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Vol. 5, Issue 12

MAY 2009

Visit us online at SPECIAL SECTION: Vacation & Travel Guide Page 43

LOCAL NEWS: BBW Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Businesses Page 28

INDEX: Local News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . 39 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Senior News . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Your Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Kids & Family . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Food & Dining . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 School News . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

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

A Juggling Act Finleyville Juggler Tours The Country To Entertain, And Promote The Benefits Of His Art By Ron Paglia

H Howard Mincone uses colorful balls in his juggling act.

oward Mincone of Finleyville has no trouble juggling the demands of life and a busy career. He’s a professional entertainer whose skills include juggling. His impressive resume includes performing as a physical comedian, juggler and magician at venues across the United States and aboard cruise ships. He also conducts seminars for the corporate world in demonstrating how juggling can make an individual’s life less stressful.

“It works, it really does,” Mincone said. “Juggling can relieve stress by taking your mind off business and creating a more relaxed atmosphere. The basic idea is to have fun and learn how to relax in a different way,” he said before taking center stage. “We really don’t expect anyone to become a professional juggler after participating in these classes. Rather, we want this to be an enjoyable learning experience that will stir some new activities for the brain. Yes, you will learn the fundamentals of the art (juggling), but you also will learn to laugh at yourself in a positive way.” He said juggling can improve hand-eye coordination, relieve stress, help with time management, increase productivity, improve communication between supervisors and staff, and enhance problemsolving skills. “Just a short time away from your desk or machine is relaxing,” he said. “An employee who is experiencing less stress is a more productive worker, and that means more efficient operations for the boss and the company. When he’s not busy with corporate training sessions, trade shows or private parties, Mincone fulfills performances throughout the United States. He has

Howard Mincone works with traditional juggling clubs.

appeared in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York City and other major venues and also is a regular with Carnival Cruise Lines. He has worked as the opening act for such performers as Robin Williams, Buckwheat Zydeco, Thomas the Talking Train at Dollywood in Nashville and John Mellencamp. In all that he does Mincone mixes his comedy with information about the origins and history of juggling and basic instructions in the art. (Additional information about Howard Mincone is available on his web site,

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . MAY 1 FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS provided from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Peters Township Community Center. The screenings are provided courtesy of Canonsburg General Hospital. For more information call 724873-5835. MAY 1-2 TAKE THE TROLLEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE - board a vintage trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and embark on an exciting journey to the John H. White House, located at the Washington County Fairgrounds. To register, call 724-228-9256. MAY 2 “CASH BASH” - The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their biannual “Cash Bash” on Saturday, May 2, 2009. For a $20.00 donation per ticket you will receive your admission to the event and a chance to win $9,000 in cash. The doors will open at 5 pm. For tickets, call 412-6554844.

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BRUNCH Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults-$5.00. Children under 12 $2.50. Call 724-348-0291 for tickets. Take out is available. Tickets also on sale at door. SPAGHETTI DINNER - The youth of Peters Creek Presbyterian Church will be having a spaghetti dinner to raise money for summer trips. Join us on May 2 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 724-941-6210. CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER - Jefferson United Presbyterian Church in Jefferson Hills will be having it’s famous chicken & biscuit dinner on Saturday, May 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prices will be, $8.50 Adult, $5.00 child 4-12 and 4 and under are free. MAY 2 - 3 QUILT & ART SHOW – A Quilt and Art Show will be held at the Museum of Western Expansion (The Wright House) Venetia Road, Peters Township. Call 724-348-9704 for more information

AED CLASS - Canonsburg Hospital will offer a HealthCare Provider with AED Class on Saturday, May 2. New Certification to be held 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., $35. Recertification from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., $35. Participants will receive a two-year certification. To register call 1-877-284-2000.

MAY 3 WALK FOR LIFE - Cedar Creek Park, Pavilion # 17. 12:30 registration and lunch right after Church. Walk begins at 1:00. For more information about sponsoring a walker or walking yourself, call Mary at the Options Resource Center at 724-258-7277.

FLEA MARKET BENEFITING LOCAL MOTHER’S GROUP – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Windover Hills will be holding their annual May Market on Saturday, May 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Windover Hills United Methodist Church in South Park. The market will feature children’s clothes and toys, adult clothes, household goods, holiday decorations, craft items, and include a bake sale and refreshment stand.

ROCK FEST 2009 – Rock Fest 2009 for Special Olympics will be held Sunday, May 3 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Valley Inn Social Hall, Monongahela. Featuring The Klick, Rhyme & Reason, Steeltown, and The Bill Ali Band. Doors open at 12 p.m. Free Miller Lite beer and soda. Food will be available along with chances to win great prizes and a cool cash door prize. Advanced tickets $15 or $20 at the door. For tickets for more information, contact Jeff at 724-344-5714.

MAY 5 BASIC FIRST AID COURSE - Canonsburg General Hospital will offer a Basic First Aid Course from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. Two-year certification through the American Heart Association. The fee is $25 To register, call 1-877-284-2000. MAY 6 SPAGHETTI DINNER - A spaghetti dinner will be held at Wrights United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Rd., on Wednesday, May 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. For information, contact Kathy Jo at 724-348-5969. MAY 8 FUDGE SALE – Canonsburg General Hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary will host a Fudgie Wudgie fudge sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8 in the hospital’s main lobby. Proceeds benefit Canonsburg General Hospital. PITTSBURGH STEELERS CHARITY BASKETBALL - The Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a charity basketball game against the Steelers on May 8th. The game will be held at Thomas Jefferson High School. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kayla Rush family. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the following locations: All Pittsburgh Real Estate: 412-650-6810; Elliott’s Back Street Barbeque: 412-384-2726; Pleasant Hills IGA: 412-655-3945; Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company: 412-653-2222. Tickets available at the door. For more information, contact Joe Esper at 412-543-1036. MAY 8 – 9 GARAGE SALE - Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park will be having a Garage Sale from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. All proceeds benefit Student Ministries Summer Mission Trips. Call 412-833-6111.

MAY 9 MOTHER’S DAY TEA - Trax Farms, Finleyville. Saturday, May 9th 12:00 noon (Reservations Required!). Bring Mom for a relaxing tea especially for her at Trax Farms. Call 412-835-3246 for reservations. SPRING FLING 2009 – to benefit the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Craft & Vendor Show, Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. Admission is free but donations are appreciated! ANNUAL PLANT & BAKE SALE - The Treehaven Garden Club will hold its annual plant and bake sale on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at South Park Shops. This sale is a great chance to buy a beautiful hanging basket, or special flowers, for Mom on Mother’s Day. For more information, contact Jan Kleiser at 412-833-7021. MAY 10 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH - Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 in Elizabeth will host it’s open to the public Brunch on Mother’s day, May 10 from 10 am -2 pm. All you can eat buffet is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and free for tots age 3 and under. Current military is half price. MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST - Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at St. Joan of Arc on Sunday, May 10th. There are two seating times: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Omelets, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, roast beef, baked ham, chicken tenders, shrimp, penne pasta with marinara, green beans, macaroni and cheese, garden and fruit salads, toast, danish and dessert. Tickets are $17, children 12 and under $10, 4 and under free. For additional information and tickets, call Debbie at 412-854-9033. Benefits the Appalachian Workcamp 2009.

May 2009 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 5 LOCAL NEWS UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER MAY 11 OLDIES DANCE - Parents Without Partners is sponsoring a Spring Fling Oldies Dance on Monday, May 11 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Royal Place Restaurant, 2660 Library Rd. Music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by D.J. Steve. Admission is $5 for PWP members and $7 for non-members. Cash bar, menu items available. For more information, call Barb at 412-835-2688.

light the fabric making process and will allow for hands on activities. Cooks will prepare a typical pioneer meal. Docents will also lead tours of the stone house, log house, forge, springhouse, barn, and gardens and grounds. The barn holds many exhibits and an expanded Trading Post with many items made at the Homestead and books for all ages. The last admission is at 4:00. Call 412-835-1554 for more information.

MAY 13 NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR COMMUNITY WATCH (NNCW) - Wednesday, May 13. The featured speaker will be State Trooper Brian Burden who will have a presentation on “Cons and Con Games.” The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the Saint Francis General Purpose Building.

MAY 19 ELECTION DAY SPAGHETTI DINNER Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, Noon – 7 p.m. Adults - $7.00. Children under 12 $4.00. Take out containers provided.

MAY 16 “POOCH PARADE” - Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation (MARC) will be holding the second annual “Pooch Parade” on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 11 a.m. Dogs and their owners will march down Main Street to Chess Park, where awards will be presented in the following categories: Smallest, biggest, best costume, best trick, best look-a-like, best in show. An entrance fee of $5 will be in effect for the parade. “PRE-REGISTER” for the Pooch Parade at Affordable Mortgages or Monongahela Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Withers at 724-258-7251. CAR CRUISE - The Olde Large Hotel Spring Car Cruise, Jefferson Hills, will be held Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a cash prize to the top three cars. Dash plaques to the 1st 50 vehicles, plenty of door prizes/giveaways, DJ, 50/50, food and drink specials all day. For more information, call 412-377-7150. FAMILY FUN DAY - The First Baptist Church Preschool in Monongahela, is having a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 16, 2009. 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. For more information, please call 724258-7750. MAY 16 – 17 ROSE DAYS – Trax Farms, Finleyville. Saturday and Sunday May 16 & 17. Join rose experts Carolyn Monyok on May 16th at 10:00 AM and Josh Cole of Star Roses on May 17th at 1:00 PM for an exciting and informative rose presentation while sipping cold drinks amongst hundreds of blooming roses. Join a drawing to be the first to own the latest experimental rose introductions. Separate drawing each day. MAY 17 WOOL DAY - The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park will hold its annual “Wool Day” on Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. Sheep from a local farm will be sheared using the methods of our ancestors. Special displays in the barn will high-

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS 8 to 10 a.m. in the food court at Washington Crown Center, provided by nurses from Canonsburg General Hospital. No appointment is necessary. For more information call 724-873-5835. ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER - St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood will hold their annual Election Day Ham Dinner on Tuesday, May 19 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Take out available. To register, call 412-884-5225. MAY 22 GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT DINNER Canonsburg General Hospital Chaplain Rev. Cathy Peternel will host a dinner for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., May 22, McNary Conference Center. Open to the public and the cost of the meal is $5.50. To register, call 724-745-6100, ext. 4118. MAY 23 “ORCHIDS 101” – Trax Farms, Finleyville. May 23rd- 10:00am. Join Ken Brandeburg to learn the fundamentals of growing, fertilizing and tips for mounting your orchid on cork bark or driftwood. For more information, call 412-835-3246. TRIP TO WHEELING ISLAND CASINO The Elizabeth Forward Band Boosters are sponsoring an excursion to Wheeling Island Casino and Racetrack on Saturday May 23. The cost is $30 per person. The tour bus will leave Elizabeth Forward High School at 10:00 a.m. and returns to the school by 7:30 p.m. Price includes $10 in gaming coins and $5 in dining discounts. The greyhound races start at 12:30 p.m. Must be at least 21 years of age. To register, call 412-384-0905. MAY 24 MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES The Finleyville American Legion Post 613 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard will hold Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 24 at the following locations: Stone Church Cemetery - 1:00 p.m. Saint Francis of Assis - 1:15 p.m. Mingo Creek Cemetery - 1:30 p.m. Finleyville Cemetery - 2:00 p.m. Finleyville Community Center - 2:30 p.m.

MAY 30 POKER RUN - A Benefit Poker Run will be held on Thursday, May 30 2009 for Matthew S. Mcguire, Jr., a local 11 year old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Sign ups will begin at 9 AM, ride leaves at 11 AM from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW 1409) located in Monongahela. (rain date May 31, 2009). Cost: Rider $20 ($15 advance), Passenger $10 (may buy a hand for $5). Includes: DJ, Food, pop, 50/50, Chinese Auction, and Door Prizes. For information, call 724-809-3141. HERB DAY – Trax Farms, Finleyville. Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Join us for our informative and entertaining Herb Day presentations. FREE TO THE PUBLIC. “Meet the 2009 Herb of the Year - Bay Laurel.” Join us to learn about the lore and legend of this delightful plant and all of its many uses. We will provide growing tips so you can enjoy and keep your bay laurel growing thriving for year after year. “So Many Herbs So little Time.” Words of wisdom on the cultivation, harvesting, usage and storage of some of the most popular herbs. CAR WASH AND HOAGIE SALE - Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church. Benefits Haran Ministries Building Project. Car wash will be held at the Church’s Parking Lot. Call 724483-1032.

5K RACE AND PARTY ON THE TRAIL The Bethel Branch of the Montour Trail Council will hold its 4th annual JR Taylor Memorial Bridge 5K race and 6th Annual Party on the Trail on Saturday, May 30. The JR Taylor Memorial Bridge 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. The top 3 finishers in each age category will receive awards. Snacks and refreshments will be served after the race. Registration for the race can be completed online at or with a paper form. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration will be in the Washington Elementary School parking lot at 515 Clifton Road in Bethel Park and parking will be in the rear unpaved portion of Al's Café parking lot. All pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket for a Chinese Auction. Ten mile bike ride starting at 10:00 a.m. or guided nature walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registered participants may pick up their registration packets on Friday, May 29th between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Washington School parking lot. JUNE 1 GOLF OUTING - Peters Township Chamber of Commerce will hold the 20th Annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser to benefit the Peters Township Volunteer Fire Dept. on Monday, June 1 at Rolling Hills Country Club. 18 holes of golf with cart and locker room facilities, lunch and dinner and prizes. Reservation deadline is May 26th. For more information, call 724-941-6345.

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Vote For Representation Who Will Help Abolish Property Taxes Dear Editor: Property tax protests are going on throughout the nation, from Pennsylvania to California to Florida. With housing prices falling off a cliff, some banks are selling foreclosed homes for $1 in Detroit just to get rid of them. With basement prices already in a freefall frenzy, and worse than the 1930s Great Depression, PA school boards, city councilpersons, and county councilpersons just don’t get it. Instead of lowering property taxes to compensate homeowners, they keep spitting in our faces by raising them with no mercy. Warren Buffet has recently stated, that the economy “Has fallen off a cliff”, and I say that the cliff will also crumble within the next couple of years. Representative Rohrer introduced a bill to eliminate only school property taxes, but with that move, assessments and city and county taxes will consistently increase while leaving the assessors office in tact. Bob Logue with the STOP Campaign (Stop Taxing Our Properties) ( advocates total elimination of all primary residence property taxes, thus leaving no use for an assessor’s office. Maybe now, more Pennsylvanians will get involved in governmental decisions affecting their life, liberty, and piece of the American dream, by voting out all local tax raisers and state reps and senators who refuse to do anything about this issue. Your only one paycheck away from losing your home, and one vote away to keeping it! Rich Saporito - West Mifflin

UT Board Mistake Costly and Unexcusable Dear Editor, How can the Union Township board say that they did not know about the zoning being C2 Commercial on the property being proposed for The Union Highlands development? That is their job to know. And why wouldn’t they know when they were there when the zoning was changed. It is a disgrace what the supervisors have done to Kevin Daughtery the developer. The time and money wasted, is just one little aspect of it. This construction could have been done years ago, providing tax revenue and employing people of the township. What has the UT board done to benefit the residents? They took away the police department, but where did that money go that paid the police? A lot of the roads still have not been fixed as they should be. They continue to buy big equipment instead of leasing it. The solicitor was voted out but then they kept having more voting until he was finally voted back in. Who ever heard of that? This solicitor has been paid more money than any other solicitor on record. And now our taxpayer’s money (yes I pay taxes in Union Township) was used for litigation and the solicitor for something that had been taken care of in 1997. That was 12 years ago folks!! How much of our money was spent for something that was already done. Oh yes and now the supervisors are pounding their chest about bringing sewage to Elrama that only took approximately 26 years to do. The residents of Union Township should demand that the supervisors resign their positions. They should be ashamed to hold their heads up, don’t you agree? Democracy is what the United States stands for but Union Township seems to be under dictatorship. Marge MacFarlane - Granada Hills, CA (Formerly of Union Township)

VFW Post 1940 Proud of its Staff and Members Dear Editor, The VFW Post 1940 in Broughton (South Park) at 970 Hough Rd, is very proud and thankful to the leadership and hard work performed by the staff and members. In Pennsylvania, Post 1940 ranks #1 in their division in Regular Membership of Veterans from WWII, Korean, Vietnam War and our current troop. Anyone interested toward becoming a regular member, please call the post at 412-655-9922 or e-mail us at The only document needed is a copy of your DD214. Becoming a member helps us support our Veteran Community Activities, Local Community Activities, Local High School and Organized sport group in the community, and keeping the Post successful. We still continue to receive letters from our Active Military people currently in active duty overseas and within the states. These letters are well received and appreciated by all members. If you know anyone currently in the Military, please have them write our post. We will answer any letter. The Post continues to do fundraising for our Post activities. There will be a Flea Market on our lot on June 13th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are selling spaces for $10.00, if you are interested please call or e-mail, ask for Bev. This will benefit our Children's Christmas party. So mark the date for either selling or buying. We are going to be out at several locations in the Pleasant Hills, Bethel Park, and South Park on Saturday May 9th to collect for Poppy Days. This benefits our Veterans. God Bless America, our post is proud to be American. - Commander Carl Charnesky and QuarterMaster Stanley (Butch) Wills – VFW Post 1940

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Union Township NNCW Meeting Addresses Anxiety and Depression By Paul Chasko

The April 15 Union Township Registered nurses Nancy Cardinale and Karen Saylor Neighbor to Neighbor Community from the Behavioral Health Group of the Watch (NNCW) meeting featured Jefferson Regional Medical Center presented another educational program for an overview on anxiety and depression residents. The theme for this meetdisorders at the April NNCW meeting. ing was “Causes and treatment for anxiety and depression.”Registered Nurses Karen Saylor and Nancy Cardinale both from the Behavioral Health Group of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center covered all aspects of these debilitating disorders. They stressed that anxiety and depression are medical disorders and are treatable just as any other illness. Like other behavioral disorders, anxiety and depression affect family members and friends as well as the individual coping with this illness. It was clear from the presentation that it’s important to seek professional help in order to treat anxiety and depression and the first step is to recognize the symptoms so that help can be made available to the affected individual. Some of the symptoms of depression are: feelings of hopelessness, tearfulness and crying, significant loss or weight gain, fatigue, loss of energy, difficulty in making decisions, recurring thoughts of suicide, insomnia. Some symptoms of anxiety are: unusual apprehension, uncertainty, fear, feeling threatened and occurrence of panic attacks. If an individual has these symptoms for an extended period of time, professional help should be sought. Jefferson Regional Medical Center offers help for individuals having these types of behavioral disorders. They offer both Inpatient and Outpatient Services that begin with a comprehensive assessment of the patient followed by a treatment plan individualized for the type and severity of the disorder. Treatment plans might include counseling and psychotherapy, stress management and relaxation therapy or medication therapy. The parting statement from Karen and Nancy was that anxiety and depression are recognized as illnesses and they are treatable. Professional help is available at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Your call to (412) 469-5595 will be directed to the appropriate individual. The next NNCW meeting will be on Wednesday, May 13. The featured speaker will be State Trooper Brian Burden who will have a presentation on “Cons and Con Games.” The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the Saint Francis General Purpose Building just off route 88 in Finleyville – all are welcome.

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Road Traveled The

By Wild Willy Frankfort

Passing It On I forget about all the things I have learned over the years. I think, in part, that it’s a family trait. I don’t know if it’s that way with all families but I’ll give you this example. During the holidays when we all are visiting, someone will tell a story and the room will get real quiet. Then, after the pause everyone begins to remember and then there are more stories and shared memories then laughter and so on and so on. I have found that I learn and retain information better, if there is a story attached to what I am learning. I remember the story first then I remember the facts. This type of learning has served me well and I have prospered from it. I was fortunate to have been asked by a friend to help him teach a little history to some kids from the West Jefferson Hills school district. My area of study for the last many years has been the Frontier Colonial Era, 1700 to 1800. My friend Joe Dobrinsky, asked me to step out of my comfort zone and talk about the era of the “Mountain Men.” I have to admit that there was a time that I was truly enamored with that short time in history. It was the survival mentality of the Mountain Men that got me interested in the Frontiersmen from this area and eventually got me interested and into experimental archeology. (Living History) As I sit here I can not remember the practices associated with all the skills I have learned. Much of it is second nature, done when it needs to be done. If I was describing it in a class or to a few people, my hands would be mimicking the motions it takes to complete the task. (At times I look quite spastic when giving a


“The Best Man for the Job”

I have no ulterior motives for personal gain. I own my home, and my interests are only for the future and well being of our people of the township. At election time there is always much verbage thrown around by candidates. I will serve as I did in the past. I am not seeking this position for monetary gain.



William “Wild Wily” Frankfurt

talk or teaching a class.) In the last year I have been asked to teach more hands-on courses. Many of these will be hosted by outdoor type stores for hunters, hikers, and backpackers and a few historical sites across the country. Most of my teaching will center on skills that I have learned to stay alive in the wilderness but what originally got me the job were the stories and anecdotes I use in the description while doing the class. All in all, it’s time for me to start giving back and passing on the skills and information I have learned over these many years. So if you would like to learn a little history and a few new tricks here’s your chance. On May 26th I’ll be giving a talk on, “Fire and Light” at the Museum of Western Expansion (located in the Enoch Wright House on Venetia Road in Venetia). This is a hands-on course that allows you to participate and use the tools that were available for producing fire and light in the Colonial Era. I will also show some modern tools available and explain there use. I have given this talk before and it’s a lot of fun. It has a broad appeal and is interesting to those who love history and the outdoors. There is room for 25 in the class and a light lunch will be served. There is a fee of $25 which for the most part goes towards the use of The Museum of Western Expansion and for lunch, if you are interested in reserving a spot please call 724-348-9705. I expect to see all of the folks who have stopped me at the local market, or at the dentist, or down at the local waterin’ hole. I truly can’t wait to see you all again, this is gonna be a good time.

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Finleyville Borough Urges Sidewalk Cleaning The Finleyville Borough Council has set the first weekend of each month for mechanical sweeping of the Borough streets. Residents and businesses are responsible for keeping sidewalks clean and uncluttered. The council urges residents and businesses to sweep any dirt and litter from their sidewalks into the street prior to mechanical street sweeping where it will be swept up by the street sweeper and removed. Let’s all take some pride in keeping our community streets and public walkways clean.

Golf Outing to Benefit Broughton Volunteer Fire Department A golf outing to benefit the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the South Park Golf Course. It will be a four-person scramble. Shotgun start. The $70.00 per person fee will include golf, cart, refreshments, dinner and prizes. There will also be team prizes and various individual skill prizes. We are looking for tee and green advertising sponsors as well as any donations for prizes. For registration or additional information please call Fire Chief Dennis McDonough or Mark D'alessandro at the fire station at (412) 655-4844. Registration deadline is May 19, 2009. For additional information go to our web site: Proceeds from the outing to benefit the "Building Fund".

First Annual ‘Monongahela Bar Crawl’ Ends In Success By Samantha Milton

On Saturday, April 4th Monongahela was “crawling”…… bar crawling that is. The First Annual Monongahela Bar Crawl event, hosted by Wes and Sharon Rippel, owners of “The Bar,” raised $1,505 for the Owen Burns/Horace Garvin Scholarship Fund. In conjunction with the Monongahela Rotary, the Rippel’s donations raised during the crawl will be used for a scholarship that will be awarded to a Ringgold High School Senior. The Rippel’s would like to thank all of the “bar crawlers” that participated in addition to all of the businesses that donated or participated in making the event a success. They would also like to send a special thank you to the committee and Sharalee Harmon for all of their hard work. Overall, the night was a fun time had by all for a great cause. Plans are already in the works for next year’s 2nd Annual Monongahela Bar Crawl, which will benefit the local area fire companies. So, get your teams ready for round two coming next spring.

South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail Meeting The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail is a group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 10 miles of Montour Trail from The Montour Trail parking lot at Brownsville Library (Milepost 36.3) to Clairton Extension (MP37.5) was rebuilt by PennDOT (Milepost 46.3). Regular meetings of the during the recent construction of the new road bridge over Piney Fork Creek. The parking lot Friends group are held on the second has become a popular trail access point in Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at South Park Township. the Jefferson Hills Borough building. The May 2009 meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13, and the June meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 10. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information may also be obtained on the Montour Trail web site 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.

Wool Day at The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park will hold its annual Wool Day on Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. Sheep from a local farm will be sheared using the methods of our ancestors. Lambs will be penned for petting. The combination of cute animals and the knowledge gained from the activities make this one of the favorite days at the Homestead. Homestead docents will also demonstrate the steps needed to take the wool from the sheep to articles of clothing including carding, spinning, dying, weaving, and sewing. Special displays in the barn will highlight the fabric making process and will allow for hands on activities. Cooks will prepare a typical pioneer meal over the open hearth featuring foods that would have been available in the spring in the late 1700’s. Docents will also lead tours of the stone house, log house, forge, springhouse, barn, and gardens and grounds. The barn holds many exhibits and an expanded Trading Post with many items made at the Homestead and books for all ages. The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle in South Park and is part of the Allegheny County Park System. It is open every Sunday through December 13. The last admission is at 4:00 and an admission of two dollars is asked. Call 412-835-1554 or check the website at for more information and a map.

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BP Republican Committee Hosts Meakem at Annual Dinner Local conservative talk show host and businessman, Glen Meakem, will be the guest speaker at the annual Bethel Park Republican Dinner on Saturday, May 9, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, South Hills. Republican committeeman, REALTOR® and broker/owner, Dino Bello, of Help-U-Sell® Dixie Realty, Bethel Park, announced the event. "We are pleased to have Meakem at our annual event and expect a good attendance to hear Meakem, co-founder and managing director of Meakam Becker Venture Capital and CEO of FreeMarkets, Inc.," Bello said. Meakem is an advocate of conservative and free-market policies who was recently quoted as saying on his radio show, " ... we must stand fast and educate as many people as possible about the merits of the free-market capitalism and educate younger people in particular." The Glen Meakern Program airs Saturday mornings 7 – 8 a.m. and Sunday 8 – 9 a.m. on FM News Talk 104.7. The hour-long program carries Meakem interviewing a series of local, regional and national thought leaders and entrepreneurs offering a "break from the weekday, rapid-fire, talk radio noise." Bello added that the Bethel Park Republican Committee is a grass roots committee that works in the South Hills to elect Republicans to political offices at all levels. Currently, four seats are open for the Bethel Park School Board due to be filled in 2009 . Seating for the Annual Dinner is limited and reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $35.00 and table sponsorships are available. For more information or tickets contact Joyce Malsch at 412-833-6612 or the Bethel Park Republican Committee website at or e-mail

Correction Due to an error, the address of Nottingham Township’s new website was incorrectly identified in the article appearing in the April, 2009 issue of the Union-Finley Messenger. The correct address of the website is We apologize for the mistake.

K of C Knights At The Races Another Fun Evening For Horse Racing Fans By Paul Chasko

The latest “Knight at the Races” on April 17 was an evening of fun for all who attended. The event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville. There was a good crowd who enjoyed a great dinner served up by the Columbiettes followed by a night of horse racing. A Chinese auction was run throughout the evening as well with baskets of goodies going to lucky winners. It was a great night out without going too far from home. Proceeds from this and other events sponsored by the Knights and Columbiettes go to charities they support including the building fund for a new church. Thanks go out to all who made the evening a success and all who contributed time and donations to the auction. Special thanks to Kerry and Sarah Burgan who chaired the event.

The Columbiettes serve up dinner to hungry race enthusiasts.

Norma Chasko and Father Boyle make their selections for the Chinese auction.

PTSD Seeks Volunteers for Committee to Examine Enrollment and Facilities The Peters Township School District is seeking problem solvers, creative thinkers and those with experience or interest in building or architectural design to take part in a committee to examine the impact of increasing enrollment on the District’s current buildings and facilities. Interested community members should contact Superintendent Dr. Nina Zetty at

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Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce

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NEWS FROM SOUTH HILLS ELKS LODGE #2213 South Hills Elks Lodge #2213 Installs New Officers The South Hills Elks Lodge #2213 installed a group of new officers for the 2009-2010 year. The South Hills Elks is South Hills Elks Lodge #2213 Officers (Pictured Front l-r) a Charitable Order and is Clyde Stein, Gerry Stein, Roberta Troutman, Pat Gordon, Walter dedicated to helping Araneicka, Terry Nichols, (Back 1-r) Joan Litalien, Bob Jones, those who are less fortuJim Komis (Exalted Ruler), Sherman Phillips, Bryan Rudolph nate and in need. The Elks Organization is dedicated to the youth of our communities, Veterans services, and the furtherance of Americanism. The South Hills Elks #2213 is holding a membership drive open to any resident of the South Hills and has banquet facilities for rent. For more information email the Elks at or call 412-831-0616

New Bingo Games and Prizes at South Hills Elks The South Hills Elks Lodge #2213 announces new Bingo games and prizes. Bingo is held every Wednesday at the Lodge at 7:00 p.m. located at 2425 South Park Road, Bethel Park, near the entrance to South Park at Corrigan Drive. A new “Secret Number” game will be added as well as a new early bird game. Dinner is also available each Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. in our dining room before Bingo starts. The South Hills Elks Lodge is a charitable organization dedicated to helping the Veterans of Western Pennsylvania, and local youth programs such as scholarships and a yearly basketball Hoop Shoot. Come out for a fun night and enjoy the friendship of the South Hills Elks Lodge. Email questions to or call the Lodge at 412-831-0616.

Friday Night Entertainment at the South Hills Elks Looking for something to do on Friday nights in May? Consider joining us at the South Hills Elks for a fun night out. Join us for Dinner from 5-8 p.m. with dinner specials and bar service available. Then stay for the Friday night entertainment. May events open to the public include: May 1 - Prime Rib Dinner and Night Star Band May 8 - Turkey Devonshire and the start of the Karaoke Contest May 15 - Prime Rib Dinner Special and Dancing May 22 - Crab Cake Special and Disco Music May 29 - Prime Rib Dinner Special and Dancing For more information or to inquire about membership, please call 412-831-0616 or e-mail us at Our new website is

South Hills Elks Membership Drive The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.) South Hills Lodge #2213 is accepting new prospective members. Members must be 21 years of age and a proud American to join. The South Hills Elks Lodge is a private, non-profit benevolent organization dedicated to preserving the American spirit and helping the youth and veterans of the South Hills. The B.P.O.E. holds weekly dinners that are open to the public on Wednesday and Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. The South Hills Elks (B.P.O.E) also holds various entertainment events each week as well as private Lodge events each month. The South Hills Elks Lodge also has a banquet room available for rent as well as a horseshoe court, pool table and greatbar with Wide Screen TV available for members. Why not join a local club dedicated to helping others while enjoying a social environment at the same time. To obtain a membership application or to inquire about the Hall rental, please call 412-831-0616 or you can e-mail us at Our new website has photos on it showing our banquet hall and event photos at

“CASH BASH” at Broughton VFD on May 2 The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their bi-annual "Cash Bash" on Saturday, May 2, 2009. For a $20.00 donation per ticket you will receive your admission to the event and a chance to win $9,000 in cash. The doors will open at 5 pm with refreshments and prizes. Come out and join in the fun and support you local volunteer fire department at the same time. For tickets or additional information please call the Broughton fire station at 412-655-4844 or check out our website at

Steelers to Play Hoops Against Pleasant Hills VFD Charity Basketball Game to Raise Funds For Kayla Rush Family The Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a charity basketball game against the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers on May 8th, 2009. The game will be held at Thomas Jefferson High School. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kayla Rush family. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the following locations: • All Pittsburgh Real Estate: 412-650-6810 • Elliott’s Back Street Barbeque: 412-384-2726 • Pleasant Hills IGA: 412-655-3945 • Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company: 412-653-2222 If the event is not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door. For more information or sponsorship opportunities please contact Event Coordinator, Joe Esper at 412-543-1036, or P.H.V.F.C Business Manager, Randy Porter at 412-653-2222.

ROCKFEST FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS Rockfest For Special Olympics will be held at the Valley Inn Social Hall located on Snyder Avenue in Monongahela on Sunday, May 3 from 12 noon until 6 PM. The event will feature the following bands The Klick; Steeltown; Rhyme & Reason; and The Bill Ali Band. Cost for the event is $15 advance or $20 at door. Free Miller Lite beer and soda will be available. Food available for purchase. Chinese Auction, door prizes, and more.

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Levdansky Announces $2.1 Million in State Funds For Local Sewer Project State Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny/Washington, announced the city of Clairton will receive $2.1 million in state financing for a local pump station and sewer line project. The low-interest state loan has a term of 20 years, and is expected to cover the full cost of the project, which was estimated to be about $2 million. "The city of Clairton's Enterprise Fund, which is specifically designed to fund the city’s sewer operations, has seen a steady decline in revenues over the last three years," Levdansky said. "In fact the annual cash flow hasn’t even been enough to fund everyday operating expenses. As a result, the city had to look for other means of funding vital projects and repairs." The city will be replacing 2,500 feet of crushed sewer line and upgrading the Wilson Pump Station. As it stands now, the crushed sewer line is allowing untreated sewage to go into Peters Creek. Levdansky said an estimated 2,500 customers are affected by the situation. "If the sewer line is not replaced, public health could be in jeopardy as well as the aquatic life in Peters Creek," Levdansky said. "It is a necessary project, and I’m happy to report that the city has gotten the funding it needs to carry it through." The loan is being provided through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or Pennvest, which funds sewer, storm water and drinking water projects through grants and loans to improve the environment and public health. Projects funded by Pennvest also improve opportunities for economic growth and create jobs for Pennsylvania's workers.

MMVTA Introduces “Get IT FREE” Transit Offer Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) is now offering a new program designed to help individuals who are currently unemployed or underemployed to better their position in today's economy and workforce. The "Get an INTERVIEW. Get a RIDE. Get the JOB. Get 10 trips on US." program allows qualified Valley residents to ride the bus anywhere in the MMVTA service area, including downtown Pittsburgh when traveling to a job interview. "We have all been feeling the pain of today's economic climate, and the MMVTA is committed to helping the communities and residents that it serves," said MMVTA Executive Director Valerie Kissell. "The people of the Valley are the true reason we are here, and the MMVTA feels that this undertaking will make it a bit easier to travel to possible places of employment." MMVTA will give those registering up to three complementary round trips for interview travel, and an extra bonus if an interview leads to a new job. "If the job interview that our services got you to leads to employment, the MMVTA will sweeten the deal by providing you with a free book of 10 trip tickets for travel on any of our routes," said Chairman of the MMVTA Board of Directors Dr. Harry Miale. For more information on the "Get an INTERVIEW. Get a RIDE. Get the JOB. Get 10 trips on US." campaign or to enroll for your free bus fare visit or call 724-4890880.

Mother’s Day Brunch in South Park Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at St. Joan of Arc in South Park on Sunday, May 10th. There are two seating times: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu will be made to order omelets, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, roast beef, baked ham, chicken tenders, shrimp, penne pasta with marinara, green beans, macaroni and cheese, garden and fruit salads, toast, danish and dessert. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Ages 4 and under free. For tickets, call Debbie at 412-8549033. Benefits the Appalachian Workcamp 2009.

Mountour Trail Council To Hold Events The 4th Annual 5K Race and 6th Annual Party on the Trail The Bethel Branch of the Montour Trail Council will hold its 4th annual JR Taylor Memorial Bridge 5K race and 6th Annual Party on the Trail on Saturday, May 30. The JR Taylor Memorial Bridge 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. The top 3 finishers in each age category will receive awards. Snacks and refreshments will be served after the race. Registration for the race can be completed online at or with a paper form. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration will be in the Washington Elementary School parking lot at 515 Clifton Road in Bethel Park and parking will be in the rear unpaved portion of Al's Café parking lot. All pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket for a Chinese Auction. They can also purchase a lunch ticket. As you travel along the Bethel part of the Montour Trail, you can stop at checkpoints for water and receive raffle tickets for the Chinese Auction. You can take a guided 5 or 10 mile bike ride starting at 10:00 a.m. (bring your bike!) or you can participate in a guided nature walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Brian's Hardwood Hogs will be providing his famous pulled pork sandwiches for lunch. Pre-registered participants for either event may pick up their registration packets on Friday, May 29th between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Washington School parking lot. Those registered by May 16th are guaranteed a t-shirt. Proceeds from the events go to the construction fund for the J.R. Taylor Memorial Bridge.

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Finleyville Community Day – Planning Underway The 2nd Annual “Finleyville Community Day” is being planned for Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Last years kick-off event was a success, even though the rainy weather impacted attendance. Plenty of food, craft, and informational vendors will be on hand, as well as entertainment and other activities. Reservations are now being accepted for vendor booth spaces. 10’ x25’ booth spaces are available for $15 and an additional $10 if the vendor needs electric. Anyone interested in participating contact Sandy at (724)348-5100 for a vendor booth application.

Finleyville Legion Announces Memorial Day Services Schedule The American Legion Post 613 and The Mon Valley Honor Guard will hold Memorial Day services on Sunday May 24, 2009 at the following locations: • STONE CHURCH CEMETERY • SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI • MINGO CREEK CEMETERY • FINLEYVILLE CEMETERY • FINLEYVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

1:00 PM 1:15 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM

Please come to show your support for our brave men and women who served our country to keep us free!

Mother’s Day Brunch in Elizabeth Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 located on Plum Street in Elizabeth will host it's open to the public Brunch on Mother's day, May 10 from 10 am - 2 pm. Mother's Day Brunch features a full buffet traditional breakfast bar, pancake topping bar, cereals, coffee and beverage bar, and dessert bar donated by All you can eat buffet is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and free for tots age 3 and under. Current military is half price with military ID. Take the elevator from the Plum Street entrance to the 3rd floor to enter the dining area.

News From The South Park Women’s Club The South Park Women’s club had a special guest recently by the name of Mr. Doug Oster, the big "Garden Guru" - another name would be green thumb expert. Mr. Oster is a writer for the Post-Gazette newspaper and Has been on KDKA-TV for his expertise in Gardening. He had wonderful tips to share with the club members on how to get our organic gardens started. Our next months guest is Pete Locante, an instructor from the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute. He is known for his famous "Sauce". Now that spring is here. We now have to think about our annual South Park Spring clean up. It is a part of celebration for Earth Week. Take a minute and notice the lack of garbage and litter on our South Park roads. The reason is Volunteers clear our roads 2 times a year and sometimes more. We at the club are lucky enough to be a part of this great effort to keep our Community Clean. The township has allowed us to adopt Wallace Road for clean up. We are looking for volunteers to help. We need an hour or two hours of your time. Come help us keep South Park clean!

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‘Honoring the Past and Preparing For the Future’ Elrama VFC Holds Dedication Ceremony and Open House for New Fire Engine

Firemen and EMT’s pose for a photo with the new fire truck.

By Mandy Withers-Kozlowski

Elrama Volunteer Fire Company held an open house and dedication ceremony on April 5, 2009 for their newest fire engine, Engine 24-2, a 2008 Pierce Rescue Pumper. This is only the sixth pumper they have had in the last 75 years. After years of fundraising activities such as bingo (every Monday night), cash bashes, and the annual Community Day, the VFC raised enough money to purchase this engine. In 1932 the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company was established on the dream of commitment, dedication, and pride. The fire calls used to be just for structure fires. Now the firemen are responding to building, vehicle, and grass fires, motor vehicle collisions and vehicle rescue, gas leaks, down wires and trees, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and weapons of mass destruction. They also have a strong working relationship with Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance. Among the firemen and residents of Union Township in attendance at the event, Washington County Supervisor Linda Evans was also on hand. State Representative Dave Levdansky and

Firemen dry the fire truck after the traditional “wet down.�

Washington County Commissioner J. Bracken Burns both offered a small speech on the importance and dedication of volunteer fire companies. It would easily cost between 6-7 billion dollars across the state to provide the services these volunteers provide. New Eagle, Finleyville, Elizabeth Boro, and West Elizabeth firemen were also there to show their support. Following the tradition of the “wet down� to christen the new engine it was pulled out of the garage where their other engine sprayed it down with water. The fire-

men then dried it off and pulled it back into the garage where they opened all the doors and invited everyone to look around and ask any questions. The kids especially had fun exploring the new truck. There were pamphlets on fire safety and food and refreshments were provided after the ceremony. The 2009 Elrama VFC Officers Executive Officers: President - Jack Neidermeyer Vice President - Leroy Harkins Secretary - George Uremovich Treasure - Frank Culver Sergeant of Arms - Sean Hummer Trustees - Ray Stout, Ron Lorch, Tom Smith, Elmer Gabauer, and Ron Capicotta Line Officers: Chief - Lenny Bailey III Deputy Chief - Rich Kaufman, EMT-P Assistant Chief - Ed Frye Sr. First Captain - Bob Frye Second Captain - Ed Frye Jr. First Lieutenant Jonathan Madaras, EMT Second Lieutenant - Tony Quinn EMS Official - Gary Vaughan, EMT

Monongahela Woman's Club April Meeting The Guest speaker at the April meeting of the Monongahela Women’s Club was Susanna Gardiakas. She read a delightful children's book titled, "The Quilt Maker's Gift" by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marchen. The story's lesson is that by giving to others we find true happiness. Susanna's Aunt Roxanne Finley gave her children this book. Her aunt is Susanna Gardiakas a quilt maker. Member Carol Hoffman also told us about her quilts that decorated the parlor. After a business meeting, a delicious, healthy snack was enjoyed by all. Upcoming events include the Senior Girls Tea on May 1 and a May banquet at the Willow Room.

President of the Monongahela Women’s Club, Barbara Morris (center) presented checks for $1,000 to two local organizations. Rebecca Lytle (left) received money for the Washington City Mission, and Elina Filander (right) appreciated the financial gift for the Monongahela Area Library.

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As a result of the verdicts of two recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisions involving municipalities and natural gas drilling companies, Peters Township Council has decided to conduct a cooperative group study session to look into the legal implications of natural gas drilling as it relates to zoning. Last month, the township put the matter before Council. Township Manager Michael Silvestri told Council that the township does not have any mention of natural gas drilling in its ordinances. There are about twelve larger properties currently under lease by Range Resources mostly in the Thomas Road / Justabout Road general area which includes quickly vanishing township farms, golf courses and even church cemeteries. In both cases, the state Supreme Court issued decisions that sharply define local government’s powers to regulate the location of oil and gas drilling activities. In Huntley & Huntley, Inc. v. the Borough of Oakmont - Range Resources, the borough’s zoning ordinance allowing mineral extraction in a residential zone as a conditional use was upheld by the high court. Oakmont is located in northern Allegheny County. The Court noted a “how-versus-where” distinction, which is often applicable to activities over which the state has chosen to exercise primary control. That is, municipalities may regulate “where” such activities may be conducted, but not “how” they are conducted. In the Supreme Court’s other decision, Range Resources v. Salem Township, the ordinance in question sought to regulate

items which were operational activities and within the exclusive control of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), so the Supreme Court invalidated Salem Township’s ordinance. Salem Township is located just north of Greensburg in Westmoreland County. An industry source feels that only health and safety issues are going to be relevant concerns of most municipalities in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions. What Peters Township has in common with Salem Township and Oakmont Borough is that they are growing suburban communities with a valuable resource nearly a mile or more below their surfaces – Marcellus Shale natural gas. The vast seam of sedimentary rock from which the gas is extracted extends from upstate New York to northern Alabama. Last year, a Penn State geology expert, Terry Englander, said the Marcellus might contain 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. If most of that gas can be recovered, he said, the volume of the Marcellus alone could supply the entire United States until the year 2030. At 2008 prices, the total estimated worth of all the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation would be about 10 trillion dollars. Vice Chairman Councilman David Ball said that the Marcellus boom “is going to provide a tremendous amount of revenue to this area during this recession as well as jobs.” In regards to discussion to natural gas drilling in the township, he said, “It’s to everyone’s advantage to make this work rather than restrict it.” Silvestri is optimistic for the few remaining farmers in Peters: “the natural gas revenue should extend the life of the farms

instead of being lost to development.” Concerning the yet unscheduled natural gas workshop discussion and the process the township will pursue afterwards, he said, “we have to determine what zones are not appropriate for natural gas drilling. The Environmental Quality Board will provide environmental impact matters to the Planning Commission. They will have to prepare the draft for the new zoning ordinance, which they will present to Planning Director Edward Zuk for the Zoning Hearing Board to consider.” Silvestri said, “key will be the solicitor’s advice as to what authority we have, and my understanding is that it is very little.” In Washington County, the major corporate players in the Marcellus hunt are Range Resources based in Fort Worth, TX, Chesapeake Energy based in Baltimore, MD and Atlas Energy Resources based in Moon Township, PA. Range Resources, may have started the Marcellus play when they drilled a Marcellus well in 2003, right here in Washington County that

began to produce in 2005. They are the largest producer of natural gas in the United States. Range Resources approached Peters Township in the fall of 2008 seeking a lease on township property, but have postponed further municipal lease approval here until 2009, according to Silvestri. Limited to five acres per leasing contract, the major players in Marcellus drilling need much larger tracts and often pursue adjoining properties to those leased to expand their working area, which is what Chesapeake has been doing in Nottingham Township. Chesapeake, a newcomer to the Marcellus play, has recently stepped up their pursuit of leases in the Mon Valley and now holds the largest number of leases in the county. Atlas Energy, a smaller player nationally than the other two, is currently drilling 21 Marcellus wells in western Washington County, but its strong presence elsewhere in Appalachia ranks it as the nation’s largest producer in the Marcellus shale.

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Peters Township Public Safety Officers Team up for Life Flight Helicopter Pickup On a recent spring Sunday afternoon, members of the Peters Township Police Department, Peters Township Emergency Medical Services and the Peters Township Fire Department responded to a medical emergency on McDowell Lane next to Canonsburg Lake. Responders blocked off the lake parking lot so that a Medivac helicopter could land to pick up a neighborhood patient who had a life-threatening emergency. In less than ten minutes, the helicopter had landed, boarded the patient and taken off for a short flight to a Pittsburgh hospital. (PHOTOS BY JEREMY BROWER)

Corner Country Boutique

Coordinating the Life Flight pickup were EMT Mike Schultz, EMT Brian Sugar, Police Officer Jerry Maloni, Police Officer Jason Bernutti and Fireman Mark Scott. Within several minutes of the patient’s boarding, the helicopter began its ascent.

The patient was whisked rapidly to the awaiting helicopter.

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South Park Theatre Announces Upcoming Performances Spring is here and South Park Theatre is ready for the upcoming season. Please call 412-831-8552 to order your season ticket or to make your single-show reservations. The theatre is pleased to announce the upcoming performances: South Park Theatre's Main Stage (April 30-May 16) The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance Based on the life of John Merrick, a deformed young man. Once a freak attraction in traveling side shows, Merrick is found abandoned and is admitted to Whitechapel for observation. Under the care of a famous young doctor, Merrick changes from an object of pity to the urbane favorite of the aristocracy. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized. (May 21-June 6) Beside Yourself by Nick Hall The ultimate mistaken identity comedy! Four actors each play two parts: twins. Some married, some single, all at a motel for a study of human behavior. It takes only one twin wanting an extramarital fling to set off a hilarious chain reaction. Not only is there predictable, farcical confusion, but also a stunning surprise.

Poker Run To Benefit Local 11-Year Old A Benefit Poker Run will be held on Thursday, May 30 2009 for Matthew S. Mcguire, Jr., a local 11-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Sign ups will begin at 9 AM, ride leaves at 11 AM from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW 1409) located at 793 East Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. (rain date May 31, 2009) Cost: Rider $20 ($15 advance), Passenger $10 (may buy a hand for $5). Includes: DJ, Food, pop, 50/50, Chinese Auction, and Door Prizes. There will also be a cash bar with drink specials. The Poker Run is being sponsored by Legends & VFW Post 1409. For information or Tickets contact Scott (Ripcord) at 724-809-3141.

DHS Prepares to Kick Off “SummerFood” Progam The Allegheny County Department of Human Services is getting ready for SummerFood, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for economically disadvantaged children 18 years of age and under. The program runs from June 15 to August 21, 2009. Delicious, nourishing meals will be served weekdays at approximately 120 locations throughout Allegheny County. A site supervisor and accompanying staff will be present to assure the well-being and interest of the children. For eligibility guidelines to participate as a SummerFood site call (412) 350-2798. For information on SummerFood site locations and meal times please call the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Toll Free at 1-800-851-3838 or visit the web site at The SummerFood Program, which serves children and youth without regard to gender, race, color, national origin or disability, is made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition. Any complaint of discrimination should be submitted in writing within 180 days of the incident to the Secretary of Agriculture, U.S.D.A., Washington D.C. 2025.

11th Annual “Fleatique on the Mon” Set for June 6 Artisans, crafters, flea market, antique and food vendors are needed now for the 11th annual “Fleatique on the Mon.” This fabulous event will be held in Chess Park, Monongahela on Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Crafter and antique dealers will be featured in Chess Park, while flea market vendors and information booths will be located on Third Street, beside PNC Bank. Food vendors are needed at both locations. Application deadline is May 22. Booth spaces for antique, craft and flea market vendors are 15' for $20. Food vendor spaces are 20', and include electricity, for $40. This one of kind event is known as the largest street sale in southwestern Pennsylvania! Running along a three-mile stretch of Main Street, also Route 88, 837 and 136, in Monongahela and New Eagle, Washington County. Businesses, churches, and homeowners participate with yard sales, bazaars, rummage sales and garage sales. Free parking and free admission! Call the Monongahela Area Chamber office today for an application at 724258-5919.

Bethel Park Heritage Players Presents “110 in the Shade”

Blood Drive in Finleyville June 3

Bethel Park Heritage Players Musical "110 in the Shade", based on play "The Rainmaker", will be held May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and May 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Park Community Center located at 5151 Park Avenue, Bethel Park. Cost is $10 Adults; $8 Students/Seniors. For more information, call 412-831-6800 ext. 745 or visit

A blood drive will be held at the Saint Francis Church General Purpose Building just off route 88 in Finleyville on Wednesday June 3 between 1:00 and 6:30 pm. Area hospitals need your very precious gift of blood. Call Mary Morrow at (724) 348-5664 for an appointment or just stop by unannounced – you’ll be welcomed.

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Lewis & Clark Heritage Trails Foundation

The Monongahela River Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Heritage Trails Foundation meets at 9 am the second and fourth Saturday of each month at Rockwell's Red Lion Restaurant in Elizabeth. The Chapter will be hosting its 2nd Annual Lewis & Clark Festival in September. Guests are invited to attend the meetings, participate in the Festival, and/or join the Chapter.

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Finleyville Borough Plans Summer Events Borough Building Restoration Underway By Paul Chasko

The Finleyville Borough Council held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Council-person Mary Lytle was absent. Reports from the Treasurer, Mayor and Police Chief Tempest were reviewed and accepted as were minutes from the last regular meeting. The Mayor and Council President Kegel commended Chief Tempest and the Monongahela Police for their role in the resolution of the fatal hit-and-run incident that occurred in Finleyville on March 8. Chief Tempest, in turn, thanked the public for the numerous leads that aided their investigation. Mayor Kutsek announced that Saturday, September 12 has been set aside as Finleyville Community Day. Part of Marion Avenue will be blocked off for activities and vendor booths. Vendors are invited to apply for booth locations. Costs for booth locations will be $15 or $25 with electrical power supplied. The Community Day Committee is at work planning activities. A Friday Farmer’s Market throughout the summer months is being looked at as well. The restoration of the Finleyville Borough Building is underway. By May 1, the interior walls and dropped ceiling will be removed to allow an accurate assessment of the materials and work needed to complete the project. At the present, plans are to continue to use the building

for council meetings but the Secretary/Treasurer will perform her duties from the Kegel Funeral Home. Ongoing work is being paid for thru matching funds provided by the Borough. Grant funds should become available in early July. Before the grant funds are released the Architect/Engineer must submit a final detailed proposal for the project. In other business: • A storm sewer inlet was replaced on Marion Avenue Extension. Donaldson Supply donated concrete for the job. • Repair of the damaged sidewalk at Washington and Route 88 is awaiting insurance company action. • The police have completed the inventory of mechanical entertainment devices in the Borough. • The Finleyville/Nottingham MMCP is still under modification and review. • Boy Scout Garrett Breinig has constructed and is installing “Welcome To Finleyville” signs as his Eagle Scout project. • Three abandoned vehicles were removed from the Borough. • Attendance at the tri-Borough annual banquet for council members and guests was approved. • Purchase of a sprinkler device for the street sweeper and a cutting blade for the back-hoe was approved. • Street sweeping has been set for the first weekend of each month.

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Union Township Holds Special Meetings to Address Ongoing Matters By Paul Chasko

The Union Township Board held special meetings during March and April - some in response to the “fast track” of the Elrama Sewage Project. With work progressing ahead of schedule, so are engineering reports and invoices that need to be acted on by the UT Board. The following actions took place during meetings on 3/14, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/6. Elrama Sewage Project

Meeting Date: 3/14/09 Board members present: Parish, Spahr, Tkach, Evans. Also present: Secretary/Treasurer. Motions: • Approved an advance of $50,000 to Guyer Bros. Inc. as partial payment on the Elrama Sewage Project. • Authorized the Secretary/Treasurer to borrow $375,000 from First Commonwealth (UT Interim Financing Account) for the Elrama Sewage Project. Continued public hearing on NHS Conditional Use Request (Marflak Personal Care Home 6181 Brownsville Rd.)

Meeting date: 3/23/09 Board members present: Spahr, Cheplic,

Tkach, Evans; Also present: Secretary/ Treasurer, Building Code Officer, Zoning Code Enforcement Officer. Mr. Spahr (vice chairman) announced receipt of correspondence on behalf of NHS withdrawing their application for conditional use of the property at 6181 Brownsville Rd. Motions: (Unanimous unless indicated) • Accept the request on behalf of NHS to withdraw their conditional use application. • Close the hearing without testimony with costs incurred by UT to be paid by NHS. The attorney for Mr. and Mrs. John Marflak asked if the Marflaks could continue the process begun by NHS for conditional use for their property. The board members present ruled that they needed first to close the NHS application as requested by the applicant. The attorney for Mr. and Mrs. Marflak expressed his intent to confer with Solicitor Makel on this issue. Trax Farm property rezoning, Elrama Sewage Project

Meeting Date: 3/30/09 Board Members present: Parish, Cheplic, Spahr, Evans

Also Present: Secretary/Treasurer, Solicitor Makel, UT Engineer Carl DeiCas, Joe Ferrero and Kim Gales (Elrama Sewage Project Engineers) Motions: (Unanimous unless indicated) • Authorize the UT Engineer to review the NIKE Missile Site environmental documents. • Authorize the UT Engineer to attend the PA DEP seminar on reporting requirements. • Approved a change notice to move one of the Elrama project sewer lines to include the property of John Neidermeyer. (Added project cost of $12,000). • Approved change notice #2 ($32,000) to reflect a change in the access road location and to move a water line as required for the sewage pumping station. • Move the action date on rezoning the Trax Farm property to the April 13 regular meeting when the full board will be present for the vote. (A quorum could not be obtained at this meeting with Mr. Tkach absent and Mr. Parish abstaining). • Name three alleys in Elrama as Birch, Pine and Copper. • Approved installation of a street sign at the intersection of Brownsville and

Florence Lane – Requested by Mr. Marflak for emergency response safety. • Appoint Mr. David Stoehr to fill an unexpired term on the Zoning/Hearing Board. Elrama Sewage project – other.

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Meeting Date: 4/6/09 Board members present: Spahr, Parish, Tkach, Evans; Also present: Secretary/ Treasurer Motions: (Unanimous unless indicated) Approved payment of $750,857.08 to Guyer Bros. for Elrama Sewage Project work with $200,000 from the PA Growing Greener Grant. Approved payment of $34,136.10 to KAG Engineering. Approved payment of $117,275 for a period spanning several years work on the Elrama Sewage project to the Solicitor (Makel and Associates LLC). Appoint Mr. Paul Chasko as an alternate member of the Union Twp. Zoning/Hearing Board for a term of three years retroactive to 1/1/09. Authorize auditors Cypher and Cypher to attend the earliest possible board meeting to present the 2008 audit.

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That Old House By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

Robert Morris House Owners: Peter and Sarah Mansmann Location: 2509 Rte. 136, Nottingham Twp.

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

When I first entered the gate at the home of Peter and Sarah Mansmann, I was greeted by a pair of chickens. Not uncommon when you figure your in the country but you have to remember that I’m used to a whole different kind of country. The old timey kind. I was standing in front of a beautiful colonial style brick home, with chickens picking at the front walk way. I couldn’t have felt more at home if I were standing in front of Monticello. I was met by Sarah who was holding her lovely baby. I introduced myself and from that point I was taken on a trip through time. I have been in many old homes and I am not ashamed to say many a historic tavern and inn. This was the impression which first came to mind. Many homes of this style reveal thick walls and narrow rooms. Taverns and Inns feature large rooms that are meant to offer space for movement, storage, and in a pinch extra sleeping area. Mrs. Mansmann took me on a brief tour of the house and pointed out some of the highpoints then gave me a

rundown of the historical facts. The house was built by Robert Morris around 1832, although a part at the rear of the structure could have been built much earlier. It has seen life as a family home, an Inn, a public house called “The Olde Red Brick Tavern,” and an antique shop. It sits right on Route 136 in Nottingham Township which explains its history as an Inn and Tavern. Route 136 leads directly to Washington and this spot would make a good stop before the last leg from the town of Monongahela to Washington. If you have ever traveled that road you know that it is an easy drive but follows the edge of many a hill and valley. Imagine this journey by wagon or coach. The valleys and hills at that point are some of the steepest grades. Horses that have rested would have more of an easy time of at that grade. I enjoyed my visit and plan to return. As I sit here writing this article I have constructed a whole list of questions that I didn’t ask… And there was that mention of free beer if I came back. I think the Mansmann’s will be gettin’ a visit from an old frontiersman pretty soon.

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Nottingham Township Will Seek Gaming Funds For Waterline Project By J.R. Brower

Nottingham Township’s Board of Supervisors have been pondering what project would put them in the best position to be granted gaming revenue this year from the Washington County Local Share program. At their April 20 meeting, the board announced their intentions to submit for gaming money to help pay for a new waterline along a portion of Route 136. Last year, the township had requested

$120,000 from the Local Share program to help with the cost of ball field lights at Sherwood Park, but their application was denied. The program’s funds come directly from taxes levied on slot machines at the Meadows Casino. In discussing the needed waterline, Board Chairman Raymond Barley said it would benefit Somerset Township as well as Nottingham Township. “Pennsylvania American Water Company wants to do it, because it will link both municipalities,� he said. That aspect would be a big plus

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for the waterline, and he went on to say that “these types of projects are making it better than recreation projects� as far as getting gaming revenue approval. Supervisor Douglas King said that the township has $23,000 set aside that could be used toward the waterline project, which will begin in the area of Rolling Hills Golf Course, where the current line ends. In another matter, the Board discussed the proposed Wilhelm-Osmond plan of three lots at 107 Barr Road being developed by Clyde Wilhelm, who was in attendance. The Planning Commission had recommended approval of the plan contingent upon six items. One of the items discussed was the proposed razing of a barn on the property, where personal belongings of Wilhelm’s sister are being stored until a two-car garage is built to move them into. The Board allowed for a 60-day temporary occupancy permit to be granted to Wilhelm, while stating that a permanent occupancy permit would not be issued until the barn was razed. Among the improvements that Wilhelm is planning for his property is building a pond. In other new business, the Board accepted the lowest bids for 2009 road materials (oil, stone and asphalt), including diesel fuel. Also accepted were low bids for equipment rental to apply seal coating. Supervisor King said that while some bids were coming in higher than last year for such things as emulsions, he was happy that the prices he was getting for most materials was better than what some of the other townships were paying, specifically South Strabane. Chairman Barley liked the fact that the price the township in paying for diesel fuel has decreased from $3.55 a gallon last year to $1.59 a gallon this year. In another agenda item, the Board approved authorization of letters to devel-

opers of two subdivisions requesting that overlay paving be completed. The letters are to be sent to Albico, Inc. for the Walnut Ridge plan and Dosse Contracting, Inc. for the Nottingham Forest plan. In the remaining meeting business, the Board of Supervisors: Acknowledged receipt of a letter from cable provider, Comcast, requesting a renewed franchise agreement, which is set to expire on May 15. Barley said that some areas of the township still do not receive cable service, and he would like to see cable access extended. The Board agreed that contract terms of both Comcast and Verizon should be studied in order that they can take action on the matter at their May 4 meeting. Authorized Director of Public Works / Supervisor Douglas King to attend the 2009 APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition to be held on September 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio. Accepted a quote from Allan’s Waste Water Service, Inc. for $110 a month for use and maintenance of a handicapped portable toilet in Sherwood Park from May 1 to September 30. Discussed a proposed off-road vehicles ordinance, which was prepared by the Planning Commission in 1999 and not adopted. Supervisor Peter Marcoline wants Solicitor James Liekar to consider the ordinance in light of the fact that Nottingham has no police force, and he also wants to know if it should be zone specific. Leikar prepared an off-road vehicle ordinance for Chartiers Township, which the Board has to compare. Proposed a meeting in early May with Lisa Cessna of the Washington County Planning Commission to discuss the placement of a “Solar Farm� within Mingo Creek Park. This would be a pilot project proposed with federal funds from the Stimulus Economic Recovery Package.

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Peters Township Council Approves Ball Field Sign Advertising Township Confronts Garbage Bill Scofflaws By J.R. Brower

At the request of youth sports associations and the Park and Recreation Board, Peters Township Council passed an ordinance at their April 13 meeting, which allows temporary advertising signs to be placed on the fences of athletic fields. Sports associations would be permitted to sell advertising on 4 by 8 feet blank back signs that would face into the field from the fences. The signs would only be posted during the sports season and then taken down. The policy, which was agreed upon by the Planning Commission, specified that the sports association that sold the advertising would keep 80% of revenues generated by the signs and then pass along the remaining 20% to the township. “The baseball association has been the most active in going for the signs,” said Township Manager Michael Silvestri, “and I expect that the other sports associations will now follow suit.” Council passed the measure by a 7-0 vote to conclude the Public Hearing segment of the meeting. Next, Council took up the problem of residents’ delinquent garbage bills, which

has resulted in a total of 80 properties being liened by the township. At a cost of $16,000, the liens were placed on properties that were at least 6 months (2 quarters of the billing year) in arrears, according to Assistant Manager Paul Lauer. He explained that the township performs a public service by contracting with Waste Management for garbage collection for all residents. Since the township pays Waste Management directly for pickup of both regular trash and recyclable materials, residents are basically reimbursing the township for the service. He said that unpaid garbage bills result in having to use township revenues and consequently higher bills for everyone. Lauer went on to say that the number of delinquencies has decreased significantly since last year. But for the remaining 80 outstanding bills, residents will be billed an extra $76 in fees to go to the township to pay for costs of placing the liens on the properties. Part of these extra fees will be used to remove the liens. In a slight reprieve to delinquent garbage bill holders, Council recommended that the period of nonpayment be

extended from 6 to 9 months (3 quarters of the billing year). After that, if still unpaid, the township will begin to lien their properties. Council expressed strong concern in communicating that it is very important for residents to pay their garbage bills in light of the fact that delinquencies take revenue from township funds while causing all residents' garbage bills to be eventually raised. In new business, Council took up a resolution that would increase the amount of the state’s “prevailing wage requirements” from $25,000, the minimum labor contract amount for municipal contracts set in 1961, to $130,000 which converts to labor contracts’ worth in dollars today. The resolution, which also supports an automatic escalator clause for future years, took some criticism from Council, particularly David Ball, who called the prevailing wage law “ridiculous”. His opinion was that organized labor backs this law, which unfairly raises the price of labor that eventually falls back on the taxpayers. He said that while the law sets minimum labor costs on township contracts, “it doesn’t require those workers to

be Americans or even legal immigrants.” After Council passed the resolution by a 6-1 vote, Ball made a motion to request the state lawmakers completely repeal the “prevailing wage” law. Council defeated the measure by a close vote of 3-4. Voting for were Ball, Michael McCaig and Robert Atkison. Voting against were Monica Merrell, James Berquist, Frank Arcuri and Robert Lewis. In more new business, Council announced the resignation of Frank LoCastro from the Park and Recreation Board effective May 1. Council Chairman James Berquist said LoCastro will be greatly missed. “Frank has been instrumental in improving programs in the township and served faithfully for 12 years,” he said. The last item in new business was approval of Peters Township’s intergovernmental agreement with Nottingham, North Strabane and Canton Townships to contribute $18,000, which would help to purchase a year-old paver, which would be used cooperatively by the townships. “The price is less than what we thought, because it is depreciated. It will give us some flexibility for small paving jobs in the township,” said Manager Silvestri.

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Jefferson Hills Schedules Public Hearings Law Suit Against The Borough Settled By Jim Caldwell

The regular meeting of the Jefferson Hills Borough Council convened Monday, April 13 with three Council Members, Dominic Serapiglia, Janice Cmar, and Jeff Weir excused due to work, health and personal-related matters. The Borough manager, Doug Ardnt, was also absent due to a personal issue. The evening’s agenda had several items of varied themes: • Approving the Stonecreek Industries, Inc. land development • Accepting a proposal for an asbestos survey at the dilapidated Moonlite Hotel property to prepare for demolition. • Advertising for bids for a Portable Asphalt Heating Unit • Awarding bids for pavement maintenance • And various payments for work performed However, once again the motion to approve a location for the pump station and equalization tank for the West Elizabeth Sewer shed Act 537 Plan was tabled due to a lack of complete as well as confusing information. Of note to the community would be the decision to schedule two public meetings which will take place on consecutive Tuesday nights at 6:00 P.M. Topics include: 1) May 5th: Conditional use applications for Neiswonger Construction, Inc. for surface reclamation of Rochez 1 Mine and Dorso LP for gas well drilling at Practice Tee #1 2) May 12th: conditional use application for Dorso LP for gas well drilling at Beedle Park # 3 and Beedle Park # 5 Two appointments were made rounding out the Environmental Quality Board for the term ending December 31, 2012. New members are James Breisinger and Tom Donohue. Noteworthy was the motion to approve the Settlement and Release Agreement in the Jefferson Woodlands Partners vs. Jefferson Hills in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. President King, as well as other Council members, praised the Solicitor, Mike Adams for his professional and in-depth legal work saving the Borough thousands of dollars in an honest settlement. After reminders about the Borough Clean-up day scheduled for Saturday April 26, and the Public Safety Day for May 16, the meeting was adjourned.

Union Township Yard Trash Pickup May 11, 12, 18 and 19 Union Township residents are urged to take advantage of the spring cleanup yard trash collections on May 11, 12, 18 and 19. Leaves and small branches should be in biodegradable bags. Larger branches should be cut in 3-4 foot lengths and tied together. Trash is to be at curbside or the end of the driveway for pickup by the road crew.

Monongahela Seeks To Add Additional Officer to Police Force Grant Funds Sought For Aquatorium Renovation and COPS Program By Paul Chasko

Mayor Kepics was absent from the April 8 regular council meting which was preceded by a closed executive session during which Attorney Stone reported to Council on litigation involving the former official Monongahela Website. Although a grant from Pennsylvania gaming funds has been approved for the Aquatorium renovation, there’s a requirement that matching funds be in place before any work can begin on the project. Council passed Resolution 2-2009 (unanimous) to undertake the renovation and to apply for a grant from the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources as the source of matching funds. Council announced that, if successful, this grant would not be awarded until year’s end. This being the case, work on the project is not likely to begin until 2010 and none of this summer’s activities at the Aquatorium will be impacted. A motion was also passed (unanimous) to apply for a COPS grant which would assist the City in bringing another officer to the Monongahela Police Force. As explained by council, the program will pay the salary for the first three years of the new officer’s tenure with council guaranteeing a minimum fourth year of employment with salary paid by the city. Council commented on the need for another officer after listening to a lengthy Police Report submitted by Chief Tempest. Communities in the valley have been negotiating contracts with Comcast for cable services individually – each paying separately for attorney fees. Council passed a motion to join a Mon Valley Consortium for purposes of such negotiations with the goal of lowering attorney costs (one attorney) and perhaps an improved bargaining position. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Chris Stants who owns rental property at 100 First Avenue read a well-prepared presentation to Council regarding a need to add a paved parking area (at his cost and on his property) for five vehicles as a solution to a lack of parking for his rental units. Safety seemed to be an issue here as (according to Mr. Stants) unorganized parking could very well block the path of emergency vehicles and at least one tenant is elderly with health problems. Mr. Stants had already approached the zoning officer and was told he needed to schedule a Zoning Board hearing to obtain a variance. Council acknowledged that the paved parking area would be an improvement to the area but that they had no recourse but to have him appeal to the Zoning Board. This position was supported by the Solicitor. In other business: • Council apologized for the mix-up that caused an unannounced cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt at Chess Park. • The “Beautification Award” was skipped for this month. • Motion to offer a property sale on Chess street (belonging to the city) was defeated. Councilman Caudill cast the deciding negative vote citing uses for the property that have yet to be investigated.

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Union Township Board Approves Trax Rezoning By Paul Chasko

All Union Township (UT) board members were present at the April 13 regular meeting as was the Solicitor, Zoning Officers, Secretary /Treasurer and UT Engineer. Reports from the Zoning Officer, Road Crew Foreman, Elrama Fire Department and the Twp. Engineer were reviewed and accepted. After listening to more public comment about the rezoning of about 47 acres of Trax Farm property to C2 (commercial) and two closed executive sessions, the UT Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning ordinance by the following vote: George Cheplic-yes, Linda Evans–no, Steve Parish-abstained, Scott Tkach-yes, Larry Spahr-yes. Residents opposed to the rezoning are likely to file an appeal to the UT Zoning Hearing Board which will listen to arguments if the appeal is formally

filed. The Zoning officer and the UT Board took steps at this meeting to begin working through procedures in place to have abandoned mobile homes and houses demolished and/or removed from the township. Liens for back taxes that have been filed against the properties by Washington County, court probates in process and demolition costs are obstacles to immediate action to have the structures removed. A motion carried to have the solicitor begin procedures to have municipal liens placed against the properties. The Twp. Engineer reported as having reviewed the reports submitted to UT by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the present status of the Federal properties that contained the NIKE Missile Defense system in UT. This is part of the lengthy process by which the properties will be returned to UT. Engineer Carl DeiCas

Elizabeth Borough Council Asked to Consider Resolution to Purchase American Made Products By Alice Harris

The March 24 meeting of Elizabeth Borough Council opened with guest Jennifer Disman requesting the use of a dumpster at 614 Second Street for herself and her tenants in place of regular garbage collection. Solicitor Pat McGrail said he will have to check ordinance #517 for permissibility. Guest Andy Miklos, President of the local Steelworkers Union, asked Council to approve a resolution to purchase American made products for use in community projects to help save American jobs. And guests Floyd and Agnes Sorg were assured the ball is rolling to resolve the ongoing issues of the dilapidated adjacent buildings that affect their property. In other business: • March expenditures total $30,290.93. • A motion to advertise a lean against 925 Grant Street was approved. The motion for an ordinance for a zoning certificate for all commercial and nonresidential properties was approved. Residential properties are not included. • Three building permits were issued for March: a pool at 114 Water St., the repair of the Dollar General store wall, and the demolition of 925 Grant Street. • Elizabeth Police OIC John Snelson asked to revisit ordinance #441 to determine signage prohibiting large trucks (except for local delivery) on Market Street from State Rte. #51 to the Monongahela River. Signs on a state road require PennDot approval. • A 50 ft. retaining wall of a 200’ expanse on Maple Avenue has deteriorated. Council is looking for help to finance these repairs. • County Hauling is responsible for removing trash from the Borough parks. As Borough personal has been doing it, the vendor will be reminded of it’s contract. • Approved Toilets, Inc. was approved to supply port o john type toilets at Wylie Field and the Fishing Wharf at the cost of $88.50 per month, plus $7.00 insurance. • The 2009 renewal of the Federal Economic Grant for spending for the Borough of Elizabeth was approved. • The withdrawal of Elizabeth Borough from the Police Feasibility Study initiated by Rep. Levdansky was approved.

commented that there is an approximate 400 square foot section on one site that is contaminated with toxic materials that will need to be fenced off for safety reasons. He also commented that although the land is being retuned to UT free of any charges, there will be eventual costs to UT for disposal of asbestos and lead-bearing paints when the existing unusable structures are demolished. In other Business: • Minutes from Meetings on 3/9, 3/14, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/06 were reviewed and approved. • Payrolls #6 ($9,339.35) and #7 ($10,962.46) were approved for payment as were General Fund bills of $30,078.84 • Mr. Charles Wilson was appointed to a five year term as the UT representative on the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority Board. • The name of George Uremovich will be added to an achievement award plaque for service to Union Township. • Bids for road maintenance materials will be solicited – same quantities as last year. • Specs will be prepared for the purchase

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of a truck to replace unit 6 (1989 and over 100,000 miles). Road crew employees are being notified that they must conform to a new state regulation limiting idling time for diesel-powered vehicles to five minutes. Yard trash pickups are scheduled for May 11, 12, 18 and 19 (leaves, old plants, and tree branches). Boy Scout Phillip Gordon Davis will be honored by resolution for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Elrama sewage project is moving ahead of schedule. Safety improvements being considered for Gastonville Elementary Center (guard rails, cross-walks and traffic signs on Congress Street). Road inspections were made during Early April. A report was prepared for board members. PennDOT assistance will be used in preparation of estimates for repaving. The Solicitor, Engineer and Zoning Officer were asked to investigate a potential slide hazard being created by a resident on McChain Rd.

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New Eagle Steps Up Crackdown on Dangerous Structures Borough Council Approves Creation of a Planning Commission By J. R. Brower

New Eagle Borough Council President Jack Fine couldn’t have been blunter when, following the April 7 council meeting, he stressed that the borough is deeply concerned about homes and buildings that fail to pass the Uniform Construction Code requirements. “Technically, the only two options for houses like these are to condemn them or have the owners repair them”, he said. Fine agreed that, in reality, most of these homes could be categorized as “dumps”, and he estimated that the total number of these crumbling eyesores were around seven or eight. He said that the owner of one of the first houses in question was given until May 8 to comply or face citations by the police department for violation of the borough ordinance. The owner would then be given until June 8 to make repairs or face borough proceedings against him, which could lead to a lien against the property, or the eventual demolition of the property by the borough should the lien not be satisfied. “The bottom line,” said Fine, “is that we are going after dangerous structures with a vengeance.” A related matter that was touched upon at the council meeting was the problem of avoidance of occupancy permits by landlords in New Eagle. When landlords rent their property, they are required by ordinance to file occupancy permits within ten days. Fine says that most landlords comply, but a few don’t. Stating that the permit costs only $5.00, Fine said that it should be a no-brainer for landlords to pay it rather than face a sure fine of $105.00 in Magistrate’s Court. Emphatically, Fine warned, “We are going to start citing landlords who do not register tenants and (do not) obtain the occupancy permits.” Besides Council President Fine, in attendance were Council Members Martin

Hancock, Rona Berdar, and Ken Robison; Mayor Mark Bodnar, Solicitor Robert Zunich, Borough Engineer Robert Laskey and Secretary-Treasurer Linda Hall. Absent was Councilman Scott Honsaker. Another housing issue, which kicked off the regularly scheduled New Eagle council meeting, was a public hearing in regards to restoration of a house with fire damage at 449 3rd Avenue owned by John Peters. Peters was in attendance and agreed to a 45day term set forth by council to complete repairs on his house or face a possible lien. Next, Council took up their communication segment of the meeting to hear a report from Borough Secretary-Treasurer Linda Hall to consider bids for pipe, aggregates and asphalt. Hall requested that council accept the lowest bid for the materials through SHACOG (South Hills Area Council of Governments), pending a secondary request for an estimate through the Washington County Joint Purchasing Council. Hall said that using SHACOG would make for faster results in obtaining the materials in that the county purchasing council moves slowly on such matters. In other action, New Eagle Borough Council: • Passed a motion to request stimulus funds from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for storm drainage projects. Solicitor Robert Zunich and Borough Engineer Robert Laskey discussed the efforts that are often difficult is getting funding for storm sewer improvement projects. Laskey said that it is usually easier to get grants for playgrounds and park project. • Considered the fact that New Eagle was not awarded any gaming funds from the Washington County Local Share program, which oversees allotting of revenues generated by the Meadows Casino. A consensus of opinion among council expressed by Board Chairman Fine was that the main reason New Eagle did not get gaming money like

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Finleyville or Monongahela was that they did not have a resident on the Local Share committee like Finleyville and Monongahela did. Announced that a zoning agreement for cooperative efforts in land use specifications was reached with the City of Monongahela and subsequently approved the pact. Heard a report from Secretary-Treasurer Hall asking for a committee to be formed to promote the 2010 U.S. Census. Hall said, “We need to show why the census is important to the community for funding projects and many other reasons.” A resident in the audience suggested that the borough contact Ringgold High School groups who perform community serviceto provide help with the project. Passed a resolution in the form of a motion to establish a planning commission for New Eagle Borough. Appointed David Zywan to serve on the Board of Appeals, which will now consist of two members. Fine reminded council and those in attendance that there are openings for three more slots on the board.

• Heard a report from Councilman Ken Robison stating that most of the public works projects lately have been dealing with some water overflow problems. He said that the borough is continuing its search for a skid loader. Solicitor Zunich informed Robison and council that Rep. David Levansky’s office was able to get a grant through the state for $10,000 to help with the purchase on a skid loader. • Heard an announcement from Engineer Laskey that he planned to attend an information meeting on proposed DEP amendments on June 16, 9:00 a.m., at the Ross Township Municipal Building. • Announced that demolitions of two houses on 2nd Avenue were completed. • Announced that six junk cars have been removed recently from borough streets and driveways. • Read a letter from an unnamed lady resident, who complained about excessive water runoff from her roof that has a malfunctioning gutter system. She is requesting that the borough provide her with an off-street parking space due to flooding of her regular on-street parking spot.

South Park Board Accepts Retirement of Police Secretary By Andrea Earnest

The April 13 meeting of the South Park Township Board of Supervisors got off to a late start after a public hearing on the zoning reclassification of the “bingo lots” from R-3 to R-1. The hearing lasted about an hour and residents and township personnel exchanged information and concerns about the reclassification. The Board of Supervisors approved a number of actions on previous minutes, invoices, and bids. These included: • Action to award bid for purchase of the 1996 Ford Explorer to Cindy Palen in the amount of $600. • Action to authorize the sale of another township vehicle, a 1991 International dump truck with a minimum bid of $8,000. • Three actions on Non-Exclusive Licenses Agreements with residents for fences and a shed on easements. • Two actions on grant funding in the amounts of $12,000 and $15,000. • Action to hire 15 part-time employees for the Summer Recreation Program. • Action on the waiver of fees for the annual festival at St. Joan of Arc Church. Action was taken on the retirement of Police Secretary Judy George, with regret. She has worked for the township for 32 years. And action was also taken on the employment of a new Administrative Assistant, Jordanna Lehman. Chief of Police Joseph F. Ferrelli reported that in March there were 693 service calls, 34 arrests, 124 traffic citations, five parking citations, 179 warnings, two reportable accidents, eight non-reportable accidents, 81 emergency calls, 13 fire calls, and four deer calls. Supervisor David Buchewicz reminded residents of the litter clean-up to begin at 10 A.M. at the Broughton Fire Hall on April 25, with Chairman George Smith cooking his famous hot dogs afterwards! Supervisor Walter Sackinsky thanked all those who helped with the creek clean-up. He said the work was minimal this year. Supervisor Sackinsky also announced that the first day of trout season is Saturday, April 18. He reminds residents that the maximum is three trout, but that they prefer catch and release when possible. The full minutes of the meeting are available in the South Park Township Office.

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West Elizabeth Council Ponders Over Dog Laws Baseball Activity Scrutinized at 7th Street Park By Charlotte Hopkins

All of the council members were present for the April meeting of the West Elizabeth Council, with the exception of Shawn Dodds. During the meeting, council discussed the concern about dogs running loose in the borough. On First Street there is a brown dog that runs loose as well as, a black stray dog. They have chased people, torn apart garbage bags and knocked others down. Bill Wolfgang discussed the problem with the local dog catcher and is working on getting a better response from him during these calls. Officer-in-Charge, John Snelson, asked that the public call 911 when approached by a loose dog. The police are closer and can respond quicker. Councilman, Frank MaGill, was concerned about using 911 for this purpose. Snelson assured the council this is the appropriate action to take in a situation of loose dogs, since, it could turn into a dangerous situation should the dog become violent. Snelson went on to say that dialing 911 first is always the best action to take. Officer Verno explained the rules that dog owners need to follow. There is a $400 fine for owners who do not have a license for their dog. There is a $300 fine for not having a dog on a leash. Verno further explained, as for dog owners not cleaning up after there dogs; this is an issue that is difficult for the police to enforce. Snelson explained this is because people would actually have to go to court and testify against the dog owner in order for the police to be able to force owners to clean up their dog's mess. Members of the Army Corps of Engineering were present to discuss construction on first street to help protect the road and the sewer line from future damage. The project will total $122,000 and the corps will pay half of that cost. The DEP will pay 17% of the remaining cost; leaving West Elizabeth with a balance of $50,630. There may be several programs open to West Elizabeth that may offer grants to the town. The costs include a contingency fee that covers any problems that could occur. If there are no unexpected problems then the fee can be reimbursed to the town. The council is hoping that the West Elizabeth Sewer Authority will contribute toward the costs since they will be benefitting from the work. If council president, Louise Biddle, signs the agreement before the end of May they can begin their work in September. Councilman Darryl Celestino inquired with members of the Army Corps about whether or not there were any plans on fix-

ing the West Elizabeth Lock & Dam. They explained to Celestino that they would like to work on Lock 3 once they are done with their repairs in Charleroi. However, this is 7-8 years away. Council also discussed the problem with someone turning the heat up too high in the municipal building. Sometimes when they arrive the heat is on 80 degrees and there is no one there. They are unsure who is turning the heat up so they sent out a request to all members that the last one to leave the building should turn the heat down to 65 degrees. New council member, John Harsmanka suggested that a waiver be written up for the road crew that each person must sign before using the new tools. This will be helpful in the event of missing or broken tools. The town has received help from Troy Lewis (owner of Lewis Auto Body) on numerous occasions from lending and storing tools for the road crew and repairs to their vehicles in emergencies. He is currently working on the truck's lights and back-up beeper. Magill doesn't want to become a burden to Lewis. All members discussed how helpful Lewis has been to them and how appreciative and thankful they are for all of the work he has done and continues to do. West Elizabeth resident, Jack Miller, expressed his concern about teens playing baseball in the 7th Street park. He is again worried about his house getting hit by balls. He expressed his anger to the town council and Officer Snelson and said he wants another sign hung up in the park, this time disallowing baseball. He wants teens arrested if they are caught playing baseball in the park. Snelson explained that "hanging up a sign does not make it a law." He went on to inform council that the law can intervene if the council writes a specific ordinance with what is allowed and not allowed but they must be clear in what they want to see happen. Snelson explains it may be difficult to differentiate between a teen with a bat and baseball and a three year old with a wiffle ball and plastic bat. Wagner further expressed that he wants these sports stopped in the park and threatened to take a pick axe to it. Councilman Harsmanka agreed that children should not be playing sports in the park and would like to see an ordinance that only allows tennis and basketball. Wagner continued to explain his disappointment in the activities that go on at the park. He explains that he is bothered by the activities of the teens and would like them to be checked on more often. Wagner also asked Officer Snelson if he was aware that there is a problem with driv-

ers going through the stop sign on 7th street near the park. Snelson assured the council that he and his officers will continue to monitor that corner to cut down on drivers going through the sign. Wagner had complaints about bricks piled up in a yard along the highway; claiming they are unsightly. He was told years ago that they would plant flowers there, yet they never did. There is also a garage adjacent from the Borough building that he would like the council to do something about. The garage is used for storage. When it was being built the construction was never completed. He states that there is an ordinance that states a garage can not be used for storage until the building is complete. Council stated that they will contact the Health Department and look into the issue. Bill Wolfgang expressed to the council that Tim's Corner Bar rented the baseball field and they are going to need someone to cut the grass. Eastman's used to maintain the lawn for West Elizabeth but has decided to no longer do this. Council will be looking for someone to cut the grass this summer and if needed will invest in a riding lawnmower. During the month of May, Elizabeth Boro Police answered 35 calls, issued two traffic citations and one non-traffic citation. Council members disagreed over what steps to take with property owners who owe back taxes. Wolfgang explained that he is continuing his efforts to have vacant mobile homes removed. Since the fire in the trailer near the park, the council has been concerned with removing the vacant trailers to prevent further incidents like this. Louise Biddle informed council that State Representative David Levdansky is awarding a $10,000 grant to West Elizabeth. The members will be deciding what they would like to spend the money towards. Biddle informed them that they are required to spend the money on actual items and not

towards any bills. Wolfgang asked if the council would purchase two new computers for himself and the secretary. Other interior changes that will be made to the borough building include ridding the shelves of old books and papers. Councilman MaGill stated that the siding along the roof of the boro building needs to be repaired. It was knocked off during a rain storm and can become a danger. The following past Meeting Minutes were approved by council: • A new street sign will be purchased for Ronald Street. • Bill Wolfgang noted that there are 32 vacant trailers in West Elizabeth. He will oversee that stickers are placed on the windows of vacant trailers; informing people that the homes are being watched. After the fire in a vacant trailer concerns were raised over something on those lines happening again. The trailer on 2nd and Wayne street that burned down has been boarded up and plans are being made to remove it from town. • John Harsmanka was sworn in by Mayor Ralph Harrington as the new town council member. He immediately asked if he can oversee the Road Crew. this was approved by Louise Biddle. The Road Crew was previously directed by Councilman Shawn Dodds. • Upon Sylvia Pearsoll's retirement from her seat as Vice President of the Town Council, Frank MaGill was unanimously elected as the new vice president. • Decision to renew the police contract was delayed. Councilman Steve Hallam, stated he wanted to review the contract once more before they vote on it. • The town expressed a need to hire a new Constable. Jeff Werner formerly held the position but has since moved from West Elizabeth. The constable needs to be a resident of west Elizabeth and have their Act 45 Clearance.

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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh BBW Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Businesses

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By Andrea Earnest

An Awards Luncheon was held at Salvatoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Baldwin on April 2, 2009, to honor local businesses by the BrentwoodBaldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. All entries were judged by the University of Pittsburgh Katz School Of Business, where they were judged by staff and graduate students at the Small Business Development Center. The awards went to the following area businesses: â&#x20AC;˘ Volunteer of the Year - Mary Halerz of Denise Marasco, of Donteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria in Doctor Drain South Park, was a finalist in the Most Promising â&#x20AC;˘ Most Promising New Business - Two New Business Award category. Men and A Truck â&#x20AC;˘ Business of the Year -Allemang Concrete and Masonry Among the Most Promising New Business of Year Finalists was Donteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria in South Park. Mrs. Denise Marasco attended to accept the award as a finalist. Donteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be celebrating its third anniversary in May. Their menu features hand-tossed dough, homemade sauces and meatballs, using fresh ingredients. At the banquet, Mrs. Marasco announced that Donteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria has become a permanent drop-off location for the Greater Mary Halerz, of Doctor Drain, received Pittsburgh Food Bank.Food contributions Volunteer of the Year Award. you make will be greatly appreciated. In addition to the businesses that were honored at the luncheon two students received scholarships. Alexandra Kowatch of Baldwin High School and Melissa Pilarski of Brentwood each received a check for $1,000. A representative from U. S. Congressman Timothy Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and Pennsylvania State Representative Harry Readshaw from District 36 attended to present the awards to the recipients.


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Hessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art-n-Garden Affordable Luxury Gardening Comes to South Park By Andrea Earnest

On April 18, Hessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art-n-Garden opened its doors at 2800 Brownsville Road, South Park, to offer unique, one-of-akind art for your garden. The small up-scale garden center which is located in the former Prescription Center Plus location, will offer statuary, fountains, pottery, unique plants, Amish furniture, Hickory rockers, and arbors. They will also offer seasonal items, annuals, perennials, and baskets. Chris Hess, owner, and his manager, Michael Gill, bring years of plant experience and knowledge to the new shop. The new location is a satellite of Hessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Landscape Nursery located in Jefferson Borough. This is their twenty-fifth anniversary, and they have been at their five-acre location on Gill Hall Road since 1991. While the smaller items such as statuary and pottery will be showcased at the new location in South Park, the larger landscaping items are still available at their Gill Hall Road location. They are planning to offer hard-to-find, unusual items and green goods, featuring indoor and outdoor displays. Hessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artn-Garden also offers installations services. For more information, call 412-831-1616.

Pictured are Chris Hess (back), owner of the new shop, with Michael Gill, manager, and sales associate, Becky Kemp.

The indoor diorama will be changed from time to time.

The large timber entrance creates an inviting and intriguing atmosphere for customers

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Finleyville Dairy Queen Celebrates 15 Years of Royalty

BONE YARD BBQ Town: Elizabeth

By Heather Kelley-Latorre

Despite working ten enjoyable years as an elementary teacher, Chrisan Olah admits “teaching just wasn’t her calling.” It was like a Dairy Queen ice cream cone without its trademark curl, or a Peanut Buster Parfait without the peanuts. There was something missing. Olah grew up essentially as a “dairy princess,” spending summers and holidays home from college at her father’s Dairy Queen. Her father, George Stratigos, ran several local Dairy Queens. Many of Olah’s A sign of good things to come – A rainbow fondest memories are around ice cream. Her appeared on opening day, May 8, 1994 husband, Jim, even proposed to her in her dad’s store. Most locals will remember the current Finleyville Dairy Queen location as the Dari-Delite and its owner Betty Frederick. When Stratigos was in the area, he would stop by and see Frederick. After many years of stopping and asking “are you ready to sell,” they had become very good friends. Olah and Stratigos were in disbelief when in 1992, Frederick finally said she was ready. Jim and Chrisan Olah always shared a dream The years-old question of selling had of owning their own ice cream business. become almost a joke between the two business owners. That soft-serve friendship chocolate-coated the way for the Olah’s to fulfill their dream of owning an ice cream store. It was no joke when the store finally opened as a Dairy Queen on May 8, 1994. “I will never forget that day,” said Olah. “It was a blizzard of activity running between the kitchen in the back and the front service The Finleyville Dairy Queen is located on Rt. windows.” Even though Jim Olah shared 88, and has a large parking lot for customers the dream of owning an ice cream business, Chrisan Olah pointed out that “it was my baby for 10 years.” She spent the first couple of years at the store from open to close, seven days a week. Now a mother herself to a fiveyear-old “dairy princess,” she spends more time at home while her husband can be found at the store. Never too far away from the store, five year old, Eveana, enjoys wearing her royal attire: a DQ visor and apron. The Olah’s thank the community for their support over the years. “Watch for a planned expansion to the building and don’t forget our Diary Queen is open all year around!”

Address: 107 Second Street, Elizabeth 15037 Phone: 412-405-9169 Years in Business: 6 years Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12:00 Noon12:00 Midnight. Larry at Bone Yard BBQ hand cooks every scrumptious meat item on their menu.

Business Spotlight By Alice Harris

Products & Services: Eat in or take out cooked on site ribs, riblets, chicken, chops, hot and sweet sausage, fatty-dogs, kielbassa, hand cut French fries, and Italian cole slaw. Homemade hot, mild or half/half barbeque sauce. Bring your own container or use available. Cook on site catering for small weddings and gatherings, picnics, graduation parties, golf outings, and more.

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ManorCare Bethel Park Receives Deficiency Free Survey

ManorCare Bethel Park is pleased to announce that the recent state survey was deficiency free. ManorCare Bethel Park will celebrate their survey with a party to congratulate all of their residents, employees and support staff for a Perfect Survey Score. “I applaud the positive attitude and commitment to caring which ensures our residents and patients live with the greatest dignity, comfort and enjoyment possible,” said Karen Nocilla, Administrator. “A deficiency free survey just reaffirms that the staff at ManorCare Bethel Park are caring, dedicated professionals-I am very proud of my team.” Every nursing center must be inspected annually by the State Department of Health. This survey is a detailed process where the center is expected to adhere to an extensive list of rules and regulations designed to ensure the safety, well-being and dignity of each resident. Citations for not meeting a regulation are called deficiencies. Because of the intensity of the survey process, a center must truly excel to receive a deficiency free survey outcome. “Our success is reflective of the commitment to excellence and caring on the part of every employee to the team effort. We are proud of our accomplishments and of our contribution to the community,” said Amanda Skerlak-Laporte, regional director of operations for HCR ManorCare Bethel Park. “ManorCare Bethel Park consistently shines in this intensive survey process. They truly are committed to customer service and care. The nursing home industry is highly regulated and the job can be extremely demanding and sometimes you can become overwhelmed with all of the day-to-day responsibilities that need to get done. Our company focuses on being committed to service and care every day and ManorCare Bethel Park certainly lives this philosophy,” states Amanda Skerlak-Laporte, Regional Director of Operations for ManorCare Bethel Park.

Mon Valley EMS BLS Team Wins 1st Place Recognition in Western PA At the recent EMS Conference at Seven Springs, Mon Valley EMS entered a competition sponsored by the Simulation, Teaching and Academic Research Center at West Penn Allegheny Health System. This was the first Annual STAR Cup Competition. A BLS (Basic Life Saving) Team of 4 EMS people, Chris Hepple, Martina Rosul, Ryan Hess and Dietrich Margarcelli were presented with a scenario to treat the “Sim Man” ( a life-like simulated manikin) as if he was a real patient. The team evaluation was completed by an experienced EMS Instructor/Provider using a check-off sheet similar to NREMT skill sheets to award points and determine the team score. The mock resuscitation occurred behind closed doors and those watching could view the team by remote TV. The scenario given to the team was a Cardiac Arrest and the team had 15 minutes to provide care by using the State BLS Protocols. The BLS Team was evaluated on; working as a team, team safety, using gloves, recognizing the need for ALS (Advanced Life Saving), checking the patient for responsiveness, airway management, using an oral airway, use of the Bag Valve Mask, checking a pulse, performing adequate chest compressions, use of an AED and post resuscitation care. The Mon Valley EMS BLS team won 1st Place. The Team went up against several BLS Teams from Western PA. They were presented 1st place medals, a 1st place Trophy and each received a touch iPod. Mon Valley EMS thrives to encourage their personnel to continue their education by taking continuing education classes and to take training that challenge their skills.

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Recent Local Death Notices - Lee A. Haniford Registered Nurse Who had Passion for Family and Food


ee A. Haniford, a former Registered Nurse who enjoyed helping others, and was known for her quick witted sense of humor, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. She was 63. Born in 1945 in Bradford, Pa to the late Edward Healey and Jeanne Healey (Peebles), she was the oldest of four children. Mrs. Haniford spent most of her childhood in Uniontown, PA, where she graduated from South Union High School, and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Ronald E. Haniford. The couple celebrated their 42nd anniversary in 2008. After graduating from high school, Mrs. Haniford went on to graduate from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. She became a Registered Nurse (RN), and worked for many years in the local Finleyville office of physician Joseph Schwerha, M.D. She later went on to perform nursing duties at the Meadowcrest Nursing Home in Bethel Park, and the Bethel Animation Center. She was always willing to help and care for others in need which is why she enjoyed being a nurse so much. A diabetic for most of her adult life, Mrs. Haniford eventually left the nursing profession in 2001 due to chronic pain in her feet, legs and back. Mrs. Haniford spent her time doing the things she enjoyed most. She enjoyed life and all the wonderful things it had to offer. She was an avid fan and collector of Robert Griffing paintings that depicted the Western Pennsylvania Indian heritage. She enjoyed arts and crafts and shopping for antiques and bargains with her husband. Throughout the many years of shopping with her husband at antique stores, she acquired many items that to this day adorn their house, each evoking memories of their travels and adventures. From trips to the sunny beaches of Florida and the Carolinas to regular getaways to the family cabin in Kane, PA.

Mrs. Haniford could affectionately be described as a “foodie” who was interested in all things culinary. She was a food aficionado with a thirst for knowledge and enjoyed watching the Food Network, and various cooking shows. She could often be found at her favorite grocery store, Market District, compiling ingredients to make a dish that she saw on TV. She enjoyed, learning about food, preparing food, cooking it and tasting it. Mrs. Haniford has a secret recipe baked beans dish that nobody could match, and her Thanksgiving Day stuffing is legendary. When she was not shopping, or watching the Food Network and writing down recipes, she could often be overheard talking proudly about her three children and six grandchildren. Family was very important to Mrs. Haniford. Always first to teach a lesson or give a stern lecture, she was also first to offer a hug and provide motherly comfort. She loved her family and enjoyed spoiling her grandkids. Her hearty laugh, quick witted sense of humor and practical jokes provided endless smiles for family and friends. An animal lover, she would often visit the Washington Area Humane Society to visit the dogs and cats. Contributions may be made on her behalf to: Washington Area Humane Society, PO Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Lee A. Haniford was the beloved wife of Ronald; mother of Kristen Marusich (Andrew) of Leesburg, VA, Douglas (Amy) of Scott Twp. and Jeffery (Theresa) of Jacksonville, NC; sister of Patrick Healey (Toni) of North Beach, MD, Kathleen Thomas (James) of Uniontown and Daniel Healey (Lynda) of Leesburg, VA; grandmother of Aaron, Emily, Michaela, Sara, Elizabeth and Carter. Blessing Service and visitations were held at David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Rd. (Rt 88), Library. Interment at LaFayette Memorial Park.

- Richard Wayne Howard Richard Wayne Howard of Waynesburg, passed away on March 28th, 2009 in Rolling Meadows nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was born December 19th, 1940 in Wana, WV. He was the son of the late Floyd and Freda Howard of Monongahela. Richard was a retired real estate agent for Howard Hanna in Washington , Pa. and a Veteran of the US Air Force. Surviving are his wife Linda Frickey Howard of Bentleyville, two children Stephanie Howard and Richard Howard II both of Port St. Lucie Fla.; three grandchildren; Kylie Rose Howard, Tyler Martin Stab, Rayne Haven Schomer,; three step children, Scott Frickey of Cold Bay, Alaska, Matthew Frickey of San Antonio, TX., and Marla Haynes of Bentleyville,; a brother, Donald E. Howard of New Freeport, Pa., two nephews Dan Howard of New Eagle and David Howard of Jefferson, Pa. A private memorial service was held at Wana United Methodist Church.

Altomari – Angela ‘Nae’, 94., of Monongahela died Friday March 27. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Amoroso – Joanne M (Furiga), 71., of Monongahela died Tuesday April 7. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Arbuckle – Betty Kay, 60., of Venetia died Friday April 10. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Beal – Oscar A “Jr”, 53., of Charleroi died Thursday April 16. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Ciccone – Elizabeth Ann “Libby”, 92., of Monongahela died Sunday March 8. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Ferrante – Joseph, 81., of Carroll Township died Thursday March 26. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Fogiato – Margaret H, “Margie”, 54., of Monongahela died Wednesday March 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Griffith – Leonael G “Jr”, 81., of Monongahela died Thursday March 24. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Haniford – Lee, A., 63, of Union Township died April 12. Arrangements under direction of David J. Henney Funeral Home in South Park. Hemmings – Thomas David, 84., of Monongahela died Thursday March 5. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Himes – Dorothy J, 87., of Finleyville died Tuesday March 19. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Kelley – Gladys, 88., of Naples Florida, Formerly of Finleyville

died Monday April 20. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Lapato – Charles, 92., of Carroll Township died Thursday March 12. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Leo – Angelo L, 84., of Monongahela died Friday March 27. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Mann – Josephine A, 74., of Monongahela died Tuesday March 31. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Morelli – Amber J, 87., of New Eagle died Thursday March 24. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Pepka – Catherine, 92., of Forward Township died Wednesday March 11. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Reconnu – Delores, 65., of North Charleroi died Wednesday April 15. Delores was a Ringgold High School Custodian. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. Shinkle – Carole Ann, 70., of New Eagle died Thursday March 19. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Starinsky – Mildred T, 82., of Tampa Florida, Formerly of Monongahela died Friday March 27. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Varrone – Irene M, 83., of Fallowfield Township died Sunday March 29. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc., in Monongahela. Wagner – Harold W, 92., of Finleyville died Saturday April 18. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

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Journey to Jerusalem

Crossroads Ministries Hosts AWANA Grand Prix

Saint Francis Players Tell the Stories of Holy Week By Paul Chasko

On March 14, 2009, Crossroads Ministries hosted a Grand Prix for AWANA children and their families and friends. Each family assembled and decorated their own a race car kit. A great time was had by all and contestants did a great job. The race winners were Joel Steele, Shelby Abel, Cadance Steele, Hannah Ford, Sean Harvison, Samantha Bagnell, Rece Eddy, Arielle Hohman, Shelby Yonish, Nicole Seibel, Haleigh Jones and Abbey Kainz. What is AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed - II Timothy 2:15) of Crossroads Ministries? To parents, AWANA is a non-denominational worldwide program that helps parents raise spiritually strong kids for life, because how children turn out spiritually is the top parenting responsibility. It is for boys and girls ages three through the fifth grade and is similar to scouting using a handbook that allows each child to learn at their own pace; a uniform shirt or vest, and awards that are earned as the child successfully completes the requirements of a section of the handbook. AWANA meets during the school year, so there are still a few meetings for visitors to come visit any night and see how these kids have a blast while they grow in enduring faith and service to God. Meetings are Wednesdays September through May from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Crossroads Ministries is located 1 mile south of Trax farms in Finleyville. Learn more about AWANA at or any questions can be directed to Crossroads Ministries at 724-348-1620. AWANA because kids matter to God!

St. Anthony CCD Students Commemorate "The Year of St. Paul, the Apostle"

Rachel Valentino and Dimitri Rossi, (Grade 7)

Brendan Del Bianco and Mary Michaels, (Grade 7)

On Palm Sunday the Saint Francis Players of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Finleyville brought visitors a little closer to the happenings of Holy Week by stepping into the sandals of Christ’s Apostles and Disciples. Their guests were led through “the streets and rooms of Jerusalem” and learned more of the details surrounding Holy Week through the eyes of the Apostles and Disciples. A dinner was enjoyed by the players and staff after their performances.

An Apostle and Disciples get some last minute tips from organizer Joann Mansmann Veronica (Mary Jane Jurofcik) shows visitors her veil.

Saint Peter (Larry Spahr) is accosted by Roman Soldiers (Kerry Burgan and Ed Garry).

Visitors get a taste of the food served at the “Last Supper”.

This is the year of St. Paul. The CCD students at St. Anthony Parish in Monongahela did special projects to commemorate this particular event also called the Pauline Year. Among the projects were reports on the life of St. Paul, posters, students drew symbols on a shield to make a "coat of arms" for St. Paul, and some students made a "triptych" to show events of the life of St. Paul taken from the Bible

Zachary Mendola, (Grade 4) and Kayla McCall, (Grade 5)

Gabrielle Kortyna and Angela Munden, (Grade 8)

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Garage Sale at Peters Creek Baptist Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park will be having a Garage Sale from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Proceeds benefit Student Ministries Summer Mission Trips. Call 412-833-6111.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner at Jefferson United Presbyterian Jefferson United Presbyterian Church in Jefferson Hills will be having it’s famous chicken & biscuit dinner on Saturday, May 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $8.50 Adult, $5.00 child 4-12 and 4 and under are free.

CrossRoads Community Church Events for May Join us on May 2nd for Gold RUSH, our borough wide scavenger hunt for the RUSH youth group. May 15th is our Game Night for Young Adults. Join us for video games, board games, and the occasional outdoor dodge ball challenge (weather permitting). Snacks and coffee provided.

Upcoming Events at Wrights United Methodist Spaghetti Dinner - Wednesday, May 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Car Wash - Church parking lot Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will be used to help send a work team to Kentucky to serve with the Appalachia Service Project. For more information, contact Kathy Jo at 724-348-5969.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Events Ham Dinner - St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood will hold their annual Election Day Ham Dinner on Tuesday, May 19 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Take out available. Babysitting Services - St Peter’s Episcopal Church is offering babysitting services on Friday, May 15 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Parents should pack a small snack for their child, and drinks are provided. The cost is $3 per hour for first child in family, $2 for second child and $1 for each additional child. Reservations are recommended. Call the church at 412-884-5225 to make a reservation or with any questions.

Family Fun Day at First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church Preschool, located at 601 West Main Street in Monongahela, is having a “Family Fun Day” on Saturday, May 16, 2009. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. Includes petting zoo, Fire Truck and Ambulance on site , Moon walk/bounce for small kids, Craft tables, Face painting and balloons, Refreshments and popcorn, and DJ with kids music. For more information, please call 724-258-7750.

Area Church News Upcoming Events at Beth Israel Center Synagogue Beth Israel Center Synagogue, located at 118 Gill Hall Road,is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28. Major refurbishing projects have updated the Eli Grossman Sanctuary, the large main sanctuary, and the library. New tile flooring, ceiling tiles, light fixtures ,window treatments and carpeting have been installed and the completed look is fabulous. Many thanks to Robert Burack and his House Committee assistants for overseeing this huge project. On Wednesday, May 20, Beth Israel Center will welcome Ms. Rosina Fernhoff, who will appear in a dramatic presentation of “The Snow People.” This special 50th anniversary program is made possible through a generous contribution from the Synagogues Learning Innovation Grant Fund of the United Jewish Federation and through the B’nai Brith Lecture Bureau. This event is free to the public. Call 412 655 2144 for more information. The book “The People of Beth Israel Center – Fifty Years”, by Carolee Burack, will be available for sale and distribution in May and at the 50th anniversary celebration. Additional events: • Sisterhood’s Theater/Dinner Party May 3. • A Bar Mitzvah service and celebration on Friday evening, May 22, and Saturday morning, May 23 in the main sanctuary. • A Family Dinner followed by Sabbath services lead by Rabbi Amy Greenbaum on Friday, May 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. • Men’s Club - meeting at BIC on Sunday, morning May 10 at 9:30 am. • Friday evening services in the Eli Grossman Sanctuary on May 1, May 8, and May 15, at 7:30 p.m. One ( social hour ) to follow services. For additional information about Beth Israel Center Synagogue - Membership, Hebrew School, Adult Lecture Series, Special Events, 50th Anniversary Weekend, Services, or Rabbi Amy Greenbaum, refer to the website or call 412655-2144.

Camp EDGE at Thomas Presbyterian Thomas Presbyterian Church invites all children to go to the edge this summer for Vacation Bible School. Camp EDGE: Experience and Discover God Everywhere is an extreme adventure camp taking kids on exciting Bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day. The fun begins June 22 and ends June 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four. To be a part of all the extreme fun at Camp EDGE, call 724941-8910 or visit

Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 6-10 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Rome: Paul and the Underground Church”. For more information, see our new, expanded website at or call the church office at 724348-5689.

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church May Activities

St. Anthony Annual Festival St. Anthony’s 2009 Annual Festival will be held June 26-28 at St. Anthony Festa Park. Entertainment will feature a local band the Karl Lukitsch Band, “The Music You Know and Love”. Entertainment schedule: The Karl Lukitsch Band will play Sunday, starting after the 3 p.m. Mass. Friday night, June 26, is Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz starting at 8 p.m. Saturday night, June 27, - Johnny Angel and The Halos starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Neno’s Cafe, ethnic foods, featured specials include Lou’s baked ziti, Ron’s fried dough, Mama Roses pizza, BBQ wings, lemonade, ice cream booths, bake sale, flea market, bingo, small games of chance, kids games, and new this year, slide for kids.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Presbyterian

Preparing for the May 19 Election Day Spaghetti Dinner are (l to r) Dave and Betty Condie, Jamee Powell, Betty Holt, Debbie Graham, and Lauren Bruce. Come and enjoy a Mon Valley favorite!

May 2- Pancake and Sausage Brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults-$5.00. Children under 12 - $2.50. Call 724-348-0291 for tickets. Take out available. Tickets on sale at door. May 3 - Communion 9:30 a.m. Worship May 9 - Pine Springs Camp Work Day from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 724-483-1032. May 19 - Election Day Spaghetti Dinner from Noon – 7 p.m. Adults - $7.00. Children under 12 - $4.00. Take out available May 30 - Car Wash and Hoagie Sale. Benefits Haran Ministries Building Project. Church’s Parking Lot. Call 724-483-1032.

May Events at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Spring Music Festival - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Dr. , Peters Twp. will hold its annual Spring Music Festival on Sunday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Following the concert, a stuffed chicken dinner will be served in the church social hall. Reservations are required for dinner and must be paid for in advance. Deadline for dinner reservations is April 26. The dinner cost for adults (13 and older) is $10, children ages 4-12 is $5, and children 3 and under eat free. Stop in or call the church office at 724-941-7467 to make reservations. Jazz Concert - Saxophonist Lee Robinson will perform with the Ben Benack III Jazz Group from Upper St. Clair High School in a jazz concert to benefit “Autism Speaks”. Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Tickets $10 each and can be reserved by calling 724-941-7467.

Spagehetti Dinner - The youth of Peters Creek Church located at 250 Brookwood Road in Venetia will be having a spaghetti dinner to raise money for summer trips. May 2 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. For tickets, call the church or at the door. Adults $8 and children over 5 years of age $4, 4 years and younger are free. Creekside Kids cordially invite you to attend Worship for Children’s Sunday on Mother’s Day, May 10 at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church in Peters Twp. Our children’s praise team will make a joyful noise as they lead worship during the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Call 724-941-6210 or visit for further information.

St. Thomas A’ Becket Annual Festival The St. Thomas A’ Becket Annual Festival will be held on Thursday, June 25, 6-11 p.m.; Friday, June 26, 6-11 p.m.; and Saturday, June 27, 4-11 p.m. Entertainment and amusement rides. The special attraction on Thursday will be the Steel City Sky Jumpers at 7 p.m. C & L amusement rides will be on hand for children and adults. The super auction will be on display each day with the drawing on Saturday night. Dinners will be served each evening: Thursday - Chicken Planks and Fries Friday - Battered Fish Dinner and Pierogi Saturday - Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner In addition, there will be haluski, kielbasa and kraut, hot sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, pizza, funnel cakes, strawberry shortcake and sundaes and more. Games of chance and raffles will be available. Outdoor bingo will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to this great event at St. Thomas A’ Becket Church. For more information, call 412-655-2885 or 412-653-4322.

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Peters Township Man Feels You’re Never Too Old to Become an Architect

Andy and Jenny Jugan Town: Rostraver

By J.R. Brower

Family: Son, Andrew Jugan, Jr. and Daughter, Mary Hughes. Married for 64 years. Occupation: Retired Hobbies & Interests: Andy is a WWII Veteran, 80th Infantry, Normandy. Has done a little of everything including gardening, growing and propagating fig trees, hunting, raising beagles, and keeping bees. Jenny is a Home maker who enjoys canning, sewing, embroidery, crocheting, and is an excellent cook!!!

Resident Spotlight By Alice Harris

Washington County Controller Michael L. Namie Will Seek Re-election Washington County Controller, Michael L. Namie announced that he will seek re-election. The announcement was made at a kick-off fundraising event at Julian’s Banquet Hall, Michael L. Namie Washington, Pennsylvania on March 4th with over 200 people in attendance for the announcement. Mr. Namie indicated that he will campaign for reelection based upon his 18 years experience in the Controller’s Office. Mr. Namie first served as Deputy Controller from 1991 until he was elected to serve as County Controller beginning in 2002. “I have performed my duties as Washington County Controller with the utmost honesty, accountability and independence,” said Namie. “My record proves that I am willing to make the tough decisions in the best interest of the taxpayers…. not what is easy or expedient. My office is and always will be run free of politics. We operate in a most efficient manner than ever before, despite a decrease in staff.” Namie further added “I believe that my 18 years of experience makes me the most qualified candidate for this position. If re-elected, I will continue to perform my duties as the taxpayers’ ‘watchdog’ with the same professionalism, integrity and dedication.” Mr. Namie has recently served as Past President of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers. Additionally, Mr. Namie serves on the Board of Directors Community Action Southwest as Finance Chairman. He also serves as a member of the Washington County Pension Board, the Washington County Prison Board and the Washington County Salary Board. Mr. Namie is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and a lifelong resident of Washington County. He is married to Cindy (Cimino) Namie and has two children, Michael and Morgan, ages 15 and 11. They reside in Canton Township.

Willam D. May III, known professionally as “Will”, says that one should not let age stand in the way of personal goals in life. His personal goal for quite some time has been to become a licensed architect. The 51-year-old Peters Township resident has steadily followed a career path to lead him to that goal. “For me, becoming an architect is a natural progression from being an architectural draftsman and an architectural design instructor,” said May. “It is a path not commonly taken but a legitimate one nonetheless. Most architectural students go through five years of school. I’ve gone through thirty years of on the job training.” In recent years, May has been working directly for architects as an intern and design draftsman and has been involved in coordinating and designing both commercial and residential projects. This experience will prove valuable to May in becoming a licensed architect. Each state has its own Architectural Registration Board (ARB), and Pennsylvania is a state that will accept experience, usually over six years, in lieu of schooling for licensure as a professional architect. The program is monitored by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Most prospective architects, following their five years of schooling, work for three years as interns in what is called the Intern Development Program (IDP). May’s plan is to use his extensive experience to complete his IDP requirements this year. His non-traditional path to becoming an architect was begun with his Associates Degree in Architecture from Dean Institute of Technology. He also has a bachelor’s equivalency degree from IUP where he received Vocational Certification. May was an instructor at Steel Center Area Vocational/Technical School in West Mifflin for ten years where he taught architectural and mechanical drafting and design. There he was heavily involved in management and implementation of AutoCAD software, an important design tool for the architectur-

Will May reflects on the profession of architecture in his home studio on Brookwood Road.

al profession. When his internship requirements are completed, May plans to submit his “Record” to the Pennsylvania ARB, who will make a determination to hopefully permit him to take the Architects Registration Examination. This is a grueling, very difficult test, says May, which is often very time-consuming, and it tests seven areas of knowledge. If you do not pass all seven areas of the test within five years, you must start over. Will May truly believes that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Two famous architects, who gained their stature through experience rather than schooling, serve as an inspiration to May. One is Louis Sullivan, who, as the father of “modernism” in architecture, created the first skyscraper. The other was a mentor of Sullivan, who, after working for him as a draftsman to hone his craft, went off on his own to become one of America’s best loved architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. May hasn’t forgot about his teaching skills and looks beyond what he’ll do after he becomes a full-fledged architect. He says he wants to help young people learn about architecture. “I believe that I’ll have a duty to the profession to mentor potential architects,” he said with great enthusiasm.

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Toriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Treats PTHS Student Shares Love of Baking With Those in Need Tori Klaja, a Peters Township High School junior, bakes and delivers homemade desserts, called "Tori's Treats", every Friday for the dinner meal at Washington City Mission, as well as baking a monthly birthday cake for the children at the Mission's Avis Arbor Women & Children's Shelter. Tori started this project, as she says, "because I love to bake and wanted to share with others."

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UNION TOWNSHIP Library Baptist Church Mingo Boy LLC Gregory Gilbert

Christopher Kobelak Kyle Fanning and Sharayah Haggerty Lori Poarch

12 Blossom Lane 6925 Spruce St. 77 Powell Lane


Melvin Hainsworth

3757 First St.


Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Matthew Seeling

515 Fourth St. 560 E. Main St.

NEW EAGLE Indymac Federal Bank FSB

Gabriel Paulick and Andrew Kiev

804 Sycamore St.


CARROLL TOWNSHIP Samuel Vignoli Estate of Patrick Keith Walters Estate of Eleanor Applegate Monserrat Marcelli Federal National Mortgage Assn. Estate of Dolores Starzenski Wells Fargo Bank NA Rosella Milchak Federal National Mortgage Assn.

William and Danette Jo Bath Deanna Hager Lana Shay Fowler Sovereign Bank Mark Criss Francis and Sheila Gonzales James and Rhonda Mucci Larry Cain Jr. and Karla Cain Septima LLC

41 Hoon St. 208 Clinton Ave. 202 Donora Road 9 Lakeview Drive 7 Odessa Drive 1277 Route 837 17 Dearborn Ave. 352 Hoon St. 12 Meadow St.

$74,900 $105,000 $35,616 $1,045 by sheriff's deed $41,200 $70,500 $51,900 $15,500 $14,900

ELIZABETH BOROUGH George Ed Kenneth Kolodziej

Elizabeth Township Self Storage LLC Wells Fargo Bank NA trustee

236 Hickory St. 511 Seventh Ave.

$41,000 $1,818 by sheriff's deed

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Bayharbor Loan Servicing LLC Thomas McCloskey George Semant Maronda Homes Inc. Federal National Mortgage Assn. Raymond Huckestein Jr. Jon Frantish Joseph Berdar Nationstar Mortgage LLC William Wills Irene Knox et al. Debra Seman trustee

Chad Licht and Nicole Pryzbylski Licht Mark and Michelle Onofrey US Bank NA trustee Thomas and Kelly McCloskey Brooke Greenawald Federal National Mortgage Assn. Jeffrey Morgan Daniel and Jessica Boyd Timothy Kugler USAA Federal Savings Bank Bonnie Jean Dick Michael and Denise Studvick

403 Cedar Drive 506 Friendship Drive 6001 Meade St. 230 Williamsburg Drive 202 High St. 712 Jacktown Road E Smithfield St. 310 Highland Drive 3429 Long Hollow Road 1205 Schweitzer Road 1641 Kennedy St. 200 McLay Drive

$1503,000 $126,000 $2,925 by sheriff's deed $199,900 $91,000 $1,705 by sheriff's deed $24,000 $186,900 $11,800 $1,666 by sheriff's deed $30,000 $132,000


US Bank NA trustee

8916 Roberts Hollow Road

$1,772 by sheriff's deed

$89,500 $120,000 $4,500 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $44,366)


$1,101 by sheriff's deed $13,500

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Quienty Henley

Alicia Caruso David Lee Love Louise Marnell Thomas Bailey

Housing & Urban Development Wachovia Equity Servicing LLC George and Wendy Gitas Federal National Mortgage Assn.



508 Pine Alley

$1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $7,656) 323 Shaw Ave. $1,455 by sheriff's deed 722 Waddell Ave. $5,961 by sheriff's deed 637 Sixth St. $15,000 513 Farnsworth Ave. $1,608 by sheriff's deed

SOUTH PARK Linda Platt Volkar Deutsche Bank Trust Co., Americas trustee Daniel Yaworski Barbara Fischer Arlene Grieser Julie Starkey Jerome Troesch Jr. Richard Sahar et al. Peter Falce Jr. Bank New York trustee Robert Jones

Blake Doyle and Desiree Playso Doyle Richard and Jared Hoffman JP Morgan Chase Bank NA Clara L Rentals L.P. Terrence and Elizabeth Rodgers Bayharbor Loan Servicing LLC Douglas Marting and Shannon Shultz Gregory Pate Joshua Dvorchak and Michelle Georgiana James Melnik and Natalie Shore Desirae and Shane Burns

6376 Pleasant St. 2816 Sebolt Road 6346 Pleasant St. 2976 Sebolt Road 6500 Springvale Drive 6814 Ridgevue Drive 6623 Ash Ave. 937 Bideford Drive 959 Lindfield Drive 1936 Strawbridge Drive 6510 Zupancic Drive

PLEASANT HILLS Betty Pape Kurt Delia Catherine Zellers Estate of Ralph Hoesch James Williamson Beth Burgess Douglas Henschen

Frank and Claire Felicetti Wells Fargo Bank NA Suntrust Bank Karl and Lindsay Hart Kristofer and Janelle Hayes Federal National Mortgage Assn. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.

144 Lebanon Church Road 34 Melvin Drive 150 Orchard Drive 57 W. Bruceton Road 147 Betty Rae Drive 447 Torwood Lane 68 W. Bruceton Road

$156,500 $20,100 $1,894 by sheriff's deed $42,700 $133,000 $77,901 by sheriff's deed $109,900 $181,500 $139,900 $149,900 $139,900

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Buyer Victoria Vitullo Baker James Retsch and Lynn Palmer Retsch Jean Crane Ted and Melissa Arndt Jennifer Taylor Reid and Catherine Burnes

281 Ben Til Drive 276 Coleen Drive 327 Constitution Drive 153 Robinson Drive 358 Tara Drive 129 Woodland Drive

JEFFERSON HILLS Lindsay Benkoski Hart Estate of Tamara DiClaudio Howard Fedor et al.

Pamela Rose Kari Zajac Adam Krizbai

341 Joan of Arc Court 382 New World Drive 326 Old Clairton Road

Shirley Schultz Arkille Moresea et al. NVR Inc. Dale Pasino Brian Fitzgerald Costa Industries LLC

Amy DeMartino and Michael Zdilla Aaron and Yvonne Taylor Douglas Brian Prebles Jeffrey Kesser and Erin Caldwell Peter Falce Jr. and Rebecca Falce Richard Daley

111 Camino Court 1073 Dale Road 3012 Hamilton St. 206 Glendale Drive 106 Shellbark St. 3300 Woodwind Drive

PETERS TOWNSHIP Carleen Leonheart Catherine Swett trustee Robert Guzik et al. Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Jeffrey Thompson Evergreen Village Co. LLC Chartiers Holding LLC , Chartiers Holding LLC Kenneth Foster Jr. James Reitlinger 84 Lumber Acquisition & Development Co. Daniel Knepper Estate of Joseph Klimek Henry Gering Jr. Hidden Brook L.P. Hidden Brook L.P. Ryan Greene Linda Taylor Barry Chapman

Richard Rieger Jr. and Laurie Rieger Douglas and Susan Ashe Todd Short , Rose M Marsolino Revocable Trust Robert and Hillary Echard Kathleen Bias Chartiers Holding LLC Raymond Piacquadio Raymond Piacquadio Mark and Lisa Smith William Sicafuse and Amy Schroeder Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC William and Michelle Senneway Manosh John and Vinaya Verghese Joseph and Larissa Tristano Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. McCloskey Land Development Co. Inc. Brian Deyarmin

100 Brave Run Road 140 Driftwood Drive 210 Old Oak Road 121 Anglers Way 104 Cypress Court 205 Royalbrooke Drive 301 Village Green Drive 301 Village Green Drive 307 Village Green Drive Bower HIll Road 1022 Old Washington Road 102 Windsor Court 221 Clubview Drive 183 Delaware Trail 133 Fawn Valley Drive Molly Drive Molly Drive 409 Robinhood Lane Sagewood Drive 104 Spruce Drive

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$88,900 $104,000 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $45,356) $155,100 $110,000 $188,175 $105,000 $269,900 $310,000

$340,000 $377,500 $51,000 $347,875 $390,000 $240,000 $500,000 $112,500 $112,500 $100,000 $139,900 $135,000 $237,500 $319,000 $335,000 $55,500 $55,555 $2,460 by sheriff's deed $10,5000 $42,0000

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Home & Garden Improve Your Outdoor Décor (NewsUSA) - Chances are, your deck or patio décor includes a variety of surfaces such as wood, wicker, metal and plastic, all of which may become weathered from summer sun and winter storage. Armed with a few cans of spray paint, you can give your backyard oasis a great new look, quickly and affordably. When decorating outdoors: • Use color to unify your space. Selecting a palette of a few colors allows you to unify disparate furniture pieces into a pleasing whole. White is an ever-popular classic that can be paired with almost any accent color to achieve striking good looks. • Especially in areas filled with bright sunlight, don't be afraid of bold or saturated colors. Use bright, bold colors to infuse a space with energy and whimsy, or consider textured or metallic hues for more subtle sophistication.

• For the brightest, boldest colors, prime the surface or apply a white basecoat. Next, apply the color coat over the white surface. • Group furniture together to create intimate conversation areas. Use interesting containers to hold plants. Consider lighting for both evening safety and ambiance. • Always follow the directions on your can of spray paint. Application instructions and dry times, as well as how long you should shake the can and how far away you should hold it from the surface, vary from paint to paint. There are a number of products available to help with your patio makeover. Krylon's Fusion for Plastic is a one-step, super-bond-

pass, reduced overspray, less chance of runs or drips and greater accuracy. Rusted metal? No reason to worry. Instead of making a mess scrubbing away rust with a wire brush, you can paint right over it with Krylon Outdoor Spaces Rust Converter. It chemically transforms rust into a waterproof, paintable surface that is protected from future rust formation. When completely dry, simBold colors can fill an outdoor space with energy. ply coat Outdoor Spaces Rust Converter with any Outdoor Spaces Satin, Metallic, ing spray paint. It can be used on wood, metal, wicker, hard vinyl and a wide range Textured or Hammered Finish to keep outof plastic surfaces. Available in many colors, door décor looking its very best. These finit now comes with the new EZ Touch 360- ishes withstand harsh weather, offering degree Dial Spray Tip for more comfortable superior protection on metal, wood, wicker, spray painting with increased coverage per drywall, masonry and even pottery.

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Spring Has Sprung at Trax Farms! It is that time of year again at Trax Farms… loads of flowers are arriving daily. The greenhouse is coming to life with annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants and hanging baskets, as well as, the supplies to keep them growing beautifully. Learn planting and gardening tips and get your questions answered at one of our many FREE garden presentations (stop at Customer Service or see our website for details). In May learn about Roses (May16 & 17), Orchids (May 23) and Herbs (May 30). Enjoy special discounts during each presentation weekend. Create an outdoor living space with beautiful furniture and cushions from Meadowcraft, unique cypress or resin wicker furniture. Add a fountain or statuary from Unique Stone, and don’t forget your Weber Grill – with the most innovative, long lasting cooking system! At Trax Farms we are here to assist you to create a beautiful, functional outdoor living space that is the envy of all your neighbors!! Look for our Fresh Homegrown Asparagus in May and coming soon our Homegrown Strawberries. Trax Farms growing for you Since 1865!

16th at 10:00 AM and Josh Cole of Star Roses on Sunday, May 17th at 1:00 PM for an exciting and informative rose presentation while sipping cold drinks amongst hundreds of blooming roses. Join a drawing to be the first to own the latest experimental rose introductions from Jackson and Perkins and Weeks Roses. Separate drawing each day.

Mother’s Day Tea and more… Saturday, May 9th 12:00 noon (Reservations Required!) Bring Mom for a relaxing tea especially for her at Trax Farms. Enjoy tea sandwiches, desserts, fruits and a variety of soothing teas. Mom can win a beautiful flower. Call for reservations today and surprise mom by doing something special. Make time to browse our gift shop, patio décor, beautiful garden displays and nursery area with a huge selection of blooming annuals, perennial, indoor plants and herbs. Choose from hundreds of bud and bloom roses and reblooming hydrangeas arriving just in time for Mother's Day. Make Trax for an unforgettable Mother’s Day!

“Meet the 2009 Herb of the Year - Bay Laurel” Join us to learn about the lore and legend of this delightful plant and all of its many uses. We will provide growing tips so you can enjoy and keep your bay laurel growing thriving for year after year.

Rose Days Saturday and Sunday May 16 & 17 Join rose experts Carolyn Monyok, a certified Consulting Rosarian for the Pittsburgh Rose Society on Saturday, May

(20% OFF ALL ROSES MAY 16TH AND 17TH) "Orchids 101" with Ken Brandeburg May 23rd- 10:00am Join Ken Brandeburg to learn the fundamentals of growing, fertilizing and tips for mounting your orchid on cork bark or driftwood. Ken is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Orchid Society as well as the American Orchid Society out of Florida. Herb Day Saturday, May 30th at 10 a.m. Join us for our informative and entertaining Herb Day presentations. FREE TO THE PUBLIC

“So Many Herbs So little Time” Words of wisdom on the cultivation, harvesting, usage and storage of some of the most popular herbs. You may even be introduced to herbs you have never seen as well as being reacquainted with some old time favorites. (ALL HERBS WILL BE 20% OFF SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MAY 30TH AND 31ST.) Trax Farms is located at 528 Trax Road (Rt. 88 between Library and Finleyville) 412-835-3246. Store Hours: Daily 9-8 Sun. 9-6

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In Recession, Luxury Hotels Offer Deals (NewsUSA) - In a tough economy, taking a luxury vacation might seem impossible. But some of the nation's nicest hotels are taking steps - including lower rates and vacation specials – to lure new visitors. Take Gaylord Hotels. The luxury multi-property operation with resorts in Nashville, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Orlando offers guests majestic views, high-end shopping and dining experiences, full business accommodations and Hotels are offering more special deals, making luxurious family vacations more affordable. world-class entertainment. Even better, the hotels offer packages for special events. Starting at just $199, guests can discover the rich history of the Nation's Capital and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Washington region's newest waterfront resort destination. The package includes round-trip tickets on the resort's exclusive shuttle to downtown Washington, D.C., which makes stops at Union Station and the Old Post Office. Afterwards, guests can take advantage of the resort's offerings, which include four restaurants, Pose Ultra Lounge, Relache Spa, nightly entertainment and an all-season pool. This package is available now through August 31, 2009, but other great packages can also be found. In addition to finding great packages, Gaylord offers these tips for travelers hoping to enjoy a little luxury without breaking the bank: • Plan meals carefully. Choose package deals that provide breakfast at no extra cost. If you have children, choose family-friendly restaurants that allow children to eat for free. If your hotel room has a refrigerator, consider purchasing lunch staples so that you can prepare you own mid-day meal. • Save your money for nice dinners. Before making a dinner reservation, look for coupons or ask the front desk about area restaurants that give discounts to guests. • Travel with friends or family members. Some hotels and entertainment destinations, like museums or theme parks, offer discounts to guests traveling as a large group. • Pack wisely. Don't bring things that the hotel will provide, like soaps or shampoos. Bring refillable water bottles so that you don't have to purchase new ones at every destination. If you have a young child, bring a light stroller to save on rentals. To find and reserve your vacation package, call 301-965-2000, or book online at

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(NewsUSA) - As summer gets into full swing, Americans focus less on their daily tasks and more on the vacation destinations that will help them unwind. But nothing interferes with much-needed relaxation more than luggage problems. Whether vacationers run into snags when it comes to dragging their luggage around, meeting airline restrictions or recovering lost luggage, these hurdles can generate considerable stress. Some Americans are skipping checked-in luggage altogether, choosing instead to ship their luggage to their vacation spot. Many companies will ship suitcases and other items, like scuba gear or golf clubs, to hotels or resorts. For example, Pak Mail Centers, a packing and shipping chain with franchises located throughout the U.S. and the world, offer custom shipping and crating to any destination, whether domestic or international. And unlike some airlines, they specialize in getting things where they need to be, on time and safely. "We have eased the hassle and burden of vacation travel for our customers by shipping their belongings on ahead to their vacation destinations," said Rhonda Knight, Pak Mail's marketing director. "We have shipped golf clubs, boogie boards, snorkel gear, you name it, so that the vacation can be more fun and hassle-free." Vacationers who may be considering shipping their luggage should keep several considerations in mind. Pak Mail offers the following advice: • Make sure that your luggage will arrive before you do. Check with the shipping company to see how long the delivery will take. International shipments must go through customs inspections, so they take longer than domestic shipments. • Let your hotel know to expect your luggage. Most hotels happily accommodate shipped luggage. • Remember to bring a few things for the plane. Depending on the length of your trip, you might still want to pack a carry-on bag with basic toiletries and entertainment for the plane. For more information, visit

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Child Car Seats: One Size Doesn’t Fit All Your Child Deserves To Be Safe No parent would intentionally compromise the safety of his or her child. Unfortunately, when it comes to passenger safety, an innocent error can lead to tragedy. Of those children who are restrained, 95% are not restrained properly. In addition, many parents don’t realize that children need the protection of a booster seat until they are at least eight years old. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury among children under eight in the United Sates. Despite very high levels of safety seat ownership and virtually universal access to safety belts, adults still take chances with children and do not use these safety systems on every ride. Such inconsistency has led to tragic outcomes, with adults confessing, “I didn’t think it could happen to my child.” “I urge parents not to let it be said too late,” says Justin Young, an exclusive agent of Allstate Insurance in South Park. “You are always better safe than sorry; children belong in safety seats until they are eight years old.” Many parents believe that by complying with child passenger safety laws they are providing adequate protection for their children. Those laws, however, do not specify the type of safety restraints needed for the child and how to use it properly. In fact, most laws do not require child safety restraints at all for children between the ages of four and eight, even though kids in that age group are not yet ready for adult restraints.

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JUSTIN YOUNG, ALLSTATE AND SAFETYBELTSAFE U.S.A. OFFER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO PARENTS: After determining the kind of car seat you want to purchase, consult your vehicle owner’s manual to verify if your car type is compatible with your initial car seat determination Parents should read their car seat manual before attempting to secure the seat Babies should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds Children at least one year old and 20 pounds may face forward in car seats Convertible seats can be used in both the rear and forward facing positions Children age 12 and younger should always ride in the back seat of the car Experts say the center position of the vehicle back seat is the safest place for a car seat. In a van, the center row of seats is preferred Never place a rear-facing seat in the front seat of a car unless the passenger air bag can be turned off. The force of the air bag deploying could cause serious injury or death A car seat should be firmly secured in the back seat of the vehicle. In most vehicles, the safety belt system is used to hold the car seat in place To secure a safety seat, the belts must be locked When used for a newborn, a rear-facing infant seat should be positioned at a 45 degree, semi-reclined angle to prevent his head from flopping forward. If necessary, a rolled towel may be placed under the car seat below the baby’s feet to help achieve the 45-degree angle A front-facing car seat should be positioned fully upright Contact the Young Allstate Insurance Agency: hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment by calling (412) 851-1377.

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Tropical locales can prove wallet-friendly destinations in their off-peak seasons.

Savings Tips for Summer Travel (NewsUSA) - Summer travel can be rewarding, refreshing and exciting -; not to mention expensive. But travelers can plan summer escapes that don't strain their budgets. Discover Card offers these simple tips for thrifty vacationers: • Sign up for e-mail alerts. Many airlines and travel services alert customers to new airline, cruise, hotel, rental car and vacation package prices via e-mail, which can be a great tool for aspiring weekend vacationers looking for last-minute deals. • Visit during the off season. Rates drop dramatically when fewer tourists visit town. Weekday travelers avoiding the crowds can find themselves paying substantially less for hotels. Even upscale resorts often offer lower rates during the week, allowing luxury seekers to upgrade rooms without paying weekend prices. Travelers should visit destinations during their off-peak seasons. For example, fewer people visit the Caribbean, Florida and Phoenix during the summer, so travelers who like the heat can find great deals. • Shop around, even after you've made a reservation. Most hotel and car-rental cancellation policies only apply if travelers cancel their reservation within 24 to 48 hours of their scheduled check-in or pick-up time. As long as vacationers know companies' cancellation policies, they can feel free to take advantage of last-minute deals at hotel and car rental services. • Safeguard your vacation funds. Vacationers can carry cash, but they should also carry credit cards. Credit cards allow travelers to track their spending and can offer protection if the card is lost or stolen. They also prove an easy, safe way to book trips and cover on-the-road expenses. Credit cards also help travelers save on future trips, since cards like the Discover Open Road Card allow cardmembers to earn extra rewards for gas and auto-maintenance purchases, while the Miles by Discover Card offers extra rewards for travel by air, bus or train. • Consider renting a house or condominium. For vacations lasting a week or more, renting a house or a condo can prove cheaper than paying hotel rates. Houses and condos often contain kitchens, allowing travelers to save money by cooking their own meals. For more tips on ways to make your money go further, visit

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Pets Courtney gets some special attention from Regis Shalley.

Therapy Dogs

Brittney gives a kiss to Helen Demmer as Courtney looks on.

Sharing Unconditional Love By Andrea Earnest

Founded in 1976 by Elaine Smith, a registered nurse, Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed so that dogs could be certified as volunteer Therapy Dogs. These dogs provide emotional service only, unlike assistance dogs for people with disabilities. TDI prepares dog handlers and their dogs to work as a team in hospitals, assisted living, hospice, nursing homes, schools, libraries, and community outreach programs and events. Research shows that dogs are very effective in these settings. Interaction with dogs can lower blood pressure, promote relaxation, and relieve stress in patients. A dog must pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test. Then a dog and its handlers must meet testing requirements for TDI. A number of these dogs provide service in the South Hills. Ms. Janet Malinsky of Bethel Park, has two toy Manchester terriers, which visit Paramount Living at South Hills in Baldwin and Manor Care in Whitehall. Courtney, two years old, has trained at the Misty Pines Dog Park in Wexford since she was 13 weeks old. She has her Therapy Dog International Active Volunteer for 150 visits. Britney, ten months old, is still in training. She will take her TDI test on April 28 as dogs must be one year old. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Pohodich, also of Bethel Park, have two dogs that started training as puppies at Keystone Canine Training Club in Bethel Park and Misty Pines. Their dogs, Sadie, a Maltese, and Lexi, a toy poodle, have their TDI Remarkable Volunteer Award for doing over 250 Therapy Dog visits. The dogs are also members of the Keystone K—9ers, performing in many assisted living/nursing homes in the South Hills area, dancing and doing tricks. Ms. Janet Malinsky, as well as Emil and Barb Pohodich, find sharing their dogs very rewarding. More information about TDI can be found at

Betty Lordman plays a song for Lexi at the piano.

Marion Boylan enjoys the company of Lexi and Brittney.

Sadie loves the attention she gets from Darl Brown.

MARC Hosting a “Pooch Parade” in Monongahela Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation (MARC) will be holding the second annual “Pooch Parade” on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 11 a.m. Dogs and their owners will march down Main Street to Chess Park, where awards will be presented in the following categories: Smallest, biggest, best costume, best trick, best look-a-like, best in show. Susan Withers, chairperson of the Pooch Parade, said last year's event was a "howling success." She said the affair is held to celebrate the area's pride in the pet community. An entrance fee of $5 will be in effect for the parade. A Chinese auction also will be held at Chess Park. People can “PRE-REGISTER” for the Pooch Parade at Affordable Mortgages 911 West Main Street, Monongahela or Monongahela Chamber of Commerce at 211 _ Second Street, Monongahela. Additional information about the Pooch Parade is available by contacting Withers at 724-258-7251. The event is open to the public. MARC is a non-profit corporation comprised of volunteers living, working or interested in the sustained development of the Greater Monongahela Area of Monongahela, Carroll Township and New Eagle. The group is committed to preserving, enhancing and beautifying the quality of life in our communities through our service to the area. For more information about MARC contact Susan Withers at 724-258-2023 or Judy Loughman at 724-258-5919.

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Trax Farms Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Breakfast

Easter Bunny Breakfast in New Eagle A Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was held at the New Eagle Social Hall on Sunday, April 5. Children enjoyed pancakes, sausage and orange juice while meeting the Easter Bunny. They also decorated their own Easter cookie and received a special prize. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)

Trax Farms in Finleyville held their annual Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny Breakfasts on April 4 and 5 and April 10 and 11. Children from throughout the south hills and their families converged at Trax for a fun and memorable event. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)

Anxious children and their parents wait on the grassy hillside at Trax Farms for the start of the Easter Egg Hunt.

All smiles with the Easter Bunny – Pictured (l to r) are: Shelby Holsopple (age 5), Sydney Holsopple, (15 months), Megan Fine, (14 months) and Delaney Pergola, (age 3).

Some mother-daughter teamwork helps this little girl gather some eggs

Olivia Marrow from South Fayette sprints through the bushes in search of more eggs! Megan Fine, (age 14 months), from New Eagle sits in the arms of the Easter Bunny

The race is on!

Shelby Holsopple decorates an Easter cookie.

Cathy Pro and Dorothea Pemberton of the New Eagle Ladies Auxiliary take a moment to pose with the Easter Bunny.

Alex O'Hara from Clairton is proud of his full basket!

Evan Seivert from Claysville hangs onto his bag of Easter goodies

The Easter Bunny was on hand to oversee the egg hunts and enjoy breakfast with the kids.

These kids find a gold-mine of eggs! Can they fit them all in their basket?

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Easter Egg Hunt in Elizabeth Borough By Alice Harris

Elizabeth Borough's annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Elizabeth Fire Company was held at Wylie Field on April 11, 2009. In spite of cool temps and light rain, attendance was good, and many happy children visited with the Easter Bunny and went home with lots of Easter eggs.

A smiling Alexandria Rager enjoys a chat with the Easter bunny.

Jacob and Natalee Chornak visit the Easter Bunny before racing off to open their eggs.

Jessie Jones brought her Daughters Katrina and Alyssa Huston who left with full baskets!

Davin Gatley with Stan, Sheila, and Natasha Chisco enjoyed a great morning together.

Little Chad Rager, secure in the arms of his daddy Chad, is not too sure about that Bunny!!

Not to be left out of the fun, Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey and Elizabeth Borough Councilwoman Mary VanFossen, visit with the Easter Bunny.

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Senior Events at 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. May 14th our guest speaker will be George Gola from the Trolley Museum. Come and hear all about the great things being done at the Trolley Museum. On May 28th, our guest speaker will be Antonio Zuloaga from Keystone Rehabilitations Systems. He will give us good ideas how to enjoy the coming good weather (I hope). AARP Safety Driver Program Class. This course can now be taken two different ways. The new class is a four-hour one day session, only for those who have completed the course taken in 2006. You must present a copy of the certificate issued showing your completion of the class. This class will be offered on Monday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The other class will be a two-day class on Thursday May 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone attending the class on Thursday can join us down in the social room for lunch by making reservations to Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. The price for either class is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. Checks made payable to AARP. The classes will be offered at the Venetia Community Center at 800 Venetia Road. This is a good way to save something on your insurance premiums. For further information and reservations, call Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. Open House on June 6. This would be a good time to find anyone who attended Venetia School. Come and see how we have improved and yet kept it the same. This would be a great time to bring back memories. Hope to see you here. Happy Birthday for the month of May to: Bill Kasten, Jack Koche, Virginia Lubas, Esther Meissonier, James Roithiner, and Charles Taiban


Summer Computer Classes for Seniors Offered at JRMC Area seniors can learn new computer skills this summer by enrolling in one or more classes sponsored by Jefferson Regional Medical Center Senior Services. Designed for ages 50 and up, the two-day computer classes on different topics will be held on specified dates at the James Bibro Pavilion on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center campus, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills. Morning and evening classes are offered. The fee for each two-session class is $45. All classes are limited to 10 students so early registration is advised. Free parking is available. Contact Jefferson Regional Senior Services, 412-469-7099, to sign up or obtain more information. THE SCHEDULE FOR MAY AND JUNE IS AS FOLLOWS: Basic Digital Cameras 1 & 2 Mondays, May 4 and 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Prerequisite: Basic Computers 1 & 2 or equivalent knowledge This class is divided into two, two-hour sessions to provide you with plenty of time to practice using digital cameras. This basic digital camera class will teach what you need to know before you buy a camera as well as how to use it. You will learn how to take digital pictures, transfer pictures to your computer, edit photographs, and send photos to friends and relatives and more. Digital cameras are provided for use in class. Buying and Selling on eBay Fridays, May 8 and 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Prerequisite: Basic Computers and Internet knowledge This course will provide hands-on experience with registration, searching, bidding and buying on eBay. The second half of this course will discuss the basics of setting up your own auctions, making sound purchases, avoiding fraud, and will illustrate the importance of choosing the right payment methods. Students will learn to navigate eBay to comfortably shop and sell and they will list and bid on items. Basic Computers 1 & 2 Mondays, June 1 and 8, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Prerequisite: No previous computer knowledge is required. The first class will explain how to turn a computer on and off, the basic functions of the mouse and keyboard, how to use Windows, search menus and more. The second class will provide time for review and progress to understanding scroll bars, using drop down menus and other ways to interact with your computer. The Internet 1 & 2 Mondays, June 15 and 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Prerequisite: Basic Computers 1 & 2 or equivalent knowledge Searching the Internet will provide hands-on experience. The first class will explain the basics of search engines and browsers. You will learn how to connect to the Internet and how to navigate your way around the World Wide Web. The second class will provide time for review and practice. You will also learn how to find web sites more quickly. The second class will discuss browsers in more detail, show you how to download programs, search more effectively, and avoid viruses. E-mail 1 & 2 Mondays, June 29 and July 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Prerequisite: Basic Computers 1 & 2 and Searching the Internet This class will provide hands on experience while you learn the basics of e-mail. Find out how e-mail works and learn to read, write, send, forward, and reply to messages. The second class will provide time for review; explore setting up your address book, sending to multiple recipients, sending attachments, and more. This class will be taught using Outlook Express.

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Understanding Medicare Benefits at 63 years of age and have been receiving Social Security. Q. I’llI retired be turning 65 this November.What do I need to do to obtain Medicare benefits? would have thought at 65 years of age that you’d have so many A. Who choices to make, but over the next several months there are many things that you’ll need to consider. Enrolling in Medicare occurs either automatically or through application. You’ll be automatically enrolled in Medicare based on the fact that you are receiving Social Security benefits. Automatic vs. Applying for Medicare Benefits • Automatic Enrollment – You are not yet 65 and already receiving Social Security benefits. You are enrolled automatically in both Part A and B. Due to various circumstances, some people will not need part B due to employee medical insurance coverage, directions will follow on how to defer enrollment. • Applying for Medicare – If you are not receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits three months before your 65th birthday, or if you require regular dialysis or a kidney transplant then you will apply for Medicare. There is a 7-month initial enrollment period. You apply at the Social Security office or if you or your spouse worked on the railroad then contact the Railroad Retirement Board. Medicare information can be overwhelming. Here are some basics that can be of assistance. There are 4 different parts of Medicare • Medicare A helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing, hospice and home health care. • Medicare B helps cover doctors’ services and outpatient care, some preventative services to help maintain health. • Medicare C is a choice coordinated by private companies approved by Medicare. Includes Parts A, B, and usually D. • Medicare D also known as prescription drug coverage. Helps cover the cost of prescription drugs. Considerations when choosing a plan in additional to Original Medicare • Coverage • Cost • Doctor and health choice • Prescription drugs • Quality of care • Convenience • Travel –Do you travel frequently? Resources • Medicare 1-800-633-4227 • Social Security 1-800-772-1213 • State Health Assistance Program (APPRISE) offers free health insurance counseling. To find a location please call 1-800-783-7067. In Washington County, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 724-489-8080, extension 4438 for assistance. Senior Services at Jefferson Regional Medical Center is a site for this beneficial program. To schedule an appointment with a trained counselor call 412469-7099. Jefferson Regional Senior Services is a free telephone referral service of Jefferson Regional Medical Center that assists area seniors, their families and caregivers with locating available services and programs to meet their needs. Senior Services also offers educational and wellness programs for the community for a nominal fee. Questions? E-mail to call 412-469-7099, or write to Jefferson Regional Senior Services, PO Box 18119, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

Canonsburg General Hospital Offers Classroom Driver Improvement Course for Older Drivers Canonsburg General Hospital, in association with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer the driver safety program. The first day session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, in the Canonsburg General Hospital McNary Conference Center. The second session will be held the same time and location on Thursday, May 15. The fee for the course is $12 per person (AARP members) or $14 per person (non-AARP members), payable in advance. AARP developed the eight-hour classroom refresher course for drivers 55 years of age or older to improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents. The course covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. A certified instructor recruited and trained by AARP, will conduct the course. His presentation includes a combination of videotapes and a group discussion. Refreshments will be served. To register, or for more information, call Physician Access at 1-877-2842000. Class size is limited to 30 people.

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Canonsburg General Hospital to Host “Look Good ... Feel Better” Program

Corner CURVES of South Park Member of the Month Our member of the month, Janet Meider is a happy retiree. After working 35 years with the state, she finally enjoys time for herself. In addition to working on crafts, scrapbooking, traveling and gambling she finds time to enjoy her workouts three times a week. Janet claims that Curves just makes her feel better. "All the people I meet there are so nice. I also enjoy attending the classes on nutrition and weight management. I'm learning what to eat to keep me healthy. It's all good!" Congratulations Janet!

Canonsburg General Hospital, in association with the American Cancer Society, will host, “Look Good...Feel Better” – a free class for women undergoing treatment for cancer. The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 18 in the hospital’s McNary Conference Center. Licensed cosmetologists will provide tips on how to deal with skin and hair changes as a result of cancer treatment. Registration is required. Call 1-800-227-2345.

Janet Meider

This year it’s time for a workout that really works. At Curves, our 30-minute circuit works every major muscle group and you can burn up to 500 calories. All with a trainer to teach and motivate.

*Offer based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12 mo. c.d./e.f.t. program. Discount applies to initial service fee. Limitedtime offer. New members only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations. © 2009 Curves International, Inc.

CURVES Machine of the Month The Chest/Back Machine This machine works the chest and back, including the pectoral, rhomboids and latissimus dorsi muscles.

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Free Skin Cancer Screening Scheduled at Finleyville Community Center Emphasizing the need for early detection, Healthy Directions, Monongahela Valley Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health education and resource center at 6116 Brownsville Road Extension, Suite 107, Martik Plaza, in Finleyville, will present a skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Paul J. Ruschak, M.D., dermatologist on staff at Monongahela Valley Hospital, will conduct the testing, which is free and open to the public by appointment only. Dr. Ruschak, a member of the MVH Medical Staff since 1981, has a private practice in dermatology and skin surgery in Spartan Health Center in Carroll Township. According to Marilynn Taylor, Manager of Healthy Directions, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States -Marilynn Taylor and it can affect people of all ages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One in six Americans will contract skin cancer in his or her lifetime, and the American College of Dermatologists estimates there will be 700,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed this year,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. Despite those statistics, most types of skin cancer can be cured if detected and treated in their earliest stages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, most experts agree that prevention is the best medicine,â&#x20AC;? Taylor stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The screening on May 7 will emphasize that point. The program is designed to increase the awareness of how to care for your skin and how skin care should be a part of your daily preventive health routine.â&#x20AC;? Taylor noted that the primary risk factors for skin cancer include: â&#x20AC;˘ Blonde or red hair. â&#x20AC;˘ Marked freckling on the upper back. â&#x20AC;˘ Rough red bumps (actinic keratoses) on the skin. â&#x20AC;˘ Other family members with melanoma. â&#x20AC;˘ Three or more blistering sunburns in the teen-age years. â&#x20AC;˘ Three or more years working an outdoor summer job as a teen-ager. Taylor also emphasized that the May 7 screening at Finleyville Community Center will be beneficial to people of all ages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infants and young children are especially susceptible to sunburn and skin damage,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time, the program is important for adults because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never too old to be affected. We lose collagen (the layer of skin that adds texture) as we become older. Our skin becomes less flexible, more fragile. No one is immune - no matter how old they are, no matter what their skin type might be â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to skin cancers, especially melanomas.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the screening by Dr. Ruschak, the May 7 program will include a variety of educational materials on skin cancer. Although the screening is free, appointments are required at 724-348-6699.

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MVH Physicians Honored at Doctor’s Day Breakfast Physicians who make up the more than 220-member Medical Staff at Monongahela Valley Hospital were honored recently in recognition of Doctors’ Day. Doctors’ Day is celebrated annually to honor America's physicians on the anniversary of the day in 1842 when Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether as an anesthetic agent for performing surgery. As part of the celebrations, members of the Medical Staff were presented with carnations in tribute to their profession and also received commemorative gifts during a brunch in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Senior managers, board members and representatives of the Nursing and Physician Engagement Teams were also on hand to pay their respects.


The Center for Wound Management’s Annette Necciai greets Dr. Raymond F. Nino of California, PA.

Unless otherwise noted, the following programs will be held in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASS - Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229).

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 5, 6, 7 at 8:30 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. 3-day, 2hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. To register, call 724-258-1483.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m., ECC. Free and open to all cancer patients and their families. For additional information, call 724-258-1704.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m., ECC. This month’s topic: Post-operative Complications. For more information, call 724-258-1455. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASSES Wednesday, May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 7 to 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. A four-week series of prenatal education classes designed to prepare couples for the birthing process. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229).

MVH Senior Vice President Thomas J. Cullen (left) catches up with Internal Medicine Physician Joseph Michael, M.D. of New Eagle.

Family Practitioner Dr. Umberto DiRienzo of Charleroi (left) accepts his gift from MVH Assistant Vice President of Nursing John Bogdan.

FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING Thursday, May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m., Finleyville Community Center. In this free screening, Dr. Ruschak will examine each participant for skin cancer. To register, call 724-348-6699. LOOK GOOD...FEEL BETTER® - Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m., Monongahela Valley Hospital 7-East. The Look Good...Feel Better® program teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. To register, call 1-800-227-2345. INNOVATIONS IN FOOT AND ANKLE CARE – Wednesday, May 13 at 1 p.m. at MonVale HealthPLEX, Rostraver and 6 p.m., ECC. Podiatrist Mark H. Hofbauer, D.P.M. and a team of health care professionals will present a free program to discuss overall foot and ankle care. Call 724-258-1234 for registration. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-292- 9404.

MVH Laboratory Director Dr. Nirmal Kotwal escapes the lab long enough to enjoy a waffle.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Supermarket Tour - Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m., Willowbrook Plaza Shop ‘N Save, Rostraver. Walk the aisles of the grocery store to be trained in appropriate diabetic food choices. For more information, call 724-258-1148. MVH GALA 21 - Saturday, May 16 at 6 p.m., The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Annual black tie affair commemorating the health system’s achievements. This year’s event features “MVH Club 21” with music by Pure Gold. For tickets and information, call 724-258-1097.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIABETES MEAL PLAN - Tuesday, May 19 at 6 p.m., ECC. Builds on the education received in the Managing Your Diabetes program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. To register, call 724-258-1483. UNDERSTANDING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR READINGS - Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m., ECC. Learn how to ‘make sense’ out of all those blood sugar readings you document. Call 724258-1483 for more information and to register. UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIABETES MEDICATIONS - Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m., ECC. Gain a better understanding of how your diabetes medications work and learn the effects diabetes medications have on your blood sugar readings. Registration is required to attend. Call 724-258-1483 to register. OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP - Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1773. AARP 55 ALIVE REFRESHER DRIVING COURSE - Friday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ECC. All information is conveyed in a classroom setting in a one-day session. The cost is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 724-258-1234. PUBLIC CPR INSTRUCTION - Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING - Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m., ECC. It is required that initial three-day Diabetes Self Management Training be completed prior to attending the Carbohydrate Counting class. To register, call 724-258-1148. PUBLIC FIRST AID INSTRUCTIONS Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m., ECC. The $25 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.

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Healthy Directions Announces May Programs and Events Monongahela Valley Hospital's Healthy Directions health education and resource center at 6116 Brownsville Road Extension, Suite 107 Finleyville will celebrate the following national health events in May: • American Stroke Month Stroke is our nation's number three killer and a leading cause of disability. Stroke doesn't discriminate-it affects people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. American Stroke Month is intended to heighten the public's awareness of Stroke warning signs and risk factors. • Lupus Awareness Month Lupus Awareness Month serves as a nation-wide call to action for the public to learn the early warning signs and consequences of this unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease. Anyone interested in these topics are encouraged to stop in for free information. Free Skin Cancer Screening May 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Dr. Paul Ruschak. Please call us to register for appointment at 724-348-6699. Healthy Directions offers on-site laboratory services for blood and urine analysis are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. A doctor's prescription is required for all laboratory tests conducted at Healthy Directions. Blood drawn and urine specimens collected at the Finleyville station will be tested at the Laboratory at Monongahela Valley Hospital and results of the testing will be sent to the physician designated by the patient. Healthy Directions/Finleyville is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to special programs and screenings, Healthy Directions features a health education resource library of books, pamphlets, videos, and other information. A referral service also is available, as well as private health education counseling. Additional information is available by calling 724-348-6699.

Health & Safety Fair Set At CONSOL Energy Park Fuel Your Future – a health and safety fair - will be held during a Washington Wild-Things exhibition game from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at CONSOL Energy Park. The event is sponsored by Canonsburg General Hospital, CONSOL Energy and the City of Washington Fire Department Local 2218 IAFF. Scheduled activities include blood pressure screenings, finger stick glucose screenings, lung screenings, bone density screenings, skin cancer screenings, foot screenings, body mass index screenings, breast cancer information, body mechanics demonstration, and Glo-Germ hand washing demonstrations. LifeFlight, Canonsburg Ambulance Service and Washington Ambulance and Chair will also be available for tours in addition to a variety of fire safety activities and demonstrations by the North Franklin Fire Department, Peters Township Fire Department, Washington County Department of Public Safety , the Washington County Sheriffs Department and Miner, the Cecil Township Police dog. “We are very pleased to be able to partner with a wide-variety of area emergency services and healthcare agencies to offer a comprehensive health and safety fair that will truly benefit our community, ” explained Kim Malinky, President/Chief Executive Officer of Canonsburg General Hospital. “CONSOL Energy takes pride in being a good neighbor and we are looking forward to partnering with the Wild Things, Canonsburg General Hospital and the Washington Fire Department to provide the area with the opportunity to utilize the services and skills of these professionals,” said CONSOL Communications Coordinator Lynn Manning. Admission to the event is $5 and includes the Wild Things game and over $300 in free health screenings. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by calling 724-250-9555.

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JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER EVENTS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY Jefferson Regional Medical Center Health Pavilion, 1000 Higbee Drive, Bethel Park • Free blood pressure monitoring and medication checks on May 12, 19 and 26, and June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

National City Bank Community Room 35 West Grant Ave., Duquesne • Free Community Stroke Risk Screening, June 6, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., No insurance needed. To register, call 412-469-7100.

• Personal Nutrition Coaching: Individualized nutritional counseling. Free for Highmark insurance members. $60 for non-Highmark members. Free parking. • Eat Well for Life II, Four-week nutrition education program. May 18 and June 1, 8 and 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; free for Highmark members, $65 for non-Highmark members. • Ornish Advantage: Six-week Dean Ornish educational program. May 21 and 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free for Highmark members; $260 for non-Highmark members. • Discover Relaxation Within II, Four-week stress management and relaxation program. May 26 and June 2, 9 and 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; free for Highmark members, $65 for nonHighmark members.

FREE EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY Jefferson Regional Health Professionals at Wal-Mart Pharmacy, West Mifflin • National Arthritis Month, May 7, 10 - noon • Asthma Care Week, May 12, 11 am - 1 pm • Osteoporosis, May 13, 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. • Stroke Awareness, May 14, 10 am to noon • Celiac Disease, May 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm • World No Tobacco Month, May 15, 11am2pm • Body Works, June 11, noon to 2 p.m.

The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease 2033 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin • Dean Ornish Reversal Program, one-year lifestyle modification program begins May 18, 5 to 9 p.m., continues Mondays and Wednesdays; other sessions begins June 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., continues Mondays and Wednesdays, and June 9, 5 to 9 p.m., continues Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 1-888-6764744 to register.

Counseling Center - Caste Village Mall, Suite M123, Whitehall • Free seminars from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 412-469-7100. • Understanding &Managing Stress, May 18 • Psychological Methods for Weight Management & Smoking Cessation, June 8

FREE EVENTS AT JEFFERSON REGIONAL • 18th Annual Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon & Program, “A Celebration of Life, Hope and Courage,” open to all cancer survivors and one guest each. June 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bibro Pavilion. Call 412-469-7100. • Hip and Knee Pain Seminar May 12 or June 9, 10 to 11 a.m.; Call 412-469-7100 to register. • Sleep/CPAP/BIPAP Open House: Includes free sleep disorder screenings, CPAP/ BIPAP mask fittings and equipment check, and tours of the Sleep Disorder Center. Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to noon,or by appointment. Call 412469-5981 for details. • Health for Her: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free, May 14, 5 to 7 p.m. Call 412469-7100 to register. • Health for Her: Your Blood: A Blueprint for Health and Disorders, May 21, 5 to 7 p.m. Call 412-469-7100 to register. • Health for Her: Memory Maintenance, with speaker Kevin Kramer, MS, on June 4, 5 to 7 p.m. Call 412-469-7100 to register. • Look Good, Feel Better: Class focuses on skin care, makeup, hair styling and general well being for women undergoing cancer treatment; next session is June 3 at 11 a.m. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. • Gender-Specific Joint Replacements, free seminar with speakers. May 26, 6 to 8 .pm.; sign in begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 412-469-7100 to register.

Wal-Mart Pharmacy, West Mifflin • Free medication/blood pressure checks May 13, 20 and 27 and June 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center Health Pavilion - 1000 Higbee Drive, Bethel Park • Free Hip and Knee Pain Seminar on May 21 or June 18, 10 to 11 a.m. 412-469-7100 LOW-COST SERVICES AND CLASSES AT JEFFERSON REGIONAL • Diabetes Education: Take Control of Your Diabetes: June 9 and 16, 6 to 8:30 p.m., and June 11 and 18, 6 to 8 p.m. Call 412-469-5234 • Senior Services Computer Classes: $45 for two, two-hour sessions. Call 412-469-7099 to register. Classes include: • Buying & Selling on e-Bay, May 8 & 15, 9:30 to11:30 a.m. • Basic Computers 1 & 2, June 1 and 8, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. LOW COST SERVICES AND CLASSES* IN THE COMMUNITY *May require a physician order; most insurance plans pay the fee. Co-pays vary. Jefferson Regional Wellness Center - 712 Clairton Blvd., Pleasant Hills. Call 412-4697100

Are you at risk for a Stroke? Stroke is the third highest cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. A stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or when a blood vessel ruptures. Obstruction of the blood vessel by a clot is the most common at 83 percent. The rupture of a weakened vessel known as an aneurysm occurs at 17 percent. Strokes are a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms of a stroke are sudden and include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, visual changes in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, and sudden severe headaches with no known cause. Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) are “warning strokes” that produce stroke-like symptoms that present and subside in a short period of time. These symptoms leave no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predicators of stroke increasing risk by 30 percent. When symptoms of a stroke occur, check the time. It is very important for the medical team to know when the sudden symptoms developed. Once you have obtained medical assistance, the team can administer a clot dissolving drug known as TPA. It has to be given within three hours of the time the symptoms developed. TPA can reduce long-term disability for this type of stroke. Diagnostic tests for symptoms of stroke include CT scans and MRIs. The images from an MRI are sharper and more detailed and are used to diagnose small deep blood vessel disease. Electronic activity of the brain is recorded on electroencephalograms (EEG). Blood flow to the brain, especially in the neck and at the base of the skull, is assessed with ultrasound. Angiography of the brain uses IV dyes to evaluate size and location of blood vessels and any aneurysms or malformed blood vessels. Individuals with heart disease are at a greater risk for strokes. Both of these diseases are affected by blood vessels. Other diseases that increase the risk for strokes are individuals with atrial fibrillation, heart failure and sickle cell anemia. Some stroke risk factors are hereditary. Others are a function of natural processes. Others result from a person’s lifestyle. Risk for stroke is identified with high LDL cholesterol levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity and overweight. Lifestyle habits for lowering stroke risk include eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, unrefined whole-grain foods, increasing Omega 3-rich foods including fish, keeping your sodium intake lower than 2300 milligrams per day, limiting foods with higher fat content and limiting portion sizes. Physical activity and exercise daily for 30 minutes is recommended as well as smoking cessation. Stroke emergent medical diagnosis and treatment are improving all the time, limiting the long term effects of a stroke. Long-term recovery is also improving, yet is difficult for the individual as well as the caretakers of the individual. The best medicine as always is prevention.

Area Cancer Survivors Invited to Attend Free Program and Luncheon at JRMC All area residents who have been treated for a cancer diagnosis are invited to attend the 18th annual Cancer Survivors’ Day, “A Celebration of Life, Hope and Courage,” on Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the James Bibro Pavilion on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center campus. The free event sponsored by Jefferson Regional Medical Center is open to all area cancer survivors and one guest each. It will include a luncheon catered by Carriage Inn restaurant and bingo games with prizes. The featured program speaker will be Joseph Cvitkovic, PhD, director of Behavioral Health at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, whose topic will be, “Living A Creative Life: Pathway to Health.” To register (no later than June 1), call 412-469-7100. Registration is limited.

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If you have questions for our expert, send your questions to UNION FINLEY MESSENGER, P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332 or e-mail

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Q: Now that Spring is here and Summer is on its way, I am trying to increase my level of activity and exercise, but notice I am leaking urine when I walk. Is there anything I can do about this besides surgery or medication? A: Leaking urine with exercise such as walking is also

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Q: I would like to purchase some type of air cleaning products for my house, my allergies are killing me. A: How true you are. Many allergies are your basic pollen, rag weed excreta. Some substances in your home are actually slowly killing you. A report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in 2004 stated that of 120 homes tested, 100% had over 20 toxic compounds, some of which are banned substances and others exceeded safe standards. These subTim Bartman stances are by products of and things man made. New carpet smell is Owner toxic, fresh paint smell is toxic, air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, Bartman’s One Hour laundry products all have toxic chemicals. Just read the labels. If you live in an energy efficient house, these toxic compounds are locked in. You can ventilate the house, but who wants to open the windows in the winter. You can buy a small room air cleaner, but they do not do an adequate job. Have an indoor air quality company come and discuss the many options available to you. There has been a huge jump in children diseases over the last 20 years related specifically to these toxic chemicals. Don't let your children be victims. It's less expensive to prevent the problems than to pay for years of medical costs. Bartman Inc. 257 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063 724-348-7880 •

Susan Clinton, PT, MHS, OCS WomensRehab Physical Therapist Centers for Rehab Services

known as stress urinary incontinence. This condition is mainly due to a weakness of the pelvic floor musculature. Treatment is available with Physical Therapy to reeducate and strengthen the muscles. The development of an individual strengthening program that best fits your lifestyle is also important to incorporate the muscle performance with higher levels of activity. Ask for a Physical Therapy referral when you visit your Gynecologist, Urologist or Family Physician and you will be on your way to staying dry and able to enjoy a walk through the park. Please call Susan at our Peters Township location to set up an evaluation and to discuss your individual needs at 724-941-2240.

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MEDICAL CARE Q: What is urgent care? A:

Urgent care centers provide acute medical treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Often, the waiting time to see a provider and obtain the care you need is much shorter than it is in an emergency room. Urgent care centers offer walk-in service without an Mary Parks Lamb, MD appointment and usually have extended hours. Most are open into Medical Director the evening and on weekends for those who need to come after Urgent Care Center work or for when your child starts complaining of ear pain in the evening or on Saturday. Most are not open overnight, however. Many insurance plans are accepted at urgent care centers, and your cost of treatment is usually just a co-pay. Upper respiratory illnesses are the most common conditions treated at an urgent care center. These include sore throats, coughs, sinus congestion, bronchitis, pneumonia and influenza. Rapid diagnostic tests are available for strep, mononucleosis and influenza, and the results are known in minutes. Urinary tract infection and eye infections are other common conditions seen in urgent care. Urgent Care Center affiliated with The Washington Hospital 3515 Washington Road, Krebs Center, McMurray 724.969.4321

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Kids & Family St. Thomas A' Becket Preschool Events St. Thomas A' Becket Church, located at 139 Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills will hold the following events for pre-school aged children during the month of May. BIKE-A-THON - "Bring a Bike Day" Bike-a-thon, which is now in its seventh year, at St. Thomas A' Becket Preschool was developed by St. Jude Chidren's Research Hospital with the help of early childhood development specialists. It will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. for the morning session and at 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session. The "Bring a Bike Day" Bike-a-thon raises funds to continue the Hospital's programs of research, patient care, and education into childhood cancers and other catastrophic diseases. What makes this event so unique is that it is designed to expose pre-schoolers to using riding toys safely and provides a parent awareness program that involves the parents in safe behavior practices to help ensure their child's well-being. KITE FLY - St. Thomas A' Becket Preschool will hold a Kite Fly, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #11887. It will take place at St. Thomas A' Becket Church, 139 Gill Hall Rd. in Jefferson Hills on May 11 with May 13 being the rainout date. The preschool will hold two sessions each day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This will be supervised by the teachers, parents, and members of the Knights of Columbus. The preschool children are encouraged to bring their own kites to fly. A limited supply of small kites, which can be decorated with crayons, will be available for free. Cookies and beverages will be served. The director and teachers of the Preschool, along with the parents, thank the Knights of Columbus for this enjoyable day.

Sonshine Tree Preschool Plans Summer Story Time Program Let us help you keep your preschooler academically stimulated this summer, while having fun at the same time. The Sonshine Tree Preschool is holding a Summer Story Time Program for children ages 3 - 5. Activities will also include awesome crafts - alternating with a fun and exciting time of exercise for tots! The Story Time will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the following Tuesday mornings throughout the summer: • June 2 and 30 • July 21 • August 4 and 18 Cost: $2.00 per session for each child attending. Sonshine Tree Preschool is located one mile south of Trax Farms on Rt. 88, overlooking Mineral Beach. For further information or to register, please contact Sonshine Tree Preschool, Rhonda Barner at 724 348-1620 ext. 102 and check out our website at

SAFETY DAY Firetruck and Ambulance on Hand at Sonshine Tree Preschool Thursday, April 16, was one of the best days of the year for the 41 excited students at the Sonshine Tree Preschool. It was their annual “Safety Day” and the firemen from Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department and the EMT's from the Jefferson Hills Ambulance Service received a hero's welcome. The children learned the differences between "good" fires and "bad" fires and were coached on the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" method of putting out flames. "Stranger Danger" tactics were also explained to the children. The firemen demonstrated their clothing and equipment and then the children got a chance to get into the fire truck and experience the vehicle from the inside! The Jefferson EMT's introduced themselves and explained their jobs and equipment to the children. They described the purpose of "Mr. Yuk" stickers & explained how to call 911 in case of an emergency. They allowed some of the students to get up on their stretcher as they demonstrated how people are transported into the ambulance and then on to the hospital. Before the day was over the children were given fire hats, pens, stickers and coloring books. Our thanks to the Finleyville Volunteer Fire department & Jefferson Ambulance Service for a job really well done! Safety Day is definitely a favorite with the Sonshine Tree students!

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F a m i l y F u n at the Mon Valley YMCA Midnight Swim Gym On Friday March 20th a midnight swim gym was held at the Mon Valley YMCA for members and guests of the surrounding communities ages 8-16. The youth & teens were able to go swimming, play dodge ball, basketball and use the youth & teen center for a parent free evening and parents were able to go out for a kid free evening.

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Treanna Lawson of California and friend Maggie Ryder enjoy a dip in the indoor pool

Diego Federick age 9 of Monongahela, Collects dodgeballs for a new game.

Star Wars Sleepover On Friday night April 3rd the Mon Valley YMCA held a Star Wars Movie Sleepover. All of the Star Wars movies were shown in order till 7:00 am saturday morning. Kids enjoyed pizza, popcorn, drinks, snacks and doughnuts in the morning. And yes, many did make it all night AWAKE!

Nathan Lentz (age 10) of Charleroi, Andrew Sento (age 8) and Justin Sento (age 11) of Monongahela, get ready to jump in the pool.


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Upside down on their pillows are David Maman (age 11) of Belle Vernon, Connor Robertson (age 8) of Charleroi and Josiah Sloan (age 9) of Donora.

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Food & Dining Barbecue Basics On a Budget (NewsUSA) - Simplify your summer entertaining and save money by heading outdoors for a barbecue. They're the perfect way to enjoy friends, food and the beautiful weather. Here are some practical tips to help you save money while making every barbecue a fun-filled and delicious event: • Use simple decorations. The summer sky and the great outdoors provide natural beauty, so there's no need for ice sculptures or china plates. Inexpensive table cloths and color-coordinated plasticware provide ample decoration. For a simple centerpiece, pick flowers from your yard, and place them in a vase or plastic pitcher. • Keep bugs away by using citronella candles. They provide light and help keep gnats and mosquitoes off guests. • Use disposable plates, napkins and utensils to make clean-up easy. For example, Dollar General sells packages of paper napkins, foam plates and plastic cups starting at just $1 each. You can also get inexpensive trash bags at Dollar General. • At the start of summer, stock up on grilling supplies, which can be found inexpensively at discount stores. If needed, buy a new

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grill. And, don't forget accessories like scrubbers, grill and basting brushes, baskets, forks and spatulas. Plan a simple menu, which will help keep costs low. Choose your main dish, such as hot dogs or hamburgers, and build your menu around it. Serve side dishes that are inexpensive and easy to prepare such as potato chips, pretzels, canned baked beans and pasta salad. Or make your party a potluck and have your guests bring the side dishes. For easy and inexpensive recipe ideas, visit Build a condiment bar, including essentials such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles and relish. And don't forget drinks. Fill a plastic tub with ice for serving cold drinks such as soda, juice boxes and bottled water. End your barbecue on a sweet note. Use brownie, cake or cookie mixes to make a sweet treat without any mess or fuss. For a cool treat, make a pitcher of Kool-Aid, pour it into ice trays, insert popsicle sticks into each cube and freeze.


Barbecue parties can provide outdoor fun even on a tight budget.

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On the set of “Meet Me in The Kitchen”, (from l-r): Roland Marandino, Wine Ambassador for Cecchi and Sartori Wines; Chef Adam Gooch, Executive Chef at Bella Sera; and Chef Jason Capps

The live webcasts also have a large in-person audience.

“Meet Me in the Kitchen” Restarting the Heart of the Home…. Via the Internet by Heather Kelley-Latorre

Camera Bartolotta, after spending years as an actress, now only finds herself in front of the cameras to introduce the new concept of live cooking webcasts.

It is not a new analogy that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Most folks recognize it as such. Dinner parties, family holidays and any home gatherings always seem to migrate to the kitchen. Camera Bartolotta recognizes that. “We need to restart the heart of the home,” says Bartolotta. “There is a whole generation that has no idea how to feed themselves.” In this day and age, young singles may be finding that the eat-out-carry-out meal is getting expensive. Bartolotta and Chef Jason Capps hope that their cooking show “Meet Me in The Kitchen” will teach the skills that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. “Meet Me in the Kitchen” is not merely just a cooking show. It is a live, step by step Chef Jason Capps explaining pasta making durclass that you can join via webcast. Chef ing the first “Meet Me in the Kitchen” webcast. Capps is touted as the “personal chef, holding your hand and walking you through” the recipes. For just about $20, you will be able to download the recipe and shopping list, watch the webcast live or watch the recast when you are ready. This one of kind concept came into fruition as Capps discussed with Bartolotta a cooking show for television. Bartolotta had previously done “La Dolce Vita” on PCNC and knew firsthand the layers of labor involved in producing a cooking show. She suggested they try webcasting the classes that Chef Capps had already been doing at Bella Sera’s in Cecil Township, turning “techies into foodies.” Not to mention that the webcast would cost a fraction of a full production television show. The future is filled with flavor as they expand into basic instructional clips of how to slice an onion or how to use a certain pan or appliance. “Meet Me in the Kitchen” wishes to cater to many interests. Whether single, newlywed, or a busy family looking for more time together – “Meet Me in the Kitchen” could be the recipe for restarting your home’s heart. Bring your computer to the kitchen and “Cook Like No One is Watching.” Checkout their website, and twitter them at: Or call: (724) 745-5575 for more information.


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The Challenge Of Recovering From Identity Theft (NAPSI)-Identity theft has been the No. 1 complaint About The Survey filed with the Federal Trade Commission for eight years in The survey is the third in a series conducted by Nationwide to better a row, with an estimated 9 million victims each year. And understand identity theft and the impact it has on its victims. The poll while recovering from identity theft has never been an easy found that victims of identity theft tend to be Caucasian, female, ages 35task, a new survey indicates that the current economic 54, college educated, married and employed full-time. Individuals who conditions have made the challenge even greater. are separated or divorced and those making $75,000 or more a year also Nearly half of respondents indicated that, if their identihave a greater vulnerability to identity theft. ty were stolen today, they were unsure whether they had In addition to the financial toll, identity theft can result in other serienough money saved to manage the recovery process. Ten ous repercussions--including family problems and missed time at work. percent of identity theft victims polled said they missed It is a crime where the victim is generally presumed guilty until proven bill payments as a result of the crime. Of that group, four innocent. out of five experienced serious consequences--including Taking Steps credit score decrease, utilities shutoff, vehicle repossesOn the positive side, the poll found nine out of 10 people are taking at Increased use of credit and debit cards has sion, home foreclosure, bankruptcy and, in some least one action to protect themselves. This includes regular checks of given identity thieves more opportunities. instances, even jail time. bank and other financial statements, shredding of important documents, "With so many Americans losing their savings and limiting the number of credit cards used, and credit report monitoring. investments, people have less money to fall back on durAnother protection option is identity theft protection coverage. ing the time it takes to stop the bleeding," says Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer for Nationwide's ID Theft Assist coverage includes immediate fraud assessment, notification Nationwide Insurance. "If the identity theft involves your credit cards, you can often to major credit bureaus, assistance replacing important documents, free credit monitoring resolve the problems quickly. However, if the fraud involves a debit card, a loan or your and free identity tracking. To learn more about identity theft insurance or to find an agent, health insurance, the impact can be time consuming and costly." visit

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Take advantage of free resources on m, available in both Spanish and English, to find information that will help you manage your finances and weather the financial storm.

Weather Financial "Rainy Days" (NAPSI)-As families take measures to protect their basements from seasonable storms in the months ahead, Loretta Abrams, senior vice president of Consumer Affairs, HSBC_North America, also suggests the following steps to prepare your finances for the proverbial "rainy days."

Know your current credit condition--sunny and clear? Partly cloudy? Raining? • A strong and healthy credit score is more important than ever. Aim for a score of 720 or better. • Review and take action to correct any errors on your credit report. • You are entitled to receive one free credit report annually, from each of the three designated credit-reporting agencies. Request your free credit report at or call (877) 322-8228. • Maintain and improve your credit score: 1. Pay all bills on time and, if possible, pay more than the minimum. 2. Don't max out your credit cards (maintain balances at no more than 30 percent of credit limit). 3. Don't open credit that you don't need.

Bring out your umbrella--know the tools to protect your credit and identity • Be vigilant to protect yourself from schemers, scammers and identity thieves: 1. Never pay anyone to "stop your foreclosure" or "clean up your credit report." 2. Never transfer title to your property to a third party to "avoid foreclosure." 3. Never share personal financial information with a stranger on the phone. • Carefully review every bank statement and credit card billing statement for signs of unauthorized use. • Shred any personal documents before discarding.

Check the forecast • Develop a budget plan for now and the future. • Save on routine expenses: Shop the sales, clip coupons and take advantage of free services. • Contact your lenders if you anticipate future financial difficulties. • If you run into problems with your mortgage and prefer to speak first to a trusted third party about your options, call Homeowner's HOPE™ Hotline, 888-995-HOPE. You can also dial (800) 569-4287 or visit for a HUD-approved counselor.

Build your storm shelter • Build and bulk up your emergency fund to cover three to six months of expenses. • Do not touch your retirement fund. Seek experts' advice regarding any needed adjustments. • Ensure adequate insurance protection (health, disability, property and auto). • Prioritize paying down debt and pay the credit card that has the highest interest rate.

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School News Finley Middle School Students Explore Vermi-Composting By Heather Kelley-Latorre

Everything’s coming up. . . Worms! Yes, worms – and eventually roses, daisies or whatever other flowers Finley Middle School students planted with their worm compost. The worms are “red wigglers” and the process is called vermi-composting. The worms eat cafeteria scraps and use the school’s discarded paper as bedding. Eighth grader, Dante Bartolotta explains that “red wigglers” are the best for composting “because they reproduce the fastest and eat the most.” He developed the project when he was in the sixth grade at FMS. “I wanted to help out my school, and worm composting will save the school money,” said Bartolotta. He received more than $2,000 from the Consortium of Public Schools as a “Great Idea's Grant”. With a little help from Mr. Frank Toth (Industrial Technology) the worm box was built and made ready for the worms. Hard to believe a whole box of worms and compost started out with just 5 pounds of online-ordered, mailed worms. What is most impressive is that one box of worms can eat as much as 25-pounds of scraps a day! With three more boxes planned, the possibilities become even greater. Students are asked to separate fruit and vegetable scraps into a separate garbage can in the cafeteria. Enough worms and the school will save on dumpster fees. Not to mention the other “green” effects for our community: fuel is saved from hauling the trash to a landfill and the school’s beautification project now has nutritious soil to produce healthy plants and flowers for butterflies and birds. Just think, it is the connection from discarded orange peel to butterfly! Bartolotta also wanted to thank Mr. Matty (Principal) for encouraging everyone at FMS to participate and for helping the project into fruition. Other notables are Mrs. Campa (Art) for painting the donated garden containers, and fellow “worm wranglers:” Michael Rizzo, Jacob Wood and Brian Lewis. Bartolotta admits that worm composting “keeps us out of trouble!” “It’s fun, easy and cheap – you should start your own!”

Scraps are placed in one end of the box (H) and the worms (A) will travel to the food, creating “castings,” (the scientific term for “worm poop!”) Dante Bartolotta “shovels” the worms and pulls out, a fast reproducer and big eater, the “red wiggler.”

SHASDA Honors Top Students of 2009 By Charlotte Hopkins

At the 2009 SHASDA Spring Conference (South Hills Area School Districts Association) acknowledgment was given to Solanchs Fresneda-Gonzalez and Lauren area students who overcame struggles in Schneider were honored as the Top Two their personal lives and persevered in their Students from West Jefferson Hills. academics. Hardships can be obstacles for students but these teens didn't let anything stand in their way. They rose above their struggles and came out on top! SHASDA rewarded these students at a banquet in their honor. They received a plaque in a silver frame, a Borders gift card and the honor of being recognized by school board members and principals from 22 different school districts across the south hills. The students were given the opportunity to hear a dynamic motivational speech from Judge Reggie B. Walton. He was born and raised in Donora, a former Ringgold High School student, who went on to West Virginia University and is now a judge for the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. His speech, encouraging students to make the right choices and never let anyone tell them “they can't achieve their goals” moved some teens to tears. One West Jefferson Hills student remarked, “it was like I got to listen to Martin Luther King.” Presenting the awards were Shauna D'Alessandro, a West Jefferson Hills School Board Member, Michael Latusek the Superintendant from Elizabeth-Forward School District and Dr. Zeb Jansante the Principal from Bethel Park High School. Some of the area students recognized at the conference included: CHARLEROI AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT • Vernia Ross (plans to be a Phlebotomist) • Samuel Vargo (plans to own a construction company) ELIZABETH FORWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT • Ron Skrinjorich (plans to be an Aircraft Mechanic) • Lindsay Swiech (plans to study Cosmetology) RINGGOLD SCHOOL DISTRICT • Shane Mountain (plans to study Physical Therapy) • Todd Miller (plans to study Education) WEST JEFFERSON HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT • Solanchs Fresneda-Gonzalez (plans to study Law) • Lauren Schneider (plans to study Medicine) West Jefferson Hills Superintendent, Terry Kinavey, School Counselor, Megan McKinley, Solanchs Fresneda-Gonzalez, Lauren Schneider, Cindy Schneider, Vice Principal, Paul Ware attending the SHASDA 2009 School Conference.

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John Lege the “Bird Guy” Visits John McMillan Preschool The FMS staff proudly show-off their “Margie” wristbands.

Ringgold Teachers Go to Bat For One of Their Own by Heather Kelley-Latorre

Ringgold teachers, especially Finley Middle School teachers, are learning a lesWristbands were created to support son in life by example of a fellow teacher, Fogiato in her fight with cancer. Proceeds Mrs. Margie Fogiato. Fogiato fought cancer were donated to the Fogiato family. and was an inspiration to many of her peers. Susan Tegi, Patricia Nelis, and Joe Ravasio all spoke highly of Mrs. Fogiato, calling her a “courageous woman.” They also speak of how she was “at the heart of it all.” Whether school, church, or community, she was always helping, always planning. “She always took care of everyone.” With Fogiato in mind and definitely at the “heart of it,” the teachers had blue wristbands made with Ringgold Teachers helped provide a her name on one side and the opposite, comfortable transport for fellow teacher, Psalm 31:24: “Be strong and let your heart Margie Fogiato. take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.” The wristbands were sold with the proceeds being donated to Fogiato. This winter, the entire district, teachers and staff raised about $1400 towards Fogiato’s trips to Philadephia for treatments. Fogiato’s back pain made the trip an exhausting ordeal. Her husband DJ, began looking for a van, as a lying position made the trip easier for her. As FMS Principal, Jeff Matty put it, the teachers have “come to bat for Margie.” The funds raised will hopefully provide about three trips to Philadelphia. The Ringgold Education Association did their part by selling a calendar-ticket that ran on the daily number from the Monongahela Women’s Club. “I just want the teachers to know how much they helped us get through this difficult time,” said DJ Fogiato. “They seem to get a bad rap all the time. They need to be recognized for the good things they do without people ever seeing them. They are a credit to their profession in helping others outside the classroom. What a great bunch of people. We thank them every day from the bottom of our hearts for what they have done." “People go out of their way to help,” said Doug Weir (teacher at RHS). He continued by saying most teachers are “unselfish” and “think of others” first. Living examples, and living by example, Ringgold teachers “are a credit to their profession.” NOTE TO OUR READERS We are saddened to report that after a courageous battle with cancer, Margie Fogiato fought “life’s final war with pain” and went to her eternal home on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. The lyrics of the song “Because He Lives” continue: “as death gives way to victory – I’ll see the lights of glory.” The Fogiato family recognizes their loss was Margie’s gain, for she has seen the victory and “the lights of glory.” Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family and many friends.

John McMillan Preschool recently welcomed "That Guy With The Birds" and his Exotic Parrot Program. John Lege visited the preschool with many of his feathered friends. The children learned about characteristics of parrots & heard different bird calls. John taught the children about the color and behavior differPictured (l-r) Ali Sniegocki and ences between many male & female Brandi Falconio from JMPC's morning birds and the children even watched a litfour-year-old class. tle Parrot Basketball. At the end of the performance, after a group performance of the "Bird Dance", each child was given the opportunity to hold one of several smaller birds. For more information about the many programs available at John McMillan, please contact Pat Folino at 412-833-4704.

Madonna Catholoc School News MCRS Honor Roll for Third Quarter The Madonna Catholic Regional School has announced their Third Quarter Honor Roll. Congratulations to the following students: GRADE 8 Highest Honors Hunter Homa, Jeremy Smida, Lauren Stroh High Honors Jacob Foglia, Nicholas Hudak, Christine Slavick, Corey Stefan, Jillian Sukel, Stephen Weinstein Honors Cameron Bartkus, Emily Costantino, Ross DeLattre, Erin McDonald GRADE 7 Highest Honors Victoria Albert High Honors Noah Brown, Ryan Konek, Anna Quattrone, Alyssa Smydo Honors Julia Alvarez, Kaitlyn Caramela, Rachel Ritzer, Maggie Sukel GRADE 6 Highest Honors Emily Grandinette, Weston Homa High Honors Kassy Behanna, Christian Bostich, Caitlin Caldwell, Nicholas Fowkes, Christina Greaves, Anthony Koval, Nicholas Lentz, Anne Perunko, Bethany Pina, Delaynie Stevenson Honors Michelle Harris, Rose Hawk, Hannah Macko, Alexandra Massari, Alaina Nickolls, Shelby Pemberton, Kayle Profrock, Zachary Quattrone

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Peters Township School News High School FBLA Students Earn State Honors Students from Peters Township High School recently participated in the 2009 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference March 30, to April 1, 2009, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA. Approximately 3,700 FBLA members from across the State of Pennsylvania participated in this year's "Get the Edge" leadership conference. Junior Trisha Ambe received a 9th place award for her Electronic Portfolio a career portfolio that included her achievements, skills, experience, education, and career goals made using HTML and Flash in an interactive online format. Senior Nicole Provident also received a 9th place award for Public Speaking. She demonstrated the qualities of business leadership in a five minute speech on the FBLA goals. Nicole was also inducted into the National Business Honor Society, which recognizes those members of FBLA who excel in academics, career skills, and leadership development. Also earning recognition at the conference were Christine Dee - 11th place in Introduction to Business; Eric Yeckley - 12th place in Introduction to Technology; and Lara Moore - 12th place in Job Interview. In addition to his performance in the Introduction to Technology category, Eric Yeckley was also selected for a hands-on internship with Cybis Communications Corporation to produce three live events for the conference. One of only two students in the state selected for this opportunity, Eric used his skills in media production, lighting and stage design, and audio production to support the technical elements of the shows.

PTMS Online Math League Finishes First in the Nation! A team of 8th graders from Peters Township Middle School has finished first in the nation in the Online Math League Competition. The team, consisting of Cheng Wang, Jake Wilhelm, Joshua Larimer, and Joshua Bowman took part in three contests throughout the year and ended the competition in first place. Joshua Bowman and Cheng Wang also tied for first place nationally in the individual competition with perfect scores. The Online Math League allows students to compete against school from across the country and around the world. Competitions are offered at levels ranging from 2nd grade through Algebra. Tests are aligned with state & national standards and include problems of varying difficulty so all students are appropriately challenged.

PTHS Students Videos Earn Awards Six students from the Peters Township High School Media Department have received TVT Awards of Excellence at the 16th annual Teachers of Video and Television student festival on April 15th, 2009. The students received the awards for three different videos produced this school year. Steve Magreni and Pat Walker were recognized for their public service announcement "If You Can't Do The Time." Kristen Gioella and Dan Makrinos earned the award for their sports highlight on Girls Volleyball. In the category of animation, Gabe Bevilacqua and Ben Roberson were recognized for “Before School.”

Peters Township Senior Wins National Acclaim for Photojournalism Elisabeth Cronin, a Peters Township senior photography student won second place in the national "Seen and Heard" contest where students entered various forms of media under the theme of social, political or economic issues. Her photo, called "Bleak," was chosen from a field of more than 300 entries. The contest is sponsored by the McCormick Freedom Museum and recognizes twelve talented high school students for their depictions of contemporary freedom Elisabeth Cronin issues. In “Seen & Heard” students express their thoughts on contemporary social, political or economic issues using four media outlets: editorial cartoons, film, photojournalism and digital design. The winning works will be displayed in a special museum exhibit in April.

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Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Set for June 19 The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 16th annual banquet at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township on Friday June 19 at 5:30 p.m. This year seven new inductees will be honored into the mythical Sports Hall of Fame bringing the total number of inductees to 184 since the original Sports Writers Sports Hall of Fame started selections in 1951 with Stan Musial and Bert Rechichar. This year's distinguish class includes the late Felton Brown, Sr., Andy Dzurinko, Dr. Fleming Mosely, Don Peters, Roger Valdiserri, Dr. John Verkleeren, and Judge Reggie Walton. Felton Brown A 1936 Belle Vernon graduate was possibly the greatest athlete during his prime from the Mon Valley in football, baseball, and basketball becoming a member of the famed Belle Vernon Wrens in the 1930s. Andy Dzurinko A 1961 Monessen graduate starred on the football fields at Monessen High and Bucknell University. Dr. Flemming Mosely A 1956 Monessen graduate starred in football at both Monessen High and California University of Pennsylvania. He also excelled in track and field and was a successful amateur boxer who was a Pittsburgh Golden Gloves champion. Don Peters A 1966 Belle Vernon Area High School graduate, coached the 1984 U.S. women's gymnastics team to the gold medal in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Roger Valdiserri A 1945 North Belle Vernon graduate became the sports information director for Notre Dame for 33 years and pioneered some of the publicity concepts that everyone uses today. Dr. John Verkleeren A 1962 Charleroi High School graduate was a star football player in high school and at the University of Pittsburgh. Judge Reggie Walton A 1967 Donora High graduate, was a star football player in high school and at West Virginia State University located in Institute, West Virginia eight miles from Charleston. Tickets are $35 and seating is limited. To reserve tickets contact Steve Russell, Hall of Fame General Chairman, at 724-258-3823 or at 1106 Stanton Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. The Sports Hall of Fame web site is Along with the Hall of Fame inductees, sixteen senior scholar athletes from the local Mon Valley high schools will also be honored. Those high schools include Belle Vernon Area, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Elizabeth Forward, Monessen, Ringgold, and Yough.

7th Annual “Popcorn Shootout” Golf Tourney - Fundraiser The 7th Annual Popcorn Shootout will be held on Friday, June 12 at Scenic Valley Golf Course on Church Hill Road in Venetia. The golf outing is held in memory of Jeff “Popcorn” Goldbach, a lifetime resident of Finleyville who passed away in October 1999. Featured events for the day will include shotgun start at 9 a.m., hole in one contests, player gifts, various skill contests, Chinese auction, 50/50 and much more. All proceeds from the outing go to the Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children and their families. If you would like to register a foursome or as an individual golfer, visit our website at If you would like to learn more about The Caring Place, visit their website at For more information, contact Tracy Goldbach at (724) 941-3833.

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I Nominate Jim O’Brien For President (President Of The Steeler Nation) By Paul Chasko

I ran into Jim O’Brien several weeks ago. He was at the South Park Township Library conducting a nice little seminar on Pittsburgh’s rich sports history and in particular “Pittsburgh Proud” which happens to be the title of his new book. For those of you who don’t know O’Brien or his work, he’s been following the Author Jim O’Brien tells a few of his many sports stories from behind a wall of books he’s written. sports scene in Pittsburgh now for about 47 years (as near as I can figure.) There’s probably no one around that has more Pittsburgh sports history “in that cranium” as Myron Cope would say. O’Brien has written 23 books with nearly all of them about Pittsburgh sports personalities and sports in Pittsburgh. Perhaps you’ve read or even own a few of them: The Chief (Art Rooney and His Pittsburgh Steelers); With Love and Pride (Portraits of a Pittsburgh Family); Lambert (The Man in the Middle); Glory Years (A Century of Excellence In Sports); Steeler Stuff (The Journey to Super Bowl XL); Fantasy Camp (Living The Dream With Maz and the 60 Bucs) to name just a few of them. O’Brien appears to me as a very personable guy willing to sit and answer questions on Pittsburgh sports and Pittsburgh sports personalities and he did just that at his seminar. He is a story-teller and every answer leads into a story – all from his contacts in the Pittsburgh sports community. Any Pittsburgh sports fan would enjoy a conversation with Jim O’Brien – next best thing is to read a few of his books. Jim’s appearance at the South Park Township Library was part of the “Afternoon Events” program featuring interesting speakers willing to share a few hours with residents. Other events are scheduled throughout the spring and summer and all are free to the public. • May 27 – 1:00 pm • June 17 – 1:00 pm • July 22 – 1:00 pm

“Undiscovered Italy” “PA Trolley Museum” “Armchair Traveler”

Local Author Paul Gentile A look at Pittsburgh’s trolleys Eastern Mediterranean – Dr. Robert Trivus

For further information check the website or call (412) 833-5585

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Spring Youth Sports Get Underway Sun’s Out, Fields are Dried Up, Kid’s are Ready for Play! By Paul Chasko

Saturday, April 18 couldn’t have been better for local Kid’s sports. A couple of sunny days and area fields finally dried up and were perfect for season startups. With a high temperature of 73degrees and plenty of sun in the morning and afternoon – it was a perfect day for kid’s sports. Games were underway on every available field. Moms, Dads and Grandparents were out in force cheering on their stars. Cox’s fields in Monongahela and the UFAAA fields were busy with soccer and baseball games.

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Local Boxing Update By Steve “Skeets” Levandosky GOLDEN GLOVES, BUFFALO LODGE, PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA MARCH 21 The South Park Boxing Club (S.P.B.C.) had 3 boys on two G.G. tourney fights and one G.G. Championship fight and a non-tourney fight. 122 lbs. (In the non tourney fight) - S.P.B.C. Rob Colasante "Munhall" vs. Antonio Nevans "Cleveland Boxing" This is the sixth time these two fighters have met. It's a fast pace right away both boys trading leather pretty good! In the second round, Colasante scored with a nice body combo, finishing with lefts and rights to the face. Colasante then kept slipping punches and scoring with counter shots to the chin. When the last frame is done Munhall's Rob Colasante wins the decision. 141 lbs. (Golden Glove Action) - Latrobe, "S.P.B.C." Chris Yancey a University of Pittsburgh student vs. Punxsutawney's Matt Cassady. This Co-Main Event had the crowd in a frenzy as both boys fought their hearts out. There can be only one winner and Punxsutawnet’s Matt Cassady advances on. 165 lbs. (The Main Event G.G. Championship) Brookline's Sam Suska vs. hometown hero "Rocky Rhodes. About 20-seconds into the first round "Rocky" Rhodes nails Suska with two right hands two the jaw that woke Suska up! From then on it was Suska scoring with an angry body and head assault that hushed the crowd until the inning was over. Sam Suska wins his First Golden Glove Championship in his last fight as an amateur.

GOLDEN GLOVES, CROWNE PLAZA, PITTSBURGH, PA MARCH 28 75 lbs. Baldwin's Shawn Cusick" (S.P.B.C.) vs. Monroeville's Terrell Farley. Both boys display good boxing skills, and both had their moments scoring.The judges awarded the decision for Terrell Farley. 201 lbs. (Sub Novice Championship) – Sam Dodds, (S.P.B.C.) Brookline via Belfast Ireland vs. North Sides's Josh Miniotas "Steel City Boxing" This fight is probably like an old Caveman Fight, as they took turns clubbing one another with right hands. Both scored big. Dodds tired a bit in the third round and laid on the ropes and ate a few more right hands. The judges award Josh Miniotas the fight and the Golden Glove Championship. 152 lbs. (The Main Event) Andres Kamouyerou, "S.P.B.C. Peters Twp. Greece his Motherland" vs. Joe Luketic,Kittaning "Wick City Boxing" Kamouyerou is a fine-tune fighting machine landing powerful left hooks to the body and head as well as head snapping right hands.Anreas Kamouyerou was to much for the Wick City Kid as he pitched a near shutout and takes home the decision win! GOLDEN GLOVES, FOUR POINT SHERATON NORTH APRIL 4 141 lbs. (Sub Novice Championship) Peters Township’s Mike Kamouyerou (S.P.B.C.) vs. Jeremy Kunkle, Homestead of "Steel Valley Boxing"

20th Annual Peters Township Chamber Golf Outing The Peters Township Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Golf Outing & Fundraiser will be held Monday, June 2 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Peters Township. Registration and lunch is at 12:00 noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Dinner, awards, and prizes following play. Cost per golfer is $130.Participants can pay on-line at - go to Member Link. Proceeds benefit the Peters Township Volunteer Fire Dept. for their community programs & outreach. For registration or more info, contact the chamber at 724-941-6345.

Steel City's boxer Jeremy Kunkle eats a right hand thrown bye Peters Township’s Mike Kamouyerou of South Park Boxing Club in G.G. action on April 4. (PHOTO BY -STEPH)

Andreas Kamouyerou scores with a huge right hand vs. Kittaning's Joe Lucketic in G.G. action at Crown Plaza, South Hills. Kamouyerou wins the fight and The Golden Glove Championship for the second time in the last two years now. (PHOTO BY -STEPH)

No messing around here, as these two tore into each other from the first bell till the last bell. Kamouyerou may have held a slight advantage through two rounds, but in the third it was all Kamouyerou as he landed a monsterous left hook to the jaw that had Kunkle holding on. Mike Kamouyerou

Boxing Hall of Fame trainer and manager Lou Duva was checking out the local talent at the 4-Points Sheraton North on April 4. He stopped to chat with South Park Boxers Matt and Mike Conway of Brookline and Luke Glockel from Brentwood. (PHOTO BY -STEPH)

Former Light Weight Champion and still undefeated Paul "The Pittsburg Kid" Spadafora (at center) was at the Golden Gloves competition at Crown Plaza in South Hills. Spadafora tells Samuel "Lucky" Dodds" (at left) and Steve "Skeets" Levandosky (right) that he is back in training and wants his title back. (PHOTO BY KRISTIE DODDS)

scored more after that and wins the fight and takes home the Golden Glove Championship.

Elks Hoop Shoot Winners Hoop Shoot Winners - Blair Proteau, (age 9), 3rd place; Henry Kogan, (age 9), 3rd Place; Monica Davidson, (age 11), 1st Place; Christian Payne, (age 10); Sarah Buchowski, (age 10); and South Hills Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Organizer Mr. Joseph Krall, Jr.

Pittsburgh South Hills Elks #2213 made history in the Pittsburgh, PA District by sending 5 winners of the District Hoop Shoot to the State Finals at Penn State University. The South Hills Lodge won the Fred Reno Trophy for having the most total baskets at the District Hoop Shoot in 2009.Our participants had over 100 baskets jointly. Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge #2213 is located in Bethel Park, PA. Contact the South Hills Elks for more information about next year's Hoop Shoot Tournament at or call the Lodge at 412-831-0616

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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot!


MAY Baltimore House 412-653-9332 • 176 Curry Hollow Rd 1 - Fastback 2 - Weathered Soul 8 - DJ 9 - Midlife Crisis 15 - Soul Village 16 - Platinum 22 - The Stickers 23 - Heads Up 29 - Bon Journey Sundays - live entertainment 7-10PM Bootsie’s Bar 412-672-1120 • McKeesport 2 - Rail 9 - Weathered Soul 23 - Karaoke Club Octane 724-317-8326 • 227 McKean Ave, Charleroi 2 - Gwen Stacy; Eyes Set To Kill; Motionless In White; Belle Epoque; Remember Thy Nm 17 - Forever in Terror 23 - Dracula 25 - Ligeia(Ferret) w/ Deez Nuts (x I killed the Prom Queen) 28 - Show by Eclipes Productions 30 - Beneath the Sky(Victory), Sikes and more Denny’s Roadhouse 724-258-6232• Finleyville 8 - DJ JJ 15 - DJ Ross Denman(WJPA) 22 - DJ JJ Elrama Tavern 412-384-3630 • 1520 Rt 837, Elrama 2 - Cinco De Mayo w/ Scott Spahr 8 - Whiskey Outlaws 16 - Todd Jones 30 - Easy Action Freddie’s II 412-833-1830 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park 5 - Cinco De Mayo Party w/ DJ Paul Thursdays - Magician Jason Christopher 6:30-8:30PM

Hey Andy Sportsbar and Lounge 724-258-4755 • Monongahela 1 - Old Shoes 2 - Old Skool 8 - Branded 9 - The Klick 15 - Fast Back 16 - Southern Spirits 22 - Ruff House 23 - Broken Spoke 29 - Fynal Tyme II 30 - White Rose Karaoke Thursdays - White Rose Karaoke


by Mandy Withers-Kozl owski

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

Hot House Tap and Grille 724-258-4212 • Monongahela 2 - Overdrive 9 - CSF 16 - Civilian 23 - Rhyme & Reason 29 - Red Hand Paddy / Irish Celtic Band 30 - Terry Griffith/ Irish music Tuesdays - Karaoke/DJ 9-2 by Total Entertainment Thursdays - open mic night w/ Jim O’Connor all musicians welcome Fridays - Karaoke/DJ 9-2 by Total Entertainment Wednesday - Top 40 DJ music/ladies night The Hunting Lodge 724-348-7984 • Finleyville Fridays - DJ/Karaoke 9-1 Saturdays - Free Juke Box 8-close The Kickstand Bar & Restaurant 412-384-3080 • 1100 Hayden Blvd 2 - Wizdom 9 - Undercover 16 - Strange Brew 23 - TBA Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge 412-384-5910 • 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 • Pleasant Hills 1 - Teaser Band 2 - Rhombus 4 - Cinco De Mayo Party 7 - Ladies Night 8 - Night Star 9 - Vintage Buzz 10 - Mother?s Day Brunch (call for details) 15 - JD Taylor 16 - Occasional Reign 30 - Straight Up Olde Large Hotel 412-384-9950 • 510 Oak Rd, Jefferson Hills 1 - Backyard Boogie 8 - The Fennels 15 - The Regular 22 - The Randall Troy Band Pit Stop Bar and Grille 412 -384 -7487 • 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama 2 - The Klick 23 - Big Creek Saturdays - Free Juke Box Sundays - Bikes and Beer River House Cafe 724-565-5700 • Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30PM -1:30AM 2 - Black Dog Hollow 9 - Dancing Queen 16 - Patti Spadaro 23 - DJ Galiffa 30 - 3G Project Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse 724-745-8844 • Canonsburg Tuesdays - Jam Night

Royal Place 412-882-8000 •(Rt. 88), Pittsburgh 2 - Surf Zombies, the Reply, Pister Mittsburgh, AC & the Resisters, DJ Zombo. Roy’s By The Tracks 724-348-7118 • Rt. 88, Finleyville 1 - Muddy Creek 8 - Bill Ali 15 - The Jades 22 - Bill Couch 29 - His Girl Friday Wednesdays- Karaoke w/ Brett Saturdays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke Sundays - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke Sweeney’s Cafe & Pub 724-929-8383 • Belle Vernon 9 - Big Creek 23 - DJ Ben 30 - Southern Spirits The Trolley Stop Inn 412-835-9600 • Bethel Park Sundays - Karaoke 10PM Fridays - Magician Jason Christopher 7-9PM Valley Hotel 412-233-9800 • Jefferson Boro 16 - The Jades 23 - EMJ Wednesdays - Karaoke w/ Frogster Fridays - Open Stage Night all musicians welcome

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Monongahela Area Public Library 813 W. Main Street Monongahela, PA 15063 (724) 258-5409 Used Books Wanted The Monongahela Area Library is seeking gently used books, audio books, video tapes and DVDs for the Fleatique on the Mon. Donations are requested before May 30 for the June 6 sale.

hosting the first ever XBox 360 tournament, featuring the popular game, Soul Calibur 4. 16 players will compete to participate in the Grand Tournament of Souls on September 19, 2009. Each month, the first and second place winners will receive prizes. Questions? E-mail the Young Adult Librarian at Children’s Programs Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Night Tuesday, May 5 - 6:00-7:45 p.m. Bring your whole family and watch your favorite movies.

Spring Storytime Ages 30 months through 5 years. Friday mornings 10:30 a.m. through May 22. Singing, stories, open playtime and a craft.

Mother’s Day Craft Thursday, May 7 - 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. For kids and parents of all ages. Make a special gift for Mom!

Toddler Time The program meets Friday mornings at 11:30 through May 22.

Jungle Jamboree Saturday, May 9 - 1:00-3:00 p.m. For Kids and Parents of All Ages Enjoy food fit for a trek through the wildest jungle! Make crafts! Play games! Win prizes!

Board Meeting The Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. The library is seeking new board members and those interested in joining are asked to submit a letter of interest.

Peters Township Public Library 616 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 941-9430 Young Adult Programs Family After Hours Movie Night Friday, May 1 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monthly Family After Hours Movie Night, complete with popcorn! All ages welcome Keeping You in Stitches! Wednesday, May 13 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Teen Reading Room Grades 6-12. Join us in the Teen Reading Room for lessons in knitting and crochet. Soul Calibur IV Tournament Saturday, May 16 - 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Check in is at 11:30 a.m. Game play will begin at 12:00 p.m. You must check in before 12:00 p.m. in order to play. Grades 6 – 12. Cost is $2.00. Registration is required for each tournament session and is limited to 16 players. The Teen Reading Room is

Adult Programs Afternoon Book Club for Adults 3rd Wednesday of every month 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. May 20 - Tuxedo Park by Jannet Conant All are welcome to attend. Evening Book Club for Adults 2nd Wednesday of every month 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. May 13 - The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman Gaming Workshop for Adults Monday, May 18 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monthly gaming workshop for adults only Also offered will be a workshop on the popular XBox game “Rock Band.” Saving Money by Growing Organically Saturday, May 2 - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Doug Oster, co-host of KDKA radio’s Sunday morning (7:00 - 8:00 a.m.) “The Organic Gardeners on KDKA” and Pittsburgh PostGazette garden columnist teaches tips and tricks for gardeners on a budget. The Truth About Allergies Wednesday, May 6 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dr. Kumar Patel will address: • Seasonal and indoor allergies • Ways to control allergies without medication • Controversial food allergies

• Choosing the safest medicines for you • Are allergies increasing in society? A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Register at the library’s circulation desk. Word Processing 1 Wednesday, May 13 - 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost $6.00. In this class, students will learn how to create and save documents, work with text, format characters and paragraphs, print documents, and discuss compatibility issues related to Microsoft Office 2007 programs at the library. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library’s circulation desk. Internet Assisted Job Search Wednesday, May 27 - 1:00 - 2:45 p.m. Cost $6.00. Students will learn about Internet job sites, Internet e-mail, how to research jobs and employers in business databases and in newspaper help wanted ads from all over the country. Pre-registration is required.

Pleasant Hills Library 302 Old Clairton Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (412) 655-2424 Conversation Salon Friday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m. Discuss issues of the day with a group. Newcomers welcome. Refreshments provided. Read to the Therapy Dog Saturday, May 2 from 2-3 p.m. Presented by the Golden Triangle Dog Obedience School. Program for children ages 4-10. Registration required. Family Night Storytimes Mondays, May 4 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. Rain Barrel/ Watershed Awareness Workshop Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the PA Resource Council. $30 per person or $40 for a couple. Learn why water conservation is so essential. Registration required. Writers Group Meets Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Aspiring writers welcome.

Dr. John Aupperle Reviews American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by John Meechan, on Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Make a hanging moss lined basket With live plants including a variety of flowers and greenery on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Class taught by Jim Carlucci of Della Robbia. $40 fee covers cost of all materials, payable at class. Registration is required. Passport and Photo Processing Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Post Office. Valid identification required. Book Group Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.

South Park Township Public Library 2575 Brownsville Road South Park, PA 15129 (412) 833-5585 Adult Programs A Mother’s Day Tea Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Wear your best hat, if you’d like, and enjoy tea and scones with the Victorian Tea Ladies. A $12 per person fee must be paid by April 27. Space is limited so please call 412-8335585 to register. Local Author Todd DePastino Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. Todd is back to discuss his books on the great World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin, an army infantry sergeant who rocketed to fame at age 22 with his popular feature “Up Front”. Call 412-833-5585 to register. An Afternoon Event at the Library Local Author Paul Gentile Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. Local author and extensive traveler Paul Gentile discusses his book “Dolce Far Niente: Sweet Doing Nothing” a subtle love story fused with the culinary and cultural delights of Italy. Call 412-833-5585. Fun Stuff Taken Seriously Books By Brian Butko Thursday, May 28 7:00 p.m. Isaly’s, Lincoln Highway, Diners, Roadside Giants—all subjects of books by local author Brian Butko. Call 412-833-5585 to register.

May 2009 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 75 LIBRARY NEWS Knitting Club Saturday, May 9 & 30 at 11:00 a.m. Our knitting expert, Jane Ruperto, is at the library to help with your knitting projects. South Park Library Book “Lust” Club Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. Please call 412-833-5585 to register if you are new to the club. South Park Beading/Jewelry Design Group Tuesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. The beading group meets monthly to make a new and original project. The average cost is $15-20. Call 412-833-5585 to register. Children’s Programs Magic Tree House Book Club May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tonight’s book is Hour of the Olympics. Students in grades 2-4 are invited to join this special club based on the Mary Pope Osborne series. American Girl Book Club May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Tonight’s book is Meet Julie, an American Girl from the 1970’s.This will be our last meeting until the fall. 2009 Summer Reading Club and Read-to-me Club June 15 – August 8 Children of all ages are invited to imagine, create, and participate in the South Park Township Library’s Summer Reading Clubs. Just keep track of the time you read in the folder provided and stop by the library to meet and feed IRMA – the library’s Incredible Reading Machine Assembly provided by Mr. Bailey’s high school class who will happily keep track of the hours everyone spends reading this summer. Tween and Teen Summer Reading Program Area teens entering grades 5-12 are invited to “Express Yourself @ Your Library” this summer by participating in the South Park Township Library’s teen summer reading program from June 15 through August 8. Teens are invited to come to the library to read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer. Registration will begin on June 15.

Jefferson Hills Library 925 Old Clairton Road Pittsburgh, Jefferson Hills LibraryPA 15025 (412) 655-7741 Teen Advisory Meeting Our next Teen Advisory meeting will be Sunday, May 3rd, at 2 pm. Teens interested

in promoting literacy in our community are welcome to attend. Volunteer service projects include: helping with the “Children’s Reading Program, assisting in the “Teen” programs, shelving books, etc. Service hours will be recorded. Interested students can contact the library at 412-655-7741. Create A Spring Flower Pot! Teens will combine with Book Buddies to create a spring flower pot and plant a flower on Thursday, May 21st from 6 to 7:30 pm. Please register if you will participate. EAT: “Foodie” Book Club On Wednesday, May 13th, at 7 pm, join us for EAT: A Foodie Book Club. Discuss the latest food books and cookbooks, food trends and general food topics. Call 412.655.7741 FREE Storytime The Library will hold Story Time for 3 year olds at 2 pm on Wednesdays, May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. The children will enjoy songs and finger plays as well as great stories. Preschool (including kindergarten) children ages 4, 5 and 6 can enjoy stories, songs, movement and finger plays at Jefferson Hills Library at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm on Thursdays, May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Book Buddies Book Buddies (first, second and third graders) will meet Thursday, May 21st, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Join us to enjoy stories, discussion, a craft and snack during this evening. WJH Historical Society The West Jefferson Hills Historical Society will meet Wednesday, May 27th at 7 pm. The topic of the evening will be “History of the Talking Machine – Phonographs” presented by Ed Falvo. Book Discussion Group The Jefferson Hills Book Discussion group will meet Monday, May 4th, to discuss The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louis Erdrich. Join us for an interesting discussion. The book selection for the June 1st meeting is The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.

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 May 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. Finleyville Dairy Queen recently celebrated how many years in business ?

Summer Reading Program Children entering grades 1-5 can register for our Summer Reading Program, “Be Creative @ Your Library” beginning June 1st. Summer Reading for Grades 1 – 5 will begin Wednesday, June 17th, from 10:30 to 12 noon, and continue Wednesdays, June 24th, July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. Preschool Summer Reading (4, 5 and 6 year olds) will begin Thursday, June 18th, from 10:30 to 11:30 and continue Thursdays, June 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.

Peters Township Government is planning a workshop on what topic? Nottingham Township is seeking funds for what project? 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 April Pizza Puzzler winners! BOB TORETTI - Monongahela • TERRY SCHALLENBERGER - Monongahela

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GARAGE SALE - May 16 - 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Neighborhood garage sale, Aurora Drive, South Park, near Broughton Fire Hall. _________________________________________________________________________ 8 foot Landscape Rake – 3 pt York brand in fair condition with optional wheel kit. Current retail over $1,500 plus $500 for wheel kit. Sacrifice for $750. 724-258-2332 _________________________________________________________________________ 3 point spreader – 750 lb capacity 3 pt spreader for seed, granular lime, fertilizer, sand, etc. Cat. 1 hitch, Spin-type broadcast, One piece hopper, Shielded driveline, Adjustable delivery patterns, Stainless steel orifice doors. Good condition - $350 OBO. 724-258-2332 _________________________________________________________________________ Plows – 3 bottom (4th removed) roll over style plows. Fair condition. Not used in several seasons. In_________________________________________________________________________ cludes free International corn planter in poor condition for parts if wanted. $600. 724-258-2332 SNOW THROWER – (used just 2-times!) – Yard Machines by MTD with Snow King 5 HP Tecumseh Engine. 22”clearing width. Works fantastic. Almost Brand new! I never use the darn thing and it takes up_________________________________________________________________________ too much space in garage. Cost $575 new. Wil sacrifice for $400 firm. Call 412-279-1117. Body by Jake Cardio Cruiser Exerciser. New – Assembled. Retail $199 -- Sell $70. Two,10-Speed Bi_________________________________________________________________________ cycles. Best Offer! CALL: 412-714-8896. Carry all trailer, 4’ x 6’, no license needed, fits into 2 inch hitch. Call 412-831-8998. _________________________________________________________________________ Archery Cobra 3 pin sights with light, $45. Boondogle arrow rest $25. Call 412-831-8998. _________________________________________________________________________ Nikon camera,base only,model 2000 automatic, asking $95,35mm film only.Call 412-831-8998. _________________________________________________________________________ Vivatar telephoto lens, 135 mm. Excellent condition.Asking $65 firm. Call 412-831-8998. _________________________________________________________________________ MTD Snowblower, good condition, 26”, 8 h.p. electronic start (needs repaired).Asking $450 firm. Call 412-831-8998. _________________________________________________________________________ Little Tikes Vintage Outdoor Log Cabin Playhouse - excellent condition. The playhouse measures 60”_________________________________________________________________________ high x 48” deep x 58” wide.You haul. $120 (cash only). 724-348-6994. Bike 16” boys Murray with training wheels and hand and coaster brakes. Mint condition – 2 years ol_________________________________________________________________________ d – used only at grandma’s house - $30. 724-348-6994 3 PC.SECTIONAL FURNITURE(WITH 2 RECLINERS AND LG.OTTOMAN) DK.BROWN - 2 YRS.OLD ASKIN_________________________________________________________________________ G $ 500. 724-348-6947 Cargo Carrier for 1 1/4 inch receiver. Really nice,lightweight, hitch Hauler. About 5 feet long,and out of_________________________________________________________________________ aluminum. First $50.00. 412-780-5998 call or text! Ben Roethlisberger Graded Rookie Card! Graded 10 Mint, Highest grade you can get. This is a Score Rookie, and comes encapsulated in holder! $30.00. Call or text me at 412-780-5998 _________________________________________________________________________ 58” flat screen JVC television. Brand new! Won as a prize. Never been used. Must sell. Includes stand. Retails for over $3,500. Wil sacrifice for $2,000. 724-483-5373. _________________________________________________________________________ New ladies Tour Edge Power Gold Club Set. Right hand, light flex, bag and covers included. $299 cash OBO. Call 412-997-3869. _________________________________________________________________________

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Nikon 35MM N-70 body with Nikon 35-80(1.4-5.6) zoom lens also Nikon 80-200(4.5-5.6) zoom lens, neck strap, carry bag, filters, new batteries and the manual. Like new condition. Over $800 new, first $150. Charleroi. (724) 483-5467 or e-mail: _________________________________________________________________________ Nordic gold weight machine $100. Excellent condition. 724-938-3558 _________________________________________________________________________ Chair Lift by Acorn. Nearly new, barely used. Indoor/outdoor chair lift. Chair is weatherized. Best offer. Cal_________________________________________________________________________ l 724-258-7028. Impex Powerhouse Home Gym. Model WM 1403. Used Once. $30. Call 724-348-4859. _________________________________________________________________________ BRASS BED VERY ORNATE, SIZE-DOUBLE $100.COUCH – FREE. EXCELLENT SHAPE.724-348-4859 _________________________________________________________________________ Utility trailer,5 x 10 with sides. In good condition.Have title and license.All steel construction.Asking $600. Call 724-348-8943. _________________________________________________________________________ Bike helmet and tire pump. Both new. $50 for both. Call 412-997-3869. _________________________________________________________________________ For_________________________________________________________________________ Sale - C.B. Radios, different brands. Call 724-258-4815 Electric Wheelchair. – Brand new. Used only 10-minutes! Cost $5,000. Wil sacrifice for $1,800 or best_________________________________________________________________________ offer. Call 724-258-6896 Super Steelers Super Bowl games.1970’s VHS tapes or DVD of the actual Super Bowl games including the classic commercials and pre-postgame footage.These are not the highlight films.Actual recorded games! Super Bowls IX,X,XII , and XIV. $100 for the complete set of four. A MUST HAVE for any true Steel er fan. Great as a gift. Call 412-279-1117. _________________________________________________________________________ 1956 upright Piano with matching bench. Like new! Make offer. 724-747-0866 _________________________________________________________________________ For Sale: Many horse related items:saddle pads,show halters,bridles,bits and much more. Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to: - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _________________________________________________________________________ Antique Oak Bed and matching 2-drawer washstand with drying rack and 3-drawer dresser and framed beveled mirror. All refinished. In good condition.Asking $525 for all pieces. Call 412-384-6704. _________________________________________________________________________ Hammond Elegante Organ with Leslie Speakers -Top of the line organ - like new condition - $2500 (724)348-8028 _________________________________________________________________________ Pit_________________________________________________________________________ Bull Puppies. Male $220, female $250, flexible. Call Tom at 724-314-3177. Fireplace tool set by Adams. Antique brass $175.00. Brass log holder $25.00.724-872-2029 leave cl_________________________________________________________________________ ear message. Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/al l. Can divide. 724-348-5072 _________________________________________________________________________ Portable hospital bed - $75. Call 724-328-1766. _________________________________________________________________________ Disk (farm), 5 ft. – 3 pt. hitch. $400. Call 724-348-5992. _________________________________________________________________________ Trailer (farm), dual wheels, titled. $500. Call 724-348-5992. _________________________________________________________________________ Cast iron claw foot bath tub (1912) – good condition. $75. 724-258-4240 _________________________________________________________________________ LAWNMOWERS! - Used Lawn Boys, Honda mowers, Snappers,All different types. 25 Lawn Boys, all 2cycl_________________________________________________________________________ e. Great for landscaping. Self propelled and push. Taking trade-ins. Call 724-745-6489. 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. _________________________________________________________________________ MEMORY FOAM THERAPEUTIC - NASA VISCO MATTRESSES. WHOLESALE! T-$299,F-$349,Q-$399, K-$499,ADJUSTABLES - $799. FREE DELIVERY 25 YEAR WARRANTY 90 NIGHT TRIAL 1-800-ATSLEEP. 1-800-287-5337. WWW.MATTRESSDR.COM _________________________________________________________________________ MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET,FLUTE,VIOLIN,Trumpet,Trombone,Amplifier, Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea. Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-3777907. _________________________________________________________________________ * REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * - Get a 4-room, all-digital satellite system installed for FREE and programmi ng starting under $20.Free Digital Video Recorders to new clients.So call now,1-800-795-3579. _________________________________________________________________________ Free Washer & Dryer? That’s right – Absolutely Free! Delivered to Your Door Brand Names,Brand New! Uni_________________________________________________________________________ ts are Going Fast! Log on Now for Details:WWW.FREEOFFERWD.COM GIGANTIC 72”x100” MIRRORS. (15) Sheets,$165/each. New,perfect condition. Free delivery (one or_________________________________________________________________________ all). Installation available. Also, 48”x100” (8) $115/each. Wholesale Liquidators. 1-800-473-0619 DIRECTV FREE 4 Room System! 265+ Channels! Starts $29.99! FREE HBO, Showtime, Starz! 130 HD_________________________________________________________________________ Channels! FREE DVR/HD! No Start Up Costs! Local Installers! 1-800-973-9044 BEDROOM 8-PIECE $975 NEW BOXED.ALL WOOD SLEIGH/MISSION WITH 10-YEAR WARRANTY.MATTRESS SET. HANDCRAFTED, DOVETAILED FURNITURE. 412-494-7351.Wil Deliver. _________________________________________________________________________ BEDS -“PLUSH/PILLOWTOPS, ORTHOPEDIC AND MEMORY FOAM” FULL...$169.QUEEN...$189.TWIN & KING MATTRESS,ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC W/10 YR.WARRANTY DELIVERY AVAIL. IMMEDIATELY. CALL 412-787-9128 _________________________________________________________________________

-------- ITEMS WANTED --------BUYING OLD FURNITURE AND VARIOUS HOUSE CONTENTS. ONE ITEM OR ENTIRE ESTATE. CALL 724-255-2000 OR 724-941-1827. WANTED ANTIQUES –. Oriental Rugs,Paintings,Quilts,Crocks with Blue,Furniture,Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gil espie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. CLEAN FILL NEEDED IN THE FINLEYVILLE AREA 724-941-7833. _________________________________________________________________________

Wanted - Junk cars,trucks,etc.,with or without title,all worth money. Also,local and long distance towin_________________________________________________________________________ g. Call 412-498-1622. WANTED: PINBALL MACHINE,ARCADE VIDEO GAME & coin operated items,ANY CONDITION,cash paid, semi -quick removal. 412-559-8477. E-mail: _________________________________________________________________________ JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T.Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. _________________________________________________________________________ WANTED: Used Stihl chain saws, used 2 stage snow blowers, Mantis til er, Rear tire til ers, Lawn Boy mowers, Honda mowers. Need not be running. Pay cash! 724-745-6489. _________________________________________________________________________ WE BUY GOLD, SILVER AND PLATINUM JEWELRY! – Get paid cash within 24 hours for your jewelry. No_________________________________________________________________________ cost, instant cash, insured shipping. Please call 1-877-GOLD-019 or WANTED DIABETES TEST STRIPS Any Kind/Any brand Unexpired. Pay up to $16.00 per box. We pay shi_________________________________________________________________________ pping. Call 1-713-395-1106.Visit:

-------- MISCELLANEOUS --------Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large in_________________________________________________________________________ door arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724)348-8028 Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick-up. Call: 724-825-7233 _________________________________________________________________________ Social Security Claims.30+ years experience.No results = no fee.E-mail: or call 412915-8890. _________________________________________________________________________ GET A NEW COMPUTER! Brand name.BAD or NO credit - No Problem.Smallest weekly payments avail. Cal_________________________________________________________________________ l now 1-800-932-4501 STEEL BUILDINGS: 5 only. 2)25x34, 3)30x46. Must move. Call today. Free delivery! 1-800-411-5869 x61_________________________________________________________________________ STEEL BUILDINGS: 4 Only, 25x24, 30x28, 40x62, 45x108. Must Move Now! Selling For Balance Owed/Free Delivery! 1-800-211-9593 x95 _________________________________________________________________________ Reach over 30 million homes with one buy. Advertise in NANI for only $2,795 per week! For information, visit _________________________________________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business,Paralegal, Computers,Criminal Justice.Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586 www.CenturaOnl _________________________________________________________________________ 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 _________________________________________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING: Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Fi_________________________________________________________________________ nancial aid if qualified - Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 888-349-5387. FREE! FREE! FREE! Free Preview For New Scientific Approach To Horoscope Readings. More Specific. More Exact. Read About Us _________________________________________________________________________ $$$ACCESS LAWSUIT CASH NOW!!! As seen on TV. Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500$500,000++ within 24/hrs after approval? Compare our lower rates. CALL NOW 1-866-386-3692. _________________________________________________________________________ **ALL Satellite Systems are not the same. Programming starting under $20 per month, HDTV programming under $10 per month and FREE HD and DVR systems for new callers.CALL NOW 1-800-7994935 _________________________________________________________________________ A NEW COMPUTER NOW!!!! Brand Name Laptops & Desktops. Bad or NO Credit – No Problem. Smal lest weekly payments avail. It’s Yours NOW Call 1-800-804-7475 _________________________________________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Fi_________________________________________________________________________ nancial aid if qualified – Housing Available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance. (888) 349-5387. HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros.,Inc.for straightening,leveling,foundation,and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD-BARN. MDHIC #05-121-861 _________________________________________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Computers, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-510-0784. www.CenturaOnl _________________________________________________________________________ FRIENDSHIP SERVICE Our 20th Year with over 100,000 members & countless successful relationshi_________________________________________________________________________ ps! Singles over 40, receive a FREE package! Call toll free, 1-877-437-6944 DUMP CABLE: 150 Channels for $9.99/Month. FREE HBO, Cinemax 1¢. FREE Install. Debit or Credi t Card Required, OAC. Call for details: 800DumpCable, 1-800-386-7222 _________________________________________________________________________ FREE DIRECTV 4 Room System! 265+ Channels! Starts $29.99! FREE HBO, Showtime, Starz! 130 HD_________________________________________________________________________ Channels! FREE DVR/HD! No Start Up Costs! Local Installers! 1-800-620-0058 Free Washer & Dryer? That’s right – Absolutely Free! Delivered to Your Door Brand Names,Brand New! Uni_________________________________________________________________________ ts are Going Fast! Log on Now for Details:WWW.FREEOFFERWD.COM. GIGANTIC 72”x100” MIRRORS. (15) Sheets,$165/each. New,perfect condition. Free delivery (one or_________________________________________________________________________ all). Installation available. Also, 48”x100” (8) $115/each. Wholesale Liquidators. 1-800-473-0619 WE BUY GOLD, SILVER AND PLATINUM JEWELRY! – Get paid cash within 24 hours for your jewelry. No cost, instant cash, insured shipping. Please call 1-877-GOLD-019 or _________________________________________________________________________

-------- NOTICES --------GARAGE SALE - May 16-17,9 3 p.m.,neighborhood garage sale,Aurora Drive,South Park,near Broughton Fire Hall. _________________________________________________________________________

Page 78 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– May 2009 CLASSIFIEDS LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyvil e.Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. _________________________________________________________________________ Baldwin High School class of 1964 Reunion to be held October 9 & 10, 2009 is looking for missing classmates. For further information, please call Carol Grundy Foster at 412-653-3313. _________________________________________________________________________ Roommate wanted in my furnished, remodeled Finleyvil e home ASAP. Responsible adult with references. $550/month includes all. Call 724-366-7707. _________________________________________________________________________

-------- PETS --------For Sale: Many horse related items: saddle pads, show halters, bridles, bits and much more.Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _________________________________________________________________________ Pit Bull Puppies. Male $220, female $250, flexible. Call Tom at 724-314-3177. _________________________________________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. _________________________________________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins,and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each.For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _________________________________________________________________________

-------- REAL ESTATE --------FOR SALE Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534.

Mobile Home for Sale: 2 bedroom, South Park Mobile Estates - $4,000. Call 412-855-7208. _________________________________________________________________________ CHARLEROI – 2 BR Duplex. Recently remodeled and updated! Large backyard. Covered front porch. Covered back porch. Located across from playground. $485 + Utils. Available May 1, 2009. Call 412760-2291 _________________________________________________________________________ MONONGAHELA - 2-1 bdr's, 1st and 2nd Floor – Equipped Kichen, Furiniture, Laundry facility and Much more! On Bus Line call 724-244-8579 _________________________________________________________________________ For sale - 3 bedroom mobile home in New Eagle. Inside pet is acceptable with park owners approval. Park is located on Route 88 and is serviced by 88 transit bus line.Mobile home is in the Ringgold School District.Asking $9,400.Owner financing is available for $200-250 per month at 0% interest with first and last months payment down. Park lot rent is $200 per month with first and last months payments down. Park lot rent includes garbage. Call 724-258-9115. _________________________________________________________________________ For rent - 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home in Brownsvil e. Location of property is 1113B Water Street. Inside gentle pet is acceptable with owners approval. Has large fenced in yard and storage shed. $400 per month plus utilities. First and last months rent required down. Call 724-258-9115. _________________________________________________________________________ MOBILE HOME - Mingo Park Estates, Finleyvil e: Must sell 1992 Commodore 14 X 80, spacious 3 BR, 2 full baths with skylights,1 with Jacuzzi, beautiful kitchen,A/C,shed,newer hot water tank & dishwasher. Well-maintained home with lots of storage. A steal at $22,000. Call for appt. evenings only 724-3487620. _________________________________________________________________________ FOR RENT -- 2 BR Apt. – Bethel Park. Best unit in the complex! Quiet! Short walk to the Library T line. Equipped kitchen.Good closets.W/W carpet.New furnace & A/C.Next to laundry room.$650+G&E.Some furni ture for sale. Call 412-889-1241 _________________________________________________________________________ Mobile Home '83, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, wood burner, covered porch. Mingo Park Est. $8,000.00. Call 724-348-4472. _________________________________________________________________________ Roommate wanted in my furnished, remodeled Finleyvil e home ASAP. Responsible adult with references. $550/month includes all. Call 724-366-7707. _________________________________________________________________________

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

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

CLEANING SERVICES CHERNICKY CLEANING – Wall washing. Floor care. Janitor Service. FREE ESTIMATES. Providing Quality Cleaning in the South Hil s for over 30 years! 724-348-5910. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WILL CLEAN YOUR HOUSE OR OFFICE! SPECIALITY CLEANING AND SPECIALITY JOBS. WEEKLY, BI-WEEKLY. MONTHLY, OR ONE TIME JOB ONLY. DEPENDABLE, AND REASONABLE RATES. CALL 412-589-3584 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

COMPUTERS COMPUTER TUNE-UP - 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

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

FLORAL/GIFTS FINLEYVILLE FLOWER SHOPPE – Your Hometown Florist! Flowers, plants, gift baskets and more. 3510 Washington Avenue, Finleyvil e. 724-348-5808. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARAGE DOORS WUENSTEL BROTHERS GARAGE DOOR COMPANY – Second Generation family owned. Since 1977. Residential Replacement Specialists. 3526D Cliff Street, Finleyvil e. 724-348-7550. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GUTTERS ZUBASIC BROS. HOME IMPROVEMENTS – New Seamless Gutters & Repairs 724-9417833 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

HAIR AND BEAUTY/TANNING MY SISTERS SHOP – We’re now located behind Finleyvil e Hardware. Hair, Nails, Tanning, Waxing. Convenient parking. 3526B Cliff Street, Finleyvil e. 724-348-2244. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ALL ABOUT HAIR – 724-292-0122. Main Street, New Eagle. Wolff Tanning System, “The deepest, darkest tan for a 20 minute bed.” Open Tuesday through Saturday. Call for an appointment please. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PIZZERIA NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA - Main Street - New Eagle. 724-258-8110. Daily Specials; LOVE AT FIRST BITE! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PLUMBING FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered Master Plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Locally Owned and Operated. Fully Insured and Certified. Ed Frye – (412) 841-6008,or Bob Frye – (412) 600-7905. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RESTAURANT THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT - Open Daily 3 pm-2 am; Daily Specials; Homemade Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384-30807 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SIDING / WINDOWS / ROOFING MEREDITH HOME IMPROVEMENTS – We also build Porch roofs and small decks. 30 years in business. If you need vinyl siding,roofing,windows or soffit and fascia done professionally,with no problems afterward and done at a reasonable price, we are the company to do it! We are so confident in your satisfaction that we require no money until the job is completed. Call us today at 412-831-9991. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE TRANQUIL ELEMENTS - Tranquil Elements offers therapeutic and relaxation massages in my home or yours. New clients welcomed. Call Amanda Chase 412-217-6822 or email at Visit my website at ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. APARTMENTS FOR RENT - Library, PA - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments. Near Library VFD. Starting at $425-$725 + Utilities & Security Deposit * No Pets • Near to Public Transportation. Call for more info.: 724-225-6814 _________________________________________________________________________ House for sale by owner, Jefferson Hil s. 3 bdrm Ranch, 3.6 acres affords privacy. $220,000 or best offer. Call 412-655-1483 or 412-384-4753. _________________________________________________________________________ 4 Acre Horse Pasture for Lease w/Sheds and Arena. $750/mo or 2 Acres $400/mo. Call 412-8352560. _________________________________________________________________________ Office Space For Rent – Finleyvil e. 1,300 square feet. Former site of Healthy Directions. $800 + El_________________________________________________________________________ ectric. 412-999-7163. FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new "Paradise Resort" in Myrtle Beach wil provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website www.oceanfront Paradise Resort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservatio_________________________________________________________________________ n call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507 Apartments For Rent: Library,PA - 1,2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments. Near Library VFD. Starting at $425-$725 + Utilities & Security Deposit * No Pets • Near to Public Transportation. Call for more info.: 724-225-6814. Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/al l. Can divide. 724-348-5072. _________________________________________________________________________ Office/Retail Available! New Construction located in Finleyvil e (Brownsvil e Rd. Ext.) 1,000-3,000 sq. ft._________________________________________________________________________ available. $10-$12/sq. ft. Call: 724-348-7545. WAREHOUSE/STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT - Finleyvil e. Different sizes available. Call 724-348-6688 for_________________________________________________________________________ details. Homes for Sale - 3 Bedroom 2 Bath only $21,200! Buy Foreclosure! Call For Listings & Details 800796-6049 ext. 1264 _________________________________________________________________________ Apartments for Rent - 4BD 3BA only $380/mo! (5%dn, 20yrs @8.5%apr) 1-5 Bedrooms Avail. Forecl osures! For Listings 800-796-6049 ex. 1221 _________________________________________________________________________ TEXAS LAND $0 Down! 20-acre Ranches, near El Paso. Beautiful Mountain Views. Road access. Surveyed. $15,900. $159/mo. Money back guarantee. Owner financing. 1-800-843-7537, _________________________________________________________________________ DELAWARE COUNTY 11 acres - was 89,900, NOW $69,900. Valley views, spring, stonewalls, apple trees, quiet road, incredible setting! Owner terms! 888-219-5091 _________________________________________________________________________ ***FREE Foreclosure Listings*** OVER 400,000 properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call now 800-250-2043. _________________________________________________________________________ Big Beautiful AZ lots near Tucson. $0 Down $0 Interest. Starting $129/mth. Guaranteed Financing. No Credit Checks. Pre-recorded Message (800) 631-8164 mention code NANI. _________________________________________________________________________ TENNESSEE HOMESITES - 1 acre to 35 acre building lots from $133/month. Owner financing. Devel oped includes roads, electric &water. Close to town, shopping, hospitals. Call 1-888-811-2168 _________________________________________________________________________ TENNESSEE DEVELOPER - 1 acre to 35 acre lots; community City water, roads, electric, near town. Owner Financing w/10% down. Inquire about House & Land packages. 1-888-811-2168 _________________________________________________________________________ TEXAS LAND SALE! 20 Acres,$0 Down. Only $15,900.,$159/mo. Near Booming El Paso. Beautiful Mountain Views. No Credit Checks. Money Back Guarantee. Roads/Surveyed. 1-800-843-7537 _________________________________________________________________________ UPSTATE NY ABANDONED FARM 25 acres/BARN/$69,900. 1,000 ft of trout stream, post/beam barn, deer woods, stonewalls, sub-dividable! Near lake! Terms! 866-420-5158 NYL&L _________________________________________________________________________ UPSTATE NY LAKEFRONT LAND! 5 acres - $219,900,NOW $189,900.So.Catskil Mtn lake,1 hr NYC! Gorgeous woods, private setting! Ideal bldg. site! Terms! 888-219-5785 _________________________________________________________________________ BIG BEAUTIFUL AZ LOTS! $0 down $0 interest Starting $129/mo. Guaranteed financing. Only 12 lots avai_________________________________________________________________________ lable. Pre-recorded message. Call (800)631-8164 Mention code 5055 UPSTATE NY CATSKILL MTNS LAKEFRONT LAND! 5 acres - $159,900.Gorgeous wooded bldg lot on unspoiled lake for less than appraised value! 1 hour NY City,10 mins to Middletown & train! Terms! Huge cash discounts 877-293-5940 _________________________________________________________________________ UPSTATE NY LAKE COUNTRY LAND SALE! 37 acres - $39,900.Wil sell this week regardless of profit! Nice woods,970 ft road front,subdividable, Lake! Many beautiful bldg sites! Huge investment potential! 877-289-0853 _________________________________________________________________________

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