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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

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. 11 ——————————————————————————————————————————

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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South Hills Mon Valley Messenger December 2016  

South Hills Mon Valley Messenger December 2016