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Home & Garden Guide

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“ W E ’ R E T H E N E I G H B O R LY N E W S PA P E R ”

Union Township • Finleyville • Gastonville • Eighty Four • Nottingham • Peters Township • Venetia • New Eagle • Monongahela • Elrama • Elizabeth • West Elizabeth • Jefferson Hills • Library • South Park

Pleasant Hills Fourth Grader Raises Funds For Rescued Greyhounds


he theme of the 2011 Pleasant Hills Community Day, held August 14 at Mowry Park, was “A Salute to Service.” As event organizers were saluting pillars of the community for their years of service and dedication to their causes, along comes 9-year-old Jade Conway of Pleasant Hills. The 4th grader, dressed in cheerleader attire with painted cheeks and sparkly hair, approached the Hurry Home Hounds vendor booth and struck up a conversation with the dog handlers. She’d been collecting money to help get rid of puppy mills and assist animal rescue leagues, she told volunteers. She had created her own bookmarks and sold them, raising around $62. She asked the Hurry Home Hounds volunteers if she could donate the money to help greyhounds find new homes. Jade sent her mom home to gather the donations and bring the money to the hounds’ tent. In the meantime, Jade sat and petted the dogs, learning names, which were up for adoption and which were family pets, what it takes to be a greyhound rescue volunteer, and what it would take to foster a retired racing greyhound. Such a selfless act needs to be commended. Hurry Home Hounds appreciates Jade for caring about animals and assisting Hurry Home Hounds with their mission to provide forever homes to retired racing greyhounds in southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland regions.

Jade Conway of Pleasant Hills donated funds she raised selling homemade bookmarks to help Hurry Home Hounds help retired racing greyhounds find new homes. The organization sponsored a booth at Pleasant Hills Community Day.

Candlelight Ghost Walk Scheduled for October in Monongahela The Annual Monongahela Candlelight Ghost walk will be held October 14 & 15, 21 & 22 at 7:00 p.m. Participants meet at the Monongahela Library Parking Lot on West Main Street and must have reservations, which can be made by calling 724-258-6432. Additionally, new this year is a V.I.P Haunted Happenings House Tour, which will be held on both Saturday dates and includes the regular ghostwalk and touring inside a haunted house with group discussion and goodies and beverages. Regular tour is $10.00 per person and the V.I.P. Tour is for adults only 18+ for $25.00 per person. All proceeds benefit the Monongahela Area Historical Society. Hurry and book today – this tour fills up fast!

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . COUNTRY CLASSIC JAM – Wednesday nights from 8-11 p.m. at Carroll Township American Legion, Monongahela. $3 admission, great food, smoke free, friendly atmosphere. FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM – First and third Thursdays each month from 56:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church, Venetia. All are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, call Patti at 724-941-6609. KNITTERS NIGHT – The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch, 1015 Chess St., Monongahela, every Thursday night in September, 6:30-9 p.m. Knitters of all ages and levels get together to work on their knitting projects. No charge. For more information, call 724-258-6758. Knitters Morning is every Tuesday morning in September from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 2-5 18TH ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA ARTS & CRAFTS COLONIAL FESTIVAL – General Westmoreland’s Countryside, Westmoreland Fairgrounds near Greensburg, September 2 and 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Over 500 “pioneer” men and women SEPTEMBER 3-5 SOUTH PARK RIB & WING CHALLENGE – South Park Fairgrounds (rain or shine). Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday, noon to 8 p.m. Tickets, $10. Come and taste the best BBQ from all over the country (available for purchase). Music, family zone, Wild World of Animals shows, crafters market, activity tent, pony rides and more. Everclear will perform Saturday, War will perform Sunday, and Molly Hatchet will perform on Monday. For more information, visit SEPTEMBER 4 ELRAMA COMMUNITY DAY – Elrama Firehall, 1-10 p.m. Karl Lukitsch Polka Band, 2-5:30 p.m; Todd Jones, 6:30-10 p.m. There will be BBQ, lamb, beef, pork, beverages, games, and fun for the whole family. Volunteers are welcome.

SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1971 40-YEAR REUNION – 6-11:30 p.m., 207 Bailey Avenue, (Mt. Washington). You can go to to find more info and updates and who signed on. It’s a great way to find out who is where and what everyone has been up to. Just click on “My School” and “My Reunions” then “SPHS40.” If you’re a Facebook member request to be Pat Herforth’s friend. You can then check out my ‘events’ to see more on the reunion and connect with high school friends. Call Pat Herforth at 724-929-9834. SEPTEMBER 6 SCRAPBOOKING 101 – The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch, 1015 Chess St., Monongahela, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of scrapbooking. Cost of $15 includes initial supplies. Also offered September 20. Call for appointment at 724-2586758. SEPTEMBER 6-7 JOHNNY APPLESEED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM – Mingo Creek Park, Shelter 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For children ages 3-5 years. Stories, a nature hike, and a craft project. An adult must attend with child. Fee is $2 per child. Pre-registration is required; call 724-228-6867. SEPTEMBER 7 CROCHET IN THE AFTERNOON – The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch, 1015 Chess St, Monongahela, every Wednesday afternoon in September, 1-3:30 p.m. Crocheters of all ages and levels work on their projects. Beginners welcome. No charge. For more information, call 724-258-6758. SEPTEMBER 8 MCMURRAY ART LEAGUE MEETING – MAL Studio, McDowell Shoppes, McMurray, 7 p.m. The speaker will be John Pisarcik, noted oil painter. He also does figures and will do a demo. The first class will be September 6 with Tom McNickle, oil and watercolor artist. Christine Swann will teach portraits September 7. Call Sarah Duffy for information at 724-225-4688.

MINGO'S MEANIES OUTDOOR PROGRAM FOR HOME SCHOOLED KIDS – Mingo Creek Park, Shelter 2 outdoor classroom, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free program for home-schooled children ages 5 to 11. Learn how to identify and avoid some of the things in nature that make us go “ouch!” like poison ivy, mosquitoes, and stinging nettle. To register, call 724-228-6867. SEPTEMBER 9 SQUARE DANCE – Dravosburg #2 Fire Hall, Luscomb Lane, off the Pittsburgh McKeesport Blvd., 8-10:30 p.m. Hosted by Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club. Refreshments will be served. After a brief lesson, everyone will be able to dance. The club’s first full lesson following the introduction dance will be held on September 15 at 8 p.m. This lesson is free; subsequent lessons are $4 per person per lesson. For more information, call Martha at 412-384-9669. SEPTEMBER 9-10 GIANT GARAGE SALE – St. Benedict Church. Sponsored by The Women of St. Benedict. SEPTEMBER 10 FINLEYVILLE COMMUNITY DAY – Downtown Finleyville, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The day will honor those in active service. Finleyville Community Center, Marion Avenue: Opening Ceremony, 10 a.m.; pizza eating contest for kids ages 12 and older (first 20 names drawn; sign up in advance), 2 p.m.; Chinese auction, 50/50, drawing/coloring contest awards, 4 p.m.; Closing Ceremony, 5 p.m. Bingo, Highland Avenue, noon to 4 p.m. Food, games, vendors, huckster produce, flea market, local music and talent. Finleyville's Historical Display will be at the newly remodeled municipal building. BETHEL PARK COMMUNITY DAY – Bethel Park High School Campus, 309 Church Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; parade begins at 9 a.m. Activities, refreshments and games, pony rides, a petting zoo, soccer, football and much, much more! Enjoy live entertainment all day.

THE HERITAGE PLAYERS BOOTH – Bethel Park Community Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bethel Park High School campus. For more information on our shows, visit or call 412-831-6800, ext. 745. BRIDAL FAIR/FASHION SHOW – Space is available for this special event at Washington Crown Center. Call 724-225-1838 for additional details. Discount rates are available. COAL AND COKE HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL – Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, noon. Johnny Angel and The Halos, Harold Betters, The Stickers, NewLanders and more. Festival celebrates the culture, labor and music of the coal and coke region of southwestern Pennsylvania and features ethnic foods of the region, local arts and crafts, the popular Kiddie Koal Mine, S.H.I.F.T. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the gate. 4 and younger and miners are admitted free. Details at SEPTEMBER 10-11 GRANDPARENTS’ WEEKEND AT PA TROLLEY MUSEUM – September 10-11, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. (last ride at 4:15 p.m.), Unlimited trolley rides, tours of the Trolley Display Building

September 2011 ———————————————————————————————————————— (which houses more than 30 streetcars), tours of the restoration shop, complimentary cookies and coffee, and a play trolley and activities for kids. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) or $4 for seniors with grandchildren, $6 for children (3-15) and children under age 3 are free. For further information, call 724-228-9256 or go to SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL TRIBUTE – Chess Park, Monongahela, 6 p.m. Sponsored by Monongahela Woman’s Club. Music, speakers, and salutes to our nation by various military and veterans groups. For additional information, please call 724-258-4502 or 724-258-5631. RALLY DAY – Grace Lutheran Church, 6810 Hilldale Drive, South Park. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., and an outdoor worship will be held (weather permitting) at 10:45 a.m. Following worship, everyone is invited to join us for a picnic lunch and fun activities. Wear your red, white and blue. REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY – Sunny Slopes, South Park, 5 p.m. (rain or shine). Sponsored by South Park Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Windover Hills United Methodist Church. Tribute will recognize members of the local departments. Active military personnel and veterans also will be honored. Boy Scouts will collect old, worn flags. ART IN THE GARDEN – Madeleine’s Garden, LeMoyne House, 49 East Maiden St., Washington, 2-6 p.m. Admission is $10, children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets available at the gate or by calling 724-225-6740. FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER – Mt. Vernon of South Park Senior Living, South Park, 1-3 pm. The event is a “thank you” to our firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians, as well as our veterans. RSVP by September 2 to 412-655-3535. Donations will be accepted. SEPTEMBER 12 CANONSBURG HOSPITAL 27TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Valley Brook Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Patient Gateway Project. Includes brunch, dinner, raffle and skill prizes. For more information, call Becky Biddle at 724-745-3913.


FREE SHOWING OF GASLAND FILM – Thomas Jefferson High School Auditorium, Jefferson Hills, 7:30 p.m. The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history is coming to PA, including your local residential South Hills neighborhoods. In this award-winning documentary, Josh Fox embarks on a cross-country road trip to answer the question, “Is fracking safe?” Educate yourself about this controversial drilling process and people impacted by its consequences. 4TH ANNUAL HARVEST MOON CAMPFIRE – Mingo Creek Park, Shelter 2, 7 p.m. Free familyfun-filled, relaxing evening of songs and stories while sitting under the harvest moon. We’ll have fresh kettle corn; bring a chair. Pre-registration is required; call 724-228-6867. SOUP TAKE-OUT – Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Motherhouse, 3603 McRoberts Road, South Hills. Choices include wedding, chicken noodle or broccoli soups for $5 a quart with two dinner rolls. Orders must be placed by September 8 by calling 412-885-7232. Pick up orders September 14 from 3-6 p.m. The Sisters Craft Shoppe will also be open. All proceeds benefit the Sisters. SEPTEMBER 16 LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY NIGHT – Library Fire Hall, 6 p.m. Help support the PT Soccer Boosters. Scrumptious buffet dinner, desserts, beer, pop, silent and Chinese auctions, and entertainment. Hosted by David Kaye, Pittsburgh’s King of Comedy. Tickets are $25; Platinum sponsors buy a table of 12 for $500 and receive premium seating, special mention and first access to the buffet! For tickets, call Ellen at 724-942-1073 or email at by September 12. BYOB; must be 21 or older. SCHOOL YARD SALE – Venetia Community Center, Peters Township, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Venetia Heritage Society. Features a flea market and food and beverages. Purchase a table area for $10 To participate, contact Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE – Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Food will be available. If anyone would like to donate clean items. drop them off at the church by September 13. Please call Kathy Jo at 724-886-0870 to make arrangements. ———————————————————————————————————————— 5

SEPTEMBER 16-18 PA BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST – Downtown Canonsburg. German and ethnic foods, live entertainment, amusement rides and games, vendor exhibits, staged wedding and more. For more information, call 724-745-1812 or visit SEPTEMBER 17 17TH ANNUAL MIGHTY INDIAN MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL – Peters Township High School stadium, 7 pm. High school marching bands performing at this year’s festival include Carrick, Langley, West Greene, Avella, Upper St. Clair, Chartiers-Houston, Burgettstown and the Peters Township Mighty Indian Marching Band. Admission is $6 adults; $4 for students and senior citizens. BOB RALSTON CONCERT – Keystone Oaks High School, Dormont, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. If you have any questions, call 724-446-9744 or 412-241-8108. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED NURSES CLUB MEETING – Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, 9:30 am. Speaker is Dr. Uzma Khan; topic is What, Why, Who, When, Where of Palliative Care. All registered nurses welcome. VICTORY COMMUNITY DAY – Victory P.M. Church, Elizabeth, 2-6 p.m. Free food and refreshments. Central Blood Bank donations will start at 1 p.m. The Narrow Way Motorcycle Club Ministry will display a 1972 Plymouth Duster Dragster and a 1970 Dodge Super Bee Dragster. Event features chainsaw carving, silent auction, music by the Good News Blues, Magician with a Message, a bounce house and crafts for kids. FIRST WOUNDED VETERAN’S CAR SHOW – Charleroi Chamber of Commerce parking lot, Charleroi (rain date Sept. 24). Includes 50/50, door prizes, food and drinks, D.J. OKTOBERFEST WEDDING – Street Stage, Central Avenue and Pike Street, Downtown Canonsburg, 2:30 p.m. Jamie Penderville of McDonald and Charles Harn of Fredericktown are the winners of the all-expense-paid 2011 Pennsylvanian Bavarian Oktoberfest Wedding and will be married at the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest held all weekend. The public is welcome.

SOUTH PARK COMMUNITY DAY – South Park Fairgrounds, noon to dusk. Vendors, crafts, food, entertainment and much more. FALL FESTIVAL – Trax Farm, Finleyville, every weekend starting on September 17 thru October 30, 10 am-5 pm. Hayride to pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin, four-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin painting, cider, over 15 varieties of apples, and treats from our bakery. For information, call 412-835-3246 or visit 41ST ANNUAL COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL – Mingo Creek Park, Arts and crafts, food, historical exhibits, entertainment and more. For more information, visit COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL TEA – Victorene’s Tea, Monongahela, 1 p.m. Coincides with the Covered Bridge Festival in Mingo Creek Park. Cost is $30 per person, and reservations are required. To register, call 724-258-7199. SEPTEMBER 17-18 REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT – Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line reenactment group will camp on the grounds to depict the day-to-day life of the American soldier in the 18th century. $2. Visit or call 412-835-1554. SEPTEMBER 19 PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS DANCE – Brentwood VFW, 8-11:30 p.m. Dancing to music from the 50s, 60s and 70. Admission for PWP members, $5; guests, $7. For information, contact Barb at 412-855-4308. SEPTEMBER 20 FREE PARENTING CLASSES – Options Resource Center, 3 Monongahela, Tuesday evenings, September 20 through October 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Topics include pre-natal care, child development, parenting the first year, and parenting/discipline for the second year. To register, call 724-258-7277.

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . SEPTEMBER 23 SPAGHETTI DINNER – Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia is hosting a spaghetti dinner with meat or marinara sauce, tossed salad, rolls and dessert from 4-8 p.m. Dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for children; family max is $25. SEPTEMBER 24 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED NURSES CLUB FALL CARD PARTY – South Hills Country Club, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Play cards, games or just socialize. Admission is $25, lunch and door prizes. Tickets for a Chinese auction and raffle will be sold at the event. Contact Elizabeth Breneman at 412-655-9420. PSYCHIC FAIR – The Chapel of Oneness, West Mifflin, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Psychics, mediums, tarot card readers, and an aura photographer. Metaphysical items, books, jewelry, and gemstones . Lunch is $5. For more information, contact Rachael Slifko at 412-770-4961 or or visit SEPTEMBER 24 Car Cruise – Large Hotel, Jefferson Hills, 1-7 p.m. Join us for a day of fun, cruising, oldies and food to remember our friends Rick Shiner, Dennis Pasqualini and Jim Rose. Trophies, special awards, 50 dash plaques, DJ, 50/50, food/drink specials all day and night, giveaways, outdoor food service, event T-shirts for sale. $5 entry fee to be eligible for prizes. For more information, call Skinny at 412-277-5744 or Jim at 412-897-7475. SEPTEMBER 24 ECHOES OF AUTUMN – Riverview Baptist Church, New Eagle, 7 p.m. Featured performers are the Riverview Baptis’t Choir, Tressa Sweeney Youth Choir, Children’s Hand Bell Choir, and Shepherd’s Voice. Following, apple and pumpkin desserts served in fellowship hall. For more information, contact Saundra Bobnar at 724-2584978 or

3RD ANNUAL FALL HARVEST – Home Economics Building in South Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Windover Hills United Methodist Church, South Park. Openings for crafters and vendors are available. Contact Michelle at FALL FESTIVAL – Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, 716 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills. Flea market at 9 a.m.; food, fun and a car wash throughout the day. All are welcome. ROLL FOR A REASON BUNCO – Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, 12:30 p.m. Benefits breast and ovarian cancer research. Registration fee of $20 reserves a spot; includes snacks, dessert bar, a goody bag, and chances for door prizes. Raffle tickets for gift baskets and a 50/50 drawing will be sold. For more information, e-mail, contact Karen at 412-212-82831, or visit RAINBOW GIRLS OPEN HOUSE – Pleasant Hills Masonic Lodge, 455 East Bruceton Road, 4 p.m. Hosted by The International Order of the Rainbow. Girls ages 6 to 20 and their parents are welcome. Rainbow teaches confidence, volunteering in your community and leadership skills. Installation of Officers, 5 p.m.; fellowship meal follows. Visit or, contact Debra Walker at 412-384-0321 or FAMILY APPLE AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Triple B Farms, with pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, more than 250 pumpkin-headed characters, tube slides, a playground, a mini corn maze, a haunted barn and more. Triple B Farms will open its apple orchard to pick-your-own customers on weekends, September 3 through October 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hayrides available. For more information, visit

SEPTEMBER 24-25 13TH ANNUAL ETHNICFEST – Chess Park, Monongahela, 11 a.m.-dusk and September 25 from noon-6 p.m. Hosted by Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Monongahela. Ethnic and American foods, bake sale. Theme baskets, large flea market, and live music. SEPTEMBER 27 MINI GOLF WINE AND BEER TASTING TOURNAMENT – Tower Golf and Family Entertainment Center, 375 Berry Road, Washington, 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by The Young Lawyers Division of the Washington County Bar Association. Adult players can enjoy 18 holes of mini-golf while sampling fine wines and microbrews, and players of all ages can enjoy an evening of miniature golf, non-alcoholic beverages and light refreshments. For more information, call 724-225-6710 or email MARTHA WASHINGTON QUILT GUILD MEETING – Monthly business meeting, 12:30 p.m., Church of the Covenant, third floor, 267 East Beau Street, Washington. For more information, e-mail marthawashingtonquilters@ SEPTEMBER 29 Girl Scout Recruiting Recruiting Event – Pleasant Hills Borough Building meeting area, 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts of West Jefferson Hills School District are calling all girls. Event will feature fun activities for the girls and registration information for the adults. For more information, contact Melanie at or Becky at OCTOBER 1 FLEA MARKET – PAT parking lot, Pleasant Street, Library, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by South Park Historical Society (rain or shine). Cost for vendors is $10 to reserve a spot; call 724-348-6406 by September 24.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AUCTION – Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, 10 a.m. Items include furniture, tools, glassware, china, clocks, and mid-century and Victorian items. Ray Patterson will be the auctioneer (AU701-1). COLONIAL TAVERN AND COFFEE HOUSE – Museum of Western Expansion, Wright House, Peters Township, 3-9 p.m. Features “tastes of the past” and historic insights into the importance of the coffee house of the 18th Century. Also visit the historic frontier tavern located in the 1778 log cabin. $7 for adults, $4 for children. Call 724348-9705 for more information. OCTOBER 2 Dan Schall Ministry Concert – ELIZABETH BAPTIST Church, 735 Bunola River Road, Elizabeth, 11 a.m. worship hour. Schall is from Zelienople, and his concerts include old hymns and gospel, bluegrass and country music along with stories of his life and people he has met. For further information, call 412-384-6464. OCTOBER 6-8 MONONGAHELA FIRE DEPARTMENT FALL FESTIVAL – St. Anthony’s Festa lot, Monongahela, 6-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4-11 p.m. Saturday. A fall-themed parade will kick off the festival Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. MVFD and St. Anthony’s Church will host food booths, games and entertainment. Finleyville native, Sydney Hutchko will perform October 7. Johnny Angel and the Halos October 8 at 7 pm. For information about entering a float, please call 724-258-6871.




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Finleyville Residents, Look Out for BBs Dear Editor, I am writing to advise everyone to be on the lookout for kids with a BB gun. On August 3, I was walking in my backyard and someone shot me in the leg. They didn’t seem to realize how serious it could be if they hit someone in the eye or a vital place. Molly Kotcki, Finleyville

Are We Ready for Alcohol Sales at Giant Eagle? Dear Editor, How many of you were as surprised as I was to learn that our local Giant Eagle was not only planning to sell alcohol from the store shelf but to open a new café that will also sell alcohol? How many of us had an opportunity to voice our objections? We already have four restaurant/bars within walking distance of Giant Eagle. Isn’t that enough? Is this really necessary? Who monitors how much alcohol a person has had before they come into the café? Although I don’t live in Union Township, so I have no voting rights, I have lived in the area for over 40 years. I love it here. My church is here, my job is here, and most of all my grandchildren are here. Who protects my family if some fool decides to go crazy? No four-foot wall or security camera is going to do it. And how much training and power do the security guards have? Sometimes we think things are innocent enough only to find that they spin out of control. I’m not sure that the Union Township Board of Supervisors really has the residents’ best interests at heart. We have such a great community; I sure hope you know what you’re doing. Anna Tompkins, Nottingham

Letters to the Editor can be submitted via e-mail to or by mail to P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332. All Letters to the Editor must be signed and must contain the author’s return address and telephone number for verification. Letters will be printed as submitted whenever possible; however, we reserve the right to edit for length, clarity, and taste, and to refuse to publish any and all letters received. Letters to the Editor represent the unsolicited opinions of our readers and do not reflect the views or opinions of the 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.

Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department Thanks Local Residents The Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department would like to express a sincere “thank you” to all of the residents and local businesses for their continuing support that made its annual carnival a huge success. Without your tremendous support, the fire department would not be able to survive. They look forward to seeing everyone again in July 2012! ———————————————————————————————————————— 7


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Monongahela High School Class of 1964 Celebrates “65th Birthday Party”

The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering the following programs in September at Mingo Creek Park. Pre-registration is required; call 724-228-6867. Mingo Creek Park is located two miles east of Washington, PA off of Route 136. Johnny Appleseed Preschool Program A preschool program for children ages 3-5 years will be held in Shelter 1 on Tuesday, September 6, and Wednesday, September 7. Two sessions will be available each day: Session I is at 10 a.m., and Session II is at 1 p.m. September is the month to celebrate the adventures of Johnny Appleseed. Stories, a nature hike, and a craft project will help us all to learn more about the interesting life of this man. An adult must attend with child. Fee is $2 per child. Mingo's Meanies Outdoor Program for Home Schooled Kids Mingo’s Meanies, a free program for home-schooled children ages 5 to 11, will be offered on Thursday, September 8 at Shelter 2 in the park’s outdoor classroom. Two sessions are available: Session I will begin at 10 a.m., and Session II will begin at 1:00 p.m. Don't be afraid! Learn how to identify and avoid some of the things in nature that make us go “ouch!” Poison ivy, mosquitoes, and stinging nettle are just a few of the things we will explore during this program. 4th Annual Harvest Moon Campfire The 4th Annual Harvest Moon Campfire will be held Monday, September 12, at Shelter 2 and will begin at 7 p.m. Join the park staff around the campfire for a free family-fun-filled, relaxing evening of songs and stories while sitting under the harvest moon. Interesting facts about the harvest moon will be shared, and fresh kettle corn will be made over the open fire. We encourage you to bring along a chair or blanket and a mink.

Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge Offers All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast The Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge in Elizabeth hosts a full all-you-can-eat breakfast brunch and choice of beverages every second Sunday of each month from 10 am until 2 pm at the dining hall area of the lodge located at 207 Plum Street in Elizabeth. Proceeds benefit Masonic charitable activities. Cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children ages 3 and above. PHOTO BY ALICE HARRIS.

Lodge members Albert Roll, Matt Graham, David Graham, Milford Graham, and Jeff Graham prepare breakfast and enjoy the company of brothers.

Fifty-three classmates gathered at Palmer Park, Donora, to celebrate 65 years.

On Saturday, July 30, 53 classmates from Monongahela High School Class of 1964, plus spouses and guests for a total of 81 partiers, gathered to celebrate at Palmer Park, Donora. It was a catered picnic with food and drinks galore. The reunion committee, with Mary Jane (Gavaghan) Sutts as the leader, has planned our reunions every five years. With her diligence, hard work and attention to every detail, each of the celebrations has been a huge success. Thank you, Mary Jane! The 50th Class Reunion (in the planning stages) will be held in 2014.

Mary Jane (Gavaghan) Sutts, Leader of Monongahela High School Class of 1964’s Reunion Committee, cuts the birthday cake for classmates’ 65th birthdays.

Museum of Western Expansion/ Peters Creek Historical Society Host Colonial Tavern and Coffee House On Saturday, October 1, the Museum of Western Expansion, located at 815 Venetia Road in Peters Township, will feature its Colonial Tavern and Coffee House from 3 – 9 p.m. The Colonial Coffee House, located in the “old kitchen” of the historic Wright House, will feature “tastes of the past” and historic insights into the importance of the coffee house of the 18th Century. If you prefer something a little stronger, you can visit our historic frontier tavern located in the 1778 log cabin. Try some of the beverages popular on the 18th century frontier and experience tavern life. This event begins later in the afternoon to take advantage of the ambiance of candles and firelight. Come enjoy the evening events, the sights, and smells of the olden days. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children. Various frontier foods and beverages will be available and are included in the admission price. Please call 724-348-9705 for more information. No museum tours will be offered at this event. Overflow parking located in the Venetia School parking lot.

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Oliver Miller Homestead Offers Glimpse of Revolutionary War Encampment The Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line reenactment group will camp on the grounds of the Oliver Miller Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. The group will depict the day-to-day life of the American soldier in the 18th century. Activities will include close order drills, musket firing, and outdoor cooking. Young visitors to the Members of the Eighth Pennsylvania Homestead will be recruited and given Regiment of the Continental Line reenactment recruitment papers, and they will be group will visit the Oliver Miller Homestead in instructed in military drills. South Park September 17 and 18. Visitors An exhibit of antique and reproducwill have the opportunity to view close tion firearms and weaponry will be disorder drills and musket firing. played in the barn. Members of the Miller family served in the Eighth Pennsylvania, which was formed in July of 1776 of Western Pennsylvania volunteers. Originally intended to protect the frontier, they were soon called upon to join Washington's main army in the East. They participated in the Battle of Saratoga, which was the decisive victory over the British in the North. They also wintered with General Washington at Valley Forge. The reenactment depicts 18th century soldiers planning their next move. On both days, the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates will be in 18th century dress to answer questions about the Homestead and demonstrate pioneer activities such as spinning, weaving, quilting, cooking, hornwork, and blacksmith work. The Homestead includes the original Stone House and springhouse, a reconstructed log house, beehive bake oven, blacksmith shop, newly constructed barn, and various gardens. The Miller Homestead is open every Sunday afternoon through December 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with the last tour admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person on Special Event Sundays and $1 on other Sundays. The Homestead is located in Allegheny County’s South Park on Stone Manse Drive off Corrigan Drive. For more information and a map, visit our website at The associates can be reached at 412-835-1554.

Modernettes Go for Gold! Congratulations to the Grand National Show Corps with Props and Pom Pon Champions, the Modernettes! The Modernettes are a baton corps that represent Ruby Daugherty and Sherry School of Dance on Brownsville Road. The Modernettes Grand National win this summer has earned them a spot on Team USA at the World Baton Championships to be held in Switzerland next April. The girls are working hard to perfect both their corps and pom pon routines, but they need the community's support to get them to Switzerland. On Saturday, September 24, Sincerely Yogurt at 4120 Brownsville Road will be holding an allday fundraiser for Team USA. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Modernettes to help them in their quest for gold in Switzerland. ———————————————————————————————————————— 9

100 Wannabe Knitters Needed for “Make a Difference Day” “Make a Difference Day” is the most encompassing national day of helping others—a celebration of neighbors Dorothy Jackson of The Memory Tree and Yarn helping neighbors. Everyone can parBranch in Monongahela taught Katie Moss of ticipate. Created by USA Weekend magNorth Carolina how to knit pretty quickly! azine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Dorothy Jackson, owner of The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch in Monongahela, wants to make a difference, so her goal for Make a Difference Day is to teach 100 individuals how to knit by Saturday, October 22. Her first official student was Katie Moss, age 13, from North Carolina. Katie and her siblings have been visiting her grandparents, Noel and Melva Sawyer of Monongahela, for the summer and wanted something different to do. “She is a natural and I have big hopes for her,” said Jackson. If you would like to be part of “Make a Difference Day” by having Jackson teach you to knit, please register on the list of “wannabe” knitters. Jackson says that most learners can be knitting within 15 minutes. There is no cost for the lesson, and needles and yarn are available at the store. If you make a mistake or get stuck, “Just drop by anytime, and I’ll help you out,” she promises. All knitters will be invited to join in a Make a Difference Day project on Saturday, October 22, on which all projects made will be donated to a local charity. The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch are located in Monongahela at the corner of Chess and 11th streets. Call 724-258-6758 to book your lesson.

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Local Contractor Donates Swing Set and More When Mike Loris, a Finleyville resident, and owner of M.A.L. Contracting, Inc., heard that a local five-year-old boy named Joey Parrish was battling cancer, he kindly offered to build him and his sister Kelsey a swing set, free of charge. After visiting the Parrish residence and meeting Joey, Loris decided to do so much more. He organized a crew of contractors and helpers that transformed their backyard into a play paradise that any kid would love. The Parrish family received a brand new, custom-built wooden swing set, complete with a rock-climbing wall, slide, swings and a roof. Mike Normile of M.D. Normile Contracting and his crew built a beautiful stone retaining wall, and many others pitched in to give this wonderful family a complete yard makeover. It is inspiring to know that there are still caring and generous people in this world that are willing to sacrifice their free time and give donations to help others. Joey and Kelsey are smiling and laughing as they enjoy their new back yard and swing set, all thanks to a wonderful group of individuals that truly embody the spirit of giving. The following people/companies deserve thanks for their contributions to this wonderful cause: work participants include Loris, Normile and crew, J.R. Swindell of FMS Services, AJM Contracting, Werner Hernandez,

Owner of M.A.L. Contracting, Inc. Mike Loris of Finleyville and other community businesses donated services and materials to build fiveyear-old Joey Parrish, who is battling cancer, a swingset and backyard “play paradise.”

James S. Lilja, Michael Anthony Loris, Jacob Loris, Rick and Zach Kalinowski, Joe Savko, and Kevin and Joey Shumaker. Material donations were supplied by M.A.L. Contracting Inc., Option Supply, Posty Trucking, Federouch Landscape Supply, M.D. Normile Contracting and Brookside Lumber. Also, thanks to everyone that helped ensure the crew was well-fed, including Preston Parrish, Ken and Kris Parrish, Mindy Kalinowski and Denise Shumaker.

Community Action Southwest Launches Full-Service Adult Education Program Community Action Southwest (CAS) is launching a full-service Adult Education Program designed to assist Washington and Greene County residents ages 17 or older to obtain their GED and/or increase their learning skills in order to secure family-sustaining waged jobs. Classes will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week at the Greene, Mon Valley and Washington CareerLink sites. Additionally, CAS will also offer classes at its Waynesburg and Washington offices on Tuesday afternoons and on Thursdays until 7 p.m. each week. Upon enrollment and orientation, Pennsylvania-certified instructors are trained to work with students to determine the appropriate level of classes they will attend and establish their class schedule. Students enrolling in the CAS Program will partner with a trained case manager who will focus on job development and eliminating employment barriers. Students will have the ability to explore their career options and overcome challenges while being connected to some of the area's largest employers. Courses will also be available for adults interested in an office assistant or home health assistant career. Classes offered each Thursday beginning in September. For more information, visit or call 724-225-9550 (Washington) or 724-852-2893 (Greene County).

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South Park “Friends” Need Donations for Fall Book Sale The South Park Friends Fall Book Sale will held in the South Park Township Community Center on Thursday, October 20 from 6-8 pm, Friday, October 21 from 10 am-7 pm, and Saturday, October 22 (the ever-popular $5-a-Bag Day) from 10 am-3 pm. The Friends are finalizing plans and ask that everyone (members, library patrons, Township residents, and surrounding neighbors) donate books and miscellaneous items. Check with South Park Township Library for dates to bring your items there. Following are items needed for the sale: books (hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, children, adult, school, educational, coffee table), old records, albums, books on tape, audio music tapes, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, video games, computer and electronic games and programs, games, puzzles, toys and stuffed animals. Encyclopedia sets are accepted but should not be more than eight years old. Games, puzzles, and toys should contain all parts and pieces and placed in boxes closed with tape. We are not accepting magazines, small issues of Reader’s Digest, issues of National Geographic, jewelry, or flea market/ garage sale items. All proceeds for the Friends book sale benefit the South Park Township Library. For further information on Friends, please visit

South Park Women’s Club Seeks Craft Show Vendors The South Park Women’s Club will host its 18th Annual Craft Show on Sunday, October 23 in the Home Economics Building at the South Park Fairgrounds. We are seeking interested crafters to participate in this year's show. If you have an unique, homemade craft and would like to participate in this year's show, please call Kathy at 412-833-1266 for more information.

Monongahela Police Cruise in New Car Thanks to Grant Money

Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, left, and retired state Senator J. Barry Stout pose for onlookers in front of the city’s new police cruiser. Stout, of Bentleyville, obtained a $25,000 grant to help pay for the vehicle before leaving office.

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PA Trolley Museum Hosts Grandparents’ Weekend Sept. 10-11 Bring the grandkids to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and give them a glimpse of the world you knew growing up—the era when trolleys ruled the streets. Grandparents who bring grandchildren will receive half-price senior admission all weekend long September 10-11 to celebrate National Grandparents Day. Grandparents can treat themselves and the grandkids to an affordable afternoon of nostalgia and use the museum to bring a bygone era to life. Activities include unlimited trolley rides, tours of the Trolley Display Building (which houses more than 30 streetcars), tours of the restoration shop, complimentary cookies and coffee, and a play trolley and activities for kids. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) or $4 for seniors with grandchildren, $6 for children (3-15) and children under age 3 are free. Trolley rides and tours depart at 15 minutes past each hour. Hours are 10 am to 5pm (last ride at 4:15 pm). To reach the Museum, take I-79 South to Exit 41 Racetrack Road or I-79 North to Exit 40 Meadow Lands or Route 19 to Racetrack Road, and then follow the blue signs to the Museum. For further information call 724-2289256 or go to

MVACC Hosts Service Personnel Dinner Cruise

Calling all grandparents! Bring your grandkids to the PA Trolley Museum to celebrate Grandparents Day on September 10-11.

To show its support to the local fire departments, EMS providers, and police who serve the community tirelessly, Mon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will host a service personnel recognition dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet on October 22. The Empress will pick up attendees at the Aquatorium Dock at 6:30 pm, and the cruise will end at 9:30 pm. Cost is $65 per person and includes dinner and dancing; cash bar will be available. Please join in recognizing these service personnel by attending this special evening. RSVP to the Chamber by September 22 by calling Dorothea Pemberton at 724-258-5919 Monday through Friday; seating is limited.

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Notable Entertainers Perform at Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival The countdown is on for the 2011 Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival to be held September 10 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This year’s festival will feature a lineup of musical performers who will entertain festival attendees of all ages. The lineup includes Johnny Angel and The Halos, Harold Betters, The Stickers, NewLanders and more. Johnny Angels and The Halos perform at 8 pm at the Every year, this special festiCoal and Coke Heritage Festival September 10. val celebrates the culture, labor and music of the coal and coke region of southwestern Pennsylvania. The festival offers a full day of musical entertainment of all kinds, as well as ethnic foods of the region, local arts and crafts, the popular Kiddie Koal Mine, and fireworks! This year, the S.H.I.F.T. Car Show will also take place at the festival. Musical entertainment will include: For more than 30 years, Johnny Angel and The Halos have been delivering highenergy shows that have the audience on its feet dancing. The band, which specializes in music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, will perform at 8 p.m. Festival favorite Harold Betters will return for his fourth consecutive festival to entertain the audience with his unique form of jazz at 4:30 p.m. Fans of country music will want to see The Stickers perform at 6:30 p.m. The Pittsburgh-based band’s current single “She Don’t Like a Thing” jumped 10 spots to No. 25 in its second week on the charts. Swing band Dr. Zoot and the Suits will make its first appearance at the festival this year. They take the stage at 3 p.m. NewLanders is returning for its fourth festival performance. They bring a unique style of musical storytelling to the Coal and Coke Heritage Center at 1:30 p.m. Tres Lads, an acoustic trio from Pittsburgh, is a new addition to this year’s festival. They will perform at 1:30 p.m. One musical group that has been a part of the festival from the beginning is the Augsburg German Band. A favorite band at western Pennsylvania Oktoberfests, clubs and festivals, the band will get the audience on its feet to polka! Augsburg German Band will take the stage at noon. For the second year, Zambelli fireworks will wrap up the day-long activities. Tickets for the Coal and Coke Festival are $5 in advance or at the gate. Children ages 4 and younger, as well as miners, are admitted free. Details are available at The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival website at

Wanted: New Eagle Memorabilia In preparation for New Eagle Borough’s upcoming Centennial Celebration in the summer of 2012, the organizing committee is asking anyone who has historic photos or articles about New Eagle to please bring them to the Municipal Building at 157 Main Street. The items are needed for publication of a Memory Book, which will be printed in January 2012. Also, anyone wishing to place an advertisement in the book should contact the Borough office. ———————————————————————————————————————— 15

PA Oktoberfest Committee Sponsors Name That Brew Contest The PA Bavarian Oktoberfest Committee has announced they are holding a Name That Brew Contest. The event, being held in downtown Canonsburg on September 16, 17, and 18, will feature several different types of beer on tap. One of the ales, rich in flavor with amber color, has been brewed especially for Canonsburg’s Oktoberfest. It needs a name, and the committee is looking for your help! Entry forms as well as complete rules and regulations can be picked up at the Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce office, 169 East Pike Street or by visiting the website, Deadline for entry submissions is September 7. For additional information, call the Chamber office at 724-745-1812.

Victorene’s Tea Falls into Autumn with Covered Bridge Festival Tea Victorene’s Tea, located in Monongahela, is celebrating Monongahela’s rich history by hosting a tea devoted to the city itself. The tea is designed to coincide with the Covered Bridge Festival and will take place on Saturday, September 17th, at 1:00 p.m., and guests are encouraged to make the 10-minute trip to visit the Covered Bridge Festival after sampling some of the fall menu items. The menu includes a blackberry sage tea, pumpkin cream scones, sweet potato and pear bisque, and egg and almond croissants. The specialty Victorene’s Country Club Tea Sandwich will also be feaVictorene’s Tea dresses their tables tured, along with frosted grapes and cinnamon to welcome the season of autumn. sugar tea cakes. For more information on this event or others or to make reservations, please call 724-258-7199. Cost to attend is $30 per person, and reservations are required.

Mon Valley School Revives Craft Show After a 10-year hiatus, The Mon Valley School Craft Show returned last year as spectacular as ever. The show featured a variety of 80 craft/vendor tables and a Chinese auction table consisting of 71 baskets. Admission fee of $2 entitled you to a chance to win 1 of 17 door prizes, and food and refreshments were also for sale. This year's show will be held Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are currently accepting applications for crafters/vendors. For more information, contact Mon Valley School at 412-469-2551. All proceeds benefits student activities.

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Girl Scouts Support Library Programs The members of the Ringgold Community Girl Scouts recently showed their support for the Monongahela Area Library by crafting a cozy sitting pad for the preschool children who attend Storytime programs. According to Cassie Lignelli, one of the Scouts who helped on the project, the girls had been inspired to Ringgold Community Girl Scout Cassie Lignelli help the library after volunteering at and Monongahela Area Librarian Nancy some of the recent fundraising events. Stoicovy show one of the “sit-upons” the troop Made of black and gold fleece with made for the library’s preschool Storytime program. appliquéd lettering, the “sit-upon” was crafted by the many girls primarily in grades 1 to 4 who attended the Ringgold Community Girl Scout Day Camp held at Mingo Park July 11-16. “The Girl Scouts have been a real rock for us to lean on and we can never thank them enough for all they do,” noted library director Elina Filander. “They served meals during our Ginger Hill Grange spaghetti dinner, helped with our spring Scholastic Book Fair, and made crafts with the younger children during last fall’s Light Up Night; now they’ve come through for us again.” The library will put the new sitting area to use starting with the Fall Storytime program which kicks off on Wednesday, September 14.

South Park Ceremony to Honor Local Public Servants, Military Personnel, and Vets on September 11 The South Park Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Windover Hills United Methodist Church, will sponsor a September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at Sunny Slopes in South Park on Sunday, September 11 at 5 pm, rain or shine. This is the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. The tribute will recognize members of the local departments who are the first to respond to any emergency in the township, including South Park Township Police Department, Broughton Volunteer Fire Department, Library Volunteer Fire Department, and TriCommunity South Emergency Medical Service. Members of the Allegheny County Police Department and Sheriff’s Department also will attend. Active military personnel and veterans also will be honored for the sacrifices they have made for our country. The memorial ceremony will feature patriotic songs by local performers, and flags will be distributed. Boy Scouts will collect old, worn flags that will be retired in a formal ceremony at a later date. The church parking lot can be used for parking, and the event will be held in the church in case of rain.

Saint Francis of Assisi Blood Drive Sponsors Blood Drive October 5 Saint Francis of Assisi will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, October 5 from 1-5 pm at Finley Hall, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, just off Route 88 across the parking lot from the new church. To schedule your lifesaving appointment, please call Kate Pitzer at 724-348-5361. Walk-ins will be welcomed. Please bring ID with you on the day of the blood drive. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A Central Blood Bank or military ID, driver’s license, or passport are all approved forms of ID. A birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.

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Chugging Along Merrily: Monongahela River Museum Celebrates a Quarter of a Century Together by Christen M. Stroh

The Monongahela River Museum celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer. The museum is run by the Monongahela River Buff’s Association, a group of marina enthusiasts who first came together in the mid-80s to share their passion of the river with the community. Currently, the group has roughly 65 members and is still going Jay Mohney, vice president of the Monongahela River strong. Buff’s Association, gave a talk at the June meeting on the “As a river museum, we have 1811 voyage of the NEW ORLEANS from Pittsburgh to basically a lot of river memoraNew Orleans. This steamboat was the first one on western bilia,” said president Dr. JK rivers and celebrated its 200th anniversary this year. Folmar, who noted that the collection of materials ranges from models of boats to bells and other actual boat parts and even records of trips made by boats. All the memorabilia has been donated to the organization over the years. Folmar also writes a newsletter called ‘The Voice of the Mon’, which is available at the museum itself and can also be found at local libraries. It was actually taking over writing the newsletter some twenty-plus years ago that got him involved with the association to the extent that he is now. “I’ve been involved for decades and just stepped into the role of president because of how long I’ve been around,” he joked. The Monongahela River Museum is located at 175 2nd Street and is open to the public on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 1 – 3 p.m. The museum is open seasonally from April to October. Those interested in viewing the riverrelated memorabilia can also make an appointment by contacting either JK Folmar, president, at 724-938-7856 or co-vice presidents Bill Goettel (724-2588808) and George Hutchko (724-258-6231).

“Roll for a Reason” Bunco Benefits Cancer Research Have fun with friends, roll some dice, and raise money playing Bunco to help find a cure for breast and ovarian cancer. The game is easy and you don’t have to know how to play to join in. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. The game starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. A registration fee of $20 reserves a spot at a Bunco table and includes table snacks, dessert bar, a goody bag, and chances for door prizes. Raffle tickets for gift baskets and a 50/50 drawing will be on sale during the event. Prizes will be awarded for “most wins” and “most Buncos,” as well as table and door prizes. All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. For more information, e-mail, contact Karen at 412-212-82831, or visit ———————————————————————————————————————— 17

Pick Your Own Apples at Triple B Farms Triple B Farms will open its apple orchard to pick-your-own customers on weekends from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 3 through October 30. Hayrides to the apple orchard will be available. You might think that “an apple is an apple is an apple,” but you’d be amazed at how much better a freshfrom-the-field apple tastes than a grocery-store apple. When apples don’t sit on the shelf, they retain a crispness that just can’t come from the grocery store. And Triple B grows only the very best varieties, including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji and more. Take your pick of eating apples and baking apples – Triple B has both. If you don’t want to pick your own, Triple B has homegrown apples available in the farm market every day of the week. Apple season already began a couple weeks ago with the Ginger Gold variety, so visit the farm anytime for your apple fix. Triple B apples are fantastic for kids’ school lunches, and if the kids pick the apples themselves, they’ll be even more likely to eat them with gusto. The farm’s bakery also turns out fresh

apple baked goods every day, including muffins, breads, pies and more. The Triple B Country Market and Gift Shop sells baking mixes for apple cookies and apple crisps (just add fresh Triple B apples), apple-cinnamon syrup, apple butter and other delicacies. If you are interested in a particular variety, or if you would like to buy a large quantity of apples for canning, call 724-258-3557 to check availability or place an order. Triple B Farms is open every day through October 31. Sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers will be in season through about mid-September. Other vegetables and fruits will be sold as long as they last, including blackberries, red raspberries, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and more. Starting September 24, Pittsburgh’s Finest Family Apple & Pumpkin Festival will open at Triple B Farms, with pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, more than 250 pumpkinheaded characters, tube slides, a playground, a mini corn maze, a haunted barn and more. For more information, visit

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Stockdale Oldies Dance Honors DJ Jim Dudas The “Turn Back the Clock” oldies dance to be held Saturday, October 29 at the Stockdale Fire Hall will take on special meaning for Jim “J.D. the D.J.” Dudas. That’s because Dudas, a longtime radio personality and area disc jockey, will be the honored guest. “Jim has been an integral part of the entertainment scene at Stockdale for many years, especially the past several years with the success of our “All Oldies, Only Oldies” dances,” Al Marcy, assistant fire chief and entertainment chairman at Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, said, “We feel it is most appropriate to honor him and thank him “J.D. the D.J.” Jim Dudas will be honfor all that he has done for our department and, ored at an oldies dance at Stockdale more importantly, for the thousands of people Fire Hall on October 29. who have enjoyed his music.” Marcy noted that Dudas, a resident of North Charleroi who has nearly 30 years of experience in the entertainment business, has been confronted by “some serious health problems” over the past year, but he has remained steadfast in his resolve to continue doing his radio show, dances and other engagements, “With the help of his longtime friend and fellow DJ, Ralph Trilli, Jim has perpetuated a legacy of excellence and commitment to the Oldies and his fans,” said Marcy. “At the October 29 dance, he will get a well-deserved break and enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet those fans, who will want to wish him well and thank him for keeping the oldies alive for so long.” Trilli will be part of the salute as he presents the music made popular by Dudas on his Mon Valley Memories show on WJPA (95.3 FM, 1450 AM) in Washington and at dances throughout the region. Ron Paglia, disc jockey at the original Stockdale record hops from 1957 to 1964, will host the October 29 event. The October 29 dance will be held from 8 pm to midnight and will be a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) affair. The fire department will provide refreshments and mixers. Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are being accepted at 724-938-7950. Attendance will be limited to 600.

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18th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival Open Labor Day Weekend

Carpenter’s Battery will hold a demonstration of Civil War times.

Over 25,000 are expected to attend the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival on Labor Day Weekend. Returning to the festival by popular demand, the 15-member Seton Hill University Pipe Band will parade throughout the festival Saturday and Sunday.

The 18th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 5, at General Westmoreland's Countryside at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds near Greensburg. Gates will open to the common folk, Friday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival's indoor booths span five very large buildings, which have been named Independence, Declaration, Constitution, Liberty, and Freedom Hall. Experience the pride and skill of over 500 pioneer men and women in over 220 exhibit booths as they create and fashion natural materials such as wood into beautiful furniture and accessories, carvings, toys and miniatures, metal into ornamental iron, fiber into stunning clothing, comforters, soft-sculpture dolls and animals, floral into lovely wreaths and swags, baskets and small accent pieces, and leather formed into belts and wallets. Painters will ply their skills on canvas, slate, wood, metal, ceramics and fiber. In addition, there will be outdoor displays, and the festival will be held rain or shine!

South Park Historical Society Sponsors Flea Market October 1 The South Park Historical Society is sponsoring a flea market Saturday, October 1 (rain or shine). The flea market will be held from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the PAT parking lot on Pleasant Street in Library. The cost for vendors is $10 to reserve a spot. Please telephone 724-348-6406 by September 24 to reserve a spot. You must bring your own tables. Refreshments will be sold by the Historical Society, and a bake sale will also be part of the event.

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McMurray Art League Starts New Season McMurray Art League’s first meeting will be September 8 at 7 p.m. at MAL Studio in McDowell Shoppes, Washington Road, McMurray. The speaker will be noted artist and teacher John Pisarcik, who does oils and figure drawing. He will present a demonstration of his work, and all are welcome. Art classes start September 6 with John McNickle, watercolor and oil artist. His classes always fill up quickly, so please call to reserve your spot ASAP. Christine Swann will offer a portrait series starting September 7 and creates beautiful paintings. Call Sarah Duffy for information at 724-225-4688. We have a very active group with excellent speakers and teachers.

Chairperson Charles Modispacher (left) and John Echement (right), members of Jefferson Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, present a ceremonial check for $10,000 to Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch (center) in support of the Best of the Batch Foundation.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is proud of its association with the Best of the Batch Foundation, which offers programs that directly impact the youth of disadvantaged communities around Pittsburgh and throughout the country. JRMC regional administrators recently presented a check for $10,000 to this worthwhile organization to support its efforts to help local young people who represent the future of the communities served by the medical center. The Best of the Batch Foundation was founded by Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch and is based in his hometown of Homestead, where JRMC’s roots also are based. JRMC was formed by the consolidation of Homestead and St. Joseph’s hospitals in 1972 to provide a comprehensive health care program to serve the residents of the South Hills and Steel Valley, a commitment it still maintains nearly 40 years later. JRMC has participated in Project C.H.U.C.K., the largest Best of the Batch program, which teaches children ages 7 – 18 discipline, self-confidence and team-orientation through learning the fundamental skills of basketball.

Peters Township Newcomers and Neighbors Plan Annual Kick-off Meeting The Peters Township Newcomers and Neighbors (PTNN) will be holding their annual kick-off meeting on Wednesday September 21, 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club. PTNN is a not-for-profit women’s civic and social organization with a variety of activity groups, including wine tasting, bunco, gardening, book groups, children’s playgroup, couples socials, luncheon excursions, and charitable endeavors. Come meet our members and enjoy a fun evening out that will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, prizes, raffles, and silent auction items. RSVP by September 14 to Michelle Bruce at 724-503-8523 or For more details about the event, visit Newcomers and longtime residents are welcome!

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Youghiogheny Country Club Celebrates 100 Years By Alice Harris

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Just Peachy! Triple B Farms Hosts Peach Festival Triple B Farms, located in Monongahela, hosted their Triple B Peach Festival on August 13th and 14th. A good time was had by all as hayrides were available for those in attendance to pick their own peaches and many peach-themed goodies were on hand to sample. Triple B Farms is open daily to the public during the summer and operates from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Back in 1924, golfers enjoyed Caddy Day at Youghiogheny Country Club.

The Youghiogheny Country Club, located at 1901 Greenock Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Township, celebrated its 100-Year Anniversary the weekend of July 22-24. Founded in 1911 by a group of golf enthusiast businessmen who purchased 107 acres, the first golf course had only 4 holes with 2 more added in the next years. In 1913, the first 9 holes were completed, and in 1922 an additional 78 acres were purchased with plans for another 9 holes. W.A. Cornelius, former manager of the Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth National Tube Works in Township was founded in 1911 by a group McKeesport, served as the Club's of businessmen who were golf enthusiasts. first president. The completed 18hole course opened on July 4, 1922 with Taylor Allderdice, president of the National Tube Company, teeing the first ball. In 2007, the Club was sold to John Goodrum and five other members, and has been undergoing extensive refurbishing since. Situated high on a picturesque landscape, the Club offers a spectacular view of the Youghiogheny River below. The Youghiogheny Country Club, which is maintained by Valleycrest Golf Course Maintenance, is designated as a 'Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary' through the Audubon Sanctuary for Golf Courses. An Audubon International program, it is one of only 21 golf courses in Pennsylvania and 699 in the world to receive this honor. Special activities and a gala dinner and ball were held on the evening of July 23 with members singing Happy Birthday while firecracker candles were lit on a cake. A very "Happy 100th Birthday" to the Youghiogheny Country Club!

The main event – peaches everywhere!

Hayrides were available to those who wanted to pick their own peaches.

Peach-flavored fudge was there for patrons to taste.

A goat says hello to the hayriders as they go past him.

Bounce houses kept the kids entertained.

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Mon Valley Century Bicycle Tour Challenges Cyclists The 2011 Mon Valley Century Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Monessen Amateur Radio Club (MARC), took place on August 14. Held on the second Sunday of August each year, cyclists began arriving at 6 am for an unstructured choice of a 30-, 50-, 70-, or 100-mile ride. By 9 am, over 150 riders were on the road. Approximately 170 Enjoying bananas and good company are cyclist Bill Regan of Pittsburgh, Monessen Amateur Radio Club riders from all over participate Secretary Cora Rosel of Monessen, cyclist John Quinlan each year. Large portions of the of Burgettstown, and Eugene Maisano of Monessen. route follow the Monongahela River through rural, small towns and wooded areas and provide spectacular views. In the longer distances, cyclists can begin in Elizabeth and go all the way to Brownsville, Fredericktown, Ten Mile, and Clarksville. The courses are all well marked with lunch stops, snacks, and sag support provided all along the route. Blinker lights were distributed to all participants this year because a several cyclists nearly got hit last year. The Mon Valley Century tour actually began in the 1940s. Prior to MARC sponsoring the tour for the past 10 years and running communications for 15 years, it was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Council of American Youth Hostels. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS

MARC members Frank Kluz, Bill Cioccio, Harry Simpson, and Chris Grilli manned the sign-in table.

Susan Waldrop and Sara Gelder prepare to unload their bikes for the 50-mile ride.

Lori Kolodziej, Larry Duvall, and Margaret Fleischauer set up tables and chairs on Plum Street to offer cyclists a spot to relax.

Cyclists power through the Mon Valley Century Bike Tour in Elizabeth Township.


Oktoberfest Wedding Winners to be Married September 18 in Canonsburg Jamie Penderville of McDonald, daughter of Rosemary and James Penderville, and Charles Harn of Fredericktown, PA, son of Laura Smith and Clifford Harn, are the winners of the all-expense-paid 2011 Pennsylvanian Bavarian Oktoberfest Wedding! Reading about the essay contest online, Jamie never dreamed that an essay telling her love story would lead to a wedding with a guest list of 10,000, the expected turn-out for fest to be held in downtown Canonsburg on September 18 at 2:30 p.m. The couple will be married by Judge John DiSalle at the Street Stage on Central Avenue and Pike Street. Penderville and Harn will be the first couple to begin this tradition at the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest. Penderville is a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and is finishing her degree in Criminal Justice at California University. Harn attended Beth Center High School and Penn Commercial. The wedding is made possible by the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest and its partners: Carrie Ann's Bridal Boutique, Chapel of Dance, Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM, Courtyard Catering and Specialties, DANK Chapter 58 - Pittsburgh, Frankie I's, I, Simon, Judge John DiSalle, DLS Designs, L'Affaire Event Coordinating, L&M Flower Shop, Malone Flower Shop, Mirisciotti Photography, Pastries by Marcus, Sorelle Bridal Salon, Southpointe Limousine, VenueQuest, and Washington Jazz Society. A special message from Jamie and Charles: “Thank you to Ludwig and Therese and the Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce. Save the date, September 18, at 2:30 p.m. You're all invited!” (The tradition of a staged wedding began when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig wed Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese at the original Oktoberfest held in 1810 in Munich.)

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By Wild Willy Frankfort

Time Warp As a boy, one of my favorite television programs was The Twilight Zone, a black-and-white TV show that was hosted by Rod Serling and featured unbelievable situations touching on the paranormal or sci-fi side of a Hollywood reality. This show offered topics for conversation, not for recreation like Cowboys and Indians or Cops and Robbers. I would sit around with my friends and discuss the events of the show thinking how, “cool” it would be to go back in time, or how I would fight off miniature robots. Each week these programs offered topics for examination and conversation. How odd it is that we see many of the ideas and contraptions featured in sci-fi shows coming to life? Point in fact, the cell phone. The phone I carry looks more like a communicator from Star Trek than anything else I can compare it to. My sons think it’s old fashioned as compared to the phones that they carry, but I only use it for emergencies and will continue to carry this model until they make me turn it in for another model. When I venture out into the wild, I carry two items with me—my phone and a first aid kit. Actually it’s a first aid kit on steroids. I have everything that I might need and everything someone in my scouting party might need. I have learned to set up call times in spots where I have reception, and my family knows that if I don’t call, there is no reception and my phone is turned off as not to incur constant roaming, which will wear out the battery. The fact is, what makes my time warp or “twilight zone” complete is that I am unreachable… short of a helicopter or smoke signals! It’s hard to believe that there are still areas where anyone can be unreachable. It could really cause some consternation with some folks who can’t seem to put down their phones and need to be constantly “in touch.” My pastime keeps me, at times, deep in the areas where no cell phone tower can reach.

William “Wild Wily” Frankfort

I have been privy to events that some folks can only imagine and would consider a nightmare. I have been in the forest and seen trees large enough to crush cars knocked down like bowling pins. I have been deep in the troughs of rapids where the top of the wave on either side of my canoe are six feet above me and I could see the bottom of the river beneath me. I have seen bear close enough to touch and had elk try to mate with me… really! My aim at one point was to do what my heroes had written about in their books and journals—to live as they had if only for a brief time. I write these articles for you all to read, not only to entertain you but to inform you that there are still adventures to be had. If you venture out there into the wilderness to experience… whatever, remember that as the event unfolds, for the most part the only way you’re going to convey the experience will be through a story. Your hands may be too busy to hold a phone, or you may not have coverage or your watertight bag wasn’t and your electronics took the big sleep. The story is there to be told, and the best stories become legend. The unbelievable stories become those from the Twilight Zone. Remember that we have troops overseas who are doing unbelievable things every day. Let them know that you think of them and respect what they are doing. If you see a soldier, shake their hand and tell ‘em, “thanks for your service.” It’s the very least we can do.

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SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEET SEPTEMBER 14 The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail is a group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 11 miles of the Montour Trail from Library (Milepost 35.3) to Clairton (Milepost 46.3). Regular meetings of the Friends are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the South Park Township Community knotweed is a fast-growing invasive that chokes Center, located behind the Japanese out native plant species. The South Hills Friends of Township Building. The Montour Trail have been working to eliminate knotweed September meeting will be held along the trail and Piney Fork Creek in South Park Township for five years. on Wednesday, September 14, and the October meeting will be held on October 12. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. For additional information concerning the trail, visit Activities concerning the entire Montour Trail and links to the sites of other western Pennsylvania trails are also posted on the website. Have questions about the trail? The Friends will attend South Park Community Day, Saturday, September 17. Also, the South Hills Friends Penny Day is Saturday, October 8. Help us maintain the trail. Bring your pennies to one of our three collection locations (watch for the signs with locations beginning in September) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

State Representative Rick Saccone Sponsors Upcoming Events • PROPERTY TAX FORUM Wednesday, September 21 7 p.m. Thomas Jefferson High School Auditorium • MORNING COFFEE AND CONVERSATION Friday, October 7 9 a.m. Red Lion Restaurant (Elizabeth) • SENIOR EXPOS Thursday, October13 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Broughton Volunteer Fire Department (South Park) (Hosted by Senator John Pippy & Rep. Rick Saccone) Thursday, October 27 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Elizabeth Borough Fire Company Social Hall) For more information, contact Desiree Gephart at 412 653-1025. 23 ————————————————————————————————————————

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Finleyville Community Day is September 10 Finleyville will hold its annual Community Day, honoring those in active service, on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taking place at Finleyville Community Center on Marion Avenue will be opening ceremony at 10 a.m.; a pizza eating contest for kids ages 12 and older (first 20 names drawn; sign up in advance) at 2 p.m.; a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and drawing and coloring contest awards at 4 p.m.; and closing ceremony at 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy bingo on Highland Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. Other fun activities include food, games, vendors, huckster produce, a flea market, and local music and talent. This year, Finleyville's Historical Display will be at the newly remodeled municipal building (not at the Community Center) across the street from the Finleyville Post Office on Washington Avenue. Be sure to stop in! Parking is available at the First Presbyterian Church, Finley Middle School, FVFD, and behind Finleyville Hardware and Supply. Please respect property owners’ yards when parking on side streets.

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Scenery Hill Ladies Postponed Until October 1 Dear Friends of Scenery Hill, Just a quick note to let you know that our special Ladies Day has been postponed to October 1. Though we hoped to have fun seeing and pampering all of you in August, events out of control have prevented us from doing so. The good news is that we already have so much more planned for you on October 1, and the wait will be worth it. Also, the temperature won't be so hot! So, save the date, contact your friends, and plan on being a diva for a day on October 1! Watch for information about the events in mid-September. Remember, though, the shoppes are open even in this heat, so come and visit us anytime! Thank you, Merchants of Scenery Hill

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Monongahela’s Growth and Revitalization on Agenda as MARC Hosts 5th Annual Town Meeting

Members of Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation discuss the goings-on of the community and the agenda for their 5th annual town meeting, which will be held on September 19th.



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Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation (MARC), a non-profit corporation made up of volunteers living, working in, or interested in the sustained development of the greater Monongahela area, will hold their 5th annual town meeting, titled “The Revitalization of a Community through Population Growth,” on Monday, September 19. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Bank, 318 West Main Street and will feature a panel of participants, including Joseph Acton from MARC and Armand Ferrara, a Mon Valley real estate broker. Anthony M. Lombardi, President & CEO, Emeritus of Monongahela Valley Hospital, will serve as moderator. A question -and-answer period will follow the presentations. The public is invited to attend. In sponsoring this program, MARC hopes to stimulate discussion among various groups and public officials to determine the concerns of local citizens, as well as to stimulate a discussion that leads to positive interest to maintain and improve the quality of life in the community. MARC is committed to preserving, enhancing and beautifying the quality of life in our communities throughout the service area. For more information on MARC, please contact Joseph Acton at 724-258-3466.

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Beach Boys Tribute Band “Still Surfin” Performs at Peters Township’s Concert in the Park By J.R. Brower

Performing at one of the free Concert in the Park summer shows at Peterswood Park on August 17 was a Beach Boys Tribute band from Washington, DC called “Still Surfin.” The five members of the group play mostly all Beach Boys songs, and they travel all over North America performing, usually in the summertime. The fourth and final Concert in the Park show of the summer, presented by Peters Township Parks and Recreation, was sponsored by Range Resources, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, South Hills Honda, Spitzer Acura, Meighen Productions, Waterdam Plaza, Clearview Federal Credit Union, Simona Pautler, MD, Hidden Valley Animal Clinic, Mayberry Orthodontics, Heidi Neville, PhD and Grande Italian Restaurant. These talented musicians sounded very close to the original Beach Boys, who challenged the Beatles and Rolling Stones in terms of popularity in the mid-60s and early 70s. But the thing about the Beach Boys that Still Surfin band members liked is the fact that they were an American band, not British. Lead singer, rhythm and lead guitar player Matthew Grose told the Peters Township audience all about his favorite band when he was in high school. He said that it is ironic that the only original member who is still living is Brian Wilson. He told the audience about how Brian, his brother, Carl Wilson, and a cousin, Al Jardine, as well as friend Mike Love, formed a garage

Performing their only Beach Boys song from the 80s, “Kokomo,” was the cool summer-sounding tribute band Still Surfin.

band in the early 60s whose unique sound exploded into fame and fortune. “I consider Brian Wilson to be a musical genius on par with George Gershwin and the other great American masters,” said Grose. The leader of Still Surfin told the audience that Brian Wilson considered himself to be first and foremost a writer of music, who only liked to play in the studio rather than live. He is one of many rock musicians of the era like Jimi Hendrix, who actually were very shy in real life and suffered from bouts of stage fright. Matthew Grose and his five-part harmony tribute band are actually from northern Virginia. Grose’s “real” job is an IT Manager for Presidential Bank. They all drove up to Pittsburgh separately with their instruments in their trunks. They stayed the night after the show at a motel and drove the five-hour

South Park Women’s Club Undertakes Membership Drive This year, the South Park Women’s Club will kick off their membership drive September 3-5 during the Rib and Wing Challenge at the South Park Fairgrounds. If you are interested in becoming a member or want to participate in any of its three drawings, which include two fantastic seats for Penguins Hockey, a signed Steelers helmet, a signed Pirates baseball and much, much more, just stop by for more information. The club is very active in projects that benefit the community, and your donations would support their continued success. Their first membership meeting will be held September 12 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center of the South Park Municipal Complex. In addition to their participation at the Rib and Wing Challenge, the club will participate in Community Day on September 17.

trip back to Great Falls, VA the next day. Their next gig will be in Oklahoma on Labor Day weekend, and they will fly there. They have a California trip planned as well in the fall. The group started their show here with Beach Boys car songs like “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409,” “GTO,” “Fun Fun Fun” and a version of “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” that sounded better than the original. They also played “Go Little Honda,” the Beach Boys only motorcycle song. Next came the surfing songs like “Surfin Safari”, “Little Surfer Girl” and “Surf City,” which Matthew told the

crowd that Brian Wilson actually wrote for a couple of UCLA students, Jan and Dean. That song was an almost one-hit wonder that topped the charts in 1964, and most people thought at the time that it was the Beach Boys. Jan and Dean just captured the unique Beach Boys sound, and their second hit, “Dead Man’s Curve,” was an eerie ballad also written by Wilson. Still Surfin even tossed in some instrumentals like “Wipeout” by the Safaris and “Pipeline,” originally recorded by the Ventures. A particular crowd favorite, which was one of the few non-Beach Boys they played, was "Papa Oo Mow Mow," that the PT boomer set remembered from the playing list of DJ Porky Chedwick in the way-early 60s. Someone requested "Good Vibrations," and another old Beach Boys fan in the crowd echoed the request twice. “If you want to hear that one, you’ll have to stay ‘til the end of the show,” the band member announced. “We love that song, too, but we don’t play it as good as the original.” The bass player was being modest, and the crowd begged to differ. They loved it…everyone from swinging 60somethings, singing grandmas and a bunch of dancing kids getting turned on to great music from a different generation. PHOTO BY JEREMY BROWER

Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club Offers Free Event The Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club will host a free introductory western-style square dance on Friday, September 9 from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Dravosburg #2 Fire Hall located on Luscomb Lane, off the Pittsburgh McKeesport Blvd. Refreshments will be served. After a brief lesson, everyone will be able to dance. This opportunity to join square dancing is offered only once a year. The club’s first full lesson following the introduction dance will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 8 p.m. This lesson is free; subsequent lessons are $4 per person per lesson. Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club is a member of the Western PA Square & Round Dance Federation. It has members from the southern part of Pittsburgh, Whitehall, Baldwin, West Mifflin, Pleasant Hills, Elizabeth, Clairton, Bethel Park, South Park, Finleyville, Monongahela, New Eagle, Coal Center, Belle Vernon, West Newton and other communities in the tri-state area. For more information, call Martha at 412384-9669.

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Sport Teams Can Help the Lions Club by Enjoying DQ The South Park Lions Club, a non-profit charitable community organization, is working in cooperation with Dairy Queen, Rt. 88 in Finleyville, to hold a season-long fundraiser. Profits go to those in the community who need financial assistance, especially to families who have unexpectedly run into hard times. They also support costs for seeing-eye dogs and the Beacon Lodge for the blind. Local sports teams can help raisefunds for the Lions Club by visiting the Dairy Queen. For every Dilly Bar and ice cream sandwich purchased by team members, 40 cents will go to the Lions Club charities. These items will be sold for $1 each. The only requirement is that the team manager or other representative must notify the DQ Team in advance that your group is coming to support the South Park Lions Club. It is that easy, and any help will be appreciated! For more information, contact Robert Sloss at 412-835-4041.

Friends of South Park Library Meet September 15 Friends of South Park Twp. Library will hold their first meeting of fiscal year 2011 – 2012 on September 15 at 7 p.m. at the township library in the “teenage” book section. Cathie Humphreys, reelected as President for this coming fiscal year, will be joined by her reelected officers Janet Taylor, Vice-President; Jerilynn Liebau, Secretary; and Charles Mead, Treasurer. The Friends will be discussing preparations for their participation in South Park Township Community Day on September 17 and their Fall Book Sale October 20, 21 and 22. Anyone interested in joining the Friends as well as existing members are welcome to attend this meeting. Residents of Finleyville who obtain books from the South Park Library already have a vested interest in the library, so go one step further by joining the Friends. They are a volunteer group that raises money by sponsoring book sales, membership and various fitness classes. The Friends fund adult and children’s programs each year, which are open to all.

Visit Friends of South Park Library at Community Day "Friends” of South Park Library will have a booth at pending South Park Township Community Day to be held at South Park Fairgrounds on Saturday September 17. Its booth will be for children ages 2 – 14, who will play "Pick a Pop, Find the Black Dot" for 25 cents. Children who find a black dot at the end of their lollipop stick will receive a prize for their age/sex group. No black dot? They still get their lollipop. The Friends’ booth is usually located next to library table and township table in the agriculture building. They will also accept any new memberships and renewals of membership at the booth. Thinking of joining? Talk to Friends volunteers working the table, and they can fill you in on details. They'll gladly accept cash or checks for memberships once the form is completely filled out. Want to think about it? Take a form home, and then send it in or drop it off on any of your trips to the library. And, even if you're not between ages of 2 - 14, you are welcome to buy a lollipop for 25 cents.

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Residents Turn Out for Pleasant Hills National Night Out Pleasant Hills sponsored its 18th Annual National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, July 26. Residents joined the Pleasant Hills Police Department, Public Works Department, Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Baldwin EMS, and American Legion Post 712 in taking a stand against crime, drugs, and violence. Residents turned on outside lights and joined their neighbors out on the street to welcome the procession of public safety personnel and equipment as it traveled a pre-set route through the Borough.

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Washington Wine, Jazz, & Pops Festival Pumps Up the Volume in Mingo Creek Park by Ken Askew

The historic 1,182 foot Boston Bridge, which carries traffic over the Youghiogheny River on Route 48 between Versailles Borough and Elizabeth Township, closed on July 19 and will remain closed until September 2011 with partial closings into December 2011. PennDOT has been repairing the structurally deficient bridge since September 2010 in a $17.3 million project that includes replacing the bridge's deck, steel support beams, and sidewalks; repairing cracks in support piers; and repainting the beams. The sidewalk reopened to pedestrians on August 2, but drivers have had to continue to find alternate routes, causing many headaches especially in heavier flow traffic times. The Boston Bridge was built in 1931 by Fort Pitt Bridge Works in Versailles, PA. Its design is a superb, uncommon example of a cantilever bridge that appears very attractive while performing beautifully. Its beams were manufactured locally, mostly by Carnegie Steel in Pittsburgh. The Boston Bridge is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places ( It also serves as a link between the six-mile McKeesport-Versailles LOOP trail on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) []. PHOTO BY ALICE HARRIS

Crafters Wanted for Claysville Christmas Craft Show The Claysville Community Recreational Association will hold its 3rd Annual “Holly Days” Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Claysville Community Center, 212 Main Street. Crafters are needed; cost is $20 per 8’ table. Homemade crafts only, no vendors. Those interested should contact Gerri Claus at PO Box 226, Claysville, PA 15323 or 724-663-5019. Make your reservation early, as tables go fast. All proceeds benefit the Claysville Community Center.

Monongahela Women’s Club Sponsors September 11 Memorial Tribute The Monongahela Woman’s Club is sponsoring a September 11th Memorial Tribute at Chess Park in Monongahela on Sunday, September 11. Beginning at 6 p.m., the event will include music, speakers, and salutes to our nation by various military and veterans groups. Please bring a lawn chair and join us. For additional information, please call 724-258-4502 or 724-258-5631.

Concerts by the Washington Symphony Orchestra (WSO) generally focus on classical selections, and sometimes they even venture into the jazz and pop genres. But, at the 1st annual Washington The Washington Jazz Society “pumped up the volume” Wine, Jazz & Pops with their lively music. Festival in Washington County’s Mingo Creek Park on August 6 and 7, 2011, they added big band sounds; the other six performing musical groups widened the spectrum further to some Celtic selections and folk music. Although WSO’s performances are most often in the auditorium at Trinity High School, nature provided an idyllic setting, where they played under an expansive tent in a beautiful grassy area. Music fans arrived from Washington, Allegheny, Beaver, Skocik’s Plum Run Winery brought a nice selection of wines from West Brownsville. Greene, and Butler Counties, as well as Ohio and West Virginia. Yugo Ikach, Music Director of the WSO, was thrilled with the turnout. He proclaimed that “we will definitely see you again next year. It was such a good experience, and has been a lot of fun. There’s something here for everyone.” The Festival raised funds equally for the benefit of the WSO and the Mental Health Association (MHA). This section of the crowd chose to take advantage of The MHA is a non-profit agency the natural shade, while the musicians were provided a providing mental health services cool place to perform under the big tent. under contract with Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties since 1965. From four locations, the staff of 60 employees and 40 volunteers serve almost 2,000 people per year. Over 700 tickets were sold online, and 500 more enthusiasts paid at the entrance. Music filled the air as spectators relaxed in their lawn chairs, sampled wines from four local vintners, and enjoyed a variety of edibles from six food vendors. Lynne Loresch is executive director of MHA; she was likewise very pleased with the attendance. She summed it up by exclaiming, “The Festival was a fantastic success, and it was a joy working with the WSO on this great event. The community and our 15 corporate sponsors were remarkable in their support.” The 2011-2012 season of the WSO will include five concerts—details can be found at More information about the MHA is offered at

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Advance Technique Helps Patient Survive Heart Attack Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association Uses New Procedure By Paul Chasko

Olga Bernardi, 70, of Jefferson Hills visited with members of Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association (JHAAA) and representatives of Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) last month with her son Donald. The visit was to thank the emergency medical team that responded when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at her home. JHAAA was dispatched to Bernardi’s home on June 19 and found her unconscious and with no pulse. The EMS crew immediately started CPR and advanced cardiac life support. They requested additional backup from JHAAA and the Jefferson Hills Police Department, which were invaluable in securing the scene and in patient extrication. The CPR effort restored nominal heartbeat and breathing, and Bernardi was prepared for transport to JRMC. Before leaving, Bernardi was placed in induced therapeutic hypothermia – a new nationally recognized treatment that has been shown to improve survival chances of patients having suffered an SCA. The statistics on SCA are sobering. The mortality rate for SCA patients is

A team of local heroes saved a Jefferson Hills resident’s life on June 19. See related article on page 38 Pictured are Robert Zirkle, PA-C/NREMT-paramedic; Olga Bernardi, patient; Glenn Pratt, paramedic; David Phillips, paramedic (front row); Joe Gubash, EMT; Richard Sullivan, MD, EMS Medical Director and Associate Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Jefferson Regional Medical Center; Jason David, EMT; and Delmar Olson, EMS Manager, JRMC (back row).

currently 90%, and of those who survive only about 10% are able to leave the hospital without neurological damage caused by swelling of the brain. The hypothermic protocol greatly improves the patient’s chances of surviving with minimal neurological damage. The process involves infusing cold/chilled saline solution into the patient to reduce brain swelling to minimize/avoid neurological damage. Every JHAAA

Whitehall Apartments Hosts Neighborhood Appreciation Day By Charlotte Hopkins

As the staff at Whitehall Place Apartments, located on Parklane Drive in Whitehall, meets for their weekly team meetings, one of the biggest topics is "what can they do FOR their residents." One of the suggestions was to hold a Neighborhood Appreciation Day The staff of Whitehall Apartments offered breakfast to its residents for Neighborhood Appreciation Day. and pass out breakfast. They decided that bright and early Friday morning, July 16, would be perfect to make sure they reached residents on their way to work. They set up their breakfast stand along the main road, and as residents pulled up they and their children were given a healthy breakfast and drink. Kids were even given a small toy with their food! Melissa Wankulitz of Whitehall Place Apartments explained that they chose Friday because they know that it’s typically hectic for people. "Hopefully, the breakfast got them started to a good day," stated Wankulitz.

ambulance is now equipped with a special cooler that keeps the saline solution used in the induced hypothermia protocol chilled to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Paramedics begin the cooling process before and during transport and it is continued in the hospital emergency department and ICU. The process slows the heart rate, decreasing toxins and reduces swelling in the brain. JHAAA Assistant Chief Robert Gibson,

RN, NREMT/P states, “We’re giving patients a fighting chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest.” According to Richard Sullivan, MD, EMS Medical Director and Associate Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, JRMC, “Quick action by the first responders and the hospital’s emergency team in implementing the therapeutic hypothermia protocol en route to the hospital resulted in a positive outcome for Mrs. Bernardi.” He further explained, “The treatment is continued in the hospital with the body held in a mild hypothermic state between 90-93 degrees Fahrenheit, in an induced coma state for 24 hours and then slowly brought back up over an 8-12 hour period, lessening the chances of neurological complications.” Bernardi said, “I’m alive today because of the exceptional care provided by the Jefferson Hills EMS providers, the Jefferson Hills Police Department and the staff at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center.” Olga has returned to her normal lifestyle, which includes activities such as driving and visiting the casinos. (Thanks to the JHAAA and the Bernardi Family for sharing this story with our readers.)

Sisters’ Soup Take-Out Menu Offer Wedding, Chicken Noodle and Broccoli Take a break from cooking with some homemade soup from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God. The Sisters are relaunching their popular monthly Soup Take-Out on Wednesday, September 14. Choices include wedding, chicken noodle or broccoli soups for $5 a quart with 2 dinner rolls. Orders must be placed by Thursday, September 8 by calling 412-885-7232. Soup orders can be picked up on Wednesday, September 14 from 3-6 p.m. at the Sisters’ Motherhouse, located at 3603 McRoberts Road in the South Hills. The Sisters Craft Shoppe will also be open. Crafts offered include Steelers and baby items, holiday decorations and the famous hand crocheted “scrubbers.” All proceeds from soup and craft sales benefit the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God. The Sisters hold monthly take-outs from September to May. Their popular wedding soup is usually offered along with variations of chicken, broccoli or potato soups and the occasional wild card, such as haluski, vegetable lentil or chili. For more information, please call 412-8857232 or visit

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SEPTEMBER 30 IS DEADLINE FOR FEDERAL AID FOR HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE State Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Fayette/Washington, reminds constituents that September 30 is the deadline to apply for a federally funded program to help homeowners avoid home foreclosure. Daley, who is Democratic chairman of the House Commerce Committee, urged anyone who is facing a possible home foreclosure to look into the program right away. The Emergency Homeowner Loan Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing $105 million in federal funding for Pennsylvania. The program, being administered in the state by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, offers a declining balance, deferred payment "bridge loan" for up to $50,000 to assist eligible homeowners with payments of arrearages, including delinquent taxes and insurance, plus up to 24 months of monthly payments on their mortgage principal, interest, mortgage insurance premiums, taxes and hazard insurance. To qualify, homeowners must be at least three months delinquent on their mortgage due to involuntary unemployment, under employment or medical reasons. The foreclosure process need not have begun on a property for the homeowner to apply. Additionally, an applicant must be the owner and occupant of the property at risk for foreclosure. Applicants will work through a PHFA-approved counseling agency. For a list of agencies in the area, call PHFA at 1-800-342-2397 Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Additional information is available online at

South Hills Chamber of Commerce Offers Breakfast with Allegheny County Executive Candidates The South Hills Chamber of Commerce invites you to have breakfast with the Allegheny County Executive Candidates on September 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from South Hills Village) from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. This is your opportunity to get to know your county candidates and to ask the questions in regard to Allegheny County. Their platforms cover job creation, lowering taxes, drilling in our area, mass transit, modernizing and using county government and our relationship with Harrisburg. The candidates will address the issues, challenges and their individual goals for solutions. If you want to have a voice in Allegheny County and how your tax dollars will be used in 2012, join us at the Crowne Plaza. The cost to attend is $20. The Chamber is accepting reservations now. Checks, paypal or credit cards are accepted. You can go to the Chamber’s website at, or contact the office at 412-306-8090 or 412-719-6761 to register. ———————————————————————————————————————— 31

Finleyville Fireman’s Parade: An Annual Tradition The Annual Finleyville Fireman’s Fair and Parade was held July 18-23 and once again brought the community together for great food, games, music and a fabulous parade. The event helps the department raise funds each year, and they would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to all of the residents and local businesses for their continuing support that made its annual carnival a huge success. Without your tremendous support, the fire department would not be able to survive. They look forward to seeing everyone again in July 2012! ———————————————————————————————————————— 32

PT Library Launches “Listen While You Walk” Program New research indicates that walking is not only good for your health, it's also good for your brain. A study by the Department of Psychology, Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discovered older adults who walk at a comfortable pace for 40 minutes three times a week can enhance the connectivity between brain circuits and improve cognitive tasks like multitasking and using memory. Beginning Thursday, September 8 at 9:15 a.m., members of the community can join Peters Township Public Library staff and volunteers for a 30-minute walk on the nearby Arrowhead Trail. Called "Listen While You Walk," this new program offers the opportunity to combine physical exercise while listening to a favorite book or author. The library will offer a selection of “Playaways,” all-in-one audio books, for participants to choose from for their walk. “The library is offering this fall program as a practical way to help our patrons find time to exercise while listening to a favorite book, whether it’s a bestseller or classic title,” said Library Director Pier Lee. “The Playaway makes a perfect walking companion. At only two ounces, it’s lightweight and fits into the palm of your hand.” Persons of all ages are encouraged to join in this new venture to exercise your mind while getting your body in shape. Participants will meet at the library at 9:15 a.m., select a Playaway, and proceed from the library to the Arrowhead Trail (McMurray and Thomas Road) for a 30-minute walk. Register for this free program by emailing, visiting the library circulation desk, or calling 724-941-9430. For more information about the program, call the Reference Department at 724941-9430, ext. 3.


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Hot Cars on a Hot Day in Monongahela By Ken Askew

It seemed like the hood of this 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV stretched to infinity. The likewise huge interior provides a luxurious ride for George Webster and Sylvia Lach. George says the car was purchased at an estate sale, after it had been up on blocks for 10 years, which actually helped to preserve the original paint, seats, and interior.

Most people sought a shady refuge from the heat at the car cruise organized by the Monongahela Area Historical Society, located in Peno’s Plaza on Route 481 / Park Avenue. Regardless, July 31, 2011 was bright and sunny—perfect weather for a car cruise. Vehicle owners and spectators had a fun time socializing and swapping car stories.

An early version of the category designated as “compact car” squeezed BOTH an engine and a spare tire under the rear hatch. Dwayne Cekus’ 1965 Chevy Corvair was brought back to pristine condition by his uncle (who also owns a Corvair). The 140 HP rear engine provides plenty of snow traction in Dwayne’s Monongahela neighborhood.

What’s a car show without a good flame paint job? Bill Barnhart, a resident of Richeyville, represented this genre well, with a job he did himself on a 1957 Chevy pick-up truck. Bill fulfilled the legend of the stereotype “shade-tree mechanic”, in that he literally restored this truck in his backyard, over a 7-year time frame.

Joanie Garda from Donora (a self-confessed “gearhead”) displayed her 1963 Chevy Impala, which she has owned for 30 years. In the midst of the restoration project in 1991, the car was stolen while in the upholstery shop. Although recovered, the project was seriously damaged. So, the restoration had to be restarted practically from the beginning. Joanie did a lot of the mechanical work herself. Now, she is passing the gearhead tradition on to her granddaughter, Leah Fleming.

Once in a while, it is 1965 Chevy Chevelle (left) vs. 1967 Chevy Chevelle (right) in a friendly competition for the fastest muscle car. Monongahela’s Jim Desmond (left) concedes that his pal John Hamilton (right) of South Park usually gets the edge, due to his big-block crate engine. Although 44 years old, the ’67 still has its original paint.

As he arrived from Charleroi, every head at the car cruise turned to admire Ernie Horner in his 1931 Ford Model A. This beauty underwent an 8-year customizing task, requiring an $80K investment.

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Learn to Clog Dance The Pioneer Cloggers, based in South Park, invite you to try their hobby. We like to have fun, we like to dress up, we like to perform, and we love to dance! We are offering free lessons October 3 and October 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These lessons will give newcomers a chance to try clogging. Those wishing to continue will pay a small monthly fee. Beginners meet once a week on Mondays. No dance experience is necessary. Ages 10 and older are welcome. Bring a pair of snug-fitting, smooth-soled shoes. This type of dance does not require a partner, but share the fun and bring a friend. For registration or information, call 412-812-3972 or e-mail On September 17, the Pioneer Cloggers will give a short demonstration of clogging at South Park's Community Day. We will also be performing a full show at the Covered Bridge Festival on September 18. Come on out and meet us!

Officials gather to admire the new power generator at the Monongahela Municipal Building: (left to right) Monongahela Councilman Daryl Miller, Mayor Bob Kepics, Councilman Tom Caudill, fire station Chief Engineer Don DeVore, and Councilman Ken Kulak.

by Ken Askew

After years of planning, the City of Monongahela was finally able to “throw the switch” to demonstrate its new emergency power generator. The diesel-powered 82-kilowatt output generator has been installed at the side of the Monongahela Fire Department station, located on West Main Street. In an emergency, the generator can provide electrical power to facilities within Monongahela’s municipal building – including the fire station, city offices, and the police station. Many hours were expended in designing and installing the generator. Funding of $55K was provided by a grant from the local gaming revenues. In addition to offering assistance in time of fires, floods, and other power outages such as last year’s whopper of a snow storm, the fire station social hall has been equipped and designated as a Red Cross shelter for disaster victims. Twelve volunteers have been trained as a Red Cross crisis team.

Drop Off Items Starting September 24 for South Park “Friends” Book Sale Please continue to collect items for the South Park “Friends” Book Sale at the South Park Township Community Center this year on Thursday, October 20 from 6-8 pm; Friday, October 21 from 10 am to 7 pm; and Saturday, October 22 (the ever-popular $5-a-Bag Day”) from 10 am to 3 pm. Starting September 24, you can bring your items to the South Park Library. Due to lack of storage space, we cannot accept items until closer to the sale. Following are items needed for the sale: books (hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, children, adult, school, educational, coffee table), old records, albums, books on tape, audio music tapes, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, video games, computer and electronic games and programs, games, puzzles, toys and stuffed animals. Encyclopedia sets are accepted but should not be more than eight years old. Games, puzzles, and toys should contain all parts and pieces and placed in taped-up boxes. We are not accepting magazines, small Reader’s Digests, National Geographics, jewelry, or flea market/ garage sale items. All proceeds for the Friends book sale benefit the South Park Township Library. For further information on Friends, please visit the website at

Oliver Miller Homestead Host Annual Picnic

Mark, Janet, and Becky Pearson enjoyed the food and fellowship.

The Duff family of Bethel Park served as the auctioneers at the Oliver Miller Homestead Annual Picnic. Guests bid on various items.

Ellen and Avram Rosen of Mt. Lebanon also attended.

The Tangs of Pleasant Hills, Sara, Elizabeth, David, and Anna, had a great time!

The members of the Oliver Miller Homestead Association held their annual picnic on the site on Saturday, August 13. After a delicious pot luck supper, members bid on items made or donated by members of the association. The group is responsible for maintaining and staffing the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park.

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Elizabeth Riverfest Gets Better Every Year By Alice Harris

The annual Elizabeth Riverfest was held July 29-30 along the banks of the Monongahela River in Elizabeth. Lots of activities and excellent weather brought large crowds out to enjoy the two-day festival sponsored by the Elizabeth Fire Company, which took over the management of Riverfest two years ago. Since, the focus has been for Port Vue's vintage tanker truck, stopped for a family-oriented Riverfest, which inspection, is always a welcomed and interestcontinues to get better and better each ing addition at the Riverfest Parade. year. Excellent bands, great food, games, craft activities, a petting zoo, fire truck rides, inflatables, a river rescue demonstration, and an excellent fireworks display on Friday evening followed by a well-attended parade on Saturday gave everyone a great Riverfest to remember. Kudos to the Elizabeth Fire Company and all the volunteers who worked hard to make this event a success. The Martinettes Twirling Corps, based in Belle Vernon, PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS dazzled crowds with their twirling abilities.

Jefferson Hills Volunteer Fire Company 885 Area fire truck passes inspection with high points at the review stand. One of the most interesting events of Riverfest was the River Rescue demonstration hosted by the Elizabeth Fire Company, which received a grant for a new river rescue boat. Many of its members are certified in water rescue operations.

Forward Township's Rescue ATV left the review stand with high marks.

A beautiful setting for Riverfest—stern wheeler house boats lined up at the Elizabeth Barge with the Elizabeth Bridge in the background. This year, Katie H, the Jenny O, the C L Thumper, and the Betty Lou docked for weekend. Crowds lined the streets in anticipation for the parade to begin.

Judges gave this Elizabeth Township Rescue vehicle high points.

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Monongahela Council Surprised by Three Uncommon Occurrences By Ken Askew

It was a rarity, but no one asked to speak at the public forum section to open the monthly Monongahela City Council Meeting on August 10, 2011. The Code Enforcement Officer’s Report provided an update on the longdrawn-out building code violations at 1106-1108 Chess Street. The landlord of this rental duplex was again required to appear before Judge Pozonsky, and again the Judge bestowed a continuation (this time for 60 days), but with the $500 fine. According to Les Pemberton, the City’s Code Enforcement Officer, renovations on half the dwelling are complete, and the other side is about 75-80% finished. Mayor Bob Kepich was proud that the emergency generator for the municipal building is finally operational. Appreciation was extended to the volunteers currently contributing to the clean-up of Pigeon Creek, which has accumulated debris from flooding conditions over the past couple years. Rusty Polonoli is being assisted by provision of a track-hoe by Art Smith of Elizabeth Equipment, John Hess as the operator, and an anonymous donation of fuel for the equipment. They are working from Peno’s Plaza area downstream to Routes 88 / 837, where the railroad has also been cleaning up the creek and its’ banks near the railroad bridge which crosses the creek. Councilman Ken Kulak introduced a proposal to seek a $147K grant from the

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to design and plan for a 240foot dock near the Aquatorium. The dock would hopefully attract passing boaters to stop and patronize Monongahela businesses. Kulak reported that Fredericktown recently hosted a successful community event on their dock; a resident in the audience endorsed the idea, and cited how Speers had done the same thing. Councilman Tom Caudill objected with a “No” vote, due to the potential long-term cost obligations to the City, such as liability insurance, maintenance, and a police patrol. Furthermore, it might require a tax increase, pushing the City’s limit of a 25-mill maximum levy allowed by law. Daryl Miller joined Caudill by casting a “No” vote, but the motion was passed with three “Yes” votes by Bob Kepics, Claudia Williams, and Ken Kulak. The next motion also resulted in an atypical 3-2 decision, but this time ending with a rejection. Kulak also suggested that the permit fee imposed on the Aquatorium contractor be waived, since it is essentially a tax on the City itself. Caudill again opposed the motion, arguing that it would invalidate the bid and evaluation process, and be tantamount to allowing a preference to the wining contractor after the contract had been awarded. Although Williams repeated her support of Kulak, “No” votes cast by Caudill, Kepics, and Miller decided the outcome. ———————————————————————————————————————— 35

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Heavy Rains Impact New Eagle By Ken Askew

New Eagle Borough recently suffered through a storm in which a reported five inches of rain poured down in about a half-hour; damage was spotty. Because of the torrent of rain, a property at 410 Memorial Avenue was flooded when water overflow gushed into the area from nearby drainage pipes. Many of their driveway stones were washed away, water entered the house through the back kitchen door, and the house is sinking somewhat. The owners asked the state to do something about relocating or diverting big drainage pipes near their home, but were stonewalled. Consequently, the residents pleaded to New Eagle Council on August 2, 2011 for some relief or assistance. A lengthy discussion ensued about what drainage pipes were located where, who owns and controls them, and what plan could be devised to lessen the threat of another similar incident. There was concern that remedial action at this home would simply move the next deluge of water to other plots of land fur-

ther downhill. Since Borough Engineer Laskey was absent from the meeting, action was postponed until next week, when Laskey could visit the site and make recommendations. Another case of a flooded home was reported in the 100 block of Morton Street; where the homeowner had two inches of water in his basement. Another problem in his neighborhood is a nearby resident who frequently lets his grass grow high and be taken over by weeds. Furthermore, those residents have five dogs whose feces are not cleaned up; the animals also defecate on the porch roof. The resultant odor becomes unbearable. Mayor Glenn Petticord has initiated citations for code violations to that address in the past, and pledged to do so again. A resident also complained about the poor work ethic and low productivity of the Borough’s two-man maintenance crew. Council members and other attendees agreed that a problem exists. The workers’ union contract will expire in 18 months, at which time changes could be made.



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Five Recognized for Outstanding Performance at Jefferson Hills Council Meeting By Jim Caldwell

Two EMTs, two paramedics and a Lieutenant were recognized at the regular Jefferson Hills Council meeting held on August 8 for their outstanding service in a recent emergency. Joseph Gubash and Jason David, EMTs from Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association and paramedics Robert Zirkle and Glen Pratt and Lieutenant David Phillips all received certificates from Mayor Michael Green and Council President Chris King for their professional work and speed in saving the life of a resident. Not identified, a female citizen was found lying on her living room floor, unconscious and without a pulse on Sunday, June 19. Swiftly, CPR was administered, and the team revived her enough to transport her safely to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was further stabilized. She is alive and at home today. The Mayor could not praise the team enough, stating his pride in all the emergency personnel of the Borough, including the fire and police departments and the ambulance association. Green said that Jefferson Borough had the “best in all the surrounding communities.” The woman’s son, who was likewise not identified but present in the Chamber to personally thank the men, took the accolades even further, calling them “the best in the world.” In the mundane business of the meeting, motions to approve Phase 2A of the Andrew Acres Plan was approved as

well as accepting the public improvements in the Stone Villa Plan. Two resolutions were adopted that revised the Borough’s Official Sewage Facilities Plan for Hickory Grove Plan and the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Operating Room expansion. The bid from Selo-Nor, Inc. Cleaning Concepts for janitorial services starting September 1 for $30,272 was accepted; SHACOG received the bid for rock salt for the winter months at $55.83/ton, and Gateway Engineers, Inc. was awarded the work authorization to provide the Beedle Park Master Plan for $10,000. A number of vehicles were okayed for purchase: • Two 2012 Ford 550 4 X 4 cabs and chassis for $41,300 each from Woltz and Wind Ford • A dump body, plow and spreader for $29,995 from Walsh Equipment and Super City Body • A utility body and bucket for $59,809 from Saber Equipment and • A 2012 Chevrolet 2500 4 X 4 pickup truck with plow for $29,661 from Whitside Chevrolet. The final payment to El Grande Industries for the Pavement Maintenance Program came to the amount of $21,451.67. And the renewal of the property/casualty insurance coverage provided by Gladfelet/American Alternative passed. Finally, Council authorized applying for $173,100 under the Growing Green Grant Program.

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Union Township Considering Coverage Contract With Southwest Regional Police Force Southwest Preparing a Part-Time Coverage Proposal By Paul Chasko

At the August 8 Union Township Board meeting, it was disclosed that preliminary talks between UT Board members and representatives of the Southwest Regional Police Department (SWR) based in Belle Vernon has led to the next step in acquiring local police protection for residents of UT. SWR is preparing a preliminary proposal for part-time coverage of UT. The value of the proposal was said to be in the neighborhood of $60,000 annually. Several of the UT Board members seem to be in favor of this approach to local police protection. The Board will review the proposal, which may lead to detailed negotiations and a contract if at least three members agree to the terms of a final proposal. According to Supervisor Larry Spahr, the plan being considered would be the equivalent of one full shift per day, seven days a week with patrols being launched randomly at different times every day. SWR would supply all equipment, including patrol cars, and would want to establish a substation in the UT building with the old police office as the most likely choice. The PA State Police would always serve as backup for SWR and would continue to provide coverage just as they do now. SWR Police Chief John Hartman said that they have an excellent working relationship with

the PA State Police. Presently, several UT Supervisors believe that contracting police force to split patrol duties with the PA State Police and handle traffic law enforcement along with enforcement of local ordinances is a workable solution to local police protection. “Sealing and chipping” on Aber, Airport, Lobbs Run and Patterson roads has been completed by SutKote of Meadville, OH. Supervisors and the road foreman inspected the work and declared it to be an excellent job. The sealing should extend road life considerably. This company also provides “micropaving,” which is far less costly than milling and repaving. Chairman Parish intends to investigate the process. Township Engineer Carl DeCais reported that he had compiled a property map for trees impeding air space on the Parish and other properties near the end of the Finleyville Airport runway. He has identified the groups of trees that need to be cut but has yet to determine heights to which they need to be cut. Attorney for the Airport, Gerald Cook, reminded the Board members that PennDOT made a onetime financial assistance offer if the trees were cut down rather than trimmed. Attorney Armenis for Mrs. Parish questioned the accuracy of PennDOT’s 2008 height measurements on which the trimming would be based. UT Solicitor Dennis Makel suggested that he and the attor-

neys for Mrs. Parish and the airport share a conference call in the next few days to see if agreement could be reached on a price for which the airport could purchase the property. The three attorneys agreed to the conference call after conferring with their clients. The Board received a letter from Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association asking it to explore the possibility of establishing an ambulance substation at the municipal building with garage space and sleeping quarters for an ambulance crew to be stationed there 24/7. A similar request was received by letter from The Elrama Volunteer Fire Department asking about garage space for one of their fire trucks. This initiated a request to have

Township Engineer DeCais prepare a grant application for expansion of the Township garage building. DeCais expressed his opinion that this type of grant request supporting two public safety organizations might be successful. Solicitor Makel presented a heavy hauling ordinance to the Board for review. The ordinance, if adopted, would require trucking companies and contractors to sign an agreement to repair all damages to township roads cause by overweight vehicles. With the ever-increasing likelihood of heavy equipment being hauled through the Township, Solicitor Makel believes “adoption at the next meeting is imperative.”

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Abandoned House in Union Township Continues to Pose Problems What a Mess – the House and the System Problems continue to surround the abandoned house at 19 Jefferson Street in Union Township, in spite of continued attempts to resolve them.

By Paul Chasko

For at least three months now, discussion of the abandoned house at 19 Jefferson Street in Union Township, described as an eyesore and safety issue, has been on the agenda of the Board of Supervisors meetings. Residents living near the house have reported through Supervisor John Smida that they’ve seen rats in and around the house and are afraid to let their children play anywhere near the house. He reported that windows are broken out, gutters are falling from the roof, and there is garbage in the driveway (see photo). There are also several abandoned vehicles on the property. UT Code Enforcement Officer Harold Ivery has reported on his findings and actions on this issue for the last three monthly meetings. Ivery is trying his best to bring the issue to some resolution, but the “system” is fighting him all the way. The owner defaulted on his mortgage and left the

house and it went into foreclosure proceedings. For eight weeks, it was impossible for Ivery to determine who actually owned the now-abandoned house, as its ownership was unsettled while the house was mired in the foreclosure process. Recently, it was determined that ownership of the house has fallen to a bank in San Diego, CA. Letters have been sent to the bank requesting some action on the house, but they seem uninterested in taking any remedial action. In the interim, Supervisor Smida has reported that the owner has broken into the house and has taken up, at least part-time, residence there illegally. UT stated that it can’t initiate any arrests, as that action would have to come from the present owners (the uninterested San Diego bank). The UT Solicitor was directed to send a letter to the bank citing them for all ordinance violations and serving notification that the house will be condemned and demolished as a safety hazard and that the bank would incur all costs.



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Nottingham’s New Municipal Building Project Becomes a Highly Coordinated Effort By J.R. Brower

The second construction conference for Nottingham Township’s new municipal building project was held on August 5. Details of the coordinated workshop were revealed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 15. Gerard Associate Architects, represented by James Gerard and Scott Boflinger, organized the conference. Also attending were Doug King and Emilie Gadd representing the Township, Daniel Ford of Masco Construction, Mike Newman of Newman Plumbing, Jerry Humphrey of Three Rivers Electric as well as Mike Mesich and Scott Lang of Tower Construction. Regarding the construction schedule, Masco Construction reported that foundation trenching is slightly behind schedule. They suggested that the Nottingham’s newest supervisor is trenching be completed prior to the Todd Flynn, who was appointed in May to beginning of electrical and plumbing replace the retiring Ray Barley. work. Rigid insulation and gravel delivery for backfilling the foundation walls was scheduled for mid-August. Concerning a footing/foundation wall issue, Gerard Associates stated that the concrete footing should be extended to further support the foundation walls at two locations where the foundation wall overhangs the concrete footing below. The architects reported that Masco made submittals for wood windows, glass, damp-proofing and wood trusses. Masco also submitted color samples for windows, exterior metal siding, soffits, shingles and brick to Gerard as requested for review and final color selection. Colors were then discussed with the Township. Three Rivers Electric reported that West Penn Power has not scheduled the installation of the new power pole, and that they are four weeks behind schedule. They were hopeful that electrical work could start by mid-month. In regard to the parking lot, King told the group that the existing parking lot would be re-graded to create a positive slope away from the new building. The third construction conference was to have been held on August 19. In other business at their August 15 meeting, the Board of Supervisors: • Acknowledged communication that a storm water management workshop with the Chartiers Creek Watershed will be held on September 13 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Nottingham Planning Commission Chairman Jim Sanford will attend. • Was informed by the Washington County Planning Commission that the State Transportation Committee is soliciting input from the general public to set policy direction for the Commonwealth’s 2013 Twelve-Year Transportation Program. A public hearing on the matter was to have been held on August 25. • Acknowledged receipt of the copy of a letter to State Senator Tim Solobay and State Representative Rick Sacconne from Stephen Parish, Chairman of the Union Township Board of Supervisors, regarding serious concerns with the one-lane bridge on State Road 1006. The location of the bridge is near the village of Hackett by the Peters Creek Pub. ———————————————————————————————————————— 41

Finleyville Borough Continues to Modify New Ordinance Building Setbacks and Yard Requirements Require Modification By Paul Chasko

Approval was delayed once again on an ordinance setting requirements for setbacks and yard dimensions for the streets and avenues in Finleyville as Council President Tim Kegel pointed out the need for a more stringent requirement for businesses along Washington Avenue. The ordinance will be modified to limit existing buildings to the setback and footprint that exists when the ordinance is adopted. Mayor Mike Kutsek is anxious to have the ordinance in place before any additional construction begins. Solicitor Tim Berggren will modify the language of the ordinance and present it at the next meeting. Dan Mulkern spoke at the meeting, defending his construction work in Finleyville. He feels that residents’ complaints about his new apartment building on Lincoln Avenue are unwarranted, having said he, “demolished a run-down building that was a disgrace to the community and constructed a nice new building in its place.” He continued, “Some of the existing buildings in that block are in bad condition, and one of them is a rental duplex. Some of the people who complained about my building own houses that are a disgrace. My buildings are energy-efficient.” He promised Council the opportunity to tour the building when it’s completed. He acknowledged that truck traffic is a part of any construction project, as materials must be delivered to the construction site. He asked that Council immediately notify him of any problems regarding his construction work. Mayor Kutsek commented that his major concern was that the setback of his (the Mulkern) building was considerably shorter that any of the other buildings in that block. The Council was informed that there were six businesses in operation in Finleyville Borough that did not have advertising (signs) in place and were not paying the business tax. Remedial action was not discussed. For additional details on this meeting, visit

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Mt. Vernon of South Park Invites Community to Honor Local Heroes on Patriot Day, September 11 By Andrea Earnest

The South Park Board of Supervisors August meeting was preceded by three separate public hearings to take oral or written testimony on the conditions of properties to determine if the properties should be declared a public nuisance. The properties are located at 2820/2822 Sebolt Road, 2028 Sebolt Road, and 3897 Brownsville Road. In each case, the property owners gave testimony about the conditions of the property and their efforts to comply with the Code of the Township of South Park. All property owners were given 60 days to try to bring the properties into compliance. Ross Maola, Executive Director of Mt. Vernon of South Park, invited the community to a free spaghetti dinner on Sunday, September 11, 2011, 1 to 3 pm. They ask that the community “come help us honor our community heroes.” They are focusing on the TriCommunity South Emergency Medical Services, the South Park Fire Department, the South Park Police, and the County Police Department. The Patriot Day dinner will be free, but they will accept donations to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. If you are interested, please RSVP by Friday, September 2.

Jason Flowers, Pittsburgh, in charge of community development for the Boy Scouts of America, gave a presentation on the importance of the association. Last year in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, the Boy Scouts did $7,300,000 worth of community service. Flowers said that Scouting is very important in the community and is important to the Scouts themselves in their personal development. Lisa McCracken asked for some clarification on how to go through a process to purchase the other half of a duplex that she owns at 3826 Grant Street. The property has been foreclosed on. The township will assist her with the information she requires. Joe Betz had a question about weight limits for trucks on some of the Township roads and is requesting that they be posted. The rest of the meeting was spent on approving actions, including the abatements on the properties at the public hearings. They will be reviewed in 60 days. In July, there were 525 service calls, 16 arrests, 11 traffic citations, no parking citations, 22 warnings, 4 reportable accidents, 11 nonreportable accidents, 67 emergency calls, 13 fire calls, and 5 deer calls. Full minutes of the meeting are available at the Township office.

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Elizabeth Borough Council Considers Options for Animal Control By Alice Harris

The July meeting began with guest Jason Ivcic of Pennsylvania American Water Company requesting to lay asphalt pavement over the brick facing of the entire street surface upon completion of repairs currently being done at Third and Aiken. This project would finish by November. As the current ordinance states that pavement repairs should be of the same material as the original, this request was diverted to be discussed at the August 31 Public Works meeting. In the regular meeting, Solicitor Pat McGrail stated she is working on drafts for three ordinances: guidance concerning parking on Plum Street during events and otherwise; guidelines for dumpsters; and rules regarding when trash can be set out for collection. Also, prior to rental and also when changing tenants, a landlord is required to get an occupancy inspection to ensure the rental property is up to code. Animal Control Officer Trish Hroblak will resign at the end of July. Council is considering a free MondayFriday workday service available with Animal Control Officer Kim Secreet; however, with its use, animals would have to be held and cared for at off times. Free training classes for animal care and free scanners for chipped animals are available with this service. Council asked to further look into this program, determine liabilities, and check with other municipalities using this service before making a decision. Thanks to a donation by a local barge company, the Elizabeth Dock is now completely surrounded in barge to increase its safety. Mrs. Larkin from PennDot has donated signs to be used at crosswalks and set out during the summer months to encourage drivers

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to slow down and exercise caution at crosswalks. Painting signage on the street to encourage slowdown is also being considered. Paul Baxter of Friends of the Waterfront confirmed that Elizabeth is next on their list to have a kayak and canoe rack installed at the Elizabeth Barge Park area. Councilman Duvall questioned how this area can be improved to be more boater friendly. Dave Barnett has been hired as a part-time officer by Elizabeth Police Department. The Planning Commission has engaged Makin Engineering to upgrade existing Borough ordinances to current needs. Historic signage installation also has been moved up. Councilman Paul Shaner was approved to fill the vacancy on the Sanitary Authority Board. He is advised, however, that should an issue conflict between the two entities arise, he may have to step aside. A rodent infestation and weeds at the vacant Brown and Saunders properties in Pilfershire have been causing concern. Upon verification of ownership, these properties can be cited and cleaned up and liens applied. At the guest session, Stephen Surmick advised Council to be careful regarding the Borough’s decision regarding Animal Control to ensure the welfare of both the animals and their owners. Guest Betty Krofic complimented Officer Snelson for his efforts to find an animal’s owner before contacting Animal Control. Guest Kathy Gruber stated that weeds and bushes alongside the Bethesda United Presbyterian Church are blocking the view of traffic, making it hard to see to pull out there. The Borough will notify the church to trim their bushes, but it must contact the Army Corps of Engineers to control brush at the creek.

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Peters Township Council Approves Gas Drilling Ordinance By J.R. Brower

After conducting three public hearings and workshops over the last year and a half, Peters Township Council unanimously passed a natural gas drilling ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 8. The ordinance amends the Township’s code regulating mineral extraction by establishing an overlay zone of 40-acre plots where natural gas drilling will be permitted. Among the 15 property owners that meet the ordinance’s criteria are Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Forest Lawn Gardens, Rolling Hills Country Club, Valley Brook Country Club, Scenic Valley Golf Club and several privately owned farms. When natural gas drillers apply for permits in Peters Township, they will now have to comply with all the regulations in the newly amended mineral extraction ordinance. “We have significantly reduced where gas drilling can occur,” said Township Manager Michael Silvestri. “Our ordinance is restrictive but legally defensible. Gas drilling is imminent here and is already occurring in neighboring townships.” Chesapeake Energy is currently drilling several wells in Union Township and one on Trax Farms, and both are within a mile of the Peters border. In Nottingham Township, a Chesapeake Marcellus Shale well is already producing on Cooper Road, and Range Resources has informed the Township that they plan to begin drilling a well there within several months. A member of a group opposed to gas drilling announced that they are trying to get a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to request that the Township amend its charter to totally ban gas drilling in Peters Township. Another member of the group criticized Council for not incorporating their ideas into the ordinance, while another threatened to “fire” Council members for not totally banning drilling. Council members reacted strongly saying that they did indeed listen to residents concerns citing the three public hearings and the fact that the revised ordinance, which is very restrictive,

reflects comments from residents to place drilling as far from neighborhoods as possible. The animosity of several members of the anti-drilling group was apparent at the meeting even though it has been explained on numerous occasions that a total drilling ban was illegal and would leave the Township facing court challenges and major legal expenses with the possibility that the court could abolish such an ordinance leaving the Township with no protection at all. The same reasoning holds true for the proposed ballot referendum to ban drilling in the Township, which Councilman David Ball called an “illegal amendment,” and Councilman Frank Arcuri said “won’t fly” legally. Councilman Robert Lewis did a presentation on his support for the drilling ordinance, saying that it provided “the greatest protection we are permitted under the laws of the Commonwealth.” “All of us are concerned with the impact drilling will have on Peters Township. To the best of our ability, this ordinance provides the greatest protection to our quality of life available to our local Township. I do not support the proposed referendum question. I believe it has the potential to force the state to side with the gas companies and to reduce or remove our current rights to enforce this ordinance.” Lewis acknowledged that Chesapeake said that they might challenge some provisions of the ordinance. He said he’s not worried because the ordinance has legal standing under Pennsylvania law. He said that is significantly different than being challenged against an ordinance or charter that totally bans gas drilling, which he calls an invalidation of state law. “In that case, Peters is most likely to lose and be exposed to significant potential damages,” Lewis said. Councilman Frank Arcuri, who is also an attorney, said that he, like Lewis, was not a big supporter of gas drilling. “Putting it in a residential zone with conditional use is the best way. This puts us in the best position,” he said. He also pointed out that the newly enacted ordinance could be further amended in the future. ———————————————————————————————————————— 43

Peters Council Hires Firm to Help Township Conserve Energy By J.R. Brower

In an effort for the Township to conserve energy, Peters Township Council on August 8 approved hiring a consultant. The company selected was RCx Building Diagnostics, Inc. of Charleroi. They will design and manage a program for the implementation of energy conservation measures in all of the Township’s buildings. RCx submitted the low bid of five in the amount of $17,760. Other companies submitting bids were Envinity, Remington Vernick Beach Engineers, Huckestein Mechanical Services Inc. and JMT Engineers, who submitted the highest bid of $42,000. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said that RCx submitted the best proposal, and he liked the fact that the owner of the company is a resident of Peters. In another matter, Council approved a winter road salt contract through the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG). The consortium received three bids from Cargill, Morton and North American Salt. Council approved the lowest bid of $55.83 per ton from Cargill, which is higher than last year’s bid of $51.44 per ton from Morton. Silvestri said that based on an estimated quantity of 4,000 tons, the cost of the salt will be $223,320. He said that this price would be based upon need, with the minimum amount being $189,822. In other business, Peters Township Council: • Accepted a proposal from Jordan

Tax Service for the collection of real estate taxes, garbage service fees and delinquent local earned income taxes. On January 1, 2012, Keystone Collections will begin to collect local earned income taxes on a countywide basis. • Approved a bid for MXI in the amount of $23,663 to hold a household hazardous waste collection on September 24. The low bid was one of five submitted. The bid is based upon receiving a state grant, and MXI will be responsible to assist in preparing the grant application. The state grant will pay for 50% of the project. • Approved a request by the Peters Township High School Band Boosters to place a banner on the Arrowhead Trail overpass from September 9-17 to promote their band festival. • Heard from David Wall of the Park and Recreation Board, who said that there is a problem in getting clearances for volunteers in youth sports programs. He said that the Park and Rec Board and the Township rather that the sport associations should be responsible for helping obtain clearances and collect information. • Learned about the status of several road projects. It was announced that a bid of $669,973 to replace the Bebout Road trail overpass is under budget. The damaged guardrail at the Valley Brook Road – Route 19 intersection has been replaced. PennDOT has yet to resolve right-of-way issues on the new intersection project, so there is no estimate as to when work will begin. ———————————————————————————————————————— 44


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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh Slagle Roofing Has Everything Covered During Move to Monongahela by Ken Askew

Having worked in the construction industry since 1986, Mark Slagle now owns two related businesses: Slagle Roofing and Trinity Garage Door & Awning. The businesses are co-located at one storefront, in the business district of Monongahela. Slagle Roofing started in February 2008, and moved to its present location in March 2011. With a staff of 12 employees, they Both Slagle Roofing and Trinity Garage Door do some residential but mostly & Awning are owned by Mark Slagle; they are commercial roofing jobs; their co-located at the same address. projects range in price from $500 to half a million dollars. Ben Fisher serves as both the sales/marketing lead and the safety coordinator. The company installs pre-manufactured or custom roofs, using Duro-Last roofing material products. Slagle Roofing was honored earlier this year by the DuroLast organization with a “Partners in Goodwill� award for their short-term mission work at an orphanage in Ecuador. Mark Slagle and a team from his church also participated this year in a block-laying project for a school in the Bahamas; a work trip to the Philippines is next. Locally, they also donated time and materials to shingle two area houses. Slagle says he “wants to make sure his customers are happy, before he makes money� and advises that “the most important thing about picking a good roofer is being comfortable with whom you are choosing.� Slagle Roofing & Construction, Inc. is located at 208 West Main Street in Monongahela. Their phone number is 724-348-5534 and they can be found online at They are open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and are closed Saturday and Sunday.

Peters Township Chamber Hosts 3rd Annual 5K Run/Fun Walk The 3rd Annual Peters Township Chamber Chase 5K Run/Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, October 15 at Peterswood Park on Arrowhead Trail. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Peters Township Community Recreation Center. Entry fee is $18 if pre-registered by September 30 and $20 thereafter. Proceeds benefit the Peters Township Chamber Scholarship Program for high school students and the Peters Township Chamber Community Fund. There will be awards for the top three men and women overall and all age group awards. For more info or race applications, call the Chamber at 724-9416345 or register online at T-shirt sponsorships are available by contacting the Chamber office.

Valley Health and Safety Training Center in Monessen Courses Valley Health and Safety Training Center at 1001 Donner Avenue in Monessen will hold the following courses: • Heartsaver FA/CPR will be held Saturday, September 17; cost is $60. Class will start at 9 am and finish around 1:30 pm. Intended for the lay person and those who work in personnel care homes or schools. Healthcare Provider will be held Saturday, October 8; cost, $60. Class will start at 9 am and finish around 1 pm. Intended for nursing students, pre-hospital personnel, hospital personnel, and doctors. Both classes will be held at the Monessen Ambulance Service at 1001 Donner Avenue in Monessen; participants must pre-register and pre-pay. • Heartsaver Adult and Pediatric will be held September 27; cost is $40 a person. Class will start at 6 pm and finish around 9 pm. This class is intended for lay persons, daycare center and personnel care home employees, teachers and anyone wishing to learn CPR for children and adults. This class is held at the Lombardo Education Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Garage parking is $2. The class is usually in the community room on the lower floor. Participants must pre-register and pre-pay. • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class will start September 19 at 1001 Donner Avenue in Monessen. The class is sponsored by Westmoreland Community College and runs with their college schedule. Students MUST pre-register and pre-pay. An EMT is a vital member of a healthcare team. Often the first healthcare provider to arrive at the scene, an EMT needs to rely on quick reactions and excellent training to care for a transport the sick or injured to medical facility. At Valley Health and Safety, we thrive to make your experience a good one and to provide you with all the training you will need to be a hirable EMT after you pass the state written and state practical exams. To register for the EMT class, call the training center and an application will be sent to you. The training center must have a minimum of 12 students to start the class. • Also, on the first two weekends of November the training center will host a Hazardous Material Technician class. For more information on any of the classes, please call the training center at 724-684-9536.

Networking to Grow Your Business The Mon Valley Networking Group is an organization whose members help each other grow their businesses. One of the keys to doing this is learning how to effectively network. The primary reference used by networkers to do this is a book called “The 29% Solution� by Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D. and Michelle R. Donovan. In this book are 52 strategies to help anyone increase their knowledge and skill in networking. At each meeting, the Educational Officer reads a strategy and has the members do “homework� to practice that networking strategy so that they become better and better at networking for the benefit of themselves and their fellow group members. If you would like to become part of this dynamic team and learn how to effectively network to expand and grow your business, email Robert McKinley at or Todd Sauter at

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South Hills Chamber of Commerce Programs South Hills Chamber of Commerce will offer the following programs this fall. Contact the Chamber office at 412-3068090 or visit website for information and to make your reservation. Where are the Job Opportunities in Southwestern PA? - September 14 at Steel Center Vo-Tech from 12 - 3 p.m. The host will be Dennis McCarthy, Adult Education Director. The focus of this program will be on the top priority occupations, salary ranges and qualifications. A panel comprised of representatives from the Marcellus Shale industry, the Carpenter’s Union and the nursing profession will discuss the opportunities and critical needs in these industries. How do Vo-Tech Careers Become Job Creators? - October 3 at Steel Center VoTech from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The host will be Robin White, Career Counselor. Focus of this program will be on careers that are creating job growth in Southwestern PA. A panel comprised of representatives from career sectors that are creating jobs and opportunities in our area, their qualifications, salaries and entrepreneurial contributions. We will be offering samples from the cosmetology salon and Spa (mini pedicure, mini manicure, facials), opportunities to watch meat cutting, culinary creations and opportunities to visit the bakery and meat outlets where students prepare the products. For free spa/salon samples, please sign up. Hiring and Working with All Generations - October 12 at the Crowne Plaza from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Karen Mokwa, Express Professionals. Karen will discuss the challenges/opportunities of hiring and working with the different generations in the workforce today. Your Regional Business Resources Come to the South Hills - November 9 at Andora’s Restaurant from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Come and meet your business resources that can assist you with your business challenges as well as offer advice as to how to expand your market and your business. The panel will be comprised of representatives from Allegheny County agencies/organizations that have products/services available to help you grow your business in these economic times. Holiday Luncheon - December 14 at the Crowne Plaza from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Come and enjoy our annual holiday lunch. Good food, networking, entertainment and prizes. A great way to end the year by treating your staff to a holiday lunch. Sign up early.

Women’s Business Network Hosts September Meetings The Women's Business Network is open to area women business owners and those in sales seeking networking opportunities to expand their contacts and share ideas to help grow their business. Meeting agendas include self-marketing, a business presentation by an individual member, a table topic discussion and networking. Each of the various local chapters meets twice a month on the following dates and locations: • The Mount Lebanon Chapter meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, September 13 and 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza on Fort Couch Road. For more information, contact Sue Baumgart at 412-759-3965. • The South Hills Chapter meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, September 1 and 15, at 8 a.m. at King's Restaurant, 155 McMurray Road in Upper St. Clair. For more information, contact Jennifer Ohrman at 412-531-5055. • The McMurray Chapter meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, September 14 and 28, at 8:30 a.m. at The Meadows (Bowling Alley), 210 Race Track Road, Washington. For more information, contact Sallie Dunn at 724-503-4500. • The Washington Chapter meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, September 14 and 28, at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 108 Trinity Pointe Drive, Washington. For more information, contact Jessica Kestler at 412-838-0064.

All-Ways Automotive Care Hosts Grand Opening in New Eagle

Pictured (l-r) at the ribbon cutting for All-Ways Automotive Care are Howard Wolkowicz, Bill Carson, Billy Carson, Benjamin Carson, Anthony Bottino, President of MACC, Linda Hall, Borough of New Eagle & Board Member of MACC, and KarenQuinto of MACC.

By Christen M. Stroh

All-Ways Automotive Care, located in New Eagle, recently held their official grand opening in August. All-Ways Automotive Care is a fullservice auto repair and detail shop. The shop not only does mechanical work and maintenance on cars, but also details them along with other recreational vehicles, including boats, RVs, and motorcycles. Owner Bill Carson Carson noted, “We want to be able to handle all the needs of our customers in one place.” The convenience of getting everything taken care of in one place isn’t the only thing that All-Ways Automotive Care offers its customers. Carson also stresses that his hours of operation are designed to work around his customers’ sched-

ules, understanding that family needs and work oftentimes are priority. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday to accommodate the community as a whole, and All-Ways even offers pick-up and drop-off services. The business is a sole proprietorship, and Carson is proud of the fact that it is a family-owned business that is also family-oriented. “We provide highquality, reliable, affordable service and we really make sure that the quality of care we provide our customers always meets their needs. We really are community-focused,” said Carson. All-Ways Automotive care is located at 167 Chess St. in New Eagle and can be reached at 724-292-8001. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

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Grand Openings! Look what’s new in Town Trinity Garage Door & Awning Opens Up Shop in Monongahela by Ken Askew

Helping with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Slagle Roofing and Trinity Garage Door & Awning are: (front row, left to right) Representing Trinity Garage Door & Awning – Brenen Urick, Audra Gminder, and Brian Gminder; Representing Slagle Roofing – Ruthann Slagle and Benjamin Fisher; and Dan Arnold of Blair Financial. (Back row, left to right) Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, Representing the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce – Kim Ruffcorn of First Federal Savings and Tony Bottino of Allstate Insurance.

Trinity Garage Door & Awning was started in March 2010, but one year later, has opened up shop in downtown Monongahela. The business is owned by Mark Slagle, who is also president of Slagle Roofing. Both firms share the same address and office staff. Engaged in the sales and service of garage doors and awnings, Manager Brian Gminder has 11 years experience in the trade. He “takes pride in offering the best possible service at the best possible price.” Garage doors with installation start at about $700, but senior citizen discounts and advertised specials are available. Trinity is a dealer for Clopay garage doors, Lift Master garage door openers, and Sunsetter awnings. Trinity belongs to the local Chamber of Commerce, and as a service to the community, the company has sponsored a girls’ softball team and participated in the Ringgold Community Day. According to Gminder, “We’re willing to say what we can do, and do what we say.” Trinity Garage Door & Awning is located at 208 West Main Street in Monongahela. Their phone number is 724-258-6900 and their website is They are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Monongahela Welcomes New State Farm Insurance Agency by Ken Askew

A new branch office of State Farm Insurance – owned by Barrett Bozovich – officially opened on July 1, 2011 in Peno’s Plaza of Monongahela. Barrett has nine years experience in the insurance and financial services field. He and his two employees invite you to stop by for all your fire, auto, life, and health insurance needs, plus financial services. They offer up a 40% discount on auto and home insurance. Their business theory is: “Our goal is to provide our customers with an unparalleled level of service and care.” Barrett welcomes you to “come in and see us for all your financial and insurance needs.” The office is located at 608 Park Avenue in Monongahela, PA and can be reached at 724-258-5888 or at Bozovich himself can be reached via email at They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. They are also available in the evenings by appointment

A crowd of family and business associates gathered to offer Barrett Bozovich well wishes at his ribbon-cutting celebration. Pictured are (left to right): Frank Congelio (State Farm Agency Field Representative), Tony Bottino (Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce), Chelsey McGavitt (Office Representative), Kim Ruffcorn (Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce), Anthony Sacco (Office Representative), Barrett Bozovich (State Farm Agent), Bob Kepics (Monongahela Mayor), Missy Bozovich (wife), Mallory Bozovich (daughter), Brayden Bozovich (son), Cathy Humphrey (mother-in-law), Annette Bozovich (mother), Bob Bozovich (father), Matthew Bozovich (cousin), and Carley Bozovich (cousin).

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Brewing Up Business: Cox Distributing Continues Tradition in Monongahela Celebrating the grand opening was (left to right): Anthony Bottino (Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, and Allstate Financial), Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, Adam Cox, ( Proprietor), Beth Cox, (Adam’s mother), and Kim Ruffcorn (Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, and First Federal Savings.

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In a location that has never been anything but a beer distributorship since the days of alcohol prohibition (1920-1933), Cox Distributing continued that tradition when it opened a new beer distributor store on May 10, 2011. Owner Adam Cox specializes in beer sales and deliveries, by the case. His delivery destinations are bars, parties, weddings, and graduation events. Prices range from $12 to $130 per case, inclusive of the highSince Prohibition, this business location has always been a beer distributorship. end craft beers. As a military veteran himself, he offers Military Appreciation Day on the 3rd Tuesday of every month; veterans get $2 off each case, up to five cases. His customers enjoy drive-up (not drive-through) convenience. Adam boasts that if you are a repeat customer, he will know what you want before you get out of your car. His goal is to make each patron happy with their purchase. As the only distributor in the City of Monongahela, shopping at Cox Distributing avoids the additional gasoline expense of driving to a further location. Adam is a beer aficionado—when not at the store, he enjoys brewing his own beer at home. In a reflective moment, as he stood gazing across the street and past the railroad tracks, down to the Monongahela River, he laughed and declared that people should “Drink our beer, ‘cause river water is dirty!� Cox Distributing is located at 116 Railroad Street in Monongahela. Their phone number is 724-258-8780 and their website is Cox can be reached at The store is open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday; and (summer only) noon to 3:00 p.m.

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MON VALLEY YMCA OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES The Mon Valley YMCA announces group fitness sessions for September and October: Balanced Body classes begin on September 5. Forty weekly fitness classes for all fitness levels are offered free to members. Others can join and just take part in classes for a nominal fee. This session includes Group Cycle, Breathe (Yoga, Pilates & Qigong) for intermediate level participants, Cardio Combo (a blend of low impact, step and strength training), Core classes (Wednesday, 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.), Basic Training (boot camp-style workout), Kettebell for beginners, Walk Off the Pounds, Strut (aerobic dance), Cardio Kick (a class incorporating kickboxing moves), and Total Body Training to fire up the metabolism. Senior classes include YogaStretch, Muscular Strength and Range of Motion, Cardio Circuit and Cardio Fit. Zumba classes begin on September 12. Seven weekly Latin dance fitness workouts are offered for one rate, including three morning classes and four evening classes. For those who haven't yet tried Zumba, there is a beginner's class on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Aqua Zumba is also offered on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for those who enjoy the resistance of the water or those needing the cushioning of the water for their joints. Water Exercise classes begin September 19. Classes from least intense to more so include Arthritis, Wet Vest, Water Walking, SilverSplash, SplashDance, AquaZumba, and AquaFit (evening class), and Deep Water Running (evening class).

CANONSBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL HOSTS ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP A free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 9 at Canonsburg General Hospital in the McNary Conference Center. The support group is sponsored by Consulate Retirement Village of North Strabane and is affiliated with the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. "opportunity for caregivers to share practical ideas in a supportive setting, connect with other families and learn from guest speakers. For more information, call 724-809-6679.

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Antioxidants Promote Cellular Longevity* By Dr. Yibing Wang

What is an antioxidant? Let's start with a little background information first. Just like rust on a car, oxidation can damage our bodies' cells and may contribute to the aging process. Oxidation happens as the result of invading, damaging molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that get into the body as a result of over-exercise, stress, being exposed to dirty air and other environmental pollutants. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation by counteracting free radicals.* They do this by binding to them and transforming them into non-damaging compounds. Consequently, antioxidants are integral in supporting the body's natural defense system.*

What do you mean by promote? To contribute to the progress of something in a positive way.

What do you mean by cellular? In relation to the human body, cellular means of, relating to or consisting of cells. A cell is the smallest structural unit in the body capable of functioning independently.

What do you mean by longevity? A long duration of individual life or long continuance.

What can we conclude from the claim "Antioxidants Promote Cellular Longevity?"* The conclusion is powerful. Antioxidants, because of their free radical scavenging capabilities, have the ability to promote the longevity of individual cells and when individual cells in the body are supported in a positive way, the body as a whole becomes supported. This in turn contributes to the potential for overall well-being and vitality in the long term.* Antioxidants are a crucial part of any serious nutrition program and independent laboratory tests confirm Vemma® is the most powerful liquid antioxidant available anywhere! To learn more about Vemma, or to order Vemma products, visit the website * These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. Copyright 2005-2011 Vemma® Nutrition Company

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL SEPTEMBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during September. Many of the events will be held in the Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, September 1 at 1 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the challenges and struggles they face on a daily basis dealing with stroke and its aftereffects. For more information, call 724-258-1455. INNOVATIONS IN OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE FOOD AND ANKLE – Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m., ECC. William T. DeCarbo, D.P.M., from Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Department of Surgery will discuss the latest techniques to treat osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle. This program is part of MVH's Innovations series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Refreshments will be served. To register, call 724-258-1333. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

RSDS SUPPORT GROUP – Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492. OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, September 15 at 6 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. For more information, call 724-258-1773. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all cancer patients and their families. For additional information, call 724258-1704. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING – Wednesday, September 21 from 9 to 11 a.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. Completion of the three-day Diabetes Self-Management Training is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1148.

MULTIPHASIC BLOOD ANALYSIS – Saturday, September 24 from 7 to 10 a.m., ECC. This 36 - function screening costs only $20. Testing will take place in the Community Room on the lower level of the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. The Multiphasic Blood Analysis is open to the public. Testing is by appointment only and registrations are being accepted at 724-258-1282, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 21. Participants are asked to provide the full name and complete address of the physician to whom the test results will be sent. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 27, 28 and 29 at 6 p.m., ECC. Three-day, two-hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self management and care. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of classes.For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483. PUBLIC CPR INSTRUCTION – Tuesday, September 27 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724684-9536.

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM – Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m., ECC. The prostate cancer screening and education program is free. At the screening, men will be offered a digital rectal exam (DRE), the standard test for prostate cancer; a hemocult test and a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. For more information and to register, call 724-258-1234. INNOVATIONS IN OSTEOPOROSIS – Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Ajay K. Mathur, M.D., a rheumatologist affiliated with Monongahela Valley Hospital, will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and latest treatments for osteoporosis in men and women. This program is part of MVH's Innovations series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Refreshments will be served. To register, call the MVH Reservation Hotline at 724-258-1333. PUBLIC FIRST-AID INSTRUCTION – Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.

Monongahela Valley Hospital and Giant Eagle Partner to Provide Convenient, Walk-in Health Care Sore throats and sunburns never seem to really hurt until the evenings or weekends when choices for care are stand-alone express clinics or the local emergency room. Residents of southwestern Allegheny County and east central Washington County now have a new option for convenient, walk-in care that will be provided by two neighbors they trust — Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) and the Finleyville Giant Eagle located at 3701 Route 88. Healthy Directions Exclusively at

Giant Eagle is an appointment-free, walk-in site designed to accommodate the health care needs of today’s busy families. A first in the greater Pittsburgh region for both partners, Healthy Directions will be staffed by certified registered nurse practitioners under the direction of MVH-affiliated physicians. They will provide diagnoses and treatments for non-urgent illnesses and conditions in people ages 18 months and older. Healthy Directions’ hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Lab services will be available starting at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and during Sunday hours. The cost for the basic visit will be $59, and physicals are $55. Healthy Directions will accept most insurance plans, and co-pays are due at the time of the visit. Visa and MasterCard also will be accepted. They will offer laboratory services for blood and urine analysis for patients with a doctor’s prescription. Results

will be sent to the individual’s physician. In addition, the facility will continue to offer health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol as well as health and education programs led by doctors, nurses and community members. Programs are designed to help the community stay well and prevent illness. Healthy Directions’ staff also will be licensed to prescribe physical therapy treatments along with radiology services such as x-rays, ultrasound, mammography, CT scans and MRI procedures.

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Peters Township Library Offers “What's in Your Child's Backpack?" Program “Back to school” means shopping for new clothes, new shoes and, of course, a new backpack, but it’s what's inside your child's backpack that parents may need to be concerned about this school year. On Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m., the Peters Township Public Library will present “What's in Your Child's Backpack?,” an interactive presentation by the Washington County Health Partners, Inc., a local non-profit organization in Washington County. This toolkit, offered by Washington County Health Partners, Inc., demonstrates the The educational toolkit used in the similarities between tobacco products and those program will demonstrate the similarithat are packaged to look like candy. ties between tobacco products and those that are packaged to look like candy. Participants will get to see these smokeless products firsthand. The presentation will explain how new tobacco and nicotine-containing products appeal to youth, why 30% of youth get addicted from their very first use, and how tobacco company marketing fund amounts compare to youth smoking rates. To register for this free program, email, visit the library circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

Sisters of St. Francis in South Hills Offer Counseling Services Responding to the needs of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God are now offering counseling services as one of their campus ministries. Sister Nancy Langhart, OSF specializes in relationships and personality assessment. She has over 30 years experience as a counselor and recently returned to Pittsburgh from Albany, NY, where she spent over 27 years counseling students, faculty and staff for several colleges. She also counseled couples for various issues ranging from marriage preparation to conflict resolution. Sister Nancy holds a master’s degree in counseling from Duquesne University. She also received certification from Hartwick College to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which identifies a person’s personality type and characteristics. This tool, which is beneficial to individuals and couples, allows the taker to examine how he or she relates to others, reveals sources of conflict and provides valuable insights about feelings and actions. Sister Nancy has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God for over 50 years. Because Sister believes that mental health and spiritual health are closely connected, spiritual direction and prayer are offered as optional services to clients. Appointments are held at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Motherhouse at 3603 McRoberts Road, Whitehall. Sister Nancy also does presentations to group and organizations on mental health issues, relationships, mindfulness and spiritual topics. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 412-882-9911. ———————————————————————————————————————— 53

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What is the process at Advanced Pain Medicine?

A: When first becoming a patient, a thorough examination

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is performed and a complete medical history is reviewed. This enables our specialists to confirm or diagnose the patient’s particular problem. Next, the physician, specialists and clinical staff will develop the treatment plan that will best serve the patient.

Dr. Mark R. LoDico

Q: What are some of the services offered at APM? • Opiod Management • Cancer Pain Management • Epidural Steroid Injections • Rhizotomy • Facet Nerve Blocks • Discogram • Percutaneous Discectomy/IDET • Spinal Cord Stimulator • Intrathecal Morphine Pump

Advanced Pain Medicine

PAIN TREATMENT Telephone: 724.933.0300 Fax: 724.933.0456

Q: What are the common types of pain? A:

Nerve related pain, muscle related pain, bone related pain, organ related pain, psychogenic pain, cancer related pain.


Q: What are the common sites of pain?

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Back pain, neck pain, extremity pain, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, thoracic pain, facial pain, generalized aches, joint pain.

Q: What is the cause of back pain?

away from home? Arif Rafi, MD Therapeutic Interventional Pain Center


It is usually due to the body's natural response to injury or degenerative conditions of the spine. Most of the time it is resolved by time and does not require surgical intervention. Healing time is usually about 6 weeks. Sudden pain could be due to overstretched muscles or ligaments. It could be due to acute herniation of the disc between the vertebras. Acute injury to vertebral bodies (compression fracture) could cause sudden pain. Transforaminal nerve compression could also cause pain and weakness. Chronic back/neck pain is more common. It is due to degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs.

Q: What treatments are available? A:

Medications (anti inflammatory, muscle relaxants, neuropathic medication, narcotic medication, oral steroids, local anesthetics), physical therapy/chiropractic, acupuncture, epidural steroid injections and advanced interventional procedures (many types), surgeries. Chronic back/neck pain is more common. It is due to degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs.


With more and more families either traveling, vacationing, staying at other residences for extended periods (snowbirds), receiving medical treatments out of town, or just visiting a family member, additional burdens are suddenly forced on the surviving members of the family if a death occurs. Most people do not know what steps to take if this should happen, especially if they are out of state. First, Marshall Marra F.D./Owner there is no need to contact a funeral director in the state Marshall Marra Funeral Home where the death occurred; doing so may result in unnecessary additional expenses and time. You should always immediately contact your local funeral home where the services are to take place. They will coordinate the transfer with a local director at the place of death and make all the necessary arrangements to bring your loved one home as quickly as possible. By law, embalming will be required for any out-of-state death before he or she can return home. The death certificate must also be filed where the death took place; this process may take several days to complete in the case of an unexpected death. We understand that you may have additional questions, so please feel free to contract us anytime for more information. Call 724-258-6767 or visit . Marshall Marra Funeral Home

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Arif Rafi, MD Therapeutic Interventional Pain Center 100 Stoops Drive, Suite 240 Monongahela, PA 15063 724-483-4282 office 724-483-4078 fax

Jose Ramirez Del Toro, MD The Orthopedic Group 800 Plaza Drive, Suite 140 Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-379-5802 office 724-379-5874 fax

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Q: Plasma vs. LCD vs. LED: Which HDTV Type is Best?

home. Most services and professional staffing available in nursing homes can be found at Mt. Vernon. We are equipped to handle individuals needing that extra care, while permitting them to remain in an atmosphere that is more homelike. Mt. Vernon gives you the opportunity to enjoy more freedom and independence, but we are here when you need us!

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Ross Maola, Executive Director at Mt. Vernon of South Park

my money to be cared for at Mt. Vernon?

A: No. You will only be asked to pay for the care and services that you receive. Whatever monies and possessions that you have in addition to that remain yours.

Q: What if I need physical therapy as part of my rehabilitation needs?

A:. Mt. Vernon offers in-house physical as well as occupational and speech therapies. There is no need to leave the building. These specialists can provide on-site services through a home health agency. Most therapies are provided five days a week, once a day per physician’s orders. We also have several local physicians, a podiatrist, and ophthalmologist that come in to see residents regularly. Come anytime for a tour and enjoy a complimentary lunch. 1400 Riggs Road, South Park, PA 15129 412-655-3535

factors to consider. Chief among them is the type of display. While boxy, bulky CRTs are long dead and mammoth rearprojection HDTVs are all but extinct, the HDTV market currently offers three distinct choices in display technologies: plasma, traditional CCFL-backlit LCD, and LED-backlit "Pothole" LCD. For years, the question of which technology reigned Highway Appliances supreme has remained unanswered. In the early days of HDTVs, plasma, with its inky blacks and top-notch picture quality, was the prevalent flat-panel technology, especially among videophiles. Gradually, thinner, more energy-efficient LCDs with CCFL backlighting became less expensive and more capable and started gaining ground. The difference between plasma and LCD wavered for some time, with each offering different economic and visual benefits depending on the model, price, and time in the life cycle of HDTVs. But in the past couple of years, with the advent of increasingly sophisticated LED backlighting, we finally have a true winner. With its unmatched energy efficiency, LED-based LCD is the best flat-panel HDTV technology. Unfortunately, it's also generally the most expensive. (Though LED HDTV prices have come down considerably over the past year, and continue to drop all the time.) If it's in your budget, the choice is clear: Pay the premium and get an LED-lit HDTV. 2214 Rt. 88, Dunlevy (Exit 40 off Interstate 70, and just minutes off Rt. 43) 724-326-5616


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out to customers without geographic limits of traditional advertising methods and provides a long-term, changeable solution for any business.

Q: What is the average cost for a small business? A: A small business can get started with a website for less than what it costs to run a small scale print campaign and can be updated as needed by the business owner. With regular maintenance and updates a website will provide returns for the life of the business.

Jennifer Lanetz Account Manager Peerless design inc

Q: If my computer skills are limited, how will I know what needs to be done to ensure my website success?

A: Peerless design’s experienced consultants will help and advise you every step of the way to ensure your project’s success. From initial design and development to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and marketing. Peerless design is a local company that will provide guidance to help even the most novice computer user.

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HOME & GARDEN GUIDE Do Home Improvement Projects Now, Before Winter (ARA) - The to-do chores never seem to go away, which can make you want to leave the projects for another season. After all, the deck is going to be covered by snow all winter and the house can always be repainted in the spring. But taking care of these jobs now has benefits beyond just crossing them off of your to-do list. For homeowners in areas of the country that have harsh winter weather, refinishing the deck this fall will help protect it from the winter elements like sleet, snow and ice. For those who live in milder climates, refinishing the deck now means you'll still get to enjoy the

fruits of your labor into the cooler months - and get a jump on spring chores. In addition, having your deck and your house in the best condition going into the rough winter months means that you'll minimize any damage that could be caused by harsh weather conditions. To get the maximum benefits out of your efforts, take the time to make any necessary repairs to your deck or siding before you start painting. This could include patching any imperfections in your siding and sanding away peeling paint. On the deck, replace warped boards and nail down loose

ones. A good cleaning ensures that the surface is ready for stain or paint. Once you're ready to paint, make sure you have the right tools for the job. Paint brushes and rollers have their place as useful tools, but for making quick work of painting a house or finishing a deck, nothing beats a power paint sprayer. The beauty of outdoor painting is that a paint sprayer can be used to get the job done in a few easy strokes. The Airless Paint Sprayer by Wagner ProCoat allows homeowners to paint like the pros while on the budget of a doit-yourselfer. It is great for the whole house, but simple enough to cover

sheds, decks and fences. The sprayer comes complete with a spray gun swivel and 25-foot hose for long reach. While you'll enjoy the fresh, refurbished look of your home and deck now, you'll really appreciate it in the spring when you can step outside and start enjoying your deck as soon as the weather permits. You can sit on your deck and sip your favorite beverage while you watch your neighbors tackle the outdoor tasks they put off this fall. For more information visit You can also find Wagner products at home improvement stores nationwide.

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Pleasant Hills Garden Club Member Honored as Grand Marshal of Community Day Parade Pleasant Hills Garden Club members climbed aboard this truck for the Community Day Parade on August 13. They had a ball throwing candy and beads to the crowd!

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On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the Pleasant Hills Garden Club was excited to once again be a part of Pleasant Hills Community Day. Several members took part in the parade this year, sharing the event with their granddaughters. We had fun tossing candy, beads and small trinkets to the crowd. We would like to thank Rod Weiland for the use of his truck once again this year. He is a great supporter of our club, and we appreciate it. Member Charlene Bowyer was one of the Grand Marshals of the event, which Pleasant Hills Garden Club Member Charlene centered on a theme of service. Bowyer is Bowyer was honored as a Grand Marshal of the the life force behind the Let Freedom Community Day Parade. She is the driving force Ring Garden at the Cloverleaf in behind the Let Freedom Ring Garden at the Cloverleaf in Pleasant Hills. Pleasant Hills. She has been a dedicated member of the garden club since 2001. We would like to congratulate Helen and Bob Kennedy of Pleasant Hills for winning the garden basket that was raffled that day. We thank all who offered their financial support to our garden club. If you would like information about the Pleasant Hills Garden Club, contact us at

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Busting 4 Myths About Wallpapers (NewsUSA) - Wallpaper can be a beautiful addition to the home, but some common misconceptions deter people from buying the product. Before purchasing wallpaper, consider the following information from the Wallcoverings Association: MYTH 1: Wallpaper is not a good choice for kitchens and baths. The truth: Kitchens are in fact ideal places to decorate with wallcoverings. They look great, and the protective coating on most wallpapers make them washable; many are even scrubbable, so maintenance is a snap. Because today's wallpapers can mimic any surface -- tile, stone, metal -and are designed to coordinate with cabinetry and appliances, they're an affordable way to update a kitchen. Wallpaper

is the best way to spruce up guest bathrooms where there's no shower, and even in bathrooms with a tub or shower, most wallpapers work well. Just use the proper adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure it stays put. MYTH 2: Wallpaper is a hassle to hang and remove. The truth: Today's high-performance, easy-hang wallpaper (many known as "non-wovens") are easy to hang and remove -- a great alternative to ordinary paint. Installation is quick and requires less patching and sanding, fewer coats and less waiting time between steps than paint. When it's time to redecorate, most wallpapers come off easily. MYTH 3: You get tired of wallpaper very quickly. The truth: People are often so pleased with their selection that on average, they keep the same pattern up for many years (paint has about a three-year life span). And there's a vast selection, whether you want to highlight one wall with an attention-getting wallpaper or give an entire room a beautiful look. MYTH 4: Wallpaper is a big commitment. The Truth: If you fear commitment, self-adhesive, temporary wall décor products are great options. These peeland-stick products can be mixed, matched and layered, and they're repositionable and removable, therefore perfect for rentals or dorm rooms.

Tile wallpaper from Kitchen Resource from Brewster Home Fashions. Nor is wallpaper off-limits if you live in a rental. Many lease agreements stipulate that walls must be in move-in condition when the lease is up. Fortunately, today's easy-hang wallpapers may protect walls from everyday scratches and gouges, so landlords will likely grant permission. No special removal tools are required; simply tug at a corner, and entire sheets are down in minutes without marring walls. (Tips courtesy of the Wallcoverings Association

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Easing Your Way Into Home Ownership For many renters, the first step in buying a home is becoming educated about the process. If you’re like many people considering a home purchase, you’ve spent nights, weekends and maybe even time at work searching the Internet or poring over the classifieds looking for a home that will work for you personally. You’ve talked to friends and relatives about their home buying experiences. Maybe you’ve even conducted a little research to become more familiar with real estate terminology and the various types of mortgages commonly used today. Coming up with a down payment and finding a loan program that meets your needs are the greatest hurdles most entry-level buyers face. So, you may even have leafed through stacks of brochures and flyers from


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lenders offering loan programs that seem incomprehensible and incredibly complicated. With so many excellent first-time buyer programs to choose from these days, you may feel that you have to be an expert to sort through them all. That’s why if you’re a first-time homebuyer seeking a low down payment loan, you’ll save time by talking with a professional real estate agent who is experienced in working with people just like you in the area where you plan to buy. A professional real estate agent can help you determine whether you are likely to qualify for these special programs, as participation in some may be limited to buyers under a certain income level or for the purchase of homes below a certain purchase price. Your agent also can tell you whether you must fulfill other requirements to be considered. With some programs, for example, you must attend an educational seminar before you can be considered for one of these low down payment loans. An agent who frequently assists first-time buyers will know from experience which lenders in your area offer low down payment programs that will most closely match your needs. The lender will need to become familiar with your current financial situation. Before you discuss your options with them, you’ll want to collect some basic information to make the process easier. Be prepared to tell them about your income, assets, debts, credit issues and financial legal issues. This information will help the lender determine how much home you can afford. A good lender may even be able to suggest ways


to remedy negative remarks on your credit report that could disqualify you from a low down payment loan program. In addition, because most lenders will require that you have several months of house payments in the bank as a reserve, your real estate agent may be able to suggest ways you can increase your savings in the weeks and months leading up to your home purchase. Remember that some programs allow you to apply a cash gift from a family member to cover the required down payment and closing costs. Your agent also may know a motivated seller who would be happy to assist you in accomplishing your home purchase by contributing to your closing costs, which will reduce the amount of cash you need to have on hand. With the possibility of interest rates edging up, innovative mortgage financing programs that require a low down payment are more important than ever to firsttime buyers. A professional real estate agent working with a trusted lender can help you sift through the countless programs that are available and identify the one loan program that is just right for you. Remember to call one of our CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty professionals for an enjoyable shopping experience! Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680

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Selecting The Right Roofing Shingles (NAPSI)—Whether building a new home or remodeling, selecting the right roofing involves more than aesthetics and cost. Factors such as building codes, climate and how long you intend to stay in the home can affect decisions about material, weather-impact resistance, warranty and solar reflective capability. The good news is there are now more roofing shingle options than ever before and curb appeal doesn’t have to take a backseat to functionality. HERE’S A LOOK AT A FEW: • Strip shingles—the original, the most basic and most lightweight of roofing shingles-are single layered and generally designed to look like slate. Inexpensive and with a flat appearance on the roof line, strip shingles used to be the most popular shingle. Today, with significant advances in technology and consumer sophistication, strip shingles are primarily used by contractors building economy-priced homes or are purchased by homeowners for small

repairs on homes that already have strip-shingle roofs. • Dimensional shingles, or architectural laminated shingles, are now the predominant roofing shingles installed in North America. Manufactured as dual or multilayered, a dimensional shingle provides a thicker and richer appearance, with various shades and mixtures of colors and tones. A big plus for homeowners concerned about color, these shingles can be closely matched to complement exterior siding, trim and doors. Dimensional roofing shingles are also typically heavier than strip roofing shingles, can be made with a higher impact resistance and are offered with improved warranty protections. • Premium shingles are laminated shingles, unlike traditional roofing shingles. Designs may mimic “oldworld” roofing shingles, such as natural slate or shake shingles. These are a great choice for historical homes representing classic traditional architectural

styles. For example, CertainTeed’s Grand Manor provides enhanced aesthetic appeal. Premium roofing shingles also usually provide impact resistance or solar reflectivity, which can extend roof life and lower energy costs. CertainTeed’s Landmark Solaris is a premium roofing shingle that offers solar reflectivity, improving your home’s energy efficiency without sacrificing color choice. To find a contractor, visit or call (800) 233-8990.




Saving With Solar Shade Screens (NAPSI)—A good way to reduce your home’s cooling costs could be made in the shade—that is, if you use external solar shade screens. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a good way to keep your house cool in the summer is to shade it from the outside. Any way that stops the sun before it gets through the glass is seven times as good at keeping you cool as blinds or curtains on the inside. Exterior solar shade screens absorb and dissipate a large percentage of solar heat and glare before they reach windows and doors; this keeps the window glass and home interior cool. This method of cooling is considered to be superior to glass tinting, which filters the light along with the UV rays. Solar screening works by reducing the volume of light without filtering. As the glass filters sunlight through the tint, it will maintain heat, which dissipates into the house, making sun control screens more effective than glass tinting for energy savings.

Using Solar Screening Is Cost-Effective

Many solar screen payback period estimates fall between two and three cooling seasons. According to a recent University of Texas study, there is a 32 percent energy cost savings for an average home. According to the experts at ScreenItAgain, an online source for custom replacement screens and grilles, the right solar screens don’t have to darken your exterior. While UV blockage is 65 percent to 90 percent, actual visibility is diminished by only 15 percent to 40 percent, depending on the screening fabric selected. Light dissipated through solar screening is not tinted, but it is reduced in volume, allowing for good light with reduced glare. Houseplants can grow just as well with this type of shading. Most houseplants require filtered light. In fact, shading reduces yellowing of plants and water loss. In most cases, houseplants do better with shading than without but, as with all plants, they will require some amount of direct sunlight. As well as the added benefit of providing cooling, the screens also offer insect protection. For more information, visit

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54 Cardox Road $44,869 4 Howe St. $37,500 435 Mingo Church Road $104,500 35 Stone Church Road $32,000 6426B Union St. $149,900 2542 SR 88 $78,500 6225 SR 88 $315,000 31 Hiview Lane $1,486 by sheriff's deed 19 Scott Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $11,162) 136 Gunn Club Road $165,000

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Kenneth Schoedel Kenneth and Kelly Backo Quaker State Properties LLC

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$35,000 $18,000 $10,000

Todd Christopher Bradshaw Stephen Wilson and Mikayo Molisee Barbara Ashcraft Jason and Domenic Mendicino William Stine Ryan and Heidi Pergola Michael Zekir Jr. Christopher Popp and Natalie Pustelak Gary and Linda Lenik Robert and Brenda Smith

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Beth Ann and Mark Warkentin Adam Petterson Richard and Maria Smith Marlyn McCormley Bryan Gray and Heather Jones Marlene Wirfel Seth and Stefanie Boltz Westley Hanbury Michael Burdell Keith and Jacqueline Elton Maronda Homes Inc. Kirk Sanderson Bank New York Mellon trustee Jeffrey and Melissa Smith Mark Skarzynski Jr.

REOCO Inc. Fred Pearson et al. Mark Colarusso Helen Allen Brian Stough HSBC Bank USA NA trustee June Howell FORWARD TOWNSHIP Angelo Gatto Ronald Fisher CLAIRTON Ace Property Group LLC Lynn Devine RFH Development LLC Raymond Bradley

Scott Hope Christine Swart Sean and Patricia Sasso Lawrence Deemer Douglas and Kelly Stanczak John Robert Goldbaugh Joshua Howell

302 High St. $109,900 128 Bell St. $62,000 2155 Constitution Blvd. $58,500 Fallers Road $25,000 301 Howell St. $125,000 2017 Ridge Road $96,000 103 Teak Road $238,000 610 Underwood Ave. $35,000 1621 Beechview St. $30,000 146 Grouse Drive $157,500 Kennett Drive $33,500 2232 Swallow Hill Road $124,900 402 Cedar Drive $1,797 by sheriff's deed 951 Cherry St. $124,900 317 Circle Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $23,400) 128 Cross St. $25,000 704 Circle Drive $57,000 142 Mt. Vernon Drive $175,000 1633 Scenery Drive $111,000 6513 Smithfield St. $132,500 611 Terrace Drive $68,000 3151 Wildcat Hollow Road $48,000

Michael and Ashley Green Danny Kelly

7927 Ivory Lane 1841 Pangburn Hollow Road

Crown Capital LLC Daniel Murphy Brett Kymer and Melissa Daher US Bank NA trustee

2605 Lincoln Ave. 419 N. Fourth St. 1029 Pennsylvania Ave. 128 Constitution Circle

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Trax Farms Fall Events The following events are hosted by Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road in Finleyville. Store hours are 9 am–8 pm daily and 9 am–6 pm on Sunday. For information, call 412-835-3246 or visit

Fall Festival Enjoy the historical 42nd Fall Festival at our 146-year-old farm that’s become a tradition for many of the families in the area. There’s something for everyone from grandmas and grandpas to the grandkids. The festival runs every weekend starting on September 17 thru October 30. Festival hours are 10 am-5 pm. Enjoy a hayride to our pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, or see if you can make it through our giant, four-acre corn maze! Other fun activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin painting and a lot more. Each activity requires a separate purchase. Not only are there fun things to do, there are also a lot of fun things to drink and eat, like our fresh made cider and over 15 varieties of apples we grow at the farm. Not everything has to be healthy—we have candy apples, pumpkin gobs and other seasonal treats from our bakery and the new Sweet Shoppe.

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Knowing what to expect while your air ducts are cleaned can save both time and money.

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re considering getting your home’s heating and cooling ducts cleaned, consider this: A little caution can protect you from companies that try to scam you. You just have to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate cleaning service. The nonprofit National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and “Dateline NBC” recently exposed some companies that use bait and switch tactics to take advantage of consumers. Executive Director John Schulte said, “Low prices offered by bad actors make it difficult for consumers to know what to expect, while luring business away from legitimate companies.” He recommends: • Beware of lowball ads that offer “whole house” cleaning for less then $100. This is usually indicative of a classic bait and switch tactic. • Have the ductwork, coils and all components cleaned, and make sure the company agrees to do the work in accordance with NADCA standards. • Be sure this is all documented on the bill of sale. • For more information and to find a certified NADCA member, visit

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295 Ben Til Drive 202 Lynn Drive 348 Temona Drive 200 Toura Drive

Joseph and Mary Imbriale Domenic Laudato Jr. Cheryl Bobik NVR Inc. Beth Kelly Eric Burnstein Michael Bohonek & Rebecca Marie Mandus Carl Sarver Jr. and Holly Lynn Gray

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5001 Dana Drive Unit 110A $238,900 1973 Gill Hall Road $95,000 4321 Harlin Drive $238,695 Independence Drive $44,000 432 W. Deer Park Drive $179,900 224 Pointer Drive $232,820 1415 State Route 885 $110,000 Gill Hall Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $4,178) 4314 Harlin Drive Unit 317A $254,645 6015 Indepdendence Drive $39,000 109 Reed Drive $53,800 4306 Harlin Drive $207,000 5027 Jackson Drive $218,000 3337 Woodwind Drive $342,798

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Ringgold Student Named All-American Scholar-At-Large Award Winner The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Samantha “Sami” Patillo of Finleyville, a student at Ringgold High School, has been named an All-American Scholar At-Large Award Winner. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10% of all American high school students. Patillo will appear in the All-American Scholar Official Yearbook, which is published nationally. She is the daughter of Dave and Christi Kulp and the late Sam Patillo of Finleyville. Her grandparents are Karl and Jean Kelley of Finleyville and Sam and Joy Patillo of Scenery Hill.


Samantha “Sami” Patillo of Finleyville was named All-American Scholar-At-Large by the United States Achievement Academy.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital Nurse Receives Award for Providing Exceptional Care Mariaelena Perowski, RN, CCRN, PHRN, wants to help people get well quickly. That’s why this dedicated professional staff nurse is at home in the Emergency Department at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH). Perowski, who is a resident of Charleroi, has spent the last 21 of her 29 years as a full-time nurse providing emergency care to residents of the mid-Mon Valley. She is the recipient of prestigious Cameos of Caring® Award, which recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families, and embodies the Perowski: Mariaelena Perowski is the proud recipient of the essence of the nursing proCameos of Caring® Award, presented to her for her years fession. of dedication to the nursing profession. While her mother wanted her to study nursing, to MVH’s Emergency Mariaelena initially followed a different limited path — she married and started a fami- Department — she will provide emerly. At the encouragement of her friend, gency medical care to anyone in disthe mother of three applied to and was tress. Recently, while dining at a local accepted at Washington Hospital restaurant, Perowski and her daughter, School of Nursing when her youngest who is a flight attendant, sprung into child was only 5 years old. She studied action to provide CPR and chest comdiligently with her friend Georgina pression to a woman in cardiac arrest. Koslosky, RN, who is the Employee When paramedics arrived, the woman Health Nurse at MVH. Out of their class was flown to a hospital where she of 50 student nurses, Perowski and received an automated implanted carKoslosky received the “Exceptional diac defibrillator. Perowski is certified in Neonatal Care Giver” awards. Early in her career at MVH, Perowski Advanced Life Support and Trauma rotated between the Intensive Care, Nurse Care Curriculum and is a Critical Care and Progressive Care National Institutes of Health Stroke units. In the years that followed, she Scale Provider. She also serves as a provided care in every unit with the nurse educator teaching Pediatric exception of the Operating Room and Advanced Life Support and Advanced Delivery. She also served as a flight Cardiac Life Support. In addition, she is nurse for four years and briefly provid- a preceptor and mentor for new MVH ed in-home medical care. Today, her employees and college nursing stuquick response and caring nature is not dents.

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Finleyville Author Terri Sanders Publishes New Book By Heather Kelley-Latorre

As with anything you grow in your garden, the best fruit requires rich soil. The same can be said for parenting or children’s programs. Kids need good roots and soil to thrive. To help parents, caregivers, and children’s ministry leaders add some “nutrients” to their children’s soil, Terri Sanders of Finleyville has published her first book, Good Soil. . . Good Kids. Many locals know Sanders from her work in the PTA or at Crossroads Ministries. Most recently, she served as President and Secretary of the Gastonville Elementary Center PTA, bringing 10+ years of PTA experience to those positions. At Crossroads Ministiries, she started and still runs the Wenesday Awana program and assists with vacation Bible School and Sunday School programs—the list could continue. Sanders defintely knows kids. Sanders credits her husband Ed with the title of the book. “Winepress Publishing had asked us for a title that represents our manuscript, and my husband and I always put our heads together,” Sanders said. Recalling the 2 am revleation, she said, ”After many piles of papers with ideas, Ed looked up and said how about “good soil good kids? I looked at him and said ‘I love it!’” The two have worked together like that in children’s ministries for the last 11 years at Crossroads. Sanders says, “We complement each other—like anything it’s teamwork.” That teamwork in their ministry and in their home as parents has shown them “the importance of raising kids in good soil that is nourished by the Bible, good family tradi-

Author Terri Sanders of Finleyville displays her book Good Soil . . .Good Kids.

tions and parents knowing how to communicate to their children, letting kids know we care.” The book has tools and lessons for effective ministry, including themes to reinforce scriptural truths, object lessons using everyday fun items, and puppet skits to teach kids about God's love, prayer, and friendship. For more information about the book or to contact Terri and Ed Sanders, visit their website at Good Soil. . .Good Kids can be purchased on various websites, including,, and Amazon reviewers have commented that it is “filled with fresh ideas,” “an awesome book caring about kids,” “encouragement to help parents and grandparents with Biblical ideas.” A Barnes & Noble review stated it’s “a must have.“ Due to the book, Terri & Ed Sanders are now small business owners in Finleyville with Sanders Books, LLC.

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Erik DiNardo Proclaimed Eagle Scout Boy Scout Troop 1452 of Finleyville held a Court of Honor and proclaimed Erik DiNardo as an Eagle Scout. He has been a scout for 10 years and has earned over 50 merit badges. He also belongs to the Order of the Arrow (Scouting National Honor Society). For his Eagle Project, DiNardo landscaped a steep bank in front of St. Francis Church. He raised $1,970 himself doing jobs to pay Eagle Scout Erik DiNardo, Eagle Scout Brad Robinson, for it, with the exception Richard Demski and Scout Master Patrick Combes celebrate of Dupree’s, which donatDiNardo’s proclamation as an Eagle Scout. ed plants, and George’s Supply Center, which donated six States Pres. Barrack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former presidents and truckloads of mulch. During the ceremony, DiNardo, with first ladies, and US senators and reprethe help of Scout Master Andy Sneed, sentatives. State Rep. Rick Saccone and decided to surprise and honor a special Union Township Supervisor Steve man, Richard Demski. Demski has Parrish personally presented him with a worked with scouts for 55 years and has certificate of achievement. George been with Troop 1452 since 1965. He is Hutchko, Commander, and Allen a Veteran of WWII and retired chemical Hupchick, Adjutant, of the American engineer. This scouter has served as Legion Post 949 were also present. scout master, asst. scout master, post They honored DiNardo at a citizenship advisor, Weblos den leader, troop com- and awards dinner and presented him mittee member, and charter organiza- with a citizenship metal and a citation. tion representative. He is best known to The Marine Corps. League presented the troops for his long hikes (at least 30 him with a Citizenship metal and citaLarry Maggi County miles) and longer canoe trips. DiNardo tion. presented him with a 55-year pin, a cer- Commissioner also presented an award. DiNardo resides in New Eagle with tificate of achievement, and an oil painting of himself. Demski said, “I his grandparents Teri and Rich have stayed in scouting all these years Gratkie, and also with his parents and because I believe in the scouting ideals, brother, Ninetta, Bill, and Kurtis DiNardo in Finleyville. He responded and, besides, it was a lot of fun.” That night, DiNardo received many to the honors saying, “I will do my best citations and proclamations, from his to live up to the expectation these Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, United awards signify.”

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Kids & Family Sunshine Kids Day Care Visits Wagner’s Chocolates Excitement was high in August among three groups of kids from Sunshine Kids Day Care that enjoyed a field trip to The Pink House - Home of Wagner's Chocolates in Finleyville. The tour started with reading Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory because there are many similarities between the factory in the book and The Pink House. The children then got to follow the making of candy from start (chocolate melted in kettles) to finish (shrinkwrapping boxes). Then, they each decorated their own freshlydipped marshmallow lollipops with all the jimmies of the rainbow and finished the tour with eating their own creations.

Children from Sunshine Kids Day Care in Finleyville took a sweet field trip to The Pink House – Home of Wagner’s Chocolates in Finleyville Many expressed a wish to be hired as "taste-testers!"

Curious children started the tour of Wagner’s Chocolates with Curious George.

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Mon Valley YMCA Provides Colorful Addition to Fall Programs with Youth Art Club New to the Mon Valley YMCA this fall is the Youth Art Club. This club is designed for students ages 10-18 who feel their school art classes just aren’t enough. “The club will provide artistic opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom,” says instructor Brittany Mucy. “We’ll create projects based on a chosen theme and everyone will be encouraged to show off their individualism.” The group will have sketch book nights and throw a gallery show to display works created during the eight week fall session. “This club will be about inspiring one another and learning from each others strengths,” says Mucy, who is an alumni of the Savannah College of Art and Design, earning her bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration. “We’ll discuss new artists and art media, share doodles and build each participant’s passion for art.” Field trips may be added as well.

Brittany Mucy will be instructing the Youth Art Club classes at the Mon Valley YMCA beginning this October.

Classes will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning October 11th. Students are asked to provide a sketch book and pencil to bring each week. All other materials will be provided. Please call the Mon Valley YMCA at 724-483-8077 to register in advance.

Join the Girl Scouts for Fun and Friends Calling all girls! The Girl Scouts of West Jefferson Hills School District want you. Join the fun of Girl Scouting by becoming a Girl Scout. Your daughter will have fun and enjoy activities with other girls of the same age while being guided by adult leaders. In a Girl Scout troop, girls can learn by doing, make new friends, explore the arts, and learn great leadership skills and how to be an active part of their community. If you are interested in joining Girl Scouts in West Jefferson Hills or being a leader, please attend our recruiting event on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Hills Borough Building meeting area. There will be fun activities for the girls and registration information for the adults. If you can't make the event and still want information regarding Girl Scouting in West Jefferson Hills, please contact Melanie at or Becky at We look forward to seeing you there.

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Rainbow Girls Host Open House September 24 in Pleasant Hills The International Order of the Rainbow is looking for girls ages 11 to 20 who would like to become a part of this outstanding organization for young women. The group will host an open house on Saturday, September 24 at 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Members of the International Order of the Rainbow Local Assembly Hills Masonic Lodge, Hope #186 don white gowns for ceremonies and special occasions. 455 East Bruceton two meetings a month, for which the Road, Pleasant Hills. Girls ages 6 to 20 and their parents dress code is a white dress or white are welcome to join us and see what skirt and blouse with white shoes. Rainbow meetings are like and meet The girls wear white gowns for formal the girls. We will have a meeting for meetings such as Installation and Installation of Officers at 5 p.m. and a Initiations. The Anchors pledge group fellowship meal following the meet- is for the younger girls ages 6 to 10, who meet once a month and enjoy ing. Rainbow teaches confidence, volun- crafts and snacks. Trained adults volteering in your community, leadership unteer to help the girls succeed in the skills and how to become a well- organization on all levels. All rounded outstanding young woman Rainbow volunteers have clearances in today’s world. Rainbow allows the and create a safe and caring environopportunity to make new friends all ment. Rainbow also offers many colover the United States and beyond. lege scholarships. For more information, visit the The organization has helped charities such as Project Linus, Make-A-Wish, Pennsylvania website at www.parainJuvenile Diabetes Association, and the or the National Supreme Starlight Children’s Foundation, just website at, conto name a few. The Local Assembly is tact the Mother Advisor of Hope Hope #186, and its members are from Assembly Debra Walker at 412-384Monongahela, Belle Vernon, 0321 or, or McKeesport, Pittsburgh, West Mifflin, contact Anchors Pledge Advisor Elizabeth, Dravosburg, Bethel Park, Lindsay Zimmerman at 412-833-3548 or We hope and Clairton. Rainbow Assembly members hold that you will find Rainbow soon. ———————————————————————————————————————— 71

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Thomas Presbyterian Youth Group Assists Victims of Tornado Disaster On May 22 around 5 pm, a category 5 tornado hit Joplin, MO. Traveling along a path nearly 6 miles long and up to 3/4 mile wide, the tornado flattened entire neighborhoods, splintered trees and flipped over cars and trucks. Some 2,000 homes and many other businesses, schools Volunteers from Thomas Presbyterian Youth Group traveled to Joplin, MO to assist victims and other buildings were destroyed. To date, 160 deaths have been attributed to the tornado. a category 5 tornado. Charles Patterson, Krysta Goldbach, Kristen Heinze, Tiffany To help the devastated town, Thomas Presbyterian Church Youth Group sent 3 adults and 7 of Behanna, Becca Podroskey, Bethany Gardner, Rich Gardner, Hailey Glod, Tracy teens there from July 20-24. While in Joplin, the group hooked up with Action Missions Goldbach, and Matt Gallo helped to rebuild Joplin High School. ( Action Missions had been in Joplin since May 24 supporting survivors of the tragedy. The main focus was distributing supplies to survivors, feeding volunteers and cleaning up debris. The Thomas Group was able to help with all three. During the time the group was there, you might find some of them at Joplin High School, which was completely destroyed, pulling nails out of lumber that was salvaged from destroyed homes to be recycled and used to build sheds that were later given to survivors. Others went out to the demolition sites and salvaged the materials to be recycled and used again, all while braving temperatures higher than 100°. At other times, you could find them serving the more than 500 volunteers that passed through Action Missions’ tent daily where lunch/dinner was served for free or distributing donated supplies to local survivors. The sign at Joplin High School was missing Everywhere the team went, they were thanked by complete strangers for their some letters after the storm and was work. The kids got to see up close the devastation a tragedy like this can cause temporarily dubbed “Hope” High School The town of Joplin, MO was devastated after with duct tape letters. and how communities come together to help each other in times of need. the tornado hit on May 22.

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Knights of Columbus and Friends Pray for the Unborn

Knights of Columbus members representing the Mon Valley Chapter.

By Paul Chasko Father Falkenhan leads the Recitation of the Rosary for the unborn.

Christians of all denominations and Catholics in particular have a strong belief in the preservation of life from conception. Several years ago, the Knights of Columbus (Mon Valley Chapter) erected a monument at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Fallowfield Township dedicated to the lives of the unborn children lost through abortion. Each year, the Mon Valley Chapter hosts the Recitation of the Rosary for the unborn. Knights, their families and friends met and prayed the Rosary for these unborn children. This year, the service was held on Tuesday, July 26 and was led by Father Pierre M. Falkenhan (Father Bud). It was a beautiful summer evening the likes of which will never be enjoyed by the millions of unborn children to whom the monument and prayers were dedicated.

MOPS of Crossroads Ministries Starts New Year

The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Crossroads Ministries is starting a new year of fun on September 13 and invites you to join us this year. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of the month from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Crossroads Ministries is located 1 mile south of Trax Farms overlooking Route 88 in Finleyville. MOPS is all about ...YOU! The purpose of MOPS is to encourage and support mothers with young children or pregnant mothers. The goal is that longterm friendships will be made and that moms will leave feeling relaxed, valued and equipped to handle the everyday stresses of motherhood. MOPS exists to meet the needs of every mom who shares a desire to be the very best mom she can be! For further information, please feel free to call the office at Crossroads at 724348-1620.

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Summer Jesus Tour Rocks West Elizabeth

Beth Israel Center Synagogue Prepares for High Holidays

By Charlotte Hopkins

Reverend Walt Pietschmann and Pastor Floyd Hughes rocked the summer for the youth of West Elizabeth and Jefferson Hills with their Vacation Bible School—The Jesus Tour! Children witnessed reenactments of some of the greatest moments in the life of Jesus Christ. Their week ended with a cookout at the baseball field…an evening of races, skits, hot dogs, watermelon and snow cones!

Karen Hathorne, Victoria Hathorne, Rose Hood and Pastor Floyd Hughes perform a lively skit! Samantha Withers and Nelly Henning soak up some sun and juicy water– melon. Youth gathered to listen to a story from Reverend Walt Pietschmann.

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Tyler Pietschmann enjoys the activities.

Beth Israel Center Synagogue, a small Conservative synagogue, is located at the border of Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills at 118 Gill Hall Road. The building was dedicated 52 years ago and has been providing religious and social programs to Jewish residents of South Hills communities ever Jake Harrison, Bonnie Harrison, Dr. Stanley Glickstein and since. Arthur Weinblum is Dr. Joan Glickstein had a great time at the picnic. president, and Rabbi Amy Greenbaum provides spiritual services, assistance and guidance. The co-presidents of Sisterhood are Dr. Joan Glickstein and Janet Selsley. The president of Men’s Club is Irving Selsley. Sisterhood is a women's organization that provides refreshments for after services social hours; sponsors the Art Weinblum, President of Beth Israel Center Synagogue; annual Chanukah Luncheon Carolee Burack, historian; and Janet Selsley, Co-president of and annual fundraising Sisterhood, attended at the Donor Luncheon. Donor Luncheon; arranges educational programs, mitzvah days (good deeds) in the community, day trips, and movie nights; keeps the kitchen in order; the synagogue's library up to date; and keeps records of the synagogue's past and present history. The ladies have published two outstanding cookbooks over the years, and the recent one is available for $15 by calling 412-655-2144. Our 350-page history book, The People of Beth Israel Center – Fifty Years, is available for $75. During the summer, a new roof was installed. All of the people in the House Committee who helped direct this job are Art and Rachel Weinblum serve freshly greatly appreciated. We are extremely grateful prepared corn at the summer picnic. to the members and friends of the synagogue for their generous financial contributions that enabled us to proceed with this much-needed job. The congregation enjoyed its annual picnic on July 17 at Mowry Park in Pleasant Hills. Members and friends gathered to socialize and eat a delicious meal of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, watermelon and beverages. The Conservative congregation will be observing the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah at the end of September and Yom Kippur at the beginning of October. Erev Rosh Hashanah Services - Wednesday, September 28, at sundown First Day of Rosh Hashanah services - Thursday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. Second Day of Rosh Hashanah services - Friday, September 30, 9:30 a.m. Evening services - at 7:30 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur services ( Kol Nidre ) - Friday evening, October 7, at sundown Yom Kippur Services - Saturday morning , October 8, 9: 30 a.m. For additional information call 412-655-2144 or visit the website at

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Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship Elizabeth Township Chapter Hosts September Meeting The Elizabeth Township Chapter of The Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship in the basement social hall of Round Hill Presbyterian Church on Monda, September 19. There will be refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. There is no charge, and a free-will offering will be taken. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Lance O'Brien, Sr. Pastor at New Hope Assembly of God in Elizabeth Township. He began his relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of 11. By the time he was 15, he had a desire to commit his life to full-time ministry. For further information, please call Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882 or Dolly Schneider at 412-384-6361.

Rev. Sue Willis Speaks at Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship September Meeting The Monongahela chapter of The Mary and Martha Joy Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting of praise and worship in the parlor of The First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, on Thursday, September 1. There will be refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. There is no charge, and a free-will offering will be taken. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Sue Willis, founder and president of Touching the Hem of His Garment Ministries. Willis founded Healing Beyond Survival, a ministry to women who have been victimized by rape and are counseled at the newlydedicated Abundant Life Ministries Center in Pleasant Hills. She is involved in raising funds to build the Redemption Home in India to house young girls ages 4 - 12 who would otherwise be swallowed up in sexual slavery. For further information, please call Virgie Vidil at 412-384-4882 or Barbara Simpson at 724-258-4293.

Windover Hills United Methodist Church Hosts Fall Harvest Windover Hills United Methodist Church at 6751 Ridge Road in South Park will hold its 3rd Annual Fall Harvest on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Economics Building in South Park, our new location. Openings for crafters and vendors are available. Please contact Michelle at for more information.

Babysitting Returns to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt. 51, will sponsor the following upcoming events. For more information, call the church at 412-884-5225 or visit Babysitting returns to the church on Friday, September 16, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. While there, children will be able to participate in age-appropriate activities, games, and crafts. Parents should pack a small snack for their child, and drinks are provided. The cost is $3 per hour for first child in family, $2 for second child and $1 for each additional child. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Proceeds benefit the youth of St. Peter’s. St. Peter's Youth Group (SPYG) introduces Wednesday Night Youth Groups every other Wednesday, starting September 21, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. SPYG is open to all teens in middle and high school. Also, Phantom Fright Nights start October 8. Overeaters Anonymous (OA), a onehour, 12-step meeting held almost every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brentwood, is an open meeting and accepts/welcomes anyone who struggles with eating. For more information, please contact Duke Kavinsky, at 412-445-8961.

South Hills Assembly of God Church Offers New Bible Classes South Hills Assembly of God Church, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, plans the following events for

September. For more information call 412-835-8900 or visit The International School of Ministry Classes – Enjoy great teaching from internationally known preachers and Bible teachers. Second trimester afternoon class will be held Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m. beginning September 3; third trimester evening class will be held Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., beginning September 12. Earn a degree ($65/trimester) or audit these DVD Bible classes for free. Please register now so books can be ordered. God’s Most Prized Possession – adult Bible teaching by Valeria Catalucci meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, in the 5th grade room. Open to all adults ages 18 and up. The class is free; no registration required. Open House for new adult classes begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Guests will try out three small group classes for 15 minutes each to help them choose which class is right for them. Actual classes begin Wednesday, September 14 and run through December 14. Classes include Divorce Care, Healing Is A Choice, Marriage Preparation, Seek First The Kingdom of God, Single and Parenting, Basic Beliefs, Anger Management, Book Study on The Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge, Sanctuary Bible Class on The Book of Judges, Weight Loss: Giving Christ 1st Place, and Workshop Guys. HonorBound Men’s Ministry will hold a free men’s fellowship breakfast from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10. Guest speaker is Pastor Jared Stepp. Enjoy breakfast, testimonies and fellowship, with a Biblical message for men. All males, young and old, are invited; dads, bring your sons! Wings of Eagles Motorcycle Ministry will meet and depart from the church at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 11 for a memorial ride. For more information, call Tom at 412-716-6510 or Kenny at 412-605-8738. Deaf Interpretation is offered in the sanctuary on Sundays at the 11 a.m. service. A luncheon follows the service on September 11. Bring a dish to share. RSVP by September 9 to Steve and Mary Lou at 412-851-1692 V/VP or Scott at 724-705-0942 VP.

The Children’s Choirs Kickoff for children ages 3 through 5th grade will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. The choirs will begin rehearsing for their mini-musical God of This City and will also be able to join in the Christmas musical. Call to register in September. A Miracle Healing Service with Pastor Rick Kardell and Healing Waters Praise Team will be held at 7 p.m. on September 12 in the sanctuary. Fast and pray; bring the sick and afflicted. Grief Share provides non-denominational support for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Two new sessions led by Pastor Pat Sutton begin in September, with evening classes held on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. beginning September 13 and daytime classes held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. beginning September 15. Classes run for 13 weeks. You can join anytime and return for any of the classes you miss. Cost is $15 and includes workbook. Lunch Bunch Bible study and luncheon for people ages 65 and up meets from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 15 in the multi-purpose room. Cost is $6 and includes lunch. RSVP by September 13. Women Arise Event with speaker Dedi Kramer will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15. HOPE Cancer Support Group, which spreads contagious hope and care for those diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, meets at 7 p.m. on September 19. Facilitator is Pastor Kay Stepp, cancer survivor. Jeremiah 29:11 Employment Transition Group is a support group for those who are searching for jobs. In a difficult economy, come to network with others for prayer and encouragement from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 20. Facilitators assist with resume writing, interview skills and job opportunities. Collision is an awesome worship and devotion night that’s all about God. Join with other young adults ages 18 - 35 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. Childcare is provided. Reverend Terry Claessens, Director of Teen Challenge of Western PA, will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m., Sunday, September 25 in the sanctuary. Teen Challenge is a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

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Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church Hosts Ethnicfest Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church at 506 High Street, Monongahela, will hold its 13th Annual Ethnicfest at Chess Park in Monongahela on Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. until dusk and Sunday, September 25 from noon until 6 p.m. The event will feature homemade ethnic and American foods, including pirohi-potato pancakes, funnel cakes, hot sausage, stuffed hot peppers and many other selections. A bake sale will feature a wide variety of homebaked items. Guests will enjoy theme baskets, a large flea market, and live music featuring The Nutone Polka Band on Saturday.

The Chapel of Oneness Offers Services, Psychic Development Classes, Reiki Share The Chapel of Oneness is located at 345 Regis Avenue, West Mifflin. For more information, contact Rachael Slifko at 412-770-4961 or or visit The Chapel holds Sunday services each week from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday mornings are very special at the Chapel. We gather to act as conduits to heal and be healed. We meditate. We share in a lesson of faith. We sing. We give messages. We celebrate spirit! Order of Service: 10:30 a.m., meditation; 10:45 a.m., healing; 11 a.m., lesson, prayer, singing, announcements; 11:50 a.m., gallery messages. In addition, we offer Psychic Development Classes every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and give messages. Also, come and join us for a Reiki Share, where we give and receive Reiki energy, every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

Wright’s United Methodist Church Offers a Variety of Fall Fun Wright's United Methodist Church at 788 Venetia Road, Venetia, will host the following events in September. For more information, call the church office at 724-348-5718. Annual Rummage Sale – The church will have its annual rummage sale on

Friday, September 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Delicious food will be available at a reasonable price! The women's group is raising money for their mission work as well as the Appalachian Service Project team, which will sell tools. The Outreach group will also sell some antiques. If anyone would like to donate clean item for this worthy cause, please drop them off at the church by September 13. Please call Kathy Jo at 724-886-0870 to make arrangements. Spaghetti Dinner – Wrights is hosting a spaghetti dinner with meat or marinara sauce, tossed salad, rolls and dessert on Friday, September 23 from 48 p.m. Dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for children; family max is $25. Take out or sit down. Hymn Story – On Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m., Valerie and John Mize will present a Hymn Story to benefit Imagine No Malaria. Please join us for this evening of story and music. Children’s Church Seeks Applicants – The church currently is seeking applicants to teach the Children’s Church during our worship services on Sunday morning. Applicants will teach the children a lesson each week for a 30-minute class. All materials will be provided. Interested parties should contact the church office at 724-348-5718. Applicants should have a love of children, and compensation is provided. KNO - Kids Night Out – Develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Bring your kids to KNO Wednesday nights from 5:45-6:45 p.m. beginning Sept 28. The program runs for six weeks. Kids will learn about God in a fun and exciting way. Register your child today by calling the church office at 724-3485718.

Grace Lutheran Church Hosts Rally Day September 11 Grace Lutheran Church, located at 6810 Hilldale Drive, South Park will host a Rally Day on Sunday, September 11. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., and an outdoor worship will be held (weather permitting) at 10:45 a.m. Following worship, everyone is invited to join us for a picnic lunch and fun activities for all the kids. Wear your red, white and blue!

Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Plans Annual Fall Festival Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24, starting with a flea market at 9 a.m. and offering lots of food, fun and a car wash throughout the day. Come meet our new Pastor John (Jake) Clawson and his wife Colleen. All are welcome. Come and have a good time. The church will be return to its regular schedule on Sunday, September 4. All Sunday Schools start at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 11 a.m.

AWANA at Crossroad Ministries Kicks Off a New Year of Fun Wednesday, September 7, from 6:458:15 p.m. marks the beginning of the 2011 - 2012 season of AWANA at Crossroads Ministries. This children’s program is for boys and girls, three years of age through and including the fifth grade. AWANA is just plain fun. Children enjoy an action-packed evening of games, Bible lessons, prizes and snacks. Each night has a special theme that is sure to have your child excited to come back, including Crazy Shoe/Sock Night, Blackout Night, Grand Prix Derby Races, Popcorn and Movie Night, Trunk n' Treat, Crazy Hair Night, Cupcake Night, and many more. Kids also learn to make a difference in the world by saving and presenting their pennies for missionaries. For further information, call Directors Jim and Michelle Seibel at Crossroads Ministries, 724-348-1620. Crossroads Ministries is located on Rt. 88, one mile south of Trax Farms in Finleyville overlooking Mineral Beach. The church’s website is

Riverview Baptist Hosts Echoes of Autumn Riverview Baptist Church, located at 405 Main Street, New Eagle, presents Echoes of Autumn, a free fundraising concert, on Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m. Featured performers are the Riverview Baptist Choir, Tressa Sweeney Youth Choir, Children’s Hand Bell Choir, and Shepherd’s Voice. During the evening of music, attendees can partici-

Shepherd’s Voice members Linda Yohe (left), Debbie Harn (top), Connie Watkins (bottom), and Debbie Petrosky (right) will perform at Riverview Baptist Church’s Echoes of Autumn concert September 24 and offer a Christmas concert December 9.

pate by singing some old-time hymns as well as some newer praise songs. It will replicate in part the traditional ‘sing-spirations’ with which some of you are familiar. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the purchase of new choir chairs for the Riverview Baptist Church Choir. Following the concert, apple and pumpkin desserts and refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall. Mark your calendars; this is a concert you won’t want to miss. For further information, please contact Choir Director Saundra Bobnar at 724-2584978 or email at Looking ahead, Shepherd’s Voice will perform a concert for Christmas on December 9 at 7 p.m. at Riverview Baptist. Their newly released CD will be available soon. To schedule an event, or pre-order a CD, call Debbie at 724-2589041. Ever think about going back to church? Maybe you miss being a part of a community of friends who go through life together? Maybe you’d like to have your kids learn values and how to make great choices? Riverview Baptist Church invites you back to church. You will find people striving for a better life with a purpose. National Back to Church Sunday is September 18, but it is never too soon to return. Join us any Sunday, and see what church has to offer. Our doors are open. For more information, call Pastor Bruce Moses at 724-2585696. More Church News on the following page

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Area Church News... Elizabeth Baptist Church Presents Dan Schall Ministries in Concert

Peters Creek Presbyterian Starts Fall Worship Schedule

Elizabeth Baptist Church is located at 735 Bunola River Road, Elizabeth. For information, call 412-384-6464. The public is cordially invited to attend Dan Schall Ministries in Concert at the 11 a.m. worship hour Sunday, October 2 at Elizabeth Baptist. Schall is from Zelienople, and his ministry started when he was in his teens, as he endured a severe speech impediment. Having been blessed with a wonderful singing voice, Dan now uses his music ministry to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ far and wide. His concerts include old hymns and gospel, bluegrass and country music along with stories of his life and people he has met. A free will love offering will be received in appreciation of Dan. For further information, call 412-3846464.

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, will begin its fall worship schedule on September 11. We welcome the community to join us for worship at 10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m. To find out more about the church, visit our website at www.peterscreek

Center Presbyterian Church Ready for Fall Center Presbyterian Church, located at 255 Center Church Road in McMurray, near Rolling Hills Golf Course, will offer the following events in September. The church has worship services every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Communion served at the early service. The church supports several missions and outreach groups including Girl Scouts, Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network, AA meetings, Relay for Life, and play groups for children with Down's Syndrome. For more information, please call the church office 724941-9050. Dates to remember for September: September 3 – Summer worship schedule ends with services held at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. September 11 – Rally Day with Communion served at both services. Sunday school resumes for children and adults. Every Thursday and Saturday – Central Blood Bank accepts blood donations in our church basement. Mondays through Fridays – There is still time to register children ages 2 – 5 for the fall church preschool classes.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church New Sunday School Schedule Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, announces its new Sunday worship and Sunday School schedule. Beginning on Sunday, September 11, worship will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School for children and adults will be at 10 a.m. A nursery is provided on Sunday mornings for both services and Sunday School. The Saturday worship service held at 5:30 p.m. remains unchanged. If you have any questions, please call 724-9417467.

St. Thomas A' Becket Hosts 5th Annual Golf Outing St. Thomas A' Becket Parish will host its 5th Annual Golf Outing at South Hills Country Club on Monday, October 10. The Master of Ceremonies is David Michael, a professional performer, speaker and author. This event will kick off with registration at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and a Shotgun Start Team Shamble at 12:30 p.m. A single golf package is $185 and includes range balls, cart, lunch and dinner. Foursome and corporate foursome packages are also available. Cocktails and dinner will follow starting at 5:30 p.m. Non-golfers are cordially invited for dinner only at $40 per person. Skill prizes, silent auction, 50/50 and a live auction will offer something for everyone. This is a premier event with all proceeds benefiting St. Thomas A’ Becket’s Building Fund. Registration and sponsorship forms are available online at the website

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Friendship, Fun, and Support for Local Moms Being a mom is a challenging and sometimes lonely job. If you are a mother of a preschooler (age infant through kindergarten) and long for some “mommy time,” then MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Windover Hills welcomes you to join us! MOPS is a non-denominational, Christian organization dedicated to meeting the needs of mothers of young children. The women in MOPS come from different backgrounds yet have similar needs and a shared desire to be the best mothers they can be. MOPS of Windover Hills meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 9–11:30 a.m. at Windover Hills United Methodist Church on Ridge Road in South Park Township. MOPS is a place where friendships are made, support and nurturing are received, and moms learn and grow. During meetings, moms meet together to listen to speakers and discuss topics specifically geared toward their interests, or they complete a craft or creative activity. While they meet, their children ages newborn to kindergarten participate in MOPPETS, where they are cared for in a loving, preschool-like setting by carefully chosen volunteers. The children play, sing songs, hear stories, make crafts and have snacks in their various classrooms, which are located just down the hall from the MOPS meeting room. If you would like to find out more about MOPS, are interested in joining MOPS of Windover Hills, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Jami Conn at 412-531-2848 or Space is limited, and the new MOPS year begins soon, so call today!

Nottingham Christian Center Rebuilding Home Following Tornado A group of folks from Nottingham Christian Center are helping to build a home a widow from Joplin, MO, who lost her home and most everything she owned in the recent tornado that hit the city. The items she was able to recover were very few and all fit into the trunk of her car; she has insurance but not enough to rebuild. During the group’s visit, she said how thankful to the Lord she is just to be alive, as her home was in the center of the tornado’s mile-wide path. As soon as the storm ended, she began helping others by answering the emergency church phones and working tirelessly in the distribution center. After going to see the place where her home was located and seeing nothing but rubble, she asked God to send someone to help her. That is when Nottingham Christian Center came into the picture. The group has helped in Biloxi, MS when Hurricane Katrina went through the Gulf Coast and also helped with several building projects in Haiti, but this project of rebuilding a home is challenging. If you would like to help someone in Joplin, but are not sure where or how to get involved, become part of this home project. All, 100%, of any monies donated will be used to rebuild the home. Thank you for your concern for others, and please call with any questions. Nottingham Christian Center is located at 1028 Linden Road, Eighty Four.



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School News New Mobile Classrooms in Place at Ringgold Elementary North

View from the front of Ringgold Elementary North – existing building to the left, temporary classrooms to the right and connecting corridor between.

Workers Hustling to Complete Connecting Corridor in Time for Opening Day By Paul Chasko

September 6 is just around the corner, and the six new mobile classrooms at the Ringgold Elementary North (REN) in Gastonville are nearing completion. But will they be done in time? Placement on foundations and a continuous roof over the six mobile classrooms looks to be complete. During the first week of August, the framing of the corridor connecting the new classrooms to the main building was well underway, and electricians were working on the service entrance just outside the buildings. Communication and alarm system service will need to be installed between the existing buildings when the connecting corridor is completed.

View of the Temporary classroom complex from the rear of the school.

Individual through-the-wall units in each of the classrooms will handle heating, ventilating and air conditioning. In the interim, the district will be taking delivery of new desks for both teachers and students. Work is moving ahead, but its finish is going to be close to the first day of school. Fifthgrade students will likely occupy the new classrooms. The connecting corridor between the mobile classrooms and the main building was a source of anguish for the School Board, as the lowest estimated bid was in the neighborhood of $160,000. Alternatives were examined in an attempt to lower costs, but the price differential was not enough to justify the sacrifices in safety, security and comfort of the students who’d be walking through the corridor to the

Ringgold Elementary North has expanded space with a modular classroom complex (foreground), which is nearing completion.

Students will walk through this corridor connecting the complex to the main building to go to the restrooms, gym and cafeteria.

restrooms, gym and cafeteria in the main building. The board made the right choice in this case, even though the price tag seems so high for the structure involved. The Union Township Board of Supervisors approved the overall plan for the units and connecting

corridor as to conformance to the local and state building codes. In parallel with this temporary expansion to the REN, the Board will be looking at a project plan for adding six new permanent classrooms to the existing building. The district architects (HHSDR) were asked at the July meeting to prepare a project plan for this expansion. The plan has not yet been released, but the location most often mentioned at the meetings is the rear of the existing building. The disposition of the temporary mobile classrooms when the permanent classrooms are completed is not clear. Both resale and reuse at the Ringgold High School site have been mentioned. No timetable has been mentioned for the new project, as the Board must still review the plan.

Ringgold Students Receive American Legion Awards The Awards Assembly at Ringgold Middle School was held on Tuesday, June 7. At that time, the winners of the American Legion School Awards were announced. This year’s recipients are Jacob Gerard, son of Jason and Tracy Gerard of Eighty Four, and Angelica Amatangelo, daughter of Joyce Amatangelo of Monongahela. The American Legion Award emphasizes the development of the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service the ideals of Americanism that will make young people citizens of the highest type. The award recognizes the boy and girl who is most worthy of the highest qualities of citizenship and of true Americanism. Ruffo Proviano, Robert Jones, and William Castor of the American Legion Post #613, Finleyville, presented the awards.

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Ringgold School Board Passes Decisions on New Building Projects to Incoming Board By Paul Chasko

Barring some unforeseen serious building problem, the sitting Ringgold School Board has probably made its last big expenditure with the roof replacement of the existing middle school building. This version of the Ringgold School Board will pass the ball, relative to major building projects, to the new incoming Board for 2012 and beyond. The influx of (possibly) five new members next year is likely to change the working dynamics of the Board and perhaps the vision of the future for the Ringgold School District. Board President Bill Stein said as much at the August 17 School Board Meeting, which was packed with parents and taxpayers eager to have their voices heard on the selection of a site for the Ringgold Middle School. Stein stated that, “We’ll pass all we’ve learned on to the new Board, and it will be up to them to make any final decisions on a new building project.” More residents were present from Nottingham and Union townships at this meeting. Greer Hayden of HHSDR Architects and Engineers presented a summary of building evaluations requested by the Board at a prior meeting. He was asked to estimate the costs to bring three candidate buildings (Monongahela Elementary Center [MEC], Donora Elementary Center [DEC] and the existing Ringgold Middle School on Rt. 88) to a condition that would allow them to serve as a middle school build-

ing for grades 6-8 for the next 5-10 years. The report listed all the major deficiencies that would have to be addressed to adequately renovate each of the three buildings. According to Hayden’s report, all three buildings suffer from the effects of age outpacing adequate maintenance and upgrading (e.g., storm water infiltration, inadequate plumbing, poor handicapped access, poor HVAC systems, poor heating and electrical systems, poor kitchen facilities, asbestos throughout the buildings, deteriorating interior finishes). The major renovations to bring each of the buildings up to code and required student capacity are listed below with the overall estimated costs. The costs below include upgrading exteriors, interiors and mechanical systems, as well as the major items noted. Existing middle school – Removal of pyrite-bearing soil beneath the foundation, repair of the foundation and modifications of the existing space (estimated cost: $27,439,000 with 17.49% recoverable from the state). MEC – Renovation of existing structure, spaces and major building addition: (estimated cost $29,502,000 with 16.08 % recoverable from the state). DEC – Renovation of the existing structure, spaces and major building addition: ($31,176,000 with 15.15% recoverable from the state). The expansions of the MEC and DEC buildings would be necessary to accommodate the projected middle school population. Two other more

expensive options for the existing middle school involving total replacement of some or all of the structure were also included in the report. The above estimates included financing and soft costs and are approaching a previously estimated cost of a new building $45,450,000. The meeting attendees expecting to influence the Board on its decision to choose one of these sites were subdued somewhat by the Board’s decision to effectively pass the decision on to the incoming Board. This Board will concentrate on keeping the existing middle school building safe and useable for at least a few more years. It took the first steps by authorizing the replacement of the existing middle school roof at a cost of $349,000 and approving a contract to continue monitoring foundation movement in the building. Safety for middle school students was brought up and discussed with Hayden, and most Board mem-

bers believing there would be little risk in the continued use of the Finley Middle School Building (as is) in the short term as long as maintenance is stepped up. It was also noted that the MEC building should be kept in a condition of readiness as an emergency backup in the unlikely event the Board should need to close the existing middle school. In related actions, the Board approved measures to prepare contracts to purchase land near the existing high school, which at some future time may become the site of a new building. Board Member Chuck Smith noted for benefit of attendees that, at this time, the Board could not begin construction of a new building without a voter referendum allowing it to increase taxes beyond the limits now set by the state. Hayden estimated at least three years would be required for the construction of a new building.

Center Church Christian Preschool Opens Fall Registration Center Church Christian Preschool, located in Peters Township, is currently accepting registrations for the Fall of 2011. Our programs, for children ages 2-5, aim to nourish each child’s emotional and intellectual growth. For information or to schedule a visit, please call the preschool at 724-263-2385.

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Pilates and Football – Why Not? Ringgold Rams Add Pilates to Their Conditioning Program By Paul Chasko

Peggy Gregor, center, helps players work on their abs.

The Ringgold Rams Varsity and Junior Varsity football squads have added Pilates to their strength conditioning programs, and the results seem to be positive. Players say they’ve noticed improvement to overall strength since adding Pilates. Peggy Gregor who is a national fitness educator and Pilates professional has been working with team members during the summer months. She’s convinced that the players will benefit from the extra training. Gregor explained, “We’re doing this to assist the team members in gaining more core strength, flexibility and mental clarity needed in athletes. We hope that the addition of Pilates will help players avoid injuries and strengthen their mind/body connection. The program is overwhelmingly successful. Coaches, players and parents have embraced it.” Gregor is now volunteering to work with the Ram teams, teaching them Pilates as an integral part of their strength and conditioning programs. Team members have a weekly one-hour session. She added that, “The team members have approached these workouts with the passion and dedication they show on the field and eagerly ask about the next session. I’ve designed a program, with the help of StrengthConditioning Coach Phil Vitalbo that will increase core strength and overall body strength.” Because of the excessive heat on the field, the Pilates session I attended was held in the Ringgold gym. Lighter warm-up routines were followed by more challenging routines that had the players literally groaning as they struggled to complete the session. Gregor runs the workout like a tough drill sergeant walking through the rows of struggling players correcting their posture and offering encouragement. The coaches wander through the bodies offering some of their own special encouragement. Head Coach Matt Humbert is positive about the additional training.

Coach Humbert offers some added encouragement to QB Quad Law.

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Penning at Cox’s Arena Weekends Loaded With Equestrian Fun By Paul Chasko

For western-style riders, Cox’s Arena offers opportunities to sharpen up riding skills nearly every weekend during the warmer months of the year. Riders haul in their mounts and spend a day working with the cows on “Penning Days.” Cox’s Arena is located on Park Avenue Extension at the South end of Monongahela and is within sight of Cox’s Grocery store and the Racetrack Soccer Fields. Older residents may remember that this was a location for harness racing and later for auto racing. The Cox family sponsors and runs the events. Participants are charged a nominal fee that helps maintain the arena. In a penning event, a small herd of cows with highly visible, numbered collars are pitted against a pair of riders. The event judge calls out a number over the loudspeaker, and the riders try to isolate that particular cow and move it alone into a pen at the opposite end of the arena. Then, they move the remainder of the cows into the same pen. The rider pair with the best time wins the event. Needless to say, the cows (to western riders, all those critters are called cows, male or female) don’t always cooperate and they do have horns. Events like this at Cox’s and other arenas are the best way for western-style riders and their mounts to gain experience working with cows. An afternoon at Cox’s Arena makes for a nice family outing for both riders and spectators. There is no admission charge for spectators, refreshments are available, and there is adequate parking. Cox’s Arena follows 4-H and AQHA rules where applicable but reserves the right to revise these rules for their events. You can learn about upcoming events at the Photos are from a penning event held earlier in the season at Cox’s.

Sorting out the right cow is a challenge for horse and rider.

This is how the “herd” starts out at the beginning of a “penning.”

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

Recipe of the Month Easy Homemade Applesauce - Chunky from Triple B Farms A mixture of varieties of fresh picked Triple B apples, about 10-12 apples. Cut, quarter, core, and peel apples in to your sauce pan. 1/4-1/2 inch size pieces. Add approximately 2 cups water and boil. Boil thoroughly, remove from heat and add sugar (approx. 1 cup) to taste. As you stir the sugar and cinnamon in, the apples will smooth out. Leaving the finished product chunky. For a neat pink color, throw in the red cinnamon candies for your cinnamon flavor. Kids love the pink color! Apple season lasts through October 31st at Triple B Farms. See you soon.

Triple B Farms 724-258-3557

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MT. VERNON HOSTS FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER FOR LOCAL HEROES Mt. Vernon of South Park Senior Living will host a free spaghetti dinner on Sunday, September 11 from 1-3 pm. The event is a “thank you” to our local community heroes— firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians, as well as our veterans. The public is welcome. Please RSVP by September 2 to 412-6553535. Mt. Vernon is a senior living community with secured Memory Care located at 1400 Riggs Road, South Park, PA 15129. Donations will be accepted; all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

SENIORS FOR SAFE DRIVING OFFER PROGRAMS Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for Seniors 55 years of age and older. 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 Pennsylvania state law. Also mandated by 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 are in West Mifflin at Arrowood Retirement/Southwestern, September 6, 1–5 p.m., and Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Department, September 7 & 8, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Forever Young Indoor Picnic a Huge Success The Forever Young Group met regularly during July and August and reported that its indoor picnic on August 23 was a huge success and a good time was had by all. On August 9, Forever Young enjoyed an informative visit from Carl Stoperich of the Washington County Agency on Aging. His topic was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is Gambling to Recover.â&#x20AC;? Forever Young meets on Tuesdays from 10 am-1 pm at the Finleyville Community Center. The September meetings will be on the 6th, 13th and 20th with a lunch catered by DHS. September 27 will feature a pizza party. Bingo is played at each meeting. Happy September birthdays to Marbelle Connor and Nora Smolick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have a stress-free day! Why do dogs have more friends? They wag their tails instead of their tongues.

WWII VETS: Register for Free Bus Trip to WWII National Memorial WWII Vets can register for a free one-day bus trip to the WWII National Memorial in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 4. Bus leaves at 6 a.m. and returns approximately at 9 p.m. Boxed lunches, dinners and beverages are provided. Wheelchairs available if requested. Departure points are in Ross Park, Monroeville, Greentree and Beaver. To register, call 724-709-3614.

Venetia Community Center Hosts September Luncheons The following information is for the Venetia Community Center located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Our first luncheon will be on September 8. A great lunch will be prepared for us at the Canonsburg Senior Center and delivered by several faithful volunteers to the Venetia Community Center. Call Erma Grego at 724-941-6956 for reservations about one week before the luncheon. Everyone is welcome. The speaker will be Sam Bear from SeniorLife of Washington. Our second luncheon is on September 22, which will feature speaker Chandra Rasel from Caring Missions along with an ice cream social. Attendance requirements are above. See you all there. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 87



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Recent Local Death Notices Beattie – Jack Stewart, 89, Monongahela died Monday, July Arrangements under direction Marra Funeral Home Monongahela.

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Brady – Michael, 53, of Monongahela died Tuesday, July 26. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Byers – Jean Poxon, of Monongahela died Saturday, July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Coppi – Oliver O., 93, Monongahela died Saturday, June Arrangements under direction Marra Funeral Home Monongahela.

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Cushey – Leonard “Donald,” 80, of Venetia died Thursday, August 4. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

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, address and 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 September 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. When is the Annual Monongahela Candlelight Ghostwalk? When is the Finleyville Community Day? What is the name of the automotive care business that held grand opening in New Eagle? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

Congratulations to our August Pizza Puzzler winners!

SUE JACKSON - South Park • PAT BUSZINSKI - Bentleyville

Delsandro – Mary E., 93, Monongahela died Monday, July Arrangements under direction Marra Funeral Home Monongahela.

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Dougherty – Elizabeth, 86, of Monongahela died Monday, July 25. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Fabin – Edward, 70, of Finleyville died Wednesday, July 6. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Fordanich – Elizabeth “Betty,” 68, of Monongahela (Valley Inn) died Monday, July 18. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Hensley – Trudy M., 72, of Finleyville died Tuesday July 26. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Kavka – Helene J., 90, of Elrama died Monday, July 11. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Leon – Cheryl A., 64, of Pleasant Hills died Thursday, August 25. Arrangements under direction of Bekavac Funeral Home in Elizabeth. McIntosh – William H. Sr., 57, of Monongahela died Friday, July 15. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Reynolds – Margaret Bane, 103, of North Point, Florida, formerly of Monongahela and Deep Creek, Maryland, died Friday, July 22. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Runkle – Lil, 82, of Monongahela died Tuesday, July 12. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Sedan – Howard J., 85, of Finleyville died Saturday, August 13. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Sobczak – Jennie, 57, formerly of New Eagle died Thursday, August 11. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. Staffen – John F. IV, 68, of Bethel Park, formerly of Monongahela (River Hill), died Thursday, July 14. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Sweeney – Tressa, 96, of New Eagle died Monday, July 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Wujcik – Joseph R. “Crow,” 51, of Monongahela died Saturday, July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

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Automotive Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall (NewsUSA) - In many parts of the country, the leaves have started to fall, and parents have sent their children back to school. Before the weather takes a turn, Firestone Complete Auto Care would like to offer the following car maintenance tips to get vehicles ready for the damp, cold road ahead. • Take your vehicle for a full check up. As the fall weather rolls in, it's important to have the following items checked by a professional: battery cables and terminals, belts and hoses, air filters, windshield wipers and all fluids, including anti-freeze, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid.

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• Take a good look at your tires. Are there signs of uneven tread wear? That could indicate under-inflation, unbalanced tires or misaligned wheels. Remember to check your tire pressure with a gauge at least once a month and regularly inspect the tread depth. Your tread will be even more important during the autumn months when wet, dead leaves cover the roadways. • Take care of your lights and turn signals. Fall, along with less favorable weather, also means it's time to turn the clocks back for daylight savings. With a shorter day comes a longer night, so be sure your headlights, taillights and turn signals are in proper working order and shining at the appropriate levels.

• Talk to your teenager. Have a teenager in the house? Worried about all the driving they will be doing during the fall? You can't teen-proof your neighborhood, but you can talk to your teen about safe driving before they head to school. Teens Drive Smart, a teen driver safety initiative from Bridgestone Americas, the parent company to Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which owns and operates Firestone Complete Auto Care, has tips and resources for parents to help start a conversation with their teens about smart driving. Visit for more information. Remember, not only can taking these

small steps keep your vehicle running newer, longer, but they can also help keep you and your family safe on the road.

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Entertainment PUMP UP



by Mandy Withers-Kozlo wski

SEPTEMBER Altman’s Tavern 412-653-6440 611 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills 1 - Karaoke 3 - DJ 10 - Shari Richards 17 - Tribute to Tom Jones 22 - John Mulkerin 24 - Billy Price The Baltimore House 412-653-3800 176 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills 9 - Dancing Queen 10 - Rockit Band 17 - Radio Tokyo 24 - Velveeta October 1 – Crazy Cowboy Every Thursday and Friday, Karaoke Sunday, live entertainment Bootsie’s Bar 412-672-1120 • 699 O’Neil Blvd, McKeesport Fridays - Ladies Night w/ DJ Chris Denny’s Roadhouse 724-258-6232 3431 Rt. 136, Finleyville Mondays - Saturdays - Exotic/Lingerie Barmaids, 6 pm -2 am Eck’s Restaurant & Lounge 724-310-3570 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 1 - White Rose Karaoke 2 - White Rose Karaoke 3 - DJ DL & BOB E 8 - White Rose Karaoke 9 - DJ DL & BOB E 10 - DJ DL & BOB E 15 - White Rose Karaoke 16 - White Rose Karaoke 17 - DJ DL & BOB E 19 - Mon Valley Jazz Orchestra

22 - White Rose Karaoke 23 - DJ DL & BOB E 24 - DJ DL & BOB E 29 - White Rose Karaoke 30 - White Rose Karaoke Elrama Tavern 412-384-3630 • 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 12 - Full Moon Party 17 - Dave Iglar 24 - JD Taylor 29 - Kickball Tuesdays - Bar Bingo Freddie’s II 412-833-1830 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park Wednesdays - Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 7:30 pm Hey Andy Sportsbar and Lounge 724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela 2 - Stonehorse 3 - Lindsay Neal & Kickback 9 - A-Z Karaoke/DJ 10 - Shovelhead 16 - 80s Night w/ DJ Barto 17 - Bill Ali 23 - Matt Tichon 24 - Black Magic 30 - Black Dog Hollow Thursdays - DJ Barto The Hunting Lodge 724-348-7984 3529 Washington Ave., Finleyville Fridays - Free juke box, 8 pm-close Saturdays - Free juke box, 8 pm-close Old Trails 724-225-0848 669 National Pike East, Washington 18 - Shayne Thomas Bike Run (registration from 10-11:30 a.m.; bikes pull out at noon) Approximately a three-hour ride ending at Rinky Dinks Roadhouse at 3 p.m.

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

Pit Stop Bar and Grille • 412 -384-7487 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama Saturdays - Free juke box, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rinky Dinks Roadhouse 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 17 - Ruff Creek, 9:30 pm 18 - Shayne Thomas Bike Run - The WeedRags, Old Skool and Ralph Moore & Kickin Country Show starts at 3 p.m.; includes food, Chinese Auction, 50/50 and much more to help raise money for Shayne. River House Caféé 724-565-5700 506 McKean Avenue, Charleroi 3 - Open Juke Box 10 - Phisbins 17 - Cy the Entertainer 24 - Dave Kroskie Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse 724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road, Canonsburg Tuesdays - Jam Night with the Jam Band. All singers and musicians welcome. Roy’s By the Tracks 724-348-7118 • 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 2 - Xtremely Loaded 9 - Wizard Bomb 16 - Mark Cyler & the Lost Coins 23 - Crib Shakers 30 - Fynal Tyme II Tuesdays - Jam Night w/ Bill Couch Wednesdays - Karaoke w/ Brett Thursdays - Game Night Saturdays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke Sundays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke Stage I 412-233-3636 • 428 N. State St., Clairton Thursdays - Bike Night Hard Rock Fridays Sweeny’s Steakhouse 724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon

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Entertainment 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 1 - DJ Ben/Karaoke 2 - DJ C-Wall 4 - DJ C-Wall 7 - DJ Russ 8 - DJ Ben/Karaoke 9 - DJ Crene 10 - DJ Bologh 11 - DJ C-Wall 14 - DJ Russ 15 - DJ Ben/Karaoke 16 - DJ Balogh 17 - DJ Stan 18 - DJ C-Wall 21 - DJ Russ 22 - DJ Ben/Karaoke 24 - DJ Crene 25 - DJ C-Wall 28 - DJ Russ 29 - DJ Ben/Karaoke 30 - DJ Crene Terrace Gardens 412-233-2626 1180 Woodland Ave., Clairton 9 - Daniels & McClain 16 - Chuck Corby 23 - Todd Jones 30 - Regular Joes Valley Hotel 412-233-9800 • 1004 New England Hollow Rd., Jefferson Hills Fridays - Open Stage Night - all musicians welcome.

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--------- AUTO DONATIONS ---------DONATE YOUR CAR. FREE TOWING. "Cars for Kids". Any condition. Tax deductible, 1-800-597-9411 ____________________________________________________________ DONATE A CAR To Help Children and Their Families Suffering From Cancer. Free Towing.Tax Deductible.Children’s Cancer Fund Of America, 1800-469-8593 ____________________________________________________________ DONATE A CAR – HELP CHILDREN FIGHTING DIABETES. Fast, Free Towing. Call 7 days/week. Non-runners OK. Tax Deductable. Call Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 1-800-578-0408 ____________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR…To The Cancer Fund of America. Help Those Suffering With Cancer Today. Free Towing and Tax deductible. 1-800-835-9372. ____________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR! Breast Cancer Research foundation! Most highly rated breast cancer charity in America! Tax Deductible/Fast Free Pick Up. 800-771-9551. ____________________________________________________________ CARS/TRUCKS WANTED!Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not,All Years,Makes,Models. Free Towing! We’re Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1-888-779-6495 ____________________________________________________________ DONATE A CAR – Free Next Day Pick-Up – Help Disabled Kids. Best Tax Deduction. Receive 3 Free Vacation Certificates. Call Special Kids Fund 7 days/week. 1-866-4483865 ____________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK or SUV to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation today.Tax Deductible, FREE towing and fast, easy process. Call 1-877-754-3227 or visit ____________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR, Truck or Boat to HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND. Free 3 Day Vacation. Tax____________________________________________________________ Deductible, Free Towing,All Paperwork Taken Care of. 1-888-475-1825

-------------- BUSINESS TO BUSINESS -----------Reach 30,000 potential customers in the South Hills and Mon Valley communities! Advertise your business in the Union-Finley Messenger. Call for more information at 412-249-8177. Or e-mail to ____________________________________________________________ FREE WEEK OF ADVERTISING... place your ad in over 1 Million households in free community papers in the Western Counties of Pennsylvania for 5 Weeks and get the 6th Week FREE! Visit for more details or call 800-450-7227. ____________________________________________________________

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-------------- BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES -----------Finleyville - Animal Feed Business for Sale. Call for information 412-551-0664. ____________________________________________________________ Investors- Outstanding and immediate returns in equipment leasing for frac industry. Immediate lease out. Tax benefits and high returns. We need more equipment! 817926-3535 ____________________________________________________________

-------------- EDUCATION -----------AIRLINES ARE HIRING - Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of____________________________________________________________ Maintenance (866)453-6204. ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586 ____________________________________________________________ HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6 - 8 weeks. ACCREDITED. Get a Diploma. Get a Job! FREE Brochure 1-800-264-8330. ____________________________________________________________

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Ridge Pointe Assisted Living, 5301 Brownsville Road, 15236, looking to hire nurse aides, med techs, and LPNs, all shifts. Fax resume, or come in to fill out an application. On-the-spot interviews conducted. EOE. Please call 412-653-6870 or fax 412-6538723. ____________________________________________________________ Library clerk needed for small rural public library. Average 16-18 hours per week, includes evening and Saturday hours. Develops and implements children's programs, along with other duties. Send resume to: Bentleyville Public Library, 931 Main Street, Bentleyville, Pa 15314 ATTN: Diana Blair ____________________________________________________________

———————————————————————————————————————— 92 Home Business Opportunity - Seeking Brand Partners to distribute and promote Vemma, the most complete liquid nutrition program found anywhere. Earn income while promoting a healthy lifestyle! Set your own hours and work from home. Free marketing website. Learn more by visiting our website ____________________________________________________________ Belle Vernon - Salesperson - 422 Homes in Belle Vernon is looking for a highly motivated sales consultant who wants a career and not a job. The position is full time and no traveling required. Income is based on sales consultant abilities. If interested please call____________________________________________________________ 724-929-5040 and fax resumes to 724-929-6855. Babysitter/Nanny for Summer – let your kids sleep and play in the neighborhood. American Red Cross certified experienced, reasonable, references. Call Kelsey at 724348-6528. Experienced Hair Dresser Needed FULL or PART Time • 724-344-4656 422 Homes in Belle Vernon is looking for a Salesperson. They must have experience in the sales field and is willing to work 10 hour days. If you are interested please send resume to pauljunior@422 If you have any questions please call 724-929-5040. 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. Arthur Murray Dance Studio - McMurray. Looking for male instructors -- no experience required. 724-942-4707. ____________________________________________________________ Hair Stylist needed for busy salon. Mail resumes to: Karen Wilson City Salon, 1232 W. Main St., Monongahela, Pa 15063. No phone calls please. HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS Experienced Only-Local Work. Site Development, Utility & Bulk Excavation. Reply to: 767 Bebout Road, Venetia, PA 15367. Or Call 724-942-9134. EOE Cooks and drivers wanted! Pitstop Bar and Pizza Shop. 412-384-7487. ____________________________________________________________ CNA Caregiver needed, CNA or exp. preferred, part time for lovely elderly woman in Finleyville. Call Anne at 724-348-5162 for details. ____________________________________________________________ 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 HELP WANTED. Mineral Beach is hiring certified lifeguards, kitchen staff, and parking lot attendants. For an application please send an e-mail to or call 412-831-3500. PROCESS Mail! Pay Weekly! FREE Supplies! Bonuses! Genuine! Helping Homeworkers since 1992! Call 1-888-302-1522 ____________________________________________________________ MYSTERY SHOPPERS! Earn up to $150 daily. Get paid to shop pt/ft. Call now 800690-1272. ____________________________________________________________ 2011 Postal Positions $13.00-$36.50+/hr., Federal hire/full benefits. Call Today! 1866-477-4953 Ext. 150

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. ACTORS/MOVIE EXTRAS - $150-$300/Day depending on job. No experience. All looks needed. 1-800-281-5185-A103 ____________________________________________________________ AWESOME TRAVEL JOB!!! $500 Sign-on Bonus. Unique Sales team looking for 10 young minded guys/girls to travel the US.Cash Daily.Call Loraine 877-777-2091 today ____________________________________________________________ EARN $1000's WEEKLY Receive $12 every envelope Stuffed with sales materials.24hr. Information 1-800-682-5439 code 14 ____________________________________________________________


CDL/A Drivers – Great Pay! Relocate for Texas Oilfield work! Great company! Company paid benefits! Must have bulk pneumatic trailer experience. Call today! 817-926-3535 ____________________________________________________________ ACTORS/MOVIE EXTRAS Needed immediately for upcoming roles. $150-$300 per day depending on job requirements.No experience,All looks needed.1-800-561-1762 Ext____________________________________________________________ A-104, for casting times/locations. $1500 WEEKLY* NOW ACCEPTING!!! AT HOME computer work. Start making money today by simply entering data for our company, No Experience Needed, training provided.____________________________________________________________ MAKE $1,000 WEEKLY PAID IN ADVANCE! Mailing Our Brochures From Home. 100% Legit Income is guaranteed! No Selling! Free Postage! Full guidance & Support. Enroll Today! ____________________________________________________________ EARN $28.00/HOUR. Under cover Shoppers needed to judge retail & dining establishments. Experience Not Required, If You Can Shop - You Are Qualified! , Apply at: ____________________________________________________________ ** ABLE TO TRAVEL ** Hiring 10 people, Free to travel all states, resort areas. No experience necessary.Paid training & Transportation.OVER 18.Start ASAP.1-888-8538411 ____________________________________________________________ Frac Sand Haulers with complete bulk pneumatic rigs only. Relocate to Texas for Tons of____________________________________________________________ work. Great company/pay. Gas cards/Quick Pay available. 817-926-3535 Blue Jean Job!! Hiring Sharp/Fun People! Free to travel entire United States. Company paid Lodging/Transportation. Great pay + Bonuses. Get Hired Today. Work Tomorrow! 1-888-853-8411 ____________________________________________________________ Local data entry/typists needed immediately. $400 PT - $800 FT weekly. Flexible schedule, work from own PC. 1-800-501-9408 HELP WANTED! Experienced P/T Cook AND P/T Waitress The Hunting Lodge • 724-348-7984

-------------- FINANCIAL / INSURANCE ------------CD ALTERNATIVE - Current Annuity rates from 3%- 5.05% first year guaranteed depending on the amount of deposit and length of contract. Call 724-731-0071. Buried in Credit Card Debt? Over $10,000? We can get you out of debt quickly and save you thousands of dollars! Call CREDIT CARD RELIEF for your free consultation 1866-767-5932 ____________________________________________________________ CD Alternative - Current Annuity rates from 3%- 5.05% first year guaranteed depending____________________________________________________________ on the amount of deposit and length of contract. Call 724-731-0071. South Hills Tax Preparation - ALL 1040 TAX RETURNS ONLY $75! FREE State & Local Returns. FREE E-Filing. 10 Years Experience. Located in South Park. Call Rich Diffenbach at (412) 835-4842. ____________________________________________________________ Owe the IRS or State? Get Instant Relief today! Stop Bank Levy’s & Wage Garnishments. Call Today – 877-455-6150 ____________________________________________________________ Revolutionary Credit Fix! JUNE Special – ONLY $99. Fix Your Credit QUICKLY. Remove Collections, Foreclosures, Bankruptcies, Charge Offs, Judgments, etc. Fix your credit in no time! 1-800-506-0790 ____________________________________________________________ CASH NOW! Cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. Call J.G. Wentworth. 1-866-SETTLEMENT(1-866-738-8536). Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. ____________________________________________________________ Stop Bank Levy’s & Wage Garnishments. Get Instant Relief today! Owe the IRS or State? Call Today – 877-455-6150 ____________________________________________________________ SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. You WIN or Pay Us Nothing. Contact Disability Group, Inc. Today! BBB Accredited. Call For Your FREE Book & Consultation. 866-983-3264 ____________________________________________________________

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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------Air____________________________________________________________ Hockey Table – 3'x6', used by adults, $50. Call 412-302-1130. Nordic World Class Gym – butterfly and abs attachments, used by adult, $300. Call 412-302-1130. ____________________________________________________________ Overstuffed Chairs – hunter green, Bauhaus, $35 each, two are available. Entertainment center with bookcases, solid pine, includes TV/ remote, $125. Antique four-post bed, cherry finish, double size, includes very good condition mattress and box springs. Ivory brocade linens are included. Upright chest of drawers, solid pine wood, four drawers, $75. Blanket chest solid pine wood with hydraulic lid supports, $35. Kenmore sewing machine, buttonholer, decorative stitching, $40. Call 724-348-6511. ____________________________________________________________ Snow Tires - Four studded 175/70R 13 82s steel radial. Used one season, $160 for all____________________________________________________________ four tires. Call 412-884-2390. Stainless Steel Under-Bar Beer Cooler – Old, but keeps it cold. $250. Pick-up only, located in South Park Township. ____________________________________________________________ Rookie Cards – Steeler Ben Roethlisberger or Penguin Sidney Crosby, graded rookie cards. Both mint condition, graded 10. $40 each. Please text offer to 412-780-5998. ____________________________________________________________ Rockler Woodworking Machines - 54a pm jointer w/qc, $500 obo. Router and table, $500 obo. 16 - 32 plus drum sander, $500 obo.Table saw, $100 obo. For more information, e-mail ____________________________________________________________ 2 Andre Rieu Tickets - 2 tickets for November 20 at Consol Energy Center. Section 104, row J, seats 1 and 2.Tickets are worth $100 a piece, but only asking $100 total. Call or text Samantha at 412-956-0817. ____________________________________________________________ Barbershop Chair – Manufacturer F & F Koenig Kramer,Cincinnati,OH.1900s.$600. Call 724-348-4859. ____________________________________________________________ Swimming Pool for sale 18 ft round- new liner - Great shape will not rust. Good brand pool. All accessories with auto sweep. Will help you to take down so you know how to rebuild. $425.00 Call 412-589-3584 ____________________________________________________________ Truck Bed Tool Box - Black and locks. Measures 60" for inside fit, $50. For more information, call 412-398-7861. ____________________________________________________________ Riding Tractor - Murray 40" with mulching blades. Great condition. $350 or B/O. Call 412-398-7861 or 412-952-5421, Charleroi area. ____________________________________________________________ Washer and Dryer for Sale - Have to get rid of washer and dryer set.Washer is newer only been used 3 times and is white,the dryer is green.For the set is $300.00 or O.B.O. Cash only, person will need to pick up set.You can contact me at 412-405-3691. ____________________________________________________________ Headboard for Sale - Crawford Solid Maple Twin headboard,desk,hutch,chair,nightstand, frame and rails. $250. For more information, call 412-384-2267. ____________________________________________________________

Rocking Chair for Sale - Solid wood with tan pads. Excellent Condition. $80.00. For more information, call 412-384-2267. ____________________________________________________________ Finleyville - Animal Feed Business for Sale. Call for information 412-551-0664. ____________________________________________________________ DON’T BE A VICTIM: Non-lethal self- defense weapons. Protect yourself! “Send”for “FREE” catalog. Kisha, Dept. E1, Suite H, 625 Burke Way, N.Versailles, PA 15137. SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! 724-787-4817 Whirpool Washer and Dryer - Heavy duty-good condition, $50.00 each. Call 724941-4450. ____________________________________________________________ Two HP 56 Black Inkjet Printer Cartridges - New unopened packs. Current Price $23.99 each.Yours for $10 each. Call Paul at 724-348-5797. ____________________________________________________________ Maytag Washer and Dryer - White, top-load, large capacity washing machine hoses included. White, front load large capacity dryer - natural gas. Both in very good condition. $300.00/Best Offer for the set. Finleyville, call 724-309-2477. ____________________________________________________________ 5____________________________________________________________ soft-sided, leather boot carriers. $25 each. All 5 for $100. 724-348-649. Ladies Golf club set, includes covers and bag. Right handed. Never used! $200 cash. 412-997-3869. ____________________________________________________________ Living Room set - sofa, two end tables, two lamps. $150. 412-655-1831. ____________________________________________________________ Men's Rockport walking shoes. Color:Bone.Size 10.Like new condition. Paid $50, will____________________________________________________________ sell for $20. 724-348-0506. Cemetery lots. Lafayette Memorial Park.Garden of Serenity. 4 lots at $5,400. Selling for $2,400. 724-938-7307. TO REPORT A MUGGING CALL 911: To prevent a mugging “send” for my free catalog of nonlethal self-defense weapons. Kisha, Dept E2, Suite H, 625 Burke Way, N. Versailles, PA 15137. 8x11 Oriental rug. Very good condition. $150 or best offer. 724-797-1723. ____________________________________________________________ Country Bench - High back, Pine stain, hand crafted, accommodates seating. $25 OBO. Call 724-322-2458. ____________________________________________________________ Two(2) Wingback chairs. Peach color. Good condition. $50. 412-653-4614. ____________________________________________________________ Keyboard - 45 key with stand and case, like new. $250 OBO. Call 724-322-2458. ____________________________________________________________ Musical Instruments - violins and mandolins. Mint condition. Suitable for student or____________________________________________________________ professional. $200 - $850 or best offer. 412-831-4786. Complete Wood Shop and 15-piece tools. 724-348-6250. ____________________________________________________________ Air Mattress - Coleman Quickbed Inflatable Air Mattress. Never used, still in the bag. $30. E-mail if interested to ____________________________________________________________ Broyhill Sofa like new, $100. Woodmark Swivel Rocker, $50. Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike, like new, $100. Sharp Camcorder, like new, $50. Call 724-941-9342. ____________________________________________________________ Super Single bed with bookshelf headboard and mirror. New mattress. $150. 724-258-9171. ____________________________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. ____________________________________________________________ Beautiful artificial Fireplace. Wood mantel. Faux brick. 6' H x 4' W. Unique. Can e-mail photos upon request. $300 or best offer. 724-797-1723 ____________________________________________________________ MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, Trumpet, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea. Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-377-7907. ____________________________________________________________ TV, Mitsubishi, 70-inch square screen. Rear projection. Black body, with all manuals and remote. Like new! Must See. paid $4,100 new. Selling for $600 or best offer. 724-348-0506. ____________________________________________________________ DIRECT TO HOME Satellite TV $24.99/mo. FREE installation, FREE HD/DVR upgrade. New customers - NO ACTIVATION FEE! Credit/Debit Card Req. Call 1-800-795-3579 ____________________________________________________________ FACTORY DIRECT SATELLITE TV! Why pay retail when you can buy at factory DIRECT pricing! Lowest monthly service plans available. New Callers get FREE setup! Call NOW 1-800-935-8195 ____________________________________________________________ DISH Network delivers more for less! Packages starting at $24.99/mo.Local channels included! FREE HD for life! Free BLOCKBUSTER® movies for 3 months. 1-888459-3929 ____________________________________________________________ Perfect Condition, Brand New, GIGANTIC MIRRORS. Jobsite Leftovers. Installation Available, Free Delivery. 48”x100” (7) $115 each; 60”x100” (8) $140 each; 72”x100” (11) $165 each. 1-800-473-0619 ____________________________________________________________

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----------- ITEMS WANTED -------CASH NOW! Buying Costume Jewelry - 724-243-8020 Canning Jars Wanted. Reasonable. 412-403-2753. ____________________________________________________________ Wanted to Buy. Silver Coins. 1964 or older. Will pay 20-times face value! Call Dave at____________________________________________________________ 724-941-5420. Wanted - Treadmill.Good running condition.Incline is a must! Reasonable.724-2588324. ____________________________________________________________ Misc. Items Wanted - 30x30x15 Greenhouse kit and supplies to build greenhouse; Small camping trailer - reasonable; Water storage tank (5,000 or 3,000 Gal tank); Used water storage tank; Old farm fencing. 724-344-8784. ____________________________________________________________ WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724348-6203. ____________________________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. ____________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T.Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. ____________________________________________________________ TOP CASH FOR CARS, Any Car/Truck, Running or Not. Call for INSTANT offer: 1-800454-6951 ____________________________________________________________ $$OLD GUITARS WANTED $$ Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gretsch. 1920's to 1980's.Top Dollar paid.Toll Free: 1-866-433-8277 WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! PayMAX pays the MAX! One call gets you a TOP DOLLAR offer! Any year/make/model. 1-888-PAYMAX-5 ____________________________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: Cars/Trucks Wanted! Running or Not! We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Instant Offer - Call: 1-800-569-0003 ____________________________________________________________ WANTED YOUR DIABETES TEST STRIPS Unexpired Any Kind/Brand. Up to $18.00 per box. Shipping Paid. Hablamos espanol. 1-800-267-9895 / ____________________________________________________________ WANTED DIABETES TEST STRIPSAny kind/brand.Unexpired up to $18.00.Shipping Paid Hablamos espanol 1-800-266-0702 ____________________________________________________________ $$CASH PAID$$ DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Sealed Unexpired Boxes Only. FREE SHIPPING. FASTEST PAYMENT! 1-888-529-0216 (24/7) ____________________________________________________________ WANTED: DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Cash for unopened, unexpired boxes of Diabetic Test Strips. All Brands Considered. Prepaid U.S. Mailing label provided. Trustworthy buyer. God Bless. Call Caleb 1-800-869-1795 or 574-286-6181 ____________________________________________________________ FAST PAYMENT for sealed, unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS-up to $17/Box! Most brands.Shipping Prepaid.Call today & ask for Emma 1-888-776-7771 ____________________________________________________________


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------------- NOTICES ---------Missing Dog - Our family dog has been missing since February 16. Our children are missing him terribly.There have been recent sightings in the Courtney Hill/Houston Run area but all searches have turned up empty handed.We have been notified that he has a hurt front paw and is in need of medical action. He is a Husky/Shephard mixed breed dog. He has a red collar and answers to Shadow.Very sweet dog but is skittish around strangers. If you have him or have seen him, please call 724-258-7391. ____________________________________________________________ Multi-Family Yard Sale – Finleyville Community Day, September 10.Two blocks back from bank, two-minute walk to Center and Orchard. Look for balloons. ____________________________________________________________ The SPHS Class of ’71 will hold their 40th Reunion on Sunday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. The reunion will be held at 207 Bailey Ave. in Mt. Washington. For more information, contact Patrick Herforth at 724-929-9834 or ____________________________________________________________ LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold.Lost while driving along Rt.88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyville. Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. ____________________________________________________________ ATTENTION Diabetics with Medicare Join America`s Diabetic Savings Club and receive a FREE diabetic bracelet. Membership is FREE. Qualify for meter upgrades,prescription delivery and free giveaways. Call 1-888-474-3420 ____________________________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted____________________________________________________________ dogs! 724-249-5777. Lost Dog - Male, age 16, mostly Beagle. He was taken from the Clairton Bridge by a man who lives in Liberty Borough by mistake. His back and upper side of tail are all black.His legs and face are white with some brown spots.He has a grey beard and was wearing a red collar at the time. If you could please contact me back, so I can send a picture I'd appreciate it. Call Darlene at 412-583-9015. ____________________________________________________________

Kittens for Adoption – “Mama Cat” is looking for a families to adopt her kittens. Ebony-colored, two pandas, and a Morris cat. By appointment only; Sundays are good. For more information, call 724-782-0426. We are located two miles from the Venetia Post Office. ____________________________________________________________ Rescue Cat Adoption. Kittens 9 weeks, black, calico. Kittens 5 months, various colors. Spays/neuters, shots, litter train, $35. Call 724-258-8380. ____________________________________________________________ Missing Dog - Our family dog has been missing since February 16. Our children are missing him terribly.There have been recent sightings in the Courtney Hill/Houston Run area but all searches have turned up empty handed.We have been notified that he has a hurt front paw and is in need of medical action. He is a Husky/Shephard mixed breed dog. He has a red collar and answers to Shadow.Very sweet dog but is skittish around strangers. If you have him or have seen him, please call 724-258-7391. Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-855-4678 Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. ____________________________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser.(Please no steel,no pie tins,and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. ____________________________________________________________ Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-855-4678. ____________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 Mobile Home for Sale or Rent – 135 Union Street, New Eagle, located in mobile home park in the Ringgold School District, on transit bus line, gentle inside pet acceptable, will consider article of agreement. $350 plus utilities includes lot rent. Call 724258-9115. ____________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Lot for Sale - ready for building, zoned for residential or commercial, 1.9 acres, $18,000. Call 412-266-5949. ____________________________________________________________ Apt. for Rent - 2 BR apartment for rent in Finleyville near Mineral Beach. Private entrance with deck. Equipped eat-in kitchen. Spacious bathroom w/jacuzzi. Includes all utilities except electric.Available now. Call Mike at 724-328-5360. ____________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent – 3 230 Donnan Ave.,Washington.$500 per month plus utilities. Call 724-350-5983. ____________________________________________________________ Residential/Commercial Building – Eat-in kitchen, 3 - 4 bedrooms, living room and 1 bath upstairs. Den, 1 bath, storeroom front downstairs. Security system, basements and a 2-car garage.Also has an attached apartment and basement. Reduced to $29,000. Call for an appointment at 419-867-9260 or 724-379-5387. ____________________________________________________________ Free Mobile Home – must pay for removal. Call 724-350-5983. ____________________________________________________________ Donora - Residential/Commercial Building – Eat-in kitchen, 3-4 bedrooms, livingroom and 1 bath upstairs. Den, 1 bath, storeroom front downstairs. Security system, basements and 2-car garage. Also has an attached apartment and basement. REDUCED: $29,000! Call for an appointment at 419-867-9260 or 724-379-5387. ____________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent – 230 Donnan Ave., Washington, PA, 1 bdrm, living room, kitchen, bath and laundry area. Upstairs apartment. Total electric. $350 per month plus utilities. Call 724-350-5983. ____________________________________________________________ 2007 Gulf Stream 25-ft. Motor home - 1 slide, Corian counter tops, convection microwave,well equipped and maintained,low mileage,new inspection.$40,000 OBO. For____________________________________________________________ more information, call 724-258-4280 or 724-554-8109. HOUSE FOR SALE - 631 Shady Lane, West Mifflin PA 15122 $65,000-2 Bedroom, could be 3 Bedroom, updated furn.A/C. HWT, roof, appliances, clean basement, updated bath. Lisa Mull 724-678-2454 or 412-854-7200x228 ____________________________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE - 442 Diller Avenue, West Mifflin PA 15122 $114,900-Just Reduced! Owner wants offers! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Brick Multi-Level, Home warranty included, tiered back yard, new landscaping, great neighborhood! Lisa Mull 724-6782454 or 412-854-7200x228 ____________________________________________________________

———————————————————————————————————————— 94 HOUSE FOR SALE - 826 E McMurray Road,Venetia $160,000- 4 Bedroom Cape Cod on 1+acre lot, with huge 4+ car garage with oversized doors, perfect for trucks, boats, SUVs, more! Lisa Mull, Prudential Preferred Realty 412-854-7200 ext228 or 724-6782454 ____________________________________________________________ Garage for Rent - 40 x 60 garage in Bentleyville for rent.Asking for $800 a month plus utilities. For more information, call 724-350-5983. ____________________________________________________________ For Rent 1 bedroom apartment. Appliances included. No pets. Security deposit required. $400/month. Call: 724-554-6534 ____________________________________________________________


FOR Sale. Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 ____________________________________________________________ Small house for rent. Country setting. Suitable for one person. Includes sewage and garbage. Close to Rt. 43. No pets. $550 per month. 724-785-2955 ____________________________________________________________ Residential lot. South Park. $30,000. Ridge Road. For details email or call 4125617400. ____________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent - 2 BR, 2nd flr., country, private, by itself. Laundry rm. & porch. Lots of parking. Updated. No pets. $525+. Call (412) 384-5406. ____________________________________________________________

LOCAL BUSINESSES, MERCHANTS AND SERVICES 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 GOOD TO GO - 3532 Marion Ave., Finleyville, PA 15332. 724-348-8544. Call for daily specials. Cater by the pan or by the party! __________________________________________

COMPUTERS COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724348-6837. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CONCRETE CAMERON CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION - Residential & Commercial Work, 724-310-3381. (Monongahela). Sidewalks, Patios, Driveways. FULLY Insured • FREE Estimates. Serving the South Hills & Mon Valley Areas. 20+ Years of Experience. __________________________________________

DVD TRANSFER/ HOME MOVIES HOME MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. 8mm & Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfers, with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter menus. 724-258-5336. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARAGE DOORS WUENSTEL BROTHERS GARAGE DOOR COMPANY – Second Generation family owned. Since 1977. Residential Replacement Specialists. 3526C Cliff Street, Finleyville. 724-348-7550. (PA-HIC 009388) __________________________________________

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

HEALTH & WELLNESS HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER – Ruby Thomas – Nerve & Muscle Practitioner. Expert on stress management in known world. Trained by the navy in Germany. Fibromyalgia; Muscle & Ligament Strain; Neck & Back Pain; Arthritis/Joint Pain; Allergies/Asthma; Tennis Elbow; Depression; Nausea; Headaches/Migraines; Stroke; Facial Paralysis; Weight Loss; Anxiety & Stress; Accident pain; Fatigue & Insomnia; Hypertension. $20 OFF full treatment – reg. $100. “My Golden Dream” NOW Available on Rt. 51 Jefferson Hills - 412-384-7438 – ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


SOUTHLAND JEWELERS - Family Owned - GOLD = $$$ Every day for Gold, Silver, Plantinum, Coins & Diamonds; Estate & Antique Jewlery & Watches (Includes Famous Designers); Contemporary Metals Jewelry Collection (Stainless Steel/Gold – Ceramic – Tungsten – Titanium; Zable Bead Theme Bracelets (Beads are compatible w/ all bracelets); $25 OFF a $100 purchase (New Purchases only. Excludes repairs); Repairs/Appraisals done on site; Layaways available. Route 51 – next to TC Customized. 412-384-8400. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


B&G LANDSCAPING & LAWNCARE SPECIALIST. 724777-1229 * SPECIAL! 10,000 sq. ft. for ONLY $76.00! * Lawn Fertilizing Applications; Spring Clean-up; Organic Applications Available; Over Seeding; Lawn Maintenance; Shrub & Bed Care; Aeration; Dethatching; Brown Patches; Grub Damage Repair; Mulch Beds; Leaf Clean-up; Grass Cutting. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered master plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Locally owned and operated. Fully insured and certified. Ed Frye - (412) 8416008. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


GOOD TO GO - 3532 Marion Ave., Finleyville, PA 15332. 724-348-8544. Call for daily specials. Cater by the pan or by the party! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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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(4632 US RT 40, Claysville) $244,900 - Commercial Building, Offices, Warehouse, 5000+ SF. All Equip. included! Make offer!! Lisa Mull, Prudential Preferred Realty 412854-7200 ext 228 or 724-678-2454. ____________________________________________________________ Available Now!!! 2-4 Bedroom homes Take Over Payments No Money Down/No Credit Check Call 1-888-269-9192 ____________________________________________________________ Building for Rent – 40x60 commercial bldg for rent at 780 Bentleyville Rd., Charleroi, PA.____________________________________________________________ Located just off I-70, Exit 32B, Bentleyville. Call 724-258-9115. Mobile Home Lot for Rent – 1 acre private country setting lot for rent in Carroll Twp., Monongahela.All utilities ready for hook up.Available June. Call 724-258-2755. ____________________________________________________________ 1999 Commodore mobile home. exc. condition. Only 1 owner - bought brand new in 2001. Call 412-600-9061 New Eagle Main Street.Office Space.Formerly physicians office.1200 sq.ft.Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. House For Sale - Bentleyville, $80,000. This open, bright spacious floor plan is in perfect move-in condition. Expansive eat-in kitchen with center island and skylights, stone fireplace in the living room,family room with wall of windows,deluxe master suite. A wonderful well maintained community on a picturesque setting. Enjoy country living at an affordable price.For more information,contact Karen Marshall,Keller Williams Realty, at____________________________________________________________ 724-969-4900 ext. 126 or 2 Family Duplex For Sale by Owner - $135,000 for 6454 Library Rd., South Park. Taxes: $1,919. Walk to Bus & T; Zoned 2 Family. Each floor has 3 BR; 1Bath; LR; DR; Eat-in Kitchen; 2 Separate Entrances; Separate Utilities. Basement has hook-ups for 2 sets of Washers and Dryers and 1 Bath. New Boiler for 2nd 1998; New Roof 1999; New Windows Entire House 2002 to 2008; New Carpeting on 1st 2008; New Carpeting on 2nd 2010; Full Walk-in Attic; Off Street Parking; Don’t buy without at least seeing this one. Extremely easy to rent and very profitable. Call 412-508-9914 or Alt 412-3344473. ____________________________________________________________ 2008 Tioga 31M Motorhome - 12,200 miles, like new, loaded, dual slide, 6.8 V10 engine, 5 speed automatic, many upgrades-too many to list. $62,000 OBO. Call 412384-4667. FOR SALE. Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 View this beautiful 32X80 4 bedroom 2 bath ranch home with family room and living room. This home delivered and set on your foundation is only $71,995. Don’t miss this golden opportunity. Call 724-929-5040 for more details and location of home. ____________________________________________________________ House for Rent - Newly remodeled older 3 or 4 bedroom house for rent in Peters Twp/Venetia. Extra room could be den or bedroom. First, last and security deposit required and credit check. Monthly rent $1200.00 plus utilities. Separate 1 car garage with room for storage or workshop. Has refrigerator,stove and hook ups for washer and dryer. New kitchen and carpeting. Big yard. Call 724-348-5162. ____________________________________________________________ Perryopolis House: 3 BR, large den, 3 1/2 bath, LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor laundry room, mudroom, level corner 3/4 acre lot. All public utilities. $259,900. Call 724322-2458 for an appt. to see this house. ____________________________________________________________ Home For Sale - Union Township. 3 years old. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, appliances included.____________________________________________________________ Call Sharon at 724-941-3000 x 29. House For Sale - $89,900. 3 BR colonial, over 1/2 acre. Large front porch and detached garage. Within 5-mins of South Park Fairgrounds. 412-221-4373 ____________________________________________________________ Charleroi Sale or Lease - Renovated 3-Story Building. Commercial lease income. Also, turnkey bar/restaurant. Call: 724-531-1175. ____________________________________________________________ Office Space For Rent – Finleyville. 1,300 square feet. Former site of Healthy Directions. $800 + Electric. 412-999-7163. ____________________________________________________________ MONONGAHELA - For rent, one, two bedroom apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quaint and quiet. Close to bus line. One bedroom partially furnished. Monongahela. Call 724-258-3179. ____________________________________________________________ One, Two Bedroom Apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quant and quite. Close to bus line. One bedroom partial furnished. Monongahela. Call Natalee Amati 724-244-8579 or 724-258-3179. ____________________________________________________________ New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. ____________________________________________________________ ***FREE Foreclosure Listings*** OVER 400,000 properties nationwide. Low down payment. 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FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfront Paradise Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. ____________________________________________________________ Stop Renting Lease option to buy Rent to own No money down No credit check 1877-395-0321 ____________________________________________________________ Available Now. 2-4 Bedroom Homes. Take Over Payments. No Money Down. No Credit Check. Call Now 1-866-343-4134 ____________________________________________________________ LAND LIQUIDATION- 20Acres $0/Down, $99/mo. ONLY $12,900. Near Growing El Paso, Texas (2nd safest U.S. CITY). Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Money Back Guarantee. 1-800-755-8953 ____________________________________________________________ Sizzling Summer Specials! At Florida’s Best Beach – New Smyrna Beach. Stay a week or longer. Plan a beach wedding or family reunion. or 1-800541-9621 ____________________________________________________________ NY FARM LIQUIDATION! 10 acres - $34,900. Fields, woods, stonewalls, long Catskill Mtn views! Less than 3 hrs NY City! Priced way below market! No closing costs in July! (888) 738-6994 ____________________________________________________________ North Carolina Mountains. Enjoy The Outdoors All Year! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell with Acreage $99,900. Pre-Approved Bank Financing. Also Mountain-Waterfront Land for sale. 828-247-9966 Ext. 02 New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773.

------------ SERVICES ----------MEDIATION -Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option to get your problem resolved. Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute with a contractor? Do you have a conflict within your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need a neutral third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. Mediation is an option. As a mediator with 30 years experience in mediating, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk. The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail BABYSITTER / NANNY FOR SUMMER - Let your kids sleep in & play in the neighborhood. American Red Cross Certified, Experienced, Reasonable, References. Kelsey: 724-348-6528. ____________________________________________________________ South Hills Tax Preparation - ALL 1040 TAX RETURNS ONLY $75! FREE State & Local Returns. FREE E-Filing. 10 Years Experience. Located in South Park. Call Rich Diffenbach at (412) 835-4842 ____________________________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-8257233. ____________________________________________________________

September 2011 ———————————————————————————————————————— Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724-249-5777. ____________________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________________ DVD Transfer/Home Movies – Home Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. 8mm and Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfer,with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter menus. 724-258-5336. Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-855-4678. Stop Bank Levy’s & Wage Garnishments. Get Instant Relief today! Owe the IRS or State? Call Today – 877-455-6150 ____________________________________________________________ HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD-BARN. MDHIC #05-121-861 ____________________________________________________________ QUALITY WATERPROOFING! Large Local Company. Lifetime Transferable Warranty. BBB Award Winner.Attorney General Approved 377. 1-800-343-2357 ____________________________________________________________

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----------- VACATIONS ---------------Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfrontcondo Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. ____________________________________________________________ Bus Tours - Niagara Falls, no passport needed, November 10 – 11, 2011, $109 per person ($70 in casino bonuses). New York City Express, December 2 - 4, 2011, $449 per person, Rockettes Xmas Spectacular included. Call 724-292-8043 or 412-5134020 for details. ____________________________________________________________ Sizzling Summer Specials! At Florida’s Best Beach – New Smyrna Beach. Stay a week or longer. Plan a beach wedding or family reunion. or 1-800541-9621 ____________________________________________________________

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Evaluation and Treatment Abdominal pain Athlete’s foot Bronchitis Cold sores Conjunctivitis Constipation Cough Diarrhea Dizziness Ear Ache Fever Gastroenteritis Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Headache Heartburn Hives Impetigo Influenza Insect Bites and stings Irritable Bowel Syndrome Laryngitis Minor burns Minor contusions Minor Wounds Nausea Pink eye Poison Ivy and oak Scabies Sinus Infections Skin rashes and disorders Healthy Directions Strep throat Sunburn Sprains andstrains Exclusivelyear at Giant Eaglerespiratory tract infections Swimmer’s Upper

Fever? Sore throat? Pain?

provides convenient, walk-in diagnosis and treatment for common non-urgent illnesses,

Services start at $59/visit (excluding lab tests); $55/physicals.

physical exams, immunizations,

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;

diagnostic and laboratory

(Lab opens at 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday)

testing and education.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physical Examinations Adult Child Driver’s license School Sports Insurance Pre-employment Immunizations Hepatitis A & B Influenza Meningitis Pneumonia Shingles Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis Education Asthma Cholesterol Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Diabetes Heart Disease Hypertension Tetanus Diagnostic Testing On-Site Mononucleosis Rapid influenza Rapid Finleyville Giant Eagle, 3701 Route 88, Finleyville, PA


Union Finley Messenger September 2011  

Union Finley Messenger September 2011

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