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INDEX: Places To Go . . . . . . . . 4 Local News . . . . . . . . . 8 Business . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Worship . . . . . . . . . . 38 Home & Garden . . . 40 Ask The Expert . . . . . 48

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Model Train and Die Cast Show November 18

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN FVFD Honors Firefighters Killed in 1964 Crash

A model train and die cast show is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 18, at the Library Fire Company at 6851 Library Road (Route 88) in South Park. The Pittsburgh Independent Hi Railers will be in attendance with their 18-foot by 32-foot 0-gauge layout for children and adults. There will be 140 vendor tables that will be on display. Cyd West and her Comfort Catering service will provide hot food and beverages, and Evey True Value Hardware in Bethel Park will donate a model railroad train set. All proceeds from this raffle will go to the Boy Scouts of America. Last January, we presented a check to the Boy Scouts of America in the amount of $450. Admission cost is $5, $3 for senior citizens (over 65), and $1 for children. A few vendor tables are still available at $15 each, while all vendors will receive a free gourmet buffet breakfast courtesy of Comfort Catering. Model train-related clothing and hats will be available for sale. Over 1,200 attended January’s show. For further information, contact John Wozniak at 412 835-7487 or 412 420-0838, or email Parking will be supervised with an additional 500 spots available at the Port Authority parking lot (across the street).

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The plaque in front of FVFD honors the fireman who perished in a 1964 accident involving a fire truck.

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n September 13, 1964 residents of Finleyville and surrounding communities were stunned to learn that a terrible accident had occurred involving members of the Finleyville Fire Department (FVFD). While answering an emergency call to a gas well-head fire, the still-new F.W.D. fire engine rolled off the road on Bebout Road. According to FVFD Life Member Russ Allridge, the real cause of the accident was never determined. There were nine firemen aboard the big pumper late that Saturday evening – three lost their lives and six were injured. Those who died as a result of the accident were Arvin Kegel, John Stark and Roy Simmons. Each year on the anniversary of the tragedy the FVFD honor their fallen brothers who died in the tragedy by placing wreaths on their graves and on the bronze plaque at the front of the FVFD building. The membership vows never to forget the ultimate sacrifice of these three firemen.

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . PUMPKIN PATCH TROLLEY - Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday October 5-28 and Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ride 4:15 p.m.). Ride an antique trolley to the pumpkin patch to select a pumpkin then decorate. Families can take a tour and enjoy other kids’ activities. For more information, visit or call 724-228-9256. Group rate also available.

OCTOBER 3 AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY COUNCIL MEETING - for Washington-FayetteGreene County will meet at the Uniontown American Legion Post 51. Executive meeting begins at 10:30 am and regular meeting will follow at 11:00 am and "every" Unit should have a representative attend this meeting. For reservations, please call Rita Kisko at 724-5501925 five days in advance of the meeting.

OCTOBER 1 FREE BEGINNER CLOG DANCE LESSON offered by the Mon Valley Cloggers. Those who continue pay $20 for each 10-week session. For more information and to register, call Cliff or Pat Loehr at 412-384-6442 or email

OCTOBER 4 FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Venetia, 5-6:30 p.m.. All are welcome. For information, contact Patti at 724941-6609.

OCTOBER 1–5 ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, Pleasant Hills, 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Drop off items for recycling; accepting anything computer- or electronic-related, including monitors, microwaves, telephones, radios and CBs, electric drills, irons, curling irons, blow dryers and electric skillets. Cannot accept televisions at this time. For further information, call 412731-5805 or 412-655-3300. OCTOBER 2 HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE - Peters Township Public Library, McMurray, 6:30 p.m. Learn about the financial aid process. A representative from the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will discuss a variety of methods to finance a college education, as well as looking at alternatives to the traditional college experience. Parents and students are invited. Registration is necessary for this free program via email at, at the library’s circulation desk, or by calling 724-941-9430.

OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, 25 KNITTERS NIGHTS - The Memory Tree and Yarn Branch, Monongahela, 6:30-9 p.m. Knitters of all levels and experience get together to work on their current project, share ideas, and help each other out when one gets stuck on a pattern. (It is suggested that new beginners, attend our Tuesday evening classes instead.) Cost is $5. Beginner classes will be held October 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Learn how to knit, or come in for the refresher you need to get back to knitting. Basics of knitting will be discussed. $10 per person; yarn and needles are additional. Call today to reserve your spot for a class: 724-258-6758. OCTOBER 5 APPLE / FALL FESTIVAL - The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., will host its popular annual Apple/Fall Festival on Friday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Monongahela Valley Hospital campus. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in both the hospital’s outdoor Central Plaza and indoors at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education and Conference Center. A variety

of foods will be served. The Auxiliary will sell crafts and vendors will be selling a variety of gifts. Guests may purchase pepperoni rolls and funnel cakes, hot dogs with sauerkraut or chili, grilled chicken salad, chili, potato casserole, apple dumplings and lemonade or coffee. For more information, call 724-258-1167. OCTOBER 5-6 HAUNTED TRAIL XIII END OF THE WORLD - Peterswood Park, 700 Meredith Drive, Venetia, 7:30-10 p.m. The Myan calendar predicts the end of the world as December 21. If you are feeling brave enough, come to the Peters Township Recreation Center to help out! Fee is $5 per person. FIDDLIN’ MIKE HOLLERICH AND THE FIDDLIN’ AROUND BAND - Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, 2-4 p.m. OCTOBER 6 RINGGOLD CLASS OF 1972 40TH REUNION - Anthony’s on the Mon, 119 River Avenue, Belle Vernon, 6:30 p.m. Classmates wishing to attend this event are asked to contact Terri Josephi Clement at 724-747-2243 or Register on the class’s Facebook site at Ringgold High School Class of ’72 Reunion (event), at CHICKEN AND BISCUIT DINNER - Wrights United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia, 4-6:30 pm. Dinner will be held at the Venetia Community Center next door. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. If you have questions, call Pam at 724-348-6143. CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING EVENT - Peters Township Library, 1-3 p.m. Join local author and educator Kimberly Smith as she launches her educational and interactive book Monkeying Around: Meet

Chippey and His Friends. Story times for children ages 3-8 are 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Visit for more information on the book. 18TH CENTURY TAVERN EVENT - Wright House Museum, Peters Township, 3-8 p.m. The old kitchen will be transformed into an “18th Century Coffee House” and our log cabin will be decorated as a “Frontier Tavern.” Come sample the simple fare and savory drinks from the 1700s. $5 for adults; children under 12, $3. Overflow parking will be in the Venetia School Parking area. FALL FLEATIQUE ON THE MON – Main Street, Route 88, Monongahela and New Eagle, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. Crafters, vendors, flea market. Book sale at Monongahela Area Library. FURRY FALL FESTIVAL DOG PARTY 3 - 84 Fitness Center, fields behind 84 Lumber. Dog walk, a patriotic presentation, blessing of the animals, bird demonstration, a dog obedience display and more. “Silly Agility” course, raffles and Chinese auction. “Pets for U.S. Vets” fundraising drive will allow qualified veterans to adopt a dog or cat from the Washington Area Humane Society at no charge. For more information, contact Suzi Smith at 412-2179059 or Lynn Osborn at 724-228-8855. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WASHINGTON AND MON VALLEY HEART WALK - CONSOL Energy Park, One Washington Federal Way, Washington. Registration, 9 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. Teams and individual walkers are encouraged to participate. Registration and sponsorship information is available by contacting Diana Cummings at 1-888-988-2179, ext. 3473 or by visiting

October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— PETERS TOWNSHIP PENNIES FOR THE TRAIL DAY – Collection spots are Brush Run Road parking lot, behind Farmhouse Coffee/My Big Fat Greek Gyro, or behind St. Petersburg Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friends of the Montour Trail in Peters Township will conduct a fundraising event for trail maintenance. In case of severe weather, donations will be collected behind St. Petersburg Center. If you are unable to drop off your donation but want to contribute, please call Mark Imgrund at 724-941-6351. FALL FLEA MARKET - St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church gym, Route 51, Pleasant Hills, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will include raffles and refreshments. Free admission and parking. For a table ($20) and information, call 412-884-5259. FREE PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST - Bethesda United Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Plum Street, Elizabeth. Also, Sunday, October 27 is Apple Dumpling Day, and orders will be taken at 412-384-7360 by October 22. OCTOBER 6-7 43RD FALL FESTIVAL - Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville (Rt. 88, between Library and Finleyville), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hayrides to our pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, four-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house and more. Guests also can enjoy fresh made cider and over 15 varieties of apples grown at the farm, candy apples, and pumpkin gobs. Live music. For a complete list of events, musicians and menu, visit Evening hayrides offered Wednesday and Friday through October 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; please preregister. OCTOBER 7 FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL - Bible Alliance Church, 1300 Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton, 4-9 p.m. Bonfire, hay rides, bouncy house, games, food, and more. Featuring music by the Good News Blues. Call the church office at 724-872-5570 for more information. UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER—————————————————————————————————————————— 5

OCTOBER 8 FREE BEGINNER CLOG DANCE LESSON offered by the Mon Valley Cloggers. Those who continue pay $20 for each 10-week session. For more information and to register, call Cliff or Pat Loehr at 412-384-6442 or email OCTOBER 9 SOUTH HILLS COIN CLUB MEETING Bethel Park Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Rd., Bethel Park, 8 p.m. Topic of discussion will be American silver eagles. All members and the general public are invited. For more information, please call 724-9846611. SOUTH HILLS FRIENDS OF THE MONTOUR TRAIL MEETING - South Park Township Community room, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, 6:30 p.m. Group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 11 miles of Montour Trail from Library (Milepost 35.3) to Clairton (Milepost 46.3). For more information, visit OCTOBER 10 MONTHLY CARD PARTY - Odd Fellows Hall, Gastonville, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Mon Valley Rebekah’s. Light lunch served. Public welcome. MONONGAHELA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OCTOBER MEETING - 6 pm at Monongahela Valley Hospital Lombardi Education Center. Our guest speaker for this meeting is Pennsylvania State Senator Timothy Solobay. Senator Solobay will be discussing what is happening at the state level that will impact small businesses. A public forum will also be featured. Cost per person $20 for Chamber Members and $25 for Non Members. Call 724-258-5919 to reserve your seat. Please respond no later than October 6. OCTOBER 11 PARANORMAL RESEARCH PROGRAM Monongahela Area Library, 7 p.m. Presented by the Mon Valley Paranormal Research Society. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Learn about how the paranormal is investigat-

ed, including techniques and equipment used when investigatingghostly sightings. Members will share stories. For more information, call 724-258-5409. HOMESCHOOL OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Homeschool Outdoor Classroom, Shelter 4, Mingo Creek County Park. Offered by Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation. Session I will begin at 10 a.m.; Session II will begin at 1 p.m. Hike through fields and forests in search of seeds and discover how they travel, what they need to grow, and which ones are edibles. Please dress for the weather and hiking. Please note that this program is designed for homeschooled children ages 5 to 11. Pre-registration is required by calling the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation office at 724-228-6867. There is no fee. OCTOBER 12 KNIGHT AT THE RACES - St. Francis of Assisi Finley Hall. Dinner served at 6 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Beer, pop and snacks. Tickets are $15 for dinner and a horse and $10 for dinner only. Tickets will be sold after masses on October 6 and at the rectory. OCTOBER 12-13 FIDDLIN’ MIKE HOLLERICH AND THE FIDDLIN’ AROUND BAND – 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, Simmons Farm, 2-4 p.m. ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT GHOSTWALK – 7 p.m. starting at the library parking lot. Storytellers will reveal the secrets that lie within the 18th century homes you will pass! The VIP Tour is October The VIP Tour is October 13 and 20 for $25 which includes the ghostwalk plus tour of one of the haunted houses and refreshments. For reservations, call 724258-6432. OCTOBER 13 SOUTH PARK WOMEN’S CLUB 19TH ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW - Home Economics Building, 1900 Brownsville Road, South Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come to enjoy great food and baked goods, too. We are selling raffle tickets to benefit the craft show for gift cards, products and services for restaurants, hair, manicures, tanning, boarding and more.

WSO SEASON OPENER “SCORED TO DEATH” - Trinity High School, 231 Park Avenue, Washington, 8 p.m. Washington Symphony Orchestra concert features a variety of selections to set the tone for a musical scare ride. The California University choir will join in for selections from Mozart’s Requiem. Event will feature the premiere of W&J College music professor Kyle Simpson’s latest work. “Pittsburgh Stepped Through the Fire.” Supported by The Heinz Endowments. Advance tickets are available at all Washington Financial bank offices, Citizens Library, online at or by phone at 724-223-9796. Tickets are also available at the door the evening of the concert. HAM & TURKEY SUPPER - Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, 4-7 p.m. Adults, $10; children 10 and under, $5. Proceeds benefit Capital Improvement Fund. JEFFERSON HILLS FALL FESTIVAL Borough of Jefferson Hills Municipal Building, Jefferson Hills, 1-5 p.m. Craft show, 25 vendors, children’s games, haunted room, coloring contest, magician, basket auctions, food and bake sale. FALL FUN DAY - Mingo Creek Park, Shelter 6, 12 miles east of Washington off of Route 136, 1-4 p.m. Join the Washington County Department of Parks & Recreation for pumpkin carving, hayrides, cider sippin’, marshmallow toasting and scarecrow stuffing. Pre-registration is required; call 724-228-6867. Fee for hayrides is $2 per person, pumpkins are $4, and hay for scarecrows is provided free, but bring your own scarecrow clothes. OCTOBER 13 PLEASANT HILLS ARBORETUM FALL BIRD WALK - Pleasant Hills Arboretum, West Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills, parking lot, 8 a.m. Bob Mulvihill will the walk; usually one to two hours. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . FIRE AND ICE FAMILY NIGHT - Saturday, October 13, from 7:30pm - 10:00pm at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. Climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, ice skating, games, live music, food and more!$10/person or $35/family of 4. This event will occur the second Saturday of every month. OCTOBER 13-14 43RD FALL FESTIVAL - Trax Farms, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Hayrides to our pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, and more. Freshly made cider, candy apples, and pumpkin gobs. Live music. For a complete list of events, musicians and menu, visit Evening hayrides offered Wednesday and Friday through October 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; please preregister. OCTOBER 14 14TH ANNUAL POOCH PARADE & PICNIC - South Park Dog Park. Registration, 9 a.m.; parade, 10 a.m. Sponsored by The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA. Features a one-mile fun walk on a paved trail.

The event features a costume contest with prizes for best dog and best dog/owner combo costumes. For more information, call 412566-1545 or visit to download a registration form. SPAGHETTI DINNER - Broughton Fire Hall, South Park Twp., 3-7 p.m. Hosted by Grace Lutheran Church. $8 adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 yrs., and kids ages 4 and under are free. Tickets can be bought at the door. Take outs available. Mini-bazaar, bake sale, and Giggles the Clown (4-7 p.m.). PENNY BINGO - Madonna Catholic Regional School Hall, 731 Chess St., Monongahela, 1-4 p.m. Donation of $10. Lunch, games, basket auction, door prizes. For more information, contact Irene at 724-258-8634. PASTA TOO SPAGHETTI DINNER - St. Joan of Arc Church is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 14 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Domremy Pavillion in South Park. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Presale tickets are available for just $8 adults and

$5 for kids ages 10 and under. Take-out is available. To order tickets, call Audrey 724747-4161; Kay 412-831-0357; or Nadine 412854-5321. PETERS TOWNSHIP BOWLING FUNDRAISER - Meadows Racetrack Bowling Lanes, 11:30 a.m.; registration, 11:15 a.m. All profits go to Angels’ Place. $25 per person includes beverages, shoes, pizza, and great prizes. Cash bar available. For more information, contact Wayne Thompson at 412-874-8888 or Diane Page at 724-941-6958. OCTOBER 15 FREE CLOG DANCE LESSON - Pioneer Cloggers, South Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Bring a pair of snug-fitting, smooth-soled shoes. No dance experience is necessary, ages 10 and older are welcome. To register, call 412-812-3972 or or visit OCTOBER 16 LADIES NIGHT OUT FALL VENDOR SHOW - Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Motherhouse, 3603 McRoberts Road, 6:30 p.m. The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Those interested in attending call 412-885-7232 by October 8 to RSVP. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED NURSES CLUB MEETING Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, 9:30 a.m. Robbie Coxon of Precision Therapeutics will present “A New Way to Treat Cancer.” All registered nurses are welcome. Contact Nancy at 412-341-4207 for more information. OCTOBER 18 FOOD AND FRIENDS FREE MEAL PROGRAM - Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Venetia, 5-6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information, contact Patti at 724941-6609. MEADOWS BUS TRIP - St. Damien of Molokai Parish heads to Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $20. Upon arrival, you will receive $15 free play and a $5 food coupon. Must be paid in advance and fee is nonrefundable. Deadline to register is October 10. Meet at the lower parking lot at St. Anthony’s. For more information, contact Lois Suarez at 724-258-9171.

RMLG LUNCHEON - Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 2 p.m. The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group (RMLG) of Pleasant Hills will host a Department of Energy representative who will speak about energy. For additional information, or to indicate your intention to attend, call 412-655-2000. Please call by October 12 to be included in the lunch order. OCTOBER 19 OKTOBERFEST FUNDRAISER - LifeSpan, Inc., Boston Spectrum, McKeesport, 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door and include all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, beer, soda, coffee and dessert bar. Door prizes, 50/50 and basket raffles. Call 412-464-1300, ext. 156 for tickets. Visit our website at OCTOBER 19-20 FIDDLIN’ MIKE HOLLERICH AND THE FIDDLIN’ AROUND BAND - Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, 2-4 p.m. ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT GHOSTWALK – 7 p.m. starting at the library parking lot on Main St. Walk the darkened streets of Monongahela with costumed storytellers who will reveal the secrets that lie within the 18th century homes you will pass along your journey! For reservations, call 724-258-6432. OCTOBER 19-21 “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” - Bethel Park Heritage Players, Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Avenue, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 412-831-6800, ext. 745. OCTOBER 20 PLEASANT HILLS ARBORETUM FALL BIRD WALK - Pleasant Hills Arboretum, West Bruceton Road, meet in parking lot at 8 a.m. Bob Mulvihill will lead the walk (one to two hours). Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages and skill levels are welcome! PETERS TOWNSHIP CHAMBER CHASE 5K RUN/WALK - Peterswood Park, 700 Meredith Drive, 9 a.m. Course will run out and back on Arrowhead Trail. Benefits the Peters Township Chamber Scholarship Program and the Community Fund. Registration and packet pickup October 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Peters Township Recreation Center or on race day from 7:15-8:45 a.m. Register online at or for more information call 724-941-6345 or email

October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— OCTOBER 20-21 43RD FALL FESTIVAL - Trax Farms, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house. Freshly made cider, candy apples, and pumpkin gobs. Live music. For a complete list of events, visit Evening hayrides offered Wednesday and Friday through October 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; please preregister. HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST - The Practice Tee, Route 51, Jefferson Hills, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Sponsored by Central-Elizabeth Lions; proceeds benefit Lions charities. $5 per ball with a payout of $50,000 for a hole-in-one. OCTOBER 21 “CONVERSATIONS AND JOURNEYS INTO HISTORY” FALL SERIES - Elizabeth Historical Society, 100-year old Coates House, 5811 Smithfield Street, Boston, 2-3:30 p.m. ETHS member Ed Falvo will lead the conversations with “Lewis and Clark Medicine Kit of the 1803 - 1806 Era.” He was a re-enactor with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial Re-enactment, which retraced the steps of the explorers. CHILDREN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL - Oliver Miller Homestead, Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle in South Park, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Corn cob toss, ducking for apples, tin punching, churning butter, making church babies, writing with quill pens, corn crafts. Tussie mussies, fragrant bouquets of flowers and herbs, will be available for purchase. Demonstrations of spinning, weaving, openhearth cooking, and forge work. In case of rain, the buildings will be open for tours. $2. For more information and a map, visit or call 412-835-1554. OCTOBER 22 FREE CLOG DANCE LESSON - Pioneer Cloggers, South Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Bring a pair of snug-fitting, smooth-soled shoes. No dance experience is necessary, ages 10 and older are welcome. To register, call 412-812-3972 or or visit UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER—————————————————————————————————————————— 7

OCTOBER 24 HALLOWEEN PARADE - Line up at Chess Park, 6 p.m.; parade begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce and Attorney Michelle Watson along with local businesses. Parade will feature the Ringgold High School Marching Ram Band. Entry forms are available at Dorothea’s Boutique, Chaney’s Wellness Center, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, or the Chamber Office. All entry forms should be returned by October 19. Preliminary judging will take place at the reviewing stand at Third and Main streets. Monetary donations may be mailed to the Monongahela Chamber office, 212 West Main Street, Monongahela. For more information, call 724-258-5919. OCTOBER 25 LADIES NIGHT OUT FASHION & VENDOR SHOW - The Willow Room, 800 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon, doors open at 6 pm. Enjoy this night of pampering, complete with live music, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, vendors offering beauty, accessories ,wellness and home goods, giveaways, Chinese auction and fashion show featuring holiday formal wear. Pre-sale tickets $20/adults and $15 for ages 12 and under. Call 724-929-3329 to order tickets or email Tickets can also be purchased at the door ($25 cash only). OCTOBER 26-28 “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” - Bethel Park Heritage Players, Bethel Park Community Center, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. $12 adults, $9 students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 412-831-6800, ext. 745. OCTOBER 27 VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW - St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finley Hall, Rt. 88, Finleyville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefits the Peters Twp. Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Variety of vendors, great gift ideas, Chinese auction, food available. For more information, contact Chris Matthews at or 412-831-7144.


PSYCHIC FAIR - Chapel of the Oneness, 345 Regis Avenue, West Mifflin, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event will present a variety of readers, including Marcy with aura photography, Felicia with spiritual response therapy (SRT) and Linda with metaphysical goodies, stones, jewelry. incense, and much more. For a $5 donation to the church, have a nice lunch. For further information, call Rachael at 412-770-4961 or Deborah at 724-348-8063. HALLOWEEN DANCE - White Oak American Legion, Constitution Blvd., 8-12 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit local veterans, and everyone is encouraged to dress in costume (not required). Oldies music by Candy and Mike. For more information, please call 724-984-6611. SPAGHETTI DINNER & AUCTION - Wilson Christian Academy, 1900 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, 4-8 p.m. Menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Take-out available. Chinese auction, silent auction, live auction. Donation of $10 includes two Chinese auction tickets. For more information, call 412-466-1919 or visit HALLOWEEN PARTY - Finleyville American Legion Post 613, Finleyville, 7 p.m. Food, prizes for best costume, best jack-o-lantern, etc. WINE AND CHEESE TASTING EVENT Home Economics Building, South Park, 4-9 p.m. Presented by The Friends of South Park, the County Park. Christian W. Klay Winery from Chalk Hill, Ripepi Winery from Monongahela, Greenhouse Winery from Rillton, and J & D Cellars Winery and Vineyard from Eighty Four will participate. Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Tickets cost $25; purchase in advance at the South Park Office or by mail (make checks payable to: Friends of South Park, the County Park) and send checks or money orders to the South Park Office, Attn: Tickets, Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129. For more details, contact Linda at 412-417-5736 or email

OCTOBER 27-28 43RD FALL FESTIVAL - Trax Farms, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Hayrides to our pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, and more. Guests also can enjoy freshly made cider, candy apples, and pumpkin gobs. Live music. For a complete list of events, musicians and menu, visit Evening hayrides offered Wednesday and Friday through October 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; please preregister. OCTOBER 28 PIONEER CLOGGERS - Trax Farm, Route 88, Finleyville, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The dancers will be dressed as the Wizard of Oz characters. LECTURE SERIES - Beth Israel Center Synagogue, 118 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills/Pleasant Hills, 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rabbi Alex Greenbaum, who will discuss issues related to modern Conservative Judaism. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the social hour following the lecture. For information, call 412-655-2144. NOVEMBER 3 ST. KATHARINE DREXEL SCHOOL NITE AT THE RACES - Nativity Parish Gymnasium, Curry Road, South Park, 6 p.m. Cheer your horse on to victory while you enjoy a buffet dinner, dessert, and beverages, including beer. Help raise money for a good cause, as proceeds benefit St. Katharine Drexel School. Tickets are $25 for this event (must be age 21 or older). For more information, please call the school at 412-833-0223. NOVEMBER 3 ANNUAL HAM DINNER AND BAKE SALE First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela. For additional information, call 724-258-7504.


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Union Township Resident Asks Code Enforcement Officers to Step Up Dear Editor: I am baffled as to why there is so little ordinance/code enforcement in Union Township. I see properties in disrepair, neglected throughout the township and nothing is done about them. A couple months ago when I applied for a building permit, I voiced a complaint to the building inspector and was told that the property I complained about didn’t become a mess overnight and that it takes time for the owner to clean up. With this particular property around where I live, the owner has yet to even attempt to clean it up and it’s been in a terrible state for more than 20 years. The building inspector told me that they talked to her about the mess last winter. Well, she had all spring/summer to do something—anything— and she has done nothing. This property is a small park where my beautiful mobile home is located. The abandoned trailers and uncut grass in the park are now homes to wild animals, which poses a health risk to residents. Sporadically, over the years, some of my neighbors have called the Union Township building inspector to complain and still nothing was done. Unfortunately, I own my manufactured home but rent the lot that my home sits on, and so do some of my neighbors, which makes it even more difficult for us. I’ve spent a lot of sweat and hard work to make my place nice. I cannot afford to buy property and move my home, as I retired a few years ago. You would think the owner would be embarrassed by all this, but obviously she doesn’t care and the township isn’t forcing her to care. My question is, why was the owner permitted to neglect the property in the first place? Why didn’t the township force her to clean it up when the situation started? Why have they allowed this to go on as long as it has and, still, to this day aren’t enforcing anything? Am I not paying taxes toward salaries of officials who are responsible for this type of enforcement? Those of us who care for and maintain our properties are being victimized by the owners who make eyesores of their own properties. This also lowers the value of our properties, and, our township, which we expect to enforce code/ordinance violations, does absolutely nothing. How long are we supposed to wait until someone takes an interest and forces owners to be responsible? I don’t think it’s too much to ask that Union Township take an interest and do their public duty. Cindi Fidago, Union Township

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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Visits Friends of South Park By Ken Askew

On September 19, Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive, accompanied by PA Representative Matt Smith, attended a meeting of the Friends of South Park at the Buffalo Inn in South Park. Fitzgerald attended to thank them for their past work, show his support, and encourAllegheny County Executive Rick Fitzgerald spoke with age the group in their com“Friends of South Park” at the Buffalo Inn at South Park. mon future endeavors. “Friends of South Park” refers not to South Park Township but to Allegheny County’s South Park. They are an advocate group of area residents whose interest is preserving the natural beauty of South Park and improving its facilities. Friends of South Park works hand-in-hand with Allegheny County to further their mutual goals, and their liaison with the park administration is Parks Director Andy Baechle. The meeting was chaired by David Buchewicz, who also happens to be the Chairman of the South Park Township Board of Supervisors. After introductory remarks, Fitzgerald opened the meeting to questions from the 40+ people in attendance, generating the following discussions: Although a recent study concluded that $15M of improvements could be justified in South Park, the present schedule addresses only a $1M investment in the Oval; bids for the work are currently being solicited. High priority jobs are being tackled first. One suggestion from the audience was to raise the greens fee slightly at South Park Golf Course, to pay for better grooming of the grass. Another way to increase revenue might be to lease County land for the drilling of Marcellus Shale gas wells. Fitzgerald favored these revenue-generating activities instead of raising taxes or fees. Fitzgerald announced that the night before, Allegheny County Council approved the leasing of County land for new cell phone towers, as a method of raising revenue for projects such as those planned for South Park. Furthermore, it would eliminate “dead spots” in the communication network to enhance 911 communications. After Fitzgerald’s departure, the monthly business meeting went on to make plans for their next project, refurbishing the Fitness Trail located along Maple Springs Drive, next to the gazebo. Donations of labor and materials will be sought to defray the costs. —————————————————————————————————————————— 9

MACC and Local Businesses Gear Up for Monongahela Halloween Parade The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce and Attorney Michelle Watson along with local businesses will sponsor the annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 24. The Ringgold High School Marching Ram Band will be featured. Entry forms for those wishing to participate in the judging are available at Dorothea’s Boutique, Chaney’s Wellness Center, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, or the Chamber Office at 212 W. Main St. All entry forms should be returned to those respective locations by the deadline of Friday, October 19. Individuals, groups, floats, mini-floats, scouts and schools wishing to be judged should submit a completed form by this date. Mini-float category must have one person on board. Cash prizes will be awarded. All vehicles in the parade must have a Halloween theme or be pulling a float. Strict limitations will be enforced along the parade route including: no dirt bikes, motorcycles or quads. No political banners are permitted. Preliminary judging will take place at the reviewing stand at 3rd and Main St. To be eligible for prize money, you must report to the Aquatorium for final judging. Cash prizes will be awarded to finalists. Line up at 6 p.m. in Chess Park. Parade begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Monetary donations for the parade are now being accepted and may be mailed to the Monongahela Chamber office, 212 W. Main St., Monongahela. For more information, call 724-258-5919.

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By Wild Willy Frankfort

Halloween, Hallowmas, and All Hallows Eve The Autumnal Equinox has passed, and with it the beginning of the fall season is upon us, and harvest has begun. The leaves have begun to change, and the time for beggars and spirits to walk the earth arrives. History for our area mandates that certain rights and rituals play out from year to year due to our prosperity and misfortune. I am often asked why do we do the things we do or from what tradition does a ritual derive? In the past I have posted that I have been privy to haunted places and experienced weird occurrences. It’s true, you can’t dress in costume in a historic place without being a little more open to… the netherworld? The problem is being with others who are dressed in costume – how do you know who is a spirit and who isn’t? It’s the unusual event that stands out and makes you understand how strange things can really get. So let me dump a little autumn history on you. To begin, the harvest is the attempt to store food for the coming winter, and Halloween treats could involve dried foods, fruits, and nuts. The giving of gifts or treats is the attempt to give food to beggars and vagabonds so they could survive the winter. In Europe, several holidays have survived that serve to give gifts of food and clothing to the unfortunate so that they can survive for another year. Halloween is the beginning of these holidays, and they continue through November and into December.

William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

At Halloween, October 31, the early Pagans/Druids believed that the veil between worlds overlapped and spirits could walk among us. Prayers were said for spirits and the dead in exchange for “treats,” and masks were worn to mimic evil spirits and to fool the recently dead so that they wouldn’t attach themselves to any treat taker. Over the years, the tradition of the costume has evolved from monsters and ghouls to any popular character from movies and television or everyday life. Historical figures and those who hold government office also have a prominent place in the Halloween costume world, but for me the good old ghost and ghoulish costumes will be close to my heart. don’t look for me in my usual 18th century togs; I will not be that transparent. Or maybe I will and just be a ghost this year.

Crafters Wanted The Claysville Community Recreational Association will hold its 4th Annual "Holly Days" Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Claysville Community Center, 212 Main St. Cost is $20 per 8' table. Homemade crafts only, no vendors. Make your reservations early, as tables go fast. Contact Gerri Claus at 724-663-5019. All proceeds benefit the Claysville Community Center.

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“Take My Hand” Bereavement Support Group Helps Participants Handle Grief What is grief? It is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. Grief lasts as long as it takes you to accept your loss or live with your loss. The “Take My Hand” Bereavement Support Group was formed by caring members of the community under the sponsorship of Albert Gallatin/Amedisys Hospice. The group has served the needs of the bereaved in the Mon Valley area for 16 years. Two of the leaders of the group, Maureen Lusk and Rose Marie Iiams, are original founding members of the “Take My Hand” Bereavement Support Group with 20 years of personal and hands-on experience each. The bereavement support group continues to be sponsored by Amedisys Hospice and is made possible by the cooperation of health care professionals and caring volunteers. Participants report that it is beneficial to the grief process to have support from people who have suffered a similar loss. There is no charge to attend the meeting. At each meeting, participants support each other emotionally, share information and concerns, or learn from guest speakers how, together, each can find his or her own strengths to go on with a new life. Meetings are held in the morning and evening to accommodate people who are working during the day or do not want to drive at night. You can join the meetings at any time and can attend either or both the morning and evening meetings. Meetings are held year round. The morning meeting is held at the Church of the Nazarene at 10th Street in Monongahela. The meeting time is the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Evening meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 609 Chess Street, Monongahela. Use the 6th street entrance. As part of the bereavement process, Amedisys Hospice also sponsors retreats and bereavement activities. If you have suffered a loss and would like more information, please contact Pamela Ridge at 724-483-4109 or Maureen Lusk at 724-2588855.

Walking Trail Lights Installed on Corrigan Drive in South Park The Friends of South Park are pleased to announce that Corrigan Drive will now have walking trail lights the entire length of the road so everyone can enjoy the park during the night, much like the ones Frequency Electric installed along the Rails for Trails along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. Frequency Electric was the first to donate and install the first light in the park. These solar lights are eco-friendly and will add value to the park. These solar-powered LED lights get 100% of their power from the sun, even on a cloudy day. This is the same way we get UV rays when it's overcast, thereby making them completely self-sufficient and taking them completely off of the electrical grid, whether charging or illuminating light, 24 hours a day. Local businesses can now sponsor a light. Please contact Ed Snee for more information on how you can help make South Park a safer place to be without burdening the taxpayer at or 412841-2307 or Joe Sedon from Frequency Electric at or 412-719-3927.

FVFD Thanks Borough of Finleyville for Donation

Finleyville Mayor Mike Kutsek hands over a $5,000 check to FVFD Chief Jeff Thomas, while other members of the Finleyville Council and FVFD look on.

Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department wishes to publically thank the Borough of Finleyville for their generous donation to the fire department. This past August, Finleyville Borough Council passed a motion to present the department with a gift of $5,000 to help with the purchase of the special hydraulic tools often needed to extract drivers and passengers trapped in vehicles after accidents (jaws of life). The equipment is needed in the department’s new utility vehicle, which will often be the first on the scene of traffic accidents.

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CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty, a fullservice real estate company with five offices covering western Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in 1962, CENTRUY 21 Frontier Realty is dedicated to providing the expertise and superior customer service demanded by today’s timestrapped buyer and seller. It is only one of five companies in the United States to receive CENTURY 21’s prestigious Presidents Hall of Fame Award in recognition for “Historical Delivery of Superior Quality Service and Centurion Office Production.” CENTRUY 21 Frontier Realty utilizes the most modern technology available to aid buyers in locating their dream home or to match sellers with the perfect buyer. Clients entrust the company’s outstanding team of professionals with: residential brokerage, exclusive buyer representation, new construc-

tion, commercial brokerage, rentals and more. If you are relocating, the company’s global relocation staff and services are second to none. CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is also dedicated to helping people with disabilities gain greater independence. Through the collective efforts of the Jim Dolanch Team and CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty, the company has raised funds in excess of $100,000 for Easter Seals of Western Pennsylvania. These fund raisers have ranked the company among the top 20 offices in the country with CENTURY 21. CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is proud of its reputation as a premier area full service real estate company thanks to its thousand of satisfied customers over the past 50 years. Stop by the office of CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty to see what excellence can do for you. CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is the company your neighbors recommend.

Annual Heart Walk Set for October 6 Plans are in place for this year’s annual Washington and Mon Valley Heart Walk. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 6 at CONSOL Energy Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with the walk taking place at 10 a.m. The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is one of the premiere fundraisers. Money raised has funded research projects responsible for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bypass surgery, pacemakers, surgical techniques to repair heart defects, cholesterol-lowering drugs, the linking of dietary fat and blood cholesterol to heart disease and a better understanding of the causes of high blood pressure. These medical advances have had a positive impact on the heart health of millions of lives in our country and in our community. Teams and individual walkers are encouraged to participate. Registration and sponsorship information is available by contacting Diana Cummings of the Washington County division of the American Heart Association at 1888-988-2179 x 3473 or by visiting the Heart Walk website at

Rich Ermlick Presents Music Program at Mon Valley YMCA "Music, Sound and the Power to Heal" will be presented at the Mon Valley YMCA by Rich Ermlick on Thursday, October 11th at 8 p.m. In Rich's words, "Come discuss and experience the unique power of music and sound to shift your mind, body, and spirit. People have been using sound and music to relax, energize, affect a healing response, and access altered states of mind for thousands of years. This presentation is interactive and experiential." Rich has been educating and entertaining through his music and plays a wide variety of instruments. To register call the Mon Valley YMCA at 724-483-8077.

Rich Ermlick

Battle of the Barrel FVFD Hosts Annual Hose Crew Contest By Paul Chasko

Shortly after hosting a great community carnival, the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department hosted a “Battle of the Barrel,” which is now also an annual fundraising event. There’s absolutely no better competition in which to be involved on a hot summer day. Two towers are set up on a level area with a cable strung between them. A barrel is hung between them, Mark Busha gets his shot on the nozzle for the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department. and hose crews from two competing fire departments attempt to drive the barrel to the other department’s end of the cable with streams of water from their fire hose. (Look at the photos –you’ll get the idea). Thanks go out to the Ringgold School District for allowing the contest to be held on its front parking lot. The adjoining lawn was well watered. This year’s winner was the Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department, which received a trophy and bragging rights.

What better way to spend a hot summer afternoon?

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Hickory Apple Festival The 29th annual Hickory Apple Festival will be held on October 6th and 7th at the firehall grounds on Main Street/Route 50 in Hickory, Washington County, from 10 am to 6pm. Come for food, music, crafts and children’s activities. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7am to 1pm. There’s live entertainment on two stages including Ruff Creek and the Entertainers on Saturday and NOMaD and The Rockin’ Brits on Sunday. There are apple bobbing and apple pie eating contests, hay rides, and many other activities. Every kind of apple goodie will be available including apple pies, apple crisp, apple dumplings and apple butter. The kids will love the petting zoo, face painting and moonwalk. Admission, parking and shuttle service are all free. See the full schedule at All proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Jefferson Hills Library Welcomes South Hills Art League Artists in Show The South Hills Art League will hold an exhibit in the new Community Living Room area of the Jefferson Hills Library, 925 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills, from October 28 through November 10. Twenty-five artists will display over 50 of their pieces, many of which will be available for sale. The public is invited to a reception to welcome the artists and kick-off the exhibit on Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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There’s a Tree in My Garden – And I Didn’t Plant It

Steelers That’s me – looking over the tree the storm brought down.

The Old Catawba was pretty rotten at the base.

By Paul Chasko




earn how to choose foods at your local supermarket to manage a healthier lifestyle. The tours will begin at Healthy Directions in the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Health care professionals from Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will conduct the tours.

The early morning of September 7, we were awakened by thunder, lightning, heavy rain, wind and hail beating on the roof above – a bad local thunderstorm. It wasn’t until the next morning that my wife noticed something different about our vegetable garden. A big old Catawba tree in our neighbor’s yard had broken off at the base and came What’s left of the tree at the base. down partly in our garden - lots of stuff blown off our porches as well. Good thing the cat wasn’t out or he may have been several houses up Finley-Elrama Road. He wanted to stay in last night, which is unusual – cat’s intuition? Anyway, I threw in a few photos proving that we did have some strong winds in our neighborhood. It must have been pretty localized as our daughter (Ginger Hill) had none of what we experienced, and the Union Twp. Road Crew was not alerted to any major problems. Our neighbor is going to have a lot of firewood.

WSO Opens Season with "Scored to Death" Supported by The Heinz Endowments 2012 Supermarket Tour Dates October 11, 6-8 p.m.

“What are Superfoods?”

November 15, 1-3 p.m. “I Have Diabetes. What Can I Eat?” December 6, 1-3 p.m.

How to Eat Healthier During the Holidays”

Sponsored by

Program is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required by calling 724-348-6699.

The Washington Symphony Orchestra has started rehearsals for its upcoming 11th season with the first concert scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School in Washington. “Scored to Death” is the theme for the concert, which will feature The Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as selections from Mozart's Requiem. There will also be a world premiere of Washington & Jefferson College music professor Kyle Simpson's latest work. "Pittsburgh Stepped Through the Fire" - Simpson's musical interpretation of how a tragic fire destroyed a mile and a quarter of Pittsburgh on an otherwise quiet morning in April of 1845, then led to a triumphant rebuilding and rebirth of the city. Simpson composed the piece specifically for the orchestra to debut. The Heinz Endowments awarded the Washington Symphony a $7,000 grant to help support the October concert. Advance tickets are available at all Washington Financial bank offices, Citizens Library, online at or at 724-2239796. Tickets are also available at the door the evening of the concert. 15 October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER ——————————————————————————————————————————

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CrossRoads Community Church Hosts the First Best in 'Burger Event

Gary Slonaker of Jefferson Hills, who once thought of being a police officer, was honored to meet the special guest Officer Jim Kuzak of the Clairton Police Department.

Guest judges at the first Best in 'Burger event were Clairton Police Officer Jim Kuzak, Nick Schuch, and Reverend Walt Pietschmann.

By Charlotte Hopkins

Pastor Floyd Hughes and Rachel Slonaker of CrossRoads Community Church hosted their first "Best in Burger" event at Jefferson Hills Tepes Park. Cooks from Jefferson Hills and neighboring communities grilled their tastiest burgers and entered them into competition. The judges included the guest of honor, Officer Jim Kuzak of the Clairton Police Department; Reverend Walt Pietschmann of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church; and Nick Schuch, a finance student at Duquesne University. They awarded points for creativity, plating (visually appealing), and taste. While choosing the victors, the judges were at a standstill for 1st and 2nd place, so Pastor Hughes instructed them to break the tie by choosing which burger ranked in creativity. Making an extremely dif-

Crowning champions of the Best in 'Burger are Ben Petry, Heidi Scapellato, and Augie Smarra.

Baking champs Brandon Wagner, Valerie Smarra, and Victoria Hathorne (accepting the ribbon for her mother, Karen Hathorne).

ficult decision, they chose the Black and Blue Burger, covered with homemade buffalo sauce and a parmesan cheese-topped bun, entered by Heidi Scapallato and Jimmy Carney as the first place winner! They won a trophy and gift card to Weiss Meats. The Chinaman's Tear, said to “leave a tear in your eye,” entered by Ben Petry came in second place, and the Homegrown Burger¸ topped with homegrown vegetables and pickles, entered by Augie Smarra Sr. and Augie Smarra Jr. of the Jefferson Hills Fire Department third place) • Barbecue Bacon Juicy Lucy, with cheese cooked on the inside and topped with bacon, entered by Stephen Hathorne • Circuit Breaker, topped with crabby patty sauce made from olive oil, mayonnaise, red hot sauce, honey and secret spices and a cheese stick, entered by Nick Opfer and Austin Trimnal. • TJ Burger, covered and mixed with sautéed mushrooms, entered by John Serpa, who mentioned that he wished his wife, Diana, could have joined him that day. He also cheered for his stepson, Nick Opfer. Adding to the day's events was CrossRoads third annual Bake-Off. Contestants entered their prized homemade desserts. First place winner was Valerie Smarra with her apple fritter; she won a trophy and a gift card to Pastries Ala Carte. The second place winner was Brandon Wagner with his chocolate chip cookies, and Karen Hathorne won third place with her spice cake. Next year’s event will be named The Hunger Games! Correction The Union-Finley Messenger regrets that an incorrect date was printed in the September issue. South Park Women’s Club 19th Annual Craft Show will be held Saturday, October 13, from 10 am-4 p.m. in the Home Economics Building, South Park Fairgrounds.

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Ginger Hill Grange Celebrates 100th Anniversary by Paul Chasko

The Ginger Hill Grange has spent 100 years helping individuals and organizations in need in our surrounding community. The present membership is carrying on the tradition and promises to carry it into the future. Originally (around 1867) the Grange was established, in the most basic sense, as a farmer’s cooperative that pressed for the causes of farmers, including issues of free trade and The Ginger Hill Grange is located on farm policy. Because of the shrinkRt. 136, Ginger Hill. ing farm population, the Grange began to widen its range to a wide variety of issues and today anyone is welcome to join. They think of themselves as a Grange serving the surrounding rural community. The Grange is a hierarchical organization with “Community or Subordinate Granges.” In most states the Subordinate Granges are grouped to form “Pomona Granges” which are usually county-wide and so on to State Granges and so up to the National Grange. The Ginger Hill Grange began in 1912 when 56 like-minded residents organized and applied for a charter. The charter members purchased an acre of ground and began construction of a building in 1914. The first meeting was held in the building in 1917. The frame structure in use today looks much as it did externally in 1917 although many improvements have been made to modernize the interior. Present membership of the Ginger Hill Grange numbers 55 with 16 officers. The present Master of the Grange is Tom Andrejchak. The membership chooses a worthy project each year and raises funds to carry it to conclusion. The list of benefactors of their charitable work is too long to list here and include furnishing food banks, raising funds for individuals having serious health issues, missions, scholarship programs, emergency response groups – the list goes on and on. Their benefit spaghetti dinners alone have neted over $67,000 and there are few area folks who’ve not noticed their funnel cake trailer at community events which is another fundraising tool. If you’re interested in community service and in becoming a member of the Ginger Hill Grange, call me at 724 348-5797 and I’ll get you in touch with the right folks.

In an emergency you shouldn’t have to wait. At Canonsburg General Hospital’s Emergency Department the majority of patients never even see the waiting room. We are committed to providing the most rapid care in our region. Upon arriving at the ED, you are immediately taken into an examination room. You will be quickly assessed and cared for by experienced emergency nurses and board-certified emergency medicine physicians. You can depend on us for compassionate, quality care with the advanced technology you need for an accurate diagnosis. There’s no need to wait at any Emergency Department. At Canonsburg General Hospital…you are our priority.

Sign announcing the anniversary held by (l to r) Clyde Henry, Sally Holets, Lillian Feldman and Tom Andrejchek

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On September 8, the Morrison-Ritchie Post 613 Finleyville Ladies Auxiliary installed two new officers to their organization: Beverley Lawrence (Sergeant of Arms) and Mary Ann McDonagh (Historian). Pictured are Beverley Richards (President), Joyce Reed (Secretary-Treasurer), Lawrence, McDonagh, Carole Jones (Vice-President) and Nancy Hamilton (Chaplin).

Angel Ridge Animal Rescue Pet of the Month When Shelley smiles, she lights up like a sunbeam. Even when she is more subdued, with her perfect figure, terra-cotta coat, mauve nose and amber eyes, she is still a stunner. Lean down to say hi and she is quick to lick your face in a happy enthusiastic greeting. Shelley is coming close to her one-year anniversary at Angel Ridge, but she hasn't given up hope on finding a new home to share Shelley, a beautiful and mild-tempered with a welcoming family. She has been pit bull needs a home! very patient and incredibly easy-going during her long stay. Volunteers vie to take Shelley for a walk and to spend time with because she is so into people. She is good with kids and people of all ages. Her story began when she was found at a construction site and led workers to her newborn pups that were stuck in a sewer grate. As expected, all the puppies were whisked off to new homes by the workers who followed the little orange dog back to the captive pups but "mom" was left behind. Hearing of the little pitties's pitiful plight, a Bethel Park woman named Shelley, heard the story and made it her mission to rescue the dog that nobody wanted. She gathered contributions for vetting the young mother left behind and contacted Angel Ridge to take her. The new arrival was dubbed Shelley in honor of her compassionate rescuer. If you have a question or would like to meet Shelley, please call Judy at 724-2239325 or Cindy at 412-576-3445, or email

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

What is the Multi-list? A multiple listing service (multi-list or MLS) is an exclusive, fee-paid membership information sharing database that allows any member real estate agent from any member company to show and sell any other member company's listings. Phew. Simply put, an agent from ABC Realty can show and sell XYZ Company's listings and vice versa. As you can see, the primary purpose of the MLS is to promote cooperation between real estate companies. It also creates standardized forms and “templates” of required information for data entry for all property types. For example, people selling vacant land do not 19 ——————————————————————————————————————————

need to display room sizes and people selling houses do not need to publish gross operating income. The actual property listing information is technically owned by the individual listing broker (company), but the information will be displayed for all members to utilize. Membership is typically limited to licensed real estate brokers, their salespeople, and appraisers. Today, many home inspectors hold affiliate memberships so they have lock box access for the convenience of scheduling inspections. There are very few non-member real estate companies. Common sense dictates that when you are selling real property, the more people that know about it being for sale and have access to the information, the better. Another important function of the MLS is for the listing company to offer compensation to other real estate companies. The percentage rate or flat fee that the listing company agrees to pay the buyer's agency is published for members only and is not accessible to the general public. The individual property listing data entry is pushed out to an ever-growing number of websites, such as Zillow, Trulia,, etc. Additionally, Internet Data Exchange, or IDX technology gives members the option of authorizing display of active listings on other subscriber's websites, meaning that ABC's listing will appear on XYZ's website and vice versa. The entire system increases exposure for sellers to

CENTURY 21 Agent of the Month CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty welcomes Deidre Kuban as the most recent addition to our Finleyville office. Deidre's background as a professional mediator makes her the "go to" person for extra-personal representation! She currently resides in Monongahela and looks forward to growing her business by helping people buy or sell a home, or even relocate. She awaits your call.


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First Annual Dog Swim at Mineral Beach Raised Money for the Washington Area Humane Society

Rufus of Mt. Lebanon takes his first swim at the Mineral Beach Dog Swim.

Girls from Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park show off their dogs, Owen, Maisy and Conan, at the Dog Swim.

By Tracy Fedkoe

On Labor Day after the pool closed, Mineral Beach in Finleyville opened its gates to dogs and their owners for the last splash of summer. The turnout exceeded their expectations with 175 dogs from all over the area attending during The first annual Mineral Beach Dog Swim to benefit the the three-hour event. Each fourWashington Area Humane Society exceeded expectations legged registrant had to show with 175 dogs attending and $1,600 in donations raised. proof of shots and pay an entrance fee that was donated to the Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS). The event raised $1,600, which will go toward food, medicine, animal care, and maintenance for the shelter, which relies solely on donations to cover their expenses of over $800,000 each year. Mineral Beach was pleased with the turnout and invited WAHS to come back. “We’re going to make it an annual event that will be bigger and better next year,” said Kelly Backo, Manager of Program Development at WAHS. Each dog received a goodie bag with registration, and Carriage Hill Kennel provided homemade treats. The many dog breeds attending included Labradors, Newfoundland’s, Beagles, Dachsunds, Shepherds, Pugs, and Boxers and they all seemed to enjoy the pool and large grass area to play. More information on WAHS can be found at

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MARC Annual Town Hall Meeting a Success

St. Joan of Arc – Pasta Too Spaghetti Dinner The St. Joan of Arc Church is sponsoring a Past Too Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 14 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Domremy Pavillion located at 6470 Library Road in South Park. Dinner includes a spaghetti dinner, meatballs, salad, and garlic bread. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held.Pre-sale tickets are available for just $8 adults and $5 for kids ages 10 and under. Take-out is available. Proceeds benefit the Appalachian Workcamp 2013. For more information or to order tickets, call Audrey 724-747-4161; Kay 412-831-0357; or Nadine 412-854-5321.

Joe Acton, Tony Lombardi and Joe Kirk spoke at MARC’s 6th annual town meeting.

By Christina Walko

MARC, Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation, a nonprofit corporation made up of volunteers living, working or interested in the sustained development of the greater Monongahela Area, held its 6th annual town meeting at First Niagara Bank on September 17, 2012. Speakers at the meeting included Tony Lombardi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, of Monongahela Valley Hospital, and Joe Kirk, Executive Director of the Mon Valley Progress Council. Joe Acton, MARC member, opened the meeting, which was titled, “The Mon Valley Progress Council’s plan for growth in the Mid-Mon Valley.” Lombardi then gave opening remarks and introduced Kirk. The meeting was attended by 40 or so people, including Representative Pete Daley, who commented, “Monongahela has become the heart of the valley, a vibrant community with great leaders. We are very proud of Monongahela.” Kirk went on to speak of several areas where growth is needed and being planned for in the Mid-Mon Valley. The first was a discussion on the importance of transportation, highways and the progress of the Mon Valley Fayette Expressway, which $4 billion will be needed to complete. “Transportation projects are always expensive. How to fund them starts with public and private partnerships,” said Kirk. Kirk spoke also of the Mon Valley Progress Council’s initiative to work with local governments. The Council provides several services, including a statewide buying program, innovative ways to recycle, financial analysis of communities and tax credit incentives to communities. “There is more help and funding available when communities work together,” he stated. Monongahela joined with New Eagle and Carroll Twp. to form the Greater Monongahela area that MARC serves. More funding was available to the area by joining forces. Workforce readiness was also an issue that Kirk addressed. The Mon Valley Progress Council works with area schools and with the Career and Technology Center to help the Mon Valley have a ready work force for businesses that may come into the area, such as the shale industry. “Companies either will not flourish or will go elsewhere without a ready work force,” Kirk commented. The Center has offered some courses about success in the trade jobs and has taken the lead in that area. The meeting closed with a thank you to First Niagara Bank manager Karen Quinto and to SPHS for providing refreshments and with a thank you to those in attendance.

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Elrama Community Day Treated Guests to Good Food and Music

The Karl Lukistch Polka Band at work.

State Representative Rick Saccone and Mrs. Saccone chat with residents at Elrama Community Day.

By Paul Chasko

Area residents who stopped by the Elrama Volunteer Fire Department Pavilions for the Elrama Fair on September 2 treated themselves to some great food and music. The afternoon started off with the Karl Lukitsch Polka band, Shadows of the King, in mid-afternoon and ended up with the Todd Jones band in the evening – what a great day for this small Mon River community. There were activities for kids and grown-ups alike. State Representative Rick Saccone was there and made himself available throughout the afternoon to let folks know what was going on in Harrisburg. Go to our website at and click on “Gallery” for more photos of this event by Paul Chasko

Bethel Park and South Hills Friends Pennies for the Trail Day On Saturday, October 13, the Friends of the Montour Trail in Bethel Park and in South Park, Jefferson Hills and Clairton will conduct a fundraising event for trail maintenance. Trail users are asked to bring their pennies or any other monetary donations to one of six collection spots along the trail between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Bethel Park and 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. in South Park. In Bethel Park, drop off your contribution at the Irishtown trailhead, the Limestone trailhead, or the access road to Washington School off of Clifton Road. In South Park, take your donation to The Bethel Park-South Park Waste Water Treatment Plant parking lot, at Gill Hall Road or at the Clairton Trailhead. In case of severe weather, donations will be collected at the access road to Washington School for Bethel Park and all of the collection points in South Hills. If you are unable to drop off your donation but want to contribute, please call Roxanne Capp in Bethel Park at 412-833-5928 or email, or Dave Oyler in South Park at 412-831-9288 or email The trails are maintained by volunteer workers and donated funds. Monies are needed to provide crushed limestone for trail repair, storage rental and fuel for mowers and other equipment, equipment maintenance, vandalism repair, paint, and trail signs. Help us keep your trail in excellent condition.

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Trax Farms October Events Trax Farms is hosting these upcoming events and is located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville (Rt. 88, between Library and Finleyville). Store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For more information, call 412-835-3246 or visit

43rd Fall Festival Come out and enjoy the historical 43rd Annual Fall Festival at Trax Farms 147-year-old farm, a tradition for many of the families in the South Hills and greater Pittsburgh area. The festival runs every weekend through October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take 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, a bounce house and more. Guests also can enjoy fresh made cider and over 15 varieties of apples grown at the farm. Not everything has to be healthy—we have candy apples, pumpkin gobs and other seasonal treats from our bakery. With live music provided by local musicians, Gerald Timmerman from The Stonehorse Band, Louie Kampert of the River Rattz and many more, you’re guaranteed to have a rocking time. For a complete list of events, musicians and menu, visit

Evening Hayrides Scenic hayrides to Trax cornfield maze and pumpkin patch are offered every Wednesday and Friday evening October 3 to 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Please pre-register if bringing a large group so we can better accommodate your needs.

Holiday Tea Come join us Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for our Holiday Tea at Trax Farms. A pleasant tea is the perfect, healthy way to relax during the stressful holiday season. There will be plenty for the sweet tooth, too. A beautiful spread of our delightful tea sandwiches, tea breads with flavored cream cheese, scones, Devonshire cream, fruits, desserts and many varieties of flavored teas will be available. There will be a holiday basket raffled, so come and join the fun! Make sure to come early or stay after the tea to browse our beautiful holiday displays. Reservations can be made starting Monday, October 15 by calling 412-835-3246. 23 ——————————————————————————————————————————

South Park “Friends” Present 2012 Fall Book Sale The Annual Fall Book Sale held by the Friends of South Park Township Library at the South Park Township Community Center will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 20, the ever-popular “$5-A-Bag-Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with “Friends” supplying the bag for your choice of anything at the sale. All proceeds for the Friends book sale benefits the South Park Township Library. There is still time to bring your items to the South Park Library. Items needed: all books (hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, children, adult, school, educational, coffee table); old records, albums, books on tape, audio music tapes, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, video games, computer and electronic games and programs, games, puzzles, toys and stuffed animals. Games, puzzles and toys should contain all parts and pieces and placed in taped up boxes. Friends do not accept, small Reader’s Digests, National Geographics, jewelry or flea market/garage sale items. Computer books, programs, discs, business or tax publications, manuals and directories should be no older than one year. These items can be recycled from your home on recyclable days or dropped off at your local recyclable bins. Encyclopedia sets are no longer being accepted. Attend the book sale for all your winter reading material, and if you’re not already a member, this is a good time to join Friends – new memberships and renewals can be completed during this sale. For further information on Friends, please visit

Holiday Trivia and Tasting Come join us Sunday, November 14 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of trivia fun and tasting of Arrowhead Wine Cellar wines and appetizers. Since 1998, Arrowhead Wine Cellar owners, Nick and Kathy Mobilia, have been producing internationally recognized award-winning wines. A prize will be awarded to the winning table. Reservations cost $20 and must be made by Monday, November 5. Reservations will be taken starting Monday, October 15. Must be age 21 or older to attend; proper identification is required.

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Excessive smiling: a side effect of bariatric surgery. Monongahela Valley Hospital has partnered with the experts at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to help those considering bariatric surgery. If you need to lose more than 100 pounds, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass or adjustable band surgery. Our combined teams of bariatric surgeons and multidisciplinary professionals are now offering free informational sessions. Education topics include eligibility requirements for surgical candidates and the serious commitment needed to achieve and maintain significant weight loss.

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Southwestern Group Hosts Supercharged Car Cruise

Pick Your Own!

Southwestern Group Ltd. hosted its first Car Cruise on September 5 to bring the community together, have fun, educate individuals on the services they offer, make a difference in the lives of their residents and raise a little money for Christmas gifts for patients. The event kicked off at 5 p.m. and drew approximately 60 car participants, along with several members of the surrounding communities. Local businesses and other healthcare providers were instrumental in the success of the event—their outpouring of generosity provided enough door prizes for every participant along with multiple baskets for the Chinese auction. The Southwestern team would like to thank all who helped make this event such a success—local businesses, vendors, staff members, families, volunteers and residents. The Southwestern Group is a Continuum of Care, providing three levels of senior living all at one location: independent living, assisted care and skilled nursing and rehab. To learn more about their services or to schedule your personalized tour, call 412-469-6955.

Saint Francis of Assisi Blood Drive is October 3 Saint Francis of Assisi will hold a blood drive Wednesday, October 3, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi – Finley Hall, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, just off Route 88 across the parking lot from the new church. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call Kathy Pitzer at 724-348-5361. Walkins are welcome. 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. Published Monthly by Haniford Enterprises, LLC

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Triple B Farms opens orchard to customers hungry for the region’s tastiest apples Triple B Farms will open its apple orchard to pick-your-own customers on weekends through October 31. Customers can walk to the apple orchard to pick their own apples from 10 a.m.4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting August 25. First varieties to be picked: Galas & Honeycrisps. Stay tuned for more varieties as the apples ripen. Three different sized bags are available and priced for families to enjoy! You might think that an apple is an apple is an apple, but you’d be amazed at how much better a fresh-from-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. 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, so visit the farm anytime for your apple fix. Bag Your Own and Mix & Match varieties in the Farm Market for $5 a bag! Huge savings! The farm’s bakery also turns out fresh apple baked goods every day, including muffins, breads, pies and more. And the Triple B Country Market and Gift Shop sells other apple items, including 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, please call the farm in advance at 724-258-3557 to check availability or place an order. Triple B Farms is open every day through Oct. 31. Come on out for a pleasant day in the autumn sunshine. Starting September 29, Pittsburgh’s Finest Family Apple & Pumpkin Festival will open at 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. For more information, visit or LIKE us on FACEBOOK for everyday updates!

Union Township Fall Leaf Pickup Fall leaf pickup has been scheduled for Union Township on Mondays, October 22, 29 and November 5. Leaves are to be placed in biodegradable bags, and branches are to be bundled and tied in lengths no longer than three feet. No garbage or trash accepted. Pickup will be from curb or end of driveway only.

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Hillbilly Way Performs November 21

Roast Beef Dinner and Chinese Auction a Huge Success By Paul Chasko

The roast beef dinner and Chinese auction held by the Finleyville Area Interfaith Association (FAIA) to benefit the Mon Valley Food Bank and Finleyville Food pantry was a sell-out. On September 9, St. Francis of Assisi’s Finley Hall was packed with folks enjoying a great Sunday roast beef Celebrity Chef Keith Young (at right) from the Kopper Kettle in Washington made some great roast beef. dinner. After dinner, they deposited their tickets for great-looking baskets in the Chinese Auction. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Finleyville Food Pantry. The FAIA thanks Chef Keith Young of the Kopper Kettle, Fathers Boyle and Tusky for the use of Finley Hall, all who donated items for the Chinese Auction baskets, the many folks who baked, all Friends enjoy a meal together at the the helpers who made everyFinleyville Area Interfaith Association’s benefit dinner for thing go so smoothly and the the Mon Valley Food Bank and Finleyville Food pantry. Union-Finley Messenger for help with advertising. Rose Monich of the Food Pantry was on hand and was amazed at the support from all who helped and those who attended the dinner. The proceeds from this dinner will make her food distribution go a little further.

Finley Hall was packed with diners – a sellout crowd of 400.

Go to our website at and click on “Gallery” for more photos of this event by Paul Chasko

Come on out for some country music at the Hillbilly Way concert on Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, November 21, at the New Eagle VFD social hall. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6 p.m., show is for ages 15 and over and will start at 7 p.m. Special guest also performing are The Hobbs Sisters and Girls in Black Hats. Please visit for ticket purchasing information.

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Pumpkin Patch Trolley Starts October 5 at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Embrace the change of seasons and leap into fall with the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley, which runs Friday through Sunday October 5-28 and Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day. At the event, visitors will ride on an antique trolley to the pumpkin patch to select their pumpkin to decorate. Families can take a tour and see trolleys and enjoy other kids’ activities, including complimentary apple cider, a hay bale fort, “corn pit” with hidden prizes and games. The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with the last ride to the pumpkin patch at 4:15 p.m. Also, the museum will offer park and ride service from the museum’s parking lot to the Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival (Friday through Sunday October 19-21 and Saturday and Sunday October 27-28) at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Service runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the museum (1 Museum Road, Washington, PA 15301). Round-trip trolley tickets to the festival’s main gate are only $2 per person (kids under 3 are free); rate does not include Pumpkin Patch activities or the museum. Pumpkin Patch admission also includes unlimited rides on multiple trolleys and tours of the Trib Total Media Trolley Display Building (which houses 30 trolleys from all over the region). Displays include the photographic exhibit “Streetcar Suburbs:

Linking Neighborhoods, Building Communities” and an introductory film on the Trolley Era. Visitors can also shop in the Museum Store. Kids can also explore play trolley car 225 and enjoy the Thomas and Chuggington play tables. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for kids (1-15), and free for kids under 1. A special family rate of $35 covers up to two adults/seniors and four children. Admission includes pumpkin for each child; additional pumpkins are $2. To reach the museum, take I-79 to Exit 41 Racetrack Road or Route 19 to Racetrack Road, then follow the blue signs three miles to the museum. For more information, please visit or call 724-2289256. Group (20 or more) rate also available.

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Elizabeth Historical Society Hosts Talks Elizabeth Township Historical Society will host a fall series of “Conversations and Journeys into History” at the 100-year old Coates House that houses its office, museum and library at 5811 Smithfield Street, Boston. “Lewis and Clark Medicine Kit of the 1803 - 1806 Era” will be held Sunday, October 21, and ”Builders of Our Country 1706-1806” will be held Sunday, November 18. Carl Lander, Jr. and Ed Falvo, both ETHS members, will lead the conversations from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Falvo, who will present on October 21, was a re-enactor with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial Re-enactment, which retraced the steps of the explorers from the boat yard in Elizabeth in 1803 to the Pacific Ocean in 1805. Lander, who will present on November 18, is a retired printer and teacher from West Newton who has lectured on local history for 35 years. His book ties some of the nation's history and founding fathers to Southwestern Pennsylvania. He is a member of historical society's board of directors. In addition to this conversation series, the historical society will host luncheons featuring fashions of the Titanic era selected from their clothing collection. The luncheons will be held November 9 and 10 at the Boston Shoppes in Elizabeth Township. Tickets are $25. Both the historical society's Coates House and 1790 Log House in Greencok will be featured in the McKeesport Century Club's House Tour Saturday, December 8. For information on these events, contact the Elizabeth Township Historical Society at 412-754-2030 or 412-751-4580.

Retired Men’s Luncheon Group Meets October 18 The Retired Men's Luncheon Group (RMLG) of Pleasant Hills will hold its next luncheon Thursday, October 18, at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Old Clairton Road and Audrey Drive in Pleasant Hills. One of the major topics of conversation these days, both polite and political, is energy. A Department of Energy installation is in our backyard at the former Bureau of Mines Bruceton location, and a representative of the DOE will speak. RMLG is a non-profit group that has existed for about 40 years, with members from throughout the South Hills and the general Pittsburgh area. The group meets monthly for lunch and an entertaining or informative program. For additional information, or to indicate your intention to attend, call the office of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church at 412655-2000. Please call by Friday, October 12 to be included in the lunch order (cost for the lunch is only $6).

The Wright House Museum of Western Expansion-18th Century Tavern On October 6th, The Wright House Museum will be hosting its 18th Century Tavern event. The old kitchen will be transformed into an “18th Century Coffee House” and our log cabin will be decorated as a “Frontier Tavern.” Come sample the simple fare and savory drinks form the 1700’s. Made with the ingredients that made our area famous. Admission is $5.00 for adults, children under 12, $3.00. The event will begin at 3pm and continue till 8pm, rain or shine. The Museum is located at 815 Venetia Road, Peters Township, about a mile out of Finleyville. Overflow parking is in the Venetia School Parking area.

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Peters Township Guitarist Bill Loughman Performs at Giant Eagle Enjoying the melodic stylings of guitarist Bill Loughman are fans Joan and Bill Kernahan of Peters Township as well as Julie and Rick Mrenak of Bethel Park.

By J.R. Brower

Demonstrating his eclectic musical skills at Donaldsons Crossroads Giant Eagle’s recent food and beer tasting event was local acclaimed guitarist Bill Loughman. A lifelong resident of Peters Township, Loughman has been a guitar teacher and performer since graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music in 1970. He has played and instructed guitar in such faraway places as Italy. He was inspired early on by his favorite musiBill Loughman picks his special Gretsch cian, Nashville legend Chet Atkins, with Nashville Classic at the Giant Eagle Café. whom he communicated with regularly over the years until Atkins passed away in 2001. Loughman even served an informal apprenticeship with Atkins in the 1970s while he was playing regular gigs at the original Opryland in Nashville when it first opened. Loughman has also studied and played with Pittsburgh’s own Joe Negri, former Doc Sevrinsen Orchestra guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, and Brazilian classicist Carlow Barbosa-Lima. On Sunday afternoon September 9, at the Giant Eagle Café, a small crowd of shoppers, friends and former students listened to Loughman beautifully play his Gretsch gold-plated-and-stringed Nashville Classic guitar. His selections included “My One and Only Love”, “A Man and a Woman”, “Blue Moon”, “Emily”, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Loughman offers guitar lessons in the styles of rock, classical and jazz at his studio in the Rauch Building, 4050 Washington Road. He said he has had thousands of students of all ages over the years and enjoys giving the giving the gift of playing music. Asked what the benefits of learning to playing guitar are, Loughman said, “Guitar playing exercises the brain and help coordinates the left and right halves.” “They have done studies that have shown that learning to play the guitar actually improves such things as SAT scores.” Along with teaching guitar, Loughman plays at charity events, private parties, restaurants and small nightclubs. Locally, he has been performing on Fridays at Farmhouse Coffee on Valley Brook Road. He has a CD out entitled “Songs for the Road” that includes 32 tracks of all the genres he plays—pop, jazz and classical. Samplings of his work can be heard on YouTube. Bill Loughman can be reached at 724-941-6050 or e-mail 27 ——————————————————————————————————————————

Monongahela Valley Hospital Auxiliary to Host Apple Fall Festival Preparing for the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., Apple/Fall Festival on Oct. 5 are Auxilian Jean Haddad, assistant chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee; Esther Hindmarsh, employee dining and special activities manager in the hospital’s Department of Nutrition and Food Service; Ruth Antonelli, auxiliary president; and Lillian Nard, chairperson of Ways and Means Committee.

The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., will host its popular annual Apple/Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monongahela Valley Hospital campus. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in both the hospital’s outdoor Central Plaza and indoors at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education and Conference Center. A variety of foods will be served in each location. The Auxiliary will sell crafts that members have created and vendors will be selling a variety of gifts. In the plaza near the fountain, guests may purchase pepperoni rolls and funnel cakes. Indoors at the ECC, the menu includes hot dogs with sauerkraut or chili, grilled chicken salad, chili, potato casserole, apple dumplings and lemonade or coffee. Mums, pumpkins and other fall décor including scented lamps, home and garden, clothing for children, and crafts will also be sold. MVH staff will have free information on breast cancer awareness. “Everybody loves the food, especially the apple dumplings, and they like all of the colorful pumpkins and mums and cornstalks we sell outside by the fountain,” said Ruth Antonelli, auxiliary president. “It’s an event for the community and anyone who comes to the hospital stops by, too.” Proceeds are used to benefit patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital. For more information, call the Gift Shop at 724-258-1167.

Monongahela Schedules Annual Candlelight Ghostwalk The Monongahela Area Historical Society presents the Annual Candlelight Ghostwalk on October 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7 p.m. starting at the library parking lot on Main St. A chill in the air ... goosebumps in the night ... unexplained occurrences ... all part of your experience as you walk the darkened streets of Monongahela with costumed storytellers who will reveal the secrets that lie within the 18th century homes you will pass along your journey! The VIP Tour is October 13 and 20 for $25, which includes the original ghostwalk plus a full tour of one of the haunted houses led by the owner and refreshments. Please' "hang around" for a group discussion. Cameras are welcomed! For reservations, call 724-258-6432.

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News from The South Park Women's Club Join us at The South Park Women's Club 19th Annual Craft Show on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Home Economics Building in South Park. Many of your favorite crafters are returning along with many new vendors, too! We will host over 40 skilled crafters, each offering unique, handmade, specialty and gift items that are sure to please everyone. Come have lunch with us, take home a goodie from our bake sale, stop by the Chinese auction, and please don't forget your raffle ticket for four Penguin Hockey tickets (located in the Captain Morgan Section) with parking pass to the Washington Capitals game on December 31, 2012 ... a good way to ring in the New Year. In keeping with the South Park Women's Club mission of promoting community involvement, unity, and friendship ... join us at the club's meeting on October 1, 7 p.m., at the South Park Community Center. Robert Aiello, a mentalist, will perform mind reading, predictions and other mind-based effects in a 45- to 50-minute informal presentation. If you're planning to attend this meeting or would like more information about SPWC or our community involvement projects or scholarship fund, please contact Cindy Carfagno, President, at 412-831-1913 or Come meet us and see why the South Park Women's Club is a stand-out non-profit organization serving our community.

Covered Bridge Festival Draws Huge Crowds By Paul Chasko

The beautiful weather on the weekend of the Washington County Covered Bridge Festival, September 22 and 23, brought out a huge parade of folks wanting to enjoy the fall festival activities. It also brought some traffic headaches for participants and police as well. Routing traffic in and out of Mingo Park was handled in the best way possible by special signage and making some of the narrow park roads one-way to avoid grid-lock. Even so, traffic was backed up outside the park for miles on the narrow secondary roads surrounding the park. The rash of yard and garage sales set up by folks along the feeder roads also contributed to the traffic slow-down. Once in the park, most folks found it was worth the traffic hassle. There was plenty of parking. The variety of crafts on display in the several hundred booths set up was astounding. There was something to interest everyone from the artsy end to toys and gadgets for the kids. Most evident were the booths featuring hand-crafted jewelry for the ladies. The mouth–watering aromas coming from all the food booths certainly helped to draw in the hungry folks. Here again, the variety of good food and snacks was amazing. This was a great way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon.

Local Church to Hold Family Fun Events at Iceoplex A "Fire and Ice Family Night" is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 7:30pm - 10:00pm at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. This fun event is sponsored by Family Worship Center. Guests will enjoy a climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, ice skating, games, live music, food and more! Cost is only $10/person or $35/family of 4. This event will occur the second Saturday of every month. We hope to see you there! October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— LOCAL NEWS UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER —————————————————————————————————————————— 29

Finleyville Community Day – Rained Out

Reverend Furlong introduces a choral group from Waynesburg University.

By Paul Chasko

The much-anticipated Finleyville Community Day started out bravely in face of predictions of all-day steady rain, but as the morning dragged on it became evident that vendors were cancelling their booths and those who showed up were packing up and leaving. Some of the indoor activities in the Community Center went on as planned, but with the rain keeping resA rain-soaked color guard braved the idents away the event slowly died. weather at Finleyville Community Day Opening Ceremony. We can only feel badly for those who worked so hard to make this day as successful as it has been in past years, but occasionally the weather sometimes will not cooperate for these kinds of outdoor events. We’ll hope for better weather next summer. Go to our website and click on “Gallery’ for more photos on this event by Paul Chasko.

Save the Date! Mon Valley Craft and Vendor Fair Features More than 100 Vendors The annual Mon Valley Craft/Vendor Fair will be held Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's event has been expanded to over 100 craft /vendors featuring many unique crafts and a wide array of vendor products. We will also have our famous Chinese auction (80 baskets last year), and food and refreshments will also be for sale. A $2 admission fee entitles you to a free door prize ticket. The Mon Valley School Craft/Vendor Fair was reintroduced two years ago after a 10- year hiatus. The school is located right up from Bowser Pontiac on Route 51 or off Rte 885 by CCAC South Campus. Mon Valley School is one of three special education centers of Allegheny Intermediate Unit. For more information contact the school at 412-469-2551. All proceeds benefit student activities.

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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh Monongahela’s Surgicenter CafÊ Celebrates First Year Visitors and staff enjoy cookout to celebrate birthday By Earl Bugaile

There’s nothing quite like a birthday celebration. Especially when it is for a first birthday. Spartan Health Surgicenter hosted a first birthday party on September 12 to recognize the first year of service for the cafĂŠ and invited local officials and, of course, employees and patients’ families for an outdoor cookout lunch. Many lunchtime visitors enjoyed the food after attending a ribbon cutting ceremony at the cafĂŠ inside the center, led by Administrator Patrick Garman and Manager Amy Ditta. “It’s something that’s convenient, nutritious and a real efficient way of

telling our visitors and families that they don’t have to drive into town or order something to have a great lunch,â€? Garman said. Garman said patients also benefit from the cafĂŠ on the premises. “Often times they are hungry following a procedure, and they don’t have to wait or go someplace else to find something good to eat.â€? Garman credits Ditta with consistently putting together a menu that is both tasty and healthy. Her items are also served at the nearby Mon Valley Care Center. He said the Spartan Care Surgicenter CafĂŠ has also attracted people who work nearby who prefer not to travel outside the area for lunch.

“We seem to get more and more business every day,â€? Ditta said. “We’ve really Improved on what we offer over the past year, and people tell us we continue to get better.â€? Ditta said her focus has been to attract more people to the cafĂŠ even though they may not need to visit the center for surgery or a doctor’s appointment. She said that besides taking deliveries to the Mon Valley Care Center, the cafĂŠ has also taken orders from people at Mon Valley Hospital and local businesses. Garman said in the first year, he has had numerous compliments from patients and families who have welcomed the addition of the cafĂŠ. “Before the cafĂŠ opened I used to get a

Amber Welch prepares a picnic lunch for a customer at the Spartan Health Surgicenter CafĂŠ.

lot of feedback from families wanting a place to go while they await the completion of a patient’s procedure or surgery,� he said. “We now have a place for them. It’s been very well received.� 31 October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— BUSINESS & MERCHANT NEWS ——————————————————————————————————————————

MACC September Business of the Month

Pictured (l-r) are: Rev. Raymond DiCamillo, MACC; Ben Fisher, Slagle Roofing; Robert Kepics, Mayor; Regina Shuback, owner; Steven Seman, Hacker Shack Computers; and Sharon Dulaney. Dolce, the store mascot, is in front.

The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce has named Studio 242 the September Business of the Month. Studio 242 was nominated because of its commitment to the community. Regina Pust Shuback is the owner and operator. Regina wanted to share her passion for hair and color in her home town. She has been in the industry for 26 years. Her love for Italian boutiques has brought the new addition to her studio in November of 2011. You will find many unique jewelry items as well as purses and scarfs. Plans are being made for men’s items as well. Call Studio 242 at 724-310-3019 for all your hair care needs and stop in for unique gifts.

First Data Named in Top 20 Data Processing Franchises First Data, an incubator company and member of the South Hills Chamber of Commerce, was named one of the top twenty data processing franchises in the United States. First Data is independently owned by Roger Watzman. In July, it had a 100% increase in sales, putting them in an elite class of business owners. The Regional Director came in to personally congratulate them on their accomplishment. Watzman’s First Data business has seen astonishing growth this year in a challenging economic environment. It is the only independent First Data franchise to operate in Western Pennsylvania. Watzman contributes his success to the company’s ability to offer free equipment and personal customer service. Because of the growth in the business, First Data had to expand its office space in another building. This company has been in business 3 1/2 years and is well on its way to hitting another quota by year end. The South Hills Chamber of Commerce is happy to have this Business Partner as a member and to share its success at this time—the Chamber’s members receive a great discount and service as part of the Partnership Program.

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Business Expansion Enterprises Now Open to Help Small Businesses Grow Business Expansion Enterprises is a locally owned and operated business consultant practice founded by Diane Bianchi. Diane has worked in the office management field for about 25 years, using her skills to coordinate and organize the administrative functions of the companies in which she worked. In 2003, Bianchi became co-owner of a carpet and upholstery cleaning company when she married her husband, Walt. She took over many of the administrative functions of the business including organization, marketing, financial management and statics management. She has first-hand experience on what it's like to run a small business in the present day economy, and with her husband has succeeded in continuing to expand the business, using tools and strategies she learned from education and experience. She observed the failing economy in the Mon Valley area and wanted to do something about it. “As a small business owner myself, I have seen the struggles small business owners go through, so I decided that with my experience, training and knowledge, I wanted to help other small business owners in the Mon Valley and greater Pittsburgh areas to expand and grow their businesses too,” Bianchi said. “This is why I decided I would share my knowledge and experience with other small business owners in the area with the goal of helping them to flourish and prosper despite any non-optimum economic conditions.” Bianchi provides such services as goal setting and achieving, management by statistics, financial management, organization and efficiency, and marketing, including internet and social media marketing. She can be reached at 724-613-2899.

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October Meetings Scheduled for the Women's Business Network The Women's Business Network is a 28-chapter strong Southwestern PA nonprofit organization with over 450 current members whose mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen. Each of the various local chapters meets twice a month on the following dates and locations: The Washington Chapter meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, October 10 and 24, at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 108 Trinity Pointe Dr. in Washington. For more information, contact Melissa Shipley at 412-854-7200. The Mon Valley Chapter meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October 4 and 18, at 9:15 a.m. at Chaney's Natural, 138 W. Main St., Monongahela. For more information, contact Amanda Ciranni at 724-309-5120.

"There is Strength in Numbers" Theme for MVRCC's October Luncheon The MVRCC will hold its October membership meeting at the Charleroi Elks Club in Charleroi on Tuesday, October 9. Check in begins at 11:45 a.m. and the luncheon concludes by 1 p.m. Members, guests, and anyone interested in joining the Chamber are invited to attend this event. "We will credit the cost of lunch to anyone who decides to join our Chamber on their first year's dues," said Deb Keefer, Chamber Director, who added, "Any existing member who brings a non-member guest who joins will also get their lunch credited back to them on their 2013 dues.” Networking, giveaways, and a short regional update is planned for the event. The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce has 305 members and has been named in the top 25 largest Chambers of Commerce in the Greater Pittsburgh region by the Pittsburgh Business Times for 2012. "There is Strength in Numbers" is the organization's theme for the fall membership drive. "Benefits are always being expanded," added Keefer. "And our pre-paid memberships are good through January of 2014." A buffet luncheon will be served at a cost of $15/person. Members, guests, and anyone interested in joining the Chamber are invited to attend this event. Reservations can be made by calling 724-483-3507, or completing an on-line reservation form at VISA, Mastercard and Discover are accepted.


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Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA Can Help It doesn't matter if you are in an abusive relationship or have already left one; Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA empowerment counseling can help you. Our individual empowerment counseling provides one-on-one counseling, information and referrals, and advocacy (general & legal). Each year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA provides safe shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. All services are free and confidential. You are not alone. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA provides a support group for women who have been or who currently are in abusive relationships. It is a confidential, low pressure, safe place where you can be yourself. For more information on any of our services, in Washington County call 724-2239190, in Greene County call 724-852-2463, in Fayette County call 724-439-9500, or call 1-800-791-4000. Would you like a speaker for your school's next parent/teacher organization meeting? The Education and Training Department of Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA is available to discuss a variety of topics and can tailor the presentation to meet your specific needs. To schedule a speaker for your next event or meeting, please contact our Education and Training Department in Washington County at 724-223-5477, in Greene County at 724-852- 2373, and in Fayette County at 724-437-2530.

Free Flu Shots Courtesy of JHAAA and NNCW Free flu shots will be available during the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch meetings on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, November 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Finley Hall, just North of Finleyville off Rt. 88 across from the new church. The influenza vaccine injections are being made available through Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Service. JHAAA nurses and paramedics will give the injections.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Site of Smoking Cessation Classes Did you make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking and you just haven’t gotten around to kicking the habit yet, or do you want to get a jump on living a tobacco-free life in 2013? The Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC) at Monongahela Valley Hospital is offering smoking cessation classes which will be held each Thursday in October from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each of the classes will be held in the PCRC, which is located on the fourth floor of the hospital. The classes are offered at no charge to PCRC patients, MVH employees and anyone with a referral from an MVH-affiliated primary care physician. The fee is $20 for the complete program for all others. To register, call 724-258-1932.

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL OCTOBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during October. Many of the events will be held in the Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Monday, October 1 at 2 p.m., Hospital 7-E Family Room. For more information, call 724258-1455. NATIONAL CHILD HEALTH DAY - Monday, October 1 at Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Is your child fully immunized? For more information, call 724348-6699. FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE - Monday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 31. Daily, Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. For more information, call 724-348-6699. BONE DENSITY SCREENING - Wednesday, October 3 from 1-3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, call 724-348-6699. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - Thursday, October 4 at 1 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455. SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES - Thursday, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. MVH’s new Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC) will offer smoking cessation classes each Thursday in October from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 724-258-1932. APPLE/FALL FESTIVAL - Friday, October 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor Central Plaza and ECC. For more information, call 724-2581167. BABY CARE CLASS - Monday, October 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258BABY (2229).

RSDS SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, October 9 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724929-9492.

ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING Wednesday, October 17 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. To register, call 724-258-1483.

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tues., Wed., and Thurs., October 9, 10 and 11 at 8:30 a.m., ECC. To register, call 724-258-1483.

RESPIRATORY CARE WEEK AND HEALTHY LUNG MONTH - Sunday through Saturday, October 21 to 27, daily, Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Free information on COPD and asthma. For hours or for more information, call 724-348-6699.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP SUPERMARKET TOUR - Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m., WillowPointe Shop & Save, Rostraver. To register, call 724-258-1483. BARIATRIC INFORMATION SESSION Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m., ECC. MVH has teamed up with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to provide this free information session. To register, call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299.

AARP 55 ALIVE BEGINNERS’ DRIVING COURSE - Monday and Tuesday, October 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-members. A one-day Refresher Course will also be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ECC. For registration, call 724-258-1234.

HEALTHY EATING SUPERMARKET TOURS Thursday, October 11 at 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. To register, call 724-348-6699.

INNOVATIONS IN CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m., ECC. Surinder K. Aneja, M.D., will present a free program to discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Dr. Aneja will repeat the talk at the MonVale HealthPLEX on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. To register, call 724-258-1333.

MOM’S SHOWER - Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m., ECC. Free event for expectant parents and parents with children age 2 and younger. To register, call 877-814-0788 ext. 440.

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tues., Wed., and Thurs., October 23, 24 and 25 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m., Hospital 7-E Family Room. For additional information, call 724-2581704.

NATIONAL RED RIBBON WEEK - Tuesday through Wednesday, October 23 to 31, daily, Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Many children are exposed every day to substances they have to say “no” to. Are you helping to keep our children safe? Learn how by stopping by our office for information on substance abuse aid and alcoholism. For hours or for more information, call 724-348-6699.

INNOVATIONS IN TREATING NECK PAIN Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m., HealthPLEX, Rostraver. To register, call 724-258-1333.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASS Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling Healthy Directions at 724-348-6699.

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LIVING WELL THROUGH THE SEASONS Wednesday, October 24 at 1 p.m., HealthPLEX, Rostraver. The Nutrition and Food Service staff from Monongahela Valley Hospital and staff from the Center for Fitness and Health in Rostraver have teamed up to discuss simple ways to achieve fitness and better health through low-fat nutrition tips, stress management and healthy holiday eating. Cooking demonstrations will also be included as part of the presentations. To register, call 724-258-1320 or 724-258-1126. INFANT AND CHILD CPR - Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. ECC. Infant/Child CPR classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724684-9536. AUXILIARY JEWELRY SALE - Thursday, October 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ECC. $5 jewelry sale with a variety of costume jewelry available for purchase. For more information, call the Gift Shop at 724-258-1167. BREASTFEEDING CLASS - Monday, October 29 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229). ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION - Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-684-9536. BREAST CANCER LUNCHEON, EDUCATION AND SCREENING - Wednesday, October 31 from 1 - 3 p.m., ECC. Learn how early detection and diagnosis can protect you and those you love from breast cancer. Registration is required by calling 724-2581333.

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Saint Francis Parish Picnic Had It All

Harlow Spalla tries the ring toss.

Some of the “Dance by Lori” girls take a break.

By Paul Chasko

The annual Saint Francis Parish Picnic held on the church grounds in Finleyville on August 19 was a huge success. Good food, entertainment, games for kids and grown-ups and beautiful late summer weather—what more could you ask for? Well, you could have asked for: bingo in air conditioned Finley hall, lamb Taylor Hruby with Chloe and roasted over charcoal, kettle-cooked Katie Woodburn with Bailee. corn-on–the-cob, rotisserie chicken, a huge Chinese auction, a bake sale, a country store with all sorts of things on sale, soft drinks, beer, roasted beef sandwiches, haluski, kielbasi, french fries, giant pretzels, games of chance, a DJ, a live brass band, dancing girls and plenty of parking space – it was all there. If you weren’t there, you missed a great event. Go to our website at and click on “Gallery” for more photos of this event by Paul Chasko

Crossroads Ministries Visits Ecuador A group of 29 people of all ages from Crossroads Ministries had a particularly exciting June, when they headed to Ecuador for 14 days to work with children. The team worked with Word of Life Ecuador, a youth organization just outside of Quito that reaches out to children and teenagers with a camping ministry. The Crossroads ran several days of camp at the organization, and about 100 orphans from several orphanages attended. The team from Crossroads taught Bible lessons, offered crafts and games, and served meals. The group also had the opportunity to visit the orphanage and hosted a “Christmas” party for the kids. The group also went into several parks and held Vacation Bible Schools and visited several schools to teach English in the classrooms and host school assemblies where they gave gifts of sports and medical equipment. Several team members were even invited to the school cafeteria where students bought ice cream for their American guests. Nurses also traveled with the team to offer free medical clinics. People waited in long lines to get basic medical help and vitamins donated by Crossroads Ministries. The group was excited to share the Bible and how God can make a difference in people’s lives, and this was the common bond between the team and the needy people. The team saw people that were happy on less, but they were rich in relationships, community, and faith in Jesus. Overall, the group from Crossroads was able to work with nearly 2,000 people while in Quito, Ecuador. A youth mission’s trip is being planned for next summer. To find out more about Crossroads Ministries, please visit or

31st Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church The 31st Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 28 at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 201 East Main Street, Uniontown, from noon–6 p.m. The day celebrates the heritage of the Carpatho-Rusyns who come from the very heart of Europe. A Divine Liturgy Saturday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. will include a blessing for the event and festival workers. There will be a Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 28, at 10:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy pirohi, holubki, halushki, kolbasi and sauerkraut, nalesniki (potato pancakes), soups, and a variety of baked goods. Entertainment will include music, folk dancing and singing, demonstrations, videos, displays and presentations. A musical group of Rusyn Musicians will play polkas, cardas, and other favorite selections at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Slavjane Folk Ensemble dancers and musicians from Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, McKees Rocks, will perform at 3 p.m. Guests can also enjoy tours of the church. John Righetti, Monessen native and Carpatho-Rusyn Society President, will have a cooking demonstration of making various types of traditional Rusyn dishes at 2 p.m. He also will speak on Rusyn History and Folk Customs at 4 p.m. A children’s activities room will offer storytelling and folk crafts. Activities will include demonstrations of pysanky (egg decorating), folk embroidery, bobbin lace making, and wood burning, and iconography. Tables of crafts for sale will include contemporary crafts as well as traditional Carpatho-Rusyn folk crafts. Raffles also will be available. There is no admission charge. The pastor is Father Ronald P. Larko. For information call 724-438-6027 (day) or 724-438-8412 (evenings).

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Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Free Family Festival at Bible Alliance Church Bible Alliance Church, 1300 Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton, is hosting a Family Fall Festival on Sunday, October 7 from 4-9 p.m. Bon fire, hay rides, bouncy house, games, food and more. Featuring music by the Good News Blues. All are welcome to attend. Call the church office at 724-872-5570 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Spaghetti Dinner at Grace Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Church will hold their 33rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 14 from 3-7 p.m. at Broughton Fire Hall, 1030 Cochrans Mill Rd., South Park Twp. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce or tomato sauce (gluten-free pasta available upon request), salad bar, Italian bread/butter, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 years, and kids age 4 and under are free. Tickets can be bought at the door. Take-outs are available. Minibazaar, bake sale, and Giggles the Clown (4-7 p.m.) will be at the event.

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner at Wrights United Methodist Church Wrights United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner on October 6 from 4-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be held at the Venetia Community Center next door. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 10. If you have questions, call Pam at 724-3486143.

Upcoming Events at Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray Center Presbyterian Church, located at 255 Center Church Road in McMurray, is located just off East McMurray Road about two miles from Donaldson's Crossroads. For more information about upcoming events, please call the church office 724-9419050. We also have launched a new website at, which has a link to our Facebook page. Dates to remember: • The Center Christian Preschool program is now accepting enrollments for

fall classes for ages 2-5. • The junior and senior high school students will have a retreat at Pine Springs Camp October 5-7. • Central Blood Bank accepts blood donations in the church basement every Thursday and Saturday. Our church supports several mission and outreach groups, including apple orchards for Ethiopia, Girl Scouts, Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network, Habitat for Humanity, AA meetings, Relay for Life, Pittsburgh Chinese Academy, and play groups for children with Down's Syndrome. If you are looking for a friendly, mission-oriented church, please stop by any Sunday.

Jefferson United Methodist Church Taking Apple Dumpling Orders Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, is taking phone orders for homemade apple dumplings by calling 412-6533222, option 3. Last date to order is Monday, October 8. Cost is $3/dumpling. Pick-up date and time is Saturday, October 20 from 2-5 pm.

October Events at Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church The Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church celebrates its 230th Anniversary this month with a celebration on October 14. A portion of that celebration will be a dedication of the many restorations and updates that have been completed in and around the church this year. The Mingo Creek Church is located two miles south of Finleyville at the intersection of Route 88 & Mingo Church Road.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Baptist Church Peters Creek Baptist Church, 6300 Library Road, South Park, will hold the following events: Women's Daytime Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 203 to explore the book "Nehemiah- A heart than can break" by Kelly Minter. The study guide will be available for purchase at the meeting or in the Peters Creek Resource Center/Room 202A. Childcare is avail-

able. The Women's Evening Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 204 to explore the book "Beloved Disciple" by Beth Moore. The study guide will be available for purchase at the meeting. No childcare is available at evening meetings. Men's Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. in Room 100. Wednesday Night Dinner is from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the groups will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes are offered for every age¸ including infants and adults. GriefShare meets every Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 100 for those who have suffered a recent loss or are still hurting from a loss long ago. For more information, please call the church office at412-833-6111 or visit

Bethesda United Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Churches Community Events Bethesda United Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth will host a free pancake and sausage breakfast on October 6 on Plum Street. The deacons are dusting off their rolling pins and getting their apple peeler-corers ready. Sunday, October 27 is Apple Dumpling Day. Orders can be taken by contacting the church at 412384-7360 by October 22. First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth will be hosting a Chicken Loaf Luncheon Saturday, November 3. Orders can be placed by calling the church at 412-3847360.

Events at The Chapel of Oneness The Chapel of Oneness is located at 345 Regis Avenue, West Mifflin. For more information, visit the website Every Tuesday, we have psychic development classes from 7-9 p.m. and give messages. Every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m., join us for a Reiki Share where we give and receive Reiki energy. Everyone is welcome.

Fall Flea Market at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will hold its Annual Fall Flea Market on Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish gym located on Rt. 51, Pleasant Hills. The event will include raffles and refreshments. Free admission and parking. For a table ($20) and information, call 412-8845259.

St. Damien of Molokai Parish Meadows Bus Trip St. Damien of Molokai Parish will have a bus trip to the Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Thursday, October 18. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $20. Upon arrival, you will receive $15 free play and a $5 food coupon. Must be paid in advance and is non-refundable. Deadline to register is October 10. Meet at the lower parking lot at St. Anthony's site. For more information, contact Lois Suarez at 724-258-9171.

Holiday Craft/Vendor Show at Holy Family Holy Family Church, 225 N. 2nd Street, West Newton, will hold their 8th Annual Holiday Craft/Vendor Show on November 10 from 6-8 p.m. and November 11 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Chinese auction items, 50/50, and other great prizes. Admission is free. Reasonably priced lunch available in a relaxed atmosphere. Sponsored by Confraternity of Christian Mothers. For more information, call 724-872-9687 or 724-3311601 or 724-872-6123 or 724-8727543.

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Home & Garden Fall Perennial Care By Susan Cain

Fall Checklist • Weed all your beds thoroughly one last time. This is also the best time of year to use an herbicide like "Roundup", if you are very careful. Try a weed preventer like "Preen" or corn gluten next spring, to prevent new weed seeds from germinating. • Keep watering! If the weather continues to stay dry, give your perennials and shrubs a deep watering once a week. Remember a deep watering once a week is much more beneficial than shallow applications done every few days. • Remove any diseased foliage. It is best to cut back plants that have been

plagued by powdery mildew (tall phlox, bee balm, columbine, and asters) or rust (hollyhocks). If only a few leaves are involved, removing them may be all that is needed to stop the spread. - Label your perennials. Bury the tag all the way into the soil to prevent it

being lost in the winter. This will also preserve the writing, if you are making your own tags. • Divide any overgrown plants. Do it at least 6 weeks before we have a hard freeze, usually mid November in our zone. So try to get plants moved by early October for best results. • Do some light trimming after we have a hard frost, usually in late October. Leave evergreen perennials alone. This includes arabis, ajuga, dianthus, heuchera, lamium, and thyme. Use a light touch on perennials that are more woody. • Mulch your beds if needed. This task should wait for the ground to freeze, but most people aren't in the mood to wait for Christmas. Around Thanksgiving should be fine. You are trying to keep the ground frozen to prevent winter heaving from repeated freeze/thaw cycles throughout the winter. This lifts the plants out of the ground and exposes the roots to drying winter winds. Plus, mulching too early provides a great place for rodents to spend the winter. If you still have a few inches of mulch in your beds from the spring, that will suffice. • Make some notes for next year. Decide when your garden is lacking color and decide what you need to add to remedy that situation. Consider foliage color as well as flower color to add some pizzazz to your perennial beds.

Trimming Perennials It was once the norm to trim all your perennials to the ground each fall. Now we think more of winter interest, benefits to wildlife, and winter survival. I would recommend doing only as much trimming as is needed just to neaten up the garden. This means leaving about 824" of the woody stems through the winter. The standing stems collect leaves and snow, thus helping to protect the crown of the plant through winter. If you have trouble wintering your mums, try leaving any hard trimming

till spring . Just remove the spent flowers after they fade. Hard trimming is saved for early spring, when you see new growth starting. Plants where the leaves turn to mush after a few frosts, like hostas, can he cleaned off to ground level. This also eliminates winter hiding places for insects and disease organisms. Just be sure to wait till there has been a hard frost or two before removing the leaves. THE FOLLOWING PERENNIALS SHOULD NEVER BE TRIMMED TILL EARLY SPRING (MARCH): • Butterfly bush (Buddleia) • Caryopteris • Shrub Roses like Knockout • Lavender • Sage • Creeping Thyme • Fall Sedum like Autumn Joy • Clematis

Special Notes: Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientalis) - The only time to safely remove them is when the tops die back, usually in early August. This is also a good time to take some root cuttings. Peonies - They are most successfully moved in September. Just be careful about planting depth. The foliage of peonies can be trimmed back to 6" in August. Beared Iris - They are best divided or moved just after they are done flowering, usually in mid to late June. Tall Phlox (Phlox paniculata) These plants are very sensitive to drought. Use them to tell you when to water your garden beds. When their lower leaves start to wilt, it is time to water everything. Susan Cain is a Horticulturist at Bedner's Farm and Greenhouse, Inc. in McDonald. Send your gardening questions to Susan at

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Why a Little Fall Outdoor Maintenance Can Go a Long Way (ARA) - After spending the summer enjoying the outdoors, it can be a little bittersweet to get the deck and yard ready for the cooler days ahead. The good news is getting outdoor areas ready for winter doesn't have to be a time-consuming process. A few simple steps can minimize extra work when warmer weather rolls around again. For each area of the yard, there are a few procedures that can save you big headaches in the long run.

Start with the deck The many homeowners that put a lot of time and money into building a deck know the importance of preserving that investment. A wood deck should be stained annually, however, many homeowners are turning to lowmaintenance composite decking and railings, as composite options by manufacturers like TimberTech offer highend aesthetics with low-maintenance



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• Clear all debris to prohibit mold and mildew growth. • When using a cleaner, be sure to use one that's compatible with your decking material and follow the instructions. • Using a pressure washer is a great way to get a deep clean, but it's best not to exceed a pressure greater than 1,500 psi.

Lawn care tips

In addition to raking to keep the yard clear of leaves, dethatching can prevent a buildup of aboveground roots that can be a detriment to soil health. Aerating in the fall can also help lawns recover from a summer of heavy use, providing much needed oxygen for the turf's roots. After particularly dry summers, it doesn't hurt to water trees with a soak-

er hose or root irrigator so they have some water to help them survive the winter. Fall is also the time to clear out both garden and flower beds, as you'll thank yourself in the spring for doing the work before winter set in. Be sure to get your fall-planting flower bulbs in before the ground freezes as well.

Around the house Clearing all gutters of debris should be an annual fall task, as all the fallen leaves can easily jam up downspouts, which can damage gutters or cause ice dams in colder climates. It's also a good idea to clear the areas around the foundation of the house, as pests like to make their homes there when the weather gets cold. By spending a temperate autumn day outside preparing your outdoor spaces for winter, you'll eliminate extra work for yourself in the spring. For more deck care tips, visit

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Richard and Carole Dienert John and Sheila Oliverio Sean Alfred Andrew Fox and Shawna Sweigart Harry and Cheryl Raleigh William Tomosky Karen Obalek Brown Ernest and Michele Palmieri

35 Mingo Circle 133 Tuscany Estates Drive 99 McChain Road 5064 Don St. 22 Overlook St. 5 Saw Mill Road 6239 Brownsville Road 56 Hobbit Lane

$15,000 $196,255 $187,500 $179,900 $2,000 $194,000 $50,000 $312,500

Gregory Novelli

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Barry and Renee Stoltz Douglas Stants

360 Dry Run Road 505 Second St.

$69,900 $1,499

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801 Central Ave.


R&S Lighthouse LLC Transportation Alliance Bank Inc. Kim Kennedy Federal National Mortgage Assn. Larry and Grace Rankin Dennis DuCarme Michael DeAngelis and Jamie Mucho Dennis Lopata Judith Hough Richard Burgess Jr. Ryan and Allison Rodriguez

1219 Country Club Road 136 Donora Road 549 Dry Run Road 110 Maple Ave. 1455 Fourth St. 1624 Boundary St. 134 Greenridge Drive 26 Gearing Road 1913 Route 2023 999 Route 837 179 Terrace Drive

$80,000 $22,965 $5,000 $1,396 $68,000 $17,000 $94,000 $137,000 $17,400 $96,000 $100,000

Leon Barclay and Robert Fisher

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Federal National Mortgage Assn. 700 McKeesport Road LLC Citibank NA trustee Jerry and Deborah Fetch Philip and Karen Mizener David Fiore Erin Svec Jonathan and Rebecca Milliron Mt. Vernon Dairy LLC Maronda Homes Inc. Joshua Howell Robert and Amber Madden Maronda Homes Inc.

405 Maley Drive $1,863 by sheriff's deed. 700 McKeesport Road $575,000 130 Penneman Ave. $1,874 by sheriff's deed. Mustard Hollow Road $4,664 2225 Ridge Ave. 3A $177,500 Water St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $677,664). 211 Rock Run Road $95,000 653 Scenery Drive $85,000 Greenock Buena Vista Road $115,000 Kennett Drive $33,500 Wild Cat Hollow Road $5,000 210 Williamsburg Drive $2,483,000 220 Williamsburg Drive $33,500

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Andy Lee Flynn Joseph and Linda Julian Housing & Urban Development Joseph and Linda Julian Shawn Patterson H&H Real Estate Ventures Inc. Jennifer Bitkowski David Ralph Yuriy Bekman James Ziegler Milton Henk Jr. Edward and Elizabeth Guballa Carol Kuntch Kabigting Andrew Hickman Joseph Julian Jr. Deepakkumar Vyas Housing & Urban Development Wayde Killmeyer Estate of Dolores Zitney Robert Morrison III and Kara Morrison Charles Barry Damond Moore SOUTH PARK David Ziolecki Jacquelyn Fahler and Matthew Jaworski Estate of Joan Haberstock Andrew Knuth III William Mitchell Halliburton Real Estate Corp. Inc. Halliburton Real Estate Corp. Inc. Matthew and Erika Urban Jacob Mahramas Wells Fargo Bank NA Arthur Keebler Bonnie Wieland Michele Bartko Joanne and Joseph Carone D & D Property Investments LLC Christopher and Lindsey Moore Carole Napolitano Stroup Matthew Youngblood Edward Neidhardt Jr. Julie Ann and Douglas Laufer Richard Klosky Allison Imhoff Harry Litwin et al. Michael Salaj Jr. and Leslie Villella Lori Givens Richard Hogya Estate of Joseph Zupancic Martin and Donna Walker Nancy Noah Jason and Bethany Cypher Philip Azzolina Norma Anne Amoroso Carol Anderson Arthur and Janet Keebler Norma Amoroso David and Mary Ann Mongillo Estate of John Strack Jr. Rhonda Hutton and Carmen Mascellino Debra Lynn Hartzell Kelly Fiorentini Wadwell Group Heartland Homes Inc. Jason Beisler Joshua Ryan and Natalie Hill PLEASANT HILLS Simone Zoller Dale and Kristi Bryan Alison Freund Joshua David Schneider Mary Lou Markowitz Karen Pirone Mullaney Richard Cross Renee Brown and Paul Nutter Robert Faccenda William Burcin Cheryl Hirt Maurin Robert and Robert McCall Edward Liker Federal National Mortgage Assn. Central Penn Capital Managmt. LLC Raymond and Chris Vogel Southpointe Housing L.P. S&J Ventures L.P. Scott Grogan Sally and Joseph Knapton JEFFERSON HILLS Diane Fleet Brian and Rose Rose Maronda Homes Inc. Alfredo Quatraro Sandra Seeman Spring McCann Edmund Daumit Margaret Eileen and Thomas Minydzak Charles Correll III Ashley Romito JoAnn Alexa Brian Kincak Maronda Homes Inc. James and Tara West Susan James Jesse Charles Forbes Southersby Development Corp. NVR Inc. Southersby Development Corp. NVR Inc. Paul Kennedy Federal National Mortgage Assn. NVR Inc. David and Keri Spell Three Rivers Properties Inc. trustee Adam Lupo Scott McCullough Randolph and Tina Fait MB2K Development Inc. George Crompton III and Christine Crompton Doris Houston Carly Richard and Louis Russo Estate of Pearl Hoffman Willard and Patricia Rockwell H. Stuart McMinn James and Mary Muha NOTTINGHAM TOWNSHIP Laura Hackett Marc and Bailey McCartor Gregory Vollmer Joseph and Stephanie Sedar Edward Williams Roch and Kimberly Curinga Jarrod Hause Curtis and Catherine Watters Robert Martik Jr. Western PA Annual Conference United Meth.

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Price $8,000 $14,000 $11,000 $58,500 $29,500 $14,000 $45,000 $68,000 $36,000 $61,800 $13,500

949 Bideford Drive 1081 Broughton Road 2600 Chalet Lane 2600 Chalet Lane 1126 Edith Ave. 800 Hidden Ridge Court 103 850 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 203 1607 Roosevelt Ave. 1624 Southpine Drive 1840 Wallace Road 2276 Watchfield Drive 1624 Wilson Road 2402 Bonnie Dell Drive 6517 Brownsville Road 6555 Quaker Drive 1543 Roosevelt Ave. 1415 Greenbriar Court 750 Hidden Ridge Court 204 3106 Northern Drive 1177 Locust Ave. 1207 Snee Drive 2816 Stanley St.

$197,250 $28,000 $229,900 $229,900 $1,628 by sheriff's deed. $122,000 $110,000 $138,000 $152,400 $147,000 $210,000 $137,500 $315,000 $145,000 $159,900 $130,000 $152,000 $128,300 $80,560 $69,500 $68,000 $150,000

117 Baker Drive 473 Nantucket Drive 330 Yarrow Lane 139 National Drive 417 Old Clairton Road 196 Senate Drive 15 Glenburn Drive 439 McClellan Drive 110 Cerasi Drive 718 Wil Tara Drive

$84,000 $160,000 $135,000 $185,000 $112,500 $120,000 $2,408 by sheriff's deed. $125,000 $5,320,000 $186,500

104 Camino Court 395 Christine Lane 556 Coal Valley Road 201 Fawn Drive 1307 Gill Hall Road 1608 Jefferson Ridge Drive 100 Retriever Lane 534 State Route 885 Taft Court Taft Court 1368 Walton Road 7004 Taft Court 138 Butternut St. 2360 Ridge Road 2056 Laurel Ridge Drive 124 Oakwood Drive 454 Old Clairton Road 416 W. Deer Park Drive

$180,000 $181,525 $10,000 $234,000 $216,750 $55,000 $240,535 $174,900 $44,000 $47,000 $1,633 by sheriff's deed. $267,720 $130,000 $295,000 $59,900 $214,000 $110,000 $185,000

242 Patterson Road 151 Mingo Church Road 3 Agastoni Road 207 Pine Nut Drive 153 Dyers Stone Drive

$314,900 $290,000 $43,500 $247,000 $339,900

This Halloween, Ensure Only Fake Bats and Spiders Are in Your House (NewsUSA) - As we prepare to bid farewell to summer and welcome the fall, it's a good time to remind homeowners that trick-or-treaters aren't the only ones who will be looking for something special in our homes. As the temperatures drop outdoors, many pests attempt to come indoors in search of food, water, and shelter. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following tips for pest-proofing your home against unwelcome pests this fall: • Seal all cracks and crevices around the foundation of the home. Mice, often in search of warmth, can fit through holes as small as the size of a dime. • Check for gaps under exterior doors, and install door sweeps to close them. Spiders can fit through openings as thin as a piece of paper. • Trim branches or bushes that touch the home. These wooden pathways can provide direct pest highways right into the house. • Store firewood several feet away from the house. Wood that is next to the foundation of a home offers a welcoming environment for rodents, termites and other pests. • Place a chimney cap on a fireplace, and keep the flue closed when not in use. Certain types of nuisance wildlife tend to see chimneys as home sweet home. • Check eaves and overhangs for nests or hives that may indicate the presence of stinging insects. • If you see evidence of an infestation, consult with a pest professional who can safely remove the offending pests for you. Pests are more than just a nuisance. Some, like termites and carpenter ants, can cause significant structural damage, and others, like stinging insects, rodents and cockroaches, are vectors of disease pathogens. To learn more on how to protect your family from the diseases and dangers of pests, visit

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller PETERS TOWNSHIP Robert Venturini Heartland Homes Heartland Homes Carter Glenn Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Lawence Turner Estate of Louis Groznik Jr. Miriam Mathia Douglas Chamberlain Weichert Relocatioin Resources Inc. Mark Pietroforte Jeffrey Petz Vanessa Pugh Louise Rhoads Charles Chiatto Marilyn Magnotti Judith Molinero James Wescott Washington Financial Bank Matthew Burns Barry Garrett Williamson & Jefferson Inc. Williamson & Jefferson Inc. Terra Management LLC Marion Kaylor Thomas Shea Noll Family Irrevocable Trust Edward Sweet Jr. Jeffrey Crane Harold Swanson estate et al. William Burcin

Buyer Ryan and Lindsay Klousnitzer Brian and Marija Scheiring Richard and Toni Schlieper Mark and Christina Pietroforte Robert and Rebecca Beltz Dean and Antoinette Evers Daniel and Marianne Deramo Carla Yohe Weichert Relocatioin Resources Inc. Edward and Marlene Boas Cindi Bergman Melisa Browell Cynthia Bartman Cary Pochek and Amy James Scott and Mary Arvay William Magnotti III and Jaimie Magnotti Larry and Lorraine Weaver Anthony Cashdollar Diana Malone John Trauzzano and Jesse Byers Jonathan and Doreen Bartczak Heartland Homes Heartland Homes Peters Realty LLC Richard Moninger Tony and Joyce Grenci First National Bank Pennsylvania Theodore Taylor III Jonathan and Courntey Rothwell Dolanch 4121 LLC Ronald Cerminara and Megan Joseph

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.)

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(Deadline for entries is October 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. When is the Model Train and Die Cast Show? What business has been named ‘September Business of the Month’ by MACC? What was the score of Ringgold’s home opener against Belle Vernon?

Address 120 Alexander Drive 803 Ashwood Drive 809 Ashwood Drive 111 Braun Drive 301 Buckingham Drive 350 Buffalo Ridge Road 103 Conestoga Drive 207 Grandview Drive 408 Hays Road 408 Hays Road 137 Scott Lane 380 Scott Lane 402 Scott Lane 118 Sherwood Drive 111 Thomas Road 206 Boxwood Court Bldg 9 123 Brooke 613 Circle Drive 113 Evergreen Drive 125 Golden Eagle Drive 74 Lintel Drive 412 Longleaf Drive 435 Longleaf Drive 102 McDowell Lane 315 Pleasant Ave. 320 Villiage Green Drive 3801 Washington Road 320 Bebout Road 202 Bridle Trail 424 Center Church Road 231 E. McMurray Road

“Slagle Roofing and Construction started out as a primarily commercial roofing company. We wanted to do more residential work so we moved our office to Main Street in Monongahela and started a relationship with the Union-Finley Messenger and Mon Valley Messenger. This gave us the opportunity to let the local area know about the services we offer. We know Mark Slagle, owner of Slagle Roofing; most of readers do not need a roof but Benjamin Fisher, Sales & Marketing Coordinator when they do we want to be on the top of their mind. The Union-Finley Messenger and the Mon Valley Messenger has been great and we have been really successful gaining new residential customers. Located on Main Street in Monongahela

Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

Congratulations to our September Pizza Puzzler winners!

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Buyer Justin and Sarah Nickola Brian Beck Christopher Scheve Joshua and Monica Corkill Christopher and Julie Stahl NVR Inc. Timothy and Jaime Blake Wesley and Tanya Hileman NVR Inc. John and Lindsay Files Eric and Julie Hoffman NVR Inc. NVR Inc. NVR Inc. Kevin and Andria Cehelesky Jeffrey and Leslie Blunkosky Heartland Homes Tyler and Angela Tommarello Douglas and Katharina Brandt Dennis and Dean Squeglia Brian Falls Albert Suter IV and Crystal Suter Christian and Melissa Arabia Debra Daum Heartland Homes Ricky Ringer Jr. NVR Inc. NVR Inc. Joseph Viviano Jr. and Katherine Carmichael Kristopher and Richard Brooks True North Properties Group LLC

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Home Renovations Before the Holidays (ARA) - Fall is a great time to tackle some of those home improvement projects. Now that the summer vacations are over and children are back in school, you're ready to make your home all comfy and cozy before the deep freeze and holiday guests arrive. Consider starting with your bathroom first, since this is a room frequently used both by your family and guests. If your bathroom is dated in decor, aged in

function and behind the times in energy efficiency, you'll be doing your home and your pocketbook a good service by upgrading some features. Here's how: • Beautiful visuals: The bathroom vanity is the first feature in the room people will see. Incorporate a contemporary new look in your bath that will earn admiring glances from your guests with TOTO's Maris Semi-Recessed Vessel Lavatory. With a sleek design and

deep basin, this semi-recessed lavatory has a nano-technology glaze applied that helps prevent bacteria and soap debris from sticking to its surfaces. Because of this, you'll use fewer harsh chemicals to keep the sink clean, which saves you money and is better for the environment. Pair the lavatory with the Aquia Single Handle Faucet from TOTO for a seamless and stylish finish. This high-efficiency faucet is made from solid brass and is WaterSense approved. • Warmer flooring: There's nothing worse than bare feet on a cold floor especially in the morning. Tile flooring looks beautiful in bathrooms, but can leave the feet feeling a bit chilled. Place a soft and decorative rug in front of the sink, the shower and the toilet to help alleviate cold toes. Look for rugs that match the color and decor of the room. Or use the rugs as an accent color to brighten up the space. • Efficient commodes: Upgrading your toilet to a high-efficiency unit will make a noticeable difference on your water bill. Consider the Universal Design Maris Dual-Flush Toilet from TOTO, which has clean, contemporary lines, a recessed-curve tank, and skirted design that saves on cleaning time. Its state-of-the-art, gravity-fed flushing system puts an end to a common complaint many dual flush toilet owners have - “flush 'n brush,” the need to brush the bowl to remove streaking after every solid stop. • New linens: A quick and simple upgrade for your bathroom includes replacing towels and the shower curtain. To introduce a calm and restful

spa-like ambiance, find new linens in colors that blend with the colors on the walls. Or go bold with vibrant accents and splashes of color to give your room a sense of energy. • Elegant tiling: Prefab showers are easy and convenient, but they can look aged and stained after long use. To really spruce up the look of your shower area in the bathroom, consider tiling the surround, or installing large glass pieces painted to match the color of the room. You'll be amazed at how beautiful the shower will appear, and you may decide that you won't want to hang a curtain to block the view of the beautiful surround, and opt for a sliding glass door. Once you see how beautiful your renovated bathroom appears, you'll probably want to get started sprucing up the rest of your house. In the meantime, enjoy the bathroom, as well as the compliments you'll receive from your visiting guests.

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Mon Valley YMCA Sponsors 3rd Annual John Barbero Memorial Sports Auction The Mon Valley YMCA is sponsoring the 3rd Annual John Barbero Memorial Auction on Sunday, November 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to honor the memory of John Barbero, longtime public address announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Proceeds from the auction will be used to award a scholarship each year in John’s honor to a deserving high school senior from our Valley and to help underwrite programs for youth and teen activities. In addition to the auctions and cash prize drawings, some of the events will include complimentary pizza, cookies and beverages, face painting, balloon art, plus special visits from the Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam, Iceburg and Froggy. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given away with a drawing every half hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. Prizes include $1,000 and two $500 cash prizes, a flat screen TV with stand, a Flex-steel luxury recliner and a YMCA family membership. The live auction items include a Steelers ticket package, Penguins ticket package and other sports celebrity memorabilia to be announced. The silent auction offers a wide variety of sporting event tickets, gift certificates for dining out, goods and services with a special section set-up by Don Spagnolo, Steel City Auction that features autographed sports and celebrity memorabilia with certificates of authenticity. Ticket cards with 25 chances can be purchased for the Chinese auction featuring gift baskets and items from local Valley businesses. The committee is encouraging local businesses, professionals or individuals that would like to support youth and teen programming and the scholarship fund to contact the Y or committee members to donate sports event and cultural tickets, vacation retreats, services, gift certificates for merchandise and dining out or re-gift new items that will never be used. Tickets are $5 per person with no charge for children under 12. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Y at 724-483-8077.

Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team Adds 2nd Location for Workouts The Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team has grown! Starting in September, the team began offering practices at the Cal U swimming pool in Hamer Hall in addition to their practices at the Mon Valley YMCA. This expansion has helped extend the already successful program to areas that are beyond the Mon Valley YMCA. Head Coach Jamie Stache and Assistant Coach Scott Casteel have continued to coach at the Mon Valley site. Coach Laura Seitz, a new addition to the Mon Valley YMCA coaching staff, is heading the practices at the Cal U site. She is a graduate of Indiana University and has a long and successful career in swimming. Coach Seitz swam with Head Coach Jamie Stache at both Baldwin Swim Club and the University of Pittsburgh and they have coached together in the past. Laura is currently coaching at the Upper St. Clair Swim Club and is the assistant coach for Cal U under Head Coach Ed Denny. Together, this trio of coaches is expecting to create an elite program that is second to none. If you are a swimmer interested in helping the Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team continue this successful program, feel free to contact Jamie Stache at or Darcie Lusk at for more information on getting started.

Ringgold Plays Well Through a Wet Home Opener Fans braved the downpours to enjoy Ringgold’s home opener against Belle Vernon, and it was well worth it to see the win.

By Paul Chasko

At the Ringgold home opening football game, players, band members, majorettes, cheerleaders and fans were pretty well drenched from the predicted heavy showers, but the Ringgold spirit wasn’t affected in the least: score, Ringgold 34–Belle Vernon Area 2. Even the pre-game warm-ups and ceremonies were conducted in a downpour, but the rain lightened up and finally stopped near the end of the first quarter. Even the Ram’s Pound formed a pathway for the players as they took the field – many of them (guys) without shirts in the chilling rain. These loyal fans stayed the whole game. Principal Homa also braved the weather, giving each player a “high five” as they took the field. The wet field did not slow down the players, either, with Demetrius Louis rushing for 162 yards and two TDs. Ringgold’s other scoring came with Alan Prittchett’s 65-yard fumble return, a Joey Wall 28-yard interception return and a Nico Law 33-yard run. Coach Humbert may have found

A Ram runner meets a few huge Leopard linemen.

himself a kicker in Connor Dudas, who looked good all evening, missing only one point. The Leopards only score was on a safety given up by the Ringgold offense in the second quarter when they were pinned down near their own goal line. The Leopards couldn’t get a running game on track even with the size of their offensive line. The Ram’s defense did a great job. Coach Humbert in the after-game huddle had nothing but praise for his team, saying, “The team has finally gelled, and we need to keep this ball rolling.”

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Modernette Baton Corps Completes Another Successful Year

Senior Modernettes are (front) Captains Julia Cicchinelli, Isabella Levy, Noelle Melani and Taylor Meckley, (first row) Samantha Pauley, Kellie Kaufman, Breanne Schinkovec, Kassie Opfar, Page Weinstein, Victoria Wegner, Emily Hofmeister, Kaitlyn Seibert, Cayla Caviris, Jenna Maloney, Nicole Klein, (second row) Tiffany Melani, Breanne Wenk, Tori Hochendoner, Lauren Greer, Kaitlin Schreiner, Alyssa Kinzel, Alexis Hensel, Danielle Hinish, Katie Leonard, Jaclyn Erfort, (third row) Julia Maloney, Sharyn Braff, Carissa Caviris, Gabrielle Levy, Danielle Fiorentini, Alexis Zovko, Lindsey Young, Kayla McGoran, Megan Teres, Haley Shiver, Stephanie Tamasy, and (not pictured) Taylor Evans.

The Modernette Baton Corps has completed a very successful year of competition. Representing 17 school districts, the corps is a non-profit organization under the direction of Sherry Vignoli Parisi. They have just returned from America's Youth on Parade, held each year at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN by the National Baton Twirling Association. The 37 members of the Senior Modernettes, between the ages of 1318, won the Senior National Show Corps championships. The corps then advanced to the Grand National Finals, taking first in every category: twirling, dancing, general effect, teamwork and showmanship. All first place show corps compete in the Grand Finals for the Grand National title. The 22 members of the Juvenile Modernettes, ages 7 to 12 years old, won the Juvenile National Show Corps competition and the Juvenile National Pom Pon competition. Both corps competed at the Twirling Unlimited International competition

the first weekend in July. Both the Juvenile and Senior Modernettes corps were victorious. The Juvenile corps won the Juvenile International Show Corps Championships and the Juvenile International Pom Pon competition. The Senior Modernettes won the Senior International Show Corp Championships, the Most Outstanding Corps of the Day and the International Traveling Trophy. The Senior Modernettes represented the United States at the World Championships in April in Neuchatel, Switzerland. The corps competed in two events and won two gold medals: Gold in Show Corps and Gold in Pom Pon. The Modernettes have represented the U.S. at every World Baton Twirling Championship, winning many gold and silver medals since 1990. For more information about joining the Modernettes and/or scheduling a performance, call the Ruby Daugherty & Sherry School of Dance at 412-8359626 or 724-969-0608.

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Juvenile Modernettes are (front) Captains Sarah Ott and Bayleigh Novotney; (first row) Ella Zelinsky, Liberty Cooper, Kendyl Seibert, Alexa Junazski, Darah Augenstein, Abbey Clopp, (second row) Riley Gloecki, Alexis Kiesling, Kira Greer, Emily Clopp, Elizabeth Trost, Reese Watson, Emily Klein, (third row) Madison Bartone, Victoria Smith, Mandy Cooper, Jenna Nymick, Lianna Robbins, Amanda Clark, and (not pictured) Riley Evans.

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Kids & Family Horses Unlimited Holds Pony Camp

The cowgirls at Horses Unlimited’s camp looked pretty in pink.

Playground Fire Truck Dedicated in Honor of Joey Parrish

"Ruffles" was patient while campers at Horses’ Unlimited’s Pony Camp turned him into a work of art.

In August 2012, several South Hills area children, including Tallulah Headrick of Bethel Park, Nicole Redlinger of Upper St. Clair and Sydney Prieter of Mt. Lebanon, gathered at Horses Unlimited's Pony Camp in South Park to learn about horses. The campers enjoyed grooming, bathing, and even "decorating" the horses! American Riding Certified Instructor Mary Amoroso guided the beginner riders. Horses Unlimited also offered Pony Parties and mini-camps at its stables. Call 412-835-7726 for more information and visit their website at and Facebook at "South Park Pony Rides - Allegheny County - Horses Unlimited" for more information and photos.




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On Friday September 7, The Sonshine Tree Preschool officially dedicated the new playground fire truck in memory of 5-year -old, Joey Parrish. Joey was a student at the Sonshine Tree Preschool last school year until he suddenly lost his battle with cancer. The staff and families of Sonshine Tree had been raising funds for a playground improvement, and everybody came together to continue to raise the needed funds for this new piece of equipment for the over 50 students currently enrolled to enjoy! Joey loved fire trucks, and so it was decided to purchase a fire truck in his honor. Many people from the community have generously given to help make this fire truck a reality and joined in the dedication. The Sonshine Preschool would like to thank all who worked so hard to raise the funds, as well as the many people who have donated to the fund. Our special thanks to the men of Crossroads Ministries, who volunteered their time to build the new fire truck and spread the 100 yards of mulch to make a nice safe play surface for the children. Joey’s parents, Ken and Kris Parrish, and Joey’s 7-year-old sister Kelsey, were present at the dedication and cut the ribbon to officially open the playground. Joey’s grandparents also attended. After the ribbon was cut, 80 balloons were released as everyone paused for a few moments in memory of Joey. The event also included a cookout. Students in the preschool have been enjoying the new playground improvements in this great weather these past several weeks. To learn more about the Sonshine Tree Preschool, visit or call the Preschool Director, Rhonda Barner, at 724-348-1620, ext. 102.

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School News St. Katharine Drexel School Nite at the Races



Looking for the excitement of the casinos without the drive? Join St. Katharine Drexel School for a Nite at the Races on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. in the Nativity Parish Gymnasium on Curry Road in South Park. During this fundraiser, guests place bets on horses that are racing in a pre-recorded video. Cheer your horse on to victory while you enjoy a buffet dinner, dessert, and beverages, including beer. Help raise money for a good cause, as proceeds benefit St. Katharine Drexel School. Tickets are $25 for this event (must be age 21 or older). For more information, please call the school at 412-833-0223.

Don’t Be Left Out of Our Union-Finley Messenger School News Section. For Editorial or Advertising Opportunities, call (412) 249-8177 A Back to School Bash & Open House was held at MCRS with carnival games, refreshments, and balloon animals. It was a fun way to kick off the new school year!

MCRS Principal Sharon Loughran Brown welcomed students and families back to school!

The MCRS Leo Club Officers are pictured with their newest project, "Pull For Ronald McDonald House Charities." Recycled beverage tabs help support Ronald McDonald House, a temporary "home-away-fromhome" for the families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals.

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Union Township Takes Proactive Role in School District By Paul Chasko

Dateline: September 10, 2012 The Union Township Board of Supervisors and its Chairperson, Linda Evans-Boren, feel it’s in the best interests of the township residents they represent to be certain the Ringgold School Board is supporting the needs of Union Township relative to their children’s education and continued community growth. To that end, the Union Township Board of Supervisors passed a motion to adopt a resolution supporting the appointment of Maureen Ott as a School Board Director of the Ringgold School District. This fills the Region 3 position vacated by the death of William Ellis, whose term ran until the first Monday of December 2013. The board feels she will support the needs of the township. The Board authorized Solicitor Makel to modify the Union Township Burning Ordinance to conform to the state requirement that there be no

burning in the Monongahela Valley Basin. This would mean there would be no burning except recreational burning permitted in Union Township. There was no mention of how the township plans to handle the disposal of vegetation that builds up in a rural community. The three fall “leaf pickup days” are not expected to handle this. A “conditional use” hearing preceded the regular business meeting. John Gerba of 101 Holman Road wishes to establish a gunsmithing shop in his home and garage. Notifications of the hearing were sent to nearby residents as required by ordinance. Testimony was taken from Gerba and his wife. Gerba stated that the action was primarily taken for his 14-year-old son, who is interested in pursuing gunsmithing as a profession. There were no attendees in opposition of the request. The board will hand down a ruling at the next meeting. Road Maintenance Report: Paving in Union Township has been held up by a pipeline installation on Scott Road. Morgan Excavating refused to begin paving work on any scheduled roads until ongoing pipeline work on Scott Road is completed. The board elected to drop Scott Road from the paving contract so that work on the remaining scheduled roads can begin. The solicitor was authorized to carry out this action. Nothing has been stated regarding the route of a proposed gas pipeline that may cross at least one Union Township road.

The new chipper is down again – more repairs under warranty. New tires were installed on the high lift. Work on the slides affecting Coal Bluff and Gilmore roads is nearing completion. There has been some vandalism at the Union Township Recreation Park on Brownsville Road. Garbage at the Recreation Park is becoming an issue; a dumpster was recommended. A curb was requested on Jefferson Street to prevent storm water from on a resident’s property. Storm water ponding was also reported near mailboxes on College and Ridge roads. Electrical work in the garage has been completed. In other Business: There were four board members present at this meeting. Mr. Parrish was absent due to illness. Also present were the solicitor, secretary, treasurer, road maintenance manager and zoning and code enforcement officers. Minutes from meetings on July 23 and August 1, 13, and 27, including an August 27 budget workshop, were approved. General fund bills presented as of September10 ($46,146.90) were approved for payment. Fall leaf pickup days were set for October 22 and 29 and November 5. “Trick-or-Treat” date and time was set for Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Union Gardens claim they have a grading permit extension until 2016 due to the economic turndown. The Solicitor was asked to investigate this. The adoption of the “Parking Ordinance” was tabled until next meeting. Dawson Contracting will remove debris from Peters Creek. Bids were opened for painting and ceiling tile replacement in the township building. The contract was awarded to the lowest responsive bidder (Rich Cox). MMOs were approved for the pension plan. Approval was granted to Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy and the Finleyville Soccer Association for the use of the soccer fields contingent on insurance and payment of custodial fees. The organizations will share the custodial fee. Advertising was authorized for a 2013 budget workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. A meeting was scheduled with the Southwest Regional Police Department for 6 p.m. on September 26 for contract discussions. Payment of $71,455.25 for repair of the Coal Bluff Road slide was approved for Gary Metzinger. Change notice #1 for the reinstallation of a pipe section was approved for Gary Metzinger ($2,075.80) An Elrama resident spoke again on rat infestation in her neighborhood. The solicitor will draft a letter to residents on misuse of solid waste containers.

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RMS Students Raise Funds for Diabetes

Ringgold Middle School Decision up to Common Pleas Court By Paul Chasko

Dateline: September 21, 2012 A four-hour Ringgold School Board meeting held September 21 resolved a backup of regular business items, but there was no resolution on the direction to be taken for a new middle school – or perhaps there was, by default. Facing the deadline for bringing to the courts a request for referendums on the November ballot. Board President Charles Smith stated over several past meetings that, “This decision is too big for the board alone to make.” He wanted to place the decision for tax hikes to either build a new middle school or to renovate old buildings in Donora and Monongahela in the hands of the district’s taxpayers by a referendum vote. With the recent passing of Board Director William Ellis, the board is working with only 8 members, and any issue regarding a new middle school has been stalemated by a 4/4 vote (5 votes are required to pass any motion). Directors Stein, Carroll, Flament and Bulko believe a referendum is unnecessary, as several architects’ project estimates have shown that a new middle school could be built within the constraints of a 2.76 mil tax increase allowed by the state without the need for a referendum. A motion to select an architect /engineering firm for whatever building project is chosen failed 4/4 at an earlier meeting. With no firm working on a PlanCon submittal to the PA Department of Education, the October 1 deadline for PlanCon submittals also will be missed. This means that the district will need to wait until the moratorium on PlanCon submittals is again lifted (PlanCon is a system of procedures including public hearings

required by the PA Department of Education when school districts apply for state financial reimbursement for new construction). The plan placed in motion by the prior board was to reduce the number of school buildings from six to four and modernize the existing buildings. They accomplished the following: closed the Carroll Middle School and moved all middle school students to the Finley Middle School Building, renovated the Carroll Middle School Building into an elementary center (RESS), and populated the new RESS and closed the old elementary buildings in Monongahela and Donora. They planned to but did not build a new middle school with state financial aid, close the Finley Middle School and populate the new middle school, renovate the existing high school building, and renovate the elementary school building in Gastonville by adding six new classrooms. Had this plan been carried to completion, the district’s facility needs would have been satisfied for the foreseeable future, and the district would likely have experienced lower operating costs. Unfortunately, the prior board dithered too long to get the new middle school under construction. Because the present board remains deadlocked on all issues that may affect new construction, Judge Bell in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas now has the task of appointing a director to fill the Region 3 seat that was held by Ellis. She is reviewing four resumes, one of which is that of Maureen Ott, who the Union Township Board of Supervisors has endorsed by resolution. The vote of the individual chosen is likely to break the present stalemate on new construction. President Smith, addressing the board, stated, “You’ve put the decision in the hands of the court.”

Pictured above are the students at Ringgold Middle School who recently participated in a walk to raise money for the Diabetes Foundation.

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Seniors for Safe Driving Upcoming Events Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for Seniors 55 years of age and older. The highway safety programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes seniors eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. The discount is mandated by Pennsylvania 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: Bethel Park - Paramount Senior Living, October 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. McKeesport - Corpus Christie Hall, October 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, call 800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245 or visit

Fall at Forever Young – September & October The seasons are changing, but here at Forever Young we remain the same friendly cooperative group of seniors. A good time was had by all who attended our regular Tuesday gatherings in September. On the 18th, Leslie Wright from PTH spoke on managing chronic conditions. On the 25th, we all enjoyed our covered dish dinner chaired by Rosemarie Zrimsek. Our October meetings with catered lunches will be held on the 2nd, 9th and 16th. Doors of the Finleyville Community Center open at 10 a.m. Count on our regular activities for these three get-togethers. On the 23rd, we’ll be enjoying our monthly covered dish dinner, once again chaired by Rosemarie Zrimsek. There will be no meeting on October 30. We hope you all have fun on Halloween. Happy October Birthdays to Ellen Andrewson and Edna Colbert. Mary’s parting thought: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Senior News from the Venetia Community Center The following information is for the Venetia Community Center located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia. We are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. At our October 11 meeting, we start the day with blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 12 noon by Sharon from Caring Missions Home Health. There will be a delicious meal prepared at the Canonsburg Senior Center and delivered to our center, followed by speaker Sam Bear from Senior Life. We can never learn too much information about our health. New people are always welcome—all you need to do is call 724-941-6956 to make a reservation. The next event will be a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Center. Adults pay $7, and children ages 12 and under are $4. Our second meeting will be held on October 25 with blood pressure screenings by Lucy Corson from Family Home Health Services, followed by lunch. Program will be presented by George Gula from the Trolley Museum located in Washington. Come and hear some interesting facts about the transportation of that era. Birthdays for October: Edna Bashista, Lorraine Clawson, Alice Collar, Art Klaus, Rosemarie Leslie, Ruth Maley, Shirley Mitchell, and Mary Ellen Telban. Anniversaries: Bill and Eileen Higbee, James and Rosemarie Leslie.

West Newton Senior Center Plans Festival of Lights Bus Trip West Newton Senior Center is plannign a "Festival of Lights" one-day bus trip on November 7, departing at 8:30 a.m. from behind Giant Eagle, Robertson St., West Newton. Cost is $83 and includes, bus, driver, chaperone, waitress tips, Oglebay Mansion and Eckhard House mansion, lights ticket, lunch at Eckhard House, dinner at River City Ale House, tour of Independence Hall or winery. If time permits there will be shopping at Cabella's and Artisian Center shopping upstairs of River City Ale House after dinner. We will end with a drive-through of lights and Oglebay gift shops. Mail check to West Newton Senior Center, 103 East Main St., West Newton, PA 15089. Your full payment is your reservation. Call Lou Ann 724-8724976 with questions. Cancellation only if you replace yourself. Deadline is October 31. 57 October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER ——————————————————————————————————————————

Recent Local DeathNotices BEAZELL - Mildred Grace Bickerton, 97, of Speers Hill, formerly of Van Voorhis, died August 6. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. BOOTH - Linda R., 63, of Monongahela died September 21. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

MITCHELL - Sherral Gayelyn, 64, of New Eagle died September 21. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. NOLFI - Chester “Chet,” 81, Jefferson Hills died September Arrangements under direction Stephen Slater Funeral Home Jefferson Hills.

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BOYD - Genevieve Podroskey, 89, a lifelong member of the Monongahela area, died September 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela.

VAHALY - Perry Sr. (Allegheny County Police Officer), 44, of Jefferson Hills died September 1. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills.

BURGE - Ruth A., 88, of Monongahela died September 4. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela.

NORRIS - Norma J., 80, of Jefferson Hills died August 20. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills.

CAPROL - Colmen John, 92, of Monongahela died September 15. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela.

PELISSERO - Robert F., 84, of Monongahela (Valley Inn) died August 26. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

ELLIS - William P., 66, of Finleyville died August 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. KEVECH - Frank “Pops” Sr., 84, of Ginger Hill died August 17. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. KOVAL - Henry S. (Herk), 87, of Monongahela died August 19. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. MEEK - James L., 74, of Finleyville died August 12. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MICHAUX - Julie Rose (Lorenz), 70, of Van Voorhis died August 5. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc. in Monongahela. MILTON - Bonne J. (Franceshi), 70, of New Eagle died September 18. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.


PETRUNA - Gretchen (LeDonne), 58, of Baldwin Twp. (formerly of Jefferson Hills) died September 2. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. BARR - John “Jack,” 83, of Jefferson Hills died September 7. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. EDWARDS - Elizabeth “Betty,” 92, of Jefferson Hills died September 13. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. SMITH - Patricia Ann, 72, Monongahela died September Arrangements under the direction Marshall Marra Funeral Home Monongahela.

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VENANZI - Henry Sr., 86, of Monongahela, died September 13. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

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Entertainment PUMP UP VOLU

by Mandy Withers-Kozlowski

OCTOBER ALTMAN’S TAVERN 412-653-6440 611 Old Clairton Rd., Pleasant Hills 6 - Sputzy 13 - TJ Jazz Alumni 18 - John Mulkerin 20 - Shari Richards 25 - Karaoke 27 - Billy Price Baltimore House 412-653-9332 176 Curry Hollow Rd., Pleasant Hills 6 - Midlife Crisis 13 - The Elliots 20 - DJ 27 - Nightlife Tuesdays - Karaoke w/ Judy @ Lounge Thursdays - Karaoke w/ Judy @ Lounge Fridays - Ed Lover 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 (corner of Ginger Hill Rd. & Rt. 136) Mondays-Saturdays - Exotic/Lingerie Barmaids, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. ECK’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 724-310-3570 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 4 - White Rose Karaoke 5 - White Rose Karaoke 6 - DJ Bob E and the Dancing Machine 11 - White Rose Karaoke 12 - DJ Bob E and the Dancing Machine 13 - DJ Bob E and the Dancing



Machine 15 - Mon Valley Jazz Band 18 - White Rose Karaoke 19 - White Rose Karaoke 20 - DJ Bob E and the Dancing Machine 25 - White Rose Karaoke 26 - DJ Bob E and the Dancing Machine 27 - Eck’s 8th Annual Halloween Costume Party w/ White Rose Karaoke ELRAMA TAVERN 412-384-3630 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 2 - Open Jam Night 20 - Mark Cyler & The Lost Coins 23 - Halloween Bingo, 7:30 p.m. 27 - Halloween Spooooktacular w/ Scott Spahr FREDDIE’S II 412-833-1830 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park Wednesdays - Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - Magician Jason Christopher, 6:30-8:30 p.m. HEY ANDY SPORTSBAR AND LOUNGE 724-258-4755 1221 W. Main St., Monongahela 5 - Refuge 6 - A-Z Karaoke DJ 12 - 80’s Night w/ DJ Barto 13 - Steeltown 19 - Final Tyme II 20 - Dirty Sanchez 26 - Catchin Grooves 27 - Halloween Party w/ DJ Barto HOT HOUSE TAP AND GRILLE 724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela Entertainment, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 27 - Halloween Party w/ DJ & prizes

Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

Wednesdays - Open Stage Thursdays - DJ/Karaoke Fridays - DJ/Karaoke Saturdays - DJ/Karaoke THE HUNTING LODGE 724-348-7984 3529 Washington Ave., Finleyville Fridays - Free jukebox, 8 p.m.-close Saturdays - Free jukebox, 8 p.m.close THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT 412-384-3080 1100 Hayden Blvd. 6 - Karaoke 13 - Karaoke 20 - Dave Iglar 27 - Halloween Party MAXWELL’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE At The DoubleTree by Hilton Meadowlands 724-222-6200 340 Race Track Road, Washington 5 - Jimmy Sapienza 5 Guys Named Moe 12 - The Terrance Vaughn Trio 19 - Sputzy 26 - The Kim Alexandra Band Saturdays - DJ PIT STOP BAR AND GRILLE 412-384-7487 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama Saturdays - Free jukebox, 9-11 p.m. RINKY DINKS ROADHOUSE 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 5 - Rock A Wish 6 - Ruff Creek 13 - Stampede 20 - Justin Fabus Band 27 - Ruff Creek Tuesdays - Jam Night w/ The WeedRags

RIVER HOUSE CAFE 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi 6 - Zuke 13 - TBA 14 - Mystery Dinner Show call for tickets 20 - Abacus Jones 27 - Halloween Party w/ Lady & the Tramp ROCKIN’ WILLIES ROADHOUSE 724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 South), 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 5 - Bucky 12 - Veritys Lie 19 - Ruff House 26 - Bill Ali Wednesdays - Karaoke w/ Brett Saturdays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke or Matt Sundays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke or Matt SWEENY’S STEAKHOUSE 724-929-8383 1713 Rostraver Rd., Belle Vernon 5 - DJ Russ 6 - DJ Crene 12 - DJ Russ 19 - The Gumband 20 - September Project 26 - Lucky Me 27 - DJ Crene Thursdays - DJ Ben

TERRACE GARDENS 412-233-2626 1180 Woodland Ave., Clairton 5 - Daniels & McClain 12 - Bill & Rene 19 - Todd Jones 26 - Regular Joes Wednesday - Free jukebox Saturday - Free jukebox THREE STREETS GRILLE 724-348-8030 3540 Washington Ave., Finleyville 6 - Lady and the Tramp 13 - Come as You Are Night: PJs, nighties, swim suits, Speedos, etc. 20 - Overdrive 27 - Halloween Party Tuesday - Texas Hold ‘Em, free darts, free pool Thursdays - Ladies Night THE TROLLEY STOP INN 412-835-9600 6247 Library Rd., Bethel Park Fridays - Magician Jason Christopher, 7-9 p.m. VALLEY HOTEL 412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Rd. (intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd.), Jefferson Hills 6 - Val Vasquez 13 - Loco Motion 20 - Harms Way 26 - Halloween Party 27 - Gum Band Fridays - Open Stage Night - all musicians welcome.

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

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----------- MEMORIAMS --------Christopher R. Valerio 12/23/1968 - 09-26-2011 Time takes you by the hand, Directs you were to go So make the best of this task, And don't ask why It's something unpredictable, But in the end it's right I hope you had the time, Of your life In loving memory of my truest love who passed away 1 year ago 9/26/2011. Sadly loved and missed , Forever in my heart you will stay. Love, Kathy ______________________________________________

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CASH for Your Old Sports Cards! Cleaning out your attic? Emptying your garage or basement? Did you find an old box of sports cards in a closet? Don't throw them away! Local collector paying CASH for vintage sports cards (baseball, football, basketball). Seeking cards from 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Call 412-760-2291 Hackett Club hall rental -- reasonable rates. Call 724-3485503. ______________________________________________ Bundle & Save on your CABLE, INTERNET PHONE, AND MORE. High Speed Internet starting at less than $20/mo. CALL NOW! 800-291-4159 MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. 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? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. As a mediator with 30 years experience, 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. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or email

October 2012 ————————————————————————————————————————— *WANTED TO BUY* Gibson, Fender, Martin, etc. Guitars 19201980s. Old Rolex & Patek Phillipe Watches, Navajo Indian rugs/ blankets, Bohlin Western gear, Cartier &Tiffany jewelry. TOP CASH PAID!! 1-800-401-0440 ______________________________________________ Make up to a 90% return on your Investments! Client-owned company offering above-average return rates. Investment guaranteed. Tastefully Simple Products. Home tasting parties, book parties, individual orders and fundraisers. Your consultant Cindy Newman 724.747.7404 AIRLINE CAREERS begin here – Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available. Job placement assistance. Call AIM (888) 686-1704 ______________________________________________ HOT-TUB/SPA… Deluxe 2012 Model Neckjets, Therapyseat, Never Used,Warranty, Can Deliver.Worth $5950. Sell $1950. (800) 960-7727 ______________________________________________ Meet singles right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-877-737-9447 ______________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Call 800-510-0784 ______________________________________________ CANADA DRUG CENTER. Safe and affordable medications. Save up to 90% on your medication needs. Call 1-877-743-0508 ($25.00 off your first prescription and free shipping.) ______________________________________________ CA$H PAID-UP TO $27/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! 1 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID shipping. SE HABLA ESPANOL. Emma 1-888-776-7771. www.Cash4Diabetic ______________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-864-5960 ______________________________________________ MEDICAL CAREERS begin here – Online training for Allied Health and Medical Management. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800-5100784 ______________________________________________ Reach over 17 million homes nationwide with one easy buy! Only $1,995 per week for a 20 word classified! For more information go to ______________________________________________ WORK ON JET ENGINES – Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. Call AIM (866) 854-6156. ______________________________________________ Direct To Home Satellite TV $19.99/mo. Free Installation FREE HD/DVR Upgrade Credit/Debit Card Req. Call 1-800-795-3579 ______________________________________________ Promotional Prices start at $19.99/Mo for DISH for 12/Mos. Call Today! Ask about Next Day Installation. 800-413-3897 ______________________________________________ CANADA DRUG CENTER. Safe and affordable medications. Save up to 90% on your medication needs. Call 1-888-734-1530 ($25.00 off your first prescription and free shipping.) ______________________________________________ AIRLINE CAREERS begin here - Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Job placement assistance. Call AIM (866)4536204 ______________________________________________ CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1-800-864-5784 ______________________________________________ $$OLD GUITARS WANTED$$ Gibson,Fender,Martin,Gretsch. 1920's to 1980's. Top Dollar paid. Toll Free: 1-866-433-8277 ______________________________________________ SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. WIN or Pay Nothing! Start Your Application In Under 60 Seconds. Contact Disability Group, Inc. Licensed Attorneys & BBB Accredited. Call 1-888-6064790 ______________________________________________


ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586 ______________________________________________ HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1800-OLD-BARN/ MDHIC #05-121-861 ______________________________________________ BEDS!!! Pillow Tops, Plush, Memory Foam. 10 YEAR WARRANTIES!!! New, still in factory plastic. FULL $179. QUEEN $199; KING $245 (Twins Available) IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!!! CALL (412) 494-7351 ______________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________ 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. 1-888-691-3801 ______________________________________________ READERS & MUSIC LOVERS. 100 Greatest Novels (audio books) ONLY $99.00 (plus s&h) Includes MP3 Player & Accessories. BONUS: 50 Classical Music Works & Money Back Guarantee. Call Today! 1-877-407-9404 ______________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________ STEEL BUILDINGS: 4 only 16x24, 25x32, 40x52, 45x82.Must Move Now! Selling For Balance Owed! Free Delivery! 1-800-4115869x31 ______________________________________________ A FOUNDATION SENSATION. Cracked Walls, Wet Basement, Sinking Foundation? FREE Estimates. Senior, Military, & Fire Discounts. BBB Award ______________________________________________ Winner A+ PA Attorney General Certificate #377 1-800-3432357. ______________________________________________ MAKE YOUR BASEMENT OR CRAWL SPACE DRY & healthy without draining your wallet. Any Season - Any Weather - No Excavation! Free Lifetime Transferable Warranty. Call today & Save $$$$. 1-800-343-2357 PA377. A BETTER CHOICE INC. ______________________________________________ Highspeed Internet EVERYWHERE By Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.) Starting at $49.95/mo. CALL NOW & GO FAST! 1-888-905-7621 ______________________________________________

------------- NOTICES ---------MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. 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? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. As a mediator with 30 years experience, 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. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail 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 412-7602291. ______________________________________________ The Ringgold High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40th reunion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Anthony’s on the Mon, in Lower Speers. Classmates wishing to attend this event are asked to contact Terri Josephi Clement by phone at 724-7472243 or email Information and registration for the event is also available on the class’s Facebook site: Ringgold High School Class of ’72 Reunion (event), at: events/207058966086793/. ______________________________________________ 61 ——————————————————————————————————————————

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W. is a free, 12 Step program for people who have a problem controlling their eating. We have meetings every day throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, call 412-225-1664, e-mail or visit It's simple, free and it works. Please keep coming back no matter what! ______________________________________________ ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE talking meter and diabetic testing supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 866-955-7746 ______________________________________________ Buy Gold & Silver Coins-1 over dealer cost. For a limited time, Park Avenue Numismatics is selling Silver and Gold American Eagle Coins at 1 over dealer cost. 1-877-631-6397 ______________________________________________ LOCAL GOVERNMENTS! ADVERTISE YOUR BIDS HERE! You can NOW, by law, advertise with this publication to find competitive providers at a cost effective price. Call 800-450-7227 or visit ______________________________________________ Feeling older? Men lose the ability to produce testosterone as they age. Call 888-476-0957 for a FREE trial of Progene- All Natural Testosterone Supplement. ______________________________________________ Medical Alert for Seniors - 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 877-827-1331 ______________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------Dog Training: AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! or 412-8554678. ______________________________________________ CFA REG PKD NEG Solid-Bicolor Persian Kittens for sale. Please contact me at or visit ______________________________________________ Herbal kittens - free to good home. Black, black and white, and black and orange. 3 boys, 3 girls. Call 724-929-4189 or 724-9292486. ______________________________________________ Rescued Kittens for Adoption - 1st shots, wormed, spay/neuter included, variety of colors, $35. Call 724-258-8380. ______________________________________________ Large Boa Constrictor - 7 foot with cage and accessories, $100. Call 724-797-8303. ______________________________________________ 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! 724-2495777. ______________________________________________ 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) 3488028. ______________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an ongoing fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. ______________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------Union Twp 1 Bedroom Apartment for rent. Central Air. Nice Size yard. Nice size porch. Quiet neighborhood and Recently Remodeled. Fenced in yard. Call for Details ______________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE: Jefferson Hills, sprawling 3 bedroom, brick ranch, original owners, table top lot, garage. $114,900. Freeman Realty, Frank - 413.341.7711 ext: 28 or 724.941.3434 ______________________________________________ House for Sale - Elizabeth Twp. 3bdr;2bath; LR; DR; Game room; Screen back porch; front porch; single car garage; yard. 412-3846026. ______________________________________________ House for Rent in Charleroi - Large house on Lookout Ave. in Charleroi. One year free rent in exchange for construction on house. For more information, call 803-524-3308. ______________________________________________

APARTMENT FOR RENT, Monongahela , PA. First, Second Floor, One Bedroom, Galley Kitchen, Appliances, Free Parking, Garbage, Laundry Facility. Secured Locked Building, Close to Busline, Senior Discount. First Floor Apartment Fully Furnished! Call 724-9314764 FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. Mobile Home for Sale - 2 bed, 2 bath mobile home on fenced large corner lot, A/C, fireplace, doggy door, newer floors, washer dryer, stove included, will negotiate price $5500.00. In Port Royal Village. 724-243-4355. ______________________________________________ Apartment for Rent - 1 bedroom upstairs efficiency apt at 230 Donnan Ave., Washington, just a few blocks from downtown and W&J College. Total electric, no pets allowed, 1st and last months rent required down. $350 a month. Call 724-258-9115. ______________________________________________ Warehouse For Lease - Contact owner directly at 724-4834500 or 724-433-6541. Price negotiable. Includes office space and parking, 3 bay doors for easy loading/unloading, all utilities present, fantastic location. 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 Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. OWNER WILL FINANCE. Bank or seller won’t finance? We help! No qualifying. No credit! Low Down. Call Today! 1-800-563-2734 ______________________________________________ 20 ACRES FREE! 60 acres for 40 acre price. $0-Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee NO CREDIT CHECKS. West Texas. 1-800843-7537 ______________________________________________ 20 Acres Free! 60-for-40 acres price/investment $0- Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee No Credit Checks! West Texas 1800-843-7537 ______________________________________________ ABANDONED FARM! 5 acres - $69,900 Nice old farmhouse, barns, awesome view! Beautiful upstate NY setting! Call (866) 4958733 ______________________________________________

------------- SERVICES ---------Dog Training: AKC Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, obedience, puppies, manners, more! or 412-8554678. MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. 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? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. As a mediator with 30 years experience, 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. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or email HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Roofing, Vinyl siding, and window replacement experts. 34 years in business. No money down. Thousands of happy customers., call for a free estimate 412-831-9991. PA 005063 ______________________________________________

————————————————————————————————————————— 62 Companion for Elderly - Will help with dressing, meds, meals, and companionship. I provide activities, such as, cards, bingo, walks, exercise, and cheerful conversation. Add joy to your loved one's day. Hourly rates, in Bethel Park and surrounding areas. Please contact Carol at 412- 479- 9918. ______________________________________________ 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. ______________________________________________ Automatic Transmission Repair Performed By Certified Mechanic, South Park PA, Call 412-377-6917. ______________________________________________


Family Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. Transfer family 8mm and Super 8 reel (projector) movies to DVD – also transfer VHS, VHS-C DV tapes, vinyl records and cassettes. Movies transferred digitally, frame by frame, for superior clarity. No projector flicker – reasonable rates. Create a one of a kind DVD Montage of special family events. 724-258-5336; email: Web page: Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pickup. Call: 724-825-7233. ______________________________________________



BANKRUPTCY/DIVORCE - Licensed since 1984. Call to set up an appointment today to find out your rights. Attorney James E. Miscavage 412-653-5711. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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


ITALIAN SPECIALTY AND GOURMET CATERING LLC. Been est. 35 years. Catering corporate or personal events. Parties from 20 to 5000. Offering over 25 banquet facilities. All buffets are professionally decorated. Fast service. Reliable and plentiful. Featuring Breadworks breads. BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY EVENTS EARLY. 412-341-4626. ______________________________________

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. 412384-8400. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––




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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered master plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Locally owned and operated. Fully insured and certified. Ed Frye (412) 841-6008. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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

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. 724258-5336. ______________________________________


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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. ______________________________________________

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

We are transforming the Future of Pharmacy Services. Pharmacy Technicians Do you want to work with leading edge technology and be a part of a new, growing and innovative pharmacy? Golden Living currently has several openings for Pharmacy Technicians at their Closed-Door Regional Headquarters in Bridgeville and throughout the state. If you consider yourself an A+ pharmacy technician, who is dedicated, enthusiastic, and who enjoys working within a great team environment, you are exactly the person we want! You will be providing superior pharmacy operations to long-term care facilities while under the supervision of licensed Pharmacists. High School Diploma and training in a National Pharmacy Technician Program preferred We offer excellent medical insurance at reasonable rates, effective first of the month following hire date! Competitive wages, tuition reimbursement and 401(k). Equal Opportunity Employer, Drug-Free Workplace.

To find out how you can make a difference, send your resume and letter of interest to: Or apply online:

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You are invited to attend a Free Breast Cancer Education and Screening Luncheon Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 1 p.m. Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center Featured Presentations: “Breast Cancer: What to Expect” Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki, M.D. “Radiation Therapy Options for Breast Cancer” Mohsen Isaac, M.D. Breast exams Mammogram scheduling Informational displays

To register, call 724-258-1333

Union Finley Messenger October 2012  

Union Finley Messenger October 2012