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Vol. 1, Issue 7

FEBRUARY

2012

INDEX: Places To Go . . . . . . . 6 Municipal News . . . . 13 Business . . . . . . . . . . 18 Worship . . . . . . . . . . 22 Ask The Expert . . . . 23 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Real Estate . . . . . . . . 26

Charleroi Federal Savings Bank Donates to John K. Tener Library Neil D. Bassi, President and CEO of Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, presented a donation check to the John K. Tener Library in Charleroi on December 22. Accepting the check on behalf of the library is Librarian Toni Zbyl. Mr. Bassi stated, "This donation was made from Charleroi Federal Savings Bank to the library to assure the library doors remain open and the library continues to be the pillar to the community that it is."

School News . . . . . . 28 Children & Family . . 30 Food & Dining . . . . . 31 Health . . . . . . . . . . . 32 People . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Entertainment . . . . . 35 Classifieds . . . . . . . . 36

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Keystone Football Conference Is History

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Carroll Township Residents Recognized for Recycling Efforts State Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Fayette/Washington, credited the residents of Carroll Township for their efforts to recycle, which has resulted in a state grant for the municipality. Carroll Township will receive a $5,049 grant based on the 480.9 tons recycled for calendar year 2009. This is up from the 357.2 tons the township recycled in 2008. The grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through its Recycling Performance Grant Program, which provides incentives to help communities increase the amount of materials recovered through recycling and to promote economic growth through job creation and market expansion. These types of grants are awarded in addition to funds allocated to municipalities to establish and maintain recycling programs.

Donora Elks Lodge 1265 Celebrates 100 Years Donora Elks Lodge 1265 is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Lodge was founded on January 3, 1912. David R. Carr, Grand Exalted Ruler, honored the Lodge with a special citation, which stated, "For 100 years of meritorious service to the community and dedication to the principles of Elkdom." The citation was accepted by Exalted Ruler Gary L. Davis. A gala celebration will be held for Lodge members and their spouses on Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.


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Parents Incensed at Ringgold School Board’s Intentions If you attended the Ringgold School Board meeting on January 18 and left before 11:30 p.m. believing that your concerns and earlier discussions actually would be taken into consideration, you were unfortunately mistaken. Once the board completed all of the published meeting agenda items and took a recess, its real agenda emerged. Motions were made to convene a public meeting on February 29 to vote on the closure of Ringgold Middle School (RMS, formerly Finley); the date of said closure will be determined at a later date. A motion was then made to begin work to make Donora Elementary Center (DEC) and Monongahela Elementary Center (MEC) usable. So, all of the talk of “four options being evaluated� and “no decision has been made� was deceptive on the part of at least one member of the board, who made the motions, and the six other members who voted with him to carry these motions, were likely aware of the real agenda. This board is being disingenuous with its constituency about this matter. It’s obvious to me and the others who stayed to the abysmal end that this board keeps its own council, and the voters are not relevant. They claimed a mandate when there were only the number of candidates to fill the open positions on the ballot, and they were cross-registered so voting a party line netted those votes from any party. Once again, the board’s claims are disingenuous and deceptive. One of the few truths purported by the board that evening was evident in Chuck Smith’s statements questioning future enrollment in the district. The things he put forth are going to be self-fulfilling prophecies, as people already do not move to this area because of the district’s poor ratings, and this trend will continue. Mt. Lebanon’s schools are housed in very old buildings, and it is the number one rated district in the area. Their buildings have been well maintained, and the money wasn’t squandered on research into pipe dreams of boards bent on inaction. Their staff is well compensated, and the curriculum is first rate. Ringgold’s old buildings are dilapidated hulks, and the staff and curriculum suffer at every turn because of all the focus on where the education will happen. This continued approach will guarantee Mr. Smith’s predictions of continued decline, even should the Route 43 connectors to the airport and Pittsburgh be completed and spur economic growth in the district within my lifetime. This board’s vision is short sighted, narrow minded, and all too typical of the education system in Pennsylvania. Please, if you are a resident of the district and want your opinion to count, attend the meetings on February 15 and 29. Make it known where you stand, and refuse to be ignored. Mr. and Mrs. Chad Jones, Concerned Parents and Residents

See page 4 for more Letters to the Editor

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

Any real estate agent can tell you that the best possible selling situation is one in which the home seller has to consider ten different bids, resulting in offers that far exceeding the home’s listing price. Unfortunately, sometimes the housing market is not quite so generous to sellers. Nevertheless, when the housing market takes a dive, it doesn’t mean that the selling price of your home should do the same. Even when the housing market in your area is not very favorable, it is still possible to get your asking price. In order to get a top-dollar price, you may need to pay a little more attention to your home’s appearance. Think of your time as an investment which will pay off when the home sells. Likewise, any updates or renovations that you opt to perform will raise your home’s value. Your RealtorÂŽ will be able to give you useful advice about how you can increase your chances of a successful DQGSURÂżWDEOHVDOH7KHIROORZLQJLQIRUPDWLRQFROOHFWHGWKURXJK\HDUVRIUHDOHVWDWHH[SHULHQFHPD\EHKHOSIXO to you: Consider “Curb Appealâ€? - Today’s buyers are looking for their dream home, and they often begin their search on real estate websites where they can view potential homes from the comfort of their living room. Remember that WKHÂżUVWWKLQJWKH\ZLOOORRNDWLVWKHSKRWR Appeal Must Go Beyond the Curb - A potential buyer who walks into a home wants to feel comfortable. Above and beyond any other features that the home offers, it must be comfortable. Therefore, once you have cleaned up the outside of your home, take a look at what buyers will see when they walk through the front door and do everything you can to make it as warm, inviting, and comfortable as possible. Clear Clutter! - In a slow housing market, buyers have many homes from which they can choose. Therefore, you will need to be particularly careful about keeping clutter out of sight. Buyers will look in your closets and cabinets, so this means you must eliminate clutter & not just hide it. Consider having a yard sale, making donations or giving unused belongings to friends or family members. Remember that what you don’t throw away, give away or sell you will have to eventually move. In general, it is easier to get rid of clutter now instead of waiting until you’re packing. Be Willing to Negotiate - In a slow market, buyers are in short demand and homes are in ready supply. Buyers who are shopping for a new home when the market is in their favor realize that sellers are more willing to negotiate when they need to sell their homes. Even if they don’t realize this fact on their own, their agent will probably pass the information along to them. I always say, “The three things that sell a house are Price, Marketing and last of all ... Condition. Call me at 724-554-3514 for more Great Tips on Selling Your Home.

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

Nottingham Resident Opposes School Board’s Plan Dear Editor, In December 2011, five new Ringgold School Board directors were sworn in. At their reorganizational meeting, newly elected Director Mr. L. Mauro introduced a plan to close the Ringgold Middle School (RMS) in Finleyville and send the students to the new Ringgold Elementary School South (RESS) building in Carroll Township. The Monongahela (MEC) and Donora (DEC) buildings, closed last year, would be reopened to house the displaced students from RESS. Mauro’s plan was passed, 7-2. This plan was later revised to leave RESS as is but close RMS and house the displaced students at MEC and DEC. It’s worth noting that this was the Board’s first meeting, yet they already put forth a plan for a new configuration for the school buildings. This occurred before they had the opportunity to review facility, financial, and curriculum information that would be required to make an intelligent decision regarding such a plan. Many of the Board Directors that reflect the new Board majority have arrogantly stated, prior to taking office, that their agenda is to reopen MEC and DEC, regardless of public opinion, and that appears to be just what they’re doing. Mr. Chuck Smith, the newly elected Board President said he didn’t expect much public outcry over the decision to close RMS because four new directors won by large majorities after having campaigned on frugality. He couldn’t have been more wrong. As soon as the Board made their intentions known at the December meeting, public outcry began. The Board held meetings on December 21 and 22, just before the Christmas holidays. Several residents attended these meetings, despite their busy schedules. A petition, signed by about 300 people that did not want RMS closed, was presented to the Board at the December meeting Workshops were held in January in which the Ringgold Interim Director of Maintenance and Architect, HHSDR, reported further details regarding the conditions at MEC and DEC. Their reports and the pictures they showed portrayed the conditions at these schools, and they are deplorable. Pictures of the schools so outraged parents that some demanded that their children were not sent to these schools. The Board appears to have ignored their complaints. After all, they have an agenda to complete. The Board has said that they’re doing this because RMS is unsafe, yet their own engineer’s report states that the building is safe. They say that their plan saves money, yet from a financial standpoint we needlessly spend a minimum of $10M and lose the 3-mill tax savings realized from the closure of MEC and DEC last year. From an educational standpoint, this plan would likely necessitate curriculum cuts because staff would be shared between two schools. From a logistics standpoint, the plan doesn’t make sense because we would be bussing to two buildings rather than one. The $10M proposal did not reflect the increased maintenance and transportation costs and other facility renovations that would be required to house middle school students. So, please quit insulting our intelligence with your “concern” for our financial situation. If the Board was concerned with the district’s finances, they’d do the responsible thing and abandon this plan because in 5 to 10 years we’ll be right back to where we started – having to address the need to build a new school. The vision of the previous Board, on which Mr. Smith held a seat and voted to close the two elementary schools, was to build a new middle or high school. The architects stated that even if the Board decides to proceed with this plan today, the reopened schools will not be ready to house students in the fall.

At the Wednesday, January 18 meeting, the Board made a motion to hold a public hearing on February 29. The law requires the Board to hold a public hearing at least three months before the Board’s decision regarding the school closing. I ask the Ringgold School Board, what do you think is the purpose of this meeting? Do you believe that this meeting is to allow for public comment to influence the Board’s decision? Or, is the purpose of this meeting to meet the requirements of the law so that the Board can cast the vote that has already been determined? It appears that, regardless of public opinion, and facts to the contrary, the Board has decided to proceed with this plan. I was under the impression that the purpose of the public meeting is for the public to have input into the Board’s decision. So I ask – even if the Board goes through the MOTIONS of holding these hearings – Have they met the intent of the Law? Maureen Ott, Nottingham Township

Is the New Ringgold School Board the Last School Board? Dear Editor, The actions and decisions of the current Ringgold School Board have left me wondering if they will be the same faces of the last school board? Despite the opposition of the majority of the districts residents, it appears that they plan to move ahead with plans to close the current middle school, (Finley). There is no debate that Finley has its share of problems, like most of the buildings in the district. However, their current plan to reopen DEC and MEC only a year after closing them due to the unfit conditions for students and a proposed 3 mills savings generated from closing those two schools is nonsensical. The board wants to do what they call “bare bones” improvements to get the students into the buildings. They have ignored reports from the architects that they hired stating that Finley is safe. They have ignored queries about additional staffing costs, operating costs, transportation costs and maintenance costs to operate two buildings instead of one. They state they don’t have money for a new building and they don’t see a need for one since our enrollment has seen a constant decline. They are taking the backward thinking approach to the declining population problem. They are continuing to make poor decisions that make our district an unappealing place to live. Any prospective home buyer’s first question is going to be, “What is the school district like?” Are they going to want to send their children to mold-ridden, asbestos-filled, dilapidated buildings? If they continue on with their plan, I feel they may see not only fewer home sales, but also more families taking advantage of cyber, private or charter schools. They are making decisions that will determine the fate of this district and I don’t see it surviving such a monumental mistake. They are going to waste what little money we do have to make repairs that will hold those schools over for a few years and then what? We aren’t going to have any more money later if we aren’t generating any revenue. We may be following in the steps of other poorly run districts and may ultimately be forced to dissolve it completely. Gwen St.Cyr, Union Township


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No Free Handouts for 'Every Human Being Everywhere' Dear Editor, While on vacation for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I was visiting my father-in-law, who resides in the Mon Valley. I picked up a copy of your newspaper out of curiosity and read the Letter to the Editor from Gene Kuban. I think Mr. Kuban needs to rethink his position on what “every human being everywhere” is entitled to. What I think Mr. Kuban obviously doesn’t realize is that if you give someone something for free, what would be their incentive to ever stop receiving these government paid (which means it’s paid for by those of us who work for a living) entitlements and make it on their own? The answer is simple ... they wouldn't be motivated to stop. Not only that, but it would go above and beyond what is needed. Sound familiar? That's right; it’s exactly what is wrong with the current welfare system already in place. My advice to Mr. Kuban is simply this: Go out and find a homeless person. Move this person into your own personal residence, feed him, clothe him, and pay for his medical expenses for the remainder of his life. I’m sure you personally would have no problem whatsoever with doing this, right, Mr. Kuban? Also remember that before you start calling for cuts in military spending, remember this is the same military that keeps you safe and allows you the freedom to comment on what the government should be doing. I have read the Constitution from beginning to end many times. I read that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I don't ever remember reading that they have the right to a home or healthcare. If you want these things, then you have the freedom and liberty to pursue them, not the expectation of receiving them without personal effort. Jay Burbee , Knightdale, NC

Too Many "Pauls" are Ruining America! Dear Editor, I am writing in disagreement to Gene Kuban's letter in the January issue titled "Government Should Provide Basic Needs For All." Wouldn't that be nice? Wouldn't it be great if everything was free, and everyone got all of their basic needs covered by the government without having to earn it or pay for it? What a utopian society that would be! Actually - what a Socialist, European society that would be. And we all know that Socialism only works until you run out of everyone else's money. Socialism has failed over and over again throughout history. Where's the motivation or incentive for people to educate themselves and

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get a job? If all of our basic needs are going to be provided to us by the government ... (at the expense of higher taxes for those who actually work). Socialism rewards apathy and laziness, and punishes entrepreneurism and work ethic. When Mr. Kuban says "government should legislate to provide these entitlements," where does he think the government is getting this money from? What he really means is that the government should pass laws to take money from those who have worked hard, and have earned it, and give it to those who haven't. In other words, "robbing from Peter to pay Paul." Well, it seems like there are increasingly more "Pauls" in the world today who feel entitled to a handout, and feel like they have a right to "Peter's" hard- earned money. People in this country need to stop looking for handouts, and start capitalizing on the freedom and the right to pursue happiness that this country offers. As the saying goes ... "Give a man a fish - he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime!" Mr. Kuban's intention is a noble one. All good Americans don't want to see people go hungry, homeless, or without medical care. The United States is full of caring and giving people, and that's why we donate and give to charity and volunteer more than any other country in the world. There are plenty of nonprofit organizations, charities and churches that address these needs. Is there a need to do more - perhaps. Maybe our government can offer more tax breaks, deductions as incentives to high income earners and corporations to give even more to charity, or to invest their monies into distressed communities. This certainly is fairer than "confiscating" the money from those who work hard for it so that the government can subsidize housing and medical care for less educated and less motivated individuals. All Americans will gladly support those in need ... the elderly, the disabled, and economically disadvantaged children. But we are adverse to the government taking our money to provide entitlements and services to the apathetic and lazy, when the rest of us have to earn it! And as for Mr. Kuban's suggestion to cut 20% of our military budget at a time when a large part of the world hates us, and when terrorist nations are developing nuclear weapons? Does that make any sense? Is 9/11 that far of a distant memory that he has forgotten how dangerous the world is? Our government needs to use our tax dollars to provide the strongest military in the world to protect our sovereignty and citizens, and to discourage attacks on U.S. soil. And then they should use our remaining tax dollars to maintain our infrastructure and municipal authorities (road repairs, bridges, water lines, community parks, etc.), and then they should get the heck out of the way and let the free market handle the rest! Remember - A government that relies on Peter to pay Paul can always count on the voting support from Paul. Here is hoping that in November 2012, the "Peters" of this country wake up and get out to vote. Otherwise, the "Pauls" will continue to vote themselves free money and entitlements, and we will get four more years of this nightmare that could mean the end of the American Dream for all. Tino Fischer, Glassport


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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO FEBRUARY 3 HERMINIE SLOVENIAN CLUB DANCE – Laurel Valley Country Club, 175 Palmer Drive, Ligonier, 8 - 11:30 p.m. Vocals by Luann.

FEBRUARY 4 RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - First Baptist Church of Monongahela from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY 4-5 INDOOR FLEA MARKETS – Trax Farms, Finleyville 10 a.m. 83 vendors selling antiques, gifts, collectibles, clothing, apparel, hobbies and much more in events room. For more information, call 412-835-3246.

TRI-COUNTY MASONIC LODGE #252 Donora holds monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 760 Thompson Ave. The upcoming meeting dates and blood drives for February, March and April are: Monday, February 9; Monday, March 12; Friday, March 16 - blood drive; Monday, April 9.

MARDI GRAS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Literacy Council of Southwestern PA, 27 S. College St., Washington. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 724-2286188 for more information.

FEBRUARY 18-19 INDOOR FLEA MARKETS – Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville, 10 a.m. For more information, call 412-835-3246 or visit www.traxfarms.com.

LECTURE ON SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER – Monongahela Valley Hospital Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center, 6 p.m. Psychiatrist Amanda M. Rush, M.D., will discuss depression and seasonal affective disorder. Also Thursday, March 1, at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPointe Plaza on Route 51 in Rostraver. Reservations are required by calling 724-258-1333.

FEBRUARY 19 SUNDAY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Every Sunday through April 1, Elizabeth Township Fire Department #1 at the Blythedale Station, 1799 Blythedale Road, Buena Vista. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 412-956-2941.

FEBRUARY 5 SUNDAY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Every Sunday through April 1, Elizabeth Township Fire Department #1 at the Blythedale Station, 1799 Blythedale Road, Buena Vista. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 412-956-2941. GROCERY BINGO - Holy Ghost Church Social Center, 9th Street and Meadow Avenue, Charleroi. Donation is $.50 per four-way card. Doors open at 12:30 and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome. For additional information, call the Social Center at 724-489-0500.

FEBRUARY 8 NEEDLE AND YARN CRAFT WORKSHOP – Citizens Library, 55 S. College St., Washington, 10 a.m. Reservations are required by calling 724228-6867. Fee is $1.

FEBRUARY 9 MEETING OF THE CHARLEROI LODGE #615 - (free and accepted masons) 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, corner of 7th and McCain in Charleroi. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 724984-6611.

CLASS FOR HOMESCHOOLED CHILDREN – Mingo Creek County Park Outdoor Classroom, park office, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For homeschooled children ages 5 to 11; no fee. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 724-228-6867.

FEBRUARY 11 VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE – American Legion, Carroll Township, Monongahela, 8 – 11 p.m. Admission is $7; vocals by Luann. For more information, call 724-258-6735. TASTE OF TRAX EVENT – Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville , 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sample Trax Farms’ specialties, Arrowhead Wines. For more information, call 412-835-3246.

FEBRUARY 12 SUNDAY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Every Sunday through April 1, Elizabeth Township Fire Department #1 at the Blythedale Station, 1799 Blythedale Road, Buena Vista. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 412-956-2941. GROCERY BINGO - Holy Ghost Church Social Center,Charleroi. Donation is $.50 per four-way card. Special, Jackpot, and Winner-Take-All

games are for cash prizes. Doors open at 12:30 and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. For additional information, call 724-489-0500.

FEBRUARY 13 MONONGAHELA WOMAN’S CLUB MEETING – Monongahela Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. For further information regarding projects, programs, or membership, call 724-258-4502.

FEBRUARY 14 MVRCC LUNCHEON – Willow Room, Rostraver Township, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ben Taylor of Great Lakes Regional Office for Congressional and Public Affairs of the United States Chamber of Commerce will speak. Fee is $15/person; call 724-483-3507 for reservations or download a registration form at www.mvrchamber.org, and fax or mail it.

FEBRUARY 18 MARDI GRAS DINNER/DANCE - held by St. Agnes Ladies Guild, Richeyville, featuring the “Best of Times.” St. Agnes Social Hall. Doors open 5:00, dinner at 6:00 and dancing from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. 15.00. For tickets, contact Patty at 724-785-3720 or Lorraine at 724-938-9237.

MON VALLEY COIN CLUB - monthly meeting 2:00 p.m. in the Mon Valley Senior Citizens Center in Charleroi (Former Montgomery Wards). For more information, please call 724984-6611. GROCERY BINGO - Holy Ghost Church Social Center, 9th Street and Meadow Avenue, Charleroi. Donation is $.50 per four-way card. Special, Jackpot, and Winner-Take-All games are for cash prizes. Doors open at 12:30 and the games begin at 1:30 p.m.For additional information, call the Social Center at 724-489-0500.

FEBRUARY 22 FISH FRY – St Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. For more information, call 724-258-7792. FISH FRY – Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville. Every Friday during Lent until 5 p.m. For more information, call 412-835-3246 or visit www.traxfarms.com. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME – Monongahela Area Library, 11 a.m. For children ages 30 months through 5 years. Singing, free play or games, and a craft in addition to the books being read. For more information or to register, please call the library at 724-258-5409.

FEBRUARY 26 SUNDAY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Every Sunday through April 1, Elizabeth Township Fire Department #1 at the Blythedale Station, 1799 Blythedale Road, Buena Vista. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 412-956-2941. GROCERY BINGO - Holy Ghost Church Social Center, Charleroi. Donation is $.50 per four-way card. Doors open at 12:30 and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. For additional information, call 724489-0500.


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Monessen Public Library Makes Interim Director Permanent Director The Monessen Public Library Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on January 11. Election of officers was as follows: President, Madeline Dudas; Vice President, Janet Imbrescia; Treasurer, Susanna Swade; Secretary, Lianne DeFelices. Interim Library Director Mr. David Zilka was appointed as the permanent library director. For 2012, the library has contracted with Bookminders, an accounting, bookkeeping, and information management services firm to assist Zilka and Swade in the bookkeeping duties. Bookminders will provide the financial statements and other accounting information needed by the library. Ms. Jennifer Kuenzel, the library's representative from Bookminders, was on hand to answer any questions about the new accounting system and went over all the financial statements from 2011. Susanna Swade, chairperson of the fundraising committee, reviewed all the revenue and expenses from the libraries fundraisers in 2011. Swade quickly went into the new fundraising agenda for 2012. The various sub-committees of the Board were discussed and all members were asked to commit to at least one of the committees. Director Zilka discussed the 2012 budget for the library and said the new budget would be on display at the library, temporarily located at Eastgate 11, for the public's review. Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith and City Administrator John Harhai were on hand to give an update of the library renovations being done at the Donner Avenue location. They reassured board members that everything is moving along on schedule. They also detailed some of the future plans by the city for cultural events connecting city programming with the library. The next monthly meeting will be held on February 15 and, as always, the public is invited to attend.

Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department Holds Awards Dinner

The Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department’s annual awards dinner meeting was held on January 6 at the fire station. In attendance were Robert Whiten Jr., Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department Chief; Patrick Jones, who received the Fire Fighter of the Year award; Glenn Shipley, who received the Outstanding Service Award for 31 years of dedicated service; Jordan Zajack, who received the Junior Fire Fighter of the Year award; and Michael McBride, Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department President.

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Monessen-Based MVAA Spring Classes Begin February 23 Mon Valley Actors & Artists will begin its classes for spring 2012 on February 23. The classes offer students the opportunity to develop their acting skills as well as gain self-confidence and increase self-esteem. The classes are open to anyone from the ages of 8 to 18 and experience is not necessary. The ending of the spring classes will be a performance open to the public. Registration is scheduled for Sunday, February 19 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Schooner Youth center. The classes will run until April 28 at a cost of $75. Classes are held at the MVAA Studio located in the Schooner Youth Center, Schoonmaker Avenue, Monessen. For more information, contact Debi Anderson at 724-684-4034 or monvalleyactorsartists@gmail.com.

Charleroi American Legion Promote Random Acts of Kindness Week This year, February 13 - 19, an unofficial holiday, Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated around the world in order to encourage acts of kindness. America was founded on the principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all and our Nation's Armed Service Members work daily to protect these ideals for us. The Charleroi American Legion Auxiliary Unit 22 is asking community citizens to perform at least one Random Act of Gratitude for the entire week of February 13 to express appreciation to those who have served, or are currently serving our country. Perhaps just picking up a tab at a restaurant or simply saying "Thank You" or a little smile can display an act of kindness to our military and is usually an attitude changer that is catchy and lifts a heavy heart. The Charleroi ALA Unit 22 invites the community to participate in a kindness effort and is personally extending a "Kindness Thank You" to the Charleroi Veterans Council (American Legion Post 22 and V.F.W. Post 167) for updating the Chamber Plaza Honor Roll for adding more names of local veterans. The Veterans Council also added lighting at the Honor Roll at their own monthly expense to illuminate "Old Glory" and conduct ceremonies every Memorial and Veterans’ Day at 5 local Honor Rolls to ensure that our veterans will never be forgotten. The public may also express their appreciation by visiting the Honor Roll to see the changes - and act of kindness would not only be for the Veterans Council but to the every Veteran on the Honor Roll.

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Donora Historical Society Offers New Presentations, Website in 2012 After a two-month hiatus, the Donora Historical Society is ready to resume its presentations. On Monday, February, 6 at 7:00 p.m., we will be doing a presentation on AfricanAmerican history in Donora. Learn more about some of the prominent African-American people who have contributed to our town and society in general. Look for future information on a concert by the Greater Monongahela Area Community Band on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. Sometime in February, we will start selling tickets for the concert at $5.00 apiece. The proceeds of the concert will benefit the Donora and Monongahela libraries and historical societies. Also, look for the launching of the Donora Historical Society website. We are hoping to have it up and running by the end of February. The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum is located at the intersection of Sixth and McKean in the heart of Donora, and is open on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00

p.m. and on a catch-can basis on weekdays at the same time or by appointment. If you have additional questions about the society, museum, meeting or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by or email us at Donora HistoricalSociety@gmail.com or by calling 724-823-0364 and leave a message.

Donora Historical Society Featured on Travel Channel The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum was featured on The Travel Channel on November 1st retelling the story of Bill Schempp and the oxygen tanks that he used during the 1948 smog event in Donora. The one-hour show is called “Mysteries at the Museum.� Check the Travel Channel website for the show titled “Eastland Disaster and Smuttynose Murders� to see when the story may be shown again. The Donora story was one of five or six stories that was featured and was in the middle of the hour-long show.

Monongahela Class of 1967 The Monongahela Class of 1967 is planning its 45th year class reunion in September. We are inviting anyone who would like to help in the planning of this event. Anyone willing to help, please contact Kathy at 724-258-7399 or Patti at 724-782-0141.

          

      


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UT Resident Needs Yarn for Lapghans for Hospice Patients

Sharpen Your Sweet Tooth for City Mission’s Sweet Sunday Dessert Festival

Lexi Herron, a longtime resident of Union Township and a retired teacher from Bethel Park Schools, now spends much of her time volunteering for the Fayette County Home Care & Hospice Center. Crocheting since eighth grade, Herron quickly volunteered her services to make lap blankets for patients at the request of her sister, Patty Leyshock, who is a dietician and diabetes educator at Uniontown Hospital. Last year, she made 38 “lapghans,� miniature afghans Lexi Herron for the lap, at lightning’s pace for patients at the hospice center. They and their families are really appreciative of the lapghans and many of the families keep them after they have lost their loved ones as a keepsake. Some of the hospice families have included the lapghans as part of the funeral experience. Herron is in desperate need of yarn in order to continue this wonderful community service project. She would appreciate anyone who has leftover yarn from a project or would like to purchase yarn to make a donation to the cause. Contact her at Rodlexi@aol.com or 724-348-8214, afternoons and evenings only, please. Thank you in advance for your support.

City Mission’s 18th Annual Sweet Sunday Dessert Festival will be held this year on Sunday, February 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn – Southpointe. The festival began in 1993 when two board members saw the potential for having a family day of fun in the middle of the cold winter. What started off as a few desserts and auction items has grown into City Mission’s largest fundraiser, raising a net amount that increases each year. The net income for the 2011 Sweet Sunday was $98,000. This year’s festival will include 22 youth, amateur and professional desserts, three celebrity judges and a guest emcee, as well as a cafÊ featuring lunch items, a Kids Korner, ticket auction with 45 gift baskets, and appearance by Huggie Bear – the City Mission mascot. Pre-sale tickets cost $4, admission at the door is $5, an immediate family of 4 or more costs $20 maximum, and kids under age 3 are free. CafÊ and auction open at noon, dessert tables and Kids Korner open at 1 p.m., auction starts at 4:30 p.m. and other activities begin at 6 p.m.

Charleroi Homemakers Hosts Christmas Party The Charleroi Homemakers held their annual Christmas party on December 8, 2011 at the Charhouse Community Room.At the brief business meeting, Karen Jurczak read a poem titled "We are Seniors" and a Christmas poem titled "God's Gift," which served as grace. Following the meeting, the members enjoyed lunch and socializing before adjourning until March 8, 2012. There are no meetings in January and February because of the chance of inclement weather. Members will be notified if there will be a craft in March. New members are welcome. For information, call Elaine Weiss at 724-326-4315 or Karen Jurczak at 724-483-4108.

DONORA LIBRARY UPCOMING EVENTS Donora Library Introduces New Technology Program Nora, the Tech-Savvy Teen, will be available 5:30 - 7 p.m. every Thursday to answer any question the public may have about operating new technology, such as Smart Phones, Ipods, digital cameras, or e-Readers. Nora will be available at the library to assist patrons in person, or they may call the library at 724-379-7940 or email questions to Nora.DonoraLibrary@gmail.com.

Donora Library February Events Story Time - February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11:00 a.m. Pre-school story and craft. Nora Talks Tech - February 2, 9, 16, 23 Movie Saturday - February 4, 11, 18, 25 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Wii Free Play - February 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Remember When Donora - February 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Discussion group reminisces about the history of Donora. Mon Valley Writers Group - February 28 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. AARP Tax Aid - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; February 3 - March 30 The Donora Library will now be open during the following hours: Monday - Thursday 12 - 7 p.m.Friday & Saturday 12 - 5 p.m.

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Greater Monessen Historical Society Pays Tribute to Jewish Community The Greater Monessen Historical Society will salute the Jewish community of the Mon Valley area in their annual spring ethnic exhibit that is scheduled to open in March. Photographs, memorabilia, household and religious items, clothing and business-related items are needed. Persons having anything related to the history of the presence of the Mon Valley Jewish population and business community are asked to call the Monessen Heritage Museum at 724-6848460. Items can be either loaned for the duration of the exhibit or donated to the Historical Society. Photographs can be scanned and returned to their owners.Until the opening of the Mon Valley Jewish Exhibit, the winter hours at the Heritage Museum will be Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors are asked to call ahead before coming to assure someone is available to assist them.

Greater Monessen Historical Society Still Seeking Vets for Oral History Project Reservations are still being accepted from veterans wishing to have their oral histories filmed for the United States Library of Congress. In partnership with California University of Pennsylvania’s Teaching with Primary Sources Dept., the unique individual military experiences of local veterans can be preserved for posterity. Copies of the completed dvd’s will be housed at the Monessen Heritage Museum, Louis L. Manderino Library at CAL U, and the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. GMHS wishes to stress that the normal everyday experiences of regular soldiers are as much wanted as those of authentic war heroes. This is an opportunity to have the history of Mon Valley veterans made available nationwide. To schedule a session, please call the Heritage Museum today.

Greater Monessen Historical Society Encourages Membership Renewal GMHS issues a friendly reminder to return the membership renewal/fund drive forms as soon as possible. Membership is $15 for an individual, $20 for a family and $50 for a business, which runs the calendar year. Included are four issues of the “Valley Historian” newsletter. The Greater Monessen Historical Society is on Facebook. Please log on or check out the webpage at www.monessenhistoricalsociety.org.

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Monongahela Woman’s Club Plans Theme Party, Tea The Executive Board of the Monongahela Woman’s Club met at the home of President Marcia Barna on January 9. Upcoming projects were discussed, including the upcoming themed party. The party is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at the Monongahela Fire Hall. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and will include a Chinese auction and a light lunch. Some themes to be featured include Halloween, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, and Texas Hold-em. Tickets may be purchased from club members and will be sold for $20 each. Proceeds from the event will help to fund the club president’s project. The Senior Girls Tea will take place early in May. This event features a luncheon, an opportunity for the club members to interact with the senior girls from Ringgold High School, and a guest speaker. This year’s speaker will be Kathleen Mancinelli. She is a retired teacher who has travelled extensively across the country. The speaker for the February meeting will be Mark Francone from the Mon Valley Transit Authority. He is expected to speak about the authority, its transit program, and service in the Mid Mon Valley area. In keeping with efforts to address issues that concern members, Francone follows previous speakers from Pennsylvania American Water and Mon Valley Hospital. The next meeting of the Monongahela Woman’s Club will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m. For further information regarding projects, programs, or membership in the Monongahela Woman’s Club, call 724-258-4502.

Purchase a WAHS Valentine Card The Washington Area Humane Society is now taking orders for Valentine Cards! For $6, you can send your special someone a valentine and help the shelter, too! Your special someone will receive a picture of a shelter animal with your message inside. Please complete the form available online at www.washingtonpashelter.org/ and return your form to WAHS Valentine, PO Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330 by February 3 with your $6 donation.

Realtors’ Association Helps to Orient Professionals Entering the Industry

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The Mon Valley Board of Realtors held a biennial orientation workshop at the Cedarbrook Golf Course and Clubhouse Grille for new member representatives entering the real estate business. Professionals from Northwood Realty, Howard Hanna and Tidwell Realty offices in Westmoreland County attended. The oneday class covered a wide variety of topics to help the group of aspiring agents gain new knowledge and successfully launch their real estate careers.


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Psychiatrist Featured in Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Innovations Lecture Series

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Dr. Amanda M. Rush

Cold temperatures and less daylight can definitely make us grumpy about winter, but for many, being down or feeling blue every fall and winter could be more than simple discontentment with the climate. Join Monongahela Valley Hospital’s new psychiatrist Amanda M. Rush, M.D., when she discusses depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at MVH’s free community Innovations in Medicine lecture series in February and March. Innovations features MVH physicians presenting free seminars to educate our residents about important health care issues. Dr. Rush will discuss SAD on Thursday, February 9, at the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. She will repeat this Innovations presentation on Thursday, March 1, at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPointe Plaza on Route 51 in Rostraver. Both Innovations programs are free and begin at 6 p.m.; parking is also free and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by calling 724-258-1333.

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Charleroi’s Regional Police Force Plans Underway Charleroi Borough Council Reorganizes for 2012 New Members Sworn In, Regional Police Force Planned By Christina Walko

The year’s first biennial reorganizational meeting of the Charleroi Borough Council was held on January 3rd at the Municipal Building. Council members, Mayor Nancy Ellis, solicitor Lawrence Hopkins and Washington County D.A. Eugene Vittone braved the snow and cold to attend. Newest member Randy D’Piazza plus returning members Jerry Jericho and Harry W. Reis (not present), were sworn in for a four-year term by Magistrate Hopkins. New member Walter Stelma was sworn into office for a two-year term by Mayor Ellis. Ellis hopes that “this year’s changes will bring harmony, diligent work, and a successful year to the Borough.” Council President Mark Alterici was again voted in for his fourth term and 18th year in the council. “I am very happy with our new appointments, Randy and Walt,” said Alterici, adding that Selma, 86, will bring “wisdom and experience” to the Board. Jerry Jericho was elected vice president, Kym Secreet as animal control officer and all other posts remained the same. Other council members include Paul Pivovarnick and Terrance Newstrom. The council is waiting until their usual meeting on the 12th for the appointment of standing committees. Dates for the regular, monthly meeting to be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month were discussed. Third Tuesdays were picked as a fall-back date. Absenteeism and its consequences were then talked about. Teleconferencing was thought to be distracting by some council members while others thought it viable and useful. There was no agreement as to if teleconferencing council members could be used in forming a quorum. Other topics in the works for the coming year include safety, cleaning up Charleroi and the development of an agreement between Charleroi, North Charleroi and Speers Borough to form a regional police force. “What we are attempting in the Valley is unique right now,” said Jericho. Alterici commented he is excited about the possibility or a regional police force also. Newly elected D.A. Eugene Vitone closed the meeting, offering his help and support to the council’s effort in the coming year.

By Christina Walko

On Thursday, January 12, six Charleroi Borough Councilmen, Mayor Nancy Ellis, a Cal U intern and several other community residents gathered for the first regular meeting of the new year of Charleroi Borough Council. The mayor started off the meeting with compliments to the road crews on their care of the streets in the recent snow and compliments to the police for their handling of a matter of a distraught man threatening a kidnapping. “The police did a wonderful job of diffusing what could have been a bad situation,” she said. Police had 192 reportable calls, 31 citations and 5 people arrested and jailed. Announced was a Shale business presentation on January 25th at 8:00 a.m. for businesses and residents. “We already have 30 people signed up for this and will have to cut it off at 45 or so,” said President Mark Alterici. A tri-county meeting is scheduled for the 19th at 7 p.m. Diane Holder from First Energy will be there to answer any questions residents may have. Residents now have the option of choosing their electric supplier, and a small percentage of using First Energy as your supplier will benefit the Charleroi Fire Department. The next regional police meeting is on the 18th at 6 p.m. at the municipal building. A Cal U intern, who the mayor introduced, will be doing community outreach there, as Charleroi and Speers co-host the meeting. Approved was also the peer-reviewed Letter of Intent for the regional police force. “We can say that it will cost the taxpayers and the regions nothing,” said Mayor Ellis. “We are now in the process of setting up administration,” she added. “The regional police force should be a reality in the spring,” says Councilman Jerry Jericho. Other issues approved were appointing the borough manager position as pension administrator, reallotment of funds for redevelopment, approval for peer review and administration for the new regional police force, regional police cooperation agreement, and regional police board nominations, consisting of Jerry Jericho, Paul Pivovarnik and Randy DiPiazza as an alternate. The finance committee reported a surplus of $7,345 this year. The council appointed Glenn Shipley as emergency management co-coordinator and approved committee appointments and approved Act 44 Procedures. Last, but not least, the Charleroi Little Great Race will be held this year on September 8th, 2012. “The race drew over 1000 people last year,” said Alterici. The meeting was recessed with the Comcast franchise agreement tabled needing provisions for an alternate and more work still being done on the development of the regional police. The Agenda meeting is on February 2nd. Standing committees were approved and all reports heard. The next regular meeting will be February 9th.


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North Charleroi Council Fills Alternate Position on Regional Police Board

Theft Charges Lead to Firing of Monessen Streets Dept. Supervisor

By Earl Bugaile

By Kyra Bergman

North Charleroi Borough continues to move forward with plans for the formation of a regionalized police department. At their regular meeting on January 19, borough council appointed Councilman Steve Hega as an alternate to the newly-created board that will oversee the new police department. The seven-member board is comprised of representatives of North Charleroi, Charleroi and Speers. Mayor Lee Hall and Councilman Robert Hodgson represent the borough on the board. “We have the opportunity in the agreement to appoint an alternate to the board who can attend the meetings if someone would be sick or unable to attend the meetings” said borough solicitor Christine Cardinale. “We’d be one of six (votes) if a member was unavailable, so I would recommend that an alternate be appointed.” The action came days after council was notified that the borough’s appeal to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas to raise taxes to create the new department had been approved by Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca. The tax increase was necessary to cover the $104,000 which is North Charleroi’s share of joining the regional police department In a related matter, Cardinale presented council with the new budget ordinance and a new police regionalization ordinance that were set for approval at the February meeting. The new regional police department is scheduled to begin operations in April. In other agenda items, council approved the expenditure of $7,500 to make necessary street repairs to Locust Lane, and gave final approval to a subdivision plan proposed by Thorpe Personal Care Home to separate their property on Lincoln Avenue between Charleroi and North Charleroi. Rather than adjourn, Council recessed until their regularly scheduled meeting in February, where final approval was expected for the budget ordinance.

Members of the Monessen City Council, with the exception of absent City Treasurer Frank Rizzuto, met on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The council voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Streets Department Supervisor Mark Santa Colombo, effective immediately. Several members of Council expressed regret in the necessity of firing Santa Colombo as they voted. The long-time city employee was suspended without pay in December of 2011 after allegations arose that he had used a city credit card to purchase over $400.00 worth of gasoline for his personal vehicle from Oct. 4 through Dec. 7, 2011. According to the affidavit, taken by State Trooper Sarah Teagarden, Santa Colombo allegedly admitted that he would "top off" his personal vehicle about twice a month, "but only when he used it for work purposes." Charges for theft by unlawful taking were filed against Santa Colombo on January 3. Santa Colombo had a long history of city work. He was streets superintendent until 2002, when he was furloughed by former Mayor John T. DeLuca. When Mayor Mary Jo Smith took office as a councilwoman in 2004 Santa Colombo was voted back to work as streets superintendent. Then in 2006 his position was eliminated under budget cuts and he was made a full-time, codeenforcement officer. He held that post until recently, when he was reassigned as streets superintendent once again. Santa Colombo will be arraigned Feb. 14 and faces a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Feb. 24, both before Monessen District Judge Joseph Dalfonso. During the meeting Council also voted unanimously to accept a letter of retirement from Streets Department employee Terry Halinka. Mr. Halinka worked for the city for 34 years. Other new business included the approval of: Payments for several continuing city projects; such as roadway rehabilitation, inlet replacement, and parking lot improvements. A request by the Monessen Tobacco free coalition to use the City Park for their Walk in the Park on Saturday, August 11, 2012. A request from the American Medical Community Foundation to use the Herman Mihalich Memorial River launch on Saturday, July 28, 2012 for the 2nd annual Celebrate America festival and parade. A request from the Gate of Heaven Church to reserve the Ninth Street Park on Saturday, August 11, 2012, and Sunday, August 12, 2012, for their annual basketball tournament and festival.

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Carroll Township Holds Reorganization Meeting By Miranda Startare

The Carroll Township Board of Supervisors recently held their annual reorganization meeting on January 3, 2012. After covering the regular business of approving payroll and bills and closing the 2011 books, the swearing in of officials took place. The reorganization is as follows: Gary Lenzi (Acting Chairman), Thomas Rapp (Chairman), James D. Harrison (Vice Chairman), Sharon Cramer (SecretaryTreasurer), Herman Bigi (Solicitor) with a retainer fee of $2,400, Widmer Engineering, Inc. (Engineer) at regular hourly rate, Dennis Butler (Zoning Officer), Kym Secreet (Animal Control Officer) at $200/month, Paul Brand (Public Safety Director), Dennis Butler and James Harrison (Washington County Sewage Council), Thomas Rapp (Administrator of Pension Plans), Thomas Rapp and James Harrison (Tri-County Ambulance Board), Robert Greenlee (Emergency Management Coordinator), James Harrison (Hospital Board), and Gary Lenzi (Monongahela Chamber of Commerce). The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 130 Baird St. in Monongahela. Residents wishing to address the Board are asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting.

“Poultry Problem” Discussed at Donora Borough Meeting By Miranda Startare

At the first regular Borough of Donora Council Meeting of 2012, resident John Sobeck asked Council to address a chicken problem in his neighborhood. Mr. Sobeck noted that multiple chickens are roaming the Cypress Alley near 12th St. in Donora. He has nearly hit them on a few occasions, and the chickens are leaving waste on his property. Other residents in attendance at the January 12 meeting echoed Mr. Sobeck’s concerns, noting their familiarity with the “chicken problem.” Although there is not an ordinance in Donora disallowing chickens, there is an ordinance against free-roaming chickens. Councilman Donald Pavelko assured Mr. Sobeck that the chickens’ owner(s) will be notified and instructed to contain the chickens. In other business: Mayor Lignelli issued a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Donora BPOE Elks Lodge #1265. The recognition was accepted by Councilman Thomas Kostolansky on behalf of the Elks Lodge. Councilman Kostolansky, Mayor Lignelli, Councilman Pavelko, and Council Vice President Menendez are all members of the lodge. Mayor Lignelli urged Council to keep a “tight budget” for 2012 and beyond in anticipation of multiple cutbacks Donora will have to endure, as well as upcoming projects. Mayor Lignelli noted a dramatic decrease in Community Block Grant money from $340,000 a few years ago to $210,000 currently, putting an extra burden on Donora’s budget. Replacing of street signs, and re-paving of McKean Avenue in a few years are also anticipated, as well as money allocated to help pay for the city’s new fire truck. Donora’s Emergency Operations Manager, Donald Pavelko, is requesting 10-15 volunteers to receive training to form an American Red Cross emergency evacuation team. Interested volunteers are asked to send a letter of intent or contact the borough offices at 724-379-6600.

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North Charleroi Approves 2012 Budget with 7.5 mil Tax Hike New taxes to help pay Borough’s Share of Regional Police Departmen By Earl Bugaile

Taxpayers in North Charleroi will see a 7.5 mil tax increase in 2012, but they will also see their borough become part of a regional police department that includes the boroughs of Charleroi and Speers. Borough council on December 30 adopted a $479,142 budget for 2012 that will cover administrative costs, and allow the borough to participate in the police force that will be created in April. Five mils of the tax increase, or approximately $107,000 will be designated as North Charleroi’s contribution to the regional police department. The other 2.5 mils will cover increased cost of street lighting and animal control. One mil generates approximately $4,200 in revenue. North Charleroi had to seek approval in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas to raise the millage to pay for the borough’s contribution. Still needed are the final approvals from the participating boroughs for the police force to be created. Hall said taxpayers in North Charleroi have supported the need for a regional police department. Currently, Chief Chad Zelinski in North Charleroi’s only officer, who Hall said is expected to be part of the new police department. He said Zelinski has been working overtime in order to fulfill his duties. “When you look at the math, he’s on duty at least 44 hours per week, which also includes part of the time that he has to be in court,” Hall said. “As it was, we didn’t have a whole lot of coverage with just one officer.” Hall said with the new police force, North Charleroi residents will have protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “If something were to happen, a resident could call and police could be on the scene within five to ten minutes,” he added. Hall acknowledged that costs for a regional police department could cost taxpayers more, but the communities will be better served as a result. “It locks all three communities together, and with one police force we’ve been able to create a good thing.” Hall said the other part of the tax increase were made necessary by utility increases for street lighting, and increases in the cost of animal control. Hall said the creation of the regional police department is council’s biggest objective for 2012 followed by completion of the new Charleroi-Monessen Bridge. “(PennDOT) is talking about the opening of the new bridge by spring of 2013, but we’re hopeful that it can be traveled on by the end of this year. It might be a little over-optimistic, but we’re hopeful, Hall said.


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Police News Dominates Monongahela City Council Meeting By Ken Askew

National news events have influenced the thinking of a resident of New Eagle, who spoke at the Monongahela Council meeting on January 11, 2012. Referring to the increased incidence of violence against police officers throughout the country, he urged Council to create a Citizens’ Review Board, wherein citizens could air their complaints about whatever is bothering them, before something escalates into a regrettable situation. To the contrary, instead of speaking about the public’s treatment of law enforcement, a resident of Donora attended to speak about law enforcement’s treatment of the public. He admitted to being a relative of two individuals who have been recently dismissed from the Monongahela Police Department. Since then, he has received two traffic citations, and his 70-year-old brother was arrested for disorderly conduct. He felt that his family has now been singled-out for harrassment by the police. Neither brother had ever been in trouble prior to their relatives’ dismissal. Police Chief Brian Tempest responded that the accuser demanded that a citation be “fixed”, which he refused to do, and explained that an appeal of the citation could be made to the Magistrate. A Monongahela resident complained that a house is undergoing a major renovation in the 500 block of Park Avenue, and the owners are piling up the gutted material on their steps and on the lawn, creating an eyesore. The

matter will be referred to the Code Enforcement Officer for resolution. Chief Tempest reported that an individual has been arrested, who is the likely culprit in recent thefts from unlocked vehicles. The 18-year-old’s name was found on a pawn shop list where he sold a stolen GPS device; his hearing will be held in two weeks. Council went on record as being in favor of re-opening the Monongahela Elementary School. In an unrelated action, a new recycling bin has been installed at this location. Progress continues at the renovation of the Aquatorium. Installation of new bleachers is complete, and security cameras will be affixed soon. Donations will be accepted for the installation of commemorative benches in public places throughout Monongahela, such as the one currently in front of the fire station. The new member of Council, Bill Hess (replacing Daryl Miller) intends to pursue grant funding for a new emergency siren system, which was lost when the former City Hall was torn down. Monongahela City Council has made its’ annual request to Washington County for Community Development Block Grant funds for the following: $ 50K Home Rehabilitation $ 30K Code Enforcement Demolition $100K Street Reconstruction $ 20K Sewage Project $ 75K Gazebo Roof $ 25K Tennis Court Resurfacing $ 25.3K City Garage $325.3K TOTAL

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Fallowfield Supervisors Reorganize Taxes remain steady as supervisors work to develop infrastructure By Earl Bugaile

Fallowfield Township Supervisors adopted a $1.1 million budget for 2012 with no increases in property taxes, but at least one supervisor believes that the amount of income generated from potential new business will determine if the trend for no new taxes will continue. “Our tax structure is pushed to the limit, and we hope to attract some new businesses to help with taxes and create some new employment,” said Earl Sadler, who became supervisor chairman at the board’s reorganizational meeting in December. He said that the supervisors hope to improve the township’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water lines in order to facilitate the process. “We are looking to build upon new businesses coming to the Alta Vista Industrial Park, as well as the coming new (I-79) interchanges at Bentleyville and Centerville,” he added. “We want to see the completion of major water lines which will lead to some of our roads being resurfaced, which is very important.” Sadler said supervisors are anxious to see the growth of the Alta Vista complex, which is expected to see the arrival of Garden Denver Nash in the spring, along with expansion of existing business in the park. “We are also hopeful that other businesses will be coming in as well,” he said Sadler also noted the expansion of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry is also likely to play a role in Fallowfield Township’s future, which he predicts will have a long range impact on the economy. “We’re trying to take advantage of everything that is going on in the township that can keep the cost down (to the taxpayer),” he said. “Improvement of the infrastructure is important to see this through.” Sadler, who is also the township’s road master, said the township’s objective is to not only improve water lines and roads, but to also improve bridges. He said that he is working with the

Washington County Commissioners to expedite the completion of the bridge at Butsko Road which spans Pigeon Creek. “There is also one other bridge that needs taken care of, and we would also like to get the majority of our roads resurfaced,” he stated. We also want to see to it that the water and sewage lines are also put in to make the township not only attractive to businesses, but will want to make new residents move in.” Sadler pointed out that Fallowfield Township completed nearly half a million dollars in road and bridge improvements in 2011. Sadler said existing water lines are old, and will need replaced to handle the amount of water that is now needed by the new businesses in Alta Vista. “People will be seeing a lot of new construction,” he added. Sadler succeeds Olga Woodward as supervisor chairman for 2012. Woodward nominated Sadler to the chairmanship at the annual reorganizational meeting, when newly-elected Wilber Caldwell joined the board. It was a decision Woodward said she had already planned. “When I took the chairmanship two years ago, I did so with the understanding that the job should rotate among the supervisors,” she said. “I nominated Mr. Sadler to take over the duties for this term.” Mrs. Woodward will serve in the position of vice chairman. She agreed that improvements to the infrastructure are important, to continue work that has already been done. “I think we did a wonderful job in Van Voorhis, where the roads are all paved, and property owners are really pleased and surprised,” she said. “We hope to do that in more areas this year.” Sadler said 2012 is expected to be a year that will help lead the township to more development. “It’s going to take hope and intelligence,” he said. “All of this isn’t going to happen overnight. We have to build up the infrastructure, but we have to do the work to attract new business to Fallowfield.”


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New Eagle Borough Holds Reorganization Meeting By Miranda Startare

New Eagle Borough Council held its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Several appointments were made and photos were taken by Grilli’s Studio of New Eagle. Jack Fine was reappointed as president of the council. New Eagle Borough Council members and borough Fine nominated Archie appointees pose for photo at the annual reorganization meetCaseber to serve as vice presing on January 3, 2012. Pictured left to right standing are: Cathy Pro (Tax Collector), Charles Wyandt, William Sherry, ident, and Barry Williams Brian Tempest (Monongahela Police Chief), Barry Williams was chosen president pro(President Pro-Temp.), Timothy Berggren (Solicitor), and temp. of council. New counLinda Hall (Secretary/Treasurer/Administrator). Seated are: cil members were welcomed, Jack Fine (President and Constable), Glenn Petticord including Charles Wyandt (Mayor), and Archie Caseber (Vice President). and William Sherry. Paul Pro was also appointed as the borough fire Celebration t-shirt design contest. chief and representative with the Mon Talyn Patton, a student at Ringgold Elementary North (Gastonville) won Valley Sewage Authority. Council held their first regular meet- the younger age category. Ringgold ing of the year following the reorgani- High School student Hayle Fosbrink zation during which time two won the older category. Both girls’ Ringgold students were awarded for drawings are printed on t-shirts currently available for purwinning New Eagle’s Centennial

Ringgold Elementary North student Talyn Patton is pictured receiving an award for a t-shirt design contest held in preparation for the 2012 New Eagle Centennial Celebration.

chase at the New Eagle Municipal Building on Main Street. Centennial water bottles, mugs, and other merchandise is also available. The soon-to-expire lease for the New Eagle Post Office was also addressed at the meeting. The owner of the building, Larry Kumpf, is currently in negotiations with the U.S. Postal Service trying to renew the lease,

Ringgold High School student Hayle Fosbrink is pictured receiving an award for a t-shirt design contest held in prepar tion for the 2012 New Eagle Centennial Celebration.

which is set to expire March 31. There are no plans currently to close the post office and no one has contacted the borough concerning any closure. The next regular meeting for New Eagle Council will be held Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRILLI’S STUDIO OF NEW EAGLE

Bentleyville Welcomes Old and New Council Members Alike By Alice Harris

Bentleyville Borough kicked off the new year with its monthly Council meeting on January 3, 2012. In the reorganizational part of the January Bentleyville Borough Council meeting, which preceded the regular meeting, the following newly elected and reelected Council members were sworn in: Joseph Kurilko (4 years), Roy Larimer (4 years), Gary Damich (4 years), Linda Vrabel (2 years), and Robert Paul (2 years). Elected tax collector Benjamin Babirad was sworn in, also. The regular January meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call, and the approval of Joe Kurilko to remain as Council president, Stan Glowaski as vice president, Roy Larimer aw president pro tem, and Marie Larimer as vacancy board chair. Newly elected members Robert Paul and Gary Damich were welcomed to Council. The minutes of the December 2011 meeting and the Treasurer’s Report were

Bentleyville Borough Council held its first meeting of the new year on January 3. 2012. Council members include: (front row l - r) Roy Larimer, Linda Vrabil, Council President Joe Kurilko, Ken Yankowsky, and Mayor Tom Brown. (back row l - r) Borough Secretary Sherry Hreha, Stan Glowaski, Gary Damich, Ken Yankowsky, and Robert Paul.

approved. The Recreation Board will take over payment from the private party for the Christmas lights with Council contributing an additional $400 to that funding. A request for a room for Judge O’Dell Seneca at the Municipal

Newly elected Bentleyville Borough Council Members (l - r) Robert Paul and Gary Damich.

Complex cannot happen due to more than one ruling authority is not permitted to operate from the same building. Council also approved several motions. An increase of the stipend of PCSA board members from $35 to $50 per month was approved. A request to forward $1,000 to the library from their $25,000 grant per Mike Kishbaugh was approved. The acceptance the 2012 agreement with Southwest Regional

Police Department was approved. A change of scope to pay for the cameras in Richardson Park was approved. A motion to advertise to vacate a portion of Pigeon Alley was approved (fee to be reimbursed by Housing Authority). The Martin Taylor property has been condemned. Borough Secretary Hreha will inquire to its status. Councilman Yankowsky inquired to work with the Redevelopment Authority to see what can be done about vacant homes in the Borough. The request by a resident to chance the speed limit to lower on Ames road onto Pittsburgh Rd. (currently 40 mph) cannot be made below than 35 mph in accordance with PennDOT. The Borough would also have to bear the cost of new signage. A total of $52.51 was received for December from parking meters. The meeting adjourned with Council President Joe Kurilko asking that Council continue to work together (as they have been) for the best interests of the Bentleyville Borough.


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Business & Merchant News Monongahela Shopping is Now “Twice as Nice” Thanks to New Business

Participating in the ribbon-cutting were (left to right): Owner Elayne Shanahan, her friend Aimee Hallas, and Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce representatives Kimberly Ruffcorn of First Federal Savings, Tanya Chaney of Chaney’s Natural Wellness, Delmar Zenobi of Delmar Signs, and two friendly giraffes.

By Ken Askew

If you’re in the mood to peruse a great eclectic collection of home furniture, furniture accessories, and room accent pieces, then “Twice as Nice” is your next stop. Located in downtown Monongahela, this store has consignments, resale items, and antiques. They also buy gold and silver. Twice as Nice opened its door on November 18, 2011, in the former Dierken’s Pharmacy location. The store owners are George Hare and Elayne Shanahan; she has 40 years of antiquing and retail experience. Prior to opening the store, Elayne sold similar items on eBay. Their objective is to provide total customer service--the old-fashioned way. Inventory comes from upscale resale boutique shops in Manhattan, the Fashion Hunters (on the Bravo TV channel), and local sources. Additionally, Mr. Hare’s other occupation as a bridge builder affords him opportunities for interstate purchases. His hobby is refurbishing antique cars and trucks. Classes are planned in jewelry making and repair, stained glass art, furniture refinishing, and craft making. Prices for the wide array of treasures range from $.50 to $2K. Gift certificates are available. Acceptable payment methods are cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Twice as Nice is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Their address is 246 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. They can be contacted at 724-292-8000, or by e-mail at twiceasniceconsignment@hotmail.com.

Roscoe Welcomes New Tax Office – Just in Time for Tax Season By Christina Walko

Roscoe resident and business owner Christina Barrett will be the first to tell you, “ Taxes are not exciting, but finding money is!” Barrett, 46, loves to find people money – so much so that she is opening her own business doing so. My Tax Office opened its doors to the community on Friday, January 27th. It is located in the Roscoe Ledger Building, at the intersection of 88 and Mt. Tabor road right next to the new Dollar General. Her opening day celebration included cake and coffee and offers a month-long special of $99 tax returns. This is good on any standard tax return, including EITC, child tax credit and one state return. Barrett, a California state native, has been filing tax returns for the last 20 years. Five of those years was spent working for a big tax franchise, preparing 400 – 500 returns a year. She says people come to her for her extensive knowledge and experience in the tax business. It followed logically to open her own service. “Twenty years ago, I took a class in tax accounting at Rancho Santiago college in Southern California. I just found I had a real knack for it.” Barrett and her husband Edwin are new to Mon Valley, recent transplants from Louisiana. They bought the Ledger Building in July with many visions for its future. Besides the tax service they are planning on having a community room for activities, outreach and classes. “We want to be a blessing to this community in many ways,” she said. She plans to offer budgeting classes also, when the community room, now under construction, is finished. “I often review prior years returns for free - I can amend them and get people money back that they didn’t know they were even owed,” she said. Barrett also specializes in helping people with military taxes, rental incomes, sole proprietorships and oil royalties. Christina Barrett can be reached at 724-330-5045. Appointments as well as walk-ins are welcome.

GRC Membership Open to Everyone Membership to the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce is open to any business, individual and organization. Our service area includes but is not limited to Belle Vernon, North Belle Vernon, Donora, Elizabeth, Forward, Rostraver and Washington Townships, Monessen, Perryopolis, Smithton, West Newton, and the surrounding municipalities in Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. The start of a new year is the perfect time for any business, individual or organization who has thought about joining the chamber, to take the next step – submit a membership application. Join now and receive a full twelve months of membership benefits including referrals, networking, low cost and no cost marketing and advertising, sponsorship opportunities and business recognition to name a few. Call the Chamber Office to learn more about the GRC or to have an application mailed to you. A membership application can be downloaded from our website www.greaterrostraverchamber.org.


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Excerise Excitement! Monessen’s Fitness Outreach Program Celebrates One Successful Year in Business By Christina Walko

Seated: Evette Johnson, CNA, Patti Lesnoski, LPN, CHPLN, CHPCA, director of hospice, Nainesh Desai, president & owner, Jeff Irwin, RN, Standing: Deb Puglia, GRC Board, Arica Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Seman, HR director / office manager, Tracy Stablein, RN, Kathy Hall, CNA, Bree May, MSW, Belinda Clark, RN, Ron Schermerhorn, Chaplain, Robert Crall, GRC Board Missing from photo: Kara Diehl, CAN, Jon Penson, RN

The Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce named Anova Hospice & Palliative Care Services, LLC as their January Business of the Month. The clinical staff of Anova have been providing skilled nursing, home healthcare services and hospice care to members of this area since 2004. “Anova’s Hospice and Home Care Services have seen an increase of patients due to great relationships with physicians and senior care facilities within the Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties,” said Nainesh Desai, president and owner. The company started its operation in 2004, four years after Desai’s mother died from cancer. During his mother’s illness, Mr. Desai realized the importance of quality homecare and hospice and became increasingly passionate about this as he investigated starting a compassionate, world-class agency – Anova. Simply knowing the capabilities and level of compassionate care that is provided by the Anova staff, gives you another choice for these services. Typically, hospital staff or physicians recommend their preferred agencies. However, you have the right to choose an agency that routinely provides care to members in your community. For more information regarding Anova services, career or volunteer opportunities, or general information regarding Anova Health System, go to www.Anovahomehealth.com or contact the Anova office at 724-929-3200.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Presents “State of American Business” The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce February luncheon will feature Ben Taylor, Great Lakes Regional Office for Congressional and Public Affairs of Ben Taylor the United States Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township. The Charleroi Board of Trade, organized in 1902, is one of the charter members of the national chamber. The Board of Trade eventually evolved into the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber organization has maintained its membership with the US Chamber for 100 consecutive years. Attendees can make reservations at a cost of $15/person and may register by calling 724-483-3507 or by downloading a registration form at www.mvrchamber.org, which can be faxed or mailed.

“The most common New Year’s resolution that I hear is to lose weight and get in shape,” says Jethe Custor, certified group aerobics instructor and Zumba dance teacher. “Exercise is easier and more fun in a group. People motivate and encourage each other so there is a better chance of keeping that resolution.” Jethe Custer with her Zumba students Custer heads up a community outreach for affordable fitness at Monessen’s Schooner Center, 701 Schoonmaker Avenue, in Monessen. The outreach has just celebrated one year in business and is excited about the start of its second year, with classes three days a week and a growing number of Zumba dance enthusiasts. Custer saw a need for this as not all people like or can afford a gym. She offers classes at cost ($2 – $3) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. “It’s a great way to meet new people who are health conscious also,” she added. The classes are not all straight Latin dance, as Custer likes to mix in some international music and dance. There is also some light weightlifting for strengthening and toning added to Thursday’s classes. Fitness Outreach plans on adding Yoga: Stretch and Tone classes in the spring, participation permitting. For more information, please contact Jethe at 724-544-0699.


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N. Belle Vernon Welcomes Majestic Massage, LLC with Ribbon Cutting

New Italian Restaurant in Elizabeth Opens to Welcoming Holiday Crowds By Kara Prentice

In the restaurant industry, timing, location, excellent food and service are benchmarks of a great dining destination. The Don Vitto’s Italian Bistro management team, which includes Owner Michael D’Alessandro and President Tayler D’Alessandro, is capitalizing on those well-known ingredients for success. In November 2011, the pair launched an outlet for their passion for old-world Italian food, opening the bistro at 600 Hayden Boulevard on Route 51 South near the Elizabeth bridge. The D’Alessandros greeted many holiday party goers for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the sit-down restaurant, a rustic Italian eatery providing an air of elegance to the local dining scene. Decorated with a subtle, classic look of Italian ruins, white linens on the tables, exposed brick on the walls and Italian tile floor, the family owned and operated establishment is on a mission to “make good food great”. Owner D’Alessandro feels he has selected the right man, Executive Chef Ed Shipman, who has 23 years cooking experience in the Pittsburgh area, to focus on preparation of tasty Italian meals made fresh daily. Bread and pizza dough are homemade using Caputo flour. San Marzano tomatoes are part of the Italian sauces. Some early crowd favorites at Don Vitto’s include seafood cacciatore, a medley of shrimp and scallops over fettucine in a tomato sauce, Asiago shrimp and wood-fired thin crust pizzas. The building seats 40 people comfortably with additional plans underway for an Italian bakeshop, wine bar and enhanced seating area to accommodate 80 people total. Call Don Vitto’s for reservations or take-out orders at 412-405-8087. Visit the restaurant online at www.donvittositalianbistro.com. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Consider Don Vitto’s for your next special event including business networking luncheons, bridal and baby showers, and wedding rehearsal dinners.

Mon Valley EMS Spotlighted by Chamber of Commerce Mon Valley EMS was honored by the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce as the January Member Spotlight. Pictured (l-r): Robert Vetter, Chad Williams, Raenelle Poziviak and William Hess, Chief.

Majestic Massage: (l-r) Mary Esther Antal, Sally & owner Daniel Lopes, Keith Peer, Robert Crall, Tami Puckey, Becky Drudul and Tom Patterson.

The GRC recently held a ribbon cutting at Majestic Massage, LLC located at 601 Broad Avenue, N. Belle Vernon. On hand for the ceremony was owner Daniel Lopes and his wife Sally and sister-in-law Becky Drudul, GRC Board Members, and Tami Puckey, who previously occupied the space with her consignment shop, which is now further down Broad Ave. Majestic Massage, LLC is owned and operated by Daniel Lopes LMT,CAMT and offers therapeutic massage at affordable rates. Various treatments such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and sports massage are offered. Lopes also specializes and is certified in active myofascial therapy. This therapy is for those clients with range of motion issues and related pain issues. Majestic Massage, LLC is now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Majestic Massage, LLC will offer various specials and a great membership program. Gift certificates are also available. For more information, call 724-243-3663.

Chamber B.A.S.H. Kicks Off New Year The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce held a Chamber B.A.S.H. (Business After Scheduled Hours) event at Salatino's River House Cafe on January 11. Seen here are Donna and Sonny Russo from Charleroi Sweeper Center, winners of the wine gift basket at the event.


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

The Single Home-Buyer It is interesting to consider that the number of single home-buyers is virtually equal to the number of married couples purchasing homes in our area. Single people, whether divorced or widowed, young or older, have the same desire to build equity as couples do, and may discover that paying a mortgage can be less costly than rent. They believe, and rightfully so, that they deserve that same sense of security and tax benefits that couples have historically enjoyed through home ownership. Additionally, many first-time single buyers anticipate being able to possibly keep their first home as an investment property.

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A single home-buyer faces exactly the same financial qualifications as couples do, but generally speaking have only one income with which to qualify. Therefore, successful single buyers have learned to keep close tabs on their budgets and credit scores to make the loan process manageable. Single home-buyers often select lower-maintenance homes to decrease the time and expertise devoted to maintenance. Many find condominiums and townhouses attractive because landscaping, snow removal, and possibly some of the exterior maintenance is covered by the homeowners association. Another consideration is the fact that these types of developments also provide a sense of personal safety in having neighbors close at hand. Single-family homes are very attractive to single parents, but once again, maintenance is a real concern. Homes that require a lot of work simply place an added burden on such an already time-taxed individual. We offer the following advice to single home-buyers: Think about your future. Do you look forward to marriage and a family, or are you at a stage in life where convenience is more important? Consider your abilities. How much upkeep will be involved? Are you mechanically inclined, and do you have additional financial resources for repairs? If not, a “fixer upper” is not for you. Comparison shop between types of lenders to locate a mortgage product and loan terms for which you not only qualify but that you can live with. Realize that there is no such thing as a “perfect” home.

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Buying any home typically involves some compromise between what you need and want and what you can practically afford. Avoid over-buying! A large empty house that strains the budget and that you cannot afford to furnish is an emotional and financial drain. Being house poor is stressful. Experts agree that your monthly payment should not exceed 28% of your pre-tax income. Consider the potential resale value of your purchase. A two- or three-bedroom home is simply easier to sell than a one-bedroom home because of supply and demand. Don't skimp on a home inspection! Instead of skipping an inspection entirely, or having a friend or relative look at the house, investing the $300 to $500 for a professional inspection can provide you a higher degree of confidence in your purchase and save you a lot of grief and money. For many singles, and couples for that matter, the time is absolutely right for either that first-time purchase or a move-up opportunity. Interest rates at record lows, plenty of inventory to choose from and stable prices create an ideal buyer’s market. To get started, we invite you to contact any of our Century 21 Frontier Realty salespeople today. Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680


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Local Worship Charleroi’s Holy Ghost Hosts Lenten Pirohi and More Sale

Pastor Jeff Kipp Guest Speaker at Pricedale Union Church

Fish Fry at St. Paul's Anglican Church

Holy Ghost Social Center, Charleroi, will be selling pirohi, halushki, soups and salads every other Friday during Lent, on February 24, March 9 and 23 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eat in or takeout. Call 724-489-0500.

Pastor Jeff Kipp will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Fellowship Brunch on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Pricedale Union Church, 203 Johnson Ave. Belle Vernon. Normally, the Men’s Fellowship holds a breakfast on the last Saturday of each month, September through May. This is a special time slot for Pastor Kipp. Pastor Jeff has an enthusiastic and colorful background as a “long-haired Jewish hippie born in Brooklyn, New York.” He has a testimony that you won’t want to miss! All men from the Valley are invited to attend. There is no charge for the brunch and program but a freewill offering will be taken to defray the cost of the food made by Chef John Mimidis. For more information, please call 724929-9588.

St Paul's Anglican Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, will hold a Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27; Ash Wednesday, February 22; and all Fridays during Lent. Eat-in or take-out available. Fish, shrimp, crab cake, baked fish dinners, fish sandwiches, soups, coleslaw, french fries, fried zucchini strips, homemade desserts, and beverages. For more information, call 724-258-7792.

Donora’s Our Lady of the Valley Church Hosts Lenten Events Our Lady of the Valley Church, located at 2nd St. Ext. and Park Manor Rd. in Donora, is having their Lenten Fish Fry starting Ash Wednesday, February 2 and every Friday, including Good Friday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eat in or take out. For more information, call 724-379-7559. For more information, call 724-379-7559.

St. Sebastian Vendor Sale On March 3, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. there will be a Winter Indoor Yard Sale at Saint Sebastian Parish Hall in Belle Vernon. Vendors are needed. For more information, call Darleen Koury at 724930-8504.

In Loving Memory of Christopher Valerio on this Valentines Day 12/23/1968 - 9/26/11 I am thinking of you this Valentine's Day, thinking of the past; Picturing you in my memory, and how time ran out too fast. How could my heart forget you, when everything I do is something that reminds me of hours spent with you. My thoughts and love are with you, although we are apart; I will always have you close to me, because you are in my heart. I miss you and love you. Kathy


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Valley Speedsters Look to Build Upon Championship Experiences

Valley Speedsters at the National Junior Olympic Championships

The snow, sleet, rain and cold weather may still be in full force around the Mon Valley, but there’s one group of young athletes that have their sights on outdoor pursuits as soon as the weather cooperates. Valley Speedsters, a youth track club that accepts members from all over the Mon Valley, is part of the United States Track & Field Association (USATF) Junior Olympics. The team consists of 70 athletes which are under the direction of Head Coach Mike Brewer and Assistant Coach Ramont Small. Practices occur three times per week at Monessen High School starting in April. Club members compete at weekly regular season meets against other western Pennsylvania track clubs throughout May and June. Age group categories are 8 and under, 910, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. Medals are given to the top three finishers and ribbons are provided to the next three finishers in each event each week. The Valley Speedsters have a wealth of experience to draw upon for the upcom-

ing season as they competed in the Three Rivers Association Championship at California University of Pennsylvania and the Region 2 Championship also at California University of Pennsylvania last summer. Those competitions determined the ten Valley Speedsters’ qualifiers for the National Junior Olympic Championships held July 26-31, 2011 in Wichita, Kansas. The team had several athletes place as high as eleventh in the nation in their events. For more information about getting your child involved in track and field training and competitions, please email Mike Brewer at gmichaelbrewer@verizon.net or visit the USATF – Three Rivers Association Web site at HYPERLINK "http://www.usatf-threerivers.org" http://www.usatf-threerivers.org. Meet results are posted on the website each week along with tips for getting started in the sport. The Valley Speedsters resume workouts in April 2012 after a well deserved fall and winter break.


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Keystone Football Conference is History By Paul Chasko

What was pegged as one of the weaker football conferences in the WPIAL has disappeared in an extensive realignKeystone Football Season Action, 2011 ment by the WPIAL Board of Control last month. The biggest changes have come in Class AAA and Quad-A with both going from four to three sections. Of special interest to readers of the “Messengers” is the new AAA Section 1, which has yet to adopt a name. It will hold nine teams: Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Elizabeth Forward, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, Uniontown and West Mifflin. It’s very similar to the section that was in place several years back and makes a lot more sense relative to limiting team travel time. Derry, Franklin Regional, Hollidaysburg and Greensburg Salem have been relegated to Section 3. These were long drives for Mon Valley teams. Ringgold Athletic Director Ron McMichael, in light of these changes and having to face perennial powerhouse Thomas Jefferson once again in regular season play, feels that Ringgold will do well in the new section. They’ll have to do extremely well to compete against TJ and West Mifflin next season. Five teams from each nine-team section will make the playoffs, plus one wild-card team creating a 16team field in each AAA and Quad A playoff bracket. Also of local interest—in class A, Monessen has been moved into the Black Hills Conference along with California, Bishop Canevin and Imani Christian. They’ll now compete in regular season play with Brentwood, Carlynton, ChartiersHouston, Clairton, Fort Cherry and Serra Catholic, which fill out the new 10-team Black Hills Conference. One other significant change is that the season openers will be conference games rather than a meaningless non-conference game.

WCCC to Hold Championship Baseball Clinics The Westmoreland County Community College Wolfpack baseball coaching staff and team will offer championship baseball clinics Saturdays and Sundays beginning February 4 at the WCCC Youngwood campus. The clinics are designed to help players age 6 and older develop and master baseball skills. The sessions will feature group and individual instruction, drills and videotapes. Members of the WCCC Wolfpack coaching staff, including Head Coach Mike Draghi and members of the baseball team, will provide the instruction. Hitting camps will be conducted for children ages 6 to 18 February 4 and 5; February 11 and 12; February 18 and 19 from noon to 2 p.m. For children ages 12 and older, an advanced hitting camp is scheduled February 25 and 26 from noon to 2 p.m. Workshops for sharpening infield skills are scheduled February 4 and 5 for youths ages 6 through 11 and February 11 and 12 for players ages 12 through 18. Both workshops meet from 9 to 11 a.m. A pitching camp will be held February 18 and 19 for youths ages 8 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. A catching camp will be held February 25 and 26 for players ages 12 through 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost of each workshop is $40 and registration is required. For more information, visit www.wccc.edu or to register, call the college at 1-800-262-2103.

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MONONGAHELA Tracy Traverso Robert Porter Donald Daniels Teri Pisitelli Maryann Anthony Kathleen Sadler Louis Frank Ali PNC Bank Sammy Mele

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402 Second St. 430 Carson St. 449 Francis Ave. 1030 Stanton Ave. 804 Fourth St. 779 Kennedy St. 419 Second St. 449 Francis Ave. 1020 Lincoln St.

CARROLL TOWNSHIP Lee Davis Debra Dixon John LaCarte Estate of Helen Yakimyshin Estate of Lena Hudak

Keith Carson and Angela Fronzaglio Gerald and Barbara Maisano Damon Nicodemus and Audrey King Johanna Marie Bullard Barbara Lutka

17 Lookout Ave. 786 Route 481 104 Sunset Ave. 73 Locust Ave. 1244 Highland Road

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BENTLEYVILLE Janice Smolec Sotack Family Trust Chris Winkelvoss Michael Bundash III Florian Cronin Tomsic Motor Co. Cynthia Behanna et al.

James Agostoni Lawrence and Gloria Smitsky Nancy and Walter Rosemeier David Wells Washington County Housing Authority M3 Appalachia Gathering LLC Timothy and Cynthia Maloy

120 Hill St. 402 Oliver Ave. Park Ave. 204 Beallsville Road Frye Ave. Unknown Address 1 Lancaster St.

$110,000 $76,000 $18,000 $11,500 $35,000 $300,000 $96,000

CHARLEROI Wesley White Vaughn Libengood Estate of Anne Dolores Rickard Randy Campbell Mon Valley Reg. Chamber Commerce Albert Whitmyer Robert Dunsten Julia Woessner Suzan Miller

Federal National Mortgage Assn. Chad Klimkos Walter Bianchi Jr. and Samuel Yareck III Eugene Wall Highway Appliance Co. Inc. Douglas and Laura Luckock Donald and Carrie Smaracheck Jason and Domenic Mendicino John and Eve Gemas

907 Fourth St. 509 Seventh St. Washington Ave. 502 Seventh St. Chamber Plaza 1218 Meadow Ave. Shady Ave. 97 Prospect Ave. 432 Oakland Ave.

NORTH CHARLEROI William Moss Jennifer Griggle Lea Ann Bly Mary Peffer

Mark Richard and Kathryn Marie Boyle Nathan William Black STH Land Holdings LLC Robert Terek

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DONORA Randall Sullenberger Estate of Joseph Malie Jr. Housing & Urban Development Florence Micenko McPartland United Patrick Enterprises Inc. Lane Sickles Emily Danek Thropp et al. Josephine Walton Adele White McCoy

Midfirst Bank Thomas and Jill Tomovich Ray John Property Mgmt LLC Scott Micenko Ronald and Nancy Clement Frank Chappell K & Q Properties LLC SWK Investments LLC Theresa Grogan

324 Seventh St. $1,206 by sheriff's deed 420 Ninth St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $28,332) 421 Fifth St. $9,500 97 McKean Ave. $11,500 604 St. Nicholas Drive $6,000 407 Short St. $15,000 91 Thompson Ave. $18,000 462 Sixth St. $15,000 471 Seventh St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $18,141)

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Samuel Serian trustee Alan Soltez Stephen Anderson Shahla Azadi Jared Kontaxes Scott Cook James Theys Fred Clark Jr. Carmen Bizzozero Ruth O'Leary Kathleen Erny George Martin IV

Antonietta Stringa Julie Pomykala Amanda White Brian Wallace Jacob and Jennifer Kujawski Daniel and Dana Monticelli James and Dolly McClurg Cummins Bridgeway LLC Richard Bumgardner and Celeste Green Philip and Carrie Morris Samuel and Regina Leccia Martins Family L.P.

Suzanne Bennett Estate of Alice Sloane Joseph Piccini

Hoadwonic Family Living Trust Thomas Dunay and Amy Bozek Michael and Terri Jaeger

554 Beazell Road $235,000 543 Harmony Church Road $1,865 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $22,050) by sheriff's deed 132 Manown Lane $2,800 543 Mildred Road $178,000 218 Pats Drive $172,500 701 Sandstone Way $240,000 333 Forest Drive $205,500 1304 Rostraver Road $102,000 423 Rostraver Road $80,000 SR 3011 $200,000 Second St. $20,000 415 Belrose Drive $85,400 2136 Lake View Drive $160,000 SR 51 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $362,208) 868 Vernon Drive $50,000 1147 SR 136 $76,500 175 Valley View Drive $275,000

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


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SCHOOL NEWS Charleroi Area School District Provides Student Supplies in Afghanistan

Pictured (l-r) are: Theresa Axelson, Staples Representative, Laurie Martorella, mother of Marine Corporal Deana Orellana; Crystal Zahand, Charleroi Area School District business manager; and Dr. Brad Ferko, Charleroi Area superintendent.

It is truly the time for giving as demonstrated by Marine Corporal and Charleroi Area High School graduate Deana (Martorella) Orellana. Corporal Orellana enlisted the help of Charleroi Area School District in providing school supplies for students in Afghanistan. With the support of Staples retail store, the students in Afghanistan will be receiving over $11,000 worth of school supplies.

Charleroi Area High School Presents “Back to the ‘80s” From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this "totally awesome" musical in the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Karate Kid. Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year and experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up ... all set to the biggest hits of the 1980s. Features include “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”; “Kids in America”; “Footloose”; “Material Girl”; “Man in the Mirror”; “Love Shack”; “Mickey”; “Walking on Sunshine”; “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”; “Video Killed the Radio Star”; “The Time of my Life”; and so many more! Performances are on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held in the Charleroi Area High School auditorium. Cost of purchasing tickets in advance is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and senior citizens. All tickets purchased at the door will be $8.00. Tickets will be on sale in the Charleroi Area High School auditorium lobby beginning February 20. For more information, please call 724-483-3509 ext. 3338.

Bentworth Reinstates Middle School Sports, Asst. Coaching Positions for Next Year By Alice Harris

The Bentworth School Board held its monthly meeting on January 17th at 6:00 p.m. In the opening public comment period, Lori Schrock, representing the Bentworth Volleyball Boosters, inquired to why the position of the current volleyball coach is listed as open. The Board replied they are not permitted to discuss the matter at this time. The December minutes, bill lists, cafeteria, and student activities reports (enclosures 1,2,3,4 and 5) were approved. Superintendent Baker asked and received approval for the request of Joy Gazi to attend the 2012 NAEA (National Art Education) Convention as a presenter from February 29-March 4 in New York City to be paid from Title IIA funds. Superintendent Baker also requested and received approval to reinstate both middle school sports and high school assistant coaches and their salaries for the upcoming school year, which are currently suspended for lack of funds. He believes students and coaches are anxious to get back to the programs and that the approximate $50,000 to afford will be available then. Assistant Superintendent Martin asked and received approval for Board Policy #113.2, Programs Section: Qualified Students with Disabilities-Section 504/Chapter 15 (Enclosure 7A) and the Special Education Classroom Lease Agreement with IU #1. Business Manager Babirad asked and received approval for 1) the Earned Income Tax Audit for 2010 for Ellsworth and Cokeburg Boroughs (Enclosure 8A); 2) to Extend Current Curtailment Services Agreement with Comverge, Inc. through May 31, 2015; 3) Real Estate Tax Collectors’ Bond at 30% of the Estimate Face Amount of the Tax Duplicate. Additionally, a motion to approve additional substitutes was approved. The employment of the following coaches was approved: 1) Dan Haywood, head girls’ soccer coach; 2) Gary Amos, head boys’ soccer coach; 3) Randy Stevenson, head golf coach; 4) Non-Compensated: August Mizia, Sam Lapcevic, Charlie Wonsettler, wrestling; and Katlyn DeHosse, softball. It was approved, also, to post and advertise for applicants for the head volleyball coach position. The meeting adjourned to executive session with no reconvene at approximately 6:25 p.m.


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Taxpayers and Parents Upset With Ringgold School Board: Proposed Changes in Building Use Infuriates Many Parents

Monongahela Eat’n Park Raises Money for Ringgold Schools On December 1, 2011, Monongahela Eat’n Park Restaurant held a contest called “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” between Ringgold Elementary School North & Ringgold Elementary School South, from 5 to 9 p.m. to benefit Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. They raised $1,626 between both schools, with Ringgold Elementary School South winning the contest. On December 7, 2011, Monongahela Eat’n Park Restaurant held Tips for Tots at the restaurant, during which teachers from Ringgold Elementary School North waited on tables. The tips collected that evening went to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. They collected $1,181. Through these functions, Eat’n Park raised a grand total of $44,730.

Library Hosts Financial Aid Night for BVA Students Rostraver Public Library will host a free College Financial Aid Night for parents of senior and junior high school students in the Belle Vernon Area School District. Parents in neighboring districts may also attend. This free seminar will be held Thursday, February 8 starting at 7 p.m. The seminar will be conducted by the Financial Aid Dept. of California University of PA.

By Paul Chasko The newly elected majority of the Ringgold School Board seems determined to reopen Donora Elementary Center (DEC) and Monongahela Elementary Center (MEC), which were closed after the 2010/2011 school year. Most of them promised to take this action in public forums while campaigning for school board director seats, so within hours of being sworn in in late December 2011, they floored and passed a motion to evaluate the reopening of MEC and DEC, to convert the newly renovated Ringgold Elementary South (RES) building into a middle school and to close the Finley Middle School. Due to the overwhelmingly negative response from RES parents, Board Member Larry Mauro rescinded his previous motion. He instead floored another motion at a special meeting on January 11, 2012 to have the architects (HHSDR) examine the possibility of reopening MEC and DEC for combined use as a middle school with grades 5 and 6 in one building and grades 7 and 8 in the other. His motion also included not engaging the architects to examine converting RES back into a middle school. HHSDR has completed the preliminary evaluation and reported on its findings in workshops held on January 11 and 18. This preliminary evaluation was sufficiently detailed to put a price tag of $4,466,000 on the DEC repairs and $5,498,000 on the MEC repairs (roughly a $10 million project). These costs do not include any financing or operating costs. Further, they do not include costs for repairs of any hidden problems that may be uncovered after work begins. HHSDR states that these costs will make “bare bones” repairs necessary to provide middle school use for only a 5-10 year period. Go to our website at www.monvalleymessenger.com for more details on this meeting.


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How Can I Help My Child(ren) Deal with Grief? Talking to children about death must be focused on each individual child's developmental level and sensitive to the child’s capacity to understand and comprehend the particular situation. Children will watch and be aware of the reactions of adults around them and how they are dealing with their grief. Children may respond with shock, regressive behaviors, acting out, or repeatedly asking the same questions over and over in an effort to understand something with which they are having difficulty. BELOW ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN DEAL WITH THEIR GRIEF: • Ask the child to tell their story. Be a good listener. • Remember that all children deal with grief differently. • Acknowledge that grieving is a process, not an event. It will take time. • Don't lie - it doesn't help the child through the healing process. • Give the child appropriate information for his/her understanding level. • Encourage children to ask questions, and answer them honestly and appropriately. • Remember that a child will need ongoing and long-lasting support through this process. • Understand and express to the child that grief is complicated. • Be aware of your own grief. Family counseling and support may be helpful. • Help children understand changes in their friends and families’ behavior, and let them know this is not personal or a permanent change in their relationship.

• A child may need some help with options to offer support to those they love. You might recommend making cards or drawings, helping with chores or homework, errands, shopping, cleaning, etc. depending on their age and level of ability. • A child who is frightened about attending a funeral should not be forced to go. Children should be allowed to express feelings about their loss and grief in their own way. This might be in the form of lighting a candle in honor of the deceased loved one, saying a prayer, making a scrapbook, reviewing photographs, or telling a story. Many resources are available—from books to counselors to community organizations—that can provide guidance. Your efforts will go a long way in helping your child get through this difficult time. If you need or would like additional support, do not hesitate to contact Celtic Healthcare’s bereavement team. We will be happy to help you and your child(ren) deal with this difficult time If you would like to read more of Celtic Healthcare’s 4-part Series on Grief, please visit celtichealthcare.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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YOUR HEALTH Community Invited to MVH’s “Operation Sneak Peek” Tour With most of its $25 million expansion project all but hidden from view at the back of the campus, Monongahela Valley Hospital will host “Operation Sneak Peek” to show off its new surgical suites, which are part of the project. Community members are invited to tour two of the four new surgical suites on Sunday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. The addition containing the new The community is invited to a free tour of suites adds approximately 12,750 Monongahela Valley Hospital’s new surgical square feet to the hospital and is part of suites called “Operation Sneak Peek” on Sunday, the hospital’s largest renovation and February 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. Newly installed expansion project since MVH was built equipment extends from the ceiling of one of in Carroll Township in 1978. MVH’s new operating suites. The addition containing the suites adds approximately 12,750 Operating Room staff will be on hand square feet to the hospital. to explain the state-of-the-art equipment and how it will benefit patient care. As the expansion project continues, existing surgical suites will also be updated and the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) will be expanded for optimal surgical care, patient recovery and privacy. The hospital broke ground on the $25 million project in April 2011. Visitors may also get a peek at the remaining portions of the expansion project still under construction, which span several floors and two separate buildings.

New Guidelines! New Alphabet for CPR! For more than 40 years, we have learned the ABCs of CPR – Airway, Breathing and Compressions. NOW in the new 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC, released in October 2010, AHA recommends C-A-B, Compressions, Airway and Breathing. The new C-A-B sequence allows rescuers to start with the simplest step, chest compressions, and helps to remove the barriers to starting CPR immediately. You can make a difference by learning CPR. Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid class will be held February 11 at Monessen Ambulance. Class starts at 9 a.m. and will finish approximately by 1:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $60, which includes your book and your certification card. Heartsaver CPR/AED for all ages at the Monongahela Valley Hospital in the Lombardi Education Center on February 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost of the class is $40 and that includes your card and your book. Students must pre-register for all classes by calling the Valley Health & Safety Training Center at 724-684-9536.

MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL FEBRUARY EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during February. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, February 2, at 1 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455. BABY CARE CLASS - Monday, February 6, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Parents-to-be will learn baby care basics. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229), ext. 25. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 7 – 9, from 8:30–11:30 a.m., ECC. A three-day, two-hour-per-day education series that focuses on diabetes selfmanagement and care. To register, call 724-258-1483. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesday, February 8, at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-292-9404. INNOVATIONS IN SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER - Thursday, February 9, at 6 p.m., ECC. Find out if you’re suffering from more than just the winter blues. To register, call 724-2581333. RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, February 14, at 11 a.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-929-9492. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, February 15 from 6– 8 p.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. To register, call 724-28-1148. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, February 16, at 2 p.m., ECC. Learn about The Natural Way: Supplement Use with Diabetes. Advanced registration is required by callingv724258-1483. COMMUNITY TOUR OF NEW MVH SURGICAL SUITES - Sunday, February 19, from 1 – 4 p.m., Hospital Main Lobby. Preview the new state-of-the-art surgical suites as part of MVH’s $25 million expansion project.

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 21 – 23, from 6 – 9 p.m., MonVale HealthPLEX. A three-day, two-hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self management and care. To register, call 724-258-1483. MVH AND RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - Thursday, February 23, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., ECC. To register, call 724-494-4090 or online at redcrosslife.org. INFANT AND CHILD CPR - Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. ECC. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, February 2,7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Partners and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724258-BABY (2229), ext. 25. ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION - Tuesday, February 28, from 6 – 9 p.m. Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC, and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEAL PLAN - Tuesday, February 28, from 6 – 8 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. 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. Contact the Center for Diabetes at 724-258-1483 to register. UNDERSTANDING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR READINGS - Wednesday, February 29, from 6- 8 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Learn how to make sense out of all those blood sugar readings you document. Understand how your diet, medications, illness, and stress affect your blood sugars. Contact the Center for Diabetes at 724-258-1483 to register.


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Local People News Washington City Mission Appoints New Director of Programs

Monongahela Valley Hospital Physician, Iraq Veteran, Promoted

City Mission announces the appointment of Kenneth Heater as their new Director of Programs. Ken started his new responsibilities on October 24, 2011. Ken is responsible to lead the organization's programming and staff (Case Management, Clinical Counseling, Medical, Shelter, and Kitchen) for the consistent achievement of its mission and program objectives. The Program seeks to assist each client in identifying the barriers to their independence and then connect the client to the proper services that will reduce or eliminate those barriers. This includes: Housing, Employment, Income Development, Spiritual Life and Kenneth Heater Recovery," noted Dean Gartland, City Mission President/CEO. Ken brings over 17 years of executive management experience, including 11.5 years with homeless and addiction recovery Missions. He most recently served in addiction recovery as Executive Director of Las Vegas Rescue Mission in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was well respected in the community. Ken is described as "...a man who lives his passion for serving and helping others" -Robin Joyce, Pastor, Canyon Ridge Church; and "...a community minded leader with strong ethics and character" -Ricki Barlow, LV City Councilman. Prior to his work with Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Ken served 10 years in addiction recovery as Executive Manager with Helping Up Mission, Baltimore, MD; and 6 years as Director of Public Affairs with Washington Bible College, Lanham, MD.

At a formal ceremony at the Fort Indiantown Gap Armory near Harrisburg, PA, Brigade Commander Col. David Wood read Dr. Paul N. Cervone’s letter promoting him from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and retired Brig. Gen. Barney Pultz placed the colonel rank insignia on his uniform. Paul N. Cervone, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Monongahela Valley Hospital, was promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard on Saturday, January 7. Dr. Paul N. Cervone Dr. Cervone, who is also a partner in the Valley Women’s Health practice at Monongahela Valley Hospital, becomes one of the highest ranking officers in his unit and one of only 40 colonels among the 15,000 active members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Rostraver Township resident has been a member of the Guard for 16 years and served in Iraq and Kosovo with the Guard’s 28th Combat Aviation Brigade as brigade flight surgeon. Family, friends, guests and fellow National Guard members attended a formal ceremony (see photo), where Dr. Cervone also received the Bronze Star, the fourth highest combat award in the U.S. Armed Forces. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone during his nine-month deployment as brigade flight surgeon with the 28th in Iraq, which began in April 2009. He was commissioned in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a medical student in the 1980s and served six years.

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Radomile Named Student of the Month Charleroi Rotary recognizes its December Student of the Month, Caleb Radomile. Caleb is pictured with Dr. Michael Rupert. Good luck in school, Caleb!


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ENTERTAINMENT.... Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

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724-258-6735 Carroll Twp, Monongahela Laurel Valley Country 11- Valentine’s Day Dance 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. $7 Admission, Vocals by LuAnn

9 - White Rose Karaoke 10 - DJ Bob 11 - DJ Bob 16 - White Rose Karaoke 17 - White Rose Karaoke 18 - DJ Bob 21 - Mardi Gras Special 23 - White Rose Karaoke 24 - DJ Bob 25 - DJ Bob

ECK’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE

724-310-3570 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 2 - White Rose Karaoke 3 - White Rose Karaoke 4 - DJ Bob

724-258-4755 1221 W Main St., Monongahela 3 - Bill Ali & Matt Barranti 4 - Open Juke Box 10 - The Gum Band

FEBRUARY AMERICAN LEGION

11 - Dirty Sanchez 18 - TBA 24 - TBA 25 - Refuge Thursdays - DJ Barto

HOT HOUSE TAP AND GRILLE 724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela Entertainment 9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Wednesdays - Open Stage all musicians welcome Thursdays - Karaoke/DJ Fridays - Karaoke/DJ Saturdays - Karaoke/DJ

OLD TRAILS 724-225-0848 669 National Pike East, Washington 3 - Monkey Junk

ROCKIN' WILLIE’S ROADHOUSE

18 - Shovelhead 24 - Monkey Junk Rinky Dinks Roadhouse 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 3 - Davisson Brothers Band 4 - Ruff Creek 11 - Hillbilly Gypsies & The Weed Rags 18 - Ruff Creek 25 - Chris Higbee

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

SWEENY’S STEAKHOUSE

RIVER HOUSE CAFE 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. 4 - Stonehorse 11 - Crosstown 23 - Wine Tasting 25 - Jinx

724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon Entertainment 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 4 - DJ Stan 18 - Refuge 25 - DJ Stan Wednesdays - DJ Russ Thursdays - DJ Ben Fridays - DJ Crene

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

Recent Local Death Notices BAVUSO – Samuel J, 82., OF Monongahela died Friday December 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

GREEN – John R. Sr, 80., of Monongahela died Wednesday December 28. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

BOWERS – Roy Paul, 53., of of Monongahela died Friday December 16. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

HANNAHAN – Larry W, 72., of Bentleyville died Sunday January 8. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

CAIN – Grace M, 78., of New Eagle died Tuesday January10. Arrangements under direction of Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills.

HAZEN – Frances Marie, 90., of Somerset Township died Sunday December 25. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

DEROSA – John Sr, 80., of New Eagle died Friday January 6. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

MARTELLO – Mafalda, 89., of New Eagle died Thursday January 12. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

FALORIO – Florence Antionette, 87., of Monongahela died Saturday December 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. GHILANI – MaryAnn (Bartolini), 57., of Monongahela died Wednesday January 8. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

MCVAY – Irene J. Frederick, 78., of Monongahela died Monday January 2. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MELLOR – Paula June, 55., of Stow Ohio died Friday December 9. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

MERTZ – Debra , 52., of Donora died Saturday December 31. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. JENKINS – Jackie V, 62., of Kittanning died Thursday December 28. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. O'BRIEN – Richard A, 60., of New Eagle died Sunday December 25. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. PARKS – Robert Edward, 48., of Monongahela died Wednesday January 11. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. POPICH – Andrew J Jr, 58., of Monongahela died Monday December 26. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. SCHULTZ – Shirley B, 82., of Donora died Friday December 2. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. SMITH – Ronald Roy, 74., of Monongahela died Sunday January 15. Arrangements under

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THOMAS – Thelma McKeever, 86., of Monongahela died Friday January 13. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. VOELKER – Hazel Belle, 90., of Monongahela died Saturday December 17. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc, in Monongahela. WRAY – Eleanor E, 77., of Monongahela died Friday January 10. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. WHOOLERY – David, 56., of Monongahela (Forward Township) died Tuesday January 10. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. ZEMBO – Barbara Marie, 84., of Monongahela died Sunday December 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc, in Monongahela. ZONCA – Anita J, 96., of Monongahela died Thursday December 29. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.


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-------------- COMPUTERS -----------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. ___________________________________________________________ DELL LAPTOP computer, super fast, excellent condition. Internal wireless card, DVD/CD+RW. Premium software bundle. Six month warranty. Original cost: $2175. Must sell: $399. 717 653-6314 ___________________________________________________________

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-------------- EMPLOYMENT -----------Part time insurance sales and service position in Mon Valley area. Current PA Property & Casualty and/or Life & Health licenses preferred but not required. Salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 724-258-5880. ___________________________________________________________ Caregiver needed part-time for older Finleyville woman. CNA or experienced preferred. Please call Anne at 724-348-5162. ___________________________________________________________ If you have a passion for cooking, we are looking for experienced line prep cook. Available day or evening, PT/FT. Email resume to: riverhousecafe@yahoo.com or call 724-565-5700 and ask for Trey. ___________________________________________________________ Experienced/Accurate Car Representative Needed - he/she must be above 18 years old and must have good qualities to work. Interested applicant should please contact me at dg66008@gmail.com. ___________________________________________________________ Belle Vernon - Salesperson - 422 Homes in Belle Vernon is looking for a highly motivated sales consultant who wants a career and not a job.The position is full time and no traveling required. Income is based on sales consultant abilities. If interested please call 724-929-5040 and fax resumes to 724-929-6855. ___________________________________________________________

Home Business Opportunity - Seeking Brand Partners to distribute and promote Vemma, the most complete liquid nutrition program found anywhere. Earn income while promoting a healthy lifestyle! Set your own hours and work from home. Free marketing website.Learn more by visiting our website www.BodyFuel.Vemma.com.or call 412-760-2291. ___________________________________________________________ Full-time position as a relationship developer, telesales professional. Responsible for calling prospects on a regular basis to gain appointments with prospects and follow-up on needs and expectations. Strong clerical skills utilizing MS Office. Canonsburg location. Send resume to 724-916-4777 or jobs@staffmastersinc.com. ___________________________________________________________ Babysitter/Nanny for Summer – let your kids sleep and play in the neighborhood. American Red Cross certified experienced,reasonable,references.Call Kelsey at 724348-6528. SLAGLE ROOFING & CONSTRUCTION, INC. NEEDS... Experienced Roofers to join our team.FULL-TIME.Must have valid driver's license.STOP IN or CALL 724-258-6901. 208 W. Main Street, Monongahela. 422 Homes in Belle Vernon is looking for a Salesperson. They must have experience in the sales field and is willing to work 10 hour days.If you are interested please send resume to pauljunior@422 homes.com. If you have any questions please call 724-929-5040. ___________________________________________________________ DRIVERS

We Will Train You! First Transit has positions available for CDL and Non-CDL Drivers. CDL DRIVERS should have Class B, Passenger and Air Brake endorsements; starting wages at $12.00 per hour. NONCDL DRIVER full time positions also available. Competitive wages starting at $8.50 to $10.00 per hour. • FT Benefits - health insurance w/vision, paid holidays, paid vacations, etc. • Paid Training • Must have valid PA Driver's License • Pre-employment physical & drug screen required • Must have a good 5 year driving history Please call Roy or Gary at 724-746-4342 or apply at:

First Transit, Inc. 2439 W Pike St, Rear Building Houston, PA 15342 Please call Kathy or Bill at 412-833-3300 or apply at:

First Transit, Inc. 4780 Library Road • Bethel Park, PA 15102 Drug free workplace EOE


February 2012 —————————————————————————————————————————— Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency seeks an experienced Tourism Sales & Marketing Manager. Successful candidate will lead all outside sales and marketing efforts of the Agency to consumer, travel trade, sports, small meeting and corporate markets,as well as assisting in daily destination marketing functions performed by Agency staff. Extensive overnight travel is required, some weekend work also necessary. Degree and hospitality sales experience required, enthusiasm for tourism in Washington County essential. Salary, incentive bonus and benefits package offered. Interested candidates respond immediately to info@visitwashington countypa.com or by fax at 724-228-5514. HELP WANTED! Experienced P/T Cook AND P/T Waitress The Hunting Lodge • 724-348-7984

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South Hills Tax Preparation - ALL 1040 TAX RETURNS ONLY $75! FREE State & Local Returns. FREE E-Filing. 10 Years Experience. Located in South Park. Call Rich Diffenbach at (412) 835-4842. ___________________________________________________________ CD Alternative - Current Annuity rates from 3%- 5.05% first year guaranteed depending on the amount of deposit and length of contract. Call 724-731-0071. ___________________________________________________________ LAWSUIT MONEY NOW for injury/accident cases. Pay us only if you win. Quick approval. No credit check. No monthly payments. Lawyer operated. 1-877-953-8631 www.excellegalfunding.com

Fine China by Treasure House, Fleetwood 43 pieces, service for 8, plus extras, dishes are off white,edged with silver band,small pink roses and green leaves in center.___________________________________________________________ Must see to appreciate quality and condition. $150.00 Call 724-929-3891. Penguin vs.Flyers tickets! (2) last game of year! Best offer! Text to 412-780-5998. ___________________________________________________________ Wurlitzer Church Organ - free! 2 level keyboard, floor petals, great condition, you haul. Call 724-258-9115, ask for Karen. ___________________________________________________________ Stag Rotary Treadle Sewing Machine - overhauled, excellent condition. $35. Call 412-233-3152. ___________________________________________________________ Bed Frame - Full size with (4) Legs and Rug Rollers. New in box. $40.00. For more information, call 724-684-5531. ___________________________________________________________ Cub Cadet – 12–14 HP - 40 Inch Cut comes with snow blower attachment and garden discs. $800 or BO. Call 724-322-2458 for more information. ___________________________________________________________ CB Ham Radio – realistic, with all cords and mic. $25 Pro 20120 programmable 40___________________________________________________________ channels. Call 724-322-2458 for more information. 1989 Classic Cadillac – Fleetwood, 19k miles. Garage kept. Never used in wintermint condition. Silver.Asking for $9000.Taking offers. For more information, call 724322-2458. ___________________________________________________________ Oak Country Furniture - Oak Country Dresser (6 drawers), $160.00. Oak Country Chest Drawers (6 drawers), $100.00. Like new. Buy separate or together. For more information, call 724-322-2458. ___________________________________________________________ Cemetery lots. Lafayette Memorial Park.Garden of Serenity.4 lots at $5,400.Selling for $2,400. 724-938-7307.

CD ALTERNATIVE - Current Annuity rates from 3%- 5.05% first year guaranteed depending on the amount of deposit and length of contract. Call 724-731-0071.

SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! www.logcabinstables.com. 724787-4817.

Need Fast CASH? Short term loans up to $1500 deposited into your bank account OVERNIGHT! Call for quick approval. 877-290-0052 ___________________________________________________________ Buried in Credit Card Debt? Over $10,000? We can get you out of debt quickly and save you thousands of dollars! Call CREDIT CARD RELIEF for your free consultation 1866-767-5932 ___________________________________________________________

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-------------- FINANCIAL / INSURANCE ------------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 724-348-8844. 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. ___________________________________________________________ Cooks and drivers wanted! Pitstop Bar and Pizza Shop. 412-384-7487. ___________________________________________________________ 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 724348-6565 ___________________________________________________________ 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. ___________________________________________________________ Seeking career-oriented professional with current PA insurance licenses for full time position. Property & Casualty license a must; willing to train for Life/Health license. Salary commensurate with experience. Fax resume’ to 724-258-5880. ___________________________________________________________ MYSTERY SHOPPERS! Earn up to $150 daily.Get paid to shop pt/ft.Call now 1-888750-0193. ___________________________________________________________ Excellent weekly income processing our mail! Free supplies! Helping homeworkers since 1992. Genuine! 888-302-1522. www.howtowork-fromhome.com. ___________________________________________________________ Owners earn 5K a week, Off each weekend, dry van, 877-290-9492 northandsouthexpress.com ___________________________________________________________ Out of High School? 18-24 girls and guys needed. Travel all across America. Paid training, travel and lodging. 877-646.5050 ___________________________________________________________ MECHANIC

Fleet Mechanic

National Company We are now accepting applications for a full time Mechanic with basic tools, Inspection license, and a good driving record (CDL preferred). Excellent benefits including health insurance, holidays, vacations. Paid Training. Experience with Fords and/or fleet vehicles a plus. Pre-employment physical and drug screening required. ASE bonus program. Please apply in person, Mon- Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call and ask for the Maintenance Manager at:

First Transit 2439 West Pike Street • Rear Building • Houston, PA 15342 724-746-4342 Equal Oppportunity Employer

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----------- ITEMS WANTED ---------------- HEALTH / MEDICAL / FITNESS ----------Feel the difference with Nature’s Sunshine Products. Healthy Opportunities! www.mynsp.com/jrobbins or call: 412-708-7329 ___________________________________________________________ ****TAKE VIAGRA/CIALIS? SAVE $500.00! Get 40 100mg/20mg Pills, for only $99! Call now,Get 4/BONUS Pills FREE! Your Satisfaction or Money Refunded! 1-888796-8870 ___________________________________________________________ ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 888-440-8352 ___________________________________________________________

-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------Stag Rotary Treadle Sewing Machine - good condition, $25. Call 412-233-3152 ___________________________________________________________ Broyhill high back couch & chair 125.00/obo. Huge white leather chair 75.00. Brown bathroom hamper 10.00.Round oak kitchen table 35.00.Pink ottoman 25.00. Card table w/2chairs 15.00.Triple Fat Goose coat 40.00. Geniune Chinese cashmere coat 30.00. New wave oven w/carry case, never used, 80.00. Call 724-579-2223. ___________________________________________________________ Propane Construction Forced Air Heater - with 20# propane tank. Used for only 5___________________________________________________________ hours. Like new, $75. For more information, call 724-239-4463 Thomas Electric Organ - with Playmate Color Glo, rhythm volume foot pedals and bench.Very good condition, $75. Call 724-239-4463 for more information. ___________________________________________________________ Fish Aquarium and all accessories, ready to use.$50.00.724-810-1152, call after 6:00. ___________________________________________________________ Old Tricycle - American Flyer, genuine maple wood, red and white, 18" x 17", made in___________________________________________________________ USA, make offer. 724-785-4987 Suitcase Full of Costume Jewelry - pins, earrings, necklaces, rings, $100. 724785-4987. ___________________________________________________________ Art by J. Girardet signed 1882 framed original print only $85. Call 724-222-3973. ___________________________________________________________ Coat - Men's size 38, all weather, fur type lining and collar, light brown, new. $20. Call 724-929-3891. ___________________________________________________________

All tubes for radio/tv, radio tube tester and similar test equipment, and also collecting tube amplifiers by Fisher, McIntosh, Marantz, Pilot, Scott, others. 724-9141693 or email RPESQ@YAHOO.COM. Local collector from Monongahela. ___________________________________________________________ Wanted to buy - large roll top desk. Call 724-348-0506. ___________________________________________________________ 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. Misc. Items Wanted - 30x30x15 Greenhouse kit and supplies to build greenhouse; Small camping trailer - reasonable; Water storage tank (5,000 or 3,000 Gal tank); Used water storage tank; Old farm fencing. 724-344-8784. ___________________________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. ___________________________________________________________ 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 724348-6203. ___________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T.Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. ___________________________________________________________ YEARBOOKS "Up to $15 paid for high school yearbooks1900-1988. yearbookusa@yahoo.com or 972-768-1338." ___________________________________________________________ Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ___________________________________________________________ WANTED DIABETES TEST STRIPS Any kind/brand. Unexpired up to $22.00. Shipping Paid Hablamos espanol 1-800-267-9895 www.selldiabeticstrips.com ___________________________________________________________ FAST PAYMENT for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS-up to $17/Box! Most brands. Shipping Prepaid. Call today & ask for Emma 1-888-776-7771 www.cash4diabeticsupplies.com WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412979-7050 or home 724-348-6203.

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WANTED DIABETIC TEST STRIPS.ANY KIND/BRAND.UP TO $22.00/Box.SHIPPING PAID. HABLAMO ESPANOL. 1-800-266-0702 www.SellDiabeticstrips.com ___________________________________________________________ WANTED YOUR DIABETES TEST STRIPS Unexpired Any Kind/Brand. Up to $22.00 per box. Shipping Paid. Hablamos espanol. 1-800-267-9895 / www.SellDiabeticstrips.com ___________________________________________________________

----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up.Call:724-8257233. MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. As a mediator with 30 years experience, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk.The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or email kuban231@comcast.net. FREE HD FOR LIFE. DISH Network! Packages starting at $19.99 for 12 months Call PMG Dish for all options and details 1-877-482-6732 ___________________________________________________________ $$OLD GUITARS WANTED$$ Gibson,Fender,Martin,Gretsch. 1920's to 1980's. Top Dollar paid.Toll Free: 1-866-433-8277 ___________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1800-864-5784 ___________________________________________________________ WORK ON JET ENGINES - Train for hands on Aviation Career.FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. Call AIM (866)453-6204 or visit www.fixjets.com ___________________________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical,*Business,*Criminal Justice.Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-4943586 www.CenturaOnline.com ___________________________________________________________ **OLD GUITARS WANTED!** Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, Larson, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440 ___________________________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available Call AIM (888) 6861704 or visit www.fixjets.com ___________________________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-510-0784 www.CenturaOnline.com ___________________________________________________________ Bundle & Save on your CABLE, INTERNET PHONE, AND MORE. High Speed Internet starting at less than$20/mo. CALL NOW! 800-314-9361 ___________________________________________________________ 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 for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS- up to $17/Box! Most brands. Shipping Prepaid. FAST payment. Ask for Emma 1-888-776-7771 www.cash4diabeticsupplies.com ___________________________________________________________ DIRECTV – up to $31 off/mo.! 150+ Channels & FREE SHOWTIME for 3 mos ONLY $29.99/mo for one year. New customers Call NOW! 866-397-2788 ___________________________________________________________ DIRECTV $29.99/mo $0 Start Costs! Free HBO CINEMAX SHOWTIME STARZ! FREE HD/DVR! Free Installation! We’re “Local” Installers! 800-355-4203 ___________________________________________________________ EARN COLLEGE DEGREE ONLINE *Medical,*Business,*Criminal Justice.Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800-510-0784 www.CenturaOnline.com ___________________________________________________________ EnjoyBetterTV DISH Network Authorized Retailer Offers, FREE HD for Life, Packages from $19.99/mo. Includes locals, 3 HD receivers free. Restrictions Apply. Call NOW!! (877) 594-2251 ___________________________________________________________ FREE GAS! Receive $300 Gasoline Savings! Gasoline Stimulus program Provides $300 gas savings to participants of driving survey. Local Stations–Major Brands! Call Now 877-898-9029 ___________________________________________________________


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Get TV & Internet for UNDER $50/mo. For 6 mos. PLUS Get $300 Back!-select plans. Limited Time ONLY Call NOW! 866-944-0906 ___________________________________________________________ Reach over 20 million homes nationwide with one easy buy! Only $2,395 per week for a 25 word classified! For more information go to www.naninetwork.com ___________________________________________________________ WORK ON JET ENGINES – Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. Call AIM (866) 854-6156. ___________________________________________________________ AT&T U-Verse for just $29.99/mo! SAVE when you bundle Internet+Phone+TV and get up to $300 BACK! (Select plans). Limited Time Call NOW! 1-866-944-0906 ___________________________________________________________ HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD-BARN. www.woodfordbros.com MDHIC #05-121-861 ___________________________________________________________ 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 ___________________________________________________________ ACR METAL ROOFING - GO GREEN - tax credits agricultural, commercial, residential. Building packages, top quality, low cost, FREE literature. acrmetal.com, 800-3251247 ___________________________________________________________ Any laptop repaired just $79. Macs too. REALLY! FREE Fedex shipping! $49 extra for screen or motherboard replacement. CALL Authorized Laptop Repair Specialists 866-752-5908 ___________________________________________________________ HEATING BILLS! Save up to 50 percent off your next heating bill.Advanced Portable Infrared iHeater® Heat 1000 sq. ft. for about 5 cents an hour! Free Shipping! Call 1888-435-0688 ___________________________________________________________ SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. You WIN or Pay Us Nothing. Contact Disability Group, Inc. Today! BBB Accredited. Call For Your FREE Book & Consultation. 866-983-3264 ___________________________________________________________ DISH Network delivers more for less! Packages starting at $24.99/mo, Local channels included! FREE HD for life! Free BLOCKBUSTER® movies for 3 months. 1888-691-3801 ___________________________________________________________ CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, Trumpet, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello,Upright Bass,Saxophone,French Horn,Drums $190.ea.Tuba,Baritone,Others. 1-516-377-7907. ___________________________________________________________ VIAGRA 100MG and CIALIS 20mg!! 40 Pills 4 FREE for only $99. #1 Male Enhancement, Discreet Shipping. Only $2.70/pill. Buy the Blue Pill Now! 1-888-4186450 ___________________________________________________________ STEEL BUILDINGS: 4 only 25x36,30x48,40x52,45x82.Must Move Now! Selling for Balance Owed! Free Delivery! 1-800-411-5869 x 224 ___________________________________________________________

------------- NOTICES ---------The Monongahela Class of 1967 is planning our 45th year class reunion in September.We are inviting anyone who would like to help in the planning of this event. Anyone willing to help, please contact Kathy at 724-258-7399 or Patti at 724-7820141.The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Paul Lacko’s home on___________________________________________________________ Route 136. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W.is a free,12 Step program for people who have a problem controlling their eating. We have meetings every day throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, call 412-225-1664, e-mail info@ceahowpa.org or visit www.ceahowpa.org. It's simple, free and it works. Please keep coming back no matter what! ___________________________________________________________ LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyville. Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. ___________________________________________________________ ATTENTION Diabetics with Medicare Join America`s Diabetic Savings Club and receive a FREE diabetic bracelet. Membership is FREE. Qualify for meter upgrades, prescription delivery and free giveaways. Call 1-888-474-3420 ___________________________________________________________ Any laptop repaired just $79. Macs too. REALLY! FREE Fedex shipping! $49 extra for screen or motherboard replacement. CALL Authorized Laptop Repair Specialists 866-752-5908 ___________________________________________________________ HEATING BILLS! Save up to 50 percent off your next heating bill.Advanced Portable Infrared iHeater® Heat 1000 sq. ft. for about 5 cents an hour! Free Shipping! Call 1888-435-0688 ___________________________________________________________ SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. You WIN or Pay Us Nothing. Contact Disability Group, Inc. Today! BBB Accredited. Call For Your FREE Book & Consultation. 866-983-3264 ___________________________________________________________

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Business Owners! What do you get when you place an ad in 360+ publications, eight states, and 5.3 million circulation? RESULTS! Call 800-450-7227 or visit www.macnetonline.com ___________________________________________________________ GOT BIDS? We provide local government with a way to find competitive providers at a cost effective price. Targeted Print and Online Solutions by State and Region. www.midatlanticbids.com ___________________________________________________________ WANTED ALL MOTORCYCLES — PRE 1985. Runing or not. Cash paid. 315-5698094 ___________________________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------New Zealand White Rabbits - $25 each for pet or for meat. Call 724-239-2196. ___________________________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted___________________________________________________________ dogs! 724-249-5777. Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. ___________________________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724941-5737. ___________________________________________________________ Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact karyn727@comcast.net or 412-855-4678. ___________________________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth,excellent care,daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. ___________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------Mobile 2 Bedroom Home - $18,250.Live in West Mifflin or move to a different location. Terrific condition, air conditioning, breakfast bar and stools, kitchen table and chairs, kitchen is equipped with electric stove, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator. Neutral carpeting throughout home, some draperies and bay window in kitchen. Has a covered porch. Call 412-466-4817 to see. ___________________________________________________________ House for rent - Monongahela, 822 Marne St., 2 bedroom, very clean, big 2 car garage,very nice porch,possible rent to own,no pets,$600 per month.Call 412-2961999. ___________________________________________________________ Mobile home for sale - 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, mobile home and 3 lots for sale. Located at 2 Wood Alley in Carroll Twp. Off Rt. 837, Monongahela. Owner financing considered. $35,000. Call 724-350-5983. FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. Apartment for rent - 3 bedroom downstairs apartment located at 230 Donnan Ave.,Washington,gas furnace and/or electric baseboard heat,large corner yard,$500 per month plus utilities. First and last month's rent required. Call 724-258-9115. RENTAL PROPERTY FOR SALE - Charleroi, 2-unit, side by side duplex. Covered front and back porches. Huge backyard. Across from playground. 813-815 Crest Ave. Newly remodeled. New kitchen, cabinets, flooring, new carpet, freshly painted throughout. Updated electric service and wiring. New water heaters. Both units are fully rented with long-term tennants. Solid cashflow. Great opportunity! Asking $59,900. Call 412-760-2291. Westmoreland County Space for Lease - Located at 1100 South Main Street, Greensburg, is Westmoreland Crossroads with 22,000 Square Feet of prime space available for lease.The holidays are coming and Westmoreland Crossroads offers fantastic storefront suites with abundant parking and direct access to Route 30 and Route 119. Westmoreland Crossroads has a prime location within a high-traffic area and affordable monthly rates. Don't let the cool weather fool you, we have time to put you in the space you need. Call Matthew Ivill today at 724-483-1600 or email him at lease@genindustries.com. ___________________________________________________________ Small house for rent. Country setting. Suitable for one person. Includes sewage and garbage. Close to Rt. 43. No pets. $550 per month. 724-785-2955 ___________________________________________________________ Residential lot. South Park. $30,000. Ridge Road. For details email DeniseMarasco@HowardHanna.com or call 4125617400. ___________________________________________________________

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Apt for Rent - 2 BR, 2nd flr., country, private, by itself. Laundry rm. & porch. Lots of parking. Updated. No pets. $525+. Call (412) 384-5406. ___________________________________________________________ (4632 US RT 40, Claysville) $244,900 - Commercial Building, Offices,Warehouse, 5000+ SF.All Equip.included! Make offer!! Lisa Mull,Prudential Preferred Realty 412854-7200 ext 228 or 724-678-2454. ___________________________________________________________ Building for Rent – 40x60 commercial bldg for rent at 780 Bentleyville Rd., Charleroi, PA. Located just off I-70, Exit 32B, Bentleyville. Call 724-258-9115. ___________________________________________________________ 1999 Commodore mobile home. exc. condition. Only 1 owner - bought brand new in___________________________________________________________ 2001. Call 412-600-9061 2008 Tioga 31M Motorhome - 12,200 miles, like new, loaded, dual slide, 6.8 V10 engine, 5 speed automatic, many upgrades-too many to list. $62,000 OBO. Call 412384-4667. ___________________________________________________________ House for Rent - Newly remodeled older 3 or 4 bedroom house for rent in Peters Twp/Venetia. Extra room could be den or bedroom. First, last and security deposit required and credit check.Monthly rent $1200.00 plus utilities.Separate 1 car garage with room for storage or workshop. Has refrigerator, stove and hook ups for washer and dryer. New kitchen and carpeting. Big yard. Call 724-348-5162. ___________________________________________________________ Charleroi Sale or Lease - Renovated 3-Story Building. Commercial lease income. Also, turnkey bar/restaurant. Call: 724-531-1175. ___________________________________________________________ Office Space For Rent – Finleyville. 1,300 square feet. Former site of Healthy Directions. $800 + Electric. 412-999-7163. FOR SALE. Investment Property; Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. MONONGAHELA - For rent, one, two bedroom apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quaint and quiet. Close to bus line. One bedroom partially furnished. Monongahela. Call 724-258-3179. ___________________________________________________________ One, Two Bedroom Apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quant and quite. Close to bus line. One bedroom partial furnished. Monongahela. Call Natalee Amati 724-244-8579 or 724-258-3179. ___________________________________________________________ FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website www.oceanfront condorentals.com/ Paradise Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. ___________________________________________________________ New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. ___________________________________________________________ Available Now!!! 2-4 Bedroom homes Take Over Payments No Money Down/No Credit Check Call 1-888-269-9192 ___________________________________________________________ Stop Renting Lease option to buy Rent to own No money down No credit check 1-877-395-0321 ___________________________________________________________ ***FREE Foreclosure Listings*** OVER 400,000 properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call now 800-250-2043. ___________________________________________________________ ABSOLUTE FARM LIQUIDATION! Jan 21st! 10 acres - $29,900 25 acres $49,900. Huge stream, pond, fields, big timber, across from public land! 3 hrs NY City & 1/2 hr Albany! Call to register NOW & get $1,000’s in Buyer’s credit! (888) 7386994 www. NewYorkLandandLakes.com ___________________________________________________________ *FARM LIQUIDATION SALE! Jan 21st! *40 acres - HOUSE/BARN - $149,900 Handyman farmhouse, huge barn, pond, stream! 3 hrs NY City! 1/2 hr Albany! Call NOW to register & receive HUGE buyers' credits! (866) 495-8733 ___________________________________________________________ CATSKILLS MINI-FARM! 23 acres - $199,900 Handyman farmhouse, huge barns, gorgeous meadows, mtn views, mins. to skiing. Less than 3 hrs NY City! Reduced to 1/2 market value! (888) 738-6994 ___________________________________________________________

------------ SERVICES ----------Private, guitar or drum lessons available in the Mon Valley area. Lessons can be taught in the comfort of your own home, or at our location. Begin learning the songs you really want to learn the first lesson! Learn tips and tricks tabs will not teach you. Lessons are only $18 per session. Please contact Chad at 724-747-8722, or email cecampsey@gmail.com. ___________________________________________________________

General Hauling - Driver and 7 ton dump truck for hauling dirt, stone and etc. Local area only. For more information, call Denny at 724-348-5162. ___________________________________________________________ BABYSITTER / NANNY For Summer - Let your kids sleep in & play in the neighborhood.American Red Cross Certified,Experienced,Reasonable,References.Kelsey: 724-348-6528. Private, guitar or drum lessons available in the Mon Valley area. Lessons can be taught in the comfort of your own home, or at our location. Begin learning the songs you really want to learn the first lesson! Learn tips and tricks tabs will not teach you. Lessons are only $18 per session. Please contact Chad at 724747-8722, or email cecampsey@gmail.com. South Hills Tax Preparation - ALL 1040 TAX RETURNS ONLY $75! FREE State & Local Returns. FREE E-Filing. 10 Years Experience. Located in South Park. Call Rich Diffenbach at (412) 835-4842 ___________________________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted___________________________________________________________ dogs! 724-249-5777. Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up.Call:724-8257233. MEDIATION -Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk.As a mediator with 30 years experience, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk. The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail kuban231@comcast.net. DVD Transfer/Home Movies – Home Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. 8mm and Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfer,with amazing clarity.No hidden costs/set up fees.Add music and chapter menus. 724-258-5336. http://web.me.com/dcheplic. ___________________________________________________________ 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. ___________________________________________________________

----------- TIMESHARES ---------------Ask yourself, what is your TIMESHARE worth? We will find a buyer/renter for CA$H NO GIMMICKS JUST RESULTS! www.BuyATimeshare.com Call 888-879-8612 ___________________________________________________________

----------- VACATIONS ---------------Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfrontcondo rentals.com/Paradise Resort. htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. ___________________________________________________________ WEEKEND GETAWAY! Deep Creek,Maryland.5 Bedroom Home for Rent.*Ski Wisp*, Call Dave at 412.427.3691 for more details! ___________________________________________________________

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