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Borough of New Eagle Gets New Truck The Borough of New Eagle recently purchased a new dump truck for the Public Works Department. The new truck was purchased at Allegheny Ford at a cost of $62,430.00. Former Councilman John Grossi, also an employee with the Public Works Department, was instrumental in obtaining $55,000 in grants for the new truck. Pictured at left with the new truck are (L to R) John Grossi and Dave Wingo. (PHOTO BY MARIANNE KLEPPNER)

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PETS: Keeping Your New Puppy Safe and Happy Page 24

Union Township Loses Appeal on Payment of Former Police Officers’ Sick Pay

Index: News . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Events . . . . . . . . . Page 6 Pets . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Worship . . . . . . Page 27 Business . . . . . . Page 32 People . . . . . . . . Page 34 Home & Garden Page 35 Sports . . . . . . . . Page 48

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Speeding Cars Prompts Call for the Return of UT Police Dear Editor, I have lived on Finley-Elrama Road since I was a kid and we always had police back then. Maybe just a few but we always had them. I live on Messener Hill by the township building. The speeding is horrendous and the jake breaking of the trucks at the early hours of the morning is ridiculous! There have been numerous accidents on this hill in the last year and all that has been done is to change the speed limit and put some signs up. If someone is going to speed I don’t think they care if a speed limit sign says 35 or 40. What is it going to take to get the police back? Somebody's kid getting run over? There are a lot of kids that live on this hill. It seems that no one cares! Wake up Union Township. We could afford police years ago with no tax base. Now, with all the new construction, why not now? Jerry Williams - Finleyville

Reader’s ‘Letter To The Editor’ Was Off Target And Short on Facts Dear Editor, I would like to take the opportunity to address the misinformation that was published under the “Letters to the Editor” signed by S. Lorraine Rusk in the January issue of the Union-Finley Messenger. The article that Ms. Rusk references in

her letter, “Shopping for Answers” (Union-Finley Messenger, November, 2008) regarding the Union Highlands development was not written by me, but by Paul Chasko, a writer from the newspaper. I did not feel this article took sides, but instead raised questions to be addressed before we find ourselves with crippling expenditures and a traffic nightmare. Allowing this development to proceed without the proper ordinances in place, hoping that developers won’t hurt us is just reckless behavior. They are talking about a 70 acre regional mall on a 2 lane highway. How could anyone wish to leave our town exposed to millions of dollars of expense and liability without proper ordinance protection? A traffic study done for the developer by The Trant Corporation shows a traffic count of 41,561 average Saturday End Trips. If you add that to the present traffic count published by Penn Dot it will show that the traffic in front of Finley Middle School; on a 28 foot, two-lane highway, will be equal to the traffic at Donaldson Crossroads on a 70 foot wide five-lane highway. According to Penn Dot, 1,500 of these vehicles will be heavy trucks. Studies paid for by the township, and completed by H.R.G. Engineering stated that it would be extremely difficult for traffic on the side streets to “find acceptable gaps in the traffic stream to enter onto Rt. 88 without a signal.” If you live on Rt. 88 between Trax Farms and Finleyville how will you be able to get out of your driveway without taking your life in your hands? As per a letter from the Washington County Planning Commission dated June 14, 2007, “many of the intersections around the zoning change are deficient and will require upgrades to maintain a minimum Level of service.” What are the upgrades? Who is going to pay for them? You will! The Union Township Taxpayer. In addition to the two traffic lights at

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the entrance of the development, (lights that will become the responsibility of the township for maintenance at about $6,000 a year per light), Penn Dot will also require a traffic light at the Trax Road and Route 88 intersection. The cost will be in the $700,000 range. This amount does not include engineering and right away acquisition. Most of these costs will be taken on by Union Township taxpayers. Penn Dot will require the traffic light at Brownsville Road and Route 88 to be redesigned and improved to include turning lanes. This will require property acquisition or eminent domain. Costs for this will be about $600,000. Most of these costs will also be borne by the Union Township taxpayer. In regards to the flooding across the road from the development, the Township paid for a study in 1999, and the study stated the cost to correct this problem was about 2 million dollars. When the engineer, at a public meeting in 2007, was asked if the development would increase the water flow he said that it would. The developer has presented no drawings or plans to the contrary. The developer presented to the Washington County Commissioners on

July 27, 2005, documents showing that this development at completion will return $39,000 a year in property tax to Union Township. If you add the wage tax for the people to be employed at the mall it would only be $54,000 a year in total taxes for the township. This begs the question. Why would anybody in their right mind accept $54,000 a year in incremental taxes and expose themselves to millions of dollars in liability? If you took all of the money that the mall would bring to the Township and used it to reduce the debt the Township would incur, it would take the Township over 40 years to break even. Finally because I do not take credit for the “Shopping for Answers” article I cannot accept the blame from those who disagree with the information that was published therein. Instead I invite you to examine the facts and make your own decision. They are a matter of public record and are available at the Township Municipal building. We may all want development, but not at any cost … Let’s pass the ordinances first, so those who have the most to gain share the pain. Frank Dupree – Finleyville


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“Coaches vs. Cancer” Basketball Game On Feb. 1, Ringgold will go against South Park in a Coaches vs. Cancer Game. One dollar of every ticket sold at the gate that evening will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Ringgold cheerleaders will collect donations from the crowd. Patrons who donate $1 dollar will receive a donation card to be displayed on the wall in memory or honor of a loved one. For donations $3 or greater, contributors will receive a lanyard. Lloyd Price, Athletic Director, is looking for a sponsor(s) to match the funds raised or make a fixed donation (i.e. $500) to Coaches vs. Cancer. Those willing to participate should call 724-258-2208.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings - 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. at the Peters Township Community Center. The screenings are provided courtesy of Canonsburg General Hospital. For more information call the Community Relations Department at 724873-5835.

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Pro Ice Hockey - The Mon Valley Thunder professional hockey team plays Indiana at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon. Tickets are only $8.00 per person. (See $2.00 OFF coupon in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger). Game starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit our website at www.monvalleythunder.com. Feel the Rumble...Catch the THUNDER!!! Adopt A Pet - PET SEARCH, an all volunteer, no kill, home sheltered animal rescue and placement organization will be holding an ADOPTATHON at PetSmart in Strabane Square in Washington from 11am to 4pm. If you are looking for a furry friend to add to your family, we have a pet to suit you! For more information, call 724-228SEEK or visit our website at www.petsearchpa.org. Free Clothing Giveaway – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth St., Monongahela. All are welcome and light refreshments will also be served. FEBRUARY 2 - 3

Coin and Stamp Show - The South Hills Coin Club will be hosting the 48th Anniversary Coin & Stamp Show on February 2 and 3, 2008. The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Pittsburgh South (Across from South Hills Village) from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 3 PM on Sunday. Free Admission and Hourly door prizes.

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Pancake & Sausage Dinner - Union Roads United Methodist Church, located in Gastonville will be holding a “Fat Tuesday” pancake and Sausage dinner on February 5 from 3 – 7 PM. Cost for the dinner is $6 for Adults and $2.50 for kids under age 10. Annual Pancake Dinner - Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, 716 Gill Hall Rd in Jefferson Hills, will hold its annual Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. Prices for the dinner will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 children 6 - 12 and children under 5 are free. FEBRUARY 6-7

Book Sale - The Women’s Auxiliary of Canonsburg General Hospital will sponsor a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7 in the hospital’s main lobby. A variety of books and gifts will be available at discounted prices. Proceeds benefit Canonsburg General Hospital. FEBRUARY 7 - 9

Winter Tales VI - Olin Fine Arts Center, W & J College. 7:30pm. Cost: Free. 6th annual event. The ever-popular Winter Tales returns for an evening of short one-act plays drawn from original scripts submitted by members of the W&J community. It is fast-moving & diverse entertainment from fresh voices. Contact: 724-223-OLIN FEBRUARY 7

Pediatric CPR Class with AED Canonsburg General Hospital will offer a class on Pediatric Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 in the McNary Conference Center. Attendees will learn infant and child CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) training and meth-

ods to relieve choking. Infant safety in the home also will be discussed. The cost is $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 1-877-284-2000. FEBRUARY 8

New Member Art Show - The Artists’ Coop. 6 pm – 9 pm. Cost: Free. Exhibition featuring the new members of The Artists’ Co-op that have not been featured previously. Contact: 724-229-0365 FEBRUARY 9

Vendor Show - There will be a vendor show on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Broughton Fire Department Social Hall in South Park. Tables are $40 each and proceeds benefit the MOPS convention fund. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Please contact Cathy Ferrelli at 412-653-2729 or Karen Hoover at 724-3485047 for an application or information. CASH BASH! - The Library V.F.W. and the Library Vol. Fire Co., will be hosting their annual Cash Bash on Saturday, February 9, at the Library V.F.C. Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Drawings will begin at 7:00 pm, with drawings every 15 minutes until 11:00 pm. PA legal slot machines, Texas Hold’em, strip tickets, 50/50, money wheels, food, refreshments & B.Y.O.B. For tickets, please call: V.F.W.: 412-308-0046 OR L.V.F.C.: 412-835-7114 Pro Ice Hockey - The Mon Valley Thunder professional hockey team plays Wooster at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon. Tickets are only $8.00 per person. (See $2.00 OFF coupon in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger). Game starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit our website at www.monvalleythunder.com. Feel the Rumble...Catch the THUNDER!!! Adopt a Pet - PET SEARCH, an all volunteer, no kill, home sheltered animal rescue and placement organization will be holding an ADOPTATHON at PetCo in Trinity Point in Washington from 11am to 4pm. If you are looking for a furry friend to add to your family, we have a pet to suit you! For more information, Call 724-228-SEEK or visit our website at www.petsearchpa.org.

Washington Symphony Orchestra Concert “Seascapes” – Music from and about the sea. 8 pm with a “Conductor’s Corner” at 7:15 pm. Trinity High School, Park Ave, Washington. Cost: Adults $15; Seniors 65+ and Students $10. Contact: 724-288-6435 or 724-223-9796, or www.washsym.org FEBRUARY 9

American Cancer Society Dinner Dance – Holiday Inn, Racetrack Rd. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. $50 per person. Evening will include a buffet, desserts, dancing, unique raffles and complimentary photos. For more information, call 724-222-6911. FEBRUARY 9 – 10

Indoor Winter Flea Markets - Trax Farms will hold an Indoor Winter Flea Market February 9 and 10 at 10 am. You can browse the warm indoor nursery area for the antique, gift, or collectible you’ve been looking for. Free parking and free admission make this the perfect family outing. Whether you are browsing or ready to buy, there is something for everyone! If interested in becoming a vendor, call 412-8353246, ext. 113 to reserve a space. Winter store hours are every day, 10 am-6 pm FEBRUARY 9

Valentine's Day Dinner Show - Come and enjoy an evening of dancing with The Marcels & The Vogues. Time: 7:00 11:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm, Dinner starts at 6:00pm. Advance ticket purchase is $25 until February 7. Tickets are $30 at the door. For tickets or more information, please call Bill Tatar at the New Eagle Volunteer Fire Dept. at 724-258-6530 and leave a message. FEBRUARY 10

Re-Union: World’s Largest Wedding Vow Renewal - To celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th Anniversary, themed “Reunions & Homecomings”, Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History will host a Guiness Record attempt for the most couples to simultaneously renew their wedding vows. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Pittsburgh. Registration 6 pm – 7 pm; Ceremony 7:30pm. Cost: $30 per couple. Contact: 412-578-2571


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Valentine Sweetheart Dinner - Romantic candlelight dinner served on china. The Spring House, 1531 Route 136 E Washington-one mile west of 84 traffic lights (intersection of Rts 519 & 136). Winter 9 am – 7 pm. Contact: 724-2283339. www.springhousemarket.com FEBRUARY 15

Pro Ice Hockey - The Mon Valley Thunder professional hockey team plays Valley Forge at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon. Tickets are only $8.00 per person. (See $2.00 OFF coupon in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger). Game starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit our website at www.monvalleythunder.com. Feel the Rumble...Catch the THUNDER!!! FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 2

An Adult Evening of Short Plays by Shel Silverstein - Acclaimed children’s author Silverstein’s darkly comic short plays, deeply infused with the same wicked sense of humor that made him famous. Off The Wall Theater. Curtain, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 3pm. Cost: $5 - $15. Contact: 724-8733576 FEBRUARY 16

Pro Ice Hockey - The Mon Valley Thunder professional hockey team plays Jamestown at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon. Tickets are only $8.00 per person. (See $2.00 OFF coupon in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger). Game starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.monvalleythunder.com.

lights (intersection of Rts 519 & 136). Winter 9 am – 7 pm. For more info, call 724-228-3339. FEBRUARY 16 - 17

Valentine Tea Party - Victorene’s Tea, located in Monongahela will hold a Valentine’s Tea Party on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 PM and will feature a reading from Emma, a comic novel by Jane Austen. Come to tea with your sweetheart or spend an afternoon with a close friend or friends at this wonderful romantic tea. Check out our website at victorenestea.com, or for reservations call Chris Anne Cole at 724-258-7199. FEBRUARY 16

Cupids & Canines Casino Night - Camp Bow Wow presents... CUPIDS & CANINES CASINO NIGHT! Join us for a night of casino games, coffe & dessert, Puppy Kissing Booth, Pinball Machines, Adoptable Dogs, Chance Auction, AND MUCH MORE. All to benefit the Washington Area Humane Society and Animal Friends. WIN A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS!! Where: PAPA Warehouse, 100 Keystone Dr., Carnegie (Pinball Championship Building) 8:00pm 11:00pm. Tickets are $25/person, $45/couple. Call Doreen at 412-491-7853 or Jordan at 412-352-0005 FEBRUARY 22

Tommy Sands and his Irish Band - Olin Fine Arts Center, W&J College. Tommy Sands is a singer, songwriter & social activist whose music explores the Northern Ireland experience. 7:30 pm. Cost: Adults $15; Seniors 60+, W&J alumni & non-W&J Students $12. Contact: 724-223-OLIN FEBRUARY 23

Red Cross Blood Drive - Girl Scout Jrs. and a Brownie Troup from The Mon Valley area are having a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, February 23rd from 11-5 p.m. at the Monongahela Fire Hall. FEBRUARY 23 – 24

All Oldies Dance - The Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department will commemorate the start of one of the most successful teen dances in western Pennsylvania when they present a 50th Anniversary record hop Saturday, February 16 at the fire hall. The All Oldies dance will feature Jim “J.D. the D.J.” Dudas, host of the Mon Valley Memories radio show. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission to the BYOB affair is $10 and reservations are being accepted for tables of eight. Tickets will be sold at the door. Special guests will be Ron Paglia, who was the dj at the dances for nearly seven years, and John Barbero, legendary radio and dance personality in the Mon Valley. Tickets are available at 724-938-7950. Adopt A Pet - PET SEARCH, an all volunteer, no kill, home sheltered animal rescue and placement organization will be holding an ADOPTATHON at PetCo in Trinity Point in Washington from 11am to 4pm. If you are looking for a furry friend to add to your family, we have a pet to suit you! For more information, call 724-228-SEEK or visit our website at www.petsearchpa.org. for info. Teddy Bear Tea Party - For little girls, their Mothers, and Grandmothers dressed for a party! A Memory Making Morning. The Spring House, 1531 Route 136 E Washington-one mile west of 84 traffic

Indoor Winter Flea Markets - Trax Farms will hold an Indoor Winter Flea Market February 23, and 24 at 10 am. You can browse the warm indoor nursery area for the antique, gift, or collectible you’ve been looking for. Free parking and free admission. Our café will be open. Come and join the fun at Trax Farms Indoor Winter Flea Markets! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call 412-835-3246, ext. 113 for info and to reserve a space. Winter store hours are every day, 10 am-6 pm. FEBRUARY 24

Annual Spaghetti Dinner - The Pleasant Hills Lions Club is conducting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday February 24th from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Municipal Building located at 410 East Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills. Tickets are $6.00 for adults & $4.00 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412655-9052. Take-outs will be available. MARCH 1

Adopt a Pet - PET SEARCH, an all volunteer, no kill, home sheltered animal rescue and placement organization will be holding an ADOPTATHON at PetSmart in Strabane Square in Washington from 11am to 4pm. Join us this afternoon or visit our website at www.petsearchpa.org. Call 724228-SEEK for info.


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By Wild Willy Frankfort

What Was Our Wild, Wild West? By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort I have several friends and relatives who that work in law enforcement, and as I have stated in past narratives, I like to shoot so I meet many of these folks at the shooting range or in competition. At one of our local shooting ranges, I met up with a neighboring officer who said that his department was helping to cover Finleyville. He asked me about the frontier, law enforcement, and bad guys in general. We spoke at length, and he asked if I could write an article explaining what went on in the era of our “Wild, Wild West.” Well, here goes… Our area for over 50 years was the Western frontier. We suffered through Indian attacks, The American Revolution, The Whiskey Insurrection, more Indian attacks, and The War of 1812. In these 50some odd years, the folks of Washington County depended on its own people, in varying capacities, to protect and warn them against anything that posed a threat to person or property. The first and the front line against Indian attacks and those bent on war against civilians were the Rangers. These men were usually local woodsmen who traveled the woodland looking for the sign of any enemy. Their job was not to confront that enemy but to warn the local citizens of any threat. Only after the people were safe did the Rangers take to the field in conflict. It would be these men who fought and died so that this vast wilderness could be settled and prosper. In the latter part of the 18th Century, when this area started to grow and populate, it became necessary to hire officials to keep the peace and settle minor disputes. This job fell to the sheriff and constables. Washington County had many sheriffs in its early days. Oft times, they held military positions and might be killed during their time in office. Local commissioners appointed the first sheriff, and then toward the end of the American Revolution the Supreme Executive Council appointed them. At the end of the 18th Century, the people elected the sheriff and held office for three years. The first appointed “American” sheriff was Van Sweringen in 1781, and the first elected sheriff was John Hamilton in 1793. Constables appointed by the sheriff provided support; they were usually locals who knew the area and its inhabitants. They had a set territory in which they were to work and had several duties, including serving warrants, transporting prisoners, investigating minor crimes, and organizing the locals for public works and were the liaison between the citizens and the sheriff.

William “Wild Willy” Frankfort This is pretty much what we had for law and defense of the frontier. The last line of defense would have been the lawyers. I was once asked about lawyers on the frontier, and, truth be told, by the 1770s you couldn’t swing a dead cat around without hitting a lawyer. It was prudent for the individual to settle any legal dispute in a local court. If a case couldn‘t be settled, those involved would have had to travel to Virginia, where those who were not privy to situations on the frontier could hear the case. What about the bad guys? The frontier was home to many of the lawless from runaway slaves and indentured servants to thieves, highwaymen, and murders. The Doane family’s exploits seem to infiltrate every aspect of this area—their deeds were so well documented that Author Zane Grey wrote about them in his early novels. The Doanes covered a vast area that would be hard to cover even by car today. If you drew a line from Pittsburgh to Bedford to Cumberland, then Morgantown up to Wheeling, then to Beaver, and finally back to Pittsburgh, this would be their stomping ground. You could encounter the “Doane whelps” anywhere along those lines. The ringleader, Abraham Doane, alias Thomas Richardson, Alias Richard Stevenson, and his troop of accomplices were involved in robbery, kidnapping, theft, murder, receiving stolen property, and possibly treason. These “banditti” were the scourge of Washington County, and after their boss was captured and arrested they even succeeded in breaking him out of jail. At this point, they gathered up their ill-gotten gains and escaped to Detroit but were caught by the Washington Militia. A trial was held at the corner of Main and Strawberry streets in Washington, and on Saturday, October 2, 1784, the boss was taken to Gallows Hill and hung for burglary. In the next three cases that resulted in hanging, the last being in 1866, all were for the crime of murder. How evil or cunning a man is it that gets hung for such a crime? “And so it is to all criminals, what you shall sow is also what you shall reap!” Lock your doors at night, dear reader. There are more than just Indians out there.


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The cemetery boasts the landscape architecture of Hare and Hare in its newer parts.

Graves in the cemetery date back to the Civil War in this section.

Majestic gates greet you upon entering Monongahela Cemetery.

Monongahela Cemetery: A Tranquil But Tantalizing Place to Visit By Holly Tonini Upon entering the main gate of the Monongahela Cemetery, a sense of tranquility can be felt from the trees lining the drive to the final resting place for those who have passed. Charles Talbert, who has spent an extent amount of time researching the cemetery, says thousands of silent stories swirl around there. The cemetery is nestled in the outskirts of the river town of Monongahela, it not only offers a glimpse of history dating back to the Civil War but also provide a place to picnic, exorcise your demons, or just exercise, and to simply find solitude. “I grew up with the impression that at some vague point in the past, the cemetery was recognized as the most beautiful small community cemetery in the nation,” said Jack Cattaneo, secretary of the cemetery’s board of directors, “I’ve never been able to substantiate that fact, but I think that the community recognizes something special about this cemetery.” One of the best known stories of the cemetery is that of the so-called “witches grave.” The story, according to Cattaneo, emerged from an essay assignment given to students at Carroll Middle School. A student wrote a story about the monument bearing the name “Colvin” and what appears to be a broom on one side of the natural rock boulder located near the cemetery office.

The tale the student weaved was that of a witch buried at the location and of special rituals a person could do to make the witch appear. It was published in the school’s paper and by the time it was later published in the community paper, it had become a full-blown (if untrue) wives’ tale that has spurred folks to visit the grave for years. The ”witch’s broom” is actually a torch facing down, a metaphor to show the end of life by extinguishing the fire according to Fred Ramsden, an employee at the cemetery office. The cemetery, built in 1863, is a historical Civil War site and burial ground. A section of the cemetery located down the hill from the office is dedicated to those who fought in the Civil War. Cannons from the era mark out the section. One soldier, who died as a result of a wound when his calvary encountered the enemy by mistake, is buried next to his mother under a monument she picked to show his greatness when he died. Henry Clark, a native of Carroll Township, was 19 when he went off to war. He was killed at the age of 20. “I like to think it is the epitome of the American soldier,” said Cattaneo standing at the monument for Clark. “They are always so young and have a life ahead of them. They are willing to go into a holocaust and sacrifice their young lives for whatever the noble cause.” The cemetery is filled with trees headstones, and rolling hills is an attractive place

The “Witches Grave” bears the name “Colvin” and what appears to be a broom on one side of the natural rock boulder located near the cemetery office.

Visitors can reflect on the lives of their loved ones at the chapel inside the cemetery.

and great for walking or jogging according to Talbert. Hare and Hare of Kansas City, MO designed the sitting park landscape architecture in the newer sections of the cemetery. John Chislet designed the original section to be gothic in nature with each section rep-

The Henry Clark Monument: Clark, a native of Carroll Township, was 19 when he went off to war and was killed at the age of 20. He is buried next to his mother.

resenting a room in a house, said Cattaneo. Because of this combination of architectural designs, the cemetery was recognized and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The very top of the cemetery, near the veterans plot, offers visitors a panoramic view of the Mon Valley. “You can see up and down the river, from Interstate 43 to Pigeon Creek,” said Talbert. The story of Monongahela and the surrounding towns unfold as you tour the cemetery. Along the paths are the family plots, single graves, and a section with no grave markers where families of those who passed might picnic after placing flowers on the graves on Memorial Day, said Ramsden. Paupers Field houses the deceased of those without funds for burial. Continuing, you run into St. Mary’s Cemetery, which is owned by the Transfiguration Church in Monongahela. To leave the gates of the cemetery is to return to the modern world, but a sense of history and tranquility and a new appreciation for life are sure to go with you.


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Free Job Search Workshops Offered at PA CareerLink Mon Valley

How About a Short Stop in Finleyville?

If you’re searching for a job, let PA CareerLink Mon Valley help you be as prepared as possible! The free workshops listed below are being offered in February. Please call 724379-4750 to register. • Resume One-On-One (1.5 Hours), By Appointment Only, 724-379-4750 x 106 • Computer Basics (2 Hours), Mondays at 1 p.m. • Job Search Basics (1.5 Hours), Tuesdays at 2 p.m. • PA CareerLink Orientation (1 Hour), Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 9:30 a.m. • Job Search for Veterans (1 Hour), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. • Career Gateway (18 Hours Total – (6 Sessions, 3 Hours Each). Geared to help post-secondary-bound students achieve success with their schooling. Computers are available at PA CareerLink and may be used by the public for Internet job search and/or any job search-related work. PA CareerLink Mon Valley is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff is always available to assist job seekers. PA CareerLink Mon Valley is located at 570 Galiffa Drive in Donora, right beside the Valley Roller Skating Rink. Still not sure how to get there? Have questions about the workshops? Just call 724379-4750 for directions and information.

By Paul Chasko

PennDOT Workers Deacon Hull and Tammy Kiger install one of the “New Stop Sign Coming Up” warning signs in Finleyville..

Vendor Show in South Park February 9 There will be a vendor show on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Broughton Fire Department Social Hall in South Park. Tables are $40 each and proceeds benefit the Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) convention fund. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Please contact Cathy Ferrelli at 412-653-2729 or Karen Hoover at 724-348-5047 for an application or information.

Stockdale Firemen Dance Anniversary The Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department will commemorate the start of one of the most successful teen dances in western Pennsylvania when they present a 50th Anniversary record hop Saturday, February 16 at the fire hall. The All Oldies dance will feature Jim "J.D. the D.J." Dudas, host of the Mon Valley Memories radio show. Festivities will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission to the BYOB affair is $10 and reservations are being accepted for tables of eight. Tickets also will be sold at the door. Food and beverages will be available at the dance. Special guests will be Ron Paglia, who was the disc jockey at the dances for nearly seven years, and John Barbero, legendary radio and dance personality in the Mon Valley. The Stockdale dances began on Saturday, December 21, 1957 and ran for some eight years. It drew crowds of 1,000 or more and featured top names in the recording business as live entertainment.Additional information and tickets are available at 724-938-7950 or 724-483-3371.

Jim McChesney of Venetia had the honor of being the first driver to stop at the new signs just after Tammy Kiger gets it in place..

Drivers using Washington Avenue through Finleyville will have a good reason to make a short stop. Mayor Kutsek and the Finleyville Council have finally gotten the long-awaited stop signs at the intersection of Washington and Extension avenues. Workers from PennDOT were in town the morning of January 7 to install two stop signs and two warning signs along Washington Avenue. The warning signs alert drivers that a new stop sign is ahead. The stop signs will have temporary flashing lights attached to call the driver’s attention to the new signs – no excuses for not seeing the signs. The intersection is now a four-directional stop. Mayor Kutsek has been petitioning PennDOT for some time to do something to slow down traffic along Washington Avenue, particularly for those driving east into town from the direction of Venetia. Most business owners and residents we spoke to were in favor of the new stop signs. Enforcement of traffic rules in the borough will remain with the Monongahela Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police, as Washington Avenue is part of the state road system. There was a mixed reaction from drivers. Most drivers didn’t seem to mind the new stop, but one truck driver made a not-sonice gesture as he made the surprise stop. A few drivers had to stop pretty abruptly—it’ll take a while for drivers to get comfortable with the new stop.

Peters Township History Briefs:

Did You Know? By J.R. Brower •

At least four tribes of Native American Indians originally lived in what is now Peters Township: Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, and Iroquois.

The man for whom the township was probably named, William Peters, never lived in the township and was, according to one source, a Native American himself. He is said to have lived near the area of what is now Brownsville.

Most of the land within the original boundaries of Peters Township was in what is now Allegheny County and extended all the way to the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh.

In 1836, settlers in the eastern section of Peters Township broke away to form part of what is now Union Township. Their main concern was having to travel a long distance on muddy roads to vote.

In 1860, sheep well outnumbered permanent residents of Peters Township. (Information obtained from Peters Township Heritage by Barbara Turner Williams. )


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Publisher’s Note... Keepin’ it Fresh!

H

aving spent my teenage years in the 1980’s, I witnessed the time when rap music hit the mainstream. Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, the Fat Boys, and Whoodini were just some of the groups one would often hear the DJ spinning at the local junior high dances. The songs popular back then are now often referred to as “old school rap” nowadays, but it was fresh, brand new stuff back when I used to be cool. I was even known to bust out a few break dancing moves as well! But I digress. One of the popular artists from that era was a rapper named “Doug E. Fresh.” And, since many of my friends back then often referred to me as “Dougie”, it was only a matter of time before I inherited the nick-name “Dougie Fresh.” Or for those who knew me well, sometimes for the quick high-five in the school hallway, I just got the abbreviated version, “Fresh”. Oh, how original and clever those teenagers were! I guess it could have been worse. At least I didn’t end up with a nickname like “booger”, “stinky” or “pimples.” So, now as I creep ever so closely to the age of 40, I am still living up to my nickname and “Keepin’ it Fresh” by making sure that the Union-Finley Messenger continues to bring our readers the very best in local news, information and events, while adding some new informative and entertaining editorial for your enjoyment. My goal is to never become complacent. To always challenge ourselves to bring our readers and advertisers new ideas, and exciting opportunities. You have my promise that the Union-Finley Messenger will never become stale. Starting with this February issue, you will notice that we have added a few new “niche” readership sections. These sections will provide informative, educational and interesting articles geared towards a specific area of interest. They will also allow advertisers the ability to position their ads within a very targeted

environment that reaches readers who may be interested in their products or services. Whether it is “Pets”, “Money”, “Home & Garden”, “Automotive”, or “Food”, readers of the Union-Finley Messenger will now have a few pages every month dedicated to these specific categories. In the upcoming months, you will begin to see additional changes that will include the migration of some editorial from our print edition to our website, www.unionfinley.com. In order to keep our print edition focused on important and timely information, we will slowly begin to publish some of our feature articles, directories, calendars and more only on our website. Stay tuned for more exciting changes to our website as we start to populate it with this editorial as well as new contests, resources, classified ads, and more! On-line publishing is the wave of the future, and you can be assured that the Union-Finley Messenger will be riding that wave as high as anyone. We will always have our print edition as well. No matter how much technology changes, there will always be the need to get your fingers dirty with newsprint. And of course, both the print and on-line editions are always free! If you have any thoughts or ideas that you’d like to share with me about the future direction and growth of our community newspaper, feel free to give me a call or toss me an e-mail. We’re always open to suggestions. Until then, you can be sure that we will be doing our best to “keep it fresh.”

Douglas E. Haniford, Publisher


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Finleyville Borough Council Settles in for 2008 By Paul Chasko Mayor Mike Kutsek of Finleyville convened a special meeting of the Borough Council on January 7 to take care of start-of-the-year business. Nominations for Council President and Council Vice President were taken as well as affirmations from the nominees, after which a vote was taken. Tim Kegal was re-elected as Council President, and Mary Lytle was elected as Vice President. There were no tax increases noted, and regular meeting nights were again set for the first Wednesday of the month. Jessie Seliga and Mary Lytle, who were recently re-elected to four-year terms on council, were sworn in by Mayor Kutsek. The only other new business was a discussion of a suggestion to form a citizens group of four or five individuals dedicated to the beautification of Finleyville Borough. This is an item of interest to resident Russ Allridge, who brought it up for discussion. He suggested a non-profit/no-cost committee that would take on several projects a year that would enhance the appearance of the borough. Some projects discussed were mini-gardens in small plots of otherwise unused ground and around the community center and perhaps more attractive road-signs welcoming people to the community. Volunteers are welcome to call Russ Allridge at (724)348-5337 or Mayor Kutsek at (724)348-7183.

Sick Pay, Continued from page 1 County Court of Common Pleas, which affirmed the award and dismissed the appeal. UT subsequently appealed these decisions to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Arguments were heard on October 9, 2007, and the opinion was filed on November 30, 2007. In summary, if this issue is not appealed to a higher court, the township has been ordered to pay the former police officers for the accumulated sick leave hours. Several of the UT Supervisors polled believe it would be fruitless to further appeal the ruling. The cash payout from UT would be approximately $70,000. Any outstanding fees due to the UT Solicitor for litigation time expended would also need to be paid.

Monongahela Residents Voice Concern for Use of Donations from Turners Club By Christen M. Stroh The monthly council meeting for the city of Monongahela was held Wednesday, January 9. In attendance were Councilmen Art Doty and Tom Caudill, along with newly elected Councilman Daryl Miller and newly elected Mayor Bob Kepics. Council is in the process of reviewing applications for the unoccupied council seat, which became vacated when Kepics resigned as councilman to accept his new post as mayor. During open forum, resident Carla Roman stood to address Council with several of her concerns. Among them was a concern about the way in which Council is spending the money bequeathed to the city of Monongahela by Fred Angerman on behalf of the Turners Club. During the November meeting, Angerman donated $20,000 to the City of Monongahela with the specification that it be used for the children’s parks and playgrounds. During the December meeting, Council announced the purchase of a new lawnmower; Roman questioned where the funds to purchase the mower were coming from and was told that she was speaking out of order, as open forum had closed. Roman stood at this meeting to voice her irritation at the purchase of the lawnmower with Turners Club donations. “That money is for the children,” she said, “and children

cannot ride on a lawnmower. What about their playground equipment?” Several other community members agreed with Roman, noting that Angerman specifically said the money was to be used for park and recreational development, with the children of the community in mind. Councilman Art Doty defended Council’s choice to use the funding to purchase the mower; he claimed that Angerman had a letter addressed to Council with specifications to purchase a lawnmower with the funds left to the city. The lawnmower would be utilized to maintain the parks and playgrounds as well as other areas of the community available for public use. When approached by residents as to whether or not these decisions were made in a private meeting before the November council meeting or after, Doty maintained that the meeting with Angerman stipulating use of funds for the lawnmower took place before the November meeting and offered copies of the letter to anyone who wished to obtain one. In other news, Mayor Kepics announced that Monongahela will be striving to more strictly enforce the already established curfew for juveniles. The curfew is set at 10 pm for weekdays, and anyone under the age of 18 must be off the streets by this time; failure to do so could result in fines as high as $600.

House Passes Levdansky Proposal To Amend State Constitution To Make Property Tax Relief Possible The House of Representatives recently unanimously passed legislation introduced by House Finance Committee Chairman David Levdansky, DAllegheny/Washington, that would add an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow for greater property tax relief to homeowners. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. The bill (H.B. 1947) would grant authority to the General Assembly to exempt the full value of all homesteads from property taxation. “Under the current constitution, we are prohibited from providing property tax relief in excess of 50 percent of the median assessed value of a homestead,” Levdansky said. “This cumbersome language serves as a blockade against efforts to provide substantial and meaningful property tax relief to our constituents. To fully eliminate school property taxes for homeowners in Pennsylvania, this change must be made.”

Proposed constitutional amendments must pass in two different sessions of the legislature before going to voters for approval, so the earliest the measure could be on the ballot is 2009. If voters approved the amendment, it would become effective in 2010. To provide more immediate relief, Levdansky has proposed legislation (H.B. 1600) that would establish the Supplemental Homeowner Property Tax Relief Act. The measure would cut school property taxes on homesteads immediately by increasing the Personal Income Tax rate to 3.29 percent and increasing the sales and use tax rate by 0.5 percent. The House is expected to take up H.B. 1600 later this month. Currently in Pennsylvania, homeowners pay approximately $7.5 billion in property taxes each year — $5.5 billions to schools, $1 billion to counties and $1 billion to municipalities.

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Peters Township Council Installs Members and Elects Chairman By J.R. Brower Peters Township Council held its annual reorganization meeting January 3. Newly elected members Monica Merrill and Robert Atkison were formally installed, replacing Daniel McMenamin and Patricia Moore. Elected new Chairman was Frank Arcuri, and elected Vice Chairman was James Berquist. The other three standing members of Council are Robert Lewis, William Naumoff, and David Ball. Appointed to the Personnel Appeals Committee were Naumoff, Ball, and Merrill. Appointments of professional consultants for the township included William Johnson as Solicitor, the firm of Gateway Engineers as Township Engineer, and the firm of Hosack, Specucht, Muszel, and Wood as Auditors. Reappointments to the various township boards and authorities also were enacted at the meeting. Reappointed to the Cable Television Board were Ed Wisniewski, Bob Buck, and William Herder. Back with the Environmental Quality Board will be Patricia Moore and Tom Sierzega. Richard Easton and Eric Untch will continue as members of the Library Board. Three position terms for the Park and Recreation Board have expired, and letters of interest for the purpose of interviewing and filling these positions are being posted.

The same holds true for two position terms on the Youth Commission, which have also expired. Other reappointments included Thomas Carey and David Vogel to the Planning Commission, Robert Jacobs to the Peters Township Sanitary Authority, Doug Sphar to the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority, David Dickson to the Zoning Hearing Board, and Ed Permar to the Construction Appeals Board. In another reorganization matter, Council Members Monica Merrill and Robert Lewis were appointed to the Park Expansion Planning Committee. In new business, Cascade Hops, Inc., owners of the Sharp Edge restaurant chain, is requesting that Council schedule a public hearing to transfer a liquor license to the former New York Buffet and Grill in the Valley Brook Shops. Council also discussed a DUI Task Force Resolution, which would allow the police department to seek a grant for the Washington County DUI Task Force. The Peters Township Police Department coordinates this task force that includes eight other municipalities. In its second year, this grant would permit four DUI checkpoints and six roving patrols. In other new business, letters from cable TV representatives of Comcast and Verizon were read, indicating that they both plan to increase their rates in 2008.

New Eagle Welcomes New Council Members on Board By Christen M. Stroh As the first Tuesday of the month of January was recognized as a holiday, the Borough of New Eagle held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 7. Council utilized this meeting as an organizational opportunity to plan for 2008. During the meeting, two new Council members were introduced; Martin Hancock and Kenneth Robison were both elected to Council in late 2007, replacing Lacey Sweeney and John Grossi. Rona Berdar and Jack Fine continue to serve on Council, as does Scott Honsaker, who was elected during this meeting to take on the role of new Council President. Mark Bobnar will continue to serve in the capacity of Mayor of the Borough of New Eagle until 2010. The Council meeting for the month of February will be held on its regular date, Tuesday, February 5, at 7:30 pm with a public hearing beginning at 7 pm for community members to review the changes and suggestions set forth by the Joint Comprehensive Planning Committee. All community members are invited to attend.

South Hills Friends Holds Monthly Meetings The South Hills Friends is a group of individuals interested in supporting and improving the Montour Trail in South Park, Jefferson Hills and Clairton. The Friends maintain 4.9 miles of existing trail from Library to Clairton. In 2008 regular meetings of the Friends group will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Hills Borough building. The February 2008 meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13. All interested individuals are welcome to attend. Additional information on the trail and the Friends may also be obtained on the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org. 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.


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WRITERS AND REPORTERS NEEDED! The Union-Finley Messenger is growing! And we need to add to our team of News Writers and Reporters. Join the editorial team of the community newspaper that has the South Hills, Washington County and Mon Valley areas buzzing! We are a monthly newspaper with a circulation of 13,000 copies and growing. A variety of opportunities are currently available. We are seeking both seasoned writers with some form of writing experience, and journalism education as well as entry-level writers looking to break into the field and build a portfolio of press clippings. These opportunities are Part-time / Freelance positions, and will require only a few hours of your time each month. If you ever thought that you belonged in journalism or media, or just enjoy writing and keeping in tune with local news, then we want to hear from you. Retired individuals, stay at home parents, and recent college grads are encouraged to apply. Be in touch with your community…..become a part of your community newspaper! Join the team of the Union-Finley Messenger. Interested individuals should forward a resume and cover letter to: Publisher Union-Finley Messenger P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332 Fax information to: 412-249-8177 E-mail information to: dhaniford@unionfinley.com

Union Township Reorganizes Board By Paul Chasko A special meeting of the Union Township (UT) Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, January 7 to establish a functioning township board for calendar year 2008. The following items of business were passed by motion of the board. • Linda Evans, who was recently elected to a four-year term as a township supervisor, was seated as a board member after submitting her certification on having taken the oath of office from the local magistrate. • Brenda Cushey and Carol Snyder were confirmed as township auditors. Cushey was confirmed for a two-year term, and Snyder was confirmed for a six-year term. • Steve Parish was nominated and selected to continue as chairman of the board of supervisors. • Scott Tkach was nominated for the position of vice-chairman but declined. • Larry Spahr was nominated for the position of vice-chairman and accepted. • After a brief discussion on whether the position of township solicitor should be placed out for bids, a vote was taken and with three for and two against; Dennis Makel was retained as solicitor at a rate of $85 per hour. • Chester Engineering was retained as UT’s engineering firm. • The existing contract with Keystone as the UT tax collection service was reconfirmed. • Salaries were set for the Zoning Hearing Board at $35 for board members and $40 for the secretary (no change from last year). • Bob Clark was reappointed as the solicitor of the Zoning Hearing Board at the request of the board. • The bond for the real estate tax collec-

tor was set at $120,000 • Bender was reappointed as chairman of the vacancy board • Depositories for township funds were approved, including National City Bank, Huntington Bank, Citizens Bank, and Pligett Financial. • Signatures of two supervisors plus the secretary /treasures or three supervisors in the absence of the secretary treasurer will be required on all bank drafts. • The Observer-Reporter was selected as the daily newspaper for township advertisements. • Regular monthly meetings were set for the second Monday of each month. • Each of the supervisors was appointed as a roadmaster operating employee to be called on an as-needed basis. • Supervisors, secretary/treasurer, real estate tax collector, and auditors were authorized to attend the annual county convention. • Reimbursement for the use of personal vehicles for township business was set at 50.5 cents per mile (the rate accepted by the IRS). • Andy Tullai was reappointed to the zoning hearing board for a three-year term. • Scott Tkach was appointed as assistant board secretary to act in the absence of the secretary/treasurer. Lou Lignelli, representing County Line Advisors, introduced himself to the board. He offered the service of his firm for the solicitation of grants and to assist in the identification of infrastructure development and sources of funding that must accompany development projects. The supervisors will take his proposal under consideration. UT received the final revision of the Multi Municipality Comprehensive Plan; residents can review a copy at the Township Building.

NNCW Meeting Attendees Learn About Joint Replacement Surgery By Paul Chasko On January 9, the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch (NNCW) Group hosted Mary Ann Orlando, a registered nurse working with the Mutschler Orthopedic Institute at Canonsburg General Hospital (part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System). Orlando gave a presentation on knee and hip replacement surgery, discussing the procedures and the way they are done at the Mutschler Institute. Their procedure is classed as “minimally invasive” for these types of surgeries. Attendees had the opportunity to examine hip and knee joint prosthetics and learned that the benefits do outweigh the risks for most patients. With the increasing number of joint replacement surgeries performed in PA, the Mutshler Institute was established through the combined efforts of Canonsburg Hospital and Dr. Thomas Mutschler. Several hospital rooms in the South Wing of the hospital have been converted for exclusive orthopedic work. The Institute caters to the needs of these patients. Attendance at the meeting was again disappointing. We can only again urge residents of the surrounding area to join the NNCW effort to provide a grass-roots crime deterrent that can be a great service to the community. It’s been proven in other communities. The next NNCW meeting is Wednesday, February 13 at the Saint Francis General Purpose Building at 7 pm. Local Magistrate James Ellis will speak about how his office can help with local law enforcement. It’s hoped that some of the evening will be spent organizing block and section groups. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


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Elizabeth Borough Council Swears in New Members, Discusses Plans for 2008 By Alice Harris Elizabeth Borough Council held a special meeting on January 8 to swear in the 2008 Council elects and to begin business for the new year. District Magistrate Beth Mills swore in Council Elects Margaret Fleischauer and Monica Douglas. In the meeting that followed: • Monica Douglas was elected as Council President and Robin Miller as Council Vice President. • Pat McGrail was approved as Borough Solicitor. • Glen Engineering was approved as Borough Engineer. • Arlo Roma was approved as Borough Building inspector at the rate of $30/hour, which includes his own vehicle and gas usage. Amendments to his duties include that he attend council meetings and submit written reports. • Ken Ferree of Ferree Kennels was approved as Animal Control at the cost of $25/animal pick up. • A MonValley Expressway Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh on January 4 at 8:30 am. Monica Douglas will attend and asked that Elizabeth be put on the list to be notified of future meetings. • Council approved to advertise for the position of Treasurer for the Borough of Elizabeth. • Monica Douglas asked Council members to think about what committees they would like to head. • Monica Douglas is Elizabeth's representative to Twin Rivers Council of Governments (COG). She has also been elected Treasurer of Twin Rivers COG and asked for a back-up representative for Elizabeth in event she can't attend a particular meeting. • Allegheny Together will hold a workshop on architecture design on January 21 from 6:30-8 pm. • A caucus meeting of Council is slated for January 15, with its regular meeting to be held on January 22 at 7:30 pm.

District Justice Beth Mills (right) swears in newly elected Council Member Margaret Fleischauer.

A happy returning Councilwoman Monica Douglas is congratulated after District Justice Mills (right) swears her in. Her mother, Linda Douglas (left), was there to enjoy the event..

Women will head the 2008 Elizabeth Borough Council: Robin Miller (left) was elected Vice President, while Monica Douglas was re-elected as Council President.

45 Day Comment Period for Monongahela & New Eagle Joint Comprehensive Plan The City of Monongahela Planning Commission and City Council, along with New Eagle Borough Council, are accepting comments on the proposed City of Monongahela and New Eagle Borough Joint Comprehensive Plan that was prepared by Mackin Engineering Company. The 45-day review period started on December 31, 2007 and ends on February 22, 2008. Comments may be forwarded in writing no later than 4:00 PM on February 22, 2008 to Mackin Engineering Company. The plan will be presented to City and Borough Councils in March for consideration of adoption. Individuals interested in reviewing a copy of the proposed City of Monongahela and New Eagle Borough Joint Comprehensive Plan may do so at either Monongahela City Hall, located at 449 West Main Street in Monongahela, during regular operating hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or the New Eagle Borough Building, located at 157 Main Street in New Eagle, during regular operating hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and again from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Amy Senopole, at (412)-788-0472 or e-mail asenopole@mackinengineering.com, Ken Kulak at (724) 258-2309, or Paul Pro at (724) 258-6379.

Union Township: Elrama Sewage Project Moving Ahead By Paul Chasko The Elrama sewage project is moving ahead. Larry Lennon (engineer from the West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority {WESA]) was present at the meeting to report on a change adopted by WESA. WESA agreed to pick up operating and electrical costs for the system pumping station, which will further reduce the projected monthly operating costs for Elrama residents. The UT Board passed a motion to enter into an intermunicipality agreement with WESA incorporating these changes. Another motion was passed to advertise a debt service ordinance that permits UT to enter into the low-interest loan with PennVest to cover a portion of the construction costs. UT is expected to adopt the ordinance at a special meeting at 6 pm on January 28. An agreement with Jefferson Hills Borough must yet be reached. A final tap-in cost to be charged to UT supported by calculations and terms for payment must be approved by both Jefferson Hills and UT. In addition, a few easements have not been signed and will be resolved by condemnation proceedings. As secondary township rules prevent a township supervisor from serving on a township board, Linda Evans submitted her resignation from the UT Recreation Board. Following that action, Christian Bowers also submitted his resignation from the UT Recreation Board. The UT Board accepted both resignations. The UT Recreation Board is now without members. Representatives of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish presented a land development proposal to the UT Board. The plan included plot layouts and architectural drawings of a new church to be constructed on property owned by St. Francis just north of Finleyville but within UT adjacent to Route 88. The UT Planning Commission has approved the land use plan, including water and sewage hookups, and meets with all UT ordinances. In other business: • The board thanked Charles Wilson for his past two years of service as a member of the UT Board of Supervisors. • Minutes were approved from prior meetings on Dec. 10, 17, and Jan. 7. • The Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association presented an activity report for 2007 in UT. • Reports were accepted from the zoning officer, UT engineer and the road department foreman. • Transfer of the Nike Missile Base properties to UT is moving slowly through the sea of required red tape. Soil tests may have to be repeated, as a threeyear time limit has expired.

• An additional quote is needed to replace garage door openers on the township garage. • Approval given to purchase a replacement pressure washer for equipment at a cost of $2,473. • A bond was issued to Dorso LP for short stretches of McClelland and Trax roads. • Payments were approved for payrolls #27 for 2007 and #1 for 2008 and General fund bills in the amounts of $7,328.13, $6,745.13, and $38,745.56. • Motion was passed to accept a proposal for a joint audit of 2007 EIT taxes. The UT cost will be $750. • Public hearing on the rezoning of the Lisa Wietrzykowski property will be held at 7 pm on February 4. • The UT Engineer and Planner were authorized to review a Peters Township Land Assumption Traffic Study and to attend the subsequent public hearing. • General Code Co. responded by letter to acknowledge UT authorized them to proceed with the codification of UT ordinances. • Review of the Monongahela/New Eagle Joint Comprehensive plan by the UT Engineer and Planner was authorized. • The UT Engineer was authorized to meet with Peters Creek Sanitary Authority on Act 537 changes. • Review of the County Line proposal was tabled until the January 28 meeting. • The position of UT Secretary /Treasurer will be advertised. Applications will be taken until February 4. • Cost estimates for catch basins on Cheve Chase and McChain will be solicited. • Ethics forms were distributed to the board members for completion. • A resident requested additional stop signs on College Street to curb speeding. The board promised to look into the matter. • A resident brought up the issue of a local police force. The board reviewed the financial restrictions that would prevent it in the immediate future. • Erosion under the Route 43 bridges will be reported to PennDOT. • The latest version of the Multi Municipality Comprehensive Plan is in the UT Building for review. • A motion was passed to accept receipt of the preliminary report of the UT Airport Planning Agency relative to an airport zoning ordinance. • A motion was passed authorizing the UT Solicitor to take the necessary steps in regard to preparing the necessary documents in support of an airport zoning ordinance and advertise the same.

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Strip Mall Ahead? Commonwealth Court Hands Down Decision on AdVenture Development Issue By Paul Chasko A decision filed January 3 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania may have cleared the path for property owners along Route 88 north of Finleyville to have their property rezoned from a mix of residential and commercial to commercial (C2). This is the property of interest to AdVenture Development on which they want to develop a shopping center. AdVenture Development contends that in 2003, the Union Township (UT) Supervisors unanimously agreed to rezone the property to a C2 classification but then in 2005 rescinded the change. The legal posturing continued until March 29, 2007, when the Washington County Court of Common Pleas handed down a consent order summarizing an agreement reached in court chambers between UT and AdVenture Development. The agreement stated that UT would take the steps necessary to have the property rezoned to C2. In April of 2007, the Union First group filed a petition to intervene as well as a motion to vacate the consent order that was then in place. Washington County

Common Pleas Court heard arguments on the appeal to intervene and denied the petition and motion in May 2007. Union First subsequently appealed to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, which also denied the petition to intervene. There’s been little movement on this rezoning issue in the interim. The UT Supervisors have been waiting for this recent decision from Commonwealth Court to see what direction they’d be ordered to take. So, where do things stand? Barring any further appeals, it seems that UT now must comply with the consent order issued by Judge Pozonsky in March of 2007 and adopt an ordinance that rezones the properties in question to C2. This would clear the way for initial development to proceed, which would most likely be the submission of a formal development plan and supporting documentation to the UT and Washington County Planning Commissions. Are we finished with costly litigation on this issue? This depends on whether all parties are now satisfied with the court’s decisions. Is UT ready for a large-scale development? Opinions remain divided.

Blaine Hill Fire Department Stands 75 Years Strong

Blaine Hills Fire Department pays tribute to the family of the late Lenny Bailey, Elizabeth Boro Fire Chief.

Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department is 75 years running and still holding strong. The department recently celebrated its 75year anniversary among friends, colleagues, and state officials who have continuously shown support to the fire department. The night began with a reading of the names of the original fire department members. Bob Full, Chief of the Allegheny County EMA, also announced that January 12 is now officially Blaine Hill Fire Department Day in Allegheny County. District Justice Beth Scagline Mills performed the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected officers. They include: Fire Chief - Terry Halt Deputy Chief - Brian Mason Assistant Chief - Howard Sorton Safety Officer - James Williams Compliance Officer - Rick Lewis Fire Captain - Rudy Sanutelli 1st Lieutenant - Odie Magyar 2nd Lieutenant - Corey Evans Engineer One - James Halt Sr. Engineer Two - Lee Harvey A moment if silence was held for Lenny Bailey. He served as Chief of Elizabeth Boro Fire Department and lost his life in the line of duty when he suffered a heart attack during a call. Chief Halt announced that his badge number will to be retired, and a plaque was offered to Lenny Bailey III. James Halt was given an award of recognition by Senator Sean Logan for his 50 years with the fire department. Due to Logan’s absence, his son, Acting Chief Terry Halt, gave him the award. A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to fire departments with which Blaine

The Honorable Beth Scagline Mills swears in Blaine Hill Fire Department Chief Terry Halt.

Hill worked through the years as well as local businesses that sponsored different events. Those businesses included Wagner’s Restaurant, Dave and Lisa Striegel, E-Town Pizza, Bekavac Funeral Home, Final Score Trophies, Elizabeth Giant Eagle, and Nikkolas Towing. The evening closed with awards given to the top 10 firefighters that answered the most calls. The fire department had 187 calls in 2007, of which 12 were active fires. The top 10 firefighters in 2007 for Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department were: 1) Don Lindy - 174 calls answered 2) Terry Halt - 143 calls answered 3) Brian Mason - 138 calls answered 4) James Halt, Sr. - 114 calls answered 5) Andrew “Odie” Magyar - 95 calls answered 6) Lee Harvey - 88 calls answered 7 & 8) Howard Sorton and Rudi Sanutelli Tied with 84 calls answered 9) Rick Louis - 80 calls answered 10) Dave Lindy - 79 calls answered Firefighter of the Year Award was given to Don Lindy.

Pleasant Hills Lions Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner The Pleasant Hills Lions Club is conducting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday February 24th from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Municipal Building located at 410 East Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-655-9052. Take-outs will be available.


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‘Sounds’ Like A Winner

The “Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus” were selected as the winners of the Trax Farms Sing-A-Long that was held during the recent holiday season. Pictured above (L to R) is Lisa Whittaker from Trax Farms handing the winners check to Paula Dorsch, Sally Doverspike, and Ellen DiMarzio of Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.

Hidden Ridge Condominium Residents Concerned Over Water Issues By Beth Stroud It was standing room only at the January South Park Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting, where concerned residents of Hidden Ridge Condominiums on Hidden Ridge Court (off of Wallace Road) were represented by their attorney, Ronald Conway. On behalf of the residents, Conway requested the supervisors’ assistance in resolving a water problem involving the residents, Pennsylvania American Water Company, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Bethel Park Municipal Authority. According to Conway, a water leak was discovered in early October 2007. Walter Cook, a master plumber registered with Allegheny County, had been called to service the condominiums on two occasions since that time and reported a leak that was equivalent to three garden hoses running at full force. Although repairs have been made, meter readings show that there is water loss elsewhere and residents’ bills reflect rates three times the normal amount. Conway also noted residents’ complaints that the water is tinged red and odorous. Residents voiced concerns regarding the safety of the water, the amount of their water bills, and the possibility of future problems given the fact that no one can determine where the excess water is draining. The supervisors were empathetic to what they termed a “catastrophic situa-

tion” and vowed to help in any way they could. Based on Cook’s evaluation of the situation, the plumbing is not in compliance with the appropriate building code. The contractor for Hidden Ridge Condominiums is Scioto Construction based out of Ohio. Currently, 141 units are built of which 119 are sold. The total number of units planned is 181. In other township news, Karen Fosbaugh was recently named Township Manager. Fosbaugh has been employed with the township for 21 years and served as assistant manager for the past 11 years. She states that sees her appointment as a “bigger responsibility to the residents.” Angelo and Jessica Quarture were granted a conditional use for the renovation of the Library Elementary School, located on Pleasant Street, into garden apartments. Although permission for use was given, approval for the minor subdivision was tabled for further review. South Park Township has purchased two pieces of property adjacent to the township complex. The acquisition will provide land necessary for expansion without the need for relocation. The police chief’s report for the month of December/calendar year 2007 included 27/337 arrests, 28/324 traffic citations, 5/165 parking citation, 50/1641 warnings, 5/42 reportable accidents, 14/144 nonreportable accidents, 18/172 fire calls, 98/876 EMS calls and 7/72 deer complaints.

Coin and Stamp Show Feb. 2 - 3 The South Hills Coin Club will be hosting the 48th Anniversary Coin & Stamp Show on February 2 and 3, 2008. The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Pittsburgh South (Across from South Hills Village) from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 3 PM on Sunday. Free Admission and Hourly door prizes.


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I recently inherited a trunk of military uniforms, medals, hats, magazines, mess kits, and other military odds and ends. My grandfather fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War ll. Is there any value to these items? Should I keep them, or should I sell them to an antique dealer? -Chris G., Venetia

A: One of the most popular collectibles today are military items. Collectors come in almost daily looking for artifacts from the World Wars. Items from The Korean Conflict and Vietnam are also becoming very popular. Uniforms, depending on the rank of the soldier, sell from $35 to $75. Medals go for $15 to $50, and hats go for $12 to $35. We recently acquired a World War II Army field desk valued at approximately $225. As to whether you should sell the items or keep them— that is certainly a personal decision. If you decide to keep them, please take them out of the trunk, air them out, and display them. What a wonderful tribute to your grandfather to have a display in the corner of your family room honoring his service to our country.

Trax Farms Indoor Flea Markets Trax Farms will hold its Indoor Winter Flea Markets February 9, 10 and 23, 24 at 10 am. You can browse the warm indoor nursery area for the antique, gift, or collectible you’ve been looking for. Free parking and free admission make this the perfect family outing. Whether you are browsing or ready to buy, there is something for everyone! Our café will be open to serve you. Come and join the fun at Trax Farms Indoor Winter Flea Markets! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call 412-8353246, ext. 113 for information and to reserve a space. Winter store hours are every day, 10 am-6 pm.

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That Old House T

By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

The Old Stone Church Owners: Union Roads Methodist Church Location: Stone Church Road

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

he oldest structures that exist today tend to be made of the materials at hand—logs and stone. For a period of time during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, this area was fortunate to have an abundance of excellent stonecutters and masons. It was the time of the last Indian wars, and it was thought that a stone structure was the best defense against that enemy who derived such enjoyment from watching things go up in flames. The Stone Church, or as it’s known today, James Chapel, is one of those

structures. The James Family built it in 1817; at one time, they owned the property and matching stone house just a rifle shot away. The James house itself was used as a meeting place and house of worship before the chapel was finished. Years ago, I was invited to see the upstairs, which has two separated rooms facing away from each other. Men sat on one side and women on the other during services. This type of worship was common for the time. When the stone church was finished, services were held there. It offered more room and provided a safe refuge in the event of enemy hostilities. One has only to remember that the local citizens had weathered the last Indian war, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the War of 1812. Cox’s Fort, which was situated less than a half mile away, had fallen into disrepair. Troops

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were no longer stationed there and local folks needed another place of refuge, so the Stone Church was built. The situation and placement of the house and chapel are such that if Indians attacked, they could defend each other. The church and house have “fighting windows” built so two men could stand at angles to provide a cross fire and still be protected from direct enemy fire. The land around the Stone Church was cleared to afford a clear path for those seeking shelter and plenty of “killing ground” for those bent on mischief. Today, this stone manse stands proud upon a windy hill guarding over the graves of those friends and forbearers who have passed into the light. It is a pleasant place and offers calm respite for everyone to rest just a while, or an eternity.

** If you live an old house, or know of an old, unique or historic house in your town and would like to have it profiled as part of the “That Old House” feature in the Union-Finley Messenger, please contact us at 412-249-8177, or e-mail us at news@unionfinley.com.

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Fish Fry!

(information compiled by Heather Kelley-Latorre)

Stop by Any of these area locations to enjoy a local Fish Fry on Fridays During Lent. BETHEL PARK St. Valentine School and Parish 2710 Ohio Street, Frawley Hall 412-835-3780 (answers until 3 pm for take-out) www.stvals.org St. Valentine School is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, except for Good Friday, from 4–7:30 pm. The menu includes hand-dipped, beer-battered fried cod, baked cod, and butterfly shrimp dinners, which include roll, coffee, tea, a choice of vegetable or homemade coleslaw, and either baked potato, french fries, pierogies, homemade macaroni and cheese, or haluski. All of these items, as well as clam chowder and pizza by the slice, are also available a la carte. Drinks and desserts will also be available. For the younger crowd, mini mates meals are back and include applesauce, juice box, toy, and a choice of pizza, mac-n-cheese or fish sandwich. Senior citizens 60 years or older receive a $1 discount on full eat-in dinners. Take-out service is available. CANONSBURG St. Patrick Parish 317 W. Pike Street (school cafeteria, Hutchinson Avenue) 724-745-6560 Fridays in Lent through March 14 from 11 am– 1 pm and 4–7 pm. Baked or fried fish sandwiches and dinners. Dessert included with dinner. Sides include haluski, coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, or baked potato. Call ahead for take-out. CHARLEROI Mary Mother of the Church 624 Washington Avenue, Marion Hall 724-483-2455 Ash Wednesday only. 11 am–7 pm. Baked or fried dinner for $7 includes french fries, green beans, coleslaw, and dessert. Call for take out.

ELIZABETH Elizabeth United Methodist Church 317 South 2nd Avenue 412-760-1835 Fridays in Lent, Feb 8 through March 14. Lunch is 11 am–1 pm; dinner, 4–7 pm. Dinners or sandwiches. Take out available. St. Michael’s Church 101 McClay Drive, Social Hall 412-751-0663 Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent (excluding Good Friday), 4–7 pm. Fish (fried or baked), haluski, pierogies, macaroni and cheese, soup, cheese pizza, meatless pasta, french fries, shrimp, apple sauce, coleslaw, desserts, and beverages. ELRAMA Elrama Tavern 1520 Route 837 412-384-3630 Available during Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent: breaded cod fish(baked or fried) sandwich, fish platter, fried shrimp platter, homemade haluski, pierogies, and Lenten soups. FINLEYVILLE St. Francis of Assisi 3609 Washington Avenue, Finley Hall 724-348-7145 Ash Wednesday only. 12– 6:30 pm, Fried or baked sandwiches and dinners with mac-n-cheese and french fries. JEFFERSON St. Thomas a’ Becket 139 Gill Hall Road, School Building 412-655-9966 The Fish Fry will be held in the St. Thomas a’ Becket School. It begins on Friday, February 8 and will be held every Friday from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., including Good Friday. The menu includes: fried fish dinner, baked fish dinner, fried shrimp dinner, French fries, haluski, homemade soup, various specials

each week and homemade desserts. Takeout orders can be made beginning at 3:00 p.m. by call 412-655-9966. Take-out orders can be picked up in the rear of the school. The public is invited. LIBRARY and SOUTH PARK St. Joan of Arc 6470 Library Road 412-854-3173 www.mystjoan.org Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, first Friday of every month, 11 am –7 pm. Fish (baked or fried), shrimp, crab cakes, clam chowder, cabbage and noodles, macaroni and cheese, pizza, french fries, coleslaw, and homemade desserts. Calling ahead for take-out is highly recommended! Stations of the Cross, 7:30 pm on Fridays. Broughton Fire Department 1030 Cochrans Mill Road 412-655-4844 www.broughtonvfd.org Annual Fish Fry is Good Friday, March 21. Fish sandwiches and dinners. McMURRAY St. Benedict the Abbot 120 Abington Drive, O’Brien Hall 724-941-9406 www.stbenedicttheabbot.org Fridays in Lent, Lunch, 11 am– 1 pm; dinner 4–7:30 pm. Lunch is take-out only: sandwich, fries, and coleslaw for $6.50. Fried or baked dinners and sandwiches are $5.50, Father Sam’s Famous Pizza, soups ($2.50/bowl). Dinner (adults $7.50, children $5) includes mac-n-cheese or french fries, coleslaw, and beverage. Items also available a la carte. There will be movies, games, and crafts for the children. MONONGAHELA St. Paul’s Church 130 W. Main Street 724-258-7792 Ash Wednesday and all Friday’s in Lent.

Fish dinners and fish sandwiches plus a variety of soups, sides, beverages, and homemade desserts. Eat-in or take-out. Transfiguration Catholic Church 722 W. Main Street, School Hall 724-258-7742 Ash Wednesday only. 12–6 pm. Fish sandwiches and dinners available. NEW EAGLE New Eagle VFD 156 Chess Street, Social Hall 724-258-5432 Ash Wednesday, and all Fridays in Lent. 11 am–7 pm. Beer-battered fish sandwiches and dinners available for eat-in, takeout, or delivery (within 5 miles). Dinner is fish, crab cakes, or shrimp with a choice of two sides including french fries, haluski, coleslaw, or applesauce. VENETIA Hackett Slovenian Club 1118 Brawdy Street 724-348-5503 Starting February 8 and continuing every Friday through Lent from 5–8 pm. Fish sandwich or dinner. Side dishes will vary. WEST MIFFLIN Holy Trinity Parish 529 Grant Avenue Extension 412-466-9695 Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent from 12–6 pm. Dinners and sandwiches also available for take-out. “Best cod fish in the Valley at the best price.” Resurrection Catholic Church 3909 Donna Avenue, Social Hall 412-461-9623 Ash Wednesday and every Friday from 2:30–6:30 pm. Fried or baked fish. Sides include french fries, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, haluski, soup, and pierogies. Everything is a la carte, in addition to baked goods for sale. Call for take-out.


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Looking back in time at moments and memorabilia from our local community. (Images courtesy of Janet Donovan – Finleyville)

The Old Gastonville Powerhouse (date unknown)

The Gastonville Band - 1915


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Pets Keeping Your New Puppy Safe And Happy (NAPSI)-Bringing a new cause illness. Also, puppy home is an exciting onions and chocolate can time for the whole family. be toxic to your puppy. Veterinarian Dr. Peter Eeg Get identified offers this advice: Along with a name tag Make a special place on a collar, consider a Puppies need a safe place microchip for your dog. to go if they’re scared or Your veterinarian should scolded. Beds, baskets or be able to do it for a reacrates can be a perfect spot. sonable cost. The chip is Look low for hazards about the size of a grain Puppy Pointer-Proper teaching Watch out for electrical of rice and is injected techniques are a must to help keep cords, balls and toys that under the skin between a new puppy safe and happy. could choke. Make sure all the shoulder blades. cleaning products are put away. A puppy Training matters should not have access to medications or Keeping a puppy safe also requires that cleaning supplies of any type. you use proper training techniques when No way for escape teaching the animal rules or restrictions. Fences should be strong and tall. An Too many dogs are given up after their noralternative is Invisible Fence Brand outdoor mal, easily modifiable behaviors are safety solution that provides safety and con- allowed to become problems. If you need trol without major construction or obstruc- help, consider a professional dog training tion of view. class. Ask a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, Avoid table scraps humane society, boarding kennel or Don’t feed your puppy anything except groomer for a recommendation. For more puppy food. Offering table food or fre- information, visit the website www.invisiquently changing your puppy’s diet can blefence.com.

Helping Kids and Pets Develop ‘Pawsitive’ Relationships (NewsUSA) Dogs, like children, are part of the family. But no matter what the dog’s temperament, families with young children should take some important safety precautions. For the children’s safety and the dog’s, it’s crucial that they learn how to play nicely with each other. Here are some suggestions: • Choose the right breed and personality. Generally the large breeds - labrador and golden retrievers and standard poodles - are tolerant of kids. But each dog is an individual, so ask the breeder or rescue shelter about the dog’s personality before you purchase or adopt. • Understand the pet’s behavior. Pets can become upset by too much stimulation. The Humane Society of the United States recommends teaching your kids to heed warning signs like hissing or lip curling, which indicate the animal wants to be left alone. • Teach the kids good manners. They should never disturb the dog while it’s eating, taking a nap or playing with its favorite toy. • Keep your pet calm. Some dogs get very excited and agitated when confronted by lots of kids. And older dogs can be frightened by the high-pitched sounds and quick motions of children playing. A product like Pluto Pet’s Pet Calming Spray may help your dog stay calm no matter how much activity is going on around it. Made from allnatural ingredients, the spray causes no side effects and meets all Food and Drug Administration guidelines for good manufacturing practices. For more information, visit www.plutopet.com. • Keep an eye on things. Young children and dogs should always be supervised when together. And when your baby starts crawling, keep the dog by your side until it gets used to seeing a tiny human speeding across the floor. • Walk together. Children love holding a dog’s leash, but an adult should be there to supervise, according to the People and Dogs Society. A child may not be able to control even the most mild-mannered dog if it is approached by another dog. And children can tug too hard on the collar and leash, injuring the dog. • Demonstrate respect. Children should learn which parts of the dog’s body they can touch and pet and how to touch gently. For instance, your dog may love belly rubs and having its head stroked but resent having its feet or tail touched.

Carriage Hill Lane off of Airport Road

Finleyville


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Woody’s Do-It-Yourself Dog Bath is Doggie Heaven on Earth By Beth Stroud Scrub a dub, dub…Fido’s in the tub—and using the dryer, and choosing a new toy, and picking out some doggie treats and having the time of his life at Woody’s Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash & Pet Boutique. Located at 5843 Brownsville Road, Woody’s is a “doggie spa,” where owners bathe their pets in one of four large tubs equipped with Bathmaster massaging units and the finest, WestminsterCaitlin Cipriani shows the variety of top-quality items worthy shampoos and condifor sale at Woody’s Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash & tioners. Rubber aprons are Pet Boutique in South Park. supplied as well as unlimited absorbing towels, face cloths, cotton balls, washes and get the 10th one free, or pay bathing brushes, detangling spray, and for 5 washes up-front and get the 6th one colognes. Bath water is maintained at a free. They also offer a free first wash to warm 98 degrees, and high velocity doggie any dog adopted from a local shelter with dyers blow at room temperature. Walk-ins proof of adoption within the last six are welcome, but if you plan to bring mul- months. In addition to the dog wash, Woody’s tiple dogs, it is recommended to call ahead so that a shared space area can be reserved. also offers nail-clipping service with qualified personnel to do the task. A variety of There is no time limit in the tubs. Woody’s Owner Ann Cipriani loves all retail items, including toys; specialty the dogs that come through her door, and leashes, collars, clothing, unusual gifts, she wants to keep them safe. Keeping safety products, doggie treats, and topthings clean is one way she keeps her cus- quality dog foods distributed by Innova, tomers safe. “We disinfect the tubs Evo, and California Natural are all availbetween each bath as well as keep the able at reasonable prices. “I want it to be a doggie destination floors clean.” Another way to keep the dogs safe is to provide trays that fit in the where owners can find cool things that are tub so that smaller dogs feel secure and a safe for their dogs,” said Cipriani. She stresses that she works hard to find toptether system during bath time. Bath prices range from $10-$20, quality, unique, and healthy items that are depending on the size of the dog. Woody’s made in the USA. “I choose things that are also offers special pricing, such as buy 9 really good for the dogs, but won’t cost a fortune.” Cipriani is planning a grand opening and will host educational workshops that will be open to the public. She is also forming a South Pittsburgh Dog Walk and Play Group. Woody’s is open Tuesday from 10 am– 7 pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am–6 pm, Friday from 10 am–7 pm, Saturday from 9 am–7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am– 3 pm. Because Woody’s does not rush bath time, dogs are not taken later A furry friend enjoys some tub time at Woody’s. than 30 minutes before closing.


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Fish Provide an Interesting Hobby: How to Purchase Your First Aquarium By Burton Patrick, Publisher/President Total Pet Magazine

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Most budding aquarists begin their first endeavor in the hobby by purchasing the 10-gallon “community” tank. For the average beginner, this means putting lots of different types of fish into one habitat that have no business occupying the same space. The golden rule is: the smaller the tank, the more limitations. It can be disastrous when people immediately want to mix mollies, Tiger barbs, cichlids, and a catfish (because nobody wants to do any cleaning on their own). This is usually the wrong approach and can lead to frustration and disappointment. No matter the size of the aquarium, a certain amount of patience is needed to be successful. If fish cost $50 each, one may have more patience; however, their low cost often relegates them to the category of disposable pets. The question at hand is not merely how to do it, but how to do it right. The first step is to buy at least a 10-gallon tank, a good hang-on filter, and a good submersible heater (if you want to have tropical fish that require fairly steady temperatures in the 78to 80-degree range). You might also want gravel, some nice hiding places for your fish (this reduces stress), and a canopy with a good built-in light. Avoid incandescent light because it emits uncontrollable levels of heat into the tank, a death sentence for fish that require a narrow and constant temperature range. Fluorescent light, on the other hand, offers a number of spectrum choices to suit your visual tastes and/or plant needs, while keeping excess heat to a minimum. If you want to encourage live plant growth, compact fluorescent lighting is almost a necessity. After these preparatory decisions are made, set up your aquarium so that it may cycle naturally for the next couple of weeks, adding new fish gradually until the tank reaches capacity. This cycling process must take place before a quality environment can be produced for your fish. Expensive additives can reduce cycling time, but patience and preparation cost nothing. Most fish bring with them a unique set of challenges. There are thousands of species of fish that each inhabit a special niche in the wild (their role influences their needs) and require a specific water type, diet, and temperature. For example, African cichlids need hard water with high pH and require

diets high in plant protein. Conversely, South American cichlids, like angelfish and discus, require soft water, low pH, and more animal protein. New hobbyists should start with fish that need neutral pH water, like most tetras and other schooling fish. This is just the beginning of the decisions required to maintain a successful aquarium. Begin by talking to a professional aquatic consultant, purchase a book, and ask lots of questions. Keep an open mind, and don’t push the store aquarists to tell you what you want to hear about price and tank limitations. Listen to what they have to say, and learn from their experience. Sometimes, in this complex hobby, only a dialogue with a professional will promote confidence in your new endeavor. Even after the initial set up, much can be learned from fish. Understanding the water chemistry of your home aquariums will, above all, help you understand how declining water quality affects our modern world, both above ground and beneath the tides. If you have children, encourage them to become involved. Whether they know it or not, they’ll be beginning their first class in ecology, animal behavior, water pollution, and chemistry. Anything that pries them away from the computer and TV during the long winter months is beneficial. The many facets of the aquatic hobbies offer thousands of varied and interesting experiences. And remember, aquatics isn’t just about fish; there are thousands of animals and plants that can be kept in your home aquarium. Keep an open mind, and always have a good time!

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St. Anthony Parish News Students Await Arrival of Baby Jesus Sixth graders light the 4 White Candles on the Advent Wreath symbolizing that He is here: standing (l-r) Zachary Thornton, Brendon Del Bianco, and Amanda Hackison. Kneeling (l-r) Eric Mason and Adam Vaccaro.

First graders gather around the crib to greet the Baby King: (l-r): Elizabeth Anthony, Madison Musser, and Jonathan Koteles.

Knights of Columbus Donate Funds to Assist Local Seminarian

Knights of Columbus Father Edwin L. Kaczmarek, Council 2600 in Monongahela, donated a monetary gift to Seminarian Kenneth Malley of Charleroi, to help him as he studies for the priesthood. Pictured above are Ed Donovan and Larry Walsh of Council 2600 presenting the check to Ken at Transfiguration Parish on Sunday, December 16th, 2007.

Washington City Mission News St. Anthony CCD Teachers and Students Welcome War Veterans

(l-r) Chief Petty Officer Andy Rudy, Vietnam War; Halee Fedrick, Gr. 5; and Captain Al Magone, WWII.

(l-r) Chief Petty Officer Andy Rudy, Vietnam War; Darla Wietrzykows ki, Gr.5; Rachel Valentino, Gr. 5; and Captain Al Magone, WWII.

St. Anthony CCD teachers and students had a special assembly to welcome Captain Al Magone, WWII Veteran and Chief Petty Officer Andy Rudy, Vietnam War Veteran. Both Veterans spoke of the war duties and experiences during their services at war. A very informative question and answer session followed their speeches. Darla Wietrzykowski and Rachel Valentino, both Grade 5, presented Captain Al Magone and Chief Petty Officer Andy Rudy with a patriotic cupcake – sheet cake (courtesy of West Mifflin Wal-mart) which had a special message – “Thank you for protecting America”. Halee Fedrick, Grade 5, presented the Veterans with a special Holy Card entitled “The Cross In My Pocket” (courtesy of JMJ Catholic Book Store in Bethel Park). The assembly ended with a standing ovation of enthusiastic applause for our two great Veterans.

Donation from Builder’s Association

Pizza Party at The Mission

Employees of Mylan Laboratories Inc., located in Southpointe, purchased and served pizza to the residents and staff of Washington City Mission on December 18, 2007.

Friendly Helping Hands From The Hino’s

Randy Hino, who volunteers in the Mission kitchen each Monday, recently brought his children Ryan and Rachel who greeted residents and staff with smiles and eagerly dished out lunch to hungry recipients.Pictured left to right are: Ryan, Randy and Rachel Hino

Washington County Builders Association donated $200 to Washington City Mission in December. Presenting the check to Shirley Fierro, Director of Development, are Charlotte Scholl (left) and Harlan G. Shober, Jr. (right)


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Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church Congregation Splits affiliate from PCUSA, the By J.R. Brower settlement of property Peters Creek United issues will have to be Presbyterian Church, lodetermined in court. Both cated in northeastern sides are now preparing Peters Township and a for what will undoubtedly church rich in history, is be a complex and lengthy now making history with legal fight not expected to its membership’s recent begin earlier than March. split between two factions. The new group, inforOver the last five months, mally called Peters Creek Rev. L. Rus Howard has Faithful Remnant, has petitioned the Washington This is the church from which taken action to become a Presbytery to allow Peters the dissenting group left to separate congregation, yet Creek Church to comworship on their own remain with the Washingpletely disaffiliate from ton Presbytery of PresbyPresbyterian Church USA terian Church USA. Of the (PCUSA) and then affiliate 85 dissenters, more than with the Evangelical 50 began to attend their Presbyterian Church. Rev. own worship services in Howard cited differences November. Leaders in interpretation of certain include many elders of Biblical scriptures as the Peters Creek Church and reason for the request to be their spouses, including dismissed from PCUSA. George (trustee) and Judy The congregation voted Bill Phillips of McMurray takes up Mayer, Richard and Mary on this issue on September offering with members of the Peters St. Clair, Jim and Ardeth 9 of last year. The choices Creek Faithful Remnant group Simpson, Ron and Jan were to vote to be disat Dec 16th service. Degrange, Betty Monahan, missed or to continue to belong to PCUSA. It had to be a 75% major- Johnnie Broberg, and the late Detta Shader. ity, and the minority, around 85 members, With much spiritual help and guidance were only two votes shy of stopping the from many local Presbyterian churches, they have all helped to give the group of dismeasure. Those who dissented included many of senters from the divided Peters Creek the churches’ past and present leadership. Presbyterian Church membership a peaceUpon learning that Rev. Howard’s group ful place to worship. Regular Sunday church planned to initiate another vote on October services are at 9:30 am at Thomas 30 for the congregation to completely disaf- Presbyterian Church’s Christian Life Center, filiate from PCUSA, a new group of dis- 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four. “We are operating with no committees. senters formed immediately to take their own action. Elder Richard St. Clair wrote a Everyone pitches in to fellowship to fill any detailed, theological account of the faith, its needs that come up,” said Mayer. “The beliefs, and a system for solving problems Washington Presbytery has been very supentitled “On Being Presbyterian.” The portive to us, and we recently hired Rev. newsletter, sent to every member of the Robbin Clauser of Peters Township as an church, challenged him or her to question interim pastor.” Despite all the recent changes, the group all the ramifications of their votes including expresses great optimism for 2008 and important property questions. The disaffiliation vote was held on beyond. They would like to welcome all October 30 and was passed despite objec- people looking for a church family. Church emphasize that anyone tions from Washington Presbytery, which leaders does not recognize such a vote. One of the (Presbyterian or otherwise) is invited to new group’s leaders, Judy Mayer, explained, worship at the group’s 9:30 am service at “There is no such action in the constitution The Thomas Presbyterian Church’s Christian Life Center. (PHOTOS BY KEVIN of Presbyterian Church USA.” As a result of the vote to completely dis- SCRIVO.)

Dr. Robert Hinman, well-known pastor from the ‘50s to the ‘70s leads the choir to a ground-breaking ceremony for a new church across the road. (June, 1970 photo from Home SPUN News, Finleyville, PA)

Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church Boasts Rich History To verify that Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church is rich in history, all one needs to do is take a quick tour of Brush Run Cemetery behind the old early 19th century church at the corner of Brookwood and Brush Run A marker indicates that the old Peters Creek UP roads. You’ll see ancient (by our stanChurch was built in 1832. dards), weathered, simple gravestones bearing names like Patterson, Henderson, Hast, Thompson, Phillips, and McMurray, the family from whom our largest town was named. These names, as well as many others, represent many generations of hardworking, faithful families who had much to do with the subsequent progress of the general area of northwestern Pennsylvania. In light of its recent split, it is ironic that, up until September 9, 2007, this church enjoyed 212 years of religious solidarity. Certainly, there were some diversions and split-offs during that time, but none that could not be overcome through a united and committed sense of service by these dedicated Presbyterian servants. Founded officially in 1795, Peters Creek UP Church Congregation began worshipping at a site near Venetia – a result of their trustees’ purchase of two acres of land for the grand total of $10. This congregation was a strong bunch; many were descendents of scrapping Scotch-Irish pioneers who had settled here before the Revolutionary War. These original founders of Peters Creek UP Church made their application to their governing body, the Presbytery of Pennsylvania, in 1773. An 1882 text, History of Washington County by Boyd Crumrine, at the Peters Township Library states that Peters Creek’s original congregation expanded and strengthened when it was joined together with three other congregations in Washington County: Mingo Creek, Chartiers, and Buffalo. This was in 1781—the same year that Virginia released its claim on this area, and Peters Township was formed along with the government of this county. These staunch, strong-willed Presbyterians consolidated and joined together in faith to grow and grow they did, both in terms of numbers as well as religious influence in Peters Township. Perhaps this expansion was the reason that the old Peters Creek UP Church, across the street from the newer one on Brookwood Road, was constructed in 1832. It was in this era, during our country’s beginnings as a liberated colony of Britain, that our ancestors truly tried to live by that sacred creed, “United we stand, divided we fall.”


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Area Church News

Union Roads United Methodist Church Pancake & Sausage Dinner Union Roads United Methodist Church, located in Gastonville will be holding a “Fat Tuesday” pancake and Sausage dinner on February 5 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Cost for the dinner is $6 for Adults and $2.50 for kids under age 10.

Wrights United Methodist Selling Easter Candy The women of Wrights United Methodist Church in Venetia will once again sell home made Easter Candy. Orders will be taken through February 18. Pick up is scheduled for Saturday March 15. For more information call Kathy Jo at 724-348-5969.

St. Valentine Christian Mothers Host Day of Recollection The Christian Mothers of St. Valentine Church in Bethel Park will hold an Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection on February 6. The speaker is Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy, National Director for Christian Mothers. Registration begins in the parish’s Frawley Hall at 9:00 a.m., with talks beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass at Noon. Lunch will immediately follow. Lunch cost is $10 per person. To make lunch reservations, call Pat at 412 655-3859 or Janet at 412 833-3795. All are welcome. Last day to register is February 4.

Jefferson United Presbyterian Annual Pancake Dinner

Nativity Women's Guild Annual "Fabulous Fish Fry" Nativity Church of South Park is holding its annual Fabulous Fish Fry, hosted by the Women’s Guild. Join Nativity Parish on Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Adults: $7.50 and children: $3.50. Desserts ($.75) and beverages ($.50) are also available. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, Lottery Treasure Chest, and more prizes.

Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, 716 Gill Hall Rd in Jefferson Hills, will hold its annual Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. Prices for the dinner will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 children 6 - 12 and children under 5 are free. Come join us for a great pancake dinner with all the trimmings, a wonderful early evening of fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Upcoming Events at Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church • February 3 - Souper Bowl of Caring. Church youth will collect funds for local charities. • February 6 - Ash Wednesday Service 6:00 p.m. • March 7 - World Day of Prayer Service 11:00 a.m. Women and men in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 7th. Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Guyana in prayer and song to support women's ecumenical ministries toward justice, healing, and wholeness. A light lunch will follow the service.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Baptist Church Peters Creek Baptist Church, 6300 Library Road, South Park, will hold the following events. • Men's Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the South Place Building. • Women's Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in room 203 to explore the book "Experiencing the Heart of Jesus" by Max Lucado. • Wednesday Night Live Dinners are held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Call the

church office at 412-833-6111 to sign up by noon on Mondays. Visit the Web site for this week's menu and cost. • Wednesday Night Live is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes offered for infant through kindergarten, elementary (grades 1-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and adults. Adults can choose from five electives. High school students (grades 9-12) meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evenings in the South Place Building. For more information, please call 412833-6111 or visit www.peterscreekbaptist.com.

February Events at First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville • The Ash Wednesday Service with communion will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. • The Monthly Men's Breakfast will meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:00 a.m. • Youth Group (grades 6-12) and Kids Klub (grades 1-5) meet each Sunday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m. • Each Sunday morning, Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a time of fellowship. For more information call the church office at 724-348-5689 or see our website at www.firstpresbyterian.us.

The Connection Just Got Closer Advanced Emergency Care at Canonsburg General Hospital

For years, residents of Washington and southern Allegheny counties have benefited from the partnership between Canonsburg General and Allegheny General hospitals. And now the connection for advanced emergency care just got closer. Canonsburg General Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department features 18 large, private treatment rooms, cutting-edge digital X-ray equipment within the department itself, and expanded, comfortable family waiting areas. We have the latest in computerized patient tracking and information systems, and our emergency patients are immediately taken to an examination room where registration and initial assessment are completed at the bedside.

You’ll also find a quality medical team led by Allegheny General specialists board-certified in emergency medicine. Continuing the connection, the hospital now serves as a base for AGH’s renowned LifeFlight helicopter, giving residents of our region immediate access to this life-saving medical transport system.

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Treatment by the finest in emergency physicians and nurses. Ready access to the leader in medical helicopters. The latest technology coupled with old-fashioned compassion and caring. For the best in emergency medicine, the connection just got closer. The Emergency Department at Canonsburg General Hospital.


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Bethel Park

Jesus Fellowship 6151 Brush Run Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102 Tony Cataneo: Pastor 412-854-3137 • www.jfbp.net jfchurch@comcast.net Worship Services: Sunday: 10:00am Wednesday: 7:30pm

Jefferson Hills

Beulah Baptist Church 1028 Scotia Hollow Road, (just off Route 51) Jefferson Hills • (412) 384-9278 Pastor: Floyd Hughes Email:pastor@BeulahJourney.com www.BeulahJourney.com Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Worship Celebration: 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Bible Baptist Temple 1415 Worthington Avenue • Jefferson Hills Phone: (412) 233-3737 Pastor, Donald Thompson Email: bbt@libcom.com Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Worship Service: 11:00 a.m., & 7:00 p.m. _______________________________________

Jefferson Hills Bible Church

711 Old Clairton Road Jefferson Hills Pastor, Chris Jerin Phone: (412) 653-6930 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30-11:45 a.m. _______________________________________

Jefferson United Methodist Church

Nativity Catholic Church

310 Gill Hall Road Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 Phone 412-653-3222 Rev. Keith H. Mcllwain, Pastor Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m Sunday School For All Ages: 9:45 a.m. _______________________________________

5802 Curry Road Pittsburgh (412) 655-3000 email: nativitychurch@comcast.net Father John Hissrich, Pastor Worship Services: Saturday 4 p.m. Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. and 12 noon _______________________________________

Jefferson United Presbyterian 716 Gill Hall Road Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 Phone: (412) 653-4797 Rev. Robert W. Koschik, Pastor Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. Church School: 9:30 a.m. _______________________________________

St. Isaac Jogues Church 1216 Collins Avenue Jefferson Hills (412) 384-4406 Very Rev. Robert J. Boyle, V.F., Administrator (724) 348-7145 email: stfran@winbeam.com Saturday Vigil at 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Library / South Park

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church 6810 Hilldale Drive, Pittsburgh (412) 655-3100 Sunday School for all ages - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10:45 a.m. _______________________________________

Peters Creek Baptist Church 6300 Library Road, South Park (412) 833-6111 Rev. Gregory A. Adkins, Senior Pastor Worship Services: “Wednesday Night Live” Bible Study 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 6:30 pm. Sun. 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. _______________________________________

St. Joan of Arc 6414 Montour Street, South Park (412) 833-2400 www.mystjoan.org Rev. Phillip Paul Pribonic, Pastor Worship Services: Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sun. 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon Weekday Masses: 8:00 a.m. _______________________________________

Windover Hills United Methodist Church 6751 Ridge Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (412) 653-6899 Contemporary Service - 8:30 a.m. Traditional Service - 11:00 a.m _______________________________________

New Eagle/Monongahela

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Main & 7th Streets Monongahela, PA 15063 (724) 258-6491 • Sunday Services Church School: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. _______________________________________

First Baptist Church of Monongahela Mark A. Schollaert, Pastor 601 West Main Street Monongahela Phone: (724) 258-7750 Sunday School for all ages 9:30 am Worship: 11:00 am _______________________________________

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 630 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA Rev. Gerald Demarest, Pastor Church phone: (724) 258-3255 pastorfcmonongahela@verizon.net Church Web Page: www.fcmonongahela.com _______________________________________

First Presbyterian Church Monongahela 609 Chess St., Monongahela, PA 15063 (724) 258-8300 Rev. Mark and Sharon Woomer, Pastors Worship Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

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

• Official Entry Form •

(Deadline for entries is February 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. What Fire Department recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary? What new business featured in this issue recently opened in Jefferson Hills? Who received the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Award? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

Congratulations to our January Pizza Puzzler winners! DAVID CHUCKRO - South Park • TONI SEGUIN - Charleroi


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"The Church of Jesus Christ"

Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church

911 Howard Street Monongahela, PA 15063 Raymond A. Ursin, Pastor Church phone: (724) 258-4505 email: graceisforgiving@verizon.net Website: www.graceisforgiving.org Sunday Church School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. (WEE worship during sermon) _______________________________________

525 Sixth St. Monongahela, PA 15063 Phone 724-258-3066 • www.the-church.org Presiding Elder Robert Nicklow Jr. Service Hours: Sunday School 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Sunday Preaching Service 10:45 a.m. - Noon

45 Church Road, Eighty-Four, PA 15330 Raymond R. Bruno - Pastor pigeoncr@pulsenet.com 724-225-3431 Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study - 5:00 pm Wednesday Worship - 7:00 pm _______________________________________

561 Mingo Church Road, Finleyville Pastor - Glenn McClelland • (724) 785-4393 Worship Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: Sun. 9:30 a.m. Nursery is available _______________________________________

Monongahela First United Methodist Church 430 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA Phone: 724-258-7054 Rev. Michael Milinovich, pastor Worship Services: Sunday 8:45 a.m. (Informal Service) 11:00 a.m. (Traditional Service) _______________________________________

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church 506 High Street, Monongahela, PA (724) 925-7129 e-mail: fryatsko@comcast.net V. Rev. Father George Yatsko, Presbyter Worship Services: Sunday Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Riverview Baptist Church 405 Main Street, New Eagle, PA 15067 (724) 258-5696 (724) 258-8976 Interim Pastor - Sherwood Sawyer Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. _______________________________________

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church 314 Sixth Street, Monongahela, PA (724) 258-5072 Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. Bible Study - Friday, 7 p.m. _______________________________________

St. Paul’s Church A Community of Faith in the Anglican Tradition (724) 258-7792 130 W. Main St., Monongahela email: stpaulinmon.city1@comcast.net Website: www.freewebs.com/stpaulinmon/ The Rev. John E. Fierro, Rector Worship Services Sunday Adul Christian Ed - 9:15 a.m. Youth Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Worship - 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

McMurray/Upper St. Clair

Crossroads Church of Christ 236 Thomas Rd., McMurray, PA Terry Lafferty, Minister • (724) 941-4942 www.crossroadschurchofchristmcmurray.org Worship Services: Sunday Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship - 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Lakeside Church 337 Waterdam Rd., McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 941-9035 • www.lakeside-mcmurray.org Bible Study for all ages: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: Sunday at 10:45 a.m. _______________________________________

New Day Assembly of God 701 Circle Drive Upper St. Clair , Pa 15241 (behind South Hills Lincoln Mercury on Rt. 19) Phone: 724-941-1661 Services: 10:00 am - Worship service/ Children’s Ministry 7:00 pm - Growth Groups for Adults and Children’s classes _______________________________________

St. David Episcopal Church 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia (724) 941-4060 • e-mail: stdavid@cobweb.net Rev. Mark R. Wright, Rector Worship Services: Sun. – 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday – 9:15 a.m. _______________________________________

Trinity United Methodist Church 530 Center Church Rd. McMurray Rev. David S. Evans, Pastor • 724-941-4770 www.trinitymcmurrayumc.com Sunday Program: Contemporary Worship 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Bible Study for all ages 9:30 a.m. (other adult classes 8:30 & 8:45 a.m.) Wed. Eve. Youth Groups, Grades 4-12

Peters Twp/Venetia/Nottingham

The Church of God of Monongahela

Nottingham Christian Center

531 West Main Street, Monongahela (724) 258-3261 Rev. Edward Burdett – Pastor Worship Services: Sunday School - 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship - 6:30 p.m. _______________________________________

1028 Linden Road, Eighty Four (724) 941-6717 • e-mail: blusk@libcom.com Bill Lusk, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday - 10:30 a.m. Wed. - 7:00 p.m. (Family Night Worship) _______________________________________

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New Eagle

Thomas Presbyterian Church 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330 Phone: (724) 941-8910 Fax: (724) 941-8916 www.thomaschurch.org Worship Services: Sunday 8:15, 9:30 & 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Wright’s United Methodist Church 788 Venetia Road, Venetia (724) 348-5718 Rev. Tom Hoeke, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 10:45 to 11:45

Union To w n s h i p

Crossroads Ministries Library Baptist 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville (724) 348-1620 • Rev. John H. Arnold, Pastor Worship Services: Saturday - 6:00 p.m. Sunday – 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thursday – 10:00 a.m. – Sweet 60’s office@crossroadsministries.com www.crossroadsministries.com _______________________________________

Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church 3111 Route 136, Finleyville (724) 258-8413 Rev. Tom Hoeke, Pastor Worship Services: Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. _______________________________________

Elrama United Methodist Church Ramage & Downer Streets, Elrama (412) 384-5520 Rev. Thomas Carr, Pastor Worship Services: Sat. – casual service – 6:30 p.m. Sun. Worship – 9 a.m.; Sun. School – 10:15 a.m. _______________________________________

First Baptist Church of Finleyville Marion & George Streets, Finleyville (724) 348-6777 - Rev. Robinson, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday – 11:00 a.m. Sunday School – 9:30 a.m. _______________________________________

First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville 3595 Washington Avenue, Finleyville (724) 348-5689 Rev. Candace Cook-Andres, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

St. Francis of Assisi 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville (724) 348-7145 • stfran@winbeam.com Very Rev. Robert J. Boyle, V.F., Administrator Saturday Vigal Mass – 6:00 p.m. Sunday Masses – 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Weekday Masses: Mon. – Sat. – 8:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Union Roads United Methodist Church 3687 Finley Elrama Road, Gastonville (724) 348-5504 or (724) 348-6200 email: kenmiller_20@hotmail.com Rev. Ken Miller, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Church School: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

West Elizabeth / Elizabeth

Elizabeth United Methodist Church 317 Second Avenue, Elizabeth Phone: (412) 384-7050 Pastor, Wayne Cleary Sunday School for all ages 9:30 am Worship: 10:45 am _______________________________________

New Hope Assembly Of God 900 Peairs Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037 412-384-5599 email: nhopeag@yahoo.com Pastor Lance T. O’Brien Sundays: 10:00am Celebration Service 10:30am Kid’s Church (all ages) _______________________________________

Olivet Presbyterian Church of West Elizabeth 726 Fourth Street, West Elizabeth 412/384-7160 Rev. Kristin J. Beckstrom, Pastor Adult Bible Study: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Worship with Children's Church: Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. _______________________________________

Elizabeth Baptist Church 735 Bunola River Road (Above Lock #3) Elizabeth, PA 15037 412-384-6464 www.ebchurch735@verizon.net Pastor – David L. Meyers Sunday Worship Service and Jr. Church – 11:00 a.m. Prayer and Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.


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Years in Business: 30 years (20 at this location). Products & Services: Auto repair, towing (authorized AAA towing service, towing for Allstate Roadside Assistance), inspections, used auto parts.

John McKenzie

Business Spotlight By Alice Harris

CT Auto Recyclers Town: Gastonville Owner: John McKenzie Address: 3751 Finley-Elrama Road Phone: 724-348-7467 Email: ctautorecyclers@yahoo.com Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

While he was working toward an associate degree in mechanical drafting, John McKenzie also started working for a salvage business. Upon graduation, he worked as a draftsman. When the opportunity to buy the salvage business presented itself, McKenzie took it. McKenzie likes to work and enjoys what he does, and his business has grown over the years. Today, it offers many services. C.T. Auto owns three trucks and offers 24-hour towing services. McKenzie holds a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and is ASE Certified. He is also a licensed PA Salvor, enabling him to tow abandoned vehicles. C.T. Auto Recyclers also specializes in engine repair, suspension and steering, brakes, and engine performance. When asked about all the interesting, auto-related collectibles in his office, which provide lots of fun things for customers to see if they have to wait, John laughs, “my wife collects this stuff for me.”

Women’s Auxiliary Makes Donation to Canonsburg General Hospital (l-r) Carole Pankas, Treasurer/Women’ s Auxiliary; Kim Malinky, President/Chief Executive Officer of Canonsburg General Hospital and Dolores Cheverine, President/Women’s Auxiliary.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Canonsburg General Hospital recently donated $51,000 to the hospital. The monies will be used to purchase four Hill-Rom VersaCare Bed Systems; folding tables for the McNary Conference Center, and furniture for four patient rooms to include patient and visitor chairs, a bedside stand, over-the-bed table and an ottoman. To date, the Women’s Auxiliary has donated funds to furnish 35 patient rooms. The Hill-Rom VersaCare Bed System adjusts to the lowest height of any acute care bed to help reduce the risk of patient falls and to ensure that shorter patients can put their feet firmly on the floor. Additionally, working with the intelligence of the bed to accommodate patient weight and bed position, the Active Integrated Response (A.I.R.) Treatment mattress uses zones of continuous low pressure to reduce peak pressures that cause and aggravate skin ulcers. The length of the bed can also be adjusted to accommodate taller patients and a built-in scale eliminates the need to move patients to a separate scale. The Women’s Auxiliary raises funds through the hospitality shop, basket raffles and specialty items sales in the hospital lobby

Columbia Gas Presents Grant to Washington City Mission Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, with local headquarters in Pittsburgh and serving more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties, recently presented Washington City Mission with a matching grant for $600. The company matched the $600 raised by Columbia Gas employees at the Southpointe office who held a raffle, which included a set of Steelers tickets and 2 sets of Penguins tickets, as well as a gourmet bake sale. Pictured above (l-r) Deb Dansevicus, event coordinator, and Jessica Tanner, assistant. Other assistants not pictured include Leslie Orbin, Kathy Miller and Kathi Marks.

Mon Valley Actresses and Artists Offers Lessons By Christen M. Stroh Calling all singers, actors, and stage managers! If you’ve been bitten by the theater bug and don’t really know where you can further expand upon your talents, look no further – Mon Valley Actresses and Artists is the place for you. The new business, located in Monongahela at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, has been around since the end of September and has been created to fill a niche that co-founders Joe Cialone and Jim Anderson feel was previously lacking in the Mon Valley. Their motto “Live Theater in Monongahela” aptly explains what they have to offer customers. “We provide individual or group classes to people in all aspects of theater, including acting, voice, stage management, art, and piano,” explains Cialone, who clarifies that all five of the instructors work at Mon Valley Actresses and Artists on a volunteer basis. Mon Valley Actresses and Artists meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–9 pm. People interested in taking lessons go through an audition process with Cialone and Anderson. To schedule an audition, interested people should contact Cialone at 724-7971171 or Anderson at 724-684-4034.


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Grand Openings! Look what’s new in Town Fine Art Medical Spa Opens in Jefferson Hills By Krista Ramsey Fine Art Medical Spa recently held its grand opening December 3 at the South Hills Medical Building in Jefferson Hills. Arthur P. Fine, MD, FACS, heads the practice. A world-renowned surgeon, he served as Chief of Surgery at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and has practiced in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. He has performed laser face and skin procedures throughout his career and is trained in the use of Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Services available at Fine Art Medical Spa include: Intense Pulse Light (IPL): Advanced light-based therapy emits wavelengths to correct red complexions, large pores, pigmentation, and fine wrinkles on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. Microdermabrasion: A progressive, noninvasive treatment that removes the top layer of skin to clean pores and help to balance oil production and promote production of new cells deep in the dermis. Spider Vein Reduction: Pulses of light are delivered to the vein, causing the vessel to coagulate and be absorbed by the body.

Fine Art Medical Spa of Jefferson Hills held its grand opening December 3. Spa staff are Aesthetician Dehl Enriquez; Marketing Director Lisa Janosko; Dr. Arthur P. Fine, MD, FACS; Office Manager Barbara White, LPN; and Medical Assistant Donna Brown.

Laser Hair Removal: Uses a gentle beam of light to achieve permanent hair removal in several sessions. Cellulite Reduction: The D - A c t o r machine, the only one in the area, uses ultrasound technology to break up fatty deposits in cellulite problem areas. The procedure is performed twice a week for three weeks with a follow-up visit once every three months for the first year. Results are permanent. Lipodissolve: A form of mesotherapy that employs injections to reduce cellulite in stubborn areas. Microinjections of a fat-dissolving solution are injected to help clients reduce unwanted fat and cellulite without resorting to liposuction or surgery. Botox® Cosmetic: Nonsurgical injection that temporarily reduces frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead creases. Juvéderm®: A dermal filler, hyaluronic acid injections, used to treat “parentheses” lines around the mouth. The spa also offers BelleDerm® Skin Care Line and photodynamic therapy for acne. If you’re thinking about some improvements for the summer season, head over to Fine Art Medical Spa, located at South Hills Medical Building, 575 Coal Valley Road, Suite 372, in Jefferson Hills. Consultations are available throughout the week, and procedures are performed Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday beginning at 8 am. Evening hours are available. For more information on any of these services, call 412-4697079 or visit fineartmedicalspa.com.

SnoZone Relocates to Cool Springs Golf & Recreation Center By Heather Kelley-Latorre Most folks know the song “Suzy Snowflake,” sung by Rosemary Clooney. “Bringing joy to ev'ry girl and boy; Suzy's come to town,” the song says. When Suzy did not make it to town, the folks at SnoZone produced her manufactured cousin for local boarders and tubers to enjoy. Jim and Jennifer Shultz operated the former Finleyville SnoZone for nine years, but now The SnoZone will now deliver “blizzards daily” to the Cool Springs Golf and Family Recreational Center. Cool Springs Director of Operations Buzz Pasquini realized that the SnoZone was a perfect fit as the family recreational center sought to transition its services to offer a great winter activity. Cool Springs has the key components for a fun day in the snow— the right topography, night lighting, party rooms, and a snack shop. The center purchased most of the Shultz’s equipment, and Pasquini also consulted with them regarding grading the hillside and purchasing additional equipment. With the hillside graded just right and the temperature cold, snow will begin blowing from snow guns shipped from Sweden. With a 900-foot run and hard-bottom tubes, Pasquini promises a “nice, quick run” and a nice ride back up the hill from the tow-lift. If you are a golfer who is worried how those tubes and lift will affect your drive, fear not; Cool Springs plans to use the upper range for golf during the SnoZone’s off hours. The SnoZone will mainly operate evenings and weekends. Golfers can still count on a covered, heated tee line as well as year-round lessons taught by PGA professionals. For more information on any of the above, visit coolspringsgolfcenter.com or snozone.net or call 412-831-5080. Like country cousin Suzy Snowflake, SnoZone assures the same guarantee: “Come out ev'ryone and play with me; I haven't long to stay. If you wanna take a [sleigh] ride, the ride's on me.

Coming in March

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Resident Spotlight By Alice Harris

Angie Raitano Town: Carroll Township Family: Husband, Bart. Children: Natalie, Bart II, and Nicol Occupation: Former school teacher of French, English, and History. Certified ski instructor. Flower judge. Hobbies and Interests: Garden Club. Gardening, art, floral design, sewing, reading, skiing, and tennis. Angie graduated from Waynesburg High School and Waynesburg College with a major in Biology. Upon graduation from college, she got married, taught school, and began raising her

family. Angie is well accomplished at many things, but her dedication to Garden Club has helped many and has been one of her most rewarding accomplishments. She is a member and past President of Valley Garden Club centered in Belle Vernon. She is also Program Chairman of Districts #7 and #10. She is 1st Vice President, and will be installed as President of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania in 2009. The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania boasts over 200 clubs with close to 7000 members. Angie is Chaplain for the Central Atlantic region, which includes the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and the National Capital area. On the national level, National Garden Clubs, Incorporated headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world with over 204,000 members and 6,500 clubs, Angie is Chaplain and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee. Angie enjoys horticulture, but she loves floral design. Her ‘Floral Rythyms’group presents floral design performed to music and poetry to garden clubs throughout the state. She also belongs to the Designer’s Guild of Greensburg, Creative Floral Arrangers of the Americas (North & South America) the Pittsburgh Area Judges Council, and is a Life Accredited Flower Show Judge of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Angie would like to see more people appreciating the beauty and natural wonder if our world through gardening. And she would also like to see more people get involved in Garden Clubs for all that they afford.

Engagement Announcement Amati - Murphy Master Sgt. Robert B. Murphy and wife, Cynthia of Charleroi are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Lynn to Francesco Amati, son of Natalee Russo-Amati of Monongahela and Ronald Amati of Carroll Twp. Murphy is a 1999 graduate of Charleroi Area High School and a 2006 graduate of Duquesne University with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Highmark. Amati is a 1997 graduate of Ringgold High School and a 2001 graduate of California University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. He is currently employed with the Department of Auditor General. Murphy is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jean Cross and the late George Thomas Cross, and Mona and Austin, Jr. Murphy. Amati is the grandson of the late Louis Joseph and Elizabeth Amati and Mrs. Concettina Amati Russo and the late Francesco Russo.

Britteny Stoffel Makes Minnesota Vikings All-State Performance Team Britteny Faith Stoffel, granddaughter of Berdie and Jim Crawford of Gastonville and Carol and Tom Stoffel of Monongahela, recently performed with the Minnesota Viking’s Cheerleaders at a pre-game show to raise awareness for breast cancer. This performance included the top 300 dancers and cheerleaders from across the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. From this elite field, the Viking’s cheerleaders picked eight girls for the All-State Performance Team to showcase the region’s best of the best female performers. To be selected for the team, performers were judged on ability portrayed at the program, team dedication, involvement in dance or cheerleading throughout high school, academic standards, and being a female role model. Britteny has been a member of her high school varsity cheerleading squad for four seasons. She has been a captain for two of them as a junior and a senior while maintaining a superior grade point average with a class load including AP classes in science and foreign languages. She also was one of four girls nominated from Minnesota to the United Cheerleading Association’s national team. Currently, as a senior, she is continuing to dance at a private dance academy in Minnesota, River Valley Dance Academy. Having been on the studio’s performance company for six years, she and her sister will perform at Disney World during Memorial Weekend. Britteny also helps with the studio’s adaptive dance program teaching a partially deaf student to dance ballet.

Brad Price of Finleyville Promoted to Senior Airman Congratulations to Brad Price who was recently promoted to Senior Airman in the United States Air Force. He has been given Brad Price additional authority and greater responsibility. His selection was based upon his successful completion of required professional military education, his demonstrated leadership abilities and recommendations by his supervisor. Brad is the son of Bob and Kathy Price of Finleyville.

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Home & Garden Ask the Experts HEATING, PLUMBING & AIR CONDITIONING BY TIM BARTMAN, ONE HOUR HEATING & COOLING Q: Is carbon monoxide really a problem? A: Statistics vary about the number of deaths caused each year by carbon monoxide poisoning. The American Medical Association estimates that some 10,000 people become ill from carbon monoxide each year, and list it as a cause of death for about 1,500 people per year. As long as those statistics continue, we will continue to warn you about the dangers and precautions you need to take to prevent tragedy. What do you know about the “silent killer?” 1. What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? A. Sleepiness and headache B. Burning eyes, tingly limbs C. Disorientation and dizziness D. A and C 2. What should you do if you experience symptoms? A. Open doors and windows. B. Try and find the source of the problem. C. Vacate the house and call 911. D. Call your doctor. 3. Where is the best place to install a detector? A. Outside bedrooms B. In the kitchen C. In the basement near the furnace D. In the family room Answers: 1. D: However, the symptoms often resemble and are mistaken for the flu. If you have symptoms go outside, and see if fresh air helps. If it does help, proceed as if you have carbon monoxide poisoning. 2. C: While opening doors and windows may be an effective emergency response, it also prevents authorities from being able to find the source. Just get out. 3. A: The greatest risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when people are asleep. If the detector is in the basement, it is less likely to be heard.

HINTS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Maintaining The Biggest Door In Your Home (NAPS)—The garage door often represents much of a home’s street-side appearance and is typically used several times throughout the day. To ensure your garage door operates smoothly and you can continue to get where you need to go, you should give your garage door the proper care it deserves. Here are a few tips that will make protecting and preserving the biggest door in your home easy and efficient.

Don't leave your garage door out in the cold–make inspection a part of your monthly cleaning routine.

Stop Rust in Its Tracks Rust thrives in dark, moist, hard-toreach areas—especially in the garage. To help protect your garage door from rust, try wiping it down twice a year with a mild household detergent and a soft cloth, and then lubricating it. Remember to wash the door regularly with a garden hose to keep it clean from dirt, dust and bugs. You can also apply a light coat of car wax to protect the finish of metal doors.

Inspect Parts Regularly Don’t wait. Make inspecting your garage door a part of your monthly cleaning routine, and begin maintenance before it gets too cold. A door that is well cared for and properly maintained will be safer and have a longer life span than those left alone. Springs, cables, rollers and other hardware should be inspected regularly to ensure your garage door stays in good working order and remains a safe entrance for you and your family.

Stop the Squeaks No one enjoys being welcomed home with a screech. Garage doors are known for being big and noisy, and using the wrong product can actually worsen the problem over time. So what should you use to help silence all that racket? Lubricate all moving parts of your garage door regularly with a product like 3-IN-ONE Professional® Garage Door Lube, specifically designed for the maintenance of garage door systems. Simply apply the lubricant to hinges, door tracks, chains, pulleys and latches to stop sticking and squeaking. You can also use the product to prevent rust and corrosion—just don’t forget to wipe off any excess oil. To learn more about other products that help make things run smoother at home and on the job in the 3-IN-ONE Professional line, visit www.wd40.com/brands/ 3in1pro.html. Don’t leave your garage door out in the cold—make inspection a part of your monthly cleaning routine.


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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller

Buyer

Address

Price

UNION TOWNSHIP Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. Estate of Mary Recaldini Estate of Michael Brennan George Parish

Melissa Bohonak Nancy Orenak Patricia Jones Andrew Giel Wells Fargo Bank Stephen Parish Jr. and Mary Parish

143 Cinque Terra Place 145 Cinque Terra Place 106 Viareggio Way 676 Route 837 181 Gilmore Road 2526 Route 88

FINLEYVILLE Michael Bundy et al.

Daniel and April Wilson

3625 Washington Ave.

MONONGAHELA Dwayne Homa CIT Group Consumer Finance Inc.

Mark and Carol Moleski REO Solutions Inc.

Ninth St. 608 Marne Ave.

Flagstar Bank Wachovia Bank Equicredit Corp. America Michael McCarty Deutsche Bank National Trust Federal National Mortgage Assn. US Bank NA trustee Jeffrey Markovitz Wesley Rippel

Jura Stasko Alexander and Sandra Lamar Keith Sikora Michael Leichliter Matthew Lignelli Eric and Jacqueline Allard Trisha Lorenzi Bryan Polomoscanik Tammy Jo Bosdosh

$60000 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $37851) 114 W. Main St. $21000 522 Hudson Ave. $10000 408 Parkinson St. $12200 908 Thomas St. $85000 623 Fourth St. $54000 601 Lincoln St. $26000 632 Shelby St. $49000 246 W. Main St. $130000 809 Stockdale Ave. $86500

NEW EAGLE Charles Rose

Arthur Doty Jr. and Shannon Brice

117 First Ave.

CARROLL TOWNSHIP Eric Cerini Elizabeth Gyuker Jack Fritzel Estate of Edward Lalanze Christopher Cantrell Maple Creek Mining Inc. Debbie Behanna

Adam and Holly Cerini Martin and Jill Kramer Jayme Fowler and Dylan Rossi Edsel and Harriett Burkholder Eric and Janet Petras Matthew Leach and Regis Leach III R&B Industries Inc.

Kathy Johnson et al. Debbie Behanna

Ralph and Tara Little R&B Industries Inc.

Debbie Behanna

R&B Industries Inc.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.

Jamie Froelich

212 Albert Ave. $195000 251 Redds Mill Road $19000 118 Donora Road $97000 273 Hazel Kirk Road $150000 519 McCrea Ave. $172500 T583 $15000 1 Meadow St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $37788) 293 Route 88 $118000 282 Shannon Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1247) State Route 2023 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3752) 1345 Beach Drive $95000

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP RC Walter & Sons Inc. RC Walter & Sons Inc. RC Walter & Sons Inc. RC Walter & Sons Inc. Scott Mathis Michael Olson Doris Gindlesber Bruggeman RC Walter & Sons Inc. Robert Werner Donald Kite et al. Seth Wilson Edward Ritenour REM Development Inc. Benedek Zaffuto Family L.P. NVR Inc. Ronald Kulczynski Broad Street Two LLC REM Development Inc.

T & D LLC T & D LLC T & D LLC T & D LLC Stephen and Kim Chupinka Diane Peroney US Bank National Assn. trustee T & D LLC James McKown Joanne Doak Diana Wilson Arthur Smith Maronda Homes Inc. Richard Klingman Robert Richard and Heather Ann Ludwig Greggory and Melanie Michel Bethany Kepich and Timothy Liput Philip and Florence Dunst

Boston Hollow Road Boston Hollow Road 1441 Boston Hollow Road 1509-1511 Boston Hollow Road 1114 Brinkman Lane 610 Chicagoion St. 302 Karen Drive Route 48 1513 Schweitzer Road 2502 Greenock Buena Vista Road 405 Shaffer Ave. 3035 Skillet Hill Road Swallow Hill Drive Weigles Hill Road 432 Cedar Drive 131 Broadlawn Drive 2261 Constitution Blvd. Lebanon Drive

ELIZABETH BOROUGH Kathleen Winks

Edward Camic II and Hannah Camic

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SOUTH PARK Albert Anthony Quinn trustee Michael Mahoney Evelyn Gordon Yngve Sara Moses Estate of Dorothy Cunko NVR Inc. Jennifer Salamey Jack Freed Betty Sullivan Richard Glass Brenda Thompson Scioto Construction Co. NVR Inc. James Kalafatis Donald Wright James Shaffer NVR Inc.

Joans Li Carl Zetler Jr. and Kathryn Stonick Matthew and Cary Morris Gregory Marsch Library Veterans Assn. Earl and Ruth Graham Gregory Erdely Thomas Louis and Cathy Jean Malacki Linda Voshall Norman and Terri Solomon Mark Vietmeier and Allison DelVecchio Slavoljub and Helen Maksimovic Scott and Bernadette Stewart Michael and Crystal Baux Homeowners Financial LLC Iannotti Realty Solutions Inc. John Resosky Jr. and Barbara Brunetti

4609 Colvin Court 3616 Falmouth Drive 2258 Helena St. 5725 Broad St. 6540 Church St. 4119 High St. 1929 Kirkby Drive 1531 Theresa Ave. 6361 Crestview Drive 2221 Maureen Drive 1641 Connor Road 550 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 202 4124 High St. 6926 Hilldale Drive 6510 Library Road 3110 Northern Drive 4206 Remington Drive

JEFFERSON HILLS Tracey Khalil Southersby Development Corp. Gill Hall Land Co. John Wiktorowski Southersby Development Corp. MB2K Development Inc. Ernest Vucenovich GRP Development Co. William Seran

Christopher Sapos NVR Inc. Gowaty Custom Homes Inc. Christopher and William Rader NVR Inc. Costa Industries LLC Daniel Giel Jefferson Medical Assoc. L.P. William Bickerton and Cheryl Rimsky

2111 Lewis Run Road S Randolph Drive Woodwind Drive 125 Frontier Drive Hamilton St. Laurel Ridge Drive Route 885 Brooks Lane 1547 Gilmore Drive

$142400 $142400 $169900 $20000 $1875 by sheriff's deed $75000 $106000

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Southersby Development Corp. Carol Shobe Yanik H Group Ltd. David Emro et al. Dolores Fisher Clara Plants Gill Hall Land Co. US Bank National Assn. trustee Richard Rochez et al. Richard Rochez

NVR Inc. Ryan Pokorny Hanna and Jason Roman Derek and Kristen Reckard Gary Diethorn Barbara Uremovich Robert and Nancy Wilhelm Jeffrey and Lori Muehlbauer Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co.

Sanyo Chemical & Resins Inc.

Sanyo Chemical & Resins LLC

US Bank National Assn. trustee Estate of Betty Lopresti

Nicole Kuftic Thomas and Erin Tuladzieck

NOTTINGHAM Fred Crompton III Eric Peters

James and Nancy Kearse Eric Peters and Debbie Sullivan

Albico Inc. Josephine Rogers

Heartland Homes Inc. Virginia and Robert Wible

PETERS TOWNSHIP Keith Yelen Estate of Kathleen Plank Pennsylvania American Water Co. Chet Drusbasky Richard Borofski Federal National Mortgage Assn. Douglas Martik Heartland Homes Inc. Ann Brinker Anne Terhune Great Meadows L.P. Great Meadows L.P. Great Meadows L.P. Gregory Hook Timberland Builders LLC James Cote Geno Levi Kim Mason First National Bank PA Daniel Perlmutter Kevin Hughes Deborah Hanson Jennie DePaolo trustee 84 Lumber Acquisition & Development Co. 84 Lumber Acquisition & Development Co. Edward Obringer Gwendolyn Hockelberg Jimmy Kaderli RAS Closing Services Louise Quarture et al. Ark Home Improvements Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. NVR Inc. Harold Rothaar Jr. Thomas Homes Inc.

Arrrgh Realty LLC Gary Sprowls Kamwood Realty L.P. US Bank NA Steven and Maria Miller Eric and Michelle Martin Jeffrey and Paula Robinson Kevin and Alicia Olalde Joseph and Bridget Crnkovich Michael and Kristina McCormick Angela and Adriane Alampi Ralph and Donna Bush Thomas and Amy Shope John and Jacqueline Kreider James and Jonelle Cote Timberland Builders LLC Win DB Ltd. Norton Real Estate LLC Doro LLC Calvin and Linda Clark Caroline Maria Kolman Val Properties LLC Marc and Michelle Verner Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC, Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Holly Price and Jason Stieg Thomas Eiter RAS Closing Services Daniel and Lynn Shields Jamie and Shari Findley Kenneth and Dianne Rudolf George and Judith Quesnelle William Thompson Mark and Kristi Piatek Gregory Long and Melissa Spieler Peters Plaza LLC

Mesa Wood Ltd. Carl Smith Jr. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Joe Wesley Leonard

Stephen and Patricia Brenan Joan Simmons and Jack Burnes Raymond and Carol Seitz Joe Wesley Leonard and Jackie Lynn Buechele

Helen Callaghan STI Homes LLC

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Independence Drive $31000 312 New World Drive $83500 364 New World Drive $79900 Siler Drive $80000 146 State Route 885 $94830 1228 Second St. , $88000 Harlin Drive $279900 234 Meadowfield Lane $262900 Route 885 Ar, Payne Hill Road $80000 Route 885 Ar , Payne Hill Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $130000) 2200 Route 837 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $361790) 113 Walters Road $7875 6424 Willem Drive $125000 603 Greenleaf Court $325000 381 Munntown Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $82502) 107 Butternut Court $46200 248 Arrowhead Lane $337500 111 Bell Drive $220000 202 Center Church Road $205000 Galley Road $250000 101 Joyce Drive $2667 by sheriff's deed 113 Kathy Ann Lane $295500 134 Lake Colony Drive $222000 481 McCombs Road $392500 204 Molly Drive $387294 1014 Old Washington Road $168800 435 Robinhood Lane $232500 110 Scenic Ridge Drive $287240 130 Scenic Ridge Drive $380700 140 Scenic Ridge Drive $434401 313 Snowberry Circle $630000 109 Stonegate Drive $125000 109 Stonegate Drive $125000 Valleybrook Road $900000 3663 Washington Road $2300000 106 Fireside Drive $125000 188 Fireside Drive $317000 245 King Richard Drive $515000 3934 Washington Road $850000 642 Bower Hill Road $175000 300 Buckingham Drive $125000 304 Buckingham Drive $130000 456 E. McMurray Road $170000 723 E. McMurray Road $129900 132 Froebe Road $395500 132 Froebe Road $316000 106 Joyce Drive $174900 130 Lindenvale Drive $215000 209 Molly Drive $682426 253 Molly Drive $413029 132 Scenic Ridge Drive $444200 204 Sugar Camp Road $170500 Washington Road $100000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $140182) 112 Wild Briar Drive $689900 139 Canterbury Lane $230000 147 Jonathan Drive, $201000 116 Jones Drive $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $34160) 111 Shawnee Trail $242000 300 Sutherland Drive $293000

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Turning the Page on Tradition? (NewsUSA) - With the frantic pace of modern life, many beloved family traditions are falling by the wayside. A recent survey commissioned by the KN Karen Neuburger lifestyle brand found that nearly 46 percent of parents surveyed admit to reading to their children less than their own parents read to them. In today’s technology-dominated world, it’s not surprising that the biggest culprit for the lack of bedtime reading is the television. More than 42 percent of parents are more likely to watch television than to read to their children at bedtime. Additionally, 71 percent of parents say their children commonly watch television the hour before they go to bed. “Parents today are busier than ever,” said Lisa Bazinet, vice president of Karen Neuburger, Ltd. “Between working all week and shuffling their kids to various activities, today’s families are simply too exhausted for bedtime stories.” For a child, the time spent reading with a parent is critical in developing listening, vocabulary and language skills. The following “Books at Bedtime Tips,” provided by KN Karen Neuburger, are designed to help you develop a healthy bedtime routine: • Create a comfort zone for your child. A regular bedtime routine helps your child fall asleep and wake up refreshed. Start your family bedtime routine at the same time every night, including brushing teeth, putting on comfortable pajamas and reading together for 10 to 15 minutes.

Reading to your children more often can improve reading skills, math abilities and more.

• Improve literacy skills and create a lifelong love for books. Children who read at home are better readers and have higher math scores. By reading to your child consistently, you are able to identify concepts they may be struggling with. • Create and share a family library. Studies show that having access to a wide variety of reading materials is essential for growing your child into a strong reader. Use reading at bedtime as an opportunity to try different types of books or magazines. For more bedtime reading tips and more info, visit the website www.karenneuburger.com/booksat bedtime.

Need a School Uniform? Follow These Tips (NewsUSA) - Due to increased concerns about student safety and keeping grades high, more public schools are turning not to additional security or stricter punishments for intolerable behavior -; but to school uniforms. No longer limited to private schools, the number of public schools adopting uniform use has risen exponentially since the year 2000. According to the National Association of Elementary School There’s a variety of school uniPrincipals, one in every five public schools in the form styles available for your child United States has taken to the use of uniforms to year-round. enhance student focus and learning. And that number seems to be growing. But while public schools are quick to make the jump to the uniform, many parents are weary of the move due to cost concerns. However, making the switch to uniforms has proven beneficial to parents’ bank accounts. In a study by USA Today, parents spent an average of $185 per child buying non-uniform clothing. That average was only $104 per child for uniforms. Whether you’re looking for a crisp blue jumper or a cherry red polo to fit with your child’s school dress code, the variety of options available on the market is bigger than ever. At department stores like Dillard’s, you’ll find an extensive collection of uniforms in every style, with prices that won’t push your budget off course. Keep the following tips in mind when venturing out to buy school uniforms with your child: • Measure your child ahead of time. Eliminating the guessing game, as well as backand-forth trips to the dressing room, will save you valuable time. • Choose simple clothing for younger children. Keep an eye out for uniforms with easy fastenings for children seven years and under. • Buy enough for a week. Depending on how often you do laundry, purchasing between three and five complete uniforms will be a good investment in the long run. • Bring a list of all of your school’s uniform requirements with you. Finding out that you missed that key item on your uniform shopping list will only add to your stress. For more information, visit www.dillards.com/school.


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Purchase Girl Scout Cookies To Support Our Girls The 2008 Girl Scouts-Trillium Council (GSTC) Cookie Sale “Make It a Hit!” began on January 11 and promises to be more exciting than ever! Enjoy old favorites such as Trefoils, Thin Mints, and Samoas, as well as the newest cookies, Lemon Crème Chalets and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip cookies. All cookies now have zero trans fat. This council-sponsored product sale helps girls develop leadership skills and self-reliance. The sale also generates revenue for troops and the council to fund Girl Scout activities. Each box costs $3.50. All money earned by council-sponsored sales will remain in the council. All cookie income is used to benefit girls. Other events taking place during this year’s cookie sale include:

Cookies to compete against one another while creating culinary masterpieces. The national competition will take place Monday, February 25 from noon-1 pm at AIP. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Troops.” Cookie Car: Be on the lookout for the fifth annual Cookie Car, sponsored by Wright Automotive Group, Wexford, in February and March!

Booth Sales: Booth sales will be held in February and March at various locations in and around Southwestern Pennsylvania, including at the Pittsburgh ExpoMart Indoor/Outdoor Home Show and at the 2008 Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show.

Gift of Caring for our soldiers: GSTC plans once again to ship boxes of cookies with special notes and artwork from the girls to our soldiers serving in Iraq. Girls will ask for cookie donations from customers so we can continue to bring smiles to those proudly serving our country. Last year, we were able to send more than 27,000 boxes of cookies. More than 3.5 million girls and adult members compose the Girl Scouts. GSUSA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls and is committed to helping girls build skills for success in the real world, including strong values, a social conscience, and high self-esteem.

Culinary Cookie Creations Competition: For the sixth year, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s (AIP) culinary school students will use Girl Scout

If you would like to buy cookies for soldiers serving our country or for more information, call Susan Orr at (412) 594-2202.

February 2008

Windover Hills Schools Registration The Windover Hills Schools will hold registration for the 2008-2009 school year on Saturday February 9th in the education wing at 12 noon. Classes offered are a Nursery class for children who are 3 years of age by Aug. 31, 2008 and are potty trained. Children in this class will be introduced to the alphabet and numbers, sing songs, learn to share , make crafts that are in conjunction with the topic, letter, or number for the day. A Preschool class is offered for children who are 4 years of age by August 31, 2008. This class offers letter recognition, number recognition, field trips, songs, poems, crafts, phonics, classroom participation, all geared to prepare the children for Kindergarten. The Transition class is for children who are 5 years of age by December 31, 2008, and have had 1 year previous preschool experience. This class is designed for the children who miss the Kindergarten age cut off or for children that still need some time before entering Kindergarten. Children will learn the alphabet, phonics, printing, number recognition, and will have special projects that are associated with the topic of the day. The Transition class will also go on several field trips, have special visitors from the community such as fire fighters, police officers, etc. All of our classes are designed with the children in mind to make their learning experience a fun and happy one. For more information on our classes or registration, please call the school at 412-653-6899.

Spring Dance Classes For Tiny Tots Ruby Daugherty Studio is offering a Spring session for Tiny Tots, starting March 1, 2008. Fun, co-ordination-dance, and tumbling for early pre-school age. Parent or older sibling participation. For more information call 724-348-7476

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Parents: Make Time for Healthy Choices (NewsUSA) - Between amount of vegetables. soccer practice, piano lesSo, it is important for sons and homework, more parents to creatively reand more parents are disintroduce vegetables -; covering that it can be hard and change things up to balance a healthy life by choosing vegetables with a busy one. in a range of colors. Health care professionals, •Check ingredients. however, are discovering Ingredients such as that nutrition- and activitywhole-grains and foods based habits, when develwith oils derived from Many health care professionals oped early, can make a poscorn, soybean, canola stress the significance of a diet rich itive long-term impact. and olive oils are good in fruits, vegetables and organic food items for children. Eileen Berry, a Florida picks. Meanwhile, mother and self-taught foods and beverages nutritionist, has taken this to heart. “Healthy with caloric sweeteners as top ingredients foods are available -; and, as parents, we need should be avoided. to make this happen for our kids,” she said. • Get moving. Have fun in the outdoors. “We don’t have the luxury of ‘shouldas’, Whether it’s taking a walk together with the ‘wouldas’ and ‘couldas,’ especially when our family dog or playing catch, get moving as a children are involved. family. So, what can you do to get your children’s • Set limits. Limit television and computer habits on track and moving in a healthy time to encourage your children to spend direction? more time being active. • Take a look. Check out the U.S. And while all parents should be advocates Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid for for their child’s health, proper nutrition and kids online (www.mypyramid.gov) to see activity is even more important for survivors what your children need in their diets each of childhood and adolescent cancer. These day. Did you know, for example, that grains children are among those in the higher-risk and vegetables should make up the majority population for obesity, according to health of your child’s diet? care professionals. Good choices can lead to • Don’t forget the vegetables. A study better health and may reduce the risk of prepublished in the Journal of the American ventable cancers in adulthood. College of Nutrition found that while preFor more information on healthy habits for school-aged children consumed about 80 survivors, visit the National Children’s percent of their recommended fruit servings Cancer Society at www.beyondthecure.org. a day, only 25 percent had the recommended

Groundhog Day Pre-School Program at Mingo Park The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a PreSchool program for 3-5 year olds at Mingo Creek County Park. The program will be held at the Mingo Creek Park Office on February 5th and 6th, 2008. Two sessions are available each day: Session I: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Session II: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Participants will be learning the history about Punxsutawney Phil and his upcoming predictions for an early spring. A short hike to locate a groundhog den will also be taken. Dress for the weather. Adults should plan to be in attendance. Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $1 per child. Reservations can be made by calling the Washington County Parks and Recreation Office at 724-228-6867.


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Family Behavioral Resources Reaches Out to Help Autistic Families

On January 9, 2008, Congressman Tim Murphy awarded a check for $146,000 to Family Behavioral Resources (FBR) in support of creating a model program that will serve as a pilot for not only raising awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders, but to help FBR to identify children who have not been given enough, if any support, specifically within minority populations.

By Christen M. Stroh Perhaps your child has a tendency to line up his crayons perfectly every time he goes to draw a picture. Maybe your daughter toe-walks from place to place. If these are traits that your child exhibits regularly, he or she may have autism. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. Early intervention may help children gain self-care and social skills, and Family Behavioral Resources (FBR) can help you and your child better understand autism and learn how to more effectively live with it. FBR was founded in 1999; currently, they service 12 different counties and have 15 offices throughout western Pennsylvania. With over 800 employees, FBR is striving to treat children who have autism. 70% of the cases dealt with at FBR are autism-related, and as a leading Specialized Autism Service Provider, FBR offers families specialized, premium treatment. A unique component of FBR’s treatment is the use of its Autism Team to provide support to any child’s program at any point in treatment. The team consists of people with substantial education and training in applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy, special education, mental health, precision teaching/fluency based instruction, relationship therapy, and the Picture Exchange Communication System, a specific system for visual supports and communication. The Autism Team also receives consultative support from a speech and language pathologist, an occupational therapist, and a clinical psychologist. While symptoms such as toe-walking and lining objects up are signs that may be characteristic of autism, they are not the only signs. Other signs may include seizures, frequent repetition of habits, and other behavior symptoms such as staring at hands, rocking, tantrums, or hyperactivity. Resistance to change in areas of playing, surroundings, routines, or topics

of interest and sensitivity to the environment can also be characteristic of autism. According to Cathy Hughes, Family Support Coordinator at FBR Autism Services, autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom. “There are three core skills areas that we look at to determine if someone has autism,” she says. “These include social interaction impairment, such as not playing well with other children, impairments in communication, and clinical behavior features such as repetition of actions and restricted interests.” Hughes points out, though, that while these symptoms may indicate a behavioral health disorder, it may not necessarily be autism. The category of behavioral health encompasses Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and can also include Oppositional Defiant Disorder, among other autism-related disorders, such as Asperger’s Syndrome. While the majority of cases seen by specialists at FBR are autism-related, the staff at FBR treats other behavioral health disorders. In addition to treatments for autism, wraparound services for these disorders are available at many FBR locations, including the Washington, PA location; these include treatment for behavioral health and rehabilitation services designed to keep children well-integrated within their families and social circles. Lisa Leach, Washington’s Regional Autism Director and Clinical Supervisor, can be contacted at 724-229-0311 with questions regarding such treatment programs. More information on autism and other behavioral disordres and on the treatments available at FBR can be found on their website at www.familybehavioralresources.com. Cathy Hughes can be contacted directly at 724-861-4700, and the toll-free number for FBR is 1-866-4-FBR-ASD. In addition to treatment, support groups and other community programs are available at many of the FBR locations.


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Less TV, Fewer Videos Help Keep Weight in Check (NewsUSA) - Every day, 8- to 18-year-olds spend, on average, nearly four hours watching TV or videos, more than an hour on the computer and 50 minutes playing video games. That amounts to nearly six hours a day in front of a screen. But health experts warn that too much screen time throws off a person’s energy balance, making it hard to maintain a healthy weight. Energy balance is the balance between the amount of calories you burn through physical activity (energy out) and the amount of calories you consume (energy in). Too much energy in without enough energy out is a formula for weight gain. “To help your family maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to keep energy balance in mind,” said Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most days. Cutting back on recreational screen time makes it easier to meet this goal.” The NIH’s “We Can!” (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activities and Nutrition) program provides the following tips to reduce children’s time in front of the screen: • Turn off Saturday morning cartoons and take your child to a local recreational center, park or skating rink. • Take the TV out of your child’s bedroom. More than two-thirds of young children have

Take time as a family to have fun and be physically active.

a TV in their bedroom. • Make a family agreement to limit recreational screen time to less than two hours a day. • Encourage every family member to think of fun activities to keep moving, such as biking to school events or training together for a charity walk. “We Can!” is a public education program designed to aid parents help children between the ages of 8 and 13 stay at a healthy weight through improved food choices and increased physical activity. For more family-friendly tips and other tools, including a recreational screen time log and a daily activity log, visit the website http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call 866-35WECAN.


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Keeping Kids Safe in a Web-Savvy World

Find Your ‘A’ Game During Report Card Time (NewsUSA) - It’s that time of year again - report card time.You want your child to do well in school, so what do you do when your child’s report card doesn’t reflect his or her full potential? Simple steps can help increase Responding quickly to the first sign of academic strugyour child’s confidence and gle keeps small setbacks from growing into learning performance at school. obstacles. By addressing the issue early, parents can make a noticeable difference in a child’s confidence and performance throughout the school year. Sylvan Learning Center, the leading provider of in-center and live, online tutoring, offers the following tips for parents to find their child’s “A” game: 1. Set expectations. Talk with your child before the school year starts, and explain that you won’t be upset if he doesn’t bring home all A’s, but that you will be upset if he doesn’t try his best. 2. Communicate with your child. Don’t wait until report cards are issued to talk with your child. Ask how he is doing in school. 3. Discuss your child’s performance. A teacher can recommend ways to help your child or point out difficulties he is having, while his guidance counselor can provide progress reports. 4. Set goals for improvement. If your child is currently a C student, a goal of all A’s may not be reasonable. However, creating a goal for each subject will help him stay motivated. 5. Create a personalized study plan. Your child should keep a schedule of all classes, assignments and key dates. As part of that schedule, he should include specific times for studying, projects and extracurricular activities. 6. Praise your child’s successes. Praise can raise your child’s confidence level and encourage him to tackle new challenges. 7. Seek outside help. Some children may need personalized instruction that is customized to fit their academic needs. Speak with your child’s teacher about professional tutoring that will provide a scientifically proven program comprised of step-by-step instruction to help your child master missing skills and become an inspired learner. For additional resources, such as a free report card guide for children in grades prekindergarten through 12, visit http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/report-card-guide.cfm or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS for more information.

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(NewsUSA) - If you came to tell you about the things across an instant message they did online. Show genconversation your child uine curiosity, and make it was having on your comfun. puter and discovered the • Familiarize yourself. acronym “PAW,” would you Have them show you their know what to make of it? online profile, favorite If not, you aren’t alone. chat rooms and friends. With cyber bullying and • Learn the lingo. predators becoming a large Common chat acronyms presence online, many parinclude “PA” (Parent ents are realizing that the Alert) and “PAW” (Parents age-old discussion of how are Watching). to safely cross the street is • Inform. Explain why morphing into a more techchildren should never In today’s age of technolosavvy conversation -; how share passwords, even gy, keeping children safe on to stay protected on the with friends. Tell your the Internet is a must. Internet. child never to click on According to a 2006 links or attachments sent study on social networking by CA, Inc. by e-mail, unless they know the sender. and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Even in those cases, use caution. 51 percent of parents who are aware that • Fight cyber-bullying. Watch for signs their children use social networking sites of cyber-bullying, such as your child do not restrict their children’s profiles so becoming agitated after using the PC, and that only friends can view them. Further, learn how to respond by saving chat logs 36 percent of parents surveyed did not and contacting the cyber-bully’s Internet monitor their children on social network- provider. ing sites. • Establish control. Keep your PC in the CA has teamed up with Boys & Girls living room or other common area, and Clubs of America to donate Internet secu- install parental controls with Web filtering rity software to Boys & Girls Clubs across and optional time restrictions that you can the country and to offer parents and care- adjust yourself. Furthermore, give your givers the following simple tips to help child a separate sign-on name. them monitor their children’s Internet For more information about this initiaactivity: tive, visit www.bgca.org/partners/ca.asp. • Surf the Web together. Ask your child


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Weighing in on Childhood Obesity

ECO + KIDS + LAUNDRY = 911 Amazing New Technology to the Rescue!

By Mark A. Davis, RD, LDN Current research shows that over 15% of the children and teens in our country are considered overweight. This number is three times higher than it was in 1980. An additional 15% of children and teens are considered “at risk” for becoming overweight. Children that are overweight have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Being overweight is associated with increased risk of certain diseases such as heart disease (including high cholesterol and blood pressure), asthma, gallbladder disease, certain types of cancers, and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, Type 2 diabetes, previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and adolescents. Why? What is happening to American children to cause this problem? Several factors in play influence what, when, and how our children eat. Consider the following: Children are not as active as they have been in the past. Take into account the amount of time spent watching TV, using the computer, and playing video games. Research shows that the average child spends between 21 and 28 hours per week just watching television. This is more than twice what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Besides the obvious sedentary behavior, while watching television, children are receiving powerful advertising messages about foods. It comes as no surprise that advertisements aimed at youths are generally contrary to what is recommended for healthful eating. High-calorie sweetened beverages are being consumed more often than milk or

water. A fast-food or convenience-store beverage can be up to 42 ounces (for one person). Children are exposed to an abundance of high-calorie, low-nutrient snack, convenience, and fast foods featuring “super-sized” servings. As a result, less nutritious foods are consumed. Dietary surveys show that only less than one third of children consume the number of servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid. What can we do? Parents, families, and caregivers need to get involved in influencing children’s eating habits. Children often take their cues from what they see at home. Make healthy food choices; bring more healthy foods into the home such as fruits vegetables and whole grains. Limit the amounts of “junk foods” and sugary beverages purchased. Make sure your child eats a balanced, healthy diet, and monitor your child’s snacking. Try to prepare foods in a healthy manner. Limit the amounts of “fast foods” your children eat. Limit portion sizes, chew well, and take your time; it takes your stomach an average of 20 minutes to tell your brain it’s full. Try to eat more family meals together. Try to make time to enjoy physical activities together, and limit the amount of time that your children spend in front of the TV and computer and playing video game. Now is the time to set the stage to ensure that your children develop healthy eating habits and appropriate levels of physical activity. Making some changes now will pay off big in the long run.

Kid’s and Families Can Help Protect The Environment • Reduce energy usage in your home, class, or neighborhood; keep a chart to track your progress • Write to your Congressman about an eco-topic “Team Green” as featured in Radio Disney’s NewsWire Below are some “Team Green” initiative ideas from Radio Disney that will get your kids started on helping to protect the environment. Parents, for more information, and to sign up for the NewsWire go to www.RadioDisney.com. Individual Activities: • Start recycling cans, plastic bottles and newspapers • Educate your neighborhood about available recycling programs in your community • Plant a tree in your backyard • Grow an organic garden and donate the produce to a local shelter • Help protect a local animal’s habitat • Create a conservation club for your class/neighborhood

Group Activities: • Organize a bike to school rally once a week • Start a carpool with your friends or neighbors • Organize a beach/forest/park cleanup • Organize a tree planting; establish a garden club to monitor the growth of the tree/plants • Create a garden made of eco-friendly materials; establish a garden club to monitor the growth of the tree/plants • Start an e-waste recycling drive for your class/neighborhood • Create a conservation club for your class/neighborhood • Create a ‘Buy Recycled’ Program for your class or neighborhood; track monetary and resource savings

LAUNDRY….YOU CAN’T ESCAPE IT! But, finally, science has provided a simple, safe and effective way to clean and sanitize laundry while saving energy, time, money and helping the environment. The future is now, and going green just got easier! It’s called LAUNDRYPURE by EcoQuest Intl. It is an appliance that works with your washing machine to clean and sanitize laundry in COLD WATER with NO DETERGENT! That’s amazing! How does it work? It is a simple installation, above your washer. The cold water intake hose from your washer is connected to the LAUNDRYPURE unit. Then a connecting hose brings the cold water back to your washer. As the cold water passes through the LAUNDRYPURE unit, it is treated with natural elements, superoxides and oxygen gasses, the same elements nature uses in a thunderstorm to purify the air. Trace amounts of silver ions are added as well. Silver has a centuries-old reputation as an effective killer of bacteria and fungi. When they are added to the wash water, they naturally eliminate germs and bacteria as well as odors. NO DETERGENT is necessary. This is great news! No more skin irritation and reactions, no more pollution. In fact, by eliminating the residual detergent that is always left in clothing, LAUNDRYPURE renews your clothes, making them feel softer and fluffier. Without the abrasive chemicals in detergents, clothes last longer. Colors don’t fade and SORTING is a thing of the past! Whites are whiter, brights are brighter without harsh bleach! And it is safe for SEPTIC TANKS. “I’m simply amazed,” says Cindy Davis of Finleyville. “The LAUNDRYPURE process works! Our clothes smell so fresh and the whites are definitely brighter. The unit is attractive and interesting to watch as it works. And it was very simple to install. It’s saving us money on heating, detergents and softeners and it’s good for our septic system, too.” NO ODORS develop if you happen to for-

get the damp clothes in the washer. That is because 99.99% of bacteria are killed, as confirmed in lab tests by the National Sanitation Foundation. Your clothes will smell super fresh without added softeners. Of course, those extra stubborn stains may still need pre-treating. EcoQuest offers an organic pre-treater/cleaner for this purpose or you can use your own favorite. LAUNDRYPURE is not a miracle device, but it sure comes close! And if you have water quality issues such as high iron content, you may need a pre-filter. AT LAST, scientists have attacked the nitty gritty grime of our daily lives with a solution that saves time, money, energy and the environment. How much money will you save on heating costs, and on detergents, softeners, and bleach? Call your local EcoQuest dealer for more information and a 30 day RISK FREE trial or visit www.laundryplus.com/lserra. Pass Code “guest”. Ask about the February “LOVE YOUR FAMILY” special. For more information, contact Lorraine Serra, 412-443-9442 or 800-970-8695. (EcoQuest Healthy Living Technologies enhance indoor environments through air, water and laundry purification.)


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Area Boys Varsity Basketball Well Underway By Paul Chasko Well, we’re over halfway through the basketball season, and I thought we’d take a look at how our local teams are faring. Rankings are section games. In boys varsity hoops, we have Ringgold (2-3) and South Park (2-3) playing in Class AAA, Section 4, and they’re both sitting in the middle of the pack with Trinity also at (2-3). Unless Chartiers Valley (5-0) totally falls apart, it’s likely they’ll end up as the division champs in Section 2. Keystone Oaks (4-1) could catch them, but it’s not likely as Chartiers Valley has been playing much better defense. Chartiers was recently listed as the number 5 team in the AAA State rankings. In AAA, Section 5 we have Elizabeth Forward (0-5) and Thomas Jefferson (3-2). Unfortunately, if the first half of the season is any indication, we may see Elizabeth Forward sitting at the bottom of the win/lost column. TJ has been surging and is now battling Steel Valley and West Mifflin for second place. Belle Vernon (4-1) is vulnerable and may not be able to hold first place for long. The stretch run will be interesting in Section 5, and I wouldn’t rule out TJ just yet. Peters Township (5-3) is playing in Quad A, Section 4 with some very tough teams, but they’re hanging right in there. As I wrote this, they were led by Moon (6-2) Upper Saint Clair (5-2) and Canon McMillan (5-2). Anything can happen here. Upper St. Clair has had a hot hand shooting, and Moon has been very tough on defense. Let’s hope the Indians do well in the stretch. From our local teams, it

2 Ringgold Scholar-athletes Achieve Heisman Recognition

Sharp Shootin’ at K of C Basketball Free-Throw Contest

Ringgold Rams’ Dave Bassi (#34) blocks a shooting lane for R.J. Brownlee (#5). The Rams found Keystone Oaks a bit too tall and too fast. K of C Council 13832 Free Throw Contest winners and participants had a ball!

Keystone Oaks’ Corey Bellovich shoots over R.J. Brownlee. KO won this game 71-43.

looks as though the Peters Township Indians have the best chance of making the play-offs. In Class A, Section 3, Clairton is in the center of the pack with a record of (5-3). They could fight their way into second place and possibly a playoff spot but no one will catch Serra Catholic this year with a record of (8-0). As in the other sections, the leader (Serra) is doing it with great defense. Clairton was ranked number 10 in WPIAL Class A recently by MSA Sports.

K of C Council 2600 Free Throw Contest winners and participants display their winnings.

By Paul Chasko On January 13, local area boys and girls competed in a basketball free-throw contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus Councils 2600 of Monongahela and 13832 of Finleyville. Turnout for the contest was light due to other basketball games in local league play, but there were winners in several age/gender categories that will be moving on to the divisional contest to be held in Monessen in February. The contest was held at the Mon Valley YMCA, and the Knights wish to thank the “Y” and Program Manager Angel Gulick for their assistance. Council 13832 Winners: Boys (10) Cameron Sarber Jefferson Hills Boys (13) Andrew Funtal Union Township Girls (10) Kierston Lewis Finleyville Girls (12) Leah Seader Brownsville Girls (14) Bethany Lewis Finleyville Council 2600 Winners: Boys (10) Nickolas Moffett Boys (11) Andrew Kotler Boys (12) Ryan Cekus Boys (14) Joshua Mayer Girls (10) Johna Gibson Girls (11) Ashley Russo Girls (12) Chelsey Russo Girls (14) Justine Gibson

Loren Cortopassi; Lloyd C. Price, Athletic

Director, Ringgold High School; and Randy Stein Loren Cortopassi and Randy Stein were named school winners of the 2007 Wendy’s High School Heisman program, which honors outstanding seniors who excel in academics, athletics and community service. Cortopassi, of Eighty Four, is a three sport athlete who carries a 3.67 GPA. She plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan College to major in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Glenn and Billie Jo Cortopassi. Stein, of Monongahela, is a two time letter winner in soccer and is ranked #1 in a class of 264 with a 4.0 GPA. He is the son of William Stein and Elissa Stein and plans on attending Penn State to major in chemical engineering. For the past thirteen years, Wendy's Restaurants have teamed up with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee to create the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. To date more than 150,000 high school students have represented their schools and have been touched by the Heisman mystique.

Charleroi (not pictured) Monongahela Monongahela Monongahela Monongahela Donora Donora Monongahela

“Coaches vs. Cancer” Game Set for February 1 On February 1, Ringgold will go against South Park in a Coaches vs. Cancer Game. One dollar of every ticket sold at the gate that evening will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Also, throughout the game, the Ringgold cheerleaders will collect donations from the crowd. Patrons who donate $1 dollar will receive a donation card to be displayed on the wall in memory or honor of a loved one. For donations $3 or greater, contributors will receive a lanyard. Mr. Lloyd Price, Athletic Director, is looking for a sponsor(s) to match the funds raised from the night or make a fixed donation (i.e. $500) to Coaches vs. Cancer. Those willing to participate should contact the Ringgold Athletic Department at 724-258-2208.


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Area Girls Varsity Basketball Summary

Sports

The Mon River Muck By Paul Chasko When we had those two beautiful days with the temperature in the 60’s in the middle of January, I started thinking about fishing. When I start thinking about fishing, I start thinking about past fishing excursions. I don’t know why, but I started remembering my various encounters with “Mon River Muck”. Now anyone who has done any shore fishing or swimming or has beached a small boat or canoe on the banks of the Mon knows about Mon River Muck. The Old Mon River has been working away for years carrying silt and other stuff along its length and depositing it in select spots. Let me tell you about muck. When the hot sun comes out, it bakes the top inch or so until it’s dry. It’s an insidious trap for the unwary. You step on the crust, break through and the muck sucks you in – sometimes up to your knees. It is about the consistency of wet plaster. It’s usually brown on top from normal silt runoff, but you go down several inches and the stuff turns black and evil. The further down you go, the further back in time you go – back to when really bad stuff was floating down the Mon. It’s like the stuff that enclosed and embedded fossils millions of years ago. Minor muck encounters are just a nuisance resulting in a pause to clean off your shoes or boots. A bad muck encounter goes something like this: you step gingerly on the crust and it feels OK. You put your weight

on it, and you break through and sink in to your calf. You try to pull your leg out and – uh, oh! You can’t! You stand there for a moment and look around to see if there’s any help around. No one around? You’re now at a very critical point in the encounter. Never, and I mean never, do you take your other foot off solid ground. If you do – it’s too horrible to even discuss. You’ll end up sitting down in the stuff – and you will then proceed to become a fossil. About now, you’ll start getting some of the aroma of the really bad black stuff that your foot is stirring up – yuk. It’s what the river used to smell like 20 years ago. If you’re lucky enough to be near a branch or a big rock, you grab hold, put your weight on your other leg, and pull for all your worth. If you can’t pull your leg out or if there’s nothing to grab on to, then forget it, you’re a goner! Usually what happens is that, after 15 minutes or so of struggling, your foot and sock get good and slimy and your foot slips out of your shoe (slurp) and you’re free – but, of course, your shoe is now a fossil. Thousands of years later, some archeologist may dig through the solidified sediment and find another one of those “Nike” artifacts for the museum. You’ll now have to walk up the riverbank limping along with only one shoe, splattered with muck. You’ll likely pass by another fisherman and he’ll say, “Muck, huh?” You’ll reply, “Yep.” And he’ll shake his head in a conciliatory manner.

South Park Offers TOPSoccer Program South Park Soccer Association is pleased to participate in the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) program. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4-19, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family. TOPSoccer was designed not as a competitor to the programs run by other sports organizations for people with disabilities, but rather as a complementary program that works hand in hand with organizations like Special Olympics to expand the overall training and competition opportunities for young people with disabilities. The TOPSoccer program offers young people the opportunity to participate in the same community sports program as their non-disabled brothers and sisters - to wear the same club uniform and to play at the same fields. TOPSoccer can fill this need. South Park Soccer's TOPSoccer program is offered on Saturdays in the spring (late March through May) at Evans' Park soccer complex. Please contact Monica Malloy at 412-835-9204 or John Papinchak at 412-559-5738 or jp7p@andrew.cmu.edu for more information or to sign up.

By Paul Chasko

The Bethel Park Blackhawks were tough guarding Ringgold players.

Ringgold Lady Rams fought hard under the net, but it wasn’t enough.

Girl’s varsity basketball has been ongoing for about eight weeks, which means we’re nearly through the season and you folks might want to know what’s happening with the local teams. Let’s look at the sections where local girls are playing. The standings below reference section games. The Peters Township (5-3) girls are playing in Quad A, Section 4, and if it weren’t for the fact that Mt. Lebanon (80) and Upper St. Clair (5-3) are so strong this year, they might be at the top. Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair have been recently ranked 4 and 5 in the state. Peters is playing great defense, but the high shooting records of Mt. Lebanon and USC are pulling them ahead. Don’t give up on Peters just yet. A big win over Baldwin moves them up. Tying up second place will hinge on wins over USC and their next three section opponents. Thomas Jefferson (3-2) and Elizabeth Forward (4-1) both play in AAA, Section 5, which is unsettled. West Mifflin (5-0) was leading but is trailed closely by the Warriors and TJ. The three leaders are all close when you look at the sectional records, so it’s difficult to predict who’ll emerge as section champ. TJ is going to have to improve on both offense and defense, or they’ll start to fall back. This

will be an interesting finish. The Ringgold Lady Rams (5-0) are in AAA, Section 4, and, barring a meltdown, they should emerge as the section champs. Their defense is solid, but second place Chartiers Valley (4-1) is closing the gap on scoring. The spread isn’t that great when you look at conference games, and West Allegheny (3-2) is hanging in there in third place. Two Ringgold losses in a row to Bethel Park and Elizabeth Forward have made me a bit nervous. By the time you read this, we’ll know if the Lady Rams had enough left to put Char Valley and West Allegheny behind them – two very crucial games. In AA, Section 3, South Park (6-2) is being trailed closely by Bishop Canevin (5-1), South Fayette (5-2), Seton LaSalle (4-3), and Brentwood (4-4). They’re so close, the section title could go to any one of them. I’d give a slim edge to South Park girls, as they’ve been outscoring the other three teams. The Clairton girls (4-2) have fallen behind Monessen (7-0) in Class A, Section 3, and Serra Catholic (5-2) in the rankings but Clairton still has a good shot at second place. It looks as though Monessen is going to pull out as champs in A, Section 3 this year – but strange things can always happen.


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Ringgold Rams and Elizabeth Forward Warriors Do Well on the Mats

The Mon Valley Thunder Professional Hockey With a Down-Home Atmosphere

Goalie Dustin MacDonald #35 gets some help from Darren Seid #11 and another defenseman in keeping this shot out of the net.

By Paul Chasko Area wrestling teams hit the mats about eight weeks ago. Some teams are doing well while others are – trying hard. There are still some cancelled matches (due to the recent herpes simplex outbreak) in the WPIAL that may have to be rescheduled if they’d affect standings. At the time of this writing, in Class AAA Section 2, the Elizabeth Forward Warriors (4-1) are in second place behind the Hempfield Spartans (5-0). Most media sources have had the Spartans listed as the number one or number 2 wrestling team in WPIAL Class AAA for several weeks. They have an outstanding group of wrestlers, but they were nearly taken down by Connellsville. The Warriors only defeat was at the hands of Hempfield. Both Hempfield and Elizabeth Forward have three section matches left. I see Elizabeth Forward having a tougher set of matches ahead, so I’d have to give Hempfield the edge to emerge as the team Champ of Class AAA, Section 2. Ringgold (3-3), Thomas Jefferson (0-4), and Peters Township (0-5) all play in Class AAA, Section 4. Ringgold is now fourth in Section 4, but they have a chance to move up as a few spots as Upper St. Clair (second at 3-1) and Baldwin 9 third at 3-2) have been vulnerable. Holding down first place in Section 4 is Bethel Park (6-0). They have too strong a team to be beaten out as section champs. The Bethel Park Blackhawks have been listed in the WPIAL Class AAA top ten by MSA Sports. The South Park team at (0-6) is struggling hard to log their first team win. They have three remaining section games: West Greene (5-1), Avella (1-5), and Carlynton (4-3). Ben Fallen of Pittsburgh Central Catholic arches his back to avoid being pinned by Ringgold’s Todd Miller, who won the match with a pin a few minutes later.

The Mon Valley Thunder (Black and Gold) face off against Valley Forge in what would be a 7-6 overtime win for the Thunder..

By Paul Chasko Want to see some great professional hockey with your nose pressed against the glass instead of the upper tier of seats at Mellon Arena? Get out to the Rostraver Ice Garden and watch the Mon Valley Thunder as they work their way up the standings of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. We recently watched the “Thunder” as they broke through a 6-6 tied game and won it in overtime. What a great way to watch professional hockey. There are no bad seats in the arena Mon Valley Thunder Goalie Dustin MacDonald and you’re always in the sets up in front of his net. front tier of seats with the glass right in front of you. Wear your long-johns as it’s a little cool but the excitement of the game keeps you warmed up. Want to meet the players after the game – no problem. Fans gather as the players come off the ice, whomp them on the back and congratulate them on another great game – the players will even chat with you for a while about the game. With tickets at $8 and with plenty of “free” parking at the arena this is very affordable professional hockey. The Mon Valley Thunder is part of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. This is Class A hockey with some very talented players trying hard to work themselves up into one of the NHL farm systems. I spoke with Head Coach and General Manager Brian Cersosimo and he’s really high on his team. “The team is playing great right now – they’re currently in third place and moving up,” he said. High scorer Gary Klapkowski and Goalie Dustin McDonald were recently named MAHL players of the week. The MAHL season runs from early November to the end of March. If you’ve never been to the Rostraver Ice Garden, the arena is located in Rostraver Township just off Route 51. Get on the “net” for more information at www.monvalleythunder .com.


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Roy Jones Junior Visits Gym in Coal Center

Local Boxing Update By Steve “Skeets” Levandosky

BLOOMFIELD, PA, DECEMBER 22 140 lbs., Blaise Santoriello of South Park Boxing Club (SPBC) vs. John Dipolito of Indiana University of PA (IUP) In the first round, Santoriello starts the action with his customary style of stalking forward, catch one to give one. Then, Santoriello lands a huge right cross that splits the IUP’s boy’s eyelid. The fight doc examines him, and the boys fight on ‘til the middle of the second round when the doc’s seen enough. Blaise Santoriello wins by TKO in the second round. 152 lbs., Justin Lubash of SPBC vs. Chris Debar of Flood City Boxing, Johnstown PA This is Justin Lubash’s first fight in over two years. For the last 15 months, he has been serving the U.S. Army in Iraq. His plans are to try out for the Army Boxing Team, so good luck, Justin! Lubash showed some ring rust but gave good account of himself in a seesaw battle. When the scorecards are in, Chris Debar wins a tough battle over Justin Lubash! 165 lbs., Sam Suska of IUP vs. Katongo Muluenga of Penn State University Titan Fitness via Africa (rematch from June 8, 2007 at the Monroeville Expo Mart) These two boys know a little bit about each other; the bell sounds and as the action starts they trade evenly through the first two rounds. In the third, Suska takes control and stuns the African with powerful right hands and left hooks that wobbled his legs. The ref gives Katongo eight seconds to think about it and he wants to continue. Sam Suska keeps landing power shots with both hands to the gut and skull and has his foe pasted on the ropes when the final gong tolls. Sam Suska wins a clear-cut decision over Katongo Muluenga

Boxing Great Roy Jones Jr. studies Brookline’s Sam Suska during a sparring session.

Sam Suska (black trunks) drills Katongo Muluenga with a right cross.

155 lbs., Shawn Conway of SPBC vs. Sir John Withrow of Homestead Boxing In the first, Conway takes the fight to Sir John and tears into him with nice combos of right hands to the belly and left hooks to the face. This pace goes to the third round when Sir John connects a smashing right to the chin of Conway, who crashes to the canvas, gets up at the count of seven, and continues fighting to the last bell. Sir John Withrow pounds out a decision over Shawn Conway! 152 lbs., “Slick” Sammy Vasquez of SPBC vs. John L. Farley of Steel City Boxing, North Side, Pittsburgh In the first, “Slick” Sammy (southpaw) starts out boxing stick and move, slipping Farley’s big haymakers bombs. Farley is too slow for Vasquez, who keeps scoring with both hands ‘til the second round when Vasquez lands a tremendous straight left to the jaw and Farley hits the floor. Up by the count of eight, they fight on. In the third, Vasquez, with much faster hand speed, unleashed a flurry of punches, ending with solid upper cuts that daze and hurt the Pittsburgh boy as the ref, who’s seen enough of the beating, calls halt to the action. “Slick” Sammy Vasquez wins TKO in the third over John L. Farley!

Monessen’s “Slick” Sammy Vasquez watches John L. Farley climb off the floor. (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)

Former Light Heavyweight Champion, Heavyweight Champion, and Pound-4Pound King, Roy Jones Jr. visited Buzz Garnick’s Gym in Coal Center, Washington County, PA on January 5, 2008 to prepare for his fight with Felix Trinidad held on January 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bob Healy got the phone call from the Jones Camp, looking for young, tough talent to work with Roy. Sam Suska was also in training for a fight on January 19 at Baldwin High School. It was quite an honor to watch Roy Jones Jr. work out! Steve “Skeets” Levandosky, Roy Jones Jr., and Don DeGenther at Buzz Garnick’s Gym in Coal Center, Washington County.


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Seniors

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Transportation Options For Seniors (NAPSI)-Today, 21 percent of Americans over age 65 do not drive, and as baby boomers begin to reach age 65, there are concerns about growing transportation needs nationwide. The Eldercare Locator and the National Center on Senior Transportation have developed a new brochure to help older Americans and their families discuss transportation options. "Planning ahead and understanding the options can give older adults and their family members peace of mind," said Shopping Day-Many older adults are becoming aware of alternative transportation options in their communities. Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which administers the Eldercare Locator, a free service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. Transportation options vary from community to community, and can include volunteer drivers, and minibus services that provide door-to-door access. The brochure, "Transportation Options for Older Adults: Choices for Mobility Independence," describes transportation services, where to get information, and key questions to ask service providers. A free copy is available at (800) 677-1116, www.eldercare.gov and www.seniortransportation.net.

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New Dwellings Makes Downsizing, Moving Easier for Seniors Joseph Trifaro and his daughters, Emily Trifaro and Melissa MacLeod, of New Dwellings attend an event for an open house in Washington, PA, to showcase their services.

By Andrea Earnest Are you downsizing from a larger home to a smaller home, apartment, condo, assisted living facility, or health care facility, or do you know someone who is? New Dwellings, LLC, assists seniors, and others, in Southwestern Pennsylvania to make these transitions, which can be difficult and heart wrenching. Since March 2007, Joseph M. Trifaro, Jr., of Washington relieves clients’ worries when they are unable to tackle such a large task on their own. Because of personal experiences with family members, Trifaro saw a need for this service. His mission is “to provide a simple solution to moving, downsizing, and organizing with minimal anxiety, concern, and physical and emotional stress,” bringing the client “balance and a comfort zone.” He offers a full line of services, including helping to decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard; providing storage information; cleaning and arranging the home for sale; and assisting in the moving process. He also handles small details, such as utility company and change of address notifications, or just setting clocks, connecting appliances, or cleanup after the move. Trifaro’s 35 years’ banking experience gives him a unique position to help with real estate and banking needs, and he has a referral network of estate attorneys, contractors, bankers, and senior assistance agencies. His wife and his two daughters, who help with marketing and sales, assist him and give the business “a woman’s touch.” He has found that what “started out as a job, ended up as a vocation.” To reach New Dwellings, call 724-825-8479 or e-mail Trifaro at newdwellings@comcast.net.

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The Venetia Community Center recently held their annual Christmas Party. Thanks to Jim Obringer for being Santa Claus and to Rosemarie Zrimsek and her crew for a job well done on the decorations.

February Events For Seniors at 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. • We will continue with the Blood Pressure Screenings at our luncheons on February 14th and 28th. A nurse will be here to take the blood pressures from 11:00 to 12:00 followed by a delicious lunch from the Agency Area on Aging. Food is prepared at the Canonsburg Senior Center and transported to our center. A job well done. Please come and join us, reservations are required. Call Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. • Entertainment for February 14th (Valentine's Day) will be our own Joe Polacek and his Harmonica’s. Our next luncheon will be February 28th. Our speaker will be Mary Beth Caputo and her topic will be on diabetes. • Birthdays for February are as follows: Erma Grego, Marion Martik, Mayme Skerl. Happy Birthday and many more.

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CURVES Member of the Month

Congratulations to Myra Haluka, our Member of the Month. Myra is a longtime resident of South Park. For many years, she has been the township’s crossing guard for children at Stewart School and the Berryman Avenue/ North Broad location. She and her husband, Lou, enjoy their four children, seven grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. She claims, “Curves is a good habit to get into—it’s a Myra Haluka keeper! My workout enables me to keep up with my family, working, and a very busy lifestyle.” Congrats, Myra! You are a wonderful role model for all of us.

CURVES Machine of the Month The lateral lift machine works the lateral muscles of the waist.

Healthy Directions Announces February Programs and Events Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Healthy Directions health education and resource center at 3547 Washington Avenue in Finleyville will celebrate the following national health events in February: • Wise Health Care Consumer Month An estimated 23 percent of all visits to physicians and 55 percent of all visits to hospital emergency rooms, are unnecessary. In fact, many problems that people seek medical assistance for could have been treated at home using self-care. • Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Low Vision Awareness Month Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting 1.6 million Americans age 50 and older. Anyone interested in these topics are encouraged to stop in for free information.In addition, Healthy Directions will present February programs as follows: February 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – Lipid/Glucose Screening A 12-hour fasting is required. Cost is $12.00. Results will be sent to you physicians. Any questions please call 724-348-6699. Healthy Directions offers on-site laboratory services for blood and urine analysis are from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 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 3 p.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.

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Dr. Tony’s Corner

Take Health Matters into Your Own Hands

Avoid Cold Weather Injuries This Winter With winter here, and the arrival of cold weather and snow, remember to take steps to avoid cold weather injuries in our children and ourselves. While we enjoy winter time activities, such as, skating, skiing, sled-riding, snow-boarding and snowmobiling, remembering the basics will help to reduce your chance of frost nip and frostbite. Dress your child in layers of clothing, and cover their head, face, nose, and ears. Have them wear water proof shoes or boots with two pairs of socks with the first pair made of synthetic material to help wick away moisture. Also, have them wear gloves or mittens. Mittens may be better for they allow your fingers to touch each other providing warmth. Frost Nip is a less severe and more common cold weather injury. The affected areas are usually an exposed nose, ears, fingers, or toes. These areas may appear white, red, yellow, or gray with accompanying numbness and/or tingling. Skin of the involved areas will feel soft and deformable. This type of injury may be treated at home. Affected individuals should be moved inside, and all wet clothing and restrictive jewelry should be removed. Affected areas should then be placed in warm water until normal sensation occurs. Rubbing of the area and the possibility of thawing and re freezing should be avoided. Frost Bite is a more severe and rarer injury. Affected areas are usually the same as those in frost nip injuries. The areas will appear white, or blue tinged, and waxy with an absence of normal sensation. Characteristically, the skin will feel hard and be non

JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

At Jefferson Regional Medical Center, our medical professionals are in the heart of the community, providing Medical Excellence Closer to Your Home. The following FREE events are scheduled at off-campus locations:

“Understanding & Alleviating Depression and Anxiety” Feb. 18 and March 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Counseling Center, Caste Village Mall, Suite M123, Whitehall Joseph Cvitkovic, PhD, director of Behavioral Health, leads these informative sessions to help people better understand anxiety and depression and learn valuable strategies to help improve how they feel and function. Call 412-469-7100 to register.

Foot Screenings Feb. 14 and March 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

deformable. In more severe cases, the skin may appear black. This condition should be treated at a medical facility. However, some basic first aid before going to a hospital or while awaiting an ambulance will be beneficial. Again, the affected individual should be moved indoors and wet clothing and restrictive jewelry should be removed. Sterile gauze should be placed between involved fingers and toes, and any affected extremity should be elevated. Warm beverages should be given as well. If you unsure what type of injury you have or what to do, contact your doctor.

Please e-mail questions and subject suggestions for future editions of Dr. Tony’s Corner to 1drtonymd @comcast.net.

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Jefferson Regional Outpatient Testing Site, Route 51 (across from CVS), Baldwin Designed for those with diabetes or family members who have the disease and who have not had a foot inspection in the past year. The screening detects diabetic neuropathy, characterized by numbness, weakness and loss of protective sensation in the feet. No appointments needed; just walk in.

Medication Clinic/Blood Pressure Checks Wednesdays in February and March, 9 a.m. to noon

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Patrick Garman is New Administrator for Spartan Surgicenter Patrick S. Garman has been named administrator of the Spartan Health Surgicenter, LLP, in Carroll Township, which is affiliated with Monongahela Valley Hospital. In this capacity, Garman will manage the day-to day operations of the ambulatory surgery facility. “Patrick brings a strong health care background to area patients and physicians and to the local residents. His experiences in physician relations, business management and the operation of similar facilities will be a tremendous asset to the Spartan Health Surgicenter,” Thomas J. Cullen, senior vice president of Monongahela Valley Hospital said. “We are confident that Mr. Garman will advance the goals and needs of the Surgicenter to the benefit of the community.” “My goals are simple,” Garman said. “I intend to grow the services at this facility to become the premier outpatient surgical facility in the area while, at the same time, offer a full spectrum of services to all physicians and patients in the midMonongahela Valley that need medically advanced surgical facilities. “We have contemporary operating suites and our location is ideal. We are centrally located and easily accessible and only minutes away from Monongahela Valley Hospital, where most of our physicians have privileges,” he said. The Surgicenter and professional office building opened in September of 2005 and tenants of the medical office complex include a variety of health care specialties and practices. It is located on the same tract of land as the Mon Valley Care Center which opened in December 2003. Both are on the site of the former Monongahela Valley Catholic High School. The facility is less than a mile from Route 88 and Route 43 – the Mon Valley

Monongahela Valley Hospital Calendar of Events for February 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, February 4 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Instructional session for parents-to-be in the last trimester of pregnancy. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229). Managing Your Diabetes - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, February 5, 6, 7 8:30 a.m., ECC. 3-day, 2 hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. Registration is required at least one-week prior to the start of classes. For more information or to register, call 724258-1483. RSDS Support Group - Tuesday, February 12 11 a.m., ECC. Free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

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Expressway. Garman was most recently Principal/Administrator for Del Rio Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Centers in Del Rio, TX. He also held administrator positions at various rehabilitation service organizations throughout the San Antonio Texas area. Garman served in the US Army Military Intelligence branch based in San Antonio, TX and served the US Army Southern Command and the Central and South American theater of operations and served in the United States Army in the military intelligence division of Special Forces. He holds a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from San Francisco State University. He resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Prostate Cancer Support Group Wednesday, February 13 6 p.m., ECC. The Prostate Cancer Support Group is free and open to all persons with prostate cancer and their families. The discussion will be lead by Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D. and Lori Lasich, CRNP, from the MVH Regional Cancer Center. For more information, call 724-292- 9404. Diabetes Support Group Thursday, February 14 6:30 p.m., ECC. Free and open to all diabetics and their families, this group meets most months. This month’s topic will be “The ABCs of Diabetes”. For more information, call 724-258-1148. Red Cross Blood Drive - Friday, February 15 Noon to 6 p.m., ECC. American Red Cross, in cooperation with Monongahela Valley Hospital, will sponsor a blood drive on the hospital campus. For more information, call 724-258-1234. Lipid/Glucose Screening Monday, February 18 7 a.m. to noon. Finleyville. Healthy Directions, Finleyville, will offer Lipid and Glucose Screenings. A 12-hour fast is required. Fee is $12. Advance registration is requested at 724-348-6699.

Breast-feeding Support Group Monday, February 18 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. This free support group is free and open to all women interested in breast-feeding their newbom infant. For more information, call 724258-BABY (2229). Managing Your Diabetes - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, February 19, 20, 21 6 p.m., Center for Fitness and Health, MonVale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. 3-day, 2 hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. Registration is required at least one-week prior to the start of classes. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483. Arthritis Support Group Wednesday, February 20 1 p.m., ECC. The Arthritis Support Group is free and open to all persons with arthritis or related illnesses and their families. For more information, call 724-258-1321. Public CPR Instructions Tuesday, February 26 6 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. Carbohydrate Counting Thursday, February 28 6 p.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. How to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar and information on the glycemic index. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1148. Infant/Child CPR - Thursday, February 28 6 p.m., ECC. Infant/Child CPR classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $25 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.


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Upcoming Events at Canonsburg General Hospital Prosthesis and Gait Evaluations for Amputees Debra Panucci, M.D., the medical director of Canonsburg General Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department, will provide free prosthesis and gait evaluations for amputees. The evaluations will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 in the Falconi Rehabilitation Center at Canonsburg General Hospital. The clinic is offered in association with Delatorre Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. To make an appointment for a free evaluation, call 412-599-1105.

Diabetic Education Classes Canonsburg General Hospital will conduct Diabetic Education Classes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center on the following dates: February 14 - Introduction to Diabetes/Monitoring and Managing Your Diabetes February 21 - Diet Management of Diabetes / Preventing Eye Complications February 28 - Medications of Diabetes Management / Foot Care March 6 - Benefits of Exercise in Diabetes / Coping with Diabetes The classes are free. To register, please call 1-877-284-2000.

Pediatric CPR Class with AED Canonsburg General Hospital will offer a class on Pediatric Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 in the McNary Conference Center. Instructors for this class are certified by the American Heart Association. Attendees will learn infant and child CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) training and methods to relieve choking. Infant safety in the home also will be discussed. The cost is $25 per person. To register, call 1-877-284-2000.

Mutschler Orthopaedic 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, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center at Canonsburg General Hospital. Topics covered include: Information about arthritis; Explanation of a joint replacement surgery, To register, call 1-888-877-5955 or 724-873-5955.

February Support Groups /Classes at The Washington Hospital • 55 Alive Mature Driving Program This AARP-sponsored program helps drivers 50 and older remain safe and possibly save money on their auto insurance. Check with your insurance company for discount eligibility. Fee is $10. February 18 and 19, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. To register, call 724-223-3541. • Breastfeeding Support Group For pregnant women, mothers who are currently breastfeeding, fathers and siblings. The Washington Hospital, Unit 5E, last Monday of every month, 6:30 to 8 p.m. To register, call 724-250-4476. • Cholesterol Management: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Presented by cardiologist John Costello, M.D. Light refreshments will be served. February 21, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. To register, call 724-250-6249. • Living Each Day (with the American Cancer Society) The Washington Hospital, Occupational Therapy Apartment, 4th Floor, second Thursday each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. To register, please call 724-223-7100. • Lost Cord Support Group (with the American Cancer Society) The Washington Hospital, Occupational Therapy Apartment, 4th Floor, second Tuesday each month, 7 to 8 p.m. To register, please call 724-223-7100. • Prenatal Classes Classes include early pregnancy, prepared childbirth, baby care and breastfeeding. There is a fee for these classes, but many insurance plans will reimburse you for some or all of the cost. Check with your plan to verify coverage. Call 724-223-3173 for more information. • Prostate Cancer Support Group (with the American Cancer Society) The Washington Hospital, Occupational Therapy Apartment, 4th Floor, third Thursday each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. To register, please call 724-223-7100. • Smoking Cessation Program Includes educational sessions, counseling and support, lung capacity and carbon monoxide testing and more. Call 724-223-3285 for more information and class schedule. • Stroke Support Group For patients who have had a stroke and/or their caregivers and families. Third

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Congestive Heart Failure: A Predominant Medical Issue Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the most frequent admitting diagnosis of all cardiac events in most medical facilities. More than a million people have hospital stays each year – many of them reoccurring – and more than 500,000 new cases of congestive heart disease are diagnosed each year. CHF requires diligent management by the medical staff and often lifestyle changes by the patient. CHF occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply enough oxygen to the muscles, tissues, and other organs of the body. The heart’s pump can fail due to reduction in the muscle function of the heart, the valves that allow blood to go forward and prevent it from going backwards can fail, and the electrical controls for the pump can fail. Problems with the pump are the most common cause of heart failure. The heart is actually made up of two pumps: one that pumps blood to the lung (the right heart) and one that supplies the rest of the body (the left heart, the stronger of the two). Pump problems occur when the heart muscle is weak and cannot expel the correct amount of blood with each heartbeat. As with any failing pump, there is backflow of blood into the lungs, liver, and legs, which causes some of the symptoms of CHF. Causes of weak hearts (left side) are previous heart attacks, certain kinds of viral infections, alcohol abuse, illicit drugs, some autoimmune disorders, and hypertension. A blood pressure greater than 160/90 doubles the risk of heart failure, as compared to a 140/80 pressure. The goal of blood pressure therapy is 120/80. Right-sided failure shows elevated risk in individuals with pulmonary hypertension, blood clots in the lungs, sleep apnea, and severe emphysema. The heart has four valves that allow blood to move forward and prevent it from going backward. The valves can fail either because they become clogged or do not allow blood to move forward easily or because they become leaky, in which case too much blood flows backward and not enough moves forward. Backward blood flow is reflected in heart murmurs. Valves can fail due to birth defects, calcification of the valve, infection of the valve (common in individuals who have had rheumatic fever), and heart attacks that can damage the valve. The electrical system controls how often, or how fast, the heart beats and coordinates

the movement among the various chambers of the heart for optimal efficiency. Beating too fast, too slow, or irregularly can all result in heart failure. Symptoms of CHF include shortness of breath, especially with activity or during sleep; difficulty breathing when lying flat in bed; fatigue; weakness; pale or cool skin; swelling in the abdomen; swollen legs; and weight gain of 1-2 pounds overnight or 3-5 pounds in several days. Diagnosis of CHF is obtained through a chest x-ray, an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart), an electrocardiogram (EKG), and a BNP level, which is a blood test. A physical exam and comprehensive health history by your physician are absolutely necessary. Treatment of CHF is focused on the underlying problem. If the problem is a valve, replacement or repair of the valve through surgery may be required. Pacemakers or internal defibrillators can assist electrical problems. Most heart failure treatment involves medications and lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle changes include strict salt (sodium) restrictions; 1,500 mg of salt is recommended per day. High-sodium foods include processed foods; anything pre-made in a box or can needs a preservative, usually sodium. Check the nutrition label for perserving sodium contents. Other high-sodium foods include cured meats such as bacon, ham, and hot dogs; brined foods like pickles and sauerkraut; and olives. Salt-based seasonings include ketchup, barbecue and steak sauces, and soy or teriyaki sauces. Snack foods with added salt, such as chips, pretzels, and crackers should be avoided. Limit caffeine, as its stimulant properties increase abnormal heart rhythms. Limit or stop drinking alcoholic beverages, stop smoking, exercise regularly within your doctor’s guidelines, and reduce stress. Check your weight every day. Sudden increases in weight may indicate fluid retention. Call your physician with any abnormal symptoms. Early recognition of symptoms and prompt medical diagnosis are important. With improved technology and comprehensive health care services, heart failure treatment is improving. With good medical care and lifestyle changes, an affected individual can experience an increase in quality and duration of life.

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Foundation Radiology Group Joins Jefferson Regional’s Medical Team

Jefferson Regional’s 64-slice CT scanner

Jefferson Regional Medical Center has entered into a multi-year exclusive service contract with Foundation Radiology Group, a recently formed state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging professional services company based in Pittsburgh. Foundation Radiology Group was co-founded by Derek R. Armfield, M.D.; Brandon W. Chan, M.D., and Douglas D. Robertson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Armfield is the chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and is executive vice president of Foundation Radiology Group. Brandon W. Chan, MD, also a radiologist with Jefferson Regional’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging, is chairman and CEO of the group. Dr. Derek R. Armfield, chairman of the Dr. Douglas D. Robertson is president of Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Foundation Radiology. Jefferson Regional Medical Center Dr. Robertson trained at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Chan at The John Hopkins University, and Dr. Armfield at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the medical staff at Jefferson Regional, Dr. Armfield was an assistant professor and clinical instructor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Chan was previously Medical Director at Methodist Hospital and Co-Chief Department of Radiology for Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Robertson was previously a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Washington University, St. Louis. The Foundation Radiology Group management team is rounded out by Timothy J. Pisula, chief operating officer. Foundation Radiology’s clinical staff consists of six additional highly-skilled, fellowship-trained and board-certified radiologists that specialize in musculoskeletal radiology, mammography, cardiac CT, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, brain perfusion, vascular ultrasound and OB-GYN ultrasound.

Free Foot Screenings Offered at Jefferson Regional Outpatient Testing Site Approximately 16 million people have diabetes in the United States. Nearly half of them develop diabetic neuropathy, which is characterized by numbness, weakness, and more importantly, loss of protective sensation in the feet. If you or any member of your family has diabetes and has not had a foot inspection in the past year by either a personal care physician or a podiatrist, Jefferson Regional Medical Center can help. The Medical Center will offer free foot screenings from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, and Thursday, March 13, at the Jefferson Regional Outpatient Testing Site, 5235 Clairton Blvd. in Baldwin. The free screenings are available on a walk-in basis only; no appointments are needed. There is ample free parking close to the entrance of the facility.


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Healthy Heart Wellness Fair, Open House Planned To join the battle against cardiovascular disease, Congress has required the President since 1963 to proclaim February as American Heart Month. Jefferson Regional Medical Center will celebrate with two special events at the Jefferson Regional Wellness Center, 712 Clairton Blvd. (Route 51), Pleasant Hills. A Healthy Heart Wellness Fair will be held on Tuesday, February. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., and a Taste of Ornish Open House is set for Tuesday, February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available. The free Healthy Heart Wellness Fair on February 19 will include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, risk fact analysis, Body Mass Index and pulse oximetry. There also will be food sampling, an exercise demonstration, Ask the Pharmacist and Meet the Exercise Specialist sessions, nutritional evaluation, strength training and stress management demonstrations and wellness program information. Medical professionals, including registered nurses, a registered dietician, an exercise physiologist, pharmacist and stress management specialist, will be available to talk with Wellness Fair participants. There will be giveaways; preregistration is preferred by calling Community Programs at 412-469-7100. The free Taste of Ornish Open House on February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. will feature a cooking demonstration and Ornish-friendly food samples, a stress management demonstration, Meet the Dietitian and Ask the Doctors session, Ornish program information and success stories from past and current participants in the Dean Ornish program. The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is a comprehensive lifestyle modification program designed to assist participants in the management of heart disease by addressing key risk factors associated with its onset and progression. Through healthy lifestyle modification, the Ornish Program teaches participants how to improve their health and well being to live longer and healthier. Space for the Taste of Ornish Open House is limited. Those planning to attend must call Community Programs at 412-469-7100 to register.

Ask the Experts PHYSICAL THERAPY BY AMY HYNDE, PT, MS, CSCS, OCS CENTERS FOR REHAB SERVICES Q: I get pain in the front of my knee when I sit for a long period of time, climb stairs, or run. What could be causing this pain, and what can I do to get rid of it?

A: : Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a term used to describe pain in and around the kneecap and is one of the most common conditions seen by sports medicine practitioners. It typically occurs in teens, manual laborers, and athletes, but can affect the general population as well. Symptoms include pain that is usually worse when climbing stairs, squatting, or jumping and with prolonged sitting with the knees bent. The knee may also give way, pop, catch, or grind. Activities or sports that cause the knee to bend in a flexed and loaded position are also painful. Numerous factors can cause this syndrome, but it generally results from muscle imbalances around the kneecap, causing it to pull outward and produce abnormal wearing on the undersurface of the kneecap. This can lead to softening and eventual loss of the cartilage lining the bone of the joint. This is similar to having the front tire of your car slightly out of alignment, which leads to abnormal wear on the tire. Initial treatment would include rest, avoidance of activity, anti-inflammatory medication, and ice application. The goals of physical therapy are to relieve pain, restore muscle balance of the quadriceps, address any flexibility limitations, and improve lower limb mechanics. In addition to treatment, a physical therapist may recommend using arch supports and/or bracing. Methods for preventing recurrent patellofemoral pain include wearing proper footwear, proper warm-up and stretching before and after activity, and maintaining good quadriceps strength. If you have any questions, please call Amy at Centers for Rehab Services at 412469-2508.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Free blood pressure screenings will be provided from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4 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.


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Discovering The Benefits Of Soy (NAPSI)-Soy is no longer just for the meat-free crowd. Now a regular part of the Western diet, soy is served at restaurants, is the focus of many cookbooks and can be found in almost every form imaginable—from burgers to nutrition bars. “Soy may seem like a relatively new addition to our diets, but it’s actually been around for over 3,000 years,” said Allegra Burton, MPH, RD. “In addition to the important nutrients it provides, soy is easy to prepare and incorporate into every diet—whether you have time for sit-down meals or are eating on the go.” Why Soy? Soy is well known for its abundant nutritional benefits. For instance, soy is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and is the only plant protein that is equivalent in essential amino acids to animal protein. According to the FDA, eating 25 grams of soy protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The FDA determined that eating this amount of soy protein in four daily servings can reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent, which can contribute to a drop in heart disease risk. Preliminary and emerging science shows that soy may also have benefits related to prevention of other diseases and in improving bone health. Today, there is a variety of soy products available for quick and easy meals and snacking. Cooking And Snacking With Soy

People who know more than beans about nutrition say soy makes for delightful, healthful snacks.

Soy is so versatile that it can be incorporated into almost any dish. Tofu can be marinated the same way as meat and baked or grilled. Soy can also be incorporated into pasta sauce, stir-fried or crumbled into your favorite casserole recipe. Try substituting soy for ground hamburger, sausage or chicken. These days there are dozens of ready-made products such as veggie burgers, soy hot dogs, soy cheese and soymilk that you can try with minimal effort and gain the health benefits of soy. There is also a variety of great soy snacks such as SOYJOY® nutrition bars (with 3 grams of soy protein), soy nuts and soy chips that quickly and nutritiously stave off hunger pangs between meals. If you’re looking for healthier alternatives for yourself and your family, soy is an excellent source of nutrients and a delicious addition to any meal or snack. For more information on soy, please visit www.SOYJOY.com.

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THE HILLTOP BAR

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BAKERY NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA 161 Main Street – New Eagle, PA 724-258-8110 Hours: Mon-Sat: 6am-6pm; Closed Sundays Free Delivery all day 6am-6pm Specialties: Italian Bread & Ravioli’s Love at first bite!

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PIZZERIA NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA 161 Main Street • New Eagle, PA 724-258-8110 Hours: Mon-Sat: 6am-6pm; Closed Sundays Free Delivery all day 6am-6pm Specialties: Italian Bread & Ravioli’s LOVE AT FIRST BITE!

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Your Money Ask the Experts Consumers Are Now Able to Take More Control of Healthcare Expenses By Arlene M. Elosh - State Farm® Agent Are you looking for a way to trim your health-care costs, reduce your federal income tax liability, and potentially save more for your future? As part of the Medicare Prescription Drug legislation signed into law in 2003, you may now be able to contribute to a health savings account (HSA) that, when used in conjunction with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), helps individuals save for qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis. Anyone may contribute to an HSA on behalf of an eligible individual – including you and your employer. Your contributions and the contributions of others are tax deductible, and, if your employer chooses to contribute, those contributions will be deductible by your employer and not included in your income. All earnings in an HSA are tax deferred, and distributions are tax free if used for qualified medical expenses, including long-term care premiums. This allows you the opportunity to pay for your medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. In addition, any unused HSA funds may be withdrawn after you turn age 65 with no penalty; the funds will be taxed as ordinary income. HSAs are portable, with rollover provisions, allowing you the opportunity to move funds from one HSA to another. If you obtained an HSA through your employer and change jobs, you can roll over your HSA into a new HSA and take the funds with you. HSAs are important, particularly for those who are under or uninsured, small business owners, or anyone facing the challenge of affording quality health insurance coverage. But the advantages don’t stop there; even if you’re adequately insured but want to reduce the cost for health care, HSAs may apply to you. Talk with your insurance agent for more information on HSAs.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Offers Free Assistance Are you puzzled by the tax law and which credits and deductions for which you are eligible? Free tax assistance is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by Community Action Southwest in Washington and Greene Counties. The VITA program will offer free, basic, online filing assistance to qualified working taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or who make less than $40,000 a year. The EITC is a federally funded tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. Too often, however, eligible filers are either unaware of the credit or are lured in by predatory filing and lending services. Commercial tax preparation services normally charge an average of $100 to file and $250 to receive a refund anticipation loan (RAL). The VITA program offers quick and free filing so that the credit can be used as a financial boost, as it is intended. Community Action Southwest will offer VITA services for eight weeks during February and March by I.R.S trained and certified community Volunteer Tax Assistors. The service will be offered in five locations: Community Action Southwest office buildings in Washington, Waynesburg and Donora; the Carmichaels Senior Center and the Family Development office at California Terrace in California. The VITA program also offers free filing assistance to those persons with disabilities and older taxpayers who file or basic tax forms. In addition, our volunteers assist community members in claiming any special credits for which they may be eligible. If your family income is less than $40,000, call 724-225-9550 ext. 448 for more information or to schedule an appointment or visit www.caswg.org.

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Small Changes Can Save Big Bucks (NAPSI)-In today’s economy, saving money can be an uphill battle. However, with a few small changes and the following money-saving tips, you can save a lot of money with little effort.

Save At The Bank

OxiClean Stain Remover, for example, not only removes stains, but works to counteract chlorine found in tap water to significantly protect clothes from fading. The color of your black sweater will look newer, longer, so there will be no need to buy another.

Choose a bank that offers free checking or has no minimum balance requirement. This can save you more than Save At The $100 a year in unnecesA money-saving tip you can bank sary fees. Also, if your on is to keep your clothes looking Grocery Store employer offers a direct new as long as possible. A trip to the grodeposit option for your cery store can often paychecks, take it! wreak havoc on a person’s finances, but by Banks will often give you free or lower-cost planning ahead and giving yourself a budgchecking if you choose this option because et, you can significantly reduce your spendit saves them the hassle of paper handling. ing. Start by making a list—it not only helps you remember what you need, but steers Save At The Pump you from impulse buying. Moreover, buy When possible, walk, bike or take public private labels over name brands, as they transportation. If you must drive, there are often come from the same manufacturer at a several ways to avoid filling up as often. lower price. Don’t drive too fast or too slow—most vehiAlthough adjusting the way you bank, cles get the best gas mileage at 55 mph. drive and shop won’t provide answers to all Also, keep your vehicle in good working your financial problems, these small order. Cars that get regular oil changes, air changes are great ways to start saving. filter inspections and have properly inflated tires are more fuel efficient.

Save At The Mall Cut back on trips to the mall by making better purchasing choices and taking care of the clothing you have. For example, instead of buying one trendy piece that can only be worn on certain occasions and will quickly go out of style, choose to buy basics. Basics can be mixed, matched and coordinated to make multiple outfits and generally never go out of style. Additionally, take advantage of season-end sales to stock up for next year—they can save you bundles. Once you have your basics, keep them looking newer longer. Most consumers unnecessarily spend to replace faded and stained garments, which can add up quickly. To keep your colors bright and your whites white, add a stain remover to every load of laundry to protect your clothes.

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Automotive Cold Weather Maintenance For Your Automobile (NAPSI)-When cold weather hits and you start seeing harmless, steamy, white exhaust from your car, it’s usually a good sign that you should protect it. “Cars and cold don’t get along,” says Jim MacPherson, who writes for the Hartford Courant, has served as an expert on driving for “Inside Edition” and hosts a car-care radio show on WTIC-AM in Connecticut. “The plummeting temperatures cause all kinds of problems. So in order to stay safe, save money and reduce fuel consumption, it’s important to keep your car properly maintained and tuned. For specific suggestions for your car or truck, check the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle.” Follow these tips and cold weather driving can be a little easier:

• Routine Maintenance For winter, it’s important to ensure your vehicle’s battery and charging system are in good operating condition. In cold weather, a battery’s cranking power is reduced signifi-

cantly. At the same time, the electrical power needed to start your car increases when the temperature plunges. Having quality jumper cables or a portable power pack in your trunk is a superb way to prepare for the worst. At the same time, check to make sure your heater and defroster work. Finally, check your wiper blades.

• Filters, Coolant and Hoses Make sure all filters-oil, gas and air-are in good condition. Check your coolant level and thermostat functionality to ensure proper engine warm-up. Coolant should be changed every two years; extended-life coolants last about five years. Check for leaking or soft hoses and replace. Also, be sure to check the radiator or coolant tank pressure cap.

• Lubrication To ease engine start-up during cold weather, use a multiviscosity oil such as Mobil 1 0W-30 or Mobil 1 5W-30, which will help protect you car at temperatures

below zero. Low-viscosity oils not only speed start-up, but help reduce wear by flowing oil quickly to critical engine parts. Fully synthetic oils, such as Mobil 1, are specifically designed to protect your engine in all temperatures.

• Tire Pressure Examine your tires, checking for excessive wear and proper inflation. Good tread is needed to stay safe on snow and ice. Additionally, both underinflation and overinflation are undesirable. Low pressure increases wear and fuel consumption, while overpressure can reduce traction, especially in icy conditions. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, consider snow tires.

• Vehicle Warm-up Let your car idle for a few seconds to make sure the lubrication is circulated throughout the engine, providing protection. It’s not necessary to idle for a long time, as that simply wastes fuel and offers no more protection than a few seconds of idling will. Nonetheless, drive easily at first.

• Slow Down Do not exceed speed limits and keep safe driving distances. Avoid gas-wasting jackrabbit starts and pace your driving to help avoid the need for sudden stops, which is especially critical during wet and icy road conditions.

• Dealing with Ice Make sure you have window ice scrapers and deicers for the locks. When you’re stuck, having a small shovel is useful to dig out of the snow. The weight of a bag of sand in the trunk will give added traction in rearwheel-drive vehicles and can be used to sprinkle on the snow and ice to gain better traction. Don’t forget personal protection such as a warm coat, hat and glove, and a blanket, in case you get stuck in a storm.

• Keep Fuel in the Tank Never let the fuel tank drop below the half-full mark. A sudden storm with unexpected heavy snowfall could leave you stranded for hours. Having an adequate fuel supply will allow you to idle the engine from time to time to keep warm. “Your car will be more dependable if properly cared for,” says MacPherson. “Take care of your car in the cold and it will keep you from being left out in the cold.” For more information on vehicle maintenance, check out www.mobiloil.com.

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle By John McKenzie - CT Auto Recyclers We are living in a disposable society – every thing from elaborate packaging to clothing, even our cell phones. When replacement is cheaper than repairing, the term “built to last” goes by the way side. An exception is our vehicles. They are still a very big investment and we want to make them last as long as possible, and we want to make it as cheap as possible to keep them. When talking cars, it’s all about preventive maintenance. My grandmother used to say an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure and that’s really true when it comes to taking care of your car. A good example is coolant. Your coolant not only keeps your car from overheating and freezing, it also protects your coolant system from corrosion. Over time your coolant brakes down and becomes corrosive and can actually damage your radiator and other parts which is why you need to have your coolant serviced on a regular schedule. The same is true for power steering system, brake fluid, a/c system, differential, transmission and don’t forget them oil changes right on time – skipping even one can start the build up of harmful oil sludge. Our engines are full of gaskets and seals, fresh fluids have additives that help protect, but over time the additives get used up and the fluid does not offer the protection. Then there is the mechanical system.

Changing brake pads before they get worn down and ruin the brake rotors is a great way to keep your costs down. Replacing serpentine belts and timing belts on schedule is way cheaper than repairing the damage that can be caused by failure. Air filter, fuel filter, pcv valve, battery, are all important. Regular wheel alignments, tire rotation, and balancing will make your tires last longer. Don’t forget your shocks and struts when they wear out. Your fuel system needs regular cleaning to keep running well and prevent mechanical damage and reduce fuel consumption. This is a lot to remember, too much really, but it’s your service advisors job to keep on top of this stuff. They can tell you what your manufacture recommends and help you with a plan on what maintenance schedule to use regularly or severe service depending on the kind of driving you do. He will also know the right fluid for your vehicle. Bottom line, take care of this stuff on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent costly damage and maintain your warranty coverage. And of course you want your car to look as good as it runs. Regular washing will prevent rust and protect the finish. Your vehicle will look great and you will be proud to drive it longer. By budgeting for regular preventive maintenance we can prevent many inconveniences and expensive problems down the road and keep driving old faithful for years to come. For auto service or more information, call CT Auto at 724-348-7467

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Straight Street Student Ministries Welcomes High School Students Straight Street Student Ministries meets every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Youth Center in South Park (located next to the old Stewart School). High School students from around the community are welcomed to come and join in at any time. Parents … if you are looking for a fun, safe, and loving place for your high school child, please contact Josh Watts at 724-348-1620 to find out more about the exciting ministry at Straight Street.

CCC Preschool Registration Set for February 4 Center Christian Church (CCC) Preschool is a Christian Preschool located in Peters Township. Our programs for children ages 2 – 5 aim to nourish each child’s emotional and intellectual growth. Each class has a professionally credentialed teacher and a qualified assistant. A music teacher is on staff to offer music enrichment bi-monthly. An exercise class is offered monthly and is taught by a member of the teaching staff. Spanish is offered bi-monthly in the enrichment programs. Other programs available include “Lunch Bunch” – extended day and “Enrichment” – extended week (4 days for 4 year olds; 5 days for 5-year old students) Registration for new families will be held at 9:00 AM on February 4th, 2008. For information or to schedule a visit, please call Center Christian Church Preschool at 724-2632385. Gwen Spencer, Director.

Madonna Catholic Regional School News A Christmas Moosical MCRS students in grades K-2 performed a unique holiday program, “A Christmas Moosical”

A group of first graders gather in the courtyard after their Candy Cane Hunt.

(l-r) Madison Walsh and Anthony Romasco

(l-r) Andrew Sento, Cole Bianchi and Chase Angotti

Second Graders (l-r) Brittney Mathis, Louis Amati, Sarah Grandinette, and Alyssa Guzik are shown making a craft.

MCRS middle school students help the little ones search for Candy Canes at the Annual Hunt.

(l-r) Candy cane Jenna Albert and elf- Lindsey Koziel

Essay and Poster Contest To Fight Hunger and Homelessness

The National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Council, in conjunction with the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Catholic Charities, sponsored an essay and poster contest. All Madonna Catholic students in grades 5-8 participated. Eighth grade students Michael D’Orazio and Tilden Graham were first prize winners. The Diocese presented each of them with certificates as well as tuition vouchers for $250! An Honorable Mention certificate was awarded to seventh grade student Lauren Stroh. Pictured above are the winners with their certificates.

Annual Geography Bee

Madonna Catholic Regional School Donora Site recently held their annual Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. This years winner was seventh grader Cameron Bartkus. As the school winner, Cameron took a written test to determine if he will be eligible to participate in the state bee. Other students participating in the final round were sixth grade students Julia Alvarez, Jeremy Jones, Ryan Konek, and Annette Spadaro; seventh graders Aaron Agostoni, Ross DeLattre, and Jeremy Smida, and eighth grade students Nicolas Greaves, Brandon Konek, Marina Sendek, and Dilyn Stevenson. Pictured above is winner Cameron Bartkus and Mrs. Rose Greco, teacher sponsor.

MCRS Eighth Graders Write and Perform Religious Skits

Eighth grade students at the Donora Site of Madonna Catholic Regional School are very busy studying bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. They are writing and choreographing religious skits which will be performed for the elementary students at the Monongahela Site. A different group of students will be participating in various plays as the school year continues. The first skit told the Epiphany story and was portrayed by Dilyn Stevenson, Sydney Lee, Kendall Lackner, Nicolas Greaves, Jacob Brown, Kyle Kubovcik, and Michael D’Orazio. Keeping to the theme of the religious skit, the eighth graders also completed crafts and sang songs with the younger students.


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St. Joan of Arc News St. Joan of Arc Student Accomplishments Twenty-seven students in grades 5-8 recently had their original poems accepted for publication in A Celebration of Young Poets anthology. The students chosen are: Jamie Achille, Toni Bajkowski, Naomi Burke, Travis Campolong, Erica Caracciolo, Jennifer Carletto, Kristen Carletto, Emily Curry, Gabe Despres, Nick Donovan, Levi Eisel, Roberta Garrity, Denny Gregor, Harry Guidotti, Lauren Gugliotti, Brennan Kasprack, Andrea Krajina, Peter Latorre, Connor Leach, Mitchell Leng, Nathalie Leng, Rhiannon Lewis, Bethany Lewis, Sean Martin, Katie Seibert, Taylor Willman, Kirk Zandier. Congratulations to all! Thanks go to Mrs. Kathy Moeslein, our Middle School English teacher for ringing this opportunity to our students and instilling in them a love of writing! Congratulations are also given to 5th grader Amanda Stein who raised $90.00 while caroling over the Christmas break. Amanda came up with the idea on her own and recruited some friends to raise some money for charity. This money will be added with the money we will raise at our annual HOPS Carnival in the Spring and presented to the Diocesean Mission in Chimbote, Peru. Great job, Amanda! Way to spread Christmas spirit while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!

2008-2009 Registration at St. Joan of Arc School For our current families, re-registration forms for the 2008-2009 school year will be sent home with the students on Friday, February 8. We ask that all forms be returned on or before Friday, February 29. Preschool registration begins for St Joan of Arc School families and parishioners on Monday, January 28 with open registration beginning on Thursday, January 31. Children must be 3 and 4 years old, respectively, by September 1, 2008 to be accepted for 3 and 4 year old preschool. Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, February 4. Children entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1. 2008. Grades 1-8 registration will begin on Monday February 11. For any family interested in applying for scholarship funding, please inquire at the school office for more information and applications.

What is Leap Day at St. Joan of Arc School? Get out the crystal ball … St Joan of Arc students will be looking into the future! This year everybody will get an extra day, February 29, Leap Day. The students at St Joan of Arc school will not only experience an extra day but live a year ahead.

Each class will report to the classroom and teacher that he/she will have next year. The kindergarten students will experience 1st grade for the first time while 7th grade will enter their 8th grade year. And yes, we have invited the 4 year old preschoolers to participate by spending the day in kindergarten. What will the 8th graders do for the day? They will take on new responsibilities by helping out the teachers with the kindergarten and 1st grade students for the day. What an experience for all!

A Special Invitation for Families of 2008-2009 Kindergarten Students St Joan of Arc School, Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will give parents an overview of our curriculum, classroom procedures and an opportunity to tour the Kindergarten classroom and school as well as meet Mrs. Belmont and current parents. RSVP to (412) 833-2433.

Calling All Parents of 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Graders Middle School Preview Night for all parents of the community for 2008-2009 5th-8th graders will be held at St Joan f Arc School on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. Our middle level faculty, Mrs. Moeslein, Miss Saunders, Miss Tarasovic, Mrs. Martik and Mrs. Matter will each give an overview of their curriculum, as well as, what life is like for your children in middle school at St Joan of Arc school, including details about extra-curricular activities and events. RSVP to (412) 8332433.

Calendar of Events at St. Joan of Arc School • February 2 - PJAS @ Upper St Clair High School • February 6 - Ash Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Mass presented by Mrs. Moeslein’s 5th graders • February 7 – Kindergarten Preview Night at 7:00 p.m. • February 8 – 9:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross hosted by 4th & 8th grade buddies; Valentine’s Day Family Social – 7:00 p.m. Multipurpose Room • February 12 – Middle School Preview Night at 7:00 p.m. • February 15 – 9:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross hosted by 3rd & 7th grade buddies • February 18 – No School Presidents Day • February 22 – 9:00 a.m. Mass hosted by Miss Tarasovic’s 7th graders • February 23 – Market Day pick up 11:00 a.m. - Noon • February 25 – Scholastic Book Fair • February 27 – 12:30 Early Dismissal; 2nd grade parent meeting • February 29 – 9:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross hosted by 2nd & 6th grade buddies

Nativity School News Nativity Holds Annual Children’s Bingo Nativity will hold their annual Children’s Bingo on Saturday, February 9, 2008, in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Games start at 12:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Price per ticket is $6.00, which includes 14 games of bingo, and 3 auction tickets. Gift auction baskets, face painting and other festivities will compliment the day, along with the ability to purchase lunch and snacks. To purchase tickets, please call our school at 412-653-1500.

Nativity School Important Dates • Monday, February 4th – Athletics Meeting at 7pm • Wednesday, February 6th – Fish Fry 4-7pm/ 9am Mass • Saturday, February 9th – Children’s Bingo 12-3 in Cafeteria • Tuesday, February 12th – PTG Meeting at 7p • Thursday, February 14th – Valentines Day Parties begin at 2p • Saturday, February 23rd – 8th Grade Confirmation retreat • Monday, February 25th – First Reconciliation at 7pm in Church • Friday, February 29th – Noon Dismissal

Calling all Table Decorators for Nativity’s Annual Calendar Party Nativity’s annual Calendar Party/ Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, April 6th at the Bradley House. Nativity has 50 tables and is in need of table decorators for each table. A table decorator chooses a theme for her table (eg. holiday/ sport/ movie, etc) and decorates with a centerpiece and favors for her guests according to her theme. She then sells (as many as possible) the seats for her table. The unsold tickets will be sold to the general public. (No tickets will be sold at the door). Each table seats ten guests. If you don’t want to work alone, many women work in groups of 2 or 3 to decorate one table. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a table, please call Nativity School at 412-653-1500.

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South Park Township Public Library 2575 Brownsville Road South Park, PA 15129 (412) 833-5585 CHILDREN’S EVENTS Storytimes: Baby Lapsit Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 13-April 30 These fun baby lapsits for infants through 18 months are a great way to introduce your child to the fun of books! Toddler Time Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., Feb. 12 - April 29 Children ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to this action-packed storytime just for them! Pre-K Storytime Mondays at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 11 - April 28 Children ages 3-5 are welcome to join the fun with stories, songs, and crafts. Family Storytime Mondays at 7:00 p.m., February 11 - March 31 and April 28-June 9 Kids ages 2-6 with their caregivers SPECIAL EVENTS Chinese New Year Celebration Thursday, February 7 , 6:30 p.m. – ages 4-6, 7:30 p.m. – ages 7 and up The 6:30 program is an introduction to dinosaurs and fossils using museum replicas. The 7:30 program looks at fossils found in China by the Carnegie Museum scientists over the past 100 years. 35th Annual Library Chess Tournament Saturday, February 23 at noon in the South Park Township Community Center Children in grades K through 8 are invited to participate in this tournament. There are 2 divisions: Junior for those in grades K-4 and the Senior Division for those in 5th through 8th grade. Children may participate in only one library’s tournament. The first place winner in each division will go on to compete against the winners from the other libraries. Beading with “The Bead Lady” Saturday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. Kathy Shomo, also known as “The Bead Lady” and a local teaching artist and author, will visit the South Park Township Library to celebrate National Craft Month! Penguin Premier Saturday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. See this amazing, gentle, and comical bird! Phipps Conservatory Visit Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. Katherine Ayres’ Up, Down, and Around. In conjunction with this program and in honor of National Library Week as well, Phipps Conservatory will visit the library to share some gardening books and help us begin our spring planting! Children of all ages are welcome! Tea Party with the Queen of Hearts Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. All princesses (in their most princess-like attire) and all the knights of the realm are invited to share tea and muffins with the Queen of Hearts! Magic Tree House Book Club Students in grade 2-4 are invited to join this special book club dealing with the very popu-

lar Mary Pope Osborne series! February 21 – Day of the Dragon King March 13 – Sunset of the Sabertooth April 17 – Dolphins at Daybreak May 15 – High Tide in Hawaii Mother-Daughter Book Club This very special book club for middle school girls and their mothers meets the third Monday of the month. Winter Reading Club and Read-to-me Club February 11 – April 19 Just pick up slips for each book you read and enter the weekly raffles. Age categories are: pre-readers, grades1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Toys-RUs gift cards will go to the top readers in each category on April 19! ADULT EVENTS Tax Help from H & R Block Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Need a little help with your taxes? Come to the library where a representative from H & R Block will be here to answer questions. Call 412-833-5585 to register. Cultural Events at the Library That Guy with the Birds Wednesday February 27 at 1:00 p.m. On the fourth Wednesday of the month, look for a different cultural event at the library. These events are geared for, but not limited to, older adults. In February, come to the library to see “That Guy with the Birds” Mr. John Lege. Call 412-833-5585 to register. Knitting Club Saturday, February 9 and 16 at 11:00 a.m. Janie Ruperto from the Knit Shoppe in Canonsburg is back to share her knitting expertise. All skill levels are welcome. Scrapbooking with Tami Thursday, February 28 after 5:00 p.m. Whether you are an expert or novice, come anytime between 5:00pm and 8:00 pm. Call 412-833-5585 South Park Library Jewelry Designer Group Wednesday, February 20 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. The beading group meets monthly to make a new and original project. The class is free; however, you will be purchasing the semi-precious stone beads that you use. Call 412-8335585 to register because space is limited. South Park Township Library Book Club Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Book Club will be reading “Year of Wonders” by Geraldine Brooks. Call to register if you are new to the club.

Peters Township Public Library 616 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 724-941-9430 www.ptlibrary.org EVENTS Art Show Peters Township Library is showing “miniature” paintings done by the McMurray Art League. These works feature a seasonal “spring” theme. Show starts Feb. 21 - April 3, Celebrate Library Lover’s Month The Peters Township High School Jazz Ensemble will perform on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the library’s

lobby. See the “Programs” pages at the website for a full listing.

Fun-filled night of games, snacks, prizes, crafts, movies, and much more!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SPECIAL EVENTS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURE PARTY! Ages: All ages welcome When: Sat, Feb 9, 2008 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Join us at the library for a swashbuckling adventure above all others, and Watch the film that started it all on the big screen!

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT Ages: Girls in grades 4th - 8th and their moms / caregivers When: 1st Monday of the month Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dates: February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, 2008

ONGOING PROGRAMS FOR GRADES ONE AND UP BECOME A SEARCH SLEUTH! When: Half hour session — you name the date and time! Learn skills in library research, including keywords, searches, and more. ONCE UPON THE END Ages: Grades 1 and up When: 1st Thursday of the month Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: February 7, March 6, April 3, 2008 What happens with the big, bad wolf tells HIS side of the story? DR. WHATZIT’S LAB 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning in January, 2008 Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Dates: Feb. 12, March 11, April 8, May 13 PAWS FOR READING When: Saturdays, 10 - 11:40 a.m. (20-minute time slot) Dates: February 16, March 8, April 1 Children in grades 1 and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to attentive animals. BOOK COOKS Ages: Grades 2 - 6, with one adult When: Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 Dates: February 18, March 31, 2008 Cost: $10.00 per class per family of 2 (payable upon sign-up) TIME TREKKERS Ages: Grades 2 and up When: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Dates: February 21: Set Your Sights! Vikings March 20, 2008: It’s Colossal! Ancient Rome Trek back in time to explore times and places you’ve only read about! CAMP CREEPY Ages: Grades 2 and up When: 4th Saturday of the month Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Dates: February 23, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, 2008 Hear your favorite tell-in-the-dark stories around the ‘campfire,’ sing creepy camp songs, and even make spooky smores! HISTORY MYSTERY (OR HOW DID THEY DO THAT?) Ages: Grades 4 and up When: 2nd Thursday of the month Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: February 14, March 13, April 10 History comes alive once a month in this program featuring stories, activities, crafts, and movies centered on “How did they do that?”. FANS OF FANTASY BOOK CLUB Ages: Grades 4 and up When: Last Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dates: February 28, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, 2008

BRAIN SQUEEZERS Ages: Grades 4-8 When: 4th Monday of the month beginning in January, 2008 Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: February 25, March 24, April 28 CRAFTY CRAFTS Ages: Grades 4 and up — parents welcome! When: 1st Tuesday of the month beginning in February, 2008 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dates: February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, 2008 Learn the tricks of the trade, special tools and materials — even how to start up a crafting class of your own! PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES SATURDAY STORYTELLING HOUR Ages: For kids and parents of all ages When: 1st Saturday of the month Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Dates: February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, Linda Nickles will share her extensive repertoire of stories for the whole family. FAMILY GAME NIGHT Ages: For kids and parents of all ages When: 1st Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dates: February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, 2008 FAMILY PAJAMA STORYTIME Ages: For kids and parents of all ages When: 3rd Tuesday of the month Time: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Dates: February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, 2008 Bring the whole family to this once-a-month evening storytime. ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS (DRAMA, MUSIC, DRAWING/PAINTING) WATERCOLOR PAINTING Ages: 4 - 6 Duration: 4 weeks, February 5 - 26, 2008 When: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Ages: 7 - 13 Duration: 4 weeks, February 5 - 26, 2008 When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Students will learn basic techniques using watercolor paints. KID SURVEY Washington County Libraries along with various community partners are creating a webpage specifically for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 4-8 are being asked to provide feedback for developing and adding to the webpage. Please click on the following link if you would like to participate in the survey: Kid Survey YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS GENERAL PROGRAMS S.A.T. PREPARATION WORKSHOP Duration: 4 weeks, February 3 - 24, 2008 When: Sundays, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $150.00 (includes textbook)


February 2008 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 71 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER All materials, including the student workbook, will be provided. Any student who has attended the workshop in the past can return to this workshop for a tuition price of $45.00. S.A.T. test date: March 1, 2008 FAFSA COMPLETION DAY When: Saturday, February 8, 2007 Time: Seating for the program begins at 9:30 a.m. Program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and conclude between noon and 12:30 p.m. Location: Peters Township High School Students and parents, get FREE assistance in completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by attending the PHEAA FAFSA Completion Day. All college bound students and their parents or guardians are invited to receive free help. Email registration is preferred for this program. Please email Carrie Weaver at caweaver@ptlibrary.org with the name(s) of each person to be registered and a contact phone number. . ONGOING PROGRAMS GIRL’S NIGHT OUT Ages: Girls in grades 4th - 8th and their moms When: 1st Monday of the month Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy reading together, watching chick flicks, and sharing in this special mother-daughter book club! TEENREADS (A.K.A. FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINTZ) Ages: Grades 5 and up When: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join TeenReads as we gather once a month to share the latest and greatest in YA lit. FANS OF FANTASY BOOK CLUB Ages: Grades 4 and up When: Last Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fans of Harry Potter get together for a funfilled night of games, snacks, and fantasy! VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES VOLUNTEENS Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Time: One to two hours per week If you’re between the ages of 13 - 19 years old, like meeting new people, want to gain some valuable work experience ... you can be a teen volunteer! PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL The mission of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide recommendations for the development and continuation of the Young Adult Department, based upon the interests of teenaged library patrons. ADULT PROGRAMS READING ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS HOMEBOUND DELIVERY “Homebound Delivery.” Library materials are selected, picked up and delivered to Peters Township residents, regardless of age, who are unable to come to the Library because of a temporary or permanent physical, visual, or other limitation. To apply, either complete a Homebound Delivery Reader Information Form and return it to the Library or contact Mrs. Lee at Library at (724) 941-9430 ext. 321. Materials available for circulation include books, large print books, audio books, videos, DVD’s, CD’s, and magazines. Items are delivered by a Library volunteer every three weeks. Volunteers needed! If interested in meeting and helping others, and are able and willing to deliver items to meet a real, growing need of those in your community call (724) 941-9430 ext. 321.

ONLINE BOOK CLUBS Join one (or more) of the Online Book Clubs, and every weekday morning we’ll email you a portion of a book that takes about five minutes to read. By the time Friday arrives, you’ll have read the first two or three chapters of a book. If you like what you’ve read, and want to read more, simply come to the Library and check out the book to finish it. A new book begins each Monday. To enroll, click on the “Online Book Club” icon on any page within the Library’s website, and follow the instructions. LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS For those interested in joining the “Book Club for Adults” or the “Evening Book Club for Adults”, please contact a member of the Library reference staff at (724) 941-9430. You may obtain book club selections directly from the Reference Department. BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS When: 3rd Wednesday of every month Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. February 20, 2008: The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad and A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt March 19, 2008: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS When: 2nd Wednesday of every month Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. February 14, 2008: Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg March 12, 2008: Red River by Lalita Tamedy GENERAL PROGRAMS INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET Duration: 4 weeks, February 4 - 25, 2008 March 3 - 24, 2008 When: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join us for a 4-week class to learn the basics of the old, now-new-again art of crochet. ADVANCED CROCHET Duration: 4 weeks, February 7 - 28, 2008 March 6 - 27, 2008 When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. FAFSA COMPLETION DAY When: Saturday, February 9, 2008 Time: Seating for the program begins at 9:30 a.m. Program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude between noon and 12:30 p.m. Location: Peters Township High School Students and parents, get FREE assistance in completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by attending the PHEAA FAFSA Completion Day. Please email Carrie Weaver at caweaver@ptlibrary.org with the name(s) of each person to be registered and a contact phone number. LEARN TO PAINT THE ONE-STROKE DONNA DEWBERRY WAY! When: Monday, February 11, 2008 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The one-stroke painting method can be learned by anyone, no previous painting knowledge is necessary. BOOKS INTO MOVIES When: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $6.00 (includes a copy of “Pride and Prejudice”) Join us at the library as we begin a new book/film discussion series CLASSIC FILM NIGHT When: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. February 20, 2008 An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr March 19, 2008 (film to be announced) HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS Date: Monday, February 25, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 Mindy McNaugher will explain what goes into making a great photograph. WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL PROGRAM — “THE SEARCH FOR UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY AND WORLD ORDER IN THE 21ST CENTURY” Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. How are policies and strategies evolving in order for the U.S. and international community to deal effectively with security threats and to shape peace around the world? Learn about these and other issues from military officers from all the services who have first-hand experience of military operations and strategy at home and abroad. LEARN TO PAINT THE ONE-STROKE DONNA DEWBERRY WAY! Duration: 2 weeks, March 3, 10, 2008 When: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Certified Donna Dewberry One Stroke instructor Diana Koch will teach adults how to master this ingenious painting method. COMPUTER PROGRAMS DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND AND LIMITED CLASS SIZES, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ON COMPUTER CLASSES HELD AT THE LIBRARY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. FRIDAYS ONLINE When: Fridays Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. During “Fridays Online” patrons may come to the second floor computer for extra help using the Internet, the library online databases, or Microsoft Word and Publisher. Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. BURNING CDs When: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Time: 7 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 Learn how to create, “burn” CDs containing data, photos, and music in various formats. ADVANCED WORD PROCESSING When: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. COMPUTERS 101 When: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 Determine what computer to buy by looking at what you want to do with it. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY When: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 ON-GOING PROGRAMS GENERAL PROGRAMS “ROOTS” GENEALOGY CLUB When: 2nd Tuesday of the month Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

MARATHON BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Center) 1st Tuesday of the month (September - May) Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. DUPLICATE BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Center) 3rd Tuesday of the month (September - May) Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Pleasant Hills Library 302 Old Clairton Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (412) 655-242 The LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED starting Sunday, February 3, 2008 and will REOPEN on Friday, February 15 The Library is getting NEW CARPETING on the main floor and must close to the public. SORRY for the INCONVENIENCE and THANK YOU for your PATIENCE. BOOKS & AV MATERIALS may still be returned through the Library’s book drop which will be emptied daily or at any Allegheny County library. ITEMS may be renewed 1.) online through My Account 2.) by calling the automated renewal system at 412-622-1895 (The above methods WILL NOT work if your item(s) are overdue.) 3.) by calling Jefferson Hills Library at 412655-7741 PATRON REQUESTED BOOKS will be available from Monday, Feb. 4 after 12 (noon) through our re-opening on Friday, Feb. 15 at Jefferson Hills Public Library during their open hours. Please remember to take the library cards for the accounts that have the requested materials on them. FEBRUARY PROGRAMS Conversation Salon Friday February 1, 2008 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pleasant conversation and light refreshments. Please call the library to register. Therapy Dogs Saturday February 2, 2008 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Special “Read to a Therapy Dog” program for children in grades preschool thru 5th grade. Please pre-register. Teen Talk Saturday February 2, 2008 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Teen group discussion, activities and pizza. Meet with other teens - talk about books and other interesting stuff.

PHOTO CLUB When: 2nd Wednesday of the month Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters Photography Club meets in the library on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August.

VITA Income Tax Assistance Tuesday February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, 2008 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM Due to the LIBRARY CLOSING, the tax help on February 5th and February 12 will be conducted in the Children’s Library. ALL public must enter the Library through the front door. The library front doors will NOT be open until 12:15 p.m.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP When: Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.OR When: Wednesdays; Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Writer’s Workshop meets weekly at the library and focuses on writing for children and teenagers. Anyone with an interest in this area is encouraged to attend.

Adult Book Discussion Monday February 18, 2008 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Book title - The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.


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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!

P M U P UP the

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FEBRUARY Badlands Bar & Grille 724-348-8030 3540 Washington Ave, Finleyville 2 - Lindsay Neal & Kickback 3 - Super Bowl Party 9 - Tres Lads 14 - Valentine’s Day Specials 16 - Imposter 17 - Daytona 500 Party 23 - Unreal Brass Monkey 412-233-3375 428 State St, Clairton 1 - Wizdom 22 - DJ Every Monday - open mic night with the Boggie Hustlers Every Wednesday - Pony Express with DJ Fox Every Thursday - DJ Nick Fun Every Saturday - DJ

Elrama Tavern 412-384-3630 1520 Rt 837, Elrama 2 - Todd Jones 5 - Fat Tuesday party w/ fun & games 8 - Ty Houston & one-eyed Willie 16 - Scott Spahr 22 - Regular Joes Every Monday - Free Jukebox 9:00-11:00PM Floreffe Hotel Pizzeria & Lounge 412-384-9927 1617 State St., Jefferson Hills (Just off Rt. 837) 1 - Father & Son Band 9PM-1AM Entertainment starts at 8:00 PM

Duke’s Station II 412-207-0354 852 Sleepy Hollow Road, Castle Shannon 2 - Open Stage 5 - DJ Moe 9 - DJ Moe 12 - Karaoke 16 - Open Stage 19 - DJ Moe 23 - DJ Moe 26 - Karaoke

The Grove Station at the Linden Grove 412-881-4588 100 Grove Road, Castle Shannon 2 - Top 40 Dance Night 5 - Oldies Dance Night 7 - Oldies Dance Night 9 - Top 40 Dance Night 12 - Oldies Dance Night 14 - Oldies Dance Night 16 - Top 40 Dance Night 19 - Oldies Dance Night 21 - Oldies Dance Night 23 - Top 40 Dance Night 26 - Oldies Dance Night 28 - Oldies Dance Night

Eck’s Restaurant & Lounge 1-877-EAT-ECKS 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela Entertainment Starts at 9:00PM 1 - DJ Profyle & Bucket Hour 5 Bottles for $8.00 10-11PM 8 - DJ Profyle & Bucket Hour 5 Bottles for $8.00 10-11PM 9 - Morning Sickness 15 - DJ Profyle & Bucket Hour 5 Bottles for $8.00 10-11PM 16 - DJ OEG 22 - DJ Profyle & Bucket Hour 5 Bottles for $8.00 10-11PM 29 - DJ Profyle & Bucket Hour 5 Bottles for $8.00 10-11PM

Hey Andy Sportsbar and Lounge 724-258-4755 1221 W Main St, Monongahela 1 - DJ 2 - Fynal Tyme II 8 - DJ 9 - The Klick 15 - The Groove Doctors 16 - Southern Discomfort 22 - DJ 23 - Karaoke 29 - DJ Every Tuesday - Jam night w/ Luke Gaidos Every Wednesday - Jam Night Every Thursday - Karaoke

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Hot House Tap and Grille 724-258-4212 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela Entertainment 9:00PM - 1:30AM 2 - 145’s 9 - Southern Discomfort 16 - Jades 23 - Lindsay Neal & Kickback Every Wednesday Ladies Night with DJ Every Thursday - Karaoke with Total Entertainmentall request DJ Every Friday - Karaoke with Total Entertainment-all request DJ Every Saturday - Karaoke with Total Entertainment-all request DJ Every Sunday - Bike Night The Kickstand Bar & Restaurant 412-384-3080 1100 Hayden Blvd DJ - on occasional weekends Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge 412-384-5910 1215 Rt 885 South, Jefferson Hills Wednesdays -7:30PM - John Mulkerin (piano player/singer) Thursdays - 8:00PM - John Mulkerin (piano player/singer) Fridays - 8:30 - Spider Rondinelli and the Pittsburgh Jazz Giants Saturdays - 3:00 - 6:00 - Spider Rondinelli and the Pittsburgh Jazz Giants Newman’s Restaurant and Lounge 412-653-6440 611 Old Clairton Rd, Pleasant Hills 1 - Night Star 2 - Johnny Van 4 - Ladies Night 8 - Night Star 9 - Wee Jams 14 - Valentine’s Specials 15 - Valentine’s Specials 16 - Valentine’s Specials w/ JD & Steve

ATTENTION: local bars, restaurants, & nightclubs If you would like to be included in the monthly “PUMP UP THE VOLUME” section to promote and list your bands, please send us your list of performances each month. There is no fee for this listing. Fax: 412-249-8177 or e-mail: mandy@unionfinley.com or visit www.myspace.com/ufmpuv 23 - Occasional Reign Olde Large Hotel 412-384-9950 510 Oak Rd, Jefferson Hills 1 - The Regular Joes 3 - Super Bowl Party 8 - Dave Iglar 9 - Left On Doris 14 - TBA 15 - The Jaminators 22 - Brother Jeep 29 - The Flow Band Pit Stop Bar and Grille 412 -384 -7487 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama 2 - Divine Harmony Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse 724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 South), Canonsburg Entertainment Nightly Monday Sunday 3 - Super Bowl Party 5 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band and Don Cappa The Guitarman 12 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band and Don Cappa The Guitarman 19 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band and Don Cappa The Guitarman 26 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band and Don Cappa The Guitarman

Royal Place 412-882-8000 2660 Library Rd (Rt. 88), Pittsburgh 2 - No Bad Ju Ju 3 - Super Bowl Party 8 - Cameron Terling 9 - Steeltown 14 - Valentine’s Day Party 15 - Bon Journey 16 - Bang 22 - Dancing Queen 23 - Night Life 29 - Airborne Roy’s By The Tracks 724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 1 - Bill Ali 2 - Karaoke with Ricki 8 - Blue Print 9 - Karaoke with Nunzio 15 - Regular Joes 16 - Karaoke with Ricki 22 - Ruff House 23 - Karaoke with Nunzio 29 - The Elliots Every Wednesday Karaoke with Nunzio Every Sunday - DJ 7-11PM Valley Hotel 412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Rd Intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd, Jefferson Boro Every Friday - Open Stage Night all musicians welcome

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------- AUTO DONATIONS ------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. 1-800-469-8593 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DONATE YOUR CAR – SPECIAL KIDS FUND! Help Disabled Children with Camp and Education. Fast & Easy. Free 3- Vacation Certificate. Call Before Tax Year Ends. #1-866-448-3865! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Donate Your Car, boat or RV - help children fighting diabetes. Tax deductible, fast, free towing, need not run. Please call Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. #1-800-578-0408! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– AAA AUTOS WANTED! $1,000 Shopping, Donate Car, Max, IRS Deduction, Any Condition, Help Foster Kids, Free Pick-up, No Papers OK. ESPANOL, 1888-557-3682 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1-800-DONATE-CARS. HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Take Care of. 1-800-366-2832 www.1800DonateCars.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

DONATE YOUR VEHICLE. RECEIVE FREE VACATION VOUCHER UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. Free Mammograms, Breast Cancer Info www.ubcf.info FREE Towing Fast, Non-Runners Accepted, 24/7 1-888-4685964 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- BUSINESS TO BUSINESS ------Reach over 30 million homes with one buy. Advertise in NANI for only $2,795 per week! For information, visit www.naninetwork.com. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Business to Business BUSINESS OWNER...Market Your Business to over 5.3 million households all at one time throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware & Washington, D.C. PLUS, your message will be on multiple websites and CoolerAds.com. Call 1-800450-7227 or visit www.macnetonline.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ------Local Business for Sale - ENCORE! ENCORE! 6063 Library Rd., Bethel Park, PA 15102. LADIES' RESALE STORE: Upscale, boutique atmosphere, good investment, prime location, low rent, turn-key operation ready for takeover - will train; must sell quickly due to family illness. Best offer. Call 412-833-1910. encoreencore@verizon.net Excellent small business opportunity. Well known ladies fitness franchise located centrally in South Park Township. Established, turnkey operation for sale. Call 412-860-3085 A System With No Selling! Not MLM. Supplement Your Income. Up to $897 per Sale. www.CompleteProfits.com 24 Hour Info. 1-800-993-0509 – Minimum $297 Investment. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EARN EXTRA CASH ONLINE! Amazing Turnkey System Spits out $997.00 Payments Over & Over, Directly to Your Bank Account 24/7! 99% Automated. Start Today! www.RichAverageJoe.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE CASH GRANTS/PROGRAMS! $700 - $800,000++ **2008** NEVER REPAY! Personal/Medical Bills, Business, School/House. Almost Everyone qualifies! Live Operators! AVOID DEADLINES! Listings, 1-800-270-1213, Ext. 279 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Absolutely All Cash! Do you earn $800/day? Vending route. 30 machines + candy. $9,995. 1-800-807-6485. (Void/SD,CT,MD) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STARBUCKS TYPE. Local Distributorship. Guaranteed Accts. Huge Profit Potential. Free info. 24/7, 1-800-729-4212 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– eBay Resellers Needed. $$$$$ Weekly. Use your home computer/laptop. No experience required. Call 1-800-706-1803 x5246 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NOW HIRING HOME TYPISTS. $5000 guaranteed in 30 days. Apply online: www.Job861.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS FROM HOME! Year-round Work! Excellent Pay! No Experience! New England Crafters. TOLL-FREE 1-866-8445091, Code 9. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE. Do you earn $800 in a day? Includes 30 Machines and Candy All for $9,995. Multi Vend, Inc. 1-800-807-6486. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- 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. $40.00 per machine. 724-348-6837 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GET A NEW COMPUTER - Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit – No Problem smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW – 800-932-3721 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GET A NEW COMPUTER. Brand new laptops & desktops. Bad or NO credit No Problem. Smallest weekly payments available. It's yours NOW - Call 1-800624-1557. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- EDUCATION ------HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, affordable, accredited. FREE brochure. Call now! 1-800-532-6446, ext. 532 www.continentalacademy.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. Fast, affordable and accredited. Free brochure. Call now! 800-532-6546, ext.588. www.highschooldiploma10.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– High School Diploma! Graduate in 4 weeks! CALL TOLL FREE NOW! 1-877698-3540, www.southeasternHS.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, Affordable, Accredited. FREE Brochure. CALL NOW! 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 512 www.continentalacademy.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- EMPLOYMENT ------MATTHEWS BUS COMPANY is seeking individuals who are people oriented and committed to safety for Van and School Bus Driving positions. Pre-Employment drug testing and fingerprinting are required for employment. Training will be provided for those seeking CDL / School Bus License. For an application or more information, please call 412384-8810. Matthews Bus Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BAR & KITCHEN HELP NEEDED! Peters Creek Pub 2103 Rankintown Rd., Finleyville. Please call 724-348-6607 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Help Wanted! McMurray Store Location. Sales Clerk Position. Full or part time. Must be available evenings and Saturdays. Fax any inquiries to 724-942-8386, Attn: Michelle. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mon Valley asset recovery company has full time openings. Fully paid company health insurance, paid vacations. Must have neat and professional appearance. Good driving record. Send or fax resume immediately to 724-258-6449, or mail to: First Credit Resources, 252 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adult Barn Help Wanted - feed, turn out, clean stalls and various other barn duties for 12 horses in the Elizabeth area. Part-time, flexible days - daylight hours. Must have experience, be reliable and have own transportation. Call Jen at 412-215-5342 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WE ARE NOW HIRING DRIVERS PART TIME WORK • FLEXIBLE HOURS 3527 WASHINGTON AVENUE • FINLEYVILLE 724-348-8844 • APPLICATIONS AT STORE –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mature individual for weekly housecleaning and occasional house/pet sitting. 84 area. References and transportation required. Call 724-228-1598. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Experienced Cook Wanted! Cousin Vinny's Bar & Grille -- Charleroi's Newest Hot Spot Oversee ALL aspects of the Kitchen. Serve Safe Preferred. Call 724531-1310 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– $1,000/ wk. Part-Time. Work from anywhere in the vacation travel industry. Enjoy resort travel and cruises at huge discounts. Agents Needed ASAP! 1-866903-9801. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS FROM HOME! Year-round Work! Excellent Pay! No Experience! Top US Company! Glue Gun, Painting, Jewelry & More! TOLL FREE 1-866-844-5091 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DATA ENTRY PROCESSORS NEEDED! Earn $3,500 - $5,000 Weekly Working from Home! Guaranteed Paychecks! No Experience Necessary! Positions Available Today! Register Online Now! www.BigPayWork.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HELP WANTED Earn Extra Income Assembling CD cases from Home. Working with Top US Companies. Not available, MD, WI, SD, ND. 1-800-405-7619 Ext 104. www.easywork-greatpay.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

"Can You Dig It?" Heavy Equipment School. 3wk training program. Backhoes, Bulldozers, Trackhoes. Local job placement asst. Start digging dirt Now. 866-3626497 or 888-707-6886 American Construction Train LLC –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HVAC Tech Training! Heat up your career! No Exp needed. Get Nationally Certified in 3wks... Local job placement asst. financing available. Classes start now! 877-994-9904 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– KITCHEN CRAFT is seeking individuals/teams to demonstrate kitchen related items at Trade Shows. Great Income, Flexible Schedule, Write-off Travel, Training! Fax 352-483-7603 or apply www.cookforlife.com/careers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SECRET SHOPPERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY For Store Evaluations. Local Stores, Restaurants, & Theaters. Training Provided, Flexible Hours. Assignments Available NOW!! 1-800-585-9024 ext. 6262 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HOME REFUND JOBS! Earn $3,500-$5,000 Weekly Processing Company Refunds Online! Guaranteed Paychecks! No Experience Needed! Positions Available Today! Register Online Now! www.RebateWork.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MYSTERY SHOPPERS - Get paid to shop! Retail/Dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality/customer service. Earn up to $70 a day. Call 888-731-1179 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DRIVERS: A great career! England Transport now offers on the job CDL training. No credit check. No co-signers. No contract. No down payment. Toll free 1866-619-6081, AD#3110 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– POST OFFICE NOW HIRING. Avg. $20/hr. $57K/yr. Benefits, OT, PT/FT. 1-866-483-1057, USWA –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– COLLECT UP TO $400/week! Unemployment Insurance! We can help you now! www.statepay.com Call 80-979-9575 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1000 ENVELOPES = $6000 Guaranteed! Receive $6 for every envelope stuffed. 24hr. information 1-888-423-3820 code 701 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DON'T SWEAT IT! FIRE UP your Future. Nationally Accredited 4wk HV AC Training Program. Get EPA/OSHA Certified. Local Job Placement Asst. Financing Available. 877-994-9904 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GOOGLE CLICKERS needed: $$$$$ weekly. New limited time opportunity. For more information call 1-800-706-1824, Ext.4194. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SECRET SHOPPERS NEEDED - For Store Evaluations. Get paid to shop and rate local stores, restaurants and theatres. Flexible hours, training provided. 1800-585-9024, ext. 6750. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BECOME A SURROGATE MOTHER: Generous Compensation. Established program seeking women 21-45 to carry couples biological babies. Prior birth experience required. Non-smokers 1-888-363-9457 M.Brisman, Esq www.reproductivelawyer.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EARN UP TO $500 weekly assembling our angel pins in the comfort of your own home. No experience required. Call 817-230-4879 or visit www.angelpin.net –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS FROM HOME! Year-round Work! Excellent Pay! No Experience! TOLL FREE 1-866-844-5091, code-11 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- FINANCIAL / INSURANCE ------$$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT CASH NOW!!! As seen on TV. Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500-$500,000++ within 48/hrs? Low rates. APPLY NOW BY PHONE! 1-866-386-3692. www.injuryadvances.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– $$CASH$$ Immediate Cash for Structured Settlements, Annuities, Lawsuits, Inheritances, Mortgage Notes & Cash Flows. J.G. Wentworth #1. 1-(800)7947310 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As Seen on Oprah & Dr. Phil. Jennifer Openshaw’s Free Debt Help. Call today no obligation. Become debt free in 2008. 888-940-3222. Debtandcreditadvisors.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CASH ADVANCE. NO CREDIT? NO PROBLEM! #1 IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. 1-888-257-7524. YOURCASHBANK.COM. Void where prohibited by law. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE Debt Help - 888-940-3222. DebtandCreditAdvisors.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Page 74 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– February 2008 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER GET FAST CASH! 24/7! Instant approval by phone. Bad Credit OK. No faxing. Cash in 24hrs. Apply now! 1-800-354-6612. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Owe the IRS or State??? Haven’t filed tax returns??? Get Instant Relief. Call Mike. 1-800-487-1992. www.safetaxhelp.com. Hablamos español ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STOP FORECLOSURE - This is not bankruptcy. We do not buy houses. 1-800771-4453 ext. 85. www.house911.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– UNSECURED LOANS - $1,000-$100,000. No collateral required, Same day decision nationwide. Any personal or business use. Easy application process. Startups welcome. Email Required. www.AmOne.com/Flyer. 1-800-466-8596 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEED A LOAN? No credit - BAD credit - Bankruptcy - Repossession - Personal Loans - Auto Loans - Consolidation Loans AVAILABLE! "We have been helping people with credit problems since 1991". Call 1-800-654-1816. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LAWSUIT CASH - Get cash for your personal injury settlement or work comp case. 866-709-1100, www.glofin.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WE PAY CASH NOW For future payments from annuities, lawsuit settlements, lottery winnings, and seller held notes. Also cash now for pending settlements. www.lumpsumcash.com. 800-509-8527 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEED A LOAN? Bad Credit? Bankruptcy? Repo? Personal Consolidation or Business Loans available. "Helping People with Credit Problems since 1991" Financial Specialty Services (800) 654-1816 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CASH LOANS $1,000 TO $300,000 AVAILABLE. PERSONAL OR BUSINESS USE. POOR CREDIT AND LOW INCOME ACCEPTED. SAME DAY PROCESSING. CALL 24-HOURS: 1-800-539-1516 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GET FAST CASH 24/7! Instant approval by phone. Bad Credit OK. No faxing. Cash in 24 hrs. Apply now! WeLendCash.com 1-800-383-0996 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------ HEALTH/MEDICAL/FITNESS-----FREE WEIGHT LOSS - Call to get your free bottle w/ hoodia. Please, limit 1 per household. Call now (800) 693-7519 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEIGHT LOSS FREE FREE - Drop 2 pant/dress sizes. Call for Free bottle w/hoodia. Please, limit 1 per household. Call now 800-743-0615. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– VIAGRA/CIALIS, 40 PILLS, $99.00; 40 PILLS, $99.00. VIAGRA/CIALIS. 888942-2262. WESAVEONDRUGS.COM ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. New featherweight motorized wheelchair at no cost, if eligible. Medical /Private insurance accepted. 800-693-8896. ENK Mobile ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ARE YOU THE FATHER? 100% accurate AABB accredited lab DNA paternity test using mouth swabs for $265, with or without the mother. Chewing gum, cigarette butts or other special samples or tests are additional. 1-888-875-7574 www.DNATestingCentre.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEDICAL SUPPLIES - ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU!! Limited Offer!! Power Wheelchairs & Scooters. Medtec Medical Supply. Medicare Approved. 800-719-0024. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– AFFORDABLE HEALTH BENEFITS $155.00 monthly for the Entire Family. Hospitalization, Prescriptions, Doctors, Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, and more. Everyone Accepted 800-971-7075 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------ ITEMS FOR SALE -----FOR SALE: Cream-colored leather sofa, love seat, and oversized chair. Take all for $300. Call 412-653-4979. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Miniature horse cart and harness for sale - black metal cart and black leather harness for medium to large miniature horse or small pony. (724)348-8028. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cherrywood Charmglow 33" Electric Fireplace. Mantel/Cabinet /Base. 4,500 BTUs. 51Wx51H Like new. Orig. $699, Asking $275 . 724-348-7039 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Firewood for sale. 1 Cord $120. Call 724-797-5786 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bunk Beds w/mattresses, never used, solid wood with a heavy duty oak finish $250. 724-747-9216 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Traco Double Hung Windows - 34x60, Screens, Thermal Pane, White Aluminum, Like New! Take all 10 for $600.00 or pick. 724-258-8550 Ask for J.P. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale - Old 8-track player for car $10; Old hubcaps for Car $20; Little girl's Vanity, 50's style, pink $15. Call 724-258-4815 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– "Wilton" cake decorating supplies, supply tote box, cake pans and much more. Three course books and all supplies needed for cake decorating classes as taught at Michaels Craft Store. $100 for all. Call (412) 835-3959. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– "Lenox" Holiday Ribbon design desert bowls. Set of 12, new never used, still in boxes. $50. Call (412) 835-3959 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Spinet Piano and Bench, good condition, fruitwood color. $695 obo. Call 724348-5543. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Archery Cobra 3 pin sights with light, like new, $45. Budogel arrow rest, like new, $25. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Photography equipment, 35 to 70mm lens, asking $295. Light meter, never used, excellent condition, $45. Professional flash, excellent condition, $95 or best offer. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Carry all trailer, 4 by 6 foot, can carry 500 pounds, turn signals, fits in two inch hitch, needs no license. $250 firm. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Coffee table, dark brown, 5’ long x 20” wide. Good condition. Asking $25. Call 412-831-8998. Sears 12" inch Band Saw! Used very little! Must sell, need room! Comes comple with table. $150.00. Phone 412-384-6322 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SKI EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – Ski’s, Atomic Arc 2000’s, Kastle 190’s. Each with bindings and poles. $25 each. K2 Ski’s, 175’s, bindings, poles, Raichle boots – size 8 women’s. Ski tote locks $5; Boot dryer $15; Vera-Crafters locking ski racks – holds 4 pairs, $10; Vic ski rack $5; Ski locks $5; Ski wax repair/maintenance kit $5. 412-384-3021. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1956 cable piano. Upright with matching bench. $500 obo. You haul. 724-7470866. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Movie Collection. 400 VHS movies. Like new condition. Best offer. (724) 3480506 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale: Cherry wood, trees to be cut. Have several large size trees to be dropped and hauled. Trees have some “Gum stain” to them. Come and make bid. 724-250 7696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cherry Tree lumber, split and seasoned ready for your pick-up and haul, truck load to top of bed, $85.00 for 6’ bed, $95.00 for 8’ bed. Your truck I cannot deliver--724-250-7696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ITEMS FOR SALE - CONTRATOR'S TRUCK CAP - WITH LADDER RACK AND BOXES (ALUMINUM). FITS 1989-1996 FORD TRUCKS. $300. 412736-0189 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale: Older Hot Wheel cars and some from the 90's. 724-984-9085 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cemetery plots - Jefferson Memorial Park. 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/all. Can divide. 724-348-5072 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV FREE 4 Room System! Checks Accepted! 250+ Channels! Starts $29.99 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE HBO/Cinemax/Showtime/Starz 3 Months! FREE DVR/HD! We’re Local Installers 1-800-973-9044 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEMORY FOAM Thera-Peutic NASA Mattress: Q-$399, K-$499. Free Delivery. Warranty. 1-888-287-5337. (60 night trial) www.mattressdr.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Spa/Hot Tub must sell. MSRP $4,999.Deluxe Upgrade 51 Jets. High Power Pump System. New Never Used No Maint. Cabinet. Includes Cover. Will Deliver. $3,999. Full Warranty. Call 866-920-7089 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NO MORE SPEEDING TICKETS. Invisible to RADAR - Legal Phazer Laser. Free 30 days. Call 1-877-474-1056 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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WET, MOLDY BASEMENT?? Inside & Outside Remedies, Foundation Repairs, Wall Anchors, Piering & Rebuilds. LOWEST PRICES. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Insured & Guaranteed. Local Company (BBB Member) **1-800343-2357** ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– METAL ROOFING & SIDING. BUY DIRECT, We Manufacture & cut to your length, 10 closeout colors, 36" coverage ABXX Panel $1.45 LF. 1-800-373-3703 www.abmartin.net A.B. Martin Roofing Supply ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLDBARN/www.woodfordbros.com MDHIC #05-121-861 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WOLFF TANNING BEDS. As Low as $28 a month! FREE DVD Player - Order by 12/1/2008. CALL ETS Tan TODAY! 888.839.5160 www.np.etstan.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDROOM CHERRY SOLID - 10 pieces with pillowtop mattress set. Dovetailed drawers. New, still in boxes. Was $3995. Sell $1595. 412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDS - "PLUSH/PILLOWTOPS, ORTHOPEDIC AND MEMORY FOAM" QUEEN ... $179. KING...$235. FULL SIZE. MATTRESS, ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC WITH WARRANTIES. DELIVERY AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE CALL 412-787-9128 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TEMPERPEDIC MEMORY Foam Mattress (NASA). Still in original plastic, never used. Warranty. Cost $1200. Asking $345. (FOUNDATION AVAILABLE) 412-494-3143 (Can Deliver) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDS - "SEALY, TEMPERPEDIC, CORSICANA, PILLOWTOPS & ORTHOPEDIC. QUEEN ... $179. KING...$235. FULL SIZE MATTRESS, ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC WITH WARRANTIES. DELIVERY AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE CALL 412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, Trumpet, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea. Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-377-7907. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LIVING ROOM SET Neutral color, very nice. Never used, still wrapped in plastic. Retail was $3950, Asking ONLY $1200. MUST SEE!! 412-494-3143 (Can help deliver) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HOT TUB - FREE DELIVERY. Must Sell, ASAP!! Loaded with deluxe hydrotherapy package. Still in plastic. (Transferrable warranty) WAS $4800. SACRIFICE $2800. MUST SEE!! Local 412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MODEL HOME CLOSING!!! DINING SET $1550, POOL TABLE $1250, LIVING ROOM $1200, 2 bedrooms WITH SEALY MATS. DISPLAY HOT TUB $2800. All must be sold ASAP. Call for appointment 412-787-9128 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 10-PIECE BEDROOM IS GORGEOUS. WITH DRESSER, MIRROR, CHEST, 2 NIGHTSTANDS. ALL DOVETAILED. INCLUDES ORTHOPEDIC MATTRESS SET, IN PLASTIC. ALL BRAND NEW, IN BOXES. COST $3,550. SACRIFICE $1,295. 1-412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LUXURY BEDDING and DUVETS and ITALIAN LINENS, comforters, sheets, throws, and pillow shams to compliment and enhance home decor. www.definingelegance.com/naa ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDROOM - Cherry Sleigh set. Solid wood, built with dovetailed drawers and elegant sateen finish. Never opened, still in boxes. Cost was $3500. Asking $875. Call 412-494-3143. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- ITEMS WANTED ------Wanted to buy – Record LP’s, and/or 45’s. All types of music. No collection too large or small. 724-255-7381. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED ANTIQUES Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203.

WANTED: PINBALL MACHINE, ARCADE VIDEO GAME & coin operated items, ANY CONDITION, cash paid, semi-quick removal. 412-559-8477. Email: ed@ataboy.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. Buying all types of antiques -- anything old!! 724-483-3099. WANTED: Used Stihl chain saws, used 2 stage snow blowers, Mantis tiller, Rear tire tillers, Lawn Boy mowers, Honda mowers. Need not be running. Pay cash! 724-745-6489 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wanted – Home in Union, Finleyville, 3 BR, 2 Bath. Call Nancy Morgan at 412276-6463. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– **OLD GUITARS WANTED! ** Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! These brands only please. 1-800-401-0440 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– JEANS Wanted! Instead of throwing away your old jeans, please donate them. Small jeans, big jeans, XS jeans, XL jeans. Kids jeans, adult jeans. Blue jeans, white jeans, or any color jeans you have. All sizes....All kinds. Will pick up. NEED JEANS, PLEASE! CALL TODAY! 724-747-0793 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– **OLD GUITARS WANTED!** Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, D'Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. 1930's thru 1960's. TOP CASH PAID! The Guitar Collector. 1-800-401-0440. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED! OLD GIBSON LES PAUL GUITARS! Especially 1950's models! Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, D'Angelico, Rickenbacker, Stromberg, Ephiphone. (1900- 1970's) TOP DOLLAR PAID! Old FENDER AMPS! It's easy. Call toll free 1-866-433-8277 CALL TODAY. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

-------- MISCELLANEOUS ----AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (888) 349-5387 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, business, Paralegal, computers, criminal justice. Job placement assistance. Financial aid and computer provided if qualified. Call 866-858-2121, www.OnlineTidewaterTech.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CHRISTIAN DATING & FRIENDSHIP SERVICE. Over 100,000 members, countless relationships & marriages since 1989. Singles over 40 call anytime for a free package, 1-800-437-1926 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FreeCatologs.com - Choose From 100’s of catalogs. Find Something Special for Someone Special with FreeCatologs.com. Shop All Night Long. HUGE SAVINGS. www.FreeCatologs.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV Satellite Television, FREE Equipment, FREE 4 Room Installation, FREE HD or DVR Receiver Upgrade Packages from $29.99/mo.Call Direct Sat TV for details 1-800-380-8939. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– **OLD GUITARS WANTED! ** Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! These brands only please. 1-800-401-0440 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– INJURED in an ACCIDENT? Claim may be worth $250,000+. HEART ATTACK/STROKE/CHF from AVANDIA $250,000+. Diagnosed with MESOTHELIOMA 1 Million Dollars+. Call toll-free 1-866-546-2729 (24 hours) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE DIRECTV 4 Room System! Checks Accepted! 250+ Channels! Starts $29.99! FREE HBO/Cinemax/Showtime/Starz 3 Months! FREE DVR/HD! We’re Local Installers! 1-800-620-0058 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– World Strongest Fat Burner. FREE Samples! Call toll free 1-888-547-3911, www.lipex.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV Satellite Television, FREE Equipment, FREE 4 room Installation, FREE HD or DVR Receiver Upgrade & $100 cash back. Programming Packages from $29.99/mo. Call 800-380-8939. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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.


February 2008 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 75 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER ACR METAL Roofing and Siding. Low Cost, Fast Delivery, Agricultural, Commercial, Residential, Pole Barn Packages, Trims, Fasteners, Reflective Insulation, Door Track. Free Literature, 1-800-325-1247 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV Satellite Television, FREE Equipment, FREE 4 Room Installation, FREE HD or DVR Receiver Upgrade. Packages from $29.99/mo. Call Direct Sat TV for details. 800-380-8939. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE Razr or Blackberry FREE. Best service plans. 100s of FREE phones at REDHOTFREEPHONES.COM, Credit card and service plan req. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– $$CASH$$ - Immediate cash for structured Settlements, Annuities, Lawsuits, Inheritances, Mortgage Notes & Cash Flows. J.G. Wentworth #1. 1-800-7947310. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin. 1930s - 1960s. Top cash paid. 1-800-401-0440. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Computers, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Financial aid and computer provided if qualified. Call 866-858-2121, www.OnlineTidewaterTech.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DON'T SWEAT IT! FIRE UP your future. Nationally accredited 4 wk HVAC (Heating/AC) Program. Get EPA/OSHA Certified. Local Job Placement Asst. Financing available. 877-994-9904. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STEEL BUILDINGS: 4 Only, 25x30, 30x40, 35x50, 40x60. Must Move now! Selling For The Balance Owed/Free Delivery! 1-800-411-5869 x55 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON A YAMAHA RHINO SIDE-BY-SIDE ATV or received a recall letter from Yamaha on this ATV? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-760-9702. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STOP FORECLOSURE, NO BANKRUPTCY. We do not buy houses. BBB member, 15 year firm. Low cost, guaranteed. Aeroworks Toll free, 1-866-834-2400 ext. 225 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

-------- NOTICES ----------Ruby Daugherty Studio is offering a Spring session for Tiny Tots, starting March 1, 2008. Fun, co-ordination-dance, and tumbling for early pre-school age. Parent or older sibling participation. For more information call 724-348-7476 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

---------- PETS ----------Adorable male and female AKC registered English bulldog puppies available for loving homes and families. The puppies are loving, caring, playful and so affectionate that you wont let them go away...for details email me : Nowbreed@yahoo.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Quarter Horse for lease - quiet quarter horse mare for partial lease, sound for walk/trot, goes English or Western, large indoor arena with new footing, wonderful trail riding weather permitting, flexible days available, experienced adult preferred but will consider other offers, Elizabeth area, $100 a month. (724)3488028 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 ------1/2 Duplex For Rent - Charleroi. 2- Bedroom. Completely remodeled interior! Must See! Brand new carpet. Brand new kitchen and bathroom flooring. New Kitchen cabinets, countertop, and sink. Fresh Paint Throughout! Covered front and rear porches for relaxing. Private fenced in backyard. Located directly across from playground. Perfect home for kids and families. Convenient to Rt. 43 and Rt. 88. $485/ month plus utilities. Credit check and references required. Security Deposit and first month's rent required. Call 412-656-8508 or 412-760-2291. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Union Township House For Sale - Updated throughout and in move-in condition, this 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath multi-level boasts neutral décor, a large back yard, twotiered deck and above ground pool. $189,900. Call 412-719-8961. FOR RENT - New Eagle - Main Street. Office Space, Formerly physicians office; 1200 sq. feet. Rent negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-2583773. FOR SALE - Investment property. 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FOR RENT - Three room apartment; New Eagle. Appliances; no pets. $400 month includes: Water & Sewage. 724-554-6534. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE - Bentleyville-Large building, many uses, store front, kitchen and warehouse or mechanic shop. Perfect location and parking. Can be lease in units. Call for details. Jefferson Hills Real Estate 412653-4000 or Patty Shaffer 412-915-8710 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Charleroi-Office space for lease, main street in town, reasonable. Jefferson Hills Real Estate 412-653-4000 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jefferson Hills-Quaint neighborhood shops, 750 sq. ft storefront, many uses, great parking, perfect deli-conv. store or office. Jefferson Hills Real Estate 412-653-4000 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Patriot Point Development in Jefferson Hills-Level 1/4 acre lots on cul-de-sac, ready for building, bring your builder, West Jefferson Hills School District. Jefferson Hills Real Estate 412-653-4000 –––––––––––––––���––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 4 or 5 bedroom Mobile Home and property for sale. 2 Wood Alley, Monongahela, PA, Carroll Twp. On Rt. 837 North across from Carroll Twp. Fire Department. Will consider owner financing. Asking $34,000. Call 724-350-5983. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 3 bedroom Mobile Home for sale on rented lot. 135 Union St., Lot 15, on Rt. 88, New Eagle, PA. Lot rent is $200 per month, includes garbage. Asking $9,300. Will consider financing. Call 724-350-6006 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mobile Home - Monongahela Area, 2 bedroom trailer for sale. Inside, gentle pet ok with park. Ringgold Schools, 88 transit bus line. We finance with $500 down, and $150 per month, for 60 months, at 0% interest. Park lot rent is $200 per month. $8500. Call 724-350-6006. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2 Wood Alley, Carroll Twp., Monongahela, PA property and mobile home for sale. $34,500. Owner financing considered with $2000 down. Call 724-350-5983. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wanted – Home in Union, Finleyville, 3 BR, 2 Bath. Call Nancy Morgan at 412276-6463. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/all. Can divide. 724-348-5072 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Office/Retail Available! New Construction located in Finleyville (Brownsville Rd. Ext.) 1,000-3,000 sq. ft. available. $10-$12/sq. ft. Call: 724-348-7545. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– We Buy Duplexes and Multi-Family houses! - Seeking to purchase multi-family housing, duplexes, four-plexes, and apartment buildings throughout the Mon Valley and South Hills areas. Distressed and foreclosed properties OK. Call today! 412-760-2291. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Building for rent: South Park Township; 4,000 square feet. Includes offices, workshop, garage, and storage area. $1,250 / month + utilities. Phone 412-833-0107 or 412-200-0449 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WAREHOUSE/STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT - Finleyville. Different sizes available. Call 724-348-6688 for details. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NO DOWN PAYMENT? PROBLEM CREDIT? If you’re motivated, and follow our proven, no nonsense program, we’ll get you into a NEW HOME. Call 1-866255-5267. www.AmericanHomePartners.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Apartments for Rent - 6BD HUD Home buy for only $200/mo! 6bd 2ba only $299/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Rent - BUY A 3BD BANK REPO only $220/mo! 5bd 1.5ba only $375/mo! 5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%APR! Great Deal! Won't Last! For Listings 800-5468656 ext.B722 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

North Carolina Mountains. New log cabin shell on 2 wooded acres, only $99,900. FREE BROCHURE of Mountain& Riverfront acreage. Financing. 828-652-8700 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Apartments for Rent - BUY A 3BD BANK REPO only $220/mo! 5bd 1.5ba only $375/mo! 5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%APR! Great Deal! Won't Last! For Listings 800-5468656 ext.B722 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 50 ACRES, 700' on Deer Creek, $49,900. 5 Acres - Lake & state land use, $15,900. Financing available, www.landfirstny.com. 1-888-683-2626 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Rent - 3 BED 2 BATH only $234/mo! 4%dn, 20 yrs @ 8.5% APR Foreclosed Homes! Buy! www.foreclosureagency.com For Listings 800-373-6764 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Sale - 3 BED 2 BATH Foreclosure! Only $45,560! Must Sell! www.foreclosureagency.com For Listings 800-373-6764 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LOTS & ACREAGE - 50 ACRES New York state land, $49,900. 5 acres - Lake Ontario use, $15,900. Financing available, www.landfirstny.com 1-888-683-2626. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Rent - 6BD HUD Home buy for only $200/mo! 6bd 2ba only $299/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Sale - 6BD HUD Home buy for only $200/mo! 6bd 2ba only $299/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LOTS & ACREAGE - ADIRONDACK/TUG HILL LAND SALE! 8 acres - was 19,900, NOW $14,900. 10 acres - was 25,900, NOW $19,900. 50 acres - was 79,900, NOW $69,900. Adjoins State Land, ponds, direct snowmobile trail access, views, apple orchards, trophy deer! EZ terms! Hurry! 800-260-2808 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TEXAS LAND LIQUIDATION!! 20-acres, Near BOOMING El. Paso. Good Road Access. ONLY $14,900 $200/down $145 per/mo. Money Back Guarantee. No Credit Checks. 1-800-678-1741 www.sunsetranches.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– UPSTATE NY LAND SALE! Jan 12th & 13th ONLY! 5 acres- was 39,900, THIS WKEND - $19,900. 10 acres - was 39,900, THIS WKEND - $29,900. Woods, fields, creek, views! Just off the Thruway, gorgeous setting! Owner terms! Incredible deals! Hurry! 877-891-5263 NYL&L ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BANK FORECLOSURES! Homes from $10,000! 1-3 bedroom available! REOs, HUD, FDIC, more! These homes must sell! National Value Network. For Listings: 1-800-425-1620 x3247. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STEEL BUILDINGS FOR SALE - POLE BUILDINGS: 2 car Garage 24x24x10 $8995. 3 car Garage 28x36x10 $11,995. 1-3' Door! Painted Steel Roof & Sides. Fully erected. 1-800-331-1875 or 1-717-354-7561. www.fettervillesales.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FORECLOSURES, REPO'S & LIQUIDATIONS! 10 acres - Views - was 59,900, NOW $39,900. 40 acres - Barns - was 149,900, NOW $99,900. 34 acres - Lake was 225,000, NOW $179,900. Upstate NY, 3 hrs NYC! Survey, clear title, g'teed buildable, owner terms! Hurry!877-891-5263 NYL&L ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Sale - BUY A 3BD BANK REPO only $220/mo! 5bd 1.5ba only $375/mo! 5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%APR! Great Deal! Won't Last! For Listings 800-5468656 ext.B722 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

-------- SERVICES -------DVD MONTAGES BY DEB CHEPLIC - the perfect gift for that special person! Photos, video, and your musical choices, with cool transitions and effects. View my work at web.mac.com/dcheplic. Contact: 724-258-5336 or dcheplic@mac.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– RESUMES: $100. Polished and professional. Call 412-653-4979. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. $40.00 per machine. 724-348-6837 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oldies Disc Jockey – For your private party / Reunion / Car Cruise. Book early for the holidays! 412-851-1734 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Quarter Horse for lease - quiet quarter horse mare for partial lease, sound for walk/trot, goes English or Western, large indoor arena with new footing, wonderful trail riding weather permitting, flexible days available, experienced adult preferred but will consider other offers, Elizabeth area, $100 a month. (724)3488028 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- TIMESHARES ------BUY TIMESHARE RESALES. SAVE 60-80% OFF RETAIL!! BEST RESORTS & SEASONS. Call for FREE. TIMESHARE MAGAZINE! 1-800-639-5319. www.holidaygroup.com/flier ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Timeshare Resales - The cheapest way to Buy, Sell and Rent Timeshares. No Commissions or Broker Fees. Call 877-494-8246 or go to www.buyatimeshare.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TIMESHARES - TIMESHARES!!! Tired of fees? Call Buyatimeshare.com to sell, rent or buy a timeshare. Get free info today and get cash at closing. Call Now! 1877-271-3414 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- VACATIONS --------CAMPING MEMBERSHIP LIFETIME. Camp Coast to Coast USA/Canada. $10 per night (full hook-up) Paid $2595. illness forces sale, $595. RV PLUS 1-800236-0327 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Your Vacation Ticket. Vacation Packages. 60% to 80% OFF Retail. www.MYVTIC.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS! This space $35 per month. Call 412-249-8177

C.T. Auto Recyclers

Finleyville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Pink House Catering

24 hour towing, used auto parts, tires, brakes, emissions and state inspections. Finleyville 724-348-7467 or 724-348-8000

Friday Night Bingo @ 7:00 p.m. Hall Rentals for Banquet, Showers, Weddings & Special Occasions. Fire Hall Seats up to 200 people with Fully Equipped Kitchen. Business Phone: 724-348-4220

Catering from 2 to 200! We're here to cater all your special events! Weddings, Showers, Anniversaries, Funerals, and much more. Our Professional Chef is at your Service! 5624 Brownsville Road, South Park • 412-653-7111

Drew’s Auto Service

Accounting Quattrone Tax & Accounting Service Call US for ALL your Income Tax Preparations! Individual, Partnership & Corporate Tax Returns & All Your Accounting Needs. 3537 Washington Ave., Finleyville • 724-348-6599

Antiques, Crafts & Collectibles Antique Junction 2475 Washington Road • Canonsburg, PA (724) 746-5119 • Open 7 days – 10 am - 5 pm

Country Candles Outlet 16-1/2 Country Club Rd. • Washington, PA 15301 724-228-9470 • www.countrycandlesonline.com

McKita’s Antiques 225 McKean Avenue – Charleroi, PA Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm • (724) 483-3099

Orange’s the Gift Department Store 506 Fallowfield Avenue • Charleroi, PA • (724) 483-5702

Rt. 19 Antiques 2597 Washington Road • Canonsburg, PA (724) 746-3277 • Open 7 days – 10 am - 5 pm

The Antique Loft at Trax Farms We have an array of unique and interesting antiques and collectibles. • Open Daily 10am - 5pm 528 Trax Rd., Finleyville • (Located above the produce dept.) 412-835-3246, x135

★ Complete Auto Repair! ★ We Now Sell Tires! ★ State inspection & emissions, front end alignments, oil change, tune ups, all diagnostic work & complete tire service 6231 Route 88 • Finleyville • 724-348-3060

Finleyville Auto Service State & Emission Inspections, Foreign & Domestic Repairs, Road Service 3546 Washington Ave., Finleyville • 724-348-4828

Latkowski’s Auto Service Tires, alignment, complete brake service, state & emission inspection and repairs, electrical diagnosis and more. South Park: 412-835-2210 or 412-835-2250

Monongahela Auto Parts 123 West Main Street • (724) 258-7707 Charleroi Auto Parts 211 Fallowfield Avenue • (724) 483-8011

Skeets Service Station Full Service Repair Shop Inspections • Emissions • Tires • Exhaust Brakes • Repairs • AND MORE 24 HOUR TOWING!! 6103 Route 88 • Finleyville, PA 15332 (724) 348-4715

Banking Charleroi Federal Savings Bank

3855 Washington Road, McMurray at Donaldson’s Crossroads (724) 942-5121 • www.TheSavvyFox.com

The bank that feels like home. "Ask about our OWNER BUILDER MORTGAGE PROGRAM." www.charleroifederal.com MONONGAHELA: 724-258-3200 PETERS TWP.: 724-942-9505 CHARLEROI: 724-483-3566 ROSTRAVER: 724-929-2340 BENTLEYVILLE: 724-239-4300

Attorneys At Law

National City Bank

Berggren & Turturice, LLC

Great service and a friendly atmosphere Two (2) convenient locations to serve you. Finleyville 724-348-7176 • Monongahela 724-258-0628

The Peacock’s Tale 3 Valley View Road Eighty-Four, PA 15330 • 724-223-1501

The Savvy FOX of Peters Township, Inc.

ATTORNEYS AT LAW Civil Litigation, Family Law, Real Estate, Contracts, Wills, Estates, School Law & Auto Related Matters 3535 Washington Avenue, Finleyville (under the American Legion) 724-348-6990 22 East Beau Street Washington Trust Building, Washington 724-222-4880

Auto Dealers Monongahela Ford “Deal with honest people with honest prices” Monongahela, PA New car showroom - 724-258-8800 Used car lot - 724-258-5020

PNC Bank Banking how you want, when you want, where you want. It’s as easy as PNC. Call our Monongahela Branch at 724-258-3500 or call 1-800-PNC-BANK. • www.pnc.com

Bakeries New Eagle Bakery & Pizzeria Home of the “Original New Eagle Italian Bread”. Everything baked fresh on-site. Main Street • New Eagle • 724-258-8110

Banquet Facility/Social Hall

Floreffe Volunteer Fire Dept. * HALL RENTAL * Newly Remodeled! 300 Seating Capacity! Weddings, Birthday Parties, Showers, Anniversaries, Reunions...ALL OCCASIONS! call Eric Welsh, Fire Chief 412-384-9644 or 412-327-1949

Bar And Grille Hot House Tap and Grille Open 7 Days a Week! Great Food • Guinness & Harp on Tap • Smoke Free 807 Dry Run Road • Monongahela, PA 15063 724-258-4212

Peters Creek Pub “Come on Over” Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials! Finleyville, PA 15332 • 724-348-6607

Roy's by the Tracks “Best Food in Town! Largest Portions! Weekday Food Specials * NEW Daily Menu Specials • Happy Hour 4-6pm • 50¢ Off All Drinks, Mon.-Fri. • Rt. 88, Finleyville www.roysbythetracks.com • 724-348-7118

The RIB CRIB “Ribs, Chicken, Chops & A WHOLE LOT MORE! Huge Portions! * Finger-lickin', Lip-smackin' Food! 504 Park Avenue, ELIZABETH (Up the hill from Blaine Hill Vol. Fire Dept.) • LOOK FOR OUR COUPON IN THE UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER • 412-384-8141

Beer Distributor Finleyville Beer Distributing Inc. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Beer • Kegs • Taps • Large Import Selection 3711 State Route 88, Suite 103, Finleyville (724) 348-BEER (2337)

Behavior/Counseling Family Behavioral Resources (FBR) Family Focused Therapy • Specialized Autism Services www.familybehavioralresources.com • 1-866-FBR-ASD

Cake and Candy Supplies Emma’s Cake & Candy Supplies Merckens Chocolate, Molds for All Occasions, Goody & Treat Bags, Lady Locks & much, much more! 6116 Brownsville Road Ext. Finleyville • 724-348-8151

Candles and Crafts

Finleyville American Legion

Country Candles Outlet 16-1/2 Country Club Road • Washington, PA 15301 724-228-9470 • www.countrycandlesonline.com

Auto and Tire

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 can accommodate 75 people. For more information, stop in & visit the lodge or call 724-348-5608.

Berniak's Auto Body

Finleyville Community Center

** Collision Service ** "We meet our friends & customers by accident." Rt. 837, ELRAMA • 412-384-8402

Hall rental available for up to 125 persons. Parties, Receptions, Meetings and more! Call 724-348-9656

Sturman & Larkin Ford Visit us for a top quality new or pre-owned vehicle. Providing customer friendly sales and service since 1975. 900 Regis Avenue • West Mifflin, PA 15236 www.sturmanandlarkin.com • 412-653-5800

Catering Good To Go Restaurant and Catering - NOW OPEN! CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS • Hoagies, Burgers, Beef Hotdogs, Chicken, Always Fresh Salads, Soups & Appetizers • FISH "FRYDAYS" 3532 Marion Avenue, FINLEYVILLE • 724-348-8544

Collector Howard Springer, Collector 1241 Highland Road • Monongahela, PA 15063 724-258-4189

Computer Services 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. • $40.00 per machine. • 724-348-6837

Pittsburgh Computer Solutions, Inc. Computer repair, custom builds, data recovery, system maintenance. 724-942-1337 • www.pittsburghcomputerrepair.com

Construction Supplies Thomas Fastening Systems, Inc. Construction & Industrial Supplies Over 20 Years of Quality Service 3561 Washington Avenue, Finleyville sales@thomasfastening.com • 724-348-6880

Daycare/Pre-school Children’s Paradise Quality childcare & pre-school education. Since 1978. • Marion Avenue, Finleyville • 724-348-6565

Sonshine Tree Preschool/Learning Center Now Enrolling! Providing developmental, Christian instruction in a loving and caring environment. Now offering: Preschool Classes for 3, 4 & 5 year olds; Transition Class for children age 5 by December. 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville For more information, please call (724) 348-1620, x102

Sunshine Kids, Inc. Early Learning for Brighter Futures! McMURRAY: 3244 Washington Rd. • 724-942-1009 ------------EIGHTY FOUR: 1059 Linden Rd. • 724-942-0163

Electric Bob Oglesby Electric FREE Estimates! • FULLY Insured! • (724) 225-8846

Don's Electric Service Licensed Electrical Inspector 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE! Serving the Mon Valley & Surrounding Areas. Fully Insured. • Senior Citizen Discounts. CALL: 724-258-3963 or 412-997-6649

Environmental Health Fresh Air Purifiers EPA states indoor air pollution worse than outdoor! NASA certified technology removes odors, allergens, Kills bacteria, mold and mildew. No filters to change. RISK FREE TRIAL • 412-443-9442 www.freshairliving.com/lserra Pass Code: “Guest”

Eye Care / Ophthalmology Pittsburgh Eye Institute Dr. Thomas F. Findlan Conveniently located at Jefferson Regional Medical Center 575 Coal Valley Road, Suite 461 • Jefferson Hills 412-466-6800


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Health & Nutrition Curves

3562 Washington Avenue Finleyville, PA 15332 MEMBERS ALWAYS NEEDED! For member information, call Chief Sam Lytle at 724-348-4220 ALL EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911

“The power to amaze yourself” Over 8,000 locations worldwide. South Park: 412-831-1900 • Jefferson Hills: 412-384-3303 Monongahela: 724-258-0725 • Brentwood: 412-882-6090 Elizabeth: 412-384-5575

Floreffe Fire Department

Freelife International • Charmaine Nebash (724) 348-4159

Volunteers Wanted! Free Training! If interested, please call Eric Welsh, Fire Chief at (412) 327-1949

Flooring 3-R Services Replace * Refurbish * Repair Carpet / Upholstery / Cleaning Flooring sales & Installation 724-348-6765

Fetchko Floors “Doctors of Carpetology” We make house calls. Family owned and operated. Carpets, ceramics, vinyl, hardwood. Finleyville • 724-348-8422

Floral Finleyville Flower Shoppe Your hometown florist! Flowers, plants, gift baskets and more. 3510 Washington Avenue • Finleyville • 724-348-5808

Funeral Homes Kegel Funeral Home, Inc. Serving local families with dignity, respect, comfort and understanding. 3560 Washington Avenue • Finleyville • 724-348-7171

Garage Doors/Electric Openers Davis Garage Doors Residential/Commercial • Free estimates Insured, Sales/Service and Installation 724-348-8807

Wuenstel Bros. Garage Door Co. Second Generation Family Owned • Since 1977 Residential Replacement Specialists 3526D Cliff Street, Finleyville • 724-348-7550

Hair and Beauty Salon Hair-O-Dynamics 3711 Route 88 – Finleyville 724-348-6220

My Sister’s Shop We're now located behind Finleyville Hardware. Hair • Nails • Tanning • Waxing Convenient Parking! 3526B Cliff Street, Finleyville 724-348-2244

Hardware DeVore Hardware Co. "Most Dependable Source of Supply" * 40 Gallon Water Heater, only $274.95 * 437 West Main Street • MONONGAHELA 724-258-7100

Hand Therapy Hand & Upper Extremity Rehab Specialists, Inc. David McKenna, LTR/L, CHT, Certified Hand Therapist * Morning, Evening & Saturday Hours Available. * 451 Valley Brook Road • McMurray, PA 15317 www.handrehabspecialists.com • 724-942-5410

Goji Juice Judi's Vitamins & Herbs Carry Nature's Sunshine Products http://judisvitaminstore.tripod.com Phone# 412-403-8233

LaundryPure A better way to do laundry! SAVE $$$ NO DETERGENT • COLD WATER www.laundryplus.com/lserra Pass Code: “Guest” RISK FREE TRIAL 412-443-9442 or 800-970-8695

Mon Valley YMCA “Your complete family recreation and fitness center.” All programs are available to both members and non-members! 101 Taylor Run Rd. (Rt. 88), Carroll Twp. Just 10 Minutes from Finleyville • Exit 39 on Turnpike 43 724-483-8077 • www.monvalleyymca.org

Sunny Bridge Natural Foods We offer the area's largest selection of natural & organic, gluten-free, low carb, dairy-free and sugar-free foods and treats. Peter's Town Center 130 Gallery Drive • McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 942-5800 • www.sunnybridgenaturalfoods.com

The Enzyme Diet A complete program for weight loss, maintenance and healthy living. For free information, Serra@freedomin4steps.com • 412-443-9442

Health Screening & Education Healthy Directions On-Site laboratory services, Private counseling, Wellness Screenings, Educational programs. 3547 Washington Avenue • Finleyville • 724-348-6699

Healthcare Services Five Star Quality Care Five Star Quality Care strives to provide top-quality residential communities with a full range of supporting services and resources - including Assisted Living and Alzheimer's / Memory Care. For more information on our 5 communities in the Pittsburgh area visit our website at www.fivestarqualitycare.com or see our ad in this publication.

Hearing Aid Trinity Hearing Aid Need to hear…we make words clear! Get better, clearer, more natural hearing with the most technologically advanced digital instrument available. SPECIAL DISCOUNTS TO ALL SENIOR CITIZENS! 6360 Library Rd., Rt. 88, South Park, PA 15129 (412) 854-4080

Heating, Plumbing & A/C Bartman’s One Hour Plumbing • Heating • Cooling Monongahela 724-258-9125 • Finleyville 724- 348-7880

BILLCO Plumbing & Heating Plumbing • Heating • Air Cleaners Humidifiers • Air Conditioning "WE DO IT ALL!" Registered Master Plumber • EPA Certified HVAC Tech 724-348-9121

Quick Response Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 25 Hour Service • American Standard Dealer • Specializing in hard to heat & cool areas of your home • Expert sewer / camera service • Fully licensed & Insured Phone: 724-258-7724 • Toll Free: 1-866-732-4422

Russ Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning NO HEAT? Heating Emergencies? Call, Scott R. Ray TODAY! 5979 Pleasant St. • SOUTH PARK Serving the South Hills & Mon Valley • 412-831-2699

Hobbies & Collectibles Crafters Showcase Accepting Antiques, Collectibles and Home Decor. Southland Shopping Center 412-650-9906

Ellen Palmer's Quilt Shop 121 Main Street • New Eagle, PA 15067

Home Improvements Clark Construction Company Windows * Doors * Baths * Kitchens Specialists in Window & Door Replacement Professionally installed by our own carpenters. FREE In-Home Estimates! VISIT OUR SHOWROOM 3180 Industrial Boulevard • Bethel Park www.clarkremodeling.com • 412-833-7222

Frye Restoration Residential and Commercial Restoration. Smoke, fire, and water damage. Mine subsidence repair. Remodeling Services. Monongahela • 1-800-300-4537

Handyman Matters “Angies List Super Service Award Winner 2006. National Customer Service Award Winner 2006.” Get 1,162 different home repairs with one phone call! Drywall, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing & Tile. BBB. Bonded & Insured. Specializing in full & partial bathroom remodels 724-258-4884

INKS Installations Complete Remodeling We Do Our Own Work! • FREE In-Home Estimates. Financing Available. Fully Insured. (412) 653-0850 • (724) 776-0805 • (412) 369-3764

Home Sales 422 Homes 4500 State Rt. 51 South • Belle Vernon, PA 15012 1-800-422-5486 • www.422homes.com

Hospitals Jefferson Regional Medical Center “Medical excellence closer to home” Distinguished as one of the top health care organizations in the nation. www.jeffersonregional.com

Monongahela Valley Hospital 180 member medical staff representing over 40 medical specialties. 724-258-1000 • www.monvalleyhospital.com

The Washington Hospital Obstetricians / Gynecologists provide a wide array of services for women of all ages. 155 Wilson Avenue • Washington, PA 15301 724-225-7000

Ice Cream Fratelli's Ice Cream Shoppe Eat Inside or Outside, Soft Serve, Custard, Italian Ice, Sundaes, Shakes & lots more Brownsville Rd. Ext., • Finleyville • 724-348-8884

Insurance Arlene M. Elosh, Agent State Farm Insurance arlene.m.elosh.bxx5@statefarm.com South Park • 412-831-3125

Jewelers South Hills Jewelers

★ Since 1982 ★ Do you dare to wear diamonds? 5247 Library Rd. (Rt. 88) • Bethel Park 412-833-1588 www.onceuponafamily.com/roserose

Lawn & Garden Dupree’s Garden Center & Florist “Full Service Flower Shop” • Thousands of Trees & Shrubs • Everything you need for your Pond • All NEW variety of Statuary & Fountains Rt. 88, Finleyville (724) 348-4550

Topseed Nursery Nottingham Township • 4 miles from Finleyville 724-348-6606

Trax Farms “Your place in the country since 1865.” Become a member of Trax Farms Loyalty Club. Enjoy the benefits. It’s FREE! Route 88 between Library & Finleyville (412) 835-3246 • www.traxfarms.com

Vaccari Enterprises, Inc. www.vaccarienterprises.com Lawn & Garden equipment. Utility & Farm tractors. • Forklift sales & service. Venetia – 724-348-4000 • Baldwin – 412-653-6678 Waynesburg – 724-627-4737

Meat Packing & Sales 84 Packing Co. 1949 Rt. 136 • Eighty Four, PA • 724-222-9045

Cheplic Packing Custom smoking, hams/bacon, homemade kielbassy, 100% beef jerky, hot dogs & sausage, broasted chicken, and much, much more. 111 Cheplic Lane • Finleyville • 724-348-7094

Medical Spa Fine Art Medical Spa Medical Spa by Arthur Fine, M.D. Cellulite Reduction, Laser Hair Removal, Vein Reduction and MUCH MORE. • FREE CONSULTATIONS! 575 Coal Valley Rd., Suite 372 Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 412-469-7079 www.fineartmedicalspa.com

Notary Juskowich Notary Affidavits, titles, transfers, registrations and more. Route 88 in Finleyville 724-348-7610

Pediatrics Children's Community Pediatrics South Hills Pediatrics Associates JEFFERSON HILLS / MON VALLEY OFFICE 1925 Rt. 51 South • Phone: 412-384-9030 BRENTWOOD PROFESSIONAL BLDG. 4411 Stilley Rd., First Floor (Rt. 51 & Stilley Rd.) Phone: 412-882-7747 PROVIDERS: Mark Diamond M.D., Norman Cohen M.D., Brenda Watkins M.D., Kristen Frederick M.D., Anthony LaBarbera M.D., Timothy Hart M.D., Jennifer Schzure CRNP


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Vocelli Pizza

Brighter Beginnings for a Better Tomorrow Tonja J. DiCamillo, M.D. 6000 Waterdam Plaza Dr., Suite 280 • McMurray 724-941-8199

Classic Italian quality. Regular and specialty pizzas. Panini sandwiches, gourmet salads & more! Finleyville • 724-348-8844

Personal Care/Assisted Living Arrowood at Southwestern Apartment-Style, Retirement Living for Independent Seniors. 512 Lewis Run Rd., PLEASANT HILLS Call today for your personal tour. 412-469-3330 • www.southwesternhealthcare.com

Meadowcrest Nursing Center Short Term Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care We offer physical, occupational and speech therapies. Conveniently located off of Rt. 88, just past Library. 1200 Braun Road, Bethel Park • (412) 854-5500

Mount Vernon of South Park A Five Star Quality Care Community South Park's premier assisted living community. Alzheimer's / Memory Care • Call today to schedule a visit! 1400 Riggs Road, South Park, PA 15129 • 412-655-3535

Pets Brizes Kennel Grooming, Training, Boarding, Puppy Swimming Pool, 75 Acres. • 412-384-6445 • www.brizeskennel.com 5839 Brizes Lane, Elizabeth (Forward Twp.)

Carriage Hill Kennel Boarding, Grooming, Bathing, Playtime Pick-up & delivery. Family Suites. 10 minutes from Monongahela. • Airport Road, Finleyville. 724-348-2239 • www.carriagehillkennelspa.com

Fancy Paws Pet Grooming 95 McChain Road – Finleyville • 724-348-4345

Pet Search An All-Volunteer, NO KILL, Home Sheltered Animal Rescue & Placement Organization. • "Searching for the Right Pet?" Let PET SEARCH find the right pet for you! www.petsearchpa.org • 724-228-SEEK

Pet Supplies "PLUS" "Your Pet's Favorite Store" • Great deals on national brands of pet foods & supplies . . . EVERYDAY! Dogs • Birds • Cats • Fish • Small Animals • Reptiles 5229 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 (412) 831-8986 • www.petsuppliesplus.com

Woody's Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash & Pet Boutique No appointment needed! No mess to clean! Less stress for dogs when bathed by their owners. 10% OFF YOUR FIRST DOG WASH! 5843 Brownsville Road, South Park (Across from Nativity Church) www.woodysdogbath.com • 412-714-4644

Photography Dianne Adrian Photography 3565 Washington Avenue • Finleyville 412-384-3890 • www.adrianphoto.net

SPLAT Sports Graphics Action and Portrait sports photography prints. Lifesize wall graphics, • Auto Graphics, team logos, and more! Call 412-249-8177

Pizza Italian Village Pizza Eat In, Take out, FREE Delivery We deliver to Finleyville, Bethel Park, South Park & Library South Park (Ridge Rd.) • 724-348-5700 Bethel Park (South Park Shops) • 412-833-8777

New Eagle Bakery & Pizzeria Four (4) varieties of pizza styles! Hoagies using our fresh home-made buns. • Delivery available. Main Street • New Eagle • 724-258-8110

Placement of Abused Animals Angels for Animals, Inc. Placement of Abused and Abandoned Dogs and Cats On-going Aluminum Can Recycling Program for Fundraising. Eighty Four, PA 15330 • 724-941-5737

Plumbing All Service Plumbing Certified Master Plumber Water Lines, Sewer Lines, Gas Lines New Construction & Repairs FREE Estimates • Fully Insured & Certified (724) 348-5157

Bartman’s One Hour Plumbing • Heating • Cooling Monongahela 724-258-9125 • Finleyville 724-348-7880

Frye Bros. Plumbing Registered Master Plumbers • Residential & Commercial Locally Owned & Operated • Fully Insured and Certified Ed Frye: (412) 841-6008 • Bob Frye: (412) 600-7905

Podiatrist Valley Ankle and Foot Center A Podiatric Center of Excellence Offering the latest medical & surgical alternatives to ankle and foot conditions. 614 Park Ave., Peno's Plaza • Monongahela, PA 15063 Dr. Rick Scanlan Dr. Rodney Kosanovich, DAPBS 724-258-7555 trousseau

Printing American Flyers Quick Printing We do flyers and a whole lot more! 4156 Library Road, Castle Shannon 412-341-0608 • americanflyers@verizon.net

Professional Organizations Finleyville American Legion 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 can accommodate 75 people. For more info, stop in and visit the lodge or call 724-348-5608

Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Charleroi, Pennsylvania • 724-483-3507 “A Proud Partner of the Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce”

Publications Total Pet Magazine Published 4 times a year; Distributed to veterinarians, animal hospitals, and animal shelters in Wesern PA and around the U.S. Subscriptions: $12.00 for four issues 4885-A McKnight Road #502 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 www.totalpetmagazine.com • 412-391-2158

Rehab Services Centers for Rehab Services Physical & Occupational Therapy Sports Medicine A Partner of UPMC Bethel Park, 412-854-5077 • Jefferson Hills, 412-469-2508 Peters Twp., 724-941-2240 • South Hills, 412-851-8850 Belle Vernon, 724-379-8187 3 Locations in Western PA: 1-888-723-4CRS (4277)

Real Estate

Store/Pharmacy

422 HOMES

Pleasant Hills Apothecary

4500 State Rt. 51 South Belle Vernon, PA 15012 800-422-5486 www.422homes.com

“We want to be your pharmacy” Hospital equipment and ostomy supplies. Free blood pressure checks daily 25 Gill Hall Road • Jefferson Hills •412-653-7566

Judy Barrett

Prescription Center Plus

Sales Associate Howard Hanna “For all your real estate needs” Phone: 724-941-8800 x-502 • Cell: 724-747-9283 jbarrett@howardhanna.com

Specializing in Human and Veterinary Compounding 3 Convenient Locations 2850 Brownsville Rd., SOUTH PARK, 412-835-4552 1045 Route 519, EIGHTY FOUR, 724-222-2512 4080 Washington Rd., McMURRAY, 724-941-2522

Century 21 Frontier Realty www.C21frontier.com 3523 Washington Ave. • Finleyville • 724-348-7470

Howard Hanna Jim & Sandy Gavala Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 5235 Clairton Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236 Office: 412-833-2200 Residence: 724-258-6642

Marge MacFarlane Sales Representative – Keller Williams. National Sales Excellence Award. “My service will move you” 412-831-3800 x 132

Gabe Paulick Coldwell Banker, Tri-Country Realty 724-929-8866 gabriel.paulick@coldwellbanker.com

Pamela Quattrone, ABR, GRI, EPro Coldwell Banker Tri Country Realty 301 Oak Spring Road, Suite 1610, Washington, PA 15301 Phone: (724) 222-4225, x11 • Cell: (724) 263-6518

Vintage Real Estate Susan Zekany Schmitz Broker / Owner “Today’s Technology . . . Vintage Service” McMurray • 724-941-8000

Restaurant Fratelli’s Express NEW • Take Out Restaurant! 6108 Brownsville Road Ext., Finleyville WILL BE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! 11:00am – 10:00pm Order online: www.fratellisexpress.com (724) 348-8884

Good To Go Restaurant and Catering - NOW OPEN! CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ** Hoagies, Burgers, Beef Hotdogs, Chicken, Always Fresh Salads, Soups & Appetizers ** FISH "FRYDAYS" 3532 Marion Avenue, FINLEYVILLE • 724-348-8544

Storage Affordable Self Storage • 10' x 14' UNITS AVAILABLE • $53.00/month • Finleyville • 412-916-7731

Ashcraft Self Storage Over 350 Spaces – 05x05 to 20x20 Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Available. Access 365 Days Per Year. Office Hours 6 Days Per Week. • Full Service Facility 101 Gregg Street • Monongahela • 724-258-5857

Martik Properties Self Storage BRAND NEW UNITS NOW AVAILABLE in Finleyville! • 3 Convenient Locations: FINLEYVILLE, EIGHTY FOUR, CHARLEROI 724-348-7545

Peno's Self Storage Over 200 Brand New Units Available! 600 Park Avenue • Monongahela, PA 15063 (424) 258-4000 • Toll Free: 1-866-312-PENO (7366) www.penosplaza.com

Tattoos / Piercing Phoenix Arts Tattoos & Piercing Custom • Portraits • Lettering • New & Old School 10% OFF TATTOOS WITH AD! 5826 Brownsville Rd., South Park • 412-403-2303

Studio 88 Tattoo Award Winning Artists • Traditional, Portraits, Custom Art New ink and needles. • Rt. 88, Finleyville www.myspace.com/studio88tattoo • 724-348-0818

Transportation Washington Rides Providing door to door transportation at little or no cost to residents of Washington County who qualify for the specail programs offered. • 1-800-331-5058 Transportation hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Reservations hours: Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.washingtonrides.org

VIDEOs/DVDs

The New Deli Llama Express

DVD Montages by Deb Cheplic

“Fill your belly at the deli” Daily Specials, Home Cooked Meals, Mother’s Helpers Dinners, and much more. WE DELIVER! 5624 Brownsville Road • South Park 412-653-7111

The perfect gift for that special person! Photos, video, and your musical choices, with cool transitions and effects. View my work at web.mac.com/dcheplic Contact 724-258-5336 • dcheplic@mac.com 704 Clifton Street, New Eagle, PA 15067

Resumes RESUMES: $100 Polished and professional. Call 412-653-4979

Scrapbooking/Yarn The Memory Tree & Yarn Branch

★ NEW in Monongahela! ★ Specialty Yarns, large selection of Scrapbooking supplies, crops & classes. 1015 Chess Street Monongahela, PA 15063 724-258-6758

Tap into the power of the Union Finley Messenger! Call today to learn more. 412-249-8177


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