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INDEX: Local News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Places To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Death Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

School News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Food & Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

“ W E ’ R E T H E N E I G H B O R LY N E W S PA P E R ” Baldwin • Bethel Park • Brentwood • Bunola • Carroll Township • Castle Shannon • Charleroi • Clairton • Eighty Four • Elizabeth • Elrama • Finleyville • Gastonville • Jefferson Hills • Library • McMurray Monongahela • New Eagle • Nottingham • Peters Township • Pleasant Hills • South Park • Union Township • Upper St. Clair • Van Voorhis • Venetia • West Elizabeth • West Mifflin • Whitehall

Pleasant Hills Lions Club to Hold Spaghetti Dinner The Pleasant Hills Lions Club will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday, March 2 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building Community Room. The prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from Lions Club members or at the door. Take-out service will be available. All proceeds go to Lions charities, including aid to the less fortunate, particularly the vision and hearing-impaired; community organizations and projects; and school and recreational activities. Attendees at the dinner are asked to consider bringing donations of nonperishable food items, which the club will deliver to the local food bank. Anyone interested in learning more about the club or in inquiring about membership may call Chuck Snyder 412-653-4220.

Jefferson Hills Council Swears in New Members

Pictured are (l-r): Melissa Barclay - first term; Vicki Ielase - second term; Janice Cmar - Mayor; David Montgomery - third term; and Christopher W. King - third term and Council president.

The Borough of Jefferson Hills Council poses for a photo after being sworn in by District Magistrate Guy Reschenthaler on Jan. 6. Reschenthaler was performing his first official act at District Judge for the Borough of Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills and South Park. Mrs. Jan Cmar was sworn in as Mayor. A former Councilwoman at Jefferson Hills, she replaced Mayor Michael Green who resigned the position last fall. Mr. Christopher King was elected president of Council. Mr. James A. Weber was elected vice president of Council.

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Washington County Farm Bureau Begins Annual Food Drive

Every Weekend in February Saturdays 11am-3pm & Sundays 1pm-4pm

Beginning on February 1st, the Washington County Farm Bureau will begin their annual food drive. The food drive is undertaken to celebrate Food Check-Out Week, which is the week when the average American family has earned enough income to pay their food bill for the entire year. This year it is February 16-22. Food Check-Out Week also celebrates the safe, abundant, affordable, and nutritious food that the American farmer grows. "We had great success with the drive last year," said Don Carter, WCFB's Food Drive Committee Chairman. "We had a lot of 4-H groups get involved. We would love to see more people, especially the area's youth, get involved this year so we can surpass last year's totals." Collection boxes will be placed throughout the county and all donations will be made to the Washington County Food Bank for distribution through the food pantry closest to the donation box. Food should be in unopened packages and have a current sell-by date. For more information on drop-off locations or to get involved, contact Don Carter at 724-350-2654. Here is a list of all of the collection sites for 2014 Washington County Farm Bureau food drive. Everything that is collected in the local area will stay in that area. • Avella Area Library • Hickory Branch of • Washington Financial

• Burgettstown Library • Village Tack - Burgettstown Midway Boro • Heritage Library - McDonald • Bahr Hardware - Canonsburg • Frank Sarris Library - Canonsburg • Chartiers Houston Library • Claysville Boro Building • Middletown Tractor Sales • Bull International - Washington • Mikes Feed - Washington • Citizens Library - Washington • Goodwill - Washington • Washington Hospital Cecil Out Patients Center • Washington Hospital Washington location • Washington County Commissioners/County Employees Office Building • Goodwill - Peters Township • Peters Township Library • McMurray Dairy Bar • Peters Township • Eighty Four Agway • Cheplics Packing - Finleyville • Monongahela Library • Cox Market - Monongahela • Donora Area Library • Charleroi Area Library • California Area Library • Pete Daley - California Office only • Country Fresh Market - Centerville • Fredericktown Area Library • Marianna Area Library • Millsboro Save a Lot • Log Cabin Fence - Lone Pine • Bentleyville Area Library

Olivet Presbyterian Food Bank in West Elizabeth Schedules February Distribution Olivet Presbyterian Food Bank of West Elizabeth will have its monthly distribution on Tuesday, February 18 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at 726 4th St., West Elizabeth. Clients should bring an assistant to help carry their food. Patrons who miss two distributions in a row must reregister; proof of eligibility will be required. New clients may sign up at this time as well bringing identification and proof of income and residency. Anyone interested in volunteering their time to help with the distribution can come to the church on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to help package food and/or at 12:30 p.m. to assist in the carrying of food to vehicles. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The church's phone number is 412-384-7160. The Food Bank Coordinator, Jamie Williams, can be reached at 412-405-8144.

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Washington County Named Top Food Donor County for 2013 The Washington County Farm Bureau recently received an award from the PA Farm Bureau for their efforts in the Harvest For All campaign. Due in large part to the efforts of the WCFB during their annual food drive, Washington County came in as the top donor county for 2013 with 12,700 pounds of food being given to the Greater Washington County Food Bank. According to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau website, the Young Farmers and Ranchers division of the Farm Bureau began a partnership with Harvest For All in 2002 and participated in their first service project with HFA in 2003. Since then, over 83 million meals have been provided by YF&R nationwide. With nearly 1 in 6 people being food insecure-or at risk of hunger - the need is greater than ever. "That continued need is why we decided to take our prize from the state - two $100 gift cards - and offer them as incentives to all of our non-profit collection sites for our annual food drive that begins on February 1st," WCFB President George Wherry said. "We hope that the prize money will be a stimulant within our community. Anyone donating food will be helping the hungry and potentially their favorite nonprofit as well." For assistance in finding a collection location near you, contact Don Carter, food drive chairman, at 724-350-2654.

Monongahela Gets Ready for 2014 Farmers’ Market Once again the season is slowly creeping along, but it's nice to look forward to fresh vegetables and fruits from our local farmers with all these cold, snowy days ahead of us. This farmers’ market season will start June 13, 2014 and run unti September 26,2014. We have a great line-up of vendors who supply us with lots of goodies to eat and drink at the market or take home. We are looking for volunteers, businesses and vendors to help us out with this venue. We have formed a committee and will have our first meeting in late February to get the letters mailed out for sponsors and vendors. We would love to hear from you! Please contact us at 724-328-2834 or via Facebook at Monongahela Farm Market page or email

February Meeting of the RMLG Addresses Staying Mentally Fit We walk around the block or on the treadmill or ride the bicycle to keep our bodies in some semblance of working order, but what do we do for our brains? At the February meeting of the Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills, we’ll be provided with some answers to that question. The meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Clairton Road and Audrey Drive in Pleasant Hills. Cost for the lunch is only $7. For additional information, or to indicate your intention to attend, call the office of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church at 412-655-2000. Please call by Friday, February 14, 2014 to be included in the lunch order.

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FINLEYVILLE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE - Stop by St. Francis Finley Hall across the parking lot from the Church between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to buy a great hoagie at a great price. Super Hoagies are $7 each. Proceeds benefit charities supported by the Knights of Columbus Council 13832.

FALL PREVENTION - 2:30 p.m. at Strabane Trails Village, 317 Wellness Way, Washington. UPMC’s Dr. Natasha Miljkovic will discuss why older adults are more prone to falls. To register, call 724-225-4100.


SOUTH HILL COIN CLUB 54TH ANNIVERSARY COIN SHOW Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South (across from South Hills Village). Free admission and hourly door prizes. FEBRUARY 5

WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON HILLS MEETING - 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills Municipal Building on Old Clairton Road. The program for the upcoming meeting will be Game Night. Refreshments will be hosted by Joan Spehar, Barb Kampert and Lorraine Cathell. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all residents of Jefferson Hills and surrounding communities. Guests are welcome. For further information please call, 412-3843318 or 412-655-4224. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills Municipal Building.


“FORCES OF NATURE” CONCERT presented by the Washington Symphony Orchestra. The guest conductor will be Scottish native and current director of the River City Brass, James Gourlay. Tickets for t are available in advance at all branches of Washington Financial Bank, as well as Citizens Library in Washington and Peters Township Public Library, online at, by phone at 724223-9796 or at the door the evening of the performance. HARP ENSEMBLE FUNDRAISER - at the South Hills Village Barnes and Noble from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. to raise funds for the harp scholarship fund. The Ringgold Harp Ensemble will be playing to raise funds for the harp scholarship fund. FEBRUARY 9

HACKETT CLUB INDOOR FLEA MARKET - 118 Brawdy Street off Venetia Road, 1 mile west of Finleyville. For more information, call 724-3485503.

JON DELANO DISCUSSION - at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Israel Center Synagogue, 118 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. Jon Delano will discuss current political events. The lecture is part of our Adult Education Program and is free to the public. Please RSVP at the synagogue’s office - 412 655 2144. Refreshments will be served. SWEET SUNDAY DESSERT FESTIVAL - Noon to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Dr., Canonsburg. Auction from 12 - 3 p.m. Admission tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Come to the largest fundraising event for City Mission. For more information, call 724-222-8530 x213 or visit SPAGHETTI DINNER - held by the Monongahela Area Library and the Monongahela Elks Lodge at the Elks Lodge, 444 Jackson St. from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Dinner will consist of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, roll/bread, dessert, and choice of coffee, and hot or iced tea. Other drinks may be purchased at the bar. Tickets for the dinner are available now at the library circulation desk or at the Elks Lodge. Walk-ins the day of the dinner are welcome.


SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB MEETING - 8 p.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Rd. All members and the general public are invited. This month’s program will be large cents. A 50/50 will be offered along with prizes for kids. For more information, call 724-984-6611. SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEETING - 6:30 p.m. at the South Park Township Community room, located at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site Questions may be directed to FEBRUARY 13

‘TRICKY TRACKS’ HOMESCHOOL OUTDOOR CLASSROOM – at Mingo Creek Park, located off of Route 136. Two sessions are available; Session I will begin at 10 a.m. and Session II will begin at 1 p.m. Please note that this program is designed for homeschooled children ages 5 to 11. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 724-228-6867. There is a fee of $1 for this program. February 2014 ————————————————————————————————————————— 5 UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER ——————————————————————————————————————————


VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE - at the Monongahela American Legion from 7 10:30 p.m.. For more information, call Geno at 724-592-5264.

Health for Women: Where Medicine Stands Today for Maintaining and Restoring Health of Bladder, Bowel, and Pelvic Floor.” All registered nurses are welcome. Contact Mimi at 412-5616905 for more information.

in advance, $10.00 at the door. Sponsored by Trinity JROTC Hillers Battalion. Contact Major Clacks or CSM Massullo at 724-223-2000 ext. 6010 or any cadet for tickets.



PRESENTATION ON TEENAGE DATING VIOLENCE - presented by Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA at 6:30 p.m. at the Finleyville Community Center, 3547 Marion Ave. Open to the public. This is a free event, although, a product donation would be appreciated! Donations will benefit the men, women and children who seek assistance from Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA. Items needed include Lysol spray, kitchen cleaner, dishwasher detergent, 13-gallon drawstring kitchen trash bags, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner.

FLEA MARKET, SOUP & BAKE SALE - Riverhill Church of Christ, 2105 Riverhill Rd., Monongahela, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more information, contact Nancy Tencer at 412-302-8359. SOLID GOLD CONCERT - The musical group “Solid Gold” will perform at the Monongahela American Legion from 7 - 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Geno at 724-592-5264. FEBRUARY 16

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST - 8:30 a.m. – noon at St. Francis Church, Finley Hall, Finleyville. Pancakes, sausage and beverage. Adults $5, children $3. All-you-can-eat pancakes. Tickets available after masses on February 8 and 9 or at the door. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes. FEBRUARY 18

SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED NURSES CLUB MEETING - 9:30 a.m. at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Rd., Bethel Park. Speaker is Dr. Spyridon I. Marinis. His topic is “Pelvic


SPAGHETTI DINNER - fundraiser for Johnny Mucha from 3 - 7 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School Cafeteria, 50 Thoms Run Rd., Bridgeville. For more information or to make a donation, contact Lisa Dabat at or Heather Oberle at FEBRUARY 23

HACKETT CLUB INDOOR FLEA MARKET - 118 Brawdy Street off Venetia Road, west of Finleyville. For more information, call 724-348-5503. FEBRUARY 25

FAMILY EDUCATION WORKSHOP 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care Center for Training and Education, 2000 Oxford Dr., Suite 415, Bethel Park, for those caring for an aging parent or relative with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. RSVP to (412) 5957554 or (724) 222-7770. FEBRUARY 26

SANDWICH AND UNLIMITED HOMEMADE SOUP DINNER - Trinity High School Cafeteria from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Take-outs available. Tickets $8.00

RIVER CITY BRASS BAND - 2:30 p.m. at Strabane Trails Village, 317 Wellness Way, Washington. To register, call 724225-4100. HEALTHY HEART FAIR - from 9 to11 a.m. at the Mon Valley YMCA. The YMCA encourages everyone to be physically active to help reduce stress and control weight. Kathy Guy, certified diabetes educator and registered dietician from Mon Valley Hospital, will be available to answer questions. Pre-registration is advised by calling

724-483-8077or by going to the business office in person. FEBRUARY 28

SPAGHETTI DINNER - fundraiser held by Fix ‘ur Cat from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Western Area Career Technology Center, Canonsburg. For tickets, to make a donation, or for more information about Fix ‘ur Cat, please visit our website, Fix ‘ur Cat on Facebook, or call 724-503-8523. MARCH 1

WASHINGTON COUNTY & MON VALLEY HEART BALL - 5:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Dr., Canonsburg. For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact 412- 208-3577 or email SOFTBALL CLINIC - from 9 a.m. to noon at Ringgold High School Gym for a morning of preparation for softball season. Cost is $30 and includes a tshirt if paid by February 16. Light snacks provided. For questions and registration information, contact Carie Guballa at 724-348-4789 or Celina Cantini at 724-258-0903. SEND US YOUR EVENT LISTINGS


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Finleyville Resident Disappointed with Gift Shop, Gifting Process Dear Editor,

Finleyville American Legion Sponsors ‘Banners Across America’ Program Dear Editor,

I was very disappointed and upset at the Mingo Gift Shop. They did have some good toys and a lot of inexpensive items, but did not have much for teenagers at all. I also bought a gift for a boy through our church. I got the age and gift he wanted, but then I found out that all the churches that did this, sent these gifts to the Mingo Gift Shop and not to the Finleyville Food Bank, which is where they always went before for the boys and girls. This wasn't right, and next year I will find out where the gift is going if I take a tag next year. The boys and girls on the lists at churches won't get the gifts that people purchased for them. This wasn't right, and I am hurt, upset and disappointed in this. I would not have done this had I known. The Finleyville Food Bank has always had good-quality toys. I will stay with the Finleyville Food Bank from now on. Cheryl Gereshenski, Finleyville

As we sit and reflect back on the past holiday seasons, we hope that you remembered the men and women who have served in our Armed Services and those who presently serve around the globe both near and far. We of the American Legion Post 613 always look forward to the opportunity of honoring these veterans throughout the year, especially on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. In the October issue of the Union Finley Messenger, Mr. Paul Chasko featured an article giving our friends and neighbors in Finleyville and Union Township the opportunity to participate in a program called ‘Banners Across America.’ This program was started in nearby Castle Shannon on Route 88 and has spread south through Bethel Park and South Park, sponsored by various veterans and community organizations. You have probably observed these banners along the highway in your travels. The banners have already made their way to the Washington County Union Township line and we don't want them to stop there. The Finleyville American Legion is sponsoring this continuing program in Union Township and Finleyville Borough. The banners will be mounted and displayed on utility poles both in Union Township and Finleyville from Memorial Day through Veterans’ Day. Then they will be taken down and stored for reuse the following year. If you would like to honor your special veteran, past or present, there are a few things that you need to do: Locate that special picture (color or black and white) and it will be scanned by computer, copying your image. The photo will be returned to you unharmed. Fill out the appropriate form stating all the information about your veteran for the banner. A copy of your picture and information will be forwarded to the manufacturer for processing. When processing is complete, the banner will be returned to American Legion Post 613 where the durable frame will be constructed for mounting. The banner’s one-time charge is $45. If you would like an extra print for yourself as a keepsake, the two can be purchased for $80. Also available is a smaller version, 18"x 24", for $10. For more information, call 724-348-5608 (after 3 p.m.) or 724-864-6076. Sincerely, The Morrison-Ritchie Post 616 Finleyville

Letters to the Editor can be submitted via e-mail to or by mail to P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243 All Letters to the Editor must be signed and must contain the author’s return address and telephone number for verification. Letters will be printed as submitted whenever possible; however, we reserve the right to edit for length, clarity, and taste, and to refuse to publish any and all letters received. Letters to the Editor represent the unsolicited opinions of our readers and do not reflect the views or opinions of the Union Finley Messenger, its owners, editorial board, or writing staff. No compensation is offered for any submission, and the author assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and ramifications of their submission.

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Reducing Pennsylvania's Bloated Legislature: Let the People Have a Voice

Ringgold School District Fails to Support Band Fundraiser to Fullest Extent

By State Representative Rick Saccone

Dear Editor,

Once again, the Pennsylvania House has passed legislation to shrink our state legislature. House Bill 1234 proposes changing the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the size of the House from 203 members to 153. House Bill1716 proposes to reduce the size of the Senate from 50 to 38 members. Pennsylvania operates the largest full-time legislature in the country. Only New Hampshire's 424-seat parttime assembly is larger. I have visited 14 state legislatures over the last two years to study how other states do business. Let's take a look at a few of them. Ohio is roughly the same size as Pennsylvania in land area and population, but it operates smoothly with only a 99-member House. I saw firsthand how its House operated with far less chaos and with more real debate. Illinois, whose population is slightly larger than Pennsylvania's, functions with only 118 state representatives. New York, which has an ever greater population, operates its House with 150 members. Some claim a smaller legislature would hurt rural districts because of our state's urban-rural split. Montana, which has only 100 House members, is a giant state that spans 147,000 square miles. It has every bit as big an urban rural divide as we do. A quarter of its population is located in just four cities. Still, lawmakers there told me they felt rural Montana was well represented. Others say we need a large legislature because Pennsylvania is diverse - and it is. Legislators from other states, however, will tell you their states are just as diverse. For example, Ohio is largely rural outside of population centers like Cleveland and Cincinnati. Likewise, Illinois is mostly rural apart from

Chicago and its surrounding counties. There are even some who say Pennsylvania's legislature is not large enough, if you could imagine that. There are serious problems with larger legislatures. That 424-member assembly in New Hampshire I mentioned? I witnessed there how power was consolidated into the hands of legislative leaders, leaving rank-and-file members with a diminished voice. There is nothing magic about the current number of 203, a figure that was arbitrarily established for the Pennsylvania House. Based on evidence from other states, an effective number for Pennsylvania would be somewhere between 100 and 175 pretty close to the 153 in our legislation. Some argue that reducing the legislature's size won't save much money. Granted, it won't save hundreds of millions, but it could save tens of millions. This real issue is effectiveness, not just cost savings. The people have told me that they are tired of large, bloated government They'd like to see elected officials reduce the size of the legislature, even if it essentially means voting themselves out of a job. The Pennsylvania House has now demonstrated a willingness to do that. Will the Senate? Only time will tell. This is the perfect opportunity for lawmakers to listen to the voice of the people and lead by example. We can demonstrate that we aren't in this for greed or power but for what's best for Pennsylvania taxpayers. If both bills pass the Senate, the legislature will have to vote them again in another session. If approved a second time, the proposals would come to you, the people, in the form of a referendum election. I say, let's give the people a voice on this matter.

This letter is in concern to the Ringgold School District. I am a resident of Union Township, a borough located within the Ringgold School District of Washington County, PA. I have resided at the same residence for over 50 years. I have witnessed my children and grandchildren graduate from this district. I supported our district both physically and financially for many years, and I continue to do so through taxation. My concern is regarding the High School Band fundraiser that was held on December 7, 2013. I was very disillusioned with the lack of assistance of the school district with any support and/or advertising for this pertinent fund raiser. I questioned why the promotion was NOT listed on the marquee as I entered this function. I was then told that the high school’s marquee isn’t in current working condition; and has been broken for many months. I was surprised to find that in addition to the school’s inability to advertise locally, that the Administration Building did NOT attempt to commensurate for this malfunction and advertise for this vital high school fundraiser. The RHS district’s marquee is directly located on Route 88 for community notices. As a tax payer, I am wondering why this isn’t a priority of the district to assist in the advertisement and promotions of the hard work put forth for district functions by students and parents alike? Do the RHS administration and Board members find it above them and unfeasible to support promotions concerning our youth and the districts functions? In addition to the marquee’s inability to operate, I was astonished to find that this function also was not recognized on the RHS web sites listing of the calendar of events. How can our leaders close their eyes to the efforts put forth by our community in assisting our students; why must they irresponsibly disregard their needed collaboration for participation with our youth’s future? The RHS Band and their parents work diligently to continue raising funds for their students to be able to participate within the musical society of our communities and nation. Where is the district’s support of these student’s efforts? I am very disturbed and saddened for the future of our children within Ringgold School District. I would like to request the Board of Directors to immediately respond to their deficiencies with explanation. It is distressing to see the short fall of support toward our student body and district parents. What constitutes this lack of attention from our appointed leaders? Thank you for your immediate attention to this situation. Sincerely, Andrea J. Henze, Union Twp.

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REMINDER: Editorial Deadline for the March issue is FEBRUARY 12

Meet-The-Breed Saturday, February 22, 2014 11AM - 3PM

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FEBRUARY PROGRAMS AT THE PLEASANT HILLS LIBRARY Pleasant Hills Library is located at 302 Old Clairton Rd., Pittsburgh and can be reached at 412-655-2424. Listed below are the programs for February. Adult Programs The Pleasant Hills Library Murder & Mayhem Mystery Book Club meets Monday, February 3 at 1 p.m. to discuss Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. Newcomers are welcome to participate. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk. Pick up a copy and join the discussion. Valentine’s Day Craft - Give your heart away this Valentine’s Day - or keep it for yourself. Make an easy beaded wire heart pendant to wear or give as a gift on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. A $3 materials fee will be collected at the workshop. The Conversation Salon meets on Friday, February 7 from 1-3 p.m. The group discusses a variety of topics and issues and welcomes participants’ opinions and open minds. Refreshments served. Chocolate Tasting Party - Are you a confirmed chocoholic? Or do you savor your chocolate in moderation? No matter your individual style, if you enjoy chocolate then plan on attending the ultimate Chocolate Tasting Party at the Pleasant Hills Library on Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Taste and rate a variety of gourmet chocolates selected for: cacao content, country of origin, organic, locally made, unusual additions and combinations and more—at least 10 varieties. Beverages, crackers and fruit will also be served as palate cleansers. Participate in chocolate trivia

for prizes. Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at the front desk. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. The Writers Group meets Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. The group welcomes new and experienced writers in all genres and offers critique and encouragement. Bring a writing sample to share or complete the February assignment: write a complete story in 100 words or less. Yoga Class - The Library is sponsoring a yoga class on Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:307:45 p.m. The class is taught by Julanne Bibro-Ruch, a certified yoga instructor, and features gentle yoga suitable for both beginners and experienced students. The class fee is $10 a session. The Book Group book club meets Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m. The February selection is Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. Newcomers welcome to participate. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk. Refreshments served. The library will be offering a free 4week introductory class in basic Mandarin Chinese. The class will be taught by Zarina Zhao on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m. beginning March 4 through March 27. The class is open to teens and adults. Advance registration is required. Children, Teen, and Family February Programs Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, January 7 – April 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Explore different themes through stories, songs, crafts, and a snack. For children ages 3 1/2 to 6 years

old, with or without a caregiver. Baby Book Nook: Wednesdays, January 8 – April 30 at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and action rhymes, songs, books, and so much more. For children ages birth to 2 years old, with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Tot Time: Thursdays, January 9 – May 1 at 10:30 a.m. Learn and grow with stories, songs, finger plays, fun activities, and a snack. For children ages 2 to 3 1/2 years old, with a caregiver. No registration necessary. PJ Family Storytime - Shadow Play: Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m. Did the groundhog see his shadow? What fun things can you do with your shadow? Let’s play and explore together through stories, songs, games, crafts, and a yummy snack. Wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to join in the fun. Family program. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing Valentine’s Candy Making: Wednesday, February 12 at 4 p.m. Learn how to make a variety of simple candies that you can give to your Valentine or keep for yourself. A $2 donation per child is requested. For children in kindergarten – 5th grade. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing Music Together Free Family Music Class: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:15 p.m. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood program that for over 25 years has been bringing mixed-age families together to sing, dance, and enjoy making music with other families! In this FREE community class, we’ll explore the wonders of making music together! Space is limited so don’t delay. For children ages birth to 5, with a caregiver. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing Teen Advisory Group: Monday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Are you looking for volunteer hours? Interested in

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helping design library programs? Then join TAG and be a part of something special. Each participant will receive one hour of community service and have the opportunity to earn more. For teens in grades 6 through 12. Lego Extravaganza Club: Wednesday, February 26 at 4 p.m. We’ll meet the last Wednesday of every month and explore different building categories. We’ll have Legos you can use but feel free to bring your own. For children ages 3 and up. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing McClellan Library Early Literacy Night: Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Parents of young children in the West Jefferson Hills communities are invited to an Early Literacy Night, which is part of McClellan Elementary’s Read Across America celebration. Learn strategies for reading to children from birth to age five and how reading affects early language development. Discover which programs at the Pleasant Hills Public Library are available for young children and hear suggestions for great books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Free child care will be provided by the TJHS Interact Club. Register by calling 412-655-2424, or by emailing or All are welcome; interested parents need not have a student currently registered at McClellan to attend. This program will take place at McClellan Elementary. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: Saturday, March 1 at 12 p.m. We’re celebrating Read Across America with a special birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and other fun activities from 12:00 – 2:15 p.m., with stories read by special guest readers from 2:15 – 3 p.m. Family program. Please register by calling 412-655-2424 or emailing For more information, contact Dani Danylo by phone 412-655-2424 or email

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‘Frosty Frolic’ Seeking Sponsors and Brave Souls to Jump in the Mon River

New Fitness Trail Opens in South Park

On October 22, 2013, Allegheny County Council recognized members of the South Park Council of Friends for the Friends effort to improve the county park. The County Council presented a check for $10,000 to pay for the new fitness trail at Maple Springs Pond. The trail is now completed and ready for use. More information about the trail can be found at the website or the Friends of South Park – Allegheny County Parks Facebook page.

On February 15, 2014, The California Area School District Foundation will be premiering a fun and exciting event – the “Frosty Frolic – Winter River Romp” event. This event, where people of all ages will plunge into the frosty Monongahela River, will help to provide scholarships, grants and other support of the students and the California Area School District. The registration fee for an individual to participate is $10, which will include a T-shirt for the event. Teams of river rompers are also being formed. There will be prizes at three levels for most money raised by various groups including Cal U students, California High School students and alumni,and community participants. Prizes for best costumes will also be given. The event will be held on Water Street in Coal Center where changing tents will be available. Registration for the frosty fun will begin at 1 p.m. The Foundation is also seeking sponsors at various levels to help offset expenses of insurance, tents and prizes. Sponsors to date include Monongahela Valley Hospital; California Army Navy Store; Lagerheads; attorney Lisa J. Buday; Tri-County Realty; BeeGraphix; Pennatronics; Medicine Stop Pharmacy; Glenn C. Hurley VDM and Brownsville Chiropractic. Registrations forms, pledge sheets, sponsor forms and releases are available by contacting Lisa Buday at 724-938-1355 or email to School Board Director Barry Niccolai will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Participants are not required to dunk their heads in the water.

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Book/Film Discussion Series Offered at PT Library

WSO's “Forces of Nature” Concert Features Several Guests

The comic and tragic versions of romance will be the theme for a Sunday evening book/film discussion series to be offered at the Peters Township Public Library. Professor David R. Shumway will lead the discussions for From Romance to Intimacy: Changing Stories of Love, Courtship, and Marriage. Participants will read three selected novels which have been paired with a film. The series will explore how the film adaptations update, diminish, or otherwise alter the novels’ vision of love. Schedule for the discussions: Sunday, February 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Emma by Jane Austen and the 2005 film Clueless. Sunday, March 2, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the 2013 film The Great Gatsby. Sunday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - The Maples Stories by John Updike and the 1979 made-for-TV movie Too Far to Go. Registrations will be accepted at the library circulation desk for individual sessions at $10/session or for all three sessions at discounted rate of $25. This nonrefundable fee will be used toward the purchase of program materials. There is a maximum of 30 persons for each session. Books will be provided for participants prior to the discussion series. Movies will be available for borrowing as well as screening in the library.

The audience at the February 8th “Forces of Nature” concert, presented by the Washington Symphony Orchestra, will be treated to a special performance by the 2013 Young Artist Competition winner under the direction of a special guest conductor. The guest conductor will be Scottish native and James Gourlay Liam Skiffington current director of the River City Brass, James Gourlay. He became involved in music when he was 10 years old and learned to play the tuba. A performer and conductor since his days at the Royal College of Music, Gourlay has played principal tuba for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera. Years of tuba-playing experience throughout the world has included a number of solo and ensemble performances, helping to promote the tuba and brass music. He is a guest conductor of the Brass Band Treize Etoiles, with which he has won the Swiss National Championships, the Swiss Open Championships and second place at the European, as well as the World Brass Band Championships. Gourlay’s commitment to music education is a continuing passion. He has been Head of Wind and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and deputy principal and music director at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Currently, he is international vice president of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, former director of music of the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and now artistic director of the River City Brass. The 2013 Young Artist Competition winner is a junior bassoon player from Trinity High School, Liam Skiffington who, like Gourlay, is looking to perform music for a career. Skiffington will be the featured soloist at the WSO’s February 8th “Forces of Nature” concert at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School auditorium and will receive a $500 cash prize for the competition. Skiffington will perform “Concerto for Bassoon” by Von Weber. He has been playing bassoon for the past 5 years and he has been studying privately for the last two years with Jim Rogers, principal contra-bassoonist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Skiffington was selected after an audition to play for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony this past season and he participates in Trinity's Marching Band and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Matt Stultz. His future goals are to either study music and perform with a symphony or possibly pursue a career in chemical engineering. He is the son of Mary Skiffington of South Strabane Township and the late Dr. Gene Skiffington, who encouraged both Liam and his sister to pursue an interest in music through band and orchestra participation. Tickets for the Saturday, February 8 performance are available in advance at all branches of Washington Financial Bank, as well as Citizens Library in Washington and Peters Township Public Library, online at, by phone at 724223-9796 or at the door the evening of the performance.

Fix ‘ur Cat Volunteer Group Celebrates World Spay Day with Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Fix ‘ur Cat is a not-for-profit volunteer group whose mission is to help Washington County residents access low cost cat neuter and spay for their cats and any cats for which they care. In recognition of World Spay Day, and to raise money to help fund their 2014 program, Fix ‘ur Cat will hold their second annual spaghettidinner on February 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Western Area Career Technology Center, Canonsburg. The last Tuesday of February each year is officially “World Spay Day.” World Spay Day is an annual campaign of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International organized to raise awareness of the critical importance of spaying and neutering. It is truly an international event, held in 36 countries in addition to the United States. Fix ‘ur Cat is pleased to work in cooperation with Animal Friends’ low-cost spay/ neuter program which is dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation in our region. Through mobile resource clinics, as well as Animal Friends’ in-house clinics, Fix ‘ur Cat has been able to help Washington County residents neuter and spay 1,000 cats. By having your pet neutered or spayed you reduce its risk of cancer or infection; make your pet less likely to run away; ensure a calmer, happier companion; and prevent unwanted animals from ending up at kill shelters, competing for limited space at non-kill shelters, or being abandoned. In addition, behaviors associated with mating such as fighting and territory-marking will be greatly reduced. The volunteers of Fix ‘ur Cat hope you will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day with us. For tickets to our spaghetti dinner, to make a donation, or for more information about Fix ‘ur Cat, please visit our website, find Fix ‘ur Cat on Facebook, or call 724503-8523.


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Broughton Volunteer Fire Department Hosts 1st Annual Gun Bash The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will hold its First Annual Gun Bash on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Donation is $30 for ticket holders and $20 for guests. Firearms will be furnished by Anthony Arms & Accessories. Complimentary buffet and beverages will be available. Winners will be notified, need not be present to win. For information or tickets, contact the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department: Stop by the Fire Hall Monday and Thursday between 5 - 10 p.m. Call B.V.F.D. at 412-655-4844. E-mail B.V.F.D. at Visit

Upcoming Meetings of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail Monthly meetings of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the South Park Township Community room, located at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park. The next two meetings will be held on February 11 and March 11, 2014. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail may be obtained on the Montour Trail web site Questions may be directed to

Steel Valley Rotary Club Dinner Dance to Feature Jimmy Sapienza's ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ The Steel Valley Rotary Club announces its 14th Annual Dinner Dance featuring Jimmy Sapienza's Five Guys Named Moe on Saturday, March 15 at St. John's Cathedral Hall in Munhall. Jimmy returns by popular demand. Tickets for this great entertainment package are just $40 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and dancing starts at 7 p.m. There will be basket auctions and a 50/50. All proceeds will go to fund various charities in the Steel Valley area. For more information or tickets, contact Jack Seckel at 412-655-7500 ext. 336 or 412-721-9978.

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Friends of South Park Launches New Website Allegheny County’s Friends of South Park Council and leaders kicked off the new year by announcing the launch of newly created The website, created by Friends of South Park volunteer Anne Oyler, was designed to spread the word and update park patrons and friends about all the amenities and activities South Park has to offer. With close to 20,000 hits so far, website users can find information such as maps, photos, articles and videos pertaining to upcoming events and activities, current and future projects and improvements, general park information, links to Allegheny County sites and other park resources, and other useful and interesting information. For example, the “From the Archives� section of the Friends of South Park website is currently featuring WQED’s program North Park v. South Park produced and narrated by South Hills native Rick Sebak. Photos of the brand new fitness trail located at Maple Springs pond are featured in the “Spotlight� section on their main page. Along with the new website, Fecebook users can find daily updates, facts, photos and interesting posts on the Friends of South Park Facebook page at “Friends of South Park – Allegheny County Parks.� Users are encouraged to “like� their page, as well as post fun facts, memories and photos related to South Park. Feedback, comments and suggestions are also welcome on both the new website and on Facebook. (Inappropriate or solicitous content or comments will be removed and responsible person permanently blocked.) To become an active “Friend� of South Park, open monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Inn on Buffalo Drive in South Park. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 19. More information about these meetings or becoming a member can be found on the website or by contacting Kristen Normile at, Heather Sims at, or Erin Schwartz at


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MACC Hosts Coach/ Cash Bash Fundraiser on March 15 The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Authentic Coach/Cash Bash on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at New Eagle VFD Social Hall. The donation is $25 per ticket and includes dinner and chances to win authentic Coach Purses, gift cards and cash. Doors open at 5 p.m. and drawings will be every 10 minutes. All proceeds benefit Chamber Community Events. Call 724-258-5919 for more information. To purchase tickets, go to our website at

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Monongahela Area Library Plans Valentine’s Day Storytime, Other Events The Monongahela Area Library will hold a special kick-off to the Winter Storytime session on Wednesday, February 12 at 11 a.m. with a Valentine’s Day Storytime. Games and a snack will be included as well as reading love-themed and Valentine’s-themed stories. No registration is required. The regular Storytime starts the following week and is geared to children 30 months through 5 years. Baby Lapsit Storytime for younger infants and toddlers will meet Wednesdays beginning February 19 at 1 p.m. For more info or to register, call the library at 724258-5409. The library is teaming with the Monongahela Elks Lodge to hold monthly spaghetti dinners at the Elks Lodge, 444 Jackson Street on the second Sunday each month. This month the dinner will be February 9 is from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at the library

desk. Take-outs are available. The Friends of the Library will meet Thursday, February 6 at 6 p.m. to plan upcoming events and fundraisers. The Tween Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The People of Yonwood. The Science Club will gather on the following Tuesday, the 18th at 5:30 p.m. to make blobs in a bottle, slime and enjoy optical illusions. The adult book club, Book Bites, will meet Thursday, February 20 at 1 p.m. to discuss Cutting for Stone. New members are welcome for any of the groups. The library will be closed February 17 in commemoration of President’s Day. For more information about the library, please call 724-258-5409. The library is located at 813 W. Main Street, Monongahela.

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Century III Kia Offers First-Time Buyers Program Century III Kia, located just off of Lebanon Church Rd. in West Mifflin has come up with a great new deal for first-time car buyers during the month of February. The First-time Buyers program has been designed for those looking to buy and finance a car but have no credit. Buyers who qualify for this program will need to have: an income of at least $1,200 a month, proof of income, worked at least six months, and proof of residence. If they meet all of these qualifications, they can buy any available car on the lot that’s priced under $15,000. All sold cars will come completely serviced and have current state inspections and emissions checks done. “It just gives them (first-time buyers) a chance without asking someone to cosign,” Steve Hollingshad said, who has been in the car sales business for over 30 years. The more money the buyer makes and the more money they are able to put down on the car, the nicer the car they will be able to purchase. This will also lower their interest rates. Interest rates are under 10% at Century III Kia and can go as low as 2.9%, with approved credit. No matter what, their bank won’t allow buyers to over-extend on their monthly payments. Tax returns may also be used as down payments on cars, and in some cases, firsttime buyers may even qualify for a zero-down payment. There is also a similar program for the credit-challenged. Just like the First-time Buyers program, buyers will need to meet all the same qualifications, but their down payment will depend on how challenged their credit is. If you’re looking to buy a new car and meet these qualifications, stop by Century III Kia. Give Steve Hollingshad a call at 724-797-7458, and he will give you a $500 coupon towards your purchase.

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FHG Creation Studios Adds Color to Elizabeth Borough By Megan Lewis

On January 17th, Elizabeth had a snow flurry, which did not hinder the spirits at the newly opened FHG Creation Studios. The proud owners, Kim and Chris Thomas, have lived in Elizabeth for as long as they can remember. Kim has always had a passion for art and wanted to share her joy and favorite craft projects with her home town. There are classes for children as young as 6 years old and adult classes for those over 18 years old. Available The Smith family enjoyed the hands-on activity classes include stained glass, painting, provided at the open house. scrap booking and mosaics. There is a wide variety more to come, so watch their website page for new additions: Kim Thomas has also planned a variety of events, such as open studio nights, held once a month on various days. A Sip and Swirl event is for adults only, where they enjoy a guided art project with beverages they bring for themselves. One Saturday a month will be Crop till you Drop, for scrapbookers to have unlimited access to the tools and supplies available to complete all their scrapbooking needs. Other community events to follow include Mommy and Me classes and closet swaps will be held often at the studio as well. The Studio is also open for private parties, birthday parties, and events. They are equipped to handle a party of 20 people and they supply a craft for you and your guests to enjoy. Children's parties are held on Saturdays and adult parties can be held at what is convenient for the host/hostess. The studio’s parties are growing in popularity, so much so that they are booked for the entire month of February, and spots for March are filling up fast. If you are interested in signing up your child or teen for a class, a four-week lesson pack is available for $55. If your schedule is unpredictable, then individual lessons are available for $15 a lesson. Prices vary for adults, depending on the chosen project. Scrapbooking classes are scheduled to begin February 8th and ceramics classes are planned for March. Open studio nights and Mommy and Me classes are also expected to begin in March as well. More lessons will be added to their roster as the business grows, so do not be discouraged if you do not see your favorite type of art work on the list. FHG Creation Studios is located at 206 Plum Street, Elizabeth and can be reached at or 412-508-2593.

Mon Valley YMCA Lifeguard Course The Mon Valley YMCA, 101 Taylor Run Road, Monongahela, will hold lifeguard courses on March 1, 8, 15 and 22 (must attend all 4 dates) from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (bring a snack). Cost is $250 for members, $270 for non-members. Sign up in the YMCA business office. Candidates must be able to swim fluently 300 yards using the four basic strokes and attend all classes. Instruction includes lifeguard, first aid, CPR/AED, oxygen delivery, disease prevention, classroom materials and book. For more information, contact Amy Dunay or the YMCA at 724-483-8077 or The YMCA will be hiring guards for the summer season.

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Operation Double Duty Thomas Presbyterian Church Membership Receives “Thank You” Visit from Program Recipient By Earl Bugaile

As twins, Ian and Dean Mathies shared a lot of things while growing up in Finleyville. As adult twins, they also share careers in the military. Ian is a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army and Dean is an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Although Ian is stationed in Afghanistan and Dean is stationed in Japan, the twin brothers have shared the love and caring Dean Mathies, a recipient of the packages being of their family and friends. sent to him overseas through Operation Double One way that those at home have Duty, thanks the congregation at Thomas shown their support has been through Presbyterian Church. an effort known as Operation Double Duty, a program conceived and coordinated by Nicole Carter of Peters Township. Carter contacted Thomas Presbyterian Church and asked if they would be willing to participate in sending packages from home each month to both brothers. The contents of each package varied, with one containing hygiene and personal care products, and the other containing food goods. Congregation members from the church contributed by obtaining the items and providing support in the project. Sunday school children in the church also sent the brothers cards and personal notes. Members of the church received a personal “thank you” at their regular worship service on January 5, when Dean Mathies along with his mother, Mary Lou and family friends attended the service to address youth and members of the church. Carter introduced airman Mathies to church members while extending her thanks for helping to make the Operation Double Duty program a success. “Your efforts make a huge difference to us when we are so far away,” Mathies told church members. “I would like especially like to thank Nicole for putting everything together. It really means a lot to us.” After his leave, airman Mathies will return to Japan where his military occupation specialty includes preparing parachutes. His next deployment will be in Korea for one year. The Operation Double Duty program will continue through April 2014. Anyone who wishes to provide support to the military members can contact Ms. Carter at or 724-350-4196. 15 ——————————————————————————————————————————

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Finleyville K of C Organizes Super Bowl Hoagie Sale The Finleyville Knights of Columbus Super Bowl hoagies will be made fresh on Saturday morning, February 1. This is not just your run-of-themill fundraiser hoagie – this is a big 12” Italian roll loaded with meats, cheeses and fixins’ handcrafted by the Knights. Orders will be filled first but there will be plenty of extras for sale. Stop by St. Francis Finley Hall across the parking lot from the Church between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to buy a great hoagie at a great price. Super Hoagies are $7 each. Proceeds benefit charities supported by the Knights of Columbus Council 13832.

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West Jefferson Hills Girl Scouts are ALL Heart this Valentine’s Day The members of Girl Scout Troops 50428 (Cadette Scouts) and 54219 (Junior Scouts) of West Jefferson Hills have decided that they want to share Valentine’s Day sweets and treats with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. The girls are in the fourth and sixth grades in the West Jefferson Hills School District. Valentine’s Day is a time for love and fun and the girls agreed that nothing makes them happier than helping others. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing to families who must travel to the Pittsburgh area to get life-saving medical care for their children. Their goal is to provide a “home away from home” during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In the past, the girls from both troops have worked on several different service projects and this year they chose to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House’s Breakfast Bag initiative. Since most surgeries are schedule for the morning; these breakfast bags are made available to the families so they can quickly grab one and be on their way to the hospital to be with their children that morning. This project has several steps. First they will be collecting non-perishable

breakfast food items. If the community would like to help, a collection box will be available at the Pleasant Hills Library located at 302 Old Clairton Road Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14 during regular library hours. After the donations are received the girls will then sort all of them items into individual brown lunch bags that they will also decorate and donate them directly to the Ronald McDonald House here in Pittsburgh. Suggested breakfast items to be collected: • Granola or breakfast bars • Pop Tarts • Fruit rollups or fruit snacks • Peanut butter or cheese crackers • Beef jerky • Individual packets of: • Trail Mix • Nuts • Raisins • Cookies • Oatmeal • Fruit, applesauce or pudding cups • Juice boxes • Hot chocolate or hot cider packets If you'd like more information about this event, please call Darcy Vergallito, Troop 50428 and 54219 Leader, at 412650-8514 or e-mail

Teenage Dating Violence Presentation Scheduled in Finleyville Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA will hold a presentation on Teenage Dating Violence on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Finleyville Community Center, 3547 Marion Ave. This program is free and open to the public. Educate Yourselves! • Common victims are age 16-24, but did you know it can occur in older and married couples? • Dating violence affects both men and women. • Dating Violence is not solely physical; it can also include emotional, verbal and economic abuse. • Technology can be used to manipulate a dating partner. This is a free event, although a product donation would be appreciated! Donations will benefit the men, women and children who seek assistance from Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA. Items needed: • Lysol spray, kitchen cleaner, dishwasher detergent • 13 gallon drawstring kitchen trash bags • Bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose cleaner

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Winter and Spring Programs Scheduled at Jefferson Hills Library Jefferson Hills Library is located at 925 Old Clairton Rd. All programs are held at the Library. To register, visit or call 412-655-7741.

Fee: $5 per class Licensed nutritionist/registered dietician Mark Davis will lead discussions on these topics.

SAT Preparation Class Sundays, March 30, April 6,13, 27 1 - 4 p.m. Fee: $195 Permission forms can be picked up at the Library. The SAT test will be given at Thomas Jefferson High School, May 3.

Gentle Beginners Yoga Saturdays through March 29 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Fee: $5 per class

Zumba Fitness 8 Weeks, Monday and Wednesday Evenings January 20 through March 12 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fee for 1 class: $5 Fee for both classes: $7 Zumba Fitness is the only Latininspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music and contagious steps to form a “fitness party.” Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Increase your energy and fitness levels.

Monthly Nutrition Class following Yoga Saturday, February 1 - Raw Foods and Juicing Saturday, March 1 - Gluten Free – Wheat Free 10:45 to noon

Story Times for Children Ages 3 and Up Each day features a story, craft and snack. Thursdays 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. February 6 – Health Day February 13 – Valentine’s Day Party

Scrabble Club Meets Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. New members are always welcome.

February 27 – One World, Many Stories – Italy March 6 – Celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America March 13 – Go Green Day March 20 – One World, Many Stories – India April 3 - Children’s Book Day & Library Week April 10 – One World, Many Stories – Brazil April 24 – Earth Day Celebration May 1 – Special Persons Day ALLEGHENY COUNTY / PENN STATE MASTER GARDENERS PROGRAMS Programs will be held in the Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center Community Room, 925 Old Clairton Road. At the door suggested donation for each program is $5. Perennials in the Garden, Three Seasons of Color & Gardening in Deer Country Thursday, February 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Master Gardener Bill Goff will show us a close-up of a perennial garden and dis-

cuss how it changes throughout the growing season. There will be a discussion of appropriate plants for the 3-season garden as well as care and maintenance of the perennial border. Master Gardener Dianne Machesney will discuss Landscaping in Deer Country. Designing Your Landscape Thursday, March 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Whether you are starting with a bare lot or want to renovate an overgrown yard, there are several principles for turning your property into a beautiful landscape that meets your functional needs. Master Gardener Martha Swiss will show us the basics that professionals use to create pleasing outdoor functional spaces. Discover how to devise a master plan for your property or how to rework just one area of your garden. We will also discuss hardscaping, the elements of form, color and repetitionof material, and how you can incorporate these into your overall site design.

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FEBRUARY PROGRAMS AT PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY For more information, call the library at 724-941-9430. The library is located at 616 E. McMurray Rd., McMurray. Take Your Child to the Library Day Saturday, February 1, noon - 3 p.m. Performance by Josh and Gab 1 - 2 p.m

Lensshooters Photography Club Wednesday, February 12, 7 -9 p.m.

Deja Vu Book Club Saturday, February 1, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Book for discussion: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Family Movie Nights Ages: For kids and parents of all ages Thursday, February 13, 6 - 7:45 p.m. Featured film: Shrek

Social Networking on the Internet Tuesday, February 4, 7 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $5

Cover Letters and Resumes Wednesday, February 18, 7 - 8:45 p.m. No charge for this program.

Paws for Reading Ages: Grades 1 and up Saturday, February 8, 10 - 11:20 a.m.

Secrets of Landscape Design Tuesday, February 18, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Party for a Princess/Prince Saturday, February 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Wear your prince or princess attire and feel royal at a special Valentine’s party. Game, craft, treat, parade and video … 90 minutes of royalty.

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Evening Book Club for Adults Wednesday, February 12, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Book for discussion: The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

S.A.T. Preparation Workshop 4 sessions, Sundays, February 9 - March 2, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $190 Teen Valentine’s Day Cupcake Boss Sunday, February 9, 1 - 2 p.m. Learn the art of cupcake decorating and bake and decorate cupcakes. Girls’ Book Club Ages: Girls in grades 3 - 6 Monday, February 10, 6 - 7 p.m. Book for discussion: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Teen Valentine’s Day Movie Night Monday, February 10, 6 - 8 p.m. Featured film: Valentine’s Day. This movie is rated PG-13; students must be in 6th grade or up to attend. Roots Genealogy Club Tuesday, February 12, 1-3 p.m. Art and Calligraphy Ages: 6 1/2 - 13 4 weeks, February 11 - March 4, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Cost: $15 plus supplies PowerPoint Presentations Tuesday, February 11, 7 - 8:45 p.m. $5

Afternoon Book Club for Adults February 19, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Book for discussion: Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Library Beading Club Ages: 12 and up Wednesday, February 19, 6 - 8 p.m. Finding Health Care Through the Health Insurance Marketplace Thursday, February 20, 7 – 8 p.m. Super Hero Day Saturday, February 22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dress like your favorite super hero and enjoy stories, games, and movies. Getting the Most Out of Email Tuesday, February 25, Time: 7 - 8:45 p.m.Cost: $5 Facing the Sunshine and Avoiding the Shadows: Strategies to Stay Sane and Positive Amid Change - Book Talk Tuesday, February 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m. World War II Discussion Group Wednesday, February 26, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. A monthly discussion series featuring topics pertaining to World War II Mystery Book Club for Adults Wednesday, February 26, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Book for discussion: Mercy by Julia Garwood

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Vendors Needed for Fleatique on the Mon Artisans, crafters, flea market, antique and food vendors are needed for the 16th annual Fleatique on the Mon. This fabulous event will be held in Chess Park and throughout Monongahela and New Eagle on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Crafter and antique dealers will be featured in Chess Park, while flea market vendors and information booths will be located on Second St. Food vendors are need at both locations.Application deadline is May 29, 2014. Booth spaces for antique, craft and flea market vendors are 15” for $25. Food vendor spaces are 20”, and include electricity for $40. This unique event is known as the largest street sale in Southwestern Pennsylvania! Running along a three-mile stretch of Main Street, also Route 88, 837 and 136, in Monongahela and New Eagle, businesses, churches, and homeowners participate with yard sales, bazaars, rummage sales and garage sales. Free parking and free admission. This event is sponsored by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. Call the Chamber at 724-258-5919 for more information. Or download an application from

Services Provided for Victims of Domestic Violence Around Valentine’s Day, we see symbols of love and romance everywhere. Unfortunately, not all relationships are healthy and loving. If your relationship is hurting you – there is help. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA provides safe shelter and support services that are free and confidential. They also provide a low-pressure support group. Call 724-223-9190 in Washington County, 724-852-2463 in Greene County, or 724-439-9500 in Fayette County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. February is Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP) specializes in dating violence education and prevention. If you would like to schedule a speaker for your classroom or after school group, please contact our Education and Training Department at 724-223-5477 in Washington County, 724-852-2373 in Greene County, or 724-437-2530 in Fayette County. Our individual empowerment counseling provides one-on-one counseling, information and referrals, and advocacy (general & legal). For more information or to set up an appointment, please call 724-223-9190 or 1-800-791-4000.

Calling All Filmmakers! Submit Your Entries for the Film Festival Contest The Film Festival Contest is open to independent filmmakers. Films can be up to 90 minutes. There is also a special contest for K-12. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2014. The Film Festival will be held on April 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the George Washington Hotel, 60 S. Main St., Washington. Come view unique films made by independent filmmakers. Meet and mingle with other independent filmmakers. For more information and details, visit or email or call 724-678-4225. 19 ——————————————————————————————————————————

City Mission Hosts 20th Annual Sweet Sunday Dessert Festival This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Sunday, a dessert festival for the whole community, and City Mission is honoring the event’s founders – Cindy Pfrimmer, Phyllis Ross Sooy, Isabelle Holzapfel and Helen Colletti. They conceived the idea and have been actively supporting the event since 1994. We’re privileged to have a number of top entertainers this year, including Kiana Levy, a noted Christian artist, and Avery Molek, the 7-year-old drummer prodigy who performed with Brad Paisley on Good Morning, America. Last year, City Mission provided over 31,000 nights of shelter and 77,000 meals to the homeless men, women and children of the region. Dean Gartland, City Mission President/CEO, said, “Sweet Sunday is our largest annual fundraiser. It’s really such a pleasure to see families come out and have so much fun while supporting the Mission. We’re really indebted to the people who support our work through donations and events like Sweet Sunday. We welcome everyone who would like to sample the delicious desserts, enjoy the entertainment, and have fun with their families. Sweet Sunday is a wonderful afternoon, supporting a wonderful cause.” Please join us on February 9 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn – Southpointe. Admission tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at a variety of levels. Log on to or call 724-222-8530.

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Three Rivers Quilters Show Scheduled for March Three Rivers Quilters will hold their annual quilt show March 27, 28, and 29 at the Circuit Centre, 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh (Southside). Three Rivers Quilters is a non-profit organization that promotes the art of quilting through special programs, classes and charitable projects. The show is a judged and juried show and includes over 120 entries from tri-state area quilters. It is open to the general public and includes vendors, Granny’s Attic (a flea market-style shop), snack café, and quilting demonstrations. Anyone who enjoys the visual arts, quilt lovers and wannabe quilters will enjoy the show. Admission is $7, reduced admission is $5 after 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 and a new multi-day pass is available for $10. Visit for more details regarding the show.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Scheduled for Chartiers Valley Student Johnny Mucha There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Johnny Mucha on Saturday, February 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School cafeteria, 50 Thoms Run Rd., Bridgeville. Adults - $7, children 10 and under - $5. Drinks are $1 and dessert is $.50. We, as a community, would like to support Johnny Mucha in his recovery from his illness. He is a 10th grader at Chartiers Valley High School and a member of the CV band and soccer team. Johnny became ill with encephalitis on January 2nd and has been at Children's Hospital in a coma since that time. Please join us in supporting Johnny and the Mucha family on his road to recovery. If you are unable to join us, prayers and donations are gratefully accepted. If you should have additional questions, or would like to make a donation, please contact one of the following: Lisa Dabat - Heather Oberle - Michele Malone - Deb Zymroz - Patty Torchia - Lynn Palma -

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Finleyville Food Pantry Services Nearly 200 Families Each Month Moniches Thank Community and Volunteers for Continued Support The Finleyville Food Pantry came into being because Ron and Rose Monich and Mel and Jean Bane saw a need in the community. They set out delivering food and visiting with those in need. They saw it as their ministry to help and serve others. 33 years later, their ministry is still helping many in the Finleyville and surrounding areas. Each month, the Pantry serves approximately 175-200 families from the area. Those that come in need of food receive fresh meat, produce in season, canned goods, pasta, cereals, eggs, milk, breads and baked goods. At Thanksgiving and Christmas gift cards are given to families so that they may purchase a turkey or ham or other things they may need. Also available each month is a room full of donated clothing that those in need can choose items from at no cost. The Pantry operates with a Supervising Board of 7-9 people led by Rose and Ron Monich. There are more than 40 volunteers who help to load and unload trucks, stack, organize and sort food and serve the recipients. The pantry is affiliated with the Washington County Food Bank. Donations of any kind such as: money, food, baby products, paper products, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products are always welcome. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at The First Presbyterian Church 3595 Washington Avenue in Finleyville or arrangements can be made by calling 724-348-7821. The Pantry distributes groceries at the First Presbyterian Church in Finleyville on the 3rd Saturday of each month. People may also call 724-348-7821 for help with food in an emergency. Anyone with a need is welcome. Rose and Ron Monich would like to thank the community and volunteers for their support over the years. They look forward to continuing to serve those in need in the Finleyville Community.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT WASHINGTON CROWN CENTER MALL The Washington Crown Center Mall, located at 1500 West Chestnut Street, Washington, PA will be holding the following events during the month of February. • WJPA Good Health Expo - February 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Washington County Sportsmen Show - February 2 – 5, 6 - 9 p.m. • "Dinner and a Movie" - February 9 - 14 Customers can receive a movie pass to Hollywood Theaters when they turn in receipts of $10 or more for participating food vendors in the mall. • Annual Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby - February 15 Visit our website at for more details, or call us at 724-228-4270.

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Seller Property Disclosures Do you remember that water in the basement from hurricane Ivan or Sandy? How about the little termite infestation in the guest room you had treated 5 years ago? Or that back porch that you enclosed and turned into an office? If you are getting ready to sell, you must disclose these items. Years ago all property was basically purchased in “as-is” condition and the mantra of the day was “Let the Buyer Beware.” That all changed over the last 50+ years through the passing of numerous of state and federal laws that make it the sellers’ and landlords’ responsibilities to disclose what they know. Pennsylvania home sellers must, by law, advise potential buyers about “known material defects” that are not 21 ——————————————————————————————————————————

readily observable, including structural and other problems. The object is to make sure the buyers are fully informed in their efforts to understand the condition of the property and to discourage sellers from hiding any flaws or problems. The standard Seller Property Disclosure form covers the home’s structure, such as the roof, basement, foundation and walls. Among other things, the form also asks the seller to let buyers know if the house has been treated for termites or has had water or sewage problems. Has the house has been remodeled? Are the mechanics such as the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems in good, working order? Are appliances and other equipment are included in the sale? If so, the seller needs to be honest about their condition. Are there any hazards or environmental contaminants on the property? Are there any title, insurance, or financial issues that could prevent or delay settlement? And just in case anything got left out, the form includes a section titled “Additional Material Defects,” where sellers are expected to disclose anything that didn’t otherwise fit in the other categories on the form. It is, however, interesting that the Pennsylvania courts have been very clear that required disclosures apply only to things that can be repaired and have a fixed cost associated with the problem. This means that if something bad happened there, it does NOT have to be disclosed. For instance, what if the previous owner died of natural causes in the bedroom? Or a murder, suicide or a rape occurred in the house? The Pennsylvania Superior Court found (in a case called Milliken v. Jacono, 2012 PA Super

CENTURY 21 Names Linda Diaz Agent of the Month CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is pleased to welcome Linda Diaz to our Belle Vernon location. Linda grew up in the Mon Valley and currently resides in Monongahela. She lived for several years in the state of California where she sold real estate! Welcome home, Linda!


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284), that sellers do not have to disclose this type of information. There are a number of situations where disclosure does not have to be made, such as transfers involving foreclosure or a sheriff’s sale, transfers between spouses as in divorce, one occupant to another, direct descendants, trustees, executors, and companies to name a few. Also exempt is real property that is not 1 to 4 unit residential buildings, like property to be demolished, or new construction as long as it has a 1-year warranty, or a commercial/industrial building. Additionally, in 1992 it became Federal law that before signing of a contract or lease sellers and landlords must disclose known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards for residential properties constructed before 1978. This law is taken extremely seriously. Buyers have a 10-day window during which to conduct a risk assessment. If you are buying a home, please keep in mind that not all sellers are “technically savvy” regarding the physical properties of a building or have full knowledge of or can even remember what happened in the past. These required disclosures should never take the place of personal due diligence and professionally contracted tests and inspections. Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680

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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh February Meetings Scheduled for the Women's Business Network

Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce Names ACF Law Firm, LLC Business of the Month

The Women’s Business Network’s mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen. Visit Local area meetings will be held as follows: • The McMurray Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at The Meadows (Mezzanine Level), 210 Racetrack Road, Washington on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, February 5 and 19. Contact Melissa Ball at 412885-4139. • The Mon Valley Chapter meets at 9:15 a.m. at Sparkles by Shell, 246 W. Main Street in Monongahela on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, February 6 and 20. Contact Amanda Ciranni Fisher at 724-309-5120. • The Washington Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread – Trinity Point on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, February 12 and 26. Contact Jennifer Englert at 724-462-1067. • The Bethel Park Chapter meets at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Park Municipal Building, 5100 W. Library Avenue in Bethel Park on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, February 6 and 20. Contact Tamra McKenna at 412-885-5162. • The Mount Lebanon Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Inn, 164 Fort Couch Road, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, February 11 and 25. Contact Nancy Geer at 412-343-4361. • The South Hills Chapter meets at 8:00 a.m. at King’s Restaurant, 155 McMurray Road, Upper St Clair, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, February 6 and 20. Contact Karen McCrory at 412-831-1837.

Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce has named ACF Law Firm, LLC as its January Business of the Month. Amanda Ciranni Fisher is the owner and attorney at ACF Law Firm, LLC in Monongahela. Originally from Latrobe, PA, she is a 2006 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law and moved to the Mon Valley to open her solo practice in 2012. Her office primarily handles divorce and custody, estate planning and administration, and small business services including formations, operating agreements, contracts, and leases.

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News and Events from the Peters Township Chamber MARCH MEGA EVENT!!! The Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Chamber, Pittsburgh Social Exchange, and the Southpointe CEO Association will hold a combined gathering on March 19th from 6-8 p.m. at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn.

Please Welcome Our New Members • Apex Technology Consultants • Vintage to Vogue • Autism Society of Pittsburgh • RE/MAX Select Realty • Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Metamorphosis Grand Opening Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Metamorphosis Grand Opening are (l - r): Peters Township Manager Mike Silvestri; Metamorphosis Owner Melissa Migliaro; Peters Township Chamber Executive Director Brian Schill; and Washington County Commissioner Harlan Shober.

For more information, contact the Peters Township Chamber at 724-941-6345 or e-mail us at

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Wedding Guide Honeymooners Are Opting for the Romance, Adventure of Cruises (NewsUSA) - There are 2.5 million weddings in the United States each year, and the weddings business is a $40 billion annual industry, including the ceremony, reception, bachelor(-ette) parties and honeymoon. Increasingly, newlyweds are opting for a cruise for a cost-effective and carefree honeymoon. About 5,000 weddings and vow renewals happen on cruises every year, and cruises now account for

Brides and grooms are opting for getaway honeymoon cruises.

15 percent of all honeymoons. The inclusive nature of a cruise is a leading factor in the decision. A cruise provides a week of great food, pampering and entertainment for about $2,500 or less per person. Most newlyweds say they prefer a week in a fun-andsun destination. That makes cruises doubly attractive, since they visit several

ports and offer a selection of shore tours. Though the Hawaiian Islands remain the all-time favorite honeymoon destination, many newlyweds are choosing cruises in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. And there's no more romantic way to experience the wonders of the Med or Caribbean than a weeklong voyage aboard a tall ship. Star Clippers' three sailing ships only carry up to 170 or 227 guests, and visit some of the world's most exotic destinations. Aboard Star Clippers, newlyweds can experience the luxury of a private yacht while sailing to smaller, lesserknown destinations big cruise ships can't visit.

Star Clippers' relaxed yet elegant shipboard atmosphere is the perfect antidote to months of wedding planning. Yet, the emphasis on beach time and water sports, and the array of softadventure excursions offered provide opportunities for couples to share new experiences as they start their life together. Whether it's a fabulous honeymoon sailing through the Greek Isles, a barefoot wedding set on a Caribbean beach or a sunset vow-renewal ceremony performed by a ship's captain, Star Clippers offers the romance of a true sailing experience. For more about Star Clippers, visit 25 February 2014 UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER —————————————————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————————————————

Before You Marry, Meld and Merge a Perfectly Accessorized Home (NewsUSA) - Some brides-to-be might find it hard to think beyond the intense planning that a wedding requires. But beyond the pomp and circumstance of the big day, it's important to think ahead to mergers -- not the corporate kind, but the merging of styles and décor to set up a home the bride and groom will both love. Forget Mars and Venus. Men are from the planet of mismatched furniture and floor coverings, while women accessorize their home with as much care and finesse as they do their wardrobes. Ideally, decorating a first home together begins with the furniture and accessories near and dear to both the bride and groom. But if a bride-to-be can't live with her fiancé's 1970s thrift store coffee table and orange bean bag chair, chances are he won't be thrilled with her antique oak hope chest and ornately carved sleigh bed. Can these two conflicting schemes co-exist after the couple has crossed the threshold? Designer Home collections make it easier than ever to meld female and male sensibilities in home décor by offering products to suit a variety of styles. Bedding, furniture, fabrics, area rugs, flooring, storage accessories, table linens and window coverings are all designed to work in traditional and more updated settings. Here, florals and neutrals work remarkably well together, and tactile fabrics add depth, style and colorful nuance. No matter which room is the newlyweds' favorite, bedrooms, baths and living rooms all can be decked out in style. For the latest in designer styles for the home, couples can check out the Liz Claiborne Home collection on and • Setting the tone. Choose a color scheme together, and creatively arrange furniture and accessories around it. Find a neutral ground to meld his love of earth tones, for example, with her love of soft fabrics. A mélange of colors and fabrics -- on everything from comforters to window valances -- will inspire looks ideal for both Mr. and Mrs.

Creating a comfortable home with your new spouse may require some compromise. • Splish, splash. Create an understated, clean look in the bath for him, but add accessories with a dash of color to satisfy a bride-to-be's lively outlook. Bold shower curtains, wastebaskets and vanity items inject freshness and personality. • Boudoir basics. Usher in a new home with a fresh set of bedding; couples can look for a variety of styles and colors designed to be dressed up or left as is for a classic look. Decorative pillows, shams, coverlets and throws complete the look and are a great way for wedding guests to add to the couple's cozy love nest. • Staples of style. If he loves a more modern style, but she wants a retro feel, furniture options in leather, fine fabrics, hardwood and wicker can readily mesh both personalities. • Merging moods. She's a homebody; he likes beaches and picnics. For bedrooms and living rooms, couples can combine sensibilities with bedding and furniture lines that bring the outside in, and vice versa. Try mixing a table from one line with a chair from another -- mixing it up is a playful way to punch up the personality of a room. Just like in the corporate world, mergers can either run smoothly or be a headache. By considering the sensibilities the bride and groom share -rather than just the differences -- creating a first home together can be one merger full of fringe benefits.

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A Guy's Guide to Selecting the Perfect Engagement Ring (NewsUSA) - For many guys, the purchase of the engagement ring can be a bit overwhelming. Color, clarity, cut, carat weight -; there's a lot to consider! But by understanding the basics of diamonds and keeping the future bride in mind, guys can find the process of selecting a ring much less daunting. Philadelphia-based jewelry designer Craiger Drake of Craiger Drake Designs offers the following tips to help men select a ring that their bride will love: Know the 4Cs. Men should always consider the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of a diamond. Color and clarity, less commonly understood, are critical to the quality of the stone. Choose a diamond valued higher on both the color and clarity grading scales to limit the presence of color and unwanted inclusions. Carat and cut, on the other hand, are personal preferences. Get certified. To guarantee the diamond's authenticity and quality, be sure to purchase a diamond that is certified from the Gemological Institute of America. Be unique. For many women, an engagement ring is their most treasured piece of jewelry, so it's important that it is special and unique. A rose gold band or colored side stones, for example, can accent a traditional ring with a touch of color. To personalize the piece further, consider custom designing a one-of-a-kind ring tailored to the bride's individual style. A final piece of advice: Remember what the ring signifies. "With so much to bear in mind, it can be easy to lose the romance of selecting an engagement ring," said Drake. "Although it is valuable to know the basics of a diamond, what's most important is for men to remember the reason they're buying it." For more information on Craiger Drake Designs' jewelry collection, including engagement rings, please visit 27 February 2014 UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER —————————————————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————————————————

Three Local Hospitals Promote Heart Health Awareness with “Go Red, Washington County” Campaign The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month for a county-wide education and awareness effort for women and men called “Go Red, Washington County.” Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) and Washington Health System will each host events at their respective facilities on Thursday, February 20 from 4-8 p.m. Offerings include speakers, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more. National Wear Red Day is also celebrated Friday, February 7, and the hospitals’ staff memThe three CEOs of Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital and bers are encouraging men and women to don Washington Health System are proud to team up for Go Red Washington County. Pictured are (left) Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley red clothing this entire month to bring more Hospital; (right) Gary B. Weinstein, president and CEO attention to the issue of heart health. of Washington Health System, and (center) Marcie S. Caplan, All three CEOs said they were very pleased to president and CEO of Canonsburg Hospital. offer the community such important educational opportunities in a family-oriented, fun setting. At Canonsburg Hospital, Go Red events will be held in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, and are as follows: 4:30 PM - Flower Arranging from Malone Florist 5 PM - “Peripheral Arterial Disease” with Gus Abu-Hamad, M.D. 5:30 PM - Flower Arranging from Malone Florist 6 PM - “Nutrition, Heart Disease and Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease,” by Mark Davis 6:30 PM - “What Everyone Needs To Know About Heart Disease,” with Travis Wilson, M.D. 7 PM - Darieth Chisolm, owner of FullBody Fitness in Brentwood, and a former news anchor on WPXI, will discuss unique workouts such as Aerial Yoga, Pole Dance Fitness, Zumba, Turbo Kick & LaBlast Dance Fitness, PiYoStrength, Bokwa Fitness and more offered by FullBody Fitness. Monongahela Valley Hospital’s events will be held at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the hospital campus, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela. The schedule is as follows: 4 PM - Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration by MVH Executive Chef Phoebe Seiverling, and Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN, with samples afterward. Seating is limited; please call to reserve your space, 724-258-1333. 5 PM - Amaera Felder, Stress Management Techniques to Help Your Heart, including Gentle Yoga; for all ages and fitness levels. 6 PM - Innovations in Medicine talk on heart health and the Dean Ornish Program, R.G. Krishnan, M.D., cardiology/internal medicine. 6:45 – 7:30 PM - Free risk assessments, blood pressure screenings. Washington Health System events will be held at the hospital’s Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington. The schedule is as follows: 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM - Free blood pressure screenings all day 11 AM and 5:30 PM - Heart Healthy Cooking Demo with Registered Dietitian

and Cardiac Specialist. Space is limited, please call to register, 724-225-WELL Noon and 6:30 PM - Meditation for the Heart 7 PM - Zumba Dance Party, $5 minimum donation. Free gift to all who donate; 100 percent of donations will be sent to the American Heart Association. Staff at Canonsburg and MVH will be selling “Go Red Washington County” gloves and headbands throughout the evening. For any donations made to the American Heart Association at Zumba, Washington Health System will be giving away the gloves and headbands as gifts. Go Red Washington County is for men and women but is being held in conjunction with The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign that promotes heart health for women.

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL FEBRUARY EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during February. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. MAMM & GLAMM - Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. HealthPLEX Imaging is making the process of getting a mammogram a little more comfortable at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPointe Plaza in Rostraver. The event offers women who have prescriptions for mammograms the opportunity to have their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere and then enjoy free pampering. A variety of indulgent services will be offered along with light refreshments. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 724-379-1911. GENE AND BOOTS CANDIES VALENTINE’S DAY CANDY SALE Monday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hospital Lobby. Treat yourself or your loved ones to local chocolate and candy delights. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Completion of the threeday “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information and to register, call 724-2581483. BONE DENSITY SCREENING Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 1 - 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Do you have brittle bones? Have you ever had a bone density test? This free, painless screening will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis. No appointments necessary. For more information, call 724-348-6699. MVH BLOOD DRIVE - Friday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., ECC. Monongahela Valley Hospital, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. For more information or to register, call 724-494-4090 or register online at

BABY CARE CLASS - Monday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Parents-to-be will learn baby care basics at this instructional session. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229), ext. 9.

CHOLESTEROL & BLOOD SUGAR SCREENING - Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Healthy Directions is offering a complete cholesterol screening for $10. You may add a blood sugar screening for an additional $2. No appointments or insurance necessary. Fast 12 hours prior to blood draw, you may drink water. To register, call 724-348-6699.

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Thursday, Feb. 6 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and

RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB - Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 2 – 3 p.m., ECC. Free and open to all adults and their family, friends or caregivers who want to learn or share information about living well with breathing issues. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724-3440287. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-292-9404. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. To register, call 724-2581483. TALK WITH A DOC: WHAT IS A BRAIN ATTACK? - Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Diane E. Emes, M.D., family practice physician, will present a free talk. A stroke screening along with carotid and blood pressure checks will also be available. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333. TALK WITH A DOC: HELPING KNEE REPLACEMENTS HEAL - Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., Mount Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh. Thomas F. Brockmeyer, M.D., Ph.D., orthopedic surgeon, will discuss advancements in helping knee replacements heal. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333.

cose control. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. For more information and to register, call 724258-1483. GO RED WASHINGTON COUNTY Thursday, Feb. 20 from 4 - 8 p.m. ECC. How healthy is your heart? While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Monongahela Valley Hospital invites the community to celebrate American Heart Month with these free heart health education programs: a healthy cooking demonstration with limited seating and samples afterward; a look at stress management techniques to help your heart, including a gentle yoga demonstration, and an “Innovations in Medicine” talk on heart health by an MVH physician. To register, call 724-258-1333. BARBECUE BY FOURTH STREET BARBEQUE - Friday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hospital Main Lobby. Come enjoy your favorite barbecued foods provided by Fourth Street Barbeque. This event is open to the public and take out is available. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For more information, call 724-258-1167. BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, Feb. 24 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - Thursday, Feb. 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724258-1455.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, Feb. 17 from 2 - 4 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Room 120. This support program is free for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers. The topic will be, “Trying Vegetarian for Heart Health.” Advanced registration is required by calling 724-258-1483.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASS Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6 - 9 p.m., ECC. Learn how to help a choking baby or small child. Sign up to learn emergency life saving techniques of clearing airway obstructions and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling the Valley Health and Safety Training Center at 724-684-9536.

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glu-

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Mon Valley YMCA Schedules Healthy Heart Fair in Conjunction with Mon Valley Hospital Monongahela Valley Hospital will hold a Healthy Heart Fair on Thursday, February 27 from 9 to11 a.m. at the Mon Valley YMCA. The YMCA encourages everyone to be physically active to help reduce stress and control weight. Physical activity also helps reduce your chances of developing conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, which can be a factor in heart disease. Kathy Guy, certified diabetes educator and registered dietician from Mon Valley Hospital, will be available to answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is advised by calling 724-4838077or by going to the business office in person. 29 ——————————————————————————————————————————


SUPERMARKET TOURS in the Finleyville Giant Eagle Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m. Heart Healthy Eating To register, call 724-258-1483

Family Hospice to Host Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course in Mt. Lebanon

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Family Hospice and Palliative Care President and CEO Barbara Ivanko, MSW, will conduct a seven-week course on “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” (MSBR), February 11 through April 1, at Family Hospice’s education center, 50 Moffett St., in Mt. Lebanon. Based on the acclaimed program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, these sessions are designed to teach participants how to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance good health and improve coping techniques. The best candidates for MBSR are motivated to take better care of themselves and draw upon their inner strengths for greater ease of living. Sessions will take place Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 and include one half-day retreat on March 22. The $350 registration fee covers all sessions, the half-day retreat and related materials. All fees support the nonprofit mission of Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Space is limited. Please email to register. For more information, visit

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Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair Offers Bible Studies and Wellness Programs Mom to Mom: Heart Talk – Support for Moms: Mom to Mom is a Biblicallybased parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationships with their husbands and children. It includes quality instruction in parenting, small group discussion, and the interaction of a more experienced mother with younger moms. Mom to Mom is for any mother who would like to share and grow in her important job as mom. TOPICS INCLUDE: • When You’re Running on Empty • Taming the Top 10 Marriage Monsters • Who’s the Parent Here? This 10-week study begins Thursdays through April 24 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Childcare is available. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. • Break the cycle of "I'll start again on Monday," and feel good about

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yourself today. • Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body. • Replace rationalization that lead to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory. • Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose; it's a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in how to make healthy lifestyle changes. This six- week study begins Thursday, February 6 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Child Care is available. Live a Vital Life – Wellness Class This three-week class will teach you how to use the power of real food to age well, feel energetic and maintain optimal health! Why Changes are Important to Living a Vital Life Week one addresses the importance of getting nutrients from your food and the benefits of a whole food diet. What Should You Change for a More Vital Life The second week we look at the culprits keeping us from living a life full of energy and vitality including the effects of sugar, chemical-filled food and stress. How do you Make Changes to Stay Vital Using coaching techniques that include setting goals and holding yourOwner/Publisher Douglas E. Haniford Editorial Coordinator Judy Gramm

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self accountable, participants in this session will learn how to implement changes. This program begins Tuesday, January 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Instructor Kathy Parry Gillen has a degree in food management and a certification in plantbased nutrition. Learn more about Kathy on her websites: and Visit our website for details and registration at or call Kathy Long 412-835-6630.

Upcoming Events at First United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main St., Monongahela offers the following services. For more information, call 724-258-7054. Sunday Morning Services 8:45 a.m. - Early service 9:45 a.m. - Christian education for all ages 11 a.m. - Morning worship, nursery available Weekly Meetings Every Wednesday - 5:30 – 7 p.m. Youth Group meetings, starting at age 6 - high school Every Thursday - 6:30 p.m. - Choir practice Each week we have Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts meetings.

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Call for additional information. Looking for something to do? The United Methodist Men and Women groups are active. Come and join in their activities that are ongoing - you are always welcome! On Sunday join us for service. Meet and shake hands with our new minister, Alan J. Morrison.

Monongahela’s Riverhill Church of Christ Hosts Flea Market and Soup & Bake Sale Riverhill Church of Christ, 2105 Riverhill Rd., Monongahela, will hold a Flea Market, Soup & Bake Sale on Saturday, February 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Tencer at 412-302-8359.

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Bethesda Presbyterian Hosts Annual Cantata Performance

By Charlotte Hopkins

By Charlotte Hopkins

Bethesda Presbyterian Church performed their annual Cantata with special guests from the new Bright Beginnings Preschool. The Cantata is an open community service filled with music to welcome in the new year! Reverend Walt PietschKathy and Ron Cain are top perTaylor Hoke, daughter of mann, once a music major formers with the Elizabeth firefighter Randy Hoke, in college, hosts the celeForward Area Community sings proudly for her Chorus and the Bethesda parents and grandparbration that includes a Presbyterian Church Choir. ents in the front row! mixture of heart-warming seasonal songs. To join this year's Cantata choir concert contact Reverend Pietschmann for further information at 412-384-7360.

Community Churches Gather at Grand Theatre for New Year's Celebration

Reverend Chris Autry, his son Sam, and his wife Becca are joined by friends Lisa and Kyle Zacharias.

By Charlotte Hopkins

Pastor of Abide Church Seeks Permanent Home in Jefferson Hills

Reverends gathered to a powerful meeting of the minds! Pictured are (l-r): Chris Jerin (Jefferson Hills Bible Church); Ken Huhn (New Whine Harvest); Jake Clawson (Jefferson Hills Presbyterian); Tim Green (Calvary Chapel Pittsburgh South); and Mike Granovitz (Faith Pittsburgh Magazine) and in the front row, Walt Pietschmann (Bethesda Presbyterian Church) and Floyd Hughes (CrossRoads Community Church)

The Elizabeth Grand Theatre greeted 10 local churches for the first Community New Year's Celebration. The event was the brain child of Pastor Floyd Hughes from CrossRoads Community Church and Mike Granovitz, editor of Faith Pittsburgh magazine. The evening was sprinkled with powerful messages by churches expressing the need for unity, in the community and the churches as well. The crowd was also entertained with music by members of New Whine Harvest and the Praise Team from CrossRoads. The evening was the largest gathering of churches for a single performance in Allegheny County. Ken and Lori Kolodziej, owner of the Grand Theatre, were so delighted by the outcome of the event that they hope to turn the “Community New Year's Sunday Service: A Service of Christian Unity” into an annual celebration.

Pastor Chris Autry, his son, Sam, and his wife, Becca, excitedly left South Carolina to form Abide Church in the Jefferson Hills area, as he felt called to be here. Abide Church is a Southern Baptist Church Plant that is a part of the SEND North America Church Planting Movement. They are currently holding services every Wednesday evening at Gill Hall Park in Jefferson Hills from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. and childcare is provided. Pastor Chris Autry's winning However, they are in need of a permanent home for personality is a welcome their church. If anyone has information on a building addition to the church community in Jefferson Hills. that the church can call home, please contact Pastor Autry at 412-653-3929. Since they are a new church, they are financially incapable of paying a great sum but as the church grows, so will their ability to pay more. They are hoping to find a permanent home by March. “We are praying for a facility that will allow us to meet somewhere in the Jefferson/Pleasant Hills area,” explained Pastor Autry. This move has become a great asset for Jefferson Hills and the surrounding communities. Pastor Autry's positive upbeat personality and the southern charm of his family create the comforting atmosphere that people seek out in a church. Abide Church will also begin community outreach services from March October, at the latest. For further information, contact Pastor Chris Autry at 412653-3929 or follow the Abide Church of Jefferson Hills Facebook page.

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Recent Local Death Notices ADAMS, Teresa, 49, of Jefferson Hills, died January 7. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. BARRY, Charles F. “Chuck”, 75, of Pleasant Hills, died December 19. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. BUCY, George “Jack”, 91, of Pleasant Hills (formerly of Forward Township) died January 3. Arrangements by Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. BURGAN, Alice Jane, 65, of New Eagle, died December 8. Arrangements by Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. CAREATTI, John Joseph, 90, of Fallowfield Township, died January 22. Arrangements under the direction of Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. CLEMENS, Margaret J., 70, of Pleasant Hills, died January 6. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. COULTER, Carol M., 93, of Whitehall, died December 17. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. CRUMMIE, Helen “Dottie”, 100, of Brentwood, died December 19. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. DEVINE, Martin, 85, of West Mifflin, died December 29. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DEVORE, Kenneth S., 74, of Eighty-four, died December 19. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. DEWAR, Rose M., 85, of West Mifflin, died January 12. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DiLEMBO, Eva M. (Puccinelli), of Baldwin Borough, died December 21. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DOBOSH, William M., 85, of Venetia, died December 20. Arrangements by Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. DONALDSON, Mildred, 86, of Brentwood, died December 27. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. DOYLE, Donald C., 79, of Forward Township, died December 12. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. DUBINA, James, 82, of South Park, died January 19. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills.

DUTCH, Francis J., 90, of Monongahela, died January 5. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. FARRELL, Edward Stephen Jr., 76, of South Park, died December 24. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. FERRARI, Diane, 53, of Jefferson Hills, died January 8. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. GATTENS, Phillip L. (Phil), 88, of South Park, died January 17. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. GEORGE, Viola, 94, of Jefferson Hills, died December 30. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. HERD, Helen Sidun, 93, of New Eagle, died January 4. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. HIMICH, Arbutus Mae “Sis”, 82, of New Eagle, died December 15. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. HOSTOVICH, Ronald M., 71, of Monongahela, died December 30. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. JUDEIKIE, Joseph III, 37, of Finleyville, died December 21. Arrangements under the direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. KALNICKY, Andrew D., 91, of Fallowfield Township, died January 20. Arrangements under the direction of Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. in Roscoe. LEWIS, Carl “Vic”, 77, of Elrama, died December 29. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. LIPPERT, Ryan A., 23, of Finleyville, died December 22. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MANCINI, Rose Liberata, 98, of Sebastian FL, formerly of Elrama, Canonsburg, and Washington, died December 5. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MANKO, Joanne F., 80, of Finleyville, died January 15. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MANZINI, Della D., 86, of New Eagle, died January 6. Arrangements by Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. McEWEN, Frances Leona, age 95, for Bethel Park, died December 23.

Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. McFEELY, Anna A., 98, of New Eagle, died December 23. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. METROVICH, Edward A., 55, of Finleyville, died January 19. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MIKULA, Conrad P., 66, of Pleasant Hills, died January 24. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. MINFORD, Edgar, 97, of Elizabeth, died December 24. Arrangements under the direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. MINICK, Mary E., 95, of Finleyville, died January 1. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MITTELHAUSER, Thomas M. Jr., 71, of Finleyville, died December 28. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. MURRAY, Mary, 88, of South Park, died December 28. Arrangements under the direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. OFTROSKY, Helen, 88, of Monongahela, died December 29. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. PIACQUADIO, Richard Anthony, 24, of Brentwood, died January 6. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. POISEL, Edward Jr., 70, of Bethel Park, died December 23. Arrangements under the direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park. POLICK, Charles Edward, 81, of Jefferson Hills, died December 26. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. PUGH, Robert H., 51, of South Park, died December 23. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. REDLINGER, Donald N., 76, of Carnegie (formerly of West Mifflin), died December 24. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. REIDENBAUGH, Doris E., 84, of West Mifflin, died December 20. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. SLAYPOH, Geraldine C., 92, of Finleyville, died January 19. Arrangements under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

SMINKO, John, 86, of Monongahela, died December 18. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. SMITH, Marjorie N., 83, of Pleasant Hills, died January 11. Arrangements under the direction of Griffith Mortuary, Inc. in South Park Township. SPRINGER, Mildred “Millie”, 80, of West Mifflin, died December 19. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. STAVER, Audrey J., 84, of Bethel Park, died January 18. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. STECHLY, Maureen F., 64, of Fallowfield Township, died December 19. Arrangements under the direction of Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Charleroi. STREJECK, Rose M., 82, of Monongahela, died January 4. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. TAYLOR, Marion L., 90, of West Mifflin, died December 27. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. THOMAS, George D., 56, of Bethel Park, died January 1. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. VIGNOLI, Mary Ann, 69, of New Eagle, died December 27. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. WHETSEL, Grace, 87, of West Mifflin, died December 21. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. WOLFE, Marcy (Dutkiewicz), 56, of Baldwin Borough, died January 6. Arrangements under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. YATES, Dolores Theresa, 78, of Monongahela, died December 3. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. YUSTINCE, John “Peanuts”, 73, of West Elizabeth, died January 14. Arrangements by Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. ZDURA, Irene M., 67, of Monongahela, died December 9. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. ZIEMBA, Anna M., 94, of Carroll Township, died December 24. Arrangements under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. 33 February 2014 ————————————————————————————————————————— UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER ——————————————————————————————————————————

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Kindergarten teachers Ms. Pam Black and Ms. Nancy DeMedio show off the students’ gingerbread houses. This year the four kindergarten classrooms participated in a gingerbread house workshop in the cafeteria. The workshop was a success and we plan to continue the tradition in upcoming school years. All kindergarten students were proud of their houses and were so excited to take them home.

CLAIRTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD LIKE YOU TO SAVE THE DATES: Clairton Elementary School Kindergarten Registration Wednesday, March 12 and Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Dressed to impress are Chanel Cheadle, Arrissa Wiggins, and Dominae Soloman.

Kira Parades and Kyra Frankert show off some items from Toys for Tots! Both girls are ready for baseball season.

Clairton Elementary Winter Wonderland Dance was held on January 10th for grades 3-5. The dance was hosted by Clairton Student Leadership Group and Bear Paws Against Bullying. Dressed to impress are Chanel Cheadle, Arrissa Wiggins, and Dominae Soloman.

CASTLE (Clairton's After-School Teaching and Learning Experience) students were treated a special surprise during the annual holiday celebration. First, they were treated to a special reading of The Fairy Clause? Author Bud Geissler of Irwin and illustrator Joe Glemba of Elizabeth Township visited the school and read the story and interacted with the students. Following the reading Toy for Tots kindly donated two toys to every CASTLE student and sibling as a special surprise. Perfect attendance students also were given a chance to win several big electronics.

Pictured are Clairton Varsity Basketball team, coaches and staff. The Bears are having a successful season and are playing an intense schedule due to many cancellations due to weather. We wish them the best of luck!

Clairton Elementary hosted a holiday reading workshop for parents. On December 19, parents, grandparents, and guardians were invited to each elementary classroom to read to their student’s class. Clairton Elementary had approximately 25 parents come to the school and read holiday stories and spend the afternoon in the classroom. Each class had cookies and drinks to celebrate with their reader.

Pictured is parent Misty Laverick reading to Ms. Sally Kunkel's 4th grade students.

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Ringgold Harp Ensemble To Play at Barnes and Noble for Scholarship Fundraiser

Ringgold Middle School Journeys to Cemetery of the Alleghenies On a blustery Saturday morning, while most young teenagers are usually still sleeping or logging into some form of social media, a special group of middle school students, accompanied by teachers and friends, made the decision to do Students who participated in Wreaths Across America include (1st row l – more with their r): Chris Metrovich; Emily Drake; Autumn Carol; Erica Glanemen; Hannah Dolfi; Mac Miller; Jacob Young; Zach Jones; and Miss Katie time. Students Spalla and (2nd row l – r): Julia Bandalo; Caitlin Painter; Sarah Ott; from the Ringgold Ashley Harbaugh; Courtney MacFarlane; Mr. James Ferguson; McKenzie Middle School Musser; Marissa Venanzi; Haley Frizzell; Antonio Lucci; Alex Bottino and journeyed to the Ivan Peralta. (3rd row l – r): Sydney Koontz and Michaela Pry. Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA for the yearly Wreaths Across America event. On this day, in all the National Cemeteries across The United States, friends, families, Veterans and, in this case, students join together to lay Christmas Wreathes on the graves of our fallen Veterans. According to Wreaths Across America, on this one day, over 500,000 wreaths are laid across 750 locations throughout the United States. This event is designed to honor and remember all those who fought to ensure that our liberties and freedoms are preserved. Additionally, this ceremony is a time for many Veterans and their families to meet, reunite, reminisce and show respect and gratitude for these heroes. The students of The Ringgold Middle School have been participating in this event for some time. Mr. James Ferguson, a math teacher and a Vietnam Veteran, has spearheaded this event along with others like it each year. The students are taught in school about wars and the value of freedom, but seeing it firsthand by talking to those that have served and meeting the loved ones of those that have paid the ultimate price makes it real for them. This event could not be possible without many people. Katie Spalla, also a Ringgold teacher, volunteered to help chaperone this event for the past two years. Leznor Transit donated transportation for the students and also provided a driver at no cost. Others that were in attendance were Alan Veliky, Ron Smith, Scott Fredrick, Roy Fike, Steve Gondas and Joe Pozzi.

Bright Beginnings Preschool Accepting Fall Registrations Bright Beginnings Preschool at Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth will be accepting registrations for next fall beginning in the month of February. For further information, contact the church office at 412-384-7360.

The Ringgold Harp Ensemble will be playing at the South Hills Village Barnes and Noble on Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. to raise funds for the harp scholarship fund. These funds will help the Ringgold students study harp at Oberlin College the last week of June at the Ohio Scottish Arts School. Last year 10 students were able to study there with the help of the scholarship fund. If you are going to purchase a book, could you do it at Barnes and Noble on the 8th of this month? If yes, please mention Ringgold Middle School and portion of the sale of the book will go to the harp fund. If you can't go to the store in person but can make your purchase on line just mention Ringgold Middle School and we will get credit for that purchase, too.

Student Photography Exhibition Coming to Peters Township Public Library The Peters Township High School photography classes will exhibit their work in the main lobby of the Peters Township Public Library from February 13 through 26 during library hours. "The Gallery" is a display of hundreds of student photographs from the classes and club at the high school. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Over 100 students contributed work Pictured are photography club members (l-r) for this exciting event. Matted photo- Katie Stiegel, Julia Schuerle, EmmaLee Ducouer, graphs, canvases and portfolios will be Emilou Landas, and Sarah Zimmerman. Missing from the photo is Kayla Damazo. on display. The photography club officers are Katie Stiegel, president; and Board members Kayla Damazo, EmmaLee Ducouer, Emilou Landas, Julia Schurle, and Sarah Zimmerman. For more information about "The Gallery," contact the club sponsor, Erin Boni, at

Mingo Creek Park Offers ‘Tricky Tracks’ Homeschool Outdoor Classroom The Washington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation is offering a Homeschool Outdoor Classroom at Mingo Creek County Park on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Park Office. Two sessions are available; Session I will begin at 10 a.m. and Session II will begin at 1 p.m. Who lives here? There are many animals that call Pennsylvania home, but what do their tracks look like? What can we learn from them? Look at and identify samples of animal tracks, as well as make your very own plaster cast to take home with you. Dress for the weather, as we will be venturing outside today. Please note that this program is designed for homeschooled children ages 5 to 11. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Washington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation office at 724-228-6867. There is a fee of $1 for this program. Mingo Creek Park is located 12 miles east of Washington, PA off of Route 136.

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller UNION TOWNSHIP Erik Schall Michael Steve Gaylene Bergstresser John Resosky Jr. Francis Merolillo MONONGAHELA David Maurice Vestrat David Maurice Vestrat John Conte Monongahela City Estate of Marie Greskovich Janet Langford Federal National Mortgage Assn. Ryan Downer Justin Koerner NEW EAGLE Alexander Barkley James Backus CARROLL TOWNSHIP Linda Sexauer Rita Polansky trustee Stephen Peterman PNC Bank NA Betty Marshall Estate of Lawrence Pestino Mingo Boy Inc. Federal National Mortgage Assn. ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Diane Peroney




Mark Neidermeyer Daniel Raible and Erica Lenzi Raible Roy and Harumi Field Corey Verner and Brittany Andresky Richard and June Kiester

21 Saw Mill Run Road 179 Stone Church Road 52 Hobbitt Lane 22 McChain Road 17 Ramage St.

Stephen and Wendy Carr Stephen and Wendy Carr Bobbie Condie Juraj and Martina Stasko Annette Rotella Chad and Kimberly Williams Richard Massafra Financial LLC Bernadette Mele Andrea Fedak

92 Third Ave. $69,800. 92 Third Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,038). 1135 Otis St. $65,000. Chess St. $31,800. 1077 Country Club Road $105,000. 627 Decker St. $75,000. 1250 Lincoln St. $68,800. 534 Park Ave. $18,000. 908 Lawrence St. $89,900.

Alisha and Matthew Detman Gary Miller

152 First Ave. 132 First Ave.

Deirdre Wapiennik and David Willison Jeffrey and Lyndsey Lytle Cody Prokopovitch Michael and Kellie Christopher Wayne and Debra Harn Christopher Pestino and Elizabeth Taft Melissa Paul James Singer II and Carmen Russo

4 Grant St. Highland Road 3 Cherry St. 356 Coyle Curtain Road 1694 Fourth St. 15 Snyder Ave. 1665 Fourth St. 122 Elm Crest Ave.

Jason Molt and Kristin Trumpie

610 Chicagoion St.

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$279,900. $380,000. $253,760. $103,000. $62,000.

$89,900. $27,500. $65,500. $10,000. $111,200. $17,000. $52,500. $85,600. $123,750. $50,000. $101,000. Continued on next page.



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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller Buyer ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Continued from previous page Donna McManigle et al. James Paul Barrow Timothy Yavoich PNC Bank NA Maronda Homes Inc. Scott and Heather Henry Amelia Williams Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Estate of Julia Sabo Juraj and Martina Stasko PNC Bank NA Gary Wargo Thomas Berich Edward and Kathleen Mazurek CAR McP Inc. Michael Isbir Jr. and Stella Isbir Richard David Burger Rex and Heide Kibe Peggy Trent Barbara Miklos Brooke Green Piccini Anthony and Angela Tyner William Payne III Erich Collins Jr. and Alyson Collins Janis Plevelich Steven and Julie Bradley Housing & Urban Development Adam Hutskow Estate of Deanna Rendulic Kortney and John Tomaino Maronda Homes Inc. Trisha Maddas Raymond Reitz Midwest 15 LLC ELIZABETH BOROUGH Elverta Lynn Winkelvoss Fifth Third Bank Bruce Oates Jr. Russell and Sharon Neeson James McNeil Matthew Caldwell FORWARD TOWNSHIP Housing & Urban Development Midfirst Bank Ricky Pietroboni Jr. et al. Shawn Matthew Trump Sharon Betz aka Betzner Birmingham Holdings LLC Valerie Albin Kirkman Joann Holliday Federal National Mortgage Assn. Dean Bocetti et al. James Singer II et al.



2044 Devonwood Drive 111 Glenwood Drive 316 Kennett Drive 439 Cedar Drive 709 Circle Drive 511 Rothey Drive Scenery Drive 216 Willow Drive 121 Penn Crest St. 302 Braemont Place 202 High St. 424 Maley Drive 105 Narragansett Drive 106 Parkwyn Drive 750 Scenery Drive 320 Kennett Drive 5724 Smithfield St.

$54,900 $1,887 by sheriff's deed. $231,464 $1,755 by sheriff's deed. $15,000 $57,557 $18,000 $38,000 $44,000 $160,000 $118,000 $159,900 $229,000 $75,300 $122,000 $305,779 $150,000

508 S. First Ave. 312 Eighth Ave. 122 Market St. and Second St.

$1,636 by sheriff's deed. $45,000 $122,500

2133 River Hill Road $1,725 by sheriff's deed. Rainbow Run Road $4,000 601 Stokes Drive $23,000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $65,700) by sheriff's deed. John McPherson Jr. and Jennifer McPherson 6922 Wall Road $129,900 Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee 7010 Grant St. $10,000 by sheriff's deed. Evan Hornyak 4711 Williamsport Road $80,000 Anthony and Julia Quintana 4930 Williamsport Road $123,000 Michael Medved 745 Bunola River Road $141,200

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller CLAIRTON Walter McNew Jr. Anthony Barone Sydney Malkin Estate of Evelyn Bell Wayne Washowich Pittsburgh Landmark Group LLC Angelo Sgroi

Buyer RSG Investments LLC RSG Investments LLC Andrew Malkin TWST LLC Jordan River LLC Ohad Shachar Angelo Sgroi and Angelia Christina



Three Rivers Properties Inc. trustee Federal National Mortgage Assn. Alex Charapko Joel Fulmer Eugene Leis LDJ Development LLC Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Federal National Mortgage Assn. Sharon Waddington Nick Liokareas John Strunk SOUTH PARK Sharon Fohl George Misencik Francis Kienic Bradley DeFries Nancy Long trustee W. Scott Wilson Frank Huygens Lois Rogan Kobrys Estate of Albert Munsick Karen Wahlen Judith Ann Tapolci Myra Ellen Arnold Adam Swanson Michael Obringer Lisa Bittner Benson BETHEL PARK Tracie Hess Sohyda Estate of Dorothy Davis PLEASANT HILLS Richard Ondick ClearVue Opportunity 15 LLC Carole Parks Elizabeth Ackinclose Darlene Mead Sandra Marie Turley

Pittsburgh Landmark Group LLC Andrew Jackson Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Bank America NA Ronald C Sobol Family 2009 Trust Elm Street School L.P. TWST LLC Kaja Holdings 2 LLC Mon Management LLC TI Long Term Holdings 1 LLC Christine Gonzalez

449 Ohio Ave. $16,000 451 Ohio Ave. $17,000 601 Park Ave. $17,000 824 St. Clair Ave. $31,000 905 Vankirk St. $33,000 745 Horton St. $38,500 307 Large Ave. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $15,700). 702 Large Ave. $37,000 737 Waddell Ave. $10,500 343 Baker Ave. $1,744 by sheriff's deed. 861 Bessemer St. $1,608 by sheriff's deed. 117 Constitution Circle $18,000 402 Elm St. $15,000 419 Mitchell Ave. $20,000 418-420 Park Ave. $4,850 4004 Soltis Drive $10,300 532 Waddell Ave. $35,000 849 Bessemer St. $60,000

Edward and Julie Wietholder Jason Combs Michael and Jessica Bulsak Thomas Biers Paul and JoAnn Kvederis Iain MacLeod Lisa and Joseph Yakelis Ann Greiner Brooke Stewart Gerik Jenco Michael Oliver and Carla Maria Ehland Elizabeth Wigglesworth Patricia Mendys Teresa Walker James Seman

1601 McElheny Road 1910 Strawbridge Drive 970 Westchester Road 3105 Brownsville Road Ext. 1420 Greenbriar Drive 1016 Imperial Drive 1140 Mike Reed Drive 3118 Ridge Road 6523 Ventura Drive 2981 Amy Drive Grant St. 1454 Greenbriar Court 950 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 104 1829 Patrick Place 1137 Yanks Lane

$272,000 $150,000 $179,900 $166,000 $160,000 $148,000 $119,900 $104,000 $128,600 $211,000 $1,500 $160,000 $110,000 $91,000 $125,000

Kathleen Krol Craig and Claire Dovyak

2211 Milford Drive 2605 Summit St.

$103,500 $154,700

Dominick DeSalvo Donald Brancolini William Dosey James Ambrose JEFFERSON HILLS Robert Doerzbacher Helen Baker Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. LaMarca Construction Manage. Inc. Anthony Cafardi MB2K Development Inc. Samuel Germinaro Leo Stadelman John Laslo Estate of Vivian Kerekes Environmentally Sound Enter. LLC Richard St. Clair Maronda Homes Inc. Dillner Storage Co. Zokaites Properties L.P. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. NVR Inc. BALDWIN BOROUGH Lynn Knechtel

Richard and Michele Talarico Christopher Cantwell Wayne and Marcia Bahur Brian Kinger and Jacquelynn McCarthy

Theresa Eger Jeffrey and Robert Direng Jeffrey and Ricki O'Brien Gregg Jouver Walter Joseph O'Hara Sandra Marie and Marc Alan Turley

336 Saratoga Drive $114,600 333 Millet Lane $126,900 17 National Drive $143,000 286 Constitution Drive $92,900 Grace St. $3,000 634 Inglefield Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $118,550). 42 Old Clairton Road $131,000 235 Crestview Drive $193,000 307 Farm Lane $149,999 225 Manor Drive $139,900

Michael Kissling Amanda Polizzano and Jeremy Norton Randall and Brandy Mason Mary Ellen and Shawn Caldwell Cassmin LLC Bonnie Anne Cross Edward and Beth Pazo Chelsa Campolongo Lee and Marlo Petersavage Matthew and Robin Westwood Linda and Domenic Curinga NVR Inc. Jeffrey Ferguson John and Dana Allemang Eastman Chemical Resins Inc. Michael Daniel and Gayle Koontz Matthew and Sharon Savena Sherri Hess

927 Foster St. 122 Roberts Drive 635 Setter Lane 639 Setter Lane 2101 Century Drive 4304 Harlin Drive Laurel Ridge Drive 352 New World Drive Riverview Drive 312 Tangelo Drive 6420 Willem Drive Gill Hall Road 1842 Gill Hall Road 113 Retriever Lane Route 837 5020 Dana Drive Unit 117B 1536 Gilmore Drive 6003 Independence Drive

Eric Rosnick

929 Edward Drive

$51,300 $90,000 $377,683 $303,753 $284,100 $217,000 $69,900 $90,000 $60,000 $245,000 $105,000 $42,000 $225,000 $276,788 $416,000 $249,900 $117,000 $303,360 $71,000 Continued on next page.

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App Helps To Make The Right Call On Laundry (NAPS)— Whether you are getting the kids’ clothes ready for school or putting your outfit together for a fashionable event, there’s good news—a new smartphone app can make your laundry life easier. That’s the word from Whirlpool, the leading maker of home appliances. The new WashSquad laundry app from Whirlpool brand is designed to help by: • Lightening your laundry load by assigning tasks to different members of your family • Providing expert advice on how to treat tricky stains with the help of the WashSquad Stain Eraser • Offering tips on how to care for your garment specific to the fabric with the Fabric Care Solution • Tracking and rewarding your family’s laundry accomplishments with the WashSquad Wash Board • Getting custom laundry appliance guides tailored to your Whirlpool washer and dryer. To make laundry day even easier, Whirlpool offers these tips on handling delicate fabrics and stains this season: • For washable embellished items, consult your fabric care label first, then wash on the Delicate or Handwash cycle with cold water temperature selected and low spin speed. Remove the item from the washer and lay flat to dry on a clean towel, taking care not to stretch the fabric. Adjust the embellishments as needed to reorient them to their original position or shape. • With wine stains, it’s important to react quickly. Once the stain dries, it will be more difficult to remove. First, check the care label to be sure the item is machine washable. Rinse the stain well in running water to dilute it. If you cannot wash the garment while it is still wet, soak it in cool water. Wash the garment on the warmest temperature safe for the fabric. Remove the garment from the washer and allow it to air-dry. If the stain remains, repeat the process using a color-safe bleach. To download the free app, go to iTunes or To learn more about the app and the brand, visit


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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller




Continued from previous page. PNC Bank NA Michael Dimperio III John Dowd

Dung Nguyen Christopher Jon Barker Jason Wyndroski and Jeffrey Peiliker

42 Macek Drive 600 Steiner St. 802 Steiner St.

WHITEHALL Elizabeth Woodland Marlene Walters C. Kenneth Mooney trustee Bryan Best Estate of Julia Tamkevicz

Sylvia Boyle Timothy Keefe and Colleen Miller Hom Nath and Damanti Chimorlya Brent Holbert Krishna and Nanda Chimariya

3030 Duncan Lane 33 Hennig Drive 211 Jill Drive 4806 Roberta Drive 4824 S. Emblem Drive

$175,000 $205,000 $132,500 $126,200 $125,000

BRENTWOOD Lindsey Aul Rock Michael McCaffrey

Gina Vadala Cynthia Kleinhample

3842 Dalewood St. 3176 Glendale Ave.

$100,000 $82,000

NOTTINGHAM TOWNSHIP Kenneth Devore Kenneth Foster Jr. GG Reich LLC HSBC Bank USA NA Joseph Dyga

Cartus Financial Corp. Energy Smart Systems Inc. Energy Smart Systems Inc. Mark and Amy Hudson Laurie Mansell Reich

Cartus Financial Corp.

Anindya and Arpita Rakshit Patra

314 Hickory Nut Drive $290,000 Fox Trot Drive $122,400 121-123 Fox Trot Drive $90,000 607 Valley View Road $250,000 103 Hamtom Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $151,533). 314 Hickory Nut Drive $287,000

Mark and Vickie Hunzeker Capital One NA Brian Homes Inc. Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Joyce and Richard Popovich Patrick Cray Elizabeth Sweet John Snowden William and Kelly Duerr Mark and Lori Acree Michael Jason and Mary Margarette Naguit Jeffrey and Dana Esper Kevin Frank and Jessica Henderson Nicholas Cascato Jr. and Jennifer Cascato Donald ONeil Colin and Lindsay Galvin Afzal Hussein Nasser Mark and Karen Sarneso Majdi Kowarik and Nancy Zatar Federal National Mortgage Assn. Terry and Nancy Francis Ryan and Kimberly Ahrens Sunil and Reema Sharma David Lingenfelter Jeffrey and Stephanie Beisheim Pennymac Corp. Venetia Group LLC PNC Bank NA David Tenison Jr. and Brenda Tenison Thomas Heiser

110 Bethany Drive 121 Brooke Drive 123 Brookwood Road Buckingham Drive 700 Crosswinds Drive 122 Marion Drive 289 Scott Lane 500 Sugar Camp Road 950 Venetia Road 148 Bittersweet Circle 551 Cortland Drive 56 Lintel Drive 307 Sutherland Drive 111 Walnut Drive 104 Waterside Drive 300 Bridle Tail 309 Bunker Hill Drive 503 Crossbow Court 205 Fox Creek Road 179 Gateshead Drive 337 Hedgerow Drive 145 Ivy Lane 111 Marlboro Drive 623 McCombs Road McMurray Road 305 Sugarwood Drive Venetia Road 907 Venetia Road 120 Bethany Drive 101 Brawdy St.

Desiree and Scott Hrabar James Cameron and Pamela Rocco David Ciaffoni Ignas Marcinkevicius and Jenna Cowan David and Christine Pittman Gregg and Julie Purcell Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC 106 Maple Lane LLC Geoffrey and Pamela Wright Richard Caporal Jr. and Marisa Caporal Douglas and Elizabeth Froelich Paragon Relocation Resources Inc. Mark Harrison Michael and Jessica Williams J Scott and William Rectenwald Ryan and Sarah Kanto

308 Clubview Drive 122 Demmel Drive 251 E. McMurray Road 131 Fireside Drive 410 Longleaf Drive 111 Maid Marion Lane 100 Mallard Lane 106 Maple Lane Mt. Blaine Drive 648 Scenic Ridge Drive 207 Thomas Road 102 Robinhood Lane 106 Clearview Drive 102 Robinhood Lane 2903 Washington Road 101 Wilhaven Road

PETERS TOWNSHIP Thomas Jay Smith James Dudiak Arline Fox 84 Financial L.P. Eddy Land Co. Estate of Byron Clark Steele Robert Stipetich Sylvan Moullet Ashley Czaniecki Donald Huffner Jr. NVR Inc. Thomas Whalen Jr. NVR Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Eugene Milas Jack Vulcano Jr. Scott Lantz Christman Schafer Joseph Velez Jr. Robert Murray Ronald Mulhauser George Soffel Anthony Lawrence Evelyn Jozefkowicz Peters Twp Land Co. LLC Maurice Pisciottano Community Bank Estate of David Rednak Joseph Pinchbeck Thomas Heiser a value of $5,333). David Bocchini Nancy Jane Rocco Estate of Robert Conley Gerd Nitschmann NVR Inc. Ronald Kilgore Briwood Inc. Ralph Parker Allen Clingan NVR Inc. Federal National Mortgage Assn. Chad Moberly Chester Samson Paragon Relocation Resources Inc. Estate of Donald Rectenwald Jr. Kenneth Kelso

$82,001 $62,000 $80,000

$333,000 $1,662 $42,500 $137,757 $417,283 $173,000 $120,000 $269,500 $183,500 $650,000 $429,550 $317,500 $496,822 $359,552 $285,000 $534,000 $440,000 $478,000 $382,000 $1,503 $630,000 $225,000 $470,000 $132,500 $184,000 $1,625 $187,500 $1,970 $370,000 $0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate

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The Search is On! Salute to Senior Service® Seeks PA’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer Every day, Pennsylvania’s senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program. Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service® recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes between January 15 and March 1, 2014 at State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service® winner from among the state honorees. Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and their personal stories will be shared online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s designated and approved nonprofit charity. To complete and submit an online nomination form for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit Completed nomination forms can alternatively be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network’s services, call your local Home Instead Senior Care at 412-595-7554 or visit

Valley Seniors Club Announces Summer Bus Trips Lancaster - July 8 and 9, 2014 One of the Bible's greatest stories, Moses, and also The Music Man will be at the Dutch Dinner Theater. Also included is the farmers’ market, featuring great food and over 200 vendors, the Canning Company where sampling is free with jams and jellies, salsas, gourmet coffee, teas and much more. The trip also includes Outlet shopping. Two dinners and a breakfast are included. Palace Theater, Greensburg - August 26, 2014 Shoji Tabusci direct from Branson, Missouri for one performance only. Dinner will be at DeNunzio’s restaurant. For more details on either trip, call Marlene at 724-258-3950.


Seniors for Safe Driving Schedule Upcoming Events Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for senior citizens 55 years of age and older. The highway safety programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes seniors eligible for a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. The discount is mandated by PA state law. If you have never participated in a senior driving program before, you must attend a two-day program. To qualify for a one-day program, you must have taken a senior driving program in the past. No exceptions. Upcoming Programs: McKeesport - Carnegie Library of McKeesport, February 19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Upper St. Clair - Rec. Dept of Upper St. Clair, February 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. To register, call 800-559-4880 or online at

PITTSBURGH EYE INSTITUTE Doctor Thomas Findlan & Staff are happy to announce that Pittsburgh Eye Institute & Black and Gold Optical Shop have moved to our NEW site at

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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! FEBRUARY 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 1 – Trinity Wiseman 4 – Open Jam Night 7 – Justin Kunzelman 10 – Colors & Bottles 14 – Regul 18 – Open Jam Night 22 – JD Taylor & Jimmy 24 – Colors & Bottles 25 – Bar Bingo 28 – Todd Jones


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724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Rd., Monongahela Tuesdays – Jam Nite w/ Josie McQueen Wednesday – Open Stage w/ Dirk Diggler Thursdays – Jam Nite w/ Josie McQueen Friday – DJ/Karaoke Saturday – DJ/Karaoke The Hunting Lodge 724-348-7984 3529 Washington Ave., Finleyville Fridays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close Saturdays – Free Juke Box 8 p.m. - close



724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 1 – The Classics 8 – Laces Out 14 – Valentine’s Dinner 27 – Diziac Wine Tasting Dinner




724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon 1 – DJ Stan 7 – DJ Kooge 8 – J&R Entertainment 14 – J&R Entertainment 15 – DJ Steve 21 – DJ Kooge 22 – J&R Entertainment 28 – DJ Steve Thursdays – DJ Ben

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


412-233-2626 1180 Woodland Ave., Clairton 7 - WeedRags 14 - Girlz in Black Hats 21 - Todd Jones 28 - Regular Joes Wednesdays – Free Juke Box Saturdays – Free Juke Box


412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Rd., Intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd., Jefferson Boro 1 – Vince Agwada 8 – Wicked 15 – Bobby Hawkins 22 – U-Betz Thursdays – Gerry McGrew ““Piano Man”” Fridays – Open Stage Night all musicians welcome


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-------------- EDUCATION -----------HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6 - 8 weeks. ACCREDITED. Get a Diploma. Get a Job! No Computer Needed. Free Brochure 1-800-264-8330 Benjamin Franklin HS ________________________________________

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Interested applicants should email us at with a resume and cover letter, or mail to P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

————————————————————————————————————————— 44 CLASS A CDL DRIVER/LABORER (MCKEESPORT) Local rigging company has an immediate opening for a CDL Class A driver with at least 1 year experience. Willing to learn fabrication and rigging a plus. Salary negotiable depending upon experience. Excellent pay, health insurance, paid vacation and holidays. Will also be responsible for general labor duties when not on route. Pre-employment drug test is required. Please email resume to or fax to 412 754-9272. ________________________________________ Child Care - Sunshine Kids is now hiring loving, energetic people who enjoy working with children. Part time or full time positions available. Please call Tammy at 724-3486565 ________________________________________ Slagle Roofing & Construction, Inc. NEEDS... Experienced Roofers to join our team. FULL-TIME. Must have valid driver's license. STOP IN or CALL 724-2586901. 208 W. Main Street, Monongahela Experienced Hair Dresser Needed FULL or PART Time • 724-344-4656

Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred. Will train. Call 724-348-8844. ________________________________________


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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------Badge A Matic machine (2 1/4 "). Call John at 724483-1271. ________________________________________ Build a Bear clothes and accessories, excellent condition. $15.00 for everything. 724-929-6503 ________________________________________ 4 adjoining plots for sale. Mon Valley Memorial Park "Garden of the Cross" area. Beautiful view of the valley and river below. New lots through cemetery sell for $975 each. Will sell ALL 4 for $3000, 2 for $1600 or $850 each. Deed Transfer fee included ($95/lot)! 724-6503520 ________________________________________ Panasonic record player 33, 45, 78 rpm plus am/fm radio. Excellent condition. Collector’s or deejay’s item. Erma – 724-348-4324 ________________________________________

Office trailer for sale, 12 x 60,$6,000 or best offer. 724-350-5983. ________________________________________ Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora, 2 lots and 2 vault, $3600. 2 Lots $1600. Call 724-258-8631 ________________________________________ SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! 724-787-4817 ________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. ________________________________________ DirecTV - Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-352-7157 ________________________________________ SAFE STEP TUBS. Enjoy safety, comfort and therapeutic relief from the best walk-in tubs made in the USA. Call 1888-734-4527 for FREE information and SENIOR DISCOUNTS! ________________________________________ BEDS!!! Pillow Tops, Plush, Memory Foam. 10 YEAR WARRANTIES!!! New, still in factory plastic. FULL $179. QUEEN $199; KING $245 (Twins Available) IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!!! CALL (412) 494-7351 ________________________________________ DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-281-4970 ________________________________________ ProFlowers - Show lots of love this Valentine`s Day! SAVE 55 PERCENT on our Tender Hugs & Kisses bouquet with chocolates for $19.99 plus S/H. ALSO, Get 20 percent off your other gifts over $29! Go to bouquets or call 1-800-820-2564 ________________________________________

----------- ITEMS WANTED -------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. ________________________________________ Looking to buy 1964/1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, good running condition. Call 724-9295183. ________________________________________ Outdoor plastic lighted Christmas carolers or choir singer blow molds. 412-384-8759 ________________________________________ Wanted. Person/s interested in buying collectables and/or antiques. Call John at 724-483-1271. ________________________________________ Collecting miscellaneous items for the needy. Call Louise at 724-483-8600. ________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-3486203.

February 2014 ————————————————————————————————————————— Canning Jars Wanted. Reasonable. 412-403-2753. ________________________________________ Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older. Will pay 20times face value! Call Dave at 724-941-5420. ________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. ________________________________________ Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201 ________________________________________ CASH PAID- up to $28/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAY PAYMENT. 1-800-371-1136 ________________________________________ WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 1967-1980 Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KX1000MKII, A1-250, W1-650, H1-500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3-400 SUZUKI GS400, GT380, GT750, Honda CB750 (1969,1970) CASH. FREE PICKUP. 1-800-772-1142, 1310-721-0726 ________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Instant Offer - Call: 1800-569-0003 ________________________________________ CASH for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Top $, 24hr Payments! Call 1-855-5787477, espanol 888-440-4001 or visit ________________________________________

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FREE Local Pick Up & Delivery Email or call for price quote today Call 412-835-5796 or e-mail JMC PUBLICATIONS, PRINTING, GRAPHICS & DESIGN 45 ——————————————————————————————————————————

AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid for qualified students – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-686-1704 ________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-864-5960 ________________________________________ DISH TV only $19.99/mo! TV Simply Costs Less with DISH! Free Premium Channels*! High Speed Internet from $19.99! Call 1-888-803-5770 ________________________________________ Have fun and find a genuine connection! The next voice on the other end of the line could be the one. Call Tango 1-800-381-1758. FREE trial! ________________________________________ Meet singles now! No paid operators, just people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages, connect live. FREE trial. Call 1-877-737-9447 ________________________________________ Need a Christmas gift? Try UNSPOKEN by NY Times Best-selling Author Dee Henderson. Read first chapter ________________________________________ ROTARY INTERNATIONAL – A worldwide network of inspired individuals who improve communities. Find information or locate your local club at Brought to you by your free community paper and PaperChain. ________________________________________ TOP CASH PAID FOR OLD GUITARS! 1920's thru 1980's. Gibson, Martin, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, Prairie State, D'Angelico, Stromberg, and Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1-800-4010440 ________________________________________ DIRECTV, Internet, & Phone From $69.99/mo + Free 3 Months: HBO® Starz® SHOWTIME® CINEMAX®+ FREE GENIE 4 Room Upgrade + NFL SUNDAY TICKET! Limited offer. Call Now 888-248-5961 ________________________________________ Order Dish Network Satellite TV and Internet Starting at $19.99! Free Installation, Hopper DVR and 5 Free Premium Movie Channels! Call 800-597-2464 ________________________________________ EEOICPA CLAIM DENIED? Diagnosed with cancer or another illness working for DOE in U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program? You may be entitled to $150,000-$400,000. Call Attorney Hugh Stephens 888-604-4582. 2495 Main St., Suite 442, Buffalo, NY. ________________________________________

------------- NOTICES ---------LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyville. Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. ________________________________________ All Things Basementy! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all of your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control FREE ESTIMATES! Call 1-866-589-0174 ________________________________________ Feeling older? Men lose the ability to produce testosterone as they age. Call 888-476-0957 for a FREE trial of Progene- All Natural Testosterone Supplement. ________________________________________ Medical Alert for Seniors - 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 877-8271331 ________________________________________ SAVE on Cable TV-Internet-Digital Phone-Satellite. You`ve Got A Choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 866-7666459 ________________________________________ Have an Event to promote? Want to market to towns & cities outside of your own hometown? We can help your organization reach over 1 million readers for only $150. Visit for more details or call 800-450-7227. ________________________________________ PERSONAL CREATIONS - Personalized holiday gifts. Order now for 25 percent off your order of $19.00 or more (regular priced.) To redeem this offer, visit or Call 1-800-7129910 ________________________________________ SHARI`S BERRIES - Order Mouthwatering Gifts! SAVE 20 percent on qualifying gifts over $29! Fresh Dipped Berries starting at $19.99! Visit or Call 1-888-748-9896 ________________________________________ ENJOY 100 percent guaranteed, delivered to-the-door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 74 percent PLUS 4 FREE Burgers The Family Value Combo - ONLY $39.99. ORDER Today 1-800-914-0913 Use code 49381KZP or ________________________________________

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------------- PETS ---------ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $30.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. ________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. 724- 348-8028. ________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------FOR SALE – INVESTMENT PROPERTY; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724554-6534 Level double lot in quiet residential area. Builder ready or perfect for manufactured/modular home. Sewer tapped in. $15,000. 724-239-4333 ________________________________________


Union Township $158,500. Fabulous 3BR townhouse that is beautifully maintained. A fabulous side and rear lot, large open dining room and living room with corner gas fireplace, tons of updates, two car garage, stainless appliances, first floor laundry and much more. Email for more information. ________________________________________ 3B - 2B House for sale, currently rented, located at 431 1/2 Jackson St., Monongahela, PA. $25,000 OBO 724945-6499 ________________________________________ 1 Bedroom apartment for rent. located in Union Twp Washington County. Newly remodeled and clean. Ceramic and laminated flooring. Good sized fenced in yard. Nice size covered porch. Quiet location. Call for more details 724-993-0832 ________________________________________ RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, activities daily. Short Leases. Monthly specials! Call (877) 210-4130 ________________________________________ ABANDONED NY FARM! ABSOLUTE SALE! JAN 25TH & 26TH! 23 Tracts! 8 ac – $19,900 15 ac - $29,900 25 ac - $39,900 Next to State Land, stream, pond, incredible views! House, barn! Stunning country setting! Call (888) 738-6994 to register! ________________________________________

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

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

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



COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

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

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

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

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ABANDONED FARM 5 acres – State Land - $16,900 6 acres – Farmhouse - $99,900 Gorgeous So. Tier, NY hilltop location! Fields, woods, stream, pond, 30 mile views! EZ owner terms! (888) 738-6994 ________________________________________

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 Micro soft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. ________________________________________

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Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233. ________________________________________ Young Professional Available for Guitar Lessons Commercial Music Technology Graduate is available for private guitar lessons. Able to teach all ages, skill levels, and genres. Flexible Schedule. bksmith3022@ ________________________________________ Carpet Repairs. Restretches Patches Installation, 25 Yrs Exp, Small Job Expert, Leave Message 412-651-8503 FAMILY MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD – also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events. 724-258-5336; email: Web page:

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

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

• Official Entry Form •

(Deadline for entries is February 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. When is the Pleasant Hills Lions Club spaghetti dinner? How many families does the Finleyville Food Pantry Service each month? What is the name of the new business in Peters Township who recently had a ribbon cutting? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 13363, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Congratulations to our January Pizza Puzzler winners! NIKKI CUSHEY - Finleyville • CLAIRE O’LEARY - West Mifflin

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Food & Dining Staying in or going out, plan your evening using the Union-Finley Messenger Dining Guide.

Walk in No Appointment Necessary Most insurance accepted.

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

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

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