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Helping Those In Need Over the Holidays

LOCAL NEWS: Veteran's Day Ceremony Held in Monongahela, Page 20

PEOPLE: Centerville’s Bailey Bauer Achieves Eagle Scout Rank, Page 36

Pleasant Hills Middle School Surpasses Thanksgiving Food Drive Goal See page 61 for complete story.

SCHOOL NEWS: Ringgold Student Places as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Page 59


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Meals on Wheels of Peters Township Accepting New Clients Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Peters Township continues to accept new clients throughout its entire service area. The independent, non-profit program delivers nutritious, freshly-made meals to anyone who has difficulty shopping for food or cooking meals, regardless of income. They primarily serve senior citizens but can also assist others in special circumstances such as a disability or illness. Thanks to generous community support and dedicated volunteers, the program provides good quality meals for a modest fee throughout a wide area that includes Peters Township, Canonsburg, Houston, Lawrence, Finleyville, Eighty-Four, Bridgeville/S. Fayette, and parts of Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park. The meals consist of a hot entrée with two sides, plus soup, salad, and dessert, and for an additional small fee, a sandwich, juice, and cookie. Clients give rave reviews for the quality of the meals. This MOW program has undergone many changes since starting out in a church basement 42 years ago with only a handful of clients. Client numbers grew steadily over the years and especially after moving to the current location above the Peters Township Fire Department in 2009, maxing out at 215 clients in January of 2016. Currently between 150 and 180 clients are served per day, but the program has the capacity to accommodate many more. Another big change is on the horizon, as Meals on Wheels of Peters Township we will be moving to a new site sometime next year. While the details of the new lease have not yet been finalized, current and future clients can rest assured that it will be a local, centralized location from which the MOW staff and volunteers will continue to prepare and deliver meals throughout all of the communities that they currently serve. Anyone who needs meal service is encouraged to call 724-969-1000 for more information. Updates and photos of the organization’s work can be viewed online at www.Facebook.com/MOWPT.

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Local Charities Receive Assistance from 'Helping Hands of Elizabeth Township' By Charlotte Hopkins Carrie Sabo first laid the groundwork for her group, “Helping Hands of Elizabeth Township,” in 2013, with the sole purpose of donating the money raised to families and organizations in need. Their first show, held in October 2016, aided the Kitty Sack Project, a group that provides sack lunches to children who do not have food to eat at school. The vendor shows are held from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth VFD, 107 Water Street, Elizabeth Raymond Schwartz and his two-year-old Borough. The 2017 shows have already son, Noah, who has been battling stage 4 been scheduled and are as follows: neuroblastoma cancer since March 2016. • March 26 – Benefits “All in for Noah” to help a local boy battling cancer. • July 16 – Benefits White Oak Safe Haven, which depends on donations to thrive. • October 15 – Benefits Elizabeth VFD. Sabo is especially appreciative of Norman Candelore, owner of Candelore's Barking Beauties. He and his daughter Kelsi have donated all of the printed advertising needed since the group's first show. Vendors interested in participating in the show can contact Sabo at helpinghandselizabethtownship@gmail.com.


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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 1 FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church 1068 Linden Road, Venetia. All are welcome. For info, contact Patti at 724-941-6609.

classic! Every year at Christmas, Ebeneezer Scrooge is forced to relive his journey through his past, present and future. This year, though, Ebeneezer is ready and waiting with a surprise for those pesky ghosts. 724-746-6300 or www.littlelake.org for more info.

DECEMBER 1-4 MCKEESPORT GARDEN CLUB HOLIDAY SALE - December 1 through 3from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 4 from 12 p.m. noon to 7 p.m. at the Garden Center in Renzie Park, 1400 Pinoak Drive, McKeesport. Wreaths and swags made from fresh greens, kissing balls, and creative design arrangements. Kids Korner and a bake sale. Visit www.gardenclubofmckeesport.org for info.

DECEMBER 2 FRIDAY DINNER AT THE LEGION – American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in PleasantHills. Open to the public. Eat in or take out. For takeout orders, call 412-6531555. Along with our regular Friday menu, we are featuring stuffed shrimp with crab meat, baked potato, salad and rolls. This is a NON-SMOKING event from 4-8 p.m.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. A comedic GROUNDHOG DAY-like retelling of the Dickens’

SOLID GOLD OLDIES DANCE Hermanie Slovenian Lodge #87 from 710:30 p.m. For more info, call Geno at 724-592-5264 or 724-716-5718

CHRISTMAS PARADE - Kick of the holiday season with a tree lighting at the County Courthouse, entertainment, a parade, and, of course, Santa! City of Washington. Call for info: 724-2297207. SOUTH PARK LIGHT UP NIGHT - Gazebo on Maple Spring Drive at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, basket raffles, 50/50! Sponsored by Friends of South Park. JINGLE PAWS BINGO – 7 p.m. The Elks in Washington, 138 East Maiden Street. $30. Featuring drag queen stars Jezebel Bebbington D’Opulence and friends. All proceeds benefit the Washington Area Humane Society GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT DINNER – 6 p.m. A Potluck dinner at McNary Center, Canonsburg Hospital. Celebrate your loved one with a memo-

rial service. Please bring a picture of your loved one. To RSVP, call 724-745-6100, Ext. 4118 and indicate what dish you'll bring. No additional charge. ORGAN CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela – featuring Jim Sykes playing Advent and Christmas music on our Allen organ. Come early or stay after for the Crèche Show. Call 724-258-7054 for more info. DECEMBER 2-3 CRÈCHE SHOW AND FESTIVAL OF TREES – 3-8:30 p.m. Friday,10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela. Over 300 Nativity Scenes on display. Refreshments, Nativity shop with crafts through Red Bird Mission. Call 724258-7054 for more info.


December 2016 ————————————————————————————————————————— DECEMBER 2-3 HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE Bradford House Museum, 175 S. Main St, Washington. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14 vendors with a variety of items. Free admission and self-guided house tours, too. Free parking on Saturday. Visit www.bradfordhouse.org. DECEMBER 2-4 CHRISTMAS AT THE VILLAGE OF VENETIA – Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Lighting of Tree, craft fair, children’s activities. Saturday, 9-11 a.m. - DARE Christmas railroad display, Nativities from around the world display, craft fair. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. craft fair. Venetia Community Center, Heritage Society, Wrights United Methodist Church, The Open Restaurant, The Wright House and Museum of Western Expansion. For more info, call 724-348-5718 or 814758-1385 and ask for Rev. Roberts. CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION CONCERT: “STARLIGHT” - At the Elizabeth Forward High School on Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets at the door: $10/adults, $8/seniors and students. Advance discount of $2 is available by calling 412-751-0526. A portion of the proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and nonperishable food items will be collected at each concert. DECEMBER 3 HOLIDAY VENDOR SHOW – 12-5 p.m. Ladies Auxiliary of Wyano Veterans, 2210 1st Street, Wyano, PA. Local vendors/crafters, Chinese auction, and 50/50. For more info, contact Dana Sager at Meemers97@hotmail.com. HOLIDAY ARTISTS' MARKET – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. McMurray Art League Studio, 4069 Washington Road in McMurray in the McDowell shops.

Reception following for the new studio display, titled "Multiples." Light refreshments. All are invited. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon. Adults: $5 and children 12 and under: $3. Sausage included. YOUTH AND TEEN HOLIDAY BASH - Noon-5 p.m. Donora Borough Building, 6th and Meldon Ave. Donora. Prizes every 10 minutes. Ticket donation: $15. Sponsored by The Mon Valley Youth and Teen Association, Inc. For more info: 724-379-4889. MONTOUR TRAIL MONTHLY WORK PARTY – Meet at the South Park waste water treatment plant (trail MP 37.8) at 9:30 a.m. Individuals interested in volunteering may contact info@montourtrail.org for more info concerning the current month’s maintenance activities. DECEMBER 3 - 4 CAKE DONUT SALE – St. Damien Parish of Monongahela will be making delicious cake donuts for sale. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. $8 per dozen. Questions? Call Carol, 412-600-5344. BELLE VERNON HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOUR - 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Multiple homeowners throughout the Belle Vernon area will open their doors for tours. $25/person benefits local food pantries. There will also be a Chinese auction. RSVP by calling 724-929-9636.

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 3 - 4 HO, HO, HO WITH THE WSO Bring the whole family to the WSO's annual holiday celebration. Trinity High School, 231 Park Avenue, Washington, PA. Call 724-223-9796 or visit www.washsym.org for info.

SANTA TROLLEY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 p.m.). $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Purchasing advanced reserved

tickets is encouraged at www.patrolley.org. For info, call 724228-9256. CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – Sat. 12-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main Street, Uniontown. Many craft items have been made by St. John’s Ethnic Craft Club. Also available is a wide assortment of delicious baked goods. Parking is in the back. For info call 724-208-6771. DECEMBER 4 SOUP AND STROLL – 12-4 p.m. Hosted by the Peters Creek Historical Society, this is a Christmas open house at the Historic Enoch Wright House, Museum Of Westward Expansion on Venetia Road, Venetia. Cost: adults--$8; children nine and under--$5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more info call: 724-746-3203. HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company. Don't miss this great opportunity for last minute gifts! MON VALLEY COIN CLUB - 2 p.m. 303 Chamber Plaza in Charleroi. All members and the general public are invited. Program for this meeting will be the annual Christmas party. Applications are now being accepted for membership. A 50/50 will be offered and prizes will be awarded for kids. For additional info, call 724-984-6611.

DECEMBER 5 SOLID GOLD OLDIES DANCE – at Hazelkirk American Legion from 7 – 10 p.m. For more info, call Geno at 724592-5264 or 724-716-5718. DECEMBER 6 WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO - St. Francis of Assisi Church Finley Hall. 7:15 p.m. "Early Bird" games and 7:30 p.m. for the regular bingo . Admission is $6 for 20 regular games and 5 specials. Doors open at 6 p.m. OLIVER MILLER HOMESTEAD HOGMANAY CELEBRATION 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Scots dancing, games, food, and talents. Admission:$2 and more info is available at olivermillerhomestead.org. DECEMBER 7 WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON HILLS - 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills Municipal Building on Old Clairton Road. Annual holiday party and meeting; husbands and guests are invited. RSVPs required. Membership is open to all residents of Jefferson Hills and surrounding communities. For further info call 412384-3318 or 412-655-4224. DECEMBER 7 – 11 A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. A comedic GROUNDHOG DAY-like retelling of the Dickens’ classic! Every year at Christmas, Ebeneezer Scrooge is forced to relive his


December 2016 ————————————————————————————————————————— journey through his past, present and future. This year, though, Ebeneezer is ready and waiting with a surprise for those pesky ghosts. 724-746-6300 or www.littlelake.org for more info. DECEMBER 8 ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Christmas dinner and December meeting. Hoss’s Steakhouse in Rostraver at 6:30 p.m. Members and nonmembers are invited to share dinner and listen to a presentation from Jim Greenwood, one of RTHS’s own. DECEMBER 9 FRIDAY DINNER AT THE LEGION – American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Open to the public. Eat in or take out. For takeout orders call 412-653-1555. Along with our regular Friday menu, we are featuring stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and rolls. This is a NON-SMOKING event from 4-8 p.m. CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTY – 4-8 p.m. The Good Ol’ Days Nostalgic Vacation House, 914 Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon. Benefits local shelters and Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Admission: new pajamas for victims of domestic violence and their children. Christmas cookies & punch will be served. All are welcome. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Featuring Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. No charge, light refreshments served. Call 724-258-7054 for more info.

'THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS' CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. West Newton United Presbyterian Church, Third and Main Streets. Presented by The West Newton Community Singers. Advance tickets are available for adults $6 and $3 for students at the Dee Taylor Agency. For more info, call 724-872-6093. Tickets will also be available at the door. Adults: $7 and students: $3. DECEMBER 9 & 10 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 7:30 p.m. Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth. Presented by Mon River Arts. Tickets: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email MRAboxoffice@gmail.com. DECEMBER 9-11 A GIFT TO REMEMBER – Presented by the Old Schoolhouse Players, Mt. Pleasant Twp. Community Center, 20 Wabash Avenue, Hickory, PA. For info: 724-344-4767 or www.osptheater.com. 'WHAT A GLORIOUS NIGHT' MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA – 7 p.m. Pricedale Union Church. Living Christmas Tree musical extravaganza. No tickets are necessary but an offering will be taken. Babysitting is provided. There is no reserved seating. For more info visit PricedaleUnionChurch.org or call 724-929-9588. CHRISTMAS DESSERT THEATER – 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Crossroads Ministries, 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville. Tickets are $6 and include dessert. Tickets are available at www.crsmin.com or by calling the church at 724-348-1620.

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DECEMBER 10 COOKIE SALE – 9-11 a.m. Baldwin Community United Methodist Women, Baptist Road across from Caste Village Shopping Center. Cookies will be sold for $9 per pound. Proceeds benefit missions for women, children and youth. OLDIES DANCE – 7-11 p.m. White Oak American Legion post #701, 2813 Capital St. in White Oak, PA. A 50/50 will be offered. $5 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. Music from the '50s and early '60s by Candy and Mike. For more info call 724-9846611. LIVE NATIVITY – 6-9 p.m. Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd, Bethel Park. Free drive-through live nativity. Enjoy 10 outdoor scenes with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car as you drive through a luminary lit path that depicts the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. COOKIE WALK – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. St. Thomas A' Becket Parish, 139 Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills. Wide selection of homemade holiday cookies for that perfect Christmas Cookie tray! Complimentary hot dogs, beverages, and snacks as well as cookie decorating for the kids and door prizes. All cookies are weighed and priced at $8 a pound. For more info, contact Sherri Kearns at Kearns1@msn.com or 412-650-6292. ILLUMINATION NIGHT – 5-8 p.m. Celebrate the Christmas season with cider, a horse-drawn carriage, crafts and activities for kids, and seasonal songs performed by some of our favorite local ensembles. Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. For more info, visit www.pleasanthillschurch.com or call 412-655-2000.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK – Noon-2 p.m. Monessen Amphitheater. Carolers, snacks, Santa, crafts, and more! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, email monessenamphitheater@gmail.com. DECEMBER 10-11 SANTA TROLLEY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 p.m.). $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Purchasing advanced reserved tickets is encouraged at www.patrolley.org. For info, call 724228-9256. HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS – Brownsville Period homes open for tours: 131 Front St. 209 Front St. 212 Front St. and 514 Market St. $15 per person for the self-guided tours. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the start of the tours at Brownsville Fire Co. 1, 520 Market St. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. DECEMBER 11 BINGO SOCIAL - Holy Family social hall, 2nd St, West Newton at 12:30 p.m. with the start of early birds. This is an all-paper BINGO and the $8 admission includes a packet of 20 cards, a progressive jackpot (over $400), door prize chance, Red Ball and a delicious luncheon.

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PLACES to GO THINGS to SEE STUFF to DO DECEMBER 11 STEPPIN' OUT SUNDAY HOLIDAY DANCE - 5-9 p.m. Brentwood VFW, 3801 SR 51. DJ Mark Peters will be giving a beginner/intermediate swing dance lesson at 5:30. Lots of swing, chacha, slow dancing and more following the lesson. $10 admission, 50/50, kitchen and bar available. Free parking. All ages and dance levels welcome. Bring an ugly sweater for the Ugliest Sweater contest. Call Denise for info: 412-519-3559. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE – 2 p.m. Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue Elizabeth. Presented by Mon River Arts. Tickets: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email MRAboxoffice@gmail.com. DECEMBER 11 & 13 HARMONY SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERT – 7 p.m. Brightwood Christian Church, 5044 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park. The concert will be presented again on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Germaine Church, Bethel Park. Free and open to the public. A free-will offering to benefit the charitable and entertainment efforts of the Harmony Singers will be accepted. Visit www.harmonysingers.org. DECEMBER 13 SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEETING 6:30 p.m. South Park Township Community Room, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park. 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 info can be found at www.montourtrail.org. Questions: info@montourtrail.org. CLOTHES 4-U – 9 a.m. – noon. The First United Methodist Church, 200 State Street, Belle Vernon will be open to the public. The clothing is free; patrons

may give a free-will offering. If there is a need at any other time during December, call the office. Anyone wishing to drop off clothing in good condition can do so by calling the church office at 724-9294696. WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO - St. Francis of Assisi Church Finley Hall. 7:15 p.m. "Early Bird" games and 7:30 p.m. for the regular bingo . Admission is $6 for 20 regular games and 5 specials. Doors open at 6 p.m. SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB - 8 p.m. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Rd. in Bethel Park. All members and the general public are invited. This month's program will be the annual Christmas party. A 50/50 will be offered and kids prizes to be awarded. Applications are now being accepted for membership. For more info, call 724984-6611. DECEMBER 14 COMMUNITY CPR INSTRUCTION HEARTSAVER AED COURSE - 11 a.m. Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with Rostraver EMS. The fee is $35 for the class and required materials. To register, call 724-872-9200. DECEMBER 15 RETIRED MEN’S LUNCH GROUP – Noon. Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road. Lunch costs $7. We will enjoy toetapping music by the Thomas Jefferson High School jazz band under the direction of Jim Mirabella. To RSVP, call 412655-2000. FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church 1068 Linden Road, Venetia. All are welcome. For info, contact Patti at 724-941-6609.

DECEMBER 15 – 18 A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. A comedic GROUNDHOG DAY-like retelling of the Dickens’ classic! Every year at Christmas, Ebeneezer Scrooge is forced to relive his journey through his past, present and future. This year, though, Ebeneezer is ready and waiting with a surprise for those pesky ghosts. 724-746-6300 or www.littlelake.org for more info. DECEMBER 16 FRIDAY NIGHT PRAISE – 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. Call 724-258-7054 for more info. FRIDAY DINNER AT THE LEGION – American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Open to the public. Eat in or take out. For takeout orders call 412-653-1555. Along with our regular Friday menu, we are featuring chicken parmesan over pasta, salad and garlic toast. This is a NON-SMOKING event from 4-8 p.m. DECEMBER 16-17 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 7:30 p.m. Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue Elizabeth. Presented by Mon River Arts. Tickets: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email MRAboxoffice@gmail.com. DECEMBER 17 CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER 3:30-6:30 p.m. Elizabeth Wesleyan Church, 205 Church St, Elizabeth. Includes mash potatoes, coleslaw, pie, and drink. Adults: $9. Children under 12: $4. For more info, call 412-384-8868. DECEMBER 17-18 SANTA TROLLEY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 p.m.). $12 for adults, $10 for

seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 115; children under 1 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Purchasing advanced reserved tickets is encouraged at www.patrolley.org. For info, call 724-228-9256. DECEMBER 18 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE – 2 p.m. Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue Elizabeth. Presented by Mon River Arts. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email MRAboxoffice@gmail.com. DECEMBER 20 WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO - St. Francis of Assisi Church Finley Hall. 7:15 p.m. "Early Bird" games and 7:30 p.m. for the regular bingo. Admission is $6 for 20 regular games and 5 specials. Doors open at 6 p.m. DECEMBER 21 SOLID GOLD OLDIES DANCE – at Hazelkirk American Legion from 7 – 10 p.m. Free admission, bring covered dish. For more info, call Geno at 724-5925264 or 724-716-5718. DECEMBER 31 SOLID GOLD NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY - Hermanie Slovenian Lodge #87 from 8:30-12:30 p.m. Admission $10, includes food. For more info, call Geno at 724-592-5264 or 724-716-5718. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Valley Inn Social Hall, Snyder Ave. Monongahela. Buffet at midnight, beer, pop, BYOB, 50/50, Chinese auction, DJ-“5 Minutes of Fame.” $25/person or $30/couple in advance- must be 21 years old. $30/person at the door. Call 724-747-0921 for info and tickets. All proceeds benefit Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Dept.

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Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church Illumination Night Scheduled for December 10th Join us on Saturday, December 10 for our annual Illumination Night! Celebrate the Christmas season with all of the essentials: hot apple cider, a horse-drawn carriage, crafts and activities for kids of all ages, as well as carols and seasonal songs performed by some of our favorite local ensembles: T J Choir, Brentwood Jazz band, and our annual performance by Shade Sister's Dance Studio. Free shuttle service from Pleasant Hills Middle School and Pleasant Hills Borough Building will run continuously from 4:30 – 9 p.m. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Cloverleaf Food Bank. Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church is located at 199 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. For more information, visit us online at www.pleasanthillschurch.com or call the church office at 412-655-2000.

Peters Creek Historical Society Plans Holiday ‘Soup and Stroll’ for December 4th The Peters Creek Historical Society extends a holiday invitation to the public for its holiday ‘Soup and Stroll,’ an annual Christmas open house at the Historic Enoch Wright House, Museum Of Westward Expansion on Venetia Road, Venetia, PA. The event will take place on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a hearty meal of homemade soup, bread and dessert in the warmth and ambiance of 19th century charm. Stroll through the house to visit Father Christmas and the mining room and meander outdoors to see the 18th century log cabin featuring historic re-enactors of the period Cost: adults - $8; children nine and under - $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 724-746-3203.

Attic Find Leads Retired History Teacher to Write a Civil War Book While cleaning out his parents’ attic, Carleton Young discovered an enormous collection of letters written during the Civil War by two soldiers. After spending about five years transcribing the letters with the help of friends, the retired history teacher compiled their stories into the book ‘Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War.’ Young's book tells the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. They preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters, rediscovered after 150 years in his parent’s attic. Young will visit the Peters Township Public Library on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. to talk about the book and his efforts to retrace the steps of the two brothers based on their letters home as they fought in the Civil War. Register to attend by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430 #1. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Bethel Art Guild Plans Holiday Party with Guest Speaker Dianna Heater The holidays are fast approaching, and the Bethel Art Guild (BAG) wants to be a part of your 2016 Christmas memories with our December meeting. Our December meeting will also be our annual Christmas party, and what is a party without food? So, as usual, fallowing our business meeting, our Christmas lunch will be served. The cookies are always a big hit! Then we will settle in to listen to our December speaker, Dianna Heater. After attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and receiving her degree in photography multimedia, Dianna advanced and continued her art studies in visual communication, art restoration, and photo retouching. Dianna has a professional digital retouching and restoration studio. She has taught classes at the Pittsburgh Art Institute, and she has had a successful professional art career doing commissioned work using graphite, acrylics, and water color. Dianna has a new passion; she has fallen in love with “pan pastels.” She is looking forward to sharing this new passion with you and introducing you to this new medium, so join us at our December meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December1, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Come one, come all! Meetings are held at the Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave., Bethel Park. This meeting will be our last until February 2017.


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Donora Hosts Veterans Day Parade With Pride By Jill Brown Despite the cold weather, the crowds turned out on November 12, 2016 for the Veterans Day Parade, which was hosted this year by the borough of Donora. The Washington and Westmoreland County parade rotates annually among Donora, Monessen, Charleroi, Monongahela, and Washington, according to Ron Janney, Treasurer of Veterans Council. The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxillary organized a veterans walk along Col. John Gonzales was the McKean Ave. Volunteers painted stars with Grand Marshal at the event. veterans’ names on them on the streets in Donora from Third to Seventh St. for $5. There were many festivities and fundraising events leading up to the parade. All proceeds benefitted the parade and events. Veterans Day observances were held at 11 a.m. on November 12 with services at the A. P. Delsandro Memorial. The parade kicked off at 3 p.m. sharp with lineup at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Third St. and Meldon Ave. before the parade began on McKean. Col. John Gonzales from Carroll Township, residing This Ringgold High School Band showed now in Washington DC, was the parade their support for our vets. marshal. He works at the Pentagon. He said it was “quite an honor and wonderful to serve as grand marshal in the parade.” Many marched to show tribute to the heroes who served in our country. Six high school bands participated in the parade - Ringgold, Monessen, Belle Vernon, California area, Washington and Charleroi area. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops attended, along with various military organizations. Dignitaries from the state and county attended, including all county commissioners and State Senator Camera Bartolotta. Parade organizer DeAnne Pavelko, Mayor Pavelko’s wife, said, “They [the borough] worked hard to prepare to welcome the parade participants. They’re ready, and it’s an honor to be on the committee. I always look forward to working with the veterans, although I’m not a vet.” Veterans showed their pride as they came out in full force. Thanks go out to those who held the parade and all who attended!

Central Volunteer Fire Company Train Show Planned for January 7th and 8th The Central Volunteer Fire Company 2nd annual train show will be held January 7 and 8, 2017. It will be held at the Court Time Sports Complex, 95 Enterprise Drive, in Elizabeth Township from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $5 at the door for everyone over 12 years old; the event is free for those under 12. Group rates are available for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, police, firefighters, and EMS. Any questions, call 412-751-9712.

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NEWS FROM THE DONORA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND SMOG MUSEUM Cement City Walking Tours A slightly overcast October 2 Sunday afternoon greeted 22 guests on our most recent Cement City Home and Walking Tour. This closes out our sixth year of hosting architectural and historical enthusiasts from all over Southwestern PA and beyond. This also completes our third year of hosting tours in both the spring and fall. We anticipate hosting two tours again next year on Sunday, April 23 and then again in September/October in celebration of the centennial anniversary of our beloved Historic District, completed 100 years ago in 1917. The tours started at the museum with a photo presentation on Thomas Edison’s Cement City, as well as the showing of artifacts and original blueprints during the construction from 1916 and 1917. A walking tour followed in the Historic District to point out various architectural details. The walk concluded by touring the interior of three homes that have a couple of rooms restored to period. If you have any questions about Cement City or one of our Home and Walking Tours, consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or call or email the historical society.

Game Films Make a Great Christmas Gift! If you’re looking for a very unique Christmas gift this year, keep in mind that amongst the many items that the Donora Historical Society has in its collection are over 80 reels of football and basketball game film of high school teams from all over the Mon Valley and Western Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1979. They are original 16mm films that are still in the process of being converted to DVD. Some games even show significant footage of the band, majorettes and color guards. Please give enough lead time to fill orders in time for Christmas. If you have any interest or have questions on exactly which games we have, please consult the Historical Society by voice mail or email listed below, or see the full list of games on the website under the “Game Films” tab.

Winter Reading …Or Another Christmas Gift Idea The Donora Historical Society is selling a limited number of copies of the new Stan “The Man” Musial book titled: “Stan Musial: Baseball Hero.” This is part of the “Notable Missourians” book series and is ideal for the collector or youth reader as a Christmas present. These books are geared for young adults. The society is able to sell these books at a 40% discount from the cover price or $20. Other Stan Musial books are also available for purchase as authored by New York Times writer George Vecsey and Donora native Wayne Stewart, as well as Monessen native and author Ralph E. Stone’s book, “Diary of a First Street Rambler,” that recounts his experiences of growing up in Monessen as a youth as well as stories about Donora and Stan Musial.

Additional Info If you have additional questions about the subjects above, the society, museum, meetings or are interested in volunteering, stop by on Saturdays or by appointment, email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us and like us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

New Year’s Eve Party Planned by Valley Inn Ladies Auxiliary The Valley Inn Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a New Year’s Eve party, December 31, 2016 from 9 p.m. -1 a.m. at the Valley Inn Social Hall, Snyder Ave., Monongahela. Buffet at midnight, beer, pop, BYOB, 50/50, Chinese auction, DJ-“5 Minutes of Fame.” Tickets are $25 per person or $35 per couple in advance. $30 per person at the door. You must be 21 years old. Call 724-747-0921 for information and tickets. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Dept.


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Santa Claus is Coming to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s stockings are hung by the trolleys with care with the knowledge that Santa Claus will soon be there! The merriest man himself will be visiting the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum during their annual Santa Trolley. Join the museum during December 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 for this spectacular event that runs from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. with the last trolley departing at 4:45 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to climb aboard a restored streetcar that will transport them around the museum’s two-mile track. While aboard, visitors will get to meet Santa Claus, and a few of his friends may show up as well! Santa will be happy to have visitors take his picture, so make sure you remember to bring your camera. Your camera will come in handy when you stop by the museum’s large Lionel toy train layout. This year’s layout will make you feel like a giant looking down on a beautiful Christmas village. A large collection of Department 56 collectible buildings was donated to the museum in memory of Mary C. Brown. Brown began her collection in the early 1980s and it grew to approximately 100 pieces by the year 2000. These beautiful porcelain buildings and accessories brought a lot of joy to Brown’s life and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is proud to continue her display tradition with their large Lionel toy train layout. In the museum’s Event Room, you will get to view the wonderful LEGO layout built by Steel City Lug, Pittsburgh Area’s Adult LEGO User Group. The holiday spirit will be all throughout the air and your bellies will be filled with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. After eating your snacks, kids can make a great holiday craft to remember their visit! Admission for the Santa Trolley is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. This admission will include your trip on the Santa Trolley and the open exhibits. Admission includes trips on the Yuletide shuttle. The Yuletide shuttle takes guests on the two-mile roundtrip ride where the crew and guests have holiday fun. Tickets are on sale now! For information, call 724-228-9256 or visit the museum’s website at www.patrolley.org.

Peters Township Participates in Toys for Tots Campaign Peters Township is once again participating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in collecting Toys for Tots this holiday season. Collection boxes are located at Peters Township Community Recreation Center and Peters Township Library. NEW, unwrapped gifts for children from infancy to 14 years may be placed in the collection boxes anytime through December 4th. The Marine Corps Reserve will pick up the gifts and will be responsible for their distribution. You can also drop off items at the Tree Lighting in the Library on December 4 at 6 p.m. Donations of gifts are greatly appreciated – as we join in sharing joy and kindness. For further information, call the Recreation Center at 724-942-5000.

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Local Author Writes ‘Entertaining Unplugged Children’ Balancing technology with actual play is a challenge. Local author Christine Grant has written Entertaining Unplugged Children to assist parents, grandparents, children, and child care givers in their quest to find entertaining things to do when children are unplugged. Outdoor play with a lot of kids to indoor activities with a few are explored. Being unplugged does not necessarily mean doing physical activities, so quiet activities are also considered. Kids' songs, nursery rhymes, food, and craft activities are touched upon, but those would be books in themselves! Have fun learning, sharing, making memories, or revisiting things that you might have done growing up with the children in your life. This book can be found at your favorite book seller or by calling 1-800-AUTHORS (1-800288-4677).

Congressman Murphy Honors Memory and Legacy of State Senator J. Barry Stout Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) weighed in with a heavy heart on the passing of local legislator J. Barry Stout, who died at his home in Bentleyville Saturday evening. He was 79. Barry served for decades in state-elected government roles, both in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. “I am forever grateful that Barry’s desk and mine were side by side on the State Senate floor. Right from the onset, he was a true mentor and quick to offer honest, trustworthy advice on issues and legislation impacting Washington and Greene Counties. But Barry would never try to influence me to do something that was not good for my Senate district,” said Murphy. “It was never about partisan politics with Barry; it was about what would most benefit our constituents. His level of honesty and camaraderie was invaluable to me, his constituents, and to the Pennsylvania Senate. It’s a model of governing that is sorely needed but sadly, rapidly disappearing.” Known for being a champion of transportation and infrastructure projects in the State Senate for decades, Murphy said Sen. Stout was “a fierce fighter for those projects, yet he was always respectful in his dealings with other members.” He continued, stating, “Barry will be missed, but he left a lasting legacy by his many projects, both that bear his name, and his influence, to see them through to completion on behalf of his constituents.” Murphy attended services in Bentleyville the following week to pay respects to the Stout family and to honor of Senator Stout’s lifelong service to the community.

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Monessen Halloween Parade Features Fun Times and Fancy Costumes

‘Quarters for A Cure’ Scheduled for February 11th A quarter auction fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held February 11, 2017, at the Dormont Recreation Center, 1801 Dormont Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. Your entry donation of $15 will get you a bidding paddle, coffee, tea, soda, water and access to a gourmet dessert bar. BYOB and snacks for your table and grab some rolls of quarters to bid on over 75 items valued from $1 to over $100. To get your tickets or more information, email quartersforacure@gmail.com.

New Section of Montour Trail Opens Between Library Viaduct and Pleasant Street The new Montour Trail section between the Library Viaduct and Pleasant Street in South Park Township was opened to trail users on November 15 after 4 months of construction. It will no longer be necessary for trail users to travel through Library on PA Route 88. The new route east from trail milepost 35 will be over the Library Viaduct and the new trail to Pleasant Street, south on Pleasant Street to Brownsville Road, east on Brownsville Road to Stewart Road, left on Stewart Road and right onto the trail just after crossing Piney Fork Creek on Stewart Road. Signs with maps and boxes with paper maps will be located at Pleasant Street and the Stewart Road Trailhead to help trail users through the remaining 1.1 mile of on-road trail route.

Live Nativity Returns on December 10th at Community of Christ in Bethel Park Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd., Bethel Park is having a free drivethrough live Nativity on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy 10 outdoor scenes with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car as you drive through a luminary-lit path that depicts the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Come join us! Additionally, we would greatly appreciate any help you could offer in setting up the scenes on Saturday December 3, 2016 or in being a part of the live Nativity. If you have any questions, please contact Janet at 412-805-7194 or jmeyer374@gmail.com.

In the 0-5 age category, little Adriana Fero, pictured here with her dad, won first place.

These young ladies played the part of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and are (l-r): Caitlyn Phillips, Milana Sacco, Briana Milliero, Alyssia Williams, and Lauren Popovich.

By Jill Brown Families gathered in the cold to watch the Monessen Halloween Parade on October 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. The parade marchers, in a variety of unique and beautiful costumes this year, travelled from Donner Ave. to Parente Blvd. and ended at the EMS building, where prizes were awarded. Also, refreshments and goodies were available for participants. Sponsored by Castle Blood, they had the support of others they wished to thank, including Mayor Mavrakis, City Council, the police department, the fire department with the Mon Valley EMS, the costume judges, and, especially, all who attended.

South Park Light Up Night Slated for December 2nd The Friends of South Park will be holding their 3rd annual Light Up Night for the community on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Gazebo on Maple Spring Drive at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. The Community House across the street from the gazebo will be made available for the community for refreshments, basket raffles, 50/50 and, of course, the arrival of Santa! Music will be provided by the South Park Middle School under the direction of Ms. Kendra Orcutt and Mrs. Lindsay Faini. Thanks to Mrs. Christine Liekar, Assistant Principal at the middle school, for her assistance. Our guest reverend will be Reverend Joseph Stump from the Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, who will shine the light on the Christmas Spirit. County Council officials, state representatives, Boy Scout Troop #510, and the South Park and Bethel Park Girl Scouts will be there to present the colors, assist Santa, and join in the festivities. This is a free family event! There will be a basket raffle and a 50/50 at the Community House after Santa delivers his treat bags. Basket raffle tickets are 3/$5, 7/$10, or 30/$20, and 50/50 tickets are $1 per ticket. Also, please bring an ornament of your choice to decorate our two trees! We will also be collecting canned goods for the South Park Meals on Wheels that night. If you cannot attend and would like to donate a canned good, place it on the porch at the Community House on Maple Springs Drive before 6 p.m. and we will make sure that it will be delivered to the Grace Lutheran Church. Please contact Madam Chairperson Sharon Adams if you have any questions at Sadams6528@verizon.net.

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Holiday House Tours, Special Events on December 10-11 Planned on Brownsville's Historic Northside

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The Ginger Hill Grange Comes Through Again for Another Successful Fundraising Endeavor By Paul Chasko

The Brownsville Northside Beautification Committee will showcase its neighborhood December 10-11 when doors will swing open on seven festively decorated homes to raise funds for community projects in the historic district. This year's self-guided tour will include three properties that are new to the bi-annual event – 300 Front St., 103 Barnett Ave. and 502 Market St. The Front Street home was built in 1855 by Congressman John Littleton Dawson and later served as the residence for Adam Jacobs, a riverboat captain and boat builder, and the Robinson family, local merchants. The Barnett Avenue home is fully constructed of recycled materials from razed structures in the area. Built by "Gypsy Steve" and "Uncle Charlie" for a local businessman in the 1970s, unusual features include marble, slate and wood from torn-down structures in Brownsville, Belle Vernon and Washington, beams from long-gone schools and bathtubs from a nowdemolished early 20th century hotel. The third stop is Market Street Emporium, built in 1902 and currently an eclectic retail shop, which will extend its business hours for the tour. The tour also includes a collection of 19th century homes built by some of Brownsville's wealthiest businessmen, whose lifestyles are reflected in the rich finishes and architectural embellishments on the interior and exterior of

their residences – Tiffany-stained glass windows, marble mantles, beveledglass windows, inlaid hand-made parquet floors, grand and circular staircases, a turret and mid-1800s "painted glass" window. The period homes are 131 Front St., 209 Front St., 212 Front St. and 514 Market St. Each home will be festively decked out for the fundraiser. Tickets are $15 per person for the self-guided tours. The properties will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 10 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 11. Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the start of the tours at Brownsville Fire Co. 1, 520 Market St. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Also that night, the congregation of the 156-year-old Christ Church Anglican, 305 Church St., will be holding a special service, beginning at 7 p.m. It is based on the first American prayer book written in 1789. Brownsville Historical Society also will be conducting candlelight tours at Nemacolin Castle, a National Trust landmark located at 136 Front St. The December calendar for the 22-room house mansion calls for doors to be open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; December 28 and December 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and closed December 24, 25, December 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 years old and under.

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Once again, when there’s a need for financial support, the folks at the Ginger Hill Grange roll up their sleeves and crank out another successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Nottingham Township resident Peggy Lines has health issues that have created Peggy Lines (third from left) a mounting stack of medical bills with and her support group. more likely to come. On September 25, the Ginger Hill Grange hosted a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction to help raise funds for Peggy. Mrs. Sally If you missed the Holets of the Grange shared that the dinner was a dinner and would still complete sell-out and very successful financially like to help out for the Peggy Lines Fund. Local stores donated Peggy by donating to food and items for the Chinese auction. The din- the Peggy Lines Fund, ner was so well-attended that at times it was diffidonations can be cult finding a parking spot in the Grange parking mailed to: lot. The Grange membership chooses several worthy projects each year and raises funds to carry Ginger Hill Grange them to conclusion. The list of benefactors of their 3383 SR 136 charitable work is too long to list here and includes Nottingham, PA 19362 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 $70,000 and there are few area folks who have 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. Go to our website at www.messengerpaper.com for more photos of this event.

Venetia School 90th Anniversary Celebration Planned for December 2nd Venetia School will hold a 90th anniversary celebration. All former students, teachers, and support staff are invited to a drop-in reunion during Venetia Light Up Night on Friday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come through the school see the train display in the restored 1920s classroom. Remember to browse through the authentic Red Bird Appalachian Crafts in support of their school, hospital and shelter in Beverly, Kentucky while you’re here. RSVP by calling 724-348-5718. Come visit with friends and relive memories!


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Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Hosts ‘Trolleys and Toy Trains’ Event During the month of December, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will be hosting their ‘Trolleys and Toy Trains’ event. It will be held on Fridays, December 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors of this event will be able to ride on our decorated trolleys and to view the Lionel toy train layout. Admission for Trolleys and Toy Trains is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-15; children under 3 are free. The museum is happy to announce that they will once again be participating in the “Toys for Tots” campaign. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $10. Those who participate in donating a toy will receive a $5 gift certificate to the Museum Store (limit one per family while visiting Santa Trolley and Trolleys and Toy Trains.) Toys will be accepted until Sunday, December 18 until 4 p.m. For information, call 724-228-9256 or visit the museum’s website at www.patrolley.org.

Fellowship Alliance Church Hosts 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off By Michelle Taylor On Saturday, October 22, Fellowship Alliance Church hosted their 3rd annual chili cook-off. With judges from the Elizabeth Township police department, fire department and EMS a total of 11 chilis were critiqued. Pastor Jon Smith and his wife, Jennifer, who moved from North Carolina only five months earlier, were happy to host this cook-off. The cook-off provided dinner for all who attended. In addition to Andrew Rogowski (left), Jozef Turcan the chili, there were types of cornbread (middle), and Adam Blake (right), served and hot dogs and s’mores, along were happy to be the judges with a bake sale. for the chili cook-off. Outside activities took place for the kids, which included games with candy prizes and a bonfire. Winners took home a wooden cutting board with the 2016 chili cook-off place awarded burned into the wood and a keychain that said ‘Be Bold.’ Third place winners were Fallout Pepper Chili and Joe's Garage Chili, second place went to Wendy's Sister’s Chili, and first place was awarded to Ghost Pepper Chili with the top comment being, "...it had a bite but didn't linger." All proceeds from the cook-off will be donated to Light of Life in Pittsburgh, as they work closely in conjunction with that ministry. Light of Life helps provide shelter to the homeless, a soup kitchen to the hungry, and drug rehabilitation to addicts. Fellowship Alliance joins Light of Life every 3rd Saturday of the month. The Smiths say they look forward to next year’s cook-off.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital Kicks Off Local ‘Toys for Tots’ Campaign Each year, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) kicks off the Toys for Tots Campaign in the Mon Valley. On October 20, teams of MVH leaders created 13 baskets filled with dolls, games, puzzles and other toys, including four baskets for special needs children. They also assembled 13 riding toys for the local Toys for Tots. Wally Fronzaglio, a Donora resident who has served as the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve Toys for Tots coordinator for the past 29 years, watched the toy assembly. He then accepted the donated gifts on behalf of the Mon Valley Leathernecks, a group of former Marines who do the legwork for the local Toys for Tots program. For more nearly 20 years, MVH’s John Bogdan, Behavioral Health nurse manager, and Doug Prentice, storeroom manger, have championed the Hospital’s annual toy drive. In addition to assembling the toys, the staff of Monongahela Valley Hospital places Toys for Tots collection boxes throughout the hospital campus. Members of the community are also welcome to donate toys at the hospital. Anyone interested in contributing, may drop off a new, unwrapped toy to Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Gift Shop. Checks also are welcome. They should be made payable to “Toys for Tots” and mailed to Wally Fronzaglio, 204 Brokaw Ave., Donora, PA 15033.

Assembling a tricycle (l to r) are payroll supervisor Phil Franceschelli, senior accountant Mike Vesco, accounts payable clerk Mike Wilson and director of finance Pat Homer.

Displaying the colorful riding toys are (l to r) John Bogdan, Wally Fronzaglio and Doug Prentice.

North Belle Vernon Recreation Commission Plans Fundraiser; Will Sell Handcrafted Wreaths The North Belle Vernon Recreation Commission will be selling handcrafted wreaths, no two alike, for $20/wreath. All proceeds will go to the new reconstructed North Belle Vernon Community Bank, located behind the Dairy Queen in North Belle Vernon. Proceeds will be used for activities to be held at the park along with the constant maintenance and upkeep that is needed. For more information, please call RJ Sokol at 724929-2749.


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Belle Vernon Presents 2nd Annual ‘Homes for the Holidays’ The community of Belle Vernon proudly presents the 2nd Annual “Homes for the Holidays” house tour. On Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Multiple homeowners throughout the Belle Vernon area will open their doors for tours and share their Christmas spirit for the holidays! Featured home is 1772 Colonel Edward Cook Homestead. A donation of $25 person benefits local food pantries. There will also be a Chinese auction. Reserve your tickets by calling 724-929-9636. Tickets will be limited and will not be sold at the door. Please join us in celebrating this blessed holiday season and help benefit our community.

Edward V. Monaghan Charitable Youth Foundation Makes Donation to Connellsville Area Flood Victims The Edward V. Monaghan Charitable Youth Foundation recently made a donation to help disadvantaged children from the Connellsville Area Middle School who were affected by the recent flooding. Pictured (l-r) are: Julie Kezmarsky, faculty member and program coordinator; Virginia Monaghan, wife and Board member; Ted Barnett, Board member and best friend. Another donation was made by the Foundation to a West Virginia school also affected by the flooding.

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DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE MANTLE HOUSE MISSION AND RESALE STORE Mantle House Mission wishes everyone a very joyous Christmas! Visit the Christmas Room here at Mantle House Mission Resale Store, located at 132 S. Water St. in West Newton. Come and browse through this winter wonderland created for you, with the spirit of Jesus in our hearts and the excitement for the celebration of His birth. The Resale Store will be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve for your lastminute shopping, and all Christmas items only will be 50% off starting Christmas Eve until December 31. Our Children's Room is fully stocked with childrens, toys, games and much more! It's a great place to get your stocking stuffers. Mondays at Mantle: Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. – Come join us and learn how to make nut rolls. Donation of $5 per participant. Please RSVP by calling the store at 724-872-1800 or by emailing mantlehousemission@ yahoo.com; space is limited. Mondays at Mantle: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6 p.m. – Come join us and learn to make biscotti. Donation of $5 per participant. Please RSVP by calling the store at 724-872-1800 or by emailing mantlehousemission@yahoo.com; space is limited. Mantle House Mission Resale and Bookstore is located in West Newton. Hours of operation are: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Browse through our six full rooms, which includes a children’s room, a bookstore, several kitchen rooms, and a fully stocked garage of treasures that’s open all year round. We also accept donations of household items for our resale store and books in good condition for our bookstore. All proceeds go towards our residents, young women age 18-24. For housing and assistance please call 724-872-1800 and/or email mantlehousemission@yahoo.com. Visit our Facebook page and join our group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mantlehousemissionresalestore/.

Monongahela Veterans Day Parade Brings Out Crowds to Honor Vets

Mon Valley Veterans Council Firing Squad gives the 21-gun salute followed by ‘Taps.’

Larry Maggi speaks at Chess Park while the Mon Valley Leathernecks Honor Guard stands at attention.

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Holiday Craft Fair Hosted By Charleroi Area Historical Society

Santa (Jim Schoaf) spreads Christmas joy with worker Ken Thompson of CAHS. Ken is festive with his balloon-art hat.

Terri Novak and Patty Wilhelm of Balloon Girlz says they “love to put a smile on kids’ faces.”

By Jill Brown The Holiday Craft Fair, hosted by the Charleroi Area Historical Society, was held at the Riverside Place Senior Center on November 5 and 6, 2016. The holiday event had something great for everyone, and while it got off to a slow start, the crowd picked up as the day went on. This was their first year for the craft fair. Ken Thompson, President of CAHS Nicole Grayson performed face-painting. Program Committee, said, “The quality of the items are high. Most of the crafters are seasoned vendors. This basically is what you can experience here: Pictures with Santa, face-painting, and balloon artists. Those three [vendors] are contributing some of their proceeds to the historical society. We also have the silent auction.” The fair included: Handmade beautiful jewelry, crocheted baby clothing, pot holders, game blankets, candles, hand-sewn sweatshirts, and lamps. Some of the auction items included a Hoss’s gift basket, coffee basket, Christmas basket, Steelers basket, and restaurant gift certificates. In all there were 16 auction items. Food for sale included a menu of hot dogs, donuts, and drinks. Jim Schoaf from Belle Vernon worked as Santa Claus at the event. He is married with four boys he calls his “pride and joy.” Working as Santa, he said, “I try to reach out to the world as much as I can. I’ve been blessed over the years, and that’s why I reach out to the little ones and do what I can.” Brenda Koval, owner of BK Cottage Crafts, said, “If you shop local, that money is going to benefit the Valley. So, we’re happy [the public] came out today.” For more information on the Charleroi Area Historical Society, you may like them on Facebook. CAHS is located at 807 Fallowfield Ave. in Charleroi.


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PETERS TOWNSHIP RECREATION CENTER DECEMBER EVENTS Peters Township Recreation Center, located at 700 Meredith Drive, Venetia, is offering the following classes and has the following activities scheduled at the Community Center. Pre-registration required. You can view all class information online at www.peterstownship.com for further information and cost. FROSTY’S FUNHOUSE (AGES 10 AND UNDER) Stop by Frosty’s Funhouse at the Peters Township Community Recreation Center for some holiday fun! Play games, make gifts, and even write your letter to Santa. Parents must remain with their children during the event. Day: Sunday, December 4, 2016 Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Fee: $5 Resident / $8 Non-resident (per child participating) TREE LIGHTING Come to the Peters Township Municipal Complex to see Santa arrive in his shiny red fire truck and enjoy the sounds of the season, followed by a visit with Santa, a craft and refreshments in the library immediately following the Tree Lighting ceremony. All ages are welcome. Come and enjoy the evening and meet and greet old and new friends. Day: Sunday, December 4, 2016 Time: 6 p.m. Fee: Free DECORATE A TREE FOR WILDLIFE - PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (AGES 3-5) Minimum 6 – Maximum 20 Throw on a chef hat and create tasty treats for the wildlife living in and around Peterswood Park! Instruction and materials provided by the Peters Township Parks and Recreation staff. Register at the Community Recreation Center or online www.peterstownship.com. Day: Thursday, December 15 Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Fee: $5 Member / $8 Non-member (per child) Location: Community Recreation Center Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 13 PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (AGES 5 TO 10 YEARS) Minimum 10 – Maximum 35 Need to do some last minute holiday shopping or just looking for some time to yourself? Send the kids to the Peters Township Parks & Recreation Center for a night of gym games, pizza and a movie! Pre-registration is required. Day: Friday, December 16, 2016 Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Fee: $10 Member / $15 Non-member Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 15

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Cal U’s GACO Sponsors Seminar on Affordable Housing California University of Pennsylvania's Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) is sponsoring a seminar on “Doing Business with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP)” from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA. At this free seminar, companies will learn how to work with the HACP and support the Authority's mission to develop and make available affordable housing to over 20,000 Pittsburghers. Brandon Havranek and Debbie Norkevicus from HACP's procurement department will discuss upcoming business opportunities, vendor registration, developing a successful proposal and MBE/WBE & Section 3 information. The seminar is free but pre-registration is suggested by December 2. For additional information or to register, contact Kate Glodek at 412237-6098 or glodek@calu.edu.

Oliver Miller Homestead Hosts ‘An Evening at Mansfield’

The boys work to keep the cressets lit.

Joe Hanscak of South Park works by lantern light.

The Oliver Miller Homestead associates held a special evening event on November 6 to share with their guests what it would have been like to live without electricity in the 18th century. “An Evening at Mansfield” took participants back in time to November of 1794.

2016 Grief and Loss Support Dinner Planned for December 2nd A potluck dinner at McNary Center, Canonsburg Hospital will be held on December 2 at 6 p.m. Celebrate your loved one with a memorial service at our 2016 grief and loss support dinner. Please bring a picture of your loved one, as well as a story to honor his or her life. To make reservations for this event, please call 724-745-6100, ext. 4118. We need to know what you may want to bring so we can coordinate the meal. There is no additional charge.

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Tech. Sgt. Joseph J. Walters is ‘Hall of Valor’ Candidate Former VFW Post 914 Life Member Joseph J. Walters has been submitted for induction into the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. A winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber during World War II, Walters’ submission packet was hand-delivered for consideration by the post’s service officer Oct. 17. According to West Mifflin’s VFW Post 914 commander Jake Bradich, the honor should have arrived sooner. The veterans’ service unit only learned the extent of Walters’ heroism during his funeral in September. “The Walters family had Joe’s medals displayed,” said Bradich. “Several of the post’s officers saw that he had won the Distinguished Flying Cross.” Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, the DFC is one of the top valor medals conferred by the United States. Walters received his decoration for actions during 15 bombing missions where he shot down enemy fighter aircraft and warded off attacks by several others. In all, he was personally credited with destroying three hostile fighter planes. “Sergeant Walters displayed courage and presence of mind when he encountered experiences involving great personnel danger and vital decisions under hazardous conditions,” reads Walters’ DFC citation. “The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Sergeant Walters on all these occasions reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.” Walters’ other awards and decorations include four awards of the Air Medal, a Purple Heart Medal, the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Word War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal. All of his valor and combat medals were awarded during a six month span in 1943.

Project Underway to Update Charleroi Honor Rolls The November meeting of the Charleroi Veterans Honor Roll Committee was held to review progress made in the North Charleroi and Charleroi honor rolls in regards to updating them with more local veterans’ names. Eligibility of any veteran is established by their DD214 and is a requirement for updating. The committee will gather information for several months and will give advanced notification of the closing date to receive additional names. We hope to receive as many names as possible before the project ends, as it will be several years before another update will take place. Therefore, if you are a Charleroi resident wanting your name added to the honor roll at North Charleroi or Charleroi, please mail a copy of your DD-214 and contact information to: Attention: Richard McBurnie / Richard Nemec 234 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022 Questions regarding this memorial update can be answered by either committee member, Rich McBurnie: 724-489-4686 or Rich Nemec: 724-483-6986. The public is also invited to help in notifying local veterans of the honor roll update that is currently in progress.


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NEWS FROM THE SOUTH PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY November Meeting On Tuesday, November 15, the Society’s program was their annual “Show and Tell.” Many members showed various items that proved to be very interesting. The most memorable one was the time capsule from the South Park Middle School. This was placed there when the school was built in 1976.

Annual Christmas Party The Society will hold their annual Christmas party on Tuesday, December 13 at the Library Fire Hall for Society members and their guests. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. The entertainment will be Mr. Jim Felix with “Sounds of Elvis.” The deadline to return RSVP is December 7. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests.

Society’s Winter Hiatus Due to the typical winter weather conditions, the Society’s January and February meetings have been cancelled. Their regular meetings will resume on March 21, 2017. All Society meetings are held at the Library Fire Hall at 7 p.m. open to the public at no charge and light refreshments are served.

2017 Enjoy Book The Enjoy Book is being sold by the Society for $30 and will be available at the Society’s meetings. In addition, anyone living in the South Park area can make arrangements for delivery of the Enjoy Book to their home by calling 412-833-8160. All sales benefit the South Park Historical Society Building Fund.

Society’s Book Looking for that special Christmas gift? The Society’s book, “Historical Snowden Township/South Park Township,” would be just perfect. It is available for sale at the South Park Township Library for $20 (tax included). Books can also be ordered by calling 412-835-9529 or 412-655-4104. For an additional $3.25 for postage the book can be mailed to any destination.

Charitable Donations The end of the year is approaching and people often think of making donations to their favorite charities. In doing so, the Society would like to be considered if you do. The Society is a non-profit organization which is in the process of renovating the Museum. Any donations to the Society (which are tax-deductible) would be designated for the building fund and would be very much appreciated. For more information on the South Park Historical Society, please visit their web site at http.www.southparkhistoricalsociety.com.

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Veterans Honored at Chess Park in Monongahela During Veterans Day Ceremony

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A chilly morning at Chess Park in Monongahela didn’t hold down attendance at the Veterans Day ceremony, and the men and women from various Mon Valley veterans groups made it clear that their comrades-in-arms - active, inactive and fallen - would be honored on this day. Taking part in the ceremony were the Mon Valley Leathernecks, the Mid Mon Valley Shipmates, members of Posts 302, Veteran John Koller acts as 613 and 949 of the American Legion, and Master of Ceremonies members of Post 1409 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - all in uniform and carrying their colors. It was an impressive sight - doubly so realizing that many of these men paying tribute were on the high side of 65 years in age, yet they wanted to be here to do their duty. The City of Monongahela was represented by Mayor Bob Kepics and some Council members. Other dignitaries attending were State Representative Rick Saccone and Washington County The Mon Valley Leathernecks Commissioners Larry Maggi, Diana Irey stand at parade rest. Vaughn, and Harlan Shober. After a welcome by veteran John Koller, the colors were advanced by the Mon Valley Leathernecks (Marine vets). Mayor Kepics welcomed all to the ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by Ms. Kim VanVoorhis. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Representative Rick Saccone and the invocation was given by Rev. William Bailey of the Journey by Grace Church. A two-bell ceremony was done by the Mid Mon Valley Shipmates. Additional welcoming remarks were made by Commissioner Larry Maggi, which were followed by a moving address by Ms. Susan Meighan, the Director of Veteran’s Affairs of Washington County. Closing remarks from veteran Tom Corey were followed by a Benediction by Rev. Richard Bass of the Holy Tabernacle of God in Christ. A rifle salute by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and the playing of 'Taps' closed out a moving Veterans Day ceremony. Go to our website at www.messengerpaper.com for more photos of this event.

Christmas Celebration Planned by Pleasant Hills Garden Club The Pleasant Hills Garden Club will hold a covered dish pot luck on Monday, December 12, 2016 starting at 12:30 p.m. The pot luck will be held in the Community Room at the Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, 410 E. Bruceton Rd. Members and guests invited. Garden of the Month winners will be honored guests. The garden club is accepting new members for 2017. If you are interested, please see our website at www.plsthillsgardenclub.com.


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Investing In Real Estate: Why Do It? Why invest in real estate? Most people agree, real estate property investment is and always has been the most powerful type of investment utilized for building wealth. It has been said that over 90% of the world's millionaires achieved their wealth through investing in real property. Here are a few other things you may not have considered: The wealthy are not necessarily smarter than everyone else. If you were to take a poll of every successful real estate investor (or any industry for that matter) you would find that over half of them graduated in the middle of their high school class. Don't allow a hidden fear of not having a super high IQ be your excuse for not pursuing your real estate investment dreams! You never get rich trading hours for dollars. When

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you trade hours for dollars you have set a limit to your income. Additionally, as you become more and more successful, the more you learn to delegate, the more time you have available to devote to your real estate deals. When the time it takes to accomplish household tasks takes away from your successful income producing activities it may be time to hire others to mow your lawn, clean your house and wash your car. Your time becomes more valuable than the cost of those services. No other industry is like real estate. The primary reason investing in real estate is such a powerful way to build wealth is due to one very powerful key concept known as leverage. Leverage is using other peoples' money to generate income, most of the time a lender’s money. There is no other commodity that you can finance a relatively large portion of the purchase price over 15, 20 or even 30 years at low interest rates that are seldom found for other types of loans. Time is your ally or your enemy; use it wisely. Time is referred to as the great equalizer. Kings and paupers alike have but 24 hours in each day. No one has even one second more than another person does. It is possible that you have the time and just don’t know it. Maybe you don't watch as much television! It really can be that simple. Cutting back could give you potentially hours of time to read educational materials about real estate investing or search for properties to purchase! The deal of the decade comes along every week. Go to any real estate investment club and listen to war stories. The successful members will each have at least one example of their own personal deal of the decade. But

these special deals are not easily found. They must be actively and aggressively hunted down. Ask around, follow up on abandoned houses, and call on rental ads. Be certain to tell friends, neighbors, grocery baggers, relatives and, most importantly, your real estate professional what you are looking for. Not all strategies will work for all people all the time. So how do you know what is right for you? It depends on your goals. Real estate investing can answer all of these situations using different methods: short-term flips, rehabs, and long-term investments each have their positive and negative features. This is why it is critical for you to educate yourself before you take the leap. Real estate is cyclical. You will learn through experience to be flexible. The strategy that is working well one year may not work as well the next. Have you studied enough to know what methods you should use or when you should adjust? The person who isn't willing to learn or be flexible in this industry can get broken when the market shifts. In summary, how you choose to build wealth is your decision. When you choose to invest in real estate, remember that CENTURY 21 Frontier is here to assist you.

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Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club Honors Vets with Veterans Day Service The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club held their 24th Veterans Day Memorial Service at the South Park Nursing War Memorials on Corrigan Drive. Sue Means, Allegheny County Council, Districts read the names of 14 club members who served in the Military Forces and those who served as Cadets. Many were unable to attend due to illness but will receive their certificates. Present to receive their certificates from Sue were Lois Green and Aileen Lyons, both who served in the U.S Naval Nurses Corps.

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Pictured are (l-r) Lois Green, Sue Means, and Aileen Lyons

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities Available in 10 Western PA Counties Scholarship opportunities are provided by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club to nursing students entering their final year of studies in a diploma program, associate’s degree program, or Bachelor of Science degree program. Nurses actively pursuing advanced education in nursing may also apply. Students are eligible whose official home of residence are in one of the following 10 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. Scholarships are awarded each April. Apply through the Pittsburgh Foundation at http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org or by US mail: The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh PA 15222-5414. The Pittsburgh Foundation also sends scholarship information to nursing schools and colleges in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Scholarship coordinator is Deborah L. Turner at turnerd@pghfdn.org. For more information, call 412-391-5122.

West Newton Woman’s Club Names Students of the Month The October honorees of the West Newton Woman’s Club for Students of the Month were Andrea Suter and Kaylee Aaron. Andrea Suter resides in the Ruffs Dale area with her parents, Ronald and Amy Suter. She has been active in: National Honor Society, The Future Is Mine, CAP & SAD programs, student council, basketball, lacrosse and she also does senior mentoring. Andrea plans to attend Penn State Fayette for four years then on to Seton Hill for two years to full fill her dream of becoming a physician’s sssistant. Kaylee Aaron lives in the Rillton area with her parents, Ted and Robyn. She is active in The Future Is Mine, National Honor Society, student council, The AM news team, plays and musicals, chamber choir and concert choir. Kaylee has received The Challenge Program Award for Academic Excellence. She, too, plans to attend Penn State Fayette to train as a pediatric nurse.

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Rostraver Township Historical Society Plans Christmas Dinner for December 8th The Rostraver Township Historical Society will hold our annual Christmas dinner and December meeting on Thursday, December 8 at Hoss’s Steakhouse in Rostraver at 6:30 p.m. Members and non-members are invited to join us to share dinner and listen to a presentation from Jim Greenwood, one of RTHS’s own. You all may know Jim from Sunday afternoons at the Old Concord School on the way to Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver. Jim will be discussing the significant impact on our area by frontiersman, trader, land speculator, and Indian agent George Croghan during the mid- 1700s.

NEWS FROM THE MONESSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Autumn Exhibit The autumn exhibit at the Monessen Heritage Museum, 505 Donner Ave., focuses on the five former ethnic Roman Catholic churches of the city, which were consolidated together to form the Epiphany of the Lord Church 25 years ago. Each former church has a separate display of photographs and memorabilia. The exhibit can be viewed through the end of the year on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Fund Drive The annual fund drive and membership renewal has started. Be on the lookout for a mailing containing the necessary forms and information. The donations are used to run the museum and provide for the historic preservation of Monessen’s past. Membership and donation forms can also be picked up at the Museum. Single memberships are $15 per calendar year. Family memberships are $20 and business memberships are $50.

Additional Information The Historical Society has over 3,000 worldwide followers on Facebook! Keep abreast of events and see photos of previous ones. Become a fan! The Museum Shoppe has unique holiday gifts. Stop in and shop locally! There are local history books, ethnic cookbooks, furniture throws, and many other items for that hard to buy for person on your list. The Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturday, December 3, 2016, as the Historical Society partners with Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center and Monessen Community Development Corporation for the community Christmas celebration at the Library. GMHS will provide free photos with Santa during the afternoon that will be mailed to the homes. The Heritage Museum will be closed from December 23, 2016 until January 4, 2017. The Historical Society is accepting donations of antique Christmas decorations and items for use in the show windows of the Endicott Johnson/ Milsom Building.


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Oliver Miller Homestead Hogmanay Celebration Slated for December 4th Come and celebrate Hogmanay, a funfilled day that pays tribute to Oliver Miller’s Scottish heritage at the Oliver Miller Homestead on Sunday, December 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The festivities will feature Scots dancing, games, food, and talents. While Christmas was not observed as a festive occasion in the 18th century, the Scots definitely celebrated New Year’s Eve and day as times of celebration. We will Martie Main of Robinson stuffs the haggis celebrate the end of another successful year of events as we look forward to a new year in 2017. To observe this day, the Pittsburgh Country Scottish Dancers will perform traditional dances in the barn, and guests will be invited to join in the fun. A string quartet from Bethel Park High School music department will entertain guests in the log house. Guests may participate in typical Scots games outdoors if weather permits and in Lyrick Farley of Bethel Park demonstrates the Stone House. some early Scottish games A Scottish tea will be on display in the keeping room with the Scottish favorites of haggis, tatties and neets being prepared in the kitchen, Join the Millers and their friends at the Stone House to learn more about the New Year’s customs and to help the Millers celebrate by paying off debts, returning borrowed goods, firing rifles to shoo off the old spirits and to see who will be the first footer to enter the house and bring the Millers good luck for the year. Share a toast to the new year with a wee dram of Members of the Pittsburgh Scottish cider and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. Country Dancers perform This is truly a special day at the Homestead and we look forward to seeing you. Admission is only $2 and more information is available at our web site, olivermillerhomestead.org.

VFW Post 1940 Broughton Oldies Dinner and Dance Rocks the House On Saturday November 5th, the Broughton VFW sponsored an oldies dance at the Broughton Volunteer Fire Hall. It was very fun and a successful night, and patrons rocked out to the music from the Mansfield 5 Band. Jackie’s Catering provided the food, and guest speakers were Commander James Wabby, Judge Ron Arnoni, and Township Commissioner Ed Snee. The VFW wants to give a special thanks to Broughton Fire Department for the use of the hall, bartenders Amber and Leann, the VFW Ladies Group, retired police officer Tom Roshay, the merchants who donated items for the Chinese auction, and everyone who attended.

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St. Thomas A’ Becket Gears Up for Annual Cookie Walk on December 10th St. Thomas A' Becket Parish in Jefferson Hills will hold its annual cookie walk on Saturday, December 10 in the St. Thomas A' Becket School Building at 139 Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills. The cookie walk will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will provide a wide selection of homemade holiday cookies for you to make that perfect Christmas Cookie tray! There also will be complimentary hot dogs, beverages, and snacks as well as cookie decorating for the kids and door prizes. Customers will receive a box and a plastic glove to choose their cookies. All cookies are weighed and priced at $8 a pound. For more details, please contact Sherri Kearns at Kearns1@msn.com or 412-650-6292.


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Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights Up for the Holidays On Monday, November 21, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) flipped the switch on their holiday decorations. The 32nd Annual Light-Up Night had members of the community gathered around the MVH campus to watch the lighting of the two-story tree and several acres of decorations throughout campus. “I look forward to this event every year because it truly is the start of the holiday season in the Mon Valley,” said Louis J. Panza Jr., MVH's president and CEO. "Light-Up Night is an opportunity for all of us to gather as a commuAt Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Annual nity. It is a time for our employees, Light-Up Night celebration, 6-year old Leah Rowland and 9-year old Gordon Altamare physicians, board members and volunflipped the giant light switch to turn on teers to welcome our friends, family and the holiday decorations throughout the neighbors to enjoy fellowship on our campus of the hospital. campus.” The moment of illumination came when two lucky children, Leah Rowland and Gordon Altamare, flipped the giant switch to turn on all of the lighted decorations. The children were chosen at random from among MVH employees' children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews ages 5 to 10. The Charleroi High School Show Choir entertained the crowd before the lights were turned on. The festivities continued when Mr. and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the hospital’s campus bringing a toy for all the children in attendance. Throughout the evening, members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. sold baked goods and hot dogs. All of the spectacular interior and exterior decorations were produced by Joseph’s Nursery and Garden Center in Monessen. Visit MVH’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Monvalleyhospital to view pictures from the event.

South Park Historical Society Christmas Party Planned for December 13th The South Park Historical Society (SPHS) is holding its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, December 13 at the Library Fire Hall, 6581 Library Road, South Park. The party is open to all Society members at a cost of $15; cost for each guest is $20. The festivities include a wonderful buffet prepared by Cyd West of Comfort Catering, entertainment by Mr. Jim Felix with ‘Sounds of Elvis’, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a money tree raffle, and a bake Sale. This event is a BYOB. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. All reservations must be received by December7. For questions and reservations, call Ruth at 412-835-9529 or Jean at 412-835-2631. All proceeds benefit the SPHS Museum Building Fund. For more information about the SPHS and the history of South Park, visit www.southparkhistoricalsociety.org.

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‘The Reality Tour’ Comes to Belle Vernon High School as Drug Prevention Program By Colette Dell On November 7 at 6 p.m., the Belle Vernon Reality Tour was held at Belle Vernon High School, where parents and their children came to learn the realities of drug use and the negative consequences one can face when abusing them. The international award-winning and evidence-based Reality Tour began in 2003, when a resident of Butler, PA, Norma Norris, envisioned how she wanted to reach the kids in her community about drugs. She took notice that there were a number of youths in her area that were either addicted or dying from drug use. She put together a presentation that begins with a narrative that depicts a teenager’s life and death from heroin use. There are five major scenes that are acted out by volunteers: first there is the peer pressure scene, then an arrest, a jail scene, an overdose scene in an emergency room and a funeral scene. After the narrative, a few speakers step up to share their knowledge and experiences with drug use. A police officer shares first, which was Westmoreland County Sheriff Jon Held at the November 7 presentation, then a parent spoke of his experience with his affected child, followed by an individual who is currently in recovery. The target audience is for kids 10+ and they are to come with a parent. On realitytour.org, Norris explains why she requires parents to attend with their kids, as well as how she wishes to reach them through the presentation: “I felt that parent and child need to be on the same page, with the same information. That information had to be delivered in an engaging manner; it had to be true, emotionally charged and consequence driven,” Norris said. The Belle Vernon Area Reality Tour Director, Celeste Trilli Palamara, added that it helps that the parents are in the know. “The parent is the best prevention factor when they are educated about the dangers of drug use. National statistics show that it takes an average of two

Pictured is a teenager in a jail scene during the narrative part of presentation.

Pictured is a teenager in an emergency room scene after an overdose.

years for parents to recognize their kids are abusing drugs,” Palamara said. The Reality Tour is currently presented at six locations throughout Westmoreland County. It also has branched out to several other Pennsylvania counties, 16 states and Canada. Palamara hopes the program will be in more communities. “The Reality Tour is needed in every community. It is my goal to have this program moved into Washington County and beyond,” she said. The Reality Tour at the Belle Vernon location presents once a month, in the evenings. Upcoming presentations have been scheduled for December 12, January 9, February 13, March 6, April 10 and May 1. There is a registration fee of $5 per person and anyone who plans to attend must pre-register. Attendance is free for children who receive free or reduced lunches. Please, go to realitytour.org to print a registration form or to find presentation dates, times and locations.


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DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE CITY OF MONESSEN Concert Planned at Monessen High School The Monessen Music Department is pleased to present the return of their annual Holiday Concert. The Monessen A Cappella Ensemble will perform a selection of new and old favorites, to get you in the holiday spirit! The small ensemble is under the direction of Assistant Band Director Matt Shorraw. The concert will be held on December 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Monessen High School Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All donations will go toward the Monessen Band’s Spring Trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. We hope to see you at this fun event!

Christmas in the Park Planned At Monessen Amphitheater The Monessen Amphitheater Committee will host its 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, December 10, 2016, from noon-2 p.m. The event will feature carolers, snacks, Santa, crafts, and more! Please join us for this fun event! If you have any questions or would like to participate in handing out candy or would like to help in any other way, please email monessenamphitheater@gmail.com. This will be the final event of the 2016 season at Monessen Amphitheater. We hope to see you next year! Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season! See you in 2017! Please note the Monessen Amphitheater Committee is a 510(c)(3), and is not affiliated with the City of Monessen and its entities. For more information, please contact the IRS.

Updates on the Bentworth Community Center Building Project: Phase One Scheduled for Fall 2017 Completion The Board of Trustees of the Bentleyville Public Library is re-advertising for bids for the Phase One of the Bentworth Community Center Building Project. The Bentworth Community Center is the name of the building that houses the Bentleyville Public Library, the Bentworth Senior Center, and the Bentleyville Area Historical Society. The building is owned by the library and is administered by the board of trustees. Phase One of the building project includes the renovation of the current building, the addition of a new front lobby, and the installation of an elevator that will provide accessibility between the two floors of the building. Approximately $1,050,000 has been secured to fund Phase One. These funds will be cover construction costs, architect and engineer fees, mandated environmental studies and permits, temporary housing for the library, and contingencies. The original bids for Phase One, which were received on August 31st, exceeded the construction budget for the project. Over the last two months Kulak Design Associates, the project architect, has worked to modify the project to reduce costs. The modifications include the elimination of a separate children’s restroom in the library, a shower in the senior center, and a large clock on the exterior of the building. The modifications also include changes to some wall and floor coverings. Bids for the modified project will be advertised in in late November, construction contracts will be awarded by early January, and construction will start by early February. Phase One, which was scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017, is now scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. The Bentworth Community Center serves residents of Bentleyville, Cokeburg, and Ellsworth boroughs and North Bethlehem and Somerset townships. Additional information about the building project and gift giving opportunities can be at the Bentleyville Public Library.

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Canonsburg Area Woman Raises Money for Bashioum Family in Wake of Tragedy with Blue Ribbon Project By Christen M. Stroh When the borough of Canonsburg lost police officer Scott Bashioum in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call on November 10, the community came out in droves to offer support. Many made signs and banners to demonstrate their love and appreciation of the police force as a whole, and some chose to display their support to the police community in other ways. When Canonsburg resident Jocelyn Beresh tied a blue bow on her lamp post to show her support for the police, she had no idea it would turn into a fundraiser. She noted, “When my girlfriend came by, she said she also needed a bow, and I said to her, ‘Do you think we could sell these?’” Working with both ribbon she had and ribbon that was donated throughout the day, she worked with a group of volunteers to make blue bows, selling them at a price of $5 a bow and, as such, the Blue Ribbon Project was born. The fundraising campaign took off quickly largely due to social media, and since school was cancelled on November 10 while police continued to search for the shooter, who remained at large during the early morning hours of that day, neighbors brought their kids to set up stands in the driveway to sell the bows. In all, between 50 and 60 people volunteered to either sell or make bows throughout the day. The Blue Ribbon Project raised a total of $2,270. Funds collected from the blue bow sale were directly given to the Bashioum family: Scott’s widow, Ashley, and his four children.

South Park Library “Friends” Say Thank You The Friends of South Park Township Library wish to thank everyone who attended and supported their Fall 2016 Book Sale. With the continued help and support of its members, the South Park community, and surrounding neighbors, we achieved a successful sale, with monies earned given to the South Park Library. This makes it possible to purchase supplies, books, equipment, user items and programs, providing a service to the Library that is beneficial to all residents. To all those who donated books and items and then attended and purchased items on sale days, thank you! Without you, these book sales would not be possible. Each of you did your part to make this sale a success. Also, thank you once again to those members who renewed their memberships during the book sale days and to new members who joined by signing up with “Friends” at the sale. For more information, visit www.southparklibrary.org/spfriends.htm.


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West Mifflin VFW 914 Awards $100 Scholarships to Students, Teacher By Michael P. Mauer Three West Mifflin Area School District students and a local educator were each awarded cash scholarships from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid and advanced to the next level of competition in this year’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests during the unit’s monthly meeting at the Thompson Run Athletic Association November 15. Earning the top honors Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid West Mifflin Commander Jake Bradich stands with local winners of the for this year’s VOD comannual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. petition are high school Pictured also are scholarship awardees Zkkrah (Ziggy) seniors Zkkrah (Ziggy) Patterson, John Gambrell and Samantha Curcio, as well as Patterson and John the post’s nominee for VFW Voice of Democracy Teacher Gambrell. Samantha of the Year, Melissa L. Fulmer. Curcio, a 7th grader from the West Mifflin Area Middle School, was awarded the top slot forwarded from there, entrants will earn a chance to compete at the VFW for the post’s Patriot’s Pen scholarship. The three students each received a Department of Pennsylvania. After that, $100 award from VFW Post 914 winners will then vie at the national level Intrepid West Mifflin at the organiza- where the top laurels include a $30,000 tion’s November meeting, as well as a scholarship. Other VOD national scholarships VFW medal. A $100 check and a VFW range from $1,000 to $16,000, and the medal was also presented to Melissa L. first place winner from each state garFulmer, an English teacher at West ners a minimum scholarship of $1,000, Mifflin Area High School, for her selecplus an all-expense-paid trip to tion as VFW Voice of Democracy Washington, D.C. Last year, approxiTeacher of the Year. mately 40,000 high school students Fulmer’s nomination will be forwarded for consideration to VFW District 29 throughout the United States participatin Pittsburgh, and if successful, to fur- ed in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy ther competition at the VFW state and audio essay competition. As the Patriot’s Pen award winner, national levels. Curcio also earned the chance to Originally from Duquesne, Fulmer advance to the next level of competition holds a master’s degree from the in the VFW’s youth essay contest. The University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of top Patriot’s Pen competitors selected West Mifflin Area High School, she from each state can earn $50,000 in earned her undergraduate degrees in awards, as well as a top prize of $5,000 teaching and English from Duquesne and an all-expense-paid trip to University and the Community College Washington, D.C. of Allegheny County. For more information about VFW All of the VOD candidates will move Post 914 and its activities, contact to the next bracket of competition to be Commander Bradich at: 412-464-9838. held at Pittsburgh’s VFW District 29. If

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Central VFC of Elizabeth Twp. Receives Grant from 84 Lumber Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township is pleased to announce it has received an $840 grant from 84 Lumber. These funds will support the replacement of all wood cribbing utilized in rescue operations and will be carried on Central’s new rescue. Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township recently took delivery of a new 4 Guys Spartan heavy rescue truck. This rescue truck is designed to carry specialized equipment and personnel to quickly and efficiently respond to various types of rescue situations. The equipment provided through this grant will ensure rescue technicians have the equipment needed to further provide safe and professional services to residents and visitors of Elizabeth Township. The all-volunteer fire department is excited to be awarded this grant. “We couldn’t be more honored to work with 84 Lumber Company on this project. The Hardy family and everyone at 84 Lumber is always first to help communities, without 84 Lumber this project would not be possible. This is the second time 84 Lumber has contributed to Central, our social hall renovation was also made possible by 84 Lumber in 2013,” said Fire Chief Chris Molinaro. Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township applied for the grant through 84 Lumber Building Hope program. Since 1956, 84 Lumber has actively supported local, regional charitable organizations through Building Hope.

Mid Mon Valley Model Railroad Club Plans Annual Open House The Mid Mon Valley Model Railroad Club’s annual open house will take place on weekends from November 26, 2016 through January 8, 2017 with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. The club is working to depict the major industries in the mid-Mon Valley as they interacted with the railroads. Visitors can walk through three rooms of scenery as the trains run on a double-decked layout and use the helix (spiral) in a fourth room to travel from the lower level to the upper level and back again. Along the way, one can see a blast furnace, a rolling mill, a strip mine, coke ovens, a railroad yard, and a trolley line. There have been several other improvements made to the layout this year. More scenery has been completed and several structures have been added. The camera train is being repaired and should be available to broadcast the view from the cab of the engine to the monitor in the back room. Be sure to check out this truly special view of the layout. Historical artifacts from area railroads are on display in the last room, and photographs line the hallway toward the roomful of artifacts. Items to be seen include trainmen's lanterns, switch locks, tickets, timetables, caps, signal lights and many other fascinating objects. Location: 159 Main Street, New Eagle, second floor. Admission: donation of $1 per person requested. For more information, see www.mmvmrrc.org or call S. Werner at 724-379-8584.


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Westmoreland County Is Updating Its Comprehensive Plan Rostraver Township Makes New Recycling Bins Available to Residents The Rostraver Township Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that larger recycling bins are available to Township residents. Rostraver Township has acquired 33-gallon recycling bins in place of the smaller bins. Township residents are asked to trade in their smaller bins for a 33-gallon bin at the Township Road Department, 129 Recreation Drive, Belle Vernon from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. If no one is available at the Road Department, residents may trade their bins at the Administration Office, 201 Municipal Drive, Belle Vernon from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. As always, additional bins are available for purchase for $5. Just a few reminders on Rostraver Township recycling: Recycling collection will be from the same location on your property as your refuse collection. Recycling collection is on a bi-weekly basis (every other week). The following recyclables should be placed inside the recycling bin: glass – brown, green, and clear glass containers, aluminum cans, steel cans, bimetallic cans, and plastic containers (recycling logos 1 and 2). For more information on Rostraver Township recycling, please check out the Township Webpage at http://www.rostraver.us/government/regulations/recycling.php.

Washington County District Attorney Hires Two New Victim Advocates from the Mon Valley Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone hired two new Victim Advocates to work in the Victim Services Department. Amy Mazanetz and Corey Watkins will be working to support the victims of crimes by accompanying them to hearings, opening compensation claims, collecting restitution information and advocating on the victims behalf. Corey Watkins, who is from Monongahela, studied at Penn State University and will be working with the victims of juvenile offenders. He has years of experience in the social services Amy Mazanetz and Corey Watkins field doing case work with individuals challenged with developmental disabilities. Amy Mazanetz, who is from Donora, is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and will be working with victims of adult offenders. She has dedicated her career to supporting those in need in the community working most often with the Area Agency on Aging. The District Attorney has prioritized the enhancement of the Office of Victim Services for the county. It is an integral part of the District Attorney’s office that supports the victims of crime during a time that can be stressful and confusing. Amy’s and Corey’s positions are almost exclusively funded by grants that are available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Reimagining Our Westmoreland will create a blueprint for our future – a new comprehensive plan that will help Westmoreland County become more livable and prosperous!

What is a Comprehensive Plan? Reimagining Our Westmoreland will serve as Westmoreland County’s official guide for land use and development over the next 10-20 years. It will be Westmoreland’s “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important quality of life issues like land use, housing, parks, infrastructure, transportation, and more. Ultimately, the Plan will answer: “what should Westmoreland County look like in 10-20 years and how do we get there?”

Why are we updating the Comprehensive Plan? Westmoreland County has been experiencing a declining population, rapidly increasing median age, and relative lack of diversity. Reimagining Our Westmoreland will establish priorities, projects, investments, and recommendations that can reverse these trends and make it a more competitive place to live, work, invest, and visit.

What are the contents of a Comprehensive Plan? A Comprehensive Plan describes future goals and objectives for development, as well as an action plan to achieve those goals. Topics that the Reimagining Our Westmoreland may address include: land use and development; neighborhoods; employment; transportation and mobility; parks and green spaces; public facilities and infrastructure; sustainability; tourism; arts and culture; and more.

Who is involved in creating the Comprehensive Plan? The new Comprehensive Plan will be community-driven, and its vision and policy recommendations will be grounded in extensive community outreach. Over the course of the next year, residents and stakeholders will have numerous opportunities to participate both in-person and online. Ultimately, the Comprehensive Plan will be approved by the County’s Board of Commissioners.

How can I get involved in the process? It is important to get involved in all the Comprehensive Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. Thoughtful planning cannot happen without meaningful engagement. Westmoreland County needs your help to make sure the plan adequately addresses your concerns and vision for the future. Residents and businesses are encouraged to get involved and help make a better future for Westmoreland County. You can participate by taking a survey and learning more at the Reimaging Our Westmoreland website at http://www.hlplanning.com/portals/westmoreland/ or like Reimagining Our Westmoreland on Facebook for upcoming events, news and updates.

West Newton Business Owner Recognized; November 7th Known as ‘Gary Johnson Day’ At the Woman's Club of West Newton's November 7th meeting, Gary Johnson, owner of Gary's Chuck Wagon in West Newton, was recognized for the contributions that he has given to West Newton over the years. The mayor of West Newton, Mary Popovich, issued a proclamation to name November 7, 2016 as Gary Johnson Day. Congratulations, Gary!


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Changes Made in West Elizabeth Town Council By Charlotte Hopkins The West Elizabeth town council has been informed that the current mayor, Ralph Harrington, will be unable to complete his mayoral term due to health concerns. Residents have submitted letters of interest and a new mayor will be chosen on December 7, 2016. Additionally, there have been several changes made to the West Elizabeth town council in 2016. These include the additional of an additional member, Jenna Gilbert, a new council president, Lew Miller, and a new vice president, Lisa Morris. The council now holds additional Pictured are the newest members of the meetings throughout the month to keep West Elizabeth Town Council, Jenna the lines of communication open Gilbert and Council President Lew Miller. between members. Those meetings are closed to the public. Council meetings for the public are still held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Lastly, there is also a new website for residents to follow community events and scheduled activities: www.Westelizabeth.com. The town council can also be followed on Twitter @westelizabethpa.

South Park’s Borough & Township Police Association Plan Raffle for a New Furnace and Air Conditioning System South Park’s Borough and Township Police Association will hold a furnace and air conditioner raffle on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The winning number will be drawn by the 7 p.m. daily Big 4 number. The raffle includes installation of a Guardian-branded York high-efficiency furnace and air conditioning system. Installation will include one 95% 60,000 BTU furnace and 13 Seer 2-ton AC unit sized to accommodate most ranch, multi-level, or two-story homes. If a larger unit is required, the price difference will be presented and authorized before work commences. Installation will include any new piping, drainage, electrical, gas piping, modification to existing refrigeration, new thermostat, and a supply air duct. Any other work that will need performed will be presented and authorized before work commences. Calfo Contracting, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Electrical is a “buy American” company and all installation material will be U.S.A. stamped to the best of their ability. Proceeds benefit the Borough and Township Police Association. If the prize is not claimed within 30 days of a winning notification, the prize becomes the property of the Borough & Township Police Association. The Borough & Township Police Association is not responsible for typographical errors. For information or ticket sales, contact Tom Rosche at roschethomas@yahoo.com or contact the Borough & Township Police Association at 412-728-8484. Tickets can be purchased online at www.boroandtwp.com under “Events.” Tickets can also be purchased at Dorido’s Restaurant, 6408 Brownsville Road, South Park. Donation: $10.

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NEWS FROM THE ELIZABETH AREA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION New Mural in Downtown Elizabeth During this past fall, visitors to Downtown Elizabeth saw a colorful site unfold. A new mural has been installed at the intersection of Plum and Second. Over the last year, the Elizabeth Area Development Corporation (EADC) has hosted fundraisers to help promote and enhance the historic downtown area. The first project is this new mural depicting Elizabeth’s early history and riverfront heritage. Artist Tim Englehardt of Englehardt Designs reimagined Elizabeth’s original bridge crossing and an iconic river steamboat. EADC hopes that this is the first of a series of mural within the community. Additional funding support for this mural was made possible by the Mon River Town Program.

Ekin House Named Top Preservation Opportunity For the second year in a row, the Young Preservationists Association have named sites in downtown Elizabeth as part of the annual list of “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities” in southwestern Pennsylvania. This year’s site was the riverfront property known as the Ekin House. Built circa 1840s, this vernacular Greek Revival house was once home to Captain James Ekin, who once operated the prominent boat building industry in Elizabeth as well as served in the Civil War under President Lincoln. The site has been threatened with demolition since 2012, but community members have been able to keep it standing. The current interest is to develop the site as a river-related business or possible expansion of greenspace to the riverfront park. To learn more about these activities or how to get involved, please visit www.downtownelizabeth.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter as “Downtown Elizabeth.” The Elizabeth Area Development Corporation (EADC) is a local 501c3 nonprofit organization working to revitalize historic downtown Elizabeth along the Monongahela River. EADC focuses on revitalization and business development though river recreation, arts, heritage, historic preservation, and event activities.

Borough of Jefferson Hills Seeks Volunteers at Fire Companies The Borough of Jefferson Hills is seeking volunteers in both firefighting and administrative positions for each of its three fire companies, Gill Hall, Jefferson Hills 885 Area, and Floreffe. If you are interested in learning more about becoming either a firefighter or an administrative volunteer (general business, accounting, mechanics, construction, computers, fundraising), call the Municipal Center at 412-655-7735.


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South Park Board of Supervisors Addresses Various Topics By Colette Dell The South Park Township’s Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting on November 14 at 7 p.m. to discuss the following: A request for a refund of Letter of Credit No. 5297775 in the amount of $25,000, which posted to guarantee the completion of the sediment basin conversion for the subdivision identified as South Park Trails, was approved. The Township granted preliminary and final approval for South Park’s Eagle Stadium and Recreation Complex to undergo renovations. Prior to any construction activities, there must be a fully executed developer’s agreement, along with the appropriate bonds and escrow fees. Action on Ordinance No. 679, which deals with amending how oil and gas activities should be performed, was tabled. Snow removal agreements were approved for several subdivisions throughout the area of South Park, but have not yet been accepted. The Board approved the bids received by the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG) to purchase fall commodities. SHACOG received bids for the community development project identified as Cardox Road Storm Water Improvements and R&B Contracting & Excavation Inc. has been awarded the contract by South Park Township in the amount of $49,230 with grant funding in the amount of $22,000. The balance of the project’s cost will be paid by South Park Township. In regards to hiring, part-time library page Chloe Teagardner has resigned and Lindsey Sholtis has now been hired as the new library page. The Township additionally has hired Cindy Klein to be the new basketball monitor for the 20162017 season. A public hearing has been scheduled for December 12 at 6:30 p.m. regarding an inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license. A rental contract was approved by and between Mr. John and the Township of South Park for portable toilets to be placed throughout the Township’s parks and recreation areas. An ordinance is being prepared to determine if weight limitations are needed on High Street. The action on this ordinance will be determined at a later date. The premium was submitted by Provident Insurance Co. in the amount of $12,398.80 which provides insurance coverage for both the Library Fire Company and Broughton Volunteer Fire Dept. South Park’s recreation director, as well as two of the Recreation Board members, will be attending the Recreation Park Society Conference, scheduled for March 24-29, 2017, which will be held in Hershey, PA. Additionally, this month’s MS4 report (concerning storm water management) consisted of the following: 1. Township officials met to discuss a storm water management ordinance submitted by Allegheny County. The ordinance explains how to manage storm water during major and minor construction projects. 2. Outfall water testing during dry weather has been completed. 3. Public works is cleaning leaves out of catch basins. 4. A part-time employee continues to collect litter. 5. The mapping of storm water catch basins will conclude by the end of this year and in 2017, the sanitary manholes will be mapped. All information will be played in a GIS format when completed.

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New Eagle Finding Solutions For Drainage Issues

Carroll Township Appealing State Supreme Court Decision

By Miranda Startare

By Miranda Startare

Discussions of flooding and drainage problems and their solutions were on the agenda at the November 1 New Eagle Borough Council monthly meeting. A flooding problem at a Broadway Street property near the railroad had been previously brought to the attention of the council in September, when a resident of Broadway Street blamed Council for not repairing a drainage problem that has caused repeated flooding at the resident’s home for over a decade. The resident also claimed that he had spoken to people at the railroad who stated that the drainage issue could be resolved by the borough and that the borough was not being prevented from accessing railroad property. Council President Jack Fine announced at the meeting that he had spoken to a representative of Norfolk Southern Railway, who said the issue with the ditch being higher than the road on the railway property was the railroad’s responsibility. The repair work has been completed by the railway, according to Council. Another drainage problem in the borough is being addressed with the planning of the installation of approximately 400 feet of storm drains on Second Avenue. The new drains are anticipated to be installed next year when the borough receives redevelopment funds that are distributed every four years. The funds ae expected to increase from $33,000 to $50,000 and will be enough to pay for the project. In other business: • The borough decided to keep a dump truck that they had previously planned to sell after the purchase of a new truck. • Former New Eagle Secretary Linda Hall has volunteered as the Library Board Representative for the borough.

Carroll Township Board of Supervisors held its November 1 regular monthly meeting and discussed the implications of the September Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that the Local Share Account (LSA) provision of the gaming law is unconstitutional. The court’s decision has put communities across the state into a panic of losing millions of dollars of funds that have become part of their budgets, with each township receiving $25,000 plus $10 per resident annually. Carroll Township and Ringgold School District are appealing the decision, which would force the township to raise taxes, according to Solicitor Herman Bigi, who said the state has been swamped with appeals. “There are so many appeals, they can’t handle them,” Bigi said. The State Senate has approved a bill that temporarily requires the casinos to pay the hosting communities, but legislators must find a solution to the funding inequality within 120 days. Carroll Township would lose funding in the amount of $30,000 annually if a resolution is not made. In other business: Carroll Township received the final payment of $5,190.12 of a $153,000 Act 101, 902 Recycling Grant. Part of the grant was used to purchase a leaf vacuum for the township. Police Chief Paul Brand announced two reported black bear sightings in the township, one on State Route 88 in New Eagle near the old mine, and another sighting near the Monongahela exit of PA 43. The Game Commission asks residents to not approach a bear and to call the Game Commission’s Latrobe office if a bear is sighted.


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SPORTS Straub's Mon Valley United F.C. Young Boys Bring Keystone Cup Back Home to the Mon Valley

Tribute to Mon Valley Coaching Legend Joe Anders Honors Contributions to Local Soccer

Following in the tradition and footsteps of the great club soccer teams established in the Mon Valley (Dunlevy, Belle Vernon, Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Elizabeth, and Monongahela), the Straub's Mon Valley United F.C. Young Boys brought the PA West Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League Keystone Cup Players pose with the Keystone Cup trophy at Highmark back home to the Mon Stadium. Kneeling: Matt Snyder; Brody Ruffner; Mike De Angelis; Carl Dei Cas; Nick Munnell; Travis Roades; Colin Pastor Valley by winning the Standing: Ian Herzig; Jack Bethune; Nick Gaudy; Mike championship game Bethune; Ryan Hunsburger; Ryan Gaudy; Aaron Frech against the Pittsburgh Care Bears by a 8- 0 score on Sunday November 6, 2016. The game took place at Highmark Stadium, home of the Riverhounds, in Pittsburgh.

On Saturday November 5, 2016, the Mon Valley United F.C. Club honored Joe Anders for his contributions to local soccer in the Mon Valley. Joe was the founder of the Belle Vernon High School team Joe Anders holds his tribute ball, signed by and coached them 78 players and alumni in attendance. for 18 successful seasons. Coach Anders also had significant into local youth, sandlot, and officiating programs. MVU and Seneca Valley played a tribute match at Belle Vernon Stadium with a touching pre-game ceremony, featuring many of his former players. Joe did the Walk of Fame with both teams and former players forming a reception line extending from the sidelines to the center circle. Tribute speeches were delivered by MVU-FC founders John and Greg Pastor, along with former players and district coaches Dave King and Dan Weight paying additional homage and tribute to former MVU players who recently passed away this year. These included former Belle Vernon Head Coach Paul Sasko and Former Charleroi Head Coach George Watkins. A special tribute ball signed by players and alumni in attendance (78 signees) was given to Joe along with gifts at the end of the ceremony.

Two Ringgold Student Athletes Continue Their Sports Careers

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One of Ringgold’s senior swimmers, Sarah Noll, signed with West Virginia Wesleyan. Pictured (l-r) are: Bethany Curzi (Head Swimming Coach), Sarah Noll, and Faith Noll (Mom). Sarah currently holds school records in 100 yard back, 100 yard butterfly, and her relay holds records in 200 medley, 200 freestyle, and 400 freestyle.

Ringgold’s tennis star, Olivia Warner, signed with Slippery Rock University. Pictured (l-r) on November 16 are: Front row – Ken Warner (Dad), Olivia Warner, and Jan Warner (Mom); Back row – Matt Meredith (Slippery Rock Head Coach) and Sally Phillips (Ringgold Head Tennis Coach).

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Business & Merchant News GRC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Step Four Fitness

Pictured are (l-r): Co-owner Christi Dean, owner Tina Dean, and staff members Ashley Selva, Jethe Custer and Linda Ringstad.

On Saturday, November 19, the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce welcomed Step Four Fitness to the GRC and business community with a ribbon cutting. Step Four Fitness, owned and operated by Tina Dean and her daughter, co-owner, Christi Dean, offers a variety of instructed classes for all age and fitness levels. In addition to instructed classes, Step Four Fitness has circuit training, featuring hydraulic machines along with strength training, using free weights and cardio equipment, including a treadmill, elliptical and bike. Located at 158 Tri County Lane, Belle Vernon, Step Four Fitness is open Monday - Saturday. For more information visit www.stepfourfitness.com or call 724-930-6006.

Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Names Prima Diva Boutique as November Member Spotlight The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to name Prima Diva Boutique as its November Member Spotlight business. The Prima Diva Boutique is a fun place to shop for women's clothing, handbags, and jewelry. In addition, there are unique bar and wine accessories and children's specialty items. Prima Diva also offers tuxedo rentals for those very special occasions. Owner Daneen Troup started Prima Diva in February of 2010 in downtown Charleroi amidst one of the worst blizzards ever to occur in the Mon Valley. She moved to a bigger space in 2014 and has now Owner Daneen Troup and sales staff member Valerie Galilei of Prima Diva become a glitzy and favorite shopBoutique. Missing from the photo is staff ping destination for those needing a member Debbie Matay. little “retail therapy.” She is joined by her staff, Deb Matay and Valerie Galilei, in delivering superb customer service. Daneen is also an advocate for the Charleroi business community and participates in and helps lead Team Charleroi, a group of merchants from the business district. Prima Diva Boutique has been a member since the ribbon cutting in 2010, and continues to support and partner with the MVRCC for business promotions. The store is open on Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 – 5 p.m. They can be reached at 724-565-5586 or visit www.primadivaboutique.com.


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Mon Valley Regional Chamber Christmas Party Slated for December 7th The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals of the Mon Valley (a committee of the MVRCC) will hold a Christmas party for members and guests on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The event will take place at the Charleroi Elks Club and will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20/person and includes a light buffet, drink ticket and entertainment by D.J. Jerry J. Members may rsvp via their mailed invitation or register online at www.mvrchamber.org with any credit card. “Our members look forward to this annual event,” said Deb Keefer, Chamber Director. “Everyone looks forward to the fellowship and the charming atmosphere of the Elks Club.” The Chamber is still accepting sponsors and door prize donations, which can be made by calling 724-483-3507. Armand and Gerry Ferrara at 2015 Chamber Christmas Party


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Steel City Comedy Tour Performs Fundraiser for MVRCC Chamber Programming The Steel City Comedy Tour performed a show for the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 19 at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall. Over 200 were in attendance for acts by Chuck Kreiger, Mike Wysocki, Sean Collier and Brad Ryan, who also served as the group's emcee. It was nonstop laughter in the hall for the two hour show. The winner of the Pictured are Chuck Kreiger, Mike Wysocki, Chamber Money Wall walked and Brad Ryan at the MVRCC's Steel City Comedy Tour held at Stockdale Fire Hall away with $650. on November 19. The Chamber Membership Committee organized the event, which is chaired by Diann Donaldson. "We had a phenomenal turnout and everyone enjoyed the show," said Donaldson. "What a fun way to raise money for Chamber programming and help the Stockdale Fire Department as well." Sponsors for the event were CSC Insurance, Maple Creek Distributors, Northwest Savings Bank, The Mon Valley Independent, Attorney Richard Mudrick, Dee's Wireless of Belle Vernon and Charleroi, Highway Appliance, Rotolo Motors, and Frank M. Godla Mechanical.

Bethel Park High School Club Trees Be sure and stop to see the many trees at the Bethel Park High School. Students from the various clubs have decorated trees on display. The students are selling tickets for their club trees, which are to be raffled off on December 17, 2016 at the Santa Brunch. See a student for a chance to win a tree and support one of the high school's club. We will also have tickets available at the Chamber office. See the trees on Facebook, BPTV, and at the Bethel Park High School – vote for the one you like the best! For more information, call 412595-8361.

Elf City Visit us on December 17. Entrepreneurs from grades 1-8 who would like to sell their creations,

please join us at “Elf City” holiday products from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Bethel Park High School. Opportunities to sell your products will be available at the Santa Brunch. Be a sales elf entrepreneur. Go to the Chamber website at www.bpchamber.org to register. Registration fee is $5 and includes table, signage, picture, BPTV and after-event recognition.

Don’t Forget! • Visit the South Park Shops on Fridays in December. From 5 - 8 p.m. there will be carriage rides with Santa. • On Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. there are children’s crafts for a fee at Michael’s in Village Square. • Tree Lighting in South Park will take place on December 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Library Courtyard.


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State Rep. Daley Receives 'Champion of Small Business' Award State Rep. Peter J. Daley II, D-Fayette/Washington, today touted the work of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) as he accepted its 'Champion of Small Business' award. “I’m honored to receive the award again, but the proven and fiscally responsible programs provided by Small Business Development Centers are the real story,” said Daley, whose 34 years of service in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives concluded on November 30. “Small businesses create most of the jobs in our economy and the SBDCs are a great resource to grow them and promote prosperity.” Begun in 1980, Pennsylvania’s SBDC network, which includes outreach offices in Washington and Greene counties, provides no-fee confidential business consulting, educational programming and timely, useful information for people starting, growing or maintaining a business.

“The SBDC is the linchpin for the continued economic evolution of the Mon Valley and all of western Pennsylvania,” Daley said. “I am proud to have supported the centers in budget battles, public hearings and in various committee assignments because every dollar invested in the SBDC is returned many times over.” Christian Conroy, state director of SBDC Pennsylvania, said Daley was selected for the 'Champion of Small Business' award because he has been a vocal and effective champion of the program for many years. “He’s been a steadfast supporter and promoter of the SBDC,” said Conroy, who was visiting the University of Pittsburgh SBDC during its Planning for Profits seminar graduation that included 24 local business owners. “We are going to miss his counsel and advocacy, but his efforts on our behalf will continue providing dividends for many years to come.”


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Local People News Charthene Club Names Girls of the Month for September through December At the most recent meeting of the Charthene Club, Youth and Education Chairperson Mareen Lindsay announced the Girls of the Month to be honored this fall. The Girl of the Month for September is Vanessa LaBryer. LaBryer is a senior highest honor roll student at Charleroi Area Mackenzie Skobel Vanessa LaBryer High School. She is involved in many clubs at school, plays in the marching band, plays softball, and is employed by McDonalds. The Girl of the Month for October is Mackenzie Skobel. Skobel is a senior at Charleroi Area High School and is involved in several clubs, served on Student Council, plays Johanna Fagan Jessica Day many sports, and is a volunteer at Camp Intention. The Girl of the Month for November is Jessica Day. Jessica is a senior highest honor roll student as Charleroi Area High School. She has been inducted into NHS, is a member of SADD, and is on the executive committee and in the history club. She runs on the varsity track team and is the captain of the varsity soccer team. She has served as a community volunteer for the Charleroi Education Foundation, Camp Intention, Joe Perrotta Pinto Tournament, and is involved in many other activities. She plans to study nursing at Robert Morris University. Johanna Fagan has been selected as the December Girl of the Month. Johanna is a senior highest honor roll student at Charleroi Area High School. She serves as president of Student Council and the executive committee. She is a member of the Drafting Club, Cougar Crazies, STEM Club, Camp Invention, and Charleroi Clean-up Day. She is employed at King’s Family Restaurant. She plans to attend West Virginia University or Penn State to pursue a career in engineering.

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Centerville’s Bailey Bauer Achieves Eagle Scout Rank Bailey Bauer, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 1515 Centerville, PA has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after passing his board of review early November. Bailey, currently a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for the troop, is the son of Brian and AnnMarie Bauer and the grandson of Richard and Eileen Bauer and Betty Zajac of Fredericktown. He is a senior attending Bethlehem Center High School and is a thirdgeneration Scout — his father and grandfather preceded him and his brothers in the program. His scouting career began in 2005 as a member of Cub Scout Pack 1515. In addition to working Bailey Bauer his way through the ranks of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, he has earned many merit badges and gained membership in the Order of the Arrow, the BSA National Honor Society. He also is a staff member for the Heritage Reservation Camp for Scouts at Farmington in Fayette County and works there every summer. As a result of Bailey’s service project, residents, visitors and staff at the Residence At Hilltop Personal Care Community in Carroll Township are enjoying updated vegetable and flower gardening opportunities. Bailey was assisted by other members of Troop 1515, including his brothers, Benett and Bryson. Adult leaders working with the Scouts included Scoutmaster Rich Anderson and others. Bauer worked directly with R.A.H. Executive Director Walt Young and Activities Director Lynn Matsick on the project’s initial design. The project included expansion of the vegetable garden. Six large planter tubs were mounted on concrete blocks and had the potential to tip over, so stronger wood stands on wheels were built to support the tubs. A bench was built for the patio for gardeners to sit on and rest. In addition, five cedar planter stands were built and placed next to five existing benches that wrap around the walking path in the back of the center. Soil and flower plants were supplied for the enjoyment of the gardening club participants. The Residence At Hilltop is operated by Mon-Vale Non-Acute Care Services, a subsidiary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., parent company of Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Welcome, Ariah Abigail Schoedel! Max and Renee Schoedel wish to announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Ariah Abigail Schoedel. She was born at St. Clair Hospital at 9:16 a.m. on October 22, 2016. Ariah weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Ariah’s proud grandparents are John and Linda Schoedel and James and Kathy Sipes. Great-grandmothers are Charlotte Hooton and Lois Sipes.


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Past VFW National Commander Presents West Mifflin Veteran with National Writing Award A life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid West Mifflin was presented a national writing award by Past VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki, Jr. during the District 29 meeting at VFW Post 402 in Coraopolis Nov. 20. Michael P. Mauer, an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, won the grand award for best feature article in the VFW National Publications Contest. The article, ‘Post with No Home Earns All State Honors’, was published in the August/September 2015 edition of the Pennsylvania VFW News. Winners of the competition were announced by the VFW May 2. Mauer’s entry bested a field of articles submitted from more

three dozen VFW departments located across the United States and around the world. The judges’ panel was comprised of professional journalists not affiliated with the VFW. An active freelance writer for more than 35 years, Mauer won the Army’s highest journalism honor, the Keith L. Ware, in 1991. He was also awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf for his actions as a military reporter in Operation Desert Storm. He was appointed as a VFW National Aide-De-Camp in 2006. In 2010, Mauer was indicted into the Southwestern Pennsylvania Veterans Hall of Fame.

John A. Biedrzycki, Jr., left, presents Michael P. Mauer with the grand award for best feature article in the VFW National Publications Contest at VFW Post 402 in Coraopolis Nov. 20.


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CENTER ON THE HILL DECEMBER EVENTS Center on the Hill, 100 Summit Road, Belle Vernon, has the following events planned for December. Every Monday - Euchre at 1 p.m., Canasta at 11 a.m. Every Tuesday - Euchre at 6 p.m. Every Wednesday - Bible study at 10 a.m., jam session at 1 p.m. Every Thursday - Wii Bowling at 9 a.m., Bingo at 10 a.m., Pinochle at 12:45 p.m. Every Friday - 500 Bid at 12:45 p.m. Every Day - Stationary bike and elliptical machine available every day from open to close. Tuesday, December 6 @ 9 a.m. Cookie Exchange - Please bring three dozen of your favorite cookies for the exchange. Please contact the center at 724-930-8512 to sign up and be sure to tell us what type of cookies you will be bringing to avoid duplicates. Tuesday, December 6 - 9:30 a.m. Christmas Bingo - $5 per packet, which includes 8 regular games. Additional packets are $2. Thursday, December 8 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Afternoon Bingo - $7 a packet, which includes 12 regular games. Additional packets are $3. Tuesday, December 20 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Afternoon Bingo - $7 a packet, which includes 12 regular games. Additional packets are $3.

Clairton Area AARP Schedules Holiday Lunch for December 7th Join the Clairton Area AARP #1612 for their holiday lunch on Wednesday, December 7 at the South Hills Country Club on Route 51. Guest entertainer is Nick Fiasco, Pittsburgh’s own Frank Sinatra impersonator. To get full details or to make a reservation, call Donna Shultz at 412-384-7894. AARP #1612 will not meet in January or February. Following the December luncheon, our chapter will begin regular meetings on March 22, 2017. The year will start with another hot lunch and more great entertainment. Make plans to join us in 2017!

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Seniors for Safe Driving December Events Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for seniors 55 years of age and older. The programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. Receiving this discount is mandated by Pennsylvania State Law. Mature driver improvement course helps drivers understand how aging affects abilities and provides insight about driving on today’s roadways. Upcoming Classes: December 7 - 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642 December 15 - 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Home Instead Senior Care, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 December 16 - 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Forbes Hospital, Monroeville, PA 15146 To register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245. To register online, visit www.seniorsforsafedriving.com.

VENETIA COMMUNITY CENTER DECEMBER EVENTS Venetia Community Center is located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia and hosts senior lunches. Senior lunches are held monthly and are sponsored by the Washington County Aging Services and the Southwestern PA Area on Aging. These delicious lunches are prepared by the staff of the Canonsburg Senior Center and delivered by our faithful volunteers to the Center. All seniors are welcome. Suggested donation is $2. A speaker or music is provided after the luncheon for your information and pleasure. Please note, senior lunches will only be served once in December: December 10 Lunch: 12 p.m. A representative from “The Caring Missions” will be hosting the program. With the help of several other agencies there will be baskets for a Chinese auction. Tickets will be three for $2. All seniors are welcome. To reserve your meal or for more information please call Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. Birthdays for December: Bill Crawford, Elizabeth Jefferies, Lois McCloskey, Dorothy Townsend and Charlotte Valentine. Anniversaries: Jack and Margaret Echenrode.

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MONESSEN CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS DECEMBER EVENTS

Welcoming New Patients

Monessen Center for Active Adults, 1925 Grand Blvd., Monessen, can be reached at 724-684-6501. Listed below are their December activities:

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Snowman Coffee & Canvas, 6-8 p.m. Bring a Friend. Share your Center with your friends. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day National Brownie Day - brownies with lunch! National Poinsettia Day - the center will be decorated. Donations are welcomed. Jubilee Singing Dove for Love, 11 a.m. Christmas Lunch and Entertainment with the Jerry B. Band. $5. Get your tickets early. NovaCare Rehab, 10:30 a.m. Wellness education. National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. We will vote on the ugliest sweater for a prize. National Games Day. Every table will be playing different games. Bring in a board game from home! First day of winter. Share your stories of about how you survived a snow-in! Good News Day. Come share your excitement and plans for the holiday. CENTER CLOSED - official day for Christmas. National Card Playing Day. 1 p.m. card games will begin. Card club will be in full swing. Come play! National Tick Tock Day. Tick Tock Day puts the pressure on you to cram in some last-minute work before the end of the year to achieve your goals! We will write down our 2017 resolutions.

Daily Schedules Monday 8-10 a.m. - coffee/discussion; 10-11 a.m. - line dancing; 11 a.m. - noon open discussion; noon - 12:45 p.m. - lunch, 12:45 - 3 p.m. - Bingo Tuesday 8-10 a.m. - coffee/discussion; 10-11 a.m. - crafts; 11 a.m. - noon - exercise; noon - 12:45 p.m. - lunch; 12:45 – 3 p.m. - cards Wednesday 8-10 a.m. - Walk the track at 8 a.m. - then coffee/discussion; 10-11 a.m. Wii/cards, etc.; 11 a.m. - noon - Bible study; noon -12:45 p.m. - lunch; 12:45 – 3 p.m. - cards Thursday 8-10 a.m. - coffee/discussion; 10-11 a.m. - Wii/cards, etc.; 11 a.m. - noon exercise; noon -12:45 p.m. - lunch; 12:45 – 3 p.m. - cards Friday 8-10 a.m. - coffee/discussion; 10-11 a.m. - Wii/cards, etc.; 11 a.m. - -noon open discussion; noon -12:45 p.m. - lunch; 12:45-3 p.m. - Bingo Wii, puzzles, open discussions, cards, brain games, digital training are available all day, every day.

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DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE WEST NEWTON CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS West Newton Center for Active Adults, 103 E. Main St., West Newton, can be reached at 724-872-4976. Listed below are their December events: Lunch and a Show The Center has started lunch and a show for $7. Lunch is at noon and the show starts at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Save the Dates You must RSVP for these events. Contact the center for tickets at 724-8724976. Dec 1 - The Drewsman, noon to 2 p.m. Dec 13 - Eddie Steen, Elvis impersonator, featuring Gospel and Christmas music. Dec 21 - Christmas Party, 10 a.m. with Cathi Rhodes, Patsy Kline impersonator, from 1 to 2 p.m. Calendar One-day bus trip to the Meadows or Tanger Outlets; 10 a.m. departure; $25. Spring Bus Trip Planned to Clayton Plans have been finalized for the first one-day bus trip of the spring: Elegance Of Yesteryear. Imagine a family leaving their mansion intact with all their belongings and moving to New York. On Saturday April 22, 2017 you will listen to the docent tell you about Henry Clay Frick's mansion Clayton. The home is filled with all original furnishings and Mr. Frick's art collection. You will be given time to tour the mansion, greenhouse, carriage and automobile recently restored garage, visitors center and gift shop, and the art museum that is on the grounds. The first pickup is at 8:30 a.m. - Belle Vernon Park ‘n’ Ride and the second pickup is at 8:45 a.m. at the West Newton Fire Hall parking lot, Riverside Drive, West Newton. The tour at Clayton begins at 10 a.m. At 12:30, we will travel to Mallorca Restaurant in the South Side for a lunch to include familystyle serving of six appetizers, your choice of entrée from a list, dessert and drinks. We will end this step back in time by saying goodbye to Pittsburgh from the Grandview Ave. overlook on Mount Washington. Cost of trip is $78 which includes, bus, driver tip, tour and lunch. Full payment is your reservation; checks along with your telephone number can be mailed to West Newton Sr. Center, 103 E. Main St., West Newton, PA 15089. Deadline: March 22. Cancellations are accepted only if you replace yourself (check with us for a waiting list). Call 724-872-4976 for more information.

Peters Township Senior Luncheon Planned for December 14th Senior luncheons are held at the Community Recreation Center in Peterswood Park on the second Wednesday of each month (October through May) from noon to 2 p.m. At each luncheon, we provide entertainment, an interesting speaker, or interactive activity. This is a free event, but we request that you bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Bring a friend to join in on the food, fun, and entertainment! Call 724942-5000 for more information. Day: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Holiday Celebration! Agenda: Optional $5 gift exchange; please wrap. Performances by Peters Township High School students.

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YOUR HEALTH Save the Date

PT Library and Generation GF Pgh Team Up To Help Prepare For a Gluten-Free Holiday

Learn About Bariatric Surgery at Monongahela Valley Hospital December 15

While visiting a local farm last summer, Melanie Jaskulski’s 5-year-old daughter noticed a little girl wearing the same gluten-free alert bracelet as she was and ran to talk to her. The elated look on her daughter’s face of meeting someone "just like her" made Melanie realize she needed to do something to bring gluten-free kids together. After doing some research, she discovered Generation GF, a national organization, and she decided to start a local chapter in this area. To help families have a fun, gluten-free holiday season, the Peters Township Public Library is collaborating with Generation GF to host ‘Getting through the Holidays Gluten-Free’ on Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the library. Register to attend this free, family-friendly event by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430 #1.

Hiram Gonzalez, M.D., a surgeon at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH), will discuss MVH’s Weight Control and Wellness Program during a free education session on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Dr. Gonzalez will explain the three types of minimally invasive bariatric surgery MVH offers. The surgery is a weight reduction option for people struggling to lose 100 pounds or more. “A few of the people who have had the surgery at Monongahela Valley Hospital this year have lowered their blood pressure and even eliminated the need for their diabetes medications,” reports Dr. Gonzalez. Parking is free for the session. To register, call 724-258-1333.

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Win a FREE Large 1 Topping Pizza from Finleyville Vocelli Pizza*! Two (2) lucky winners every month! Just fill in the correct answers to the questions below, and write your name, address and 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 1 Topping 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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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 local author who wroter ‘Entertaining Unplugged Children? Who received the ‘Champion of Small Business’ Award? What is the name of the scout who received an Eagle Scout award? 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 the winners of our November Pizza Puzzler contest!

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Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You? Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center

Reservations required, 724-258-1333 eet Surgeon Hiram Gonzalez, M.D. at our free information sessions to learn how weight loss surgery can help those struggling to lose 100 pounds or more. MVH offers three types of minimally invasive bariatric surgery through our Weight Control and Wellness Program.

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL DECEMBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs this month. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. MONDAY, DEC. 5 — LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER® - 1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The American Cancer Society designed this program for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Presenters will provide specific treatment techniques to help ladies look their best while undergoing treatment. All who register more than five days prior to the event will receive a makeup package valued at $200. To register, call 1-800-227-2345. MONDAY, DEC. 5 — BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - 2 – 4 p.m., Hospital, 7-East Family Room. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. The group meets the first Monday of each month. For more information, call 724258-1700. TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 7 AND 8 — MANAGING YOUR DIABETES 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive days. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 AND FRIDAY, DEC. 16 — NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP - 6 - 7 p.m. Nar-Anon Family Groups is a worldwide fellowship for the family and friends of those suffering from the disease of addiction. As a Twelve-Step program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength and hope. The NarAnon program is based on a set of spiritual principles and has no affiliation with any particular denomination. The only requirement for membership is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. For more information, call 724-288-8403. TUESDAY, DEC. 13 — RSDS SUPPORT GROUP -11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13 — ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP 6 - 8 p.m., ECC. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the family members, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations are requested by calling 724-258-1333. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 — COMMUNITY CPR INSTRUCTION HEARTSAVER AED COURSE - 11 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with Rostraver EMS. The fee for the class is $35 to cover the class and required materials. To register, call 724-872-9200. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 — ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - 6 p.m., ECC. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483. THURSDAY, DEC. 15 — OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP - 2 – 3:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1773. THURSDAY, DEC. 15 — IS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU? - 6 p.m., ECC. Bariatric surgery is an option for people wanting to lose 100 pounds or more. This free information session is designed to give those individuals struggling with weight loss the facts to choose their best option. To learn if you are a candidate for this surgery, join Hiram Gonzalez, M.D., as he discusses this topic in detail. To register, call 724-258-1333. THURSDAY, DEC. 29 — STROKE SUPPORT GROUP- 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

Need Blood Drawn? Monongahela Valley Hospital offers 4 convenient blood draw locations. Blood Draw Center — Monongahela 447 West Main Street 724-310-3410 Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 to 10.45 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blood Draw Center — Finleyville 6108 Brownsville Road Ext. 724-782-0723 Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mon-Valley Occupational Health Mon-Vale HealthPLEX WillowPointe Plaza 800 Plaza Drive, Suite 210 724-379-1940 Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monongahela Valley Hospital 1163 Country Club Road 724-258-1000 Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Local Worship Jefferson United Methodist Church Announces Bake Sale and Christmas Roll Sale

Celebrate the Christmas Season at Crossroads Ministries

Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, will be offering homemade Christmas roll for sale. There will be three different varieties - apricot, nut, and poppy seed - at $10 each. Phone orders will be taken until Sunday, December 11, 2016. To order please call 412-6533222, option 3. Orders will be ready for pickup on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also on Saturday, December 17, 2016, there will be an additional Christmas bake sale featuring many homemade items: cakes, pies, candy, cupcakes, Christmas rolls, and cookie trays.

Looking for a great way for your family to celebrate Christmas? Start here at Crossroads Ministries on Christmas Eve by coming to our 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. celebration (celebrations last one hour). Enjoy familiar Christmas carols and inspiring music and thoughts from God’s Word. Let a little bit of peace take hold of your heart. Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about? Then on Christmas morning, we invite you to bring your kids in their PJs and enjoy a family celebration with us here at Crossroads beginning at 10 a.m. Bring some canned food with you and we will take these donations to our local Finleyville Food Pantry. There will also be a New Year’s Day celebration at 10 a.m. on January 1, 2017. Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long RD in Finleyville. Visit our website at www.crsmin.com for more information.

St. John Byzantine Holds Christmas Craft/Bake Sale St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main Street, Uniontown, is holding its annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 3 from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upstairs school hall. The many craft items have been made by St. John’s Ethnic Craft Club and include indoor and outdoor wooden decorations, Santas, trees, snowmen, window stars, wreaths and door decorations, as well as assorted holiday and craft and gift items. Also available are tree ornaments of different types and imported items from Slovakia and Ukraine. A bake sale includes long rolls (nut, poppyseed, apricot, and pineapple cottage cheese), small kolachy (pastries filled with nut, poppyseed, and apricot), filled cookie cups, breads, molded candy, and many varieties of cookies, and much more. Parking is in the back which, is handicap-accessible. For information, call the church office at 724-208-6771 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

December Events at Gospel Alliance Church Gospel Alliance Church, 1011 Fells Church Road Belle Vernon, has the following events scheduled. For more information, find them on Facebook: Gospel Alliance Church. Every Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Awesome Adventures Sunday School, Little Adventures Nursery; Student Groups; and Adult Growth Groups 11: a.m. Awesome Adventures Children’s Church; Little Adventures Nursery; & Adult Growth Groups Wednesday Evening Activities: AWANA - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 3 through 6th grade are invited to come register. Look for information for registering online this year. Youth Group Middle School - 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. (grades 6, 7, & 8)

High School - 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (grades 9, 10, 11 & 12) Christmas Eve Services: Friday, December 23 - 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 24 - 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day Service: Sunday, December 25 - 10:30 a.m.

First United Methodist Church of Monongahela December Schedule of Events The First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela, welcomes you to come join us for a variety of activities. Our ninth biennial Crèche Show and Festival of the Trees will be held from 3 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 featuring over 300 Nativity scenes on display. This year we are adding themed Christmas trees as well. Refreshments will be served and a Nativity Shop will feature crafts from Red Bird Mission, among other gift and holiday items. The Jim Sykes Organ Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 featuring Jim playing Advent and Christmas music on our Allen Organ in the Sanctuary. Come early or stay after for the Crèche Show. Family Movie Night featuring Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9. This movie is an animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Friday Night Praise is at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Christmas Eve candlelight & communion worship will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. Christmas Day worship will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25. Bring a representative Christmas gift that you have received with you for our “Blessing of the Gifts.” Small Groups continue to meet on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

The Youth Fellowship meets on Sundays from 6:30-8 p.m. The United Methodist Women meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 with a mission project night at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. For more information, contact the church office at 724-258-7054.

Cookbooks Available at St. John Byzantine Available once again is the parish cookbook, “Carpathian Cookery,” now in its 18th printing, selling over 16,000 copies. Its new look is in a computerized format and has a plastic protective cover. The book includes sections on Christmas and Easter customs and recipes, traditional Rusyn and Slavic foods, other ethnic dishes, and many other tried-and-true recipes of St. John’s parishioners. The cost of the cookbook is $14 plus $4 postage and handling ($18). To order, please send a check or money order to: Ethnic Craft Club, St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, 201 E. Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401, or call 724-208-6771 M-F 6-8 p.m. for more information. You may also contact us at: carpathiancookery@gmail.com.

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church Plans Christmas Worship Celebrations Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, 561 Mingo Church Rd., Finleyville, PA invites you to celebrate our Savior's birth with us! A special Christmas Eve candlelight/communion service will be held at 6 p.m. on December 24. Additionally, a casual Christmas morning service of carols and lessons will take place on December 25 at 9:30 a.m. Mingo Church is located just south of Finleyville at the intersection of Rte 88 and Mingo Church Road.


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Bible Fellowship Community Church Releases Holiday Schedule Bible Fellowship Community Church, 220 Atomic Way, West Newton, can be reached at 724-8725150. For more information, follow them on Facebook at Bible Fellowship Community Church. BFC Church is a Christ-centered independent Biblebelieving church where the Word of God is our focus. December events are listed below: Trim a Tree for Jesus - Sunday morning, December 4 following the Morning Worship Service @ 10:30 a.m. Children's Christmas Program, "Symbols of Christmas" - Sunday night, December 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Christmas Cantata by BFC Church Choir, "Breath of Heaven" Sunday night, December 18 @ 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Saturday night, December 24 @ 7 p.m. Christmas Sunday Morning Worship Service – Sunday morning, December 25 @ 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Dessert Theater Presented at Crossroads Ministries Looking for something fun and exciting for during this holiday season? Take a break from the mall and come relax with us at the Crossroads Ministries Christmas Dessert Theater. Join us for "I'll Be Home for Christmas," a dramatic musical about a family and their community during the Golden Days of Radio. The play's humor and high spirits are balanced against the fear and doubt that was present in 1941, where people faced an unknown future, much as we do today. People of all ages will enjoy the jazzy sounds of the Big Band Era. You’ll see and hear re-enactments of live radio shows such as “The Lone Ranger,” “Fibber McGee and Molly,” and “The Shadow.” After the musical, you will enjoy a dessert bar that will be sure to top off the evening. The Christmas Dessert Theater will

be held at Crossroads Ministries December 9, 10, and 11. It begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are only $6 and they include dessert. Tickets are available for purchase by going to our website: www.crsmin.com or by calling the church at 724-348-1620. Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long Road in Finleyville.

Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Upcoming Events Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, 716 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, PA has the following events scheduled. For more information, call 412-653-4797 or visit www.jeffersonupc.com. Adventure Weeks - Tuesdays, November 29 - December 20 from 6 – 7 p.m. VBS-style event for ages 3 through grade 4 in anticipation of the Advent season. Christmas Services – Christmas Eve: December 24, 7p.m. Christmas Day: December 25, 11 a.m.

Pastor Reed Anders to Speak at Elizabeth Mary & Martha Joy Fellowship The Elizabeth chapter of The Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship of Come Together in Jesus’ Name will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship at New Hope Assembly of God, 900 Peairs Rd., Elizabeth, PA on Monday evening, Dec. 12. Ministering will be with Pastor Reed Anders. There will be refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge; a free-will offering will be taken. In 1991, Pastor Reed graduated from Community College of Allegheny County. After pursuing a degree in science and nursing, he was confident that God’s calling on his life extended beyond the medical field. He has boldly taken the Gospel to churches, streets, tent meetings and wherever the Holy Spirit leads him. He ministers to the Body of Christ through preaching, teaching, sharing the prophetic word and leading worship. He has served as pastor of Fresh Fire Ministry Center Church and Gatekeeper Community Church. Pastor Reed, his

wife Julie and their children now find themselves serving God and their fellow members at the Christian Center Church. Come and be refreshed and revived as you are washed with the cleansing, refreshing water of The Living Word. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call one of the following: Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882 or Justine DeBellis at 412-384-3299.

South Hills Assembly of God Church December Events South Hills Assembly of God Church, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, can be reached at 412-8358900. For more information, visit www.southhillsassembly.org. The following events are scheduled: Grief Share, led by Pastor Pat Sutton, meets Thursdays from 10 am to noon OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. through December 8. Grief Share is a safe, caring place to come and share your loss with people who understand and want to offer comfort and encouragement during a very difficult time in your life. You will learn what is really normal when you are grieving, how to take the time you need to grieve your loss, and that there is hope for the future in this Bible based support group. Class consists of DVD teaching, followed by time for discussion and sharing. Start anytime; return for any of the classes you missed. Registration is $15 and includes workbook. Let us help you through this difficult time. CommuniTea Christmas Brunch, a women's Bible study/fellowship for all ages, meets from 9:30 to 12:00 noon Friday, December 2. RSVP and bring your favorite breakfast dish. Hosted by Pastor Sue Willis with a variety of teachers/speakers. Free childcare available if pre-registered with Sue at ext. 147. ‘Jingle in the City,’ a Broadway-style musical, set in New York City in the 1940s, will be presented by the Fine Arts Dept. The story follows a group of homeless orphans who, though sometimes misguided, will steal your hearts as they learn what it means to be loved and to belong. Packed with original songs and traditional favorites, ‘Jingle’ is fun, humorous and heartwarming.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 11. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken. Women of Excellence, led by Pastor Sue Willis and Dedi Kramer, meets at 10:30 am Tuesday, December 13 in the multi-purpose room. Encouraging, equipping and empowering through the word of God; for women of all ages. A study on The Holy Spirit; DVD by John Bevere. Must pre-register for childcare. Lunch Bunch Bible study and luncheon for adults meets from Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, December 15. Cost is $6 and includes lunch. RSVP by December 13. Gospel Women Prayer Group, a prayer and fellowship group led by Marge Kubany, meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15. Join us for Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and Christmas Day Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25 with a message from Pastor Kendall Harris. Life Recovery, confidential Christian recovery group for any addiction, open meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Family Rescue, support and healing for family members and loved ones negatively impacted by addiction, also meets at 7 p.m. and then separate into their own small groups.

‘Living Christmas Tree’ Returns to Pricedale Union Church The Living Christmas Tree will be performed once again this year at Pricedale Union Church, 203 Johnson Ave. in Belle Vernon. The choir, under the direction of Tarella Mimidis, will present “What a Glorious Night” on December 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. This is a wonderfully Christmas-themed musical extravaganza that you won’t want to miss! No tickets are necessary for this production but an offering will be taken each evening. Babysitting is provided. There is no reserved seating. For more information or directions to the church, please go to our website at www.PricedaleUnionChurch.org or call 724-929-9588.


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Mon-Yough Trinity Charge Plans Christmas Season Services The Mon-Yough Trinity Charge, consisting of Concord United Methodist Church, Perryopolis United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Belle Vernon, will have their Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. at Concord UMC and 9 p.m. at Perryopolis UMC. On Christmas Day there will be one combined service at 11 a.m. at Belle Vernon First United. We invite all to join us on this festive day of celebration! On New Year's Eve, we will have silent communion at all three churches as follows: Concord from 4 to 6 p.m.; Perryopolis from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Belle Vernon First United from 6 to 8 p.m. We invite you to come in to partake of the elements and to spend some time in prayer. On New Year's Day, each church will have individual services at their usual times.

Winter Solstice Service Planned at UUCS

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Schedule of Events

Christmas Eve Celebrated at Peters Creek Presbyterian

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton (UUCS), 251 Second Street, Smithton, can be reached at 724-8725056 or uucofsmithton@gmail.com. Visit us on Facebook! On Wednesday December 21, 2016 at 7 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton will observe a traditional winter solstice service to mark the return of the light. We will mark the solar year that makes its shift overnight and, with it, the rebirth of our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Come celebrate the new solar year and the returning of the sun! Feel enlivened and engaged as we laugh, love, share tasty food and stories, and listen to live music from around the world, and dance…. Rich Ermlick will be leading this special service with musical guest Danielle Commisso. We are looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing our family from all paths. Join us!

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 130 W. Main St., Monongahela, can be reached at 724-258-7792. Visit them online at www.stpaulsmon.org for more information. Christmas Eve • 6:30 p.m. Festive Carol Sing-along • 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II New Year’s Eve • 5 p.m. Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist • 6 to 8 p.m. Potluck Food and Fun New Year Celebration - Bring your favorite dish, appetizer, or dessert to share as we celebrate the arrival of 2017!

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, can be reached at 724-941-6210. Join us for Christmas Eve at Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church. We meet at St. David’s Episcopal Church, located at 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. Family Christmas Eve Service (child care provided) - December 24, 5:30 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service - December 24, 9:30 p.m.

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Death Notices December ANGELO, Linda K., 70, of Charleroi, died October 24. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. BARTRAM, James H., 58, of Orlando, FL (formerly of Finleyville), died October 31. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. BECK, John Jr., 84, of Monongahela, died October 28. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. BOYER, Ronald J., 50, of Baldwin Borough, died October 20. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. BRNA, Michael J. Sr., 91, of North Charleroi, died October 26. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. BUCHANAN, Kenneth D., 65, of North Charleroi, died October 26. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. CALCERA, Jerome A., 68, of Bentleyville, died November 12. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. CARCELLA, Enice Lorenzi, 87, of Charleroi, died October 17. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. CHACKO, Wilma “Peg” Beres, 92, of Charleroi, died November 2. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. CICCI, Agnes R., 97, of Finleyville, died November 2. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. CLARK, William D. “Bill”, 76, formerly of Bethel Park, died October 15. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. COLE, John “Bill”, 86, of Mapleview, died Oct 22. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. CRATTY, James G. Sr., 80, of Charleroi, died November 1. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. DelVITTO, June B. (Doring), “Junie”, 84, of South Park, died October 20. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral

Home, Inc. in South Park Township. DEMYAN, Geraldine B. “Gerry” (Leech), 81, of Pleasant Hills, died October 29. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DESTEFANO, Elaine Lorenzi, 85, Charleroi, died October 22. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. DONOVAN, Edward C., 81, of Finleyville, died October 23. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. FINE, Gordan B. Jr., 76, of EightyFour, died October 28. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. FRAVENS, David George, 56, of Finleyville and Nottingham Township, died October 26. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. FRIES, Mary, 75, of Finleyville, died October 30. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. GEISER, Donna Jean, 78, of Monongahela, died October 2. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. GERGLEY, John R., 82, of Jefferson Hills, died October 17. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. GRILLO, Dorothy W., 84, of Charleroi, died November 6. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. SHIPLEY, Darrell L., 64, of Monessen, died November 11. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. HALL, Virginia, 51, of Charleroi, died October 25. Arrangements by SchrockHogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. HENNON, Linda, 76, of Jefferson Hills, died October 15. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. KANONIK, Michael A. “Mickey”, 74, of West Mifflin, died November 2. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. KUDREC, John Richard III, 52, of

Monongahela (Forward Township), died October 4. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. LESSO, Mary, 85, of Charleroi, died October 12. Arrangements by SchrockHogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. MACHI, Frances L. (Recaldini), 73, of Dormont (formerly of Monongahela), died October 30. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. McCARTY, Grant W. “Bud”, 72, of New Eagle, died October 24. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. McGOOGAN, James “Magoo”, 76, of Baldwin Borough, died October 18. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MEGELA, George R. Jr., 71, of Donora, died October 21. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MEINHARDT, August “Augie”, 75, of Finley and Nottingham Township, died October 22. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MORRIS, William Jr., 87, of Monongahela (Valley Inn), died October 7. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MURRAY, Marian E. (Vislay), 78, of Canonsburg, died November 9. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. NASCI, Merilynn R., 85, of Jefferson Hills, died November 9. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. OLINGER, Grace S. (Scothern), 83, of Canonsburg, died October 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PAPAK, Laddie, 100, of Monongahela, died October 18. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. PERRY, Molly P., 86, of Speers Hill, died October 29. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi.

POLACEK, Joseph, 89, of Venetia, died October 28. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. PRIMORICH, Nicholas J., 44, of Finleyville, died November 6. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. QUIGLEY, Tammy J., 57, of Monessen, died October 31. Arrangements by Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. RALEIGH, Joanne, 76, of South Park, died November 7. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SCHMIDT, Joan Frances (Carney), 87, Upper Saint Clair (formerly from Jefferson Hills), died October 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SHIPLEY, Darrell L., 64, of Monessen, died November 11. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SMITH, Harriett Ann, 72, formerly of Castle Shannon, died November 6. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SOWA, Harry, 93, of Pleasant Hills, died November 10. Arrangements by Griffith Funeral Home, Inc. in South Park Township. VOLLMER, Gary T., 74, of South Park, died October 17. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. VRABEL, Joseph J., 45, of Clairton, died November 4. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WEILAND, David M., 69, of Fallowfield Township, died November 11. Arrangements by Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. WIETRZYKOWSKI, Frances C., 89, of Finleyville, died October 25. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. YESO, Francis “Sonny” Joseph, 74, of Jefferson Hills, died October 20. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.


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For those people who don’t know a box cutter from a box saw, shopping for men and women who like to get their hands dirty around the house can be a difficult task. Home improvement projects are complex undertakings that often involve the use of complex tools, and novices may be lost in the proverbial woods as they look for gifts for their loved ones who can’t wait to swing hammers around the house. Though there’s always an element of risk when shopping for gifts for loved ones, the following hints might help shoppers with no knowledge of home improvement projects find gifts that will please their favorite handyman. • Take inventory of his or her existing tools. When shopping for the DIY enthusiast in your family, try to take inventory of his or her tool chest before beginning your search. Make note of any tools that look new, checking those off your shopping list, and any that look like they need replacing. Use your phone to photograph any unfamiliar tools that you might want to replace so you know what to look for when visiting the hardware store. • Think of what your relative likes to do most. The family handyman may have a particular area of home improvement expertise or something he or she is especially passionate about. Does your loved one prefer to work in the garden? Is he into woodworking and making dec(Continued on page 49)

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BALDWIN BOROUGH Kevin Bricker

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Dorothy Jean Borsos William Stitt Jr. National Transfer Services LLC Estate of Norbert Plotz Erika Ducouer Charles Roberts Stephen Chmill et al. John McMichael V Mortgage REO 3 LLC Glenn Painter John Joseph Klimchak Jr. et al. Denise Signore Scott Schultz et al. CYB Holdings LLC Benjamin Laboon Estate of Jean Eberhart Marcus Englert Lora Barker Barbara Burk Jonathan Derby Lois Ducar John Suttner III Huntington National Bank Carl Behr

Edward and Sherry Pogany National Transfer Services LLC Lauren Nedlik Michael Sokolowski Tek and Pema Gurung Biplav and Smriti Karki Matthew Ellis Kayla Gilroy and Sean Kanuch NCRC Housing Rehab Fund LLC Lonnie Thomas Demetri Samaha Michael Eiben and Selene Henry Amy Gordon and Brendan Hykes Kristi Flannery and Shawn Rose Kul and Kamala Neopaney Bryan Kuhn Caitlin Marie Wall Maysoun Mariam Ghassa Puspa and Naina Pokhrel Arjun Chuwan and Rekha Chowhon Hydra Properties LLC Kristina Giampa and Bernard McGlynn Tim Bell Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee

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Leann Rendulic Exordia Properties LLC Kimberly Zahler and Joseph Guidas Superior Properties Group Inc. NVR Inc. Elizabeth and Charles Oschwald Sherwood and Cynthia Grimm George and Megan Bawks Bruce and Deborah Thomas Kevin Franz Joseph and Palma Griffo

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6020 Dublin Road $197,500. 541 Florence Drive $72,000. 3318 Forest Road $195,000. 2110 Hillcrest St. $118,900. 204 Millennium Court $78,000. 1026 Millennium Drive $387,455. 4340 Overhill St. $159,900. 3520 Ridgeway Drive $68,750. 36 Setter Place $250,000. 2680 Bethel Church Road $155,000. Cherryview Lane $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $6,440). Donald Wilson Jr. Cartus Financial Corp. 1008 Delfield Drive $201,000. Catherine Binkoski aka Fails Kevin Meis 6004 Library Road $190,000. Kevin Cooke Joshua and Angela Bryan 1143 Logan Road $153,000. Prince of Pearce Parish Charitable Trust 1507 Hamilton Road LLC 1507 McRoberts Road $120,000. NVR Inc. Lisa Bielozer 2048 Millennium Court $497,195. Brian Homes Inc. Heather Campbell and Frank Molinero 104 Sonnybrook Court $147,900. Magua Bianca Benson Ryan and Kristeen Prokopovich 1119 Surrey Woods Drive $234,250. Housing & Urban Development Matthew Durbin 5606 Villa Haven Drive $113,500. Charles Sweiger Attou and Hayat Miloua 5912 Barnes Ave. $200,000. James Mulhair Ian and Jenna Hammond Levy 1253 Beagle Drive $198,000. William Baronak Francis and Mary McNulty 5563 Clarene Drive $145,000. Esther Smith LSF9 Master Participation Trust 1171 Clifton Road $35,000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $135,585) by sheriff’s deed. Gary Blobner trustee Yevgeniy Suvorov and Larisa Suvorova 2105 Lenox Drive $143,000. Rusty Hollow Assoc. L.P. Sharkcam LLC 1260 Library Road $2,400,000. Estate of Dolores Felicetti Samuel and Kara Felicetti 2521 N. Lightwood Ave. $184,000. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee Kathy Gialames 218 Navajo Road $135,000. Timothy Miller trustee Adam Benjamin Dupont 5026 Orchard Ave. $95,000. Patricia Brickner Federal National Mortgage Assn. 5028 Orchard Ave. $4,700 by sheriff’s deed. Roberta Williams Brandy Balash 5032 Orchard Ave. $138,000. Estate of Charles Poe Jr. Federal National Mortgage Assn. 29 Pontiac Road $5,321 by sheriff’s deed. Matthew Rockey Joshua Smith and Danielle Lammert 3515 S. Park Road $169,900. Jacqualine Nicoll Erin Harvey 44 Setter Place $310,000. Gary Cinello Jeffrey Duff and Patricia Petrone 5890 Wallace Ave. $272,500.

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2829 Brentwood Ave. 2 Graper St. 220 Newburn Ave. 154 Sceneridge Ave. 251 Bauman Ave. 2819 Brentwood Ave. 380 Pointview Road 106 Van Wyck Ave. 2818 Brentwood Ave. 2956 Brevard Ave. 3025 Pyramid Ave.

$92,000. $3,668 by sheriff’s deed. $75,000. $126,000. $138,000. $42,000. $64,000. $160,000. $53,000. $142,500. $82,500.

Great Gifts for the Family Handyman (Continued from page 48) orative items for the house? Think of what he or she likes to do most and then look for something that will make that hobby more enjoyable. While multipurpose tools might make for welcome gifts, something more specific to his or her particular passion may make an even better gift. • Think outside the (tool)box. While new tools might make a handyman’s day, they are not the only items that make great DIY gifts. Consider enrolling your loved one in an advanced class so he or she can learn more about a favorite hobby. Or gift a magazine subscription so he or she can stay abreast of the latest DIY trends and topics. Such gifts are great options for shoppers hesitant to purchase potentially costly tools that may or may not be hits with their relatives. • Speak with a professional. If you can’t access your loved one’s workshop or simply don’t know what he or she might want, ask a local contractor for gift recommendations. For example, a carpenter might know just what will elicit a smile from woodworking enthusiasts, while landscapers might be able to suggest items for gardening or lawn care enthusiasts. Advancements are always being made in the home improvement industry, and those people who make their living in that industry might be great resources as you try to find the go-to gift for your loved one. Finding a gift for the family handyman might be difficult for shoppers with no DIY experience. Some professional assistance can be just what shoppers need to find gifts their loved ones will cherish for years to come.


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Craig LaLama John Steck estate et al. Robert Burns Enterprise Bank Dymac Properties LLC Symmetry Estates LLC CARROLL TOWNSHIP Catherine Baroffio et al. Estate of Elaine Panizzi Bayview Loan Servicing LLC Mon Valley Alliance

Randy Venanzi and Joan Debevec Richard and Nancy Myers Wesley and Sharon Rippel Donora Property LLC

Margaret J Snodgrass Revocable Randy Venanzi Capital Services Inc. Crownrich Properties LLC Estate of Ruth Narey

Living TrFrank Kevech Jr. and Carol Kevech Scott and Mary Meeder Michael Miller Matthew and Christina Sichi Bridget and Aaron Bane

403 Carroll Court $290,000. 70 Crackerjack Road $139,500. 807 Dry Run Road $47,100. Unknown Address $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,000). 20 Avery Lane $308,000. 131 Greenridge Drive $181,000. Donora Road $2,400. Surrey Drive $15,000. 2210 Walch St. $47,000.

$149,000. $5,000. $6,000. $29,900. $27,000. $19,900. $10,000. $3,000 by sheriff’s deed. Nancy Sickles Teresa Burgess and William Burgess Jr. 105 Lincoln Ave. $5,000. Paul Vandergraft et al. Jeffrey and Kathryn Frank 847 Lincoln Ave. $6,900. Estate of William Indorante Michael and Carole Williams 223 Lookout Ave. $48,000. David Sutch Beau Wood 312 Maple Creek Road $60,000. Thomas Lang HCH Holdings LLC 530 McKean Ave. $40,000. Washington County Tax Claim Bureau John Contz 820 Oakland Ave. $1,302 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1,303) by sheriff’s deed. Nafsika Papanastasiou Erick and Nohemi Del Angel 928 Shady Ave. $67,500. Paul Vandergraft et al. Sharon and Terry Younkin 530 Washington Ave. $9,500. CLAIRTON US Bank NA trustee Christopher Dobbins Alexander Keddie III

TYT Real Estate Investments LLC Audelia Amoah Harry Yavoich

Danielle Grilli Pavlack Dulcie Wilson

Philip Boyette James and Margaret Wilson

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Gregory Francis Plachecki and Kimberly Michelle Mi 127 Sceneridge Ave. $140,000. Penn Pioneer Enterprises LLC 145 Van Wyck Ave. $15,302 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $86,480) by sheriff’s deed. Rent With Option to Buy LLC 41 W. Bellecrest Ave. $82,500. Jeanne DelBusso 2916 Willett Road $40,000. Sean Schemel and Jennifer Trehar 204 Bauman Ave. $182,000. Lok and Benuka Nepal 3623 Brownsville Road $110,000. Tenaru 1 LLC 2916 Clermont Ave. $185,000. Malek Messali 3024 Clermont Ave. $114,900.

CHARLEROI Kathleen Rodgers Andrew Kenneth and Cheyenne Fedunok Robert Fekete Tonya White Estate of William Datovech Nancy Grant Lloyd Wadsworth White Sails LLC Federal National Mortgage Assn. Julia Vitori Thomas Villella Jr. Keneth Hill William Porter Steven and Kelly Macheska Washington County Tax Claim Bureau April Fisher

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908 Round St. 507 1/2 First St. 623 Fallowfield Ave. 809 McKean Ave. 807 Oakland Ave. 115 Luella Ave. 1217 McKean Ave. 122 Fallowfield Ave.

1108 McKinley Drive $22,101. 106 N. Fourth St. $20,000. Walnut Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $11,845). 632 Delaware Ave. $52,000. 429 Fifth St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $24,840).


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CLAIRTON Christopher Waters Estate of Sara Barella John McCoy Andre Carr

Christopher Uziel and Heather Carter Marion Amanambu Tommie Glenn Wells Fargo Bank NA

David Spence

Eric Hatchett

Bank America NA RHMS Group Inc. Kevin Grodz Steven and Jill Pfefferle DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. David and Almond Maleski Hollywood Social & Literary Club ClairtoClairton City DONORA Bar Nun Properties LLC Donora Investments LLC Regina Dougert Donald and Darlene Homa Helen Jean McDowell et al. Edwin Dopler Edgar Cordero Love First Inc. Jeremy Keefer William and Meladie Keefer Polyone Designed Structures Solutions LLTech Met Properties LLC Chris Costas McDonough Mgmt LLC Donora Downtown Committee Inc. Donora Fire Co.

Address

Price

175 Halcomb Ave. 709 St. Clair Ave. 719 St. Clair Ave. 616 12th St.

$75,500. $50,000. $65,500. $3,452 by sheriff’s deed. 4701 Bataan St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $19,550). 100 Constitution Circle $25,500. 535 Independence Drive $65,000. 896 Jefferson Drive $15,600. 222 State St. $2,081 by sheriff’s deed.

Clementine Amati et al. Estate of Denise Fronzaglio Marcia Halbleib

Mary Muia Katherine and David Wachinski Jeramy Eland and Kaitlin Summers

65 E. First St. $1,080,750. 26 Manor Road $135,200. 1119 Fayette Ave. $13,000. McKean Ave. $108,114. 467 Eighth St. $12,000. E. Eighth St. $1,200,000. 540 McKean Ave. $10,000. 638 McKean Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $38,690). 116 Tenth St. $5,000. 5 Second Street Ext. $132,500. 536 Ohio St. $5,000.

DUNLEVY Joseph Mannina

Cody and Maribeth Strelick

39 Mannina Ave.

$125,000.

ELIZABETH BOROUGH Mark Hill Mark Moses

Frank Martinelli Spence Holdings L.P.

515 Eighth Ave. 121 N. Second St.

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ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Estate of John Leyland

Federal National Mortgage Assn.

Eileen Small Tammy Beckowitz Hadad Sharon Kolesar Joseph Volkay Steven Catich et al. Shawna Ventress Peterson Jason Janosko Alfred Pasek Jamie Bernard Karin Widel P & W Auto Spa Steven Lorincz Emmanuel Skamangas Adam Cavalier Wells Fargo Bank NA Midwest 15 LLC US Bank NA trustee Eileen Russell Dennis Chakey Jr. A Petrelli & Sons Inc.

Danny Ketterman Jr. and Melissa Austin David Mossa Jeanette Kustra Daniel Peretic Jr. and Maria Peretic Brian and Danielle Pavlack Bejamin Desmond Adam and Jennifer Cavalier Stash & Bornyas Properties LLC Vincent Grabe Daniel and Tammy Harshman JoJo Investment Properties LLC Michael and Jacquelyn Irene McLean Kevin Ruddy Robert Crall II Jeffrey Heinichen CMK DG Income Fund LLC MLHX LLC Jeffery William Bonievich and Jennifer Barno Stacee Sedor and Vincent Piscitelli Petrelli Properties LLC

A Petrelli & Sons Inc.

Petrelli Properties LLC

Nancy Trafalis Duane Colclaser

John Zeiler LSF9 Master Participation Trust

$3,096 by sheriff’s deed. 6 Fey Road $190,000. 117 Mt. Vernon Drive $70,000. 1803 Scenery Drive $164,000. 205 Ash Drive $300,000. 423 Circle Drive $138,000. 3303 Fire Station St. $58,000. 1009 Golfview Drive $226,000. 6001 Meade St. $32,000. 604 Oberdick Drive $94,900. 1324 Penhurst St. $128,000. 314 Scenery Drive $130,000. 933 Schweitzer Road $15,000. 2163 Constitution Blvd. $95,000. 422 Lincoln Hall Road $129,900. 213 Scenery Drive $42,000. Smithfield St. $1,889,656. 409 Stoneybrook Drive $55,650. 670 Fallen Timber Road $171,000. 206 Oberdick Drive $130,000. Pennoak St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $21,735). Pennoak St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $15,755). 103 Sherwick Drive $52,500. 5908 Smithfield St. $3,693 by sheriff’s deed

FALLOWFIELD Patricia Engel Estate of Lana Bastin Shawn Bellicini Larry Martello

Clarence and Lori Huber Justin Tuite Scott Wigfield and Tonie Staffen Keegan Properties LLC

111 Huber Road 18 Leyda Ave. 507 Kennedy Road 1586 Route 481

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How to Recognize Water Damage in a Home

Plumbing problems may ultimately result in costly water damage.

Water damage is a potentially costly problem that can afflict any home. Old homes tend to be most susceptible to water damage, and that damage can manifest itself in various ways. The following are some telltale signs of water damage that should give prospective home buyers pause and compel current homeowners to seek professional assistance as soon as possible. (Continued on page 56)

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FALLOWFIELD Lori Duda Margaret Valdiserri Mark Karpiak Ascendere LLC Thomas Baumann estate et al.

Tammy Kenepp Alex Roach Charles Sphar Edward Shearer III and Misty Shearer JPMorgan Chase Bank

36 Moyer Ave. 1681 Route 481 93 Ernest Ave. 20 Hillman St. 45 Moyer Ave.

Carolyn Fleming Sean Biagini

Samel Stockton Jr. and Kristina Stockton Steven and Bernadet Duffy

35 Vernon Drive 223 Wilson Road

FINLEYVILLE Barbara Cisko

Scott Morgan Byrd Jr.

3109 School Place

FORWARD TOWNSHIP Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority Christine Smith and Eric Strotman Shelby Ferguson II Roy and Kaycie Patton Helen DeRosa Robert Belardia and Gloria Mae Lucza FRAMAR Inc. Donald and Marissa Wiley John Allen Wyndroski Bank New York Mellon trustee

Bunola River Road 4729 Williamsport Road 1365 Helen St. Rainbow Run Road 224 Torrence Road

Philip Latona Shelley Dulik Brown David Stuebner et al. Bowser Automotive Inc. Rebecca Rustine Jeffery and Melissa Condry Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Assn. Inc Kinetics Audio LLC Jarrod Balint Brandon Smith and Jessica Sobnosky Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee Jennifer Russen and Glen Miske James Shaffer Jennifer Harris Brian Drusbasky Peter Arnoldt II and Laura Arnoldt Environmentally Sound Enterprises LLC NVR Inc. Estate of Mary Proud Karen and Timothy Havics NVR Inc. Jonathan and Lindsey Hrica Estate of Irene Metzger Daniel and Dianne George

376 Christine Lane 708 Coal Valley Road 3013 Hamilton St. 5134 Oak Road 1224 Oakwood Drive 925 Old Hickory Lane 2013 State St. 3045 Thomas Jefferson Drive 348 Greene Drive 1598 Jefferson Ridge Drive 349 Greene Drive 355 New World Drive

$85,000. $71,000. $130,000. $63,900. $1,054 by sheriff’s deed. $135,000. $132,000. $90,000. $4,000. $182,500. $36,000. $55,000. $2,048 by sheriff’s deed. $489,900. $180,000. $334,950. $212,000. $304,150. $299,000. $89,900. $577,500. $60,000. $60,000. $325,220. $55,000.

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How to Recognize Water Damage in a Home (Continued from page 54)

Stains Many prospective home buyers have been disappointed by the sight of water stains during an open house or home inspection. Water stains tend to be on ceilings and/or walls. Stains on ceilings tend to be round, while wall stains are straight lines down the wall that may or may not have forced paint to peel. Water stains are not necessarily indicative of a major problem, but homeowners should have the stains examined by a professional while potential buyers should direct their home inspector’s attention to the stains.

Deteriorating wood Wood around windows or doors that is deteriorating may indicate water problems. The wood might be deteriorating because water is infiltrating the wood during storms. Baseboards and molding that is dilapidated or beginning to deteriorate may also indicate water damage.

Buckled drywall or wood Drywall or wood that is buckled or beginning to buckle is another potential indicator of water damage. Drywall buckles when it gets wet, and that is often a sign that there is a leak behind the drywall. Severely buckled drywall will feel as if it has ridges. Wood also buckles when it is exposed to excess moisture, and this can usually be felt when walking on the wood barefoot or in socks.

Odor Sometimes water damage is best detected by the smell test. Homeowners who notice the smell of mold or mildew in rooms that previously never emanated such odors might have homes that are in the early stages of water problems. The water damage might be behind the walls, where mold is beginning to form thanks to water damage. Older homes tend to be musty, but call in a professional if you notice that mustiness if more pungent than usual. Homeowners and prospective home buyers should be on the lookout for signs of water damage before problems escalate and require expensive repairs.

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JEFFERSON HILLS Huntington National Bank David Ball trustee et al. John Lipp Jr. Stephanie Faccenda Dorothy Ranalli

Richard Weaver II and Alexis Weaver Mark and Judith Reese Jeffrey and Laurie Davis Jordan Hlasnik Jason and Megan Hails

542 Route 885 4203 Harlin Drive Majestic Drive 126 Neilson Drive 202 Vine St.

$16,500. $233,000. $10,000. $148,500. $151,000.

WHITEHALL Bank America NA NVR Inc. Stephen Hoffmann Walter Ray Walker Brian Homes Inc. Linda Casaldi Brandon Renzi Joseph Roswick Pinnacle Pointe L.P. NVR Inc. Carol Swartz Estate of Robert Shanahan Ryan Cetnarowski David Zora NVR Inc. Jennifer DuBois Joshua Echement Eileen May Buczynski trustee Robert Smith Gregory Bernarding Valera Chrisman Gary Wallo

Shelley McLean Amy Lynn Cugini Dev Gautam Bernard and Barbara Murhammer Tate Giles Investments LLC Jodi Irons and Jory McVay Amanda Lee Netzel Raymond Erfort and Jamie Detillo NVR Inc. Jessica Lyn Jarosz Melissa Drescher Arlene Pindel Chelsea Marie York and Larry David York Jr. Cynthia Ann Hardy Johnna Premich Colin Michael and Erin Lindsay Dedes Biak Tin Kham Jeffrey and Lynn Flannery Richard Welch and Donna Jill Williams Rachel Michaels Colleen Presken Jason Duerr and Carlee Kail

4741 Baptist Road 5248 Lantern Hill Ext. 145 Maryal Drive 1028 Varner Road 102 Wallace Drive 5041 Azalea Drive 1520 Dunluce Drive 227 Jill Drive Lantern Hill Ext. 5252 Lantern Hill Ext. 4667 Country Club Drive 3028 Duncan Lane 5091 Earlsdale Road 750 Greenlee Road 5250 Lantern Hill Ext. 4517 Norwin Road 1511 Radford Road 3117 Bel Air Drive 5175 Brownsville Road 4687 Echo Glen Drive 112 Paddock Lane 4814 Roberta Drive

$125,000. $223,447. $177,000. $115,500. $85,000. $134,000. $84,900. $262,000. $192,668. $223,000. $132,000. $290,000. $175,000. $187,500. $227,682. $309,000. $159,900. $133,000. $217,000. $125,000. $164,000. $134,900.

MONESSEN Estate of Elizabeth Prokopovitch Rory Gazdick Estate of Charles Holet Shawn McAlister Joseph Gerace Elmunda Essey et al. William Hizer et al. MTGLQ Investors L.P. Richard Riva

James Tyburski and Bridget Hammond Solstice Sun LLC Stephen and Jennifer Assenat Kenneth and Patricia Arnold Pamela Skorvan Edward and Sandra Jones Stephen Kruse Primetime Property LLC Nolan Edward and Jody Zavora

William Clark Ruth Victoria

William Clark and Russell Leon Johnson First Laurel LLC

1412 Cross St. $45,000. 925 Leeds Ave. $283,750. 360 Balazia Ave. $127,000. 1224 Maple Ave. $20,000. 1414 Marion Ave. $40,000. 87 Pennsylvania Blvd. $57,000. 1585 Westmoreland Drive $81,000. 5 Anderson Court $24,000. 18 Colonial Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $108,000). 1208 Reservoir Ave. $2,000. 15 Woodcrest Ave. $132,000.

MONONGAHELA James Alan Kohlburn Ethan Ostapowicz Bethany Pieczarka Bonnie Crovak Wiliam Kohout

Keith Doleno Jr. Cody Lawson Brett Greenlee and Alexandra Puckly William and Kathy Huber James Pelissero

Trisha Carroll Marsha Chambers Jason Mendicino Derrick Durbin Washington Cty Tax Claim Bureau April Fisher

1360 Fourth St. $125,900. 1017 Fifth Ave. $83,000. 560 E. Main St. $87,500. Main St. and Warne St. $21,500. 311 Fifth St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $6,641). 422 William St. $60,000. 913 Fourth St. $49,900. 726 E. Main St. $1,599 (state deed transfer stamps

UNION TOWNSHIP Jason Biernacki W. Sanders Estate of Elizabeth Jane Timko Barbara Berniak Maria Beal Eric Lawson Estate of Mary Jane Zimmerman Ruth Sarsfield Dorothy Miltenberger Washington Cty Tax Claim Bureau Rebeca Halapy Estate of Deborah Anderson

120 Tuscany Estates Drive Hobbitt Lane 9 Mingo Circle Drive 6094 Route 88 129 Viareggio Way 6067 Don St. 3742 Finleyville Elrama Road 6075 Pleasant St. 5048 Don St. Mrocheck Lane 2119 Rankintown Road 6805 Ridge Ave.

Diane Drusbasky Jan Ondra Marc Valengevicia Robert West David and Connie Troutman Gary and Leigh Ann Brennfleck Donald Bick William George Kelly Clarissa Jayne Fabus Marcus Ondra Grant Loether Alice Hadrych

$245,000. $23,545. $66,000. $145,000. $230,000. $46,000. $12,500. $145,000. $102,100. $2,133 by sheriff’s deed. $69,900. $82,500

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School News... Pleasant Hills Middle School Students Recognized at WJH School Board Meeting

Several students from the Pleasant Hills Middle School were recognized at the October 25, 2016 school board meeting for their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership skills.

Bradford House Museum Sponsors Student Poster Contest The Bradford House Museum is again sponsoring two poster contests, open to all middle and high school students (public, parochial, cyber and homeschooled) in Washington and Greene Counties, on a topic of Western Pennsylvania history, 1750 – 1850. Students are required to construct a presentation on a standard size trifold display board, register online during January and February, and deliver the project to the Bradford House in early March. For complete rules, hints for developing a project, and a list of possible topics, go to www.bradfordhouse.org and look under the education tab. Winning projects will be displayed at the Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania, titled ‘Remember the Ladies – An Evening with Abigail Adams,’ on March 31, 2017. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five entries in each division: middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12). A special prize will be awarded this year for the entry best representing women of Western Pennsylvania between 1750 and 1850. Email questions to bradfordhouseshop@hotmail.com. Is your child struggling with...

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West Jefferson Hills School District Teachers Receive $2,000 Grant

Ringgold Student Maria Lengwin Places as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Adam Gebhardt and Alexandra Crouse, elementary art education teachers in the West Jefferson Hills School District, have received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Financial’s 2016 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition. The teachers were awarded their check on Friday, October 21, 2016. Gebhardt’s and Crouse’s innovative teaching idea, titled “ArtEd21: Art in 3D,” is focused on modernizing the art education curriculum at the The 5th grade students (kneeling) are: Marina WJHSD elementary schools. Reckard; Anthony Lauso; Laekyn Flinn; and Historically, students were taught art Joseph Pulleo; and (back row) Principal of education using traditional materials McClellan Elementary Justin Liberatore; Principal of Gill Hall Elementary Tina Mayer; like yarn, felt and construction paper. Voya Financial Rep; Adam Gebhardt; However, with technology opening Alexandra Crouse; and Principal of new avenues for creative design, Jefferson Elementary Chris Very. Gebhardt and Crouse will use 3D modeling and printing to help students express their full creative potential. The students will learn about digital design, functionality, aesthetics and computer modeling as they invent, create and produce using 3D printers. This program is designed to bridge the gap between art, mathematics and science as students challenge themselves to explore new creative possibilities. Selected from a group of more than 1,350 applicants, Gebhardt and Crouse are among only 100 winners across the country who will receive this award to help fund and bring their program to life. In addition, they will now compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes — an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from Voya Financial.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semi?nalists in the 62nd annual national merit scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 national merit scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. Among the semifinalists was Ringgold High School senior Maria Leilani Lengwin. Maria is the daughter of Jeff and Linda Lengwin, Nottingham Township, PA. To be considered for a merit scholMaria Lengwin arship award, semi?nalists must ful?ll several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90% of the semi-nalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a national merit scholarship. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. The scholarship program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. National merit scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the merit scholar title.

West Jefferson Hills School District Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Officer Perella of the Jefferson Hills Police Department visited Mrs. Pearson’s 5th grade classroom at Gill Hall Elementary to talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

All of the elementary schools in the West Jefferson Hills School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is one of the largest and oldest drug prevention campaigns in the country, and one of the most effective ways for preventing drug use among our youth. Each day of the week was filled with different themes, activities and guest speakers at all the elementary schools to reinforce the theme of: “I am Drug Free. I can be anything I want to be!”

Rotary Club of Monongahela Recognizes Students of the Month The Rotary Club of Monongahela recently recognized two Ringgold High School seniors, Hunter Curry and Taylor Pust, as Students of the Month for October. Students are selected based upon excellence in any one or more of the following areas: academic, athletics, arts, or community service. Hunter Curry of Monongahela is the son of Hunter Curry Mark and Betsy Curry. He has served as Students Against Drunk Driving president, The Future is Mine president, Relay for Life captain, Interact treasurer, and Senior Class treasurer. His favorite high school memory was planning school dances. After high school, Hunter intends to study biomedical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Taylor Pust of Monongahela is the daughter of Dale and Renee Pust. She is Senior Class president, Interact president, and is also active in The Future is Mine, Cross Country Track, Relay for Life, cheerleading, Foreign Language Club, and the Science Olympiad. Her favorite high school Taylor Pust memory was attending a pep rally and singing Ringgold’s alma mater. After high school, Taylor intends to study biology on a premedical track, but has not yet decided on a college.


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Clairton Elementary Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Character Education Program Engages Students to Exhibit Good Behavior

Junior Jaden McDougald Travels to Denmark for International Positive Deviance Conference On October 30, 11th grader Jaden McDougald embarked on a trip of a lifetime. He was en route to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the International Positive Deviance Conference, with participants from all over the world. The concept of Positive Deviance focuses on finding and spreading existing solutions to problems within a community. Jaden is a founding member of Stay Positive Clairton, a project of Youth Opportunities Development in Clairton. Jaden’s leadership group of high school age youth design, Jaden McDougald at the Royal Danish plan, and implement projects to improve the community. Ballet These projects have ranged from basketball camps to reading initiatives and have involved over 600 participants. The group also has associate members in 4th-8th grade, which serves as a feeder program into the leadership group. In Denmark, Jaden presented the story of Stay Positive Clairton to the attendees of the conference. His presentation was one of the most popular sessions during the entire conference. After that, he was highly sought after by the participants to give advice on various Positive Deviance projects that are being implemented across the globe. One of the highlights of Jaden’s trip involved author and diplomat Richard Pascale pulling Jaden aside on the second day of the conference and talking over lunch about the group’s work in Clairton. Jaden remembers the final piece of advice that Richard gave him: “Don’t ever change a thing about what you’re doing as a group. A lot of organizations are searching in vain for what you already have. You have the ‘secret sauce’ that makes it successful.”

Challenge Program Winners Honored The Challenge Program is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Resins, Inc. The Challenge Program, Inc.'s mission is to build sustainable business/education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. This partnership contributes to the workforce Pictured are the 11th and 12th grade Challenge and economic development Program winners in the following categories: by motivating students to Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic develop solid work habits Improvement, and Academic Excellence. required to be successful in school and in their future objectives. Since 2003, the program has reached more than 500,00 students and has awarded more than $3 million to students. Missing from picture: Nadia Davis and Brandon Snowden.

Pictured are the 3rd grade character education October winners. Red Ribbon poster contest winners through 4th grade (missing is the 5th grade winner).

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week. The them of this year's Annual Red Ribbon Week was "YOLO: Be Drug Free” complete with the hashtag #youonlyliveonce. Students at Clairton Elementary participated in this annual activity with spirit days, class lessons, and an annual poster contest. A winner from each grade level was chosen and received a book fair gift certificate.

Clairton's character education program is designed to support the social, emotional, and ethical development of every student. This is accomplished through engaging students in meaningful activities that teach them ways to exhibit good character. Throughout the school year we explore topics such as: selfesteem, bullying, health, safety, setting goals, manners ,citizenship and community service. The lessons that are planned include discussions, art activities and team-building games. The goal is to promote a positive school atmosphere where students respect themselves, others and the community.

Senior Lamont Wade Selected for 2017 Under Armour All-America Game The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2017 Under Armour AllAmerica High School Football Game visited Clairton High School on Thursday, November 17 to formally present senior Lamont Wade with an honorary game jersey commemoKindergarten students showed rating his selection to their special sign off for the 2017 Under Armour Senior student-athLamont during the district All-America Game prelete Lamont Wade wide assembly. sented by American Family Insurance. The tenth annual Under Armour All-America Game is slated for Sunday, January 1 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST. Along with family members, coaches, friends and the community, American Family Insurance is honored to salute Lamont as a student-athlete who works hard to pursue his dreams. Congratulations, Lamont!


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The Challenge Program, Inc. Kicks Off in Washington County To kick off the 2016-2017 program year, students from Chartiers-Houston, Ringgold, Trinity and Washington High Schools were recently introduced to The Challenge Program, Inc. during an orientation assembly at their school. The assembly theme was an Olympic trial that demonstrated the interview screening process to help students Qualify for Success. During the assembly, students from each high school in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes were introduced to local career opportunities with their corresponding business partners: MarkWest & Range Resources (Chartiers-Houston HS), Noble Energy (Ringgold HS), WesBanco (Trinity HS) and Dynamet Incorporated (Washington HS). Throughout the year, they will be eligible to compete for financial awards in five areas linked with academic and workplace success: Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service. Thank you to each of the high schools and their participation and support. To read more about The Challenge Program, Inc. our participating schools and businesses please visit www.tcpinc.org. The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. This partnership contributes to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. Pictured are the 2015/2016 Underclassmen Award Winners from ChartiersHouston, Ringgold, Trinity and Washington High Schools. Chartiers-Valley High School. Business partners supporting CHHS are MarkWest and Range Resources.Standing (l-r): Business Partner- Rob McHale (MarkWest Energy); Tyler Evans (STEM); Donald Yanak (Attendance); John Minor (Academic Improvement); Hunter Saieva (Academic Excellence); Ryan James (Community Service); and Business Partner- Christina Colalillo (Range Resources). Sitting (l-r): Andrew Geray (Academic Improvement); Savannah Wheeler (Community Service); Ling Xue (Attendance); and Emily Lickert (STEM).

Ringgold High School. Business partner supporting RHS is Noble Energy. Standing (l-r): Business PartnerDawn Vazzana (Noble Energy); Isaac Ramsey (Academic Achievement); Mackenzie Miller (Community Service); Elizabeth Levandosky (STEM); Ashley Kotlar (Attendance); Jackson O’Conner (Academic Excellence); Nathan Leaver (Academic Improvement); and Senator Camera Bartolotta. Not Pictured: Noah Trunzo (Attendance); Taylor Pust (Community Service); Maria Lengwin (Academic Excellence); Michaela Pry (STEM).

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Washington High School. Business partner supporting WHS is Dynamet Incorporated. Back row (l-r): Business Partner- Emmeline Powers (Dynamet Incorporated); James Hanning (Attendance); Alexas Iams (STEM); Stephen Patrick (Academic Excellence); Brandon Woodring (Academic Improvement); Elizabeth Gysi (Community Service); and Business Partner- Kate McNamara (Dynamet Incorporated). Front Row (l-r): Brianne Holmes (Attendance); Ashlyn Collins (Academic Improvement); Tamairra Bunge (Community Service); Hugh Zimmerman (Academic Excellence); and Mark Frazee (STEM).

Trinity High School. Business partner supporting THS is WesBanco. Top (l-r): Sarah Maskil (Academic Improvement); Abigail Faust (Academic Excellence); Stephen Rydzak (Community Service); and Caitlin Guthrie (Attendance). Bottom (l-r): Kayrah Lapp (Academic Improvement); Alexis Chadwick (Attendance); Zachary Dinch (Academic Excellence); Carly Croft (STEM); Makenzie Diedrich (Community Service); and Business Partner- Nick Beresh (WesBanco). Not pictured: Benjamin Artuso (STEM).

Pleasant Hills Middle School Surpasses Thanksgiving Food Drive Goal

The students at Pleasant Hills Middle School (PHMS) organize a Thanksgiving Food Drive every year to benefit the West Elizabeth Food Bank. Last year, they donated almost 10,000 pounds of food to help the food bank assist local families at Thanksgiving and throughout the winter months. This year, the students surpassed their goal of over 10,000 pounds of donations! The PHMS Student Council led the way for the food drive and helped to organize two events to benefit the drive: the staff vs. student volleyball game and the annual grade-level pancake breakfasts during homeroom periods. Students were admitted to these events by bringing two cans of food to each event. The school continued to collect food until Friday, November 11 and the food was delivered to the West Elizabeth food bank on Tuesday, November 15 for their Thanksgiving distribution.


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Thomas Jefferson High School Seniors Achieve National Merit Scholarship Recognition

Pictured are (l-r): Mark Schalles, Jonan Seeley, Courtney Rankin, and Jackie Lamars

Four TJHS Seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for outstanding performance on the 2015 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test - Jacqueline Lamars, Courtney Rankin, Mark Schalles and Jonan Seeley. Jacqueline Lamars and Courtney Rankin have been named as commended students for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying PSAT test. Mark Schalles and Jonan Seeley are two of approximately 16,000 semifinalists for the national merit scholarship program and have an opportunity to continue in the national merit scholarship competition.

Catholic Women’s College Club Embraces the Season The members of the Catholic Women's College Club shared the spirits of remembering, thanksgiving, and generosity at their November meeting. Mass was celebrated by the Reverend William Terza, pastor or St. Damien of Molokai in Monongahela, to commemorate all of those who are no longer with us. The women of the club are thankful for 75 years of friendship and fellowship and the time spent for charitable services throughout our community. The club members continue to practice almsgiving by graciously giving monetary donations to Light of Life, Washington City Missions and St. Vincent de Paul. The members also will be visiting local care centers, hospitals and shut-ins in the valley communities for the holiday season. New members are always welcome. The next meeting of the CWCC will be held December 5,2016 at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel on Routes 70 and 51.

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South Park Students Honor Veterans South Park first grade students thanked more than a dozen of our nation’s veterans on Thursday, November 10 during the annual Veterans Day program. The program began with a ceremony in the first grade hall, then students welcomed the veterans into their classrooms. Once inside the classrooms, South Park first grade students students sang patriotic songs and dissing a patriotic song as part of their tributed thank you cards. The special Veterans Day program. day also provided students with the opportunity to ask the veterans questions to learn more about their service to our country. South Park sixth grade social studies classes recently completed a mini-unit on the importance of Veterans Day. Students learned about the origin of Veterans Day and its significance. Students also learned about Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Sixth graders wrote letters thanking local veterans from the South Park VFW, the VA Hospital of Pittsburgh, the 911th Airlift Wing and the 171st Air Refueling Wing. Students were also asked to shake a veteran’s hand and tell them, “Thank you for your service” when they meet a veteran outside of school.

South Park Teachers and Staff Members Participate in 'Stop the Bleed' Initiative South Park School District teachers and staff are among some of the first in the region to receive training as part of the national Stop the Bleed initiative. The South Park School District and UPMC teamed up to bring the training to South Park on Tuesday, November 8 during a teacher and staff inservice day. The campaign teaches participants how to control life-threatening bleeding. The morning’s training began with a presentation by UPMC surgeon Dr. Raquel Forsythe. Dr. Forsythe stressed that bystanders could be the first to respond to an injured person and outlined the actions anyone can take to save a life before EMS professionals arrive. South Park teachers and staff then worked in small groups with professionals from UPMC and Tri Community South EMS to practice applying a tourniquet and packing a wound with gauze. UPMC is providing bleeding control kits to schools in Western Pennsylvania as part of the Stop the Bleed initiative. The kits include a tourniquet, gauze and other equipment, in addition to guidance on how to provide care to victims. The South Park School District will place those kits near automated external defibrillators at South Park schools.


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Library News COMMUNITY CASTLE SHANNON LIBRARY 3677 Myrtle Avenue Castle Shannon, PA 15234 412-563-4552 w w w.castleshannonlibrary.org Heather M yrah, Library D irector Upcoming Programs for Children and Teens at the Library Please note that registration is appreciated for all programs. This helps us prepare adequate materials. Register by stopping at the Library, calling, or emailing Miss Heather at weleskih@einetwork.net. Holiday Gift Making/Holiday Party Children of all ages are invited to the library for a special holiday craft making extravaganza! We will be making items that can be given as gifts during this holiday season. rating the holiday season with a little party. December 6, 6:30 PM Cooking Fun Children, Tweens, and Teens are invited to the library to learn how to make some delicious snacks and meals. Registration is required to make sure enough supplies are purchased. December 13, 6:30 PM Upcoming Programs for Adults at the Library To register for Adult programs, please stop in or call the Library at 412-563-4552. Crafternoons for Adults at the Library Join us the third Wednesday of each month for Crafternoons. We will meet downstairs from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Bring your best craft ideas with you on Wednesday, December 21st. This is an informal gathering and a chance to meet new people and learn new craft ideas. Adults ages 18 and over welcome. If you cannot make it in the afternoon, stop by between 6pm-8pm that evening! This month’s theme will be a DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping Theme. Cook the Book: A Cookbook Book Club We pick the cookbook or theme, you select and make a recipe from that cookbook or theme. Special Cook the Book Cookie Exchange • Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm Trade cookies and recipes. New Release Movie Day Come to the Library on Friday, December 16th at 2:30pm to watch this new romantic comedy starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue Donora, PA 15033 724-379-7940 w w w.washlibs.org/donora

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MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Avenue Monessen, PA 15062 724-684-4750 w w w.monessenlibrary.org Library Director: Dave Zilk a

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center December Events

All programs are free to the public. Board meeting: Wednesday, December 7th @ 6 p.m. Donora Head Start: The Donora Head Start Center will be having socials at the library on the following dates: Friday, December 2nd @ 11 a.m. Friday, December 16th @ 11 a.m. If you are interested in coming to one of the Head Start socials, contact Nickelle at the center for more details. Mario Kart: All Ages Round Two of Mario Kart will begin on Saturday, December 3rd, so if you still have not played your rounds you need to ASAP for your chance to move on. Story Time: Ages 6 months to 5 years Fridays, December 2nd, 9th and 16th @ 11 a.m. Miss Angie loves the holiday season and is going to sharing lots of great holiday stories and doing even more holiday crafts. Girl Scouts: 8 to 9-year-old girls The Donora fourth grade Girl Scouts will be meeting on the following Monday at the library on December 12. If you have a fourth grader that would like to come join in the fun, you can come to the meeting. Lego Club: Ages 6 and Up Saturday, December 10th @ 1 p.m. Our group of builders is looking for some fresh ideas and fresh new faces. Come and experience the fun we have building and creating. Wee Build: ages 6 months to 5 years Saturday, December 17th @ 1 p.m. This program is designed for the younger builders in our community! Holiday Craft Program and Visit with Santa: (All Ages) Saturday, December 17th 3 – 4 SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED!!! Miss Angie has some wonderful and fun crafts for all ages to make for decorating their homes for the holiday season. To register, call the library.

Check us out on Twitter and Instagram. Enjoy Books featuring coupons for many local businesses and restaurants are being sold at the Circulation Desk for $30. Only a limited number are available. Join us on Saturday, December 3, 2016, as the Library partners with the Greater Monessen Historical Society and the Monessen Community Development Corporation for a community Christmas. There will be singing, children’s activities, photos with Santa, and fun for the family. The Friends of the Library Holiday Boutique is open from 12-3 p.m. during days the Library is open. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. There is a new Monessen Library EBook Club that features discussion, which will be mostly online. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2405812 13002674/permalink/241081259619336/ All knitters and/or crocheters are encouraged to join the Club for Yarn Enthusiasts. Those who wish to learn how to knit or crochet are also encouraged to join! Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will be closed on December 24, 26, 31, 2016 and January 2, 2017. Alley’s Adventure Time will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Toddler Time will be on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 8 – 12 and will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 5, at 6 p.m. “Family Movie Night” celebrates the birthday of Walt Disney with a movie. It is also Mitten Tree Day. Donations of clean, gently used or new mittens, hats or warm socks can be placed on a tree for children in need. Feel free to help yourself, if in need. Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. “Christmas is for the Birds” - Make edible ornaments for our feathered friends and hang them in the Library garden. Monday, December 12, at 6 p.m. A Christmas celebration with a special northern visitor for “National Noodle Day”

and “National Hot Cocoa Day.” Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m. “Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.” There will be a tea party with Christmas carols and cookies. Monday, December 19, at 6 p.m. Read the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and create an ornament.

BELLE VERNON PUBLIC LIBRARY 505 Speer Street Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-929-6642 w w w.bellevernonlibrary.org Director: Adrianne McConville

Belle Vernon Public Library December Events Holiday Extravaganza: Join us for Storytime, a movie, a craft, and snacks on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Free. All are welcome. Regular Monthly Storytimes are the third Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Call for details at 724-929-6642.

JEFFERSON HILLS LIBRARY 925 Old Clairton Road Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 412-655-7741 w w w.jeffersonhillslibrary.org Director: Jan Reschenthaler

Jefferson Hills Library December Events All programs are open to the public at the Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center Community Room. Register on-line on our Event Keeper (www.jeffersonhillslibrary.org) or call the Library at 412-6557741 Storytimes for Children Ages 3 and Up 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. December 1 - Holiday Party December 8 - Celebrate World Customs YOGA - Beginners and Intermediate Saturday mornings - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday evenings - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Scrabble Club Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m.


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BALDWIN PUBLIC LIBRARY 41 Macek Dr. #115, Pittsburgh, PA 15227 412-885-2255 calfop@einetwork.net Technology and Marketing Librarian: Pam Calfo Below are the featured programs for December for the Baldwin Borough Public Library. For all of our programs, please visit the library’s website: www.baldwinborolibrary.org. ‘Twas the Movie Before Christmas – Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ 2 p.m. Dec. 6 – It’s a Wonderful Life Dec. 13 – Home Alone 2 Dec. 20 – A Christmas Story Paws for a Cause with Animal Friends – Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 11 a.m. Each month, children have the opportunity to meet at least one approved literacy animal, hear stories, read aloud to the visiting animal, and participate in a literacy activity. We are asking all participants to bring along one item from the Animal Friends Supply Drive list which can be found on our website. Registration required. ‘How Santa Got His Christmas Tree’ Holiday Party – Saturday, Dec. 17 @ 10:30 a.m. Our teen drama club will be presenting ‘How Santa Got His Christmas Tree,’ followed by a holiday sing along, holiday cookies, and a visit from the guy in the jolly red suit! Registration required.

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St. Monongahela, PA 15063 724-258-5409 w w w.washlibs.org/monongahela/ Library Director: Tiffany Jean Fleet, BA, M LIS On Saturday, December 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Monongahela Area Library will host a Holiday Ornament Making Class for persons age 14 and above. See the event posting on Facebook for examples of the ornaments available. A $5 donation to cover materials cost is suggested. Thursday, December 15 at 1 p.m., Book Bites will discuss the book The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Storytime will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 13, and 20 at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays the 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. Miss Becky reads with the children, does small crafts, and incorporates some block play. Color Me Happy Hour will continue to be held on Tuesdays, but the time has changed from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The program is designed for young adults through

adults of all ages. The Writers Group is scheduled to meet at Monongahela Area Library December 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Monongahela Area Library will be closed on December 24 for Christmas Eve and December 31 for New Year’s Eve.

PLEASANT HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY 302 Old Clairton Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236 412-655-2424 w w w.pleasanthillslibrary.org Library Directo r: Sharon Julian-Milas A Hogwarts Holiday: Thursday, December 1 at 4 p.m. While you might not be able to visit Hogsmeade this holiday season, you can learn how to make some really awesome Harry Potter themed ornaments. For students in grades 4 – 12. A $2 donation per person is requested and will be collected at the event. Register by calling 412-6552424 or emailing danylod@einetwork.net. Gingerbread House Workshop: Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m. OR 1 p.m. Family program. A $3 donation per house decorator is requested. Register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing danylod@einetwork.net. Annual Family Holiday Party: Monday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, snacks, and a special visit from the man in red. Family program. A $2 donation per child and a half dozen cookies per family is requested. Register by calling 412655-2424 or emailing danylod@einetwork.net. Make And Paint Ornaments: Wednesdays, December 14 and 21 at 10:30 a.m. Make fun ornaments on December 14 and then come back to paint them on December 21. For children ages 2 and up. Register by calling 412-655-2424. Learn How To Play Chess: Thursdays, December 29 at 2 p.m. and January 5 at 4 p.m. For students in grades 4 – 12. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing danylod@einetwork.net.

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-379-5511 w w w.rostraverlibrary.org Director: Naomi Cross Rostraver Public Library will again host family movies one Saturday each month during the winter season. The program kicks off on Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. with “The Search for Santa Paws.” The

program is free and open to the public. Christmas and holiday music will fill the air when library hosts a select group of Belle Vernon High School chorus members on Tuesday, December 6th at 6 p.m. The Evening Book Club will meet on the second Monday of the month, December 12 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Young Adult novel, “The Boy in Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne. The group will return to meeting on the third Monday in January. The Afternoon Book Club will meet on Wednesday, December 14 at 1 p.m. to share titles and reviews of books they’ve read recently. No meetings are planned for January and February. The Knitters meet each Tuesday and alternate times between the afternoon at 1 p.m. and evenings at 7 p.m. Please call the library at 724-379-5511 for this month’s dates and times. The library is currently selling Enjoy Books as a fundraiser. A portion of the $30 price benefits general operations. During the winter months the library follows the Belle Vernon Area School District decision on closing in inclement weather. The library will also be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 - 26 and for New Year’s the following weekend.

WEST NEWTON LIBRARY 124 N. Second St. West Newton, PA 15089 724-972-3229 Stop in and present ID to obtain a free library card, which entitles you to use all libraries in Westmoreland County. If you cannot find a book, DVD or audio file at our library, one of our volunteers will help you by placing the request or teach you how to access the WLN network on your phone or home computer where you can leisurely surf and request your selections. The WLN van delivers to our library Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We are currently accepting donations of paperback, hardcover, children’s books, DVDs and audio tapes for our April book and jewelry sale. We do not accept school or college textbooks, Bibles or encyclopedias. If you are cleaning out your unused jewelry, rings, bracelets, watches, earrings, necklaces pins, or have an estate to settle, please drop off your jewelry or books at our library and then plan to attend our April sale and purchase new replacements. The library has a wonderful children’s and young people’s junior and young adult room. We also have a small reading room and many current magazines for your reading pleasure, and four computers.

WHITEHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Borough Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15236 • 412-882-6622 w w w.whitehallpubliclibrary.org Director: Paula Kelly Life with Father: A Chat with Rev. Richard Infante - Tuesday December 6 @ 2 p.m. - Join the library for a friendly conversation and reading with pastor and author Rev. Richard Infante. He will talk about his experiences as a Catholic priest and the recent publication of Last Priest Standing, a collection of stories that mixes faith and fiction. FREE - Registration required, call 412-882-6622. Remembering Pearl Harbor / 75th Anniversary - Tuesday December 6 @ 6:30 p.m. - Join the Whitehall Public Library as we honor the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a “date which will live in infamy.” Dr. Joe Michaels, a navy war veteran and history buff, will explore what happened on this fateful day. He will delve into some of the lesser-known consequences of this event, such as the role played by the USS Enterprise during the “fog of war.” This event is open to all ages, and light refreshments will be provided. Location: Whitehall Community Room 100 Borough Park Drive, 15236. FREE Registration required, call 412-882-6622. Ukulele Yuletide: A Hawaiian Island Christmas - Tuesday December 20 @ 2 p.m. - This holiday season, the library is trading the city’s snow and evergreens for sunshine and palm trees. We welcome local novelty and Vaudeville group, The Kooks with Ukes, for an afternoon of ukulele music and season’s “treatings”. They’ll play a medley of holiday songs (with a Hawaiian twist!) while we enjoy cookies and hot chocolate . FREE - Registration required, call 412-8826622. SPECIAL FAMILY NIGHTS: FREE Registration required, call 412-882-6622 Whoville Holiday Party - Monday December 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Visit the Whos down in Whoville for a Grinch-tastic holiday celebration! We’ll have Grinchy games, crafts, snacks, and a visit from Santa. Registration is required. Build a Gingerbread House - Monday December 12 @ 7 p.m. Create your own Gingerbread house. Supplies will be provided. Family Ornament Night - Monday December 19 @ 7 p.m. We will make two ornaments, a family photo frame and salt dough ornament. Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be served.


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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! DECEMBER BALTIMORE HOUSE 412-653-9332 176 Curry Hollow Rd., Pleasant Hills Wednesdays – Karaoke w/ John Sarkis Thursdays – Starquest auditions 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 ELRAMA TAVERN 412-384-3630 1520 Rt 837, Elrama 3 – Bill Young 8 p.m. 4 – Egg Nog & Cookie Day 5 – Bartender Appreciation Day 5 – Paint. Laugh. Party. 6 p.m. 10 – Regular Joes 9:30 p.m. 12 – Gingerbread House Day

16 – Tavern Christmas Party w/ Todd Jones 9 p.m. 18 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Party w/ Matt Tichon 3-6 p.m. 20 – Sangria Day 24 – CLOSED 25 – CLOSED 27 – Holiday Bingo 7 p.m. 31 – New Year's Eve w/ Josh Muenzer 8 p.m. - midnight

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by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski 7 – Open Stage Craig King Hosting 9 – Karaoke 10 – Norm Nardini 14 – Open Stage Craig King Hosting 16 – Karaoke 17 – Rock-It Band 21 – Open Stage Craig King Hosting 23 – Karaoke 28 – Open Stage Craig King Hosting 30 – Kararoke

HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE 724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela 2 – Chilz 3 – Matt Tichon 9 – 5 Minutes of Fame Karaoke RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE 10 – DJ Crow 31 – New Year's Eve Party w/ Hawg Wild 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Rd., Amity 10 – Andy Gregg & THE HUNTING LODGE The Second Hand Band 724-348-7984 17 – Hillbilly Way 3529 Washington Ave, Finleyville 23 – The Rusty Haywhackers Fridays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close 31 – Big Guns Reunion Saturdays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close R BAR 412-942-0882 2883 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh 2 – Karaoke 3 – Dave Iglar Band

ROY’S BY THE TRACKS 724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 2 – Sea of Heads 9 – The Bill Ali Band

Tom Bielek and the Sharks Sundays – Karaoke Wednesdays – Karaoke w/ Brett Saturdays – Karaoke THE TIKI BAR 724-348-7022 6285 Rt. 88, Finleyville 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash w/ Shady Mugs – must purchase tickets in advance 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.,Jefferson Boro (Intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd.) Fridays – Open Stage Night all musicians welcom

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

Mon River Arts Presents “It's A Wonderful Life” Mon River Arts will present “It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Dates are Fridays and Saturdays, December 9 and 10 and December 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, December 11 and 18, shows will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email MRAboxoffice@gmail.com. The production will be held at the Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth, PA.

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Shepherd’s Voice Annual Concert Slated for December 10th Celebrate the Christmas season with a night of uplifting seasonal tunes and sacred songs retelling the real meaning of Christmas! Shepherd’s Voice, a Christian women’s quartet, will present their annual concert on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at Riverview Baptist Church, (Rt. 88), New Eagle. Shepherd’s Voice has been ministering to the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh areas and beyond for 11 years and members include Debby Petrosky, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn and Connie Watkins. There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be collected.


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Area Musicians Go All Out for Charity 2016 Concert Schedule

The Yelo Sno Band project began in early 2015 with five local musicians joining together for a charitable cause, and has expanded this year to include three Mon Valley student vocalists. The band’s primary focus is to perform Christmas concerts to benefit various organizations and charities. All performances by the band are conducted free of charge. The band members have diverse personal and professional commitments throughout the year, but for two months during the holiday season, they pull together for this cause. Concerts are “100% Christmas” and blend religious, traditional, and rock music….from O Holy Night to Sleigh Ride to Carol of the Bells….all genres are covered. Band members include: Ben Croft, Bass

• Friday, December 2 – Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration Downtown, Hundred, WV (Hundred High School Auditorium) – 8 p.m. • Tuesday, December 6 – Acoustic Concert Marquis Gardens Place Senior Living, Uniontown, PA – 6 p.m. • Saturday, December 10 – Residents, Families, and Friends Concert Grand Residence, Upper St. Clair, PA – 6 to 7 p.m. • Saturday, December 17 – Sportsmen’s Christmas Party West Newton Sportsmen’s Club, West Newton, PA – 7 p.m.

Brad Lewis, Guitar Mark Nagy, Percussion Hayley O’Connor, Vocals Tess Salzman, Vocals Graham Sterling, Keyboard and Vocals Adam Sutch, Dulcimer and Vocals Lauren Zelnis, Vocals

Harmony Singers Present Holiday Concert The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh will present a holiday concert titled “No Biz Like Snow Biz” under the direction of Cynthia G. Pratt on Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at Brightwood Christian Church, 5044 West Library Ave., Bethel Park. The concert will be presented again on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Germaine Church, 7003 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. The concerts are being partially underwritten by a grant from the Bethel Park Community Foundation. Selections from the concert include “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “O Holy Night, Silent Night.” The concert will feature favorite carols, holiday music, and a sing-a-long. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering to benefit the charitable and entertainment efforts of the Harmony Singers will be accepted. The Harmony Singers are available to perform for civic, social, church, or business organizations. For information about the group or to reserve them for an event, visit www.harmonysingers.org.

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‘Ho Ho Ho with the WSO’ Planned for December 3rd and 4th The Washington Symphony Orchestra will make the holiday season brighter this year with its annual ‘Ho Ho Ho with the WSO’ concerts on Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.). Both concerts are at Trinity High School in Washington, PA. The concert marks the first time that EQT has partnered with the WSO. The company announced a presenting sponsorship for the concert earlier in the year. The Washington County All-Star Choir, along with the California University Choir, will be joining the WSO for choruses from Handel’s Messiah. High schools with contributing singers to the All-Star Choir include: Bethlehem Center, Chartiers-Houston, McGuffey, Peters Township, and

Trinity. Kids in grades K through 6 will have the opportunity to enter the WSO’s ornament contest. All entries will be hung on a tree in the lobby and two winners will be selected, one by a panel of judges and the other by popular vote on the WSO Facebook page. Each winner will receive a gift card. Official entry forms are available at www.washsym.org. Tickets start at just $17 and can be purchased online at washsym.org, by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the following locations: Citizens Library, the Peters Township Public Library, and the WSO Office at 11 South College Street in Washington (WSO Office by appointment only). For further information, visit www.washsym.org or connect with the WSO on Facebook (facebook.com/washsymphony) and Twitter (twitter.com/washsymphony).

West Newton Community Singers Plan 40th Annual Christmas Concert The West Newton Community Singers are proud to present their 40th Annual Christmas Concert, titled “The Spirit of Christmas.” The program will feature Christmas works including, “Hodie Christus Natus Est” Arranged by Cristi Millerand, “Fum, Fum, Fum” Arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, “The 12 Days of a Re-gifted Christmas” by Greg Gilpin and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” The group is under the direction of Richard Carson and is accompanied by Lauren Cross. The date for the concert is Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Newton United Presbyterian Church. Advance tickets are available for adults at $6 and $3 for students at the Dee Taylor Agency. For more information, call 724-872-6093. Tickets will also be available at the door for adults at $7and students at $3.

Community Chorus Performs ‘Starlight’ as Christmas Celebration The Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas Celebration, titled ‘Starlight.’ What a great way to start your holiday season, with uplifting music sung by the combined adult and junior choruses of over 60 voices! The concert will be held at the Elizabeth Forward High School on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4 at 3 p.m. The high school is located off Rt. 48 and Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township. Ticket prices at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. A discount of $2 is available on each ticket purchased in advance by calling 412-751-0526. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the local Meals on Wheels and nonperishable food stuffs will be collected at each concert for the food pantry.


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OVER 1500 45'S from the 50's & 60's, clean & in sleeves, great for resell or jukeboxes. Best offer over $300.00. 724-929-4975 ______________________________________________ HOLY FAMILY PARISH in West Newton replaced their old Nativity set with a new set. The old set, made of resin and in beautiful colors, consists of 12 plus figures. Asking $500 or best offer. Please contact Bob Gabonay at 724 872- 9598 for more information. ______________________________________________ CALPHALON GLASS COFFEE POT - no cracks or chips $10. Bissell Carpet Machine Plus - canister $25. 724-747-0610 Zipcode 15317 ______________________________________________ BLACK LEATHER COUCH, features a recliner on each end, high quality piece of furniture. Like New Condition. $400 Cash Only. Call or text Judy @ 724 518-4981 ______________________________________________ HALLOWEEN COSTUMES; Pirate size 8-10 and Batman size 7; both 3 piece and $10 each. Toy, FP Castle with knights, trap door, cannons and separate arrow shooter, deluxe $25. Ice cube trays, vintage Frigidaire aluminum removable insert; perfect, collectible 2 - $20. Headlamp 75 lumen, Bushnell, good for reading, new in box $10. Tote/picnic insulated basket/ great for shopping, beach, etc brand new $20. Beach chairs; lightweight aluminum; folds easy; like new, 2 for $25. Memory foam mattress; queen, 3 inches; new $75. Golf iron; brand new 6 iron from Taylor made $10. 412-279-3288 ______________________________________________ POTTERY BARN DESK new cond. $160 ($300 new). Coat or clothes storage closet $30. 724-941-2177 ______________________________________________ OAK 48" S-roll top desk for sale, $175.00, 724-518-7345. If no answer leave message and phone number. ______________________________________________ DIRT BIKE FOR SALE. 2003 Honda CRF 230 runs great $1200 obo. 724-344-7238 ______________________________________________ SNOWBLOWER, TORO SINGLE STAGE, 6.5 HP, 20”, 2 cycle, electric start, recently refurbished, great condition, $200. 412833-9324 leave message ______________________________________________ TABLE AND 4 CHAIRS, 42” round, light color wood, $300. Washer/dryer G.E., 4 yrs old, paid $1080 asking $475. Brothers electric typewriter, used once, paid $160 sell for $50. 724-9413558 ______________________________________________ INFANTS BOYS CLOTHES AND INFANTS GIRLS CLOTHES from newborn to 18 months and Disney themed bibs - all in good condition, $25.00 a bag. Port Vue area. 412-335-6448 ______________________________________________ BUNK BEDS W/MATTRESSES, never used, heavy duty oak finish $350 724-747-9216 ______________________________________________ GIRLS CLOTHES SIZES 24 MONTHS up to size 10-12, Disney and Princess themed clothes, all in good condition - for each size its______________________________________________ $25.00 a bag. Port Vue area. 412-335-6448 BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 24 MONTHS up to size 10-12, Disney themed clothes, all in good condition - for each size its $25.00 a bag. Port Vue area. 412-335-6448 ______________________________________________ BI-POD, HARRIS (HBRM), 6"- 9", /notches - $65.00. Powder scale/trickler, RCBS 5-0-5 - $75.00. Turkey decoys (2) - $25.00. Compound bow, vintage PEARSON Hunter Classic/cloth case, arrows, 31" @ 60 lb. case - $125.00. Deer/game cart, CABELA'S alum-I-lite, 28 lbs., NIB - $100.00. Tree climber, APHI portable, chain type - $150.00. Rangefinder, digital LEUPOLD RX-1200i TBR - $275.00. Binoculars, LEUPOLD BX-3 Mojave, 10x32mm $275.00 All items listed subject to OBO. (724) 483-1271 ______________________________________________ RIFLESCOPE, VINTAGE REDFIELD, 4x wideview (#X12715) $75.00. Riflescope, vintage WEAVER, C4W Challenger/wideview, $75.00. Riflescope, BSA Deerhunter, 2.5x20mm - $40.00. Rifle/shotgun combo, SAVAGE Model 24, .223/12 gauge/ booklet/sling/shells/scope - $550.00. (724) 483-1271 ______________________________________________ SPINET PIANO/BENCH - piano needs tuning, You haul. Call/text 412-554-0200. ______________________________________________ CHINA CLOSET, MAPLE, 66 1/2" x 17 3/4" x 40". $50. 412952-6503 ______________________________________________ MAGNAVOX CONSOLE STEREO radio/turntable. Excellent condition, $100. 412-952-6503 ______________________________________________ MATTRESS, Queen size, two sided, excellent condition $75.00. 724-929-3891 ______________________________________________

HOODIE, LADIES from Quacker Factory, pink with sequins new $10. Blouse, ladies from Quacker Factory, pink with rhinestone "peek a boo," new $10. Toy, FP Castle with knights, trap door, cannons and separate arrow shooter, deluxe $25. Ice cube trays, vintage Frigidaire aluminum removable insert; perfect, collectible 2 $20. Headlamp 75 lumen, Bushnell, good for reading, new in box $10. Tote/picnic insulated basket/ great for shopping, beach, etc brand new $20. Beach chairs; lightweight aluminum; folds easy; like new, 2 for $25. Memory foam mattress; QUEEN, 3 inches; new $75. Golf iron; brand new 6 iron from Taylor made $10. 412279-3288 ______________________________________________ ADULT DIAPERS, tabs, pull ups, 3 packages $20. Desk, metal perfect for college student; drop leaf, $25. Bissell sweeper light weight with attachments, perfect $50. Luggage 2 brand new jaguar carry ons; 2 luggage $10 each. Houseplants, purple passion, lemon, orange , philadendron, 6 for $25. 412-279-3288 ______________________________________________ PITTSBURGH STEELERS FLAG, two sided, $25. Window fan new, double fan $15. Neck ties 10 for $15. Cableflex exerciser used with instruction manual $40. Dress shirts men's large short sleeves 10 for $20. Wagner electric paint roller, new in box $45. Shoes men's 8EE new summer mesh slip-ons, $15. 724-7474693 ______________________________________________ TREE LOUNGE, climbing tree stand. Aluminum frame work, including archery stand. Includes 2 wheels to be used as dolly. Excellent condition, used once. $300. 412-384-8033 ______________________________________________ 30,000 BTU VENT-FREE Dual Fuel Infrared Wall Heater, New $150. 412-384-5861 ______________________________________________ 18” RAZOR KOBRA BIKE, green/black, like new $30. 724-7362348 ______________________________________________ EASTON HOCKEY SKATES, youth size 12, paid $49.95, used 1 time, $20. 724-736-2348 ______________________________________________ SUBARU OUTBACK CARGO TRAY, has compartments, will fit some other vehicles, $20. 724-736-2348 ______________________________________________ HIDEAWAY BED, good for cabin or an extra twin bed, $25. 724736-2348 ______________________________________________ ROOM SCREEN DIVIDER, 5’8”, 3 panels, all wood Fruitwood finished slots, excellent condition, priced $189 sell for $50.00. Call 724-705-3707 N. Charleroi ______________________________________________ WALKERS – one with wheels, one without wheels, $10 each. 724-941-7217 ______________________________________________ MEN’S GOLF SHOES, white with black trim, worn several times, size 8 1/2, $10. 724-941-7217 ______________________________________________ BIRD CAGE FOR A LARGE BIRD, double-decker, NEW, NEVERUSED. All accessories, exceptionally nice, Brown. $300. 724-9415117 ______________________________________________ MUSIC MIXED BOARD – two speakers. Call 724-348-4324 ______________________________________________ GAME CART, CABELA'S, alum-i-lite 68 1/2" long, 20" wide, 24" wheel base, 250 lbs. weight capacity, 28 lbs. (NIB) - $100.00 (724) 483-1271 ______________________________________________ HAVE TWO TICKETS for Penguins Home opener, 10/13/16. Please text me with offer at 412-780-5998 ______________________________________________ 2000-40' SANDPIPER TRAVEL TRAILER - 2 Tip Outs -Sleeps 8 -Excellent Condition - Includes 40' Deck - and Utility Shed. Call 724-872-4193. Leave Message and Phone Number. ______________________________________________ UPRIGHT 1899' PIANO- renovated- Call 724-872-4193. Leave message. ______________________________________________ DINING ROOM TABLE, six chairs, china closet, excellent condition, walnut. Chairs are newly upholstered. $350. 724-222-7835 ______________________________________________ TV TUBES - Electronic TV tubes & testing equipment, Manuals. Monessen 724-708-9095 ______________________________________________ BOOKS/MANUALS - Vintage BLUEJACKETS Manual, LATHE Operation/Machinists Tables, 1982 Electronic Experimenter’s Handbook. Monessen 412-400-0302 ______________________________________________ EMPIRE GRENADIER SPEAKERS, Vintage, Model 8000, 28in., Marble Round Tops Great cond. $350. Monessen 412-400-0302 ______________________________________________ REMINGTON ELECTRIC TANGLE TAMER HAIR Detangler/Cord/ Cordless (Rechargable)/For wet or dry hair/New in package $10.00 724-684-5531 ______________________________________________


December 2016 ————————————————————————————————————————— BABY CRIB, DARK WOOD, gently used, 3 years old, $40. Baby crib mattress $10. 412-980-3796 ______________________________________________ HOUSEHOLD CONTENTS – pots, pans, dishes, lamps, some furniture, decorative items, organ – first $650 takes all. Great for flea market resale. 724-872-6982 ______________________________________________ 5 PIECE SOLID WOOD OUTDOOR SET pretty basket weave design $75. Large expensive like new Old English jewelry armoire cherry finish $90. New large quantity steel designer courtyard fencing & poles $80 for all. Text 412-819-7623 ______________________________________________ NEW LARGE EXPENSIVE WOOD LATTICE POTTING TABLE w/shelf & drawer $80. Large vintage painting in expensive wood gold leaf frame $885. 4 large beautiful vintage designer etched glass mirrors $200 each. Vintage solid Oak wood rectangular desk/table with 2 drawers & shelf $199. New large designer glass lamp with flower petal shade $45. Text 412-819-7623 ______________________________________________ ANTIQUE 1920-30 LARGE SOLID WOOD curved triple mirror vanity with bench & 4 spacious drawers $400. Large expensive designer wall rack with cup hooks $175. Vintage Sears Roebuck Silvertone 1940’s tube radio in Cherry wood cabinet $900. Vintage Duncan Phyfe solid Mahogany wood dining set: China cabinet $399, buffet $375, pedestal table (needs work) $35, three chairs $5 each. 4 piece vintage solid Mahogany wood bedroom set with granite look finish & metal shelves $600. Designer Nordik Country French large carved wood rectangular table with bottom shelf & drawer $450. 2 new designer curly wrought iron basket weave top side tables $60 each. Text 412-819-7623 ______________________________________________ 2 DESIGNER FOLDABLE GARDEN CHAIRS with finials pad $39 each. Antique Red Eye Singer Sewing machine with solid wood 4 drawered cabinet $130. Like new heavy duty Morse sewing machine with 4 drawered Cherry cabinet $200. 2 designer curly wrought iron garden chairs $25 each. Large collection of designer shoes size 7 used $5.00. New large designer glass table with curved steel legs $55. New large designer quality flower pots $25 each. 3 designer silver metal/wood spacious storage cabinets $70 each. New garden arch trellis in original box, white wrought iron $30. Entire designer junior clothing used $.75 each. Large rectangular vintage painting in carved Fruitwood frame $650. Text 412819-7623 ______________________________________________ OAK DINING ROOM FURNITURE, 10 pcs, table (66x42) with 6 chairs, two 18” leaves, pads. China cabinet 45x18, buffet 60x18, server 42x18, $1500 ALL. Antique high chair $30.00. Kenmore sewing machine with attachments in cabinet $35.00. Antique desk $40.00. Cardio trainer $25.00. 2 sets golf clubs with carrying case free. Call 412-605-7492 ______________________________________________ 2 PREMIUM MAUSOLEUM CRYPTS @ Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown PA. Two (2) Companion (side by side) Mausoleum Crypts at the Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Garden Building # 2 Section 2-B Crypt # 30 & 31 Level # 3. This sets' current value is $21,750.00 and is an Excellent Location in Garden Building #2 Level 3. There are no more crypts available until new mausoleum is built. Selling at $11,750.00 or best reasonable offer. Contact 724-438-7806 ______________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS, "prime real estate" in Mon Valley Memorial Park. 4 plots, $1,800 for all. For more info call 724-552-7056 ______________________________________________ EXTENSION LADDERS - (1) 12' & (2) 24', Werner aluminum. $60. 724-552-7056 ______________________________________________ EXTENSION LADDER - heavy duty, 24' - 40'. Werner aluminum. $150. 724-552-7056 ______________________________________________ WEIGHT LIFTING EQUIPMENT, power rack with adjustable weight bench, 45lb bar, 265 lbs of weight discs from 45-2.5 lbs., plus pull-down attachments. 724-552-7056 ______________________________________________ LADY’S HEARING AIDS By Starkey Hearing Technologies (Model 2 Series 170, battery size 312, receiver in canal), only 3 months old, warranty until 12/1/18. Paid $3,450. Make offer. 724-2282754 ______________________________________________ ACORN STAIR CLIMBER LIFT with padded chair, only 3 weeks old, paid $2,800 asking $2,000 or best offer. Call 724-228-2754 ______________________________________________ 2 YEAR OLD GAS DRYER for sale, like new, $75.00. 724-2058620 ______________________________________________

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PLACEMATS/TEACH KIDS Bible stories, turn over washable markers color/puzzles/games, $4.95 or 4/$18.00. (2) cabinets, Maple wood, $45. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ SCHOOL TEACHER'S DESKS: Dark wood-- $35. Maple color wood--$35. Antique upright dresser with swivel mirror. $80. TV swivel stand with shelf $20. Caregiver supplies: Blankets, sheets, afghan, portable shampooer, $25 for all. Armoire with drawer $30. Living room table, kidney shaped, mid-century $75. Clothing, women’s, size large, for short woman, inexpensive. 724-348-4645 ______________________________________________ LOGITECH QUICK CAM Fusion video sensor with light tech, in package $20.00. Tent, can use outdoors for kids, very easy set up, $10.00. Bookcase with 5 shelves, assembles quickly, white, $23. Carpet, fur and leather, approx 6' x 7’, Grecian key border, clean from Europe $275.00. Speakers, Phillips (2) with wire, $49. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ BUILDINGS (5), place on your train platform near RR tracks, new/boxed, $18+. Pillows, many shapes/sizes, like new $3.00+. Wreath/bulbs/jewels/angels/toille/bows/greenery, gorgeous was $175 now $69. Tables, wrought iron, 2 end + coffee table, excellent quality, very sturdy, $119 all. Artwork/paintings/Indian art/ vases/landscapes/flowers/fruit/etc., framed $23+. Stemware 60+ years old, water/wine/cocktail/Shervert/Cordial, sell sep $4.00. Tupperware XXL container + handles, like new $20.00. 15 decorated cans, $.50. Lamps, good quality $15. Electric range parts, 8"snap-in burner, +220 cord w/ plug-ins to hook up, $8.00 ea, new never used. Water purifier, never used, still boxed, $55. Appliances – Oster blender, Krups coffee- tea pot, Farberware stainless coffee/tea pot, all perfect, $9.00+. Folding chair, silver padded seat, new, still wrapped $12.00. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ DISHES, 4 OR 8 PLACE SETTINGS, still boxed, never used, $19+. Bowling ball + leather carrying case, men's Brunswick, exc. Cond, $15.00. Telephone/clarity for hearing loss, magnifies calls, $25. Chaise lounge/bench 1920, 95+ yrs old, antique restored, walnut frame, $475. Dining chairs (4) matching uphol, comfy seats, solid wood, arched tops $225. Chair/uphol artist fabric seat, $110. Bedroom, Burl Mahogany, 5 pieces, perfect cond, $2900. Bedroom 8 piece elegant set, 2 marble top end tables/wood carvings, $3,099 all. Table 60” Cherry/Walnut, $899. Fosseil octagonal table + base, brass accents, 4 high back uphol. chairs, $1,099. Table 60" octagonal top +18" leaf + chairs, $395. Dresser, 6 lg. drawers, solid wood, $425. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ DESIGNER DRESSES/JACKETS/JEANS/TOPS + Nike outfits, xs/s/m, high quality, like new, $5.00+. Purses/boots/shoes/ shoulder bags – lg/sm, Heels, flats, casual, evening, leather sizes 6/7/8, $4.00+. Basketball uniforms, 13 jerseys/shorts, clean, good condition $39.00 all. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ BATTERY CAR STARTER QUICK CHARGE, in original plastic package, $10.00. Printer HP Photosmart, already programmed, ready to use, detailed instruction book $19. Sony stereo/boom box cassette/am-fm radio, use indoors or battery outdoors, $25.00. Microphone audio/voice for internet meetings/gaming, in orig plastic package, $39. Equalizers stereo sound/graphics/monitor /tape/ plugs/12 bands, perfect condition $45. RCA amplified indoor antenna, $15.00. Mouse, Microsoft for computers, like new $12.00. Call 412-854-3637 ______________________________________________ DELL FLAT SCREEN MONITORS 12” x 9”, $4.00 a monitor, buy 50 or more, $2.00 a piece. Dell Flat Screen Monitors 11” x 13”, $8.00 a piece, buy 50 or more $5.00 a piece. H.P. Laser Printers $15.00 each, buy 20 or more $10.00 a piece. Keyboards $5.00 a piece, buy 20 or more $3.00 a piece. Computer mouses $3.00 a piece, buy 20 or more $2.00 a piece. 2 premium replacement toner cartridges replaces 92298A $45.00. Computer speakers 2 for $5.00. Wyse Winterm Model #SKO $5.00 a piece, buy 20 or more $3.00 a piece. Apollo Reflective Overhead Projector Ventura 4000 Series $100.00. I will sell you everything I have, approx 800 to______________________________________________ 1000 items for $800.00 OBO. Call 412-414-1580 CEMETERY PLOTS – Three (3) in Monongahela Cemetery. $475 each. 724-239-4874 ______________________________________________ CEMETERY LOT - Mon Valley Memorial Park. Garden of All Faiths - Lawn Crypt. Includes lot, vault, memorial, granite and vase. 724379-6866. ______________________________________________

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----------- ITEMS WANTED -------BUYING VINTAGE BASEBALL & FOOTBALL CARDS and vintage sports memorabilia, 724-205-8620 ______________________________________________ UPRIGHT FREEZER 724-554-8894 ______________________________________________ USED PLAY PEN 724-348-4159 ______________________________________________ SEEKING TO PURCHASE USED REFRIGERATOR for apartment. 412-264-1038 ______________________________________________ IN SEARCH OF FREE CANNING JARS. You can contact me at 724-206-8118 ______________________________________________ VINTAGE FOUNTAIN PENS WANTED. Quick cash for old fountain pens that might be sitting in a drawer somewhere not being used. Interested in any brand, but some are: Waterman, Wahl, Conklin, Conway Stewart, Mabie Todd, Sheaffer, Parker, and More. Please call or text 724-797-7949 ______________________________________________ WANTED – RUGER 22 CAL. RIFLE 10/22 model. Any condition. 724-289-6853 ______________________________________________ VCR WANTED. 724-941-7604 ______________________________________________ 1968 OR 1969 PONTIAC 400 ENGINE. Call 724-268-3263 ______________________________________________ VOLUME PEDAL FOR GUITAR. Call Vince 724-258-4815 ______________________________________________ BUYING VINTAGE ladies/men’s clothing/accessories. Victorian thru 1970’s. Call Gloria 724-263-2239 or Bonnie 412-997-2943 ______________________________________________ WANTED - BUGLE with no pistons. Reasonable. 724-696-5221 ______________________________________________ WANTED - WORKING WALL mounted urinal for man's bathroom. 724-696-5221 ______________________________________________ DONATE A CAR TO A YOUNG CHRISTIAN GIRL with three children (2 are special needs). Please help if you can. Thank you. Call 724-621-0505 ______________________________________________ INDIAN ARROWHEADS ALL NATIAVE AMERICAN artifacts and all______________________________________________ vintage costume jewelry. Call 724-428-3695 BUYING OLD SPORTSCARD COLLECTIONS! - Seeking vintage era baseball, football and basketball cards. 1970's and earlier. Will also buy newer cards from 1980-2000's if in good shape. Call me FIRST before you throw away old boxes of cards. Paying CASH! 412-760-2291. ______________________________________________ OLD ELECTRICAL INSULATORS used on utility poles. Glass or porcelain. Call 724-782-0539. ______________________________________________ TEKTRONIX OSCILLOSCOPE, excellent working condition, newer model (1980s or newer), preferably with manual, must be very low price. Call Bob in Monongahela at 724-258-6236 ______________________________________________

OLD RADIO/TV/AMP TUBES for my antique jukebox and guitar amp. 724-258-6236 ______________________________________________ OUTDOOR PLASTIC LIGHTED BLOW MOLD Christmas decorations & vintage Christmas stuff. Call 412-384-8759 or email caminda2008@yahoo.com. ______________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________ COLLECTING MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS for the needy. Call Louise at 724-483-8600. ______________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE TOW! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724348-7467. ______________________________________________ WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps, old Christmas and sterling silver, anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. ______________________________________________ CANNING JARS WANTED. Reasonable. 412-403-2753. ______________________________________________ Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older. Will pay 20-times face value! Call Dave at 724-941-5420. ______________________________________________ WANTED - JUNK CARS, TRUCKS, ETC., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-4981622. ______________________________________________ CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Best Prices & 24hr Payments! Call 1-877-588-8500, www.TestStrip Search.com. Habla Espanol. ______________________________________________ MOTORCYCLES WANTED. Before 1985. Running or not Japanese, British, European, American $Cash$ paid. Free appraisals! CALL 315-569-8094 Email pictures or description to: Cyclerestoration@aol.com ______________________________________________ WANTED OLD JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES KAWASAKI Z1-900 (1972-75), KZ900, KZ1000 (1976-1982), Z1R, KZ 1000MK2 (1979,80), W1-650, H1-500 (1969-72), H2-750 (1972-1975), S1-250, S2-350, S3-400, KH250, KH400, SUZUKI-GS400, GT380, HONDA-CB750K (1969-1976), CBX1000 (1979,80) CASH!! 1-800-772-1142 1-310-721-0726 usa@classicrunners.com ______________________________________________ CASH FOR UNEXPIRED DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Best Prices & 24 hr payment! Call 1-855-440-4001 www.TestStripSearch.com. Habla Espanol. ______________________________________________ CASH PAID- UP TO $25/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAYPAYMENT.1-800-371-1136 ______________________________________________ WANTS TO PURCHASE MINERALS and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ______________________________________________

----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------2017 REMINGTON WILDLIFE ART CALENDAR. $9.95. Make check or M.O. to: W.A. Chepanoske. Send to: 5911 Homeplace Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037-3217 ______________________________________________ 2 PREMIUM SIDE BY SIDE CRYPTS, Sylvian Heights – Uniontown, Garden Bldg #2, levl 3, valued $27,000 sell $10,500. 724-438-7806 ______________________________________________ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL PARK GARDEN of Pillars-of-Faith, 2 double lawn crypts total 4 spaces. Asking $5,000.00 for both. Value $7,500.00. All paperwork done by cemetery. Call 412-8846815 ______________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK 4 LOTS $500.00 each, 2 vaults $500.00 each, transfer of deed included. Call 724-747-9030 or 843-215-8909. If no answer, leave message, will return call ______________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK (Donora), garden of all faiths, lawn crypt, includes lot, vaults, bronze memorial, granite and vase unit (1980 prices). 724-379-6866 ______________________________________________ DONATE A CAR TO A YOUNG CHRISTIAN GIRL with three children (2 are special needs). Please help if you can. Thank you. Call 724-621-0505 ______________________________________________


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LAKEFRONT LAND SALE! 5 acres - 343 feet water front - an amazing $99,900 Unspoiled lake, woods, views, perfect country getaway! 3.5 hrs NY City! 888-738-6994. NewYorkLandandLakes.com ______________________________________________

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BEAGLE PUP, 5 month male, AKC certificate, dog license, tick collar, rabbie shot, started running rabbits, ready to go this winter rabbit season, $750. 724-366-9524 ______________________________________________ MALTEST PUPPY, AKC registered, 12 weeks. Excellent disposition, health guaranteed. Shots and wormed. 724-941-5117 ______________________________________________ YOUNG CATS – Spayed and Neutered, all shots, litter trained, FeLuk tested, loving cats fostered in homes, adoption fee $40. 724-258-8380 ______________________________________________ KITTENS - Healthy Herbal kittens. FREE to a good home. 8-weeks old. 3 male and 3 female. 5 orange and white, and 1 black and white. 724-929-4189 or 724-929-2486 ______________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an ongoing fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of bgoldooks, call Jessie @ 724-9415737. ______________________________________________

HANDYMAN, DRYWALL FINISHING, residential, servicing South Hills & Mon Valley areas, free estimates, no job too small, since 1985. 412-443-3135 ______________________________________________ PROVIDING CHILD CARE IN MY HOME. Many years of experience and reasonable prices please call for more information. 937844-3812 ______________________________________________ CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING – hardworking and reliable – Paulco Services – 412-403-1309 or 412-381-5242 ______________________________________________ MON VALLEY AREA. Will care for your elderly loved one in their home. 724-231-7131. ______________________________________________ HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE. Jen's Cozy Cottage. FREE ESTIMATE. Call 352-682-5214 or 724-503-2319. ______________________________________________ SNOW REMOVAL. Call Cory 412-715-6778. ______________________________________________ NEED A GRASS CUTTER this summer? Please give me a try. Reasonable, very reliable. Call Mike at 724-396-0660. ______________________________________________ TED CONSTRUCTION – Retailing walls, concrete steps and sidewalks, masonry repair, driveway sealing, painting and all other home repairs. 724-518-5947 ______________________________________________ ROOFING AND CHIMNEY REPAIR. Best material used, Professional Installation. GUARANTEED No Leaks. STONE AND Brick Mortar Repair. Call Matthew 412-419-6156 ______________________________________________ J&L CLEANING SERVICES – Selling your home? Buying a home? No job too big or small. Residential or Commercial. Very competitive pricing. • South Hills-based. Call for a FREE quote today! • 724-747-0793 ______________________________________________ CARPET REPAIRS. Restretches, Patches, Installation. Small job in Rental Specialist. 25 years experience. Leave Message 412-6518503 ______________________________________________ SENIOR PLACEMENT SERVICE FREE. Stan Olszewski, helping older adults since 2007 with placement in assisted living, personal care, independent living and memory/Alzheimers’ care facilities. Call Stan at Senior Lifestyles Connections, 724-787-7030 (24 hrs a day/7 days a week), email stan@seniorhelpfree.com or visit www.seniorhelpfree.com. ______________________________________________ RON’S ALL APPLIANCE REPAIR. REPAIRING REFRIGERATORS, WASHERS, DYERS, RANGES, SUBZEROS…ONE CALL DOES IT ALL: 724-640-9383. 7 DAYS/WK, 24 HR. SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT. ______________________________________________ BOBCAT WITH 2 BUCKETS FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. ______________________________________________ HOME MOVIE TRANSFERS – PHOTO MONTAGE CREATIONS – 8mm, Super 8mm, and16mm Projector movies, transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. New equipment for 2016. No projector flicker - reasonable rates. VHS, VHS-C, mini-DV, and 8mm tapes transferred to DVD. Photos/slides scanned to montage DVD of special events. One of a kind gifts. 724-258-5336 dcheplic@gmail.com Website: www.dcheplicmovietransfersandmontages.com. Facebook: hwww.facebook.com/debcheplicmovietransfersandmontages/ ______________________________________________ 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.

------------ REAL ESTATE -------HOUSE FOR RENT. 2 bedroom ranch style home in Elizabeth with yard. Located in nice neighborhood. All appliances $850 month water, sewage & garbage included. Call after 5pm 724-518-4667 ______________________________________________ 2 BEDROOM HOUSE for rent in New Eagle. Nice neighborhood. $500 month plus utilities and security deposit. Pets ok. 724-2587205leave message ______________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK 4 lots $500.00 each, 2 vaults $500.00 each, transfer of deed included. Call 724-747-9030 or 843-215-8909. If no answer, leave message, will return call ______________________________________________ MON VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK (Donora), garden of all faiths, lawn crypt, includes lot, vaults, bronze memorial, granite and vase unit (1980 prices). 724-379-6866 ______________________________________________ FIRST FLOOR 2 BEDROOM apartment for rent in Downtown Elizabeth. Located on Second St. Eat-in kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, laundry hook-ups, front porch, garden plot. $475 + utilities. Call 412-735-6039 for details. ______________________________________________ FOR RENT, Monongahela, 1st Floor, 2 Bedrooms, includes appliances, semi-furnished, garbage removal, FREE laundry facility, close to busline, downtown, quaint, quiet atmosphere, Senior discount. 724-931-4764 ______________________________________________ FOR RENT, SOUTH PARK, 3 BR Duplex, Equipped Kitchen, LR, DR, W/W Carpet. $850. Monthly, Security Deposit & Utilities. No Pets 412-833-5449 ______________________________________________ CEMETERY PLOTS – Three (3) in Monongahela Cemetery. $475 each. 724-239-4874 ______________________________________________ WATERFRONT LAND! 5 acres - $99,900 Unspoiled lake, next to State Land, just 3 hrs NY City! Private wooded setting! Build, camp or______________________________________________ invest! EZ terms. 888-738-6994. NewYorkLandandLakes.com ABANDONED CATSKILL MTN FARM! LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres - assessed value - $95,700 Available now for $89,900! Valley views, woods, fields, apple trees, great hunting! 3 hrs NY City! Owner terms! 866-495-8733 ______________________________________________ FINGER LAKES LAND BARGAIN! 23 acres - $39,900 Private lake access, woods, fields, apple trees, lots of wildlife! 3 hrs NY City! Paved rd, utils, terms avail! 888-738-6994 NewYorkLandandLakes.com ______________________________________________ LAKEFRONT LAND SALE! 5 acres - 343 feet water front - an amazing $99,900 Unspoiled lake, woods, views, perfect for getaway cabin! 3.5 hrs NY City! Buy 11/19 and PAY NO CLOSING COSTS! 888-431-7214 NewYorkLandandLakes.com ______________________________________________ ABANDONED CATSKILL MTN FARM! LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres - assessed value - $95,700 Available now for $89,900! Valley views, woods, fields, apple trees, great hunting! 3 hrs NY City! Owner terms! 888-431-7214 ______________________________________________

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:

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


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