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INDEX: Places To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Death Notices . . . . . . . . . . 33 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Local Worship . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Senior News . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Kids & Family . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Food & Dining . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

“ W E ’ R E T H E N E I G H B O R LY N E W S PA P E R â€? Union Township • Finleyville • Gastonville • Eighty Four • Nottingham • Peters Township • Venetia • New Eagle • Monongahela • Elrama • Elizabeth • West Elizabeth • Jefferson Hills • Library • South Park

FEMALE BONDING Local Mom’s Group Creates Supportive, Nurturing Relationships By Chasity Capasso

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years old, and says most of the moms in the group have young children as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the mothers have kids who are in 2nd grade or younger,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There may be a few who have older children, and we have one member who is pregnant with her first child.â&#x20AC;? According to Krista, the group currently has 26 members who live throughout Washington County, but she says all mothers are welcome to join, no matter where they live. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We call ourselves the Peters/ Canonsburg chapter, but we have members who live as far away as Mt. Lebanon,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are definitely open and welcoming to everyone. There is no limitation or restrictions.â&#x20AC;? The group meets twice a month. On the 1st Wednesday of the month they meet at the Peters Township Public Library, and on the 3rd Wednesday of the month meetings are held at the Canonsburg United Presbyterian (UP) church. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and offer a wide-range of topics, speakers and activities. At past meetings, breast cancer awareness was discussed and featured a speaker who ran a mammogram center, as well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask the Pediatricianâ&#x20AC;?, featuring a doctor (See Female Bonding on page 19)


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Local Schools Need to Show and Teach Respect For The American Flag Dear Editor

Resident Finds Comfort at Ringgold Warming Station Dear Editor: I woke up in the middle of the night on Friday, February 5 and realized my digital clock was not glowing red as usual and the room was terribly chilly. Not wanting to get out of bed, I told myself that it will come back on shortly. In the morning, my place is totally electric so there were no lights, no heat, and no smell of fresh brewed coffee. We could not leave the residence because of the large snowfall and downed trees and power lines, so my soulmate Joe and I suffered 2 days until the roads were clear. My son, Jay, who lives off Route 917 was also in the same predicament but was worried and concerned about me. Jay told me when the roads were clear to head to Ringgold High School as they were a “warming station”. We did just that. They fed us, very well in fact, and offered us showers and a place to sleep. Everyone was so kind and helpful. To name a few: Debbie Kendra, manager of the kitchen; A gentleman named Rich introduced himself as a resident; and Councilman Ken Kulak. Thank you so much. Janice Young - Finleyville

Stepping Down With Dignity Dear Editor; I am writing to regretfully inform the residents of Union Township that I have resigned as the Union Township Tax Collector. In today's economy it is extremely hard for the average person who has never been bonded before to obtain a bond. I could not secure the exceptionally high $1.3 million dollar bond that was required to do the job, so I had no choice but to resign. It seems as though this requirement was not commonly known, and there are other newly elected tax collectors in Washington County with the same problem. The Union Township supervisors have already appointed someone else to the job and business should be back to normal soon. I want to thank everyone that supported and voted for me, and also I want to apologize if I have inconvenienced anyone in anyway, because that was never my intentions. I worked very hard for the job that you elected me to do. I am confident that I would have been a great tax collector. I know that rumors can run wild in this township, and sometimes I wonder why I ever got myself mixed up in all of it, so don't believe everything that you hear. I am a good person, with a good husband who works very hard at two jobs. We also have two great kids. I have been through way worse than this and with the support of my family and friends I will get through this too. My mother always taught me to, "Let it go, keep your chin up, and be the better person". Again, thank you for your support, and please accept my sincere apologies. Thank you and God Bless, Pamela Perry Lawrence - Finleyville

Letters to the Editor can be submitted via e-mail to editor@unionfinley.com or by mail to P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332. All Letters to the Editor must be signed and must contain the author’s return address and telephone number for verification. Letters will be printed as submitted whenever possible; however, we reserve the right to edit for length, clarity, and taste, and to refuse to publish any and all letters received. Letters to the Editor represent the unsolicited opinions of our readers and do not reflect the views or opinions of the Union-Finley Messenger, its owners, editorial board, or writing staff. No compensation is offered for any submission, and the author assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and ramifications of their submission.

School is open but what lessons are being taught? I have been having a problem with a local school district and especially a local school building. The Gastonville Elementary Center (in the Ringgold School District) has been without an American flag flying above it for almost two months. In the middle of January I contacted the office of the Superintendent and informed them that the American flag flying outside of this particular school was torn and tattered. The woman who answered the phone was unpleasant and demonstrated her irritation that I had even called about this but stated that someone would look into this. A week later I called back to ask about the status because now, there was no flag flying there at all. Well, again, I had the misfortune of talking to this same unpleasant person in the Superintendent’s office and she snapped back that a flag was on order and there was nothing else to be done. I than contacted, via email, the principal and mentioned the reason for my concern and forwarded to her the U.S. Code dealing with the proper exhibition of the American flag. She (the Principal) informed me that a flag was on order and that it would be installed as soon as it was delivered. A few days passed and I sent her another email asking about the status saying that I was looking forward to seeing the “new flag” but it had not been visible as of yet. She did respond and (this was during the “big snow”) she mentioned that there had been the snow and she seemed, like everyone else, to be getting tired of the snow. My last email was on the February 3 and, as I have done many days during the past month have passed that school to check the status and commented that I have not seen the flag exhibited. As of March 3 there was still no flag flying at Gastonville Elementary Center. Now, while I can understand maybe being concerned about the student’s welfare when the “big snow” started, that shoveling the walkways would be a primary concern. I could imagine that even during the few days off that the flag may not have been flying. But, what is hard to imagine is that somewhere since then, the management, teachers, or the individuals having the responsibility and honor of raising our flag would have made it a priority to raise our flag as soon as possible. But apparently this is not something done within that system. While my children did not attend the Ringgold School District and I am not a member of the community served by that system, I do pay taxes and those taxes are sent to that district therefore, I feel that gives me the right and duty to question when a public school fails to properly exhibit our flag. I also have to question just what they are teaching when the flag, that so many have fought and died for to give them the opportunity to be learning has not come up on the radar of anyone at the school for almost two months. In a world where the voice of the people are not listened to by politicians, tax dollars are wasted in the billions everyday and common decency seems to be a distant passing thought. Maybe schools should start at the basics and start by learning about the proper respect and treatment of the American flag. Sincerely, William Merrell, USAF SMSgt (Retired) - Venetia


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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . APRIL 2 FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS will be provided from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 2 at the Peters Township Community Center. The screenings are provided courtesy of Canonsburg General Hospital. For more information call the Community Relations Department at 724-873-5835. GOOD FRIDAY FISH DINNER - The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Good Friday Fish Dinner at Broughton Hall on Friday, April 2 from 11 :00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Take-out available, just call 412-655-4844 to place your order.

Panera’s in Southland Shopping Center. For more information visit our website at http://jeffersonhills.freetoasthost.cc or call Bruce Tenenbaum at 412-885-0704.

APRIL 9 BINGO AND PENNY PARTY - A Victory Hill Bingo/Penny Party, will be held on Friday, April 9 at the Victory Hill Social Center, 25 Jones Lane, Victory Hill (Monongahela). Doors open at 6:00 pm; bingo – 7:00 pm. Also enjoy raffles, chinese auction, and much, much more. GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING - 2010 Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament - The Sheraton Hotel, Pittsburgh. 7:30

APRIL 2 - 3 BUNNY TROLLEY - The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum opens for the spring season with a favorite family event, “Bunny Trolley”. Ride a beautifully restored antique trolley with the Easter Bunny on Friday and Saturday April 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos with the bunny will be available and Egg Hunt fun will be on-going in the picnic grove. Take part in a spring time craft activity hosted in the Visitor Center and enjoy the many new interactive displays added for the 2010 season. Trolley rides leave every half hour with the last ride leaving the platform at 4:30 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $5 for children (ages 3-15), ages two and under are free. Also offered is the Family Rate of $30, for up to 2 adults and 4 children. For more information, call 724-228-9256 or visit the website at www.pa-trolley.org.

APRIL 10 SPRING FLING – Women of St. Benedict the Abbot will hold their “Spring Fling” arts, crafts and antiques fair on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors needed to participate at $35 per table. Contact Gerry Petro at 724-9410286 or petromollo@comcast.net SPAGHETTI DINNER - A spaghetti dinner will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on April 10 at Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Rd, Venetia. Tickets at the door are adults $7.00, kids 12 and under $3.00.

APRIL 11 GEOLOGY WALK - Come hike the Peters Creek Valley with Venture Outdoors on Sunday, April 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ventureoutdoors.org.

APRIL 7 CHILDREN’S THEATRE AUDITIONS – Bethel Park Heritage Players will hold Children’s Theatre auditions on April 7 from 6:15-7:30 p.m. for ages 6-17 at the Bethel Park Community Center. For more information, call 412-831-6800 ext. 745. SHARPEN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS - come to our Toastmasters Club meeting on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the

who fondly remember growing up in Peters Township. Families new to the area are welcome to learn about the history of their hometown. The festivities will include: • A photographic gallery One Hundred Years of Change at Donaldson’s Crossroads with Robert Donaldson and Patricia Stutzman Donaldson. • A Slideshow presentation Last Days of the Hollywood (Restaurant) with Edward Lybarger. • Hollywood Memorabilia courtesy of Bob and Jane McClure family. • Tours of the Library's Local History Room Collection. • Exhibits of Peters Township memorabilia, treasures from the way life used to be in this community. Peters Township High School musicians will provide the entertainment for this eventincluding performances by members of the jazz band and an ensemble. Thomas McMurray, life-long Peters Township resident, will introduce our local high school students who will perform renditions from the 60's and 70's. Refreshments will be provided compliments of Peters Township Friends of the Library. Register for this free program at our library circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

STEP BACK IN TIME - LIFE IN PETERS TOWNSHIP - Celebrate the history of Peters Township during an afternoon full of exhibits, memorabilia, photographs, and a slide presentation on Sunday, April 11 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Peters Township Public Library, 616 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA. "Step Back in Time - Life in Peters Township" will offer long-time residents of this area the opportunity to join with others

APRIL 12 OLDIES DANCE - Parents Without Partners is sponsoring an Oldies Dance on Monday, April 12 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Royal Place Restaurant, 2660 Library Rd. Music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by D.J. Steve. Admission is $5 for PWP members and $7 for non-members. Cash bar, menu items available. For more information, call Barb at 412-855-4308.

APRIL 14 NNCW MEETING – The Union Township “Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch” (NNCW) group meetings are back on schedule - second Wednesday of the month. The meeting on April 14th will feature guest speaker

Eileen Mazza from the AARP Consumer Issues Task Force. Her presentation will focus on encouraging awareness to various scams that are being used to cheat seniors. The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the St. Francis of Assisi General Purpose Building.

APRIL 16 DRIVER SAFETY REFRESHER COURSE Canonsburg General Hospital, in association with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer a four-hour refresher course for drivers 55 or older who have previously completed the AARP driver safety program. The session will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., on Friday, April 16, in the Canonsburg General Hospital McNary Conference Center. To register, or for more information, call Physician Access toll free at 1-877-284-2000. Class size is limited to 30 people. GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING - The Royal Place Restaurant, Route 88, Thursday Western PA. Finals & Hall of Fame Show.

APRIL 16 - 17 BOOK SALE - Join your “Friends” at the South Park Township Community Center for their Annual Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday will include the favorite “$5.00 a Bag Day.” Come and browse a large selection of books (All proceeds for the Friends book sale benefits the South Park Township Library. For more information, visit “Friends” at www.einetwork.net/ein/southprk/spfriends.htm.

APRIL 17 DOO WOP OLDIES DANCE - St. Joan of Arc Church in South Park is sponsoring a “Doo Wop Diddie Diddie Oldies Dance” to be held in the Domremy Pavillion on Saturday, April 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple. For tickets and further information, contact Jan Reis at 412-833-8231.


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MONTE CARLO NIGHT - The members of the Baldwin Kiwanis Club are holding their annual “Monte Carlo Night” fundraiser on Saturday, April 17 at the Leland Park Community Center, Knoedler Road and Wolfe Drive, from 6 p.m. until closing. Donation is $12 per ticket which includes beer, pop, setups and a complete buffet dinner to be served starting at 6:30 p.m. It is a BYOB affair and benefits Kiwanis administration and community needs. Come and join the Kiwanis members and friends for an evening of fun. For tickets and information, call Whitey at 412-881-6417, Ron at 724-745-2585, or Tim at 412-653-2497. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

APRIL 18 FUNDRAISER FOR RON SKRINJORICH Friends of Ron “Skrinny” Skrinjorich have organized a Fundraiser to help with medical bills for Ron “Skrinny” Skrinjorich who was badly burned during February’s snow storms. The event will be held on Sunday April 18 from 1 - 6 pm at Sylvester & Tweetie’s Banquet Hall located in Elizabeth. A $10 donation includes a buffet meal and entertainment by bands The New Bell Airs and Sapphire.For information phone: 412-384-0800

APRIL 19 AUXILIARY SPAGHETTI DINNER Monongahela Valley Hospital, ECC. Monday, April 19 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The public is invited to this luncheon sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For information about tickets, call the hospital’s gift shop at 724-258-1167.

APRIL 21 SHARPEN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS - come to our Toastmasters Club meeting on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Panera’s in Southland Shopping Center. For more information visit our website at http://jeffersonhills.freetoasthost.cc or call Bruce Tenenbaum at 412-885-0704.

APRIL 24 CLOTHING SALE - The Annual “Gently Used” Clothing & Merchandise Sale will be held at South Hills Assembly of God Church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. Shop for great bargains. For more information call 412-835-8900.

SPRING RUMMAGE-RECYCLING SALE The Presbyterian Women in Westminster Church will hold their Annual Spring Rummage-recycling Sale on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall. The “bag sale” and halfprice sale starts at 12:30. There will be a “boutique for better items.” Collection day is Friday, April 23 from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. For further information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412-831-5704.

APRIL 25 AN ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST – South Hills Assembly of God Church, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the fellowship hall. Advanced tickets are Adults $5 per person ($7 at the door), Children 10 years. and under $2 per person ($2.50 at the door) and Family price total (children 10 years. & under) $15 ($18 at the door). Tickets available at the church. For more information call 412835-8900 or visit www.southhillsassembly.org.

APRIL 30 GOLD PARTY - the Finleyville Moose will be hosting a Cash for You – Gold Party on Friday, April 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Finleyville Moose, 3545 Washington Ave. Offering members and non-members an opportunity to sell their unwanted/broken gold, sterling silver and platinum items for cash. Not limited to just jewelry - items such as platters, silverware, picture frames, etc. are welcome. No sales pitch. No obligation to sell. Items tested and weighed in your presence. Cash paid on the spot. KNIGHT AT THE RACES - On Friday evening, April 30, Finleyville Council 13832 Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a “Knight at the Races” where you can bet on the horses in the convenience of your own community. The “races” will be held at the Saint Francis of Assisi General Purpose Building in Finleyville just off Route 88. A low admission price of $10 gets you in the door, gets you a great meal and your choice of beverages for the evening. An additional $5 buys a horse that will pay $25 if it wins the race. Be sure to get your horse early because they sell out quickly. Buffet begins at 6:00 (new and old favorites on the buffet). The races start at 7:00. Baskets of valuable household items and other goodies will be raffled off throughout the evening.

Tickets will be on sale at St. Francis Church before and after masses on April 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 or at the door on race night. Tickets can also be purchased at the St. Francis Rectory – call 724 348-7145. Ask folks who have attended – it’s a great time with great food and the proceeds benefit charities supported by the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes.

APRIL 30 – MAY 1 FLEA MARKET - Union Roads United Methodist Church, 3687 Finley-Elrama Road, Gastonville, will hold a Flea Market on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Premier jewelry fundraiser will be held Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Public welcome and bring a friend. For more information, call 724-348-6200.

MAY 1 CASH BASH - The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their bi-annual “Cash Bash” on Saturday, May 1. For a $20.00 donation per ticket you will receive your admission to the event and a chance to win $9,000 in cash. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with refreshments and prizes. Come out and join in the fun and support your local volunteer fire department at the same time. For tickets, call the Broughton fire station at 412-6554844 or check out our website at www.broughtonvfd.org.

SPRING CARNIVAL - John McMillan Presbyterian Church will host a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities include children’s games, silent auction and carnival cafe’. The fun happens rain or shine at 875 Clifton Road in Bethel Park. Call 412-833-4704 with questions. FLEA MARKET, SOUP & FOOD BAKE SALE - The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having a giant flea market on Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A large variety of “treasures” will be for sale as well as a large assortment of Christmas items. The bake sale will include many homemade goodies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, fudge, and various kinds of cookies and breads. The food sale will include soups, sandwiches, French fries and more. Dine-in or takeout. Outside table space will be available for set up and cost for this is $10 per table (bring your own table). Elizabeth Baptist Church is located at 735 Bunola River Rd. in Elizabeth. Any inquiries may be made at 412-384-6464. FLEA MARKET - MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Windover Hills will be holding their annual May Market on Saturday, May 1 at Windover Hills United Methodist Church at 6751 Ridge Road in South Park. Early bird admission of $5 at 8:00 a.m.; general admission free at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds will support our non-profit group. Children’s clothes and toys, adult clothes, household goods, holiday decorations, craft items and will include a bake sale and refreshment stand.


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Union Township Call for Volunteers

Guests Beverly Gashel (on left) from Claysville with friend Ann on right.

Recreation Board Members Needed Union Township needs five energetic people to join the two volunteers who signed on last month. Help improve your facilities and plan new ones. We can’t do it without you. Young or old, High School student or parent, we need your ideas and planning effort to do such things as: •Add a volleyball or horseshoe court • Add a fitness trail or Scout camping area • Plan a spruce-up day • Develop plans for the NIKE site • Define and coordinate High School senior projects • Start Senior activities In addition to parents, high school students are encouraged to join. You can get valuable team-work experience and fulfill senior project requirements. We also need senior citizens. Please send your letter of interest to the Union Twp. Building, e-mail to Judy@uniontwp.com or call 724-348-4250.

Baldwin Kiwanis Plans Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser The members of the Baldwin Kiwanis Club are holding their annual “Monte Carlo Night” fundraiser on Saturday, April 17 at the Leland Park Community Center, from 6 p.m. until closing. Donation is $12 per ticket which includes beer, pop, setups and a complete buffet dinner to be served starting at 6:30 p.m. It is a BYOB affair and benefits Kiwanis administration and community needs. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. For tickets and information, call Whitey at 412-881-6417, Ron at 724-7452585, or Tim at 412-653-2497. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

South Park Women's Club Potluck Dinner and White Elephant Sale will Highlight April Meeting The South Park Women's Club will hold its last regular meeting of the 2009/2010 club year on Monday, April 19 at the South Park Community Center on Brownsville Road. In lieu of a speaker, all club members will bring a covered dish for our traditional potluck dinner which will be followed by a white elephant sale. For this sale, club members donate wrapped items which are then auctioned off to raise money for our charitable works within the South Park community. The beautifully wrapped items can hide either trash or treasure and some lucky bidder will go home with the white elephant in her possession to have and to hold until next year's sale. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Coming in May

Events at Victorene’s Tea in Monongahela St. Patrick’s Mystery Tea On Sunday March 14th, Victorene’s took their guests into the heart of Dublin, Ireland to host its annual St. Patrick's Shamrock’s Mystery Tea. Tea patrons enjoyed fun Irish games, an incredible Irish inspired menu, Irish music, and of course a murder mystery! As an amazing lunch was served to the guests, everyone was shocked when a dead body was discovered! The guests rallied together to figure out the “whodunit”.

Tea treats

Springtime Teatime Victorene’s Tea is hosting a Springtime tea on April 17 at 1:00 PM, celebrating Beatrix Potter, one of the best loved storytellers of all time. Her enchanting tales are a part of our childhoods, and her magical drawings reach out to the child in every grown-up. This is a wonderful tea event for old and young alike! Won’t you join us with your closest friends & family or share a special moment with that little child in your life. Call to reserve at 724-258-7199 or visit our web site at www.victorenestea.com.

Emily Masa (the owner’s niece) ready to pour tea for guests.

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People Are Just Plain Crazy because you were driving I have not put away my slow, only for you to pass snow-blower or my them some time later when snow-shovels. Notice they had wrecked into that I have written shovanother car, tree, or snow els… plural. I am still bank. waiting for that next snow fall. I just want to I don’t know, maybe crazy isn’t the word, maybe be sure. Am I playing it common sense is what I safe? Or am I just nuts? should be ranting about. I During our winter dishave to admit that I haven’t pleasure when I was able always had a level head on to get out of the house I my shoulders. I was once noticed many people young and invincible a with a definite lack of, William “Wild Wily” Frankfurt long time ago. That’s why well, clothing. Shorts, I walk with a limp and it cut off shirts, pajama bottoms, slippers, tennis shoes, and hoodies. sounds like somebody’s making popcorn when I get out of a chair to fast. Is that crazy? History is full stories about crazy people Am I part of the fashion starved? Would it be a fashion no-no to be found frozen to or folks who didn’t use common sense. death in my drive way in my boots and Samuel McCulloch once ran his horse off a heavy winter coat, gloves, and hat after cliff when trapped by Indians. He jumped falling into a snow drift. Should I have some hundred and ten feet into the Ohio attempted to remove snow in my plaid pj’s river to escape death. The Indians were so and fuzzy slippers to make a more fashion- impressed they discontinued their pursuit and he made it to Little Washington to able corpse? My family would say yes and I would warn of a possible attack. George Washington was involved in a qualify for a, “fashion make-over.” (Please, nobody try this. I tend to react violently if shoot out that is said to be responsible for surprised and to date have never been the start of the French and Indian War. punked or surprised by a reality TV show George Custer misjudged the size of an program, so be warned I may throw punch- Indian camp. Were they crazy or just dides or lead.) I guess I come from a time n’t use common sense? when cold weather clothing and being Spring is here which just adds to all the warm and dry made sense or was just old craziness. I guess I’m just trying to warn you all and get ready for warm weather. So fashioned. A friend of mine who paved and plowed here is my advice for the coming spring and parking lots for a living informed me that he summer. Stay off ladders if you don’t know how to had since moved on to a new business, because the companies he paved parking use them. Chainsaws can hurt you. lots for kept asking him to paint the lines Gasoline is not for starting fires. Four closer together so they could get more vehi- wheel drive vehicles do get stuck in the cles into their lots. mud. You can not pick up a lawnmower If your saying in your mind, “Hum, that and use it like a hedge trimmer. No diving makes sense.” You probably are one of the means the water is shallow or there are big crazy ones who need the word finite and rocks under the water. Wear gloves while infinite explained to you. Or you just chopping hot peppers or wash your hands haven’t been pinned out of your vehicle yet. before going to the bathroom. Deodorant My friend has since moved on and has does not mean, “A quick shower.” begun a towing business. This has nothing Fellas, NO means No! Ladies, NO to do with the parking lot situation, but this means no! And finally, one more for the winter he did a booming business in pulling road doesn’t mean it’s OK because there are cars out of snowdrifts. He said that most of no police in Finleyville. his calls were for people who drove four Be safe, don’t be crazy and remember our wheel drives. You know them. They are the troops. Because they do what they do, we people who passed you in a snow storm are safe to do what we do.

“Knight at the Races” - Friday, April 30 On Friday, April 30, Finleyville Council 13832 Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a “Knight at the Races” where you can bet on the horses in the convenience of your own community. The “races” will be held at the Saint Francis of Assisi General Purpose Building in Finleyville. $10 gets you in the door, gets you a great meal and your choice of beverages. An additional $5 buys a horse that will pay $25 if it wins the race. Buffet begins at 6:00 (new and old favorites on the buffet). The races start at 7:00. Baskets of valuable household items and other goodies will be raffled off throughout the evening. Tickets will be on sale at St. Francis Church before and after masses on April 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 or at the door on race night. Tickets can also be purchased at the St. Francis Rectory – call 724 348-7145. Ask folks who have attended – it’s a great time with great food and the proceeds benefit charities supported by the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes.


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Sewage Log Jam Easing in Peters Creek Sanitary System State Representative Levdansky Sorts through the Issues By Paul Chasko Developers and home builders depending on sewage services from Peters Creek Sanitary Authority (PCSA) have been nervous, frustrated and angry over the past several months trying to get sewage taps authorized for their projects. I listened to developers Earl Danielson of Quaker Engineering and Bruce Klassen of CDK Development venting this frustration at several recent Union Twp. Board meetings. Even more frustrating was the difficulty developers and municipalities had in obtaining information on the problem. The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had, in effect, frozen new construction plans by denying any new sewage taps. This temporarily affected building plans in Union Twp. (Tuscany Estates). Similar new construction worries were felt in other surrounding municipalities serviced by the PCSA. At the heart of this problem is an issue that was first reported on in last month’s Union-Finley Messenger (Nottingham Twp. Tap-ins On Hold …). The effluent from municipalities serviced by PCSA ends up at the Clairton Municipal Authority (CMA). The CMA is approaching the limit of its effluent handling capability as set and controlled by the DEP. In this situation, they are required to prepare and file a “Corrective Action Plan” for expansion that would permit the facility to handle increased processing. The DEP, apparently believing that such a plan was tied up in disagreements between PCSA and CMA over costs, decided to stop issuing sewage tap-in authorizations until issues between PCSA and CMA could be resolved. The preliminary estimate for CMA expansion was $ 40 million. PCSA balked at this figure and asked for additional details and let it be known that it might be less costly for PCSA to build their own processing plant. State Representative David Levdansky stepped in recently to find some means by which all agencies involved, DEP, PCSA and CMA could find some common ground to move forward. On March 12, Representative Levdansky and I discussed

this issue at some length and much of the above was corroborated by him. He has hosted two meetings with representatives from all three agencies. He said that the result was a timetable for developing a Corrective Action Plan that was acceptable to both PCSA and CMA. In addition, a new cost estimate for upgrading the CMA processing plant surfaced with a price tag of $28.6 million (preliminary and unofficial) which was more reasonable than the initial estimate and would be more manageable for PCSA customers. A representative from PennVest was also invited to the 2nd meeting. PennVest could provide a low-interest loan for perhaps 50 % of the required funds. The remainder would come from other sources – perhaps a bond issue or grants. The result of these meetings as Representative Levdansky disclosed was a timetable for the submittal of the required Corrective Action Plan to the DEP, identification of possible funding sources and a more detailed cost estimate considerably lower than the $ 40 million originally estimated. I followed up with a telephone interview with Rick Kovach (manager of the PCSA office). He told me that PCSA had received a letter from the DEP on March 11 authorizing release of 138 new sewage taps. This relieves the immediate pressures but CMA/PCSA will need to come to agreement on the Corrective Action Plan. According to Rep. Levdansky a preliminary exchange of engineering data is scheduled for mid-April and a preliminary design and cost estimate is scheduled for mid-August. Levdansky noted that CMA is aware that interest rates will probably never be lower than they are now and is anxious to move ahead. The possibility still exists that PCSA could seek DEP approval for construction of a new plant – a site in Union Twp. has been casually talked about. This would leave CMA holding the bag having lost one of its major customers. Obtaining approval for the building of a sewage processing plant in Union Twp. would be a separate battle. Stay tuned folks.

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New 2010 Fleischmann's Yeast "Bake for the Cure" Contest The 2010 Washington County Fair will have a new baking contest this year, partnering with Fleischmann's Yeast and comes with two ways to win and focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness. The first baking contest category features yeast breads of any type and flavor. The second calls for the top 'Whole Grain Bread' with recipes using at least 50% whole grains. The first place winning recipes in both categories will advance to grand prize judging for a $1,000 national award. For every Fair entry into this contest, Fleischmann's Yeast will contribute $10 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. Bring your baked entries and matching written recipe for live judging. Themes and decorations are encouraged as part of your presentation. For a 2010 Fair premium Book (when they become available) phone the Washington County Fair at 724-225-7718

Bonding of Officials An Issue In Washington County By Paul Chasko Mrs. Pamela Lawrence tendered her resignation as Union Township (UT) Tax Collector on March 16 after holding the position for only two months. State law requires that the tax collector in UT must be able to post a $1.3 million surety bond by March 15 in order to hold the position. When it became apparent to Mrs. Lawrence that she would have difficulty in obtaining bonding for that amount, she reluctantly submitted a letter of resignation to the UT board. Mrs. Lawrence commented that she had no idea bonding might be a problem after she successfully completed her campaign last year. Apparently, obtaining sizeable surety bonds has become more difficult it times of economic stress. Members of the UT board of supervisors accepted her resignation calling it, “an unfortunate situation.” The board took the following position: “we have no recourse but to accept the resignation as continuation without bond could result in possible financial exposure to Mrs. Lawrence, the board members and residents of UT.” After the resignation of Mrs. Lawrence, the UT Board of Supervisors appointed Mrs. Bernadette Speer to the position of UT Tax Collector. Mrs. Speer had run against Mrs. Lawrence in last year’s election. Mrs. Lawrence was not alone in this situation. The Clerk of Courts released a list of sixteen other tax collectors who were not bonded in Washington County, which raises some questions. Why didn’t the Clerk of Courts Office determine there was going to be a bonding problem before these folks started their duties? Why isn’t there a requirement in the law for candidates to show they’re bondable as a requirement for running for office? It would save a great deal of grief for all parties involved. One might also question whether running for local office is now going to require a certain degree of affluence with the system turning away candidates who are otherwise very qualified for office.

South Park Library “Friends” Spring Book Sale April 16 - 17 Join your “Friends” at the South Park Township Community Center for their Annual Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday will include the favorite “$5.00 a Bag Day” Come and browse a large selection of books (hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, children, adult, school, educational, cocktail table), old records, albums, audio music tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, video tapes, video games, electronic games and equipment, books on tape, audio tapes, computer games and programs, games, puzzles, toys and stuffed toys. All proceeds for the Friends book sale benefits the South Park Township Library. For more information, visit “Friends” at www.einetwork.net/ein/southprk/spfriends.htm.


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Ride Your Bicycle from Pittsburgh To Washington D.C! Experts Discuss Planning a Traffic-free Bike Trip at PT Library Learn how to plan a traffic-free bike trip between Pittsburgh PA and Washington, D.C. in this special presentation by Mary Shaw and Roy Weil, two award-winning experts. The program, "Linking Up: Planning Your Traffic-Free Bike Trip between Pittsburgh PA and Washington, D.C." will describe the trip traveling the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the C & O Canal Towpath, including what there is to do along the way. Shaw and Weil will offer information and tips on planning a bike trip along the entire route or planning shorter excursions along the trails. This free program will be offered by the Peters Township Public Library on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. You will learn strategies for planning your trip, how to select an itinerary, options for shorter trips, and whether to travel independently or with an organized group (Outfitter). Find out about lodging and meal alternatives and what you might expect from resources along the way. This presentation will also focus on identifying what kind of assistance you will need to determine if you would enjoy a self-contained trip, a lightly supported trip, or a fully supported trip with someone else responsible for making all the arrangements including a guide to travel with the group. Suggestions for planning your distance for each day of your trip will be offered, along with the pros and cons of choosing an eastbound or a westbound trip with the description of the trails for each direction. This is recognized as the premier trip of its kind in the country, and draws visitors from all over the world. It is the best bicycle camping trip in the eastern United States and it is right in our backyard! Come find out what makes it great and start planning your adventure. Register at the library circulation desk, call 724-941-9430 or e-mail Pier Lee at PLee@ptlibrary.org.

Step Back In Time A Celebration Of Life In Peters Township When: Sunday,April 11, 2010 • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Join us at the Peters Township Library on Sunday, April 11 as we celebrate the history of Peters Township through exhibits, visual displays of memorabilia and photographs, and slide presentations. The event kicks off at 1:00 PM, and will run through 4:00 PM. Special attractions include: Meet Robert Donaldson and Patricia Donaldson Stutzman at the exhibit One Hundred years of Change at Donaldson's Crossroads. Tour the library's Local History Room collection and discover treasures from the way life used to be in Peters Township. Walk down memory lane with Edward Lybarger for a slideshow presentation Last Days of the Hollywood (Restaurant) and enjoy Hollywood Memorabilia courtesy of the Bob and Jane McClure family Enjoy musical selections from Peters Township High School musicians, including performances by members of the jazz band and an ensemble. Thomas McMurray, life-long Peters Township resident, will introduce local high school students who will provide renditions from the 60's and 70's. Register for this free program by calling (724) 941-9430.

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One High Roller Won The $5,000 Grand Prize Gift Card At Hot Metal Harley-Davidson®.

Gil Diaz of McKeesport took home the $5,000 Grand Prize at the Hot Metal Harley Davidson Roll-To-Win Contest

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts came ready to roll at Hot Metal HarleyDavidson’s ROLL-TO-WIN contest. The event kick-started this year’s riding season by giving away a $5,000 Grand Prize Gift Card. Contestants lined up everyday for a month to get a chance to enter the free contest. Contestants had to roll the dice and spell “H-A-R-L-E-Y” to win a spot in the finals. No purchase was necessary, but customers that did purchase bikes during this promotion got two rolls in the finals. The highest point total of a single roll determined gift card winners: 1st Place $5,000, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $100, and $75 for Worst Roll. With dice in hand, fifty-two finalists vying to come out on top took on lady luck, at Hot Metal Harley-Davidson’s “Let ‘em Roll” sales event on Saturday, March 13. When all the dust cleared, Gil Diaz, of McKeesport was the high roller and the $5,000 Grand Prize, Gift Card winner. Diaz rolled 26 total points in the first round to out score all challengers. Second place went to Eric Ritter of Pittsburgh and third place went to Elliot Howsie of Pittsburgh. Coming in dead last with the worst roll was David McKee of Finleyville. "We know there are thousands of people, young and old, dreaming of hitting the open road," said Lori Flanigan, General Manager of Hot Metal Harley-Davidson®. “I hope this contest can inspire those still dreaming to roll the dice and take life by the handlebars!" For more information about Hot Metal Harley-Davidson, contact Lori Flanigan, General Manager at 412.464.9453.

Eric Ritter of Pittsburgh took home a $250 gift card for second place.

Elliot Howsie of Pittsburgh was the third place winner and received a $100 gift card

Finleyville resident David McKee had the honor of having the “Worst Roll” and received a $75 gift card.


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The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum opens for the spring season with a favorite family event, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bunny Trolleyâ&#x20AC;?. Ride a beautifully restored antique trolley with the Easter Bunny on Friday and Saturday April 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos with the bunny will be available and Egg Hunt fun will be on-going in the picnic grove. Take part in a spring time craft activity hosted in the Visitor Center and enjoy the many new interactive displays added for the 2010 season. Trolley rides leave every half hour with the last ride leaving the platform at 4:30 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $5 for children (ages 3-15), ages two and under are free. Also offered is the Family Rate of $30, for up to 2 adults and 4 children. For more information, call 724-228-9256 or visit the website at www.pa-trolley.org.

Washington County Parks Accepting 2010 Shelter Rentals The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is now accepting 2010 shelter reservations for Mingo Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Cross Creek County Parks. The Parks and Recreation Office is located in Room 101 of the Washington County Courthouse Square. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Reservations will be accepted in person, by application through the mail, and by phone with a credit card. All reservations are on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;first come - first serveâ&#x20AC;? basis. Payment in fun is due at the time of reservation Permit applications are available at the following locations in Washington County: â&#x20AC;˘ Bentleyville Library â&#x20AC;˘ Brownsville Municipal Building â&#x20AC;˘ Burgettstown Borough Building â&#x20AC;˘ California Borough Building â&#x20AC;˘ Canonsburg Borough Building

â&#x20AC;˘ Charleroi Chamber of Commerce â&#x20AC;˘ Cross Creek Township Building â&#x20AC;˘ Curtis Pharmacy, Claysville â&#x20AC;˘ Donora Borough Building â&#x20AC;˘ Agway, Eighty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Four â&#x20AC;˘ Giant Eagle, Finleyville â&#x20AC;˘ Ten Mile Junction, Fredericktown â&#x20AC;˘ Monongahela Borough Building â&#x20AC;˘ McDonald Borough Building â&#x20AC;˘ Peters Township Municipal Building â&#x20AC;˘Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency Applications are also available on-line in a PDF format at www.co.washington.pa.us. Go to departments, scroll to Parks & Recreation and click on Shelter Permit Application to print an application For more information, contact the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation at 724-228-6867.

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MMVTA Bus Service in Finleyville and Union Township Legal Issues Unlikely to Cause Any Service Disruptions By Paul Chasko There have been some concerns about a legal dispute causing a cessation of bus service along Route 88 to Finleyville and Union Township. My interview with Mark Roncone of the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) helped address some of these issues and find out the facts. The MMVTA has authority from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to operate bus routes in the Mon Valley. They own the buses and contract with transit companies to operate and maintain the buses. 88 Transit has been contracted as their operator for as long as most folks can remember. Last year they were underbid by “First Transit” out of Ohio. First Transit has been operating the buses since July 1, 2009. Most of the municipalities served by the MMVTA are paying members of the

MMVTA – however, Finleyville and Union Township, although they’ve always been serviced by MMVTA, have never been members. Since they are not members of the MMVTA, 88 Transit is claiming that it has exclusive rights for bus service in Finleyville and Union Township and is objecting to MMVTA’s continuing service to these communities. This issue has landed with the PUC for resolution. A decision on the issue from the PUC may take as long as October. According to Mr. Roncone, it’s highly unlikely there will be any disruption to service to Finleyville or Union Township. The MMVTA is pretty well committed to continuing service. They like the passenger volume from these two municipalities and have a $600,000 “Park and Ride” facility in Union township. As long as the recommendations from the PUC are reasonable, this issue should be history by autumn.

Options Resource Center Will Hold “Walk for Life” The Options Resource Center in Monongahela is holding its “6th Annual Walk For Life” at Cedar Creek Park on Sunday May 2 at Pavilion 17. (Down by the River along the Trail) Registration will begin at 12:30 PM. A Light Lunch will served. The walk will begin at 1:00 P.M. The walk itself is a two mile walk, one mile up and one mile back. We are asking each participant to gather pledges and donations and bring them to the walk. This is not a “per mile” pledge, but simply a one time donation of any amount. This is a fund raising event, (not a march or protest) one of two major fund raising events for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. We depend on the pledges and contributions from the walk to carry us through the summer months. Registration forms are available at the Center. Contact Richard Dodson at 724-8725402 or e-mail at richandannadodson@verizon.net with your questions. Forms and pledge sheets can be e mailed directly to you. We need the support of many during these tough times. Our ministry is growing and so are our needs. Please keep this date in mind consider supporting this function and spread the word.


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Washington Hospital Recruiting Teens for Junior Volunteer Program

Peters Township Parks and Recreation Classes and Programs for April Peters Township Park and Recreation Department is offering the following classes at the Community Center in April 2010. Pre-registration is required. Registration available now at the center or online. For additional information or questions, please call the Parks & Recreation Department (724) 942-5000. MATURE ADULT ACTIVITIES/FITNESS:

The 2009-2010 Junior Volunteer Executive Board. (Seated l-r): Secretary Leslie Shipman, President Julianne Popivchak, Treasurer Casey Knapp. Standing: Volunteer Services Director Kathleen Michalovicz, Jessie Greco, Bethany Piett, Kristly Pollana, Rachel Sharp, McKenzie McElhaney Missing: Vice-President Brianna Kidd, Abby Neal, Megan McFall

The Washington Hospital Volunteer Department is currently recruiting high school students - ages 14 and older - to join the Junior Volunteer program. Students volunteer on weekends and after school, usually 2-3 times per month, and are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours. Interviews for the Summer Session will be held after school April 26 - April 29. For more information, call 724-223-7114. Space is limited. Leadership opportunities are also available through the Junior Volunteer Executive Board.

Pleasant Hills Chik-fil-A Cow Earns a Name By Charlotte Hopkins When the Pleasant Hills Chik-fil-A decided to hold a contest to name their advertising cow, they were pleasantly surprised with the response from the community. After gathering ballots and careful consideration, the winning name was “T-Bone” submitted by Eileen Galante of Jefferson Hills. Stephanie Henry (left) and Kristin Galante On Saturday, March 6, 2010 Chil-fil(right) congratulate Eileen Galante (center) A hosted a birthday bash for their mason her victory of naming the Chik-fil-A cow cot cow, “T-Bone.” At the party, Galante was awarded 52 free chicken sandwich coupons! That averages out to a free sandwich a week for a year! Congratulations Eileen Galante and Happy Birthday T-Bone!

SILVERSNEAKERS® I – MUSCULAR STRENGTH & RANGE OF MOVEMENT (AGES 65 AND OVER) Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Free program for those enrolled in the following providers Bravo Health; Geisinger HealthPlan; Highmark; Independence Blue Cross. InstructorSuzie Bode Days: Wednesday & Friday Time: 10:00-10:45 a.m. Fee: $80 Member/$120 Non-Member (Fee if not covered by Health Insurance) ONE DAY EVENTS/WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES NUTRITION 101 - In this workshop, you will learn: ¥ Why diets don t work ¥ Fast Food Do s & Don ts ¥ Fun Recipes ¥ Tips for children ¥ Navigating the Supermarket ¥ Exploring new foods Making dinner FUN! Location: Peters Township Recreation Center, 700 Meredith Drive, Venetia, PA 15361 Day: Monday, April 19, 2010 Time: 6:00 — 7:30 PM Fee: $12 Member/ $18 Non-Members (includes a snack and handouts) STRESS & HEALTH MANAGEMENT -1 in 3 Americans suffer from some type of stress! Don t be a statistic anymore! Stress impacts us all in one form or another, so coping with stress correctly is crucial for everyone. The causes of stress in our lives, like bills, job loss, family illness, etc., seem to be constant, so it may seem that dealing with stress is a no win situation. On the contrary, there are effective ways to limit the affects of stress on you. This workshop will help participants to identify the causes of their stress and provide them with practical, effective tools to

reduce and manage stress. Participants in this workshop will learn: To assess their personal levels of stress. To determine the root causes of their stress. Practical tips and techniques for reducing & relieving stress, Strategies for properly managing stress, How to deal with anxiety, worry and anger attitudes, How to live more a balance & productive life. Join us for a Stress & Health Management Workshop. Day: Monday, April 12, 2010 Time: 6:00 — 8:00 PM Fee: $10 Member/ $15 Non-Member Location: Peters Township Recreation Center, 700 Meredith Drive,Venetia COLLEGE BOUND ADMISSIONS ACADEMY Looking for a great program for your 13 — 16 year old teen? Without question, training in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens helps students learn to apply timeless principles of successful behavior to the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face today. Students will be better prepared to stand-up for themselves and resist peer pressure, be more goaloriented, and view life as a positive, meaningful experience. Your student will laugh while they learn with a newfound belief in their own abilities. Register at Peters Township Recreation Center Classes will be held at the Peters Township Recreation Center space is limited to 12 teens per workshop! Dates: April 17 & 24, 2010 Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Fee: $125 Member / $188 Non-Member per teen Material Fee: $35 paid the first class to instructor. Materials include the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and the Success Guide workbook! FREE! COLLEGE ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP That is why College-Bound Admissions Academy, the premiere college admissions and financial aid private practice in the greater Pittsburgh area is offering this free 90-minute comprehensive workshop at the Peters Township Recreation Center. Families need help and guidance in the areas of high school academic choices, career planning, college searching, college applications, and financial aid. Offered on the following dates: Pre-registration highly recommended at the Peters township Recreation Center or by calling College Bound at 724-942-7680 speak to Lisa Mendicino Day: Sunday, April 18, 2010 Time: 2:30—4:30 p.m.


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South Park BMX Track – Open House BE A PART OF THE EXCITING SPORT OF BMX BICYCLE MOTOCROSS RACING THE NEWEST OLYMPIC SPORT If you love to ride your bike, BMX is the sport for you. There are no teams and no one sits on the bench. You compete against others your own age and proficiency. If you can ride a bike, you can take part in the exciting sport of BMX. The USA won the Gold and Silver in the Men’s Finals and Bronze in the Women’s Finals in the BMX racing debut in Beijing. Come join us at our open house WHEN: Saturday April 10, 2010 WHERE: BMX Track is located in South Park and is part of the Allegheny County Parks Dept. TIME: 1:00 -5:00 pm with 1st race of the season starting at 7:00 pm; free refreshments will be served! Just bring your bike, a close face helmet, long sleeve shirt and long pants. (Loaner equipment available at the track.) Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to ride the track during open house. Any questions, please call George Brain-Track Director - (412) 337-2013. Track Hotline (412) 831-3620 If you are unable to make it on this date, visit www.spbmx.net for complete track schedule Please fill out and bring this with you to open house and ride the track for free! Rider s Name_______________________________ Birthday _________ Age_______ Street Address______________________________ City___________________State______Zip Code_________ Phone Number______________________________ Alternate Phone Number___________________________ School District________________________________ E-Mail Address___________________________________ Parent or Guardian s Name _____________________________________ How did you hear about us? ________________________________________________________________

A Very Sweet Sunday Sweets, Treats and Desserts Raise Funds for Washington City Mission By Chasity Capasso On Sunday, February 21, the Washington City Mission held its 16th annual “Sweet Sunday” dessert festival at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe. All proceeds benefited the Mission and Avis Arbor Women’s Shelter, which have served the homeless and poor since 1941. With about 250 volunteers and over 2,000 attendees, Sweet Sunday raised a total of nearly $100,000, which will go toward the $7,539 daily operating costs. The original idea for Sweet Sunday came from Cindy Pfrimmer and Phyllis Ross. They chose to hold the event around Valentine’s Day to coincide with the “celebrate with sweets” theme, and it has been a success ever since, with more people attending each year. “This is our major fundraiser,” said Dean Gartland, President of the Mission. “We want the public to get involved in helping the Mission, and it’s nice to be here to see all of the volunteers and donors making this event happen.” Both professional and amateur businesses and other groups and clubs rented booths to sell their sweets, typically costing between 50-cents and $1.50. For example, Krispy Kreme sold glazed donuts, Eat N’ Park enticed people with their famous Oreo Crème Pie, and Peters Creek Baptist Church offered “A Pie and a Prayer.” Jane’s Nuts had a booth, the Mission itself sold homemade Diablo cake and others offered snowballs, peanut butter wonders, Oreo truffles and Sunday sundaes, to name a few. Besides delicious desserts, Sweet Sunday offered live entertainment, including a DJ from WJPA radio, an auction, and their Kid’s Korner, which had face painting, crafts, clowns, caricatures and games and prizes for children. Donna Bussey, Associate Director of Public Relations for the last five years, said that all proceeds will help to pay for the Mission’s electric bill, food, clothing and supplies for its residents. “Right now we have close to 100 residents staying with us between the Mission and Women’s Shelter,” she said. “We usually have about 80, so we have an overflow right now, with some people sleeping on the chapel floor.” The Washington City Mission is the largest private shelter in the tri-county area, serving 57 men and 40 women and children and 133,000 meals annually. “It’s important for people to learn about

Carly Rhome, age 10, mom Jodi Rhome and April Giles, age 9, from Canonsburg, purchase food tickets.

Derrek Thompson, age 3, of Canonsburg makes a Gospel Bead necklace, sponsored by the Glenn Street Methodist Church in Washington.

Members of “The Wonders” Unicycle Club put on a show in the Kids Korner. Derrek Thompson, age 3, from Canonsbur g gets his face painted by a volunteer.

the mission and see what we do and what it takes to run it,” said Gartland. Ministries of the Mission include the Washington City Mission Men’s Shleter, Avis Arbor Women’s and Children’s Shelter, James Arbuckle Medical Clinic, the Food Kitchen and Community Food Pantry, and Hidden Treasures Stores of Canonsburg, Washington, Waynesburg and Donora. To make a donation to support the Washington City Mission or its ministries, or in inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact the Mission at 724-228-9240 or visit their website, www.citymission.org.


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Monongahela ‘Crawls’ Again

Terry Lee Bringing ‘Reunion’ Tour to Area with Dance in Stockdale It will be a return to his roots when Terry Lee brings his “TL Reunion Tour” to the Stockdale Fire Hall on Saturday, May 1. “We’re certainly looking forward to returning to the Mon Valley,” said Lee, a native of New Eagle and a 1960 graduate of Monongahela High School. “This is really where it all started for us.” Lee had his first dance as a disc jockey at age 16 at the Finleyville Community Center. “I remember going to record hops at other places in the area including Stockdale,” he said. “We decided to do something in town (Finleyville) and it worked well.” The nostalgic May 1 event at Stockdale (five miles south of Charleroi on Route 88) will open with a Meet and Greet session from 6 to 7 p.m. during which the first 100 people to register in advance can get autographs from Lee and bring their cameras to take pictures with him. The dance, featuring the unique TL Sounds (including Music for Young Lovers) will run from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cost of the Meet and Greet is $30 and includes admission to the dance. Admission to the dance only is $20. Attendance for the evening will be limited to 600 people. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. More information and tickets are available at 724-330-5002. Lee launched his long-awaited return to the Oldies scene after a 22-year hiatus on February 13 with a Valentine’s Weekend For Young Lovers dance at The Palisades in McKeesport. “It was an overwhelming and emotional night for us,” Lee, 67, said. “There were about 600 people there and their response to our return was something I can’t explain in words. It was like turning the clock back 50 years and watching them re-live those special days in their lives. I had tears in my

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THEN - Terry Lee in a promotional photo at the Nite Train in West Elizabeth in the 1960s.

eyes. I never thought we would be received so well. I felt like I was 19 again.” Dancing to the signature music Lee popularized during a 50-year career in radio and TV will highlight the dance at Stockdale. “It will be a night filled with very fond memories for me and hopefully for everyone else,” Lee, the son of Albert Trunzo of Belle Vernon, said. “I’ll never forget the great people who supported our dances in the Mon Valley and elsewhere in the region. They hold a special place in my heart and I’m looking forward to seeing them again at Stockdale.” Adding to the sentimental journey will be special audio-visual reminders of Lee’s dances at the TL Nite Train in West Elizabeth and his popular television dance shows. He also hosted the popular dances and night swim parties at Redd’s Beach in Fallowfield Township for nearly 10 years. At the height of his popularity in the 1960s and 1970s Lee’s dances at clubs, fire halls, community centers and myriad other venues constantly drew crowds of nearly 1,000 teenagers. His radio career began at WESA in Charleroi in 1959 when he was still in high school and reached its peak during Owner/Publisher Douglas E. Haniford

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Bar-Hopping Fundraiser to Benefit Monongahela Fire Department

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stints at WIXZ and WMCK in McKeesport. He later enjoyed success on a broader scale with a nationally syndicated show and promoted concerts at Three Rivers Stadium and the Civic Arena. He also owned and operated radio stations in several states before going into “semiretirement” in the early 1990s. Much of the music from those years, including his trademark Music for Young Lovers ballads, are featured on eight CDs currently in stock on Lee’s website, www.TLSoundCo.com. Those same songs are the staple of his Saturday night shows on “Music Power 104" WLSW (103.9 FM) in Scottdale and its sister station, WQTW (1570 AM) in Latrobe. They are part of the Pittsburgh Oldies format created by Wall, whose association with Lee goes back nearly 50 years. “It’s been great to get back to the genre I have loved for most of my life,” Lee said. “I am deeply grateful to everyone who has been so supportive. I wasn’t sure (before the McKeesport event) if I really wanted to do another live dance, but the time has come and I look forward to it, to playing that music live again and seeing the people who made it all possible.”

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On Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 2PM to 10PM, the town of Monongahela will be “crawling” again with for the 2nd Annual Monongahela Bar Crawl. The Crawl will be divided into teams of “bar crawlers”. The teams will be crawling through Monongahela making stops at participating bars including: The Bar, The Eldorado, Hilltop, Ponce’s Place, Hey Andy’s, Hitches Hut , and Blaine Hill. Each team, will contain a designated driver or in a few cases, a bus driver. Last year’s event collected donations for the Owen Burns/Horace Garvin Scholarship Fund, which awarded a scholarship at the end of the 2009 school year to a graduating Ringgold High School Senior. This year, Wes and Sharon Rippel, owners of “The Bar” in Monongahela, have decided to donate the profits to the Monongahela Fire Department. The bar crawl is set up as a teams event and each bar involved will be featuring food and drink specials throughout the night. The cost to join and get a red Bar Crawl T-shirt is $10, but you can also purchase a T- shirt without joining the “crawl,” or simply make a donation to the cause. All of the participating bars are holding bar crawl sign-ups as well as T-shirt preorders. Donations can be mailed to: 131 West Main St, Monongahela, PA 15063. The deadline to donate or sign-up is April 15, 2010. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Rippel @ (724) 258-3211 anytime after 6PM. Come out and support a great cause, while having a great time! See you there!

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Broughton Volunteer Fire Department Cash Bash The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their bi-annual "Cash Bash" on Saturday, May 1. For a $20.00 donation per ticket you will receive your admission to the event and a chance to win $9,000 in cash. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with refreshments and prizes. Come out and join in the fun and support your local volunteer fire department at the same time. For tickets and additional information, call the Broughton fire station at 412655-4844 or check out our website at www.broughtonvfd.org.

Grab Your Own FREE Copy! Before they’re gone! Can’t find your very own copy of the Union-Finley Messenger? Just stop by to one of our convenient Newspaper Boxes located throughout the South Hills and Mon Valley! ■ Bethel Park Lytle Station — PAT Transit Park & Ride (Brightwood Road and Lytle Road) ■ Bunola U.S. Post Office Bunola ■ Eighty Four Subway ■ Elizabeth U.S. Post Office - Elizabeth ■ Finleyville U.S. Post Office - Finleyville ■ Gastonville U.S. Post Office Gastonville ■ Jefferson Hills / Large Large — PAT Transit Park & Ride Lot (Rt. 51 and Peters Creek Road)

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Kick Off the Spring Season at Trax Farms! FEED YOUR LAWN – FEED YOUR FAMILY FREE Chicken Dinner to 50 Customers Purchase the Scotts 4-Step Program, and you could get a voucher for a FREE Rotisserie chicken dinner! (1 whole chicken and 2 sides) *Only 50 vouchers available! Not only will you feed your lawn but we will feed your family!! Fill out the back of the voucher to win a $100 gift card from Trax Farms. Drawing May 1, 2010. NO COUPONS OR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS.

12:45-1:30 “Oh My Achin’ Tree” by Sandy Feather 1:45-2:45 “From Caterpillar to Butterfly” by Heather Ness 9:00 am-3:00 pm “Interactive Butterfly Tent” - Stop by and enter our butterfly tent. Fee $2.00. “Presentations” - Saturday, April 18 1:00-2:00 “Botanic Gardens For Our Region!” - by Lyn Decker 2:00-3:00 “Sustainable Gardening & Landscaping Practices” - by Susan Parker

Easter Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunts!

Trax Farms – Rt. 88 between Library and Finleyville 412-835-3246 April Hours: Daily 9-8 Sun. 9-6

Come to Trax Farms on Friday and Saturday, April 2 & 3 to enjoy a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunts! Breakfast Starts at 9:30 a.m. Each child will receive breakfast. (breakfast consists of, cereal & milk, mini donuts, orange drink & apple) Tickets can be purchased at the customer service desk. There are a limited amount of tickets available, please buy your tickets in advance. Each child will get to visit the Bunny and do a craft, and they can color a picture for our contest. Egg Hunts run from 10:30am-2:00pm every half hour. There will be 3 age-appropriate patches. If you need a special time for Egg Hunts, there are a limited amount of tickets available per hunt, please buy your tickets in advance. Parents, the Garden Café is open for you to purchase fresh coffee, muffins, bagels, and other refreshments! For more information call (412) 8353246. Visit us at www.traxfarms.com

A CELEBRATION OF SPRING Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 16, 17 and 18 “Customer Appreciation Day” Friday, April 16. Enjoy 20% OFF All Plants! (Friday, April 16, 2010 only. Not valid with other discounts or coupons.) FREE Annual for the first 100 customers. (Must purchase a minimum of $25.00 in store merchandise. Annual valued at $3.99) “Presentations” - Saturday, April 17 9:30-10:30 “Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil” How to grow them, cook them and love them! - by Doug Oster 10:45-11:45 “The Best & Most Exciting New Plants for 2010” - by David Wilson 12:00-12:30 LUNCH BREAK - Visit the Deli and Bakery for a great lunch!

Trax Farms Bridal Registry Let Trax Farms help you choose items throughout our store for your bridal registry. Select items from our many departments. We will scan your choices into our system and update them regularly. Tell anyone shopping here to pick up your gift list at our customer service desk so that items can be removed to avoid duplicates. Take the guesswork out of shower and wedding shopping for your guests and ensure you get the items you want most.

SILHOUETTES at Trax Farms Nationally known artist Clay Rice will be at Trax Farms on Sunday, May 2, 2010 starting at 10:00am. Make an appointment today for your one-of-a-kind keepsake, and to witness this fascinating art form! $40.00 per person Includes two copies of same person $10.00 each additional copy $20.00 Black or Gold Frame with Mat 5x7 For more information or to make an appointment, call 412-835-3246. Trax Farms is located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA 15332 (Rt. 88 between Library and Finleyville) 412-835-3246 Website: www.traxfarms.com April Store Hours: Daily 9-8 Sun. 9-6


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South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail Upcoming Meetings The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail is a group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 10 miles of Montour Trail from Library (Milepost 35.3) to Clairton (Milepost 46.3). Regular meetings of the Friends group are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills The February snows left downed trees all along the Montour Trail. Borough building. In South Park Township and between Large and Clairton over 40 The April 2010 meeting trees and large branches blocked the trail. The photo shows milewill be held on post 37.2 on February 14. The South Hills Friends began removWednesday, April 14, and ing trees in March as the snow on the trail began to melt. the May meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 12. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings or e-mail through the Montour Trail website www.montourtrail.org for additional information. Activities concerning the entire Montour Trail and links to the sites of other western Pennsylvania trails are also posted on the Montour Trail web site.

Fundraiser in Elizabeth for Ron Skrinjorich Friends of Ron "Skrinny" Skrinjorich have organized a Fundraiser to help with medical bills for Skrinjorich who was badly burned during February's snow storms. The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 18 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm at Sylvester & Tweetie's Banquet Hall (behind the restaurant) located at 8800 Roberts Hollow Rd (adjacent to Rt. #51) in Elizabeth. A $10 donation includes a buffet meal and entertainment by bands The New Bell Airs and Sapphire. There will also be door prizes, a Chinese auction, 50/50 and more. For information phone: 412-384-0800

Union Township NNCW Meeting Focuses on Stroke Warning Signs Reviewed for Attendees By Paul Chasko Folks who showed up for the March 17 Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch (NNCW) meeting picked up some very valuable, and what could be life-saving information. Rita Jennings RN, BSN of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) gave a presentation on stroke. Rita is the Clinical Coordinator of the Community Stroke Outreach Program. She described in detail the two different types of major strokes and why a mini-stroke is often a predictor of a major stroke. She also went over the most common symptoms of a stroke and they’re worth repeating here. • Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg – usually on one side of the body • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding • Sudden blurred, double or decreased vision in one or both eyes • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, loss of coordination or difficulty in walking • Sudden severe headache with no known cause (such as an injury) She stressed that time is critical. For a stroke victim, brain cells begin to die at a rapid rate if treatment isn’t begun immediately. Prompt treatment can mean the difference between life and death – or significant disability. • Time is brain • Get emergency help immediately • Do not drive to the hospital yourself. Jefferson Regional Medical Center is partnered with UPMC’s Stroke Institute.

NNCW Secretary/Treasurer Gene Bender introducing Registered Nurse Rita Jennings to the NNCW audience

Through telecommunications, the stroke experts at UPMC are able to assist JRMC staff by being able to “see” and “communicate” with them and with the patient as well as viewing CT scans all in real-time. Help is there when you need it. The next NNCW meeting will be on April 14 at 7:00 pm at the St Francis General Purpose Building just off route 88 in Finleyville. The guest speaker will be Eileen Mazza from the AARP Consumer Issues Task Force. Her presentation will focus on awareness to various scams that are being used to cheat seniors. This subject matter is important for everyone so plan to attend – everyone is welcome.


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Proclamations Issued By Mayor Green at Jefferson Hills Council Meeting By Jim Caldwell Officers William Potts, Stephanie Behers and Samuel Inks were the first group honored in Council Chambers Monday, March 8 at the monthly general meeting of Jefferson Hills Council. Mayor Michael Green also presented proclamations for excellent service and dedication to the Floreffe Volunteer Fire Department, the Jefferson Hills 885 Fire Station, and the Jefferson Hills Ambulance Service and to Road Foreman, Richard Huffmans, Jr. and his entire crew. All distinguish themselves during the declared state of emergency due to the record breaking snowfall in February. Potts, assisted by the other two officers, helped deliver a baby girl in the wee hours of the morning of February 9 in the parking lot of the Blue Flame restaurant on Route 51. The ambulance arrived in time to cut the cord and transport to the hospital. The three received small lapel pins of a pink stork for their uniform should they chose to display it. Although, most officers are trained for this event, it has not happened in the Borough for close to thirty years. The Borough likewise received a Certificate of Recognition from Allegheny County honoring Jefferson Hills Department of Public Works’ efforts to clear the roads during the historic winter storm. Joan Cleary issued it from her office. Pastor Chris Jerin of the Jefferson Hills Bible Church came before Council to request permission to use Andrew E. Reilly Memorial Park on July 17, 2010 for a Praise concert. He said he hopes to have various

church music ministries in the area participate. Council approved the request with a comment from Police Chief Martin Reagan that Jerin meets with him about three weeks in advance with a potential number of people expected. This is to determine if the Borough needs personnel to help with safety. In the same vein, Council approved repairs to the batting cages at the park and the backstop at Tepe Park both damaged by the heavy snow. A public meeting was scheduled for April 7, 2010 at 6:00 P.M. for the use application for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Sign. Council awarded work for the 2010 Road Program to Shields Asphalt Paving for $333,637.03. They also authorized $17,975 from the Federal Forfeiture funds to purchase a police vehicle. Members authorized Jennifer Pesanka, the Finance Officer to purchase the necessary computers and software for the administrative staff as well as a computer and printer for the Real Estate tax Collector. The last approvals of monies were $10,260 to R & B Excavating for the 2009 Demolition Project Phase 4 and $31,772.70 to Independent Enterprises for the 2009 Open Cut Excavation Repairs. The Borough Solicitor was given the green light to prepare on ordinance for interim billing for real estate taxes. Finally the staff was authorized by Council to prepare a grant application for a master plan for Beedle Park. All Council members and staff were present except the Borough Manager, Doug Arndt, due to recuperating from surgery.

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New Eagle Recovers from Record-setting Snowstorm By Ken Askew All five members of New Eagle Council were present for their monthly meeting on March 2, 2010. During the public forum, a resident objected to three items: (1) he felt that the snow was not plowed soon enough on his street and alley. Although the snow fell mostly on Saturday, these streets were not plowed until 5:00 PM on Sunday; meanwhile, he resorted to shoveling by hand due to the potential of residents on those streets having health issues, (2) he observed that there are lots of tree limbs that still need to be removed, and (3) he has been confronted by a bill for back income taxes that he thought were paid, due to an ambiguous system for collecting the taxes through both payroll deduction where he works and the Borough’s contracted-out collection agency. Council countered by making several points: Snow removal was delayed somewhat due to equipment problems, including a flat tire on a plow truck for which no tow truck and spare tire were readily available (eventually costing $1,500 to fix), the hydraulic system on a plow failed, and the scraper blade on a plow needed to be replaced twice. They explained that due to fiscal constraints, the Borough’s manpower and equipment resources are limited, and emergency subcontracting for snow removal assistance services is not plausible. Due to the exhaustive hours spent by the Borough’s road crew, members of Council, Mayor Glenn Petticord, and 12 other civicminded residents volunteered their time to help operate the snow plows and other snow removal equipment. Police and an ambulance could not access a medical emergency at the end of 5th Street, so that street was treated immediately. Borough personnel were determined not to repeat an incident in Pittsburgh wherein an ambulance could not reach a medical emergency, resulting in the person’s death. Overall, considering the record-setting nature of the storm (over 20” fell in less than 24 hours), Council was proud of the Borough’s response. Residents need to accept the fact that some streets will be first to be cleared, and some are going to be last. Council extended special thanks to Hill’s Restaurant for providing meals to the workers. The snow is currently too deep to adequately remove fallen trees and limbs. When the snowpack decreases, more

removal will be done. The tax issue is a misunderstanding, which will be remedied when all local wage taxes in Pennsylvania are collected on a county-by-county system starting next year. In other borough business: • The Borough Municipal Building will serve double duty as a US Census office from March 19 through April 19. Census forms are due to be returned by April 1. • As recommended by the State Association of Boroughs, Council passed Resolution #2 to implement the Local Fiscal Assistance Act, which was portrayed as an assistance program from the federal government, similar to the local Revenue Sharing program. • After a short discussion, renewal of the Comcast franchise agreement was approved. Changes include the addition of a free modem connection in the Borough Building, and the new contract will be for a longer period than the old one. The standard $1,300 inclusive grant was increased by another $2,000 as an early signing bonus; the franchise fee remains at the maximum amount set by the Federal Communication Commission. • A bid process was conducted for summer road repair materials. Low bidders were TDF Services for E-3 road tar; Hanson Aggregates for super pave blacktop plus R4, R6, and 2B stones; and Seigworth Road Supply for 15”, 18”, 24” and 48” pipe. Although all contracts will include a requirement for a Performance Bond, the awards are contingent upon a Solicitor’s review to determine that the bidders are responsible. • A question was asked about a tree limb laying on an electrical wire located on Walnut Street—who is responsible for its removal—the homeowner or the utility? Solicitor Tim Berggren advised that either party could make a good case for themselves, but generally the homeowner is responsible unless the power is off, in which case the utility should remove the branch. • Citations for delinquent garbage bills have been issued to 19 residents. If the bills are not paid within the designated time, the homeowners will be required to report to the magistrate. • Councilman Archie Caseber reported that 700 tons of salt have been spread this winter. Combining that with labor and equipment costs this season adds up to an $18K tab. Council plans to apply to the County Emergency Fund to hopefully recover $13K of that expense.


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Female Bonding (Continued from page 1) from Waterdam Pediatrics in McMurray. The mothers also had game, craft, scrapbooking, book club and spa nights, car seat safety and CPR discussions, and a newlywed night, where husbands answered a series of questions online and the mothers guessed the husbands answers at a meeting. Krista said that although meetings are mothers-based (no child care is available but mothers with infants and welcome to bring their babies), they do hold events throughout the year to involve the entire family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have family parties a few times a year and organize play groups on occasion,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Spring we have an egg hunt in a memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard, do a summer picnic and a family hayride at Trax Farm in the fall.â&#x20AC;? To become a member, go to their website, http://peterscanonsburgmoms.com or contact them via email at pcmothersmore@hotmail.com. There is a $45 annual fee to join, and prospective members are welcome to attend either two meetings or two events with no obligation. As part of membership, the chapter offers an email group through Yahoo! Groups that members have found to be very helpful if they have a question or concern that needs immediate attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a new mom and my daughter is running a fever, I can jump on the loop and ask for advice, or say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to Giant Eagle for coffee, who wants to join me?â&#x20AC;? Krista said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If something comes up, there are 26 moms contacted through email immediately.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many perks to joining but mainly, the group will give you reason and motivation to get out of the house and do something for yourself as a woman, not just a mom.â&#x20AC;?

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That Old House

“Profiling historic, old or unique homes throughout the area”.

By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

The Cabin at Bushy Run Owners: The Friends of Bushy Run Location: The park below the Bushy Run Battlefield

This month I picked an old house that is old in construction only. It is the log house built in the park below Bushy Run Battlefield. It is easy to get to and would make a great trip for a picnic or if your into trail walking, or like taking nature photography. It’s one of the places that I said I would keep you abreast of. One of those places you can visit and actually interact with. To get there you would make your way to route 66, which is just off I-70 near New Stanton. Take the 66 toll road towards Harrison City and follow the historical markers. The park sits on the left side of route 910 below Bushy Run Battlefield. I have included two photos so you can see the front and rear of the cabin. It is fairly plain as cabins go and is a good representation of an early log home. You will notice something odd about this structure. It has no windows. Windows were a later addition to cabins.

They let air in and caused the fireplace not to draw. That is to say the smoke would not rise in the chimney. This cabin used to sit directly on the ground and the roof was held together by pinning the shingles between two poles. Those were attached to the cabin and made the supports . Some time ago the cabin was raised because the bottom logs were rotting. This caused the chimney to become unsteady and it started to bow out. If you remember my article about Pennsylvania closing parks and historical sites you’ll understand why it hasn’t been fixed. The site is being administered by the local historical society now so when you visit, put a couple of bucks in the donation box and tell them you would like it to go towards the cabin. We need these sites. They fill the gaps that aren’t taught to the kids in history books. Go on the web and check out their schedule, maybe you’ll see me there.

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Monongahela Council Begins Plans for Aquatorium Project More Volunteers Needed for Farmer’s Market By Ken Askew All five members of Monongahela City Council attended their monthly meeting on March 10, 2010. Council authorized the issuance of a Request for Proposals relative to the Aquatorium. The bid package will include three phases--Phase I: new storm sewer lines; Phase II: replacement of the seating section; and Phase III: repair the stage area. Monies from two grants are on hand to fund as much of the project as possible, depending on the price in the bids. A state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant was denied, but is being reapplied for, which hopefully will fully fund the remaining cost of all three Phases. Beny (the police drug-sniffing dog) and his handler, Officer Larry Maraldo, assisted at the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh during September 2009; in recognition of that effort, they were presented a plaque from the City of Pittsburgh. Chief Tempest explained that many local police departments chose not to assist at the G-20 Summit due to liability issues and possible lack of reimbursement for their services. Nevertheless, Monongahela was able to secure liability insurance for Beny and Maraldo, and at the Council meeting Tempest delivered a check that has been received for their services. A resident complained that a street light by his home has been out for six months— when will it be fixed? Police Chief Brian Tempest responded that he is aware of the problem; he and Council President Bob Kepics have both called Allegheny Power several times, but to no avail. The power company merely acknowledges the outage, and states that they will take care of it when they get around to it. In fact, Tempest added that about 25 to 30 street lights in the area are not working. Solicitor Bassi advised that both the City of Monongahela and affected homeowners should document their complaints in a registered letter to Allegheny Power, and send one every month until service is restored. If that fails, he will pursue it as a contractual issue.

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• In other business: • Robert Yohe has resigned from the Emergency Management Association; he has been replaced by William (Rusty) Polonoli. • Les Pemberton, the new Code

Enforcement Officer, has completed his training and certification in Harrisburg. The Monongahela Fire Department and Emergency Management Association requested Council to purchase a new pick-up truck, which will be used for pulling a boat, carrying fire hose, and other duties now being performed by privately-owned trucks, which raises a liability issue. The Street Department has also requested the purchase of a new dump truck, to replace one that is almost 20 years old. Council was receptive to the requests, dependent upon identification of the necessary funding. The street department received two thank-you letters following the February snowstorm—one for efficient and timely snow plowing, and one for establishment of a temporary shelter at Ringgold High School. During the public forum, a member of the Monongahela Area Revitalization Committee (MARC) announced that he is initiating a newsletter, which will be distributed via e-mail. Councilperson Claudia Williams announced that volunteers are needed for this year’s farmers’ market at Chess Park, plus more non-produce vendors. She cited several instances of people telling her about enjoying the farmers’ market and also walking a few steps down the street to Transfiguration Parish to obtain their famous, fabulous donuts. This month’s property beautification award went to 1134 4th Street. Council is considering applying for a federal/state Boating Infrastructure grant of over $100K, to build docks on the Monongahela River designed to accommodate boats over 26 feet in length. The project would serve both local boats and other longer-distance boating traffic. However, there are “strings attached” which entail certain obligations on the part of the City of Monongahela, which must be subject to a legal review before further action can be taken. As part of the comprehensive plan to renovate the Aquatorium, a skateboard and recreational park for local youth is included. Council approved naming the park in honor of retired General Carl E.Vuono, a Monongahela native and former U.S. Army Chief of Staff.


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Cheers and Jeers for West Elizabeth Road Crew By Charlotte Hopkins All members of the West Elizabeth town council were present for the March 1 meeting. At the start of the meeting, council members reviewed an update on available road salt and what was used to date. The amount of salt used in the month of February came to 28 buckets at $55 each. If additional salt is needed the council will have to pay the higher rate. The street department has exceeded their limit (of 250 tons) at the discount price. Council President, Louise Biddle, acknowledged the amount of hard work by the street department during the heavy snow storms stating that West Elizabeth has 24 streets, 1 borough truck, 2 workers and 1 part time worker. “I think they did a tremendous job,” said Biddle. “They did what they could do and when you look at all of the efforts that they put forth; we have to praise them.” Tony Petras was not necessarily upset over the performance of the street department; just more concerned. He was a former resident of West Elizabeth having lived here for 13 years, however, he does still own property here, including one on Washington Street. He stated that between Third Street and Fourth Street along Washington Street the road was clear and looked nice but on his block they pushed two four-foot piles of snow in the back yard of his Washington Street property. When the snow plow cleared Fourth Street they again pushed snow onto his property in front of the garage doors. One of his main concerns was that the snow piles were located where the elementary school children's bus stop is located. The children were climbing on the snow piles and Petras is afraid that they can get hurt should they fall off. The crossing guards are unable to keep the children from climbing the piles of snow and are concerned about their safety. Petras asked if someone from council would drive to the said location so that he can show them that it appears that all of the snow from that road seems to have been

dumped onto his property. He was also concerned that when the snow melts that water is also going to run into his basement. Councilwoman Lisa Morris tried to explain that during the storm there was so much snow that the street department didn't know where to put it all. Councilman Hallam also explained that unlike the city, West Elizabeth does not have access to a dump truck that can be used to remove the snow piles. Scott Panchurna a Washington Street resident blurted out that he felt the street department “did a poor job” and claimed that his street was only plowed a half a dozen times during the storms. Michelle Worrell, also a Washington Street resident, stated “there are two families on our street and we have health issues we need to be able to get out.” Worrell claims that her son, Mike Hassan, took on the job of clearing the street with a snow blower. Biddle tried to explain that as the street department cleared the roads more snow fell; it was difficult to keep up with it. Kim Dodds, of the street department defended the actions of the street department saying that they did dump two truckloads of salt on Water Street because the ice was so thick there. She stated that “people need to realize that the truck broke down so much with this storm.” Emergency Management Coordinator, Bill Wolfgang informed council that the state will cover the expenses for a 48-hour duration during the storm; if President Obama declares the storms a State of Emergency. Morris also reported that several trees were knocked down in the park from the recent storms and they are working on clearing them. In other business: • Armstrong reported that the street in front of the Borough Building is sinking and the catch basin has almost fallen completely through. He feels repairs need to be started immediately. Celestino stated they are in a quandary on what to do. He knows that it is best to wait until spring to do roadwork

Bingo and Penny Party at Victory Hill A Victory Hill Bingo/Penny Party, will be held on Friday, April 9 at the Victory Hill Social Center, 25 Jones Lane, Victory Hill (Monongahela). Doors open at 6:00 pm; bingo – 7:00 pm. Also enjoy raffles, chinese auction, and much, much more.

because right now the ground is saturated but if something isn't done there is a good chance that the road can cave in. Armstrong stated that he already asked Ray Dodds to view the work that is needed and provide estimates for a quick fix. Councilman Hallam suggested that Tomko also provide estimates for a quick fix. • Wolfgang would like to inform the residents of West Elizabeth that during a disaster if there is a complaint or a suggestion he has to know about it so he can fix it. They are welcome to call him at the borough building: 412-384-8200. • During the severe storms that swept through in February, the Borough building was faced with a loss of power and telephone services. Since the electric went out there was also no access to the internet. Wolfgang felt it was relevant for him to have a source of communications and access to weather reports. To fuse any future problems council members invested in a Wi-Fi box that can serve up to 5 computers at once. Service for the system is $55 a month. • Mayor Harrington informed council that for the month of March, the Elizabeth Borough police answered 38 calls. They issued five traffic citations and one non-

traffic citation. Residents concerned over the town's burglaries questioned Officerin-Charge Snelson on the standing of the investigation. Snelson informed them that he is waiting for the summons to be answered. One resident stated that she contacted the local magistrate and were informed that they had absolutely no paperwork on the case. Officer Snelson assured them that papers had been filed and that he would look into it for them. • The Auxilary Police disbanded and donated a $2,000 check to the town council. They will use the funds to purchase a generator that is fueled on natural gas. • Tim's Corner Bar sent a representative to speak on behalf of the Bar's softball team. He first asked the town council when the sewage work at the ball field will be completed. West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority has been working on sewage pipe that extend underground at the baseball field. Councilman Daryl Celestino assured him that the work would be complete by April 1st. • Susan Corolio scheduled a class to be held at the borough building to train census workers. Classes will be held from May 4 -7 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.


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Peters Township Officials Review Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Ordinance By J.R. Brower Facing the inevitability of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom extending into the township, officials have proposed an amendment to a zoning ordinance that addresses conditional uses by special exception, in this case, “mineral extraction”, of which natural gas drilling will be the most significant part. The township felt the need to address natural gas drilling, because it is not mentioned in current ordinances. Within the last several years, Range Resources and, to a lesser extent, Chesapeake Energy have been pursuing leases in the township. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said that it is not the township’s intent to disallow natural gas drilling, as that would not be permissible under the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. “We cannot contradict state regulations,” said Silvestri, “but we can adopt regulations for the health, safety and welfare of our residents.” At a public hearing held in February, Planning Director Edward Zuk went over all 21 standards and criteria in the proposed amendment by which natural gas drilling sites will be evaluated as a conditional use. The main standard is that drilling sites will

be permitted on property that is zoned Residential R-1A and is a minimum of 10 acres or larger. Multiple property owners can combine adjoining land to achieve the minimum required 10 acres. Other requirements will include the drilling company’s submission of all permits to the township. The township will reserve the right to designate required truck routes. A bond must be posted to guarantee restoration of township roads damaged as a result of hauling. The fire department must be provided with a list of all chemicals used during drilling operations. Drilling sites and fracture pond areas must be gated and surrounded by fencing at least six feet high. Noise, dust, odor and other harmful effects must be minimized to the fullest extent possible. After the drilling is completed, restoration of the property must be finished by 60 days. In the next part of the public hearing, residents were permitted to speak. Bonnie Bello, Center Church Road, who has lived in Peters Township for 30 years, said that natural gas drilling is “a dirty business”. She owns property near Hickory. Her main concern was the vast amount of water required to drill Marcellus wells and the resulting waste water that is produced as a result of fracturing, a process which injects a mixture

of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to release the gas from the shale. She suspects runoff problems at drill sites and said her neighbors’ water wells have become contaminated. She feels that natural gas drilling has lowered property values in the area. Her advice to council was to hire an attorney who is especially knowledgeable of the oil and gas industry to help with regulating drilling. Robert Donnan, Southvue Court, also expressed consternation at the negative effects of gas drilling upon the environment in the Hickory area. He showed photographs of barren landscapes around well sites, road damage, flaring pipes ablaze and large “frack” ponds, where wastewater from the process is temporarily stored. He said Marcellus drilling is a 24/7 operation and that the drilling of seven wells in the Hickory area took over a year. Donnan said that Peters can expect much heavy truck traffic and that the police department will stay busy enforcing oversized loads. It was his opinion that wastewater treatment from gas drilling is minimal, and he provided a list of chemicals that he says end up in the rivers. Next to speak was James Cannon, who is a municipal liaison for Range Resources. Cannon said, “I can refute everything they said,” in reference to the two residents’ comments. He then introduced Range attorney Ken Komoroski, who said that all drillers are subject to the Clean Water Act. “Range recycles 100% of its flowbacks,” he said, “and the chemicals in the river he (Donnan) mentioned are not used in natural gas drilling.” He said that the mixture used in fracking is mostly water, sand and a gel to bond the solution. Not stated was the fact that chemicals account for about .05%

The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom may soon extend into Peters Township. This well site was photographed during the fracturing phase of drilling. (Photo courtesy of Senator Robert Casey)

of the mixture. Komoroski said that the minimum size of 10 acres that the proposed ordinance allows for sites would discourage drilling in Peters Township. He also said that the fencing requirement is stricter than most other municipal ordinances Range has had to deal with. He inferred that his company would prefer what he called a “model ordinance” similar to one recently enacted by Cecil Township. In a follow-up to the public hearing, council member Monica Merrill said that Peters Township’s proposed ordinance is very similar to Cecil Township’s. “What Range is objecting to in our ordinance are the conditional uses that are specified. They would prefer to not have to come before council each time before drilling a new well,” she said. Council and the township staff will consider any revisions for the proposed ordinance amendment, which should be enacted in the near future.

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Council Reluctantly Approves Smaller Lots for New Ryan Homes Plan in Peters Township By J.R. Brower Continuing the trend of allowing developers to build larger homes on smaller lots, Peters Township Council approved shortening setbacks for Ryan Homes, who is building the new Orchard Hill plan on former Trax Farm property along Sugar Camp Road. At the March 8 meeting, council heard from the developers, who requested that side yard setbacks on all lots be reduced from the regular requirement of 10 feet to 7 and one-half feet. On 16 of the lots, the developers requested to use the minimum front setback of 25 feet, reduced from the regular requirement of 30 feet. The plan is utilizing the Farm Preservation option of the zoning ordinance that permits cluster lots and reduced setbacks. By using that option, Ryan must save a portion of the land for farm use, so their plan is to set aside 39 of the total 71 acres for an orchard, which will be tended by Trax. Ryan Homes Land Manager John Solo told council that they plan to build 80 homes and that the shorter setbacks would enable them to include 3-car garages in the homes, thus increasing buyer appeal. Council Chairman David Ball said, “There’s another option, not to have as many lots.” He and council members Monica Merrill and Robert Lewis agreed that it is frustrating that many of the new plans in Peters Township have the appearance of homes being, as Ball said, “jammed together”. “What you’re doing is trying to put more houses in less space,” said Lewis. Developer Woody Welsch of the Wadwell Group touted the fact that building the houses closer together would help provide more acreage for the open space. Solo said that worsening market conditions since 2007, when their preliminary plan with larger lots was submitted to the township, factored into Ryan’s decision to reduce lot sizes. Council agreed to review zoning provisions to reconsider increasing setbacks, however the vote passed to approve the request, with Lewis objecting and Ball abstaining. In another matter, council heard from Shawn McCall of the Junior Football Association, who requested that his group be granted permission to install two signs at the Municipal Center and at Peterswood Park. The signs would be to raise awareness of the group fundraising efforts. Two of the goals of the group are to install lights

Ryan Homes Land Manager John Solo told council that they plan to build 80 homes and that the shorter setbacks would enable them to include 3-car garages in the homes, thus increasing buyer appeal. and artificial turf on one of the football fields at the park. McCall estimated that the cost of lights for the field would be between $100,000 and $200,000. Council granted permission for the signs for a 6-month time period. In other business, council accepted the resignation of Planning Commission Chairman David Wylie. Marie Legowick, one of eight candidates interviewed, was selected as a new member of the commission. In remaining business on the agenda, Peters Township Council: • Announced an agreement to accept a recycling grant in the amount of $71,376 from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The 90% matching grant will be used to purchase a tree limb chipper and leaf vacuum truck. • Announced that the proposed intersection improvement project at Route 19 and Valley Brook Road is back on track. The project has been delayed by a right-of-way dispute between PennDot and Lamar Advertising, who has several billboards near the site of construction. Lamar will be permitted to remove the present billboards and replace them with a new electronic sign, which will not interfere with road construction. • Acknowledged correspondence from PennDot approving the painting of left turn lanes on Waterdam Road near Route 19 to ease traffic congestion. The work is to be done this summer. • Let it be known that after a meeting with state officials, the DEP and board members of the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority, a dispute with the city of Clairton has been resolved, and tap-ins to the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority will be resumed. The stalemate had been holding up building permits.

Finleyville Council Approves Multi-Municipality Comprehensive Plan By Paul Chasko Finleyville Borough Council held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. With two members absent, there remained a quorum of council members that passed a motion to approve the Finleyville/Nottingham Twp. Multi-Municipality Comprehensive Plan (MMCP). The final draft of the MMCP had bounced back and forth between the two municipalities for several months incorporating changes. The final version of the MMCP is available for public review for 30 days prior to its adoption which is expected to be at the April 7 council meeting. Thanks were expressed by the Mayor and Council President Tim Kegel to all who worked to create the plan including the Nottingham Twp. Supervisors and especially to the secretaries of both municipalities who suffered through proofing and typing multiple drafts of the document. A legal issue surrounding Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority’s bus service to Finleyville was discussed. (See the “Bus Service – Finleyville and Union Township” article elsewhere in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger.) Finleyville Emergency Management Coordinator Russ Allridge wanted to publicly thank Mayor Kutsek for his quick action in declaring a state of emergency, arranging for snow removal in Finleyville in response to the February snowstorm and for the long hours he spent in overseeing the process of “digging Finleyville out”. Council President Kegel and the other council members

again thanked Tracy Lawrence and his crew for responding so well to the snow emergency. In other business: • A storm water drain inlet will need repaired – sinking due to heavy traffic. • A tractor-trailer missed the turnoff to Rt.88 and came through Finleyville tearing down some Verizon and Comcast communication cables. The Mayor will again petition PennDOT for signs indicating the Rt. 88 turn-off for truckers. • The Monongahela police served as first- responders to a recent accident in Union Twp. they spent over an hour on the scene until state police arrived. • A grant through State Rep. Dave Levdansky to the Monongahela Police Force was announced for the continued support and training of “Benny” and his handler. • The Borough building will be open to contractors who intend to bid on renovation work. • President and Secretary/Treasurer were authorized to secure a loan to pay for the emergency snow removal. • Tri-county Borough meeting was announced to be March 18. • An audit conducted by Waste Management Corp. indicates that some borough residents have not paid them for garbage pickup. They have been freeloading. Their garbage will no longer be picked up. • Residents again need to be reminded that defecation of dogs on borough or private property is prohibited.


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South Park Board of Supervisors Holds Public Hearings By Andrea Earnest On Monday, March 8, 2010, the Board of Supervisors met to consider two issues. The first was to take oral and written testimony to determine if they should declare the property at 3235 Central Drive, Finleyville, a Public Nuisance. Mr. Gary Wargo, Code Enforcement Officer, read into the record the history of the house since a house fire on June 16, 2009. There have been complaints that the home is unsecure as there are no windows in the house. The owner was given ten days to secure the property on January 23, 2010, but a property inspection on February 2, 2010, showed that the home was still not secured. On February 16, the Board of Supervisors sent a Notice of Scheduled Hearing to The Post-Gazette South and sent certified mail to the owner at three separate locations. The owner, Cheryl Tranquill, then testified that the delay stems from problems with the bank and bad weather conditions. On February 5, she signed a contract for the demolition and start of a new

home. After discussion, it was decided that the windows in the existing home should be secured immediately. The demolition and construction were scheduled to start on March 11. The meeting was then adjourned. The second Public Hearing concerned an order under Ordinance No. 650, to vacate Powers Drive in Bonnie Dell Acres. Mr. Bob Loriso, 2411 Bonnie Dell Drive, spoke to inquire about what’s entailed by vacating the street. He was informed that the adjoining property owners have the right to take the property back. Mr. Loriso’s concern was that the property is directly across the street from his home. He was concerned about blowing leaves and snow from the property. He was informed that the vacated property becomes real property. He would have no recourse against the Township, but would have the recourse of a private cause of action. The meeting was adjourned with no further comments from the Board of Supervisors.

South Park Supervisors Approve Proposal for Township and Library Audits The rescheduled meeting of the South Park Township Supervisors on February 16 was after the deadline date for the March issue of the Union-Finley Messenger. As a service to our readers, we are publishing the belated article to keep everyone informed.

By Andrea Earnest Due to the heavy snow storm that began on February 5, 2010, the regular meeting of the South Park Township Board of Supervisors was rescheduled to Tuesday, February 16. Some of the actions taken at the meeting included the following: A motion was taken to schedule a Public Hearing on March 8, at 6:30 P.M., to determine if the following property should be declared a public nuisance: 3235 Central Drive, Finleyville, PA 15332 Lot/Block 1009-S-95 A motion was approved for the proposal submitted by Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood to perform an annual township audit and annual library audit in the total amount of $10,300.00. Motions authorized the attendance of

Township Supervisors David J. Buchewicz and Edward T. Snee to the 37th Annual Conference of the Allegheny League of Municipalities scheduled for April 8-10 at Seven Springs, PA, at a cost of $1,998.00. Chief of Police Joseph F. Ferrelli reported that in January there were 554 service calls, 24 arrests, 27 traffic citations, three parking citations, 73 warnings, four reportable accidents, 10 non-reportable accidents, 89 emergency calls, eight fire calls, and seven deer calls. Supervisor Snee thanked Bruce Beaver and the road crew for the excellent job during the severe weather conditions. He also thanked Chief Ferrelli for having his men check the bus stops during the morning and afternoon hours. Chairman Sackinsky agreed with Mr. Snee and said he has also received compliments on the maintenance of the roads. Supervisor Buchewicz thanked Karen Fosbaugh, the Township Manager, and all the employees for a fine job done during the crisis situation. The full minutes of the meeting are available in the Township Office.

South Park Township Police DARE Officers Recognized

Officer Joseph Leonetti and Officer Anthony Andronas proudly display their Proclamations for the efforts on behalf of South Park School System.

By Andrea Earnest On Monday, March 8, 2010, Officers Joseph Leonetti and Anthony Andronas of the South Park Township Police Department were awarded proclamations for their commitment and support for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and the importance of their work with the children of the community from 1999 to 2009. Mrs. Mary Franco, 1852 Patricia Drive, spoke to thank the South Park Police Department for being there when she needed them after an accident and on several other occasions. She is also thankful to the Tri-Community South E.M.S., but wanted to state how grateful she is that the officers got there even before the ambulance and were there to support her. Mrs. Franco then went on to ask that the Board of Supervisors revisit the issue of street parking during snow storms, stating that there are some hazardous area in the township. She suggested robocalls during snow storms to remind people to move their cars off the street so that plowing can be done safely. The Board said that it would take the issue under advisement. Mr. Joe Betz, 3581 Falmouth Drive, commended the plow drivers and others in the township for the excellent job of snow removal during the recent storms. He then went on to request if the township could use milled asphalt instead of crushed limestone on the Montour Trail between Triphammer Road and Gus George’s as it

would hold up better. A motion was made and approved to give Ms. Cherry Tranquill until March 11 to have her house at 3235 Central Drive, Finleyville, secured and 30 days from the date of the meeting, March 8, to have the building demolished. Among the other actions taken were: • The vacation of Powers Drive; • To ratify the Declaration of Disaster Emergency; • To hire 13 part-time employees for the 2010 Summer Recreation Program; • To approve $945 for Chief Joseph F. Ferrelli to attend the Annual Chief of Police Association and Training in Lancaster, PA; • To approve $585 for Officer Joseph Leonetti to attend the NRA Law Enforcement training in Ford City, PA. • Chief of Police Joseph F. Ferrelli reported that in February there were 575 service calls, 20 arrests, 19 traffic citations, no parking citation, 44 warnings, two reportable accidents, 17 nonreportable accidents, 83 emergency calls, 25 fire calls, and 4 deer calls. • Chairman David Buchewicz commented that the Township will need some help cleaning up roadsides. He said that Ms. Fosbaugh, Township Manager, has contacted the state and county about cleaning up trees alongside the roads. He also asked that residents notify the Township of any problems they see. The full minutes of the meeting are available in the Township Office.


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Union Township Board - February/March Meeting Highlights Supervisors Seek More Due Diligence By Planning Commission By Paul Chasko The February 8, 2010 Union Township (UT) Board meeting was postponed until February 23, 2010. Some highlights of that meeting are included in this report. All board members were present at both the February and March meetings. There were lengthy discussions at both meetings on the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority sewage tap freeze by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Developers Earl Danielson and Bruce Klassen (Tuscany Estates) complained about the freeze and lack of information. The issue has since had a temporary resolution. (See the “Sewage Log Jam …” article in this issue for details.) The legal issue surrounding MMVTA bus service to UT and Finleyville was discussed. (See the article “Bus Service – Finleyville and Union Township” for more details.) Several of the Supervisors criticized the UT Planning Commission of rubber-stamping most everything that they review for approval and of sending projects through to the supervisors without sufficient detailed analysis. They want a more pro-active Planning Commission. Creation of a Planning Agency made up of professionals or a hybrid group was briefly discussed. The consensus was that the complex issues that will be facing UT in the future will require much more analysis. The Solicitor mentioned that a hybrid organization of professionals and non-professionals is permitted under the Second Class Twp. Code. The board promised further discussion on this issue. Removal of a tree from Linden Creek that has been a flood hazard will most likely be removed by UT on receipt of a permit from the PA Fish and Boat Commission. The UT Road Crew publicly thanked all volunteers who helped in clearing roads from snow and downed trees following the February snow storm. They specifically wanted to thank the UT Supervisors and the Finleyville and Elrama Fire Departments. The Supervisors also acknowledged the great work done by the road crew in clearing our roads of snow and storm debris. Some equipment shortcomings were noted and will be addressed. Elrama Sewage Project – February 23 Actions: • Payment of $15,034.50 approved to KAG Engineering • Request approved to purchase maintenance items for the pumping station. • KAG Engineering requested an

Emergency phone # list • Payment of $164.14 approved for damage to an underground electrical cable • Form for the tap-in to Jefferson Hills line was sent today. Elrama Sewage Project – March 8 Actions: • Payment approved to MB&R for Pumping Station work $6,333.93 • Letter report requested for a pumping station operating irregularity. • Payment approved for Solicitor’s work $505.68 • Final Payment approved to David W. Jones for pumping station electrical work. • Extension granted for sewer connections to June 1, 2010 due to heavy snow cover. • Solicitor asked to prep a resolution to extend payment deadlines due to heavy snow cover. • It was noted that 40 residences have completed tap-ins as of March 8. • Four residences on Collins Ave. Extension are to be added to the Elrama Sewage System. The Solicitor is expediting approvals. February 23 General Business Items: • Purchase of an updated tax map was approved • Overweight vehicle damage on Garvin and Airport Roads has not been resolved. The Solicitor was asked to determine a course of action. The OWV ordinance will be reviewed and is scheduled for adoption at the April 12 mtg. • The Recreation Board Ordinance will be reviewed at an upcoming workshop. • Approval granted for census taker office space. • Marflak Personal Care Home wants documentation as to their zoning and permitted uses. • Finleyville Soccer Association request granted for use of soccer fields. • Word on grant for Union Valley storm water project – cautiously optimistic. • Upgrading of Quickbooks software approved. • Approval granted to initiate purchase of 1500 tons of road salt under Costar. • A resolution was passed specifying terms and controls for a credit card to be used by the Secretary/Treasurer. • A request for proposal we be issued for municipal building communications service. • A meeting with board members was requested by Chesapeake Gas.

March 8 General Business Items: • An updated Oil and Gas Well Ordinance was Faxed to the UT Board by Solicitor Makel for their review. It has been established that municipalities do have the authority to regulate locations of drilling rigs. Language needs to be added to address compressor and processing stations. A public hearing was scheduled for April 26 to take comments. • The Solicitor is preparing an intervention for a Common Pleas Court appeal to the Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Trax Farm rezoning. • Authorization given to advertise the Recreation Board Ordinance for possible adoption at the April 12 UT Board meeting. • A contract to replace some broken tile and replace carpeting in the UT Municipal Bldg. for $1,570.00 was given to R&R. • A $190.05 escrow for Library Baptist Church was released. • Road crew Foreman estimates that 400 to 500 tons of road salt remain. Roughly 1500 tons were used this winter. • Purchase of a second pole saw for $600 was approved.

• Quotations for new dump trucks are expected in April. • The Road Crew Foreman will be off on medical leave for several weeks. • The Solicitor and Engineer were authorized to attend a meeting outlining the Washington Co. Storm Mgt. Plan. • April inspection of UT roads was authorized • Letter to Waste Mgt. authorized - Use of lighter trucks requested in Elrama. New pavement is being broken up. • Solicitor continuing to work on grants for the Union Valley Storm Water Mgt. Project. • Payment for damage caused to an automobile by UT snow plow was authorized. • March 4 PennDOT Mtg announced to discuss summer PennDOT projects. An executive session resulted in the following actions: • The Solicitor was authorized to take all necessary action aimed at the resolution of the Kingsfield lawsuit. • The Solicitor was authorized to file an intervention in the appeal of the Zoning Hearing Board decision supporting the rezoning of Trax Farm property.


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February Snowstorm Steals Spotlight at Elizabeth Borough Meeting By Alice Harris February’s snow emergency and response dominated the February 23rd Elizabeth Borough Council meeting. The 7:30 meeting opened with guests Bev Carr and Kathleen Gwinn thanking all who helped get Elizabeth through the February snow emergency. Many exchanges of gratitude and hero stories continued to be expressed throughout the meeting. Council President Monica Douglas cited ways she tried to keep residents updated during the snow emergency, and questioned ‘How do we get the word out to residents in an emergency?” Attorney Matthew Racunas (in for Pat McGrail) mentioned that there is a free service that sends texts in emergencies, and that he will get the information for Monica.

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• In regular business: • Council will revisit and re-discuss the sale of a strip of Borough property to David Burke. • Fire Chief Chad Rager announced mutual aide meeting at 11 am on Saturday, February 27 at the Elizabeth

Fire Co. Social Hall to discuss the recent snow emergency and possible flooding in the next weeks and readiness to respond. The Streets Department is under equipped in machinery which is also old and in need of repair. As part of a CDBG grant to spruce up the Riverfront, a new metal gazebo is being erected in place of the old wooden one. The Borough was not notified that construction was in progress. Also, concerns were expressed that the old understructure is still sound. Advertising signage will be sold at Wylie Field to help pay for repairs to the infield amounting to approximately $700 in costs. Margaret Fleischauer asked that Elizabeth businesses be given first consideration to purchase these signs. EF School District will provide new bleachers at Wylie Field at no cost to the Borough. The old bleachers will either be sold or given away. New locks are requested for Wylie Field with keys given to all coaches. Gates will be left open if bikes are kept off he field. Otherwise, they will be locked.

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Additional information signage is needed at the Field. Newly elected Councilwoman Paula Stevens stated she is continuing to study the Ordinance books to be knowledgeable and well prepared for her duties. The creation of an official Elizabeth Borough website was discussed with several avenues to consider. A request by Friends of the Riverfront for a canoe/kayak rack at the Elizabeth barge is still not decided. A new garbage contract with a increase in rates to begin April 1 was approved. Regular yearly rates will go up by $10 from $135 to $145. Senior rates (62 years and older) will be at discount of $130 per year. The approval for the Borough Tax Collector to send all outstanding tax collections after March 15 to Keystone Collections was approved. A figure of $15,000 (allowed for a 48 hour period of snow emergency costs) will be submitted to FEMA for reimbursement. Appreciation was extended to Congressman Tim Murphy who made a personal appearance to deliver a genera-

Elizabeth's new metal gazebo overlooking the Monongahela River replaced the old wooden model. This gazebo is part of a CDBG grant focused to spruce up Elizabeth's riverfront.

tor during the snow emergency. • Elizabeth Borough Police OIC John Snelson was thanked for his dedication to making sure things were take care of during the snow emergency. • The request of $100 by Larry Duvall to digitalize the Borough’s zoning ordinances was approved.

Nottingham Supervisors Want Public Input Into Proposed Off Road Vehicle Ordinance By J.R. Brower New ordinances were on the minds of the Nottingham Board of Supervisors at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 15. One that has already been drafted is an ordinance regulating the use off road vehicles in the township. Residents have complained about ATVs and motorcycles on private property in the past, so the supervisors have been working on the ordinance since last year. “There has been a lot of interest in this type ordinance,” said Supervisor Peter Marcoline, “so we would like to hear as much public comment on it as possible.” The board will ask the Planning Commission to put the proposed ordinance on their agenda for public comment at their May 10 meeting. Following input at that meeting, recommendations will be sent back to the supervisors so that they can schedule their own public hearing on the proposed ordinance before adoption. Another amended ordinance, Amendment K to Ordinance 32, was received by the board for consideration as prepared by Township Planning Consultant Roberta Sarraf. The new amendment will replace H

and will define minor plot line adjustments for applicants. It will keep the Planning Commission more in the review process and allow them to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Following a 30day review period, a public hearing will be held on May 3. In another agenda item relating to ordinances, the board acknowledged receipt of a copy of Peters Township’s proposed mineral extraction ordinance, which pertains mostly to natural gas drilling. Peters is in the process of enacting regulations regarding drilling activities, which are not within the jurisdiction of the state, specifically the Department of Environmental Resources. Chesapeake Energy has been the predominant company seeking leases in Nottingham. Board Chairman Raymond Barley said, “they are going to be in here drilling Marcellus wells before we know it.” “We should take a look at some of the other townships’ ordinances,” said Barley and indicated that it would be in Nottingham’s best interest to draw up one of their own. In looking over Peters Township’s ordinance, Supervisor Douglas

King said that he liked the idea of well sites being fenced and gated. Cecil Township is also in the process of enacting an ordinance. Marcoline said that he would be interested in seeing the ordinance for Mt. Pleasant Township, where Range Resources has been actively drilling Marcellus wells for more than several years. He said that he will ask Solicitor James Leikar to seek out some of these other townships’ gas drilling ordinances so that the supervisors can study them. In other business, the board: • Acknowledged receipt of the draft of the Multi-Municipal Agreement for Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough. Following review, a public hearing will be held for consideration of the agreement’s adoption at a date to be coordinated with Finleyville later. • Authorized the advertisement of bids for public works equipment and materials. These include rental for seal coating equipment, 30,000 gallons of various liquid bituminous materials, about 3,000 tons of aggregate, about 3,000 tons of Superpave asphalt material and 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The bid openings will be held April 30 at 1:00 p.m., and the award of contracts will

take place on May 3. • Acknowledged receipt of a letter from the state DEP releasing the remaining 138 of the initial 150 taps requested for use in 2010. This is in response of a settlement between the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority and the city of Clairton over a sewage plant building issue. • Gave notice that a letter was received from Dominion Exploration and Production informing their intent to drill shallow natural gas wells along Parkview Road. • Approved an ordinance authorizing Nottingham Township to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Washington County for the installation of a single stream recycling facility to be constructed at the municipal complex. The agreement was expected to by signed at the Washington County Commissioners meeting on March 18. The site plan should be finalized by July, said Barley. Note: There will be no Board of Supervisors meeting on April 19. Supervisors Barley and King will be attending the PA State Association of Township Supervisors Conference in Hershey April 18 to 21.


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Elizabeth Area Officials Meet to Review Disaster Preparedness By Alice Harris In the aftermath of the February snow storms which went on record as the snowiest month ever in Allegheny County in the history of record keeping, and the recognition of the area's unpreparedness for disaster, Elizabeth Borough Fire Company Chief Chad Rager and Elizabeth Councilman Paul Shaner coordinated three consecutive Saturday morning networking sessions in Elizabeth on February 20 and 27 and March 5. These meetings brought together Emergency Services, Police, Fire, Sewage Authorities, Red Cross, the Army Corps of Engineers, and elected officials from Elizabeth and its surrounding areas to exchange ideas and information in efforts to be better prepared for future emergency situations, disasters, and flooding that in river country can come at any time. Jerry Fowler from Peoples Gas spoke on what is needed to shut off gas utilities and the necessity to clean, repair, or replace gas appliances when waters recede. Customers nearest a river are shut off first. He also warned about being aware for life threatening electrical dangers in flooded areas. Butch Van Fossen of Elizabeth Sewage Authority explained what goes on with sewage when the rivers come up and flood the pumping stations. Sewers in basements should be plugged in times of flooding. When raw sewage gets into flood waters, disease is readily spread. Chief Robert Full of the Department of Emergency Services explained where all the waters in the three rivers originate, and how Allegheny County is the "bull's eye" for all the water from where these areas drain. If a rescuer has to go into water to save someone, he needs to be wearing a life jacket to protect himself. And that even if disaster never happens, it is still best to be always prepared. A figure of $9,100,000 in damages was turned in by Allegheny County to FEMA for the February snow storms, with $9,000,000 submitted by Allegheny County alone. He said the past experiences have taught everyone they need to do better. He also said the new Allegheny County Emergency Services website (http://www.alleghenycounty.us/emerserv/) has a wealth of information on flooding and other important emergency knowledge . Bill Wolfgang, Emergency Management coordinator for West Elizabeth Borough where flooding has occurred many times, reminded it is good practice is to take photos of a town or property as it normally looks to have something to compare should damage ever occur. Grant Wilson of the American Red Cross urged communities to think ahead about possible disaster shelters and that school build-

Mayor of Elizabeth, David Householder, poses questions from the floor. The seriousness of these meetings can be seen on the faces of all in attendance.

Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Bob Full is a wealth of information and a great instructor on what needs to be done in emergency situations.

ings make excellent choices. He also spoke about providing equipment to set up a community shelter for 25-100 people to have in place for disaster emergency. Red Cross asks the community for 15 volunteers who will require a day and three evenings of instruction. Turtle Creek, East McKeesport, White Oak, Munhall, Bethel Park, Oakdale, Shaler, Aspenwall, Indiana Township, and Washington Alliance Church currently have shelters in place. Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 412-3438514. Bob Crawford of PennDot related that during the February snow storms, a plow train started in Crawford County picking up PennDot crews as it went to help with the snow in southwest Pennsylvania. And that their crews have been working around the clock since January. Lunch was provided by Walmart and Rep. David Levdansky, and coodinated by Missy Lewis following the final meeting and gave everyone opportunity to chat informally. Even though anticipated flooding did not happen this time when the rains came and snow melted, everyone who attended these meeting came away with gained knowledge and bonds formed so that next time no one will see disaster through alone.

Representatives of Elizabeth Borough Police, Fire, Council, Streets, and Sewage hosted the meetings to exchange information and gain knowledge of how to do better in future situations.


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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh Teri Mueller Joins Local Salon in Bethel Your Personal Image, Inc. located at 2790 South Park Road, Bethel Park, is pleased to welcome the addition of Teri Mueller former owner of "Body and Soul". Mueller graduated from South Hills Beauty Academy 18 years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started working at Luigi Carusoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown , specializing in hair pieces and wigs,â&#x20AC;? said Mueller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I was working downtown, a salon was for sale just down the street from my home, so I purchased that salon at the age of 20 while I continued to work downtown.â&#x20AC;? Mueller says she enjoys doing updo's for proms and weddings Terri Mueller has joined Your Personal and she looks forward to learning spray tanImage in Bethel park, ning and working with the new staff and cusand is ready for new customers! tomers. Your Personal Image is a full service salon offering Hair Styling, Natural and artificial nails, Pedicures, Skin Care, Electrolysis, Waxing, Air brush tanning, Massage therapy and cosmetics. Salon owners Lea Ann Rattigan and Jacqueline are approaching their 25th year in business. Check them out on the web at www.yourpersonalimageinc.com.

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Options Resource Center Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

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Options Resource Center, located at 308 Chess Street in Monongahela would like to thank all of the volunteers who have given of their time and resources to support our mission of affirming life in the local area. Optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volunteers bring compassion, dedication, caring and active assistance to individuals and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. During National Volunteer Week, Options recognized the three individuals who have provided the most hours of volunteer service in 2009. They are: Kim Driechler with the highest number of hours, Linda Leggett with the second highest, and Ronda Engstrom with the third highest. The three volunteers were each awarded a small gift and a large Thank You..

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DeCarlo Joins Staff at Stillwagon Chiropractic Dr. James DeCarlo is now seeing new patients, and old friends, at Stillwagon Chiropractic in Carroll Township. "I'm really proud to see patients at the office that Dr. Glenn Stillwagon started 45 years ago,â&#x20AC;? said DeCarlo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's really nice to see people that I've cared for before. It's almost like a reunion," he added. Over the past 12 years he has practiced in Rostraver, Whitehall, Canonsburg and Morgantown. Dr. DeCarlo was invited by Dr. Ward Stillwagon to join the practice recently. "It was very important to me to bring in a doctor that the patients knew. And more importantly a doctor they trust,â&#x20AC;? said Stillwagon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that's exactly what he brings to the practice." Dr. DeCarlo sees a range of patients from seniors to children. Chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities are the bedrock of the practice. "Many people don't know that we can help with so many problems that they suffer with...headaches, TMJ, sciatica, ankle

and knee pain, carpal tunnel and elbow pain," says DeCarlo. He knows that many people think going to a chiropractor means cracking and twisting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not true,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I use several techniques including muscle trigger point therapy, and tailor my approach to each patient. My concern is helping the person as quickly as possible. That's job number one. Especially when someone's been in an accident." The office is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield provider and accepts auto insurance coverage for accident cases. No insurance? No problem, because visit fees are very affordable. Have a question? Just call 724-258-6506, e-mail chirodecarlo@yahoo.com. Stillwagon Chiropractic was established in 1956 by Dr. Glenn Stillwagon. In 1965, he relocated the office to Rt. 136 about a mile from Ringold High School. In addition to Dr. Ward his brothers Kevin and Brian have previously practiced chiropractic at the office.


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Grand Openings! Look what’s new in Town

Experts in Comfort Therapeutic Interventional Pain Center Helps Patients Stop Hurting by Krista Ramsey

New Local Business Helps to Keep the Party Bouncin! By Heather Kelley-Latorre A new business Mega Bounce Rental, an inflatable ride rental company has literally sprung up this spring in Finleyville and the South Hills area. We have all seen them, and no doubt our kids know exactly what a ‘mega bounce’ is. Their shoes will be off in an instant when they see these MEGA bouncers! Whether it’s bouncin’ around in the castles or sliding down the 16-foot water slide, your kids will have a blast! And they didn't forget about your littlest ones! They'll have a great time in the mini mega jungle obstacle course, specifically designed for toddlers. The Mega Bounce products are bought new from quality manufacturers. “We go above and beyond when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing our rides,” says Jason Jaki, owner of M.B.R and father of two. Jaki believes this attention to detail sets Mega Bounce Rental apart from the rest. Each rental includes free local delivery and pick-up, and is set up by a state certified inflatable ride inspector. Clearly, Mega Bounce desires to ensure a safe and fun day for all who are involved. Check out their website for more information and specials: www.megabouncerental.com or call (724) 986-0257. There's nothing small about these rides, except the price! So consider them for your next birthday party, or upcoming event!

Thanks to Dr. Arif Rafi and his Therapeutic Interventional Pain Center, many patients started off the year pain-free by visiting the new practice when it opened in January. The practice, which has four locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, locally in Jefferson Hills and Monongahela, offers interventional procedure-based pain management. Patients with chronic or acute pain wishing to avoid surgery or extensive use of medication often go to Dr. Rafi to seek pain relief from many different sources, including surgery, headache, fibromyalgia, arthritis, vertebral compression fractures, and even cancer. Working with them, he explores all viable avenues, including medication management, steroidal injections, and physical therapy, Office Nurse and Manager Melissa Cerqua and using surgery as a last alternative. He offers Dr. Arif Rafi offer uncompromising pain a comprehensive pain management promanagement and care at Therapeutic gram and makes necessary referrals to Interventional Pain Center, which has offices physical therapists, surgeons, or any other located in Jefferson Hills and Monongahela. appropriate partner. Dr. Rafi has been a physician for 22 years and worked as a board-certified anesthesiologist for Weirton Medical Center in West Virginia. He also provided pain management services in Steubenville, OH, but the daily drive to these destinations from Upper St. Clair was a bit too far. Opening his own practice did not deter him from still offering anesthesia services to Southwestern Surgery Center next to his Jefferson Hills office, yet as an independent contractor. He studied in Bangladesh and worked in England and New Zealand for a period of time but has lived in the United States for 15 years. Dr. Rafi is enjoying his new life having an independent practice, as he now does not have to travel and has more time to spend with his wife and three children. “I most enjoy being able to alleviate pain for a patient who has tried everything else and failed,” he said. “I listen to them, reassure them that there are other options besides surgery, and help them reach the point where they can function again—this gives me a great sense of satisfaction.” Dr. Rafi is available in the Jefferson Hills office (Southwestern Surgery Center, Lewis Run Road) on Mondays and the Monongahela office (Spartan Surgi-Center, Stoops Drive) on Tuesdays. Therapeutic Interventional Pain Center’s other offices are located in Greensburg and Somerset. Local office hours vary; call Melissa Cerqua, office nurse and manager, at 412-377-1152 for an appointment or for more information. The practice accepts most major insurance plans.


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Pets Teacup Dog Agility Trial in Bethel Park Keystone Canine Training Club, 2942 Industrial Boulevard, Bethel Park, will hold a fully sanctioned Teacup Dog Agility Trial on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th. Teacup Agility Trials are sanctioned events that are for dogs 17 inches and under at the withers. The equipment is smaller and the ring size is smaller than standard agility, but the passion of both the handlers and their beloved pooches is not. In addition to the Standard Classes, this event will host several games - Quidditch, Helter Skelter, Touch n Go and The Black Hole Game, that participants can earn ribbons and titles as well. Friday April 23 - Run Thrus (for obstacle familiarization-no judging) 6 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th - Building opens at 8:00 a.m. Judges Briefing at 9 a.m. and first dog on the line at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 412-833-2211.

Washington Area Humane Society Upcoming Events The Washington Area Humane Society, located at 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four will be hosting the following upcoming events at their Shelter Pavilion. For reservations, call 724-222-7387 ext. 406 SPEAKER SERIES: April 17 at 4 p.m. - Topic: Dog Aggression & how to handle it. May 8 at 4 p.m. - Topic: Why Dogs Bite RABIES CLINIC April 18 from 12-4 p.m. at the Shelter Pavilion. For more information, visit www.washingtonpashelter.org.

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Recent Local Death Notices Anders - Frances M, 85., of Monongahela died Wednesday February 10. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Andrick – Gerald J, 53., of Monongahela died Saturday December 19. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Arnold - Ruth A, 99., of Finleyville died Sunday March 7. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Detig - Norbert T, 66., of Venetia died Monday March 8. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Dobrich - John, 80., of Finleyville died Wednesday February 17. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Engel - Edna E, 78., of Finleyville died Monday March 8. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Biagini – Rita, of New Eagle died Monday January 4. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Fagan – Rose R, 60., of Webster died Saturday January 2. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle.

Buell – Jason Lee, 35., of Donora died Thursday December 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Frederick - Anne B, 88., of Monongahela died Monday January 25. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Calabria – Donald A, 80., of Eighty Four died Monday December 7. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Graham - Deborah, 51., of Finleyville died Wednesday February 17. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Carcella - Bruno, 86., of FallowField Township died Thursday February 4. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Hill - Martin I “Marty”, 47., of Charleroi died Saturday March 6. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz funeral Home in New Eagle.

Chervenak - Mary, 86., of South Park died Wednesday February 3. Arrangements under direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park.

Joki – Russell W, 74., of Finleyville died Wednesday December 16. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Cunningham – Gayle Lynn, 45., of Monongahela (Forward Township) died Saturday December 26. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle.

Jones - William Earl, 85., of Mingo Junction, Ohio died Thursday February 18. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Dague – Margaret J “Peg”, 93., of Monongahela died Tuesday January 12. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Dawson - Dorothy L, 79., of Monongahela died Wednesday February 10. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Dean – Wilma “Janet”, 69., of North Charleroi died Saturday December 5. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. DeMedio - Doris E, 88., of New Eagle died Sunday January 17. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Kelly - Patrick F, 80., of Fayette City died Tuesday March 2. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Kerlin – Calvin R, 77., of Carroll Township died Sunday December 6. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Koskoski - Karin M, 46., of Monongahela died Wednesday March 10. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Lynn - Lois Anne, 86., of Fallowfield Township died Friday February 19.Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Markanich - John A SR, 85., of Elrama died Thursday January 28. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Mayer – John Albert, 50., of Carroll Township died Tuesday December 22. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Shepard - Roberta G, 93., of Carroll Township died Tuesday February 9. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

McCullough - Dolores Jean, 80., of Belle Vernon died Saturday February 27. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Smith - Donald L, 72., of Monongahela died Wednesday February 10. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Mehaffey - Agnes, 91., of South Park died Friday February 12. Arrangements under direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park.

Still wagon - Ann Marie, 79., of Monongahela died Wednesday January 27. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Morris – Paul E, SR, 82., of Monongahela died Tuesday December 29. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Swoger - Olga J, 92., of Centerville died Wednesday February 17. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Neidermeyer - Joseph “Matt”, 80., of Monongahela died Friday February 12. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Szubra - Frank JR, 51., of Floreffe in Jefferson Hills died Monday February 22. Arrangements under direction of Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills.

O’Melia - Emma, 91., of South Park died Sunday February 7. Arrangements under direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park.

Tomich - Betty Jane, 76., of Monongahela died Friday January 15. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Parella - Dorothy Mae, 97., of Venetia died Sunday February 28. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Trail – James Herman, 80., of Nottingham Township died Thursday December 24. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Plauchak - Ann Evelyn, 89., of Carroll Township died Tuesday February 23. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Walker – John W SR, 90., of Finleyville died Friday December 11. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Pocratski –Stanley T, 82., of Finleyville died Sunday January 3. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Walters – Dorothy S, 74., of New Eagle died Wednesday December 23. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Quantrill - Helen I, 91., of Gastonville died Tuesday February 23. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Webb - Mary Lou, 77., of Finleyville died Sunday March 14. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Russell – Jeana Marie, 24., of Monessen, Formerly of Monongahela died Sunday December 6. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Weber – Eva (Barrickman), 73., of Monongahela died Wednesday January 6. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Sala - Irene H, 92., of Monongahela died Thursday February 11. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Williams – Robert O, 90., of Finleyville died Friday December 25. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Sheppard - Robert Dale, 82., of Carroll Township died Saturday February 27. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela.

Yohe - Merle C, 89., of Finleyville died Friday March 19. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.


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Gretchen Stokes Town: Forward Township/Monongahela Family: Glenn Richardson, Sons: David and Ed (deceased) Beluscak, and Gorley Stokes. Grandchildren: Kayln, Kyle, Brianna, and Zack Beluscak Occupation: Retired school bus driver,Thomas Jefferson School District, Matthews Bus Service

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Birth Announcement Harvey Evans Bob and Deb Evans of Elrama, PA are proud to announce the birth of their son Harvey Evans on January 25, 2010. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. He was born at West Penn Hospital at 10:24 am. Harvey was welcomed home by his siblings: Danika, Matigan and Nick. Grandparents are Dee and Rich Evans, also from Elrama; Diane Poling of Lakeland, FL; and Ron and Gail Poling of Plano, TX.

Local Science Fiction Writer Uses Social Media To Market By Jim Caldwell “A teenager in India,” answered Barry Nelson, a budding local author, when asked if he knew how far from home his book, The McKenzie Files had sold. The reason: Mr. Nelson has about one hundred Sci-Fi buffs as friends on Facebook. Graduating from Clairton High School in the late seventies, Nelson always had an interest in writing as well as a great imagination. Now in his early fifties, having worked for Westinghouse in Large, for the City of Clairton and in retail, he hopes to one day write fiction full time. The McKenzie files, a science fiction fantasy about Reploids and a traitorous scientist who produces a Barry Nelson, author weapon able to bring the Protectorate down, was pubof The McKenzie Files lished by Leucrota Press out of California that specializes in this genre as well as horror and graphic novels. Nelson says more than a thousand copies have been sold since its release in August, 2008. Leucrota suggested a title change when publishing because Nelson hopes to develop a series of books. He is currently working on the second one as well as a finished Horror project called Virus, which Leucrota will publish by the end of summer. Unique in the marketing of The McKenzie Files was Nelson’s efforts to utilize the social media of Facebook, MySpace and internet blog/talk sites. He had been interviewed on “Sci-Fi Overdrive”, a late night show with David Durica , heard locally on WMNY (1360). Nelson is scheduled for a book signing at New Dimensions Comics in Century III Mall on May 1, 2010. You can call the store for details. Interested Sci-Fi readers can buy The McKenzie Files on line from Leucrota Press for $11.95 or an EBook for $3.95. Barnes & Nobles Book Store at the Waterfront in Homestead carries it.

Local Girl Donates Her Hair to Wigs for Kids Danika Evans, a second grader at MEC, and a Girl AFTER: Danika shows Scout in Ringgold off her new short-hair style, Troop 54056, recentBEFORE: Danika Evans and the hair she donated to ly donated 12 inches with her long hair Wigs for Kids. of her hair to the organization “Wigs for Kids”. Danika had been growing her hair for two years because she wanted to "help children with diseases like cancer." Danika's hair was cut by Rachel at Debra Mangino's hair design in Monongahela and then sent to Wigs for Kids. The organization sent her a thank you letter and a Girl Scout patch for her donation. Danika's family is so proud of her for her caring spirit!


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Sweet Sounds of Sorrow: Finleyville Nonagenarian Pays Tribute to Wife’s Memory with Song Recording By Christen M. Stroh John Baumgarten never imagined that his musical career as a teenager would land him in a recording studio 76 years later. Thanks to the life he shared with his wife, Madeline, however, that’s exactly where the 93-yearold Finleyville resident found himself a couple months ago. A 17-year-old musician in the 1930s, Baumgarten frequently entertained at celebrations, playing the guitar with a group of men, and oftentimes found his schedule booked. When he met Madeline, who was 15 at the time, there were no gigs scheduled, and he agreed to accompany a friend and his date to a party. He was to be Madeline’s date for the evening, as she would otherwise be attending alone. “I played my guitar with older people, and my mother worried about me going out with mixed-up company,” said Baumgarten. “She told me, ‘Don’t go out with anyone you wouldn’t want to call your wife’ and that made me gun-shy around women.” Nonetheless, Baumgarten and his friend went to meet their dates, and as they arrived where the young ladies were waiting, Baumgarten fell in love at first sight. “My heart stopped when I saw her,” he said, “and I went home that evening and woke my mother up and said that I listened to her advice and as sure as anything, this was a woman I would call my wife and she would have a daughter-in-law soon enough.” The couple dated for two years before marrying on June 25, 1937. Together, they built a life of love and encouragement. “She couldn’t do enough for me and I couldn’t do enough for her,” said Baumgarten. Through their life together, music still played an important role. Every night before turning in, they would sing to each other. “I always called her ‘sweetheart’ and she always called me ‘dear’ and that was part of our love song to each other,” said Baumgarten. He wrote her a song titled “Goodnight Little Girl of My Dreams” and would play it for her on his guitar. Over the years, the couple would enjoy many activities besides music. Madeline, however, began to experience heart complications in her mid-eighties. She was considered to be too high-risk for a heart transplant, and when she was 87, doctors told the couple she had anywhere from 4 weeks to 90 days left to live. They turned to Family Hospice, a care system that supplies medical treatment to patients in their home settings, who provided a nurse to visit Madeline; this treatment continued past the 90 days that Madeline was given and she lived for three

Finleyville Resident John Baumgarten has recorded a song in honor of his wife, and it is currently being considered for copyrights.

more years. She passed away at age 90 on June 20, 2009, five days before her wedding anniversary. The day she was buried, Baumgarten visited her grave and sang his old, familiar song to her, changing “goodnight” to “goodbye” and calling her “sweetheart” instead of “little girl.” Reworking the lyrics slightly, his new song took on the title “Goodbye to the Sweetheart of My Dreams” and every day, he’d sit at her gravesite and sing to her. It was during one of these visits in August that another visitor to the cemetery overheard him and approached him. Bobby Shawn, a Pittsburgh native known locally and nationally as a performer and entertainer, gave Baumgarten an idea. “He told me I should have the song recorded and copyrighted,” he explained. So Baumgarten set out to record his song. He worked with Imagine Audio, a company in Carnegie. “They were quite obliging,” said Baumgarten of the people who helped him, explaining that several times during the recording session, he’d break down with emotion and need to stop. Once the CD was completed, Baumgarten contacted the Library of Congress to copyright his song. The Library of Congress told him that it could take anywhere from a month to a year to be officially copyrighted. The song is currently listed as having been received and is being reviewed for consideration. Though Baumgarten’s fingers are too arthritic for him to play his song on a classical guitar, he has taken up the Hawaiian guitar again, something he hasn’t played since he met Madeline. “I truly believe that I was given an angel,” said Baumgarten, and though he continues his journey forward to publish his song, he’s just as content to spend his days singing to his sweetheart.

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Local Actress in Showtime Movie RHS Grad also Performed on MTV and in Music Videos By Chasity Capasso Mon Valley native Brandee Sanders recently starred in a suspenseful Indie film which appeared on the Showtime movie network this March and will also air on TMC in April. Sanders, 30, stars in “Head Trauma” as Susie, who she describes as a “young girl surrounded by a chain of mysterious events,” starting out as a “dream character” at first, but towards the end becomes one of Brandee Sanders, a 1997 Ringgold the main characters in the movie’s plot. High School graduate is making big The film, which premiered at the Tribeca strides in the entertainment industry. Independent film festival, chronicles a man who returns to his hometown after a 20-year absence with no memory of his past life. He regains his memory in time to realize exactly what happened to him 20 years ago, resulting in his confession to where he hid a girl’s (Susie) body who he hooked up with, and why. Sanders, a 1997 graduate of Ringgold High School, lived in both Finleyville and Donora before relocating to New York City after college. As a child, she took dance, opera and voice lessons, and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. “At three years old I started dancing, specifically ballet,” she said. “My first professional performances were at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Civic Light Opera and the Benedum. I moved to New York and worked in films ever since then.” She has been featured at the Cannes Film Festival in France, on HBO, the Independent Film Channel, in numerous theatre performances, and on MTV, where she danced in JayZ, Nas and J-Lo music videos. “I’ve done it all, lots of musical theatre, but my focus is now primarily on Independent films,” she said. Sanders said she went to an open casting call in Philadelphia for a role in “Head Trauma,” and dropped off her head shot, then submitted a video reel. She said “one thing led to another” and she got called to do a reading, where was chosen for a part in the film. “Head Trauma is a big deal for me, because it’s the type of movie that anyone can watch and enjoy,” she said. “It’s not pigeon-holed into the Indie type of style that only attracts certain viewers. My family and friends can go rent it on Netflix or at Blockbuster. It got a lot of exposure. And the cast was amazing; director was really fantastic.” Sanders said that while many aspiring actors get caught up in the glamour of the business, they need to remember that a lot of “grit” goes into acting. “For this movie, for example, I had to do my own aerial stunts,” she explained. “It was fun but not easy by any means. Acting isn’t just about weaves and a Gucci dress.” Sanders said she loves acting because she enjoys challenging herself. “I love that I’m able to tell a story from a different prospective than what people would usually see,” she said. “I like to pick up a script and play more complex characters who are difficult to understand. I love the challenge of it all.” For those hoping to make it big in the entertainment industry, Sanders says the most important thing you can do is “get educated.” “Get an education so you have something to fall back on and have a way to financially support yourself,” she said. “Make sure you understand the business aspect of acting. It’s extremely difficult at time and you have to be ready for rejection, but you have to keep an open mind and always be true to yourself, no matter what.”

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Pleasant Hills Garden Club April Meeting Spring is here.The Pleasant Hills Garden Club is excited that the snow is finally gone and we are starting to get back to work in our gardens. The club is responsible for the Let Freedom Ring Garden at the Bill Green Shopping Center. This garden honors service persons from all branches of the armed forces, community leaders, residents and former residents. Please take some time to visit our garden and walk the paths of memorial bricks dedicated to these individuals. The garden promises to be beautiful this Spring with all of the new bulbs that were planted in the Fall. The club also maintains the gardens surrounding the Pleasant Hills Library and both entrances of the A.W. Robertson Arboretum. The Clubs next meeting will be April 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building. Our meetings start with fellowship, then we offer a program, followed by a business meeting. If you are interested in gardening, horticulture, or floral design, please join us. New members are welcome. For more information, call 412-653-3632.

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Explore endless design and earth-friendly siding options. Is the siding chipping, staining or rotting? Your siding may need a power wash. If it does need replacement, talk with your local contractor about low-maintenance and environmentally friendly vinyl and fiber cement siding options. Some styles, such as CertainTeed's CedarBoards Insulated Vinyl Siding, can increase the overall thermal performance of your wall by up to 30 percent, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Offering color retention along with resistance to wind, water, insect and chemical damage, vinyl and fiber cement siding is engineered to keep a home looking beautiful for many years.

Don't forget to look up. Since a roof makes up 40 percent of a home's exterior, make sure yours is in tiptop shape. Use binoculars to look for missing, cracked, curling or decaying shingles. If any are spotted, it may be time to replace your roof. Consider asphalt shingles, which can last many years and add dimensional appeal to your home. Shingles, such as CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris, can also reflect solar energy and radiate heat, making for a lowertemperature roof in the summer.

Create a comfortable "living room" outdoors. Vinyl fencing displays consistent quality and appearance. It doesn't require painting, making it nearly maintenance-free and a great alternative to traditional materials. A low-maintenance option to wood is Galveston with CertaGrain. Using an innovative texturing process, CertaGrain features an authentic wood-like appearance in an easy-to-maintain vinyl design while pro-

A well-chosen roof can dramatically improve your home's appearance. viding resistance to the decay, warping or splintering that are common with wood fences. Adding a fence also functions as more than just a means of privacy. A fence provides security, enhances the curb appeal of a home and may increase the property value. Make sure the work is done right, and partner with a qualified contractor.

Homeowners should be sure to work with a qualified contractor. Check with your local Better Business Bureau and seek contractors who are licensed, bonded and insured. For more information on low-maintenance home improvements tips, call 800-782-8777 or visit www.certainteed.com.


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Planning A Successful Vegetable Garden (NAPSI)-Edible gardening will continue to be a popular trend this year, according to a recent survey by the Garden Writers Association. More than 41 million U.S. households grew a vegetable garden last year and 37 percent plan to do more edible gardening in 2010. (Only 1 percent planned to plant less this year.) A combination of factors is driving the trend: The desire to consume locally grown foods and save money as well as Gen X and Y consumers embracing the idea of self-sufficiency. Add the year-old White House vegetable garden to the mix and seed companies tapping into reserves to keep up with demand and you've got a gardening boom. "In this economy, everyone is looking for a way to make their money go farther," says Bayer Advanced™ Garden Expert Lance Walheim, author of "Vegetable Gardening." "Growing your own healthy vegetables in your garden is a great way to reduce your grocery bill while creating a nutritious supply of food from your own backyard." HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDEN: Choose your veggies: Do your homework on seed, plant and variety options, and involve your family in the selection. Pick a sunny spot for your garden: Most vegetables need six to eight hours of direct sun each day. The area you choose should drain well, but will still benefit from the addition of lots of organic matter, so you have the best growing conditions. Mark your rows: Use string to mark off the individual rows of vegetables you'll plant and make plans for irrigation. Remember that rows running east to west will get the best sun exposure.

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New Room, New You Growing your own vegetables is a great way to reduce your grocery bill. Add mulch and fertilize: Mulch your rows to keep weeds from popping up and fertilize regularly. Protect against pests and diseases: The new Bayer Advanced Natria™ Insecticidal Soap protects your vegetable garden against pests such as aphids, thrips, spider mites and white-flies, as well as diseases such as blight and powdery mildew, among others. Be sure to read and follow all label directions. Visit BayerAdvanced.com for more information and how-to videos or call (877) BAYERAG.

(NAPSI)-Rough weather outside makes for a good time to work on the inside of your house to make it a happier place to enjoy the rest of the year. Here are simple, fun ways to revitalize your home. • In your kitchen: Organize your recipes in a decorative card box. Practice one of the recipes to make it your signature dish to bring to gatherings and parties. • In your bedroom: Clean out your closet and give clothing and shoes you don't wear to charity. Use hooks to hang jewelry and belts so they don't get tangled. • In your living room: Refresh picture frames with new photos of family and friends. They will remind you of fun times together and brighten up a gloomy day. • In any room: Add color with freshly painted walls. Glidden™ paint has Top 10 colors to get you inspired to begin painting. From "Quiet Time" blues and greens to bright and playful "Growing Up" colors, finding the right palette can help you get going on any painting project. Visit Glidden.com for more color ideas.


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It's Never Too Early to Start Spring Cleaning (NewsUSA) - When refreshing spring weather begins to roll in, wouldn't you rather be outside enjoying it, rather than inside cleaning? This year, tackle those spring cleaning jobs early so that spring can be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Even during the dreariest months, there are many tasks that can be completed. HERE ARE SOME TASKS THAT DON'T NEED TO WAIT FOR WARMER WEATHER: • Polish your wooden cabinets. You don't need to replace You don't need to wait until spring wooden cabinets when they to tackle home cleaning projects. lose their luster. A thorough cleaning, followed by a moisturizing polish, can make old cabinets look from, but for those do-it-yourselfers, rentnew. The most common method of clean- ing or buying a carpet cleaner can save buning cabinetry is with a little Woolite and dles of money. The Oreck Rinse-A-Matic water. But if you want to restore luster and (www.oreck.com) can shampoo, rinse and shine, try a product like Touch of Oranges dry carpeted floors, and, as a bonus, can Wood Cleaner also rinse, scrub and dry kitchen floors. (www.TouchOfOranges.com), followed by • Say goodbye to mineral stains. Mineral Touch of Beeswax Wood Preserver. Simply spray the cleaner on a wooden surface, wait deposits look depressing on windows and a few minutes, and then rub 0000-grade shower stalls. And while cleaning the winsteel wool in the direction of the grain. dows is often a warm-weather job, there's Finish cleaning by wiping the wood with no reason to put off cleaning the bathroom. soft terrycloth, then use the preserver. Hard water stains on glass shower doors Cabinets will shine, giving your kitchen a and windows look unattractive, so remove them with specialized products like CLR spring-fresh look. (www.jelmar.com), Lime Away or Bring It • Clean your carpets. Carpets can be a On Cleaner (www.BringItOnCleaner.com). major trap for dust and pet hair, not to Some hard water stains will often yield to mention the salt and dried mud that have scrubbing with white vinegar and a nonbeen tracked in from winter shoes. There scratch pad. If you find that vinegar is inefare many professional services to choose fective, resort to stronger chemicals.


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Do-It-Yourself Tips On Silencing Squeaky Floors

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(NAPSI)-The next time you are looking for a way to give a noisy floor the "silent treatment"--there's good news. With a little bit of effort and the right equipment, eliminating squeaks can be the type of homerepair project that responds to the do-ityourself approach. Experts say most squeaks are often caused when the subfloor rubs on the top surface of the floor joist and/or on the shank of regular nails. Begin by locating the squeaks. Once they are located and marked with painters' blue masking tape, find your joists and the direction in which they run. Next, check to see if the squeaks you marked are in the same area as the floor joists. If they are, you are ready to begin attacking them directly. Here's where floor hardware designed specifically for the task can make all the difference. Fortunately, there are repair kits created to eliminate floor squeaks whether they're found under carpeting, in hardwood or softwood floors, or in stairs. In the past, getting rid of squeaks usually required getting direct access to the underneath floor to get at the joist. Not anymore. When the squeak is under a carpeted floor, there is an innovative repair kit--called

Squeeeeek No More--that contains a plastic molded alignment and depth control fixture, 50 specially scored 3-inch by ?-inch diameter screws, a customized driver bit to regulate the depth at which to drive the screw, and a joist-finding screw to locate the joist from above. In addition to eliminating unwanted squeaks, it also offers the added convenience of not having to crawl around under the floor to get the job done. When the squeak is in a hardwood floor, a different product designed specifically for that kind of project may help. Called Counter Snap, it was created to help repair squeaky hardwood floors and stairs. Each kit includes 30 screws, the Counter Snap fixture, a No. 2 recess square-head driver and instructions. Another product, called Squeak-Ender, pulls the subfloor securely to the joist to help fix squeaks between the bottom side of the subfloor and the top of the floor joist. The bracket slips over the bolt and slips around the joist and the nut is tightened. To learn more or for more detailed instructions, visit www.mysqueakyfloors.com or call (877) 378-0065.

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It's an openand-shut case. Children should learn that the garage door is not a toy.

Garage Door Safety (NAPSI)-Teaching young children how to spell the word "door" may offer an additional lesson about garage door safety. . www.GarageDoorCare.com, a site sponsored by the International Door Association (IDA), spells safety this way: • Doors are heavy--never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. • Openers are for adults--never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door. • Ouch!--never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt. • Remotes are for adults--never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom and Dad's key chain. IDA is the world's largest trade association of professional garage door and access system dealers and installers. The site helps homeowners learn about garage door safety and maintenance.

The Live-In Kitchen (NAPSI)-If your family is like most, you spend about three to four hours in the kitchen every week. Increasingly, the room is being reinvented as a second, day-to-day living space-suitable for entertaining, working and spending some much-needed leisure time. What's more, people are choosing to spend more time at home instead of dining out. It comes as no surprise then that a recent Nielsen survey discovered that one in every five households has a "budding gourmet chef." Food For Thought: A wellThis newfound culinary craze has also prompted more and more Americans to organized kitchen can make unearth the benefits of growing their own cooking, eating and enterfruits and vegetables and buying locally from vendors at area farmers' markets. taining easier and more fun. How can you make your space work better for family and at- home dining? Here are some quick solutions: • The kitchen is the heart of the home. Ensure there's suitable seating for family and guests to lounge comfortably by converting one end of the counter into a work or crafting area. • Tuck baskets under the cabinets for an out-of-the-way place to store onions, potatoes or your reusable shopping bags. • Artfully display those longtime-collected cookbooks and your favorite spices near your food preparation area for inspiration and easy access. • In the pantry, organize flavorful ingredients for the chefs in your home by installing ClosetMaid's® laminate shelving options, perfect for storing canned, boxed and dry goods. • You can also use the company's affordable wire shelving to display decorative but seldom-used serving platters or to hang beloved teacups using S-shaped hooks. For more organizational tips or to access the online Visual Storage Planner, visit www.closetmaid.com. For additional information, call (800) 874-0008.


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â&#x20AC;˘ Teach children to take pride in their belongings by giving them their own storage areas. Try clearing a space in your entertainment unit for your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies and video games. For toys, use colorful bins, like the Kendall Storage Collection, to separate hard toys from plush and put away arts and crafts supplies. â&#x20AC;˘ Designate spaces for different activities. For example, all board games, entertainment units and DVDs should be in the same area. This will help keep items from being scattered throughout the house. â&#x20AC;˘Create a master calendar for the family. Put it on the refrigerator or beside the computer desk. Time management is an important skill, and kids should learn it early. â&#x20AC;˘ Make cleaning and organizing a family affair. After all, your family helps make the clutter, so they should help organize it, too. For more information, visit www.thecompanystore.com and www.companykids.com.


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Trax Farms Offers These Tips for April Gardening and Landscaping Flowers & Vegetables: â&#x20AC;˘ Weed, weed, weed! Now is the time to dig or hoe weeds from your gardens and yard. This will save you a lot of work later on. â&#x20AC;˘ Continue removing protective mulches from roses, clematis, azaleas and other tender shrubs. â&#x20AC;˘ Fertilize spring-flowering bulbs. Also fertilize other ornamental fruit and berry plants that were not fertilized in March, and spring-blooming shrubs after flowering is complete. Fertilize perennials when you see 2-3â&#x20AC;? of new growth. â&#x20AC;˘ Cultivate garden beds as soon as soil is dry enough to work. Plant roots need loose soil twelve inches deep. Mix in a few inches of peat moss or organic material. â&#x20AC;˘ April is a good time for planting roses, and perennial flowers and herbs. You can also sow seeds of carrots, greens, beets and other root vegetables. â&#x20AC;˘ Plan, design, and create new landscape and garden beds, if desired.

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UNION TOWNSHIP Melissa Pirosko Mingo Boy Inc. Estate of Alex Popp Daniel Strangis Daniel Novacek Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc.

James Sheets Lisa Estochin and Richard Gump Jr. Judy Talmonti Janice Loibl Brandon Hart Joseph Eisner III and Shannon Eisner Steven and Kay Brett

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MONONGAHELA Land Liquidator LLC Susan Faye Silbaugh Edward Burzynski Donald Ducarme Ronald Watkins

Russ Pirkey Joshua and Lisa Colich Bank America NA .Joseph Gorsic Rosta Group LLC

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CARROLL TOWNSHIP Estate of Frances Barbe Estate of Stephen Tucker Kenneth Ingold Esther Hojo Larry Cain Jr. James William Wujcik Estate of John Police

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ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Paul Burke Estate of Dawn Dichiera Donald Collage Jr. Jean Schmidt Paul Jaroszynski

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West Jefferson Hills Churches Host ‘Game Night’ For Families By Charlotte Hopkins

Ben Petry, Jon Ong, TeeA Ong and Joseph Wen in a friendly competition of Apples to Apple at CrossRoads.

Megan Lewis, Kevin Nereza and John Pembrooke competing in a game of Bando

Olivet Presbyterian Church and CrossRoads Community Church have launched Game Night, a fun filled evening for the whole family. There are card games, such as Apples to Apples, and board games, such as Racko, Scrabble and Cranium! Bring your favorite board game or just bring the family for a night of fun! At CrossRoads Community Church, there are video games, like Guitar Hero, for gaming enthusiasts and “Scene It” played on the big screen TV. CrossRoads Community Church, of Jefferson Hills, will host Game Night for children and teens on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. There will be a second Game Night for adults on the third Friday of each month. Adult Game Night begins at 7:00 and has no set time limit. On Adult Game Night there is child care provided for those who need it. For more information contact Pastor Floyd Hughes ate 412-384-9278. Olivet Presbyterian Church, of West Elizabeth, will host Game Night, for children and adults of all ages, on the last Thursday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00! Child Care is provided by Megan Lewis (in the For more information contact Reverend background). Children (from left - right) are Walt Pietschmann at 412-384-7160. Beth Ong, Lawrence Ong and Rebekah Ong

Stephen Bond, Tyler Pietschmann, Mia Cathell and Emily Bond getting ready for a Scrabble competition (Tyler came out champion!)

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Holy Week Event at Peters Creek Baptist Church Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park will present “The Way of the Cross”, a guided walking tour of the seven scenes of Jesus’ Journey to the Cross. Event will be held outdoors on Thursday, April 1 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. and Good Friday, April 2 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Event would only be cancelled due to heavy rain. For more information, call 412-833-6111.

Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church Men’s Communion Breakfast

Area Church News Upcoming Events at South Elrama UMC Sends Health Hills Assembly of God Church Kits to Haiti

Members of the Elrama United Methodist Church prepares health kits for Haiti.

Children’s Easter Event at Peters Creek Baptist Church

Join us on March 27 for our annual Men’s Communion Breakfast. Communion Service will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a hot breakfast and featured speaker, John Banaczak, former Pittsburgh Steeler and member of three Super Bowl Championship teams. The event will be held at Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hills. Ticket price is $10. To purchase tickets, call 412-655-2000.

Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park will be having a “Children’s Resurrection Celebration Event” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 3 for all kids ages preschool thru 5th grade and their families. Register by March 28th at Peters Creek Baptist Church, South Park or call the office at 412-833-6111.

Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Germaine RC Church

Flea Market at Union Road United Methodist Church

St. Germaine RC Church, located on Baptist Road in Bethel Park will hold a Divine Mercy Sunday service on April 11 at 3:00 PM. Service will include exposition, scripture, homily, Chaplet of Mercy, prayer, blessing with relic of St. Faustina, benediction. All are welcome.

Union Roads United Methodist Church, 3687 Finley-Elrama Road, Gastonville, will hold a Flea Market on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Premier jewelry fundraiser will be held Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Public welcome and bring a friend. For more information, call 724-348-6200.

Flea Market, Soup & Food, Bake Sale at Elizabeth Baptist Church The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having a flea market at 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth on Saturday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A large variety of “treasures” will be for sale including electronics, décor, jewelry, kitchen, domestics, etc. The accompanying bake sale will include many homemade goodies. Food available will include stuffed cabbage, haluski and kielbasa as well as American fare and homemade soups, eat in or take out. Outside table space will be available for a cost of $10 per table (bring your own table). Any inquiries may be made at 412-384-6464.

Upcoming Events at Wrights United Methodist Spaghetti Dinner A spaghetti dinner will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on April 10 at Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Rd, Venetia. Tickets at the door are adults $7.00, kids 12 and under $3.00. Car Wash / Bake Sale / Book Sale Wrights United Methodist Church’s Youth in mission will hold a car wash/bake sale/book sale on Saturday June 5th to support their Appalachia Service Project Mission Trip. We are in need of used books, CD’s and/or DVD’s. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Kathy Jo at 724-348-5969.

Resurrection Celebration at Crossroads Ministries Crossroads Ministries will enjoy a Resurrection Celebration at their services on Saturday April 3 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday April 4 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. For more information about Crossroads Ministries, visit the website at www.crossroadsministries.com. Crossroads Ministries is located one mile south of Trax Farms overlooking Route 88.

Holy Week Services at Thomas Presbyterian Church Thomas Presbyterian Church will hold Holy Week services in their sanctuary. On Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. “The Twelve Ordinary Men of the Last Supper” will present a drama followed by communion and prayer. On Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. the service begins with the silent procession of the Cross into the sanctuary. Thomas Chancel Choir will sing and Rev Jaberg will preach on “Deliver Us From Evil.” Easter Sunrise Service begins at 7:00 a.m. in the Thomas parking lot. Easter breakfast is served in the Christian Life Center from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Other Easter services will be held at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. with the Thomas Chancel Choir and Rev Linda Jaberg preaching on “Yours Is the Power and Glory Forever”. Childcare for the Sunday 8:45 and 11:00 services.

The following events are planned at South Hills Assembly of God Church in Bethel Park. For more information call 412-835-8900 or visit www.southhillsassembly.org. • Bible Workshop A Precept Ministries International Training Workshop will be held Friday & Saturday, April 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost for one day is $100.00 or $146.00 for both days. Register online at www.precept.org or by calling 800-763-8280. • Pancake Breakfast An All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the fellowship hall. Advanced tickets are Adults $5 per person ($7 at the door), Children 10 years. and under $2 per person ($2.50 at the door) and Family price total (children 10 years. & under) $15 ($18 at the door). Tickets available at the church. • Food Ministry Angel Food Ministries offers low-cost quality food on a monthly basis with no income qualifications. Healthy menu and allergen free options are available! Orders accepted through Sunday, April 11, with distribution from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. • Clothing Sale Annual “Gently Used” Clothing & Merchandise Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. • Free Movie Night

Free Movie Night featuring “No Greater Love” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. • Deaf Ministry Sunday Deaf Ministry Sunday School held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the prayer room. A luncheon follows Sunday School on the second Sunday. Bring a dish to share. RSVP for luncheon to Steve and Mary Lou at 412-851-1692 V/VP or Scott at 724-705-0942 VP. • Bible Study for Singles Single Adult Bible Study Group meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month for fellowship, Bible Discipleship and Relevant Topic discussion. • Celebrate Recovery Compassion Connection Inc. offers Celebrate Recovery, Christ-centered addiction recovery meetings to help you find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups, and habits at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in room C1-A.

Grief Counseling at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church When our loved ones turn to Heaven, our hearts and minds struggle. Come and join us for a comfort and support counseling program that will help us know how to deal with our loss. The program will begin on Wednesday. April 21 and continue for a six week study. Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia, Hinman Hall from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. Call the church office to register at 724-941-6210.


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Area Church News Elizabeth Baptist Church Flea Market, Soup & Food Bake Sale The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having a giant fall flea market at 735 Bunola River Rd. in Elizabeth. The date is set for Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The bake sale will include many homemade goodies. The food sale will include soups, sandwiches, French fries and more. All foods can be purchased to dine-in or take-out. Outside table space will be available for set up and cost for this is $10 per table (bring your own table). Any inquiries may be made at 412-384-6464.

April Events at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church “Joyful Noise Worship” Does a member of your family have autism? Is it sometimes difficult to take them to a worship service? If so, please join us at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive in Peters Township on Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. for a special service of music and movement, prayer and praise, sharing God’s Word and Holy Communion. “Joyful Noise” is designed for people with autism and their families, of all ages and backgrounds, but is also ideal for young children who may appreciate being able to move around during worship. For directions or additional information, call the church office at 724-941-7467.

Doo Wop Diddie Diddie Oldies Dance at St. Joan of Arc St. Joan of Arc Church in South Park is sponsoring a Doo Wop Oldies Dance to the held in the Domremy Pavillion on Saturday, April 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple. Menu includes hamburger, French fries, chicken basket, beer and pop. BYOB. Swing into spring with the oldies for an enjoyable evening. For tickets and further information, contact Jan Reis at 412-833-8231.

Outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Anthony’s Parish

Upcoming at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church The upcoming schedule of events for Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Rd., Venetia is as follows: Easter Cantata “Like a Lamb” with narration The choir of Peters Creek Presbyterian Church will present the Easter Cantata “There Stands A Cross” during the church’s 11 a.m. worship service on April 11. Instrumental accompaniment for the cantata will be provided by a piano trio with choir director Brian Pappal at the piano being joined by violinist Rebecca Closson and Cellist Franklin Nino. All are welcome. For more information, feel free to contact the church office at 724-941-6210. Youth Club for 4th and 5th Graders Our preteens are grappling with some tough questions and many answers they are getting from the media are far from the truth of God’s Word. That’s why we’re beginning a Youth Club for our 4th and 5th grade students called ‘Grapple’. Grapple is held Sunday evenings from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in room B2 of the CE building. Grapple will get our kids into the Bible so they can talk about such tough questions as “Is it ok if my friends’ parents say it’s ok?”, “Is Jesus real?”, or “Why doesn’t everyone go to heaven?” By grappling with these questions, tweens will begin to understand God’s answers to the very issues they are facing in their every day lives.

Annual Spring Rummage-recycling Sale The Presbyterian Women in Westminster Church will hold their Annual Spring Rummage-recycling Sale on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall. The “bag sale” and halfprice sale starts at 12:30. There will be a “boutique for better items.” Collection day is Friday, April 23 from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Please donate only clean and usable items. Magazines, textbooks, large pieces of furniture and broken or unworkable items will not be accepted. All proceeds benefit mission projects. For further information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412-831-5704.

Easter Services at St. Peter’s Episcopal St. Anthony’s Parish in Monongahela reenacts the ‘Outdoor Stations of the Cross’ in the parish ‘Calvary Way’ prayer garden. The Outdoor Stations of the Cross will take place on Good Friday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m.

St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood will hold Easter Services during the following times: Good Friday, April 2 - 12 Noon and 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4 - 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt. 51. For more information, call the church at 412-884-5225 or visit our website at www.stpetersbrentwood.org.


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SENIOR NEWS FROM THE VENETIA COMMUNITY CENTER The following information is for the Venetia Community Center located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia, PA. We are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. There will be two luncheons during the month of April. They will be held on the April 8 and April 22. The April 8 luncheon will commence with a blood pressure screening taken by Sharon Hixenbaugh, a nurse from Caring Mission Home Care. A delicious lunch will follow prepared by the Canonsburg Senior Center to be enjoyed by all. After lunch a speaker from OASIS, Tail Weisberg will speak on opportunities that inspire adults to learn, lead, and contribute to their communities. A good way to make new friends or connect with old ones while pursuing long-held interests or discovering new ones. For our second luncheon on April 22, we will have blood pressure screening by nurse Lucy Corson from Family Home Health Service. Our guest will be from Southern Care, where caring is a way of life. Our speaker will be Chandra Rasel, head of Volunteer Services. She will be discussing their Volunteer Program and the services they offer. Birthdays for April are Eileen Higbee and Mary Sawezyszyn. Happy Birthday and many more.

CANONSBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL TO HOST ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP A free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at Canonsburg General Hospital in the McNary Conference Center. The support group is sponsored by Consulate Retirement Village of North Strabane and is affiliated with the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The group will meet the second Thursday of every month. The meeting will be an opportunity for caregivers to share practical ideas in a supportive setting, connect with other families and learn from guest speakers. For more information, call 724-746-0600.

CGH OFFERS DRIVER SAFETY REFRESHER COURSE FOR OLDER DRIVERS Canonsburg General Hospital, in association with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer a four-hour refresher course for drivers 55 or older who have previously completed the AARP driver safety program. The session will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., on Friday, April 16, in the Canonsburg General Hospital McNary Conference Center. The fee for the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members, payable in advance. The accelerated course covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. A certified instructor recruited and trained by AARP, will conduct the course. His presentation includes a combination of videotapes and a group discussion. Refreshments will be served. Verification of previous course completion is required. To register, or for more information, call Physician Access toll free at 1-877-2842000. Class size is limited to 30 people.

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Finleyville – Friday, March 12, 2010

OLDER & WISER State Rep. Levdansky Hosts Workshops for Seniors in Elizabeth and Finleyville By Alice Harris and Paul Chasko An Older & Wiser seminar sponsored by State Rep. David K Levdansky of the 39th Legislative District and Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Allegheny County was held on Thursday March 11, at the Sylvester & Tweetie banquet hall in Elizabeth, and Friday March 12, at the Finleyville Community Center. The seniors enjoyed a hearty breakfast courtesy of State Rep. Dave Levdansky. Seniors were provided with valuable information and handouts on Living Wills, Power of Attorney, choosing an HCR (Health Care Representative), Social Security, Medicare, long term health care

insurance, and scams and fraud. A representative from the Washington County Transportation Authority attended the Finleyville seminar and outlined the “RIDES” program that provides high quality and low cost transportation for seniors throughout Washington County. Representative Levdansky promised another session sometime in the future as this one was so well-received. Information booklets on many of these issues can be obtained by contacting one of Rep. Levdansky’s neighborhood offices – Finleyville (724) 348-2030, New Eagle (724) 258-2806, Elizabeth (724) 384-2258, South Park (412) 831-8096 or Clairton (412) 233-5500.

State Representative Dave Levdansky addresses the audience at the Finleyville Community Center.

Elizabeth – Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mary Bach (with husband, Len Bach) of AARP spoke on scams and fraud that prey on senior fears and AARP's Free Lunch Monitoring Program. Margaret Vlanich gets some answers from Attorney Joseph Olimpi.

Heather Marcozzi of Economic Concepts, Inc. explained the importance to carry long term health care insurance.

Representative Levdansky welcomes a packed house at Sylvester & Tweety’s in Elizabeth. In a question and answer session after the seminar, Levdansky also took time to answer off topic questions on property taxes and Marcellus drilling.

Attorney Joseph M. Olimpi of Neighborhood Legal Services explained Living Wills, Power of Attorney, HCRs (Health Care Representative), and DNRs (do not resuscitate order). Neighborhood Lega l Services is a corporation of private attorneys who volunteer their time to provide simple legal services to low and moderate income people who can't afford an attorney.

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Caregiver Stress: When To Ask For Help? Caregiver stress is defined as a high level of anxiety that may be experienced by people who are caring for another person (usually a family member) with some kind of illness. For example, a person caring for someone with a chronic illness may experience such stressors as financial strain, managing the person's symptoms, dealing with crises, the loss of friends, or the loss of intimacy. Most caregivers are family members; and the most common diagnosis of people being cared for is dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 4.5 million Americans are presently living with Alzheimer's disease. Caring for someone with dementia often requires a great deal of time and patience, and it can cause great stress to the caregiver, particularly as memory loss progresses. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, so it often ends up with the afflicted person needing total care, 24 hours per day. This can be physically demanding for a family caregiver, a grown child taking care of her/his parent, or a spouse caring for his/her lifelong partner, etc. It is also highly emotional as your loving rel-

ative may eventually look at you like a total stranger - despite all of the time and effort you are devoting to their care and well-being. Often, a senior with this disease can become abusive, verbally and physically, which further compounds the incredible stress for the caregiver. It’s not always obvious when to ask for help, or when to make changes to the care that the person with dementia is getting. Providing good care means meeting the needs of the person receiving care, using one service or a combination of several. Depending on preferences, needs and abilities, it may be appropriate to look for different or more assistance. Make sure to delegate responsibilities, don't do everything yourself if there are others in your family who can help. Sit down and discuss what each member of the household (including children) can do, and develop a schedule of responsibilities. Take into account each person’s ability, maturity, and availability. Remember that not everyone can, or should be, directly involved in caring for the patient. There will be other tasks which also need

attention. Look beyond the immediate relatives for help. Even those further away can participate on some level. Finding others to handle family tasks will give you more time to care for your loved one and yourself and, thus, help reduce stress. Take time to get away from caregiving for at least a few hours each week or longer, if you can. Use the time to do something for yourself. See a movie, get a haircut, go shopping, walk in the park, attend religious services, or simply take a nap! It can be difficult to leave your loved one even for a few hours, especially if they are very ill, but it may be the most important thing you do for that person and for yourself. Taking this time is not being selfish. Rather, it is critical in order for you to continue caring for your loved one’s physical and emotional needs in a loving and helpful way. The most important thing to remember is if you don’t take care of yourself you can not care for your loved one. Please call Arden Courts at 412-3840300 to get more information on caregiver stress and how we can help.


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There are many resources available to help support people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It may be helpful for you to attend one of the Alzheimer’s Association affiliated support groups, which are professionally led for caregivers and families coping with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s of a loved one. A support group also Terrie Eger can help you connect with others in similar situations. These groups Marketing Director generally meet once a month, and hours and days vary depending on Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills the location. There is a new support group meeting at the Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Community Church the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills offers publications on Alzheimer’s to share with the community. The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania can be reached by calling 412-261-5040. For more information on local support groups or to request educational material, please call Terrie Eger at 412-384-0300.

Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living 380 Wray Large Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 (412) 384-0300 jeffersonhills@arden-courts.com

A: The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified firsttime home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credJack Benson, Vice President it now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on Northwood Realty Services or before April 30, 2010. However, in cases where a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase completed by June 30, 2010 will qualify. For sales occurring after November 6, 2009, the Act establishes income limits of $125,000 for single taxpayers and $225,000 for married couples filing joint returns. Who is eligible? First-time home buyers purchasing any kind of home – new or resale – are eligible for the tax credit. To qualify for the tax credit, a home purchase must occur on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. For the purposes of the tax credit, the purchase date is the date when closing occurs and the title to the property transfers to the home owner. How is the amount of the tax credit determined? The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000. NORTHWOOD REALTY SERVICES Peters Township Office 4215 Waterdam Commons, McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 941-3340

HEALTH & WELLNESS Q: I haven’t been very active this winter, how do I get in shape for Spring activities?

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Before you jump into your favorite sports (or even in your own backyard to garden), pace yourself to avoid injury. This advice applies especially if your physical activity level is less than the recommended 30 minutes at least five days a week.

Danielle Violette, MA, ATC Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center

To prevent injury, follow three key strategies: 1. Properly warm up, gradually progressing to longer periods of more intense activity. Even for high-level athletes it’s important to warm up with jogging, running and stretching before a practice, event or more vigorous activity. 2. Stay active year-round. To help reduce injury risk, keep your overall fitness level high with offseason strengthening and conditioning. In addition, a functional movement assessment may help to identify problems such as stability imbalances or improper biomechanics. Personal trainers or physical therapists then use these assessments to customize fitness programs for individuals at any fitness level. 3. Follow a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids when you’re physically active. Good nutrition plays an important role in improving performance and also plays a role in preventing injuries, particularly overuse injuries, such as stress fractures. For more information please contact Danielle Violette, MA, ATC 724-250-5212 Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center 240 Wellness Way Washington, PA 15301 724-250-5212 www.wrcameronwellness.org

Q: What makes Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center in Pleasant Hills different from hospital-based radiation centers?

A: We are a free-standing radiation oncology center. We utilize the same innovative equipment to administer radiation therapy as any large institution currently uses. Accessibility to the center is easy. Parking is easy and just steps from our door. We proudly say there is little or no waiting time for daily treatments. There are no mounDr. Roger Tokar, tains of paperwork to fill out, no surprise bills and no corporate Medical Director bureaucracy. We have a local, hassle-free billing department, where Jefferson Radiation patients and physicians can access records very easily. We offer free Oncology Center door to door van service for those individuals who no means of transportation for their daily treatments. Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center is privately owned and operated. That's an important distinction that benefits both the patient and the referring physician. Our staff takes great pride in their work and we have been in the community serving patients for over a decade. Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center S521 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236 412-653-8944


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Kids & Family A Blue and Gold Banquet South Park Area Cub Scouts Celebrate Achievements Gerry Lewis, “The Nutty Professor”, gave an interactive demonstration titled “Science Rocks”.

By Ken Askew Forty-nine boys, members of Cub Scout Pack 569 in South Park, fulfilled the Cub Scout Motto of “Do Your Best” when they advanced to the next rank. The achievements were recognized at the Pack’s 29th annual Blue and Gold Banquet, held at the Library Fire Hall on February 27, 2010. Terri Solomon served as Chairperson for the event, at which (in order of lowest to highest rank) eight boys received the Tiger Each of the three Dens and three Patrols badge, seven earned the Wolf badge, twelve assembled an impressive display of memorabilia were awarded the Bear badge, sixteen from their past year’s activities. advanced to Webelos I, and six were honNathan Lysaght-Frost, plus eleven other ored with the Webelos II rank and bestowed boys in Den 5, earned their Bear badges. the Arrow of Light, the top award in Cub Scouting. Since the boys advance one rank per year, This rack displays the lifethe Arrow of Light is the culmination of five size Arrow of years of dedicated effort. Each recipient Light plaques must earn Webelos II plus a total of eight which were activity pins from five activity groups— given as a Community, Mental Skills, Outdooors, keepsake wall Physical Skills, and Technology. These skills ornament to will enable him to cross over from a Cub each of the six Scout Pack to a Boy Scout Troop. Cub Scouts In addition to the rank advancements, who received over 150 attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner, this highest honor. and a presentation titled “Science Rocks” by Gerry Lewis, The Nutty Professor. The lively and informative appearance gave every enthusiastic Scout, most of their curious siblings, and a few adventuresome parents the opportunity to participate in a science demonstration using either dry ice, liquid nitrogen, polymers, a Van de Graaff generator, or eyeglasses that give the effect of seeing with an insects’ 300 eyes. The program also included an observance of the remarkable 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Scouting movement. More activities throughout the year will mark this special occasion. (PHOTOS BY KELLY FROST)

Parenting Support Group in McMurray McMurray Pediatric Medicine is offering a Parent Support Group on April 12 at 7 p.m. Pastor Kelly Miner will be speaking about difficult parenting especially with teenagers. Pastor Kelly has worked with youth for 10 years as a volunteer as well as paid youth pastor. She is currently the youth pastor at Monongahela Church of the Nazarene. Her experience also includes being a foster parent of teenagers for 2 years in the New England area. Pastor Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30. After a difficult battle, she is currently in remission. All are welcome to come to this discussion. RSVP at office@mcmurraypediatrics.com or at 724-9418199 by April 5th. Light refreshments will be served. Check out www.mcmurraypediatrics.com for more information about the location of the practice.

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Kindergarten Readiness Night at First Baptist Church Preschool in Monongahela Kindergarten Readiness Night - what parents need to know to prepare their children for kindergarten, will be presented by First Baptist Church Preschool, on Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Terri Graney, local kindergarten teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. Special activities for the children during the presentation. First Baptist Church Preschool is located at 601 West Main Street, Monongahela. Please join us for this informative session.

Keeping Area Teens Going with Go Time Youth Ministries Go Time Youth Ministries is a group of middle school to high school aged students who meet at the Finleyville Community Center every Monday evening at 6:15pm throughout most of the year. This diverse group of kids from throughout the community get a chance to enjoy fellowship with one another through sports, team building activities, dinner, and music (praise and worship) while gaining a strong foundation in the Christian Faith. If you or your child(ren) are interested in coming, please contact Pastor Brent Furlong (412) 303-0351 or Youth Pastor Jonathan Mayak (724) 747-1235. Or check out the website:www.gotimeministries.org. Hope to see you there! (PHOTOS BY HEATHER KELLEY-LATORRE)

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Kid’s Coloring Contest!

Jefferson Hills Teens Are ‘In the Know’ Rebekah Booker and Mike McGreevy of the Pregnancy Resource Center are devoted to educating teens and even middle school children on the consequences of premarital sex; how to stay safe and learning to respect their body. The Pregnancy Center is a resource for teens and yet most are unfamiliar with the extent of their services. They give pregnancy tests, as well as educate and test for STD's. They mentor pregnant girls and teen Mike McGreevy co-hosts fathers. Privacy is golden to the employees and they “In the Know” to assure the teens that they will not contact their parJefferson Hills teens. ents. However, they do strongly encourage the teens to communicate with their families. At the time, the duo teach at 50 schools and youth groups and are always open to traveling to new locations. Their lessons are insightful as they speak the bold truth that teens need to hear. They explain that many times people want to sugar coat the truth and protect the teens from the hard realities but in the end this is a disservice to the teens. For middle school children they tone it down and have a separate program. Churches, youth groups or teen associations interested in holding an “In the Know” seminar can contact McGreevy Pastor Floyd Hughes (right) assists Rebekah and Booker at: 412-833-7445 or online at Booker (left) in “The Dating Game” intheknow@nauticom.net Their lessons are peppered with questions from the teens in the audience and they also get to play along with their version of “The Dating Game” a humorous game that teaches the effects of premarital sex; including broken hearts, STD's and loss of trust. Each teen is also given a business card with their email address should they have questions or concerns later. McGreevy and Booker explain that regardless of what they may have already done; what truly matters is what they do from today on. In Brianne Smarra and Contestant #1 the end the teens are taught the most Glenn Galante, a lesson in the important lesson of all in the words of consequences of pre-marital sex Booker, “each of you is worth waiting for!”

Enter Our Coloring Contest On-line! (Win Four(4) FREE Tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium) Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Monthly Kids Coloring Contest during 2009. Our Monthly Kids Coloring Contest is now only CONGRATULATIONS available on-line. To enter the monthly contest, please visit our website to Abigaile Downer of Bentleyville (ag e 6) for being the at www.unionfinley.com, and click on the “Contests & Promotions” lucky winner of our March Kids Coloring Contest tab to print out a coloring sheet. (Kids ages 10 and under are eligible to random drawing, and receiving four(4) FREE win every month.) tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!


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Ringgold Girl Scouts Lend a Helping Hand The Ringgold Girl Scout Community recently came together for a community service project, organized by troops 54039 and 54031, to lend a helping hand to the local Meals on Wheels Programs that service 440 homebound clients in the Ringgold Community. This year Meal on Wheels was not able to offer their “Blizzard Bags”. A Blizzard Bag is a packed lunch, usually consisting of soup, fruit and pudding that their customers can leave in their cupboard for when bad weather arrives and the Meals on Wheels hot meal delivery has to be cancelled. The Girl Scouts had a tough task of making 440 Blizzard Bags. Thanks to help from the community and especially Girl Scout Troops 54182 and 54005, they decorated and filled 450 bags just in time for the “Blizzard of 2010” to hit the area! The workers at Meals on Wheels were very appreciative to receive the Blizzard Bags and wanted the Girl Scouts to know how much their concern and hard work means to their clients. The Meals on Wheels program is always looking for volunteers to help out, so please contact your local program to volunteer! The Ringgold Girls Scouts would like to thank the following for their donations and donated space to make this service project a huge success: All Ringgold Girl Scout Troops; Ringgold Girl Scout Families and Friends; The Ginger Hill Grange; The Mon Valley YMCA; Donora Elementary Center; Gastonville Elementary Center; Monongahela Elementary Center; Ringgold Middle School; Madonna Catholic Regional School; All School’s Staff, Teachers, Families and Friends; The Ringgold Community.

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Healthy Directions Programs and Events

Mark Your Calendar

Monongahela Valley Hospital's Healthy Directions health education and resource center at 6116 Brownsville Road Extension, Suite 107 Finleyville will celebrate the following national health events in April: • FOOT HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH The aim of Foot Health Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to be mindful that foot health has an overall impact on total body health, and that seeing a Podiatrist is key to ensuring optimal foot health. For more information, call us at 724-348-6699. Anyone interested in this topic are encouraged to stop in for free information. In addition, Healthy Directions will present the following April program: • LIPID/GLUCOSE SCREENING April 13, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Fasting for 12 hours is needed. the cost is $12.00. Results will be sent to your Doctor. For more information please call us at 724-348-6699. Healthy Directions offers on-site laboratory services for blood and urine analysis are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. A doctor's prescription is required for all laboratory tests conducted at Healthy Directions. Blood drawn and urine specimens collected at the Finleyville station will be tested at the Laboratory at Monongahela Valley Hospital and results of the testing will be sent to the physician designated by the patient. Healthy Directions/Finleyville is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to special programs and screenings, Healthy Directions features a health education resource library of books, pamphlets, videos, and other information. A referral service also is available, as well as private health education counseling. Additional information is available by calling 724-348-6699.

VALLEY HEALTH TRAINING CLASSES Valley Health & Safety Training Center will be hosting the following classes in April. Call the training center at 724-684-9536 to register. Basic Rigging at Smithton Fire Academy - April 6, 8 and 10 Healthcare Provider at Mon Valley EMS. - Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost $50.00. CPR and First Aid at Mon Valley EMS - Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost $50.00.

CONSIDERING KNEE OR HIP REPLACEMENT? Mutschler Orthopaedic Institute to Offer Free Education Sessions The staff of the Mutschler Orthopaedic Institute will offer a free informational session for people who are considering total knee or hip replacement surgery. The free program will be held on Wednesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center at Canonsburg General Hospital. Refreshments will be provided. To register, call 1-888-877-5955 or 724-873-5955.

Lab hours: 7-11 a.m. There are days that we are here until 3 p.m. Please call for information on our hours.

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New Device Allows For Portable Sleep Studies MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL APRIL EVENTS Unless otherwise noted, the following programs will be held in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Baby Care Class Monday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229). Managing Your Diabetes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 6, 7, 8 at 8:30 a.m., ECC. 3-day, 2-hour per day education series. To register, call 724-258-1483. Breast Cancer Support Group Wednesday, April 7 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1704. Gold Sale and Buy Back Friday, April 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., ECC. Sponsored by Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. in cooperation with MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

Managing Your Diabetes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 20, 21, 22 at 6 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. 3-day, 2-hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management, To register, call 724-258-1483. Innovations in Glaucoma Treatment Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m., ECC. Free program to discuss the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for glaucoma. Call 724-2581234 for registration. Arthritis Support Group Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m., ECC. Call 724258-1433 to register. Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, April 23 from Noon to 6 p.m., To register, call 724-494-4090. Breast-feeding Class Monday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229).

Lipid/Glucose Screening Tuesday, April 13 from 7 to 11 a.m., Finleyville. Healthy Directions, will offer Lipid and Glucose Screenings. A 12-hour fast is required. Fee is $12. Advance registration is requested at 724-348-6699.

Understanding Your Diabetes Meal Plan Tuesday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. To register, call 724-258-1483.

RSDS Support Group Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

Public CPR Instruction Tuesday, April 27 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR classes. $30 fee is payable to VHSTC. Registration is required at 724-684-9536.

Diabetes Support Group Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m., Center for Fitness and Health, Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. This month’s topic is Dining Out With Diabetes. For more information, call 724-258-1148. AARP 55 Alive Refresher Driving Course Friday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. The cost is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call 724-258-1234. Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner Monday, April 19 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., ECC. The public is invited to this luncheon sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. For information about tickets, call 724-258-1167. Cancer Support Group Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all cancer patients and their families. For additional information, call 724-258-1704.

Understanding Your Blood Sugar Readings Wednesday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Learn how to ‘make sense’ out of all those blood sugar readings you document. Call 724-258-1483 to register. Colorectal Education and Screening Wednesday, April 28 from 1 to 3 p.m., ECC. Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer a free colorectal cancer education and screening. To register, call 724-258-1234. Advanced Carbohydrate Counting Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. To register, call 724-258-1148. Understanding Your Diabetes Medications Thursday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. To register, call 724258-1483. Infant/Child CPR Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m., ECC. Infant/Child CPR classes. The $25 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.

Getting enough sleep is almost impossible for many, due in large part to a situation known as sleep apnea. That is when the flow of air becomes obstructed. It is a growing problem, according to Surinder K. Aneja, M.D. of Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH), who heads the sleep lab, and he adds that 90 percent of those who suffer from the disorder have never been diagnosed. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concurs. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious public health problem. Approximately 2 percent to 4 percent of middle-aged women and men, respectively, have this condition. Undiagnosed and thus untreated, OSA is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Until now, treatment has involved an overnight session at the hospital sleep lab, but a new, easier, lower-cost method that allows for in-home monitoring is being offered. Diagnosis of the problem, and effective treatment, are not difficult, according to Dr. Aneja, and a device that produces what it called Positive Air Pressure, or PAP, can produce a much better sleep cycle. But first, those with the problem need to get help. Dr. Aneja says it is often not those suffering from the problem who realize it, but those around them. The sleep lab at MVH has been in existence for eight years, and has made a major impact. To determine just what is causing restless sleep, a patient needs to spend the night in the lab, hooked up to electronic monitoring equipment, and with a respiratory therapist specially trained and certified in Polysomnographic Technology (the study of sleep disorders) there for the entire period. Recently, the hospital has added an inhome monitoring system. It not only makes it far easier for the patient, but the cost is about half of conducting the initial study in

Sleep Studies Just Got Easier Polysomnographers Karen Polcawich, RRT (left) and Bonnie Lester, RRT review the operation of the new portable sleep study unit.

the hospital lab. Dr. Aneja says the hospital’s two portable units will help expand and speed treatment, but they are not a total answer in themselves. “By offering a portable unit, we are expanding the services offered by the Sleep Lab,” Dr. Aneja said. “Having portable units will make sleep studies (polysomnograms) more readily available for certain patients.” Alberts stated the intention for accepting portable monitoring was to increase access and achieve a significant savings in the treatment of comorbidities associated with sleep apnea. But, he noted, proper diagnosis and treatment are essential in controlling the problem. “When we get a positive reaction with the in-home study, showing we have some specific airflow problems, we still need to proceed with further study here at the hospital,” Dr. Aneja added. Following the sleep study, Dr. Aneja scores the results and makes recommendations to the patient’s primary care physician. An individual’s primary care physician or specialist must refer him or her to the Sleep Program at Monongahela Valley Hospital and an appointment will be scheduled for the polysomnogram.


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School News St. Joan of Arc School District News

News from Madonna Catholic Regional School MCRS Students Celebrate 100th Day of School!

A Field Trip to PETCO!

St. Joan of Arc Love Festival a Hit St. Joan of Arc School held their annual ‘Love Carnival’ on February 23 despite numerous weather delays. The carnival was run by HOPS (Helping Others Performing Service), a group of upper classman who raise money for Charities. The carnival was full of games and prizes. Cory Dinkfelt works Upper-class students the pop toss booth. took their little buddies around and helped them with their tickets and games. HOPS students ran the games. In total, the carnival raised $362 for Catholic Charities. There is always Mary Claie Petruska has her face painted by Roberta Garrity. something going on at St. Joan of Arc School! For more information, call 412-833-2433 or visit mysjaschool.org.

First Graders at MCRS decorated crowns to celebrate the 100th day of school.

Valentines Day Party

Jaclyn Goldbach spins a kindergartner as she prepare to pin the shield on the saint.

Zachary Bush throws a tight spiral while Conner Leach looks on.

MCRS Students in grades K-3 went to PETCO for a fun and educational field trip. Lorenzo Zeni, Sophia Startare, Demetrius Butler, and Eva Vogt enjoy an exhibit at PETCO

A Fun Fashion Show was held in conjunction with the 100th Day at MCRS. Students decorated either hats or t-shirts with 100 objects and modeled their outfits throughout the school.

MCRS Students in grades K-3 enjoyed a Shape Sort Scavenger Hunt as part of the 100th Day of School Activities. Students searched the school for their team's shapes, numbered 1-100 then gathered in the cafete ria to put them in order. What fun!

Students at MCRS enjoyed Valentine Parties. Second graders Andrew Spitak, Dominic Bottino, Alexa Skorvan, and Morgan Motycki are shown with their valentine boxes.

Decorating for the Spring Gala Auction

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Peters Township School District News PTHS NHS Raises $4000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation The Peters Township National Honor Society raised $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Kurt Weiss Scholarship Fund through their annual Dodge Ball Event on March 2. Now in its sixth year, the dodge ball game featured staff from all five District buildings who competed for a championship, as well as student teams from each grade level at the high school who also competed for a student championship. Wrapping up the event, the High School’s faculty team challenged the winning student team to a final match. At the end of the night, the Middle School staff took home the staff title, and the Junior Class took the student title.

Peters Township School District Named Finalist for National School District of Character The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named Peters Township School District as one of twenty finalists from across the United States in its National Schools of Character awards program. Peters Township is one of only two finalists being recognized for achievement across an entire District - kindergarten through 12th grade. The CEP will be conducting a site visit in the District to review character education efforts and will select approximately ten winners in May. The Peters Township School District is no stranger to the Schools of Character Award. Bower Hill Elementary (K-3) was named a National School of Character in 2008 and McMurray Elementary (4-6) earned the honor in 2004. In 2006, Pleasant Valley Elementary (K-3) was a finalist for the award, and in 2007 the District was named a finalist for its kindergarten through 8th grade programs (Bower Hill, Pleasant Valley, McMurray and Peters Township Middle School).

Tyler Mautino Named to University of Pittsburgh Dean's List The winning Middle School staff team

Tyler Mautino, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the Fall 2009 Dean's list. He is in the pre-optometry program preparing for optometry school. He is the son of Michael and Sharon Mautino of Finleyville and is a 2007 graduate of Ringgold High School.

Monthly Pizza Puzzler! Win a FREE Large “Grande” 1-topping Pizza from Vocelli Pizza*! Two (2) lucky winners every month! The winning Junior Class team.

PTSD Libraries Named Outstanding School Media Program Peters Township School District has been chosen as the winner of the 2010 Outstanding School Library Media Program Award by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The five building libraries were recognized as a team for exceeding all of the association’s criteria in staffing, facilities, collection, budget and programming. According to the PSLA President Nancy Smith Latanision, “Your school libraries are truly an example of what we hold as exemplary in Pennsylvania school libraries.” The District librarians Terry Morriston, High School; Janet Johns, Middle School; Meg Owen, McMurray Elementary; Myra Oleynik, Bower Hill Elementary; and Nancy Barley, Pleasant Valley Elementary, will be honored at the PSLA annual conference in State College in April.

PTHS Musicians Earn PMEA State Honors Peters Township High School senior Joseph Grippi (clarinet) has been selected by audition to take part in the PMEA All-State Orchestra. Joseph is among an elite group of 130 musicians selected for this honor. The All-State Orchestra will perform in concert on April 24 in Pittsburgh at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

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

• Official Entry Form •

(Deadline for entries is April 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. Who won the $5000 grand prize at the Hot Metal Harley Davidson®? Who recently joined the staff at Stillwagon Chiropractic? Who were the two DARE police officers who were recognized in South Park Township? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

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Ringgold School Board Approves Hiring of Athletic Coaches By Paul Chasko All board members were present at the March 17 Ringgold School Board meeting as were the Superintendent, Secretary/Treasurer, Solicitor and members of the administrative staff. President Denise Kuhn asked for a moment of silence in memory of recently deceased Transportation Director James Miller. The S/T requested ethics reports from those board members who have not turned them in. Security Director Carruso had a vendor present who demonstrated a new type of door lock that could be used by teachers in the event of a lock-down. The locks are portable and may be stored in the teacher’s desk until needed. The board will consider them at a future date. Board member Mr. Chris Carroll was noted and congratulated for receiving the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver is the highest award made to a Scout Leader. It is made to long-time leaders that have had a positive impact on youth through hard work, self sacrifice and dedication. A presentation was made by a representative of “Clear Choice Energy” promoting an electrical energy saving program called “Demand Response.” The program entails voluntary participation from schools to turn off all electrical power when demand on the electrical grid threatens a brown-out or black out. This would be in effect during the peak power usage period running from June through September. For its participation Ringgold would be paid approximately $41,000 annually if it conforms to the shut-down policies. The board tabled a motion for approval to further study the plan and its impacts. The president of the PTA Council introduced the concept of having a PTA Council in place representing all the combined Parent/Teacher groups in the Ringgold School District. They are seeking recognition by the Board. An invitation was extended to board members to attend a meeting on March 30 at the Donora Elementary Center – 7:00 pm. Mr. Savarino (owner of Savarino studios) addressed the board objecting to MEC and DEC Parent/Teacher Organizations contracting with an out-of-state photography firm to take photographs of students as a fund-raising activity without giving local photographers an opportunity to participate in bidding for the project. This was to have begun on Monday, March 22. On learning that this project hadn’t been approved by the Board and no parental

permission slips had been obtained, the board floored a motion that carried unanimously to cancel the scheduled photography. The following bills were approved for payment: General Fund: $1,411,045.58 Athletic Fund: $ 17,633.09 Cafeteria Fund: $ 64,001.67 Capital Projects: $ 650.00 The board approved the appointment of the following coached as per the recommendation of the Athletic Director. Cody McCreary: Second Asst. Baseball Coach Jeff King: Volunteer Asst. Baseball Coach Aaron Zubaty: Volunteer Asst. Baseball Coach Rick Susick: Head Boys Tennis Coach Lamont Lyons: Eighth Grade Girls Softball Coach Lisa McLaughlin: Seventh Grade Girls Softball Coach Kaela McLaughlin: Volunteer Asst. Middle School Softball Coach Brittany Taggart: Volunteer Asst. Middle School Softball Coach Vito Villani: Fourth Asst. Track Coach Stephanie Kuhn: Volunteer Asst. Trach Coach In Other Business: (RESS= Ringgold Elementary School South) • A representative from the Monongahela and Donora Public Libraries requested that the Board consider donations to the libraries. • A concerned parent commented on a letter received requesting that students in a particular class use fragrances in moderation due to allergic reactions of another child. • A wrestling coach addressed the board requesting that they reconsider moving the middle school wrestling activities from the high school to the middle school. • A motion was passed to permit the School District to solicit bids for the subcontracting of School Bus Driver’s work in the school district. • A motion to advertise for a Food Service Director was tabled. • A motion to advertise for a construction Mgr. for the RESS project carried. • A pension reform resolution was passed. • After lengthy discussion, a motion to purchase a Bobcat Highlift through the state piggyback program did not pass. A motion to go out for bids to other suppliers carried. • A motion carried to purchase an “Owner Controlled Insurance Program” from PSBA to cover construction exposures during the RESS project. • A resolution was passed to submit PlanCon Part F (Construction Documents) for RESS to the PA Dept. of Education for review and approval. • A motion carried to pay the Carroll Twp. Authority $51,324 related to the sewage tap-n of the RESS to the Carroll Twp. system. • A motion carried to accept a proposal from Frombach Consulting ($4, 000.00) for developing a proposal for contracted pupil transportation. • A motion carried to grant four teachers an unpaid leave of absence. • A motion carried approving attendance at conferences for teachers and administrators in the total amount of $2,623.81 • A motion carried to add ten individuals to the substitute rosters: 2 teachers, 1 aid, 3 custodial /maintenance, 1 secretary, 2 cafeteria, 1 nurse. • Permission was granted for two middle school students and their math teacher to attend a math competition in Harrisburg (mileage only). • A motion carried to hire 7 teachers for the Summer Pre-Kindergarten Program. • A motion carried to hire 7 instructional aides for the Summer Pre-Kindergarten Canned Food & Nonperishable Food Program. Collection for Finleyville Food Bank • A motion carried to place a student in Chiropractic Health Center the RAMS program. 3530 Marion Ave, Finleyville, PA 15332 • A motion carried to send one student and 724-348-6446 three wrestling coaches to Hershey for parDuring the Month of April: ticipation in the PIAA Championships. One bag of food = • A motion passed to allow the Pittsburgh Chiropractic evaluation for Passion Football Team to use the Ringgold High School Stadium on ten specific dates all new practice members. for practice sessions for a total cost of $ Open your hearts for 1,350.00. those less fortunate!

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Ringgold School District News Ringgold Middle School “Mathletes” By Heather Kelley-Latorre The “mathletes” at Ringgold Middle School have a team motto, “if you don’t know the answer, your answer must then contain a seven.” Well, there must not have been a lot of sevens as answers at the Washington County MATHCOUNTS contest held March 7 at Washington and Jefferson College. The RMS Team comprised of GEAR students came in third out of thirteen teams in the contest. Two members of the team achieved high individual scores that In a field of 82 contestants, Nathaniel Patton enabled them to qualify for the (on the right) was fourth in total points and Pennsylvania State MATH COUNTS Devin Beck (left) was sixth. Patton and Beck Tournament to be held in Harrisburg at the will meet and receive accolades from the end of the month. Washington County Commissioners. The MATH COUNTS Competition Program is a program designed to excite and challenge middle school students. The program provides students with the incentive to prepare throughout the school year to represent their schools at MATHCOUNT-hosted events. The March event was Coordinated by Jean Byers and sponsored by the Washington County Chapter of PA Society of Professional Engineers, the Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc (District 12), The team of “Mathletes” includes (l to r) Luke and the Mathematics and Education Baldesberger, Connor Dudas, Emma Ott , Gary Schultz, Departments at Washington & Aaron Turkovich and Jordan Zelinsky (not pictured). Jefferson College. Nathaniel Patton and Devin Beck (pictured separately) The “mathletes” competed at the individual and team level, although the students prefer and enjoy working in a team. They would like to give special thanks to Mr. Paul Poziviak and Mrs. Sara Phillips for working and practicing with the team. The students also wish to thank their math teachers: Mr. James Ferguson and Mr. Jon Kelley for working with them daily and helping them to achieve their persona l goals in life.

Ringgold High School Relay for Life Ringgold High School students will be participating in the Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Charleroi High School Track along with three other high schools. Relay for Life is a 12 hour event involving relay teams that take turns walking or running around the track to raise money for cancer research. The students are actively fundraising for this event prior to May 7. There will also be a cancer survivor ceremony held. Entertainment, activities, and prizes provided. All are welcome. Please join us.

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Food & Dining Throwing The Perfect Pancake Fundraiser New Web Site Provides Grants, Tips, Recipes And More (NAPSI)-Fundraising is a necessity for many organizations and planning or finding a pancake breakfast fundraiser is now easier than ever--thanks to Bisquick®. America's classic and loved pancake mix brand has launched Bisquick Pancake Nation™, a Web-based initiative that unites pancake lovers from across all parts of the United States in organizing, promoting and locating pancake breakfast fundraisers. Because of the new initiative, local schools and charities can now make any Saturday or Sunday "pancake day" and are only a mouse click away from getting help in organizing the event and raising funds. To help support fundraisers, the Bisquick Pancake Nation program will support and reward nonprofit organizations and qualified public or private schools with a one-time $250 grant toward hosting their next pancake breakfast fundraiser in the local community. A list of fundraising qualifiers and conditions can be found at www.BisquickPancakeNation.com. Grant applications will be accepted now through May 31, 2010. To kick off the initiative, Bisquick issued the program's first grant to International Pancake Day of Liberal, Kansas, in early February. Beyond traditional tips and recipes, the Bisquick Pancake Nation site offers customizable tools and templates, such as invitations and event signage that are easy to download and share. The site also includes: • The Pancake Finder - locates a nearby pancake fundraiser. • Pancake Mix - customize a future Bisquick Pancake Nation Breakfast Fundraiser with some fun tips on what to serve with pancakes. • Pancalculator - plan shopping for just the right amount of ingredients for expected guests. • Place Mats - download and print so guests can share trivia and play games while they eat. Pancake breakfasts are steeped in tradition and a favorite fundraiser for food lovers of all ages.

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Fiber: It's What's For Every Meal (NewsUSA) - Researchers have calculated that if Americans were to double their fiber intake, they could cut 100 calories each day, losing 10 pounds each year. But Americans eat far less fiber than they should. The National Fiber Council (NFC) recommends that adults eat 32 grams of fiber each day -; most Americans eat 15 grams or less. The NFC created the free "Dining In or Dining Out" pocket guide to aid Americans in their quest for healthier diets. "The pocket guide includes tips from how to order when you're dining out, to packing a healthy lunch," said Pat Baird, M.A., R.D., F.A.D.A., and NFC vice-chair. The guide advises readers to use whole-grain breads, When dining out, start your meal pita pocket or tortillas in place of white bread and to with a salad to boost your fiber consider substituting sliced or dried fruit for jam in intake and ease your hunger. peanut butter sandwiches. The guide also provides a list of high-fiber alternatives for people who love to eat out. "Who among us hasn't been tempted by linguini alfredo at his or her favorite Italian restaurant," said Baird. "The pocket guide provides high-fiber alternatives for these tough moments. Instead of linguini alfredo, why not try a bowl of whole-wheat pasta with chicken and broccoli?" Other tips for dining out include starting with a salad and scanning the menu for entrées and side dishes that contain fruits, beans, grains or vegetables -; if it's listed on the menu, you should be able to order it as a side regardless of your chosen entrée. "If you don't see high-fiber foods on the menu, ask your server if the chef can prepare an alternative dish," added Baird. Consumers interested in boosting their intake should stock-up on apples, blueberries, raspberries and fresh vegetables such as beans and peas. To request a free "Dining In or Dining Out" pocket guide, visit the NFC's Web site www.nationalfibercouncil.org or call the toll-free hotline 866-749-5296.

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St. Joan of Arc JV Girls Basketball Make Diocesan Playoff

Ringgold Wins PIHL Open Division Hockey Championship By Paul Chasko

The Ringgold Rams hockey team won the PIHL Championship

The Ringgold Rams hockey team beat the Kiski Area Cavaliers to win the PIHL Open Division Championship on February 28, 2010 at the Island Sports Complex on Neville Island. After coming off a 17-1-2 regular season in the PIHL Open Division, the Ringgold Rams Hockey Team defeated Blackhawk in the Nailers Cup Semifinals 5-3. They then went on to beat Keystone Oaks 5-1 in the Nailers Cup Championship game. This put the hot Ringgold team on a collision course with Kiski Area Cavaliers who’d just wrapped up the Chiefs Cup. Nick Scabilloni scored three goals (a hat trick) for the Rams. Bobby Sokol scored the other Rams goal, as Rinngold overpowered Kiski by a final score of 4 -1.

Peters Township Youth Football Registration Peters Township Junior Fall Football and Flag Football registration will be held April 10 and April 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon in the Peters Township Recreation Center at Peterswood Park. Visit www.eteamz.com/ptjfa for information regarding age requirements and weight restrictions. The registration fee for Junior Fall Football is $150 and for Spring Flag Football it is $40. New Players registering for Junior Fall Football must provide a COPY of their birth certificate and medical/emergency information. For additional information or questions, please call Joe Wells, Peters Township Junior Football Assn. (724) 942-4221.

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The S. Joan of Arc JV girls basketball team: Julia Cipollone, Jacque Vas, Kiersten Lewis, Leah Campolong, Mary Kate Cipollone, Maria Gagetta, Emily Figliolia, Kristy Messner, Elie Robertshaw, Allison Karrenbauer, Cheyanne Sorochman, Tiffany Gwardzinski, Mary Kutschke, and Ariana Yanovich.

The SJA girls JV team made the Diocesan Playoffs under the leadership of Coaches Mike Farnan and Walter Kutschke. The team had a competitive and outstanding season. Unfortunately, the playoff run ended with a loss, but the team stayed competitive throughout the season and are proud of their accomplishment. Way to go, Lady Saints!


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Local Boxing Update

Ringgold A Host Site For NUC Football Combine Underclassman Look to Shine for College

By Steven â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skeetsâ&#x20AC;? T. Levandosky The Arnold Schwartenegger Invitational, Columbus, OH, March 5-6 South Park Boxing Club sent six boys to The Arnold Schwarzenegger Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Matt Conway and Luke Gloeckl got robbed on decision in their first matches. Brian Kelly and Scott Alfer made it to the finals and earned the runner ups in their weight classes. Shawn Cusick and Andreas â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Big Fat Greek Gyroâ&#x20AC;? Kamouyerou won the championships. Congratulations to all the boys on a job well done.

2010 Golden Gloves, Crown Plaza Hotel, Bethel Park, PA, March 5 140lbs. Keegan Lapori (S.P.B.C.) vs. Pat Dugan (Uniontown Boxing) These two cadets put on a good show. Dugan took it to Lapori at the first bell,

landing about a half dozen punches to the face. Lapori received two 8-counts in the first round, and two more 8-counts in the second round. Lapori boxed with a lot of heart and never went down, but Referee John Santore waved it off after the fourth 8-count. Pat Dugan wins bye R.S.C second round.

Three Lakes Golf Course, Penn Hills, PA, February 27 112lbs. Matt Conway (S.P.B.C.) vs. Mike Richardson (Cleveland Boxing) Conway controlled most of the action during all three rounds, using his lateral movement scoring from the outside with long lefts and rights to the body and head. The Cleveland boy did score some, but Conwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense was too tough. Matt Conway wins the bout!

Ringgold High School will be a host site for the 2010 National Underclass Combine (NUC) April 23 -25. The NUC is designed to get football players early exposure to recruiting services and colleges to give them the best and earliest opportunity to gain a football scholarship. The NUC allows athletes to be exposed to the various combine events. The events include the 40 yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, broad jump, and bench press test. Eighth Graders, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors all compete in class based competition to find out who the best players are in the USA. All results will be sent out to every college in the country all levels including DI, DI-AA, DII, DIII, and NAIA. The NUC will also be covered by every major recruiting service including rivals.com, ESPNU, ESPN Rise, and Scout.com. Athletes are given a free Combine Performance T-Shirt and a chance to be chosen for the Ultimate 100 Regional Camps. The NUC will also develop a Top 100 List for each region and rank a National U100 list. U100 Top Prospect Camp will choose the invites from the U100 Regional Camps. Over the past two years 50% of the athletes chosen for the Ultimate 100 camp have been offered D-1 Scholarships. Call the Ringgold Athletic Department for more details â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (724) 258-2208.

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--------- AUTOMOTIVE ---------Four 15” steel wheels off 1999 S-10 Blazer. Tires on rims, 50%+ tread, mud/snow – Asking $50.00 _______________________________________________________________ 1998 Corvette coupe. This magnificent machine is fast, comfortable, reliable, handles well, and looks impressive. The 1998 Corvette was Motor Trend magazine’s “Car of the Year”. 5.7L, 345 HP, automatic, silver interior and exterior, two roofs (tinted or silver), low mileage (35K), just two owners, always garaged, new exhaust for just the right rumble tone, non-smoker, many options. A great buy at $18,900. (724) 782-0327. _______________________________________________________________ 2000 Honda Civic - 127,000 mi.,Very good condition, New battery and Radio, CD player._______________________________________________________________ New front brake pads. $5,200. Call 724-258-4815. 1978 corvette for sale! T-top, automatic, with 63,000 miles. Nice but not perfect. Best offer around $11,000. Please text offers to 412-780-5998. _______________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _______________________________________________________________ Original 302 DZ Engine, long block, numbers visible. Best offer: 724-348-5230. _______________________________________________________________

AAAA ** DONATION. Donate your Car Boat or Real Estate. IRS Tax Deductible.Free Pickup/Tow. Any Model/Condition. Help Under Privileged Children. Outreach Center. 1-800928-7566 _______________________________________________________________ DONATE A CAR – HELP CHILDREN FIGHTING DIABETES. Fast, Free Towing. Call 7 days/week. Non-runners OK. Tax Deductible. Call Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 1-800-578-0408 _______________________________________________________________ Donate A Car Today To Help Children And Their Families Suffering From Cancer. Free Towing. Tax Deductible. Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc. www.ccfoa.org 1800-469-8593 _______________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR! Breast Cancer Research foundation! Most highly rated breast cancer charity in America! Tax Deductible/Fast Free Pick Up. 800-771-9551. www.cardonationsforbreastcancer.org _______________________________________________________________ DONATE YOUR CAR…To The Cancer Fund of America. Help Those Suffering With Cancer Today. Free Towing and Tax deductible. 1-800-835-9372 www.cfoa.org _______________________________________________________________ GET A FREE VACATION BY DONATING your vehicle, boat, property, collectibles to Dvar. Maximize your IRS deductions and help teens in crisis. Call 1-800-338-6724. _______________________________________________________________

---------- BUSINESS TO BUSINESS --------1986 Mercury Sable - wrecked in the front. 47,000 orig. miles on car. Many good parts on_______________________________________________________________ car. $700. 724-746-1106 WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES KAWASAKI,1970-1980, Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, H2-750, H1-500, S1-250, S2-250, S2-350, S3-400. CASH PAID. 1-800-7721142. 1-310-721-0726. _______________________________________________________________


Page 76 —————————————————————————————————— HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. Accredited. Career Opportunities. FREE Brochure. 1-800-264-8330 www.diplomafromhome.com. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL. _______________________________________________________________ ACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. English/Spanish. Earn your diploma fast! No GED. CALLNOW! 1-888-355-5650 _______________________________________________________________ Free Advice! We’ll Help You Choose A Program Or Degree To Get Your Career & Your Life On_______________________________________________________________ Track. Call Collegebound Network Today! 866-644-8131. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in 4 Weeks! FREE Brochure. CALL NOW! 1-866562-3650 Ext. 30. www.southeasternhs.com _______________________________________________________________ HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in 4 Weeks! FREE Brochure. CALL NOW! 1-800532-6546 Ext. 412. www.continentalacademy.com. _______________________________________________________________

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Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred. Will train. Call 724348-8844. ROOFING & SIDING SUBCONTRACTORS NEEDED! 724-941-7833. _______________________________________________________________ Personal Care Assistant – Partially disabled veteran in need of personal care. 3 hrs. per day, 3 - 4 days per week. $8 per hour. Forward Township/Elizabeth area. 412-384-3480. _______________________________________________________________ Part Time Experienced Cook Wanted - 412-233-2626. _______________________________________________________________ Disabled Veteran needs cook and housekeeper. 2 days per week. 3 hours per day. 412-384-3480. Ask for Jimmy. _______________________________________________________________ Experienced Barmaid. Evening Shifts - 412-233-2626. _______________________________________________________________ Child Care - Sunshine Kids is now hiring loving, energetic people who enjoy working with children. Part time or full time positions available. Please call Tammy at 724-348-6565. _______________________________________________________________ Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking,operation of POS system,inventory and labor control,oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred. Will train. Call 724-348-8844. _______________________________________________________________

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www.unionfinley.com HIRING APPRAISERS, Certified Residential & Commercial Appraisers. Established multistate Appraisal firm. Employee opportunities available w/benefits.Apply @ “Work with Us”, link. www.williamfallgroup.com _______________________________________________________________ Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales Reps: Earn $45,000 - $80,000 Per Year. Account Executive, Manager, Sales Representative Entry to Upper Level, Paid Training, Bonuses. Hot Box Pizza & Wings Call Toll Free. 800-723-5414 x 7215. NOW HIRING! • Cooks • Drivers _______________________________________________________________ 412-831-2000 MAKE MONEY assembling dollhouse miniatures at home. Call 1-877-489-2900 or visit http://www.TinyDetails.com to get started. _______________________________________________________________ MYSTERY SHOPPERS! Earn up to $150 daily. Get paid to shop pt/ft. Call now 800-6901272. _______________________________________________________________ Travel, Travel, Travel! $500 sign-on bonus. Seeking 5 sharp guys and gals. Rock-n-Roll Atmosphere, Blue Jean Environment! Call Diane 877-724-3386 today! _______________________________________________________________ ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS at home! Year-round work! Great pay! Call toll free 1-866-844-5091 _______________________________________________________________ AWESOME CAREER. $20/hr, $57K/yr, Postal jobs, Pd Training,Vac. Benefits. Call M-F, 95CST. 888-361-6551, Ext.1034 _______________________________________________________________ NOW HIRING: Employees needed to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info. 1-985-646-1700 Dept. MAC-6811 _______________________________________________________________ $$$ 13 PEOPLE WANTED $$$ Make $1,400 - $4,600 Weekly Working From Home Assembling Information Packets. No Experience Necessary! Start Immediately! FREE Information. CALL 24hrs. 1-888-203-6672 _______________________________________________________________ $$$ START NOW $$$ Earn Extra Income. Assembling CD Cases from home! No Experience Necessary. Call our Live Operators for more information! 1-800-405-7619 Ext 2181. www.easywork-greatpay.com. _______________________________________________________________ **BODYGUARDS WANTED** FREE Training & Job Placement Assistance for members. No Experience OK. Excellent potential $$$. Full & Part Time. Traveling expenses paid. 1615-228-1701. www.psubodyguards.com _______________________________________________________________ Earn up to $30 per hour. Experience not Required. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Call 800-742-6941. _______________________________________________________________ Sales & Acct Execs Needed! Make $45,000-$80,000/yr. No Exp Needed, Paid Training! Benefits, Bonuses-FT/PT avail. For more info 866-809-3957 ext. 196 _______________________________________________________________ Earn up to $500 weekly assembling our angel pins in the comfort of your home. No experience required. Call 813-699-4038 or 813-425-4361 or visit www.angelpin.net _______________________________________________________________

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LOAN MODIFICATIONS, Debt Consolidation. Save Thousands, Lower Monthly Payments. Qualify for cash back. Visit us @ www.firstoptiondebt.com, Toll-free 1-877-347-7807. _______________________________________________________________ $$$ACCESS LAWSUIT CASH NOW!!! Is Your Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Do you need money before your case settles? We can help! CALL NOW 1-866-386-3692. _______________________________________________________________ COMMERCIAL BRIDGE LOANS $200,000-$10,000,000. Direct Lenders, NationalCommercial.5 day closing-no advance fees.“Lowest rates/best terms”.“Brokers fully protected and respected”. “Since 1985” 917-733-3877. _______________________________________________________________ Guaranteed Debt Help! Stop the frustration of debt and collections. Get a fresh new start. Don’t wait. Free consultation. Call now 1-866-956-7805 _______________________________________________________________ Need Money Now? If you have an accident lawsuit you can get money against your case today! Quick and simple, no credit check! 866-FUNDS-NOW. _______________________________________________________________

--------- HEALTH / MEDICAL / FITNESS ----------Handicap Scooter – Excellent Condition. $450. 412-461-1222. _______________________________________________________________ 3-wheel scooter. New battery. A-1 condition! $400. 724-348-6250. _______________________________________________________________ Quickee – P-20 Electric Wheelchair. Very good shape. Brand new batteries. Like new. Best offer. 724-258-4602. _______________________________________________________________ SAVE $500! Viagra! 40 pills $99.00, Satisfaction Guaranteed! Open Saturday! Hablamos Espanol! Credit card required. www.newhealthyman.com, 888-396-2052. _______________________________________________________________ FDA APPROVED VIAGRA, Testosterone, Cialis. Free Brochures. (619)294-7777, www.drjoelkaplan.com _______________________________________________________________ BACK BRACE.Covered by Medicare/Ins.Substantial relief,comfortable wear.1-800-8151577, Ext 402. www.LifeCareDiabeticSupplies.com _______________________________________________________________ NEED MEDICAL, DENTAL & PRESCRIPTION HEALTH BENEFITS? $79.95/month for entire family!! Unlimited usage. Dental,Vision & Hearing included free today. EVERYONE IS ACCEPTED! Call 888-442-5013. ______________________________________________________________ MRI/MRA SCAN WARNING. Are you or a loved one suffering from symptoms of NSF following a MRI or MRA scan? Call James Rolshouse & Associates at 1-877-621-7109. ______________________________________________________________ NEW FEATHER-WEIGHT Motorized Wheelchairs + Rehab Wheelchairs. At no cost to you if eligible Medicare + Private Insurance accepted. ENK MOBILE MEDICAL 1-800693-8896. ______________________________________________________________ Male Size Enlargement Gain 1-3 Inches Permanently. FDA Medical Vacuum Pumps.Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free Brochures (619) 294-7777 www.drjoelkaplan.com ______________________________________________________________ NEW FEATHER-WEIGHT Motorized Wheelchairs AT NO COST TO YOU IF ELIGIBLE! WE COME TO YOU! ENK MOBILE MEDICAL 1-800-693-8896. ______________________________________________________________ NEED MEDICAL, DENTAL & PRESCRIPTION HEALTH BENEFITS! $79.95/month for the entire family!!! Unlimited usage. Dental,Vision & Hearing included free today. EVERYONE IS ACCEPTED!! CALL 888-543-6945 ______________________________________________________________ Save $500! Viagra! 40 Pills $99.00. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! Open 7 Days a Week! Hablamos Espanol! Credit Card required. www.newhealthyman.com. 1-888-735-4419. ______________________________________________________________

-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------GARAGE SALE: Stylish women’s clothes – dresses, skirts, tops, slacks, jeans, and coats. Sizes XL to 3XX. 106 Tuscany Estates Drive (intersects Patterson Road) near Finleyville. Saturday April 10, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. (724) 782-0327. _______________________________________________________________ Dining Room ceramic table with glass top and six upholstered chairs. $150. 412-2574431 _______________________________________________________________ I have a mint, Upper Deck Collectible, Rookie card of Penguin Sidney Crosby! it even comes in Rookie card holder! Great investment on one of the Greatest in the Game! call or_______________________________________________________________ text at 412-780-5998. Golf balls, lightly used, mint condition, top brands, low prices. Call 412-477-7786. _______________________________________________________________ Tent for Sale: Sears Cottage Tent with poles, stakes and ropes. Sleeps 6-8 adults. Canopy over doorway. Waterproofed after 2009 season. $75.00 _______________________________________________________________ For Sale Partners Golf Luggage Set: Includes soft golf bag carrier, garment bag, and shoulder bag. $35.00 _______________________________________________________________ Antique Oak Hoosier style kitchen cabinet. Sellers brand, with flower sister. Refinished. Like new. 412-384-2431. ______________________________________________________________ Golf Clubs. Never used, ladies set with bag and head covers. $285. Cash only. 412997-3869. _______________________________________________________________ Christmas / Holiday Trees - Christmas Tree Artificial 5ft. $25; Lighted Christmas Tree white, $35; Lighted Xmas candles (2) $15; Pre-lighted Christmas Tree all white, clean 4' $45; Large lighted Xmas candles (2) $20; X-mas Tree 4' 70 lights "Holiday Home" $20. (412) 367-2113 _______________________________________________________________ Lamps - (2) matching traditional $30/both; (2) torchiere lamps $20; endtable lamps (2) $25. (412) 367-2113. _______________________________________________________________ HP LaserJet printer $20; Boombox Stereo $10; 13" TV $15; Shredder $10; Toaster Oven $15; (412) 367-2113 _______________________________________________________________ Amazon Parrot – with cage. 6-mos old. Learning to talk. A wonderful pet! Must sell. Will take offers. (724) 267-3018. _______________________________________________________________ Wooden Indian Chief – 5-ft carved. Good shape. $600. Will take offers. (724) 2673018. _______________________________________________________________ Kitchen Table - with oval style corners $60; wood chair $15; 2) Wood Dining Room chairs $25. (412) 367-2113 _______________________________________________________________ Bev Dolittle “Sacred Ground” large print. Signed and numbered. Nice frame with non-glare glass. Call 724-745-4514. _______________________________________________________________ Complete set or wood carving tools. Call 724-745-4514 _______________________________________________________________ Toaster Oven $15; 4 slice toaster $19; Blender $20. (412) 367-2113. SPAS – Hydropool Serenity Spa “NEW” Round, seats 4-5, 30 Jets, Silver Marble w/ Cedar Cabinet, Brown Hardcover with Cover Lift, and 2 Tier Cedar Step. SALE $4,900 (Regular $6,999) Dreammaker Spa “Plug & Play” “NEW” Seats 4 Gray, 1 Piece Roto Molded Spa, portable, lightweight, plugs into 110 volt 15 amp outlet. Cover Included. SALE $1,499 (Retail $1,999) DEL SUPPO INC., 26 McKean Avenue, Donora PA 15033. 724-379-5066 • www.delsuppopools.com. DELL LAPTOP computer, super fast, excellent condition. Internal wireless card, DVD/CD+RW. Premium software bundle. Six month warranty. Original cost: $2175. Must sell: $399. 717 653-6314. _______________________________________________________________


April 2010 ———————————————————————————————— Antique twin poster bed. Headboard, footboard, side boards/wooden slats. Maple finish. Asking $150. 412-384-5837. _______________________________________________________________ MISC ITEMS FOR SALE! – Brass Twin headboard $20; Brass Lamp $20; Twin maple headboard $15; Spaceheater $15; Fiber Optic Xmas Tree $30; Prelit White Xmas Tree $30; Xmas candles $15; 27" TV good picture $50; 19" TV $ 35; Tires (2) 205x55x16 good tread $40; Tires (2) 215x75x15 Good Tread $35; Recumbent stationary exercise bike Proteus - Wellgo $75; Dark wood vanity/desk/mirror 42"W x 24" deep 28" Hi with 6 drawers $60; Vacuum Dirt Devil Vision very good condition $30; Eureka Vacuum $20; (4) Large Picnic Coolers - 2 wheeled pull-behind Coolers 22"long 18" High 13" wide, $40; (1) Carry type (1) large round beverage cooler $60; Brand New LG Surround Speakers Dynamic Digital Silver $25; 3-way Speakers (2) 22" Hi x 12" Wide $20/both. (412) 367-2113 _______________________________________________________________ Penguin Sidney Crosby Rookie Card, by Upper Deck! It is in the collectible series. Great card with Rookie Card Holder. $12.00, with free shipping. Text or call at 412-7805998. _______________________________________________________________ Solid oak dinette set: Table 68” X 35” (with 15” leaf), 4 chairs. Asking $200.00. _______________________________________________________________ Stamp Album with Stamps. Large Starter Collection. All Countries Pre 1965. $50. 724-684-5531. _______________________________________________________________ Church Pew. Solid Oak 6 Ft with Seat Cushion. Nice for Your Entry Way. $125. 724684-5531. _______________________________________________________________ Ladder, 32 ft Aluminum Extension. Heavy Duty with Sid Hand Rails & Flat Steps. $180. 724-684-5531. _______________________________________________________________ Quickee – P-20 Electric Wheelchair. Very good shape. Brand new batteries. Like new. Best offer. 724-258-4602. _______________________________________________________________ High Chair for Toddler, Restaurant Style, 28” high natural hardwood finish $25.00 Call 724-348-6994. _______________________________________________________________ Four 15” steel wheels off 1999 S-10 Blazer. Tires on rims, 50%+ tread, mud/snow – Asking $50.00 . _______________________________________________________________ 3-wheel scooter. New battery. A-1 condition! $400. 724-348-6250. _______________________________________________________________ Sports Collectible! – White panel football, multi-signed by NFL greats – Warren Moon, Joe Morgan, Bill Cowher, Dan Rooney, Harold Carmichael, Chris Berman, Jackie Slater, Mike Quick,Franco harris,Tom Jackson,and others. $495,or best offer! 724-872-2029. Lv_______________________________________________________________ Mssg. Bunk Beds w/mattresses, never used, heavy duty oak finish $300 724-949-0801. _______________________________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. _______________________________________________________________ For Sale: Complete Surround Sound Stereo System and Cabinet: Onkyo Stereo Receiver, Dual Tape Deck and 6 CD Changer, 5 piece surround sound speakers including 3 piece Bose speakers with Subwoofer and 2 KLH speakers. Also included Oak cabinet with glass doors. Great Sound! $600 (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________________________ 19" Crosby Sofride English Saddle. Includes leathers, stirrups and girth. Excellent condition $1200 (724)348-8028. _______________________________________________________________ Running Boards Brand New - still in unopened box,Dee Zee,extruded aluminum,originally for 1988 GMC or Chevy pickup trucks, $200 firm. Phone: (724) 348-5797. _______________________________________________________________ Various Baby Items for sale – Car Seats, stroller, walker, and many other items. All good condition. Call for information. 724-258-7205. _______________________________________________________________ MISC ITEMS FOR SALE! – Inversion Bench - Lifegear Excellent Condition $125; 2 drawer filing cabinet Good condition $35; Luggage with wheels good condition $25; Garment Carrier $20; Suitcase -pull behind $25; Wood Toybox 35" Wide 21" Hi Medium color hardwood $45; Ladders - 6' Lerner Wood $25; 24' Wood Ladder $30; Stereo cabinet with Glass doors 42"x24" $20; TV Stand 29"W x 23"Deep x 20"Hi $20; Microwave Cart $20; Kids Bike 16" Pacific Wildfire Gemini Shimano $25; Kids Training Bike Huffy Sea Star $20; Tower Fan - Has Timer, Oscillating and 3 speeds compact $25; Tires (4) 235x45x17 Bridgestone Turanza good tread $79; Sony 5 CD Dual Cassette receiver MHC-C70 DXA-670 $20; Philips/Magnavox CD Dual Cassette Recorded receiver_______________________________________________________________ compact Model AZ 2750 $25. (412) 367-2113. MTD Snowblower, good condition, 26”, 8 h.p. electronic start (needs repaired). Asking $450 firm. Call 412-831-8998. _______________________________________________________________ Utility trailer, 5 x 10 with sides. In good condition. Have title and license.All steel construction. Asking $600. Call 724-348-8943. _______________________________________________________________ Electric Wheelchair. – Brand new. Used only 10-minutes! Cost $5,000. Will sacrifice for_______________________________________________________________ $1,800 or best offer. Call 724-258-6896. For Sale: Many horse related items: saddle pads, show halters, bridles, bits and much more. Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to: mimi_1919@yahoo.com - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _______________________________________________________________ Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in “The Garden of the Well” Lot 112A. $2500/all. 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www.unionfinley.com LAWNMOWERS! - Used Lawn Boys, Honda mowers, Snappers, All different types. 25 SPAS – Hydropool Serenity Spa “NEW” Round, seats 4-5, 30 Lawn Boys, all 2-cycle. Great for landscaping. Self propelled and push. Taking trade-ins. Jets, Silver Marble w/ Cedar Cabinet, Brown Hardcover with Cover Lift, Call 724-745-6489. _______________________________________________________________ and 2 Tier Cedar Step. SALE $4,900 (Regular $6,999) Carry all trailer, 4 by 6 foot, can carry 500 pounds, turn signals, fits in two inch hitch, Dreammaker Spa “Plug & Play” “NEW” Seats 4 Gray, 1 Piece Roto needs no license. $250 firm. Call 412-831-8998. _______________________________________________________________ Molded Spa, portable, lightweight, plugs into 110 volt 15 amp outlet. BEDROOM 8-PIECE $975 NEW BOXED. ALL WOOD SLEIGH/MISSION WITH 10-YEAR Cover Included. SALE $1,499 (Retail $1,999) WARRANTY. MATTRESS SET. HANDCRAFTED, DOVETAILED FURNITURE 412-494-7351. DEL SUPPO INC., 26 McKean Avenue, Donora PA 15033. Will Deliver. _______________________________________________________________ 724-379-5066. www.delsuppopools.com. BEDS - “PLUSH/PILLOWTOPS, ORTHOPEDIC AND MEMORY FOAM” FULL... $169. QUEEN...$189. TWIN & KING MATTRESS, ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC W/10 YR. WAR- Get DIRECTV today and ask how to lock in your price for one year! Offer ends 7/14/10. New customers only. Conditions apply. Switch today. 1-866-605-5623. _______________________________________________________________ RANTY DELIVERY AVAIL. IMMEDIATELY. CALL 412-787-9128 _______________________________________________________________ Get DIRECTV today and ask how to get 50% off for one year! Offer ends 7/14/10. New MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, Trumpet, Trombone, Amplifier, only. Conditions apply. Switch today! 1-866-605-5346. _______________________________________________________________ Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea. customers Get DIRECTV today and ask how to lock in your price for one year! Offers end 7/14/10. Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-377-7907. _______________________________________________________________ customers only. Conditions apply. Switch today! 1-866-605-5623. _______________________________________________________________ KITCHEN CABINETS Never installed.Absolutely beautiful.Solid wood and dovetailed.Cost New Get Dish - FREE Installation - $19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE - Over 150 HD $5,000. Sacrifice $1,650. Call 412-494-3143 _______________________________________________________________ Lowest prices - No Equipment to buy! Call for full details. 1-877-554-2014. _______________________________________________________________ * REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * - Get a 4-room, all-digital satellite system installed for Channels. VONAGE Unlimited Calls! $14.00/mo (6 months), then $25.99/mo. Money Back FREE and programming starting under $20. Free Digital Video Recorders to new callers. Guarantee! Call 1-888-901-6096. So_______________________________________________________________ call now, 1-800-795-3579. _______________________________________________________________ DIRECTV - $26off/mo! 150+ Channels & Premium Movie Channels ONLY $29.99/mo. FREE 6-room DISH Satellite System! $19.99/month (1 year). $400 Signup Bonus! Call 1-877-207-6359. FREE SHOWTIME - 3 mos. New customers only. 1-888-420-9472. _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ GET 2 COMPUTERS FOR PRICE OF ONE! Bad Credit? NO PROBLEM! Starting at DISH NETWORK $19.99/month (for 12 months). 120+ Channels. PLUS $400+ New Customer Bonus! Call 1-800-915-9514. $29.99/week. Up to $3000 credit limit. Guaranteed approval. Call now! 888-860-2423. _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Get Dish - FREE Installation - $19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE - Over 150 HD AIRLINES ARE HIRING: Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Channels. Lowest prices - No Equipment to buy! Call for full details. 1-877-554-2014. _______________________________________________________________ 866-453-6204. _______________________________________________________________ Get DIRECTV today and ask how to get 50% off for one year! Offers end 7/14/10. Maintenance. ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, New customers only. Conditions apply. Switch today! 1-866-605-5346. _______________________________________________________________ Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. DISH NETWORK $19.99/Month. Why Pay More? FREE Install w/DVR (Up to 4 rooms) Call 800-494-3586 www.CenturaOnline.com _______________________________________________________________ FREE Movie Channels (3 Months.) AND A $570 Sign-Up Bonus! 1-888-282-2892 _______________________________________________________________ GET DISH WITH FREE INSTALLATION – $19.99/MO. HBO & SHOWTIME FREE – OVER DISH NETWORK $19.99/Month. Why Pay More? FREE Install w/DVR (Up to 4 rooms) Movie Channels (3 Months.) AND A $570 Sign-Up Bonus! 1-888-282-2892. _______________________________________________________________ 50 HD CHANNELS FREE. LOWEST PRICES – NO EQUIPMENT TO BUY! CALL NOW FOR FREE STEEL BUILDINGS: 5 only 16x20, 25x28, 30x48, 40x52, 45x82. Sell For Balance Owed! FULL DETAILS. 877-469-2560 _______________________________________________________________ Still Crated/Free Delivery! 1-800-462-7930 x76 GET DISH-FREE INSTALLATION-$19.99/MO. HBO & SHOWTIME FREE-OVER 50 HD _______________________________________________________________ CHANNELS FREE-LOWEST PRICES-NO EQUIPMENT TO BUY! CALL NOW FOR FULL BEAT YOUR BOOKIE & VEGAS! 80% WINNERS GET PAID. Football - Baseball - Hockey -_______________________________________________________________ College & NBA Basketball - Horseracing. MIKE’S SPORTS 410-504-3795. DETAILS. 877-524-8173 _______________________________________________________________ MEMORY FOAM THERAPEUTIC NASA VISCO MATTRESSES -WHOLESALE! T-$299; F- **ALL Satellite Systems are not the same. Monthly programming starts under $20 month and FREE HD and DVR systems for new callers. CALL NOW 1-800-799-4935. $349; Q-$399; K-$499; ADJUSTABLES - $799; FREE DELIVERY. 25 YEAR WARRANTY. 90 per _______________________________________________________________ NIGHT TRIAL. 1-800-ATSLEEP. 1-800-287-5337. WWW.MATTRESSDR.COM. AIRLINE MECHANIC – Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. _______________________________________________________________ Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of ----------- ITEMS WANTED -------Maintenance 866-854-6156 _______________________________________________________________ Apartment Wanted - WRITER needs furnished bedroom, apartment or small house to AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA work on my books and articles. Reas. rates please. Personable, sense of humor and good approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of references. 724 610 3580 or email lawrenzi@hotmail.com. Rick. Maintenance. (888) 686-1704. _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-510-0784 www.CenturaOnline.com. _______________________________________________________________ WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks DIRECTV FREE MOVIES 3 MONTHS! NO Equipment or Start-Up Costs! Free HD/DVR with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Upgrade! Other Packages Start $29.99/mo! Ends 7/14/10. New cust. only, qual pkgs. Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. DirectStarTV 1-800-620-0058 _______________________________________________________________ WANTED: PINBALL MACHINE,ARCADE VIDEO GAME & coin operated items,ANY CONDIDIRECTV FREEBIES! Free Equipment + Standard Installation 4 Rooms, FREE SHOWTIME TION, cash paid, semi-quick removal. 412-759-4826. E-mail: ed@ataboy.com. _______________________________________________________________ + STARZ 3/mo., FREE DVR/HD Upgrade w/Choice XTRA! No Start-Up Costs! Packages JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _______________________________________________________________ Start $29.99/mo. DirectStarTV 1-800-279-5698. _______________________________________________________________ WANTED: Used Stihl chain saws,used 2 stage snow blowers,Mantis tiller, Rear tire tillers, DIRECTV FREEBIES! Free Standard Installation! FREE SHOWTIME + STARZ 3/mo., FREE Lawn Boy mowers, Honda mowers. Need not be running. Pay cash! 724-745-6489. _______________________________________________________________ HD/DVR Upgrade! PLUS Save $29/mo for 1 yr! Ends 7/14/10. New cust only, qual pkgs. OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, DirectStarTV 1-800-279-5698. _______________________________________________________________ Larson, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. DISH Network. $19.99/mo, Why Pay More For TV? 100+ Channels. FREE 4-Room 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440. _______________________________________________________________ Install. FREE HD-DVR. Plus $600 Sign-up BONUS. Call Now! 1-888-430-9664. _______________________________________________________________ Get Dish – FREE Installation - $19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD ----------- MISCELLANEOUS --------Channels FREE. Lowest Prices – No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details. 877Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and 242-0983. turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. _______________________________________________________________ Get Dish–FREE Installation-$19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE–Over 50 HD Channels $420/month. (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________________________ Lowest Prices–No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details. 877-883-5726. _______________________________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825- FREE Get Dish-FREE Installation-$19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels 7233. _______________________________________________________________ FREE-Lowest Prices-No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details. 877-465-8223. Apartment Wanted - WRITER needs furnished bedroom, apartment or small house to _______________________________________________________________ work on my books and articles. Reas. rates please. Personable, sense of humor and good MEDICAL Alert System. 24/7 Monitoring for Seniors. Help at the push of a button.FREE EQUIPMENT! FREE SHIPPING! ONLY 29.95 A MONTH! CALL 877-242-0986 NOW! references. 724-610-3580 or email lawrenzi@hotmail.com. Rick. _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, Larson, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440. _______________________________________________________________ Reach over 30 million homes with one buy. Advertise in NANI for only $2,795 per week! For information, visit www.naninetwork.com _______________________________________________________________ FREE DIRECTV 4 ROOM SYSTEM! 285+ Channels! Starts $29.99! FREE Showtime, Starz! 130+ HD Channels! 2 FREE DVR/HD! No Start Costs! Local Installers 1-800-2330319. _______________________________________________________________

---------- NOTICES ------------2 Dogs Found, 1 Black & 1 Tan, Small - Medium Size. Found in Union Township/Finleyville. 412-833-4033. _______________________________________________________________ ALBHS Class of '60 upcoming 50 year reunion. October 16, 2010. Make friends aware of it. Contact 724-348-4159 for more information. _______________________________________________________________ LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road,Finleyville.Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found,please call 412-760-2291. _______________________________________________________________ Calling all horse people: We are organizing a tack swap in Elizabeth, PA. If you are interested in being a vendor or attending the event, please send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com with 'tack swap' in the subject line. We will contact you with details. _______________________________________________________________ Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * Book NOW. Call for_______________________________________________________________ Details. 724-531-1175. AARP AUTO & HOME INSURANCE PROGRAM from The Hartford. Enjoy Great Savings, Service and Benefits. Call toll-free to requst your FREE quote: 1-877-872-3151 (Code: 471103) Take our savings challenge and receive our calculator/clock. _______________________________________________________________ MRI/MRA SCAN WARNING. Are you or a loved one suffering from symptoms of NSF following a MRI or MRA scan? Call James Rolshouse & Associates at 1-877-621-7109. _______________________________________________________________ EVERY BABY DESERVES A HEALTHY START. Join more than a million people walking and raising money to support the March of Dimes.The walk starts at MarchForBabies.org _______________________________________________________________ JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES/MORMONS Get the missing facts you’re not to know. FACING THE FACTS, POB 836, Dacula, GA 30019. JWs 24hr message 1-770-932-3806. http://www.ftfacts.com. _______________________________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------2 DOGS FOUND 1 Black & 1 Tan, Small - Medium Size. Found in Union Township/Finleyville. 412-833-4033. Amazon Parrot – with cage. 6-mos old. Learning to talk. A wonderful pet! Must sell. Will take offers. (724) 267-3018. _______________________________________________________________ Rescue cat adoption. Kittens 9 weeks, black, calico. Kittens 5 months, various colors. Spays/neuters, shots, litter train, $35. Call 724-258-8380. _______________________________________________________________ Calling all horse people: We are organizing a tack swap in Elizabeth, PA. If you are interested in being a vendor or attending the event, please send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com with 'tack swap' in the subject line. We will contact you with details. _______________________________________________________________ Kittens need to be adopted from "mama cat". Call 724-348-0256. _______________________________________________________________ For Sale: Many horse related items: saddle pads, show halters, bridles, bits and much more. Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _______________________________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _______________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------FOR RENT – Duplex in Charleroi. BIG backyard. Covered front and back porches! Newly remodeled. New kitchen,New furnace. New Waterheater,new Electric throughout. Newer carpet. Great location on Crest Avenue. $485 + utils. Call 412-760-2291 _______________________________________________________________ 1992 Commodore - 14 x 80, Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, Jacuzzi tub, large kitchen, walk-in closet, shed, front porch. Owner financing not available. $19,500 OBO. 724-348-7620 evenings. _______________________________________________________________ Agway Pole Building For Rent - Dimensions: 30'x40'x14.5' - 12x14' doors - 1 walk through door - 40 foot light strip. Nice place to work on and park your truck. May also be rented for storage. Must carry your own insurance on contents. Rental fee: $200 per month plus electricity used. Phone: 724-258-5336. _______________________________________________________________


Page 78 —————————————————————————————————— FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. Mobile Home for Sale. 2 bedroom on Route 88 bus line,Ringgold School District.1 inside gentle pet accepted. _______________________________________________________________ 2004 – 14 x 16 mobile home. 2 BR, wall to wall carpet, Full A/C, porch with roof, near bus line and Century III Mall. Equip with Kitchen appliances. Low $20’s. 412-466-4817. _______________________________________________________________ Apartment for rent, 230 Donnan Ave., Washington. Apartment upstairs, 1 bedroom, all electric, $350 per month. Call 724-350-5983. _______________________________________________________________

CLASSIFIEDS

www.unionfinley.com Mobile home for sale. 14x70 2 bedroom, large bathroom. Must be moved asap. $3,000 New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. OBO. Call 724-258-2846. If no answer, leave message. _______________________________________________________________ 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773 FOR SALE BY OWNER - 3 BED TRAILER IN SOUTH PARK MOBLIE ESTATES. $16,500.00 3 bedroom trailer, move-in condition,appliances included,plus more.$16,500.Call 412- INCLUDES WASHER/DRYER, STOVE AND REFRIDGERTOR, PLUS MORE. CALL 412-414414-7268 for more information. _______________________________________________________________ 7268 FOR MORE INFO. OWNER IS AGENT _______________________________________________________________ 3 bedroom trailer for sale by owner located At South Park Mobile Estates. Move-in con- FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close dition, all appliances included plus more. For more information, call 412-414-7268. _______________________________________________________________ to_______________________________________________________________ everything. 724-554-6534. Apartment for rent, 230 Donnan Ave., Washington. Apartment upstairs, 1 bedroom, all Mobile Home for sale. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. New carpeting, stove, and paint.Walk-in closelectric, $350 per month. Call 724-350-5983. _______________________________________________________________ et_______________________________________________________________ and garden tub. Located in Finleyville. Please call 724-348-6737 or 717-333-1066. Donora duplex- must sell. Needs work. Call 412-370-7198. _______________________________________________________________ Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * Book NOW. Call for_______________________________________________________________ Details. 724-531-1175. New Eagle- 1 Bedroom Apt.Appliance,Water,& Sewage included $400/month.Call:724554-6534 or 724-258-3773. _______________________________________________________________ House for Rent, Monongahela, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, fenced yard, no pets, $525 + utilities &_______________________________________________________________ Sec. Dep., credit check. Call 724-258-7230. GUTTERS ZUBASIC BROS. HOME IMPROVEMENTS – New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent New Seamless Gutters & Repairs 724-941Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773 _______________________________________________________________ 7833. Charleroi Sale or Lease - Renovated 3-Story Building. Commercial lease income. Also, __________________________________ turnkey bar/restaurant. Call: 724-531-1175. _______________________________________________________________ JEWELRY MONONGAHELA - For rent, one, two bedroom apartment, complete with appliances, launSOUTHLAND JEWELERS - GOLD = $$$$. Get dry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quaint and quiet. Close to bus line. One bedroom Cash EVERY DAY for all Jewelry & Watches! partially furnished. Monongahela. Call 724-258-3179. _______________________________________________________________ Appraisal & Repairs done on site. Watch Mobile Home for sale. West Miflin area.Thompson Run Road. Handyman Special! 2 BR Batteries, 2/$6.99 Rt. 51, Jefferson Hills (Next to mobile home on rented lot. Next to busline and shopping. Asking $2,500 or negotiable. TC Customized) 412-384-8400. __________________________________ 412-600-6368. _______________________________________________________________ PIZZERIA Apartment Wanted - WRITER needs furnished bedroom, apartment or small house to work on my books and articles. Reas. rates please. Personable, sense of humor and good NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA - Main Street references. 724-610-3580 or email: lawrenzi@hotmail.com. Rick. - New Eagle. 724-258-8110. Daily Specials; _______________________________________________________________ LOVE AT FIRST BITE! Mobile Home ‘83, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, wood burner, covered porch. Mingo Park Est. __________________________________ $8,000.00. Call 724-348-4472. _______________________________________________________________ PLUMBING 4 Acre Horse Pasture for Lease w/Sheds and Arena. $750/mo or 2 Acres $400/mo. Call FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered 412-835-2560. _______________________________________________________________ master plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Office Space For Rent – Finleyville. 1,300 square feet. Former site of Healthy Locally owned and operated. Fully insured and Directions. $800 + Electric. 412-999-7163. _______________________________________________________________ certified. Ed Frye - (412) 841-6008. www.fryeMobile Home for Sale. 1992 Parkwood 14 X 66, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, A/C, brosplumbing.com. __________________________________ Appliances, Newer Roof, Pond & Shed. Asking 18K. Call 724-317-7224. _______________________________________________________________ RESTAURANT One, Two Bedroom apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quant and quite. Close to bus line. One bedroom partial furnished. GOOD TO GO - 3532 Marion Ave. Finleyville, PA Monongahela. Call Natalee Amati 724-244-8579 or 724-258-3179. 15332. 724-348-8544. Call for daily specials. _______________________________________________________________ Cater by the pan or by the party! FOR RENT - New Eagle – 1 bedroom apt. Appliances, Water, & Sewage included. 724__________________________________ 554-6534 or 724-258-3773. _______________________________________________________________ THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT - Open New Eagle Property $20,900, 1/2 Acre, 30x30 foundation with sewer, gas, water lines, Daily 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Daily Specials; Homemade nice quiet neighborhood. 449 3rd. Ave. off Cliffton. Call 814-648-1289. _______________________________________________________________ Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384Monongahela – Very clean 2 bedroom, duplex. Nice, large, level yard. Two porches, off 3080. street parking. Close to restaurants and shopping. $490 per month + utilities. No pets. For __________________________________ more information: 724-344-4271. _______________________________________________________________ RETAINING WALLS Mobile Home for Sale: 2 bedroom, South Park Mobile Estates - $4,000. Call 412-855ACORN HARDSCAPES LLC - Retaining Wall 7208. _______________________________________________________________ Specialists. New & Old Rebuilds, Concrete Walks, MONONGAHELA - 2-1 bdr’s, 1st and 2nd Floor – Equipped Kitchen, Furniture, Laundry Patios, Driveways, Pavers & Stonework, Ponds. facility and Much more! On Bus Line. Call 724-244-8579. _______________________________________________________________ New Lawn Installation & Landscaping. Fully FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furInsured. Free Estimates. 724-565-5327. __________________________________ nished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach SIDING/WINDOWS will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; ROOFING Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For comMEREDITH HOME IMPROVEMENTS – 30 years plete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website - www.oceanfront condorentals.com/ Paradise Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront in business. If You Need Vinyl Siding, Roofing, Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507. Windows Or Soffit and Fascia Done Pro_______________________________________________________________ fessionally, with no problems afterward and done LOAN MODIFICATIONS. Debt consolidation, Lower payments, Save thousands. Call for at a reasonable price, we are the company to do free consultation. Toll Free 877-347-7807 _______________________________________________________________ it! We are so confident in your satisfaction that 20 acre Ranches near growing El Paso,Texas! $12,900. $0 down, $99/per mo. Owner we require no money until the job is completed. financing. No credit checks. 800-755-8953, www.sunsetranches.com _______________________________________________________________ www.Meredith Home Improvements.com. (412) 20 ACRE LAND FORECLOSURES Near Growing El Paso & proposed travel/space center! 831-9991. $0 down, Take over $159per/mo. No Credit Checks & Money Back Guarantee. 1-800__________________________________ 843-7537 www.sunsetranches.com. _______________________________________________________________

LOCAL BUSINESSES, MERCHANTS AND SERVICES BAKERY NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA - 161 Main Street - New Eagle. 724-258-8110. Daily Specials; LOVE AT FIRST BITE!! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BANQUET FACILITY/SOCIAL HALL

FINLEYVILLE AMERICAN LEGION – MorrisonRitchie 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 accommodate 75 people. For more info, stop in and visit the lodge, or call 724348-5608. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CATERING

GOOD TO GO - 3532 Marion Ave. Finleyville, PA 15332. 724-348-8544. Call for daily specials. Cater by the pan or by the party! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

COMPUTERS

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

DVD TRANSFER/ HOME MOVIES

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

EXCAVATION

EXCAVATION SERVICES - Bobcat, backhoe, dump truck, french drains, utility lines, gravel, grating, hauling, foundations and sewer Bobcat, backhoe, dump truck, french drains, utility lines, gravel, grating, hauling, foundations and sewer line work. Call Ernie at: 412-384-7337. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARAGE DOORS

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

——————————————————————————————— April 2010 20 ACRE LAND FORECLOSURES Near Growing El Paso,Texas. No Credit Checks/Owner Financing. $0 down,Take over $159/mo. Payment.Was $16,900. Now $12,856. 1-800755-8953 www.texaslandforeclosures.net _______________________________________________________________ COLORADO ACRE On beautiful private trout stream, $29,500! $500 down, $350 monthly. Mountain canyon, private. Surrounded by gov’t lands – good roads. Call owner anytime 806-376-8690. _______________________________________________________________

------------ SERVICES ----------Housecleaning, wall washing, rug cleaning, painting residential and commercial, insured, bonded, since 1975. Call Marianne at 724-861-9595 or 412-823-4797. _______________________________________________________________ PUBLISHED WRITER, creative, personable, very literate, will help you write your book or teach you to write for anything of value. Make me an offer. 724 610 3580, 724 872 5837, or_______________________________________________________________ email lawrenzi@hotmail.com. Rick. Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * Book NOW. Call for_______________________________________________________________ Details. 724-531-1175. ACCOMPLISHED PAINTER will paint your house, shed, building, etc. for anything of value. Make me an offer. Legslawrenzi@aol.com, phone 724 872 5837. _______________________________________________________________ DVD Transfer/Home Movies – Home Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. 8mm and Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfer, with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter menus. 724-258-5336. http://web.me.com/dcheplic/ _______________________________________________________________ Social Security Claims. 30+ years experience. No results = no fee. E-mail claimsadv@juno.com or call 412- 915-8890. _______________________________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-8257233. _______________________________________________________________ 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. _______________________________________________________________ FOUNDATION REPAIR - Large local company specializing in bowed walls, sinking foundations, crawl space excavation, and BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. Lifetime, transferrable warranty. 1-800-343-2357. www.abetterchoiceinc.com (PA0AGHIC:377) _______________________________________________________________

------------- TIMESHARES ----------SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARES FOR CASH!!! Our Guaranteed Services Will Sell/Rent Your Unused Timeshare for CASH! Over $78 Million Dollars Offered in 2009! www.SellATimeshare.com 1-866-708-3690. _______________________________________________________________ SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE FOR CASH!!! Our Guaranteed Services Will Sell/Rent Your Unused Timeshare for CASH! Over $78 Million Dollars Offered in 2009. www.SellATimeshare.com. 1-877-494-8246. _______________________________________________________________

----------- VACATIONS ---------------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 condorentals.com/ 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. _______________________________________________________________ SAVE MONEY on your next Vacation! WWW.TRAVELUNIVERSALLY.COM. CALL TOLL FREE (877)903-8887. Also, visit: WWW.TRAVELHOT.COM. HOTTEST TRAVEL DEALS WITH EVERY CLICK! _______________________________________________________________

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.


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