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Holidays The Old-Fashioned Way

Vol. 4, Issue 7 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

Members of the Oliver Miller Homestead, in South Park gather for a group photo during their celebration of a Frontier Thanksgiving on November 18.

LOCAL NEWS: Finleyville Fire Department Has a Busy Year’s End Page 5 LOCAL NEWS: Local Calendar Girls Take the Nation by Storm Page 23

(See complete story and additional photos on page 26)

SPECIAL SECTION: Antiques, Crafts & Collectibles Page 44 Index: News . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Events . . . . . . . . Page 6 Business . . . . . Page 30 People . . . . . . . Page 36 Worship . . . . . . Page 40

Sports . . . . . . . Page 54 School . . . . . . Page 61 Kids & Family . Page 66 Health . . . . . . . Page 68 Classifieds . . . . Page 81

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A Big Thank You from The South Park Women’s Club Dear Editor, The South Park Women’s Club would like to shout out a big thank you to many people! First, the Broughton firemen, who were so helpful. Then to the many ladies (and some husbands!) of the club who worked so hard to make this event a success! Next, to all the wonderful vendors who participated in the Holiday Bazaar. And where would we be without those great kids from the South Park Interact Club, who help us every year to set up and take down! Another generous effort that must be mentioned is Tim Cassidy who catered our refreshment area. And last but hardly least, all the people that came to experience a fun day and to support a worthwhile cause. We hope that you enjoyed seeing all the handmade gifts and craft items, visiting the refreshment area, taking part in the Chinese auction, and taking home a fabulous home baked goodie. A giant effort goes into this day … and at the end of the day if you had fun, and we earned money to give back to this community … we pause and say THANK YOU, and start planning for next year!! The South Park Women’s Club

Variety of Reasons Why Adoption of MMCP Has Been Delayed Dear Editor, An article appeared in the October, 2007 issue of the Union-Finley Messenger covering the September 10, 2007 meeting of the Union Township Board of Supervisors. That article reported discussions regarding the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan (MMCP) and an Intergovernmental Implementation Agreement (Agreement)

being discussed by Union and Carroll Townships without the participation of Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough. The article reports that there were discussions among the Union Township Board Members that Union and Carroll Townships were ready to move forward and had made repeated attempts to progress with participation of Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough, but nothing had happened. The article also quoted Union Township Board Member Scott Tkach as stating “A 45-day review period of the plan has stretched out to over a year” and, at the suggestion of the Union Township Solicitor, Mr. Tkach agreed to attempt to contact the MMCP Steering Committee to schedule a meeting with representatives of all four (4) municipalities to discuss the issue. The Union-Finley Messenger is widely read in Finleyville and surrounding communities, such as Nottingham and Union Townships. The public has shown an interest in the MMCP through attendance and participation in numerous public meetings. Therefore, it is imperative that the public have an accurate picture of the progress (or lack thereof) in adopting the MMCP referred to in the article. The comments made by the Union Township Board and specifically, Mr. Scott Tkach, are somewhat inaccurate. And I feel that a response to these comments is necessary. The 45-day public review period for the MMCP has indeed long expired without the MMCP being adopted. The reason for this is because the draft of the MMCP submitted to the four (4) participating municipalities in the early Spring of 2006, included comments inserted that had not been approved by the Steering Committee. The comments that were included pertained to the four (4) municipalities having joined in an Intergovernmental Implementation Agreement, which was not true at that time, nor is it true at the present time. Meetings of the Steering Committee were held in June and July, 2006 to address this issue as well as the Agreement itself. There was a follow-up meeting of the Steering Committee on September 9, 2006 in

Carroll Township regarding the Agreement but no one from Union Township attended, including Mr. Tkach. Subsequent to the July, 2007 Steering Committee Meeting, the Board of Supervisors of Union Township elected to enter into an Agreement. Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough elected the exact opposite. In the late Fall, 2006 Carroll Township later elected to enter into an Agreement with Union Township. Since that time, adoption of the MMCP has been in “limbo”. In attempt to get the adoption of the MMCP back “on track”, Nottingham Township, and only Nottingham Township, took it upon itself to direct letters on February 23 and April 26, 2007 to the Washington County Redevelopment Authority (WCRA) and all participating addressing unresolved issues and specifically, to the WCRA asking it to provide the legal authority for two (2) of the four (4) participating municipalities to enter into an agreement without the other two (2). The WCRA had suggested that this could be done but provided no legal authority. Nottingham Township also had two (2) meetings this year with the Consultant revising the MMCP to resolve some issues solely relating to Nottingham. No response to these two (2) letters has ever been received from the WCRA, nor from anyone else for that matter. This prompted the Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee (the author of this letter) to prepare a personal legal Memorandum offering the opinion that the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code did not authorize two (2) of the four (4) participating municipalities, i.e., Carroll and Union Townships, to enter into an Intergovernmental Implementation Agreement by themselves without Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough. In other words, it was “all or nothing”. By this personal legal Memorandum, I suggested that this issue be submitted to the Solicitors of the respective participating municipalities for comment.

In the article that I have referenced in this letter, it was also reported that the Union Township Board Members indicated they were ready to move forward and have made repeated attempts to progress with the participation of Nottingham Township and Finleyville Borough. That is inaccurate. Neither myself nor any of the other Nottingham Township MMCP Steering Committee Members have ever been contacted by anyone from Union Township, to include Mr. Tkach, asking Nottingham Township to enter into the Agreement with Union Township. There were discussions between Union Township Supervisor Larry Spahr and myself in late Spring, 2007 at the Washington County Elections Office regarding the delay in the adoption of the MMCP, but these discussions primarily focused on the lack of a response from the WCRA to Nottingham Township’s April 26, 2007 letter. Mr. Spahr made his own inquiries with the WCRA regarding when a response to this letter would be sent, was apparently told that a letter response was being “penned”, but no response has ever been received. According to the article, Mr. Tkach was to attempt to contact the MMCP Steering Committee to schedule a meeting with representatives of all four (4) municipalities to discuss this issue. To the best of my knowledge, and after discussion with various other individuals who are members of the Steering Committee, Mr. Tkach has made no such contact with any member of the Steering Committee to arrange for any such meeting. During the last year, Mr. Tkach has made no attempt to schedule meetings or to move the MMCP forward and resolve the issue concerning the Intergovernmental Implementation Agreement. Peter V. Marcoline, Jr. Chairman, Nottingham Township Planning Commission Vice Chairman, Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan

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


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Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department Has a Busy Year’s End By Paul Chasko Late fall is a busy time for the Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD), and this year was no different. Several events plus the annual fund drive kept the members busy. The FVFD held an open house during National Fire Prevention Week. Members were on hand to escort all visitors through the fire hall and to explain how their equipment is used to protect Finleyville and the surrounding communities from fire and other emergency situations. The kids enjoyed the fire trucks, and even some moms climbed up into the driver’s seat to see what it feels like to be sitting in one of these huge vehicles. Every kid wanted his picture taken in the driver’s seat, but most were so low you only saw the tops of their heads. Refreshments were served downstairs in the social hall while demonstrations of special equipment were ongoing. A fireman was on hand with all the gear normally worn when fighting a fire and explained the use of each piece of equipment.

The kids put on their fireman hats for a photo with Firefighter Russ Allridge.

Firefighters Jacob Lawrence (with equipment) and Russ Allridge demonstrate the firefighters equipment to guests at the recent Open House.

Cub Scouts from Pack 1446 (Monongahela) examine an infra–red heat detector used to find fire inside walls.

Members of the FVFD also attended the annual Fallen Fire-Fighters Memorial Service at the Washington County Fire Academy in Chartiers Township. Firefighters from Pennsylvania and nearby areas of Ohio and West Virginia who died in the line of duty in 2006 were honored. Twelve firefighters were honored, including Jeremy LaBella, who tragically died in a roof collapse while fighting a fire in Washington last February. LaBella was a member of the City of Washington and Canton Township fire departments. There were seven firemen from Pennsylvania and five from adjoining counties in Ohio and West Virginia honored in the day’s ceremonies. Fundraising is a necessary evil for the FVFD, as it is for any other volunteer firefighting organization. On November 10, the members hosted their guests at the annual 50-200 banquet. Just a week before, members worked jointly with the Library VFC at a gun bash. This comes in the midst of their annual mail fund drive, weekly bingo nights, and ticket sales. Firefighting equipment is expensive, and these men work hard at raising the necessary funds. They really need your help – please support them whenever you can. Speaking of support, the kids at Gastonville Elementary Center raised about $300 for the FVFD by selling popcorn. Great work kids! Fireman Russ Allridge wants to remind readers that the FVFD will respond to requests from any organization for a session on fire safety. Give him a call at 724348-5337.


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PLACES TO GO . . . THINGS TO SEE . . . STUFF TO DO . . . ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE Gallery 200, Washington. Monday-Friday, 10 am-5pm; Saturday, 12-3pm Fine art paintings, drawings, and prints by Ray Forquer and invited artists; features landscapes and historical subjects for sale. 724-228-1599. WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS Nemacolin Castle, Friday, 4-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-9 pm, 724-785-6882 DECEMBER 1-2, 8-9 18TH CENTURY CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR Bradford House (admission), Saturday, 5-9 pm; Sunday, 2-6 pm. This is a memorable way to step back to the time when David Bradford and his family lived in Washington (1788-1794). Docents in period dress guide visitors through this lovely 18th Century home. 724-222-3604 DECEMBER 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 BREAKFAST OR LUNCH WITH SANTA Trax Farms. Breakfast, 9 am; lunch, 1 pm, $8. Photo available for additional fee. Includes meal, visit with Santa, activity, and goody bag. Call 412-835-3246. DECEMBER 1 OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS IN CANONSBURG 11am-2:15pm, 3 seating times. Santa Parade, 3pm; fireworks, 5pm, Lunch $5/child. Annual event sponsored by the Canonsburg Merchant and Professional Association and the Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce. Join us for lunch with Santa, ornament making, vendors, train & hayrides. Visit our merchants for your last minute shopping. SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES IN MONONGAHELA Santa Claus will greet and visit with children in Monongahela beginning Saturday, December 1. “Santa’s House” is now located at the National City Bank Plaza, corner of Fourth & Main Streets. The Santa Parade, featuring The Ringgold High School Marching Ram Band will bring Santa into town on his sleigh and arrive at National City at 12:00 noon. Parade route will run from Park Avenue, down Main Street to Fourth Street.

DECEMBER 2 A SCOTS-IRISH PIONEER CHRISTMAS AT OMH The Oliver Miller Homestead will celebrate Scots’ Sunday, a fun-filled day that pays tribute to Oliver Miller’s Scottish heritage, on Sunday, December 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Homestead will feature Scots dancing, games, food, and talents. A Scots Tea will be on display in the keeping room with more food being prepared in the open hearth fireplace. Historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, quilting, and blacksmith work will be demonstrated. Tours will be given throughout the afternoon. The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is located on Stone Manse Drive in South Park. It is open every Sunday through December 12, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.. An admission of one dollar is asked. For more information, call 412 835-1554 or OMHA94@hotmail.com. TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY Peters Township Public Library - Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. to be followed immediately by the Children’s Holiday Party. HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Watchful Shepherd’s Peters Township Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for December 2 from Noon-5 p.m. For tickets call 724-941-3339. Cost is $35. Groups of 20 or more are $30. DECEMBER 3 FREE BLOOD PRESSURE AND BODY COMPOSITION SCREENINGS 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, at the Peters Township Community Center. The screenings are provided courtesy of Canonsburg General Hospital. For more information call 724-873-5835. DEC. 3, 7, 10, 14-17, 21-23, 27-30 TROLLEYS AND TOY TRAINS Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (admission) Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.Take scenic rides on decorated trolleys and see the Lionel toy train layout. 724-228-9256

SANTA TROLLEY will be DEC 1-2, 8-9 Adults, $7; seniors 62+, $6; children 3-15, $4. Children talk to Santa on the trolley while parents and grandparents enjoy caroling and the scenic ride. DECEMBER 4 TRINITY BELL CHOIR Peters Township Public Library - Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Please join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday handbell music. FREE COMMUNITY STROKE SCREENING Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Tuesday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Jefferson Room, James Bibro Pavilion, on the medical center campus. Last available time slot will be at 11:30 a.m. Must pre-register by calling 412-469-7100. DECEMBER 4 & 5 CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM Mingo Park Office. Session I, 10 am; Session II, 1 pm. Celebrate the holiday season “Mingo Style” singing songs, telling tales, and making Christmas ornaments. Drinks and snacks provided. 724-228-6867 DECEMBER 7 THE DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE Line-up, 5:30; parade, 7 pm. Sponsored by the Washington Business District Authority “Main Street” Program. Floats, bands, dancers, Santa, and more. 724-229-7207 SOUP DINNER The Peter’s Creek Historical Society will host a Soup Dinner event on December 7 at the Wright House. Call 724-941-5701 for more information. FREE STROKE SCREENINGS Nurses from Allegheny General Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and Canonsburg General Hospital will provide free blood pressure screenings as well as information on stroke risk factors and stroke prevention from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at the Boscov Court in South Hills Village Mall. No appointment is necessary. For more information call Canonsburg General Hospital’s Community Relations Department at 724-873-5835.

DECEMBER 7 - 9 CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATER “THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS” Crossroads Ministries, 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville. Enjoy a catered meal and Christmas musical. Dinner Served at 6:15 PM Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the church at 724-348-1620. DECEMBER 8 & 15 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA The Springhouse. Grand country breakfast and personal visits with Santa. 724-2283338 DECEMBER 8 – 9 PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA CLAUS Volunteers from the Washington Area Humane Society will be at the Strabane Square PetSmart, on Sat. and Sun.,December 8th and 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with Santa, posing with pets. Participants will receive a digital photo in a holiday frame. For each photo, the Humane Society will receive $5.00. Pets, children and other family members may be included in photo. For more information, call 724-267-4129. DECEMBER 8 OLDE-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Washington County Courthouse (admission) Features a strolling holiday feast with entertainers in five uniquely decorated courtrooms. Horse-drawn carriage rides, photos of you and Olde World Santa, silent auction, and cash bar. 724-225-9550, x404. 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BASH The Valley Inn Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their 3rd annual “Christmas Bash” on Saturday, December 8th, 2007 at the Valley Inn Social Hall. Tickets are $20 each and includes two numbers, and all food and drinks. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and drawings begin at 7:00 PM with subsequent drawings every ten minutes. The Grand Prize drawing for $2,000 will be held at 11:00 PM. For questions, call 724-258-5062. CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Come enjoy an evening of your Favorite Christmas Carols on Saturday December 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth St Monongahela, starting at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. All are welcome to attend.


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PLACES TO GO . . . THINGS TO SEE . . . STUFF TO DO . . . STAR WARS: 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Peters Townshp Public Library - All ages welcome. Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Join us at the Library for an exciting and exotic adventure into the far, far away galaxy of Star Wars! Come in costume and compete for the prize of best Star Wars outfit! See how much of an expert you really are in our trivia game! Make your very own light saber! Act our your favorite scenes or do your best Vader voice! Much more! Register in the Children’s Department. DECEMBER 9 AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FRONTIER CHRISTMAS Come join the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates on Sunday, December 9, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. as they welcome the winter season and celebrate in traditional ways. 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 12 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. An admission of one dollar is asked. For more information, call 412 835-1554.

VARIETY SHOW & POT LUCK DINNER Wright’s United Methodist Church in Venetia will hold a variety show on December 9th. Pot luck dinner at 4 p.m., show starts at 5 p.m. and deserts will follow. If you have a talent you would like to share we would love to have you attend. For info call 724-348-5718 DECEMBER 13 LIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION Thursday, December 13, at 7:00pm at St. Anthony’s Church, Chess St. & Park Ave., Monongahela. The staff at Frye Funeral Home, Inc. invite you to share in our Light of Remembrance celebration as we honor the lives of those you hold dear. Share compassion, fellowship, and light a candle in memory of your loved one. The candle that you light will be available to take home to serve as a reminder that while someone precious to you has gone, the light of his or her love will always burn brightly. Call to RSVP by December 5, at 724-258-6136. All are welcome. DEC 15-16 “HANDEL’S MESSIAH� Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington & Jefferson College, Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 3 pm. Concert performed by the Washington Community Arts Choir. 724-250-WCAC

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CHRISTMAS PLAY The Windover Hills United Methodist Church of South Park is presenting the original Christmas musical “Precious Emmanuel� again this year. The production, about 40 minutes in length, features 7 original musical compositions and is entirely performed by members of the church. Esther Spadero, respected area voice teacher and long time director of musicals at Ringgold High School, is overseeing the production. Dates for performances are Saturday, December 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will include a carol sing along and stand-up Christmas comedy by area comedian Alex Stumpf. A reception will follow each performance. There is no charge for attending. The church is located at 6751 Ridge Road, across from Sunny Slopes in South Park. The church phone is 412-653-6899. Please join us as we revisit the biblical account of the first Christmas.

DECEMBER 16 “OH, NO! NOT ANOTHER CHRISTMAS PLAY!� First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela presents “Oh, No! Not Another Christmas Play� on Sunday, December 16th. at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a comedy Christmas play with your loved ones. All are welcome. Free admission! Performed by our youth and adult members. For more information, contact Dave Woodburn at 724-3796127 or Marilyn Sanner at 724-292-0102.

DECEMBER 15 BAKE SALE Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, will hold a bake sale on Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookie Trays, Apricot, Nut and Poppyseed Rolls, Cakes, Pies, Candy, Cupcakes, etc.

DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY NIGHT Iceoplex at Southpointe, 6-10 pm 6th annual event sponsored by the Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce. Skate in the ice skating rink and play indoor soccer and pick-up games. Enjoy the Lil’ Kickers toddler play area. Balloon drop is at 9:30 pm. Advance ticket sales at the Chamber and Iceoplex; tickets also available at the door. 724-745-1812

DECEMBER 22 WINTER SOLSTICE MEDICINE WHEEL CEREMONY The Mesa Creative Arts Center, 6:30-9 pm, rain or shine. Greet the arrival of winter in The Mesa’s outdoor Native American Medicine Wheel. Bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner inside the Mesa following the ceremony. Donations gratefully accepted. 724-947-3097


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By Wild Willy Frankfort

I Remember Christmas As I write this article, it is November and there are still green leaves on some of the trees. It’s hard to believe that December is right around the corner. In my children’s eyes, November represents Thanksgiving and December, Christmas. As it is in most families with children, this also can be categorized in their vernacular as, “No-school-and presents time!” To me, the forthcoming months represent the alltoo-quick passage of time and another reminder that, these days, I’m on the downhill slope of it. With each passing Christmas, I see the wonder-lust fade from my children’s eyes. Because they are making their uphill trek into their teen years and then onto adulthood, I see less toys under ole Tannenbaum and more needful things taking their place. Every child anticipates at least one of the dreaded “clothes boxes” under the tree. Ah, to be in that wonderland of bows and brightly decorated wrapping paper, filled with assorted toys and dreams, only to come crashing back to reality when your mother handed you that box filled with underwear. Knowing all the while that when the clothes boxes appear, there are usually no toys left. Now that my boys are growing older, the clothes boxes mean more and outweigh the toys… or what represent toys. Now I remember toys and I remember toy stores. I remember when every store became a toy store… at Christmastime. Way back in the day, a drugstore was just that—a place to get your medicine— except at Christmastime. The tire store sold tires for your car or truck… except at Christmas time. Yes, those were magical days. I remember when I was seven or eight years old, my father was home for a week or so because he had the flu. This was unusual because at the time my father was a salesman. He tried to make it home every weekend but to have him home during the week was quite unusual. One evening, he and I went out to the drug store to pick up some medicine. Driving alone with my father was a treat, as it usually involved a stop at a candy store or for ice cream. On this occasion, because he didn’t feel well, it was to the drugstore and then home. We arrive at the drugstore and were able to park on the street right in front. In the old days, most businesses were storefronts, as this one was. It had a big picture window that had the word “Pharmacist” painted in gold leaf on it. Usually, the display area in that window held bottles with colored water with the old Rx on each one. That day, so close to Christmas, the display was a toy castle, “Camelot.” I cannot describe how wonderful this castle was, except to say that I got out of

William “Wild Willy” Frankfort the car and pressed my face tight against the window. My nose and fingerprints joined the multitude of other children’s fingerprints and nose prints on the window as I tried to investigate every piece of that extraordinary regal structure. So enthralled with this toy was I that I had broken the cardinal rule of never leaving the car without permission. To say the least, I was in big trouble. When I got home, I was sent to my room which in the day was just short of getting a swat with Dad’s old hairbrush. I thought for sure that I would never see let alone own that shining piece of toydom. How shocked and delighted was I to see it Christmas morning? A happier child there never was. In later years, my mother told me my father had gone back that night and purchased that castle. She told me, “That toy must have been something special for you to break a rule, just to look at it.” It happened a year or two later at the Firestone tire store when we, as a family, went to get tires for our car. They had a laser gun shooting gallery in the window that was so unique that I have never seen another one in any antique shop to this day. On that day, I walked away from my parents to press my face against the display case, to behold the toy of toys. Things got a little frantic for a few minutes when my mother couldn’t find me, but the salesman knew just where to look. That night I did get a spanking. I think it was because my father saw the panic in my mother’s eyes, and usually that meant some ominous event was going to transpire. In other words, someone was gonna get a spankin’! Again, I awoke Christmas day to find that toy, the toy of toys under the tree. That’s how I remember Christmas and keep Christmas in my heart… that feeling. I can only hope I have given memories like that to my children, and I hope that I have given you a little present with this story. I hope that you can look at your children, whatever age they are, and know that they keep that kind of Christmas in their hearts, as well as their in memories. Merry Christmas, my dear readers and my dear friends… remember our troops and keep them in your hearts as well.


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Canonsburg General Hospital Women’s Auxiliary to Hold Baskets Raffle

Members of the Baskets Raffle Committee are Canonsburg General Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Members (l-r): Helen Opalka, Dee Verakis, Dolores Cheverine and Carole Pankas

The Women’s Auxiliary of Canonsburg General Hospital is sponsoring a baskets raffle to benefit the hospital. The theme-related baskets will be on display in the main lobby from Friday, November 30 through 2 p.m. on Monday, December 10. Tickets are $1 each or 7 tickets for $5. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Tickets are $1 each. Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with evening sales from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and need not be present. For more information, or to donate a basket, call Rebecca Biddle at 724-745-3913.

An Eighteenth Century Frontier Christmas Come join the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates on Sunday, December 9, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. as they welcome the winter season and celebrate in traditional ways. The Homestead will be decorated simply with greens, pinecones, berries and other natural materials. The keeping room of the stone house will come alive with music as we feature Dorothy McClelland singing ancient and traditional carols with Phil Haines playing the viola and Greg Evans the violin. Members of the Bethel Park High School string orchestra will be playing in the barn. The focus in the kitchen will be on puddings as we prepare a Christmas pudding and both a boiled and baked variety of pudding. This is a wonderful way to end the year at the Oliver Miller Homestead. 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 12 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. An admission of one dollar is asked. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.15122.com/OliverMiller or contact us at 412 835-1554 or OMHA94@hotmail.com.

Join The South Hills Friends’ Monthly Meetings The South Hills Friends is a group of individuals interested in supporting and improving the Montour Trail in South Park, Jefferson Hills and Clairton. We maintain 4.9 miles of existing trail between Library and the end of the Montour Trail in Clairton. All interested individuals are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held at the Jefferson Hills Borough Building. The Friends are planning to change the day of our monthly meetings from the first Thursday to the second Wednesday, beginning in January 2008. Meeting times will continue to be at 6:30 p.m. Individuals interested in attending the January meeting should contact Dave Oyler at davidoyler@verizon.net or 412 831-9288 for confirmation of the day of the January meeting. Additional information may also be obtained on the Montour Trail web site www.montourtrail.org under the Volunteer tab and by clicking on “Friends of the Trail groups”. The website may be slow in updating to the new meeting date, so remember to call or email. Activities concerning the entire Montour Trail and links to the sites of other western Pennsylvania trails are also posted on the Montour Trail web site.


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Ask the Experts PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING BY TIM BARTMAN, ONE HOUR HEATING & COOLING Q. Our water heater does not put out enough hot water. What can we do about it?

A. Do you have teenage children? They can run a hot water tank cold in no time. Just kidding. There are quite a few reasons and solutions. If the hot water heater (HWH) is old, it could have a build-up of calcium in the tank impeding the heating of water. There is also a small tube on the cold water inlet inside the tank called a dip tube. This takes the cold water to the bottom of the tank. It can deteriorate over the years and fall apart. The shorter it gets, the closer to the top of the tank the cold water goes to trap the hot water at the bottom of the tank. It can be replaced. If you have an electric HWH, one of the electric elements could be bad; that also can be replaced. Too little cold water could also be caused by the thermostat being turned down to low. If you adjust it yourself, be careful that you do not turn it up too high. Water temperatures above 125*F can cause severe burns. Have you tried using water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators? High water pressure in your house can cause the water to flow through your system quickly. Have your water pressure checked. If it’s high, have it corrected. Maybe your family has grown, and the old heater is not large enough. Have a professional calculate what size tank you should have. You may want to look at the tankless heaters that are becoming more and more popular. Even your teenager could not run a properly sized tankless heater cold. They do cost a bit more, but they will outlast two or three tankstyle heaters and they are much cheaper to run. If you have any other questions, give me a call. I would be happy to answer them. One final word, seasons greetings to everyone and have a happy holiday!

Headed to School Soon? Want to Be Prepared for Success? Check Out Career Gateway! PA CareerLink Mon Valley, through its partnership with Intermediate Unit 1, will begin offering a free, ongoing 18-hour training course to help students enter post-secondary school with confidence. The Career Gateway program will help prepare students by teaching them proven study skills techniques, test taking strategies, organizational skills and methods for coping with stress. The program also offers career exploration for those people who are still uncertain of what career path to take. This training is ideal for adults returning to school and current students who are furthering their education. The first Career Gateway program being offered at PA CareerLink Mon Valley, 570 Galiffa Drive in Donora, begins Tuesday, December 4. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The course continues those same hours on December 5, 7, 11, 12 and 13. Students are required to attend the full 18-hour program. For more information, to sign up for the course, or for directions, call PA CareerLink Administrator Mary Kate Bartley at 724-379-4750 x 102.

Honor Your Veteran or Loved One at New Eagle Veteran’s Memorial Honor your veteran or loved one by purchasing a granite paving brick at the New Eagle Veteran’s Memorial. For more information or an order form, please call 724-2588991 or 724-258-2717.


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A Scots-Irish Pioneer Christmas at OMH One of the finished rooms in St. Vincent de Paul’s banquet hall, a facility available to rent for the public.

Rose, another volunteer, sorts items that have been donated to the store.

One of the volunteers works to renovate another room in the banquet hall.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Lends a Hand to Those in Need By Christen M. Stroh Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes the need for heating homes and bundling up snugly against the cold, harsh weather. Add to these expenses the cost of holiday provisions, whether they come in the form of presents for loved ones or food for hosting a family gathering, and the money spent in just one season can be mind-boggling. Many of us depend on credit cards and savings to get us through the winter months, but many more wonder where the money to pay for everything they’ll need this holiday season can possibly come from. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, located on Grand Boulevard in Monessen, is gearing up for another holiday season of helping those in need. The non-profit organization is much more than just a thrift store; it’s become a haven of sorts for those who may find themselves in financial trouble. St. Vincent de Paul does function as a secondhand shop in many regards; President Richard Lenio compares it to a retail shop. “We’re just like Macy’s,” he says. “We have a clothing department, a jewelry department, a furniture department, an appliances department, a toy department, and even a religious items department.” The items that are sold at St. Vincent de Paul clearly vary, but Lenio is quick to point out that anything that can be sold will be sold, and with good reason. All of the money that St. Vincent de Paul makes goes toward helping those who need occasional financial support. “We’re here to

help people in need,” Lenio states. “Big time.” He proudly notes that the organization has roughly 150 volunteers from three dioceses, none of whom are paid for their efforts. The volunteers know that the money brought in is put into a fund to be St. Vincent de Paul Volunteers Nancy Sewak and Marian Riley help a customer check out. used by the organization for those who find themselves without the financial means to provide for themselves and their families. Lenio encourages people in financial destitution to come to St. Vincent de Paul; he does not, however, simply hand money out to anyone. “I conduct interviews with every person who comes here for help,” he explains. After everything has been approved, Lenio maintains detailed records and distributes funding accordingly. No money is ever actually given out directly. “We’ll distribute food vouchers, we’ll pay rent, and we’ll cover basic utilities for people. If someone comes here and says they’ve lost their home to a fire, we’ll provide clothing for them.” This holiday season is no different from the rest of the year in terms of what St. Vincent de Paul can accept as donations. Furniture, appliances, clean clothing, and toys can be donated, and cash donations are Rita Sukel places items for sale on the tables in also accepted. Lenio is quick to point out, St. Vincent de Paul’s showroom. though, that the most important thing a person can give is time. “Once you volunThe St. Vincent de Paul Society is open teer here once or twice, you’re hooked. When you see the way that you have helped Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. someone, you’ll want to come back. We’re People interested in making donations or always looking for good people to volun- volunteering can call 724-684-5147 for more information. teer.”

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The Oliver Miller Homestead will celebrate Scots’ Sunday, a fun-filled day that pays tribute to Oliver Miller’s Scottish heritage, on Sunday, December 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Homestead will feature Scots dancing, games, food, and talents. The Scots Dancers will perform traditional dances in the newly constructed barn, and guests will be invited to join in the fun. The bonfire will add to the atmosphere. A Scots Tea will be on display in the keeping room with more food being prepared in the open hearth fireplace. 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, in South Park. It is open every Sunday through December 12, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. An admission of one dollar is asked. For more information and a map, visit the website www.15122.com/OliverMiller or contact us at 412 835-1554 or OMHA94@hotmail.com.


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Christmas Dinner Theater at Crossroads Ministries Christmas is filled with memories and many great moments that make this time of year so special for so many people. And that’s just what the people at Crossroads Ministries want to help you do this Christmas—create a good memory! The Dinner Theater at Crossroads has become a part of Christmas for many people. The Christmas Dinner Theater at Crossroads Ministries, scheduled for December 7, 8, and 9, will feature a musical, “The Joy of Christmas.” This year’s Dinner Theater will be different from those done in the past, yet it will definitely get you in the Christmas Spirit! Sisters Custom Catering will cater the dinner, which will be served at 6:15 pm in the church gymnasium, transformed into a wonderful Christmas dining area. The musical will follow in the church’s auditorium. Tickets are available for only $15 and include a fully catered meal as well as the musical. Tickets are available by calling the church at 724-3481620. The church’s website is www.crossroadsministries.com. Come along and experience the Joy of Christmas!

Victorian Christmas Teas at Victorene’s Tea Room What could be more special than spending the holidays with good conversation, great friends and yummy treats over a warm cup of freshly brewed cinnamon plum gourmet tea? The menu for the Victorian Christmas teas at Victorene’s Tea Room includes winter white chocolate and cranberry scones, creamy potato soup with cheddar and bacon, Christmas chicken tartlets, exceptional egg and almond on rye, Jack Frost’s Frosted Grapes, and Victorene’s Chocolate Truffles. These very beautiful teas will feature a reading from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and music from The Nutcracker. Teas take place on Saturdays, December 1 and 8 at 1 pm (space is limited and Sunday, December 2 is sold out). Please call us today to attend one of these holiday tea times. There will lots of fun, games, and poetry and tons of Victorian atmosphere! Don’t miss out—call 724-258-7199 today. Victorene’s Tea gift certificates also make great holiday gifts. For next year, A Valentine Victorian Tea is planned for Saturday, February 16 at 1 pm, and a Luck O’ the Irish Tea is planned for Saturday, March 15 at 1 pm.

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Civil Air Program A Great Local Resource for Kids and Parents By Charlotte Hopkins Two familiar names to parents of teenagers in the Mon Valley are Officer Chris Gawlas and Officer Tim Butler. They have become advocates in the neighborhood, helping to keep children and teenagers out of trouble and on the right road. These officers highly recommend The Civil Air Program at the Allegheny County Airport, saying it’s an excellent choice for parents who want a program for their children that is constructive, teaches lifelong Air Force Cadets practice a search and rescue mission. lessons, and most importantly teaches respect and standards. The Civil Air Program is for boys and girls ages 12-21. Upon joining the program and becoming a cadet, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and events. At age 15, they can begin to earn their pilot’s license. They assist in search and rescue missions for missing children and adults. They support local air shows and act as “victims” for disaster drills. During disaster relief for flood victims, the cadets assist in a variety of ways. The cadets went to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the DEA and local law enforcement also utilize the cadets in their counter-narcotics program. During the summer, students can choose from over 20 different encampments, depending on their interests. A genuine aspect of the program is how the group’s leaders talk about events from their own lives; serving as an example to the teens makes a positive impact. Parents and children are invited to attend the first two meetings to decide if the program is right for them. They meet every Tuesday at the Allegheny County Airport from 6:45-9:15 pm. If you are interested in having your child join the Civil Air Program, you can contact General Robin Steiner by phone at 412-979-2119 or by email at cmdr602@yahoo.com. Adults are also welcome to participate in the Civil Air Program assisting in staff support, logistics, and administration. For further information, go to www.cap.gov.


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Union Township Meeting Finleyville Receives Grants, Re-Elects Board Members By Paul Chasko By the time you read this, the election results should be official that Jessie Seliga and Mary Lytle have been re-elected as board members of Finleyville Borough for additional four-year terms. Mayor Kutsek announced that grants have been approved for projects in Finleyville Borough. The first grant is to the Community Center Board and will cover necessary repairs on the Community Center roof. The second grant will cover all costs of rewiring the utility poles in the borough for holiday lighting. Thirty-plus utility poles will be wired to accommodate holiday lights. The existing wiring was worn to the point where it would have presented a safety hazard if used any longer. With the onset of winter, the work will have to wait until spring, so Finleyville will be without holiday streetlights this season. Both of these grants come with the assistance of State Representative David Levdansky. Mayor Kutsek reported that there is still a dumpster problem in Finleyville (trash overflowing from and next to dumpsters). An ordinance requiring dumpster enclosures is being considered. The Mayor would like to see this issue resolved before spring. A new permit has been submitted for completion of the Matesich Building on Washington Avenue. The Solicitor reports that the new permit satisfies all Borough requirements. A proposal presented by Keystone Collection Service for collection of all Act 511 taxes and business taxes was accepted. The borough passed a resolution authorizing Keystone to also collect costs for processing delinquent taxes in addition to interest and fines. Next year, residents will pay taxes to one collection agency for both the municipality and the Ringgold School District. As in Union Township, Finleyville is seeing an increase in vandalism. Board Chairman Tim Kegal reminds residents that Finleyville does have local police coverage through the Monongahela Police Force and are urged to report problems by dialing 911; they will get a response. An illegally parked vehicle was towed from the U.S. Post Office lot last month. Charman Kegal reminds residents that the Borough has no authority over parking on property not owned by the Borough. The Post Office lot is marked “For Postal Customers Only.” Board Chairman Tim Kegal read and presented a proclamation, prepared by Mayor Kutsek, to the membership of Finleyville American Legion Post 613 stating that November 4 would be proclaimed Finleyville American Legion Post 613 Day in recognition of its merits and achievements. In other business: • The mayor and the board are still considering having crosswalks painted on the roadways at major intersections. • The Community Center Board of Directors submitted a grant request for an extensive roof renovation on the Community Center. • Work is underway to repair two storm sewer inlets on Washington Avenue. • The Borough thanked Bull International for storing some of its road equipment. • The saltbox adjacent to the Borough Building will be reinforced and expanded. • Chairman Kegal announced the need for a budget meeting before year’s end. • A motion was passed to reinvest funds in some maturing CDs. • Tracy Lawrence was commended for painting the salt spreader and lettering the Borough truck.

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Contract Awarded for the Elrama Sewage Project, and MMCP May Get Moving Again. By Paul Chasko The highlight of the November 19 meeting of the Union Township (UT) Board of Supervisors was clearing several hurdles facing the Elrama Sewage Project. The contract for the major portion (excavation and line installation) of the project was awarded to Guyer Brothers. Their bid for this portion of the project was $2,503,813. We have been to this stage once before but at this point the easements and agreements needed are also in place – or nearly so. The PennVest closing for the low interest loan that will pay for a large portion of the work has been scheduled for January 16, 2008. All but a few of the easements have been completed and UT Solicitor Dennis Makel sees no problem with those remaining. A parcel of land still needs to be acquired for the system pumping station.The intergovernmental agreement for this joint project (Union Twp., Jefferson Hills and the West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority) was reviewed by Solicitor Makel and was approved. It needs to be signed off by the other two municipalities but this shouldn’t present a problem as the Solicitors for the other two municipalities took part in drafting the agreement. The final cost projection from Jefferson Hills for pass through of UT effluent through their system has yet to be set. The grants from government agencies are in place. Scott Tkach summarized the status of the Multi Municipality Comprehensive Plan (MMCP). He ascertained that the consultants for the MMCP are preparing revised copies for the MMCP Steering Committee. At that point a meeting will be called by the Chairman of the Steering Committee at which certain items of concern will be resolved. He also stated that to reach an adoption point: 1) The final report needs to be delivered to the steering committee. 2) The steering committee will need to recommend it to each of the four municipality planning commissions. 3) Each municipality will need to hold public hearings. 4) Each planning commission will need to recommend it to their board of supervisors or borough council. Mr. Tkach mentioned his regret at having his frustration over the process, which

is shared by many others, interpreted as anything else. The board authorized disbursements for payrolls 21, 22 and 23 in the amounts of $8.085.26, $7,311.85 and $6,780.01in addition to payment of general fund bills totaling $88,544.74. The board authorized acceptance of a contract with General Code Company for codification of the existing UT ordinances. The value of the contract is $9,900. The company will review all existing UT ordinances, comment on their current validity, make recommendations and provide UT with updated hard copy and electronic copies of the UT ordinances that are easily retrievable by board members, UT employees and residents. General Code is part of the State Program providing services to municipalities at favorable rates. The road crew reported that installation of pipe and a catch basin on McChain road was completed as was all the planned guard rail installations. The need for another stop sign in Tuscany Heights was discussed. Two or three hundred tons of road salt will be ordered against the contract approved earlier this year to begin stockpiling for the winter The Airport zoning ordinance was not on the agenda as the report from the planning commission was not yet submitted. The recreation board reported that vandalism at the recreation park has continued. The recreation building has been winterized and closed up. One of the holding tanks needs to be pumped out. The UT Engineer reported that he has obtained an aerial photograph of UT that will be useful in creating an accurate map of UT. He plans to attend the Washington Co. storm water management conference. In other business: • The zoning officer reported $3,780 was collected for permits during the month of October. • The Barking Dog Ordinance was brought up for passage but the need for a revision was noticed. • The BDH project on Cardox Road was updated. A mining permit will be issued in 2-3 weeks. Machinery will be brought on site and work will commence. • A commission has been set up to distribute Washington Co. funds from the Meadows slots operation. The Washington Co. share of the profits is expected to be about $10 million/year. Municipalities will be able to apply for project grants from this fund. • The road inspection was completed and will be used in planning road work for 2008. • Two ordinances submitted for establishment of the recreation board will be reviewed at a November 26 workshop. • The Big Box Ordinance is still under review. • The UT insurance policy with Higbee was renewed. • Changes in the Chernicky land development program were approved. • Rezoning requests were received from Bob Trax and Lisa Wietrzykowski. The steps necessary in the rezoning procedure were outlined.


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Union Township Holds Meetings on Airport Zoning Ordinance By Paul Chasko The Union Township Airport Zoning Planning Commission held two public hearings relative to a proposed zoning ordinance for the Finleyville Airport which is located in Union Township. The second meeting was a continuation of the first. Each meeting was attended by about 30 residents – mostly living or owning property in close proximity to the airport. Also in attendance at both meetings were representatives from the Airport Board of Directors and attorneys representing the airport, Union Township and Mary Parish. Several members of the Union Township Board of Supervisors were also present. At the first meeting on October 18, the commission distributed copies of their preliminary report for review and comment. This report would be supplemented by comments taken on record at this hearing. Copies of an article from a local daily newspaper were also distributed. This article implied that “Finleyville Airport may host an emergency (MedEvac) base.” Comments were made by several of those in attendance with objections made to the use of the airport as a helicopter base. The commission had no prior knowledge of this plan. After taking comments from the public, they decided to continue the hearing on November 15 charging the airport board to come forth with all information regarding their plans for expansion including an update on the Stat MedEvac base. Nearly the same group of residents, attorneys and township supervisors were in attendance at the November 15 meeting. Additional comments were taken from the public. Mr. Gerald Cook (attorney for the Finleyville Airport) read a prepared alternate background and recommendations for the preliminary report into the record. After all commentary was taken, the commission went into executive session and included such commentary as they felt were necessary to the preliminary report. The solicitor for Union Township, Dennis Makel read the line items that comprise the background report and recommendations for an ordinance that will be submitted to the Union

Township Board at their meeting scheduled for Monday, November 19. Some comments of note from this hearing: • Union Township is under a statutory obligation to enact an Airport Zoning Hazard Ordinance. All procedures dictated by law are being followed to prepare and enact this ordinance. • The ordinance will most likely incorporate the height limitation and Zoning District Map of the Finleyville Airport as prepared by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission in 1986. • The UT Board of Supervisors, in the ordinance, will most likely adopt the PennDOT regulations of the Bureau of Aviation regarding minimum standards for airports, including height restrictions. • The airport board announced that due to the objections voiced by residents, Stat MedEvac will not pursue establishment of a base at Finleyville Airport. • The attorney for Mary Parish stated that the trees on the Parish property (allegedly posing a hazard to airport use) will not be cut down whether or not this ordinance is passed. • Many residents expressed concern over use restrictions on their properties near the airport that might be put in place by this ordinance. • Any expansions to the Finleyville Airport can be made only with the express written approval of the Union Township Board of Supervisors. • Statements made at the hearings indicate that portions of some grants (our taxes) received by the Finleyville Airport Board were used to pay airport taxes and to pay some of their legal fees. That’s our taxes being used to pay their taxes and legal fees folks. It was commented that this is a common use for some grants – that’s even more disturbing. • Comments were made that real estate taxes paid on the 28 hangers at the airport were close to taxes being paid on a single building elsewhere in Union Township. • The details of the ordinance will be available for public review and subsequent comment at a public hearing after being drafted and prior to it’s adoption.

Elizabeth Borough Council Meeting Recap By Alice Harris • A moment of silence was held for Elizabeth Borough Tax Collector Norma Reschenthaler, who passed away on October 18, and for Linda Douglas, mother of Council President Monica Douglas, who is in the hospital in serious condition. • Council will check into a request by residents to open Mulberry Way for emergency use. • Council will look into a request by Ken Finney to convey the property to him that he maintains between his house and the river. • Resident Betty Krofic announced that PennDOT will install both a stop and a speed limit sign at the bend in Mulberry Street near her house, where two serious accidents to her home took place. • Police Report: Mayor John Yacura announced the Halloween Parade would be held on Monday, October 29 at 7 pm. Lineup will begin at Rockwell’s at 6:30 pm. Trick-or-Treat will be held on October 31 between the hours of 6-8 pm. Children are to go only to homes with a light turned on. • Solicitor Pat McGrail stated Council has 30 days to fill the vacant tax collector position, now open due to the death of Norma Reschenthaler. This appointed seat will remain in place for two years to finish Reschenthaler’s elected term, whereafter the appointee will have to run for re-election. Letters of interest may be submitted to Borough Secretary Robin Stockton. • A nomination for Dave Householder to fill the late Leonard Bailey’s Council seat was accepted from the floor. A roll call vote approved. • A resolution to approve Elizabeth Borough as an All Together Pilot Community was approved. Council asked the town’s patience until a program can be put together for Elizabeth. • Building Inspector Arlo Roma reported that Phields was cited for high grass. Demolitions at 11th and 7th streets went well. A property at 8th and Ferry streets is in question if it can be sold. The property owner will have to be contacted and a sheriff’s sale initiated to follow. • Councilman Jim Morrison would like to see additional school crossing guards. • Councilman Chad Rager stated Elizabeth Boro Fire Company trains each

Thursday at 6 pm. Kids age 14 can apply for membership as junior firemen. Junior firemen do not go to fires. Training includes radios, hoses, and going into houses. • The Company has 4 new members. • As soon as paving is done, the street crew will build the new salt shed. • Ken Kolodziej stated he will start repairs in October (weather permitting) to the roof of the Jaskol Building. He requested that Building Inspector Roma delay inspection until December. Solicitor McGrail will review his request. • PennDOT will be notified of repairs needed to the bar between the bridge and road by the BP Station. • Council members and friends gave tributes to Norma Reschenthaler’s life of 82 years and almost 20 years as tax collector. Norma was known for her big hugs, big jar of candy, and calling everyone “Honey.” Treasurer’s Report: October General Fund: $25,909.37. Deposits: $29,080.77. Checks Paid: $40,427.90. Bank Balance: $14,517.24 Payroll: Bank Balance: $385.40. Deposits: $19,441.16. Checks Paid: $19,586.99. Bank Balance: $239.57 Sewage: $162,594.76. Deposits: $89,308.17. Checks Paid: $100,000. Bank Balance: $151,902.93 Recreation: Bank Balance: $942.26. Deposits: $150. Checks Paid: $400. Bank balance: $692.26 Parking Meter: Bank Balance: $17.45. Deposits: $1,134.89. Checks Paid: $550. Bank Balance: $602.34 Liquid Fuels: Bank Balance: $7,640.44. Deposits: $5.61. Checks Paid: $3,547.27. Bank Balance: $4,098.78 TAN Fund: Bank Balance: $14,106.30. Deposits: $15.77. Checks Paid: $0. Bank Balance: $14,122.07 Early Intervention: Bank Balance: $47,011.49. Deposits: $5.42. Checks Paid: $41,020. Bank Balance: $5,996.91.


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Monongahela Hears Proposal for Public Transportation Updates and Receives Donation By Christen M. Stroh The monthly council meeting for the city of Monongahela was held Wednesday, November 14. In attendance were councilmen Art Doty, Tom Caudill, Bob Kepics, and Bill Hess. Mayor Cole was absent from the meeting. During open forum, Amelia Grace, a representative for the Transportation Task Force (TTF), gave a presentation on its goals for the Mon Valley Region. Grace explained that the TTF has also presented to Monessen, Charleroi, and Donora with the net result being that each of these communities has written a letter of support for the TFF’s overall goals; she hopes that Monongahela will do the same. The TTF, according to Grace, would be a transportation system with a low rate for everyone in the Mon Valley communities supporting it; currently, low rates are only available to those with physical disabilities or those with senior citizen status. Some of the areas that the TTF is targeting are Greensburg, Uniontown, Washington, California, the Pittsburgh International Airport, and the area by Century III Mall. The primary purpose would be to provide transportation for those who are employed and need to travel out of the Mon Valley, and proposed system would run 24/7 to accommodate 2nd and 3rd shift workers. “Jobs are available at all of

these places; there are opportunities out there for employment that our young people and our middle-aged people need to take advantage of, and if they can’t get to work, they’re out of luck. This would remedy the situation,” Grace stated. In addition to employment, medical care and shopping were also stated as reasons to implement the system. The TTF meets on the last Wednesday of every month at the Orchard Fellowship Hall in Monessen. People seeking more information on the TTF for the Mon Valley Region can go to http://www.freewebs.com/ttfmmvr/. Also during the meeting, Monongahela Turners Club President Fred Angerman, along with fellow members Ray Evans and Fran Affinito, announced the donation of several thousands of dollars to the city of Monongahela. The Turners Club, a civic organization, officially closed their chapter, and as a means to continue helping the city and clear the books, donated $20,000 to the city of Monongahela with the specification that it be used for the children’s parks and playgrounds. They additionally donated $13,000 to the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department. Council acknowledged the donations gratefully, and councilman Bob Kepics said that a plaque in honor of the Turners Club will be placed wherever the money is used.

Entries Being Accepted for Irish Writing Contest The National Irish Historian of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians has released the topics for the 2007-2008 Irish Writing Contest. This is an annual contest open to all students from 6th to 12th grades in public, private, parochial school and also home schooled. The topic for level 1 (grades 6, 7 & 8) is The Irish in the American Revolution. The topic for level 2 (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) is The Irish Contributions to Pop Culture. The deadline for the contest is January 5, 2008. The rules and guidelines for the contest have been sent to all the local schools. There is a monetary award to Division and State winners. Top prize for the national winner on level 1 is $500 and for level 2 - $1000. If you would like to know more about this contest please contact Rose Venanzi at 724-258-5295 or e-mail irishgma12@hotmail.com.

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Correction: In the November edition of the Union-Finley Messenger it was erroneously published that the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) asked the Monongahela City Council for $1 million in taxes. MVFD actually asked Council for one mil in taxes, which is approximately $32,000. The Union-Finley Messenger apologizes for this error.

New Eagle Focuses on Community Beautification By Christen M. Stroh New Eagle held its monthly town meeting on Tuesday, November 6. In attendance were Council Members Sweeney, Honsaker, and Berdar, along with Mayor Bobnar. Council Members Grossi and Fine were not present. At the meeting, council discussed several components focusing on additional community improvement and beautification. Mayor Bobnar mentioned the need to further investigate vacant homes and rental homes within the community. “Several of them are just in absolute disarray,” he said, and he pointed out examples of structures he would like to inspect. The War Memorial on the corner of Memorial and Main streets is also in need of minor repairs. Council plans on thoroughly examining the structure to determine an estimate for the cost of repairs. Council made it known that streets and roads previously earmarked for repair will not be taken care of until the spring, citing Washington County is still accepting bids for the job as the reason for the delay. Grant money received by the borough will be used toward the purchase of a new truck for snow removal and salt distribution during the winter months; council is also leasing the equipment for the upcoming year to process payments made to the borough via credit or debit card. Lastly, council announced they submitted diagrams for the renovations for the boat launch area at Tubby Hall Park. Once the diagrams are approved, reconstruction of the ramp can begin.

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Mon Valley Shipmates Support Recognition of Retired and Deceased Veterans By Holly Tonini The Mon Valley Shipmates, which consists of retired and active duty members of the Navy, the Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine men and women, have made it a point of to donate their time to raise money for charities, teach young people about the American Flag and the wars, and host community events like parades and memorial ceremonies. “The main purpose of our organization is to keep the memories of all the armed forces alive. Especially the ones that have died for our country,” said Shipmates Chaplain George Diehl of New Eagle. “I think that the country sometimes forgets about the armed forces. World War II veterans are dying every day, and it’s just a matter of time before we lose them all.” The Shipmates like to visit area fifth

graders to teach them about the veterans and to teach them about the American Flag. They go to the schools along with retired Marines from the area, the Mon Valley Leathernecks. “We try to get to the fifth graders because they’re the ones that pass the information along to the rest of the kids. We ask them if they’ve ever heard of Pearl Harbor, and some of them have not—we need to make these kids aware of

our history,” said Shipmates Commanding Officer Joe Acton of Monongahela. “We teach them etiquette; they learn how to be respectful and how to salute the flag. We want them to be as proud as we are when the flag goes by.” This year, the Shipmates donated $500 to the Washington County Food Bank. “We do a lot of fund raising through the help of Wal-Mart,” said Shipmates

Executive Officer Jim Caserta of Finleyville. Twice a year, members stand outside the stores in uniform, holding cans to collect money. According to Acton, the members of the organization vote on where the money should go; last year, the group donated $3,000 to the Salvation Army for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to heightening awareness, the Shipmates perform a funeral service, the Bells Ceremony, for any ex-member of the Navy, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine. They ring bells and give speeches while in uniform for any family member wanting the service. The Shipmates also have an Honor Guard for local parades and are working with area veterans on the Veterans Day Parade to be held in Monongahela on November 10 at 2 pm. The Mon Valley Shipmates currently have 64 members on the roster and are always looking for new members. They hold meetings once a month on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Carroll American Legion. Any retired or current member of the Navy, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines can join. For information and/or an application to join the Mon Valley Shipmates, contact Acton at 724-258-3446, Caserta at 724348-5574, or Diehl at 724-258-9574. (PHOTO BY DIANNE ADRIAN)


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Union Township NNCW Urged to Move Up to the Next Level MORE INVOLVEMENT NEEDED FROM THE COMMUNITY By Paul Chasko State Trooper Brian Burden was on hand at the November 7 meeting of the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch (NNCW) group to urge this Union Township (UT) neighborhood organization to move up to a higher level of involvement in crime prevention. Also present at the meeting were representatives from a very active Brownsville Community Watch Group to pass on some of the methods and procedures they’ve implemented to combat drugs, prostitution, criminal mischief, robbery, and the presence of nuisance vehicles (quads) that is rampant in their community. According to Trooper

Burden, they are making a difference. The message from the Brownsville group seemed to be “don’t let your crime problems get as bad as ours before you do something about it.” On listening to their suggestions and those of Trooper Burden, it’s clear that our local group needs to establish a formally organized block captain structure with a dedicated block captain coordinator to function as a viable deterrent to crime in the UT area. The key word here is organization. The captains are issued activity report sheets for reporting incidents or suspicious activities. They also distribute information flyers each month to families in their area. Trooper Burden would like to see a workshop at the December 5 NNCW meeting that begins to establish this type of organization in our community. This came on the heels of the State Police report for calls out of UT for the past 30 days, indicating a jump in domestic disturbances and a huge increase in criminal mischief. We heard several comments and discussions on the subject of criminal mischief committed by juveniles. The comments most heard on and off the floor were: • Why is it that parents don’t know what these kids are doing or is it that they just don’t care? • Why are these kids allowed to wander

PA State Police Trooper Brian Burden encourages more participation at Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch meetings.

or cruise through the community after dark? • Why aren’t offenders being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? • Why aren’t the parents of these kids prosecuted when the kids are apprehended? The NNCW asks that readers take action. Residents of UT are not going to have local police protection any time in the foreseeable future. A fast State Police response time is unlikely for incidents

unless they involve assault, murder, or mayhem. Residents must become actively involved – young parents as well as older folks. Our community watch needs more eyes and ears. If residents do not become involved, another deterrent of criminal activity in this community is going to die on the vine. Please come to the December 5 NNCW meeting at the St. Francis General Purpose Building just off Route 88 in Finleyville at 7 pm. NNCW needs your help!

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Washington Lodge Presents Check to Washington City Mission Washington Lodge No. 164 F&AM recently presented a $1,000 check to Washington City Mission. The funds were raised through the 4th annual motorcycle run held by the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 16. Pictured left to right are: Doc K. Jones, Doug Bush, David Richards and Daniel Martin Jr.

Community Action Southwest Preparing for 10th Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration Community Action Southwest is in full preparation mode for its premier fundraising event of the year, the Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration at the Washington County Courthouse on Saturday, December 8th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Olde Fashioned Christmas event is in its tenth year and promises again to be the premier event kicking off the holiday season. Liza Beale, Chairperson of the Olde Fashioned Christmas planning committee stated, “With the different culinary offerings in each courtroom, as well as some of the other new surprises planned, this year’s event should be the best to date. OldFashioned Christmas brings together people from all over Washington and Greene counties to celebrate the holidays in a beautiful setting. I am proud to be part of the team which has worked so hard to put this event together.” Preceding the main celebration at the Courthouse, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. is a Champagne Cocktail Party at WesBanco Bank and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce offices at 6 South Main Street, directly across from the Courthouse. While enjoying the entertainment featuring vocal stylist Nick Fiasco, guests can delight in hors d’ouevres and the beauty of the holiday décor and of the historic Washington Trust Building. Guests then cross the street to continue the festivities at the distinguished and breathtaking Washington County Courthouse. Start the evening off with an enchanting horse drawn carriage ride through beautiful and recently renovated downtown Washington as well as the gorgeous campus of Washington & Jefferson College. Upon entering the Courthouse, guests will be greeted by the caroling Washington Community Arts Choir. After enjoying the Community Choir, stroll through the five elegantly decorated courtrooms and enjoy the delicious holiday food. The courtrooms will feature a traditional

turkey and beef carving station by the Spring House, traditional Croatian Christmas dinner prepared by the Croatian Fraternal Union of America, A Taste of America prepared by Greene County Career and Technology Center, an Italian room prepared by the Community College of Beaver County and desserts prepared by the Western Area Career & Technology Center. Each Courtroom will also feature entertainment including vocalist, Ashley Phillips; mandolinist, Lee Young; and the Greene Academy Dulcimer Players. All guests will also receive a complimentary photo of themselves with our Olde Fashioned Santa Claus as a souvenir. Throughout the entire evening attendees will have the opportunity to bid on several silent auction packages including sports memorabilia, overnight stays, gift certificates, golf packages and much more. In addition, attendees can purchase an ornament created by Head Start students which will enter them into a drawing for a chance to win one of three great prizes including a Garmin Street Pilot c330 GPS. The evening will conclude with an AfterParty at the Pioneer Grille at The George Washington Hotel. Entertainment will be provided by John Puckett, a classic “KareoKustic” entertainer. Community Action Southwest is looking forward to celebrating the holiday season with the entire community. Tickets for the Olde Fashioned Christmas event at the Courthouse only are $60 per person; individual tickets to all three events are $100 per person and tickets for two to all three events are $150. Sponsorships are still available. Community Action Southwest is also accepting donations for its Silent Auction. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event call Andrea Kelvington at 724.225.9550 ext. 404 or visit www.communityactionsouthwest.org.


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Zonta Club Holds Road Rally If you happened to out and about in Washington About Zonta: on Saturday September 29th you may have seen or The Zonta Club of Washington even been accosted by some crazed Road Rally-ers. County is the local chapter of Zonta Club of Washington County sponsored this Zonta International, a world-wide event, which was a cross between a scavenger hunt organization of professional and mega-trivia contest. It is destined to be one of women, founded in the United their major events, judging from the good time that States in 1919. The club founders was had by all. adopted a resolution that their The Road Rally is a team event, the brainchild of mission would be to foster educacurrent Zonta President, Cheryl Hopper, who has tion and constructive work for girls coordinated these for special occasions and family and young women. This basic goal parties several times. A car full of five team memhas since expanded to include a bers travels together around the Washington area, broader scope of activities that collecting specific items, snapping pictures of local enhance the economic, educationlandmarks and people and answering brain teasers al, health, legal and professional and trivia questions about all kinds of things. Each status of women at the local and item or picture or question is worth a certain point global level, through programs of value and the rally is timed. service and advocacy. Zonta proAfter a whirlwind three hours the seven teams for motes the belief that their efforts this year’s event zoomed back to the starting point to advance the status of women, (South Strabane Community Park) to turn in their will improve our society as a loot. While Zonta members scored the sheets, the whole. Rally Teams enjoyed a picnic lunch and recounted If you are interested to learn their adventures. There were a few strange encounmore about Zonta, visit their webters, though overall, the teams had great cooperasite at www.zontaclubwashingtion from everyone they met. tonpa.org The grand prize was awarded and the winners were named. Zonta Club members Rachel Lozosky and Jen White, along with their teammates John, Joyce and Carl were the first ever Road Rally Champions. For their efforts, each team member claimed a gift bag and the team was awarded a specially designed trophy to share and enjoy until the next Road Rally. These first ever Road Rally champs will add their own special trinket to the trophy to commemorate their place in history before it is passed on to the next winning team. Zonta members and all participants agreed it was a great time. Plans are already underway for the second annual Rally next year – watch for it!

Washington City Mission Observes Veterans Day

Staff, residents and visitors of Washington City Mission observed Veterans Day on November 12 in the mission chapel. Currently, 14% of the Mission's residents are veterans, compared to the national statistic of 8%. Taking part in the service were St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Monongahela and the Claysville American Legion Post 639. Pictured above left to right are: Reverend John Fierro, Tim Hammett, Paul Galentine, Bob Armstrong, Mahlon Sibert, and Commander Rick Sibert.

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Fifth grade teacher Kelly Landers gives instructions to students who are gathered to help with the cemetery restoration.

Project to Upgrade the Lobbs Cemetery Gets Underway The members of the West Jefferson Hills Historical Society Anne Hennon, archaeologist from GAI Consultants, gives are working on a project to directions to students working on recording data. restore and upgrade the Lobbs Cemetery, which is located off Old Route 837 near West Elizabeth. This cemetery dates back to 1795 when soldiers who were here as part of the militia to put down the Whiskey Rebellion were buried here. The soldiers had contracted smallpox and were cared for in the nearby Yohogania County Courthouse before their burial in the cemetery. Since then over 800 people Kelly Landers, fifth grade teacher; students Noelle have been buried there. Veterans McCormick, Bethany Cocuzzi, David McConeghy; principal Dennis Peterson from Jefferson Elementary School examof wars from the Revolutionary ine and photograph a tombstone in the Lobbs Cemetery. War to World War II are there as well as many babies, children, and members of local families. On Saturday, October 27, the project was kicked off with the help of local archaeologists and students from Jefferson Elementary School under the direction of Kelly Landers. The children helped to survey, mapped, photographed, and recorded data. The hope is to restore the tombstones, get markers for veterans’ graves, and to clear brush and debris from the cemetery.


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Fran Fusco, Ms. February

Dot Krol, Ms. March.

Phoebe Barkey, Ms. May.

Peggy Savadeck, Ms. November

Ladies of the Mon Local Calendar Girls Take the Nation by Storm By Emily Grazulis It may have been Miss January’s, Lorys Crisafulli’s, idea, but Claudia Williams, owner of CJ’s Furniture, ran with it. Williams asked the Monongahela Area Historical Society if it would sponsor a fundraiser—a “Ladies of the Mon” Calendar Girl fundraiser in which local women would pose nude! She also asked local businesses to sponsor a month and easily found 12—one for each month— that were willing to help. Williams contacted a few women whom she thought would be interested and things just fell into place. These are no ordinary women. All have had full lives with many accomplish-

ments, from careers in the navy, education, and business to volunteering in their communities to having children and grandchildren. At first, the idea of posing nude for a calendar was a bit shocking to some, but Photographer Chris Grilli of New Eagle put his creative talents to work by designing sets in local businesses to provide tasteful shots that highlight the beauty of these older women. Considering this, raising money for the historical society soon brought the hesitation around to enthusiasm for putting Monongahela on the map. And put Monongahela on the map, they did! The Ladies of the Mon had their first interview in Washington D.C., and since then calendars have been sent throughout

the United States. These ladies have had no break; their schedules are full with parades, signing commitments, and interviews around the country. They have appeared on several national news and entertainment shows. As for additional projects in the works, Williams said that she has gotten calls from women who want to know if they can be in the next calendar. She said even men in the area have taken an interest in putting together a similar calendar. When asked if she would be willing to pose in a future calendar, Williams laughed and said not for another 30 years! Over 3,000 calendars have been printed and shipped to 43 states, and the fourth printing is complete. The goal is to sell 10,000, so be sure to purchase one for yourself! The calendars can be purchased for $10 at the Monongahela Area Historical Society, Dorothea’s Boutique,

CJ’s Furniture, Big Harry’s, and Monongahela Chamber of Commerce or at cityofmonongahela.com. Calendars also are available by sending a check payable to Monongahela Area Historical Society to Susan Bowers, 900 Lawrence Street, Monongahela, PA 15063 or on eBay. Keep your community on the map and support the Monongahela Area Historical Society. (PHOTOS BY CHRIS GRILLI)

Dr. Sally Stephenson, Ms. July was on hand to sign calendar autographs at the Monongahela Fireman’s Carnival.

Wanda Magone, Ms. August and Phoebe Barkey, Ms. May wave to the crowd during the Monongahela Fireman’s Parade in

Sondra Bordini, Ms. December.

“Ladies of the Mon” - All 12 months of calendar girls gathered together for a group photo. The women are selling the calendars to raise funds for the Monongahela Area Historical Society.

Coats for Kids, Continued from page 1) The Coats for Kids Campaign is not affiliated with Project Bundle Up. “Originally, we looked at Project Bundle Up and we really felt that what they do for kids without coats is a great idea,” says McCurry. The money, however, would not have been utilized locally if donated to Project Bundle Up. All donations would have been sent to Pittsburgh and evenly distributed throughout all participating communities. “We really felt that it was important to help the kids out around here and keep donations local to improve our community, so we came up with Coats for Kids,” she further explains. Over the past three years, Coats for Kids has purchased and distributed over 200 coats to needy children. Coats for Kids takes recommendations from the community as to who needs coats; frequently, teachers, church members, or other people

connected to a child will call Coats for Kids and give an approximate size and whether the child is a boy or a girl, and the Monongahela Woman’s Club members will purchase the coat and leave it in the care of the person who placed the call. While the program primarily focuses on children in the Ringgold School District, Coats for Kids does occasionally get requests for coats from other Mon Valley communities; if funds are available, Coats for Kids accommodates these requests, too. Check donations made payable to Coats for Kids can be mailed directly to the Monongahela Woman’s Club, c/o Kathy Krisfalusy at 1008 Lincoln Street, Monongahela, PA, 15063. People requesting additional information on the Coats for Kids Campaign can contact Judy McCurry at 724-565-4800.


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The Ladies Aux., Library VFW Post 6664 is promoting a drive to support our Military in the Middle East and Trauma Hospitals. Last year we raised $8,000.00 and mailed more than 200 large boxes of items for the comfort and enjoyment of grateful units throughout the area. We have received many thank you letters expressing the appreciation of our troops. Once again we are joining forces with Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) and hope you will support our efforts. Monetary donations are needed to purchase requested items that are not donated. (Under Armor Shirts, Leatherman Knives, etc.) Remember, we provide items for entire units, so the cost is huge, and mailing the boxes is expensive. Checks should be made payable to Ladies Aux., Library VFW Post 6664 and should be mailed to: Ladies Aux. Library Post 6664 , Attn. Kathie Gasior Corner Pleasant and Church Streets , South Park, PA 15129 Drop off is Monday – Sunday, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Please mark “FOR TROOPS” AT&T Phone Cards in any denomination are greatly appreciated. Some requested items include: DVD Movies and TV Shows, CD’s – current please ; Hand Held games, AAA and AA Batteries, playing cards & poker chips, puzzle books, current magazines, paperback novels (current and new), sun glasses, chap stick, foot powder, baby wipes & hand sanitizers For more items or any other questions, please contact Kathie Gasior at 412833-7561 or Nanci Kreigline at 412-655-7980 or Janet Smith at 412-835-3527. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Singer Fights for April’s Law to Protect Children Using the Internet By Charlotte Hopkins Mexican/American Singer Petra Luna for some time has been fighting to pass April's Law, which will require search engines such as Yahoo, MSN, and Google to better monitor what is displayed on the Internet. Extending her battle into the Mon Valley, she is looking for supporters and those who want to sign a petition to help pass April’s Law. Eventually, the law would ban pedophile websites and require that the Internet follow the basic rules and regulations that the cable companies follow. Cable monitors what is aired on television and eliminates material that is harmful to children. Luna wants the same protection for children using the Internet. "The owners of these search engines can't continue to shrug their shoulders and ignore the problem," she said. "It saddens me that in this country we will go to war to protect our independence, our freedoms, and even our animals and forests but we seem to fall short at protecting our children." Ever devoted to her cause, she speaks out against abuse in the daytime and holds her concerts at night. Her crowning achievement will be to pass April's Law. If you want to sign the petition to help pass this law, go to Luna’s website at www.petraluna.com.

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December 2007 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 25 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER Sydne Ballengee (6) of Mt. Lebanon, Brendan Yager (3) of Crafton, Sara Parker (5) of Venetia, and Wes Parker (3) of Venetia “try out” the tractor at Trax.

Visit Trax Farms for One-Stop Holiday Fun MAKE TRAX for all your bakery, deli, produce, grocery, and wine shop needs… Enjoy pies, cakes, cookies, breads and rolls. Stop in and see our “new look” in the deli, where we offer Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, homemade soups, sandwiches, and salad bowls. Our produce department offers fresh, delicious produce year-round. Shop our remodeled specialty and everyday grocery area. Try Arrowhead wines available in our newly expanded wine shop. For your holidays, special events, parties and gift giving… try Trax Farms sandwich rings, cookie trays, specialty baskets, and shippers. You can also special order a fresh turkey or Albert’s ham for your holiday feast. Call for details or to place your order: 412-835-3246. Holiday Events: Trax Farms is celebrating the holiday with a myriad of fun events. There’s something for everyone! Breakfast/Lunch With Santa: Kids also can enjoy a breakfast or lunch with Santa on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. Breakfast starts at 9 am, and lunch starts at 1 pm. Parents can purchase tickets at the customer service desk; cost is $8. A limited amount of tickets are available, so please buy your tickets in advance. Each child will visit Santa, eat breakfast or lunch, do a craft, and receive a special treat. Bring your camera to capture some special moments, or choose to have us take the picture for an additional $4 fee. Refreshments will be available for parents to purchase in the café. 3WS Christmas Sing-Along: Trax Farms is partnering with 3WS Radio to bring you the 2nd Annual 3WS/Trax Farms Christmas Sing-Along on Tuesdays, December 4 and 11 from 5-8 pm. Register your group on 3WSradio.com; click on events and then on The 3WS/Trax Farms Christmas Sing-Along, fill in the all information and a time that your group would like to perform. It’s as easy as that! Sign up and you could win $500 for your school or organization. After all performances are completed, go to 3wsradio.com and vote for your favorite performance. The group with the most votes will win $500! 3WS will be on-hand with the prize wheel and giveaways on December 4 and our Live “Merkel in the Morning” broadcast on December 11. Special store hours: Through December 23, daily 9 am-8 pm and Sunday, 9 am-6 pm; December 24, 9 am-4 pm; December 25, closed; December 26, 8 am-6 pm; and December 27 through March 14, 10 am-6 pm.

Having Fun at The Trax Fall Festival (PHOTOS BY MARIANNE KLEPPNER)

Ty (8) and Clare (6) Brdar of South Park line up at the height chart at Trax Farms’ annual Fall Festival.

Cousins Karlee Longwell (7) of Evans City and Katie Karas (3) of Hickory play in the pumpkins.

Santa Claus Arrives in Monongahela! Santa Claus will greet and visit with children in Monongahela beginning Saturday, December 1. “Santa’s House” is now located at the National City Bank Plaza, corner of Fourth & Main Streets. The Santa Parade, featuring The Ringgold High School Marching Ram Band will bring Santa into town on his sleigh and arrive at National City at 12:00 noon. Parade route will run from Park Avenue, down Main Street to Fourth Street. Children will enjoy the antics of a juggler, who will begin performing at 11:30 a.m. Treats will be provided for all children in attendance. Santa’s schedule for the holiday season is as follows: • Saturday, December 1 - 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. • Friday, December 7 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 8 - 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. • Friday, December 14 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Saturday, December 15 - 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. • Monday, December 17 thru Friday, December 21 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Closed Sundays ; Closed December 23, 24 & 25 For more information, call Monongahela Chamber at 724-258-5919. The Mon Valley Railroad Club Train Display at 159 Main Street, New Eagle will also be open for the Christmas season. They are open every Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 24 thru January 6, from Noon till 5 p.m. For more information, call 724-379-8584.


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OMH Celebrates A Frontier Thanksgiving The members of the Oliver Miller Homestead Association in Allegheny County’s South Park observed a day of Thanksgiving as it might have been done on the western Pennsylvania frontier in the late 1700’s on Sunday, November 18. Long before President Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, the early settlers gave thanks for the harvest and spent time with family and neighbors before the long winter ahead. Members prepared dishes such as sausage and apples, turkey, onion pie, cornbread, pork and prune casserole, and rye bread in the open hearth, the beehive bake oven, and over the open fire. Following the hours when the Homestead was open to the public, members and family shared the Thanksgiving feast.

Andy Smith and Caroline Smith of Pleasant Hills present the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

The gentlemen of the Homestead prepare over the open fire sausage that has been hand stuffed at the Homestead.

Mary Olesky prepares breads and pies to be baked in the bee hive bake oven behind her.

Period appropriate dishes such as scotch eggs (lower left) and corn bread are displayed in the keeping room.

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Lynette Sell of Lawrence removes bread from the bee hive bake oven.

3rd Annual Christmas Bash on December 8 The Valley Inn Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their 3rd annual “Christmas Bash” on Saturday, December 8th, 2007. The event will be held at the Valley Inn Social Hall. Tickets are $20 each and includes two(2) numbers, and all food and drinks. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and drawings begin at 7:00 PM with subsequent drawings every ten minutes. The Grand Prize drawing for $2,000 will be held at 11:00 PM. For questions or additional information, please call 724-258-5062.


December 2007 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 27 UNION-FINLEY––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER (left to right) Commissioner Larry Maggi; Lilly Kauffman, Volunteer Chair of the Relay For Life of Peters Township; Commissioner Diana Irey; Commissioner Bracken Burns; and Mary Jane Peglow, American Cancer Society Staff Partner.

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Washington County Commissioners Adopt Proclamation for Peters Township Relay for Life On Thursday, November 1, 2007 the Washington County Commissioners read and adopted the following proclamation regarding the Peters Township Relay For Life event. Proclamation WHEREAS, Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells which, if not controlled, can result in premature death; and WHEREAS, Cancer is predicted to strike one out of every three Americans sometime in our lifetime with an estimated 2,444,920 new cases of diagnosed cancer in 2007; and WHEREAS, since 1913, the American Cancer Society has been the nation’s largest and most respected voluntary health organization with over 3 million volunteers currently serving the U.S.; and WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society has funded research which has contributed to every known method for detecting cancer and techniques for treating cancer, thereby increasing the cancer survival rate from 10% to over 50%; and WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event financially benefits the Society’s research and support programs, and educationally benefits our local citizens; and WHEREAS, the Peters Township Relay for Life is a community event that allows an opportunity to network with businesses, associates, family and friends, with the shared goal of making a difference in the battle against cancer. NOW THEREFORE, we, the Washington County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim the Peters Township Relay for Life event as the official signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society to show our support of those individuals living with cancer, and honor those individuals that have lost their lives to cancer. Adopted this 1st day of November 200’7

The Joyce Fulton Memorial Scholarship to be Awarded by The South Park Women’s Club The South Park Women’s Club has announced their intention to award a five-hundred dollar scholarship to a deserving South Park High School Senior. This will be the Joyce Fulton Memorial Scholarship, given to honor the memory of our beloved past member Joyce Fulton. Joyce loved South Park and in particular, the Interact Program. The criteria for the scholarship are as follows: • This five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship is available to a South Park High School senior who has been actively involved in the Interact Program. • The student needs to provide proof of at least twenty-five (25) hours of community service during their senior year • The applicant must submit a three hundred (300) word essay addressing the following: 1. Describe your community service projects and the impact they have had on your life. 2. Discuss your aspirations for the future The Application must be postmarked by April 1st, and sent to: Joyce Fulton Memorial Scholarship South Park Women’s Club P.O. Box 491 South Park, Pa. 15129 An external review panel will read the essays, select the winning applicant and present his/her name to the Executive Board before April 30th.

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New Eagle VFD Cash Bash! The New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department held a fundraising Cash Bash on October 27. Guests enjoyed various games, a Chinese Auction and prizes including chances to win Steeler tickets and Penguin tickets. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)

Enjoying themselves at the Cash Bash were Dee Welsbacher, Lee Schaub, and Pat Koval.

Attendees socialized, played games and had a great time.

Carmen & Patty Lorenzo working their Home Interior table.

Billy Jo Robison and John Grossi. John organized the event.

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On hand for the Cash Bash were Chuck Withrow, Craig Withrow, Pam and Scott Welsbacher.


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Halloween Parade in Elizabeth Elizabeth Borough's annual Halloween Parade was held on October 29 at 7 pm. Many Trick-or-Treaters showed up in a large variety of great costumes to participate in the town's festivities. Costume prizes were awarded, and treat bags were distributed at the end of the event. (PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS)

Dana and Ben Muir brought their daughters “Queen” Harley and “Devil” Samantha out for a fun evening.

“Tinkerbell” Sarah Catherine Klimchak flies high on the shoulders of her Dad, John Klimchak.

“Fireman” Jonathan Boros donned a tiny fireman's uniform and drove a mini fire truck.

Aerich and daughter “Ladybug” Sarah Johnson.

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Years in Business: 20 years in April 2008 Products & Services: Notary services, instant license and registration renewals, instant title processing, temporary plates, boat T-stickers, motorcycle plates and registrations, snowmobile and ATV registrations, transfers, criminal history checks, commercial apportioned registration, PennDOT Authorized Online Messenger Service Center (state and service fees apply), affidavits, CDLs, UPS shipping.

Lone Oak Farm Ready For The Holiday Season By Beth Stroud The holidays are a perfect time to begin family traditions, and the Bucchianeri family, owners of Lone Oak Tree Farm, wants to be a part of that tradition when it comes to finding the perfect Christmas tree! Bundle up your Andrew Stroud enjoyed a trip to Lone Oak Farm family and head to the farm in with his family last Christmas. Monongahela for this year’s holiday pine, fir, or spruce. Lone Oak, which started out as a dairy farm, has been in Ruth Bucchianeri’s family for 90 years. A short jaunt off Route 43, families have gone there for the past 16 years to select from hundreds of Christmas trees including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, Scotch Pines, and Norway Spruces. Tree seekers become holiday lumberjacks as they set out with their bow saws, supplied at the farm, in search of their tree. Once selected and cut, the farm staff retrieves the trees for bundling. While waiting, families can enjoy Michael Stroud shares a laugh free hot chocolate and candy canes with Santa Claus. inside Lone Oak Farm’s 1815 barn where Santa Claus waits on the weekends to visit with the children – young and old. Ruth and her husband Bernie grow the trees from seedlings, and prices are based on species and height. “Most of our trees are seven or eight feet tall, but we do have some trees up to nine feet,” said Ruth. “Churches usually buy those!” The farm, located at 770 Dry Run Road, is open on the weekends from 9 am until dark and weekdays from noon until dark. For more information, call 724.258.3330. Andrew Stroud supervises as his brother, Michael, cuts down their Christmas tree.

Karen Juskowich of Juskowich Notary Service with her dog Candy.

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Juskowich Notary Service Owner: Karen Juskowich Address: 3581A Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA Phone: 724-348-7610 Fax: 724-348-6870 Email: notary@nb.net Hours (winter): Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9 am-7 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 9 am-6 pm; and Saturday, 9 am-3 pm

Karen was born in St. Louis, MO, moved to Dallas, TX, and then moved to Bethel Park, where she graduated from Bethel Park High School. She then moved to Union Township where she still resides. She has been married to her husband Ray for 30 years, and they have three children, Michael (and his wife Jennifer), Lisa, and Jeffery. Karen started her business out of her home in Union Township in 1988 and moved to its present location in Finleyville in 1998. Her dog Candy often spends the day with Karen at the office. Besides the many important services her business provides, Karen is also very involved in her community. She is on the Board of Directors for the Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Although she no longer offers insurance, she is a licensed insurance agent. She is church pianist for United Faith Baptist Church in Peters Township and belongs to a community book club that reads and critiques a book each month. Her latest venture is to learn horseback riding.

Aveda Night at Lie Naj Salon and Spa Customers of Lie Naj Salon and Spa in Pleasant Hills enjoyed a special treat on the evening of November 7. Lie Naj recently became an “Aveda” salon and celebrated with its “Experience Aveda Event” to which clients were invited. Guests sampled Aveda products and services through hand and arm massage and make-up application and learned about their elemental nature through a “stress-relieving experience.” Everyone enjoyed wine, cheese, and other goodies and went home very relaxed! To learn more about the services offered at Lie Naj, call 412-653-1541 or go to lienajsalonandspa.com.


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Jalyn Brown enjoys the beautiful weather outside at her birthday tea party at Victorene’s Tea in Monongahela!

Victorene’s Tea in Monongahela recently hosted a very special tea party for a very special little birthday girl— Jalyn Brown! As you will see from the pictures, these little ladies really enjoyed their birthday tea party! The girls started the birthday tea playing three games—Who Am I?, Finish Mother Goose, and Tea Party Whispers. Jalyn and her party guests are so grown up having tea, The favors, consisting but giggles prevail as they always do in a crowd of little girls! of strawberry and cherry lip-gloss, body sprays and glitter, and princess kaleidoscopes, were a huge hit! Next came the homemade fallinspired treats! The girls’ favorites were our frosted grapes and oatmeal chocolate cookies! The young ladies made all of us feel very young again, and it was indeed a special tea party for Victorene’s. Please keep Victorene’s, a beautiful restored 1860s Victorian farmhouse, in mind for your next birthday party, organization/club meeting, or special occasion. Call us today, or check out our web site for information about our bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, club or organization meetings, and Red Hat teas. Everything is included for you—programs, prizes, favors, place cards, and menu cards. What could be more special than celebrating the holidays at Victorene’s? At the present time, we can still offer you some available dates for your Christmas parties!! Our “Victorene’s Victorian Christmas Teas” are planned for Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 starting at 1 pm. For more information, contact Chris Anne Cole at 724-258-7199 or visit www.victorenestea.com.

Canonsburg General Hospital Appoints Medical Staff Members The Board of Directors of Canonsburg General Hospital recently appointed Priyanka Duggal, M.D., Mark D. Hilborn, M.D., and Patrick T. McCulloch, M.D. to the medical staff. Dr. Duggal, a board-certified internist, received her medical degree from Sawai Man Singh Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital. She is an associated with Preferred Primary Care Physicians with an office in McMurray. A board-certified radiologist, Dr. Hilborn received his medical degree and completed a residency in radiology from the University of Western Ontario and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of Michigan. He is a staff physician in the hospital’s medical imaging department. Dr. McCulloch, an associate with Southwestern PA Orthopedic Associates, received his medical degree from West Virginia University and completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. His office is located in McMurray.

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That Old House

By William “Wild Willy” Frankfort

The General Store Owners: Jeff & Cindy Conner Location: Washington Avenue, Gastonville.

How often do we travel down Washington Avenue, past the Gastonville Elementary School, and admire the unique historical houses set back from the road? I am constantly being quizzed as to the owners of these homes, when they were built, and who owns them now. My attention has always been drawn past one old house to an old red shed situated behind the home that is now owned by Jeff and Cindy Conner. Moreover, people ask about the house that the Conners live in, but I personally have always been interested in that red shed. I stopped one day and met Cindy and her very large dog. After an introduction, she took me to see what I have been interested in for so long. It turned out not to be a shed at all but an old store and a building of some size. It was in decent shape but definitely in need of renovation. I returned home to check my history

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

and maps and got the low down on what it was and why it was there. The General Store was one of several storefronts that were located along Washington Avenue. Starting from the I.O.O.F. Hall, the next building was owned by W.L. Sheets, then an R. Bennett, followed by William Gaston, Mrs. Lyon, a blacksmith shop, and finally a schoolhouse; seven buildings/businesses ended at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Finley-Elrama Road. I had commented to Cindy that I wasn’t sure who owned the store, but wouldn’t it be funny if Sheets owned it. In my research, I found that the store was moved when the road was widened back in the mid-1800s. The building was lifted and logs placed underneath, then rolled to where it sits today. I love buildings like this, where history sort of jumps out at you. You

can see where the old bins and shelves used to be and wonder who visited and shopped there—imagine what conversations took place around the cracker barrel or the old wood stove that probably graces the floor of some antique shop today. If you all have any information about the general store, e-mail us at the paper. We would love to hear from you.

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

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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller

Arthur Hackinson, Jr.

CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty Agent of the Month CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is pleased to recognize Arthur Hackinson, Jr. as our Agent of the Month. He has been a welcome addition to our sales force, due in large part to his lifelong commitment to community service. Many know him as the Fire Chief for Valley Inn VFD. A lifelong Carroll Township resident, he is noted for being family oriented and always doing his best to help people in many ways. Real estate is a good business for him to continue helping people find a new home or sell an existing property. Call Arthur today to work with a Realtor® that will always go the extra mile for you!

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Buyer

Address

Price

UNION TOWNSHIP Quaker Engineering Co. Melody Zader George Zubasic Maronda Homes Inc. Ronald Haines Evelyn Hellier Maronda Homes Inc. Diann Taylor Frank Grelo Robert Hart

Maronda Homes Inc. George and Susan Zubasic Brian Will Elaine Stash Keith and Elizabeth Corigliano Carl Smith Keith and Lori Lingsch Justin Fabry and Emily Mitsch David Barkman and Carrie Grelo Mingo Boy Inc.

Cinque Terra Place Seward Drive 1 Meadow View Place 13 Cinque Terra Place 6300 Jack St. 214 Pleasantview Road 125 Tuscany Estates Drive 3449 Fawn Valley Lane 14 Jefferson St. 2162 Rankintown Road

FINLEYVILLE Patricia Neill et al.

Robert and Beverly Richards

3494 Lincoln Ave.

$61,900

MONONGAHELA Gerald William Devers Joan Rice Estate of Joseph Colucci Katherine Dupay

David Pasula Big G Holdings LLC David and Mary Mucci Robert and Jessica Osada

1116 Railroad St. 501 W. Main St. 600 Meade St. 786 Nevin St.

$20,000 $44,000 $212,500 $74,500

NEW EAGLE Estate of Dorothy Canigiani Morton McFeely Estate of Patricia Whitely Robert Domhoff Estate of Kenneth Cook Aaron Koch

Christine Pietroboni Michael Wilson Robert Morgan and Patrice Micheals DDK Real Estate Investors LLC Wesley and Sharon Rippel Jamie Koch

108 First Ave. 101 Dover Ave. 915 Marion St. 125 Union St. 528 Long Drive 104 Neville St.

$78,700 $120,000 $90,000 $32,000 $45,000 $65,500

CARROLL TOWNSHIP James Kelley et al. Rodney Necciai Peter Leoni Estate of Frank Horak

Ryan and Rebecca Copeland Jack and Cheryl Fritzel Blaise and Jessica Cooper Marjorie Kerekes

Becky Ann Volk

Bernice Strychalski

64 Donora Road $161,900 109 Alexander Ave. $142,500 27 Spruce Alley $52,894 57 Donora Road $0 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $27121) 48 W. Euclid Ave. $35,000

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP Chester Risker Franklin Brown Patricia Brown Carl Curtis McDivitt Joseph Hotovchin Mary Lou Leeds David Boles Maronda Homes Inc. Gary Suchy Bank New York trustee Estate of Elizabeth Miller Estate of Alberta Karabin Nash Engineering Co.

Dale Risker Roy and Cindy Laux Jodi Staab Monica Fritsky and Martin Parker Craig Moore John Havel Todd and Mary Lebowitz Justin and Jamiee DeSimone Jimmie Ruth Caughron Marcase Michele Kim Neff Petros and Cynthia Christofi Penn Equity Fund LLC

Donald Collage Jr. Carol Boros Cynthia Clover Estate of Charles Smith

Michael and Anna Kobulnicky Romel and Stephanie Nicholas Ross and Angela Marker Spencer and Kristin Miller

149 Broadlawn Drive $80,000 929 Cherry St. $33,000 432 Maley Drive $189,000 624 Rock Run Road $120,000 519 Rothey Drive $123,000 1614 Sahara St. $63,800 124 Thunderbird Drive $25,000 228 Williamsburg Drive $189,300 260 Broadlawn Drive $91,000 118 Cornwallis Drive $95,900 681 Peairs Road $122,100 705 E Smithfield St. $65,000 700 McKeesport Road $350,000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $1148965) 2114 Youghiogheny Drive $155,000 306 Braemont Place $165,000 950 Greenock Buena Vista Road $112,000 304 Highland Drive $141,000

ELIZABETH BOROUGH Susanna Jenkins Bowman Estate of Alberta Bowers

Kristy Kolodziej Darlene Soltis and Jerry Williams

215 Second St. 712 S. Second Ave.

SOUTH PARK Jeffrey Walsh Dorothy Kowalsky Michele Simpson Scioto Construction Co. NVR Inc. Gary Fetsko James Ickes II Quality Rentals Levitske Bros Crystal Kelley Frontier Development Partn. LLC Daniel Brickett West Penn Cultural Center Inc. Viola Kowalski et al. Development Investment L.P. Bank New York Trust Co. NA trustee Housing & Urban Development John Lehrman Dolores Evans NVR Inc.

Donald Harmer Jr. and Kelly Harmer Joseph and Ann Sgro Todd Kossler Adam Withers and Kristen Hoff Ian and Tania Roberts Conor Kennedy Matthew and Laura Witt Lori Givens Andrew Levitske, 204 Revocable Trust Darryl Ketter NVR Inc. New Millenium Investments LLC Angelo and Jessica Quarture R & B Mechanical Inc. Angelo and Jessica Quarture Douglas and Cindy Dodds Richard Lips and Dayna Mehaffey Allen Watson Smith Manson Gregory and Tracy Nardozzo

3056 Amy Drive 892 Fredericka Drive 1549 Harding Ave. 200 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 203 4116 High St. 1244 Megown Drive 1301 Royal Park Blvd. Bonnie Dell Drive Brownsville Road 856 Flowers Ave. High St. 1025 Westchester Road Broughton Cochran Mill Road 1120 Broughton Library Road Library Road 1245 Megown Drive 2820 Stanley St. 6323 Broad St. 3831 Grandview Ave. 4202 Remington Drive

$128,800 $156,300 $94,500 $117,049 $211,375 $133,000 $226,000 $65,000 $335,000 $116,600 $52,000 $105,000 $212,500 $70,000 $212,500 $112,000 $88,500 $109,000 $58,500 $256,600

Clinton and Jean Organist Becky and Frank Broskey Brandon Lee Richnafsky and Patricia Louise Fletcher Darla McKosky Donald Ingold

115 Baker Drive 1419 Council Place 5008 Jackson Drive

$155,000 $302,500 $240,934

1642 Jefferson Ridge Drive 2141 Bittner Lane

Lois Anne Wargo Christopher and Michele Sral

6028 Claire Valley Court 1400 Collins Ave.

JEFFERSON HILLS TMK Family L.P. Robert Radecki NVR Inc. Janet Kosloski Heller Household Finance Consumer Discount Co. Christopher Brooks Elizabeth Bendel

$250,000 $50,000 $92,500 $141,900 $190,000 $51,500 $217,400 $172,000 $107,000 $45,000

$26,500 $79,000

$64,000 $48,000 $213,000 $118,000


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Recent Local Real Estate Transactions Seller

Buyer

Address

Price

NVR Inc. MB2K Development Inc. Beneficial Mortgage Co. PA Edward Prisbylla

Domenic and Joanne DiMattia Paul Strope and Sharon Rusnak Tracey Khalil and Marilee Smiley Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee

5010 Jackson Drive Laurel Ridge Drive 2111 Lewis Run Road 3033 Walton Road

Estate of William Mamula James Ganley Gill Hall Land Co. Southersby Development Corp. Jeffrey Muehlbauer East Suburban Assoc. Inc. John Wallace James Lutheran Gowaty Custom Homes Inc. Blackwood Acres Assoc. L.P. RCH Jefferson L.P. Estate of Grace Semian

McGuirk Family L.P. LaMarca Construction Management Inc. Stephen and Bonnie Kisty NVR Inc. Aaron Weiss Carla Jean and Joseph Tranchini Carl and Debbie Hanford Thomas and Deanna Lutheran Bucy Gregory and Penny Sabolsky RCH Jefferson L.P. Blackwood Pointe Assoc. LLC Mark and Jacquelyn Moses

Wray Large Road Century Drive 4207 Harlin Drive Independence Drive 238 Oak Entrance Drive Ridge Road 1501 Route 51 314 Stettler Drive 3331 Woodwind Drive Gillcrest Drive Gillcrest Drive 2300 Route 51

NOTTINGHAM John W Piconi Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Colette Severns

Gregory Theobald Richard Barton and Patricia Botsford Harvey and Toni Mikesell Adam and Linda Kay Bunnell

616 Greenleaf Court 105 Butternut Court 212 Walnut Drive 202 Walnut Drive

$380,000 $414,862 $408,329 $321,500

Donald and Janette Heitmeier Patricia DiCenzo and Herbert Amick Ajay and Ritu Mathur Algustus Lee Jr. and Sheila Lee Brian and Courtney Siska Heartland Homes Inc. William and Noreen Goodlin Robert Montgomery Sean and Nicole Padden Brian and Jennifer Celedonia Bartley and Sandra Rahuba Edward and Cara Tygard Heartland Homes Inc. Ford Mortgage Investment LLC Louis Pahountis George and Wendy Stark Blehar Revocable Living Trust C Grant and Lois Williams Troy and Suzanne Fornof David and Holly Wall Jeremy and Megan Small Kasey Antol and Justin Godard

314 Bridle Trail 147 Brooke Drive 101 Diamond Drive 241 E. Edgewood Drive 118 Ivy Lane Molly Drive 135 Overlook Drive 618 Robinhood Lane 136 Scenic Ridge Drive 142 Scenic Ridge Drive 803 Sheriffs Court 311 Sutherland Drive Walnut Drive Washington Road 111 Bayberry Court 107 Cypress Court 114 Driftwood Drive 127 Driftwood Drive 109 Golfview Drive 229 Molly Drive 316 Walnut Drive 228 Brookwood Road

$630,000 $127,500 $99,000 $825,000 $247,000 $69,000 $138,500 $322,500 $379,690 $422,200 $392,500 $383,800 $73,000 $740,000 $234,000 $378,571 $401,714 $385,958 $396,900 $514,426 $405,294 $111,000

C & S Realty Ventures L.P.

732 E. McMurray Road

$425,000

John Keunsang and Rebecca Lee James and Jessica Hope Robert and Kathleen Esposito Kirk Carper Michael Bogacki Gene Lucadamo and Michele Straka Bonny Sutton Karl and Carmen Stenholm Richard Carrozzi Jr. & Michelle Carrozzi Matthew and Megan Rost Bayard Crossing Corp. Jerry and Nancy Polen Michael and Joan Lynch Terrence and Susan Luddy

125 Froebe Road 128 Golden Eagle Drive Hedgerow Drive 210 Roscommon Place 508 Scott Lane 101 Standing Rock Drive 333 Bellwalt Drive 127 Breezewood Drive 162 Delaware Trail Hedgerow Drive Maple Lane 116 N Heide Lane 204 Prestonwood Lane 102 Teaberry Lane

PETERS TOWNSHIP Jeffrey Fulton Herbert Amick Estate of Marcus Ruscitto Brian Homes Inc. Kenneth Wayne Rockhill Hidden Brook L.P. Marian Yatsko Laurie Wehner Great Meadows L.P. Great Meadows L.P. Christman Schafer Great Meadows L.P. Bower Hill Development Co. Donna Marie Mackey Jack Holt Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Douglas Carr Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Guy W Goodnight Revocable Living Trust Justabout Assoc. Property Holdings LLC Cliff Rowe Jr. et al. L & H Construction Co. Linda Taylor Walter Maxwell Jeffrey Schulte Francis Lison Stephen Defrancesco Jr. Timberland Builders LLC John Wastchak Linda Taylor Penny Ann Lightholder Thomas e Richard Boyd Estate of Rose Marie Johnston Michael Lego

$280,650 $42,900 $41,000 $1,522 by sheriff's deed $125,000 $80,000 $220,891 $31,000 $250,000 $70,000 $220,000 $305,000 $326,000 $1,300,000 $2,200,000 $53,000

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Resident Spotlight By Alice Harris

Kay Lusk (aka “Fiesty Mama”) Town: Finleyville Family: Son, Robert Startoni (m. Ella Grican of Monongahela); Granddaughter, Robin, and three great-grandsons. Age: 85 years Hobbies and Interests: “Instigating,”

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Kay has led a long, active, and very interesting life. Born in Hummelstown, PA, she lived in Baltimore, MD until age 11. When the Depression set in, her family moved back to Hummelstown to live on her granddad’s farm. She graduated from Swatara High School in Oberlin, Dauphin County, PA. Upon marriage, she came to southwest Pennsylvania and then to Finleyville where she has lived for many years. During WWII, Kay trained to be an airplane mechanic. Her job was to climb a ladder and check the carburetors on planes. She has worked for a uniform factory, Hershey chocolate factory, Kaufmann’s in Pittsburgh, Donora Sportswear (as a commercial seamstress), and in real estate. She once bought 31 city lots in Pittsburgh (paying for them with her Kaufmann’s wages), built two houses, and then sold the remainder to a company to build a factory. She has owned her own sewing shop, and was a partner with Andy Todd in a beauty shop in Bethel Park. She is also a hypnotist and belongs to Hypnotist Society of Pennsylvania. Active in politics, Kay is the Reformed Party of Washington County chairman. She is a past chairman of the Reformed Party at the state level. When Tom Ridge ran for Governor of Pennsylvania, Kay was also a contestant. But she fell short of the 28,000 needed signatures by 1,400 names to get on the ballot, as she ran out of time to meet the deadline. She says she ran because “someone has to do it.” Her platform embodied the values of the Constitution and plain common sense. Kay finds humor in many things and smiles, laughs, and jokes all the time. Her friends affectionately call her “Fiesty Mama.” Kay’s ability to stand up and make a difference makes her one very special lady.

Robert A. Frank Named Executive VP/COO of Jefferson Regional Medical Center Jefferson Regional Medical Center President and CEO Thomas P. Timcho announced that Robert A. Frank Robert A. Frank has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer following the retirement of Robert W. Horn. “The board of directors’ unanimous endorsement of Bob Frank as chief operating officer will provide continued stability for Jefferson Regional,” said Timcho. “Not only is Bob a very competent, committed professional, he knows Jefferson Regional well. He is a life-long resident of the very communities we serve. Bob will do what is best for the long-term benefit to our medical staff, employees and patients.” Frank, who resides in Bethel Park, is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, having earned three degrees at the university: a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration. Frank began his healthcare career as a budget and reimbursement analyst. During his nearly 30-year career at Jefferson Regional, Frank continually earned increasing responsibilities, serving in the role of financial director for a number of years before being promoted to vice president of financial services in 1995 and then senior vice president and CFO. Frank has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Jefferson since 2004 where his responsibilities included all finance activities for Jefferson Regional, which has more than $200 million annual in revenues and $300 million in assets. The position also has responsibility for Information Technology, Medical Records and Purchasing. Frank has been responsible for the financial direction and administration of Jefferson Regional Medical Center which has grown in financial stability in recent years. During his tenure as CFO, the medical center’s bond rating was improved twice in a ten-month period by Moody’s Investor Services, Inc. The medical center has posted a favorable bottom line each fiscal year that Frank served as CFO. In 2005, Frank was selected from 125 executives as the recipient of CFO of the Year honors from the Pittsburgh Business Times for his community service work with the Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon where he serves on the board of directors.

Monongahela Native Volunteers Time to Help Veterans Ken Koval, graduate of Monongahela High School Class of 1952, was recently featured in a Louisiana magazine, The Best of Times for the many hours he spends volunteering to help veterans. Ken, 72, was raised in Monongahela and now resides in Bossier City, Louisiana. In 1952, he joined the United States Air Force. Koval was sent to Lake Charles Air Force Base in Louisiana where he met and married his wife, Shirley. His last assignment before retirement was Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the Air Force in 1979. He then worked as a corporate pilot for several years and then went to work for Hewlett-Packard until his retirement in 1996. Since his retirement, Koval has worked with and for veterans almost non-stop. He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He has held just about every position possible in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. In 2003, Koval was awarded the VFW National Community Service Award and in 2006, the Louisiana VFW “Spirit” Award. Koval now spends much of his time working with an organization called Adopt a Soldier Now. One of the things this organization does is help build handicap accessible homes for wounded soldiers. Koval was also personally responsible for raising over $10,000 to pay for room, food and debit cards for Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees.


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South Park Student Makes Dream Become a RealityExtending Music Opportunities to Less Fortunate Stephen Barnes, a current South Park senior, has realized his dream of making music accessible to all students through his establishment of the South Park Music Access Program. The idea to establish the program originated from Stephens’ own personal success playing the saxophone and the instruction he has provided to younger students. Desiring to increase interest in the South Park music program, Stephen realized that the cost was prohibitive to many of our students. Based upon his beliefs and values that the study of music instills a work ethic, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment for the students, Stephen was able to establish a mission, define both long and short term goals, and strategically plan and implement those actions needed to make his dream Stephen Barnes become a reality. Through his establishment of the South Park Music Access Program, Stephen has raised funds that will be utilized to provide instruments to students either at no charge or at a rental cost significantly below market value. Funds will also be utilized to cover the costs of group and private lessons at the school, helping to get students not only involved, but excited about music. Stephen obtained funds for the program through fund raising including selling refreshments donated by vendors at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concert in the Park, accepting monetary donations at home football games, and at a local Giant Eagle. Stephen has even raffled off a used car to generate funds. Thus far Stephen has collected twelve instruments (3 clarinets, 1 flute, 3 saxes, 4 trumpets and 1 trombone). Funds will be utilized to repair to instruments, loan to students who cannot afford an instrument, as well as to provide music lessons. Anyone wishing to donate a gently used instrument is asked to contact Stephen via e-mail at SouthParkMusicAccess@hotmail.com. Financial donations can also be sent to South Park Music Access c/o South Park High School, 2005 Eagle Ridge Road, South Park, 15129.

Finleyville’s Fazzini is Stationed in Korea

Anthony Michael Fazzini

Anthony Michael Fazzini graduated from Ringgold High School in 2007. In August 2007, he graduated Army basic training in Ft. Leonardwood, MO. He was stationed in Aberden, MD as a 52 Delta Power Generator Mechanic until November 2007 then went to Camp Casey Korea for a year.

Eikey is RHS Student of the Year Elizabeth Eikey of Finleyville, and a senior at Ringgold High School, was voted as the RHS Student of the Year. She is also the president of the National Honor Society. Elizabeth has many accomplishments and is an outstanding young woman and student. Congratulations Elizabeth!

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Harvesting a Long Life; Christina Urbanija of Finleyville Turns 102 By Heather Kelley-Latorre Humph. 32. 102. 32 goes into 102 at least three times . . . a woman should never tell her age, but for this article it is a must. The writer of this article is 32 years of age, and the main character, Christina Urbanija of Finleyville, turned 102 this October. She has lived three lifetimes in the eyes of this writer! And that is meant as a compliment, especially when considering the verse from the Bible, “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength” (Psalm 90:10). Christina admits she does not remember everything, but with a century of memories she is allowed to forget a few things. Her eyesight is terrific, and, if not for two broken hips, it is a bet that she would be out Mrs. Urbanija doing some farm chores, which have been a large part of her life.. Christina’s husband Frank had come to this country in 1926, leaving her and their infant daughter, Veronica, behind in Slovenia. Christina and Veronica followed two years later, first settling in Clairton, then Snowden Township, and then in Large. Every move led Christina to her wish of having a plot of land to garden. The last move to the farm on Finleyville-Elrama Road is still the family’s homestead. This farm has seen its heyday, as Christina had more than a plot of land to garden. While her husband worked the mines, she worked the farm which included rising before 4 am to milk the cows and harvest fields of thousands of tomatoes contracted to the Heinz plants in Pittsburgh. Christina has also harvested the fruit of a long life. Two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren and all those memories . . . Happy Birthday Mrs. Urbanija!

Birth Announcements Ty Matthew Betler Matthew and Katie Betler of South Park are pleased to announce the birth of their son Ty Matthew Betler on October 23, 2007 at 3:05 p.m. Ty weighed 5lbs 6ozs and was 19.5” long. Ty came into the world exactly one month to the day before his original due date and was kept in Magee’s NICU for 8 days. He was released and came home on Halloween. He is welcomed into the world by his Proud Parents, Loving Rottweiler Brothers, Great-Grandparents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and numerous family and friends.

Isabella Juliet Schoedel Max and Renee Schoedel of Union Township wish to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Juliet Schoedel. The proud grandparents are John and Lindamarie Schoedel of Union Township and James and Kathleen Sipes of South Park. Great Grandmothers are: Madeline Choff Schoedel of Coraopolis, Elma Batic of South Side and Lois Sipes of Brookline. Bella weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. This is their first child. Max and Renee left for West Penn Hospital at 5 a.m. on Sept 7, 2007. Isabella made her grand entrance into this world one hour and 37 minutes later at 6:37 a.m. Bella wasted no time.

Rebecca Lynne Seliga & Sean Joseph Salsbury Announce Engagement Clark and Sally Seliga of Finleyville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Rebecca Lynne Seliga to Sean Joseph Salsbury. Sean is the son of Barry and Kathy Salsbury of Claysville. Rebecca attended Ringgold High School. Sean attended McGuffey High School. Both are currently attending Washington and Jefferson College. The wedding will take place June 26, 2010.

Sean Joseph Salsbury and Rebecca Lynne Seliga

Jefferson Hills Teen Wins Horse Show Event Congratulations are in order for Rachel Bredel, age 14 of Jefferson Hills, and a ninth grader at Thomas Jefferson High School, who is the 2007 Champion of the Mane Event Hunter Long Stirrup Division of the Rachel Bredel South Park Mane Event Horse Show. Rachel received a beautiful ribbon in addition to a grooming tote filled with horse supplies. Rachel has been showing since 2006, under the guidance and instruction of Colleen Sotak of Sunny Acres and riding Colleen’s Whinny the Poo.


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Whatever Happened to Musician John Papi? When John Papi was a boy, the sweet sounds of jazz floated from the famed “Hurricane Bar” as if out of heaven onto the lower Hill District streets of his paper route. “The music got inside of me,” he says. He used to sneak into the Hurricane to hear his idol, Wendal Bird, which was the start of his longing to become a jazz organist and his dream to play at the Hurricane. Today, Papi (68) is founder/owner and operator of Pap-Pone Builders, designers and builders of over 150 homes in the past 11 years. His house in Peters Township, which he designed and shares with his wife of 25 years, Charm, serves as a model home. The company also has projects underway in Mt. Lebanon, Cecil, and Peters Township. Still, John Papi is best remembered as one of Pittsburgh’s John Papi then. renowned jazz organists, whose bands of the 60s through the 80s performed in theatres and clubs, including those he owned in the Route 51 corridor of the Whitehall/Overbrook area. Radio Icon Porky Chedwick called him “the man with the thousand fingers,” as people used to flock to gaze at the mirror located above his organ just to watch his fingers move. I run into people who tell me they wondered whatever happened to me, and Papi, whose band recordings include “For Once in My Life,” “J.P. Blues,” “Dude,” “Let Me Be Good To You,” “One More Time,” and his all-time great “Ebb Tide.” “One More Time” and “Dude” are currently two of Britain’s hottest “head banging” songs and buyers seek them on eBay. Some of these tunes are incorporated into Pap-Pone Builders’ website at Papponebuilders.com. John Papi now. Papi’s musical career began at the age of 21 following a four-year stint in the Navy. A welder by day, he formed the Montclairs, a wedding band for weekend gigs. Despite their success, he yearned to trade his accordion, which he taught himself to play as a boy, and his polka player image to become a jazz organist. To that end, he bought a used cordovox (or organ inside an accordion), disassembled and rewired it, and inserted it into a console so he could sit like an organist. Soon afterward, he bought his first Hammond B-3 organ and formed the John Papi Trio. Club bookings followed, including at the Hurricane, while the groups “Tribute to Wes Montgomery,” written by guitarist Jack Petit, climbed the national music charts. As band members left, he replaced them with musicians from Cleveland, including Pittsburgh’s own “double sax playing” Johnnie Van, and renamed the band Fairchange. With the infusion of vocals and comedy skits, the act became “like a floor show,” which he took on the nationwide Holiday Inn circuit, making the cover of their national pamphlet. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1968, Papi opened his first nightclub, the “Panther Room” located on Route 51 in Whitehall. His band provided entertainment there as well as at the “Cocktail Garage,” which he opened two years later in a used car lot on Route 51 in Overbrook. Instead of spending thousands of dollars in renovations, he went with a “cocktail garage” theme, erecting a black shell of a car on the building’s roof. While the city made him remove it on the grounds that a parked car on a roof was a violation, the Volkswagen shell on an inside wall was permitted to stay. When the garage gimmick grew old, he redid the building into the horror-themed “Haunted House.” In 1973, Fairchange, with singer Chuck Corby, opened shows at the Stanley Theatre featuring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Gary U.S. Bonds. When Papi was called onto the stage by emcee Jeff Christie, known today as Rush Limbaugh, the lights blinded him and he fell into the orchestra pit. “My adrenaline was so high I didn’t even know if I was hurt,” Papi said, and the show continued. After selling the Haunted House, he opened Papi’s Deli and Restaurant at Pennsbury Village in 1975. With his need to perform, he sold the deli and, Fairchange hit the road again before settling down and becoming the house band at Joey’s Restaurant in McKeesport and Monzo’s Restaurant in Monroeville. A serious car accident in 1990 left Papi’s arm and fingers impaired. As his music career ended, he went to work for a national builder that sent him to school to learn plan drawing and design. He formed his own construction company in 1993. Today, Papi, a fundamental Christian, regards the car accident as a blessing, as it forced him into a new career he finds more rewarding. “It was hard to survive just doing music,” he said. “Not to mention carrying a 500-pound organ up and down steps six nights a week”. With his love of jazz intact and his numbness in his arm and fingers gone, he continues to play for family gatherings. Papi enjoys jam sessions in his home’s designated music room, playing on the original Hammond B-3 organ that started his career and traveled the country with him many years ago.

Recent Local Deaths Barber – Chad R, 33., of Pittsburgh, Formerly of Monongahela died Sunday October 21. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Beal – Charles L, “Bean” 48., of Monongahela died Tuesday October 30. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Curka – Gregory Stephen, 45., of Charlotte North Carolina died Monday October 1. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Cushey – John W. Jr, 89., of Finleyville died Tuesday November 20. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Higgins – Freda I, 86., of Monongahela died Saturday October 20. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Miller – Jacqueline G, 71., of Venetia died Friday October 19. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Necciai – Guy Jr, “Ginge” 79., of Monongahela died Saturday October 13. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Pearce – James G, 72., of Monongahela died Saturday October 27. Arrangements

under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Reschenthaler – Norma, 82., of Elizabeth died Thursday October 18. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Smith – Louis J, 88., of Monongahela died Friday November 9. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Uphouse – Mae Kathryn, 91., of Finleyville died Wednesday October 24. Arrangements under direction of L.M. Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Visnich – Irene G, 88., of Donora, Formerly of Monongahela died Thursday October 18. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Warrington – Kenneth J, 32., of Finleyville died Wednesday November 7. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral in Finleyville. Wilson – Richard L, 68., of Monongahela died Tuesday November 6. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Zelinsky – Kathleen V, 61., of Finleyville died Tuesday October 30. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

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Washington City Mission Dedicates Refurbished Medical Clinic

On Saturday, October 20th, Washington City Mission held an open house to dedicate its refurbished James H. Arbuckle Medical Clinic. The renovations were possible through a grant from Audia Caring Heritage Association and a gift from the late RoseMarie Johnston through South Hills Bible Chapel. Pictured above (l-r) Cindy Slivka, clinic coordinator, standing between Albert and Terry Andy of Audia Heritage Caring Association, David Tenison of South Hills Bible Chapel and also president of the Mission board of directors.

Caravan Christian Scouting Program Teaches Children Healthy Habits Caravan is a Christian scouting program designed to teach children how to develop into fit, healthy young adults. Skills taught at different levels can help a child develop moral values to make good choices in life. They can learn skills like camping, map reading, collecting, Bible study, sewing, car care, just to name a few. Children earn badges and awards as they progress through each program. All children in grades 1 through 6 are welcome and can join at any time. Caravan is held at the Monongahela Nazarene Church on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm during the school year. For more information, you can check out the website at caravan.nazarene.org, or call Pastor David Snyder at 724-258-4401.

Angel Food Ministries Provides Groceries to Members Does it seem that your grocery bill gets consistently higher and higher, making it more difficult to feed your family for a reasonable cost? Finleyville Food Pantry recently started a local Angel Food Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief to communities throughout the United States. Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $25 per unit (cash or food stamp program). Each month’s menu is different from the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $50. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78. Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is all the same high quality one would purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads, and no produce that is almost too ripe. Also offered are specialty boxed items such as steaks, chicken, and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can purchase, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries, like most all other retail grocery stores, also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system. For information about pick-up dates, call 724-292-1060. Food pick-up will also take place at the Finleyville Community Center, usually on the last Saturday of each month.

St. Anthony C.C.D. Students Hold Veteran’s Day Service St. Anthony C.C.D. students in Monongahela held a prayer service on Sunday, November 11th, honoring the Military past and present. River James Dolfi read a prayer for the Military and their families. Mr. Al Poroda, Deacon Candidate, read the names of the parishioners who are presently serving our Country. The praying of the “Our Father” followed and a time of silent reflection was observed. The memorial service ended with everyone joined in singing, “God Bless America”. Pictured above (left to right) is 7th grade student River James Dolfi and flag attendants, first graders, Dominica Kortyna and Jenna Colagiovanni.

St. Anthony Parish Builds Unique Gardens “Rotundini of St. Padre Pio”

Carriage Hill Lane off of Airport Road

Finleyville “Our Lady of The Resurrection Prayer Garden for the Unborn and Unwanted”

In Divine Providence, the prayerful and unique outdoor “Rotundini (small Rotundo) of St. Padre Pio” and “Our Lady of The Resurrection Prayer Garden for the Unborn and Unwanted” has recently been built and dedicated at St. Anthony Parish, 225 Park Avenue, Monongahela, PA. Look for a complete story in an upcoming edition of The Union-Finley Messenger.


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Area Church News Jefferson United Methodist Church to Hold Bake Sale Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, will hold a bake sale on Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookie Trays, Apricot, Nut and Poppyseed Rolls, Cakes, Pies, Candy, Cupcakes, etc.

“Oh, No! Not Another Christmas Play!” First United Methodist Church, 430 West Main Street, Monongahela presents “Oh, No! Not Another Christmas Play” on Sunday, December 16th.at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a comedy Christmas play with your loved ones. All are welcome. Free admission! Performed by our youth and adult members. For more information, please contact Dave Woodburn at 724-379-6127 or Marilyn Sanner at 724-292-0102.

December Events at Wright’s United Methodist Church • Wright’s United Methodist Church will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a candle light service at 7 p.m. Christmas eve. All are invited to attend. • Breakfast with Santa will be held at Wright’s United Methodist Church on Saturday December 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Breakfast for the parents & children with all other actives for children age 2-10. • Wright’s U. M. Church wide variety show December 9th. Pot luck dinner at 4 p.m., show starts at 5 p.m. and desserts will follow. If you have a talent you would like to share, please attend.

December Events at St. Anthony Church • Student Living Rosary - On Sunday, December 2, at St. Anthony Church in Monongahela, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the C.C.D. students, Kindergarten A & B through 9th Grade will pray the Joyful Mysteries as a “Living Rosary” to introduce the Liturgical Season of Advent. This event will be taped for future viewing on the Catholic television network; E.W.T.N. Following the Rosary will be the 10:30 Mass. The solemn blessing of the Advent Wreath will take place during the week-end Masses. All are welcome to attend. • The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 8th will be commemorated at the weekend Masses. • The Annual “Christ the Light of the World” Outdoor Light-Up Night and “Christmas Cantata” will be held on Saturday, December 8 at St. Anthony Church beginning with Mass at 5 p.m. Following Mass the outdoor light-up will be held and at 6:30 p.m. the “Christmas Cantata” will begin. • Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap. - Well known speaker and guest on E.W.T.N. Television Network will be the guest speaker at St. Anthony Parish in Monongahela at The St. Padre Pio Rotundini Prayer Group on Tuesday, December 4th. Mass will begin at 6:00

p.m. followed by the prayer meeting. • Advent Mass With Prayers For Healing - Fr. William Kiel will be at St. Anthony Parish on Sunday, December 16th beginning with Mass at 4:00 p.m followed by Prayers for Healing. • December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - We will once again begin the devotion of venerating the Traveling Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. • The Christmas Giving Tree - Please help to make this Christmas special for those in need by giving a gift to someone on “The Christmas GivingTree.” The tree is located in the Church. • Feast of St. Lucy – During Mass on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, Fr. Joseph Feltz will give a special blessing of the eyes for all those attending. • Advent Reflections at St. Anthony Church Young families are invited to attend the Advent Reflections on Tuesdays during Advent beginning at 7 p.m. in the school. Also, Advent Reflections for all ages will be held Thursdays during Advent, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. • St. Anthony Church Christmas Mass Schedule • Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24th - Mass at 5 p.m. – Los Posados – The Procession • Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24th - Choral Concert at 11 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass

December Events at The First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville • Men’s Breakfast: The monthly Men’s Breakfast will meet on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. • “Come in out of the Cold” Advent Open House at the First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville on Sunday, December 9. Worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by fellowship. • The Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. For more information or if you have any questions, call 724-348-5689 or see our website at www.firstpresbyterian.us.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Baptist Church Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park will hold the following events: • Men’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the South Place Building. • Women’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in room 203 to explore the book “Experiencing the Heart of Jesus” by Max Lucado. • Wednesday Night Live Dinners are held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Call the church office at 412-833-6111 to sign up by noon on Mondays. Visit the Web site for this week’s menu and cost. • Wednesday Night Live is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes offered for infant through kindergarten, elementary (grades 1-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and adults. Adults can choose from four electives. High school students (grades 9-12) meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evenings in the South Place Building.

Holiday Events: • Worship and praise services will be held at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Sunday, December 23. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 24th. • The Christmas Concert featuring the choir, musicians and vocalists from Peters Creek will be held at 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 16th. For more information, please call 412833-6111.

Windover Hills Presents Christmas Play The Windover Hills United Methodist Church of South Park is presenting the original Christmas musical “Precious Emmanuel”. The production, about 40 minutes in length, features 7 original musical compositions and is performed by members of the church. Esther Spadero is overseeing the production. Dates for performances are Saturday, December 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will include a carol sing along and stand-up Christmas comedy by area comedian Alex Stumpf. A reception will follow each performance. There is no charge for attending. The church is located at 6751 Ridge Road, across from Sunny Slopes in South Park. The church phone is 412-6536899. We would also like to take this opportunity to invite all to come and worship with us this Christmas Eve at either of our services. The first is a family service at 7 p.m. and the second service is at 11 p.m.

Christmas Carols at The Church of Jesus Christ Come enjoy an evening of your Favorite Christmas Carols on Saturday December 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth St Monongahela, starting at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events at First Presbyterian Church, Monongahela • December 1 – Events throughout the town: • Santa Breakfast, 9 a.m. – First Presbyterian Church • Tea at Goody Two Shoes, 12:30 p.m. • Christmas Parade with the Ringgold Band, 11:30 a.m. • Arrival of Santa at National City Plaza, 12:00 Noon For more information, call Ron and Sue at 724-258-9531 or the church at 724-2588300. • Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25th – Mass at 10 a.m. • Throughout the Season of Advent the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be given every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Church and every Tuesday following the 6:00pm Mass in the school.


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Bethel Park

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

Jefferson Hills

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

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

Jefferson Hills Bible Church

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

Jefferson United Methodist Church

Nativity Catholic Church

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

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

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

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

Library / South Park

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

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

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

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

New Eagle/Monongahela

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

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

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

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


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"The Church of Jesus Christ"

Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McMurray/Upper St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Union To w n s h i p

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

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

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

First Baptist Church of Finleyville Peters Twp/Venetia/Nottingham

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

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

First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville 3595 Washington Avenue, Finleyville (724) 348-5689 Rev. Candace Cook-Andres, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. (Summer Worship hours – 9:30 a.m.)

St. Francis of Assisi

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

Union Roads United Methodist Church 3687 Finley Elrama Road, Gastonville (724) 348-5504 or (724) 348-6200 email: kenmiller_20@hotmail.com Rev. Ken Miller, Pastor Worship Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Church School: Sunday 9:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

REMINDER: Editorial Deadline for the January issue is

December 10


Special Section

ANTIQUES, CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES ANTIQUE or JUNQUE?

Add Holiday Cheer to Your Home With Crafts (NewsUSA) - Do-ityourself crafting is all about turning a simple household item into an impressive piece of holiday décor. During this year’s season of celebration, creating your own holiday decorations is easier than you might think. The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) offers some helpful decEasy decorating ideas and tips can dress orating tips to celebrate your home up this holiday season. the season and create homemade masterpieces using basic materials: • Ribbon. Colorful ribbon can be used to make simple bows for tying around doorknobs or pinning on curtains. By hanging ribbon with thumbtacks, you can display greeting cards by attaching them attractively to the ribbon with clothespins. • Wrapping paper. Not just for wrapping presents anymore, this colorful paper is a versatile decorating medium. Make your front door a welcoming entryway by wrapping it entirely in paper and placing a ribbon in the center to resemble a giant present. Or create an attractive vase by wrapping an empty coffee can, leaving the top open. Place on the floor or on a table, and fill with evergreen branches and holly. • Paper. Paper crafts are ideal for involving children in holiday crafting. Using plain white paper and scissors, cut snowflakes to display in your window, or hang from the ceiling. Add silver glitter for a whimsical sparkle. • Natural materials. Using natural items like pinecones, evergreens and bark adds rustic beauty and aromatic touches to a quaint holiday theme. Take five or six cinnamon sticks and tie them together with ribbon to create small bundles. Display them in a bowl or on a shelf. Also, adding gold spray paint or frost to a large pinecone, and then hanging it by a string, creates a unique door hanger. For more craft ideas, visit www.craftplace.org.

Anne McCollam, Copley News Service

Q: I am enclosing a photo of a Ceramic Art Co. porcelain vase that my aunt had as far back as I can remember. It is 13 inches tall, urn-shaped, decorated with pink flowers against a background that shades from green to cream, and trimmed in gold. Marked on the bottom is a pallet against a circle with scrolled letters above the word “Belleek.”I am curious about its age and value. A: Walter Scott Lenox and Jonathan Coxon Senior established the Ceramic Art Co. in Trenton, N.J., in 1889. The name was changed to Lenox around 1906. From the beginning, they set their sights on producing fine porcelain that could compete with Irish Belleek and the established porcelain factories in Europe. Lenox and Senior left a legacy of over 100 years of beautiful American porcelain. Your vase was made around 1900 and would probably be worth $800 to $1,200.

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a small, antique chest with a marble top. The fruit pulls are hand-carved, the castors are white porcelain, and the drawers have burl veneer panels. I am interested in learning the age, maker, and value of my chest. A: You have a Victorian Renaissance Revival chest that was made around 1860. The hand-carved fruit pulls, marble top, and burl veneer panels are characteristics of the Renaissance Revival period of furniture. Without a manufacturer’s label it can be difficult to identify the maker. Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a leading center for furniture factories and many similar pieces of furniture were produced there. Your three-drawer chest would probably be worth $800 to $1,200. Q: I have a celluloid dresser set that belonged to my mother. It includes a hand mirror, comb, hairbrush, shoehorn, dresser tray, picture frame, covered powder dish, dish with a lid that has a hole in the center and a buttonhook. With the exception of the brush and the comb, the set is in very good condition. Even though I would never part with it, I would like to know what it is worth. A: Celluloid was the creation of John W. Hyatt in 1869. The name celluloid is the combination of cellulose and colloid, two of the materials used to make the early plastic. It gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s as an inexpensive substitute for ivory and tortoise shell. Celluloid is flammable and should be kept out of direct sun and heat. Clean only with mild soap and water. The dish with a hole in the lid is a hair receiver. Your circa 1920s dresser set would probably be worth $75 to $125. Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. For a personal response, include picture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $15 per item (one item at a time). © Copley News Service.


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Ask the Experts ANTIQUES, CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES BY TH E D EAL E R S AT TH E ANTI QU E LOFT LOCATE D AT TR AX FAR MS

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What are some of the most popular Christmas decorations among today’s collectors and their approximate values? Thanks, Bitsy K.

A. Holiday items, especially Christmas, are big sellers the entire year. Although we do have more people asking now that the season is upon us. The types of requests we receive sometimes even surprises us! Plastic candleholders, flowers, and ornaments are really popular among the baby boomers. Aluminum Christmas trees are a real hit with the 30-40 age group. Overall, as with most antiques and collectibles, we buy what we like. Christmas items are still rather inexpensive in this area. Gurley candles from the 50s sell for about $8. A fourfeet aluminum tree could go for as much as $60. Most vintage ornaments we sell range from $1 to $5 each. Just remember, there are always lots of good bargains as long as you are willing to look hard and even ask for a better buy. We have holiday items coming in daily, and don’t forget we like to buy antiques almost as much as we like selling them.

The Antiques Loft at Trax Farms put their best foot forward to welcome customers. Antique Loft Manager, Ladonna Galiszewski (photo at left) is all smiles this holiday season!

Antique Loft Offers Top Notch Antiques and Collectibles By Beth Stroud Take a stroll through the Trax Farms Antique Loft, and it’s like taking a walk down Memory Lane. For nearly three years, the loft has been located in a renovated area of the original Trax barn above the produce department. “Trax is really diversified, with their different shops and many activities,” said Managed Ladonna Galiszewski. The Antique Loft is a great complement to all that Trax Farms has to offer. There are 20 dealers at the loft that offer glassware, toys, costume jewelry, artwork, lighting, books, furniture, linens, china, primitives, coins, and much more. “Our dealers are very professional, and I’m fussy about what is brought in,” Galiszewski shared. She stated that the shop is known for their quality, good pricing, and the fact that you can always find something “new.” The items are often purchased as accessories in decorating, though much is useable. The dealers take turns working the front desk, and many are history buffs. They also run a monthly “Ask the Expert” column in local publications and welcome the public’s questions at antiqueloft_traxfarms@yahoo.com. The Trax Farms Antique Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm, seven days a week and often stays open to accommodate special events at Trax Farms. Allow yourself plenty of time to browse the large display area; if your wish list is extensive, they offer a layaway program. For more information, call 412.835.3246, extension 135.


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Treasures Galore at The French Quarter at Quail Acres By Heather Kelley-Latorre The French Quarter, a joint venture within The Shoppes at Quail Acres in Washington, must be seen, otherwise it is hard to describe. Combined in one “eclectic boutique” are candles, purses, clothes from New York and Las Vegas, stained glass from London, and old tin ceiling tiles from Philadelphia and New York. . . the list could easily fill this article! Owners of Ooh La La, Jo Beth Barr, and Chandelle Chaleur, Nancy Owners of The French Quarter, a joint venture Komondor, successfully blended their within The Shoppes at Quail Acres, are shops together after moving out of the Jo Beth Barr and Nancy Komondor. Emporium, which was located in the house at Quail Acres. The combination is something like “herbs de province,” a hand-mixed blend of many sweet and flowery French herbs. But these shops offer far more than the French touch. Both owners absolutely believe in American-made products but also have quality items like Polish crystal and Irish jewelry. They support about 20 local artists – not in consignment – but by purchasing directly from the artist. From local artists to wellknown names like Bulova and Arthur Court clocks or Root candles, whatever it is you will be sure to find its cost at about 20% less than you would at other shops. Amongst this hand-mixed blend of so many items, The shops, Ooh La La and one is sure to find something. Men shopping for that Chandelle Chaleur, offer a large feminine significant other have become repeat cusselection of Root candles. tomers, as it is a one-stop shop; they do not have to deal with mall traffic, parking, and shopping various stores. Customers also enjoy the unique Steelers items and children and baby gifts. Add a little essence to your gift-giving by visiting Ooh La La and Chandelle Chaleur this season. While you are there, ask for your free gift! Other stores include Artemis Botanicals (bath items), Bella Colore (salon and spa), Dogs Rule Grooming, C.T. Miller Vineyards, Cattail Coffee & Tea, Charlotte’s Bears (Boyd’s Bears), Victoria Strawn (gifts and florals), and Country Confections. Open all year round, the Shoppes at Quail Acres are located at 1445 Washington Road. Call 724-222-4480 for more information or visit quailacres.com.

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Looking back in time at moments and memorabilia from our local community. Local Newspaper Advertisements from the Monongahela Times, May 29, 1908 (Courtesy of the Monongahela Area Historical Society)


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Monongahela Area Library

Summer Hours: Monday and Thursday - 12noon to 8pm. Tuesday and Thursday - 10am to 6pm. Friday - 12noon to 5pm. Saturday - 10am to 2pm. December Hours: Monday thru Thursday - 12-8 p.m. Friday - 12-5 p.m.; Saturday - 10-4 p.m. Sunday – Closed December 24 and 25 - Closed for Christmas December Storytimes December 13 - 6:30 p.m. December 20 - 6:30 p.m. with Santa! We are continually adding reading aids for kids. Lots of hands-on toys.

Jefferson Hills Public Library 925 Old Clairton Road Jefferson Hills Municipal Building Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 (412) 655-7741 FAX (412) 655-4003 www.einetwork.net/ein/jeffboro/ Book Discussion Group The Jefferson Hills Book Discussion group will meet Monday, December 3rd, to discuss The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Join us for an interesting discussion. Fall Floral Series Our Fall Floral Series will continue Wednesday, December 19th, at 7 pm. Jim Carlucci will show us how to create a beautiful Holiday arrangement with live greens. The cost of the arrangement is $30, paid upon registration. The class size is limited to 15 to allow for individual attention. Please register at the library. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Story Time The Library will continue Story Time for 3 year olds at 1:30 pm on Wednesdays, November 28th, and December 5th and 12th. Preschool children ages 4, 5 and 6 can enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at Jefferson Hills Library at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm on Thursdays, November 29th; and December 6th and 13th. Book Buddies Book Buddies (first and second graders) will meet Wednesday, December 12th, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Register for the children’s programs at the library or by calling 412.655.7741. Digital Camera Classes The first session will be Thursday, November 29th, at 7 pm. The topic for the evening is “Selecting the Right Digital Camera”. The next session will be Thursday, December 6th, and will cover using your digital camera for great holiday shots. Register at the library. Historical Society The West Jefferson Hills Historical Society will meet Wednesday, December 5th, at 7 pm at Gill Hall Park for their annual Holiday Party. KNITerary Guild Knitters meet on Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for those learning to knit as well as experienced knitters. The class is for those middle-school age and older. Registration is required.

Adult Scrabble Our Adult Scrabble Club continues to meet each Tuesday at 1 pm in the Community Room of the Jefferson Hills Municipal Building. Join us if you love playing games, making new friends and sharing laughs.

South Park Township Public Library 2575 Brownsville Road South Park, PA 15129 (412) 833-5585 Children’s Programs Evening Family Storytime Kids ages 2-6 with their caregivers are welcome to a great nite of family fun with stories, fingerplays, and crafts on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through December 17. Registration is requested. Preschool and Kindergarten Storytime This fun storytime will continue on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. on December 3 and 10. Registration is requested. Toddler Time Children ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to attend the action-packed Toddler Time on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. The remaining sessions for 2007 are December 4 and 11. Please preregister. Baby Lapsit Fun lapsits for infants through 18 months will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. These fun-filled sessions are a great way to introduce your child to the love of books. The remaining sessions are December 5 and 12. Please preregister. Magic Tree House Book Club Children in grades 1-4 are invited to join a very special book club based on the very popular Mary Pope Osborne series. The next meeting will be held on December 20 at 7:00 p.m. The book, “Christmas in Camelot” will be discussed. Copies of the book are available. Other upcoming meeting will be: January 17 - “Blizzard of the Blue Moon” February 21 - “Day of the Dragon King” March 21 - “Sunset of the Sabertooth” Mother-Daughter Book Club A very special book club for middle school girls and their mothers meets every third Monday of the month. The next meeting will be held on December 17 at 7:00 p.m. The book to be discussed will be Meg Cabot’s “The Princess Diaries.” Copies of the book are available at the library. Steve Abrams Puppet Show Come to the library right after school on December 13 at 4:00 p.m. to see a Native American Solstice Story! Call to register. Mrs. Claus Visits the Library! Join the gala celebration at the library on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. as Mrs. Claus makes her annual visit! General Programs and Events Jewelry Designer Group Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. The class is free; however, you will be purchasing the semi-precious stone beads that you use. The cost is approximately $15.00. Please call 412-833-5585 to register.

Christmas Party Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm there will be food, crafts, music and Mrs. Claus.

20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading.

Knitting Club Saturday, December 1 and December 15 at 11:00 a.m. All skill levels are welcome.

TODDLER TALES Ages: 2 - 31/2 years with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) ; When: Wednesdays, 11:15 11:45 a.m. or 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories.

Scrapbooking with Tami Thursday, December 27 after 5:00 p.m. Expert or novice, come anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Call 412-833-5585 to register. Upcoming Events Find out what the stars say about 2008 with Psychic-Astrologer Rick DiClemente. Thursday, January 24 at 6:30. We’re planning programs for seniors on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the afternoon. Keep an eye out for more details in January’s Union Finley Messenger!

Peters Township Public Library 616 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 724-941-9430 www.ptlibrary.org Library Events TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND LIBRARY CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY When: Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. to be followed immediately by the Children’s Holiday Party. Refreshments will be served and Santa will join in the fun too! TRINITY BELL CHOIR When: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 from 7:30 8:30 p.m. Please join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday handbell music. Refreshments will be served after the performance. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS STAR WARS: 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! All ages welcome When: Saturday, December 8 Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Now, we celebrate with the most popular movie franchise of all time on their anniversary! Come in costume and compete for the prize of best Star Wars outfit! See how much of an expert you really are in our Star Wars trivia game! FAMILY ORNAMENT NIGHT Ages: All ages welcome; little ones with an adult When: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Cost: $3.00 The entire family is invited to make ornament keepsakes that will brighten your holidays for years to come! Register in the Children’s Department READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS BOOK BABIES Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays. MOTHER GOOSE TIME Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter); When: Mondays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m. or Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Ages: 3 1/2 - 5 Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) When: Mondays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. OR Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. OR Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:45 p.m. Stories, games, activities, movies, crafts and more make this 45-minute program a big hit. KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME — WANTED: SHAVE TAILS TO SADDLE UP AND SKEDADDLE! Ages: Kindergartners and T-Class Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) When: Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. (No class on March 21, 2008) This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts, and movies, all centered on a cowboy western theme. BODIES IN MOTION Ages: 2-5 with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) and/or When: Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 1:30 p.m. A 35-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register Children’s Dept. TINY TUNES TODDLER Ages: 2-3 1/2 with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29, 2008 (winter) When: Mondays, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. OR 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Limit: 15 children Fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Register Children’s Dept. TINY TUNES PRESCHOOL Ages: 2-31/2 with an adult Duration: 8 weeks, January 7 - February 29 When: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Register Children’s Department. BOOK COOKS Ages: Grades 2-6 with an adult (one child with one adult) When: Mondays, December 3, 2007 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 per class per family of 2 (payable upon sign-up) A mind quenching program for families — one child with one adult. ONGOING PROGRAMS FOR GRADES ONE AND UP ONCE UPON THE END Ages: Grades 1 and up When: 1st Thursday of the month Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: December 6, 2007, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, 2008 This once-a-month program includes stories, games, movies, and crafts about fairy tales with a twist! Register in the Children’s Department DR. WHATZIT’S LAB When: 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning in January, 2008 Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Dates: January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2008


December 2007 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 51 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER Mwaa-haa-haa! What’s cooking away om Dr. Whatzit’s lab? Come and find out — 45 minutes of mad scientist fun, facts, and crafts! CAMP CREEPY Ages: Grades 2 and up When: 4th Saturday of the month Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Dates: December 22, 2007, January 26, Feb. 23, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28 Hear your favorite tell-in-the-dark stories around the ‘campfire,’ sing creepy camp songs, and even make spooky smores! HISTORY MYSTERY (OR HOW DID THEY DO THAT?) Ages: Grades 4 and up When: 2nd Thursday of the month Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: December 13, 2007, January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, 2008 History comes alive once a month in this program featuring stories, activities, crafts, and movies centered on “How did they do that?”. FANS OF FANTASY BOOK CLUB Ages: Grades 4 and up When: Last Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dates: December 27, 2007, January 31, Feb. 28, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26 Join us as we meet once a month to talk about the new books we’ve read. GIRL’S NIGHT OUT Ages: Girls in grades 4th - 8th and their moms / caregivers; When: 1st Monday of the month Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Dates: December 3, 2007, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, 2008 This after-school group meets once a month — just us girls! PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS (DRAMA, MUSIC, DRAWING/PAINTING) PENCIL DRAWING Ages: 4 - 6 ; Duration: 4 weeks, January 8 - 29, 2008; When: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $13.00 plus supplies; Ages: 7 - 13 Duration: 4 weeks, January 8 - 29, 2008 When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Cost: $15.00 plus supplies Students will learn basic pencil drawing and line techniques. Register at the library. please see supply list when registering.

TEEN ONLINE BOOK CLUB Our Teen Online Book Club features mysteries, comedies, true-life adventures and even some science-fiction. Go back to the library’s home page and click on the OnLine Book Club logo to sign up for the teen book club.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

KID SURVEY Washington County Libraries along with various community partners are creating a webpage specifically for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 4-8 are being asked to provide feedback. Please click on the following link if you would like to participate in the survey: Kid Survey

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GIRL’S NIGHT OUT Ages: Girls in grades 4th - 8th and their moms When: 1st Monday of the month Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Enjoy reading together, watching chick flicks, and sharing in this special mother-daughter book club! Register in the Children’s Department

GENERAL PROGRAMS INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET Duration: 4 weeks, January 7 - 28, 2008 February 4 - 25, 2008 When: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $30.00 per 4-week session (includes a startup kit with crochet hook and yarn) Join us for a 4-week class to learn the basics of the old, now-new-again art of crochet. Register at the library’s circulation desk.

TEENREADS (A.K.A. FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINTZ) Ages: Grades 5 and up; When: 3rd Thursday of the month; Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join TeenReads as we gather once a month to share the latest and greatest in YA lit. Register in the Children’s Department. FANS OF FANTASY BOOK CLUB Ages: Grades 4 and up When: Last Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join us as we meet once a month to talk about the new books we’ve read and what we’ll read next. Each program will feature a craft, snacks and games. Register in the Children’s Department.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT Ages: For kids and parents of all ages When: 1st Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dates: December 6, 2007, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, 2008 Games and snacks will be provided — just bring your whole family for a fun-filled night to remember! Register in the Children’s Department, or just drop in!

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FAMILY PAJAMA STORYTIME Ages: For kids and parents of all ages When: 3rd Tuesday of the month Time: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Dates: December 18, 2007, January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, 2008 Come in your pajamas for a night of crafts, snacks, movies, and, of course, stories! A great way to end the day with family and friends.

PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL The mission of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide recommendations for the development and continuation of the Young Adult Department. All teens interested in participating are welcomed; contact the library for meeting dates and times.

VOLUNTEENS Ages: Grades 6 - 12 Time: One to two hours per week If you’re between the ages of 13 - 19 years old, like meeting new people, want to gain some valuable work experience and want to make a contribution to your community ... you can be a teen volunteer! Call (724) 941-9430!

ADVANCED CROCHET Duration: 4 weeks, January 10 - 31, 2008 February 7 - 28, 2008 When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 per 4-week session This class is for anyone with the knowledge of basic crochet. Register at the library’s circulation desk. TRINITY BELL CHOIR When: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Please join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday handbell music. Refreshments will be served after the performance. Registration at the library’s circulation desk is preferred.. LEARN TO PAINT ORNAMENTS THE ONESTROKE DONNA DEWBERRY WAY! When: Monday, December 10, 2007 Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. The one-stroke painting method can be learned by anyone, no previous painting knowledge is necessary. Register at the library’s circulation desk. COMPUTER PROGRAMS DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND AND LIMITED CLASS SIZES, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ON COMPUTER CLASSES HELD AT THE LIBRARY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. FRIDAYS ONLINE When: Fridays Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. During “Fridays Online” patrons may come to

the second floor computer for extra help using the Internet, the library online databases, or Microsoft Word and Publisher. Assistance first-come, first-served basis. BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS When: Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 In this class, students will learn how to create an excel spreadsheet, print a range as well as use formulas, functions and more. Pre-registration is required. BASIC WORD PROCESSING When: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 OR Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 Students will learn how to create and format a document using templates and wizards. Preregistration is required. PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER When: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Cost: $6.00 Students will learn how to produce a slick newsletter using MSWORD. Includes how to set up columns, how to include photos, artwork, tables and more. Registration is not complete until payment is received. ONGOING PROGRAMS GENERAL PROGRAMS “ROOTS” GENEALOGY CLUB When: 2nd Tuesday of the month Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Join us for an informal gathering as we share resources, information and methods for exploring your family’s history. Register at the library’s circulation desk. PHOTO CLUB When: 2nd Wednesday of the month Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $15.00 (annual dues)The Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters Photography Club meets in the library on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August. WRITER’S WORKSHOP When: Mondays Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. OR When: Wednesdays Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cost: $20.00 per monthThe Writer’s Workshop meets weekly at the library and focuses on writing for children and teenagers. MARATHON BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Center) When: 1st Tuesday of the month (September May) Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. DUPLICATE BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Center) When: 3rd Tuesday of the month (September - May) Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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Trax Farms Ladies Night Trax Farms in Finleyville held a "Ladies Night Out" Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 15. Guests were able to browse Christmas rooms, sample holiday treats, special discounts, raffles, enjoy the sounds of the season, and get some holiday shopping done early. Instore vendors and other local businesses were also on hand to show their wares. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT MCCURDY)

Ladies Night brought out customers from throughout the area.

Sue Cokain was selling custom baskets.

Christmas Trees were decorated with lights to enhance the holiday experience.

Cassie Clarke was on hand to showcase items at her Motives Cosmetics table.

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Finleyville Halloween Parade Families converged onto Washington Avenue in Finleyville during a late October evening to enjoy the annual Halloween Parade. There were plenty of participants in the parade both young and old showing off their creative Halloween costumes. Awards were given out for the best costumes at the Finleyville Community Center following the parade.

Evan Higgs (8) of Finleyville, was a ghoulish fright on his quad.

Anthony McCarty of Venetia, sat back and relaxed as he showed off his animal costume.

This group of Finley Middle School students show off their “super” costumes.

Hailey Schmid (15 months) stayed warm and snug in her bunny costume.

Hunter Cox (6 1/2) was prepared to steam roll through Finleyville.

Joe Manning (10) sailed the streets of Finleyville with his mom, Ruth Manning.

Saturday, December 1, 8 & 15 at the National Aviary

Brittany Recker and Jordan Miller, both of Finleyville, “Peaced Out” with their friends.

Twins Jacob and Jessica Meyer showed off their monkey costumes..

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Ghouls, goblins, witches and all other unique characters anxiously awaited the judges’ decision during the costume judging.

Frightening the passers-by are Zach Dayen and Mike Rizzo, both from Finleyville.

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Union Finley Bears Are Mon Valley Midget Football League Termite Division Champs By Paul Chasko

Rostraver on November 4 to win. By the end of the first half it became obvious that, on that Saturday, the Bears were the better team. The Leps just couldn’t contain speedy Jacob Wentzel and Gregory Bulsak running around the ends, and the final score was Bears 28 - Leps 8. It was a great run for the Union Finley Bears Termite Team, finishing the season unbeaten with an 11/0 record. I hope we can keep these kids playing together until they’re old enough to play for the Rams. Team members and their cheerleaders were awarded individual trophies, and the team trophy was awarded to Head Coach

We know how tough the Rostraver Leopards have been this year. The Leps Termite team came into the playoffs with a 7/1 record and lots of confidence. They beat Elizabeth Forward 16/0 in the first playoff round. Their second round victory over Norwin was 18/12. The only thing standing between the Leps and the championship were the Union Finley Bears, and the Leps would be playing on their home turf. The Union Finley Bears Termite team came into the playoffs unbeaten at 8/0. Their first test was the Monongahela Wildcats who came into round 1 of the playoffs with a 4/3/1 record. The Wildcats couldn’t contain the Bears’ running game, and the Bears posted their first playoff victory 34/0. In their second playoff game, the Bears faced an improved Brownsville team but managed a 38/14 victory. This set the stage for the championship game between the Rostraver Leps and the Union Each team member and cheerleader was awardFinley Bears. ed individual trophies. Here, Blake Paul The Bears knew they’d get a receives his trophy from the coaching staff. tough game but showed up at

Tim Laughlin. Union-Finley Messenger congratulations go to the team members; Coaches Tim Laughlin, Erin Laughlin, Bob Funtal, Bob Fareri, Brian Walney, and Greg Bulsak; Team Mom Stephanie Martin; and all of the parents and administrators that make this program successful. We won’t forget the girls of the cheerleading squad, who keep things interesting on the sideline during each and every game and put in hours of practice each season. I’m sure their cheering helped to keep the Bears on track. Congratulations also go out to these girls and Coaches Shawn Boscia and Brittany Roper.

Gregory Bulsak, small but speedy, scores one of the Bears TDs.

Brandon McMurray (87) and Connor Garry celebrate their victory, while a disappointed Leopard mascot looks on.

Mon Valley Midget Football League Termite Division Champs for 2007 – the Union Finley Bears. Team members, cheerleaders, and coaches celebrate under the team trophy after defeating the Rostraver Leps in the championship game.

Union Finley Area Athletic Association Softball/Baseball Registration Scheduled for 2008 VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO KEEP ORGANIZATION AFLOAT Registration for the Union Finley Area Athletic Association (UFAAA) will be held for 2008 on Sunday, January 27 from 12 to 2 pm; Tuesday, January 29 from 6 to 7:30 pm; and Saturday, February 2 from 12 to 2 pm at the Finleyville Community Center. You must appear in person to register your child. REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE

ACCEPTED THROUGH THE MAIL. Due to a shortage of coaches, registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. If more people volunteer to coach, we will open up additional teams. It is also important to note that ALL Board positions will be open following the completion of the 2008 season. If the offi-

cer positions are not filled, the association will be forced to disband and softball/baseball leagues will no longer be available in our township. In an effort to encourage your participation, if you are elected to a board position, UFAAA will either waive your child/children’s registration fee(s) or you may be exempt from participating in

the fundraiser. We urge you to please consider giving your time to enable baseball and softball to continue in our area. Team sports are an invaluable experience for our children. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Pam Myers at 724-969-0945. We’re all looking forward to a great season!

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A Rams tackler separates an Albert Gallatin runningback from the football in a ninth grade game.

The going was tough for the Rams Ninth Grade Team against a big Erie Cathedral Prep Team, but the Rams put the final “W” in a 8/0 season.

Coach Petrucci lays out the strategy at a varsity game with Albert Gallatin: Rams 44/Albert Gallatin 0.

Middle school action – a Rams running back steps out of a Connellsville tackle.

Ringgold Rams Football Program – Rising From The Ashes By Paul Chasko I’m a big fan of Ringgold Football and have been since my kids were in high school—and that’s a long time. I’m beginning to see signs that a strong healthy football program is beginning to rise from the ashes of what has been a dismal effort to just survive over the past five years. All the pieces are falling in place. We have a strong, vibrant youth program in the Mon Valley Midget Football League (MVMFL). Kids from Finleyville, Union Township, Monongahela, Donora, and Carroll Township—throughout the Ringgold School District—can get their basic football training in this league. We had teams from Donora, Monongahela, and Union/Finley in the MVMFL championship playoffs this season, and the Union Finley Bears emerged as the champion in the Termite Division. There is a weight limit in the MVMFL and in the past this has prevented some big, young players (potential Rams players) from getting playing time they need. The revival of a Rams Middle School Team this year has fixed that problem. The Rams Middle School Team has no such weight restrictions and is the point at which players can now start their indoctrination into the Rams football system. The middle school team coaches (Mike Mellinger, Daryl Yonkers, and Mike Ghilani) understand the Rams system and will be training these young men to eventually move up to the varsity team. A 3-4 record for a first year middle school team isn’t too shabby considering this is the first year this team has played. The important

thing is that they’re getting playing time and are starting to learn the Ram’s system. There is some overlap in the MVMFL Midget Division (ages 12 and 13) and the Rams Middle School Team (ages 11 through 13). Theoretically, players could be on both squads. The overlap gives players the option of deciding when to make the transition from the MVMFL to the Rams program. Entering high school, the player will most likely end up on the ninth grade team, which has been astounding this season. Under Coaches B.J. Tempest and Andy Johnson, the 2007 Rams Ninth Grade Team was 8-0, scored 273 points, and allowed only 20 points on defense. In fact, they went into the last game of the season allowing 0 points scored against their defense. If they had managed to shut out a very strong Erie Cathedral Prep Team, they’d have set a shutout record for high school teams. Players not quite ready for full time on the Rams varsity squad played on the junior varsity team under coach Lamont Lyons with Rams Varsity Coaches Rick Smith, Eric Gill and Rocky Destefano as assistants. The Rams JV team was also outstanding this past season. At 9-0 they scored 304 points allowing only 30 on defense. The Rams Varsity Team under Head Coach Jeff Petrucci and his staff of eight assistants managed to make it to the playoffs with a section record of 4-2 (4-8 overall). They lost in the first playoff round to an undefeated Montour team. They scored 245 points and allowed 252 over the

entire season. Just my casual observation is that the defense seemed to have a weight disadvantage for most of the games played, and this hurt them in the later stages of the games. The points-scored to points-allowed ratio has been steadily increasing since the winless 2002 season when the ratio was 0.16. We’re now back up to 1.06 but still have a long way to go to become a threat in the playoffs. Like I said earlier – all the pieces are in place – the program looks right, we have an energetic athletic director in Lloyd Price, and some great booster organizations. If we can get all these new talented players to move up in the program and if we can keep Coach Petrucci and the assistants around for another 10 years – who knows what can happen? Several Rams varsity players deserve

special recognition for being named to the 2007 Keystone Conference “All Conference Team.” First Team Offense: Jordon Fowler (QB), Jake Spaziani (WR), and Brian Arbes (kicker) Second Team Offense: Dave Bassi (TE) and Wesley Sloan (G) Honorable Mention: Simon Bekavac (RB), Chris Brown (RB), and RJ Brownlee (WR) First Team Defense: Tyler Leach (DL), Rudy DeStefano (LB), Adam Madar (DB), and Brian Arbes (punter). Second Team Defense: Wesley Sloan (DL) and Jake Spaziani (DB)

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New Eagle Youth Soccer Fall Season a Success New Eagle Youth Soccer Association ended their fall season with a bang. Even with new officers, this season saw our club enrollment numbers double from the previous season. We had 8 teams (4 U-6, 2 U-8, 1 U-10 & 1 U-12) with a total of 67 children ranging from ages 412. We had 19 volunteer coaches. New Eagle Soccer is committed to providing a fun experience for young players with an emphasis on exercise and solid fundamental development for all players. Our costs are the lowest in the league including a substantial family discount! Keeping fees down makes soccer available to children in almost any financial situation. This was the first season for our U-12 program. We had a very good season utilizing a few players that have never played soccer before. We are proud to offer this opportunity for players aged 10-12. We would like to thank all of those that helped with this season: all the parents, coaches, players, McDonalds (for hosting the car wash), Dan Howard (our electrician), Monongahela Youth Soccer (for use of their U12 field), and the New Eagle elected officials. Sign ups for our spring season will be Friday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 12 from 10 am – 12 p.m. at the New Eagle Borough Building. For the U-6 teams you must be 4 by July 31st 2007. Please contact Angela Gorman, president, at 724-292-1158 or Arlene Rhone, vice president, at 724-258-2703 for additional information. We have a website under construction at neweaglesoccer.org. Any questions, please email neweaglesoccer@hotmail.com.


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Local Boxing Update By Steve “Skeets” Levandosky

Bob Healy of South Park Boxing Club Thanks Supporters of Fund Raiser Dear Friends, Sponsors, and Elected Officials: On behalf of South Park Boxing Club, we would like to thank you for all your support during the fundraising event held on Saturday, September 22. Without the generosity of friends, businesses, elected officials, and the local community, this organization would not exist. Your ongoing efforts have made it possible for the South Park Boxing Club to continue its commitment to working with young people in the local area. Through the tools of competition, hard work, and physical fitness, we hope to install the principles of integrity, sportsmanship, and self-esteem in future generations. Moreover, these lessons extend beyond the gym, and hopefully the young people will become active and constructive members of their local communities. A special thanks goes to all the coaches and their wives, parents, friends, and all who dedicated their time to make the gym run successfully. These individuals are truly our friends. Sincerely, Bob Healy Black and Gold Turnpike Classic, Margarita Mama’s, Pittsburgh, November 10 This time, the Cleveland fighters and trainers visit the great city of Pittsburgh to do battle. Back on September 8, the Pittsburgh kids traveled to Cleveland for the “Brown & Orange Turnpike Classic;” this time, it’s Black & Gold Turnpike Classic! These fights are always the Saturday before the Steelers vs. Browns football game. The Ohio boys won 4 out of 7 fights the 1st time, and this time won 9 out of 12. Here are some of the results: Rematch: 115 lbs. “Mighty” Mike Conway of South Park Boxing Club vs. Quiton Smith of Cleveland

Turkey Hunting Tandem Bags a Big One

Conway won the first fight between these two. In the first round, the Cleveland boy starts out as the busier of the two landing 1-2 combos that carry over to the second round. Smith scores with body shots, slips Conway’s jab, and lands a double left hook to the gut and chin. Then, Conway lands a solid right hand to the nose at the bell. In the third, Mighty Mike feels urgency and picks up the pace by throwing numerous right hands. Quiton Smith wins the rematch with a decision over Conway! 95 lbs. Matt “Kid” Conway of South Park Boxing Club vs. Shawn Tulley of Cleveland. In the first, Kid Conway gives up height and reach when the bell rings; both boys are boxing nice taking turns hitting. In the second, the Ohio boy uses his longer reach to outscore Conway. In the third, Kid Conway tries to get inside but Tulley keeps Conway outside of his punches scoring with lefts and rights that had Conway pinned in the neutral corner when the last bell rings. Shawn Tulley wins decision over Matt Kid Conway! Rematch: 125 lbs. Rob Colasante of South Park Boxing Club vs. Antonio Nieves of Cleveland The first fight between these two was in West Mifflin at the “Bikes, Babes, Beer, & Boxing” on September 22, where Nieves won a close decision. The first round picks up where the last fight ended—fast and furious, both boys with quick hands take turns clubbing one another. Colasante seems to be the stronger of the two, slipping and countering well, landing with both hands to the mid-section, and finishing with combos to the face. This fight had a lot of give and take of pain through the Father and son hunting team, Bob and Mark Michaux from Donora have recorded 33 turkey harvests since 1993. Included in those harvests are two-dozen long beards (7”-11”). This latest 18-pound turkey (pictured at left) was taken in Washington County with one shot from about 18-yards away! A Quaker Boy box call was also used.

Rob Colasante throws a right hand at Antonio Nieves.

Blaise Santorello and Reginald Barnes trade left jabs.

first two rounds. In the third, both boys are well conditioned for the amount of punishment delivered. Again, they keep a fast exchange of combos to the final gong. When the judges’ scorecards are in, Antonio Nieves squeaks out another razor-thin decision over Rob Colasante!

are in, Reginald Barnes wins over Blaise Santorello!

140 lbs. Blaise Santorello of South Park Boxing Club vs. Reginald Barnes of Cleveland In the first, Santorello takes the fight to Barnes, landing nice 1-2 combos to his foe’s face. Santorello keeps stalking and punching Barnes when the bell rings. In the second, Santorello still moving forward gets caught with a hammer right hand that busts his nose; the Cleveland boy starts to land more punches when the round ends. In the third, Barnes improves, nailing the South Park boy with hard jabs and a hammering right cross that had Santorello off balance. When the final bell tolls and the scorecards

James 5:16 Center, Tarentum, PA, November 3 125 lbs. Rob Colasante of Munhall and South Park Boxing Club vs. Lafayette Underwood of Stay off the Streets Gym, Ambridge PA In the first round, Colasante attacks from the start landing left-right-left-right combos that rock Underwood. Colasante continues his assault on Underwood, snapping back his head and keeping the pressure on him throughout the fight. By the third round, ringsiders wonder what was keeping Underwood up as Colasante unloads a terrific combination that again rocks Underwood. When he was awarded an eight-count, he has a big heart and continues to get battered to the bell. Rob Colasante wins big over Lafayette Underwood! (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)


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Washington County Native Inducted Into the PA Sports Hall of Fame

PJC on

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Discipline Must Be Part of Any Sports Program Players from the Erie Cathedral Prep 9th grade football team leave the field with time left on the clock while the game officials decide on how to end the game – Ringgold Rams players are out of the photo in the end zone.

By Paul Chasko We’ve talked before about the intangible byproducts of youth sports - team play, respect, and discipline. Self-discipline in football is always in the forefront of a team’s attitude – or it should be. In addition to all the other stresses put upon kids, playing youth football at whatever level brings its own stresses and problems. Learning the system, the plays, the physical conditioning, the desire to win and perform well, and the endless practices heaped on top of schoolwork puts a pretty heavy load on the kids. Each member of a team needs to practice self-discipline to accomplish these things well. The place where discipline is most likely to break down is during the game itself. Football is a demanding, physical, and emotional sport. There’s a point at which emotions can overshadow the discipline taught by the coaching staff, which must control bad conduct on the field. Within the WPIAL, I’ve seen quite a few instances where key players on a team have been benched by their own coaches for either unsportsmanlike conduct or breaking team rules - as it should be. I watched the last ninth-grade game of

the season between the Ringgold Rams and Erie Cathedral Prep (ECP). It was a great game between two very good teams. The Rams took the lead early, and ECP came back strong in the second half. The outcome of the game would be decided on the last play of the game with ECP passing into the Ram’s end zone for a potential tie and overtime. A Rams DB intercepted a pass and took it out to the one-yard line with 8 seconds left on the clock. Instead of finishing the game, the coaching staff of the ECP team pulled its team off the field and they stayed on the sideline heckling the Rams. Following officials’ instructions, the Rams lined up and the QB took a knee and ran out the clock. There were a lot of angry words exchanged between the coaches - a sad end to a great game. I have no way of knowing why the ECP coaching staff allowed this to happen other than a breakdown in discipline piled on the disappointment of losing a hardfought game. Before the field was cleared, the officials had to get between the two teams for fear of a fight breaking out. A game really shouldn’t end this way, and I can’t put any blame on the Ringgold team and coaches.

Pictured are some of the Mon Valley faithful attending the 45th Annual Induction Ceremony for the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. They include (lr) Steve Russell, General Chairman of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Halls of Fame, Dave Lee, Mike Lee, Myron Pottios, Jimmy Chacko, and Dick Kujawski.

The 45th Annual Induction Ceremony for the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was held in Essington, PA on Saturday November 3rd at the Ramada Inn. The lone Mid Mon Valley inductee was former Charleroi, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler football player. Myron Pottios. Pottios was one of the eleven inducted at the affair. Pottios joins eleven other Mid Mon Valley Hall of Famers in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame that include Stan Musial, Jim Russell, Bap Manzini, Ben Rechichar, Dr. Red Carlson, Arnold Galiffa, Ken Griffey, Sr., Rev. Dan Deacon Towler, Sever J. Toretti, John Potsklan, and Armand J. Niccolai.

Myron Pottios Myron Pottios comes from the tiny mining patch of Van Voorhis, west of Charleroi in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was born in Van Voorhis on January 18, 1939. The second youngest in a family of nine, he became a four sport star for the Charleroi High School Cougars. He went on to join the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame,

under coaches Terry Brennan and Joe Kuharich. In 1961, he entered the National Football League and played in 129 games in 13 seasons, including four with the Pittsburgh Steelers, five with the Los Angeles Rams, and three with the Washington Redskins. One of pro football’s best middle linebackers and widely known for his fierce tackling, Myron won first-team All-Pro honors in 1963 and was selected for three Pro Bowl games. He played for the Redskins in Super Bowl VII. He was recently honored during the Steelers 75th Anniversary celebration as a member of their 1933-1970 Legends team. After his retirement from the NFL, Myron coached briefly with the Philadelphia Bell, returned to California, and began a long successful career in metals, eventually running his own metals brokerage, Pro-Metals, serving the aerospace and military markets. He and his wife, Doreen, have two children and twin one-year old grandsons. Son, Myron, Jr. is a high school coach in California.

Kids Basketball Free Throw Championship Coming Up in January A basketball free throw championship is being sponsored jointly by Knights of Columbus Councils 2600 of Monongahela and 13832 of Finleyville. The local contest is to be held at the Mon Valley YMCA gym on Route 88 between Charleroi and Monongahela on Sunday, January 13 from 1:30 to 5 pm. All girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 14 (age as of January 1, 2007 – proof of age is required) are eligible to participate. Local winners will be eligible to compete at the district level contest from which they can advance to regional, state, and international levels. Awards will be made at all levels. Registration forms can be picked up at the following schools: Ringgold High School, Finley Middle School, Carroll Middle School, Gastonville Elementary Center, Monongahela Elementary Center, Donora Elementary Center, Madonna Catholic, and St. Joan of Arc and at the YMCA. Come out and show off your hoops skills! Certificates and patches will be awarded to all participants. Special awards will be made to winners in each age/gender category. Call Paul Chasko at 724-348-5797 if you have questions.


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William Frankfort, (Seated, center) columnist for the Union-Finley Messenger, demonstrates his artistic skills to students at Finley Middle School on Wet Paint Wednesday during Start the Arts Week.

Ringgold Celebrates Start the Arts Week From October 8-12, the students at Finley Middle School and Ringgold High School enjoyed the first annual “Start the Arts Week.” This week is Students enjoy the music of Mrs. Sandrock sponsored by the National as she plays the harp. PTA and is dedicated to promoting arts in education and the Reflections Program. The Reflections Program encourages students K-12 to express a particular theme through any, or all, of six art categories: visual arts, literature, music composition, photography, dance choreography, and film/video production. Learn more at www.papta.org. The PTA/PTSA and Reflections Chair for both schools developed a week of events that focused on a different arts discipline each day. Special guests visitors included professional photographers, producers and filmmakers, writers and journalists, Local artists were on hand to perform and painters and sketch artists, and musicians discuss their trade during Start The Arts Week and dance instructors. at Ringgold High and Finley Middle Schools. At the high school, Laura Magone, local producer of several documentaries including One Extraordinary Street, visited the film classes on “Media Monday.” The band’s auxiliary performed on “Toe Tappin’ Tuesday, artists demonstrated on “Wet Paint Wednesday,” Union-Finley Messenger Editor Krista Ramsey, journalists, and photojournalist visited on “Thoughts on Paper Thursday,” and the Ringgold High School Drum Line finished up the week on “Fermata Friday!” At Finley Middle School, students enjoyed a guitar serenade from John Krempasky on “Musical Monday,” and students learned the Hula and other international dance from instructor Brenda Frankfort on “Toe Tappin’ Tuesday.” Artists Anne Cipaitas, Fay Thomas, and William Frankfort demonstrated on “Wet Paint Wednesday,” and some students took home beautiful pen and ink portraits. For “Through the Lens Thursday,” students met professional photographer Patrick Sapko and learned about television production from Camera Bartolotta, creator of La Dolce Vita, a local cooking show. The week ended with visits from author William Frankfort and Lisa Tomosky from the Union Finley Messenger on “Front Page Friday.” PTA/PTSA President Dagmar Oglesby and Reflections Chair Camera Bartolotta want to thank principals Mr. Homa and Mr. Matty, all of the teachers, students, and guests for an incredible Start the Arts Week. Remember this year’s Reflections theme is “I Can Make a Difference,” and the deadline for entry for Finely Middle School and Ringgold High School is November 1. Students can enter any or all of the categories as many times as they wish. Good luck!

Gastonville Elementary School Hosts Veteran’s Day Program

Fifth grader Chloe Seiler and first grader Gabbi Seiler welcome their grandfather, John B. Matey, and their great-grandfather, John J. Matey, to the annual Veteran’s Day program at Gastonville Elementary Center.

Gastonville Elementary Center held its seventh annual Veteran’s Day Program on November 8 to honor local veterans. This event is a wonderful way for the children, staff, PTA, and community to show their appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made for all of us and our country. In attendance were 58 veterans from all branches of the armed services. The student body honored them by reading poems and singing. In addition, Jason Gerard produced a beautiful pictorial tribute. Fifth Grade Teacher Mrs. Bonnie Kirby announced each veteran personally by name as they stood to receive their much-deserved recognition. William Steward, Fortino Rigano, and Cathy Brooks performed a moving version of Taps, and at the conclusion of the program Mrs. Bebe Barantovich led the audience in singing God Bless America. After the program, the veterans and their guests were treated to refreshments, including a delicious cake generously donated by Sugar B Bakery. The veterans visited the classrooms, where many students had aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents in attendance. This event is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and the cooperation of many people. We would like to thank the following people for all the time and effort they put in to make this event a huge success: PTA President Tracy Gerard, PTA Member Christine McGee, Fifth Grade Teacher Mrs. Bonnie Kirby, Second Grade Teacher Mrs. Savarino, Speech Therapist Mrs. Russo, First Grade Teacher Mrs. Webster, Principal Mrs. Burke. Art Teacher Mr. Gilpin and Mrs. Zywan and Mrs. Molnar, both teachers’ aides, together with the students made red, white, and blue key chains to give to each veteran to commemorate the day. We sincerely hope at the end of the day, each veteran realized just how grateful we all are for the sacrifices they have made. By honoring them, we show our children that without the dedication and selflessness of our veterans, the freedoms and opportunities we have would not be possible.


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Monongahela Elementary Center Celebrates Red Ribbon Week By Samantha Milton During the week of Oct. 22, students and staff at Monongahela Elementary Center participated in Red Ribbon Week against drugs. Each day featured a different theme. On Monday, the theme was “Hats off to Saying No,” so everyone wore their favorite hat to school. On Tuesday, the theme was “Drugs Will Turn You Around Backwards.” On this day everyone was encouraged to wear their clothing inside out in support of a drug-free life. Wednesday’s theme was “Hugs not Drugs.” Everyone wore pajamas and brought a stuffed animal to hug. School was closed on Friday, Participants “Walk Out On Drugs.” so Thursday was the final day, and the theme was “Code Red Day.” The finale included a “Walk out on D r u g s . ” Everyone paraded around the building in their red clothes shouting “Just Say No!” The week was a success and will hopefully be a reminder to each of the participants in years to Two MEC Students join in “Hats off to Drugs” Day at MEC. come.

St. Joan of Arc School News Come Celebrate the Season at St Joan of Arc All are welcome to St Joan of Arc on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Please join us as the students from 4 year old preschool thru 4th grade will perform instrumental songs, Christmas Carols and a play remembering the very first Christmas. Refreshments will follow. Come celebrate the reason for the season.

St Joan of Arc December Events • December 1 – 10:30 Santa’s Brunch $8 per person (2 & under free) Forensics tournament • December 3, 4 & 5 – Santa’s Workshop • December 5 - 9:00 a.m. – Advent Mass hosted by 6th grade – All welcome • December 6 - Feast of St Nicholas • December 12 – 1:30 p.m. Prayer Service 4th grade will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe - All welcome

• December 17 – 7:00 p.m. Christmas Concert in the church – All welcome • December 21 – 11:30 a.m. Advent Prayer Service – All welcome Early dismissal 12:30 • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Christmas break • January 3 – School resumes

St Joan of Arc Student Accomplishments Ross Guidotti, an 8th grader a St Joan of Arc School was one of 15 winners in South Park for the VFW Essay contest. The topic was, “What it means to be an American”. Ross will be honored at a pizza party at the South Park Community Center and be presented with a $100 savings bond. Rhiannon Lewis, a 7th grader, was chosen as 6th chair flute for the South Hills Deanery Honors Band. She will perform in concert at Seton La Salle in March 2008. Congratulations to all of the talented students at St Joan of Arc School!

Kneeling with Trophy for winning the section – Sean Martin. Second row (kneeling l-r): Carly Zandier, Taylor Remlinger, Laurel Selep, Drew Buckholt, Kirk Zandier, Gabe Despres, Evan Sommer. Third Row (standing l-r): Kristen Carletto, Hannah Michener, Joe Limegrover, Megan Richard, Nathan Richard, Rhiannon Lewis, Ryan Despres, Levi Eisel, and Andrew Stroud Missing from Photo – Erica Caracciolo, Kaitlyn Miller Back row – Coaches Mike Sommer, Tom Despres and Kevin Lewis The Wildcat Cheerleaders get ready to lead the “Walk Out On Drugs” during Red Ribbon Week at MEC.

St Joan of Arc Soccer - Section Champs St Joan of Arc School’s Varsity Soccer team, on the strength of their 7-1-0 record, won the Section championship for Section 4 of the Diocesan Soccer League, and participated in the Diocesan Championship tournament on November 3 at Youthtowne, Clinton PA. Seeded second in the World Cup Division, the Saints’ first game was a semi-final match-up against Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Natrona Heights. St Joan of Arc established a one-nil lead late in the first half on a goal by Levi Eisel, but Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament answered just before halftime to tie the game. The Saints’ Evan Sommer scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half, to earn the right to play in the World Cup Division Final, where the Saints would play St John, Monaca for the division title. In a latescoring game that one observer described as “a high-school level competition,” St John finally managed to score two goals in quick succession late in the match, to defeat St Joan of Arc 2-0. Congratulations to all the players for a great season, section champs and for going all the way!

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Gastonville Elementary Center, Monongahela Elementary Center Honored By State For Academic Achievements Visitors check out the equipment at the new Ringgold High School Wellness Center. From front to rear are Ram Club Members Earl Gilpin, Joe Ravasio, and Don Miller and Resident David Zywan.

Weight machines for exercising various body muscle groups line one wall of the new Ringgold High School Wellness Center.

Joe Ravasio and Principal Dwayne Homa admire the new Wellness Center.

Ringgold High School Opens New Wellness Center By Paul Chasko Before the varsity home opener last month, the new Wellness Center at Ringgold High School opened its doors to the public for the first time. It’s a state-of-the-art exercise facility that students (athletes or not) will use to maintain body fitness. The facility is located at the side of the gymnasium closest to the athletic fields and contains some of the best exercise equipment available today. Students can work out on 10 cardio machines, including steppers, treadmills, elliptical, and stationary bikes plus 10 weight machines that exercise various muscle groups in the body. The Wellness Center fills a void in the high school’s athletic facilities that was recognized for some time but was postponed due to funding constraints. It finally came to fruition when the school administration and the school board put together a number of grants and donations. A $45,000 contribution to the project was received from the “Rams Club” – a booster organization formed to advance the arts, academic, and athletic programs in the Ringgold School District. Their funds were raised through the activities that were part of last year’s stadium rededication during the Hall-of-Fame weekend, including the raffle of a Harley Davison motorcycle autographed by Joe Montana. Their part in the funding would not have been possible without the help of many local businesses and Ringgold alumni, Joe Montana, Fred Cox, Ken Griffey, Sr., and Stan Musial. The Ringgold community owes its thanks to the members of the Rams Club and the volunteers who contributed countless hours of their time to raise funds for this project.

Elizabeth Elementary School’s New Playground Is Ready Volunteers, parents, and teachers got together on November 8 to set up Elizabeth Elementary School’s new playground. In the following week, mulch was added and the caution tape removed. The new playground is set to go!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has honored Gastonville Elementary Center and Monongahela Elementary Center in the Ringgold School District with a Keystone Achievement Award in recognition of the school’s outstanding academic performance. The Keystone Achievement Award is given to a public school that has achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years. This year’s award is for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress standards in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years. AYP is determined in part by a school’s performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the standardized test given annually to students in grades 3-8 and 11. Both schools have received the Keystone Achievement Award for the past four years. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said, “The award is testament to the tremendous efforts of the students, teachers and staff at Gastonville Elementary Center and Monongahela Elementary Center.” “We have set high academic expectations in Pennsylvania, and the students of Gastonville Elementary Center and Monongahela Elementary Center have responded in an impressive way,” he said. Each school that earns a Keystone Achievement Award receives a large, keystoneshaped placard that can be displayed at the school. “If there is one award that a school should proudly show off to visitors, it is the Keystone Achievement Award,” Secretary Zahorchak said, “It is proof to all who visit the school that they are at an institution that cares about ensuring every child succeeds.” Since 2004, the Department of Education has partnered with the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators to present the Keystone Achievement Awards as a public recognition of the quality work and commitment shown by students and educators. For more information on Pennsylvania’s education initiatives, please visit the Department of Education Web site at www.pde.state.pa.us. For information on the Ringgold School District, visit www.ringgold.org.


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Madonna Catholic Regional School News The Students and teachers at Madonna Catholic Regional School have been working hard and have been very busy as of late. Lot’s of learning activities, social functions, and sporting events have taken place in recent weeks.

MCRS Fourth graders Maria Loftis, Rhiannon Wineland, and Mercedes Holets enjoy snacks during their Fall Classroom Party.

Red Ribbon Week, a campaign against drugs, was held recently at MCRS. Pictured are some third graders who brought their favorite stuffed animal to school for “Hugs Not Drugs Day”

First Grade students “Team Up Against Drugs” during Red Ribbon Week.

First Graders Nina Alvarez, Elizabeth Quattrone, and Anna Vogt take part in gym class at the YMCA.

Students had great fun at their classroom Fall Party. Pictured making a Halloween craft are fifth graders Christina Greaves, Delaynie Stevenson, Ali Massaro, and Kayle Profrock.

Madonna Catholic Regional School hosted a Forensics Tournament for 7th and 8th grade students. Pictured above with their medals for perfect scores are students Christine Slavick, Sydney Lee, and Emily Costantino.

Madonna Catholic Regional School 1st Quarter Honor Roll GRADE 8 Highest Honors Michael D’Orazio Garrett Damich Chrisney Fronzaglio Andrew Funtal Nicolas Greaves Marina Sendek Nicholas Smydo Dilyn Stevenson Andrew Urko High Honors Jacob Brown Grace Hawk Brandon Konek Kyle Kubovcik Kendall Lackner Sydney Lee Honors Timothy Adams Lindsey Dixon Tilden Graham Ryan Miller Amanda Szerszen GRADE 7 Highest Honors Lauren Stroh

Hunter Homa Jeremy Smida Honors Cameron Bartkus Jacob Foglia Nicholas Hudak Erin McDonald Christine Slavick Corey Stefan Jillian Sukel GRADE 6 Highest Honors Victoria Alberts Julia Alvarez Ryan Konek High Honors Noah Brown Lacey Massari Anna Quattrone Rachel Ritzer Alyssa Smydo Maggie Sukel Honors Jeremy Jones Nicole Miller Natalie Peebles Annette Spadaro

High Honors Ross DeLattre

MCRS Second Graders Aislyn Lee and Rachael Funtal enjoy jumping jacks in gym class.

Kindergarteners Michael Mucci, Rita Urko, and Alexa Skorvan wear their favorite team apparel while working on a project during “Red Ribbon Week” at MCRS.

The Madonna Catholic Mustangs Varsity Co-ed Soccer Team finished a thrilling fall season with an undefeated record of 8-0 in the regular season. The Mustangs participated in the playoffs at Youthtowne. Pictured above is the Varsity Soccer Team with their trophies for a 1st place finish in the Section 2 Division.


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Nativity School News You Can Help Nativity School: It’s Not to late for PA Businesses to participate in Tax Credit Program Every year, thousands of Pennsylvania businesses earn tax credits for making donations to local scholarship organizations to make sure our children get the education they need to succeed in life. This year’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program received a big show of support and praise from the State Legislature when they decided to increase the available tax credits by $16 million, bringing the total program to $75 million. “By increasing the tax credits for this program, the legislature has given more businesses the opportunity to be directly involved in their local community and, more importantly, they have given many more children the chance they need to get a great education and have a successful future,” stated Andrew LeFevre, executive director of the REACH Foundation. The REACH Foundation is the leading school choice organization in Pennsylvania and has worked with the EITC program since its inception. ‘We have seen first-hand the benefits of the EITC program,’ continued LeFevre. ‘I know that I speak for the tens of thousands of families whose children are benefiting from the program when I extend a heartfelt thanks to all who support and participate in the EITC.’ Enacted in 2001, the EITC program has become the National model for business educational tax credit programs. It provides a tax credit of up to 90 percent for companies that donate to non-profit scholarship and educational improvement organizations. During the 2006-07 school year, over 33,000 children received EITC scholarships. Since the programs inception in 2001, more than 2,300 Pennsylvania companies have participated in the EITC program donating over $260 million to participating organizations. Within the first three months of this fiscal year, businesses have already gobbled up $65.4 million in tax credits! But it’s not too late for your business to join this effort and take part in the EITC program for 2007-08. Currently, there are $8.2 million in tax credits available to businesses that

want to contribute to Scholarship Organizations and another $1.4 million available for donations to PreKindergarten Scholarship Organizations. To learn how your business can take part in this incredible program and create educational opportunities for the students of Pennsylvania, contact Nativity School at 412-653-1500.

• Remember all toiletry items should be in plastic bottles and nothing sharp is to be included. If you choose to participate in “Operation Shoebox”, please bring your gift to the church or school by Wednesday, December 5thth. Volunteers from the hospital will pick up the boxes. Thank you for sharing your Christmas Spirit. For questions, please contact Nativity School at 412-653-1500.

Nativity School Participates in OPERATION SHOEBOX

Nativity Parents Advised To Stay Tuned for School Delays and Cancellations

As in past years, we will be participating in “Operation Shoebox” for residents of Mayview State Hospital. Operation Shoebox is something Nativity has done for many years and we are asking for your help and generosity. We ask that you fill a shoebox with small items for the patients of the hospital. It is sad to say but in some cases these are the only Christmas gifts some of the residents get, and it brings a little joy to them at the holiday season. If you do choose to participate please note the following instructions. • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately. This is important because the contents must be checked by the hospital personnel before they are distributed. • Mark the top of the box with a large “M” (for male gifts) or a large “F” (for female gifts). • Do not include the following items due to the safety of the patients: Anything sharp (such as razor blades, needles, pins or metal nail files), anything in a glass container, any medicines (such as cough drops, aspirin, or cold medicines), anything flammable (such as cigarette lighters, matches, or candles), mouthwash containing alcohol, spray products, nail polish, and nothing with long strings. • Suggested items are: kleenex, stationary, greeting cards, stamps, crayons or markers, comb, brush, toothpaste, toothbrush, hand cream, powder, playing cards, soft candy, paperback book, roll-on deodorant, soap, slipper socks, knee highs, socks, mittens or gloves, scarf, crossword puzzle book, earmuffs. Please place and mark candy as dietetic candy, hard candy, soft candy, or plain chocolate candy separately in a plastic bag.

As the winter months are approaching, parents are advised to be aware of predictions of poor weather, school delays and cancellations by checking on broadcasts from local radio and television stations. Delays and cancellations will be broadcast on the following stations: TV Stations: WTAE/ KDKA/ WPXI Radio Stations: 3WS/ KDKA/ KQV Parents can also receive email notification of school delays and cancellations by signing up at this link to The Pittsburgh Channel.Com: http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/closings/index.html. Follow the instructions on the right side of the monitor screen to activate email notification. On days when there is a two-hour delay,

Nativity will not offer Before-School Day Care. Parents are also reminded to dress children in warm, weatherproof, bright outerwear for trips to and from school as the early morning hours can be cold and dark.

Nativity 2008 Enjoy Books and Lottery Calendars Available With the holidays quickly approaching, Nativity School is once again selling the ever-popular 2008 Enjoy Books, which offer tremendous discounts for everything from travel to food at hundreds of local businesses, entertainment complexes and restaurants. In addition, 2008 Lottery Calendars are available where your number is good for all twelve months and are based on the 7pm PA Daily Number. Daily payouts of $50, with each month having a bonus day of $75, $100 and $150. The Enjoy Book sells for $25 and the Lottery Calendar for $30.00 and each offers year round giving. Why choose one? Grab both and have twice the fun! Books and calendars are on sale now and will be available while supplies last. For further information, contact Nativity at 412-6531500.


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Mon Valley YMCA Provides Updated Curriculum By Christen M. Stroh The YMCA’s Child Learning Center is offering the public a revamped program that includes both the day care and the preschool programs. “The pre-school program at the Y is a progressive educational program,” explains YMCA Assistant Director Susan Capocciama. “Parents have the option of starting their children here in the First Friends program and then developmentally placing them into structured and organized programs as their children grow.” First Friends, available for children in infancy – 2 1/2 years, is a program that meets weekly at the YMCA. The program is designed for parents to develop a network of friends raising children the same age and also allows children the opportunity to play and interact with others. Teddy, Me, and You is the next progressive step in the Y’s educational program. This program, designed for children ages 2 ? - 3 ?, is a structured classroom setting that meets one day a week for an hour. This program focuses on getting children adjusted to a teacher-based environment without parents, though parents are required to stay on YMCA premises. Emphasis is placed on following directions, establishing routine, and developing social interaction skills. The two-day-a-week program, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, begins to

introduce children to concepts needed to prepare them for kindergarten. “We work closely with district transition teams to meet the expectations of the public school districts,” explains Capocciama. Special emphasis is placed on introducing children to letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and concepts such as matching. Social skills are also more thoroughly developed through learning and creative play. The environment in the program is very disciplined and manners-oriented. The three-day-a-week program, which meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, takes the concepts learned in the two-day-a-week program and further applies them for kindergarten readiness. Speech and Language Clinician Linda Wiltz conducts a weekly speech lesson; the lessons focus on improving speaking and listening skills as well as proper enunciation of beginning and ending letter sounds. “Her role is really vital to the pre-school program,” explains Capocciama. “As a speech clinician, she does assessment testing to determine if any students have a delay of key developmental skills. The delayed areas can be targeted early on we can work to improve those specific skills.” Three-day-a-week pre-school also utilizes more advanced material such as Weekly Readers, and calendar and weather activities are incorporated into daily lessons. The

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

• Official Entry Form •

(Deadline for entries is December 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. Who is the Century 21 Frontier Realty Agent of the Month? What hospital recently opened a new Center for Children’s Rehabilitation? Who was inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

Congratulations to our November Pizza Puzzler winners! VALERIE VANCE - Finleyville • HELEN E. LOTT - South Park

Letter People puppets curriculum encourages further growth of phonetic awareness and oral language development skills, which are reinforced by Wiltz. Puppets are not just a feature of the YMCA’s pre-school program; the YMCA day care also has a program that is developed for social and emotional development. “We have a program called Dinosaur School,” explains director of day care Tracy Newman. “Dino School develops children’s social and problem solving skills in the classroom through the use of life-sized puppets.” The puppets are the size of the children and help children identify with their emotions, make friends, cope with peer problems, and teach positive social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Both the day care and the pre-school enrich their curriculum with guest speakers, educational field trips taken on school buses, and gym classes to provide children with a well-balanced education similar to what would be encountered in a kindergarten setting. The day care’s academic curriculum is closely aligned with the preschool curriculum. “All of our day care students attend the pre-school here. There’s no disruption in their day. And the focus is all on the same concepts daily,” says Newman. Newman and Capocciama both are pleased with the Child Learning Center’s recently improved curricular changes. Both, however, stress the importance of parental involvement in their child’s education. To make parents more aware of what their role should include, the YMCA offers The Incredible Years Parenting Program, a 12-week cycle of classes that promotes

Teacher Kendra Hartley uses one of the puppets to instruct students on their letter sounds.

Linda Wiltz works with a student to identify key concepts for kindergarten readiness.

strong families and good parenting skills. “We really want our parents to be involved in the educational growth of their children,” says Newman. “They’re such a vital role to their children’s success.” For more information on the Child Learning Center, call 724-483-8077. New sessions begin in January.

Christmas in the Park Pre-School Program A Pre-school program for 3-5 year olds will be held at Mingo Creek County Park. The program will be held on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday December 5, 2007 at the Mingo Creek Park Office. Two sessions will be available each day. • 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m. • 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. December is the month to celebrate the Holiday Season "Mingo Style". We'll be in Our cozy park office singing songs, telling tales and making Christmas tree ornaments. Drinks and snacks will. also be provided. Reservations are required. Space is limited. To make reservations call 724-2,28-686?. Mingo Creek Park is located 13 miles east of Washington off of Route 136.

By Nathaniel Taylor (age 16)


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Allegheny General Hospital and Canonsburg General Hospital to Offer Free Stroke Screenings Nurses from Allegheny General Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and Canonsburg General Hospital will provide free blood pressure screenings as well as information on stroke risk factors and stroke prevention from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at the Boscov Court in South Hills Village Mall. Informational handouts on stroke, blood pressure control, cholesterol effects and smoking cessation will also be distributed. No appointment is necessary. For more information call Canonsburg General Hospital’s Community Relations Department at 724-873-5835.

Heart Saver CPR with AED Training Offered Canonsburg General Hospital will offer a HeartSaver CPR with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Training class from 6 - 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 5 in the McNary Conference Center. Instructors for this class are certified by the American Heart Association. Attendees will learn heart-saver, or adult, one-person CPR in addition to techniques for dealing with an obstructed airway, AED (automated external defibrillator) training and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. Participants will receive a two year certification after successful course completion Registration fee is $25.00. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call toll free at 1-877-284-2000.

HUFNAGEL SELF STORAGE 10 x 20 or 12 x 25 Units Available 2400 Rt. 88 • Finleyville (1 & 1/2 miles South of Finleyville Across from Huffy's Trailer Sales)

724-348-4294

Dr. Tony’s Corner Clearing up Myths About MRSA There has been a lot of attention given to MRSA in the media recently. However, alarm and/or panic about this bacteria and the infections it causes is unwarranted. Community acquired Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus Aureus (cMRSA) normally causes skin and soft tissue infections. These infections are normally pustules, boils, or abscesses that may be red, swollen, and painful and are draining pus. The infections normally occur in areas of obvious skin trauma and areas with hair. These types of infections often are mistaken for spider bites. It is rare for cMRSA infections to cause severe or life-threatening infections. This bacteria is normally spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. It may also be spread through contact with shared items form an infected individual (e.g. towels and razors) or contact with surfaces that may be contaminated by someone with the infection. Transmission of this bacteria occurs more easily in schools, daycare settings, dormitories, and households. Treatment of cMRSA is relatively straightforward. Incision and drainage of the infected site offers up to a ninety percent cure rate without the use of antibiotics. When incision and drainage is not successful, the lesion is large or is not amenable to incision and drainage, cMRSA may be treated with some common oral antibiotics. If there are signs of a more serious infection

The prevention of cMRSA begins with good personal hygiene through frequent hand washing

or the patient has risk factors for more serious infections, intravenous antibiotics should be used. The prevention of cMRSA begins with good personal hygiene through frequent hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and showering after participating in sports or exercise. Open wounds should be covered until healed. You should avoid sharing items that come into contact with bare skin (e.g., razors and towels). Surfaces that are frequently touched should be kept clean and sanitized. People with cMRSA infections should keep the area covered until healed and should not participate in contact sports until the wound is healed. .

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


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Strength

Growth

Independence

565 Coal Valley Road • Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 • www.jeffersonregional.com


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CURVES of South Park Employee of the Month Curves Member of the Month is Sue Ghirst. Sue and her companion John are longtime residents of Finleyville. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. She is a loyal Curves member who works out three times a week with her cousin Lorna. You can always catch the two of them together encouraging other members and lighting up the circuit with their smiles. Congratulations Sue!

Ask the Experts OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY By Gregory Savolskis, MS, OTR/L, CHT Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist Centers for Rehab Services, UPMC South Hills - Bethel Park

Q. My ring finger and my little finger go numb when I am sleeping, Is there anything I can do? A. Numbness in the ring finger Sue Ghirst

Machine of the Month Sue Ghirst is using the Bicep/Tricep machine, which works the bicep and tricep muscles of the arms

and little finger is a sign that the ulnar nerve in your arm is being compressed. This could be due to cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS). People often sleep with their elbows in a bent position, causing ulnar nerve impingement at the elbow. CTS is treated by wearing a splint that keeps the elbow in a straight position while sleeping. An occupational therapist can make the splint, which may be all you need to solve the problem and get a good night’s sleep. Please call Greg at Centers for Rehab Services with any questions at 412-851-8850.


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Initiative to Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco Successful The Tobacco Free Program of Washington County Health Partners conducted Enforcement Compliance Checks (ECC) for the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. The checks monitor tobacco retailers to ensure tobacco products are not being sold to minors. For the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the compliance rate among the county’s tobacco retailers was 96.06 percent, well above the PA DOH required minimum of 90 percent. The compliance rate also showed an improvement of 1.96% over the prior fiscal year.Pennsylvania law makes the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 18 years of age illegal. Any retailer or retail clerk caught selling tobacco products to minors faces a citation and fine. More than one-third of all youth who try cigarettes become regular, daily smokers before leaving high school, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prohibiting access to tobacco is a key factor in preventing youth from becoming regular tobacco users. Overall, more than 23,000 Pennsylvanians die annually from tobacco-related causes. The burden of tobacco use on health care in the Commonwealth costs $4.7 billion per year, with $1.5 billion being absorbed by Medicaid.

Tobacco Free Program The Tobacco Free Program is an initiative of Washington County Health Partners. The Tobacco Free Program’s goals are to reduce adult and youth tobacco use and to eliminate it as a social norm. For more information, contact the Tobacco Free Program at 1866-904-FREE (3733) or info@tobaccofreewashington.org.

Washington County Health Partners, Inc. (WCHP) Incorporated in 2000, WCHP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of Washington County residents. WCHP performs periodic community health assessments to identify county health issues. These issues are addressed through WCHP’s volunteer-led, collaborative task forces comprised of local organizations and community volunteers who combine their expertise and resources. Current issues include: access to health insurance, community wellness, minority health, nutrition, respiratory health, teen wellness, and tobacco free initiatives. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Local TOPS Members Participate in Fall Walk A group of 32 TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) members from several western PA. chapters participated in the Fall Walk on the Montour Trail in Moon Twp. A cold, breezy day did not stop all from finishing the 2 mile walk. Representing the Finleyville chapter of TOPS was Ann Lorenzi and Dina Hallam. All participants received a certificate and key chain. Meeting ideas and words of encouragement were exchanged. If you would like to join the Finleyville chapter of TOPS, please call Ann at 724348-8977.


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Healthy Directions Announces December Programs and Events Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Healthy Directions health education and resource center at 3547 Washington Avenue in Finleyville will celebrate the following national health events in December: • Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month ... a time when communities across the country join with the National 3D Prevention Month Coalition to conduct public awareness and enforcement campaigns to prevent impaired drivers. • Safe Toys and Celebrations Month The holiday season is a time for family, fun and festivity, but it can also be a time of danger resulting in eye injuries. Safe Toys Celebrations Month spreads the message to celebrate responsibility during the holiday season. Anyone interested in these topics are encouraged to stop in for free information. In addition, Healthy Directions will present December programs as follows: December 10th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Holiday Open House Stop in and share the Christmas Spirit. Refreshments will be served, also door prize will be given away. Healthy Directions offers on-site laboratory services for blood and urine analysis are from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. A doctor’s prescription is required for all laboratory tests conducted at Healthy Directions. Blood drawn and urine specimens collected at the Finleyville station will be tested at the Laboratory at Monongahela Valley Hospital and results of the testing will be sent to the physician designated by the patient. Healthy Directions/Finleyville is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to special programs and screenings, Healthy Directions features a health education resource library of books, pamphlets, videos, and other information. A referral service also is available, as well as private health education counseling. Additional information is available by calling 724-348-6699.

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Events scheduled at Jefferson Regional Medical Center are held in the Bibro Pavilion, Jefferson Regional campus, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills, unless noted.

Hip and Knee Pain Seminar Call 412-469-7100 to register. Dec. 11, 10 to 11 a.m.

Free clinic on causes of and treatments for knee and hip pain with a certified orthopedic nurse manager.

Diabetes Education Call 412-469-5234 to register. Dec. 11 and 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 to 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Take Control of Your Diabetes: A four-part series with a certified diabetes educator. Physician referral and registration required to attend classes. Most insurances cover the fee.

Highmark Inc. recently launched a new product, the Healthcare Visa ® Gift Card. The card provides an easy way for consumers and recipients to cover out of pocket expenses related to maintaining personal health and wellness. This first-of-its kind Healthcare Gift Card can be used for a variety of purchases, including co-pays for doctor visits, prescriptions, vision care, dental care, health club memberships and elective procedures. The use of the card is limited to health and wellness merchants where Visa debit cards are accepted. The Healthcare Gift Card gives consumers a convenient means to pay for health-related, out-of-pocket expenses - for themselves and for others. It also provides parents and primary caregivers a new way to ensure loved ones have the funds to cover trips to the doctor, dentist, buy new eyeglasses and take care of healthcare expenses whenever they arise. The card is available for purchase online at the Healthcare Gift Card website, www.givewell.com or by phone at 877-850-3774. Cards can be purchased in any full dollar amount, ranging from $25 to $5,000. The Healthcare Gift Card can be used regardless of a person’s health insurance coverage and gives consumers a secure, convenient alternative for handling health and wellness expenses.

Mark Hofstetter, M.D., to Appear on “Ask the Doctor Show” Mark Hofstetter, M.D., a board-certified infectious disease specialist at Canonsburg General Hospital will be the featured guest on the Tuesday, December 11, “Ask The Doctor” show, sponsored by Canonsburg General Hospital and Peters Township Cable Television, Channel 7. The live, call-in show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted by Eugene Hammell, M.D. Drs. Hofstetter and Hammell will discuss “MRSA, influenza and other infectious diseases.” Peters Township residents may call (724) 942-0136 to ask questions on air.

Mutschler Orthopaedic Institute Free Education Sessions

JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Take Health Matters into Your Own Hands

Highmark Introduces New Healthcare Gift Card

Enhancing the Enjoyment of Everyday Life Call 412-469-7100 to register. Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Caste Village Mall, Suite M123, Counseling Center Joseph Cvitkovic, PhD., facilitator

Free Medication Clinic and Blood Pressure Checks Dec. 6, 13 and 20 9 a.m. to noon.

Caste Commons Lobby Dec. 12 and 19 9 a.m. to noon

Wal-Mart Pharmacy, West Mifflin

Jefferson Regional Medical Center 565 Coal Valley Road • Jefferson Hills, PA 15025 412-469-5000 • www.jeffersonregional.com

The staff of the Mutschler Orthopaedic Institute will offer a free informational session for people who are considering total knee or hip replacement surgery. The free program will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m., and Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center at Canonsburg General Hospital. Topics covered include: • Information about arthritis • Explanation of a joint replacement surgery, • Details of the pre-operative, operative and post operative care, • Information on anesthesia, • Pain management guides for the recovery period, and • Physical Therapy guidelines, • A question and answer session is also included. Refreshments will be provided. To register, call 1-888-877-5955 or 724-873-5955.


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Children’s Therapy Center Receives $2,500 CVS/pharmacy Community Grant The Children’s Therapy Center (CTC) of The Washington Hospital has received a $2,500 CVS/pharmacy Community Grant. Grant funds will be used for the CTC’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program, the focus of which is to improve the communication abilities of both verbal and low verbal children with autism. The program aims to improve both the communication skills and the social opportunities for children with autism as they learn to respond to and to safely care for the pets. “Numerous anecdotal reports exist on the therapeutic benefits of animal assisted therapy for children and adults with a variety of medical diagnosis,” said Susan Hough, director of the CTC. “Available studies have strongly supported the premise that animal assisted therapy can benefit individuals with autism in learning relationship-building skills such as proximity seeking, greetings, giving and receiving comfort, sensitivity, communication and play.” The CTC of The Washington Hospital has taken the lead in providing high-quality rehabilitation care for young children with special needs across southwestern Pennsylvania. In the past 10 years, the CTC has worked with more than 10,000 children - more than 900 in the last year alone. The CVS/pharmacy Community Grant to the CTC is part of CVS/pharmacy’s commitment to its communities throughout the country. The CTC was selected to receive a grant through the CVS/pharmacy Community Grants 2007 grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS/pharmacy’s All Kids Can™ Pr selected to receive a grant through the CVS/pharmacy Community Grants 2007 grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS/pharmacy’s All Kids Can™ Program, which strives to ma Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS/pharmacy’s All Kids Can™ Program, which strives to make life easier for children with disabilities. The goal of the program is to create more inclusive environments for children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.

Joan Anderson Named Director of Wellness at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Joan Anderson has been named Director of Wellness of the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center of The Washington Hospital. She brings a broad background in health and fitness, coaching, sales and business management to her new position. A graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Anderson previously served as health and fitness director for two local YMCAs, health fitness specialist with the UPMC Horizon Hospital System, and track & field/cross country coach at Mercer High School. She looks forward to using her Joan Anderson experience in fitness and educational programming and management to help the Wellness Center increase corporate as well as community participation. “It’s very exciting to me to have such a wide gamut of wellness opportunities and resources available, including those the hospital offers. Our goal here is to work as a team to create a wellness role model and continue to grow it,” she said.


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Boy Scouts Assist as ‘Victims’ at Medical Center Emergency Drill

Electronic Get-Well Messages, Expanded Cable Added For Patients’ Convenience You’ve Got Mail! It’s not always possible to visit loved ones when they are in the hospital. With a new program under way at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, sending get-well wishes is as convenient as logging on to a personal computer. The free electronic message service at Jefferson Regional is designed to make patients more comfortable during their hospital stay. To send get-well greetings, friends and family members can visit the medical center’s Web site, www.jeffersonregional.com, and click on “E-mail a patient” in the left-hand column. Simply fill in the fields and submit a message. E-mail messages will be hand-delivered to inpatients by hospital volunteers on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Messages cannot be sent to patients coming to the hospital for same day surgery or outpatient testing. E-mails sent over the weekend will be delivered by the following Monday. Patients may be contacted directly by telephone by calling the main switchboard at (412) 469-5000. Greeting cards addressed to patients can be mailed to: Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Attn: (Name of Patient), P.O. Box 18119, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

Patient TV: Soaps to Sports A hospital stay doesn’t mean patients have to miss their favorite TV shows. While they’re recuperating at Jefferson Regional, they can check out the expanded lineup of television channels offered in patient rooms. The improved channel selection offers 12 new listings that appeal to patients of all ages – from the Food Network, Animal Planet and the History Channel to ABC Family, Home & Garden Television and Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. A complete listing can be found in the patient TV guide in the admission packet. Fees for TV are unchanged.

James Miller of West Elizabeth, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1843, is wheeled into the Emergency Department by Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance personnel Mike Horgos, left, and Dave Petrovich, right, during an emergency preparedness disaster drill at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

With assistance from Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association, scouts were the “victims” in the readiness drill that simulated a chemical spill that originated at their meeting place in Jefferson Hills. The goal of the disaster preparedness drill, which took place unannounced to the Emergency Department staff, was to evaluate the response of the ED and medical center in a

catastrophic situation. “As part of our continuing accreditation with The Joint Commission and Department of Health, we conduct these drills semi-annually. Each experience enables us to improve our readiness and response in the event of a true disaster in our community,” said Del Olson, EMS manager and co-chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee at Jefferson Regional. Preparedness is not limited to specialized personnel. It includes all hospital employees. Whether an emergency room doctor, or office personnel, every medical center employee completes Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) at the Awareness Level. “A real emergency such as the one staged in this drill could burst through our doors at any moment,” said Karen Kunak, director of Emergency Services at Jefferson Regional. “These drills and training keep us focused on being prepared to take care of area residents, as well as our patients and staff, should a true emergency arise.” Members of the medical center’s core HERT team who evaluated the effectiveness of the mock incident were coordinator Del Olson, Karen Kunak, Angelo Gioia, Sue Singer, Joanne Cook, John Gess, Danny McLaughlin and Richard P. Sullivan, MD. Bill Milliron, also a medical center employee, helped to coordinate participation by the scout troop. Scouts can utilize their disaster drill experience as a requirement for their emergency preparedness merit badge, he said. Olson noted that the medical center will continue to conduct localized drills as well as regional, multiple hospital drills, to ensure a constant state of readiness for residents south and east of the city.

Community Stroke Screening Jefferson Regional Medical Center will offer a Free Community Stroke Screening on Tuesday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Jefferson Room, James Bibro Pavilion, on the medical center campus, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills. The last available time slot will be at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the free event, which will include health screenings for blood sugar levels, HDL and total cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat analysis, in addition to a Stroke Risk Assessment Survey and free educational materials. Those planning to attend must pre-register by calling 412-469-7100.


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Jefferson Regional Employees Continue Giving Tree Tradition Take Your Christmas Spirits In Moderation Has a daily drink replaced “an apple a day” as a way to keep the doctor away and as a means to good health? Scientists have studied the effects of alcohol, ranging from heart health and keeping our minds sharp to lowering our risk of diabetes. The food guide pyramid allows one drink per day, not averaged over a week’s time; one drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Although misusing alcohol has significant disadvantages, alcohol’s advantages include increasing the levels of good cholesterol and prevention of blood clot formation. Alcohol can increase insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of diabetes. Other studies suggest that women that consume a little alcohol may be more likely to keep their minds sharp as they age. However, the recommendation for moderate alcohol consumption is not for everyone. Certain segments of our population should not drink at all. Drinking alcohol in moderation can be good for your health, but too much alcohol can be harmful. How much is a safe amount depends on your age and other factors. People that should not drink include pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who are at risk for certain cancers including breast cancer, people with family histories of alcohol abuse, children and adolescents, people taking medications that can interact with alcohol, people with liver problems or ulcers, anyone requiring skill or coordination to perform a task, and people who have a history of pancreatitis. U.S. Dietary Guidelines refer to middle-aged and older adults; according to studies, alcohol consumption for younger adults provides little if any health benefit and is associated with a higher risk of serious injury or death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that excessive drinking causes more than 75,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Excessive drinking for men is defined as more than two drinks daily or more than four drinks at one time. For women, it’s an average of more than one drink per day or more than three drinks at one time. When you drink also is important. It is best to consume alcohol with meals. When alcohol is mixed with food, it can slow the stomach emptying time and decrease the amount of food consumed at a meal. Yet, alcohol stimulates the appetite. Some studies suggest that drinking alcohol without eating raises the chance of developing high blood pressure. Alcohol is fairly high in calories and provides few nutrients. Liquid calories from alcohol do not satisfy hunger. Alcohol is usually mixed with high-calorie mixers, which can have as much as 400 calories per drink. Experts agree that although alcohol has some health benefits, it’s not a good idea to start drinking. Alcohol also has many damaging effects. If you’re not used to consuming alcohol, having one social drink can have serious effects. Alcohol, food and festivities are very prevalent during the holiday season. As you make the holidays merry, you need to evaluate your current health, your risk of consuming alcohol, and your responsibility to travel home from your holiday gathering to make smart decisions about your alcohol consumption.

An annual charity project that has become a tradition for Jefferson Regional Medical Center employees and volunteers will be spreading holiday cheer again this year. Organized by the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, the Giving Tree helps to provide toys for more than 200 local children. Located in the hospital’s main lobby, the Giving Tree contains names, ages and gift suggestions for boys and girls from various South Hills communities. From left, Human Services Center Corp. volunteers Anyone may take a nametag from the Randy Thomas and Jake Yeager; Sister Nancy tree, purchase a present for a child Hupert, CSJ, consultant for Jefferson Regional and bring it to the Guest Shoppe by Medical Center, and Judy Werling, Jefferson Regional Auxiliary member and Giving Tree project December 12, wrapped and ready to chairwoman, gather by the Giving Tree. give. Through a partnership with Human Services Center Corp. based in Turtle Creek, the gifts are delivered to youngsters who will receive the presents they look forward to getting on their holiday “wish” lists. This year, children in the Clairton Head Start program have been added to the groups who will receive gifts through the Giving Tree project. Randy Thomas of West Mifflin, retired executive director of the Human Services Center, is one of the volunteers who helps pick up and distribute toys collected at area institutions. “Jefferson has been a part of our program for 15 years and is one of our biggest providers,” Thomas said. The Human Services Center fills toy requests submitted by 40 to 50 social service agencies, shelters and food pantries whose members provide the tags with details about each child’s name, age and gift suggestions. Center volunteers pick up the wrapped toys and help distribute them the week before Christmas. Thomas said the project makes him feel good during the holiday season. “I get to meet the nicest people in the community, people who don’t even know these kids but will reach into their pockets and spend $20 or $30 for a gift for a child,” he said. Sister Nancy Hupert, CSJ, consultant for the medical center, said the project provides an excellent opportunity for employees to share with those less fortunate than themselves. “The Giving Tree represents an extension of the compassion our employees have for others,” she said.


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Receiving the donation for MVH is Louis J. Panza, Jr.(right) , president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital from Donna Angelo (left), Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Chairperson and staff member of Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Thomas and Cora Ducoeur, owners of Orange’s Gift Department Store and Ducoeur’s Furniture. It is Tom’s mother, Lois Orange Ducoeur, whose memory is honored at the annual event.

Team Charleroi Donates to MVH Cancer Center Since 2003 downtown Charleroi has hosted the Lois Orange Ducoeur Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. That walk, which takes place in the fall, is billed as a one or two mile fun walk and fundraiser for local cancer center initiatives. This year as a result of the monies raised by the walk, Team Charleroi presented a monetary gift of $ 4,151.68 to Monongahela Valley Hospital toward its Charles L. and Rose Sweeney-Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. This year’s gift, in Lois Orange Ducoeur’s name, brings that total contribution to date to more than $10,500 donated. “I am thrilled by the support we received for this walk,” said Donna Angelo, Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Chairperson. “More than 150 people turned out for the event and the proceeds stay here in the mid-Mon Valley to treat the many area residents who have been affected by this disease. With this event we almost doubled the amount of all of the previous donations.” Louis J. Panza Jr., president and chief executive officer of Monongahela Valley Hospital, said the health system “deeply appreciates this generous gift from Team Charleroi.” He said the monetary gift will “assist us immeasurably in the quest of our Mission to enhance the health of the residents of the mid-Monongahela Valley area and to maintain our role of providing quality cancer care to all who need it. Cancer care doesn’t start or end with a patient’s treatment. At MVH, we offer educational programs, screenings and support groups as well. We remain dedicated to continuing to offer compassionate care, quality oncology services and programs and advanced technology.” “This donation is a prime example of how area residents assist in our efforts to benefit the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” he said.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Calendar of Events Unless otherwise noted, the following programs will be held in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Managing Your Diabetes - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 5, 6, 7 at 8:30 a.m., ECC. 3-day, 2 hour per day education series. Registration is required. For more information, call 724-258-1483. Breast Cancer Support Group Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. For more information, call 724-258-1704. Holiday Open House - Monday, December 10 from 1 – 3 p.m., Finleyville. Healthy Directions, 3547 Washington Ave., Finleyville, will open its doors for a holiday open house. Refreshments will be served and a door prize raffled. Call 724348-6699 for more information. RSDS Support Group - Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

Managing Your Diabetes - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 11, 12, 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. 3-day, 2 hour per day education series that focuses on diabetes self-management and care. Registration is required To register, call 724-258-1483. Carbohydrate Counting - Wednesday, December 12 at 9 a.m., ECC. Diabetes selfmanagement class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. How to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar and information on the glycemic index. For more information or to register, call 724-2581148. Arthritis Support Group - Wednesday, December 19 at 1 p.m., ECC. Free and open to all persons with arthritis or related illnesses and their families. For more information, call 724-258-1321. Breast-feeding Support Group - Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. This free support group is free and open to all women interested in breast-feeding their newborn infant. For more information, call 724258-BABY (2229).

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MVH Opens New Center For Children’s Rehabilitation MVH’s Rehabilitation Team began providing specialized services to meet the rehabilitation needs of children and adolescents on Monday, August 27, 2007. That date coincided with the opening of the MVH Center for Children’s Rehabilitation in Suite 202 at 1029 Country Club Road in Carroll Township. The Center for Children's Rehabilitation will serve children, adolescents and young adults, from birth to age 21, who have been diagnosed with any of a variety of deficits, delays and disorders. MVH’s goal in offering this service is to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to help children and adolescents with special needs reach their optimal potential physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The Center staff therapists are trained in pediatric rehabilitation to identify and understand the developmental needs of children. The team coordinates care for various needs including physical, occupational, speech and social/psychological therapies. MVH enjoys a professional partnership with California University of Pennsylvania to accommodate developmental evaluations using the university’s Child and Family Studies Institute. The therapists and developmental specialists assess the child or adolescent’s needs, establish goals, and create an individualized intervention plan. Families and caregivers play an important role in the process and progress of their plan. An emphasis is placed on family and caregiver involvement, including education and training. In addition, MVH therapists

serve as a valuable resource for helping families coordinate with other assistance in the community. Ruth Sepesky, PT, Director of MVH’s Rehabilitation Services says, "helping all residents in the community including children and adolescents reach their optimal potential fulfills our MVH mission. We recognized the need for these invaluable services for children and adolescents in the mid-Monongahela Valley and expanded the rehabilitation program to accommodate those needs. “The earlier children are diagnosed and therapies begin, the better chance they have of coping with these issues throughout life. Children and adolescents with special needs often have physical and cognitive barriers that hinder their inclusion into the classroom or society. We want to give them every opportunity by offering comprehensive and progressive services," says Sepesky. “We expect referrals from a variety of sources that include physicians, educational institutions and social services agencies throughout the midMonongahela Valley.” MVH is committed to the medical, educational and emotional needs of children and adolescents and their families, and will continue to provide innovative, comprehensive programming to help them obtain the best possible outcomes. The Center is open at various times Monday through Friday throughout the day and evenings by appointment. For an appointment at the new MVH Center for Children’s Rehabilitation, call 724- 258-2971.

Dr. Furgiuele Joins MVH Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki, M.D. has joined the Medical Staff at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township and opened a new office in the Spartan Medical Facility on Stoops Drive. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed her residency training at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Furgiuele is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in Breast Surgery. Her current and previous experience includes various hospital affiliations with St. Clair Memorial, Canonsburg General, Allegheny General, UPMC Shadyside and The Washington Hospital.

Dr. Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki

Tyler Guerra of Coal Center (left) interacts with Nancy McAuley, SLP, while practicing language and reading skills.

Michelle Fell, OTR (right), works with Rebecca Suppo of Donora to develop her coordination skills.


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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 we will have only one luncheon because of Christmas and everyone having so much to do. The date for our meeting will be Thursday December 13th. We will have our usual “blood pressure screening” followed by lunch. Our plans include a re-cycled gift exchange (bring a gift and receive one). Also Gretchen Stewart from the Consulate Retirement Village will be our guest. She tells me she has a big surprise for us - come and see. As usual there will be a fifty-fifty to be won. And if there is still time everyone’s favorite - Bingo. • December birthday - only one – Bill Higbee. Happy Birthday from all of us. • Orders are still taken for the Venetia Heritage Society’s fund raiser. Especially for those who attend the Venetia Grade School. This could be a very fond memory for all to see. Purchase a brick paver for $100.00 for two lines on a brick or $150.00 for three lines. Have your name in history. • A good time was had by 10 of our volunteers at the Canonsburg Senior Center. The meal was very enjoyable. I am very proud of all my volunteers, the program could not be done without their help.

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Live Music & Entertainment at Your Neighborhood Hot Spot! DECEMBER Badlands Bar & Grille 724-348-8030 3540 Washington Ave, Finleyville 8 - TBA 15 - The Jades 22 - Lucid Factor 25 - Closed 29 - Unreal 31 - New Year’s Eve Party w/ JR Karaoke Beach Room 724-348-8888 6285 Route 88, Finleyville (in front of Mineral Beach) 1 - Angel Blue & The Prophets 7 - Blue Print 8 - Steeltown 14 - Blue Razor Band 15 - Todd Jones 22 - Heads Up 29 - Southern Discomfort

8 - DJ Janet Fox Karaoke 14 - Scott Spahr 20 - Steelers Party 22 - Christmas Party w/ Todd Jones 28 - The Regular Joes 31 - New Year’s Eve Party Every Monday - Free Jukebox 9:00-11:00PM The Grove Station at the Linden Grove 412-881-4588 100 Grove Road, Castle Shannon 1 - Top 40 Dance Night 4 - Oldies Dance Night 5 - The Jaminators 6 - Oldies Dance Night 7 - Sweaty Betty Blues Band 8 - Top 40 Dance Night 11 - Oldies Dance Night 12 - The Jaminators 13 - Oldies Dance Night 15 - Top 40 Dance Night 18 - Oldies Dance Night 19 - The Jaminators 20 - Oldies Dance Night 22 - Top 40 Dance Night 25 - Oldies Dance Night 26 - The Jaminators 27 - Oldies Dance Night 28 - Dallas Marks 29 - Top 40 Dance Night

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Every Friday - all request DJ music with karaoke with Total Entertainment Every Saturday - all request DJ music with karaoke with Total Entertainment Every Sunday - Bike Night Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge 412-384-5910 1215 Rt 885 South, Jefferson Hills Wednesdays -7:30PM - John Mulkerin (piano player/singer) Thursdays - 8:00PM - John Mulkerin (piano player/singer) Fridays - 8:30 - Spider Rondinelli and the Pittsburgh Jazz Giants Saturdays - 3:00 - 6:00 - Spider Rondinelli and the Pittsburgh Jazz Giants

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Pit Stop Bar and Grille 412 -384 -7487 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama Brass Monkey 22 - Christmas Party w/ Tension 412-233-3375 and Driven 428 State St, Clairton Every Friday - Free Jukebox 9:0020 - Steelers Party Newman’s Restaurant 1:00AM 22 - Alli Gillis and Lounge Every Saturday - Free Jukebox 29 - Wizdom 412-653-6440 Every Wednesday 611 Old Clairton Rd, Pleasant Hills 9:00-1:00AM DJ Janet Fox Karaoke 1 - Teaser Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse Every Thursday 7 - Night Star 724-745-8844 Hey Andy Sportsbar and Lounge Zoo Night w/ DJ Nick Fun 8 - Toyz 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 724-258-4755 Every Saturday - DJ Janet Fox 15 - Night Star South), Canonsburg 1221 W Main St, Monongahela Karaoke 22 - Wee Jams Entertainment Nightly Monday 1 - Bill Ali Band 31 - New Year’s Eve w/ Magic Sunday 8 The Klick Bruceton Station Moment-Reservation Only 15 - Dirty Sanchez 412-653-3430 Limo rides to Heartwood Acres - 4 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band and Don Cappa The Guitarman 1152 Cochran Mill Rd, South Park 22 - Unreal call for details 11 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band 25 - Closed 6 - Psychic Jackie and Don Cappa The Guitarman 29 White Rose Karaoke 20 - Steelers Party Olde Large Hotel 18 - Jam Night w/ The Jam Band Every Tuesday - Jam with Luke Every Friday – DJ 412-384-9950 and Don Cappa The Guitarman Every Thursday - White Rose 510 Oak Rd, Jefferson Hills 25 - Closed Karaoke Eck’s Restaurant & Lounge 1 - Left On Doris Steelers Specials Every Friday – DJ 1-877-EAT-ECKS (328-3257) 7 - The Jaminators 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 8 - TBA Royal Place Hot House Tap and Grille 8 - Fynal Tyme II - Midnight 14 - Wizdom 412-882-8000 724-258-4212 Buffet and Toy Drive 21 - Tony Mollick Band 2660 Library Rd (Rt. 88), 807 Dry Run Road, Monongahela 24 - Closed 22 - Christmas Party w/ Bill & Pittsburgh Entertainment 9:00PM - 1:30AM Rene 4-10 25 - Closed 1 - Mid-Life Crisis Every Monday Open Stage Night 31 - New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ28 - Dave Iglar Band 7 - Dancing Queen - all musicians welcome all request dancing Pens Games Specials Every Wednesday Ladies Night Steelers Specials College Football Games Specials 8 - Toys for Tots Show w/ BonJourney with DJ Steelers Games Specials 14 - Kellie Lynn Band Every Thursday all request DJ Elrama Tavern 15 - Steeltown music with karaoke with Total 412-384-3630 22 - No Bad Ju Ju (Main Room) Entertainment 1520 Rt 837, Elrama

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Muddas (Banquet Room) 28 - Michael Todd Band 29 - Mr. Nice Guy 31 - New Year’s Eve Party w/ BonJourney Roy’s By The Tracks 724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 1 - Karaoke with Ricki 7 - Jeff Marks 8 - Karaoke with Nunzio 14 - Mark Shuttleworth 15 - Karaoke with Ricki 21 - Bill Couch 22 - Karaoke with Nunzio 28 - The Third Attempt 29 - Karaoke with Ricki 31 - New Year’s Eve Party-Karaoke w/ Nunzio Every Wednesday - Karaoke with Nunzio Every Thursday - Jam Night with Bucky and Jim Valley Hotel 412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Rd Intersection of 837/Coal Valley Rd, Jefferson Boro Every Friday - Open Stage Night all musicians welcome

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HELP WANTED Earn Extra Income Assembling CD cases from Home. Working with Top US Companies. Not available, MD, WI, SD, ND. 1-800405-7619 Ext 104. www.easywork-greatpay.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HOME REFUND JOBS! Earn $3,500-$5,000 Weekly Processing Company Refunds Online! Guaranteed Paychecks! No Experience Needed! Positions Available Today! Register Online Now! www.RebateWork.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Movie Extras. Exciting opportunities for upcoming productions. All looks needed no experience required for cast calls. Call 877-264-9744 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MYSTERY SHOPPERS - Get paid to shop! Retail/Dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality/customer service. Earn up to $150 a day. Call 888-731-1179 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SECRET SHOPPERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY - For Store Evaluations. Local Stores, Restaurants, & Theaters. Training Provided, Flexible Hours. Assignments Available NOW!! 1-800-585-9024 ext. 6262 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Page 82 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– December 2007 UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER CASH ADVANCE. NO CREDIT? NO PROBLEM! #1 IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. 1-888-257-7524. YOURCASHBANK.COM. Void where prohibited by law. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STOP FORECLOSURE guaranteed. This is not bankruptcy. We do not buy houses. 1-800-771-4453 ext. 85. www.house911.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CASH AVAILABLE in Exchange for future payments from annuity, structured settlement, lottery winning, mortgage notes. We also provide advances for pending settlements. www.lumpsumcash.com. 800-509-8527 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Credit Repair Hotline Are you suffering from BAD CREDIT? We can permanently improve your credit report. CALL NOW! FREE consultation! 1866-750-9090 Better Credit-Better Life ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ERASE BAD CREDIT. Raise credit score within 45 days! 100% Money Back Guarantee. Call 1-866-916-8449 ext. 193 for a free consultation. Call 24hrs ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEED A LOAN? Bad Credit? Bankruptcy? Repo? Personal Consolidation or Business Loans available. "Helping People with Credit Problems since 1991" Financial Specialty Services (800) 654-1816 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CASH LOANS $1,000 TO $300,000 AVAILABLE. PERSONAL OR BUSINESS USE. POOR CREDIT AND LOW INCOME ACCEPTED. SAME DAY PROCESSING. CALL 24-HOURS: 1-800-539-1516 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FAST CASH! Apply for up to $1000. Faxless for most loans. Good, Bad and ugly credit OK. Apply online for instant approval. www.WeLendCash.Com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GOT DEBT? Don’t go Bankrupt! Settle your debts for pennies on the dollar. $10,000 minimum of credit card debt. FREE consultation. Call now! (800) 699-9740. www.brightcredit.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Lawsuit Loans? Cash before your case settles. Auto, workers comp. All cases accepted. Fast approval. $500 to $50,000. 866-709-1100. www.glofin.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NO DOWN PAYMENT? PROBLEM CREDIT? If you’re motivated, and follow our proven, no nonsense program, we’ll get you into a NEW HOME. Call 1-866-255-5267. www.AmericanHomePartners.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Owe the IRS or State??? Haven’t filed tax returns??? Get Instant Relief. Call Mike 1-800-487-1992 www.safetaxhelp.com Hablamos español –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------ HEALTH/MEDICAL/FITNESS-----WWW.CLASSICDRUGSTORE.COM. Save 50-80%. Cialis, Soma, Ultram, Auomplia, Propecia, Viagra & more! 1-866-542-8569. Free price quote! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE WEIGHT LOSS. Call to get your Free bottle w/hoodia. Please, limit 1 per household. 1-800-420-1842. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE WEIGHT LOSS - Call to get your free bottle w/ hoodia. Please, limit 1 per household. Call now 1-800-820-5469 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Weight Loss- FREE- FREE. 20,000+ people have already called to get our free bottle weight loss with hoodia- Pls limit 1 per household Call now 1-800218-6177 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– www.classicdrugstore.com. Save 50-80% with Classicdrugstore. Cialis, Soma, Ultram, Acomplia, Propecia, Viagra and more! Call 1-866-542-8569 for free price quote ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEDICAL SUPPLIES - ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU!! Limited Offer!! Power Wheelchairs & Scooters. Medtec Medical Supply. Medicare Approved. 800-719-0024. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– POWER WHEELCHAIRS SCOOTERS AND HOME HEALTH EQUIPMENT AT NO COST TO YOU! CALL 24 HOURS TO QUALIFY AT 1866-276-8804 AAA Medical Depot, LLC –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------ ITEMS FOR SALE -----"Wilton" cake decorating supplies, supply tote box, cake pans and much more. Three course books and all supplies needed for cake decorating classes as taught at Michaels Craft Store. $100 for all. Call (412) 835-3959. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– "Lenox" Holiday Ribbon design desert bowls. Set of 12, new never used, still in boxes. $50. Call (412) 835-3959 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Spinet Piano and Bench, good condition, fruitwood color. $695 obo. Call 724348-5543. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Archery Cobra 3 pin sights with light, like new, $45. Budogel arrow rest, like new, $25. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Photography equipment, 35 to 70mm lens, asking $295. Light meter, never used, excellent condition, $45. Professional flash, excellent condition, $95 or best offer. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Carry all trailer, 4 by 6 foot, can carry 500 pounds, turn signals, fits in two inch hitch, needs no license. $250 firm. Call 412-831-8998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Coffee table, dark brown, 5’ long x 20” wide. Good condition. Asking $25. Call 412-831-8998. Sears 12" inch Band Saw! Used very little! Must sell, need room! Comes comple with table. $150.00. Phone 412-384-6322 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sidney Crosby rookie Card! Rare, Upper Deck collectible Card! $15.00. 412-780-5998 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sidney Crosby Bobblehead! From Game! Mint in Box! $40.00. 412-7805998 –���––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ben Roethlisberger Score Rookie Card! Graded "Gem Mint" 10. Comes encapsulated IN PLASTIC HOLDER. Will sell for $25.00, or best offer. JIM 412-780-5998 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ben Roethlisberger Draft Day Rookie Card! One of first cards of Ben! Will sell for $5.00 including shipping. JIM 412-780-5998. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Christmas CD’s for sale. - $8 each. 412-851-1734 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale: Beer Steins, Pittsburgh Steelers Lidded Beer Stein $50.00, Pittsburgh Pirates Lidded Beer Stein $50.00,1980-1993 “New” Anheuser Busch/Budweiser (Christmas and other scenes), Stroh’s “Birth of a Nation”, Miller High Life, and COOR’S, lot’s to choose from, $14.00 and up---72-2507696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1970’s STEELER’S Iron City Beer Cans of Mike Webster “Iron Mike”, 12 cans in all, $3.00 per can or $25.00 for all--- 724-250-7696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Movie Collection. 400 VHS movies. Like new condition. Best offer. (724) 348-0506 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale: Cherry wood, trees to be cut. Have several large size trees to be dropped and hauled. Trees have some “Gum stain” to them. Come and make bid. 724-250 7696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cherry Tree lumber, split and seasoned ready for your pick-up and haul, truck load to top of bed, $85.00 for 6’ bed, $95.00 for 8’ bed. Your truck I cannot deliver---724-250-7696 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ITEMS FOR SALE - CONTRATOR'S TRUCK CAP - WITH LADDER RACK AND BOXES (ALUMINUM). FITS 1989-1996 FORD TRUCKS. $300. 412-736-0189 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bunk Beds w/mattresses, never used, solid wood with a heavy duty oak finish $250 724-747-9216 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For Sale: Older Hot Wheel cars and some from the 90's. 724-984-9085 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cemetery plots - Jefferson Memorial Park. 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/all. Can divide. 724-348-5072 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Treadmill – Sears, ProForm 740 CS. Like new! Full warranty good until 1/09. $300. 412-833-6504 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Toro Snowthrower. Model 1028, 10-HP, electric start, 4 forward, 2 reverse, power shift, 40-ft throw distance, 28-inch clearing width, like new. 30 hours max on machine. 724-258-3907 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEMORY FOAM Thera-Peutic NASA Mattress: Q-$399, K-$499. Free Delivery. Warranty. 1-888-287-5337. (60 night trial) www.mattressdr.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SLEIGH BEDROOM set with pillowtop mattress & box. Solid wood & dovetailed. Never used. Still boxed. Cost $3500. Sacrifice $1175. 412-494-3143 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV FREE 4 Room System! Checks Accepted! FREE 4 Months ALL 250 Channels + HBO/Cinemax/Showtime! HURRY, Ask How! Pkgs. Start $29.99. FREE DVR/HD! 1-800-973-9044 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 14" PILLOWTOP Orthopedic mattress. Never used still in original plastic. Was $850, Sacrifice $295. Call Chris 412-494-7351. Can help transport. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV Satellite Television, FREE Equipment, FREE 4 Room Installation, FREE HD or DVR Receiver Upgrade and $100 cash back! Programming Packages from $29.99/mo. 1-800-380-8939. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPORTING GOODS - HOT TUB - 8-1/2 HORSEPOWER, 46 CHROME JETS, 5-YEAR WARRANTY. BRAND NEW, IN WRAPPER. COST $7800. MUST SEE!!! $3950. CAN DELIVER. 412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DINING ROOM SET. Solid wood, Absolutely beautiful. Perfect condition in original boxes. Must sell ASAP. Only $1550. 412-494-3143 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LEATHER LIVING ROOM SET. All Italian leather. 8-way, handtied. Never used, wrapped in plastic. Retail was $4500. Sell $1400. MUST SEE! 412-7879128 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STEEL BUILDINGS FOR SALE - POLE BUILDINGS: 2 car Garage 24x24x10 $8995. 3 car Garage 28x36x10 $11,995. 1-3' Door! Painted Steel Roof & Sides. Fully erected. 1-800-331-1875 or 1-717-354-7561. www.fettervillesales.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE DIRECTV 4 Room System! Checks Accepted! FREE 4 Months ALL 250 Channels + HBO/Cinemax/Showtime! HURRY, Ask How! Pkgs. Start $29.99. FREE DVR/HD! 1-800-620-0058 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDROOM CHERRY SOLID - 10 pieces with pillowtop mattress set. Dovetailed drawers. New, still in boxes. Was $3995. Sell $1595. 412-494-7351 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BLOWOUT CLEARANCE SALE on name-brand kidswear! Save 50-70% OFF retail! TIME LIMITED! Log on www.magickidsusa.com. Discount code MK42257-MD ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Spa/Hot Tub must sell. MSRP $2499. New, Never Used, No Maint. Cabinet. Includes Cover. Will Deliver. $1,999. Full Warranty. Call 866-920-7089 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BEDS - "PLUSH/PILLOWTOPS, ORTHOPEDIC AND MEMORY FOAM" QUEEN ... $179. KING...$235. FULL SIZE. MATTRESS, ALL NEW. SEALED IN PLASTIC WITH WARRANTIES. DELIVERY AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE CALL 412-787-9128 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- ITEMS WANTED ------WANTED: PINBALL MACHINE, ARCADE VIDEO GAME & coin operated items, ANY CONDITION, cash paid, semi-quick removal. 412-5598477. E-mail: ed@ataboy.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– JUNK CARS WANTED! FREE Tow! C.T. Auto Recyclers. 724-348-7467. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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: Used Stihl chain saws, used 2 stage snow blowers, Mantis tiller, Rear tire tillers, Lawn Boy mowers, Honda mowers. Need not be running. Pay cash! 724-745-6489 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– JEANS Wanted! Instead of throwing away your old jeans, please donate them. Small jeans, big jeans, XS jeans, XL jeans. Kids jeans, adult jeans. Blue jeans, white jeans, or any color jeans you have. All sizes....All kinds. Will pick up. NEED JEANS, PLEASE! CALL TODAY! 724-747-0793 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED! OLD GIBSON LES PAUL GUITARS! Especially 1950's models! Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, D'Angelico, Rickenbacker, Stromberg, Ephiphone. (1900- 1970's) TOP DOLLAR PAID! Old FENDER AMPS! It's easy. Call toll free 1-866-433-8277 CALL TODAY. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

-------- MISCELLANEOUS ----ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Computers, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Financial aid and computer provided if qualified. Call 866-858-2121, www.OnlineTidewaterTech.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLDBARN/www.woodfordbros.com MDHIC #05-121-861 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIRECTV Satellite Television, FREE Equipment, FREE 4 Room Installation, FREE HD or DVR Receiver Upgrade. Packages from $29.99/mo. Call Direct Sat TV for details. 800-380-8939. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ERASE BAD CREDIT. See dramatic change within 2 months. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Call 1-866-916-8449 ext. 717 for a free consultation. National Credit Group ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– STEEL BUILDINGS: 5 Only 25x30, 30x40, 40x50, 45x72, 80x150, Must Move Now! Selling for Balance Owed/ Free Delivery! 1-800-211-9593 x46. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– $$CASH$$ - Immediate cash for structured Settlements, Annuities, Lawsuits, Inheritances, Mortgage Notes & Cash Flows. J.G. Wentworth #1. 1-800-794-7310. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– **OLD GUITARS WANTED! ** Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s. TOP CASH PAID! These brands only please. 1-800-401-0440 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– $1,000 GIFT, Donate Car, IRS Deduction, Any Condition, Lost title OK, Help Kids, Espanol, Kids-In-Crisis 1-888-332-9332 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– METAL ROOFING & SIDING. BUY DIRECT, We Manufacture & cut to your length, 10 closeout colors, 36" coverage ABXX Panel $1.45 LF. 1-800373-3703 www.abmartin.net A.B. Martin Roofing Supply ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (888) 349-5387 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Broadband Internet Service by Satellite. Available NOW! 30-50X Faster than dialup. $0 Money Down! Works Everywhere. Our Best Price EVER! 1-866425-4990. www.SkyBlueNet.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GIGANTIC MIRRORS Jobsite leftovers, 48”x100”x1/4” (15), $115/each. 72”x100”x1/4” (11), $165/each. 72”x50”x1/4” w/1” Bevel, $115/each. 84”x60” w/1” Bevel, $135 each. Free delivery most areas. A & J Wholesale. 800-473-0619. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. Medical, business, paralegal, computers, criminal justice. Job placement assistance. Financial aid and computer provided if qualified. Call 866-858-2121 www.OnlineTidewaterTech.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

READER ADVISORY: READER ADVISORY: the National Trade Association we belong to has purchased the following classifieds. Determining the value of their service or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer “employment” but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it’s illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. 800 numbers may or may not reach Canada.


December 2007 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 83 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER INJURED in an ACCIDENT? Claim may be worth $250,000+ HEART ATTACK/STROKE from AVANDIA $250,000+ Diagnosed with MESOTHELIOMA One Million Dollars+ Call toll-free 1-866-546-2729 (24 hours) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEW MONEY SAVING WEBSITE!!! Get FREE Weekly E-mail Money Tips And Much More. www.moneygeyser.com. Log on Today, Have Fun and Save Money! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TATTOO REMOVAL - Fast and Easy. Effective Home Removal Kit. 60 day Money back guarantee. Call now. 1-800-594-8413 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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---------- PETS ----------Lost Siamese Cat - Neutered, male. Blue eyes. Dark brown face, ears, feet and tail. Body is cream/tan colored. Named Oliver. Much loved and missed. Reward! Please call 724-969-4213. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ANGELS FOR ANIMALS. Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser. (Please....no steel, no pie tins, and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each. For pick up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- REAL ESTATE ------1/2 Duplex For Rent - Charleroi. 2- Bedroom. Completely remodeled interior! Must See! Brand new carpet. Brand new kitchen and bathroom flooring. New Kitchen cabinets, countertop, and sink. Fresh Paint Throughout! Covered front and rear porches for relaxing. Private fenced in backyard. Located directly across from playground. Perfect home for kids and families. Convenient to Rt. 43 and Rt. 88. $485/ month plus utilities. Credit check and references required. Security Deposit and first month's rent required. Call 412-656-8508 or 412-760-2291. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Finleyville-9+ gorgeous acres, all utilities, survey avail. $169,900 Jefferson Hills R. E. 412-653-4000. www.jeffersonhillsre.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bentleyville-Office space and warehouse space avail., great parking and location, call 412-653-4000 or 412-915-8710 for details. www.jeffersonhillsre.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– South Park-Perfect 2150 sq. ft. retail or office space, c-1 zoning, great corner location, call 412-653-4000 or 412-915-8710 for details. www.jeffersonhillsre.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jefferson Hills-Great building lots .25 acre to 2 acres, may bring your own builder, prices starting at $40,000 Jefferson Hills R. E. 412-653-4000. www.jeffersonhillsre.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mobile Home - Monongahela Area, 3 bedroom trailer for sale. Inside, gentle pet ok with park. Ringgold Schools, 88 transit bus line. We will consider some financing. Park lot rent is $200 per month. $8500. Call 724-350-6006. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– House for Rent – 1113 Water Street, Brownsville, PA. 3 bedroom house for rent. Inside pet acceptable. Fenced yard. $450 plus utilities. First and last month’s rent. Call 724-350-5983. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– New Eagle. 1 Bedroom apartment. Appliances, No pets, Security deposit. $375 plus electric. Call: 724-554-6534. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cemetery Plots. Jefferson Memorial Park - 4 adjacent lots in "The Garden of the Well" Lot 112A. $2500/all. Can divide. 724-348-5072 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

House For Sale – Priced Thousands below market value! $134,900. Very attractive, 4 BR, 2-story, with 2.5 baths, new roof an windows. 2 car integral garage in back with large asphalt driveway. Located less than 1 mile from South Park. 412-833-6504 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Office/Retail Available! New Construction located in Finleyville (Brownsville Rd. Ext.) 1,000-3,000 sq. ft. available. $10-$12/sq. ft. Call: 724-348-7545. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– We Buy Duplexes and Multi-Family houses! - Seeking to purchase multi-family housing, duplexes, four-plexes, and apartment buildings throughout the Mon Valley and South Hills areas. Distressed and foreclosed properties OK. Call today! 412-760-2291. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Building for rent: South Park Township; 4,000 square feet. Includes offices, workshop, garage, and storage area. $1,250 / month + utilities. Phone 412833-0107 or 412-200-0449 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wanted to Sub-Rent - Martial Arts school looking to sub-rent building to another martial art/tai chi/yoga. 33 foot x 33 foot padded mat area. 16 foot ceilings, perfect for weapons training. Rent per month based on hours of use. Premium hours available. Finleyville - 724-348-8350. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WAREHOUSE/STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT - Finleyville. Different sizes available. Call 724-348-6688 for details. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Sale - 5BD HUD Home buy for only $330/mo! 3bd 1ba only $200/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Apartments for Rent - 5BD HUD Home buy for only $330/mo! 3bd 1ba only $200/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Office Space Available! Located in the Charleroi Business District, Rt. 88. NEWLY Renovated, up to 4,400 sq. ft. $2,200 / Month. Call 724-531-1310. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NC MOUNTAIN CABIN & RIVER. Secluded new log cabin shell. $99,900. Acreage on scenic river . . . Access lots, $39,900. Riverfront, $99,900. 828652-8700 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 40 ACRES – Colorado, $28,000! On County maintained road, near Rio Grande River, BLM & Carson National Forest. $1500 down, $300/month. Call Owner anytime, 806-376-8690 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GEORGIA LAND - The best investment plan is buying land! 1-20 acre homesites. LOW TAXES! Beautiful weather year round! Financing Available. Starting $3,900/acre. 706-364-4200 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MYRTLE BEACH, SC - NO HOA PAYMENTS for 1 YEAR Quiet Residental Community Close to Beach - 3 br - 2 ba Villas ~Limited # available $129,900 PHONE 843-424-2545 McLeod Marketing ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BANK FORECLOSURES! Homes from $10,000! 1-3 bedroom available! REOs, HUD, FDIC, more! These homes must sell! National Value Network. For Listings: 1-800-425-1620 x3247. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Homes for Rent - 5BD HUD Home buy for only $330/mo! 3bd 1ba only $200/mo! More HUD Homes from $199/mo! For listings call 800-560-0678 ext. s578 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ADIRONDACK/TUG HILL LAND SALE! 8 acres - was 19,900, NOW $14,900. 10 acres - was 25,900, NOW $19,900. 50 acres - was 79,900, NOW $69,900. Adjoins State Land, ponds, direct snowmobile trail access, views, apple orchards, trophy deer! EZ terms! Hurry! 800-260-2808 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FARM FORECLOSURE 5 arces - was 29,900, NOW $24,900. Creek, woods, small meadow, nice views! 3.5 hrs GWB! Twn rd, elect, EZ terms! 877-8915263 No closing costs 'til 12/1! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GOT LAND? BUILDING YOUR HOME? GREEN-R-PANEL Dry-in Prefabricated Building Systems DISCOUNTED 50%++!!! Sub-Prime Mortgage Order Cancelations. Manufacturer MUST Liquidate. 1,260 sq. ft. Originally $29,950.00 Blowout $14,975.00!! Since 1980/BBB 1-800-8717089 SACRIFICE!! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PRIME HUNTING LAND Great Location in PA Wilds. Bordered by State Forest & Gamelands. Close to Parker Dam & Elliott Sate Park. Town & private roads with electric service. Ready to build or for recreation. 8 acres only $49,900! Other acreage available. 866-365-6099 North American Land ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINTOP 23 acres ridgetop with panoramic views. Over 800 feet of trout stream frontage. Just 25 minutes from MD line! Power, perk, new road. All for less than $100K. Smaller parcels available. Financing!! Owner: 866-342-8635 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 50 ACRES - 1400' Deer Creek - $49,900. 10 acres - Sandy Creek stateland - $15,900. 15 acres - 3 lake houses & 3 barns. Was $350K, Now $229K, Financing available. landfirstny.com 1-888-683-2626. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPORTSMEN'S PARADISE Large wooded lots bordered by State Forest. Located in the PA Wilds of Clearfield County. While it lasts - 10 acres only $59,900. Other acreage available. www.northamericanland.com. 866-3656099 North American Land ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SALMON RIVER, NY: 3 acres - flyzone - $39,900. 5 acres - 240' riverfront $79,900. 14 riverway properties bordering stateland. Financing available. www.nywoodsandwaters.com. 888-683-2626. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LAND FOR SALE - $115,000 WILL GET YOU 35 acres of beautifully wooded ridgetop property with spectacular views and all the peace and quiet you can handle. Perk and electric, build when ready. National Forest access in WV close to Virginia Line. Will sell 20 acres from $78,000. Call Owner 866910-4486. North American Land ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PA RECREATIONAL LAND Build your weekend retreat! Close to S.B.Ellliot State Park and Parker Dam. Bordered by State Forest. Private road & electric. 10 acres only $59,900. Other acreage available. 866-339-5006 North American Land ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREE LIST Abandoned Farms, Bank Foreclosures, Estate Liquidations! 2 to 200 acre parcels in beautiful Upstate NY! Lake properties, farms, State Land! 100% g'teed! EZ owner terms! Call now! 877-891-5263 NYL&L ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TEXAS LAND LIQUIDATION!! 20-acres, Near BOOMING El Paso. Good Road Access. Only $14,900. $200/down, $145 per/mo. Money Back Guarantee. No Credit Checks. 1-800-843-7537 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 15 ACRES WITH VIEWS $49,990 WV mountains retreat great for custom cabin- build when ready. Lots of bear, deer & turkey - close to national forest access. Power, perk, roads. Larger parcels available. Owner: 866-3428635 North American Land ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Amboy (Upstate) NY: 7 Acres with New Cabin. Fronts town & seasonal road. Surveyed, buildable, power, near trails. $19,900. Gateway Properties . 1-877 NY LANDS www.wcclinc.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A Sportsmans dream. 35 acres near Camden (Upstate ) NY. Town road, power, surveyed, buildable, near trails. $64,900. Custom Cabins. Gateway Properties. 1-877 NY LANDS www.wcclinc.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 10 ACRES - Sandy Creek stateland - $15,900. 50 acres - 1400' Deer Creek - $49,900. 15 acres - 3 lake houses & 2 barns. Was $350K, Now $229K, Financing available. landfirstny.com 1-888-683-2626. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

-------- SERVICES -------DVD MONTAGES BY DEB CHEPLIC - the perfect gift for that special person! Photos, video, and your musical choices, with cool transitions and effects. View my work at web.mac.com/dcheplic. Contact: 724-258-5336 or dcheplic@mac.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– RESUMES: $100. Polished and professional. Call 412-653-4979. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Computer Tune-Up - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $40.00 per machine. 724348-6837 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oldies Disc Jockey – For your private party / Reunion / Car Cruise. Book early for the holidays! 412-851-1734 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WET, MOLDY BASEMENT?? Inside & Outside Remedies, Foundation Repairs, Wall Anchors, Piering & Rebuilds. LOWEST PRICES. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Insured & Guaranteed. Local Company (BBB Member) **1-800-343-2357** –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------ TIMESHARES ------BUY TIMESHARE RESALES. SAVE 60-80% OFF RETAIL!! BEST RESORTS & SEASONS. Call for FREE TIMESHARE MAGAZINE! 1800-639-5319. www.holidaygroup.com/flier ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Timeshare Resales - The cheapest way to Buy, Sell and Rent Timeshares. No Commissions or Broker Fees. Call 877-494-8246 or go to HYPERLINK "http://www.buyatimeshare.com/"www.buyatimeshare.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TIMESHARE!!! Paying too much 4 maintenance fees and taxes? Sell/rent your timeshare for cash. No Commissions/Broker Fees. 877-271-3414 www.vpresales.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

------- VACATIONS -------Warm Winter Specials at Florida’s Best Beach- New Smyrna Beach. Stay a week or more. Plan a beach wedding or family reunion. www.NSBFLA.com/specials or 800-541-9621 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– "BOOK NOW - Disney Holiday Closeout" 5 Days/4 Nights & 2 Disney 3 day Tickets. $199 pp, dbl occ. Shuttle & Breakfast. Call 1-800-4 A VILLA www.Trip2orlando.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– VACATION IN PARADISE for as little as $1.99 daily. Jamaica is the place to be! Call 1-877-994-6222 info@caribvacationclub.com For more details, Visit www.caribvacationclub.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

TAP INTO THE POWER OF THE MESSENGER. Call today to learn more.

412.249.8177 _______________ Over 400 area businesses and organizations have advertised in this newspaper. Isn’t it about time that yours did too?


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ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS! This space $35 per month. Call 412-249-8177 Accounting Quattrone Tax & Accounting Service Call US for ALL your Income Tax Preparations! Individual, Partnership & Corporate Tax Returns & All Your Accounting Needs. 3537 Washington Ave., Finleyville • 724-348-6599

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

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

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

The Memory Tree & Yarn Branch 1015 Chess Street • Monongahela, PA • (724) 258-6758

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

Paul J. Gitnik & Associates, LLC Attorneys at Law 1201 Broughton Rd. • Pittsburgh, PA 15236 • 412-655-8720

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

Auto and Tire C.T. Auto Recyclers 24 hour towing, used auto parts, tires, brakes, emissions and state inspections. Finleyville • 724-348-7467 or 724-348-8000

Drew’s Auto Service

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

Finleyville Auto Service

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

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

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

PNC Bank Banking how you want, when you want, where you want. It’s as easy as PNC. Call our Monongahela Branch at 724-2583500 or call 1-800-PNC-BANK. • www.pnc.com

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

Nancy's Homemade Goodies Fresh baked goods & more. Over 26 years of baking experience. Weddings - Holidays - Any Occasion Call Nancy at: 724-258-8325

Banquet Facility/Social Hall Finleyville American Legion Morrison-Ritchie Post 613 3537 Washington Avenue • Finleyville “We are dedicated to helping our veterans and our community.” Offering entertainment and a banquet room that can accommodate 75 people. For more information, stop in & visit the lodge or call 724-348-5608.

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

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

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

Bar And Grille

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

Daily Food Specials! • Stop in to see us! 3700 Rt. 88, Finleyville • 724-348-4062

Latkowski’s Auto Service

Hot House Tap and Grille

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

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

Bob's Tavern

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Services Computer Tune-Up Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $40.00 per machine. • 724-348-6837

Davison Consulting Do you have need for professional computing service during off hours? Can’t take time off work to meet someone at your home? 724-348-5451 • davisonconsulting@gmail.com

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

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

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

Dental Thomas Family Dental 3506 Washington Avenue Finleyville, PA 15332 724-348-7681

Disc Jockey / DJ Services Oldies Disc Jockey For your private party / Reunion / Car Cruise. Book early for the holidays! 412-851-1734

Electric Bob Oglesby Electric FREE Estimates! • FULLY Insured! Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! (724) 225-8846

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

Engineering Consultants Keystone Engineering Consultants, Inc. 4017 Washington Road #344 – McMurray 724-348-7606

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

The Eye Gallery Jim Doty, Optician 609 E. McMurray Road 724-941-3930

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

Flea Markets The Market at South Park South Park's only Indoor Flea Market! Every Saturday & Sunday All Year Round 8:00am - 4:00pm (our new winter hours) Collectibles * BeautiControl * Jewelry * Baked Goods * Handmade Purses * Party Lite & Mia Bella Candles AND MUCH MORE! • Vendor Space Available. • Call (412) 225-9667 or (412) 297-1018

Flooring

Gram’s Place

3-R Services

2580 Brownsville Road • South Park • 412-854-9007

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

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

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


December 2007 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Page 85 UNION-FINLEY–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MESSENGER Floral Finleyville Flower Shoppe Your hometown florist! Flowers, plants, gift baskets and more. 3510 Washington Avenue • Finleyville • 724-348-5808

Framing / Artwork The Frame Smith Custom framing • Competitive prices Quick turnaround • Prints & posters Needlework & shadow boxes All work done on site by skilled artisans. 5209 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 In the South Park Shops www.framesmith.com • 412-831-9221

Funeral Homes

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

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

Hearing Aid

Kegel Funeral Home, Inc.

Trinity Hearing Aid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goji Juice

Hear-N-Care Audiology & Hearing Aids • Full audiological evaluations • New hearing aids, all makes and models, all price ranges • Repairs on all makes and models • Accept most insurance plans McMurray and Monongahela, PA • 1-800-998-0958

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

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

Trane "It's Hard to Stop a Trane." Trane home comfort products deliver the Ideal Home Environment. CleanEffects and FreshEffects products deliver true Indoor Air Quality. Visit trane.com or call 412-394-9021 for a independent dealer near you.

Hobbies & Collectibles

Freelife International • Charmaine Nebash (724) 348-4159

Crafters Showcase

Judi's Vitamins & Herbs

Accepting Antiques, Collectibles and Home Decor. Southland Shopping Center • 412-650-9906

Carry Nature's Sunshine Products http://judisvitaminstore.tripod.com Phone# 412-403-8233

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

Mon Valley YMCA

His & Hers Hobbies, Inc.

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

1356 State Rt. 51, Jefferson Hills Buying Trains & Models • 412-384-7991 Monday through Friday, 4-8 PM Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM • Closed Sundays

Sunny Bridge Natural Foods

Clark Construction Company

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

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

Home Improvements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In-Home Care Comfort Keepers Comfort Keepers is your solution to providing affordable assistance, allowing you or your loved ones to remain in the comfort of home. Please call Comfort Keepers to schedule your FREE, in-home assessment of personal care and home-making needs. 1-800-981-2717 or 412-653-6100 165 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236 www.comfortkeepers.com

Insurance Affordable Auto Insurance Low down payment. Immediate coverage. FREE Estimates! • Available on weekends and evenings Call (412) 835-9016

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

Jewelers South Hills Jewelers

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

Keepsakes Work from Home! ONCE UPON A FAMILY • Family Keepsakes Contact: Rose Rose @ 412-760-7673 e-mail: rose618@verizon.net www.onceuponafamily.com/roserose

Landscaping Lynch Landscape Supply Pickup or delivery 452 Venetia Road, Venetia • 724-348-5518

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

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

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

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

Martial Arts Quest Martial Arts FREE 2 week trial offer! FREE uniform with enrollment. 2 great reasons to enroll in our martial arts program. Evening classes are also available for men, women and children. 724-348-8350

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

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

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

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

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


Page 86 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– December 2007 UNION-FINLEY MESSENGER Mount Vernon of South Park Judy Barrett Plumbing Storage A Five Star Quality Care Community South Park's premier assisted living community. Alzheimer's / Memory Care Call today to schedule a visit! 1400 Riggs Road, South Park, PA 15129 412-655-3535

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

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

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

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

Pet Cemetery Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery "Significant Lives Remembered" Preneed Services, Continuing Care, Cremation Services, Caskets and Urns & Memorials. 2095 Washington Road • Canonsburg, PA 15317 www.woodruffpartners.com • 724-745-7008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Organizations Finleyville American Legion Morrison-Ritchie Post 613 3537 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. “We are dedicated to helping our veterans and our community.” Offering entertainment and a banquet room that can accommodate 75 people. For more info, stop in and visit the lodge or call 724-348-5608

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy Byczynski Realtor. Prudential Preferred Realty. “Call Tracy to help turn your dreams into reality.” 724-941-3000 ext.37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scrapbooking/Yarn The Memory Tree & Yarn Branch

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

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

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

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

Hufnagel Self Storage Inc. Nine years in business. Convenient on site management. • 24/7 accessibility. Outside lighting and security gate. Rt. 88, Finleyville • 724-348-4294

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

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

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

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

Trophies/Uniforms/Awards Tri-State Uniform & Awards Customized trophies and plaques for all occasions. Engraving, hot pressing, embroidery. “We specialize in Groups & Schools” Gastonville, PA • 724-348-6114

VIDEOs/DVDs DVD Montages by Deb Cheplic The perfect gift for that special person! Photos, video, and your musical choices, with cool transitions and effects. View my work at "http://web.mac.com/dcheplic." \t "_blank" Contact 724-258-5336 or dcheplic@mac.com 704 Clifton Street, New Eagle, PA 15067

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