baby care basics at this instructional session.Home safety, car seat safety, immunizations, breast and bottle feeding, pacifiers, bathing and additional topics. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229), ext. 9. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB Tuesday, December 10 from 2 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Better Breathers Club is free and open to all adults and their family, friends or caregivers who want to learn or share information about living well with breathing issues. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724-344-0287.

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RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, December 10 from 6 - 8 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, December 10 – Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 9 p.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information and to register, call 724-258-1483. BARBECUE BY FOURTH STREET BARBEQUE - Friday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hospital Main Lobby. Come enjoy your favorite barbecued foods provided by Fourth Street Barbeque. This event is open to the public and take out is available. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for patients and visitors at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Free parking with purchase. For more information, call 724-2581167. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Monday, December 16 at 2 p.m., Hospital 7-East Family Room. This support group is free and open to all cancer patients and their families. The group

meets the third Monday of each month. For additional information, call 724258-1704. AUXILIARY $5 JEWELRY SALE Monday and Tuesday, December 16 and 17 from 7 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. Free parking provided with any purchase. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for MVH patients and visitors. For more information, call 724-258-1167. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, December 18 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self-Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483. BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, December 30 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. This free class is designed for mothers who plan to breastfeed to help them feel more comfortable and confident while in the hospital after delivery and when returning home. Many props are used in this class including breast pumps. Partners and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9.



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School News...School News Madonna Catholic Regional School Releases Quarter 1 Honor Roll GRADE 8 Highest Honors Gabrielle Fronzaglio High Honors Olivia Behanna, Sophie Burkholder, Rachael Funtal, Lena Galilei, Sarah Grandinette, Lindsey Koziel, Aislyn Lee, Nathan Schollaert Honors Taylor DeLattre, Christina Ferrari, Luke Greaves, Hannah Williams GRADE 7 High Honors Madison Walsh

Honors Nina Alvarez, Chase Angotti, Elizabeth Quattrone, Anthony Romasco, Carina Villella GRADE 6 Highest Honors Jennie Bostich, Shane Simpson High Honors Amara Behanna, Jake Caldwell, Morgan Motycki, Frank Startare Honors Mickey Falappi, Jillian Scherer, Elaina Serrao

Monessen Middle School Announces Peace Poster Contest Winners Pictured are sixth-grader Damani Johnson, First VicePresident Candis Kelley, and seventh-grader Caitlin Major. The two students at the Monessen Middle School were the winners of the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Lions Club.

Students of the Month Acknowledged for November

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At their November dinner meeting, the Old Trails Business and Professional Women's Club honored four area high school students of the month for their musical activities. David Young (left) is from Charleroi High School. He is in all that is musical, including the 2014 U. S. All American Band. Brandon Hartzell (center) is from the Bentworth Area and active in band and all associated with music. Tristan Gould (right) is from Beth Center and is active in the marching and concert bands. All three are also very active in Boy Scouts and striving for Eagle Scout status. Missing from the picture is Victoria Terry from California High School, who was unable to attend the dinner.

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Nursing Scholarship Opportunities Available for Local Nursing Students Scholarship opportunities are provided by the Southwestern Registered Nurses Club to nursing students entering their final year of studies or who are actively pursuing advanced education in nursing. Students from Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties are eligible by applying before their final year of education. Scholarships are awarded each April. Apply through the Pittsburgh Foundation at: U.S. mail: The Pittsburgh Foundation Five PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Scholarship coordinator is Deborah Turner at or 412-3915122. Dates for applying are noted on the website.

Students at Monessen High School were recently awarded checks of $250 from The Challenge Program, Inc. for their performance last year. Seated are: Noah Yartin (sophomore Academic Excellence) and Javon Brown (junior Academic Improvement). Standing from left are: Nathanael Moon (junior Attendance); Robert Stimaker (sophomore Attendance); Blake Pawelec (junior Academic Excellence); Mikayla Speck (sophomore Community Service); Jacquelyn Wiggins (junior Community Service); and Jim Protin, representing sponsor, the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Challenge Program, Inc., a regional non-profit organization designed to provide high school students with incentives for success, recently kicked off the program with an orientation and awards assembly at Monessen High School. The program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel, both in and out of the classroom. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves as the sponsor of The Challenge Program, Inc. at the school. Fifteen students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes who excel in the areas of Attendance, Academic Excellence, Academic Improvement, The STEM Award, and Community Service this school year will receive an award in the amount of $200 for their efforts. The total amount of awards totals $3,000. Jim Protin, executive committee member of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, addressed the students about how The Challenge Program, Inc. award categories apply to success on the job. Since 2003, through the generous support of businesses, foundations, and individuals, The Challenge Program, Inc. has been introduced to more than 330,000 students and checks totaling more than $2 million have been presented to over 8,000 high school students in more than 100 high schools in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. For additional information about The Challenge Program, Inc., contact either Mary Dreliszak, Director of Program Development at 724-984-0860 or Barbara Grandinetti, Executive Director of The Challenge Program, Inc. at 814533-7401.

Mon Valley Hospital Receives Donation from Ringgold Lady Rams The Ringgold High School girls soccer team donated $1,251 to Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center from the team’s 2nd Annual PinkOut fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some senior Lady Rams recently met with hospital staff to present the check. Sitting is Kathy Cameron of New Eagle, wife of Head Coach Tom Cameron. Mrs. Cameron, a breast cancer survivor treated at MVH, spearheaded the committee that organized the fundraiser. She said her goal this year was to raise $1,000, after raising $900 last year for the Regional Cancer Center. Standing (from left) are: MVH Vice President of Fund Development Sara Schumacher; Jillian Bartman of Finleyville and Jordan Curry of Monongahela with Melissa Marion, MVH director of Fund Development.



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SPORTS Leopards Go Pink, Donate $1K to Mon Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Center

RMS Cross Country Boys Take 1st Place at Cal U Invitational On August 31, 2013, the Ringgold Middle School Boys’ Cross Country Team showed up, psyched and ready to run in the Cal U Invitational Meet. Coached by Sarah Scharding and Steve Spang, the group of 7th and 8th grade boys sprinted to victory and brought home the 1st place trophy for Ringgold. Throughout the run, they cheered each other on and every member of the team finished in the top 20, and each were awarded a special "Top 20 Finisher" jersey for their efforts. Of the top 20, Ringgold had half of its team in the top 10.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Belle Vernon Area High School Leopard Boosters donated $1,000 to MonValley Hospital’s Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The high school girls’ soccer team raised the money at a recent ‘Pink Out’ event that included selling handmade ribbons and baked goods. Bellmar Elementary teachers also held a dress-down day to help the cause, and the entire high school dressed in pink on Oct. 25. The young ladies representing the boosters group are (front l – r): Madison Bitonti and Hayden Pascoe with MVH Director of Fund Development Melissa Marion, and McKenna Keffel and (back l – r): Ally Demko, Kaity Watson, Samantha Mendicino and Riley Bitonti. All of the girls pictured live in Belle Vernon. Not shown were the ‘Pink Out’ co-chairs, Lisa Demko of Rostraver and Tanya Bitonti of Belle Vernon, who provided leadership and vision for the events.

RHS Hall of Fame Welcomes New Inductees

The Ringgold Rams Club Hall of Fame recently inducted the following people as their Class of 2013. Pictured are (l-r): Melissa Lazzari McDonald; Rochella Dixon Martin; Dr. Ronald V. Pellegrini; Nelson Walker, Sr.; Dr. Charles E. Stacey; Karey Kustron Gabrielli; and Dr. Bradley J. Ferrara. Not pictured: Bernie Galiffa. PHOTO BY WAYNE E. RAY.

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Riverside Place Announces December Events

Emergency Preparedness Lecture Helps Monessen’s Valley Manor Get Ready

Riverside Place is located at 303 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi. For more information on any upcoming events, call 724-483-5800. Catered Christmas Party - Thursday, December 12, $8. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Entertainment by the DoDads 12:30 p.m. - Catered lunch 2 p.m. - Dime Bingo Bible Study - every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Pizza and Pizza Burger Sale - Friday, December 13. $1.25 for plain pizza, $1.50 for pepperoni and $5 for a pizza burger and a can of pop. Murphy’s 5&10 Saturday Subs - sub only is $4 or 8” sub, chips and pop is $5. We will be selling them on Friday, December 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Westmoreland Mall Trip - Thursday, December 19, $10. Leave the center at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Meadows Trip - Monday, December 16, $15. Leave at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Donnie Cameron Country Singer - Friday, December 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bobby Shawn Singer - Friday, December 6 at 11 a.m. Kenny and Chip Oldies Songs - Friday, December 13 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 p.m. Euchre - every Saturday at 6 p.m. Bingo - every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Blood Pressures with Helen Andreas - Tuesday, December 10 at 11 a.m.

A meeting held at Valley Manor in Monessen on Friday, November 15 at 1 p.m. on emergency preparedness taught the residents there how to be prepared in case of a disaster. The speaker was Eileen Smith, R.N., from PA Dept. of Health. Jamie Schull, the Manor’s service coordinator, planned and organized the meeting. Most importantly, residents learned “to Pictured are Jamie Schull, service coordialways keep your ears and eyes open and nator at Valley Manor, and Eileen Smith, speaker at the “Emergency” meeting, join make a possible emergency plan,” accordtogether to thank each other for a job well ing to Smith. Also, a must is putting togethdone afterwards. er an emergency kit containing: gloves, a first-aid kit, flashlight, toiletries, non-perishable food, etc. Smith said that Ready PA is a place you can call for information on planning ahead: 1-888-973-2397.

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Charleroi: Zero Crime Tolerance Area Showing Positive Results

West Newton Senior Center Plans Two Spring Trips The West Newton Senior Center is encouraging you to start a traveling bank and save for our two spring trips. On April 5, we will be traveling to Dover, Ohio and touring the Reeves Mansion, having a luncheon in the Carriage House, then viewing a candle carving demonstration; you’ll get a free small candle. Then it’s on to a candle-making demonstration and cheese and bakery shopping, ending the day at the Walnut Creek Flea Market for some bargain shopping before departing for home. On May 24, we will depart for Geneva, Ohio. The first stop is the Oak Room where Mr. Bigg will welcome us at the Cats Meow Speak Easy. Enjoy a mini musical production with costumed actors in the historical theater. They will serve deviled eggs and three baby back ribs, chips, and three wine samples. You’ll get a bag of whiskey sticks to take home. The second stop is the Old Firehouse Winery, Grand River Cellars, for a chicken parm lunch and wine samples, Jefferson Historical Village and Victorian Country Comer. Call Lou Ann at 724-872-4976 for details.

Donora: Donora Council Plans Christmas Events Elizabeth Borough: Borough Council at Odds With PennDOT Over Proposed Bus Route Changes Fallowfield Twp: Twp. Entering Into a Multi-municipality Comprehensive Plan with Adjacent Municipalities Finleyville: Exterior Work On Municipal Building Nearly Completed Monessen: Council Approves Derby Day to Benefit Monessen Library Monongahela: Mayor Nixes Closure of Two Railroad Crossings New Eagle: Borough Completing Paving Project North Charleroi: North Charleroi Residents Get a 2 Mil Tax Reduction Nottingham Twp.: Board Approves New Equipment Purchases Peters Twp.: Gate on Twp. Through-Way Causing Issues Rostraver Twp.: Mobile Homes Sales Facility Approved Off Route 51 UnionTwp.: Seismic Testing Agreement With GeoKinetics Approved



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Local Worship Area Church News..Area Church News ..Area Church News ..Area Church News December Events at First United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela, will hold the following events in December. For more information, visit or call 724-258-7054. December 1, 11 a.m. - The restoration of the bells and bell tower has been completed. We are celebrating the ringing of the bells at this service and inviting the community to join us while we continue to celebrate our 200th Anniversary (1813-2013). At this service we will be welcoming our new Minister Rev. Alan J. Morrison. Join us in welcoming our new Minister and hear the bells ring. December 1, 7 p.m. - Come and joins us for the return of Organist Jim Sykes for a Christmas Organ Recital. Refreshments served. December 7, 4 p.m. - The Sadecky Puppet Show will perform "A Snow Story," a show that not only entertains but also teaches the values of citizenship, responsibility, and caring. Enjoyed by all ages. Free. December 11, 7 p.m. - Community Christmas Carol Sing. The choirs of the FUMC and the First Christian Church are joining together with choir director Diane Cersosimo and organist Cindy Demarest featuring the group Shepherd's Voice. Come and sing along or just enjoy listening to the singing of

Christmas carols. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the 200th Anniversary Committee. December 13, 7 p.m. - Friday Night Praise December 14, 10 a.m. - Cookie Parade by the UMW. Don't bake, just come and get all the cookies you need from our large selection and be ready for the holidays. December 24, 7 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. You are always welcome to come and join us for this beautiful Candlelight Service. Don't forget to order you chocolate Christmas candy, homemade by the women and men of the church. Available are chocolate covered raisins, peanuts, walnuts, peanut butter, coconut, pretzel crunch, all packed in half-pound boxes, Nativity lollipops, chocolate pretzel rod trees and bagged chocolate cover pretzels. The last day for orders is December 15. Pick-up is December 22. Call 724-258-7054 for additional information.

First Presbyterian Church’s Clothes Closet December Schedule The Clothes Closet sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, 609 Chess St., will be closed on December 7, 2013. It will reopen on December 21 with a free breakfast.

United Christian Church Announces Journey to Bethlehem

Charleroi's Holy Ghost Parish Announces Pirohy Sale

The 23rd Annual Journey to Bethlehem, will be held at United Christian Church ( D.O.C.), 499 E. Malden Dr., Coal Center, December 14 and 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. This includes nine live scenes with actors, animals, and music. Drive through or walk through. This event is free, but donations are accepted.

Charleroi'?s Holy Ghost Parish, 828 Meadow Ave., is having a Pirohy (Pierogies) Sale. Available are potato and cheese, frozen or cooked. Advanced phone orders only – call Lillian at 724-258-5720 by Monday, December 9. Pickup is Monday, December 16.

Pricedale Union Church Schedules Living Christmas Tree Extravaganza Pricedale Union Church will present a living Christmas tree extravaganza titled “Noel” on December 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. This is a wonderful musical program for the entire family with thousands of lights! No tickets are needed but we suggest that you arrive early for the best seats. A nursery will be provided. The church is located at 203 Johnson Ave, Belle Vernon. For inquiries, call 724-929-9588.

December Events Scheduled at Bible Alliance Church Saturday, December 14 - Dummies 4 Christ Christmas Performance titled "The Baby." Doors open at 6 p.m. with performance at 7 p.m. Free admission! Tuesday, December 24 - Bible Alliance Church Christmas Eve Family Celebration.7 p.m. Welcome to everyone! Celebrate the birth of our King with us at BAC! Bible Alliance Church is located at 1300 Mt Pleasant Rd., West Newton. For more information, call 724-8725570.

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Recent Local Death Notices ADAM, Richard, 64, of Roscoe, died November 8. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. BENTZ, Denise M., 87, of North Charleroi, died November 15. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. BLOOM, Jean Lynn Guiler, 61, of Roscoe, died October 28. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. BORES, William, 83, of Finleyville, died November 4. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. BOYCE, John E., 75, of Monongahela, died October 27. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BROYLES, Carl B., 82, of Charleroi, died November 4. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. CASTOR, Wilfred M., 91, of New Eagle, died November 11. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. CHAVES, Maisie E. (Mae), 78, of Finleyville, died October 30. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. COX, Norma, 89, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Elco, died November 11. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. CROSS, Jean, 84, of North Charleroi, died November 3. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DAUGHERTY, Dolores H., 90, of Charleroi, died November 14. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. FINCHAM, Leonard E., 71, of Finleyville, died November 13. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. HIXENBAUGH, June A., 84, of Stockdale, died October 19. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. HUBER, Pauline P., 98, of Elco, died October 21. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. KEIFFER, Brandon J., 27, of Gastonville, died November 10. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

KEVECK, John J., 66, formerly of Monongahela, died October 26. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. KLIMO, Lyna M., 67, of Charleroi, died October 30. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. KOLICK, Florence Weight, 85, of Stockdale, died November 5. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. MARRA, Samuel J., 73, of Monongahela, died October 27. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MATTEY, Betty, 91, of Stockdale, died October 31. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. MISANIK, Christine, 40, of New Eagle, died October 23. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MOSS, William “Don”, 85, of North Charleroi, died October 24. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. NASH, Shirley Mae, 80, of Monongahela, died October 23. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. NIX, Eileen “Ya Ya”, 64, of Fallowfield Township, died November 3. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. SINKO, Frank F., 69, of Monongahela, died November 13. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. TELEGRAPHIS, Sam “Simo”, 78, of Monongahela, died October 29. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. URWIN, Donald, 76, of Charleroi, died November 13. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. WILHELM, Charles N., 85, of Finleyville, died November 10. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. ZIPPAY, Joseph W., 76, of Charleroi, November 12. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. ZYWAN, Joseph, 93, of Finleyville, died November 16. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.



VOLUME! by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! DECEMBER


724-310-3570 1574 Fourth St., Monongahela 20 – Christmas Party 31 – New Year’s Countdown ELRAMA TAVERN

412-384-3630 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 2 – Colors & Bottles 6:30 p.m. 3 – Open Jam Night 8 p.m. 6 – Regular Joes 9 p.m. 14 – Cuttin’ Onions Band 8 p.m. 16 – Colors & Bottles 17 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Open Jam Night 8 p.m. 21 – Todd Jones 27 – Tavern Christmas Party 31 – New Year’s Eve PARTAY!!! HEY ANDY’S SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE

724-258-4755 1221 W Main St., Monongahela 6 – 5 Minutes of Fame Karaoke 7 – Hard Knoxx 13 – Stray Dogs 14 – Shannon and the Merger 20 – Whiskey Outlaws 21 – White Rose Karaoke 31 – New Year’s Eve Party w/ Country Gems HOT HOUSE TAP AND GRILLE

724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela 21 – Christmas party DJ/karaoke Tuesdays – Josie McQueen Band 8 p.m. - close Thursdays – Josie McQueen Band 8 p.m. - close Wednesdays – Open stage, all musicians welcome 8 p.m. - close Fridays – Karaoke/DJ 9 p.m.-close Saturdays – Karaoke/DJ 9 p.m. - close


724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 5 – Brad Anderson from Nashville 6 – Sean Patrick McGraw 7 – Whitey Morgan & The 78s 15 – Bluegrass Sunday w/ The Weedrags & Larry Keel 21 – Andy Gregg & the Second Hand Band 28 – Ruff Creek 31 – New Year’s Eve Party w/ Jackson T. Gardner RIVER HOUSE CAFÉ 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 7 – Dave Iglar Band

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-------------- EMPLOYMENT -----------HIRING Compassionate, non-medical caregivers who love seniors! Experience required. Mon Valley area, flexible schedules, competitive pay. Call 724-745-6857. _________________________________________________________ Help Wanted - Bartender/Cook. Call: 724-348-6607 Experienced Hair Dresser Needed FULL or PART Time • 724-344-4656 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 Slagle Roofing & Construction, Inc. NEEDS... Experienced Roofers to join our team. FULL-TIME. Must have valid driver's license. STOP IN or CALL 724-2586901. 208 W. Main Street, Monongahela _________________________________________________________

Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers.Fast food management experience preferred.Will train.Call 724348-8844. _________________________________________________________ NOW HIRING!!! $28/HR. Undercover Shoppers Needed To Judge Retail & Dining Establishments. PT/FT. No Experience. If YouCan Shop - You Are Qualified!! _________________________________________________________ HELP WANTED!!! Local People Needed to MAIL OUR BROCHURES or TYPING ADS Online for Our Company. PT/FT. Genuine Opportunity! No ExperienceNeeded, All Welcome! _________________________________________________________ $1000 WEEKLY** PAID IN ADVANCE!!! MAILING BROCHURES or TYPING ADS from home. FREE Supplies! Genuine Opportunity, PT/FT. No Experience Needed! _________________________________________________________

December 2013 —————————————————————————————————————————— HELP WANTED Earn Extra income Assembling CD cases From Home. Call our Live Operators Now! No experience Necessary 1-800-405-7619 Ext 2605. _________________________________________________________ HELP WANTED!!! - $575/WEEKLY Potential MAILING BROCHURES / ASSEMBLING Products At Home - Online DATA ENTRY Positions Available. MYSTERY SHOPPERS Needed $150/Day. _________________________________________________________ Opportunity of a lifetime: unique USDA-certified grass-fed NOP organic livestock farm, see detail at _________________________________________________________

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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------15_________________________________________________________ cases empty wine bottles, $5.00 per case, 724-344-7803 Alpine Woofer, MRP 450 Amplifier, Speakers R 10, all for $220 (negotiable). Great sound. Like new. Must sell. Full size headboard. light Oak, traditional, $80. (3) Beautiful authentic handmade Amish chairs,country decor,$30 each or all for $75. Serious inquires only please. 724-322-2458 _________________________________________________________ Guns and scopes. Shotgun, MOSSBERG 835 Ulti-mag/camo, 12 gauge, 24" barrel - $300.00. Rifle, MARLIN MX .308, Wal/blue, 22" (NIB) - $515.00. Pistol, H&R Sportsman, double action, 22LR, 9 shot, 6"barrel (vintage) - $375.00. Scope, LEUPOLD M8, 12x40mm,AO/FD - $415.00. Scope, BSA Deerhunter, 2.5x20mm $35.00. Call John at 724-483-1271. _________________________________________________________ Four Cemetery Plots in Monongahela Valley Memorial Park, Donora, Garden of the Cross, $600 apiece or $2,000 for all four. Site has fine view of the Mon Valley. Phone: 202-361-6626. _________________________________________________________ Magazines for AK. 48 rds. New. $35 each. Call Ken at 412-354-0321. New Eagle. _________________________________________________________ 8' slate pool table and accessories, $1500.00. 18' fiberglass canoe, $300.00. Riding tractor, like new, needs battery, 25 horse power, $800.00. Utility trailer, $100.00. Antique snow blower, 8 horse power, still works, $150.00. 1982 Honda XR200 dirt bike, $500.00 OBO. Call 724-228-2925 _________________________________________________________ Ikea bookcases, 5 adjustable shelves, $100. 7 foot aluminum ladder, like new, $60. Christmas tree, 7' prelit Balsam Pine, one season used, $70. 724-941-4795 _________________________________________________________ Hoyt USA Eclipse Compound Bow,Weight (marked) 40-50#,(told 50-60#),Draw Length 27, Bow String 5/?,AIM Cables 433, 3 arrows w/points, practice arrows 68,_________________________________________________________ $175 OBO. 724-872-8364 Panasonic record player 33, 45, 78 rpm plus am/fm radio. Excellent condition. Collector’s or deejay’s item. Erma – 724-348-4324 _________________________________________________________


Pressure cooker, T-Fal, 6.4 qts, used once. $25. 724-348-6704. _________________________________________________________ Office trailer for sale, 12 x 60,$6,000 or best offer. 724-350-5983. _________________________________________________________ Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora, 2 lots and 2 vault, $3600. 2 Lots $1600. Call 724-258-8631 _________________________________________________________ 4 Cemetery Lots in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Garden of the Well of Samaria $2400.00. Flex Steel Recliner Chair, beige, very good condition $50.00. Chest of drawers and dresser with lighted shelf, dark Walnut, excellent condition $150.00.2 Ethan Allen Chairs $15.00 each.Desk and chair $15.00.2 dirt bike helmets MX4 $25.00 each. Heart mirror, pink electric lighted frame $25.00. Call 724483-5864 _________________________________________________________ Single cemetery lot at the Mon Valley Memorial Park, Second St - Donora, in the Garden of the Redeemer. $400 plus transfer fee. 724-379-4264 _________________________________________________________ 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. _________________________________________________________ DirecTV - Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-352-7157 _________________________________________________________ SAFE STEP TUBS. Enjoy safety, comfort and therapeutic relief from the best walkin tubs made in the USA. Call 1-888-734-4527 for FREE information and SENIOR DISCOUNTS! _________________________________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------Looking to buy 1964/1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, good running condition. Call 724-929-5183. _________________________________________________________ Outdoor plastic lighted Christmas carolers or choir singer blow molds. 412384-8759 _________________________________________________________

The MON VALLEY MESSENGER is the premier community newspaper in the Mon Valley area of Pittsburgh. We are a free, monthly publication seeking to expand our coverage, and grow existing territories. The MON VALLEY MESSENGER is looking to add experienced Advertising Sales Representatives to our growing team of professionals. Candidates should possess: Strong sales and/or customer service skills, ability to offer clients advice on ad content and design, handle several projects at once, work on a deadline, familiarity with Mon Valley area, reliable transportation, flexible schedule, computer with internet access and a personable, friendly attitude. Preferred candidates will possess: Prior newspaper or media experience, good communication and presentation skills and be motivated, determined and persistent. Interested applicants should email us at with a resume and cover letter, or mail to P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.


Wanted. Person/s interested in buying collectables and/or antiques. Call John at 724-483-1271. _________________________________________________________ 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 724-483-8600. _________________________________________________________ All old jukebox by Wurlitzer, Seeburg, AMI, or Rockola. Pre-1962 vintage only. Non-working is OK. Call 724-914-1693 or email RPESQ@ YAHOO.COM. A Local collector from Monongahela. _________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _________________________________________________________ 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 for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Top $, 24hr Payments! Call 1-855-578-7477, espanol 888-440-4001 or visit _________________________________________________________ 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 Z1-900, 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 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 CASH PAID- up to $28/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAY PAYMENT. 1-800-371-1136 _________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Instant Offer - Call: 1-800-569-0003 _________________________________________________________

----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------LOWER THAT CABLE BILL!! Get Satellite TV today! FREE System, installation and HD/DVR upgrade. Programming starting at $19.99. Call NOW 800-725-1865 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 DIRECTV, Internet, Phone $69.99/mo +Free 3Months: HBO®/Starz® SHOWTIME®/CINEMAX® +FREE GENIE 4Room Upgrade +NFL SUNDAY TICKET! 1-855302-3347 _________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1800-864-5784 _________________________________________________________




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Meet singles right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-888-9099905 _________________________________________________________ Dish TV Retailer-SAVE! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) FREE Premium Movie Channels.FREE Equipment,Installation & Activation.CALL,COMPARE LOCAL DEALS! 1-800-309-1452 _________________________________________________________ Have fun and find a genuine connection! The next voice on the other end of the line could be the one. Call Tango 1-800-807-0818. FREE trial! _________________________________________________________ BEDS!!! Pillow Tops, Plush, Memory Foam. 10 YEAR WARRANTIES!!! New, still in factory plastic. FULL $179. QUEEN $199; KING $245 (Twins Available) IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!!! CALL (412) 494-7351 _________________________________________________________ Call Empire Today® to schedule a FREE in-home estimate on Carpeting & Flooring. Call Today! 1-800-955-2716 _________________________________________________________ Car Insurance $19/Month Any Driving Record or Credit Type. Canceled? No Problem.Free Quote and Instant Coverage INSUREDIRECT.COM Toll-Free 888-8002312 _________________________________________________________

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TOP CASH PAID FOR OLD GUITARS! 1920's thru 1980's.Gibson,Martin,Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, Prairie State, D'Angelico, Stromberg, and Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1-800-401-0440 _________________________________________________________ *REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL!* 4-Room All-Digital Satellite system installed FREE!!! Programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade new callers, 1-866-939-8199 _________________________________________________________ DIRECTV, Internet, & Phone From $69.99/mo + Free 3 Months: HBO® Starz® SHOWTIME® CINEMAX®+ FREE GENIE 4 Room Upgrade + NFL SUNDAY TICKET! Limited offer. Call Now 888-248-5961 _________________________________________________________

PERSONAL CREATIONS - Personalized holiday gifts. Order now for 25 percent off your order of $19.00 or more (regular priced.) To redeem this offer, visit or Call 1-800-712-9910 _________________________________________________________ SHARI`S BERRIES - Order Mouthwatering Gifts! SAVE 20 percent on qualifying gifts over $29! Fresh Dipped Berries starting at $19.99! Visit or Call 1-888-748-9896 _________________________________________________________ Wrap up your Holiday Shopping with 100 percent guaranteed, delivered-tothe-door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 67 PERCENT - PLUS 4 FREE Burgers - Many Gourmet Favorites ONLY $49.99. ORDER Today 1-800-914-0913 Use code 49377EKS or _________________________________________________________

MYRTLE BEACH, 33 Acre Gated Ocean Front Resort. Book Directly From Owner. 6-Pools, Tennis, Lazy River, MORE! 412-965-0408 _________________________________________________________ RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, activities daily. Short Leases. Monthly specials! Call (877) 210-4130 FINLELYVILLE Light & bright 3 bedroom townhome, end unit, 2.5 baths, 2 car/grg, 3yrs. Immediate, near Rt 43,Tuscany Estates. $150,000 Bob and Nancy Pflueger 412-370-6930

POLE BARNS Garage kits and pole barns, we manufacture, we ship direct, you save. 888-261-2488 _________________________________________________________


Bundle & Save on your CABLE, INTERNET PHONE, AND MORE. High Speed Internet starting at less than $20/mo. CALL NOW! 800-291-4159 _________________________________________________________ *REDUCE YOUR SATELLITE/CABLE BILL! Confused by other ads? Buy DIRECT at FACTORY DIRECT Pricing. As low as $19.99/Mo. FREE Installation! 1-877-3299040 _________________________________________________________ #1 Trusted Seller! Viagra and Cialis Only $99.00! 100 mg and 20 mg,40 +4 free. Most trusted, discreet and Save $500 NOW! 1-800-213-6202 _________________________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid for qualified students – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-686-1704 _________________________________________________________ Call Empire Today® to schedule a FREE in-home estimate on Carpeting & Flooring. Call Today! 1-800-902-7236 _________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-864-5960 _________________________________________________________ CASH PAID- UP TO $28/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! 1 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID shipping. BEST PRICES! Call 1-888-776-7771. _________________________________________________________ Cut your STUDENT LOAN payments in HALF or more Even if Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 888-224-9359 _________________________________________________________ DISH TV only $19.99/mo! TV Simply Costs Less with DISH! Free Premium Channels*! High Speed Internet from $19.99! Call 1-888-803-5770 _________________________________________________________ Meet singles now! No paid operators, just people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages, connect live. FREE trial. Call 1-877-737-9447 _________________________________________________________

------------- 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.

All Things Basementy! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all of your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control FREE ESTIMATES! Call 1-866-589-0174 _________________________________________________________ Feeling older? Men lose the ability to produce testosterone as they age. Call 888476-0957 for a FREE trial of Progene- All Natural Testosterone Supplement. _________________________________________________________ GET FREE OF CREDIT CARD DEBT NOW! Cut payments by up to half. Stop creditors from calling. 888-612-4707 _________________________________________________________ Get High-Speed Internet Starting at $19.99 a month. Bundle and get up to a $100 Visa Gift Card! Order Now 800-614-9150 _________________________________________________________ Medical Alert for Seniors - 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 877-827-1331 _________________________________________________________ SAVE on Cable TV-Internet-Digital Phone-Satellite. You`ve Got A Choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 866766-6459 _________________________________________________________ NOVEMBER 30TH IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Many of your favorite small business stores and shops will have the perfect holiday gifts on sale. PLAN TO SHOP WITH YOUR FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESSES YOU SEE IN THIS PUBLICATION. Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association. | _________________________________________________________

LOCAL BUSINESSES, MERCHANTS AND SERVICES ASPHALT MAINTENANCE NEW COAT SEALING SERVICES – Driveways/Parking Lots/Line Striping. PA066032*WBE130630 Free Estimates. 412-295-2942 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

Prudential Preferred Realty

------------- SERVICES ---------------------- PETS ---------ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _________________________________________________________ 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. _________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------ATTENTION HUNTERS! 5 acres - CABIN - $59,900 60 acres - ABUTS STATE LAND - $99,900 Trophy whitetail hunting, less than 3 hrs NY City! Marketable timber! Call (888) 738-6994 or _________________________________________________________ CATSKILLS MINI FARM 35 acres - Farmhouse - $169,900 6 mi to Delhi. Large pond, spring, barns, great views, pasture. Owner terms! Call (888) 738-6994 or FOR SALE – INVESTMENT PROPERTY; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 CATSKILL MTN MINI FARM! 35 acres - $149,900 Farmhouse, barn, pond, stream, springs, gorgeous views! Near Delhi, less than 3 hrs NYC! Owner terms avail! Call (888) 479-7997 or _________________________________________________________ GETAWAY CABIN – 5 acres - $59,900 3,000 ac State Land, snowmobile trail, 2 hrs NY City, 1/2 hr Albany! Add’l land also avail! NO CLOSING COSTS! Call (888) 738-6994 or _________________________________________________________

Ron’s Painting – interior/exterior – over 30 years exp.,free estimates – neat & reliable. 724-348-5731. Dog Training: AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! or 412-855-4678. _________________________________________________________ LEGAL Don't be victim of corporate arrogance. Have access to a quality law firm for an unlimited number of issues, no matter how traumatic or trivial,for as little as $17.00 a month. Peter S. Fisher, LegalShield Independent Associate. Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724825-7233. 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. _________________________________________________________ ALWAYS DRY BASEMENTS Call for all your basement needs! Waterproofing, humidity and mold control.Structural repair and finishing.FREE ESTIMATES.1-877669-2837 PA0377 _________________________________________________________

READER ADVISORY: Reader Advisory: the National Trade Association we belong to has purchased the following classifieds. Determining the value of their service or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer “employment” but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it’s illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. 800 numbers may or may not reach Canada.

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Walk in No Appointment Necessary Most insurance accepted.

Convenient Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lab hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. No Sunday lab hours.

For more information call 724-348-6699. 3701 Route 88, Finleyville MM/MK-UFM/MVM/10-13

Mon Valley Messenger December 2013  

Mon Valley Messenger December 2013

Mon Valley Messenger December 2013  

Mon Valley Messenger December 2013