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INDEX: Local News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Home & Garden . . . . . . . . 33 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Your Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Senior News . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Kids & Family . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 School News . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Food & Dining . . . . . . . . . . 62 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

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Levdansky Announces Opening of New Local Office in Clairton

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tate Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny/Washington, has opened a new office in the Clairton City Hall, 551 Ravensburg Blvd. in Clairton. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The new office will provide local services to city residents who need help applying for state programs, obtaining state Transportation Department services, birth and death certificates and other state-related matters. "I am grateful that Clairton Council has allowed me to locate my office in an unused room in City Hall," Levdansky said. "This allows me to better serve Clairton and its residents in a cost-effective manner." Clairton resident Joyce Hammons will staff the new office. She was born and raised in Clairton, where she graduated from Clairton High School. Hammons later joined the U.S. Navy, and after retiring from the Navy, she returned to her hometown to live. "I am pleased to welcome Joyce as a member of my staff and am confident that Clairton residents will find her very helpful in addressing their needs and concerns," Levdansky said. The new office's phone number is 412-233-5500.

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A Frontier Thanksgiving at Oliver Miller Homestead

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n eighteenth century time of visiting and thanksgiving for the harvest will be observed at the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park on Sunday, November 22, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Long before President Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was common for the frontier people to gather some time after the harvest to give thanks and visit before winter set in. The “Miller family” and their friends (volunteers dressed in period attire) will prepare and display foods common to the times using the open hearth. Past celebrations have included dishes such as colonial game pie, roast venison, and pumpkin soup. The “Rev. John Clark,” an eighteenth century minister will be present with Biblical readings and homilies. Historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, quilting, and blacksmith work will be demonstrated. Tours of the Stone House, Log House, springhouse, forge, and barn will be given throughout the afternoon. The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle in South Park. It is open every Sunday through December 13 from 1:30 – 4:30. An admission of two dollars is asked. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.15122.olivermiller.org or contact us at 412-835-1554.


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Giving Thanks It’s that time of year again. It’s time to gather round the table, to visit, to praise, but most of all to eat turkey! I know that we live in a time when it’s only proper to thank the one above for everything given to us. Why else would every sports team player point to the sky after doing something good. Personally I think it would be ironic if an anvil would drop from the sky directly on that person as they were pointing up. Maybe it would quell that knee jerk reaction. I mean seriously do we really need to thank the William “Wild Wily” Frankfurt Lord for another goal, homerun, or touchdown? Can we not save that for when we’re at the Thanksgiving table? Picture this, a family sitting at the Thanksgiving table, the blessing is made and everybody is reaching for the nearest bowl of hot steamy goodness, when that aunt that noone likes and keeps inviting herself to holiday dinners asks, “And what are we all thankful for?” Wouldn’t it be cool if everybody pointed to the sky, in unison, and blurted out in their best stadium voice their own unique accomplishment… then spiked a bowl of food and gave each other high fives. Old aunt, “What’s her name” would have an apoplexy and keel over backwards right out of her chair. I know it sounds extreme but I wait all year for just the smell of roast turkey. I just think it’s rude to let it get cold by asking stupid questions. My response is as always, “I would be thankful if you all would shut the #@!!* up and let me eat this bird while it’s hot!” I deeply enjoy roast turkey. I like stuffing, yams and sweet potatoes, I respect mashed potatoes and gravy and require cranberry sauce from a can. Anything else is fine, I can take or leave it. My wife will tell you that I know where and when the best restaurants are serving roast turkey and all the trimmings through out the year. She thinks I am positively psychic in that regard which frightens her and she thinks that my holiday passion has become almost perverse. I must admit that I have gone to great lengths to obtain turkeys in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I have never been caught smuggling frozen birds under my trench coat… I have never gone that far, not yet anyway. My passions have lead me to hunting wild birds. I used to hunt in modern camouflage with the latest high tech gadgets and the best shotgun I could afford. I spent hours watching turkey hunting videos and a great deal of money on diaphragm and mechanical game calls. I have called wild turkeys in so close that I could touch them with the end of my shotgun. I have watched them shred my decoys and shred each other. I have since given up the modern ways and have taken to hunting them with flintlock muskets, which I find really fun but what stirred this passion is my love for the bird, roasted, fried, or fricasseed. By the way, fricasseed is the best way to eat wild turkey but I digress. If you ask me what I am second most thankful for? I would have to answer, “Cold turkey sandwiches on the first day of deer season.” Yes it is an all consuming passion, no pun intended. So as you all sit around your holiday table and when you join hands to give the blessing, remember to tie up and gag the old lady with the fat mouth! You can eat your turkey hot like you’re supposed to. Have a good holiday and remember that there are still troops fighting in foreign lands. You might not be able to send them a turkey but my special forces buddies tell me that batteries are a good substitute.

Union Valley Residents Can Assist in Obtaining Grant Monies Grant money is being sought by the Township to make storm water control corrections in the Union Valley drainage area. If any residents have photos of flooding in that area during periods of heavy rains, they are encouraged to please bring them to the Union Twp. building. They would be of considerable help in the process of making grant applications.

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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS of SOUTH PARK LIBRARY Celebrating 35 Years of Service to Township Residents The Friends celebrated their 35th anniversary on October 2, 2009. Their group began with about 30 men and women, who were dedicated to improving the library system in South Park Township. They began in a one room building which housed a few hundred books and didn't even have a paid librarian. The libraray was open for 5-10 hours a week and staffed by Friends, a few Windover Hills Church people also a few people from Library section of our township. The Friends have seen and been through 4 physical moves and 2 renovations in the past 35 years. Two of moves required our library being temporarily set up in schools, which the Friends helped to pack boxes of books for days. Each time our library got bigger and better. Each time the Friends got bigger and better also, doing and participating in bigger things for the library. They have raised over $140 thousand dollars throughout this period. Many shelves, books, furniture, and equipment have been purchased over the years. In addition, numerous programs and speakers have been sponsored by the Friends. They've also sponsored fitness classes for its residents for 30 years. The Friends were the first in the township to sponsor Halloween parties for kids, have summer reading programs, chess tournaments, Christmas breakfast and pictures with Santa. Many residents have enjoyed craft classes that have been sponsored by the Friends, as well as Saturday afternoon movies for kids. South Park Friends keep plugging away to provide the extra goodies for South Parks' library patrons. Just this past June, the Friends donated $7,000 to the library for programs, speakers, materials for library patrons and residents adults and children. The two book sales they have a year not only benefit the Friends coffers, but they also benefit the avid reader in our community as well as other communities. Anyone who is interested in honoring the Friends for their untiring efforts can join in the celebration. If you would like to show your appreciation for all they've done and accomplished for the community during those 35 years, you may purchase a book In Honor of Friends 35th Anniversary for $40. You will also receive a large Friends' canvas book bag to show their appreciation. If you or your family have partaken in anything sponsored by the Friends over the past 35 years, you can appreciate what they've done and are still continuing to do. The purchased book will have a name plate on the inside of cover/first page indicating who donated the book. Your name will be in the book beneath the words "In Honor of Friends 35th Anniversary.� If you choose not to have your name in it but want to put someone's else's name as in memory, that can be arranged also. The Friends are having a 3 month special book buying 35th anniversary drive, from October 1 to December 31. Anyone can purchase a book. Just go to South Park Library and make your request known to one of the staff. They will get information needed from you. Books purchased by donors in this time period will be listed at the end of the 3 months. This list will be hung up in the library. Not a member yet? The Friends would love to have you as a member to show support in all they do. Forms can be obtained at the library. See the Friends' Information stand display for a form.

Friends of South Park Library Book Sale a Success The Friends of South Park Library wish to thank all residents of South Park Township, as well as Finleyville and other surrounding communities for attending our latest book sale, which was held October 16th 17th. The sale was very successful with a large number of people attending, as well as donating items to the sale. The Friends appreciate all the donations they have received in the way of books, toys, games, puzzles, etc. Monies earned are for the library. Thanks is also extended to the South Park Public Works, who have a huge job in transferring all sale items from the library to the township community room. To the volunteers, who set up the sale, worked sale days and helped clean up, many, many thanks to all of you! Without these wonderful volunteers, there would be no sale. The next sale will be in April 2010. Information on this sale will be forthcoming after the new year. Please save your items for this next sale. Due to lack of storage space, information on when to bring the items to the library, will also be in future newspaper articles.

Friends November Meeting The Friends of South Park Township Library will hold their last meeting for the year 2009, on Thursday, November 19, in the Teenage Section of the South Park Library. Members are asked to attend, as well as anyone else interested in the Friends' organization. They will wind down their year at this meeting and prepare for the next few months of 2010 at this meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Eagle Scout Project at Oliver Miller Homestead Alex Kiselica of Bethel Park is fulfilling his Eagle Scout requirements by supervising and completing several projects at the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park. Members of Boy Scout Troop 228, under the leadership of Alex, repaired the split rail fences, remade the fire pit, built steps to the lower area of the barn, turned over several gardens, and trimmed many areas of the Homestead site. Alex has coordinated the efforts of the troop with Fred Bowman, board member of the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates. The members of the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates were very appreciative of the efforts of Alex and the members of the troop.

Alex Kiselica (center) directs members of the troop in turning over the garden in preparation for next year's crop.

Pictured (l-r) are Alex Kiselica with his proud parents Mr. and Mrs. John Kiselica and his older brother, John.

Fred Bowman of the Homestead Associates helped Alex develop his project.

Members of the troop and parents inspect the newly constructed steps to the lower barn area.

Howard Hanna “Chow Chow Dinner” in Peters Township Howard Hanna Peters Township cordially invites you to our “Chow Chow Dinner.” This popular annual event will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, O’Brien Hall in McMurray. In addition to the wonderful array of delicious foods, guests will enjoy the following activities: • Silent and Chinese Auctions • Autographed Sports Memorabilia • 50/50 Raffle • Lottery Tree • Car Raffle (2010 Jeep Liberty 4x4) • Children’s Corner A donation of $7.00 is requested. Children under 6 - $3.00. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. St. Benedict the Abbot Church, O’Brien Hall is located at 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. For more information, contact Chris Kaezyk or Donna Hollander at 724-941-8800.

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THE HOMESTEAD AT TWILIGHT Come experience the atmosphere of the Oliver Miller Homestead at twilight as you wander the grounds of this fine old home at the end of the day. The homes, buildings, and grounds will be lit by candles and lanterns and the Miller family and their friends will be seen as they rest and prepare for the end of the day. For one Sunday only, November 1, the Homestead will be open from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gentlemen will be found around the fire at the fire pit as they discuss the politics of the day. In the Stone House, the ladies will be doing stitchery, cooking, and sharing neighborhood news. Violinist Greg Evans will stroll the grounds providing background music for our guests. On the porch of the Stone House, guests may purchase warm cider and cookies of the type appropriate to the Miller times. Other activities will include a demonstration of starting a fire with a striker and flint. In addition, the forge will be open and working. The barn will be open and will hold displays relative to the Whiskey Rebellion. Admission is two dollars. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.olivermiller.org or contact us at 412-835-1554. NOVEMBER 3

SPAGHETTI DINNER - Mingo Creek Church from Noon – 7 p.m. Adults $7.00; Children under 12 - $4.00. Menu: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, fresh bread, beverage, dessert. Bring your friends and enjoy time visiting with your neighbors!

ELECTION DAY PASTA DINNER - An Election Day Pasta Dinner will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brentwood, on Tuesday, November 3, from 4 - 8 p.m. Adults: $7.00, Seniors (55+):$6.50, Children (12 & under) $3.50, Take out is available. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center. Call 412-884-5225 for more information. NOVEMBER 4

NNCW MEETING - The next Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm at the St. Francis General purpose building just off Rt. 88 in Finleyville – State Trooper Brian Burden will be speaking on home invasions and use of deadly force. All are welcome. NOVEMBER 5

HOWARD HANNA “CHOW CHOW DINNER” - Howard Hanna Peters Township invites you to our “Chow Chow Dinner.” This annual event will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, O’Brien Hall in McMurray. In addition to delicious foods, guests will enjoy Silent and Chinese Auctions; Autographed Sports Memorabilia; 50/50 Raffle; Lottery Tree; Car Raffle (2010 Jeep Liberty 4x4); Children’s Corner. A donation of $7.00 is requested. Children under 6 - $3.00. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. St. Benedict the Abbot Church is located at 120 Abington Drive, McMurray. For more information, contact Chris Kaezyk or Donna Hollander at 724941-8800.

REMEMBRANCE AND CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICE - Beinhauer Family Services has announced the date for the Annual Remembrance and Candle Lighting Service as Thursday, November 5, 2009. The event has been titled, “A Celebration of Remembrance, Giving thanks for the lives they touched.” The Remembrance Memorial and Candle Lighting Service is held each year for the families who have lost a loved one. The ceremony is held at Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes Headquarters Building located at 2820 Washington Road, McMurray, PA. The program, which is open to the public and provided at no charge as a public service, will be from 7:00-8:30 PM. The evening will conclude with a Candle Lighting Memorial Service. Each family in attendance will receive a memorial candle to light and then take home. For more information, call Judy Falce at 724-969-2532, Ext 243, or Nancy Meyer, Director of Community Outreach at 724-969-2532, Ext 223. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. NOVEMBER 6

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS - will be provided from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6 at the Peters Township Community Center. The screenings are provided courtesy of Canonsburg General Hospital. For more information call the Community Relations Department at 724-873-5835. NOVEMBER 7

PLEASANT HILLS ROTARY ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL - Pleasant Hills Rotary is having its annual Harvest

Festival on Saturday November 7 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Salvatore’s in Baldwin Boro. All proceeds will benefit The Ferrelli Family of South Park. The Ferrelli family consists of Frank (Barry), Cathy, Vinnie, Julianna, and Giana. They live in an 85 year old farm house that needs many repairs. All three of their children have special needs. Please plan to attend this fun Fall Harvest Festival and help raise funds for this local family in need. SETON-LA SALLE GALA - One lucky Seton-La Salle High School student or a recent graduate could end up spending the day with the president of the championship Pittsburgh Penguins…or the day with the a WPXI TV producer or a State Representative…or any of a number of unique shadowing opportunities being auctioned at the 15th Annual Seton-La Salle Green & Gold Gala. The event, featuring one of the largest silent auctions in the Pittsburgh area, is slated for Saturday, November 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe. For more information or to obtain tickets for the event, call Marilyn Walsh at 412-561-3583 x 119. BINGO – Finleyville Food Bank Bingo will be held Saturday, November 7 at 2:00 at First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville. Admission is a new toy for a boy or a girl costing at least $10. No stuffed animals please. Prizes will be Celebrating Home & Home Interiors items. Call 724-348-7821. SPAGHETTI DINNER IN SOUTH PARK Windover Hills United Methodist Church (WHUMC) will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 7 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall. Dinner will


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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . include spaghetti with homemade meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, Italian bread, assorted desserts, and beverages. Tickets can be purchases at the door for $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 through 12 years old, and children 4 and younger are free. WHUMC is located at the corner of Ridge and Wilson Roads, across Ridge Road from Sunny Slopes grove in the County Park. CHRISTMAS AFFAIR - The John McMillan Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual Christmas Affair on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event includes over 55 crafters and features the JMPC Bakery Gingerbread House, a Chinese Auction, Kris Kringle Kafe, and an Angel Emporium Tree. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit local and world-wide missions. Don’t miss the Christmas Affair at John McMillan Presbyterian Church, 875 Clifton Road, Bethel Park on Saturday, November 7th. For more information, call 412-833-4704. FALL CASH BASH - The Broughton Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is holding their Fall Cash Bash on November 7 at the Broughton Fire Hall on Cochrans Mill Road from 5:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person and includes food, refreshments, games, prizes, and cash. To purchase tickets, call 412-655-4844. FLEA MARKET, SOUP & FOOD BAKE SALE - The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having a fall flea market at 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. A large variety of “treasures” will be for sale as well as a large assortment of Christmas

items. The bake sale will include many homemade goodies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, fudge, and various kinds of cookies and breads. The food sale will include hotdogs, kielbasa and sauerkraut, homemade haluski, chili, and stuffed cabbage. Homemade soup or quarts to go. Outside table space will be available for set up and cost for this is $10 per table (bring your own table). Any inquiries may be made at 412-384-6464. FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY - The Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth Street, Monongahela, will hold a free clothing giveaway on Saturday, November 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who is in need is welcome. NOVEMBER 8

HOLIDAY FUND RAISER - New Eagle Community Action Group will again be holding their annual Penny Party on Sunday, November 8 at the New Eagle Social Hall, Chess St. New Eagle. Doors open at 12 noon and activities start at 2 p.m. We will have bingo and a Chinese auction. Also other games of chance. Kitchen will be open. Come and have a good time. For more information, call 724-258-8284 Handicap accessible. ANNUAL PENNY PARTY IN NEW EAGLE - The New Eagle Community Action Group will again be holding their annual Penny Party on Sunday, November 8 at the New Eagle Social Hall, Chess St. New Eagle. Doors open at 12 noon and activities start at 2 p.m. We will have bingo and a Chinese auction. Also other games of chance. Kitchen will be open. For more information, call 724-258-8284 Handicap accessible.

VETERANS LUNCHEON - On Sunday, November 8th, at 12 noon, St. Peters Episcopal Church in Brentwood will host a luncheon for the veteran's in our community. We invite all veterans and their guest to come to this free luncheon. If you're not a veteran, please consider inviting a veteran to this event. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt 51. Call 412-8845225 or visit our website at www.stpetersbrentwood.org for more information. NOVEMBER 9

OLDIES DANCE - Parents Without Partners is sponsoring an Oldies Dance on October 12 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Royal Place Restaurant, 2660 Library Rd. Music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by D.J. Steve. Admission is $5 for PWP members and $7 for non-members. Cash bar, menu items available. For more information, call Barb at 412-835-2688.

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“HOLLY DAYS” CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW - All are invited to attend the Claysville Community Center “Holly Days” Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 14 at the Claysville Community Center, 212 Main St. from 9 AM to 3 PM. Many crafters will be on hand to display their hand-made products – just in time for your Christmas shopping. No charge for admission. Coffee and donuts available for breakfast. A $5 lunch buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a free ticket for door prize raffle at 2:30. There are many nice door prizes to win. Winners need not be present. A Chinese auction will also be held. For more information, contact Gerri Claus at 724-6635019. More Event Listing continued on page 8

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . ANNUAL FALL RUMMAGE AND RECYCLING SALE - Presbyterian Women in Westminster Church, 2040 Washington Road, will hold their Annual Fall Rummage-Recycling Sale on Saturday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall. The “bag sale” and half-price sale starts at 12:30. There will be a boutique for better items. Collection day is Friday, November 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Please donate only clean and usable items. Magazines, textbooks, large pieces of furniture and broken or unworkable items will not be accepted. All proceeds benefit Mission Projects. For further information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412831-5704. CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW - Claysville Community Center, 212 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Claysville Community Center. Many crafters will display their hand-made products – just in time for your Christmas shopping. No charge for admission. For more information, contact Gerri Claus at 724-663-5019. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND VENDOR SHOW - St. Peters Episcopal Church in Brentwood will hold a Christmas Bazaar and Vendor Show on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. featuring a Christmas Flea Market, Book Sale, Vendor Show, and Homemade Chili. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt 51. Please call the church at 412-884-5225 or visit our website at www.stpetersbrentwood.org for more information.

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FALL BOOK SALE- Mark your calendar. The Friends of Jefferson Hills Library will hold a Fall Book Sale Saturday, November 14th, and Sunday, November 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for your winter reading. NOVEMBER 17

DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY OPEN HOUSE - Canonsburg General Hospital invites friends and community members on November 17 at 6 p.m. to the Digital Mammography Open House. Visitors will be able to tour the new suite, hear a short presentation from Kim Malinky, President and CEO, and enjoy light refreshments. NOVEMBER 21

VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW - Saturday, November 21st from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Finleyville Community Center on Marion Ave. The benefit is for the Peters Township Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. There will be variety of vendors and craft tables, Chinese Auction, 50/50, and food and drinks available to purchase. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. NOVEMBER 22

A FRONTIER THANKSGIVING - An eighteenth century time of visiting and thanksgiving for the harvest will be observed at the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park on Sunday, November 22, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The “Miller family” and their friends (volunteers dressed in

period attire) will prepare and display foods using the open hearth. Past celebrations have included dishes such as colonial game pie, roast venison, and pumpkin soup. The “Rev. John Clark,” an eighteenth century minister will be present with Biblical readings and homilies. Historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, quilting, and blacksmith work will be demonstrated. Tours of the Stone House, Log House, springhouse, forge, and barn will be given throughout the afternoon. An admission of two dollars is asked. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.15122.olivermiller.org or contact us at 412-835-1554.

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TRAX FARMS “LIGHT UP NIGHT” - Trax Farms invites you to help us kick off the Christmas season. Our Light Up Night is on Saturday, November 28, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Santa and his elves arrive at 5:30. FROGGY will be here broadcasting live from our parking lot and playing songs of the season inside for you!! Spin the birthday wheel, meet Mr. Froggy and coloring books for the kids, are all a part of the fun. The children can stop at the Kids Corner for Christmas Activities and visit with Santa. There will be sampling throughout the store, and refreshments at the Garden Café, and special offers and discounts.

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LIGHT UP NIGHT - Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Hospital Central Plaza. A long-standing tradition at MVH, the LightUp Night revelry will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a special visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Children will have the opportunity to personally meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and each child will receive a treat. During the event, the MVH Auxiliary will hold a bake sale and gift raffle. Refreshments will be served.

JEFFERSON HILLS LIGHT UP NIGHT Jefferson Hills’ Eighth Annual Light-Up Night will be held Monday, November 30th, from 6 to 8 pm in the Jefferson Hills Municipal Center, 925 Old Clairton Road. Join us for Santa’s arrival as well as Mrs. Claus’ storytime, crafts and refreshments. Children can visit with Santa. Enjoy the holiday lights and decorated trees. This is a festive evening which marks the start of the holiday season in Jefferson Hills.

NOVEMBER 26

THANKSGIVING DINNER - The Finleyville Interfaith Council is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner on November 26th at 12 Noon at St. Francis Finley Hall. Turkey and all the trimmings will be provided and served by the individual churches of Finleyville. All are invited! Please come and join us on Thanksgiving Day!

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Heart Disease Reversal NNCW Hosts Dr. Dean Ornish Information Session • Weight loss • Improved blood presAttendees at the October sure 14 Union Township Neigh• Improvement in daily bor to Neighbor Community activity functions Watch (NNCW) meeting • Improvement in bone heard Beth Kramer speak density about the Dr. Dean Ornish • Decrease in depresprogram for the reversal of sion, anger, hostility heart disease. Beth has done and anxiety her undergraduate studies The program inand graduate work at cludes exercise, nutriSlippery Rock University. tion management, She is an Exercise Physiostress management and logist and has 14 years expegroup support. This is rience in Cardiac and a year-long program Pulmonary Rehabilitation. and as a graduate She has also been associated myself, I can personally Beth Kramer explains the features with the Dr. Dean Ornish testify that it’s not easy of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program Program for the past 5 years. but it gets results. You at the October NNCW meeting. As Beth explained, the are placed under the Ornish Program is the first supervision of a team of program scientifically proven to stop and professionals including a physician, nurse, even reverse the progression of heart dis- certified stress management specialist, a ease. The findings of his studies have been licensed behavioral health clinician, an published in three respected medical jour- exercise physiologist and a registered dietinals. Many physicians suggest this program tian. Meetings are twice weekly and are typas an alternate to invasive surgeries for car- ically 4 hours long. Those carrying health diac patients. insurance from Highmark or UPMC stand The program is a comprehensive lifestyle the best chance of getting maximum finanintervention program offering: cial support for participation. The Dr. Dean • Reversal of coronary artery disease Ornish Program is supported by the • Increased blood flow to the heart Jefferson Regional Medical Center. • Lowering of cholesterol levels • Blood sugar control For more information call Beth Kramer at • Stress management 412-653-1391 or 888-676-4744. By Paul Chasko

The next NNCW meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm at the St. Francis General purpose building just off Rt. 88 in Finleyville – State Trooper Brian Burden will be speaking on home invasions and use of deadly force. All are welcome.

The Union-Finley Messenger is a proud member of the following organizations:

“Holly Days” Christmas Craft Show at Claysville Community Center All are invited to attend the Claysville Community Center “Holly Days” Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 14. The event will be held at the Claysville Community Center, 212 Main St. from 9 AM to 3 PM. All proceeds benefit the Claysville Community Center. Many crafters will be on hand to display their hand-made products – just in time for your Christmas shopping. There is no charge for admission. Coffee and donuts available for breakfast. A $5 lunch buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a free ticket for door prize raffle at 2:30. There are many nice door prizes to win. Winners need not be present. A Chinese auction will also be held. For more information, contact Gerri Claus at 724-663-5019.

Ringgold Class of ’85 Planning Reunion Attention all Ringgold High School class of 1985 alumni. We are currently planning a 25th high school reunion celebration. The date will be June 26, 2010. The event is being planned for the Gateway Clipper ship “Dutchess.” Contact information is missing for many members of our class, so please pass this information along to any 1985 graduates. For more information, call (240) 210-4905 or e-mail pacesaundra@msn.com. Even if you will not be able to attend, please provide updated contact information for a class directory.

RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL CHEER CLINIC ATTENTION ALL FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS! Ringgold High School is holding a Cheer Clinic on Sunday, November 15 at the Ringgold High School Gymnasium. Student in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade (K – 8) can participate. The clinic will run from 12 noon – 4:00 pm. Parent performance at 3:30pm! Learn Cheers and Chants. PLUS see a performance from the RHS cheerleaders! Cost for the clinic is $20 (Early Bird by Nov 1) or $25 after Nov 1st or at the door. (Cost includes T-shirt, hot dog, and drink.) Parents are to accompany all children to sign in/register at 11:30 am. Wear comfortable clothing, sneakers, no jewelry, and bring a water bottle with child’s name on it! Please fill out the registration form below, and mail payment to: RINGGOLD CHEER BOOSTERS, c/o Kim Jacobs 901 Vine St. New Eagle, PA 15067

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Celebrating 100 Years…

Local Moose Lodges Reach Milestone

The I.O.O.M Building on Washington Ave in Finleyville THEN and NOW. “I don’know of many other business or organizations around here that have been in the same building for 100 years.” – Bill Bennett, Moose member.

Moose Lodge #172, A “Mounted Fixture” In Finleyville for 100 Years By Heather Kelley-Latorre and Denise Bennett

The Finleyville Moose Lodge has been “hanging out” in town for quite a while now, much like the Lodge’s mounted moose that was shot by member Don Rodgers in 1959. The lodge is located at 3545 Washington Avenue in Finleyville, the same location where the charter was issued in November of 1909. The Finleyville Moose Lodge #172 will be hosting a weeklong celebration to commemorate its 100th year in service. Festivities will commence on Friday November 20th with ‘Old-Fashioned An enrollment ceremony from “back in the day” as Nite’ including costumes from your favorite era, old fashioned beverage prices and oldies music. current Governor Ernie Veranese looks back. Saturday evening will include a family dinner night and entertainment by a magician. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Moose Association will be in attendance for the presentation of the 100th year award. Sunday’s activities will start with a tail gate party, followed by the Steelers game and a comedian will end the evening. Monday evening will feature a pizza party and Deal or No Deal. Tuesday evening will include a fish fry and small games of chance. The celebration will conclude on Wednesday with a birthday party including cake, decorations and entertainment for dancing. Moose International is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, comprising of nearly 1 million men and 500,000 members of the Women of the Moose. Locally, the Finleyville Lodge and Chapter are very active in community service. The Moose supports: The Arthritis Foundation, Special Olympics, Safe Surfing (promotes safe use of internet for children), Youth Awareness (youth program to promote awareness of pitfalls of drugs and alcohol use), American Cancer Society, Red Cross blood drives, Flight 93 Memorial fund, Alzheimer’s research, local women’s shelter, local food bank, local youth groups, and the Finleyville Fireman’s carnival just to name a few. “Our members give very generously of their time and money to enable us to assist these worthwhile projects.”

Current Officers: Ernie Veranese, Governor; Steve Pastor, Asst. Governor; Al Olsen, Treasurer; Ron Dunbar, Prelate; Bob Spencer, Administrator; Trustees: Brad Burger, Mel Householder, Bernie Schoedel. Gretchen Dausey, Jr. Regent; Jen Novotney, Chaplin; Beth Eslep, Secretary-Treasurer; Adrienne Olsen, Recorder.

Governor Ernie Veranese and Jr. Regent Gretchen Dausey pose under the Lodge’s namesake.

For more information regarding the Moose Fraternity go to www.mooseintl.org or Finleyville’s website: www.finleyville172moosetracks.org

A Century of Service - Elizabeth Moose Lodge #142 By Alice Harris

A plaque honoring the 100 year celebration of the Moose Lodge #142 was presented to Mr. Terry Richardson (left) by Mayor Marybeth Cline at the Elizabeth Borough October Council meeting.

The Elizabeth Moose Lodge #142 located at 100 Third Street in Elizabeth is celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary. A plaque honoring the milestone was presented to Mr. Terry Richardson by Mayor Marybeth Cline at the Elizabeth Borough October Council meeting. Moose is known as the Family Fraternity and was founded in 1888 by Louisville, KY physician Dr. John Henry Wilson in the parlor of his home. It is a non profit organization with membership open to both men and women and dedicated to caring for young and old and bringing communities together and celebrating life. Today there are approximately 2,000 lodges in the United Elizabath Moose Lodge #142 is located at 100 Third Street in Elizabeth. States, Canada, Bermuda and Great Britain, with a total membership of nearly 1 million. Women of the Moose membership exceeds 500,000 in more than 1,600 chapters. International headquarters for Moose is Mooseheart, Illinois, USA. As part of Elizabeth's current revitalization plans, the Elizabeth Moose building is being studied for updating and better utilization by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. (PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS)


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Beinhauer Annual Remembrance and Candle Lighting Service Beinhauer Family Services has announced the date for the Annual Remembrance and Candle Lighting Service as Thursday, November 5, 2009. The event has been titled, “A Celebration of Remembrance, Giving thanks for the lives they touched.” The Remembrance Memorial and Candle Lighting Service is held each year for the families who have lost a loved one. The ceremony is held at Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes Headquarters Building located at 2820 Washington Road, McMurray, PA. The program, which is open to the public and provided at no charge as a public service, will be from 7:00-8:30 PM. The evening will conclude with a Candle Lighting Memorial Service. Each family in attendance will receive a memorial candle to light and then take home. For more information, Call Judy Falce at 724-969-2532, Ext 243, or Nancy Meyer, Director of Community Outreach at 724-969-2532, Ext 223.RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and may be made by calling the numbers listed above.

Dickens of a Christmas Event in Monongahela December 4 - 5 Enjoy an evening of Christmas Past during the annual Dickens of a Christmas event in Monongahela the weekend of December 4 – 5, 2009. Start your evening at 6:30 at Chess Park to learn about Christmas past and present. Meet Father Christmas of Christmas past and Santa Clause of Christmas present as they light the community Christmas tree in the gazebo. The Ringgold band will play Christmas songs and local carolers will sing Christmas carols of the past. You can choose to follow Santa Clause of Christmas present to the fire hall for an evening of fun or step back in time and follow Father Christmas of Christmas past along the luminaria lit streets to the antique shops where the shopkeepers will be dressed in Victorian costume. A Santa Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 5 at First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess St. Breakfast will be from 8:30 - 11:00 AM. Cost for the Santa Breakfast is $7.00 per child and $3.00 per adult and includes breakfast, two crafts, a visit with Santa, and photo taken by Grilli's studio. Reservations for the breakfast are needed. Please call First Presbyterian Church at 724-258-8300 by Nov. 24. The shops will be hosting their annual holiday open house and sale Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and are stocked with vintage treasures. Find antique furniture, vintage jewelry, pottery, glassware, vintage linens, and many other wonderful treasures. Don’t miss the beautiful shabby chic room at Collectiques that is dripping with crystals and fabulous vintage romantic finds. Main Street Antiques is stocked full on all three floors with items that are sure to please everyone on your gift list. Come in Victorian costume or bring your favorite vintage hat and have your photo taken with Father Christmas or Scrooge. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Don’t miss this old fashioned event that is sure to bring back fond memories of Christmas past. For more information Contact Donna at 724-929-0234 or dbbaran@gmail.com.

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South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail Upcoming Meetings The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail is a group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 10 miles of Montour Trail from Library (Milepost 35.3) to Clairton (Milepost 46.3). Regular meetings of the Friends group are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Jefferson Hills Borough building. The November 2009 meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 11, and the December meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings or email through the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org for additional information. Activities concerning the entire Montour Trail and links to the sites of other western Pennsylvania trails are also posted on the Montour Trail web site. The South Hills Friends would like to thank the Snowden High School Class of 1959 for their generous gift of $232. The South Hills Friends would also like to thank the many individuals who donated their pennies to make our 4th annual Penny Day fundraiser on October 10 a success.

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Peters Creek Historical Society Discovers Possible Ancient Artifact By Larry Gallant

Members of the Peters Creek Historical Society have found what may well be an ancient artifact in the bed of Peters Creek. The 14-foot, one-ton monolith once stood on a bluff overlooking the creek but was broken off near the base and tumbled or was dragged 25-feet down the embankment into the creek below. Pre-historian Lawrence Gallant states that the stone seems to be artificial in nature and may be thousands of years old. It may have been a marker of some sort, once stood atop the bluff, and appears to have been set there by the hand of man. Standing stones are commonly found in the U.K., Europe, and Scandinavian countries. In the U.S., they exist only in the NorthEast, but some supposedly once stood on the southern shores of the Great Lakes, remnants of the prehistoric Michigan Copper Culture of 4,000 to 1200 B.C. The central Pennsylvania town of Huntingdon (once called “Standing Stone”) also had a 14-foot stone in the center of the Oneida Indian village that once occupied the site. The stone, supposedly inscribed with “hieroglyphics,” disappeared along with the Oneidas upon the arrival of the Europeans. If authentic, the Peters Creek stone would be the furthest west or south of this type of object still existing and would be an extremely rare find. Coincidentally, a large mound of the Adena Culture once stood at the mouth of Peters Creek. Copper artifacts recovered from that mound in 1890 are on display at the Fort Necessity museum. This suggests a possible link between the Adena culture (ca. 1,000 – 300 B.C.) and the standing stone of Peters Creek. The Stone cannot be dated but some other features near the creek could provide Carrbon-14 evidence if excavated. However, the sites are on a popular walking trail and the possibility of vandalism would be an ever-present problem if their locations were commonly known. Perhaps the standing stone of Peters Creek should be left alone and remain a mystery. About the Author: Mr. Gallant is an avowed cultural diffusionist, which is the belief that a vast, world-wide advanced civilization existed on Earth in ancient times and that interactions between cultures across the oceans were commonplace. Ancient monuments and engravings to this effect abound across this land but, being controversial, are ignored by academic scholars. He suggests that the true history of this country has yet to be written.

Toys for Tots Collection Sites in Peters Township Peters Township is once again participating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in collecting Toys for Tots this holiday season. Collection boxes are located in the lobbies of the Peters Township Municipal Building, Community Center and also the Peters Township Library. You can also drop off items at the Tree Lighting on December 6th at 6 p.m. in the Library. New, unwrapped gifts for children from infancy to 14 years may be placed in the collection boxes anytime through December 6th. The Marine Corps Reserve will pick up the gifts and will be responsible for their distribution. Donations of gifts are greatly appreciated – as we join in sharing joy and kindness. For further information, call 724-942-5000.

William “Wild Willy” Frankfort (left) and Larry Gallant measuring the base of the stone. The monolith in the creek measures exactly eight-feet in length and 32-inches at the base. The base at the top is two-feet in height and also 32-inches wide. They believe that it is at least four feet deep and the total weight to be around one-ton.

The stone as it exists in the creek.

The broken base atop the bluff.

The base in relation to the stone.

Take a Trolley Ride with Santa! See Toy Trains at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Ride the Santa Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and join in an annual tradition that is fun for the whole family! Children take a trolley ride with the jolly old guy in red and make sure that he has their Christmas list, while parents and grandparents enjoy caroling and the scenic view from a beautifully restored vintage streetcar. Dates for Santa’s visit to the PA Trolley Museum are November 27-29, December 5-6, and December 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 pm). After taking a ride with Santa, check out our huge, multileveled Lionel toy train layout featuring O scale trains and trolleys in our Visitors’ Center. The museum is pleased to again participate in the “Toys for Tots” campaign. Bring an unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $10 and received a free admission. We are accepting toys through December 13th. Trolleys and Toy Trains will be November 27-December 28 Friday and Monday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. -5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday January 2-3 11a.m.-5 p.m. (Note the museum will be closed Dec 25). Come ride our festive trolleys, decorated for the season, then come and experience our beautiful multi-leveled Lionel toy train layout featuring 8 running trains and trolleys in our Visitor Education Center. Make a stop at the museum store for unique railway oriented gifts. Admission is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (62+) and $5 for Children ages 3-15, under age 3 is free. There is also a special family rate of $30 that includes two adults and up to four children. Admission includes trolley rides, exhibits, and the Museum Store. Directions: Take I-79 to exit 41, Race Track Road, or take US Route 19 to Race Track Road. Left at Pike Street and then follow PA Trolley Museum signs approximately 3 miles to the museum. For information, call 724-228-9256 or visit the website at www.pa-trolley.org.


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Lewis and Clark Festival Held in Elizabeth By Paul Chasko

There is ambiguity in History. The Keelboats used in the Lewis and Clark expedition were unquestionably built in our area on the banks of the Monongahela River. Some records indicate that the boats were built near what is now the South Side of Pittsburgh while others support some documents that say the boats were built at a boatyard in Elizabeth. Nevertheless, folks in Elizabeth believe they have the edge and put on a Lewis and Clark Festival last month. These photos give you some insight into the event. Since a Newfoundlander dog accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, there were quite a few of them as guest at the festival – big, big, friendly dogs. The black and white one in the photo is just a puppy.

Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend at Oliver Miller Homestead Members of the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment camped on the grounds of the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park during September. Visitors to the Homestead were exposed to the daily life of soldiers. Young guests were recruited into the army and taught the proper drills of the time.

The Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment set up tents and camped overnight on the Homestead grounds.

Young guests were taught the proper use of rifles and drilled in the troop movements.

John Kiselica of Bethel Park displayed rifles and weaponry of the period

Cathy Cormack explained the typical tea of the era.

Ruffed Grouse Society 4th Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet

Help Those in Need This Holiday Season Mon Valley Food Bank Asks for Donations In these times of economic hardship, Mon Valley Food Bank is looking for support to help with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts. Either financial or food items will be accepted at the Finleyville Area Food Pantry, 3595 Washington Avenue in Finleyville. All donations are accepted and appreciated.

The Covered Bridge Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will hold its 4th Annual Sportsmen's Banquet on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Bella Sera by Greco’s, located at 414 Morganza Road, Canonsburg. The banquet will begin with cocktails at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. This event will feature live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes; highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectable's. A SKB 785 Medallion Gauge Shotgun will be raffled off. The shotgun features an RGS logo medallion on each side, and will be available in 20 or 28 gauge, with 26” or 28” barrels. Tickets are $30 for RGS members, $30 for a member's guest, and $55 for new or renewing members, the latter including a one year RGS membership. Habitat, Conservation and Sustaining sponsorship packages are also available at $275, $500 and $1,000 respectively. Youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify same, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult Proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat. For more information and/or tickets contact Hanna at (412) 296-1178. Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage. Information on the RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at www.ruffedgrousesociety.org


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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED FIREFIGHTERS HONORED AT THE CEREMONY:

Local Firefighters Honor Their Fallen Brothers By Paul Chasko

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ach year during National Fire Prevention Week firefighters gather at various memorial services to honor their brothers and sisters who have passed on – some in the line of duty. As is the custom, the memorial service for Washington County Area The Western PA Firefighters Memorial Honor Firefighters was held at the Washington County Guard stands at attention. Firemen’s Association Training Facility near Houston, PA. The ceremony was held on Sunday, October 4, honoring men who passed away during 2007, 2008 and some in prior years who had never been so honored. The memorial sits on a grass-covered hillside overlooking the training area and is fronted by a walkway of bricks engraved with the names of Firefighters who died while performing their duties as Firemen. The service was attended by several Fire Departments including Finleyville, Cecil Twp. and Chartiers Twp. It was also attended by Chapters of the Red Knights and Blue Knights. Washington Co. Commissioner Larry Maggi as guest speaker was introduced by Second Vice President Ruth Manning from Finleyville VFD. The color guard The Memorial is approached by guests passing passed under the aerial ladders of two fire trucks supunder a flag supported by aerial trucks from porting a large American Flag as they approached the Cecil and Chartiers Twps. memorial site. The ceremony was opened by singing of the Star Spangled Banner by vocalist Cameron Corcoron and a welcome by WCFA President Joe Slebonick. Other speakers were Pastor Brent Furlong of Finleyville and WCFA Chaplain William Manning. It was a moving ceremony with a bell tolled for each of the 17 names called out being added to the honor roll.

Roll Call of deceased Firefighters. The Bell is tolled as each name is called out.

A Firefighter places one white carnation in the boot in memory of each fallen Firefighter

James Lee Robinson Scranton FD Harvey Jorden Penn Hills #1 VFD Larry J. Lockhart Dayton VFD Bradley P. Holmes Pine Twp. Engine Co. Nicholas V. Picozzi II Lower Chester VFD Michael David Crotty Lawrence Pk. Twp. VFD Sean T. Whiten Roscoe VFD Richard P. Steele Distant Area VFD John A. Brenckle Berkley Hills Fire Co Walter R. Minich Sherman’s Dale Fire Co Robert H. Hegney Willow Grove VFD George M. Crotts Jr. SE-WY-CO Fire Co Robin M. Zang-Broxterman Collerain Twp FD Brian W. Shira Collerain Twp FD Gary Studer Whitehouse FD Robert R. McAtee Sr. Hunterville-MillCreek VFD Charles E. Kesse Maysville VFC

New Eagle Veterans Memorial Dedicated By Paul Chasko

On Saturday, October 10 The Veterans Memorial in the Helen Simoncelli, wife of the late Jake Simoncelli John Kohler, Commander of Finleyville American Legion Borough of New Eagle was The Mon Valley Leathernecks take part in the dedicacomments briefly at the dedication of the New Post 613 addresses attendees of the Veteran’s Memorial tion of the New Eagle Veteran’s Memorial formally dedicated. It’s locatEagle Veteran’s Memorial – a project begun by her Dedication. Knights of Columbus Honor Guard Members ed just below the Ringgold husband. She is supported by her son Michael. Chuck Brooks, Keith Folz and Bob Barkey stand by. Administration Building. This worthy proj- part in the fund-raising activities that paid for the construction of ect was begun several years ago by the late Names of those who served in all armed It’s a beautiful tribute to New Eagle Veterans Jake Simoncelli of New Eagle and was later the stone and granite memorial and walk- conflicts were included on the memorial. of the Armed Services. Six granite benches taken over by the New Eagle Action way of honor that has the names of past vetAlso on hand were members of the Mon for visitors were donated by: the Larry Committee. Helen Simoncelli took part in erans and residents of New Eagle perma- Valley Leathernecks, The Mon Valley Anselmino Family, the Monongahela the dedication as did her son Michael. A nently engraved for the witness of future Shipmates and a color guard from the Knights of Columbus – Council 2600, the moment of silence was called for in memo- generations. All who contributed to this Knights of Columbus. The Mon Valley Hoot Owls Athletic Association, the New project should be proud of what they’ve ry of Helen’s deceased Husband Jake. Honor Guard was in attendance as well and Eagle Borough Council and the Sewage In addition to grant funds received with accomplished in honoring the memories of fired a salute in honor of the deceased Authority, the family of Francis R. Williams the assistance of Senator Barry Stout and area veterans who had served in all branch- Veterans. Residents who’ve not seen the and the Simoncelli Family. State Representative Dave Levdansky, many es of the armed services including the memorial should take the time to stop by. private individuals and organizations took National Guard and the Coast Guard.


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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED South Hills Veterans Honor Guard Reaches 10-Year Milestone By Andrea Earnest

Because they saw a need to provide military honors at the funeral services of fellow veterans, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6664 in South Park (Library) and the American Legion Post 760 in Bethel Park came together in Members of South Hills Veterans Honor Guard the fall of 1999 to form The South Hills Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Paul Kubis of VFW Post 6664 and Mr. Calvin Marquis of the American Legion Post 760 worked together on this effort. Their first ceremony at a cemetery was held in June 2000. Before then, they had held ceremonies in funeral homes, but had received many requests for full ceremonies at the funeral services. Today, 20 members of the Honor Guard take part in the ceremony. They have served their country from all branches of the service and have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. To qualify for the Honor Guard, members must be retired and available four days a week. They average five to six funerals a week, going to 20-25 cemeteries in about a 20-mile radius. The Honor Guard is notified by funeral homes. They contact Mr. August Ted Pace, Control Person, who then calls members with the information and specifics of the funeral. The Honor Guard supplies all uniforms. They receive funding from donations and a one-time grant from Harrisburg to help buy the uniforms. In January 2005, they were honored by Governor Edward G. Rendell for “the selfless gift of countless hours of your personal time,” and the comfort they bring “to friends and family during a very difficult time and add a sense of quiet dignity to the final goodbye for those who bravely accepted the challenges, dangers, responsibility, and honor of serving our country.”As of September 24, 2009, there have been 2,490 veterans honored by The South Hills Veterans Honor Guard.

Ted Pace played the bugle.

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This Group Didn’t Forget

Natural Gas Drilling In PA

Local Wounded Warrior Organization Extends A Helping Hand To Vets

Bonanza or a Bust?

By Paul Chasko

About seven years ago a fisherman named Bud West and his fishing buddy Jay decided to invite a few veterans who’d suffered debilitating injuries in combat to come along. With the help of a few other friends they carried the wheelchair-bound vets into their boats and took them fishing on the Mon. Out of this act a local organization was born that calls itself Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors (WPWW). Their goal is Ed Leeper and Phil Allen are ready for some serious fishing. to provide outdoor sporting opportunities for disabled veterans that they would otherwise not have. They work closely with the The “Western Pennsylvania Paralyzed Veterans Association and the Wounded Warriors” organization has Disabled American Veterans to contact disbeen designated as a 501C3 non-profit abled vets who might benefit from their organization by the state. help. They are a local organization and They will gladly accept any donations receive no funding from national organizathat can be mailed to: tions. They are self-supporting via personal Western PA Wounded Warriors donations, fundraisers and grants. The 139 Mitchell Rd., group now has about 120 members. Eighty Four, PA. 15330 The organization was fortunate to acquire the use of about 2500 acres of property near Please support their fundraisers! Eighty Four, PA owned by Consol Energy. There’s a house on the property that’s being renovated into a hunting lodge that’s completely wheelchair accessible including restrooms and showers that can be used by the Vets. Wheelchair-bound vets will be able to hunt small game, deer and wild turkey on the property. Quads are used to get the vets into the woods and they have continual cell phone contact with the lodge in the event they would need assistance. The lodge, located at 139 Mitchell Road has become their informal headquarters. They already have the cooperation of the Ed, Phil and WPWW buddies head out on the Mon for a day of fishing. West Brownsville American Legion in using their Marina for easy access to the Monongahela River for fishing. Activities they promote aren’t limited to hunting and fishing. Other events are organized which have included a trip to the Meadows with the opportunity for the vets to ride on the track in a sulky. There are a couple of Washington Wild Thing ball games being planned as well. I was invited to a WPWW fishing event at the West Brownsville American Legion Marina. I noted that some renovations had The dock at the West Brownsville American Legion Marina has been modified been made to accommodate the vets at the for wheelchair accessibility. marina. A dock had been modified and fitted with special ramps so a pair of large pontoon boats was now wheelchair accessible. The guys in wheelchairs are able to make it from their vehicles into the pontoon boats without assistance if they choose. I hung out with wounded warriors Ed Leeper and Phillip Allen (both wheelchair-bound) for the better part of the morning. They had nothing but thanks and good things to say about the WPWW. They both wheeled onto a pontoon boat and got themselves set for a morning of fishing along with their WPWW buddies. They had a great day – all told about ten fish were caught – mostly small-mouth bass and catfish.

and specialized water monitoring and treatment. On Saturday September The notion of a gas sever19, State Representative ance tax is also supported by Dave Levdansky left the Governor Rendell but their budget negotiations in plans diverge when considerHarrisburg to host a public ing distribution of revenues meeting at the Elrama gained from this tax. The Volunteer Fire Company Governor wants all proceeds Social Hall. This was a folto be funneled into the genlow-up meeting to have his eral fund to offset current constituents meet with sevbudget shortfalls. Represeneral attorney experts on the State Representative Dave issues surrounding natural Levdansky and a team of attorneys tative Levdansky and others gas drilling contracts in the go over pitfalls to avoid in accept- believe a sizable portion of severance tax revenue Marcellus Shale region. ing a gas well drilling lease – should be set aside to Attorneys Richard S. Elrama VFC social hall. address long and short-term Ehmann, Donald D. Saxton, environmental issues that and Harry F. Klodowski all spoke to common arise as a result of the increased drilling operpitfalls that might befall property owners in ations across the state and the impacts the negotiating lease agreements with natural gas industry may have on the state’s infrastrucdrilling companies. After introductory preture. sentations, the attorneys conducted roundBelow are recommendations and comtable discussions addressing particular conments from a report published by the cerns of the attendees. There were over 100 Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. individuals in attendance with no representaPennsylvania should adopt a severance tax tives from the drilling companies. on natural gas to protect taxpayers from gas Gas drilling leases are complex legal docuproduction costs. ments but the point stressed by the experts Local governments should receive a share was that the lease first handed to you by a of revenue to defray local costs. landman will heavily favor the drilling comA portion of the severance tax should be pany. This general lease should be just the dedicated to environmental protection. starting point for your negotiations. An The oil and gas industry should not be addendum to the drilling company’s standard exempt from property taxation. lease is the typical way in which the landEvery state with significant mineral wealth, owners needs are addressed. One would be with the exception of Pennsylvania, has well-advised to consult an attorney before adopted a severance tax on the resource signing any lease or creating an addendum to extraction industry. a drilling company’s standard lease. Another Civic response to natural gas and other sobering closing comment was for property mineral booms is to overestimate the benefits owners to not rely on the state Department of and underestimate the impacts – on the enviEnvironmental Protection (DEP) to protect ronment, infrastructure, rural communities their land-holdings. By its own admission, and the taxpayers. the DEP is understaffed to handle all the A severance tax will protect PA taxpayers environmental monitoring that will be neceswith little impact on natural gas production. sary with the Marcellus drilling operations. The Marcellus water (effluent) is the worst The public meeting had overtones from water on the planet and only five facilities one of the battles being waged as part of the exist in PA that can treat this water. state budgeting process on-going in As Chairman of the PA House Finance Harrisburg. State Representative Levdansky Committee, Representative Levdansky (to his is at the forefront of a battle to include a natoutrage) also reported that there was legislaural gas severance tax (House Bill 1489) as a tion proposed (SB 490) to transfer approxisource of income for the Commonwealth to mately $175 million from the Oil and Gas be considered as part of the budget negotiaLease Fund (A State Parks and Forests Fund) tions. He took the time at this meeting into the general fund. In addition, there is explain the importance of a natural gas sevlegislation proposed to lease an additional erance tax to the attendees. A natural gas severance tax is levied on the gas extracted at 390,000 acres of PA state forest land for the well-head and is based on sales price and Marcellus Shale gas well drilling increasing to production. The tax is necessary to protect roughly 1 million acres state forest land PA citizens from the additional costs that will leased for this purpose. There is concern that come with natural gas drilling. These costs we may have entrusted the care of our will include environmental permitting, mon- Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests to the itoring, ensuring public safety, site cleanup wrong people. By Paul Chasko


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Another Police Option For Union Township

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Q&A With Monongahela Police Chief and Mayor By Paul Chasko

At the request of Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics and Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest, I met with them a few weeks ago to discuss the topic of police coverage in Union Township. With legislation now before the PA General Assembly that would permit the PA State Police to levy fees for patrols in UT (see related article in the October issue of the Union-Finley Messenger) it seemed worthwhile that Union Township should be exploring all options. I had questions and the Mayor and Chief had answers. Q: At the present time, you’re providing police coverage for Monongahela, New Eagle and Finleyville Borough. Covering UT as well would be a significant increase in your area. How would you handle this? A: We’d put on more officers – perhaps 3 to 4 officers. With a substation being set up in Finleyville we’d have a patrol located within Union Township 24/7 and use that as our base of operations for both Finleyville and UT. Our response time within UT would be much better than that now provided by the PA State Police. We’d most likely be able to respond in minutes – and every call will get a response. Q: Assuming that the UT patrol unit is on a call, what sort of backup system would be in place? A: All patrol cars and the Finleyville substation are interconnected by radio. Backup would be alerted and on call whenever the UT patrol is busy. Q: How receptive would the Finleyville Mayor and Council be to having the Finleyville Police Substation used to service UT as well as Finleyville? A: I think they’d be receptive. The arrangement would benefit both municipalities as the UT involvement would allow us to keep a manned patrol car at the Finleyville Substation 24/7. We’ve had an excellent relationship with Finleyville. Q: I assume you’d be enforcing all State and Federal laws in UT including traffic laws and traffic control. Would you also be able to enforce UT ordinances? A: Yes. Unlike the PA State Police we’d be able and willing to enforce local ordinances – just as we’re now doing for New Eagle and Finleyville – things like abandoned vehicles, high weeds, etc. We’d enforce local ordinances just as we would any state or federal law.

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Q: Cost is going to be a big stumbling block. How would costs to UT be established? A: Costs would be based on the needs of UT. For full coverage the cost might be based on our cost for the addition of 3-4 officers but it will depend totally on the level of coverage requested by UT. Keep in mind that UT would have no headaches associated with purchase and maintenance of patrol cars and other hardware, officer pension funds, insurance or health benefits. As a start, UT may want coverage perhaps 3 days per week. We’re willing to sit down with UT and talk seriously about coverage and the associated cost – we’re willing to negotiate. Q: What else would you bring to the table if you established a contract with UT? A: We have a lock-up here in Monongahela where suspects could be detained until release or arraignment. We also have the capability of video arraignment – a suspect can be arraigned without transport to a magistrate’s office – this frees up an officer who would otherwise be in transport. We now have a close working arrangement with the Washington County Drug Task Force and our K9 Officer Benny and his handler, Officer Larry Maraldo, are available for drug work. Q: Have you had any communications with UT as yet? A: We sent two letters to the UT Board expressing our interest after receiving inquiries from a UT community group and the Ringgold School District asking about protection at the Ringgold Middle School and Gastonville Elementary – but this was some time ago. (Editor’s Note) This article is not an endorsement by the Messenger for UT police protection using the Monongahela Police Force. It’s merely an insight to a viable option for UT residents to consider. Contact one of the UT Supervisors with your thoughts. Perhaps the increased Local Services Tax (Occupation Tax) revenues can be used to offset some of the costs for police protection. Then there’s the bottom line question again - how badly do you want local police protection and how much are you willing to pay for it. The 2010 budget will be worked up during November and December – voice your opinion on this issue now and take a look at and comment on the 2010 budget before it’s adopted – you have that right.

Pleasant Hills Rotary Annual Harvest Festival Proceeds to Assist Local Family Pleasant Hills Rotary is having its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday November 7 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Salvatore's in Baldwin Boro. All proceeds will benefit The Ferrelli Family of South Park. The Ferrelli family consists of Frank (Barry), Cathy, Vinnie, Julianna, and Giana. They live in an 85 year old farm house that needs many repairs. All three of their children have special needs. Vinnie, age 10, has a rare syndrome (1 in 15,000) called Williams Syndrome. He had cardiac arrests at the age of 3 and almost died. He had open heart surgery and still has several heart problems remaining. His thyroid was ruined and he suffers with some right sided brain damage. He also has renal artery stenosis and has been diagnosed with autism. Juliana, age 6, has autism and is developmentally 2 years of age. She has an eating disorder- never full even after a large meal. Her autism causes many strange behaviors that are hard to deal with on a daily basis. Gina, age 4, has a seizure disorder. She is on her second seizure medicine without any control of her daily numerous petite mal seizures. The family struggles with finances and is in need of help. They would like to be able to take Vinnie to one of the six Williams Syndrome Clinics in the United States to obtain a comprehensive evaluation done by experts in the field. No one in Pittsburgh can give him the complete work-up to manage his many medical and psychological issues. Barry is hard working with over 37 years service with the Broughton Volunteer Fire Dept. and Cathy has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years, although working outside her home has been curbed due to the lack of appropriate and affordable childcare. Please plan to attend this fun Fall Harvest Festival and help raise funds for this local family in need.

“The Christmas Post” Christmas Dinner Theater at Crossroads Ministries Tickets are now available for the Christmas Dinner Theater at Crossroads Ministries. This year’s Dinner Theater will be held Thursday through Sunday, December 10, 11, 12, & 13. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. nightly. Nearly 100 people are involved in making this evening something special. Your evening begins in the church gymnasium that has been transformed into a festive dining hall where Sisters Custom Catering will present a delicious meal. Afterwards, the presentation of “The Christmas Post” will begin in the church’s auditorium. This Broadway style musical is like walking into the magical world of a Norman Rockwell painting. From the moment the lights come up on Hattie McGee’s tiny new hut on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1947, until the curtain falls late that afternoon on the exhausted Alice Garfield in the toy department of Herzog’s Department Store, The Christmas Post takes us into a world of ordinary Americans who, just like people today, need to be reminded what Christmas is really all about. This musical is fast and fun and people of all ages will be sure to enjoy this great night out. Tickets are $15 for adults & $8 for children ages 8 and under and are available at the church after the worship services or you can order your tickets by mail by completing the attached form and sending it, along with your check and a self addressed, stamped envelope to: Crossroads Ministries Dinner Theater; 81 Walter Long RD; Finleyville PA 15332 by Monday, November 30. Crossroads Ministries is located one mile south of Trax Farms overlooking Route 88. For further information, call 724-348-1620 or visit our website www.crossroadsministries.com.


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Japanese TV Show Focuses on Monongahela

Duke Park Playground Ready For Fun!

Monongahela’s Senior Citizen ‘Calendar Girls’ Earn International Reputation By Christen M. Stroh

Elizabeth's long awaited newly installed Duke Park playground is finally up and running. Duke Park's renovation was made possible by a DCNR Small Communities grant, additional funds from the community, and concentrated local efforts. These photos taken on a Sunday morning found the playground empty, but in reality it has been a very busy place since opening providing lots of fun for Borough families. (PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS)

South Park Women’s Club November Meeting The South Park Women's Club will hold its November meeting on Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at the South Park Community Center on Brownsville Road. This month's program will feature Mitzie Biertmpfel, a Certified Handwriting Analyst. Mitzie teaches handwriting analysis courses at CCAC. The SPWC would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those who patronized this year's Holiday Craft Show. We'd also like to invite you to become a member. If you are interested in making new friends and helping the Community, come to our meeting on November 16. As always, refreshments will be served.

Old Allegheny Shoppe Christmas Open House - Nov. 6 - 8 You're invited to share the scents, sights, and tastes of the Holidays at the Old Allegheny Shoppe's 34th Annual Christmas Open House. The store will transform into a wonderland of holiday decorating and gift giving ideas. New Southern Living licensed dining, upholstery, and bedroom furniture to be unveiled and accessorized as only Old Allegheny Shoppe can do. The popular "Little Table that could" is also back. The small accent table to fit just the right spot. Stock up on holiday scents with candles and reed diffusers in Mulled Cider, Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Bayberry to name a few. The taste of the season is found in the gourmet food. Wind & Willow cheeseballs, dips, and soups, Williamsburg Peanut Shop peanuts, and Ashers Chocolates. Sampling will go on all weekend. You can also taste the many wines from Mazza Vineyards and South Shore Winery. There are more than 30 different varieties of red and white wines from these two Pennsylvania Wineries, including the popular "Holiday Wine" that is red with spices and herbs. Taste best when heated before serving. The Old Allegheny Shoppe Christmas Open House will be Friday, November 6th thru Sunday, November 8th. They are located on Rt. 51 South, Whitehall, two miles north of Century Three Mall. November 6th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; November 7th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; November 8th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

When Lorys Crisafulli saw Calendar Girls several years ago, she thought it would be a fun idea to recreate the plot and outcome of the film with a group of her own friends. The 2003 movie is about a group of older women who pose nude in a calendar to benefit charity, and Crisafulli, 82, figured that she and her friends could put together their own calendar and donate their proceeds to a Cameraman Donnie Schoenmann (left) makes local charity. sure that the microphone is working properly on She didn’t think that putting together the Earl Volk while Lorys Crisafulli and Producer, 2008 calendar with a group of 11 other wellChie Berkley look on. known local women ranging in age from their late 60s to their early 80s would be such a success among the local communities, but it was. And she certainly never dreamed that it would garnish international attention, but it did, and now nearly two years after the project launched, Crisafulli and her story about her own local calendar girls has been featured on a Japanese television show called “The World Traveler.” Crisafulli’s story was aired on September Cameraman Donnie Schoenmann (left) and 20 as a segment of the show dedicated to producer Chie Berkley (right) discuss recreating extraordinary senior citizens around the the January layout with Earl Volk and Lorys globe and their unique accomplishments. Crisafulli, who stars as Miss January, in front of U.S. producer Chie Berkley, a Japanese the classic car where Crisafulli posed. native living in Washington, D.C., traveled globally to capture these senior citizens in action. Berkley, who speaks and writes in Japanese but has also mastered English, brought an American film crew on September 4 to Monongahela and spent time with Crisafulli and the other calendar girls, getting to know both them and the surrounding area. “They spent a lot of time filming the town The production crew from the Japenese TV show and taking pictures of the people and the “The World Traveler” with a few of the women things here to get a feel for what it’s like in a featured in the ‘Women of the Mon” Calendar” small town,” says Crisafulli. “It was a nice at Lenzi’s Restaurant in Monongahela. day and so there were boaters out on the river and lots of people out.” Among their many stops was the Monongahela Historical Society, the beneficiary of the $15,000 raised by selling more than 3,000 calendars. A portion of the day was spent recreating Crisafulli’s photo shoot as Miss January, who posed partially nude in a classic convertible car with a glass of champagne in one hand and a pair of strappy high heels dangling seductively from the other. Crisafulli, though unsure of how Berkley initially came across the story, suspects that the feature being picked up and distributed internationally played a role. “Before we even had the calendars out, the Post-Gazette heard about us and did a feature, and then it was picked up by the Associated Press and distributed internationally,” she explains, noting that the feature was translated into a variety of languages in the process. Though it has been two years since Crisafulli first launched her project, the women have been busy, appearing in everything from Macy’s Christmas parade last year to a PBS special broadcast on WQED. The fame has been enjoyable, though, and Crisafulli has had so much fun that she’s got 2011’s calendar planned out in her head. “This time around, with each of our women, we’ll have a man posing as well,” she quips, adding with a laugh, “and we haven’t had any trouble find men to participate!”


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South Park Supervisors Honor Friends of South Park Township Library Honoring 35 years of service - Pictured (l-r) Chairman of Board Walt Sackinsky; George Smith Board Member; Janet Taylor Friends, Vice President; Mary Anne Ciotti Membership Chairman; Cathie Humphreys President of Friends holding township proclamation; Judith Martin Book Sale Coordinator; and David Buchewicz, Board Member.

By Andrea Earnest

Chairman Walter Sackinsky presented a Proclamation to the Friends of the Library for the many services that they provide to the residents of the township. The Friends are celebrating their 35th anniversary. Cathy Humphries, President, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the members. Also attending the event were Janet Taylor, Vice President; Mary Anne Ciotti, Membership; and Judy Martin, Book Sale Coordinator. Several residents had issues that they brought up before the Board. Mr. George O’Toole, 2813 Stanley Street, received clarification about questions on the placement of his fence on his property. Mr. George See, 6937 Hilldale Drive, questioned the no-parking for snow plowing signs posted on the street. Mr. See was advised by Mr. Sackinsky that it was done for safety issues on this particular street, even though it is not policy throughout the township. Mr. Bruce Beaver, Public Works Director, stated that there is a particular problem when snow trucks are going up Hilldale Drive, and it is a problem when vehicles are parked on the street during plowing. In most neighborhoods, owners do not leave their cars parked overnight on the streets. As it is a safety issue, it is dealt with only if there is a problem. Mr. Stamatios Eleftheriou, 6917 Hilldale Drive expressed his agreement with Mr. See’s position. Action was taken to establish the official time of the Halloween celebration to be Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 6:00 to 8 P.M. Among the resolutions and actions authorized were. • The filing of an application for funds with the Allegheny Country Economic Development, Community Infrastructure and Tourism Board (CITB) for the Springdale Drive sewer rehabilitation. • Participation in an energy audit as part of Allegheny County’s Energy Program. • Reimbursement in the amount of $1,220.29 to Supervisor David J. Buchewicz for his attendance at NATat’s 2009 America’s Town Meeting in Washington, D.C. • Five-Year Winter Traffic Services Agreement between PennDOT and the township. • Allocation in the amount of $73,906.35 to support the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department and the Library Volunteer Fire Company. • The Police Chief’s Report for the month of September shows 565 service calls, 28 arrests, 58 traffic citations, 0 parking citations, 118 warnings, two reportable accidents, six non-reportable accidents, 80 emergency medical assists, nine fire calls, and two deer complaints. • Supervisor Buchewicz explained that NATat is comprised of 1,450 Second Class Townships in Pennsylvania. Since money comes into the state, but very little goes to local townships, members of NATat go to Washington, D.C., to meet face to face with congressional staff to lobby for money for the townships. Because this was disbanded, they are trying to get reinstated so that any revenue sharing money will come directly to the local townships instead of going to the state for decisions on what to do with the money. Usually, distressed communities get the money. The full minutes of the meeting are available at the township office.

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Peters Township Council Hires Attorney to Draw Up Plans for Bond Issue By J.R. Brower

In order to fund the Peterswood Park expansion and various intersection improvement projects, Peters Township government found it necessary to approve a $5 million bond issue earlier this year. But in order to seek the bond issue, the township had to find an attorney to prepare all of the required documents. At their October 12 meeting, Peters Township Council examined proposal bids of five law firms. The firm with the lowest bid of $10,000 was Pepper Hamilton LLP represented by attorney Jeffrey Mill. Council approved awarding the bid to the Pepper Hamilton law firm by a unanimous vote. The awarding of bids to begin excavation work on the park expansion project is expected to begin soon. Also, the township’s contribution of $800,000 to PennDot towards the construction of the new intersection of Rt. 19 and Valley Brook Road will be due in the near future as preliminary work on that project begins. Township Manager Michael Silvestri informed council at the meeting of an

agreement with PennDot that the township will take responsibility for the new traffic signals that will be installed as part of the Rt. 19/Valley Brook Road intersection project. He said that Pennsylvania requires all municipalities to be responsible for maintaining and operating all traffic signs within its jurisdiction. The new intersection will require two sets of signals, one at Rt.19 and the other at Old Washington Road close to where it intersects Valley Brook Road. In another matter, Planning Director Edward Zuk discussed a proposed ordinance to adopt a policy to incorporate traffic calming into developers’ plans for new subdivisions. He said that if developers are required to include traffic calming in their plans, it will the save the township money in the future. Silvestri said that currently there are four petitions on hand by residents complaining about traffic speed and volume in their neighborhoods, requesting that traffic calming measures be put into effect. Zuk said that the staff has approached consulting firm Trans Associates about researching traffic calming in plans for

new subdivisions. Trans Associates has done previous traffic related studies in the township. He said that that study would cost $5,000, which is already in the budget for planning. Council member Robert Atkison said that future plans like these should not include speed bumps. “Speed bumps are a waste of time and money,” he said. “I hate them.” Council member David Ball said that the idea of developers including circles and sharp bends into their street plans made a lot of sense in order to slow down traffic. In other business at the meeting, council: • Reviewed a draft of a policy requiring all township board members to sign conflict of interest forms when they take office in order to promote ethics. Council member Monica Merrill, who suggested the policy said, “It is an expectation that it is signed annually to disclose something that might come up later.” • Was informed that the township received $278,393 for this year from the state to offset pension funding from the township for all employees. This will cover 81% of the township’s minimum pension

obligation. • Approved the appointment of Carol Adler to the Library Board. Adler will complete a term that expires in January 2010. Merrill said that it is good to see new residents applying for board positions. • Approved a right of way for the developer of Great Meadows Phase 3 to relocate a power line to the opposite side of the road due to rock obstructions. Electric, cable and phone lines would be able to be located in the right of way. • Was informed that township fuel bids through the SHACOGG purchasing alliance will be based on 30,000 gallons of gasoline and 22,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The price will vary, but on the day of the bid, the opening price would be about $102,349, which is $47,000 less that last year’s estimate. • Was made aware that residents of Pinewood Drive would be assessed $1,500 per property for road improvements. The street was a minimum maintenance road whose residents petitioned the township to upgrade and take over the road. The cost for the township to make the road improvements was $8,471 per lot.


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That Old House

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

By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

Grandma’s House Location: Everywhere USA Owner: Grandma

This months old house is not special in the sense that it was built in the 17th or 18th century. There are no special architectural attributes to this house; special are the contents and the inhabitants. This is Grandma’s house. To be more specific this is my son’s Pap and Gram’s house. It is the place where we as a family spend the holidays and special occasions. It’s filled with the memories and smells of holidays past and with the anticipation of those yet to come. For most children Grandma’s house is that place where that warm feeling resides. Where hugs and kisses are normal and not unusual. Grandma’s house is a place for fun and a place where being

spoiled is allowed. My Grandma’s house is in Pleasant Hills. She has long passed and had moved from that house when I was in middle school. I visited it not long ago with my youngest son. I described in detail every room and the contents within. I told him of the holidays and sleepovers and the fun that I and my sisters had there. I described my Grandma’s special breakfasts that she cooked the morning after sleeping over and the love she put into everything she did. That’s what Grandma’s do because they know all the secrets and the best stories. They know all of our favorites and put aside those things that are special to us. Grandma’s house is the holidays. It’s

the smell of roast turkey, ham barbecues, or sloppy Joes. It’s the place for special birthday dinners and Steelers parties. On November 24th, thousands of families will venture out to share a holiday meal with each other. Some will call it a tradition but children look on it as a special visit. That warm feeling begins at the bend in the road or at the end of the drive. It grows with anticipation and sparks up at the site of that old house. My wish for the holidays is for everyone to see that place, I hope that the sight of Grandma’s house brings that warm feeling and triggers the memories of good times and happy days. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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New Eagle Council Discusses Various Street and Public Works Topics Abandoned Vehicles Continue to be Towed Away By Ken Askew

All five members of New Eagle Council were present at their monthly meeting held on October 6, 2009. Two residents from the end of 4th Avenue inquired as to when the paving on their street will be finished. They also complained that the catch basin recently redone is too high to do its’ job, and requested that a barricade be installed at the end of the street. Council promised to follow up on these actions. Borough Secretary Linda Hall updated Council on the pending US Census. All New Eagle residents are encouraged to return the survey forms, which will be mailed out in February or March of 2010. Additional copies will be available at the New Eagle Borough Building. If they are not returned by April 1, 2010, a Census Taker will be dispatched to the homes of non-responders. The simplicity of this Census form is expressed in the campaign slogan: “10 Minutes – 10 Questions”. Council discussed what to do about a resident of the 400 block of Monroe

Street who constantly calls members of Council to ask that various types of work (laying stone, topsoil, asphalt, etc.) be done to improve her street. She even requested Council to lay asphalt for a parking pad on her private property; of course, that cannot be done with Borough funds. No resolution was reached. An inventory of Borough property indicated several pieces of equipment are excess, including a 1994 dump truck with snow plow attached, two small truck-mount salt spreaders, a snow plow, and a small riding grass tractor. Council voted to advertise the items for sale. Solicitor Robert Zunich candidly reported that the Borough lost the unfair labor practice hearing held in September. The Borough does not plan an appeal. Consequently, the Borough is required to reinstate the employee and compensate her for back pay. Police Chief Brian Tempest stated that another 17 abandoned vehicles have been towed from the Borough, bringing the recent total to about 50 or 60 vehicles.

PT Council Asks Peters Township Sanitary Board Members to Resign By J.R. Brower

Peters Township Council took action against the Peters Township Sanitary Authority Board at their October 12 meeting by authorizing that a letter be sent asking for the resignations of all five members. The letter asks that the board members resign by October 31. The major concern raised in the letter that was reviewed by council members was the manner in which the sanitary authority board gave themselves raises last year without notifying council. In early 2008 the sanitary authority board approved increasing their compensation from $15 per meeting to $100 and $115 to the chairman. Council, which is supposed to set all board payments, did not learn about the raises until May of this year. The letter seeking the resignations also stated that council has raised concerns with other decisions the PTSA board have made. Those include raising customer rates by at least 15% and the $350,000 purchase of property for construction of an office building for the 13 employees of PTSA. Board members of the Peters Township Sanitary Authority include Chairman George Khalouf, Vice Chairman John Slagle, Secretary Denver Yingling, Treasurer James Schafer and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Robert Jacobs. Before council voted unanimously to seek the board member resignations, Peters Township Sanitary Authority Manager Jim Miskis spoke in defense of his board. He said that the sanitary authority is a separate entity governed more by the state than the township. He chastised council for being so critical of

board members’ decisions, some of which he defended. He reminded council to think of the board members as “your neighbors.” “The new building was an effort to save $36,000 a year in rent expense,” said Miskis. He said that rather than having nothing to show for the rent, the authority will have $1,000,000 in equity in its own building. In mentioning the state’s power over the authority, it was an inference to the previous revelation that the proposed raises were presented to the state Ethics Commission by the board for their recommendation, although council did not know this at the time. In response to Miskis, several council members said they had no problem with the actual operation and administration of the sanitary authority. The letter to board members stated that council considered eliminating the authority and having the township operate it, but such a step could prolong the problem and should only be considered as an extreme measure. Council member David Ball said what made him the most upset was the board “circumventing the process of setting salaries.” Council member Frank Arcuri said that their actions were startling and “their response to our concerns was cavalier”. Council Chairman James Berquist summed up saying, “It is a difficult, tumultuous situation. It’s not an easy decision. It would be in the best interest of the community if the board resigned.” The next course of action for council will depend upon whether the sanitary board members offer their resignations, which will be known by the November 9 meeting.

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New Peters Township Zoning Proposals Get Input From Council and Business Owners By J.R. Brower

A proposed zoning ordinance amendment was discussed at a public hearing prior to the regularly scheduled October 12 meeting of the Peters Township Council. Planning Director Edward Zuk presented the proposed changes to council for their consideration. These include permitting residential unenclosed porches, patios and decks to encroach into mandated setbacks by six feet. Regarding commercial properties, the amendment would change the regulations for outdoor displays and alter the timing allotments for temporary signs. Zuk said that during the last three years, 13 variances have been considered for residents to build porches, patios and decks onto their homes that encroached into setbacks. He said that about 80% of these were in older neighborhoods. Currently, most of the newer properties in the township have setbacks of 35 feet. Many older homes on one-half acre lots and larger have setbacks of 50 feet. Council members David Ball and Robert Lewis said that they would be opposed to permitting porches to encroach six feet into 35-foot setbacks. Zuk said that he would consider changing the proposed ordinance amendment so it applies to only older properties with 50-foot setbacks. In regards to commercial outdoor displays, Zuk said that proposals were created in light of some controversy involving recent requests of several local businesses. He said that he is trying to address factors that are not covered in the present zoning ordinance. One of the things he is proposing is that the goods displayed outdoors be similar to what the business sells inside. Another is that the outdoor displays must adjoin the existing business and allow ample room for parking. Getting the most feedback was the pro-

posal to alter the timing restrictions for temporary signs. Using a pie chart, Zuk said that 25% of zoning code violations in 2008 involved temporary signs. Zuk said the new proposal would increase the number of temporary yearly sign permits for a business from four to six, but it would decrease the number of days for each permit from 14 to 10 days. Several business owners expressed their opinions to council saying that both the present and proposed sign regulations are too restrictive. Gino Summaria of Lorenzo’s Italian Pizza said that having a temporary sign permit for 14 days is not enough time. He said that during Lent, he has fish sandwich specials that he would like to be able to advertise on an outdoor sign during the whole season. Mary Carr of Capstone Express agreed that 14 days was already too short. She expressed frustration that her current temporary sign advertising her new delivery service won’t be enough time to spread the word. She also said that it would be nice if she could have more than one sign. She presented the idea that the proposal might allow the maximum temporary sign size of 36 square feet be divided into two or three smaller signs. Council member Robert Lewis suggested that the ordinance allow for sandwich board signs that could be brought in at night that would be permitted for indefinite use. Council Chairman James Berquist said, “We shouldn’t hinder small businesses to promote themselves during tough economic times.” Zuk said that one of the main reasons for the public hearing was to get input, and he will take the discussions into consideration in working on the zoning ordinance amendment to present to council at a later date.

Grant Funds Released For Restoration of Finleyville Municipal Building By Paul Chasko

All Borough Council Members were present at the October 7 meeting of Finleyville Borough Council, as was the Mayor, Solicitor, Secretary/Treasurer, Maintenance Foreman and the Police Chief. Also present was Board Chairman Otto Szabo of the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority. Notification by letter was received that grant funds for the restoration of the Finleyville Municipal Building have been released and the work has been authorized to move forward. The letter also outlined the steps necessary which include: Completion of detailed plans and specifications by the architect/engineer. Preparation of bid packages. Advertisement for bids. Bid evaluation. Pre-construction meetings with the successful bidder. Construction – should be completed by March. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington (RACW) will oversee the bidding process. The Town Clock is expected to be delivered by the end of October. Installation which involves pouring a concrete base and electrical work should be completed before year’s end. In other business: • Minutes from the September meeting were approved without correction or comment. • The Treasurer’s report and the police report were accepted without correction or comment. • Mr. Otto Szabo (Chairman of the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority Board) addressed Council asking them to reconsider their vote against granting an increase to PCSA Board members from $35 to $50 per member per meeting.

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His request brought a motion to the floor for another vote which passed unanimously. The Mayor reported on several safety issues – potholes will be filled on a priority basis – spray- painting of stop signs will be addressed by the police as will damage caused to sidewalks from cars illegally parking. The Railroad has announced it would be installing guard rails around the crossing gate mechanism along route 88. The police will again begin checking mechanical entertainment devices in taverns and clubs for compliance with the taxing ordinance on these devices. The Finleyville/Nottingham MultiMunicipality Comprehensive plan has been reviewed in final form. Public review and comment will be taken at a meeting yet to be announced and advertised. Trick or Treating will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 31. Litigation is proceeding against violators of Borough Ordinances. The October Tri-County Borough meeting will be in Brownsville. The November meeting will be hosted by Finleyville Borough on November 17 at 7:00 pm at the Community Center. Mayor Kutsek was asked again to serve on the Review and Selection Committee for “Local Share” grants for slots revenues which are expected to be in excess of $12 million this year. Council President Kegel thanked the Mayor for his past service on this board. Council member Seliga expressed concern about speeding on Route 88 just north of Finleyville. Although Route 88 is a State Road, Police Chief Tempest said he has authority to curb speeding on this stretch of the road by issuing citations.


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West Elizabeth Town Council Fills Vacant Seats At the recent West Elizabeth Town council meeting two new demolished. The laptops have a wireless hub and the secremembers were chosen to fill the vacant seats. Council received four tary's includes a fax machine. They paid an extra $20 for each letters of interest. Three people who sent letters attended the to receive a carry case and mouse. October meeting; Ray Armstrong Jr, Kim Dodds and Scott Magill. • Ray Armstrong Sr. informed council that the playground The applicant missing from the meeting was Susan Bowersequipment at the Seventh street park has been painted and the Pershing. Council President Louise Biddle explained that being on grass was cut. The gate at the baseball field was replaced. It town council is not to achieve points. It is to serve the community. was knocked down by the weed wacker. The swings at the Biddle then asked each applicant to stand and explain why they Seventh street park were scheduled to be removed. There was applied and what they will bring to the community of West no update on the work at the First street park. Elizabeth. • The street department is continuing to have problems with Ray Armstrong Jr. explained that he has been a resident of West the weed wacker, claiming they are unable to pull the cord Elizabeth for 38 years and fire chief for four years. He would like to out. They paid $68.13 for repairs and have not even had it make West Elizabeth a better place for the children and residents. back for two weeks and the problems began again. Kim Dodds, a resident of West Elizabeth for four years, stated Councilman Darryl Celestino stated they need to take it right Mayor Ralph Harrington swears in that she wants to become more involved with the community and back up to have them fix it again because there is no reason Ray Armstrong Jr. as the newest member of the do more to help the town. why it should have broken down again. West Elizabeth town council." Scott Magill, an iron worker and construction worker, also stat• Steve Hallam informed council that two juveniles who needed that he would like to make West Elizabeth a better place for the ed 8 hours of community service spent that time at the Youth residents. He expressed that his work experience will enable him to do necessary repairs to Center at Olivet Presbyterian Church. the borough building. • Council approved the purchase of two new shirts for each of the workers at the street After a long discussion they announced that their choices for new council members department. They will also pay for each worker to receive new Act 33 & 34 Clearances. would be Ray Armstrong Jr. and Susan Bowers-Pershing. Pershing will be filling the vacant • Council gave the street department approval to add the salt spreader to the work truck. seat of John Harsmanka and Armstrong will be taking the seat of Shawn Dodds. Armstrong The problem remains that pins on the salt spreader need to be fixed. Last winter, the was immediately sworn in and began his first night as a council member. truck received a temporary adjustment by Troy Lewis but it needs to be permanently Dodds and Harsmanka resigned their seats in August after the attempted firing of a workfixed. Armstrong Jr. and Magill said they would look into the repairs. er from the street department. To avoid this commotion from happening again Councilman • Armstrong Sr. questioned why a committee for the War Memorial has not yet been Steve Hallam asked for a three member committee to be established to oversee the street established. When it was requested that $10,000 would be used to make additions to the department. Steve Hallam, Frank Magill and Darryl Celestino volunteered to chair the memorial he expected that a committee would have been formed by now. Biddle three-man committee. In the future; the decision of the three-man committee will be final explained to him that the person in charge is still working on forming a committee and and the board will abide by it. that the $10,000 in the account “isn't harming anything.” In other borough news: • During the month of September, the Elizabeth Borough police answered 32 calls. Two • The council decided to write a letter to State Representative David Levdansky to ask for traffic citations were also given during September. Mayor Harrington informed Officerassistance in the costs of Spring Bank Project. The discussions with WESA on whether in-Charge Snelson that “the police have been good, I still have people telling me they've they will assist in the costs have come to a stand still. been good.” • Borough secretary and Bill Wolfgang thanked council members for buying the two lap- • Anne Sweeney received a cost for how much is needed to move a water line from under top computers they needed for their work. The amenities on the laptop will enable a home on the demolition list. The gas company and water company are expected to Wolfgang to download and transfer photos of houses needing work or scheduled to be return a phone call on contributing to the costs of moving the lines.

Area Police Recognized at Monongahela Council Meeting By Ken Askew

Monongahela City Council’s monthly meeting, held on October 14, 2009, was attended by all Council members. Recognition and thanks were extended to two police officers who risked their lives to help evacuate buildings that burned down in the 200 block of Main Street in Monongahela during the early morning of September 6, 2009; the officers were Bill Fusco of the Monongahela Police Department and John Korcek of the Carroll Township Police Department. Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest expressed his thanks to Carroll Township Police Chief Paul Brand for his department’s assistance in apprehending a man who committed an armed robbery at the Sunoco gas station in Finleyville. The suspect was arrested in Monongahela eight hours after the robbery, and sent to jail on a $100K bond. In an effort to protect Monongahela citizens, Mayor Bob Kepics proudly announced that 25 people have been arrested on drug charges this year, and a total of 50 since he took office. In other business: • Council passed Resolution 8, to approve participation in the Washington County

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local share account (gaming revenues) by submitting an application for a grant regarding the Mounds Sanitary Project. Also, Resolution 9 was passed, to apply for a similar grant for fire department safety equipment and repairs to the fire station. A Monongahela fireman, Rusty Polonoli, was given a stipend in the amount of $1,087 for his extraordinary action in cleanup efforts following the September 6 fire described above. Councilpersons Tom Caudill, Ken Kulak, and Claudia Williams were approved to attend a training course for elected officials, to be held in Pittsburgh. Solicitor Keith Bassi reported that following the termination of Monongahela police officer George Langan last month, Mr. Langan filed for unemployment benefits and was granted such. Monongahela will appeal the decision. This month’s beautification award went to the property at 240 Route 88, in the Country Club Road area. The cable franchise renewal negotiations are proceeding. A list needs to be developed of the municipal locations that will receive free service--such as schools, libraries, and the city municipal building. A new lighting system has been installed in the police department, in anticipation of new rules that make the upgrade mandatory by 2012.

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Senior Citizens Voice Concerns at Elizabeth Borough Council Meeting By Alice Harris

Rumored possible moving of the Borough Senior Center across the street to the old Elizabeth Elementary School made for the appearance of several guests and lively questioning at the September 22 meeting of Elizabeth Borough Council. The development of sinkholes, ordinance enforcements, equipment repairs and replacements, and the building of a new salt shed provided for informative and thoughtful discussion, also. Guest Floyd Sorg questioned about a wall that was supposed to be built at the edge of the recently demolished J & L Building property on Second Street. Monica Douglas will question COG. He also inquired who is responsible to cut the newly planted grass on this property. Solicitor McGrail explained that although the building was demolished, the lot still belongs to the property owner, and to acquire title, the lot would have to be sheriff sold. Guest Judy Slowaitis thanked Chad Rager for the steps on Second Street. She also questioned a rumor that the Senior Center currently part of the Borough Building would be moved to the old Elizabeth Elementary School to better accommodate needed additional space for the Elizabeth Borough Police. Elsie Young stated that the Seniors would not be happy about moving to the school building. Guest Jean Gealy was also in attendance. As litigation had been placed against the Borough, Solicitor Pat McGrail explained these items could not be discussed at this time. Jim Chomas stated the litigation had been withdrawn earlier that day, but all parties had not yet been notified. A number of other questions including parking tickets, handicapped parking and handicapped access were raised by the Seniors. Solicitor McGrail suggested the Seniors prepare a written letter stating all the points they wish addressed so all parties would have something to go on, and that they should also choose a representative to voice their concerns to the Borough. In other borough business: • Mr. Terry Richardson, representing Elizabeth Moose, accepted a plaque from Mayor Cline celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary. He invited the public to come and celebrate, also. • A letter advising of the amusement tax ordinance is being sent to businesses who house mechanical devices for taxes to be paid to the Borough. • The current grouping of Elizabeth Borough with other municipalities for

reassessment could hurt the Borough in that property values may be reduced and less revenue collected. • One contractor has expressed interested in a cost for the sinkhole at Maple Ave. and Third Street. The Borough will advertise for additional bids. Monica will check the available for emergency funding through COG to help finance these repairs. Sink holes with no water involved are also further deteriorating at 100 Patterson St. with another hole developing across the street from this address. Mayor Cline questioned if there is a State agency to contact to investigate. The Borough will contact the DEP to question if these holes could be mine subsidence. • A quote for $2118 by Graham’s Auto was given to repair the old Borough pickup truck which is stable for now but won’t last. Councilman Shaner suggested to either look for a replacement vehicle or compensate with another agency to share a truck. • A needed 20’ x 36’ x 18’ salt shed to be constructed next to the Public Works garage is being considered. • A mower with 2 decks, bagger, and leaf shredder from Jefferson Hills Lawn Equipment at the cost of $18,795 is needed but not affordable. Help from elected officials will be sought to see if it can be afforded. • Councilman Duvall asked to inquire prices from Elizabeth Electric to repair the decorative streetlights currently out of commission. Councilwoman Miller wants to order the new style of street signs (within Streetscape grant regulations) to replace those currently missing. The Borough is considering to re do all the signs in town with Streetscape grant funds. • Duke Park’s new playground equipment is done and looks good. Families are now using and enjoying. Councilman Shaner asked that anyone seeing vandalism going on in the Borough to please call 911 and report. • The Poop & Scoop and Noise Ordinances need to be better enforced. Cars are going to fast on 1st Street and 25 mph signs need to be installed. • A compilation of all Borough Ordinances with separation by category needs to be done. Letters will be sent to Senator Stout and Representatives Murphy and Levdansky requesting funding for codification of ordinances. • Councilman Duvall asked to pursue recreation possibilities for the land

beyond the Waterworks. He was referred to crosscheck with Carol Hill, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, the Boat Commission, etc. for right of way knowledge. Councilman Duvall also inquired how does the Borough know what they are owed re: parking meter positioning and if profit would be gained in adding new meters. He was advised to check with Glenn Engineering. Many of the Borough’s sidewalks need repaired. Rich Lewis is currently repairing some. The Borough will check with COG to apply to their concrete repair program. Council applauded Rich Lewis for handling street work alone for the last month. Mark Grezsuk has now being hired to help. The third round of facade grant reimbursement applications were submitted for the end of September. Borough sewage has to be done by September 2010 with Plum Street dug up and needing repaved. New improvements will be added at Plum Street when complete. The Borough will interview applicants

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to hire a new zoning officer as soon as possible. The official hiring of Mark Grezsuk to the Streets Department was approved. Councilman Shaner complimented the efforts of the 2009 Lewis & Clark Festival citing 2010 plans are already in the works beginning with a fundraising Night at The Races on October 9 at Rockwell’s. Robin Stockton was appointed as Tax Delegate to represent Elizabeth Borough. The Halloween parade is set for Monday October 26 with the line up at Rockwells at 6:30 Rain date is October 29. Trick or Treat is October 31. The meeting ended with Happy Birthday sung to Robin Stockton and Margaret Fleischauer and a Birthday cake for all in attendance.

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Union Township Looks At Storm Water Control Project Local Services Tax Raised From $10 to $52 By Paul Chasko

All board members were present at the October 10 Union Twp. (UT) regular board meeting as was the Solicitor, Secretary/Treasurer, Engineer, Zoning Officer, Code Enforcement Officer and representatives of the Planning Commission and Zoning/Hearing Board. Joe Fererro representing KAG Engineering on the Elrama Sewer Project was also present. Departmental reports showed 21 inspections and 4 building permits issued. Road maintenance included weed and grass cutting, tree branch removals, drain pipe installations, hot patching and road sweeping. Work is continuing to remove abandoned and derelict houses and mobile homes in UT. Engineering approved the BDH storm water management plan and sent an approval letter to the Board. Storm water control in Union Valley along Route 88 North of Finleyville has been a problem for years. In heavy rainstorms the water runoff swells the small stream that runs through the valley flooding yards basements and roadways. Several consecutive Supervisor Boards have looked at the problem and had engineering studies and cost estimates done for corrective work. The project would involve improving the capacity of the stream-bed that carries storm run-off through the valley – basically a flood control project that would cost about $1.7 million. On a recent trip to the office of Representative Murtha, Board Chairman Steve Parish and Solicitor Makel learned that 65% of that project cost may be available as a grant if UT could come up with the remainder from other sources (grants). The board has authorized the Twp. Engineer to update the project cost estimate and to prepare grant applications in an attempt to identify sources for the

remaining $600,000. The Board looks at this as an opportunity to correct a longstanding problem in UT. Supervisor Spahr took the opportunity to commend Solicitor Makel for his services in identifying grant funds available to UT. Ordinance 2009-5 increasing the Local Services Tax (formerly known as the Occupation Privilege Tax) from $10 to the $52 per person limit set by State Law was adopted and passed into law. This measure was first discussed several months ago and according to the Board would bring UT in line with the LST levied in other nearby municipalities. $47 of the tax will remain with UT and $5 will go to the Ringgold School District. Anyone making less than $12,000 will be exempt from paying the LST. Collection will begin in January of 2010. Keystone Collection agency will notify employers within UT. Withholding will be based on pay period. If an individual is paid weekly, $1 will be withheld each week – for those paid monthly, $4.33 will be withheld each month. The law requires that the Twp. use no les than 25% of the amount collected for emergency services including emergency medical services, police services, and/or fire services. Self employed individuals living in the Twp. must pay the LST on a quarterly basis. In other business: • Minutes from the September 14 meeting and the September 21 workshop were approved with only a minor correction. • Delivery was taken of 750 tons road salt • Tap–in fee schedule accepted for the new Elrama sewage system. $1,000 up to Dec. 31, 2009; $1,200 from Jan 1, 2010 until March 31, 2010; $2,000 after March 31, 2010. • Authorize Solicitor to send the reviewed Tap-In agreement to Jefferson Borough. • The Solicitor reviewed the amended

PAWC shut-off agreement – no problems – PAWC will handle collection of water and sewage fees for Elrama residents. • The burning ordinance will be revised using input from the DEP and using other municipality burning ordinances as examples. • Information requested on ladders to be used for access to truck bed (safety item) • The Solicitor suggested UT adopt a $200 fee for cutting through or boring under UT roadways. • Approved payrolls #19 ($8,445.90) and #20 ($8,287.73) • Approve pmt. of general fund bills of $90,794.19 • Approve pmt. of $35,986.70 to KAG Engineering (Elrama Sewage Project) • Approve pmt. of $54,235.97 to Guyer Bros. (Elrama Sewage Project) • Approve pmt. of $29,507.00 to Guyer Bros. for Change Notice #4 (Elrama Sewage Project) • Approve pmt. of $81,767.08 to MB&R (Elrama Sewage Project) • Approve pmt. of $15,870.60 to David W. Jones (Elrama Sewage Project) • Adopted Ordinance #2009-6 adopting a portion of Hobbitt Lane into the UT road system. • Adopted Ordinance 2009-7 Amending the police pension plan • Approved purchase of an annuity to comply with the amendment to the police pension plan ª Approve a resolution to support application for a “local share” grant that would support the Union Valley storm water management project. • Advertise to accept offers for sale of the old UT copy machine. • Renewal of liability insurance tabled until the Nov 10 meeting • Approve the purchase of a truck for

road work for $73,732.00 under the state COSTAR program from Allegheny Ford. • Approve the BDH Final Land Development Plan as approved by the Twp. Engineer • Approve a resolution supporting PCSA extending a sewer line extension down McChain Rd. • Approve a resolution in support of a PCSA request of a “Local Share” grant for the McChain Rd. sewage line extension subject to disclosure of the amount being requested. • Advertising of two 2010 budgeting workshops – October 21 at 6:30 and November 16 at 6:30 • Monday, November 23 is projected meeting date when the 2010 budget will be advertised for review by the public. • Approve a resolution recognizing the Elrama VFD’s 75th anniversary. A plaque will be presented. • A letter was received from the Washington Co. Sewage Council announcing that a fee of $350 will be accessed UT. Every municipality is faced with an assessment due a shortfall from the State. Also included in the letter was a breakdown of various inspection fees. • A letter was received from the Washington Co. Planning Commission explaining the 2010 census procedure. • To grant an extension to a grading permit for George Cheplic • The treasurer’s report showed the following as of Sept.30, 2009 Income: $1,061,961.65 Spent: $ 677,430.61 Net: $ 384,531.04 • A brief executive session was held. The Solicitor announced that Kingsfield Litigation was discussed


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Nottingham Approves Ordinance to Provide Way to Invest Township Funds By J.R. Brower

By passing Ordinance No. 87 at their October 19 meeting, the Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors approved membership in the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT). By joining PLGIT with other local governments, Nottingham will be able to invest funds by purchasing shares of the trust. This trust was created in accordance with the authorization of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act to provide a means by which Pennsylvania municipalities could pool their funds for investment purposes. The ordinance describes how the township will be able to purchase shares in the trust from time to time with available funds as well as redeem shares when needed, subject to the terms of the trust. Participation in the trust, as part of combined arrangement with other municipalities, will achieve economic and other advantages of pooled investments, as described in the ordinance. A board of trustees will manage the trust, which will be empowered to enter into contracts for group insurance and employee benefits. “Basically, it’s a good way to invest excess

funds,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Raymond Barley. He said the township currently has over $800,000 in various local banks. He said that Treasurer Shirley Madar does a great job managing the funds to get the best interest rates possible. But by being a member of PLGIT, township will have more options for investing its money into a stronger portfolio with seemingly higher return yields. In other business, the board approved the township’s employee health benefit package for the coming year, which had been presented by Carrie Sullivan of ARMS Insurance Group, Bethel Park. UPMC Health Plan was renewed with a 10% increase in the rate from last year. Also included in the health care package were Highmark Vision Plan and United Concordia Dental Plan. Guardian Short Term Disability Plan was chosen over last year’s provider, whose policy was said to be outdated. Although it will cost the township $750 more, it provides a longer time for disability to be paid, six months as opposed to just one month on the old plan. In another matter, the board acknowledged receipt of a letter from Township Engineer Doug Patterson regarding items

that need to be addressed by the developer of the Walnut Ridge subdivision before the release of the security is posted for Phase IV construction. Supervisor Douglas King said he was concerned about the liability issues for the pond that Patterson referenced in his letter. King said that some residents want to buy the pond, which contains fish, and gets runoff from the township’s stormwater drainage. “What if someone dumps some antifreeze which ends up in the pond, or if a child drowns in the pond?” he asked. “Would the township be liable?” King and Supervisor Peter Marcoline agreed that liability should be addressed regarding the pond in the selling agreement. In other matters at their October 12 meeting, the Nottingham Board of Supervisors: Acknowledged receipt of an amendment filed by an attorney for Allegheny Power’s TrAILCo to the Public Utilities Commission. Barley said that his interpretation of the lengthy filing was the company’s intention to upgrade existing electric lines and facilities, not to seek new right-of-ways in the area for building high voltage transmissions lines as they had planned previously in the controversial, now defunct

“Towers” project. Received certificates from the Washington County Clerk of Courts for adopting roads for Phase VIII, Dyers Stone Drive and Greenleaf Court in the Nottingham Forest plan. Received notification from The Eads Group that Kriebel Minerals, Inc. will apply for a stream crossing permit from the DEP to place 2-inch natural gas gathering lines under three unnamed tributaries of Mingo Creek in Nottingham and Union Townships. A shallow natural gas well is to be drilled on Beagle Club Road. Was notified that Range Resources was to have held a “Gas Drilling Open House” at the Municipal Building on October 20, 6:30 p.m. It was noted by Barley that this driller now appears to be seeking Marcellus Shale leases in the township, which was previously dominated by Chesapeake Energy. Heard a report from Recreation Board Chairman David Rising that the Bonfire was a success. He estimated that approximately 165 residents attended the event in Sherwood Park with free refreshments and entertainment by the country band, the Saddle Tramps. The cost to the township was $425.

Jefferson Hills Fire Chiefs Confront the Borough Council Pennsylvania Foreign Fire Insurance Allocation Once Again The Issue By Jim Caldwell

Both Alvin Henderson, Jefferson Hills Fire Chief, and Kurt Christofel, training chief for the Borough and the chief of Jefferson 885 Fire and Rescue station, took to the podium during the citizens section of the general meeting of Jefferson Hills council, October 12, 2009. The issue was again the fair distribution of the Pennsylvania Foreign Insurance monies given each year to the municipality from a tax on Insurance companies outside Pennsylvania that do business within the state. The amount is approximately $60,000 to be divided among the three fire stations, Jefferson 885 Fire and Rescue, the Gill Hall station, and Floreffe Fire Station. Last year Council determined to give each company an equal third, along with the stipulation that this year each station would receive a portion commensurate with their performance and adherence to receiving certified training. In May, 2009 Council reviewed and approved the guidelines for training and certification.

Mr. Christofel maintained that to date, only members of the 885 station have submitted the necessary certifications to the Borough Manager. The original deadline was October 1st, and he questioned the Council President, Chris King, as to why it was extended. Christofel stated that there the funds were to be distributed within 60 days of receiving them and time was short. Douglas Arndt, Borough Manager, commented that he and the Borough Secretary calculated the time and the date of disbursal was not until after next month’s meeting. The Council, therefore had time to review the certifications and determined the amount for each station. The history of non-compliance as well as the frustration to attract members of Gill Hall and Foreffe to attend the classes was rehashed, with Mayor Michael Green, strongly defending the efforts of Henderson and Christofel to make the Borough’s fire departments the best possible. Councilman Tracey Khalil asked if he could contact Christofel and help cajole better participation from the other stations. Christofel readily agreed, reiterating

how often he has tried with little or no success. Michael Plavchak, president of, Jefferson Fire and Rescue Organization, an umbrella organization to cover all three stations, who also spoke, repeated that the JFR has no power to force compliance and commended Christofel for his untiring efforts to invite everyone to training. Wrapping up the 50 minute discussion, Christofel vigorously, but in a gentlemanly civil manner, challenged the Council and in particular Councilman James Weber to stick to their word to divide the money according to compliance with the Guidelines adopted by the Borough. The remaining hour of the meeting dealt with the month’s items among which were the motions to: Grant preliminary approval to St. Thomas a’ Becket Catholic Church to build a new church on their property. Grant preliminary and final approval To West Jefferson Hills School District for an Alternative Classrooms Building. Termination of the Borough of Jefferson Recreation Authority.

Approve the Lick Run Interceptor Project Application for Payment to Maronda Homes for the amount of 20,687.25 Authorized the West Jefferson Hills Historical Society to have a bake sale on Election Day at the Municipal Center from nine to one. Earlier in the meeting Frederick Schmidt of the Historical Society has told Council that the society had rehabilitated eleven headstones in Jefferson Cemetery dating from the 1700’s. He reminded the Borough that they published a booklet describing some of the noted people buried in Jefferson Memorial over the past centuries. Council also authorized the execution of a Wastewater Treatment Agreement with the Clairton Municipal Authority, South Park Township and Peters Creek Authority. Voting the motion down would cost the Borough a million dollars a year. All the members ratified the agreement, while strongly requesting a seat on the board for the future. All Council members and staff were present except Councilman Jeff Weir due to illness in the family.


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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh Owners: Justine Woytovich and Diana Hamilton Managers: Penny Richardson and Norma Zorn Address: South Park Shops, 7228 Baptist Rd. Bethel Park, PA 15102 Phone: 412-854-5963 Fax: 412-854-5963 Email: store1360@theupsstore.com Website: www.theupsstorelocal.com/1360/

UPS Store # 15102

Business Spotlight By Alice Harris

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 am-6:30 pm. Saturday 9 am- 3 pm. Closed on Sunday. Years in Business: 18 years (18th Anniversary this month!) Services: UPS shipping, boxes, office supplies, packing and moving supplies, shipping supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, tape, etc.), faxing, black, white, and 2 color copies, laminating and binding, online printing, rented mailboxes, and greeting cards.

Zahalsky Receives Award Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D., Chairman of the Monongahela Valley Hospital Oncology Committee, was honored recently as a Clinical Champion by the American College of Surgeons’ Cancer Liaison Program. The award recognizes physicians who go above and beyond to benefit their cancer program and the community and by serving as a role model for other staff and exhibiting characteristics that make him a physician champion for the cancer program.

Studio 242 Brings Class and Color to Monongahela By Christen M. Stroh

Regina Shuback wanted to give a unique salon experience to the Mon Valley area. That’s why she chose to start up Studio 242 in Monongahela, officially open for business on August 30. Named after the address – 242 W. Main Street – Shuback chose to incorporate the word “Studioâ€? in the title of her business because she wants people to realize it’s more than just a hair salon. “We specialize in all facets of hair coloring and cutting, but we’re also starting body waxing and sugaring,â€? Shuback explains, calling this phase one of the process. Phase two, which will be rolled out The outside storefront of Studio 242 located within the next year, may hapat 242 West Main Street in Monongahela. pen starting as soon as December 2009, and services will include manicures, pedicures, and massages. In addition to setting up a unique array of services available to clients, the ambiance Shuback chose to establish is also unique. “It’s quite eclectic,â€? she notes, stating that several clients have commented that her salon looks more like a New York City fixture than a small-town salon. “I have furniture and other dĂŠcor being used for purposes other than what it was originally intended for.â€? Shuback wants clients to Studio 242 owner, Regina Shuback know that they will experiat one of her displays in the shop ence a relaxing and refreshing upscale environment during their visit. Professionalism is at the top of her list of priorities. “I’m providing talent along with atmosphere,â€? she says. Shuback owned and operated her own salon prior to opening Studio 242, and she has more than 20 years’ experience in the hair industry. She works with Goldwell, an internationally known hair product company, as a certified color educator for the past 7 years. Because she continues to stay involved in the educational aspect of hair cutting and coloring, she is able to bring the latest trends and techniques to her clients. Studio 242 takes clients by appointment only and is open Wednesday – Saturday. To make an appointment or for more information, call 724-310-3019.


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Entrepreneurial Spirit Along the Route 48 Corridor By Mike Ference

When Carmine and Camilla Gioia settled into their Elizabeth Township homestead in 1929 you could count the number of homes within eyesight on one hand – truth be told – humans were heavily outnumbered by farm critters. “My parents paid $2,500 for 33 acres. We had 3 cows, 2 pigs, 400 chickens and just as many peeps,” Philomena Hopkin reminisced, as she recalled growing up along the Route 48 corridor with four sisters and three brothers. “My dad was a coal miner, farmer and entrepreneur,” she said. A block building that still stands near the road is where the Gioia family sold candy, beverages, cigarettes, homemade apple cider, buttermilk and homegrown fruits and vegetables. “We owned the township’s first convenience store,” she said with a grin. The family finished building the farmhouse in 1933. “I remember maneuvering the wheelbarrow on the construction site when I was only nine-years-old,” Philomena recalled. Eventually the house and all 33 acres were sold. The farmhouse is part of Swiss Alpine Village retail shops. The estate of Carmine and Carmilla Gioia was sold by the family in the 1980s. Growing up on the farm was always exciting, said Philomena. All the kids worked the farm. We would get up at five in the morning. If we finished our chores we’d go to school, if not, we stayed home till our jobs were completed,” she said. “I finished eighth grade and although I wanted to go to high school, dad figured I’d just get into trouble. That was the end of it. We did what our parents said.” When World War II came, Philomena found herself working for the Navy at Christy Park. Many women did the same during the 40s to help the war effort. “I was only 16-years-old. I lied about my age so I could get hired,” she admitted. Philomena returned to the mills when she was 55, this time it was the National Tube plant in McKeesport. “I was a hairdresser and cared for three children during the day, then worked the afternoon shift in the steel mill. That’s how I got the down payment for the carwash,” she proudly stated. It’s one of several businesses her children oversee along or near the Route 48 corridor. The others include: P&W Mini Mart and Subway; a laundromat; three locations of storage buildings and a Taylor Rental Center. “We’re diversified so we wouldn’t have all of our eggs in one basket,” said Louis Hopkin one of the sons involved in the family businesses. “Our parents bought the land and built

“Aunt Vic” pictured in front of the store

Inside the fruit stand (l to r) Philomena, Camilla, Annie, and Angie.

Philomena pictured in front of the store

the storage buildings and the self-serve carwash and my brother Louis and I built the convenience store, laundromat and automatic carwash” said Victor Hopkin, another son in the business. A third brother, Wendell sold his interest in the family enterprise and is content to wait for retirement from the USX Clairton Works in a few more years. All three brothers admit that their parents – Wendell and Philomena Hopkin and grandparents Carmine and Carmilla Gioia inspired the entire family with the value of hard work and the spirit of entrepreneurialism. “Our family did most of the construction for the mini mart and carwash. I remember mixing the cement,” Philomena proudly stated. Sadly, Philomena passed away shortly after she was interviewed for this story. She was preceded in death by her husband Wendell. Two sisters are still alive. Mary lives in Cranberry and Angela resides near the Willow Brook Golf Course. Philomena’s spirit for life and family will live on for many years to come.

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Resident Spotlight By Alice Harris

Bill Blosel Town: Venetia FAMILY: Wife, Michele Blosel. Daughter, Jeannette Boner (married to Bradley Boner), Diggs, Idaho (editor and co owner Teton Valley News). Son, Chris Blosel, California, PA (Masters in Counseling, child/young adult behavor disorder therapist, Washington and Greene County). Thomas Blosel, Jacksonville, FL (graphic designer). EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania State University. MBA, University of Pittsburgh. OCCUPATION: Certified Public Accountant. Professor of Accounting, California University of PA Founding member of the Business and Economics Department, California University in 1978 (with Dr. Chaudhry, Bill Kania, and Jeff Zeffiro). HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Penn State Master Gardener, Washington, PA. Traveling, gardening, golf, making wine, growing figs. Bill’s figs won “First Place” and Michele’s Fig Marmalade took “Best of Show” at the 2009 Washington County Fair.

“Frankenstein” Guitars Finleyville Resident Crafts His Own Version of Legendary Guitars By Heather Kelley-Latorre

Like a chef shopping for the best ingredients, or a painter seeking the boldest colors, John Sargent of Finleyville brings his custom guitar creations alive piece by piece. Playing guitar for 26 years, Sargent was familiar with a classic guitar known as the “Frankenstrat.” Eddie Van Halen had built this signature guitar by hand. Fender The “Flying V” guitar brought back the relic in 2007, with a limited run and price required “a lot of research tag of $25,000 each. It was then that Sargent said to himand preliminary sketches.” self “why not? I’ll try and build my own Frankenstrat.” After some time doing research and a few weeks of trial and error Sargent’s Frankenstrat was alive. “I figured I saved about $24,900,” he said. Sargent was hooked. Like Dr. Frankenstien he was ready to bring life to something new. What else could he make? “I wanted to build a guitar where the craftsmanship was top notch,” says Sargent. While looking for inspiration, he stumbled upon a youtube video and found his next project, a Flying V. “I started with just a couple of planks of wood in my shed,” said Sargent. “And after some evenings playing with the jig saw, router, drill, sander, oil paints and varnish. . .it was starting to get there.” Despite being picky about the parts Sargent was thrify and found all used parts and did not have to purchase expensive new parts. “After 5 months of fooling around, I finally got it done, he said” “It is very light, and the action is nice and low, and sounds great pumping though my amps. . . this guitar was produced at a fraction of the cost of the ‘real’ ones.” John Sargent has lived in Finleyville for 17 years with his wife, Debbie and their young children, Nathan, Leah and Jenna. You can hear his custom creations come to life when he plays with the Library Baptist Praise Band.

John Sargent with his custom, classic “Frankenstrat” guitar.

Sargent beginning the “Flying V” with some invaluable assistance from his 4-year-old son, Nathan.

Sami Jo Burnworth: National Title Winner Sami Jo Burnworth or Monongahela has had an award winning year. In July, she won Beginner Junior Miss Majorette of America Pageant, taking first place in strutting. The competition was held at Notre Dame University and was sponsored by the National Baton Twirling Association. In preparation for the national event, Sami attended Twirl Mania event in Disney World, The PA State Championships, Miss Majorette of North Atlantic, Miss Majorette of Pennsylvania, and many local competitions, along with a lot of hours of practice, and determination. Sami Jo came home victorious from the Pennsylvania State Competition, taking first place in Best Appearing and is the reigning State Beginner Junior Pennsylvania State Solo (twirling) Champion and Strut Champion. She is the reigning Twirling Unlimited Intermediate Regional Pageant Winner and is the Beginner Junior Miss Majorette of Pennsylvania. Sami Jo also has the awesome honor of representing the United States as the reigning Beginner Junior Miss Majorette of America. Sami Jo is a member of the World Champion Modernettes. The Modernettes represented the United States as Team U. S. A. at the World Championships held in Ghent, Belgium, in April. The Corps brought home the Gold in Show Competition and Silver in Pom-Poms. Sami Jo is a ninth grader and first year member of Ringgold Dalls (majorettes) and marches with the Ringgold High School marching band. She is the daughter of Jody and Tom Burnworth of Monongahela and Granddaughter of JoAnn Williams also of Monongahela. Her baton teacher and coach is Aunt Sherry Vignoli- Parisi.


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Local Dancers Win Top Honors at National Competition

Pictured at left (l-r) are Mackenzie Cegelski, Faith Allan, McKenna Mayer, Elizabeth Ashton and Ava Chakey. These young dancers along with their parents and studio owner, Marlene Moore, traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey to attend a Dance Competition at the Convention Center. Their winning routine was entered in Musical Theater, a tap dance done to “42nd Street”. The trophy reads: Sophisticated Dance Competition, National Small/Large Group, Titles Age 4-6, Wildwood, NJ 2009. Pictured at right (l-r) areCassie Falosk, Coralynn Harris, Kate Biddle, Jillian Welsch, and Jenna Herazo. These dancers did a Musical Theater routine. Their tap dance was done to “George M. Cohan Medley” Sophisticated Production was the very first National Competition that they have attended. Their trophy reads: Sophisticated National Dance Competition, National Small/Large Group, Overall High Score Age 4-8, Wildwood, NJ 2009. The Scholarship Award was awarded to Alyssa Gephart, now a teenager who has been dancing at Marlene’s Dance Studio since the age of 2 1/2. The solo routine performed at Nationals was a jazz routine to “Show Off”. Diane M. Yednak is the teacher and choreographer. Marlene was presented with the Outstanding Choreography, Small and Large Groups Award, Ages 4-8 for the “George M. Cohan Medley” routine.

Sharp Shooter! Local Employee Takes Home Award Finleyville's Union Ambulance applauds employee Don Friedline who participated in the recent annual Sporting Clays event held at the Seven Springs Sporting Clays course on October 9, 2009. Don Friedline of Union Ambulance in This event was organized by Allegheny Finleyville shows off the 2nd place trophy he General Hospital / Lifeflight / West Penn won at the annual Sporting Clays Shooting Allegheny Health Systems with event Event held at Seven Springs. sponsor, Cabela's of Wheeling WV providing numerous awards. This was a clay target event, similar to Trap and Skeet, offered to all local EMS/hospital personnel in the area. Those participating attempted a 75 target main event with several additional skill stations, which were offered throughout the event. Friedline tied with another competitor in the main event and was awarded the runnerup overall trophy, after the host club broke the tie scores by counting the long consecutive run of each competitor, for broken targets.

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Recent Local Death Notices Allridge - Shirley “Darlene”, 79., of Monongahela died Sunday October 4. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Beresford - Linda B, 62., of Monongahela (Victory Hill) died Sunday September 20. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Brake - Dorothy Ann, 81., of Monongahela died Monday September 7. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Chilzer - Violet J, 88., of Monongahela died Thursday September 17. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Chorba - John, 91., of Jefferson Hills died Friday October 2. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Christy - William A, 67., of Monongahela died Tuesday October 13. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Davis -Walter, 85., of Jefferson Hills died Saturday October 3. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Delavigne - Barbara, 41., of Brownsville died Friday September 4. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Emerick - John M, 91., of Finleyville died Tuesday September 22. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Frye - Stephen M, 58., of Fallowfield Township died Thursday September 17. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Frye - Joanne Sandra, 56., of Fallowfield Township died Sunday September 20. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Gabauer - Robert J, 66., of Finleyville died Friday October 9. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Grubich - Harry, 88., of Eighty Four died Wednesday September 30. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Harrell - Lois, 79., of West Mifflin died Saturday September 12. Arrangements

under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Haywood - Carl A, 63., of New Eagle died Thursday October 15. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Henderson - John A, 59., of New Eagle died Wednesday October 7. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Hutchko - Emma, Of Monongahela died Monday October 5. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Karrenbauer - Diana J, 66., of Eighty Four died Tuesday September 22. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Lynd - Rose, 92., of Finleyville died Tuesday September 29. Arrangements under direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park, Morris - Dolores C, 88., of Upper Saint Clair, Formerly of Finleyville died Thursday September 17. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Natali - Grace (Bianchi), 96., of Bentleyville, Formerly of Monongahela died Wednesday October 7. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Necciai - Timothy J, 53., of Maryland, Formerly of Monongahela died Thursday September 24. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Peart - Nellie (Fawcett) Richardson, 75., of New Eagle died Friday October 16. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home In Monongahela. Rullo - Frances M, 83., of Ashtabula, Ohio, Formerly of Monongahela and New Eagle died Saturday September 12. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Salminen - Andrew August, 54., of Carroll Township died Sunday September 7. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home, Inc in Monongahela. Struniak - John G, 62., of Monongahela (Forward Township) died Sunday September 6. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle.


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Home & Garden It’s the Holiday Season at Trax Farms! Make Trax Farms Part of Your Thanksgiving Family Tradition! At Trax Farms “Giving Thanks” for a plentiful harvest is part of a longstanding tradition. Throughout our market there are plenty of grocery, produce, deli, bakery, wine and gift shop items available to make Thanksgiving at your house a special family celebration. Farm fresh turkeys and turkey breasts, raised on corn, oats and wheat, (never any additives). Try our side dishes such as cranberry/orange relish, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, yams and apples, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, just a few of the items available from our deli at this time of the year. Place your orders early for the holiday! Don’t forget your yams, potatoes and cranberries. Our grocery section has gravy, broth, rubs, muffin and piecrust mix, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato butters and assorted applesauce. Our gift shop offers beautiful fall decorations, table linens, candles and ceramics for a festive holiday table. Arrowhead Wine suggests Chardonnay or Buffalo Blush to compliment your turkey dinner. Our bakery has pumpkin, pecan, cranberry apple and other assorted pies, cloverleaf and knot dinner rolls, cornbread, cookies and many other delicious treats!

Holiday Tea Come join us on Saturday, November 14 at 12:00 noon for a relaxing Holiday Tea at Trax Farms. Try our finger sandwiches, tea breads with flavored cream cheese, scones, Devonshire, fruits, desserts and many vari-

eties of flavored teas. There will be a Holiday basket raffled so come and join the fun! Make sure to come early or stay after the tea to browse our beautiful holiday displays. Reservations are required so call 412-8353246 to make your reservations early!

Trax Farms Indoor Holiday Flea Markets Trax Farms will hold Indoor Holiday Flea Markets in our Events Room during the weekends of November 7-8 and 21-22, from 10:00am to 5pm. You will find vendors selling antiques, gifts, collectibles, clothing, apparel, hobbies, food and much more. Whether you’re just browsing or ready to buy, there is something for everyone!! Free parking and free admission make this the perfect family outing. Come join the fun at Trax Farms Indoor Holiday Flea Markets!!

Trax Farms and FROGGY – A “Light Up Night” Trax Farms invites you to help us kick off the Christmas season. Our Light Up Night is on Saturday, November 28, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Santa and his elves arrive at 5:30. FROGGY will be here broadcasting live from our parking lot! The children can stop at the Kids Corner for Christmas Activities and visit with Santa. There will be sampling throughout the store, and refreshments at the Garden

November Store Hours: Nov.1st-22nd 9am-6pm, Nov.23rd-25th 9am-7pm, Nov. 26th CLOSED for Thanksgiving, Nov. 27th BLACK FRIDAY BLOWOUT 7am11-am store closes at 6pm. Saturday, Nov. 28th-Dec. 23rd Daily 9-8 Sun. 9-6 Café, and special offers and discounts. MAKE TRAX YOUR Christmas Family Tradition!

Breakfast or Lunch with Santa Santa Claus is coming to Trax Farms! And on November 29 (lunch only) or December 5, 6, 12 & 13 Trax Farms will be hosting breakfast or lunch with Santa. Breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m. and lunch starts at 1:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at our customer service desk starting November 1, 2009, cost is $8.00. Seating is limited. Make your reservations in advance. Each child will get to visit Santa. They will also receive breakfast or lunch, do a craft, and receive a special treat. (Menu for

breakfast or lunch listed on our website) Bring your camera to capture some memories. Refreshments will be available for parents to purchase in the Garden café.

Gift Card Giveaway At Trax Farms –Spend in November and save in December! With our beautiful Fall and Christmas displays it is hard not to find many items that you want, for gift giving or for yourself! In November if you spend $100 you will receive a $10 gift card to be used from December 1-24 for all of that last minute shopping. Our Gift Card Giveaway is one way for us to say THANK YOU for being a loyal customer and to encourage you to come back and see us for your bakery, deli, wine shop, gift basket, produce, grocery, gift shop and seasonal needs. Don’t forget you can order your turkey or ham for Thanksgiving or Christmas and any sides, rolls and desserts to make your holiday joyful and a lot less work! Make Trax Farms your one stop-holiday shop, for holiday needs and savings too!!


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Buyer

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Price

UNION TOWNSHIP Richard Knisely Mary Markanich Estate of Marion Crompton Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. Susan Rush Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. Maronda Homes Inc. Kingsfield Corp. Maronda Homes Inc.

Jason and Leigh Ann Scheponik Martin Altschaffl Michael Macioce Constance Greco Raymond and Patricia Novak Donald Enlow Jaison Stark and Dana Cusic Matthew and Kimberly Humbert Christopher Nickel Robert Livingston Tristan Jones and Anu Martikainen

116 Patterson Road 4542 Finleyville Elrama Road 5213 Lew St. 139 Tuscanny Estates Drive 114 Viareggio Way 101 Mingo Circle Drive 115 Cinque Terra Place 119 Cinque Terra Place 121 Cinque Terra Place Finleyville Elrama Road 137 Tuscany Estates Drive

$20,000 $109,000 $75,000 $222,900 $142,100 $148,000 $144,600 $133,850 $143,500 $25,000 $223,750

FINLEYVILLE National City Bank Raymond Devito

First Niagara Bank Lindsey Tiberio

Washington Ave. 3500 Frye Ave.

$260,000 $175,000

MONONGAHELA John Nusida Donald Rullo George Stratigos National City Bank Maxine Gregorini ET & ST Investments LLC

George Paxon Jack Schwenk and Agnes Khoo Harry Stratigos and Sylvia Fafalios First Niagara Bank Cliff and Leeann Jere Thor Real Estate LLC

1245 Fourth St. 504 Marne Ave. 241-245 W. Main St. 318 W. Main St. 409 Ninth St. 115 Chess St.

Ricky and Andrea Pietroboni Raymond Worrell James and Lori Dodd Kim McCardle

307 E. Railroad St. 1024 Marne Ave. 229 Vine St. 1538 Fifth Ave.

James and Monica Nash

137 Second Ave.

CARROLL TOWNSHIP Michaelle Casale Northwest Consumer Discount Co. Estate of Tony De Leon

Holly Cook Gary Peatross Robert Meek

119 Donora Road 1289 Wickerham Drive Gibson Ave.

Estate of Carolyn Puglisi Sunco Property Trust Neil Hinchman Brookfield Global Relocation Services LL Estate of Grace Young Mark Schivley et al. Sovereign Bank James Sirianni Jr. Helen Rutan

Daniel Burniston Niels Van Wessem Brookfield Global Relocation Services LL Justin and Amanda Jones Stephen and Kristy Bucchianeri Brett Berniak Craven Investments LLC Wayne Schuessler Ernest Wayne Parnell Jr. and Amy Parnell

1630 Route 2023 1929 Route 2023 2202 Walch St. 2202 Walch St. 1840 Fourth St. 1342 Armstrong Drive 9 Lakeview Drive 2 Virginia Drive 114 Greenridge Drive

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Wayne Loyer Daniel Chalovich Cathie Brown David Oeler Estate of Elsie Taylor Craig Phillips Michele Trovato et al. William Crotty Sadie Chasko Estate of Helen Achtzehn

Ryan and Melissa Foster Jason and Roseanne Giffin Matt and Heather Ptasinski Sharon and Karl Kasko Jeremy Brawdy Tonya Cantoni and Matthew Kovell Eric Watz Rebecca McCune Derrick Check Dustin Younge

1117 Blythedale Road 405 Cedar Drive 135 Bell St. 123 Broadlawn Drive 29 Cornell St. 414 Highland Drive 5202 W. Smithfield St. 185 Paulette Drive 309 Shaffer Ave. 2265 Constitution Blvd.

Karen Rice Estate of Cheryl Fedrick Beneficial Consumer Discount Co. Debra Komondor , NEW EAGLE Aaron Peternel

$73,100 $99,000 $153,300 $825,000 $68,000 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $29,115) $30,000 $60,000 $6,000 $92,000 $89,900 $112,000 $160,000 $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $2,843) $84,800 $4,900 $128,800 $128,800 $76,800 $48,700 $60,500 $130,000 $125,000 $91,000 $236,000 $77,250 $86,000 $55,000 $149,900 $69,900 $245,000 $59,600 $59,500


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Buyer

Address

Estate of Thomas Schmidt Irene Kumf Estate of Samuel Walker Estate of Paul Komaromy Jr. Robert Hammar Margaret Skehan William Kerston Estate of Vernon Hayden Maronda Homes Inc.

Brian Kelly Nancy Metcalfe Ivan Oreskovic Alexander Matscherz and Aimee Nevin George Berquist Jacqueline Parkins and John Vavrek Richard Albensi Steven and Kathleen Siebert Timothy Crook

Ludwig St. 6628 Smithfield St. 333 Conroy St. 130 Cornwallis Drive 206 Duncan Station Road 621 Oberdick Drive 1104 Schweitzer Road 3080 Skillet Hill Road 232 Williamsburg Drive

ELIZABETH BOROUGH Terrance Seighman National City Bank

Raymond and Cynthia Driscoll Richard and Margaret Pershing

503 S. Third Ave. 245 Center Ave.

FORWARD TOWNSHIP Joseph Necciai Jr. et al. Mary Ann Roberts Roger Maceno

George Hare Jr. Justin Stallard Michael Motycki and Cory Essey

145 Bunola River Road 187 Rainbow Run Road 133 Laura Lane

WEST ELIZABETH Jean Levdansky

Jess and Barbara LaFollette

710 Third St.

CLAIRTON Gerard Pasquerell Estate of Frank Gori Nicholas Yatsko Ruth Pastore Carol Ann Blake Federal National Mortgage Assn. Leona Kasmerski Housing & Urban Development Thomas Bailey Thomas Bailey 169 Pennsylvania Avenue Land Trust Emil Wargo

Derick Conner Jason Tsangaris James and Anna Winner Mario Capolupo Tinamarie Estes Martin Dennis Linda McGuire James Jones and Velma Patterson Jones Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Federal National Mortgage Assn. David Assenti Anna Mae Valdiserri

738 East Drive 421 New York Ave. 325 Pennsylvania Ave. 734 St. Clair Ave. 124 Carnegie Ave. 513 Farnsworth Ave. 1018 McPherson Ave. 323 Shaw Ave. 215 Connecticut Ave. 515 Farnsworth Ave. 169 Pennsylvania Ave. 315 Pennsylvania Ave.

SOUTH PARK Robert Foust Robert Schick

Richard and Lora Grasky Bomin Kang

2973 Amy Drive 941 Bideford Drive

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Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee Caleb Ulery Adam Lumish US Bank NA trustee Tracee Derenzo O'Connor Justin Bowers Larry Billig Housing & Urban Development American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. Margaret Malek Lawrence Kunzelman et al. Jeffrey Lardin Frank Wiliams Jr. Mark Bittner NVR Inc.

Shields Asphalt LLC Gary Barr Jian Shen Douglas Williamson David and Kim Langford Jessica Davis and Jason Moskal Deidra and Zachary Stepko Mac & Mac Properties LLC Lawrence Latta Jr. Charles and Jessica Allard Briar Cliff Financial Services Michael and Tarin Scarff Shelley Broadus Aaron Mazek and Qi Wei Zhou Cameron and Amber Thompson

1180 Forest Ave. 1209 Radstock Drive 1050 Robinwood Drive 1130 Edith Ave. 1941 Kirkby Drive 3069 Sebolt Road 2044 Southwell Drive 650 Hidden Ridge Court 202 1549 Washington Ave. 6378 Crestview Drive 130 Sylvania Drive 3097 Amy Drive 6368 Crestview Drive 1001 Darcy Drive 6315 Pleasant St.

PLEASANT HILLS Shirley Broadright Andrew Kleinschnitz Ethan Allen Retail Inc. Marlene Hart Corrie Reinhart Joseph Houck Rebecca Sullivan Matthew Oeler

Pamela Kavelman Ryan Sabol and Lisa Jones 240 Curry Hollow Partn. L.P. Kathleen Glaus Rowan and Deborah Messham Mary and David Ngugi Ivan and Jennifer Rosas Jonathan and Rebecca Sullivan

133 McClellan Drive 115 Columbia Drive 240 Curry Hollow Road 123 Winifred Drive 12 National Drive 245 W. Bruceton Road 210 Delano Drive 294 Picture Drive

JEFFERSON HILLS Housing & Urban Development Maxanna Properties Inc. Hector Guzman

Robert Ference Jr. Doris Wingfield John Lipp Jr. and Kathi Lipp

John Wavle III Cynthia Kakareka Southersby Development Corp. NVR Inc. Estate of Christine MacLean Estate of William Eckhardt NVR Inc. NVR Inc. Estate of Mario Colonna Gill Hall Land Co. Lisa Holden

Stephen and Jill Budny Donna and James Cairns NVR Inc. Richard and Janet Jantz Jeffrey Lazar Joseph Dolata III Eric and Cynthia Randolph Thomas and Kristen Janicki William and Mary Little Marilyn Radcliffe Tammy Jugan

NVR Inc. Estate of Mark Francis McGreevy Christie Marie Weisner Richard Kauffman NVR Inc. Richard Kosinsky Southersby Development Corp. Carey Ellwanger Berlin Industries Inc. Greenbriar Investment Co. LLC

Amy Vickless John and Diane Riedl Justin Reese James Steffey Robert and Katie Pugh Federal National Mortgage Assn. NVR Inc. Michael Woods Antonio Moscatiello William and Kelly Darragh

601 Cochran Mill Road $7,000 1217 State St. $12,000 Wanda Lane and Majestic Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $2,079) 119 Cassia Drive $209,000 902 Foster St. $122,000 Hamilton St. $40,000 8047 Independence Drive $198,600 101 Lincoln Road $101,000 432 Old Clairton Road $59,900 1354 S. Randolph Drive $273,050 1351 S. Randoph Drive $229,400 1257 Bickerton Drive $118,000 4329 Harlin Drive $254,847 2004 Laurel Ridge Drive $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $133,494) 2024 S. Randolph Drive $241,128 4328 Harlin Drive $185,000 378 New World Drive $122,000 2005 Old Clairton Road $86,000 1305 S. Randolph Drive $239,784 3029 Walton Road $1,655 by sheriff's deed Independence Drive $36,000 384 New World Drive $126,000 Oak Road $52,500 2208 Orchard Hill Road $87,500

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Joseph Lynch Jr. Helen H Angemeer Revocable Living Tr Jerome Audia Jr. Heartland Homes Inc. James Brown 84 Lumber A & D Co. L.P. Anthony Gennuso Deborah Kumer Coltrane James Gerst Emery Budahazi Wadwell Group Wadwell Group Therese Schaffer David Braithwaite trustee James Bollman Joseph Urbanowicz William A & Marie H Miele Living Trust Brian Redmond Alexander Perinis Tiffany Sprouts Estate of Martha Czapliewicz David Mangan 84 Lumber A & D Co. L.P. James Mulhern Estate of Sara Schweickert Douglas Ashe Linda Taylor HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. Banach Contracting Inc. Patrick White David Busch

James Paul and Joan Blasco Paul Richard and Melissa Robb Christopher and Jamie Schweiger Mark and Mary Orsi Gerald Petrone Jr. and Judith Petrone Benjamin Marcus Homes LLC Bert and Judy Kendall Dustin and Michelle Updyke Janet Elaine James , Gregory Budahazi NVR Inc. NVR Inc. Mark and Shelley Killinger David and Elizabeth Molter John and Laura Healy Cory and Jamie Ruiz Nancy Wilson Michael and Amy Petro Joshua and Cynthia Peterson US Bank NA Nathan Siers and Paula Siers Burns Matthew and Erin Scrip Raymond and Joanne Seals Duane and Karen Bingaman Ronald and Lauren Giulianelli Harry and Mary Stuart Travis and Leanne Mahoney Issac Hawes Michael and Gail Facchiano Robert and Cathy Trombetta Sean and Tammy Sullivan

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Area Church News November Activities at CrossRoads Community Church CrossRoads Community Church, located at 1028 Scotia Hollow Road, announces the upcoming November activities

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St. Anthony Church CCD News St. Anthony Catechetical Week began with the theme “Catechesis and the Proclamation of The Word” at the 8:00 a.m. Liturgy where the Catechists were commissioned. They received certificates along with a Catechist pin. The Catechists sang a special song to the melody of “Amazing Grace” accompanied on the flute by Angelica Amatangelo, a 7th grade CCD Student. Also, included in the Liturgy was a special blessing conferred on all CCD parents and guardians. This was followed by a tribute to Alexa Vaccaro beat the crowd to avoid waiting teachers, substitute teachers, aides, parents in line for her ice cream sundae with special toppings and various colored sprinkles. Seems and guardians by Elizabeth Anthony, 3rd delicious by her radiant smile. grade CCD Student. Our whole appreciation and gratitude was culminated by a fellowship gathering in Father Abbate Hall for an Ice Cream Social where Mrs. Patty Momich and her daughter, Heather, made delightful Sundaes with multiple flavors and toppings to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.

.International Prayer Feast Join us for our first annual INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FEAST on Sunday November 1. We are starting a new tradition – each year during the Steelers bye week we will we celebrate the nationalities and the diversity represented in our community. We invite you to bring in dishes representing our individual heritage, join in prayers for the different nationalities, and share a meal as a community. Contact us at (412) 384-9278 for more details regarding the start time Open Mic Night Thursday November 5 and the first Thursday of every month at 7:07 PM CrossRoads Café Presents Open Mic Night. Come express your inner artist; all vocalists, musicians, comedians, poets, hip hop artists, and creative artists of all types welcome to come show off your skills. We provide the coffee, you provide the talent. Game On! Friday November 20 at 7:37 PM - ONE: Young Adult Ministry presents “GAME ON!” - Not for the young or weak at heart…serious gamers only need apply. We play hard and we play long…coffee provided so come hang out and get your game on!

Thanksgiving Gift Baskets For The Needy Starting November 1 we will be collecting donations of money and non-perishable food items to help provide Thanksgiving baskets for the needy in our community. If you would like to help distribute the baskets or make a donation please stop by the church Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday between 12:30 and 4 PM or call at (412) 384-9278. Winter Coat Drive CrossRoads Community church is collecting winter coats and blankets for your "One Warm Coat" cause. They will be delivering them downtown once a month to distribute along with some coffee and snacks.


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Annual Fall RummageRecycling Sale Presbyterian Women in Westminster Church, 2040 Washington Road, will hold their Annual Fall Rummage-Recycling Sale on Saturday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center and Fellowship Hall. The “bag sale” and half-price sale starts at 12:30. There will be a boutique for better items. Collection day is Friday, November 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Donate only clean and usable items. Magazines, textbooks, large pieces of furniture and broken or unworkable items will not be accepted. All proceeds benefit Mission Projects. For further information, call Marilyn Hayes at 412-831-5704.

WHUMC Spaghetti Dinner in South Park Windover Hills United Methodist Church (WHUMC) will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 7 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include spaghetti with homemade meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, Italian bread, assorted desserts, and beverages. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 through 12 years old, and children 4 and younger are free. WHUMC is located at the corner of Ridge and Wilson Roads, across Ridge Road from Sunny Slopes grove in the County Park.

Free Clothing Giveaway at Church of Jesus Christ The Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth Street, Monongahela, will hold a free clothing giveaway on Saturday, November 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone in need is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Events at St. Peter’s Episcopal St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood is offering babysitting services on Friday, November 20 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Children will be able to participate in age-appropriate activities, games, and crafts. Parents should pack a small snack. Drinks provided. $3 per hour for first child in family, $2 for second child and $1 for each additional child. Reservations recommended, not required. Cigar & Scripture Night on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Bring your favorite gory/violent/provocative scripture passages for discussion. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center, near Rt 51.Call 412-884-5225 or visit www.stpetersbrentwood.org for more information.

Area Church News Bake Sale at Jefferson United Methodist Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, will hold a bake sale on Saturday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cookie trays, cakes, pies, cupcakes, brownies, candy, apricot, nut & Poppyseed rolls. Pre-order Christmas rolls – Poppyseed $8.50, nut or apricot $8.00 each. Pre-order by phoning 412-653-3222 (option 3). Pick-up for pre-orders: Friday, December 11 from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas rolls will also be available at the bake sale should you not pre-order.

Christmas Affair at John McMillan Presbyterian Church The John McMillan Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual Christmas Affair on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event includes over 55 crafters and features the JMPC Bakery Gingerbread House, a Chinese Auction, Kris Kringle Kafe, and an Angel Emporium Tree. Admission is free. For more information, call 412-833-4704.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park • New Sunday Worship Times: 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 a.m. • New Bible and Life Times: 8:45, 10, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Night Live Dinner - 5:00 to 6:10 p.m. Call 412-833-6111 to sign up by noon on Mondays. Visit the Web site for this week’s menu and cost. Wednesday Night Live - from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes offered for infant through kindergarten, elementary (grades 1-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and adults. Salt & Light Institute Electives available for adults. Classes Offered This Semester: How to Study The Bible, Genesis, or The History of the Church in America MOPS - meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday November 12 in Room 111/Phillips Social Hall. All mothers of preschoolers, infant through kindergarten, are welcome. Childcare is available. This month’s activity is making a simple holiday craft. A $2 fee will be charged.

Elizabeth Baptist Church to Hold Flea Market, Soup and Food Bake Sale The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having a fall flea market on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. A large variety of

“treasures” will be for sale as well as a large assortment of Christmas items. The bake sale will include many homemade goodies and breads. The food sale will include hotdogs, kielbasa and sauerkraut, homemade haluski, chili, and stuffed cabbage. Homemade soup sold by the bowl or quarts to go. Outside table space will be available for set up and cost for this is $10 per table (bring your own table). Elizabeth Baptist Church is located at 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth. Any inquiries may be made at 412-384-6464.

Upcoming Events at St. Paul’s Anglican Church The Annual English Tea will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 130 W. Main Street, Monongahela. Dinner includes baked ham, boiled parsley potatoes, applesauce, green or baked beans, dessert and beverage. Adults: $7.00; Children under 12: $3.50. Eat-in or take-out. Contemporary worship (informal and casual) on December 6 at 7:00 p.m. Nursery available. For additional information, call 724-2587792.

Upcoming Events at Beth Israel Center Synagogue Friday Night Shabbat Services November 6 at 7:30 p.m. November 13 at 7:30 p.m. November 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Amy Greenbaum and Cantor Janet Mastow November 27 at 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club News November 8 - Sunday meeting at 9:30 a.m. Donuts and a Current Events Discussion Sisterhood News • Acrylic Painting Classes on Tuesday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 10 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. Prepayment required. • Bread Making Class on Sunday, November 1 at 1 p.m. Prepayment required Adult Education Lecture Series- Free and open to the public. Call BIC for more information. Religious School instruction under the direction of Dr. Perry Haalman - during the week and on Sundays For information about Shabbat services, Hebrew School, Rabbi Amy Greenbaum, Adult Classes, the BIC Cookbook, the BIC History Book by Carolee E. Burack, or membership call the BIC office at 412-6552144 or review the website at bethisraelpgh.org.

November Events at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church St. Peters Episcopal Church in Brentwood announces the following events during the month of November. The church is located at 4048 Brownsville Road, overlooking Brentwood Towne Center. Call 412-8845225 for more information. Election Day Pasta Dinner An Election Day Pasta Dinner will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brentwood, on Tuesday, November 3, from 4 - 8 p.m. Adults: $7.00, Seniors (55+):$6.50, Children (12 & under) $3.50, Take out is available. Veterans Luncheon On Sunday, November 8th, at noon, St. Peter's Church will host a luncheon for the veteran's in our community. If you're not a veteran, please consider inviting a veteran to this event. Christmas Bazaar and Vendor Show A Christmas Bazaar and Vendor Show will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. featuring a Christmas Flea Market, Book Sale, Vendor Show, and Homemade Chili.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Church Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, located at 250 Brookwood Road, in Venetia, will be holding the following events: String Quartet On Sunday, November 22 the music ministry of Peters Creek Presbyterian Church will welcome some special guests (a string quartet) who will lead us in worship. YMen’s Ministry Breakfast Calling all Men…on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. we will meet for breakfast, fellowship and a time of testimony at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church. Help Make A Difference for Kids with Kidney Disease Peyton is a 10-year-old who is fighting FSGS, a serious kidney disease. Ever since she was diagnosed, she has worked hard to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. On Sunday, November 8, Peyton and her team, “Peapod’s Pink Panthers” will join the Kidney Walk at the Pittsburgh Zoo. On that same day, our Sunday school at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church is joining her team at our own onsite walk here at Peters Creek during the Sunday School hour. Sunday School classes preschool to 5th grade will participate and we extend an invitation to all to participate and go through the various stations children will encounter on the walk, including a “Pray for Peyton” station, refreshment station, & video station. Everyone who participates in the walk will have the opportunity to donate toward Peyton’s fundraising.


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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Classes in the Mon Valley Valley Health and Safety Training Center will be holding classes on the following dates: Saturday, November 14th is the Healthcare Provider, cost $50.00. Saturday November 21st is First Aid and CPR, cost $50.00. Both of these classes will be held at the Mon Valley EMS station on 1001 Donner Avenue, Monessen, these classes start at 9:00 a.m. Classes at the Monongahela Valley Hospital at the Lombardi Conference and Education Center will be on the following dates: Tuesday, November 24th, the Heartsaver CPR for Adult/Child, cost $30.00. Thursday, November 19th is the First Aid course, cost $25.00. Both these classes are from 6 -9 p.m. Call the Training Center at 724-684-9536 for further information or to have a quarterly brochure mailed to you. The Public Relations/Outreach department is available for presentations on the history of the ambulance, billing and subscriptions, falls, what to do in case of an emergency and many other topics. You pick the topic and the Outreach department will do the presentation at your location or at the training center. For further information on the presentations, call 724-684-7612.

Healthy Directions November Events Monongahela Valley Hospital's Healthy Directions health education and resource center at 6116 Brownsville Road Extension, Suite 107 Finleyville will celebrate the following national health events in November: • Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month November 2009 marks the 26th anniversary of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. An estimated 5.2 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. • Diabetes Month Diabetes has been called the greatest public health threat of the 21st century. November is American Diabetes Month, a time to highlight the seriousness of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the importance of proper diabetes control. Anyone interested in these topics are encouraged to stop in for free information or call 724348-6699. Healthy Directions offers on-site laboratory services for blood and urine analysis are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. A doctor's prescription is required for all laboratory tests conducted at Healthy Directions. Blood drawn and urine specimens collected at the Finleyville station will be tested at the Laboratory at Monongahela Valley Hospital and results of the testing will be sent to the physician designated by the patient. Healthy Directions/Finleyville is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to special programs and screenings, Healthy Directions features a health education resource library of books, pamphlets, videos, and other information. A referral service also is available, as well as private health education counseling. Additional information is available by calling 724-348-6699.


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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, a Specialized Service Helping Women Through different stages of a woman’s life, she may experience pelvic floor pain, urinary incontinence, back pain associated with posture, trauma, or growth changes, or she may have sexual dysfunction and discomfort. Some women experience conditions such as joint discomfort, painful stretching of the abdominal muscles and other conditions during pregnancy. Fortunately, for any stage in a woman’s life, there are specialized services offered at Valley Outpatient Rehabilitation (VOR) to help elevate pain, increase function and improve tone of the pelvic floor. At VOR, a physical therapist with specialized, advanced training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, works closely with a woman’s physician to provide a multidisciplinary approach for healing discomfort and pain within the pelvis and lowback areas. Martha Patterson-Avery, DPT, Director of Women’s Health at VOR, a division of Mon-Vale Health Resources, is a licensed physical therapist with training specifically geared towards women’s health issues. Patterson-Avery said, “Valley Outpatient Rehabilitation views the health of women as a priority and offers dedicated care in the treatment of pelvic floor discomfort.” Urinary incontinence is sometimes an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it affects millions of women, commonly after childbirth. Urinary incontinence is defined as a leakage of urine at an undesirable time and without control. Incontinence can be caused by pregnancy, weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, surgery and obesity. Some men will experience incontinence after surgery and they too, can receive physical therapy to assist in relieving this problem. Women who are pregnant often experience pelvic floor discomfort. Education, massage, and individual exercise programs following the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists can help pregnant women, as well as specialized techniques relieving discomfort associated with pregnancy performed by the physical therapist. Pelvic floor pain disorders encompass sexual pain and discomfort. Pain and discomfort are not part of normal sexual intercourse. There are vaginal pain syndromes including dyspareunia, vulvodynia, and other conditions that can be treated through pelvic floor physical therapy services. Patterson-Avery said, “When a patient is referred, a medical history is completed by the patient, an extensive external/internal examination is conducted of the pelvic floor muscles, an assessment of the lower back and extremities is conducted, and the patient’s overall strength and flexibility, and abdominal strength are evaluated. Depending on the diagnosis, an individualized plan may include a combination of treatments including: massage of pelvic floor muscles, biofeedback, ultrasound, pelvic floor muscular re-education, bladder retraining, electrical stimulation, patient education, and home exercise programs.” Valley Outpatient Rehabilitation Women’s Health Services is located in the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Willowpointe Plaza, Suite 110, Rostraver. For more information, contact 724-3797130 or visit www.monvalleyhospital.com.

MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL NOVEMBER EVENTS Unless otherwise noted, the following programs will be held in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Understanding Your Diabetes Meal Plan - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 3, 4, 5 at 8:30 a.m., MonVale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Builds on the education received in the Managing Your Diabetes program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Prerequisite: Must have attended the Managing Your Diabetes education program. Advanced registration is required to attend. Contact the Center for Diabetes at 724258-1483 for more information and to register. Auxiliary Harvest Luncheon Wednesday, November 4 at Noon, ECC. The public is invited to this special sit down luncheon sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. The luncheon will feature entertainment and prizes. Cost of the affair is $20 and tickets will be sold in advance in the Monongahela Valley Hospital gift shop. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Dorothy Paterline, Auxiliary Ways and Means Chairperson at 724-483-7797 or Co-chairperson Lil Nard at 724-929-6030. Breast Cancer Support Group Wednesday, November 4 at 6 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. For more information, call 724-258-1455. Childbirth Preparation Classes Wednesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. A four-week series of prenatal education classes designed to prepare couples for the birthing process. Topics include: signs of labor, vaginal and c-section deliveries, role of the labor coach, comfort measures including breathing and relaxation skills and pain medication options. Couples will rehearse what they learn in class to help relieve anxiety surrounding the birthing experience. For more information, call 724258-BABY (2229). Advanced Carbohydrate Counting Wednesday, November 11 at 9 a.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with

everything you need to know. How to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar and information on the glycemic index. It is required that initial three-day Diabetes Self Management Training be completed prior to attending the Carbohydrate Counting class. At least one week advanced registration also is required. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1148. Prostate Cancer Support Group Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m., ECC. The Prostate Cancer Support Group is free and open to all persons with prostate cancer and their families. The discussion will be lead by Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D. and Lori Lasich, CRNP, from the MVH Regional Cancer Center. For more information, call 724292- 9404. Diabetes Support Group - Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m., ECC. Annual Holiday Dinner - open to all diabetics and their families. Cost is $7.50. For more information, call 724258-1148 to register. Cancer Support Group - Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all cancer patients and their families. For additional information, call 724-258-1704. Managing Your Diabetes - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 17, 18, 19 at 6 p.m., ECC. 3-day, 2-hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. Registration is required at least oneweek prior to the start of classes. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483. Innovations In Sports Medicine Injuries - Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m., ECC. Board certified Orthopedic Surgeon Christopher Emond, M.D. and a team of health care professionals will present a free program designed to recognize the risk factors for sports injuries and discuss the latest methods of treatment. This program qualifies for Act 48 credits and is part of MVH’s Innovations series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Refreshments will be served. Call 724-258-1234 for registration or more information. World AIDS Awareness Day – ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’ Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 a.m.,

ECC. This free, annual event is sponsored by the Mon Valley AIDS Task Force, Inc. and Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. (MVHR) and is designed for students from middle school, high school and college, youth group leaders, educators and counselors. The program will include presentations and a panel discussion by regional and national experts working to prevent HIV and AIDS. For more information or to register, call 724-2581270 or 724-258-1256. Ostomy Support Group - Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. For more information, call 724-258-1773. Public First Aid Instruction - Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $25 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536. Breastfeeding Class - Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. This free class is designed for mothers who plan to breastfeed and to help them feel more comfortable and confident while in the hospital after delivery and when returning home. Many props are used in this class including breast pumps. Husbands and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229). Light Up Night - Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Hospital Central Plaza. A long-standing tradition at MVH, the Light-Up Night revelry will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a special visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Children will have the opportunity to personally meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and each child will receive a treat. During the event, the MVH Auxiliary will hold a bake sale and gift raffle. Refreshments will be served. Public CPR Instruction - Tuesday, November 24 at 6 p.m., ECC. Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center (VHSTC). The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724684-9536.


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JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER EVENTS FREE Events in Your Community Bethel Park Community Center 5151 Park Ave, Bethel Park • Hip and Knee Pain Seminar on causes of and treatments for knee and hip pain, on Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m.; Call 412-469-7100 to register. Jefferson Regional Health Professionals At Wal-Mart Pharmacy, West Mifflin (No registration required.) • Diagnoses You Can See, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Lung Cancer Awareness, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. COUNSELING CENTER Caste Village Mall, Suite M123, Whitehall Free seminars from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Joseph Cvitkovic, PhD, director, Behavioral Health. Call 412-469-7100 to register. • Positive Psychology for Help in Everyday Life, Nov. 9 • Developing your Creative Potential, Dec. 7 FREE Health Screenings in Your Community WAL-MART PHARMACY, WEST MIFFLIN • FREE blood pressure checks conducted by healthcare professionals from Jefferson Regional Medical Center on Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. • Community Stroke Risk Screening: Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; last appointment at 1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Township Area EMS, Swiss Alpine Village, Scenery Drive, Elizabeth Township. No insurance needed. To register, call 412-469-7100. Low-Cost Services and Classes at Jefferson Regional

HOPE: Highmark Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program – Starts Nov. 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Sixweek lifestyle improvement program that focuses on healthy choices to prevent or manage osteoporosis. Free for Highmark insurance members; $100 for nonHighmark members. Call 412-469-7100 to register. Ornish Advantage: Starts Nov. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Six-week Dean Ornish educational program. Free for Highmark members; $260 for non-Highmark members. Call 412-469-7100 to register. Discover Relaxation Within II: Starts Nov. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Four-week lifestyle improvement program, continuation of Discover Relaxation Within I. Free for Highmark insurance members; $65 for non-Highmark members. Free parking. Call 412-469-7100. Eat Well for Life II: Starts Nov. 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fourweek lifestyle improvement program. Free for Highmark insurance members; $65 for non-Highmark members. Free parking. Call 412-469-7100 to register. DR. DEAN ORNISH PROGRAM FOR REVERSING HEART DISEASE 2033 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin Dean Ornish Reversal Program starts soon. Call 1-888-676-4744 for schedule. The Walnut Place at Summerset 4584 Browns Hill Road, Squirrel Hill Dean Ornish Reversal Program, one-year lifestyle modification program, begins Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is insurance-based for Highmark and UPMC Health Plan. Call 1-888-676-4744 to register. FREE Screenings at Jefferson Regional

Diabetes Education: Take Control of Your Diabetes: Four-part series with a certified diabetes educator on Nov. 10 and 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m., and Nov. 12 and 19, 1 to 3 p.m.; also on Dec. 8 and 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 10 and 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Physician referral and registration required. Call 412-469-5234 to register. Senior Services Computer Classes: $45 for two, twohour sessions. Call 412-469-7099 to register. Classes include: • Basic Word Processing 3 & 4, Nov. 16 and 23, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Basic Digital Cameras 1 & 2, Nov. 17 and 24, 5 to 7 p.m. or Dec. 10 and 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. AARP Driver Safety: Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jefferson Room. Fee: $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-AARP members, payable to AARP. Call 412-469-7099 to register. Low Cost Services and Classes in the Community JEFFERSON REGIONAL WELLNESS CENTER 712 Clairton Blvd., Pleasant Hills Personal Nutrition Coaching: Free for Highmark insurance members. $60 for non-Highmark members. Free parking. Call 412-469-7100 to register.

Community Stroke Risk Screening: Nov. 20, 8 a.m. to noon. No insurance needed. Advanced registration preferred by calling 412-469-7100. FREE Events at Jefferson Regional • Hip and Knee Pain Seminar on causes of and treatments for knee and hip pain, on Nov. 10 or Dec. 8, 10 to 11 a.m.; Call 412-469-7100 to register. • Sleep/CPAP/BIPAP Open House: Includes free sleep disorder screenings, CPAP/BIPAP mask fittings and equipment check, and tours of the Sleep Disorder Center Just walk in, Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to noon, or by appointment. Call 412-469-5981 for details. • Health for Her: Getting a Grip on Hand Problems and Treatment, with speaker Aaron Grand, MD, discussing common hand disorders. Nov. 9, 5 to 7 p.m., Bibro Pavilion, call 412-469-7100 to register. • Health for Her: Telemedicine and Stroke Diagnosis, with speaker Jason Wong, MD, providing information about current diagnosis of stroke. Rita Jennings will discuss community stroke screenings. Nov. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Bibro Pavilion, call 412-469-7100 to register. • Senior Services: Costs, Coverage and Comparisons: Medicare Insurance Plans, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., call 412-469-7099 to schedule an appointment.

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Be Thankful By Karen Barnum RN, EP MS

November fills us with anticiThis pation of upcoming events. Holiday decorations have been Thanksgiving, in stores now for months. Santa truly give is visible in every mall. Catalogs have been coming to your thanks for the things home, advertising a whole host you value. Think about of things we need or want. Our mindset is already on holiday yourself, who you are, preparations, making plans for where you’re going, taking time off from work and what are arranging our schedules to try to “fit it all in.” What happened your goals. to Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday commercially. It is not as noticeable as Halloween or Christmas. Football may be the theme of entertainment for the day, or shopping, as some stores are open on Thanksgiving. Everyone knows the pilgrim story, the roots of the holiday. What are we thankful for today? All year long we are thankful for deeds done for us, emotional support we offer to each other, expressions of kindness along life’s journey. We are thankful for some materialistic things, things that make our life easier and aid us in our busy lives. We are thankful for our health, our families and our friends. When you think about thankfulness, what are the things that come to mind? These are often the things you value, your ideals. Where do they come from? Maybe your heritage, your lifestyle imparted to you as you grew up to the point where you are today. We value different things at different points in our lives. Times change, technology advances. We are influenced by more and more due to greater communication and media coverage. The danger here is that our thoughts, words, beliefs, are reflected into our actions, habits, and values. This Thanksgiving, truly give thanks for the things you value. Think about yourself, who you are, where you’re going, what are your goals. We spend a lot of time trying to be someone we think we ought to be, as defined by influences in our lives, that we forget about who we really are. This is one of the most stress-inducing themes of our lives. Stress management professionals profess discovering the relaxation within us, quieting inner conflicts and focusing on inner peace. Peace is one of the themes of the upcoming holiday season. We can only acquire that inner peace if we experience Thanksgiving.

This is the first of two articles dealing with stress management. Next month’s column will focus on stress eating during the holiday season. Jefferson Regional Medical Center offers stress management classes through its Wellness Center in Pleasant Hills and its Counseling Center in Caste Village, Whitehall. Call 412-469-7100 for details about Wellness Center classes; call 412-881-2255 for information about programs at the Counseling Center.


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Pet Guide Adopting a Shelter Pet – Dispelling the Myths Submitted by the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

THERE ARE MANY MYTHS ASSOCIATED WITH ADOPTING PETS FROM ANIMAL SHELTERS INCLUDING:

MYTH - Shelter Animals Have Behavioral Problems Many people believe that pets in shelters are there because they have behavioral problems. The sad truth is that most of these animals are where they are due to their previous guardians' ignorance and indifference. Often, people who have acquired pets from

shelters and pounds are pleasantly surprised at the fine companions they have adopted. Animals with serious and obvious behavioral problems are not put up for adoption. Remember, many excellent animals waiting to be adopted will exhibit minor behavioral problems. Some are scared while others are excited. This should not be held against them as they are in a stressful environment.

MYTH - Shelter Animals Are Older and Not Trainable While most of the pets in shelters and pounds are mature animals, there are also puppies and kittens available for adoption. The saying "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks" is false. Shelter animals respond well to good, effective and humane training techniques. When training your pet it is important to be consistent, patient and understanding.

MYTH - Shelter Animals Are Inferior To Purebred Pets Some people mistakenly believe that purebred pets are superior to animals of mixed breeding. Purebred dogs and cats are not smarter, healthier or more even tempered than canines and felines of mixed breeding.

If you want a purebred pet you should visit your local animal shelter or pound. There was a time when purebred dogs were seldom found in these facilities. Unfortunately, due to mass breeding, purebred dogs are common and more are being surrendered to animal shelters and pounds. If you desire a particular breed because you like the character that breed displays, why not visit your local animal shelter or pound and adopt a pet with the characteristics that you are looking for? Often a pet of mixed breeding has a disposition and character similar to the breeds who were responsible for his/her creation.

A Final Word There are few experiences in life more satisfying and rewarding as saving a companion animal's life and making him/her a valued member of the family. Pets being the wonderful creatures that they are enhance our lives tremendously and give us much more than we provide for them. If you have adopted a pet in need then you already know this. And take the time to educate others as to the importance of giving rescued pets a good home. Until the unnecessary killing of companion animals stops, we owe them no less.


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Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, Crematory & Funeral Home Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery was established in 1998 by funeral service professionals and animal lovers on the site of the picturesque Woodruff Farm. The Beinhauer Family’s history in providing funeral and cemetery services to Western Pennsylvania began in 1860 and continues today with fifth generation Rick, and sixth generation Scott and Aaron having a hands on role in the day to day operation of this trend setting business. Services are available for all types of animals, large and small. The peaceful country-like setting provides pet owners with a comforting place to visit with family and friends to remember and memorialize their precious loved ones. The Pet Funeral Home allows parents to bring children into a warm atmosphere where all members of a family may say, “goodbye” to a cherished pet. Losing a pet is a very emotional time. The professional staff handles all beloved pets in a most dignified and caring manner. Peaceful Pastures offers pet owners the largest selection of options at the area’s guaranteed lowest prices. The on- site Woodruff Cremation Center provides families with the assurance of knowing that their pet never leaves the compassionate care of trained staff members who conduct the individual pet cremations. An outdoor columbarium and scattering gardens provide places for visits and remembrance. Our Fallen Heroes Program recognizes the contribution that Seeing Eye, Hearing Ear, and K9 Dogs make to society. These animals are provided complimentary burial services. A Pet Memorial and Blessing of the Animals is held each year in conjunction with National Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in September). The Ceremony is open to the public and provided at no charge as a community service. Personalized Pet Merchandise is on dis-

play with a wide range of reasonably priced choices which include soft lined pet caskets, urns of all types, as well as markers and monuments for pet graves. Other unique services include dove or butterfly releases, and balloon launches. The website, www. peacefulpasturespetcemetery.com features free obituary listings which include photos and a place for family and friends to send tributes. The Obituary Listings are available to any family who has lost a pet. For complete details about Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Home call Teralyn Schmidt at 724745-7008 or 724-745-8502.


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SEEKING ALL PET LOVERS – We Need Your Help The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, located at Fallen Timber, 1680 Fallen Timber Rd., Elizabeth, PA is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a wide variety of responsibilities. For more information, please visit our website at www.wpahumane.org or call 412-751-2010. Some of the volunteer opportunities available are: SHELTER MAINTENANCE – weekdays/daylight Cleaning sidewalks, watering plantings, changing garbage bags inside and outside shelter, sweeping, mopping, sanitizing floors, and general maintenance at the shelter. No experience necessary. EDUCATION – weekends, weekday afternoons Conducting shelter tours for school-aged children. Must be positive, upbeat, good with children and have a schedule that is conducive to potential weekday afternoons and/or weekends. LOST AND FOUND - weekday/daylight Many lost and found animals are reported to our facility. Volunteers are needed to help retrieve and return messages, as well as advising people who have lost their pet on the proper steps to finding them. Candidates for this position should have organizational and interpersonal skills. DOG WALKING Upon completion of dog handling orientation, our volunteers are qualified and welcome to walk dogs during regular shelter hours. This task simply involves giving our canine residents some much needed attention and exercise. A great way to take a healthy walk with a more than willing companion! CAT CUDDLING Upon completion of cat cuddling orientation, our volunteers are qualified and welcome to cuddle cats. This task simply involves giving our feline residents some

petting and human interaction. Some of our kitties need TLC to overcome their fear and learn to trust again. BUNNY BUDDYING Upon completion of bunny buddying orientation, our volunteers are qualified and welcome to hold, pet, exercise and socialize with our large number of house rabbits. INVESTIGATIVE TEAM REPRESENTATIVE This unique role is a new addition to our volunteer program. Individuals will be carefully screened for this position, and it demands a great deal of responsibility, compassion, and patience. ITRs will assist the society with removal of animals in hoarding situations, assisting with trap setting and monitoring, transporting animals, and dropping off supplies in order to assist our humane officers. GROOMING The goal of WPHS is to have all of our animals properly groomed before placement on the adoption floor. Volunteers will be properly trained to safely groom, bathe, and

trim animals. This also is a great opportunity to spend some much needed quality time with our residents. Volunteers should be able to lift 50 pounds and be willing to get wet and dirty! KENNEL ASSISTANT A great deal happens “behind the scenes” at our facility. Our holding areas are cleaned top to bottom every day, and volunteers are always needed to help in this very necessary position. Kennel assistants also help with feeding animals, cleaning cages, laundry, and inventory. Events Offsite events are crucial to increasing adoptions of our animals and promoting the shelter and our mission. Events volunteers are positive, energetic and enjoy people. These volunteers represent our organization throughout the community. The dates/time/locations for these events vary. CLERICAL Administrative volunteers are always welcome in our education, marketing, volunteer/foster and finance/HR departments to help with frequent mailings, data entry, and clerical/filing work. This is an excellent area for those interested in volunteering but per-

haps not willing or able to interact directly with the animals. ADOPTION ASSISTANT The role of adoption assistant is best suited for those with strong interpersonal skills. Responsibilities include helping customers meet animals that are available for adoption and helping customers make good decisions about the animal they are adopting. Volunteers interested in this position should love people as well as animals, and possess strong communication and judgment skills. CLINIC ASSISTANT The role of a clinic assistant is best suited for those with some experience in working with animals. Another “hands-on” position, duties include assistance in holding animals for vaccinations, assisting with and preparation for surgeries, and helping to keep our clinic clean and organized. FRONT DESK Front desk is a great position for those with people skills who may not be interested in direct contact with the animals. This job entails greeting and directing customers, helping out with paperwork, and answering phones. We are always looking for friendly people to help out in this busy area.

Finleyville Pet Achieves CGC/TDI Title Corey Edward Kerfonta along with his handler/owner Joanne Kerfonta has acheived the AKC Canine Good Citizens "CGC" title along with a Therapy Dog International "TDI" title. Corey is a weekly volunteer therapy dog for nursing home residents and currently trains in Novice Obedience and Intermediate Agility classes at the Keystone Training Club in Bethel Park,PA.


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AARP Senior Citizen Driver Safety Course in Peters Township Attention all drivers 50 or older. Peters Township Parks & Recreation, in conjunction with AARP is offering two versions of the Driver Safety Program Class. The first class being offered is for those that have not taken the class within the past three years. This class will be held on Monday, November 16 & Tuesday, November 17th from 1-5 p.m. You must attend both days to receive certification. The new class is a four hour, one day, session for those who have taken the course in 2006 or later. You must present a copy of the certificate issued showing your completion of the course previously. This class will be offered on Wednesday, December 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The registration fee for both the 2 day course and 1 day course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, checks made payable to AARP. This is a great way to save on your insurance premiums and relearn safety procedures. Each class will be held at the Peters Township Community Room, 200 Municipal Drive. To sign up, contact Peters Township Parks & Recreation at 724-942-5000 or stop in the Recreation Center. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 11th. Limited to 25 participants per class.

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Senior News from the Venetia Community Center The following information is for the Venetia Community Center located at 800 Venetia Road, Venetia, PA. We are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. This month there will be only one luncheon because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The luncheon will be on November 12 with blood pressure screening as usual from 11:00 until 12:00, followed by a delicious lunch furnished by the Canonsburg Senior Center. Lunch is served at 12:00 followed by our speaker Debbie DeStefano from the Area Agency on Aging. She will give us an interesting program, giving us information about the services from the Area Agency on Aging. I am sure her information will be of interest to all. Our Senior Center is located it is the old Venetia Grade School (the red brick building) located next to the United Methodist Church. The address is 800 Venetia Road, it is not hard to find and all are welcomed, reservations are necessary by calling Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. Birthdays for this month are as follows: Emma Houston, Janet Janico, Mary Kotula, Lois Obringer, Loretta Stancampanio, Mary Taylor and Loraine Terminato.


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Dealing with Medicare’s ‘Donut Hole’ a hospital discharge my 67-year-old husband was prescribed a Q. After number of medications. He has Medicare as well as a Medicare Advantage plan with Part D (MA-PD). Our fear is that he will run into the “donut hole” before the end of the year. Do you have any suggestions for receiving extra help or avoiding the donut hole? enrollees are challenged with ways to pay for coverage halfway A. Many throughout the year, because they have hit the “donut hole”. The 2009 initial coverage limit for prescription drug plans through a Part D plan is $2700. Often enrollees do not realize that the co-pays they pay plus the actual cost of the medications are tallied towards the coverage gap. Resources available to avoid approaching the coverage gap or receiving assistance for prescriptions after hitting the $2700 limit include: • Talk with your physician about switching to comparable generics instead of brand-name prescriptions. • Pay for generic prescriptions directly without using the Part D Card. Many large-scale pharmacies offer $4 generic prescriptions. • Prescription Assistance Programs through either the manufacturer. • The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers the PACE/PaceNet Program • Eligibility requirements include that you must be 65 years of age or older, and have been a PA resident for at least 90 consecutive days. • Income requirements vary for PACE and PaceNet. PACE applicants must have a total income of less that $14,500 (single) and $17,700 (married), whereas an individual may qualify for PaceNet if income is between $14,500 and $23,500 (single) and $17,700 and $31,500 (married). *•The Governor has indicated that there will be an increase in the income eligibility for the future. Applications can be obtained by calling 1-800-225-7223 or online at www.PaceCares.fhsc.com. • Pennsylvania Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse There are no age requirements for this program. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, and living in Pennsylvania. Call 1-800-955-0989 to learn more about this program. • Medicare Rx Extra Help through the Social Security Administration Depending on income and resources, one may receive help paying for premiums, deductibles and the cost of medications. Requirements include having Medicare Part A and/or Part B, and United States residency. Income requirements must be below $16,235 (single) and $21,855 (married). Savings, investments, and real estate are not worth more than $12,510 (single) and $25,010 (married). These do not include the home you live in, vehicles, personal possessions, burial plots or irrevocable burial contracts. Applications can be obtained by calling 1-800-772-1213 or www.ssa.gov and benefitscheckup.org Senior Services at Jefferson Regional Medical Center is a site for the APPRISE program. This program offers free, unbiased insurance counseling to Medicare enrollees. Please call 412-469-7099 if you have Medicare questions or want to compare plans. Jefferson Regional Senior Services is a free telephone referral service of Jefferson Regional Medical Center that assists area seniors, their families and caregivers with locating available services and programs to meet their needs. Senior Services also offers educational and wellness programs for the community for a nominal fee. Questions? E-mail to seniorservices@jeffersonregional.com call 412-469-7099, or write to Jefferson Regional Senior Services, PO Box 18119, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

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Canonsburg General Hospital to Offer a Drivers Safety Refresher Course Canonsburg General Hospital, in association with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer a four-hour refresher course for drivers 55 or older who have previously completed the AARP driver safety program. The session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on Friday, November 20, in the Canonsburg General Hospital McNary Conference Center. The fee for the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonAARP members, payable in advance. The accelerated course covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. A certified instructor will conduct the course. His presentation includes a combination of videotapes and a group discussion. Verification of previous course completion is required. To register, or for more information, call Physician Access toll-free at 1-877-284-2000. Class size is limited to 30 people.

Senior Veterans Treated To A Day Out by Local VFW By Alice Harris

Twice a year in July and October, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post # 5532 dedicate themselves to hosting a day out for a busload of residents from the Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh. Both ambulatory and wheelchair residents are selected to make the trip to Elizabeth to get out for an afternoon. On October 16th the Ladies Auxiliary cooked and served lunch and desert, while VFW Post members greeted and situated the guests. The men also ran a Bingo after lunch with stuffed animals collected by the Auxiliary given as prizes. The afternoon went all too fast, but the patients took back boxes of books also collected by the Auxiliary and treat bags put together by Nancy Furst for a continuation of the happy times. From all the smiles and happy voices, it was easy to see everyone had a great time! (PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS)

VFW members greeted and helped their guests off the bus.

Husband and Wife, Rose and Tony Chardecco, always enjoy doing things together.

The first Bingo winner was a happy Dan Sorbo posing with his reindeer.

The Ladies Auxiliary in the kitchen all ready to serve a delicious meal.

A smiling George Ramaley admitted to having a great afternoon out.

A very tasty lunch enjoyed by all!

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Kids & Family Tricky Tracks & Animal Scat Hike at Mingo The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a “Tricky Tracks & Animal Scat Hike” at Mingo Creek Park on Saturday, November 14. The hike will begin at 12:00 noon at shelter 4. Join us as we hike the trails of Mingo Creek Park in search of signs left by our resident animals. See examples and learn how to track wildlife as we walk through the woods. We will look for and identify animal tracks and scat along the way. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather and moderate hiking. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Washington County Department of Parks and recreation office at 724-228-6867. There is no fee for this program.

Local Girl Scouts Troop Visits Laurel Caverns On Sunday October 4th, Ringgold Junior Girl Scout Troop 54031 kicked off the new girl Girl Scout Troop 54031 (pictured Left to Right): scouting year by earning the speSarah Turkovich, Lauren Gohacki, Julia McDaniel, cial Laurel Caverns Junior Kayla Arlet, Lily Ferguson, Vanessa Benney, Juliann Caving Badge. This three hour Marraccini, Abby Gillard, Erica Glaneman, program included a study of the Angela Costello, Taylor DeWitt, Mallorie Vickers cave surface conditions, a specialized study of the lighted portion of the cave, cave mapping and a spelunking adventure into some of the unlighted areas of the cave which included the Bat Room. The girl’s adventure took them down into the 3 mile long cave equivalent to 20 floors of a building. They were able to see some sleeping bats, an underground waterfall, and also able to collect samples of the sand, rocks and clay material found inside the cave. The girls were saddened to learn from their guide that they The Girl Scouts carrying flashlights and wearing their protecwere one of the last groups to be tive helments deep inside the Laurel Caverns. allowed down into the unlighted areas due to a mysterious fungus that has been wiping out thousands of bat colonies around the world. Laurel Caverns is closing that part of the cave 7 days after the girls visit to protect the bats and are not sure when, if ever, it will be reopened. All the girls had a great time and cannot wait to return to Laurel Caverns in a few years when they are Cadettes to camp out and do some rock climbing and repelling.


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Prepaying Our Way Out of the Recession By Kirsten Trusko For NewsUSA

(NewsUSA) - As signs suggest a slowly improving economy, all Americans agree; we never want to see another large recession. Consumers are learning to live within their means. The Obama Administration is considering creation of a new government agency to better protect consumer interests. There is a huge risk, however, that lawmakers may unwittingly limit access to one of the more important elements for consumer recovery -; network branded prepaid cards. People need financial products that help them spend within their means. With prepaid cards, you can't spend more money than you put on the card, so it's easy to stick to a budget and not over-spend. Kirsten Trusko is the Executive Director of the Prepaid cards also allow those Americans Network Branded Prepaid Card Association who cannot qualify for credit cards to carry (NBPCA), an inter-industry trade association something other than cash. Prepaid cards that works to advance network branded pregive a level of security that cash cannot, and paid cards. offer valuable consumer protections. According to a study conducted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, prepaid payroll cards are less costly than check-cashing services or low-balance checking accounts. In the wake of the housing collapse and credit crisis, the government must strengthen consumer protections. However, new regulations should not prevent Americans from buying helpful financial products. For example, new laws could limit access or increase costs for prepaid cards. Some suggested regulations would deem prepaid cards "deposit-taking" mechanisms. As such, prepaid cards could only be sold at bank branches. This would disproportionately penalize the millions of Americans without bank accounts. Other seemingly innocent requirements would require companies to send paper statements, even if consumers prefer e-mail or text messages. Still other proposals would punt regulation to the states, allowing a patchwork of state-by-state rules that would serve a limited interest. As is already the case in some states, such as Vermont, state laws could become so prohibitive that they force companies to take their products off the shelf, limiting consumer access. Regulatory changes need to be weighed against their economic impact and aligned with the way consumers use financial products. Without that balanced view, well-intentioned policy changes could prevent Americans from using tools like prepaid credit cards to control their spending.

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School News PETERS TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS McMurray Elementary Gears Up for Caring Place Fundraisers Three sixth grade students from McMurray Elementary - Ross Wickline, A.J. Buckiso and Amanda Arvay - took part in a special kick-off luncheon at Heinz Field for The Caring Foundation on September 29. Through the foundation, The Caring Place provides valuable programs and services for children and families dealing with grief. Each fall, the luncheon jump-starts the school year with more than 118 schools and 450 students and teachers in attendance. WTAE anchor Sally Wiggin, and Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward and Max Stark spoke to the students and encouraged them to get involved and help other children in need. At McMurray Elementary, the students who attended will work with classmates to organize fundraisers within the building as part of an enrichment activity. The McMurray initiative is called “Kids to Kids,” and the students will be working throughout the year on projects to help other kids in our region.

McMurray Elementary students (pictured l-r) A.J. Buckiso, Amanda Arvay and Ross Wickline attended the Caring Foundation luncheon with School Counselor Stephanie Ali.

Bower Hill Elementary Reads for the Record On Thursday, October 8, students at Bower Hill Elementary School took part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote literacy and early childhood education. Students across the country read the same book to raise awareness and for a chance at breaking last year’s world record for a shared reading experience of more than 700,000 students. This year guest readers were invited into the Bower Hill classrooms to read the chilPTA volunteers reading to the students during dren’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the Read for the Record. the students and set the Bower Hill tally at more than 751 students for the Read for the Record. In each classroom, students signed copies of the book that will be donated to area preschools to add to their libraries. This event is part of Bower Hill PTA’s annual Read-a-Thon where students tally how many minutes they read over a 12-day period. Students earn medals for their participation in the Read-a-Thon and the classrooms who read the most win prizes for their classroom. Two top readers in each grade level will also become “Bower Hill VIPs", they could be Principal or Vice-Principal for 1/2 day, get the chance to raise the flag, or be a library or teacher helper.

PTHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

McMurray 6th grader Ross Wickline asks a question of Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward at the event.

Five students from Peters Township High School have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are among an elite group of 16,000 students from across the nation to earn this honor. Seniors Benjamin Gauthier, Evan Komoroski, Claire LaRosa, Benjamin Pritz and John Wawrose will now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. In addition, Andrea Briggs, John Flaherty, Lindsey Golden, Melissa Jarrett, Taylor Maher, Joshua Schake and Benjamin West were named Commended Students by the National Merit Corporation for placing in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT nationwide.

Students Can Enter Irish History Writing Contest The National Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians have announced the subjects for the 2009-2010 Irish History Writing Contest. For grades 6, 7, and 8 the subject is “Role of Women in 1916 Rebellion. For grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 the subject is “The Irish Playing the Game: The Sports of the World”. All children in grades 6-12 attending public, private, parochial and home schools are eligible to enter this contest. The top prize in the high school level is $1,000. Top prize in the lower level is $500. Deadline for the contest is January 3, 2010. Information concerning the contest is being sent to all the local schools, but any interested parties can get more information by calling Washington County, Div #4 Irish Historian, Rose Venanzi at 724-258-5295.


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RINGGOLD SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RHS Bonfire Fuels School Spirit! A bonfire was held at Ringgold High School on Wednesday, October 7 during homecoming week. The groups present at the bonfire were the RHS band, cheerleaders and football players, as well as football players and cheerleaders from the Monongahela Wildcats, Finleyville Bears and Donora Dragons.

RHS Cheerleaders on hand for the bonfire are Taylor Marnich, Lauren Jacobs, Raquel Nickolls, and Morgan Baxter

RHS Cheerleader Stunt Group performs at the bonfire – (top) Lauren Jacobs(bottom) Raquel Nickolls, Taylor McPherson, Veronica McConvill, and Lena Taddeo

MEC Student Gets Surprise from the White House Ms. Rebar and Mrs. Boyer's Third Grade classes at Monongahela Elementary Center do a Flat Stanley project every year. Students create a Flat Stanley, (a character from the book series) and mail him off into the world with a journal. The recipients in turn write about his visits in the journal and mail out again to another recipient. Flat Stanley then makes his way back to MEC after the first of the year. Participation is usually about 95%. MEC teacher Ms. Wendy Rebar and student We just received a Flat Stanley David Jennion with his signed photo of U.S. from last year's project however, president Barack Obama and it came directly from the Whitehouse. How excited we were to receive David Jennion's Flat Stanley this week, with a letter from President Obama, an autographed photo of himself ,as well as a photo of ‘Bo’ the new Presidential canine. David Jennion was a student in Ms. Rebar's third grade last year, and is now in Mrs. Scheiber's fourth grade.

Sadie Hawkins Dance at Ringgold High School

Cheerleaders and other attendees watch the flames rise from the bonfire

The RHS cheerleaders perform for the crowd

“Family Fun Nights” Set for Ringgold Pre-K Students and Families ‘Family Fun Nights’ for Ringgold School District pre-kindergarten children, who will enter kindergarten in 2010, and their families will be offered in November. Parents will attend workshops with California University students as facilitators, while children meet with the kindergarten teachers for fun activities. Free books, supplies and refreshments will be provided by the PTO. The Family Fun Nights will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on November 17 at the Gastonville Elementary Center, November 18 at the Donora Elementary Center and November 19 at Monongahela Elementary Center. The event is sponsored by the Ringgold Pre-K Transition Team. Please register by calling GEC at 724-348-7205, DEC at 724-3797600 or MEC at 724-258-2911.

RHS has Great Showing For Coaches vs. Cancer Ringgold High School participated in the 6th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer School Initiative which raised a grand total of $229,024. Ringgold finished 7th in the state raising $3,306.73. This is the second straight year over $1,000.

The Ringgold High School Cheerleaders & Interact Club sponsored a Sadie Hawkins Dance on September 19th. Raising $350 for Make a Wish, the students enjoyed DJ entertainment and dancing in a western themed atmosphere. Pictured above are some members of the Interact & RHS Cheer squad. Kudos to those who supported such a great cause!


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Ringgold October Board Meeting Work Moving Ahead On Ringgold Elementary School South By Paul Chasko

The October 21 Meeting of the Ringgold School Board was preceded by a closed executive session. President Denise Kuhn announced later that personnel issues and the purchase of real property were discussed in the executive session. Prior to the regular meeting the Board was addressed by a group of young ladies representing the Ringgold Varsity Softball Team. With the resignation of Mr. Matty as Softball Coach, the girls read and submitted a petition signed by team members and other students supporting Kara Kubancsek (Coach K) as their recommendation for the Ringgold Varsity Head Softball Coach. Their letter cited Coach K’s experience, leadership, commitment and hard work ethic as making her a superior candidate for the position. It’s obvious Kara has made quite an impression on these girls. Kara was the JV softball coach last season and managed the Varsity Team during the fall season. Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Lloyd Price was acknowledged for his leadership in the “Coaches vs. Cancer Initiative.” Coach Price pulled together a

great effort at Ringgold High School to finish in the Top Ten Schools in the program. Through various fund-raising activities, the school raised $3,306.73 over the 2008/2009 school year. This put them in 7th place in the entire state. The program also recognizes schools earning over $1,000 and this is the 2nd straight year Ringgold HS has come in over $1,000. In other business, the board approved the following motions: • To pay the following bills: General Fund $1,422,008.38, Athletic Fund $38,663.56, Cafeteria Fund - $295.00, Capital Reserve - $112,622.46 • The Treasurer’s report was accepted without comment or revision • To change the name of the former Carroll Middle School to Ringgold Elementary School South (RESS). • Approve a resolution authorizing the Administration and HHSDR Architects and Engineers to submit Plancon Part A (Project Justification and schematic drawings) for RESS to the PA Dept. of Education for review and approval. • Appoint GeoMechanics Inc. to provide Geotechnical Engineering Services for

the RESS project – not to exceed $21,995.00 • Payment of $34,838.40 to Martik Bros. for Ringgold Middle School (RMS) structural repairs. • Payment of $57,600.00 to architects HHSDR for services related to the RESS project. • Payment of $2,763.20 to WBC&M LLC for structural evaluation and monitoring services at RMS • Payment of $9,000.00 to Deglau Engineering for professional and land surveying services at RESS • Authorize transfer of unused funds from the General Fund to the Capital Reserve Fund and the Debt Service Fund. • Have Waste Services re-bid adding additional vendors to the bid list. • Letters of resignation were received from a secretary, teacher’s aid and bus driver. • Request for medical leave was granted for a bus driver. • Retroactive approval granted for hiring of an English Teacher at RHS. • Approval to employ a utility worker at RMS • Salary increases granted for 7 Teacher’s Aids • Approve additions to the substitutes roster: Teachers – 3, Teacher’s Aids – 3, Secretary – 1, Cafeteria – 2 • Employ an English Teacher for RHS $32,000 – First Step. • Approve funding for six individuals to attend conferences and seminars – total $5,466.40 • Trips approved for RMS students: Sixth Grade – Gettysburg May 2011, Seventh Grade – Washington DC Nov. 2010, Eighth Grade – New York City Oct. 2010

• Approved restart of the Family and Consumer Sciences Club at RHS • Approve the expulsion of students “A” and “B” for one calendar year and placement in alternative schools with agreements reached between the administration and the Parents/guardians. • Approve placement of a volunteer Computer Technician • Accept the resignation of Mr. Jeffrey Matty as Head Varsity Girls Softball Coach • Appointment of coaches as recommended by the Athletic Director: Swimming (Head Coach) Wrestling (First Asst Coach, Second Asst. Coach, Head Coach Jr. High Level, Jr. High Asst. Coach and Volunteer Asst. Wrestling Coach.) Girls Basketball (First Asst. Coach, Eighth Grade Coach, Seventh Grade Coach) Boys Basketball (First Asst Coach, Second Asst Coach, Ninth Grade Coach, Eighth Grade Coach, Seventh Grade Coach) Indoor Track (Indoor Track Coach) • Grant retroactive permission for the Charleroi School District to use Joe Montana Stadium for their Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 football Game – their stadium was flooded. • Approve a list of private bus contractors for special school trips. • Approve donation of a junked bus to the Vo-Tech School • Approved acquisition of appraisals of the Thompson, Trychta and Biagini properties adjacent to Dry Run Rd. in Carroll Twp. in anticipation of talks to ascertain selling prices for these properties for the new Middle School.

Support Group for Home School Families A “Home School Support Group” is being held at “The House” in West Elizabeth (on 4th street next to the Presbyterian Church). The group will meet the first and third Friday of each month. The first meeting will be held on November 6 at 12:30. The support group is for parents of children who are home schooled or participating in Cyber School; as well as parents who are considering this type of education. Parents can exchange ideas for lesson plans, ask questions and be there to support each other. For further information contact Charlotte Hopkins at 412-587-1628.


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It’s Not All Fun And Games Coaches vs. Cancer Program A Huge Success At Ringgold By Paul Chasko

Sure, rankings in sports are important. What coach wouldn’t want to see his team in the top ten in PA – in any activity. Well, Ringgold’s made that exclusive club in another important activity. Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Lloyd Price pulled together a great effort at Ringgold High School to finish in the Top Ten Schools in the Coaches vs. Cancer Initiative. Through various fund-raising activities, the school raised $3,306.73 over the 2008/2009 school year. This put them in 7th place in the entire state. The program also recognizes schools earning over $1,000 and this is the 2nd straight year Ringgold HS has come in over $1,000. I noticed only one other area school that made the “over $1,000 club”. The Coaches vs. Cancer School Initiative which is entering its 7th year is a program designed to encourage Pennsylvania school districts to become more involved in the fight against cancer. The program has raised over $650,000 since its inception in 2004. It’s a collaboration of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of basketball coaches. The initiative is designed to leverage the celebrity and passion of our nation’s basketball coaches to help battle cancer. The goal for the 2008/2009 school year was $220,000 which was surpassed by raising $229, 024. Congratulations to Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Lloyd Price and all who participated in this effort – coaches, students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents.

Good Kicks for TJ Girls Soccer Thomas Jefferson varsity girls soccer team hosted Oakland Catholic at TJ stadium on Monday, October 12. TJ clinched a berth in the WPIAL playoffs by winning 3-2 in overtime. The winning overtime goal was scored by Allie Geary with an assist by Mackenzie Smith. (PHOTO BY CHUCK MAIDEN)

TJ’s Allie Geary battles an opponent for the ball. Geary scored the winning goal in overtime for the Jaguars.

Junior Football Championship Games in Bethel Park Bethel Park Junior Football is proud to host the 10th annual Championship games on November 7 at Bethel Park High School Stadium. Come out for a day of football, fun and great food. Please visit our website at BPJF.org for more information. 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. - 6/7 year olds 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - 8/9 AFC 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – 8/9 NFC 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. - 10/11 AFC 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - 10/11 NFC 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - 12 year olds

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Late Season Muzzleloader/ Archery Hunt Mingo Creek County Park The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct a Late Season Flintlock and Archery Deer Hunt December 26, 2009 - January 9, 2010 in Mingo Creek County Park. A non-fee permit will be required to participate during this “special” late season hunt. A maximum of 150 permits will be issued for each day hunting is permitted, excluding Sundays. The Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting applications on November 16, 2009. Applications will be accepted by mail only November 16 November 27. Beginning November 30, “walk in” applications will also be accepted. All applications received before November 16, incomplete applications or applications that do not include a selfaddressed stamped envelope will result in the application(s) being discarded. An application must be completed for each day you wish to hunt. Applications will be available beginning October 1 at the following locations in Washington County: Bentleyville Library, Brownsville Municipal Building, California Borough Building, Canonsburg Borough Building, Charleroi Chamber of Commerce, Donora Borough Building, Eighty-Four – Agway, Finleyville - Giant Eagle, Monongahela Borough Building, Peters Township Municipal Building, Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency, Mingo Creek County Park Office, and the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation, 101 Courthouse Square, Washington. Applications will also be available on the Washington County website at www.co.washington.pa.us in PDF format. Click on departments, go to Parks and Recreation, click on downloads in the Parks & Recreation menu to arrive at the 2009/2010 Hunting Permit Application. All hunters participating must comply with all Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations, and posses the appropriate stamps and tags as required by the PGC. If you have any questions, contact the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation at 724-228-6867.

Kid’s Soccer Everywhere! Fall Soccer Tournaments and Games Throughout Our Area By Paul Chasko

Instructional Fall Soccer has never been more popular in the area. On Saturday, October 3 the New Eagle Soccer Association sponsored a U6 Soccer Tournament at the Ringgold High School Stadium. Teams from throughout the Mon Valley showed up even though there was a light drizzle early on in the morning. Up the road a bit there was U8 and U10 soccer action ongoing at the Union Township Recreation Park sponsored by the Finleyville Soccer Association. The photos below will show you some of the kids getting their kicks!

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Cross Country Shines At Ringgold Middle School By Paul Chasko

Eighth grader and team Captain Cody Telegraphis expects to be running for the High School Cross Country Squad next year.

The Boys and Girls Ringgold Middle School Cross Country Team is starting to make an impact on the distance running scene. The athletes run at a distance between 1.5 miles to 1.86 miles depending on the course. Ringgold’s home course is at the upper ball field at Mingo Park. Now in its second year, under the direction of Head Coach Jennifer Lejeune McMichael, the boy’s team went 8-2 and the Eighth grader girl’s team went 6-4. The boy’s team beat Tyler Hufnagel holds the boy’s powerhouse teams such as Canon record for the McMillan, Baldwin, Thomas Jefferson, West Ringgold Mifflin, Chartiers Valley, Trinity, and South Course at Side Beaver. The girl’s team edged out 11:51 Baldwin, West Mifflin, Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson, South Side Beaver and lost by only one point to Canon Mac. On the girl’s side, 7th grader Kirsten McMichael is making quite an impact. She won every dual meet except one, beating girls from schools with a rich running hisKirsten tory such as Mt. Lebanon, Canon Mac, McMichael Trinity, and Baldwin. Kirsten was the A.J. holds the Everhart Uniontown Cross Country Ringgold Invitational Girls Champion on a Saturday course record then ran the Pittsburgh Great Race 5k the for girls and following day and placed 15th overall placed 15th female out of 2003 runners with a 3.1 mile in the 5K Pittsburgh time of 20:31. She was a medalist and finGreat Race ished 10th place out of 387 girls at the Slippery Rock Invitational, and was a medalist at the Harrison-Baldwin Invitational as the 3rd overall runner and first seventh grader across the finish line with a season’s best time of 11:39 for 1.8 Elizabeth miles. Kirsten also holds the Ringgold girls Bright is relamiddle school cross country course record tively new to as well as the overall middle school girls Cross course record at 12:39 for 1.86 miles. Country but is Running second for the team is 7th grada strong team contributer. er Johna Gibson. Johna was a medalist with an overall 8th place finish at The Uniontown Invitational and has dropped over ten minutes off her time since she started. Shaun Che Tormis, Samantha Byczynski, Jackie Wolowski, Destiny Wisener, and Elizabeth Bright are the team’s top seven. 8th grader Emily Tomosky was sidelined by an injury for the second half of the season. Her running talents were missed. Marlena Schmidt, Kelly Jones, Mikayla Sciulli, Emma Ott, and Sarah Kirby all did well this season as first time runners. On the boy’s side, leading the way all season and going undefeated in dual meets as an individual is 8th grader Tyler Hufnagel. Tyler is the Ringgold Boys course record holder with a time of 11: 51, he placed 5th overall and was a medalist at the Uniontown Invitational, was 36th overall boy out of 417 runners at the Slippery Rock Invitational, and was the overall champion in the boys 8th grade race at the Harrison- Baldwin Invitational with a time of 11:04. Running second for the team and very close in times to Tyler is 8th grader Mike Hazel. 8th Grader and Team Captain Cody Telegraphis helped recruit all of the boys including Gary Schultz, Tyler Polcawich, Jordan Zelinsky, and Zac Robinson. The boy’s team will move up to the Ringgold High School Cross Country Team next year and are expected to do well.

Local Boxing Update By Steven “Skeets” T. Levandosky Well folks, there were no boxing matches for the South Park Boxing Club during the month of September. This is the first time since I’ve been a SPBC that that has happened. However, there is some news to report. Good news is on the horizon, as 165 lbs. Sammy Vasquez is back from his year tour of duty in Iraq. He is a real American Hero. Our 152 lbs. fighter Andreas Kamouyerou who vacationed in Florida this summer, is also back, as is our super heavy weight Brian Kelly. The future is also bright for up and coming top guns Matt Conway, Luke Gloeckl and Shawn Cusick. While there was no action to report on in September, I did keep myself busy writing about boxing for The Ring Magazine. This boxCheck out Steven “Skeets” Levandosky’s article in the ing publication is referred to as November issue of The Ring magazine “The Bible Of Boxing,” and has been around since 1923, covering the fights every month worldwide. It was an honor to have my story published. The November 2009 issue article is titled: “The Baddest Brothers On The Planet: The Klitchko Brothers Wladimir and Vitali” Both Klitchko brothers hold doctorates in sports medicine from Kiev University. Wladimir was crowned The Rings World’s Heavy Weight Champion, when he stopped former comrade Ruslan Chagaev “Moscow” at The Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany with well over 60,000 in attendance. Brother, Vitali is ranked #1 by The Ring Magazine with 39 wins and 38 knock-outs, - the greatest K.O. percentage in Heavy Weight Champion history. Vitali won The Ring Belt in 2004 when he beat South African Corey Sanders. The Ring Magazine has six out of the top ten contenders from holy mother Russia and her former Iron Curtain Republics. Rocky IV must have seen the future in 1990 when he fought Ivan Drago.


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813 W. Main Street Monongahela, PA 15063 (724) 258-5409

616 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 941-9430

Board Meeting The Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Vendor Show The Friends of the Library will hold a vendor show on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Storytime The autumn session of Preschool Storytime will conclude on Wednesday, November 25. The program meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through that date.

Children’s Programs Register in the Children’s Department. The ABC’s of Story-time Tuesday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Disney Pixar’s “Up” Movie Night Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00 - 7:45 p.m. Paws for Reading Ages: Grades 1 and up Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 - 10:45 p.m. Girl’s Night Out Ages: Girls in grades 4 - 8 and their moms Monday, November 2 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Toddler Time A gentle intro to Storytime is held on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Camp Creepy Ages: Grades 4 - 8 Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Books welcome The Monongahela Area Library is always accepting gently used books, CDs, VHS and DVD video for the library book sales.

Fans of Fantasy Book Club Ages: Grades 4 - 8 Thursday, November 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Writer’s Group The Monongahela Area Writer’s Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Family Fun The library will mark the Thanksgiving holiday with a Family Fun hour on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Bead Menagerie Ages: Grades 1 and up Thursday, November 12 from 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Book Cooks: Thanksgiving Treats Ages: Grades 2 - 6 with one adult Monday, November 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Colored Pencils Ages: 4 - 6 Duration: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, November 10 December 1 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. $10.00 plus supplies Ages: 7 - 13 Duration: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, November 10 December 1 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Family After Hours Movie Night Friday, November 6 from 7-9:00 p.m. Movie: The Incredibles Super Smash Bros. Brawl Gaming Tournament Saturdays, November 7, December 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Cost: $2.00 entrance fee

Evening Book Club for Adults 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. November 11: Identical Strangers: a Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited by Elyse Schein Breast Health Awareness Workshop Tuesday, November 3 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR Saturday, November 7 from 1:00 - 2:30

Fun with Film Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Wednesday, November 18 from 4:00 - 6:00

Should You Convert Your IRA to a Roth? Thursday, November 12 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Marble Magnets and More! Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Monday, November 23 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Patty Kreamer’s Simplify Your Life: How to Stay Sand (and Organized) During the Holidays Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 - 11:30 Presented by: Patty Kreamer, author, national speaker, professional organizer.

Afternoon Movie Lounge Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Thursdays, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. International Afternoons Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Wednesdays, November 11, December 9 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Tax Saving Strategies for 2009 Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reiki: Discover the Power! Saturday, November 21 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Late Night at the Library Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Thursdays, November 12, December 3 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Learn to Paint the One-stroke Donna Dewberry Way Duration: 2 weeks, Mondays, Cost: $24.00 November 23 – 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Discussion Ages: Grades 6 - 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Mondays, November 16, December 14 from

Burning CDs Wednesday, November 4 from 7 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $5.00

Teen Writer’s Studio Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Tuesdays, November 17, December 15 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Basic Excel Spreadsheets Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $5.00

Adult Programs Afternoon Book Club for Adults 3rd Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. November 18: The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

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Pleasant Hills Public Library 302 Old Clairton Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (412) 655-2424 Children’s Programs Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, October 6 – November 10 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ages: 3 to 5 years of age. Tot Time Thursdays, October 8 – November 12 at 10:30 a.m. • Ages: 2-3 years old. Baby Book Nook Wednesdays, November 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime for our youngest patrons! Teen Programs Teen TalkSaturday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to join us at the library! Teen New Moon PartyThursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. If you are in grades 6-12 come celebrate the release of the New Moon movie. Teen Advisory Board (TAB)Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades 7-12. Adult Programs November 2 Learn about the Origin and Meaning of Names with Professor John Webber at 7:00 at the Whitehall Library. November 2 New book discussion group, The Murder Mystery and Mayhem Mid-day Monday Book Club meets at 1:00. This month’s selection is The last Pope by Luis Rocha. November 3 Writers Group meets at 6:30. Group offers support for published and would-be writers. November 4 Countdown to the Holidays. Learn to make live garlands and wreaths at 1:00. November 6 Conversation Salon from 1:00 to 3:00. Have an opinion on current news events? November 7 Google Your Family Tree at 1:00 presented by Teena Hintz. How to use internet resources for genealogical research. November 16 Book Discussion Group meets at 7:00. This month’s selection is, I was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley. November 20 Book Review with Dr Jack Aupperle at 10:30. This month’s title is, Albert Einstein: A

Biography, by Alice Calaprice and Trevor Lipscombe. November 30 Trim-the-tree Party at 6:30. Activities available for children and adults. Donation $1.00 a person to cover materials.

South Park Township Public Library 2575 Brownsville Road South Park, PA 15129 (412) 833-5585 Children’s Programs Baby Lapsit Wednesdays, through November 18 at 10:30 a.m. • For infants through 18 months! Toddler Time Tuesdays, through November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Children ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to attend! Preschool and Kindergarten Storytime Tuesdays, through November 17 at 1:00 p.m. Children ages 3 through 5 are welcome to join Cool School Family Storytime Tuesdays, through November 24 at 7:00 p.m. Children ages 2-6 Legos Club Thursdays, November 5 and December 3 at 6:30 p.m.

“Lust” Club Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. This month’s selection is “The Tenderness of Wolves” by Stef Penney. Call 412-833-5585. Knitting Group Saturday, November 7 & 21 at 11:00 a.m. Call 412-833-5585 to register. South Park Beading/Jewelry Design Group Monday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. The average cost is $15 to $20. Space is limited so call 412-833-5585 to register.

Webkinz Wednesdays Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. November 18 – Chef Gaspachella Adult Programs Reduce Stress and Recapture the Joy of Christmas Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Professional Organizer Donna Rossa will be here to give us tips on how to simplify and organize your holiday list. Reiki Spirit and Life Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. T Arlene M. Stevens, Reiki Master/Teacher will give an introduction to the ancient healing art of Reiki. Call 412-833-5585 to register. Japanese Tea Ceremony Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. Call 412-833-5585 to register. South Park Township Library’s Book

Bedtime Storytime There will be a Bedtime Storytime Thursday, November 19th, from 7 to 8 pm. Register at the library or call 412-655-7741. Pre-school Fun Preschool (including kindergarten) children ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 10:30 am or 1:30 pm on Thursdays, November 5th, 12th, and 19th. Adult Programs Fall Book Sale Mark your calendar. The Friends of Jefferson Hills Library will hold a Fall Book Sale Saturday, November 14th, and Sunday, November 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Jefferson Hills Public Library 925 Old Clairton Road. Clairton, PA 15025 (412) 655-7741 Personal Items for our Troops in Iraq This project will continue until the end of the year. Book Discussion Group The Jefferson Hills Book Discussion group will meet Monday, November 2nd, to discuss The Piano Teacher Innocent Man by Y. K. Lee. The book selection for the December 7th meeting is My Antonia by Willa Cather. Children’s Programs Fancy Nancy Tea Party The Library’ will hold a “Fancy Nancy Tea

EAT – A Book Club for Foodies Join us on Wednesday, November 11th, at 7 pm for our next gathering of EAT: a Book Club for Foodies. Adult Scrabble The Library’s Adult Scrabble Club continues to meet each Tuesday at 1 pm in the Community Room. Join us if you enjoy scrabble and good company. Light Up Night Jefferson Hills’ Eighth Annual Light-Up Night will be held Monday, November 30th, from 6 to 8 pm in the Jefferson Hills Municipal Center, 925 Old Clairton Road.

Monthly Pizza Puzzler!

American Girl Book Club Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. November 12 – Kirsten Learns a Lesson December 10 – Samantha’s Surprise Girls in grades 2-5 are invited to join! Magic Tree House Book Club Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. November 19 – Polar Bears Past Bedtime December 17 – Lions at Lunchtime Students in grades 2-5 are invited to join!

Party Storytime” on Saturday, November 7th at 1 pm.

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

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(Deadline for entries is November 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. State Rep. David Levdansky recently opened a new office in what community? The Finleyville and Elizabeth Moose Lodge recently celebrated what milestone? What new business recently opened in Monongahela? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

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Entertainment Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! NOVEMBER Angelos Pizza & Gyro 724-348-8800 • 3547 Washington Ave, Finleyville 14 - Rick Ashcraft 25 - Scott Spahr Fridays - DJ/Karaoke Altman’s Tavern 412-653-6440 • 611 Old Clairton Rd, Pleasant Hills 7 - Occasional Reign 9 - Steelers Game! 14 - Night Star 19 - Spider Rondinelli 21 - Brotherville 25 - Todd Jones 28 - Teaser Badlands Bar & Grille 724-348-8030 • 3540 Washington Ave, Finleyville 7 - Black Sunday 14 - His Girl Friday 21 - Strange Brew 25 - Lucid Factor 27 - Tras Lads 28 - Overdrive Tuesdays - Texas Hold ‘Em & Fee Pool Wednesday - Corn Hole Thursdays - DJ/Karaoke with Dave and Michelle Fridays - DJ/Karaoke w/ Dave and Michelle Sundays - Steelers Specials Bootsie’s Bar 412-672-1120 • 699 O’Neil Blvd, McKeesport 14 - Friends of Elvis Thursdays - DJ Chris Fridays - DJ Chris Denny’s Roadhouse 724-258-6232 • 3431 Rt. 136, Finleyville Entertainment 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM 20 - Hermie Granati and Denny Leech Mondays - Open Stage Blues Jam w/ Hermie Granati and Denny Leech Eck’s Restaurant & Lounge 1-877-EAT-ECKS 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 25 - Eck’s 5th Annual Turkey Eve Party Elrama Tavern 412-384-3630 1520 Rt 837, Elrama 21 - Todd Jones

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412 -384 -7487 • 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama Saturdays - Free Juke Box 9-1 River House Cafe 724-565-5700 • 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30PM -1:30AM 7 - American Pie (50’s,60’s,70’s) 14 - Ruff House 20 - Phisbins 25 - Dirty Sanchez 26 - Closed “Happy Thanksgiving!” 28 - DJ Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse 724-745-8844 • 2476 Washington Road , Canonsburg Entertainment Nightly Monday - Sunday Tuesdays - Jam Night all musicians welcome Roy’s By The Tracks 724-348-7118 • 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 6 - Lois Scott and the Bailers 13 - Wizard Bomb 20 - His Girl Friday 27 - The Jades

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-------- EDUCATION --------HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME, 6-8 Weeks. ACCREDITED. Low payments. FREE Brochure. Toll Free 1-877-264-8330, www.diplomafromhome.com _______________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586. www.CenturaOnline.com _______________________________________________ HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. Accredited. Payment Plan. FREE Brochure. 1-877-692-7774. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL. _______________________________________________ AIRLINE MECHANIC: Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 866-453-6204. _______________________________________________


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Seeking energetic self-motivated individuals to manage day and evening shifts. Ability to multi-task. Strong leadership qualities and people skills. Duties include; phone order taking, operation of POS system, inventory and labor control, oversee cooks and drivers. Fast food management experience preferred. Will train. Call 724348-8844. WANTED - Auto detailers. Experienced only. 412-831-0581. Personal Care Assistant – Partially disabled veteran in need of personal care. 3 hrs. per day, 3 - 4 days per week. $8 per hour. Forward Township / Elizabeth area. 412-384-3480. _______________________________________________ ROOFING & SIDING SUBCONTRACTORS NEEDED! 724-9417833. _______________________________________________ Part Time Experienced Cook Wanted - 412-233-2626. _______________________________________________ Experienced Barmaid. Evening Shifts - 412-233-2626. _______________________________________________ Cooks & Bartenders Needed - Stop by in person, Monday nights after 7:00 p.m. Denny’s Roadhouse – Ginger Hill. 724-258-6232. _______________________________________________ Child Care - Sunshine Kids is now hiring loving, energetic people who enjoy working with children. Part time or full time positions available. Please call Tammy at 724-348-6565. _______________________________________________ $10,000+ FOR ENVELOPES! Receive $8 - $12 for every envelope stuffed. Guaranteed! Postage, supplies furnished. 1-800-617-6564 _______________________________________________ WORK AT HOME. Government Jobs, data entry, clerical benefits. $12-$48 hr. FT/PT. Call 1-888-293-7370. _______________________________________________ HELP WANTED! Home mailers needed! Easy work, unlimited income. FREE 24 hour information call 1-877-220-4470 _______________________________________________ AWESOME CAREER. $20/hr/ $57K/yr, Postal jobs, Pd Training, Vac. Benefits. Call M-F, 8-5CST. 888-361-6551,Ext.1034 _______________________________________________ FORCE PROTECTION SECURITY DETAILS $73K-$220 Paid Training! Kidnapping Prevention $250-$1000/day Call 1-615-8911163,Ext.812 www.rlcenterprises.net _______________________________________________ $$$ 21 People Wanted $$$ Earn $1,200 - $4,400 Weekly Working From Home Assembling Information Packets. No Experience Necessary! Start Immediately! FREE Information. Call 24hrs. 1-888298-2090 _______________________________________________ $$$ START NOW $$$ Earn Extra Income. Assembling CD Cases from home! No Experience Necessary. Call our Live Operators for more information! 1-800-405-7619 Ext 2181. www.easyworkgreatpay.com. _______________________________________________ $$$WORK FROM HOME$$$ Earn Up To $3,800 Weekly Working from Home assembling Information packets. No Experience Necessary! Start Immediately! FREE Information. CALL 24hrs. 1888-202-1012 _______________________________________________

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www.unionfinley.com ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS FROM HOME! Year-round BANKRUPTCY $299 Plus $399 for court costs. Fast, Easy, Secure, Work! Excellent Pay! No Experience! Top US Company! Glue Gun, proven. Let us handle your entire bankruptcy, GUARANTEED. No Painting, Jewelry & More! TOLL FREE. 1-866-844-5091, code 5. Additional Fees. Call now (800)878-2215. www.signhere.org _______________________________________________ **Not available MD** _______________________________________________ Earn $1100 Weekly Assembling Toys From Home. NO selling & -------- HEALTH/MEDICAL/FITNESS --------NO recruiting needed! www.safwal.comEarn up to $30 per hour. Handicap Scooter – Excellent Condition. $450. 412-461-1222. _______________________________________________ Experience not Required. _______________________________________________ 3-wheel medical scooter. A-1 condition! 724-348-6250. _______________________________________________ Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishQuickee – P-20 Electric Wheelchair. Very good shape. Brand new ments. Call 800-742-6941 _______________________________________________ batteries. Like new. Best offer. 724-258-4602. _______________________________________________ Earn up to $500 weekly assembling our angel pins in the comfort VIAGRA - SAVE $400 - Limited Time. $2.25 per pill - 40 pills of your home. No experience required. Call 813-699-4038 or 813$89.00. Code 101, Newhealthyman.com, 1-888-735-4419. _______________________________________________ 425-4361 or visit www.angelpin.net _______________________________________________ MEDICAL Alert System. 24/7 monitoring for Seniors. Help at the Local typists needed immediately. $400+ PT - $800+FT push of a button. FREE EQUIPMENT! FREE SHIPPING! Only weekly. Flexible schedules, work from home, training provided. 1$29.95/MONTH! Call 1-877-242-0997 NOW! _______________________________________________ 800-207-6917 _______________________________________________ MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: New featherweight motorized wheelchair & MOVIE EXTRAS NEEDED! Earn $150-$300/Day. All Looks, rehab chairs at no cost to you, if eligible. Medicare & Private Types, Ages. Television, Feature Films, Commercials & Print. No Insurance accepted. ENK MOBILE MEDICAL: 1-800-693-8896. _______________________________________________ Experience Necessary. FT/PT. 1-800-340-8404 ext 1007 _______________________________________________ SAVE BIG MONEY IMMEDIATELY! On Doctors, Dentists, Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales Rep Earn $45,000 - $80,000 Prescriptions, Hospital Charges and other essential services. From Per Year. Account Executive, Manager, Sales Representative Entry to $14.95 per month. Existing conditions accepted. 1-800-316-0702. Upper Level, Paid Training, Bonuses. Call Toll Free. 800-723-5414 savemoney@earnware.net _______________________________________________ x7215 _______________________________________________ SURROGATE MOTHERS needed from East Coast. Carry couples VIAGRA/CIALIS SAVE $400 / 40 PILLS $99.00 FREE PRESCRIPbiological babies, prior birth experience required, non-smoker. TIONS LOWEST PRICES ORDER NOW! 877-590-6337. New Life _______________________________________________ Generous compensation. Toll-free 1-888-363-9457 www.repro- Inc. MALE SIZE ENLARGEMENT FDA Medical Vacuum Pumps Gain 1-3 ductivepossibilities.com Melissa B. Brisman _______________________________________________ ***LIVE LIKE A ROCKSTAR!*** Hiring 18-24 sharp guys/gals, Inches Permanently. Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free Brochures 294-7777 www.drjoelkaplan.com (Discounts Available) _______________________________________________ immediate F/T National Travel. No Exp Req.Transportation Provided. (619) VIAGRA/CIALIS SAVE $400 / 40 PILLS $99.00 FREE PRESCRIPDaily Pay – Call M-F, 8-4 MST – 1-866-443-9610 _______________________________________________ TIONS LOWEST PRICES ORDER NOW! 877-590-6337. NU Life Inc. _______________________________________________

-------- FINANCIAL/INSURANCE --------$NEED CASH FAST$. www.TOPPLUSCASH.COM $500, $1000, $1500 direct to your account. No Credit History Required. Get CASH. Complete Details. www.TOPPLUSCASH.com _______________________________________________ BURIED IN CREDIT CARD DEBT? America's only truly attorney driven program. Free, no obligation consultation. 877-469-1433 _______________________________________________ CREDIT COUNSELING & Debt Settlement has Helped Millions! Call for help today! 877-301-7714. _______________________________________________ Credit Problems!! We legally remove bad credit to help raise credit scores. Member Better Business Bureau. 1-888-687-1300. _______________________________________________ Lawsuit Loans? Cash before your case settles. Auto, workers comp. All cases accepted. Fast approval. $500 to $50,000. 866709-1100 www.glofin.com _______________________________________________ NEED MONEY???? Paying LUMP SUM CASH for owner financed MORTGAGE. and BUSINESS NOTES! FREE QUOTE! Call 1-888-6533033 for immediate response. _______________________________________________

-------- ITEMS FOR SALE --------DISCOUNT FIREWOOD! 724-255-1691 Book for sale. Non-fiction, Out-Of-Print. “Nazi Prisoners of War in America” – by Arnold Kramer. Exc. Condition. $65. 412-7512359. _______________________________________________ Quickee – P-20 Electric Wheelchair. Very good shape. Brand new batteries. Like new. Best offer. 724-258-4602. _______________________________________________ Maytag Washer, High Efficiency Energy Star Rated, SuperPlus Capacity, excellent condition. $300. Call 412-384-2267. _______________________________________________ 3 Western Saddles. Call for details. Also accessories. Call 724-3487685. _______________________________________________ High Chair for Toddler, Restaurant Style, 28” high natural hardwood finish $25.00 Call 724-348-6994. _______________________________________________

Bunk Beds w/mattresses, never used, heavy duty oak finish $300 724-949-0801 _______________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township. You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. _______________________________________________ Ladder. 32ft Aluminum Extension. Heavy Duty with Side Hand Rails &_______________________________________________ Flat Steps $180.00 724-684-5531 Handicap Scooter – Excellent Condition. $450. 412-461-1222. _______________________________________________ Church Pew. Solid Oak 6 ? ft. with Seat Cushion. Nice for your entry Way or Parlor. $125. 724-648-5531 _______________________________________________ Stamp Album with Stamps. Large Starter Collection. All Countries Pre 1965. $50. 724-684-5531 _______________________________________________ 5-piece black iron bedroom set. 4 poster canopy bed. Good condition. $200. 724-258-4232. _______________________________________________ 3-wheel medical scooter. A-1 condition! 724-348-6250. _______________________________________________ Garage Sale - Huge multi family garage sale October 9 and 10 in South Park Mobile Estates in Finleyville on Circle Dr. 8AM til ?. Lots of_______________________________________________ items, something for everyone. KITCHEN CABINETS Never installed. Absolutely beautiful. Solid wood and dovetailed. Cost $6,000. Sacrifice $1,650. Call 412-4943143. _______________________________________________ For Sale: Complete Surround Sound Stereo System and Cabinet: Onkyo Stereo Receiver, Dual Tape Deck and 6 CD Changer, 5 piece surround sound speakers including 3 piece Bose speakers with Subwoofer and 2 KLH speakers. Also included Oak cabinet with glass doors. Great Sound! $600 (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________ 19" Crosby Sofride English Saddle. Includes leathers, stirrups and girth. Excellent condition $1200 (724)348-8028 _______________________________________________ Hammond Elegante Organ with internal Leslie Speakers. MINT condition. Everything works. Perfect for home or church. $3800 (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________ RED SCHWINN ELECTRIC SCOOTER, BARELY USED, GREAT CONDITION $175. CHARGER INCLUDED. CALL 724-942-3929. _______________________________________________ Running Boards Brand New - still in unopened box, Dee Zee, extruded aluminum, originally for 1988 GMC or Chevy pickup trucks, $200 firm. Phone: (724) 348-5797. _______________________________________________ Ski Exercize Machine - Similar to Nordic Track, exercizes legs and arms for skiing, $100 firm, Phone (724) 348-5797. _______________________________________________ Various Baby Items for sale – Car Seats, stroller, walker, and many other items. All good condition. Call for information. 724258-7205. _______________________________________________ Plows – 3 bottom (4th removed) roll over style plows. Fair condition. Not used in several seasons. Includes free International corn planter in poor condition for parts if wanted. $600. 724-258-2332. _______________________________________________ MTD Snowblower, good condition, 26”, 8 h.p. electronic start (needs repaired). Asking $450 firm. Call 412-831-8998. _______________________________________________ Bike 16” boys Murray with training wheels and hand and coaster brakes. Mint condition – 2 years old – used only at grandma’s house - $30. 724-348-6994. _______________________________________________ Cargo Carrier for 1 1/4 inch receiver. Really nice, lightweight, hitch Hauler. About 5 feet long, and out of aluminum. First $50.00. 412-780-5998 call or text! _______________________________________________ Utility trailer, 5 x 10 with sides. In good condition. Have title and license. All steel construction. Asking $600. Call 724-348-8943. _______________________________________________ Electric Wheelchair. – Brand new. Used only 10-minutes! Cost $5,000. Will sacrifice for $1,800 or best offer. Call 724-258-6896. _______________________________________________ For Sale: Many horse related items: saddle pads, show halters, bridles, bits and much more. Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to: mimi_1919@yahoo.com - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _______________________________________________ Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in “The Garden of the Well” Lot 112A. $2500/all. Can divide. 724-3485072. _______________________________________________


November 2009 ————————————————————————————— Disk (farm), 5 ft. – 3 pt. hitch. $400. Call 724-348-5992. _______________________________________________ Trailer (farm), dual wheels, titled. $500. Call 724-348-5992. _______________________________________________ LAWNMOWERS! - Used Lawn Boys, Honda mowers, Snappers, All different types. 25 Lawn Boys, all 2-cycle. Great for landscaping. Self propelled and push. Taking trade-ins. Call 724-745-6489. _______________________________________________ Carry all trailer, 4 by 6 foot, can carry 500 pounds, turn signals, fits in two inch hitch, needs no license. $250 firm. Call 412-8318998. _______________________________________________ BEDROOM 8-PIECE $975 NEW BOXED. ALL WOOD SLEIGH/MISSION WITH 10-YEAR WARRANTY. MATTRESS SET. HANDCRAFTED, DOVETAILED FURNITURE 412-494-7351. Will Deliver. _______________________________________________ MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, Trumpet, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $70. ea. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea. Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-377-7907. _______________________________________________ BEDS - “PLUSH/PILLOWTOPS, ORTHOPEDIC AND MEMORY FOAM” FULL... $169. QUEEN...$189. TWIN & KING MATTRESS, ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC W/10 YR. WARRANTY DELIVERY AVAIL. IMMEDIATELY. CALL 412-787-9128 _______________________________________________ ACR METAL Roofing and Siding. Low Cost, Fast Delivery, Agricultural, Commercial, Residential, Pole Barn Packages, Trims, Fasteners, Reflective Insulation, Door Track. Free Literature, 1-800325-1247 _______________________________________________ * REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * - Get a 4-room, all-digital satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting under $20. Free Digital Video Recorders to new callers. So call now, 1-800795-3579. _______________________________________________ DISH Network. $19.99/mo, Why Pay More For TV? 100+ Channels. FREE 4-Room Install. FREE HD-DVR. Plus $600 Signup BONUS. Call Now! 1-888-430-9664 _______________________________________________ FREE DIRECTV’s Best Package 5 Months! 265+ Channels + Movies with NFL Sunday Ticket Order! FREE DVR/HD Upgrade! Other packages from $29.99. Details Call DirectStarTV. 1-800620-0058 _______________________________________________ GIGANTIC 72”X100” MIRRORS, (15) sheets, $165/each. New, perfect condition. Free delivery (one or all). Installation available. Also, 48”x100” (8), $115/each. 1-800-473-0619 _______________________________________________ MEMORY FOAM THERAPEUTIC NASA VISCO MATTRESSES WHOLESALE! T-$299, F-$349, Q-$399, K-$499, ADJUSTABLES $799, FREE DELIVERY 25 YEAR WARRANTY 90 NIGHT TRIAL 1-800ATSLEEP. 1-800-287-5337. WWW.MATTRESSDR.COM _______________________________________________ STOP Paying Too Much for TV! Get Dish w/FREE install plans, FREE HBO & Showtime & FREE DVR. Upgrade Call FREE for full details! 877-479-3573. _______________________________________________

-------- ITEMS WANTED --------BUYING OLD FURNITURE AND VARIOUS HOUSE CONTENTS. ONE ITEM OR ENTIRE ESTATE. CALL 724-255-2000 OR 724-9411827. WANTED ANTIQUES – Oriental Rugs, Paintings, Quilts, Crocks with Blue, Furniture, Lamps or anything OLD! Please call me. Jim Gillespie at 412-979-7050 or home 724-348-6203. WANTED – Guns and target scopes. Serious collector. Cash now. 412-531-5977. _______________________________________________ CLEAN FILL NEEDED IN THE FINLEYVILLE AREA 724-941-7833. _______________________________________________ Wanted - Junk cars, trucks, etc., with or without title, all worth money. Also, local and long distance towing. Call 412-498-1622. _______________________________________________ WANTED: PINBALL MACHINE, ARCADE VIDEO GAME & coin operated items, ANY CONDITION, cash paid, semi-quick removal. 412759-4826. E-mail: ed@ataboy.com. _______________________________________________

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www.unionfinley.com JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348- ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, 7467. _______________________________________________ *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assisWANTED: Used Stihl chain saws, used 2 stage snow blowers, tance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-510www.CenturaOnline.com Mantis tiller, Rear tire tillers, Lawn Boy mowers, Honda mowers. 0784 _______________________________________________ Need not be running. Pay cash! 724-745-6489. Brand New Laptops & Desktops. Bad Credit, No Credit – No _______________________________________________ OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Problem. Small Weekly Payments – Order & get FREE Nintendo WII 1-800-804-5010 _______________________________________________ D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson system! Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! These DIRECTV FREE 5 Months! Includes ALL 265+ Digital Channels+ Movies with NFL Sunday Ticket! Ask How Today! FREE DVR/HD brands only please. 1-800-401-0440. _______________________________________________ Packages from $29.99 DirectStarTV. 1-800-279-5698 _______________________________________________ WANTED DIABETES TEST STRIPS - Any Kind/Any brand Receiver! DIRECTV’s Best Package FREE 5 Months! 265+ Channels + Unexpired. Pay up to $16.00 per box. Shipping Paid. Call 1-713Movies with NFL Sunday Ticket Order! FREE DVR/HD Upgrade! 395-1106 or 1-713-343-3050 ext. 1. www.cash4diaOther Packages from $29.99. Details Call DirectStarTV. 1-800betestestrips.com _______________________________________________ 279-5698 _______________________________________________ EARN COLLEGE DEGREE ONLINE *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, -------- MISCELLANEOUS --------*Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. 1 Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-509-3308 care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and www.CenturaOnline.com _______________________________________________ miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348- Earn up to $30 per hour. Experience not Required. Undercover 8028. _______________________________________________ shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Call Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pick- 800-720-3708 _______________________________________________ up. Call: 724-825-7233. _______________________________________________ FREE DIRECTV 5 Months! Includes ALL 265+ Digital Channels + High Cost of Cable Got You Down? GET DISH w/FREE FREE Movies with NFL Sunday Ticket! Ask How Today! FREE DVR/HD installation! Over 50 Free HD Channels! Lowest Prices! Call 800- Receiver! Packages from $29.99 DirectStarTV. 1-800-620-0058 _______________________________________________ 240-8112. _______________________________________________ DISH NETWORK’S BEST OFFER EVER! Free HD/DVR $19.99/mo. For STOP paying too much for TV! Get DISH w/FREE FREE FREE over 100 All digital Channels. Call Now And Receive $600 Signup install plans, FREE HBO & Showtime & FREE DVR upgrade. Call FREE Bonus! 1-888-282-2892. for_______________________________________________ full details. 1-877-554-2014. _______________________________________________ ADT, FREE Home Security System! ($850 Value) Purchase OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Monitoring Services & $99 Activation. That's It! PLUS Remote & D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Panic Alert FREE. 1-866-702-2076. Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! These _______________________________________________ FREE Gold Guide! Gold Up Over 300% since 2001. Call MERIT brands only please. 1-800-401-0440 _______________________________________________ FINANCIAL Today! Call 1-888-306-5883 _______________________________________________ Receive $1000 in Groceries! Real relief program helping people just CASH FOR GOLD. We buy Gold, Silver, Plat. Cash NOW! Highest like you! Pay only $4.90 for your grocery voucher. Use on your Payouts - Satisfaction Guaranteed. 877-548-1550 _______________________________________________ favorite brands! Consumer Advocate Response introductory price. Medical Alarm System (Top-Rated) Push button help 24/7. 1-800-430-9507 _______________________________________________ $29.95 monthly • Free Equipment & Shipping. Easy set-up • **ADT, FREE Home Security System! ($850 Value) Purchase Nationwide. Order Now866-710-7580 _______________________________________________ DISH NETWORK’S BEST OFFER EVER! Free HD/DVR $9.99/mo. Monitoring Services & $99 Activation. That’s It! PLUS Remote & Alert FREE. 1-866-348-1211. For over 100 All digital Channels. Call Now And Receive $600 Panic _______________________________________________ Signup Bonus! 1-888-282-2892 _______________________________________________ STEEL BUILDINGS: Factory Direct! 4 only 25x30, 30x40, 45x76, FREE IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION! (For 30 Days) LIFELOCK. 50x100. Selling for Balance Owed! Free Delivery! 1-800-211-9594 Call now! Add 10% Off. Use Promo Code: Five Facts. Call 1-866- x 181 _______________________________________________ 455-7831. _______________________________________________ DISH TV. $19.99/mo., $600 Sign-up Bonus! FREE 4-Room Install. -------- NOTICES --------FREE HD-DVR! Call now. 1-800-915-9514. _______________________________________________ ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyville. Very sentimental and Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-494-3586 important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-760-2291. _______________________________________________ www.CenturaOnline.com _______________________________________________ Calling all horse people: We are organizing a tack swap in CASH FOR GOLD. We buy Gold, Silver, Plat. Cash NOW! Highest Elizabeth, PA. If you are interested in being a vendor or attending Payouts - Satisfaction Guaranteed. 888-245-4517 _______________________________________________ the event, please send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com with AIRLINE MECHANIC: Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA 'tack swap' in the subject line. We will contact you with details. _______________________________________________ approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assis- Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * tance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 866-453-6204. _______________________________________________ Book NOW for the Holidays! Call for Details. 724-531-1175 _______________________________________________ **ALL Satellite Systems are not the same. HDTV programming Receive $1000 in Groceries! Real relief program helping people just under $10 per month and FREE HD and DVR systems for new like you! Pay only $4.90 for your grocery voucher. Use on your callers. CALL NOW 1-800-799-4935. _______________________________________________ favorite brands! Consumer Advocate Response introductory price. AIRLINE MECHANIC – Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA 1-800-430-9507. _______________________________________________ approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 866-854-6156 -------- PETS --------_______________________________________________ AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for high paying Aviation Calling all horse people: We are organizing a tack swap in Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if quali- Elizabeth, PA. If you are interested in being a vendor or attending fied – Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance. the event, please send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com with (888) 349-5387 'tack swap' in the subject line. We will contact you with details. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

Kittens need to be adopted from "mama cat". Call 724-348-0256. _______________________________________________ For Sale: Many horse related items: saddle pads, show halters, bridles, bits and much more. Too many items to list. For a complete list of items send an email to mimi_1919@yahoo.com - Please put “Horse Items” in the subject field of your e-mail. _______________________________________________ Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 348-8028. _______________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. _______________________________________________

-------- REAL ESTATE --------Finleyville - One bedroom apartment, ranch style, no steps involved, equipped kitchen, large living room, plenty of closet space, energy-efficient, big backyard, good sun direction, parking space, near bus line, ideal for elderly. Rent $375 + utilities. Call 412-833-2089. Apartments For Rent: Library, PA - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments. Near Library VFD. Starting at $425-$725 + Utilities & Security Deposit * No Pets • Near to Public Transportation. Call for more info.: 724-225-6814. For rent, Clairton, 2 bdrm brick house, all on one floor, nice, no pets. $475 plus utilities. $300 sec dep. Available November 1 move in._______________________________________________ Call 724-328-1766. Mobile Home for Sale. 1992 Parkwood 14 X 66, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, A/C, Appliances, Newer Roof, Pond & Shed. Asking 18K. Call 724-317-7224. _______________________________________________ Charleroi Sale or Lease - Renovated 3-Story Building. Commercial lease income. Also, turnkey bar/restaurant. Call: 724531-1175 _______________________________________________ Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * Book NOW for the Holidays! Call for Details. 724-5311175. _______________________________________________ FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534. New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773 House For Sale – New Eagle. 1/2 duplex. $15,000. 4 rooms, 1.5 bath. New windows and new roof. Central air. 13-ft x 23-ft patio. Refrigerator, stove, and drapes included. Attached garage. 724-258-5816. _______________________________________________ Finleyville - 3 bed 2 bath brick w/attached garage. Updated. $159,000. Call 724-258-6732. _______________________________________________ FOR RENT - New Eagle – 1 bedroom apt. Appliances, Water, & Sewage included. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. _______________________________________________ FOR RENT – New Eagle. Mobile Home. Private lot. 3 BR, Central air. Newly remodeled. $475 + utilities and security deposit. Credit check. No Pets. 724-328-1766. _______________________________________________ Mobile Home for Sale. 3 bedroom, Route 88 bus line. Inside gentle pet acceptable. Ringgold School District. Will consider a “Rent to Own” program with first and last months rent down. Monthly trailer rent is $100 to $200 per month, at 0% interest. Mobile Home Park rent is $200 per month and includes garbage. HUD accepted. Call 724-258-9115. _______________________________________________ New Eagle Property $20,900, 1/2 Acre, 30x30 foundation with sewer, gas, water lines, nice quiet neighborhood. 449 3rd. Ave. off Cliffton. Call 814-648-1289. _______________________________________________ Monongahela – Very clean 2 bedroom, duplex. Nice, large, level yard. Two porches, off street parking. Close to restaurants and shopping. $490 per month + utilities. No pets. For more information: 724-344-4271. _______________________________________________


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www.unionfinley.com Mobile Home for Sale: 2 bedroom, South Park Mobile Estates $4,000. Call 412-855-7208. _______________________________________________ MONONGAHELA - 2-1 bdr’s, 1st and 2nd Floor – Equipped Kitchen, Furniture, Laundry facility and Much more! On Bus Line. Call 724-244-8579. _______________________________________________ GUTTERS For rent - 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home in Brownsville. ZUBASIC BROS. HOME IMPROVEMENTS – New Location of property is 1113B Water Street. Inside gentle pet is Seamless Gutters & Repairs 724-941-7833. acceptable with owners approval. Has large fenced in yard and stor––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– age shed. $400 per month plus utilities. First and last months rent JEWELERY required down. Call 724-258-9115. _______________________________________________ SOUTHLAND JEWELERS - GOLD = $$$$. Get Mobile Home ‘83, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, wood burner, covered porch. Cash EVERY DAY for all Jewelry & Watches! Mingo Park Est. $8,000.00. Call 724-348-4472. _______________________________________________ Appraisal & Repairs done on site. CHRISTMAS SALE! 4 Acre Horse Pasture for Lease w/Sheds and Arena. $750/mo or Everything 50% - 80% OFF! Watch Batteries, 2_______________________________________________ Acres $400/mo. Call 412-835-2560. 2/$6.99. Rt. 51, Jefferson Hills, (Next to TC Office Space For Rent – Finleyville. 1,300 square feet. Former Customized). 412-384-8400. site of Healthy Directions. $800 + Electric. 412-999-7163. _______________________________________________ ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FOR RENT - Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious PIZZERIA and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the NEW EAGLE BAKERY & PIZZERIA - Main Street new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the New Eagle. 724-258-8110. Daily Specials; LOVE AT comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront FIRST BITE! Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– - www.oceanfront condorentals.com/ Paradise Resort.htm. For addiPLUMBING tional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered Master Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit Plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Locally #1507. _______________________________________________ Owned and Operated. Fully Insured and Certified. HOMES FROM $199/MO! 1-4 Bedrooms avail from $199/mo! For Ed Frye – (412) 841-6008, or Bob Frye – (412) 600listings call 800-401-3750. _______________________________________________ 7905. www.fryebrosplumbing.com. ***FREE Foreclosure Listings*** OVER 400,000 properties ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– nationwide. Low down payment. Call now 800-250-2043. _______________________________________________ RESTAURANT FORECLOSURE LAND ? Acre in Florida, “0” Down - $97/month, THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT - Open Guaranteed Financing. Cash Price Starting at $5,000. 1-877-983Daily 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Daily Specials; Homemade 6600. www.FloridaLotsUSA.com _______________________________________________ Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384FORECLOSURES – OWN 20 ACRES OF LAND NOW! Near Booming 3080. El Paso, Texas. NEVER BEEN EASIER! $0 Down, Take over $159/mo ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– payment. Was $16,900/Now $12,856. No credit checks/owner SIDING / WINDOWS financing. 1-800-755-8953. www.TexasLandForeclosures.net _______________________________________________ ROOFING GEORGIA LAND. Incredible investment, 1 acre to 20 acres Starting MEREDITH HOME IMPROVEMENTS – 30 years in @ $3750/acre. Washington County. Low taxes, beautiful weather. Seller financing w/easy terms from $179/mo. County approved. business. If you need vinyl siding, roofing, windows 706-364-4200 or soffit and fascia done professionally, with no prob_______________________________________________ NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS, NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell lems afterward and done at a reasonable price, we With Loft & Full Basement includes acreage $99,900. Financing are the company to do it! We are so confident in your Available 828-247-9966 code 02. satisfaction that we require no money until the job is _______________________________________________ completed. www.MeredithHomeImprovements.com. OWN LAND IN BEAUTIFUL ARIZONA!! NEVER BEEN EASIER! $0 down $0 interest. Starting $129/month. 18 lots ONLY! PreCall us today at 412-831-9991. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Recorded Message (800) 631-8164 mention ad code 5063 or visit www.sunsiteslandrush.com WINDOW/GUTTER _______________________________________________

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

BANQUET FACILITY/SOCIAL HALL

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

COMPUTERS

COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CONCRETE

GAETANO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION Stamp/colored concrete on sidewalks, driveways, patios and retaining walls. 412-475-0053. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

DVD TRANSFER/ HOME MOVIES

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

ELECTRIC

OELER ELECTRIC, LLC. - Residential · Commercial. FREE Estimates! Insured (PA6696). 412-751-1608. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

EXCAVATION

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

FLORAL/GIFTS

FINLEYVILLE FLOWER SHOPPE – Your Hometown Florist! Flowers, plants, gift baskets and more. 3510 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. 724-348-5808. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARAGE DOORS

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

CLEANING

DT.D.'S WINDOW CLEANING - We specialize in tree removal and proper pruning techWINDOW & GUTTER CLEANING, Residential/Commercial. 30 Years Experience. FULLY Insured * FREE Estimates. Average Homes Starting at just $20 & up. 412-8824107. 412-461-6268. Estimates / FULLY Insured. 412-854-5409. _____________________________________

LAKEFRONT & LAKE ACCESS LAND, 1 HR NY CITY! FINAL OFFERING! ONLY 10 LOTS AVAIL! 5 acres - Lake Access - $59,900. 2 acres - Lake front - $139,900. Prices 40% below appraised value!Spring fed lake, gorgeous woods, EZ access from Route 17! Terms avail! BUY 10/17 and WE’LL PAY YOUR CLOSING COSTS! 866-235-7478 www.livepinelakeestates.com _______________________________________________

-------- SERVICES --------Party Room Facility for Rent in CHARLEROI! * For ALL Occasions * Book NOW for the Holidays! Call for Details. 724-5311175. _______________________________________________ GAETANO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION - stamp/colored concrete on_______________________________________________ sidewalks, driveways, patios and retaining walls. 412-475-0053. “JUST HEMS!” - Specializing in shortening slacks, pants and jeans. Call Diane Lucci at 724-348-6752. _______________________________________________

DVD Transfer/Home Movies - Home Movie Transfers and DVD Montage Creations by Deb Cheplic. 8mm and Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfers, with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter_______________________________________________ menus. 724-258-5336. http://web.me.com/dcheplic/ Social Security Claims. 30+ years experience. No results = no fee. E-mail claimsadv@juno.com or call 412- 915-8890. _______________________________________________ Bobcat with 2 Buckets FOR RENT! $200/day + delivery & pickup. Call: 724-825-7233. _______________________________________________ COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. _______________________________________________ FOUNDATION REPAIR - Large local company specializing in bowed walls, sinking foundations, crawl space excavation, and BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. Lifetime, transferrable warranty. 1-800-3432357. www.abetterchoiceinc.com (PA0AGHIC:377) _______________________________________________

-------- TIMESHARES --------SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No commissions or broker fees. Free consultation. www.sellatimeshare.com, 1888-310-0115 _______________________________________________ DISCOUNT TIMESHARES. SAVE 60%-80% OFF RETAIL!! Worldwide Locations! Call for Free InfoPack. 1-800-639-5319. www.holidaygroup.com/flier _______________________________________________ SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No Commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation www.sellatimeshare.com. 1-877-494-8246 _______________________________________________ SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No Commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation. www.sellatimeshare.com 1-877-271-3414 _______________________________________________ Myrtle Beach – Oceanfront Condo Available! Spacious and beautifully furnished, this 2 bedroom condo (unit #1507) at the new “Paradise Resort” in Myrtle Beach will provide you with all the comforts of home. 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper sofa; 2 Bathrooms; Lazy River; Hot Tub; Indoor/Outdoor Pools; Exercise Room; Oceanfront Balcony. For complete weekly and seasonal pricing, visit the website www.oceanfrontcondorentals.com/ ParadiseResort.htm. For additional questions or to make a reservation call Oceanfront Condo Rentals Inc. at 843-236-6623 and ask about Paradise Resort unit #1507 _______________________________________________ Sunny Fall Specials - At Florida’s Best Beach – New Smyrna Beach. Stay a week or longer. Plan a beach wedding or family reunion. www.NSBFLA.com. 1-800-541-9621 _______________________________________________

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