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The official publication of the School District and Township of Upper St. Clair

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Features & Around the Township 14 USC Crime and Law Enforcement John A. Klancher was USC’s first police officer.

17 Meet… Karen and Karen A new feature, meet our Township and School District receptionists.

22 Community Foundation 2012 With your support, the CF provided many opportunities for events and activities in USC.

80 St. Lucy’s Medallion Ball Honorees Twenty-one USC young women were honored for their volunteer service.


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School District 28 Keystone Exams—a Thorough Explanation Content proficiency exams at the secondary level change from PSSAs to Keystones.

30 USC Class of 2012 “Halls of Famers!” Learn who made the Halls of Fame list.

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Guides 24

Township Ward Redistricting


Wards 2 and 4 are affected. See article and map.

50 Department of Finance 2013 Budget Highlights

News and Opportunities from the Advancement Office


40 The Magic of a Moment The PTA-sponsored Reflections arts program has many winners.

Orchids, quilts, taxes, home show… read what’s happening close to home.



Teaching Children Patriotism “Students 4 Students” Initiative UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY

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Pinebridge Commons

72 Home Improvement

59 Spring Checklists

EITC, signage, Celebrate Our Schools gala… the Advancement Office generates revenue-producing ideas.


Read an overview of where the money comes from and where it goes.





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Employ some simple tasks to prepare for a great spring.

Every Day of the Week USC senior citizens can enjoy activity almost every day of the week.

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Shown on the front cover of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a StoneMakers of Western PA creation. Owned and operated by USC resident David Cherup, read pages 12 & 13 to learn more about StoneMakers, UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY’s featured cover sponsor. Photo by Terry Kish.



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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

The award-winning, official publication of the School District and Township of Upper St. Clair UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a not-for-profit 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. This year, we celebrate 19 years of publication.

The 73rd 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.

Editors and Staff Linda M. Dudzinski, Editor-in-Chief Terry Kish, Associate Editor Colleen DeMarco, Office Manager Lynn Dempsey, Advertising Associate Erin Gibson Allen, Advertising Associate Alison Hess, Advertising Associate Neena Jacob-John, Advertising Associate Dorothy Clark, Graphic Designer

Summer 2013 edition deadline has passed. Fall 2013 edition deadlines: Articles—June 20 Advertising—June 24 UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a non-partisan Town-

ship, 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. 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 above. Add $10 to cover international mailings.

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Barbara L. Bolas, President Louis P. Mafrice, Jr., Vice President Amy L. Billerbeck Buffy Z. Hasco Frank J. Kerber Harry F. Kunselman Louis M. Oliverio Angela B. Petersen Rebecca A. Stern



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Email Township Board of Commissioners Robert W. Orchowski, President, Ward 3 Russell R. Del Re, Vice President, Ward 5 Nicholas J. Seitanakis, Ward 1 Donald P. Rectenwald, Jr., Ward 2 Mark D. Christie, Ward 4 Glenn R. Dandoy, At Large Daniel R. Paoly, At Large

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UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY steering committee and

staff members celebrate 19 years of publication. Left to right are Lynn Dempsey, Mark Mansfield, Erin Gibson Allen, Terry Kish, Alison Hess, Paul Fox, Colleen DeMarco, Linda Dudzinski, and Dorothy Clark. Missing is Neena Jacob-John.

Thank you to our volunteer contributors this issue: Jeff Blunkosky, Cindy Brophy, Brenna Carse (YWG), Johanna Darakos, Florence Dorn, Alicia Ferrilli, Dina Fulmer, Laurie Graham, Liz Hall, Katherine Harrell, Heather Holtschlag, Jerry Kender, Amanda McQuillan, Heather Metzger, Jim O’Brien, Andrea Pion, Laura Reid Riggin, Ron Sarrick, Gary Schafer, Lindsay Schmitz, Mary Lynne Spazok, Eloise Stoehr, Jeff Valperga, Amy Guarino Yadouga 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. Email to find out how your student can contribute. The 73rd issue of UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is a joint publication of the Township and School District of Upper St. Clair. © Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this magazine, in print or web version, 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: 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 Design by DMC Design 412-824-7844 •

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A Spring Note from the Publishers Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole

Matthew R. Serakowski

Welcome to UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY—our official USC community publication—with its fresh look for spring. As we greet 2013 with our first edition of the year, we celebrate 19 years of sharing news with you. Most of us, if not all, are familiar with the saying “No news is good news.” When it comes to our Publishers’ letter and the content and depth of information that you can find in our magazine, we disagree! Our news is good news, and we enjoy sharing it with those who live and work here. It’s impossible to include all of our information in our quarterly publication. To stay abreast of information in other ways, please visit the School District’s recently updated website at and the Township’s site at Among the many interesting stories found throughout our three featured sections—School District, Township, and Around the Township—this issue of TODAY features articles about the School District’s recently adopted Keystone exams (pages 28-29) and our Township’s budget (pages 50-52), and also includes “Celebrations” (pages 24-27) and “Home Improvement” (pages 72-77) featured advertising guides. Download a free app, then click on the QR code found on page 6 to connect with TODAY on the go, anywhere you are, using your smart phone or tablet device.

Township Manager Matthew Serakowski and Accounting Manager Jack Smarslak (standing in for Director of Finance August Stache, Jr.) review information for the 2013 Budget.

Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services Eloise Stoehr and Superintendent Dr. Patrick O’Toole review the Keystone exams.

By this time, some of you may have already given up on your 2013 New Year’s resolutions. Well-intended promises and goals help to encourage positive action. Stay on course! When considering resolutions that you’ve abandoned, resolve to recommit and also take time in your day to read UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY—your community publication of choice—as we resolve to keep you informed about all things “USC!”



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In recognition of our United States veterans, UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is beginning a year-long contribution campaign requesting $7 per veteran recognized, which represents $1 for each of the seven branches of the U.S. military. A donor has been secured for the summer 2013 cover of TODAY to start us on our way! The community’s financial support of this project will help to complete the goals of the Upper St. Clair Veterans Park (USCVP), which includes a perpetual maintenance fund so future generations can enjoy the beauty of this park. Your acknowledgment(s) will be printed in an upcoming issue of TODAY.

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William “Bill” Babcock—Veteran, Volunteer, Patron Mary Lynne Spazok

At The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, retiree laying events, which also include international veterans’ tributes, William “Bill” Babcock honors deceased veterans by performing ceremonies at State Houses, and a week-long “Veterans’ Parade” military funeral honors. Did you know that there are more than between Maine and Virginia. Paramount is the message of remembering our fallen heroes, 323,000 veterans living in western Pennsylvania? The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, dedicated on October 9, 2005, by honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about sacthe U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs and National Cemetery rifices made by veterans and their families. Without government Administration, is one of the newest cemeteries in the system and funding, the week of activities is made possible through the efforts serves veterans and their families with 100,000 burial plots. As of thousands who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponoften as five days a week, Bill travels to the cemetery located in sor wreaths, and participate in the events. Contributions come from individual wreath sponsors, corporate donors, teamsters, Cecil Township to honor a deceased veteran. The cemetery was constructed on 292 acres of farmland and and independent truck drivers. contains a modest homestead cemetery with graves dating back A Navy veteran, Bill is a patron of the Upper St. Clair Veterans to the late 18th century. Open daily to visitors sunrise to sunset, Park, Inc. Each of the seven black granite monuments represent and is dedicated to one of the seven branches of the the cemetery holds annual events which include Armed Forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, a Memorial Day ceremony the Sunday before Merchant Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Memorial Day at 2 p.m. and a Veterans Day In conjunction with the Upper St. Clair Veterans ceremony on Veterans Day at 10:30 a.m. Park (USCVP), UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is sponsorIn December, the Wreaths Across America ceremony is set in motion. Founded in 1992 by Maine ing the campaign “Give TODAY. They Already Did.” businessman Morrill Worcester, Wreaths Across Contributions to USCVP are tax deductible. At $7 per America is a nonprofit organization regarding the veteran recognition, your dedication to honor veterans goal of continuing expanding the annual wreathwill be published in a future edition of TODAY. laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Complete and mail the form found on page 10, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations along with your donation, to say “thank you” to all across the nation and beyond. The mission is to “reveterans past, present, and future, the bastion of our Bill Babcock, at USC Veterans Park member, honor, teach” by coordinating these wreath enduring freedom and democracy. n Spring 2013



Owner of StoneMakers, David Cherup, and his trusty companion, Kahlua

Maybe you have seen our retaining walls throughout USC Township on Fort Couch, Washington, Boyce, or McMillan Roads. Maybe you have seen our trucks around the South Hills area or at our warehouse on Painters Run Road. Maybe your neighbors have had a new patio or walkway installed by our company. StoneMakers of Western PA, owned and operated by USC resident David Cherup, is quietly, but quickly becoming the premier hardscape contractor in this area. “If you can dream it… we can build it,” says David. A 1976 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, David has held positions in finance with PNC Bank and Merrill Lynch, and has experience in real estate land development and residential construction. These positions have prepared him well for his final career in landscape design and hardscape construction, where he can also apply his creative talents.

“Many homes in our area, built in the 60s and 70s, still have their original retaining walls constructed of railroad ties, cement block, or brick,” says David. Now deteriorating or already deteriorated, many have outlived their useful lives and need to be replaced. What should you do? Look to StoneMakers of Western PA for help. StoneMakers walls are constructed of concrete. Poured, stacked, and textured, the walls are then carved to mirror the look of real rock or stone. With a core tested strength of 7,500 PSI, StoneMakers walls are three times stronger than Versa-Lok or Keystone walls and twice as strong as a mason mortar wall. The monolithic wall has a footer poured simultaneously, which adds to its strength and durability. Upon first glance, you would expect an Italian stone mason meticulously carved and set each stone in place. A very time consuming and expensive

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process, the project could last weeks. The StoneMakers wall is priced comparably to block walls and well below the cost (about half) of a mason’s wall. Completing the project in days not weeks, this wall will be the last one you will ever need. “The question I hear most often is ‘Wow, where did you find those beautiful stones?’ And I proudly respond, ‘It’s not stone. It’s concrete!’ ” Many who have worked with concrete cannot believe that a five-foot-high wall can be built without forms. But, because concrete—a grout mix high in cement and low in aggregate and water—is used, it can be done. Then, to help strengthen the wall, the StoneMakers Wall-builder formula is applied. “While still wet, we carve out the mortar joints to provide the look of stone, unique to your project,” David continues. StoneMakers of Western PA helps to create special outdoor living spaces that enable families to take full advantage of their backyards, thus extending the pleasure of enjoying Pennsylvania’s more temperate months. “Pittsburghers naturally take pride in their homes and yards. We love that!” says David. With the summer season quickly approaching, you might consider adding a patio, sidewalk, fire pit, or water feature to your home’s outdoor space—a place to relax with family and friends and enjoy the inviting extension of your home. “At the completion of a customer’s project, our clients say they feel as though they are at a vacation resort right in their own backyards,” comments David.

The patios and walkways are poured, stamped, and specially carved to give the appearance of flagstone in various colors and sizes, depending on the client’s wishes. Ponds and waterfalls can have the appearance of a ledge fall to enhance the beauty, adding the sensory sound and visual movement of a tranquil waterfall to further its relaxation effects. “Our talented team of workers, with a combined 50 years of experience, can construct a water feature in the span of just a few days, leaving your family to enjoy it almost immediately,” says David. Realtors will be the first to tell you that investing in your home’s outdoor living space returns almost dollar for dollar when the time comes for you to sell your home. Invest in your home with StoneMakers and get the relaxation you deserve today, right at home. n

USC’s Bob and Mary Hopkins, of Tragone Drive, enjoy their landscape’s new look.

StoneMakers of Western PA serves Allegheny and surrounding counties. Visit our website at to view a sampling of our projects. We are always happy to give a FREE estimate. Contact us at 412-308-6146 or 412-999-0126.

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USC Crime and Law Enforcement; Then and Now Mary Lynne Spazok Are the duties of an Upper St. Clair police officer different in 2013 from what they were in 1940? The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair archives provide intriguing data. In 1940, John A. Klancher was the one and the only USC police officer. Indispensable, he served as the elected constable (detective)—the lone law enforcement—as approved by the Courts of Allegheny County. It’s not that the Township would not hire auxiliary help, but it was nearly impossible to employ men 38 years or younger due to the wartime draft. Later that year, the courts appointed four new members only to have them abruptly whisked away to the Armed Forces or civil defense work. In need of help, the USC Board of Commissioners corresponded with the Selective Service located in Dormont stating, “We wish to point out that it is quite difficult to train one for this office. Being unlike that of boroughs or townships of congested areas where house numbers are available, our police officer must rely on individual names or roads as quite a large populous live on farms.” One had to be familiar with the area. Back then, animal control and emergency medical missions were taken on by Officer Klancher as well. Upper St. Clair was vastly rural compared with the 10.5-square-mile residential community of today. According to his resume, John A. Klancher was born in Upper St. Clair in 1911. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and was trained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C. Married, with three children, he was originally contracted as

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a commissioned Peace Officer on January 2, 1934, and appointed Chief of Police in 1940. Added to his list of responsibilities was driver training instruction at local area high schools. Fraternal organizations were popular and a necessity for law enforcement officers. John participated in many, including the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a labor union consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. As a charter member of Don McNeill’s Blue Network Breakfast Club, Klancher appreciated the frivolity of radio’s longest running network entertainment show debuting on June 23, 1933, and broadcasted by the NBC Blue Network. For 35 years, he enjoyed the combination of music, informal talk, and jokes. The observance of a moment of silent prayer each morning started John’s day. John was a member of the Radio Manufacturers Service (A Philco Plan) and the Radio Servicemen of America. During World War II, most Americans followed the news of the war through various resources, including radio broadcasts, newspapers (there were more than 11,000 in the country at that time), and newsreels that preceded movies in local theatres. These sources played a vital role in connecting the home front with the war front and kept Americans informed. Vivid radio broadcasts brought the war into the nation’s living rooms as families gathered ’round to hear the news from overseas and how it impacted their communities. During war years, Klancher was issued a basic mileage rations “A” card for his 1940 Chevrolet patrol vehicle. Other ration stamps included meats and fats, canned goods, sugar, shoes, and whiskey. Each citizen, regardless of status within the community, shared the burden of war.

As USC Township evolved, Chief of Police Klancher suggested the implementation of various ordinances and programs in the interest of public safety. Days and the time of day for burning flammable refuse were established. Solicitors, peddlers, and salesmen were registered with the Township. An ordinance was created to regulate landscape inclines and to control vegetation on corner lots to reduce traffic hazards, especially at intersections. With the advent of the sanitary sewer program, permits and inspections became mandatory. Provisions were established for sewers and the construction of street curbs—some with sidewalks—were designed. Streets were required to be at least 50 feet in width to prevent traffic congestion. In my research, I discovered a most interesting record that involved Gimbel Brothers Department Store (South Hills Village) on September 22, 1967. Including larceny and receiving stolen goods, one Bertha May J. … “Unlawfully and feloniously did by means of certain tricks and artifices receive, take, steal and carry away money, chattels, goods and property, and one dress valued at $19 of the property of Gimbels.” At the hearing, District Attorney Robert W. Duggan moved for nolle prossed, a Latin phrase meaning “be unwilling to pursue,” or “do not prosecute.” Why nolle prossed? Gimbels determined that “the property was of small value and the defendant was of good reputation.” They allowed the defendant to pay total costs of $84.40. A Historical Society member, seeing a picture of John in dress jodhpurs, inquired, “Why jodhpurs?” The uniform was fashioned in the European style and considered to be quite dapper. John A. Klancher went on to become a USC Township ComDress jodhpurs­—the uniform of choice missioner. On January 5, 1976, he was officially celebrated for exemplary public service. Proclamations included dedication to public safety, commitment to health and well being, development of a cable television system, and “his long service as Chief of Police of the Township of Upper St. Clair.” Today, with a fleet of ten vehicles, Upper St. Clair Township employs 28 law enforcement officers, keeping USC safe and secure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Township accolades include Upper St. Clair’s national status as a “top ten” best and safest place to live in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report, 2009. In the tradition of John A. Klancher, the police department exemplifies a “can do” attitude, providing professional, ’roundthe-clock quality service to our community. n

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Tour the Gilfillan homestead on Saturday May 18, noon-3 p.m., for USC’s Community Day, where the Historical Society archives the community’s treasured past through decades of photos and momentous documents. The Historical Society continues to discover, file, and distribute the legacy of Upper St. Clair. Spring 2013



Traveling with TODAY

Left to right are Andrew, Nonna, Polina, and Samuel Neft

The Neft family enjoyed USC School District’s winter break traveling to Israel and visiting the Kotel in Jerusalem. Made of limestone, the Kotel, also known as the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount and is believed to have been constructed in the year 19 BC under Herod the Great. The Kotel, a remnant of the ancient wall that once surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, is considered to be a sacred, holy site for those of the Jewish faith. Additional construction of the wall has continued through the ages and includes the wall that exists today and captured in this photograph. Along for the ride with the Nefts is the winter 2012 issue of TODAY.

UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY traveled to the sun-drenched paradise of St. Barthélemy, an island nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. A petite 9.5-square-mile island, it blends French tradition with modernity, while sustaining its native wildlife and pristine ecosystem. Gustavia, the capital of St. Barth’s, overlooks 17 beaches, quaint villages, enchanting inns, and tony “full service” hotels. Its 7000 residents include natives, metropolitans, and foreigners beguiled by the average 84-degree temperatures and balmy, transparent seawaters and white beaches. Being that St. Barth’s is a volcanic atoll, driving through hair-raising mountain terrain where narrow roads twist and turn reveals breathtaking scenery. Rental vehicles are small to mid-size, with petrol around $5 a gallon. Diminutive private jets, 18-seater passenger planes, and water craft (no cruise ships) bring guests and goods to and from Gustavia. The Euro is the currency of trade, but the dollar is also widely accepted. Bring a credit card free of foreign transaction fees, since the exchange rate can change daily. Sophisticated, the French island of St. Barth’s is family focused, but also intimate. Seashore water sports include wind surfing, kayaking, and canoeing. Shop for chic French and Italian fashion and enjoy the food, since cuisine here ranks among the Caribbean’s best. The hotel Guanahani reception staff was thrilled to be gifted the 2012 Community Day edition of TODAY, along with a dozen other English print magazines. For your trip, pack a 21-inch carry on and include a passport and fashionable attire for the beach and twilight dining. Charming and gracious, St. Barthélemy is truly an indulgence anytime of the year!

TODAY rests atop a dining table at St. Barth’s, overlooking the sand and sea.

Julie Schuldt visited her parents and sister in Seoul, South Korea, over the Christmas holidays. Robbie, John, and Allison moved to Seoul this past August, while Julie remains in the Township to complete high school at USCHS. The Schuldts are pictured, with TODAY magazine in hand, in front of Deoksugung Palace in central Seoul. This palace is one of five built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and was inhabited by Korean royalty until the early 1900s. Across Surrounding a palace guard are, left to right, Allison, Julie, the street from the palace is City John, and Robbie Schuldt Hall where PSY gave his free concert in October, which Robbie and Allison attended along with 80,000 other K-POP fans. John works for Ford Sales and Service Korea, located in the now famous Gangnam area of Seoul. Allison is in fifth grade and attends Seoul Foreign School. Robbie teaches fitness and is active on the tours committee of Seoul International Women’s Association. TODAY loved the international travel to Seoul! 16


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UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY is proud to travel with you, too! Read the following criteria to find out how. • Clear, close-up photo of USC resident(s) holding his or her TODAY magazine. • Digital photo or hard copy 35mm accepted. ‣‣ For digital, attach jpg (at least 300 dpi) and send via email, including required information (see below) in the body of the email. ‣‣ For 35 mm, attach post-it to back of hard copy photo, listing the required information (see below). • List name(s) of resident(s), group, and specific photo location. • List objective of visit—leisure, volunteer, career, etc. • Include email address or phone number should further contact be necessary. • Deliver one 35 mm photo with details to the USC Township receptionist in an envelope marked “USC TODAY,” or • Email one digital photo with details to, with “TODAY” listed in subject line.

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A new feature of TODAY called “Meet…” will introduce you to someone who plays a key role in our Township or School District. Each issue, we will spotlight someone, allowing you the opportunity to better know what he or she does for our community. If you know of someone whom we should “meet,” please let us know. Email contact information to We will take it from there! With this inaugural feature and with pleasure, we introduce you to “Meet… Karen and Karen.”


Karen and Karen Karen Kutschbach, Township receptionist

Whether you enter the Township offices or those of the School District at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, chances are good that the name that goes with the smiling face greeting you is “Karen.” Poised, professional, and always helpful, Karen Kutschbach and Karen Huckestein are great representatives of the excellence for which Upper St. Clair is known. On the Township side is Karen Kutschbach who started her career with the municipality in 1989 as a part-time employee in the Public Works Department. Karen moved to full-time status in January 1990, working as confidential secretary to Kyle Robinson, director of Public Works, until March 2002, when she took a brief hiatus. In October 2005, this USC resident was asked to fill in for a Public Works employee who was leaving. Shortly thereafter, Karen moved to her current position of Township receptionist. Karen recalls that former Township manager Doug Watkins always said that the reception area is the desk of first impressions for the Township and the School District. Since Karen describes herself as a “stay in the background” type of person, she finds it sort of odd that she is the person sitting at the front desk.

Karen Huckestein, USC School District receptionist, vacationing in Colorado before the school year started

In addition to greeting visitors to the Township offices and other reception duties, Karen also helps the Finance Department. “I really like the people who work here,” said Karen, adding that she thinks Upper St. Clair is a very well run municipality. After work, Karen said she likes to read and spend time with her family and her Yorkshire terriers, Brody and Sophie. Greeting those entering the School District offices is another Upper St. Clair resident, Karen Huckestein. Karen joined the District five years ago as Dr. Judy Bulazo’s secretary, until USC superintendent Dr. Patrick O’Toole asked her to fill the position at the reception desk. Besides meeting and greeting visitors, Karen works with student teaching assignments, assists Liz Hall, director of Advancement, with projects, and makes arrangements for use permits of the District’s facilities. Karen and her husband, Ted, an attorney, have lived in the Township’s Deerfield Manor neighborhood for over 30 years. The couple has one son, Teddy, who lives in Denver, Colorado. During her free time, Karen said she loves to read or walk on the trails and in the wetlands in Boyce Mayview Park. She and Ted also enjoy traveling. n Spring 2013



Shoulders— Remarkable and Complex Many people are not aware of the remarkable nature of the shoulder as a part of the human anatomy. It is the most flexible joint in the body, able to move in a range of directions that allow us to reach, lift, throw, and perform countless essential functions with our hands and arms. That marvelous mobility, however, also means that the shoulder is exceptionally vulnerable to injury. In fact, 7.5 million people seek medical help for shoulder pain every year. In the Pittsburgh region, shoulder specialist Christopher M. Manning, MD, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, sees patients of all ages and activity levels who have shoulder pain, often as a result of activities that involve excessive repetitive overhead motion. Although these types of activities place the shoulder at risk for injury, Dr. Manning explains that what might feel like an injury may actually be age related “wear and tear.” “A significant percentage of my patients will not be able to recall a specific event that caused their pain. They often have a gradual onset of pain, radiating down the side of the arm and this pain is often worse at night,” he said. The shoulder joint consists of a large ball (the humeral head) and a very shallow socket (the glenoid) and is comparable to a golf ball resting on a golf tee. The stability of the joint is provided by numerous ligaments, a soft tissue rim called the labrum and a healthy rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a sleeve of four tendons that envelop the humeral head and help provide motion, strength, and stability to the joint. One of the most common sources of shoulder pain is from shoulder arthritis, in which the cartilage between the ball and socket wears out over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and loss of function. Shoulder arthritis can often be treated conservatively with anti-inflammatories, home-based exercise, and cortisone injections before surgery is considered.

The most common surgical treatment for advanced shoulder arthritis is a shoulder replacement. There are several types of shoulder replacement options ranging from a partial shoulder replacement, in which only the humeral head is replaced, to a total shoulder replacement in which both the ball and the socket are replaced. “In most situations, I will recommend a total shoulder replacement instead of a partial replacement because the pain relief and range of motion return are superior.” However, a total shoulder replacement is more technically demanding and time consuming. Patients who are young (e.g., in their 40s) or those who have fractures or who have worn out their sockets severely may not be good candidates for a total shoulder replacement, but still may benefit from a partial shoulder replacement. A newer type of shoulder replacement is the reverse total shoulder, which has a long track record in Europe and has been FDA approved in this country since 2004. The procedure was originally developed for patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears, but it also may be used in complex revision cases and for patients with severe fractures. “In the past, these patients had no viable options to treat their pain; however the reverse shoulder replacement has been a wonderful advancement in the field for patients with these problems. From my perspective, it is a great feeling to restore a patient’s ability to raise his or her arm overhead, especially when a new level of independence is gained because of the procedure.” Shoulder replacement surgery has become increasingly more common in the U.S., with over 53,000 procedures being performed every year. This is in comparison to approximately 900,000 hip and knee replacement procedures performed annually. Dr. Manning points out that over 90% of the patients who opt for surgery will undergo shoulder replacement by a physician who performs two or fewer surgeries of this type each year. Continued on page 20

Dreamland Turns Into a Nightmare Jim O’Brien

Have you ever stayed at the Dreamland Motel? I bet you did, but under another name, or alias, something like the Nightmare Inn or Lost Honeymoon Hut, and signed the registrar as Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jones. Our family stayed at the Dreamland Motel in Deep Creek, Maryland, many moons ago—full moons mostly—but we will not soon forget the experience. For us, the Dreamland was a nightmare. There is no Dreamland anymore, only in our minds. We were reminded of it twice, soon after our stay. One summer later, during one of our trips to Chautauqua, New York, to visit our daughter, Sarah, who spent seven weeks there at an orchestra camp, we couldn’t get into the nearby Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn, where we had been most satisfied on earlier visits. The only room available was at a place called Journey’s End. To us, that had an ominous sound. “Sounds like another Dreamland Motel,” offered Rebecca, our younger daughter, who was traveling with us. We were unfamiliar with Journey’s End, but it turned out be a very nice place and is a very successful chain, with sites mostly in Canada. Then Ted Frantz, my friend from Mt. Lebanon, sent us a real 18


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estate booklet from Deep Creek, loaded with classified listings. There, in full color—talk about gall—was the Dreamland Motel. It was for sale. Frantz had circled it with red ink. “Thought you’d be interested,” wrote Frantz, who must have had his tongue buried deep in his cheek. The Dreamland is definitely a “handyman’s special.” Definitely not my bag of tools, I won’t be bidding on the property. If anybody should be interested in buying the place it ought to be Frantz, owner of TEDCO Construction Co., Inc., a Carnegie-based company responsible for many new buildings around Pittsburgh. We stayed at the Dreamland Motel one memorable summer night, during a business stopover in Deep Creek, en-route to a convention in Nashville, Tennessee. To get first-rate accommodations at Deep Creek during the summer, you have to book a room for a full weekend or promise your second son to do their landscaping for at least two summers. We needed a room for just one night and summer landscape work was off limits. As we called for reservations, we kept getting shut out until we reached the Dreamland line. “The O’Brien family had visions of a Marriott property—heated pools, room service, and king-size


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2000 Oxford Drive, Suite 211 • Bethel Park, PA. 15102 • Free wireless internet access and valet parking available beds,” Sarah would later write in an essay at school. But as we pulled up to the hotel, “… the family looked up and viewed the crummiest motel we had ever seen,” she continued. No sooner had we turned into the unpaved driveway than Rebecca, who was about ten at the time, asked a loaded question: “Dad, why is there grass growing in the swimming pool?” Sure enough, the plastic covering on the pool, which apparently hadn’t been removed in several years, was mossy green and had grass and plants growing on it. If that wasn’t a tip-off to what awaited us, surely we should have known to drive away when we were greeted by the manager of the motel. He could have easily been confused with Norman Bates, the motel keeper in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho. Fortunately, the kids hadn’t seen that movie at that stage of their lives. Now they laugh when they see it, not exactly what Hitchcock had in mind, I’m sure. To them, it’s now in the same genre as the Chevy Chase Vacation movies. Once checked in and inside, we were taken aback by our room. Half the room was painted orange, the other half white. Half the floor was carpeted, the other tiled. It looked like a creamsicle left in the sun too long. Located at the foot of the beds was a rusty-bottomed sink, partially filled with standing water that provided a rancid sulfur odor. That really got me excited about brushing my teeth! Finding ants roaming the floor of the bathroom caused me to pull back the shower curtain ever so carefully, half expecting to find the long decaying corpse of Janet Leigh. What I found were more ants. With time to kill (I wish I hadn’t used that expression) before dinner, my wife, Kathie, and I decided to lounge in the twin beds

and watch some TV. Set high on a shelf near the ceiling, the TV’s dial was difficult to reach. A wasted effort, since we could get only one, snowy channel. Instead, we took a nap on the lumpy mattress, which felt as if it was stuffed with stones from the unpaved driveway. Dinner was outstanding, as the Frantz family hosted us at a nearby inn. Returning to the Dreamland after dinner, we were alarmed to discover that the door of our room was wide open. Kathie ordered me to enter the room first. We had left our bags and suitcases in the room, one containing her jewelry. We surely expected to find the orange and white room intact, but none of our stuff. Fortunately for us, nothing was missing. We had been spared and we counted our blessings. It was difficult to get to sleep that night and Kathie ended up with bug bites all over her legs. This was a night when the bed bugs did bite. We did, however, fall asleep. In the middle of the night, the door sprang open with the frightening sound of the door hitting the wall, like a bang from a shotgun. I bolted up in bed, waiting for the worst. I fully expected Texas Chain Saw Massacre II to be reenacted right in our room. Nothing happened. I checked the door to discover that it was warped and unable to stay shut. Badly warped, that is, just like anyone who would make the suggestion to stay at the Dreamland Motel, even for one night. n Pittsburgh author Jim O’Brien recently unveiled “Immaculate Reflections,” his 24th book and his 21st on Pittsburgh sports achievements. Visit to find out more. Spring 2013



Teaching Children Patriotism Mary Lynne Spazok Upper St. Clair Community Day 2013, celebrated on Saturday May 18, is also Armed Forces Day. This day recognizes and honors military veterans, both living and deceased. On this day, USC TODAY will hope to showcase the USC Veterans Monument Park and the seven branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. One of the best ways to ensure that the United States remains the world’s greatest nation is to instill our American values and traditions within our own families. All children learn from their parents and their surroundings, so teaching them to be patriotic is simply a matter of setting good examples from the time they are old enough to observe and understand. While USC’s Community Day celebration is a day to gather with family and friends in our own environment, being that it is also Armed Forces Day, it is also a day that Americans should set aside and remember those in the military who have sacrificed, and are sacrificing, their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Patriotism includes acknowledging the Armed Forces during times of war and times of peace, appreciating the sacrifices made to defend our way of life. The next generation will shape this land long after we’re gone. Why are the colors of the United States flag red, white, and blue? What is the significance? Traditionally, it is said that George Washington believed the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. In 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose red, white, and blue for the Great Seal of the United States and listed the

colors’ meanings as white for purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. At events where the flag is raised, people should always stand in reverence. Explain to your children the symbolism of the stars and stripes and the history of how it came to be. Fly the flag at home whenever possible and teach the proper way to handle and care for the flag. We all know that there are strict rules and guidelines for flying the official U.S. flag, which may be a bit cumbersome for youngsters, so consider another opportunity to teach. Instead, a red, white, and blue colored activity can be fun and inexpensive for everyone! How? Visit your neighborhood dollar store. There you will find many forms of the stars and stripes— banners, cardboard cutouts, signs, mini flags, bows, pinwheels, and more. Offer suggestions on how each can be used. Banners are easy for kids to hang on outside railings, while mini flags and yard art are effortless to display. Finally, encourage your children to challenge their neighborhood friends to join in the fun. Upper St. Clair was recently recognized nationally for its philanthropy. Adding another “p” to that list—patriotism—allows your children to appreciate and understand national loyalty and a sense of obligation. While there is no absolute definition, try to incorporate your individual family values, background, and experiences into your patriotic dialogue with your children or grandchildren. Loyalty to one’s Did you know that? c o u n t r y v a l i d a t e s • There are 31 U.S. flag flying salutes. fundamental ideals. • February 1 is National Freedom Day. Flying the flag and • June 14 is Flag Day. patriotism are never • September 11 is Patriot Day, a day of remembrance of the terrorist attacks out of style! n on the U.S. 12 years ago.

Shoulders—Remarkable and Complex Continued from page 18

Studies show that physicians who perform over 25 to 30 shoulder replacements per year will have lower complication rates and better outcomes. Dr. Manning, who performs over 250 shoulder procedures a year, does approximately 75 shoulder replacements each year. Dr. Manning explains, “I started my practice with a primary focus in hand and wrist surgery because there was a need for a fulltime hand specialist in the South Hills and specifically at St. Clair Hospital. However, my true professional passion has always been, and always will be, treating patients with problems of the shoulder.” He uses the most current non-operative and operative techniques and modalities to treat patients with both routine problems of the shoulder and those who have more complex problems. 20


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Dr. Manning completed his medical school and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and completed an additional fellowship year of upper extremity and micro vascular training as well. He is a native of Upper St. Clair and currently resides in the Township with his wife, Maria; son, Niko (eight); and daughters, Tomasina (six) and Francesca (three). “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to stay here and treat the great people of this area,” stated Dr. Manning. n

Dr. Manning sees patients Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at his new office in the St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center at 2000 Oxford Drive, Suite 211, in Bethel Park. See ad on page 19.

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Charity Begins at Home Mary Lynne Spazok

Upper St. Clair High school student Sarah Burton is determined when it comes to raising funds for childhood cancer research. Over the past three years, Sarah has supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity based in the Philadelphia

area. Alexandra Scott, a cancer patient herself, set up her own stand for the cause from age four until her death at age eight. Carrying on the tradition, Sarah, along with pals Kara Gisleson, Kylie Fultineer, and Grace Burton, set up a lemonade stand along Warwick While most are dreaming of success, D r i v e o n a s t e a m y winners wake up and S u n d a y a f t e r n o o n . Lemonade, homemade work hard to achieve it. cookies, and popcorn —Author Unknown were served to friends, family, neighbors, and passersby. Thanks to an Upper St. Clair Patch heads up, drive-by contributions championed Sarah’s $2000 annual goal. For these four girls, the act of charity begins at home. Upper St. Clair residents are among the nation’s most giving according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “How America Gives.” The 2008 study reports that the 15241 ZIP code ranks in the top three percent, with it being 764th most generous out of 28,725 ZIP code areas across the nation. And our students, while achieving academically and engaged in the arts or athletics, seek to be philanthropic, as well. With determined support and guidance, our youth are on the road to achieving their full potential. n

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The COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of UPPER ST. CLAIR appreciates the generous response to the ANNUAL SOLICITATION. Support of the year-end appeal makes it possible to meet the mission of creating a sense of community through enhancing the quality of life for all the people of Upper St. Clair.

Some of the activities CF sponsored or supported during 2012 CF hosted and proudly supported the 2nd Annual “Celebrate Our Schools” Gala with a $15,000 grant. The Gala raised over $80,000 for Technology in the Upper St. Clair School District.

The 3rd Annual “Celebrate Our Schools” GALA will be on October 19, 2013! ARE OUR CHILDREN SAFE IN


CF has, for many years, s p o n s o re d t h e b u s transportation from parking lots to the USC High School for the Town Hall South lecture Series.

This CF-sponsored seminar provided an opportunity for the FBI Cyber Squad and the USC Technology Department to raise awareness of the dangers of cyberspace for our children.

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The EITC (Educational Improvem e n t Ta x Credit) application for 2012 was approved. Go to for more information regarding EITC.


Through program ads, the CF has supported student activities, such as USCHS Lacrosse, Football, Boys & Girls Basketball, the USC Marching Band Festival and the High School Spring Musical.

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The Couples Bocce League at the Baker School courts was started by the CF Recreation & Leisure Focus Committee.

CF is the depository for six college scholarship funds which are awarded through the High School Guidance Office each spring.

If you would like to support the efforts of your CF, please send your tax deductible donation to:

Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair (or CFUSC) 2585 Washington Road, Suite 131, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 If you prefer, you can make a credit card donation at - click on “Annual Appeal.” VISIT THE WEBSITE TO SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS AT CF EVENTS

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Pediatric Alliance Pamela & James T. Render Hallie & Nate Snyder StonePepper’s Grill The McQuillan Group, LLC Tucker Arensberg, P.C. Turnberry Properties USC TODAY Magazine Susan & Steven Wagner Ellen & Kevin Whyte

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Pan Seared Chicken Breast atop Basil and Parmesan Polenta Ingredients: ¼ cup radicchio 1 chicken breast (6 oz.) 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1 cup water ¼ cup polenta

1 Tbsp. butter ¼ cup parmesan cheese ¼ cup heavy cream ¼ cup shredded basil Salt as needed ¼ cup whole butter

Directions: Radicchio—Dice head of radicchio into thin shreds. Toss lightly in olive oil and season with preferred amount of salt and pepper. Place on hot grill until only slightly charred. Set aside. Chicken—Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat oil in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown. Place in oven 4-5 minutes until cooked thoroughly. Cut on bias into even slices. Polenta—Bring water to a boil in sauce pan. Gradually whisk in polenta until creamy and smooth (not gritty). Add heavy cream, butter, and parmesan cheese until fully incorporated. Fold in basil and let steep. Brown butter—Start from a cold pan and gradually melt butter only bringing it to a medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook until butter turns to a golden brown. Pour brown butter over arranged chicken atop polenta and radicchio. Recipe courtesy of Bistecca Steakhouse ∙ Winebar. See ad on this page. 24


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Planning a Celebration? If you’re marking a milestone in 2013, look to the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park to make it an event to remember! From kids’ birthday parties to elegant receptions, the C&RC can accommodate gatherings of many sizes. For a birthday party that’s sure to be a favorite memory for your child, consider a pool party, complete with supervision and use of the poolside party room. Is there a graduation celebration in your plans this year? By renting one, two, or all three of the meeting rooms at the C&RC, complete with a catering kitchen, you can host a party from 25 to 200 people. Has it been too long since your last family reunion? Why not make 2013 the year to reconnect and rent the covered pavilion at Boyce Mayview Park? With lights, picnic tables, and plenty of room for the kids to run and play, it’s a great place to reminisce and make new memories. For more information on facility rental, visit the To w n s h i p w e b s i t e a t or call the Recreation and Leisure S e r v i c e s D e p a rt m e n t a t 412-221-1099. n Spring 2013



Celebrate YOU! Lovelace Designs—All About Personal Heather Holtschlag

If you are familiar with the movie “Erin Brokovich,”

then you may remember something that actress Julia Roberts, who portrayed Brokovich, said about her work being personal to her, describing her work as her sweat and her time away from her kids. She said, “If that is not personal, I don’t know what is!” That, in a nutshell, describes Upper St. Clair resident Deirdre Lovelace, who launched her own business, LovelaceDesigns, about three years ago. “I think the most important thing that I would like people to know about what LovelaceDesigns is all about is that my creations are truly made from the heart, with both the recipient and the gift-giver in mind,” Lovelace said. “A little baby’s name hanging in his nursery, that I have painted and decorated just right, might be there for a long time. And, who knows, perhaps that little guy will learn how to spell his name from it. My work is very personal to me.” LovelaceDesigns creates hand painted, decoupaged letters for nurseries and kids’ rooms or for family names or initials. Lovelace uses the same techniques to make picture frames in various sizes, and she also specializes in creating decoupaged clipboards for gift-giving, from thank you gifts for teachers and coaches to bridal gifts, nurses’ gifts, and presents for kids. “We hope to cover just about every person’s interests and every occasion,” Lovelace said. “And everything is handmade except for the embellishments like buttons, flowers, or ribbons that we add to our creations, so everything is personal.” Lovelace explained that while her online business was slow when she first opened for business on the website Etsy, she has since done more research on how to market herself and her business and has even created a Facebook page and a Twitter account. She also joined some promotion groups within Etsy and, after some time, the orders started coming in. She was getting an order about every week. “During my second year, I completed 66 online orders, and as time went on, the number of items within my shop has grown from just a few to currently more than 120,” Lovelace explained. “My third year went quite well, and I’m hopeful that my success continues into 2013.” Lovelace said that it was an easy decision to start her business, as she had been already making handmade gifts for family and friends for a long time. “And almost every time I gave something to someone, they would rave about it or tell me that I should be getting paid for my work, so I really started to think that maybe I should be selling it.” When she took the plunge into business ownership, her sons were in school all day and she wanted to find a job she could do while they were away, but one that would also allow her to be at home and be available for them. “I have a real passion for the creative arts and for people,” she said. “This business allows me to meet new people with each order I take and each sale I make. It’s funny how much you can get to know someone when you are creating something personalized and special for them. In fact, my repeat customers know me quite well!” And though Lovelace spends her days busy filling orders and creating personalized products, she also manages to keep one eye on her future. “The more orders I fill, the more I can offer people in terms of various designs and items to paint and decoupage. I would like to increase my sales and perhaps ‘need’ to hire someone part time to help me with my workload,” she said. “Eventually, I would love to get into some boutique stores and offer my items to an even wider audience. But, as my business continues to grow, and my word-of-mouth referrals continue to increase, I will be pleased with my progress of taking this little ‘baby’ from nothing to something.” For more information about LovelaceDesigns or to see some of the products available, visit Lovelace also is available by phone at 412-831-2758 or email at n 26


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Celebrate Spring by Knitting Something New

Heather Metzger and Laurie Graham Soon winter

will be but a memory, and the sights and sounds of spring will be everywhere. Warmer days lead to cooler nights when a jacket is too much, but a lightweight cotton shawl would be perfect. Instead of searching clothing stores, why not knit your own? Knitting is a wonderfully relaxing activity that is always there when you have time. A few minutes waiting for the kids to finish an activity practice? Time for a few rows. Watching TV, but not really interested in the show? Pull out that knitting bag and before you know it, a lovely shawl in a beautiful spring shade can be yours. Most people don’t realize that knitting is an ambidextrous skill that can be taught quickly and simply. The best way to begin is with a light colored yarn and a larger-sized needle so that you can clearly see the stitches and determine whether you “slipped a stitch” or not. There are a number of instructional videos online and countless books that can show you how to knit, but many of us have learned side-by-side with a patient teacher, another knitter who loves to spread the knowledge and joy of knitting. Whether you are a seasoned expert or just curious about how to start knitting, Kid Ewe Knot can help. Classes for all skill levels are listed on the “Classes & Calendar” page of the store’s website: New spring yarns are arriving weekly and there are knit-alongs designed to work a group of knitters through a new project together. Besides yummy yarns, the store also carries bamboo, wooden, and even carbon fiber double-points! Let Kid Ewe Knot find the best project for your budget and get you started on a life-long skill that is rewarding and creatively challenging. Kid Ewe Knot is open for business in Bridgeville in the location of the former Carol’s Needleworks. Find them online at n See ad for Kid Ewe Knot on page 27.

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Make “Change” in Your Jewelry Amy Guarino Yadouga, Louis Anthony Jewelers

A certain style has recently made a comeback in the jewelry circuit. A major movement in coin-themed jewelry is inspiring designers and the results are versatile and remarkably stylish. From actual vintage currency to cast coins, trend setters and traditionalists alike will be sure to “keep the change” this spring. Designer Orhan Gurhan uses ancient Byzantine coins in his pure 24K gold designs. A history enthusiast and master goldsmith, Gurhan studied the ancient techniques used thousands of years ago to hone the craft of pure 24K gold jewelry to be wearable and durable. Each piece of Gurhan coin jewelry is unique. His style represents the aura of true ancient artifacts with modern styling methods that embody the definition of “conversation piece.” The 1884 collection is a new line that is gaining momentum faster than flipping a coin. The assortment is designed around Spring 2013

three different ancient Roman coins reproduced in sterling silver. A variety of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets combine 18K yellow gold, sterling silver, and many one-of-a-kind beaded designs. While 1884 pays homage to the past, the brand is passionate about its partnership with Make A Wish Foundation®. A percentage of the profits from 1884 sales is donated in an effort to send a child whose wish is to visit Italy. Customers play a role in registering their new 1884 bauble online so a wish can also be made on their behalf. Every purchase of 1884 is a gift that keeps on giving and a true testament to the adage “change is good.” n

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Upper St. Clair School District Board of School Directors

Barbara L. Bolas President 412-833-9841 2015*

Harry F. Kunselman 412-851-1115 2013*

Louis P. Mafrice, Jr. Vice President 412-851-0622 2013*

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Buffy Z. Hasco 412-833-5712 2013*

Rebecca A. Stern 412-220-0745 2015*

Frank J. Kerber 412-833-4873 2013*

The 2013 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 Central Office Board Room, unless otherwise noted. No regular meeting is scheduled for July.

School District Detailed Monthly Calendar Visit

Keystone Exams—What Are They? Eloise Stoehr, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services The 2012-13 school year marks the beginning of the implementation of a new statewide assessment for students at the secondary level. The Keystone exams are a set of assessments designed to measure a student’s level of proficiency in particular content and subject areas. Students will take the exams when they are completing the course related to the content of each exam. Over the span of the next three years, the Keystones will be available in five subjects: English literature, biology, Algebra I, English composition, and civics and government. Depending on funding in future years, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) plans to also develop exams in geometry, chemistry, Algebra II, U.S. history, and world history. At the start of the 2012-13 school year, school districts in Pennsylvania were informed by the PDE that there would be a transition to a new plan of assessment, effective immediately. Keystones were operational in the areas of English literature, Algebra I, and biology beginning this school year and coincided with a decision by the PDE to eliminate the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams at the 11th grade level. (PSSA exams will remain in place for students in grades three to eight.) To comply with Chapter 4 Regulations of the State Board of Education and conditions of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act regarding the expectations that students demonstrate proficiency on statewide assessments that are aligned with academic standards, the Keystones in Algebra I, biology, and English literature are now being used as the statewide assessment. Thus, a cascade of changes has begun. Why are these changes happening at this time? It is due to proposed revisions of the State Board of Education Chapter 4: Academic Standards and Assessment, which include the adoption of the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, changes in graduation requirements, and proposed use of the Keystones as the statewide assessment at the 28


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secondary level. The revisions to Chapter 4 were approved by the State Board of Education on May 11, 2012, and have been published for public comment. The PDE submitted the plan for transitionTaking the Keystone Exams ing to the use of the Keystone exams for assessing performance at the secondary level to the United States Department of Education (USDOE). It anticipates that the use of the Keystones will be approved as a measure of accountability, citing that other states have had end-of-course exams approved for this purpose. The revisions reveal that Keystone exams will be used for two purposes: 1) to meet the state requirement that the class of 2017 and beyond demonstrate proficiency in particular areas for the purpose of graduation and 2) to demonstrate accountability as per No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Changes have been initiated in three areas: 1) integration of the Pennsylvania Common Core standards in the curriculum review process; 2) administration of the Keystone exams in literature, Algebra I, and biology; and 3) planning for revision in the state and USC School District’s graduation requirements.

What are the Keystone Exams?

The Keystones are exams that are intended to measure a student’s level of proficiency in a particular content area and are aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in content areas and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Not only do they differ from the PSSA exams in the sense that they are subject specific, but they are designed to assess the student’s depth of knowledge, as well. While standardized assessments have been criticized for measuring recall more than higher level thinking skills, the Keystones have been developed to

SD require that students demonstrate high cognitive demands consistent with meeting the degree or complexity of knowledge that the content curriculum standards and expectations require. Items are intended to be as demanding cognitively as what the actual content curriculum standard expects. Two types of items will make up the exams: multiple choice and constructed response. The Keystone exam information guide for parents or guardians provided by PDE states that most constructedresponse questions require students to show their work or explain their reasoning. These Keystone exam questions ask students to explain, analyze, describe, or compare. Some questions will also require students to perform calculations or create graphs, plots, or drawings. Each subject area exam is made up of two modules. Each module will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete. The proposed use of the Keystone exams to replace the PSSA exams at the 11th grade level to determine if a school and school district have met the goals of performance as established by NCLB means that each student’s participation and score have an impact on whether the targets for adequate yearly progress (AYP) have been met. Several factors are examined to determine AYP for each school within the District, as well as AYP for the district as a whole. Two of these factors are directly related to the statewide assessments. Statewide, targets are established for a school and district’s rate of student participation in the exams. The participation target is 95%. Targets are also established for the percentage of students who are expected to score proficient or above on the exams. The performance target for the 2011-12 school year was 78% for math and 81% for reading. These targets are scheduled to increase to 87% for math and 91% for reading in the 2012-13 school year. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year at the secondary level, AYP will be determined by students’ participation in and performance on the Keystone exams in Algebra I, biology, and literature. Since the exams are intended to be administered as end-of-course exams, going forward, students will take the exams at the end of the semester correlated to when they are finishing the course work. Typically, in the Upper St. Clair School District (USCSD), students take Algebra I in grade eight, biology in grade nine, and literature in grade ten. The student’s score on each exam will be banked and counted toward the determination of AYP in the year the student is in grade 11. The Keystone exams will be administered three times a year and students may retake the exam in any content area multiple times up to the end of grade 11 until they score proficient or above. Only the student’s highest score on each subject exam will be counted. By the end of grade 11, students must take the exams in the areas of biology, Algebra I, and literature, even if they have not taken the course. Limited exemptions apply. Beginning with students who graduate in 2017, students who do not score proficient or above on a Keystone exam will need to complete a Project Based Assessment designed by PDE in order to graduate from high school. The transition to the use of the Keystone exams for accountability purposes at the secondary level beginning with the 2012-13 school year has prompted an unusual schedule for administering the assessments. This year is one in which schools have to see that 11th grade students are assessed in the three content areas. It is also recommended that any student who has already completed a course related to the Algebra I, biology, and literature participate in the exams when they are offered. Any student in any grade below grade 12 who has already completed one or more of these courses should take the related exam at the next time it is offered in order to have the benefit of the shortest delay between their completion of the course and the administration of the exam. Furthermore, students currently enrolled in a course related to a content area of the Keystone exams are expected to take the exam at the end of the course. Students who take Algebra I at the middle school level will take both the Keystone exam in Algebra I and

the PSSA exams. The first wave of Keystone exams was administered this past December. The next wave is scheduled for May 2013, and a third wave is anticipated in August and September 2013. Keystone exams are administered year round. In future years and depending on funding, final approval of the revisions to Chapter 4 and approval from the U.S. Department of Education of the statewide assessment plan, Keystone exams will expand to include additional content areas, including English composition, scheduled for administration in the 2013-14 school year, and civics and government, scheduled for administration in the 2014-15 school year. The revisions of Chapter 4 call for an increase in the number and content of Keystone exams for which a student must demonstrate proficiency in order to graduate from high school starting with three content areas for students graduating in the 2016-17 school year (students who are currently in grade eight). This expands to four areas for students graduating in 2018-19, and five areas for students graduating in 2019-20. To summarize the changes prompted by the Keystone exams, the following information, broken down by grade level, is provided:

Assessment of current 11th grade students

• All 11th graders will take the Keystone assessments in the following three subjects in the 2012-13 school year: Algebra I, literature, and biology. In future years, students who have not previously taken and/or scored proficient on the Keystone exams will take the exams. • The Algebra I and literature scores will be used in the calculation of AYP for USCHS. AYP is influenced by the performance and rate of participation of students taking the exam. • Biology will not be used in the AYP calculation. However, 11th graders are still required to take the biology Keystone exam to meet the participation requirement in NCLB that all students complete a science assessment during their high school years.

Assessment of current eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students

• All students in grades eight, nine, and ten, currently enrolled in the Algebra I, literature (generally, English 10), or biology courses are to take the Keystone exam in these subjects upon completion of the course(s). • Students who have previously completed a Keystone-related course are to take the Keystone exam during the 2012-13 school year. • If a student scores proficient or better in any subject, his or her score(s) will be banked and count towards AYP calculations when he or she is in 11th grade and he or she need not take the examination again in this/these subject(s). • If a student does not score proficient, he or she has multiple opportunities to retake the examination(s). However, his or her best scores in Algebra I and literature will be banked and will not count for AYP calculations until the student is in the 11th grade.

Assessment of students graduating in 2017 (current eighth graders) and beyond

• Students must score proficient or better on the Keystone exams in three subjects (Algebra I, literature, and biology) in order to graduate from high school. • A student can score proficient in multiple attempts. • This is a state requirement. • After two unsuccessful attempts, a student will have the option of completing a project in lieu of scoring proficient or above on a Keystone exam. • The parameters for this project will be determined by the PDE. n Additional information about the Keystone exams can be found at or Spring 2013




Class of 2012 “Halls of Famers!” The 13th annual Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame ceremony was presented on Friday, October 19, 2012, at Upper St. Clair High School. Festivities included a reception in the Arts lobby and tours of the school, the induction ceremony, dinner, “Parade of Honor” to Panther Stadium, and the USC vs. Plum football game. Inducted into the 2012 Halls of Fame were: • Academics–Amanda Stejura Dishong (class of 1999), Robin Williard McGovern (class of 1997), Daniel Spagnoli (class of 1970), Linda Zan Swartz (class of 1980), and Gavin Williams (class of 1996) • Arts–Kristi Olds Sogofsky (class of 1997) and Glenn Ward (administrative) • Athletics–Scott Dillie (class of 2005), Conor Lee (class of 2003), and Catherine Talarico (class of 1993)

The Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame was established in fall 2000 to identify and honor those who have distinguished themselves in academics, the arts, or athletics at USCHS and at the collegiate or professional levels and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige of Upper St. Clair High School. n Photos taken during ceremony are courtesy of M&M Photography.


Kristi Olds Sogofsky

Glenn Ward

Academics Accepting for Amanda Stejura Dishong is her sister.

Robin Williard McGovern

Scott Dillie

Daniel Spagnoli

Linda Zan Swartz


Gavin Williams Conor Lee

Catherine Talarico

USC Places on College Board’s AP District Honor Roll

Upper St. Clair was selected among 539 districts in the U.S. and Canada as earning a place in the third annual College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll. For the 2011-12 school year, the AP Honor Roll recognized public school districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of three or higher on an AP exam. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. More than 90% of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for a score of three or higher on an AP exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition. 30


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Upper St. Clair High School has achieved Honor Roll status for the last two consecutive years. Inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, with districts achieving the following criteria: 1. Increase participation and access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts; 2. Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/ Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams did not decrease by more than five percent for large and medium districts or by more than ten percent for small districts; 3. Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a three or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70% of the AP students are scoring a three or higher. n


Choral Students Perform with International Soprano

Thanksgiving weekend, 170 choral students from the high schools of Upper St. Clair and North Allegheny performed with international Italian soprano Giorgia Fumanti. The combined choirs accompanied her performances on November 23 at USCHS and November 25 at North Allegheny. Some of Fumanti’s musical selections, both solo and with the choirs, included English-language favorites, including “You Raise Me Up” and “O Holy Night” as well as Italian and Latin pieces, including “Spente Le Stelle,” “Nessun Dorma,” and “O Fortuna.” Giorgia Fumanti has performed all over the world with other renowned singers, including José Carreras, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, Italy’s Zucchero, and Irish tenor John McDermott. Ms. Fumanti has been featured on three PBS

specials and performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2007 Special Olympics, NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas, and for prominent individuals, including Al Gore and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Ms. Fumanti has released a total of six albums. Her 2007 album “From My Heart,” released in over 20 countries, reached the top 20 on the Billboard Crossover Chart. Pittsburgh-based Vito DiSalvo, Giorgia’s musical director, directed the performances. To prepare, the students practiced for weeks under the direction of their respective choir directors Ernie Pontiere of North Allegheny and Lorraine Milovac of Upper St. Clair. n For more information on Giorgia Fumanti, samples of her music, or clips from her performances, visit or her Facebook page.

News and Opportunities from the USCSD Advancement Office Liz Hall, USCSD Director of Advancement Supporting Innovative Education in USC

The Upper St. Clair School District recently received three generous grants under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program totaling $26,000. Thermo Fischer Scientific and PJ Dick/Trumbull/Lindy Paving each provided $10,000 through the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair to support innovative programming in Upper St. Clair School District. Dr. Daniel Pituch, MD, provided $6000 though his medical practice. The $10,000 from Thermo Fischer will support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative underway at USCHS, while PJ Dick/Trumbull/Lindy Paving elected to split its investment evenly between USC’s four EITC-approved programs: the innovative elementary science curriculum, the IB program, the STEM initiative at USCHS, and the gifted program. Dr. Pituch’s investment was not designated, but will be spent on one of the four approved educational programs in the District. The Pennsylvania EITC program allows eligible businesses to direct a percentage of their Pennsylvania state taxes to fund innovative educational programming. Any company paying one or more of the following six Pennsylvania state taxes is eligible to participate in the EITC program: Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, and Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax. Sincere thanks to our friends at Thermo Fisher Scientific, PJ Dick/ Trumbull/Lindy Paving, and Dr. Daniel Pituch for their support of the District!

Signage Available in USCSD Gyms

If you have spent any time in USC’s high school or middle school gyms recently you may have noticed some new signage on the walls. A program was initiated last year to market signage in the large gym at the high school as a way to generate revenue. That program was expanded this year to include the small gym at the high school and gyms at both Boyce and Fort Couch Middle Schools. Purchasing signage in one of our school’s gyms provides interested businesses with marketing access to Upper St. Clair residents and guests while supporting the educational programming of the Upper St. Clair School District. To date, the following businesses have supported this new program: Dollar Bank, Rusmur Floors, Don’s Appliance, Yoga Flow South Hills and UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc.

Second Annual Gala—a Success!

The second annual “Celebrate Our Schools” gala, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair in partnership with the Upper St. Clair School District, raised nearly $80,000 for technology investments in our schools and on our fields. This amount is $25,000 more than was raised from the inaugural gala held the previous year. The increase in funds resulted from higher attendance, additional corporate and individual sponsorships, and more significant silent and live auctions. Special thanks go out to Remarkable Roses for donating the gorgeous centerpieces, the local band Moscow Mule for providing its wonderful entertainment gratis, the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair for its financial contribution to the event, and the dedicated members of the gala planning committee for their time and dedication. The gala sponsors are valued partners of the District and their support was instrumental in the success of this year’s event. Please take a moment to read the list of sponsors found on page 23. The following are highlights from the 2012 “Celebrate Our Schools” gala: • Gala sponsorships generated $45,750, an increase of $8750 over the previous year. • There were 59 gala sponsors this year, including 36 corporate sponsors and 23 individual/family sponsors. • All but five corporate sponsors from last year returned to sponsor the event again this year and 18 new sponsors were secured. • Approximately 275 people attended the gala, an increase of more than 75 over the previous year’s attendance. • The live and silent auctions, coupled with the raffle, raised more than $23,000 in revenue. As the District looks toward the coming year, it hopes to build on the successes of last year’s “Celebrate Our Schools” gala. This year’s gala is planned for Saturday, October 19 and will be held at St. Clair Country Club. n Contact Liz Hall at or at 412-833-1600, extension 2826, if you would like further information about the EITC program, signage at USC schools, or the 2013 gala event. Spring 2013




USC Sparks “Students 4 Students” Initiative Katherine Harrell and Amanda McQuillan

The Education Partnership, a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization that provides free school and classroom supplies to teachers and young people who are underserved, announced a partnership with Upper St. Clair schools in its “Students 4 Students” initiative. Students 4 Students aims to engage schools and students from more affluent communities by offering volunteer opportunities, product drives, and other direct ways to impact local students who are in need. The Education Partnership’s core program, the School and Classroom Supplies Initiative, currently serves more than 6000 local students and their teachers by providing criticallyneeded school and classroom supplies, all at no cost. Students 4 Students is officially kicking off, thanks to the help of the Upper St. Clair PTA Council. Many of the schools’ PTA outreach committees, teachers, and staff have supported the campaign in a big way. This past November, 120 Eisenhower Elementary fourth graders, teachers, and parents came out to The Education Partnership’s Resource Center in Pittsburgh’s West End to assist with assembling student supply kits that were distributed to participating schools during the annual Holiday In-School Distribution. The students learned about what peers in the community face in the classroom, and they worked together to pack boxes full of much-needed supplies and hygiene items, including pencils, crayons, glue sticks, tissues, and toothbrushes. This relationship gives our students a direct opportunity to become fully involved in helping others, strengthening our school’s goal of positive citizenship. It reinforces our values of growing students both socially and emotionally, as well as academically. Eisenhower sees great value in collaborating with The Education Partnership and hopes to increase our involvement moving forward. —Mark Miller, Eisenhower principal

Elementary. The Sto-Rox students, grades K through five, were excited to receive supplies from older students offering smiles, well wishes, and high fives. The Fort Couch students passed out boxes that were assembled in part thanks to the fourth graders at Eisenhower a few weeks earlier. Over the course of five days, 6200 students from 16 partnering schools received school kits. For many of these students, this was their only holiday gift. During spring 2012, Joe Paul, a student at Fort Couch, approached me about his interest in helping The Education Partnership. As he shared with me his goals in terms of collecting supplies to help the mission of The Education Partnership, it was clear that his exposure to the Partnership had a significant impact on his desire to help those in need. Hearing what a positive experience this was for Joe, I realized that partnering with The Education Partnership could help provide other students with similar valuable opportunities. —John Rozzo, Middle School Academic Principal, grades 5-8

Fort Couch Middle School student council joined The Education Partnership during the annual Holiday In-School Distribution, assisting in handing out 700 kits filled with school supplies and hygiene items to the young people attending Sto-Rox

Baker Elementary and Boyce Middle School will be supporting The Education Partnership this spring through various initiatives and student activities.

The Education Partnership was featured as a beneficiary, along with other charities, at the ninth annual Children for Children Silent Auction that took place in February at Streams Elementary. The funds raised were used to provide supplies for students and their teachers. At Streams, we strive to empower students to take action, believing that each child can make a difference. Over the past nine years, our Children for Children Silent Auction has partnered with a variety of charitable organizations to put this belief into practice. The Education Partnership is a perfect match for our event, because the money raised and school supplies donated by our students go directly into the hands of other children. This type of direct impact—one child to another—exemplifies our belief that each child can make a difference in our world. —Dr. Claire Miller, Streams principal

Thank you for the school kit you gave me. I accept it with all of my heart. I will use the deodorant and tissues every day. I will always have pencils and pens thanks to you. The best things in my kit are the toothbrush and toothpaste because thanks to you I can brush my teeth at school every day. Another thing I really liked is the calculator because it is very scientific. Thank you very much for the school kit you gave me. —Seventh grader, Manchester Academic Charter School

Students, teachers, and parents from Eisenhower Elementary volunteer at The Education Partnership

The Education Partnership, formerly Storehouse for Teachers, is a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the gap between what students have and what they need to succeed in the classroom. The organization, founded in 2009, is based in the West End of Pittsburgh and serves a geographic area encompassing six counties and is privately funded. To learn more, visit On staff at The Educational Partnership, Katherine Harrell is the director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and Amanda McQuillan is the Community Engagement coordinator and manages the Homeroom Heroes campaign. Both are residents of Upper St. Clair. n 32


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Managed Services, Managed Better

Russ Phillips, Food Services Director Joe Wightkin, Support Services Director

ump Rope for Heart Last October, students at Eisenhower Elementary jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in Jump Rope for Heart. The students raised more than $5000 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs, and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s number one and number four killers, respectively. All students in grades one through four participated in activities. Jump Rope for Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. Every year at Eisenhower, each grade level is assigned one hour to show off their jumping skills. Two parents from each classroom generously volunteered their time to organize their class and turn the rope. At the end of the hour, teachers join their students and have a friendly, competitive jump off. This year, Chinese jump rope was added. “By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,” said Carol Olack, event coordinator and Eisenhower gym teacher. “By raising money through Jump Rope for Heart, we are

preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart-healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.” For the past 33 years, Jump Rope for Heart has raised more than $818 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. The Eisenhower community has raised almost $50,000 for this worthy cause over the last ten years. n Spring 2013




Pawprints... It’s Elementary! Streams Elementary What’s special about my school? Richa Mahajan, Fourth Grader, Streams Elementary Streams Elementary is the most wonderful place I’ve ever been, if you don’t count my bed. I love waking up at six-thirty, getting ready for school, and sprinting to catch the bus. I adore my teachers, the atmosphere, and the curriculum. Streams is one of my favorite places to be, and in my eyes, will always be a splendid place to learn. Amicable teachers make all the difference in the world. They have much influence over the students. If you take the most boring subject in the world and get a lively teacher to teach it, everyone would look forward to that class. That is one thing that makes Streams amazing. There is not one class in which you will find dozing or bored students. Every class has at least one thing that makes it interesting. Take library for example. Stereotypically, a library is imagined as a dull large room where no talking is allowed and there are fat books resting on every available surface. Not at Streams. Here, seasonal decorations sit on shelves, colorful boards display students’ writings, and sometimes as a joke, Mrs. Trau, our librarian, puts you in an unused trash bin if you don’t return your books for a long period of time. She buys books just for you, tries to make library fun, and encourages reading. The atmosphere at Streams is just as awesome as the teaching. As you enter, you go into the office where Dr. Miller, our principal, greets you. She never fails to say “Hi” to everyone who passes her by and she knows everyone by name. Entering the hallway, you see large windows and students’ artwork. Go forward and you’ll be in the middle of the school’s centrum. Every teacher’s doorway has a sign on it with a phrase like “First graders are number one!” or “Fun in fourth grade!” All signs of doubt that Streams is just a mundane cup of Joe will be washed away when you see the enormous mural hanging about the staircase. It was done by Streams students in 2010. The white tiles in the halls give a sunny impression, while colorful locker tags make the school bright and cheerful. The curriculum at Streams is another thing that makes it live up to Carl Streams’, the high school’s first principal, reputation. The students and the teachers make a fabulous team. Everything is not too easy, but challenging. The science and social studies units are vital, yet fun and well chosen. The lessons would be fun even without the remarkable teachers we have, but they add spice and variety to any class. The specials are art, music, gym, library, computer lab, and Spanish. If you want, there are extra-curricular activities that are available for fourth graders. Chorus, art club, and intramurals are the options. Chorus is an after-school singing class and art club is extra art time where you can show creativity, before and after school. Intramurals is just a fancy word for optional, afterschool gym class. I am proud to be from Streams. I truly hope that my next school is just as amazing as this one. Streams has the necessary qualities to be a super school: sensational teachers, a cheerful atmosphere, and an interesting curriculum that kids understand. Sorry bed, I think you’ve lost this one. Maybe next time!

Baker Elementary The students at Baker have spoken. They have shared a variety of reasons why Baker is such a special place to be, with their opinions ranging from special teachers to awesome corndogs. Read on! I really like making new friends, reading to my class and sharing my crayons. —Mea Musillo, kindergartener The teachers at Baker are great and they make learning fun. I really like being a bus helper for the kindergarteners! —Emma Musillo, fourth grader Baker is special because we get to do WBKR, a morning news program that we put on ourselves. I like that we can see how to work a camera and take turns being the announcer. —Emily Roman, fourth grader I really like the teachers and I like how they give examples and teach you about what you can be when you grow up. —Jack Berger, third grader I really like how Mrs. Kennedy teaches me how to read and do math. —Sam Berger, kindergartener What I like best about Baker is having great teachers and friends. I especially like fourth grade chorus, intramurals, and our new leadership academy club. Baker is awesome! —Brendan Crowley, fourth grader Baker is special because there’s a lot to do all day. We have fun while we learn and we get to see all of the second graders, not just the ones in our classroom! —Victoria Crowley, second grader The teachers at Baker are really nice and care a lot about the kids. The assemblies and clubs are fun and the mini-corndogs are awesome! —Steven Halpner, fourth grader The teachers are super nice and they do great projects. I also like the field trips we take, including Meadowcroft Village, Phipps, and especially the Frick House. —Callie Zollars, fourth grader I love Baker because of the great after-school activities, like Lab Ratz. —Zachary Oswald, third grader I love Baker because of the playground. —Justin Oswald, first grader I like having special events because at the end of the year we have field day and it’s super fun! Also, I love Baker Bowling and the Baker Caper Boo Bash. It makes school special. —Lauren Kweder, third grader I like promethean boards and the computers. —Jordan Kweder, fourth grader

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a USC PTA Council Feature Eisenhower Elementary The Eisenhower Extreme fourth grade newspaper staff surveyed four out of five fourth grade homerooms and asked the question, “What do you like best about Eisenhower?” The winning answer was “Fourth Grade vs. Staff.” This competition takes place at the end of each school year where fourth graders compete against Eisenhower staff in a variety of games. The games won are totaled and a winner is announced—fourth graders or staff. Other top survey answers included Eisenhower staff, education, sports and recess equipment, and the end-of-year movie that captures students and memories of the school year. Additional answers were: recess, lunch, March Madness, friends, specials, after-school activities, Field Day, and the school building. Thanks to principal Mark Miller, Eisenhower staff, the PTA, and the students who make Eisenhower such a fun place to learn! Data for this survey was gathered and compiled by the fourth grade Eisenhower Extreme newspaper staff. The newspaper club meets every Tuesday after school. Club members, in alphabetical order, are Naman Alemada, Olivia Amatangelo, Sadhana Boddhula, Gabby Brubach, Declan Carness, Lena Carolla, Lauren Caslin, Preston Choate, Harrison Chui, Madison Fisher, Reshma Gudla, Alex Happ, Jenny Huo, Donovan Kohler, Lauren Korpics, Ben Lang, Jacob Lucas, Kate McQuillan, Max Murtough, Chloe Porco, Nick Pacella, Vanessa Rainier, Kyle Ralyea, Zack Reynolds, Connor Schmitt, Sammie Seewald, Shayna Spivak, D.J. Stalder, Sammi Storey, Sarah Zadrozny, and Marni Zinger.

Eisenhower newspaper staff


Kids Helping Kids Dominican Outreach

For a week this past November, Upper St. Clair High School’s Kids Helping Kids club took its annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic. This year’s team comprised 21 students—18 seniors and three juniors. Six of the returning seniors who had gone on the previous trip in 2011 acted as student leaders in addition to the teacher leadership team of Bethany Wolf, Fred Peskorski, and Erin Lemon. Anna Siegfried makes her mark For months leading up to the trip, the members of Kids on the tree painted by the USC KHK 2012 team. Helping Kids helped collect hundreds of donations—ranging from clothing to sports equipment—to give the underprivileged communities in the DR. Distributing these donations was one of the team’s key purposes. Along with donating, the students helped to better the communities by painting a school house, a clinic, and a church, and cemented numerous walls and floors of people’s homes. Poverty in the DR is partially attributable to a poor education. When talking to the locals about this problem, Kids Helping Kids participants learned that little importance is placed on education. Kids lack the motivation to go to school and many teenagers quit school altogether. This year, the team worked to give donations to schools and to better school environments by painting murals to help to encourage attendance and show the importance of an education. Missy Schrott teaches a game to the kids of Comedero. In future years, Kids Helping Kids will continue with this theme, working to help provide education to the children who need to embrace their futures. Though members of this Dominican Outreach program saw many hardships throughout the various areas of the Dominican Republic they visited, the native culture had a positive effect on each of them. It was obvious that the DR people are truly appreciative for what they have, which by American standards is almost nothing. They seemed to be some of the happiest, most hospitable, and most appreciative people in the world. Each of those Dominican smiles and their ways left marks on Americans’ hearts. n

In front of the Salto de Jimenoa are members of the USC KHK 2012 team, left to right, front row: Christa White, Leah Griffith, Shannon Spence, Kathy Chen, Constance Raftis, Becca DeGregorio, Jordan Selep; middle row: Hannah Murray, Anna Rosati, Missy Schrott, Maya Craig, Kelly Reynolds, John Gurtunca, Catherine Wertz, Megan Adamo, Anna Siegfried; back row: Erin Lemon, Fred Peskorski, Matt Barone, Mark McTiernan, Aidan Leahy, Chris Howie, Billy Sukitch, and Bethany Wolf. Spring 2013




Always the Right Time to Congratulate Winners! USC Boys Soccer Team—PIAA Class AAA Champions November 17, 2012, was a great day for USC when the high school boys’ soccer team defeated West Lawn Wilson 1-0 in the finals of the PIAA Class AAA championship to bring home the title! The victory gave Upper St. Clair its third boys state soccer championship and its first since winning back-to-back Class AAA titles in 2003 and 2004. USC goalkeeper Joe Conlon made four critical saves in the final minutes of the game, while Wes Burdette set up sophomore midfielder Doug Hapeman’s winning goal to capture the AAA soccer title. Coached by Uwe Schneider, the Panthers featured a core group of seniors with a number of talented underclassmen, as well. Among the graduating seniors are Wes Burdette, Tommy Churchill, Joe Conlon, Ethan Dysert, Jon Erdman, John Gurtunca, Connor Mielcusny, Kevin Muck, Pat Myron, Tommy O’Connor, and Josh Sourbeer. n

The Panthers finished 22-2-1 overall, beating neighboring rivals Canon-McMillan in the PIAA quarterfinals. USC finished runner-up to Peters in WPIAL Section 5. n

USCHS boys’ soccer team nets a PIAA win!

USCHS Students Host Spaniards Joanna Darakos, USCHS Spanish Teacher This past October, students from Upper St. Clair High School hosted 17 Spanish high school students for a new exchange program. The visiting students came from Colegio Santa María de la Hispanidad, a high school located in Madrid, Spain. The school received Madrid’s Award of Excellence in December 2011. During their stay in Upper St. Clair, the students attended classes at the high school, visited the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Science Center, and spent a day in Washington D.C. For many of the visiting students, this trip was their first ever to the United States. While getting accustomed to the American way of life, 16-year-old María Girón noticed a difference in schedules right away. “In Spain, we do everything later. We wake up later, have lunch later, and have dinner later,” she said. Her classmate, Andrea Fernández, also 16, says she learned something new about her hosts. “Americans are very nice with strangers. They helped us whenever we needed help and they are always smiling.” Andrea said she also found this stereotype to be untrue: “Americans are fat because they eat fast food every day.” Fernandez’s host, USCHS senior Megan Adamo, says she was unsure about what to expect going into the exchange. “The Spanish kids were so nice and happy that we were hosting them,” said Megan. “I really bonded with them and with all the other (USC) kids in the exchange.” The Spanish students were amazed by the technology and course selection at USCHS. “It is a very nice school,” said 16-yearold Alberto Rodriguez. “It is like the ideal American school.” Fifteen-year-old Luna Contreras was overwhelmed by the hospitality of her host family. “They are incredible people, and brave because not everybody opens their doors to an unknown person to give him or her all that they can give to make them a happy person,” said Alberto, who was hosted by Sarah Mantel, a USCHS junior. Cephus Moore, who teaches Spanish and French in the World Languages Department at USCHS, initiated and organized the exchange. He said the program got off to a strong start, thanks to 36


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the hard work of the host families. “The Spanish are known for hospitality themselves,” said Cephus. “I think they were blown away by the hospitality they experienced here.” Cephus had assistance from other Spanish teachers in the department, including Janet Ali and Leslie Leeds, who hosted the teachers that traveled with the Spanish students. Latin teacher Constantina Lardas and social studies teacher Ron Sivillo shared in the hosting responsibilities, and Spanish teacher Joanna Darakos assisted by matching students to their host families and with other details. Many USC students wanted to host so that they could be closer to the culture and language of Spain. Nick Sembrat, a USCHS senior, says he was confident speaking with the visiting students. “Whenever I said a Spanish word, they understood it. That was a really good feeling,” Nick reflected. Three weeks later, the Spaniards departed for home. As their hosts bid them farewell, lots of jokes, hugs, and tears were exchanged. “It was one of the best ways to spend a part of my senior year,” said senior Mike Seitanakis. Cephus and representatives from the school in Madrid are organizing a trip so that the USC students who hosted, and possibly others, can visit Spain this summer. n

Seventeen students from Madrid’s Colegio Santa María de la Hispanidad visited Washington D.C. with two teachers from their school and two USC high school students during the Spanish exchange program at USCHS.


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Especially interesting about the surgery on the 14th was the class, AP Biology class, and gifted students traveled to Allegheny USC connection in the operating room. The cardiac surgeon that General Hospital this past fall to observe West Penn Allegheny day was Dr. Walt McGregor, an Upper St. Clair resident, while the Health System’s cardiovascular surgeons in action. perfusionist, Joe Ferneding, was a 1974 USC graduate. Coordinated by the Allegheny General Hospital Gerald Ferneding said the students had a lot of good questions ranging McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), the Open Heart Surgery from specifics about the surgery they were watching to questions Observation Program has now hosted more than 5000 students about his career as a perfusionist and how he got into the field. from nearly 100 schools throughout the area. During surgery, Dr. McGregor said that his general experience with students a staff member from CVI who participate in the Open joins the students and their Heart Surgery Observation teachers and explains what Program is that they ask suris happening in the operating prisingly insightful questions room. Following surgery, the on a range of topics. He said surgeon will often meet with that since AGH is a teaching the students and answer their institution, doctors are used questions. to working with fellows and On November 14, residents, but Dr. McGregor USCHS’s Honors Anatomy and his colleagues find it fuland Physiology teacher filling to do a little teaching Dr. Colin Syme and a group at the secondary level as well. of 15 students observed mi“Medicine is a very tral valve replacement and rewarding field,” said coronary bypass, and on Dr. McGregor. “This program November 28, a different Some USCHS students participating in the Open Heart Surgery Observation Program gives us a great opportunity to group of students and USCHS were, left to right, front row: Joe Ferneding, USC graduate and surgical perfusionist act as ambassadors.” n AP Biology teacher Jennifer at Allegheny General Hospital, Nina Brajovic, Katey Lloyd, Hannah Pistorius, Troye Kiernan, and Morgan Hubbard; back row: Samuel Boyd, Hannah Lund, Sarah Tepe, Antonio observed coronary Marissa Behun, Celia Gisleson, Haylee Gans, Emily Goodman, Kristen Perri, Adam bypass surgery. Lucas, Anisah Rafi, and Honors Anatomy and Physiology teacher Dr. Colin Syme Spring 2013



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AMC8 Math Competition Fort Couch Middle School students, along with several students from Boyce, participated in the AMC8 Mathematics Competition this past November where they demonstrated strong problem solving and critical thinking skills. Team coaches and facilitators Connie Gibson, Yasmina Hough, and Tim Wagner assisted in student preparation and test administration. Receiving AMC8 national awards were Yang Zhang, Sam Ding, and Kevin Chen who tied for top score and school winner and also received the Distinction Award for placing in the top one percent of students and the Gold Award for achieving first place in their section. Sahil Doshi and Thomas Vissman received the Honor Roll Award by placing in the top five percent and the Silver Award for achieving second place in their respective sections. Braden Yates received the Honor Roll Award by placing in the top five percent and the Bronze Award for achieving third place in his section. Joe Finkel, Tommy Bednarz, and Keshav Reddy received the Bronze Award for achieving third place in their section, with tied scores. Matthew Higgs and Dina Leyzarovich received the Honor Roll Award by placing in the top five percent. Additionally, Boyce students Sam Ding, Braden Yates, and Dina Leyzarovich received the Achievement Roll Award for scoring in the top 50% as sixth graders. Congratulations to all participants of the AMC8 Mathematics Competition!

Stocking Up International Baccalaureate students from Boyce and Fort Couch Middle Schools joined together to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank stock up on food and other essentials. The students asked Giant Eagle customers to pick up canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, and other staples while doing their grocery shopping on a Saturday this past October, collecting over a ton of food and over $200 in cash during the collection. Students volunteering for the food drive were Eden Auslander, Jonah Auslander, Jennifer McKenzie, Jack Clark, Jordan Lieberman, and Tyler Clark. Food Bank helpers PMEA Band and Orchestra Congratulations to the music department students selected for PMEA District 1 Band West: Maura BostonClarinet I, Ben Humbert-Trumpet II, Natalie Fiedler-Tuba, and Tony WangEuphonium. Additionally, the following students were selected for PMEA District 1 Senior High School Orchestra: Brenna Presutti-Violin I, Sarah Molitoris-Violin II, and Melody MacLachlan-Oboe II. 38


Honors Choir Five USCHS students, under the choral direction Lorraine Milovac, participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Honors Choir festival this past November. Congratulations to Megan Jones (Soprano 1, ranked second); Lindsay Buono (Soprano 1, ranked fifth); Becca DeGregorio (Alto 2, ranked first); Hannah Lane (Alto 2, ranked fifth); and Jonathan Wang (Bass, ranked tenth). PMEA Choir USCHS choral students Ellie Blake, Lindsay Buono, Becca DeGregorio, Morgan Hogenmiller, Megan Jones, Hannah Lane, Bethany Mittelman, Brianna Spilsbury, Jonny Summers, Jacob Ryave, and Morgan Wangler performed at the PMEA District 1 Choir festival this February. The students are taught by USCHS choral director Lorraine Milovac.

From the Top Ariana Chiu, a seventh grader at Fort Couch Middle School was selected to appear on NPR’s “From the Top” show, a national radio broadcast program featuring talented young musicians up to age 18. The performance was broadcast on Pittsburgh’s WQED 89.3 FM.

Ariana Chiu

Yoga at Fort Couch Thanks to the generosity of The Pediatric Alliance St. Clair Division Shareholder Physicians, 65 yoga mats were purchased and donated to Fort Couch Middle School. Yoga is being introduced into the physical education classes as a means to increase strength, flexibility, body tone, and posture. According to Lisa Cain, health and physical education K-8 department chairperson and Fort Couch physical education teacher, “Our intention for the yoga mats is to use them with our classes as part of the students’ warm-up prior to the day’s activity. We are working with the students to prepare them to be successful in upcoming physical fitness tests. Yoga will be used as part of a dedicated warm-up to help students increase their strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.”

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Calcu-Solve Boyce Middle School students Sam Burt, Sam Ding, Brooke Christiansen, Gabriella Ferenchik, Katie Hobart, Dina Leyzarovich, Serena Luo, Sean Martin, Mallika Matharu, Vikram Reddy, Misha Skriabin, and Braden Yates participated in the annual fifth and sixth grades Calcu-Solve math competition held at Duquesne University last November. Sam Ding finished first place overall and Braden Yates and Dina Leyzarovich scored in the top ten, while the Boyce team, coached by Susan Fleckenstein, of Sam Burt, Sam Ding, Serena Luo, and Braden Yates came in first.

Calcu-Solve participants included, left to right, front row: Dina Leyzarovich, Mallika Matharu, Serena Luo, Brooke Christiansen, Sam Ding, Sean Martin; back row: Sam Burt, Braden Yates, Gabriella Ferenchik, Katie Hobart, Vikram Reddy, Misha Skriabin

National Merit semi-finalists

Model EU USCHS students Dave Ambroso, Amanda Buckholt, Pat DeSantis, Jim Joyce, Brianne Lucot, Ben Mertz, Christina Park, Misha Rameswarapu, and Kay Subosits represented USC School District at the simulated European Council Summit Meeting of the European Union (Model EU) this past December. The event Team members (shown above) was sponsored by the celebrate a successful day of realEuropean Union Center world learning at the University of of Excellence, part of Pittsburgh. the European Studies As part of the Model EU simulation, Upper St. Clair Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The students were students represented the mentored by Tim Wagner and Pat Palazzolo.

Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Greece, and Spain.

History Bowl Boyce and Fort Couch Middle Schools gifted students stepped back in time last November to compete in the regional History Bowl at the Heinz History Center. Two of the Upper St. Clair teams claimed first and second place in the sixth-to-eighth-grade division. First place team members included seventh graders Taim Aizooky, James Boston, and Jacob Lantzman. Second place team members included Boyce students Vivek Babu, Halle Hewitt, Harley Robinson, and Chand Vadalia. Team mentors were teachers Sue Fleckenstein, Connie Gibson, and Tim Wagner.

First place Fort Couch team members are Taim Aizooky, James Boston, and Jacob Lantzman

Second place Boyce team members are Harley Robinson, Chand Vadalia, Vivek Babu, and Halle Hewitt

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Three Named to All-Eastern Honors Ensembles The Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has invited three Upper St. Clair High School performing arts students to participate in the highly acclaimed NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, a part of the national music educator conference being held in Hartford, Connecticut, April 4-7. Based on “the best in the state” adjudicated rankings earned at PMEA All-State festivals last year at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, seniors Ellie Blake and Brooke Boehmer represented USCHS by singing in the NAfME All-Eastern treble voice chorus and performing in the NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra respectively, while junior Hannah Lane participated in the NAfME AllEastern mixed chorus.

USC Summer Leadership Academies Are Back! The Upper St. Clair School District will once again offer its summer Leadership Academy programs, this year during the week of July 22-26. The Leadership Academies are designed for students going into grades four through 12 for the 2013–14 school year. Watch for additional information, as well as registration applications, coming your way this spring!



SD “The Magic of a Moment” Reflections Winners The second round of judging is complete and included some pretty stiff competition in this year’s Magic of a Moment-themed Reflections competition. Congratulations to the following PTA Council winners whose entries moved on to the Region 3 Level to be judged against other entries throughout Allegheny County. Thanks to all students who entered this year’s competition.

USC PTA Council PRIMARY DIVISION Dance: Olivia Gnad, Leaves In the Breeze–winner Literature: Olivia Gnad, My Poem Dog–winner Photography: Olivia Gnad, Magical MGs–winner; Andrew Popp, Bye Bye Butterfly–winner; Roshan Segall, The Standing Paper–winner Visual Arts: Lucy Volpatt, Butterfly Love–first; Autumn Ma, Sea Wonders–second; Lillian Spencer, Blooming with Joy–third INTERMEDIATE DIVISION Dance: Isabella Putorti, Suddenly Spring–winner Film: Ashwini Walavalkar, The Magic of the Seasons–winner; Rhea Punjabi, Protective Mother–winner; Steven Halpner, Down the Stairs We Go–winner Literature: Richa Mahajan, The 200 Butterfly–first; Brianna Lin, The Magic of a Moment–second; Gabriella Spina, Magic is Life–third Music: Sara Steve, Hold on to the Moment–winner Photography: Anya Ekbote, The Eiffel Night Light–first; Matthew Hornak, One Moment in the Forrrest–second; Luka Misic, Where Clouds Touch the Earth–third Visual Arts: Michelina Schach, Wondrous Wings–first; Jack Enterline, In the Nest–second; Antara Cleetus, Wild Wonders–third; Daniel Rieker, Magic Owl–HM; Jenny Huo, My First Friend–HM; Eden Ma, Gift for Santa–HM; Caroline Sandford, Majestical Deer–HM

MIDDLE/JUNIOR DIVISION Dance: Hannah Trivedi, The Rain Dance–winner Literature: Mahima Reddy, Rags to Riches in a New Light– first; Amna Amin, Moments of a Lifetime–second; Jacqueline LeKachman, The Magic of a Moment–third Music: Robbie Halpner, Full Circle–winner; Kriti Shah, Trance and Echo–winner Photography: Emma Duckworth, Good Times–first; Sara Mullen, Kaleidoscope–second; Jacqueline LeKachman, Spring Flowers Bloom–third Special Artist: Joseph Lapham, I Am Sunshine–winner Visual Arts: Kiera James, Achievements–first; Maggie Bryant, Sunset–second; Laura Lapham, The Last Breath– third This year, Allegheny County students submitted close to 700 entries to PTA’s Reflections Arts contest, with 214 making it to the Region 3 level and judged on interpretation of the theme, artistic merit/creativity, and mastery of the medium. Congratulations to the following Region 3 USC winners who moved on to the Pennsylvania state level of competition, where the top entry in each category and division will move on to national competition. Look for further results in TODAY’s summer 2013 edition.

Kaleidoscope by Sara Mullen

Wild Wonders by Antara Cleetus

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USC PSEA/ESP Scholarship

Wondrous Wings by Michelina Schach

Region 3 Winners PRIMARY DIVISION Dance: Olivia Gnad, Leaves in the Breeze—first Photography: Roshan Segall, The Standing Paper—second; Andrew Popp, Bye, Bye, Butterfly—third Visual Arts: Lucy Volpatt, Butterfly Love—second; Lillian Spencer, Blooming with Joy—HM INTERMEDIATE DIVISION Film: Steven Halpner, Down the Stairs We Go—first; Rhea Punjabi, Protective Mother—second Photography: Matthew Hornak, One Moment in the Forrest—second Visual Arts: Antara Cleetus, Wild Wonders—first; Michelina Schach, Wondrous Wings—third MIDDLE/JUNIOR DIVISION Dance: Hannah Trivedi, The Rain Dance—second Literature: Mahima Reddy, Rags to Riches in a New Light—first Music: Robbie Halpner, Full Circle—first Photography: Sara Mullen, Kaleidoscope—first SPECIAL ARTIST DIVISION Photography: Joseph Lapham, I Am Sunshine—first

Again this year is the opportunity for a graduating high school senior to apply for the USC PSEA/ESP (Pennsylvania State Education Association/Education Support Profession) scholarship provided by employees at the USCSD bus garage. This annual scholarship, in the amount of $500, is awarded to a student with the winning essay about his or her experience(s) on a USC school bus. According to one of the bus drivers, “We get some very funny and interesting essays that make picking a winner difficult, but we enjoy reading them all. As drivers, we also enjoy seeing the students grow from timid freshmen to confidant seniors.” All applications, which can be picked up at the USCHS guidance office, are due May 1 to the guidance department. The scholarship will be announced and given at the USCHS awards program in May. Below is the 2011-12 winning essay written by USCHS Class 2012 graduate Meghan Canose, daughter of Peggy and Brian Canose.

If nothing else, high school has taught me simply that everything changes. Each of us changes—from our very basic physicality to our deepest emotions—and, every day, we make decisions that affect the rest of our lives. We grow up. We become adults. Personally, I am not a big fan of change, but it has been a reality that I have grown to accept. I know that in my four years at Uppers St. Clair High School I have grown up a great deal. Since my freshman year, my teachers have changed, my personality has changed, and my friends have changed. But one part of my life that has not changed is the bus that I have ridden to school every day for the past four years, with one very special person on that bus—Pat. I have known Pat for a long time. He has lived up the street from me for the past 12 years, and I have ridden the bus with him since my freshmen year of high school. Pat is mentally handicapped, Nevertheless, every morning he says “Hi” to me and asks me what day it is and where we are going. His perpetual happiness inspires me. No matter what day it is, Pat is always smiling and excited to go to school. He simply brightens my day, and I cannot help but think how much better a place this world would be if everyone were as excited as Pat to go to school every day. When I think about embarking on this next step in my journey, I know that my life will change again. I know that nothing will be the same as it was in high school, and I know I will miss seeing Pat every morning with his never-ending smile. n

Butterfly Love by Lucy Volpatt

Note: Honorable Mention (HM) is given to entries when a judge feels it is deserving of special recognition, even though it was not a top scorer. HM entries do not move on to the next level of judging. “Winners” at the PTA Council level automatically advanced to the Region 3 level of competition due to less than four entries in that respective category.

Some USCSD bus drivers pose for a photo before work. Spring 2013




One Young World Summit A Reporter’s View Brenna Carse

After learning in a sophomore world history class about Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings that revolutionized peaceful independence movements, I was profoundly impacted by one of his thoughts. Gandhi wrote, “We must become the change we want to see in the world.” This quote made me realize that if I wanted to effect any sort of change in my lifetime, I must first become that change myself. However, as a young person, I would often feel like my youth inhibited me from creating a change. I was restricted by my inexperience, and it seemed many adults didn’t truly believe that young people had the ability to make a meaningful impact. In fact, many young people with ambition often feel the same way. To combat this problem, Kate Robertson and David Jones created the One Young World Summit in 2010. Bringing over 800 delegates from 114 countries together in London, the summit served as a place for young leaders to discuss and create solutions for the issues they faced in their parts of the world. The second annual summit was held in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011 and gathered over 1200 delegates from 171 countries. Last year, Pittsburgh was the lucky city chosen to host the 2012 One Young World Summit. When I read that the summit was being held in Pittsburgh, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to start actualizing Mahatma Gandhi’s message of being the change I wish to see in the world. However, the summit was only open to delegates between the ages of 18 and 30, meaning that I was too young to attend. Fortunately, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh sought to make the summit accessible to high school students through a “junior reporter” program. At the end of my sophomore year, I applied and was accepted to be a junior reporter, along with about 30 other high school students from around the Pittsburgh area. The 2012 summit was the largest to date, attended by over 1300 delegates from 183 countries. The opening ceremony at

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Heinz Hall included a keynote address by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Bob Geldof, the founder of Live Aid, and Muhammad Yunus, the inventor of microfinancing and microcredit, who all gave speeches about the importance of young leadership. Joss Stone, a Grammy award-winning singer from the UK as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Children’s Festival Chorus performed music that left the delegates feeling inspired and united. After the ceremony, the delegates walked to the Roberto Clemente Bridge and experienced Pittsburgh’s first ever Bridge Party. The bridge was lined with booths from local restaurants and entertainment where the delegates took in some Pittsburgh culture. With my new group of “junior reporter” friends, I walked the bridge and chatted with delegates from countries, including Cyprus, France, Scotland, and South Africa. Consistently, the delegates told us how impressed they were with our city­—the people were welcoming, the city was clean, and bridges were everywhere. In that moment, I had never felt more proud to be from Pittsburgh! Meeting the delegates in a relaxed, fun setting was a great way to kick off the summit and I couldn’t wait for the next few days of One Young World. On the first day, I wrote an independent article on the special session about women’s rights entitled “Women Up!” The session was led by five truly inspiring women: Fatima Bhutto, a Pakistani journalist and activist; Carole Stone, a former producer for the BBC; Natalia Vodianova, a Russian model and philanthropist; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children; and Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of ProFounder and Additionally, I attended a break-out session debating the pros and cons of current austerity measures being used to remedy the European debt crisis. After this session, I produced an audio piece highlighting the main points of the debate and I worked with other junior reporters to produce a similarly written article. On the last day of the summit, I had the opportunity to interview Ron Garan, a NASA astronaut who has flown to the International Space Station. The interview was filmed by my fellow junior reporters and it was one of my greatest experiences at the summit. At one of the last speaker sessions, the delegates heard an address from the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Because of my reporter status, I was able to sit a few feet away from Annan as he gave his address. The speech, one of the most inspiring and motivational at the summit, provided me with concepts and ideas to apply to my journey as a young leader. Besides hearing the leaders of our world impart their wisdom upon the future generation, I also had the opportunity to meet delegates from different countries, and one delegate in particular left a strong impression on many of the junior reporters. Her name is Asma and she was the


Class of 62 Celebrates 50th Reunion

The class of 1962, the last high school class to graduate from Fort Couch School (the high

school for the classes of 1960, 1961, and 1962), celebrated their 50th reunion this past September. The festivities started with a meet and greet at the Crown Plaza and a golf outing at Frosty Valley on September 27. The next day, retired USC administrator Tom Labanc acted as tour guide as out of town alumni traveled to Pittsburgh to take in the sights, which included the North Shore stadiums, the Strip District, and the new Consol Energy Center. The group stopped for lunch at Primanti’s in Mt. Lebanon. That evening, the alumni were honored guests at the homecoming football game against Baldwin, with their names featured on the scoreboard throughout the evening. Seated on the 50-yard line, the group received a special welcome from the varsity cheerleaders. On Saturday, September 29, alumni toured Fort Couch, dedicating a tree and plaque donated by the Class of ’62, and enjoyed a tour of the Township. The weekend concluded with a special dinner held at St. Clair Country Club. Planning the reunion were Toni Swain Marwitz (chairperson), Nancy Buc, Olive Ow Emerson, Sandy Simon Faulkner, Karen Eiben Godwin, Larry Godwin, Kent Johnson, Sally Kepler Johnson, Joe Mignacca, Bonnie Love Nordoff, Carol Whaley Steffen, and Linda Person Zwicke. n only female delegate from Afghanistan to attend the summit. She told us of her struggle to travel to the United States— how her father had received death threats from his neighbors for giving her the money to travel to the summit. When she first checked into her hotel room on the 17th floor, she was cautious to approach the large window that faced the city because she had to avoid going near windows in Afghanistan due to the constant threat of bomb activity. To me, Asma was truly living out Mahatma Gandhi’s message of being the change you wish to see in the world. Rather than conform to the restrictive ideals of her society, she was doing everything she could to change them. So many of the reporters were inspired by her message and we wanted to become involved with helping her. Through the Reporters Taking Action organization, we’ve started initiatives to help empower women in Afghanistan and organized a clothing drive for Afghani children that took place last month. Asma’s message inspired us to take action and we found ourselves beginning to live out Gandhi’s message. The One Young World Summit was a truly life-defining experience. Seeing the changes that young people were affecting all over the world reminded me over and over of Mahatma Gandhi’s message. The delegates were not only changing the world, they were being the change they wanted in the world. The five days at the summit changed the way I view other countries and other people. It’s impossible to communicate everything I learned, but I try and get the message out as much as possible. Since the summit, I’ve been interviewed about my experience on the Saturday Light Brigade and have spoken at my high school’s international speaker’s day. Being part of the International Baccalaureate Program since elementary school, I felt I had a global perspective before attending the summit. However, attending One Young World solidified my belief that having a global perspective is one of the most important tools to have in the 21st century. Because of what I learned at the One Young World Summit, I know that I have the skills to become the change I wish to see in the world and I am not too young to start now. n Fatima Bhutto, “Women Up!” panel speaker

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T Township Commissioners Robert W. Orchowski

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Russell R. Del Re

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Nicholas J. Seitanakis Ward 1

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Donald P. Rectenwald, Jr. Ward 2

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Township Ward Redistricting In January 2013, the USC Township Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance revising the ward boundary lines in four of the Township’s five wards. These changes are necessary under the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Municipal Reapportionment Act, which requires the governing bodies of municipalities, including the Township of Upper St. Clair, to reapportion their electoral districts following the release of the Federal census report. The Act further provides that districts shall be as compact and contiguous and as nearly equal in population as practical. That provision furthers the “one person, one vote” requirement of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and reflects the constitution imperative that electoral districts for local elections, as for state and federal elections, must be substantially equal in population. According to the 2010 Federal Census Report, the population of the Township is 19,229. The Towns h i p ’s p o p u l a t i o n divided between five wards results in an average population of 3845 per ward. Due to the fact that population growth within Wards 1 and 3 was greater than in other wards, portions of these wards were redistributed to Wards 2 and 4. The shifting of residents between wards was accomplished using the U.S. Census Tracts within the wards, with important emphasis placed on keeping neighborhoods together and

consistent with their current ward and polling location. The redistricting changes will have a minor impact on where residents vote within the Township. Approximately 122 residents in the northeast section of the Township along Harrogate Road will be shifting from Ward 1 to Ward 2, but will continue to vote at Fort Couch Middle School. Approximately 198 residents in the northwest section of the Township along Aster Circle and Morrow Road will be shifting from Ward 1 to Ward 4, but will continue to vote at Baker Elementary School. The only change in voting location will affect approximately 279 residents in the southwest section of the Township along Manor Drive and Glenwood Road. These residents are currently within Ward 3 and vote at the Recreation Center on McLaughlin Run Road. These residents will now shift to Ward 4 and vote at Boyce Middle School on Boyce Road. The Allegheny County Elections Division will notify each affected resident of his or her new polling location. Please see the redistricting map on the following page for specific information regarding the streets affected by the ward boundary changes. For further questions, contact USC’s Department of Community Development at 412-831-9000. n

Due to the fact that population growth within Wards 1 and 3 was greater than in other wards, portions of these wards were redistributed to Wards 2 and 4.

See redistricting map on page 47.

2013 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 at the C&RC 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 Service Board meets as needed. • The Building/Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board meets as needed. • The Library Board meets as needed.

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 For more information, call 412-831-9000. Spring 2013






















































































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Highlights of the Board of Commissioners’ Meetings September 4, 2012

November 5, 2012

Approximately 22 people attended

Approximately 20 people attended

The Board • Adopted Bill No. 6-12 Re. PLC12-0009–Norman Centre Parking Area Revisions–Unified Conditional Use/Preliminary and Final Land Development. • Continued Public Hearing Re. PLC12-1301–Amendment to Chapter 130 entitled “Zoning” to incorporate an Airport Hazard Overlay District. • Continued Public Hearing Re. PLC12-0012–Bonefish Grill South Hills Village Mall–Outdoor Dining. • Adopted Bill No. 7-12 Re. PLC12-0011–Friendship Village of South Hills Phase V, Commons Renovation and Addition–Amended Final Approval Planned Residential Development. • Adopted Resolution No. 1548 for Plan Revision for New Land Development (Planning Module) for PLC12-0011– Friendship Village of South Hills Phase V, Commons Renovation and Addition–Amended Final Approval Planned Residential Development. • Adopted Bill No. 8-12 Re. PLC12-0013–Willowbrooke Estates PRD–Final Approval. • Adopted Resolution No. 1549 authorizing the Township to enter into a five-year winter roadway maintenance agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for snow and ice control of state roads within the Township. Approval of Contracts • PennDOT Bridgeville....................................................$270,098.72 Five-year winter roadway maintenance of state roads within the Township (October 15, 2012-April 30, 2017) • Cargill, Inc. North Olmsted, OH....................................... $56.69/ton Rock salt-first option year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013)

Recognitions and Proclamations • Commissioner Del Re presented a Proclamation to Ron Sarrick, Buildings/Grounds Sustainability Administrator, recognizing America Recycles Day, November 15, 2012, in Upper St. Clair. • Commissioner Christie presented Proclamations to Devan Zalla and Ryan Zalla, both of Boy Scout Troup #4, recognizing their attainment of Eagle Scout rank. Devan, a USCHS junior, devoted 229 hours improving landscaping at Pathfinder School. Ryan, a USCHS senior, devoted 216 hours at Boyce Mayview Park where he extended an existing gravel trail and installed a culvert under a portion of the trail.

• H. E. Neumann Co. Pittsburgh..........................................................$165,000 Township’s Municipal Building 70 Ton Chiller (replacement) • State Pipe Services, Inc. Cranberry Township.................................2013–$19,239 2013 Sanitary Sewer Operation & Option Years: Maintenance Contracted Services 2014–$20,200.95 2015–$21,211 2016–$22,271.55 • Allegheny City Electric Pittsburgh, PA.................................... Option 1–$45,000 C&RC pool light fixture re-hang contract

October 1, 2012 Approximately 12 people attended

Proclamation and Recognition • Commissioner Seitanakis presented a Proclamation to Steven Moore, Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, designating October 7-13, 2012, as Fire Prevention Week in Upper St. Clair. Also recognized were the following members of the Volunteer Fire Department for their years of service: Gary Salerno–5 years, Josh O’Connor–5 years, Matthew Romah–10 years, Anthony Messina–10 years, Michael Thomas–15 years, David Ickes–20 years, and Steven Moore–30 years. The Board • Adopted Bill No. 9-12 Re. PLC12-1301–Amendment to Chapter 130 of the Code of the Township entitled “Zoning” to incorporate an Airport Hazard Overly District. • Adopted Bill No. 10-12 Re. PLC12-0012–Bonefish Grill South Hills Village Mall–Outdoor Dining. • Adopted Bill No. 11-12 Re. PLC12-0017–Reese Plan of Lots–Preliminary and Final Subdivision. • Adopted Bill No. 12-12 Re. PLC12-0019–Marmion Field Subdivision Plan–Preliminary and Final Subdivision. • Adopted Bill No. 13-12 Re. PLC12-0020–Deerfield Manor Plan No. 7 Revision No. 6–Preliminary and Final Subdivision. • Adopted Resolution No. 1550 recognizing the Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. as a local civic organization.



Commissioner Mark Christie with Devan (left) and Ryan Zalla • Commissioner Rectenwald presented a Proclamation to Kyla Colcombe of Girl Scout Troup #51405, recognizing her attainment of Girl Scout Gold Award. Kyla, a USCHS senior, conducted a four-day-long “Girl Camp” at the Community & Recreation Center for girls ages 9-14 which promoted a positive self-image through healthy eating, being themselves, handling peer pressure, and identifying positive vs. negative influences. (See article on page 82.) The Board • Adopted Resolution No. 1551 for Plan Revision for New Land Development (Planning Module) for PLC12-0017– Reese Plan of Lots–Preliminary and Final Subdivision. • Adopted Resolution No. 1552 Re. PLC12-0014–Zahalsky Plan of Lots–Preliminary Subdivsion Approval. • Adopted Resolution No. 1553 for Plan Revision for New Land Development (Planning Module) for PLC12-0014– Zahalsky Plan of Lots. • Adopted Bill No. 14-12 Re. PLC12-0021–Bedner Estates LP Subdivision Plan–Preliminary and Final Subdivision Approval. • Adopted Bill No. 15-12 Re. PLC12-0022–Fox Chase PRD Plan–Phase 4–Lot 409 Amended–Preliminary and Final Subdivision Approval. • Closed Public Hearing Re. 2013 Proposed Budget. • Adopted Resolution No. 1554 for the Township to continue participating in the 2013 joint bid for a contract for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal services coordinated and administered by SHACOG. Approval of Contracts • Reed Oil, Inc. New Castle................................... OPIS Daily Pittsburgh Gasoline and Diesel Fuel w/ winterized multiplier for Diesel Additive Average Index plus fixed margin on gasoline and diesel fuel of $.0545/gallon and w/winterized multiplier for diesel additive of $.0350/gallon

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December 3, 2012

Approximately 3 people attended

• Adopted Bill No. 16-12 Re. IMP12-0001–Acceptance of Public Improvement in Atina Plan of Lots. • Adopted Bill No. 17-12 Re. PLC12-0010–Rohrich–Salem Drive Plan of Lots–Preliminary and Final Subdivision Approval. • Adopted Bill No. 18-12 Re. 2013 Annual Budget. • Approved the following reappointments to the following Boards and Commissions:


Dec. 31 Term Expires

Robert T. Stevens


Civil Service Board

James Conn


Parks and Recreation Board

Jennifer Schuler


Planning Commission

Joel M. Helmrich


Planning Commission

Scott R. Slagle


Zoning Hearing Board

David E. Tungate


Board/Commission Building and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board

Approval of Contracts • Southwest Greens South Park......................................................$48,669.90 Safety Playground Surface Installation • USDA Wildlife Services Raleigh, NC................................. Not to exceed $37,500 Special Use Culling Permit/Prescribed Activities



Department of Finance 2013 Budget Highlights General Fund Budget Overview In preparation for the 2013 budget, Township staff continued with the streamlined, focused approach established in past years. The use of departmental budget worksheets featuring trend analysis and inflation statistics allows for the staff to more accurately predict future budgetary expenditures. The department directors were provided the opportunity to respond to the departmental budget worksheets with an acknowledgement of the projections or a justification for a change in budgetary numbers. After preparing any proposed changes, the staff met with individual departments to discuss both operating and capital budget requests. This process yielded a slight increase in the 2013 budget expenditures for the General Fund of (2.82%) from the 2012 budget. Where the Money Comes From The 2013 major operating revenues are real estate and earned income taxes. The balance of operating revenue comprises other taxes and other revenue. Other taxes include real estate transfer, public utilities, sales and use, and local services taxes. Other revenue consists of licenses and permits, fines, fees, rental and service agreements, investment earnings, recreation fees, and other non-tax revenue. General Fund revenues are projected to increase from 2012 budget amounts of $18,321,224 to $18,837,461, or (2.82%). The increase in General Fund revenue is mainly due to the effect of an increase in projected collections of real estate transfer tax (6.25%), an increase in projected earned income tax (3.19%), and an increase in projected local option sales tax (25.28%). The real estate tax rate will be adjusted to 3.90 mills due to the Allegheny County reassessment and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80%. The General Fund is projected to be at $3,308,123 Fund Balance, or 17.6% of estimated 2013 General Fund revenues.

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Operating Expenditures Summary For the 2013 budget, overall General Fund operating expenditures have increased by $194,551, or 1.39% from 2012 budget amounts. This has occurred through a combination of the following reasons: • Full-time non-contractual personnel salary and wages increases are projected at 2.5%. • Police officers contract has a set hourly wage increase of 3.0%. • Public Works contract has a set hourly wage increase of 3.5%. • Health insurance costs are budgeted to increase by 2.3%. • For 2013, the pension Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) for the Police is $499,570 and $276,604 for Public Works employees. This is a net increase of $137,201, or (21%) from 2012. • Workers’ compensation, life insurance, and long-term disability premiums are budgeted to decrease by $40,000, $15,000 and $20,000, respectively, for 2013. The 2013 budget will maintain the General Fund Balance at a level necessary for the Township to maintain its AA+ bond rating. n

Capital Projects Fund The Capital Projects Fund will be funded by an operating transfer from the General Fund and the Fund Balance, which is estimated to be $2,487,667 at the end of 2013, up from the 2012 budget projection of $2,115,287.

Where the Money Goes The 2013 projected operating expenditures will increase from the 2012 budgeted amount of $14,041,430 to $14,235,981, or 1.39%. The increase of $194,551 is primarily due to increases in personal services increases as noted below. The primary programs of the Township are Public Safety, which includes Police, Volunteer Fire Department and Animal Control, and Public Works. These programs represent 66.4% of the Operating Budget. The remaining difference of projected revenues over operating expenses of $4,601,480 will be used to fund the debt service costs for 2013 of $1,168,299 and operating transfers of $3,433,181. 50


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2012 and 2013 General Fund Budget Major Revenue Sources

General Fund Appropriations by Major Programs

2012 2013 Increase Percentage Budget Budget (Decrease) Change Real Estate Tax $7,555,157 $7,572,189 $17,032 0.23% Earned Income Tax 7,315,000 7,548,350 233,350 3.19% Local Services Tax 240,000 250,000 10,000 4.17% Real Estate Transfer Tax 800,000 850,000 50,000 6.25% Public Utilities Tax 22,000 22,000 - 0.00% Local Option Sales & Use Tax 360,000 451,000 91,000 25.28% Licenses and Permits 134,825 151,525 16,700 12.39% Fees and Fines 477,200 489,700 12,500 2.62% Rental Income 82,400 80,900 (1,500) -1.82% Investment Earnings 5,000 3,500 (1,500) -30.00% Service Agreements 209,887 209,887 - 0.00% Other Non-Tax Revenue 760,055 845,960 85,905 11.30% Recreation Fees 359,700 362,450 2,750 0.76% Total Revenues $18,321,224 $18,837,461 $516,237 Fund Balance - - - Total Major Revenues $18,321,224 $18,837,461 $516,237

2.82% 0.00% 2.82%

2012 Budget

2013 Increase Percentage Budget (Decrease) Change

General Government $1,547,181 $1,604,461 $57,280 Public Safety 4,976,386 5,078,789 102,403 Community Development 618,982 570,128 (48,854) Public Works 4,401,085 4,370,459 (30,626) Refuse Collection 1,124,400 1,168,000 43,600 Recreation & Leisure Services 477,200 503,320 26,120 Library 780,806 821,554 40,748 Unallocated Insurance Costs 115,390 119,270 3,880 Total Operating Expenditures $14,041,430 $14,235,981 $194,551 Operating Transfers 2,950,843 3,433,181 482,338 Debt Service Payments 1,328,951 1,168,299 (160,652) Sub Total $4,279,794 $4,601,480 $321,686 Total Appropriations $18,321,224 $18,837,461 $516,237 Fund Balance - - - Total Major Programs $18,321,224 $18,321,224 $516,237

3.70% 2.06% -7.89% -0.70% 3.88% 5.47% 5.22% 3.36% 1.39% 16.35% -12.09% 7.52% 2.82% 0.00% 2.82%

Boyce Mayview Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) Fund Projected Revenues • Membership Revenue: Current membership demographics show members are made up of 69% residents and 31% nonresidents. Assuming a slight increase in membership rates for July 2013, the Township has projected an overall increase of 2.5% in membership revenue. • General Fund Appropriations: For 2013, the General Fund will appropriate $1,293,265 for debt service costs (see below) associated with the construction of the C&RC building. The General Fund will also contribute $442,589 in additional funds to support the common area operations of the C&RC. • Other Revenue: Facility rental revenue and program revenue have been estimated at $81,000 and $366,000, respectively, for 2013. • Total Memberships: Total annual memberships are projected to reach 3025 by budgeted year end 2013. The total percentage of memberships is estimated to be 67% USC residents and 33% non-residents.

Projected Expenditures • Personal Services: Personal services have increased $146,741, or 9.1% from 2012, mainly attributable to an increase in part-time wages associated with an increase in demand for aquatics services and fitness. The corresponding revenue for these services has increased to cover the increase in costs. • Contractual Services: Contractual services expenses have decreased by $17,473, or 1.7% from 2012. • Commodities: Projected to increase by $15,250 or 7.5% in 2013 due to increased supply needs. • Distributed Costs: Distributed costs include information technology costs and depreciation costs on all equipment. • Capital Transfer: There is an estimated capital transfer of $488,744 to the C&RC Capital Account for future capital funding needs of the C&RC. n

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2013 Earned Income and Net Profits Tax Rate Notice and Payment Schedule The Township of Upper St. Clair and the Upper St. Clair School District hereby give public notice to all earned income and net profits taxpayers of the Township that Act 32 of 2008 now governs the collection and distribution process of the Earned Income Tax in every taxing jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, except for the City of Philadelphia. The Township of Upper St. Clair and the Upper St. Clair School District reside in the newly formed Southwest Allegheny County Tax Collection District. Jordan Tax Service, Inc., whose main office is located at 102 Rahway Road, McMurray, PA 153173349, has been named the earned income tax collector for all taxing entities within

this district. Under Act 32, all employees must register and have withheld by their employer the earned income tax at the rate of the municipality and school district that they reside in. For 2013, the Earned Income and Net Profits tax rates of the Township and the School District are .80% and .50%, respectively, of taxable income as defined by Act 32 of 2008. Thus, the total USC taxpayer’s rate for 2013 is 1.30%. All unincorporated business owners of Upper St. Clair Township and School District are also taxed upon the net profits from their business at the same aforementioned rate and remit their tax liability quarterly to Jordan Tax Service in the following schedule for 2013:

Date......................Tax Period April 15, 2013 .........1st quarter 2013 Tax Estimate due June 17, 2013...........2nd quarter 2013 Tax Estimate due September 16, 2013....3rd quarter 2013 Tax Estimate due January 15, 2014..........4th quarter 2013 Tax Estimate due

This notice also reminds taxpayers that all 2012 USC-40s will be audited by Jordan Tax Service through a comparison of data shared by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. This information is usually shared with the taxing entity approximately two years after a return has been filed. Tax notices, assessing the additional tax and underpayment penalties and interest, will be sent to taxpayers that have understated their income. n

2013 Real Estate Tax Notice and Payment Schedule The Township of Upper St. Clair and the Upper St. Clair School District hereby give public notice to all real estate taxpayers of the Township of the payment schedule of each taxing body for the year 2013.

As of the date of this notice, the 2013 Township millage rate is 3.90 mills of the assessed valuation of your property. If new reassessment valuations are ordered to be used by Allegheny County, the 2013 millage rate will be adjusted, accordingly.

Township Real Estate Tax Schedule for 2013 Date Tax Period May 1 .........................................Tax bills mailed May 1–July 1 ............................. 2% discount July 2–September 3 ................... Face Amount September 4–December 2 .......... 10% penalty December 3 ............................... Lien date

School District Real Estate Tax Schedule for 2013 Date Tax Period July 1 ......................................... Tax bills mailed July 1–September 3.................... 2% discount September 3–October 31 ........... Face amount November 1–December 3 .......... 10% penalty December 3 ............................... Lien date

Sanitary Sewer Fund The sewer user fee multiplier rate has been set at 2.19 in 2013, based on a no rate increase from ALCOSAN in 2013 and a collection rate of 97.6%. In 2013, sewer processing fees and EPA Administrative Consent Order expenses are projected at $2,692,350 and $770,000, respectively. The projected net assets at the end of 2013 are $1,180,571. n



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The School District will adopt its real estate tax millage rate for the fiscal year 2013-14 at the June 2013 School Board meeting. This notice reminds all taxpayers that they are responsible to see that their property is properly assessed and taxed and to ask for appropriate tax bills if they have not received them by mail. No appeals will be granted due to a taxpayer not receiving a real estate tax bill. Only payments received in the tax office or postmarked by the tax period due date will be given the two percent (2%) discount or avoid the ten percent (10%) penalty. n

2013 Upper St. Clair Township Sewer User Multiplier Rate The Township of Upper St. Clair hereby gives public notice to all Township sewer users that ALCOSAN did not raise its usage fees or service charges for 2013, and the 2012 Sewer User Multiplier rate used to calculate the Township’s cost reimbursement will remain at 2.19 for 2013. At the present time, the Township of Upper St. Clair contracts with Jordan Tax Service to provide the billing and collection of its monthly sewer user fees. All problems or concerns encountered with a sewer bill should be referred to Dan Berty of the Township’s Finance Department at 412-831-9000, extension 202, or by email to n

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Park Improvements

Gary Schafer, Parks and Forestry Administrator The nice, dry weather this past fall allowed the Township’s workforce to get a leg up on a few projects. The Municipal Park playground project started on time in September, as the old playground was dismantled with relative ease and the scrap metal was recycled. Reusing the playground equipment was not an option, as commercial playground equipment is not designed to be dismantled and reused because of the concrete footers holding the posts in the ground as well as the hardware degrading to below manufacture specification requirements. With safety the number one goal, Township maintenance will be installing a synthetic turf safety surface that meets the fall protection requirements set forth by the Certified Playground Safety Handbook in conjunction with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regulations. While Township crews have been working diligently to improve this park, visit one of the Township’s many other playgrounds for some outdoor fun. If you visit the Morton Fields complex, you may notice some of the improvements. The baseball and softball fields have fully functional sheltered dugouts for the players, a storage room for the equipment, and an elevated deck for an announcer’s booth. As a spectator, you will also notice new bleachers and a few new trash and recycling receptacles in the area. At a recent public input community meeting there was noted interest to provide landscape views from the interior of Gilfillan Park, situated along Route 19. Public Works built a new trail that crosses three distinct habitat areas of the park while providing breathtaking views of the park itself. Next time you visit Gilfillan,

take a walk on the interior loop trail. You may become temporarily lost as you discover a different world of peace and tranquility right Dugout under construction at Morton Fields in the middle of the bustling South Hills. The Boyce Mayview hiking trails seem to be more popular each and every day. I constantly notice new faces when I am out inspecting the trail or making small repairs. Please stop and chat when you see me out there! Several boy scouts chose their Eagle Scout projects to assist the Township with the ongoing safety program, which will provide for additional trail markers to assist those who may be in an emergency situation. A Girl Scout who’s working towards her Gold award is installing duck house boxes at the PennDOT wetlands and along Hidden Pond trail. Also installed are a couple of Dogi Pot receptors. One is located at The Outdoor Classroom area and the other at the Boyce Gardens. These are of great assistance when cleaning up after your pet. We hope you enjoy the 11 miles of natural surface hiking trail that Boyce Mayview Park has to offer. If you have interest in volunteering to help keep the trails in great shape, please contact me at the Public Works office by calling 412-831-9000. n Spring 2013



T 2013 Author Luncheon— Lunch with Jane Presentation by Laura Engel, Ph.D., Duquesne University Date and Time: Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m. Location: St. Clair Country Club Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at St. Clair Country Club. Laura Engel, associate professor of English at Duquesne University, will discuss the world of Jane Austen—her life and times. A periodinspired lunch will be served. Look for further details in the library and on the library’s website.

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Helen Palascak, Library Director Do you need an “escape” place? Wouldn’t you like a place to get away from it all and “vanish” for a while? A place that can be your own free space to unwind, to be off the grid, to work on your own stuff, to just be. Home is tricky, with its distractions and never-ending chores. Work, where your boss keeps track of everything you do, is not it. Coffee shops expect you to spend money, clubs have membership fees, movies charge admission, and mall seating, when you can find it, is often noisy. Family members’ homes, though a tempting thought, bring their own set of issues. A park or garden might work, but only in good weather, which in Pittsburgh is a rather “iffy” thing.

So now let’s think about your library. There are comfortable chairs, quiet spaces, and free Internet. No one will bother you, but there’s always someone around who will help you. Plus, there are lots of great books, magazines, and newspapers to read—for free! You can check your personal email or browse the web for information or entertainment. The library, most definitely, could be that amazing escape place for you. Give it a try next time you need a break from life. Post a comment on the library Facebook page if you use the library as your special “get away from it all” place, and tell us why it works for you. Or stop by to visit me when you are in the library. n

New Service Model

Laura Engel

There’s more than a new look on the second floor of the USC Township Library, it’s also a new service model that enables staff to better help you. Stop in and see for yourself! Below are highlights of the renovation: • Librarians now sit at the main desk and are immediately available to help you. • Holds pickup is now self-service, but still near enough to the main desk that library staff can help you with the new system. • The self-checkout station is easily accessible even when others are being helped at the main desk. • The new book area has new shelving units that display books face out for easy browsing.

• A combination of coordinated bench seating and individual chairs can be rearranged as necessary. • A new book return is located near the elevator. n

Celebrate the 2012 Holidays Concert South Hills Brass, including Gary McKeever, trumpet; Steve Lynch, trombone; Scott McClain, tuba; Mike Longiewicz, horn; and Rich Pantaleo, trumpet, with special guest performers Catherine Deep, Gabbie Deep, and Michael Gilbert presented the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, interspersed with holiday tunes at the library’s annual holiday event. n 54


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The South Hills Brass plays selections while Catherine Deep narrates and Michael Gilbert plays the Grinch.

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Read Magazines for Free on Your Computer or Digital Device The World’s Largest Newsstand

Zinio is an online newsstand made free to you by the USC Township Library. Read popular magazines with full-color photos, navigate by page, and use interactive media elements, including audio and video and keyword article searches. From the library homepage, click on the Zinio icon and log in with your library card number and your email address. After you log in, you’ll need to sign up for a Zinio account if you don’t already have one. Select your magazine, download, and enjoy! You’ll receive an email reminder each time a new issue is available. Zinio works on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry Playbook. Don’t forget, the library has free e-books for your devices, too! n

(Programs begin at 7 p.m. Call the library to register.) Thursday, March 21: Travel with Mirela Tuesday, March 26: Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes: A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth Thursday, April 4: Pruning Your Trees and Shrubs Monday, April 22: Change Your Water, Change Your Life Monday, May 13: Life in Balance Thursday, May 23: Poetry’s Time, Poetry’s Place Monday, June 3: I’m Sorry for Your Loss

Let’s Talk About Books You’ve Read Join a Library Book Group

Question: Is there a library book group for me? Answer: Yes, there’s one just for you! Visit the library website for current book selections. Come to one session, come to more; the library welcomes you whenever you have the time to join in. • Cooks’ Group. Share not only cookbooks, but novels and memoirs with “foodie” interest, as well. First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. • Library Ladies Group. Women’s fiction selections bring a diverse group together for lively discussions. Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

• Men’s Group. Talk about both fiction and non-fiction selections that are chosen by the participants each month. First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. • Mystery Readers Group. If you love cozy mysteries or police procedurals, this is the place to meet others with the same interests. Third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. • Out of This World Group. Readers of science-fiction, fantasy, and paranormal novels will enjoy this new discussion group. Third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. n

Just Like to Talk?

Join a Conversation Group • Conversation Salon participants discuss topics of both local and national interest. First Friday of the month, 10 a.m. • Yarn Works. Talk and knit or crochet. Bring your project, get help, and share with others. Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m. n Spring 2013



T Kids & Teens More Legos at the Library Dear Librarian, to read books daughter wants My 11-year-old g, but ink she’s too youn th I n. io ct se en from the te your opinion. I’d like to know Careful Parent Dear Careful Parent, ages of 12 and 18. igned for kids between the Our teen collection is des generally match the age rylines of teen literature sto d an r tte ma t jec sub The mes often focus character. Teen book the in ma k’s boo the of e and experienc to as problem novels d are sometimes referred an th you of ges llen cha on the e a back seat to more Theme and style often tak or coming-of-age novels. are appealing and racter, and setting which cha t, plo of nts me ele le tangib er readers. easily accessible to young ed ages or grades for help you find recommend to y pp ha are we e hil W ks is always ision about particular boo dec al fin the ks, boo le teen and juveni t kids can be more singly, we have found tha pri sur ot N t. ren pa the up to d a particular book mendation to wait to rea accepting when the recom rarians. comes from one of our lib reading. There are ks that their friends are Kids often hear about boo reading it before they es so popular that kids are om bec k boo a en wh es tim s happen to ar story. If your child doe cul rti pa t tha for dy rea are optimally use it as a springboard themes or details, you can ult fic dif th wi k boo a d rea ay conversation. y not come up in everyd to discuss issues that ma other people, and the to learn about themselves, ch mu so ve ha s kid r Ou ce as your son can be an excellent resour n tio fic en Te m. the d world aroun ng adult. or daughter becomes a you

LEGO® DUPLO and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) sponsored a contest to celebrate and support local libraries. Upper St. Clair was one of the top 200 libraries to receive a special LEGO® DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks. The library staff on the kids and teens floor will be using the DUPLOs in the upcoming programs. Thanks to USC residents who took time to visit the LEGO® DUPLO website and vote for our library! n

Sincerely, arian Debra Conn, Your Libr

USC Township Library Hours Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Outside book and video return available 24/7. Items collected daily at 9 a.m. Library is closed Sunday, March 31 for Easter. 56


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T Kids & Teens Why Should My Child Attend Preschool Storytime?

Laurie Buker, Library Specialist Hi. I’m Miss Laurie and I teach preschool storytime for children between three and a half and five years of age. Children attend storytime class on their own. If your child is reluctant to enter without you, I encourage you to join in. Each week, we share new and well-loved children’s books, fingerplays, action rhymes, and songs. Reading Where is the Green Sheep, reciting “Old Mother Hubbard,” singing “Five Little Monkeys,” and acting out “If You’re Happy and You Know It” not only expands vocabularies, but also stimulates motor, But, the most visual, and audiimportant reason to tory skills. Rhymes are a great way for come to storytime is children to learn the sounds that to have fun! make up words. Sounding out words is easier for new readers when they’ve heard the words before. Each storytime ends with a craft or a concept-based activity. Painting, cutting, or pasting improves small motor skills and creates masterpieces. Bean bag toss, opening a combination lock, and Shape Bingo are fun, plus a great way to help children practice following directions. Storytime also offers the chance for your child to gain social skills. Sitting, listening, and participating in a group setting helps develop self-regulation—one of the best predictors of classroom success. When children grow up enjoying language and books, they are more likely to become strong readers and better learners. But, the most important reason to come to storytime is to have fun! n 412-835-5540

What’s Happening? Classes for the Young Patron This spring, the library will be offering a wide variety of classes for children of all ages. The popular story time sessions will begin Monday, April 8 and run through Friday, May 10. This five-week series will offer children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers many opportunities to visit the library, hear stories, and have a good time. Registration for spring classes will begin Wednesday, March 20. A complete list and all program information can be found at the library or online at Babies & Toddlers Children ages 4 to 24 months with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver Mondays or Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Twos & Threes Children 2 to 3½ years of age with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Thursdays at 10 a.m. Pre-School Storytime Children 3½, 4, or 5 years of age who are ready to spend a half hour on their own Thursdays at 1:45 p.m. Fridays at 10 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. Math Mites Children ages 4 and 5 years old who are not yet attending kindergarten Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. or 2:15 p.m. Library Explorers: Explore the Earth and Sky Children who are currently in kindergarten Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. BookTrek: Science Fun Children in 1st to 4th grade Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

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Family Storytime Children ages 2 to 7 years old with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver Dates and times to be announced. Weekend Fun at the Library Come to the library on the weekends to experience great programs and classes. In addition to offering a variety of craft weekends celebrating late winter and early spring holidays, children are also invited to come to the library for the monthly Building Weekends where they can experiment with Legos®, Lincoln Logs, and different types of blocks. As always, consult the library’s website or stop by for a visit for complete program information. Story Weekend Families with children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to Story Weekend and assist with the activities. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4:30 p.m. (Dates to be announced) Building Weekend Families with children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to Building Weekend and assist with the activities. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4:30 p.m. (Dates to be announced) Celebrate Spring—Crafts Families with children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to Craft Weekends and assist with the activities. Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 1-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day—Crafts Families with children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to Craft Weekends and assist with the activities. Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 1-4:30 p.m. UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY


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Ron Sarrick, Buildings/Grounds and Sustainability Administrator It’s time to wake up, shake off those winter blues, and start looking for the early buds of spring that should be popping up soon. It’s also a great time to go through all the magazines and finished crossword puzzle books that you’ve accumulated over the winter. Perhaps, you haven’t had the time to go through all the items that were replaced during the past holiday season. Gather these items and check the ones you’re planning to discard for the recycling symbol with a number 1 to 7. You’ll be surprised to find this symbol on almost everything—toys, home products, and other household items. This is also a great time to sort through personal documents, especially as you collect things for tax time. Many folks find themselves with bulging boxes that have too many years of outdated receipts. Now is the time to go through that mound of useless paper and get it to the Township’s Personal Document Destruction event just around the corner in May. Place your discards in a box marked “Personal Document Destruction” and then bring it Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to the Township building’s parking lot on McLaughlin Run Road. Don’t forget USC Township’s e-cycling program. Did you know that the e-cycling contractor, JVS, comes on the second Saturday

of each month? They do, and the program is growing as well as the tonnage collected. If an item has an electric cord or takes batteries, it will usually be accepted. Old batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and fixtures are all accepted. The e-cycling program runs yearround and there is no charge Ron Sarrick (left), being presented for this service. a Township proclamation from Thanks to those who Commissioner Russell Del Re for his took the pledge on America “green” commitment and service to USC Township Recycles Day and thanks for sharing your concerns and suggestions about recycling during drop-offs at the Township’s e-cycling day this past November and at the fall’s Bounty at Boyce festival at the C&RC. Several residents expressed a common concern—the difficulty of recycling cardboard. The Township is looking at ways to make this particular item easier to recycle. Finally, take time this spring to get out and visit our many, beautiful USC parks. There are plenty of activities for all ages! Within the parks system, you will find trash receptacles as well as blue recycling receptacles. Put plastic sandwich bags, paper cups, and soiled paper in the trash. Glass and plastic bottles as well as yogurt containers, waxed cartons, coffee lids, paper bags, magazines, and newsprint should be placed in the blue recycling containers. The “Single Stream” recycling theme also applies to our parks. Happy spring cleaning and thank you for helping us to help you! n

Emerald Ash Borer Invades USC Gary Schafer, Parks and Forestry Administrator

While the title sounds like a movie thriller, the prob- under the bark. Once the larva pupates, the adult beetle emerges lem is real and affecting USC. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a through a “D” shaped exit hole from the bark of the tree, feeds on wood boring insect that was mistakenly introduced to the United the leaves, and finds protection in bark crevices during the day. Due to very few external symptoms, the signs of EAB infestaStates sometime in the late 1990s in the state of Michigan. Since being identified in 2002, it has wreaked havoc to the native Ash tion on newly infected trees are often difficult to detect. Branch tree population. The EAB is native to eastern Russia, northern die-back at the crown or outer areas of the tree are signs of new China, Japan, and Korea, and most likely came to the U.S. from infestation. Woodpeckers peeling the thick bark off the tree to feed Ash wood used in cargo freight. Since being identified, the EAB on over-wintering larvae will leave jagged holes, which is also a population has grown rapidly and, as a result, the Ash tree popula- telltale sign that the tree has been infested with EAB. Over the past ten years, countless hours of research have been tion is being decimated by the thousands. Here in Upper St. Clair, many of the native and planted Ash trees have suffered attacks dedicated to the behavioral patterns of this insect and have idenand more will succumb to the attacks in the coming years if the tified multiple ways to combat it. Biological control, insecticide spraying, drenching, or injections, and the trees are left untreated. timing of the application have been shown The adult beetle is about one-third to to slow or even stop the attack of EAB. Doone-half inch in length and usually bronze, ing nothing will, of course, leave only one golden, or reddish green overall with metallic emerald green wings. The larvae stage, solution—the complete decay and eventual when the insect does most of its damage, removal of the tree. grows to one and one-quarter inches in If you have an Ash tree and have seen length and is white to cream colored with signs of EAB or have questions about how to a brown head. Unless you are trying to find best treat your tree, call a certified arborist. this insect, you probably will not see it. Your arborist will help to identify the most The larva feeds on the phloem and cambia cost effective approach while weighing all the options to best serve your tree’s needs. n region of the Ash tree, which is located EAB exit on Ash tree 58


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Spring Checklists

Gary Schafer, Parks and Forestry Administrator With winter winding down and the sun shining a little bit longer each day, it is time to put away the winter snow shovel and pull out the spade. Spring will be here in a few weeks and it is time to start preparing for a wonderful season of beautiful landscapes, luscious garden treats, and a house with less clutter. Here are some simple tasks to help prepare for a great spring and enjoyable summer.

Equipment • Pull out the lawnmower.  Hopefully you didn’t leave gas in the tank over the winter! Fuel can gum up the carburetor, leaving you with a tired arm from pulling the cord. Use a little carburetor cleaner additive to help keep your engine running great.  Check the spark plug. If you have not changed it in a few years, most likely you could use a new one.  Time to change the engine oil. Just like your car, the engine oil needs to be changed every so many hours. Refer to your manual for how often.  Keep the cutting blade sharp! A dull blade can cause the grass to rip instead of cut, leaving your lawn susceptible to diseases. • Sharpen the pruners and hedge clippers.  Dull pruners can not only cause you to make poor cuts when pruning, but will also cause fatigue in your hands and arms. Why add extra work? Take the time upfront, so you can enjoy the evening after the hard day of work.  The hedge clippers are often over looked, but they also require sharpening periodically. When you are looking for a great formal English garden, you want the sharpest blade trimming the Boxwoods for a nice tight appearance.  Sanitize! Sanitize! Sanitize! It is very important to sanitize your equipment. This helps stop the spread of diseases from plant to plant. Use 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle or on a cloth, and then wipe your equipment clean. • Inspect your hand tools.  Take a look at all of your hand tools. If the handles are made of wood, check them for cracks that could possibly leave you stuck with half the work completed. There is nothing worse than digging a hole for planting and then having the shovel breaks. It may be a good idea to have a spare of the more common tools, including a spade shovel, stone rake, leaf rake, and a good outdoor broom.  Check your wheelbarrow. It’s always a good idea to check the tire pressure. When the mulch is delivered, you don’t want to fuss trying to find the tire pump!

Clutter • Get rid of the trash or recycle it.  Please don’t forget that every second Saturday of the month is e-cycling. Take your electronics to the Township’s parking lot near Clair’s Kennels from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bi-weekly recycling. Check the Township website ( for specifics. If you need additional recycling bins, contact the Township. Bins can be purchased for $13 each and Public Works will deliver them to your house.  Yard waste pick up for this year’s spring clean up is Saturday, April 20. Have your yard debris and leaf waste in compostable paper bags and placed curbside by 6 a.m. Recycling yard waste is a great way to keep excess trash from ending up in landfills. Planting • Time to plant that garden or landscape bed.  Hopefully, you had a chance to plant your bulbs last fall. If not, fear not. While it’s too late to get the tulips in the ground, you still have time to plant garlic, shallots, and onions. Just writing this is making me a little hungry.  Spring is a great time to divide your perennials and grasses. With a little effort, you can quickly divide your favorite perennials and grasses to quickly fill in a bed or expand to another part of the yard. Complete what you set out to do once you dig up the plants. To avoid the roots from drying out, have your planting hole already dug before you dig up your plants.  Most trees and shrubs benefit from being transplanted early in the spring to avoid transplant shock. Although not necessarily deadly, it can really stunt a plant and, of course, leave you looking at a substandard landscape for the season. Do not worry if your plant experiences some transplant shock; most woody trees typically share in this temporary situation.  Don’t forget that USC residents have free access to leaf compost and wood chips at the Boyce Gardens. Bins at the Boyce Gardens describe each material. Take what you need. n Spring 2013




Bounty at Boyce Mayview

Wagon rides in Boyce Mayview Park

The fourth annual Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest was held this past November. The weather surely cooperated and participants were able to enjoy a fantastic day with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures. Several new activities were added this past year to the annual event, including the very entertaining Mascot Pumpkin Bowling, the fun and challenging Apple Slingshot stations, new food vendors, a variety of musical performances in the C&RC and at the pavilion, a fascinating woodcarving demonstration, hay wagon rides, and geocaching. Team work among The Outdoor Classroom, the USC Township Recreation and Leisure Services Department, the Township Public Works Department, and others (including the many volunteers of all ages) brought the successful event to fruition. Thank you to our most kind and generous patrons for their support: Allegra Pittsburgh, Ardolino’s Pizza, Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse, Chick Fil A, The Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair, Cucina Bella, Dupree’s Garden Center & Florist, Firehouse Subs, G&S Signs, Giant Eagle Market District, Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center, Pepperoni’s, Roadside Ribs, Rusmur Floors Carpet One Floor & Home, Simmons Farm, Tony Zuback Insurance Agency, Trader Joe’s, Trax Farms, Wagner’s Chocolates, Whole Foods Market, and Wild River Kettle Korn. n Wood carving demonstration

Baking Contest Winners

Apple slingshot

Thank You to Our Judges: Russell Del Re, vice president, USC Board of Commissioners Jessica Gombar, owner, The Pie Place Shari Leckenby, professional baker

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Youth Division (through age ten) First place: Emily Barrie for “Turkey Cake” Second place: Kole Ansell for “Pilgrim Hats” Third place (tie): Emily Ritter for fall sugar cookies and Richa Mahajan for pumpkin spice cake “Corn on the Cob” Junior Division (ages 11-17) First place: Leanna Clarke for mini pumpkin cakes Second place: Lauren DeShields for “Pumpkinlicious” carrot cake Third place: Becca Swiceh for Italian sponge cake Adult Division: First place: Eileen Geffrey for pecan praline-pumpkin torte (See recipe on page 61.) Second place: Donna Bowser for flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies Third place: Melissa Ansell for pumpkin cake

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Mascot pumpkin bowling

Face painting fun

Pecan Praline-Pumpkin Torte

Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest Winning Recipe courtesy of Eileen Geffrey Yield: Makes 1 (9-inch) layer cake Ingredients 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup butter or margarine 3 Tbs. whipping cream 3/4 cup chopped pecans 4 large eggs 1 and 2/3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. salt Addtl. whipped cream topping Addtl. chopped pecans

Preparation Cook first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans; sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup pecans. Cool. Beat eggs, sugar, and oil at medium speed with electric mixer. Add pumpkin and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture, beating until blended. Spoon batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake at 350째, 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes; remove from pans, and cool on wire racks. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up; spread evenly with whipped cream topping. Top with remaining layer, praline side up, and spread remaining whipped cream topping over top of cake. Sprinkle cake with chopped pecans. Store cake in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Save the Date

Upper St. Clair Community Day 2013 is Saturday, May 18. Look for details in the summer issue of TODAY! Contact the Upper St. Clair Department of Recreation and Leisure Services at 412-221-1099 to offer suggestions or volunteer your time and talents. Applications for booths and parade entry forms are available at the Recreation office at the C&RC on Mayview Road. Spring 2013



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Programs to Welcome Spring Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club and the Upper St. Clair High School Interact Club with the assistance of the Upper St. Clair Department of Recreation and Leisure Services, was scheduled for Saturday, March 16. Look for photos from this family-fun event in the summer 2013 issue of TODAY.

Arts and Chocolate Spring Spectacular

April will bring the C&RC’s annual Arts and Chocolate Spring Spectacular. Scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.4 p.m., this family-friendly event will host fun chocolate activities for all ages and include an eating contest, sidewalk chalk art, kite making, painting with chocolate, as well as music and other performances to delight. Over 100 pieces of art, showcasing works from the USCSD fine arts department, will be on display in various C&RC community rooms.

Watch the Mail!

As winter nears its end, youngsters can continue to learn, grow, and have fun in a safe environment by enrolling in Karate classes (April 4-May 23), Spring into Chess Camp (March 25-29), and Friday Swim, Gym for Fourth Graders (April 12-May 10), and the new “All the World is a Stage” (March 25 and 28). Additionally, Missie Berteotti, 14-year LPGA Tour veteran and former USC resident, will be offering her MENTAL MASTERY PROGRAM™ for young athletes and athletic instructors. Missie recently published THE MENTAL MASTERY PROGRAM™ From the Classroom to the Course to Life! and will share her philosophy of “When you’re learning, you’re living!” Contact the Recreation Department for more details. Watch for the Township’s Recreation and Leisure Services Department 2013 Spring/Summer Recreation Program and Information booklet.

Tennis or Golf Anyone?

Spring is around the corner and, as weather permits, the Township’s three-hole golf course will be opening. The tennis “bubbles” will be coming down, and all the courts will become available for outdoor play. Tennis permits for the outdoor season will go on sale early April and will be required for play at the Municipal tennis courts beginning May 1. Different Strokes, a nonprofit resident group run by a committee of volunteers with the assistance of the Recreation and Leisure Services Department, will once again be organizing sessions of tennis for Upper St. Clair residents of all abilities to play with a variety of partners and opponents. Contact Gina Braun at 412-221-5717 for more information. Consult the 2013 Spring/Summer Recreation Program and Information booklet for more tennis and golf information. n

AAA Driving Expo and Wellness Fair

Last fall, Upper St. Clair’s Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) was the site of the AAA Driving Expo and Wellness Fair. J.J. Miller, safety advisor for AAA, said the event for older adults was the first one sponsored in Western Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania is second only to Florida in the number of seniors in the United States,” said Miller. “This program focused on how they can keep their keys as long and as safely as they can.”

Janice Hampton has her blood pressure taken. 62


On display were driving gadgets designed to help those with less mobility get in and out of the vehicle more easily. Other services available at the fair were a chiropractor, nutrition advice and flu shots provided by representatives from Giant Eagle, skin screenings and bone density tests by Jeffrey’s Drug Store, blood pressure screening by St. Clair Hospital representatives, health care information from the VA, fitness information from C&RC representatives, travel information, insurance planning information, and AAA-approved auto repair information. Also at the event were representatives from various law enforcement agencies. State police representatives were available to discuss safe driving laws, USC police representatives provided general safe driving tips, and Allegheny County police offered personal safety information.

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Molly Brown tries the driving simulator.

Many attending the event tried the driving simulator. Molly Brown thought the simulator was very touchy, more so than her own vehicle. But she said that while “driving” the simulator was a little different from being on the road, it showed how much there is to think about when driving a car. Janice Hampton, who took time to get a flu shot and her blood pressure checked, thought the event was “fantastic!” Miller expects to hold this type of fair every year and hopes the event grows as more and more seniors learn about what is offered to help them as they age. n

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Fall Youth Blast

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This past October, Upper St. Clair Middle School students had a chance to get together with their friends at the Fall Youth Blast 2012 held at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park. Sponsored by USC Cares for Kids, an initiative of the Youth Steering Committee of Upper St. Clair, the event was open to all USC kids in grades five through eight and included a dodge ball tournament, bingo and “tattoos,” food, and dancing to the tunes of DJ Greg Calvetti. Ed Kavo of the Youth Steering Committee said that the evening was great for the kids and he was glad that Youth Steering could sponsor it. Over 130 students pre-registered. USC High School counselor Dr. Bill Rullo said that the previous Youth Blast had been so successful that the kids had requested another one. n

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Hanging out with friends at the Fall Youth Blast Spring 2013




United Senior Citizens of USC Every Day of the Week Did you know that as an older adult resident of Upper St. Clair you can do something with the Recreation and Leisure Services Department for free almost every day of the week? Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesdays and Thursdays are Senior Fit, a training class designed for seniors to increase stamina, strength, range of motion in joints, and muscle flexibility. The class meets at 11:30 a.m. and lasts for 45 minutes. Wednesdays On Wednesdays, the United Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair meet for lunch and a program. To participate, one must be a USC resident age 55 or older and retired. Morning activities are informal and include lunch preparation by volunteers from the group. The members hold a brief meeting at noon, followed by a delicious meal. Afternoon activities include musical entertainment, lectures or presentations of interest, book reviews, health and fitness instruction, game days, and more. In addition, day trips to various performances and places of interest are scheduled throughout the year. Most meetings are held at the Recreation Center located at 1770 McLaughlin Run Road.

Senior citizens enjoying lunch on Wednesdays at the Rec Center on McLaughlin Run Road

Thursdays Thursday afternoons has the “Seniors at Leisure” series. The first Thursday of the month is Brain Fitness (1:30-3 p.m.); second Thursday is Art Experience with resident artist Rikki Walsh (2-3:30 p.m.); third Thursday is Movie Day with a pizza lunch included (12:30-3 p.m.); and fourth Thursday is Pickleball practice (1:303 p.m.). All activities are held at the C&RC. While there are no fees for these activities, reservations are requested, especially on Movie Day, to make sure there is enough pizza! Jane Hollman, retired USCHS English teacher, offers the Shakespeare Seminar for six weeks each spring and fall. This spring’s play is Macbeth. The class meets Thursdays (March 7, 14, 21, and April 4, 11 18), 1-4 p.m., in the C&RC.

Fridays Friday is Zumba Gold day! The lowerimpact, easy-to-flow, Latin-inspired dance fitness-party™ keeps you in the groove of life. This exercise craze takes exciting Latin and international dance rhythms and brings them to the active older adult, the beginner participant, or anyone who thinks they “can’t dance.” This class is also wonderful for the seasoned Zumba participant who wants to improve his or her dance ability or brush-up on technique. This class is offered from 11a.m.-noon in Studio 2 at the C&RC. In addition to the free offerings, there are many fitness classes designed for seniors where a nominal fee is charged, including Gentle Yoga, Hydra Motion, T’ai Chi, and more. Frequently, there are discounts available to Silver Card holders through the Township. If you are a member of the C&RC, additional free classes are available. n To find out more about any of these programs or to make a reservation, contact Amy Kerman, older adult coordinator, at 412-221-1099, extension 603, or via email at

Meet Betsey Krebs

Florence Dorn, Recording Secretary of the USC of USC Betsey Krebs has been a member of the United Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair since 1988. She has served on the organization’s board of directors as a director, president, vice-president, and programming chair, each for two years. Betsey grew up in Greensburg and graduated from Seton Hill University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics and physical science. She began her teaching career in Irwin and started the first boys’ home economics classes in Westmoreland County. She also taught adult education classes two evenings a week. In 1951, Betsey married Alfred, a graduate of Carnegie Tech. Alfred realized that veterans who were coming home from war would need housing, so he formed the Krebs Construction Company and developed Brookside Farms, the Mitchel Plan, the English Village area, and Meadowcrest. In their free time, Betsey and Alfred enjoyed traveling. The Krebs have three children: Alfred Jr. (Fred), Carolyn, and Daniel, all graduates of Upper St. Clair High School. Fred, the proud father of two children, is a minister at a church in Texas. Carolyn has two sons and teaches underprivileged children in Wenatchee, Washington. Daniel lives with Betsey in 64


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Betsey Krebs (left), with interviewer Florence Dorn

Resources for Seniors Gold Card

Offered by the USC School District to residents age 62 and older. Card admits holder to School District drama and musical performances, athletic events, and other events free of charge. Applications at School District reception desk at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road.


“Live each day to the fullest.” Life advice from Betty Y., Resident and Life Enthusiast

Silver Card

Offered by USC Township to residents age 62 or older. Card admits holder to the Municipal three-hole golf course, outdoor tennis facilities, Community & Recreation Center specified programs, and other activities designated and sponsored by the Township of Upper St. Clair. Applications are available at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park. ACCESS 65 PLUS is a shared-ride transportation service program for senior citizens age 65 and older. Contact Amy Kerman, Upper St. Clair Township older adult coordinator, at 412-221-1099, ext. 603, for information about this program and for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senior Citizen identification card for the Port Authority Transit (PAT) system. Contact Older Adult Coordinator Amy Kerman 412-221-1099,

USC and is employed with an investment finance firm. In addition to the United Senior Citizens of USC, Betsey is very active with many other area groups. She is involved with the local AARP chapter, the Woman’s Club of Upper St. Clair, and sings in her church’s choir, as well as participates in many of the offerings for seniors at the Community & Recreation Center. Some residents may remember Betsey as a Girl Scout leader and accredited camp counselor who took other troops camping. Betsey loves animals and has a devilish cat, named Beauty. “I feel blessed that now, being an elder, I get to enjoy my younger friends at the senior group. I love life!” exclaimed Betsey. n

Seems like the more time we spend with our residents, the more we learn about life. We have something for everyone, from independent living and personal care to rehabilitation services and specialized memory care. All on a vibrant campus with activities, social events, day trips and individualized services. At Country Meadows, we think you’ll find our community is full of life.

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T Executive Experience Ventures South to TOC Alicia Ferrilli, Intern, TOC

The Pittsburgh Public mourning dove and scarlet tanager in the spring and the yellowSchools STEM magnet, the bellied sapsucker in the winter, will be our task. The data we Pittsburgh Science & Technology collect will be transferred to an online bird monitoring site, E-Bird, Academy, located in the heart of and available for future bird observations. Oakland, had its grand opening Using the store of information compiled throughout the just four short years ago. It is months, we will be developing a user-friendly brochure, includhome to students in grades six ing a map. It will contain the species of plants and trees you can through 12 and a great staff. The find on the trail and what habitat in which they are located. Also seniors that will be graduating included will be the birds that can be seen not only in the winter, this year will not only be in but also during other seasons. the first graduating class ever, Our XE partners, Jessica Kester and John Masilunas of The but they will also get to walk Outdoor Classrom, have been a huge help not only in keeping this away with an experience—an project on track, but in supporting Executive Experience. us. We expect that our finished In other high schools, stu- product will be something worth Left to right are Brittney and Alicia dents work on their senior showing off! By the end of April, projects, and this is the grade that decides if they can graduate; we hope to have both print and but here at SciTech we have an Executive Experience, XE for online brochure versions ready short. That’s where Brittney and I come in. for use. Brittney Welsh is a tall, lanky girl who is confident and clear We will spend the month of with her words. She’s strong-willed and isn’t afraid of a little dirt May gathering materials we have under her fingernails. Brittney was recently accepted to Slippery used and what we have learned so Rock University where she plans to study Park and Resource that we can present in front of our Management. I, Alicia Ferrilli, am a compassionately outgoing senior class, teachers, parents, and person. My goal every day is to make people laugh and to learn the community. A K-9 Unit dog, P.C., who walked the trails almost every day, is buried here something new. I was accepted to Penn State University Park and plan to study English, hopefully becoming either a writer or teacher. Working at The Outdoor Classroom has helped both Brittney and me in more ways than we could have imagined. For our project with The Outdoor Classroom at Boyce Mayview Park, we were asked to complete a Habitat and Bird Guide for a two-mile trail. We started our journey by going to each post mark along the trail and collecting samples from plants and trees. Back in our classroom, we searched through books to locate the names of the plants and the kinds of habitats in which they were usually found. In no time we had identified over 30 species! We were able to look closer at plants we were familiar with, such as milkweed and giant foxtails, but even more exciting, we were able to categorize species like burdock, tall goldenrod, and poison hemlock. These magnificent plants informed us of the five different habitats that exist on our section of trails at Boyce Mayview Park: disturbed woodland, wetland, early successional forest, farmland, Decaying tree… nature’s beauty at work and forest. Looking out over the waning winter terrain, we noticed that the grounds are emerging below the melting snow and it is time to move on to our next project. We will start making our visits not to look at the trees, but to look at something else, up high. Birds! While some birds have migrated, a lot (more than you would actually think) are still around. Classifying birds, including the A tree hit by lighting now bares the scar



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Looking back on the work we have done, we have grown quite a bit. We have learned to rely on books for our information and we will soon depend on them much more as we begin to learn bird calls and species. As the first SciTech XE students to work with The Outdoor Classroom, we hope to form a bond… a bond that will not only help future students, but one that will stay with us forever. The Outdoor Classroom is a beautiful place. The air is fresh, bird chirps fill your ears instead of car engines, and trees act as barriers, taking you to a place that is far away from the city, yet close to home. Come out to Boyce Mayview Park and The Outdoor Classroom this spring and grab a brochure. We challenge you to find the species and birds that we have found! n

Events at TOC March 14–Wonderland Gardens–“Take a Bite” (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 16–Mulch Madness Volunteer Day (9 a.m.-1p.m.) 20–InBalance Series 1: Rebuild (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 24–Talk N’ Walk Series: Eco-Hiking (2-4 p.m.) 27–Moonstruck: Full Moon Hike– Worm Moon (8-9 p.m.) April 9–Garden Day–Volunteers (4-8 p.m.) 10–InBalance Series 2: Cleanse (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 13–Newsletter Preparation Volunteer Day (9 a.m.-noon) 13–Cub Scout Spring Adventure Day: Wildlife Conservation (1-4 p.m.) 20–Cache In–Trash Out (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) 21–ABOARD Earth Day Adventure (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) 23–Garden Day–Volunteers (4-8 p.m.) 25–Moonstruck: Full Moon Hike–Pink Moon (8-9 p.m.) 27–Outdoor Babysitting (9 a.m.-noon) 28–Talk N’ Walk: Spring Birding (8-10 a.m.) May 1–InBalance Series 3: Nourish (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 4–Mother-Daughter Geocaching (10 a.m.-noon) 4–Wildflower Geocaching (noon-3 p.m.)


Community Development

Flood Protection Flooding and other surface drainage problems can occur well away from a river, lake, or ocean. When you are looking at a property, it is always a good idea to check possible flood hazards. Be aware: • The force of moving water or waves can destroy a building. • Slow moving floodwaters are forceful enough to knock people off their feet or to float a car. • Water-soaked contents, such as carpeting, upholstered furniture, and mattresses often suffer irreparable damage and may have to be disposed of after a flood. • Some items, such as photographs and heirlooms, may never be restored to their original conditions. • Floodwaters are not clean; they carry mud, disease, farm chemicals, road oil, and other noxious substances that are serious health hazards. • The impact of a flood (cleaning up, making repairs, and suffering personal losses) causes great stress to you, your family, and your finances. Township Flood Services Upper St. Clair participates in the Community Rating System, which is a program of providing flood hazard information and services. The first step to protect your home from flood damage is to assess the flood hazard. A complete Flood Protection Library, including flood maps and flood protection references, is available at the Upper St. Clair Township Library. The Department of Planning and Community Development, located in the Municipal Building, can provide more information, such as depth of flooding above a building’s first floor, location of floodplains, past flood problems in the area, and tips on how to select a contractor. For your safety, Upper St. Clair regulates all construction and development in floodplains to ensure that buildings will be protected from flood damage. What You Can Do The Township’s efforts depend on your cooperation and assistance. Here is how you can help: • Do not dump debris of any kind into creeks, ditches, ravines, or streams. Dumping is a violation of Chapter 83 of the Township Code. Even grass clippings and branches accumulate and plug channels, causing danger during rains. • If your property is next to a creek or ditch, keep the banks clear of brush and debris. The Township has a response program to help remove major blockage such as downed trees. • If you see evidence of dumping of debris in creeks or ditches, contact the Public Works Department or the Department of Planning and Community Development. • Always check with the Department of Planning and Community Development before Spring 2013

you build, alter, grade, or fill on your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties. If you are in a floodplain, special building codes may apply. The Community Development Department personnel will walk you through any application and answer your questions. If you see building or filling without a Township permit posted, contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at 412-831-9000. Flood Insurance If you do not have flood insurance, talk to your insurance agent. Homeowners’ insurance policies typically do not cover damage from floods. However, because the Township of Upper St. Clair participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, local residents can purchase a separate flood insurance policy. The Township has received a lower rating of a seven out of ten, which provides for a 15% reduction in insurance. It is backed by the federal government and is available to all residents, even for property outside of a floodplain. Any property is subject to flooding. Surface water can accumulate from heavy rain, melting snow, a broken water main, or a ruptured swimming pool. Insurance agents may require photographs of the front and back of your house, an elevation certificate (if you are in a floodplain), a completed and signed application, and a check for the first year’s premium. For sample flood insurance applications, visit the Flood Protection Library in the Township Library. Stormwater Information The Township maintains a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit as mandated by the EPA. This program places requirements on stormwater discharges associated with construction activities and discharges for municipal storm sewers. There are projects that the Township has undertaken to protect our streams and waterways from hazardous discharge. Be sure to check the Township’s website on a regular basis for updates on Stormwater Management and Flood Protection and the steps the Township is taking to meet the federal requirements in order to keep Upper St. Clair a safer place to reside.

This information is published annually as a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System recertification and is also available on the Township website at UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY



Live Smarter—a Simple Approach to Nutrition Lindsay Schmitz, MS, RD, LDN Brisk and rainy spring mornings call for something warm for breakfast. Oats are the perfect fit and there are a number of choices: oat groats, steel-cut oats, oat bran, old-fashioned rolled oats, quick-cooking oats, and instant oats. What exactly are the differences, how do you cook them, and how do they differ nutritionally? After being harvested, oats are cleaned and hulled. This leaves the oat groat, the least processed form of oat. The oat groat is then heated, which stabilizes the grain and gives the oat groat a longer shelf life, also removing the ability of the groat to sprout. Oat groats take about 45 to 60 minutes to cook.

At this point, the oat groats are processed differently depending upon what the end product is going to be. For steelcut oats, also known as Irish oats, the oat groats are sliced into smaller pieces (often into thirds) with steel blades. Because steel-cut oats are basically smaller pieces of oat groats, they take longer to cook than oatmeal. Similar to oat groats, they have a chewy texture and a nutty flavor. Steel-cut oats cook in 20 to 30 minutes. Oat bran results when the bran is separated from the endosperm in the oat groat. Oat bran takes about five to seven minutes to cook. Rolled oats are groats that are steamed

Berry Delicious Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes Servings: 4

Ingredients 2 cups oatmeal 2 cups buttermilk (skim milk works) 2 medium eggs

2 Tbs. vegetable oil ½ cup whole wheat flour ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda

½ tap. salt ½ tsp. vanilla Cinnamon to taste ½ cup pumpkin 1 cup blueberries

Directions: The night before, combine the oatmeal and buttermilk in a large bowl. Cover well and refrigerate overnight. The next day, add remaining ingredients except blueberries. Once mixed well, fold in blueberries. Heat skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Once hot, place approximately ¼ cup batter onto the skillet. Cook pancake until golden brown underneath, then flip and cook other side. Repeat with remaining batter. Freezing Directions: Follow directions above for mixing and cooking pancakes. Once pancakes have cooled, flash freeze and individually wrap each pancake in plastic wrap, place in freezer bag, label, and freeze. To serve: reheat in microwave for one to two minutes or place in oven at 300 degrees for five to seven minutes.

Drug Take-Back Day

Upper St. Clair is holding a Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USC Police Department. Any unwanted drugs—prescription, over the counter, or illegal—can be dropped off at the Police Department for proper disposal. USC Deputy Chief Doug Burkholder said the Drug Take-Back Day is a “no questions asked” way to dispose of any unused medications or drugs a resident may have. After the collection ends, a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will pick up and dispose of all the drugs that were collected. Deputy Chief Burkholder said that during the collection last September, the DEA collected over 30,000 pounds of unwanted drugs in Pennsylvania and Delaware, with 2800 pounds collected in Allegheny County alone. n 68


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and then rolled. Sometimes they are flaked to create different thicknesses, such as thick rolled oats and old-fashioned rolled oats. Rolled oats take much less time to cook than either oat groats or steel-cut oats, usually five to ten minutes, depending on the thickness of the flakes. Quick oats are groats that are cut, steamed and rolled, creating smaller flakes that take less time to cook, as little as one minute. Instant oats are rolled into even thinner flakes than quick oats and are often fortified with vitamins and minerals. Instant oats are typically packaged with added flavorings and sweeteners, which automatically makes them less healthy than other oat choices. Nutritional value Oats are a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and insoluble and soluble dietary fiber. In terms of nutrients, servings of oat groats, steel-cut oats, and rolled or quick oats are very similar, with approximately five to seven grams of protein and four grams of dietary fiber per serving. The more processed the oats, the quicker they are absorbed, which effects satiety. When eating, power up your bowl of oatmeal with fruit, nuts, ground flax, pumpkin, or flavorings such as vanilla or cinnamon. n

Visit Lindsay Schmitz, MS, RD, LDN at the C&RC for more helpful tips on nutrition. She offers a Live Smarter: A Simple Approach to Nutrition program which includes a one-onone nutrition consultation and individualized meal plans. For more information, call 412-221-1099.


Gilfillan Farm Open House Sponsored by the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair Saturday, May 18, 2013 – USC Community Day House 12-3PM

Barn Yard 12-4PM

Scarecrow Unveiling 1PM

1950 Washington Rd. Pittsburgh PA, 15241 (Please use the Orr Road parking lot)

Stop by the Gilfillan Farm this Community Day to see me and all of my farm yard friends. There will be plenty to keep you busy. There are guided house tours, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s craft, beekeeping demonstrations, a farm animal petting zoo, snacks and more...

Community Day Competitions

Help us celebrate Community Day 2013 by submitting your best ideas for our Annual Scarecrow Contest and our next USC Today Magazine Advertisement For more details on deadlines and prizes or to submit your ideas, contact Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

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Another Year… an Even Better Class! USC Citizens’ Police Academy

An opportunity for people who live and work in Upper St. Clair, the USC Police Department offered its free Citizens’ Police Academy this past fall. Armed with lots of useful information, the one-night-a-week/six-week academy graduated 24 people who are more knowledgeable because of the instruction and scenario-based training they received.

Look for information in the fall 2013 issue of TODAY, which will include a registration form for interested participants for this year’s fall class. n Chief Ron Pardini with participant Debora Rowland

Upper St. Clair Citizens’ Police Academy Class of 2012 graduates, left to right, front row, are: Kristine Borra, Ann Dixon, Jeanne Meyer, Janice Kincaid; second row: Deputy Chief Douglas Burkholder, Mel Tsikitas, Bonnie Engel, Margaret Gaul, Rhonda Walker, Chief Ronald Pardini, Prudence Cooper, Thomas Pattison, Rick Wehan, James Rieland, Jackie Cozma, Wendy Pattison; back row: Monica Molino, William Forester, William Henderson, George Bockosh, Konrad Trieble, Kelly Orient, Matthew Orient, Elba Garcia, Lieutenant John Sakoian, Raymond Gombar. Missing from photo is Debora Rowland. Spring 2013




Tri-Community Looks Back at 2012 Tri-Community South EMS had 7052 EMS responses in 2012, an increase of 332 calls from 2011. Non-emergency transport calls decreased to just 62 for the year, 54 fewer trips than in 2011, because of the increasing restrictions that insurance carriers place upon non-emergency transports by ambulance. Since entering service on December 31, 1977, Tri-Community South (TCS) has answered over 155,000 emergency calls and has done over 21,000 non-emergency transports. In 2012, about 73% of all patients received advanced life support treatment. About 79% of all responses resulted in the transportation of a patient and 80% of all transports were to either St. Clair Memorial Hospital or Jefferson Regional Medical Center. About four percent of all calls are referred to mutual aid from surrounding services and about three percent of TCS’s responses are to provide mutual aid to these same services. All of these percentages are consistent with those from past years. TCS employees and volunteers provided stand-by medical coverage to 383 school district and community gatherings in 2012, totaling over 732 staff-hours. TCS staff members also teach CPR and first aid, totaling in excess of 518 staff hours in 2012. TCS remains among the busiest community training centers in the American Heart Association’s Northern Atlantic region, with more than 10,000 people trained annually. Every TCS employee is also a CPR instructor. Every employee and volunteer of TCS’s staff puts many hours each year into continuing education. In 2012, TCS employees accumulated more than 500 hours of con-ed. Each paramedic attends at least 18 hours of instruction a year and an EMT must attend 24 hours of instruction every two years. Every TCS employee exceeds these requirements, most by a generous margin. All of TCS’s paramedics were recertified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support in 2012. The system’s six ambulances traveled a combined total of 114,434 miles during the year, an increase of 774 miles from 2011. At the end of the year, the combined fleet mileage for the ambulances was 212,710. The system’s support vehicle and response vehicle now have a combined fleet mileage of 66,265, making the total fleet mileage 278,975. Three ambulances were replaced in October 2012, with three more due for replacement in 2013. Tri-Community South’s full time staff decreased by three and the part time staff decreased by one in 2012. The field staff now consists of the director, five supervisors, 16 full-time employees, and six part-time employees. The staff is stable and experienced and the average employee has 15 years of service with the system. An administrative and billing office staff of three supports the field operations. Contrary to the trend in EMS, retention of employees has not been a problem for TCS, but with one-third of the full time and supervisory staff at 20 years of service or more, the system is interested in recruiting the next generation of providers. The system completed its triennial accreditation by the Commission for the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) in 2012. The CAAS board of directors voted unanimously to award the accreditation at its quarterly meeting on February 27, 2012. TCS is one of ten services in Pennsylvania, and one of very few municipally-owned services in the nation, to achieve this accreditation. TCS first achieved CAAS accreditation in April 2006 and has maintained the certification ever since. To achieve re-accreditation, TCS demonstrated that its policies, 70


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procedures, and documentation continue to meet the accreditation standard and that continuous quality improvement processes and accurate data about system performance have helped the system better meet the needs of the community. The accreditation granted to TCS is for three years. This is the longest period for which CAAS grants accreditation and it shows that TCS met or exceeded the most stringent standards in operational and administrative areas, personnel, equipment, policies and procedures, documentation, and community responsibility. In January, two TCS employees were recognized for their service by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Among the dozen police, fire, and EMS providers honored at a dinner on January 12, sponsored by State Representative Rick Saccone, TCS supervisor Chuck Bryan and paramedic Jonathan Madaras received proclamations from the state house honoring their service to the Commonwealth. Chuck Bryan has served with TCS since its inception. He worked the very first shift for the system, reporting to duty at 11 p.m. on December 31, 1977. Jonathan Madaras is one of the system’s newest employees, starting as a part-time paramedic in November 2011. Jonathan was nominated for the honor for his work at Tri-Community Ambulance Service in Washington County, serving the City of Monongahela, Carroll Township, and New Eagle Borough. Last year, Tri-Community South EMS observed National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26. On May 24, TCS celebrated the week with its 15th annual golf outing at Lindenwood Golf Club, with a record 153 golfers participating. The team of Brad Lewis, Scott Lewis, Mitch Campbell, and Brett Young from St. Clair Memorial Hospital won the team competition. The proceeds from the event benefit the community education programs of Tri-Community South. TCS remains among the leaders nationwide in providing CPR training to the public. On June 20, 2012, TCS was once again the host EMS agency for the Beaver Valley Power Station evacuation exercise. This drill simulates a nuclear emergency at the BVPS near Shippingport, Beaver County. Evacuees are sent to the Allegheny County South Park Fairgrounds, where Tri-Community South is the EMS provider, and TCS personnel, with assistance from EMS agencies throughout Western Pennsylvania, oversee the medical care at the relocation site. The system remained in the forefront in education and community outreach as well. For the second consecutive year, on June 26, Tri-Community South EMS received a certificate of recognition from Pennsylvania Senator Jim Brewer of the 45th Senate District for its participation in the 2011-12 Mon River Fleet Influenza Initiative. From October 1, 2011, through January 31, 2012, the 14 EMS agencies that participated in the Mon River Fleet program administered 5500 influenza vaccines throughout the Mon Valley region. TCS is participating in the 2012-13 initiative, which runs through January 31, 2013. For 2012, the system was again fully self-supporting, with revenue generated from the annual subscription drive, user fees, and For more information about Tri-Community South, to register for a CPR class, or for any other questions on emergency medical services, call 412-831-3710, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit

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Ron Sarrick, Buildings/Grounds and Sustainability Administrator USC Township’s collection program for tattered, worn flags continues to grow. The “Retire Old Glory” bin, located in the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, has been receiving a healthy complement of flags since its inception last June. To date, over 250 flags have been collected for retiring. The flags are stored until Boy Scout Troop 366 takes them to a final retirement in a scout ceremony. To date, there have been two ceremonies—the first performed at scout camp and the second at the Recreation Center fire ring on McLaughlin Run Road—with 105 flags retired to date. Plans are underway to continue this program with the scouts. For those who may be interested in attending the next retirement ceremony, information will be posted on the Township website at Thanks to all who have already participated in this program; and for those considering it, remember that it only takes the time to get your flag to the drop-off point to have it retired with honor. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 366, its leaders, and the parents of the scouts who have helped to carry out the “Retire Old Glory” program. n

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Sanitary Sewer Backups AND your homeowner’s coverage The Township maintains over 158 miles of underground sewer lines. There is no way to predict when the next sanitary sewer backup will occur. And while only a handful of our residents experience a significant sanitary sewer backup each year, we know that when it does occur, it is a distressing situation. It can be even more devastating if a resident is not insured for losses—losses that can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars. Sewer Backup Insurance Homeowners can alleviate possible sewer-related damage expenses by contacting their property insurance provider to verify that they have sewer backup coverage. Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not automatically include coverage for these occurrences. Given the potential for significant loss, it would be advisable for homeowners served by a public sewer system, particularly those with finished basements, to obtain some level of coverage. Lastly, if you experience a floor drain backup or otherwise suspect a sanitary sewer problem, contact the Township’s Public Works Department immediately at 412-831-9000, extension 271. Spring 2013

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HOME IMPROVEMENT Designing Outdoor Living Spaces— Your Imagination is the Limit

Jeff Blunkosky, President, Owner, Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes, LLC One of the hottest home improvement trends that homeowners are investing in today is outdoor living spaces. These spaces have extended entertainment areas for the home and allow homeowners to creatively use their yard space and enjoy the outdoors more than ever. Included in these outdoor spaces are paver patios, dining and kitchen areas, fireplaces, fire pits, ponds and waterfalls, boulder walls, landscaping, patio roofs, pergolas, and pool areas. A wise investment, these spaces are great for multigenerational use—kids’ parties, teenagers entertaining friends, or work or family functions for mom and dad. Recent data suggests that more people are investing in their homes on items that help to maintain or improve their quality of life rather than spending money on short-lived items, including expensive vacations. Custom built projects should reflect the personality and the specific needs of the homeowner­—no two alike. Most people begin their project with a concept or vision of what it is they would like. Taking that vision to reality is the fun, creative part, where relying on professionals is important. Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes takes a customer’s vision and combines it with the landscape space available and the company’s 30 years of experience to develop a unique, comprehensive 3-D design for the project. The 3-D design gives the customer the best

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Decking Material Trends are Changing the Landscape of the Deck Industry Jeff Valperga, Affordable Decks & Additions, Inc. The deck industry continues to evolve and now provides many options in low maintenance materials, railing selections, and lighting choices. As the desire for enjoying customized decks and outdoor living space increases, personalized outdoor living areas are the latest in home improvement upgrades. Now is the best time to invest in your home. While the economy is rebounding, many homeowners are spending more time at home. A growing trend for homeowners is to bring a home’s inside outdoors. An open deck with a screened porch is very popular these days. You can add a built-in fireplace, lighting, television, and speakers, among other options; the possibilities are endless. Are you wishing you had an outdoor living space with a fireplace to keep warm in Pittsburgh, where the summers seem so short? If you are like many others, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Because of our area’s north east climate, these additions extend the outdoor usable space of a home by at least three months. Family and friends love to gather around a fireplace! With emphasis on low maintenance, endurance, and value, many homeowners are seeking products that resist staining and fading. While composites were popular, the combination of wood fibers and resin plastic caused staining and the decking tended to mold and fade over time. The most innovative and requested product on the market today is cellular reinforced PVC decking. Because of its makeup and lack of wood, PVC decking limits expansion when installed properly. 76


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With a realistic wood grain finish, it is available in a wide variety of colors. A popular PVC decking, Azek has quickly become one of our area’s most used for decking and trim material. Your decking choice is just one of the many options you have to customize your outdoor living space. Whether it is a vinyl railing system or a custom built, non-maintenance railing, personalized touches can be made to match other decorative features of your home or yard. Traditional aluminum balusters and classic round balusters are available in multiple colors, and scenic glass balusters provide a seamless unobstructed view. Now that you’ve tackled the decking and railing selections, it is time to light it up! You can keep it as simple and tasteful as a set of low voltage deck lights or really take off with post lights, rope lighting in the railing, and step riser lights. Your personal haven, design your personal outdoor living space to fit your lifestyle. Whether updating an existing deck or starting from scratch, Affordable Decks & Additions can make your dream a reality. We will guide you in process with our 3D software to help you make the best decision by using the most up-to-date products available. A USC family-owned business serving the South Hills area for over 30 years, Affordable Decks & Additions specializes in outdoor entertainment areas, decks, screened porches, and family room additions. n Visit See ad on this page.


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Boyce Road Gardens

Jerry Kender, President, Boyce Road Gardeners Boyce Road Gardeners Corporation, the Upper St. Clair community gardens in Boyce Mayview Park, is looking forward to the 2013 gardening season. The gardens, established in 1975, are the oldest community garden in all of Allegheny County and are located in the southern portion of the park, near the intersection of Boyce and Morton Roads. The gardeners are blessed with a core group of enthusiastic, loyal followers and new members join each and every year. Different for last year, the gardens enjoyed an international flavor with a group from Bhutan who were sponsored by a local church and maintained a plot. The gardening season this year begins with an annual membership meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at the USC Township Library. The gardens are expected to be ready

for planting by April 15, weather permitting, and will stay open through the end of October. An end of summer highlight is the garden fair and picnic, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 17. During the fair, gardeners submit their prized produce for judging. A separate contest for children’s entries is held, where all entries receive blue ribbons. Plots are 40 x 40 feet, plot rental is $15 per plot, and membership is $5. Think dirt. Think cultivating. Think Boyce Road Gardeners for your family fun! n Further information can be obtained by calling Jerry Kender at 412-221-3118. Photos courtesy of Jerry Kender.

Spring Maintenance for Your Home Once spring has sprung, take some time to give your home a check-up along with its annual spring-cleaning. Adding these home maintenance tips to your routine can help your house operate more efficiently.

Outside the House Check the A/C: Have a qualified HVAC contractor—preferably one that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America—give your air-conditioning system a tune-up. To help lower your energy bills, do this every year to ensure the system is running at its manufacturer-rated efficiency. Inspect your system’s condensate drain hose that can become clogged with algae and sediment. Avoid handyman costs by checking the hose periodically and clean it out yourself. Use a wet-vac to suction out blockage. Roofs and Gutters: The hot summer sun can quickly damage a roof’s shingles. Call a contractor if you haven’t inspected your roof in several years. Clean out leaves and other debris that may have collected in the gutters and check to see if they are firmly attached and haven’t sprung leaks. Make sure that downspouts direct water away from your house’s foundation to help prevent basement flooding. Right the Foundation: For further basement flood protection, inspect the foundation around your house before the spring rains. Look for cracks or imperfections and seal them or call a contractor if necessary. Look near the foundation for low areas in your yard that might pool water during a heavy rain. Level any depressions by filling them with compacted soil. Tend to any other potential “ponding” areas in your yard to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes during the rainy season. Seal the Deck: If you have a patio deck, inspect the wood for stains, discolorations, or warping. Consider resealing the deck, if necessary. To verify that your sealing application is working, 78


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pour water onto a dry deck and see if the water beads up. While most deck-sealer manufacturers recommend resealing annually, you might be OK waiting an extra year if no immediate problems are present. Check for sharp edges, splintered wood, or rotting wood. Look for rusting nails or any nails that are coming out that are weakening decking connections. Check the railings and stairs to make sure they are secure, not wobbly. Ready the Soil: Spring is the season to prepare your garden for new growth. Rake beds of leaves and other leftover winter debris. Churn and loosen the soil with a hoe, and mix in compost for nutrients. When planting new seed, follow seed packet instructions for best results. Inside the House The Water Heater: Look around the base of your water heater for evidence of leaks. The average lifespan of a water heater is eight to 12 years. If your water heater is more than five years old, be sure to check it monthly for leakage or rusting at the bottom. If you find any leaks or rust, replace the water heater. If you live in an area with particularly hard water, you may need to drain your water heater because of the sediment buildup in the tank. The Basement and Attic: Does your attic or basement smell musty? If you have an attic, check it for roof leaks. Inspect the underside of the roof and the insulation closely for discoloration, deterioration, or dirt stains. These are signs of dried remnants of leaking water. Inspect the basement walls, floor, and trim for water stains or signs of seepage through the foundation. If you have a sump pump in your basement, check it to make sure it remains in good working order and has a working battery backup in place, if applicable. n Article provided by Cindy Brophy, State Farm® agent. See ad on page 44.

Merry Mary

Gilfillan Trail was extra crowded the morning of December 8, as residents of Upper St. Clair and surrounding communities came out for the “Merry Mary” Walk/Run, an event held to “celebrate the season and all things merry” about Upper St. Clair’s Mary Doohan.

Mary Doohan and Cari Lackner

A fitness instructor and trainer working at Upper St. Clair’s Community & Recreation Center, about two years ago Mary experienced some problems breathing when conducting an outdoor fitness class. Her friend and co-worker, Cari Lackner, recalled that Doohan, who had

T never smoked a day in her life, went to her doctor thinking the diagnosis would be allergies or asthma. Instead, Mary was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. Her doctors said her breathing problems would have been worse if she wasn’t in such good physical condition. Mary USCHS varsity cheerleaders attend the Merry Mary responded well to an experimental walk to support Mary. treatment. Mary is one of those people committed This fall, Mary was told that the cancer was back. Cari said that even with to changing people’s lives. “She is so full all that is involved with treating her condi- of spirit, ready to face any obstacle in her tion, Mary remains positive and optimistic. way.” Mary said she was amazed and honored “No one is so strong mentally, physically, and spiritually as Mary,” said Cari. She that so many people came out for the walk. wants to fight this and be there for her “I’m so blessed,” she said, “and I am thankfamily, including being there for her girls, ful for all the support.” n Mariah, a freshman at Penn State, and Donations continue to be accepted. Checks Abigail, an eighth grader at Fort Couch payable to Mary Doohan can be sent to Middle School. Cari Lackner, 2508 Corteland Drive, Upper USC’s director of Recreation and St. Clair, PA 15241. For more information, contact Leisure Services Paul Besterman said that

A Wise Event Heather Holtschlag

Upper St. Clair resident Kim Epp Frenette has made it her mission to highlight the many successes and achievements of South Hills women through an online e-Journal she launched in 2011 called Wise Women of the South Hills. The website,, focuses on the many accomplishments women have made in their lives—from fighting for a noteworthy cause to fighting cancer—and all that they have achieved in their careers. “So many women in this area of town are doing very cool things, have done very cool things, or are dreaming of doing very cool things, and we thought it was time to celebrate it,” Kim explained. “The ‘wise’ thing is somewhat tongue and cheek. No one is completely wise, but every woman has some wisdom—however obscure—to share.” To date, Wise Women has profiled more than 100 women who hope to serve as an inspiration to other women as they follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Kim, herself, is a mirror of the type of woman she typically profiles—hardworking, compassionate, and determined—traits that were apparent at an event she hosted on behalf of the Wise Women e-Journal, “Strong for the Holidays,” which took place this past November and benefitted Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania (DVSSP). “The majority of the population knows someone who has been a victim of domestic violence, and I felt that an event such as this could offer some of the support and aid that people in this situation need,” Kim said. “Through the goodwill of the attendees and event sponsors, we were able to raise more than $1000 for DVSSP and to help women to stand strong against domestic violence.”

The event featured speakers, including Julie Ann Sullivan from Learning Never Ends, who talked about how to enjoy happier holidays and minimize stress; and Susan Wagner from Voila Interior Style, who offered tips and ideas for holiday decorating. Other highlights of the evening included gift basket auctions, food and drink, and a wide array of vendors, including Dinner Thyme, Fleet Feet, Baskets of Pittsburgh, Wild Rosemary Bistro, Thirty-One, and Nature’s Green Grocery Store, who were showcasing their best in holiday items available for purchase. Event key sponsors, who helped make the event possible, included Sara Botkin, The Botkin Group at Morgan Stanley; Dottie Coll, Two Men and a Truck Pittsburgh; Lynn Belliotti, Chuck’s Complete Auto Service; Jackie Quimpo, Clean Green Cleaning and Home Management; and Robin S. Levine Stoller, Esq., Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. “The entire theme of the evening was for women to get energized, be inspired, and connect,” Kim said. “I think we were successful in carrying that theme through all of the festivities that took place during the evening and we look forward to building upon this first event for 2013!” n Kim Epp Frenette (left) and Karen East at the DVSSP event Spring 2013




USC Medallion Ball 2012 Honorees

UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY proudly presents USC’s 2012 Medallion Ball honorees who believe in the power of volunteerism and whose dynamic spirits enrich our community. St. Lucy’s Auxiliary recognized 21 high school seniors who attend Upper St. Clair High School, Oakland Catholic, Seton LaSalle, and The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. These young ladies have dedicated, at a minimum, 150 hours of volunteer service, some many more. Volunteer time was spent on many worthy organizations and religious programs. St. Lucy’s Auxiliary was Because you do such thoughtful things founded in 1957 to instill With such a special touch within young women the This comes to say you’re wonderful value of service to others. The annual November And thank you so very much! Medallion Ball sustains a passionate effort to fiscally facilitate The Blind and Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh whose goal is to lessen the limitations of those who are visually impaired. Pittsburgh native son and Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh spiritual leader Bishop David A. Zubik bestowed the coveted St. Joan of Arc medallion upon each honoree at the ball. Escorts, listed alphabetically, were James Bard, Matthew Barone, Robert Blackwood, Matthew Brandwein, Matthew Buerger, George Burnett VII, Brandon D’Alosio, John Duffy, Peter Frauen, Jordan Grabowski, Garrett Himler, Christopher Howie, Cooper Irons, Steven Joiner, Colin Kunselman, Michael Mankos, Robert Moore, Timothy Oxenreiter, Aaron Pavlick, Cooper Podobnik, and Benjamin Wucher. n

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Kyla Colcombe Receives Award Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania presented USCHS senior Kyla Colcombe with the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting. Kyla’s Gold Award project began in July 2010 and took over two years to complete, finishing in September 2012. Kyla developed a program for girls ages nine to 14 in an effort to show them that they are perfect just the way they are. The four-day program known as “Girl Camp” was held last August at Upper St. Clair’s Community & Recreation Center. Kyla thought that when girls looked at magazine images and other media portrayals of girls, it pressured them to feel like they needed to be perfect to fit in. She created this program so that girls would be proud of themselves and their positive traits and to understand how false the media images can be. Several activities and lessons were included such as eating healthy, being yourself, identifying positive versus negative influences, handling peer pressure, and understanding the manipulation of media photos. The lessons were taught in a fun, interactive way to engage and entertain the class. The program was so successful and well received that Kyla was asked to present it again this summer for the

same age group and to develop another camp for younger girls. A Girl Scout member for 12 years, Kyla is a Girl Scout ambassador of Troop 51405 and serves in a leadership position as an Advisory Committee board of directors member with Girl Scouts. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Eileen Geffrey, Amy Kerman, Sharon Enslen, Melissa Lindberg, Isabelle Collins, and Rachel Kyla Colcombe receives recognition from USC Township Commissioner Geffrey of the Girl Scouts of Donald Rectenwald. Western Pennsylvania. During a USC Township meeting last November, Kyla was recognized with a Township proclamation. The daughter of Tom and Victoria Colcombe, Kyla has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown’s nursing program for fall 2013. Kyla plans to become a pediatric nurse anesthetist. n

Advanced Technologies Enhance Mammography Screening St. Clair Hospital’s new Breast Care Center in Bethel Park is quickly gaining a stellar reputation among patients for its spa-like ambience that offers them an environment exuding comfort, convenience, and beauty. Patients are also praising the center’s advanced diagnostic imaging technology, particularly a new technology called 3D breast tomosynthesis. A recent study published in the journal Radiology said improved diagnostic accuracy by about seven percent has led to 26% fewer “false positives” when used in addition to traditional 2D digital mammography. At the St. Clair Hospital Breast Care Center, FDA-approved 3D breast tomosynthesis is often used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of a woman’s annual screening mammogram to capture more breast images.

What is 3D breast tomosynthesis? 3D breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices,” building what is essentially a three-dimensional mammogram. The 3D images allow doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. Very low X-ray energy is used during the screening examination, which takes about ten seconds to acquire, so a patient’s radiation exposure is safely below the American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines. With 3D images, St. Clair Hospital diagnostic radiologists can see tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of a woman’s breast tissue in a flat 2D image, a radiologist can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below. When used together, 3D breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography have been proven to reduce “call-back” scenarios in which patients are asked to return for follow-up examinations to rule out suspicious areas. The use of 3D tomosynthesis has proven particularly beneficial in woman with dense breast tissue and has reduced the number of unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures. n

The St. Clair Hospital Breast Care Center is located on the third floor of the St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center at Village Square, 2000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park. To contact the center, call 412-942-3177. 82


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Coldwell Banker Keeps Busy Community Schedule In addition to its record-setting sales year, the South Hills office of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services had a busy year in the Upper St. Clair community and surrounding neighborhoods with a full slate of community service activities. Among the highlights were: • Monte Carlo Night held at the South Hills Country Club, where guests enjoyed an auction, raffle, and a chance for door prizes in addition to fine food and beverage, raising $6000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation®. • Home buyer and seller seminars were held at various times throughout the year. The free, no-obligation seminars were informative, interactive sessions that also featured guests representing other aspects of the real estate transaction. • Tax assessment community workshops sponsored free seminars featuring local tax attorneys who spoke about the Allegheny County reassessment process. Hundreds of area homeowners attended the workshops, which were held at local community centers and hotel meeting rooms. “We’re honored to be part of the vibrant South Hills communities and feel we have an obligation to contribute not only to our local economy, but also to the lifestyle and well-being of the people who live here,” said Coldwell Banker South Hills office manager David Bruckner. “We’re fortunate that so many residents are supportive of our business and I feel it’s important that we be equally supportive in return.” n The Coldwell Banker South Hills office, located in The Shops on Washington retail center at 1630 Washington Road, next to Trader Joe’s, can be reached at 412-833-5405 or visit online at See ads on the back cover pages of this magazine. Spring 2013

Meeting the Cake Boss Upper St. Clair’s Sara Hess is a big fan of Buddy Valastro, better known as TLC’s Cake Boss, so she was thrilled when she and her family saw him at the Benedum last November. She was even more excited when Buddy picked her to come on stage to compete for one of his cakes. Sara filled 12 cannoli with cream to win the “present” cake that Buddy had just decorated. As a prize for winning, she took home the cake and the cannoli. Sara, who likes to cook and bake at home, said she watches The Cake Boss on television. She said being on stage with him was “really cool,” commenting that she thought Valastro was “really nice.” The next day at Streams Elementary, Sara told her fourth grade class about her experience. She said one of her friends, also a Cake Boss fan, told her “You’re the luckiest person ever!” n

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Happenings! Orchid Obsession The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania (OSWP) is holding its annual orchid show including orchid exhibits, free educational seminars, plant raffles, and sales by vendors from all over the eastern U.S. Orchids and exhibits will be judged by certified American Orchid Society judges. Come to learn about and acquire orchids. Difficult to find growing supplies will be available. Dates & Times: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue (Fifth & Shady) For more information about the show, orchids, or the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania, visit



Three Rivers Quilters Quilt Show Three Rivers Quilters will hold its 30th annual quilt show, with this year’s theme “Tessellations.” Over 120 quilts will be judged, with ribbons awarded. The event will feature free quilting demonstrations, quilting and fibers arts vendors, a flea market, and a snack cafe. USC residents Joan Temple, Lila Mason, and Jan Burke will have quilts displayed at the show. Dates & Times: Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, March 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday March 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: IBEW Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh’s South Side Price: $7 per person; special $5 admission Thursday only 3-7 p.m. For more information about the show or Three Rivers Quilters, visit

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Free Tax Assistance Free income tax assistant is available through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive in McMurray, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday, now through Monday, April 15. (Closed March 29 for Good Friday.) Volunteers assist taxpayers with federal, Pennsylvania, and local wage tax returns, as well as real estate/rent rebate and PACE applications. Bring W-2s, 1099s (e.g. interest and dividend statements, social security, and pension statements), totals of itemized deductions (e.g. medical, taxes, and charitable) and social security cards for you, your spouse, and your dependents. Also, bring copies of your 2011 federal and state tax returns, real estate tax receipts, and receipts for large purchases, such as a car. For direct deposit of refund, provide bank account and routing numbers. Bring proof of identification for yourself and your spouse. Walk-ins only. Questions? Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

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The Ripken Experience With opening day just around the corner, Ben Bond Gordon, a fifth grader at Boyce Middle School, embraces all things baseball. He is an avid fan of the Florida Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates, and just recently met members of the New York Mets. Ben doesn’t just view the sport on television, he avidly particiBen Bond Gordon, with his pates. Last June, Ben traveled to Gold Glove trophy Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to tournament play at the Ripken Baseball Camp with 28 other teams from across 12 states. The Ripken Experience is a oneof-a-kind youth complex where professional fields present players, coaches, and families with an exhilarating tournament opportunity. After playing six tournament games, Ben entered the “10 & Under” skills competition where accurate pitching at mannequin “Bean Bob” is the goal. To amass points, he was allotted three 60-foot target throws. Blue background earned one point, Bob’s black base earned three, and connecting with the head or chest earned five points. In the end, due to strength and skillful eye-hand coordination, Ben was awarded the tournament “10 & Under” skills competition champion title. Ben welcomes competition, but when it comes to baseball he is more interested in the variety of action and excitement of play. His goal is to acquire new skills that involve exercise, team participation, and just having fun. He does enjoy competitive situations, even when there is pressure to perform. Ben understands that the thrill of a win and the frustration of losing are all part of any game. Team members, no matter the sport, develop a group identity and strive toward a common purpose, all the while developing personal skills. Having also played football and basketball, baseball is Ben’s favorite sport. Ben and Babe Ruth agree that “Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.” n

A Golden Start to 2013 Upper St. Clair native Vincent Trocheck and Team USA brought home the gold this year, defeating Team Sweden, 3-1, in the World Junior Hockey championship game on January 5. Vincent said winning the title, the third for Team USA, was “exciting!” Vincent, who was selected by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the 2011 NHL entry draft, currently plays for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League. He said scouts picked Team USA members from various “under-20” leagues. The team practiced together for about a week and played two exhibition games prior to the championship. While Vincent had been to the Czech Republic, the championship was his first trip to Russia. “It was a different experience,” said Vincent, “but a lot of fun.” Vincent’s mom, Rita, called the experience “overwhelming,” adding that the championship was “very exciting.” The son of Vince and Rita Trocheck, Vincent went to school in Upper St. Clair through seventh grade, and then moved to Michigan to pursue his dream of a hockey career. He played for the Detroit Little Caesars team for the 2008-09 season, and played for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) from 2009 to 2012. Vincent also takes classes at Northwood University. Vincent’s sisters, Desiree (11th grade) and Nina (5th grade), are students in the USC School District. n

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Jefferson Regional Medical Center .......................................................... 3 Johnny’s Tire and Auto .......................................................................... 53 * Keller Williams–Sandy and Marshall Goldstein .................................... 71 * Kerr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry ...................................................... 44 Kid Ewe Knot ......................................................................................... 27 Learning Express Toys ........................................................................... 25 Louis Anthony Jewelers ........................................................................... 5 * Manalo, Larry E., D.M.D. ....................................................................... 45 Mt. Lebanon Montessori School and Academy ..................................... 85 Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center ............................................................. 21 Orthodontics by Dr. Reitz & Dr. Troy ...................................................... 44 Pediatric Dentistry South ....................................................................... 45 * Piccolina’s Restaurant ........................................................................... 45 * Pinebridge Commons Associates .......................................................... 44 Pittsburgh Shoulder to Hand Center ...................................................... 59 Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes, LLC ................................................... 45 Preferred Drapery and Blinds ................................................................ 74

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