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September 2008 Vol. 5, Issue 3
Three Generations of Serving the Community By Beth Stroud We live in a world of clichés… “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” “it’s better to give than to receive,” “do the right thing and the right thing happens.” And then there are those of us who actually live the cliché. The Library Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) has been blessed with members of the Ted Hale family who may be seen as apples not fallen far from the tree, men who find it better to give than to receive, and individuals who are doing the right thing to make the right thing happen. Ted Hale, Sr.; Ted Hale, Jr.; and Justin Hale represent three generations of the Hale family, who have served the LVFC for a combined 94 years and still counting. “It’s all in helping the people,” offered Ted, Sr. when asked what made him get involved with the company at the young age of 17. Hale has been a face at the fire station for nearly 56 years. During that time, he served as chief for 17 consecutive years from 1962 – 1979. He has also served as vice president, secretary, treasurer, assistant chief, deputy chief, captain, 1st. lieutenant, 2nd lieutenant, and chairman of the board. His son Ted, Jr. “grew up around fire service” and began volunteering when he was 14 years old. Thirty-two years later, he is in his 12th year as chief and can generally be found at the station when he is not working his full-time job as Captain of the Wilkinsburg Fire Department. His past positions at LVFC have included assistant
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Monongahela VFW Post 1409 Announces Events VFW Post 1409, located at 793 E. Main St Monongahela, will hold the following events in September. For more information, call 724-258-3013. • September 6 – Dance from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sound of Country to perform. Kitchen will be open. Come Watch the Steelers on the new big screen and enjoy the drink specials. • September 7 – Steeler football. Open at 11 a.m. • September 8 – VFW Meeting. 7:30 p.m. start. • September 14 – Steeler Football. Open at 5 p.m. • September 21 – Steeler Football. Open at 2 p.m. • September 29 – Steeler Football. Open at 5 p.m. • Every Tuesday – Bingo in the Hall. Starts at 7 p.m. • Every Wednesday – Bingo • Every Thursday – Free pool in the bar. • Every Friday - $1 bottles and $5 drafts from 5-9 p.m.
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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . SEPTEMBER 2
Washington Camera Club Meeting Printing Basics in Photoshop Elements will be presented. Everyone is welcome to attend. 7pm, Room 104 of the County Annex Building behind the Washington Court House. For more information: Ray (724)225-5842 SEPTEMBER 6
Grandparents Day Celebration - Join Century III Mall and Comfort Keepers Home Care in celebrating Grandparents Day with resources and activities for all ages. On Saturday, September 6, Century III Mall will be hosting a Resource Fair. The mall will be featuring booths with local resources as well as intergenerational activities for community members. The event is from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM. There will be a “create-a-card table” for children to create greeting cards to be distributed to our local elderly in placement, as well as an Intergenerational Talent Show with prizes for the winner of each generation-group. If one or various members of your family, from any or all generations, have a talent they are willing to share at this event, contact Maura at 412-653-6100. Clutter for a Cure Yard Sale - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Andrew Reilly Memorial Park Large Pavilion on Rt. 885 in Jefferson Hills. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Tamara DiClaudio Cancer Care Fund. Item donations are also being accepted for the sale. Pick up is available within the local area. Call 412-608-4223 or 412-466-5124 with questions or donations. SEPTEMBER 6 - 7
Estate Tag Sale - from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 307 Bull Run Rd., Brownsville. Attention Antique & Americana Collectors: Huge sale - Approximately 3000 items: Something for everyone! Blue-grey stoneware crocks, blue & white saltglaze, yellowware, old pewter ice cream molds, candle molds & old tinware including tin ABC plates from the 1800s. Huge collection of old wooden bowls & other country primitives & furniture. Large collection of throws & quilts, Boyds Bears plus other quality crafts. One of the biggest selections
of Americana from old to newer. Don’t miss this sale. Collection acquired over 50 years. Also, new Craftmatic double bed & refurbished 1968 red Ford Mustang 302 coupe all matching #s, asking $18,000.00. Call with any questions 412-384-6704 or 703303-1768. Plunge! Cabaret, Performance - Plunge! Cabaret, a regionally based performing arts troupe, will join with Womansplace, a local organization working to address domestic violence in our community, and the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth for a benefit weekend on September 6-7. The weekend will feature two performances of “One-ery…Two-ery…”, Plunge! Cabaret’s cornerstone show about the choices we make and those we’re made of. Saturday’s performance is at 7:30 pm, and the Sunday performance, beginning at 3 pm, will begin and end with two community awareness events bringing to light issues of domestic violence and supporting the work of Womansplace. Plunge! is dually based out of Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. For more information and current updates about this benefit weekend, visit www.plungecabaret.com or call 1-888-671-5943. For theater information and directions, visit www.elizabethgrand.com or call 412-384-0504. SEPTEMBER 8
Canonsburg General Hospital’s 24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament - at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the hospital. The event, cosponsored by the Canonsburg General Hospital Medical Staff and Angelo Falconi’s Moon Township Dealerships, includes brunch, dinner, a raffle and skill prizes. For more information about corporate sponsorship or to register to play, call Becky Biddle, Director of Development at 724-745-3913.
on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. The informal gathering will take place at Sunny Slope located in the Allgheny County Park. The tribute will also recognize the members of the departments who are the first to respond to any emergency in South Park Township: the South Park Township Police Department, Broughton Volunteer Fire Department, Library Volunteer Fire Company and Tri-Community South Emergency Medical Service. Members of the Allegheny County Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department will also be in attendance. Active military personnel and veterans will be honored at the event due to the many sacrifices these men and women have made, and continue to make on behalf of our country. Other participants include the boy scouts, girl scouts, local performers, and a bagpipe player. A helicopter flyover is also part of the service. Township residents are invited to attend the memorial ceremony that will include patriotic songs and the distribution of American flags. The boy scouts will be collecting old, worn flags that will be retired at a later date during a formal ceremony. The parking lot of Windover Hills United Methodist can be used to accommodate any parking overflow, and the church will be used for the ceremony in the event of rain. Please join us on September 11th to reflect, and also to reaffirm that united we stand.
ture food, sidewalk sales, a car cruise, a pie baking contest, a Chinese auction, a flea market, displays on Finleyville history, music, free kids’ games, a coloring contest, a kids’ scavenger hunt, and more! Parking will be available in the Presbyterian Church lot, the Finley Middle school lot, and the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department Hall lot. Please be respectful of property owners when parking on side streets. Come and join in the fun! Poker Run, Bike Run, Car Cruise & Festival – presented by Ringgold Rams Club, benefits Ringgold Students. Win a $20,000 merchandise gift card for use at Cerini Harley-Davidson / Buell or $18,000 cash. All cards must be picked up at the dealerships between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All poker hands must be registered at Palmer Park before 6:00 p.m. $50 donation for one poker hand. Best poker hand wins $1,000; 2nd best, $750; 3rd best, $500; and worst poker hand, $500. All ties split. Starting at 12:00 Noon, live bands and DJ, numerous foods, and merchandise vendors. Merchandise gift card or cash will be given away on the Pennsylvania lottery three digit number drawn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. For ticket information, call or stop in at any of the five area Harley-Davidson dealers or call Don Devore at 724-258-7100. Ticket includes refreshments.
7th Annual Peter’s Township Golf Classic - at the Scenic Valley Golf Course. Proceeds will be donated to The Angels Place Organization. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Cocktails at 3:30 p.m. and dinner starting around 4:30-5:00 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer, $500 per foursome. Includes golf, cart, beverages, lunch at turn, dinner & prizes. For more information, contact Joe Verduci at 412-409-9100 ext. 307 or visit www.peterstownshipreferrals.com.
September 11 Remembrance Ceremony The South Park Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Windover Hills United Methodist Church, is again sponsoring a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony that will be held - rain or shine -
Finleyville Community Day Festival Finleyville will hold its 2008 Community Day on September 13 from 10 am - 6 pm along Marion Avenue. The event will fea-
Car and Bike Cruise - The Olde Large Hotel in Jefferson Hills will be having a “Car and Bike Cruise” on Saturday, September 13 from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Entry fee is $1. Join us for a special memorial cruise for two of our friends/brothers, Dennis Pasqualini and Rick Shiner, gone but not forgotten. Plenty of giveaways, dash plaques, trophies and other prizes. Don’t miss the outside Jello shots followed by JELLO WRESTLING by the fine ladies. Food and drink specials all day and night. The Olde Large Hotel is located at 5100 Oak Road just off Route 51. For questions or information, call 412-3849950, or contact Jim at 412-897-7475, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The 5th Annual J. R. Taylor Memorial Bike Run & Tailgate Party - all proceeds will benefit the “J.R. Taylor Memorial Bridge” to be constructed on the Bethel Park Branch of the Montour Trail at the Clifton/McMurray Road crossing. Pre-registration is just $35 per bike and $5 for a rider; $40 per bike the day of the event. (Includes t-shirt) You can download a registration form at www.jrtaylormemorial.com. Bike Run registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Al’s Café in Bethel Park with a continental breakfast for all pre-registered bikers and riders. For more information or to donate a prize for the Auction, call Debi, Darlaine or Diann Taylor at 412-469-8800.
Free Screenings - Canonsburg General Hospital Staff will provide free blood pressure and lung screenings, along with bone density screenings, during the Senior Expo at Washington Crown Center on Thursday, September 18. The booth will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 724-873-5835.
Monthly Brunch - Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 located on Plum Street in Elizabeth will host its monthly open-to-thepublic brunch on September 14 from 10 am-2 pm. All-you-can-eat buffet is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for tots. Take the elevator to the third floor dining area. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, hash browns, fruits, biscuits and sausage gravy, and desserts courtesy of The Goody Shoppe (thegoodyshoppe.com).
Rummage Sale - The Women’s group of Wright’s United Methodist Church will hold its annual rummage sale September 19-20, the church is located at 788 Venetia Rd Venetia. New this year we will be open for business on Friday September 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then come for more bargains and concession stand on Saturday September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Outdoor space will be available on Saturday for $10 donation. You must provide your own table. If you have items you wish to donate or any questions contact Kathy Jo at 724-348-5969. The rummage sale supports the mission work that the woman’s group does through out the whole year.
Fashion Show - Finleyville Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Presented by Phyllis’ Fashions. Refreshments, door prizes, table prizes. For more information, call Denise at 724-348-9656 SEPTEMBER 19 – 20
Golf Outing -The Finleyville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 12:00 noon. The outing will be held at Scenic Valley Golf Club in Finleyville, PA. Cost for the outing is just $60.00/golfer, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog and soft drink at the turn, prizes, buffet dinner, and more!! Not a golfer? Cost is only $19.00 for a terrific dinner. Funds raised will benefit the Finleyville Community Center. The event will feature prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams, skill events, a 50/50 drawing, and company sponsorships. SEPTEMBER 15 - 19
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Open Workshop - with juror and instructor Linda Doll will be on “Seeing the Light” – Understanding Sunlight,Shade and Shadow. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 412-4213369 or 724-452-5473 or visit www.Pittsburghwatercolors.org. SEPTEMBER 16
Washington Camera Club Meeting Special Presentation by Bob Agnew, President of the Photo Selection of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Everyone is welcome to attend. 7pm, Room 104 of the County Annex Building behind the Washington Court House. For more information: Ray (724)225-5842 SEPTEMBER 17
Pleasant Hills Rotary Golf Outing - Please join us at the 4th annual Pleasant Hills Rotary Golf Outing on Wednesday September 17th 2008 at Lindenwood Golf Club in McMurray Pa. Shotgun Start is at 10:00 AM with dinner immediately following. Cost is $95.00 per person and includes: 18 holes of golf with cart; Food and beverages;Team prizes; Individual skills prizes. 100% of the profits will go to the Make-AWish Foundation and other Rotary charities. For more information, contact Robert Weiss, Chairman at (412) 650-7383, or (412) 551-6015.
South Park Township Community Day The Annual South Park Township Community Day will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the South Park Fairgrounds. A parade will kick off the activities at 12:00 noon and the day’s activities will run until dusk. Attendees will enjoy a large selection of food, refreshment and craft vendors, information booths from local businesses, plenty of games and activities for children, music and much more! Don’t miss out! One of the last big events for the summer of 2008. Poker Run and Concert - A Poker Run and Concert to benefit 3-year old Amanda Wyandt will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the New Eagle Social Hall, 156 Chess Street, New Eagle. Amanda is suffering from severe injuries caused by a drunk driver. Sign ups from 9-10:30 a.m. Run leaves at 11 a.m. $20 per rider, $25 per couple for Poker Run, concert and buffet dinner. $15 walk-in admission for concert and buffet dinner. For more information, call John at 724-350-1782, Chas at 724-350-1763 or Scott at 724-809-3141. SEPTEMBER 20 – 21
Flea Market/Craft Show - The Helping Hands group from Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church will be holding a flea market/craft show on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Sunday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mingo Creek Church on the corner of Rt. 88 and Mingo Creek Church Road. Refreshments will be sold and table rentals are available. For more information, call 724-258-7329. Revolutionary War Encampment - The Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line will be camped on the grounds of the Oliver Miller Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. This reen-
actment group will depict the day to day life of the American soldier in the 18th century. Activities will include close order drills, musket firing, and outdoor cooking. Young visitors to the Homestead will be recruited and given recruitment papers and they will be instructed in military drills. An exhibit of antique and reproduction firearms and weaponry will be displayed in the barn. The Oliver Miller Homestead Associates will be in 18th century dress to answer questions about the Homestead and demonstrate pioneer activities. The Miller Homestead is open every Sunday afternoon through December 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $1.00 per person. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.olivermiller.org The Associates can be reached at 412-835-1554. SEPTEMBER 27
Spaghetti Diner / Mortorcylce Ride - There will be a Benefit Ride/Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) of Monongahela, on September 27. Ride begins at the Monongahela Church of the Nazarene at 206 Tenth St. Signups for the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. Ride leaves at 11:00 a.m. and returns at 1:00 p.m. Spaghetti dinner will be held at the Monongahela Church of The Nazarene at 12:00 p.m. All proceeds will be given to the family of Amanda Wyandt, a 3year old who was severly injured in a drunk driving accident. Annual Fall Festival - Jefferson United Presbyterian Church, 716 Gill Hall Road. Fresh produce sale, craft sale and car wash start at 2:00 p.m. Another one of our Great Dinners will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 27 – 28
Fall EthnicFest - Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church 10th Annual ‘Fall EthnicFest’ will be held on September 27, 10 a.m. to dusk and September 28, Noon to dusk, at Chess Park, Main Street, Monongahela. A variety of homemade food both Ethnic & American will be featured including cabbage rolls, haluski (cabbage & noodles), hot dogs, burgers, french fries, funnel cakes, hot sausage, stuffed hot peppers, potato pancakes and our own homemade pirohi plus much more. Dessert will be available and a Bake Sale both days with homemade pies, pepperoni rolls and items too numerous to list. Again this year we will have a flea market with lots of items for those who like to browse and those who like to buy. A variety of live entertainment daily beginning noon until dusk. Saturday is the Nutones Polka Band. Sunday is the Traditional Country Band. SEPTEMBER 28
Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner - Saint Anthony’ Fr. Abbate School Hall in Monongahela on Sunday, September 28 from 11:00am to 5:00 pm. The hall is located at 225 Park Avenue in Monongahela. Adult meals include spaghetti with two meat balls; bread, butter, salad, a drink and home made cake – all for $6.00. Meals for children 12 and under will be $3.00 with one meatball. To order take-out meals call (724) 258-9276. Everyone is welcome!
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Road Traveled The
Tim Murphy Tours ER at Canonsburg General
By Wild Willy Frankfort
Shown with Congressman Murphy (l-r) are Kim Malinky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canonsburg General Hospital, Beverly Mueller, R.N., Nurse Director/Emergency Department and Joseph A. Macerelli, Chairman of the hospital’s board of directors.
U. S. Representative Timothy F. Murphy recently toured the Emergency Department at Canonsburg General Hospital and the Life Flight helicopter base. Congressman Murphy was instrumental in securing $300,000 in Federal funds for the emergency department building project.
Revolutionary War Encampment at Oliver Miller Homestead The Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line will be camped on the grounds of the Oliver Miller Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. This reenactment group will depict the day to day life of the American soldier in the 18th century. Activities will include close order drills, musket firing, and outdoor cooking. Young visitors to the Homestead will be recruited and given recruitment papers and they will be instructed in military drills. An exhibit of antique and reproduction firearms and weaponry will be displayed in the barn. Members of the Miller family served in the Eighth Pennsylvania, which was formed in July of 1776 of Western Pennsylvania volunteers. Originally intended to protect the frontier, they were soon called upon to join Washington's main army in the East. They participated in the Battle of Saratoga, which was the decisive victory over the British in the North. They also wintered with General Washington at Valley Forge. On both days, the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates will be in 18th century dress to answer questions about the Homestead and demonstrate pioneer activities such as spinning, weaving, quilting, cooking, hornwork, and blacksmith work. The Homestead includes the original Stone House and springhouse, a reconstructed Log House, beehive bake oven and blacksmith shop, a newly constructed barn, and various gardens. The Miller Homestead is open every Sunday afternoon through December 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $1.00 per person. The Homestead is located in Allegheny County’s South Park on Stone Manse Drive off Corrigan Drive. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.olivermiller.org The Associates can be reached at 412-835-1554.
As I “par-oozed” the racks of magazines at one of our local grocery stores, I was amazed at the variety of resources that have become available to the reading public. I, being partial to the hunting, shooting, and outdoor neighborhood of that display, I took up my stance, leaning against it to begin my search for that one magazine on which I would spend from five to seven dollars. Now, when I pick out reading material I look for certain things—first, an area in which I am interested; second, the writers that I know give an accurate account of the story or a report that I can count on; third, good photos or art that carry the idea home and might offer more in the way of research or technical details that the article missed. I tend not to throw away magazines; I use them for reference or artwork, etc. Besides, I tend to be a little stingy or miserly with my written word. If I’m gonna spend seven dollars on a magazine, I’m gonna get my monies’ worth from it. This particular magazine I was taking with me on vacation, and I planned on reading it from cover to cover. I scanned and dug through the pile of text in front of me, finally finding a publication on muzzleloading hunting and firearms. I expected to find articles on my beloved past time, but, to my chagrin, I was assailed by articles dealing with ordinance from a Sci Fi flick. My eye traveled the index on the third page of this publication, settling on the article that was to inform me who was the top hunter in the USA using only a front-loading firearm. Truly, this was a good article, but I was crestfallen to find out that this superb hunter had never used a primitive firearm. For those of you not interested in guns or who have never used a front-loading firearm, I will endeavor to clear up the mechanics or mystery of these things. A frontloader or muzzleloader is just that—a firearm loaded down the barrel. The load is pushed down the barrel with a ramrod, which sets the charge against the breach of the gun. A hole of some sort is drilled through the barrel at the hammer of the gun, and a spark or contained charge is used to send the spark from that charge through the hole. This catches the charge on fire, sending the bullet or ball down the barrel. There are several types of these firearms, and they all rely on a spark for ignition. There are matchlock guns, which have a burning match or wick which sets off the charge; wheelock and flintlocks, which use a piece of iron pyrite or flint to strike a metal plate that showers sparks into a pan of powder to set off the charge; and finally a cap
full of fulminate of mercury placed over a cone, which sends the spark into the charge. As time progresses, things change and small inventions are made to make things work better. Take for instance the typewriter, which became the word processor, then the personal computer, and finally the laptop. These were all great inventions that have furthered the task of writing. However, there are those writers who insist on using a typewriter. That is what they learned on, and that is what they insist on using. Is it harder? Yes. If you make a mistake, you must manually erase that mistake or use correction fluid, etc. But in that labor lies the art of what they do, a “Labor of Love.” Does that make them a better writer or “The Best” writer? I have used both typewriter and personal computer (PC) and I can tell you I love my PC. I know that as a writer, I am entertaining and defiantly not “The Best” at writing. What then makes us the best at something? Is it out skill or our equipment? The word “best” is bandied about pretty freely these days. In my mind, the best is that person or group who show superlative skill in what they do or have achieved. You do not become the best by beating that person or group once, because on any given day a change in the wind or an upgrade in equipment helps someone to best the best. This does not make them number one. But, it does make for good entertainment. In my eyes, the “best” man with a frontloader passed away not too long ago. He was my friend, and just shooting with him made me shoot better. No articles have ever written about him in any magazine, but I had seen him consistently do amazing things with a flintlock gun. I believe my friend Bob has now moved into a new class. He’ll be shooting against the best that has ever been. Because, in my view of heaven, God has one heck of a shootin’ range, and there is never a crosswind or misfire.
‘Penny Party’ Changes Venue in New Eagle The New Eagle Community Action Group ‘Penny Party’ will now be held at the New Eagle Fireman's Recreation Hall, Chess Street, New Eagle, on November 9. Formally was held at The Haymakers, Main Street, New Eagle. The new location is handicap friendly.
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J.R. Taylor 5th Annual Memorial Bike Run & Tailgate Party The South Park Township Library was a full house to listen to Tom White speak on local Urban Legends
Tom White from Duquesne University has written many articles about local folklore and urban legends.
Tall Tales A Discussion on Urban Legends Held at the South Park Library On Thursday, July 24th, South Park Township Library hosted a discussion about “Urban Legends.” Tom White from Duquesne University who has written many articles about local folklore, was on hand to discuss the “South Park Green Man”, “The B-25 Ghost Bomber of the Monongahela”, “Braddock’s Gold”, and many others.
The 5th Annual J. R. Taylor Memorial Bike Run & Tailgate Party will be held on Sunday September 14. All proceeds will benefit the “J.R. Taylor Memorial Bridge” to be constructed on the Bethel Park Branch of the Montour Trail at the Clifton/McMurray Road crossing. Pre-registration is just $35 per bike and $5 for a rider; $40 per bike the day of the event. (Includes t-shirt) You can download a registration form at www.jrtaylormemorial.com. Bike Run registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Al’s Café in Bethel Park with a continental breakfast for all pre-registered bikers and riders. The bikes will leave at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy an 80-mile scenic escorted ride through Washington County (with one stop along the route) and conclude with a family “tailgate” style party (music, food, beer, pop, lots of door prizes, raffles) in the parking lot of Al’s. Even if you don’t ride, you are invited to join the festivities beginning at noon! All guests for the tailgate party only are $20; children under 12 are free. Pre-registered guests will also receive an event t-shirt. To date, this event has raised over $200,000 which has paid for all of the pre-construction services. The “Home Town Streets and Safe Routes to School”, a program of the Federal Highway Administration has awarded $750,000.00, through Penn DOT District 11, that will pay for the material and construction contracts for the bridge. Century Steel Erectors, along with the Ironworkers Local #3 and Operating Engineers Local #66 and other local businesses and contractors will donate much of the equipment and services to erect the bridge. In July, PennDot received the complete set of design package drawings and data for the bridge and the Council expects to begin bridge work before the end of this construction season. For more information or to donate a prize for the famous Chinese Auction, please call Debi, Darlaine or Diann Taylor at Century Steel Erectors at 412-469-8800.
Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 Hosts September Brunch Librarian Mary Planiczki (left) introduces Tom White who spoke about local Urban Legends at the South Park Township Library on July 24.
(PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)
Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 located on Plum Street in Elizabeth will host its monthly open-to-the-public brunch on September 14 from 10 am-2 pm. All-you-can-eat buffet is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for tots. Take the elevator to the third floor dining area. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, hash browns, fruits, biscuits and sausage gravy, and desserts courtesy of The Goody Shoppe (Visit the website at thegoodyshoppe.com).
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2nd Annual Chamber Golf Outing to Raise Funds For Community Center The Finleyville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 12:00 noon. The outing will be held at Scenic Valley Golf Club in Finleyville, PA. Cost for the outing is just $60.00/golfer, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog and soft drink at the turn, prizes, buffet dinner, and more!! Not a golfer? Cost is only $19.00 for a terrific dinner. Funds raised will benefit the Finleyville Community Center. The event will feature prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams, skill events, a 50/50 drawing, and company sponsorships. For more information, please call any of the phone numbers listed below on the registration form. Want to register a team or yourself – just fill out the attached form, and mail it in along with your payment. Come on out for a great day of golf, and help raise some funds for a great community resource! Complete the registration form below.
Annual Golf Outing Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Monday, September 15, 2008 • Scenic Valley Golf Club Prizes: 1ST and 2nd Place Teams Skill Events: Closest to the Pin – 2 holes! Longest Drive – 2 holes! Longest Putt – 2 holes! Mulligans only $5 (1/golfer) 50/50 Drawing Tee Box Sponsorships Only $50!! REGISTRATION: Golfers $60 each
_____ (Individual, Twosome, Threesome, Foursome)
Dinner Only $19
Tee Sponsor $50 Per Tee
Community Center Contribution
Company:________________________________Contact: ____________________________ Address: _______________________________ Phone: _____________________________ Please return completed registration form with check payable to: Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 25, Finleyville, PA 15332 Questions: Jim Fiore 724-348-7176 • Rosann Rovano 724-348-5808 • Karen Juskowich 724-348-7610
Elizabeth Hosts Lewis & Clark Festival September 18-21 The Monongahela River Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Heritage Trails Foundation is hosting it's first annual Lewis & Clark Festival on Thursday September 18th through Sunday September 22 on Plum Street from the Masonic block to the Monongahela River. John McNaulty and Ed Falvo who traveled with the Bicentennial expedition will speak on their experiences. Native Americans, reinactors, and a canoe group in Period clothing will teach and demonstrate in the schools on Thursday and Friday and also at the Festival all weekend. Residents and Festival goers are asked to dress in Period clothing. Prizes will be awarder for best clothing. Each evening will end with a campfire on the Elizabeth Barge. A children's Fishing Contest will be held on Sunday with fishing and archery demonstrations. The Festival is seeking additional vendors, Period crafters, and demonstrators. For information contact Lynn McHolme at 412-384-3909.
Who Ya Gonna Call? Emergency Services in the Union-Finley Area Part Four of a Four-Part Series
The Washington County Emergency Control Center By Paul Chasko Well, in any emergency situation anywhere in Washington County, and for whatever emergency assistance you need, who do you call? You dial 911 and you reach the Washington County Emergency Control Center (WCECC). A highly trained telecommunications operator (TCO) will answer your call, get you the help you need in the shortest possible time, and guide you through whatever you can and should do before the help arrives. A telecommunications operator takes a 911 call in The TCOs are trained to evaluate the Washington County’s Emergency Control Center. situation based on the information you give and to initiate the most appropriate response, while offering what assistance they can over the phone. This is an enhanced 911 operation in which as soon as you’re connected to a TCO, the system computer is already at work recording your call and logging the time, date, your name, and your location if it’s a land line; – the system knows the location of a home-based phone as soon as your connection is made. This is important if the caller becomes unable to communicate or if The Washington County Emergency Operations the connection is broken. If you’re Center stands ready to respond to widespread calling on a cell phone, it’s a little emergencies and natural disasters in the county tougher for the system to automaticaland in Southwestern PA. ly pin down the origin of the call. That’s why it’s so important to stay on the line with the TCO as long as you’re EMS course as a minimum basis for applynot in physical danger. ing for a position. In addition to the preThe WCECC is located in Washington, requisite courses, TCOs receive an in-house PA. Its precise location isn’t widely adver- course and extensive on-the-job-training tised for obvious security reasons. In fact, under the close supervision of a certified many people pass by its doors daily without trainer. All TCOs are certified to provide the slightest idea of what lies behind. The emergency medical instructions to callers WCECC falls under the jurisdiction of the based on procedures developed by physiWashington County Department of Public cians. When you dial 911, your emergency Safety (WCDPS). Access is limited to those is going to be handled fast and by wellwho need to be there and is controlled by trained professionals. security officers who are backed up in eleThe WCECC also houses the Washington vated threat situations by armed sheriff’s County Emergency Operations Center from deputies. which operations are conducted in response The 1,800-square foot complex houses all to widespread emergencies and natural disthe computers, communication equipment, asters. Washington County is part of emergency power supplies, and offices used Emergency Management Region 13, which by the WCDPS to manage emergencies in consists of 13 counties in Southwestern PA Washington County. All of the 911 calls and the City of Pittsburgh. These counties originating in Washington County end up and Pittsburgh share and strategically store here. The unit is self-sustaining in event of resources such as cots, food supplies, bomb a major power failure – it has automatic squads, dive teams, and boats for wideelectrical backup systems for both comput- spread emergencies. ers and communications systems. The unit Some things we can all do as ultimate typically answers over 200,000 emergency users of emergency services are: calls annually. Police incidents account for • Pre-plan for safety – maintain emergency most of the calls, with fire calls coming in kits in the home and car second followed by EMS requests. The cen- • Support volunteer emergency services ter is linked to emergency response units organizations within and outside the county by radio • Teach your children how to use the 911 transmission over telecommunications towsystem ers located strategically throughout the • If you’ve moved or had a home phone county and over dedicated phone lines. number change, dial 911 and tell the The control room is dimly lit so the TCOs TCO upfront that you’d like an address can see the video screens at each of the 10 verification check. stations in the center. Stations are dedicat- • Prominently displayed house numbers ed to police, fire, and EMS calls, but built-in so first responders can quickly find the redundancy allows any station to overlap location. another. The stations are manned 24/7 with Remember, the only number you need to a supervisor on each shift. Each TCO must have to report an emergency in our area is take a communications course as well as an 911.
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Levdansky Reacts to Elizabeth Borough Tax Scam State Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny/Washington, recently commended Elizabeth Mayor John Yacura for requesting a special investigation by Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner into financial irregularities in the borough. "John contacted my office in March 2007 and asked for my help in bringing the matter to the attention of the auditor general," Levdansky said. "Within a couple weeks, a meeting was held in my office with Mayor Yacura and Auditor General Special Investigator Mike Bolen." Bolen authored the report, "A Special Investigation of the Borough of Elizabeth, Allegheny County," that was released this month. The report points to the alleged misappropriation of more than $15,710 in borough funds by the former borough secretary. In addition, an undetermined amount of cash in the form of fees paid by borough residents for trash collection and reimbursements from borough employees for cell phone usage is also unaccounted for. The borough secretary resigned in December 2006. During 2007, Yacura and Bolen met in Levdansky’s office a number of times to discuss the investigation. As the investigation continued, Yacura and Elizabeth Council worked to make changes in borough procedures and policies. "I am proud of the changes we have made and the new internal policies we have implemented since becoming aware of the alleged actions by our former borough secretary," Yacura said. "We may have been too trusting in the past, but this experience has taught us a good lesson and I can guarantee that documentation and internal controls are now standard operating procedure in borough hall." Yacura thanked Levdansky for his assistance. "I went to Representative Levdansky because I knew he would do whatever it took to get us the attention we needed to right the financial wrongs in our borough – and he did," Yacura added.
Finleyville Community Day Ready to Go! Finleyville will hold its 2008 Community Day on September 13 from 10 am - 6 pm along Marion Avenue. The event will feature food, sidewalk sales, a car cruise, a pie baking contest, a Chinese auction, a flea market, displays on Finleyville history, music, free kids’ games, a coloring contest, a kids’ scavenger hunt, and more! Parking will be available in the Presbyterian Church lot, the Finley Middle school lot, and the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department Hall lot. Please be respectful of property owners when parking on side streets. Come and join in the fun! Proceeds raised at the event will benefit the Finleyville Community Center Roof Fund Following is the day’s schedule: 10:00 am: Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising - Community Center All Day: Food, Sidewalk Sales, Chinese Auction, Flea Market, Vendors 12:00 pm: Higher Ground Praise Band Community Center
2:00 pm: Car Cruise Awards - Bull International Lot 3:00 pm: Pie-Baking Contest Awards Community Center (Judges are Mayor Mike Kutsek, Dave Levdansky and Russ Allridge.) 3:00 pm: Higher Ground Praise Band Community Center 4:00 pm: Chinese Auction Drawing Community Center 5:00 pm: Community Choir Community Center All Day: Free games for the kids – (Community Center parking lot) Kids Games Schedule: 11:00 am: hair wraps 12:30 pm: Sack race 1:00 pm: hair wraps 1:30 pm: balloon toss 2:30 pm: pie-eating contest 3:00 pm: hair wraps 3:30 pm: balloon toss 4:00 pm: sack race 4:30 pm: coloring contest results 4:30 pm: scavenger hunt results
Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner in Monongahela There will be a spaghetti and meatball dinner at Saint Anthony’ Fr. Abbate School Hall in Monongahela on Sunday, September 28 from 11:00am to 5:00 pm. The hall is located at 225 Park Avenue in Monongahela. At the recent Saint Anthony “Festa”, there were so many requests for takeout that the Festa Café Crew decided to follow up with a Spaghetti Dinner. If you enjoyed the food at the Festa, you’ll love this home-made “Pasta and Perpettes”– really Italian. Adult meals include spaghetti with two meat balls; bread, butter, salad, a drink and home made cake – all for $6.00. Meals for children 12 and under will be $3.00 with one meatball. To order take-out meals call (724) 2589276. Everyone is welcome!
The Veteran’s Memorial at the base of the flagpole at the Finleyville Community Center honors the memory of deceased service men and women.
The Veteran’s Memorial Plaque is changed monthly to honor an individual veteran.
Finleyville Community Center Memorial Offers Unique Way to Honor Service Men and Women By Paul Chasko The Finleyville Community Center’s front lawn memorial offers the unique opportunity to recognize an individual veteran each month. At the base of the pole that flies the flag daily, the name on the memorial plaque is changed each month to honor a deceased veteran. The name of the veteran being honored and other particulars as to the service to his or her country are placed on the plaque and remain there for the entire month. It’s a novel way to honor the memory of our deceased local service men and women. The memorial was donated several years ago by the Finleyville Moose and has not been used as much as it could be. The flag flown over the memorial may be provided by family members or will be provided by the Community Center. If you wish to honor a deceased member of our Armed Forces in this way, call 724-348-5608 or contact any Board Member of the Finleyville Community Center. Veterans of Finleyville and any of our surrounding communities can be honored at this memorial.
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New CASA Volunteers Sworn in On July 31, 2008 Judge Mark Mascara swore in 3 new CASA volunteers. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization that trains CASA Volunteers (l-r) Ellsworth Dillard, Megan community volunteers to be advoWatson and Tina Danik with Judge Mark Mascara. cates for children that are in the court system due to abuse and neglect. Judge Mascara "considers the CASA program to be one of the strengths of the Washington County juvenile dependency court system." The sad truth is that child abuse takes place everyday. Every year in America over 500,000 children are placed in foster care and thrust into the court system. CASA for Kids, Inc of Washington County helps lessen the trauma for these children and move them toward a permanent loving home. The CASA volunteer receives 30 hours of training and 4 hours of court observation. At that point they are sworn in by the Judge and appointed as a CASA volunteer. The volunteer gather information, such as regularly visiting the child, talking with the parents and foster parents, meeting with the schools and others involved with the child. At court hearings the CASA volunteer writes a report to the court. This work helps to inform and support the court's decision concerning the child's future. The CASA for Kids program relies on the power of volunteers to make a difference. You could be the individual to make a profound change in the life of an abused and neglected child. The next CASA training session begins in fall 2008. For more information, please call 724-228-0414 or visit www.casawashingtoncounty.org.
Grief Support Seminar Monday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is the first meeting of a special 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Known as Grief Share, it is a place to be around people who understand what you are feeling. At Grief Share, you'll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future! Each session consists of three elements: 1) Your Grief Share group will watch a 30-minute video featuring interviews with top experts on grief, dramatic re-enactments & real-life stories of people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 2) After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives. 3) There is also a workbook that can be used during the week for further study and journaling. A discussion time during the meeting will cover workbook questions. A nominal fee of $12 covers the workbook. Sessions will meet at Crossroads Ministries each Monday evening for 13 weeks. For more information, call Barbara Meadows at 724-941-3652. Crossroads Ministries website is www.crossroadsministries.com.
Poker Run, Bike Run, Car Cruise & Festival to Benefit Ringgold Students The Ringgold Rams Club will hold a “Poker Run, Bike Run, Car Cruise & Festival” to benefit Ringgold Students on Saturday, September 13. Win a $20,000 merchandise gift card for use at Cerini Harley-Davidson / Buell or $18,000 cash! Drive, run or walk to four out of the five dealers listed below: • Cerini Harley-Davidson – Rostraver • Cerini National Road Harley-Davidson – Uniontown • Hot Metal Harley-Davidson – West Mifflin • Steel City Harley-Davidson – Washington • Z&M Harley-Davidson – Greensburg • Palmer Park – Donora Pick up your cards and bring them to Palmer Park, where you will receive the last card for your poker hand. You will have the option to purchase 2 more cards. All cards must be picked up at the dealerships between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All poker hands must be registered at Palmer Park before 6:00 p.m. $50 donation for one poker hand. Best poker hand wins $1,000; 2nd best, $750; 3rd best, $500; and worst poker hand, $500. All ties split. Starting at 12:00 Noon, live bands and DJ, foods, and merchandise vendors. Merchandise gift card or cash will be given away on the PA lottery three digit number drawn at 7 p.m. on September 13. For ticket information, call or stop in at any of the five area Harley-Davidson dealers or call Don Devore at 724-2587100. Ticket includes refreshments.
Prayers, Financial Help Needed For South Park 3-Year-Old Amanda Wyandt is 3 years old. Amanda is the daughter of JR and Shannon and the big sister of Alyssa. Her family resides in South Park, PA. On May 24, 2008, Amanda's family was driving home from Grandma's house. Their car was struck by a drunk driver in a hit and run accident. Amanda's mommy, daddy, and sister all escaped with minor injuries. Amanda, however, was not so lucky. The police did catch the drunk driver, who is now in jail awaiting trial. Since that night, Amanda has been in the hospital or the rehab center. When the ambulance came to the scene of the accident, portions of Amanda's brain were visible. She was transported via life flight helicopter to Children's Hospital. The frontal bone of her skull, along with some brain tissue, needed to be removed when she arrived at the hospital. She also received a skin graft to help cover the void where the bone was removed. She was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for several weeks since her injuries were so critical. After some of the drainage tubes were removed, Amanda was moved to the ICU, then after a week or two, she moved to a regular room. On July 9th, she was moved to a rehab center, where she began physical therapy to regain her life as everyone around her knew it. After being there for a little over a week, she was again admitted to the hospital because she rejected the skin graft. She received a second skin graft on July 21st, this time stretching her own skin as well as grafting donated skin. Amanda is just now beginning to speak and move around. She cannot get out of bed without a special helmet that they have made for her to wear. She can move her left side but the right side of her body is very weak. They are hoping that therapy will increase the mobility she has on the right. Amanda's family is in need of financial assistance. The drunk driver was not driving his own car. The insurance coverage they will receive from him is very minimal. Over the next few years, Amanda will require more surgeries and ongoing therapy that will be very costly. It just isn't fair to leave them with such expensive medical bills when they did nothing wrong. They are just starting their family! Please donate in any way you can. The family does not only need money. They need prayers and support as well. JR and Shannon have only spent one night in their home since this accident. They have lived wherever Amanda is. They are very dedicat-
Amanda Wyandt was a typical, healthy and happy 3-year old prior to that fateful night on May 24, 2008
Amanda has endured many struggles and pain after her family’s car was hit by a drunk driver on May 24, 2008. Friends, neighbors and area residents are hoping to raise funds to help cover costs of Amanda’s medical bills.
ed to making her whole again. To contribute money to help with the medical bills, please send your donation to: The Amanda Wyandt Fund C/O PNC Bank, 285 Fort Couch Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15241 There will be a Benefit Ride/Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) of Monongahela, on September 27. The ride will begin at Monongahela Church of the Nazarene at 206 Tenth St. Signups begin at 10:00 a.m. Ride leaves at 11:00 a.m. and returns at 1:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner will be held at the Monongahela Church of The Nazarene at 12:00 p.m. All proceeds will be given to the family of Amanda Wyandt. There will also be a Poker Run and Concert to benefit Amanda Wyandt on Saturday, September 20 at the New Eagle Social Hall, 156 Chess Street, New Eagle. Sign ups from 9-10:30 a.m. Run leaves at 11 a.m. $20 per rider, $25 per couple for Poker Run, concert and buffet dinner. $15 walk-in admission for concert and buffet dinner. For more information, call John at 724-3501782, Chas at 724-350-1763 or Scott at 724809-3141.
Seminar for Special Needs Families Dr. Tonja DiCamillo of McMurray Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine is hosting a presentation from the Southwestern division of Parent to Parent. Parent to Parent is a program designed to link families of children with special needs with others who share the same conditions or concerns. Special needs range from physical, social, and behavioral concerns. If you would like to find out more about this program, you may attend this seminar. Additional information may be obtained at www.parenttoparent.org. The meeting will be held on September 13th at 1 p.m. at the Monongahela First Church of the Nazarene located at 206 Chess St. Please RSVP to McMurray Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at 724-941-8199 to allow accommodations to be made. The church has a handicap entrance into the building and a handicap bathroom. Also, come hear about EPIC-IC (Educating Practices In Community Integrated Care). This program assists your physician and families in the getting the best care for your families with special needs.
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Three Area Fire Companies Respond to Finleyville Fire
Groups, Residents Respond to Revised Clairton Coke Works Permit
By Paul Chasko Fire companies from Finleyville, New Eagle, and Library responded to a structure fire alarm at 3558 Washington Avenue in Finleyville recently. The large house involved had been renovated into four apartments. The fire broke out in a secondfloor apartment, and according to a fireman on the scene seemed to have originated from the kitchen stove. Finleyville Fire Chief Sam Lytle later confirmed this. Reports also indicated that the fire was confined to the second floor apartment where it started, although the other apartments suffered smoke and some minor water damage. Many commented that this was a good save – quick confinement and minimum damage. Ventilation immediately after the fire was extinguished minimized smoke damage. It could have been much worse had the fire not been immediately contained due to the large size of the structure and the proximity of other buildings. The Finleyville Fire Department saved fuel on this call, as the house involved was directly across the street from its firehouse.
Firefighters clean up and ventilate after a structure fire in Finleyville.
Fire companies from Finleyville, Library, and New Eagle respond to a structure fire at 3558 Washington Avenue in Finleyville.
September 11 Remembrance Ceremony in South Park The South Park Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Windover Hills United Methodist Church, is again sponsoring a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony that will be held - rain or shine - on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. The informal gathering will take place at Sunny Slope located in the Allgheny County Park. The tribute will also recognize the members of the departments who are the first to respond to any emergency in South Park Township: the South Park Township Police Department, Broughton Volunteer Fire Department, Library Volunteer Fire Company and Tri-Community South Emergency Medical Service. Members of the Allegheny County Police Department and the Sheriff's Department will also be in attendance. Active military personnel and veterans will be honored at the event due to the many sacrifices these men and women have made, and continue to make on behalf of our country. Other participants include the boy scouts, girl scouts, local performers, and a bagpipe player. A helicopter flyover is also part of the service. Township residents are invited to attend the memorial ceremony. The boy scouts will be collecting old, worn flags that will be retired at a later date during a formal ceremony. The parking lot of Windover Hills United Methodist can be used to accommodate any parking overflow, and the church will be used for the ceremony in the event of rain. Please join us on September 11th to reflect, and also to reaffirm that united we stand.
The revised permit for US Steel Clairton Coke Works is still insufficient to improve the air quality and protect public health in the region according to a coalition of environmental groups and Clairton area residents. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) released the revised permit recently along with a document responding to all comments made during the 45-day public comment period. Clean Water Action (CWA) and the Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP) commissioned an independent review of the draft permit. That document, submitted during the comment period, identified multiple deficiencies in the draft permit, most of which were not addressed or corrected in the revised permit. “We commend the health department for their attention to all the comments, and also for strengthening some of the clauses of the permit,” said Kathy Lawson, Western Pennsylvania Director for CWA. “However, the overall emissions limitations have not been reduced at all, so it is impossible to quantify whether or not the revisions will have any effect on the C Battery emission.” “There are still areas of concern in the final permit that leave us wondering if this project, along with other proposed improvements, will be enough to truly clean up the air in the Liberty/Clairton area,” said Rachel Filippini, Executive Director for GASP. More than 150 area residents commented in support of strengthening the permit to improve the air quality in the LibertyClairton federal non-attainment area for particulate pollution (PM 2.5). “This is an important project for the environment and the economy in the Mon Valley, but it has to be done responsibly. ACHD rushed this permit through for US Steel’s convenience, but they didn’t take the time to strengthen the emission limits and help guarantee that our air can meet federal standards in the future,” said Dee Kruse, a Clairton resident and member of Residents for a Clean & Healthy (REACH) Mon Valley. According to the ACHD, after installation of C Battery and shutdown of Batteries 7-9, there will still be almost 6 weeks (41 days) annually when the air in the LibertyClairton area fails to meet federal standards
for 24 hour PM 2.5 levels. These bad air days lead to increased risk of serious health problems, including asthma and heart attacks. Specific concerns that were not addressed in the permit revisions include: • Stricter emission standards should be in the permit to reflect the new technology US Steel is using. Many of the permit limits are similar to US Steel’s existing coke ovens. • ACHD should follow EPA permit rules and consider additional technologies that could provide more emission reductions from the Coke Works. • ACHD should improve the modeling of the future emissions from the plant, so nearby residents can have an accurate picture of how the plant will affect their health for the next 50 years. There is a 10-day period when an appeal can be filed. CWA and GASP have not decided yet whether to exercise their right to appeal this permit. Clean Water Action is a national environmental non-profit with more than 12,000 members in Allegheny County, including 1,500 members in Clairton, Glassport, Jefferson Hills, Port Vue, and Elizabeth. Clean Water Action works for clean water and clean air to protect communities from health-threatening pollution. The Group Against Smog and Pollution, is a non-profit membership group in Southwestern Pennsylvania working for a healthy, sustainable environment. Founded in 1969, GASP has been a diligent watchdog, educator, litigator, and policy-maker on many environmental issues, with a focus on air quality in the Pittsburgh region. GASP will act to obtain for the residents of Western Pennsylvania clean air, water, and land in order to create the healthy, sustainable environment and quality of life to which we are entitled. Residents for a Clean & Healthy (REACH) Mon Valley, a project of Clean Water Action, is a group of Mon Valley residents who work together to assess the health risks of local pollution sources and hold industry and government agencies accountable to reducing exposure to harmful pollutants.
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The monthly meeting of New Eagle Council was held on August 5. Vice-President of Council Ken Robison was absent. Council member Jack Fine stunned those in attendance when he opened the meeting by proclaiming that Council was going to re-organize itself. All four Council members in attendance, including Rona Berdar, Jack Fine, Martin Hancock, and President Scott Honsaker, voted in the affirmative to establish Jack Fine as the new President, Rona Berdar as the new Vice-President, and Martin Hancock as President Pro-tempore. Outgoing President Scott Honsaker initially resigned but later decided to stay as a member of Council. In other Business: â€˘ Bill Tatar reported that favorable discussions with local officials are continuing in regard to the proposal to build a new Ringgold Middle School in New Eagle. â€˘ Don Miller and Don Patterson reported drainage problems near their homes. Rick Sichi notified Council that 200 feet of 4th Avenue needs re-paving. Council responded with renewed vigor that action will be taken to fix these problems. â€˘ Mike Berdar represented the New Eagle Soccer League; they heard rumors that the soccer field was going to be closed. Council assured him that it is not; the League will therefore proceed with planned improvements to the facility, including a new bathroom. â€˘ Graham Taylor was confused about
whether the Boroughâ€™s new no-burn ordinance was in effect. The tenuous response seemed to be that until further notice, residents are still permitted to burn on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7-11 am, per the old 2002 ordinance. â€˘ The City of Monongahela and New Eagle Borough Joint Comprehensive Plan has been reviewed by the New Eagle Solicitor with no objections to adoption; therefore, Council voted to adopt it. The Solicitor reported that: (1) A report has been received from CODESYS recommending initiating the demolition process at 510 Dry Run Roadâ€” he will issue such a letter. (2) He has drafted letters to the Boroughâ€™s mobile home owners about the requirement for permanent foundations. (3) He recommends accepting the bid from Fayette Waste for the 2009-2010 period. A correction of $250 needs to be made in the negotiated amounts. (4) He advised that an ordinance will be needed if Council chooses to opt out of adoption of the Uniform Commercial Code. (5) He has been authorized to send a letter to Norfolk Southern Railway regarding the culvert drainage problem. â€˘ Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani was in attendance to announce that the Washington County Task Force will establish a substation in the New Eagle Municipal Building to facilitate the fight against drugs in this area. â€˘ Council then adjourned to conduct a non-public Executive Session.
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State Trooper Brian Burden opened up the August 13 meeting of the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch (NNCW) group for the Union-Finley area. Based on the low volume of calls received by the state police thru the 911 Center, he feels Union Township (UT) is still on the plus side compared to other communities without local police protection. Over the last month, state police logged 90 plus calls from UT. The majority of calls were for summarytype infractions. State Representative David Levdansky was the guest speaker and covered legislation that is currently â€œin the systemâ€? at Harrisburg. S.B. 1063 that will consolidate the collection of Earned Income Tax in the state is now law. The bill passed the House in late June and was signed by Governor Rendell on July 2. Under this new legislation, the tax districts in the state would decrease from 560 to 69 tax collection districts. According to Levdansky, an estimated $237 million of earned income tax goes uncollected each year because of the fragmented system now in place. The new system will go into effect after December 13, 2011. Except for Allegheny and Philadelphia counties, the new tax districts would closely mirror the existing counties. One appointed tax officer would serve each taxing district. In each district, appointed delegates from each municipality and school district would form a tax collection
committee. Employers will collect earned income taxes and remit funds to the county collector. Levdansky also reported that he, Representatives Daley, and Solobay together with Barrie Stout and Jessie White met with the Washington County Commissioners to propose an alternate method of distributing gambling revenues. Currently, the Commissioners distribute gambling revenues for economic development purposes. The proposed system would set aside one third for water and sewage, one third for economic development, and one third to be shared with each municipality in Washington County as follows: each municipality would receive $30,000 plus $10 for each resident. Based on 2007 slots earnings, UT would receive $86,329; Finleyville, $34,898; Nottingham, $60,135; New Eagle, $53,391; and Monongahela, $76,583. According to Levdansky, the County Commissioners were not enthusiastic about the proposal. Another bill Levdansky sponsored that requires handgun owners to report lost or stolen handguns has been defeated largely through the efforts of the NRA gun lobby. The NNCW will again host the Washington County Drug Awareness group at its September 10 meeting. The discussion will center on the dangers of heroin in our schools and neighborhoods. The meeting begins at 7 pm in the Saint Francis General Purpose Building just off Route 88 in Finleyville â€“ all are welcome
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Washington County Fair Queen and Princess Crowned
New Eagle Borough Seeks Candidates For Local Offices The Borough of New Eagle is inviting community-minded men and women to serve as elected officials. Ten public servants are needed to run for the following positions: Six for Borough Council (3 Republicans and 3 Democrats), two for Mayor (1 Republican and 1 Democrat), and two for Tax Collector (1 Republican and 1 Democrat). New Eagle Council is comprised of five members. As part of the regular election cycle, three of the incumbents’ terms will expire in January 2010. All three positions to be filled on Council are for a four-year term which will expire in January of 2014. The Council and Mayor positions are unpaid, but the Tax Collector receives a commission. To be eligible for consideration, an individual must be at least 18 years old and must be a registered voter. A college degree is not required. The Primary election will be held on May 9, 2009. Interested parties should contact Larry or Mary Ann Anselmino at (724) 2583674 before the end of 2008.
Huge Estate Tag Sale Set For September 6 and 7 Eleven lovely and talented Washington County young ladies competed for the titles of Washington County Fair Queen and Princess at the opening of the 2008 Washington County Fair on Saturday, August 9. Samantha Sarnicke of McMurray was crowned 2008 Washington County Fair Queen, and Jenna Rae Dunmire of Monongahela was crowned 2008 Washington County Fair Princess. Pictured above (l-r) are the contestants: Jessica Herrmann of McDonald, Autumn Anne Harris of California/Coal Center, Meagan Slates of Hickory, Katlyn Asbury of Washington, Megan Leigh Crupe of Amity, Michelle Lynn Gottschalk of Prosperity, 2007 Queen Jaime Finch, Samantha Sarnicke of McMurray, Jenna Rae Dunmire of Monongahela, Amanda Holub of Eighty-Four, and Natalie Ann Naser of Scenery Hill. (PHOTO: ALICE HARRIS)
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Attention Antique & Americana Collectors! An Estate Tag Sale will be held in Brownsville on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 from 9:00am.4:00pm. The sale will be located at 307 Bull Run Road, Brownsville Pa. 15417 This will be a huge estate sale with over 3000 items! There will be something for everyone! Blue-grey stoneware crocks, blue & white saltglaze, yellow ware, old pewter ice cream molds, candle molds & old tinware including tin ABC plates from the 1800s. Huge collection of old wooden bowls and other country primitives & furniture. Large collection of throws & quilts, Boyds Bears plus other quality crafts. One of the biggest selections of Americana from old to newer. Don't miss this sale! Collection acquired over a 50 year period. Also, new Craftmatic double bed and a refurbished 1968 red Ford Mustang 302 coupe all matching #s, asking $18,000.00. Call with any questions 412-384-6704 or 703-303-1768
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Trax Farms Upcoming Fall Events Trax Farms Annual Fall Festival At Trax Farms, every weekend is filled with fun activities for the whole family! Our Fall Festival runs every weekend from September 20 through October 26 from 10 am to 5 pm. Activities held at our market include food booths, hayrides, pony rides, train rides, moonwalk, spin art, candy apples, caramel apples, cornstalk maze, cornfield maze, apple sampling, and much more! With over 100,000 pumpkins to choose from, pick your pumpkin at the market or take a hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch and search through acres and acres of pumpkins to find your perfect pumpkin! Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin is available only with the purchase of a combo hayride ticket. Pumpkin pricing is not included in our combo ticket price.
Evening Hayrides Trax will offer evening hayrides on Wednesday and Friday in October from 4:30-6:30 pm. Please call if you have a larger group so that we can better accommodate you. Outside vendors will charge additional fees. To sign up online, go to www.traxfarms.com, and click on the Fall Tours tab, fill in all the information, and submit. You will receive an email confirmation, and we will call if there is a conflict with dates, times etc. Sign up early to reserve your date! Evening hayride pricing: adults, $5; kids: 4-12, $4; kids 3 and under, free. Evening hayride combo pricing: adults, $8; kids 4-12, $6; kids 3 and under, free.
Fall Tours Bring your class, church group, youth group, or senior group for a tour at Trax Farms. Our one-hour day tours will take place Monday through Friday, September 22 through October 31 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Different groups require different tours. School Tours Our school tours offer an hour-long educational, guided tour, including a hayride, an inside peek at a working bee hive, an apple washer demonstration, a walk through our produce cooler and a seasonal vegetable lecture with many on-your-own activities like the cornstalk maze and play area. Each person will receive an apple, sample of cider and a three- to five-pound pumpkin. In addition, teachers will receive an educational packet. Senior Tours Our senior tours include a scenic, 25-minute long hayride and brief history of our farm. Each person will receive an apple, sample of cider, and a three- to five-pound pumpkin. Boxed lunches are available for an additional fee (place orders in advance, please). Evening Tours Our evening tours offer either a hayride only or a hayride corn maze combo. These will be held Wednesday and Friday evenings in October from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The scenic hayride is approximately 20 minutes long and winds through the fields behind our market (see above for more information). Call or go to our website www.traxfarms.com, click on the Fall Tours tab, to schedule your school, group, or senior day tour. For evening tours, call 412-835-3246. Please have the following information ready if you call or go to our site: name, address, phone and cell phone numbers, and approximate count of children and adults.
Bulb Day Presentation “So you think you know what a bulb is!” Saturday, September 13, 10 am Join us for an informative talk by Frank Riteco of 2 Plants International on everything you ever wanted to know about bulbs. We will be discussing everything from the biology of a bulb to selecting the right bulbs for your particular landscape. Get tips on the proper way to plant and care for bulbs. Also, we’ll offer 20% off all bulbs Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Store hours are daily, 9 am-8 pm; Sunday, 9 am-6 pm.
South Park Township Community Day – September 20 The Annual South Park Township Community Day will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the South Park Fairgrounds. A parade will kick off the activities at 12:00 noon and the day’s activities will run until dusk. Attendees will enjoy a large selection of food, refreshment and craft vendors, information booths from local businesses, plenty of games and activities for children, music and much more! Don’t miss out! One of the last big events for the summer of 2008.
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Monongahela Residents Seek More Open Discussions at Public Meetings, Police Get a K-9 Dog By Ken Askew The following information is a combination of Monongahela Council’s August 12 Work Session, and the August 13 monthly Council meeting. • It was recommended that Councilwoman Claudia Williams should attend the Academy for Newly Elected Officials, held at either downtown Pittsburgh or California University of Pennsylvania. Funds will be provided by the City of Monongahela. • Referring back to last month’s Open Forum, Carla Roman asked for clarification about when the Council’s work sessions are held. Council replied that the work sessions are generally a day or two before the regular monthly meeting, and are advertised in a local newspaper about three days before the session is held. They are likewise open to the public and are held in the same room as the monthly meeting. The August work session, held in preparation for the monthly meeting the next day, was convened on August 12 at 3 pm and lasted about 25 minutes. • Dana Miller inquired about the procedural rules for audience questions dur-
ing Council meetings. She was told that the audience is permitted to ask questions at the beginning of the meeting during the open forum, but not after that. • Jack Bullock, a Monongahela firefighter, was recognized and honored for his efforts to help out at the scene of a serious vehicle accident on E. Main Street. The accident occurred on July 16, where Bullock happened to be. • Police Chief Brian Tempest proudly announced the acquisition of an 18month-old K-9 dog named Benny that will aid in drug enforcement efforts. The German Shepherd canine is from Czechoslovakia and will enter three months of training on September 15. Benny was obtained strictly by private donations; no tax money was involved. Another action taken to halt the drug trade in the Mon Valley is the establishment of a branch office in the New Eagle Municipal Building for the Washington County Task Force. Mayor Bob Kepics commended the police department for its anti-drug accomplishments and emphasized that drug activities will not be tolerated in Monongahela.
• Discussions were held about possibly acquiring the corner of a resident’s property at the entrance to the Stevens Plan. A 40-foot section is necessary to enlarge the curve to enhance access by emergency vehicles. • Comments were made about disposing of a 1995 Ford diesel truck that has a cracked frame. Another city truck needs a new gas tank. • Council postponed consideration of a rental inspection tax or increasing the frequency of rental inspections. • Letters were sent to 20 residents warning them not to allow their downspouts to empty into the sanitary sewer. • Margaret Willis spoke on behalf of the Bethel A.M.E. Church, located at the corner of 7th and Main Streets across the street from Chess Park. She complained about the parking inconveniences caused by the Farmer’s Market in Chess Park on Fridays, whenever the church is holding a funeral or wake on the same day. In addition, there is excessive litter in the area because of the market. Council felt that adequate arrangements to avoid a conflict had already been made prior to the last wake, and that cleanup after the mar-
ket was being done. Nevertheless, both parties will meet later to devise a plan to avert future problems. For the fourth month in a row, a resident of Swift Alley (connects Otis and Black streets) brought up the right-ofway issue. She inquired as to whether she was permitted to block her end of the alley. The Solicitor once again patiently stated that this is an issue about which the residents should consult their private attorneys, as the City does NOT own the alley. Susan Withers, representing Affordable Mortgages, offered help in reducing the number of deteriorating properties in Monongahela. Her company is offering government-backed mortgages to moderate-income applicants, who may better be able to afford upkeep and repairs than low-income residents. The program offers 30-year mortgages; the rate varies with the market, but today’s rate is 6.75%. Carol Frye was sworn in as the new health officer. This month’s property beautification award went to the residence at 521 6th Street.
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Finleyville Borough – An Active and Productive Summer By Paul Chasko The streets are paved and looking good, and the curbs and crosswalks have been repainted. The Finleyville Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival and fireworks night was a huge success. The Borough Building has been repaired and painted. The Borough garage is being renovated. The water problem at the back end of the Community Center parking lot is being addressed. It’s been a busy summer in Finleyville, and it doesn’t stop there. A Finleyville Community Day is being planned for September 13 and with the grant money coming in for rewiring the streets for holiday lights, light-up night and a Christmas celebration are pretty certain. In years past on Finleyville Community Day, guests could spend the day watching all sorts of craftsmen at work and picking out some neat items to purchase and even get some free samples. There was no need to run home for lunch. Between the existing local eateries and the food vendors, there was something to suit every taste. Mayor Kutsek and the Borough Council are looking to reestablish this as an annual event. Finleyville Community Day will be on Marion Avenue on September 13 between 10 am and 6 pm, and all are welcome. Look for more details about this event in the advertisement in this issue of the Union-Finley Messenger. At the August 6 Borough meeting, Council discussed the Marion Avenue/Route 88 intersection. Some residents have voiced complaints about the intersection as being dangerous. Motorists trying to exit or enter Marion Avenue from Route 88 are usually facing a heavy traffic flow along Route 88. One suggestion was to make Marion a one-way street – another was to limit the type of turns allowable. No immediate action was taken on the issue other than to agree that if complaints were to continue, the Borough would request that PennDOT engineers take a look at the intersection
and come up with some suggestions. Mayor Kutsek and Board President Tim Kegel expressed their thanks to all who contributed time at the Fireman’s Carnival, the Washington County Court Community Services Program for the curb painting, Carl Kelly for his help on the Community Center water problem, Board Members Marianne Kleppner and Jessie Seliga for arranging for the painting of the Borough Building, Sandy Mayak for initiating Finleyville Community Day, and Tracy and Bob Lawrence for renovation work on the Borough garage. In other business: • Minutes from the last meeting were accepted without comment. • The mayor announced the imminent arrival of the grant money for rewiring Finleyville streets for holiday lighting. • The police report was accepted from Officer Boyer. • Mayor Kutsek and Irene Allridge will attend the upcoming meeting on the Finleyville/Nottingham Township Multi-Municipality Comprehensive Plan. • The solicitor distributed a draft of an addendum to an existing ordinance addressing the issue of overflowing dumpsters to the board members for review. • President Kegel mentioned that Finleyville suffered the loss of an outstanding community member with the recent death of John Fetchko. • There are a few issues remaining with the road paving that will be addressed by the contractor. • There were no negative public meeting comments on granting a liquor license to Angelo’s (3547 Washington Avenue, Finleyville). A resolution was passed to the effect that the Borough had no objection to the granting of this liquor license. • A motion was passed to approve and condone Finleyville Community Day for September 13, 2008.
South Park Township Meeting Addresses Roadway Conditions in Bonnie Dell Acres By Andrea Earnest On Monday, August 11, the South Park Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting. The Board spent most of the meeting listening to residents’ concerns. The first speaker from Bonnie Dell Drive spoke extensively on concerns about the condition of the roadway in Phase 2 at Bonnie Dell Acres. Because of ongoing construction in Phase 3, Bonnie Dell Drive is in poor condition. The speaker wants the township to pave or repair the road, which the resident considers to be hazardous. Because the construction has gone on for so long, there has been an ongoing problem in the subdivision. Other residents spoke up later to ask if the street could be considered a nuisance and if the occupancy rate requirement could be lowered. Chairman George Smith explained that the township does not have responsibility for the road because township rules state that there must be an 80 percent occupancy rate before the township does final paving of a road, which protects the township. The condition of the road is the developer’s responsibility before that time. The Board understands that this has been an ongoing problem, and a number of options were considered, including lowering the percentage needed for occupancy because of the unique circumstances. Use of the developer’s bond also was questioned. Rather than patching the road, the township will check the ordinances to see whether it can require the contractor to put the road base back to South Park Township standards. Building Inspector and Zoning Officer Gary Wargo explained that a certified letter was sent to the developer and engineer, and he would definitely follow up on the matter.
The second resident’s concern was about the paving on Mountain Road, which has been postponed because of the water company’s storm sewer project. The subject of the safety and placement of a school bus stop was also discussed. This is not the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors, but the Board will request that the school district do a site and safety inspection on all school bus stops in the township. Another resident from Wilhelm Avenue complained about traffic noise, particularly from cruiser-style motorcycles. He thanked the police for recent visibility in the area, but he still considered that this is a problem. The resident offered a rough draft of a public service announcement and requested that a notice be placed in the local paper. He wants the township to address muffler code violations and is concerned about health issues from the noise. A member of the South Park Youth Football Association gave an update on its season and asked if the Board could exert some influence with the county to clean up some of the areas around the field, which the Board has already done. The Board then approved action on the minutes from the regular meeting of July 14 and approved the action on the invoices for July 2008. They tabled an action on a bond reduction for Bonnie Dell Plan Phase 3 and an action on Payment Request No. 1_2008 Roads Program. Requests for installations of fences and a deck within a storm sewer easement were approved. Chief of Police Joseph F. Ferrelli reported that in July there were 694 service calls, 68 traffic citations, 36 arrests, 10 parking citations, 107 warnings, 4 reportable accidents, 6 non-reportable accidents, 8 fire calls, and 72 emergency medical calls.
South Park Library Book Sale It's not too soon to think about attending the Friends Fall Book Sale, which will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at the South Park Township Building. The Friends are asking everyone to hold their donations for the sale until late September. If you are moving, please keep us in mind and call the library to make arrangements at 412-833-5585. Items the Friends will need for the sale are all types of books (for children and adults) placed in boxes, video and audio tapes, games and puzzles placed in boxes, DVDs, CDs, electronic games, etc. The Friends will not accept any type of magazines. More information will be published in the October issue.
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That Old House By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort
“Profiling historic, old or unique homes throughout the area”.
This is a house about which I have wanted to write an article for some time. If you board your dogs, you might already know where it’s at. This location is home to Willowbrook Kennels and what appears to be a Virginia plantation. From the columns and stonework to the basement that houses an indoor springhouse, this house is a picture from the late 18th century. Gabriel Castor originally owned the property and built a “stone cabin” there in the 1700s. Samson Castor owned the adjacent parcel of land, and the deed was recorded as “Castors Divide.” The Lytles purchased the property, and a stone house was started. Constructed in the early 19th century, this house is a classic and displays the architecture of the latter period. It is the home of Roy and Jan Arnold and it’s a quiet place that’s just peaceful. You wouldn’t know there is a dog
Castor-Lytle House Owners: Roy and Jan Arnold Location: 1870 Gill Hall Road
kennel at the rear of the property. As you pull up the drive, you are greeted by a multitude of barks and howls, which quickly fade away to quiet. I have seen many homes down south that resemble this structure, and the recently reconstructed pond only lends to a classic representation. Willowbrook is just what it says—the house is surrounded by large weeping willows that lend to the picture of a plantation from way down south. For years it stood alone, with a muddy brook that made its way through a little valley that heads back towards the main road. Roy always thought that at one time there must have been a pond there. After some planning and the help of a bulldozer, pond construction was under way to dam the valley and let nature take its course. Today it’s a picture straight out of Northern Virginia.
** If you live in an old house, or know of an old, unique or historic house in your town and would like to have it profiled as part of the “That Old House” feature in the Union-Finley Messenger, please contact us at 412-249-8177, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jefferson Hills’ Mayor Says Fuel Costs for Emergency Vehicles Pose a Real Burden By Jim Caldwell The August Jefferson Hills Borough Council meeting convened on time Monday, August 11, with all members and staff present except Dominic Serapiglia, who called to say he could not be present. Most of the night’s business was routine with motions to be adopted or approved on a variety of pending projects that have either already been completed and payment needed authorized or for which specs need to be prepared and approved. One wearisome motion was to approve submission of the Task Activity Reports for the Clairton Sewer shed and the Clairton Municipal Authority Act 537 plan. Several Council Members expressed frustration that this has been on going for a couple years with many suggestions for the Borough but no definitive plan. Several members asked the Borough Engineer to move swiftly to a decision that can be voted upon in the not-too-distant future. Mayor Mike Green offered a passionate statement during the reporting agenda. With the soaring price of gasoline and especially diesel fuel, which the fire trucks use, the mayor is quite concerned whether the three volunteer houses can endure the higher burden. He stated that taxes go to buy equipment, and monies are needed to have the vehicles always prepared for an emergency. He intends to send a letter to the more than 5,000 residents in the borough asking for a five-dollar contribution, specifically to defray fuel costs for the fire departments and EMS. By this, he hopes to allay the problem temporarily while the Council pursues other funding avenues. “These great volunteers want to be fireman,” he said, “not accountants.” The letter will be sent the later part of the month. One other particularly interesting item from the reports was Chief Martin Reagan, stating that by rearranging schedules among his 15 officers he was able to save thousands of dollars in unforeseen overtime. The Council thanks him for his efforts, and Councilman Tracey Khalil offered to work with the chief to further see what cost-cutting measures they could do without jeopardizing the safety of the community. Legal and labor matters followed in an executive session.
Union Township Gets Positive Audit Report By Ken Askew The monthly meeting of the Union Township Board of Supervisors was held on August 11. All members were present. The Board reviewed the minutes of five interim meetings held since the last regular monthly meeting, including one held at the local airport to gather input about a proposed airport hazard ordinance. Several minor corrections were made. Steve Cypher of the firm of Cypher & Cypher made an oral presentation about the just-completed annual audit of the Township’s financial records—this one for calendar year 2007. Some highlights of the report included: (1) The General Fund balance on December 31, 2007 was $734,516, which is $298,254 higher than the balance on December 31, 2006. Some reasons for this positive comparison is that spending has been tightly controlled, resulting in most actual expenditures being less than budgeted. Among the revenue categories, only real estate taxes have produced less revenue than budgeted; the Zoning Officer has not been replaced, thereby saving outlay of his salary; and a new road department employee has not been hired, again saving the amount of what his salary would have been. (2) To ensure that Township checks have been properly issued, the auditors need to also see the back of cancelled checks to verify the endorsements. The current computer records only show the front of checks, but consensus was that the bank has the capability to also reproduce the back if so requested--the Supervisors will do so. In other business: • The Township will send letters to three property owners who have high-grass violations: one each on Rankintown Road, McChain Road, and in Gastonville. • The road foreman was authorized to spend $925 on a mower repair instead of buying the manufacturer’s replacement parts, and to sell an old corroded salt spreader as scrap metal to a nearby dealer such as Bethel Metals or Black Diamond. • Re-paving of Lew Street and Chevy Chase Street was finished on August 11; McChain Rd will be completed by Aug. 13. • Bids were opened for guide rails including 1,100 feet on Pleasant View Road, 400 feet on Gilmore Road, and 300 feet and two security gates at the Park. Results were as follows: $16,080 Pennline Service $20,653 Green Acres $22,962 Interstate The low bid from Pennline Service in Scottdale, PA will be accepted, subject to review and approval by the Township Engineer and the road foreman. • Representatives of KAG Engineering, Inc. presented updates on the $4.3M Elrama Sewage Project. This project encompasses installation of 27,000 feet of sewer pipe and a pumping station. Design work began eight years ago, and completion is now predicted for the fall of 2009. The Supervisors approved two motions regarding the project: (1) To date, KAG Engineering, Inc. has been paid $208K for design and engineering work; they have now been authorized to bill up to an additional $441K through the
remainder of the project, for a total project cost of $649K, in accordance with an hour and salary schedule submitted to the Township for Engineers, Project Managers, Inspectors, and others. (2) The Pennvest loan closing is imminent, so KAG was authorized to begin construction. • Union Township, along with representatives of Cecil, Nottingham, and North Strabane, were requested by the Turnpike Commission to provide testimony at a recent meeting about the proposed Southern Beltway. The route chosen by the Turnpike Commission will affect the fewest residences and businesses. • The Township has two Ford trucks with snowplows, each having over 100K miles on the odometer. Their combined $17K trade-in value will be applied to the cost of two new trucks, at $55K apiece. • The Township will request bids for removal of three trees—one in Elrama and two by McChain Road. • Councilman George Cheplic held a grading permit on property he owns. The Township stated that the permit was good for only one year, from May 2007 to May 2008. Cheplic countered that the grading permit application form contained no expiration date. However, Ordinance 72, which set forth the permit requirement, did specify a one-year effective period. Cheplic agreed to re-file his application and pay the $250 application fee. • Mylar plot maps associated with the sale of properties near the Library Baptist Church had been submitted to the Township for review. The Supervisors requested that the maps, for properties on Bloxsum Lane and Walter Long Road, be annotated to clearly show that the two streets are not Township property, but rather are private right-of-ways. Furthermore, the two-page maps should be combined to one page to conform to format of all other plot maps. • The Chernicky Land Development Escrow Fund was $1,500; a $773 refund was approved. • Rather than rely on the Pennsylvania State Police for services, Union Township had considered paying a fee to another police department, to be added to their area of coverage; however, the per-household rate was too expensive. Consequently, next month the Supervisors will set up a meeting with the Southwest Regional Police, headquartered in Belle Vernon, to discuss coverage by them. • The Township had requested proposals for a grants writer. Two firms responded, but more interest is sought. Another Request for Proposals will be issued, with September 8 as the deadline. The railroad crossings in Gastonville and on Stone Church Road are in deplorable condition, so a letter will be sent to both PennDOT and CSX railroad in an attempt to get them fixed. Healthcare costs for Union Township employees have skyrocketed by 64%, from about $50K to $80K annually, so the Supervisors will seek coverage by another healthcare provider. At the conclusion of this four-hour public meeting, the Supervisors adjourned for an executive session.
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Union Township Board Votes to Replace Old Equipment – Elrama Sewage Project Still Moving Ahead By Paul Chasko By a unanimous vote (Supervisor Cheplic absent) the Union Township (UT) Board voted to replace two trucks. These are replacements for maintenance trucks with snow plows that have accumulated over 90,000 miles each. The cost for the two vehicles is $110,482 when bought on the State “COSTARS” Program” which gets favorable pricing. The total after trade-in of the old trucks will be $93,482, which the Board plans to finance over four years to stay within the existing equipment budget. The purchase was approved by motion subject to financing acceptable to the Board. Delivery of the two trucks is expected before the end of October. The board also voted to replace a mowing tractor that is too costly to maintain any longer. The cost of the new tractor will be $9,795. The Board and Solicitor Makel continue to dispose of issues cropping up in the Elrama Sewage Project, but the project is moving ahead. Enough grant money is in place to move forward. The closing of the PennVest loan, which will finance part of the costs is scheduled for August 12. The Board said the contractor plans to have two crews and expects to have the sewer lines in the ground before the end of the year. The Board approved the disposition of certain items remaining in the former police department inventory. One bid was received for firearms, and it appears as if they will be sold to Ace Sporting Goods. Ammunition and some other restraining hardware will be offered to other police departments. Badges, insignia, and some clothing items will be destroyed. Police time records will be maintained for the present. In a related action, the board is requesting an exploratory meeting with the Southwest Regional Police Force – perhaps in August. Payrolls #12, #13, and #14 for a total of $26,571.92 were approved for payment. General fund bills of $35,337.52 were also approved for payment. General Fund: Income: $813,507.76 Exp. $466,745.78 Net $346,761.98. Elrama Sewage Project: Income: $121,793.11 Exp. $48,070.79 Net: $73,722.32 State Funds: Income: $153,871.22 Exp $0 Net: $153,871.22 Mr. Andy Tulai, asked if the PA Turnpike Commission was approached about additional funding for upkeep of local roads serving as feeders for Route 43 (Turnpike). He also mentioned that the Commission refused to lower the speed limit on FinleyvilleElrama Road along its entire length. In other business: Reports were submitted from the Zoning Officer, Engineer, and Road Crew Foreman and were accepted without comments. Motion: Minutes for the June 9, 12, 16, and 19 meetings were approved. Chairman Parish asked that AdVenture
Development be billed for costs incurred to conduct the June 16 public hearing. Supervisor Spahr requested a continuance of this meeting on July 16 to determine if any changes need to be made to the Airport Hazards Zoning Ordinance. Later in this meeting the time was set to be after the July 16 Trax Rezoning Hearing or about 9 pm. Motion: Authorize the purchase of a Kubota Lawn Tractor. Motion: Advertise for bids on guardrails to be opened at the September meeting. A resident on Victoria Drive sent a complaint about a drainage ditch being filled. UT will be represented at the August 6 meeting discussing the agricultural impact of the So. Beltway. Motion: Approve the plan and maintenance agreement with the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority for the “Park and Ride” to be constructed near the intersection of Route 88 and Ginger Hill Road. A letter was requested to all UT hourly employees to question their union officials about the viability of their pension plan. Resumes for Zoning Officer and Road Crewman will be reviewed. Resolution: Authorize the sewer line easement through UT to service the Orchard Hill Plan of lots in Peters Township. The Solicitor was asked to prepare a resolution authorizing the Washington County Sewage Authority to oversee holding tanks. Costs and types of security devices for the UT Recreation Park are under study. Motion: Readopt the Ordinance naming the Uniform Construction Code as the standard for UT. The Board is reviewing a report on the last meeting of the Washington County Sewage Council. UT officials are authorized to attend the Washington County Association of Township Supervisors. Motion: Submit a resolution in support of House Bill 2159, which would exclude certain airports from adopting an Airport Hazards Zoning Ordinance. Resolution: Commending Jeremy Buono of Boy Scout Troop 1452 for achieving Eagle Rank. Motion: Joe Benedetti was reappointed as a UT representative on the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority Board retroactive to January 2008. Motion: UT Board will wait for a Washington County report relative to a storm sewer complaint on Courtney Hill Road. • Motion: Finleyville Soccer Association was given permission to use UT fields for the fall season subject to insurance certification and agreement to clean the kitchen and restrooms after each use. • Motion: Extend the agreement with the U.S. Army to use the Nike Missle Site for winter salt storage. • UT Engineer will determine if a tree in Elrama is in the UT right-of-way. • Zoning Officer will investigate illegal earth moving on McChain Road. • Motion: Continue this meeting at 9 pm on July 16.
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Elizabeth Borough Council Touts Successful Riverfest By Alice Harris The need for better “No Parking” signage, property variances, ordinances governing cats, the proposed demolition of the old St. Michael’s Church, and the hiring of a new building inspector were top discussions at the Elizabeth Borough Council Meeting. Guest Susan Sopko inquired if the Borough is required to grant a permit for the proposed demolition of the old St. Michael’s Church. The Borough has never cited this building in the 21 years it has stood empty. The only complaint ever discussed is its deteriorating retaining wall addressed at the September 2007 Borough meeting. Guest Call Folk asked a property variance to enlarge his porch at 906 6th Street. Guest David Burke asked a for property variance at Glass & 7th streets for a cement pad already in place that extends from his onto Borough property. Both were directed to apply for a variance, which will then be heard and reviewed by the Zoning & Hearing Board. Mayor Yacura reported that the crowd attending the 2008 Riverfest was cooperative with no arrests this year. The additional police presence of 10 officers from the Sheriff’s Department (at no fee to the taxpayers) provided for excellent security. In other Business: • Solicitor Pat McGrail related that Elizabeth has been placed in the east division of the county’s four established tax regions along with Monroeville, Plum, and Penn Hills. As Elizabeth has a small popula-
tion comparatively, it will have less say than the other members. • The hiring of Mark Stanton as Building Inspector was approved. • Robin Miller requested that “No Parking” signs go up at least 24 hours prior to events and street sweeping. It was decided the signs should state “No Parking” and the date and time of the event to give residents the reason and a better time frame to park elsewhere. • Paul Shaner related that Mr. Mayhugh requested a “Handicapped Only” parking sign be placed near his residence. • A meeting of the Duke Park Renovation Committee is scheduled for August 11 at 10:30 am. The committee needs to get together with the Borough to ensure all is in order for application for the COG and DCNA grants. Final plans will have to have Council’s approval before August 15. • Presently, there are no articles in the Borough’s ordinances regarding cats. • No dogs were permitted at Riverfest. No pets are permitted at events. • Weeds and trees need to be removed at the creek on McKeesport Road. Solicitor McGrail sent a letter to the Corp of Engineers concerning the deplorable condition of the bridge. A letter was also sent to he gas company regarding repair of holes left in the sidewalks. • Outdated signs posted by residents for yard sales, car washes, etc. must be removed when the event is over. Larry Duvall questioned whether there is an ordinance in
place addressing temporary sign posting. • Larry Duvall requested software for basic codification. He was directed to apply to the state for a grant. • Margaret Fleischauer asked approval for the Allegheny Together Advisory Committee as a community representative. • The Monongahela River Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is planning a small-scale festival for the weekend of September 19-21. Re-enactors, craftspeople, carpenters, laborers, storytellers, archers, students, musicians, riflemen, woodworkers, stonemasons, seamstresses, families, dancers, singers, and boat crews are needed. Anyone interested in participating or becoming a member of the Monongahela River Chapter, please phone Lynn McHolme at 412-384-3909 • The Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Borough Building. The public is invited to attend. The Commission will be visiting each neighborhood of the Borough to develop a comprehensive list of what needs to be done first. • A July 30, 7 pm meeting will address preliminary feasibility of combining the police departments of Elizabeth, Forward, West Elizabeth, and Elizabeth townships. Elected local officials are invited to attend. • The Borough Building roof leaks when raining. Council requests that the Borough Engineer looks into this matter prior to advertising for bids for repairs. • Mayor Yacura wants to retain the cur-
rent “Police Only” parking spaces on the third block of Plum Street for police and official visitors. • The red light at Third and Market is out and needs a new bulb; the Streets Department will be asked to replace it. • Larry Duvall’s birthday was July 29, and all attendees wished him Happy Birthday. Treasurer’s Report: June 30 General Fund: Bank Balance: $72,306.42; Deposits: $198,705.52; Checks Paid: $99,798.21; Bank Balance: $171,213.73 Payroll: Bank Balance: $338.85; Deposits: $18.000; Checks Paid: $18,094.02; Bank Balance: $244.83. Sewage: Bank Balance: $128,821.93; Deposits: $84,721.44. Checks Paid: $130,000; Bank Balance: $83,543.37. Recreation: Bank Balance: $1,058; Deposits: 0; Checks Paid: $245.83; Bank Balance: $812.69. Parking Meter: Bank Balance: $79.40; Deposits: $1,285.32; Checks Paid: $702.69; Bank Balance: $662.83. Liquid Fuels: Bank Balance: $26,591.06. Deposits: $17.05. Checks Paid: $1,144.39. Bank Balance: $25,463.72. TAN Fund: Bank Balance: $9,729.16; Deposits: $9,604.49. Checks Paid: $19,173.37. Bank Balance: $160.28. Early Intervention: Bank Balance: $6022.53; Deposits: 0; Checks Paid: 0; Bank Balance: $6,022.53. Beautification Fund: Bank Balance: $380.00; Deposits: 0; Checks Paid: 0. Bank Balance: $380.
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Peters Township Council Approves Traffic Impact Fees By J.R. Brower Peters Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance that enacts traffic impact fees at their August 11 meeting. These fees will be imposed on developers and are calculated based upon predicting the number of trips generated by a development during peak traffic hours. The proposal creates two traffic service areas in the Township. The northern area would have a fee of $1,359 per peak hour trip, and the southern area fee would be $1,344. Bob Getz of Trans Associates, which was contracted by the Township to develop a long-range traffic improvement plan, explained that the amount of the fees are not unreasonable compared to those of other municipalities that have adopted them. Peters will be the first municipality in Washington County to have the fees. Councilman Robert Atkison believes these fees may slow development. “Developers may just bypass Peters and go to Cecil, North Strabane, and Nottingham,” he said. Developer Woody Welsch expressed opposition to the impact fees, stating that the cost of building new homes is already very high. He even suggested that Council consider a one-mill tax increase. Councilman David Ball was not sympathetic, stating that the cost of the impact fees will be passed on to the homebuyer. All of this is tied into Council’s recent passage of the Transportation Capital Improvement Program, a 20-year plan to improve the Township’s roadways and traffic patterns. Trans Associates has worked with the Township’s Traffic Impact Fee Committee in planning for future roadway projects that will cost about $72 million, the majority of which will be paid for with state funding. The traffic impact fees will be used to help pay for the Township’s share of these projects, and they will be collected when building permits are issued. In another matter, Parks and Recreation Department Director Michele Harmel and Board Member Dorothy Schwerha gave reports to Council on the work that is being done to improve athletic fields and the parks. They also named three outstanding volunteers for this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Recognized were Shelly McIntosh, Joe Bastyr, and Jeremy Brannen, all of whom are involved in the Township’s athletic associations. In other new business, Fred Marra, who resides at 416 E. McMurray Road, expressed concerns about PennDOT’s
planning work for a project that will add an additional turning lane and traffic light to the intersection of Center Church Road at the top of the hill. Marra said that PennDOT has placed stakes 28 feet from the road into his yard, indicating that they plan to take a large chunk of front property to widen McMurray Road. Dissatisfied with PennDOT’s responses to his inquiries, Marra decided to contact the Township staff and Council. He wants to know why McMurray Road can’t be widened equally on both sides for the intersection project, and he is deeply concerned that his property value will decrease significantly. Councilman James Berquist said that improvements have to be made, because this is one of the most dangerous intersections in the Township. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said that the state has the right of eminent domain in deciding where to take property for the road improvements on McMurray Road, which is state-maintained, but the Township would have some say in the matter as Center Church Road is a Township road. He said that there will be some type of public hearing on the matter, and added that this project probably won’t get into full swing until late 2009 or 2010. On another topic, Council decided to proceed with plans for expansion of Peterswood Park by approving an agreement with JMT Engineers to provide plans for grading, parking, field development, a pavilion, a trail, and basic utilities. The total cost for these design plans is $96,520. Despite Councilman David Ball’s complaint that they “were not getting that much for the money,” Council passed the agreement with the caveat that they could terminate the agreement at any time during the process. Silvestri said that it is good to proceed with the planning to become better informed of the actual costs to make better future financing decisions. In other matters, Council: • Allowed lot line shifts for the Moritz/Terra Plan giving the Moritz property full access to McDowell Lane and the Terra property frontage on Washington Road. • Permitted Carol Tedori to split her 21acre property on E. McMurray Road into three lots: one for the Heritage Meadows townhouses plan, one for the Changing Seasons Learning Center, and the remaining 15 acres that could be developed for housing. • Approved a bid of $8,590 from Folino Construction to improve a storm water pond in Stonehenge.
Washington Camera Club Meetings Washington Camera Club will hold a meeting September 2 at 7 pm, at which Printing Basics in Photoshop Elements will be presented. The meeting will be held in Room 104 of the County Annex Building behind the Washington Court House. The club’s September 16 (same time and location) meeting will include a special presentation by Bob Agnew, President of the Photo Selection of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call Ray at 724-225-5842. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Nottingham Township Seeks to Upgrade Township’s Computers By J.R. Brower At its regularly scheduled meeting on August 18, the Nottingham Township Supervisors agreed to begin plans to update and rewrite their Zoning Ordinance, which has not been revised since 1982. As a result of growth and changes that have occurred in the township, oftentimes situations arise that are not covered in the present zoning regulations, according the supervisors. The township retained the services of Planning Consultant Roberta Sarraf, who has done similar work for nearby municipalities. She plans to go through the ordinance to see what is needed to get it up to date. “We’ll start by reviewing the ordinance, then meet with the Planning Commission to see what their needs are. We’ll see what they recommend and why, and then we can begin to draft changes,” she explained. In another matter, Township Treasurer Shirley Madar presented her case for upgrading the township’s financial software program and computer hardware. At a previous meeting, Madar had indicated that at of June 2009, the township’s financial systems vendor, Freedom Systems, will no longer support the version of the financial software Nottingham uses. The options were to upgrade to their newer version of the software or go with a new vendor. She said that she has had good communication with RA Services of Butler regarding their computer services and has researched its services and the other townships it serves. The quoted price for the financial software and service agreement with RA Services would be $10,199 as compared to a cost of $21,000 to continue with Freedom Systems, said Madar. The plan also includes purchasing new Dell computers for the new software, and Madar said that funds were already in place to cover the costs. Representatives from RA Services will provide training for the new applications, and Madar hopes to be able to prepare the next township budget on the new system. The proposal was approved by the board, 3-0. Supervisor Peter Marcoline reported on the first meeting between Finleyville and Nottingham on their Joint Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. Their first work will be to go through the original joint plan between Union, Carroll, and Nottingham townships, which never came to fruition,
and decipher what applies to the two municipalities and mark with disclaimers. The overall purpose of the joint plan is to work together to get state support for future projects that benefit both communities. The next order of business was a discussion of the ongoing legal battle with the defunct Mon View Mining Company to recover about $58,000 owed in back taxes. The property is primarily in Union Township, with a portion in Nottingham, and without notice Mon View Mining failed to recognize Nottingham as a party of interest when the property was put up for sale. Currently in bankruptcy proceedings, the property is being purchased by Coal Financing, LLC. A payment of $1 million was made on July 31, and the transfer tax was also paid. Another payment of $1 million is expected to be made on October 30. Supervisor Marcoline said that an estimated $22 million worth of coal lies beneath the property with about $4 million worth in Nottingham. The board approved a motion to retain the services of attorney Alan Cech to fight the matter to try to get the full value of Nottingham’s money for their tax liens. Marcoline is confident that with applied legal pressure, they will be able to do so. Supervisor Douglas King then presented a motion to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Ringgold School District to be able to gain access to their 10,000-gallon diesel fuel tank located at the Ginger Hill Bus Garage. He said that they would be able to get fuel from the tank in emergency situations, such as inclement winter weather, and they would use a debit type card to account for the fuel taken. The measure passed unanimously. Also a topic on the agenda was the recent natural gas leasing boom in southwest Pennsylvania, which is getting much attention in resource-rich Nottingham Township. Two informational meetings were held at the Township Building on August 12 and August 19. The agenda also stated that Washington County was to have held a seminar on natural gas drilling and exploration for local governments at the Courthouse Square Building on August 21. The major player in Nottingham appears to be Chesapeake Energy, which, according to Chairman Raymond Barley, has bought a lot of shallow well leases and now wants to lease 600+ acre tracts to drill into the deeper, more profitable Marcellus shale layers.
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Washington County Fair Allows Area Residents to Experience True Farming Activities, Products, and Atmosphere The 2008 Washington County Fair ran from August 9-16. Enjoyed by many, it is the chance to see local agriculture at its best, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, state-ofthe-art new products, top-notch bands and performers, and old and new friends; eat great food; show off skills; and especially to meet Washington County's 4H children, who spend months and years learning and becoming expert at the animals, crops, home skills, and equipment they exhibit. (PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS)
Autumn Harris proudly displays her Blue Ribbon for fancy candies. Autumn has been making chocolates since she was old enough to reach the table. This was her third year straight to take first in fancy candies.
Lane Redd of Eighty-Four shows his goat “Billy.” Lane is a 4 H member of Lone Pine Ag.
Gregg and Karey Volensky of Bethel Park purchased their first Market Livestock pig from Brandon Pape, a 4 H member of 10 Mile Ag. Gregg is the pharmacist at South Park/Library Rite Aid.
“Springhouse Girls” Elizabeth Shaw, Kristen Diethorn, and Tia Hannum man The Springhouse booth, serving delectable desserts.
Barb and Gary Campbell of 84 Ag check in buyers at the Market Livestock Sale.
McMurray-based Home & Heart 4H members Steele and Craig Skrenta of West Finley back) and Suzie Jones of New Eagle (front) serve customers milkshakes, ice cream cones, and sundaes originating from Washington County dairy farmers. The 4H Dairy Bar is always a “must stop” for patrons.
Bob Kelly/All Crane of West Elizabeth purchased Jordan Gibson’s 225-lb. pig. Jordan is a member of Glyde Ag.
Kortz, Levdansky Vote to Preserve Amusement Revenues State Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and David Levdansky, DAllegheny/Washington, voted against an amendment that would have cost the borough of West Mifflin and surrounding communities $1 million in lost revenue. The amendment, which was considered as part of a bill that would consolidate collection of the local Earned Income Tax in Pennsylvania, failed in the House by a vote of 84 to 111. Had the amendment been adopted, it would have inserted language in the bill prohibiting the collection of an amusement tax in Pennsylvania. The amusement tax charged for admission to Kennywood Park and other amusement and water parks in Pennsylvania provides millions of dollars a year for the municipalities that host those parks. Kennywood's annual contribution to West Mifflin, which is in Kortz's legislative district, is $1 million. "The legislator who offered this amendment has no amusement parks in his legislative district, and no understanding of how devastating the loss of this revenue would be for communities like West Mifflin," Kortz said. "The amendment was aimed at a very narrow special interest, and was rightfully defeated." "The amendment would have taken revenue generated by parks like Kennywood from the local municipalities where they are located," Levdansky added. "When this issue came before the House Finance Committee last year, Kennywood went on the record saying it would not cut ticket prices if it were not required to pay the tax. "So Kennywood's customers wouldn't get a reduced ticket price and the community would see reduced revenue and be forced to raise taxes, while Kennywood, now owned by a Spanish company, would ship its profits off to a foreign country. This scenario is unacceptable, and it's for the best the amendment failed." "West Mifflin and Kennywood just struck a deal on how the park would contribute its fair share of taxes to the community," Kortz said. "Yanking this revenue source from municipalities like West Mifflin without any evidence that the amusement tax is a burden on the industry, or has cost it attendance or profit, would not have been fair to the taxpayers of West Mifflin and other host communities in Pennsylvania.
Plunge! Cabaret, Grand Theatre, and Womansplace Host Benefit Weekend September 6-7 Plunge! Cabaret, a regionally based performing arts troupe, will join with Womansplace, a local organization working to address domestic violence in our community, and the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth for a benefit weekend on September 6-7. The weekend will feature two performances of “One-ery…Two-ery…”, Plunge! Cabaret’s cornerstone show about the choices we make and those we’re made of. Saturday’s performance is at 7:30 pm, and the Sunday performance, beginning at 3 pm, will begin and end with two community awareness events bringing to light issues of domestic violence and supporting the work of Womansplace. In “One-ery…Two-ery…”, Jennifer Rodgers Beach and Tim Coles take the audience through a variety of life choices using an eclectic mix of musical styles, literature, and conversation. They weave through the mazes of finding a career that fits, relationships that continually begin and end, and uncovering what is truly worthwhile in life. The show features a wide range of songs from Sondheim to Strauss, as well as the words of Whitman, DuBois, and Thoreau. It’s a 90-minute performance marathon bursting with humor, wit, and wisdom. Plunge! Cabaret is a performing arts troupe that focuses on bringing the arts together with education and community service. They often partner performances with a residency component, using excerpts from the shows to creatively jumpstart working sessions on a variety of human development issues. For more information about this benefit weekend, visit www.plungecabaret.com or call 1-888-671-5943. Womansplace supports individuals and families exposed to relationship abuse by providing shelter, legal and medical advocacy, and options counseling. The organization works to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, prevention education, and direct services; and helps to increase victim safety and empower these individuals to begin again. For more information, assistance, or to learn how you can contribute, please visit www.womansplace.org or call Fran Trimpey at 412-664-7146 extension 200. The Grand Theatre is located at 207 Second Avenue in the heart of downtown Elizabeth. For theater information and directions, visit www.elizabethgrand.com or call 412-384-0504.
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Father’s Illness Inspires Efforts To Fight Lymphoma By Devin Bartolotta I was devastated. Sitting in the backseat of my father’s pickup truck, my mother blurted out the news. The lymphoma was back, and was plaguing my family once again. I didn’t know what to do or how to feel. I was supposed to be spending the last few months of my junior year having fun, but I was going to be worried about getting sick, getting home too late, and getting my license so my mom wouldn’t have to be worried about me when my father was at the hospital. A few weeks later, when the emotions had mostly come and gone, I decided I couldn’t sit back, helpless, as my father suffered. I discovered the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and that an annual “Light The Night Walk” was taking place in Pittsburgh in early fall. Immediately, I made a commitment to the walk, creating the largest team of high school students at the Heinz Field walk this year. I realized that during the walk, my father would be enduring Stem Cell Replacement therapy. In his honor, I named my team “Stem Cellabration”. While I knew that joining the walk was a great responsibility, I was prepared and had a great team to back me up. I devoted my summer to fundraising, writing letters, and building a team passionate about our cause – finding a cure for blood cancers and supporting other families like mine. So far, my team has raised over $1,500, and we are well on our way to meeting our goal. I made lists of things to do for the walk in between customers at my job as a cashier. I spent an hour on the phone with the Pittsburgh Walk Director in the middle of my family vacation, and I even acquired team members at a Rotary Youth Leadership Conference I attended in June. As unusual as it is for a high school senior, I’ve spent my summer dedicated to a cause. I’ve realized how much just one person – or a whole team of twenty-five teenagers – can do when they put their hearts into a cause. By doing so, I’m fighting lymphoma in a different way than my father. Through team Stem Cellabration, my team is proving to our community and our schools that we are leaders and activists, and want to do our part in improving society. As busy as I was, the very last summer of my Ringgold career has certainly been used well. At the Heinz Field/North Shore Light The Night Walk on October 2nd, I will be representing my family and countless others like us. Until then, my family is still fighting lymphoma…one stem cell at a time. To learn more about our cause, go to: ww.teams.lightthenight.org/stemcellabration
Century III and Comfort Keepers Invite Community to Recognize Grandparents Day Join Century III Mall and Comfort Keepers Home Care in celebrating Grandparents Day with resources and activities for all ages. On Saturday, September 6, Century III Mall will be hosting a Resource Fair in honor of Grandparents Day. The mall will be featuring booths with local resources as well as intergenerational activities for community members. The event is from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM. Grandparents Day, September 7, was declared a national holiday in 1978 with the goals of recognizing elderly in placement; appreciating grandparents; and assisting our youth in acknowledging the wisdom, strength, and experience our elderly have to offer. In order to honor this holiday, Comfort Keepers Home Care will be co-sponsoring intergenerational activities for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together. There will be a “create-a-card table” for children to create greeting cards to be distributed to our local elderly in placement, as well as an Intergenerational Talent Show with prizes for the winner of each generation-group. If one or various members of your family, from any or all generations, have a talent they are willing to share at this event, please contact Maura at Comfort Keepers Home Care at 412-653-6100 or email@example.com
The opening number at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance June recital showcased students (front) Briana Stanko, Ali Irey, (second row) Amber Seykoski, Chianti Sivek, Chrysta Rands, (third row) Devon Leaver, Emily Harger, Shannon Robison, Harleigh Wujcik, Julie Kogler, Carissa Caviris, Chelsea Rodino, and Jessica Klocek.
Miss Barbara’s School of Dance Celebrates 40 Years The old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” truly applies to “Miss Barbara” Rudar’s 40 years of teaching dance. On June 14, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance celebrated its 40th Anniversary during the studio’s bi-annual performance held at Finley Middle School. The performance showcased both present, and, to Miss Barbara’s surprise, past dancers. Miss Barbara feels so blessed to have reached this milestone in her career. The studio’s success is due in large part to the respect Miss Barbara has with her fellow Grease was performed by (front) Aisha Chilton, business people, the Mon Valley communiTori Sevick, (second row) Alyssa Lenhart, ty, and her students and their families. As Emanuel, Johnna Mocniak, (third row) Christin Tomsic, a former dancer and parent Rhiannon Wineland, and Alexis Dolfi. of a present student puts it, “Miss Barbara does more than teach just dance. She teaches life skills such as self-confidence, diligence, perseverance, responsibility, setting goals for oneself, and committing to the hard work it takes to achieve them. She sees each dancer’s talent and wants them to see it too.” Miss Barbara thanks all these special people who have made unique and valuable contributions throughout the years. Miss Barbara’s School of Dance eagerly Me and My Teddy Bear featured Ryan Wilson, looks forward to reaching 50 years of eduZoe Tunon, Candace Schnore, Jocelyn Stoffel. cating students in the Mon Valley area the art of dance. If you would like more information on joining us in this endeavor, call 724-348-7518 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2008 Fall Hayrides at Mingo Creek County Park The Washington County Department of Parks & Recreation will be offering group, hayrides this fall at Mingo Creek County Park. Dates for the 2008 Mingo Creek County Park Hayrides are: • Friday, October 10 • Friday, October 17 • Saturday, October 18 • Friday, October 24 • Saturday, October 25 The Friday evening hayrides are scheduled for October 10, 17 & 24 are available 5:00 pm - 8M p.m. Saturday Hayrides on October 18 and 25 are available 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hayrides are approximately 50 minutes in length. The haywagon can accommodate upto 30 people per hour. The use of a picnic shelter and fire circle for two hours before or after the scheduled hayride is also provided. Hayrides book quickly. Call the Washington County Parks & Recreation Office at 724228-6867 for information about scheduling a hayride in Mingo Creek County Park for your group. Mingo Creek Park is located 12 miles east of Washington off Route 136
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Monongahela Tea Room, Special Teas, Lure Guests From Several States Away Victorene's Tea is a beautiful tea room located inside restored Victorian 1860 Farm House (Washington County Landmark) in a park setting in the City of Monongahela, Pa. This unique tea room is owned and operated by Chris Anne Cole. She and husband, Ken, restored the home 6 years ago and named it after the seller of the home, Victorene, grandmother to Ken. Each month Victorene's presents a new monthly-themed tea event and a lovely four-course tea menu is served with foods that are designed to correlate with the themed event. For the month of September, Victorene's will be hosting a “Covered Bridge Festival Tea” wherein they will highlight the history of the Covered Bridges, talk about the happenings of Monongahela in the late 1800's and early 1900's including the Whiskey Rebellion, Adena Indians, and famous American inventor Edward Acheson. In October, Victorene's is proud to feature "Haunted Mystery Teas", where each guest will try and solve the crime. Many guests already attending these teas are traveling near and far and some several states away. As a result of nation-wide coverage in a magazine entitled, “Tea Time”, guests will be traveling as far as the state of Indiana to attend these teas. Victorene's feels extremely honored to have guests traveling distances to attend their events and love how the teas help promote the City of Monongahela and the Pittsburgh area. Victorene’s is looking forward to treating them to a “Unique tea experience.”
Healthy Directions Manager Marilynn Taylor (right) gives an overview of the new laboratory area with Mary Lou Murt, Senior Vice president of Nursing at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Healthy Directions Open House Showcases New Location
Michelle Foster of Finleyville (right), a Healthy Directions volunteer and Marilynn Taylor, manager, compare notes and plan for a cholesterol and lipid screening being held the following day.
Marilynn Taylor (standing) performs a blood pressure check on John Baczowski while Suzanne Iliff observes at the recent Open House held by Health Directions in Finleyville.
Healthy Directions, an educational resource center affiliated with Mon Valley Hospital, held an open house on August 13 to show its new location at 6116 Brownsville Road Ext., Suite 107, Finleyville. Its former location since 1992 was on Washington Avenue. “Our central community location allows residents to receive our services without traveling too far,” said Certified Medical Assistant Marilyn Taylor, who manages the center. Those who visited the open house enjoyed food from Fratelli’s. Healthy Directions offers counseling on medical issues, literature, and other resources. Taylor is available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3 pm to address any questions you may have about your health or to take your blood pressure. Blood work is offered from 7 am to noon; a prescription from a doctor is required. Healthy Directions accepts most insurances. For more information, please call 724-348-6699.
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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh A Win, Win Scenario Buyers and Sellers Both Win at â€˜Itâ€™s New To Meâ€™ in Peters Township By J.R. Brower
Bryan Rippel is manager of The Bar in Monongahela.
The Bar â€œtenderâ€? serves drinks at the black-and-white-checkered bar.
Youâ€™ll Love This Bar Why Go to Just Any Old Bar When You Can Go To The Bar? By Samantha Milton On a typical Friday or Saturday night, a bar is a popular destination or ending point for many people. However, here in â€œThe Valley,â€? residents arenâ€™t just going to any bar, they are hanging out at The Bar. Located on Main Street in Monongahela, The Bar is owned and operated by Wes and Sharon Rippel, who previously owned the building back when it was known as Sharkies. The Rippels are also the former owners of Step II, which was located on Fourth Street in Monongahela. As you can tell, the Rippels are no strangers to the bar business, and this time their son, Bryan, is even along for the ride serving as the manager of The Bar. When asked about the simple and to-the-point name, Wes Rippel replied, â€œWe decided on â€˜The Barâ€™ because thatâ€™s what it is, a bar. We sell hot pretzels and personal pizzas, but our main focus is on the alcohol.â€? Rippel laughed as he continued, â€œWe also have the best menu in town. We have all kinds of take-out and delivery menus here. We encourage people to bring in food or have food delivered, and weâ€™ll provide the alcohol to go with it.â€? The Bar, which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm until close, features daily drink specials such as domestic bottles for $1.75 from 6 to 8 pm every night, ABC (Absolut, Bacardi, and Captain) for $1.50 Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 pm, $0.75 Mad Dog shots from 7:30 to 9:30pm during every new or full moon, and Frozen Fridays featuring frozen drink specials. In addition, The Bar features Tuesday night dart leagues and Wednesday night karaoke; pool leagues will form on Thursdays beginning in the fall. A DJ plays every Friday and Saturday night on the newly renovated dance floor. Rippel also added, â€œWe have The Klick booked to perform on August 22 and the band Wizdom will be returning on a monthly basis.â€? A checkerboard bar and a friendly, welcoming, well-secured atmosphere makes The Bar the closest place to Cheers that the Valley has ever seen. So, bring a pizza, order a beer, and tell your friends to meet you at The Bar.
DAILY DRINK SPECIALS TUESDAYS
Pizza 50Â˘ per slice â€˘ 9pm-11pm
WEDNESDAYS Flip Night
Ladies Night â€˘ 9pm-11pm SUMMER TAKE-OUT SPECIALS
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The largest consignment store in the area, â€˜Itâ€™s New To Meâ€™, is located at 522 Valley Brook Road in Peters Township. Owned by Elaine Fitzgerald, the unique store has been open for four and a half years. All of the merchandise that Fitzgerald sells has been previously owned. It includes all types of collectibles, furniture, paintings, antiques, lamps, jewelry, china, and childrenâ€™s items, as well as many items that canâ€™t be put into any category. The clever name of the shop â€œI donâ€™t turn anything good away,â€? said â€œItâ€™s New to Meâ€? says it all. Fitzgerald, who was a buyer at Kaufmannâ€™s for 18 years. She has 6,000 square feet of space at her Valley Brook Road location. She says she doesnâ€™t get overstocked, because everything moves fast. Asked what kind of merchandise she is looking for, she said, â€œI want what decorators tell people to get rid of after five years.â€? Itâ€™s ironic that interior decorators, themselves, shop at her store. The consignment arrangement on which the store operates is a fifty-fifty split. Fitzgerald does not charge any Owner Elaine Fitzgerald invites you to consigning fees like most of these types stop by her store located at of stores do. She makes regular pay522 Valley Brook Road in Peters Township. ments on what has been sold every month. All merchandise is picked up and delivered for free, and layaway is also offered. She presently has 1,150 consignees, whose merchandise is all computerized numerically. A Peters Township resident for 12 years, Elaine and her husband, Brian, a builder, live on Abbey Brook Lane. Two retired teachers, Bunny Barger and Chris Keida, help her out at the store. Keida is an artist, too, who paints lovely pictures on furniture upon request. It appears that Fitzgerald is quite happy, as are her buyers and sellers. â€œI just like people,â€? she said. â€œOur store is like Cheers without the alcohol.â€? Fitzgerald particularly likes Ethan Allen brand furniture. This fact is well known to the salespeople at stores that sell the brand, because they call her when they have customers replacing old Ethan Allen furniture with new. Elaine told an interesting story about getting a call not too long ago from a woman who lived in Nevillewood, who wanted to sell her furniture because she had to move quickly to California. She said she was delighted to find the house crammed full of all Ethan Allen furniture. â€œA king-sized bed is all thatâ€™s left,â€? she said. For more information on Itâ€™s New To Me, call 724-942-1921. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm.
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A Chocolate Oasis In Finleyville
Herman’s Farm Market
By Ken Askew Just imagine opening a door and being overwhelmed with the delectable fragrance of chocolate. Ummm! You purchase some fresh-made chocolate candy, select a cup of tasty coffee, sit down in a cozy room, and relax to soothing background music. What a great way to drift into sensory nirvana. The smell . . . the taste . . . the sound. It all adds up to a time of respite, an experience like being at an oasis, right in downtown Wagner’s Chocolates has moved to the big pink house Finleyville. in downtown Finleyville. That’s what it’s like at the new location of Wagner’s Chocolates, just two miles south of Trax Farms, and just one block off Route 88, at 3760 1st Avenue in Finleyville. They also feature homemade gelati (Italian ice cream) and gourmet hot chocolate. Their candy is waxfree, made fresh daily, and contains no preservatives. Diabetic candy is available by order. Their cordial strawberries will remind you of the quality product that Gimbel’s department store once sold. This past June, owner Michael Customers can enjoy a cozy sitting room inside Wietrzykowski moved the location from Wagner’s Chocolates store. Route 88 near Dairy Queen to the present site inside a big pink house, which is hard to miss. Michael has been making candy for 25 years, and one of his most memorable orders was for 150 fanciful caramel-chocolate-covered apples for a wedding reception at Southpointe. Wagner’s offers delivery service, and gives discounts to fundraisers for non-profit organizations such as schools and hospitals. Book clubs or other small groups are welcome to have a meeting there. Michael invites you to stop by the “big pink house” and try the Wagner’s Chocolate experience.
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Canonsburg General Hospital Presented with 2008 HAP Achievement Award Canonsburg General Hospital was recently selected as a winner in the 2008 Achievement Awards contest sponsored by The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. The winning entry, “Patient-focused Changes in Emergency Department Processes Leads to Increased Patient Satisfaction and Growth,” described the processes that the Canonsburg General Hospital Emergency Department staff implemented to improve patient flow.
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Community Action Southwest Names New Directors
Patrons enjoy relaxing and socializing at Goody Two Shoes English Tea Room and Collectible Shoppe in Monongahela.
Monongahela’s Goody Two Shoes Preps for Four Year Anniversary Goody Two Shoes English Tea Room and Collectible Shoppe, located at 509 W. Main Street in Monongahela, PA is approaching their four year anniversary and their calendar is loaded with exciting events! On September 27 at 12:30 PM, they will be hosting a Harvest tea. Everyone will all have a little extra time for ourselves as the kids are back to school and the Fall harvest is getting underway. Enjoy this relaxing tea. Please RSVP by September 22. On Saturday, October 25 at 12:30 PM they will celebrate their 4-year anniversary with a Halloween tea. It is sure to be a special event. Please RSVP by October 20. Also, they will be part of the famous Monongahela Ghost Walk on Main Street in the city’s historic district on October 18-19 and October 24-25. Stop in after the walk for a hot cup of tea, hot soup and desserts. Finally, you can call Goody Two Shoes at 724-258-2244 to order or pick up some of our scones that were sold at the Farmer’s Market in Chess Park. Owners John and Linda Dudzik invite you to stop down and visit. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. They also have an evening Card Club. RSVP only.
Jeff Fondelier was named Director of Community Action Southwest's Family Economic Success Department for both Jeff Fondelier Greene and Washington counties. Jeff has been with the organization since 2004, serving as the Director of the Family Development Department. Having worked in the nonprofit sector since 1990, Jeff has served numerous populations in various capacities. Before joining Community Action Southwest, Jeff supervised an Intensive Case Management Program in Allegheny County for eight years. Jeff's direct care experience is in mental health and mental retardation community supports, and in residential placement for socially and emotionally troubled adolescents. Community Action Southwest also recently named Stacy Stroman the Senior Services Director for the agency. Stacy has Stacy Stroman been with the organization since 1997, serving in various capacities for the agency. From 1997-2001 Stacy served as the CAS Senior Services Care Manager/Ombudsman and from 2001 - 2006, as Senior Services Care Management Coordinator/Ombudsman Supervisor for the organization. In 2006, Stacy was promoted to Senior Services Assistant Director.
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Debra Crownover Town: Monongahela Family: Husband, Ken; daughters, Kassandra and Allyssa Education: Ringgold High School and Pittsburgh Beauty Academy Occupation: Hairdresser at Charise’s in Bethel Park, Creative Memories Consultant
Resident Spotlight By Alice Harris
Interests & Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, jet skiing, scrapbooking, camping, flowers, and ponds.
Billy Mancini Performs at Peterswood Park By J.R. Brower If you’ve seen anyone lately jogging or bicycling on Arrowhead Trail while singing robustly, it must have been Billy Mancini. He does this to keep his lungs in shape. Peters Township resident Billy Mancini performed August 6 at the Peterswood Park Amphitheater as part of the 2008 Peters Township Summer Concert Series. He and his band performed the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, and Nat King Cole. Mancini, who lives in Quail Run, sings Music makes Billy in his own strong voice, not trying to imitate the Mancini happy. artist whose song he is singing. He says his favorite musician is Louis Prima. His dad, Tony Mancini, was a strong influence on Billy, who said that when he was growing up, “I always woke up in the morning singing.” Mancini said that he always remembers his dad saying, “I don’t care what you do to make a living, I never want you to stop singing.” His primary work has been in sales, but Mancini took his dad’s advice and sings whenever he can. He does lots of benefits, including ones for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind and Casa for Kids, and at a lot of assisted living places. “They really appreciate the music. Some of the residents have told me they liked me, because I don’t make them feel old.” About his act, Mancini said that of all the artists whose songs he performs, his is more like Sammy Davis Jr.’s with lots of singing and dancing. There will also be songs for the kids from the Wizard of Oz. His act also includes comedy monologues about relationships and single parenting. He is passing his dad’s advice along to his children, Enzo (8), Alivia (9), and Melina (10). If you missed Billy Mancini on August 6, you’ll be able to see him on Monday evenings at Ciao in Carnegie, where he’ll soon perform regularly.
Kleppner Wins Third Place in Washington County Fair Contest Finleyville Resident Marianne Kleppner submitted one of her photographs to the Washington County Fair this year and walked away with the third place prize. The photo, taken at Wyndhaven Farms where Kleppner used to photograph the horse camp, shows ‘Zoe’, a Great Dane that was a puppy at the time. “Zoe was in a stall in the bank barn. I was photographing some kids during camp, and I turned around to see her standing up in the stall with her paws and face over the wood,” said Kleppner. “This picture is one of my all-time favorites. Kleppner is a member of the Washington County Camera Club and took this picture with a Canon G2 Digital Camera. “Zoe” was displayed at the Washington County Fair and now hangs on the wall Finleyville resident Marianne Kleppner won 3rd place for this photo at the in Kleppner’s living room. For her efforts, she won $4 Washington County Fair. and a lovely ribbon “I will cherish this—my first ribbon in a competition,” she said. Kleppner is a Finleyville Council member, and also a freelance photographer for the Union-Finley Messenger.
Katie Seibert Crowned 2008 Preteen Miss Majorette of America Katie Seibert, daughter of Gregg and Deanna (Baumann) Seibert, was crowned 2008 Preteen Miss Majorette of America and 2008 All American Girl at the National AYOP Katie Seibert competition held at the University of Notre Dame in July. She had a very busy and successful competition season in 2008. The first competition was in Orlando, FL in February, which she won 1st runner up in Miss Twirl Mania and 1st place in dance twirl. In April at Beaver Community College, Katie won Beginner Preteen Miss Majorette of the North Atlantic, wining 1st place in all three events: Solo, Strut and Modeling. In June, she was named the Juvenile Intermediate Pageant winner at TU International Championship in Canton, OH. Since Katie won the Miss Majorette of the North Atlantic title, this qualified her to compete at Notre Dame in July. In her division there were 33 young ladies competing for the title. Katie placed 1st in solo and 1st in strut and won the Miss Majorette of America title in the 10-12 age division. She also placed 2nd in the country in the World Open Solo and Strut Intermediate divisions. Katie won a second title competing against 47 others competitors to win the title of 2008 All American Girl. We are all extremely proud of her and her achievements this year. She has trained very hard to reach one of her dreams in baton twirling. Her grandparents are Cheryl and the late John Baumann of South Park, Bernadette Seibert of Finleyville and the late Earl Seibert of Irwin. Also, the niece of proud Uncle Tom and Aunt Dianna of Peters Township.
Local Cadet Graduates from West Point Cadet Timothy Denne Donohue, son of Thomas and Mary Donohue, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 31, 2008. Donohue graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2004. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in economics. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Infantry branch and will report to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for his first assignment.
Cadet Timothy Denne Donohue
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Medved Named MVH Personnel Director Ronald Medved has been named Personnel Director at MVH. In this capacity, Ron will be responsible for the administration and communications of all matters in the Personnel Department. Medved joined Monongahela Valley Hospital in 1988 as Benefits Coordinator. Prior to joining MVH, he served in various supervisory positions with Ronald Medved Combustion Engineering in Monongahela. Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Marsha reside in Fallowfield Township and are the parents of two sons, Corry and Collin.
Boyer’s Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 30th Wanda Rosalia Riggle Boyer and Harold Marvin Harold Marvin (Snookie) and Wanda Rosalia Riggle Boyer long time Finleyville residents were married in 1958. They have 10 children (9 surviving), 21 grandchildren, one great grandson and one on the way. They have shared many a happy memories and have many more to come. Congrats on 50 wonderful years!
Hale Family, (Continued from page 1) Some of their most memorable moments as volunteer firefighters include responding to a call on an Easter Sunday in the early 1970s when a combination of gasoline and dynamite at the bowling alley located along Brownsville Road “could have blown up half of Library,” Ted, Sr. said. Ted, Jr. recalled serving as part of Operation Final Sweep in Somerset County in the aftermath of 9/11. “It was really emotional,” he shared of his role in body recovery. Justin’s most memorable moment was that of a heroic nature when a gentleman went into cardiac arrest, and Justin saved his life by quickly utilizing the skills he had learned as a firefighter. These are all momentous, yet also truly courageous efforts. The LVFC began in October 1939. The original station was a barn located at the corner of Brownsville and Library roads. The current structure at 6581 Library Road began as one building, which was erected in 1964 and has had three additions since then. The company has one paid position and dozens of volunteers. The company responds to calls of different natures, such as burnt food, full-house fires, lightning strikes, carbon monoxide alarms, natural gas reports, water conditions, and vehicle accidents. They also assist with traffic control, bonfires, light detail at football games, and other community events. As a nonprofit, they greatly rely on the community to participate in their fundraisers including bingo on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, scheduled gun bashes, cash bashes, and the annual collection drive. The banquet hall is also available for rent. The company is always recruiting new members – both junior and senior firefighters. The junior firefighter program is open to those 14 to 17 years of age. Junior firefighters are not allowed to engage in interior fire fighting, only exterior controlled fires. Senior membership begins at the age of 18. Members must pay annual dues and participate in fundraising, drill nights, and meetings. All applicants are subject to background checks, physicals, and drug screenings. They must also complete trainings based on their level of membership. The Hales also noted that Allegheny County has implemented a program for volunteers who commit to five years with a fire company to receive tuition reimbursement to Community College of Allegheny County. Some may find that offer to be an extra reward in helping others. More information on LVFC may be found by calling 412.835.7114 or on the web at www.libraryvfc.com. Donations to the company may be sent to P.O. Box 225, South Park, PA 15129. With so many of her men involved in the company, Tootie Hale, wife, mother, and grandmother, had this to say: “I’m proud of them. I really love what they do.” In this world of clichés, some may say these men “were born to serve.”
Recent Local Death Notices Benigno – Leonard J, 78., of Eighty Four died Monday July 28. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Benkowski – Walter A, 86., of Finleyville died Sunday August 17. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Bickerton – Robert L, 64., of Finleyville died Tuesday July 29. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Bosko – John “George”, 90., of Monongahela died Monday July 7. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Boysen – Grace M, 77., of Elizabeth, Formerly of Finleyville died Saturday August 9. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Brown – Dorothy J, 84., of McMurray died Wednesday August 13. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Cushey – Joseph C, 72., of Canonsburg, Formerly of Finleyville died Sunday August 17. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Day – Harold E, 66., of Monongahela died Wednesday July 30. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. DeGrange – William C, 76., of Monongahela died Wednesday July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Dummer – Gertrude W, 86., of Eighty Four died Wednesday August 13. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Feldman – William Albert, 77., of Carroll Township died Tuesday July 1. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Fetchko – John V, 64., of Finleyville died Saturday August 1. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Fragello – Palmer A, 76., of Monongahela died Monday August 11. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Gallingani – Lisa M, 35., of Westerville Ohio, Formerly of Monongahela died Sunday August 17. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Hohn – Isabel, 83., of Venetia died Saturday August 1. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Hull – Timothy, 58., of Donora died Tuesday July 8. Arrangements under
direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Kirby – Gertrude C, 86., of Monongahela died Tuesdsay July 8. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Magruda – Robert Alan, Jr. 38., of Pricedale died Thursday July 17. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Milligan – James Russell, 61., of Washington, formerly of New Eagle died Tuesday July 8. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Neill – John Archibald, 88., of Monongahela died Friday July 11. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Nelson – James Robert, 66., of Monongahela died Monday July 28. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Oczypok – Paul Sr, 83., of Clairton died Monday July 21. Arrangements under direction of Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Platt – Franklin T, 93., of Monongahela died Wednesday July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Prentice – Leroy, 75., of Carroll Township died Friday July 18. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Police – John A, Sr, 83., of Monongahela died Friday July 25. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Robinson – Margaret T, 94., of Monongahela died Friday July 4. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Schreiner – Scott A, 66., of South Park, Formerly of Mononghela died Friday August 15. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Schultz – Ruth Louise, 82., of Monongahela died Thursday July 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Sholtis – Gladys V, 84., of Monongahela died Tuesday July 8. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela. Silvagni – Michael A, 99., of Monongahela died Saturday August 16. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Tomlinson – Wilbert “Red”, 84., of Carroll Township died Tuesday July 15. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home Inc in Monongahela.
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There Should Be Signs: “Beware of Logs in Tidal Pools”
Beware of floating logs – they can be hazardous to your health.
By Paul Chasko Most fishing that Chicky and I have done has been “hit and miss,” but once in a while you find yourself in fishing heaven. This happened to us one summer camping on the shore in Huntington State Park in South Carolina. We were camped next to a professor who taught an oceanography class at Georgetown University. He took a liking to our son, Kenny, and told him we should try fishing in this tidal pool about a half-mile up the beach but not to tell anyone else about it (he called it a real “honey hole.”) They left the next day, so Chicky and I decided to give it a try. It was a depression of maybe 10 acres up from the shore that had seawater running into it at high tide. What the professor had discovered was that the pool was teaming with flounder that had become trapped. We soon found that a rubber minnow dragged along the sandy bottom was grabbed by a flounder every third or fourth cast. The only problem was that Chicky refuses to take a fish off the hook, and every third or fourth cast she’d whine, “Honey, I got another one.” I had to slog over in water up to my waist and take her fish off. This was worse than fishing with kids, but we were catching lots of fish – at least Chicky was! It was early morning, and the bright Carolina sun was shining off the water surface. It was kind of hard to see, but I’d
warned Chicky not to snag her line on the logs that were floating partly submerged about 150 feet from her in the pool. Whenever I took a fish off for her, the logs seemed to have floated to a different position – that was strange. We were well on our way to each having a stringer full of nice flounder when Chicky gave out a “Hey! Something bumped into my leg!” I looked over and saw that Chicky had gone further out in the pool. Or had the logs floated in closer? Or weren’t they logs at all? I yelled over to her, “Chicky, maybe we’d better fish from shore.” “I can’t reach the deep water from the shore.” “I think those logs are gators!” Panic set in and we left quite a wake as we both headed for the bank. We watched our “logs” for a while, and sure enough you could clearly see the big eyes sockets and the noses just above the surface as they swam around. Going under every so often, I suppose to grab a fish, they’d discovered the “honey hole” before we did. I guess we were disturbing their breakfast. It was a good thing there was plenty to eat in that pool. We went back to the camper and put our flounder on ice. We went back several years later, but the tidal pool was gone. Hurricane Hugo had rearranged the entire shore – good things come and go.
Ringgold Forward Commits to California University of PA California University of Pennsylvania received a verbal commitment for its 2009 recruiting class from Ringgold’s Kayla Fransko, a forward who will be a senior for the Lady Rams in the fall. Fransko is a three-year starter who captained the Lady Rams in 2007. She earned AllSection honors in both 2005 and 2006. She also plays for the (Cup Team). A forward with a scoring touch and outstanding passing skills, Fransko missed most of her 11th grade year due to an injury. In 2005, as a freshman, she scored 9 goals and to go along with 3 Assists, to help the team to achieve a 14-6-1 (11-3 section). With her senior season still to play, Fransko has already scored 19 goals and 8 assists.
Pleasant Hills Rotary Golf Outing Please join us at the 4th annual Pleasant Hills Rotary Golf Outing on Wednesday September 17th 2008 at Lindenwood Golf Club in McMurray Pa. Shotgun Start is at 10:00 AM with dinner immediately following. Cost is $95.00 per person and includes: • 18 holes of golf with cart • Food and beverages • Team prizes • Individual skills prizes 100% of the profits will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other Rotary charities. For more information, please contact Robert Weiss, Chairman at (412) 650-7383, or (412) 551-6015.
St. Thomas a’ Becket Holding 2nd Annual Golf Outing St. Thomas a' Becket Parish is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Golf Outing at South Hills Country Club located at 4305 Brownsville Road on Monday, October 13, 2008 with all proceeds benefiting the St. Thomas a' Becket Building Fund. The registration fee will include range, golf, can, lunch, dinner and prizes. Golf packages include; $185 Single, $740 Foursome and $1,000 Corporate (includes foursome, green/tee signage & program recognition). The Shotgun start is slated for 12:30 pm with cocktails and dinner to follow at 5:30 pm. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the dinner only for $60. Tee/Green sponsorship available for $150.00. Corporate Sponsorships are also available - For registration information, please contact Ben Huber (412) 650-1505 or Steve Bronder (412) 337-2435.
Ringgold’s Schartner Commits to Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology The New Jersey Institute of Technology received a verbal commitment for its 2009 recruiting class from Ringgold’s Emily Schartner, a guard who will be a senior for the Lady Rams in the fall. “NJIT is a great fit for me. I wanted to find a school with a strong academic reputation and one that competes at the mid D-I level,” said Schartner. “I committed to NJIT after visiting the campus and meeting the coaches in June. I felt really comfortable with the coaches, the academics, and the campus which is just a 15 minute train ride from NYC. I am really excited and looking forward to becoming part of the NJIT Highlander’s Team and helping them continue to build a competitive Division I program.” The 5’10” Schartner – is a three-year starter who Emily Schartner this past season helped the Lady Rams win their first section title since 1995 - going 17-7 overall, and 9-1 in the section. Schartner was a 1st team All-Conference selection and leading vote getter. She was also named to the Fabulous 5 Team by the Post-Gazette Washington and AllDistrict 1st Team by the Observer-Reporter. An athletic guard with a good scoring touch, Schartner averaged 15.2 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. In 2006, as a sophomore, she averaged 11.8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists a game and helped the team reach the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs. Schartner, of Finleyville, is also a three time letter winner in soccer and carries a 4.0 GPA. Emily is currently considering majoring in either Science, Technology & Society(STS)\PreLaw or Biomedical Engineering at NJIT.
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Local Boxing Update
MCMENAMY’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, YOUNGSTOWN, OH, JULY 25
By Steve “Skeets” Levandosky
QUAKER STEAK & LUBE, PLEASANT HILLS, JULY 9 110 lbs. Luke Gloeckl of Brentwood and SPBC vs. Rosi Morales of Ellwood City Boxing In the first, Gloeckl finds himself in another tough fight with Morales. This fight goes about the same as the first fight on June 14. Gloeckl did better this time but not enough, as Rosi Morales wins the decision. 155 lbs. Travis Dougherty of Upper St. Clair and SPBC vs. Adam James of PKKG McKeesport This fight pits two greenhorns; it could been fought in a telephone booth as neither boy would give ground. Dougherty’s combos of the one-two jab solid right to the jaw that snapped the McKeesport boy’s head back then followed up with a solid right to the heart that hurt James. When the last bell sounds, it’s Travis Dougherty by way of unanimous decision. 145 lbs. In the Main Event, Scott Bradley of Baldwin and SPBC vs. Jack Maine of Ellwood City Boxing Club Bradley starts scoring with lightning-fast combos that had the Ellwood City boy
backing up. Bradley continues the assault of lefts and rights; Maine would get off, but Bradley’s good defense blocks and slips most of Maine’s punches. Baldwin’s Scott Bradley cruises to the victory. CHURCHILL COUNTRY CLUB, PENN HILLS, JULY 11 110 lbs. Luke Gloeckl of South Park Boxing Club (SPBC) vs. Aaron Cimino of Steel Valley, Homestead Cimino has good boxing skills. Trained by his father Joe, Cimino “southpaw” starts the action by working off his jab and moving to his right scoring with a 1-2 combo. Gloeckl is just a tough kid, always looking for a fight. Cimino takes control of the fight and had the South Park Boy in reverse mode ‘til the last round bell rang. Aaron Cimino wins by way of decision over Luke Gloeckl! 165 lbs. Andreas Kamouyerou of SPBC vs. Adam Little John of IUP Little John starts the round by scoring points by landing pitty-pat punches that bounce off Kamouyerou’s armor. About halfway through the second round, Kamouyerou catapults a left hook that
110 lbs. Luke Gloeckl of Brentwood and SPBC vs. Tyrell Gibbs of Columbus Ohio Boxing Gloeckl finds himself against another lefty “southpaw.” Gibbs takes the fight to Gloeckl, who goes in reverse mode as the Ohio boy stays busier and lands more as he wins by way of decision. 150 lbs. Scott Bradley of SPBC vs. Terance Crodock of Columbus Ohio Boxing It’s the Columbus boy who tears into Bradley, landing head-jarring combos that pierce Bradley’s armor. Bradley looked a little hurt, as Crodock throws more and lands more as he wins by decision. 160 lbs. Andreas “My Big Fat Greek Gyro” Kamouyerou of Peters Township and SPBC vs. Dominick Falls of Columbus Ohio Boxing Falls sports a record of 12 and 0 and starts the scoring with his long jab. Kamouyerou presses the attack forward, willing to eat a little salad to get to the steak. He lands a tremendous left hook to the liver and sends the Ohio boy to the ropes, where he spends most of the fight after felling the Greek’s power as Andreas Kamouyerou hammers out the win.
PALISADES MCKEESPORT, BLACK AND GOLD BOXING, AUGUST 2 132 lbs. Larry Kunzelman of SPBC vs. Dom Boronio of Real Contact Fight Team Penn State This fight starts fast paced, as the leather was flying, Kunzelman takes the fight round. In the second, Kunzelman begins too slowly and the Penn State boy stays more active to the last bell and wins by way of decision. RIVERFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATER, KITTANNING, AUGUST 9 129 lbs. Larry Kunzelman of SPBC vs. Travis Mayers of Wick City Boxing, Kittanning Kunzelman, a few pounds heavier, starts the scoring as the Wick City boy hangs tough and fires back his own combos. As the fight wears on, Kunzelman is dog tired by the third round and starts to clinch and wrestle his foe to the canvas. The ref warns him and takes away a point; he loses a close decision to Travis Mayers. 155 lbs. Travis Dougherty of Upper St. Clair and SPBC vs. Will McCoy of Butler Cubs Boxing. Dougherty is a tough kid that loves a good fight, and that’s what happened at Riverfront Park Amphitheater on the Allegheny River in Kittanning. This is another telephone booth fight, neither boy willing to give ground. Dougherty, the stronger of the two, lands with the one-two and lands hard right hands to the breadbasket followed with left hooks to the head. When this fight’s done, the Upper St. Clair boy Travis Dougherty pounds out the decision win.
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That’s Awesome, Dude!
South Park is the place for BMX and Skateboard Fanatics The new 3-B Action Park (Boards, Bikes, Blades) has been a big hit this summer with those brave enough to test the course – complete with concrete “grind boxes”, “ledges”, “snake run” “bank ramps”, and a 12-foot-high vertical ramp! Many young (and young at heart) daredevils brought their bikes and skateboards to test their skills at the new park. For those who prefer dirt to concrete, the South Park BMX track was the destination of choice. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)
Mike Kirsch, age 20, from Castle Shannon shows his tricks.
Ryan Wyatt goes airborne at the South Park BMX track!
Trevor Recktenwald keeps his eyes on the track while his bike is in the air!
At the starting gate of the BMX track in South Park are - Ryan Wyatt, 15, from Peters Township, Mark Slomiany, 14, from Peters Township, Collin Cannister, 13, from Hopewell, and Trevor Recktenwald, 13, from Peters Township.
This skateboarder heads down into one of the concrete bowls.
These girls from Mt. Lebanon were on hand watching the boys show off their stuff! Pictured clockwise from front left: Anna Tiemann, Janie Ererz, Emma Pasekoff, and Summer Harris.
Mark Slomiany soars through the air on his BMX bike.
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A bike rider tests his moves at the 3-B action park in South Park.
Vincent Sammartino from West Mifflin maintains his balance on the skateboard.
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