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BELLE VERNON TEEN EARNS EAGLE SCOUT AWARD Tyler Wilson Renovated Children & Youth Playground for Eagle Project (See page 46)

Nottingham Residents Collect Roadside Trash on Cleanup Day

Spring Has Sprung in Mingo Creek Park as Trout Season Kicks Off (Page 18)

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Elizabeth Memorial Day Parade Slated for May 26 One of the best in the Mon Valley, (Page 35)

Nottingham Township Board members Ed Nemec, Christine Brant, Bill Fogle, Mary Jubic, Dave Resanovich, Cris Ramsey and Dave Zanardelli pose for a photo before Cleanup Day. Members not pictured were Luann Carnahan and Mike Taylor. (See full story on page 16)


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Publisher’s Note... INTRODUCING THE SOUTH HILLS-MON VALLEY MESSENGER! Dear loyal readers, "The only thing constant in life is change." The famous quote above is often attributed to François de la Rochefoucauld, a French classical author. But it has also been credited to other great philosophers and business leaders. The quote suggests that we must accept change as a part of life. And change is often necessary in order to make progress. As you surely have noticed by now, this May 2014 issue comes to you with some fresh changes. A new look, new design, and a new name that better represents our entire distribution area. Welcome to the South Hills - Mon Valley Messenger! Next month, June 2104, we will celebrate our tenth year in business! We launched our first publication, the Union-Finley Messenger in June 2004. Seven years later, we introduced our second community newspaper, the Mon Valley Messenger. Both community newspapers have been successful in their own right. The Union-Finley Messenger has garnered regional and national recognition, won numerous awards, and built an extremely loyal readership. The Mon Valley Messenger has followed suit with continued circulation growth and an increasingly engaged reader base. Combined, our two community newspapers reached nearly 60,000 readers throughout the South Hills and Mon Valley communities! We have accomplished many things over the last 10 years, and there is a lot to be proud of. But as we look ahead to the future, our company needs to adjust to accommodate our continued growth, as well as explore new ways to best serve our readership, and our advertisers. A step in this direction is our decision to merge our two popular titles into one larger newspaper that will now serve all of the same communities that have been covered with our two separate publications. "The more things change.....the more they stay the same" While the decision to merge our two community newspapers into one larger newspaper is a significant change for my company, there will also be many things staying the same. Our newspaper will still provide the same quality community news, information and photos as

always. We will still publish monthly, we will still be a tabloid-sized publication, and we will always be FREE. You will be able to continue picking up your free copy at the same area locations as always. Our phone and fax number is the same as always, and our mailing address remains the same. Although we will have a new website address (messengerpaper.com) the old website address will still work and direct visitors to the new site. No changes have been made to our team of writers, photographers, delivery drivers, ad sales reps, designers or any other contributors. It will be business as usual for everyone. Readers and advertisers alike should expect the same level of quality and consistency that we have always provided. While looking ahead to the future - we also need to prepare and adjust to the changing ways that people consume their media and share information. Thus, we will be re-launching our website with a fresh look and will also be creating a new Facebook and Twitter page to enhance our social media presence and become more engaged with our readers. These outlets will enable the community to engage and communicate with each other on topics of local interest. It may take several weeks for us to complete our full transition. There is still much left to do! Please bear with us as we update area signage, news racks and newspaper boxes. You will probably still see some advertising promoting our old names over the next month or two. But all of these things will be changed out in due time. Meanwhile, I hope that you will continue to embrace our newspaper and pick us up every month just as always. The last 10 years could not have been possible without the support of our loyal readers and advertisers. Welcome to a new era of community news in the South Hills and Mon Valley. Welcome to the South Hills - Mon Valley Messenger. Sincerely

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New Home for Ambulance and Crew to be Built in Union Township By Paul Chasko

Work is well underway for an ambulance station centrally located in Union Township. The new addition to the existing Union Township maintenance building will provide garage space for an ambulance and living quarters for an ambulance crew. The Union Township emergency response garage is to be completed by mid-summer. Under a joint agreement, Union Township is providing the building and Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association (JHAAA) will provide an ambulance and crew to man the station 24/7. A second bay in the new addition will be used for Union Township equipment storage. Presently, Jefferson Hills Ambulance dispatches an ambulance, when needed in Union Township, from their central garage in Jefferson Hills located on the opposite side of State Route 51. Other nearby ambulance services may be dispatched from either Monongahela or Peters Township. JHAAA personnel acknowledge that having an ambulance and crew based at the Union Township maintenance garage will significantly reduce their response time to residents of Union Township in need of emergency medical services. Recognizing the critical need to provide a centrally located emergency medical response capability in Union Township, the Union Township Board budgeted this $330,000 project for 2014. According to Supervisor Larry Spahr, the township auditors suggested as part of their 2013 report that the township was in a favorable position to tackle a major expenditure that would benefit its residents. The project was funded in part by state impact fees (gas well drilling) and Local Share Account payments (gambling proceeds). No additional debt was incurred for this project. The new Medical Emergency Response Station is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer.

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Help Fight Human Trafficking at the ‘She-is-Safe’ 10K in Venetia Wrights United Methodist Church in Venetia is sponsoring a She-isSafe 10K or 5K Walk-A-thon to help fight human trafficking. Please join us Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. on the Arrowwood Trail location behind the St. Petersburg Center at 210 Valleybrook Road, McMurray. Individual walkers and teams are needed to make this a success; if you don't want to walk, you could sponsor a walker. Your support will help us raise awareness about human trafficking and help She-is-Safe continue their work. During the walk we will have refreshments, book sales, giveaways and life music by the Christian band Cross Vision. You can register at sheissafewalk2014@gmail.com or calling the church at 724-348-5718.

Memorial Day Patriotic Bike Decorating Contest to be Held in Belle Vernon The Good Ol’ Days House is sponsoring a Memorial Day Patriotic Bike Decorating Contest. There is no registration; all participants must line up in the American Legion Post 659 parking lot at Broad Ave., Belle Vernon at 8:30 a.m. prior to the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26. All children from the Mon Valley area are invited to participate, as they will also be marching in this year’s annual Belle Vernon Area Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26 honoring those men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the nation’s wars along with those currently serving in the military. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Most Attractive, and Most Patriotic. Contact Melanie Patterson at 724-3313654 for more information.


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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO MAY 1 FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church 1068 Linden Road, Venetia, PA. All are welcome. For information, contact Patti at 724-941-6609. FREE LAW SEMINARS - 6 to 9 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse. Variety of topics in half-hour segments. To register, call 724-225-6710. WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. MAY 2 PASTA DINNER - Pathfinder School, Bethel Park, 5 - 8 p.m. Adults $7.50, kids 5 and under $3. Dinner generously sponsored and prepared by Jack Albenze Catering. MAY 2 & 3 PUBLIC STAR PARTY - 7 - 11 p.m. at Mingo Observatory, Mingo Creek County Park. View the celestial objects. Enjoy the digital planetarium’s sky shows, movies, and astronomy lecture. Groups asked to make advance reservation at 724-348-6150. SNUGGLE BUGS TOY SALE - Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. Parents can find great deals on summer/outdoor toys for their children. Up to 90% off retail! MAY 3 CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER - 4 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monongahela. Adults: $8, children 5-12: $5. Profits go to the Youth Expense Fund. For more information, call 724-258-7054.

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Dinner, fundraiser and show opening for South Arts at the Historic Schoolhouse, Bethel Park. Dinner tickets ($12) will be available. Hours for the dinner are 5 to 8 p.m. but the FREE Art Show will open earlier at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Cordis at 412-831-8156. STROLL, SHOP AND SIP - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in historic downtown Monongahela. Merchandise or refreshments at every participating location included in the ticket price plus giveaways and drawings. Tickets at the Monongahela Area Historical Society Museum, CJ’s Furniture and other participating locations. Registration and starting location at Monongahela Area Historical Society Museum. For more information, call 724-258-2377. ‘RAISE YOUR VOICE’ MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL - at Monessen City Park from noon -7 p.m. at the City Park amphitheater, and park grounds. Local musicians, food, vendors and crafters. For more information, visit our Facebook page (Raise Your Voice Campaign), website (www.raiseyourvoicemon.wix.com/RYVC, or event page on Facebook (3rd Annual Raise Your Voice Music and Arts Festival!) INDOOR FLEA MARKET, SOUP, FOOD AND BAKE SALE - at Elizabeth Baptist Church, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. A large variety of “treasures” will be for sale Bake sale, stuffed cabbage, haluski, and kielbasa as well as a.m.erican fare and soups, eat in or take out. For inquiries, call 412-384-6464 G-R-REAT GIVEAWAY - held by the Pleasant Hills Lions Club at 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian

Church. 6:30 p.m. The G-r-reat Giveaway is a series of many fast-paced raffles featuring over 250 prizes. For more information, contact Chuck Snyder at 412-653-4220. MAY 3 SPRING CAR CRUISE - Large Hotel, Jefferson Hills, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-384-9950. RUMMAGE-RECYCLING SALE - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church. The “bag sale” and half-price sale start at 12:30. There will be a boutique for better items. Collection day is Friday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412-831-5704. MAY 4 SPAGHETTI DINNER TO BENEFT THE FINLEYVILLE FOOD BANK - 3 - 7 p.m. at Wright’s United Methodist Church, Venetia. $8 adults, $4 children. Takeout available. SPAGHETTI DINNER AND CHINESE AUCTION - to benefit Jim Whittaker and family, members of the Country Clovers 4H Club, at the Ginger Hill Grange 12 - 6 p.m. Adults - $8, children 12 and under - $4. For more information, call 724-884-7383 or 724-258-8820. SPAGHETTI DINNER - Knights of Columbus Senior Center in Monessen from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Monessen Rostraver Rotary and the Monessen Knights of Columbus. $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Eat in or take out. For more information, contact Ron Vivio at 724-684-7394.

SPRING FLING THING - Mon Valley Youth and Teen Center, Donora from 2 - 5 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Bingo available, light luncheon included, cash prizes every 15 minutes, 4 numbers on a ticket. $10. For more information, call 724-3794889 or 724-379-8122. RABIES CLINIC - held by the Webster Beagle Club at Rostraver Central Fire Co., noon to 4 p.m. on Fells Church Road. Vet will be Mary Beth Cline. Donations for rabies is $10. Other vaccines will be available for a additional cost. Free hot dogs and coffee complements from the Webster Beagle Club. Gifts from Dads Pet Care & Martins Pet & Wild Life Center. Call Ron for more information at 724-379-7103. MAY 5 BINGO - Elrama Vol Fire Co. Social Hall, 7 p.m. Jackpot $300. For more information, call 412-384-8066. JUMP-START YOUR CHILD’S COLLEGE SAVINGS - at Peters Township Public Library from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the college financial aid process, the programs for aid that are available, and how to apply for scholarships. To register, call 724-941-9430, or email programs@ptlibrary.org. MAY 7 RITE AID WELLNESS 65+ EVENT 6375 Library Road, South Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free blood pressure checks and materials concerning the dangers of pneumonia and whooping Cough. Free skin care samples, moisturizers and vitamin coupons. All 65+ wellness members will receive 20% off most in store purchases. Call Leslie at 412831-8350 for more information.

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Brownsville, on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 724-493-2715.

MAY 8 MEETING OF THE CHARLEROI LODGE #615 FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS - 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Hall in Charleroi. For more information, call 724-984-6611.

MAY 10 10TH ANNUAL MARC ANTIQUE APPRAISAL - at The Monongahela Library. $5 for an open/oral appraisal from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10 for a private appraisal from 3 to 4 p.m. Antiques, jewelry, collectibles, small furniture, large furniture requires a photo. For further information, call 724-258-3930.

WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP 5:30-7 p.m. at the Donora Public Library. Learn new stitches, get help and share ideas. To register, call 724-379-7940. SPAGHETTI DINNER - Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd., Bethel Park, from 5 - 7 p.m. Only $1 per person or $3 for a family! No reservations required. All dinners are held the second Thursday of each month except July and December. For more information, call Debbie at 412-833-6357. WILLIS CANADA FREE CONCERT at Blainesburg Bible Church, West

SOLID GOLD - at the Carmichaels VFW from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-710-5718.

OLDIES DANCE - 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at White Oak a.m.erican Legion, Capital Dr. $5 per person and all proceeds benefit Veterans programs. 50/50 and the kitchen will be open. Music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. For more information, call 724-984-6611.

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BOOK SIGNING AND SMOOTHIE EVENT - at Sunny Bridge Natural Foods, McMurray from 2 to 4 p.m. Caroline Shannon-Karasik will be signing copies of her book The Gluten -Free Revolution. RSVP to 724-942-5800.

LARRY CAIN SR. MEMORIAL BIKE RUN - the Bentleyville Eagle Riders 1809 are having a Leukemia and Lymphoma Bike Run in memory of Larry Cain Sr. Registration start at 9 a.m. at 395 Hazel Street Bentleyville. Kickstands up at 11. For more information, contact Rob at 724-2634670 or Bob at 724-797-5611.

CRAFT SHOW TO BENEFIT AUSTIN MANZ - sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi High School Youth

MAY 10 ALL MALE REVUE - held by the North Belle Vernon VFD in the Bellmar Room.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Light buffet, bar service. Show from 7 - 10 p.m. $20. For information or tickets, call 724-880-8159. PERENNIAL PLANT SALE - hosted by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Fayette County from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Youth Building. Lecture and demonstration by a Penn State Master Gardener at 10:30 a.m. Preorders for Oglevee geraniums and hanging baskets are being taken. Orders of geraniums are to be picked up at the fairground on May 10th. Call 724-438-0111 for more information. PLANT SALE - held by the Treehaven Garden Club from 8 a.m. to noon at the South Park Shops. Club members will be selling perennials grown in their own gardens, beautiful hanging baskets and floral gift baskets. For more information, contact Jan Kleiser at jankleiser@verizon.net. MAY 13 SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB MEETING - 8 p.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church. The general public invited. A 50/50 will be offered and prizes for kids. For more information, call 724-984-6611.

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO MAY 13 MVRCC MEETING - at the Lombardi Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. 11:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Stroh of CLEAResult. Reservations are required and the cost is $16/person, non-members, $20/person and may be made by calling 724-483-3507. Online registration is available at www.mvrchamber.org. SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEETING - 6:30 p.m., South Park Township Community room. The Friends are responsible for maintenance of the Montour Trail between Library and Clairton. Individuals interested in the Trail are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.montourtrail.org or email info@montourtrail.org. THE COUPON CONNECTION - 5:30 p.m. at the Monongahela Library. Bring your extra coupons to share or to sort through the Coupon Box for items you need. For more information call (724) 518-

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3529, email couponconnectionmv@ gmail.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/CouponConne ction/. MAY 14 WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games, and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. For more information, call 724-929-3060. CAT SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC –at New Eagle V.F.D. Social Hall. $45 includes neuter, rabies shot and flea treatment. Appointments are a must. Call 724-9413991. Cats must be in a carrier. MAY 15 RETIRED MEN’S LUNCHEON GROUP OF PLEASANT HILLS MEETING - Noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. Colonel (ret.) Nick

Edinger will discuss his experiences in Vietnam, illustrated by slides. Cost for the lunch is $7. To register, call 412-655-2000. WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. THE HUMAN SIDE OF ORGAN DONATION - hosted by WOMEN of Southwestern PA at Bella Sera’s Event Venue, Canonsburg. 6 p.m. cocktails and dinner; presentation and discussion 7 - 8 p.m. Cost is $25. Jim Uhrig will talk about his recently published book, Partners 4 Life: The Importance of Partners in Surviving an Organ Transplant. To register, call Valerie Vernon at 724-969-0984 or email her at taymount@verizon.net by May 10. FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church 1068 Linden Road, Venetia, PA. All are welcome. For information, contact Patti at 724-941-6609.

PA-TSA INFORMATION EXPO - held by The Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA) from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center located on the grounds of Monongahela Valley Hospital. Sponsored by State Representatives Ted Harhai and Deb Kula. Open to the public. RSVP at 724-684-2939 or at mjsmith@pahouse.net by May 7th. MAY 16 & 17 SPRING SALE & EXHIBIT - hosted by LifeSpan’s Hillsdale Community Resource Center featuring artwork by the “Primary Colors Art Guild”. Friday, May 16 from 6 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dormont Borough Bldg. For more information, call 412-343-6050 or visit our website at www.lifespanpa.org. INDOOR FLEA MARKET AND FOOD - Saint Agnes Parish in Richeyville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tables available for rent by calling Roberta at 724-632-6657.


May 2014 ————————————————————————————————————————— LIBRARY VFW POST 6664 FLEA MARKET - 6544 Church St., South Park, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. A “Super Sale” will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday until close. Admission is free. MAY 17 MARC POOCH PARADE - assembly and registration at 10 a.m. at Chess Park. Parade at 11 a.m. from Second Street to Chess Park on Main Street. Prizes will be awarded. $5 entry fee. Judging at the end of the parade in Chess Park, where festivities will begin. Professional pet photos available by appointment. Chinese auction. Call 724258-7080 for more information. WEST NEWTON COMMUNITY FESTIVAL & SENIOR CITIZENS CASH BASH - at Huntingdon Place Turkeytown Social Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Donation of $20 includes food and beverage. For more information, contact Cheryl Russell at 724-872-8697 or Jan Swank at 724-722-3497. KIDS’ STUFF RESALE - held by Thomas Christian Preschool 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty-Four. FRIENDS OF SOUTH PARK GOLF OUTING - at the South Park golf course to raise funds to improve South Park. There will also be door prizes, gifts and auction items including an overnight stay at the historic Bedford Springs Resort, a foursome and golf cart at the South Hills Country Club, a crystal golf ball paperweight from Tiffany’s, and 2 Taylor Made Fairway Woods. For complete details visit http://www.southparkfriends.org/Events/20 14GolfOuting.html. PLEASANT HILLS GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE - at the Pleasant Hills borough building, from 9 to 11 a.m. Perennials, vegetables and shrubs, grown by club members, will be sold at bargain prices. For additional information, call Jan Nevling at 412655-4604. WEST NEWTON COMMUNITY FESTIVAL & SENIOR CITIZENS CASH BASH - at Huntingdon Place Turkeytown Social Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Donation $20 includes food and beverage. For more information, contact Cheryl Russell at 724-872-8697 or Jan Swank at 724-722-3497. MAY 17 AND 18 KICK OFF TO SUMMER WEEKEND - Ripepi Winery & Vineyard, 93 Van Voorhis Lane, Monongahela, from 12 - 5 p.m. Live music, food vendors, wine pairings. For more information, visit www.ripepiwine.com.

MAY 18 FRENCH TOAST & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST - Saint Agnes Parish from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Also, having a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take outs are available. For more information, call Roberta a 724-632-6657. SHE-IS-SAFE 10K OR 5K WALK-ATHON - sponsored by Wrights United Methodist Church to help fight human trafficking. 1 p.m. on the Arrowwood Trail location behind the St. Petersburg Center, McMurray. Register at sheissafewalk2014 @gmail.com or call 724-348-5718. 7TH ANNUAL VALLEY INN AUXILIARY GOLF OUTING - at Rolling Green Golf Course. 10 a.m. $280/foursome, foursomes only. Contact Jen Booher at 724986-1082 with questions. MON VALLEY COIN CLUB MEETING - 2 p.m. at the Mon Valley Senior Citizens Center. The public are invited. Applications are being accepted for membership. 50/50, prizes for kids. For more information, call 724-984-6611. BUNCO -MANIA PARTY - 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Cost is $20. Lunch, door prize and Bunco prizes. To register, call Mary Ann at 724-348-9009. RABIES CLINIC - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Mon Valley YMCA. Rabies shots $6. Other shots available. Call 724-228-7335. MAY 19 MON VALLEY GENEAOLOGY FORUM - 5:30 p.m. Monessen Library. Lynne Thompson, Museum Educator and Bruce Wells, Restorer, of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, will do a multi-media presentation. MAY 20 ELECTION DAY SPAGHETTI DINNER - at Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, Finleyville, from Noon to 7 p.m. Adults - $8, children (under 12) - $5. Takeout available, containers provided. For more information, call 724-348-5278. MAY 21 WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games, and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. For more information, call 724-929-3060. CAT SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC –at New Eagle V.F.D. Social Hall. $45 includes neuter, rabies shot and flea treatment. Appointments are a must. Call 724-9413991. Cats must be in a carrier.

messengerpaper.com —————————————————————————————————————————— 99 WILLIAM HENRY DONNOR CELEBRATION - the Greater Monessen Historical Society will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of Monessen founder, William Henry Donner. MAY 22 FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING 6 to 7:45 p.m. in Sipe Infusion Center, Third Floor, St. Clair Hospital. Register by calling 412-942-5082. MONONGAHELA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - 7 p.m.First Presbyterian Church. This meeting will feature Ross Golden, speaking about “The Religious Revival of 1857-58”. For more information, visit www.monongahelahistoricalsociety.com or call 724-292-8247. WEST JEFFERSON HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMECE ANNUAL SPRING SPECTACULAR- “Pizza on the Patio” 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Primanti Brothers, Pleasant Hills. $7/person, cash on cocktails. Make checks payable to: West Jefferson Hills Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 18061, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. To RSVP, call Sue Mackulin at 412-855-8276 or email info@wjhchamber.com. SOLID GOLD - at the Carmichaels VFW from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-710-5718. WWII & KW VETERAN’S BUS TRIP - to the National Memorials. Buses leave at 6 a.m. and return approximately 9 p.m. Boxed lunches, dinner and beverages are provided. Wheelchairs available. Departure points: Ross Park, Monroeville, Greentree and Beaver. Call 724-709-3614 to register. WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Benefits the Fayette City VFC. 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. MAY 26 NORTH BELLE VERNON MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - this year’s Memorial Day Parade will kick off this year with a procession of patriotic bicycles, tricycles, wagons & buggies. Participants can begin lining up at 8:30 a.m.in the parking lot of the American Legion, and ending at the Belle Vernon Cemetery with a ceremony. ELIZABETH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & FESTIVITIES - hosted by The Kastan Uveges VFW Post 7632, the Alonzo L. Weigle a.m.erican Legion Post 553, and the Borough of Elizabeth. Line up 9:30 a.m. Following the Parade, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Elizabeth Fire Hall and the Elizabeth Barge at the Monongahela River. Community Luncheon will follow at the Elizabeth Fire Hall.

MAY 28 WEST JEFFERSON HILLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM Community Room of the Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center, at 7 p.m. Guest is Heinz History Center Curator, Leslie Przybylek. Open to the public. WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO - held by the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. for the “Early Bird” games, and 7:15 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $15 for 15 paper games, including the magic number. For more information, call 724-929-3060. CAT SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC –at New Eagle V.F.D. Social Hall. $45 includes neuter, rabies shot and flea treatment. Appointments are a must. Call 724-9413991. Cats must be in a carrier. SOLID GOLD - at the American Legion in Hazel Kirk from 7-10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-710-5718. MAY 29 WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO - at the Community Center in Fayette City. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. MAY 30 FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monongahela. “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry”. For more information, call 724258-7054 or visit www.fumcmon.com. MAY 31 SANDY SMILES MEMORIAL 5K AND FAMILY FUN WALK - held in conjunction with the a.m.erican Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) in South Park. The race will start at the Harbor/Parcell/ Ethelbert Pavilions, and we will be racing the Maple Springs Fitness Trail Loop. MAY 31 CAR & BIKE CRUISE - Tom Clark Motorsports, Belle Vernon, 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Free admission, trophies and dash plaques, free food/entertainment, 50/50 giveaways, all cars and bikes welcome. $1 entry fee per car/bike. For more information, call 724929-7333. THE COUPON CONNECTION - 10 a.m. at the Monongahela Library. For more information call (724) 518-3529, email couponconnectionmv@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

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Making Firearms Background Checks Better: Eliminating Pennsylvania’s Background Check System is a Must Dear Editor, An important piece of legislation is finally making its way for a vote: House Bill 921 would eliminate the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), the database used by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) to conduct background checks on firearms sales. Now, if that’s all you knew about the bill – and that is all the radical gun-hating activists want you to know – you would be rightfully alarmed, thinking it is a step backward in public policy related to the Second Amendment. But let’s put the facts on the table so citizens can make an informed decision. Created by former Gov. Tom Ridge, PICS duplicates the National Instant-Check System (NICS), which is operated by the federal government. Why do we need two systems, you might ask? We don’t. PICS is a costly, inefficient system that both harms honest businesses that sell guns and infringes on the rights of Pennsylvania citizens to own guns. How, you ask? The PICS computer system has notoriously failed during peak sales periods, such as holidays, during gun shows and gun bashes, and on weekend rushes when sportsmen are more likely to purchase firearms. In places like western Pennsylvania, this drives consumers across the border to West Virginia and Ohio, where the NICS system is more reliable and accurate. By the way, we pay $5 for every purchase to fund this government failure, and the PSP want to triple the fee. By contrast, the NICS network is available for free. Thirty-six states use it exclusively; Pennsylvania should do likewise. Some argue that PICS checks more records than NICS, thus making us safer. Wrong again. The only database PICS accesses that NICS does not is the Protection from Abuse (PFA) records, and this is only because the PSP has refused to share them with NICS. In fact, it took until January 2013 for the PSP to finally relinquish data about individuals with serious mental health issues to NICS. This is the case, even though the NICS Improvement Act, passed in 2007, required these records to be turned over long ago. The refusal to turn over PFA records to NICS has had the effect of making

all Americans less safe because a dealer checking a purchase in West Virginia through NICS would not know that the Pennsylvania resident had a PFA order in place. It’s time to wrestle this albatross away from the bureaucrats and force the PSP to provide the data needed for proper national background checks through NICS. We continue to prop up a failing system that does almost nothing to stop crime, takes badly needed police manpower away from its core crime-fighting responsibilities, drives legitimate business out of our state and infringes the rights of law-abiding gun owners. This, when we have a nocost, highly efficient system available for use immediately. PICS is an example of government gone awry. So far, we have spent $110 million on computer upgrades, equipment and checks through this unnecessary system, which has generated few prosecutions and thousands of incorrect denials. This has infringed the rights of our law-abiding citizens. Additionally, police officers administering this system could be better used in the field, and the team of PICS civilian employees could be used elsewhere more productively. And just so you are not misinformed, every legal handgun transfer in the Commonwealth is already required to include a background check, except in limited instances involving immediate family members. Even then, people transferring weapons have a legal responsibility to ensure they are not sharing them with a prohibited person. No, the problem with gun violence is not more laws but the need to improve and enforce the myriad of laws already on the books. But that subject requires a full editorial of its own. State Representative Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) Dr. Richard Saccone is a state representative for the 39th District in Allegheny and Washington counties. He also teaches political science, international relations, and global terrorism at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. He can be reached at (412) 653-1025 or RepSaccone.com or Facebook.com/RepSaccone.

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DWNI Hosts Easter Egg Hunt for West Newton Youth Saturday, April 12 was a big morning in West Newton for 75 kids. The West Newton Public Library hosted a fun morning of story time and a visit from the Easter Bunny while Downtown West Newton Inc. hosted its 1st Annual Easter Egg hunt with the help of it Simeral Square Committee at the new Simeral Square.

Friends of South Park 3rd Annual Golf Outing to Take Place Saturday, May 17 Friends of South Park is seeking golfers, tee and green advertisers, and/or donations for our 3rd Annual Golf Outing at the South Park golf course to raise funds to improve South Park. All funds raised at this golf outing will be earmarked for South Park with a project to be announced based on the funds raised. New this year is a bidding process for special advertising space on our website, which was launched in November 2013 with over 82,000 hits to date. The highest bidder will be assigned ad space for one full year. For those bidding $500 or more, special advertising space will be assigned for six months. See www.southparkfriends.org/SponsorsAdvertisers.html. There will also be door prizes, gifts and auction items including an overnight stay at Bedford Springs Resort, a foursome and golf cart at the South Hills Country Club, a crystal golf ball paperweight from Tiffany’s, and two Taylor Made Fairway Woods. For complete details and registration forms, visit http://www.southparkfriends.org/Events/2014GolfOuting.html.

Cast of 2014 MACC ‘Dancing With Our Stars’ Announced The Cast of the 2014 MACC ‘Dancing with Our Stars’, to be held June 28, has been announced! • Ron McMichael – Ringgold School District • Chris Buckley – The Tribune Review • Jeff Vitale – Mon Valley YMCA • Camera Bartolotta – Duke of Oil • Ruth Cialone – Cialone’s Auto Care Center • Denise Bartman - Fundvelopes • Erica Lenzi – Lenzi’s Service Station • Toni Moffit – Bottino Financial Log on to www.monongahelaareachamber.org and vote for your favorite. All proceeds benefit the MACC Fireworks Celebration.

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Charleroi Rotary Club Hosts Students of the Month for March and April Over the past month, members of the Charleroi Rotary Club have hosted two students from the Charleroi Area School District as their Students of the Month. The student guest in March was Chase McKevitt. Nicole Miller was the student guest in April. Both students are seniors at Charleroi Area High School and have participated in many academic and service projects. Mr. McKevitt and Miss Miller both have plans to attend college following their graduation in June of 2014. The Rotarians agreed that this year's students had been outstanding and they wished them well in their future plans. Though there will not be a student of the month for May, the Charleroi Rotary Club will award a scholarship to a deserving senior in the Charleroi Area School District. The joint meeting with the Belle Vernon and Donora Rotary clubs was held on Wednesday, March 26 at the Back Porch Restaurant. Representatives from the Jozart Center for the Arts in California, PA spoke about their mission to bring cultural works of art and cultural events to Southwestern Pennsylvania. The center is used for performances of all kinds and also features ongoing displays of works by regional artists. An additional program was held on Wednesday, April 4. Catherine Johnson spoke about her membership in Toastmasters. This organization helps people to develop their presentation and networking skills. The Charleroi Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Back Porch restaurant in Lower Speers. The meetings begin at noon and are held in the side door meeting rooms. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Steve Arnowitz at 412-389-2096 or John Helfenstein at 724-494-3195.

Visitors Appreciation Day to be Held at Oliver Miller Homestead You are invited to see local history come alive at the Oliver Miller Homestead on Corrigan Drive in South Park! Members of Oliver Miller Homestead want to thank all of our previous guests and welcome new visitors by inviting all to our May 4th Visitors Appreciation Day when admission is free. Children can help plant this year’s pumpkin crop at the barn. Join the members around the fire pit as they discuss local news and watch the weaver weaving curtains. Our members will be dressed in 18th century clothing and will be highlighted in areas around the site featuring all of our special events for the upcoming season. Members will also share their histories as part of the Homestead and the reasons why they became involved. All of our buildings will be open and staffed. The Trading Post, which is located in the barn, will be open for business with books, trade goods, and items made at the Homestead available for sale. The Oliver Miller Homestead is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive in South Park. If necessary, follow the detour signs to reach the site. It is open each Sunday from May 4th through December 7th, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. Admission on special event days is $2 while on non-event days an admission of $1 is requested. For more information, visit the website at www.olivermiller.org or phone 412-835-1554.


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Finleyville Memorial Day Services Scheduled The American Legion Post 613 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard will hold Memorial Day Services in Finleyville on Sunday, May 25 at the following locations: • Stone Church Cemetery - 1 p.m. • St. Francis of Assisi - 1:15 p.m. • Mingo Creek Cemetery - 1:30 p.m. • Finleyville Cemetery - 1:45 p.m. • Finleyville Community Center - 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served at American Legion Post 613, Morrison-Ritchie, immediately after the Community Center ceremonies. Show your support for our men and women who faithfully served our country.

Annual ‘Hats Off to Mom’ Mother’s Day Luncheon Returns for 7th Year Sisters Place, a supportive housing community committed to assisting single parent families who are homeless in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is honoring local women on May 10, 2014, at its Seventh Annual ‘Hats Off to Mom’ Mother’s Day Luncheon. The award program will be accompanied by a vast basket raffle, door prizes and an exceptional jewelry sale. The luncheon will be held at The Georgetown Centre located at 526 East Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills on Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Hats Off to Mom is a friend-raiser for Sisters Place as well as a fundraiser,” said Sister Mary Parks, executive director for Sisters Place. “Every year local women attend wearing the most beautiful hats, and we gather together to celebrate the good that takes place in our community – and the amazing women that make it happen.” This event began as a collaboration between Sisters Place and local churches in Clairton and has grown to include the support of the entire Mon Valley area and beyond. Volunteer committee members from many area churches and social groups assist with planning the event. This year we will be honoring Adele McLean, Cynthia Moore, Margaret Popko, and a surprise resident from Sisters Place. Please join us in recognizing all of their accomplishments. Local businesses and organizations have gathered together to support the event, including: Precision Copy Products; Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Brennan Robins & Daley, P.C.; Brentwood Bank; Eagle Home Inspections; Eastman Chemical Company; Knights of Columbus – West Jefferson Hills Council 11887; and Salon Eye Candy. Raffle baskets are donated by the committee, members of the boards at Sisters Place and other community members and businesses. There will be a basket for every theme – including, gardening, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, coffee, soup, groceries, and much more – over 40 in all! Reservation must be made in advance before May 2 by contacting 412233-3903. The seats are $25 each or a table of ten for $250. For additional details, please visit www.sistersplace.org.

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Montour Railroad Commemorators Honor its 100th Anniversary Montour Trail Celebrates its 25th Birthday By J.R. Brower

Montour Trail volunteers are making sure trail users are aware that the year 2014 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Montour Railroad through Peters Township, Bethel Park and South Park Township. Two special signs on the Bethel Park trail spur near Logan Road and Clifton Road, put in place by the Montour Railroad Historical Society, mark the occasion with descriptions and photos of the coal trains, upon whose beds the Montour Trail was created. Most of the mines along the 46mile railroad that ran through the West and South Hills, from the Ohio River to the Monongahela, closed in the 1970s, and right-ofways were transferred to both municipalities and the Montour Trail Council, which officially began its work to lay down the recreational “rails-to-trails” in 1989. Local railroad historians tell us how important the Montour Railroad was to the local economy. Not only did the trains haul coal, but they also serviced lumber yards, quarries and stores along its routes. In 1913, the Montour Railroad only reached as far as Imperial from its starting point in Coraopolis. Since at least six mines were producing a lot of coal in McDonald, Cecil, Hendersonville, Hill Station (Peters), Coverdale (Bethel) and Library (Snowden, now South Park), work began in 1914 to build the railroad all the way to Clairton on the Monongahela River. The Montour Railroad also hooked up to other railroad companies like the Union Railroad, Pittsburgh-Wheeling and Norfolk & Southern that took coal and goods out of state to other cities. The 1914 railroad building project entailed construction of three

This Montour Railroad diesel locomotive was the standard in the 1970s. (Photo by Stephie Kolata)

tunnels and more than 30 bridges. According to Bryan Seip of the Montour Railroad Historical Society, “It was estimated by engineers building the Montour Railroad in 1913 that about three million dollars would be required for the construction of the new railroad, including $120,000 for the purchase of the right-of-way properties from local landowners.” Seip goes on to say that from 1913 to 1914, much excavation was needed to lay the track on its “winding route” that did not include very many completely straight sections of track. Even the tunnels were curved, like the one near Hill Station. He said that the largest bridge, of the many that were built, was a 962-foot steel viaduct at McDonald. Presently, work is expected to begin soon to reconstruct the Library Bridge viaduct over Route 88 in South Park Township. With the help of state and federal grants, the rehabilitation of that bridge is expected to cost $2.25 million. Another bridge in Peters that traverses Valley Brook Road is expected to begin construction this year at a cost of $1.5 million. The year 2014 will be a year to look to the future when the Montour Trail hooks up to the Great Allegheny Passage over the mountains to Cumberland, MD. When walking or biking on the trail, it will also be a good year to reflect on the locomotives and trains of past century.


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Monongahela Elks Lodge #455 Donates $2,000 to the Monongahela Ministerium Emergency Action Fund

12th Annual Spring Sale & Exhibit Will Feature Artwork by the Primary Colors Art Guild

Pictured are William Marsden (left), Monongahela Elks Lodge #455 National Foundation Chairman and Stan Welsh (right), Lodge Secretary, presenting a $2,000 check to Father John Fierro, Vice president of the Monongahela Ministerium Emergency Action Fund. The Fund helps people from our area in need with donations to help them out with food, gasoline and other necessities. The money was made available through donations made to the Elks National Foundation by members of Lodge #455.

LifeSpan’s Hillsdale Community Resource Center is hosting its 12th Annual Spring Sale & Exhibit featuring artwork by the Primary Colors Art Guild. The event takes place Friday, May 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1444 Hillsdale Ave. (Dormont Borough Bldg.). Professional Artist Chuck Percherke will be judging the artwork. Enjoy this free event while you sample some of the best appetizers in the city and enjoy the beautiful artwork which may be purchased. Free shuttle bus and parking at the Dormont Pool Parking Lot on Friday evening. For more information or directions, please contact LifeSpan at 412-343-6050 or visit our website at www.lifespanpa.org.

Charleroi Area Historical Society Hosts Pottery Expert on May 19th Phil Schaltenbrand, founder and owner of Westerwald Pottery of Scenery Hill, PA, will be the guest speaker on Monday, May 19 at the monthly meeting of the Charleroi Area Historical Society. Schaltenbrand earned his art degree at Kutztown University and would eventually teach art classes for 33 years, the last 30 years as a professor at California University of Pennsylvania. Phil has been making hand-thrown pots on a potter’s wheel since 1967 when he was introduced to ceramics at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, which awarded him a master’s degree. In 1968 Phil was hired to build a ceramics program at California University of Pennsylvania. Personal research of early American stoneware began shortly thereafter. These efforts have produced three books – Big Pots, Stoneware of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Big Ware Turners. In 1975 Schaltenbrand responded to requests to make special ware pieces for the U.S. bicentennial. This resulted in his founding Westerwald Pottery (40 Pottery Lane, Scenery Hill). Westerwald Pottery employs twenty skilled operatives with most having been with the company for more than ten years, some as long as twenty; some are his former students. In 1997 Schaltenbrand left his university position to devote time to research and to the running of Westerwald Pottery. Ken Thompson, President and Program coordinator of the CAHS, Inc., hopes that everyone interested in the arts will come to hear Schaltenbrand’s passion for ceramics, particularly hand-thrown stoneware pottery. Bring that piece of stoneware pottery that’s been part of your family’s collection or that piece you picked up at a yard sale or flea market to hear what this expert has to say about it. The program is free and begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the SPHS Center located in the Chamber Plaza, Charleroi (turn right at 5th St and McKean/Rt.88N). Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 724-483-4961 or 724-925-1742.

Come One, Come All to the Pathfinder School’s Pasta Dinner Pathfinder School, 50 Donati Road, Bethel Park, will hold a Pasta Dinner on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 8 p.m. Adults are $7.50, kids 5 and under are $3. Dinner includes pasta, salad, bread and dessert. Dinner generously sponsored and prepared by Jack Albenze Catering. There will also be the Scholastic Book Fair, raffle baskets and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Pathfinder School activities.


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Greater Monessen Historical Society Gears Up for ‘Day of Giving’, Elects New Officers to Board of Trustees The annual Community Foundation of Westmoreland County Day of Giving 2014 has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 and will run from 6 a.m. – midnight. It will be an 18-hour event and will take the place of the day traditionally held in October. Organizations such as the Greater Monessen Historical Society will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool. The match will be capped at $1,000 per donor transaction per organization. For example, if an individual donor makes a gift of $5,000 to one organization, only $1,000 of that gift will count towards the match calculation. Amounts sent to the individual nonprofits are for operating support only. Donations may not be used to fulfill dues, pledges, or for named or capital projects. Donations must be made on MasterCard/Visa credit cards and can only be placed on May 6 in the given time period at www.pittsburghgives.org. Log into the site and type in “Greater Monessen Historical Society” to donate. Minimum gift is $25. On May 21, the Historical Society will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of Monessen founder, William Henry Donner. Donner built Monessen’s first industry, the National Tin Plate Company and lived in a twenty-five room home on Parkway that overlooked his industrial plant. In commemoration of his 150th birthday, the Heritage Museum will have free birthday cake for anyone visiting the Museum on Wednesday, May 21. At the April meeting of the Board of Trustees; the following officers were elected: Daniel Zyglowicz –

President; Gary Strelick – Vice President; Vito Beneccio – Treasurer; and Virginia Fisfis – Secretary. Zyglowicz and Beneccio had been reelected to five-year terms on the board at the recent annual public meeting. In partnership with Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center, the Greater Monessen Historical Society will cosponsor the meeting of the Mon Valley Genealogy Forum on Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the reading area of Monessen Library. Lynne Thompson, Museum Educator and Bruce Wells, Restorer, of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, will do a multimedia presentation about the era of trolley transportation. The event will include touchable artifacts, stories, and the history of trolleys in mass transportation and their use in local communities. Monessen will be featured in a new book by Arcadia Publishing for their “Images of Modern America” series. It will feature color photos of events in Monessen during the time period 1950 to present. Matt Shorraw has volunteered to facilitate the project. Color photos can be scanned and emailed to: Monessen@verizon.net or brought in to the museum for scanning. The photos can be either loaned or donated. The Syrian Exhibit is on display at the Heritage Museum until July. It highlights the history of the Syrian immigrants of the Greater Monessen area, their businesses, food and culture. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.

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JEFFERSON HILLS LIBRARY PLANS SPRING PROGRAMS Jefferson Hills Library is located at 925 Old Clairton Rd. To register, visit www.jeffersonhillslibrary.org or call 412-655-7741. Zumba Fitness Mondays and Wednesdays, April 28 through June 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuition for 1 class is $5, Tuition for both classes is $7. Increase your energy and fitness levels, and join us for an easy to do effective and exhilarating exercise. Gentle Beginners YOGA Saturdays 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuition is $5 Story Times for Children 3 and up Thursdays 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Help Our Troops Call Home! Did you know that American servicemen and women deployed overseas don’t have an affordable way to call loved ones back home? Your donation of a gently used mobile phone may seem small, but it actually makes a big difference. The money received from the recycling of cell phones is used to purchase international calling cards for active-duty military deployed overseas. Allegheny County/Penn State Master Gardeners Program Culinary Herb Gardening Thursday, May 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Overview of herb growing, propagation and harvesting techniques, followed by details of how to identify, cultivate and use culinary herbs. Donation is $5.

Spring into the Outdoors with Outdoor Weekend at Mingo Creek Park Join us as we spring into the outdoors on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 in Mingo Creek County Park. A variety of spring themed outdoor activities as well as a family camping will be offered. Activities led by park staff and volunteers will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and conclude Sunday morning before lunch. Outdoor activities such as geo-caching, birding, hiking, flint knapping, salamander search, small stream exploration, primitive fire building and astronomy will be provided. There is no fee to participate in the activities provided during the Outdoor Weekend. Most activities will begin at Shelters 6 & 8 in Mingo Creek Park. The Star Party

will be held at the Observatory. As part of the Spring into the Outdoors Weekend, family camping will be offered Saturday evening in the Shelter 6 - 9 area of Mingo Creek Park. A $5 fee per campsite/family will be charged. Those wishing to camp may begin setting up at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A light breakfast of danishes, fruit, juice and coffee will be provided Sunday morning for overnight campers. Call the Parks & Recreation Office at 724-228-5867 to make a reservation and to receive an itinerary for the weekend. Mingo Creek Park is located 12 miles east of Washington off of Route 136 in Eighty-four, PA.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY & CULTURAL CENTER Girls With Vision (GWV) will hold their general monthly meeting for the month of May at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. GWV is open to girls, who are 11 to 15 and reside in the Mon Valley. Girls can join at any time throughout the year. General meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at Wayman-Quinn AME Church, 318 McKee Ave., Monessen. A movie day and an outing to Dairy Queen for a picnic lunch are just a few of the upcoming events. For more information, contact Dionne at 724-518-7939. Local Christian fiction Indie author Dionne (Ford) Wilson will visit the library on Saturday, May 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. as part of the ‘Celebrate Spring’ book event. There will be a book reading and signing of Wilson’s published book, Do Unto Others. The book can be preordered at a discounted rate of $8/book by calling 724-684-4750. Preorder sales start on Thursday, May 1 and end Thursday, May 15. All money is due when the order is placed. The cost of the book will be $10 on the day of the event. The ‘Celebrate Spring’ book event is for girls ages 7-12. All girls must be accompanied by an adult, and the event is open to the public. The event includes refreshments, $5 keepsake photos taken by T. Britton Photography, $1 Chinese auction, games, prizes, music and more! RSVP no later than May 17 by contacting Dave at 724-6844750 or at author.dwilson@yahoo.com. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 26. The annual Spring Book Sale continues at the library. Books continue to be added weekly, so visit each week for new selections. Clare McMullen will host her

monthly “Beginning Genealogy” class on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. Her topic will be “World War II resources and the Family Tree.” The war displaced families and destroyed places and records. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Area of Monessen Library. Lynne Thompson, museum educator, and Bruce Wells, restorer, of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, will do a multimedia presentation about the era of trolley transportation. Jill Godlewski, children’s librarian, along with the Brothers Grimm, will salute fairy tales during the month of May. StoryTime sessions are held each Monday at 6 p.m. in the upstairs Children’s Room. On Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., the “Three Story Saturday” recap of the month’s story sessions will be held. Wednesday Crafternoons are held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each week. Children are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian when visiting the Children’s Room. New books are being cataloged in preparation for the upcoming Summer Reading Program that focuses on science. Check out the new book displays in the Children’s Room! Look for the ‘Monessen Little Library” stations that are being installed at the corner of 3rd and Donner, Monessen City Park and the Monessen Senior Center. They will contain books that children can take to read and then return or keep as their very own. The library is looking for individuals who are willing to advise and/or work on fundraising events with the Board of Trustees. Please contact the library if interested. Monessen Public Library is located at 326 Donner Ave. in Monessen and can be reached at 724-6844750.

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Athene Club Holds Senior Tea in Charleroi The annual Senior Tea, sponsored by members of the Athene Club, was held at the Mon Valley Country Club on April 11th. President Bonnie Daylong welcomed senior girls from Charleroi Area High and their principal, Dr. Patricia Mason, and faculty sponsors Kim Palonder and Marianne Russo. Program Chairperson Mary Lou Mudrick introduced guest speaker Courtney Daylong. Courtney is a graduate of Charleroi High School and received her Bachelor of Arts, Communications Point and Education fromPark University and her master’s degree in marketing/strategic planning from Carnegie Mellon University. Courtney is the daughter of President Bonnie Daylong. Courtney has worked for Honda-Acura Division as their Sr. District Manager in Southern California and has also been Regional Vice President of Admissions, Atlanta and DC area, for Corinthian College. In her talk Courtney encouraged the senior girls to follow their dreams and always be original, authentic, stubborn, resilient and compassionate as they prepare for the future. After Courtney gave her presentation, the senior girls enjoyed refreshments from the tea table, took pictures and thanked the Athene members for honoring them at the tea. The next meeting will be held at noon on May 9 at the Charleroi Area Campus Alumni Room.


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West Mifflin Community Foundation Elects New Officers; Plans for 10-Year Anniversary The West Mifflin Community Foundation held a reorganization meeting Thursday, April 10 at the West Mifflin Borough building, 1020 Lebanon Rd. President Bob Macey began the meeting with the acknowledgment and appreciation to the past board members for their service and highlighted past fundraisers and accomplishments. He mentioned that the WMCF will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. Elected officers for the foundation are Tony DiCenzo, President; David Marshall, Vice President; Bob Macey, Treasurer; and Shannon Hinkle, Secretary. Other members elected to the Board were Sonya Johnson, Dan Davis, Steve Keron, Doug Resetar and John Inglis. Projects brought to the Foundation's attention include the refurbishing of the baseball and softball fields as well as construction of a deck hockey rink, a dog park, walking trail, a community center and park pavilions. The West Mifflin Community Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt corporation incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Areas of concentration for the foundation are: education, recreation and disaster relief. The mission statement of the foundation is “Working in Partnership to Enrich Our Community.” Tax-exempt donations to you favorite West Mifflin project may be sent to West Mifflin Community foundation, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

Wool Day Scheduled for May 18th at South Park’s Oliver Miller Homestead Come watch live sheep being hand sheared and see other steps being done that are used in making cloth at the Oliver Miller Homestead on Sunday, May 18. Children may pet young lambs and feel the just-sheared fleece. In frontier times, clothing was a precious commodity and involved a multi-step hand process done mainly by the women of the household. The time from when raw products were obtained until a final garment was completed could be as much as one year. An important part of this process was making the cloth from wool or flax. Throughout the site, our members will be explaining the many steps of turning the fleece into cloth. The fleece must be washed, cleaned, teased and carded before being spun into wool yard and woven into cloth on a loom. A woman will be dyeing the fleece outside in a large metal pot and drying it on racks. A display shows the various materials used for dyeing. Women will be demonstrating how yarn is spun using both spinning wheels and a drop spindle. The weaver will be at his loom continuing to make cloth for window curtains. As always, our Trading Post in the barn will be open. The Oliver Miller Homestead is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive in South Park. It is open each Sunday from May 4th through December 7th from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. Admission on special event days is $2 while on nonevent days an admission of $1 is requested. For more information, visit the website at www.olivermiller.org or phone 412-835-1554.

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Nottingham Residents Collect Roadside Trash on Cleanup Day By J.R. Brower

On Saturday, April 5, residents of Nottingham took to the highways and byways of the township and collected trash. The annual spring event is sponsored by the Nottingham Township Recreation Board. At 8:30 a.m. they met at the municipal building and organized Kira Brant, age 9, her mom, Christine into groups to scour the streets to Brant, and friend Victoria Mamie, age 11, pick up a year’s worth of litter. all pitched in for the cleanup. The girls After having coffee and donuts in are students at Ringgold Elementary. the board meeting room, Rec Board members and their friends and families divided into three groups, and by 9:15, they were combing Sugar Run, Valley View and Little Mingo Roads and some of the intersecting roads from one end to the other. Public Works Director Doug King said the event was a big success and appreciated the effort, stating, “A total of 18 residents volunteered their time on a Saturday morning and collected a whole dump truck load of trash in about an hour and a half.” Along with King, the effort was coordinated by Rec Board Secretary Mary Jubic and Rec Board Chairman Dave Resanovich. Also participating in the event were members of Protectors of Mingo, who are actively involved in resisting the proposed Ramaco deep mine. For their efforts, the volunteers were treated to an early pizza luncheon party back at the municipal building. The next Recreation Board-sponsored event is the Nottingham Township Car Show on Saturday, June 21. Go to our website gallery at www.messengerpaper.com for more photos of this event.

Mt. Lebanon’s Friends of Family Hospice Seeking Donated Goods Spring cleaning? The Friends of Family Hospice and Palliative Care auxiliary volunteer group is seeking donations for its Family Treasures Sale, September 20 at Family Hospice’s Mt. Lebanon location at 50 Moffett St. Items being sought include gently used, good quality art work, jewelry, furniture, collectibles and more.Items may be dropped off to Family Hospice weekdays between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. All proceeds from the Treasures Sale will benefit patients and families served by the nonprofit organization. Questions about donations may be directed to info@FamilyHospicePA.org.


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Spring Has Sprung in Mingo Creek Park as Trout Season Kicks Off By Paul Chasko

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A beautiful spring Saturday coinciding with the opening day of trout season brought out a nice crowd of folks to Mingo Creek Park – one of the nicest parks in Southwestern PA. Opening day was Saturday, April 12th this year. Mingo Creek is popular for family fishing, as the creek is easily accessible from the roads and pathways and there’s adequate parking all along the length of the creek. The creek is Dave Schmidt of Baldwin usually heavily stocked with brown has a nice stringer of trout. trout and rainbow trout and fishermen will occasionally land one of the pale palamino trout. This year, fishermen were reporting heavy catches. The usual hot spots in the deep pools under the Henry and Ebeneezer Bridges were supplemented with deeper water provided by weirs constructed by the County folks to improve the habitat for trout. Several bridges constructed across the creek over the past several years allow visitors better access to both sides of the creek. Mingo Creek will be restocked with trout throughout the spring while the water is still nice and cold. Other features are 15 miles of horse riding trails and a biking and walking trail that stretch through the park. The park is also great for dog owners. Leashes are required in most parts of the park. The park has provided a free-running area for dogs in past years. If you’re not familiar with the layout of Mingo Creek Park try the Internet before visiting or stop in at the park office. There are special park events scheduled each year as well. Go to our website gallery at www.messengerpaper.com for more photos by Paul Chasko of this event.


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Donora Historical Society Plans “Greetings from Donora” Presentation, Promotes Railroad Exhibit On Friday, March 21st, we had the unique opportunity of hosting a group of 26 Heinz History Center docents for a Cement City Walking Tour to bring to life the article written by society member Brian Charlton for their magazine. We started at the library’s Community Room for a brief presentation on Cement City. From there we did a walking tour of Cement City as well as a tour of a Cement City home. We gathered for lunch at Duke’s Café and then met at the Smog Museum for another brief tour of the Donora Historical Society. A package was received from the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club with past yearbooks, media guides and game programs - all featuring Stan “The Man” Musical on the cover and with stories inside dating back to 2006. These publications will be added to the Stan Musial Collection and permanent display. We are currently working with several university doctorial candidates from Stanford University in Stanford, California and Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. We are also helping several high school students from Texas and Harrisburg, on their History Day projects. Helping students from elementary school through college is something we take pride in and is a part of our mission statement. As the weather starts to get warmer, we would like to make a

few changes to our historic presentation schedule: The Cincinnati Mine Disaster presentation is rescheduled for Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. The Donora-Webster Bridge presentation that was scheduled for Monday, May 5th will be rescheduled closer to the date when the bridge is expected to be razed, possibly in the fall of 2014. The presentation on Monday, May 5th at 7 p.m. is titled “Greetings from Donora.” Museum curator Brian Charlton will discuss numerous vintage postcards showing various scenes from Donora: the steel mill, downtown business, etc. For the railroad enthusiasts, stop by the Smog Museum to see our temporary display of artifacts from the Donora Southern Railroad, a dedicated rail line that serviced the entire footprint of American Steel and Wire, Zinc Works, and the surrounding area. Donora Southern actually had 20 to 30 miles of track that zig-zagged around the mill site and along the river past Palmer Park. Keep Monday, June 2nd at 7 p.m. in mind for our presentation that will feature local baseball legend, Ron Necciai, who was born in nearby Gallatin and is best remembered for striking out 27 batters in a nineinning game, which he accomplished in the Class-D Appalachian League on May 13, 1952 during a

no-hitter. He is the only pitcher ever to do so in a nine-inning, professional-league game. Ron also played for the hometown Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952. Ron will share his stories and experiences of growing up in the Mon Valley and playing professional baseball. The Donora Historical Society

and Smog Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. If you have additional questions regarding the society, museum, meetings or volunteering, stop by or email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.co m or call 724-823-0364 or visit us at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org.


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7th Annual Valley Inn Auxiliary Golf Outing Scheduled for May 18 Proceeds Benefit Carroll Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. Valley Inn Ladies Auxiliary invites you to join your fellow golfers for day of friendly competition and fun at the Seventh Annual Valley Inn Auxiliary Golf Outing on Sunday, May 18 at Rolling Green Golf Course, Rt. 136. Tee Times will begin at 10 a.m. The cost for this event is $280/foursome, foursomes only. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Department in Carroll Township, which is 100% volunteer-based .We deeply appreciate your participation in helping us support the fire department. Contact Jen Booher at 724-986-1082 with questions.

West Newton’s DWNI Launches Membership Drive Downtown West Newton Inc. is kicking off its annual membership drive with a new twist this year. Our main goal this year, in addition to raising much needed funds for our nonprofit organization, is to grow new members. We hope to welcome in new members this year to help out with our farmers’ market, car cruise, Christmas festival, dinners, town improvements, and beautification of the downtown historic structures, plus so much more. We are a friendly group and love to welcome new members of all ages and talents. We are a nonprofit group and receive no state funding, grants or money from the boro to keep our group going. We depend on the support of those who love Main Street America and history. So keep your eye out for our membership letter in the West Newton area, or if you would like to help from outside of the area, please check out our website dwni.org or give us a call at 724-872-0100. Again we cannot stress how important your tax-deductible donation is. Without you we could not make this grass roots organization work!

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

Is It Time To Sell Your Home? How do you decide if the time is right to sell your home? To maximize your sale proceeds by trying to know the exact moment when interest rates are low and buyer demand is high is too idealistic. If everyone had the ability to see exactly when home values are at their peak, we’d all be millionaires. The decision regarding when to sell is more often based on a variety of factors that include both financial and emotional considerations. While it’s important to pay attention to market conditions, keep in mind that the choice about when to buy or sell is completely up to you, your family and oftentimes circumstances. There are many reasons to sell a home at any given time. Some of the obvious reasons include a growing or shrinking family that changes the amount of space you need. Outgrowing your first home is just as natural as wanting to downsize once the children have flown the

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nest. A job change or retirement can also trigger the desire to move. Some people simply want to move closer (or further away) from work, friends or family. When the household income decreases due to loss of employment, divorce or death of a family member, a decrease in living expenses is called for. Other times the opposite is true. A new marriage, a new child on the way, or a significant increase in the household income often leads to the desire to buy a bigger, better home. Once you have decided that you want to sell your home, the next step involves a little research. One can’t help but wonder, “What’s the most amount of money I can get for this place?” After all, you don’t want to lose any potential earnings. However, you know you must also be realistic because you don’t want to scare aware any potential buyers either. It’s time to call in the pros. Contact your CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty professional REALTOR®. They will review recent sales prices of comparable homes in your community. They can explain current local market conditions and help you establish a marketable list price. Pay careful attention to any seller contributions made by those other sellers of properties similar to yours. Example: A house sold for $200,000, but the seller contributed 6% to their buyers’ closing costs. That meant that the seller actually netted only $188,000 before other closing costs were subtracted. Your REALTOR® will be able to give you a reasonable expectation of how long it may take to sell. They will also provide you with an estimate of your proceeds from the sale that lists your closing costs. Remember to subtract any mortgages or equity lines so

CENTURY 21 Agent of the Month is Heather Thomas CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is proud to recognize the 2013 accomplishments of Heather Thomas of Peters Township. In less than two years since becoming licensed after moving here from out of state, she has distinguished herself by Heather Thomas earning a Gold Level Producer Award and a Quality Service Producer Award. Call Heather today to connect with a true professional!

that you can plan your next move. Many sellers opt to put their homes on the market in the spring because that’s when historically more buyers are looking. Today you can choose to sell at any time of year. If your home attracts families and is in a soughtafter school district, you are just as likely to get offers in the summer or early fall as in the spring because buyers want to settle in before school starts. On the other hand, if your home appeals to young professionals or empty-nesters, the school calendar is meaningless. Another important element in determining when to list your home is its condition. You will need time to make repairs and improvements, to deep clean your home and to clear away many of your possessions. If you have a large, disorganized home, you may need weeks or even months before you’re ready to put your home on the market. It’s extremely important to recognize that today’s buyers have high expectations of your home’s condition, so don’t expect to be able to work on your home after it’s listed. Your home should be priced correctly and be in prime condition on the first day you offer it to the public in order to sell quickly and for the best possible price.

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Daley’s Office to Assist Residents in May State Rep. Peter J. Daley II, D-Fayette/Washington, is alerting residents to free help with state programs and applications during May: • May 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon – SPHS Charleroi Riverside Place, Charleroi • May 8, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - McGuffey Senior Center, 105 Green St., Claysville • May 12, 9 to 11 a.m. - Center on the Hill, 100 Summit Road, Belle Vernon • May 12, 1 to 3:30 p.m. - Marianna/West Beth Public Library, 247 Jefferson Ave., Marianna • May 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon – Monongahela Senior Center, 102 W. Main St., Monongahela • May 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon - Monongahela Council Chambers, 449 W. Main St., Monongahela "I want to ensure that residents are aware of all the state programs and services available to them,” Daley said. “No appointments are necessary, and my staff is geared to help with the state’s prescription drug assistance programs, property tax and rent rebates and everything in between.” Daley also noted that no deadline exists to sign up for CHIP, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. “CHIP provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens up to age 19 who are not eligible for, or enrolled in Medical Assistance,” Daley said. More information about any state-related program or service is available by calling Daley’s Donora office toll free at 1-800-467-9486.

Monongahela Farmers’ Market Starts June 6 The Monongahela Farmers’ Market begins another season every Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. starting June 6 and ending September 26. We have a variety of farmers and vendors that have been with us from the beginning and we have also added quit a few new vendors. Please come out, rain or shine, to support your local merchants. Then maybe have dinner at one of the local restaurants or just shop in the city. We are looking for a few volunteers to help us man the market for those few hours. Call us at 724-328-2834 or email us at chaneysadmin@gmail.com.

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Bands Liven Up Monessen Library During Fireside Sessions

Hot-Headed Mike and the Half-Baked Jazz Band were a real treat on March 22.

By Jill Brown

Monessen Public Library hosted “Raise Your Voice” free concerts from 2 - 4 p.m.for several Fireside Sessions this past winter, except when the snow kept them away. The March 22 concert was HotHeaded Mike and the Half-Baked Jazz Band. The group included: Mike McKeta, Gordy Brash, Stephen Grienda and Shane Turner enterNathan Fix, Derek Bendel, Sam tain the small library group on April 12. Stuckey, Jeff Smith, Izzy Yohn, and Jason Leech. Matt Shorraw is the group’s coordinator, who says, “My hope is to continue to bring together the community through music and make it a stronger network of people helping each other.” Karla Spangler is also an integral part of the group as manager. Pianist Jason Leech began by performing a beautiful solo and held the attention of the impressive turn-out. A talented young man, he played such classics as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Imagine,” and “Freeze Frame.” The next hour, the lively jazz band assembled, playing jazz, classics and music they wrote themselves. They held the audience’s full attention. On April 12, “Raise Your Voice” returned with another Fireside Session from 2 - 4 p.m. with an acoustics band featuring Shane Turner & Stephen Grienda. This was the final show before the 3rd Annual Music & Arts Festival, which will be held on May 3rd at Monessen City Park from 12 7 p.m. Shane began with the first song as “Time of Your Life,” and followed with one he wrote. Stephen later joined him, and they played beautiful acoustics together. Later, they even sang oldies and Shane took requests. The small crowd had a good time with them.

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Borough of Jefferson Hills Holds Registrations for Summer Camp Registration for the Borough of Jefferson Hills Summer Recreation Camp for Borough of Jefferson Hills and West Elizabeth children ages 5 through 12 will take place from April 15 through June 2 at the Jefferson Hills Library during regular library hours. Summer Recreation will be held from July 7 through July 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon at Gill Hall Park and 885 Andrew Reilly Park. Children ages 5 - 8 will report to Gill Hall Park, and ages 9 - 12 will report to 885 Park. All children must be registered by a parent or guardian. Cost is $30 per child. For questions, contact Jane Milner at jmilner@jeffersonhills.net.

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Belle Vernon Library Seeks New Director Belle Vernon Library is seeking a library director. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 20 hours per week. Nine credit hours in library sciences courses required or willingness to take classes. Interested applicants please send resume to Belle Vernon Library, 505 Speer Street, Belle Vernon, PA l5012, email to bvlibrazy@comcastnet, or fax to 724-929-4197.


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West Newton Community Festival Yard Sale The 2014 West Newton Community Festival Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. There are 3 ways to participate in the day’s events: Sell From Your House - Mail the form below back to the Festival Committee with your $5 donation and your address will be put on the master list for all to pick up at Vine Street Park. Deadline May 27th. Sell at the Park - Mail the form below back to the Festival Committee with your $5 donation and then bring your items to Vine Street Park where you will be given a spot to set up and sell your items. You must provide your own tables and chairs. Shop the Yard Sales – Start your day out at 8 a.m. at Vine Street Park, shop from the many tables set up at the park. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin while you pick up your Master Yard Sale Map & List and then shop the town. When you get hungry, head on back to the park where there will be food and drinks for sale all day long, plus at the Festival Committee Bake Sale. All funds raised go to help the West Newton Community Festival Group. Mail form and $5 to: West Newton Community Festival, PO Box 147, West Newton, PA 15089 _________ Please Include My House on your Master List. _________ I Would Like a Space at the Park, Name ___________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________ Make Checks Payable To: West Newton Community Festival. For more information, contact Jan Swank at 724-722-3497 or Cheryl Russell at 724-872-8697.

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Dinner for a Dollar! Bethel Park’s Community of Christ Holds Spaghetti Dinner Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, and help your budget too. Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd., Bethel Park, will be serving homemade spaghetti, mouth-watering bread and rolls, fresh garden salad, and delicious desserts on Thursday, May 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. The price is only $1 per person or $3 for a family! No reservations required. All dinners are held the 2nd Thursday of each month except July and December. Help the family budget and enjoy a night out with family and friends! For more information, call Debbie at 412-833-6357 or email dgeffel@comcast.net.

Congressman Tim Murphy Visits Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy visited Family Hospice and Palliative Care on April 14, meeting with the organization’s leadership and neighborhood constituents. Congressman Murphy held a brief “Town Hall Meeting” in the auditorium at Family Hospice’s administrative office and Inpatient Center on Moffett Street in Mt. Lebanon, discussing recent health care policy issues and answering questions from the audience.

Pictured are (l-r): Dr. Alan Yeasted of St. Clair Hospital and a Family Hospice board member; Barbara Ivanko, Family Hospice President and CEO; Congressman Tim Murphy.


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FINLEYVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT:

New Year, New Leadership By Paul Chasko

After a search for suitable officers among their membership, an annual election of those nominated was held and the new officers of the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) were installed at an annual dinner held for that purpose on March 29. This is a more than popularity contest; these men will be making decisions that affect the well-being and possibly the lives of their brother firefighters. Past firefighting experience, knowledge of procedures and equipment, leadership training abilities and dedication are all factors considered in choosing the operational officers. The administrative officers must show a dedication to keeping the organization strong, well-equipped and financially solvent – no easy task when pieces of equipment valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars must be purchased, maintained and periodically replaced. With growing financial challenges, the administrative officers will be struggling to keep the FVFD from becoming another of the many volunteer fire departments to close its doors. Municipal officials and residents of Union and Nottingham Townships and the Borough of Finleyville should seriously consider the unselfish services provided by these first-responders to personal and community emergencies. Respond to their on-going fund drive as if your life depended on it – someday in just might. The event highlights were the introduction of the new officers, a presentation of a check for $4,700 to the FVFD resulting from the recent “Pub Crawl” chaired by Don

Doug Detig receives his 20-year active service award from President Jacob Lawrence.

and Barb Maers and a 20-year active service award for Doug Detig. Congratulations, best wishes and prayers go out to the new officers listed below and all other members of the FVFD – keep strong and stay safe. Administrative Officers: President - Jacob Lawrence Vice President - Jason Melzer Recording Secretary - Josh Heyl Financial Secretary - Dave Husser Treasurer - Doug Detig Chapalin - Gary Rizzo Trustees -Mark Chasko, Bill Grubbs, Dennis McLaughlin, Doug McIntryre Operative Officers: Fire Chief - Jeff Lawrence Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Thomas, David Kegel Chemical Captain - Jason Melzer Hose Captain - Adam Parker Ladder Captain - Jacob Lawrence Chief Engineers - Andy Sneed Assistant Engineers Mark Chasko, Jason Dooley, Neil Stewart

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$25,000 EIO Fund Grant Initiates Steel Drum Band at Ringgold The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) recently awarded a $25,000 EIO Fund grant to Ringgold School District to initiate a steel drum band program. The EIO fund, which awards grants to innovative proClockwise from top left are: High school principal Jason grams at local public Minniti; assistant superintendent Jeffrey Matty; band schools, is one of director Dawn Mason; WCCF trustee Gwendolyn three pass-through Simmons; and superintendent Dr. Karen Polkabla. funds created by the WCCF to accept Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program contributions. WCCF trustee Gwendolyn Simmons recently met with Ringgold School District representatives, including superintendent Dr. Karen Polkabla, assistant superintendent Jeffrey Matty, high school principal Jason Minniti, and band director Dawn Mason, to present the grant and take a tour of the high school’s music department. “Since the WCCF’s grant-making focus is county-wide, there have been many awards distributed to Mon Valley schools and charities over the years. But as a longstanding volunteer in the community and former educator, I am particularly pleased with this grant that initiates a new educational program in the arts,” Simmons stated. “The steel drum band will provide our students with a fantastic opportunity to enhance their educational experience. In fact, research has indicated there is a strong correlation between music education and academic achievement,” remarked Dr. Polkabla. “This grant from the Community Foundation will enable us to launch a new and exciting program with the potential to impact many Ringgold students for many years to come. It is an incredible gift to our district.” Thanks to the generous contributions of corporate sponsors including: Allegheny Technologies; Audiology Doctors of PA; CONSOL Energy; EQT Energy; First Commonwealth Bank; FTS International; Gateway Health Plan; Highmark; Northwest Savings Bank; and Washington Financial. The WCCF has cumulatively awarded a grand total of more than $540,000 in EIO Fund grants to public schools across the county because of their generosity. A complete list of grants awarded by the WCCF is available on www.wccf.net. In addition to the EIO Fund, the Foundation also accepts EITC contributions through its ESO Fund (which awards scholarships for financially needy students to attend qualifying K-12 private schools) and EPK Fund (which awards scholarships for financially needy students to attend qualifying pre-school programs).

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May Meeting of the RMLG to Host Vietnam Veteran All of us remember the Vietnam War, and some of us may be veterans. At the May meeting of the Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills, Colonel (ret.) Nick Edinger will discuss his experiences in Vietnam, illustrated by slides. The meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Clairton Road and Audrey Drive in Pleasant Hills. Cost for the lunch is $7. For additional information, or to indicate your intention to attend, call the office of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church at 412655-2000. Please call by Friday, May 9 to be included in the lunch order.

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Upcoming Heritage Players Auditions Held May 9 – 10 in Bethel Park The Heritage Players are holding auditions for its annual Summer Broadway Revue on May 9 at 7 p.m. and May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Schoolhouse Arts Center 2nd floor, 2600 South Park Road, Bethel Park. We are seeking ages 13-19 to prepare a song and a monologue if possible. Performance dates are August 9 and 10 at the Seton Center 1900 Pioneer Avenue. For details, visit www.heritageplayers.org, email heritageplayers@yahoo.com, or call 412-254-4633.


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Peters Township Farmers’ Market a Weekly Summertime Event at St. David’s Church By J.R. Brower

The idea of establishing a weekly summer farmers’ market in Peters Township was born over a year ago in the office of Rev. Kris McInnes at St. David’s Episcopal Church. After discussing the idea with some of the mothers in his congregation, the ball started rolling. Within several weeks, a group was formed and eight volunteers came together with the pastor to start working on the project. The first Peters Township Farmers’ Market will be held Wednesday May 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday through September 24. “The idea of a local farmers’ market fit right in with the church’s ideal that what makes a community strong are good relationships among its residents,” said McInnes, who was born and raised in Peters,

and has served as minister of St. David’s for several years. In January, the nine board members of the Peters Township Farmers’ Market took their project to the Council, who approved it wholeheartedly with only several minor conditions. Rev. McInnes explained that the idea of a local farmers’ market appealed to him, because his church, at 905 E. McMurray Road, had ample facilities to host the market a large parking area that is centrally located on a main thoroughfare in the township. The group also decided to have the market include not only farmers and food producers but also local artisans who produce their own unique arts and crafts. They also plan to welcome local musicians and youth vocal groups to perform. “A lot of us moms are very passionate about healthy food for our

families, and if we can buy the freshest food possible from local farmers’ and producers, that’s all Pictured are Peters Township Farmers’ Market Board of the better,” said Directors Amy Michalesko, Mey Walker, Misty Menarcheck, Rev. board member Kris McInnes, Chelsea Johnston, Seashal Belldina, Beth Opat and Gianna Thomas. The group is standing beside St. David’s Seashal Belldina. Episcopal Church, which will host the weekly market. Missing Chelsea Johnson, from the photo are Kathy Carter and Danielle Leonard. also on the board, “We hope everyone who likes echoed these thoughts, adding, "I locally grown goods will come and love the idea of my family eating see what the market has to offer. local. We're fortunate to have so We’ve gotten an excellent response many great farms around here, and now you can shop for the food all in from the community, and we’re looking forward to a great summer” one place," said. According to the pastor, “the first said Rev. McInnes. For more information on the market on Wednesday May 28 will Peters Township Farmers’ Market, include 20 vendors who have contact Rev. Kris McInnes at 724already signed up, including five 941-4060. Their website is produce vendors, a baker, a juice www.peterstownshipFarmers’marke maker, salsa maker, fudge candy maker, jam and jelly canner as well t.org, and their Facebook page is as craftsmen like woodworkers and www.facebook.com/peterstownship Farmers’market. stain glass artists.”


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May 10th Craft Show To Benefit Union Twp.’s Austin Manz Austin Manz is a 15-year-old boy from Union Township. Austin was born with a mitochondrial disease, which limits energy production and leaves him with little to no muscle tone. He is incapable of supporting himself without assistance. Such common actions such as clearing the throat and breathing often require mechanical assistance via a tracheostomy tube. Austin requires 24-hour care. While he receives home nursing on scheduled shifts, most care is done by family members. He also relies on several medical machines daily, such as a ventilator, suction machine, cough assist, feeding pump, and a few others to meet his needs. The family needs to have an emergency generator installed in their home in the event of a power loss to keep his medical machines in operation. Austin requires a lot of medications and other medical supplies not covered by insurance. In addition, a Hoyer track system was generously donated to the family to assist in moving Austin. However, professional installation of this device is needed. St. Francis of Assisi High School Youth Ministry will be sponsoring a vendor craft show to benefit Austin on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Finley Hall on the church’s property. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors and crafters from our surrounding area will have their items for sale. Food and refreshments will be for sale as well as baked goods provided by St. Francis Parish Ladies Organizations. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction. Hanging baskets will be sold by our Youth Group and all profits from the entire event will go directly to Austin. If you need more information, wish to make a donation, or wish to assist in making this a successful event, please call Mary Jane Jurofcik, St. Francis of Assisi High School Ministry Team Leader, at 724-344-2444.

South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail in Process of Rough-Grading Trail In late March, volunteers began rough-grading the Montour Trail between Pleasant Street and the Library Viaduct in South Park Township. The rough-graded trail will be used for access to the Library Viaduct, which will be under construction in the second half of 2014. Construction of the trail section will be completed in 2015, after the Viaduct construction is completed. Monthly meetings of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the South Park Township Community room, located at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park. The next two meetings will be held on May 13 and June 10, 2014. The South Hills Friends are responsible for maintenance of the Montour Trail between Library and Clairton. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org. Questions may be directed to info@montourtrail.org.

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"20 for 20” Charity Initiative Continues Contributions with Easter Basket Donations to City Mission City Mission has incredibly generous donors! We couldn’t keep our doors open without all the financial contributions, donations, and volunteer hours given by corporations, foundations, churches, and individual members of our community. Now and again, groups of people come up with incredibly clever ideas to motivate givers - like JP Enterprises Unlimited, a Pittsburgh-based marketing and technology services company celebrating its 20th anniversary with a “20 for 20” City Mission charity initiative. Each month, the company donates items the Mission needs in groups of 20: 20 boxes of children’s valentines and candy for February, 20 school backpacks for August, 20 pairs of gloves, hats, and coats for October, 20 Thanksgiving dinners for November. This past week, our Corporate Relations Manager, Shelby Knapp, stopped by JP Enterprises to pick up their April donation - 20 Easter baskets for the children of Avis Arbor. Hats off to these ingenious folks!


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UPCOMING EVENTS AT JOHN K. TENER LIBRARY Homeschool Outdoor Classroom: ‘Mingo's Meanies’ The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a Homeschool Outdoor Classroom at Mingo Creek County Park on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Shelter 2. Two sessions are available; Session I will begin at 10 a.m. and Session II will begin at 1 p.m. Don't be afraid! Today we will learn how to identify and avoid some of the things in nature that make us itch or go "ouch!" Poison ivy, ticks, mosquitoes, and stinging nettle are just a few of the things we will explore during the program. Please note that this program is designed for homeschooled children ages 5 to 11. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation office at 724-228-6867. There is no fee for this program.

Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates Plan to Attend Pittsburgh Pirates Military Appreciation Night The April meeting was called to order by CO Bill Hess; George Diehl gave the opening prayer; Philip Appolonia led the group with the pledge to the flag. Roll call was taken. The minutes of the March meeting was read by Yeoman James Caldwell and approved. Exec. Officer Barry Anders gave the financial report which was approved. Hess welcomed back Ron DeWalt after being on the sick list. A thank you note was received from Shipmate Jack Shaffer, who is recuperating at home, for all the get-well wishes and cards he has received. Thank cards were received from the family of Pete Cepaitis and from the families of Samuel Essey, for the Shipmates rendition of the Two-Bell services held in their memories. An invitation to participate in the Pittsburgh Pirates Military Appreciation Night at PNC Park on June 10 was read and sent to the members. Reservations must be made prior to May 23 and the members are requested to make their intentions known at the meeting on May 6. Free tickets are available for whoever wishes to go. The Memorial Day parade is coming up and more information will be available at the May meeting. George Hutchko and Anders gave a report on two uniform suppliers that they have contacted. Additional research will be conducted and reported to the executive committee before presenting it to the general membership. Anders reported the Flag Presentation committee has two more schools scheduled for April, and five groups scheduled for May, June and Sept. The trip to Latrobe for the Navy Blue Devil Air Show has been cancelled for the time being due to the obstacles which are and will be encounter at the airport site. For those interested in going on their own, the show is scheduled on June 6 and 7, 2014. Anders and Essey gave a report on the April 8 program to be presented by the U.S. Army Jazz Band at the Charleroi High School. The dismissal prayer was given by Diehl and the meeting was adjourned until the next meeting on May 6, 2014 at 7 p.m.

John K Tener Library is located at 638 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi. For more information, call 724-483-8282 or visit www.washlibs.org. UPCOMING EVENTS: Cookbook Contribution - The Friends of the Tener Library are compiling a cookbook – if you would like to contribute recipes please email them to friendsofthejohnktenerlibrary@yahoo.com. June 6 – 8 - Book Sale - If you have books you would like to donate, we will pick up May 27, 28, and 29. Call to be scheduled and items must be boxed and outside. The Friends of the Tener Library will be selling food and baked goods during the book sell.

Children’s Events: May 5- Cinco De Mayo Game Night - 5:30 p.m. - Come with the family and have a Cinco De Mayo Night. Snacks and beverage will be provided. May 10-Fancy Nancy Tea Party - 2 p.m. - Fancy Nancy is a lovable young character, created by writer Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, who, with her joie de vivre, somehow manages to turn everyday experiences into truly extra ordinary ones. Come and enjoy a book about Fancy Nancy. Tea and snacks will be provided. Join us for an OOH LA LA time!

Reserve Your Spot at West Newton’s Simeral Square Farmers’ Market Calling all farmers, artists, crafters, and unique vendors - make Simeral Square Farmers’ Market your place to sell this summer season on Saturday mornings. Come and join us as we kick off our second year. The farmers’ market will start in early June and run through September. We have a great location located at the corner of Route 136 and Water Street in West Newton. This location is in the heart of the downtown at a busy intersection. Not only do you have a high traffic volume on the street but also a large volume of trail users right across the pedestrian friendly bridge. Another bonus is that you have a fantastic overlook view of the river while selling all morning. Our selling area has both paved and grass spots to accommodate all your needs. To reserve a spot for the entire season or even just a few Saturdays out of the season, please give us a call at 724-872-0100 and leave us a message. We will give you a call back with more details.

South Park Game Preserve Celebrates Birth of Baby Bison A baby bison was born at the South Park Game Preserve on April 9, 2014 between 5 and 6 a.m. Please visit www.southparkfriends.org/bison/Baby Bison.html to view photos and learn some basic facts about these magnificent animals. We will also be posting a link on YouTube with some video that will accessible from this same webpage in the very near future. Come visit the Game Preserve to welcome our new addition!


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South Hills Soup Fundraiser Offers New Fresh Flavors for May New flavors have been added to the menu for the next Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Soup Takeout Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 14. Chef Doug Brannock has perfected recipes for matzo ball chicken soup and roasted eggplant bisque, which will be offered along with the popular wedding soup for $5 a quart with 2 dinner rolls. Orders must be placed no later than Thursday, May 8 at 412-885-7232 or info@osfprov.org. Soup orders can be picked-up on Wednesday, May 14 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Sisters’ Motherhouse, located at 3603 McRoberts Road in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The Sisters host monthly takeout fundraisers throughout the year, where patrons can choose from three homemade soup selections each month. Using fresh ingredients, Chef Brannock prepares healthier versions of soup by omitting additional salt. Wedding, their most popular soup, is offered every month with two other rotating seasonal selections. The soup menu is available on the events page of the Sisters website, www.osfprov.org, or by calling 412-885-7232. Soup patrons looking for unique gifts may visit the Sisters’ Gift Shoppe, which is open during takeout pick-up, as well as weekdays from 1 – 3 p.m. Franciscan Blend fair trade coffee is also available at the Motherhouse and sold during soup pick-up. Franciscan Blend is $9.99 for a 12oz. bag. Coffee selection includes regular, chocolate-cherry, hazelnut and french vanilla. Decaffeinated versions of the regular and hazelnut are also available. All proceeds from soup, coffee and craft sales benefit the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God.

G-r-reat Giveway Scheduled by Pleasant Hills Lions Club The Pleasant Hills Lions Club will hold its G-r-reat Giveaway (formerly the Penny Auction), a popular fund-raising event, on Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Rd. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The G-r-reat Giveaway is a series of many fast-paced raffles featuring over 250 prizes donated by local merchants and professionals and including sporting goods, toys, jewelry, home furnishings, appliances, automotive supplies, hardware items, glassware, games, nonperishable food items and certificates for a wide variety of services, restaurants and merchandise. Particularly appealing again this year will be a separate and special raffle for a new Apple iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD. For all prizes other than the iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD drawings, patrons purchase books of 100 tickets at the door and may participate in any or all of the raffles. Tickets are collected individually by Lions attendants for each drawing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Event co-chairs Bill Lowman and Jim Stark emphasize the dual benefits of the affair, in that it provides a family fun night as well as a major source of income for the many charitable contributions made by the club. The latter include services for the vision and hearing impaired, diabetes awareness projects, local community organizations and school programs and activities. Refreshments will be available and early arrival is suggested. If you need further information, please contact Chuck Snyder, co-chair of publicity, at 412-653-4220.

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Washington County Farm Bureau 4-H Food Drive Challenge Totals

Some of the food collectors take a break to pose for a picture.

4-H Food Drive Fund Donors Washington County Farm Bureau George Wherry - County President Frontier Environmental Services Caitlin Thomas - Field Administrator/Dean Dryer - Safety Director Marcellus Shale Coalition Eric Cowden Eighty Four Lumber/Energy Solution - Vicki Fender Brownlee Trucking Frank/Andrea Brownlee Rice Energy - Kim Urchko Growmark F.S. - Ken Alrutz Ag Choice Farm Credit Bob O’Brien The Springhouse - Marcia Opps Ed Schultz Insurance Agency - Kit Carson/Associate - Ed Schultz Jr. Sunnyside Supply Paul/Nanette Batista - owners Washington Financial Hickory Branch Consol Energy - Jessica Johnson EQT Corporation Nathanial Manchin Mark West Energy Partners Elaine Dire

Food Donations for the Day’s Event Krispy Kreme - Washington location - Val Squires - 14 Trinity Pointe Drive, Washington, PA 15301 Papa John’s - Washington location 74 Murtland Avenue, Washington, PA 15301 Pam Paletta from the Penn State Extension Office - typed up letters that were taken to each of the businesses with the Extension 4-H logo. Club Totals 1st place - Heart and Home - 1378# 2nd place - Hickory Ag Club 1047# 3rd place - Van Kirk Friendship 981# 4th place tie - Ten Mile - 662# and Cross Roads - 662# 5tn place - Buffalo Ag - 379# 6th place - Golden Hooves - 187# 7th place - Country Clovers - 170# 8th place - Clover Patch - 152# 9th place tie - Pike Run – 93# and Cecil 4-H - 93# 10th place - Animal Antics - 53#

Monessen Rostraver Rotary and Monessen K of C Host Spaghetti Dinner Mangia! Mangia! Mangia! Put your pots and pans away and take a break from cooking. The Monessen Rostraver Rotary is partnering with the Monessen Knights of Columbus to sponsor a delicious spaghetti dinner on Sunday, May 4. Meals will be served at the Knights of Columbus Senior Center at 1925 Grand Blvd. in Monessen from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Dinners are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All meals include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, coffee/soda and dessert. Eat in or take out. For more information, contact Ron Vivio at 724-684-7394.


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BRENTWOOD LIBRARY ANNOUNCES MAY PROGRAMS Brentwood Library is located at 3501 Brownsville Rd. and can be reached at 412-882-5694. MONDAYS: 11 a.m., Musical Monday: Children aged 2-5. It’s a lively program full of dancing, singing, playing instruments and FUN! 2 p.m., Movie Monday: Watch a feature-length film. 6 – 8 p.m., Crafter’s Circle: Join fellow crafters to work on projects, or share your crafting knowledge. TUESDAYS: 9 a.m., Wise Walk Indoors: Join us in the Program Room to walk along with a video. No need to register for this one, just come. 9:30 a.m., Wise Walk: Beginning Tuesday, April 1, we will walk along Brownsville Road rain or shine! 9:40 a.m., Sit-N-Fit: This is a great program for seniors or anyone who is unable to exercise due to physical limitations. 11 a.m., Preschool Parables: Storytime for children age 3-5; we work to inspire your little ones to love reading by introducingstories, songs, finger plays and crafts. 2 p.m., Classic Movie: We will be showing an award-winning movie from the early days of film. WEDNESDAYS: 10 a.m., Patron Birthday Party: Come the second Wednesday of each month to celebrate a birthday—either yours, or someone

else’s! All you have to do is put your name on our birthday calendar. 11 a.m., Game Day, May 7 and 21: Every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. - it’s Game Day! We play group/interactive games while enjoying treats and lots of laughs. 3:30 p.m., Elementary Programming: May 7: Kindergarten-2nd Grade Storytime: Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to the Program Room for a program that will include stories, songs, crafts, games, and a snack. May 14: 3rd-5th Grade Rec Room: The Rec Room is open to kids in 3rd through 5th grades! Come play ping pong, pool, air hockey, and more. May 21: Kindergarten-2nd Grade Gaming: Join us in the Program Room for game day! Come and take your pick of fun things to do! You will be able to choose from Wii games, board games and LEGOS! May 28: 3rd-5th Grade Gaming: You will be able to choose from Wii games, board games and LEGOS! THURSDAYS: 10 a.m., Book Babies: For little ones from birth to 18 months and their caretakers. 11 a.m., Toddler Tales: Join us each week for this great time of stories, songs and finger plays. 2 p.m., Bingo: The 3rd Thursday of every month we have Bingo. 7 p.m., Fit Club: Every Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. a free exer-

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cise program. This program is designed for those of all fitness levels. You may also bring a yoga mat and/or stretch cords. BOOK CLUBS: Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., Time Travelers: This book club meets every six weeks. This book club mostly focuses on historical fiction. Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m., Classics Book Club: The classics book club meets once a month to discuss a piece of classic literature the members have read from the month before. Selections include: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin for May; Life With Father for June; One Hundred Years Solitude for July; Catcher in the Rye for August and Anne of Green Gables for September. Tuesday, May 27, 1 p.m., Mystery Book Club: Join Joanne for this lively discussion. Thursday, May 8, 3:30 p.m., Elementary Book Club: This book club meets on the third Thursday of

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every month. At April’s meeting, we will discuss the final chapters of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., Cooks’ Book Club: This group is for cooks of ALL ages and ALL skill levels! You supply the food; the library supplies drinks, dishes, utensils, etc. The library also makes cook books available according to each theme. Call Tracy at 412-882-5694 to join the club. SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday, May 3, 1 - 2 p.m., Children’s Author Visit: Come to the library and meet our special guest, author Nancy Skultety, who wrote the book From Here to There. Friday, May 30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Computer Class: This is a Facebook how-to class. You must already have a Facebook account to take this class. We will learn the basics like uploading a photo to your account.

Monongahela VFW Announces Memorial Day Schedule On Monday, May 2, show your support for our men and women who faithfully served our country. 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Parade form-up, Fourth and Main Streets, Monongahela 9 to 9:30 a.m. - Main Street Parade 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. - Veterans Memorial, Monongahela Cemetery 11 to 11:30 a.m. - Victory Hill Memorial Service 12 to 12:30 p.m. - New Eagle Memorial Service 1 to 1:15 p.m. - Sacred Heart Cemetery 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. - Van Voorhis Honor Roll 2 to 2:15 p.m. - Ginger Hill Memorial 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Hazelkirk Memorial 3 p.m. - Late luncheon for participants – Carroll American Legion


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MACC Easter Egg Hunt an Egg-cellent Time Due to Sponsors and Contributors The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce would like to take a moment to recognize the 2014 MACC Easter Egg Hunt sponsors and contributors who made this event possible. Thank you for your generosity! 2014 MACC Easter Egg Hunt Sponsors • State Senator Timothy J. Solobay • Tregembo Motors • Ramblin’ Rose Floral and Gift Shop 2014 MACC Easter Egg Hunt Contributors • Ashcraft Storage • Attorney James Haines, Jr. • City of Monongahela • Dollar General • Don’s Signs • Eat N Park

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First Niagara Bank Frye Construction, Inc. Gail Amoroso Beauty Salon Italian Village Pizza Knick Knacks and Paddy Wacks Ladies of the G.A.R. Lenzi’s Restaurant Lenzi Service Station Max L. Chywski State Farm Insurance Merico S. Lignelli Mon Valley Federal Credit Union Mon Valley Vision Center Monongahela Valley Animal Hospital, Inc. Dr. Randall Rodriguez Sam’s Club

Please help support these local businesses that so generously donate to our community events.

Old Trails Business and Professional Women's Club Names April Students of the Month The Old Trails Business and Professional Women's Club held their monthly meeting at King's Restaurant in Bentleyville, where they honored the students of the month from four local high schools. The students who attend the Vocational Technology Career Center are: Andrew Hennon of Charleroi High School - son of Paul and Jeanette Hennon; William Moon of Bentworth High School - son of Richard and Amy Moon; and Matthew Pepper of California High School - son of Michelle Contreas. Unable to attend was Brittany Wolfe of Beth Center High School - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wolfe, Jr. The students were each presented with a certificate and told of their future plans after graduation.

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WSO Takes You to the Movies in its “Cue the Music" Concert The Washington Symphony Orchestra season finale on Saturday, May 3 at Trinity High School will take its audience back to the movies – from the days of silent film with Charlie Chaplin music to the thrillers of James Bond 007. Typically the WSO concerts begin at 8, but with the extra Charlie Chaplin feature, there will be a “pre-concert” concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Seating will start at 7:15 p.m. Tom Roberts, Pittsburgh musician, composer and arranger, is one of the world’s most prominent jazz pianists having performed on various televisions shows from “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson to scoring films such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” “The Pawn Shop” is one of the works Roberts has arranged, which he will play to begin the WSO preconcert at 7:30 p.m. WSO Music Director and Conductor Yugo Ikach will join Roberts to have an interactive time with the audience. Then at 8, the full orchestra takes the stage. The season finale offers everything from “Chariots of Fire,” “Indiana Jones,” “How to Train Your Dragon” to James Bond movie music arranged by Pittsburgh’s Ralph Guzzi. Special guest vocalist Rosanna Paterra will perform solo and in duet with Ikach on the Bond movies’ music. Paterra graduated from Seton La Salle Catholic High School and California University of PA with an art education major. When she’s not performing, her full time position is an elementary art teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District. “The skill and artistry of the guest arrangers, composers, and performers of our Season Finale is top notch. It’s like going to the movies, only better. So much of a movie’s impact on an audience member can be directly attributed to its music... and that’s just what you will get, music that moves you.” said Yugo Ikach, WSO conductor. Advance tickets are on sale now at Washington Financial banks, Citizens Library in Washington, and Peters Township Public Library in McMurray. Tickets are available online at www.washsym.org or call 724-223-9796. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6 p.m.

Library VFW Post 6664 Plans Flea Market Please join the Library VFW Post 6664 at 6544 Church St., South Park, for a flea market with bargains galore Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. A “Super Sale” will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday until close. Admission is free. There is something for everyone - knick knacks, collectibles, houseware items, small appliances, books, jewelry, office supplies, pet supplies, linens, games and toys and much, much more! All sales benefit the Library VFW Building Fund and Ladies Auxiliary. Please circle your calendar today! You will not want to miss this event.

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Show Your Support for Our Military with American Legion Post 613 American Legion Post 613 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard to hold Memorial Services on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the following locations (all times are approximate): • Stone Church Cemetery 1:00 p.m. • St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery 1:15 p.m. • Mingo Creek Cemetery 1:30 p.m. • Finleyville Cemetery 1:45 p.m. • Finleyville Community Center 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served for participants at the Finleyville American Legion Post 613 immediately after the Finleyville Community Center Services.

Pleasant Hills Gets Ready for Summer Fun with Recreation Program Ready for summer fun? The Pleasant Hills Summer Recreation Program will begin Monday, June 23 and continue through Friday, August 1. This program is available to children ages 5 - 12 who reside in the Borough of Pleasant Hills. Recreation hours are 9 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday.Registration is mandatory for participation. No child will be permitted to participate without a parent or guardian registering him/her. For your convenience, you can register your child/children online at www.pleasanthillspa.info thru June 14. Registration dates at the Borough Building, 1st Floor, community room are: • Thursday, June 5, 6 – 9 p.m. • Saturday, June 7, 1 – 3 p.m. • Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. - noon There will be NO REGISTRATION on the first day of Summer Recreation or thereafter. Registration fees are as follows: • $50 registration fee per child. • Family discount rate is $40 for the second child, $30 for the third child and $20 for the fourth child. • Please have proper identification when registering your child/children. During Recreation, children ages 5 - 8 are to report to the Community Room at the Borough Building, 410 East Bruceton Road. Ages 9 - 12 are to report to Mowry Park, Shelter #4. Back again will be many of the old favorites including: crafts, water day and the recreation picnic. Other Summer Activities: Weekday afternoons (June 23 - August 1) from1 until 4 p.m., playground supervisors will turn on the sprinklers at Pleasant Kingdom, weather permitting. Bring a towel and join the fun! Movies at Mowry! Join us under the stars for family movie nights in Mowry Park. The movies begin at dusk and vary in length. Movies are scheduled for Wednesday evenings (rain date will be the following Thursday evening).


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WEST NEWTON LIBRARY UPCOMING NEWS West Newton Library is located at 124 N. Water St., West Newton. Make sure to like us on Facebook and take note, as we now have a new email address - wnpL124@comcast.net. West Newton Library can be contacted at 724-972-3229 as well. Lucky Ticket of the Month - All you can say is, “Hello, spring!” with the wonderful combination of gifts that are on display at Gary’s Chuck Wagon located on South Second Street in West Newton. This great combination of gifts can be yours if you buy the lucky ticket this month. Tickets are on sale at the Chuck Wagon and are drawn on the last day of the month. All proceeds go to the West Newton Public Library. Interactive Lecture with Stan Gordon - On Saturday, May 3 something strange will be in the air in West Newton. The West Newton Library is proud to present the world-renowned investigator of the bizarre, Stan Gordon. Stan is the author of numerous books and has appeared on many radio shows. The interactive lecture will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the West Newton Senior Center, located at the corner of Main Street and Water Street. Call 724-972-3229 to book a seat. The event is free; however, we do encourage a donation of $5 to benefit the Library. “Pittsburghese” Lecture with Barbara Johnstone - Saturday,

May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Library – meet Barbara Johnstone and learn how “Pittsburghese” has come to be such a strong symbol of Pittsburgh’s identity. Barbara Johnstone, Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of English, will trace the history of the dialect, talk about how it is changing and how people are keeping it alive. Call the library to reserve a seat. Second Annual Mega Jewelry Sale and Book Sale - Saturday, June 7 at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be again held in conjunction with the Big West Newton Annual Community Yard Sale. We have over 1,000 pieces to present to you. Prices start as low as $1. All proceeds support our library. We are seeking donations of new, used, vintage, costume and fine jewelry, necklaces, pins, bracelets and rings. Drop off your donation during normal business hours or give us a call at 724-972-3229. Meet Local Author Ashley Keyes – Saturday, June 7th at 10 a.m. Meet local author Ashley Keyes, who is a 2008 Yough High School graduate and now resides in Ohio. She will be on hand at the library with a selection of her young adult fiction books for you to purchase and have her sign. She will be donating a portion of her books sales to the West Newton Library.

Monongahela Area Historical Society Meeting to Feature Ross Golden The Monongahela Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 in the parlor room of the First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess Street, Monongahela. Please enter through the Chess Street entrance. This meeting will feature Ross Golden, speaking about "The Religious Revival of 1857-58." MAHS meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow speaker. For more information about the meeting and the MAHS, visit www.monongahelahistoricalsociety.com, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Monongahela-Area-HistoricalSociety/306661842754201 or call 724-292-8247.

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Elizabeth Memorial Day Parade and Festivities Slated for May 26th

The Kastan Uveges VFW Post 7632, the Alonzo L. Weigle American Legion Post 553, and the Borough of Elizabeth will host their annual Memorial Day Parade and festivities on May 26 in Elizabeth. Lineup for the parade is 9:30 a.m. Following the parade, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Elizabeth Fire Hall and the Elizabeth Barge at the Monongahela River. A Community Luncheon will follow at the Elizabeth Fire Hall. The Elizabeth Memorial Day celebration is one of the best in the Mon Valley. Please make plans to attend.

Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators’ Society Discusses Stress Management Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society for women educators. This nonprofit organization’s mission is to enhance the professional and personal growth of its members and to promote excellence in education worldwide. Last month’s meeting featured a program by member Becky Johnen, author of Facing the Sunshine and Avoiding the Shadows. Dr. Johnen’s topic was strategies to manage stress. Calling on her deep knowledge of the subject, she explained causes, types, and effects of stress on humans. Members became actively involved in a lively discussion of practical skills to reduce chronic, negative stress. Johnen helped the group gain new insights and methods for stress reduction that are vital to being a healthy, productive, and fulfilled individual. The next meeting of local chapter Alpha Phi will be held Saturday, May 10. It will include a business meeting, luncheon, and installation of new officers as well as a program by Barbara Tray. Delta Kappa Gamma meets at the Youghiogheny Country Club, Elizabeth Township. Women educators who are interested in attending may call 412-896-1640.


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Business & Merchant News News and Events from the Peters Township Chamber Upcoming Events: May 15 - Business After Hours Mixer - 5 - 7 p.m. at Dollar Bank McMurray Office, 3980 Washington Rd. $5 Donation to Community/Scholarship Fund. Register at www.PTCOC.org. June 1 - Peters Township Night at CONSOL Energy Park - 5:05 p.m. game time. Gates open at 4:05 p.m. Join us as the Wild Things salute Peters Township and donate half the ticket proceeds to one of our causes. Presale only at www.PTCOC.org. June 2 - 25th Annual Peters Township Chamber Golf Outing - At Rolling Hills Country Club. Registration and info at www.PTCOC.org. Benefits the Peters Twp Fire Dept. Save the Date: June 19 - On Deck Mixer June 28 - Peters Township Community Day August 15 - Peters Township Teacher’s Welcome Lunch October 18 - Chamber Chase 5K Walk/Run Please Welcome Our New Members • Rita's Italian Ice • Ace Paints & Unfinished Furniture • JPromotions • First Niagara Bank • Pure Barre Peters Township • Rose Lepore Realtor • Hartwood Restaurant • Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors • Erica Garrison - Keller Williams Real Estate Professionals For more information, contact the Peters Township Chamber at 724-941-6345 or e-mail us at info@peterstownshipchamber.com

Check out our new website at www.PTCOC.org!

Mon Valley Toastmasters to Begin Holding Club Meetings Meetings are free to the public Do you have a fear of public speaking? Mon Valley Toastmasters can help. The club invites you to attend its meetings to learn about Toastmasters. You'll have a lot of fun learning about developing better speaking and presentation skills, thinking quickly and clearly and building strong leadership abilities. Mon Valley Toastmasters Club meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cathy Johnson at 215-767-9126 or CalUToastmaster@gmail.com.

Tregembo Motors Named MVRCC Spotlight for April Tregembo Motors is a family-owned and operated used car dealership in Bentleyville, featuring a wide variety of gently used cars, trucks and SUVs for sale. Most of the vehicles are Tregembo-certified, which means they have passed a rigorous 125-point inspection and include a warranty. Owner Barry Tregembo opened his first dealership in 1966 in Charleroi. He learned early that the way to keep customers was to give them what they need which is superiBarry Tregembo and Billie Sue DeForest of or quality vehicles at a great price. In 1995, Barry Tregembo Motors left Charleroi and opened a small, friendly Ford franchise, Tregembo Ford. At that time, Billie Sue DeForest joined the team, making it a family business. Tregembo Motors has a full service / maintenance department including five bays, and they will buy any car, even if you don't buy one there. They are located at 125 Wilson Rd. in Bentleyville and can be reached at 724239-2200. Also be sure to see the inventory and store hours at www.tregembomotors.com.

May Meetings of the Women's Business Network The Women’s Business Network’s mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen. For more information, visit www.wbninc.com. Local area meetings will be held as follows: • The McMurray Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at The Meadows (Mezzanine Level), 210 Racetrack Road, Washington on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, May 7 and 21. Contact Valerie Bartels at 412-418-3072. • The Mon Valley Chapter meets at 9:15 a.m. at Sparkles by Shell, 246 W. Main Street in Monongahela on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, May 1 and 15. Contact a.m. anda Ciranni Fisher at 724-309-5120. • The Washington Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread – Trinity Point on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, May 14 and 28. Contact Jennifer Englert at 724-462-1067. • The Bethel Park Chapter meets at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Park Municipal Building, 5100 W. Library Avenue in Bethel Park on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, May 1 and 15. Contact Tamra McKenna at 412-885-5162. • The South Hills Chapter meets at 8:00 a.m. at King’s Restaurant, 155 McMurray Road, Upper St Clair, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, May 1 and 15. Contact Susan Ceklosky at 412-334-3230.


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MVRCC Promotes Property Improvement in Charleroi The Charleroi Design Committee, operating in conjunction with the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, has established a Facade Improvement Project II to assist business and property owners in Charleroi’s Central Business District in improving the appearance of the façades of commercial buildings. The funding for the program was secured through the Washington County Local Share Account from gaming revenues. Several projects were completed in 2013, and approximately $30,000 remains in the funding pool. Owners of businesses and commercial properties in the project area (McKean and Fallowfield Avenues between the borough line on the southern end and 12th street on the northern end (including Chamber Plaza and all streets perpendicular) are eligible to apply for the matching grant façade project. Grants will be made on a matching basis (one dollar of grant money for each dollar of private investment) with a maximum grant amount of $5,000 per property. Minimum grant is $1,000 per property, i.e., must be at least $2,000 investment. Grants will be a reimbursement basis only. Eligible grant activities must be reviewed and approved by the Design Committee and applicants must show proof of payment to their contractors and suppliers to be reimbursed under the grant guidelines. If anyone is interested in completing projects in the designated project area, and cannot attend the informational sessions, guidelines and application can be e-mailed by request at info@mvrchamber.org or by calling 724-483-3507. Deb Keefer, Chamber Director is the grant administrator, and John Mollenauer is the Design Committee chairman.

MVRCC Welcomes Cotromano’s Restaurant with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recently presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cotromano's Restaurant, located at 411 Fallowfield Ave. in Charleroi. Seen here participating are (l-r): Attorney Rick Mudrick, Chamber Vice President; Cody Rubin, son of owners; Lindsey Rubin, daughter of owners; Neal and Tina Rubin, owners; Mayor John Mollenauer; Debbie Buck, Chamber Board and Borough Councilwoman; and Arnold Rubin, father of owner. They are open to serve you every day, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dine-in, family specials, takeout, and delivery are available at Cotromano's. They can be contacted at 724-489-4444.

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Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce April Business of the Month is Heart Centered Counseling Services

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Peters Twp.’s Pure Barre Holds Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. Pictured at the newest Pure Barre location’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Peters Twp. are (l-r): Dina Gaudio - instructor; Laney Smith - manager; Melissa Dellovade - owner; Linda Webster - Peters Township Chamber of Commerce; Katie Dernoshek - instructor; Kristyn Shoop - instructor.

Pictured are (l-r seated): Pamela Baker holding Benny the therapy dog; and LuAnn Prah and (l-r standing): Kathy Mirabella, admin. asst.; Christine Sumner, therapist; and Tracy O’Bosky, therapist. Missing from the photo is Sally McBride.

Heart Centered Counseling Services recently moved in to new office space located at 510 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon (Rostraver) and has five counselors who work on a myriad of specialties and populations. Pamela Baker (412-860-6746 – www.pamelabakertherapist.com) has over 17 years of experience, specializing in treating teens, adults and couples. She is a solutionfocused therapist whose goal is to help uncover your true potential and lead a life worth celebrating. Working with Pam is Benny, a trained and certified therapy dog who is there to assist in healing by providing comfort and a sense of well-being. LuAnn Prah (724-322-3231 – www.luannprah.com) has been in private practice since 2008 working with children, adolescents and adults on various mental health issues such as autism, separation anxiety, selective mutism, depression and test anxiety, to name a few. Christine Sumner (724-219-

5025) is a professional counselor, life coach and registered yoga teacher, with specialties in women’s health, stress management, anxiety, highly sensitive people, gluten-free living and healing emotionally and spiritually from health conditions. She is also a Reiki practitioner. Tracy O’Bosky (724-350-6915) is a licensed professional counselor as well as a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor with 18 years of experience. She provides individual, couples, family and group therapy dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, anger management, relationship issues, addiction and more. Sally McBride (412-508-8078) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology, specializing in anger management, conflict resolution, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and teen/family issues. Besides working at her private practice, Sally also works for a non-profit organization, providing therapy to at-risk youth and families.

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MVRCC Introduces 2014 Board of Directors The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce their 2014 Board of Directors.

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Welcome, New Greater Rostraver Chamber Members Baker’s Waterproofing & Foundation Repair Justin Lowden 570 Carlton Drive Bentleyville, PA 15314 724-239-5757 ext. 23 www.bakerswaterproofing.com Momma-on-a-Mission Ashely Mikula Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-337-8692 www.momma-on-a-mission.net PR, Blog, Photography

Pictured are front row (l-r): Josie Pelzer; Patricia Brickner; Debra Keefer, Executive Director; Diann Donaldson, Executive Committee; Donna Ramusivich; Deborah Buck and Erin Sakalik. Back row (l-r): Armand Ferrara, President; David Galloni, Secretary; Brook Gardner; J.J. Georgagis; Randy McMahon; Phillip Sparacella; Luther Sheets; Milton Kubik, Treasurer; Don Good; Wayne Ray; and Donna Angelo, Financial Assistant. Missing from photo: Vito Dentino; Jeffrey Mendola; Attorney Richard Mudrick, Vice President; James Protin, Executive Committee; Lori Spina and Ken Wiltz. Pictured are (l-r): Richard Mudrick, Attorney and Chamber Vice President; Lori Spina, Southwest Medical, and Jim Protin, Chester Engineers, Chamber Executive Committee. Not pictured is Ken Wiltz, Charleroi Area School District.

Pony Tales Jonny Petros 517 Schoonmaker Avenue Monessen, PA 15062 724-797-6391 www.ponytalespartysalon.com Children’s Party Venue

Italian Village Pizza Stefan Nowo 221 Tri County Lane Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-929-5660 Mantle House Mission 132 S. Water Street West Newton, PA 15089 724-872-7119 Resale Shop/Transitional Home for Young Adults AVON Tracy Hill Elizabeth, PA 412-384-0377

Unique Nostalgic Time Machine House in Belle Vernon Celebrates 5 Years in Business America’s first and only vacation house rental featuring nostalgic memorabilia of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s celebrates its 5th year in business this Memorial Day, Monday May 26 with an open house serving birthday cake and ice cream to all who visit from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its location at 914 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. Since its opening in 2009, over 1,000 guests from all over the United States and Canada have enjoyed trips down memory lane inside this unique vacation venue known as “The Good Ol’ Days House.” The former family home of proprietress Melanie Stringhill Patterson’s grandparents for 60 years was purchased and renovated by Patterson herself in 2008. It includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a 1950s kitchen, a 1940s dining room, a 1960s living room, a full basement with pinball machines, 8track tapes, and flat screen TV with DVDs of classic movies and TV shows, drive-in speakers and standing images of Elvis, James Dean and Dean Martin! Rave reviews from guests at the house enjoy the museum atmosphere - in particular, the rumpus room, the retro bikes, and record players. The small town atmosphere of the Belle Vernon area is a hit and so is how friendly and welcoming the local people are here. So visit nostalgicguesthouse.com, like us on Facebook and contact us to plan a unique family or friends getaway and create new memories, making deposits into your ‘nostalgia bank’ that you can draw upon when you need a little warm and fuzzy boost in the future. What happens today will become the memories you hold onto forever. Let “The Good Ol’ Days House” be a part of them.


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MVRCC May 13 Meeting Focuses on Energy Rebates for Businesses The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Lombardi Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. Registration begins for the event at 11:45 a.m. and the program will conclude promptly at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Stroh of CLEAResult, who works with First Energy to help businesses evaluate their energy consumption and assist them in getting rebates. “We are helping Andrew and First Energy get the word out about the potential for energy savings and rebates for businesses in our area,” said Deb Keefer, Director. More information on the program is available at www.rivertownspa.org and www.pecpa.org. Reservations are required and the cost is $15/person, non-members, $18/person and may be made by calling the Chamber office at 724-4833507, e-mail at members@mvrchamber.org. The luncheon price includes a parking token. VISA, Mastercard and Discover are accepted and on-line registration is available at www.mvrchamber.org.

Belle Vernon’s Biz Wash 2 Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Pictured are (l-r): GRC President Deb Puglia; Josh Bizet, owner; Lynn Grimes and Jerry Harper, GRC Board Members.

A ribbon cutting was held recently at Biz Wash 2, located at 1640 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, which offers a touchless, automatic car wash and self-serve bays open 7 days a week. Biz Wash offers a discount program and fleet program for companies and businesses. In addition to the car wash service, Biz Wash 2 now provides Penske rental trucks in a variety of sizes for both residential and commercial/business moving and delivery. For more information, call 724-914-5196.

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Uniquely Yours by Janet Recognized with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by MVRCC The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Uniquely Yours by Janet, a new store at 412 Fallowfield Ave. in Charleroi that features quality used furniture and household goods. Seen here at the ribbon-cutting are (l-r): Janet Hamilton, owner; John Mollenauer, Mayor of Charleroi; and Debbie Buck, Chamber Board and Charleroi Councilwoman. Until you get to see the store, you can visit Uniquely Yours by Janet on Facebook or call 724483-4243 for more information


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Elizabeth Township’s Northwest Savings Bank Celebrates Community Banking Month

Northwest Savings Bank in Elizabeth Twp. celebrated community involvement during the month of April.

The Elizabeth Township Office of Northwest Savings Bank celebrated Community Banking Month in April. Local Northwest offices observed this year's theme, Celebrating Communities, with special events, activities and giveaways for the entire month of April. “We're excited that Community Banking Week was extended to take place over an entire month,” said Carole Scagline, Office Manager of the bank. "We used this opportunity to thank our customers and community for their continued support.” Carole Scagline noted below some of the events that took place. Elizabeth Forward Middle School art classes in 7th and 8th grade painted community banking themes on windows, and art from the students was also displayed in the bank. Elizabeth Township Area EMS provided free blood pressure screenings. Coloring contest entries from children ages 3- 5 and 6- 8 were displayed in the bank. Coloring banks were on display from Kiddie College Day Care. The bank also hosted a pet contest, where they collected a donation of canned food items for the Central Food Bank, located at Central Volunteer Fire Hall.

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MACC April Business of the Month is Carpeting Unlimited

The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce honored Carpeting Unlimited as their April 2014 Business of the Month. Carpeting Unlimited opened August 6, 1975. Karl Amoroso, owner, is thankful for the support of Mon Valley residents over his 39 years of service to the community. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Home and evening appointments can be made at no charge. Carpeting Unlimited can service both residential and commercial and supplies flooring from companies such as Beaulieu, Mohawk, Armstrong, Shaw Mark and American Olean ceramic tile. Call 724-258-4845 for more information or to set up an appointment. Congratulations to Carpeting Unlimited and Karl Amoroso for his excellence in service to the Monongahela Area.

WOMEN OF SOUTHWESTERN PA, INC. 2014 CALL FOR FUNDING REQUESTS WOMEN of Southwestern PA, Inc. (Women Organized to Mentor, Empower and Network) is accepting funding requests from local non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable and community organizations. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014 and decisions will be made in June. See www.womenofswpa.org for details on WOMEN’s philanthropic mission. To qualify, an organization must provide service in Allegheny, Washington, Fayette or Greene counties, have IRS 501(c) (3) status, receive no federal funds for the specific projects, and benefit women’s, children’s or family interests. In 2013, WOMEN returned $48,000 to Western Pennsylvania organizations for specific projects. The money was funded by profits from the annual Symphony of Food – A Chef’s Showcase dinner held each year in January. Applicants are asked to go to the website – www.womenofswpa.org – print and complete the Grant Application Form, attach a copy of non-profit status, specify the amount requested (up to $2,500), and send to WOMEN of Southwestern PA, Inc., c/o Philanthropy Committee, P.O. Box 1112, McMurray, PA 15317.


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Connie Burd Named Executive Director of the Greater Washington County Food Bank Greater Washington County Food Bank's Board of Directors announces Connie Burd as executive director. Ms. Burd will be responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Food Bank and will also oversee Greater Washington County Food Bank's 38 pantries, employees, volunteers, upcoming fundraisers, corporate giving and sponsorships. After her first week as executive director, Ms. Burd, a business owner and community Connie Burd servant had this to say: "I look forward to working alongside the many committed people who are employed and volunteer on behalf of Greater Washington County Food Bank. The Food Bank promises perpetual evolution. It's impossible to deny or dismiss the impact this Food Bank has had and will have going forward, while humbly serving the hungry in Washington County."


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Heisler’s Market Makes Changes to Draw New Customers By J.R. Brower

Since February 10, when the McMurray Dairy Bar and Market became Heisler’s Market, the new management has slowly begun to make changes to the popular landmark establishment, which has always been more than just a grocery store. Ed Heisler and Ed Heisler, Jr. are busy Like the prior owners, Gary and making improvements at their Carol Duckworth, Ed Heisler and landmark McMurray store. Ed Heisler, Jr. have a family heritage in the food business. Heisler, Sr., who lives in Mt. Lebanon, said his grandparents were in the grocery store business. He also owns the Carrick Shop ‘n Save store, and his sister owns the Castle Shannon Shop ‘n Save. Among the things that the Heislers have kept at their new McMurray market are the famous baked ham and ham salad, Bread Works bread as well as Bethel Bakery cakes, cookies and pastries. Like the Duckworths, they also have continued to keep the quality standards of the deli and meat department on a high level. The Heislers have realized that many area grocery shoppers had always preferred buying their meats and cheeses at the Dairy Bar rather than at the larger chain grocery stores. Heisler’s Market continues to offer old Dairy Bar standards of fried chicken and tenders, potato and pasta salad, wings, homemade fries and mozzarella sticks. A recent addition in the deli is a huge pizza oven that is fueled from both gas and wood. The pizza oven represents a huge investment by the Heislers to expand their restaurant-style food section. Noticeable are more tables and ongoing remodeling to give the dining area in front of the deli a more contemporary look. They now offer daily menus with specials of the day that include chicken parmesan sandwiches, Italian stromboli, Italian grilled cheese, stuffed shells, garlic parmesan and Thai wings, fresh mixed vegetables, macaroni and cheese, jalapeno poppers and baked chicken. Fresh-made soups like pasta fagiole, buffalo chicken chowder, stuffed pepper and potato will soon be available at a brand new salad bar in the restaurant area. Heisler’s carries over the Dairy Bar tradition of being open 7 days a week and distributing weekly special flyers to its customers.

Greater Rostraver Chamber May Events The following events, hosted by the GRC, will take place during the month of May. For more information, visit www.greaterrostraverchamber.org. • Wednesday, May 7 – GRC Board Meeting at noon • Thursday, May 15 – Ribbon-cutting at Mantle House Mission, 132 S. Water St., West Newton, 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. • Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day – GRC Office closed • Tuesday, May 27 – GRC Monthly Luncheon at noon at The Willow Room.


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Local People News Catholic Women’s College Club Names Monessen’s Sarah Panicucci as 2014 Scholarship Recipient ‘The Beauty in Transformation’ was the focus for the Catholic Women’s College Club meeting held on April 7, 2014. Butterflies and blossoms, indicating transformation, centered all the tables for the 6:00 p.m. gathering in the Jozwiak Hall of the St. Vincent de Paul site in Monessen. Scholarship chairwoman Donna Pustelak opened the meeting with the presentation of the club’s scholarship to a Catholic, high school senior girl. The award was presented to Sarah Panicucci from the Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church and Monessen High School. Panicucci is a member of various organizations and has been

honored in grades 9 - 12 as an Academic Excellence Student of the Month. After graduation Panicucci plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in business. Because Sarah was attending a school-sponsored Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Hershey, her mother, Mrs. Gina Panicucci, accepted the award. April committee chairwoman Ginny Monaghan welcomed the members and spoke on spiritual and physical transformations. Committee member Claudia Martucci volunteered to have a physical make-over performed by Kelly Bolin from the Savini Special Effects Studio, a department of the

Ringgold’s Serena Costello Honored with Girl Scout Gold Award Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania is honored to present Serena Costello with the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting. Serena, daughter of Debbie and Kevin Huffman and Rich and Missy Costello and granddaughter of Ron Wicks and Judy and Rich Costello, is a junior at Ringgold High School. Serena is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team and an active volunteer at Washington Health System. Serena Costello As a Girl Scout member for 12 years, Serena was supported in her Gold Award by Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA. Along with two donation drives, Serena focused her project on raising awareness within the community on topics that include teenage dating violence, cyber bullying and domestic violence. Serena would like to thank the Peters Township Recreation Center, Finleyville Community Center Committee, Full Circle Karate in Monongahela and American Legion Post #613 in Finleyville for donating their time and resources in support of her awareness efforts. Her Gold Award project began January 2013 and was completed February 2014. Serena will graduate in 2015 and plans to go into pharmacy.

Douglas Education Center in Monessen. This was completed during the meeting in a separate room. Dorothy Jozwiak emphasized the spiritual transformations that each of us experiences during the liturgies that we attend. All members prayed the Anima Christi. President Lenni Nedley called the business portion of the meeting to order. Vice president Lisa Foglia called the roll and distributed photos for the members’ albums to complete the St. Francis of Assisi Prayer. Secretary Jo Anna Stroh read the minutes and treasurer Sally

Keeney gave the financial report. Due to inclement weather, the February and March meetings were cancelled. In bringing the club’s theme ‘The Divine Beauty of Simplicity’ to attention, ‘Beauty in Loyalty’ and ‘Beauty in Reconciliation’ were recognized for these months. Birthdays were also acknowledged for these months. President Nedley adjourned the meeting and Jozwiak closed with prayer. The next meeting of the CWCC will be held May 5th at 6 p.m. at the Mon Valley Country Club.


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Margaret Hunter Receives ‘Granger of the Year’ Award By Paul Chasko

Margaret Hunter, long-time secretary of the Ginger Hill Grange, was presented with the “Granger of the Year” award at the April 14th Open House. Margaret was presented with a corsage, commemorative plaque, roses and a beautiful hand-painted serving dish by Grange Master, Mrs. Sally Holets. Grange Master Sally Holets (left) presents She joined the other members and a commemorative plaque to Margaret some of her family members and Hunter, longtime Grange secretary. other guests at dinner in the Grange Social Hall. The Ginger Hill Grange began in 1912 when 56 like-minded residents organized and applied for a charter. The charter members purchased an acre of ground along State Route 136 and began construction of a building in 1914. The first meeting was held in the building in 1917. The frame structure in use today looks much as it did externally in 1917, although many improvements have been made to modernize the interior. The membership chooses several worthy projects each year and raises funds to ..Margaret Hunter, Granger of the Year. carry them to conclusion. The list of benefactors of their charitable work includes food banks, individuals having serious health issues, missions, scholarship programs, emergency response groups – the list goes on and on. Their benefit spaghetti dinners alone have netted over $67,000 and there are few area folks who’ve not noticed their funnel cake trailer, another fundraising tool, at community events. The Ginger Hill Grange has spent over 100 years helping individuals and organizations in need in our surrounding community. The present membership is carrying on the tradition and promises to carry it into the future. To do this, a new influx of younger members is needed. If interested in becoming a member, call Sally Holets at 724-258-6741.

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Former Ringgold Student Receives Goldwater Recognition Angela Beck, a junior Pitt student and former Ringgold co-valedictorian, earned the 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Honorable Mention. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is considered to be the premier undergraduate award of its type and one of the most prestigious honors in the United States. Each year, approximately 1,200 sophomore and junior students majoring in mathematics, science or engineering are nominated nationwide for the Angela Beck award. Approximately 300 students are awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and roughly 150 students receive honorable mention. To compete for the Goldwater Scholarship at the national level, the student must be nominated by his or her institution. Universities are only allowed to nominate four students to represent them, and Angela received a unanimous vote to represent the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Angela majors in bioengineering with minors in chemistry and mathematics. She has completed studies and experiments in stem cell research, which earned her co-author of a peer-reviewed paper that is published in the journal Tissue Engineering-Part A. Angela is the Design Project Liaison of Engineers for Sustainable Medical Development and is a Freshman Peer Advisor. She has also competed three years in a row at the National NIRSA competition with the PITT Women's Club Soccer team and remains a cantor at St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. Currently, Angela is participating in a coop with Cohera Medical, Inc.®, located in Pittsburgh, where she does research and development on surgical adhesives.

Tyler Wilson Earns Eagle Scout Award Teen Renovated Children & Youth Playground for Eagle Project It took a few years, but on November 2, 2013, Tyler Wilson reached a lifetime goal by earning Scouting’s highest honor, his Eagle Scout badge. The final step in the process was his Eagle Project, renovating the playground for Fayette County Children & Youth Services in Uniontown, PA. Tyler is the son of Mark and Elizabeth Wilson of Belle Vernon, PA. Tyler is a member of Troop 1543, chartered by St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church in Belle Vernon, PA. His scoutmaster is Tyler Wilson Mr. Jeff Baker. Tyler is an honors student at Belle Vernon Area High School where he is an active member of the BVA Golf Team. He is employed at Martin’s Flower and Shrubs in Belle Vernon. Only about 5% of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Wilson joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil Armstrong, and cinematographer Steven Spielberg.


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Ringgold’s Rebecca Podrosky Receives Girl Scout Gold Award Rebecca Podrosky has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting. Rebecca, daughter of Anna Filippelli and Joseph Podrosky, is a senior at Ringgold High School and also serves in leadership positions as flute section leader in the band and unit leader for Ringgold Girl Scout Day Camp; she is also a member of the Interact Club, the Mingo Church Youth Group, and the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team. Rebecca has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is Rebecca Podrosky an Ambassador Scout with Troop 54161. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Jessie Martin and Tiffany Behanna of the Ringgold Girl Scout Community. Her Gold Award project began in June 2013 and was completed by December 2013. Rebecca recognized that families in the Ringgold community were struggling to meet everyday needs and might not have extra resources to provide Christmas presents for their children. With support of the Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, Rebecca organized the Mingo GIFT Shoppe. GIFT stands for Grace, Integrity, Faith and Trust. She collected new toys from local businesses, church members and others in the community. Sixty families with 160 children registered to participate in the 4-day shop where they could select new toys for the children. A gift-wrapping station was provided along with a craft station for the children that attended. Refreshments were served and all adults received a small welcome gift from the church. Participants also had an opportunity to view hand-made crafts and take away instructions for creating these inexpensive gifts from household items. Rebecca compiled a workbook for the church so that the Shoppe could continue as an annual event. Rebecca will graduate in 2014 and plans to attend a 4-year college to major in early childhood/special education.

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News from Monessen’s St. Spyridon Community Meal Lunch - every third Monday of the month at the rear entrance of Expressions of Yesterday, 216 Third Street, Monessen. It is delicious and free. The next lunch is Monday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Spyridon Ladies Philoptochos Mother’s Day Tea Saturday, May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. at the Hellenic Center, 1205 Grand Blvd., Monessen. Donation is $18 per person. Paid reservation required by April 26. Call Tommie Kosko for information or to make reservations at 724 684-6219.

News from St. David’s Episcopal Church Community Garden: Mary Jo Bondi, Lou Ann Kinol and Daphne Kichta harvest vegetables from the St. David’s Community Garden. All produce is donated to the Food Bank at South Hills Interfaith Ministries. Community Garden Last year St. David’s Episcopal Church in Venetia participated for the first time in South Hills Interfaith Ministries’ efforts to provide fresh vegetables to its food bank clients. A small garden was cultivated on church property and yielded outstanding results. Of the more than 5,000 pounds of food distributed by

SHIM last summer, 600 pounds were provided by St. David’s. This year the volunteers hope to surpass that total. Work on the planting of the garden will depend on the weather, so it could be anywhere from the last weekends in May to the first in June. Crops this year will include greens, tomatoes, squash, beans and peppers. If you are interested in helping with the soil preparation, planting, weeding or watering of the plot, please contact the Reverend Kris McInnes at 724-941-4060. You might want to help regularly or perhaps only occasionally. Every hour is appreciated. Last year the workers were not all from St. David’s, nor should they be. It would be wonderful to see some neighbors get together, enjoy the outdoors and help with this effort. Pentecost Luncheon On Sunday, June 8, St. David’s parishioners will celebrate Pentecost with their traditional luncheon in the church hall. It will be much like the first picnic of any summer season. There will be salads, side dishes and desserts provided by the congregation, while hot dogs and burgers – veggie burgers

and Portobello mushroom caps, too - cook on the grill. Since Pentecost marks the beginning of the Christian church, it is fitting that the parish join together every spring for this communal meal.

Belle Vernon’s Pricedale Union Church Welcomes Tunch Ilkin Pricedale Union Church, located at 203 Johnson Ave. in Belle Vernon, is proud to welcome Tunch Ilkin to our church on Wednesday evening, May 21 at 7 p.m. Tunch was a former Steelers offensive lineman from 1980 to 1992 and is currently the “color” broadcaster on radio and television for the Steelers. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and is a convert from Islam to Christianity. He is currently the Director of Men’s Ministries for South Hill Bible Chapel. He has a wonderful story to tell about his conversion and his message, “Who’s In Your Huddle?” will be an inspiration to all who attend. There is no charge and no tickets will be issued so come early to get a seat! For additional information, call 724-9299588.


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May Events at South Hills Assembly of God South Hills Assembly of God Church, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, plans the following events for May. For more information, call 412-835-8900 or visit www.southhillsassembly.org. HonorBound Men’s Ministry will hold a free men’s fellowship breakfast 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Enjoy breakfast, testimonies and fellowship, with a Biblical message for men. All males young and old invited; dads, bring your sons! “Lunch Bunch” Bible Study for ages 65+ meets from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the multi-purpose room. Cost is $6 and includes lunch. RSVP by May 13. A trip to Lancaster is planned to see the premiere of “Moses” at the Sight & Sound Theater on May 16 and 17. The cost, which includes Meyers Coach to/from Lancaster, a ticket to the performance, dinner at Millers Smorgasbord, an overnight at the Courtyard Marriott, hot breakfast buffet, and an Amish village tour with shopping at the Smokehouse Market & Village Store, is $240 per person. Seating is limited. Call ext. 107 to register. A spring musical presented by the Children’s Choirs will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17 and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Jeremiah 29:11 Employment Transition Group is a support group for those who are searching for jobs in a difficult economy. Come to network with others for prayer and encouragement from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Facilitators assist with resume writing, interview skills and job opportunities. Collision, young adult fellowship night for ages 18-30s, meets at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the Youth Center Café. Childcare provided. Agape Prayer Circle, a women’s prayer and friendship group led by Marge Kubany, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29.

Shop for great bargains at the annual “Gently Used” Clothing & Merchandise Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7. Donations of clean, gently used items welcome beginning June 1. Proceeds benefit Compassion Connection Inc. Set Free Indeed addiction/dysfunction recovery support group meets from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Bible teaching by Pastor Rick, Christ-centered 12-step workbook discussion, scripture affirmations and prayer.

Upcoming Events at First United Methodist Church in Monongahela First United Methodist Church is located at 430 W. Main St., Monongahela. For more information, visit the website www.fumcmonongahela.com or call 724-2587054. May 2 - Friday Night Praise, 7 p.m. May 3 - Chicken & Biscuit Dinner, 4 - 7 p.m. Adults $8, children ages 5-12 $5. May 30 - Family Movie Night, 7 p.m. Refreshments served. Every Wednesday - Bible Bunch of Beans & Youth Group, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Weekly - Boy Scout & Girl Scouts meet. June 7 - Annual Fleatique. Something for everyone and as always - great food! Mark your calendar!

Rummage-Recycling Sale at Westminster Presbyterian Church Annual Spring RummageRecycling Sale - Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall, 2040 Washington Rd. (closed 12 - 12:30 for lunch). The “bag sale” and half-price sale start at 12:30.

There will be a boutique for better items. Collection day is Friday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Please donate only clean and usable items. Magazines, textbooks, large pieces of furniture and broken or unworkable items will not be accepted. All proceeds benefit Mission Projects. For more information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412-8315704.

Canonsburg’s St. Paul's Lutheran Church Donates Easter Cookies to City Mission St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Canonsburg donated 33 dozen Easter cookies to City Mission’s Feed My Sheep Dining Room. Pictured are (l-r): Jill Shook of St. Paul’s; City Mission Food Service Manager Judy Sandy; and Ann Morrocco of St. Paul’s.

Spaghetti Dinner at Wright’s UM in Venetia Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Rd., Venetia will hold a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, May 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children. Dinner includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert, and beverage. Take out is available. This is Laurisa Gereshenski’s graduation project to benefit the Finleyville Food Bank. For more information, call 724-348-5718.

Election Day Spaghetti Dinner at Finleyville’s Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, Rt. 88 and Mingo Church Rd., Finleyville, will hold an Election Day Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, May 20 from noon to 7 p.m. Adults - $8, children (under 12) - $5. Takeout is available, containers provided. For more information, call 724-348-5278.

Charleroi’s Holy Ghost Schedules Primary Election Lunch/Dinner Holy Ghost Social Center, 828 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, will host a Primary Election Lunch/Dinner on Tuesday, May 20 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chicken (homemade noodle) soup; sandwiches: hot sausage w/peppers and onions; BBQ beef w/provolone cheese, lettuce, onion, and pickle; meatballs; stuffed cabbage; lima beans and ham hocks; salads, including macaroni and potato.

St. David’s Hosts Farmers’ Market Coming to Peters Township Something new is heading to Peters Township - a farmers’ market! Every Wednesday from 3 – 7 p.m. shoppers will be able to visit the stalls of 20 vendors – selling everything from fresh produce, to baked goods, honey, eggs, jams and jellies, salsas, and prepared foods. Among the vendors will be a few artisans, too. Soon a list will appear on the website peterstownshipfarmersmarket.org. The site of this local endeavor is St. David’s Episcopal Church at 905 East McMurray Road in Venetia and the opening day is Wednesday, May 28. Please plan on making the market a part of your summer, as we support our local farmers, cooks and artisans. We hope to see you there!


————————————————————————————————————————— 50 messengerpaper.com ABT, Richard, 71, of South Park, died March 26. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. ALLEN, Dale Stacy, 98, of North Charleroi, died April 15. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. ARNONE, Jess, 75, of Monessen, died April 6. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. BAKER, Donald Monk, 75, of Charleroi, died March 19. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. BARNA, Jane, 87, of Donora, died March 25. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BORELLO, Robert A., 89, of North Charleroi, died April 9. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. BOYD, Jesse Wayne, 22, of Belle Vernon, died March 25. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BUECHEL, June, 88, of Jefferson Hills, died April 9. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CASTAGNA, Roslyn, 71, of Pleasant Hills, died April 7. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CIERI, Anthony V., 82, of Whitehall, died March 26. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CLAYTON, Rosella, 94, formerly of Jefferson Hills, died April 11. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CONNELLY, Christopher, Jr., 62, of Pleasant Hills, died April 14. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. CONSTANTINO, LoRaine, 88, of Gateway Towers, formerly of Baldwin Borough, died April 1. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. COOPER, Janet Fay, 72, of Fallowfield Township, died March 22. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. DeSUE, Edith, 88, of Clairton, died April 13. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. EVANS, Hope, 44, of Jefferson Hills, died March 22. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. FEDORKA, Connie L. (McGiffin), 73, of Charleroi, died April 17. Arrangements by William Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle.

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Recent Local Death Notices FOWLER, Eva Mae, 85, of Monongahela, died March 23. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. GARDEN, Pauline, 86, of Jefferson Hills, died March 21. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. GIRARDIN, Marianne, 55, of California, PA, died March 15. Arrangements by William Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. GRASHOFF, Karl Heinz, 88, of Bethel Park, died March 24. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. HAMILTON, Benjamin R., 78, of New Eagle, died April 11. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. HAYDUK, Audrey M. (Kostura), 80, Charleroi, died March 31. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. HURLEY, Joan D. (Gill), 83, of Scott Township, formerly of Jefferson Hills, died March 27. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. JACKSON, Helen (Manion), 91, of West Mifflin, died March 29. Arrangements by Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. KALSEY, Marian P., 96, of Monongahela, formerly of McKees Rocks, died March 3. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. KINDER, Fred M. Jr., 70, of Dunlevy, died March 24. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. KUCHAR, Kathleen S., 75, of West Mifflin, died April 14. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. LUDWICZAK, Henryk S., 69, of Jefferson Borough, died April 2. Arrangements by Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Twp. LYTLE, Harry W., 90, of Finleyville, died April 13. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MALEY, Elma Jean, 84, of Monongahela, died March 10. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MAMIE, Domenica, 90, of Monongahela, died March 23. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MARCIAK, Mary, 95, formerly of Roscoe, died March 28. Arrangements by MelenyzerDuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. MASSEY, Richard O., 85, of Monongahela, formerly of Library, died March 10. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MATTA, Mildred Jean, 92, of West Mifflin, died March 30. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.

McCABE, Jay F., 79, of Finleyville, died March 27. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. McFADDEN, Kathryn, 95, of Monongahela, died March 24. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MITALA, Anna , 95, of Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills, died April 14. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MUCCI, Martha J., 91, of Monongahela, died March 28. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. O’BRIEN, Rose A., 85, of Munhall, formerly of West Mifflin, died March 29. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. O’LENIC, Dorothy, 86, of Pleasanton CA, formerly of Donora, died April 12. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. ORNOT, Laura V., 86, of Charleroi, died April 12. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. PEMBERTON, Sandra L., 68, of Venetia, died April 3. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. PERINE, Charles L., 67, of Monongahela, formerly of Forward Township, died March 26. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. PETROVICH, Alfred H., 95, of Bethel Park, died March 28. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PETTIFORD, George, 73, of South Park, died April 16. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PUKANSKY, Marie M. (Ney), 84, of Jefferson Hills, died April 10. Arrangements by Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. RAPP, Sophia B., 92, of Donora, died March 12. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. ROCCO, Peter E., 88, of Winter Park, FL, formerly of Monongahela, died March 13. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. ROMAN, Leonard M., 85, of Finleyville, died April 16. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. ROSS, Thomas E., 89, of West Mifflin, died March 24. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SCHAFER, Charlene G., 71, of Baldwin, died April 17. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.

SCHIRRA, Nicholas Joseph, 21, of Bethel Park, died April 9. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SCHUSTER, Samuel J., 27, of Madison, WI, formerly of Monongahela, died March 21. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. SLIFKO, Joan I., 81, of Finleyville, died April 18. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. SMITH, Freda H. Booth, 96, of Taylorville, IL, formerly of Charleroi, died April 2. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. SNODGRASS, William H., 82, of Monongahela, died March 26. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. SOLOMON, Norma Jean, 86, of Monongahela, died March 26. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. STANKO, Albina R. “Bea” (Sebastian), 90, of South Park, died March 23. Arrangements by Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. STEELE, Elmer Leo, 97, of Roscoe, died March 23. Arrangements by MelenyzerDuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. STEGALL, Bette T., 88, of Upper Saint Clair, died March 25. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. TAYLOR, Estelle A., 72, of Eighty-four, died April 7. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. TRUNZO, Emmeline Ann, 88, of Monongahela, died March 2. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. TRUNZO, Eugene A., 95, of New Eagle, died March 17. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. UDIT, Rose J., 95, of Bethel Park, died March 27. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WAGNER, Doris J., 92, of Carroll Township, died April 8. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. WEIGHT, Virginia, 66, of Monongahela, died March 21. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. WELLS, Arthur N., 62, of Baldwin, died April 7. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WHITE, Mary G., 87, of Monongahela, died March 7. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. WOZNIAK, Eugenie Rose, 92, of West Mifflin, died April 12. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.


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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

PUMP the P U VOLU

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724-326-4222 1933 Main St., Allenport 4 – Live Acoustic 5 p.m. 11 – Live Acoustic 5 p.m. 18 – Live Acoustic 5 p.m. 25 – Reggae Band[RTF bookmark start: }_GoBack[RTF bookmark end: }_GoBack 31 – Dirty Mule Fridays – Karaoke/DJ

412-384-3630 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 3 – Trinity Wiseman 5 – Cinco De Mayo Party & Colors and Bottles 6 – Open Jam Night 8 -11 p.m. 9 – Marc Cyler 13 – Bar Bingo for Pirates tix 16 – Girlz in Black Hats 19 – Colors and Bottles 20 – Open Jam Night 8 -11 p.m. 24 – Broke, Stranded, and Ugly 27 – Bar Bingo for Pirates tix

724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Rd., Monongahela Tuesdays – Josie McQueen Thursdays – Josie McQueen

BALTIMORE HOUSE

412-653-9332 176 Curry Hollow Rd., Pleasant Hills 3 – Gone South 10 – 4R Jazz 17 – Tony Janflone 24 – DJ 31 – Three Sides Thursdays – Karaoke w/ Judy Fridays – Dart Tournaments DENNY’S ROADHOUSE

724-258-6232 3431 Rt. 136, Finleyville (corner of Ginger Hill Rd & Rt. 136) Mondays – Saturdays Exotic/Lingerie Barmaids 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. E&E CLUB

412-835-9935 6495 2nd Ave., South Park Wednesdays – Pool League Sundays – Free Pool

HEY ANDY’S SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE

724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela 2 – Carolyn Marie & Kody Kulesa Acoustics 3 – Shot o’ Soul 5 – Cinco De Mayo Party w/ DJ. Specials, prizes & giveaways 9 – Moonshine Steel 10 – Tres Hombre 16 – Carl Jackson Entertainment 17 – Fungus 23 – The Jades 24 – Hark Knoxx 30 – Carl Jackson Entertainment 31 – Straight Up Kountry

SALATINO’S RIVER HOUSE CAFÉ

724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 1 – Beer Pairing Dinner 11 – Mother’s Day

THE HUNTING LODGE

724-348-7984 3529 Washington Ave., Finleyville Fridays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close Saturdays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT

412-384-3080 1100 Hayden Blvd. 3 – Wizdom 17 – The Jades OLD TRAILS

724-225-0848 669 National Pike East, Washington Thursdays – Live bands RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE

724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Rd., Amity 3 – The Clarks 9 – Ruff Creek Tuesdays – Jam Night

ROY’S BY THE TRACKS

724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 2 – Fynal Tyme II 9 – Ruff House 16 – Matt Barranti Band 23 – Shannon and the Merger Wednesdays – Karaoke w/ Brett Saturdays – Karaoke Sundays – Karaoke SWEENEY’S STEAKHOUSE

724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon 2 – DJ Stan 3 – DJ Steve 9 – DJ Russ 10 – DJ Steve 16 – DJ Russ 17 – Bad Mother Truckers 23 – DJ Stan 24 – DJ Bubba 30 – DJ Russ 31 – DJ Bubba Thursdays – DJ Ben

TERRACE GARDENS

412-233-2626 1180 Woodland Ave., Clairton 2 – Fayette Nam 9 – Daniels & McClain 16 – Todd Jones 23 – Free Juke Box 30 – Regular Joes Wednesdays – Free Juke Box Saturdays – Free Juke Box THE TROLLEY STOP INN

412-835-9600 6247 Library Rd., Bethel Park Fridays – Magician Jason Christopher 7 - 9 p.m. VALLEY HOTEL

412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Rd., Intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd., Jefferson Boro 3 – Flow Band 10 – Rump Shakers 17 – Gumband 24 – Micket 31 – U-Betz Thursdays – Gerry McGrew Fridays – Open Stage Night all musicians welcome

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


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SENIOR NEWS FROM THE VENETIA COMMUNITY CENTER The following information is for the Venetia Community Center, located at 800 Venetia Rd., Venetia. We are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. To start each of our luncheons in May we have blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. - noon by a nurse from Caring Missions of Washington. Luncheons for May include: May 8 - The Peters Township Choir, under the direction of Mr. Pirotti, Director of Music at Peters Township High School. May 22 - Speaker Alan Popey, Master Gardner. His topic should interest us all at this time of the year. Bring any questions you may have. All are we1come. All that is needed is a reservation to the luncheon by calling 724941-6956, Some dates to remember: June 12 - Picnic at Peterswood Park June 22 - Senior Games at Peters Township High School Birthdays for May are John Cushey, Loretta Cushey, Esther Messonier, James Roethiner, and Charles Telban. Wedding anniversary for May is for John and Rose Marie Forbes.

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WEST NEWTON SENIOR CENTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The West Newton Senior Center is looking for volunteers: Packing only of morning home-delivered meals, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. • Set up and serve lunch, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Bingo caller, Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. • Event servers to serve snacks and drinks and clean up at monthly events. Events include Grocery Bingo on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and a Birthday Recognition Party on the 3rd Friday of every month. Both times are approximately 1 to 2:30 p.m. • Crafters needed to print greeting cards, cut material for wreaths, help display and advertise completed items at the center, and help with occasional outside craft show table setup. Anyone interested in any of these duties should contact Lou Ann at 724-872-4976.

Seniors for Safe Driving Schedules Upcoming Events Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for senior citizens 55 years of age and older. If you have never participated in a senior driving program before, you must attend a two-day program. To qualify for a one-day program, you must have taken a senior driving program in the past. No exceptions. Upcoming Programs: N. Huntingdon - Redstone Highlands, May 7, 12 - 4 p.m. McKeesport - Carnegie Library of McKeesport, May 21, 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Upper St. Clair - Rec. Dept. of Upper St. Clair, May 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, call 800-559-4880 or visit us online at www.seniorsforsafedriving.com.


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“Forever Young” Group Welcoming Spring with May Meetings Happy days are here again – no more snow, ice and cold weather. The “Forever Young” group announces its activities for May. One of the May meetings will feature a performance by soloist Carmen Lopresti. May 6 - Regular meeting at the Finleyville Community Center with the doors opening at 10 a.m. “Sit and Be Fit” exercises before the meeting. Blood pressure screening will be done by Healthy Directions and a catered lunch will be served. May 13 - Regular meeting at the Finleyville Community Center with the doors opening at 10 a.m. “Sit and Be Fit” exercises before the meeting. A catered lunch will be served. May 20 - No meeting - Election Day. Get out and vote! May 27 - Regular meeting at the Finleyville Community Center with the doors opening at 10 a.m. “Sit and Be Fit” exercises before the meeting. A catered lunch will be served. Plans for the upcoming June 24th annual indoor picnic will be discussed. Try to get out to one of the many Memorial Day Services honoring our departed servicemen and emergency responders on Memorial Day weekend. You’ll feel better for the experience. Happy May birthdays to: Beverly Henry, Esther Meissner, Jim Roithner, Judy Trypus and Carolyn Prendergast.

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Automotive

June 20

2014 Senior Games Scheduled to Take Place at PTHS The 2014 Senior Games will be held Friday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peters Township High School. Senior Games are open to all persons 50 years of age and older who reside in Washington, Fayette, and Greene Counties or are members of senior centers in these counties.The Senior Games includes parade of athletes, food, craft fair, health fair, bingo, and variety show. Events include 50-yard dash, basketball toss, bocce, corn bag toss, horseshoes, one-mile walk, putting, football throw, shuffleboard, softball throw, and stationary bike. For more information, call 1-888-300-2704 ext. 4430 or 4433.

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West Newton Senior Center One-Day Bus Trip is to Geneva, Ohio The West Newton Senior Center is going on May 7 to Meadows Casino. We will leave West Newton from Youghiogheny Ballroom parking lot at 10 a.m. and leave the casino at 5 p.m. Cost is $22 with $25 free play as rewards. Sign up early by sending a check payable to West Newton Senior Center to 103 E. Main St., West Newton, PA 15089 or by calling 724-872-4976. The West Newton Senior Center has announced their May one-day bus trip will be on Saturday, May 31, 2014 (changed from May 24) to Geneva, Ohio. Cost is $99. We depart at 6 a.m. from behind Giant Eagle in West Newton. Enter the Oak Room and travel back in time to the roaring twenties. Mr. Bigg will welcome your group to the Cat's Meow Speak Easy. Learn about the rumrunner in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. Enjoy a mini -musical production in this historical theater. The, move on to

Old Firehouse Winery, located on the Lake Erie shoreline in the resort town of Geneva on the Lake. Continue on to Grand River Cellars. This winery is rich in history and is nestled into the woods in Madison, Ohio. Lunch is served with costumed waitresses and waiters to add to the fun. samples of wine. Next, go to Jefferson Historical Village, where remembrance of the Woman Temperance movement is strong at the Jefferson Depot. Take a tour of the historical village. Finish your day at Victoria's Country Corner, where you will receive free gifts and shop. Full payment is your reservation. Make check payable to West Newton Senior Center and mail to 103 E. Main St., West Newton, PA 15089 or call 724-872-4976. Cancellation only if you replace yourself.

Upper St. Clair’s Westminster Presbyterian Church Offers Programs for Seniors Instructor Anne is an experienced exercise physiologist, professional teacher, and program director. She has years of experience and a passion for working with seniors. You will enjoy the energy, expertise, and spirit Anne brings to class. Among the many certifications Anne holds, she is also a certified Arthritis Foundation instructor. Anne is instructing the following classes at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St Clair. For more information, call Kathy Long at 412-835-6630 for questions and registration. Read more online at wroc.westminster-church.org. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Tuesdays, through June 17 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Cost: $35 This is a fun-filled, low-impact course that helps most people with arthritis increase their joint flexibility and find relief from arthritis pain. Tai Chi Tuesdays, through June 17 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Cost: $35 Energize your muscles, refresh your spirit, increase your blood flow, stimulate your mind, and regain youthful balance and agility through the gentle flowing motion of Tai Chi.


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Valley Seniors Club Trips Announced for Summer July 8 - 9 – Trip to Lancaster – Includes two shows: Moses at the Millennium Theater and The Music Man at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. $275 double includes Roots Farmer's Market, home of the oldest family-run country market in Lancaster County, a tour of the Canning Company for samples, Rockville Outlet shopping, two all-you-can-eat dinners and 1 buffet breakfast, lodging, bus, taxes and gratuities; 1 night, 2 days. Tuesday, August 26 – Palace Theater – Branson's hottest must-see entertainer, Shoji Tabuchi, comes to the Palace Theater in Greensburg for one day only. $94 includes the bus, show ticket, lunch at DeNunzio's Italian-American restaurant, taxes and gratuities. September 29 - Hawaii in the Highlands, Ligonier – $85 includes show featuring the rhythms of Tahitian drums, Samoan fire dancing, dance of Tonga, ancient Hawaiian hula and the songs and dances of Polynesia. Lunch is at the Ramada Inn. A $50 deposit is required for these trips. Please call Marlene Owens at 724-258-3950.

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SPORTS Ringgold’s Jake Conroy Takes 1st Place in Wresting Tournament On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Jake Conroy from Ringgold took first place in the 6 and under, 65 lb. weight bracket at the Area IV PA Wrestling Junior Olympics at Cannon Macmillan High School. Jake took gold by defeating his opponent from Trinity by a 16-1 major decision.

Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Scheduled for June 20 The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame 21st Annual Induction Banquet will be held Friday, June 20. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner at The Willow Room at Willowpointe Plaza, Rostraver Twp. For tickets and more information, please call 724258-3823 or email stephenrussell1106@ comcast.net.

Jake Conroy

* (CORRECTION - The April 2014 issue of the Union-Finley Messenger incorrectly identified Jake Conroy by using the wrong photo with the article. The correct photo of Jake is pictured above. We apologize for the error.)

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Jim's Gems Participate in Bubble Soccer at RHS Jim Haines, attorney at law, sponsored these Gems for the Bubble Soccer Event at Ringgold High School in March for the Monongahela Rotary. It was a great event and his Gems were getting their game faces on.

1st row: Leslie Feltner; Nicole Dooley; Ellen Brawdy; Leslie Zovko; Lexie Zovko 2nd row: Carla Vickers; Joyce Hann; Jim Haines

North Charleroi Kickball Signups May 14th The North Charleroi Recreation League Kickball, for all children ages 2-10, will hold signups May 14 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Charleroi Recreation Park. Limit to the first 100 children. Kickball will run June11 thru July 9. Can't make it for signups? Call Lori Sergi at 724-747-7240.


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Too Cold For Soccer? Not For Ringgold Area Youth Soccer Assoc. By Paul Chasko

Parents, grandparents and friends may have been freezing, but these kids needed to get out and play soccer. Opening day for the Ringgold Area Youth Soccer Association (RAYSA) was uninviting at best. It was 37 degrees with no sun shining as the games began at the Union Township Recreation Park. Then, add wet grass and little patches of cold, wet mud and anyone may want to stay home in a nice warm house – but not these kids. They were ready for some soccer. The Ringgold Area Youth Soccer Association – it pretty much says it all. Instructional teams covering all age groups play within the Ringgold Association until they learn the basics and then move on to traveling teams to play other teams through the Mon Valley. It’s a nice feeder program for Ringgold Varsity Soccer. The success of youth soccer in our area is evident in the fact that Union Township recreation facilities are fast becoming inadequate for its continued growth. Access and egress to and from the soccer fields at the Union Township Rec Park on Brownsville Road is becoming a problem. Parking even on the upper lots is becoming scarce on Soccer Saturdays and the narrow driveway from the upper lot to the soccer fields can barely allow two cars to pass. Deep muddy ruts on the sides of the narrow paved area indicate that the drive is too narrow to handle the traffic flow. Another recreation facility sometime in the future will be necessary to cope with growth in the township.

Tailgate party between games.

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Conflict coming up.

Take a look at the photos here and in our website photo gallery on www.messengerpaper.com. You’ll see some future soccer stars in the mix.

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller

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UNION TOWNSHIP Charles Cusic Housing & Urban Development Landmark Properties LLC Maronda Homes Inc. Douglas Wayne Kasten Generation Mortgage Co. Jean Martorana Maronda Homes Inc.

John Doleno Jason Mincin Daniel Passner Peter and Diane Guido Meadowbrook Investment Properties LLC Adam and Susan Morrow David and Kimberly Meehan Maria Beal

5074 Bowling Green St. 5113 Hill St. 31 Hiview Lane 125 Viareggio Way 5022 Norman Ave. 4443 Finleyville Elrama Road 319 Mingo Church Road 129 Viareggio Way

FINLEYVILLE Keith Pudlowski

First Commonwealth Bank

3532 Marion Ae

MONONGAHELA Charles Delsandro Pamela Dove Mary Lowry Estate of Bernice Minor Gregory Skinkis II Jay Peart Ronald Deberardinis Jr. Jeremiah McIntosh Howard Jackson estate et al. Francis J Dutch trustee

Chaz and Traygen Foster Wells Fargo Bank Juan Lopez and Gretchen Clegg DeLopez Gary Matthew Borneman Wells Fargo Bank Charles and Debbie Delsandro Air 5 Group LLC Allan McKinney Jr. and Anice McKinney Patricia Douglas Jamie Oatman

910 Lincoln St. 504 Chess St. 509 Second St. 1020 Howard St. 457 Hudson Ave. 1028 Thomas St. 221 W. Main St. 121 1/2 Church St. Hancock St. 401 Parkinson St.

NEW EAGLE Michiko Savarno

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CARROLL TOWNSHIP John Hough Adelaide Ripepi trustee Housing & Urban Development Casey Bartkus George Philips Jr. et al. Danielle Veranese Matthew Clayburgh

Bradon and Elizabeth Romito Daniel and Michelle Ripepi Frank and Florenc Nahar Shane Weber Gregory Salkeld Dana Dulski Joan Bartolotta

186 Route 837 22 Van Voorhis Lane 43 W. Monessen St. 1560 Walters St. 1359 Wickerham Drive 164 Taylor Run Road 128 Crestview Manor

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP PNC Bank NA Eric Sanderson Louis Mittenzwey Federal National Mortgage Assn. Denise Costa Estate of Antoon VanTol Estate of Patricia McCarey Robert Croyle Michael Burdell Michael Mitchko Estate of James Knight Paul Hawthorne et al. Clifton Easum

Randy and Bethany Geiser John and Kayleigh Matus Maria and George McCoy Richard Pershing Mark Malinowski Jr. William Beynon Gregory Humenick Scenery Holdings LLC David Morgan Adam and Megan Zysk Daniel McCandless Shannon Hawthorne Mark Smith

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Pleasant Hills Garden Club Schedules Plant Sale Gardeners are in for some pleasant surprises at the annual Pleasant Hills Garden Club plant sale. Perennials, vegetables and shrubs, grown by club members, will be sold at bargain prices. The Pleasant Hills Borough Building, at 410 East Bruceton Road, is the site of the sale to be held on Saturday, May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. For additional information, call Jan Nevling at 412-655-4604.

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller

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FORWARD TOWNSHIP Peoples Natural Gas Co. LLC

Allegheny Valley Connector LLC

Margaret Pascarella FWRR Development Trust 1003299 Michael Filia et al. Estate of Kathy Havel

FWRR Development Trust 1003299 Bradley and Deborah Hurlburt Casey McConeghy First Commonwealth Bank

Roberts Hollow Road $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $96,300). 3299 Rainbow Run Road $8,000 3299 Rainbow Run Road $15,000 773 Stanley Lane $77,000 3271 Rainbow Run Road $5,881 by sheriff's deed.

CLAIRTON US Bank NA trustee Sydney Malkin Irma DiMarco Pittsburgh Landmark Group LLC Federal National Mortgage Assn. Winifred Lynch Pittsburgh Landmark Group LLC Thomas Mooney Richard Smith

BJSJC LLC Ronald Sobol trustee Daryl Lucas Jr. Dovil Investments LLC Malkin Properties LLC CLSC Development Trust 100604 Ziva and Binyamin Shchory Federal National Mortgage Assn. Steel Green LLC

157 Carnegie Ave. 721 East Drive 536 N. State St. 541 Thompson Ave. 124 Constitution Circle 604 St. Clair Ave. 1009 Toman Ave. 1210 Toman Ave. 939 Vankirk St.

$21,110 $38,000 $21,500 $47,000 $23,000 $10,000 $49,000 $4,688 by sheriff's deed. $7,000

SOUTH PARK Richard Karl Zipf Jr. Bradley Poleski Brandon Enos Lora Trusiak Brandon Romito Vincent Jordan estate et al. Leonard Guidotti William Gadd Gary Eiter Cross Towne Properties Gary John Carmen

William and Virginia Arnold Vincent Sestito Phillip Michael Smith Jr. and Jennifer Smith Federal National Mortgage Assn. Keith Alan and Samantha Fabus Javan and Kelly Gilliam Cloteal and Jodie Moran Joseph and Michele Soflarsky RJ Property Management LLC 6365 Library Road LLC Thomas and Melinda Priano

2435 Bonnie Dell Drive 936 Broglie Drive 941 Broglie Drive 3091 Dara Drive 2912 Overhill St. 2920 Sebolt Road 3061 Sebolt Road 6106 Broad St. 6364 Crestview Drive 6365 Library Road Old Post Road

$205,000 $192,000 $137,000 $1,710 by sheriff's deed. $79,900 $44,500 $141,300 $130,000 $82,500 $650,000 $25,000


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SOUTH PARK Shirley Frank Smith Dennis Wayne Elko Paul Miller

Pap Pone Builders Inc. Richard Sabolcik Shane and Barri Holland

Brownsville Road 3694 Brownsville Road 117 Norrington Drive

BETHEL PARK Elizabeth Gorsic Collin Amos Charlene Didion John Thomas Mateka Timothy Delahanty Joshua Baker Darren Smith Louis George Knapil III Aaron Jennings Deborah Gray Philip Ripepi

Amber and Christopher Threadgill Christopher and Elizabeth Porchiran Mark and Kyle Marie Burkhart Holly Zusmer Eric Hladycz and Ashley Fannon William and Deborah Bradley Andrew and Tracy Zihmer Amanda Sue Miller Lynne Marie Lucchino Baptist Road Assoc. L.P. Baptist Road Assoc. L.P.

5321 Buick St. $200,000 5865 Kings School Road $120,500 5024 Lindermer Ave. $168,500 335 Marbury Road $80,000 725 Portia Drive $146,900 5820 Southampton Drive $167,500 5612 Tracy Drive $160,000 708 Tralee Drive $127,000 744 Tralee Drive $180,000 Baptist Road $90,000 Baptist Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $80,000). Baptist Road $80,000 815 Boulder Drive $299,900 4871 Criss Road $119,499 37 Ladera Drive $197,500 354 Church Road $240,000 5999 Dublin Road $156,000 5648 Florida Ave. $122,600 776 Greenhaven Drive $1,836 by sheriff's deed. 211 Horning Road $130,000 246 Horning Road $99,000 6050 Irishtown Road $100,000 1031 Paxton Drive $350,000 2806 Pine St. $37,000

Baptist Road Assoc. L.P. Philip and Josephine Ripepi Lawrence Kale Ryan and Katie Kuczynski Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co. trustee Jeffrey Swinyer RHO Enterprises Randolph Stepusin Joseph Karnash Ryan and Kimberly Gallagher Patricia Smith John and Michelle Loiacono Joan O'Neill John and Miranda Eslick Arpad Kovach Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Joseph Madden Kathryn Rose and Clyde Elliott Nelson Robert Gergerich Jr. Christine Htoon George Miller Joshua Allegrucci Morgan's Restaurants Pennsylvania Inc. Bethel RE LLC Federal National Mortgage Assn. David Aubele

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These Tips Can Help You Save Water And Money (NAPS)—Regular sprinkler maintenance could save as much as $120 annually on your water bills! Before you take your sprinkler system out of hibernation, use a little “water sense” and take four simple steps to get it ready for efficient operation—inspect, connect, direct and select: • Inspect your irrigation system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. • Connect sprinkler heads tightly to pipes or hoses to prevent water pooling in your landscape and leaks. • Direct spray away from your driveway and sidewalk to water only your lawn or plants. • Select a watering schedule that meets your yard’s minimum needs or, better yet, replace your clock timer with a WaterSense® labeled irrigation controller, which uses local weather data to control your system to water only when needed. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro—look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled certification program. On your next trip to the nursery, look for plants that are local to your region or labeled “drought tolerant.” You can learn moreby visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor.

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BETHEL PARK Fred Cerminara et al. Richard Hizer et al. Teresa Shaheen Robert Schwartz Dennis Cox Crescent Contracting Corp. Sam Bain Venture Inc. Applied Health Physics Inc. Thomas Keck Jeffrey Leghart Federal National Mortgage Assn. $85,000.

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Edwin Neal Justin Lewis 4ScaliseRE LLC et al. Brian Irwin Alexis Cascio Libbi Finelsen David and Phyllis Funari Mobley Holdings LLC Mobley Holdings LLC Jeffrey Deal and Monica Vaught Bryan Stokes and Melissa Ondesko Paul Hartman Jr.

101 Slatewood Court 5637 Villahaven Drive 4464 Third St. 430 Abbeyville Road 703 Berrington Court 6525 Coventry Court 3406 Forest Road 2982 Industrial Blvd. 2986 Industrial Blvd. 3599 Myrna Drive 4788 Prescott Drive 1000 Timberidge Drive

PLEASANT HILLS Sara Basulto Precision Rentals LLC Southwestern Group Ltd. Estate of Annette Belic Nathan Hogan Theodore George Lillico Lorraine Salla Dustin Hirner Robinson Fore Inc. DNO Realty LLC George McClure Michael Holzer et al. James Follin

Federal National Mortgage Assn. Saunders Painting LLC SW Real Estate Co. L.P. John Sears and Alexandra Marie Tambellini John and Marcia Durgee Brett Smith Anthony Riepole Felino Obillo Jr. William and Frances Voelker Robert and Kathy McCall Amy Smith Joshua Englert Michael and Alexis Falcione

433 Arbor Lane Clairton Blvd. Route 51 502 N. Lewis Run Road 503 Hi Tor Drive 173 McClellan Drive 432 Arbor Lane 333 Constitution Drive 633 Inglefield Drive 170 Robinson Drive Terence Drive 364 Yarrow Lane 315 Old Clairton Road 282 Toura Drive

JEFFERSON HILLS Environmentally Sound Enterp. LLC Theodore Paladino et al. Paul Assenti et al. Brett Smith James Shore James Lillico Zokaites Properties L.P. Stephen Johnson

NVR Inc. Janson and Jo Lynn Janosko David Greenwald Joseph and Michele Mele Kurt Mahan Marsha Opacic Donald and Eileen Ferguson Michael Holzer and Jodie Baselj

Greene Drive and Washington Drive Oneida Drive Ridge Road 525 Coal Valley Road 118 Hillview Road 330 New World Drive 5034 Dana Drive 308 Tangelo Drive

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BALDWIN BOROUGH Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Brownsville Plaza Develop. Partn. L.P Estate of Henry Rexa Dominic Valeri Holly HIll Development Corp. Andrew Boltz Edward Wietholder

Bailey Land Co. Ltd. Cole MT Baldwin PA LLC Robert and Paulette Rusbridge US Bank NA trustee NVR Inc. Natalie Lorraine Seigh and Janice Smetanka Leah Kennedy and Oscar Morales

413 Bliss Drive 338 Brownsvlle Road and Knoedler Dr 139 Kathleen Drive 1445 Prospect Road 1606 Towervue Drive 458 Balconade Drive 2857 Custer Ave.

Price $240,000 $104,000 $57,000 $50,000 $145,000 $259,900 $222,000 $21,000 $305,000 $155,000 $167,000

$1,713 by sheriff's deed. $105,000 $25,091,000 $135,000 $189,900 $125,000 $120,000 $334,900 $49,500 $250,000 $149,000 $167,480 $180,000 $42,000 $193,000 $12,000 $384,000 $58,000 $72,000 $343,309 $172,500 $7,500 $71,500 $3,610,000 $125,000 $1,865 by sheriff's deed. $42,000 $117,000 $65,000

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BALDWIN BOROUGH Citizens Bank Eric Hummel Timothy Ballou Jr. Patricia Huston Mary Jones Estate of James Kramer Teresa Lancia Carolyn Dyer et al. Estate of Eugene Skerba Kristin Hunter Estate of Gertrude Jacobs Holly Hill Development Corp.

Eric and Debora Cooksey Erin Brunazzi Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee Willard and Patricia Rockwell Charles Svirk Jeremy Dentel Carol Lancia David and Susanne Shearer Jeff DeBianco Bank America NA Jason Hoffman and Samantha Wilkinson NVR Inc.

507 Rosewood Drive 807 Steiner St. 2813 Castleview Drive 530 Jenne Drive 449 North St. 3312 Vernon Ave. 5218 Becky Drive 5016 Bluff St. 2936 Custer Ave. 1670 Dunluce Drive 167 Pinchtown Road 1604 Towervue Drive

$57,000 $83,500 $5,728 by sheriff's deed. $95,195 $22,500 $71,250 $66,500 $60,000 $47,500 $3,280 by sheriff's deed. $119,900 $42,000

BALDWIN TOWNSHIP Estate of James Fey William Charles Bradley Lee Ann Lansing

First National Bank Pennsylvania Zachery Ostrowski Matthew Rosario and Kari Hoover

848 Middle Road 543 Old Farm Road 709 Rose Lane

$1,790 by sheriff's deed. $115,600 $132,500

WHITEHALL Estate of Jennifer Schaad Stefko Franklin Enos Harris Boyce Jason Michael Larkin Rachel Hennessey Randi Hoffman et al. Jahangir Cheema Rebecca Perallo Laurence McGaffin estate of Leigh DeFalle Huckabee Dollar Bank FSB Estate of Marcella Lalley

Stephen Cimorelli Mark Susan John Boyce Jr. and Jannette Boyce Edward Quigley Matthew and Patricia Fusco Darla Come Daniel and Amanda Gleixner Deo and Pruna Bastola Svetlan Kirkov and Simona Partinova Jonathan Lippert Peter Visloski and Dwain Schorr Safari Properties LLC

5233 Sherwood Drive 1555 Bevan Road 5065 Raintree Drive 4763 Sherwood Drive 3180 Bel Air Drive 16 Hennig Drive 5336 Orchard Hill Drive 1149 Prospect Road 24 Stilley Road 378 Streets Run Road 455 Streets Run Road 4728 Brownsville Road

EXPIRES Expires05/30/2014 03-31-14

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Penn State Master Gardener Perennial Plant Sale to be Held in Fayette County Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Fayette County will host a perennial plant sale on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Youth Building. Again this year, there will be a lecture and demonstration by a Penn State Master Gardener at 10:30 a.m. Just in time for Mother’s Day, preorders for Oglevee geraniums and hanging baskets are being taken now. Orders of geraniums are to be picked up at the fairground on May 10th. Please call the extension office at 724-438-0111 for more information.

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WHITEHALL Marilyn Joy Mueskes Judith Ann Lakomy Valera Posa Arthur Morally Jr. Federal National Mortgage Assn. Federal National Mortgage Assn.

Brian and Sara Beth Vallor Corey Lakomy Russell and Elizabeth Zavolta Janet Graffam Horizon Home Solutions LLC Michael Fritch and Margaret Springer

4740 Doverdell Drive 4970 Doyle Road 606 Greenlee Road 923 Jill Drive 4512 W. Barlind Drive 4730 W. Barlind Drive

BRENTWOOD Christine Druga Brendel Michael Engelhardt Kathleen Brownlee Stephen Calabrese Colette Ulrich Frankowski et al. Jami Munizza Dhana Phuyel Steven McBride Estate of Richard Schaefer George Hollander Housing & Urban Development Remi Realty L.P. Samuel Stringe

Randolph Polishen Devin Shives Jessica Thieret Uprite General Contractors GI Western Properties Corp. Michael Tony Christine and Matthew Brendel Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Steven Sinning and Christina Harr Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas trustee Robert Armstrong Machelle and Kirk Sanders Chad Ringbloom

200 Beisner Ave. and Lanmore Ave. 3846 Dalewood St. 517 Pointview Road 3117 Villawood Ave. 16 W. Garden Road 204 E. Garden Road 21 W. Willock Road 2965 Brevard Ave. 119 Pointview Road 2900 Willett Road 203 Burdine St. 2806 Pyramid Ave. 3007 Pyramid Ave.

$85,000 $99,900 $109,500 $15,000 $33,000 $35,000 $114,900 $1,785 by sheriff's deed. $112,000 $2,305 by sheriff's deed. $48,973 $89,900 $55,000

NOTTINGHAM TOWNSHIP Byron Ruth VWS Inc. Ronald Christopher Kenneth Hanawalt

Ricardo and Taryn Babirad Briana and Joshua Smydo Federal National Mortgage Assn. Shana Quinn

459 Muntown Road Sugar Run Road 714 Valley View Road 1339 Venetia Road

$260,000 $50,000 $1,366 by sheriff's deed. $300,000

PETERS TOWNSHIP NVR Inc. Charles Kramer

Jason Aguirre Crossroads Acquistions LLC

550 Cortland Drive 107 E. McMurray Road

$198,000 $50,000 $135,000 $270,000 $81,750 $180,000

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Buyer John Michael Simmons Emily Paulos and David Kutschbach Fox Ridge Village L.P. Crossroads Acquistions LLC Alysse Sistik Michael and Heather Dugar Jonathan and Mary Huesdash Jodi and Jason Larkin Mark Rollinson Kurtis Hoffman Adam and Tonya Winkler Phillip and Amy Wilding James Fleming and Darlene Anderson Rosalia Munne Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Brian and Leanne Dummer Jan Cerminara and Alfred Cerminara III Joshua and Caitlin Baker RHCC Land Development L.P.

Address 2729 Locust Drive 153 Roscommon Place Thomas Road Washington Road 412 E. McMurray Road 117 Fox Creek Road 167 Froebe Road 42 Lintel Drive 132 Mallard Lane 167 Pleasantview Drive 108 Rebecca Drive 147 Scenic Ridge Drive 121 Spring St. 216 Stonebrook Drive Whispering Pines 104 Windsor Court 709 Chadwick Drive 104 Cornerstone Court 549 Cortland Drive S. Heide Lane

CHARLEROI Christopher Lee Charleroi Community Park trustee

Reginas Enterprise Inc. G & B Property Management LLC

Brenda Kyle Veterans Administration Nungas Lugra Dewata Real Est. Invest. Thomas Baker Donald Hewitt ARH Properties LLC Michael Tertichny

Charleroi Borough Fred Culler Jr. Eric Girard Eli Polovina III and Elizabeth Polovina Lamar Edwards Patricia Chowdhury Federal National Mortgage Assn.

716 Sixth St. $27,100 90 Chamber Plaza $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $65,000). 920 Fallowfield Ave. Rear $5,000 701 Fifth St. $17,500 328 Washington Ave. $16,390 713 Lincoln Ave. $17,000 718 Washingon Ave. $7,500 527 Washington Ave. $1,525 205 Prospect Ave. $1,405 by sheriff's deed.

NORTH CHARLEROI Estate of Linda Lee Prokopovich

Price $170,000 $200,000 $28,000 $1,800,000 $125,000 $400,000 $361,000 $427,835 $439,900 $405,000 $575,000 $755,000 $148,100 $155,000 $150,000 $155,000 $612,777 $296,000 $398,090 $110,000

Federal National Mortgage Assn.

644 Highland Ave.

$2,460 by sheriff's deed.

BENTLEYVILLE Deborah Schuessler Jason Ruscitto

Wayne and Deborah Schuessler M & M Management Co.

762 Mary St. 103 Johnston Road

$158,000 $11,000

DONORA Carrie Dague Joseph Pozzi Michael Aubain Marcy Kathleen Crow Bank New York Mellon Edward Gencher

US Bank NA trustee US Bank trustee Verle and Cara Haines Kyrie Anderson Joshua and Amanda Crockett Rayjohn Property Mgmt LLC

816 Thompson Ave. 1040 McKean Ave. 236 Waddell Ave. 317 Market St. 735 Thompson Ave. 1301 13th St.

FALLOWFIELD Estate of Frank Blazevich Mary Hall Sherry Gray

Kaitlyn Roth et al. and Steven Cox Matt Melvin Maintenance LLC Jarrad St. Cyr

Route 481 52 Wheatley Road 17 Smith St.

$70,000 $8,000 $135,000

MONESSEN Andrew Desak Estate of Lorraine Essey Jeanette Haddad Federal National Mortgage Assn. Donald Blair

Twin Keys LLC Gary and Vicki Atkins Steven and Pamela Spence Sean Rendleman Debra Clark

Sixth St. Athalia Ave. 1304 Rostraver St. 215 Elm Ave. 455 Knox Ave.

$84,500 $43,000 $30,900 $8,000 $30,000

ROSTRAVER Gary Greer Bank New York Mellon Trust Co. Richard Clark Estate of James Fogg Jr. Vincent Church Kirti Patel

Jarrod and Therese Berkey Will and Carol Maurer James and Beth Stokes David and Kathryn Pomykala Thomas Simon and Nina Stobaugh Titan Hospitality Inc.

Daryl Risker

Gerald and Carolyn Dushack

1159 Fells Church Road $85,150 2002 Highview Drive $184,299 535 Skyline Drive $662,500 632 Skyline Drive $305,000 640 Circle Drive $65,000 827 Finley Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1,030,000). 412 Mulberry Lane $68,000

$1,931 by sheriff's deed. $1,499 by sheriff's deed. $25,000 $6,500 $8,500 $9,000

Tips And Tools For Your Spring Cleanup (NAPS)—There’s good news for homeowners preparing for their first yard work of the season. For starters, homeowners should be aware that advances in battery technology are making it possible for the performance of cordless tools to match that of their gas-powered counterparts. Thanks to a new wave of batterypowered tools, such as the OREGON 40V MAX* Cordless Tool System, homeowners no longer have to sacrifice power for convenience. To help make your cleanup easier—and greener—the experts at OREGON offer these tips: • Choose the right tools. For instance, battery-powered tools start instantly. • Clean up the yard. Remove leaves and winter debris from lawn and shrub planting areas before new growth starts. Inspect trees and shrubs for winter damage, then use a chain saw or pole saw to trim damaged limbs back to the nearest healthy bud. Lightweight, cordless chain saws and pole saws can be excellent tools for this kind of task. • Prune trees and shrubs at the right time for maximum leaf growth. Most shrubs and ground covers are best pruned in early spring, before they start to grow. • Keep grass trimmed to ward off weeds and summer drought. Cut lawns low and re-establish edges along shrub beds, walks and driveways in early spring. Allow your lawn to grow taller as it enters late spring or summer to improve drought stress. • Be a better neighbor. Compared to their gas-powered counterparts, cordless tools are low noise and quiet between cuts. To learn more about battery-powered tools, visit the website www.OregonCordless.com. *Fully charged battery voltage measured without a workload is 40 volts. Nominal voltage is 36 or 37 depending on battery used.


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ROSTRAVER Philip Urlacher Peoples Natural Gas Co. LLC

Nicholas and Lauren Ciaccia Allegheny Valley Connector LLC

David Williams Carole Leonard Jason Martincic Audrey Jean Lynn Carolyn Gallick Beverly Reeb Thomas Smitley

Susan Altman Anthony Hutskow II Janie Stevens Anthony and Cynthia Owens Dean Migliori Daniel and Marcy Bakaitus Jessie Ward

Eric Matson Jessie Ward

Richard and Edwina Matson Thomas Smitley

Finleyville Community Center

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Mary Snyder Glenn Harvey James Gallina

Itama Development LLP Troy Collier and Lisa Steiner James Gallina trustee

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623 Rosewood St. $330,000 T427 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $4,000). 920 Tyrol Blvd. $380,000 680 Circle Drive $42,000 302 Davinci Court $270,000 230 Lynn Trailer Court $43,500 621 Rostraver Road $122,500 176 W. McClain Road $210,000 216 Carson St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $6,445). 371 Leeper Road $108,000 Ross St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1,167). 536 Ross St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $12,469). Tyrol Blvd. $140,000 112 Valley View Drive $249,900 216 Van Meter Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $22,323). Weddell Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $2,335). 352 Zundel St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $4,016). Baltimore St. Fell St.

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School News...School News MCRS Raises Money for Mission in Peru

"Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" Madonna Catholic Regional

SCHOOL NEWS Register Now for 2013 - 2015 School Year

Prayer Partners Prepare for Easter

Registration is open for the 2014-2015 school year. We offer 2, 3, and 5-Day Early Childhood Programs including all-day programs and full-day kindergarten - grade 8. Tuition assistance is available. We invite you to visit our website at www.madonnacatholic.com. Follow us on Facebook! If you would like to take a tour of the school, or set up an appointment to speak with us, please feel free to contact us at 724-258-3199.

During the Lenten Season, older students are paired with younger students for prayer partners.

MCRS raised money for the Chimbote Mission in Peru with a "Change for Chimbote" project.

Clifford Visits MCRS!

MCRS MathCounts Team Competes at W & J.

Family Fun Night

School Receives ‘Buddy Bench’

Our Family Fun Night featured "Minute To Win It" games. Winners pose with trophies.

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PTHS Students Recognized for Scores on National German Exam Peters Township High School German students recently tested their knowledge by taking the National German Exam. Overall 18 students were recognized with Gold, Silver or Bronze awards for their performance on the exam. The test incorporates both text and audio portions and is taken by more than 22,000 students each year. Below is a list of the students and their awards: GOLD AWARDS: (90th percentile or better) Steven Babyak Ian Gautschi Matt Gummersbach Luke Karavolis Max Lindsay Logan Ondos Connor Schwartz SILVER AWARDS: (80th-89th percentile) Jon Dewitt Laura Ehrenberger Steven Lo Hayden Roy Varun Sharma Laura Shope BRONZE AWARDS: (70th-79th percentile) Steven Hart Sam Lindsay Jacklyn Vollmer Nathaniel Wang Roy Wang

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Monet Wade Named Monessen Lions Student of the Month On March 20, 2014 the Monessen Lions honored Monet Wade as our student of the month. Monet attends Monessen High School. She is pictured here with her sister, Raven Anderson.

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Saint Elizabeth Elementary School Holds 2014-15 School Year Registration Are you unhappy with your child's school? Is your child's current school dropping fine arts or computer from the curriculum? Saint Elizabeth Elementary School in Baldwin offers a well-rounded academic curriculum and is currently accepting registrations for 3-year-old preschool through the 8th grade for the 2014-15 school year. Openings are still available in all grade levels, however, some are filling quickly. Financial assistance is available. For a tour of the school or additional information, call 412-881-2958. We look forward to hearing from you.

GRC Scholarship Recipients for DEC, WCCC, and Cal U Announced Each year, the GRC awards three scholarships to students from our service area attending Douglas Education Center, Westmoreland County Community College, and California University of PA. Award recipients for 2013 were: • Douglas Education Center – Zack Bowers • Westmoreland County Community College – Tess Galensky • California University of PA – Brandon Arnold

Pictured are Douglas Education Center scholarship recipient Zack Bowers with GRC Director Gina C. Lynn.

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Charleroi Student Develops Organic Food Garden Charleroi alumnus James Protin has partnered with current Charleroi senior Emily Mills to develop an organic food garden, which will be used for scientific research. With the help of faculty and students alike, Emily has formed a plan to develop a food garden behind the school. She plans to incorporate aspects of chemistry, biology, and economics while promoting the all-encompassing theme of sustainability. The team will document research from this garden, as well as the School Health Emily Mills Council’s garden, and use these findings to develop alternative methods of agriculture. Thanks to Mr. Protin’s support, Emily will be able to develop an organic garden at CHS that will also help her grow in her future career plans in the development of sustainable agriculture.

California University of Pennsylvania Among North America’s ‘Greenest’ Colleges California University of Pennsylvania again has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America. The Princeton Review has included Cal U in the 2014 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges," published in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The 216-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. This year’s edition of “Green Colleges” notes that by using geothermal energy to heat and cool its residence halls, Cal U “reduced energy usage on campus to an astounding 57% below the average university in the Pennsylvania State System.” Each of the 322 school profiles in the guide features essential information for college applicants — facts about school demographics, admission, financial aid and more — plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. Among Cal U’s academic offerings are programs of study in geology, environmental earth science, conservation ecology, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife biology, meteorology and more. To learn more, visit www.calu.edu.

Mon Valley Head Start in Monessen Now Enrolling Mon Valley Head Start is now enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Mon Valley Head Start is located at 412 Reed Ave., Monessen. For more information, call 724-834-1260 ext. 350. We offer: • Free preschool classroom experiences for children 3 and 4 • Locations countywide • Support services for children with special needs • Family support services • Kindergarten readiness activities • Active parent involvement • Nutritious, family-style meals and snacks • Limited bus transportation

Thomas Jefferson High School Open House Scheduled for May 17th West Jefferson Hills School District will open the doors to Thomas Jefferson High School on May 17 as part of the Construction Committee’s Open House. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and tours will be conducted every half-hour. Residents can meet the architect for the new high school and fill out suggestion cards to note what they would like to see in the new Thomas Jefferson High School. Club booths will be set up so students can raise money for various interests, and the football field will be open to the public. From 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a club-organized dinner fundraiser. At 6:45 p.m., the district will show Disney’s The Lion King in the auditorium. Admission will be free and concessions will be offered by a student-run club.

Transition Class Offered for Kindergarten Readiness at John McMillan Preschool Spring is here, and many local elementary schools are having kindergarten registration. If your child seems to be struggling with some of the “readiness skills” expected by the elementary schools or if he or she seems to have difficulty functioning in a large group setting … know that you do have options. John McMillan Preschool has a morning Transition Class (or “T-Class”) for those children that would benefit from an additional year of preschool before entering kindergarten. Our program runs Monday -Thursday from 9 until 11:30 a.m., with the option of adding addition time in the Lunch & Learning program. With a much smaller student-to-teacher ratio than in the elementary school, our teachers are able to offer a curriculum which is both challenging and fun! Children learn through a variety of formal and informal activities. There is increased emphasis on pre-reading, math, writing and language skills in a nurturing environment that enhances self-confidence and a love of learning. Curriculum includes the recognition of upper- and lower-case letters, recognition of numbers 1 - 20, and identification of letter sounds. “Dolch Words” (or instant sight words) are introduced each week during the morning meeting. Professional visitors, monthly chapel time, and many field trips provide new experiences and increase children's knowledge of the world around them. Children are invited into our T-Class program when they’ve had at least one full year of preschool and have reached the age of 4 1/2 before September 1st. Children that do not meet these prerequisites are welcome to join us in the Fours class, which is equally successful at preparing children for kindergarten! If you’d like to learn more about our Transition Class or any of the programs available at John McMillan Preschool, please call Pat Folino at 412833-4704 or email us at JMPCPreschool@yahoo.com.


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Spring Has Sprung!

Science is fun!

5th graders Nakiyah Johnson, Kyra Frankert and Mackenzie Adams show off the chicks that their classrooms worked on as part of an embryology project. Each 5th grade classroom started with 8 eggs and eventually raised the chicks until they were ready to be released. All chicks went to live on a farm with a loving family.

Clairton Seniors Gain Interviewing Advice

6th grade students Kaitlyn Brown and Philip Bowman check out science projects during the 6th grade science fair held on April 16th. Each 6th grader made a science project and displayed/presented it to their peers, parents, and teachers.

Spring has sprung and the garden is growing at Clairton City School District. The Clairton City School District CASTLE program students and partners are gaining hands-on environmental education through a garden project. CASTLE (Clairton's After-School Teaching & Learning Experience) students built and installed four 4-by-8foot raised garden beds.

Girls on the Run!

Save the Date!

The Girls on the Run club prepares for upcoming races by practicing after school 3 days a week. The Girls on the Run club currently has approximately 50 members and will participate in two or more races this spring.

May 2 - Annual Elementary Spelling Bee May 12-16 - Scholastic Book Fair May 13 – The Clairton Elementary Choral Spring Concert will be held in the high school auditorium at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Clairton Celebrates the ‘Month of the Young Child’

Pictured are city manager Howard Bednar and senior Vance Allen.

Reaching the Reachable Mentoring Group hosted mock interviews for the senior class in April. Each senior was paired with a member of the mentoring group and was not only interviewed but also given interviewing tips and advice. Reaching the Reachable includes alumni, school and city officials, and those who care about bettering Clairton.

Preparing for the parade are 3rd graders Max Carnegie, Carmen Breegle, and Mason Suss, who carried the opening banner.

Pictured with elementary parade participants are high schooler's Krislynn Jones, Asia Lloyd, Jaquela Gaynor and Sacren Gaynor.

For the Month of the Young Child parade, high school students volunteered to be beloved children's characters during the parade.

During the Month of the Young Child parade, Columbia Gas’ Digger Dog enjoyed the parade and took time at the end to pose with Mrs. Englert's 2nd grade class.

Dressed in a rainbow of colors representing each classroom, students in kindergarten through second grade marched through the halls with the high school band, honeybears, cheerleaders, special characters and guests. To conclude the parade they performed “What I Am.”


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YOUR HEALTH MARK YOUR CALENDAR

St. Clair Hospital Conducts Free Skin Cancer Screening

St. Clair Hospital is sponsoring its annual FREE Skin Cancer Screening from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 29 in Sipe Infusion Center, Third Floor, St. Clair Hospital, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. Board-certified dermatologist Jason G. Whalen, M.D. and Nicole Funt, MPAS-PA of Mt. Lebanon Dermatology will be performing targeted screenings. These screenings of suspicious areas are by appointment only and space is limited.Please register by calling 412942-5082 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Rite Aid May Wellness 65+ Event Scheduled in South Park Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 6375 Library Road in South Park, will be holding its monthly Wellness 65+ Event on Wednesday, May 7 from 10 a .m. to 2 p.m. The focus this month is on Immunization Awareness. The wellness ambassador will be available for free blood pressure checks and will have materials concerning the dangers of pneumonia and whooping cough and types of prevention. Free skin care samples, moisturizers and vitamin coupons will be available. All 65+ wellness members will receive 20% off most in store purchases the entire day. The Pharmacist on staff will be available for consultation and the administration of the pneumonia, Tdap, and shingles (Zostavax) vaccines. Call Leslie at 412-831-8350 for more information.

Family Hospice Offers Support Groups All events listed below are free to the public. No registration is required. For more information on these South Hills support groups, contact the Family Hospice Bereavement Dept. at 412-5728829. • The Family Hospice Inpatient Center & Administrative Offices, 50 Moffett St., Mt. Lebanon, 3rd Monday of every month, 7 - 8:30 p.m. • Southminster House, 801 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon, 2nd Tuesday of every month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. • Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, 5001 Baptist Rd., Whitehall, 1stThursday of every month, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Time to Take Advantage of Friends of the South Park Township Library’s “3 Months of Fitness Classes for $99” The Friends are offering, for the 4th year, their “3 months of fitness classes for $99” for the summer months of June, July and August. The pass can be used only for these three months beginning June 2. On September 2, the regular price will resume. During these months, you'll be able to try each and every class (4 different ones), as often in a week as you'd like in that three-month period. What a deal! This price is not a student price, but one for everyone taking these classes during those months. If you already have a regular price pass, you can still use it or save it until September. Try power cut/ lifting on Mondays from 9:15 - 10:30; floor & more on Wednesdays from 9:15 - 10:30; booty blast on Friday from 9:15 - 10:30, or “Overweight and Out of Shape” on Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m. Try one particular class or mix and match. Info sheets on all of the Friends' classes can be found on the Friends' Information stand in the library. Classes are held in the South Park Township Community Center Building on Brownsville Rd. across from Bavarian Village. Plenty of parking is available. “Friends” classes are taught by Fran Campas. Passes can be bought at any first class you plan on trying. Attend your first class, buy your pass from Fran, then start your session immediately. You can also obtain a summer pass at the South Park Township library. Pay with cash or check. Make checks out to Friends of S.P. Library and mark “summer fitness classes” on it. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for easy, flexible, more comfortable movements. Bring a towel/mat, and then begin to work out at your own pace. Have set of small hand weights? Bring them along, if you'd like. Further info on these classes can be obtained by calling Fran 412 8351151.


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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL MAY EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during May. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. AUXILIARY BOOK FAIR - Friday, May 2 begins at 9 a.m., ECC. This event is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, May 6 – Thursday, May 8 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how eating habits affect your blood glucose control. To register, call 724-258-1483. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS - Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 – 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. A four-week series of prenatal education classes designed to prepare couples for their baby’s birth. To register, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9. BONE DENSITY SCREENING Wednesday, May 7 from 1 – 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at Finleyville Giant Eagle. This free, painless screening and educational program, to celebrate National Osteoporosis Month, will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis. Donna Hatalowich will present a free informational program, “Do You Have Osteoporosis?” For more information, call 724-348-6699. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Monday, May 12 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. The topic will be, “Understanding Your Blood Sugars.” To register, call 724-258-1483. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB Tuesday, May 13 from 2 – 3 p.m., ECC. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724344-0287. RSDS SUPPORT GROUP Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

RSDS SUPPORT GROUP Wednesday, May 14 from 2 – 4 p.m., Finleyville Community Center. Dr. Paul Ruschak, M.D., will perform screenings in recognition of National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection Month. To register, call 724-258-1333. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-292-9404. INNOVATIONS IN MEDICINE: ARTHRITIS AND RELATED DISEASES - Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m., ECC. Ajay Mathur, M.D., rheumatologist, will present a free program to discuss several of the most common types of arthritis and treatments. To register, call 724-258-1333. OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, May 15 from 2 – 3:30 p.m., ECC. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1773. TOURETTE SYNDROME INFORMATION EXPO - Thursday, May 15 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. Hosted by PA State Representatives, Ted Harhai and Deberah Kula, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc. (PA-TSA). It features administrators, parents and volunteers speaking about the services available to medical professionals, schools and individuals for those diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. To register, email mjsmith@pahouse.net or call 724-684-2939. AARP 55 ALIVE REFRESHER DRIVING COURSE - Friday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. The nation’s first and largest classroom driver improvement course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. The cost is $15 per person for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required, call 724-258-1333. PREMIER DESIGNS JEWELRY SALE HOSTED BY THE AUXILIARY - Friday, May 16 begins at 9 a.m., Hospital Lobby. Find your spring treasure in the variety of jewelry available. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

GALA 26: JUNGLE CRUISE Saturday, May 17 at 6 p.m., Westin Convention Center – Allegheny Grand Ballroom, third floor. Join the MVH family and friends at the 26th annual Gala for a captivating evening of elegance and grace to dance the night away with Finesse Superband. Cost is $175. Black Tie Preferred. For tickets call 724-258-1657. BREASTFEEDING CLASS Monday, May 19 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, May 20 – Thursday, May 22 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how eating habits affect your blood glucose control. To register, call 724258-1483. ONCOLOGY SYMPOSIUM Wednesday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. This free annual program featuring renowned speakers from across the country is designed as an update for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in Oncology. Topics include Personalizing Treatment for Advanced NSCLC: Challenging Cases from Practice; Navigating HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Case-Based Community Discussions With the Experts; Understanding TSC-Associated Renal AML: Updates and Insights on Diagnosis, Prognosis and Management; and Modern Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Management: Expert Guidance for Individualized Care in the Community Setting. Registration required. Call 724-258-1750. SHINGLES VACCINE CLINIC Tuesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. – noon, Healthy Directions at Finleyville Giant Eagle. Chiara Gessler, Giant Eagle pharmacist, and Michelle Antanovich, CRNP, Healthy Directions Clinical Lead, will be available to discuss and administer the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine to qualifying individuals. Contact your insurance company for coverage and cost information. To schedule an appointment, call 724-348-6699.

TALK WITH A DOC: SHOULDER PAIN - Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m., Bethel Park Municipal Building. Richard Mitchell, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will present a free program to discuss common treatments for multiple kinds of shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tears and arthritis. To register, call 724-258-1333. ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION Tuesday, May 27 from 6 - 9 p.m., ECC. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-6849536. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, May 28 from 9 - 11 a.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self-Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. To register, call 724-258-1483. MASQUERADE JEWELRY SALE HOSTED BY THE AUXILIARY Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 begins at 8 a.m., ECC. Whether contemporary or classic, here you will be sure to find your favorite style of jewelry. This event is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, May 29 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1455. PUBLIC FIRST-AID INSTRUCTION - Thursday, May 29 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-684-9536.


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Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month Begins May 15th with Information Expo at Monongahela Valley Hospital The Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA) has scheduled an Information Expo May 15, 2014 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center located on the grounds of Monongahela Valley Hospital. This Awareness Month event is sponsored by State Representatives Ted Harhai and Deb Kula. Pictured are (l-r): Matt Lewis, Rachel Lewis, and Magnus PA-TSA is located in Lewis.Matt and Rachel Lewis found out about PA-TSA central Pennsylvania; after their son Magnus, now 14 and an 8th grader at Belle Vernon Area Middle School, was officially diagnosed however, they service with TS when he was in the 3rd grade. the entire Commonwealth by providing information, education and disability TSA and is working closely with the advocacy for individuals with State representatives, their staff and Tourette syndrome in Pennsylvania. Monongahela Valley Hospital to Rachel Lewis of Rostraver plan this event, which will focus on Township is a local representative, bringing more awareness of Tourette volunteer and board member of PA- syndrome to the Pittsburgh area.

CONTACT INFORMATION

To learn more about Tourette syndrome, or if you or someone you know can benefit from the services offered by the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance, please join us for this free session, which is open to the public. Please RSVP to Ted Harhai’s office at 724-684-2939 or at mjsmith@pahouse.net by May 7th.

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A: Gastroenterology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine concerning the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system. The latter includes the intestinal tract (which consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, and rectum) and three major digestive organs : the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

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A: Most of the work done here involves diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for diseases of the esophagus, stomach, and colon. One common procedure is called an EGD in which a thin optical tube connected to a television monitor is passed through the patient's mouth to examine the stomach, all done under conscious sedation. Common conditions such as reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease are easily diagnosed in this examination, and biopsies can be obtained to determine if cancer is present. Another procedure frequently performed is Colonoscopy. In this case, a long flexible scope is passed thru the rectum and guided thru the colon, under direct visualization on the television monitor. Common conditions such as colitis, diverticulosis, benign polyps, and colon cancer are diagnosed in this manner. Polyps can be removed with electrocautery techniques to prevent their developing into cancer. Patients undergoing Colonoscopy are required to cleanse their colon with a bowel prep taken the day prior to examination Both procedures are performed comfortably with IV sedatives administered by the Department of Anesthesia.

Q: How are endoscopic procedures scheduled? A: Patients either request the examinations themselves, or are referred by their primary care physicians. Sometime it is recommended that the patients meet their endoscopist durind an office visit prior to the procedure, but in some case this is not necessary and the patient can meet the endoscopist the morning of the examination. In some cases preoperative laboratory testing and an EKG might be required before the procedure. All patients must provide a driver because the sedation makes driving a vehicle unsafe.

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Casegard Ammo Wallets (8) for pistol ammo. Holds 18 rounds of 41 Mag - 44 Mag. $20; Archery safety harness, matrix camo pattern. Leg loops. Foot straps. Tree strap with safety belt attachment. Unused $35. Call 724-446-7148. ____________________________________ Two galvanized pipes 3/4" OD, 11 ft. long. Threaded both ends. $15.00 each; Two galvanized pipes 3/4" OD., 15 1/2 ft. long. Threaded both ends. $20 each. Call 724-446-7148. ____________________________________ Shadowbox with peg approximately 11" H x 5" W. Twenty nine wooden painted miniatures. Includes miniatures for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hunting Camp. Miniatures are decorative. $20. Call 724-446-7148. ____________________________________ 4 adjoining plots for sale. Mon Valley Memorial Park "Garden of the Cross" area. Beautiful view of the valley and river below. New lots through cemetery sell for $975 each. Will sell ALL 4 for $3000, 2 for $1600 or $850 each. Deed Transfer fee included____________________________________ ($95/lot)! 724-650-3520 Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora, 2 lots and 2 vault, $3600. 2 Lots $1600. Call 724-258-8631 ____________________________________ SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! www.logcabinstables.com. 724787-4817 ____________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. ____________________________________ DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-281-4970 ____________________________________ SAFE STEP TUBS. Enjoy safety, comfort and therapeutic relief from the best walk-in tubs made in the USA. Call 1-888-734-4527 for FREE information and SENIOR DISCOUNTS! ____________________________________ The path to your dream job begins with a college degree. Education Quarters offers a free college matching service. CALL 1-800-375-6219 ____________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED --------------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------Bunk Beds w/Mattresses, Never Used, Heavy Duty Oak Finish $350 724-747-9216 ____________________________________ Shotgun, MOSSBERG 835 Ulti-mag 12 gauge, swivels/sling, shell holder, Ruebs sight, cable lock, 3 1/2" shells - $375.00 Call John at 724-483-1271. ____________________________________ Playboy & Maxim magazines, 61 copies, $20. 412-653-3125 ____________________________________ AB Lounger, will trade for a treadmill. Stag Rotary Treadle sewing machine $35 or trade for a good treadmill. 412-233-3152 ____________________________________ Arnold Palmer Golf Club, Titanium head with 9º loft. Firm shaft. $15; Northwestern Golf Club, Titanium Matrix Head with graphite shaft, 72 grams. $15. Call 724-446-7148. ____________________________________

Wanted - vintage and antique toy cap guns ,toy guns, holsters and any old western TV memorabilia. Some popular brands are Mattel, Kilgore, Stevens, Nichols, but I am interested in any and all. Collecting these items is my hobby and I would really appreciate a call if you have anything. I will pay cash. Please ask for Jeff at 724-782-0721 or 724-713-0289. ____________________________________ Wanted. Person/s interested in buying collectables and/or antiques. Call John at 724-483-1271. ____________________________________ Collecting miscellaneous items for the needy. Call Louise at 724-483-8600. ____________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. ____________________________________ Canning Jars Wanted. Reasonable. 412-4032753. ____________________________________

Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older. Will pay 20-times face value! Call Dave at 724-941-5420. WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-3486203. Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. ____________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Instant Offer - ____________________________________ Call: 1-800-569-0003 CASH for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Top $, 24hr Payments! Call 1-855-578-7477, espanol 888-440-4001 or visit www.TestStripSearch.com. ____________________________________ Wanted all motorcycles pre 1985. Running or not. Japanese, British, American, European. Top cash paid, free pick up, call 315 569 8094 ____________________________________ WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 1967-1980 Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KX1000MKII, A1-250, W1-650, H1-500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3-400 SUZUKI GS400, GT380, GT750, Honda CB750 (1969,1970) CASH. FREE PICKUP. 1-800-772-1142, 1-310-721-0726 usa@classic runners.com ____________________________________ Cash for unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Best Prices & 24 hr payment! Call 1855-440-4001 English & Spanish www.TestStripSearch.com ____________________________________ Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ____________________________________ CASH PAID- up to $25/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAYPAYMENT.1-800371-1136 ____________________________________

----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------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) 4947351 ____________________________________ POLE BARNS Garage Kits and pole barns, we manufacture, we ship direct, you save. www.apmbuildings.com 888-261-2488 ____________________________________ AIRLINE CAREERS begin here – Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance training. Financial Aid for qualified students. Housing and Job placement assistance. SCHEV certified. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-828-5309. ____________________________________ METAL ROOFING - REAL ROOF FOR YOUR HOUSE, GARAGE, BARN; ROOF, CEILING, SIDING. TOP QUALITY/CLOSEOUT. LOW PRICES, FAST DELIVERY, FREE Literature, www.abmartin.net 1-800-373-3703 A.B. Martin Roofing Supply ____________________________________


May 2014 ————————————————————————————————————————— ATTEND COLLEGE AT THE BEACH - Get trained in months, not years with small classes. Financial aid for qualified students. Relocation and job placement assistance. Call Centura College 800-495-6316 ____________________________________ ENCLOSED CARHAULER: New, 8.5 x 24, $3900. Pick-Up at Factory Georgia. Other Sizes & Options Available.Call1-888-923-4966; DixonTrailerSales.com ____________________________________ ATTENTION VIAGRA USERS Help improve your stamina, drive, and endurance with EverGene. 100% natural. Call for FREE bottle. NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED! 866-281-1525 ____________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid for qualified students – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-686-1704 ____________________________________ CASH PAID- UP TO $25/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! 1 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID shipping. BEST PRICES! Call 1-888-776-7771. www.Cash4Diabetic Supplies.com ____________________________________ VIAGRA 100MG and CIALIS 20mg! 40 Pills + 4 FREE for only $99. #1 Male Enhancement, Discreet Shipping. Save $500! Buy The Blue Pill! Now 1-800213-6202 ____________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-8645960 ____________________________________ Meet singles now! No paid operators, just people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages, connect live. FREE trial. Call 1-877-737-9447 ____________________________________ ROTARY INTERNATIONAL – Start with Rotary and good things happen. Rotary, humanity in motion. Find information or locate your local club at www.rotary.org. Brought to you by your free community paper and PaperChain. ____________________________________ ADT Security System NEW Customer Special! Call NOW to set up an appointment for your FREE inhome NO obligation evaluation. Call 1-866-6344613 ____________________________________ DIRECTV, Internet, & Phone From $69.99/mo + Free 3 Months: HBO® Starz® SHOWTIME® CINEMAX®+ FREE GENIE 4 Room Upgrade + NFL SUNDAY TICKET! Limited offer. Call Now 888-248-5961 ____________________________________

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TOP CASH PAID FOR OLD GUITARS! 1920's thru 1980's. Gibson, Martin, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, Prairie State, D'Angelico, Stromberg, and Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1-800-401-0440 ____________________________________ Order Dish Network Satellite TV and Internet Starting at $19.99! Free Installation, Hopper DVR and 5 Free Premium Movie Channels! Call 800-5972464 ____________________________________ !!OLD GUITARS WANTED!! Gibson, Martin,Fender,Gretsch. 1930-1980. Top Dollar paid!! Call Toll Free 1-866-433-8277 ____________________________________ AIRLINE CAREERS begin here - Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866-453-6204 ____________________________________ Meet singles right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1888-909-9905 ____________________________________ DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-615-4064 ____________________________________ Discount Auto Insurance - Instant Quote - Save up to 70% in 5 Minutes - All Credit Types. Call 888287-2130 now ____________________________________ CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1-800-864-5784 ____________________________________

------------- NOTICES ---------POETRY LOVER? Send for information about a poetry newsletter to: wewuvpoetry@hotmail.com or P.O.Box 4725, Pittsburgh, PA. 15206-0725 (with S.A.S.E.) 1-866-234-0297 ____________________________________ Estate Sale - May 3, 433 Highland Dr., Elizabeth. Furniture, housewares, glasswear, linens, knick knacks and a lot more. House for sale also by owners. ____________________________________ 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. ____________________________________

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All Things Basementy! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all of your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control FREE ESTIMATES! Call 1866-589-0174 ____________________________________ FAIRS & FESTIVALS NEED PEOPLE TO ATTEND. We market your event to over 1 Million readers for only $150!!! Visit www.midatlanticevents.net for more details or call 800-450-7227. ____________________________________ Are you in BIG trouble with the IRS? Stop wage & bank levies, liens & audits, unfiled tax returns, payroll issues, & resolve tax debt FAST. Seen on CNN. A BBB. Call 1-800-425-0713 ____________________________________ DirectTV - 2 Year Savings Event! Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Only DirecTV gives you 2 YEARS of savings and a FREE Genie upgrade! Call 1800-352-7157 ____________________________________ Reduce Your Past Tax Bill by as much as 75 Percent. Stop Levies, Liens and Wage Garnishments. Call The Tax DR Now to see if you Qualify 1-800-394-0797 ____________________________________

------------- PETS ---------AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! Karyn727@comcast.net or 412-855-4678. ____________________________________

ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-9415737. ____________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. 724- 348-8028. ____________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------Property for Sale, 2 Wood Alley, Monongahela, Carroll Twp, Washington County, across Route 837 from the Carroll Twp Fire Dept. Three lots, all utilities, 5 bdrm, 3 bath, mobile home in the Ringgold School District. $38,000 OBO. Rent with purchase option available. 724-350-5983 or 724-518-6846 ____________________________________ Mobile Home for Rent or Sale, 133 Union St, New Eagle, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, on 88 transit bus line, in the Ringgold School District. $6000 OBO. Rent with purchase option available for $450 per month plus utilities and includes lot rent. First & last month's rent required. Inside gentle pet accepted for additional $25 per month, HUD accepted. 724-518-6846 or 724-350-6006 ____________________________________


————————————————————————————————————————— 78 messengerpaper.com HILLTOP FARMHOUSE 6 acres - $99,900 Great country getaway! 5 BR, 2 BA, decks, In law cottage! Views, ideal setting! 866-495-8733. NewYorkLandandLakes.com ____________________________________ ABUTS STATE LAND 10 acres - $29,900 So. Tier hilltop farm, views, fields, woods! EZ terms! Call 888738-6994 NewYorkLandandLakes.com ____________________________________ LAND OWNER SACRIFICE! 5 acres - $19,900 Great views, quiet country road, gorgeous hilltop setting! So Tier, NY. G’teed buildable! 8 tracts avail UNDER 19,900! Terms! Hurry! 888-738-6994. Newyorklandandlakes.com ____________________________________ SHORT SALE - 30 acres - $89,900. Catskill Mountain farm! Stunning views, springs, meadows, woods! 40% below market! Less than 3 hrs NY City! EZ terms avail! Call 866-495-8733 NOW! Newyorklandandlakes.com ____________________________________ FARM SACRIFICE! 5 acres - $19,900 Great views, quiet country road, gorgeous hilltop setting! So Tier, NY. G’teed buildable! 5 tracts avail UNDER $20,000! Terms! Hurry! 888-738-6994. Newyorklandand lakes.com ____________________________________

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STREAM – VIEWS 10 acres - $39,900. Upstate NY hilltop farm, mins to PA border! Woods, fields, perfect bldg site for getaway cabin! Terms! Won’t last! 866-495-8733 ____________________________________ CATSKILL MTN TIMBERLAND! 60 acres $89,900 Quality timber, great hunting, secluded setting, adjoins State Land! Less than 3 hrs NYC! Town rd, survey, EZ terms! Call 866-495-8733 ____________________________________ RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, activities daily. Short Leases. Monthly specials! Call (877) 210-4130 ____________________________________ 10 ACRES FREE! Buy 30-Get 40 Acres. $0-Down $188/mo. Money Back Guarantee, NO CREDIT CHECKS Beautiful Views. Near El Paso, Texas. 1-866882-5263 Ext. 81 www.SunsetRanches.NET ____________________________________

NEW COAT SEALING SERVICES – Driveways/Parking Lots/Line Striping. PA066032*WBE130630 Free Estimates. 412-295-2942 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BANQUET FACILITY/ SOCIAL HALL FINLEYVILLE AMERICAN LEGION – Morrison-Ritchie Post 613. 3537 W. Morrison-Ritchie Post 613. 3537 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. “We are dedicated to helping our veterans and our community.” Offering entertainment and a banquet room that accommodates 75 people. For more info, stop in and visit the lodge, or call 724-348-5608. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CATERING ITALIAN SPECIALTY & GOURMET CATERING, LLC Catering for All Events. Parties from 10 to 5000 People. Weddings * Graduations * Communions * Reunions. 412-3414626. www.iscatering.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

FAMILY MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD – also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events. 724-258-5336; email: dcheplic@gmail.com Web page: Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. ____________________________________ 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. ____________________________________

------------ SERVICES -------Andy’s Lawn Service – residential/commercial 724-322-7984 ____________________________________

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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. –––––––––––––––––���––––––––

WUENSTEL BROTHERS GARAGE DOOR COMPANY – Second Generation family owned. Since 1977. Residential Replacement Specialists. 3526C Cliff Street, Finleyville. 724348-7550. (PA-HIC 009388). __________________________

DVD TRANSFER/ HOME MOVIES FAMILY MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD – also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events. 724-258-5336; email: dcheplic@gmail.com Web page: http://www.debcheplicmovietransfersandmontages.com __________________________

GUTTERS ZUBASIC BROS. HOME IMPROVEMENTS – New Seamless Gutters & Repairs 724-941-7833. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RESTAURANT THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT – Open Daily 3 p.m. 2 a.m.; Daily Specials; Homemade Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384-3080. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

Tap into the power of the Messenger. Call 412-249-8177 today to place your classified ad or listing.

Monthly Pizza Puzzler! Win a FREE Large “Grande” 1-topping Pizza from Vocelli Pizza*! Two (2) lucky winners every month! Just fill in the correct answers to the questions below, and write your name, addressand telephone number on the entry form. Then mail in your entry form to the Messenger. Each month we will draw two (2) local winners from all correct entries. Winners will receive a gift certificate good for one (1) FREE Large “GRANDE” pizza from Vocelli Pizza. Remember to look for a new Monthly Pizza Puzzler every month, and send in your entry form! (*Good only at Finleyville location. One entry per household per month. Employees of the The Messenger; Haniford Enterprises LLC, or Vocelli Pizza are not eligible.)

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(Deadline for entries is April 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger. What is the name of the Belle Vernon scout who received Eagle Scout Award? What is the new name of the McMurray Dairy Bar? When is the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: South Hills-Mon Valley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Congratulations to our April Pizza Puzzler winners! PAUL ZALLA- Jefferson Hills • SCOTT MATTHEWS - Venetia


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