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Volume 15

Issue 2

Features and Around the Township 10 Community Day 2009—Saturday, May 16

Always fun, come join in the annual festival involving day-long activities and events.

Arthur St. Clair’s personal life is recounted in Part II, the continuation of a series.

The tradition of barn painting is exposed.

This corner of Upper St. Clair is, in every sense of the word, a true neighborhood.

A Baker kindergarten student finds friendship in a school far away.

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23 A Day in the Park

The Township’s many parks offer a variety of leisurely summer activities.

28 Library Offerings

Books and programs, adults and children— USC Library has something for everyone this summer.

Jim Meston interviews two of USC’s finest.

The REEC’s summer programs focus on furry, feathery, scaled, and slimy friends.

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32 Critters and Kids—a Great Combination

33 Recycling in USC Continues to Get Better!

School District 50 Strategic Plan

With vision, the Strategic Plan takes the District through 2014.

Meeting MSA’s accreditation for growth requirements, USCHS’s goals look to the future.

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After 24 years, Fort Couch head secretary Matoula Rice looks to retirement.

Unparalleled success from freshman to JV to varsity, USC’s metal blades on ice have proven victorious.

51 High School Celebrates Accreditation 57 Assessing Student Progress

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60 District Employee Says Farewell to the Fort 62 Sunny Forecast for USC Hockey

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Township’s Community Recreation Center. With its opening anticipated in June, read pages 24-26 for historical information on Boyce Mayview Park as well as amenities and offerings of the new wellness center. Summer 2009

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Publishers Matthew R. Serakowski Township Manager Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole Superintendent of Schools Steering Committee Mark S. Mansfield Assistant Township Manager Paul K. Fox School District Representative Editors and Staff Linda M. Dudzinski, Editor-in-Chief Terry Kish, Associate Editor Colleen DeMarco, Office Manager Andrew McCreery, Finance Lynn Dempsey, Senior Advertising Associate Erin Gibson Allen, Advertising Associate Julie Sweet, Advertising Associate Thank you to our volunteer contributors this issue: Erin Gibson Allen, Karen Boston, Michael Brusco, Dr. Judy Bulazo, Sue Clark, Debra Conn, Lynn Dempsey, Kim Frennette, Dina Fulmer, Stephanie Gielarowski (YWG), Kathy Gillen, Beth Gildea, Wayne Herrod, Cathy King, Jim Meston, Lyn Mulroy, Danielle Pavlik, Fred Peskorski, Dick Phillips, Jennifer Roberts, Mike Russell, Rafael Sciullo, Joe Selep, Mary Lynne Spazok, Jessica Stombaugh, and Karen Valperga. Young Writers Guild (YWG) promotes and encourages young writers in the Upper St. Clair School District to provide articles of interest for this community magazine. The 58th issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a joint publication of the Township and School District of Upper St. Clair. © Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this magazine, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of the Editor is strictly prohibited. UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY 1820 McLaughlin Run Road Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 Phone: 412-833-1600, extension 2284 Fax: 412-851-2592 Email: usctoday@uscsd.k12.pa.us Township­: 412-831-9000 School District: 412-833-1600 Printed by Herrmann Printing & Litho, Inc. 1709 Douglass Drive • Pittsburgh, PA 15221 412-243-4100 • Fax: 412-731-2268 6

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UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a community magazine that is dedicated to promoting the Township and School District of Upper St. Clair by recognizing the gifts and contributions of the people who live and work here.

The 58th issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine is made possible through the combined resources of the staff and volunteers of the Township and School District of Upper St. Clair. Thanks are extended to the staff and volunteers for their enthusiasm and efforts on this continuing project.

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Township Board of Commissioners

Amy L. Billerbeck, President Harry F. Kunselman, Vice President Barbara L. Bolas Carol B. Coliane Frank J. Kerber Angela B. Petersen Louis A. Piconi Rebecca A. Stern

Ched Mertz, President, Ward 4 Karen M. McElhinny, Vice President, At Large Preston W. Shimer, Ward 1 Kenneth L. Brown, Ward 2 Robert W. Orchowski, Ward 3 Russell R. Del Re, Ward 5 Glenn R. Dandoy, At Large

William M. Sulkowski UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a non-partisan Township, School District, and community magazine. Political advertising and political commentary are not accepted. The publishers of this magazine reserve the right to reject advertising or articles inconsistent with the objectives, image, and aesthetic standards of the magazine. UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine is published and mailed quarterly to residents and businesses in Upper St. Clair. Extra copies of the magazine are available at the Township of Upper St. Clair Municipal Building and Township Library. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, please call 412-833-1600, extension 2284.

The USPS recently re-assigned postal carrier routes in the Upper St. Clair area. UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is in the process of updating its mailing files. If you are currently receiving more than one magazine to your address or have other mailing concerns, call our office at 412-833-1600, extension 2284. Thank you. The next issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY will be the Fall 2009 issue and will be published in August 2009. Articles that were submitted but not published in this issue are on file for consideration in upcoming issues. Articles and announcements may be sent to: Editor, UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 or email UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY at usctoday@uscsd.k12.pa.us. Subscription Information If you know someone living outside the Township who would enjoy receiving UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY, please send $12 to cover mailing and handling for the next four issues with name and address, including zip code, to our address listed to the left. Add $10 to cover international mailings.

Deadline for articles and advertising for the Fall 2009 issue is June 11, 2009. Article Information

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1820 McLaughlin Run Road • Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole

Matthew R. Serakowski

Welcome to UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY’s Community Day issue. It seems less than a year ago when we wrote to you and introduced our magazine’s summer edition and Community Day 2008. Time goes quickly, and yes… a year has passed. We are once again excited to share the line up for Community Day, which will take place this year on Saturday, May 16. If you’ve not taken the opportunity to attend the annual day-long community gathering, make it your year to do so! (See the schedule of events and activities beginning on page 10.) Much has happened in one year. Upper St. Clair Township and its residents have moved forward with the vision of a place where Township residents and neighboring citizens can enjoy activity, fitness, and well-being. In its final stages of completion and featured on the cover of this edition is the soon-to-be opened Community Recreation Center (CRC). This state-of-the-art facility will further promote health and wellness to our residents. (See CRC information beginning on page 24.) The internationally known Upper St. Clair School District has been engaged in two exciting planning projects. The District Strategic Plan, establishing the District’s mission, vision, goals, and plans for the next six years, was recently completed. Nearly 100 members of the community, staff, and students contributed to the plan. (See article on page 50.) At the same time, the planning process for the middle schools renovation projects continues. A school board decision regarding when to move forward with the projects and the scope of the designs is expected in July. Residents are encouraged to visit the District’s website at www.uscsd.k12.pa.us to view design plans, along with a comprehensive, transparent history of the planning process and to register for “eAlerts” to receive email notifications from the District. Both the School District and the Township remain committed to the challenges that they face, poised to make Upper St. Clair stronger for tomorrow and for future generations. As we close this letter and introduce you to our 58th edition of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY, we recollect the past year and, with much anticipation, look to the future and its possibilities. Enjoy Upper St. Clair Community Day and, as we approach summer, enjoy every day in Upper St. Clair!

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Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Matthew R. Serakowski Township Manager

Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole Superintendent of Schools

Township of Upper St. Clair 412-831-9000 Fax: 412-831-9882 Website: www.twpusc.org Email: uscadmin@twpusc.org

Upper St. Clair School District 412-833-1600 Fax: 412-833-5535 Website: www.uscsd.k12.pa.us Email: info@uscsd.k12.pa.us

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Activities

USC Community Day 2009 Annual Community Day Schedule Saturday, May 16 7:30-9:30 a.m. ............................................... Fair Booth Setup Recreation Center Parking Lot 7:45-8:30 a.m. ..................................Run for Fun Registration High School Stadium—Registration form on page 11

See USC Community Day 2008 photo collage on page 38.

Run for Fun will begin at 9 a.m. sharp! Please pre-register by completing the form on page 11 and mailing it prior to the May 4 deadline. The 3.1 mile non-sanctioned race will begin in the lower parking lot at the Upper St. Clair High School stadium. The race is open to runners of all ages. Race day registration is between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. The annual Community Day Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. The parade will follow the route from Truxton Drive, along McLaughlin Run Road to Panther Pass, and up to the high school. A water balloon toss will take place at 2:30 p.m. The annual Community Day Treasure Hunt will be held at noon. Calling all pirates and children in search of treasure! Come and participate in the Treasure Hunt by searching for clues to give you a chance to win assorted prizes. A Sandbox Search will be available for the youngest treasure seekers. The 1857 Gilfillan Farm House, a work of restoration in progress, and the surrounding buildings will be open on Community Day, noon-3 p.m. Visit the farm for house tours, wagon rides, to see the farm animals, and organic gardening information. Get ready to milk the cows, too! Country Fair Games will be held noon-3 p.m. at the Gilfillan Farm House. Join in for crafts, games, and special activities designed for children up to grade four. The Awesome Inflatable and Rainbow Express Train will be operating in the library parking lot, noon-4 p.m. These activities will be offered free of charge thanks to patron donations. The Petting Zoo will be located behind the library and will be open noon-4 p.m. Children can visit the animals at no cost. There is a minimal fee for food and milk for the animals. Clair’s Kennel will be open noon-3 p.m. Get information regarding your pet’s care and licensing. See where runaway pets are temporarily held. Talk with an animal control officer. Animals will be available for adoption. The Log House will be open for tours noon-3 p.m. Baked goods will be available for purchase before and during the parade. In addition to the tours, there will be an herb sale, pioneer games, Knapp’s Battery E reenactor, and new this year, the Camp Chase Fifes and Drums. Girl Scout Troop #608 will help with the pioneer games. The Duck Race, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair, will start at 3 p.m. Watch for information on pre-adopting your duck, or buy your duck at the Community Foundation booth on Community Day. For more information, see page 13. 

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9 a.m. . ................................................................... Run for Fun High School Stadium Entrance (Truxton Drive) 9:30-10:30 a.m. .................................... “Hottest Dog” Contest Stage Area—Registration form on page 11 10:30 a.m. . .................................................................. Bake Off Stage Area (See page 12) 11 a.m. . ...................................................... Essay Competition Stage Area (See page 12) 11:30 a.m. . ..................................................................... Parade Noon......................................................................Panther Idol Stage Area (See page 11) Noon-3 p.m......................................... Log House Open House and Herb Sale

Clair’s Kennel Open House

Gilfillan Farm Tours Cow Milking Contest Gilfillan Farm House

Noon-4 p.m................................................Awesome Inflatable Rainbow Express Train Petting Zoo Library Parking Lot Pony Rides Behind Recreation Center Noon-5 p.m............................................................. Fair Booths Entertainment Stage Area Treasure Hunt Booth area near Recreation Center 1 p.m.........................................................Run for Fun Awards 1-2 p.m........................................... Three on Three Basketball It’s All About Games Municipal Basketball Courts 2 p.m......................................................................Toddler Trot Founders’ Field 2:30 p.m..................................................... Water Balloon Toss Founders’ Field 3 p.m......................................................................... Duck Race McLaughlin Run Creek

Shuttle Bus Parking Shuttle bus service will be available to the Municipal Building every half-hour starting at 10 a.m. from the following locations: • Boyce Middle School • Fort Couch Middle School • Gilfillan Farm • USC High School • Westminster Presbyterian Church Please be advised that permit parking only will be permitted in the Public Works parking lot on Truxton Drive.


USC Community Day 2009

Community Day Run for Fun

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009. Race begins at 9 a.m. sharp! Where: Upper St. Clair High School. A 3.1-mile, moderately

hilly course, starting and finishing at Panther Stadium. Advance Registration:

$8 registration - Race entry plus a high-quality, custom-designed USC Community Day Run for Fun T-shirt. Select size below on registration form. $3 registration - Race entry with no T-shirt.

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Mail prior to May 4, 2009. Mail registration to the address below. Pre-registered runners should pick up their race packets between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. on the day of the race at the high school track parking lot on Truxton Drive. Late Registration: $4 the day of the race. Registration will be held at the high school parking lot on Truxton Drive the morning of the race from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time for registration. Awards will be presented at 1 p.m. at a location to be announced.

First, second, and third place finishers will have times posted at Community Day. Full results and times will be available on the following Monday at the Recreation Department Office. Please check the Township website for future posting.

Come run for fun and exercise. Bring the whole family! No pets please! Awards for first, second, and third places will be given in the following age groups. (Please note, this is not a sanctioned race.)

MALE • 8 & under • 20 to 29 • 9 to 11 • 30 to 39 • 12 to 14 • 40 to 49 • 15 to 19 • 50 & over

FEMALE • 8 & under • 20 to 29 • 9 to 11 • 30 to 39 • 12 to 14 • 40 to 49 • 15 to 19 • 50 & over

Run For Fun Registration Form Name_____________________________________________ Age as of May 16, 2009_____________

Sex____________

Address___________________________________________ Telephone Number_________________________________ Email (optional)____________________________________ T-shirt sizes: Child’s Adult’s

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Make checks payable to:

Upper St. Clair Community Day Return this form by May 4, 2009 to: Deb White 195 Kent Drive Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

CONSENT RELEASE FORM: I agree to hold the Township of

Upper St. Clair, the Community Day committee and volunteers, and/or any employees thereof harmless and blameless for any accident or injury which may occur while participating in the Run for Fun.

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USC students, grades 9-12, send 3-minute video of your vocal performance by May 13 To: Coldwell Banker/Panther Idol 1699 Washington Rd, Pgh, PA 15228 or email to pantheridol@aol.com 12 finalists will be chosen to perform on Main Stage at noon when the 2009 Panther Idol will be chosen.

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USC’s “Hottest Dog” Contest Community Day—May 16, 2009 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Stage Area Sponsored by Howard Hanna Real Estate - Upper St. Clair Office FIVE CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION

• Best Dressed Dog • Cutest Dog • Most Talented Dog • Cutest Puppy • Dog Who Most Resembles his/her Owner

Prizes will be awarded to the top three dogs in each category. Contestants must be residents of the township.

Name:_ ________________________________________ Address:________________________________________ Phone number:__________________________________ Dog’s name:_____________________________________ Category dog is entered in:_ _______________________ Send registration form and current immunization record with $5 entry fee to: Mary Kay O’Hare 499 Clair Drive Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 Questions should be directed to: Mary Kay O’Hare at 412-855-2875 Please register prior to May 13, 2009. Proceeds benefit the Free Care Fund of Children’s Hospital. Summer 2009

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USC Community Day 2009 If Wishes Came True ESSAY COMPETITION

Begin your essay by completing “If wishes came true I would wish for…….” USC Elementary School Students Only Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ Grade___________________________________________ School__________________________________________ Winning Essay will be Announced at USC Community Day Send Essay by May 11, 2009 to Mona Colicchie at

Sixth Annual USC Bake-Off! Community Day - May 16th, 2009 Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services Kids, don’t miss this chance to show off your culinary skills! Prizes for winners in each of the following three dessert categories plus a grand prize winner!

Most Patriotic Most Original Home Sweet Home Based on appearance, not edibility.

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Community Day Volunteers Upper St. Clair School District Upper St. Clair High School: Danny Holzer, Director of Student Activities Sheila Bartlett Lloyd, Assistant Director of Student Activities Student Volunteer Chairs: Overall–Katie Sray and Dana Roberts Auxiliary–Sarah Howie and Katie Sray Booths–Matt Myron and George Zanic Toddler Trot–Taylor Montgomery and Julia Aloe Entertainment–Maria Allison, Harris Beck, and J. T. Perryman Water Balloon Toss–Dan Codeluppi Parking Lots–Heather Taylor and Catherine Davin Run for Fun–Dana Roberts, Bria Larkin, Alyssa Klimas Parade–Michele Mellick and Laura Rubino Publicity–Stephanie Gielarowski and Hannah Gross T-Shirts–Sarah Perrone, Athena Castro, Beth Poluszejko, Kelsey Mailman Three-on-Three Basketball–Eric Elliott and Reed Apfelbaum

Township of Upper St. Clair Paul Besterman, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services Lynn Walcoff, Recreation Program Coordinator George Kostelich, Superintendent of Operations Dave Kutschbach, Superintendent of Projects Ronald J. Pardini, Chief of Police Amy Kerman, Older Adult Coordinator Glenn Ward, Upper St. Clair Public Access Television Other USC Groups Upper St. Clair Historical Society, Gilfillan Homestead and Farm– Jean Brown 1830 Log House Association–Kim Guzzi PTA, PTSO, Community-at-Large–Ann Glasgow Bussey, Tracy DeCock, Kristen Diehl, Bill Findle, Shari Leckenby, Larry Lehman, Denise Orenge, Carla Roehner, Heather Slinger, Deborah White, Kelli Sharkey Winseck

Fair Booths open noon-5 p.m.—Plan to spend the day. A Community Day wrap-up, including a complete list of all patrons will appear in the Fall 2009 issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY. We thank our kind and generous patrons for their financial and in-kind support of Community Day 2009! 12

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A Man Named St. Clair (the Personal Side) Part Two Dick Phillips

Arthur St. Clair’s Professional Life Arthur St. Clair was born in Thurso, Scotland, in 1734, and apprenticed with a London doctor after study at the University of Edinburgh. Rising from Ensign to Captain after five years in the King’s American Army, he retired in 1762 as British Commandant of Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania. He first did survey work for the Penn family, became assistant to Governor Penn, and eventually Westmoreland County Magistrate. Upset with the King’s heavy taxation of the colonists, St. Clair joined the American Revolution in 1775 as Colonel in the Continental Army under General Washington and rose to Major General. During 1785-86, St. Clair was Pennsylvania’s elected delegate to the Continental Congress and was elected the ninth President of Congress in 1787. After George Washington was elected the first president of the United States, he named St. Clair the first governor of the Northwest Territory, which today includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan and parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Personal Side St. Clair was a fearless military leader and strategist, the dashing officer of New England and Pennsylvania social circles and charming celebrity of his time. He was unyielding and dedicated to achieving results, and yet he was also kind-hearted and honest, qualities which led to the loss of his personal wealth and created political enemies. The St. Clair Family Arthur St. Clair married Phoebe Bayard, niece of Massachusetts’ governor James Bowdoin, in 1760. His receipt of a sizable dowry of 14,000 pounds Sterling, plus his stipend from the British Army, enabled St. Clair to build a home on thousands of acres in Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Valley. There he became a country squire in the wilderness and plunged into the political activities of his new life. Arthur and Phoebe St. Clair had seven children, who, with the exception of daughter Margaret, who died in Marietta, Ohio, at age nine, begot ten generations of St. Clairs. The three eldest were of special help to their father; Daniel and Arthur II served as attorneys, and Elizabeth was the governor’s private secretary. Young Arthur also served as the governor’s Secretary of State. The most flamboyant was daughter Louisa, who befriended John Brant, the handsome, educated son of Joseph, chief of the Mohawks. Family Life The life chosen 248 years ago by Arthur and Phoebe St. Clair was difficult. To Phoebe, who grew up in the social circles of Boston, the loneliness of the Pennsylvania wilderness was almost unbearable, and the responsibility of raising a growing family and managing a large estate with an absentee husband and demands of creditors took its toll. St. Clair did all he could to help, returning home as often as possible, writing often and sending home what he earned. Eventually, when he established his territorial headquarters in Cincinnati and western residence in Marietta, Ohio, family life improved.

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For Love of Country Being named the first governor of a territory the size of the first 13 colonies was at first a great honor. But Congress had done him no favors. Cut off from all he knew, he was never well-funded by Congress, and he eventually went broke, using his own funds and credit to complete Congress’ assignments. Congress never reimbursed Governor St. Clair for the 15 years of expenses he personally incurred. Despite this, St. Clair’s deeds were many, as was his endurance, not only in the many battles he fought, but in the 25 miles he spent each day on horseback for hundreds of thousands of miles during those 15 years. Man Among Men Many historians agree that St. Clair’s lifetime of exemplary statesmanship, military service, and battles won should not be overshadowed by one lost Indian war in 1791, a war which cost the lives of hundreds of U.S. soldiers, but should not have been fought at that time. After all, his mentor and friend, George Washington, lost more battles than he won. Deeply immersed in his fifth year of duties as governor, an ailing, 57-year-old St. Clair was ordered by Congress to rebuild General Harmar’s defeated and demoralized army for counter attack against the Indians at the Wabash. He also built several forts along the 100-mile march to battle. St. Clair managed to re-assemble a force, but they were not ready. The supplies and munitions promised by Congress never arrived. St. Clair went anyway, no doubt the biggest mistake of his career. He fought courageously however, leading charge after charge. With horses shot out from under him, his men were dying and deserting. The War Department later stated that traitors had stolen the munitions and supplies intended for St. Clair’s troops. A close friend, John Paul Jones, wrote these words to St. Clair, “I pray you be assured that no man has more respect for your character, talents and greatness of mind than, dear General, your most obedient and humble servant.” n Editor’s note: A former media relations agency head in his native Cleveland and Phoenix, Phillips is a self-described story-teller and history buff and is available to speak. Reach him at phillphx@aol.com. For part one of this two-part series, “A Man Named St. Clair—an Unappreciated Patriot,” see page 14 of the spring 2009 issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY or visit online at www.twpusc.org/magazine/pastmag.htm.


e r e H m o Fr My Wurlitzer in the Basement Erin Gibson Allen

I couldn’t save everything from my childhood.

My favorite pink striped halter-top was given to Goodwill when I outgrew it. My Barbie camper met the same fate when I was too old to push it around the driveway. One by one, my childhood possessions, including a prized Holly Hobby record player and coveted magnetic earrings from Spencer’s gift shop, were lost or thrown or given away. Even my beloved cats and parakeets passed away many years ago. Stubbornly, however, I have held on to my childhood piano. My parents bought the Wurlitzer upright sometime in the 1970s for a modest sum, responding to a classified in the daily paper. My dad stripped the yellow paint from the piano’s cabinet and stained it brown, while my mom scheduled a technician to revive its rusty voice. What its life was like before me, I did not know, but during my childhood, the Wurlitzer was mine to play whenever I wanted. For years, I dutifully went to a weekly lesson and marched down the steps to the basement, where the piano rested on plaid shag carpet, to practice my scales. I moved through my lesson books to the point where I could put together a few songs with acceptable rhythm and dynamics. I felt good about being able to play. But at some point, the music became too complex, the time required to practice became to be too much, and my vision of where I was going with music became too dim. I quit taking lessons and, not long after, stopped playing the piano altogether. After I left for college, my parents moved. At the new house my piano was relegated to the garage. On breaks, I would walk by it and drag my fingers along the keys and feel reassured by its ongoing presence. About a decade later, I bought a house and my parents gave me an ultimatum—take the piano or it was being taken away. No, I gasped, do not let anything happen to my prized piano. So now the Wurlitzer sits in a corner of my basement. Its keys are chipped and the strings are hopelessly out of tune. Many keys make no sound at all when depressed. The soundboard is cracked and repairing it would be like spending thousands to restore an Edsel. I would have to pay someone to take it away. Last year I bought a new, shiny black piano, which sits in my living room. I signed up for lessons again and I am back in the routine of practicing. I am better now than I was when I quit. More than ever, however, I am aware of the discipline and hours of practicing ahead. My Wurlitzer gathers dust and serves as a shelf for photographs of my boys, and while I occasionally try to summon

enough common sense to let it go, I have yet to do so. I hold on to it out of respect. I learned more than the location of middle C from my piano. My old piano taught me that the path to learning a difficult and complex skill is hard to understand, but is also predictable and reliable. A person needs faith that hard work yields results. Doing something well correlates with hours spent working toward the goal. My old piano also taught me volumes on the deleterious effects of procrastination. A little effort is ten times better than none. The first steps are the hardest. Showing up for a lesson is sometimes half the battle. I learned that humility, above all else, allows a person to try again today what he failed at yesterday. Also, playing to an empty room is a lot easier than playing for others. My experience is not unique. Some musical friends agreed with me that playing the piano offers up wisdom to those paying attention. They shared with me lessons learned from years on a piano bench. A lot of pedal helps gloss over the rough spots. True enough. You are not as good as you think you are. Also true. There is always some yet-to-be-mastered challenge out there on the horizon—you never reach the mountaintop. Wise words. Honest self-expression walks a fine line between instinct and control. Music is an art that requires precise technique combined with insight. How apt. Learning a new piece is far easier than perfecting it. I agree. I suspect that these lessons were there for me when I was young and remain constant now. An amateur learns from his instrument the same lessons the professionals already know. Like many adults, I wish I had never quit. I question why I ever gave up on myself. But I also believe that the blunders of childhood do not define the boundaries of adulthood. If I’m practicing again, maybe I never did quit. I just stopped for a while. So while my scratch-n-sniff sticker collection and “Anne of Green Gables” books are long gone, I managed to protect my dear Wurlitzer from obliteration. When passing through the basement, I occasionally play a piece on it, turning a deaf ear when certain notes are silent or the keys stick. I resist the urge to wince when the piano’s tone sounds tinny and its notes reverberate too long. After all, I owe my loyal and tolerant piano a little patience and forgiveness. It has given me nothing less. n

I’d like to hear your thoughts on contemporary parenting in Upper St. Clair. Please share your ideas about my column with me in person, or email your thoughts to me at eallen@uscsd.k12.pa.us. Let me know if, like me, you’re from here. Summer 2009

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Why is the “Big Red Barn” Red?

Red. Why is red the traditional color of barns in America? Just like the big red barn at USC’s Gilfillan Homestead, America’s rural scene is enlivened by the presence of bright barns akin to flamboyant poppies, emblazening the countryside with flashes of crimson. In spring and summer, the explosions of scarlet contrasts vividly with emerald green grass, colorful fertile fields, and vibrant fruitful orchards. When the last autumn leaf has fallen, red barns lend energy to a dreary, barren landscape. And as the snow begins to fall, the earth, with its blanket of winter’s white, is a sharp contrast to the festive big red barn! Strength and convenience were regarded as the most essential requisites in early American barns. Early settlers built huge barns, symbols of expansive hopes and plans for life in America. Weather was always an important consideration in planning the location of a barn. The early builders mapped routes of sunshine, wind,

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and water drainage. They paid careful attention to the health and comfort of the animals, as well as to the protection and preservation of barn timbers and stored grain. Lewis Evans (colonial surveyor and geographer engaged by Benjamin Franklin) wrote in 1753, “It is pretty to behold our back settlements where barns are as large as palaces, while owners live in log huts, a sign of thrifty framing.” While farmhouses changed with trends in fashion from 1650 to 1850, barns did not vary. The barn, a status symbol of the American farmer, remained a dignified hand-hewn structure. Early 18th century bridges and barns went unpainted. The right wood in the right place, it was discovered, needed no paint. Even houses in the earliest settlements were not painted. To paint the barn would have been viewed not only as extravagant, but vulgar and showy. In the late 1850s, the same scrollwork that decorated a farmer’s house often adorned his barn as well. However, by the late 1700s, the art of wood seasoning gave way to the art of artificial preservation. But where, when, and why did barn painting begin? To assert that barn red paint originated with American Indians

Have you ever milked a cow? If not, give it a try! Mr. Sickle from Greenfield Farms will be at Gilfillan Farm on Community Day to give you tips and measure your efforts. The top milker will win a prize. While waiting your turn, chat with organic gardener Shannon Thompson who will be at the farm to help answer your questions.

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actually has foundation. Records indicate that, in accordance with an old American Indian custom, farm stock blood was mixed with milk and used for staining interior surfaces. A pigment called “Indian Red” was made from clay mixed with whites of wild turkey eggs. Turkey blood was added to provide a deep mahogany shade. Stains using blood were not, however, suitable for outdoor use. Virginia farmers were the first colonists to become fashionably paint-conscious. Every farmer knew that a tried and true recipe for faultless milk paint included the natural binding agents milk and lime. Classic barn color included many substances such as rust or berries. Livestock blood was also added to milk to produce paint for indoor use only. This plastic-like coating hardened quickly and lasted for years. Occasionally, it hardened too well and peeled off in sheets. Later, linseed oil was added to the recipe to provide the necessary soaking quality. American “barn red” was born and came into being through function and utility, rather than decor or superstition. A definite attribute during harsh winter gales, the color “red” kept the interior of the barn warmer in winter since it absorbed the sun’s rays.

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Hanging out in front of the clothes line

Red has remained a time-honored barn color particularly in the northeastern and midwestern United States. Thank both the Native Americans and our resourceful ancestors for the barn’s visual appeal and vibrant heritage. At Gilfillan, on USC Community Day, Saturday, May 16, as you ride in the horse drawn wagon or visit the site of Johnny Appleseed’s gnarly apple tree, appreciate the grandeur of the statuesque big red barn. n Side note: Heading to the Gilfillan Homestead for Community Day? Parking is at the lower front lot, just off Orr Road. For handicap accessible parking and sanitary facilities, enter at the side entrance off Orr Road and proceed to the handicap signage at the rear of the house. Parking on Orr Road is prohibited.

Are You Seeing Red? Are you seeing “red” over toxic paints? Then go “green” by mixing your own organic variety. Experiment with dye quantity to achieve the color desired.

Milk Paint Recipe (Makes 1.5 gallons) 1 gallon skim milk 2 cups builders lime, also called hydrated lime (Do not use quick lime) 1 quart linseed oil (the boiled type) ½ cup of salt Dye (color)—add as needed (found at art supply stores) Strain with cheesecloth or fine mesh screen wire. Use within 2 days of mixing. n

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Lipppencott Alpacas Wayne Herrod

In the past, my writings have led me to elephants,

tigers, polar bears, and flamingos. However, on a recent trip to Waynesburg I may have met up with the cutest, softest, cuddliest animal of them all—the alpaca. The alpaca is a cousin of the llama, but considerably smaller and gentler. Both are members of the camel family. You may be wondering how I ever ran into alpacas in Waynesburg. I had the good fortune of meeting Philip and Lena Galing at a Waynesburg Chamber luncheon. The couple started talking about their business, an alpaca farm in nearby Lippencott. Their passion and love for these animals piqued my curiosity, and I decided to visit the farm. To my surprise, it was a large farm with several buildings and hundreds of yards of fencing. Inside the various pens were several dozen alpacas. Yes, there really is an alpaca farm in Lippencott, and a large one at that! I was immediately captivated by the beauty of these animals as I walked curiously closer to them. They were curious about me, as well. Cautious, but friendly, they let me reach out to touch them. I was hooked. Their coats were oh so soft. They came in various sizes and colors, and were absolutely adorable!

Tuna poses for the camera.

My first question to the Galings was “Why alpacas?” Philip responded, “After serving 24 years and retiring as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, and with Lena holding various jobs (including teaching), we came home to the family farm. We were too young to fully retire and we were looking for something fun to do as a second career. I wasn’t ready to quit working at 50. After several tries, including cattle, we heard about alpacas. The cattle were tough to work with—too much like real work. A friend recommended that we look into raising alpacas. We did a lot of research and met with several owners. We were hooked. We bought three adults and two babies, and the rest is history. We were convinced that this was our ‘thing to do’.” Lena added, “We haven’t regretted a day of it.” Compared to other livestock, alpacas are relatively easy to raise. A full-grown alpaca weighs around 140 pounds. Alpacas are naturally shy and rarely aggressive, but they are curious. Alpacas eat about two to two and a half pounds of hay/forage a day. 20

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Fencing must be constructed to keep predators (coyotes and dogs) out, not to keep alpacas in. They do require some care. They need inoculations monthly and their nails must be trimmed several times a year. Their areas must be cleaned daily to reduce parasite infections. Alpacas are native to Peru, South America. Unlike llamas, they are not bred for heavy work such as carrying, they are bred for their fine fiber. An alpaca, with the proper combination of fiber quality, can be worth as much as $100,000. One with poor characteristics could be worth as little as several hundred dollars. In their native Andes Mountains, alpacas live approximately 5000 feet above sea level. The vegetation is naturally sparse and they have genetically developed a very effective digestive system that does not require a lot of food. “We have to watch that they don’t get too heavy here,” said Philip. Alpacas are becoming more popular and being raised for their luxurious fleece, which can produce a number of clothing items. “Anything that can be made from wool can also be made from alpaca fiber,” said Lena. Sheep and wool products were once king in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Over the years, the industry has declined tremendously. Philip and Lena believe that the alpaca can replace the void left by the decline of the wool industry. “Compared to wool,” said Lena, “the alpaca fiber is up to eight times warmer and is more efficient at wicking action to keep moisture away from the body. Also, it is not an irritant to people who have allergies to wool.” The Galings will be more than happy to show you around their farm. They’d be happy to take you to the pens to meet and touch these beautiful animals. From different colors to different feel of the fiber, no two are alike. Lena will tell you about “micron” and “crimp,” terms used to describe the fiber. Micron describes the diameter of the fiber, crimp describes the waviness of the fiber, both of which are very important. But even more importantly, Micron and Crimp just happen to be the names of the alpaca’s bodyguards—two very large and very beautiful Great Pyrenees dogs. They live in the kennels with the herd and protect the herd from predators. You sure wouldn’t know it though when you approach the fence. Micron and Crimp will come over and vie for your attention. But at night they are all business. “They live outside with the herd and roam from pen to pen at night. There is a small crawl space between pens on the inside of the fencing so they can travel without getting out. They are the only protection for the herd,” said Philip. “The alpacas have no natural defenses and are virtually rendered helpless. Being curious and social, they wouldn’t stand a Wayne and Moonshine


Lena Galing, with her Great Pyrenees watchdogs, Micron and Crimp

chance if a predator got in without Micron and Crimp’s protection.” The Galings started their farm in 2005, purchasing five alpacas. Today, the alpaca farm totals 24. With the gestation period of eleven and a half months, nine females are expecting babies through September. At approximately 14 pounds at birth, a baby begins walking immediately (although not well). Yes, the Galings will be busy this summer! “This has truly been a work of love,” said Lena. “Our only regret is that we didn’t start sooner!” The Galings share their love and their expertise with everyone who happens to stop by the farm. They hold open houses and have held seminars on the breed. The Galings will gladly show you the small store they have that specializes in alpaca clothing. Beautiful scarves, sweaters, vests, hats, and socks are a must see. In the far corner of the store is a knitting machine where they knit their own weather caps. The caps are warm, soft, and well-made. I know because I bought one! Lena showed me the socks. “These are our most popular item. A lot of people who enjoy the outdoors buy them because they are great for the cold

winters,” said Lena. “At $24 a pair, people tend to get sticker shock. However, after buying one pair they usually come back for more because they work so well.” She was right. I had sticker shock, bought a pair, and then came back for another. The Galings and their farm are barely an hour south of Pittsburgh. I highly recommend that you “alpaca” up the car and take a day trip to visit the Lippencott alpacas. You’ll get to meet Tuna and Moonshine, two of the alpacas, and the rest of the herd. Touch the alpacas and you will also have to pet Micron and Crimp. You have no choice—they demand it! Take the opportunity to talk with the delightful Galings. Their enthusiasm and love for what they do is infectious. However, I do want to warn you about one thing. The alpaca clothing is marvelous. On a trip back to the farm, I took my wife with me and we brought back a beautiful scarf and sweater to boot! I guess you can figure out that we love our alpaca clothing. The clothing is warm and great— just like the the Galings and the farm. n

The Lippencott store offers clothing made from alpaca fiber. The group

For more information, visit www.lippencottalpacas.com or phone 724-852-4084. Summer 2009

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Township of Upper St. Clair Ched Mertz

President, Ward 4 Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-833-3631 2009*

Highlights of Board of Commissioners Meetings January 5, 2009

Approximately 11 people attended.

Karen M. McElhinny

The Board • Reviewed a presentation regarding the remarketing of the Township’s 2008 Bonds by Michael Bova, Boenning & Scattergood; Jay Wenger, Financial Consultant, and Kenneth Luttinger, Bond Counsel.

February 2, 2009

Vice President, At-Large

Township News

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-221-1732 2009*

Preston W. Shimer Ward 1

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-221-1736 2011*

Kenneth L. Brown Ward 2

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-854-4512 2009*

Approximately 6 people attended.

Recognitions and Proclamations • Tom Burke, president of the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association (USCAA), presented a check in the amount of $19,280 to the Township, which represents the 2008 user fees collected from the youth registration cost. Mr. Burke also provided comments regarding the USCAA and thanked the Board and Township staff for their assistance to the association which enables the organization to provide youth sports programs in the Township. The Board • Continued public hearing re: PLC08-1143–Amendment to Chapter 114, entitled “Subdivision and Land Development” to modify the requirement for a video inspection and rating for each newly constructed storm and sanitary sewer segment, to clarify recording of the final plat, and to correct the proof of recording clause to comply with the requirements of the Department of Real Estate of Allegheny County to March 2, 2009. • Continued public hearing PLC08-0009–Vincent James Company Plan No. 1 to March 2, 2009. • Adopted Bill No. 1-09 to amend Chapter 57 of the Township Code entitled “Fees,” to increase fees for electrical permits, to clarify fees for street openings other than new residential construction, and to provide for a fee for zoning approval for occupancy and use for change in commercial tenant.

Robert W. Orchowski

Board Approval of Contracts • Pfund Superior Sales, Lower Burrell................... $234,522 (Net of trade and manufacturer’s discount) Three 2008 Type III, Ford E-450 Superduty Chassis Ambulances • Maispace, Mount Olive, NJ............................. $ 10,156.80 Workstations and reception desk • KI, Green Bay, WI........................................... $ 46,970.56 Party room stack chairs • Sit On It, Cypress, CA. ................................... $ 10,052.64 Stackable chairs in main lounge area around tables • Allseating, Mississauga, Ontario...................... $ 8,816.84 Task/desk chairs and guest chairs for offices • Versteel, Jasper, IN......................................... $134,641.65 Tables and community room chairs • Kimball/National, Jasper, IN........................... $ 33,694.50 Office desks • Fixtures, Florence, AL..................................... $ 1,412.50 Children’s furniture • Peter Pepper, Compton, CA. ........................... $ 1,907.88 Running track benches • Kitchen Appliances, Houston......................... $ 16,712.68 Refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, microwave • Indoff, McDonald. .......................................... $ 60,688.90 Children’s furniture, waste receptacles, picnic benches, outdoor furniture, white boards • Indoff, McDonald. ............................................... $ 24,464 Labor at prevailing wage Reappointments to Boards and Commissions December 31 Board or Commission Name Term Expiration Building Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board................................ James A. Sampey................. 2011 Joseph F. Valvo..................... 2011 Library Board.................... Michael P. Bova.................... 2011 Parks and Recreation Board.............. William Barnard.................. 2011 Thomas Browand................. 2011 Diane Morris....................... 2011 Planning Commission...... Joel Helmrich...................... 2012 Scott Slagle.......................... 2012 Municipal Authority......... C. James Parks..................... 2013

Ward 3

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-854-1868 2011*

Russell R. Del Re Ward 5

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 724-941-3336 2011*

Glenn R. Dandoy At-Large

Day 412-831-9000 Evening 412-833-6243 2011*

All business regarding the operation of the Township is conducted at the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Citizens are invited to comment on any Township matter. Complete Board minutes can be found at the Upper St. Clair Township Library or on the website at www.twpusc.org. For more information, call 412-831-9000. 2009 Township of Upper St. Clair Meeting Dates • The Board of Commissioners meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The regular public meeting is held the first Monday of the month in the Board Meeting Room. The informational and general affairs meeting is held the last Monday of the month in the Board Meeting Room.

• The Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

• The Parks and Recreation Board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., no meeting in December.

• The Zoning Hearing Board meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m.

• The Civil Hearing Board meets as needed.

• The Building/Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board meets as needed.

Visit the Township’s website www.twpusc.org

*Date indicates expiration of term.

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A Day in the Park

The Township of Upper St. Clair can fill your summer days with fun and laughter as you and your family visit its many parks and parklets. Go for an early morning stroll or pack a lunch and stay to play. Feel the evening’s cool breeze as you enjoy the swings, climbing bars, a ball field, or a welcoming bench. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy green space and summer activity. Our Township can host a wonderful day in the park. 

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Fields/Courts

Baker Park 13.82 acres

1 small baseball field, 1 large baseball field, 2 lighted basketball courts, 1 lighted sand surface, volleyball court, 2 tennis courts, 2 lighted bocce courts

Beadling Soccer Field 3.36 acres Boyce Field 1 acre Boyce Mayview Park 475+ acres

soccer field

Wiltshire Park

Playground Equipment Play unit and swing set

Miscellaneous Bike rack, small shelter, water fountain, picnic tables, grass play area, large covered sand play area

baseball field

Dugouts, batting cage, bleachers

1 baseball field, 1 softball field, 1 football/soccer field

Natural area and wetlands, ten miles of natural surface walking trails, perimeter trail connecting Morton Complex to Baker Park to the active area of Boyce Mayview Park, including the REEC, pavilion, open space, Community Recreation Center, with its 90,000-square-foot facility featuring indoor/outdoor aquatics, state-of-the-art fitness, group fitness rooms, 1/8 mile walking track, 2 full size basketball courts, rentable community rooms Natural area

Brookside Park 3.7 acres Byrnwick Park 7.05 acres

1 lighted basketball court, 1 tennis court

Play unit and swing set

Walking track—handicapped accessible, water fountain, walkway lighting

Clair Park 2.2 acres

1 basketball court

Play unit with slide and 2 swing sets

Large grass play area, water fountain, small shelter, walkway lighting, spray pool Natural area and 1.25 mile mulched trail

Gilfillan Park 59.57 acres Hays Park 4.21 acres

1 basketball court, 1 tennis court

Play unit and swing set

Asphalt walking trail, spray pool, small shelter, water fountain, grass multi-purpose area, perimeter lighting, barbecue grill

Johnston Park 2.48 acres

1 lighted basketball court (1 full court and 6 baskets), 1 tennis court, 1 lighted hockey court

Play unit and swing set

Walking path, water fountain, walkway lighting

Marmion Field 11.32 acres

1 soccer field, 1 lighted baseball field

Morton Complex 7.5 acres

3 soccer fields, 2 lighted baseball fields

Play unit above Morton 2 area

2 batting cages, concession building, shelter, storage building, storage, dugouts, announcer’s booth

Municipal Park 29.75 acres

10 lighted tennis courts with 6 courts under air structures for winter season, 2 lighted paddle courts, 1 lighted little league baseball field with dugouts, concession stand, picnic shelter, 2 lighted basketball courts, 1 volleyball court

Swing set, 4 buck-a-bouts

Recreation Center building with meeting facilities, kitchen, pool table, ping pong table, and restrooms, outdoor horseshoe pits, large picnic shelter, 3-hole golf course, water fountain, batting cages

Shelter and bleachers, 2 water fountains

Central play structure— handicapped accessible.

Natural area

Ravine Park 10.51 acres Trotwood Park 8 acres

1 basketball court, 1 tennis court, 1 lighted multi-purpose field

Play unit and swing set

2 water fountains, small shelter, spraypool, walkway lighting

Tustin Park 6.52 acres Wiltshire Park 11.2 acres

1 basketball court

Play unit and swing set

Walking trail around park

2 lighted basketball courts, 1 lighted street hockey court

1 4-man totter, 1 large sand play area, 1 swing set with 2 infant swings, 1 large play structure

Track ride, merry-go-round, shelter area, Dolphin spray pool, water fountain, walkway lighting

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Community Recreation Center Opens

Boyce Mayview Park’s historical sporting grounds and farming land have now become a legend, as the window of opportunity for an enhanced quality of life has been revealed through the Community Recreation Center (CRC). Over a decade ago, Upper St. Clair acquired 238 acres of the Mayview farm property from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In combination with Mayview, the 237-acre Boyce Park property, now recognized as Boyce Mayview Park, was in need of a master plan which would accommodate the overall needs of the community while continuing the preservation of the land. Dedicated Township residents, staff, and a group of notable consultants diligently worked for over one year on the Master Plan, receiving approval of the plan from the Township Board of Commissioners in November 1999. Within the plan, the park would host two main components: a regional environmental educational center (REEC) and a community recreation center (CRC). Nearly six years later, the Board of Commissioners appointed an Ad Hoc Group of citizens who represented more than 20 local community organizations to further plan the CRC and its amenities. The group was assigned to develop an in-depth study, which included compiling data from visiting regional community recreation centers and hosting numerous focus groups. The study was then passed on to the Core Group, which included two commissioners, USC staff, citizen volunteers, expert consultants, and architects. From May to August 2006 the Core Group met weekly to discuss the financial impact as well as the residents’ desires while developing the final planning phase of the soon-to-be unveiled CRC.

Amenities of the CRC First Floor • Expansive community lounge with views of the indoor pool area and the grand entrance • Spacious indoor aquatics center that includes zero-depth entry allowing for a safer environment for all ages, slides, interactive water play and water gadgets, tot area, large whirlpool, resistance pool with vortex and underwater bench seating areas, handicap lift, and separate four-lane heated lap pool • Wi-Fi accessible throughout • Men’s and women’s locker rooms and individual lockers line the first floor hallway • Family changing area/rest rooms • Two poolside party rooms that overlook the indoor pool area • Senior/teen lounge • Attended child care/babysitting • Two group fitness rooms • Community gathering/party room that can be subdivided into three rooms, each seating approximately 70 people. Tables and chairs provided in a more formal setting with the capability of using the catering warming kitchen. A smaller kitchen pantry is also available. • Gymnasium with two full-size basketball courts that can be split into quarters for multi-use programs. • Department of Recreation and Leisure Services offices Second Floor • State of the art fitness area with modern exercise equipment ƒƒ Life Fitness and Hammer Strength ŠŠ Selectorized weight training machines, free weights area ŠŠ Hammer Strength MTS ŠŠ Modernized features and userfriendly touch screens in addition to virtual trainers, iPod and USB capability to create and track fitness routines, heart rate training, multimedia plasma screens, and more! Visit www.lifefitness.com and www.hammerstrength.com

Management and staff of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services and the CRC include, front row, left to right: Paul Besterman, Ellen Marglius*, Jeremy Lemley; back row: Amy Kerman*, Julie Shriver, Storm Foreman*, Bobby Davenport, Ryan McCleaster, Chris Biswick, Sarah Povazan*, Lynn Walcoff*, Melissa Mattucci (* denotes USC resident) 24

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ƒƒ Life Fitness Cardio—10 treadmills, 10 elliptical cross trainers, 2 upright life cycles, 6 recumbent life cycles, 2 rowers, 2 stair climbers, 2 summit trainers ƒƒ Expresso Bikes ŠŠ Option to compete with opponents, select trail systems, and over 20 courses ŠŠ Worldwide competitions Visit www.expresso.com • 1/8 mile indoor walking/jogging track ƒƒ Three lanes with seamless cushioned surface ƒƒ View corridors along the entire track— expansive windows view the outdoor park, gymnasium, indoor aquatics area, and main gathering area • Personal training consultation room • Men’s and women’s restrooms Member for a Day Upper St. Clair’s Community Recreation Center welcomed over 1000 members in just three weeks this past February, boasting an impressive pre-sale Founders’ Club membership base. The community buzz and interest in the CRC is continuing to increase as the grand opening approaches. Beginning the first week of May, the Community Recreation Center is offering the community “Member for a Day” soft opening events. During the entire month of May, for a minimum of two days per week, the center will be open with a selection of amenities available to enjoy. The Township encourages all USC residents to take part in this opportunity to tour and experience

the center as a member. No admission or membership cost will be required. The Township Department of Recreation and Leisure Services will continue to offer pre-sale memberships until the grand opening, which is scheduled for mid-June. The schedule of events can be viewed on the Township website, Channel 7, local newspapers, and within the Recreation and Leisure Services Department. The backdrop of diverse topography, seclusion, magnificent trail systems, and abundant wildlife are continuing as a local secret—but not for long! The amenities alone seem to showcase the CRC as the newest, all-inclusive recreation, aquatic, fitness, and community center in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. There is always something more to discover! The CRC is the perfect sanctuary for those in search of relaxation or rejuvenation—it is comfortable and extreme, social and infinitely private, if you so choose. It is a place where our community will gather each day to create memories for many years to come. You are invited to learn more about the CRC by calling 412-831-9000, extension 207 or visiting www.twpusc.org/ recreation. n

Interior photos courtesy of Harry Coleman Photography. See ad on page 79. Summer 2009

T Boyce Mayview Park Timeline • Mid 1980s – Boyce Park portion was acquired from Allegheny County. • 1993 – Master Site Plan was studied for the Boyce section of the property. • 1996 – Mayview Farm portion was acquired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. • 1997 – WRT was hired to help USC develop a Master Plan for Boyce Mayview Park. • 1999 – Master Plan was adopted by the USC Board of Commissioners. • 2000 – A $2,000,000 grant was received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. • 2002 – Regional Environmental Education Center opened. • 2004 – Comprehensive Plan Questionnaire was sent to all Township residents containing questions specific to the Community Recreation Center. • 2004 – Board of Commissioners authorized the completion of a Boyce Mayview Park-wide Pre-schematic Plan. • 2005 – Board of Commissioners authorized the development of four playing fields (baseball/softball and football/ soccer fields). • 2005 – Ballard*King and Associates was hired to complete a Community Recreation Center Financial Feasibility Study. • 2005 – Forty-seven member Community Recreation Center Ad Hoc Advisory Committee was created. • 2006 – Larsen Architects, WTW Architects, and EPM Architects were hired to design CRC. • 2006 – Created Core Team to refine the CRC components. • 2006 (September) and 2007 (May) – Invitations were sent to every household in USC for meetings to review and receive updates on the CRC project. • 2006 (October) – Fee Structure Task Force was created by the Board of Commissioners. • 2007 (September) – Board of Commissioners authorized bid process to proceed. • 2007 (November) – Bids received and considered by Board of Commissioners. • 2009 (February) – The CRC offered the first opportunity to become a member with The Founders’ Club. • 2009 (Spring) – Department of Recreation and Leisure Services and USC Township staff began the installation of fitness equipment and furniture, and offered staff training. • 2009 (April) – A series of Discovery Day events were held for many local non-profit organizations and ambassadors. • 2009 (May) – The Member for a Day soft opening events begin, inviting all communities to discover the amenities and tour the facility for the first time. • 2009 (June) – Grand opening of the CRC. UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY

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CRC Memberships

A variety of memberships are available at the Community Recreation Center for your convenience. Visit the center for a full tour to experience what benefits membership can bring to you, your family, and friends.

Membership Accessibility Indoor–Access to all interior amenities, including the main lobby area, full indoor aquatic center, gymnasium, locker facilities, senior teen lounge, second floor walking/jogging track, fitness area, and common areas. Outdoor–Access to all common grounds surrounding the exterior recreational pool as well as the seasonal recreational pool outdoor locker facilities and common areas. Combined–Access to both the indoor and outdoor amenities and common areas. (Additional fees will apply for facility/party room rentals, recreation program and classes, as well as babysitting/childcare.) Membership Type Youth–Single membership for youth 17 years of age and younger. Adult–Single membership for adult 18-61 years of age. Family–Includes all members within the immediate family. Once child reaches 22 years of age, he or she is required to obtain an adult membership. (Extended relatives, such as in-laws, cousins, etc., are not included in the family package.) Senior–Single membership for adult 62 years of age and older. (Nanny/Caretaker memberships available.) n

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CRC Pricing 2009 USC Resident Surrounding Contact the CRC Membership Discount Community Office for more details. Resident CRC Indoor Facility Annual Pass Youth $ 110 $ 165 Adult 367 550 Family 660 990 Senior 257 385 Outdoor Aquatic Seasonal Pass Youth $ 140 $ 210 Adult 184 276 Family 300 450 Senior 155 232 Combined Membership – Indoor Facility & Outdoor Aquatic Annual Pass Youth $ 180 $ 270 Adult 459 688 Family 810 1,215 Senior 334 501 Thank you to the many people involved in making the USC Community Recreation Center a reality, one which will enhance the quality of life for Upper St. Clair residents for many years to come. For their commitment to this project, special appreciation is extended to USC Township Commissioners, USC Township management, USC Township staff, Ad Hoc Committee, Parks and Recreation Board, Task Force, Core Group, Larsen Architects, EPM Architecture, WTW Architects, Water Technologies, Indoff, and community volunteers.

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Indoor 1/8 mile low impact walking and jogging track

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Four lane lap pool, recreational pool with zero depth entry, slides, interactive water gadgets, resistance pool with underwater benches and vortex.

Outdoor

Three lap lanes, slides, lily pads, interactive water structure, covered pavilions, grassy lawn area for lounging.

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Equipment supplied by Hammer Strength MTS, Life Fitness and Expresso Bikes which offers Interactive touch screens, iPod and USB capability, virtual trainers and more!

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Celebrate birthdays in poolside party rooms or social functions in the well-designed community room.

Boyce Mayview Park

Experience an entire day of recreation throughout 475 acres. Park and play all day!

Call to learn more about becoming a member and the Member for a Day events. Community Recreation Center 1551 Mayview Road Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 412.831.9000 ext. 207

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Dogs and Their Owners Like Trails

M a n y r e s i d e n t s a r e enjoying the opportunity to hike the Boyce Mayview Park trails with the family dog. In general, the upland wooded trails permit dogs, while those that traverse the more open meadows and wetlands restrict dogs. Meadow and wetland trails are designated “no dogs” by a sign at the start of each of the trails. It is a delicate balance to provide recreational activities in the park w h i l e p re serving n a t u r e ’s habitat for the numerous birds and wildlife that make this their home. Birds nesting in the open meadows and wetlands view dogs as predators. The birds will shy away from nesting or living in these areas if dogs are viewed or if they leave their scent in the area. Birds in the wooded areas have a more restricted view and feel less threatened as they tend to nest in shrubs and trees out of the reach and threat of dogs. When you bring your dog to the park, help to protect the wildlife and be courteous to other hikers by having your dog on a leash and cleaning up your dog’s waste. This courtesy is also an enforceable legal issue. n

Aurie loves her grandchildren. And a hard slap shot through the five-hole.

As a little girl, Aurie would ride the trolley into town to see the local amateur ice hockey team play. After a career in healthcare, two sons and three grandchildren, hockey remains one of her strongest passions. Aurie’s days at Country Meadows are filled with volunteering, travel, and community activities. It keeps her busy, but she still finds plenty of time for her friends, family, and Flyers games. That’s a hat trick anyone would be proud of. At Country Meadows, we have independent living, assisted living and specialized care options to fit the individual needs of most seniors. Like Aurie, every one of our residents is unique. So for many of them, having more choices about how they live makes a world of difference.

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USC Library Pittsburgh—Rivers, Steel, Art, Football Local Interest Materials at the Library

Can words explain a city like Pittsburgh?

Check out the new book Pittsburgh in Words (974.886 CRE). Seven writers have celebrated Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary with new stories about our city and its people. Included are: M. Berger Co. by Jeremy Smerd, Double Joy, Myron Cope and the Pittsburgh Sound by Elena Passarello, Rowing through Ruins by Erin E. Tocknell, Immigrant Stories by Mark Kramer, 940 by Kathleen Rooney Mara, Pod City by Anjali Sachdeva, and In Pursuit of Puppets: A Pittsburgh Romance by Missy Raterman. Or delve into The Pittsburgh That Stays Within You (974.886 HAZ) by Samuel Hazo; art by Robert Qualters. Hazo’s eloquent essays capture the spirit, even the soul, of Pittsburgh. Hazo, an Upper St. Clair resident, is the director and president of the International Poetry Forum and was chosen the first state poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Renowned Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters has been painting Pittsburgh for 30 years. Interested in a feel-good “comeback home” movie? In My Tale of Two Cities (DVD 974.886 MY), a Hollywood screenwriter decides to move from Los Angeles back to his hometown, Pittsburgh, and discovers that both he and his hometown are going through a mid-life crisis. He documents “the city’s recent resurgence” that caused it to be named the most livable U.S. city in 2007, but voices concern about population migration and the city’s future. With the theme of Pittsburgh as the friendly neighborhood portrayed by Fred Rogers, Carl Kurlander shares reflective and humorous moments with his wife, brother, and a few of Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbors: David McCullough, Paul O’Neill, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Bill Strickland, Bob O’Connor, Louie Anderson, Franco Harris, Joanne Rogers, David Newell (Mr. McFeely), Dr. Thomas Starzl, Dr. Cyril Wecht, and others.

Ever driven through Dormont and wondered about its history? A new title in the Images of America series, Dormont (974.885 DOR) by the Dormont Historical Society, chronicles the borough’s first 100 years. This year, the borough will celebrate its centennial. The book features 128 pages and 207 photographs of the borough now and then. And no Steelers fan will want to miss NFL Super Bowl XLIII Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers (DVD 796.332 NFL) or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Pittsburgh Steelers: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping, and Gut-wrenching Moments from Pittsburgh Steelers History (796.332 FUL) by Matt Fulks. n

Adults, Be a Reading Star!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Be on the lookout for new prizes and surprises in the 2009 adult summer reading program. Beginning Monday, June 15, the ten-week program will wrap up at a gala game party on Thursday August 27. n

USC Township Library Hours Monday–Thursday 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Friday–Saturday 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. • Sundays 1–5 p.m. Closed Summer Sundays (May 24–September 6) • Closed for Holidays: Monday, May 25; Saturday, July 4; Monday, September 7 Outside book and video return available 24 hours a day, collected daily at 9 a.m.

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Storytimes Registration begins Monday, June 8. June 15–July 18 Babies and Toddlers Mondays, 10 or 11 a.m. Children ages 4-24 months, with a caregiver. Twos and Threes Wednesdays, 10 or 11 a.m. Children ages 2-3 ½, with a caregiver. Preschool Thursdays, 10 or 11 a.m. Children ages 3 ½ and older.

Children’s Programs

Summer Ready to Read Program: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Kindergartners Ready to Read is the library’s awardwinning early literacy program for children from birth through the completion of kindergarten. Ready to Read is designed to help young children acquire pre-reading skills with fun and easy parent-directed activities. When you register, you’ll receive an activity guide, complete with information about ready to read skills, ready to read activities, an activity log, and instructions for participating in the program. Participants will receive fun rewards for completing weekly activities. Registration begins Monday, June 8. Ready to Read activity log check-in begins Monday, June 15 and ends Saturday, July 25. Summer Library Reading Program: School-Age Children Summer Reading is designed for children who have completed first through eighth grades. Kids who read succeed! The summer reading program is a fun way to

encourage your child to spend time reading. Participating in summer reading can play an important role in creating fluent, lifelong readers. Participants will receive a reading log to record the titles of the books they have read. Children will receive one ticket for each book read for a weekly drawing of prizes. Registration begins Monday, June 8. Summer Reading log check-in begins Monday, June 15 and ends Thursday, July 23.

Literacy Programs Registration begins Monday, June 8. June 15–July 18 Ready to Read Adventures Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.* Ready to Read participants 2 ½ and older accompanied by a caregiver. * These are come-and-go activity days. Kindergarten Here I Come! Tuesdays, 10 or 11 a.m. Children entering kindergarten in August 2009.

Art in the Park Preschoolers accompanied by an adult Friday, June 5, 10 a.m.-noon. Registration begins Tuesday, May 26. Be Creative @ Your Library Children, who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade, must be accompanied by an adult for these comeand-go activities. Thursdays, June 18–July 16, 2-8 p.m. Registration begins Monday, June 8. n Summer 2009

I’m Going to First Grade! Wednesdays, 2 or 3 p.m. Children who have completed kindergarten. I Love to Read! Tuesdays, 2:15-3 p.m. Children who have completed 1st and 2nd grades. Reader’s Theater Mondays, 2:15-3 p.m. Children who have completed 3rd through 5th grades. n UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY

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My Neighbors are Ready for Duty Jim Meston

We lived in Upper St. Clair for 41 years and I never Ronald Pardini. met any of the police officers. We never had an occasion to need John also coordiany of the many services they offer and, fortunately, I was never nates USC’s Citizens’ stopped and invited to walk a straight line. Four years ago we Police Academy, moved to Cherry Valley Lake in the Hickory-McDonald area, just which is an annual some 14 miles west of Upper St. Clair. I very soon met and became opportunity for any friends with two lieutenants of the Upper St. Clair police force. resident or employee of So far they have not asked me to walk a straight line. Upper St. Clair, regardless Lieutenant John Sakoian lived in Upper St. Clair for many years of age, to attend classes to with his wife, Eileen, and their three children, all of whom are learn more about police work. graduates of Upper St. Clair High School. But, like my wife and In his leisure time, John likes to golf, me, the Sakoians were attracted to this area and the opportunity ride his racing bike, and paddle his kayak around the lake. to live on a lake. We have townhouses only a few feet apart on Jim handles all of the investigative work connected to any the same street and first became acquainted through neighbor- wrong doing in the community, ranging from petty thefts to serihood get togethers. ous crimes. He realizes a great deal of satisfaction from assisting Lieutenant Jim Englert lives a few miles away on ten acres of people who have been victims of crime. land high on a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside. For Jim was hired as a police officer in Upper St. Clair in 1974, many years he also lived in Upper St. Clair, but he was attracted shortly after acquiring a bachelor’s degree from Penn State to the country and the opportunity to have a house with enough University. During his career, he has served as patrol sergeant land to allow him to pursue his and supervisor, juvenile officer, interests in being a gentleman and a member of the special infarmer. Jim and I first met at a vestigations tactical team. He has wedding reception in Upper St. continued his education by takClair. When we moved here, ing postgraduate studies through Jim was president of the Hickory the University of Delaware, Lions Club and he invited me to University of Virginia, California join the Lions, which I did. Since University of Pennsylvania, and then we have worked together Penn State. on several Lions projects. The In 1990, Jim became fully motto of the Lions “We Serve” certified as a polygraph examiner epitomizes the attitude these two after completing course work fine officers have toward their at the Maryland Institute of day-to-day service for the citizens Criminal Justice. He maintains of Upper St. Clair. his membership in the American John has numerous adminPolygraph Association. Like istrative duties with the Upper John, Jim is a graduate of the FBI St. Clair Police Department. He National Academy at Quantico, began his law enforcement career Virginia, and remains a member in 1973 as a police officer with of that organization. the Carnegie Borough Police When he isn’t working, Jim Department. In 1976, he joined enjoys time with his family, the Upper St. Clair Township including his son, Marcus, and Police Department and has held daughter, Greta. He has knocked many assignments over the years. on my door with prize-winning Lieutenants John Sakoian (left) and Jim Englert in uniform are ready to He has served as a patrol officer, sized zucchinis and other goodlend their experience and training to protect and serve the residents of patrol supervisor, juvenile ofies from his garden. In addition Upper St. Clair. ficer, operations officer, night to gardening, he enjoys hiking watch commander, and criminal investigations supervisor. He and biking in the wide open spaces around him, and is a huge supervises Upper St. Clair’s annual police proficiency training sports fan. in firearms, critical incident response, rapid deployment, self Chief Pardini is a firm believer that his officers should receive defense, and emergency vehicle operations. He currently serves as the best training and experiences available to them to add to leader of the Department’s special investigative tactical team. He their proficiency on the job. As a result, both John and Jim, and is also the leader of the crash/accident reconstruction team and other USC officers, have a wide range of education and training is the administrative assistant to Upper St. Clair’s Police Chief experiences. 30

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John received his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated first in his class at the Allegheny County Police Academy. He is a 1990 graduate of the FBI National Academy and continued his post graduate education at Penn State and the University of Virginia. In 1994, he received certification as a physical fitness instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In 1995, he was certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a crash/accident reconstructionist. In 1999, he was certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training and Education Commission as a police instructor. He has additional extensive law enforcement training, which includes major incident and school violence management, SWAT supervision, hostage negotiation, homicide/forensic science investigation, latent fingerprint examiner, scientific interrogation and statement analyst, police administration, police policy and procedures, DUI enforcement, Intoxilyzer certification, field training officer certification, and alternatives with juvenile offenders. He also is a charter member of The Police Futurists International and serves as the secretary/ treasurer of the FBI National Academy Associates, Western Pennsylvania Chapter. In talking with these two dedicated officers you soon understand what motivates them each day. They would not be in this line of work, nor would most police officers, unless they had a passion for serving others, protecting their rights and safety. Both Jim and John state that the most satisfying part of their job is handling or solving something that has harmed a Township citizen. Fortunately, Upper St. Clair doesn’t have many serious violent crimes, but the number of frauds and scams is escalating, partially resulting from the increased use of technology. That simply means that these two officers and the officers that they work with must utilize all their training and experiences to protect residents of Upper St. Clair. USC citizens are blessed to have these dedicated officers protecting their rights and safety. I’m grateful to have met them under the circumstances that I did, and I am pleased to have them as my neighbors and my friends. n

Bicycle Registration and Safety Program— Saturday, May 9

The Upper St. Clair Police Department will hold its annual bicycle registration program on Saturday, May 9 in the rear of the Upper St. Clair Township municipal building. This annual event includes a skills course and registration of bicycles, along with safety videos for participants to watch. To meet your busy schedule, the three-hour open enrollment program begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Come at anytime during those hours. Rain or shine, members of the Police Department look forward to seeing many bicyclists at the event. All participants will have a chance to win a new bicycle. n

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Critters and Kids— a Great Combination

Jessica Stombaugh, Program Manager, REEC As an animal lover myself (owning Jack, the beagle and Wish, the kitty cat), I know firsthand the connection we can each share with not just our pets, but all the animals we have the privilege of coming in contact with throughout our lifetime. The job title of “environmental educator” does not begin to describe the encounters that I’ve had with the animals I so passionately teach about. I’ve been lucky to incorporate everything from skittering fiddler crabs to sandpaper rough sharks, leaping dolphins to sun bathing snakes, serenading frogs, and even hungry little peeping chicks into the lives of people, both young and old. The difference these interactions have on learning and the fostering of environmental concern and stewardship lasts a lifetime. This year, the Regional Environmental Education Center (REEC) will be focusing on furry, feathery, scaled, and slimy friends through its camps and community programs, and by hosting various organizations offering live animal presentations. Families are welcome to join the REEC’s Talk N Walk programs and help to count feathered friends on Saturday, May 9, to dispel your fears about insects on Sunday, June 21, and spiders on Sunday, August 16, and wade through Chartiers Creek in search of macroinvertebrates on Sunday, July 19. With the REEC’s Monday through Friday, five-day camps, eager young campers can learn about the tiny worlds that surround them every day during the “Everything Little” Jr. Naturalists Summer Day Camp for ages four and five (June 8-12) and ages five and six (June 22-26) and the Eco-Kids Summer Day Camp for ages seven through ten (July 13-17). Older campers, ages eight through 12, can delve into the “Kingdom Animalia” during Seasonal Science Series-14 (July 27-31) to learn about the large array of diverse animals that inhabit the earth.

A bee pollinating bee balm

Even campers in the Bullfrogs & Pollywogs (June 17, 24, July 1, 8, and 15) five-week Wednesday camp will be jumping for joy while studying grasshoppers, worms, frogs, birds, and chipmunks this summer.

An American Toad warms up in the sun.

Flies are an important pollinator.

Children are not the only ones who benefit from human-animal interactions, so adults listen up! Learn about Pennsylvania’s reptiles and amphibians during two summer programs. Teachers and other interested individuals can participate in the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptiles Act 48 two-day course presented by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 and 18). Students of all ages will have a slithering good time as the REEC welcomes April Claus from Interactive Environmental Programs and the Fern Hollow Nature Center for a hands-on critter demonstration and search (Wednesday, June 24). Visit the REEC’s website (www.regionaleec.org) for more information on hawk programs from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania as well as Pennsylvania animal presentations by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium coming this fall. Animals of all shapes and sizes can bring a smile to our faces no matter our age or occupation. You don’t need a marine science degree to enjoy the call of a sea gull at the beach (or at Point State Park) or an environmental education background to appreciate the delicate flutter of butterfly wings on a summer’s day. Get outdoors, and open your eyes and ears while you walk. Enjoy the simple everyday interactions with nature whether you’re on one of the S.O.D. hikes that began again in April or the Moonstruck Full Moon hikes (next one scheduled for Sunday, June 7), or simply stopping by Boyce Mayview Park to wander the trails on your own. Critters can relieve stress, brighten our mood, and even teach us a few things. I hope to see you on the trails! And remember, if you see something and you just don’t know what it is, ask the staff at the REEC. If it’s something that we don’t yet know, we’ll research it. Then you’ve helped to teach us a little something, too! n

A Blue-fronted Dancer Damselfly rests from hunting.

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Dirty Secrets Terry Kish

I have a confession to make. I’m not that good at recycling my trash. Oh, I rinse my cans and jars and get them in the recycling container for pickup every other week; and in theory I like the idea of recycling my cardboard boxes, magazines, and junk mail. But when faced with the reality of actually finding a place to store that stuff and then loading it in my car and carting it to the self-serve paper recycling bin, I didn’t have the motivation to do it. This year, the Township has made changes in the curbside recycling collection that have me reconsidering my trash habits. Starting this past January, items that formerly had to be taken to the small Public Works parking lot on Truxton Drive are now being collected with the rest of the recyclables. Even better, they can all go in the same container! For those who might have neglected to read the bright yellow 2009 Trash and Recycling Information booklet, single stream recycling started on January 2, 2009. Paper, cardboard, magazines, and newsprint may now be recycled in the

same curbside container as your other recyclables. Cardboard boxes should be empty and flattened, and tied in bundles no longer than 14 inches x 14 inches. Other than that, recycling in USC now involves nothing more than sorting it for pickup. In addition to the new items collected curbside, all plastics #1 through #7 are being collected, as well as the usual aluminum, bi-metal, and steel food cans, and clear, green, and brown glass containers. With the increase in items that can be recycled curbside, I’ve noticed a decrease in what’s going in my regular trash, and a marked increase in my recyclables, so much so that I’ll most likely need another bin. The Township provides each household with one 32-gallon recycling bin, but additional bins are available at the Public Works Department on Truxton Drive for $13 each. If you’d rather use your own container for additional recycling, recycling stickers to mark your bins are available at the Township Building on McLaughlin Run Road. I guess 2009 is the year that I start to recycle more. Care to join me? n

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Curbside Collection Following is a list of recyclables collected curbside every other week according to the 2009 Trash and Recycling Information booklet: • Aluminum, bi-metal, steel food cans • #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 plastics • C l e a r, g re e n , a n d b ro w n g l a s s containers • Newsprint • Cardboard boxes • Magazines • Paperback books • White office paper • Advertising inserts • Catalogs • Coupons and receipts • Computer paper • Junk mail • Phone books • Paper bags

E-Cycling The Township, in conjunction with JVS Environmental, will hold “e-cycling” events on the following three Saturdays: June 13, August 15, and September 19. Collections will include, but not be limited to, computers, televisions, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, cell phones, telephones, dishwashers, ovens, gas grills, water heaters, furnaces, washers and dryers, stereos, radios, speakers, CD players, VCRs, automobile batteries, and household batteries. A nominal fee will be charged for most items.

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Note: Rinse food containers. To save space, crush plastic and metal containers. Remove lids from jars. Flatten and tie or bundle cardboard to a size no larger than 14 inches by 14 inches. To help you to remember what you can recylce, clip and post this list to your fridge. Summer 2009

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Service Beyond Upper St. Clair—Part II Mike Russell, USCVFD Firefighter

In the spring 2009 issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY, we profiled several members of the USCVFD who, in

addition to serving our community, currently serve as active duty military. With Memorial Day so near, in this issue the department wishes to recognize and thank several veterans among our current volunteers for their service to our county. William Neal’s 49 years as a volunteer firefighter was preceded by enlisting in the Army. Bill served our country for four years in the Army Reserves and attained the rank of Spec-4 as a motor sergeant. His specialty was track mechanized vehicles—tanks. Bill’s service to the USCVFD has included service as a line officer, president, and several other administrative positions. Tom Edkins, currently a senior member of the USCVFD, served in the Navy as a Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. Tom enlisted in the Navy rather than being drafted and served on a 1300-man light cruiser in the Mediterranean based 6th Fleet, which was deployed to Korea. Most of the war was spent patrolling the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea, and South Japan Sea, occasionally firing upon strategic locations which could be reached from their position. One of Tom’s most memorable moments was when his light cruiser almost completely capsized in the North Atlantic during a hurricane in the early 1950s. Tom has held various positions with the USCVFD, and we thank him for his military service.

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Russell Rauch, a volunteer firefighter for over 33 years, enlisted in the Army in 1971. Enlisting was a much better option than being drafted in those days, especially when your draft number was 19, as well as providing more choice among occupations. The 630th transportation company was home for Russ for several years. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, or E-6. One of Russ’ most memorable summers was one spent at the United States Military Academy where personnel drove the cadets around the grounds. As Assistant Truck Master, Russ was responsible for coordinating the movement of the troops on the base. Russ currently holds the position of secetary for the USCVFD. In the past, he served as deputy chief as well as in numerous other line officer positions and administrative functions. Drafted at the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, Dave Ickes achieved the rank of E-4 as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army. Dave served two years as a tank loader attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, and spent some time at Erlanger Air Force Base in Germany. Dave’s job in the tank was to load the ordinance that 34

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was requested by the tank commander. One can only imagine how cramped and hot conditions must have been inside the tank. Dave has been a member of the USCVFD for 17 year and has served the last several years as chairman, board of directors. Andy Johnson, the current Second Captain of the USCVFD, also served in the U.S. Army as an E-3. His specialty was Military Police at Fort Leonard Wood. Due to an injury, Andy’s military service was cut short, but his desire to serve was not. In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, Andy is also a fulltime EMT with Southbridge EMS. Andy has been a member of the USCVFD for approximately five years. Matt Romah, the current first captain of the USCVFD, is proud to have his brother, Nick Romah, serving in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps. The information shared with you in this article is about those men who are currently or recently affiliated with the USCVFD, but there have been many men and several women who have passed through the ranks of the USCVFD and who have served not only our community, but also their country. Members of the USCVFD wish to thank them for their service to others. Also, if you, the reader of this community magazine have served in the military, or have a son or daughter in the military, we extend a “thank you” to you as well.

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“The desire to serve and give back to my community” is listed on almost every single candidate’s application to the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department. For some, that theme has extended beyond serving ones’ community to serving ones’ country. At the department, some members like to drive the trucks, some like to fight fires, some offer administrative talents, and some just like to pitch in to help however they can. Whatever the reason, all are there to serve. If you have a desire to help your community, talk to a member of the USCVFD about how you can also voluntarily serve fellow residents of Upper St. Clair. n

To read “Service Beyond Upper St. Clair—Part I” see pages 67-68 in the spring 2009 issue of UPPER ST CLAIR TODAY or visit online at www.twpusc.org/magazine/pastmags.htm.


USC-USTC The United Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair

United Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair

Were you born in 1954 or before? Are you retired? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you are eligible to join the United Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair. This organization, chartered in 1975 by the Township commissioners, is a recreational program for senior residents. The group meets every Wednesday, usually in the Recreation Center on McLaughlin Run Road, and occasionally at another location for an adventure. For the Wednesday gatherings, the Recreation building opens at 10 a.m. A

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short business meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch (prepared by volunteers from the group), and then a program. Programs range from educational to entertaining. Once you’ve reached age 62 (born in 1947 or before), you can join the group even if you’re still employed. But if you work on Wednesdays, you’ll miss the great programs and a free lunch! n Questions? Contact Amy Kerman, Older Adult Coordinator, at 412-831-9000, extension 296 or email her at kerman@twpusc.org.

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Attention Senior Citizens, age 65 and older: If you would like to register for the ACCESS 65 PLUS shared-ride transportation program or make application for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Identification Card to be used for the Port Authority Transit system, please contact Amy Kerman, Older Adult Coordinator, Township of Upper St. Clair, 412-831-9000, extension 296.

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Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair, apply now for your Gold Card. See and enjoy drama and musical performances, exciting athletic events, and other activities, courtesy of the Upper St. Clair School District. If you are a resident 62 years of age or older just stop by the School District receptionist desk and ask for your Gold Card. It’s a great way to experience your community!

Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair are entitled to apply for a Silver Card that will admit holders to the Upper St. Clair Municipal three-hole golf course, outdoor tennis facilities, and to attend other activities designated and sponsored by the Township of Upper St. Clair. Any resident age 62 and retired or age 65 with no restrictions is eligible for the Silver Card program. Applications are available at the Recreation Department.

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412-831-9000, extension 501 • www.twpusc.org Just a Reminder!

According to the Township of Upper St. Clair Codes: • Lawns need to be maintained at a maximum height of six inches from April through October. • Vehicles without current inspection or registration must be stored in a completely enclosed structure.

• Waste receptacles and recycling containers should be placed at the curb line after 6 p.m. the day before collection with removal before midnight the day of collection. • Boats, trailers, campers, and other types of recreational vehicles must be stored in completely enclosed structures.

• Garage sale signs are permitted, provided the following regulations are met: – Signs are located only on the lot where the sale takes place. – Signs are displayed only on the day of the sale. – Signs do not exceed nine square feet combined. – Signs are set back a minimum of ten feet from any side lot line. – Signs are to be placed outside the Township right-of-way. Typically, the right-of-way extends a minimum of 13 feet back from the edge of the street or curb. – Signs may not obstruct sidewalks.

• No structure may be placed within the Township right-of-way except for a driveway or mailbox. A structure is any object having a stationary location on or in lots. The Township right-of-way typically extends back 13 feet from the edge of the road.

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• A newspaper tube is permitted provided it is attached to the existing mailbox post. The newspaper tube may not be supported by a separate structure such as a post or column.

• Realtor open house signs are permitted provided the following regulations are met: – One tent or easel type sign, not to exceed four square feet. – Sign permitted to be displayed Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. – Sign must be located a minimum of 13 feet back from the edge of the street or curb. – With permission of property owner, open house signs may be placed on a lot other than the one for sale with the same restrictions above. – No open house signs are allowed on Township-owned property.

• Building permits are required for most construction and remodeling projects. Typical projects that require a building permit include, but are not limited to, sheds, garages, swimming pools, decks, additions, retaining walls, driveway pillars, and patio enclosures. Some projects such as patios and driveways require only zoning approval. In all cases, when a building permit or zoning approval is required, a land survey of the property must be submitted as a part of the permit application process. The Township may have a copy of the property survey on file. Please check the Township website at www.twpusc.org for types of projects requiring a permit and the application process. Questions concerning permit requirements can also be directed to the Community Development Department at 412-831-9000, extension 501.

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Bargain books for all ages and tastes will again be featured at the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, May 6–12 at the large multi-purpose room near the main entrance of the library. With book prices starting at 50 cents, this opportunity is too good to pass up! Bring the family and stock up on good reading! All proceeds are used to assist the USC Township Library in serving the needs of the community. n

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Space is limited, so sign-up for your space early. Only Upper St. Clair residents may receive a space prior to May 8. After that date, other reservations will be accepted. Sellers are responsible for providing their own table. Please complete the following form and mail to: _ Upper St. Clair Recreation, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 Name_________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________ Telephone_____________________________________________________________ Number of spaces needed*_ _____________________________________________ *(A space is two parking spaces, 9’ x 18’ each, one for automobile and one for setup.) Fee per space is $10–resident, $15–nonresident. Check should be made payable to Upper St. Clair Recreation.


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Tri-Community Observes EMS Week May 16-23

On May 16, Tri Community South (TCS) EMS will be participating in

local, state, and national events to celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week 2009. The purpose of EMS Week is not only to educate the public on what EMS does, but also to honor those that gave their lives in the course of their duties. EMS providers have long been on the front lines, combining health care and public safety in order to improve the well being of the public when catastrophic illness or injury has interrupted their lives. EMS Week begins on Saturday, May 16 with the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. The bike ride was established in 2001 to honor the lives of EMS heroes. The first ride began in Boston, Massachusetts, and ended in Roanoke, Virginia, to honor those EMS providers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties. Today, the ride begins in New York City and in Lexington, Kentucky, and concludes 600 miles later in Roanoke with the National EMS Memorial Service, which was established in 1992. At the memorial service, EMS honor guards, family members, friends, colleagues, political leaders, and EMS providers participate in a service honoring the inductees and their families. The families receive a U.S. flag which has flown over the U.S. Capital, denoting the honorees’ service to the country; a white rose representing their undying love; and an oak leaf medallion signifying their eternal memory. The oak leaf has been adopted for the

EMS memorial as a symbol of strength. The name, agency, and date of loss is engraved on a bronze oak leaf and is then added to the Tree of Life, the National Memorial honoring these fallen EMS providers. All TCS EMS employees wear an oak leaf pin on their uniform lapel in remembrance of their comrades. Locally, on May 17, TCS will be participating with other providers at a Blue Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland, where Bishop David Zubic will hold mass and a blessing of EMS providers and EMS vehicles. After mass, a procession will continue to the Roberto Clemente Bridge where EMS vehicles will line the bridge, and the providers will be honored at PNC Park prior to a Pirates baseball game. Color guard members, including those from TCS EMS, will present the colors during the singing of the National Anthem. All EMS providers will be asked to take to the field to hold a 30-foot by 60-foot American flag. The American College of Emergency Physicians has designated this year’s EMS Week theme to be “EMS, Proud Partners in your Community.” EMS service providers across the nation will be opening the doors to their buildings for public tours, instruction, and information regarding EMS. Finally at the end of the week, a 60-second national moment of radio silence will be observed on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. to honor all fallen providers. n For more information about EMS Week, visit http://nemsms.org or http://muddyangels.org.

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Tri-Community South EMS (TCS) is the American Heart Association’s leading community training center in the Northern Atlantic Region. Every year, the TCS training center trains more than 10,000 people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Since 2006, Tri-Community South has offered canine CPR classes as well. The skills and techniques in canine CPR

are very similar to those of human CPR, and are equally effective in saving lives. Pets can suffer many of the same illnesses and injuries as humans, and CPR can help prevent unnecessary death in some of the most serious cases. To register for canine CPR classes, call Tri-Community South EMS at 412-831-3710. n

For more information on Tri-Community South, to register for any of the classes offered, or for any other questions on emergency medical services, call TCS at 412-831-3710, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or visit www.tcsems.org. Summer 2009

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Creating Resilient Youth Kim Frennette

“It took a text a week,” said Lisa DeCarolis, describing how she became a critical adult figure for a vulnerable teen who had just lost her mother. “Intentional relationship building doesn’t necessarily take a long time.” It is these “little big things” that matter when it comes to growing resilient children, claimed DeCarolis at a recent Developmental Assets workshop sponsored by the USC Youth Steering Committee. “The heart and soul of assets are relationships. One caring adult can save a life.” Lisa DeCarolis, Healthy Youth Initiatives coordinator from North Hills Youth Ministry, was invited to USC to explain the framework to community leaders because the research is clear: the more of the 40 identified “assets” a child can claim, the lower the chance of becoming involved in risky behavior such as illegal drug use, alcohol consumption, and early sexual intercourse. In fact, less than three percent of youth with 30 or more assets get involved in risky behaviors. The problem is, studies show that even in affluent suburban communities like USC, more than half the kids claim 20 assets or fewer. As the workshop participants dipped and dived and worked together in an exercise to keep 40 balloons from touching the ground, the point was made that it takes more than good individual parenting to keep children afloat. To build resiliency, youth need, among others, the “asset” of caring neighbors, supportive non-parent adults, positive adult role models, a community that they

perceive as valuing youth, and a sense of safety at home, school, and in the community. “It is bringing the village back into the equation for our kids,” summarized one participant, Karen Johnson. According to Lisa DeCarolis, the Developmental Assets concept is not new information as much as a common sense framework to clarify what is already known. Ultimately it involves a shift of thinking from problems to strengths, programs to relationships, some kids to all kids, and blame to shared responsibilities. The goal of the workshop was not to set in place any particular programs, but rather to open up a dialogue. The question really is, as a community, how can we use this framework to build resiliency in all our children and give them the inner strength to deal everyday with challenges and demands? n

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Participants were invited from several surrounding communities because as one participant observed, “Our kids are all out there; they don’t have those (Mt. Lebanon, USC, Bethel Park) boundaries.” Left to right are Jeff Krantz, USC Youth Steering Committee; Lisa DeCarolis, Healthy Youth Initiatives coordinator from North Hills Youth Ministry; Jim Modrak, Bethel Park police school resource officer; and Mike Reimer, Mt. Lebanon community school officer. Summer 2009

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Optimists Live Longer, According to University of Pittsburgh Study In a large study of post-menopausal women,

optimists had decreased rates of death and were less likely to be hypertensive, diabetic, and smokers than pessimists, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition, women identified as highly mistrustful of other people had increased rates of death when compared to their less “cynically hostile” counterparts. The study, led by Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine, analyzed data from nearly 100,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative, a National Institutes of Health-funded study that has followed women ages 50 and over since 1994, with follow-up ongoing. Optimism was defined as the expectation that good, rather than bad, things will happen. Female optimists in the group surveyed had a decreased rate of death and were 30% less likely to die from coronary heart disease than pessimists. Those identified as being more cynically hostile had a higher rate of death and were 23% more likely to die from a cancer-related condition. For the study, optimism and cynical hostility were not directly compared. Rather, optimists were compared to pessimists,

while women with a high degree of cynical hostility were compared to those with a low degree of cynical hostility. “The effects of optimism and cynical hostility were independent of one another. After taking into account a woman’s degree of cynical hostility, the health effects of optimism did not change. The reverse also was true. A woman’s degree of optimism did not change the health effects of cynical hostility,” said Dr. Tindle. “It’s important to note that while this study controlled for other risk factors, including age, education, income level, smoking, diabetes, and depressive symptoms, among others, we cannot draw a causal relationship from this data,” said Dr. Tindle. “The results demonstrate an association between these psychological factors and length of life. More research is needed to determine whether treatment designed to increase optimism or decrease cynical hostility would lead to better health outcomes.” n Summer 2009

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Here are points to consider when hiring a cleaning service. • Ask about taxes. Find out if they’re paying all required employment taxes. You may be liable for taxes if they are not. • Are they insured and bonded? An uninsured worker who slips in your bathtub and sues is an experience that is best avoided. • Can you trust them to work in your absence? If you have to be there to help, this might defeat the purpose of having a cleaning service. • Tell them exactly what you want. Every household is different. If something isn’t done as you expected, let them know. Give them a chance to please you. • Leave notes. If you are not present during cleaning time, manage and motivate through notes to encourage top performance and to acknowledge work well done. • Don’t forget the check. It’s payday for the cleaning service. • Make referrals if you like your cleaning service. Tell them when you do, so they can follow up. • Give 24-hour’s notice if you need to change your scheduled appointment. You’d expect the same. n 44

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With the warmer weather approaching comes the dreaded question: How to tackle the seemingly overwhelming annual task of deep cleaning and organizing? Well, if you are like most people, you may be too busy to do the work yourself and decide to hire a service (for tips, see sidebar). However, a lot of people like to do one good cleaning a year themselves. “Where to begin?” is always the question. The task is not insurmountable. With a solid plan and a list of do’s and don’ts, your spring cleaning efforts will be well underway and your house will be better for it! Set Goals Your house didn’t get dirty overnight. Examine the situation and determine which rooms need to be cleaned and organized. Design your plan and work one room at a time. Make a list and a calendar for cleanup and get everyone involved. When it’s time to get started, collect everything you’ll need, including all cleaning supplies and a bin or a bucket. Turn off the television and the phones. For motivation and background noise, turn on the radio. Organize • Categorize your things. • Assign the proper home for your items and put them away. • When organizing, use five bins to separate your things. Label them as follows: “trash,” “Goodwill,” “other room,” “take action,” “storage.” • Obtain the correct containers to store your items, such as a dresser, closet shelves, plastic, metal, Rubbermaid, baskets, drawer dividers, etc. • Label, label, label so that things get put back in the proper storage every time. • Pitch, pitch, pitch! This is where it can get emotional. Ask yourself three questions while going through your things: 1) Am I using this on a regular basis? 2) Is this something I would save from a fire? 3) In which container does this item belong? • Be honest with yourself. If you really don’t think you’re going to use it, give it away. Summer 2009

• W h e n p u t t i n g things in containers, use clear plastic so you can see what items are stored inside. First, Get Rid of Clutter Never clean a cluttered room. Imagine... Take your five bins an organized craft room! along with you as you clean. Start at the right of the room and work your way around, top to bottom. Use High Quality Cleaning Products and Never Mix Chemicals Mixing chemicals can result in poisoning or even death. Be sure to always read the labels on your chemical bottles and use them properly. Clean Under Furniture to the Walls To clean walls thoroughly, pull furniture away from the walls. This is also a great time to rearrange your furniture and when you’ll find lots of dust! Don’t forget to take down pictures and clean front and back. Clean furniture backs. Use your vacuum’s attachment brush to remove dust from the baseboards before you wet wash them. And don’t forget about the doors for that final touch! Clear those Closets This is not the time to be sentimental: Pitch, pitch, pitch. If you haven’t worn it or you’re waiting to fit into it again, give it away! This will free up space for the clothes you do wear. Don’t Clean with Dirt Remember to dump your bucket when water appears dirty. Micro fiber cloths are excellent for dry dusting. Mirrors should always be cleaned with overhead lights turned off. Wet dust is almost impossible to get off, so dust before you mop or wash. Having a clean, clutter-free home will offer you feelings of comfort, happiness, and contentment with your life, and give you a sense of hope, peace, and gratification. Enjoy your home! n See ad on this page.


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Our world and the way we live are changing more drastically than we could have predicted a year ago. There are changes in energy conservation, everyone’s gone green. Cell phones are practically disposable now as we try keep up with technology, 3G, Bluetooth, Blu-ray, Fios and on it goes. Wall Streets biggest decline since the 1930’s, the housing and automotive declines are forcing us to live differently than we have in recent past. Some great changes, some, not so great.

The black and white Paris motif on lamps and chandeliers is also apparent all over the show. Black and white gives you lots of room to play, as anything else in the room with color will really stand out. It’s the perfect way to show off a red chair, or a brightly colored vase, while giving the rest of the room a polished, pulled together look. There is a new fun energy in the lighting designs we saw. The formality in some crystal chandeliers are replaced with round and square shapes, some even cascading like rain.

The economy may be flat, but that doesn’t mean your decor has to be. It’s possible to turn dreary, dated decor into light, lively and current, on an economical budget. One of the most dramatic changes I see in the fashion industry is the transformation in lighting design.

We visited Lori Smith from Trading Spaces in the Quoizel showroom. Her space sported soft green grassy wallpaper, yes, wall paper... its back... with fixtures and lamps that have clean elegant lines in soft silver and gold metals, inspired by traditional French designs, but have a more contemporary edge.

Dallas International Lighting Market is the Home of Lighting. There are more than one million square feet of light fixture resources for fixed and portable lighting. Three thousand buyers from across the globe head to the Dallas show during lighting markets. As I walked through the Market with my co-workers and family, we noticed a huge swing towards contemporary and transitional designs, clean lines, lighter, softer, some with earthy touches such as grasses and capiz shells. The most popular design trend seems to be straight drum shades around chandeliers and drum chandeliers.

In these times of economic discord we find that American families are putting their money back into their homes, a safe investment. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “porch-cation” or “stay-cation” instead of vacation. We’re changing the way we live, watching how we spend for amusement and recreation. We are enjoying our homes with friends, neighbors and family. Changing your home’s lighting can transform the space creating new atmospheres, making a difference in how your home looks and feels, and how much you enjoy living there. n

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New Fashions in Lighting Design Rene Cardello Snyder, Cardello Electric and Lighting Supply Company, Partner Our world and the way we live are changing more noticeably than we could have predicted a year ago. Wall Street’s biggest decline since the 1930s, and the housing and automotive declines are forcing us to live differently than we have in the recent past. Some great changes, some not so great. The economy may be flat, but that doesn’t mean your decor has to be! It’s possible to turn dreary and dated decor to light and lively, and now, on an economical budget. One of the most dramatic changes I see in the fashion industry is the transformation in lighting design. Dallas International Lighting Market is the “home of lighting.” There are more than one million square feet of light fixture resources for fixed and portable lighting. Three thousand buyers from across the globe head to Dallas during lighting markets each January. As I walked through the market with my co-workers and family, we noticed a huge swing towards contemporary and transitional designs—clean lines, lighter, softer—some with earthy touches such as grasses and capiz shells. Most popular are straight drum shades around chandeliers and drum chandeliers. Walking the showroom floor, the black and white Paris motif on lamps and chandeliers is

also apparent. Black and white gives you lots of room to play, as anything else in the room— anything with color—will really stand out. It’s the perfect way to show off a red chair, or a brightly colored vase, while giving the rest of the room a polished, pulled-together look. We visited Lori Smith from “Trading Spaces” in the Quoizel showroom. Her space sported soft green grassy wallpaper. Yes, wall paper... it’s back! The fixtures and lamps shown have clean elegant lines in soft silver and gold metals, inspired by traditional French designs, but with a more contemporary edge. In these times of economic discord we find that American families are putting their money back into their homes. I’m sure you’ve heard the terms “porch-cation” or “stay-cation” instead of vacation. We’re changing the way we live and watching how we spend our money for amusement and recreation. We are enjoying our homes more with friends, neighbors, and family. Changing your home’s lighting can transform your space and create a new atmosphere to make a difference in how your home looks and feels and how much you enjoy living there! n

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Are you on your deck power washing, cleaning, and sealing it again? Are you wishing you had an outdoor patio with a fireplace to keep warm in Pittsburgh, where the summers seem so short? If you are like many others, your answer is “yes!” Now is the best time to invest in your home. With the economy being what it is, many homeowners are spending more time at home. The “green” movement is evolving in all aspects of our lives and the deck industry is no exception. Presently, there are three choices for decking materials: wood, composite, and polymer. Wood is the least popular due to its high maintenance requirements. While composites are popular, many customers complain that it stains, tends to get moldy, and fades over time. Polymer is another way to go. It not only is made from recycled plastic and is installed like hardwood flooring, it stands the test of time. As a bonus, it isn’t any more expensive than the composite decking.

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A popular style of decking is the “porch-looking” structure of the 40s and 50s. Unlike a follow up project of a builton deck, the porch is built to match the house, spindles to match the house’s trim and rail frames, and the decking to match the brick or siding. The idea is to make the deck look like it was “born” with the house rather than an afterthought. Another growing trend with home owners is to bring more of the indoors outside. An outdoor patio and fireplace combination is very popular these days. You can add a built-in grill, refrigerator, and/or sink to create your own custom outdoor kitchen. The possibilities are endless! Lastly, don’t forget your project’s final touch—lightscaping! Automatic energy efficient low voltage lights are quite popular. Without drawing pesky insects, they cast a nice light and give your porch, deck, or patio a warm glow. n Free consultation offered. See ad on this page.


Remodeling News—Alerts, Both Good and Bad

Sue Clark, Clark Construction Company The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is cracking down on home repair fraud. Consumers will soon be able to check background information of registered home improvement contractors before hiring them. Recently signed into law by Governor Rendell was the “Home Improvement Consumer Protection Law,” effective July 2009. This new law is intended “to protect consumers from unscrupulous contractors, provide new protection for consumers who hire home improvement contractors, and authorize criminal penalties for home improvement fraud.” Legitimate contractors are more than satisfied about this long overdue law. The public needs to be educated on the law and should not continue to accept verbal proposals, a handshake, or the cost of the job scribbled on a napkin. Home improvement contractors will be required to: • Register with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection and pay a fee. • Disclose any previous crimes, fraud, or bankruptcy arising from a home improvement transaction in the past ten years. • Maintain liability insurance of $50,000 or more. • Disclose status of licenses from other states. • Include the contractor’s state registration number in all ads, estimates, proposals, and contracts. • Provide a toll free number to the Bureau and a website to check on a contractor’s registration. • Contracts must be in writing, legible, and contain the contractor’s registration number, approximating the starting and completion dates of the work, description of work to be completed, materials to be used, specifications that cannot be changed without a written change order signed by the homeowner, total project price, the clause for three business days right of rescission, and prohibit deposits in excess of one third of the contract price for contracts over $1000, plus special order materials. The new law enforces criminal sanctions for home improvement fraud and provides for the potential recovery of three times the consumer’s actual damages and attorney’s fees. What if your contractor is not registered? Don’t hire them! This law is meant to protect you. It targets fly-by-night contractors who are the source of most complaints and legitimizes those who are reliable and honest. The elderly are targeted more frequently, and they especially must be made aware of this new law. Caution alert! There are websites now that offer to help you find someone to remodel your home. One of these sites is endorsed by a television personality who remodels old houses. The site offers “thousands of contractors to choose from.” Where does this list come from? Are these people qualified to work on your home? I recently found some answers. One day, my email brought the message “lead for you @....expert.com.” A 15228 zip code homeowner was looking for kitchen remodeling and this website would like us to contact them. Everyone knows good leads drive a business, so I clicked for more information (all the while, hoping my virus protection was doing its job). In order to accept this lead I had to click again, sign a contract that would be faxed, and respond to the homeowner. I held off. More leads came that day, and every day since then, followed up by a phone call from “Michael” who seemed like a very nice man (aren’t they always?). I asked questions. I could have up to ten leads a month for $350, more for $680. I had to provide a driver’s license number,

proof of insurance, and answer a few questions. Not much for quality control or ethics requirements. How do they know who does good work? Oh, and they needed a credit card or my bank account number for charge purposes. This sent a quiver down my spine! The contract was for 12 months, but on a trial basis I could cancel after three. I put on my detective hat. Using a phone number on the contract and a reverse phone search (a great tool), I discovered Michael was from Nova Scotia. Uh oh! I then spent a day on the Better Business Bureau’s international website and found more disturbing information. Six of these websites are owned by one Florida company. I read the BBB reports for each website. A few seemed ok; one had 93 complaints in the last three years! This company still maintained a C+ rating because they negotiated away ten of the complaints. Is that acceptable? Then I understood. The parent company was “BBB accredited” (paid their dues). They agreed to arbitration. Did that made it ok? Not in my book. Who would be number 94? Another company from California had terrible online blogs about work never being completed, lack of contractor screening, and on and on. I was beginning to draw my own conclusions. I decided to see what would happen if I asked for an estimate for my own home’s repairs—the consumer’s side. I went on one of the websites and requested a bid on bathroom remodeling. The site gave four contractors my name—too many! But I proceeded. All four contractors called me within 24 hours. One kept telling me that he was “just around the corner.” I asked him what he meant; he said he was from Carnegie. Around the corner to me means Stoltz Road. None were local, which meant that I might have to pay daily travel time. Each had to “buy” my name. As a consumer, I’ll surely pay that expense! I was only impressed by one contractor who suggested that I look at his website. The “company” followed up with four emails. I was instructed to “click here for more information” regarding each contractor. I did that four times, anxious to learn more. “Website unavailable” was the response. Oops! I was feeling guilty about costing each of these people money. I did not schedule any appointments. Should I confess and offer to pay them back? Nah! They should have done their homework. Four contractors have now paid that company at least $35 each and they will not get my work. No one was local. I didn’t recognize any of the names. (We’ve been in business for 37 years and know our competition.) I decided this “company” was not there for my best interests as a consumer or as a remodeler. These websites seem to sign up as many contractors as possible and then charge them for “hits.” Today, I received more leads; I tried, unsuccessfully, to “unsubscribe.” If it’s difficult to reach them now, how difficult would it be to cancel my contract and stop the monthly charges on my credit card? Maybe I can get rid of them by adding them to my “spam” list. Some of these companies may be legitimate, but I would certainly gather my facts before I got involved with any of them. What’s the best way for you to get someone for your home improvement project or any type of work? Ask friends, neighbors, your building inspector, local lumber yards, post something at work, and watch local advertising. These people live in your neighborhoods and care about their reputations. Then, make sure to check them out! n See ad on page 43. Summer 2009

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School District News

Upper St. Clair School District Board of School Directors

Amy L. Billerbeck President 412-833-2712 2011*

Harry F. Kunselman Vice President 412-851-1115 2009*

Barbara L. Bolas 412-833-9841 2011*

Carol B. Coliane 412-851-0784 2009*

Frank J. Kerber 412-833-4873 2009*

Angela B. Petersen 412-831-7182 2011*

Louis A. Piconi 412-831-1880 2011*

Rebecca A. Stern 412-220-0745 2011*

William M. Sulkowski 412-221-9516 2009*

The 2009 regular meetings of the Upper St. Clair Township Board of School Directors are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the High School LGI room, unless otherwise noted. No regular meeting is scheduled for July.

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USCSD Strategic Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires all school districts in the Commonwealth to develop a formal written strategic plan. This Upper St. Clair School District Strategic Plan will guide the District through the year 2014 by establishing a set of goals focused on future needs and expectations. A steering committee of 49 members met on four occasions to review the District’s mission statement, create a vision statement, establish a set of shared beliefs, and generate a list of goals based on these defined guiding principles. The proposed vision statement, mission statement, and goals, listed below, along with the entire Strategic Plan, were presented to the Board of School Directors on March 9, 2009, at which time the plan was officially adopted and submitted to the PDE. Vision Statement Upper St. Clair School District prepares our students to be successful contributors to an ever-changing global society by providing a nurturing, engaging, and challenging learning environment. Mission Statement Developing lifelong learners and responsible citizens for a global society is the mission of the Upper St. Clair School District, served by a responsive and innovative staff, who, in partnership with the community, provides learning experiences that nurture the uniqueness of each child and promotes happiness and success. Goals of the Strategic Plan I. Develop the fullest potential of the whole child by providing a healthy, safe, engaging, supportive, and challenging environment that nurtures each child. Achieving this essential goal requires the infusion of necessary resources, the collaboration of our staff, and the engagement of our community. II. Foster thinking and learning among our students by providing a curriculum that sets high expectations appropriate to the child, together with a broad variety of extracurricular opportunities. Our students will develop critical thinking skills, character, ethics, and respect for themselves and others in an environment where the instruction engages and motivates them to become self-directed learners. We will monitor and assess whether students are progressing and their needs are being met. The results of the monitoring and assessment will be used to improve students’ thinking and learning. III. Challenge students to contribute and succeed in an increasingly interconnected world by preparing staff to integrate global knowledge so that students can discern and value cultural diversity, by equipping students with skills to think critically about world issues and to act collaboratively in finding creative solutions, and by providing students with international learning opportunities across the curriculum to stimulate and expand their global awareness and understanding. IV. Develop student and staff competency in current technologies through the selection and use of technologies based in sound theory or research which enable and enhance thinking, learning, or operational efficiency. We will work to assure that students also gain the skills and confidence to adapt to technologies that are continually changing and emerging. Our District will be visionary and vigilant in addressing the constant evolution of technology and the ways that these emerging technologies can augment thinking and learning and enhance the operation of our organization. Residents are urged to review the District’s Strategic Plan, which provides a comprehensive roadmap to the future for public education in the Township of Upper St. Clair. The plan can be found on the District website at www.uscsd.k12.pa.us. A copy is also available in the District’s central administration office and in the Upper St. Clair Township Library. n

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High School Celebrates Accreditation The Middle States Association’s Commission

on Secondary Schools has announced that Upper St. Clair has been re-accredited for the period ending December 1, 2015. The decision to re-accredit Upper St. Clair High School was made following a three and one-half day visit to the school in April 2008 by a visiting team of educators from member schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools appointed by the Commission on Secondary Schools. During the visit, the Middle States team met with and interviewed representatives of the school’s stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators, as well as representatives of the Upper St. Clair School Board. Team members also toured the school’s facilities, studied the school’s strategic plan for school improvement and other documents related to the school’s work, and observed teaching and learning in classrooms. To be accredited by the commission, a school must meet the Middle States Association’s standards for each major area of a school’s work and activity. These areas include the school’s philosophy/mission/beliefs/objectives, governance and leadership, organizational design and staff, educational programs, learning media services and technology, student services, student life and activities, facilities, health and safety, finances, assessment of student learning, and planning. However, because Upper St. Clair High School elected to use the Accreditation for Growth protocol for accreditation, the school was required to do more than meet the Association’s standards to be accredited. Accreditation for Growth (AFG) is a unique accreditation process that uses strategic planning as a vehicle for school improvement and growth in student performance. In AFG, the primary determinants of progress are not the resources a community provides for its schools (the inputs) but, instead, the actual results of the school’s work—the students’ performance. AFG requires the school to establish objectives for improving student performance based on a vision of a preferred future for the school. The student performance objectives identified by Upper St. Clair High School are: • By the year 2015, 12th grade students will reach proficiency goals in the use of technology for learning (related to productivity, communication/collaboration, and research). • By the year 2015, students will demonstrate academic integrity in the areas of cheating and plagiarism. By choosing AFG as its accreditation protocol, Upper St. Clair High School also made several commitments. It committed to focusing its work on the end results—improved student performance—as the primary priority for school improvement efforts. It committed to operating the school from a vision of where it wants and/or needs to go with its mission and beliefs serving as a unifying force for change. It committed to including a varied spectrum of stakeholders in the process of continually defining a preferred vision, in developing the means to get closer to that vision, and in implementing action plans developed by these stakeholders. It committed to a process in which progress will be continually reviewed. And, it agreed to participate in a peer review and external validation process by accepting outside visitors.

Ongoing review is the hallmark of the AFG protocol, and Upper St. Clair High School is required to conduct an annual review of the plan and the school’s progress toward achieving its student performance objectives and to communicate the results of its work to the school’s community. At the end of the accreditation period, a Validation Team will make an onsite visit to the school to examine the results of these annual reviews, the school’s planning processes, and the content of the Strategic Plan. At the midpoint juncture in the accreditation cycle, one individual, appointed by the Middle States Association, will make a one-day onsite visit. “Upper St. Clair High School is to be congratulated for having completed the rigorous and demanding accreditation review process successfully,” said Dr. Henry G. Cram, executive director of the Commission on Secondary Schools. “By meeting the standards of the Association, and by having established a comprehensive and challenging strategic plan to improve targeted areas of student performance, Upper St. Clair High School has joined a growing number of schools in the Middle States region that are committed to public accountability for their results. The Commission encourages the entire Upper St. Clair High School community to join together in supporting the school as it seeks to achieve its objectives.” For more information about the re-accreditation of Upper St. Clair High School, visit the School District website at www.uscsd.k12.pa.us. n

Proudly displaying the Middle States Assessment certificate are USCHS teachers and administrators, left to right, Nancy Dombrowsky, Debbie Rentschler, Kathy Kirsch, and Lou Angelo.

Middle School Update

The Act 34 hearing for the Boyce and Fort Couch Middle Schools renovation projects was held on March 16. In addition to giving the public a chance to comment, a description of each of the projects, including facts regarding education, physical, administrative, budgetary, and fiscal matters, was presented. For the latest information on the projects, visit the District website at www.uscsd.k12.pa.us. n Summer 2009

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Technology Design and Development— High School Course Worth Consideration Fred Peskorski, Advanced Engineering Teacher

Students at Upper St. Clair High School have an opportunity to explore many remarkable areas of interest. There are many levels and types of languages, arts, music, and even foods. Each of those classes has great merit and contributes to the sound development of diverse thinkers typical of Upper St. Clair graduates. But when it comes time for scheduling, there is one particular class that may be overlooked—Technology Design and Development. Students who elect to take this course will have the opportunity to apply many of the lessons that are learned in their core academic classes. Through hands-on activities focusing on the core technological systems, students learn to think critically, problem solve, and work as integral members of a team. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, students must always think about and discuss the impacts of the implementation of various technological systems. The technological systems covered during this semester course can include transportation, communication, construction, power and energy, and bio-technological systems. Of course any single one of these topics could take up an entire year’s worth of instruction, so the goal of the class is to provide students with a broad based understanding of each system and the real and potential impact of each. The most popular project students work on is the CO2 Car project. Over the years the project has become more than an exercise in applying the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to develop a fast car. Students have become exceptionally creative and very competitive in the development and testing of their cars. After instruction and demonstration of the EDP, students start the process of designing, building, testing, and analyzing an original car design. During vehicle design, students must adhere to strict specifications regarding length, height, width, and weight. Originality is encouraged by awarding the most original

This tower is built exclusively from pasta and white glue. Standing less than 12 inches high, it was able to support over 110 pounds.

successful car the prestigious, though somewhat mysterious, Armando Ocando Duck Design award. Some students prefer this award over the Fastest CO2 Car award. The cars are tested on a 60-foot track, and speeds sometimes exceed 60 mph. Students don’t just learn about land transportation systems. Two very exciting projects include The Glider and Rocket Golf. Students learn about the principles of flight “The Shark” was built and apply what they’ve learned about developing airfoils as a “design” car, but it proved to be very fast and control systems to a foam rubber band propelled glider. as well. While the glider itself is very low tech, the principles behind generating lift and controlling pitch, roll, and yaw are the same principles used for most of the airplanes in the sky today. As for the rocket project, students first watch the movie Apollo 13 and discuss the events and technology demonstrated in that movie. After some instruction and discussion about the importance of rockets, students design, build, test, and analyze water propelled rockets for a friendly game of Rocket Golf. They test flights with different amounts of propellant, different launch angles, and various nose cones, to obtain a set of data that they can use for Rocket Golf. On the day of the tournament, students must use their data Named “The Duck,” this car led to the development of the Armando Ocando Duck to try and hit a hula hoop sized target placed at different Design award. The first real original design, other students soon became more creative heights and distances from the launch pad. and daring with their own designs. The Boat Hull design challenges students to apply what 52

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This aluminum foil tower met the requirements of supporting a basketball. Shown here, the tower undergoes additional testing for strength at a much heavier weight.

exploration: hydro-electric, fossil fuels, nuclear, solar-electric, and geothermal. Finally, there are some in their infancy—tidal, biomass, underwater, and hydrogen—that are just beginning to garner attention from scientists to realize their full potential. On a much smaller scale, students learn about simple machines and how to gain a mechanical advantage by applying those machines in appropriate ways. Students are given a mousetrap, which contains a given amount of energy. They are then asked to develop a vehicle that will accomplish a specific goal that is generally established by the students in the class. They typically choose to design a vehicle that will travel the greatest distance or travel a given distance in the shortest time. The most interesting challenges have been tug-of-war vehicles, vehicles that climb inclines, or vehicles that travel a specific distance and must stop within a braking zone. The mousetrap powered vehicle is the most difficult of all of the projects in the course because it requires a great deal of mathematics and physics, as well as quality craftsmanship, to develop one that works successfully. Bio-technology has grown exponentially, and it is critical that students gain an understanding of both the recent importance and consequences of the implementation of that technology. The debates between students about the appropriate uses of bio-technology in this class are often more vigorous than any of the other discussions relating to technological systems. Some examples of subjects covered include agriculture, ergonomics, hydroponics, prosthesis development, and genetic engineering. In summary, the Technology Design and Development course would be valuable to any student looking to have a greater understanding and appreciation of the technological world in which we live. This course is particularly helpful for any student planning to pursue engineering as a career. The methods used to develop solutions to problems are universal and will certainly lead to an advantage over their peers in college. The application of mathematics, physics, and social studies are stressed throughout the course. While students who take this course are exposed to many specific areas of technology, those are not the greatest lessons to be learned. Developing a good work ethic, using sound critical thinking skills, and learning to solve problems through both collaborative and individual efforts are skills that will be valuable no matter what a student chooses as his or her life’s work. n

they have learned about buoyancy, hydrodynamics, and skin friction to develop a boat that will provide the most economic efficiency for carrying cargo a pre-defined distance. Students gain a greater appreciation for the importance of Pittsburgh’s river system. Students design, build, test, and analyze different boat hulls and test them using a propulsion system of their choice in a 16-foot water tank. Tunnels, bridges, dams, domes, and skyscrapers are all discussed during the construction component of the course. Each of these systems is particularly relevant in the Pittsburgh area, and numerous examples of each can easily be referred to throughout the lessons. Given the limited time permitted within a semester class, doing a project for each system is not an option. Students usually drive the project selection based upon what interests them most. Projects that have been attempted—some more successfully than others—include geodesic domes and skyscrapers made from old newspapers, reinforced concrete domes, and pre-cast tunnels made from a paper cellulose material. Bridges have been made from drinking straws, paper, or file folders. The most popular and difficult project has been the development of a four-foot-tall skyscraper built solely out of aluminum foil. The skyscraper must hold itself up as well hold up a basketball. This unit always spurs lots of debate about the positive and negative impacts of construction systems on individuals, society, economy, and the environment. Today throughout the world, the development of new or improved technologies to harness energy and power is particularly active. Students who take this class research and discuss some of these systems and the potential impacts of their developments. Some of these are familiar—wind, solar, and water— and have This group of students worked in separate teams, each assigned with a specific task been around for a very long time. Others have been (tunnel excavation, tunnel prefabrication, or road deck fabrication) to design and build used with some measure of success, but need further this tunnel in less than a week.

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Special Cards by Very Special Kids Lyn Mulroy, Fort Couch Special Education Teacher (Inspired by the wonderful, supportive Fort Couch staff)

Have you ever found a hidden talent when you weren’t even looking for it? With the help of a very caring support staff over the past couple of years, special needs Fort Couch Middle School students have been able to show off their artistic interests and talents in a very special way. Their developing interests have grown into a small classroom business of making and selling special cards. It started with a simple “thank you” card designed by Fort Couch student Lee Kennedy to thank friends at the Texas Roadhouse in nearby Washington for a wonderful lunch and some boot-stompin’ country dancing with friends, staff, and administrative support. Lee, who always uses drawing as a relaxing and therapeutic tool during his free time, followed the encouragement of staff members to draw simple snowmen and winter scenes. A special set of cards that he made for his mother dazzled the staff and led to the idea of sharing these drawings with others in the community. The class now has two sets of cards available for purchase. The students’ drawing interests range from circus performers, airplanes, a wide variety of animals, wonderful cartoon and Disney characters, people’s faces, vehicles of all kinds, and great Pittsburgh locations to the more familiar and typical images of rainbows, houses, flowers, and scribbled shapes that the group has created repeatedly over the years. Given guidance, a variety of art tools, and some interesting techniques to practice, the students began amazing themselves with new and exciting pieces of artwork! Even the simplest of cut-out shapes became a wonderful abstract “dove of peace” for the holiday collection. Some of the students’ letter formations were also used for an inscription of

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the project on the back of the cards. Mrs. Heather LaCotti and Mrs. Barbara McClure, Fort Couch student Morgan Lacotti’s mom and grandmother, became interested in the idea of displaying these pieces and personally offered their help to find printers (thank you Kinko’s!), supplies, and advertising media. Fort Couch’s special staff and friends of all ages have offered their time to help the students fill the orders, package the cards, send them off in the mail, and count the money collected. We are emerging entrepreneurs! The benefits of this special project have been many—proud smiles and feelings of confidence, learning how to compliment a friend’s work, assembly-line cooperation and vocational skills, efficiency in counting money and using calculators to balance budgets, planning exciting community experiences paid for by the project, and hours of trying new and creative techniques. What could be better than a special gift of an individually framed “masterpiece” made by a child? How about a whole pack of cards to send to relatives and friends, all created from a special design made by very special children! The money collected will fund the group’s community-based and social skills curriculum. It will allow the class to have experiences that go beyond “book” learning. The class is currently working on its third edition of cards. Joshua Criswell, art teacher at Fort Couch, has created a small art club for the budding artists. The club, made up of friends from Fort Couch, gets together weekly to create new artwork. The class anticipates being out and about selling cards at USC Community Day on Saturday, May 16. Additionally, you can place an order by calling 412-833-1600, extension 3153, or leave your name and mailing address so an order form can be sent to you. We also love to practice addressing envelopes! n

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Lunch Ladies of Fort Couch Lynn Dempsey

Your students are in good hands at lunch time. the direction of Fort Couch cafeteria manager Donna Pembrooke, Serving lunches to the seventh and eighth grade students at Fort who went the extra mile, the entire staff was friendly, outgoing, Couch Middle School are the “lunch ladies” who, collectively, supportive, and had the best interest of the students in mind. have over 65 years of experience with the Upper St. Clair School The staff, all certified by the Allegheny County Health DepartDistrict. The lunch ladies enjoy serving the students their lunches ment as food service handlers, serves an average of 400 lunches on a daily basis and are also per day. Their goal is to there to help the District provide the most nutritious with any special function lunch in the quickest time that requires the use of the possible. The lunch ladies, cafeteria and lunch room who are all working moms, area, including holiday dinfeel this schedule fits their ners, teacher appreciation needs as mothers while oflunches and breakfasts, fering them the opportunity teacher-in-service breakto serve the community and fasts, and in-school socials. hold down a job. Their motto, “always The Fort Couch lunch there when needed,” cerladies are supported and tainly rings true. I know supervised by Russ Phillips, this first hand, as the lunch food service director of ladies were there for me ARAMARK. Fort Couch when I helped to organize is one of six schools in the the students’ December inDistrict serviced by the school social that took place ARAMARK food service The Fort Couch lunch ladies, left to right, front row: Aurora Danks, USC resident Kim on the last day of school organization. n Sullivan; back row: Avis Zader, Michelle Campbell, USC resident Nancy Scola, USC before winter break. Under resident Donna Pembrooke; missing from photo: Gina Scuilli, Mary Ann Godwin.

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Reflections Results

Reflections is a national arts contest sponsored by the National PTA, and each year students are given a theme and asked to interpret it in any way they choose. This year, the theme was “WOW!” and so were the entries! USC students submitted 156 entries for local judging. Students enter by grade in one of six arts categories: visual art, photography, literature, musical composition, dance choreography, and film/ video production. The top three entries in each category and division moved on to the PTA Council level for judging. Forty-four entries were honored at council level and sent on to represent USC at the regional level. Ten of those entries placed at regionals and went on to Pennsylvania state judging. The results honored two USC entries as state finalists, with our first place winner moving on to national competition! Congratulations to all our USC artists. Be on the lookout this summer for the Reflections 2009-10 theme announcement from the School District. The usual deadline for entries is around mid-October.

State winners

Regional winners • Dance

Choreography : Alyssa Bradley, Fort Couch, 1st place– middle/junior division; Michelle Mellick, USCHS, 2nd place–senior division • Photography: Benjamin Rieker, Boyce, 3rd place–intermediate division; Maura Boston, Fort Couch, 1st place–middle/junior Reflections first place state winner Maura Boston division • Literature: Tanmayee Mahajan, Streams, 3rd place-intermediate division • Music: Marielle Snyder, Boyce, 1st place-middle/junior division • Film/Video: Isabel Tarcson, Boyce, 1st place–middle/junior division; Frank Perryman, USCHS, 1st place–senior division; Zoe Rieder, USCHS, 2nd place–senior division • Visual Art : Aubrey Carson, Boyce, 3 rd place–intermediate division. n

Maura Boston, 1st place–photography (national contestant) Michelle Mellick, 2nd place–dance choreography

Hip Hop on Top

Stephanie Gielarowski, Hip Hop Team member The USC Hip Hop Team is quickly becoming known as a group of talented dancers, serious competitors, and the team to watch! Under the direction of Coach Kelly Costa and made up of 23 girls in grades nine through 12, the team recently competed in a national dance competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. The competition was tough, and when the scores of the two-day event were totaled, USC came away with second place, finishing just 8/100’s of a point away from first. Their performance earned the team an invitation to the finals of the U.S. National Dance Championships in Virginia. Both loving the style of dance that Hip Hop offers, and with the help of their mothers, 2008 USCHS graduates Krista Goldbach and Steph Rosen founded the USC Hip Hop Team last year. Last spring began with the team participating in May’s USC Community Day parade and hosting the popular Guitar Hero Challenge fundraiser. Team members trained at a Tricks Clinic, enjoying some laughs when team members brought friends to their “Bring-a-Buddy” clinics. August came and summer camp meant lots of hard work, but also lots of fun. Weekly practices began when school started, readying the team for competition, which started in early November. USC entered five local competitions. USC’s routine was very physical, requiring lots of stamina. The team practiced two days a week, one day at school and the other day at Bally’s Total Fitness in front of mirrors so they could see themselves while performing. Coach Kelly’s work ethic and positive attitude led the team to another successful year. The team finished its local competition season with two first place awards and two second place awards, and Kelly’s choreography claimed an award for “most original routine.” The team was also recognized with the coveted Overall High Point award at two of the events. Finishing strong in Cincinnati added to what was already a great year! 56

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Members of the Hip Hop Team, known for their high energy and always-entertaining performances, not only love to compete for themselves at dance competitions, but they also look forward to performing at school events, which gives them a chance to show friends and classmates at school what they do. The team was invited this year to participate in Gifts of Dance, a charity to help raise funds for Children’s Hospital. While members will always be encouraged to say “I am… USC Hip Hop,” they will continue to be guided by the team philosophy that “None of us is as strong as all of us.” USC Hip Hop Team members include Taylor Ackerman, Kristen Campbell, Caroline Cherup, Pam Chrissis, Gabriella DaPra, Kelly Dennin, Alicia English, Leah Ferguson, Kara Forse, Janetta Geronian, Nancy Geronian, Stephanie Gielarowski (captain), Hannah Gross (captain), Darby Jew, Kristin Lisivick, Elle Lohman, Annie Markwell, Lindsay Morran, Tori Raeder, Margo Rizzi, Shannon Shoup, Julianne Tarullo, and Courtney Wregget. n


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Assessing Student Progress at the Elementary Level

Introduction to Assessment at the Elementary Level (first in a series) Dr. Judy Bulazo, Director of Professional Development and Elementary Education Summer is soon beginning and your child is about to complete another year of school in Upper St. Clair. If you are the parent of an elementary student, you may be feeling more nostalgic than ever since it is official that your child is moving on! Parents experiencing the transition of children from one grade level to another have a certain sense of what this means to them emotionally, but may be less confident in how to interpret all the information they receive about their child’s progress and achievement throughout a year of schooling. This series of articles will attempt to make this process more clear and understandable. Parents are provided with a great deal of information about their child’s performance. Over the course of a school year, parents receive four progress reports; attend Open House, parent conferences, and S.T.A.R. Night; and review endless homework assignments, journal responses, chapter tests, assignments, standardized assessment reports, and possibly a PSSA report. While it is wonderful to be informed, this can sometimes be information overload. Fortunately, our teachers have become experts at pulling together all of this information to paint a picture of children’s strengths and needs. It is my hope that, at the end of this series of articles, parents and community members will have a better understanding of how this mosaic of each student is created and what it means to the overall performance of each child. While the level of school is known as “elementary,” instruction and assessment of student progress in the Upper St. Clair Elementary Schools is not. You might be surprised to know that even knowledge of

the ABC’s (officially known as “letter naming fluency”) is assessed using a valid and reliable instrument that yields sophisticated criterion-referenced data. Though data is critical, the District is careful to strike a balance in how and when it uses data at the elementary level, as there is both an art and science to teaching and assessing. The District’s teaching staff works diligently to strike the balance between both of these areas. Data-based decision making is a critical element of instructional planning and reporting of progress and is a strong component of the elementary program. Although the traditional role of “tests” is downplayed as much as possible to the students at the elementary level, assessments that determine “where students are” and “where they need to be” are prevalent and widely used to inform instruction. It is important to know that no single testing instrument on any single day (or week) can determine your child’s performance and achievement. It takes multiple measures with different purposes, taken at various points in time, to provide the whole picture of student progress and achievement. In the next article, I will examine these different measures and the types of instruments that are used in determining student progress and achievement. The ways in which the District determines what a student needs to learn and how to know if they have mastered the learning will be addressed. But for now, the tests are almost over, the assignments for the year are almost complete, the sun is out and it is time to put aside this puzzle of information, for just a while, and turn your thoughts toward fun and sun! n

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Did You Know? Did You Know? Did Yourtist Know? Did You Know? Academic World Quest Un , de lented A ol r Ta th ho e di Sc e re ction of team coac Know? Didui, an eiYou Know? Did You ouch Middl C rt h Fo Pa at t Palazzolo, USC’s tea th er ird ad among the 57 high tion’s ghth gr m placed schools competin David Ts ialogue Founda D gh ur W sb or g in this year’s Ac tt ld Pi Qu e e gi Did You Know? Did You Know? es th t. ne Th ar in e C e co ac m by ademic pl pe tition, sponsored by sored won third of Pittsburgh, tests the World Affairs Co g Contest, spon t tin “A ri d W le e tit iv stu g at de tin uncil re nts’ knowledge a pain Did You You Know? Art and C of current events, tory, economics, ge avid submitted Know? Did D . ity m od rs og er ve ra n ni ph hisU y, and other cultu Mellon members are Matt You res and languages Did You Know? Did Know? .” he ge w . 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LaBanc Retiring Unfortunately, UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY can’t profile every retiree in the District. But we would be lax indeed if we did not recognize the retirement of Tom LaBanc, one of the cofounders of the magazine. After almost 20 years with the District, Tom is ready to say farewell to the alarm clock and embark on whatever new adventures this chapter of his life brings. Tom joined the District in 1990 as administrative assistant to the superintendent. In 1994, with Doug Watkins, Mark Mansfield, Harla Brown, Paul Fox, and Tom Harshman, Tom helped found TODAY, and continued offering advice and assistance as a member of the magazine’s steering committee until 2006. In addition to his Tom LaBanc work with the magazine, Tom is proud to have helped create USC’s Halls of Fame, a way to honor the District’s best and brightest in academics, arts, and athletics. In the late 90s, Tom returned to his first love, the classroom. He is the social studies curriculum leader, a position where he has had the opportunity to introduce new teachers to the learning culture of excellence in our schools. Tom said he plans to relax and travel a little once he retires— Chicago, San Francisco, and Japan are on the list of places to visit, as is a trip to the northeast United States. Tom said he’d like to visit Bar Harbor, Maine, and travel to little towns up and down the coast sampling lobster, oysters, and shrimp along the way. We all wish all the District’s retirees a long and happy retirement! n

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Odyssey of the Mind Eighty Upper St. Clair students (kindergarten through 12th grade) have worked hard on their Odyssey of the Mind solutions since October. Out of 152 teams that came to compete at the Western Pennsylvania regional tournament this past March, 12 USC teams, representing all six USC schools, entered the competition. Based on three first place performances (USCHS Division III–Paul Austin, Riyana Bilimoria, Bridget Hubbard, Abby Massaro, Molly Patterson, Peter Rosati, Rachel Simmons; Fort Couch Division II–Kyle Austin, Maura Boston, Robert Burke, Joshua Simmons, Yash Tripathi, Sydney Turnwald, Helena Zatawski; and Streams Elementary Division I–Brendan Allen, Connor Byrnes, Liam Carse, Neal Sharma, Tia Watts, Vicki Wang) and one third place performance (Streams Elementary Division I–Oceanne Fry, Jagadeesh Gummadi, Laura Lapham, Spencer Miller, Neale Misquitta, Sheb Rosati), four USC teams moved on to compete at the state level in April. See UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY’s fall 2009 issue as we follow their paths through competition. n Summer 2009

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Matoula Rice Says Farewell to the Fort

For years, her smiling face and cheerful greeting have welcomed students, parents, and visitors to Fort Couch Middle School. But when classes resume in the fall, Matoula Rice will be moving on to another chapter of her life—retirement. Matoula started at Fort Couch as a clerk typist in January 1985. She explained that she spent a lot of time volunteering in the District when her sons, David Bradford and Alexi, were in elementary school. “When my oldest was going to Boyce, my husband said, ‘You’re there all the time anyway, you might as well get paid for it’.” Matoula laughingly said, “I thought I would work for six months to a year; I never thought I would be here for 24 years!” So why did Matoula stay at Fort Couch for so long? “I love what I’m doing!” she said. The teachers are absolutely wonderful, and I enjoy being with the kids. Matoula also has high praise for the four principals she worked with through the years: John (Jack) Wasson, Thomas Harshman, Dr. Timothy Steinhauer, and Joseph DeMar. One of Matoula’s joys during her years at Fort Couch was passing on a little of her Greek heritage by teaching the students a traditional Greek dance for Spring at a) yi Exhibit. Students would don the ia Y ronounced grandson “Giagia (p s ’ la ou costumes Matoula made and perat Jack, M d. Work” by six years ol as w form for their parents, often with e h when great enthusiasm! Matoula came to the United States when she was almost 12 years old. Traveling by ship for 17 days, when Matoula reached New York City, she spoke no English. She said she spoke only broken English for about the first six months, using sign language to fill in the gaps with her new friends; then the language started to come naturally. Matoula said she didn’t like her new home at first, since living in an apartment in the Bronx was very different from her home by the ocean in Greece. But her father, who traveled the world with the Merchant Marines, liked the United States and knew it 60

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would provide a better life for his family. While Matoula is very proud to be Greek, she said one of the greatest thrills of her life was the day she became an American. Matoula and her husband, David, who was a Township commissioner for 16 years, have called Upper St. Clair home since 1974. Their son, David Bradford, and his wife, Hope, live in USC with their children, David III, 13; Reagan, 10; and Jackson, 8. Alexi and his wife, Aimee, live in neighboring Bethel Park with their children, Zachary, 8; Griffin, 6; Mason, 4; and Isabella, 2. While Matoula considered retiring this past fall, when she realized that her grandson, David, would be entering Fort Couch as a seventh grader, she decided to stay for the 2008-09 school year. “It has been an absolute joy having him here,” she stated. Like many retirees, Matoula’s plans include spending time with her grandchildren and traveling to visit family and friends. She has two sisters in New Jersey and a brother in New York that she intends to see more often once she has retired, as well as visiting her husband’s brother in Arizona. She thinks those trips would work well with her husband’s desire to travel across the United States. Another project Matoula plans to tackle once she leaves Fort Couch is to write about her adventures regarding how she came to the United States. She said she would love to leave a record for her grandchildren to read about what it was like coming to this country as a young girl and the experiences she had along the way. Matoula also wants to take piano lessons, do some needlepoint and knitting, and looks forward to reading some of her favorite books. While Matoula said she will miss the teachers, children, and her bosses, Principal Joe DeMar and Assistant Principal John Rozzo, the freedom and new adventures that await her promise to fill her days. Bon voyage! n

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Something to Cheer About Kathy Gillen

What do you call a group of energetic girls who cheer, tumble, and dance? A competitive cheerleading team! This growing sport made its debut this past year at Upper St. Clair High School. A team of 15 girls was chosen last spring by head coach Amanda Sanderson to represent Upper St. Clair at local competitions. Practicing throughout last summer, the team worked with both a choreographer and tumbling coach to perfect their routine. By the fall they were ready to compete. Unlike traditional sideline cheerleaders, the USC Competitive Cheerleading Team travels to competitions where they go up against schools from the greater Pittsburgh area. The two and a half minute routine is a fast-paced combination of cheerleading, gymnastics, and dancing. Stunts involve quick maneuvering, strength, and balance. The team’s first competition in Saltsburg earned them a second place finish and a first place award for stunts. A month later at the Coastal Corporation’s Steeltown Regionals at Robert Morris University, the team finished first in their division. The girls had another second place finish at Pittsburgh Poison Winterblast in the North Hills. Their final competition took place at the Cheerleaders of America (COA) Midwest Open Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. The girls were thrilled to perform at such a large venue and on February 28 the team’s hard work paid off. Not only did the team win their division, but they also won the title of “grand champions,” earning the highest score of over 30 teams.

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Sunny Forecast for USC Hockey Program Joe Selep

Quick, think about ferocious hitting and unyielding defense—USC High School football might come to mind. Crisp passing and acrobatic goals?—Panther basketball, perhaps lacrosse. Speed beyond comprehension?—maybe track. Now, combine all of the above and add to that the element of ice upon which exceptional athletes skate using razor thin metal blades and what do you have? The USC ice hockey teams, of course! From varsity to JV to freshman, the hockey program is enjoying unparalleled success in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL). And with a newly formed developmental program, the future of this club sport certainly looks bright. Winning the division championship, the varsity team sported a regular season record of 14-4-4 under first-year Panther head coach Larry Marks and assistant coaches Stefan Getzik and Tom Pandolfo. “We weren’t sure what talent we had entering this year due to the high number of top scorers that graduated last year,” said Larry. “Suffice it to say that the coaching staff is pleased beyond measure with how this team has worked, bonded, and competed. The players’ commitment to excel has resulted in an outstanding season record of 15-5-4. Beyond that, this great group of young men will succeed not only in hockey, but in whatever they choose to pursue.” The varsity team is led by senior captain and defenseman Eric Surma. Seniors Theo Schnieders and Bryan Esherick serve as assistant captains. Senior leadership also includes Jacob Chockran, James DiGangi, Tim Graulty, Dylan Livingston, and Stephen Trombetta. The offensive points leader is high-scoring junior James Kline. Goaltending is in the capable hands of junior netminder Matt Wregget. Matt, son of former Penguin goalie Ken Wregget, is currently the number one ranked goalie in the PIHL. Varsity team members also include juniors Zach Feldman, Mitchell Lewis, Brent Medoff, and Robby Schneid; sophomores

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C.J. Murray, Parker Phillips, Michael Segerdahl, and Justin Selep; and freshmen Steven Gielarowski, Robbie Harbison, and Michael Stein. The junior varsity team is also near the top in the PIHL standings. The winning combination of a quick lightning offense, a tough competitive defense, along with steady dominating goaltending has led the Panthers’ JV team to a successful season. With a record of 11-4-4, the JV Panthers headed into the playoffs motivated, confident, and ready to win! The JV team is led by captain John Henry Columbus and assistant captains Cara Mendelson and Andrew Schmitt. The JV players include George Asrian, Alex Bishop, Sam Boliha, Ian Gilbert, Ryan Haleski, Ben Herman, Taylor Horrocks, Killan Mulkern, Michael Sweeney, and Kevin Yealy. The team is coached by Ray Marinpetro, Adam Brindle, and Justin Lloyd, who, by the way, are all Upper St. Clair High School alumni. The USC 2009 freshman team drove towards an undefeated regular season. This team was perched alone in first place with a 15-0-0 record. The results, however, don’t fully convey the work and effort each member of this team has contributed. The leadership and support provided by the eighth and ninth grade players encouraged the sixth and seventh grade underclassmen to find a new playing level, mastering skills they may not have thought possible at the beginning of the season. Despite almost four years difference between the oldest and the youngest player, team members function as if they’ve played together for years. Few teams have come close to matching their skill and intensity as they amassed over 111 goals while holding their challengers to only 24. Freshman team members include ninth grader Michael Sweterlitsch; eighth graders Connor Ackerman, Sean Allebrand, Michael Ambrose, Nicholas Beradone, Daniel Crocket, Patrick Lydon (assistant captain), Robbie Markwell (captain), Matt Mendelson (assistant captain), and Anthony Perrone; seventh graders Nic Lazur and Matt Woomer; and sixth grader Kasey Colcombe. The freshman team is coached by Gary Klapkowski and P.J. Mastylak. The developmental hockey program established by the USC Hockey Association was founded this year. As many as 40 grade school and middle school aspiring hockey players have turned out during the


Learn to Play hockey clinics held at Ice Castle in neighboring Castle Shannon, home ice of the Panthers’ program. Under the stewardship of USC hockey parents Kate and Joe Haleski, a room full of used hockey gear helps supply many of the young future hockey stars with their first pads, skates, and helmets.

This developmental hockey program just might be setting the stage and the foundation for the success of hockey teams in Upper St. Clair for years to come. Yes, a bright and sunny future for sure! n

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USCHS Winter 2008-09 Sports Results Team

Wins

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Basketball (boys)

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Wrestling

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Swimming/Diving (boys) 7 3 — Kyle Dudzinski­—100 back PIAA AAA Champion, WPIAL AAA Champion and Record Holder Swimming/Diving (girls)

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Hockey 15 5 PIHL Section Champions and PIHL Semi-finalist

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Upper St. Clair High School Halls Of Fame Mission Statement To identify and to honor those who have distinguished themselves in academics, the arts, or athletics at the high school, collegiate, or professional level and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige of Upper St. Clair High School. A former student must meet the following criteria to be considered for any of the three Halls of Fame. The individual must be a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School and must be away from the high school for at least five years. The individual must have made a positive contribution during high school as well as significant achievements after leaving USCHS. Students are nominated by members of the high school staff, an Upper St. Clair alumnus, or the Upper St. Clair community. Administrative staff, teachers, and coaches are also eligible. Each Hall of Fame committee will include representatives from the high school staff, alumni, and the community. Nominees must earn a 75% vote of a quorum of the committee. During and after high school, the student could have excelled in one or more of the following: Arts • School and Local Awards • District and Regional Awards • • State and National Recognition • Contributions in the Field • • Post Graduate Recognition • Collegiate Recognition • • Professional Accomplishments • • School Service and/or Leadership in Field • • Benefactor of the Arts • Contributions to Society • • Excellent Citizenship •

Athletics • High School Awards and Records • • WPIAL or PIAA Champion • Post Season Recognition • • National Recognition • Multiple Sport Consideration • • Post Graduate Recognition • • Collegiate Accomplishments • • Professional Accomplishments • • Leadership Accomplishments •  • Other Hall of Fame Honors • Media Recognition • • Excellent Citizenship •

Academics • Academic Honors • National Merit Recognition • • National Honor Society • Valedictorian •  • Student of the Year • Scholarship Awards • • School Service and/or Leadership •  • Post Graduate Recognition • Collegiate Recognition • • Publication of Work • Professional Accomplishments • • Contributions to Society • Excellent Citizenship •

2009 Halls of Fame Inductee Nomination Nominee’s Name: ________________________________ ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­My nominee should be honored in the Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame because... _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ (include a separate sheet, if necessary)

All Nominations Due May 29, 2009. Please submit your name, address, and phone number along with your completed nomination to: Linda Moses Assistant Principal’s Office Halls of Fame Committee Upper St. Clair High School 1825 McLaughlin Run Road Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 64

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Support Our 2009 High School Varsity Football Team Cheer on our Panthers in the Great Southern Conference!

Kick-offs Fridays—7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium September 4 Youth Night USC faces Penn Trafford

September 11

USC battles Pine Richland

October 2 Halls of Fame & Homecoming USC confronts Canon-McMillan (7:45 p.m. start)

October 23 Senior Recognition Night

(band, cheerleader, football) USC challenges Peters Township


USC Summer School Program 2009

Upper St. Clair $1,200,000

Application forms available at school buildings beginning May 1. Back-To-School Reading Camp (Grades K-1) Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade may enroll in a special workshop designed to help compensate for regression that may take place during the summer months of play and relaxation. Phonemic awareness and phonics skills will be emphasized and some time will be devoted to story comprehension. Location: Eisenhower Elementary School Dates: August 10–14 Hours: 8:30-10 a.m. (exiting kindergarten) 10:15-11:45 a.m. (exiting grade 1) Fee: $55

High School English and Math (Grades 9-12) Classes in English and mathematics will be held for students who need to repeat course work. Enrollment will be through the Guidance Office at USC High School. Students must discuss their specific needs with the Guidance Department to schedule class time. Location: USCHS Dates: June 22–July 31 (no class July 3) Hours: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $150 per semester (3 weeks) $250 for full year (6 weeks)

Elementary Math Lab (Grades 1-4) This lab is for students who are experiencing difficulty with mathematics. Manipulatives, learning games, and individual practice will be a part of this lab. Location: Eisenhower Elementary School Dates: June 29–July 17 (no class July 3) Hours: 8:30-10 a.m. (exiting grades 3, 4) 10:15-11:45 a.m. (exiting grades 1, 2) Fee: $125 $10 discount if registered by May 25.

Wellness Education (Grades 10-12)* Level: Grades 11, 12 (30-hour session) Location: USCHS Large Gym Dates: June 22–July 1 Times: 7:30-11:30 a.m. (make-up date is July 2) Fee: $150

Elementary Reading Lab (Grades 1-4) This lab is for students who are experiencing difficulty with reading. Each child will experience small group instruction designed to meet individual learning needs. Independent practice will also be a part of this lab. Location: Eisenhower Elementary School Dates: June 29–July 17 (no class July 3) Hours: 8:30-10 a.m. (exiting grades 1, 2) 10:15-11:45 a.m. (exiting grades 3, 4) Fee: $125 $10 discount if registered by May 25. If taking both Reading and Math Lab, fee is $235 per child. Links to Learning through Mathematics (Grades 5-8) This program is for middle school students who need to improve their skills in mathematics. Instruction will focus on the state standards and concentrate on the needs of each student. Location: USCHS Dates: June 29–July 17 (no class July 3) Hours: 8:30-10 a.m. (exiting grades 7, 8) 10:15-11:45 a.m. (exiting grades 5, 6) Fee: $125 Links to Learning through Reading (Grades 5-8) This program is for middle school students who need to improve their skills in reading. Instruction will focus on the state standards and concentrate on the needs of each student. Location: USCHS Dates: June 29–July 17 (no class July 3) Hours: 8:30-10 a.m. (exiting grades 5, 6) 10:15-11:45 a.m. (exiting grades 7, 8) Fee: $125

Level: Grade 10/Option A (30-hour session, one semester) Location: USCHS Large Gym Dates: July 6–15 Hours: 7:30-11:30 a.m. (make-up dates are July 16 and 17) Fee: $150 Level: Grade 10/Option B (60-hour session, two semesters) Location: USCHS Large Gym Dates: July 6–24 Hours: 7:30-11:30 a.m. (make-up dates are July 27-31) Fee: $275 * Wellness Education Make-Up Session Dates: July 27–31 This time is available for all students grades 10-12 who may have missed a wellness education class during the summer session.

~ Registration Information ~ • Registration for classes will begin the first week of May. See applications for registration deadline dates. Class size is limited. Enrollment is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Early registration discounts are available for certain elementary level classes. • Classes are subject to cancellation based on enrollment. • Applications for high school classes are available at the USCHS Guidance Office. Elementary and middle school class registration forms are available in all main offices and at the School District’s Central Office. • Student transportation to summer school is a parental responsibility. • Families for whom tuition presents a hardship are encouraged to contact the counselor at their child’s school building. • Students who do not attend the Upper St. Clair Schools will be accepted based on availability of space. • Make checks payable to Upper St. Clair School District. Summer 2009

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USC School District Calendar (May–June 2009)

All events are subject to change. For the most up to date information, please check the calendar on the School District’s website at www.uscsd.k12.pa.us.

Legend: BA – Baker Elementary BO – Boyce Middle CO – Central Office

May 2009 11 11-12 11-15 11-22 11-29 12 13 13-15 14 14-15 15 15,18,19 16 17 18 19 20 20-21 21 22 23 24 25 26 26-28 26-29 27 28 29-31

BO–PTA Executive Board–1 p.m. FC–Band Rehearsal–1-4 p.m. (HS Theatre) BO–5th Grade NASA FC/BA/EI/ST –Grades 7 and 4 Terra Nova/TCS HS–AP Testing HS–Spring Art Exhibit (Theatre Lobby) FC–Band Concert–7:30 p.m. (HS Theatre) BA–PTA/Changeover Meeting/Luncheon–9:30 a.m. ST–PTA Meeting–9:30 a.m. HS–Deans’ Breakfast–7:40 a.m. (LGI) BO–PTA Meeting–9:30 a.m. (LGI) ST–PTA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon CO–Youth Steering Committee–7:30 p.m. (Board Room) Fourth marking period progress reports sent. HS–Mini Band Camp BA/EI/ST–Musicals BO–Civil War Day FC–PTA Appreciation Luncheon–11:20 a.m. (Library) BO–5th Grade NASA BO–Deer Valley Ends EI–PTA Meeting–9:30 a.m. ST–4th Grade Graduation Party–6-8:30 p.m. (HS Small Gym/Pool/Nutrition Center) BA/EI/ST–Elementary Strings Rehearsal–9 a.m.-noon (HS Theatre) Community Day HS–Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Concert–7:30 p.m. (Theatre) SHJO Concert HS–Academic Honors Dinner–6:15 p.m. (Nutrition Center) FC–PTA Meeting–9:30 a.m. (MPR) BA/EI/ST–Elementary Strings Concert–7 p.m. (HS Theatre) Partners In Education General Meeting–7-9 p.m. (FC LGI) HS–PTSO Meeting–9:30 a.m. HS–Band Rehearsal (Theatre) HS–Band Concert–7p.m. (Theatre) BO/BA/EI/ST–4th and 6th Grade District Math Assessment BA/EI/ST–Elementary Band Rehearsal–9 a.m.-noon (HS Theatre) HS–PAC Meeting–9:30 a.m. HS–Senior Banquet BA/EI/ST–Elementary Band Concert–7 p.m. (HS Theatre) BA–Field Day EI–Cultural Arts Day HS–Pittsburgh Youth Ballet–7:30 p.m. (Theatre) HS–Pittsburgh Youth Ballet–2:00 p.m. (Theatre) No School–Memorial Day HS–Awards Night–7 p.m. (Theatre) HS–Choral Rehearsal (Theatre) ST–Cultural Week (LGI) BO–Band Concert–7 p.m. (Boyce Gym) HS–Choral Concert–7:30 p.m. (Theatre) EI–4th Grade Farewell–6-8:30 p.m. HS–Dance Workshop by Shari (Theatre)

EI – Eisenhower Elementary FC – Fort Couch Middle HS – High School ST – Streams Elementary

June 2009 1-2 2 3 4 4-9 5 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 19 26

FC/BO–String-a-Thon Rehearsal–12:30-4:30 p.m. (HS Theatre) HS–PAC Meeting–9:30 a.m. FC/BO–String-a-Thon Concert–7:30 p.m. (HS Theatre) BA–4th Grade Pool Party EI–Kindergarten Field Day HS–Wind Ensemble Rehearsal (Theatre) HS–Deans’ Breakfast–7:40 a.m. (LGI) HS–Wind Ensemble Concert–7 p.m. (Theatre) BO–PTA Council–9:30 a.m. BA–Kindergarten Meet and Greet EI–PTA Meeting–11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. HS–Jazz I Rehearsal (LGI) HS–Jazz I Concert–7 p.m. (LGI) FC–8th Grade Farewell Party–7-9 p.m. BA–Moyer Tests (p.m.) EI–Kindergarten Field Day (Rain Date) ST–Moyer Tests (a.m.) HS–Borelli Dance–Day and Evening (Theatre) EI–Moyer Tests (a.m.) EI–Grades 1-4 Field Day ST–Field Day HS–Graduation Practice HS–Graduation Practice Make-Up HS–Prom BA/EI/ST–4th Grade Move-Up Day–9 a.m. (Boyce) BA/EI/ST–4th Grade Parent Orientation–7 p.m. (Boyce) HS–Cap/Gown Make-Up FC–Incoming 7th Grade Parents Meeting–7-9 p.m. (MPR) EI–Grades 1-4 Field Day (Rain Date) CO–Youth Steering Committee–7:30 p.m. (Board Room) HS–Graduation–7:30 p.m. ST–Field Day (Rain Date) FC/BO–8th and 6th Grade Move-Up Day BO–Field Day Last Day of School for Students (HS dismissal–11 a.m.) SHJO 25th Reunion concert–3 p.m. (Theatre) Kennywood Day Dance by Cami-Day and Evening (Theatre) Report cards mailed

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USC Kennywood Day Monday, June 15 Rides open at 11 a.m.

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High School...........................................7 a.m. Eisenhower.............................................8:15 a.m. Fort Couch.............................................9 a.m. Baker......................................................9:45 a.m. Boyce.....................................................9:45 a.m. Streams..................................................10:30 a.m. St. Louise de Marillac.............................12:15 p.m. Final ticket sales June 1, 2, and 3 at Municipal Building Lobby.................9 a.m.-1 p.m. Payment of cash or money orders only. Watch for mailings or contact PTA Kennywood representative Linda Jones at lmjones63@hotmail.com or School District Central Office at 412-833-1600, extension 2202. Summer 2009

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDE Two Locations in Upper St. Clair:

Eisenhower School & Streams School! Entering K - 7th Grade June 15 - August 25 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Flexible Scheduling Swim Trips Field Trips Special Party Days Hot Lunch Program Enrichment Classes Including Sports, Cooking, Art, Crafts, Science, & Much More!

Register Online at

www.ExtendedDay.com or call (412) 221-1980

Extended Day Services

The Best Summer Ever, on a Shoestring! Jennifer Roberts, Administrative Director, Extended Day Services It’s almost that time again. Kool-Aid, Slip ’n Slide, sprinklers… great fun! Well, for the first week anyway. Then the summer monotony begins—for kids and especially for parents. This year, many families will be scaling back or completely eliminating their vacation plans due to our recessionary economy. However, just because your family isn’t heading out of town doesn’t mean that you can’t have the best summer ever! This year, try a variety of exciting summer activities that parents usually consider too much trouble or require too much planning— activities you never seem to get around to. Activities like camping in the backyard. As a family, set up a tent, pack food and water, get out the sleeping bags, play games and actually sleep in the tent with the kids. They will remember it forever, and it doesn’t cost a thing. If you’re not quite that outdoorsy, you can also have a great camping experience in your own family room. Again, get out the sleeping bags, snacks, and games and camp together on the floor. If you have a fireplace, you can even toast marshmallows and make s’mores—an activity the kids will talk about for years. Another fun family activity is a restaurant progressive dinner. The kids can get involved in planning the meal where you can travel to three different restaurants—one for appetizers, one for entrées, and one for desserts. If your kids enjoy eating, they might also enjoy planning and preparing a meal at home with the family. They can choose the type of meal (for example, Indian, Asian, Mexican, or Italian), help to make a list and shop for the necessary ingredients,

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and then help to prepare the meal. Helping in meal preparation often encourages kids to try foods with which they may not be familiar. In addition to family-fun activities, kids can enjoy some crazy activities just for themselves, like creating their own artistic masterpiece with window writers on a designated glass door in your home. You can purchase these paint markers at most toy stores or drugstores and they wash off with water. Another great kids’ activity is making Jell-O popsicles. Let the kids choose a flavor of instant Jell-O, make according to package directions, then freeze in popsicle molds for a frosty treat! Summer wouldn’t be the same without a variety of water activities. Purchase balloons, let the kids fill them with the hose and store them in a large container for the water balloon battle to come. Parents may want to join in on this one—very therapeutic! Also involving water, and maybe checking a chore off the list, is washing the dog, washing the family car, or watering the outdoor plants. If the days of summer still seem a bit too long for your kids, consider a summer camp packed with activities, field trips, swimming, and special party days. This summer, Extended Day Services is offering two camp locations in Upper St. Clair: Eisenhower and Streams Elementary Schools. Parents may choose from a flexible camp schedule convenient to your other summer plans. Your kids will have a blast with their friends! n See ad on this page.


SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDE Lit’l WROCer’s Summer Camp Hey boys and girls We have a treat A new friend BOZ You’ll love to meet!

Hang in there! Summer Camp is almost here.

He’s big and green And lots of fun He loves to jump And dance and run!

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDE Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center Something for Everyone! • Ice Hockey Classes & Learn to Skate Programs • Private Ice Rental & Private Broomball Available Spring and Summer Rates Main Rink $125 & Studio $70 • Birthday Parties - Public & Private Ice Skating Party Packages & Summer Swim Party Packages

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• Private Pool Party Rentals Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 8:15—10:15 p.m. USC residents may purchase 2009 season passes to the Mt. Lebanon outdoor swimming pool beginning May 4, 2009.

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Did you know that cooking with your kids can be more than just preparing a meal? Subjects such as math, science, reading, and social studies can all be incorporated into preparing a meal. Talk to your children about ratios when cooking, for example, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon, how many tablespoons in a ¼ cup? Have your child read the recipe aloud to you to practice fluency. Talk about why accurate measuring in baking is important; baking is a science! Finally talk about the world around us. Where does food come from? How do other cultures use the same foods in different ways? Make cooking a fun, tasty, and educational experience in your own kitchen! n

See Young Chefs® Academy ad on this page.

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Summer Dance Intensive August 3-22

412.344.3900 dcpdance.com


Intense Intensive Danielle Pavlik

The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh (DCP) is gaining momentum with its Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) program by attracting attention from the city’s professionals. Dancers, choreographers, and college faculty have become strong advocates for the educational opportunities at DCP, and support has been overwhelming. Many of the region’s talent have offered their time to teach for the conservatory. Pittsburgh’s Ronald Hutson (scholar, dance history professor, and a former dancer for Katherine Dunham) has taught an Afro-centric master class. Dana D’Alesandro LaSota (co-founder of Pittsburgh’s LABCODance) has taught several modern and repertory classes. And Bob Steineck (Squonk Opera, the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sankai Juku, Phoenix Dance Company, and Kirov Ballet Academy) has offered his vast expertise in production and lighting design. The three-week SDI program provides complete immersion in the contemporary arts culminating in performance. Dancers, ages 12 and older, will have the opportunity to study classical and contemporary technique as well as partnering, kinesiology, choreography, Pilates, and more. In addition to the various classes offered, SDI presents an opportunity for dancers to work with faculty in an intimate setting. This relationship provides an extremely conducive environment for learning. This approach has been so successful that college dance majors often repeatedly sign up year after year. SDI is available to any intermediate

to advanced dancer. This skill range provides perspective and creates opportunities for mutual respect. DCP strives to offer an education that prepares young artists in a supportive, enriching, and inspiring environment. Pearlann Porter, artistic director for the Pillow Project and Point Park University faculty member states, “DCP is a rare opportunity for young aspiring dancers and serious students to study the art of dance with a practiced professional artistic philosophy. DCP dancers are exposed to principles of movement you don’t usually find in young education. The level of physical artistic integrity performed and understood by their students always amazes me.” The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh was founded to provide an education and environment for self exploration, creation, and discipline through the art of dance. Since its inception in 2003, the conservatory has created a youth and pre-school program as well as an apprenticeship program with its professional company, H20 Contemporary Dance. These initiatives have provided numerous opportunities for performance and choreography within the professional dance community. The DCP formula for dance education takes a contemporary approach to classical technique. The conservatory offers an uncompromising education that is available to anyone, regardless of their future aspirations. n See ad on page 70.

Steeler Nation—Alive and Well

Steeler Nation is alive and well in USC… and Tampa, Florida. Pictured are a few of the many Township residents who traveled south to root on our Steelers in their quest of the Super Bowl. Coming away with the championship victory “six pack” were the team and many of our fans who enjoyed the win. n

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Around the Township

Southwood Manor Block Party

News from Around the Township

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Kids and pets join the block party parade.

Without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable summer events in Upper St. Clair is the annual Southwood Manor Block party. Initiated 11 years ago by resident Ed Astley, the original Rexford and Jenkins block party has grown to include the entire Southwood Manor area of Upper St. Clair, including Hidden Timber, Southwood, Aetna, and High Knoll streets. This annual tradition is successful largely due to the years of hard work and planning of Ed and Debbie Astley, Jim and Mary Leininger, John and Kim Popp, and Steve and Meredith Meddings. Last summer’s party took place on Saturday, September 6. The festivities kicked off early with the annual golf outing at Scenic Valley Golf Course, capped with an unprecedented hole-in-one by John Popp. John was also awarded the coveted Green Jacket for winning the overall event, to which his name was added to a long list of past winners, hand-stitched on the jacket by Mary Leininger. The block party began in the afternoon with a police-escorted parade of children and pets on festively decorated bikes, scooters, skateboards, and wagons. After the parade, the crowd gathered and faced the American flag on the house of Jim and Mary Leininger. The Leiningers’ grandson, Zack, who grew up in the neighborhood, is proudly serving in the Marines. The National Anthem was sung beautifully by the neighborhood’s talented mailman Gerry Priano. As anyone who is fortunate to live on Gerry’s mail route can attest, Gerry is an extraordinary mailman and an even more extraordinary friend to each and every one of his customers. Gerry reminded everyone to be thankful for the return from Iraq of 72

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neighborhood residents Trent Smith and Brian and Melanie Greenwell’s daughter, Christina, by singing a melodious version of “God Bless America.” Food and drink followed at the dinner and social hour on Rexford Drive, which was blocked off for the remainder of the day. Music was provided courtesy of 96.1 and 94.5 radio by DJ and neighborhood resident Alex Tier. The party continued with games, face-painting, a clown who made balloon animals, raffles, and prizes. A big hit of the party was the dunk tank, where kids threw baseballs to try to dunk their friends into the water tank. As an added bonus, parents were given priority to cut to the front of the line to dunk their children. When darkness fell, it was time for everyone to grab their sweatshirts, blankets, and pajamas to watch a movie on a giant projection screen in Alex Tier’s backyard. This year’s feature was Nim’s Island. Plenty of popcorn, beverages, and glow sticks abounded. After the movie, it was “adult swim,” where the remaining adult neighbors who had energy left enjoyed a well-deserved time of socializing. Friends and family are always welcome and encouraged to attend the Southwood Manor block party. For example, Lindsay, Ryan, and Kelsey Auld of Peters, grandchildren of residents Jim and Peggy Wilson, are party regulars and are considered as much a part of the neighborhood as anyone who lives here. Year after year, memories of summer fun at the annual block party are made— happy memories that will remain with the children forever. The Southwood Manor block party is one of the reasons that this little corner of Upper St. Clair is, in every sense of the word, a true “neighborhood.” n Summer 2009

Mailman Gerry Priano sings the National Anthem.

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Party Request Form (www.twpusc.org) requesting permission for a block party with a specific date to: Township Manager 1820 McLaughlin Run Road Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. You will receive a letter granting authorization to have the party in your neighborhood. Activities must be held between noon and 10 p.m. The Public Works Department will deliver barricades to your residence a day or two before the event and will pick up the barricades soon after the event. The street may not be barricaded for more than six hours. Residents in the neighborhood are responsible for providing adequate access for public safety vehicles during the event. Please be considerate to neighbors who may not be involved in the festivities. The Police and Fire Departments give informational talks to kids. Call 412-833-1113 or 412-835-0660 to schedule a time. If you have additional questions, call 412-831-9000.


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Take Nothing for Granted Dina Fulmer

Shellie Yeung, a trustee of the Community Foundation since 2005, has a mantra: “Take nothing for granted.” Shellie moved to the United States from her native Taiwan when she was 22, having received an undergraduate degree in food science and nutrition from the University of Chinese Culture in Taipei and been accepted into graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The youngest of her parents’ three daughters who emigrated to the United States, Shellie left Taiwan with a one-way plane ticket and her first semester’s tuition. She claims that it did not take much courage for her to make that leap; two older sisters had preceded her. “We are taught,” she says, “to take nothing for granted and to work our way up in the world.” Shellie worked sufficiently hard during her first year at Nebraska to win a scholarship to complete her studies for an M.S. in human nutrition. After graduation, Shellie moved to Houston to be near one of her sisters. It was there (at a cowboy bar, she says) that she met her husband, Sai-Tak, a mechanical engineer originally from Hong Kong. From Houston, the couple moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and thence to Upper St. Clair in 1990. A dietitian at the Joslin Diabetes Center at West Penn Hospital, Shellie spends her days counseling patients in diet and lifestyle modifications to control their diabetes. She loves her job, but she admits that it is often a challenge, dealing with people from disparate backgrounds. She knows that her patients’ lives frequently depend on their taking her advice, so she must try an assortment of techniques to win their trust. Shellie and Sai-Tak, an engineer at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, have two children—Samantha, 20, a sophomore at Lehigh University, and Philip, 18, a senior at Upper St. Clair High School. Several years ago, Samantha became involved with the Little Pandas, a group of Chinese girls who have been adopted by American families in the Pittsburgh area. Samantha teaches them about Chinese culture and tradition as well as the songs and dances of China. She acts as a “big sister” or role model for the young girls, whose parents are eager to have their daughters learn about their Chinese heritage. Philip is a passionate long distance runner and a member of the high school’s varsity cross country and track teams. He dreams of becoming an astronaut and earning the Iron Man title.

As a CF trustee, Shellie was instrumental in bringing the Inner Mongolia University’s Performing Arts Troupe to Upper St. Clair in the fall of 2005 in addition to organizing the successful China series of QUEST in 2008. She serves on the Asian Shellie Yeung Heritage Committee, a federally-sponsored organization that awards scholarships to outstanding Asian-American students, and on the planning committee for Asian Heritage Month (held each May) during which Asian culture and arts are highlighted and performances take place throughout the area. She also volunteers for the Organization of Chinese Americans, a civil rights advocacy group that helps new immigrants make social and economic adjustment to life in Pittsburgh. Shellie enjoys cooking all sorts of food—her pot-stickers are to die for!—and she loves to travel, especially to California, where she has many relatives, including her mother, who lives in Sacramento. Her parents emigrated to California in 1985, after having left Mainland China for Taiwan in 1949 when the Communists came to power. Both of her parents were members of the Chinese Nationalist Army and were forced to leave their three older children behind on the mainland to be reared by Shellie’s grandmother’s family. They were able to escape to Taiwan only with their thenyoungest child. Shellie and another daughter were born in Taiwan. From 1949 to the end of Mao Tse-Tung’s dominance in China, no communication was permitted between the mainland and Taiwan, and the parents did not know what had happened to their three oldest children. Finally, on a trip to the U.S. in 1976, they were able to contact them, nearly 30 years after they had parted. Because the grandparents had been landowners prior to Mao’s takeover, the Communists had not allowed the older siblings to attend school. Shellie did not meet her older siblings until she went to China in 1987. Once again, “We take nothing for granted.” n

GoodSearch and GoodShop

You can now support the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair every time you do a search or make a purchase online. Go to the GoodSearch website at www.goodsearch.com and insert “Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair” as your charity of choice. Each time you use GoodSearch.com, CFUSC will earn a penny. And, if you use GoodShop.com to shop at over 600 mer-

chants, a percentage of each purchase will benefit the Foundation. Some of the GoodShop merchants are Amazon, Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, eBay, Land’s End, Office Depot, and WalMart. Search and shop and help the Community Foundation! n

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Finding K Friends Abroad Baker elementary school has found some new K friends in a surprising place. Traveling to China last fall, kindergarten student Diana Chen Gurecka visited the Bei Yi Fu Xiao School in the Hai Dian District of Beijing’s third ring area where she attended class as a regular first grade student. Diana is the daughter of Dr. Joseph Gurecka and Helen Chen Gurecka of Upper St. Clair. Diana’s mother, Helen, grew up in Beijing and travels there often with Diana to visit her sister and parents. Education runs strong in Helen’s family as her father once held the position of a university administrator and her mother was an elementary school teacher for 30 years. Helen’s sister, Yan Chen, is currently an assistant principal responsible for program development in 79 high schools and 118 elementary schools in Beijing. As part of her job she travels extensively throughout Europe to benchmark successful and innovative educational ideas. Yan’s daughter, Danting, is completing her master’s degree at Lyon University in France. It was Yan who suggested that Diana, who is bilingual, enroll in one of the local school programs that has a reputation for discipline and structure. During Diana’s first day of class, the Gureckas observed students in the courtyard at eight in the morning doing a combination of calisthenics and tai chi exercises to symphonic music. The

students wore red uniforms and the teachers wore formal black attire. Inside the school, the Gureckas found the classrooms to be sparse in appearance and the school building without the lavish appointments common in other local schools. But traditional items like pencil boxes, backpacks, cubbies, and lockers made Diana feel right at home as she found her desk and enjoyed the daily lessons of math, science, and language.

The students were polite, well mannered, and had a surprisingly good command of basic English. The teachers (Lau Sher) were strict, yet friendly, and encouraged the students to treat Diana as a fellow classmate. Spiderman and Cinderella stickers proved to be a good way to break the ice, and soon she joined in classroom activities, including “show and tell.” By the time Diana’s Beijing trip ended, she made many new “K Friends” who are excited to have her return again this summer for another visit. (The Chinese school year runs through the end of July.) n

Left to right, front row: Helen Chen Gruecka, Diana, and Helen’s parents, Shuzhen Ma and Yulin Chen; back row: Dr. Joe Gurecka, Helen’s sister, Yan Chen, and her husband, Jian Ping Yin

Making silly faces are Diana (center) and her peers with their teacher Helen and Diana ride the dragon boats at the Imperial Summer Palace

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Dr. Gurecka owns Valley Brook Family Dental in neighboring McMurray and is on the board of the Pittsburgh Chinese Academy. Helen Chen Gurecka is a vice-president at PNC’s Corporate Risk Department. Helen’s brother, Fei Chen, also resides in Upper St. Clair, and his daughter, Kathy, attends Fort Couch Middle School. Fei’s older daughter, Kesi, attends Yale Medical School. Summer 2009


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Westminster Employment Connections

The grim economic situation and rising unemployment figures have negatively affected many people’s lives. Unfortunately, our community has not been immune to the worsening unemployment situation. To help, Westminster Presbyterian Church offers a number of services to aid a displaced employee. If you find yourself experiencing a job transition or unemployment, Westminster Connectors is a place to go for advice on your situation. As a first point of contact for people experiencing a job loss or transition, Westminster Connectors provides a caring ear. Its main function is to “connect” people to resources in the area. People who find themselves in job-seeking situations often have many needs. Some people need help writing a resume. Others need help with networking opportunities or counseling services. Most need to be connected to employment resources in the area. Whatever your needs, Westminster Connectors can help. Westminster Connectors also works with area companies that are looking for employees. If you own a company or work for a company that has employment needs, Westminster Connectors can help to fill your vacancies. Whether you are a business or an individual, looking to fill a vacancy or looking for a job, Westminster Connectors is available to assist members of the community with their employment needs. n

For additional information, contact Jeff Crummie at jcrummie@verizon.net or 412-897-7401.

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Pittsburgh plastic surgeon and USC resident Dr. Robert Chiu recently opened a USC location for his practice, Today’s Cosmeti c Surgery and Laser Center, in Norman Centre. The grand opening in January was marked with an open house cocktail party event catered by USC resident and chef Mino Fazio. Dr. Chiu grew up in Los Angeles and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After medical school in New York City and a Left to right: Lynn Banbury, five-year residency in head and neck surgery at Dr. Robert Chiu, Sara Chiang, Jason UPMC Presbyterian, he completed Luhn, and WTAE’s Kelly Frey one of the most highly coveted fellowships in facial plastic surgery in Houston, Texa s. Dr. Chiu, a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surg eon, is one of very few plastic surgeons in the greater Pittsburgh region who devotes his practice to cosmetic surgery of the face and neck, and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. He is qualified and recogniz ed as a rhinoplasty (nose job) and revision rhinoplasty expert. Dr. Chiu believes that staying at the cutting edge, in combination with his conservative approach, allows him to bring to his patients the most effec tive treatments, while minimizing risk. Dr. Chiu is published in peer reviewed journals and makes presentations at internationa l plastic surgery meetings. Dr. Chiu is one of only 900 plastic surgeons worldwide that are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

Linda Vance, nurse manager in the Coronary Care Unit at St. Clair Hospital, was awarded the first Mary Ann Scully Excellence in Nursing Award by the Allegheny division of the American Heart Association this past February. The award was given to Vance, a 40-year veteran of St. Clair Hospital who helped found its coronary care unit, for her lifetime commitment to cardiac nursing, quality and compassionate patient care, exemplary commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association, a commitment to continued education and teaching, and outstanding leadership in the nursing field. Vance serves as a conduit between the American Heart Association (AHA) and her nurses by regularly sharing the AHA’s best practices in cardiac Linda Vance care, leading to improved treatments and, ultimately, better patient outcomes. The award was named after the late Mary Ann Scully, R.N. who worked for 35 years in cardiac nursing at the former Presbyterian University Hospital in Oakland and was very active in the American Heart Association.

John Altvater was recently promoted to senior project manager of the Great Lakes region for Canonsburg’s CentiMark Corporation. John has been with CentiMark for 15 years and previously held the position of national accounts manager. John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. John and his wife, Lori, have two sons, Johnny, ten, and Joey, five. CentiMark is North America’s largest commercial roofing contractor and was founded by Upper St. Clair resident Edward B. Dunlap, its chairman and John Altvater CEO.

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Whiteboards at Westminster

Westminster Nursery School (WNS) has been a part of the Upper St. Clair community for the past 50 years. The school offers high quality early childhood education for 275 two- to five-year-olds in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. For the past six years, technology in the classroom has included listening centers and desktop computers in the pre-kindergarten classrooms. This year, the school is expanding the level of technology to include interactive white boards. Two Teach Smart Interactive Whiteboard Systems were installed this spring. WNS is currently the only preschool in Allegheny County to use this system. The whiteboards measure 5.5' x 4' and are mounted 18 inches off the floor for easy access by the children. Images appear on the screen by way of an overhead projector that is controlled by a computer. The system offers 1100 activities that readily adapt to small groups or an entire classroom. The touch technology encourages interaction in which the child can manipulate pictures or text. The child’s comments and sketches can also be recorded and saved to an individual file for parents to review during conferences. Activities cover a broad scope, including math, literacy, language, science, and social studies. Marge Boyd, director of WNS Nursery School states, “The most effective way to learn is to see, hear, and do. Whether a child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, he or she will be drawn into the learning process. The beauty of this tool is that it engages all learning styles because it involves three of the five senses.” Marge anticipates that the children will be motivated and intrigued by this learning experience.

WNS teacher Dorothy Podrasky, who has instructed WNS students for 23 years, uses the whiteboard to instruct WNS students, left to right, Zachary Kirsopp, Owen Mandler, Paige Feltner, Alex Sieckmann, and Sarah Page.

Interactive whiteboards have been recently introduced into local school districts starting in the kindergarten classrooms (USC Streams and Baker Elementary Schools have whiteboards). Their popularity is quickly spreading throughout the world as noted by Decision Tree Consulting, a London-based research organization that tracks whiteboard sales in 66 countries. The company estimates that “one of every seven classrooms in the world will feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011.” Continued on page 79

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Camp Healing Hearts Rafael J. Sciullo, MA, LCSW, MS

Children often feel alone in their grief. Their family members may be dealing with their own grief. Schoolteachers may be unprepared to address the many issues that arise from a child’s grief. And peers are not able to relate to these intense feelings. When someone dies there are many who feel the loss. Sometimes those who experience it the most intensely are the children—those who have the fewest avenues of support. In response to this critical need, Family Hospice and Palliative Care is offering our youngest community members a chance to attend Camp Healing Hearts in August. Camp Healing Hearts is a day camp for grieving children. In this peaceful and supportive setting, the young campers will discover that their feelings of anger, sadness, regret, and guilt are not unique and are, in fact, quite common. Through the validation of these feelings, the children will learn that they are not alone in their grief. Participants will also discover, through art, physical activity, and drumming exercises that there are many ways to cope with these strong feelings. Finally, by completing an obstacle course the campers will understand that some aspects of grief are simple to master, while others are more challenging and may require additional help and support. In many cases, these young campers will take their cues from the adults in their lives. Therefore, Camp Healing Hearts invites the parents or guardians of these young campers to participate in the camp activities. The adults will take an active role—helping campers to create memory boxes, as well as participating in organized games. These adults will also have the opportunity to discuss their own grief and explore ways to support their grieving child. For children and teens it is imperative that the adults in their lives walk this journey with them.

Camp Healing Hearts invites children and adults.

Children and teens grieve differently than do adults. They feel many of the same feelings, but they may express their feelings in different ways. Young people often express their emotions through their behavior, as well as through words and tears. Children and teens grieve in cycles. Even when everyone else in the family may be grieving intensely, children may fluctuate between tears and playing. When a significant loss has been experienced, children may revisit their grief throughout the future as their development allows them to understand it differently. Finally, grieving families often feel a need to pull together for support. Since adolescence is increasingly a time for breaking away and relying on peer support, these conflicting needs can place parents and teens at odds with one another. At the same time, these children and teens can feel different from their peers because of their significant loss. In an attempt to fit in with their peers, they may try to ignore their own grief reactions. As is true in many cities, Pittsburgh needs more resources to help heal grieving children, to support their parents, and to educate the many professionals who work with children and teens. Highmark has made tremendous inroads with The Caring Place, but it is impossible for one organization to address the variety of needs in our community. As we explore avenues to support the bereaved, we cannot forget our youngest and most vulnerable. Camp Healing Hearts is a source of healing for these children and families during this most difficult time. n

Participants at last year’s Camp Healing Hearts

Camp Healing Hearts will be held on Saturday, August 15 at Family Hospice and Palliative Care’s Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. Registration is for children (ages 6-12) and their parents or guardians. There is no charge to attend the camp. For more information 78

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about Camp Healing Hearts, phone 412-572-8829. Rafael J. Sciullo, MA, LCSW, MS, is president and CEO of Family Hospice and Palliative Care. He can be reached at rsciullo@familyhospice.com or 412-572-8800.


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WNS has a tenured faculty and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This association sets the standards for quality care in early childhood education throughout the nation. WNS has been recognized by NAEYC continually for the past 15 years. Nine of the 18 teachers have been a part of the staff for seven years or more and three of those teachers have been with Westminster for a minimum of 17 years. The curriculum at WNS is another contributing factor to the school’s outstanding reputation. The curriculum is designed to challenge and engage each child, allowing each child to develop at his or her own pace. The structured program offers developmentally appropriate objectives for each age group, which includes two’s, three’s, young four’s, and four- and five-year-olds. The areas of focus are social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and spiritual. Music, science, and Bible stories are an added bonus to the curriculum and are presented by local professionals. Other features that contribute to the school’s commitment to excellence include ten security cameras, secured entry for authorized individuals, a large all purpose gross-motor room, two playgrounds, and a fully-functional kitchen for cooking sessions. n For more details about the school, contact WNS director Marge Boyd, or Peg Findle, assistant director, at 412-835-2906. Information is also available online at www.westminster-church.org.

WWW.STCLAIR.ORG

This past March, St. Clair Hospital launched a new and improved website (www.stclair.org). Featuring a helpful and powerful health guide, the site offers a complete online medical resource providing reliable, easily searchable medical information to help people learn more about their health. It also provides useful, easily accessible information on St. Clair Hospital physicians, advanced health care services, classes, events, health fairs, outpatient services, news, and even the most basic yet essential information, such as parking and directions. The upgraded site was created with the end user in mind, with information accessible by using a few simple clicks. The site’s health guide includes 40,000 pages of information that offers web visitors a symptom checker, health topics library, information on prescription and non-prescription medications, and a series of interactive tools and quizzes. Information from the guide, supported by the advice of personal physicians, helps users make more informed health care decisions and develop practical health management strategies. n Summer 2009

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Happenings! USC Citizens for Land Stewardship (CLS) seeks individuals who are interested in joining this local grass roots organization. CLS promotes conservation and stewardship awareness through community outreach and education and through participation in public meetings and community service. Most recently, CLS representatives played an active role in the Community Recreation Center Ad hoc committee, the Boyce Mayview Park Land Management focus group, and the Boyce Mayview Interior Trails committee. This past year, CLS and its members accomplished an extensive list of field work and community outreach programs, including Audobon bird counts, river sweep cleanup of McLaughlin Run and its tributaries, tree planting at Boyce Mayview Park in honor of former Township Manager Douglas Watkins, McLaughlin run water quality monitoring, and Wingfield Pines fundraising campaign to purchase an additional seven acres at this site. CLS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to give a voice to environmental and land use issues in our Township. To keep the community abreast of local conservation issues, CLS provides education and communication projects including newsletters, an informative, up-to-date website, and timely presentations at its annual meeting each November. Call 412-831-3289 or visit www.usccls.org to learn more. Taught by 3rd degree black belt, certified instructor, and USCHS junior Amanda Huey, Self Defense Class for Teen Girls is being offered as a community service. For advanced registration, call 412-266-2715. Date and time: Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Family Hospice and Palliative Care Events, Services, and Volunteer Opportunities • Family Hospice and Palliative Care’s annual golf benefit will be held Monday, May 18 at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray. Proceeds benefit services for hospice patients and their families. Call 412-572-8812 to register. • Family Hospice and Palliative Care’s Camp Healing Hearts will be held on Saturday, August 15 at The Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. For more information about the one-day camp for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one, phone 412-572-8829. (See article on page 78.) • Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. We can care for your loved one at home, in a nursing home or a personal care home, or at The Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. For information, phone 412-572-8800. • Family Hospice and Palliative Care is recruiting volunteers to visit with patients. Training will be in June at The Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. To register or for more information, phone Nick Petti at 412-572-8806. At the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the South Hills, survivors have a special place. If you have lived one day with cancer, you are a survivor. Survivors are honored in the opening 80

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lap of the event and are invited to a luncheon in their honor immediately following its conclusion. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer in your community. The year’s event will be held at the Bethel Park Community Center on Saturday, June 13 beginning at 10 a.m. To register a survivor, start or join a team, or find out how you can participate in the fight against cancer, contact Angela Giacchino at the American Cancer Society at 412-919-1072 or visit www.relayforlife.org/pasouthhills. USC Swim Club offers year-round water-related activities through its competitive swim team, swim lessons, diving lessons, and instruction for lifesaving and CPR. Don’t get caught “out of the water.” Swimming is a life sport! Visit www.uscswimclub.org to find out what available activities or programs might interest your child. Wanted: USC Host Family Fifteen-year-old student Jan Sitterberg is looking for a USC family to live with from August 2009 to June 2010, while here from Germany as an exchange student. A good student who speaks decent English, Jan is interested in American culture and the American way of life. Tall, at six-foot three-inches, he is interested in sports, especially tennis, and also plays piano. He will be enrolling as a high school junior. Jan’s older sister, Anja, attended USCHS in 2001 as an exchange student and liked it very much. The Sitterbergs are a family of five; Jan is the youngest. If you’re interested in helping, contact Jan’s mom, Kerstin Sitterberg, by email at k.sitterberg@gmx.net. The Mt. Lebanon Sunrise Rotary Club is accepting applications for artists to display and participate in the eighth annual Art in the Park scheduled for October 3-4. Held in Mt. Lebanon Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, the event features more than 50 artists, several food vendors, live music, children’s activities, and more. This regional event highlights artisans from Pittsburgh and beyond and includes exhibitors in the following categories: oil, watercolor, and pastels; textiles and weaving; needlework and florals; glass, ceramics, and jewelry; photography and woodcarving; and furniture. Any artist interested in learning more about the event or reserving a booth should contact event chair John Dyke at 412-559-5235 or visit www.mtlrotaryartinthepark.org. The South Hills Elks is seeking new members both men and women. The Elks helps our veterans, local teens with an annual Hoop-Shoot, Flag Day ceremonies, and more. This is a great way to give back to the South Hills communities and help others in a fun, social environment. For more information, call the Elks Lodge at 412-831-0616.


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Wayne Herrod has contributed to UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine for

many years. He has written articles ranging from personal recollections of visiting JFK’s gravesite several weeks after his assasination to articles about the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the National Aviary, and about local personalities, including sportscaster Stan Savran, USCHS girls’ basketball coach Ernie Koontz, USC School District assistant superintendent Dr. Terrence Kushner, and Upper St. Clair Township Police Chief Ronald Pardini. To date, Wayne has written 28 feature stories for USC’s community magazine and has contributed photography since its inception, including cover photography. “The editors of TODAY have given me a lot of freedom to write about subjects

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Dina Fulmer has been volunteering her time for the UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine since its inception in 1994. Copy-editing for nearly every issue, Dina has also spent her time writing articles of interest that focus on travel, as well as articles about our Township and its offerings to its citizens through the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair. Dina, an Upper St. Clair resident since 1975, served on the Board of School Directors from 1983 through 2003 and has been a trustee of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair since 2004. In 2008, she became chairperson of the Foundation’s board of trustees. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and three years ago finished a 21-year stint on YMCA’s Deer Valley Camp board of management. “Being a ‘grammar Nazi,’ I send redpenned articles or email corrections back to newspapers, magazines, and have even

for which I am passionate,” said Wayne. “To get the necessary background for my stories, I have stood inches from a lion, fed elephants out of my hand, and have interviewed some enjoyable sports personalities, including baseball player Sean Casey, Olympic gold medalist and basketball coach Suzie McConnell Serio, and sportscaster Lanny Frattare. My connection with the magazine is something I truly enjoy, and I appreciate the TODAY staff for being supportive of my work.” Wayne has freelanced in sports reporting and photography for The Almanac. He’s also had numerous photographs published in local papers and has worked on two cover features for Suburban Living. Wayne is employed by the Washington Wild Things as manager of Community Relations and Special Events. Over the past 15 years, Wayne has coached basketball at several high schools and is most proud of winning the 2000 WPIAL championship while acting as assistant coach with the Seton LaSalle Lady Rebels. Wayne and his wife, Daria, have lived in USC for 32 years. Their daughter, Meghan, a 2001 USCHS grad, earned two graduate degrees from Slippery Rock University and was married last year. Meghan, who enjoys writing, has also contributed a number of articles for TODAY. Thanks Herrod family! n returned books to bookstores when they have more than a minimal number of errors in them,” said Dina. “No, I am not

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an English teacher nor do I have a degree in English (as a matter of fact, mine is in chemistry). I think that language must be clear and error-free to communicate the intent of the author, whether it’s written or Summer 2009

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spoken. I have even been known to correct strangers in elevators and restaurants!” Dina holds a BS in chemistry from Bethany College. Her career is extensive and varied. She was a librarian at J&L Steel’s research laboratory, ran a catering business, and wound up her paid employment as librarian for PSP Human Resource Development, now PSP Metrics. Dina’s husband, Jerry, is retired from Alcoa’s legal department. They have two children—Christopher, an attorney in Raleigh, and Stephanie, a genome researcher for Agilent in Cupertino, California—and four grandchildren. Jerry and Dina lived for five years in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she earned the Diplome de l’Alliance Française. What Dina likes now to do best is to travel and go to the theater. TODAY is honored to have Dina Fulmer, red pen in hand, help with our community publication, and we thank her for her continuing efforts as she fits this into her many other “jobs.” n UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY

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Do your kids love the excitement and fast pace of hockey? USC now has an option to that of ice hockey. The first inline roller hockey team for elementary age students just completed its first season. The Upper St. Clair Panther Roller Hockey Tier 3 team is part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League (PIRHL). The Panthers were one of 92 teams posted by the 21

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member schools in the PIRHL in 2008-09. Teams are assigned a tier level based on skill, from one to three, within four divisions: varsity, junior varsity, middle school, and elementary school. The USC Panthers were moved from tier 3 up to tier 2 as their skill level improved throughout the season. The USC elementary team was organized by USC residents Gary and Rebecca Paul. Just one player out of nine had ever played organized hockey. The team, made up of third- through fifth-grade students, practiced once a week and played games on Saturdays or Sundays. Games consist of three 12-minute periods, with each team playing four skaters and a goalie. “Our goals were to improve the kids’ skating skills and have them come together as a team. We never imagined that we would experience such success in our first season,” said Coach Paul. The Panthers finished the ten regular season games undefeated and won the championship two games to one over Seneca Valley. Michael Smith, a fifth grade team member, was the number one scorer in the PIRHL elementary league, with a total of 46 regular season points. With five of the current team members moving up to the middle school division in the fall, Coach Paul anticipates that Upper St. Clair will enter at least two teams in the league next fall, an elementary and a middle school team. Coach Paul explained the league’s rapid growth. “Inline hockey affords each and every player plenty of opportunity to play and handle the puck. This league is well organized, travel is minimal, and the cost is affordable.” n

For more information on inline roller hockey and the PIRHL, contact Gary or Rebecca Paul at 412-220-9604.


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A. Calfo Construction . ....................................................................................... 45 Action Builders .................................................................................................. 45 Affordable Decks & Additions ............................................................................ 48 Al Lorenzi Design Center ..................................................................................... 4 * Amel’s Restaurant . ............................................................................................. 84 Ameriprise Financial Services, John D. Link . .................................................... 77 * Angelo Associates, Inc. ...................................................................................... 43 Baxter Remodeling ............................................................................................. 47 Boehmer Heating & Cooling Company .............................................................. 48 Brookside Lumber Company . ............................................................................ 45 Cafe J Restaurant & Lounge . ............................................................................. 84 * Calabro Tire & Auto Service . ............................................................................. 67 California University of Pennsylvania . ................................................................. 2 Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting.................................................................... 46 * Carlson Wagonlit Travel ..................................................................................... 40 Chatham University . ............................................................................................ 9 Cherup, Lori, L., MD, FACS ............................................................................... 39 * Clark Construction Company ............................................................................. 43 * Coffey Contracting Company ............................................................................. 42 * Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc. Corporate . ............................Back outside cover * Coldwell Banker–Route 19 South/Galleria ......................................................... 14 * Coldwell Banker–USC, South Hills Offices ........................................................ 15 Coldwell Banker–Waterdam Farms .................................................................... 61 Country Meadows Retirement Communities ...................................................... 27 Crandall, Steven R., D.M.D. ............................................................................... 35 * Cupelli & Cupelli, Drs. . ..................................................................................... 67 D&M Chiropractic and Therapeutic Rehab, Inc. ................................................. 59 Dance Workshop by Shari . ................................................................................ 68 Davey Tree and Lawn Care ................................................................................. 45 * Deckmasters Technologies Incorporated ............................................................ 42 “Dirt” Dugan Landscaping, Inc. . .......................................................................... 47 Extended Day Services . ..................................................................................... 68 F.E. HARMON, INC. . .......................................................................................... 31 * Ferry Electric . .................................................................................................... 46 Friendship Village of South Hills ....................................................................... 19 Harry Coleman Photography . ............................................................................ 79 * Henderson Brothers, Inc. ................................................................................... 37 Howard Hanna–Maureen Cavanaugh . ............................................................... 57 * Howard Hanna–Susan Highley .......................................................................... 31 * Howard Hanna–Diane Horvath . ......................................................................... 81 Keller Williams–Karen Marshall Group . ............................................................ 65 * Keller Williams–Sandy and Marshall Goldstein ................................................. 39

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* Kerr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry . ................................................................. 41 Learning Express Toys ....................................................................................... 55 * Lesko Builders and Remodelers ......................................................................... 82 Let It Shine Cleaning and Carpet Service............................................................ 44 Little Lake Theatre Company ................................................................................ 7 Louis Anthony Jewelers ..............................................................Back inside cover * Manalo, Larry E., D.M.D. ................................................................................... 40 * Master Remodelers, Inc. .................................................................................... 47 McClintock & Associates, P.C. . ......................................................................... 75 McMahon Financial, LLC . ................................................................................. 33 Mt. Lebanon Awning .......................................................................................... 43 Mt. Lebanon Montessori School and Academy .................................................. 82 Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center .......................................................................... 70 PPM Realty, Reed Pirain ...................................................................................... 3 * Piccolina’s Restaurant ........................................................................................ 41 * Pinebridge Commons Associates ...................................................................... 40 Pittsburgh Audiology ......................................................................................... 77 Port Authority Services ...................................................................................... 82 * Prudential Preferred Realty–Route 19 South ..............................Front inside cover R & R Masonry Restoration . .............................................................................. 48 RDP Studio Ltd. ................................................................................................. 65 RE\MAX Premier Group–Susanne Wagner.......................................................... 75 * Scott Bros. Windows and Doors ........................................................................ 42 * Sesame Inn ........................................................................................................ 84 South Hills OBGYN, Drs. Rankin & Warner, MD, FACOG . ................................... 9 * South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, P.C. . .............................................. 7 * St. Clair Hospital . ................................................................................................ 1 * State Farm Insurance–Cindy Brophy . ................................................................ 40 Steel Valley Orthopedic Associates, P.C. ............................................................ 63 Sultanov, David J., DMD, PC ............................................................................. 59 The Dance Conservatory .................................................................................... 70 The Hand Center of Pittsburgh ........................................................................... 57 The Little Gym of Pittsburgh–South Hills . ......................................................... 69 * The Thomas Studio of Performing Arts .............................................................. 55 The Villas of Arden Mills . .................................................................................. 79 Tutoring, Inc........................................................................................................ 83 USC Community Recreation Center ....................................Front cover, 24, 25, 26 * Valley Brook Family Dental–Joseph L. Gurecka, DMD . ..................................... 75 Watermark Financial .......................................................................................... 61 Wellington Real Estate–Patty Thomas ................................................................ 21 Westminster Presbyterian Church ...................................................................... 69 Young Chefs® Academy ..................................................................................... 70

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Method: 1. Mix bread crumbs and chopped tarragon on a dish. Mix oil with pinch of salt and pepper and place in bowl large enough to hold Tilapia filet. 2. Dip Tilapia filet in seasoned oil and coat with bread crumb mixture. 84

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3. Place Tilapia on a baking sheet and place under broiler until golden brown. Bake in a 350 degree oven until Tilapia is cooked through. 4. In quart sauce pan, cook shallots in white wine, vinegar, and juice of 1/2 orange, 1/2 lemon, and 1/2 lime and reduce by half. Melt butter in the reduction. Add cream. Bring sauce to simmer. (Do not boil.) Season with salt and pepper. 5. Place cooked Tilapia on plate and top with sauce. 6. Garnish with slices of remaining fruit and a sprig of fresh tarragon. n

Recipe courtesy of Jamie Petrolias, Owner, Cafe J 3220 West Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15216 Phone: 412-561-0450, Fax: 412-561-0452 Website: www.cafej3220.com Email: jamie@cafej3220.com Jamie’s is now CAFE J! Come see us!


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